Promote Healthy Nails (Part 2) with Depend’s 3-step nail care range

Hello my readers, i’m gonna talk about nail care (Part 2) today! As mentioned in my earlier post, Nail care is an important aspect of grooming but it is often overlooked. Having a healthy set of nails is essential in leaving a good first impression. Hence, nails & cuticles are like skin which requires optimal hydration and TLC. Recently, i have stopped going for regular manicure as i wish to get my nails a break as application of nail polish will weaken our nails and strip away the essential oils However, i am facing issues like dry cuticles with dead skin built up!! Going for manicure to solely care for my cuticles is not a long-term solution as i will end up requiring to paint my nails (Mani-pedi enthusiasts should know that one cannot do without a pop of colour. hehe!)

To address this issue, i have reached out to DIY kit which i can use at home to care for my nails & cuticles. The recent nail care set that i have acquired is the 3-step nail care range from Depend, the no. 1 best-selling Swedish cosmetic brand.

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Nails, like any other parts of our body, require our care and attention. Most people subject their nails to a lot of unknown stress in their everyday lifestyle – simple things such as opening a drink can or typing on the keyboard can damage our nails. However, though our nails can be a huge giveaway about our personal grooming, many people do not put much effort into nail care.

Depend, Sweden’s No. 1 best-selling cosmetic brand, addresses this woe by bringing you a three-step nail care routine to help you grow healthy, beautiful nails with Depend’s Nail & Cuticle Cleanser, Myrrh Oil, and Cuticle Cream. This Swedish nail care range improves the strength, health and appearance of your nails. All products in this range are free from formaldehyde, camphor and toluene as well, which are known for being toxic to your body and your nails.

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Depend’s 3-Step Nail Care Routine

The very first step in Depend’s 3-step nail care routine is the use of Depend Nail & Cuticle Cleanser to exfoliate dead skin. Like our face, to achieve maximum benefits from any facial products, we must first get rid of dead skin through exfoliation.

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Depend Nail and Cuticle Cleanser (Step 1)

Depend Nail and Cuticle Cleanser acts as an exfoliator to your nails by removing dead skin cells which, at the same time, promotes better absorption of oxygen and nutrients. This results in increased cell renewal and regeneration, which is important for stronger and healthier nail growth. It also preps the nails and cuticles for the greater absorption of Depend Myrrh Oil.

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Depend Nail and Cuticle Cleanser, $6.90

Wash and dry your hands prior to the application of Depend Nail and Cuticle Cleanser to the cuticle and around the nail root. The Nail and Cuticle Cleanser is housed in a nail-polish bottle with brush which allows precise & easy application. The Depend Nail and Cuticle contains no fragrance and the texture isn’t too runny so you can continue with your duties while leaving it on for 4 minutes to take effect. Do not leave it on for more than 5 mins and you can massage and clean it off using a nail brush (For me, i used my fingers to rub it away). Once done, rinse off with warm water and you are ready for Step 2. Repeat Step 1 once a week to prevent built up around your cuticles.

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The second step is to apply the Depend Myrrh Oil to treat nails & cuticles while promoting faster nail growthMyrrh Oil has a long history of medical use and wound-healing properties for thousands of years. Depend saw the potential of Myrrh Oil and enriched it with Vitamin E and Almond Oil for an intensive nail care experience. Enriched with Vitamin E and almond oil, Vitamin E improves nail appearance and nail growth, while almond oil helps keep nails strong, hydrated, and less prone to peeling and breaking.

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Depend Myrrh Oil (Step 2)

The Depend Myrrh Oil has a very nice citrus scent and i cannot stop sniffing my nails when i massage in onto my nails and cuticles. The oil can be used daily as required as an intensive nail care treatment to improve nail appearance, strength nails, hydrate nails and promote nail growth. As compared to other cuticle oils that i have used previously, the Depend Myrrh Oil doesn’t feel as greasy and it smells really good!

