Saturday, 27 December 2014

The Hobbit Nail Art | The Shire

In November, my friend Anjali (From L&P to English Tea) and I took part in NaNoWriMo. NaNo's goal is to write a book in a month, and in order to "win" NaNo, you need to reach 50,000 words. That's about 1,650 words a day, which is pretty achievable, but you really don't want to get behind or else it's near-impossible to catch up. I'd been wanting to write a book since I was 16, but have always had an excuse not to. This seemed like the perfect opportunity, and I figured that even if I don't reach the full 50k I'd still get more down than the measly 3,000 words I managed in high school! Anjali and I decided that whoever had the most words by the end of the month would get to choose something for the other person to do on their blog... and the writing began!

I surprised myself! I was pretty dedicated, each day pumping out my allocated word count and getting excited whenever I reached a milestone. Sometimes I was completely over it though, and would write 1,650 words of rubbish. Still, I kept going. Finally I reached 50,000, a few days before the end of the month. Anjali reached it shortly before me, but I still had a few days where I could have gone hard and attempted to beat her... but after 50,000 words, I was done. Time for a break, I decided, and I happily let her take first place, with a difference of about 1,500 words, if I remember correctly. As her reward for winning, Anjali chose a theme for some detailed nail art, and as you can see she chose The Hobbit!

I wanted to make a video tutorial for this, but it's really hard to film detailed designs - you need to move your hand around too much and it gets really frustrating! Instead, I took pictures as I went and combined them into this step-by-step tutorial. It's the first tutorial I've done this way, so let me know what you think of it. It's not going to be a regular thing for normal nail art, but could be an option for getting designs up that otherwise wouldn't make it to YouTube...

I haven't done any Lord Of The Rings or The Hobbit nail art before, and there's a reason for that. I don't like painting my nails with things that I don't completely love, as it feels like I'm selling myself out. And with LOTR, I always fall asleep while watching it. Seriously, does it have to be so long?! I've read The Hobbit, back when I was a pre-teen but as that was at least ten years ago my memory is a little foggy. So, unlike The Hunger Games and various other popular series, LOTR has never made an appearance here - until now. I'm really glad Anjali asked for me to do these nails, because it prompted me to finally watch The Hobbit. I watched the first one about a week after doing these nails, and realised that it encompasses a whole lot more than just the Shire! I'm now planning on making a nail art series on The Hobbit, and it will definitely include more dragons ☺. I really enjoyed the first two Hobbit movies, and all going to plan I'll be watching the third next week. Then, I'll give Lord Of The Rings another try. No promises that'll work out. 
Worst. New Zealander. Ever.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

My Christmas Nails | Snowflakes & Baubles Inspired by MadamLuck

 Merry Christmas! At the time of writing this, it's almost just after 8pm on Christmas Eve - a lot closer to Christmas than some of you in the northern hemisphere, I'm sure! I wasn't intending on sharing these nails with you today, but I was so pleased with both the nail art and the photography that I just needed to get them up. Before I continue, I should say that this is not an original design; I was inspired by the very talented MadamLuck. You can see her original nail design here, and follow her on Instagram @madamluck to see all of her work!

I've done a few different Christmas nail art tutorials on my YouTube channel this year, but as they were all done weeks before the 25th, I had bare nails this morning. I lost some of my nail art mojo a few months ago after suffering a bit of a burn out; which all came as a bit of a shock. It's been a few months now and I've had time to reflect, and I now know the reason it happened. The same as many bloggers; I turned my beloved hobby into a pressure-filled, time-constricted, 50-hours-a-week job. When I do nail art tutorials for YouTube, it's often purely for the viewers. At least 50% of the time, I wipe off the polish just hours after applying it, and it's normally only on one hand. This is for a variety of reasons; to save time, to do another tutorial straight after it, because I have a client coming, or because I have things to do and don't have time to wait for my nails to dry. It can take the enjoyment right out of it!

