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Friday, 28 November 2014

YouTube!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to my American followers!! I hope your turkey was delicious & moist and that no one described it as moist.

So I spent most of my day setting up a YouTube account! 


So exciting!!!! I finally got over how horrible I think I sound in narration and just did it. There is only 4 videos up so far, one video tutorial for each of my carved pumpkin face nails but that seems fitting seeing as I've heard pumpkins are a thanksgiving thing too!! 

If you want to check it out my channel is here. Your subscriptions and likes will guarantee a free puppy or kitten (depending on your preference).


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Winter Wonderland Nails AKA My Favorite Nails EVER plus Long Video Tutorial

Hi everyone!!

Today I think I did the my favourite nail design I have ever done. What do you think?



Squeee!!! I knew when I saw @madamluck's snowy graveyard mani that I had to use her white texture polish watermarble as falling snow for a Christmas/Winter Wonderland mani. It's so effective! And 3D! 

I even filmed a 7 minute detailed video for YouTube that can be seen below!!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

More Studded Nails

Hey guys :)

Today I did a more colourful take on my autumn colours mani from a few days back but still muted in colour :) 


I used Essie 'Maxamillion Strasse Her', China Glaze 'Electric Beat', Essie 'Bangle Jangle' & Sally Hansen 'Pinky Promise'. Studs are from eBay and attached with nail glue.
 

Sunday, 23 November 2014

OPI No Room For The Blues & A New Shape On My Cinderella Hand

Hello lovelies,

I have a new favourite blue!! With us Aussies going into summer it's the perfect vibrant shade to wear on those long days at the beach on the weekend.


It's just one of the most perfect blue formulas ever. Two coats to perfect opacity and absolutely NO STAINING!! That is like unicorn status for a blue in this shade.


Also, I had a corner break yesterday. And then this happened. New nail shape! But don't worry.. it's on my right (aka Cinderella) hand.


I got inspired by @madamluck's nail shape, got the file out and just went for it. Wasn't sure at first, but now? In love!! 

Debating if I should do it on my swatch hand too??? It's such a stronger shape than square and my nails naturally curl quite a lot (I soak them in warm water to uncurl before photos) so it would be nice to be able to remove that step.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Easy Autumn Nails

Hi guys,

Wanna know a secret?? I'm fascinated by traditional Autumn/Fall. I live in a very warm part of Australia and we don't really get all 4 seasons here.. 

We get Summer from September to the middle of April, peaking in December/January with temperatures as high as 42c/107.6f, but usually around 35c/95f, and then we get a Spring hybrid for the rest of the year. 

It doesn't get below 15c/59f in our 'Winter' and the last and only time I saw snow, I was 12 and on a school trip. I'm fascinated by the colour changing and shedding of leaves. We don't really get much of that either!

So when I think of Autumn/Fall, I think of colours like this.


No oranges, reds and browns for me. Autumn is all about the muted colours.

Polishes used were OPI ' My Very First Knockwurst', Rimmel 'Grey Matter', Essie 'Chinchilly' & OPI 'My Vampire Is Buff'. Gold studs are from eBay. I attach them with nail glue.

I can't wait to do this with other colour combos!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Purple & Gold Snowflake Nails Using OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday Collection

And so it begins......... just kidding!!!!!!

I LOVE Christmas and have been fighting the urge to start holiday manis since the beginning of October! 


These two incredible colours are part of the Gwen Stefani for OPI Holiday Collection, and just happen to be my Christmas colour scheme this year! I have a different colour scheme each year..... I'm nuts.

These polishes are 'I Carol About You' which is a gorgeous purple with a subtle shimmer & 'Don't Speak' which is an 18K gold flake top coat. So luxe! The snowflake charm is from eBay.

These polishes would make the perfect Christmas gift! Trust me....

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Gradient & Autumn Leaves Nails

Hi guys,
 

It's the last month of Autumn for the Northern Hemisphere! I cannot believe how fast this year has gone.. Seriously!!


I originally did the gradient and planned to stamp over it but saw a similar design by @polishcandies and knew I had to freehand those leaves on.



