Good foundations and sturdy overlays 

Hi nail polish lovers! 

Can you guess what today’s blog post is about from the title? I’ll give you a clue.. It will sandwich your nail colour. 

Hopefully you guessed: base coat and top coat! I have been painting my nails for years and the second most common question I get from muggles (non polish obsessed folks) is “how does your manicure stay so nice? Mine always chips straight away!” My answer is always the same – base coat and top coat. I’m always flabbergasted by the amount of people who don’t use base or top coat or haven’t even heard of it before! P.S: If you’re wondering, the most common question is “where do you get your nails done?”

I’ve used several base and top coats in my time – they’re always either on the cheaper end of the scale (dollar store) or easily able to be picked up from Farmers or an online store. Base and top coat is never going to be riddic expensive but is it such an important part of your manicure so there’s definitely a need to have some on hand! 

Every time I put on base coat, in my head I can hear Sandy from Cute Polish saying “to protect your natural nail”. I have been using this Hard as Nails base coat by Sally Hansen on and off since I became a nail polish fiend. It is a little thick but I find that a thicker base coat can mean less chance of a stain nail bed if you use a blue or a red nail polish and also goes over ridges or split nails really easily. What it doesn’t do, is it doesn’t magically fix your nails into not splitting but if you seal the tops of your nails each step of your manicure, it will be less likely to chip or split. You can find this base coat at Farmers stores.

The top coat I’ve been loving lately is Seche Vite – which is a classic among nail polish loving circles. There are a few top coats that come highly regarded and this is one of them. HK Girl is another and Essie is not without its charms too. I haven’t tried HK Girl yet, but am told by people who have used Seche and HK Girl that they prefer HK – so if you’re happy with that sort of two degrees of separation recommendation then go for it!

Seche Vite has got a bit of a stink to it, which goes away once dry. It’s also a quick dry top coat which is a must for me. This can result in some shrinkage around the edges, but it’s not as bad as some other quick dry top coats I’ve tried (like Jordana Quick Shine, which is my usual go to). The final result is a super shiney manicure, which looks a lot like gel polish! I picked up my bottle from Sally’s Beauty Supply in America but locally you can get it from the Beyond Beauty website but disclaimer: I’ve not purchased from here before.

Do you always use a base and top coat? 

Love and glitter 

Kalliana 💖


Nerdy Glitter and Purple Bases 

Hiiiii pretty peeps! 

Can I just take a second to say – thank goodness it’s Friday! Well in New Zealand it’s Friday anyway. Also, any readers in the Florida/Georgia/Carolinas area whether reading now or later – my thoughts are with you all during Hurricane Matthew. I have a really good friend who just moved from Orlando to Deltona and she’s sent through photos of housing being boarded up, empty shelves at grocery stores.. Crazy how social media let’s us be so close to every moment lived by others – whether they’re good, bad or scary as heck. 💖

Today I’m posting about a manicure that I’ve had on all week! It’s stuck with me since Monday and even today it’s just slightly chipped on one nail only and some light tip wear. Very impressed! I used a base colour of LA Colors Color Last in Everlasting and Doctor Lacquer in Refraction over the top.

I don’t know about y’all, but I just adore the cute look it has! I got slightly offended when someone on Facebook asked me if they were Jamberry stickers (seriously, no) but I suppose that could be construed as a compliment! 

I absolutely love the matte glitter combo by Doctor Lacquer, and the names and other combos available from them are just so fun! What’s your fave indie polish brand? 

Love and glitter 💖


Not your average purple lipstick..

Hello beauty lovers,

Ahhhhh this blog post is so late! Basically what happened was – I got back from America, where I picked up so much stuff.. Like, DAMN. I didn’t hold back on anything there. Then I came back and went on a spending spree (because I didn’t have to save for my trip anymore, right? Logic) so as a result, I have SO MUCH stuff to blog about – so what did I do? Well, like any other responsible adult – I just didn’t do anything. Hahaha. And that’s the T. 

