Friday, June 20, 2014

Girl Stuff Forever: Forever Love

Hi, Ladies!

June 12th is our Philippine Independence Day.  Before it came this year, Girl Stuff Forever had a nail art contest for it.  I was really hesitant to join in because you all already know, I'm not really good at nail art.  I decided to join because my friend tymaria78  asked me to.  There were two (2) winners by the judges' choices, and one (1) for most likes from the Girl Stuff Forever Facebook Page, and another one (1) for most likes from their Instagram.

This was my entry.  I know, I know.  What was "Philippine Independence"-themed here?  Nada, just the colors.  I wasn't the free-hand type of artist, so I decided to do a simple mani using our colors.  I opted the white out, ugh, don't ask me why.  Most of my friends said this looked like a Wonder Woman Mani.  Ha. Ha.  The last laugh was mine because I bagged BOTH the Facebook and Instragram prizes!!! Woooohoooo!!  Thank you, friends, who liked this mani for me. I love you all back!

And, unlike some other brands who held their contest and didn't give out their prizes on time, and as promised, Girl Stuff Forever was very quick in sending out theirs.  And in return, I was more than eager to swatch them all and share them with you!

 This was Spellbound, a kind-of liquid sand-ish deep purple with light lavender glitters that's perfect on its own for a night out.

 When I saw Enchante, I couldn't help but think it was a perfect complement to Spellbound so I swatched them together and next to each other.  It was like seeing a couple perfect for each other.  Encante has the same liquid sand-ish finish in pink, with lighter pink glitters this time.  I would say, another perfect date-night color.

 Stardust was a milky taupe-y nude with pink micro-glitters with lavender and pink round glitters. Xoxo was a matte-frosted fuchsia, satiny with its purple undertone.  

Cosmos reminded me of Cookies & Cream with its milky white sheer color and its black & white round and micro-glitters.  

These guys sell for P140 a bottle.  Some colors are at P100 even. Not expensive, right?  Totally worth it, too, because they dry up fairly easily, plus I love their brushes!!  Oh, and they also have this cutesy shape that's really easy to store.

Wait up, I gotta show you mine:

Okay, so, there.  Your OC in you will be very, very happy. :) 

Go, NOW, they're available at SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa and I am pretty sure I saw them at the Kids Section of Rustan's.  You may also email them at if you want to order online.


Love you long time,


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Make Up Store Philippines: Nail Polish

Hi, Ladies!

I collected a few of my manis using Make Up Store Philippines polish.  To be really honest, this was my first purchase from the store.  I always go visit but never purchased.  That last time though, I wanted to buy just one polish to try, but ended up buying more than I budgeted for it.  No regrets though.   They were on sale for 40% off.  So hurry yourself up if you're planning on bringing home some. Their selection is huuuuuge.

This was Clarissa.  When I bought it, I thought I was buying a lavender polish.  After trying it on, I realized it was more of a taupe-y color, only leaning on a little lavender.  It was really easy to apply, compared to my imagination of it being streaky, because it wasn't at all.  It was really clean, so I decided to stamp on a design for my accent nail from my Pueen 73 plate and decorated black studs on the rest.  Not the perfect stamping, but I liked how it turned out.
 Now, Patricia here was a deeper pink with a little purple frost undertone.  Anki was a frosted lavender with micro glitters.  They reminded me of disco, so I took my Winstonia W216 plate and stamped on a disco queen on for accent.  They were opaque in 2 coats, and easy to apply.
 This was Annica, a nude-peach frost that's really perfect for everyday use.  I used a water decal that I got from Beauty Kingdom PH  for the accent.  This is probably my favorite (nail art) of the three, although I ended up loving Clarissa most from the four colors above.

All manis used Seche Vite top coat.

Till my next post!


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Nail Art by Jess Gellada

Hey, Everyone!!!!!!

OKAY? OKAY.  I need water.  I need to drink.  Still giddy from what just happened. In my head, I'm doing a happy dance. *oh yeah, oh yeah, uhhhh yeaaahhhhh!!* LOL!  

