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. 

Please subscribe! Just hitting the 8,000 mark at the moment, yay!

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.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Bloodshot Eyeballs | Halloween Nail Art

 Today's nail art is Halloween-themed... gross bloodshot eyeballs!

So creepy! My candy ones were a lot more cute, but there's something fun about these gross ones. The next one I'll be uploading is a cute one though - I've got a sneak peek at the end of the tutorial. You can check that out here - and please subscribe!

I applied glow-in-the-dark nail polish over the eyes - and loved how they looked once it got dark! It was seriously hard to get a good picture though, so sorry about the quality.

The glow polish did make the whites turn a bit off-green, but I decided that just added to the sickly image. 

The polishes I used were:
Model's Own - Hyper Gel Blue Glint
Nicole by OPI - Please Red-Cycle
Revlon - Black Lingerie
Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
Glow and the Dark polish

If you want to see the rest of the nail art tutorials I've done in both 2013 and 2014, check out this playlist - and heaps more are coming soon! Isn't October going fast?!

Hope you like these Halloween nails!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Pink Ribbon Nail Art | Breast Cancer Awareness

This video was a bit of an emotional journey to film and edit. The whole time doing so, all I was thinking of was Ness, the lady who I wrote about in this blog post last month. She died on the 26th September, six days after that post. I didn't even know her personally, but it's just so tragic I found myself verging on tears a few times while putting this together. Sometimes when people die, there is something of a silver lining to it; they were old and their body and mind were starting to deteriorate anyway, or at the very least they went fast... 
With Ness, there was no silver lining. It was just awful, tragic, unfair.

This tutorial's a bit all over the place (well, it feels like it to me) so I apologise for that, but I wanted to make sure Ness got a proper mention. It made me realise I need to have a look at a lot of different causes, too, and decide which ones I'll choose to openly promote through my nail art. In the last few years I have managed to get myself a wee bit of attention in cyberspace and it'd be a waste if I didn't use it wisely. Breast cancer's an obvious one to do as it's so common and widely publicised, but I'd like to raise awareness for conditions that aren't as well-known - mental health will definite make it's way in there at some point, that's for sure.

Anyway, here are the nails I did for today's tutorial.

And here's the video for them. Please subscribe to my channel ♥.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

How To Grow Your Nails Long & Strong!

Hey everyone! This video is quite exciting for me - it's a compilation of so much information I've learnt over the last 2 1/2 years. As you'll know, I'm obsessed with nails. Like... completely. I don't know what made me gravitate so heavily towards this, but all I know if that I have an unquenchable thirst to learn more and more, and to continually improve my skills and knowledge. Naturally, this means I've spend a lot of time since working on my own nails and learning how to bring get them up to optimal condition. And I've worked it out! (Well, that nail tech course sure taught me a lot too ☺). They used to be flaky and weak with heaps of hang nails, but I gotta say, now they're pretty damn beautiful.

 However, of course my nails weren't always so long and strong, so this video is choc-a-block full of info. When I went to edit it I just about fainted - I had almost an hour and a half of footage! Thankfully, after cutting it down I managed to condense it into 20 minutes - which yes, is long, but if you were only to ever watch one of my videos ever, this is the one I would most recommend.

This went live on Friday, and I've been absolutely blown away by the 100% positive feedback I've received so far. So cool. And phew, because I spent a LOT of time on this video and it would have sucked if everyone hated it! Hope you enjoy it, and please support me by subscribing to my channel ☺.

Here's a shot of my right hand - check out those fractures in my index and middle fingers! In the video I explain why I see that as a good thing.

And here's a final shot of my long nails. I hope you find this video helpful, and feel ready to take on your own nail growth challenge!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Justin Timberlake - Suit & Tie | Tuxedo Nail Art Tutorial

I love this chrome polish - isn't it incredible? So reflective and amazing. It's Platinum Silver, by China Glaze. Anyway, so that isn't really the main point of today's post, obviously the real features are the suits! I was requested to do some suit nails, and decided to take the oppurtunity to explore a few different options in the way of men's formal wear. They were all inspired by Justin Timberlake's music video to "Suit & Tie," although I just saw that someone guessed this as Fifty Shades of Grey inspired... I guess that could work too!

