One of my favorite things to do on weekends is to get a manicure and pedicure, like every other girl, but I’ve been wary about stepping out in the rain with freshly painted nails: If I’m in a hurry to leave (which I always am—who has time to stay?) and they’re not yet completely dry, the rain water will just damage them! STRESS!
So, during the rainy season, or when I’m traveling, or when I’m in a hurry, as mentioned, and just don’t have the time to wait for my nails to dry, gel manicure and pedicure are always my go-to nail services.
When my parents went to SM Megamall to do groceries this morning, I thought I’d tag along and get my nails done in Nailaholics there to pass the time. I saw the nail salon and spa is now offering 20% on their gel manicure (P600) and gel pedicure (P650) until July 31, 2015, so I thought I’d take advantage of the promo.
They use EzFlow Tru Gel polish and offer a wide variety of colors. Although they don’t have the painted color palettes, I looked at the labels for shades that appealed to me and opened the bottle to see if I like the actual color. Since I’m currently into anything blush and deep red, that’s what I chose for my fingertips and toes respectively. Both shades are very feminine, very me, chic, and easy to match with all my outfits for the next couple of weeks or so—the minimum length of time they’re supposed to last—easily lending a touch of glam to my overall look. I also wanted a shimmery accent, so I layered a pink glitter polish (Girl Power) over the light pink base (Baby Doll) on the ring finger nails (see below).
The nail technicians carefully and meticulously cleaned and shaped my nails (especially Jenelyn, who worked on my hands and who noticed that my nails on the right are naturally shorter than those on my left hand so she quickly made sure they were all even) applied the three layers of gel coating—base, color, and top—on my tips and toes. With each layer of coating, each hand/foot is placed under a special lamp to dry. Gel polish requires a certain wavelength of light to prompt a chemical reaction that will bond it to your nail.
Before applying the next layer of coating, they rub a solution to get rid of sticky residue and smoothen the finish, giving nails an eye-catching gleam that’s supposed to last. Jenelyn also massaged my hand briefly after the gel manicure to complete the pampering.
The part I like best? Gel polish is rock hard after the final process, allowing me to quickly and freely go about the rest of my errands and my day. Normal manis tend to make me gingerly fish into my bag for my wallet at the end of the treatment—at the real risk of ruining a perfectly good manicure—but with gel mani, that’s no longer a problem. Same with slipping into my footwear post-gel pedi—no sticking, no worries!
Visit the Nailaholics branch nearest you for a quick, relaxing escape from the daily grind and emerge with nails that will make your cuddle-weather, hand-wrapped-around-a-mug-of tea Instagram post totally on-point—which I totally did, of course (well, I held the teapot instead of the mug).
Nailaholics nail salon & spa offers customers an escape from the daily grind with its cozy interiors and pampering services. It currently has 53 branches nationwide, including in SM Megamall, Gateway Mall, Eastwood Citywalk, Cash and Carry Makati, Harbor Point Mall Subic, SM Cebu, SM Bacolod, and SM Lanang. Check out my first review of Nailaholics here.
Photos by Trixie Reyna