Nail of the Week: NARS Nail Lacquer in Sharplines Left

Hello, hello! I'm back with a brand new NOTW post after almost eight weeks of not posting one. Lol sorry! The last polish I posted was a dark purple one so I thought of posting a bright, summer-appropriate polish today because you know, it's still SO GODDAMN HOT here in my country. (I'm in the Philippines now, btw.)

I decided to go for NARS Sharplines Left, part of the Pierre Hardy collection, partner of Sharplines Right (aka my most favorite polish in the whole wide world). Sharplines Left is the total opposite of Sharplines Right color-wise; Sharplines Right is a deep, almost black burgundy while Sharplines Left is a creamy pastel-ish orange. While I fell in love with Sharplines Right, Sharplines Left was a bit of a meh for me. I do think the color is nice; I just think it's not right shade for my skintone. I'm already tanned but S. Left makes my hands look darker than normal. Not my cup of tea. I guess if you're fair and/or pale and you want the illusion of a tan, this would work better on you.

I also prefer the formula of Sharplines Right. I had a hard time working with Sharplines Left as I felt it was too creamy and thick. Maybe I'm doing something wrong? I dunno but I definitely experienced unevenness in some of my nails. Temptalia said it was a "trouble-free polish- no streaking, pooling, or bubbling" but I disagree; mine streaked and pooled. The only thing we both experienced was bubble-free polish lol. With S Right, I didn't experience pooling even if I applied a thick coat but that's not the case with S Left. I felt like I had no control with the polish and that makes me a very sad and annoyed.

Fun fact: this polish only lasted me 24 hours. Not that it chipped; I just didn't like it on me. I tried to spice it up with a straw nail art  but that was a big fail so I really had no choice but to remove it. Still have it on my toes though and it reminds me of the beach for some reason. Can't believe I'm saying this but I hope the rainy season arrives early so that 1). everything becomes cool already and 2). I can be my normal self again by wearing my dark hued polishes. Summer, begone! 

Challenged by Adore Me: Lashes & Lingerie!

It's sexy time. ;)

BTS: Mikki

Had a morning shoot at House of Style with kuya Chris Reyes yesterday. I worked with the lovely Mikki, a 21 year old Filipino-American who's currently based in Bali. She's not a model by profession; she holds a position in the management department of a resort in Seminyak and she's also a graphic artist. She shared some stories with us, including the fact that she'll be flying back to Bali tomorrow (meaning today) when she was supposed to fly yesterday (Sunday) because her assistant had some booking/rebooking issues, that the processing for an Indonesian work pass takes two days, not one, that her parents are moving to Dubai but she'll be staying in Bali, and that her mom are friends with It girls, Georgina Wilson and Solenn Heussaff. Damn, girl, how wonderful your stories are.

Our shoot was beach-themed, chosen by Mikki, so there were a lot of beachwear involved. I did a simple bronze-y eye on her and added some contour/bronzer. Didn't want to go overboard since she already has a good tan! Oh, and did I mention that her hair's like the ultimate beach hair? I'm jealous! So I just left it as is. Here's more photos from the shoot. Enjoy! x


I did it on a whim.

Like, seriously. I saw a jewelry store, saw a group of friends get pierced, thought, "hey, me too!", went to the lady, picked a stud, got pierced. Wham bam.

I've always wanted to get pierced. Lobe and helix piercings are so cool and don't even get me started with my favorite: industrial. There was a point in my life (around 3 months ago) when I wanted an industrial so bad. I thought it was so cool and badass! However, getting one is one painful journey and I'm too chicken to do it. Maybe one day.

So back to my story. A week ago, I wandered around Bugis Street and did a little bit of shopping. I was just walking around when I saw this store that sells jewelry and offers piercing as well. So I did it. Alone. I felt badass. I felt more badass when I went for a helix piercing. No reason at all but it felt right. A third lobe piercing felt a bit newbie-ish, you know? So tada! I got a new piercing.

The store I'm talking about is, located at the second floor of Bugis Street. Basically, you buy a pair of earrings fit for piercing that cost S$4 and they'll do the piercing with a gun. Yes yes, piercing with a gun's dangerous for the cartilage but I'm on my 10th day now and it's healing perfectly. On my 8th day, I went back and had the jewelry replaced for a much better one for S$6. Again, they did the whole replacing thing, quite painlessly I say. I cannot recommend this store enough. They're awesome and very accommodating. If my helix is healed enough, I'm coming back for a lobe!

Anyway, that's that. I'll be doing several posts about the piercing, mainly the experience and aftercare. I may be making a big deal about it considering I only have one but it's a big step for me and I want to share it, especially to those who are considering to get one. Piercing related stuff coming your way! :D

A Lil Watsons Haul

I still have a few days here in Singapore before I fly back to Manila but I thought it was time to start shopping for supplies. I like shopping for makeup stuff here in SG because there's a lot of options here and some items are cheaper than the ones in Manila, I went to Watsons two days ago and here's what I got.

The main reason I went to Watsons was to pick up the Biore Micellar Cleansing Water. I swear by Biore's Makeup Remover for Eye & Lip (note to self: must restock!) so I'm really excited to try their version of micellar water. I opted to get the small bottle to test out although I'm so tempted to get one more, you know, for good measure. :P

Hallelujah, the Watsons Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes is back in my life! This is probably the only makeup wipe I love. I didn't really expect a lot from it the first time I bought it but after using it, I became a fan. It works wonderfully! I swear it works better than Biore's Facial Sheets and it's cheaper too. The best part is: I got it on sale! 2 for S$5.90 (-ish)? Score!

Another Biore product I got is my fave Black Pore Pack. I still have a pack and a half of it back in Manila but I wasn't able to bring some here. My nose is begging to have a nose strip sesh like RIGHT NOW so a new pack it is. Besides, you can't have enough nose strips in your stash, amirite?

Last item I got is essence Colour & Go 101 Absolute Pure. Looking at it now, I'm not sure if it's a top coat. For starters, it doesn't say so in the bottle. So like, is it just clear polish? Which technically is a top coat? WAIT, WHAT. I'll update you all on this one. Don't worry, momma's gonna get some answers. ;)

And that's it! I think I have another beauty haul on the way but it's more like a beauty dump than a haul. :)) Still a work in progress but do watch out for that! I'll also put up a couple of interesting posts in the next couple of days that may or may not be about piercings. Teehee.