Friday, December 19, 2014

Nail Art Round Up Posts

If you follow me on instagram (@mgiandzi), then you would of seen that I am the Brisbane representative for Trophy Wife Nail Art! (@trophywifenailart). I am so happy to be a part of the name and brand and have Trophy Wife to thank for my improved nail art skills! Today i'll be showing you a couple of my recent nail art designs. I hope you like them.

Most colours used are by Kester Black, they are my absolute favourite.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Beauty Gift Guide

Hello everyone! Hope you are well. There is only 17 days until Christmas. This year has gone so quickly - it is actually quite scary how quickly time goes by nowadays! Today I am sharing with you my favourite Christmas Beauty Gifts for this year! So let's take a look!

This Limited Edition Revitalising Mask Set (RRP $49) by Dr.Hauschka is the perfect gift for someone who loves pampering theirselves with a facial or mask. It features everything needed for an at home, spa quality experience complete with a special keepsake porcelain bowl and professional quality brush that may be used with the masks for years to come. This set includes: Clarifying Steam Bath, Clarifying Clay Mask, Cream Mask, Mask Brush & Porcelain Bowl. It helps to refine and refresh the skin, leaving your skin feeling soft and amazing. Dr.Hauschka is available David Jones and Online.

Innoxa Hand & Lip Pack in the scent Rose (RRP $14.95). This cute little two set from Innoxa has a gorgeous rose scented hand cream that leaves your hands super soft, and a beautiful deep red rose creamy lipstick (which also smells of roses). This is such a good little stocking filler and so cheap too! Innoxa is available from Myer and online here.

Benefit's Goodies A Go-Go (RRP $43 from Myer) is such a cute little make up pack with products to help give you a gorgeous smokey eye look. It contains 4 beautiful shadows, an eyeshadow primer and a mini sized version of the cult favourite They're Real mascara (which happens to be my favourite mascara of all time). This pack is perfect when stuck for ideas!

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler (RRP $34.95) I bought my first tangle teezer in 2009 and have never used a regular hair brush since. I love mine so much so when I saw this super cute Compact Styler in adorable bon bon packaging I knew I had to feature it. Tangle Teezers do not snag your hair or brush out any knots super easily. This will make a great gift for my female family members! Tangle Teezer is available from selected salons nationally. Phoenix Nationale has a salon locater to find your nearest Tangle Teezer stockists.

For the man in your life who likes to take care of themselves - this is the perfect gift by Paula's Choice. It is the Paula's Choice 4 Men Complete Kit (RRP $150.00 but on special at the moment here). This comes with a face wash, shave balm, soothe & smooth balm, daytime moisturiser and night time moisturiser. It also comes with a handy travel bag valued at $30.00. This kit is suitable for all skin types and helps with anti-aging, blackheads and redness. 

So what are your Christmas beauty picks this year? I hope you liked mine! Thanks for reading as always and speak to you next time!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Geometric Skittle Nail Art

Hey everyone! I have a really quick post to show you. I did these geometric skittle nails about 4 months ago, before my business began. I am so surprised that since starting my own nail art business how much better I have become at nail art. This manicure is special to me because it represents the beginning of my new career, and happiness. I wore this manicure on a very important business trip to Melbourne and remember the weekend very clearly. All was done freehand using Kester Black and Orly colours.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Shupette By Karl Lagerfeld and Shu Uemura

Hello everyone! How are you all? Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S readers! I hope you have a wonderful day and eat lots!! Today I am showing you 2 Shu Uemura nail polishes that were released in collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld and his cat, Choupette, hence "Shu-pette". . I hope I wasn't the only one that just caught on with that clever name! He has a whole collection that includes make up, but today I am showing you swatches of the nail varnishes. They retail for $24.00 and are available from David Jones nationally. The brush and formula are really great quality and the bottle is super cute and unique! Let's take a look at the swatches!

Cute little cat paws on the side of the bottles!
Diamond Twinkle - A super gorgeous sheer silver polish with micro and large holographic silver glitters. I needed 3 coats for it to be opaque. It is very easy to work with and looked very elegant on the nails.

Pink Champagne Gold - A pearlescent light pink/champagne with gold glitters through it. This was really sheer and took 3 coats for decent coverage. This colour would be perfect for a natural french tip with a twist I think.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Luma Cosmetics

Hi everyone! So sorry it has been so long. It was my birthday last week and I had lots of exciting events for my nail bar. I organised a pop-up nail bar on Saturday, and have many more pop-up events to come! Today I am showing you a few products from Luma Cosmetics, a new Australian beauty brand developed by the gorgeous Jess Hart. Today I will be showing you the Tinted Moisturiser, Mascara, and 2 Sheer Lip Colours. Let's have a look at how they worked for me!

Daring Curves Mascara in the shade Jet Black (RRP $24.95, available here). This mascara is long lasting and delivers thick, dark lashes. The brush is really nice and gives a precise application. I really enjoyed using this mascara as my "everyday" mascara. It didn't give me super bold, visible lashes, but they were still girly, thick and natural looking. 

