I used to be super vain about my nails. In fact, I used to do them at least once every week.
50 bottles of nail polish at home, with countless tools and lots of products to primp, pamper and polish them to perfection. But, of course, this takes a lot of time. And a lot of effort that goes into something gets chipped off in less than 2 days for samseng/gangster/tomboy/chorlor me. So I gave up.
Then arrived the advent of gelish. The girly side of me loved having super shiny, well manicured nails that could last me up to a month. But I soon started seeing that my nails had become weak and brittle. So, after 1 year, I decided no more nail vanity. No more polish. And that was that. My nails have been on a detox for the past 1.5 years.
In fact… I have been so unvain about them, for the last year and a half it has swung to the other extreme. The only time I actually trimmed my nails, was “by accident”. When one of them got caught in a door. When I was brushing my hair and a jagged edge pulled on my hair and ripped it off. A random bowling night where the ball rolls down the alley with my nail in it. Yup. That was it. Seriously.
So when an old pal of mine asked if I wanted to support her new nail salon, Dollhouse Singapore and check it out. I jumped at the chance – especially since I had some big events coming up and well… raggedy nails chewed down to the same length(ish) probably wouldn’t quite cut it.
Dollhouse is pretty conveniently located at Towner Road directly opposite the Boon Keng MRT station. Plus points in my book. For easy spotting, it’s directly opposite McDonald’s, and there is a 7-11 right next door to it.
Location aside, what really sold me on this salon was the nail tech, Chris. She must be some kind of genius. I kid you not.
There were already tons of really cool nail art sets to choose from -many of which are her creations- but I wasn’t feeling any of them, and suddenly, I thought of Starry Starry Night – a painting by Van Gogh.
I showed the painting to Chris and asked if she could do it. She said she would try – and HELLO!
The results were just… *JAWDROP*
In 2 hours, she painstakingly handpainted a version of the painting onto my nails – a smaller canvas than Van Gogh ever had to work with I’m sure. And in much less time. I was floored. TBH, I looked around on the internet – and nothing comes remotely close to what she managed to do on my nails.
I have actually never been this excited about my nails in a long time.. in fact, I’ve already started planning what to do over the next few months, because now I’ve seen what she is capable of… it pretty much feels like THE SKY IS THE LIMIT!!!!
Doesn’t come cheap though – nail art like that comes with a SGD$150 price tag. On top of your usual gelish manicure rate of SGD$40. (Which is reasonable.)
That said, nail art sets don’t all cost that hefty sum, and actually cost upwards of SGD$25, depending on the difficulty.
And this was I tell you …. was a masterpiece. And well worth every penny.
I’m also the kind of person who believes that #goodthingsmustshare – so Christine (my nail salon owner pal) gave me a few different offers to share with my friends. A first timer promo for my pals where if you make an appointment and mention that you’re a pal of mine – you will get 50% off. And 30% off most times for the #saraannkfriendrate – I’m sure terms and conditions do apply, so do ask them first before you do anything, so that you’re comfortable with the price points.
I found most of their prices to be pretty reasonable and with the further discount, I would think it would be pretty affordable by most standards.
OH – and did I mention – I went down with Daphne Khoo and she had the cutest set of rainbow french gels done. ADORBZ!
DOLLHOUSE SG – you’ve made a nail convert out of me. (Again. And I might just give gelish another chance thanks to you gals.)
Over and out.