31 August 2014

Guest post from Nailed it NZ: cute strawberries

Remember my last Follow Friday? It was about Nailed it NZ. Well, I'm happy to announce that today's guest post is from Jessie of Nailed it NZ! :) Check it out!

Hi guys! I'm Jessie, and I run a blog & YouTube channel called Nailed It NZ. Nerdy & Fleurty very kindly asked me to guest post for her today, and I'm delighted to! She's got some amazing designs!

I'm just about finished training as a nail technician, and occasionally I've done a strawberry accent nail on clients. Every time I do, I fall in love with them! I prefer little strawberries to big ones any day - they look so much more detailed, plus CUTE! I also chose to paint them pink, not red - but I'll have to play around and see what colour combinations I prefer most. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

These are the polishes I used for this design - not many, really! And it's quite easy to do, too - maybe I'll make a tutorial on it soon.

They are:

Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
Nicole By OPI - City-Pretty Rose
Essie - Need A Vacation
Jordana - Rich Green

I think I need to do a full fruit manicure - Strawberries, apples, pineapples - a different fruit on each nail would make it a real fruit salad!

I hope you liked my strawberry nail art, and thanks heaps to Nerdy & Fleurty, for asking me to be a guest on your blog today!

Wow, this is really adorable! I should try it some time. Jessie, you should totally do some fruit salad nails! :) Thanks again for being a guest poster today, it means so much to me!
Well, what do you guys think of this design? You absolutely want this on your fingernails, right?

28 August 2014

Ikat nails


Ikat nails have been all over the nail art world, so it was about time I tried it myself. I have to admit I'm not so happy with the result, but I will try it again and again until I like it.
I used this tutorial by The polish addiction for the look. You can see the colours are very similar. However, I used two colours for the ikat and she only used one. Afterwards I thought that one would look better. See for yourself!

I think it's the fact that the ikats are too close to each other, that I don't like. I'll definitely give it another go, because it's easy and fun to do.
So, what do you think? Have you ever tried ikat nails?

26 August 2014

Guest post from Roaring Nails: Leopard Tribal Design

Here's another guest post for you. It's from Roaring Nails! Let's see what she has made.

Hi everyone!

I'm Robin from Roaring Nails, and I'll be entertaining you today! I was immediately excited about this guest post - I love doing them! They always make me challenge myself to come up with a good design :)

So today I'll be showing you my Leopard Tribal Design! I love tribal print and I love leopard print, so this is an ideal combination for me! :D

I used the following polishes:
Alpine Snow - OPI
Yellow - Safari nail polish
Orange - Safari nail polish 
Pink -  Safari nail polish

Yeah the Safari polishes sadly don't have real names! They are amazing though, they were super cheap and work really well! They are so neon and bright, I love them. I used a different setting on my camera to capture the true neon-ness of this design, but you'll have to believe me when I say my nails are even brighter in real life :)

I started this design with one coat of Alpine Snow, because when I sponged on the Safari polishes to try it out they looked very sheer so I needed a base. After Alpine Snow I used a sponge to create the gradient with the three neon polishes. The pink isn't so noticeable unfortunately, it got eaten by the orange a bit. 

After that, I used black acrylic paint to make some tribal patterns, and then I did a leopard print on the tips of my nails!

I did both hands too! You can see a clear difference between the two: my right hand has much thicker and less straight lines, but I'm glad I was able to do the design on both hands anyway.

One lady said I had nice nails today, but then she said they looked Halloween-ish - she clearly meant it as a "I don't know anything about nails but I want to say something nice about them" compliment, but it bugged me a lot: not everything orange is for Halloween! They remind me more of Africa or The Lion King than of Halloween ;)

And to finish, a bonus thumb shot! I originally planned to do the design you're seeing here in the pictures above (or well, something with tribal and leopard print anyway). But while I was painting my left thumb, I went all overboard and created this geometric pattern. I was doubting to do the same pattern on all of my nails (on my left hand anyway) but I wasn't actually sure that I liked it enough. So, what do you think of the thumb pattern? :)

I hope you liked my guest post and my design! Thank you all for reading! :)

Isn't this amazing? I love the combination of tribal and leopard print. Robin, I agree with you about that compliment. It reminds me more of Africa too. Or maybe it's because the polishes are called Safari, I don't know. :) However I love it and thanks for making this guest post.

What do you think? Is this the perfect mani because it has everything you want (tribal, leopard, gradient, neon...)?

23 August 2014

Guest post from Jennysnails: a cute skittlette

The second guest post is from the lovely Jenny, the girl behind the tumblr-blog Jennysnails. She's considering to start a real blog and this is the first step to it. :)

Hello everyone!  I'm Jenny and I'm excited to be guest posting here today.
For these nails I eventually decided on a cute wee skittlette. 

Below are all of the polishes I used.  I started with one coat of black on the thumb, pointer and pinky before painting the nail art freehand using a small paint brush and the pastel nail polishes.  The middle and ring fingers are two coats of Rose Hip with Nerdy & Fleurty's tie die design painted on top.  I finished the design off with two coats of top coat.

