Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Reasons to Pee Your Pants over the New Zoya ORNATE Winter Collection!!!!

Zoya Ornate Holiday Winter Nail Polish Collection Image

Yes this is a yummy collection! Perfect for the season they have packed in the shimmers rich tones which will make this a must have 6 piece collection for my holiday season!

This is the link to the zoya site where you can enjoy their description and bimonthly discounts on the collection
So lets start with Electra! Wow this is an interesting polish! It is jammed packed with holographic microdiamond glitters so give a shimmering textured look to the nail. This is going to be perfect for holiday parties!

This is Ziv - Wow, such a rich metallic gold! A liquid metal base with tiny gold micro glitter is such to keep this a hit for the upcoming season! 

And for the sexy seductress in you, there is Storm. Wow this is a stunner! Its such a party, nightlife kinda polish, I certainly would be pulling this out all year round! A deep black creamy base with micro holographic glitter, its like a starry night sky on your nails!!! Ahhh gorgeous!!!!!

Aurora, Zoya describes this as plum purple, but it doesn't look like that to me. It is like a brighter, more purpley version of Zoya's Nova in my opinion, but with finer holographic glitter. It certainly looks like a full coverage glitter but I would love to see if the holo gives it different tones in daylight... this is one to watch for!

This is Logan - of course it wouldn't be a winter collection without a rich, stable green component, and Logan fulfills our needs for sure!!!! This is a gorgeous green which has depth to it. The gold counter-tones really enrich it but don't make it seem too glitzy. Zoya describes it as, "forest green with dense, foil-like yellow-gold and blue-green duochrome shimmer!" Well thank you Zoya with that statement you have completely won me over - this is a MUST HAVE.

Hats off to Zoya for quenching our desire for that perfect holiday Vampy delicious red! They gave us Blaze.... yes, Blaze. A gorgeous, deep, almost creme-jelly hybrid packed with micro glitter. Its glamorous without being too invasive, not over the top, perfectly fitting for the holiday season day or night. It is the perfect spokesperson or "spokespolish" ;P for this collection, and we are so mouthwateringly happy that Zoya threw this baby into the holiday season!!! 

Zoya has a scaling system of 1-5 for opaqueness, and classifies all of this collection as a 5 (full coverage, most opaque), except Electra which is a 4. Apparently Electra is just opaque enough for two coat coverage, but can also be used as a fun topcoat in 1 coat - this is great versatility, especially as we crack out our crazy holiday nail designs.  

I have ordered my collection sampler, so I'll post some pics when its in - very excited @#$%^!

If you want to check it out for yourself, go here >ZOYA<

J x

Monday, October 15, 2012

DIY: HOLOGRAPHIC TOPCOAT for $2.49 WOW! (not spectraflair)

It's the time of year where you can crack out the crazy wigs, slap on the crazy makeup and even dress like a slut with no judgmental looks - HALLOWEEN.

With Halloween's arrival I cannot help but raid my local Walgreens/CVS (UK equivalent of Superdrug/Boots) for the latest crazy colored cosmetics: glitter, nail polish, lipstick, fake blood - I love it all!

One of the fab nail gals I follow on Instagram found a great glitter at Walgreens which does not bleed or change in topcoat. Naturally I was intrigued, and later she posted some great pictures of this holographic glitter. So off to Walgreens I went, and indeed, for $2.49 I found this amazing glitter. 

I rushed home and added the glitter to a new Color Club top coat I had in my stash. And voila it was great!!!

Now for those of you doing this at home, I have a few notes for you:
1. This glitter falls. It's fine but heavy, it isn't in suspension base, it's in a topcoat for don't be alarm when it sinks to the bottom.
2. I advise you use mixing balls, 2 of them in the bottle. It will assist in rigorously shaking up the sunken glitter. Mixing balls can be used from old polish bottles, or 2 small ball bearings.
3. Add as little or much of the powder as you like, but keep in mind that the more you put in the fuller the coverage and more likely it is to get clumpy. It's better to lean to the lighter side and just use 2 coats on a nail, than make the polish super overloaded with glitter.

PRODUCT: Fantasy Makers Confetti, Net wt. 5.4g, color 12500 Glitz
Found at: Walgreens (in Florida for sure)
Fantasy Makers is owned by Wet'n'Wild, so this should be found at stores where this brand is carried.
Other places it could be: CVS, Rite Aid, Halloween Stores, some grocery stores.

So I added it as an accent to my middle finger, this was two coats.

J x

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mmmm... Naked and Strong... Yeah That's My Nails! ;P

Everyone loves a bit of Nakie ;) And I like to regularly give my nails love, affection and a break from constant polishing. Coincidentally my schedule forces me to take these breaks as I have days where I am not allowed to wear polish for safety reasons in the hospital etc.

So Here is a sneaky peaky at my naked nails:

As you can see there's a little staining still, but I like to buff that out when I'm conditioning them. 

So products I use to get this sexy nail physique :P

  • Seche Rebuild
  • OPI Avoplex Replenishing cream
  • Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme
  • Burt's Bees Hand Salve
  • OPI Glass nail file
  • OPI Nail Smoother
  • 4 sided buffing block
  • Also E45 cream if I am super, super dry (like in winter)
I use most to all of these products at least every other night. I don't do the whole supplement with biotin or prenatal vitamins because I simply don't want super strong hair. I have pretty good condition hair on my head, but I don't want hair else where getting stronger, it's already hard enough to wax LOL!

Please leave any questions/comments below!
Enjoy, Peace&Love
J x

Monday, September 17, 2012

Confession 2: I CUT MY HAIR AGAIN!!!!

This is taken from my Instagram "crzytignails"

So my blogging and YouTube journey began a couple of years ago now with the big CHOP. Yes I cut a bunch of hair off and gave it to Locks of Love, you can watch the old video I did >here<

Well looking at the picture above it seems I am back to square one again, I've had a few trims since I did the video but nothing drastic, and honestly my hair GROWS fast! So yes, I was well over-due for a good hacking. I didn't make a video this time, just didn't have the time or effort, plus I'm still hunting for my camera gear since I moved its gone AWOL.

So now my hair is short, shorter than before, shorter than the video, and I like it. I gave me hair to Lock of Love again, which always makes it seem more worth while. I have virgin hair (never dyed) so it makes better for making wigs out of - honored to donate to such a worthy cause!

This is me now.... 

Sorry for the poor camera quality, iPhone's front camera sucks!

Yes it made me happy to get rid of the mop! 

J x

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

DIY: How-To Make Your Own Nail Polish Hair Bows!

Yours truly rocking my first homemade nail polish hair bow!

Made this one for my friend's 2 year old niece, went well with her
Minnie Mouse Birthday theme!

Today I have a "HOW-TO" posting for you, I am very excited to share this with you, it is super simple and super fun! Enjoy!

What you will need:
Bobby Pins (Any particular hair clip that you like, I use pins)
Hot Glue Gun
Glass pebbles
Top Coat

Part I: Polishing Your Pebbles
I got my pebbles from the dollar store, they're the type that people put in vases for decoration. Its important to get the clear ones with the flat bottom. Choose the polishes you want to use to paint your pebbles. REMEMBER: Paint polishes is the opposite of doing nails i.e: glitter first, then color polish second, then top coat. If you put the color on first the glitter won't show through, keep this in mind.

Paint each layer of your pebble, get creative with it, let each layer have time to dry in between, then put a good coat of Top Coat to seal it. (I like to do 2 coats of Top Coat, with plenty of drying time in between!)

Part II: Making your bow
Now there are thousands of blog tutorials and YouTube videos for many, many different bow designs, so go for it, get creative and try your hand at a variety of bows! I used a simple tuxedo style bow and a double bow, and I used my hot glue gun to make them, although if you're handy enough you could just sew them.

Part III: Connecting the parts!
I then used the hot glue gun to glue my pebble in the center of my bow. Allowed this to cool, and then glued the back of the bow to the bobby pin. Be careful because the pin is thin and the hot glue can easily burn your fingers at this point. Allow this to cool.

Voila! You now have your nail polish hair bow! 
Get Creative and Have Fun!!
J x

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Review: Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara

Sorry I've been MIA again. I have some up coming posts in mind though, having trouble getting all the parts of my camera together since I moved, but anyhow, will be posting more soon!

So I was in need of a new mascara since my Lorac is on its way out. I thought I would give a quick, reasonably priced drugstore brand a go. I used to be a fan of Maybeline Colossal Volume mascara, but figured this time I would give another brand a try. 

I picked up the Covergirl Lash Blast at a local closeout store for only $1.50, brand new in packaging etc. I had seen some good YouTube reviews so figure I would give it a whirl. The pics below will show the before and after.

The brush is a fat rubber end with rather short variated spikes. The spikes are spaced out much further than with an ordinary brush. It can get over loaded with product, so it is one that you have to kind of wipe as you pull it out of the bottle. Also one down side to this is there are no spikes at the end of the head, which is what I usually use to get those super tiny bottom eyelashes in the inner corner, so improvisation is necessary if you are like me!

This is just primer (Urban Decay Potion), base shadow (Sephora Peach) 
and liquid liner (Elf Black)

I have a particular way of applying mascara which always helps to get that very wide, "each-lash-covered" look. I put the directions on the pic, but for those of you would can't see it well enough, this is the idea - apply the wand to lashes when the eye is fully open, roll the wand as you close the eye. For a wand that loads up with product like this one, I try to wiggle the wand as I roll it to ensure that the product is evenly distributed between the lashes, so as not to get clumps. Hope this helps!!!

So this would be the finished product, very long lashes but super natural looking. This is definitely a lengthening mascara rather than a volumizer. If you are looking for the falsies look, try a Maybelline volumizing mascara, particularly those with a full brush.

Overall I really like the product. It does have the ability to clump if you allow too much product on the brush, but the formula is great. As far as lasting, I can go the whole day without any flaking with this, so it appears pretty stay-proof. Getting it off is not a problem either, it certainly removes easily enough with water, or a low pH makeup remover (I use the gentle chamomile remover from The Body Shop).

Hope you enjoyed my review, please post any questions below!
J x