When life gets hectic, our ideal way to relax is to indulge in a pampering mani or pedi – either with the girlfriends, or in solo bliss! Here are our top five spots to check out.
“The salon is conveniently situated in a large mall, but step behind the reception wall and you will be transported to an opulent salon with huge, plush and comfortable chairs, surrounded by heavy velvet drapes and peaceful music while you sip a delicate Chinese fruit tea.
Beaute Nails is known for its extra-care treatments – from paraffin wax and fungus treatments, to getting rid of ingrown nails. I asked for the foot callus treatment ($38, a first-time trial price) followed by the organic gelish pedicure ($98, including soak-off).
My feet and toenails are always dry and damaged, both from constant polish application and from walking around barefoot, so the foot callus treatment was much needed.
After the application of a serum to the tough areas of my feet, they were wrapped in plastic for around 20 minutes. What was then scraped off was an embarrassing amount of dead skin from the bottom of my feet, my heels, and the calluses below my little toes.
The pedicure can continue while the callus treatment goes to work, so you don’t waste time. Organic gelish colours are beautifully presented for selection in a wooden display box – they’re produced for Beaute Nails in Korea and Belgium, and are both non-toxic and paraben-free. What’s more, their hydrating formula promises to protect dry and brittle nails.”
Tip: The glitter gelish here is the same price as the regular colour – so get your toes into some sparkly fun!
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– DANIELLE ROSSETTI
Trimmings Salon & Spa
“Tucked away in Dempsey’s quiet Loewen cluster, this salon and spa is popular for its range of hair treatments, deluxe facials and nail services. I always look forward to returning to Trimmings as the ambience is lovely; the green surroundings, spacious layout and calming lemongrass scent make each experience a luxurious one.
If you’re pressed for time, you could opt for an express mani ($20) or pedi ($27). But if you’re looking for something more indulgent, go for the gel pedicure ($80) like I did.
The session starts with your choice of tea – for me, the homemade ginger drink. Nail therapist Shan, who has had 10 years of experience, began my foot spa: your feet are soaked in a warm, soothing bath, then scrubbed to remove any dead skin. She also performed a gel removal service ($20) for my month-old gel pedi.
There’s a huge selection of colours to choose from, so I took a while to decide on a dusty-rose shade. Besides the usual shaping, filing and buffing, I was also treated to a second round of foot-scrubbing that included my lower legs, as well as a quick, moisturising massage after my toenails had been painted. It was a good 75 minutes of relaxation!”
Tip: Trimmings has a new outlet at Tudor Court (123 Tanglin Road) offering both hair and nail services.
– ANTHIA CHNG
Lovene Nail & Lashes
Located in a conservation shophouse in Chinatown, Lovene Nail & Lashes is a cosy boutique salon that offers a respite from the busy city. The décor is modern yet homey; exposed bricks, wooden accents and comfy seats add charm to the space.
You won’t go wrong with a classic manicure ($30); or, if you’re in a hurry, ask for an express one ($15) instead. Nails brittle or discoloured? If you have time, we recommend adding on a nourishing and rejuvenating nail mask ($20). This quick, 15-minute pick-me-up leaves your nails looking healthier and brighter.
Don’t neglect your feet! Along with your pedi, try the foot treatment ($35), an add-on service that helps to heal cracked heels.
Tip: Apart from nail services, this lovely salon does eyelash extensions, too! The single lashes used here are made of soft silk and imported from Korea, plus the glue is hypo-allergenic. We recommend the single eyelash extension ($108, a first time trial price) for a more natural look. And if you’re booking a private pampering party (a great idea for a hen’s party!) at Lovene Nail & Lashes, you can also enjoy a 20 percent discount on your first event.
“Manicurious is tucked behind a cafe along Beach Road, and even though I’ve never been one to care much for the interiors of nail salons, the setup here really got my attention. Filled with vintage-inspired décor, the space is not just Insta-worthy, but also lovely to look at as you’re sipping fruit tea while waiting for your appointment!
It isn’t all about the looks. This salon offers a brilliant service at a decent price – a classic mani costs $30, while a classic pedi goes at $40.
I went for the gel manicure ($85), which included a good cleaning, shaping and hand massage; I felt really pampered. Although I haven’t had a chance to see how long my nails will last, I was seated next to a lady who had been going there for months and is a big fan of their nail art – that’s got to be a good sign!”
– MICHAELA BISSET
Home of Manicure
“Comfy black-and-white leather chairs in the small salon are great to lounge in, particularly for longer treatments. I opted for a value-for-money package that included a gel manicure, classic pedicure and spa treatment ($78).
Friendly beautician Irene is able to craft almost any design you wish – just show her a picture of what you like and you’re likely to get a resounding yes from her!
While I decided on the nail art and colours, she got the ball rolling by trimming and shaping my nails. The salon offers quality polishes from OPI and Orly, and several gel polish brands with countless colours to choose from.
After painting my fingernails and toenails, Irene massaged my hands and feet with moisturiser and applied cuticle oil. The enjoyable spa treatment included a refreshing, fruit-based sugar scrub and mask to smoothen and soften my legs.”
– LINDSAY YAP
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