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  1. MUG SHOT: BYS Sugar and Sequins sets

    July 21, 2014 by pam

    Today I’m going to show you two fun polish sets from BYS, an Australian brand that has been in the Philippines for a while now.

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    Let’s start with the Sugar set. This set comes in different colors. This one’s called “Sweet As Sugar.” The kit includes a lilac polish, a little pot of multicolored granules and a brush.

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    I followed the instructions. First, I painted my nails. I was impressed by the quality of the lilac polish. It is very easy to apply. And it’s a pretty lilac shade. I used two coats.

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    Then, while my polish was still wet, I dipped my nail into the pot of “sugar.” I was worried that it would be messy but it was not.

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    I used the brush to get rid of the excess sugar on the nails. I don’t have a photo of that because I needed both hands to do it. I wish the brush that came with the set was of better quality.

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    Then I repeated the dip and brush method on my other nails.

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    I really had fun playing with this set. I thought the result was pretty but it’s not a look I’d go for on a regular day. I don’t wear textured nails very often. I find them distracting and end up touching and touching and touching them all day. I will save this for a special occasion.

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    Like the Sugar set, Sequins is also a three-piece kit that includes a polish, a brush and a pot of sequins. It also comes in different colors. This one is called Crown Jewels.

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    This fuchsia-magenta shade is pretty. Great formula. It’s super easy to apply.

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    I dipped my wet nail into the pot of sequins. Also easy-peasy.

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    Dip, brush, repeat.

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    This set was fun too. But I may have ended up with too many sequins on my nails. I’ll go for a thinner coat next time. Also saving this one for a special occasion.

    BYS is available at SM Malls, Robinsons Galleria, Farmer’s Plaza, Greenbelt, Market Market and Ayala Center Cebu. Follow BYS Philippines on Facebook.


  2. MUG SHOT: Chanel’s Etats Poetiques for Fall 2014 (swatches and comparisons)

    July 16, 2014 by pam

    There are three nail polish shades in Chanel’s Etats Poetiques for Fall 2014 and they’re a lot of fun to play with.

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    I rarely fall in love with nude polish (and I rarely wear them) but Secret just won me over. It’s a beautiful pink-tinged nude creme that I think would be flattering on any skin tone. The formula is easy to work with. I used three coats but two could be enough.

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    Chanel has a lot of nude polish in its line so I brought out a number of them to compare.

    Beige is a lot more yellow; Jade Rose is more beige and doesn’t have Secret’s pink tinge, Tendresse does have a pink tinge but it’s a lot more sheer (and jellyish) and also has peach tones.

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    Ballerina, is a buildable sheer pink that doesn’t have Secret’s beige tone; Emprise is a soft pink with shimmer; Inattendu is more peach than pink.

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    One look at the collection and I thought Orage would be my favorite. This dark moody deep gray blue is totally up my alley. And I was right, I did end up loving it. It looks like a smoky deep gray with just a hint of blue. Great formula, love the slight shimmer. I used two coats.

    And here’s the crazy part: While taking photos of Orage on my nails, I accidentally hit my pinky with my camera strap. I cursed myself for being clumsy, grabbed my polish remover and cotton, ready to redo that nail but I looked at it again and Orage had repaired itself. It blew my mind. Talk about self-leveling.

    Just writing this has gotten me very excited about Orage again. Definitely wearing it next.

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    Nothing in my Chanel collection looks similar to Orage but I still brought out a few so you can figure out where it fits in the Chanel rainbow. Blue Rebel is very very blue and a lot brighter and lighter than Orage, Vertigo is a lot more brown and purple and has a reddish shimmer while Steel is a gunmetal shimmer. Steel is the most similar but it’s still not similar at all to Orage – not in color and not in finish.

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    Atmosphere is a shimmery iridescent pearl polish that’s quite sheer. When worn on its own, the brush strokes can be very obvious. I do not like wearing sheer polish on my nails but I still love Atmosphere because it works great as a top coat, adding shimmer and depth and giving other polish shades an interesting twist. (You’ll see it as a top coat in a little bit.)

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    The most similar thing I have to Atmosphere in my collection is Metal Argent, an old Chanel that’s hard to find. But although they have a similar iridescent quality, the base of Metal Argent is darker and is more of a purple.

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    I layered Atmosphere over the other shades in Chanel’s fall and summer collections. This polish is such a chameleon, appearing different depending on the base you layer it over.

    I love love love Atmosphere over Secret. I love how it gives this pretty nude a dose of shimmer that’s still feminine and understated.

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    I love Atmosphere over Orage too. Over this deep gray blue, Atmosphere becomes this iridescent purple with a flash of pink. Really really interesting. I can stare at it for a long time.

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    I love Atmosphere over Eastern Light too. This is one of my favorite combinations. I love how Atmosphere softens Eastern Light’s stark whiteness with its pretty shimmer.

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    Atmosphere over Sweet Lilac is also pretty. Look at the pinky though. The coat I applied was too thick, overwhelming the base color. When using Atmosphere as a top coat, a thin coat works best.

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    Atmosphere over Mirabella. Also pretty.

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    Atmosphere over Tutti Frutti.

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    I’m not a big fan of Atmosphere over Pink Tonic. Maybe Metal Argent would work better over Pink Tonic. I should try that next time.

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    Chanel’s Etats Poetiques for Fall 2014 will be available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source.