my two cents about "Gelish" manicure/pedicure

May 29, 2013
I am not really a big fan of manicure/pedicure but I do have a few packages signed up with saloons, which I use for pedicure service once very 1.5-2 months. Manicure is definitely not for a working mummy like me, who needs to work on my keyboard for at least 8 hours a day, look after young baby and cook meals often. When I found out the wonder of "Gelish", or is that "Shellac" you call it? I felt that I really need to have my finger nails fixed every month with the beautiful Gel colors. It dries instantly, seldom chips and lasts for a good 1.5-2 months!

Till recently, I was told by my regular manicurist that the previous session I did with another salon (cheaper one though), was not well done because they used some sort of cheaper gel, so it's not easy to remove. It took her quite a bit of effort to remove for me and I started to wonder, is it really true that good gel will not harm my nails?

So to test it out, I completed my last Gelish session with my regular manicurist at this more expensive, and more reputable salon, got it removed a month later, and started monitoring the impact of Gelish on my nails, for about 2 months till now.

Oh boy, my nails were extremely dry, thin, brittle and they started to crack and split without the "protection layer" of gelish on top. How bad was the situation? Basically I got cracked nails almost every few days! And my nails cracked for more than 10 times in a span of 2 weeks, of course I must attribute that to heavy duties during my house move in that 2 weeks. And the same finger nail can crack 3 times in a week, basically I have no chance to witness it really grow before it cracks. In any case, I hate my nails, totally!

I have to cut my nails really short but still, my pinky nail just cracked from inside, without me noticing it =(.. OUCH...

I know many girls love Gelish to bits, I did initially, and I do apply good bottom/top coat to strengthen my nails every single time! Still, I prefer the natural look of my healthy, strong nails the way they are, and couldn't wait for them to grow out soon!

August 15, 2014
After a year, my healthy nails are finally back!!

Review: SKII Facial Treatment UV Protection

May 16, 2013
Questions:
If you have a budget limit and you can pick ONE AND ONLY ONE skincare product to buy, what will be your choice?
If you have no budget limit and you can pick ANY ONE BUT ONLY ONE skincare product to buy, what will be your choice?

My answer is the same: SKII Facial Treatment UV Protection (SPF25) PA++

I am sure you are not surprised that I've picked SKII, but, why not the famous Facial Treatment Essence? Why not the newly invented Stempower cream? Why not the all time life saver Facial Treatment Mask?

Because, this is really the BEST EVER skincare product I HAVE TO USE on a daily basis!

My mother-in-law who is at the age of 62, has pretty nice complexion for her age, and I attribute that to her habit of carrying umbrella everywhere she goes, at all times. So if you are not actively applying skincare products to prevent aging skin, at least, get a sunscreen as continued exposure to sun is the cause of wrinkling, premature aging, and in time, an almost leathery appearance of the skin.

There are so many sunscreen products in the market, how to pick the right one for daily usage? Usa a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. And remember, reapply often for maximal protection!

I got hooked on SKII Facial Treatment UV Protection and finished countless bottles of it (the previous version in red bottle). I must say this new formula in silver bottle is even lighter and more hydrating! In fact I love it so much that I've stopped using most of my skincare products during the day and just apply this cream directly after washing my face. It doubles up as a great moisturizer. I feel 100% protected without the need of a tedious toner-moisturizer-sunblock routine on my lazy days. And it's the only sunscreen I've used so far that I can claim as "not greasy at all!". It is fragrance-free but has a very soothing scent that I really love a lot. It's not a big bottle but it lasted me for more than half a year with daily usage (okay I admit, I didn't reapply it). 

In fact, there were a period of time I decided to go with some cheaper sunscreen products, and in fact they are pretty effective as I've never experienced any redness/tan/burnt on my skin. But, there's one big problem with such products - clogged pores! At least that's what happened to me, I felt like wearing a thick layer of shield and at the end of the day, my skin looked dull and dehydrated with enlarged pores. So yes, I only want SKII Facial Treatment UV Protection cream now, and I want more!

Rating: 10/10
30gm / SGD$115

Review: Suisse Programme 24 hour lip guard

I do not have a habit of using lipsticks. I own no more than 5 of them, but I use lip balm almost daily. By the way if I have never shared this before, I must introduce this website here to those who can read Chinese: http://www.urcosme.com/

Okay 10 - 15 years ago, when there were not much information shared about skincare on internet, I often visit departmental stores and seek advice from beauty advisers on what to buy. Now, it's a routine for me to check on reviews online and shortlist a few brands whenever I want to buy a new product.

The above mentioned website is filled with useful reviews and it has a ranking list based on review ratings which is pretty useful to me. So here you go, a list of most popular lip care products (rated by mainly Taiwan users though) here:
http://www.urcosme.com/rank/ranking-b13

I've tried a few of them on this first page, popular ones like DHC, Kiehl's and Mentholatum are "must try items" on my personal list. But I am not impressed with any of them, and my favorite lip care product - Suisse Programme 24 hour lip guard is not even mentioned here. So you see, we do have to take whatever reviews we read with a pinch of salt (yes that includes mine, LOL), one man's meat is another man's poison!

Anyway so what's so good about this lip guard? You will never want to settle with a 5 dollar random lip balm if you ever tried this! Yes I am serious, those random lip balms I got in the past, feels like a layer of wax. But this one, is really moisturizing, light-weighted, lasting (okay not as long as 24 hours but for a good 2-3 hours). It's not oily or greasy and most importantly, it really softens my lips, that's a benefit that most other lip balms do not deliver, they basically just make your lips "not dry" and that's about it. Grab one at SASA especially during promotion period and enjoy it!

Rating: 9/10
3.6g / SGD$19.20