I've known that painting one hand and removing it has been a problem for a while, but haven't really done much about it; I've focused more on cutting down my reviews, re-organising my YouTube schedule and relieving general blogging pressures. It's been working; I was feeling relatively confident that I could continue this long-term - but there still was a hint of doubt. However, this week I've managed to paint my nails (on both hands, and off camera) twice, and I loved it. Took me back to the old days when I would perch on the edge of my table covered in study notes and paint designs on my digits for hours, forgetting to eat or drink and then having that awful moment of "oh my god, I need to pee!" My passion for nail art is well and truly intact; it never really went, in hindsight. It's silly how much pressure you can put on yourself, when really it's only you doing it. There are obviously external factors that made it a bit tougher, but if I keep this as a hobby, I can stop and start whenever I want, and keep it fun, creative, fresh. My followers are all lovely and I can count the negative comments I've gotten in the last 2 1/2 years on one hand. I just love, love, love the blogging community, the viewers, the readers, everything about this little world. I have no intention of leaving it, so in order to stick around it's time to make my nail art more about what suits me... and I have a feeling it's going to up the quality of my work as well. 

So there's a little update. To be honest, I didn't need to say all this, but in case you were one of the 300 people who watched my "Shall I Quit YouTube?" video (before I pulled it down), there is a happy ending to the story. There's a lot more happening in the next few months for me too, but I think I'll tell it after-the-fact... things change to easily! Back to the nail art, now ☺.

I used a variety of nail polish for this design, plus some acrylic paint. I find the latter great for the foreground; in this case the baubles. It's a lot more opaque and doesn't require a white coat first, as the paint stands out brightly by itself.

Here's a list of the polishes I used:
China Glaze - Running In Circles
China Glaze - Platinum Silver
Nicole by OPI - Carrie'd Away
Nicole by OPI - Sheer Fun
Nubar - Royal Blue
Sally Hansen - Himalayan Blue
Sally Hansen - Wedding Crasher
Sinful Colors - Snow Me White

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Pinkie Pie Nail Art | My Little Pony Christmas!

With most nail art, I go through phases. For a while I love anything with stripes, or dots, then I move on to chevron, or perhaps leopard print. I incorporate the current favourite into most manicures I do, relishing all the different ways to do it; creeping up the side, covering the whole nail, different colours - the possibilities are endless! After weeks, or sometimes months of this, I get a feeling not dissimilar to the sudden hatred you get when you've listened to your favourite song too many times. I go completely off it; it's boring, it's easy, it's cliché. I refuse for do it for months at a time, until the wheel turns full circle and suddenly it's back in full force.

Today's nail art, however, is not one of those designs. I have a handful of designs that I never seem to tire of, and they are the detailed ones. I always love doing Disney nail art, My Little Pony nail art, Game of Thrones nail art and anything else that requires a lot more patience and creativity. I've previously done Rainbow Dash and a Halloween pony, and after it being requested over and over, I decided to do Pinkie Pie. Since Christmas is only five days away though, I added in some Christmas lights to make it a bit more festive!

Here's the tutorial! Please subscribe to my channel, I generally upload a new video every Friday.

The nail polishes I used in this design were:
China Glaze - Lemon Fizz
Essie - I'm Addicted
Essie - Need A Vacation
Essie - Too Taboo
Essie - Vices Versa
Jordana - Black
Jordana - Mellow Yellow
Jordana - Sweet Orange
Literary Lacquers - Anne With An "E"
Nicole By OPI - City-Pretty Rose
Nicole by OPI - Please Red-Cycle
Revlon - Alluring Amber
Sinful Colors - Snow Me White

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Pastel Owl Nail Art - With Gel Polish

Every now and again I'll give myself a gel polish manicure. It's certainly not a regular thing, as it lasts far too long for me; 2-3 weeks with the same design conflicts rather heavily with blogging! However, if I'm moving house, extremely busy or have a lot of nail art designs lined up ready to post, I'll treat myself. This was one of these occasions, and as you can see, I gave it a pastel theme with a cute little owl as a feature nail!

On the index finger I've done a light pink (or perhaps you could call it lavender?) background and carefully painted horizontal stripes across it in white polish. On the middle nail I pressed silver glitter into the polish; I've got a tutorial on how to do that here. On the ring finger I painted a little owl, one of my favourite designs to do. They're just so cute! And on the thumb and pinky I used a tiffany green background colour (I use EzFlow TruGel, by the way) and painted on white hearts.

