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Purple Weekend Nails

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Nail time!

I was browsing the internet and saw this!

 Now I’m wishing I have these glitter + holographic nail polishes!

To ease my frustration, I checked out my nail polish stash and saw some similar (but not really) polishes.

I reached out for my U & A nail polishes which were basically composed of different sizes of glitters, nevertheless, pretty. Easy to apply, opaque in 2 coats, and dries up fast with a shiny finish. It’s a bit gritty because of the glitters but not as bad that a good top coat can’t solve.

For the toes I applied the purple nail polish. They only have numbers for color reference which I’ll show you later in this post.

This polish has silver super micro glitters with purple micro glitters and tiny pentagon holographic glitters.

I decided to go light on my fingers so I applied the silver + cream micro glitters with tiny purple square glitters.

My fingers were pretty and shiny but then I decided to add some nail art. 🙂

The plate that I used was Kand’s CG41. I’m not sure if this is another brand of nail art plates or just an imitation of Konad. Konad plates are hard to find here and are overpriced.

I used Zoya Demi as the nail art stamp polish. This shade is a gorgeous medium dusty mauve with red undertones. This is my favorite nail polish for nail art stamps and a gorgeous color for a full mani as well. (This was given to me as a gift by my sister. Thank you! 🙂 )

For the thumb, I used the pattern on the upper right.

For the rest of my fingers I used the crisscross design, the one on the middle left. Originally, I planned to make French Tips with this design but I cannot apply it in a perfect and uniform straight line on all nails so I decided to apply it diagonally instead. Turns out, it looked better!

Here’s a complete shot of my nail art:

Here are the name/numbers of the nail polishes I used.

The nail polish on the left was the one I used on my toes, the middle one on my nails, and Zoya Demi for the nail art on the right.

For the top coat, I used the one from Face Shop.

My weekend nail art!

Recap: Long Wear Pedicure

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Now a short recap on Organic Rituals’ Long Wear Pedi.

Remember this?

It’s been 1 month and 1 week now and I still have that on my toes. Yes, I let them stay for that long just to be able to know how long their “Long Wearing Pedicure” really is.

For the past weeks, I did my regular routine: Work, run errands which have lots to do with walking, do household chores, and hang out with friends. No running, jumping, or going to the gym. I wore slippers, sandals, heels, etc. but I never worn any closed shoes. I was not careful about my nails, just doing activities the usual way.

And now, after 1 month and 1 week, my toes…

look…

like…

these…

Chipped nail polish on both of my big toes.

Surprise! Can you believe it? It’s been more than a month and these are the ONLY damages! Super long wearing indeed!

Nails of The Day From A Secret Salon

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Hello dearies! How were your Valentine’s Day? Single or not, hope it turned out well!

For today, I would like to share with you my nails of the day (NOTD) for Valentine’s and my thoughts and first impressions about this newly opened nail salon I went to.

The color I chose was not at all Valentine’s-ey, I wanted to try something different. Also, the salon only have 5 Orly nail polishes at the moment and the rest were just regular nail polishes.

Orly Green With Envy

Green With Envy is a fun, teal color, great for summer. It’s greener in actual. Think Incredible Hulk green, just a tad darker.

About the nail salon:

If you were wondering, I soaked all major CUTS that my manicurist gave me, thus the cotton around my fingers. When she did my first hand, I told her (calmly and in a very good way) that my fingers were stinging and maybe they were cuts due to her cleaning. She answered, “No Ma’am, I don’t see any blood.”. While she was cleaning the ring finger of my other hand, my finger already bled and she didn’t even notice even though she was cleaning that finger. So I told her, “Look, it’s bleeding“, she answered, “Oh, you’re right.”. And that’s all she said. No apologies or anything. She did not even believed me when I told her the first time. I knew the cuts were many because almost all my fingers stung when she rubbed my hand with alcohol. Actually, the woman beside me who was having a pedicure, yelled “ouch!” discreetly several times.

If you look close at my pinky, you’ll notice that bits of the polish were outside my nail and it’s lighter compared to my other nails. The manicurist forgot which nail were already two coats and which were one, I even have to remind her that this and this is still one coat.  She also accidentally hit/touched my wet nails so she redid it twice (she hit it twice).

Chipped nail polish on my index finger

I had my manicure the night before I took this photo, about 12 hours after. After the manicure, I went home, had dinner, slept, woke up and took this photo. I believe that Orly nail polishes do not chip this fast, that means there’s something wrong about the application or the cleaning.

The people who work at the salon were nice and friendly but there’s an attitude I think they need to improve. I was just done with my manicure, waiting for my nails to completely dry when some customers arrived but then walked away. There were still two available seats. After that, two attendants approached me and asked me (in a hurried and tensed manner) if I was still waiting for other services to be done. I answered, “None, I’m just waiting for my nails to dry.”. Then the other one asked me if I wanted to use their nail polish drying machine for an extra fee. I really felt that they wanted me to go away now because some customers might arrive, so I just requested that they apply a quick dry solution on my nails then I would be on my way.

