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 💖

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Ittle-bittle-skittle-nails

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 💖

I’m such a Lucky One.. 

Hi pretty-lovers!

I’m excited! Why? Because I finally got nail polish from a brand I’ve followed on social media for a very long time but have never bought from before! I love ticking these things off my list.. Hehehe. 

ILNP (or I Love Nail Polish) is a huge indie brand that specialise in very sparkly creations. And I don’t mean senseless glitter bombs a-la Lynderella style – they’re beautiful holo polishes and ultra holo finishes with a few chromes, metallics and shimmers in there too. 

I picked up this epic green glitter polish called Lucky One in a recent group buy and I gotta say, it was actually an impulse choice! ILNP does free international shipping with orders over $200 and we were really close to the threshold so.. I did the right thing and quickly picked this polish.

I’m sure glad I did! Heck, it’s sooo freaking pretty! This is just two coats, no base colour laid underneath. One coat was almost enough but I did two just to be sure. Can’t wait to try out the other polishes I nabbed from ILNP. 

What’s your favourite indie polish brand? 

Love and glitter 

Kalliana 

Blue petal overlap tips 

Hi! 

It’s nail day! Yay! I still absolutely love nail art and nail polish and unlike make up its totally a skill that isn’t so easily replicated and picked up. Not saying that make up is easy – just more people slay at their own brows and contour than epic nail art! Heck, I ain’t even that good! 


Anyhow, for these nails I went with all OPI products – I didn’t intend for it to be that way, it just ended up being the right shades of blue! I started with a base colour of Blue Chips (pretty sure this was limited edition for some Texas Holdem tournament in Vegas ages ago) over top of Can’t Find My Czechbook, with the two shades You’re Such A Budapest and Dating A Royal on the tips. 

I’ve done this in purple tones before too, what other colours do you think it will suit? 

Love and glitter 
Kalliana 

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 

   
 

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 

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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