      I found these nails really difficult to do! I almost always use acrylic paints for nail art because polish is just so much harder to work with.  Regardless, I'm pretty happy with this look, especially the vines.

As an afterthought, I mattified them with beautyuk's Matte Top Coat.  I like them so much more matte!

Thanks so much for letting me guest post, Nerdy & Fleurty! I enjoyed pretending to be a real blogger.
You can follow me on tumblr.
Have a lovely day! 

Oh, I love this nail art! The flower is very beautiful. I like how she used my tutorial for the tie dye (of course, I like it!). Thanks Jenny for this nice skittlette!
What do you think? Do you like this skittlette as much as I do? 

20 August 2014

Dotted French manicure

Hi all,

This post will be written by me again. :)
I have a very easy, quick and playful design for you. It's a combination of a French manicure and polka dots. Here are some pics!

I used 5 different polishes for the dots: Park Avenue- Crystal Blue, Rimmel London-Midnight Rendezvous, Rimmel London- Funtime Fuschia, Rimmel London- Oh boy you're so fine!!, Essie-Mint Candy Apple.

All dots were done with the same size of dotting tool. I really liked it and I wore it for a couple of days. Every time I looked at my nails, I was happy with the design. I can only say good things about this look! I truly love it! I guess I'll make more colour combos in the future. :)

What do you think? Let me know!

18 August 2014

Guest post from Caution Wet Paint: Henna design nails

A couple of weeks ago I told you I won't have a camera for two months and therefore wanted to make a guest post series. Well, it's actually starting and the first guest post is from the lovely Nathalie behind Caution Wet Paint! I'll let her do the talking now.

Hi everyone! Hope you are having a great summer! Just got back from vacation and could not wait to do my nails.
Today, I'm guest posting for Nerdy & Fleurty a creative nail blogger from Belgium!

OK now, on with the nails. These nails were inspired by all the henna designs I've been looking at lately. I'm thinking of doing henna tattoos again.

I have used Orly Holla (neon orange) and China Glaze In a Lilly Bit (pastel lilac) to do the sponged gradient and Revlon Espresso for the stamping and a MoYou London plate from their Explorer Collection.

Hope you like it and dear Nerdy & Fleurty thank you for inviting me!

Wow, doesn't this look amazing? I love how the gradient is diagonal! And Nathalie, thank you again for sharing this great mani on my blog!
This was a very good start of the series. From now on you'll see some more guest posts and some nail art I've done in advance (when I still had my descent camera).
If you would like to make a guest post for my blog, please contact me (more information in the tab guest post).
This was it for today! Hope to see you next time.

15 August 2014

Follow Friday: Nailed it NZ


It's been like ages since my last Follow Friday post!
Today's nail artist in the spotlight is Jessie. She is an amazing blogger who shares all her professional work with her beloved followers.

13 August 2014

Nailpolis' 1 000 000 Facebook fans contest


As I've mentioned before, I'm a member of Nailpolis. There were a lot of contests, but now there's this huge one with a great prize. Click here for more information about the contest and the prizes! (spoiler: every participant gets something) :)
In this post you'll see my entry for the contest. I'm so excited about it! Some of you who follow me on Instagram and Tumblr have already seen a part of my design. A little sneak peak.

So, I was entirely inspired by the contests look. I was so happy when I discovered I had a very similar purple polish! The confetti was intentionally done with a brush and not a dotting tool. I didn't want it to look like perfect round dots. Also the flags are as the look suggests. For the colourful rhombuses I used similar colours. I can assure you that was the hardest part of the whole design. I'm not completely happy with the result of my thumb and ring finger. However, I did my best and I'm proud of the overall look. I will practice more to make perfect shaped rhombuses. It took me quite some time to make this nail art, but I was patient. Of course I was listening to music to keep me busy in my head while waiting. :)
Here's another picture for you to admire!

So, what do you think? Can this nail art make me a winner?
If you're participating too, good luck!

11 August 2014

Dry brush nail art 2


I was reading today an article about a Belgian nail artist (Elfi Debruyn) and she shared her favourite tutorial at the moment. It was a tutorial for the dry brush look. She chose this technique because it's easy and there are no tools needed! Everyone can do this. It looks amazing and is perfect for summer.
In my previous dry brush nail art post I mentioned I had another design with this technique. Well, this is that design! I did it on a friend as you can see. She wanted something green, but couldn't decide what she wanted. Therefore I had to come up with something and this is it. She really liked it! :) By the way I have done some other designs as well on her (grey gradient dots, chevron and triangles). As you can see a true fan! ;)

Do you like this combination more than the previous one? Let me know! :)

8 August 2014

Ice cream nails!


It's been a while, I know. However, I'm back with some 'delicious' nails! ;)
I finally managed to recreate an awesome ice cream design. This was originally made by Katy from Blog Nailed It!
There are so many cool ice cream nail art ideas, but when I stumbled upon this one, I just had to try it. It's not too much and it's relatively easy. There's even a tutorial you can use.

ice cream nail art

What do you think? Are you also craving for ice cream right now? Here's one more picture to admire!

mmm... ice cream!
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