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Model for a day with Bonnie Hu Nails and Makeup

My friend Bonnie recently opened a makeup and nails studio here in Auckland, and invited me to come along to try out her services. I also have a friend who is a starting out as a  photographer, and she wanted me to model for her. I combined the two, added a couple of new dresses I had bought for my birthday and celebrating my new job, respectively, and here we have this shoot!

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Nailed it NZ Nail Tool Essentials Kit Review

My friend Jessie from Nailed it NZ has released her own line of nail art brushes, and sent me the Nailed it NZ Nail Tool Essentials Kit! Jessie is a trained nail technician, and has been producing nail art videos on YouTube for several years now. She created this line of nail art brushes to enable people to create their best nail art, and I wanted to put this to the test. I am not at all what you would call a nail artist, but I’ve watched enough of Jessie’s videos to feel confident putting the Nailed it NZ brushes to the test.

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Jamberry Nail Wraps Review

Jamberry nail wraps have been on the beauty scene for a couple of years now, but I just got sent some and used them for the first time! What are nail wraps you ask? They are thin sheets of vinyl that adhere to your nails using heat and pressure, and come in a range of fun patterns and colours. Jamberry says their wraps can last up to 2 weeks on your nails, and I put that to the test. Now, I’m sure many of you are aware that Jamberry is a direct sales/network marketing business. For the purposes of this review, I am just going to focus on the wraps themselves – I’ll touch on their business operations at the end. I really wanted to keep an open mind and review the wraps in the same way I would any other product.

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Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Polish Review

Essie makes some of my absolute favourite nail polishes, and today I’m excited to show you  Essie Naughty Nautical nail polish. If you’re following me on Instagram, you may have seen it featured there. I was given this by Essie back in December, and it seemed particularly appropriate since at the time my friend Sophia and I were obsessed with watching the reality TV show Below Deck. There are plenty of naughty nautical activities on their luxury super yachts, as I watched while I painted my nails. “Sail the sexy seas and chart a course for adventure in this shimmering, brilliant blue-green nail polish. Naughty never looked so nice”

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How to care for cuticles and nails

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, or following me on social media, you probably know that I love having nice nails. I always have them polished and tend to wear them fairly long. However, this wasn’t always the case. When I was younger, my nails were a wreck. I bit them, and I worked in cafes where they just got ruined every day. I stopped working in hospitality about four years ago, and started trying to grow my nails. After I conquered the biting, I wanted to figure out how to make them strong and look nice. My nature is to research everything I’m interested in to great detail. So over the last few years I’ve been researching how to care for your nails, from the internet as well as through having a couple of friends who are qualified nail technicians. In this post, I’ll be sharing some of the products that I use to care for my nails and cuticles, as well as some of the lifestyle tips that help me too.

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Ombre nails with striped feature nail

Hi,  I’m Marleen from The Beauty Context and today I’m guest posting about ombre nails while Lena is busy unpacking in her new house. I am nail obsessed! I stalk nails on Instagram, drool over nail polish stands in store, and occasionally I attempt doing my own nails. Sometimes I have huge plans for them, intricate patterns and designs which more often than not, leave me with smudge nails and a whole lot of frustration. So today I thought I would share with you an easy nail look that anyone can do. This nail looks is a simple ombre nail with line details on the index feature nail. It might look difficult but it is fairly simple once you know how to do it.

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Bourjois La Laque Nail Enamel

A few months ago, I attended an event hosted by Bourjois Paris and was able to view a number of their new release products. We received an amazing goodie bag, and today I’m going to show you some of the nail polishes from their new La Laque Nail Enamel range. I have 03 Orange Outrant and 05 Are you Reddy, both beautiful bright colours perfect for summer.

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Ulta3 Nail Polish

Ulta3 is a brand of nail polish and makeup here in Australia and New Zealand, and recently I was given several of them at an event held by the brand. I actually already had a couple of them in my collection from when my friend Teresa moved overseas and cleaned out her polish, but I had yet to get around to using them. Since I suddenly had enough for one on each finger I decided to do a a skittle manicure. What’s that, you ask? Here’s an explanation from All Lacquered Up. Keep reading to see how it looked, and my thoughts on the polishes themselves.

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Zoya Thea Pixie Dust

Recently when I won a giveaway from Zoya New Zealand, they popped in some extras for me since I’m a blogger which was very kind. One of these is quite possibly the prettiest nail polish I’ve ever seen – Zoya Thea Pixie Dust Lacquer. Thea is a deep amethyst nail polish that is absolutely packed with holographic glitter. I have been totally transfixed by the glitter whenever it catches the sunlight – what can I say, I’m totally a magpie! I already own another of the Zoya Pixie Dust polishes and I absolutely love it.

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Ombré nail art tutorial

Ombré, or gradient, nails, have been popular for a while now. I’ve always thought that they looked really cool, and my Pinterest nail board is full of tutorials and inspiration.  I’m sure some of you will be asking ‘what on earth is ombré?!’ – ombré is when you have a gradient of colour, from light to dark. I first became aware of it when it was a popular trend for hair colour, dark at the roots and light at the bottom (I called my hair an unintentional ombré when I was too broke to go and get the regrowth done!). I’ve had a couple of unsuccessful attempts at ombré nails, but I knew I had to have another go at it. I watched a tutorial by Nailed it NZ, gathered the equipment necessary and sat down to do it! This wasn’t the best nail art I’ve ever done, which is why I’m saying how (not) to do Ombré nails – so you can learn from the mistakes that I made. I was going to not post this at all but my friends said they thought it would be helpful, so I hope it is 🙂