Services Tried and Tested

Me Time: Nail Tropics

With a clingy and demanding toddler, alone time is very precious. I’m really grateful to my parents who take time to bring Z to play gyms, while I have my well-deserved ME TIME.

Since January, my ME TIME is spent in a little space inside Rustan’s Shangri La Mall: Nail Tropics. There, I learned about the wonders of Gel Polish. They’ve been taking care of my nails ever since.

They use the brand Jessica for their Gel Polish services. It’s basically the same service as a regular manicure and pedicure, except that when they apply the polish, you’d have to put your fingers in an oven-like contraption to let it dry.

This device "bakes" in your gel polish!

“Baking” your polish helps it to stay on beautifully for as long as 3-4 weeks. I’ve not experienced any chipping, even when I did the laundry. It is very recommended for moms, since once you put it on, you can forget about it. Until your nails grow and half of it doesn’t have color anymore.

Day 1
Day 16
Day 28


I don’t know if it’s a negative, but you can’t just remove Gel Polish. You’d have to go back to the salon where it was put and they’ll have a process to take it out.

One of the steps in removing the Gel Polish.

It is quite pricey at Php 1,200. But the quality of the polish and how long it stays seamless, make the price worth it. And you just go once a month, so that’s an added plus if you’re really busy.

How have you been spending your ME TIME? Give me ideas please!

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