Beauty

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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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Here’s a marble nails manicure by 3D Nails you wouldn’t be able to resist!

Surf the Internet and you’ll find countless marble nails usually paired with a shiny gold and matte black polish for an expensive look.

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To switch things up and move away from the typical white marble nail art designs, I wanted to create something more feminine and more “me”.

My manicurist, Janet from 3D Nails, helped to select the perfect colours for me. She chose a brand new gel colour that I absolutely love! So much so it looks perfect without any embellishments. The colour is wonderfully opaque and glossy, and it’s an unusual bright magenta shade – a colour situated between a bright pink and a bright purple. There’s no hint of dullness to the colour and it’s pretty unique! It’s a beautiful floral shade perfect for this season, and reminds me of Singapore’s national flower – the orchid.

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As for the marble design itself, Janet added an out of this world, galaxy-like coat of purple glitter on top of my purple and white marble nails. For the final layer, she added in a silver foil to add a really reflective pop of shiny silver to my white marble nails to take it to the next level.

When light falls on my nails, the silver foil and soft, subtle purple glitter really glisten in the light to give a starry, glittery effect.

What I love about 3D Nails is their professionalism, creativity and ability to turn my dream nail designs into reality!

If you are into girly, feminine nails but want to try something new and different for a change, go for this! The great thing about this manicure is that you can pretty much change the colours to whatever colour you like best.

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And last but not least, my fav part of this whole manicure is the pearl bow! This cute accessory is so eye-catching with its 3D shape and I love how the white contrasts so gorgeously with the magenta nails. I’ve gotten tons of compliments on how cute my nails are because of the bow!

If you need even more reasons to go check out 3D Nails, this month they’re running a few promotions:

1. Get 20% off all nail art when you quote my name, Rachel! But please note this promotion isn’t in conjunction with the other ongoing promotions.
2. For a lasting, chip-free manicure, get a gel mani and gel pedi with a free return soak off for $78 this month!
3. Or, save money like me and do a gel mani and classic pedi for just $58.
4. And if you’re on an especially tight budget this month but still wanna take good care of your hands and feet, do a classic mani and pedi for only $38!

For more nail inspiration and updates on 3D Nails’ monthly promotions, follow them on Instagram, Instagram.com/3D_Nails!

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Spring has officially sprung – and what better way to celebrate the season then with some gorgeous pastel nails.

This month, I got my nails done at 3D Nails @ Jurong East! (Scroll to the end of this post for the address and contact details!)

My nails this month are a combination of robin’s egg blue and a beautiful lilac/pastel pink colour. While the nail designs are similar, I wanted to shake things up with a mismatched yet complementary nail colour. The pastel hues really complimented my skin tone and I think they’ll look amazing on any skin tone.

In keeping with current Japanese nail art trend, I got some big, brand new crystals (4 on each thumb!) that 3D Nails just ordered. Each individual crystal is a different colour which I love. One is turquoise coloured, two opal coloured stones, and another super sparkly, diamond-like crystal!

And the crystals were applied so skillfully with acrylic, I was amazed they have managed to survive on my nails this long! It’s been three weeks + since I got my gel manicure done at 3D Nails.

For my accent nail (the third finger of both hands), I tried out hard gel for the first time in my life. Phew! The effect was super blinded out, super gel-like nails! The effect is holographic and trendy, it’s really cool and my first time trying out this style.

Also, for the first time, I tried a hand mask at 3D Nails! For March, it’s just $7 to do the hand mask (feels amazing and frankly so affordable if you wanna pamper yourself) The effect was a really cooling sensation, which it left my arms feeling tighter, smoother, and also brighter!

For a rough estimate of the prices at 3D Nails, here’s a breakdown of my March mani:
For the gel manicure it was $38, for the gel treatment it was $6, and for the nail art it was $30.

March 2017 Promotion List

Also, don’t forget to check out the current promotions at 3D Nails!
(1) Gel Classic Mani + Gel Class Pedi promotion – 78
Includes a free return soak off and two free stickers/chrome nails!

