Beauty at your fingertips

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While most ladies rely on their lipsticks to complement their OOTDs [outfit of the day]or simply match their mood, model-turned-entrepreneur Rissa Mananquil-Trillo believes that nail polish is just as powerful in doing so.

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“Nail polish is very much like lipstick because it instantly updates your look. With one swipe, you’re quickly on trend,” the be-dimpled beauty told The Manila Times as her successful cosmetics brand Happy Skin launched its nail polish line.

Mananquil added that unlike hair color which cannot wash off, a woman can easily change her the shade of her nail polish any time she wants a different look or feel.

A coat of nail polish can instantly update a woman’s look

Most importantly, besides upping one’s style, she said a touch of color on the nails makes a woman look and feel well-groomed.

“I’ve always been a fan of nail polish. As a model, it’s a discipline I’ve imbibed—I always feel well-groomed and clean when my nails are done,” Mananquil-Trillo underlined.

No to ‘tiis ganda’
With a sharp eye on fashion and beauty trends, Mananquil-Trillo has tried the gamut of nail polish fads that have come and gone, be it playful colors, nail art, as well as new technologies. But besides believing that a nail polish line will round up Happy Skin’s range of makeup, she saw the need to develop one precisely because of “horror stories” she came across regarding a former favorite of hers—gel polish.

“I loved gel polish before because it really lasts long on the nails. But as a precaution, every time I had my nails done under a UV lamp, I made sure I put on sunblock because I was very scared of UV exposure even if they say it’s minimal from such a small lamp,” Mananquil-Trillo related.

“Eventually though, I didn’t feel it was something I could do all the time because as you know, gel polish removal is very tedious and would make your nail bed really thin from all the scraping. By then, I also heard of people complaining that their nails felt hot and prickly when treated under UV lamp,” she continued.

A mother of three, Mananquil-Trillo divulged she got even more scared when she found out from a friend who regularly had gel polish that she developed a brown spot on her nail, which turned out to be cancerous.

“Yes, there’s such a thing as tiis ganda [suffering for the sake of beauty]but at the end of the day, we always have to take care of ourselves inside and out,” she asserted.

Super six
All this in mind, Mananquil-Trillo and her team at Happy Skin went about formulating a kind of nail polish that will have the look and feel of gel polish without posing any health threats on its users. As such, they came up with the Happy Skin Express Gel Polish 2-in-1 Base + Color and Mirror-Shine Top Coat, a two-step gel polish line that is both easy to apply and to remove.

“What we have is a revolutionary gel polish that delivers shine and longevity without needing a UV lamp to cure or seal the polish. Instead, we use the mirror-shine top coat so women can instantly get chip-resistant and long-wearing color that they can remove painlessly with a regular nail polish remover,” Mananquil-Trillo proudly informed.

Six Filipinas who represent Happy Skin’s six shades of nail polish, each named after a woman’s different aspirations: Heart Evangelista-Escudero for Artist; Iya Villania-Arellano for Dreamer; Aivee Aguila-Teo for Achiever; Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez for Icon; and Angelina and Joey Mead King for Superstar and Influencer, respectively

What makes the line good for the skin is the absence of top 10 toxic ingredients commonly found in mass-produced nail polishes. These are toulene, DPB, parabens, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, acetone, lead and animal ingredients.

Instead, the nail polish is made from a vegan formula that contains hydrolyzed keratin that strengthens nails and almond oil that nourishes.

Mananquil-Trillo also introduced the six shades under this new line, which the brand decided on to complement any Filipina skin tone, from fair to morena. To show just how, the company tapped six empowered Filipinas to represent each shade, which are named after six roles one can aspire to become.

The six super women who are officially Happy Skin nail polish’s faces are: Heart Evangelista-Escudero, representing the “Artist” in nude-khaki; Iya Villania-Arellano, the “Dreamer” in light dove gray; renowned dermatologist Aivee Aguila-Teo, the “Achiever” in soft pink; model Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez, the “Icon” in wine-red; and finally, power couple Angelina and Joey Mead King as “Superstar” and “Influencer,” respectively in metallic gold and taupe.

“We are proud to partner with these women who show that being beautiful isn’t just about what people see on the outside, but about taking care of themselves as well, which is far more important. For them and for Happy Skin, this is the kind of true beauty that women should emanate,” Mananquil-Trillo ended.

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