If you've seen my post about my attempts at nail art with gel polish, you'll know that it wasn't a smooth journey to get to where I wanted to be. Gel polish is a lot runnier and prone to spreading out than normal nail polish, which means doing detailed designs is tricky. I've had lots of practice now, and have been getting lots of lovely compliments on my ability to get it to behave! I've found it's all about having the right amount of polish on the (thin) brush, and flash-curing the product. Some of my more recent gel polish works can be found here and here.

Here's the other hand - didn't turn out quite as well! I remember getting a bit impatient (it was at the end of a client day) and rushing it with the chest feathers... then laughing at how horrendously bad they turned out in comparison. They were still super cute, fun nails to wear though, so I was happy.

I hit 10,000 subscribers on YouTube yesterday! This is such an amazing thing for me; this year has been filled with many ups and downs, and it's so great to see that despite everything, I still reached my goal. A year ago I made reaching 10k one of my blogging resolutions, but I thought it a bit optimistic, considering I started the year with just 1k. Reaching it two weeks early is fantastic! I can only dream of seeing the same exponential increase next year...

Thanks heaps to everyone who's supported me since Nailed It NZ started. I'm in the progress of organising a massive giveaway to say thank you - can't wait to start it. Keep an eye out for it on my YouTube channel, all going to plan it should be up within a week or two.

P.S - I updated my tutorial page - it isn't ten miles long now!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Snowman and Snowflake Nails | Christmas Tutorial

Back in October I did these Halloween nails, and loved how the skeleton crossed over two nails. It's such a unique look, plus it means you have twice the space to paint on - perfect! I was thinking of a new Christmas nail art design to film, and realised I haven't done snowmen yet - so here we are.

I really love this cute little guy, and it was nice to finally do some snowflakes on myself again. 
Here's the tutorial, and please subscribe to my channel ☺.

It's definitely time to do something more challenging though, and all going to plan my next detailed nail art will be based on The Hobbit. I'm in two minds about whether to film it or not - I always do better work when there's not a camera in the way. Perhaps step-by-step photos instead?

Apologies for the irregular colouring and photo quality; I took these photos outside on a horrible, cold, windy day (hurray for Kiwi Summers) and didn't realise till I went to edit that they weren't the best.

The nail polishes I used for these nails were:
Essie - Bikini So Teeny
Jordana - Black
Mode - VIP
Nicole by OPI - Party Bus
Nicole by OPI - Please Red-Cycle
OPI - Greenwich Village
Revlon - Alluring Amber
Sinful Colors - Snow Me White

Hope you like these! 

Friday, 12 December 2014

Christmas Minions | Nail Art Inspired by Despicable Me

Several months ago I was browsing Instagram and found these cute little breast cancer awareness minions by NailStorming (Gianna's got some amazing designs!). I thought they were such a good idea, and made a note to make a Christmas version when December rolled around. Sure enough, here they are - my first Christmas nail design of 2014.

The tutorial for these went live on Wednesday (a bonus video for this week) and since then I've been desperately wanting to watch Despicable Me. I haven't managed to find it yet in the DVD collection of the place we're house-sitting, but it still could be in there somewhere... fingers crossed!

Please subscribe to my channel ☺.

I used quite a few polishes in this design, they were:

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Taylor Swift - Blank Space | Nail Art Tutorial

 Today I've got some crazy nails to show you - very much for a true Swiftie! I've loved Taylor Swift ever since I heard "Love Story" back in high school, and was so excited for 1989 to come out. I've now got an embarrassingly high play count of that album on my itunes (triple digits...), it's just so good! I've previously done Shake It Off nails, when her first single from 1989 came out, and you can see them here. I watched the music video to Blank Space recently and though it was hilarious and very clever, so decided I'd have to recreate it on my nails. Here's a collage of the nails I did - you'll see that one hand is "Loved Up Taylor" and the other hand is "Psycho Taylor."

