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3D Nails

3D Nails
Do you like my new Japanese print-inspired nails? I got them done at 3D Nails just in time for my trip to Hokkaido, Japan!

This was my first time visiting 3D Nails and I was super excited to try out this relatively new salon, located right next to JCube and super close to Jurong East MRT Station!

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I love these orange flowers that my manicurist at 3D Nails did! It’s super pretty and it’s gotten me plenty of compliments. They remind me of the flower-shaped carrots my mum often cooks! :X

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3D Nails have a lot of different ongoing promotions that are actually really worth getting, and the nail technicians at 3D Nails are very thoughtful and service oriented.

I thought it would be good to share my first time experience at 3D Nails for curious readers!

First of all, it isn’t that easy to find a great and reliable manicurist, but 3D Nails is really all of those things, and their service is really commendable.

If you have pretty weak nails like me, and also get manicures done quite frequently, do check out the vitamin-infused gel treatment at 3D Nails. It’s an additional $12 but the treatment goes a long way in ensuring you have healthy nails even when getting a gel manicure to go!

My manicurist also explained more about their services to me. As for what they use for their classic gel manicure which I got done at 3D Nails, they will use a primer, followed by a base coat and a top coat.

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Good quality Orly gel polishes are used, and as for the process of drying each coat of polish, 3D Nails use Gelish! It’s a relief to see them use trustworthy brands, cos I always get a little nervous putting my hands into very hot and foreign-looking machines with no names branded on the machine.

Now that I’ve been to 3D Nails, I don’t have to worry about questionable gel manicure quality and putting my fingers at risk whenever I get a gel manicure or pedicure done.

For the month of June, 3D Nails have several GSS Promotions. So if you’re thinking of getting your nails done this weekend, here’s your chance!

Classic Gel Mani Promo (Valid until 30 June 2016)
Their classic gel mani is usually $58, but with this month’s promo, it’s $30 inclusive of the soak-off for the next visit!

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Classic Gel Pedi Promo (Valid until 30 June 2016)
The usual price for the classic gel pedicure at 3D Nails is $78, but it’s been slashed to just $45 for the month of June! This is a great steal.

Nail Art Promo (Valid until 30 June 2016)
This month’s promotion is $30 + $25 for this month’s nail art. Here are the designs for the month of June!

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You can also choose which colours you want for the nail art, it doesn’t have to be exactly the same as in the picture!

My favourite is the flowers, it’s so detailed and perfect! 3D Nails are really good with nail art, especially floral patterns and lines, and they pay a lot of attention to the fine details.

GSS Promo (Valid until 30 June 2016)
Choose any 4 of the services below for $58 nett:
1. Classic mani
2. Classic pedi
3. Gel mani
4. Gel pedi
5. Gel nail treatment
6. Gel French or Normal Polish French
7. Nail mask
8. Callus Treatment

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Before I end my post, I also have a discount code just for you 🙂

Simply visit 3D Nails and quote <Rachel> to get 10% off your bill at 3D Nails! This discount applies to ALL services, excluding 3D Nails’ ongoing monthly promotions!

Yippee!

You can book an appointment with 3D Nails in advance for your vacation, parties, weddings, to get your nails done for your special events and take advantage of my discount code.

To make an appointment, simply call up 3D Nails at +65 6563 0538.

You can save their number on your phone for future reference.

3D Nails also accepts walk-ins, but it’s best to make a booking in advance! They’re really friendly and lovely and welcoming.

Give 3D Nails a try, they’re honestly really good at nail art and manicures, and they’re a new nail salon on the scene! Plus don’t forget about the discount code and June promotions when you visit!

My manicure has lasted for weeks without the slightest chipping or fading in colour, as you can see from my photos above! 🙂 3D Nails is definitely one of the better nail salons I’ve checked out in Singapore!

3D Nails
132 Jurong Gateway Road
#01-277
Singapore 600132
Tel: +65 6563 0538
Operating Hours
Monday to Friday: 11.00am – 9.00pm
Saturday, Sunday, PH: 11.00am – 8.00pm
Website

[Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with 3D Nails who sponsored my gel manicure. All opinions in this piece are my own.]

Handmade in small batches, Suga Lush is dedicated to making these beautiful smelling, all natural shower products that revitalises the senses after a long day.

