Author: Rachel

Quite recently, I snagged a bottle of LebeL Viege Medicated Essence from the Number76 online store during a store-wide sale. It normally retails for $90.00 but I got it for $70.00 (not including shipping). It’s a little pricey, but hair and scalp care is something I want to invest in.

Often when I visit Number76 (a hair salon chain originally from Japan with several outlets in Southeast Asia), one of the things I would look forward to is the hair serum that the hair stylist will spritz all over the roots of my hair and then massage into my scalp. It smells really nice and herbal, and the cooling sensation is heavenly.

[Just a disclaimer before I go on; I don’t think what I purchased is exactly the same since what they use in store comes in a white plastic spray bottle (I see something similar retailing on the online shop for $37.00), and what I have comes in a dark coloured, good quality, solid bottle: nevertheless, the effect and aroma aren’t too far apart.]

I’ve always had really thin, fine and limp hair since young. My parting has always been glaringly obvious since I was in primary school. Just a quick look at my baby pictures or identity card from those days will confirm the above holds true. And genetically, let’s just say that I have many bald-headed uncles so I’ve for sure not won in the genetic lottery department.

Fast forward to my early secondary school years, where my mum bought a package for me at Jean Yip, and every time I visited, the hairdressers would go on about how I have thin hair and then encourage me to use some anti-hair loss serum.

There was a time in my life where my worried mother would spray copious amounts of the stuff into my scalp. And then she would try to console herself with the idea that I could always wear a wig in my old age when I’m bald.

Maybe not so surprisingly, I’ve noticed that my hairline seems to be receding as quickly as the shoreline, and aging/balding is catching up faster than one would like to believe. Which probably explains why: (a) my forehead looks even bigger; and (b) the shininess of my forehead becomes more readily apparent.

My mother always checked (and sometimes still does check) my forehead to make sure my baby hairs are still growing. See, as a woman, to be balding is far more frowned upon and unfortunate if it were to happen to a man (but I’ll save the eyerolls directed at our misogynistic society for another day).

My present hair/forehead situation. I have thin hair, and it doesn’t seem to grow very evenly. My hair is sadly not as thick and luscious as my vain self would like.

Now, when I tie my hair up, I get a better idea of where I have less hair growth.

Thank god I’m not completely bald.

Now that I’ve sort of explained why I decided to include this hair serum in my nightly routine, I’ll get into the review portion of this post.

What the LebeL Viege Medicated Essence claims to do:

  • Promote hair growth
  • Stimulate thick, strong hair
  • Relieve itchiness, dandruff
  • Anti-hair loss

What the Lebel Viege Medicated Essence contains:

  • Ginseng extract (frankly I love ginseng hair products for the cooling sensation, and the herbal and relaxing fragrance)
  • Mulberry bark extract
  • Licorice leaf extract
  • Bamboo root extract

The hair tonic smells very herbal, but also clean, refreshing with a sweet berry-like aroma to it. When you apply it to your scalp, it feels very clean, fresh and also incredibly soothing, tingly and cooling.

After having used this a couple of times every few days, I’ve seen a slight improvement in that now I see more baby hairs uncurling in my temples and just above the ears! While it isn’t a drastic change, I would say that there has been a difference after using about 10% of the bottle. I think for now, one of my main concerns is how to ensure that the essence is really applied to the more worrying areas, because since this is a liquid product, it will have a tendency to drip past my ears and down my neck, if you get what I mean. I’m sill alternating between direct spritzing and applying it to the roots of my hair and scalp with my hands.

Anyway, I’m quite excited to see how this pans out when I’m finally done with this product! It really seems to last a long time so don’t let the price tag daunt you too much if you’re considering this. Fingers crossed that this product will work its magic on my hairline!

Sometimes when I’m at 3D Nails (my go-to nail salon) flipping through nail mags and scrolling through the nail art bible that is Instagram, a thought will just appear – how am I gonna pull these pretty nails off at work? You know, when you see the super blinged out nails with gigantic crystals and elaborate nail art… And you’re just like ‘I cannot wear that to work it’s so outrageous!’
So sometimes work comes first when it comes to nails, so you might want cute nails but (and it’s a big but) you also want a pretty manicure that you can wear confidently at work.

The recent Totoro and Sakura nail art I did at 3D Nails (Blk 132 Jurong Gateway Road, #01-27, Singapore 600132) totally fits the bill.

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The light grey Totoro is adorable and just the right amount of eye-catching, while also subtle because it only covers half the nail while the rest of the nail is clear. As for the remaining fingers, they are all a lovely work-friendly, yet kawaii pink! The sakura flowers adds a nice feminine touch and I especially love the big glitter which reminds me of sakura petals falling in the early spring in Japan.

Here’s a close up!

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I think when it comes to work-appropriate nails, I’ld recommend going for neutral, natural tones like grey, peach, and pink. Add a hint of glitter and floral nail art and it’ll be attractive enough for people to check out your cute nails while at the same time remain not so loud so you don’t have to hide your nails from every person.

So if you are contemplating getting a fresh manicure done, head over to 3D Nails. They’re super professional, patient and attentive to detail. Make an appointment as they can get quite busy by giving them a ring (Tel: 6563 0538) and catch up on their latest nail promotions + more on their social media! (www.facebook.com/3DNailssg
+ www.instagram.com/3D_nails)

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If you’re keen on getting the same nail art done, or just want a gauge of the prices, here’s a breakdown of my manicure and pedicure:

First I did the nail gel treatment. This is to ensure your nails stay healthy and gorgeous even after getting gel nails done. There’s no point in ruining your nails for beauty!

Gel Treatment – $12   

The gel nail treatment was followed by the gel mani aka the zen time where I stop using my phone for a couple of hours and just relaaaax.

Gel Manicure – $38     

Then came the EXCITING part omg. The nail art! Whoo I simply love seeing masterpieces unfold on my nails. Especially after having planned what kind of nail art I’m gonna get!

Nail Art – $45

Afterwards comes my absolute favourite part – getting a pedicure in my fav normal nail colour, OPI Malaga Wine. Scrub all those dead skin cells off my feet, please. (But not too hard ‘cos I’m super ticklish)

Pedicure – $28  

Just in case you’re not so into Japanese-y kind of nail art, I’ve taken a picture of the other pretty nail art designs available at 3D Nails so you can make an informed decision! I hear that the cat’s eyes nails are pretty popular and trendy at the moment!! It’s super eye-catching and so pretty in real life.

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BTW for this month (May 2017), 3D Nails is having a whopping 15% off until 31 May 2017 on ALL their nail services, so mark your calendars!

And if you can’t make it for a pampering sesh this month, fret not. There will still be a 20% off all nail art when you quote my name ‘Rachel’! So what are you waiting for? Head over to 3D Nails for your manicure and pedicure needs! 🙂

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