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Depend Myrrh Oil, $7.90

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For the last step, apply the Depend Cuticle Cream (Step 3) to end off the whole range with a soft and gentle touch. By applying it on your cuticle, you provide a direct pump of necessary nutrients to your nails and giving it a smooth and hydrating finish. Depend Cuticle Cream is especially important for dry, damaged cuticles and hastens cell regeneration to give you a finer set of talons.

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Depend Cuticle Cream (Step 3)

Depend Cuticle Cream softens and moisturises the cuticle, providing it with the necessary nutrients, such as aloe vera, allantoin and Vitamin E. Allantoin is a natural, anti-inflammatory skin protectant, while aloe vera soothes and increases the hydration of the nails and cuticles.

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Depend Cuticle Cream, $6.90

It is recommended to apply the Depend Cuticle Cream at night (daily) to treat your cuticles overnight. Massage a thin layer of cream onto nails and cuticles. As the cream has a light texture, it gets absorbed well without leaving any greasiness behind (Hence you need not worry about staining your bedsheets!)

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See the vast improvements in my cuticles with just 1 application of the Cuticle Cleanser, Depend Myrrh Oil and Depend Cuticle Cream! The thick layer of dead skin on my thumb’s cuticle disappeared and it isn’t as dry-looking as before (same applied to the remaining cuticles)! I’m really impressed with the inexpensive three-step kit!

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With Depend, three steps are all you need for healthy, beautiful nails. Depend Nail and Cuticle Cleanser, Depend Myrrh Oil and Depend Cuticle Cream will be exclusively available at Watsons Suntec City, Nex, Bugis Junction and VivoCity, and is also available online at http://www.dependcosmeticsg.com.sg.

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from Depend’s Presskit.

Promote Healthy Nails With Locycare

Hello my readers, i’m gonna talk about nail care today! Nail care is an important aspect of grooming but a task that is often overlooked in today’s fast-paced lifestyle. Moreover, we are ‘abusing’ our nails from time to time when we beautify our nails. I’m sure all the ladies love pretty nails but it is a known fact that nail polish will weaken our nails and strip away the essential oils that maintains strong nail enamel.

Nails are like skin which requires optimal hydration. When the nails are dry, it can become opaque, discolored and fragile. Most women change their nail polish frequently and the chemicals and solvents commonly found in nail polishes & removers strip the nails of its moisture; making them brittle and prone to splitting and breaking.  I also love beautifying my nails but i have to stop it temporary as my mum is nagging me to stop. She said that i am subjecting my body to too much chemicals and solvents which is not good when i’m TTC-ing.

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Beautiful nails, but only on the surface

After painting my nails regularly and not allowing it to ‘rest’, my nails have became dry and brittle. Hence it will chip very easily. During manicure, the manicurist will never fail to comment that my nails are so brittle till the extend that she can only file in one direction (if not, my nails will chip off while filing).  Few months ago, i was using a nailcare product which i have gotten from the Watsons GDO’s event. Ever since i finished using the tube, i’m back to painting my nails which led to it returning to the delicate state.

To salvage and restore my nails again, i have just began to use Locycare Nail Gel, a nail care product from Galderma. Locycare offers a quick and easy solution to recover healthy looking nails in just two weeks by restoring the natural water content of damaged nails. The nail gel is essentially a moisturiser for one’s nails and effortlessly penetrates the nail with a slight massage. In addition to practicing regular good nail care, applying Locycare will promote healthy nails regrowth, and ultimately prevent the occurrence of fungal nail infections and other unwanted diseases.

