Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Pink and silver striped nails

Just a quick post - I did these on my friend a week or two ago and loved them! I've done them in a different colour before and kept the striping tape on. This time, though, I painted silver as the base coat and then just used striping tape to make the perfect lines. It meant no annoying peeling tape and a longer-lasting mani!

I love how these nails are a mix between glam party-girl and sweet girly-girl!

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Roses and stripes nail art - on YouTube!

Brrr, it is so freezing here in New Zealand at the moment! And it's not even winter, I can't believe it! Anyway, I'm quite excited (even in my semi-frozen state) because I managed to get myself a headset with a mouthpiece so I can now record voice-overs in my YouTube tutorials! This is great for me, as the video can stay the same while I have the freedom to re-record sentences I screw up. Which is most of them. I seriously suck at talking. It took a bit of playing around, but I managed to get everything set up and from now on my tutorials will be a lot more consistent. Yay! Although in the voice-over I sound really nasally...

Anyway, so my latest tutorial is for these rose nails! I'll embed the video under the first picture.

The colours I used for this were:
China Glaze - White on White
China Glaze - Wicked Style
OPI - Greenwich Village
OPI - Play the Peonies
Picture Polish - Wisteria
Revlon - Super Nature
Revlon - Temptress
Revlon - Grapefruit Fizz

Friday, 24 May 2013

Leopard print nail art tutorial - on YouTube :)

About a week ago I added this tutorial to YouTube! It's probably my best yet, as it's really quick and simple. I've still got heaps of improvements I need to make, but hopefully I'll get there eventually. I don't think I've told you guys yet either - but I'm now a YouTube partner! I barely know what this means yet, to be honest, but it sounds like a good thing :). So I'm going to put heaps of effort into my YouTube - well, as much as a can. I'm now working three jobs... It's certainly not boring any more! I'm working three weeks in a row full-time starting from next week so if my posting goes all over the show, I apologise. It's going to take a while to adjust to these long days! Nice to finally have some money though :).

Anyway, I'll stopping waffling and show you the design! It's not a complicated one, but it's good for beginners. I'm personally a huge fan of leopard print, so I love these.

And here's the tutorial! If you're not already, please subscribe to me! :D

I've got another YouTube video I've posted lately that is at the end of this blog post.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Beauty and the Beach 2 - my entry!

There's this brilliant competition going at the moment that's run by It's for beauty bloggers - you need to design your ideal holiday nails, hair and/or makeup. There are amazing cash prizes up for grabs! From what I understand, if you win one of the categories you'll get 500 pounds - that's over 900 NZD! If you're the overall winner, you get 1500 pounds. That's some serious fainting material right there. 
If you have a blog and you're interested in entering, head over there by clicking here!

I thought really hard about this, and it was actually really stressful trying to make the design work! There's so much more pressure on when you know it's going to be judged - I feel sorry for the people entering my competition now!

These are the guidelines...
"We are challenging bloggers to showcase their talent by posting a blog post that captures what they think is the perfect holiday hair, nails and make-up. It is entirely up to you whether you consider this look to be minimal and natural for lazing on the beach, or exploring a city's sites, or whether the perfect holiday look is glamorous evening hair and make-up for dining or clubbing."

Right, so what you'd wear on holiday. This posed a problem for me though - I wear anything on my nails, all the time! I'm quite happy to have floral in winter and bunny nails at Christmas-time and so on. So I decided to paint my nails in a way that represented what holidays are to me (hair and makeup to come!).

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Disney nail art #2: Beauty and the Beast!

I feel like I've been waiting a lifetime to show you guys these nails! I did them over a week ago, and normally would have posted them straight away because I love them so much. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I had been organised and had posts already scheduled up until now... so I had to be patient. But here they are!

As you may know, I've given myself a rather relaxed Disney challenge. I have to do nails based on heaps of Disney movies, and they have to be detailed ones! I did Aladdin nails last month, which you can find here. I might do Cinderella next!

I did these nails with acrylic paint, and overall was very happy with how they came out. I particularly liked the Beast and the movie logo. Belle and the rose were okay, but her face is not quite right (and too big) and the rose could be any old rose - not the rose!

Friday, 17 May 2013

One year blogiversary giveaway and nail art competition!

The competition is closed now, thanks to everyone who entered! To see who the winners were, go here.

Today marks one year since I made my first post on Nailed it NZ! It was just called "Nailed it" then, and I was just playing around with some pretty colours. Over the last year so many things have happened, to both me and my blog! 

Personally, I've graduated from university, made new friends, caught up with old ones, gone to hospital and had something that was causing me a lot of pain fixed, moved house and really just grown as a person.
In regards to my blog, my page views have gone from 0 to just about 150,000, I'm coming close to 600 GFC followers, my Facebook has a whopping 7000+ fans and my instagram, Tumblr and We Heart It are all coming up to the 2000 mark. And naturally, my nail art skill has improved significantly! Here's an example!

