Friday, November 19, 2010

Cheap Find: Belts

Went to the ever popular store Saizen to buy some cute nail polishes and just like what usually happens, I ended up buying more than what I planned.

In the men's accessories section, I saw these plain but nice looking belts. Then I told myself "I have to get these!"

I got a black and a brown belt. Only for 85 pesos each!!!

And here's me wearing the brown belt already. :D I know I have humungous legs but I don't care! LOL

Happy weekend, everyone! <3

There's Froyo in My Office Building!!!

So that means froyo for me anytime! Yey!

Strange name. But I don't care! <3

Monday, November 15, 2010

Payless Shoes in Galleria! ♥

So it's a holiday today in the Philippines BUT I have work! Boo!

As expected, I got to the office wayyyyy too early so I decided to head to the nearest mall first. And my oh my... I was flabbergasted when I saw this really huge tarp bearing the logo of Payless Shoe Source near TGI Fridays in Robinsons Galleria! Boy I was super excited! :D

Can't wait for it to open!♥

Don't You Dare

This polish from Chic is really awesome. The photo cannot give justice. :(

Yes... this again. <3
Having a very busy week ahead! :D

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Polka Dotted Diamond

I got a really nice gray polish from a local brand called Caress and I think it looks adorable. :D It already looks good on its own, but I still decided to add on some dots for more... ummm... appeal? LOL

It's so diamond, it's gay! LOL! (now that was corny...hehe) 

Other polishes I used for this design...

Been using this a lot lately. <3

And one last look at the design. :D

Have a great week ahead, everyone! <3

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Keep 'Em Strong

I know not all human females would want to grow their nails LONG but I'm pretty sure they still, at least, want to have decent looking, medium length, or super short, nails.

Ever since I started my Youtube channel to feature my so-called nail art tutorials, I've also started getting lots of requests for me to make a video on tips on how to keep nails strong. Requests as such would come from these ladies' plans on growing their nails long. And, my goodness, who would not want to grow out your nails when you can do something like these on your tips...

I ♥ these!
Let's admit it, ladies-who-love-nail-arts! Designs of our choice will look a lot nicer if our nails are a few centimeters longer than our actual fingers. It provides a bigger canvas for design, thus, making it look even more bongga (glamorous)!

My nails. Photo taken a few months back. I'm missing them. : (

That photo shows the LONGEST length my nails have ever reached before I decided to cut them back to a more comfortable (and safer ~ LOL) size. It just wasn't for me. I LOVED my long nails. I had endless designs made for them while it lasted. I had different nail art designs almost every 2 days! So why did I cut it? Mainly because I started having problems typing. Don't laugh. It is true. My work requires to type ALL DAY long and it was such a bummer when I suddenly became a slow-as-an-80-year-old-without-experience-with-computer-whatsoever typer! Other ladies that I know with long nails never had problems with it, but I did! Poor me.

Another reason is, well, I started hurting myself - HAHAHAHAHA! Specially while taking a shower. Red patches of scratch on my neck, back, thighs, and arms would appear right after I dry myself after bathing. My mom started worrying. Hahahaha!

Anyhowwwwwww, I still occasionally had my nails grow every now and then but I'd only keep 'em for a short while. Like a week, perhaps.

Now let's move on to some tips I've collected through time. These are based from my own chronicles and from Youtube's nail art gurus and nail technicians. By the way, I am absolutely not a professional. I am just a nail and nail art enthusiast.

1. Moisturize your cuticles. This is a must whether you want to grow your nails or not. Use a cuticle oil and read this. When your cuticles are properly nourished, they will start growing strong and nice looking nails. If you don't have a cuticle oil at home, you may use olive oil or your trusty petroleum jelly.
2. Use a basecoat before painting your nails. A basecoat is basically a clear nail varnish that protects your nails from the harsh chemicals found in your regular nail polish. Yes, there are harsh chemicals in there. You don't want those to come in contact with your bare nails now, don't you? Not only can they make your nails yellow, they can also make your nails become brittle, thus, hindering you from your quest on growing out your nails. Nail techs in the States even suggest that we apply a basecoat even if we don't plan to paint our nails. It will serve as a protection for our nail bed.
3. Do not neglect your nails' free edge. Free edge?! That's basically the very tip of your nail. The one that you file. When applying a basecoat, swipe a thin coat on the free edge as well to prevent the manicure from chipping easily. And once again, even if you do not intend to apply color to your nails, the basecoat will protect your free edge from splitting.
4. Stick to the sandpaper nail file stick. Metal nail files may seem easier to use but these can damage our nails. Glass nail files are also recommended, but they can be expensive and is actually quite pricey. (EDIT: hahahaha define redundancy!? LOL)
5. File your nails in 1 direction ONLY. 'Nuff said.
6. Be careful in using your nails when you just got out of the shower. Wet and soaked nails are very delicate. Try not to scratch too hard, open a can of soda, or ________ (insert an activity involving fingernails) after taking a bath. Wait till your nails are completely dry. They are stronger when dry.

These are just some of the tips that you can follow if you intend to have long nails, or just keep your nails strong. I am sure there are A LOT of other tips that professionals out there can give you, but these are the ones that have worked for me.

And I am certain that you, dearies, also have your own ways of caring for your lovely tips. Care to share it with us?