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Locycare Nail Gel is clinically proven to recover discoloured or damaged nails to healthy state. This moisturising nail gel contains a unique combination of humectants to restore the natural water content of damaged nails and Artemisia leaf extract that has an antimicrobial action to provide a fast visible improvement to damaged and discoloured nails. It delivers visible improvement of nails with yellow discolouration after two weeks of application. It also helps to promotes healthy nail regrowth while restoring the natural water content of damaged nails and penetrates the nails to ensure optimal hydration

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Locycare Nail Gel 15g (Retail price: S$19.90)

Before i go into the product review, i will tell you more about Galderma. Galderma is a global company founded in 1981, committed to delivering innovative medical solutions to meet the dermatological needs of people throughout their lifetime while serving healthcare professionals around the world. Galderma’s extensive product portfolio is available in 80 countries and treats a range of dermatological conditions including: acne, rosacea, onychomycosis, psoriasis and steroid-responsive dermatoses, pigmentary disorders, skin cancer, and medical solutions for skin senescence. One of the product which i love from Galderma is their Cetaphil range! You can search my blog to read more about my reviews on them. 🙂

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Give your nails a break (from external elements such as nail polish), go bare with Locycare and appreciate the minimal look of a healthy and bare nail today!

Packaging: Fuss-free & Clean-looking squeeze tube that contains 15g of the nail gel. A little goes on long way so i reckon one tub will be able to last for 2-3 months (if you apply it twice daily).

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How to Use:

1) Firstly, wash your hands and dry it. You might wish to apply it before going to bed or complete what you are doing first.

2) Apply a small (really small) amount of drop of gel onto nails and massage lightly. Be careful not to apply too much, if not the gel will take a long time to dry up (and the surface of your nails will feel very sticky). The texture of the gel is on the thick sticky side so a small amount will suffice. Try not to do anything for the next 15 mins till the gel dries up.

3)  To see results, you have to apply it twice a daily (continuously for 14 days).

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One thing i love about the Locycare Nail Gel is the refreshing minty scent. There’s a slight cooling sensation upon application (which i love too!) but the downside is the sticky nature of the nail gel. Hence, you have to take extra care not to over apply as it will get really sticky. If you apply a thin layer and massage the gel in for a few seconds, the gel will dry up in 15 mins. Hence, you might wish to apply if before going to bed or complete whatever you are doing as your hands will be ‘down’ for 15 mins.

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Sticky nails surface right after application + massaging the gel on my nails.

So far, i have only applied this nail gel for a few days and i’m already starting to see some improvements. As mentioned, my nails are really dry till the extend that you can see faint white scratch lines on them (tried capturing them but unable to see it clearly on pictures). After applying the gel twice a day (for a few days), i can see some of the scratch lines disappearing!! I’m really impressed with it! As my nails are not yellowish to start with, i don’t know if the gel helps with the discoloration. However, i do observed that my nail bed looks brighter and feels smoother to the touch. Since it is also less dry, i’m sure my nails won’t chip so easily. 🙂

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Thank you Galderma for sending me Locycare. Locycare is retailing at selected pharmacies ($19.90 each!)

It’s time for another review – Models Own & Naturalium

Hello Everybody, i will be sharing more on 2 new products that i have received recently. The trip to Korea has made me realized that “There Are No Ugly Women, Only Lazy Ones”. Korean ladies are really well-groomed from Top to Toe till the extend that they looked really flawless. As usual, i’m the odd one out as i tend to be lazy to makeup whenever i travel (Finland is an exception as it was my honeymoon). LOL! Hence today, i will be telling you more on 2 products which will give you nice looking (and smelling) nails and smooth skin to help you to look good. 🙂

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Models Own has a new collection of sweetly scented candy nail polish which adds the finishing touches to any manicure with all the fun of the candy shop. The SWEET SHOP collection smells as good as it looks and there’s five pretty polishes inspired by the bestselling childhood candies which release a nostalgic sweet scent when dry. Smooth gliding and long-lasting, these cute candy polishes are made for treating (not eating)!

There’s 5 shades to choose from:

Pear Drops – A vibrant coral scented with pear drops

Fizzy Cola Bottles – A neutral beige-brown scented with cola

Rhubarb and Custard – A dark red scented with rhubarb and custard

Liquorice Allsorts – An opaque black scented with liquorice

Gumballs – A hot pink scented with bubblegum

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Pear Drops, Fizzy Cola Bottles, Rhubarb and Custard, Liquorice Allsorts, Gumballs!

