Saturday, November 22, 2014

Yes it has been a while BUT....

I do have a good excuse, yes I have finished my practical training for a nail tech and now I am on my own, so have been busy setting up website, Facebook page, blog etc etc.... In about 6 weeks I get assessed and if going well, am left to my own device for a few more months then I sit a multi choice, open book and practical exam and will then be fully qualified. That is for my acrylics I have passed my gel polish course, so will have my first official certificate up on my wall soon :). 

Today I gave out my first official business card to someone who liked my nails I had on today - was exciting lol

Anyway here are the links, please like the Facebook page :)

Website - nailzbyjaxx
Facebook Page - NAILZ by Jaxx
Instagram - nailzbyjaxx
Twitter - @nailzbyjaxx

Everything is still in the beginning stages, and I have never used Twitter before so that will be a learning curve lol.

The other day I did my nails, I cut them shorter and did an acrylic nail, then put a gel polish but didn't like it, so today I took of the acrylic (all good practice), which worked pretty well I am happy to say, and tomorrow I am going to do extension acrylics and then do a gel polish with a feature nail or two, so follow my Instagram etc to see it first.... thats if I remember to do Instagram etc... 

I will take photos of my space/beauty room in the next couple of days, just want to put up the new curtains, put up a picture and tidy it a little more then I will be ready. I officially open next week Thursday or the following Monday, prob more the following Monday actually that will be december 1st, so that sounds like a good date to start a business :)

I am happy for the first time in just over 3 years since my accident I feel like there is a purpose to life again..... On Wednesday I was going to change the colour of my hair, but today I was looking in the mirror and it is finally getting to a good length, so have decided to leave it the same colour for at least summer, so better email my hairdresser and let him know lol - done thought I better do it before I forget :)

Anyway so thats me for now, of to catch up on blogs been a while, hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

All falling into place....

Well things are all nearly in place to begin the business...... This week I will be designing the business cards etc.... and practicing some more nail stuff. Then hope to start having my first paying clients on about the 24th.... On the 18th I am getting my hair done as it looks pretty bad right now with regrowth and needs a little shaping again, speaking of hair I am planning on going this colouring now, it will take 2 sessions to get it completely right but I can live with that. That way the regrowth won't be quite so obvious....

I did two sets of acrylics on my daughter and Chris's girlfriend, they have had heaps of compliments and I have two of Stephs friends who want it done, so I have said I will do those two for free... as I would really like to get in another 3 or 4 free ones to make sure I am ok with doing french tip. 

Here are my first two attempts at acrylic french tip and sculpting french tip.... It is not as easy as it looks thats for real. Still need a bit more practice but getting there :)

I have had a ball spending money on the business, I will do photos later in the week of the setup, currently it is in the dinning room area as the spare bedroom is still cluttered. I will probably keep it in the dinning room, till Chris moves out - not sure though will see how it goes. Today I am expecting a few parcels of gel polishes, I need to have a decent variety of colours if I am going to ask for money. At the moment I am practicing art work as well.... have a lot of embellishments arriving today or tomorrow as well. I purchased a proper manicure desk and light as well, so the main things are now all purchased - it certainly is not a cheap business for a home business to set up... Depending on how the nail side of things go, will decide on if I am going to do the part time makeup course later in the year - I will learn retail, wedding and photography makeup, I think it will be a good thing still to do as then I can offer the whole package except the hair :)

I did these on my nails..... just a gel polish with a feature nail on each hand of a 3D bow :)

Puppies - they are both doing well, Rusty is certainly settled in now, he has just had his 12 weeks vaccination but still not allowed out for walks for another 5 or so weeks, in Rotorua they need to get a booster shot at 16 weeks then about 7 days after that, he will be allowed out. Chico is doing awesome, though she is not very happy at the moment, fireworks freak her out, we do give her a calmex pill which helps a little. Her and Rusty are getting on so well, a couple of times she has made Rusty squeal when playing, so when that happens she now goes into the submissive position for Rusty.

Chico before her haircut :)

Chico after her haircut - feeling much better :)

Rusty enjoying the box, the manicure desk came in

Chico feeling a little frightened with the fireworks, Rusty sleeping right by him :)

So thats whats been happening with me - happily plodding along :)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Busy busy busy...

Well yes I have been slack again, but I have a good excuse, I really do......

