Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Nail Porn By Luxury Nail Artist, Sophy Robson...

Going for a mani in an hour and taking this chart with me as inspiration. Think my manicurist might develop a brain infarct if I show her this though... Hey, I've got to make boring scrub outfits look a little exciting somehow!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Summer Sunnies @SunglassHutSA

In love with these tortoise shell Dolce & Gabbana cat-eye sunnies with gold rims.

Available at Sunglass Hut.

Friday, July 15, 2011

ENT Week 1 Has Been So Much Fun - Career Possibility??

Quick phone pic of Thursday's ENT clinic outfit - trying to chanel Addison Montgomery in a Mango suit dress with Mango nails.

It's quite tricky dressing in a hospital. You've got to look smart but be able to work in a setting that often involves body fluids... I'm sure you can imagine the sartorial problem that creates! The male doctors all wear suits and ties but the woman, I don't know, they generally look sloppy and most op for black slacks and pumps. Us girls have to get a uniform going, I personally love suit dresses - they're conservative, fitted and professional. If I know I'm going to get dirty I'll put on a plastic apron. Ta-dah!

Kitten heels - you can run in them, wear them all day and look chic!
Stilettos are a no no. They can look gaudy in a clinic and are completely impractical for manual labour. 
Pumps just make me feel short and frumpy. 

Smooth and styled. In the morning I quickly blow-wave my hair and then pin it out the way into a bun, french twist, chinon or slick pony tail. I just use 3 pins.

Make-up = Simple:
-Bobbie Brown Under Eye Concealer to hide circles form all- nighters
-A touch of BB tinted moisturizer
-BB Bronzer
-Curl lashes & apply mascara

**Top 2 photo's taken with my new Kodak camera! Whoop Whoop!

First Sight Of Graduation Day!

In support of The Green Cape Town Fashion Week

 In their attempt to go green they're not printing any press releases which is not only sustainable but admirable. Check out Africa Fashion International here - http://www.afisa.co.za/   

The images from the #CTFW 2011 campaign are beautiful!

Joburg Bloggers Evening was BA-NA-NAS!

On Tuesday evening whilst avoiding studying and browsing through Marie Clairvoyant, I happened to stumble across a notice inviting all Joburg blogger's for some tea and cake at Wolves, Corlett Drive. I had already made plans but decided to cancel everything and go check it out... Needless to say it was a great decision!

My sister, who also dabbles in blogging (see her blog here: canvas ivory boots) was supposed to join me but caught a flight to Cape Town instead, so I went alone which was kind of daunting. Walking into a room of fifty woman you don't know who are all stylish, talented and who's blogs' are well known and successful was pretty intimidating! However, within minutes Angie from Lucky Pony had pored me a glass of red wine and girls were coming up to me to introduce themselves (and their blog).  Awkward greetings soon turned into long conversations, giggles and friendships made. I had such a lovely time, drank lots of wine, ate delicious red velvet cupcakes and discovered new and exciting blogs to follow!

I like how Sarah from The Angelheaded Hipster put it: "Not too many people understand the passion(or obsessiveness) of blogging and here, in one room, were people who got it."

 Wolves hot chocolate mustache and one of their famous red velvet cupcakes (only R12).

Super sweet Sindi-Leigh of Just Let Them Eat Cake looked gorgeous in a  high-top bun, coral kaftan, rose-gold embroidered scarf and LV sling bag. I especially liked her long lilac nails and intersting gold rings.

The lovely Lou whose blog I can't seem to find yet and Amy with her cute half-moon mani.

Everyone was a photographer last night, including me! 

Lou, Roxy of City Girl Searching (click link to check out her cool pics of the night) and I made friends quickly. They even let me keep all my stuff in their handbags because I hadn't brought one (I cant stand carrying a bag when I go out - which was a bit silly of me because I lugged in my sister's pro-camera, my Moleskine reporter's notebook, a pen, car keys, lipgloss and my iphone.) Thanks girls, you saved the day!
Just when I thought the evening couldn't get any better, I was fortunate (blessed actually) to win a Kodak 'easy share touch' camera! It's so cool! Not only does it feature a high res touchscreen LCD screen; HD video recording with on-camera editing; face recognition; and artistic effects (perfect for grainy blog pics), it also has a an awesome 'share' option where, with the touch of a button, it tags and shares pics with social- networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and Flickr!

