Monday, December 28, 2009


Okay.... so i'm being (super) pre-emptive with this post (considering Chinese New Year doesn't even kick in till mid Feb), but seeing as I had NUDDING for you over Christmas (being that my time and energy resources were pushed to the extreme and i was just hanging on by the tips of my manicure (oh yes.. there's always time for that)) - I'm here now and coming STRONG for 2010!!

Apparently, 2010 is the Year of the Tiger (represent!!) and this is what some of my asian cousins are getting into at their nail appointments.

I'm actually feeling this set and although it's never occured to me to use tips bigger than the clients nail plate (umm, or their finger!), I still think this concept works for this particular design.

Well executed (not homemade at all - although I'm not sure they'll survive the washing up...).

Good job!


Here we go again! although...

These colours aren't as instantly recognizable as JADE and alot of brands have already been producing and pushing this putty colour for a minute, so PARTICULIERE ('particular') doesn't look so particularly (haw, haw, haw...) ground-breaking.

The pale salmon pink is called TRENDRESSE ('tenderness') and the nude to round out the trio is INATTENDU ('unexpected').

I wasn't really trying to get caught up in the JADE hype, but I'll give it to this new little offering - these are 3 really lovely, wearable colours.

If you up for shelling out the dough, get into them. Apparently, they are readily available for purchase on the CHANEL website and (I'm assuming) they may actually make to the cosmetic counters, in stark contrast to JADE that was only an extremely limited run due to it being a promo colour.

Related articles for PARTICULIERE...


I was seriously expecting to be inundated with extremely special christmas-themed polish homejobs this fortnight, but i've been let down...

This is all i got. (...umm, is that Rudolph's nose???)

Christmas is sooooo last week, anyways....
Moving on!!


I'm giving myself daps for this one as this colour just keeps popping up time and time again everytime a new collection or polish product range is released...

You may remember in previous posts a few months back, I put it down for Creative's 'grapeade' and since then (you may also remember) kit cosmetics and m.a.c. both did it up in their own way.

Confirming my heads-up this time, is American Apparel with their version of this colour from their very, very new line of polishes. In the blackbookmag article, they mention actual names for each colour - but on the american apparel website, this colour is just referred to as 'purple'.

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the house of pretty is one of my FAVOURITE sites and Aja is seriously onpoint with the content (AND consistency and volume of content...) - motivating me (i.e. kickin my ass....) to get on here and post.
Aja, thank you each week for the inspiration! (I vow and declare I'm not jackin - all praise and credit to you) :)

more beautiful avant-garde stuff that really could make me reconsider my whole take on nail art. it really is all in the execution......

more, more, more divine imagery over at


New NARS for s/s '09/'10....
Peep that yummy metalic purple... eff-ing dope next that nude lippie.

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In keeping with their theme of country/culture inspired colour collections, O.P.I. have launched the Hong Kong range.

Here in Oz, David Jones has stocked O.P.I. for a minute now, so feel free to get into it.

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Now this really is a curious thing.... spraytanning has become so truly pervasive on the global grooming scene that even black chicks want one??? (...and we really gotta get into someone else's tan besides Lundzay's - although my money's on Brooke Hogan and Katey Price to duke it out for top billing in the white girl stakes...)

I heard rumours a while ago, that the Queen Be(yonce) got em, but now Alicia and Keri could be giving the game away here with some bad, baaad DHA (dihydroxyacetone, people...the 'ish that makes you brown (or orange - depending on your level of misfortune on spray day...).

Okay - there could be a few things going on here...

Having sporadically fallen victim of being captured by the lens with a tangerine mug myself, I've become somewhat sympathetic to the insane level of criticism celebrities endure in response to their tanning adventures. Case in point - from one week to the next, I wore the same tan, same makeup, but was under different lighting and photos were taken with a different exposure on a different camera (and i was standing next to fluorescent people...relativity - it can make ALL the difference...) the ensuing result was RIDICULOUS - not to mention embarrassing. I'm sure I'm not the first person in history to notice a remarkable contrast in the colour of something in a photograph to how it looks in real life. So with that in mind, let us proceed...