They could have suggested the drying machine or quick dry solution immediately after she painted my nails. Suggesting it now (nobody mentioned the quick dry solution to me, by the way) only seemed that they really wanted me to go away immediately. With that experience, I did not complain or showed how disappointed I was.

I decided not to name the nail salon right now. This nail salon just opened their business a week ago, so maybe they still need time to adjust and get used on how things should be done. I’ll be giving them a second chance then will I reveal the name.

Right now, I’m still observing and taking care of the cuts the manicurist gave me. Hope it won’t get infected.

Do you have bad salon days too?

Organic Rituals – The Ritual You’ll Love

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! What preparations are you doing for your upcoming Valentine’s date?

A couple of weeks ago, my sister-in-law and I went at Organic Rituals. Organic Rituals offers services from mani-pedi to rejuvenation to detoxification. And EVERYTHING THEY USE ARE ALL ORGANIC! Of course, except for some plastic dispensers and metal nail nippers. Well, you know what I mean.

I love the ambiance and how the place looks like -- just like home!

I tried their body scrub and loved it! I think I even dozed off. I can’t say much about it because it was my first time 🙂

After the scrub, I took a shower and  tried their shampoo and conditioner (Because my attendant was raving so much about how great they were and that I should try it.). And you know what? It was the best shampoo and conditioner I have ever tried! Remember those times when you watch a shampoo/conditioner commercial and tell yourself, “As if that’s really gonna happen to my hair.” With these  two, my hair became just how it was on commercials in just 1 wash!

After the scrub, Long Wearing Mani-Pedi were next.

My manicurist really took her time and was very careful.

I chose Adina for my toes and Heather for my fingers.

Adina

Adina

Adina  is a duochrome. It’s purple that shifts to a grayish green color depending on the light/angle.

Heather

Heather

Heather is a light lilac purple color. It looks “blah” on the bottle but on my nails,  gorgeous! Sometimes it looks pink, sometimes even neutral. Very girlie.

When they say long wear, it really  is looonnggg weeeeaaaarr.  My manicure lasted for 3-4 days before it started chipping off. Wait, don’t make judgements yet. I do almost every chore in the house (I don’t cook and do the laundry) every day. I play and teach piano and I also gave our big dog a bath that time. Other nail polishes I’ve tried won’t even last a day.

For the nail polish on my toes, still no signs of chipping off and it’s been 2 weeks!

The attendants are very polite, caring and sensitive to their client’s needs. They’ll make you feel comfortable even if it’s your first time or not. One even towel dried my hair! Maybe if they saw me brushing my hair, they’ll do it for me too! (Princess Sarah, is that you?)

Organic Rituals spoils their clients. If you need some well-deserved pampering, let Organic Rituals do it for you.

For prices and other services, check out their Facebook Page or their Multiply Site.

Oh, and I bought the shampoo and conditioner. Reviews soon! 🙂

(L) conditioner and (R) shampoo

Nails with Strawberries!

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When I went to The Beauty and Rejuvenation, The B.A.R. for short, I thought of trying another nail art — Fimo sticks! Fimo sticks are so cute! I don’t own one though. They say it’s hard to cut and not that simple to apply. I can’t exactly remember how much the manicure with nail polish and fimo design costs, I think it was between 150php to 200php. I also forgot the brand of the nail polish. Sorry… The bottle is very similar to China Glaze but the owner said it was a local brand. For the fimo sticks, I selected pink strawberries!

I was surprised that I have a nail polish from Nail Up that is similar to the base used for my fimo nail art. I sort of tried it my way. And since I didn’t have any fimo sticks to use, I used my Face Shop Glitter nail polish which has stars and small vertical strips of glitter on a transparent base.

Lesson Learned From Shopping

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When shopping, do you check the items you’ve selected before paying for it and/or before going home? I do, more often than not. And how lucky I was when I forgot to check the products I bought, I brought this home…

Etude House WH 702 TESTER!

Yup, I paid for that and brought that home! It was the sales associate (SA) who took the item from the rack and placed it in my basket. It may be the SA’s responsibility to help customers have a hassle-free and convenient shopping experience but it’s the customer’s responsibility to check all her purchases, right? So, I called up at once the branch where I bought this and gave all the information they asked for. They were really very sorry for what has happened and offered to exchange the product for a new one. I just have to go back to their shop and bring the nail polish I brought home. I wasn’t mad or anything, but of course, I got stressed.

It was an honest mistake. The SA who assisted me was really kind and accommodating. Also, I think she was a new SA in training. I hope she wasn’t scolded by her boss, or worse, fired. I still want her to assist me when I go shopping again at Etude House.

So guys, before going home from shopping, don’t forget to always check your purchases, okay? I sure did learn my lesson the hard way!

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