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Manicure at Nail Palette Orchard Centrepoint Review

If you're in need of some pampering after some shopping madness at Orchard or Somerset, try Nail Palette Orchard which is located at Centrepoint's extension that not many people know about. It's a cosy shop where you can sit back and enjoy the massage chairs, while soaking your feet in the sink. Bliss!

Nail Palette

176 Orchard Road, Centrepoint, #03-15
Singapore 238843.
Contact No.: 
 6836 3560 / 6836 3561

My nails are really weak after my gel manicure the last time, so I opted for a milk mask, which instantly makes your nails slightly stronger! I was impressed.

I picked a warm, spring shade of orange this time!

With white french tips :)

Then I realised the white and orange looked too striking together so I added a silver line between it.

French manicures are sooo hard to do, you really need a steady hand and a lot of patience.

Here's the finished product! I love it!

The whole experience was so relaxing that I fell asleep for a part of my manicure, which rarely happens because I'm always worried about how my nails would turn out!

All in all, I thought that the salon was neat and organized, staff were courteous and patient, and my manicurist even recommended the treatment for my nails after looking at their condition, so I'd say it's a major plus! 

 The Nail Palette at Centrepoint will be bringing in some limited edition nail wraps used by celebrities like Miley Cyrus, so stay tuned for updates!

Thank you Nail Palette Centrepoint!

Rounge SGC Nail Salon Tokyo Review - Gel vs Gelish

Just like painting nails is therapeutic, looking at my nails on a particularly stressful afternoon cheers me up. This is especially so when it's done the way I like it, drawn professionally, and with no chips, unsightly edges or missing crystals. Once you've found a salon that does that for you, you'll keep going back. I managed to find one such salon and I'm very excited to share this with you guys!!

Photo a day before I get my nails done!
But first -

Gel vs Gelish

What's the difference between Gel and Gelish? Are your nails done using gelish? When I answer no and say it's gel, they look confused.

I've been asked this question pretty frequently, and I think it's time to share the answer online.

Gelish, is the name of a type of gel under Harmony, produced in US. It's just a brand, like you can't assume that all post-it's are under 3M, right? There are sticky pads produced by other companies as well.

Gel is the generic name for manicures that resembles acrylic nails, but are far less damaging as your nail is not glued on, but rather, applied on. Gel manicures take a much longer time for you to finish your manicure compared to the traditional ones. Instead of the usual 2 coats for basic manicures, gel manicures can take 10 or more coats, simply because they are individually painted on and require LED/UV light to dry between coats.

Nail designs by Rounge SGC Nail Salon, using Japanese brand of gel nails

However, gel nails do not chip easily and are extremely durable, so you can be doing manual labour and not worry about your nails. Before I switched to gel manicures, my nail polish used to be so easily chipped that I would remove them within a week. Sometimes, they would get chipped the very next day. What a waste of money!!


As I mentioned in the beginning of the post, I found a salon that exceeded my expectations and left me very satisfied, and that is Rounge SGC Nail Salon, Tokyo, which has 10 outlets in Japan and they just opened their first outlet in Singapore and even more recently, in New York, not too long ago!

Most of their manicurists are japanese staff who are very patient, greet you cheerfully, and provide top notch service.

I thought I'd highlight some of the amazing perks you don't get at ordinary salons (and trust me, I've been to plenty) that Rounge SGC offers.


  • Premium quality gel nail products from Japan
Rounge SGC Nail Salon uses top products in Japan like Ace Gel which is not as harmful and harsh on your nails, and most importantly, are a great base for designs. They are able to handle marbling effects, more layers of colour, create gradients of colour, and more. There are just so many endless possibilities to be achieved!

(If you're wondering why the english doesn't really make sense, I'm using google translate's auto translator, the original language is in Japanese)

Obtained from Ace Gel's gallery, simply gorgeous.

  • Free soak off, even if you did your nails at another shop

This is a bit of a shocker because many many salons charge additional $20 or so just to soak off your already grown out gel nails. Soaking off is not entirely easy because the gel portion of your nails have to be soaked, filed and buffed, which takes about 20 minutes. Furthermore, if they are over buffed your nails will be damaged. 

Rounge SGC does it for you, FOR FREE.

  • Free repair for 1 week

If your nail is chipped, broken, loose or separated, contact the salon immediately and they will repair it for you unconditionally! They are that confident about their quality. I didn't have any issues because my nails are still in perfect condition even though I am pretty clumsy and sometimes scratch at my nails.

