Friday, 29 August 2014

Ombre/Gradient Nail Art Tutorial - on YouTube

Ombre nail art is one of my long-term favourite looks - it's so flexible! Brights, neutrals, pinks, purples; they all look awesome blended together into this nail design. I made a tutorial for gradient/ombre nails last year some time, but it wasn't purely a gradient, plus it had two colours. If you want to check it out though, watch it here.

It was time to recreate the look!

I've had a few requests for a gradient nail art tutorial, so here it is. Please subscribe to my channel!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Sally Hansen Color Frenzy | Swatches & Review

Today I have some gorgeous Sally Hansen polishes from their brand new Color Frenzy collection to show you! There are six colours to choose from (I've swatched four of them) and if you're in New Zealand you can buy them from Farmers and selected pharmacies for $11.99.

First up, we have Candy Drops - which boasts pink hex, pink bar and tiny holographic glitter. As is the rest of this collection, it's a top coat and looks best with a colour underneath. I chose to layer it over Fairy Floss by Picture Polish, and I think they look so pretty together! This is just one coat of Candy Drops.

Fruit Spritz is my favourite, and I think it looks amazing over the top of Picture Polish Tiffany. This was two coats of it. I found it a little harder to spread than the others, but even so I managed to get the glitter placed pretty evenly without much trouble, just some light dabbing. I think the polish has something of an Autumn/Fall theme, maybe Spring; there are shades of orange, yellow, green and white in the mix.

I've layered Spark and Pepper both over a white polish and a black polish, but I'd love to see it over something bright. It's made up of small black and white hex glitter, long black bar glitter and holographic shards, in all kind of shapes. I must admit I found this the most frustrating of the four, as I think holographic glitter looks best over black but as you can see (and well, obviously), when it's layered over black you can't see the black! This is one coat layered over Black Lingerie by Revlon.

I think it's a bit crowded and plain layered over white, and you can't see the lighter glitter. This is two coats. Maybe I was just feeling unimaginative on the day, but I couldn't think of a decent colour to put as a base! Too dark and it hides the black, too light and it hides the holographic flecks. I've googled other swatches of this polish, looking for one that looks good with a different colour underneath, but swatches are lacking at the moment as it's such a new collection. I'll have to try again sometime - maybe a lavender purple, or shimmery blue? Let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions!

Red White & Hue, on the other hand, is quite a stunner and very American! It features red, white and blue hex glitters - some big, some small. As you can see, I've striped black down the middle of a couple of nails so you can see how the white looks against it (b-e-a-utitiful). The polish does leave a slight reddish tinge, which you only really notice on the second coat and I would've forgotten about it if I hadn't taken notes whilst swatching. This is two coats, layered over Revlon Black Lingerine and Sinful Colors Snow Me White.

A lot of the glitter in these polishes are matte, particularly Spark & Pepper and Candy Drops. It's not highly noticeable though. If you wanted more gloss, apply a normal or high gloss top coat, and if you wanted no gloss apply a matte one ☺.

Hope you like these swatches! Fruit Spritz is hands down my absolute FAV, but I do really like Red White & Hue as well. Let me know which ones you like.

Remember, if you're in New Zealand you can buy these from Farmers and selected pharmacies for $11.99. They've only just come out - released here in August 2014 so you'll be guaranteed a nice fresh bottle!

The polish shown in this post was provided to me by Sally Hansen NZ in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Floral Nail Art Tutorial | Pagan Marie Boutique

Subtlety is not my thing, but I've been wanting to do some more "classy" nail art for a while. I'll always love my brights, but it was time for a challenge! So when the lovely Pagan of Pagan Marie let me choose a dress to inspire a tutorial, I went with one with a dark floral pattern - and painted these nails to match.

Pagan Marie is a boutique in Christchurch, here in New Zealand. They sell the coolest clothes, accessories and makeup, and are celebrating their second birthday at the moment! SO many good sales!

Of course, no nail art is complete without a tutorial, and here it is. Please subscribe to my channel ☺.

Before I continue, I need to apologise in advance for the shocking poses of me in the dress. I deleted most of them, but if I deleted ALL I wouldn't have any photos left. I will never be a model...

This one's okay, at least! As you can see, I did feature nails on my thumb and ring finger, and painted my other nails with other prominent colours that feature in the dress.

Quick, Jessie, what's a good pose? Look your best! 
Peter... Pan?

Monday, 25 August 2014

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2014

It's Picture Polish Blog Fest time again! This year they've changed it up a bit, and we're using Nail Vinyls in our manicure. Firstly though, I have a swatch of Imperial to show you!

