Its been a long time since I last posted on nails!! Gosh, think its like donkey years ago… But this one, I gotta post on it, reason being? Superb!! Product is good, service is good & price is good!! Triple Good!
Venue : De Lacq
(Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya, Sunway Pyramid, tel: 03-7494 4288)
I almost felt like giving up after 3 manicure shops rejected my business when the time was just slightly after 8pm. I was like: where on earth did all the manicurists go?? Off & puff I went for dinner instead!
It was slightly after 9pm, after dinner, I decided to give it one last try. Again, laws of Attraction! Amazingly, I came across this corner little shop which states : Open!! For a moment, my Hopes were back! But with doubt, I asked if they were still opened for business. I won’t be surprised if they said they are closing anyway since 3 shops had rejected me an hour ago. But to my surprise, this shop closes at 10pm!!! I was practically beaming with joy! Manicurist Eve was so friendly and good. I loved my nails ! Having been to countless mani & pedi, its really easy to judge which are up to standard, and which are not. I love it so much to the extent I went back the very next day.
Here’s the ~nails journey~
A pair of tired looking feet ( -.-!!)
A good Soak to soften the dead cells and foot sole ~ awaiting for its scrub later
final product~ this colour makes tanned skin glow~ strongly recommended
At the end of the day, we customers just need one thing when we pay for something : Service!
Do you have a habit of writing up a TO-DO list everyday?
Can you survive without your organiser / planner ?
A yes for me for the first and a NO for the latter. Especially given the nature of my work, which are based on appointment, it is really hard to survive without a planner. Thus I can never understand how some of my friends could just carry a cute little lovely bag, containing just a purse, handphone, keys, tissue perhaps and a little make-up pouch. To be able to do this carefree movement is considered a little luxury for me. Mine will always have lots of stuff in it. A single bag is never enough for me. I am so gonna get a huge metal bag soon!!! (In case what kind of bag you are wondering, let me drop a little hint… some famous brands of this metal bag come from Nissan, Honda, BMW… now u know what I mean?)
Thank god for the nature of my work as well, Mondays hardly come as a Blue one for me. LOL! Now, question is how do I kick start my week ahead?
Tip #1: Plan well – Have a blue print in your mind on what task you NEED to complete and which ones that you WANT to complete. Plan Ahead. I understand some of my guy friends love the word : Impromptu! So sorry, it certainly does not work for me. Impromptu would mean me filling up my diary/planner as no purpose at all. Of coz, Life does not always happen as planned, this I totally understand, neither will I aim to be a perfectionist. But if we can master good planning skills, why not?
Tip #2: Have a TO-DO list everyday, and complete small little tasks first. For me, I usually scribble down e.g. the phone calls which I’m supposed to make today etc. Sometimes the most simple task actually takes the longest time to complete!! E.g. to clean up my bedroom. Oh Boy, as simple as this may sound, it is one of the tasks which Im taking forever to do so. LOL!!
Tip #3: Smile & think positive! – Like the saying goes : An apply a day, keeps the doctor away!! A SMILE a day, keeps Positive Awake! Ever heard of the SECRET? Our mind actually works like the Universe. Laws of Attraction! Just yesterday, I did a quick mini facial for my prospect in a 5 Star hotel ladies. People keep coming in and out. Perhaps the universe sensed my thoughts, one of the cubicles got choked abruptly. The bathroom was banned for a while for entrance, luckily we were not kicked out by the cleaner. We ended up having the entire bathroom to ourselves. Awww…PEACE!
At the end of the day : its all about Fail to Plan = Plan to fail!
Working with models from other countries helped me gain a new level of experience in my field of industry. 3 – 4 years ago when I was watching Tyra Bank’s America’s Next Top Model TV show , I was looking at the ladies with awe and Tyra in particular with envy like any other normal girls. Never would I ever imagine myself to be in this trade, let alone work alongside with these models. Yes it sounds dramatic, but trust me, if you were in my shoes, up till now, Im still amazed by how twists and turns can happen in life.
