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The New French Tip

6 Apr

So proud of my girl, Nerrisa Justo, one of our talented nail technicians at Belle & Cat Nail and Wax Studio ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Her nail art was featured in one of our favorite magazines, Meg ๐Ÿ™‚ ย This post is quite delayed, I apologize. ย This came out during the February 2012 issue, hopefully still available in news stands out there ๐Ÿ™‚

Matte purple nails with silver tips ๐Ÿ™‚

Silver nails with black lacy tips ๐Ÿ™‚

Nude nails with leopard print tips ๐Ÿ™‚

Try out these contemporary French Tip designs at Belle & Cat! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Special thanks to Ning Hilario for writing this wonderful article and to Ron Mendoza for the beautiful photos ๐Ÿ™‚


Celestial Garden by Shu Uemura

5 Apr

I am loving Shu Uemura’s Summer 2012 Collection called Celestial Garden ๐Ÿ™‚

"The world above the clouds, surrounded by overflowing positive energy, full of colors and full of light.
The same scenery, the same world can look so different, if seen with all your senses full open.
Unchain yourself, play with the colors, enjoy make-up, and above all enjoy precious moments that exist in your life."

When I got my collection, I immediately fell in love with these creamy dome blushers! ย They are so easy to apply. ย I literally just color them on my cheeks for an instant rosy glow ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out these two pretty shades perfect for the summer! ย Fairy Pink and Sunlight Peach ๐Ÿ™‚

There are three different palettes in the collection. ย I love them all ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t be afraid to use some pop of color in the eyes. They’re very subtle ๐Ÿ™‚

Love the packaging ๐Ÿ™‚

Eyeshadow Trio Scent ๐Ÿ™‚ The color code from top to bottom is S1, S2 and S3 ๐Ÿ™‚ I'll be using S2 (orange) for highlighting on Isabel. You'll see the photos later on ๐Ÿ™‚

This palette is called Eyeshadow Trio Air. The color code for this palette from top to bottom is A1, A2 and A3. A2 will be my main color for Isabel's eyes ๐Ÿ™‚

The third palette is called Eyeshadow Trio Light. Color code from top to bottom is L1, L2 and L3. I will be using L3 on Isabel's inner corner of the eyes ๐Ÿ™‚

Here's the jumbo eye crayon in Misty Brown (left) and Earthy Brown (right). This may be used as an eyeshadow or eyeliner on the lower lash line for a subtle smokey eye ๐Ÿ™‚

Ultimate Natural Mascara in Dark Brown.

Lippies in Angelic Pink (left) and Darling Beige (right).

Lovely lip glosses in Corona Orange (top) and Blooming Pink (bottom).

Angel Wink for the lower lashes ๐Ÿ™‚

I love doing makeovers on my friends. hehe And one Sunday afternoon, I decided to try out these great products on one of my best friends and partner-in-crime, Isabel ๐Ÿ™‚ ย She hardly wears makeup so I was careful to make this summer look on her as subtle and light as possible ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is Isabel with absolutely no makeup on ๐Ÿ™‚ She's beautiful as it is! Lucky Isabel ๐Ÿ™‚ I will never have my photo taken without makeup ๐Ÿ™‚ Haha!

I just applied a little concealer under Isabel's eyes and a thin layer of liquid foundation to even out the skin tone ๐Ÿ™‚ Also applied some lip balm to prep for the lippie ๐Ÿ™‚

Applied the Fairy Pink Creamy Dome Blusher on Isabel's cheeks. This is best applied directly on the skin without any powder or foundation.

I used three different colors on Isabel's eyes. I applied the purple eyeshadow (A2) from Palette Air all over the lid. Used the glittery green shade (L3) from Palette Light for the inner corners of the eyes and the orange shade (S2) from Palette Scent ๐Ÿ™‚ Then I used the Darling Beige lippie and the Blooming Pink lip gloss over it.

Here is Isabel with a fresh summery face and loving it! ๐Ÿ™‚

So many possibilities using the Celestial Garden collection! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have fun with it! Enjoy wherever you’ll be this summer, guys!

Another Dream Job Fulfilled: Barista

22 Feb

I’ve always wanted to be a Barista ๐Ÿ™‚ ย First of all, I love coffee, the smell and taste of a good cup. ย Secondly, it’s also a way for me to “kidnap” my husband or friends for about an hour or so to just catch up. ย I’ve had some of the best conversations over a cup of coffee.

Our very own Saeco coffee machine! (Well, it's on loan...)

When I am not busy with makeup gigs or mommy duties, I am usually at my office. hehe Belle & Cat Nail and Wax Studio has become a second home to me and I am here almost everyday. ย It’s always nice seeing our regular clients and meeting new ones ๐Ÿ™‚ When I am craving for a cup of coffee, I would walk to either Blenz or Starbucks. ย But not anymore… ๐Ÿ™‚

Coffee in minutes! ๐Ÿ™‚

Recently, I met with Jason, the brother of a good friend of mine, Tessa ๐Ÿ™‚ I recently did her makeup for her wedding. ย heheย Anyway, going back to the coffee. ย Jason is from this company called Best Brew Coffee Solutions, Inc. ย They provide “coffee solutions” for your office or shop or salon! ๐Ÿ™‚ For me, coffee is the solution to everything! And yoga. ย Jason provided us with everything that we needed to be able to give our clients a great cup of coffee while getting their nails done ๐Ÿ™‚ ย You don’t get that in Starbucks! haha!

