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

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Summer Mermaid/Fish Scale Nails!!!!

I was inspired to do this from an Instagram contest and pretty much loved the outcome. So I will let you know how to recreate this look (please excuse my ring finger, nail break :'( RIP)

Things you will need:

So basically 3 different blues going from light to dark. Light blue and darker blue transparent glitter hex, and tool for placing glitter, Q-tips, your favorite polish remover, base coat and top coat (I advise using Seche Vite because it is thick enough to encapsulate the glitter, although you risk shrinkage, make sure to cap your tips) - and lastly PATIENCE! lol

Now I know for gradients most people use sponges or similar things unless you have an airbrush machine (big $$$), but for this you don't actually need to sponge because the gradient is going to beneath the glitter therefore a perfectly even and precise gradient is not necessary.

I started with 2 coats of Milani Pool Party as my base, after drying I took Spoiled Deeper Dive, making sure that the brush only had little polish I dabbed it from the tip to half way up the nail bed. Finally I took the Color Club Cold Metal from the Foiled Collection and capped the tip and merged up to a quarter of the nail into the Deeper Dive. 

I put one coat of top coat, dipped my placing stick into the top coat then tediously picked up each glitter hex and placed it on the nail. I did half in light blue and the half towards the tip in the darker blue hex. I suggest that you paint only half the nail with top coat, fill it with hex, then paint the other half, because the top coat at the tip will be dry by the time you are ready to place the glitter, which means you will have to reapply the top coat and just make the whole thing look thicker. Truth is you get quicker at it as you go :)

Now you encapsulate the whole design with a thick top coat such as Seche Vite, make sure to cap edges to reduce shrinkage :) and enjoy your fishy or mermaid fingers :*

ENJOY!!!! :) x

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Anti-redness Make-up Secrets!!!

Yes I am one of those wonderful people who suffer with redness. I have super sensitive skin an have been through a few rough sunburns which haven't helped. So as I share in the constant annoyance with countless others who can't seem to calm or cover the redness without caking on gallons of foundation, I feel compelled to share my successful secrets!

I have met others who have used corrective green tones and just haven't applied it right therefore look like they are walking around with seasickness lol. For years the thought of looking green faced baffled me and made me not try that route. Eventually I came across L'Oreal Studio Secrets Anti-redness Primer and thought I'd give it a go. I did and I got results.

The key to this product is the application. It does not need to be this like foundation and it should not be applied all over the face, just where the redness is. I have taken some pictures of how I apply this in hopes that it will give some guidance.

Pros of this product:
I like the consistency. It is fairly thin, spreads far and certainly dulls out the redness.

Cons of this product:
It has some brightening tones in it which means it may interfere with your foundation coverage if you like a super matte look.

So I apply it to my fingers then dot it over my red areas....

I like to rub the dots in, you will immediately see that the green tones down the redness, and then apply your foundation. I use Covergirl NatureLuxe, it isn't a full coverage, but if definitely works well for me, particularly with this primer.

I hope that this has helped someone, because redness can cause such frustration and self-esteem issues, hopefully finding products that help will increase your confidence and give you the healthy glow you desire!!!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

HOW -TO Do Diamond Jubilee Nails With A Summer Twist!!!!

In honour of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years of reign, we celebrate her Diamond Jubilee!

So although I would do anything to be there in my home country celebrating and waving flags, I have to celebrate from afar. So I start here with my nails...

I switched out the navy blue and red on the Union Jack for baby blue and hot pink!

Items Used
Sinful Colors - Cinderella - this is a gorrrrrrgeous blue with pink hued flecks, just drop dead gorg.
White and Pink stripers
Top Coat
(simple huh!)

  1. Ok so to do this I suggest you have everything you need ready. 
  2. Paint your base color - whatever it may be (don't be afraid to switch it up!)
  3. Then paint a fairly thin white "X" across the nail. Let it dry.
  4. Take your red/pink and paint a thinner line within the white one. Let it dry COMPLETELY!
  5. Get your white again and make a thick cross "+" through your current "X" (this will be roughly double the thickness of your white "X" lines) Seriously let it dry, it tends to be thicker and takes longer than the first lines you did.
  6. Finally, take your pink/red again and paint a cross "+" within your white one, making sure to leave a white border of the white "+"
  7. Let dry fully and add top coat, if you add a TC too early it will drag your design and mess it up (lesson learned!)

To all wonderful Brits, I hope you have a fabulous holiday weekend, and have a drink for me!!!!


We Love To Play With Our Tips! lol

Alrighty then, so we love to play with our tip, we have French, American, Chevron, Gradient, Ombre etc. So I decided to play up my new hot summer orange for an elegant but seasonal look, with a 2-color chevron mani with hex accents.

Items Used
Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro - Sunset Orange (this is fairly translucent, almost a jelly)
Nicole By OPI - Not A Gold Bigger
Milani Jewel FX - Red
Color Club Top Coat
Dotting Tool

I prepped as for any normal mani, and buffed nails (get rid of any yellow or ridges). Applied a clear base coat, I use CND Stickey (I know its green but it goes on clear!). I then taped diagonally across the tip for the orange. I paint across the tip and edge of tape and then remove the tape and allow the orange to dry. I decided last minute that I would free-hand the gold and it turned out ok, I'm lucky. But in future I will just use the tape as I would a normal Chevron mani not a stripe and wish for the best :)
I then used a dotting tool to pick and apply red glitter hex from the Milani polish to the nail. I finished with a good coat of top coat and voila! I likey these ALOT!


Friday, June 1, 2012

Summer Snow with OPI? Huh?

No, I am not crazy, but with all these hot summer neon nail colors I have decided to flip the seasons around with this simple and elegant white and glitter gradient accent mani.

Items used:
OPI Alpine Snow - Semi-matte finish, streaky in 1 coat, pretty perfectly opaque in 2 (give or take a few bald spots)
Color Club - Foiled Collection - Antiquated (golden foil polish super fast drying)
Color Club - Some holographic glitters that I got in the Vixen pack with no names, mostly golden tones use here.

I am sporting short stubbie nails ;) but I think it works here...

Glitter gradient is extremely quick and easy to do, the key is to have the brush as dry/with as little polish on as possible, drag slowly from tip downwards. Repeat this with the same or different polishes, gradually building the tip up. Simple!


Thursday, May 31, 2012

Where the HELL have I been?!

Yes it has been an while but I am back to action here after 5 months-ish....

I have been super busy with nursing school but haven't given my hands so I'm fixing to blog it up over the next couple of months.

I will be focusing on nails/nailpolish/nailart as it is my latest obsession and I haven't really got my hands on any groundbreaking makeup products of late...

So to start off I did a YT vid last month bringing my YT family up-to-speed on whats been going on (I left them for roughly a year - gahhh!) so I will post the link below.

I might put up some tutorials but I'm still thinking....

Okies loves,