4 good years have passed. Really good happening ones. Compare with my peers of my age, mine is totally like a Lalaland. There had been ups & downs. Twists & turns. But one thing for sure, nothing has been wasted. I give thanks to everything that happened be it good or bad. As the old saying goes : everything happens for a GOOD reason! Miracles do happen in life if you believe in them.
The night before this event was filled with excitment and anticipation. Everything was double and triple checked. Foundations, make up brushes, hair spray, skincare treatment products, tweezers etc. Apart from punctuality that makes a person credible, flexibility and adaptability are also important factors.
Despite the models’ young age , all of them display full professionalism. I still remembered asking William J and Henrique M, : are you guys comfortable with the make up and tweezing of brows?
Their reply was: “you re the make up artistes, we re the models, you do the calling. ” Amazing! Im impressed.
In my opinion, a well groomed person with a tinge of charisma is what makes a CK person. He/She may not be the most good looking chap, nor the wealthiest, but the clean – cut exterior, witty brains (note: witty ; not IQ Clever) and a humble down to earth attitude makes him/her most attractive and stands out from the rest. A true CK with Class.
Like some who will agree with this quote: It is not the branded luxurious goods that make you classy, its you who bring out the class with the touch of a luxury brand. The aura of a wise confident person who enjoys at the same time financial freedom.
Behind the scenes:
Great teamwork to make it work!
Eyes are windows to our souls~ 1000% focus needed
At the end of the day, what makes a make up artiste unforgetable and different from the rest, is the ability to touch people’s heart, including touching the hearts of these models.
In my words, I call it the ‘Magic Touch.”
“There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.” One of Helena Rubinstein’s famous mantras. She was so true! This phrase clearly gives out hope to all women out there. It does not matter if you are born with single or uneven eye lids, XL size full lips or short droppy lashes. As long as you have a will, you will have a way!
I just met a lady who truly shows the spirit to the above mantra.
When I first met her briefly during last Christmas, my first impression of her was a short-hair , spectacled middle age lady who had no make up on nor had her brows drawn. Dressed humbly in her T shirt and sandals with polished Mandarin accent, I thought she might be from abroad or probably as a Mother Tongue language teacher. To my surprise, she works for our local TV Station, in the News department, specialized in script-writing for news presenter. Next surprise came when she bought some nails polish items. At that point of time, I was amazed by her determination and that tinge of curiosity she had in her towards things. (That Ah Q spirit!)
Just last week, she text me for a make up appointment. I could not recall who this prospect was at all until I met her at Orchard Hotel.
“So you were the lady who bought nails products from my friend’s stall, who worked with the TV station.”
The first thing I asked & said was : “ Are you ready??? Let’s go!”
Meeting her reminded me of Helena’s mantra. “There are no ugly women, just lazy ones.” This is one hardworking client over here. Her effort to look good touched me. As long you put in effort in yourself to look good , it will bring about confidence. This feeling is priceless. Applying make up is definitely not a mask to change you into another stranger. YOU will be still you , just a better and more confident you!
“Makeup artistes are just like fairy god mother , to help enhance what you already have in you just like Cinderella.”
This petite looking lady understood that she needed professional help and spent great effort in investing in one. And the ending?? Perfect!!
Her skin was a little oily to begin with; pores were a little magnificent, eye brows were a little sparse but messy. BUT all these are just small problems. She is blessed with fair skin complexion, double eye lid and lovely lips. Just focus more on strengths and less on weakness will do. Be happier and more optimistic! Great effects will follow suit.
With good skincare products and proper cleansing steps, foundation settled down very quickly and well onto her skin. Clogged pores and dead cells were scrubbed off. Dirt and dust were cleansed off. Bacteria was sterilized by toning and skin cells were kept QQ by moisturizer.
Tip: Invest well in skin care products! They are a MUST whereby makeup might be a possible WANT depending on your lifestyle, gender, religion etc.
Both men and women should always have a basic set of cleanser, scrub, moisture intense/pore cleansing masque, toner, eyecream and moisturizer with SPF protection. For men, (I understand too), minimal ? Cleanser , scrub and moisturizer with SPF.
