Tuesday, 31 December 2013

New Years/Fireworks Nail Art Tutorial | 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge

It's the last day of the 12 days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge! Wow, what a month. I've made 13 YouTube tutorials in the last 31 days - three-four times my usual amount, and I loved it! (Except for that last one...). I understand so much more about YouTube now, and am slowly figuring out my new lighting set up. Slowly. I may have to rearrange my entire room again but we'll get there eventually.

You may know that we've had heaps of people from around the world taking part in this challenge. I've been tagged in hundreds of photos which I've been uploading to this Facebook album of everyone's recreations. It's so cool! So I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in it - we'll definitely have to do it again next year (but with a shorter title!).

Here's my final tutorial for the challenge - Fireworks! Please subscribe to my channel ☺.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

International Giveaway Ending Soon!

This is just a quick reminder that my current HUGE international giveaway is ending soon! It closes on New Years Day (NZ time) so enter now, if you haven't already!

Here's a reminder of the prizes you can win...

Friday, 27 December 2013

Easy Christmas Tree Nail Art Tutorial | 12 Days of Christmas nail art challenge

12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge - Day 11, Christmas Sparkle.

Every now and again, maybe one in every 70 times, I don't enjoy the process of painting my nails. I normally love it. But when I don't like it... I hate it. These were an example of such nails.

Cute right? Wrong. Here's a list of all the things that failed

1) I didn't initially have a clear design in mind so changed the design part-way-through, meaning the tutorial is inconsistent.
2) I had to wait two hours for the polish to dry so I could use striping tape, and while doing so managed to bump my nails several times, leading to a LONGER waiting time. I never do this normally!
3) Fighting with striping tape. I swear I am never touching that stuff again in my life.
4) When filming the intro for the tutorial, my husband and his friends were being incredibly loud in the other room, cars kept driving past and I became completely incapable of saying more than three words in a row without tripping over them. I had so much footage but the best I had (and had to put in the final video) included me saying the word "fart." Great.
5) Editing. Took a good 50-100% longer than my last video, plus the boys were being loud outside my nail room (only for a short time though). They were happy loud, I should add, so that part was actually okay.
7) My ears are sore from wearing my editing headphones so long, and I still have another tutorial to edit.
6) Now the internet's barely working.

So basically it was such a pain and I couldn't believe how ridiculously cute the nails actually turned out to be when I reviewed my photos the next day - I had removed them as soon as I was finished filming, I was that frustrated at them.

Here's the tutorial. Sub sub sub please! Recently hit 2k - THANK YOU! Honestly you have no idea how much that means to me. I want to sprinkle all my followers with glitter and chocolate sprinkles.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Santa and Friends Nail Tutorial | 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge

My internet is crawling at snail speed. Took about 15 minutes to upload these photos and considering it's almost midnight (at the time of writing this), I'm not too impressed! And I can't even save this post so I'll have to leave it open and publish it in the morning. At least it's a lovely quiet night - and only 24 hours 'til Christmas! This is my favourite tutorial from my Christmas series - it's only just over three minutes long but it has three different nail designs in it.

Of course, this is for day 10 of the 12 days of Christmas nail art challenge. The theme for today is "Santa and friends." I have loved doing this challenge! The best part of it for me was spending a whole month learning more about YouTube. In that time I've gotten new lighting, a microphone and am getting much quicker at that dreaded thing called editing. Hopefully this time next year I'll be able to talk properly too :P.
Here's the design...

And here's the tutorial. I know you can probably find tutorials for these characters individually all over the internet, but I think the three of them together make a cute team. Plus you only need to watch one tutorial this way! Here it is, and please hit that subscribe button!

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Christmas Lights Nail Art Tutorial | 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge

Only three designs left in the 12 days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge! Next time I do something like this I am DEFINITELY giving it a shorter name. So, today's theme is "Christmas decorations." I was initially going to do baubles but realised that I hadn't done Christmas lights in a really long time, plus this way I could use glow in the dark polish.

There's a picture of them glowing after the jump break.
Here's the tutorial - please subscribe :).

