[Beauty] How to make your DIY Gel Nails last?

Gel nails have their pros and cons but one of the main reason why girls have their nails done in gelish nail polish is due to the durability. Gel nails are known to last longer than normal nail polishes, although they are more harmful due to curing under UV/LED light.

Apart from having my manicure sessions done at nail salons, I like to DIY them myself.

These are the tools which are required :

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I have blogged about them before earlier on, so do take some time to read here before moving on, especially if you are new to this 🙂

I get most of my stuffs from Qoo10 and they aren’t expensive.

Although the quality of the nail polishes make a huge difference, I realised that some cheaper gel nails (authenticity unverified though) can last too! I know how expensive it is to have manicures done every now and then and also how pricey gel nail polish brands such as Gelish Harmony, Artistic, Red Carpet are…

I have soft and brittle nails (natural and due to wearing nail polishes too long) and often experience breakage and chipping. Furthermore, recently I have been suffering from short lifespan of my gel nails as they peel easily. And I don’t mean like chipping off bit by bit, it’s like the whole piece of nail polish peels off from my whole nail bed!

It’s definitely annoying especially since it can occur few hours or the day after my DIY manicure! Not to mention, it is also very unsightly. #OCD

So here are some useful tips which I have discovered that would help you achieve longer lasting gel nails :

1. Remove your previous manicure properly. I didn’t really follow this because most of my gel nails were able to peel off, so I took the easy way out and peel them all off, although not advisable. Heh.

2. Buff and file your nails. 

3. This is the most important step. I skipped this step previously and that was why my gel nails kept peeling off. Cleanse the nail bed thoroughly with Acetone. 

4. Apply pH bond. I used to think applying pH bond was sufficient and never really thought that there might be some residue left from my previous session despite peeling them all off.

5. Do not allow the nail polish to come into contact with your skin. If it does, remember to WIPE IT OFF BEFORE YOU CURE IT. This is because curing your nails under the UV/LED lamp ‘seals’ the nail polish and hardens it, thus making it difficult for you to salvage it without removing the whole nail polish again. Any ‘gaps’ will cause your nail polish to chip/peel. 

6. Apply an additional layer on your finger tips to ‘seal’ the whole nail bed. 

7. Apply an additional top coat and cure it for a longer time (optional).

Here are some of my humble works thus far :

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Hope you enjoy them and thanks for reading! 🙂

Pamper your nails at NailRoom@OneSix and WIN FREE GIFTS!

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I had my nails pampered at Nail Room @ One Six few weeks ago to grace the Chinese New Year period. It’s one of the many times of a year where we girls would wanna look and feel good, isn’t it? 😉

Psst, read on to find out how you can win a gift pack! 🙂

So, this is how the exterior of Nail Room @ One Six looks like :

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Nail Room @ One Six embraces a spacious and clean nail salon that provides customers the warm cozy feeling and beautiful ambience. It is dimly-lighted so as to offer that relaxing mood while having your nails being pampered by their professional manicurists.

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Their display of nail polishes that provides a wide variety of beautiful colours :

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Nail Room @ One Six carries Orly, Bandi and Gellyfit nail polishes which are eco-friendly as they do not contain any of the ‘toxic three’ chemicals found in many other nail polish brands.

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Further to that, Nail Room @ One Six  also carries INGLOT O2M nail polishes which are ‘halal’ patented are suitable for and very popular among Muslim customers as well as they are the first nail polish brand with water permeable technology that allows water to seep through the enamel and touch the natural nail. INGLOT O2M nail polishes  do not contain toluene, formaldehyde, dibuyl phthalate and camphor which are harmful to health.

It is not surprising to discover refreshments at Nail Room @ One Six where they always have the hearts’ of customers in mind.

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I chatted with the Aida, the lady boss of Nail Room @ One Six throughout my manicure and pedicure session who was extremely warm and friendly, and we clicked very well 🙂

As it was during the Chinese New Year Period, I opted for red but yet not wanting to look overly ‘cheena’ and ‘auntie-ish’.

So I chose this design for my manicure:

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And my pedicure :

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For the month of February and in conjunction with the upcoming Valentine’s Day, Nail Room @ One Six has is having a promotion whereby you are entitled to a free gift if you spend a minimum of $50!

Here is what Nail Room @ One Six  has to offer, psst, they are really pretty and worth the money! 🙂

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1 gift pack includes : 1 mini Orly nail polish, foot scrub soap and a nail file!

