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After a very long while I finally was able to do nail art again! Here my inspiration is Erikajjang’s tutorial for sakura nail art. I wanted to do a similar art with some deviations. Here are the products I used.

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I of course will have the Dazzle Dry Base and Top Coats. For my sky-color, I used Dazzle Dry Sno Cone. The branches are painted with OMG Sunny Tan, and the blossoms are painted with Dazzle Dry Strawberry Macaron and OMG Gold Digger. Here is the resulting nail art.

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As you can see, I only did the sakura patterns on the middle fingers. On the outer three I painted birds also using Sunny Tan. The lines are still a bit thick, even using my thinnest dotting tool, so I may have to use a toothpick next time.

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This is waaaaay late but let me show you what I wore on my nails over the Valentines weekend.

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I used two coats of Dazzle Dry Strawberry Macaron for the base. On the ring finger I used Models Own Blizzard for a nice silver sparkle. On the other four I used Revlon Brilliant Strength Nail Polish in Seduce and Dazzle Dry Heart of Fire for the dots, which ended up totally indistinguishable from each other. The random swirls between the dots were actually the Revlon polish, and was inadvertently swiped across the nail when I applied top coat too early.

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Hope you guys had a great valentines!

In one of my lucky breaks last holiday season I won this Konad Double Side Stamp Set from Lia of Geek Girl Manila. I was super stoked to get this as I believe that Konad is not widely available in the Philippines (correct me if I’m wrong). The one we have available here is of another brand, Kand, which can be bought from Landmark. The Kand set (as you can see from this haul) comes with a one-sided stamper, a plastic scraper, and an image plate, and the whole thing costs Php80.  As a really nice bonus, I got four image plates along with this Konad stamping set. I have no idea how much the Konad set or the image plates costs.

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What is nail stamping? It is basically putting the appropriate polish into the wells of an image plate and using a rubber stamper to transfer the image to the nail. This set includes a double ended stamper (a big end and a small end) and a metal scraper. I’ve already attempted to do nail stamping before with my old Kand set but it didn’t really work out. I think this is because I didn’t have the right stamping polish, and I didn’t know the correct steps. There is actually a not-so-bad set of instructions at the back of the set. For my first attempt with the Konad set, however, I used Polka Polish’s guide for nail stamping.

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Let me give you a closer look on the contents of the Konad stamping set. First we have the double ended stamper, which is about two inches long.

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It is wide on one end, with a pink rubber cap to pick up the design. This is used mostly for the big nail designs that usually cover the entire nail.

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The other end is much smaller, and has a green rubber cap. This end is mostly used for the spot-designs or accents.

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The set comes with a scraper, meant to scrape or push off the excess polish from the image plate. The handle is made of plastic, but the actual scraper is made of metal. I didn’t really like the idea of a metal-on-metal contact; I was afraid that it would damage the image plates. I didn’t use this on my first attempt at nail stamping with the Konad set, I used the plastic one from Kand.

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As I mentioned earlier, the prize came with four image plates. Here are the four image plates. Click on each for a larger version. For reference, the plate designations are (clockwise from the left) m3, m56, m91, and m57. Strangely enough, m3 is the exact same plate I got in the Kand set.

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And here is my first attempt. I used the m57 plate for the gold splotches. The base polish is Dazzle Dry Morning Dew and the stamping polish I used is OMG Gold Digger.

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I am loving this set! I can’t wait to try the other designs!

Pros: performs quite well for its function (provided you follow the correct steps); quality materials used

Cons: metal scraper; not widely available

Last February 8 I attended my very first BDJBox Beauty Soiree. I felt I had to attend this because the topic is definitely one of my interests: nail art! This one is titled Nail Love, and is the first of the Revlon Nail Party Series. The guest speaker was a member BDJ’s own beauty ministry: Nicole Romero. She also blogs over at Beauty and Sparkle.

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Ms Nicole Romero

Nicole discussed the basics of manicure and went into detail with nail art techniques.

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Some of her presentation slides

After her talk, the rest of the workshop was dedicated to attempting our own nail art based on her presentation. We were provided individual battlestations consisting of a bottle of nail polish remover (which smelled nice!), some fabric squares, a makeup sponge, a double-ended dotting tool, and a tray. We were also provided some transparent tape and a wooden stick, to share among us tablemates.

