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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). 

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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...

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OPI Tickle My France-y Nail Polish – My Perfect Neutral Pink

It took awhile to spot this nail shade at the salon while I was choosing in Tinette & Co., BGC Fort.  I’m glad my eagle eyes didn’t fail me this time.

OPI Tickle My France-y is the most subtle neutral beige pink that isn’t too dismissive aka overly translucent.  I like wearing it with 2 light coats which allows a bit of my nail tip to fade in at the bottom almost like an implied french tip, with wear and tear over a few days the tip becomes more obvious…becoming better instead of worse to look at.

AGATHA ring

This has been on my nails for about 3 days.  It’s also equally pretty with just one coat, being comparable with Essie Ballet Slippers in tone…but obviously a bit darker.  It’s a good work shade, putting pretty on the nails with a bit of polish always helps take the day up several notches.  I’m not sure if this shade is available locally but there are so many OPI stockists on Facebook and Multiply, or you can hop over to the salon I went to and make an appointment!  Tinette & Co. is along Rizal Drive at Forbeswood Heights Bldg., G/F next to the mini stop.  You can call or text to make an appointment at +639178385561.  I recommend Myrna, Marlyn, or Levi for manicures.  The AGATHA ring you see here is my fixed reminder of Mac, a West Highland terrier who belongs to friends of mine based in Singapore.

It’s a perfect resemblance isn’t it?  The ring couldn’t have been more spot on since the white West Highland terrier is the emblem of the brand.  Mom got me the ring several months back at the Agatha Greenbelt branch 60% off so it was about Php2800 or something.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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Kate Spade Polka Dot Nail Appliques – Dotted Perfection without the Drying Time

This was my first time to have a go at nail wraps using this Kate Spade freebie that came with my new bag.  It was significantly more time consuming than painting the nails directly only because it was my first time.  In the end it was a lot less messy without the annoying drying time and it was, how should I put it…as close to nail art perfection as I could ever hope to get.

INGREDIENTS: Epoxy resin, Acrylates Copolymer, Tris-BHT Mesitylene, Xylene, Potassium Cumene, Sufonate, TO REMOVE: Simply apply nail polish remover.

Basically, nail wraps are super thin nail stickers that are manufactured in a special way so they in a sense “laminate” the nail and the excess can be trimmed or cleanly filed off over the nail edge.  Many brands already offer this breakthrough in nail embellishment including Sally Hansen which I am mentioning since you can’t purchase these Kate Spade ones which come as a freebie with a bag.  Read more to get the full post and the complete directions I followed to apply the nail wraps.  Sorry I didn’t show in photos how I did it step by step but the written directions are what I included.

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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...

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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...

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