Recently, I visited brand new Vivo City nail salon, Palette Nail for a classic manipedi session.

They just opened their second outlet at Harbourfront earlier this month. The classic manicure and pedicure normally retails at Palette Nail for S$65.00, but they’re currently having a grand opening promotion! The classic mani pedi is now just S$55.00. Totally worth getting!

For my nails, I decided on a nude, ballerina pink kind of colour from OPI (I forgot to check the name with the manicurist, oops!) while for my toes, I got them in my favourite vibrant, red nail colour – OPI’s glamorous Big Apple Red.

I also decided on getting 30 sparkling crystals for my fingernails (S$1.00 for the smaller Swarovski-esque crystals, the other types of crystals have different prices, so do check first with the manicurist!) and my holy grail top coat, Seche Vite Quick Dry topcoat (retails at S$3.00 for hands and S$3.00 for feet) for longer lasting and more durable nail polish, and to give your nails a more expensive and glossier appearance.


This local nail salon just opened on the 1st of November 2015 at Vivo City. Its first store is located at the Star Vista in Buona Vista. Located on Level 2 of Vivo City, Palette Nail is pretty easy to find if you follow the directions on any of the shopping mall’s touch screen street directories dotted all over the vast shopping centre.

The store faces well known Asian beauty store, Sasa, and is on the same side as Build-A-Bear! It is also in close proximity to the drop-off point at Vivo City, so if you’re taking a cab, just turn left when you enter the building and you’ll see Palette Nail!

Palette Nail

The Experience

The Vivo City nail salon is extremely new, clean, and tidy.

With spotlights, grey and slate coloured walls and wallpaper, and black and white furniture, Palette Nail has a very unique colour scheme from the atypical pink, overly feminine and floral interiors of most nail salons. I would imagine that male customers would not be deterred from getting their nails done here! Which is a good thing – what’s wrong with men getting their nails, feet, and cuticles taken care of once in a while, right? Men can get monthly MANicures too!

When I was choosing my design, I found that there were so many Christmas studs and stones to choose from, and even a cute 3D snowflake crystal was available! Beautiful seashells are available as well in gold and silver, in many different sizes – which I imagine would go really well with a mermaid-themed gel manicure – glittery, shimmery, gradient, in shades of sea green, purplish jewel tones, or bright blue.

With my manicure, I felt that the nail technician did an overall pretty good job cutting and buffing my nails!

I was however, really blown away and satisfied with my Classic pedicure at Palette Nail. The nail technician did a wonderful job with my toenails – she was dedicated, undistracted, meticulous, and put in tons of effort! After my awesome pedicure session at Palette Nail, my feet felt extremely clean, and soft. I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the fantastic leg massage, and the mint scrub which left my legs feeling incredibly smooth and smelling fresh!


While there was a good range of reds and nudes, there were few glittery and pastel options to choose from.  I would have also liked for there to be some nail magazines for me to browse through to help me decide what nail art or design to get!

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On the whole, I really enjoyed my lovely session at Palette Nail and felt super pampered by the lovely nail technicians! As you can see, my nails look pretty fab! 28 out of 30 of the crystals on my nails have also survived after 2 weeks! My nails are also still looking great and shiny and haven’t even chipped! Anyway, who doesn’t love having someone attending to their hands and feet?! I would definitely come back again, and recommend Palette Nail for their dedicated manicure pedicure service! So please do make an appointment with them at their brand new Vivo City branch and treat yourself to a much needed classic manipedi!

Palette Nail

[Disclaimer: My classic manicure and classic pedicure were courtesy of Palette Nail. I paid for the gemstones and Quick Dry topcoat for my manipedi. All opinions are my own, and personal experiences may differ for others!]

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1. NARS Oil-Free Pro-Primer Pore Refiner

First, you are going to want to start priming your face for a polished look with the NARS Oil-Free Pro-Primer Pore Refiner. Often, people liken make-up artistry to painting. Your face is a canvas to build upon, and like a painter, you’re going to want to prep and prime, to get the smoothest surface to work with. I love that this primer has a very natural, herbal kind of scent to it, reminiscent of skincare products.

