Making waves

Yesterday was Corona judgement day, so I sat in front of the TV and waited for the news, but ended up watching a replay of Project Runway Philippines’ “Golden Rule” episode instead. Laoag fashion designer Amor Albano is one of the hopeful challengers of the fierce fashion competition. I was so proud when top fashion designer Rajo Laurel made an encouraging remark. I don’t remember the exact line, but in essence — having a good grasp of the beauty product (the sponsor for the challenge and the brand image as the basis for the designs) to be able to come up with the goddess-like dress, Amor shows his intelligence as a designer. She makes it to the top 5. Rooting for her to be part of the finals. Go, Amor!

Reposting a photo of Amor I found in a 2010 post. The photo was originally titled Lady Love:)


On a different note, got polished at Ellitoes the other day and caught currently in demand Ilocos-based makeup artist Mara Manuel prettifying a group of girls about to attend a debutante ball. Mara’s pioneered airbrush make-up in Laoag. Hope to have a lengthy beauty Q & A with her real soon. Keep posted.

[Geez, how I hate those tan lines!][Brought my own bubble gum palette (Base: Revlon Minted, Splashes: Revlon Electric and Candy and Orly Green Apple). Giselle, the manicurist, specked Ellitoes’ own pepperminty blue.]

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012

sweet and spicy me

Summer’s long over, and so is my fascination with crayola brights. Wild about this lovely delicate pink nail enamel I found at the Revlon counter in Robinsons Department Store. It’s aptly named Pink Chiffon. It’s like going through an Essie Ballet Slippers phase once again.

Brought along the Pink Chiffon to Ellitoes. Remember the nail place? It was packed with with Fil-Swiss teenage girls and their moms. I thought they might not be able to take me in, but they did squeeze me in. I asked Joyce for a massage while waiting for my turn at the spa chair.

Pink Chiffon was easy to apply. No streaks. Went for a third coat and it looked even better, like cotton candy pink.

Pretty Mara Manuel, the manager I suppose, offered me a cup of rice tea and cookies.In stark contrast to my pink nails, I chose the Ellitoes BNC black on the toenails. I originally wanted black and white art, but I’m entitled to change my mind☺, and so I asked for glittery stars over my inky toenails. Kinda glam, hahah, something Ericke would want, too.Ellitoes hand and Foot Care Center is at #65 Rizal St. (beside Papa Pau’s Diner) in Laoag City. For inquiries and reservations, contact: local, (077)771-5457, mobile, (+63)932 723 9335. Besides mani-pedi, nail art and massage, they offer other services such as paraffin wax treatment and hand and foot spa. It’s also a fun place for a party, a spa party, perhaps? You’d love it that WiFi access is free.Discovered a parked cool Columbia bicycle as I was about to leave. Oh, it’s owned by Paolo, Mara’s bro. We hit it off right away, and then we started talking about Schwinns, and even Patrias. He’s got a super nice LED headlight. I like his itsy bitsy bike bell (hidden in photo).

Photographed by Blauearth and Pops Manuel © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved