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August, 2011

  1. MUG SHOT: Etude House glitter bombs

    August 30, 2011 by pam

    If you hate glitter, look away now.

    You will see enough glitter in this post to drive you crazy.

    If you love glitter, keep scrolling.

    You will see enough glitter in this post to drive you crazy.

    And I mean in a good way.

    The three sparkle bombs I will show you today all come from the glitter factory that is Etude House.

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    My jaw dropped when these bottles first landed in my hands.

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    Holy glitter gods!

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    They are craaaazy.

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    This is Lucidarling Fantastic Nails Spangle #05.

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    #05 is pink hexagon glitter in a clear base.

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    This is Lucidarling Fantastic Nails Spangle #06.

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    #06 is purple hexagon glitter in a clear base.

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    This is Lucidarling Fantastic Nails Spangle #07

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    #07 is blue hexagon glitter in a clear base.

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    I knew instantly I’d need to layer these over another polish. I know some girls like wearing a solid glitter mani but not me.

    I thought PP911, a pretty deep lilac from Etude House might work.

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    Preview’s Agoo Bengzon gave me this bottle.

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    I love it.

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    You’d want to apply the glitter polish carefully, especially if you want only a smattering of sparkle.

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    You will end up with too much if you don’t carefully swirl the polish brush inside the neck of the bottle before applying.

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    I decided to apply a coat of each glitter.

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    The result was crazy.

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    Next, I decided to bring out three shades that matched the three glitter colors perfectly.

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    Barry M Strawberry Ice Cream.

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    Barry M Berry Ice Cream.

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    Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream.

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    But I mixed it up.

    I used #05 with Blueberry Ice Cream.

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    This is one coat.

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    Two coats.

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    Three coats.

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    I used #06 with Strawberry Ice Cream.

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    One coat.

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    Three coats.

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    And I used #07 with Berry Ice Cream.

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    One coat.

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    Three coats.

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    I stopped at three.

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    Playing with these bottles wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t layer them over black.

    So I let Illamasqua Boosh, one of my favorite blacks, join the fun.

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    Here’s how #05, #06 and #07 look when layered over black.

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    Pretty.

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    Now here’s how a mix of all three look when layered over black.

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    Oh yes, it’s insane.

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    INSANE.

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    I was surprised at how much I loved it, since I normally don’t go nuts for glitter.

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    One thing I noticed about these glitter bombs from Etude House is that the clear base turns your polish matte. Not a flat, chalky matte – the finish becomes more like satin. I didn’t mind though since I was going to layer Seche Vite over the mani anyway.

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    I loved this mani so much that I ended up doing all my nails right before an evening of dinner and bowling with friends. My friends loved it – yes, even the men.

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    And my Instagram friends loved it too.

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    Each bottle of glitter is ₱128.

    You can find Etude House products at SM Cubao Department Store, SM Fairview Department Store, SM Makati Department Store, SM North Edsa Department Store, SM Pampanga, SM Fairview, Festival Mall, SM Iloilo, SM Manila, SM Megamall, SM North The Block, SM Southmall, SM Bicutan, SM Cebu, SM Sta. Rosa., SM Iloilo, SM Pampanga. Visit Etude House Philippines’ website. You can also find Etude House Philippines on Facebook.


  2. MUG SHOT: Chanel Gondola is fun and sexy

    August 28, 2011 by pam

    If you’re as crazy about Chanel polish as I am, then you know exactly how I feel when new collections are announced and released.

    Excited just doesn’t cut it.

    Shortness of breath. Palpitations. Internal screaming. Giddiness.

    Check. Check. Check. Check. CHECK.

    But here’s the truth — while I love finding out about new shades, I also relish the time between releases. Those couple of months when things get a little quiet, when it’s too early to hunt for swatches, when finding bottles are impossible.

    Because that’s when I can devote my time and attention to previous releases, to colors from Chanel’s permanent line, bottles that are easier to find than the limited edition shades.

    Colors like Chanel Gondola.

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    Gondola was part of Chanel’s Venice Collection for Fall 2009.

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    It was released with Intermezzo, a soft shimmery white.

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    I have a habit of dropping by the Chanel counter every time I’m in Rustan’s. A visit just doesn’t feel complete without me saying hi to the Chanel pretties on display.

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    I first saw Gondola during one of these trips. I picked up the tester and did a quick swatch on one of my nails.

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    I marveled at the shimmer and made a mental note to add it to my wish list.

    I finally got my hands on Gondola (months and months later) and I love it.

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    Gondola is a pretty burgundy that leans pink

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    and has pinkish red and gold shimmer and sparkle.

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    Chanel does a lot of deep wines, dark reds and reddish brown shades but the shimmer in Gondola makes it stand out.

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    It’s fun and sexy.

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    Subtle enough to wear to work.

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    Sparkly enough to flash at a party.

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    Gondola will rock as a pedi color too.

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    I can’t wait to wear it.

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    I had zero issues with Gondola’s formula.

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    It’s nice and smooth and is perfectly opaque in just two coats.

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    I’m so glad I finally added Gondola to my collection.

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    And here is Gondola mattified. Check out the now matte sparkle.

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    Speaking of matte, I can’t wait to try Chanel’s Velvet Top Coat which is set to come out later this year.

    You can find Gondola and other Chanel shades at Rustan’s. Each bottle is ₱1350.