What this lightweight, gel-like primer does is soften and moisturize your skin. On top of that, it is formulated to reduce the visibility of pores, and improve the overall appearance of your skin. Sometimes, in high-resolution images, or under bad lighting, our skin’s imperfections can be magnified, and this primer helps to fix that problem by smoothening the skin for a flawless appearance. This is definitely one of the more important steps for a perfect no makeup makeup look.

Be sure to apply primer evenly on every part of your face!


2. NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (shown in Light 4)

Step two is foundation. With a descriptive name like that, I think you’re going to wonder, does it really do all it says as advertised on the tin? After using this on the first few occasions, I realized that my skin had taken on a nice luminosity. Your skin will look a lot more natural, than a matte foundation or powder which can make our face look flat and a little less natural! This foundation illuminates the skin, and highlights the best features. Who doesn’t like naturally glowing, happy looking skin? You won’t even need to reach for an expensive highlighter anymore because this foundation does the job.

This foundation is also made to last all day (up to 16 hours)! Which is great for me, because I’m not a fan of touching up my makeup in the middle of the day.

My most favourite part about this foundation is that it’s so lightweight that it doesn’t feel like there’s cakey makeup on my face. The texture is velveteen smooth, making it quick and easy to blend.

It’s perfect for those who would normally shy away from liquid foundation for fear that foundation is too heavy and thick. Not this one, it doesn’t even feel like you have make up on, yet it really helps achieve that perfect no makeup makeup look.

Coverage is medium and goes a long way, so pump just a little foundation. Blending is so easy. I find that simply using fingers to apply this foundation is effective. But if you prefer using a beauty blender or stiff brush, this foundation is liquid-like and doesn’t need the warmth of your hands to make it easier to blend!

3. NARS Creamy Concealer (shown in Chantilly) and  4. NARS Finishing Powder (shown in Flesh)


The second to last step is Concealer! If you have amazing skin, then you can skip this step. For those with a few more imperfections like uneven pigmentation or redness (like me) or want to cover up pimples or scars, this is really useful for brightening up dull skin whilst at the same time really concealing spots with amazing coverage. The Creamy Concealer works wonders at reducing dark circles under the eyes. As I write this, my very own Creamy Concealer has finished and I need to pick up a new one from the NARS store. The Creamy Concealer is definitely one of my all-time favourites from NARS and I’ve used it religiously ever since.

The final step is to apply a finishing powder to set your makeup! This makes sure your makeup doesn’t stray away. I love this because it’s almost non-visible, and silky soft and easy to work with. The powder is the finishing touch to your makeup, to really pull everything together into a masterpiece. It’s like a spritz of fixative on a beautiful oil painting.

And you’re done!

What you should have at the end is a really natural, glowing, flawless, and polished look you can wear everyday, aka the no makeup makeup look. This look feels both weightless, and looks effortlessly natural and fresh. Its longevity means your makeup will survive the long hours and humidity and help you power through the day like a #girlboss.

Get your flawless look on, and go forth and do amazing things!


[Disclaimer: Products sponsored by NARS Cosmetics. All reviews and opinions in this piece are my own after using these products for several months, and for the Creamy Concealer, a few years.]


By Rachel

If you are as big a fan of the Australian beauty brand, Aesop, as me, their latest fragrance is bound to hit all the right notes with you. While Tacit is the second addition to the much loved brand, it is certainly second to none, following in the footsteps of Aesop’s first fragrance, Marrakech Intense.

Crafted in collaboration with perfumer Celine Barel*, this perfume is a work of art.

Tacit by Aesop

Tacit by Aesop

Wonderfully androgynous in its scent, Tacit incorporates the clean, powerfully uplifting freshness of the classic cologne, while carving out a fine balance with its likeness to the contemporary, quiet elegance of a feminine perfume. Perfectly wearable for any momentous occasion, the modern scent is also great for day-to-day wear.

Drawing inspiration from the Mediterranean coast’s rich culture, topography and perfumed vegetation, this perhaps best explains why Tacit is a refreshing green scent, and completely out of the ordinary. Like the rest of Aesop’s range, Tacit is an embodiment of all that is botanical, calming, natural, and earthy. There isn’t a tinge of artificiality, which is what I love about Aesop.