FYI, my Daddy-in-law's an artist.  I live with them and see his paintings everywhere inside the house.  Sometimes I see him paint, but never from start to finish (and never on my nails, lol).  I had my mom buy a big life-like koi painting from him. (Will take a picture of that soon and post it here.)  So, anyway, when this pond manicure became popular on IG, I asked him if he could teach me how to paint koi. 

This was our trial mani.  (We didn't do a pond manicure just yet because I currently do not own a sheer green or blue polish.)

 I used Essie In The Cab-Ana for the base, and he used acrylic paint for the koi.  This is a really special mani for me since he showed it to me step-by-step.  I was fangirl-ing so bad. His brush strokes were just incredible.  (He did this in less than 5 minutes.) It reminded me of my old Chinese Calligraphy classes in the past (that I obviously didn't take seriously.)  Hopefully someday, I'll be able to make an awesome koi mani/pond mani, too. 

Thanks, Dad, for taking time to paint art on my nails. I love you. :)



Friday, June 6, 2014

Recreation of ChalkboardNails Fuzzy Monster Mani

Hi, Ladies!

I will try to post once every time I make a mani, and not collect the bunch and then post them all together. 

Today, I ticked off a mani I've been meaning to recreate since I first saw it last year.  I screen-captured it because it was the cutest, most creative use of the feather/fuzzy polish.

I used Orly Beach Cruiser for the base.  And thank god, Chalkboard Nails used the textured fuzzy polish because when I got my Nails Inc. Feathers, I had no idea how to use it.  I just bought it for the sake of trying them at least once.  So, a year and so after the purchase, here I am using Nails Inc Edinburg on top of the Sinful Colors Endless Blue. That's a BK white polish under Sally Hansen Tweedy, Nicole by OPI Ladies In The Limelight under Sally Hansen's Peach Fuzz.  And then it's Nails Inc again with Brighton over Essie Where's My Chauffer.
Anyway, my child's bugging me to paint these little monsters on her nails.  Uhhh, soon.  Lazy mode: ON.  
Now, my next problem is, how and when to use these guys again.  Lol.  Let you know when I think of something original, but don't bet on it. LOL. 
Thank you, Chalkboard Nails for being such an inspiration.  You rock!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Hi, Ladies!

How have you been?  Well, I thought I will be less busy this month, but seems like my calendar's filled to the end.

Here's a late post of the challenge I did with my group, #filipinails.  I was busy the whole month of May, so I could only do simple manis.

For the first challenge, it was #floral.

 This was inspired by @adelislebron.  I used Essie Go Ginza, which I got from Polish Please.

Then I had to do an #abstract design.  This is as abstract as I can get.  I am not very artistic, you see.  So I used a yellow base for this mani, and I apologize if I totally forgot which. (Either Zoya Pippa or the Tony Moly polish I have.) And then I used some random acrylic colors and used the toothbrush technique to kind of splatter the colors in. 

And, please, feel free to laugh at this #skyline mani.  Everyone else was doing Paris, or something romantic and I couldn't put myself into doing those.  I chose a Godzilla which turned out Barney. :((  
For the #inspiredby mani, I chose Ada 's leopard+swoosh mani.  I couldn't do her swoosh mani properly so please head on to her account to check her great nail art.  I used Lofes pink and blue for this.
I promise to take note of all the polish I use next time.  It's just that this #galaxy mani got me to bring out a lot of dark, light and glittering polishes that I wasn't able to track every one of them.  This is my 3rd (or 4th) galaxy nails ever.  I still need to practice some more to be able to perfect it.  That's Essie's Sparkle on Top I'm holding, in case you're interested, and got it from Polish Please.
And probably my least favorite technique, but absolutely my favorite mani from this challenge: #tape.  I used OPI's Neon Revolution for this. 

All manis used Seche Vite.

Wish you all a good June! Hopefully I can make more manis this month.

Love you long time,