It really is cutting it close isn’t it? It won’t be November anymore tomorrow so I’ve highly decided to take advantage of the fact that it is still November today and I can very well make use of the title. By the way, cutting it close just doesn’t have to do with the date. There’s just an uplifting sense I get when I get my nails trimmed and hands exfoliated for an overall clean. I had to form the regular “mani” habit by myself because as a freelancer in-salon manicures just really add to monthly expenses and also because as a makeup artist my hands always have to look pristine and worthy of handling other people’s faces, not to mention my own.
Cure Natural Aqua Gel, HURRAW Lemon Lip Balm (Cold-pressed, vegan), CLINIQUE A Different Nail Enamel in “Do Not Disturb”, Trim Mani Kit (Dad got from S&R) Apostrophe Nail Cutter, Trim Nail File (forgot to include my body lotion here, LUSH Celebrate)
I’ve quite outgrown (pun intended) the need for long nails and while my nails will never be kindergarten short I’ve recently been always keeping the length close to the nail bed, not too far out. My nail growth sadly is in an awkward upward angle, not a lovely forward and downward sort of growth…one lovely example of which is YouTube Jen/frmheadtotoe’s fingertips, she can grow them long and they won’t splay and snag. So anyway I cope with what I have and learn to enjoy them. Recently I’ve updated my manicure steps with 2 FACIAL products that do the job with flying colors and just really aid in keeping my fingertips polish-worthy in a more gentle way. Read more to get the full feature on how I clean my nails, what 2 new current products I use and how I use them. Click more to make the jump.
I first spotted Revlon’s Nail Enamel in Whimsical over a year and a half ago on Jen’s (frmheadtotoe.com) nails. It’s one of those nail polishes you cannot describe to someone in one sentence. It’s not boring but not too loud either, it’s a cute party in itself but not sickeningly so, and when I say it’s a unicorn sort of shade I only mean to say it’s one of a kind. The blue and pink flecks (large and small) suggest a perfect baby shower-esque polish for someone having twins of both sexes (what a stretch, obviously my mind is on a conveyor belt in the other room). Have you ever eaten multicolored marshmallow cereal and had the milk change into a murky indescribable shade? That almost…almost hits the nail on the head. It’s more like a murky powder blue…that’s almost grey. All photos are shot with 3 coats layered and no top coat except for the one shot where I indicate “2 coats”. Did I forget to mention that this is an almost spot on dupe for Deborah Lippmann’s “Glitter in the Air”?
What’s nice about Revlon “Whimsical” is its sheer milky finish, but you see a significant build up in coverage with each coat you add. On the first coat it looks completely transparent, on the second coat you already get a nice milky wash, the third coat almost makes the the nail edge disappear. The especially cool thing with the large and small glitter flecks is that (as you can see in the close up in the bottle) with each layer the glitters on the topmost layer remain most visible and the glitters in the layers underneath diminish softly giving extra depth. I bought this for Php225 from the nail bar over at SM Aura’s Beauty Section in the department store. They’ve still got the NEW stickers on BUT be aware that these are from a collection released almost 2 years ago (bottle is marked Revlon 2011) so the stock isn’t completely new meaning you’ll need a fresh good quality top coat to finish this properly. The polish itself is still okay it’s just that it needs a bit of help for staying power.
Not another milky coral! As if there weren’t enough invading your screen online. Yes, another one, one that matches me perfectly. Best described as a pomelo or ripe guava pink, Color Club’s Pro Nail Lacquer in 740 is actually a terribly streaky formula (you didn’t see that coming did you…) but this was a case wherein the color was so darn perfect I’ve justified dealing with that to wear it. I’ve adjusted it only a little by pouring some Bobbie white in to thicken it, because the formula was too runny (possibly Color Club stock that was left on the shelves for too long), after my quick mix it settled and worked better, the color didn’t change too much, hardly noticeable lighter difference. It’s just a little bit more bright in real life vs. these photos, I think a close match (and probably better formula) would be Orly’s Pixy Stix.
