Teal with Black V Tips


I pretty much took inspiration for this manicure from the bottle of the polish that I used as my base colour which is Ciate Headliner. This is one of the polishes that I got from the advent calendar that my boyfriend got for me for Christmas and I am ashamed to admit that I don’t think I’ve tried out all the colours! In December I did the Christmas nail art challenge, so I think I can be forgiven? I didn’t have time to swatch!

The polish is a very pretty teal colour in a creme finish but unfortunately it is a bit streaky.. Boo! I only used two coats here but I think it would benefit from a third. I used a black striper to create the V shaped French tips and then filled it in. I was going to go for just a regular French tip but I thought eeeeeeyyyyy why not jazz it up a little?!

I like these little Ciate bottles though, they are too cute with the little bow! Hehe! The only other little annoying with the ciate minis is the brushes because I’ve found that a couple have some bristles that have just decided to go haywire and I’ve had to trim/cut or pull them off to ensure that the brush applies smoothly.

Well, hope you’re all having a fantastic week so far and may your hump day be filled with joy!





Roses and Stripes A-la Nailed it NZ


I had a huge case of Monday-itis today. I just wanted to crawl into bed all day today.. I missed my bed so much. Sigh. Such a pain being an adult right?! The winter is starting to set in (early) in New Zealand so I’m just feeling very sad and sorry for myself really. Oh boo!

In any case I watched a tutorial on YouTube last night by a fellow New Zealander nail polish addict, Nailed it NZ and I decided to try it out straight away. It’s just so pretty and dainty and I need that in my life right now! I started off with two coats of OPI my vampire is buff and used OPI Suzi’s Hungary again and revlon minty to create the stripes and flowers. I lost my striper brush so I tried to use a toothpick to create the stripes which really did not work out as well as I had hoped.. Oh well! Such is life. Gotta love a trier right?



Cloud Manicure


Woah this week is going very fast! I can’t believe it’s Friday! I feel like I haven’t done any nail art I’m a while and this hardly counts because it is so easy and doesn’t involved anything different to just painting your nails a few coats. I do however need to work on getting the clouds to be rounder at the ends.. Does that make sense? I like how it looks really Art Deco though.. Very pretty.

I started off with two coats of OPI Suzi’s Hungary Again and then created the cloud effect with two max factor polishes called Opal and Lilac Lace. I’m such a big fan of these max factor polishes! I would like to get many more.. Hehe..



Swatch: Nubar Brilliant


Well this week has been shaping up pretty well! I got my first Nubar nail polish this week in a colour called Brilliant, which is a very undeniably holo pale pink. It’s so pale that it almost looks like I’m not really wearing polish when I quickly glance at my hands which is a bit strange.

This polish needed FOUR (count em, four) coats and even then I’m not fully satisfied with it. I do really like the colour and holo effect though so I’ll have to live with it I guess. I’ve never really been a fan of holo polishes but I think I’ve been converted? There is something just so dainty about this colour that I’m attracted to..




Swatch: Kleancolor Neon Pink


Just a swatch for this fine Monday! I had some trouble taking a photo of this nail polish to truly reflect the colour that it is in real life. It’s truly a VERY neon pink. Like.. Wow! So neon! I had to tinker around with one of the photos in a photo editing app to get a colour that was more true to real life as possible. However, I really don’t like how the edited photo makes my hand look so orangey/ yellowy tan… Hmmm… Just can’t win!

I used two coats of this bad boy and a fast drying top coat since it is past my bedtime right now. I’m pleased with this colour and would like to wear it on a regular basis. Plus, it’s a cheapie from the 1, 2, 3 Dollar shop!



Hot Pink with Glitter Tips


I feel like it’s been a while! Well it’s been one helluva week, I must say! My boyfriends birthday was on Thursday and I planned a surprise party for Saturday night which went off without a hitch! He really had no idea that it was coming so I succeeded! Woo! I’ve also been in training this week (and for the next couple of weeks coming up too) so I’m actually more exhausted than when I’m just doing my regular job. Oh the life of a public servant aye?

Any who, onto the pretty manicure which is just so pink and glittery and girlie it just makes my insides leap out and sing! Hehehe! I started off which two generous coats of Butter London Primrose Hill Picnic which is a brilliant hot pink that I got for valentines day this year and went over the tips with Sally Hansen Gem Crush in Lady Luck. This is a pretty compacted magenta glitter with some bigger silver hex glitters. It gives good coverage, as you can probably see on the accent nail.

I really love this look I’m always a fan of glitter and pink so together I’m pretty much in nail polish heaven. Ahhh some pleasures in life are so simple.



Max Factor Lilac Lace


Pretty much just a swatch again today. I decided to use one of the other Max Factor polishes I got on the weekend called Lilac Lace.

The colour is just too pretty in the bottle and really translates onto the nail. I’m really happy with this polish! Again, the formula was great. This one is almost a one coater, as in, if you are generous enough on the first coat it could be.

The photo of the polish on its own is without a top coat. This polish is reeeally quite shiny on its own which is great! However, to me, this doesn’t really matter because I always use a fast drying top coat (more out of habit and to speed things up a little – after all I do have other things to do, like baking).

I tried out a simple flower and dot design on one nail which turned out better than I expected. The flower was simple enough – just a ring of dots then joined together in the middle and a very small dot right in the centre in the colour of the base nail.



Grey and Glitter


Ahhh Mondays. Is there anything good about them? I’m sure there is but I just can’t think of it right now. Yay to a 12 hour day tomorrow.. Woohoo overtime. At least I will have pretty nails to get me through?

I have a double swatch post for you today with one of the new Max Factor polishes I got on the weekend and an OPI polish that I got for my birthday and still hasn’t tried out (how bad is that?!) from the Mariah Carey collection.

I decided to try out Opal by Max Factor which I scored for $5.00 since K-Mart was having a sale for $10.00 off all Max Factor products. I wish I got more than the three polishes that I got because I am very happy with this polish! Two coats was more than sufficient for excellent coverage and the colour looks great! In the bottle it looks almost white but on my nail it is more of a grey colour. There is a nice shimmer to this polish which is hard to capture.

I topped it off with a coat of OPI Pink Yet Lavender. The name I don’t really like but the polish.. Is pink and silver glitter so am I really going to complain? I like the way it looks over Opal and am keen to try it over a darker colour too. I tried it with two coats and as always I prefer one coat better. I always take it a step too far.. Sigh! Such is life right? Do you like it better with one or two coats of glitter?




Pretty Shabby Chic Nails


Well happy Saturday to you all! I have tried to be lazy today but that just was never going to happen.. I went shopping (for birthday presents) and bought a whole bunch of new clothes and Max Factor polishes.

The other day I wanted to revisit the whole vintage floral nail art look on a base colour that I recently got, OPI gargantuan green grape. I always love the way this type of manicure looks and it is actually so easy to do! I guess once you’ve done it, every time you revisit it gets easier to do? What are your favourite colour combinations for this kind of manicure?



Pink Plaid/Argyle Nail Art


I’m a big fan of the movie Mean Girls and on Wednesdays at work we (me and my friend) wear pink. I wore this pink manicure on Wednesday and just wanted to share it with you. I’ve done a look like this before but in blue and I think I much prefer it in pink.. But it’s no secret that I love my pink polishes.

I used OPI That’s Hot! Pink as the base colour which is one of my all time favourite polishes ever.