Have requested to try ‘Gumballs’ as my favorite color is Pink.. Gumballs has a gorgeous & sweet-looking and certainly the best color to use if you want dolly-looking nails!

Gumballs has a the right consistency formula which allows you to apply it evenly without streaks.. However, it is not as pigmented as compared to the nail polish from Models Own Diamond Luxe‘s collection. Hence, you will need to apply at least 2 coats (With base coat and top coat) for best results. Pretty impressed with the high shine that the nail polish gives and you can actually skip the top coat. Application is made easy as the brush bristles are dense and sturdy. The packaging is really cute as well as the lids are printed with photos of gums (with corresponds to the scent)! So adorable! The nail polish is also quick drying, long-lasting (It only chipped after a week) & sweet-smelling (It really smells like gums after scratching the polish!). Made me really happy looking at the beautiful pink tone and sniffing the delicious sweet scent! 😛

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Models Own SWEET SHOP collection is available at aLT@BHG, John Little Plaza Singapura, Robinsons JEM, selected Guardian, Watsons and Sasa stores, retailing at $14.90.

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We will tend to show love and concern to our face but often forget about caring for the skin on our body. I’m not an exception and i will only pay attention if there’s body acne (Tsk!).. Not sure why but the skin on my chest area will have breakouts when the weather is hot & humid. To control the situation, i have to change my body cleanser to something natural but yet able to deep cleanse to get rid of impurities / sweat / oil and nourish skin while staying skin friendly.

Just before i left for Korea, i have received Naturalium Bath and Shower Gel for review. Packed it into my luggage immediately as it is all natural (do not contain Parabens, Colorants, Phthalates and Phenoxyethanol) and it smells really wonderful. Who will say no to body cleanser which will leave skin nourished, soft and with an irresistible smell of fresh fruit? 🙂

Introducing Naturalium, the new brand for hygiene skin care which smells like real fresh fruit. Let the powerful aroma of fresh fruit to invade your room, bathroom and travel yourself to the best moments of your life. With the lingering fruity scent, Naturalium refreshes your mind when you smell the juicy peach, an acid green apple, a slice of fresh melon and an exotic mango.

Naturalium Bath and Shower Gel (500ml) is available in four fruity scents: Peach, Green Apple, Melon and Mango to nourish your skin. This creamy Bath gel with soft texture that provides maximum smoothness and care for your skin. The cloud of foam Naturalium will invade your shower with 4 different highly refreshing and rich fragrances.

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Clean skin, nourished, fresh aroma and soft touch. Ready to eat!

The Naturalium Bath and Shower Gel in Melon smells really yummy-licous that i feel like eating it! Hahaha! My husband commented that he can even detect the sweet fragrance from the living room. Naturalium Bath and Shower Gel also does a good job keeping my skin smooth, clean and radiant. The texture of the body wash has a rich cream base and it foams up well.. Because it is so creamy and foamy, it is easy to spread all over the body with just a small amount.. It is also easy to wash it off and clean feels squeaky cleans without any tightness.. After cleansing, it leaves my skin feeling clean, smooth and smelling nice… After using it for a week, there’s no adverse reactions like itching or red patches…

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Naturalium Bath and Shower Gel is retailing at $12.90 (Introductory Price at $9.90 until June 2015). It is available at selected Giant, Sasa and Departmental Stores

Thank you for reading and have a great week everyone!

Disclaimer: Products Descriptions and information are extracted from Naturalium & Models Own’s Press Release.

