Indie Nail Polish

Indie nail polish swatches by Temptalia

Curious about indie nail polishes?

“Indie” refers to smaller, independent nail polish brands with smaller distribution. It’s a broad term as it ranges from craft producers on Etsy to niche brands such as Cult Nails.

If you’d like to learn more, head over to Temptalia to read Christine’s great overview of this beauty category and a whole heap of swatches.

Nail-spiration: Christmas Nail Art

It’s my favourite time of year!

I’m so excited about December as it’s a jam-packed month of fun. Not only is it full of Christmas festivities, it’s also my birthday and the start of summer in Australia. Don’t forget New Year’s celebrations to see the year off with a bang.

Now with all this going on it’s time to get your nails in on the festive fun. Here’s some nailspiration for all kinds of Christmas Nail Art.

Christmas Tree Nail Art

Christmas Tree tutorial from Pshiiit

Santa & Reindeers Nail Art

Credits: Polishpedia, Polish & Pearls, Katrina’s Nail Blog, Never Gonna Give You Up,

Festive Glitter Nails

Credits: All Lacquered Up, The Swatchaholic, Vampy Varnish, Glitter & Nails,

Find more Christmas nail-spiration on our Festive Nail Romance Pinterest board.

How will you wear Christmas on your nails?

Nail-spiration: Nail Stickers

The cheat’s way to nail art, nail stickers give you the look of patterned nails with minimum effort.

I first discovered nail stickers in Sephora earlier this year. I am always doing my nails at the last minute and I ran out of time to paint my nails before heading to a friend’s wedding. I put a packet of nail stickers in my handbag and ran out the door. I ended up doing my nails as I walked to the wedding ceremony and I took the above photo at the reception.

Yes, these stickers are so easy you can put them on walking but I suggest sitting down for the first attempt.

Nail Sticker Shopping Guide

Sally Hansen and Sephora are my tried and tested nail stickers. I love the look of the Butter London range and need to try these very soon.

Tips for applying nail stickers

  • File and buff your nails before applying the stickers. Make sure your hands and nails are clean.
  • Before starting, check the size of the stickers to determine which will fit your nail. I like to lay them out so I know which is for each finger.
  • Don’t fret if it’s not straight first time. The stickers can be lifted and repositioned two or three times.

Nail stickers aren’t cheap when compared to the price of nail polish, but you get a salon finish for a fraction of the salon price. They’re quick, there’s no drying time and you can do them at the last minute for a professional finish.

Do you wear nail stickers?