Oh my goodness, this polish was hard to photograph! There's a certain shade of purple I've always had trouble with - my camera always makes it turn out blue. I persevered, and after two photo sessions, two weeks apart I was fairly happy with the shot I got. It's still not 100% perfect - the polish is more vibrant in real life, but at least you can tell it's a purple!

I absolutely love it. There are very few polishes in my 300-strong collection that I'll happily wear on their own. Cremes are too boring and I instantly want to add nail art, while glitters are too much; I prefer them as a feature nail. This is perfect! It only needed two coats to reach opacity and I love the glittery gold flecks (again, better in real life). It's got a gorgeous shimmer as well. The only thing I didn't like about it is that the glitter tends to settle in the bottle, meaning you need to give it quite a good shake before use. Still beautiful, still worth it, still on my nails as I type! The Swatchaholic collaborated with PP to create this shade, you can check out her blog post about it here.

Moving on to the nail art, here's my design!

I received Tiffany, Fairy Floss and some right angle nail vinyls to play around with. As you can see, I also use a white polish for the background.

I must say, in the beginning I wasn't too excited about the vinyls being included. There were a lot more rules in this Blog Fest, and I had been looking forward to creating some more complicated nail art. Plus, in the past I haven't enjoyed using any kind of stickers on my nails - they always pulled the polish off, or seeped in the edges... and don't even get me started on my relationship with striping tape. 

I decided to put on my big girl panties, get over it and give it a try... and they well and truly won me over!
These vinyls were WAY easier to use that anything I've tried before. They're a lot more sturdy, they're super sticky and the thing I like the most is that they're big, meaning that you don't risk touching the part that will be applied to your nail (which would make it lose it's stick).

Thursday, 21 August 2014

BPS Giveaway Winners!

The giveaway has finished and it's time to draw three winners!

I love doing this, and it's even more exciting when I recognise winner's names from their interaction on my page!

So, the winner of the $20 voucher is Rebecca A!

The winner of the $15 voucher is Winda T!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And the winner of the instagram part (drawn through, the $15 voucher is @franglitz22!

I've sent all the winners an email/message and they'll have seven days to confirm (otherwise I'll have to re-draw). I'll then organise getting their vouchers sent to them.

Thanks to everyone who entered and to Born Pretty Store for sponsoring this! And, of course, congrats to the winners!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Pastel Bunting Nail Art | Nailpolis 1,000,000 FB fans!

I'm a bit late to the party, but I finally got around to adding some of my work to my Nailpolis profile. In the past I've been a bit iffy about adding more social media sites to my already double-digit list, but I couldn't resist this one! It's so professional, with great content and is very easy to access. Best of all, it's targeted specifically at nail artists, unlike sites like Tumblr or Facebook where it's in no way the main focus. I'm going to add my pictures in bunches when I've got a chance; I've managed to get a dozen or so up now and you can check out my profile (I think I have a grand total of nine followers) here!

Recently Nailpolis started a nail art competition, celebrating 1,000,000 Facebook fans (well, pre-celebrating - they're almost there). It was party-themed, so I decided to go for buntings. I painted them a while ago in this manicure and have wanted to cover my whole hand with them for ages! Here's how they turned out.

I love the pastel colours! The polishes I used were:
Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
Picture Polish - Fairy Floss
Picture Polish - Tiffany
Essie - Bikini so Teeny
Revlon - Black Lingerie
China Glaze - Lemon Fizz
Nicole by OPI - Oh that's just Grape!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Converse Nail Art Tutorial | Nailed It NZ on YouTube

 One of my most popular picture tutorials of all time is this converse one. I swear it must have gotten me at least 10,000 of the 30,000 likes I have on Facebook - it keeps going viral, and thanks to my obsession with watermarking it directs people right back to me!

I decided to finally make a video tutorial for it, as there are some tips you just can't squeeze into one picture.

So here it is! Please subscribe to my channel!

I have a confession to make, though... I currently don't own any pairs of Chucks.
 I used to have quite a collection during high school, but over the years I barely wore them and sold the last two in 2013. I'd love some Hunger Games or Doctor Who themed ones though - bucket list material!

Friday, 15 August 2014

Skittle Owl Nail Art |

A while ago Boohoo contacted me, wanting to send me a little goody bag of polishes. Naturally, I was keen and I decided to make a little nail tutorial out of some of the colours I received! It ended up being a skittle manicure - no nail was the same as another, and I particularly liked the middle and ring fingers!

Here's the tutorial, and please subscribe!

