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  1. MUG SHOT: Playing with OPI Black Shatter

    April 12, 2011 by pam

    Exactly a week ago, I received an e-mail from Cat Ilacad, president of Posh Nails. She wanted to know if I’ve had the chance to try OPI Black Shatter, which was released with the Katy Perry and Serena Williams OPI collections.

    No, I said. I’ve resisted the urge to order it online because I’ve been waiting for it to arrive in Rustan’s.

    The very next day, the very sweet Cat sent me this:


    OPI Black Shatter with Serena Williams’ Simply Smashing and two other bottles of nail polish which I will write about in a different post.

    I just had to play with them immediately.


    Simply Smashing is a yellow green metallic polish.


    People say it reminds them of a tennis ball but I didn’t get that at all.


    This was three coats.


    This is Black Shatter over Simply Smashing.


    Black Shatter dries crazy fast – it starts drying even while you’re still painting.


    I said I wasn’t sure I’d go for the crackle trend but Black Shatter convinced me. I love how crazy and edgy it makes any manicure look.


    I decided to try Black Shatter over some of my favorite polish shades.

    Here’s Black Shatter over Chanel Particuliere.


    Not exactly a good combination. Black Shatter doesn’t make Particuliere pop – it kills the color.


    Black Shatter works better with brighter colors – like Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Yellow Fever.


    That’s more like it.


    I love how crazy Black Shatter looks on my ring finger – like I scribbled all over it.


    This is Black Shatter over Rescue Beauty Lounge Bangin’.


    Looks pretty good too.


    This is Black Shatter over Chanel Khaki Vert.


    Not as eye-catching as yellow and red but it can work too.


    Black Shatter over MAC Blue India.


    I like this combination too.


    I just love Blue India.


    This is Black Shatter over a hot pink, Chanel Splendeur.


    Oh yes, it works.


    Barbie gone wild.


    Yes, I like it too.


    As you can see, Black Shatter dries matte so a good top coat is a must. You’ll see Black Shatter with Seche Vite in my next post.

    If you want to try Black Shatter now, Posh Nails offers their “Crack Me Up” service at their Tomas Morato (CTTM Square Bldg., Tomas Morato Corner Timog Quezon City; call 9265077) and Ali Mall (Upper Ground Floor Alimall Phase II Cubao, Quezon City; call 7092955) branches. Visit

  2. MUG SHOT: Les Khakis de Chanel camouflage mani

    February 12, 2011 by pam

    If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, I’m sure you remember my long history with the Les Khakis de Chanel collection.

    It began with the sleuthing and it continued with the madness in SoHo. And then there was the search. And when I say search, I actually mean drama. And then there was relief. And, finally, the arrival of my Les Khakis.

    And the funny thing is, despite all the effort to get my hands on them, I didn’t touch play with Vert, Khaki Brun and Khaki Rose for a very long time. Sure, I painted my nails with Khaki Vert twice but I never touched Brun and Rose.

    I blame it on the fact that I was sick when they arrived and wasn’t in the mood for polish. And that I soon left for the US after and didn’t bring them with me.

    So yesterday, after weeks and weeks, I finally righted that wrong.

    I finally played with my Les Khakis.


    The plan was to use the three limited edition shades to create a camouflage manicure. It was a daunting task, especially for someone who has zero nail art skills, but I wanted to try.

    And that’s exactly what I did.


    And I surprised myself by creating a camo mani that I loved.


    I seriously seriously love it.


    I love it so much that I’ve been shoving my hands in people’s faces so they could see it.


    And I love that the polish on my right hand looks as cool as the one on the left.


    This nail art attempt has helped develop the polishing skills of my left hand.


    Now I wish I took step-by-step pics so I could show you how I did it. But I didn’t because I wasn’t sure it would turn out okay.

    So I will just tell you.

    First I used Khaki Vert as my base.


    I used two coats.


    Then, I used Khaki Brun to make random blobs, dots and little swipes on my nails.


    I used the polish brush – I didn’t use a toothpick like a lot of tutorials tell you to do.


    I did the same with Khaki Rose, random little blobs and swipes on each nail.


    I checked each nail, making sure it didn’t look too bare.


    When I was happy with my design, I put a coat of Seche Vite to seal my mani and make it shiny.

    And then I used Orly Spritz Dry.

    And in less than five minutes, my Les Khakis de Chanel camouflage was dry.


    I love this manicure so much. I never want to take it off.


    And the best part is I did it all by myself, which makes me think there’s hope for me and nail art after all.