My professional opinion here with these particular girls is this - it really doesn't look like fake tan mishap to me with Keri - just an off-match with her foundation. Which ain't her fault - her particular makeup artist was having a bad day that day, or ran out of Keri's colour or the lighting in the makeup room was booty... OR the lighting and photo exposure when the shots were taken
weren't balanced. I'm going with bad match with the foundation, as the blogger who first posted this pic pointed out the (slightest) colour disparity between hand and face. BUT...AS IF she's the first girl to ever have mismatched makeup! It's almost the (unintentionally) done thing with ANYONE that wears foundation - in fact, it's so epidemic, it's 98% of all cosmetic companies' shtick for luring eternally hopeful consumers to their particular products - the promise of correctly-matched makeup.
I'm giving her a pass on this one - AND spraytans for that matter.

As for Alicia?? Is she gettin into her Italian heritage, channelling some "Jersey Shore" malarky right here?
These are pap photos taken outside on what looks like a bright sunny day (overexposure should help bleach colour out, if anything...) and this looks to me like a grubby tan layered up with the wrong foundation - and the disparity between her hand and face?? Wow.
Alicia, stay away from it....half Italian, half BLACK - you really (really) don't need it.
Leave it to us sick (but epidermically responsible!) whiteys that ache for any kind of colour (even orange sometimes... *resigned sigh*).

images courtesy of crunk&disorderly

Monday, December 21, 2009


Yep, new from American Apparel - the masters of cool casual basics and essentials.
Add these colours to your list of must-haves.
Love them. Need them.

Check out the rest of the colour range (prices in u.s. dollars)
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Sunday, December 20, 2009


As we are all anxiously (psychotically??...) awaiting Christmas, I for one, am chompin to see the PLETHORA of holiday-themed homejobs that will be choking my google alerts before I can say, 'tra-la-la la-la-la la-la-lahhh'.

While we are counting the ticktocks, here's some specialness to tide you over (not sure the international holiday that inspired this one...)
...Special dedication to my divine sister who used to have a serious crush on Raphael. (oh yes...)
Peace, niko! ;) xx

Friday, December 18, 2009


A mishap with some tanning solution???

Nope. Just a shot from Heidi Klum's coffee table book 'Heidilicious'.

You cannot front on this woman - 4 kids and wants to have her photo taken naked from the back, just for somethin else to do...

More cheeky (haw,haw,haw..) shots of superwoman over at the house of pretty

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Look, it's summer and I'm obsessed with anything sugary at this point in time.
China Glaze is hard to get a hold of here - current collections anyway - but this is gonna inspire me to start enquiring.
Want them all.
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EH?? was really only a matter of time before someone tried to piggyback off the concept of the startlingly popular - but i did not see this one coming.

James Read (or Reid, depending on who's reporting it), UK 'celebrity' tan technician, has apparently just launched a website, called thetanalist, where he pictorially cronicles random people on the street, based on their......tans.

In the UK.
Where they have 4 days of sunshine annually (ripe land for spraytans in one sense, I realise - but not for skin-baring. A contradiction perhaps, I also realise - but I'm trying to grasp this concept by looking at one of the publicity shots for the website, and all you can see on the faux polaroid is the girl's face, because SHE'S COVERED FROM NECK TO ASSUMED TOE in fall/winter garb).


Ummmm.... okay.

I'm from Queenzland, Oztrahlia, where, for close to 9 months of the year, swimwear is almost considered formal wear - and while I (TOTALLY) understand tanorexia, I'm still trying to get my head around paying lots of pounds for a spraytan, so i can just show my face....take a look for yourself. (accompanying music is special...)

Could be interesting to see how this goes down. Maybe...

Keep you updated.


This is my pick for Zoya at the moment....and as a precursor, i'd like to advise that i've been off the sugar this week (savin up for Christmas blowout), which is making for an interesting theme.
Read on....

The orange is called 'lianne' and it looks just like Fanta. Can't get more aussie summer than that...

The acid yellow is called 'bekka' and it looks like lemon/lime Splice (mmmm, Splice...) aannnd I think it's my fav because it looks just sooo ah-mahzing on some good tanned skin.

