There are a few things that instantly cheers me up no matter what… and here’s my list of items that cheers me up.

  1. Shopping
  2. Good food/happy food (i.e. steamboat!)
  3. Bubbletea (only the standard bubble milk tea from sharetea with minimum sugar please)
  4. Flowers (sunflowers/gerberas would be lovely!)
  5. Pretty nails.

No matter how shitty I am, so long I get myself any of the above, I’m good. Am I easy to please or what? If you are on my instagram, I guess you would see alot of #1, #2, #3. #4 are rather rare, maybe twice a year I get flowers from the husband. #2 is the most common because you can survive without any of the items above but everyday, we need to eat.. at least 1-2 meals. I normally only do 2.

As for #5, it is an indulgence for me as a mum. But its an irony, because while it is an indulgence, it is also a tiring affair… because I always do my own nails. It takes time, effort and most times, a sacrifice of sleep to be able to paint my nails. I sound like I set myself up for a torture but I cannot (1) justify the money paid to others when I have everything at home at my disposal especially when it comes to gelish nails and (2) i really really love looking at my pretty nails.

The trade -off is usually something simple and manageable, yet still pretty to look at. Here’s some of the manicures that I have done in the past months. The last manicure that I posted was in May, and that seems like a long time ago now that we are already in September. Yikes. I’m panicking each day as we inch towards the end of the year, because it feels like I haven’t accomplished much for 2014.

These are all done in gelish polish.

Stripes & Polka in a trio colored combination of mint, black and white.

Aug 2014 – Stripes & Polka in a trio colored combination of mint, black and white.

I super love this, but I also spent close to 3 hours to paint this because I couldn’t get the stripes on my right pinky to be perfectly straight and I just couldn’t live with anything less perfect. I got a lot of compliments for this set of polish, but actually, the design is taken off one of the pictures that I have on my pinterest nail board (follow me if you haven’t already done so!)

Clear nails with simple nail art on the tips. This is super easy to do.

July 2014 – Clear nails with simple nail art on the tips. This is super easy to do.

June 2014 - French tips with a twist. Simple and elegant.

June 2014 – French tips with a twist. Simple and elegant.

This last french nails with a twist is one of my favourite designs to do, because its so pretty and nice and elegant. When I did this, I had my nails cut really really short, and it was a little hard to paint because I kept paining my flesh instead, but of the 3 designs here, it is also the fastest one to achieve and my all-time favourite!

Which manicure/nail art do you like? I haven’t figured out how to do elaborate/intricate designs with gelish yet because they bleed so fast before I can cure them and some of the gelish formulas that I have are a little on the watery side, which makes control a lot harder. I don’t quite have the time to explore yet either, but I will someday. If you have a tip or two, do share it with me! Thanks in advance and come back soon!

Read about the past posts related to manicures here