Want to win a pack? Simply just spend $50 and you can call them your own! 🙂

In addition, if you spend more than $25 and quote my name ‘Jean Gan’, you will get to enjoy a 10% off!!!

Nail Room @ One Six

16 Jalan Masjid

#01-06

Singapore 418941

Facebook : Nail Room @ One Six

How to get there :

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Manicure and Pedicure with Prettify Me – The Nail Therapy!

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Last Saturday, I went to pamper my nails again and attended a manicure and pedicure session with PrettifyMe – The Nail Therapy!

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Located at the shopping street of Singapore, PrettifyMe – The Nail Therapy provides ample space to accommodate everyone at its Orchard outlet.

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Getting your nails done at PrettifyMe –  The Nail Therapy simply translates into a pampering session with their cozy settings and soothing music  as the background music.

And that’s not all.

For me, I like chatting with my manicurists while having my nails done. In addition, I can safely vouch that most customers look forward to be serve by friendly manicurists while pampering their nails.

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Rest assured that PrettifyMe – The Nail Therapy provides you with just that!

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My nails before manicure :

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After manicure :

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And pedicure :

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I went ahead to have my nails done with simple designs which can prove to be very alluring as well. ‘Simplicity takes it all’ mindset is sometimes better than having overwhelming designs and 3D embellishments occupying all your nails.

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Manicure and Pedicure with Beary-Nice Nails

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I was smitten with my previous set of cute nails embellished with loads of sweet cakes and ice creams which surprised me that they could stay on for such a long time!

I headed down to Beary-Nice Nails again to have my nails repainted, redesigned and basically, to be pampered again 🙂

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I decided to opt for normal nail polishes as my nails were extremely brittle and thin caused by both genetics and constant painting of nails, especially with gel nail polishes.

After removing my gelish nails, removing cuticles, buffing and filing…

And went from this :

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To this :

 

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I did mention that I was gonna get minions painted but I changed my mind…. So there you go, colourful leopard prints! 🙂

And here are my toes :

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Opted for a little more feminine design this time round 🙂

Their rates (at unbelievable prices!!!) :

  • Polish only $ 4
  • Classic mani $15
  • Classic pedi $25
  • Gelish (hands) $35
  • Gelish (toes) $45
  • Xpress gelish (fingers/ toes)
  • $25
  • Acrylic or gel extension $80

*Nail art costs $1 per nail onwards – depending on your designs and type of embellishments – as with all other nail salons icon smile Cute Cupcake Nails and Leopard Prints Nails with Beary Nice Nails!

They are currently located at :

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#01-87 (LOOK OUT FOR THIS UNIT NUMBER)

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Contact number : 82459863

Email  add : bearynicenails@gmail.com

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Minions and Monsters Inc nails by Beary Nice Nails!

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Remember my cute cupcake nails done by Beary Nice Nails awhile ago?

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And my gradient leopard prints pedicure?

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My readers have also headed down to Beary Nice Nails after seeing how gorgeous my nails were! 🙂

Here are theirs 😀

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This was $42.

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And this was at $40!

Prices all after discounts 🙂 Read below to find out how you can be entitled to these discounts too!! 😀

Both were normal polishes with nail art 🙂

And this are my gelish nails after almost 2 weeks!

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As you can see, they are still going strong! The 3D embellishments didn’t fall off despite bowling with them LOL :p And my nails have grown a little 🙂

So rest assured that quality is definitely high and your money will be well-spent at Beary Nice Nails! 🙂

Beary Nice Nails

BLK 89 BEDOK NORTH AVE 4

#01-87 (LOOK OUT FOR THIS UNIT NUMBER)

Singapore 460089

Contact number : 82459863

Email  add : bearynicenails@gmail.com

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Cute Cupcake Nails and Leopard Prints Nails with Beary-Nice Nails!

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Hello girls!

I’ve something exciting to share with you babes! And only because it’s beneficial, hence the excitement! 😀

If you are looking for cozy nail salons with excellent customer service, then Beary-nice nails is definitely the place to patronise and get you pretty nails done in a jiffy!

Honestly speaking, I was a little taken aback when I was welcomed with super friendly faces and smiles when I first entered the nail salon. Simply put, I was treated like an old friend by the manicurists at Beary-nice nails! The girls are extremely friendly and because of that, I felt at home and genuinely welcomed.