Here's the tutorial, and please subscribe to my channel - I'm hoping to hit 10,000 by the end of the year!

The polishes I used for this design were:
China Glaze - Platinum Silver
Jordana Pop Art - Black Mark
Jordana Pop Art - Contemporary White
Mode - VIP
Sinful Colors - Snow Me White

Monday, 6 October 2014

Hallowen 2014 | Easy Candy Nails!

These are so simple yet cute! I did them first on my friend a few weeks ago, and was really surprised at how effective they were. Since I don't have that many "beginner" nail art tutorials up on my channel, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to make one. And of course, it ties in well with Halloween, it being just around the corner! Here's the finished design.

I naturally wanted to get in there and paint tiny labels on each lolly, but I think these are ones I've just got to appreciate for their simplicity. They're not 100% easy, either - the triangles are a bit tricky if you don't have a small brush, so if you try this out make sure you've got yourself a tiny one!

Here's the tutorial, and please subscribe ☺.

The polishes I used in this design are:
Jordana - Mellow Yellow
Jordana - Rich Green
Revlon - Alluring Amber
Sinful Colors - Snow Me White

Hope you like these Halloween nails! I'm back to filming now - I've got absolutely crazy lately and ALL my time is spent making tutorials. I filmed some cute Halloween-themed My Little Pony nails today - can't wait to get them up!

Saturday, 4 October 2014

One Direction Nail Art | 1D Nails

This one's for all the 1D fans! I've had countless tutorial requests for these One Direction nails I did a year and a half ago, so I've finally done it.

Here it is, and please subscribe to my channel ☺.

I've never been obsessed with this band (I feel I'm just outside their target age bracket) but I do like their music. I even saw the movie, and enjoyed it! It'll be interesting to see what the boys are all doing in 10 or 20 years time. They've got huge lives in front of them, that's for sure.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Katy Perry Nails - Dark Horse

My latest nail art tutorial is based on the music video for Dark Horse. It's such a bright, colourful video and there's so much to chose from when it comes to making a nail design from it! I explain what inspired each nail in the video below, and here's how the nails turned out.

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

The nail polishes I used for these Katy Perry nails are:
China Glaze - Turned Up Turquoise
Model's Own - HyperGel Blue Glint
Nicole by OPI - Carrie'd Away
Nicole by OPI - City-Pretty Rose
Nicole by OPI - Please Red-Cycle
Revlon - Black Lingerie
Sally Hansen - Himalayan Blue
Sally Hansen - Without A Stitch

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The Block NZ - Nail Art

I'm not a TV person. I'm an internet person. I saw a meme somewhere around that internet the other day that wrapped up my feelings perfectly...

I'd say more like 10.

It just doesn't entice me. I like to have control. On the internet you can manipulate things and find something completely different and interact with it... Our six-year-old TV with a handful of channels just doesn't cut it.

So when I sat down a while ago, after a long few days and watched the first episode of The Block NZ, I was shocked when I got completely hooked. Before long I had chosen a favourite team, dissected each couple's personalities and watched eagerly as each room came together.

It's on four days a week. FOUR DAYS A WEEK. Why do I have to love this one!? 
My friend thinks The Block NZ is a bit ridiculous because there's product placement left right and centre, and you can't walk a hundred metres in town without seeing some kind of advertisement. Strangely enough, that's kind of what I like about it. We're Kiwis. We don't have big Hollywood budgets to spend on reality TV, we rely on sponsors, and sponsors have to get their money's worth. So if I see Alex and Corban's faces on every Kiwibank ad for four months, if Bunning's is the word on everyone's lips, and if New World is the only supermarket the teams will touch, that's okay, as long as I get my program. Plus, New World's my friend, anyway!

I go for a walk with my Dad every Thursday (it's super cute) and I always end up talking about The Block "omg did you see what Ben and Quinn did" "Alex and Corban have got it down!"  He suggested mid-ramble that The Block should be on my nail agenda. I was a bit hesitant at first - I don't want to look like a complete suck up, especially as I just did my Little Shop nails. But it didn't take long for the seed to grow, and a few days later I sat down and did these.

I did them when I had just an hour's gap between catching up with friends, so I was pretty proud! I think it took 45 minutes all up to do these and photograph them, which isn't bad for me.