It was really tricky to decide what to do for this tutorial, and in hindsight I probably wouldn't have filmed it, and instead gone into more detail. I had to re-do about 4 nails because I changed my mind on the design, so it got really frustrating! I was pretty happy with what I came up with in the end, though, and I particularly like the dress and tuxedo on the "Loved Up" hand. Here's the tutorial for it. I'm so close to 10,000 subscribers now!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

How To Remove Nail Polish Stains | YouTube Video

Hey everyone! 

I thought I'd make a quick blog post about my latest video, which is all about how I removed my nail polish stains. In case you've never had a problem with this, nails get stained when you constantly wear nail polish for an extended period of time. I noticed my nails first started getting stained once I had worn nail polish for a month straight, and it just got worse from there. As I do so much nail art, I also had multiple layers and various other glitters, etc, on top of the base colour, making it thicker and adding to the stain. Naturally, I wanted to cover up the embarrassing yellow nails with more polish, (they can be stained other colours too, but it generally fades to yellow) but that just perpetuated the problem. After a year of gross, stained nails, I finally figured out how to make it go away - and it was simple!

Here are a couple of pictures showing my nails before and after.

Pretty dramatic improvement, right?

I should say, if you're looking for a quick fix, don't bother watching. Seriously. There is no quick fix for badly stained nails that won't damage your natural nail - at least not one I've found, and I have researched this a LOT. I've found that a lot of the websites that tell you they've got a miracle cure don't actually have any proof it works, they're just hoping to get a viral post. These copy-paste articles drive me insane! If lemon juice and baking soda works for you, that's great, but they sure didn't for me. I hope this helps some of you who's nails are in a similar state to what mine used to be!

Please subscribe ☺.

I've also got a post on my blog all about this, which you can find here.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Gold Leopard Print | Nail Art Tutorial on YouTube

Leopard print was one of the first nail art designs I tried, and it's been a long term favourite ever since. It's perfect for those days when you want something pretty, but don't have hours and hours free to do it. I decided to make a tutorial for how to do this, as it's really easy and good for beginners - plus it's one of the most rewarding designs at this level! Here's how the nails turned out.

I just used three polishes for this design:
Nicole by OPI - Carrie'd away (That's the gold background)
OPI - You Don't Know Jacques!
Revlon - Black Lingerie

Here's the tutorial, and please subscribe to my channel - coming pretty close to the big 10k now!

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Lewis Road Creamery | Chocolate Milk Nails

There's a new obsession in New Zealand. 
On the first of October 2014, Lewis Road Creamery released their new product - Fresh Chocolate Milk. It has become a huge deal! In fact, I'd say it's on par with Marmageddon, which happened a couple of years ago. Lewis Road Creamery's Fresh Chocolate Milk is, according to their website, "an indulgent chocolatey treat that combines Lewis Road’s Premium Whole Milk with Whittaker’s 5 Roll Refined Creamy Milk Chocolate, to deliver a delicious, velvety chocolate milk like no other." 
Sounds great.

The problem is, it's near impossible to get a hold of. As Lewis Road is a relatively small Kiwi business they don't have the means to produce as much as New Zealanders are demanding, and when the milk is delivered it sells out within 15 minutes. Supermarkets are applying limits as to how many each person can buy, and I even saw a picture of a dairy re-selling is for $15 - cheeky! Naturally, the media have caught a wind of this and since then it seems the whole of the country is on a Chocolate Milk hunt. 

I've been keeping an eye out for it when getting my groceries for a few weeks, but recently I decided to give it a real try. I often walk with my husband to his work, which is just down the road from a supermarket. His starting time also normally ties in quite nicely with the supposed milk delivery time, so I had high hopes of grabbing one the first time I went in.

On a Tuesday, I entered the supermarket and made a beeline for the chilled section. Once it was in sight, I slowed my pace and walked ever-so-casually past the cabinet, inwardly cringing at the fact I was only there because the media told me to be... I wasn't one of those people, was I? I glanced in, and quickly realised there wasn't a bottle in sight. Without stopping, I attempted to smoothly walk through the rest of the chilled section, and there was a clear moment of "Now What?" I was going to look like a complete idiot if I just strolled on out of there without anything. I ended up buying one red 50 cent K-bar. Totally cool. And such began my milk hunting routine.