Sheer Lipsticks in the shade Sheer Red and Soft Peach (RRP $19.95, available here). I love these sheer lipsticks. It not only has beautiful packaging in the sleek metal case but the colours are so creamy and soft on your lips, giving you a subtle hint of colour. The sheer red shows up a bit more of a watermelon pink on me but I absolutely love it. These are great lip products for summer.

Soft Peach has a very subtle colour on my lips but makes my natural lip colour look better and glossy.

Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15 in the shade 02 medium (RRP $24.95, available here). This moisturiser + sunscreen is super light weight and gives natural looking coverage and a gorgeous semi-matte finish. I wore this moisturiser over the top of my rosehip oil moisturiser all day on Saturday (30 degrees and higher) and it did not budge! It looked flawless in person and on camera. The only downfall for me, is because it contains an SPF, it gives you a slight white cast in photos. Love this product so much now!

Wearing the tinted moisturiser, mascara and sheer red lipstick.
 So have/will you try any of these beauty products out? The packaging is gorgeous and the products are really great if you want a natural look! Not to mention the price is very reasonable for the quality. Let me know if you try anything out! Thanks for reading and see you next time!

Friday, November 7, 2014

October Favourites

Hi everyone! How was your week been? It has gone all too fast! This time next week is my birthday and i'm excited! Today I will be sharing you my October favourites. I only really do a favourites post when I feel like I have products that are worthy enough - so here they are! It's a bit of a mix! 

Let's start of with nail polish. Orly's latest collection called Sparkle which included these two beauties: Tinsel; a glitter mix full of red and green bar glitters in a clear suspension. Shown below 1 coat of Tinsel over 2 coats of Kester Black - Buttercream, and Steal The Spotlight; a dense glitter packed full of pink glitters and aqua/green micro glitters (2 coats shown in photos). These are both PERFECT for Christmas - it has made me very excited for it, that's for sure! Orly retails for $18.95 and are available online at and selected Terry White chemists nationally.

Dr. Hauschka - Translucent Bronzing Tint. This product looks very intimidating but in all honestly is the perfect product to give you a natural summer glow. It goes on dark but blends out very well showing no trace of splotchy-ness but when mixed with your favourite moisturiser, it gives you a sun-kissed bronzed look which I think looks perfect on anyone! I mix this with some rosehip oil and it gives me a nice, dewy look. This retails for $56.36, a little pricey but a little goes along way. I use a 5c piece and have been using this bottle for over a month and have hardly gone down the bottle! Dr. Hauschka is available from David Jones.

Kevin.Murphy - Angel Range: This shampoo (rinse), conditioner (wash) and treatment (masque) are SO good. This range cleans my hair so well, leaves it feeling silky soft, and my natural hair dries with a beautiful bounce and shine to it. Plus, the subtle musk smell is so delicious! It does what shampoo and conditioner products are meant to do, but 2x better. Kevin.Murphy retails for $32.95, $33.95 and $49.95 respectively and is available to purchase from and selected salons nationally.

Calvin Klein - Reveal EDP (RRP $120 for 100mL, available from Myer and David Jones). I love this fragrance. I've only had it for about 2 and a half weeks and it's already made its way into my favourites. The main notes in this fragrance are; Top: raw salt signature, pink pepper, black pepper, white pepper, Heart: orris, ambergris, solar accord and Dry: sandalwood, cashmeran, vetiver. It really smells peppery but in a beautiful exotic way that accentuates beautifully against my olive skin.

Thanks so much for reading! Hope you enjoyed this post. xx

Monday, November 3, 2014

Kester Black X O&M Collection

Hi guys! how are you going? I hope you had a fantastic weekend! Today I have the entire Kester Black X O&M Collection to show you. If you don't know, or haven't heard of O&M before, they are a haircare brand that focuses on creating products that have no harsh chemicals in them but still deliver gentle yet effective results. Kester Black (one of my favourite nail polish brands of all time) has partnered up with O&M to release 12 gorgeous earthy and mineral toned colours. These two brands strive to prove that you do not need to use harsh chemicals to create professional quality beauty and cosmetics products. Let's jump right now! All images show 2 coats of polish with no topcoat. Formula and consistency was perfect on all polishes, except K Gravel was a bit watery/sheer with a bit of a mangled brush - but i'm assuming it's just my polish that was unlucky during the batch. All Kester Black colours retail for $20AUD and are available online here.

Atonic - A browny orange terracotta creme

 Bondi Rays - An egg yolk yellow creme

Bondi Sand - A yellow toned white creme

Conquer Blonde - A silvery blue/grey creme

Fine Intellect - A caramel brown creme  

Frizzy Logic - A liquid-y sun-kissed gold - My personal favourite!

Hydrate & Conquer - A beautiful burgundy wine creme

K Gravel - A deep black-emerald creme. This one reminds me of OPI - Here Today. . Aragon Tomorrow. The formula was a bit tricky on this one.

Know Knott - A beautiful buttery beige creme.

O&M Conditioner - A lighter caramel brown creme

Original Detox - A dark teal creme

Queenie - A mid toned rose pink creme

All of these colours speak earthy, natural, mineral tones and are inspired by O&M's colour scheme of haircare products too. My favourites are Frizzy Logic, O&M Conditioner  and  Know Knott. Let me know which ones you like the best! Thanks so much for reading and have a great day.