The special thing I noticed about this particular shade, when worn against fair to medium skin, is at night the color amps up miraculously. It isn’t a true fluoro, neon, glow-in-the-dark or any of that jazz…something about it just naturally amps up visually come nighttime. So it’s a sweet shade during the day, but somehow at night…and I really don’t know how, it’s an optical effect, artificial lights hit this and it’s ready to party.
Color Club polishes are everywhere locally, they’re at Bench pharmacies like PCX and First Aid and also in SM Watsons beauty floors. The quality isn’t consistent per color so this is probably one of the OFF ones that’s been sitting there too long. What I’ve also found in trying to make this streaky Color Club formula work is that Caronia’s Nail Hardening Base Coat works just as many wonders as a top coat…funnily enough even better than their actual Top Coat (which bubbled up on me…annoying). The Caronia base coat used as a top coat even made some fingerprint and small nick accidents after application disappear. The only catch is the base coat is not as fast drying as a true top coat so you have to wait longer but patience pays off. It can help well loved shades with ugly formulas work for you. Color Club “Frills” also a deadringer for Benefit Cosmetics’ signature coral-ly pink, that’s the most familiar color comparison I can give I think. Color Club Frills cost under Php220 from PCX Alabang.
I’ve just painted remnants of creamy beach shores on my nails. I’ve reviewed the Zoya Pixie Dust polish before in the shade Vespa. This is the latte nude version in Godiva. Juicy high shine gel finishes are complete stunners and quite fun but can be eventually overrated after awhile I think, after a few nicks and scratches on the way out you’re bound to fret. As I mentioned before when it came to the whole caviar nail fever that hit last year I was a total snob…not interested in the slightest even though I tried to read up on it simply because it was super not my type. I didn’t mind the idea of painting variations of texture over my nails to change it up (I still like glossy finishes, just get bored) but a more subtle curveball had to do the job, something a little more like this.
The finish is a sandy matte grain with infused micro glitter, as always with Zoya it looks sophisticated. The polish itself is a little more runny than standard formulas only because it dries to different finish, it still coats evenly if you don’t over apply, just wipe the brush excess on the mouth of the bottle before applying each layer. It’s best to let two minutes pass before applying the wave of second coats. What you’re looking at is two coats applied over a Caronia basecoat. If you’re on for texture then no topcoat required. When the shade isn’t in direct daylight it’s the color of a creamy latte and I love that it’s neither too yellow nor too cool of a nude, it’s pretty neutral. This cost Php550.00 via Ebay PH and details for where I sourced Zoya Pixie Dust polishes are here in my previous post where I featured the green shade Vespa.
Close your eyes, wait (doh)…no open them, a moment of silence, a deep breath…now with me in unison say “Whoaa…”
For awhile there I thought I’d gotten over nail polish until I saw these pretty Zoya Pixie dust polishes up on Ebay.PH, yup lokal gals. Gotta gasp. You can also search the close-up feature on these in the blog All Lacquered Up I’m obviously still on a celadon /sea green kick and this just hits the spot with a satisfied sigh.
Zoya Pixie Dust Vespa is a matte, sparkly yet sandy version of YSL’s Jade Imperial. Give me a matte sparkly sand finish any day. These pixie dust polishes are like Boracay sand mixed with color and sparkle pigment once they dry over the nail. BTW these first photos are a little gray because mom’s office windows had blue tint and it was overcast earlier, here’s a better real life color shot from my cousin’s sun filled apartment earlier in the day.
They’re absolutely gorgeous and you can bet I got a nude shade (I got 3…spoiler). These were posted online for Php550 each by EbayPH seller “stuff.in.style” aka “SIS” who also have lots of other beauty things of interest for sale in addition to more shades of this. Dare I say it…NOOO…ok fine…how about Real Techniques Brushes for only Php20 more (Php600 for single brushes + Php60 shipping) than the actual Boots pharmacy price abroad (£9.99 = Php640)? My purchase, 3 Zoya polishes and 1 Real Techniques Expert Face Brush arrived the day after I deposited my payment. I still had a Euro trip hangover as my friend called it because i was not able to relax and take my time in boutiques since we were on tour. I’m glad that online sellers like stuff.in.style aka SiS randomly fill the gap .