The bronze? Well, it's called 'austine' and it looks like what fairy floss would look like if it was spun straight from brown's beautiful and something alittle different (...but, let's face it, still kinda safe...) - as summery as 'lianne' and just as dope near a tan as 'bekka'.
Get some - while i tuck into some dry Ryvitas....

Sunday, December 6, 2009


Vogue Paris - Dec/Jan 2010

more AMAZING stuff here -

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Saturday, December 5, 2009


I have since been informed that the infamous CHANEL JADE was actually only ever meant to be a promo, was never intended to be released to be sold and it was only due to much insistence by key 'influential' behind-the-scenes style-sayers that it even made it out of Chanel HQ's.

Hence the limited numbers, hence the ensuing frenzy.

(Truly) 'nuff said. (by me... i know! i'm shutting up....)

Case closed.


She's at it again. Right in the middle of some b.s....

Apparently, Lundz is being sued for STEALING (!!) the formula for some tanning solution and slappin her own label on it - SEVIN NYNE

....Reckon she could steal a dictionary?? (..says me that couldn't find the 'e' in bronzd...)
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The 2009 Tokyo Nail Expo took place this week and from the link below, you can see for yourself the extent these ridiculously focused and talented people go to to channel their creativity.

True, stylistically, it ain't for everyone - but if you've ever tried to paint your own nails (both hands!) with a couple of coats of your fav polish - I think we can all find some appreciation for the meticulous nature of the practise of nail art. These girls and guys are bosses.

I do this (well, not this exactly...) for a living (15 years..) and i can tell you, seeing this level of dedication to the art of 'doing' nails is inspiring.

Don't front.

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So I'm trolling through my overwhelming pile of alerts, due-ing the diligence (haw,haw,haw..) and I come across this question about spraytanning and, in particular how many exactly the enquirer feels she/he should (??) be having...(by when? starting when? to what end?) to which they offer the specific number of 4858439208 (not lying).

Now, let's do some math. That particular number, I believe is 4 billion, 858 million, 439 thousand, 2 hundred and 8. EVEN IF you lived to be 95 years old - you'd have to have one spraytan everyDAY from the minute you are born for approximately..... 140 lifetimes. yessir.

I'd like to pose a new question to - 'Should there be a standardized level of intelligence to access a computer and the internet? i.e. at least a couple of regularly oxygenated braincells?'.

(p.s. peace out to j. simpson - we all know she likes to ask special questions, although she can't take credit for that particular one....)

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Sanity and good taste prevail at Vogue - dope accessories and styling.

Very nice - reminds me of chocolate. Mmmm...chocolate.
Is that a turkey burger?? ....Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
(UPDATE - march 2010... I'm willing to bet my polish collection this is PARTICULIERE by Chanel...)

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Kanye's Kid Sister.... . cute.
Hit the link.


For the longest, things had been decidedly low-key, even snoozy in the world of fashion toward the humble fingernail and all it's accompanying styles, trends, disciplines and 'enhancements'. All models had the shortest, sometimes manicured, natural nails and if there was time and space (and the spare pair of hands to do the work) in the high heir of hair and make-up, some lick of polish that worked with the collection possibly made it to some nails. Acrylic (looking) nails were sneered and scoffed at as being impossibly unstylish, uncouth and just down-right tacky.
But with fashion and music closely following and constantly borrowing back and forth from each other, it was probably only a matter of time before Gwen Stefani and Fergie's trailblazing ironic talons were actually being incorporated into serious runway trends.

So then I blinked, and now it's ALL I'm seeing - EVERYWHERE. I feel like I've been sucked straight back into a SWV video!
Mad colours, length, nail art, embellishments, foil wraps, permanent french (someone please pass the smelling salts...) and shape - oh my gosh, shape!

Tom Ford reintroduced the almond shape in the ad campaign of his 2006 debut eyewear collection and i wasn't really sure then. I was hoping it'd be novelty and nostalgia, and fade to black - but this look has been slowly gaining momentum ever since, with Rihanna championing the cause for, easily at least, the last 6 months and the likes of Kim Kardashian (etc, etc) jumpin on just now. Very recent pics of Rih, show she's taking it to the absolute extreme, with no curve up to the tips at all - straight 'V' shape (New Moon/vampire fever hittin everyone??...)

