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?




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?



Watermelon Ombré


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?



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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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!



Snowman Nails


Geez, Christmas is sooooo close! I am still on the hunt for one more present.. Ugh! Hopefully I can suss that out soon.

Anyway, I have a really pretty and cute manicure to share with you for Christmas today. I used two coats of Essie Smooth Sailing and layered Ciate Confetti over the top. I then used a dotting tool to make the snowman head, eyes and nose then a black striper to make the hat. It was a really easy manicure to do and I think it looks really great. I saw the design on Concrete and Nail Polish and thought it looked really great!

I have got the ciate advent calendar this year but I haven’t had a chance to use any of the polishes! This is the first one I’ve tried (apart from the base coat). Hopefully I’ll be able to try out more of the polishes soon!

Are you ready for Christmas?


Pumpkin and dots

Hello Lovelies!

So Halloween is fast approaching (really only two days away now) and I haven’t done any Halloween nail art whatsoever! Last year I had a few awesome designs but this year I things have just been so hectic around here.

Anyway, I had a plain manicure on, a peachy colour that I got from roseroseshop by Skinfood and it’s pretty much orange so I decided to add a pumpkin on my middle finger. I think it would look better with a stem (and maybe more like a pumpkin rather than an angry middle finger..) and I opted for cute polka dots because the pumpkin actually kind of scared me a little bit..



Simple Heart Nails


These must be the easiest and simplest nails anyone could do. A dotting tool makes these really easy but it can be done with a bobby pin or a toothpick or whatever else you have to use in place of a dotting tool!

I started off with two coats of Orly’s Everything’s Rosy and then used OPI My Vampire Is Buff and a dotting tool to create the little hearts in the middle of every nail. I think they look so simple and sweet! I think I wore these for at least a few days before taking it off – usually manicures don’t last more than a day as I get bored or get a new polish that I want to play with.

I hope you all had a great weekend! The weather was actually really lovely (woo no tights needed!) but today it is so windy! Almost got blown away today!



Pink Glitter Sequin Gradient Nails


So this manicure has two polishes that I recently acquired that I haven’t yet used.. Yeah I still have a lot of untried polishes to go through!

I started off with two coats of Picture Polish Beige on all but my ring finger. I wanted a hot pink accent nail and used That’s Hot! Pink by OPI which is one of my favourite pink polishes and one of the ones I used a lot when I first started out blogging. I wanted to try out one of my new Maybelline Color Show polishes from the Sequins collection and used Rose Bling on the tips.



Fishtail Weave Nail Art


Here is a nail art look that I did a while back which I modelled off an Instagram post I saw by SwiftPolish. I’m not the steadiest with a striper brush so I’m stoked with how this turned out.

I started off with a very light pink base colour of Essie Neo Whimsical and then used a sponge to create a gradient effect with OPI Planks A Lot and L.A Girl Rock n Roll. I then used BYS Starlette over the top before using a black striper to create the weave pattern.

I really like these colour together and as I said was super stoked with how this turned out. I also really like the Swift Polish Instagram tutorials that she posts, they’re so easy to follow!