Pretty Nails!

Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay Blog | Blog Post of Cheryl Tay

The number of times I’ve done a manicure in my life can be counted with one hand. Then again, I”m not your typical girlie-girl type so it’s not surprising!

For some reason I’m not able to grow my nails long as they keep breaking, so being able to manicure them is quite an achievement for me! :p I wanted something shiny and quite feminine so I decided to try adding those crystals. Hence, my manicure became nail art!


It cost me RM 93.00 altogether – each crystal cost like RM 3.00! (Not sure how much it costs in Singapore as I’ve not done nail art in Singapore before.) I chose to do the manicure only after Formula Drift Malaysia because I would have totally ruined my nails if I had done it prior to FD. Why?


In my line of work, I run around snapping photos at events so a) my nails become dirty, b) the colour will definitely chip while I’m handling the camera and c) the crystals will all fall off within a day as I have to lug heavy stuff here and there.

It took about an hour and a half, close to two hours for the entire process – from selection of design to actual painting to drying.

The thing about doing a manicure is that I feel weird for the next few days. I feel like my nails are really sensitive and should not touch anything. At the same time, I feel very ladylike and will be much gentler with things that I handle.

It’s been nine days since I did my manicure and to be very honest, it is in QUITE good shape. Five of the crystals fell off – because of bikram yoga where I have to hold my heels and bend over to kiss my knees – and only the colour of one or two nails is chipped off. That’s not too bad right! Partly also because there hasn’t been any events since FD.. Then again, I do a lot of typing because of the nature of my work, so it’s inevitable that the tips of my nails will chip off in colour.


Well, I like having manicured nails as they make me feel more “lady” but I think keeping your nails coloured for too long will make them yellow or something. Plus I need to make sure there is at least a few days after the manicure that I have no events on, so that I can wait for my nails to feel “normal”.. and not like I have to keep worrying if the layers will shift.


Till my next manicure…

Cheryl Tay

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Singapore’s only female full-time motoring and motorsports photojournalist. Independent automotive consultant and prominent local motorsports personality Cheryl Tay is uniquely passionate about all things cars and motorsports. She also has a strong passion to share her interest and knowledge, hence having a dream to become the ‘Oprah Winfrey of cars and motorsports’ and create a multimedia platform for her sharing. - A female in a male-dominated world, Cheryl Tay is Singapore’s only female full-time motoring journalist and motorsports blogger and she regularly writes for prominent titles in Singapore, Asia and internationally. (See full list of titles that Cheryl Tay writes for here.)

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