Guilty as charged.
Karen Guinto, Merchandise Manager for Store Specialists Inc., is a maniped addict.
The stylish mom tells the Polish Police her biggest nail secrets – from her favorite brands and shades to tips on maintaining beautiful nails.
Favorite nail polish brands: Orly, Essie, OPI and Face Shop
Top five favorite nail polish colors: Bon Bon (Orly), Noir Ceramic (Chanel), RD302 (The Face Shop), Ballet Slippers (Essie), Eternal Optimist (Essie)
Her collection “I have about 30.”
Favorite nail polish haunts: Rustan’s, PCX, Face Shop
Nail pampering spot: “I only go to a place where I know the manicurist won’t murder my fingers. It’s so hard for me to just go anywhere coz my cuticle is very thin, thus the risk of getting wounded is higher. Since I live in the south, I go to this place in BF called Cosmo World. My favorite manicurists provide excellent service at a very reasonable price.”
How often do you change your nail polish color?
“Every two weeks but depending on my mood sometimes every week.”
Pet peeves: “I refuse to have the manicurist place the red stuff/medicine after cleaning, I want my nails clean; when they make a mistake of making my nails round instead of square; when bubbles form in the manicure after drying; when they accidentally nip the cuticle deeper than they should and cause a cut; when I see people with chipped off polish, worse when the polish is only covering half of the nail, might as well remove it or get another maniped.”
How do you take care of your nails?
“Going to the parlor regularly; moisturizing.”
Favorite nail treatments: “Nothing so over the top, just the simple manicure pedicure would do; for nail polish it would be the Orly Top and Base Coat.”
Favorite polish remover: “Nothing in particular.”
If you can only wear one shade every day, what will it be?
“Light, pinkish cream shades like Essie’s Ballet Slipper”
Tips for other nail polish junkies: “Invest on good nail polish base and top coat, like Orly Top and Base Coat. This would seal in the polish and make the color last longer. Apply two coats of the top coat instead of the usual one for added staying power.”
Photos by Mon Guinto.