It’s pretty obvious but I think living in a city has resulted in being constantly exposed to grubby air, constantly having to be on the ball and on top of things, and always having some pressing message or email or urgent phone call to reply! So for me, shower time is my time away from my responsibilities, from the hectic chaos, aka life, and a quiet time I have all to myself to really do absolutely nothing and enjoy it.

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As someone who really treasures showers, I love how these lovely Suga Lush soaps bring me a sense of calm in the shower. It’s just so nice to relax and unwind for a while!

Vetiver & Grapefruit Body Soap

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This colourful Suga Lush soap really surprised me, despite the bright orangey hues, and the fact it contains moisturising honey, this soap is anything but artificial or fruity smelling.

What you have here is a really earthy, vetiver soap. This cool, vibrant soap is perfect if you like woody, spicy, or musky scents!

The rich, creamy lather in this bar will have you feeling brand new and clean. The fragrance is pretty gender-neutral and I can’t help but admire the pretty whirls in this unique Suga Lush soap!


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Lavender Fields Body Soap (left one in the picture above) 

Doesn’t this pretty violet soap look like an amethyst?

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If you’re a fan of lavender, you’re in for a treat. You’ll definitely like this distinctively lavender soap.

This special soap brings back fond memories of exploring the lavender fields in Cotswold, UK. This soap really smells like lavender-filled air. I’ld recommend this to anyone who has great, impeccable taste and enjoys the finer things in life!

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Containing a blend of coconut oil and cocoa butter, this no-nonsense soap is non-drying and will leave your skin soft and moisturised. The perfect soap for the busy folk who see showers as an opportunity to unwind.

Mint Green Tea Body Soap (fourth in the photo below) 

I like this solid soap for its natural and pepperminty fresh scent. The shea butter in this soap will keep your skin nice, dewy and soft. If you’re a fan of citrus, fresh scents, I’ld say this is the soap for you. The cool, crisp flavour is perfect, and pairs well with morning showers!

This jade-coloured mint soap from Suga Lush will have you feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed in the morning and ready for a brand new day!

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Happy Hippie Salt Bar (third one in the picture above) 

Unlike the other Suga Lushsoap bars above, this one is a body scrub in a bar!

Packed with plenty of essential oils and sea salt, this is the best exfoliant to keep in the shower.

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The sea salt in the Happy Hippie Salt Bar means that the soap suds are more creamy than your regular soap, and this salt bar won’t be abrasive on your skin!

Add this Suga Lush salt bar to your bath routine and you’ll be guaranteed to have nice silky smooth skin again in no time. No more dry skin! 🙂

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Suga Lush also makes a wide variety of cosmetics and skincare products, just check out their website, www.sugalush.com!

They use organic, fresh ingredients and their products are all handmade, so you know it’s made of only the good stuff. Besides artisan soaps, Suga Lush also have facial products, lip moisturisers, candles, body moisturisers, luxury bath bombs and more!

All these skincare and beauty products are made from only the best, natural ingredients.

So why not give their products a try, and let me know which ones you like best? 🙂

Lime Crime True Love Set
Not too long ago, right around Valentine’s Day last February, I purchased Lime Crime’s ‘True Love Set’ from their online store, www.limecrime.com.

Quite ironically, RIGHT after my first purchase from Lime Crime, I stumbled across this article titled ‘Why Lime Crime is the Most Hated Beauty Company on the Internet’ that talks about the scandals, accusations, threats to take legal action, health warnings, Hitler costumes, and the controversy surrounding the company, etc, etc.

After which, I went back on the Lime Crime site to find that they had an actual page on the website dedicated to busting Internet myths and proving facts about the company.

Well, after digesting all of that Internet chatter (which you can Google search and read all about if you’re curious!), all I could do was shrug my shoulders.

I had already parted with my money and could only wait and see what the quality of the products would be like!

At first I was a bit hesitant. While international shipping was available to my country (Singapore) unlike some other makeup brands like Colour Pop Cosmetics, I was made aware that once my order had left The States, tracking would not be available anymore. Which is a little scary if you think about it.

So if you’re from overseas and tracking is unavailable for your country, at least you’ll know that tracking is available up until the point the parcel leaves America and you can check on its status on the Lime Crime website.

My order did eventually safely arrive in my hands a few weeks later, and thank god. I was very excited. The packaging was gorgeous. The ordinary white box that my order came in was lined with a pretty floral wallpaper-like interior, and my brand new products were nestled in soft pink paper.

