Nail Art with Bandi Gel Polish

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The past weeks were all about attending classes and workshops. It can get tiring, trying to get from Alabang to my destination, but always, when I learn a new thing or two, braving the recent extra-unbearable traffic becomes worth it. It doesn't have to be a skill I need to apply for my career or para sa ekonomiya (haha), usually I just go for things that interest me, basta something that I find enjoyable.

Just like last Saturday's Avant Pop Nail Workshop with Bandi Philippines.

The workshop was held in Le Bunny Bleu, EDSA Shangrila Mall.

We worked with colors and brushes while checking out these cute shoes!

The event was a whole day affair, where people who come in wearing their Le Bunny Bleu were also able to participate.

Bandi Philippines' Creative Ambassador Mimi Qiu was our teacher that afternoon. Ms. Qiu has an impressive 7 year experience in nail art, and studied acrylic, 3D, and advanced nail art with certification in Hong Kong and Korea.

Ms. Mimi with Ms. Zerline Chan Ortiz-Luis of Le Bunny Bleu:

Some of her works! It looks easy, but when I tried it, sobrang OC and hirap pala!

My classmates:

During the class, we used Bandi's new Avant Pop Collection.

The Avant Pop style involves splashes of vibrant colors, mirrored patterns, geometric stripes, pop-inspired graphics, and bold florals. Color blocks, street art-inspired, and comic book speech bubbles also give a fun and funky vibe to the range.

The 8 color Gel Polish range:

Our materials:

The first step is to buff the nails so that excess oil and dirt will be removed before gel application. We used these plastic nails para easier and ok lang magkamali.

We were also assisted by Bandi-trained ladies, who were very patient and helpful. Thank you!

After buffing, coating, and drying, we're ready to paint!

Bandi is a nail care brand in Korea, brought into the country by Top That Corp. in early 2014. Their color line is high gloss, long lasting, and quick dry. The formula is toluene / DBP free and is not tested on animals! Aside from the Avant Pop Collection, they have over 300 shades in various finishes ranging from glitter, frosted, sheer, shimmer, metal, pearl, and neon -- Actually the most comprehensive gel color selection that I know of! 

They are very smooth and easy to use:

For the thinner lines and finer details, we used this nail art brush:

My first try on nail art.. mabusisi, but fun! 

  Yey, my finished product! Took me an hour to create these, haha! I also attempted to recreate the cute LeBunny Bleu logo:
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