Event: BDJBox Beauty Soiree Nail Love

Last February 8 I attended my very first BDJBox Beauty Soiree. I felt I had to attend this because the topic is definitely one of my interests: nail art! This one is titled Nail Love, and is the first of the Revlon Nail Party Series. The guest speaker was a member BDJ’s own beauty ministry: Nicole Romero. She also blogs over at Beauty and Sparkle.

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Ms Nicole Romero

Nicole discussed the basics of manicure and went into detail with nail art techniques.

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Some of her presentation slides

After her talk, the rest of the workshop was dedicated to attempting our own nail art based on her presentation. We were provided individual battlestations consisting of a bottle of nail polish remover (which smelled nice!), some fabric squares, a makeup sponge, a double-ended dotting tool, and a tray. We were also provided some transparent tape and a wooden stick, to share among us tablemates.

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Ready battlestations!
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I am ready for battle!

We were also provided the nail polish that we were going to use for our nail art. Revlon PH graciously provided all of these for each of the participants, and we got to take them home!

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Holy nail polish loot, Batman!

Clockwise starting from the left in this photo: Revlon Brilliant Strength Nail Polish in Seduce, Revlon Matte Top Coat, Revlon Nail Brightener, Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polish in Ginger Melon, Revlon Nail Art Expressionist in Night and Degas, and Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy in Satellite. I’m pretty happy as these are actually my first Revlon polishes! We were told that the Parfumerie haven’t been released in the PH yet and we’re the first to try! It’s basically a nail polish that has a nice scent upon drying. This one smelled really sweet, kinda like cotton candy.

Here is what I came up with.

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To anchor the design I painted a red base with white dots on the pointer and pinky fingers. For the feature nails I have a shiny red heart on a base of matte black on the ring fingers, white stripes and sparkles on a plum base on the middle fingers, and more sparkles on a red and pink base on the thumbs. Here’s another shot of the finished product.

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I definitely still need more practice on tape manicures. The tape still took out a huge chunk of the base polish and I needed to paint over the destroyed surfaces resulting in a very uneven finish. My favorite is the matte black polish; it dries super fast and it looks soooo good! I was able to paint a right-hand version of it which is definitely inferior than the left.

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I definitely enjoyed my time at the Beauty Soiree! I met some new friends who have similar interests, and they were the nicest gals!

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Awesome tablemates!

I regret not being able to meet these other girls at the other tables. They seemed nice too!

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Thank you to the BDJ team, Nicole Romero, and Revlon PH for hosting this event! I am looking forward to the next installment in the Nail Party Series!

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Nails: OMG Happy Hour

Another one of my OMG hauls last December is Happy Hour. This is a very complicated shade, sometimes it appears as blackened plum, sometimes dark burgundy, sometimes just plain black.

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Its variability is very hard to capture on photo, but it is really beautiful in person. At times I think it may be a little too dark for me, then a few minutes later I change my mind.

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This is Happy Hour outdoors. I used two coats, with top coat.

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OMG polishes are Php19.75, and I bought these at Landmark Makati.

Nails: Inadvertent Brocade

Isn’t life interesting? I find that even when you don’t plan things, something good happens. I am quite the planning freak, so I do freak out when events cause sudden changes in my schedule. I’m trying to improve though, as this is not a really healthy reaction to life.

It’s kind of what happened to my most recent mani. I merely wanted to test drive my new Konad nail stamping set (won it from Geek Girl Manila!) and it turned out to be better than I expected! I’ll make a formal review of the stamping set soon, but I wanted to show you my first-ish attempt at nail stamping.

As base I used Dazzle Dry Morning Dew. Let me show you this color, which I just swatched recently.

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For stamping, I used OMG Gold Digger. As I mentioned in my swatch post, this is one of the thickest formulas I encountered so far, which led me to decide on using this as the stamping polish. It took several tries, but I finally got the hang of the stamping process. Here’s how it turned out, after applying top coat.

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Not that bad eh? I thought it looked very much like green brocade, like this.