  • Unlimited accessories 

Many salons charge additional $1, for every extra big crystal, or $4 per finger of nail art, but not Rounge SGC. All options are included in the fixed rate so you won't have any hidden charges! When you are given a price, that's it, independent of design!

They have a crazy wide variety of accessories, and once again I have to stress that they are available at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE. Some accessories are even imported specially from Japan and are not found in Singapore!

Christmas nails
My christmas themed nails!

Mina-chan did my nails for me and she is just amazing at it!! She did a really good job and I am very impressed. With years of experience and a ridiculously stable hand, she's able to draw such gorgeous designs that has drawn a lot of attention and given lots of compliments! She's done nails for many Japanese celebrities and is very passionate and dedicated in her nail designs. At the end of manicures, customers will even get a Rounge SGC Nail Salon buffer, compliments of the salon!

It's been two weeks since I've gotten my manicure and they are still in tip top condition! No chips, no broken edges, nothing. The only thing that's changed is that my nails have grown longer. I'm very pleased!! Rounge SGC Nail Salon is having a promotion for first time customers, where a full gel manicure is fixed at $80. Hurry and make your last minute christmas appointment, or early chinese new year appointment, today! You know how crazy hard it is during CNY period is to get a slot with good, reputable nail salons.

Taken after my mani! :)

Which nail design is your favourite? Mine is the christmas tree, but many of my friends and colleagues like the snowflake design. Have you gotten your nails done for Christmas? Leave a comment below!

Nail Salon Rounge SGC 

402 Orchard Road 


Delfi Orchard 
Tel: 6737-4413

PSST: Visit their facebook page to have a look at more of their carefully crafted designs

Sally Hansen's Diamond Strength No Chip Nail Colours!

A friend told me this "Painting your nails is therapeutic."

And it is.

Whenever I'm bored or feeling a little too stressed on a weekend, I like looking at my mini collection of nail polishes, pick out a colour that matches my mood for my day, sit down and just apply! I prefer painting in the day because I can hold my fingers to the sunlight to ensure that I applied the coats thick enough, otherwise it won't look opaque. Plus, I don't know how I sleep at night but when I paint my nails at night, the next day they will be flattened or scratched -_-

My mini collection of nail polish comprises of OPI and Faceshop, but I've never tried Sally Hansen's before! So when I received a box of them, I squealed and painted my nails almost immediately. Here are the colours they sent me!

 240 - It's Chiff-on!, 170 - Bride to Be, 440 - Royal Romance

Fast Dry Top Coat, 330 - Fuchsia Bling Bling, 160 - Something Blue, 210 - Brilliant Blush

My nails are really brittle and break really easily, so I don't like keeping long fingernails. However, this Sally Hansen diamond strength range helps strengthen my nails for less breakage!! Plus I'm pretty klutzy and my nail colour chips quite fast, with the no chip for 10 days feature, my nail polish colour lasts longer and looks prettier!!

Don't you just hate it when your nail polish brush picks up uneven amounts of nail polish? One of the tougher parts of painting your nails is controlling the amount of paint that's on the brush. Too little and there's uneven polish, too much and your nail will bulge out (sorta). I liked how the brush was specially made for easy application and a smooth finish so it was easier to pick up just the right amount of polish!

My index finger isn't painted because, like I mentioned in a previous post, I went for my surgery and they required me to remove my nail polish on both hands, for the equipment to measure my blood/oxygen level accurately lol.

In 240 It's Chiff-on!
The colours are so pretty that I painted each hand a different colour. Still can't believe that I am protected from chipping for up to 10 days, due to their special formulated Micro-diamond mix that contains platinum and aluminium! Each bottle is only $13.90!

 In 440 - Royal Romance
So I did this manicure by myself, don't forget to apply a base coat to protect your nails!! Especially for darker colours, they are more likely than not to stain your nails yellow.

Posted this on instagram and this is in 330 - Fuchsia Bling Bling

Finish your manicure with Diamond Flash Fast Dry Top Coat ($16.90) that dries your nails in SIXTY seconds, contains safe and wholesome solvents (does not include toxic chemicals such as TFR – Tosylamide Formaldehyde Resin).

Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No-Chip Nail Color is available many other colours apart from the ones posted here! Check out the collection at Watsons, Guardian, Sasa, BHG, Robinsons, John Little and other stores.

PS: I think I look really different in the gyaru make up, (in Dollywink top and bottom lashes, brown mascara+powder, Candydoll lipgloss) Think it makes my eyes look a little droopy.

Now, go get gorgeous!
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