Love the smell of these local coffee beans. They're called Rocky Mountain Cafe Organic Mountain Blend Coffee.

Okay, so this is where my Barista skills come in. ย First I choose the coffee that I am making ๐Ÿ™‚ Made this cup for my friend, Angela, after she got her eyelashes permed. ย She wanted a latte. ย For a cup of latte, I just need a shot of espresso.

So below is the cup with a shot of espresso.

I then prepare the milk. ย I place the milk in another cup.

I place the tube in the cup with the milk and with just one press of a button, there is my latte!

Since my friend, Angela, was watching me show off my Barista skills, I got too excited and pressed the button a second too late. Haha! OOOOPS…. too much milk! Sorry!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ FAIL.

Angela's Latte ๐Ÿ™‚ Almost perfect.

Okay, let me try this again. ย Angela suggested to put the milk first then the shot of espresso… Could be. Could be ๐Ÿ™‚

Best Brew Coffee Solutions, Inc, also provides the sugar and the creamer ๐Ÿ™‚

Ever since we got this coffee machine, ย B&C became an even happier place to be in ๐Ÿ™‚ ย So to my dear friends, anytime you need a pick-me-up, you know where to go! Let’s catch up! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks, Jason!

If you’re interested to provide excellent coffee in your office or shop,ย you may call 0917-846-BREW ๐Ÿ™‚

A Jingle Belle & Cat Christmas Party

28 Dec

Last December 18, Belle & Cat celebrated our annual Christmas party with the team and staff of B&C. ย We were looking forward to this party since it was only our 2nd year ๐Ÿ™‚ This is lovely Isabel on the left and gorgeous Stacey on the right preparing our simple, hearty meal for the evening.

This may be your typical menu for a party but we knew for sure that everyone will definitely enjoy. ย Who wouldn’t want to eat pork barbeque and lumpiang Shanghai?! Amber Golden Plate Restaurant is always at the top of our list for parties. The food is excellent and they deliver ๐Ÿ™‚ They are known for their pancit and pichi-pichi for dessert but we wanted to try other dishes this time.

Ok, this dish is NOT from Amber. ย This dish was made by our very own Stacey Tan Gana-Bravo. ย One of our partners at B&C. Now a certified cook! ๐Ÿ™‚ This was her dish for the evening. ย A whole tupperware of Chapchae/Japchae, a famous Korean dish made from sweet potato noodles, stir-fried in sesame oil with various vegetables. ย This was amazing, Stacey! I took home most of the leftovers. ย I just had to make my whole family try it!

Pork Barbecue from Amber.

Can’t eat barbecue without rice!

Chicken lollipops.

Mixed vegetables.

Lumpiang Shanghai.

Mango roll from Red Ribbon for dessert. ย Thanks for bringing this, Merry! It was a refreshing and light dessert ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks, Merry, for joining us that evening ๐Ÿ™‚ You will always be part of the B&C Beauty Club!

The boys of Belle & Cat ๐Ÿ™‚ My husband Dante and Chris ๐Ÿ™‚

The B&C Staff. ย Thank you, girls, for another wonderful year. ย B&C will not be here if it weren’t for your talent, hard work and dedication. ย Thank you, Mitch, Joy, Honeyca, Evie, Nerrisa, Narlyn and Kareen! ๐Ÿ™‚ We hope you enjoyed another Christmas with us! ๐Ÿ™‚ Merry, Merry Christmas to all of you! Looking forward to another wonderful year with you all ๐Ÿ™‚

Fulfilled my dream job: Receptionist :)

8 Dec

When I am not busy with my makeup gigs, I am usually at our little nail salon called Belle & Cat Nail and Wax Studio as our part-time receptionist. I’ve always pretended to be one when I was a kid. ย Either that or pretending to work at a grocery as a cashier ๐Ÿ™‚

Being a receptionist for real is not as easy as I thought it would be. First, I need my cup of coffee to begin my shift.

Make sure the lucky frog is facing the door with the coin in its mouth for goodluck ๐Ÿ™‚

Prepare flyers for first time walk-in clients. ย Here’s my DYMO to label our bottles of polish by number ๐Ÿ™‚

Know all products and services by heart.

Be prepared to answer any question clients ask ๐Ÿ™‚

Know all therapists by heart.

Make sure each client is attended to by their therapists.

List down what services each client is getting and the assigned therapist.

Prepare client’s receipt.

Plan our promo for the month. (Meet one of my partners, the lovely Isabel ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Treat each client like kings and queens ๐Ÿ™‚

Make sure clients are happy,

Make sure therapists are happy,


or shine ๐Ÿ™‚

Lock up. Then we start all over again the next day ๐Ÿ™‚ It ain’t easy but I love my job ๐Ÿ™‚