For the list of all the lovely local bloggers who attended and their blogs click here

A big thank you to Angie, Nicki and Natasha (of Raising Men - who posted that she thinks my blog is beautiful and can't get off it -very kind of her) for organizing a wonderful evening!
 Oh and thanks for not jumping me in the parking lot for my Kodak Angie!

It All Ends 7/15.

I’m totally writing this blog post in the theater waiting for the Harry Potter movie to start. I’m sitting on the stairs next to the wall because my laptop is too low on battery otherwise. As you might have surmised from other posts and if you follow me on Twitter, I am a 100%, bonafide, Harry Potter dork. No, I don’t dress up for the midnight showing, and some might argue that negates any credibility that I had as a Harry Potter enthusiast, but I tend to disagree. I wear my robes on the inside, and my insides are hearty shades of crimson and gold. I’m SO excited for this final chapter in the Harry Potter series, but it is, as is it for many of you, bittersweet. I think, as disturbed and sad as it may sound, that I’ll feel a little hollow (no, not Hallow), as I did after I finished the last page of the final book. A twinge of sadness, knowing that there won’t be anymore to read or watch of the adventures of our dear Harry Potter, Hermione, and Ron. I’m SO looking forward to Molly Weasley screaming the line we’ll not shortly forget, departing from her usually jovial, friendly self to take her revenge on Bellatrix. (If you’ve read the books, you know what I’m talking about) It’s going to be amazing stuff.

For today’s nails, I knew that I had to do something to say goodbye to the series, since this is the last midnight showing that we’ll get to partake in for our beloved Harry Potter movies. I wanted to do something that I haven’t seen someone else do, something that I myself haven’t done either. I settled upon the amazing poster design for this 8th and final installment, with Harry and Voldemort head to head, with only the elder wand to separate them. I also did the Deathly Hallows symbol on the pinky, as well as the HP of the Harry Potter logo on the thumb. I photographed them, then splattered red polish on the ring and thumb to simulate the blood that was splattered on the series of posters, then photographed them again. :)

After the movie edit: Holy crap. That movie was incredible. 

I used CND Oilslick as a base, with China Glaze Millennium for the silver in the HP and the Deathly Hallows. For Voldemort, I used American Apparel Cotton, Nicole by OPI My Lifesaver, and A Beautiful Life Poison. For Harry, I used American Apparel Cotton, CND Oilslick, Zoya Helen, A Beautiful Life Poison, and American Apparel Raccoon (for hair). For the background on the Harry, Voldemort and Wand nails, I used Nicole By OPI My Lifesaver in different opacities, as well as American Apparel Cotton. For the Wand, I used American Apparel Raccoon, the CND Oilslick and American Apparel Cotton for the hands at the base of the wand. For the blood splatters, I used A Beautiful Life Poison. Topped everything off with 2 coats of Seche vite top coat.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Clinique Review

*By word of mouth I've heard this stuff is brilliant but will do a review update on 'Even Better' in 2 weeks time to let you know if it's working as promised. 
It also featured on Marie Claire's '25 Best Beauty Products 2010' list! 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

China Glaze Metro (PREVIEW)


China Glaze Introduces 12 New Purely Pigmented Crèmes, High Coverage Glitters and Intense Shine Shimmers for Fall 2011

Los Angeles, CA – (April 2011):  City living boasts excitement, a cool, edginess and confidence that oozes from fashion forward women like none other.   City loving celebs like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Ivanka Trump, Rosario Dawson and Jaime King have style to spare and their fashion sense trickles down to everyone from working women to college kids. This Fall, China Glaze has captured the big city feel in 12 sexy, sophisticated shades that are on trend, exciting and will be on every fashion maven’s “must have” list.  Whether you prefer downtown funk or uptown class, China Glaze’s METRO collection pulls together ensembles and will undoubtedly make heads turn!  Colors in this collection include:

Skyscraper: A sparkling, glitter blue reminiscent of the sky over the city.

CG in the City: Glittering dusty purple, bronze and silver multi-tonal glitter, perfect for a pop of edge from West side to East side.

Urban-Night: Exactly what you need for a night on the town – rich purple crème.

Traffic Jam: Stop traffic with a breathtaking, raspberry pink crème.

City Siren: The perfect deep, red crème to match any outfit. 

Loft-y Ambitions: Burgundy shimmer and cocktail hour – nothing better.

Brownstone: Burnt terracotta crème mirrors the quaint townhouses of the city.

Midtown Magic: Burgundy base with flecks of gold shimmer captures the latest fashion trend.