(2) Nail Mask promotion – 6           
For strong nails, top up 6 dollars for this amazing treatment that contains green tea, avocado oil (which is packed with vitamin A and E), honey oat nail mask, keratin essence and collagen!

(3) Gel Nail Treatment promotion – 6       
$6 only this month! Usual price is $12.

(4) Hand mask promotion – 7         
$7 only this month, usually the hand mask is $14. Very shiok and totes worth it, trust me, I tried it!

(5) Peeling heel cream promotion – 8
Treat your worn out feet to an awesome spa at just $8, usual price is $15.

(6) Foot mask promotion – 9           
An amazing foot mask for $9, the usual price is $18.

If you haven’t tried 3D Nails, I highly recommend visiting 3D Nails! They’ll take good care of your nails. And don’t forget to quote “Rachel” to get 20% off nail art!

Address:

3D Nails

Blk 132 Jurong Gateway Road

#01-27, Singapore 600132

Opening Hours:
       
11am – 9pm on weekdays
11am – 8pm on weekends

Call to make an Appointment:
6563 0538

How to get there:
Exit Jurong MRT, turn left, walk through the Jurong Bus Interchange, cross the pedestrian crossing towards JCube. Then, turn right, walk past the HDB stores at Jurong Central until you see Koufu and a fruit juice shop, 3D Nails is right next to it!

Follow 3D Nails on social media:
www.facebook.com/3DNailssg
www.instagram.com/3D_nails

Shea Terra Argan Oil

[Note: The product in this post is sponsored, and all views and opinions here are my own.]

This is an extremely belated post, but around the middle of this year, I received a bottle of Shea Terra’s amazing Argan Oil from Marissa of prettyfreshshop.com to review!

In this post, I’ll cover a bit about the brand itself, Shea Terra Organics, as well as the properties of argan oil and my personal thoughts on the Shea Terra Argan Oil product itself!

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What is Shea Terra Organics About?  
The vision behind the skincare company, Shea Terra Organics, is to create a viable market for Africa’s amazing quality products, and to ensure not only that customers are getting products straight from the source, but also that the people behind it are treated fairly for their work.

It cuts out the need for a middleman to distribute these products and then sell African skincare products like shea butter and argan oil at ridiculously sky high prices while the creators themselves are earning much less! So what Shea Terra has done is to reduce artificially high prices for customers, while ensuring job stability for communities in African regions.

When Shea Terra first began about a decade or so ago, argan oil was pretty much unheard of outside of Africa. So as you can imagine, Shea Terra’s mission has been to deliver these relatively unknown African beauty secrets to the rest of the world, while making sure that the people creating the Shea Terra products are able to sustain and support themselves.

It’s a great initiative and these efforts to give back to society while offering new, quality, organic products to customers around the world is what really sets Shea Terra apart from any other beauty brand in the world.

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Shea Terra Argan Oil Review
Some companies will dilute argan oil. So just because something says argan oil on the tin, it doesn’t necessary mean it is pure argan oil you’re getting.

But with Shea Terra’s Argan Oil, it’s 100% organic argan oil from Morocco.

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How do I know? You can tell from its appearance. It’s pure (or at least very close to it) because the oil is shimmery, golden, and clear. If it’s cloudy and kind of opaque, then you know it’s been diluted and not 100%, and you’re probably getting ripped off if it says “100% pure argan oil”. But it’s not the case here, so you don’t have to worry about getting conned. There’s no water, no dilution, just pure, amazing argan oil from Morocco.

Argan oil is known for its high Vitamin A & Vitamin E content and squalene, which makes it a great anti-aging product, for it quickly brings back the skin’s elasticity, and repairs the skin. It would be recommended to use a drop or two of Shea Terra argan oil on your face at night if you have concerns as to preventing aging skin, or taking care of dry skin. Argan oil improves the skin by reducing wrinkles and sagging, while at the same time, hydrating and softening the skin. So argan oil will give you nice, youthful, soft skin. All this while, for many decades, it’s been one of Morocco’s best kept natural beauty secrets.

