Sunday, 16 July 2017

Nailed It NZ has a Patreon!

Hey guys - just a quick update to let you know that Nailed It NZ is now on Patreon! 
Patreon is a popular way for people to show their support for their favourite creators. Patrons pay a chosen amount - for me it's per month, to help the creator continue what they're doing... and make it better. Some well-known users of Patreon are Hank and John Green, Amanda Palmer , Blind Wave & Wait But Why. You can learn more about Patreon and how it works here and here. 
A lot of work goes into creating online content, and after getting a bit of interest in my own Patreon lately, I thought I'd share it publicly.


If you enjoy my videos and find that you get real value out of them, I'd love it you showed your support by throwing a couple of dollars my way each month. This money will help to pay for new camera equipment, upskilling classes, computer parts and will generally help with replacing things that wear or run out. Investing in these things mean that the quality of my videos will continue to increase, and you'll have a part to play in the direction Nailed It NZ grows in. 

In case you're wondering - here's what Patreon isn't; a way to pay for my bills, rent and groceries. Not that there's anything wrong with creators doing this - everyone's got to eat, right? But I have a great job, and that has me covered for the day-to-day stuff. This is just to help build a better support and tutorial channel for you guys, without dipping into my grocery money too much ☺.
Check out the reward tiers on Patreon (yes, there are rewards! Discounts! Woo!), and if you have any questions, feel free to comment them here, on Facebook or email me at jessie@naileditnz.com. 
I'm an open book ☺.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Five Years of Nailed It NZ | 20% off Nail Art Brushes + NEW NAIL ART!

 Hey guys - I just realised it's the last few days of my five year celebrations and I haven't mentioned it on the blog! I've been talking about it a lot over on YouTube and Facebook; May marks five years since I started Nailed It NZ. Right here on this platform, too ☺. Crazy to see how far it's come since then - and there's more on the way, I promise!


I won't waffle on - but in case you've been thinking about buying my nail art brush line, I currently have a really good sale on. 20% off all stock, no minimum order - just pop in the code BIRTHDAYSALE at checkout to get your discount. Also, if you order with a friend you can get free shipping - all orders over $40 get free shipping worldwide.

The sale ends tomorrow though, so if you're wanting some head over to shopnaileditnz.com now and I'll send them out to you ASAP.

I ship internationally and you can read a bit more about Nailed It NZ here, and see our FAQ's here.


 Now, on to the nail art!

As part of the birthday celebrations I recreated three of my oldest designs and made them into tutorials. All are really simple to do ☺. Here we have these little blue monsters, before and after.

Seriously, could I have at least TRIED to avoid the cuticles?

 

Next there's this heartstings design - a long-term favourite!


 

And of course, here's the before and after of these cute little cows. Always simple and SO cute!


 

I've also recently made a video about how I fixed my nail when it broke - it was a nasty one! As you'll see in the video, the fix lasted until the nail grew out, almost two weeks later.


 There's plenty more nail art to update you with, but I'll just leave you with three of my favourites from the last month or two. All other tutorials can be found on my YouTube channel.

Realistic Marble Nail Art

Wonder Woman Nail Art

Geode Nail Art

Thanks for checking in and I'll see you around.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Moana, Magic & Love Nail Art, Plus Exciting Shop Update!

 Hi guys - I thought it would be nice to give a little update as to what I've been up to in the last couple of months. Over on YouTube I've been releasing a new tutorial every week, as usual - and here are some of my favourites from the last little while.

These playing card nails were part of a collaboration I did with a (very clever) magician called Alfie Whattam. He's from the UK and has just moved to NZ and I was blown away by his card tricks - watch our collaboration here and here.


These Moana nails just went up last night, and I swear most of my weekend has been devoted to these - five relatively complicated nails aren't easy to edit! Good thing I love the movie, otherwise having "How Far I'll Go" in my head for 24 hours straight could be seen as a bad thing... ;).

You can watch this tutorial here.
 

This Valentine's 5-in-5 proved pretty popular in the weeks before the day of love, and I really enjoyed painting it - not too simple, not too complicated! I've got a new 5-in-5 coming very soon, this time with an Easter theme.


Of course there are plenty more recent tutorials that I haven't included here, but that's a little taster without going too crazy. 

Now for store updates! I've been wanting to take more stylized photos for a while, but between working my normal 9-5, making videos, sending packages and maintaining something of a social life, I manage to find plenty of excuses. However I've given myself the rule of "baby steps" - a few updates here, a few changes there... slowly does it. And finally I've got some pretty pictures!


 With them, I've updated my store - and that's the part I haven't posted on here about yet... I'm now selling single brushes! These have proved pretty popular, and obviously there are quite a few benefits to buying individually - lower cost, personalised orders, stocking up. I'm glad I've sorted that out, and if you'd like to view my stock head over this way.


 One more thing is that I've just made my very first newsletter! I've been trying to figure out how to do it for a good month, but finally got on to a good website (MailChimp, if anyone is interested) and I finally have a place to update everyone at once. Of course the mailing list is starting pretty much from scratch, so if you want to join enter your email address in the right hand side bar and you'll be in ♥. If you'd like to see what you're signing up for, check out March's newsletter here.

That's about it! Time to perhaps move away from the computer now and clean my house ☺☺. Hope you're having a great weekend and I'll let you know next time there's an important update.




Monday, 2 January 2017

Bit of an update...

Whew - been a while! 
In case you're just dropping by, I used to update several times a week on this blog, however over time I've moved over to YouTube as my main platform. However, things have been a bit exciting lately so I thought I'd do a quick update...

In November 2016, I released my very own line of nail art brushes!
 

This has been a dream of mine for so long - to have quality, beautiful brushes available for my followers to purchase. These brushes are the four essentials you need for nail art - there's a detail brush (already nicknamed "The Goddess" by customers for it's versatility!), a striping brush, a dotting tool and a clean up brush.


Each brush is stylishly shaped, with a black finish and silver embossing for my logo. The bristles are thin and flexible, great for all kinds of hand-painted nail art.

As a bit of a bonus, I use these brushes on my YouTube channel now, so you can now use the exact same tool I do, in the same way. No more trying to create something pretty with an old, frayed or too-thick brush! I also have tutorials on cleaning and storing them, to maximise the life of them.


 This is my own little business - it's me sitting down and packing them at the end of the day, then sending them off the next morning. I love recognising long-term followers amongest customer's names, and am constantly surprised and thrilled by the new ones!

If you're a fan of my work and are interested in buying a set of these, please check out my online store. I ship internationally ☺.

Also - tag me in your Instagram photos when you receive them and show me what you get up to! I've made a dedicated IG just for the brushes - @shopnaileditnz, to complement my original IG - @naileditnz.

Hope you're having a great start to 2017 ♥.