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Snowflake Nail Art Tutorial | 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge

The best and worst thing about living in New Zealand is that Christmas is in the middle of Summer. It means that all the snowman, sleigh and woolly coat references are completely irrelevant. Our poor Santas sit in shopping malls boiling up in big red coats while everyone else is in shorts and t-shirt. Sweaty Santa - good look. However it means that after Christmas lunch we can lay in the sun in a semi-conscious slumber. Or go for a walk on the beach, or run around playing Rugby (HA, well maybe not me for that last one). Anyway, so I felt a bit silly doing snowflakes for today's challenge, but it had to be done! I actually really like this design, and painting snowflakes in general. They look like nothing and then all of the sudden they look so intricate and pretty! This is my easiest nail art tutorial for Christmas this year so far, so I'd definitely recommend it.

Here's the tutorial! Please subscribe to my channel - I have a whole playlist of Christmas designs and heaps of other ones too.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Love Actually Nail Art Tutorial | 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge

Day seven of the challenge! Only five days to go - and the rest of the challenges are only every three days, not two. Looks like smooth sailing from here on out!

Today's theme is "Inspired by a Christmas movie." I have done quite enough "obviously Christmas" nails lately so I decided to go for Love Actually - still a Christmas movie but a little more low-key! Here are the nails I came up with.

Here's the tutorial - please subscribe!

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Christmas Elf Nail Art Tutorial | 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge

Today is day six of the 12 days of Christmas nail art challenge! The theme is "Santa's workshop and his list." As I did a list for the last challenge, I had to use the workshop theme instead. I had SO MUCH trouble deciding on what to do! I swear it's so much harder when you're doing a tutorial as well - normally I'd twist my hands all over the place but it's a lot harder when you have to keep them still for the camera. I was thinking of doing a conveyor belt with presents and elves all around but I just knew that would take roughly 17 million years so decided on just the one elf. The presents around it were kind of just an extra. Here's the picture I was inspired by and used to guide me while painting.

To be honest I didn't really like these. I don't know what it is - maybe because they got a bit crowded on the left hand or they just took sooo long, or maybe it's that I'm just over Christmas colors at the moment. I spent a good three hours filming and painting these only to remove them an hour later! They do have their charm, though - I like the elf.

It's kind of funny; I'm my own biggest critic and decide how good I think a design or YouTube video is. Like for this one, I don't really like the design but the video's okay as I have clear speech and lighting FINALLY (although I need to play around a bit more). But if I don't like either I'm not at all surprised when I get a couple of dislikes, in fact I'm completely befuddled as to why there are any likes on some/most of my videos at all! Take my first one, for example! However, if I've made up my mind that I like a certain video/design and it gets a dislike I'm like "pfft, you're just wrong," or write it off as being someone who's either mad that they couldn't pull it off or they don't like me in "real life." I guess I'm a little stubborn or opinionated or something ;). Rant over.

Here's the tutorial - please subscribe!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Santa's List Nail Art Tutorial | 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge

Today is the 10th here in New Zealand - day five of the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge! Today's theme is "Inspired by a Christmas Carol/Song," and after a lot of thought (and humming way too many Christmas songs) I chose "Santa Claus is coming to town". In case you're not familiar with this song, click here to listen to it - Mariah Carey style.

I chose to portray these lyrics on my nails;
He's making a list 
He's checking it twice
Gonna find out who's naughty and nice

And here they are!

They're not my favourite of my Christmas nails, but they are a bit different, which is good. I like to mix things up every now and again and try something new - I get too comfortable doing the 'same old' and never get any better that way.

Here's the tutorial - as usual, please subscribe if you're not already! Heading on 2000 subscribers now, which is pretty awesome, so thanks to everyone who watches my videos and is subbed to me!

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Ocean Scene Nail Art Tutorial

Ocean scene nails! Or fish tank, or Nemo nails. Take your pick. 
I realised I had a couple of days spare between my Christmas designs, so finally finished editing this video and posted it to YouTube. Success!

I first did these nails about a year ago, in the last Christmas challenge. They were pretty popular and I really liked how they turned out, so naturally a tutorial was going to come eventually!

Here it is, I hope you like it! Please subscribe to my channel if you're not already ☺.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Kiwi Christmas Nail Art Tutorial | 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge

It's the seventh of December - we're up to day four of the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge!

Today's theme is "Christmas where you live." I've had a few questions about this one, so I'll quickly explain what it means. It's a very flexible challenge; just show on your nails what Christmas is like where you are. This could mean something about your country, your house, your town - whatever. It can also be what Christmas means to you, or special memories that you relate to Christmas time. 