Next came the brows project. Excess fine hair or bush I would call it, were trimmed, shaved and pulled. Exactly like what you saw in Princess Diary. Lol!
Thank god to the invention of fake eye lashes, her eyes were further enhanced into round little mesmerizing ones. Viola~!! Good glue has to be used to avoid any possible eye infection.
Tip: Do not save on eye lash glue & lip/eye remover. A bad quality glue with unknown ingredients will lead to eye allergy, causing it to be swollen and itchy. One of the after effects is peeling and tearing. A good lash glue should be strong enough to hold the fake lashes but easy enough to be removed by lip/eye remover.
Finally some natural looking eye shadow , blusher and lip gloss will do the job!
Natural looking trend will never be out of trend.
Towards the end, I used a little of dark brown/.chocolate eye shadow to give some final touch to her eyelid for a little smoky effect. Not too heavy, just a light touch. Classy & elegant!
Tip: When doing make up for ladies who seldom apply make up, always have them see themselves in the mirror regularly to ensure that your style is in tune with their expectation and level of tolerance. From past experience, never show them the mirror only towards the end. As much as we like it, but if client hates it and could not tolerate it, it is still a failure!
I hope to meet more of these ladies like this client of mine in near future. Money is not an issue, Good Attitude towards life is the key! A toast to all ladies out there, a true and beautiful you! Thank yourself for being you!
Comments from a friend of mine : It gives her a lot of character and makes her looks very confident with herself.
Jia you li peng!!
Wow, feb is sure a busy month! and a fun one too!
Just completed another challenging task today, thats right! Im so happy!! Some people may have this huge question mark:
How can we stay happy at all times???
Enjoy every little thing, cherish what we are blessed with and give thanks always.
Yes, we are not saint, not God, we will bound to have our Down moments as well. But the duration of feeling ‘Down’ can be controlled and decided by us. Sleep through it, eat it down, laugh/Cry it out, have tv marathon ; anything as long you like.
& the challenging task is to clear the black and white head little babies :
(notice the ‘black bumps like tiny black dots’ around the nose & cheeks area)
(fewer ‘black bumps” and less evident pores problem)
Cleanse —- (Scrub) —- Tone —- Moisturise
A good skincare regime is like gym routine.
Hard to start the habit at first but as you see
the results, you’ll fall in love with it gradually.
Only difference is a good skincare regime can
give you results INSTANTLY!!
to my dear friend, You are a diamond while the other is a stone. Sometimes guys get so blind till they can mistake a stone for a diamond.
From a normal Office Lady
To A more confident Her
During the photoshoot: ” My Team and I were : looking after and taking care every single little detail, as though its our little daughter’s wedding day.”
” to treat every customer as though we’re marrying off our little girl.” is the attitude to successful beauty experience.
Great things always start with small details.
Dedicating this post to my dearest long time friend, Melissa and her hubby, Norman.
Isn’t this every girl’s dream wedding? A cozy wedding party by the beach, attended by close family and friends, receiving their blessings while you gave them a chance to experience a whole new different adventure in life?
Lovely weather and gentle breeze all day long. Strolling down the aisle in your dream wedding gown, looking fondly at your husband who is also looking so forward to quickly hold you in his arms. Hearing his vow makes you melt, as you’ve never seen this side of him.
My 2011 January’s highlight was this amazing wedding at koh samui & I am so glad I made it.
Getting reading …
Moments to remember…
I always tell my friends, Melissa who is from Singapore flew to Australia for her studies, met her husband there who is from Ireland and tied their knot in Thailand. Miracles do happen in life, if only you believe in them.
Together we are one big family…
It takes great destiny for 2 strangers to meet , even greater power of destiny to bind both of them as husband & wife. No matter how tough life gets going, make it through together for everything happens for a Good Reason. Don’t give up easily on something that is so rare and genuine. Once lost, you’ll never find it back. My best wishes to them 🙂