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December, 2012

  1. POLICE FILES: 15 Days of NARS Andy Warhol – on Facebook!

    December 5, 2012 by pam

    I have fantastic news for people who love NARS as much as I do.

    I brought you to Rustan’s NARS Andy Warhol party, showed you swatches of the gorgeous Warhol-inspired polish colors and told you how Petah flew from New York to London to surprise me with another dose of NARS Andy Warhol.

    But this might just be the best post yet… because I’ll be telling you how you can win your own big dose of NARS Andy Warhol.


    Just in time for the holidays, NARS is kicking off a Facebook contest that will give you a shot at your own 15 minutes of fame.

    NARS Andy Warhol Holiday Facebook contest

    For 15 days, NARS will post an Andy Warhol-inspired question on their Facebook page at 12 pm EST. The brand’s Facebook fans will then have 15 minutes to dazzle them with their answers. The person with the most creative answer will win the Beautiful Darling, Edie and Silver Factory gift sets from the NARS Andy Warhol Collection. (Yes, all three!)

    Beautiful Darling Gift Set, ₱2650


    Candy Darling polish, Woman In Revolt Larger Than Life Lip Gloss and Femme Fatale Duo Eyeshadow


    And it comes with this beautiful pouch.


    Silver Factory Gift Set, ₱11500


    Blush Brush, Large Domed Eyeshadow Brush, Via Veneto Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner, Desire Blush, Shadows Trio Eyeshadow, Silver Factory Multiple, Chelsea Girls Pure Matte Lipstick


    Edie Gift Set, ₱4250


    Film Star Pure Matte Lipstick, Carpates Eyeliner Stylo, Deep Throat/Amour Blush Duo, Edie Eyeshadow


    It comes in an authentic 16mm film canister.


    The contest started today, December 4 (Today’s question? “In your opinion, what makes a person beautiful?”), but you still have 14 days left – that’s 14 more chances to win! And the best part? The contest is open internationally – as long as you’re 18 and older and your laws allow it, you can join.

    The contest will end on December 18. Only one entry per Facebook follower per day.

    Good luck! And make Andy proud!

    Head over to the NARS’ Facebook page to join (make sure you’ve liked the page). Read the official rules here.

  2. MUG SHOT: Nail tattoos, decals, stickers and more from Louxurious Manila

    December 4, 2012 by pam

    A few months ago, Angeline Yao of Louxurious Manila contacted me on Instagram because she wanted me to try her products.

    She sent me a whole box of goodies along with this sweet note.


    The box was full of awesomeness.


    Nail tattoos and nail stickers.


    I love these.


    Betty Boop! I love Betty Boop!


    Nail patches.


    Nail polish.


    She even sent me these super small and super cute nail files.


    These past months have been so crazy that I haven’t had the chance to try Louxurious Manila’s products until recently. I’m so glad I finally did because I had so much fun with them.

    I was most excited about the nail tattoos so I tried them first. The design I picked was NT-Spring.

    It was my first time to try nail tattoos so I was a little worried about doing it right. It turned out to be surprisingly easy.

    Step one: cut the tattoos to fit your nails. I seriously suck at using scissors – I can’t cut straight even with a guide – but I did just fine. Because I have small nails, I had to snip away the edges of the tattoos as well.


    Step two: dunk the tattoo in water for about 10 to 20 seconds. Make sure it doesn’t stay in the water too long or it will become soggy. You’ll know it’s ready when the tattoo separates easily from its paper backing when you hold it.


    Step three: apply the tattoo to your nail. Make sure the surface is flat – no air bubbles, no ridges.


    Step four: File away the excess tattoo. Because the water made the tattoo slippery, getting it to stay in place while filing away the excess tattoo was the trickiest bit for me. You need to be careful too and make sure you don’t leave ragged edges. I struggled at first but all I needed was a little practice.


    Step five: Repeat steps one to four on your other nails.


    Step six: Apply top coat.


    And now you’re ready to flaunt your tattooed nails.


    I’ve become an instant fan of Louxurious Manila’s nail tattoos.


    They’re fun to apply.


    They’re instant nail art. And the best part? It doesn’t matter if you have zero nail art skills like me.


    Love love love.


    Now I can’t wait to try the other designs.


    Next I brought out the polish bottles Louxurious Manila sent me.


    I started with Aika, a beautiful vibrant shade of purple.


    I really like this color.


    Application was problem-free. I used two coats.


    Then I decided I wanted to play with the nail stickers too.


    I was so excited I messed up in two ways – one, I didn’t wait for the polish to be completely dry and two, I accidentally placed the sticker on the side of my nail and not the middle.


    And because the polish wasn’t completely dry yet, when I tried lifting the sticker again, it lifted some of the polish with it. So I decided to leave it alone.


    I still like the way it turned out though.


    I reapplied Aika and gave it another go. This time, I added cherry blossom stickers and a coat of Ange (big gold glitter set in a clear base) on my pinky.


    And I added Ange to my other nail too.


    Louxurious Manila’s nail polish are all rose-scented. I like that the scent isn’t overpowering – it’s very subtle.


    And finally, I tried Lou, a beautiful shimmery silvery gold polish with blue glitter.


    This is probably usually worn as a top coat but I decided to try and make it go opaque. Because yeah, I’m crazy. It took multiple coats – five I think – and I was happy with the result.


    The shimmer is crazy. I couldn’t stop staring at my nails.


    The best part about Louxurious Manila? Everything is super affordable. Nail tattoos are ₱60 per strip (that’s 12 tattoos per strip) or ₱150 for 3 strips. Nail decals are the same price – ₱60 per sheet or ₱150 for 3 sheets. Nail polish is ₱100 each.

    You can find Louxurious Manila on Facebook or go directly to the order form HERE. Follow Louxurious Manila on Instagram: LOUxurious_MNL.