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Though I’ve been living the condo life for most of the past 6 years, I’m still a BF Homes girl at heart. It’s where I grew up, after all! Though admittedly, I haven’t taken the time to browse through the multitude of new establishments that popped up while I was gone. Now there are so many bars, restaurants, bakeries, spas and salons here that anyone living in BF wouldn’t have to go out of the subdivision for a weekend of food tripping and relaxation.
Get Polished Nail Spa is definitely one of those places if you’re looking somewhere to unwind, especially if you’re living down south of the Metro near BF Homes Paranaque. The place is beautiful and spacious. I really hate crowded nail spas, but sometimes you don’t have a choice! It’s lucky if you book during a slow day, but that’s not always the case, is it?
Get Polished recently celebrated their 5th year anniversary, and I was invited along with other beauty bloggers to try out their services. Like I said, I was pretty out of the BF scene for quite some time, so it’s only now that I’m discovering gems like this. One of the best parts is that it’s next to the Tea Hub (owned by the same people)–they offer Hojicha! Unfortunately, they were out when I was last there, so I haven’t tried it yet. But at least now I know where to go to once Starbucks phases out this drink.
Ms. Rachel of Get Polished giving us a quick introduction
Cupcakes by Shortcrust–also a BF shop. It’s also been around for a long time. It was the bakery that used to be inside Academy One, where I studied ballet as a little girl.
I think Get Polished has every sort of color and kind of nail polish here. From neon, to classic to wacky cracking ones!
A variety of colors! China Glaze
Orly, my favorite nail lacquer
Get Polished introduced me to Cuccio nail lacquers. Just look at that lovely bottle! These are the gel nail lacquers. Cuccio Veneer have 24 colours that match the lacquer line, 30 second cure time, and 100% polish free. It’s touted to be the first UV/LED triple pigmented formula.
I think I got London Underground, which is a lovely blue back. I tried gel on my nails, but for my feet, I opted for a classic pedicure with one of Cuccio’s normal lacquers in a color that seemed like gunmetal gray with a definite bluish tint.
My tired feet get some attention. The foot spa felt great! They also used different scented scrubs. Lavender was the most popular, but I remember choosing something different, I think maybe a citrusy one?
There were several coats to achieve the gel manicure
Lisa did my pedicure. I asked for her name because I think she did an awesome job on ze little piggies. Definitely ask for her when you visit Get Polished. I’m usually iffy about having someone do my pedicure, and I watch with an eagle eye. That’s because some pedicurists think that removing dry skin is always the way to go and then I end up with an ingrown the next time my toe nail grows back, due to the digging they did. Lisa listened to my requests and wasn’t rough on my toes.
I don’t know exactly what this is, but it helped dry my nails quickly. It’s actually the first time I saw something like this used in salons.
The gel manicure looked a little stubby, as it had several coats, but I’ve been told it’s really like that.
This was how it looked the next day. I’m afraid Lisa was the better nail polish applier, as the ones on my fingers were a little uneven and even had a chip on one finger the next day.
Note: when you get gel manicures, they do last for a long time, around 2-3 weeks. However, they need special removal, so it might not be the most convenient option for girls who don’t have the time to search and drop by the nearest salon who offers this specialty.
I really loved the color on my toes, though! The light here is different, but in person, these are so much darker, closer to gunmetal gray than the blue they appear here. Again, Lisa did a great job on my pedicure.
Get Polished is located at 189-B Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes Paranaque. They’re open until 9pm.Related posts: