Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Nail Art for Beginners: Pink and Black combo

Beautiful day everyone! Most of you already know that I love wearing nail colors and to further enhance my addiction to nail polishes, I am now learning how to do nail arts. I've been watching youtube videos and reading blogs for nail art tutorial. It doesn't really require you to have a steady hands, practice is all you need my friend! Anyway, I would like to show you how to do a simple nail art design just like the picture below, this is for beginners like me.

First and foremost, apply a base coat to protect your nails from getting all yellowish. I used TFS's Nail Strengthener.

Apply your base color. I want to create a gothic but chic and sassy look so I came up with a Pink and Black Combo. I used Caronia's Claret for the Pink and Caronia's Black Velvet. The shade of Claret is a bit darker than the usual Hot Pink. But of course, you can use any shade of pink preferably neon pink or hot pink but I would discourage you from using any light pink and baby pink shades since the color won't turn out great, remember we want a bit of goth. =) Then let it dry. You have to make sure that the nails are really, really dry.

Then get a tape, you can either use a scotch tape or masking tape. Then stick it to your nail as a guide to create a straight diagonal line like this:

Get your black nail polish and apply the polish from the masking tape to the tip of your nails. It should look like this: (I'm still waiting for the nail polish in my middle finger to dry before I could stick the masking tape).

Gently remove the masking tape. No need to wait for the polish to dry, just remember to take it off slowly.

  To add more design, if you have a dotting tool you can add 3 pink dots on the black part of your nails, it is up to you on how you want the dots to appear. As for me, I want it in a slant position. Sweethearts, you can be resourceful too! If you do not have any dotting tool, you could use ballpen, toothpick or just about anything with a sharp tip. I couldn't find any ballpen when I was doing the design and I saw my eyeshadow's sponge applicator so I just used the tip to dot. (I'm not using it anyway..hahaha!)

 Lastly, once the dots are all dry, seal the design with a clear base or top coat. I used TFS's Top Coat. Just let it dry and you're done! 

 I hope you liked my simple nail art tutorial, this is really easy...try it guys!

Keep on smiling and have a sweet day to you all!
~ The Pink Chinadoll♥♥♥

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Girl's Night Out

Last friday, me and my elementary-high school friends had a post birthday celebration and thanksgiving dinner for Kate.  She turned 29 years old young last May 11.  The celebration was a month late because most of us were busy while the others are already mommies and they have a baby below 1 year old.  But at least the dinner pushed through.  Aside from her special day, we have another reason to celebrate...Kate just got promoted to Asst. Manager in Citibank Savings Bank, and we are all very happy for her, from the very start we knew that she'll go a long way. 

We had our dinner at Gazebo Grille, this was Kate's choice because the owner of the resto is one of their clients.  All of them arrived around 6:00 to 6:30 in the evening and I arrived there quarter to 7 since I have to wait for Mommy and sis to come home so I could use the car. 

Here are some of the pictures as we wait for our orders.

Finally our orders have arrived! =^_^= Before beginning the feast, of course we need to let Kate have her thank you speech.

And here's our picture after....we all look bloated...oh the tummy! :X
From L-R: Yours truly, Cha, Khym, Analyn, Kate and Tine.

Gazebo Grille is located at Mac Arthur Highway, Balibago, Angeles City (Near Casino Filipino and Wok Restaurant)

Have a great Sweet Tuesday everyone! Keep on Smiling =)
~ The Pink Chinadoll ♥♥♥

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Abe's Farm

Last May 29, me and my friends at work went to the Abe's Farm to attend the christening of our department manager's first born. Well actually we didn't attend the christening at the church because the time was too early and we haven't slept yet, just in case you didn't know I'm on a Graveyard Schedule so we ended up attending the reception instead. It was my first time to go to Magalang and boy it was a long drive, it took us 20 to 40 minutes just to get there.

If you want to escape all the hustle and bustle of city life and you want to relax in a quiet, relaxing atmosphere well then my friend this is the place to be! The Restaurant offers authentic Campampangan dishes and they are really famous for their Fern Salad, it is really a must try. If you want to spend the night with the comfort of living in a mountain home, they also offer accomodation where you can choose from Ifugao Hut down to their regular rooms. And if you would like to de-stress, they also have Spa.

I'm not really a huge fan of Kapampangan dishes so I would have to say that the food is not that extravagant, its just okay, but the Fern Salad was great though. If you're gonna ask me if I will visit the place again I would say Hell Yeah because of the dessert - Ube Halaya with Macapuno, it was the best Ube Halaya I that I ever tasted! ( I am a huge fan of Ube Halaya ☺) If you are not familiar with this it's just a purple yam but it really tastes good! hmmnnn....heavenly~

Let the pictures speak for themselves:  I have my cam with me but I didn't took a lot of pictures because of the weather, it was really humid and a migraine attack was slowly kicking in. But thanks to my officemates, they were able to take some snapshots from the event.

