Nail Palace – Manicure

I got passed down a manicure package with 3 remaining sessions for Classic Manicure. This Nail Palace is infamous for being pushy about packages, but my experience turned out to be quite alright.

I went to the outlet at Tiong Barhu Plaza on a Sunday afternoon. Unlike boutique nail parlours, Nail Palace is more like those mega massage centres you see in Batam – they have plenty of seats and plenty of staff. I think they can accommodate more than 20 people at one time and they have abundance of staff. I did not book an appointment but was promptly assigned a manicurist. Most of the staff are Malaysian and they seem pretty experienced.

The one who did it for me was called Cecelia. She was quite meticulous and slow with her work, which is good if you have time, since most new manicurists love to rush through it compromising on the quality of work. My cuticles were very neatly pushed and trimmed.

I picked OPI S20 Come to Poppy from the Nice Stem Collection (2011). It is a bright reddish-pink with pearl shine.

Really lovely colour. Look how neat my nails looked? I’m pretty satisfied with it!

However, they don’t provide Seche Vite, though available with top up. In my opinion Seche Vite should be provided within the price, especially if the price wasn’t that cheap to begin with.

It matches my new floral dress really well! Love the colour.

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The Kuching Nail Spa

Thanks to Groupon, I got deals for this relatively new nail parlour near my place. I bought 2 of such deals as they launched it twice. It cost only $58 for 3 sessions, which makes it about $19 for a classic mani + pedi.

There are only 2 manicurists there and though I can’t say they are the best around, they are good enough.

A beverage of your choice will be served and my favourite is the Vanilla, Honey & Chamomile tea.

They have a selection of OPI and ORLY colours.

Appointments are not that hard to fix, though it may be quite tight on weekends and evenings. However, a few days advanced notice is fine, from my experience. Not to the extent where you need to book weeks in advance. Overall, I would recommend this place. However, I find the normal rates quite high. They charge as much as it would cost to do it in town.

Sale


 
 

I didn’t know beauty blender was in Singapore until I saw this flyer. Apparently its priced almost the same as that sold in USA so if you want it cheaper you can check out this sale! Its supposedly going at 30% off. I’m not sure if it applies to the double packaging or the single one.

Anyway I don’t think I’ll be getting those because I already have 2. I want to aim the K Palette eyeliner which I heard will be going at 3 for $15! That’s a steal. Also interested in getting Cure if it’s cheap. It’s the best exfoliater. However, nowadays I am using Clarisonic and usually skip exfoliation.

 

*update*

 

From http://www.felicianeo.com/what-ive-been-busy-with-warehouse-sale-sneaks it’s confirmed that they have Naruko products! I’m so excited as I am a fan.

The retail prices of naruko in Singapore is up to 75% more of that sold in Taiwan. Yes, it is a scary mark up. For example, the BB sunscreen which is my HG cost $25.90 here but probably only $15 in Taiwan. A facial cleanser here cost $16 but only $8 in Taiwan. At this sale it’s going at 30% off local retail price, so I guess that’s better than nothing, especially since I need more moisturiser!!

My Rose & Snow Fungus Milky Lotion has officially reduced to the last few drops so I hope to get a new one tomorrow.

I am aiming the Apple Seed & Tranxemic Acid range and they have the milk lotion there. It cost $25.90 so with 30% off it would be $18! In Taiwan it is NT369 ~ $16. Not too bad. The serum will be $30.90 *0.7 = $21.63. In Taiwan it cost NT459 ~ $20. I’m undecided whether to get the serums because I have Shiseido White Lucent Serum x 2 in my backup stash. The reason why I am aiming the Apple Seed & Tranxemic acid range is because Shiseido White Lucent uses Tranxemic acid too, so I thought I could combine it with shiseido’s serum as I want to switch my skincare to whitening.

Kind of wasted they do not have the Apple Seed or Magnolia night gelly there, but actually I have 3 backups of Laneige sleeping mask so I do not actually urgently need night gelly. I have finished the Naruko Tea Tree night gelly and it is good! I’m not sure whether I should try the night eye gelly.

 

So anyway, the stuff I am getting:

K Palette eyeliner x 2 + eyebrow liner – 3 for $15

Apple Seed & Tranxemic Acid Milk Lotion x 2 – $25.90 ~ $18 x 2

Apple Seed & Tranxemic Acid Serum – $30.90~ $21.66

NARUKO Narcissus Total Defense BB Sunscreen SPF50 – $25.90 ~ $18

 

From the blog as linked above, the Cure aqua gel is going at $69 for 2 which is about 18% less than retail price. Cure has never been on sale before.