Dubiousness aside, I’m here to give my rant/rave and thoughts on Lime Crime’s products (and not so much on the ethics of their company and or founder, Doe Deere).

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The Lime Crime True Love Set features 3 matte liquid lipsticks – Cupid, True Love, and Saint. As of the date of this post, the Lime Crime True Love Set is available and retails at USD 44.00. On the website, the True Love Set is described as …

“Truly loving yourself. This Limited Edition Trio is inspired by the luscious shades of rose petals. Comes in a giftable pink box.
Cupid – soft petal pink
True Love – vibrant pinky red
Saint – deep cranberry red”.

Here, I’ve swatched the three colours. This is what it looks like swatched on my Chinese skin tone (I have both pink and yellow undertones).

1. Day time, indoors (below):

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2. Day time, outdoors under direct sunlight (below):

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3. Day time, outdoors under indirect sunlight (below):

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4. Night time, indoor lighting. I’m wearing Cupid here (below):

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5. Day time, outdoor lighting. I’m wearing True Love here (below):

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Photo Credit: Lime Crime

Cupid is a warm, peachy nude, with some brown undertones. I would describe it as something Kylie Jenner would wear. It was not as light ballet pink as advertised but it was my personal favourite – and the reason why I bought the True Love Set in the first place. After trying these matte lipsticks from Lime Crime, I do feel that the colour pigments are more on the darker side than on the lighter side, which is good, as it means that pretty much anyone of any complexion can wear their lippies without their mouth looking washed out.

True Love got me lots of compliments. It’s a bright pinkish red with blue undertones. Of the three, it was more or less the same level of dryness as Cupid. I wore it to work and got complimented on it but still I found it a little too blue and pink for my liking and it wasn’t my favourite, although I can imagine that other girls and women would like this colour a lot. (I didn’t really intend on getting True Love, I was definitely more interested in Saint and Cupid when I ordered the Trio of matte lipsticks.)

Ah, Saint. It is advertised as a deep cranberry. When I wear it, it was a lot more of a dark and deep brown-red than true to colour. I didn’t like it and removed it immediately when I tried it on, so I didn’t take any pictures of myself wearing Saint. I found the formulation to feel different from the other two as well. It was the most drying of the lot. I have found that other beauty bloggers have agreed with me on this. When purchasing lipsticks online, it’s always good to look at swatches online which are done by people of a similar skin colour to you so you roughly know how it looks like in real life, rather than solely relying on images done by the makeup company itself and feeling a bit cheated or disappointed!

This was my first time buying Matte Liquid Lipsticks. I would say Lime Crime is much better quality than MAC for liquid lipsticks, MAC being the only other brand I have tried out. I felt that the MAC liquid lipsticks were way too sticky and pale in colour and totally did not look good on my Asian complexion. It would probably look good on fair, Caucasian skin.

I have orders for Gerard Cosmetics as well as Colour Pop Cosmetics coming in hopefully next week or the week after, so I’ll definitely be able to really compare the different brands when they’ve arrived.

With matte liquid lipsticks, it’s super important to exfoliate your lips so you don’t have any dead or dry skin on your lip flaking off and sticking out under the matte liquid lipstick upon application. Matte liquid lipsticks can feel very drying the first time you try it. You literally cannot feel the moisture on your lips. And as advice, before applying the liquid lipstick, ALWAYS apply some lip balm. Matte lipstick and dry, cracked lips is a painful and horrific combination. I don’t live in the UK anymore, so I can’t imagine how it would be like to wear matte lipstick in the UK, it would probably be a no from me. I also noticed that some makeup remover and makeup remover wipes don’t do a good job with taking off Lime Crime’s matte liquid lipstick – I ended up with tons of tissue and cotton wool getting stuck to my mouth. Apply a layer of lip balm and gently remove, or use a strong makeup remover when you are attempting to remove your matte liquid lipstick.

On a final note, I do have another Lime Crime lipstick that came with this order, and that is Riot. I’ve been wearing it for the past few days and been carrying it in my bag. If you’re going for that whole bee stung lips look but have thin lips, I would strongly recommend a nude or light pink matte lipstick. It really works wonders at volumising your lips and really enhances your overall makeup look! Lastly, I really like the beautiful finishing and packaging for the matte liquid lipsticks and am thinking of maybe getting a few more cute matte lippies from Lime Crime in the future – but I’ll definitely refer to swatches online before purchasing.

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