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Caress Nail Polish in Sea Green | Frankening a Dupe of YSL’s Jade Imperial

Because of my long kept frustration that YSL’s Jade Imperial shade (ever since I spottedbit on Xiao’s Messy Wands blog) is a beautiful wearable shade of green but is a luxury polish unavailable here, something had to be done. YSL’s Jade Imperial costs about $25.00. I hesitate in buying many luxury nail polishes though I wouldn’t mind landing money on a few more Essie bottles.  I perused the aisles of local department stores and spotted Caress’s Sea Green polish (Php23.75) which was about 2-3 shades darker (aptly a “Frankenstenish”  hue) but the perfect green tone.  I also already had Bobbie premium polish in Pure White (Php33.00++).  I knew something could be done I decided to “franken” (custom mix) my own bottle of Jade Imperial using cheaper polishes.  Behold the birthchild of my resolve.




YSL’s Jade Imperial is not a mint green if you see it here in Xiao’s post, it’s got more grey or grunge to it.  It’s similar to Essie’s Sew Psyched…kind of like a pastel army hue.  Because the Caress polish is runny and too dark by bout 3 shades I married about half a teaspoon of Bobbie Pure White into it straight from the bottle and gave it a good strong shake (about 3-4x). You may need to pour out a little afterwards if there is overflow. If ever my mix was a little off it’s only slightly not as cool as Jade Imperial because of the tone of Sea Green, but as a result this matches my less cool skin better. So my total first frankening attempt cost me Php58.00 in total. When my mom first spotted my nails this morning at breakfast with no clue about the YSL polish, frankening, or my plan put together she suddenly said as if on cue “It looks like Jade…”.  I beamed with success and said “Exactly…” :)

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NOTD Estee Lauder Spring 2013 | Pure Color Nails “G3 Dilettante”, Mint in Medium

Last year women abroad pulled Essie’s Mint Candy apple off shelves in droves.  There is evidently something mesmeric about pastel, macaron-inspired shades.  It’s almost like…given how perfect the shades are, you can almost taste what you see.  These women (you included?) all just went mad for either mint or coral pink that season.  The thing about Essie’s cool mint shade last year is that it was delightfully sweet looking on fingertips…fair slash pale fingertips that is.  One look at Mint Candy Apple and I knew it was too pasty light a mint green for my medium oriental undertone hands to wear with grace…it was also too (groans) what’s the word…green (lol).  This similar (but in no way a dupe) shade by Estee Lauder is better on me.




With no voluntary search a better suited, on the nose Tiffany, robin’s egg mint blue shade entered my life when Estee Lauder invited me last time to a nail pampering session.  Estee Lauder polishes might be high end and not commonly on your luxe nail brands to try list…but people should try these more because they have an AMAZING chip resist formula.  It’s a thick formula but lasts longer than others and whatever shade it might be holds that lovely finish well beneath any light all the time.  Lo and behold, Dilettante, this slightly deeper bluish mint came home with me in a random loot bag.  This color will be available from Estee Lauder counters beginning April 2013, right smack in the middle of summer.  See the sun?

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CANMAKE Colorful Nails Polish | Small Treats from Japan

Mom brought home these cute, dinky size nail polishes by CANMAKE in Japan.  The lot of them don’t fail in spreading that bit of holiday glitz and cheer and make great stocking fillers.  A few are sheer but build up well when layered but others like my sparkly blue jeans shade (yes, mine I say) are opaque from the first stroke.  They’re from what I know pretty inexpensive, convert from ¥378 each (Php converts to approx. half the amount). 


Mom got these from an IICOT outlet at a train station in Osaka but CANMAKE cosmetics is also available at Matsumoto Kiyoshi which is the Japanese equivalent of Watsons to us or Sasa and Bourjois in Hong Kong.  She said you’ll find Matsumoto Kiyoshi, that familiar blue and yellow store, probably like after every 50 to a 100 steps and at almost every urban corner in Japan.  More goodies from the land of the rising sun coming up, and soon, also fresh from Japan…the unveiling of my current holy grail foundation for 2012!… To full post & COMMENTS...

The Verdict After 7 Days – Max Factor Glossfinity Nail Polish (Topcoated)

Exactly one week ago I posted how my nails looked with the lovely nearly naked shade, 025 Desert Sand of Max Factor’s Glossfinity nail polish range.  I did that precisely because I needed to test the  7-Day gloss claim of the product.  You know what, I must say, I’m pretty impressed.  See for yourself.

Do my eyes deceive me or did I just take a better photo for the after shot?  Seriously speaking…there is a negligible bit of nail wear near the edges of the nail and movement away from the cuticle (a given) but no nicks or chips are to be found on this hand after 7 days of packing, exercising, and whatever else I did.  My right hand has a nick/chip that took place towards the end of the event when the polish was applied so that doesn’t really count because my nails were still “wet” when that happened.  The wear on my left hand however has remained practically immaculate save for minor lines and scratches visible only to myself on the top coat.

