Ciaté Blue Velvet Tips


My brush with Ciaté Velvet Manicure was incidental. Good friend Ann and I ran across each other at The Nail Lounge. She offered to let me try out her baon. Very blau, so why hold back?  Wrapping over a layer of loose minuscule fibers can be a messy job, but the kit includes a brush, so you can tidy up the excess later and put  back in the shaker ‘coz most likely, the base color runs out last.

Created by celebrity nail technician Charlotte Knight, Ciaté pioneered the caviar manicure, first seen in catwalks and top fashion zines. Early this year, the company has been fighting for the exclusive use of “caviar” manicure, protecting their intellectual property right.

I have mixed feelings about the longevity. After one whole week, the pedi is fine while the mani is less presentable. But I’ve been typing a lot lately. The finish is striking, like real fabric, so expect velvet manicure to reach high street.

In the Philippines, London-based Ciaté is distributed by Ciaté Philippines Check them out here.

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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