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  1. MUG SHOT: My Christmas mani

    December 27, 2013 by pam

    Merry Christmas! I hope you’ve been enjoying the holidays with your loved ones.

    Over the past few weeks, my friends and I have repeated the same conversation: you know you’re getting old when Christmas sneaks up on you and leaves you in a constant state of panic.

    Yes, that’s how I would describe my December – a constant state of panic. There were so many things going on – work, deadlines, weddings, reunions, people to meet, people to take out, gifts to buy and it’s not over yet.

    I remember the Christmases of my childhood – how time seemed to move so slowly, how I kept counting down to Christmas Eve because it was only then, after midnight struck and we had eaten our Noche Buena, that I could open my presents. Now, I don’t even spend a second thinking about the presents I would receive – I’m too busy working on everyone else’s. Which, despite the craziness, is a very good thing, I think.


    I knew that despite the madness, I wanted to have a special Christmas manicure. I already failed in that department during our our annual Christmas dinner slash Secret Santa slash gift-wrapping-contest. I was so busy wrapping my gifts, preparing menu cards and cooking that I ended up wearing Chanel Rouge Rubis on my nails. It’s a very pretty red, yes, but I was hoping to do something a little more creative.

    I finally had the chance to do just that on Christmas Eve. After dinner and while watching Sleepless on Seattle on cable, I gave myself a Christmas mani. I knew I wanted to do something fun but with my limited nail art skills, I wasn’t sure what design I could do.

    “Candy cane nails!” Jill suggested. But I seriously can’t do a tape mani. That’s something I still need to learn – my second color always ends up under the tape, ruining the whole thing.

    I thought about painting snowmen on my nails but knew that with my lack of artistic flair, they will probably look like marshmallow blobs. I googled “Christmas mani” and “Christmas nails” for inspiration. I saw a lot of Christmas trees and Christmas lights. But the snowman idea refused to go away.

    Maybe it’s because I fell in love with Olaf in Frozen. And maybe because one of my favorite songs from the movie is “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” (I love that movie! If you haven’t seen it yet, watch it! And get the soundtrack. I can already see it as a Broadway musical.)



    Maybe it’s because Jill and her mom built their own snowman.


    Believe it or not, this guy is made of soap suds. (We don’t have snow here in the Philippines.) And he will last for weeks and weeks!

    So yes, I decided, I was going to try to give myself a snowman mani. I used Dior Nymphea as the base, NARS Ecume for the snowman’s body, Illamasqua Boosh for the eyes, arms and buttons, RBL Chinoise for the scarf and Marc Jacobs Snap! for the carrot nose. I tried to use a dotting tool to create the snowman’s head and body and I struggled with that at first but I’m happy with how the mani turned out.


    I knew I didn’t want to make multiple snowmen (I was worried about how they’d turn out) so I just added snowflakes to the other nails. Except they don’t really look like snowflakes, I know. But I still like them anyway. On my other hand, I drew another snowman on my ring finger and used Marc Jacobs Nirvana to give it a green scarf. Because I am right-handed, the snowman on my right hand looks a bit more sloppy, like it was an all-white penguin. But I still think it looks cute. (Sadly, I don’t have pictures of that other guy.)


    I’ve worn my snowman for a few days now and I still really like it. My friends like it too – everywhere I go, people always ask to take a closer look at my nails.


    I will keep this mani on for as long as I could – until it’s time to think about my New Year mani.


  2. MUG SHOT: I can has cheezburger (on my nails)

    November 7, 2013 by pam

    My Girls obsession continues and one day, while going through Lena Dunham’s Instagram feed for the nth time, I spotted this picture.


    LA-based nail artist Allison Davey had done Lena’s nails Hannah-style for a photo shoot. I loved that the designs didn’t match but they looked great together. I looked at each nail carefully and when my eyes landed on Lena’s right index finger, I went from, “Ooh, so pretty…” to “HOLY SHIT, IS THAT A CHEESEBURGER?!”

    A perfect little cheeseburger. On Lena’s perfect little nail. I thought I was going to fall off my chair from the extreme cuteness.

    I knew instantly that I had to do my own cheeseburger nails. I have no nail art tools, I have no nail art skills but that wasn’t going to stop me. I needed to turn my nails into juicy little burgers.

    Why? Because I love cheeseburgers, that’s why. McDonald’s Quarter Pounder With Cheese, McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger, Jollibee’s Yum With Cheese, Burger Machine’s Bart Burger With Cheese, Shake Shack’s ShackBurger, Shake Shack’s Shack Stack, In-N-Out’s Double Double Cheeseburger, Burger Joint’s Cheeseburger, Cafe Breton’s Mozzarella Burger, even random overpriced hotel cheeseburgers. I. Freaking. Love. Them. All.

    Challenge number one was trying to find the right colors to create my cheeseburger with. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. After going through two Helmers, three boxes and a bag of nail polish, I realized that I didn’t have the perfect polish shade for painting my cheeseburger bun. China Glaze Desert Sun would have been a great choice but I didn’t own it. I decided to use Zoya Flynn instead.


    Here are the colors I chose:

    Burger bun beige = Zoya Flynn
    Lettuce green = OPI Green-wich Village
    Ketchup red = Chanel Fire
    Cheese yellow = American Apparel Manila
    Burger patty brown = Dior Bengale
    Sesame seed yellow = American Apparel Trench Coat

    Trench Coat should look a little more green but because its colors had separated while it had been hiding out in my Helmer for months, it ended up looking more of a yellow – sesame seed yellow.

    I’m sure you can come up with your own combination.

    I started by painting my nails with Zoya Flynn as the base. Then, using a little brush Tatin had given me, I added the other colors in this order: Dior Bengale, American Apparel Manila, Chanel Fire and, using a dotting tool – the only real nail art tool I own – I added my lettuce using OPI Green-wich Village. In hindsight, I should have probably used the smaller end of the dotting tool – my lettuce layer came out too thick. Using the tiny tip of a safety pin, I added the Trench Coat sesame seeds. Then I finished off the look with Seche Vite.


    They’re far from perfect but I still really liked how my cheeseburgers turned out.


    Some of my layers were pretty crazy – in fact, some of them were very lopsided – but they still worked. That’s the awesome thing about cheeseburgers – they don’t have to be perfect. They can be messy and still be delicious. And that’s the awesome thing about this nail art tutorial too – it’s pretty forgiving and allows room for error.


    And when it was time to take photos of my cheeseburger mani, I knew I had to borrow Jill’s Re-Ment miniature cheeseburger set.









    I had such fun working on this mani. In fact, I was so inspired by Allison’s creations that I did something I should have done years ago – I finally got my first nail art tool kit (Seven brushes and a new dotting tool, baby!)

    I’m thinking about what I’ll try next. Maybe hotdogs?