Fast-forward to the last 3 months, and I'm now seeing serious commitment to early 90's throwback with Blake Lively pushing looong, SQUARE, nude acrylic jobs and my girl, Amber Rose reppin the long and square with her pink+white (see early posts - gag...)
The more I'm seeing of all this extravaganza, i could be possibly (mis)led (dragged backwards, kicking, screaming) down this path.
Could it be my shorties ain't cuttin it anymore?? You don't even know how it hurts me to think this...

DAUL KIM 1989-2009

Models are a dime a dozen. Beauty doesn't even necessarily set some apart from the rest.

Daul Kim did happen to be beautiful, and also had that other elusive thing (that most realised superstars have) that separated her from the pack...

Shocking and very sad.

Her blogspot....

Friday, November 20, 2009


Soooooo, re: my previous post regarding current insanity around coveted CHANEL jade nail varnish, what did i stumble across perusing my weekly scroll of sites (in search of edutainment and general obnoxious know-all...) but a sneaky pale green polish in the iconic square bottle with the white labelling and black lid - under an Ebay banner.

You cannot get a bottle of JADE (through the usual channels, r.r.p.) for love, money or influence right now. A client that just returned from Hong Kong (where you can't throw a rock without hitting a purveyor of Chanel and the ilk...) reported the Chanel saleswoman fiendishly and cruelly cackled when she inquried about purchasing one (just one...) tiny bottle.

"You no able to get for MONTHS! Sold out, sold out" came the callous reply.
....which brings us back to Ebay. Not that I personally want a bottle of this stuff - I'm still floggin O.P.I.'s 'hey, get in lime' - but I seriously happen to be one of the precious few. Have a small stab at what the current bids for a bottle of (insipid) JADE are...

For a single bottle, with over 6 hours still left on the bidding, it's already rolling in at u.s.$113.o2.
For a bottle of JADE green and JADE rose, you can buy the pair now for just u.s.$169.00!
I reiterate - Chanel nail varnish will NOT stay on your nails chip-free for more than 3 days REGARDLESS of even the most superduper base, topcoat and skills you could employ to help your cause. I also reiterate, HOW do you know what brand it is once it's out the bottle and on your nails??? ...Well, you could always have a couple of linked 'C' decals stuck over the top to seal the deal? Those suckas ran me about $3.95 for a pack of 50....
Wonder what Alain de Botton would make of all this....

Monday, November 9, 2009


I would not, by any stretch of the imagination, call myself a fashionista (nor would anyone else - yet, possibly an affectionado...) but I love beautiful things and have a solid appreciation for creativity, creative courage, beauty, artistic expression, strength and intellect - and by way of this, have always had a soft spot for Alexander McQueen.
Minx were doin it big for McQueen this Paris Fashion Week (a month or so ago - I'm a lil' late...). Respect to Philippe Ardouin for amazing pics captured at the McQueen show (not shown here) - hit up the link below to see their handiwork close up.
Minx really is spanning the whole fashion stretch at the moment from haute couture to rockstar celebrity to hot girls on the street...


Here's our lovable Lundzay (serial tanning f#!%-up) once again (...) showing us what NOT to do with your spray tan.

Man, this chick is killing my business - the amount of work i've gotta do to undo what she does for the reputation of spraytanning...

Still, it makes for fun posting! Enjoy...


Katy Perry tweeted this pic of her Disco Nails.

With soooo much nail art flying around right now, there is much (MUCH!) room for serious error, but I'm applauding these ones.

It helps that Katy has beautiful nails to start with, but the truly dazzling aspect of these nails is the precision in the work - this nail chick is worth her weight in diamonds.

Well executed. 10's all round....


....this pic is making the rounds at the moment, so let me join in the fun to state my bizness...

I'm a big fan of short. I'm a big fan squared off. And believe it or not, I'm actually a fan of this particular artwork... But! Why (why?!) ANY client would want their hands to resemble elephants feet is truly beyond me.