Street Chic: This gorgeous beige crème is the perfect go to shade letting your clothes do the talking.

Concrete Catwalk: Steel grey crème is amazing for a chic mani.

Westside Warrior: For the trendsetting woman this camo green crème is to die for.

Trendsetter: Mustard yellow shimmer translates beautifully from hot dogs to nails.

Fall in the City is a magnificent time and China Glaze has interpreted the hues of the urban jungle into their limited edition METRO collection.   Escape your everyday and indulge in the city life!

The China Glaze METRO collection will be available in a “Downtown” 6 piece box collection (includes Skyscraper, Concrete Catwalk, Westside Warrior, Trendsetter, Loft-y Ambitions and Midtown Magic), an “Uptown” 6 piece box collection (includes CG in the City, Urban-Night, Traffic Jam, City Siren and Street Chic and Brownstone), a brand new, amazing 3D 12 piece counter display, a 36 piece rack display, and as open stock colors.

China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, visit: www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChinaGlaze

China Glaze is a division of American International Industries.

About American International Industries
For nearly 40 years, AII has been the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of innovative, quality beauty and skin care products for men and women.  Our product lines include Ardell, Andrea, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, Jeris-Lustray, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, 'N Rage, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks,  Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit our website: www.aiibeauty.com.


I'll admit it, I have a lot of nail polish. A lot. Are there colors that look similar? Yes. Are there colors that look different? Of course. Do I need all of them? Probably not. Regardless of need, I keep hoarding them, and adding more and more to the collection. The other day, I was going through the collection- organizing/putting away, and an idea struck me. I wanted to do a color study, like old times——like in college. So I gathered my colors up for each nail (I did each nail one at a time - I only have so much room on my nail table for polish), and set to work. I wanted to see what the mish-mash of colors of the same family (albeit in different finishes, hues, tints, etc.) would look like. Well, it's interesting. Not quite what I envisioned, but it's different...and sort of looks like rainbow camouflage, which I'm guessing there isn't a huge market for, seeing as it would have the entirely opposite effect of what one desires when donning camouflage attire. Anyway. This manicure was done using a total of 61 different colors, 62 if you count the Seche Vite. ;)

I used:

American Apparel Cotton as a base, with...

Thumb: Reds

American Apparel Berry, A Beautiful Life Poison, Barielle Elle's Spell, China Glaze High Maintenance, China Glaze Ruby Pumps, China Glaze TMI, Claire's Stilettos, Essie Blood Curdling, Nicole by OPI OMB!, Nicole by OPI Redy to Runaway Love, Zoya Kimmy, and Zoya Reva.

Index: Oranges

American Apparel Pinta, butter LONDON Minger, China Glaze Ginger, China Glaze Japanese Koi, China Glaze Papaya Punch, China Glaze Peachy Keen, CND Electric Orange, Color Club Wham! Pow!, Lotus Herbals Orange Alert 82, OPI Extra-va-vaganza!, Zoya Lianne, Zoya Rica, and Zoya Tanzy.

Middle: Yellows

American Apparel Manila, Barielle Aura Angora, China Glaze Classic Camel, China Glaze Cleopatra, China Glaze Happy Go Lucky, China Glaze Lighthouse, Essie Funky Limelight, Nubar Hot Yellow, Orly Luxe, RBL Square Pants, Sally Hansen Expres-So Yellow, and Zoya Pippa.

Ring: Greens

American Apparel MacArthur Park, American Apparel Malibu Green, American Apparel Neon Green, China Glaze L8R G8R, China Glaze Starboard, CND Green Scene, Frida Nails Grass Green jelly, Nubar Reclaim, RBL No More War, Zoya Ivanka, Zoya Shawn, and Zoya Envy.

Pinky: Blues

American Apparel Cameo Blue, China Glaze 2NITE, CND Anchor Blue, Lotus Herbals Ocean Love, Nicole by OPI Me + Blue, OPI Absolutely Alice, ULTA Moody Blues, Zoya Crystal, Zoya Breezi, Zoya Kotori, and Zoya Tallulah.

Topped everything off with 2 coats of Seche Vite top coat. :)

Como Uma Deusa

 Modern day tribal.

High ponies all the way!

Giselle Bunchen Vogue Paris June 2011

All you need are the boots and some sea salt

 Gisele Bundchen Vogue Paris April 2011

Ow ya and whatever I said about only wearing dresses this winter and refusing to wear pants, I'm over that!