The verdict is Glossfinity nail polish as well as the topcoat are of great value for longevity at the regular price of Php245 a bottle and are currently on promo.  Spend Php450 for a purchase of two bottles from the Glossfinity range.  I still have to test the Cobalt Blue shade I was given WITHOUT a topcoat so watch out for that :).  Nails like new for this long?  Someone suddenly wants more nail shades…follow MaxFactor Philippines on Facebook here.To full post & COMMENTS...

NOTD Max Factor Glossfinity in 025 Desert Sand

I attended Max Factor’s relaunch of their nail polish range and was blessed with a free mani-pedi service @ Beauty & Butter, Megamall, where it was held. I chose to test the longevity of the Max Factor Glossfinity formula which claims to retain the newly applied “gloss” effect for up to 7 days.


I chose the no-brainer medium warm nude shade 025 Desert Sand which is a head on match for a medium fair girl like me.  This shade is great for brides or girls who prefer to keep it clean. I’m still missing my milky bit of Funny Bunny though (last NOTD). The reason why I chose a simple shade to test is I really wanted to be able to observe the longevity of the gloss and with a more neutral shade it’s easier to stay eagle-eyed. NOTE: I forgot to tell the B&B lady not to apply Glossfinity top coat on Desert Sand.

I’ll do another review with no top coat using 140 Cobalt blue which was given to me as a press sample. I was also given 26 Cappuccino from the Mini Nails range which looks like a milky mushroom taupe with a hint of lavender. Glossfinity polishes retail for Php245 each and the Max Effect Mini Nail polishes retail for Php175 at leading department stores that carry Max Factor nationwide. There’s an ongoing promo for the Glossfinity range, get 2 for only Php450 for the whole month of September or at least while stocks last.… To full post & COMMENTS...

White But Not Quite – NOTD OPI Funny Bunny

The other day I had my first manicure after a 5 month nail  sabbatical.  I spotted a shade by OPI sweetly named Funny Bunny which is barely grey and nearly white.  It went on sheer on the first coat.  I had to apply a subtle, soft camera filter because the sun was very harsh where I was sitting.  This is OPI’s version of what Essie boasts of in their shade, Marshmallow.  It’s practically the same.  Funny Bunny is absolutely gorj dontcha think?

 I’m wearing three coats and it still isn’t fully opaque…that’s what I extremely like about OPI Funny Bunny.  It’s a more mod step away from your usual beige nudes and bridal sheers.  It actually feels more like a cataract for the nails *round of applause* way to go, Julia, a very appealing description.  A more pleasant comparison may be with those milky white marbles we used to play with or maybe dipping one’s finger in a glass of skim milk.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Caronia Nail Polish Remover 250ml – Takes it Off Fast, Doesn’t Dry Up On You

I know many of you have noticed there haven’t been nail-of-the-day posts in months.  I’ve been giving my nails a sabbatical from polish.  It’s also because as a makeup artist on the job I keep my nails clean and short the way Bobbi Brown likes to.  That’s not to say I’ll never ever wear nail polish again, these digits have just been vacationing.  I’ll have nail posts up again in about a week since it has been awhile.  One of my pet peeves with polished nails is what a pain it can be to clear polish off sometimes (especially glitter polishes, they’re the worst…).  In the past,  I’ve had my share of purchasing horribly diluted, cheap nail removers.  They come in small bottles and often take 1/3 a bottle and half a dozen cotton balls to clear off two fingers while a third of the liquid will evaporate into thin air when you’re not looking.  I want my polish remover to work but I don’t want to drop over Php100 for a remover.  Caronia Nail Polish Remover is affordable at Php65.00, a small amount on a q-tip is strong enough to edit your polish edges, and it works even faster than the Sally Hansen one I tried.  I like this also because prepping models nails for a shoot if they came with cracked polish simply should not take forever to do.

As long as you keep the bottle cap on tight this will last you months without evaporating on you.  This bottle of Caronia Polish Remover has had this amount in it since the last time I used it about 5 months ago and it hasn’t dried up on me.  Plus I’ve once had this bottle in a bag sideways on a trip and it didn’t spill.  I’m not an anti-acetone girl but I won’t use PURE acetone to remove polish on my nails.  This contains some acetone but isn’t PURE acetone and it has ingredients that will keep your nails from drying.  I still use hand creme or lotion afterwards especially around my cuticles.  If you are someone who likes changing nail polish more than 3x a week I suggest that it’s better to use a milder remover formula out on the market.  When I do use polish I only change polish 2 or 3 times a month so this is fine for me.  This costs Php65-70 and should be available at most local department stores and drugstores nationwide.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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