Tribal nail art done in June 2012
Tribal nail art done in April 2013

I've also recently signed a new advertising contract which I'm very happy with - see that little video to the right - that's it! I'm focusing on growing my YouTube, and have many wild, crazy dreams! My love of nail art has inspired me to do a nail technician course, which I plan to start next year. I'm so happy and excited about my future doing something that I love.

So this giveaway is to say THANK YOU! I'm so happy I found nail art and blogging, and I love all the wonderful comments and feedback I receive. I've gotten quite a few lovely emails lately, asking for advice, giving compliments, showing their recreations of my nail designs - I love it! Interaction with followers make the blogging experience so much better :).

Anyway, I'll move past the mushy stuff and on to the exciting bit!
I'm having both a giveaway and a nail art competition - so even if nail art isn't your thing you can still enter to win something!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Pastel gradient + KKCenterHk review!

This post has quite a few photos but I just couldn't resist - I love the way these nails turned out plus the lighting was good! A little while ago, KKCenterHk approached me and asked me to review some of their products. I chose these gorgeous glitters by N.Nail!

I've been a bit slow putting a review up, however, as I couldn't decide what to do with them! They fill the middle-ground between glequins and studs; they're quite thick and more raised than glequins, but not as much as studs. They do feel like much better quality than any other nail art glitter/glequin I've used. They're 2.5 mm across and I have no idea how many are in there - heaps! The only problem I had was that my wax pencil didn't work when picking them up - but you can just use clear nail polish and a cuticle stick. Most people don't have wax pencils anyway, but I thought it was worth mentioning for those that do.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Glow in the Dark nail polish!

I'm so excited about this nail polish. IT GLOWS IN THE DARK! I'm such a little kid, but honestly it's so cool. I have some other stuff from the $2 shop but this is way better. 

I'm reviewing this for Born Pretty Store, by the way! If you don't know who they are, they're an online shop that sell all kinds of beauty items including (my favourite) nail art!

Here's a couple of pictures of the nail polish bottle, one with the lights on and one with them off. It's green in the bottle but makes your nails glow blue. 2-3 coats is about the right amount.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Blue glitter nail polish from Born Pretty Store!

I love this glittery little polish I received from  Born Pretty Store to review! It's pretty dense and looks perfect over a black. I think it'd also look great over a silver or light blue.

In case you don't know about Born Pretty Store, it's a cheap online store that sells heaps of nail art items - plus free shipping! You can find this one here - blue glitter nail polish.. It's $4.61 US, which is pretty good especially with free shipping. Here's the nail polish bottle - it's a very pretty one!

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Colourful pastel tribal nail art

 I've done some new tribal nails! Or easter egg nails, whichever takes your fancy :D.

These were great nails. They didn't take too long to do, I did them the same on both hands with no worries and they looked awesome. Tribal nails have been, are and always will be one of my favourite designs! 

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Ladybird nails - times two!

Interesting -when writing the name of this post I googled "ladybug versus ladybird" and found out that ladybug is an American term and ladybird is a UK one. I had no idea! I guess that means here in New Zealand we should call it ladybird, as we use UK english.

Anyway, I have two ladybird designs to show you today! One's the fairly standard ladybird nail art and the other is a bit special. I'll show you the special one first! It was done on a friend/client of mine, Kathy, who I also did these "I love wine" nails on.

I really like how these nails turned out, I'll have to do them on myself one day! As you can see, we put the ladybirds on leaves and grass and painted little white daisies on her thumbs.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Striped nail art

I did these about a month ago and they're only just making it on here! I've done the same design before in different colours; to be honest, the first one was better. I've included it at the bottom of this post.

I can't type very much as I'm in the middle of painting my nails and it's a bit hard to hit the keys without smudging them! I used OPI's Green-wich village (I love that colour!) for the green base colour. Not sure of the others at the moment sorry, but if anyone really wants to know just ask.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Winner of BPS giveaway and a new YouTube video - with me!

It's time to announce the winner of my giveaway! I've double checked her entries and she definitely deserved to win - she tweeted about it heaps, gaining her extra entries!

I've emailed her and I'll give her three days to reply before choosing a new winner. She seems pretty active on the internet so I'm sure she'll reply quickly.

Also, for those who don't follow me on Facebook or Tumblr and haven't seen - I made an introductory video on YouTube! It even has my face and shizz in it - scary! You can watch it here ☺.

Nail art for short nails tutorial #11: Peacock nails

I asked on Facebook a while ago about which nail tutorials I should do next, and now I have a decent sized list to work my way through! The first design I decided to do was peacock nails!

This post will be full of info that I couldn't squeeze into the picture.

Firstly, you don't have to use the colours I used. In fact, if I did it again I would probably use a lighter blue for the background and either lighter greens or more brown-toned colours for the stripes. Peacocks don't all look the same, it turns out! Some have brown feathers and others are bright green. And you could always go for an abstract purple or pink!