Trick or…Beauty Treat!

Halloween

It’s Halloween! Oh my, this year flew by fast! To celebrate, here’s a creepy-crawly nail art tutorial that I made on BDJBox.com to help you decorate your tips for the occasion. It’s super easy—I promise! Click on the image above to check it out. ♥

Makeover Mania

I love doing makeovers! It’s my favorite part of my job (okay, there are lots of things I ❤ about my job). But really, seeing women transform and try out different looks is so much fun. I did a lot of these back when I was the beauty editor of Cosmopolitan Philippines. I’ve even ambushed random women at the mall to ask them if they wanted a free Cosmo makeover! That was funny…and kinda awkward. And just so you know, these girls are super brave, because they had no control over what look I would give them. They’d just find out on the day of the shoot—just like in ANTM.

Here are some of the favorite makeovers I’ve done throughout the years:

My first makeover shoot! Maika is one of my faves because she was the best Cosmo intern ever and just such a sweetheart! Check out thejuicebarista.com! It's her new business—fresh juices that are good for your body and skin.

My first makeover shoot! Maika is one of my faves because she was the best Cosmo intern ever and just such a sweetheart! Check out thejuicebarista.com! It’s her new business—fresh juices that are good for your body and skin.

Jennifer was quite brave because I literally ambushed her at a mall. She was so game and curls like this weren't even trendy back then. Everyone wanted long, straight hair.

Jennifer was quite brave because I literally ambushed her at a mall. She was so game and curls like this weren’t even trendy back then. Everyone wanted long, straight hair.

Want to see more transformations? Three more gorgeous makeovers after the jump! Continue reading

Attention Nail Art Fanatics!

Are you nutso for nail art? Can you spend hours scrolling through the latest nail posts on Pinterest? Do you wish you could copy some of the cool nail designs that you see on the Internet…

…like this nude and bling combo on Khloé Kardashian?

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These are great for glam nights out!

Or do you prefer rockstar tips like Rita Ora’s?

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Show off your unique and funky style with these.

I’m loving these silver slivers on Demi Lovato.

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The accents on your tips will definitely spark convos at a party.

Whatever your nail fancy may be, here’s the good news: I discovered a salon that customizes nail art! All you need to do is email them the design you want about a day or two in advance (include specifics like the colors or embellishments) and they’ll try to cop it for you. And, they have such a chic nail art area where you can sit and enjoy having your digits painted. Check it:

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Lots of Instagram-worthy spots at this nail stop.


The Place:
Lulu Nails and Dry Bar

Address: 5th floor BTTC Centre, 288 Ortigas Ave. corner Roosevelt St., Greenhills, San Juan.

Contact Number: (02)942-1311 or (0917)957-9683.

Email Address: ilovelulunails@gmail.com

Operating Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. while on soft opening

Price: Nail art starts at P30 per nail

Wi-Fi: Available

Website: www.facebook.com/ilovelulunails

I learned about this service when I collaborated with Lulu Nails for a shoot with BDJBox.com (we did a Halloween Nail Art Tutorial with them for BDJBox.com). The owners, Irene and Cherry, are very hands-on and I like that they’re very eager to help you achieve your nail goals. Definitely a must-try for nail art aficionados!

Want a detailed review about the services at Lulu Nails & Dry Bar? Click here to read more. ♥

Photo Credits: Instagram @khloekardashian, @ritaora, @ddlovato. Courtesy of Lulu Nails & Dry Bar.

Beauty Snap: Dry Your Mani With An Ice Bath

Ice, ice baby—it's your secret weapon for a quick dry.

Ice, ice baby—it’s your secret weapon for a quick dry.

Here’s a nifty trick I discovered to help your polish dry in under three minutes:

You’ll Need: Ice, a small bowl, and water

The Technique: Post-polish, fill a bowl with water and ice. Once cold, dunk your wet nails for at least two minutes. The temperature can get a bit uncomfortable, so lift your fingers every 10 to 20 seconds if you can’t stand it.

The Logic: Because nail lacquers harden when exposed to cold temps, this technique will set your mani all the way down to its base coat.

Extra Nail Tip: When I’m at a nail salon and need to leave ASAP, I just ask the technician to fill a soaking bowl with ice cold water from their dispenser. Did this thrice already and it worked every time! Watch the faces of the technicians who aren’t familiar with this nail trick—they’ll go from doubtful to amazed to impressed. So funny! ♥

Do you have nail drying cheats? Share them with me by posting a comment below! 

Photo Credits: Sawa_mac/sxc.hu.

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