I have started my nail tech training, Training will be completed in about 2 weeks time at the latest, and then it is practice, practice and practice for 6 months, then I have to do 1 multi choice exam - which requires an 80% pass 1 open book exam which requires a 100% pass, and 1 practical exam which I think is a 75% pass, and then I will be qualified, in the meantime I am able to start the business and use it as my training, so far I have done 1 set of gel nails on someone and 1 set on myself, I have done 1 manicure and 1 nail polish, Monday though it is a long weekend I am doing my first set of french tip acrylics and if I pass that then I can go for it. For now I will do it at a cheaper rate as I will be in training. I have been practicing doing art work etc on plastic tips - getting better each day :).

I am loving it, one thing I did not realise how expensive it was going to be setting it up but once you are set up the stuff lasts a long time, providing you look after it all properly. I have just ordered a manicure desk, which will hopefully arrive next week, some other bits and bobs I need. I do have some gel polishes but that will be the next most expensive spend at about $20 - $30 each wholesale, I would really like minimum 60 Gel polishes to start with - yes as I am a business well going to be, I can now get everything at wholesale prices yay. Have about 6 places that I am now signed up with so that gives me a good variety. Am thinking I might practice some Christmas nails, so that I can offer them coming up to Christmas. I am going to order 3 or 4 gel polishes from 3 or 4 different companies and see which ones I like to work with the best. 

Depending on how the nail business goes, will depend on if I will do the part time makeup course in the 2nd half of 2015. We are going to have to come back from our trip to the Gold Coast a bit earlier, as they have the huge beauty show on the weekend we were going to be away, so now we will be away just over 2 weeks rather than 3, but thats ok. We will come back on a Friday, stay in Auckland Friday night, and then go to the Beauty Show on the Saturday in Auckland and then drive home Saturday night. That means we will not be going to Sydney/Blue Mountains for a few days like we had planned - sorry Anne. But the show is only on once a year, so have go as it shows all the new stuff coming in etc....

Am I tired, hell yes, my body is aching but I am ignoring it as much as I can, I am enjoying what I am doing, when it comes to doing clients, I will have to review how I do it, with trial and error, like maybe allow 2 hours for a client, which means if for some reason I am not having a good day I can go a bit slower without putting to much pressure on, or it means I could have a 30min break between clients etc etc.... time will tell.

Rusty is settling in well, will try and get some photos up tomorrow of Chico and Rusty, this weekend is a long weekend, but I am studying, and Monday I will be doing the acrylic nails. I am so glad I dropped the Massey uni papers, there is no way I could have done that as well. 

Next weekend David is taking the final of the stuff in Steph's room to his sisters and brothers place to sort out, (the last of his mums stuff) which means that hopefully the room will be a lot emptier and I can set the manicure desk up in there till Chris leaves in Dec/Jan to live with his dad. At the moment it is in the dinning room area, which is fine cause I can keep an eye on the puppy. 

So for the rest of this weekend I will be studying, playing around with nails, designing the business cards etc, setting up the Facebook page and all the other social media pages needed to get the business up and going, as for the practical side for now I am just going to potter around with the nails, do Steph's nails and her friends etc till I feel confident enough, and still have the plan to be in full business come late January/Early Feb 2015. But I will do nails at a discount rate for now as I practice for others.

So thats where I am at, and why I have not been around :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014


As you know I try and buy cruelty free, well to make things easier SAFE have now come up with an App on both Android and iPhone, so what better way to buy animal friendly, when all you have to do is look on your phone to choose which brands are the best to buy.... Click 'here' to download the app.

Companies that used to be animal friendly like MAC for an example, now sell in China, which requires mandatory animal testing on all products before they will sell in China, read more about that 'here',  many companies that were once animal friendly are no longer, it is a very confusing trying to figure out what brand to buy if you are wanting to go cruelty free, hence why companies like SAFE and LEAPING BUNNY and PETA are valuable resources. Now that SAFE has the App, this now makes it so much easier to purchase cruelty free in New Zealand. 

Many companies will word their products to make it sound like they are cruelty free, hence why so many people get confused, but now with this App, shopping will be so much easier, so come on support the cruelty free companies, the more we buy cruelty free, means the more pressure we are putting on other companies to go cruelty free. No longer is it more expensive to buy cruelty free, there are many brands in a varied price range, so if you love bunnies, beagles, rats and mice then make the right choice. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A big decision....

