Monday, December 19, 2011

HBC's 8 ways to a Happy Beautiful Christmas: Week 7

Hi Dearies!

It's a Monday again!
That means another featured product from HBC is being given away!
It's Week 7 already... Oh how fast time passes... only 2 more weeks for our amazing giveaway... But just a few days more 'til Christmas!!

So what's the featured product for Week 7?

Tips and toes transformed with colours. A week of pampered nails is coming your way.

Do you know that in ancient Egypt, women used nail colour to signify social order with shades of red at the top? Queen Nefertiti, the wife of King Akhenaton, coloured her fingernails and toenails ruby red; Cleopatra favored crimson. Women of lower rank who coloured their nails were permitted only pale colours. (Wikipedia)

Want a perfect mani-pedi experience? Here are 5 tips from HBC:
1.    Remove traces of old polish with a nail polish remover.
2.    Soak nails in warm, soapy water then add a few drops of essential oil like lavender or peppermint.
3.    Clip tips straight across and gently push cuticles back (resist the urge to trim them). Use a sharp nipper to cut hang nails, and lightly lift away dirt under the nail bed using an orange stick.
4.    File nails to leave edges smooth after clipping. Apply lotion and spray nail surfaces with rubbing alcohol to disinfect and prep them for polish. Wipe dry.
5.    Apply your choice of lacquer starting from the base of the nail brushing outwards. Use a cotton swab or a cotton-covered stick dipped in nail polish remover to remove excess polish on the sides. Finish with a coat of clear polish.

Women of today are so lucky to experiment with whatever nail colour they want, so give your nails the love they deserve with subtle to vibrant hues enriched with Vitamins C and E like San San nail polishes. 
Take 5 of these for yourself when you answer this week’s question:

What’s your secret to fab-looking nails?

I love putting color on my nails... I post a lot of NOTD's, usually nail art attempts, posts in this blog. Although I'm guilty that I do not take care of my nails much... They usually suffer of getting yellowish from all the nail polishes I put. So for 2012, I will try my best to pamper my nails. :)

 Mechanics still remains the same! For new joiners, here's what you need to do:

Mechanics of the giveaway: 
  •  Open to Philippine residents only
  •  Must be a follower of my blog  
  • “Like” HBC Facebook Fan page
  •  Spread the news about this contest to others by linking through the contest page to your own blog, Twitter (tag HBC's twitter page) or Facebook (don't forget to tag Hbc's facebook page!)
  •  and leave your complete name, email address, shared links and answer in the comment box below
  • 2 Winners will win the featured products this week ( 1 for best answer, 1 randomly picked)

Here's an example of what your response would look like:
  • Answer: "Type your answer here." 
  • Name: Dawn Catherine Llanera 
  • GFC Name: PeachyPink Sisters (GFC= Google Friend Connect - your name as a follower)
  • Facebook Name: Dawn Catherine Llanera
  • Email:
  • Shared Links:
    • Blog:
    • Facebook:!/dawn.llanera/posts/235857816476901
    • Twitter:!/DawnLlanera/status/134625922782466048

* If you don't know how to get the link for your shared posts in Twitter or Facebook, just go to your profile and click the time you shared/twitted it -- example, "9 minutes ago".

* Winners will be contacted by HBC and their prizes can be claimed at the nearest HBC store.

 Happy Beautiful Christmas!



  1. answer:

    I keep my nails strong, healthy and beautiful with these nail care tips to have a fab-looking nails. I do protect, polish and prevent my nails from damage.

    I Do:
    • Keep my fingernails dry and clean. to prevent bacteria, fungi and other organisms from growing under your fingernails. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals, and avoid long soaks in the tub.
    • Trim and file my fingernails regularly.
    • Use moisturizer. When using hand lotion, rub the lotion into fingernails and cuticles, too.
    • I use attractive and safe nail polish
    I Don't:
    • Abuse my fingernails. To prevent nail damage, don't use fingernails as tools to pick, poke or pry things.
    • Bite my fingernails or pick at cuticles. These habits can damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your fingernail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
    • Pull off hangnails. it might rip live tissue along with the hangnail. Instead, carefully clip off hangnails.
    • Ignore problems. If i have a nail problem that doesn't seem to go away on its own or is associated with other signs and symptoms, i consult a doctor or dermatologist for an evaluation.

    Name: charmaigne grace gepana

    GFC Name: charmaigne grace

    Facebook Name: zash gepana


    Shared Link:!/charmaignegrace/status/148619612135759872

  2. Answer: "My secret for having fab-looking nails is that i always apply base coat first before the nail polish that i want and in terms of cleaning, i gently push my cuticles not on the middle but just on it's sides."
    Name: Mary Aiko Orcilla
    GFC Name: Aykulith
    Facebook Name: Aiko Orcilla
    Shared Links:

  3. Answer: My secret to my fab looking nails is olive oil, I put the olive on my nails before I go to sleep so that it will become strong and shiny. And also I don’t let my nail polish last for more than 3 days because it can cause yellow discoloration on nails.