Beauty Blender is going at 30% off, so for the double pack, it would be $28 for 2 I suppose, which makes it $14 for 1,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Essential Ultra Honey & Shea Butter Hair Mask

Essential has been a brand I’ve been avoiding since a bad experience a couple of years ago. When it was just released, I got their shampoo, conditioner and treatment to try. The results were hair that feels like it’s been drenched in chlorine water – very unruly and clumpy. I stopped using it, gave the shampoo away and stashed the conditioner and treatment in a corner to collect dust.

Then after a while, because I was trying to clear conditioners as well as being lazy to get a new one, I resorted to using the treatment on my hair in lieu of conditioner everyday. It wasn’t that bad.

So long story short, I got this hair mask recently to try because the packaging and the claims were attractive.

For a hair mask, this is one of the cheapest available. It is only $9.90 while other brands like Keratase cost $40 – $50 (I know that’s from a different league). Even other supermarket brands, like ascience cost more. Dove is possibly as affordable actually.

So anyway, I’ve been using this for 2 days, and I’m quite satisfied. It works better if you let it sit in longer, with a shower cap to seal in the moisture, before rinsing. I’d recommend this hair mask! I totally love the smell too. It smells like sweet berry.

 

Shiseido Sales

I didn’t have much luck at the recent shiseido sales, as the stick foundation by Maquillage wasn’t available in my colour. They only had the darkest shade, OC30. However, they had the whitening serum by white lucent which I was intending to get!

During the previous sales, I got myself a tube (2 generations ago) for $50.

Now that this one’s phased out, it was $60 at the sale. It used to retail at $150! The latest version has its price reduced to $125 at counters.

I didn’t see any Tsubaki products there so no shampoo for me.

H&M Nail Stickers

It’s my first time trying out such product after hearing about it a long time ago as Minx nails, which cost a bomb them. Nowadays, it’s selling everywhere at very cheap prices.

Overall, I am not a huge fan of this concept, but I don’t mind having it once in a while.

Bershka – Shopping

This is my first time purchasing from bershka. They’ve been around for about 3 years and their clothes cater to the youth with their edgy designs.

The price and style is similar to that of Zara’s TRF range, which is also catered to young people.

This dress comes in champagne as well which is very flattering to my skin tone. The inner lining is shiny satin which subtly shine through the mesh outer layer (the mesh is the soft kind, not those cheap plastic-ky coarse type). I decided to get it in black because it looks better on me than the champagne one. It cost $59.90 which is quite reasonable.

I also got a mesh skirt for $39.90 which is probably made of the same material as the dress. The mannequin on display had the skirt paired with this belt, which I picked up too because it was only $16.90.

Forever 21 and ASOS Shopping

I wanted to get these from the local store but they didn’t have it. I went online and there was a wide variety to choose from! I love floral prints.

These were pretty cheap! From USD13.86 – US17.80. even with shipping, it’s going to be cheaper than what’s sold in the local store.

I used Vpost for my shipping.

Here are some items I got from ASOS. Of course there are a lot more but these are just some.

Asia Exclusive Whitening Base Makeup

Whitening makeup is usually an Asia exclusive, especially in tropical countries like my own, where the sun is always glaring.

Chanel Mat Lumiere Compact

Chanel White Essential Compact

Chanel Mat Lumiere Fluid

Chanel White Essential Fluid

Diorskin Forever Compact

Diorsnow Compact

Diorskin Forever Fluid

Diorsnow Fluid

Shiseido The Makeup Mattifying Compact

Shiseido White Lucent Foundation

Lancome Photogenic Lumiessence Compact

Lancome Blanc Expert Compact

Lancome Teint Miracle Liquid Foundation

Lancome Blanc Expert Liquid Foundation

Estee Lauder Cyber White EX Powder Makeup

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light

Estee Lauder Cyber White EX Gel Crème Makeup

Yves Saint Laurent Matt Touch Compact Foundation

Yves Saint Laurent White Mode Foundation

Za Skin Beauty Two-way Foundation

Za True White Plus Foundation

L’Oreal True Match 2 way Powder Foundation

L’Oreal White Perfect Pearl 2-way Foundation

L’Oreal True Match Foundation

L’Oreal White Perfect Pearl Foundation