Our weekend away at Napier was brilliant, though Sunday night I was so sore and nauseous, a side effect from the intense pain. The good part it only took me 1 day to recover, so was stoked with that. I did miss the puppies though so Chris kept sending me photos of Chico and Rusty... here are two of them :)

Rusty trying to look innocent playing with Chico's toys

Chico enjoying her run with Courtney (Chris's Girlfriend)

I got a bit of a scare yesterday as Rusty was pooing out a little blood, and had a little diarrhoea, but after doing a little googling with Dr Google I felt a little better, as it could be stress, or a plant or stick he may have eaten, the colour of the blood was not dark or anything, so observed him for the day and as the day went on the blood stopped and his poo's became harder, he is nearly back to normal poo's this morning, so it could have been stress with leaving him for the weekend, or he may have eaten a stick or something, but anyway am still keeping a close eye on him. he was drinking, playing and eating normal so that was another reason I was not to concerned :). We were tossing up about leaving him for the weekend, but we had booked the trip ages ago, and he was being left with Chris and Courtney who were more than capable of looking after him. 

Yesterday I made a decision, I pulled out of my papers at Massey for this semester, with trying to come of meds earlier on and then mother in law passing away, I got to far behind, and the last few weeks I was not sleeping as I was so stressed about it all, so made the decision yesterday to pull out. If I did it yesterday I could still pull out with no academic penalty. I will be doing 2 summer papers but they are both year 1 so not to much stress will be there. 

As it happened it was a good decision, as the lady who is going to be my tutor for my nail course rang last night, and can fit me in next week, it will be over about 3 weeks to complete it, as I am not doing it in 1 block, which suits her and I better. So that will be completed before the summer papers arrive, I will then do the gel course and I will be then ready to begin to set up the business. So by Feb next year I want to be started. For the first course I am doing, there is 1 open book exam, 1 mutli-choice exam and 1 practical exam. I am hoping to do the gel course as soon as possible as well, as then it will be just practice, practice and practice :). 

This though now puts me in a predicament a little, as next year we are planning to go to Aussie for 3 weeks, which meant we would be coming back on the 8th July, but we are now possibly looking at just over 2 weeks, as there is the Beauty Expo on in Auckland on the 4th & 5th July, and now that I will be qualified and have a business I can go to it, and see what all the new stuff coming out is etc... And it is only once a year and apparently it is well worth going too, so we are now thinking we will come back on the Friday beforehand and then stay in Auckland for the night and I can go to the expo on the Saturday and then we can head home Saturday evening. We had not booked our return tickets and with it being well in advance, I am sure taking a few days of the accommodation won't be an issue either :)

Anyway so thats about it with me for now - have a happy day all :)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Napier for the weekend

Before we knew we were getting a puppy David and I had booked a weekend away to "Napier", which is really no big deal as Chris and his girlfriend are looking after Chico and Rusty. 
Anyway arrived Friday evening, dropped all our gear off, then went to "Antonios Pizza and Pasts Parlour" an Italian place for dinner, what is good is we are staying right across from the ocean at "Beach Front Motel" and not only is it close to the ocean but also close into town. I had a scollop, ham and garlic pizza and David had a pizza which had 4 different pizzas in it, 2 slices (1/4)of each. Can not remember what they were but it looked nice, my pizza was brilliant, we head back to Rotorua tomorrow.
Today we went to the Farmers market, which was really small so tomorrow (Sunday) we will go to the Hastings one which was much bigger, after that we went to the "Gypsy Fair", which was no different to the one in Rotorua, well it would be as it is the same fair ;). Then we went for lunch to the "Boat Ramp Restaurant" for a brunch, the food was beautiful, and could not fault it. We then went to the lookout, which was pretty cool.

And an outfit of the day :)

Headband - "The Rainbow Shop" - Byron Bay Australia
Skater Dress - "ASOS"
Leggings - "Farmers"
Jandels - Havaianas
After that we went to do the "Napier Prison Tour", which was ok, they use it as a backpackers as well now, so it has lost  lot of its authenticity, when I went about 19 years ago, we could have a proper look at the rooms and see the graffiti etc... but most of the rooms are locked up with curtains on the windows on the doors. 

Below "Terry Clark" was New Zealand's biggest drug ring leader ever, his nickname was Mr Big 

Teresa Cormack, was a case in new Zealand, where 15 years later they found her killer due to DNA testing. The picture of her below is a picture most New Zealanders will not forget, well at least in my generation anyway. Her killer was locked away in this prison. 

This is the sign you see as you head out towards the hanging yard, due to maori culture, pregnant women and under 5 year old children are not allowed out. I must admit it is quite an eery feeling walking out there.

Here is the hanging yard. 

So there is our Saturday at Napier. Hope everyone is having an awesome weekend.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Our new baby.....

Day 3 and he is settling in well.... though Chico still does not think he is to cute yet....

Introducing "RUSTY"

And yip he decides to sleep in my smelly slippers......

And a short movie of Chico and Rusty