Last Thursday, iHeartRadio hosted a small, by-invite-only show for Hanson to preview songs from their new record, Anthem. Now I am an unabashed Hanson fan, and when they came to Manila last year, I was that girl dancing in the aisle like a certified lunatic. This time around, there was an online lottery for tickets, and lookee lookee who won a pair of tickets. (Cue in: Teenage Dream.)
The majestic wristband of power
Small room, lots of people
Nella bella, plus one extraordinaire
Why, hello there!
2 out of 3 ain’t so bad
Blurry Ike, who I realized really resembles Gunner from Nashville (cue: sudden attraction)
The venue was so tiny that they could not have been more than 15 feet away. (Cue in: Teenage Dream. Again.) Also, in addition to their newer stuff, they sang some of the classics, like If Only (which I sang through and thus was unable to take any video of), and Penny and Me…
Added fatty bonus: Nella and I headed down to Maslow 6 afterwards for a delicious (and reasonably priced) glass of Rosé and some yummy sandwiches. I had the duck confit with apple and goat cheese. It was dangerously good. My mind was blown.
All in all, a pretty fantastic evening. iHeartRadio, I definitely heart you.
LOL I’m so embarrassed. I did have a serious MAC phase, and I amassed quite a number of their lipsticks over time. However, I’m pretty infamous for destashing products I don’t get a lot of use out of, and when the time came to move to NY, I realized how little love so many of these lipsticks were getting. So I gave most of them to my sister and to friends, and now I’m down to 4 tubes of the MAC lipsticks. (Kinda Sexy, Party Parrot, Scarlet Ibis, and Ruby Woo, in case you were wondering.)
The rest of my lipstick collection is still pretty considerable, though, and you’ll see the different brands I have in the spring lip edit I’ll be posting soon.
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Martin Bautista, beyond a shadow of a doubt. Friendship aside, he is so talented, so understanding of a woman’s body, and so in tune with all my donya-donyahan aesthetic predilections. Even if I didn’t know him, I know we’d be a good fit. ♡
I am a solid fan of the manicure. There is something about a painted nail—whether it’s your basic slick of color or something a little more artistic—that adds an element of fun or chic to someone’s personal grooming without being too much of an investment. It doesn’t even need to be professionally done, so long as you’re armed with a steady hand and some patience for the drying time.
The lovely folks at Dazzle Dry somehow learned about my mani fixation and asked if they could send me samples of their products. Nail things? Free hooch? Yes please!
For those none the wiser, Dazzle Dry is a vegan quick-dry system that promises to deliver a clean, polished nail dried to gel-like rock-hard perfection in five minutes flat. They have their signature 3-piece system, which they kind enough to send over: the Dazzle Dry Nail Prep (a liquid you swipe onto your nails with a cotton pad to remove excess oils and help with polish adhesion), an almost watery base coat that lays down a beautifully thin layer of protection, and a thicker, gel-like top coat.
In addition, the Dazzle Dry folks also sent three different colors: Cotton Candy (a bright cotton candy pink crying out to my Spring-starved soul), Rapid Red (a very true, timeless, and classic red), and Juliet’s Passion (a very deep, dark browny purply vamp color).
So, what’s the verdict?
- Easy to apply - 100% vegan - Nitrocellulose-free, toluene-free, formaldehyde-free, phthalate-free, DBP-free, camphor-free - More than delivers on the quick-drying front - Sits really really lightly on the nail, as though it was a single layer and almost like it’s not even - Lasts like a mother—go HAM on washing your dishes and you won’t have to worry about tip wear or chipping - Doesn’t yellow the nail and promises to even strengthen the natural nail - Super glossy finish - Great selection of colors, shimmers, and textures
- Base coat and color polish dry to a kind of matte finish, which tends to show off a lot of texture either from the actual nail or from nail polish application (although of the 3 colors, it was only Cotton Candy that wouldn’t really level out) - The top coat will not compensate for texture or smooth it all down, so you’ll need to make sure your nail is buffed down to all smoothness prior to application (not really a problem, but if you’re in a rush/can’t be bothered, the extra step semi defeats the purpose of employing a quick and easy system)
While the cons are worth considering, the pros win by a mile. I especially like how a vegan polish is proving to outperform a lot of standard polishes on the market, which begs the question of how much we can do with fewer chemicals in the mix. All in all, I’d say Dazzle Dry is definitely worth a try, and now these tootsies are begging to sample more colors! Spring brights, anyone?