Crisp and citrusy, the aromatic fragrance also takes inspiration from the palatable and cleansing aroma of the yuzu fruit, a far cry from the ubiquitous scent of lemons.

True to its name, Tacit’s elusiveness is elicited upon the realisation that while Tacit is a citrus-based scent, it leans a little towards the warmth and spice, with its subtle notes of clove.

The smell evokes fond memories of warm summer nights, making Tacit the best scent to last you through the fall and winter. And if the transition between long summer nights and cool breezy beginnings of autumn had a signature scent to mark the curiousness in the changing weather, that scent would be Tacit.

Tacit Eau de Parfum (50ml, S$135.00)  can be purchased online at or at Aesop stores.

Tacit by Aesop
Celine Barel is the nose behind Jo Malone’s Vanilla & Anise.

Shuang Scrubs are body scrubs proudly made in Singapore, and as a Singaporean, I’m a strong advocate of supporting our local businesses. And in case you were wondering what “shuang” means, the Mandarin word means cool. You can use it to describe the weather, or simply a very exciting new body scrub you just tried out.

Read on to find out more about Shuang Scrubs, and at the end of this post, I have included a very special discount code just for you! 

Shuang Scrubs

Shuang Scrubs are free from parabens and chemicals and artificial fragrances. And best of all, they are made from completely natural and organic ingredients! There are three different types of Shuang Scrubs you can choose from, and each targets different skin concerns. So now that we know what exactly Shuang Scrubs is all about, how can I add a little Shuang Scrub into my daily shower routine?

As I mentioned earlier, there are three types of Shuang Scrubs which address unique skin issues. So let me tell you more about what each scrub does!

Shuang Scrubs


The very first original Shuang Scrub. While its name is adorably colloquial, did you know, roasted coffee grains are soo good for exfoliating our skin? This scrub encourages skin regeneration and the fading away of resistant stretch marks, and the aromatic coffee scrub will be sure to wake any sleepy head up in the morning.

Containing extra virgin coconut oil, this scrub hydrates, nourishes, and moisturises our skin, while reducing scarring and redness. Brown sugar acts to lock in our skin’s moisture, which is important in encouraging skin elasticity, which will help prevent new tiger stripes from appearing. Kopi-O takes care of the problem-prone skin and gently removes dry skin.


For radiant, healthy skin, look to Rosie, a scrub rich in anti-oxidants, vitamin C and essential fatty acids. Like its namesake, the scrub is packed with plenty of rose hip oil and rose hip seed powder. Traditionally, these ingredients are used to treat scarring and healing unhappy skin, by repairing scars, reducing stretch marks and encouraging skin regeneration.


The Japanese word refers to “morning light”. Beyond being an exfoliant, Asahi moisturises and brightens the skin with orange peel to reduce dullness and the appearance of stretch marks. To achieve glowing, fairer, youthful-looking skin and reduce the onset of premature wrinkles and aging, Asahi might be your best bet! Rice powder is another powerful ingredient in this Asahi scrub, and has been used for ages by Asian cultures for its naturally lightening and skin treatment properties. It is good for acne prone skin, too. Like Rosie and Kopi-O, Asahi contains brown sugar, virgin coconut oil and sea salt to scrub away dryness and encourage proper hydration.

How do I use a Shuang Scrub?

It’s very simple! Make sure your skin is sufficiently damp in the shower, pour a little Shuang Scrub into your hands and add a little water, and then scrub! Leave it on your skin for a few minutes, and then wash off. Remember to be gentle, especially around the eye area which is sensitive. After showering, you can use a moisturiser because your skin is at its softest and at its prime to absorb and lock-in moisture.

Shuang Scrubs is a brilliant body scrub that can be purchased by anyone around the world, and offers free shipping to many countries! To say hello to healthy skin, drop by to pick up your very own body scrub!

As a big thank you for reading my first post on my newly launched website, don’t forget to use my special promo code “RachelRawr15” to get 15% OFF any Shuang Scrub. Yay!

Shuang Scrubs

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