Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!

Hey lovelies!

New year, new blog! Happy 2015 to you all. I hope you all had a great festive season.

Now that thing are simmering down again, it’s time for my blog plan for 2015 to come into place.

You may have noticed a name change from 9 to 5 Nails to 9 to 5 Pretties on here, Facebook and Instagram. I’m really going to miss the old name, mostly because I’m so used to it and I’ve had it for over two years but on to bigger and better things!

I’ve been struggling to post regularly for a while now and I must say, it is down to content. It’s not that I don’t have new polish or untrieds to post, I have so many! But I don’t want to post swatches all the time. I don’t have heaps of time for nail art and my addictions have broadened to other beauty products (lipstick being a big one..)

So, without further ado, I give you 9 to 5 Pretties.

Thanks for following!
Love and glitter
Kalliana

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Christmas Nail Art

Hey kids!

Well, it’s been a long time since I blogged! Life has been incredibly busy, which happens to the best of us. In the last few months I had to say farewell to my best friend who moved over to the UK and it’s also been a bit of an emotional time too.

Anyhow, I just have some Christmas nail art to share, I won’t write much because I don’t have much else to say or much energy at the moment. I just wanted to post this and share before the big day is here!

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Halloween Mash Up!

Hello my lovelies

Happy Halloween! It’s not really a holiday is it (since we don’t get the day off..) but nonetheless here is a Halloween inspired manicure! It’s a bit of a mash up of heaps of designs that I’ve seen around, I used a YouTube tutorial by my girl Jessie at Nailed It NZ for the eyeballs. So easy!

As with all nail art, just take your time and let the layers dry. Be sure to seal it all in with a fast drying and high gloss top coat, it makes a big difference to dry time and the finished look!

Which of these is your favourite?

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Simple Cobalt Chevron Nails

Hello my lovelies!

I have a pretty simple, very easy but rather stunning (well, in my opinion anyway) manicure to share with you today.

I’ve been considering getting the new-ish gel type polishes from revlon (ya know the ones that claim to stay on for ages and ages and you gotta get that special top coat?) and they had this really beautiful blue.. Gosh I am terrible at remembering names of polishes and collection off the bat! Well I was looking through my stash and realised that I have a blue very similar already in Endless Blue by Sinful Colors. So scratch that, semi lemming gone and I slapped this on my nails!

Never satisfied with just a single creme finish colour I used a Picture Polish lacquer in Metallic Mush to create a simple chevron tip. I think this design always makes your mani look clean and nails look a little bit longer. What do you think?

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Watermelon Ombré

Hello!

Y’all must have done something really good to get another nail art post so quickly! Maybe the nice weather is making me more motivated to make pretty nail art designs or something? Who knows! In any case, I tried out a design I saw on the Hello Maphie YouTube channel for a ombré watermelon design.

I didn’t think it came out as cute as it was in the video but then or woke up the next day and looked at it again and it looked awesome to me.. But then when I was walking to work I decided against them again. My mind is flip flopping over my execution of this design. I misplaced my black striper and I had to use a paint brush for the seeds so I think that’s one of the main things I’m unhappy with about this manicure..

All in all though, it’s an easy design (maybe make the pink a little larger than the green though.. Not a huge fan of the half and half look).

What do you think? Better than other methods to create watermelon nails or not?

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Leppy chevvy nail art

Oh hello lovelies!

I actually have some pretty fierce nail art to share with you in this post. I know it’s been a little while, but you know how I love leopard print, it’s actually really simple (because any mistakes can be forgiven easily).

I saw this design on All Nails Everything’s Instagram a couple of weeks ago and I immediately thought “I NEED TO DO THIS” since chevron and leopard are my go to designs! How did I not think of this sooner?!

I used two coats of Beige by Picture Polish (yay! Independent brands!) as the base colour and then used a gold BYS polish called Buried Treasure for the leopard spots. I don’t have any striping tape (and I’ve never used it.. Too scared!) so I used the polish for the gold in the chevron too. The original design was matte but I made mine glossy. I haven’t actually had matte nails in a really long time.. Maybe it’s time for a revisit! I usually go with glossy because fast dry top coat.. Hello, ain’t nobody got time to wait for nail polish to naturally dry..

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OPI Blue Chips Swatcharoonie

Harrrrrow my lovelies!

So I’ve just got a swatch for you today but I promise it’s really pretty! Like Tiffany Case league of pretty! It’s even blue like Tiffany Case.. But didn’t cause any staining whatsoever. It’s a relatively hard to find OPI polish that was sold only in Canada called Blue Chips. I really want to say it was a limited edition polish for some kind of poker tournament but I might be just making that up.. I could have sworn I read it somewhere. In any case somehow they ended up on NZ shores and it’s MINE!

In any case, Blue Chips is superb! For reals. Two coats of this puppy right here. It almost has a textured finish but a couple coats of top coat smooths it out (so it doesn’t eat up top coat as much as liquid sand but it’s gonna need more than one for that shiiiiiine). It’s pretty much a holo but has great opacity. Hehehe. Doesn’t it just make you happy looking at it?!

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Midsummer Petals Swatch

Hey!

Wow I am such a crap blogger! I honestly love blogging and sharing my nail art with the World Wide Web but I just can’t seem to get any consistency with my frequency of posts at the moment. No good! Must be better! Hopefully in the future I will be collaborating with some other New Zealand based nail and beauty bloggers so that will motivate me to get my A into G! Yes!

Onwards and upwards, a while ago Femme Fatale had a sale and I picked up a few polishes. This one I had my eye on for a while because it somehow reminds me of Hardware by Emily De Molly which I really, really wanted (but was sold out) so it semi squashes a lemming.. It’s just not good.. But! It’s so pretty! I didn’t really know what to layer it over though so I looked up other swatches and decided on a darker colour. Any recommendations would be welcome! I’m thinking a dark burgundy might look really nice under it too?

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4th of July manicure

Hello nail polish lovers!

Just a quick little post showing off my Independence Day themed manicure! We don’t traditionally celebrate this American holiday in New Zealand but I had a themed event to go to on the 4th of July so it worked out pretty perfectly!

I used a YouTube tutorial by MissJenFabulous for this look and just combined most of the looks she used into one skittle style manicure.

Well I hope all my American readers had a great Independence Day! Don’t forget to follow my Instagram (@9to5nails).

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Blush Hour Tips

Hello my lovelies!

I know it’s been a little while since I did some cool nail art but I have acquired a lot (like, a lot) of nail polish over the last few months and have so many untried polishes! So this is a pretty cool way of trying out an untried and still getting a tiny nail art fix.. Yay ombre tips, you rule!

One of my more recent untrieds is from the OPI Spotlight on Glitter collection. I only got one of these (I did read somewhere that most of them are dupes anyway) which was Blush Hour. It’s such a pretty polish! Especially in the bottle (not saying it looks bad on the nail). A pretty fuchsia jelly PACKED full of glitter! Yay! That’s what we like – glitter bombs!

I layered it over the tips of a plain pink creme polish (Essie Lights) and this manicure actually lasted a really long time – well, for me. I change my polish at least three times a week so anything that gets to stay on more than 3 days is impressive to me. It means it’s either really resilient or really prettyyyyyy. In this case, it’s both. I really should try it out on it’s own.. But I totally have commitment issues. When it comes to polish that is haha.

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