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March 30, 2009

New nails

What happened to my previous post??!!!!!  Was typing and rambling and suddenly it was posted without any words at all!  Bleah.  Now I have to re-type everything.

Ok, I got my natural nails again after sporting gel nails for the past 3 -4 months.  There are good reasons why I decide to go back to natural nails.

  • It was getting kind of frivolous and $$$ trying to maintain the gel nails every 3 - 4 weeks.  Yes, I love the hard, shiny and smooth nails (which makes apply nail colors a breeze and they last longer w/o any chipping) -- but I was beginning to think, "If I skip 2 refills sessions, that would be the equivalent of a huge MAC haul, or if I skip 2 sessions, I can buy some SK-II which I have been wanting to try out on my 30 year old skin, or if I skip 1 session I could d a hair color job.... you get the drift....)
  • I have been buying lots of nail polish lately, some neutrals, some classics, some wacky colors.  And I really love to try them out on short nails.  I think you can get away with all sorts of colors if you have short square nails.  So I will be posting more nail-related stories soon!
  • I think I can DIY the whole gel nails thing.  I found out a shop which carries the IBD gel nail thingy/kit and I just need to get the UV lamp etc.. which all adds up to the cost of ..... 1 new set of gel nails if I were to do it at a nail salon. I have not ventured into this YET.  Cos I think I should let my nails breathe, and be normal again before getting into all these stuff, and besides I don't think  I have the time to really play around with this at home for now.


I also bought a few nail care products, which I prolly will blog about mid-week or this weekend.

So how does it feel like with my own short natural nails again?

  1. My finger tips feel really LIGHT and like stumpy.
  2. I can type much quieter now.
  3. Texting on my iphone is ultra sensitive now.
  4. I can eat using my hands without worrying about dirt getting into my nails.  I used to have to wear gloves when dining outside, like when I am eating crabs.  LOL.   The lengths I go to in the name of beauty!! And food of course!


On my nails now, I am sporting OPI Tickets to Paradise.  This is a pic of me sans make up & with big black specs, so I have to cover some of my pale face with a random stuffed bear thing.


Pictures taken with my macbook.

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very clean and fresh

posted by

I like that color you're wearing, very elegant yet simple.

Korilakkuma! ^_^


thanks, girls! :) i like my nails clean and simple too (sometimes)

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I know right..? My nails are black right now LOL

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You have amazing nails naturally!!

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I love ur natural nails!!! they are really nice and healthy!


CCee and q8dee: Thanks! I had to spend another bomb just removing the gel nails and getitng double treatment for my nails before they look presentable. Ha ha. And I bought the Nail Tek ridge filling/strengthening base coat for further protection too. But my nail shape and length on their own is pretty decent, if I do say so myself. LOL. :p

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About Me

My name is Sophia, and I am in my early 30s. I am from Singapore and I am the sole writer of this blog.

About this Blog

I started this blog in 2006, I like to use a wide range of brands though I seem to have a growing preference for higher-end brands in recent years. I also like to share interesting things I have come across about makeup and beauty.

Currently The Makeup Blogette receives 39,000 unique views monthly or 2,238,932 views and counting.

My Makeup Style

I like classic looks (neutral tones on eyes, anything goes for lips & cheeks), though occasionally I try out dramatic/ statement looks.  I believe that a flawless base is the key to achieving great makeup looks.  I also believe that if you don't have great skin to start with, fake it with a good foundation routine, and even greater skincare.  I am currently loving Clarins & Lancome skincare products, and Vichy NormaDerm for tackling with breakouts.

What Cameras do I use?

Most of the pictures you see in post 2010 entries are taken with my Canon G-11.  Previously I was using Canon Ixus 80.  I do post some pictures which are taken with my iphone4 which I will state in that particular entry.  I have stopped watermarking my pictures as of 2011, because I think watermarks are ugly in general, and does not prevent people from stealing my pictures if they wish to.  I just take it as a compliment that my pictures are even worth stealing in the first place. I might look into getting a Canon EOS next year, not just for blogging purposes, but I also like photography in general.

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

It is hard to name just one, but I like NARS, Chanel, Illamasqua and the ocasional Guerlain, Dior & Urban Decay item.  I own quite a stash of MAC items, but recently I have stopped catching up with their collections, and I much prefer to splurge on a few really outstanding items.

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I bought/ paid for all of the products mentioned in this blog. I am not affliated to any company. If certain products are sent to me for review purposes, I will say so and express my honest opinions about them. In any case, I will only review and showcase the products which I have personally tried and tested, and enjoy using. I do not get paid to review anything.

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