DIY gelish nails x normal nail polishes

YES! You’ve read it right! I’ve attempted to go all full force by experimenting using normal nail polishes and mixing it with gelish nail polishes (base and top coats).

I’ve always wanted to try using normal nail polishes as the base colour because gelish nail polishes are DAMN EXPENSIVE!!! It costs about $20 per bottle vs $8 (china glaze from DYON international – Cineleisure Scape)! I bought my 1st gelish nail polishes, top and base coats from gelish harmony from DYON as well ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve to first disclaim that the results might not turn out as pretty as gelish nail polishes or durable for that matter. But keep my fingers crossed anyhoo.

Here are the products and tools that were used.

Photo 26-05-2013 10 33 42 PM

Now, don’t say that I’ve not been sharing awesome deals (if you’ve been reading my blog, you would know I DO share great buys with honest reviews (not sponsored)).

Base coat, Top Coat and China glaze were bought from DYON International from Cineleisure Scape. I’ve even linked their Facebook page for you ๐Ÿ™‚ How can you not love me eh? I’ve been getting most of my OPI and China Glaze nail polishes from them. China Glaze are going for 3 for $20! How can you resist?! Well, I couldn’t. So I’ve quite a handful of them lying around, which I thought might not work with gelish nail polishes or curing with UV/LED lamp.

But tadah! IT WORKS!

Laquee Rette Blue Purple Glitter were from Qoo10 –ย lovely.desiires

Cute Ribbon LED Lamp (18Watts) and Gelish Harmony Nail Surface Cleanse from Qoo10 – Crystalife

You can actually replace theย Nail Surface Cleanse with lint wipes as well ๐Ÿ™‚

How do you go about DIY-ing your own gelish nails?

I’ve actually blogged a detailed entry on this before, so please read here if you are keen ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s actually not that difficult, except if you have to remove your previous gelish nails on your own (which I’ve also included a step-by-step in that tutorial post) and if you have shaky/retarded left hand like mine. Other than that, it’s pretty simple and hassle-free with LED lamps!

Here’s the final result!

Photo 26-05-2013 10 26 44 PM Photo 26-05-2013 10 26 20 PM Photo 26-05-2013 10 28 01 PM

A thousand apologies for the poor reso and lighting. The picture doesn’t do justice for the colours. I mean it’s not 100% salon-standard quality, but it’s still acceptable and pretty for a DIY attempt! I shouldn’t be so hard on myself… HAHA!

The purple base colour is actually much lighter than you see in the pictures.

I love how both purple base and glitter colours have a tinge of blue undertones and slight shimmery sheen! Both colour combinations kinda reminds me of fairytale pixie magical dust… you know what I mean.

Googled some images on the China Glaze Tantalise me so you actually have a clearer view on the colour.

A little short review on the products and sellers.

lovely.desiiresย : Spillage in 1 of the 3 bottles I bought. Delivery was long as items were mailed from HongKong. Took abt 2 weeks. Seller’s customer service was acceptable. Nail polishes were cheap compared to other brands such as Gelish Harmony. Honestly, I do not think the brand matters as well as the product works well for you and proves its worth. So far, the 3ย Laquee Rette glitter UV/gel nail polishes worked well for me ๐Ÿ™‚ But I can’t be 100% sure if its authentic? Nevermind that, like I’ve said, as long as it works well for me, I don’t mind if it’s non-authentic or an inferior brand.

Crystalifeย : One of my favourite sellers on Qoo10! Her customer service is superb! Replies very promptly. Her items have proved their worth thus far. Bought the LED lamp, nail cleanse and acetone. She sells gelish nail polishes with brands such as Gelish Harmony and Artistic too (20$ ++) and other nail art tools.

DYON Internationalย : maintains sales both online on their FB page as well as retail flea market booth at Scape. Takes some time to reply queries via FB and some queries were left unanswered and ignored. But staff at the booth was alright. Prices for China Glaze and OPI were quite cheap. Gelish Harmony polishes were market price. Bought a better base coat for strengthening my soft brittle nails at 30$++ but didn’t prove its worth, but gotta continue using it, no choice.

