Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Nail Art Mash Up #7 - Refugee Crisis, New Zealand-Themed and Short Nails Series!

Wow, so there's a lot of nail art to share today! Eleven different designs, to be exact, and all with tutorials on my YouTube channel. I won't dawdle, so here's the first!

This design was created as part of a collaboration with Monaco Pro, and as you can see I painted tiny nail polish bottles all over my fingers! Watch the tutorial and learn more about Monaco here.

This next design is from my nail art for short nails series, in which there are now five videos. I'm looking at expanding it in the New Year, so keep an eye out for that if you're cursed with short fingertips. Check out the tutorial for this design here.

Sunflowers were my favourite design for a LONG time! It was quite funny, I had just uploaded this video when I checked my old ones and realised that I had done the exact same design years earlier, as one of my first ever tutorials. Of course, the quality had improved so it was still worth doing, but I couldn't believe I just forgot like that! Watch this short nail design here.

Another one from the same series, this Chevron design is one of my classier looks, and I really loved wearing it. The gold is just beautiful! Watch the tutorial here.

I'm finishing off my graduate diploma in Early Childhood education at the moment, and this is one of the many designs I did for the kids - they just love cute nails! Bumblebees are also a personal favourite, even though I've been stung a stupid amount of times in my life. Watch this tutorial here.

I'm a big believer in New Zealand opening their doors to more refugees, so I joined in with a campaign LUSH was doing - #DoubleTheQuota. Learn more about this cause and see how I did the nail art here.

I feel like the whole world must agree with me when I say that Back to the Future is one of the best movie series ever. I don't even know how many times I've watched them, and so when "Back to the Future day" came around on October 21st 2015, I made sure I had some nails to celebrate. Watch here!

I've been quite patriotic lately, and have done two New Zealand themed designs! The first was to support the All Blacks, our Rugby team as they took on the final in the Rugby World cup. We won (of course, sorry Aussies) and it was a big highlight in a rough year for New Zealand Rugby. Both Jerry Collins and Jonah Lomu have passed away this year, the latter only a few days ago. Watch this video here.

Here are my New Zealand flag nails - the current cause of debate (and in the Stuff comments section, name-calling and general nastiness) in my country. It may be changing soon, so I did this design to commemorate the flag I've grown up with. Watch here.

This next design is another one from my short nails series, and the most recent one. Super easy polka dots! I felt a bit bad putting this up as it was SO simple, so I made sure to include lots of little nail art tips in the video, and got some great feedback for it. Watch this tutorial here.

Finally, here's some Batman nail art I re-painted recently as a tutorial. I love superhero nail art, and may do some superman, comic book and pop culture designs next year - agh, there need to be more hours in the day! Too many ideas! Watch this tutorial here.

Well done if you made it to the end of this post, and I hope you like the designs! Remember, I only update this blog every month or two, so to see all my new tutorials make sure you're subscribed to my YouTube channel.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Nail Art Mash Up #6 - The Hunger Games Nail Art

Hi everyone! I've been a massive Hunger Games fan since I picked up the first book, and each time a new movie comes out I've done nails in theme. This year was no exception! I thought I'd share my latest Hunger Games tutorial with you, as well as the designs I did for both Mockingjay Part 1 and Catching Fire. I've done a few others as well but they were in my early nail art days, so they're not great. Still, if you want to check them out you can find all my Hunger Games-related nail art here.

First, here's the most recent design, which I did for Mockingjay Part 2. I haven't seen the movie yet and am slightly scared of watching it - I know I'm going to ball my eyes out! I'm two weeks away from finishing my study, so I'll probably go after that as a celebration. The index finger and pinky are explosions and smoke here, and the middle finger has the Mockingjay symbol that was inspired by a flag that is held up in one of the movies. The quote on the ring finger is part of "If we burn, you burn with us" - which I just love!

 Watch the full tutorial for this design on my YouTube channel, here.


Here's the nail art I did for last year's release of Mockingjay Part 1 - an amazing movie! I was inspired by the book cover and did my best to copy the Mockingjay emblem on to my nails, and blue-hot fire on to the other nails. Watch the tutorial for this one here.

And here's my design for Catching Fire; as you can see, the themes for 2013 and 2014 were very similar, which is why I went with something different this year. Watch the (probably awful, it's so old) tutorial for this nail art here.

Have you seen the movie yet? I'd love to know what you think of it and if it did the book justice! Judging by the rest of the movies I'm sure it will.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Nail Art Mash Up # 5 - Halloween Nail Art!

It's been a while since I last updated and in that time I've doubled my uploads on YouTube to two a week, so I've got a lot to share! Because of this I've separated them into three different blog posts which I will release over the next week or two. This one contains all of the Halloween nail art I did this year - and you'll see I saved the best for last!

As usual, click on the image to go to the tutorial ☺.

This first design was a popular one from last year, and I decided that this year I should actually make a tutorial for it. To be honest, last year's design came out better but I had longer nails back then and didn't have to awkwardly hold my hands in front of the camera while painting... so I'm cutting myself some slack.  
Watch this here.

 I'd been wanting to do some more Sesame Street nails ever since I did my Cookie Monster nails, so when Halloween came around I went straight for The Count! He was a lot of fun, plus I did both hands as well - watch here.


Painting on one of the Boos from Super Mario was a request from a friend, and while this tutorial didn't get overly popular I still enjoyed painting him. Watch this tutorial here!

And now for my favourite nails ever - and the most disgusting! Zombie crushed halloween nails, absolutely gross and awesome at the same time. Next year I will hopefully have more time (seriously, don't get me started on my 2015) and I'll do some more nail art like this. Watch the tutorial here.

So that's what I did for Halloween this year! I'm currently in celebration mode; we've recently had an internet upgrade and after a week of not being connected properly I had a good play around this morning and got it working downstairs. Now it's four times as fast as before, and my seven minute video I just put up only took 10 minutes to upload! I'm sure anyone else who spends far too much time on the internet will feel my joy.

I'll be back in a couple of days with a new blog post - this will be some of my favourite Hunger Games nail art over the years.