Polishes used were Ulta3 'Tangelo Twist', Essence 'Wanna Be Your Sunshine' and China Glaze 'Orange Knockout' & 'Sun Worshipper' for the gradient and OPI 'Love Is Hot And Coal'. 

According to the other half, they look like marijuana leaves.. haha oops!

And here is the video tutorial :)


Monday, 17 November 2014

Chevron Nails With A J and KITTENS!!

Hey everyone, 

Today I have for you another 'letter' mani.


Polishes used were OPI 'Unfrost My Heart', 'Do You Lilac It?', 'Alpine Snow' & 'Black Onyx'. Large chevron vinyls by @teismom and Bundle Monster Plate BM-417. 

The 'J' was again done with a Uniball Signo gel pen (aka the perfect easy nail art tool!!) 

I will be selling the gel pens I use for people who can't find them 
overseas through email order only.
Email me at nailsbyjema@gmail.com to enquire about pricing. 
Prices will depend on how many you order and where you live
 as I will obviously need to include postage costs onto your order.


I have no tutorial for these because on the 15th I was asked to foster three two week old kittens. Their  mum was attacked by a dog and is in hospital so I'm playing mum and bottle feeding them while she hopefully recovers. Two weeks old and oh so small. 


So I'm super busy feeding and toileting kittens (They are still too young to use the kitty litter) ♡♡ They are pretty much identical except for size. Thats why I call the smallest one (the only girl) Minnie, the biggest is Max (who has stronger stripes than the other two) & the middle is Malcolm.. because Malcolm In The Middle. Malcolm is extremely affectionate. I adore him.

Back later.. Playing with kittens! #crazycatladyforever

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Nails For Baby Jordan

Hi all!

My beautiful friends of many many years Rebecca and Rhys welcomed a new addition into their family on he 9th of November.. which just happens to be Rebecca's birthday too!!

I decided to do some nail art for Jordan who was wanted for SO long and is finally here. These are inspired by Bec's baby shower invitations.


Polishes used: OPI 'Alpine Snow', Kleancolor 'Pastel Blue' & Maybelline 'Audacious Asphalt'. Chevrons done with tape and pinking shears, art done with nail art brushes from eBay and dotting tools and the 'J' was done with my Signo Uniball gel pen.


I'm so happy for you guys ♡♡♡

Friday, 14 November 2014

My Very First Mani Swap

Hello!!!

Can you believe this mani swap is 4 months in the making?! 

The super sweet Shanna aka @glittr asked me if I wanted to do my very first mani swap with her & I was super excited... till I broke my nails and was down to nubs so we had to wait till they grew out a little. 



This was the third design of hers I did because they are all just so pretty and my style and I loved them all so I let the birthday boy choose which one made the final cut. He loved her kickass dotticure straight away. Shanna recreated my blue studded leopard and smashed it! Hopefully it didn't stain your nails like that mani stained mine girl!! Originals are on the left and our recreations are on the right. 


Thank you so much Shanna for being my first mani swap.. they say you always remember your first ;) haha If you aren't already following her, do yourself a favor and do it now!! She has a fantastic blog you can see here.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

My Man Is 30!!

Hi guys!

So today is my guys 30th birthday!! I had a bit of time free after dinner tonight so I did a quick mani to celebrate his moving into the 'old man' age bracket and also for hitting 30k followers on Instagram. Yay!! 


I'm so grateful that so many of you enjoy seeing my nail art (even if I do think these are a big fat fail!!! I just didn't have time to redo them tonight). 

Happy Birthday baby! Sorry your birthday nails were so ugly lol I love you more than anything.



Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Remembrance/Veterans Day Nails & Video Tutorial

In Flanders' field the poppies blow, 
Between the crosses, row on row, 
That mark our place; and in the sky 
The larks, still bravely singing, fly. 

Scarce heard amid the guns below. 
We are dead. Short days ago 
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, 
Loved and were loved, and now we lie 
In Flanders' fields. 

Take up our quarrel with the foe; 
To you from falling hands, we throw 
The torch; be yours to hold it high 
If ye break faith with us who die 
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow 
In Flanders' field. 


On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, a minutes' silence is observed and dedicated to those soldiers who died fighting to protect the nation. 

This mani was inspired by @christabellnails and dedicated to those no longer with us.

