Carla Abellana never leaves the house without nail polish

IMAGE Demai G. Sunio-Granali

Carla Abellana, at the opening of her nail spa The Nail Box, wore a barely visible blush pink shade of polish on her nails.


If there is one thing that Carla Abellana is addicted to, that is getting a manicure and pedicure service.

When asked by PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) how often she gets her nails pampered, she said: "Ay, naku, madalas!"

This fondness for nail care has prompted Carla to put up her own nail salon business.

On March 12, she opened The Nail Box in Scout Gandia St. in Quezon City.

Carla says this is a dream come true for a nail fanatic like her.

She admits that she never leaves the house without polish on her nails.

"Ay, you can never see me on TV without polish on my feet!

"Hands pa, pwedeng wala. Kasi minsan for work kailangan, e, for continuity purposes.

"Pero pag feet, never without nail polish."

Her favorite colors: "It has to be blush pink. I like this one kasi you can barely see it, it looks clean.

"Iyon iyong gusto ko, e, na it's just a right hint of pink, pero you don't even see it. It looks so transparent and light.

"So, it has to be blush pink talaga. That's my favorite classic, staple, no fail all the time.

"Sa feet naman, as much as possible, it has to be terno sa hands, so it's still blush pink.

"But, sometimes, I also do red. So, it's either the lightest pink or something bright naman sometimes, tapos blush pink sa hands."

But Carla doesn't use just any type of polish.

"Ay, siyempre naman, we only use the best brands," she says.

Her favorite brands are all available at The Nail Box.

"We have O.P.I., Essie, Revlon... We have over 100 different shades available."

As a longtime fan of nail service—and now a nail spa owner—Carla has these few tips to have perfect nails all the time:

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"Me talaga, I get my mani and pedi weekly. But that's just me.

"Siguro if the kind of work that you do is where you use your hands talaga and it gets haggard, I guess weekly, every week you get a manicure, it would be good.

"But then, any nail spa owner would say it has to rest din, your nails have to rest, lalo na if you're the type who likes the darker colors ng polish.

"Kasi there are some brands of polish na nagse-stain iyong nails mo, your nails turn yellow, so it has to rest a few days, siguro a few days to a week before you put polish again.

"Pero ako, I don't rest!" Carla says with a laugh.

"Spoiled ako, e, I don't rest.

"But for, you know, I guess what's important is to get regular cleaning. Iyan talaga, more than the polish.

"But when you put polish, of course, you have to know the best brands to use para it dries quickly, won't easily chip, and won't stain your nails."


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