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 

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Louboutin Rouge

Oh, hi there! 

This post is long overdue considering I got this nail polish before my birthday in April. Even though it’s NZ indie polish month I thought I had better take a break from scheduled programming for this month and finally share the amazingness that is this polish in all its avant garde packaged glory. My very good friend Nina from New Shoes In Town (that’s right, us blogger people do know each other in real life!) got this for me for my 25th birthday and I actually squealed when I opened it! 
A gradient from black to red on the glass crystal style cut bottle and 8 inches of pure, glossy spike makes up the handle of this nail polish, now everyone asks me is it difficult or easier to use because of the handle? It’s probably actually a little more difficult because it’s rather weighty too and you have to hold it right down the end near the brush. It’s not annoyingly difficult though, just different. It would also make a very good shank, ya know, should you ever need one. If someone decided to rob me in the night, I know what I would grab to defend myself. This bad boy. 
Now, onto what really matters, the polish inside! Haha I know it doesn’t actually matter because, honestly, how often am I going to use this? Probably never again, it’s too expensive! Anyhow.. It was almost a one coater but two coats for longevity is okay by me. It’s a cool toned red with a creme finish and is quite glossy which is really nice but not the perfect red for me (I like a very blue based red). 
So while it’s not the perfect red, it definitely has the wow factor and looks amazing on my nail polish table! However at approx $50USD a pop I don’t think I’ll be rushing out to get the whole range anytime soon. 
Love and glitter!
Kalliana 
   

   

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!

   

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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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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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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Introducing: Nail Juice

Hello lovelies!

May marks something quite exciting for the girls who are in NZ Polish Addicts (PANZ) and that is NZ Indie Polish Month. A fair few of my newfound polish friends have their hand in the polish making game so throughout the month of May I hope to share some with you!

First off I’ve got a brand called Nail Juice to share which was created by Steph and her partner Dan. Such a creative brand name, right?! It’s also her blog name too.

This one is called Aromatic Mist which I layered over OPI’s Sparrow Me The Drama. It’s a pretty jelly like pale purpley pink base with a slight shimmer, small royal purple hex glitter, bigger yellow/gold hex glitter and round circle glitter in pinks and lilacs. Two coats of seche vite top coat smoothed it out rather nicely.

Check out the Facebook page for Nail Juice!

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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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