Q-depot.com – Your Gateway to Korean Cosmetics & Skincare~

안녕하세요 (Annyeonghaseyo)~

It has been 3 weeks since i’m back from Korea and i’m having withdrawal symptoms!! I miss the food, the weather and definitely the shopping ( All the pretty apparel and skincare/cosmetics!). Planning another trip next year (Maybe during Winter so that i can try skiing again~)

One thing i noticed over at Korea is that everyone is so well-groomed with great dress sense! I guess it is a sin to go out without makeup (this is why i felt so out-of-place. haha!) Korea is also a makeup / skincare shopping heaven! Everywhere i go, there will bound to be shops selling skincare & cosmetics. I have to stop myself from entering the shop and emerging with shopping bags! haha! How to resist? There are so many brands and products not available in Singapore! Moreover, prices are much more affordable. During the trip, i have come across a new brand which isn’t available in Singapore. Bought some products which works really well on my skin but i’m worried about running out of products and not able to replenish them (unless i can get someone to help me purchase during his / her Korea Trip).

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This collage sums up our first visit to Myeongdong!

When i came back to Singapore, i was pleased to discover an online portal (Q-depot.com) which offers many Korean cosmetics & Skincare products with fast delivery and affordable prices (At least 10-20% lower than the pricing in Singapore!).  Q-depot.com is an established online store offering quality, authentic and popular Korean cosmetic and skincare products at cost-effective prices. With this online retail shop, i don’ have to worry about not able to purchase my necessities and i also don’t have to trouble my friends. Yay!!

Q-depot.com was envisioned and established to offer consumers effective beauty and skin care products that are not extravagantly priced, and give great value for money. The incident that inspired the creation of q-depot.com started with a skiing trip to Korea that resulted in weather-beaten damaged skin which expensive brands could not restore. Inexpensive but highly effective Korean brands offered a lasting solution to restore damaged skin and maintain its beauty. And that’s when the founder decided to unveil this secret to thousand of women out there who are exhausted of trying different ways to get their beauty back and look as gorgeous as they deserve.

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Korean cosmetics and skincare products are well-known for being effective and for offering excellent value for money. Every Korean product is created with the motto that “Natural is the Best.” They are made with natural ingredients that have restorative and deep-conditioning benefits. However, not everyone has easy access to these products. Q-depot.com solve this problem by offering everyone an e-commerce platform that is easy to navigate, secure and reliable.

Q-depot.com’s motto is “Beauty for All”. Irrespective of your gender or age, you will find a wide variety of cost-effective Korean skin care and beauty products that fit your needs perfectly. Beauty that stems from products created with natural materials is now within your reach with just a few clicks~

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Thanks to Q-depot.com, i was given an opportunity to try out its website and hereby sharing my experience! 🙂

+1:  Huge collection of Korean Cosmetics and Skin Care products

When i first entered the website, i was overwhelmed by all the different brands and products made availablevia Q-depot.comCurrently, there’s over 15,000 products from 23 brands and are growing every passing day! Popular and effective Japanese cosmetics and Western brands will also be added to its list of offerings in the near future. Being the online retailer that carries one of the largest collection of Korean Cosmetics and Skin Care products online, Q-depot.com is committed to provide almost every product that you’re looking for.

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+2: 100% Authentic Products and 30 Days Free Return Policy

I know that shopping online has its fair share of risk and one major risk would be buying fake products.. Rest assured that everything you see from Q-depot.com are authentic products that are shipped directly from Korea. Moreover, prices are very close to what you are getting in Korea. For example, Q-depot.com sells the SKIN FOOD Black Sugar Perfect First Serum at USD $34.61 (SGD 46.66) and it is retailing at $58.90 in Singapore (which is about $10.20 in savings). Hence by shopping at Q-depot.comit is as good as shopping in Korea by yourself without having to walk and carry the shopping bags! haha!

Q-depot.com take pride in offering 100% authentic products shipped directly from Korea with full guarantee on their quality. All the products are authentic, fresh and of best quality. Q-depot.com will take responsibility should there be any complaints. In the event if you are not satisfied with your products, Q-depot.com also offers a 30 Days Free Return Policy with no question ask and full refund. Hence you can shop online and enjoy the experience with a peace of mind.

