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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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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.]

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.

Location

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!

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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!

Cons

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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Conclusion

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!

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[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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