I learnt that the deliveries come between 9-10, and so when walking with Chris the next day, I tried again. Same story, no luck. This time my consolation prize was upped, to a Cookie Crumble ice block.

On the third attempt, I thought I had it sussed. My flatmate, who works at that supermarket, confirmed that the milk delivery is at 10am on a Thursday, and that was the time Chris started work. Perfect. I walked into the supermarket, excited that I could finally see what all the fuss is about. I arrived to a line of people, which just grew longer and longer and longer. For chocolate milk! 

I wandered around the supermarket while I was waiting, grabbing some groceries but circling back to the chilled section. At first the staff said at first it should arrive soon, then told us that it was normally here by now. We crossed our fingers and waited a little longer. It was quite a relaxed, amused atmosphere, I should add; everyone felt a bit silly about the fact they were lining up for the stuff. Most people were talking to each other and making fun of themselves.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Floral Anchor Nail Art + Tutorial

Ages ago, I did some Floral Anchor nail art on myself (scroll down to see it in this blog post), and I had several requests for a tutorial. I've put it off for a while as I've been a bit busy, but when Live4Polish asked if we could do a bestie twin manicure on Instagram, I decided to recreate it and make a tutorial. You can see what she came up with for her version of this theme here! And of course, here's my nail design.

The tutorial is below, and please subscribe to my channel - almost at 9,000 now ☺.

As you can see, on the thumb, index and pinky fingers I applied a stud, which I got from KKCenterHk. I reviewed them ages ago, here, and you can buy them here.
The rest of the polish was a mix of different brands, and the technique to create the roses was really very easy, as you'll see in the video. Just a few swirls! This design was partially inspired by the talented Celine of Celine Does Nails - you can see her design here.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Mockingjay Nail Art Tutorial | The Hunger Games

Yesterday I realised there was only ten days until Mockingjay Part 1 came out - cue much excitement! I'm a little apprehensive about viewing it in the cinemas within the first two week of it's release, though. The first two movies were spoilt for me by obnoxiously loud people talking all the way through... I'm going to sound like the movie voiceover, but "please be considerate of your fellow movie-goers!" Considering I LOVE this series and want to fully enjoy the next one, I might wait until the crowds go through before I see it. If I can hold out that long, that is!

I did some Catching Fire nail art when that movie was released last year, and decided to recreate it in a Mockingjay theme for this year.

The nail design was blue, as you can see, to match the cover of the third book. I did toss up basing it off the promo images for the new movie, but decided it would be too similar to my old design. A new challenge is always good! I made a tutorial for it as well; here it is, and please subscribe to my channel.

I love the flames - they're relatively easy to create while looking so intense and detailed! I like the symbolism behind the flames turning blue, as well. While the fire started in the second book/movie, the third one is when it really burns hot - the uprising turns into something a lot bigger.

I do wonder if The Hunger Games movies would still be so popular if it wasn't for Jennifer Lawrence being in them? I imagine they would be, but to me it's an added bonus that she plays a lead role. She's such an awesome person! I've drawn her a couple of times in recent months, if you're interested; here and here.

Just looking at these pictures makes me want to drop everything and start re-reading the series. SO GOOD.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Taylor Swift's Cats | Nail Art Celebrating 1989!

Out of all the experiences I've had since starting Nailed It NZ, there are two that easily stand out as best. They're not prizes I've won, or celebrities I've met or anything dramatic like that; they're spending one-on-one time with fans. On two occasions, now, I've had a chance to meet someone who's followed me online for a while, and it really is the coolest thing ever. Earlier this year I met Katie, and we went shopping in town for an hour or two - it made my day! And more recently, I met Carwen and did these nails for her. She'd been talking about visiting my little salon for a while, but as she lived 3-4 hours away I wasn't going to hold her to it, especially as she was still in high school and would have to rely on someone else to get her here. But one day I got an email from her, saying that she was coming down to see me and wanted to book an appointment - I'm pretty sure that I was more excited that she was!