And the video tutorial.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Classy Leopard Mani

What makes Monday bearable?? Awesome nails.

Awesome nails like THESE!!!


Was so inspired by @paulinaspassions mani I had to straight up copy it!!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

One More Set Of Moustache Nails

Happy Sunday :) I hope your weekend was relaxing/fun/exciting/however you prefer your weekends!

I changed up my Moustache/Movember nails again! And this time I added some houndstooth.


This red ♡♡♡!! This will also be the last mani with my moustache feature nail because after I photographed these nails tonight it popped right off my nail in one whole piece. That's what happens when you have oily nail beds and leave polish on for 4 days lol 

Polishes used: OPI 'Alpine Snow' & 'Fashion A Bow', Konad black on MoYou London's Pro 04 plate & moustache decals from Born Pretty Store. Use the code GBJ61 to get 10% off and free shipping.

 
Just remember, by increasing our understanding of men’s experience of depression, we can begin to tackle the rates of depression and anxiety in men by developing and providing appropriate and timely services and/or activities. By reducing stigma, facilitating a change in men’s help seeking behaviour, and challenging traditional perceptions of masculinity, it is believed that a reduction in the male suicide rate can be achieved in the medium to long term.


Friday, 7 November 2014

Black & Silver Movember Nails

Hey Nailers!

Just a quick photo upload. I monochromed my moustache nails! I love Black/White/Grey or Silver nails.


Can we talk about that silver polish?? It's so shiny!! And I seriously never want to remove that moustache nail! 


Polishes used are OPI 'Black Onyx', 'Alpine Snow' & my new favorite silver ever 'Unfrost My Heart' from the Gwen Stefani holiday collection for OPI which was sent to me by the amazing dolls at @cotypraustralia. Moustache nail is done with individually placed water decals from Born Pretty Store. Use the code GBJ61 to get 10% off and free shipping.

I can't wait to start Christmas nails this month! This polish is going to be veeery well used!

Which do you prefer? The blue or the monochrome?

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Movember Moustache Nails

Hey all!

We all have the causes that are close to our hearts right? Well, male depression is something I feel very strong about. 

In this day and age men are told to be tough and not show their emotions. If they are sad, they are perceived to be weaker and while more women than men are diagnosed with depression, this may partly be because many men don't seek the help they need. They don't talk about it. And the suicide rate reflects that.

Australian data (ABS, Causes of Death) reports in 2012, the most recent recorded year, 1,901 males opposed to 634 females died by suicide. While not all suicide is depression related, it is a leading factor.

Movember is an amazing event because it raises awareness and helps fund programs for both prostate & testicular cancer, but also mental health issues. Issues that go un-talked about and ignored.

So these are my Movember nails. 


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

OPI My Very First Knockwurst

A swatch you guys!! A swatch!

I needed a simple palette cleanser today so I reached for one of my nudes and picked this one. 


Sometimes nail art is so crazy that a simple colour just grounds you again and gives you the energy to go nuts again.

I love this pink based nude. It isn't brown or yellow enough to be a nude on my skin tone but it's a lovely dull pink on me. Perfect.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

I Did A Bad Thing To My Savings.....

*sheepishly* Hi guys....

Ok so let me start by saying I love a SALE! What girl doesn't right?? We see the words 'Sale' or 'Reduced' or '60% Off' and lose our minds buying things we don't even need.

But two weeks ago I was on OzSale..... For all my overseas readers, it's a sale website that sells things at reduced prices. I LOVE IT! I get all my polishes from there these days. I can get China Glaze for $4 each (retails at $15.95 here in Australia) and OPI for $7 each (retails at $19.95 here in Australia) with cheap $1-$7 postage which is the biggest problem with eBay. I can order as much as I want and the postage is usually $6.95, but sometimes they have delivery price sales and it can be as low as $1. To send 20 polishes... STEAL!

I am usually calm and order very few OPI because they cost almost twice the China Glaze (The CG are a different story... I go nuts!) and are usually old collections or unpopular colours, but then they had a sale with over 400 colours and plenty of recent collections.

And this happened....



Oh no...

To my credit I DID reduce my cart from 92 down to only 43... it was so tough. I think I deserve a gold star for me efforts.