Saturday, 17 August 2013

Guest Post Jessie of Nailed it NZ

Morning friends!

Even though I am back from my vacation now, I am continuing on with guest posts for the next little while. By the end of my thesis I was feeling a little burnt out so I'm using this opportunity to take a break from blogging and let some more awesome people take over my blog! I had a serious outpouring of people willing to guest post for me so I figured why not!

One of those fabulous ladies is Jessie from Nailed it NZ! Jessie actually won my nail art contest back in February, she is a very talented lady! Let's let her take it away!


Hi everyone! Just a quick intro - I’m Jessie from Nailed it NZ, and Stephanie has very kindly let me guest post today. I’ve been nail-blogging for just over a year and YouTubing for the last few months, and nail art is a huge part of who I am now!

I must admit I haven’t done a guest post in ages, and had forgotten how much more self-conscious I am about putting my nails on someone else’s blog, rather than my own! After a bit of tossing up ideas and internal debate, I decided to do a then-and-now post (One Nail to Rule Them All has heaps of these!).

Here are my old tribal nails – my first attempt, thirteen months ago.

And here are my new ones! I had to change some of the colours, as I had gotten rid of some of my old $2 shop nail polish that I used in my first one. Other than that I tried to keep the pattern as similar as possible.

Looking at the two pictures, the main differences are;
< - The lighting and photography
- Cuticle clean up & care
- Thinner/more quality polish (first one looks very thick)

The actual technique involved wasn’t much different, which is interesting. What a difference a good photo and clean-up can make! Although looking at them, my hands look a bit too white. It’s the middle of winter here in New Zealand, and if I have my nails exposed for an hour while painting them I find my hands go an attractive zombie-like colour :P.

The nail polishes I used for this design were:
OPI – A Roll in the Hague
OPI – Suzy Loves Cowboys
China Glaze – White on White
Kleancolor – Catch Me

I have a confession, regarding these nails – I only did them on one hand and I took them off straight after taking photos! Normally I’d have the same design on both hands and wear them for a few days, but I really wanted to get my birthday nails done (it’s my birthday tomorrow, at the time of writing this) so off they came. That’s the beauty of photos though, and it means that I’m never too precious about my designs. As long as I’ve got a photo of it, I’m okay if they come off a bit early. It is a bit disappointing if they chip off early when I hadn’t planned it though.

Anyone got any recommendations for a top coat that doesn’t chip or peel easily, and doesn’t get gluggy half way through the bottle?

Well that’s it from me, thanks for reading and a big thanks to Stephanie for letting me guest post today! I love your blog and there are so many designs on here that I have on my “to-recreate” list!


These are so cute! I do love tribal nails and it is always fun to go back and look at how you have improved over time. A big thanks to Jessie for being here today! Hope you are all having a great day!


  1. Wow, that is some improvement! The design looks awesome, and I absolutely love the colors :)
    I've had pretty good results using Poshé top coat by the way :)

  2. Thanks for the opportunity to guest post! :)

  3. What a difference 13 months make!
    For top coats, I love Butter London's Hardwear - it's a bit pricey but lasts for a long time, dries super fast, and you can get right to the bottom of the bottle without it going gloopy :)

  4. Perfect guest and perfect tribal manicure! :-)

  5. Oh Jess, u can really see how far you've come in 13 months. Even the condition of your nails and fingers is noticeable! Well done and I'm going to be a new follower of yours now!

  6. I love to see the amazing progress! Thanks for being brave and sharing this. Anyone can have beautiful nails and cuticles with a little care and practice :-)
    I prefer CND Air Dry as my top coat of choice. I'm also loving HK Girl Top Coat! But I haven't gotten through the bottle yet...


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