I was in Eastwood City, Libis last Sunday, roaming around their new mall (the one with the dancing fountains in front), when I saw a small space to the side that sold 24k Italian gold-infused beauty products. I was intrigued but knew that it would be expensive for sure, so I did not dare come near the salesman who seemed only too eager to demonstrate the effects of the products.
Later, I passed by again and curiosity got the better of me, so my Dad and I started to examine their gift sets that lined the shelves. A European lady approached me and said, “May I see your hand?” I acquiesced to her curious request, and she immediately called the salesman over.
He pointed out that I had a lot of unsightly lines and yellowness to my nails. Then, before I could fully absorb what he was telling me, the salesman started to use this multi-sided nail buffer. He explained that 1 side was for removing the dead cells, another side was for encouraging oxygen into the nails, and another was for polishing. There were 4 sides, I think, so I may have forgotten what 1 side was all about.
After the process was finished, he wouldn’t let me see my thumbnail just yet. He had to pause for dramatic effect before letting go of my hand and allowing me to observe the results:
I was obviously surprised that I didn’t have to deal with coloring my nails (and subjecting it to acetone after) to get a very clean-looking result. Kitchen work takes its toll on your limbs. The hands, in particular. It is quite common to get rough palms and beaten-up nails. Sanitary codes forbid the use of nail polish and, naturally, you don’t get to let your nails grow much longer either. It was so much fun to see a natural shine on my nails.
However, beauty comes at a price. The buffer comes in a set (with some tea tree oil, a nail file, and a tube of hyacinth lotion) and costs P2,700+ (or was it P3,000+?). I knew even before they demo-ed the product on me that, bottom line, I wouldn’t be able to afford it.
The salesman mentioned that the shine would last up to 2 weeks, and he was right. For week 1, it had a high gloss like nail polish. For week 2, the nail survived daily activity and a cooking exam and still has some buffed shine to it after the week was up.
For those who want to check out this manicure set on the web, go to Oro Gold. Or you can scout out the small booth in the posh Eastwood Mall.