Thursday, August 29, 2013

ANNY: Expressing Yourself ANNY Way You Want

If you follow me in Instagram, you see that I've been bitten by the nail art bug pretty late. I told my polish story a few entries back as an "illegal" accessory in high school only wearing our blue or green polish on our school-shoes covered toes and our nails would be sporting colors only on weekends. For a girl who hardly wears accessories, I like that it was an instant pop of color to my un-braceleted or cuffed hands. I kinda let go wearing polish due to doing chores and all, and opted for just very basic cleaning and buffing on fingernails and only wearing polish on special occasions and events. My feet though, are forever with color, usually a vamp or coral hue.

I started getting into nail art a few months ago, seeing it as a funner and better option to a single color. I figured that a bit of color on my nails help most especially since my hands get photographed a lot in behind-the-scenes shots in gigs so, with a bit of practice, I began Googling and practicing my own DIY nail art. I developed my own personal style as well, choosing animal prints, glam rock, and quirky designs over girly pastels. Also, from a personal note, nail art lasts longer than my usual polish. I began collecting nail polish again and even discovered a whole lot more fun nail art things and techniques as I went along.

I was introduced to a new nail polish brand called Anny a few days ago (isn't the name just so cute and friendly too?) in a very intimate event just a backflip away from my house. I already saw Anny bottles being sold at the Nail Bar at the SM Store in SM Aura and I'm glad for this invite because I get to know the products up close.

Anny (pronounce it as "Annie", like the little redhead orphan from the Broadway musical)  is a German brand with its shades that take inspiration from the trendy cities of New York, Miami, and L.A. They have over 100 shades to suit everyone's personality.

There's just a lot of colors to choose from, depending on your outfit or mood.

 Aside from the usual color range, Anny has a series of constantly updated exclusives. I like too that aside from the usual pinks, nudes, and reds, there are also some unusual shades that are unique and hard-to-find. There are also some chrome-like effect polish (right now, I'm wearing The Answer Is Love, which when applied is a navy color but dries into an eggplant-like color with a bit of navy showing through, depending on the light and angle).

 I personally like edgy colors and styles so I was drawn to this very sexy vamp shade - Clubbing With Dracula, which is a deep wine red that would look great this season, when pastels are taking a back step for spicier colors.

 Those who work with very strict dress codes and implement strictly conservative nail shade rules may wear Paris In Love, a pretty light nude pink. It's also great for brides who prefer a pretty shell hue instead of French tips.

For a flirty, pretty color for parties, daytime tea, or any happy occasion, Pretty Woman is a girly and sweet shade for the sassy girly-girls out there.

These polishes cost about Php580 each and are easy to apply and quick-drying. When I tried the polishes, it took roughly about 15 minutes for the polish to set and a full 30 minutes for it to completely dry and give me the go-signal to dip my hand in my bag and fish out my keys.

Aside from the polishes, Anny also offers nail care lines that give our polished nails some TLC during our weekly manicures or on days when we rest from our nail art to give our nail beds a chance to breathe.

The Calcium Nail Attack (Php 580) are our solution to our brittle nails for extra-strength

The Overnight Repair (Php 680) is like night cream for our nails, which give the nails the nourishment they need while we sleep.

The 6-in-1 (Php 680) is awesomeness and value for money and a space-saver in our vanity because it's a ridge filler, strengthener, base coat, top coat, high gloss, and quick dry all in one. So instead of purchasing a lot of bottles, you only purchase one at the cost of one bottle.

Another mentionable awesomeness is the Polish Corrector - To Go (Php 580) which corrects and erases all our lampas for NOTD-worthy Instagram shots as if we had our nails professionally done. It's also easy to use. it's like a stain-removing pen for nails and they also have different tip size and shapes depending on our nails.

Anny is available at SM Aura, SM Moa, and SM Makati as well as the Make Up Factory store in Bonifacio High Street. They would be opening more branches soon so visit for more info. You may follow them in Facebook (ANNY Philippines), Twitter (ANNYPhilippines), and Instagram (ANNY Philippines) for more updates too.