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Gelish: Kimono x Sha Nail Pro Japan

I usually don’t post what’s on my nails because a few customers usually end up picking the design on my nails for their own mani, so I’d just take pictures of their nails instead of mine (the poses always look so awkward when you’re taking pics of your own nails). However, although many customers liked this kimono-themed set of mine, they mostly contemplated saving it for Chinese New Year, so I didn’t end up doing it on anyone.

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I love it! I alternated between Gelish Night Shimmer and Orly Gel Fx in Shine for the base colours, and just added the gorgeous Sha Nail Pro Japan stickers. Super delicate-looking and feminine!

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Gel Mani: Sexy Señorita

Serene showed me two designs done with Recue stickers (also a Japanese brand known for their gorgeous airbrush effect designs) and I adapted them to create this set for her:

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As her nails were of uneven length and she wanted to keep them as long as possible, I didn’t cut them all down to the same length. Instead, I did the French tip design on the longer nails and the full design on the shorter ones.

I used Artistic Colour Gloss In Bloom for the nude base and Angel Pro Gelly Polish in #29 (black) for the french tips. I then did the art with acrylic paint and added the Recue rose stickers. Love the contrast of the black and the red!

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Bridal Package: Pretty in Purple

I usually don’t blog about the designs done for my bridal package customers because they tend to be the same classic designs, but Fidelia opted for something a little different! Firstly, the colour scheme was purple instead of the usual white, nude, or pink.

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She also didn’t want the usual embossed flowers, but opted for embossed hearts instead! The base colour was Angel Pro Gelly Polish in #12 (pale purple) and I used Gelish Water Field for the glitter. The white lace details were done with Angel Pro Gelly Polish in #47 and I added lace butterfly stickers from Sha Nail Pro Japan on the thumbs!

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For the matching pedi, I used the same colours. Fidelia opted for stripes and I added subtle glamour by drawing tiny silver glitter lines between the white lines, then embellished the big toes with large crystal ribbon charms. Super bling!

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Gelish Mani: Burlesque Corset

For Winnie’s birthday, she decided to go for a corset design, but in a glitter base. She also wanted to mix things up a little, so I tweaked the design for her. The result:

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I used Gelish Desert Sands as the base and Gelish Water Field for the tips, then did the nail art in acrylic paint. For the thumbs, I created a design to look like the bodice of a corset, laced up in the centre and with mesh panels at the side. For the ring finger, in order to complement a ribbon charm, I did lines to look like fishnet stockings. The rest of the nails were the usual corset design that I do, representing the top of the corset, with ruffles lining the bust and laced up in the centre.

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The light glittery base looks great with the black details! A very different look from the usual pink or red base that I do!

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Gel Mani: Paddle Pop Cut Outs

I really like today’s design because it is something different! There’s the cut out effect – instead of painting a design, I paint to create a gap such that the design looks like it’s been cut out – and there’s also a blending of colours to create a paddle pop effect. Love it!

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This was based on something the customer picked out from my nail art magazines. I used Angel Pro Gelly Polish in #21 (pink), #9 (yellow), and I custom mixed the purple from #17 (dark purple) and #12 (pale purple). I also used Orly Gel FX in Shine for the silver dots and outlines!

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Gel Mani: Pokeballs!

Joei asked for Pokeballs to be painted on her nails, and she Googled the pictures for my reference. It was a tedious task because of the many colours needed and the fact that I had to cure them all separately, but they turned out really cute.

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I am totally not listing the colours used because (as you can see from the picture where I placed all the bottles side by side) there were just too many! They were all Angel Pro Gelly Polish colours :)

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Gel Mani: Little Twin Stars Paradise

Jiamin showed me a Little Twin Stars design that she had saved off Girls Pic, and I modified it for her to get this result:

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This was done with Gelish Night Shimmer as the base, and all art was done with Angel Pro Gelly Polish! The full list of colours used:

– #25 (blue)
– #21 (pink)
– #47 (white)
– #31 (brown) mixed with #29 (black) to get dark brown
– #9 (yellow)
– #4 (beige nude)

I always use Angel Pro Gelly Polishes for art because they’re more opaque than all the other gel polish brands I’ve tried, making them wonderful for drawing details!

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Gel Mani: Psychedelic Rockstar

I am really loving this set Esmin picked out from Nail Venus! We modified it and simplified it a little, and ended up with this:

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The green base is Gelish You’re Such a Sweet-Tart from the Candyland collection, the pink is Angel Pro Gelly Polish in #21, the white is Angel Pro Gelly Polish in #47, the black is Angel Pro Gelly Polish in #29, the purple is Angel Pro Gelly Polish in #17, and I custom-mixed the teal from various gel polishes… Can’t remember exactly which ones I used!

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This set is just so edgy and fabulous I wish I had it on my own nails!

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Gel Mani: Sweet Alice in Wonderland with Sha Nail Pro

Trish wanted to try out the Alice in Wonderland stickers from Sha Nail Pro Japan and I incorporated them into a sweet pastel tea party theme by pairing them with butterfly stickers from Sha Nail Pro and dessert stickers from another Japanese brand… Here is the result:

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The base colours were Gelish Night Shimmer and Angel Pro Gelly Polish in #12 (pale purple). I also added tiny silver studs and crystals as embellishments. I love how detailed and adorable these stickers are!

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Nail Art Express Pop Up Salon!

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Now taking in appointments for our Pop Up Salon at the SMU UniFunzaar 2013, 15-17 Jan, 10am-5pm! We recommend booking in advance instead of dropping by without notice as we can get rather busy and have to turn away customers, usually in the afternoon. :( These are our remaining slots:

YING
17 Jan – 12pm

KIRSCH
17 Jan – 10am, 12pm

JENRINE
17 Jan – 10am, 2pm

Email inthepink.martini@gmail.com with your preferred time slot and manicurist to book a classic gel mani with Kirsch ($25) or myself ($33), with nail art starting from $10/set. These are promotional rates only applicable at our Pop Up Salon!

Get your nails done in air-conditioned comfort, and they will be perfectly dry (best thing about gel manicures!) so you can shop happily at the UniFunzaar!

Express manicures are also available at $6, but for walk-in customers only (no appointments). Do drop by earlier in the morning as it can get crowded in the afternoon!:)

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Gel Mani: Sweet Chanel Kitty

Here’s a Chanel Kitty set with a twist! Kitty is so chi chi she’s wearing a gold necklace and has glamourous black ribbons embossed with Swarovski crystals in the centre to go with the quilted look of the tips!

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This was done with Angel Pro Gelly Polish in #38 (pink) and #29 (black) with Gelish Desert Sands. The floral nails were done with Sha Nail Pro Japan stickers in a dainty English Garden print!

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Gel Mani: My Little Pony Christmas

Had a request to do 3D ponies with a Christmas theme, so this is what I came up with:

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Using Gelish Desert Sands, Gelish Water Field, and Angel Pro Gelly Polish in #47 (white), #25 (blue) and #21 (pink), I did a sweet and sparkly gradient for the tips, alternating between pink and blue with white and glitter.

This was my first time doing something based on My Little Pony, so I had to google for pictures of the cartoon and create 3D versions based on the pictures! Super cute!

I also added hand-drawn snowflakes and crystal snowflake charms for extra festive spirit!

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Gel Mani: Beary Christmas!

Check out the cute Santa bear on Yitian’s Christmas mani!

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I used Gelish Night Shimmer and Angel Pro Gelly Polish in #29 (black) for the base. The colourful snowflakes were drawn with acrylic paint and I added stickers from Sha Nail Pro Japan as well as Pieadra (another quality Japanese brand of stickers) to the rest of the nails!