Image credits: Everything Indian Etsy Shop

I love how things turn out for the best. My practice stamping created a brocade-like pattern and color that I didn’t really plan on. Here are some more shots of the nails.

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Nails: Dazzle Dry December Haul Swatches

Last December Dazzle Dry Philippines had a sale, and I immediately grabbed some items from my wishlist. Today I will show you the swatches from the shades I purchased: Arctic Sunset, Blueberry Sno Cone, Morning Dew, and Pixie Green with Envy.

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First up is Arctic Sunset, one of the shades in their last collection of 2013, the Bloggers Mystery Collection. The moment I saw the swatches from the participating nail artists, I immediately zeroed in on this one. It’s a rather cloudier white compared to White Lightning. The feature of course is the embedded microglitters, white and silver. Unfortunately it’s very hard to capture on photo, but it’s very evident in person. I used two layers here.

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Here are some outdoor shots of Arctic Sunset.

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Next is Blueberry Sno Cone. It’s a really nice bright blue that pops out and can really complete an outfit. I’ve been running out of my samples of blue polish from the Afternoon Tea collection. I chose this one to be my mainstay blue, and I don’t regret that decision one bit! It is a little sheer and you can still see my nail line even after using two layers.

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Here are some outdoor shots of Blueberry Sno Cone.

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Lastly we have Morning Dew. This is from the limited edition Esnavi Live collection. I really would have wanted to get all three shades but due to limited funds I got only this one which is my favorite of the three. This is a really interesting shade of green; it reminds me of wet moss, which I guess is why it’s named Morning Dew. I’m very happy to add this to my collection of greens! I used three layers here to get a nice deep moss green. I didn’t take outdoor shots because I used this as base for a nail art, watch out for it! This is the only one here that has no top coat.

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I also bought a glitter topper since it was actually the most sulit to buy during the sale (all polishes were at Php400!). I’ve been wanting to get this Pixie Green with Envy for the longest time, and now I can finally try it! This is part of the Faerie Fantasy summer collection last year, and I already have its partner green, Me d’Forest Queen. This has crazy amounts of glitter, large and small hexes in green and small rounds in either black or really dark green. I layered it over Arctic Sunset here, two coats.

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And of course, the outdoor shot.

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I am so in love with my Dazzle Dry haul! There is a reason why I have so much of it, and I still have a long wish list of shades! Which one did you like the best?

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Dazzle Dry is available in the Philippines online, and is cruelty-free.

Nails: Models Own Fuzzy Peach

One of the things I got for myself last christmas is a pair of Models Own polishes that has been on my wishlist for a while. Honestly I would like to buy all available colors that Glamourbox carries but well, money is limited. I narrowed my choice down to my top two: Fuzzy Peach and Blizzard. Today I will show you swatches of Fuzzy Peach.

Fuzzy Peach, as the name suggests, is a nice peach shade. It is definitely not fuzzy though! In fact it is pretty bright and loud, and leans quite a lot to neon. I love it!

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Indoors the neon-ness of it shows a lot more.

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Outdoors it somehow becomes a little more fuzzy.

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It applies quite well and dries fast. It also works well with the Dazzle Dry system.

Models Own is cruelty-free.

Nails: OMG Gold Digger

One of my great finds this holiday season is this ridiculously awesome metallic gold shade from OMG. It is appropriately named Gold Digger, and is available in Landmark branches. I got this one at Landmark Makati, for the low low price of Php19.75.

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It comes in the usual OMG bottle, with the ingredient information and shade name at the back.

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This is one of the thickest and most pigmented formulas I’ve encountered. It is quite possibly a one-coater, and may not really need a top coat at that. Here’s an indoor shot of the swatch, one coat only and no top coat.

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And here is an outdoor shot. You can see that the middle and ring fingers have a slightly thinner coat, but otherwise this can really be a one-coater. The thick formula may in fact be appropriate for stamping, which I intend to test in the near future.

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Even without a top coat this mani lasted me for about three days without chipping. I’ll be updating this post with a photo of this nail polish with a top coat.