When she arrived, she wasn't 100% sure on what she wanted, so we talked a bit to think up an idea that'd be very "her," unique, and worth the drive. We had both discovered online that we were Taylor Swift fans, and so we ended up basing a design off her cats; Meredith and Olivia. They're funny looking, cats, actually, with strange little floppy ears but still completely adorable! Here's a picture of the nails.

And here's another shot that includes some snaps of the cats, so you can compare them.

Carwen came up with the idea of using Taylor's cats as inspiration, and I thought it was genius ☺. As you can see, we also added some roses crawling up three of her other nails, and a super sparkly glitter nail, done using this technique.

Friday, 7 November 2014

How To Press Glitter Into Gel Polish | Tutorial

My latest video teaches you one of my favourite nail tech techniques - how to press glitter into gel polish! It's super simple and easy, but the outcome is incredible. None of these photos capture how brilliant this glitter shines in real life - I'm completely obsessed with this look.

I was taught how to do this at the beginning of 2014, by a local salon. They thought it was funny that I can do crazy complicated nail art yet was completely blown away by this glitter - but seriously, it's amazing ☺.

Here's the tutorial for it, hope you like it and please subscribe!

The photo below gives a bit of an indication of how it shines, but it's still not the same as in person. When I had these nails on it was very distracting... I just wanted to stare at them all day!

I used five different glitters for this design and created an ombre effect across my five fingers. Three of the colours were in little pots that I bought from Born Pretty Store, and two were in larger bottles. which the same store sent to me to review. When choosing glitter for this kind of work, make sure it's really small, otherwise it won't fill in the spaces properly.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Disney Nail Art #7 | Sleeping Beauty & Maleficent

A few weeks ago I watched Maleficent, and absolutely loved it. Angelina Jolie was the perfect actress to play the evil fairy, and I loved hearing the "other side" of the story. I decided to make Maleficent and Sleeping Beauty the next inspirations for my Disney Series. In case you haven't seen any from the series before, in April 2013 I challenged myself to hand-paint nail art based on Disney movies, with the intention of doing each design in as much detail as I possibly could. This is the seventh design, and in the past I've done (in chronological order);

The basic goal of these is to improve my skill; it's very easy to just keep doing art to the same level but I'll never improve that way! I put it off doing these for a while, knowing I'd have to spend a long time on them - and I was right. It took five hours to do both hands, but I'm very happy with the final result ☺.

It was a huge process to create them. There was definitely a point when I thought "okay, I'm a bit over this now!" I considered simplifying it by just doing one of the fairies, however let's be honest, the three of them had to be together. 

I've made a couple of step-by-step picture tutorials for these nails as well, for those who want to know how I did them, and I'll talk you through what I used as inspiration.

As with all my extremely-detailed nail art, I planned out roughly what I wanted first. In the picture below you can see my left hand, and the bottom circles and scribbles on the paper was my plan for it. As you can see, I leave the details for the nails ☺. I initially was going to do this on my right hand, but realised the Maleficent hand would be slightly easier as there are fewer characters on it - and as I'm right handed there was no sense in making it harder for myself.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Skeleton Nail Art & Face Paint - Plus FAMOUS Nails!

A few days ago I painted some skeleton nail art on my nails and posted a picture online. 
Oh. My. God. It blew up the internet. In my two-and-a-half years of nail blogging I have never experienced anything like it. Currently, this picture has 1,700 hearts on We Heart It, 1,000 on Instagram and 500 on Facebook. I got about 1,000 new followers out of it, was featured on Tumblr and heaps of Instagram accounts (including @nails2inspire) reposted it with credit. 
It was nuts, but in a very good way. 

The best part was, that after months and months of constantly making tutorials for other people, I did these purely for ME. Because I wanted to wear them. So to end up with nails I liked plus having half the internet drooling over them, it was a pretty good outcome. It also really reiterated that I'm doing the right thing by focusing on what I love, rather than forcing myself to be a tutorial-making machine. Here's the design!

I had been thinking for a few days about what I wanted to dress up as for Halloween, and how I was going to match my nails to it. I've done a bunch of Halloween designs on YouTube, but I wanted something different; something that I hadn't done before. I was quite keen on a skeleton, and found a bunch of ideas online where the skeleton crossed over two nails - I definitely had to go with that! In the end, the biggest inspiration for those nails was this design by The Nailasaurus. I added a bit more detail to it though, around the hips and the skull and added some cracks across the whole design to make him look more realistic.