Their meticulous skills and their genuine interest in serving customers won me over. I have never encountered such warm and affectionate manicurists before. I am not only saying this because of the sponsorship, I am very certain I would blog the same if I were a paid customer because I have seen how they have handled other customers the same friendly manner as well.

Don’t believe? Head down to their shop and just try and inquire on their services and rates (no harm trying), you will be surprised how friendly they are! That I can guarantee you! 😉

On top of that, I have always been an indecisive customer when it comes to choosing nail art designs. Because I dress as per my mood, sometimes I’m looking girly but other days, I’m in the mood for a little ‘rock-and-roll’ kind of style, so it’s difficult to cater to both ends. But the girls were extremely patient 🙂

But nevertheless, I settled with these cupcake designs because it’s one of the trendiest design for nail art now, all because of the cupcake craze!

I try to avoid 3D nail art because I’m not exactly that demure and most of the time, they drop off easily. You know how ugly your nails will look once the embellishments are off, leaving unsightly ‘dents’ on your nail beds. I’m quite a perfectionist so once the nails, even if one nail is ruined, my mood is ruined and I don’t regard my nails to be perfect and able to attract compliments anymore. (I know, I’m usually quite hard on myself).

But the lady boss (Cecilia) of Beary-nice nails assured me the quality of the 3D nail art by applying layers and layers of top coats and acrylic powder, getting them to be cured by the gelish harmony LED lamp countless times so as to prevent them from dropping off.

Both Cecilia and Joanne were extremely patient and meticulous throughout the whole process and all because they want the best for their customers! 🙂
You know how some manicurists do a ‘shitty’ job, rushing their work through and not offering tip-top quality results? And then your nail embellishments drop off few days later? I know how extremely frustrating it is!

I’m sure this won’t happen with Beary-nice nails, they won’t scrimp and save on their materials just so they can ‘save’ a little bit more.

I was also given a good scrub on my feet to remove dead skin afterwhich my skin felt really soft and supple after that! 🙂

Now… pictures of my pretty nails! 🙂

Cute cupcake nails :

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Left hand :

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Right hand :

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Lovely leopard prints nails :

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Psst, FYI, all designs were hand-drawn except for the 3D embellishments! How cool is that! It takes a set of meticulous skills and patience to achieve such pretty nails!

So if you are on the lookout for recommendable nail salons, do drop by Beary-nice nails!

They were previously located at Tampines but have since shifted due to the upgrading works (still ongoing) by HDB.

Their rates (at unbelievable prices!!!) :

  • Polish only $ 4
  • Classic mani $15
  • Classic pedi $25
  • Gelish (hands) $35
  • Gelish (toes) $45
  • Xpress gelish (fingers/ toes)
  • $25
  • Acrylic or gel extension $80

*Nail art costs $1 per nail onwards – depending on your designs and type of embellishments – as with all other nail salons 🙂

They are currently located at :

Blk 89 Bedok North Ave 4

#01-87 (look out for this unit number)

Singapore 460089

Contact number : 82459863

Email  add : bearynicenails@gmail.com

(They are located near the famous food centre Bedok Blk 85 which you can indulge yourself in with the delicious food after having your pretty nails done – which I did! Teehee! :p)

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Psst, and that’s not all!

Beary-nice nails has been nice enough to grant my readers :

10% discount off ALL SERVICES!!! 

Just quote ‘JeanGanMFP’ and enjoy your discount! 😀

And their rates aren’t even expensive to begin with and yet they are able to product such pretty nails! 🙂

Beauty Review – China Glaze Neon Nail Polishes

In preparation for  an upcoming wedding this Saturday with a Candy Lane theme, I had to let my creativity juices flow. However, due to the limited ‘candy’ colours available in my nail polish collection, I chose these 2 neon colours from China Glaze.

I must now eat back my words that mixing normal and gelish nail polishes is now a BIG NONO for me. I realised that they don’t last! Although it’s actually mostly the nail polishes on my pointer fingernails get chip off. Was advised by my colleague who works as a PT manicurist that I shouldn’t be mixing them both, but heck, I did, and many times and the rest of the fingers were rather durable! The only annoying thing is that, once the nail polishes chip or peel off on my pointers, they do so constantly! Can you imagine having to repaint, cure, repaint, cure, repaint, cure…? And this repetitive process is only to paint 1 nail completely. Times the number of times the nail polish peels/chips… And especially annoying when you have a function/event to attend, then they get ruin just before or during the event. Ugly nails, shouldn’t even exist!

