Ronna Bonifacio | Girl Stuff: Rekindling my fondness for nail lacquer
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Girl Stuff: Rekindling my fondness for nail lacquer

My nail art by Arian. Thank you for taking my photo, Shen!

My nail art by Arian. Thank you for taking my photo, Shen!

There was a period in my life when I could (and would) change my nail polish shade every week. Although I’m not very adventurous with shades, I’ve always enjoyed seeing my nails properly groomed because I feel it’s the cherry on top of the beauty cake. But that was a couple of years ago and I confess that perhaps because of other domestic matters, I let the cherry slide. Sometimes I just find it too tasking to wait for layers of nail polish to dry when I need to catch up with my toddler or change a diaper, and sometimes it can be frustrating when my fresh manicure chips because of washing dishes or opening cans (can I hear all the mamas in the house?).

Girl Stuff Bloggers Elite Summer Collection created by bloggers and named after their blogs: (Clockwise from top) Struttingonsunshine, Go Jackie Go!, Topaz Horizon, and AskMeWhats

Girl Stuff Bloggers Elite Summer Collection created by bloggers and named after their blogs: (Clockwise from top) Struttingonsunshine, Go Jackie Go!, Topaz Horizon, and AskMeWhats

When I attended the Girl Stuff Bloggers’ Elite Summer Collection event a few weeks ago where the brand launched its collaboration with four bloggers, I casually shared that gripe to Arian (IG: @ariannyani) who did my nail art and is also a mom and she shared that with Girl Stuff, I won’t experience any of those problems. Here’s my chance! I just had to put it to the test! Let me share with you four reasons why Girl Stuff has rekindled my fondness for nail lacquer plus some photos from the event:

1. It driest fast

Upon entering Stacy’s, I was escorted to have my nails done and I wore Go Jackie Go lime green with Struttingonsunshine sky blue and AskMeWhats lilac for the art. I didn’t really have to wait for my nails to dry before I could go on with my usual activities, I was able to take photos, meet bloggers and shake hands, and look around at the event right away! Girl Stuff’s clear polish also sealed my polish quickly and only after a few minutes (I truly, hardly noticed it was minutes), I could go on with my life. Because we all know women are completely helpless when we’re waiting for our nails to dry.

Even when I painted my nails at home the week after with a new shade (Grace), I no longer experienced that waiting time I’ve since dreaded as a mother DIY-ing her nails at home.

The delicious dessert bar, but I only had my eyes on those cupcakes!

The delicious dessert bar, but I only had my eyes on those cupcakes!

With the event's host and one of the blogger collaborators Nikki Tiu of AskMeWhats (left) and Girl Stuff founder Janina Gutierrez-Tan (right)

With the event’s host and one of the blogger collaborators Nikki Tiu of AskMeWhats (left) and Girl Stuff founder Janina Gutierrez-Tan (right)

2. It lasts long

My nail art from the event lasted a week before I saw any chipping and my DIY mani for a beach vacation lasted 8 days before I saw a tiny chip. My pedicure is about 2 weeks old and counting! It’s survived the beach, pool water, and my day-to-day activities. My next problem now is how to change my pedicure with my belly in the way. Hehe!

My winning Instagram shot from the event's contest. Thank you, baby boy! You just won mama and papa a free date night! Hehe!

My winning Instagram shot from the event’s contest. Thank you, baby boy! You just won mama and papa a free date night! Hehe!

3. It’s five-free, otherwise known as not harmful nail polish

In the nail lacquer world, five-free is the standard for the least harmful polish. There are polishes that are only three-free, and polishes that are non-free, hehe! (Please stay away from the latter ones!) Five free means it lacks toluene, formaldehyde, dibutylphtalate, camphor and formaldehyde resins. It’s great for pregnant ladies like myself, breastfeeding moms, and also kids.

Jackie Go of Go Jackie Go wearing her blog's namesake shade with her daughter wearing Struttingonsunshine

Jackie Go of Go Jackie Go wearing her blog’s namesake shade with her daughter wearing Struttingonsunshine

4. It’s so affordable–your daily latte is more expensive!

At P149 a bottle, the shades, its performance, and its chemical-free nature makes it a great buy. Girl Stuff is a local brand and the nail lacquers are made in France. It interests me how they keep the costs low, but I am glad they are able to! There are so many shades that are gems, similar to coveted foreign brands that retail for much more than P149.

I’ve yet to play with the Bloggers’ Elite Summer Collection on my own, but I confess that when I finish posting this blog, changing my polish from Grace to another shade is what I’m going to do next!

Here are more photos from the event:

Girl Stuff gave away more nail lacquers displayed at the event but I was too slow so I wasn't able to bring home this cute top coat. Isn't it so summery and young? I'm not one to actually wear top coats like this but the color combination and white flowers are irresistible!

Girl Stuff gave away more nail lacquers displayed at the event but I was too slow so I wasn’t able to bring home this cute top coat. Isn’t it so summery and young? I’m not one to actually wear top coats like this but the color combination and white flowers are irresistible!

Dearest Nikki Tiu of AskMeWhats wearing her own shade

Dearest Nikki Tiu of AskMeWhats wearing her own shade

Fashion blogger Cristina Decena of Struttingonsunshine wears her own shade too.

Fashion blogger Cristina Decena of Struttingonsunshine wears her own shade too.

I told you I had my eyes on the cupcake. Kailan kaya ako makakapag-icing ng ganito!?

I told you I had my eyes on the cupcake. Kailan kaya ako makakapag-icing ng ganito!?

Beauty bloggers Phoebe of phoebeann.me and Shen of Shen's Addiction with their fresh manicures

Beauty bloggers Phoebe of phoebeann.me and Shen of Shen’s Addiction with their fresh manicures

Of mommies, editors, and nail lacquer lovers: Frances Amper-Sales of Topaz Horizon and Topaz Mommy would not let me take a photo with her, instead she asked me and my former officemate Jane Kingsu-Cheng of Manila Bulletin and Flats and Stilettos to join the photo with her!

Of mommies, editors, and nail lacquer lovers: Frances Amper-Sales of Topaz Horizon and Topaz Mommy would not let me take a photo with her, instead she asked me and my former officemate Jane Kingsu-Cheng of Manila Bulletin and Flats and Stilettos to join the photo with her!

Have you tried Girl Stuff? What are your favorites from the brand or Bloggers’ Elite Summer Collection? I want to try more shades! Leave me a comment below and what you recommend! <3

Girl Stuff is available at SM Mall of Asia, SM North, SM Megamall, SM San Lazaro, and Ayala Cebu. E-mail [email protected], Instagram @girlstufforever, Facebook: Girlstuff Forever, www.girlstufforever.com.

 

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