 After doing the skeleton, I decided I wanted a Halloween version of French tips on the rest of the nails. I found this cool design to inspire me, but had an absolute nightmare of a time trying to figure out what the name of the blogger was! If you clicked that last link you would have seen that it was very blurry, and seeing what the watermark says is completely impossible. 

However, after about 10 minutes of searching for different sizes of the picture I finally found one of a good enough quality that I could read the little writing on the watermark. Turns out I recreated a design the was a recreation itself! I initially saw A Sassy Conspiracy's photo, and after a bit of searching found that she followed Brush Me Blush's tutorial.

If you're wondering how I did these, I'm afraid I won't be making a tutorial for these any time soon. You can follow this tutorial for the tips though, and all I did extra was to add some fine black lines around the bones to make them look cracked. For the skeleton, I painted on the basic shapes and lines with white them dotted/striped in detail with black polish. They're not that hard, in comparison to my Disney series at least  - that's why I was so surprised they went so viral!

Their cute factor is through the roof, I guess. I've still got these on, and even managed to get away with using acetone on a client's nails this morning without removing any of my nail polish - win!

I only used a few polishes for this design, and they were:
Nicole by OPI - Sheer Fun
Revlon - Black Lingerie
Sinful Colors - Snow Me White

Here's my other hand. I've got a video all about painting your nails using your non-dominant hand if you want some tips.

 Now, on to the face paint! I haven't ever done this before, so wasn't too sure how it'd turn out. I opted for a skeleton, of course. Considering I'm unrecogniseable in photos, I think I did okay!

Chris made himself a Vampire, but one with a tanned neck, haha.

 I have issues with ribs. I added them in last-minute and didn't bother thinking much about their placement or how many there should be. So yeah, lots of ribs. My poor crushed lungs.

Later in the night I got a bit cold, so put on a hoodie. I realised it suited my makeup pretty well! Creepy...

We had heaps of other cool dress ups at our Halloween party last night, it was a really good time. I've never celebrated Halloween before, but this first certainly won't be a last!

Next week I'm planning on doing some Maleficent nail art, which will be part of my Disney series. Can't wait to show you what I come up with!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Witch Hat Nail Art for Halloween!

I love these nails - so easy to create, yet they look so detailed and effective! I've got a Halloween party this weekend, and must make sure I don't forget to do my nails for it - it'd be a bit shocking to forget to after all the tutorials I've made this year!

The tutorial for this is only two minutes long - short ones are my personal favourite as they're quick to watch, and easier to film and edit. I'm cutting down on my YouTube tutorials at the moment as I'm aiming for another career, but I imagine they'll still pop up from time-to-time, I am a little bit addicted... and my nail art will always be around!

Here's the video, and please subscribe ☺.

Cutting down on YouTube means spending more time on my blog, which I am beyond excited about. It's been somewhat neglected since July, with only posts about my latest videos. I'm really looking forward to doing some detailed nail art soon, and posting a nice big, chatty post on here all about it!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Female Frankenstein Nails | Collaboration With Eyedolize Makeup

While I love filming for my YouTube channel, and at times enjoy editing, I've found that if I'm doing it with someone else the whole process is so much more fun! It happened with videos featuring my husband, and it definitely happened when Bridgette from Eyedolize Makeup and I met up!

Bridgette's from Australia, and while we've collaborated once before, this was the first time we had met in person. We had yummy homemade burgers, a few drinks and filmed two videos - one for my channel and one for hers! Here's what she did on me for her channel - you can watch it here!

I loved it, and am so keen to start trying some of this kind of thing on myself. Maybe in the next year or so I'll expand a bit to this - we'll have to see how everything else goes ☺,

Here are the nails that I did for Bridgette - and jeez, the footage for this was pretty shocking. I was cringing while editing, but also laughing because really, it doesn't matter that much. All positive feedback so far too, which is awesome. 