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Ready battlestations!

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I am ready for battle!

We were also provided the nail polish that we were going to use for our nail art. Revlon PH graciously provided all of these for each of the participants, and we got to take them home!

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Holy nail polish loot, Batman!

Clockwise starting from the left in this photo: Revlon Brilliant Strength Nail Polish in Seduce, Revlon Matte Top Coat, Revlon Nail Brightener, Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polish in Ginger Melon, Revlon Nail Art Expressionist in Night and Degas, and Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy in Satellite. I’m pretty happy as these are actually my first Revlon polishes! We were told that the Parfumerie haven’t been released in the PH yet and we’re the first to try! It’s basically a nail polish that has a nice scent upon drying. This one smelled really sweet, kinda like cotton candy.

Here is what I came up with.

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To anchor the design I painted a red base with white dots on the pointer and pinky fingers. For the feature nails I have a shiny red heart on a base of matte black on the ring fingers, white stripes and sparkles on a plum base on the middle fingers, and more sparkles on a red and pink base on the thumbs. Here’s another shot of the finished product.

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I definitely still need more practice on tape manicures. The tape still took out a huge chunk of the base polish and I needed to paint over the destroyed surfaces resulting in a very uneven finish. My favorite is the matte black polish; it dries super fast and it looks soooo good! I was able to paint a right-hand version of it which is definitely inferior than the left.

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I definitely enjoyed my time at the Beauty Soiree! I met some new friends who have similar interests, and they were the nicest gals!

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Awesome tablemates!

I regret not being able to meet these other girls at the other tables. They seemed nice too!

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Thank you to the BDJ team, Nicole Romero, and Revlon PH for hosting this event! I am looking forward to the next installment in the Nail Party Series!

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Isn’t life interesting? I find that even when you don’t plan things, something good happens. I am quite the planning freak, so I do freak out when events cause sudden changes in my schedule. I’m trying to improve though, as this is not a really healthy reaction to life.

It’s kind of what happened to my most recent mani. I merely wanted to test drive my new Konad nail stamping set (won it from Geek Girl Manila!) and it turned out to be better than I expected! I’ll make a formal review of the stamping set soon, but I wanted to show you my first-ish attempt at nail stamping.

As base I used Dazzle Dry Morning Dew. Let me show you this color, which I just swatched recently.

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For stamping, I used OMG Gold Digger. As I mentioned in my swatch post, this is one of the thickest formulas I encountered so far, which led me to decide on using this as the stamping polish. It took several tries, but I finally got the hang of the stamping process. Here’s how it turned out, after applying top coat.

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Not that bad eh? I thought it looked very much like green brocade, like this.

Image credits: Everything Indian Etsy Shop

I love how things turn out for the best. My practice stamping created a brocade-like pattern and color that I didn’t really plan on. Here are some more shots of the nails.

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One of the booths I visited during the Blogapalooza 2013 was BYS. BYS is an Australian cosmetics brand that recently landed in the Philippines. They carry a wide range of makeup products as well as nail polish. Signing up at their booth bagged me a sample of their nail polish. When I got home and investigated the sample, I experienced a happy shock. It was in fact a full-sized bottle of BYS Nail Art Lacquer, of the shade 009 Fuschia Pink!

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This 10-ml bottle has a big black plastic cap that holds a thin striper brush. The shade name is found at the bottom and the ingredient list and other information at the back.

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I immediately tried this out in a nail art. I used Dazzle Dry Strawberry Macaron as base color, and used BYS Nail Art Lacquer to paint straight and even stripes on all my nails. Here is the final look:

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The black handle made it very easy to create stripes. It lent to good control, even for my non-dominant hand. Check out my right hand:

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I have to say that this nail art lacquer makes my stripes look a lot more professional, for both hands! The drying time is fairly fast, and it works well with my favorite base and top coats (Dazzle Dry). Here are some outdoor shots of my nails.

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BYS is cruelty-free. Check out more shades of their Nail Art Lacquers here. BYS is available in SM Beauty and Watsons branches. I don’t know how much the nail art lacquers cost; I will update this post once I find out the price.

Pros: works great as striper; dries fairly fast; works well with Dazzle Dry system; cruelty-free

Cons: none so far

In my October haul I bought this Girlstuff Nail Polish in Going Green at the SM North Department Store for Php99. It’s a pretty bright leafy green.

