You can tell a lot about a person through their nails. Aside from health and basic hygiene, their choice of nail style can also give a glimpse into their personality. Is this woman bold and adventurous? Demure and whimsical? How about “decadent” and “luxurious”?
Initially serving a clientele of mostly Japanese and Koreans in their Malate branch, Mi & Me Luxury Nails’ market has since expanded to more Filipinos who want to pamper themselves. Proudly claiming that their polishes last longer, their extensive A-list celebrity clientele also fuels the hype.
Mimi Qiu Reyes is a woman on a mission. With 13 years in the business, she aims to “bring to Manila only the best and the latest.” Fans of their impeccable craftsmanship, be it a straightforward coating or an embellished, sparkly production, are the likes of Bea Alonzo (they even have a vlog episode together!), Andrea Brillantes, and Catriona Gray, to name a few.
“We brand ourselves as a luxury nails salon because we offer high-end gel services, which normally a typical nail salon doesn't offer, and are not trained to do,” Mimi tells Preview. “We embellish genuine Swarovski rhinestones, birthstones, silver, and real diamonds on nails. Our nail technicians are also trained to hand paint designs if the client requires,” the celebrity nail artist adds.
When it comes to the most requested look, we learn that it is generally based on the season. “If the season calls for holiday-inspired nails, then we do more of the glitters, gold, [and] red. Clients splurge during the holidays making our Swarovski embellishments more popular every December. For spring, we use dyed real flowers on our designs. For summer, our bright colors of yellow, orange, and neons become the go-to choice of our customers,” she reveals.
Don’t be intimidated though! Luxury doesn’t always mean over the top. Sometimes, what appears to be simple holds the highest quality and refinement. Take for example the elegant “Catriona Nude”, which was aptly named after the 2018 Miss Universe. It took the hands-on businesswoman over a month to perfect this delicate nude shade that flawlessly matched Cat’s gown and skin tone. Fun fact, not only was this Catriona’s lacquer as she was crowned, another beauty queen, Miss World 2013 Megan Young also wore this on her big day: her wedding!
Below are some of the celebrities that Mimi Qiu Reyes of Mi & Me Luxury Nails have worked on:
1. Anne Curtis
2. Bea Alonzo
3. Andrea Brillantes
4. Catriona Gray
5. Sarah Lahbati
6. Ellen Adarna
7. Kim Chiu
8. Megan Young
9. Alice Dixson
10. Liza Soberano
For bookings and appointments, you may call the following: 0977-390-2919 for Bellagio Square Malate, 0966-718-2008 for Quezon City, and 0951-880-0000 for The Peninsula Manila.
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