Tuesday, 31 March 2015

How To Get The Perfect Gradient/Ombre

Hi guys,

I get asked all the time on my social media how I get seamless gradients on my nails when I do them and I have a little trick that I use to make them look perfect.

It's simple and will improve your technique 100%. Trust me!

Watch the video below to see how I sponge the polish onto my nail and any tricks I use.

Let me know if this technique helps you, and if you have any problems with gradients or ombre let me know in the comments and I might be able to give you some tips to fix them.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Beach Inspired Summer Nails

Happy Monday guys! 

Today I have these easy summer nails that are inspired by the perfect beach. I imagine this beach is on a remote island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean somewhere...

They are really easy to do and the only tools you need are a makeup sponge and a thin nail art brush or striper brush.

These were inspired by @chorubim who was originally inspired by @chalkboardnails. The chain of crediting is easy peeps!

Monday, 23 March 2015

Blank Templates For Your Nail Art!

Hey everyone!

Back in May I created some blank nail art templates because I was sick of always drawing nail outlines when I wanted to create or document ideas to put on my nails at a later time.

The templates in action!!

I made them square and a medium length because that was the shape and length of my nails at the time, but when I posted a photo of them I had a tonne of people asking me to share them with them. So I made them downloadable in a post in June, but only the square shape, because that was my shape. 

Since then, I have gained a lot more followers and a lot of other nail shapes are becoming more popular, so I am always being asked to make other shapes for people to download...


I made the claws, coffins, and squoval shortie shape and am working on ovals and rounded shorties to put up later (I really need to get to bed!).

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Obsessed with Houndstooth and Essie Polish!

Happy Monday :)

I had a super relaxed Monday and slept till 1pm... that sounds bad BUT I was awake until 9:30am this morning reading the newest Colleen Hoover book. She is the only author that hasn't let me down yet, all her books are incredible! I definitely recommend buying all of her books if you enjoy romance or young adult books. Trust me!

Anyway, today I have for you a mani I did a couple of days ago. I received 12 beautiful polishes from Essie Australia's new Autumn/Fall collection, which will be up on the blog swatched this week, and was so inspired by so many lovely houndstooth manis on instagram lately that I just had to put some houndstooth on my nails using some of the amazing new Essie's I received.

Click below to see more photos :)

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Rimmel London Velvet Matte Collection Swatches & Review!

Hey guys!

In today's blog post I have swatches and reviews of Rimmel London's newly released Velvet Matte polishes. A quick Google search tells me these came out last year on the other side of the globe, but they have JUST been released in Australia.

Let me start by saying I have found my new favorite Matte polishes. Ever. I am in love, you guys. Not only are these the perfect Autumn/Fall colours but they are so damn pretty. Even my boyfriend, who usually looks at my nails when I show him with indifference and boredom, actually grabbed my hands and exclaimed they were 'awesome'!

If that's not a reason to go buy them then I don't know what is!!

The bottle is the same as all of Rimmel's Salon Pro nail polishes and has the awesome feature of the wide and flat brush. This makes these polishes so easy to apply and in only ONE stroke!! All four I could get ALMOST opaque on the first coat, and I'm really picky with what I call opaque. For most people these are one coat to opaque, but I like them to be solid colour when I hold them up to light, so for my preference they needed two coats for that.

For most people though, one coat and one stroke application means you can get all nails painted and done in one minute or less. Great for last minute polish application before dashing out the door. It's really that easy.

I found it easiest to apply the polish a little thicker than I would most polishes, but matte polish tends to dry a lot faster, and with it being only one coat, drying time is less than 2 minutes to 100% dry. Applying the coats a little thicker than normal reduces any bumps and brush lines that matte polishes tend to get because you can't top coat it to smooth it out.

Monday, 9 March 2015

My Second Gay Pride Nails & Video Tutorial :)

Hello FABULOUS people!

Today I have my second LGBT Mardi Gras design. Yes, second! 

I decided to do another one that was a little more complex and advanced with a bit more detail and I am so in love. I never wanted to take it off but unfortunately it started lifting the next day because I forgot to wash my hands after applying oil before I painted them and the oil must have been on my nail still. 

Friday, 6 March 2015

My Gay Pride Nails For The 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Hi guys, 

It's that time of year again! Mardi Gras time in Sydney, Australia. I know there is a Mardi Gras in New Orleans that also involves a lot of half naked people in the street, but ours is better because a) drag queens and b) floats. Plus, gay people really know how to party!

So, because I can't be in Sydney for the Pride Parade this weekend, I painted my nails!! I plan on doing a inspired by/recreation of my pride nails from last year and posting those tomorrow but for today I have these simple gay pride nails :)

See more photos after the jump!

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Color Club Love Tahiry Collection Swatches & Review (Plus a discount code!)

Hi guys!

I have had the most rediculously busy last few weeks that I've barely had enough time to instagram, let alone sit and blog! But I'm back and I have the Love Tahiry Collection by Color Club to show you all today.

The Color Club Love Tahiry Collection is a set of seven Valentine's Day themed polishes designed by Tahiry Jose. Being an Aussie, I had NO idea who she was because 'Love and Hip Hop' doesn't air here, but the polishes are all AMAZING colours. I know Valentine's Day has passed but I love these shades, and will be wearing them year round.

I am a creme polish fan so I was so happy this collection had 5 of them in it. It also has one medium/full coverage glitter (depending on how you apply it and how many coats) and one heart shaped glitter topper. Plus they are also scented! I have a really sensitive nose (no joke, I could literally work at the airport finding drugs...) so I wasn't too sure about the scented part as I didn't want to be smelling them all night while I slept. I found one coat of my top coat did nothing to hide the smell but when I added a couple it almost masked. I could still smell it slightly but only when I lifted my nail to my nose and sniffed it. If you don't do this all day, you should be fine ;)