Less than a month before the actual event, our Assistant Vice Prez told me that I should be hands-on with the upcoming event. With my hands pretty tied, I obliged. I was overworked but the event went pretty well so I thought I treat myeself to some nail pampering. Doing (and re-doing and re-doing) budgets, lifting chairs to their perfect spots and handshaking took toll on my pretty hands.
The following day, I had a one track mind. I was hell-bent on getting a glorious manicure and pedicure at my favorite nail salon. I have wanted to try dark nail polish and finally had it! I felt invincible and bad ass. It was amazing how nail polish can boost my mood and ego.
A few days later, the polish chipped off. I felt my powers and good vibes were waning. With renewed nail care passion, I discovered my candidate for the next favorite nail salon: My Pretty Nails. They offer gel polish or gelish that is said to last for at least two weeks. The manicure costs P 200. I just needed to give it a try! I just had to!
Sticking to my invincible-and-bad-ass mood, I opted for their deep plum polish. Over an hour of buffing, cleaning, polishing and curing under the UV Lamp later, my nails looked really glossy and fab! And I was instantly ready for bag-digging and other tasks because my the nails were all dried out already. I definitely gave my nails total TLC!
A little more than a week later, there were noticeable peel-offs already on the sides of my nails (right-hand, my dominant hand). I was a little disappointed because the attendant told me it would last for two weeks. But then again, I did some major activities during the holidays like washing off some clothes, giving my room major clean-up, playing with kids, that I thought given those, the manicure held its ground pretty well. Plus, there are really some nail beds that are oily, which I believe mine is, that affects how the gelish adhere.
I went back to the nail salon to take them off and to I get a fresh one. The removing part took a good one hour. The nails were soaked to the solution and wrapped with foils. After a few minutes, the attendants started scrapping off the layers of polish. Removing the polish costs P 150. Gelish is definitely more costly than the regular ones. But with this salon, the price is relatively cheaper.
But if you really want a cheap way to remove gelish, check out Lauren Conrad’s advice from her website.
I decided to do a 360-degree turn and had French tip. This was only 100 bucks. (Also, I went back to work and thought that deep plum might be deemed too goth.)
One caveat: you cannot have gelish for three consecutive times. All the scraping and buffing and UV-lighting would be take its toll on your nails.
I think this past two weeks renewed my obsession with nail care. I’d like to try this on 2014:
And a nail hack I recently discovered:
If after all the “manual” labor, I’d get a free manicure (and pedicure), I’d slave away for 2014!