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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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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 

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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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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Red and black chevron nail art

Hey lovelies!

Yep! I know! I lagged again. Silly me. In any case, did you see that there’s a new Polish Addicts New Zealand blog? You can check it out (and my profile) here.

Today I have a pretty “bad-ass” manicure look for you, it’s semi inspired by the Gwen Stefani range by OPI but really just ended up looking like this after I played around with a striper for a bit and had some patience with glitter.. Hehe..

I do have the red from the Gwen collection (over and over a-Gwen) but for this manicure I actually used The Thrill of Brazil as the base colour for this mani. It is one of my fave reds at the moment, I’ve found it doesn’t stain my nail as much as other reds I’ve used have and goes on smoothly (opaque in two coats, oh yessss). I alternated the chevron base with the black striper and used glitter from an Ulta3 polish.. Very carefully fishing it out with a toothpick and placing it on the point of the chevron!

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My head is in the (pink) clouds

Hello my lovelies!

I have a pretty pink manicure for you today – remember on Wednesdays we wear pink otherwise you can’t sit with us! If you get this reference then you’re my kind of person. If not I suggest you google it! Yes, I wear pink every Wednesday.

I’ve done the cloud manicure before in blue and white and a rasta colour type pallette so I decided to try it in my fave polish colour – pink! I’ve been going through my polish and swatching on sticks and pink is definitely hands down the winner. I have over 50 (yet to do an official count of my stash).

I started off with OPI Samoan Sand as a neutral base (three coats because I had some staining to hide on my natural nails) and then used Revlon Cupid for the baby pink layer and Hello Kitty Back to the Fuchsia for the hot pink tips. This design is extremely easy, it really is just three strokes and making sure the initial placement of the brush has a “blob” of polish so that the cloud is rounded. If you try this out for yourself be sure to use polishes that are quite opaque for layering and preferably fast drying too so that you’re not waiting around for hours for each layer to dry!

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Skittle Nail Art

Hey!

Yep.. Again.. Long time no blog! I can’t believe it’s April already! Where does the time go? Anyhow, I have quite a backlog of posts to share!

A while ago I did this skittle style manicure using OPI You’re Such A Budapest and OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook as the base colours and Sinful Colors Thimbleberry, a gold striper and a black striper for contrast. I think the middle finger actually looks quite.. Wonder Woman inspired! What do you think? I used a toothpick for the polka dots to get those really, really small uniform dots.

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Easy Floral Nail Art

Hello darlings!

More nail art for you today, yaaaaaay! I have been loving the YouTube tutorials by Hello Maphie and tried out
this very, very easy one for roses/flowers. This would be the easiest way to get pretty flowers on your nails in my opinion. If you’re just starting out I would recommend this method since it’s pretty much fail proof.

I started off with two coats of Butter London Lady Muck and used Essie Lights and OPI Pink Friday for the flowers. One I used the cotton bud/ q-tip to create the marbled flowers I used a deep green (Revlon Emerald) to paint the leaves with a nail art brush (can use a toothpick though) and used a lighter green (OPI Gargantuan Green Grape) to create dimension. To finish it off I used OPI My Vampire is Buff to paint tiny dots in the middle of the flower.

Pretty, pretty, pretty!

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Dream Catcher Nail Art

Hey, hey, hey!

Finally some nail art! I’m very conscious of how many swatch blog posts I put up so I’m always really excited to share nail art! When I first started out blogging I pretty much only posted nail art but after a while I started getting more and more interested in the newer collections and indie polishes too. I know whenever I purchase a polish I look up swatches and read other blogger thoughts on them before I decide so I like posting swatches too.

Anyhow, I tried out another cute polish tutorial but I changed it up a little bit. Well, really what happened was that I mucked up the string part and ended up just winging it instead of taking it off and starting again. I think it worked out fine!

I used the following polishes for this look:

– Color Club Pucci-Licious
– Picture Polish Marine
– OPI Teenage Dream
– LA Girl Nostalgic
– Sinful Colors Snow Me White
– Black striper

And I followed this Cute Polish tutorial. Try it out for yourself and share your recreations!

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