These go straight to the 'Engorged and Disfigured' beauty category, right next to Trout Pout and Monster (let's-schedule-for-back-surgery-next) Tits.

'Bubble Nails' - ladies... are we really THAT bored??

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


If you are a spraytan... devotee (addict, junkie and psycho are such strong words...) then you will know that getting that old tan off at the end of the spray week ranks right up there next to root canal, visits to the gynie, doing taxes. Even when it's looking like old Uncle Marvin's disturbing skin disorder, that 'ish stays stuck harder than V.Becks to a Hermes Birkin.

This beauty rigmarole is so reviled because it usually looks (and feels) like, for some creative reason, you went forth with a cheese grater to get the stuff off your epidermis.
It's only the memory (...and the angels singing and dancing around the promise) of the new, fresh spraytan that pushes you forward to bother week to week.

Enter Nutrimetics Nutri-Rich Shower Oil.
This is one of those cases where a product does an entirely other thing to what was intended - and we should all bow down to that. This right here... is magic (no, really).

Not only does it melt (yes, melt!) your existing tan off, it leaves your skin feeling hydrated (not lying...) AND it smells yummy!

So, hunt down that local Nutrimetics lady and get you some (then make her your b.f.f.). It should retail between $20 and $30 a bottle.

*Pro tip - you can use it on a loofah mitt/body glove in the shower, but if you have the time to soak in a bath, you will use waay less product (2 tablespoons max), less water and the results are even better!

Mr Miyagi would be proud.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Wonder when Oz will see these? You would think you're only doin it if you got these big numbers RihRih is so fond of at the momento, but they do actually look kinda cute on my preference (much shorter). hit up the link below...

These could easily be extremely wrong, but i think with the right colour/pattern combination, most of us could team up at least one set of these with our fav little rockstar ensemble.

Might see if my connects up North can hook me up before this look ends up in the dumpster (trendsters can be SO fickle...).

Monday, November 2, 2009


Thank GOODNESS for mac and kit...
MAC's A/W '09/'10 range and the new kit cosmetics Dulux range.
MAC's COOL RESERVE (nails around the eye) and kit's
DULUX KISS (3rd in)


So we're doin it up for Colour of the Week right now (drum roll, please...)

Well, it's not green, that's for sure!

With most of the world's fashion authorities firmly placed in A/W '09/'10 mode, we here in the sub-tropical climates are about to be looking for more spring/summer inspired colours. With our trends all washed out in pastels, nails aren't far behind...

This divine slick of a varnish is not pink and it's not purple - it's somewhere in between -a lilac, if you will (so ridiculous with an accompanying tan...), and it's called GRAPEADE (well, it used to be called GRAPEADE - Creative have discontinued it (so shortsighted - once again, heartbroken).

BUT!... seeing as here in Oz, Creative (cnd) is a salon-only product and therefore not readily retail-available, I'm proud to announce that the good people at MAC and kit cosmetics have both come up with their sterling versions of this colour. (p.s. thanks for the endorsement, Agy ...I'll co-sign the 'nana yellow toenails too).

MAC's COOL RESERVE is already sold out online, but kit cosmetics have just released DULUX KISS (slightly more pink than lilac), in a series of Dulux paints-inspired pastels that i need to get every colour of (see post above...)

Don't you just love Spring??

Saturday, October 31, 2009

IT'S NOT JUST FOR HAMMERED HOLLYWOOD STARLETS (and you don't have to look (or smell!) like a Halloween pumpkin!)

It's time to give tanning some (sun)shine...
For alot of my cousins in the Northern Hemisphere, spraytanning is the (unintentionally) hilarious and frivolous, exclusive domain of drug-addled celebutantes and their starry-eyed, zombie-esque disciples, and it usually involves Tandoori inspired mishaps of Halloween-level ghoulishness.
In my travels up North, when discussion turns to this subject, I'm often met with the query, "Why don't you just lay out??".
Well, here in the land Down Under (yep, the big one positioned under that hole in the ozone layer...) 'laying out' just ain't an option (no - 'melanoma' is not a delicious cocktail made with cantaloupes...).
Here, spraytanning is actually seen as the ONLY responsible and sun-sensible option to get you that goood colour - and we are serious about our product. Should a spraytanning establishment dare deliver even a mildly peach-toned service, their name is terracotta-coloured MUD.
So, as the temperature (Celsius, thank you...) climbs rapidly in the coming weeks, BRONZD will be showcasing some of the more intriguing tanning products available - some gimmicky, some the real deal - so stay tuned.
And in the meanwhile... Happy Halloween!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

VIVA LA FRENCH! (DON'T try this at home - or anywhere else for that matter!)