When I was on holiday, the Chris Chang of Poesia collection had just dropped overseas. So you’d think that would be perfect – I could pick up what I wanted for cheaper AND before it would be available at home – win. The only thing I wanted was this lipstick but it was sold out ERRWHERR in its first run! I was able to swatch it – which actually just made me fall in love with it even more. Even though though the collection eventually made its way to NZ, I was impatient so I jumped onto YouShop and used it as an excuse to get a bunch of things.. Because nobody YouShop’s just one thing from MAC. Come on… It’s called economics. Duh! 

The tube packaging design looks a little busy in a photo but somehow in person it’s very luxe. Maybe it’s the natural weight of a MAC lipstick and the feel of the bullet shape, that’s so familiar to MAC lovers.. In any case, I don’t mind the busy flower abstract print and I’m a fan of the blue on the inside of the tube but it’s not the packaging that pulled me in to want this particular lipstick. 

What I love about this lipstick is the grey undertones. I have LOTS of purple lipsticks and the lighter ones usually tend to be on the pink side of purple – so this being a grey based light purple – very different to anything else I own! Purchase justified! It swatches lovely and wears quite well, as you’d expect from a MAC matte lippy. I’ve posted pictures above of me wearing it in natural light and indoors.

I’m not sure if this baby is still available in NZ, but try YouShop if you’re looking at getting some other things too – they’ve introduced a cheaper rate of postage which takes about a week longer, so it’s even cheaper to use YouShop now. 

Is there anything from the Chris Chang collection that you’re lusting after? 

Love and glitter 

Kalliana 💖

My attempt to inject colour into my eye make up!


You might remember very recently I posted about a ColourPop haul? Well, I have swatches of one of the shadows to share with you today. 

I was assessing my eyeshadow situation recently and like many others – I found myself buying and rebuying the same boring nude or bronze colours. I can’t tell you how many nude palettes I have or how many combos of shadows I use that are in that colour family. While they are a fail safe, I felt like I needed to branch out and get more colour into my shadow wardrobe! 

With this in mind, my criteria for this ColourPop order was to rebuy my perfect nude base shadow so naturally I HAD to offset this with something that was more colourful. Enter Luckfully by ColourPop. In the pot it’s a pretty bright navy blue with sparkles as its a pearlised finish. ColourPop shadows generally like synthetic brushes or your finger best for a real good pick up of colour and pigment. I find when I swatch this on my hand it takes about two swipes for full opacity.

When I wore Luckfully on my eyes and blended it, I did lose a lot of the sparkle. To the point where it did become much of a satin matte finish. Remember, that ColourPop shadows are very wet in texture so product pick up can be difficult because of this. Also I found (probably because of my skin tone) I lose a lot of that great navy blue tone on the eye. Noted for next time I’m buying some shadows with the intention of being bright on the eye!

Like all other colour pop shadows this does wear very well and doesn’t have a tendency to crease as much as other more traditional formulated shadows over time. 

Which ColourPop shadows are your fave? 

Love and glitter 


Hey kids!

Today we’ve got a skittle manicure for ya! Not the candy! The mismatched but matching nail art style. I love me a skittle manicure, it’s just a great way of using your creative juices and not having to commit to just one polish. 

I chose to go with a nude and pink theme this time around, which I think is a bit of a fail safe for me. Nude in general is pretty fail safe really and pink – well, the colour polish that I have the most of is PINK! I haven’t counted but.. I’m just always drawn to pink polishes when I’m buying them. 

I picked up OPI Super Cute (creme) from Nordstroms on sale when I went to America back in May and paired it with Picture Polish Beige and Nubar Petunia Sparkle. I am so LOVING these Nubar glitter polishes, they’re so opaque and seem to last ages on my nails without chipping. Win! 

I went with a super simple polka dot alternate with a glitter feature nail. So pretty! And so pink! 

Love and Glitter 

Kalliana 💖