For me, I chose to represent a New Zealand Christmas. It took me ages to decide on the exact design though - there are so many parts to a Kiwi Christmas! I had at least two other designs I was really close to doing, but ended up choosing this one. Our Christmas is in the first month of Summer, which means that Christmas here is synonymous to holidays, warmth, sun, beaches and the outdoors. It's fantastic. I decided to paint a beach scene, with a big ole' kiwi (wearing a Santa hat - see my inspiration here) in the middle of it. To the sides I added branches from Pohutukawa trees (known as the New Zealand Christmas tree) and on the thumb, I wrote the words "Merry Xmas."

Hmm. Just realised that none of the main photos actually show my thumb! I had issues taking photos today - it's a bit grey and ugly (still warm though). You can see my thumb in the tutorial, though, and in the bottom photo in this post.

Here's the tutorial! Please subscribe and 'like' my video, it really helps me get my tutorials out there :).

Here's the other hand! As usual, I did this one first to learn the best way to do the design before filming it. That's why the beach is covered up by the pohutukawas in this one!
I just realised that the reflection makes it look like the kiwi is smiling - cute.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Christmas Candy Nail Art Tutorial | 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge

Candy Cane nails! Mixed in with some stripes to give it a bit of variation. This is for day three of the 12 days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge. Remember, if you're taking part, use the hash tag #12daysnailchallenge if you're posting it on instagram. Otherwise, just post it to my Facebook wall and I'll add yours to the album of recreations!

Polishes I used:
Jordana Pop Art - Contemporary White
OPI - Green-wich Village
Maybelline Color Show - Keep Up The Flame
Sinful Colors - Envy

Here's the tutorial! Please subscribe to my channel :).

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Christmas Present Nail Art Tutorial | 12 Days Of Christmas Nail Art Challenge

It's the third of December; time for day two of the 12 days of Christmas nail art challenge! There was much less stress involved in getting this post up - everything was filmed and edited on the 2nd, phew :).
Check out my last post here.

On a side note, it's my husbands birthday today! I was talking about how the theme for today was wrapping paper and presents, and kept repeating, "third of December, third of December." Suddenly he chimes in "...and that's my birthday, too?!" Oops. Worst wife award right here.

Anyway, so here are the nails I came up with for today - Christmas presents!

Kind of cute, eh? I had to think long and hard about what I was going to do for these - I wanted to do something different, but still easy enough that I could make a tutorial for it. These were spot on, and here's the tutorial. Please subscribe :).

Monday, 2 December 2013

Beach Nail Art Tutorial

Back in May I entered a competition called Beauty and the Beach, and painted a beach scene on one nail. You can see that here. I decided to make a tutorial out of that one nail - unfortunately (as usual) I had completely forgotten how I had achieved the look the first time around! I remembered afterwards that I had actually used acrylic paint for it, which is why it was so well-blended. No worries, either way I ended up with these beach nails and a tutorial to go with it!

You can watch it here, and please subscribe!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Christmas Tree Nail Art Tutorial | 12 Days Of Christmas Nail Art Challenge

Oh my goodness I'm getting this post up so late! It's almost 10pm here on the 1st of December - it just snuck up on me! So today is the first day of the 12 days of Christmas nail art challenge. BY THE WAY - the hashtag I'll be using for this is #12daysnailchallenge (hehe snail challenge) - so if you do these, post them on Instagram and Twitter with that hash tag. And preferably tag me @naileditnz in case I don't see them. Make sure your profile is public! I'll be putting all the nails into an album on Facebook.

Right, so because of my disorganization I had to remove my nails I spent hours on yesterday to do these, which was a bit of a waste. And then for some reason I then committed to making a tutorial for each design I do as well! So this month will definitely be a big challenge for me.

Enough talking; here are my Christmas tree nails!

And here's the tutorial. Please subscribe!

Literary Lacquers Nail Polish Review - Five Stunning Indies!

When I approached Amy from Literary Lacquers about the possibility of her sponsoring my giveaway, not only did she say a big YES (check out the giveaway and what she contributed here) but also sent me five polishes to review! I chose them myself from her Etsy site - and oh my goodness it was hard to choose! There are so many pretties on there. I finally settled on: 

And now I'm going to share them with you! Today I just have swatches of them, but I plan to create some (hopefully awesome) nail art with them in the near future.

First we have Midsummer Night's Dream. This is my favourite out of the lot; I just adore it. It reminds me a lot of van Gogh's Starry Night - the colours are just perfect. In these photos I have two coats of Midsummer Night's Dream on my index and ring fingers, and one coat over black on the middle and pinky nails.

 Here's a picture with the bottle ☺.