Honestly, this stuff is like liquid gold, almost, for your skin. It’s pure, untouched, and contains no alcohol or additives, or fragrances.

The smell at first was unusual, but like most oils, the smell of argan oil is calming. All oils have a scent of their own, and they are always pretty recognisable, e.g. the smell of jojoba oil. The closest thing I can compare the smell of argan oil to is olive oil, but a little different. The bottle of argan oil describes it as: “the aroma of this product is due to its unprocessed, unrefined nature, and therefore is natural”. Yep. No artificial aromas or chemical smells here.

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A Quick User’s Guide to Argan Oil    
Shea Terra Argan Oil is also non-clogging, and non-greasy, so you don’t need to worry about it clogging up your pores or greasing your hair. It might appear too oily at first (key word: appear), but that’s because it takes several minutes (maybe 10-20 minutes) for the argan oil to be absorbed. It isn’t one of those instantly absorbed kind of products you get out there.

If you’re worried about the greasiness or oiliness on your face or hair, I’ll recommend applying just a tinyyy drop to see how much you need for your face, body, or hair. If you feel like you need more you can always top up!

As for hair, just add a little argan oil to the palm of your hand, put your palms and fingers together (get the argan oil distributed evenly) and kind of massage it through the ends of your hair and allow it to air dry.

Personally, I think it’s best to use argan oil before I sleep (because it’s calming and soothing) or to use it on the ends of my hair when I wake up so that there’s time for the oil to be absorbed before I leave the house! Also, the argan oil helps to ensure that my hair looks lively and not flat. The argan oil also helps to reduce the tangles in my hair and also soften and tame the hair just a little (no more bad hair days!).

Most importantly I think for me, is to condition and care for my hair and body with certified organic argan oil, not something with nasty, hard-to-pronounce chemicals in it!

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How to Purchase Shea Terra Argan Oil       
Gifting this holiday season has never been easier!

For the month of December, prettyfreshshop.com is offering free local shipping (in Singapore) on all orders, meaning you can shop for as much skincare, bath and beauty products without having to pay a dime to get it delivered to your doorstep!

And if you want to try out this Shea Terra Argan oil, or any other Shea Terra product, prettyfreshshop.com offers worldwide shipping! Yay.

Never A Dull Moment

Today I purchased Origins’ face polisher, Never A Dull Moment (SGD $59) from BHG departmental store at Bugis Junction. 

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I tried the product out yesterday evening at the Origins’ Ion Orchard store and instantly fell in love with how the scrub made my skin feel so moisturised and supple after.

This is the first time I’m giving Origins a try, and yesterday evening I purchased some beauty gift sets for my relatives’ family whom I will be visiting in NZ and spending Christmas with. They’re around my age and I’ve only met them a few times when I was younger. So hopefully they will like the presents I’ve picked up!

Here’s a breakdown of my preliminary thoughts on Never A Dull Moment. I feel that it’s best I review it right after I’ve used it, so the feeling is still fresh in my mind. And it’s unlikely that my opinion of the product will change after several weeks or months! I usually won’t change my mind about a product.

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Scrub
The product is very much like a wet, fruity, very slightly sticky paste. It feels kind of like a banana-mango puree of sorts, but in terms of looks, it’s a little translucent rather than opaque.

Texture
As for the beads, the size is small but not too small – while the packaging says to avoid the eye area, I was kinda like “meh”, shrugged my shoulders and just applied the face polisher to every part of my face and scrubbed in small, circular motions. The beads aren’t too small which is a good thing, ‘cos if you get a scrub with very fine beads, you might find them getting stuck in your eye and it will be VERY painful and uncomfortable to wash out (always happens to me, sadly). So the bead size is fine. The beads in the scrub are made from ground up apricot and mango seeds, so it’s completely natural and non-synthetic. I noted that there aren’t a lot of beads in the scrub, but just enough to do a nice, mild scrub like a mini treat for your face! 