So yes, I hope these reviews were of some help to you. Like I’ve always said, sharing is caring. ๐Ÿ™‚

And yes, in conclusion, YOU CAN MIX NORMAL NAIL POLISHES WITH GELISH NAIL POLISHES in this sequence (apply gelish base coat – cure it under UV/LED lamp – apply normal nail polish (I applied 2 coats) – cure it under the lamp (IT ACTUALLY WORKS! HAHA!) – apply additional glitter/nail designs (optional) – cure it under the lamp – apply top coat (u can apply 2 coats – cure it under lamp – wipe with nail surface cleanse/lint wipes)

Just hope this combination lasts though ๐Ÿ˜‰

HAVE FUN GIRLS! ๐Ÿ˜€

Braces, Geo contact lens + LED lamp for Gelish manicure and pedicure!

It’s MID-WEEK! Hoorays! But this week’s gonna be a short one due to the public holiday this coming Fri! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I’ll be dropping by Q&M toight for my monthly dental visit and I’ve done up another comparison thus far.

Not much difference though and I’m kinda disappointed because I don’t see anymore movements. But maybe the inner teeth have moved because I did feel some tightness here and there throughout March. Also because I’ve still not been able to ‘jump’ the bite yet and most of the times when I wake up, I find myself clenching my teeth (perhaps I was angry during my sleep?!) and the position of my teeth is still an underbite alignment. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Nevertheless, the comparison thus far :

For March

braces march

For Jan, Feb and March

braces

 

There’s nothing much to cheer about except for the fact that my top row is much straighter now as compared to the past before putting on the braces.

Sigh, I really hope I will be able to ‘jump’ the bite soon. I still can’t smile properly showing my teeth.

This is the best I can do without lookingย retarded.

Photo 10-03-2013 12 05 34 AM

Photo 10-03-2013 12 03 51 AM

 

Don’t laugh okay?

I guess these are the only two pictures you will see with me smiling with teeth shown, unless you caught me on candid camera which I’m very sure I will look like a dork and I would kill you for that.

By the way, smiling like this makes me even more self-conscious of not only my smile/teeth, but also my chin, nose and cheeks.

I have an indent face. My face is really skinny and my jaw-line is extremely defined.

Actually, I don’t have cheeks at all.

Apple cheeks are cute. Long pointy indented cheeks make you look like an old hag and even more haggard looking than your real age.

I used to be RREEALLL fat before puberty but lost them all after reaching puberty, combined with vigorous exercise. I started learning Taekwondo at the age of 10 and achieved my 1st black belt dan at 14. But with my current age and body condition now, I doubt I can be as robust as before.

Okay, nvm, so back to the cheeks.

Seen some improvements on QiuQiu’s blog and facebook on her fat-grafting of the face and really tempts me. But I don’t wish to look like a swollen pig head.

Another thing is, my nose looks stubby and I hate my protruding chin due to my underbite and skeletal structure.

I just hate my side profile. :(((

By the way, the 2 pictures above took me some time to capture them, despite still being imperfect. The rest were just plain dorky and I had a hard time trying to position my mouth,chin and teeth altogether to create this ‘somewhat-near-perfect-smile’.

***

Anyway, I’ve tried 2 other Geo lens fromย GEO CONTACT LENSย !

Super Angel Blue :

Photo 19-03-2013 11 03 08 PM

Photo 19-03-2013 08 16 00 PM

 

geo geo2 geo6

 

Morning Glory Grey :

Photo 25-03-2013 09 01 07 PM geo3 geo4 geo5

So far so good! They are comfortable to wear but inevitably and occasionally, they would dry out if I stare at my phone (most of the times concentrating hard on Candy Crushing!) for too long. Try blinking or look far after that, or just carry along eye drops with you ๐Ÿ™‚

This is normal and happens with any and every contact lens you wear. Even if I wear contact lenses from optical shops such as Fresh Kon and Maxi lens, my eyes dry out easily too! Furthermore, if you’ve read my previous review on these 2 optical brands, you would know that they suck! >=[

By the way, the lady boss ofย GEO CONTACT LENS, Kimmy is extremely friendly and helpful! She would go the extra mile to clear your doubts and explain whatever is required. ๐Ÿ™‚

So go check out those pretty lenses atย GEO CONTACT LENSย now!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

***

I bought some stuffs from Gmarket (still prefer calling them this than Qoo10) :

Photo 27-03-2013 08 41 54 AM

Photo 27-03-2013 08 45 07 AM

I bought the LED lamp (18watts) for 169$ and I am super duper pleased with this seller on Gmarket! This is my 2nd purchase from her. Previously gotten a bottle of Acetone at 10$ for self-removal of gelish nails!

Her replies are very prompt and very helpful and most importantly, she delivers her items very promptly! I made the order last Sunday 24th and received the item yesterday on the 26th! How fast a delivery could that be???
She even sent a free gift as per above – Cuticle cutter.

