Well, forgive me for the picture, that’s me, all happy, goofing around during the last few days of 2007. Haha!
Last December 28, my close friend who’s working in Singapore flew to Manila for the Holidays, and with her complaint that a single manicure treatment there cost her around 30SGD, we were “mandated” to accompany her to the nearest nail spa all in the name of saving ( yes, salon treatments are quite affordable here in Manila ), and pampering. Boy, I think every single one of us got stressed this year and we all needed even a day’s worth of pampering ( or an hour , phuleez! )
We made reservations at a resto in Serendra for our college group reunion, so we just came by early for a nail pampering session. As we entered Nail Tropics, it was just H-O-M-E. Just the well-cushioned chairs wanted me to wail and weep because I finally would have the chance to relax.
When asked if I wanted to have a mani-pedi, I was checking their list of services, and what caught me was a service-added, a nail spa treatment. I looked at my hands – they were fine, but I wanted some hand massage, scrubbing, and wrap, and I availed of a treatment under “Organic Delights,” a facial to the hands or feet,
Manicure Spa ( inclusive of Swedish Massage )
Cucumber Breeze – Refreshes and rehydrates tired hands with a cool cucumber masque
There were other Manicure Spa variants like the Fruite Soothy that would make your hands more moisturized, and Oh So Sweet Scrub that would make your hands whiter, but the sound of cucumber made me feel all relaxed, and the word “tired” affected me more than ever, so I decided to indulge in that treatment.
As I settled in my comfortable reclined chair, my nail technician gave me a bowl of lukewarm water to soak my hands in. After a few minutes, my hands were scrubbed , and the scrub, may I say is very cooling. Feeling dead skin cells getting washed off my hands ( Oh yay! ). Could it get any better?
Oh yes, definitely. Then, she comes with a trayful of goodies that I told her if she came from the kitchen. One was a bowl of chopped cucumber, one was a bowlful of white powder ( I’m thinking, cornstarch, since she gave me an affirmative when I asked about it ), and one was a mortar and pestle set. She started mixing the two ingredients in the bowl and started grinding them using the pestle. After that, I just found my hands wrapped in plastic, hands smothered with the cucumber bits and the cornstarch ( and water, may I add ) and voila, my picture above.
After 15 minutes ( I think ), I was given the usual manicure. My nail tech was actually very careful handling my nails as she commented on how I should take care of them, why I had dry skin ( haha ), up to the polish I wanted. I brought along with me my OPI’s Tickets to Paradise, a lilac-white shade perfect for summer ( and yet, I wore it this Christmas – my nails were too short for red, aww men ). But really, my manicure didn’t last for a few hours – I was too busy to fiddle with my DSLR right after my mani. My nails were groomed, but I repainted them the day after. Haha, yes, my fault, my fault! The Swedish massage was also heavenly, that I felt some tiredness get out of my hands. Even if the brain’s gotten the most stress this Holidays, hands are still workers that reinforce our thinking, so it was truly a relaxing experience. I type, type, type all day and night, so my hands truly deserved the tender lovin’.
Overall, I was just so happy with my Manicure Spa Treatment. My hands felt refreshed, invigorated, and ready for New Year! I would highly recommend Nail Tropics to anyone who might pass by Serendra, or who are near the vicinity. Their treatments are very affordable ( 300 something ish for manicure and pedicure already , additional 60 php to use Orly or Chinaglaze polishes ), and my manicure spa treatment only cost me 280 php. ( around $6 USD? ). Not bad!
Here’s to more pampering sessions over at Beautynomics!