I have never been one to get my nails professionally done as I am rather paranoid about the sterilization of tools that some salons are using. However, I went to this one event at a popular nail salon and was wowed by their mani-pedi service. I decided to return a few months later to a different branch to have my nails done for a formal event. Big mistake. My toe nails were over-scraped and eventually started tearing off at the edges.
After recovering from those nightmarish jagged toenails, I am now back and completely satisfied with doing my own mani-pedi work at the moment. So let’s discuss Solique Gel Nail Polish in Hush by Girlstuff (PHP 180).
Quick Specs: 11 ml ; made in France
I’m not over glitter polish. (Will I ever be over the shimmery, sparkly stuff?) And even though the holidays is the perfect time to bust out the highly reflective cosmetics, I’ll find an excuse any time of year to be sparkle-happy. I’ve got a special one today: Orly Nail Lacquer in Pixie Powder (USD 8.50 / PHP 385).
Orly Pixie Powder
Quick Specs: 0.6 oz ; made in the USA
Sharing my NOTD! It’s Sinful Colors Porcelain Matte Nail Polish in Glazy Sunday. It’s part of a limited edition collection that came out spring 2016, though I’m not sure if it is still being sold. (Haven’t seen the collection on the Sinful Colors official site!) But anyway, here goes:
Sinful Colors Glazy Sunday Nail Polish
Quick Specs: 0.5 fl oz / 15 ml ; made in USA
Are you big on matching your beauty color palette to the current season? It’s not a major priority for me, but the mood does occasionally strike. A fun polish like Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Souffle Nail in #9 (USD 3.90 / PHP 178) immediately gives a summer vibe, even when I don’t have any makeup on.
Etude House Berry Delicious Nail Polish
Quick Specs: made in Korea
I’m still a newbie in so many things, nail care included. Back in high school, we had one Home Economics class—yes, just the one time—devoted to nail art. The teacher gave us a template of designs we had to follow, but I can only recall a French tip and something that looked like an elephant silhouette. I think we were allowed to wear it for the rest of the school day, but we had to have stripped nails by the next morning. Funny memory, but that’s where I learned to do the whole manicure procedure. Of course, my idea of a base coat was just some clear nail polish.
Last month, I went nail polish shopping with my high school friends, and I got an idea of just how big nail design was to them. There was a discussion on various lacquer brands and ways to make them last. A few days later, I gave in and bought myself the Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat (available in two sizes: PHP 299 for the 9 ml bottle; PHP 400+ for the bigger bottle) to see if a designated nail base would make a big difference.
Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat
Quick Specs: 9 ml / 0.30 fl.oz ; made in USA
Orly Bonder Ingredients