Bought some China Glaze nail polishes from Qoo10.

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China Glaze Neon Collection

China Glaze Neon Collection

China Glaze Pool Party

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China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy

China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy

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The lumpy and uneven layers :(

The lumpy and uneven layers:(

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More lumps..:(

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Closer look.

*I must admit I do have shaky hand by the way.

After posting a picture of my NOTD, my ex-classmate and I discussed a little over FB. And in conclusion, China Glaze Neon nail polishes are :

  • Clumpy
  • Dries out too fast which creates lumps and thick layers
  • Too runny

Seche Restore’s review was also discussed.

  • It didn’t work for my CG Snow Globe. It remains lumpy.
  • Was told that it should only be used on normal nail polishes than gelish.

So all in all, I think CG nail polishes are quite sucky now, especially if you have left them untouched for awhile. Upsetting, because I’ve been buying them as they are relatively cheaper.

Gelish nail polishes aren’t cheap and cheap ones might not be good (and they might be fakes).

Flip Flop’s quality was worse than Pool Party’s.

Am gonna think twice before getting anymore CG nail polishes in the future :(

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 🙂

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.

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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 🙂 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 – lovely.desiires

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

You can actually replace the Nail Surface Cleanse with lint wipes as well 🙂

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 🙂 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!

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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.desiires : 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 3 Laquee Rette glitter UV/gel nail polishes worked well for me 🙂 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.

Crystalife : 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 International : 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. 🙂

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 😉

HAVE FUN GIRLS! 😀

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.

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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. 😦

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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂 Sold quite cheaply. 3 for $20 🙂

Regretted painting the glitter snow globe over because it was kinda dried up and was clumpy. 😦

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

By the way, these are my real nails 🙂

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.

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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! 🙂

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 🙂

We patronised the shop at :

Sin Heng Claypot Bak Kut Teh

439 Joo Chiat Road

Tel: 63458754

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Last Saturday, bf and I decided to have our very own home-cooked steamboat for dinner 🙂

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! 🙂

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

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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. 🙂

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! 🙂

Singapore Zam Zam Restaurant

697 North Bridge Road

Tel: 62986320

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

Birthday presents for mom 🙂

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 😦

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

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Tel: 66028022Fax: 63921382

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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! 🙂

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 @ Marina Square 
6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-205
Singapore 039594

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Tomorrow marks a very significant and meaningful date for us.

It’s our 5th year anniversary! ❤

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

I’ve even planned on what to wear which has to accommodate 2 different locations. 🙂

I can’t wait for tomorrow, I’m sure it would be filled with lots of love and laughters! ❤ 😀

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

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? 😉

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! 🙂

Love,

Jean

Beauty Review – CNY Nails!

Before I share my experience on my manicure and pedicure with Sweetie Nails, I would like to say that no, they aren’t my sponsors and neither were they recommended by others. I blame myself for slacking too much in my plans for CNY preps that I didn’t manage to make time to head down to JB to get my nails done. But, it was also because my bf hasn’t been feeling too well recently, as mentioned in my previous post.

So anyway, excuses aside.

I had to painstakingly google for a nail salon at around my bf’s gramps’ house because I was gonna rush down to pamper my nails after work and finally did so last night.

Every single goddamn nail salon ARE FULLY BOOKED.

If you’ve not gotten yours fixed, I’m sorry you might have to source real hard yourself.

Sweetie Nails are fully booked as well and I thank god for offering me an available slot with them last night.

I was just so adamant in getting my nails fixed because CNY eve is just this Saturday and I’ve a last minute invitation from my boss to join the Co’s CNY reunion dinner which is gonna take place tonight. Just a pre-emption, there will be no photos because the nature of my company doesn’t allow cameras and camera phones. I shall not elaborate much.

So I was extremely delighted when Sweetie Nails told me that they have a slot but it’s gonna be at 8.30pm. I hate time lapses seriously because I won’t know what to do in between. And I utterly loathe going home and having to come out again thereafter.

So as planned, bf and I decided to go for a hair cut/trim.

But NO, eventually we had to forgo that idea due to time constraint.

BECAUSE THERE WERE NO CABS AND IT WAS RAINING HEAVILY.

Those who have been cabbing around recently, especially during this festive period would totally comprehend my situation.

CABS ARE ALWAYS NOWHERE TO BE SEEN OR ARE ALWAYS UNAVAILABLE WHEN YOU NEED THEM.