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Photo from Q-depot.com’s Facebook Page

+3: Free Worldwide Shipping For Orders Above US$ 69.00 & Fast door-step delivery for customer convenience

When ordering from online website, one will tend to worry about expensive shipping charges. Q-depot.com offers free worldwide shipping for orders above US$69 so you can shop without worrying for huge shipping fees. Even if orders cost below US$69, the shopping charges are affordable as well and you can take a look at the charges here. Sometimes, there’s even shipping promotion and i certainly love it as Q-depot.com shoulders our shipping cost for ultimate convenience and satisfaction. My order took about 7-10 days to arrive at my door step which is pretty fast IMO. My product is securely wrapped in a thick layer of bubble wrap and placed within a sturdy box. Hence, you need not worry about breakage / spillage during delivery.

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The generous amount of bubble wrap used for 1 product~

+4: Ease of Use and Excellent Customer Support Service.

Despite having many different brands and products, the shopping platform on Q-depot.com is very easy to navigate as it is segmented into various categories such as Skincare, BB & CC Cream, Make Up, Hair Care, Men & Crulety Free. Within the different categories, products are further classified based on your needs. If you need recommendations, you can “Shop By Solution” or “Skin Type” and products that will best suit your needs / skin conditions will be displayed. If you are looking for specific products, you can use the “Search Function” or via “Brands” to fulfil your beauty needs. If you have any questions or require assistance, you can also use the Live Chat function on the website and help will be rendered promptly to make your shopping experience pleasant!

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To place your order:

1) Navigate through the menu categories and once you locate your product, click on “Add to Cart” icon or button.

2) Review your items in your cart by clicking “View Cart” or click “Checkout” to go directly to the checkout page. Cart function is available at the top right corner of the page. The currency function is available at the top middle of the website.

3) Use your coupon code, gift voucher or reward points at the bottom of view cart page. You may apply these items if you go directly to the checkout page.

4) To calculate your estimated shipping fee, please click on “Estimate Shipping & Taxes” at the bottom of view cart page.

5) Click checkout at the right bottom of the view cart page and you will land on the checkout page.

6) Input/ select your delivery and payment address and payment method and click confirm order.

7) You will be directed to the PayPal official website to process your payment.

8) You will receive an email of order confirmation.

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Alright! Here’s the item i have gotten from Q-depot.com– introducing The Face Shop’s Chia Seed Watery Toner~ After attending a life-skill course, my husband and myself are getting obsessed with Super Foods. Chia seeds are one of them and we are diligently adding them into our yogurt. Loving this super food as they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein & fiber. So when i came across the Chia Seed Watery Toner on Q-depot.com, i have to get it!! If you feel that the use of toner is not necessary, read this post~ 🙂

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The Face Shop’s Chia Seed Watery Toner (145ml) is made for all skin type and this is a hydrating toner with organically grown chia seed (Contains 100% chia seeds water instead of water). The Chia seeds water is extracted within 24 hours via the Fresh method, instead of water delivers the vitality of the highly pure chia. It is said that this is a moisturizing toner that instantly hydrates the skin and tones dry and patchy dead skin cells while moisturizing it. The Chia seeds carrying moisture and the Moisture Hug System adjust the skin into an optimal state to fully retain moisture.

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This toner comes in a solid heavy glass pump bottle and i’m certainly recycling the bottle as it is so sturdy! The toner has a very pleasant fresh smell and it doesn’t sting my sensitive skin. My face feels refreshed after using it and due to its watery light weighted texture, it doesn’t cause any stickiness / greasiness. My skin felt really light and clean after toning it. Will highly recommend if you are looking for a mild toner for sensitive skin!

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If you are lemming for some Korean Skincare or Cosmetics, why not visit Q-depot.com? If you sign up now, you get to enjoy $5 off your purchase and free worldwide shipping (Just click on the banner below)! 🙂

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* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from Q-depot.com’s Website.