Fern Salad And Ube Halaya with Macapuno

♥Group Photowith the proud parents of Baby Sage: Me, Marj, Aileen and Pao ♥

♥First Photo: Aileen with Baby Sage :: 2nd Photo: Mark King♥

♥ Tunay na pag-ibig: Pao and Ambo :: Group Photo with officemates ♥

Here are some pictures we took when we were at the gift wrapping section at Marquee Mall before going to Magalang.

Me and Aileen

Meet Tito Bhoy and Krissy! LOL

Abe's Farm is located at: 98 Livestock Village, Barangay Ayala in Magalang, Pampanga
Business Hours: Open daily, 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM Except Tuesdays

Keep on Smiling, Rainy days are just around the corner..don't forget your Brellas. Have a Sweet Day ya'll!
~ PinkChinadoll

Thursday, June 3, 2010

My Nail Care Routine

Every girl wants to have posh nails. And in order for us to do that, we have to learn how to properly care for our nails. I have always been a Nail Color addict, I regularly change my nail color every 2 weeks. For me, having a fab nails boosts my self confidence. Well, who amoung us doesn't feel good when we have a great set of nails to show off? In this entry I will be sharing my ways on how to care for those gorgeous nails. Remember: Beautiful natural looking nails require care, proper ways of manicuring and of course TLC♥

A shortish nail that is straight across the top with rounded edges is the current in style shape. The general rule of thumb is to keep the free edge of the nail (white tip) no longer than half the length of the nail bed which is the pinkish part. For those who want longer nails, nail hardener with nylon fibers is very useful in minimizing breaks.

Here are some tips on how to care for your nails:

♪  Clean and Polish free Nails.  First step is to make sure that your nails are free from any nail color. If you have nail polish on, make sure you remove it first. Use a cottonball and a nail polish remover, then press over the nails for a few seconds before you rub, it will soften the nail color and it would be much easier to remove. And please do not use Acetone, this would make your nails dry and brittle. As for me I've been using TFS Nail Enamel Remover in Pink.

Next, wash your hands thoroughly. Use a brush or a toothbrush to gently scrub away stubborn dirt under the nails. But, of course you have to use a different toothbrush from the one that you actually use to brush your teeth on...that's ewwwiiieee...disgusting hahaha).          

♪  File.  File each nail tip from corner to center. Do not file back and forth or in a "see-saw" motion as this weaken the nails which would cause ridges and splitting.

♪ Buff. Do not forget to buff your nails to give them a shinier look. Start at the cuticle down to the tip but please make sure that you do not put too much pressure and do not use back and forth motion.

♪ Cuticle. This one is really optional, I normally do not do this since I have a sensitive skin and leaving the cuticle could also prevent infections. But if you still would want to work on this, just make sure that you do not cut the cuticles or push them back too much. Hey our fingers needs protection too you know! ☺

Now that your nails are clean, here comes the exciting part, you are now ready to apply Nail Colors! Agree?

I'm wearing Blue and Stars today, well that is what I call the design. ☺

♫  Base Coat. Always apply a base coat to help keep the nail polish from chipping and to make it last longer. You can use any clear polish (top coat) or Nail strenghtener. Make sure to let it dry before applying nail polish.

Nail Strengthener - The Face Shop

♫  Apply Polish. Apply two coats of nail polish. You should be able to cover the nail in just three strokes, one on each side and then one in the middle. Make sure that the polish is dry before you apply another coat.
Sorry it looks a bit messy. I haven't cleaned the sides of the skin yet. ☺
Elianto's Blue Splash

Always allow your polish to dry thoroughly for several minutes before you apply the next coat. This will avoid the new coat from dragging on the surface of the previous coat and allow the next layer adhere better. Darker shades take longer to dry. Avoid fast drying polish. It does not last as long.

To add more spice, I applied 2 coats of TFS's Nail Color in PK107.

♫ Top Coat. Once your nail polish has dried, apply a clear Top Coat to seal it. Continue to apply the Top Coat daily to keep nails looking fresher longer.

And now were done! Here it is. Beauties, again forgive my messy nails. I was in a hurry and I didn't have enough time to clean the sides, I know its unforgivable but I know you love me. ☺☺☺

Products used:  PK107-TFS, Blue Splash-Elianto, Nail Strengthener-TFS and Top Coat-TFS.

So there, that is all you need to do to have a beautiful and natural looking nails. By the way, you can keep the nail polish on for about two weeks. How about you guys what are your beauty tips to keep your nails healthy and beautiful? Before I go, leave me leave you with some pictures of my favorite nail polish colors and design.

  Keep on Smiling Everyone!
♥Have a SweetDay to ya'll

   ~ Miss PinkChinadoll

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Love's Rhythm
The Edge of Never
My Life Next Door
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