Our pool at the hotel. So cool. We got a 2 floor duplex.
Vitals: Dior Hydraction eye moisturizer with spf, Chanel Inimitable mascara (waterproof is a must in this humid SE Asia heat), YSL Touche Eclat is an instant facelift without needing concealer or foundation, Missha Make-Up Base (i raved about this) , Banila eye duo (more on that later), and lancome eye palette.
|That blue mat in the first picture folds up into a nice little basket/tray for my make up, and to the left is my travel make up bag.|
“A gray color works for anybody’s eyebrows. And it doesn’t turn your eyebrows orange. . . I was tipped off by a makeup artist that gray works for blonds, for brunettes, for redheads.”
During a gel manicure, the gel is applied to the nail and cured under an ultraviolet light. The gel is durable and adheres easily to fingernails. Gel nails are removed only by filing them off. When these nails come off, the real nails are not damaged like when acrylic nails are taken off. The downside of a gel manicure is that it costs more than an acrylic manicure. [my notes; this is only in the US, where the market price is controlled by demand. In China, it is dirt cheap.]So I found Nail Love online and decided to give it a try. It only costs 88RMB, equaling around $12USD. Pretty freaking sweet deal if you ask me. None of the girls there spoke English, but they understood what "gel" meant, and we did pretty well with pointing and nodding (there was 2 phone calls made to the bf to help with the trickier translation as well), but all in all it was a great first time experience for me. They charged me honestly, which made the whole thing even more pleasant. Highly recommend getting your nails done here. It's right by Xintiandi.
Natural nails continue to grow under the gel, and a gel manicure can improve the health of natural nails. The gel acts as a shield against anything that might weaken or damage them, such as moisture or other elements. After this type of manicure, natural nails are stronger and more durable, as long as they were filed and maintained properly before the manicure. Gel nails can last up to a month without chip or damage.