I have no idea why but life is just like that man. UGH.

So yes, Sweetie Nails is located at Tampines area if you are keen. Will share their address later. No, am not doing an advert for them. Just purely sharing my experience I had with them.

Pictures first.

I know I have awfully ugly toes. 😦

Here comes the total bill : $228

FFFFUUUU I know.

Bf jumped at the very moment I disclosed the amt to him, lol. And jumped even more when he saw the simple designs I chose.

I had to pay additional 5$ each for hands and feet due to CNY period (beauty parlors really wanna chop and hack u into million pieces during festive period!) and 30$ for removal of my gellish fingernails (if I’d knew, I would remove on my own such I’ve done it before, read it here for step by step tutorial for the removal of gellish nails – plus it was a removal of my own FAILED DIY gellish nails) and $20 for removal of gellish toenails.

That adds up to 60$ alr and that’s even before I get my nails painted.

With that amt, I could do a simple gellish manicure/pedicure with no nail art.

Goddammit.

So yes, I had nail art on both finger and toe nails and that explains the total bill.

I can’t remember the exact breakdown of the bill, sorry about that.

About their service, I was a little annoyed when they didn’t attend to me when I first entered their salon. I hate it when  it makes you feel like a total dork and invisible. I would certainly be more glad if they had extended their warmth invitation and welcome of my presence and patronisation?

But anyway, their attitude became gradually better after some time and were much friendlier.

I was really entertained during the sessions by other weird customers due to some drama there as well as the huge tv staring at my face. So much so that I often forget which hand to insert under the LED lamp to dry the gellish nail polishes. LOL.

I chose express for both manicure and pedicure.

For my manicure, I actually chose a design which consists of darker and more prominent gold with a greater ratio of red : gold. However, what resulted was a little off what I’d expected. Both bf and I thought it would look a tad better with more red since it’s for CNY.

There were no cutting and much filing done, since I’ve alr done them the day before.

Gold was first painted, with 2 coats, followed by the gold glitter to make it more prominent because the gold is really quite faint. There after the red was painted, followed by the drawing of simple flowers. Next was the application of silver glitter and then the top coat.

I know some nail salons charges additionally for top coats, but I’m pretty sure mine didn’t. But I could be wrong because I was already dumbfounded at the total bill and it was already quite late. Started at 830pm with removing the initial gellish nails, and ended at around 10.45pm.

So far so good, the manicurists were pretty patient as I had accidentally smudged it a few times because of the lack of space between the cushion and the entrance of the LED lamp. Position was rather awkward as well.

For my pedicure, I felt that the nail art on the toes weren’t up to standard and expectations. I chose this design so that I won’t look so CNY-ish and could still carry it off after the festive season. But the white nail polish keep running off and the positions of the dots weren’t that fantastic if you take a look. The pearly ribbon was ok until I took a closer look, some of the pearls had their pearl-ish colour ran off. 😦

It was quite a disappointment, especially for the price paid.

I can’t ask for much since firstly, they don’t have a website. Speaks alot about the company.

Secondly, what I’d gathered info was that this is abt the 3rd changed hands. Previously it was known by other names.

Thirdly, it’s a nail salon at neighbourhood area, so can’t expect much. Esp compared to Lush nails which I took much fancy of 🙂

Fourthly, I just made an appt with any nail salon that had slots during this busy period and didn’t do much due diligence on my part. Even if I did, almost all were fully booked.

On the setting of the nail salon, it seems ok except for the restroom area which is rather slippery and dirty. The air con was quite cold too. Chairs were quite comfy and spacious as well. With cushions for support of the manicure sessions as well as back rest.

So yes, my verdict?

Overall rating :

I think they might be a little more deserving than 3 stars, more like 3.5 stars? 🙂

By the way, I was also told that removal of the gellish nails for the next visit would be free regardless whether or not I continue sessions with them again.

Problem is, hopefully they would remember me if I’m ever going back there again.

Sweetie Nails

Address: 802 Tampines Avenue 4, Singapore 520802
Phone:6782 3477

On a side note, I am looking for nail sponsors urgently as well to pamper my nails every now and then. Preferably in the east.

In addition, I’m looking for other sponsors for beauty, food, travel and clothes as well! 🙂

Please contact me at jeangan@live.com if keen.

Looking forward to receiving replies from interested parties!

Love,

Jean