Because good things must be shared and sharing is caring (that’s the whole point of my blog), so here goes :

LED Lampย 

Gelish Cleanser

Crystalife (Seller)

If you have been following my blog, you would know that I have been using the lousy UV Lamp with 36 watts, which does not cure gelish nail polishes well and takes a longer time to do so. I am still thinking if I should sell it as 2nd hand or keep it to cure my pedicure when I’m doing my manicure.

But if anyone’s interested, do let me know and I will take into consideration of selling it cheap at a low price! It’s rarely being used, honestly.

I would do up a comparison between UV lamp and a LED lamp soon when time permits. Artistic (300-400$++)and Gelish Harmony (500-600$$++) LED Lamps are just WAAAYYY TOOOOO EXPENSIVE!!!

But I’ve to let you know that it’s working, has automated sensor of 30sec and it’s EXTREMELY IRRESISTIBLY ADORABLE!!!

The time will depend on how thick each layer applied.

Foundation base – 10 to 30sec
Gelish color – 30sec to 45sec
Top-if-off – 20-30sec

But I don’t think I will be reviewing this cute ribbon LED lamp anytime soon since I’ve just gotten my manicure and pedicure done last week for a wedding last Sunday atย Fingertip Nail Careย ๐Ÿ™‚

Photo 21-03-2013 09 41 37 PM

Photo 21-03-2013 09 00 01 PM

I know I have the world’s ugliest toes. :(((

But I know many of you can’t resist the cuteness of this LED Lamp, do stay tuned for my reviews okay? ๐Ÿ™‚

Also because there aren’t any reviews online so far for this LED lamp (I can’t find any!) and no reviews available on Gmarket as well, except for mine. LOL!

Love y’all! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

TGIF and Food Galore!

Finally… The day we have all been waiting for – FRIDAY!

I find it so amusing that our daily mood is greatly affected by the day of the week. It automatically gets elevated nearing the weekend.

I hate working life seriously but neither do I like a student’s life.

***

Did some DIY manicure on my own and it didn’t turn out as disastrous as before. I mixed gelish and normal nail polishes together since I’ve read many reviews that they do work together to help preserve the ‘life’ of the nail polishes.

Removed my previous gelish nails and applied the gelish base coat, normal polish (2 coats) and gelish top coat.

Not sure what brand this is but I reckon it must be from SaSa?

Used the UV lamp behind to dry the gelish nails. Am thinking of getting a LED lamp because the UV rays hurt my nails. Tried some LED lamps before at nail palours, some did sting while some worked perfectly fine for me. And it’s perfect for impatient people like me! It only takes 30secs to dry the nails while UV lamp requires approx 2 mins? Sometimes even longer.

My nails are soft and brittle, not sure if it’s due to genes or poor nutrition and that is why it would hurt under UV lamp.

But LED lamps are cheap as well. Heard that it costs around $300+?

I love art and crafts and designing, basically. But painting on your own nails ain’t easy, especially when you have a retarded left hand. I have shaky hands too. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Used the Acetone remover behind to remove the previous set of gelish nails, together with the aluminium foils behind.

Have done up a step-by-step tutorial on removing gelish nails. You may read it here if keen ๐Ÿ™‚

I got the Gelish Harmony nail polishes from D.Y.O.N International at Scape. They have a facebook page too, you may check it out for updates ๐Ÿ™‚

I am not paid/sponsored for the nail polishes. Bought them on my own, together with another pinkish-red gelish nail polish and costs $80 in total. Gelish nail polishes ain’t cheap you know. I’ve also gotten my China Glaze nail polishes from DYON too ๐Ÿ™‚ Sold quite cheaply. 3 for $20 ๐Ÿ™‚

Regretted painting the glitter snow globe over because it was kinda dried up and was clumpy. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

This was 2 days after application. You may not be able to tell that it has uneven clumpy areas but sadly, they do ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

By the way, these are my real nails ๐Ÿ™‚

The sides of some nails have chipped, but so far so good.

So yes, I guess getting gelish and normal nail polishes applied together do work. But may not turn out as effective and long-lasting than using all gelish nail polishes.

***

Had Ajisen Ramen for lunch yesterday and Bak Kut Teh for dinner on the same day.

I’m not really a fan of Ramen because firstly, being a small eater, I usually can’t finish the noodles. I managed to finish about 2/3 yesterday and that was when I’d forced myself to gobbled some more noodles more than I could take. Was extremely stuffed after that. Secondly, Ramen noodles is the same as maggie noodles to me.

