Wednesday, 30 July 2014

My Nail Studio!

I've been very busy these past two months; setting up my own home salon! I'm only a few weeks away from completing my nail tech course now (nail school diaries will be updated at the end of it) and am so excited! This video shows the transformation of my blogging room into the Nailed It NZ home studio. I've had such awesome positive feedback on this video, so many lovely comments and messages. Thank you!!

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Monday, 28 July 2014

Nicole by OPI | Swatches & Reviews

Most people will know of Nicole by OPI. It branches from the ever-popular OPI nail polish brand and they have so many amazing celebrity-inspired collections! It's aimed at the younger market, which explains why they have so many awesome bright colours and glitters. Here's a bit of trivia; do you know who this brand is named after? I asked, and Nicole is the daughter of OPI's President and CEO, George Schaeffer. How cool would it be to call yourself the President of a nail polish brand?! I'm TOTALLY doing that one day!

Recently Nicole by OPI NZ was kind enough to send me eight of their beautiful polishes to swatch and create some nail art with. I've made a chevron tutorial from some of the colours, which will be up on YouTube in a couple of weeks. 

This brand has recently been released in Countdown supermarkets here in New Zealand - for a very good price. A year or so ago if you were to buy an OPI polish from the shops, you'd be paying upwards of $25. However, these beauties are marked at just $13.99 - and often on sale for $10! I'm very excited about this trend - I really hope it leads the way for more affordable polish in New Zealand.

If you've already puchased some of these, tag @nicolebyopinz and #liveinthecolourNZ in your swatches on instagram - they'd love to see them!

Today I'll show you all the colours I received and give a short review of each.

I love collaging swatches together! So pretty!

Sheer Fun is the perfect base for a French polish, or if you're trying the new negative space look. I used it as a base in my upcoming tutorial, actually! It has a very subtle, reddish shimmer running through it, and this is two coats of the polish.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Girly Skull Nail Art | Star Kin Nail Polish

Following on from my last post, a Star Kin nail polish review, I decided to use one of my favourite Star Kins in a nail art design! Here's what I came up with.

I've been a little obsessed with skull nail art lately, but I love mixing something that's completely the opposite in with it. Gross, deadly skulls... with a cross on another nail, or sugar skulls, or in this case, a pretty bow planted on it's head!

I've done quite a bit of skull nail art now, including a tutorial or two. I haven't posted all of them on my blog, but here are a few!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Star Kin Nail Polish | Review & Swatches

If you're a New Zealand polish lover than you may have heard of Star Kin. It's a beautiful indie brand made here in New Zealand by a lovely lady called Ami! All the polishes she makes can be found on Etsy and are very reasonably priced. She also makes the most delicious smelling cuticle oil I have ever found - and being a well-established nail fanatic I have tried a few! A friend showed me hers, and it immediately led to me purchasing about 20 "cuti-cuddles" to sell in my home studio... and one for me. I might actually do a whole post about them sometime, they really are quite incredible.

Ami was kind enough to send me a bunch of her polishes to swatch and review!

I'll start with my favourite. With Grape Delight is absolutely gorgeous. It's a deep grape purple with a holographic shimmer that really perfects it. This is three coats of the polish and I am SUCH a fan.

Isn't is stunning?

A close second for me, is Blue Suede Shoes. It's hands down the best base to galaxy nail art I've ever seen - I had to resist making a full-on nail art design out of this when I was swatching it! It's packed with iridescent glitter, holo shimmer and is just beautiful. This is 2-3 coats.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Born Pretty Store Giveaway - THREE WINNERS!

Time for another Born Pretty Store giveaway! This one's got three winners!

I won't ramble on, but here are some basic rules:

  • 1 entry per person
  • Don't lie on the entry form - I'll be checking!
  • Giveaway is international
  • I am not responsible for any prizes lost in the post. This hasn't happened before, but just to be safe!
So, the prizes! They're all in the form of vouchers to Born Pretty Store. If you haven't heard of BPS already, they supply a huge amount of nail art supplies. Most of my art stuff comes from there, and I regularly purchase and review their products. I've been working with them for about two years and haven't had a reason to stop ☺. Their prices are very good and they have international free shipping.

Prize One: $20 voucher to Born Pretty Store!

Here's a little photo montage of what $20 can get you...

Prize Two: $15 voucher to Born Pretty Store!

Here's a picture showing what you could buy with that voucher...

Prize Three: $15 voucher to Born Pretty Store!

This part of the giveaway is exclusively run through instagram - I'll choose the winner off there. All you need to do is follow me on instagram and re-post the picture below (it'll also be on my IG account). Find me @naileditnz and use the hashtag #naileditnzbpsgiveaway to be in the draw!

I also have this code for 10% off, so really you can get more than what you see above!

Enter through the Rafflecopter widget below to be in to win the first two prizes, and head over to instagram to enter the third! Remember, no cheating - if you haven't commented, followed or "liked," don't say you did!  Each person can only enter once. The giveaway will run for one month, starting at midnight on the 20th July, closing at midnight 20th August. Any questions? Feel free to ask in the comments. Good luck!!

Friday, 18 July 2014

More Bloopers! | Nailed It NZ YouTube

My latest YouTube video is a bit random and weird - not a tutorial this time! I save up my intros and every now and again I make a bloopers video. It's painful trawling through all the footage but it can be quite funny once it's all together! Hope you enjoy it.