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The formula seems good, and applied evenly. I used two coats for this swatch, no top coat.

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I also bought this gold striping tape, this time from the SM Megamall kiosk for Php50.

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I decided to give it a shot and did a gold-and-green mani to show it off.

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I used two stripes on each finger (except ring). I applied it on after the nail polish dried, and cut it off using some sharp scissors. As expected, I could only do this for my left hand. I used Essence Gold Fever for the accent nail on my left hand, and all nails on the right.

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I would say that Girlstuff Going Green is a really great nail polish. Except that when I took it off two days later, this happened:

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I think that this particular polish has some strange staining ingredient in it, and made all ten of my fingernails look sick and ugly. I did use a base coat to protect my nails (Dazzle Dry Base Coat) but it didn’t help much in this case. If you guys know how to remove the stains, please let me know!

This is my Halloween special! My inspiration for these eyeballs come from this great tutorial from The Bubbly Brunette. I did nothing new really, I just followed her instructions to the letter.

I used the following for this nail art: Dazzle Dry Base and Top Coats, Dazzle Dry Electrifying, White Lightning, and Forget Me Not, Girlstuff Twilight, BK Nail Dotting Tools and Striper Brush.

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The steps are the following:

  1. Prep the nails with DD Base Coat.
  2. Paint two coats of White Lightning on the nails.
  3. Using the striper brush, paint short red stripes in a radiating pattern using Electrifying. This is going to be the blood vessels.
  4. Using the biggest of the dotting tools, put a big blue circle in the middle of each nail using Forget Me Not.
  5. Using a slightly smaller dotting tool, put a slightly smaller black circle in the middle of the blue circle to denote the pupil, using Girlstuff Twilight.
  6. FInally, using the smallest of the dotting heads, put a small white circle slightly off-center using White Lightning, to denote the reflection.
  7. Apply DD Top Coat.

Here’s the final look!

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Not bad isn’t it? It looks much better in sunlight of course.

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Check out the right hand. The blood vessels are thicker and straighter, because that’s all my nondominant left can handle!

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Happy Halloween!

October is breast cancer awareness month, but you already know that. I’m here to show you my nails that I came up with for this theme. Given that I am lately really liking my dotting tools, I featured dots again for this nail art. The nail polishes I used here are Dazzle Dry Heart of Fire and Strawberry Macaron.

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It’s really pretty simple. I painted alternating polishes, and used Heart of Fire for the dots. I wanted to do some sort of crescent design with the dots, with the big ones on the corner and the small dots completing the crescent.

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What do you think?

The purpose of this week’s nail art is to test drive my new Models Own Nail Art Pen in Black (hauled last August). If you will recall, it comes with two applicators – a thin striping brush and a pen head. Check out the photos below to refresh your memory.

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At the same time, I also wanted to try a nail art design called ikat. My inspiration is this tutorial by Kayla Shevonne. For this nail art I used Dazzle Dry Sahara, White Lightning, and Spearmint Tea for the yellow, white, and teal respectively, and of course the Models Own Nail Art Pen for the black. I faithfully followed the instructions, but making use of the White Lightning and my striping brush instead of a white striper. Here is how it came out:

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Again, I forgot that I wasn’t actually using Dazzle Dry for the black, and applied the top coat too quickly. It resulted in some streaking of the black stripes, especially in the thumb, pointer, and ring fingers. Luckily the ikat design allows for such streaking and it doesn’t actually seem like it’s a ruined design.

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I also want to mention that I had to cut off a bit off the end of the striper brush of the nail art pen because some fibers were longer and was messing up my stripes. I used a nail clipper to cut off the longer tips, and now all the fibers are of the same length. Below is a shot of the design in sunlight.

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I didn’t imagine I could do this on my right hand (painted using my nondominant left), so I just made a simple stripe design using the same color theme. This time I used the pen head to do the black stripes. The fine lines actually evoked some sort of comic-feel to this design. Again I forgot about the longer drying time (see the pinky)!

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Sunlight shots of the right hand stripe design below.

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As this is a review, here are the pros and cons of the Models Own Nail Art Pen in Black. Take note that this costs Php440, and can be bought from the Glamourbox Boutique.

Pros: makes good thin lines using either applicator; portable

Cons: limited availability (online only); a bit expensive; drying time is a little long


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