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 🙂
My friend Jessie is not just a nail art star on her youtube channel Nailed It NZ, but she is also a qualified nail technician. I’ve interviewed her with frequently asked questions about nail health, and general nail and nail polish queries. I found it really interesting, and I hope you will too! Do nails need to breathe? Not at all, the nail plate is made up of many layers of keratin, which is basically a bunch of dead cells. This means that your nails are dead, so giving them a “break to let them breathe” isn’t necessary. However, you can give your nails a break from nail polish if you want old stains to stains fade. (Note – I’ve got a video about this here)
Collection Cosmetics recently sent me a massive box of products from their range, and I was overwhelmed with how many great items they included. The first thing I ever tried from Collection was a nail polish when they launched last year, and I really liked it. So, I was stoked to see that they had sent me 5 polishes that are new to their Work The Colour collection. These are mostly pastel shades, which I looove because I love pastel nails. It might be winter but my nails are light and cheery! In this post I’ll be reviewing them, and showing how they look on my nails.
It’s May, and that means that it’s NZ Indie Polish Month again! This year is the second time it has been run by PANZ and the first time I’ve really been around for it. What is PANZ? PANZ (Polish Addicts of NZ) is a New Zealand based Facebook group for nail polish lovers! We’re super friendly and love meeting fellow polish addicts so please feel free to come join the fun here. What is NZ Indie Polish Month? It’s the brainchild of Serra from Peacock Pie, a month long celebration of all things New Zealand made indie polish! We have some awesome local brands making really cool stuff and we want everyone to know about them. We’ll be using the hashtag #nzindiepolish on social media, please feel free to join in!
FABY has released their winter 2015 collection, comprised of 12 futuristic and fantastic nail polishes. Inspired by the enigmatic women of science fiction, FABY features twelve imaginative lacquers that invite women to explore the boundaries of bold colour and create their own unique statement this winter. From luxurious satins and crèmes to eye-catching glitters and matte sparkle finishes, FABY’s futuristic set of lacquers is guaranteed to turn heads. I was sent FABY Glittering Chlorophyll from the Future Faby collection, and have been wearing it for the last week, ready to review it for you all.
Another week, another glittery manicure to show you all. This one uses two polishes, which are two of my favourite polishes of all time – and that is a pretty big statement, given I have over 100 polishes, and have used many others in my time. They are China Glaze – For Audrey and China Glaze – Fairy Dust. For Audrey is gorgeous light creamy blue, and Fairy Dust is a holographic glitter suspended in a clear base. Together, they make a beautiful combination that is extremely eye catching.
So many empties this month! I’ve really been trying to use up what I have, I haven’t bought any beauty products since coming back from Australia in January, which must be a record for me. February’s empties include body, skincare, hair, and nail related products, from brands including The Body Shop, Sally Hansen, Dove and Lush. Let’s get into it, I have mini-reviews for all of these products
Lately I’ve been wearing a lot of bright nail polishes, so this week I felt like going with some more neutral tones. Of course, I couldn’t let things be too dull, so I used two different polishes to end up with a neutral glittery manicure. They are OPI – Don’t Pretzel My Buttons and China Glaze – Fast Track. Keep reading to see how they look together!
When I was in Wellington last year, I spent a long time exploring the wonders of Kirkaldie and Stains beauty department. One of the things I was interested to see was the Zoya stand, it’s not a brand I’ve used before but I’ve heard it raved about online so I decided to buy one of their polishes. This is Zoya Vega, from their range of Pixie Dust polishes. Pictured with it is Orly Flash Dry – they’re quick dry drops, and I’m going to do a mini-review of them with the Zoya nail polish.
I think bright nails are a summer essential. Maybelline New York must think this too, because they have just added to their Color Show range with four limited edition Bleached Neons nail polishes. Maybelline sent me two of the colours to try, and I have been wearing them over the last week and loving them.