You know that old adage, 'Reformed (insert choice addiction here)'s are the WORST!'? Well, I'm here to live by it....

For years, I proudly paraded that pink+white and pushed it on the clientele like I was selling crack - you couldn't tell me n.o.t.h.i.n. about Permanent French. It was all you were ever gonna need. Ever.

Then one cold day, like any indecent obsession, things just went too far. All of sudden, it wasn't clean, fresh OR versatile - it was clunky, dated and....well, tacky. Like someone took 10 Panadol capsules, pushed them in and stuck 'em right there on the end of ya fingers. Yep.

And, so began the looong road away from permanent french acrylic.

I've been keeping an eye on trends, praying no-one was planning on bringing it back. Only during S/S '08 did I see a sneaky reference by Gucci and Versace to a very soft, short, barely-there traditional french manicure (entirely different from fat pink and white acrylic...)

SO...imagine my distress when i saw (my idol) Amber Rose captured a month or so ago, walking in Soho, NY, sporting THESE monstrosities!'re hurting me! It's inducing traumatic flashbacks!! Make her stop!!!

I'm counting on this being part of the ironic nod, given all the 80's borderline 90's fever flying around.

I will give her nail chick some dap, though. These particular smashed-in Panadol capsules aren't actually that hideous - ONLY managed by the fact that Amber Rose is sooo ridiculous in her hotness and she keeps her tan game tight (we shall salute her efforts in this area in coming posts) - incidentally, something NOT seen modelled here by Casper Ninja, ghost-stalking A.R....

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


The humble O.P.I. in 'hey! get in lime!' (not much difference, right?...well, sans pro photography...).
I'm anticipating this may get a go now. Let us see...


SO! here it is.... the reason for the frenzy-inducing buzz around Chanel at the moment.

I hit up a few other spots to see what was being talked about and reports in nail colour at high-end fashion show front rows were 'ALL blue and green' - which i'm thinking...really??
Music/fashion/style maverick, Erykah Badu and reality tv it-girl, Whitney Port (amongst others) were both rockin this shade of pastel blue for, at least, the last 18 months and have since moved on. Which brings us back to green...
As a nail tech, it's possibly the last colour I want to willingly associate with nails, but look - if you have to wear green, Chanel's JADE is probably the prettiest hue you're gonna get. Incidentally, 12 months ago, i picked up a bottle of O.P.I. 'hey! get in lime!' (essentially exactly the same as Chanel JADE (ummm, is this the cosmetic equivalent to a grade-A bootleg designer handbag?? i digress...)) that i've never been able to crack open. I thought for sure one of my brave little fashionistas would have given it a burl, but - nada. Perhaps it does just take the mighty Chanel nod of approval to get this colour over the line.
The last time a Chanel green was incorporated into such a strong launch (in my memory, anyway - 2001-ish?), it was in a series of jelly-like sheer tints/stains. Sheer being the point, no amount of layering this colour got it away from looking like there were fungal infections on all 10 nails - which I think it's safe to say, is not the look that someone who spends $40 a bottle on nail varnish is going for.
At the end of the day, once it's out of the bottle and on your nails...what brand is it again, ladies??

Saturday, October 24, 2009


This month's SHOP TIL YOU DROP sees BRONZD given the big thumbs up, in their annual 'best shops directory', by Amber Long, owner of Jean Brown Gallery.
Reknown for her amazing stores, and her impeccable eye for stocking only the must-have luxury fashion brand items, Amber is consistently true to all things elegant and beautiful - including top-notch grooming.
Thanks for the devotion, Amber! BRONZD is devoted right back...