You can buy Model's Own polishes from Boohoo here, and I'm waiting on confirmation from Boohoo as to where you can buy the nail art pens. I'll update that ASAP!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Advertising now available

Hey guys - just a little break from the norm; back to nail art soon, I promise! As you will know, I've been doing this for a few years now, and while I earn a small amount through advertising it's not exactly enough to make rent. Next year, we'll be moving to the big smoke (Auckland) where my husband will be starting a three year degree - this leaves me financing the both of us! So basically, I'm looking at finding ways to monetise my blog and YouTube channel.

I've been making up a bit of a business plan, and trying to set things in motion that will ensure Nailed It NZ continues to grow. I'd love to teach nail art, create my own supplies and more - it's just making sure these dreams are possible! 

I'm also often asked about advertising on my site, so last weekend I managed to sort it all out. If you're looking to get some publicity for your blog or website, while supporting my blogging endeavours I would love to see you take part.

Thanks for taking the time to read this! I've got some exciting nail art coming up over the next couple of weeks and can't wait to show you ☺.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Review | BPS Silicone Molds & Glittery Acrylic Powder

I recently reviewed some silicone molds and some acrylic powder from Born Pretty Store - and had heaps of fun playing around with them! This is the first review I've done that is with nail tech equipment, instead of "normal" nail art supplies. Exciting!

I took a bunch of photos of everything, so those who were interested can do a proper comparison of the different colours. Here's all the little pots of acrylic powder, which you can buy here.

And the following four pictures show what they turn out like. I was using A-Monomer by Ezflow as my liquid. I adore the blue and gold! And... well, all of them.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Bright Chevron Nail Art Tutorial | Nicole By OPI

I love this bright design! It was one of my first attempts at negative space nail art, and I must say, I'm quite a fan. When I first saw it I thought it was a bit strange, but now I like it - it's unique and classy.

Well, maybe the bright colours mean this particular design is more "out-there" than classy - I'm loving it either way!

Here's the tutorial, and please subscribe to my channel!

I put together this little photo montage of the colours I used in this tutorial. The polishes were:

Nicole by OPI - Sheer Fun
Nicole by OPI - Daffy Dill
Nicole by OPI - Oh That's Just Grape!
Nicole by OPI - Please Red-Cycle
Nicole by OPI - City-Pretty Rose

I just love Daffy Dill, the lime green one.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Bouquet of Roses Nail Art | Essie Nail Lacquer

I managed to upload two tutorials this weekend! Now that nail school's coming to an end, it's time reassess my priorities and see what I have time for. Hopefully two videos a week will be a regular thing ☺.

I love that this rose nail art design is simple to do, but looks so detailed - I've already seen some fantastic recreations of it! Please subscribe to my channel - only a handful away from the big 5k ☺.

Essie sent me a bunch of gorgeous polishes recently, and this design was inspired by their winter collection. The colours I used were:

Essie - Parka Perfect
Essie - Shearling Darling
Essie - Warm and Toasty Turtleneck
Essie - Good To Go (top coat)
Essie - Grow Stronger (base coat)
Sinful Colors - Snow Me White

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Sugar Skull Nail Art Tutorial | YouTube Collaboration

Sugar Skulls are one of my favourite designs - I love the ironic (is it ironic?) combination of bright happy colours and dark, "evil" skulls.

So I did this nail art tutorial! It was a collaboration with MadJennsy from YouTube - subscribe to her and watch her version of our theme here! Subscribing to me is definitely an acceptable thing to do too ☺.

Here are a couple of extra snaps of this sugar skull nail art. Hope you like it!


Friday, 1 August 2014

Gel Polish | Re-learning Nail Art!

Something that I didn't anticipate before starting my course, was that I was going to have to re-learn nail art. Gel polish is completely different to normal lacquer. I already knew that acrylic paint and nail polish (my usual options for nail art) behaved differently - nail polish has a tendency to pool and spread out, while acrylic paint stays where it was put. Gel polish - well, that's a whole new ball game. I love it... but I hate it. I've spent 2 and a half years familiarising myself with lacquer, and I was shocked when I went to paint some gel polish roses on a friend and it pooled everywhere!

And that was just the beginning...

Okay, the final result was fine but if you look at the middle nail at the bottom of the picture you'll see what I'm talking about. One of the roses is kind of blobby and blurred. That's because gel polish melts. It spreads. It pools. And this was quite a shock to me. On top of that, there are a million new techniques I need to learn - nothing is that same! I need to remove the tacky layer here, buff off the shine there, apply glue in other places... and what was that first one again?

There are other things you need to keep a careful eye out for too; use lint-free wipes! I did this gel polish french manicure on a friend, only to find when I was wiping the tacky layer off that there were stringy, lumpy bits protruding from the polish. Uggggh.