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Ingredient list (above)

Smell
The fragrance comes across as pretty strong and fruity – a natural and sweet kind of tropical fruity smell, not super artificial. (There’s also a small tinge of an herbal kind of smell.) Think of the smell of pineapples, bananas, and mangos being blitzed, that’s what it smells like. The product contains papaya extracts, but Never A Dull Moment doesn’t have a papaya smell to. The smell fades off a little after you’ve washed your face, so it doesn’t linger on your hands or face.

Level of Cleansing
After washing my face, it didn’t feel 100% completely clean.  Personally (it might differ for others), I felt like the face polisher only removed about 85% of the grime and dead skin cells off my face. As for my makeup, I felt that it was more effective at removing my makeup than my dead skin – maybe 96% of my makeup was removed.

Aftereffects
After using the product, my face looked like the makeup had mostly/pretty much been removed from my face. Also, when I touched my face right after, it was nice and soft, and hydrated. Not dry and parched – like how my face feels if I use too drying a facial cleanser that’s unsuitable for my skin type.

For Never A Dull Moment, I would agree that it is suitable for all skin types, whether you have dry, normal, oily, sensitive or combination skin. My face didn’t feel oily or sticky. Another thing about Never A Dull Moment is that my face didn’t look more dewy afterwards, but my skin did look kind of brighter. It did feel very hydrated and soft. If you want something that does the job of cleaning AND hydrating AND brightening, you probably don’t need to look further. Just remember, this ISN’T a heavy duty facial cleanser. You probably could pair Never A Dull Moment with a weekly face mask.

It’s quite a gentle facial polisher, and it didn’t sting my face or burn or anything. A while after I did notice my cheeks and forehead were a little bit red, but it could have been because I was a bit too aggressive in washing my face, I’m never as careful and gentle as the facialist. Anyway, my skin has always been quite sensitive, but it definitely didn’t leave my skin hurting or stinging or irritated.

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Before (above) and After (below)

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Would I recommend this?
Admittedly, the Never A Dull Moment is a little on the expensive side, so it would be hard for me to say whether I would/wouldn’t recommend it. I did contemplate purchasing online, only to realise (1) Origins doesn’t ship to Singapore, and (2) It’s around $41 (SGD) online so throw in shipping costs, it would probably work out to be around the same price.

Ultimately, it really depends on how much you like it and whether you find it worth paying for.

There’s 125ml worth of product, which can last for at least a few months.

For me at least, this is probably the most $$$ I’ve spent on a facial cleanser.

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Personally, I prefer another of the cleansers that I’ve tried from Origins (as a sample), which is Checks and Balances, which is really pepperminty (like a more solid feeling toothpaste texture), fresh smelling cleanser. Is very, very frothy and creamy! I felt that that one gives a deeper cleanse, and also an uplifting feel afterwards. It’s so refreshing. As for Never A Dull Moment, my face felt like it needed a bit more scrubbing/exfoliating/deep cleansing to BE clean. Basically my face didn’t feel 100% clean after, but it did feel moisturised (but not oily) and not dry at all, and I’m pretty glad that it removed most of my makeup.

I would recommend Never A Dull Moment to someone who:

– Is of any skin type;
– Wants a gentle facial cleanser;
– Doesn’t want too tiny beads in a scrub;
– Doesn’t want too many beads in a scrub;
– Likes a light face exfoliator;
– Likes fruity, tropical scents;
– Wants to try Origins;
– Wants brighter, more even-looking and radiant skin; and
– Is OK with spending $59 on a facial scrub!

After much thought and reflecting on Origins’ Never A Dull Moment, I feel like I should go pick up Checks and Balances at an Origins counter instead. I simply like that one much better!

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