You can check out my previous bloopers video here ☺.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Nail Foils | Born Pretty Store Review

If you're into nail art and haven't experimented with nail foils yet... you're missing out. There are so many different designs out there and they add something that you just can't achieve with nail polish! The holographic look you see in many of them is amazing, I just love it. I've done heaps of nail art with foils before (see them all here), and today I decided to try out a few new foils sent to me by Born Pretty Store.

Here's what I ended up with!

These ones are a little different to the previous ones I've reviewed. They're bigger, for a start, and the patterns on them resemble nail art instead of a plain holographic colour. I'm not sure if I'm comfortable with this change... I found the leopard print one in particular quite hard to work with and had to paint over the bits that didn't work out as well afterwards, which kind of defeats the purpose. Using nail foils is quite an imprecise art, so mixing it with nail art - which is the opposite, is a bit of a risk. 

The egg shell-like one was interesting. I was going to try work it into this manicure, but let's be honest, it's busy enough already. I would like to try it over a white polish some day though - I feel there's potential to be explored there. The middle one that you see below was my absolute favourite. It applied really easily and even when you didn't get the pattern off in a single press, it was adaptable enough to still look cool with multiple presses! 

In case you don't know the process involved in applying nail foils to your natural nails, here's a tutorial I made a few weeks ago that you might find helpful.  Please subscribe to my channel ☺.

Here's the glue I used for applying the foils - I'm pretty sure it's just PVA. I talk about the different options in the video, and of course, you can apply foils over gel polish as well.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Floral Nail Decals | BPS Review

Today I've got the most gorgeous water decals to show you! They're from Born Pretty Store and I just love how they turned out. In this blog post I'll also do a mini-tutorial for how I apply them - and I'll make a note to do a YouTube tutorial about it sometime as well!

Here's the finished look.

The packet I used for this design was middle one in the top row. I haven't used the others yet, but am hoping to try them out soon! If you want to purchase the other decals, you can find the feather ones here, lace ones here and cat ones (I can't wait to do something with these!) here.

I've used water decals plenty of times before, but normally the designs are lots of small ones - like the cats or feathers, not a whole sheet. Since these ones cover the whole nail I guess it's best to have it this way though, as there is a huge variation in nail sizes.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Spot The Dog | Tutorial & Collaboration!

I've been wanting to show you these nails for ages! They're my current pride and joy; I'm very happy with how they turned out... well, the left hand at least! Not so much the right hand - you'll see that further down.

Who knows Spot? I'm sure most people do, at least those who grew up in the 80's onwards or had children around that time. For those that don't know him, Spot is the main character a children's book series by author Eric Hill (who unfortunately passed away recently). It was later made into a TV series which I watched heaps of as a kid! You can check out Spot's Wikipedia page here.

Laura Wales and I collaborated for our latest videos, and the theme was "your favourite childhood book." I was, am, and always will be a proud bookworm, so it was pretty impossible to choose just one. I decided to choose one that I really loved, and was a bit easier to paint on my nails than the "Five Find-Outers" by Enid Blyton... and so Spot ended up on my fingertips!

Here's the tutorial for the little guy. He's so cute! If you try this, make sure you use a really thin brush - I cannot stress how big of a difference this makes! I have a video about cutting down your brushes here. Please subscribe ☺.

Laura was the lovely girl who I collaborated with! She did this super cute Winnie The Pooh design - I love Eeyore!

You can subscribe to Laura's channel below, and I hope you like her tutorial! Thanks for collaborating with me, Laura!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Essie Nail Lacquer | Swatches and Reviews

I am so excited to show you these beauties! Essie New Zealand was kind enough to send me a selection of their nail lacquers to swatch and create nail art with. I'm still going to make another tutorial using this brand, but in the meantime check out this Daisy nail art and Water Marble nail art on my YouTube channel ☺. In this post I'll provide a close-up shot and short review of each polish. 

Don't they look beautiful all together?

Some of the shades turned out a bit bright in the pictures, but they're still a pretty good representation of them. The colours always change depending on the light you're in anyway ☺.

Also, some of the colours were from specific collections -I've been told they're 2014 ones, and I've listed them as such but I've seen other swatching posts referring to them as 2013 collections. I think it depends on the country, as the collections themselves (as in, the shades in them) vary a bit. Essie has only recently been re-released in New Zealand so perhaps the set-up is a bit different here. I'll update this if I learn something new!

One last thing; New Zealanders, you can buy Essie nail lacquer from Farmers. (I just had a giggle at how strange that must sound to people from other countries!).

Thursday, 3 July 2014

It's Raining Nail Art!

I found a bunch of pictures in my computer that hadn't made it to my blog yet, so this post has four different nail designs in it!

These first ones I did on my flatmate Michaela a while back. I love how the gradient leopard print turned out, and the black stud added a nice touch.

Both hands. I just love leopard print on a white background, even though I always feel strangely guilty whenever I go with such an over-done design. I guess it's popular for a reason ☺.

These ones are really old! I actually can't remember who I did them on, either, oops! I'm tossing between two people... Anyway, they were St Patty's day themed; so yes, a while ago now!