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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 💖

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Happy 2016! Have a manicure 

Hey team! 

Welcome to 2016.. I know, I know, I almost missed January completely! Quick update: new job, new house, new outlook. Things are really great but really busy. 

I have been painting my nails on a very regular basis though. Just because I don’t post doesn’t mean I’m not painting my nails or rockin a perfect manicure out on them streets. 

This weekend was a long weekend in Wellington and I used the opportunity to rock more than one manicure and do a little revisit to an old fave by a Kiwi indie maker called Nail Juice. I’ve had this manicure on all weekend and it hasn’t failed to bring a smile to my face. I layered Chibi from the Sailor Moon collection over Butter London in Trout Pout. 

Enjoy the cuteness! 
Kalliana 

   
 

The Koopa King 

Hello lovelies 
Today I have an old indie polish to share with you. Now, I say old because it’s hardly a new release or anything. In fact, it’s in the old style bottles! I acquired this recently along with some of the other Super Mario Collection polishes by Dollish Polish. 

This one is called The Koopa King and  is a clear base, with a yellow gold microglitter, yellow gold bigger hex glitter, red hex, green hex, black bars and larger silver holo diamonds. 
I love Dollish Polish, it was one of the first indie brands I got into as a baby nail polish addict. Unfortunately time (and funds, let’s be real) is no longer on my side and with an increased work load and social life, I don’t have as much time as I used to have to keep up with the fantastic nail blogs out there and the new collections (and brands!) coming out.
I’m not a huge gamer but I am partial to go a at Super Mario from time to time. I got The Koopa King polish along with about twelve others and whilst unwrapping them all, I was exclaiming, oohing and ahhing over each and every one. This particular one caught someone’s eye and lo and behold it’s on my nails now.
After a quick google search, I found that most people have swatched this over either a black or a yellow. Yellow doesn’t suit me (well I just haven’t found the right one) and I didn’t want to do just plain old black so I went with two coats of OPI Incognito on Sausalito with a coat of The Koopa King layered over it. I think the result is stunning!  
   
 

Tell me polish addicts – which indie collections have I missed out on? What are your favourite brands?

Love and glitter

Kalliana  

Neon Glitter Wowzers!

Oh hey glitter lovers!
You might need to be wearing a pair of sunnies to look at this particular manicure. It is BRIGHT! I love it! 

I used two coats of Color Club’s Jackie Oh with Nubar in Star Sparkle glitter on the tips. I don’t have a lot to say about this manicure so I’ll let the photos speak for me.. 

  

 Let’s beat in mind.. This was at a time when my talons were growing very nicely, at the moment they’re breaking all the time and it’s getting me down. I constantly have nubbins but that’s okay, glitter can do wonderful things! 

Love and glitter 

Kalliana 

Chibi AKA the cutest polish ever 

Hey polish people! 

Soooooo… I have a very, very, extremely cute nail polish to share with you all today. With the month of May drawing to a close, that also means the end of NZ indie polish month so will have a few posts to share over the last few days! 

I picked up a couple of Nail Juice little juicies in a wee clearance sale Steph had and Chibi is one of them. From the Sailor Moon inspired collection, this polish is just way too cute. Look at it! Just all matte glitter in the cutest colour combination ever.. Ahhhh! 

I layered one coat over two coats of OPI You’re Such A Budapest and sealed it all in with Jordana Quick Shine top coat to gloss it up. The glitter isn’t raised so one coat of top coat is enough to make it smooth and deliciously shiny. 

You can find Nail Juice polishes here to buy online, support local brands and buy NZ made! 

Love and glitter 

Kalliana  

       

StarKin Opulence

Hiiiiiiii! 

Still a happy NZ Indie Polish month to you all! Yay! 

Today I have a really, very pretty nail polish to share with you by StarKin. I scored this a couple of years ago in a blog sale and I actually hadn’t properly swatched it until now because I’m so silly and have been letting this glitter gem hide away in a drawer. I am so sorry! I feel bad for this polish because it’s soo gorgeous and had just been forgotten about. 

Opulence is a pinky red jelly polish filled with delicious lashings of gold and silver holographic glitters. It also has the occasional larger glitter or star in there too. The result is something that just glimmers and shimmers in the light like no other. It’s so pretty, I couldn’t stop staring at my nails! 

Star Kin is handmade in New Zealand by one of my fellow PANZ-ies Ami. Star Kin has their own store on Etsy but at the moment they’re selling through the Peacock Pie store, which you can find here 

   

   

Nail Juice: Daylily

Hey! 
I have a NZ indie polish to share with you as part of NZ indie polish month. Created by PANZ (Polish Addicyts New Zealand) last May, this year we are back and celebrating our back yard indies more than ever. So many talented polish makers in our little group. 

This pretty indie was made by Steph over at Nail Juice and is called Daylily. It’s a pretty crelly dark red with glitter. Everyone loves glitter, right?! This is two coats worn over OPI Animalistic which was the perfect base for this.

Now I got this polish from a blog sale last year but Nail Juice has so many awesome polishes in their online store here so you should definitely check them out!

   

Peacock Pie – Rainbow Fish

Hey-Lo!
Yay nail polish post! My first love, nail polish. Sigh. I have an indie made right in my own backyard for you today! Peacock Pie is made by the lovely Serra who I met in a group online called Nail Polish Addicts NZ (PANZ). Serra is one of a handful of addicts that I’ve also met in real life and she’s a wonderful, colourful, creative, joyful person! 
Serra was nice enough to send me some pretties a while back and this is one that I just never got around to trying. When you have so many polishes like I do it’s hard to keep track of them all. Organisation isn’t my strong suit and when it comes to my polish I can get overwhelmed with deciding how to sort them all.
I layered this polish, aptly named Rainbow Fish, over a Picture Polish base in Aqua. Not that the Rainbow Fish polish doesn’t have the opacity to stack up on its own, I just have a mini bottle so I don’t wanna crank through it so quickly! 
  
Looooook. So pretty! You can find Peacock Pie products to buy for your pretty self right here, blog here and follow her on Facebook here.
Love and glitter!
Kalliana 

Black and white matte glitter goodness

Oh, hi there!

I’ve got another pretty swatch for your viewing today! This is a polish that I got in a destash not too long ago. I’m currently on a bit of a no-buy-ban (saving to go to on holiday to Europe next year) so it’s a very good excuse to go and use my untrieds! So one of the first ones up is this polish by Nubar called Rock Candy Crush which is a black and white tiny glitter combo. Each colour of the glitter is the same size and shape, traditional small hex glitter, the white being a little smaller than the black.

I started off with two coats of Essie Lights as my undies. Can I just say that I love the newer Essie brushes! How much easier would life be if all polish had that type of brush! The colour is amazing too, I got this for my birthday last year and the bottle is about a quarter empty now – which is a lot for a polish addict! There are very few polishes you call upon on a regular basis!

I layered one coat of Nubar Rock Candy Crush over Lights and it turned out like a match made in heaven really! I was a bit worried that the Nubar glitter might be too densely packed to look good layered but it’s not, it just looks that way in the bottle. The white glitter goes a little bit translucent so if you’re looking for that real solid black and white matte glitter combo then this might not be for you. I topped it off with a layer of top coat and voila! Yay black, pink and white combo!

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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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