    Name: Gizzele Alfonso

    GFC Name: 11ghieszelle07

    Facebook Name: Gizzele Alfonso


    Shared Links:
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  4. Answer: My secret to fab looking nails is simplicity! As much as possible i really don't use nail polish so i can let my nails "breath". Drinking alot of water helps too, or probably that's just what i think.. more oxygen to the nails heehee. I cut my nails and clean them once a week! Applying some clear coat nail polish can also help in making them look shiny and fabulous!

    Name: Lovely Joy Merced
    GFC name: Joy Merced
    Facebook name: Joy Merced



    Happy holidays Dawn!

  5. Answer: (1) To keep your nails hydrated, rub a small amount of petroleum jelly into your cuticle and the skin surrounding your nails every evening before you go to bed or whenever your nails feel dry. (2) Wear rubber gloves whenever you do housework or wash dishes. And for extra hand softness, apply hand cream before you put on the rubber gloves. (3) Trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails. This is particularly important if you have diabetes. (4) Dry your hands for at least two minutes after doing the dishes, taking a bath/shower, etc. Also dry your toes thoroughly after swimming or showering. Leaving them damp increases your risk of fungal infection. (5) Air out your shoes. Better yet, keep two pairs and switch between them so you’re never putting your feet into damp, sweaty shoes, which could lead to fungal infections. (6) Wear 100 percent cotton socks. They’re best for absorbing dampness, thus preventing fungal infections. (7) Stretch out the beauty of a manicure by applying a fresh top coat every day. (8) Add a glass of milk and a hard-boiled egg to your daily diet. Rich in zinc, they’ll do wonders for your nails, especially if your nails are spotted with white, a sign of low zinc intake. (9) File your nails correctly. To keep your nails at their strongest, avoid filing in a back-and-forth motion — only go in one direction. And never file just after you’ve gotten out of a shower or bath — wet nails break more easily. (10) Massage your nails to keep them extra strong and shiny. Nails buffing increases blood supply to the nail, which stimulates the matrix of the nail to grow. (11) Polish your nails, even if it’s just with a clear coat. It protects your nails. If you prefer color, use a base coat, two thin coats of color, and a top coat. (12) Avoid polish removers with acetone or formaldehyde. They’re terribly drying to nails. Use acetate-based removers instead.
    Name: Ma. Elinor Semira
    GFC Name: Elinor Semira
    Facebook Name: Elinor Semira
    Email: elinorsemira0124(at)gmail(dot)com
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  6. Answer:
    I soak my nails in warm water with calamansi for 10 minutes everyday.Then i massage my fingernails then put lotion.I always keep my hands and nails well-moisturized.I also eat healthy foods including plenty of fruits and vegetables, and drink atleast 8-10 glasses of water.(--,)
    name: Ricalyn Sicad
    gfc: Ricalyn Sicad
    twittername: rsicad
    facebook url:
    twitter url:!/rsicad/status/149472426953158657

  7. Answer: For me, fabulous looking nails can complete one's look, some women don't go shy in spending monies on manicures that will leave their nails looking enviable. Here are some tips to have a fab looking nails:

    1. Your nails are true reflection of what you eat. Eating fast foods will in no way make your nails healthy and strong.

    2. Hand lotions help to moisturize the hands and strenghthen the nails, so be sure to use them after your hands have been in water.

    3. Ensure that you do not use nails or blades to remove nail polish this will do a lot of damage to the nails.

    4. You can put your nail polish in the freezer so as to keep the nail polish smooth and perfect for the next use.

    5. An inexpensive and quick way to fix dry or brittle nails is to use petroleum jelly. Ensure that you carry a small jar everywhere, massaging it into your cuticles and nails as you deem fit.

    6. While filing nails, begin with the sides and brush towards the center, using light stroked in the samae direction. Please try as much as possible to avoid filing nails back and forth, it weakens or break the nails.

    7. To get glossy and gleaming shine, rub olive oil over nails.

    8. Ensure while cleaning the nails, you remove all traces of nail polish.

    That's it! You will have a fab looking nail especially this Christmas.

    Name: Aida Villanueva
    GFC Name: aida
    Facebook Name: Keene Slither

    Shared Links:


  8. Answer:
    I just make sure that I don't end-up with yellowish nails by applying a base coat prior to applying my favorite colored nail polish to prevent the lacquer pigment from transferring to my nail. Our nails need to breath too, so go bare for a few days and let our nails regain their healthy shine! And if your nails are weak, I suggest that you eat enough protein and apply a nail strengthening treatment.
    It can really make a difference for your nails.

    Name: Marites Javier
    GFC Name: marites11_javier
    Facebook Name: Marites Javier
    Shared Links:


  9. My secret for having fab-looking nails is very simple i just use hand lotion to keep my hands and nails moisturized and soft and of course trimming my nails. I'm not really very kikay when it comes to taking care of my nails. But when I want to add a bit of spice to my nails I put on nail polish especially a red nail polish to add sexiness and sophistication! :)

  10. Name: Anna Patricia Wamilda
    GFC Name: Anna Wamilda
    Facebook Name: Anna Wamilda
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