But, I do love their soups. I am a soupy kind of person! ๐Ÿ™‚

Bf and I had these for dinner yesterday and we ordered one too many dishes. Felt that the cereal chicken was quite pricey – $8 for small and $10 for big portions.

We couldn’t finish much of the dishes.

The bak kut teh soup was so-so only. I preferred those with the pepperish taste.

Saw on a food variety show that bak kut teh with the pepperish taste is the Singaporean style while the non-pepperish with a twist of sweetness taste originates from Malaysia.

I guess I must be a true blue Singaporean then ๐Ÿ™‚

We patronised the shop at :

Sin Heng Claypot Bak Kut Teh

439 Joo Chiat Road

Tel:ย 63458754

***

Last Saturday, bf and I decided to have our very own home-cooked steamboat for dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

Steamboat is easy because there’s not much oil involved, not much cooking to be done (I suck at this!) and it’s rather healthy too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Plus, having steamboat for 2 eases the competition of food-snatching!

Bf went to tabao Fried rice as well because he said that rice is essential. :S

***

A lazy Sunday tea break at Zam Zam.

No prata was available – totally loathe it when this happens because I usually get pratas if I’m dining at Muslim stores. Unless I’m really famished then I would order fried noodles.

Am not really a fan of other races’ food as well – but no offence, I’m not racist. ๐Ÿ™‚

Just that most of their food are spicy and I can’t take spicy well for nuts.

I love how the photo frame is so apt! ๐Ÿ™‚

Singapore Zam Zam Restaurant

697 North Bridge Road

Tel:ย 62986320

***

Because I didn’t have the mood to blog recently, the following pictures are post-dated.

Birthday presents for mom ๐Ÿ™‚

Almost everything was Spicy at Muthu’s Curry.

As mentioned, I’m not a fan of other races’ food and spicy food, so I didn’t really ate much and enjoy the food ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

This was meant to celebrate my mom’s bday on the actual day. Not to be confused with the upcoming pictures below because sis and I decided to throw her a surprise bday celebration together with her siblings – my uncles and aunties on Sunday.

Mom was a little upset because we usually celebrate bdays on weekends rather than weekdays due to work and time-constraint. However, my family went on a vacation to Aussie the week before the actual bday, so we couldn’t celebrate an advanced bday for her. But did so on 2 days – actual weekday and a belated one on Sunday.

Muthu’s Curry (Race Course)

138 Race Course Road

#06-01

Tel:ย 66028022Fax:ย 63921382

***

The surprise birthday dinner was held at Pu Tien.

Attended the dinner with a partially-filled tummy, so I didn’t eat much either.

Bro-in-law said that Pu Tien is famous for their mee sua which was not the usual thin noodles. Tasted so-so only. I’d preferred it to be saltier and richer in flavour. A little to bland for me.

The fried yam pieces on the 2nd last picture was my favourite because it was coated with honey and even though it’s wet, the crisp was still well-tasted! ๐Ÿ™‚

Didn’t try the bittergourd. I am so not a fan of it!

We bought a bday cake from Rive Gauche!

It was quite nice and had crispy biscuit-like parts! Totally different from the usual bday cakes we have.

Pu tien @ย Marina Squareย 
6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-205
Singapore 039594

***

Tomorrow marks a very significant and meaningful date for us.

It’s our 5th year anniversary! โค

We’ve made plans and even booked reservations at a romantic dining area.

I’ve even planned on what to wear which has toย accommodateย 2 different locations. ๐Ÿ™‚

I can’t wait for tomorrow, I’m sure it would be filled with lots of love and laughters! โค ๐Ÿ˜€

Hope the updates are sufficient to compensate whatever lack of posts and personal touch I have on this blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

Trying to act cute, act younger, act feminine.

I hardly cam-whore and act cute la, so give me the benefit of the doubt, will you? ๐Ÿ˜‰

By the way, I will be sharing with you guys on where I get my contact lenses from. I’m extremely disappointed with the ones I have gotten from optical shops – Freshkon and Maxi lens. Encore ones are still alright. But the 1st 2 really cannot make it! :@

The $$ I spent on contact lenses I got from optical shops could have been spent better elsewhere or stock up from online shops!

So if you want comfortable lens that are priced reasonably that are safe for usage as well as to allure and enhance your sparkling eyes that melt hearts, do stay tuned! ๐Ÿ™‚

Love,

Jean