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Nails in November | Cutting it Close…

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.

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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.

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My Benefit Holiday 2013 Workshop!| FREE On Dec.5, Shangrila Mall Edsa

Come one, come all to my Benefit Cosmetics Holiday 2013 Workshop at Shangrila Mall, Edsa on December 5, Thursday!  We’ll be accepting 2 batches of you eager beauty beavers from 1-2pm and 3-4pm based on reservations via Benefit’s FB page (message).  I’ll be doing DAY to NIGHT looks using Benefit Cosmetics’ current holiday sets and other awesome products.  This workshop does not require a purchase :) you just need to reserve a slot for this workshop via messaging Benefit Cosmetics Philippines’ FB page here (beside the LIKE button there’s a MESSAGE button).  Send them an FB message requesting to reserve for my workshop (indicate whether 1 pm or 3pm) and provide your complete contact details :) It’s FREE!  Tis’ after all the season to be jolly, and of course, to look good while being jolly!  Remember this is a FREE workshop you just have to reserve because there are limited slots!  You can also reserve thru me if you like and I will forward to them.  Reserve your slot now here via Benefit Cosmetics’ PH Facebook page.

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INGLOT Cosmetics Now at Glorietta 5 | Featuring Their Freedom System!

It’s no surprise that everyone’s been blasting this white hot topic, yes, INGLOT cosmetics is now in Manila!  First, I’d like to thank the INGLOT team for the trust and my fellow beauty blogger Martha Sta. Barbara aka The Beauty Junkee who is now also INGLOT’s Brand PR Consultant(you go, Girl!).  Thanks for the opportunity to feature these wonderful products!  INGLOT is a premium Polish cosmetic brand that exploded in popularity globally thanks to their professional formulas, mid-range pricing, their customizable palette system and hundreds of smooth colors  to choose from.  Their first flagship store launched in Glorietta 5, Makati yesterday.  I’ll get this out quickly, the first thing that I wasn’t quite aware of about INGLOT cosmetics was how affordable the individual pans of product are, and actually even the empty palettes (considering the quality) super good value.  That’s the first thing I wanted to mention because when you walk by an INGLOT store you get the impression that most of the products in there must be pretty expensive, well guess what, not all things are as they seem, however the system palettes themselves that hold the pans are the ones that are a bit pricier here than in the US (there system palettes are under Php1000, over here between Php1200-1400).  I’ll tell you right now, the pan products themselves though are still more affordable than I first perceived, perhaps this Christmas it would be best to put a system palette that you can fill up on your wishlist.

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To properly showcase how we bloggers felt when we arrived at the INGLOT boutique and were requested to choose what we liked check out this photo of Project Vanity’s Liz Lanuzo and My Lucid Intervals’ lovely Donnarence, LOL.  In that moment I could completely and totally relate, where do we begin????  That and with Martha’s announcement that there was an Instagram contest with major freebies attached half of us nearly lost all orientation on what to do first LOL…I did my best not to :).

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Currently eyeshadow pans are rolling out for a maximum price of Php375 each, (not bad given the quality and size) and blush pans for about Php700 each.  By the way, 95% of the products are manufactured in INGLOT’s very own factory in Poland (where you’re strictly required to cap your hair and suit up if you want to visit).  So no need to presume that they’re affordable because they’re manufactured somewhere else, they’re not, they’re nearly all homegrown.    I brought home a sizeable chunk of loot yesterday and am still pretty chuffed with the fact that I won the Instagram contest during the launch :) but before that let’s talk about the palette they initially gave us, the Freedom EB (5s) palette.

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These were the shades I chose prior to winning the larger 10 slot palette.  I didn’t go for “wearable neutrals” simply because I have so many neutral shades already.  To tame my excitement and get organized in selecting at the launch I went for a theme after writing down a short list of shades.  I decided to go for Peacock/bird of paradise colors, so this originally had gold instead of 450 a cranberry red, but hey, since it’s Christmas…I decided to go flip one for the season. By the way the palettes don’t come with numbers on them, I just numbered them with photo editing in case you were curious to know what shades I picked and also see the following combinations of palettes I made from my winnings.

Apart from taking home my complimentary smaller Freedom EB palette as a blogger for which I chose 3 eyeshadow shades and 1 blush  I also brought home my contest prize which was the 10-slot Freedom palette and it was pre-filled as a bonus!  Read more to check out all the different ways I shuffled up the shades and made different palette combinations, you’ll be able to sort of tell I ended up being like a kid with 2 new “Lego” sets.  If you want to have even more fun you can play the “I’ve got my own brand” game and give your palettes cool names, just like I did after the jump.   Click “more” to continue reading and check out the combinations I put together.

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