DIY Gelish at the comfort of your home with Depend’s GelLack system!

Hello Everyone, just came back from my 2 weeks vacation and i’m trying to get my blogging mojo back! LOL! Been eating and relaxing way too much that i’m feeling so lazy! Back to work tmr and i’m really dragging it (The amount of backlog! Arggh!) 

Anyway, i did not have time to do my nails in Singapore before my trip as i had decided to go to Korea at the very last-minute but thank God for Depend’s GelLack system (which i packed it in my luggage)! With this kit, i don’t have to go out with ugly nails and it is so easy to use at the comfort of my own home (or rather the hotel in this case!).

Depend’s GelLack system is an in-home salon quality gel nail system from Sweden. It consists Depend GelLack Obligatory Start Kit, Depend GelLack Colour and Depend GelLack Remover Oil. Having already taken Europe by storm, this new generation of nail polish and remover is set to make waves in Singapore. The Depend GelLack system is an easy and inexpensive way to achieve salon-perfect talons right at home. Easier to apply and longer lasting than regular nail polish, its unique removal process ensures a fuss-free and healthier nail experience.

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Gelish Nails? As easy as 1,2,3!

As much as i want my nails to look pretty, maintaining the condition of my nails is as important as well! Normally, i will tend to avoid doing traditional gelish at Salon as i dislike the ‘buffing process’. If you have done Gelish Nails before, you should know that the manicurist will have to buff the surface of your nails before application of the gelish polish. This process will lead to nails surface becoming rough while it also causes thinning and brittleness of nails. Removal of traditional gelish is also very damaging as it typically include a nail wrap and a soak-off with pure acetone, which is drying to nails and skin. After which, the gel will need to be buffed off which causes damaged and thinning nails.

Besides being convenient, the main advantage of the GelLack System is that it doesn’t require buffing, as curing the polish under the LED lamp smoothens it out to achieve a shiny, ridgeless look. Since it is equipped with an LED lamp and not a UV lamp, the curing and drying process is quicker (30 seconds) and kinder to the nails.

The GelLack Obligatory Start Kit includes a before/after cleanser, base coat, top coat, an orange wood cuticle stick, filing board and an LED lamp; to be used with GelLack colour (sold separately), for a high-shine finish that will last two to three weeks. There’s also the GelLack Remover Oil (sold separately) which removes the gelish polish without damaging the nails and skin~

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(Clockwise Direction) Before/after cleanser, Base coat, Top coat, Remover Oil, LED lamp, orange wood cuticle stick and filing board.

The GelLack Colour range is also pretty extensive and it currently has 30 beautiful shades (and growing) for nail polish aficionados to choose from. Each Depend GelLack Colour costs S$13.50 each which is affordable so you can change your nail colors often to match different outfit and occasions~ This is another plus point for gelish lovers as you need not sport the same old nail colors for 3 weeks to 1 month before doing another gelish manicure. If there is an event in which your current gel nails don’t match your outfit, you can paint them over with regular nail polish and remove it afterwards with acetone – the gel nails will not be affected 😉

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Have tried the Depend’s GelLack system upon touched down in Korea (I was too tired to shop as i hardly slept on the plane). It is recommended that you read the instructions on the box and the booklet carefully before working on your nails. As a rule of thumb, make sure that there is no wound on your nail bed and that your nails are not too short (as all gelish polish are not supposed to touch the surface of the skin) before using the GelLack System. Lay out the different products in front of you (in according to sequence) and your DIY gelish manicure can commerce!

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Here’s my step by step guide and hope it will be beneficial to you! 🙂

Step 1: If you have any existing nail polish on your nails, remove it first before apply Depend GelLack Before/After Cleanser on a cotton wool ball /pad and clean your nails carefully. Allow the nails surface to dry for about 30 seconds. The Depend GelLack Before/After Cleanser reminds me of a nail polish remover but minus the smell (My nose will thank me for that!)!!