Here's the tutorial - check out that amazing wonky camera angle, terrible lighting, and have fun squinting while trying to see the nail!

Taking photos of someone else's nails is also something of an art form, especially at night time... we managed to get a couple of decent ones at least!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Easy Mummy Nail Art Tutorial | Halloween 2014

Today I have a really quick and easy Halloween nail art tutorial for you! It's my fourth one of 2014, and you can find all the others (as well as last year's) here.

Mummy nails! Spooky...? More cute, I'd say.

The biggest issue I have with this kind of nail art - as in, designs that have dark horizontal lines over a light background, is that the black tends to smear when you apply a top coat. Many a manicure ruined... I've managed to find a way around it though, and I mention that at the end of this tutorial. 

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The polishes I used for this nail art were:
Jordana Pop Art - Black Mark
Revlon - Black Lingerie
Revlon - Ruby Ribbon
Sally Hansen - Without A Stitch
Sinful Colors - Snow Me White

Monday, 20 October 2014

Stamping FAIL - Help!

With nail art, you generally get better over time. I've seen my hand-painted nail art go from weird colourful stripes to patchwork to detailed cartoons. Hurrah. But I have never improved at stamping - in fact, I think I've gone backwards. The only hope I have is that maybe it's not me, maybe it's the polish I'm using. I've only ever stamped with normal nail polish, or stamping polish from Born Pretty Store. The one time I tried Konad, it belonged to a friend and it worked perfectly... I'm not sure if that was a one-off or not, but it gave me some hope.

I received a heap of stamping products to review from Born Pretty Store, and was excited to give it a try. The polishes are quite expensive, so I figured they must be awesome. But I don't know what it was - it was the most frustrating thing ever! I spent hours trying to get it to work one day, and this is the best I could get - plus this is after fixing it up the best I could by hand-painting in the gaps.

I pouted about my failed attempt for a good two weeks, but decided I owed it to Born Pretty Store, who I usually fully endorse, to try again. Maybe I was just having a bad day.

But no. Granted, this time was a little easier than last time, but most of the design still didn't transfer, and the white polish was far from opaque.

The awkward thing was that I intended to make a "How To" video with this stuff. But really, it was just a "How To Suck" video. I asked on Facebook if people wanted me to still upload it, despite it's... issues... and the response was a unanimous "yes," so at least I don't have to feel too bad about uploading such a sub-par tutorial. It's to please the people!

So I need some serious stamping help. Please, if you know anything about stamping, tell me what I'm doing wrong! It's worked in the past, with some other BPS polishes I have, but these ones... either I've gotten worse or the polishes aren't very good. The black was decent, come to think of it, but the white was too sheer and didn't transfer properly and the red dried so fast it was near-impossible to transfer. See the video for what I mean - and please subscribe!

Here are a few shots of the stamping supplies from Born Pretty Store. I did like the plates - there were heaps of awesome designs that I was so excited to try out, but it just didn't work out for me.

I heard that there's a company (or maybe several?)  that make extra large plates, for us ladies with wide fingernails. Does anyone know what the company's name is? I might see if I can hunt them down. Stamping isn't really "my thing" anyway, I like to hand-paint, but I know that a lot of people do like it and it'd be good to film a video where it worked perfectly.

Friday, 17 October 2014

My Little Pony Halloween Nail Art Tutorial

I've been wanting to upload this for ages! Now that I'm doing three videos a week, I have an upload schedule and try to balance out my favourites, instead of putting them all in at once. This is my second My Little Pony design, and I'm really happy with how it turned out!

As you can see, it's Halloween-themed, and was inspired by this picture. Of course, I made a tutorial for it, which you can watch here - please subscribe to my channel!

This is my third Halloween nail art tutorial for 2014, and I still have two to edit and upload. It's kind of fun, sticking to a theme, but I'm still mixing it up with other videos in-between. I'm definitely doing a lot more My Little Pony nails - I just love doing them! And so far I've been pleasantly surprised at how they've turned out. They're hard but not too hard, if that makes sense? The hardest part is trying to keep my hands in-camera; that part can be a bit frustrating.

I did Rainbow Dash nail art a little while ago, and you can check that out here.