Berry x Mauve

I have been experimenting combining two or more colours in painting my nails to make it less too common and show a bit of my quirkiness. I gathered all my nail polishes and ended up combining two of them – Sally Hansen’s Berry Important and Mauve Along.

My normal nail paints is either a plain natural colour for everyday wear or something more striking and bright on spring and summer seasons. Good thing I’ve been having spare times lately to explore a bit of my creativity through trying out different things.

(L-R) Sally Hansen Diamond Shine Base and Top Coat, Dashing Diva Cuticle Nectar, Sally Hansen Berry Important 543, Sally Hansen Mauve Along 374 and The Face Shop Nail Dot Pen (white).

I believe a nail art should be suitable to the shape and length of the nail because some arts require a lot of space especially those with intricate details. Also, the capability of the one doing it should be taken in consideration.

In my case, I do it to myself rather than going to a salon and spend over AU$20 just for a manicure + depending on the type of nail polish I have chosen. That’s just too expensive! I’m so glad my mom taught me how to do my own manicure since I was 11 years old. This way, I’m certain that my tools are sanitised and very personal unlike going to a salon and sharing the same tools with other people. It’s one of my pet peeves >.> *health conscious*

I like keeping my nails as short as possible for convenience in cooking/baking, doing house chores, working with my hands and spending hours in front of the computer. So, for my short nails I have chosen the V-style 2-colour combination (I just made up that term by the way *LOL*) to make it appear longer, not too young for my age of 24, and still work appropriate for my day job.

My Manicure Kit: (L-R) 4-Step Buffering Block, Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover, nail brush, emery board, cuticle pusher and a nipper (which is not in the picture *oopsie*) ^^;

My step-by-step process:

Step 1: A manicure. It’s very important to clean your nails first before applying nail polish to ensure that your hands are bacteria-free from all the  work you’ve done in a week. This step includes buffering your nails and removing excess cuticles.

Step 2: I applied the base coat to protect and avoid my nails from turning yellow after applying nail polish. I believe this is an important step as well especially if you’re the type of person who does not go out of the house with bare nails. I used Sally Hansen’s Diamond Shine that also provide stronger nails. Win-win isn’t it?

Step 3: I applied my base colours alternately. Sally Hansen Berry Important on my ring and index fingers, then Sally Hansen Mauve Along for the rest of the fingers. I’ve already worn bright red last week so I wanted to tone down on the red this week. ^^

Step 4: Let it dry. If there’s one thing I learned from applying nail polish, it is “patience is key” to a perfect finish. I’m usually the type of person who jumps from one activity to another – I get bored easily. (Must be a gemini’s thing. >.>) Thus, I end up with scratches or fingerprints on my nails most of the time.

Step 5: Applying the second colour in V-shape. Cover the nails using plain sticker strips or masking tape and leave the part of the second colour to be painted on. This way, it’s easy to apply the second colour! I applied Berry on top of Mauve and the other way around. Let it dry again.

Step 6: Cover imperfections between the two colours by applying white dots using The Face Shop’s Nail Dot Pen in white. I got this before I left the Philippines in 2012 for Php 150.00 in their Glorietta branch and still it’s not dried up at all. Talk about getting your money’s worth. 😀 

Again, let it dry. This time, since the white paint is a bit 3D, it requires more time to dry up.

Step 7: Apply top coat to protect the nail art. I used Sally Hansen’s Diamond Shine again since it serves as both base and top coat! It promises not only to provide high-gloss, but also it’s quick drying, it prevents your nails from chipping and extends the wear of your nail colour up to 10 days! Isn’t it a bargain?

Finally, the last and my most favourite step that most people skip.

Step 7: Apply cuticle nectar. Most people would apply hand lotion, which is totally fine but this formula is especially designed to make your cuticle moisturised and healthy with that salon finish look. *wink wink* I got mine at Dashing Diva in Greenbelt 5 branch before I left the Philippines. *LOL* I hoarded a lot of skin care products before I left.

And that’s it. It only took me 1 ½ hours to do everything, which is already a quick one for me. >.> Last week, I spent 3 hours using one nail polish. Haha! Amateur~

Toodles~

HADA LABO GOKU-JYUN Review 2014

I’ve been using HADA LABO Goku-jyun moisturising skin care for about six months now and it deserves a review. After all the rave in and out Japan, I finally gave in, tried it and it did not disappoint at all.

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HADA LABO Goku-jyun is a particular line of HADA LABO provide intense hydration by harnessing the water-binding power of Super Hyaluronic Acid. It’s a system to cleanse, hydrate, and treat your skin for healthy looking, more youthful, and beautifully radiant results.

I’m not using all products in the line since I’m using a Shu Uemura Porefinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil as my make up remover and a generic non-foaming facial wash to cleanse my face. I don’t opt for classy and rich in soap facial wash since my Shue Uemura cleanser does all the work! It’s like magic and a sweet candy treat for my skin.

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I only chose three of the products that would suit the Melbourne weather here in Australia. To give you an idea, Melbourne is a city known to have four seasons in one day. Even in summer, it can be cold in the morning drying the skin. And the heat of summer is dry enough to vaporise the sweat and damage the skin from the harmful effects of UV rays.

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Among all the products in Goku-jyun line, I have been using three of them: The HADA LABO Goku-jyun Clear Lotion for my toner, HADA LABO Goku-jyun Serum for my essence and the HADA LABO Goku-jyun Milk for my moisturiser. From time to time, I’m also using the HADA LABO Goku-jyun Mask every two weeks for a spa-like treatment for my skin.

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For a start, applying the products are super easy! You don’t need any cotton pads for application. After washing my face, I squeeze a few drops of HADA LABO Goku-jyun Clear Lotion to my palm and pat it on my face until the skin thoroughly absorbs the product. It feels so refreshing to pat it on a freshly washed face. Even if it looks clear and serves as a toner, it’s actually a moisturiser too that prepares the skin for the ultimate hydration from the rest of the products.

You can watch the TV commercial to see how it is applied. Watch it here >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrrK_MdaemU

If your skin does not need extra hydration like me who lives in a cold dry place, it is also recommended to use this product alone. Toner and moisturiser in one bottle!

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Next, a couple of pumps of HADA LABO Goku-jyun Serum would do to boost the moisturiser that I put afterwards. It’s a highly concentrated formula that hydrates even the driest part of the skin. In Japanese and Korean skin care, this particular step is very important in moisturising the skin. It helps the skin absorb all the wonders of any moisturiser you use thus making this the most expensive among all the products in the line. But in HADA LABO’s case, all the products are affordable because everyone deserves proper skin care.

My Malaysian boss who is actually over 60 years old use this alone and does not apply any make up on her skin everyday. Yet her skin is extremely moisturised and clear. I wish I would have that kind of skin when I reach her age.

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Lastly, when my skin has absorbed the essence, time to put on the milky goddess HADA LABO Goku-jyun Milk. It provides deep nourishing hydration and skin-smoothing conditioners for the face and neck.

What I love about HADA LABO Goku-jyun skin care line is that no matter how much product you put on top of one another, it still feels light and not sticky for the day. It actually makes my make up stay longer and lasting. Plus, it’s affordable and suits any one. It’s the basic moisturising line that HADA LABO offers.

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For those who want extra anti-aging or brightening products, you can try their two other product lines. My mum is using the HADA LABO Goku-jyun Alpha for anti-aging and firmer results. And they also offer HADA LABO Shiro-jyun for luminous skin.