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Step 2: Apply a thin layer of Depend GelLack base on clean nails surface.. The texture of the base is like regular nail polish so it is really easy to apply it evenly on nails. The brush also allows precise application and in less than 3 mins, i’m done.. Harden the base for 30 seconds under the LED lamp . There’s a timer on the lamp itself do you need not keep track of time. The LED lamp is easy to use and it both strengthens and dries the nails within minutes, leaving an extremely durable surface.Once the lamp goes off, it is safe to touch your nails and clean the nail surface again with the cleanser before Step 3.

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Step 3: Apply a thin coat of Depend GelLack colour and harden for 30 seconds under the LED lamp. I find it easier to harden the nail on my thumb last as i don’t have to squeeze 5 fingers inside and risk ruining my freshly applied polish ( i have fat fingers! haha). Once done, apply another thin layer of Depend GelLack colour and harden for 30 seconds under the LED lamp. Like the base, the GelLack color has the right consistency (not too thick and not too watery) which allows me to apply it smoothly. The brush also picks up the right amount of polish so you won’t end up with thick and uneven layer. Moreover, what’s cool about the system is that the base, color and top coat will levels out on its own upon curing under the LED lamp to achieve a smooth, ridgeless look! Clean the nail surface again with the cleanser before Step 4.

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Step 4: Apply a thin layer of Depend GelLack TOP and harden for 30 seconds under the LED lamp. The surface of the nail will still be slightly sticky. Apply Depend GelLack Before/After Cleanser on a cotton wool ball and clean the top finish to bring out the gorgeous sheen of the GelLack. Once you have completed Step 1-4, you will  have a durable, high-gloss polish that will last for 2 – 3 weeks.

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The removal process is the key highlight of GelLack’s system, as it requires only GelLack’s Remover Oil and warm water. Most (if not all) gel nail removal requires an acetone soak, which dehydrates the nails. The remaining polish is literally scraped and buffed off, which usually leads to damaged, brittle nails. However, GelLack only requires you to massage the oil into the nails, after which you place the nails in warm water (about 40+ degrees) for about 5 – 10 minutes and the nail polish can be peeled off with your fingers or with a cuticle stick, causing little to no damage to the surface. Depend GelLack Removal Oil retails at S$ 6.90 each.

I have not tried removing the nail polish but i have found a video which shows the easy removal process. However, it is in Cantonese and the summary of the removal steps are as follows:

Step 1: Massage GelLack Removal Oil onto the nails.
Step 2: Dip your nails into warm water that is about 40°C.
Step 3: Take an orange stick or simply use your nails to peel off the nail polish.

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Overall Verdict: 

All you need is 20 mins and you can get a ‘less invasive’ gelish manicure done at the comfort of your home. I’m not very good with the application of nail polish but i managed to achieve a set of nice gelish nails with the GelLack system. Hence you can decide for yourself how user-friendly the GelLack system is! Without filing the nail surface and soak-off with pure acetone, you will not risk harming your nails and skin. With GelLack, nails are protected and the natural nail quality is improved which promotes the growth of strong and thick nails. The system will also ensure that you can achieve long-lasting and smooth application. Will highly recommend this and it is certainly worth the $$! It is also recently launched in Hong Kong with great success, Hong Kong celebrities and celebrity stylists such as Mandy Wong and Linda Chung have all given their stamp of approval.

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Whether you are trying to save money or are simply too busy to make an extra stop at the salon, it is
the perfect tool to master manicures and pedicures in the comfort of your own home.

GelLack Obligatory Start Kit*, GelLack Colour and GelLack Removal Oil will be exclusively available at Watsons

Depend GelLack Obligatory Start Kit retails at S$ 99.00 and contents include 1 Before/After Cleanser 35ml, 1 GelLack BASE 5ml, 1 GelLack TOP 5ml, 1 LED lamp with adapter, 1 Orange stick & 1 Nail File

* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from Depend’s Presskit.