So we’ve been spotting geode manicures popping up everywhere on Instagram lately. These crystal-inspired nails are spellbinding and require the use of metallic gel colours, foiling and glitter. The end result is a sparkling array of colours and shimmers turning your nails into little gems!

This manicurist has even taken it a step further and drilled down multiple layers of lacquer to reveal the multiple geode layers inside before applying a protective top coat.

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After going through all the pretty geode nails on Instagram, Team Vanitee decided to challenge a few of our nail artists and got ourselves some pretty amethyst manicures.

Our first contender, Belle & Co, is located in a little cosy corner at Far East Plaza, yay for the extremely convenient location! The two sweet ladies behind Belle & Co, Kimberly and Grace are both Pink Room Academy graduates and are extremely hospitable and passionate about nails. Belle & Co prides themselves on their transparent pricing – they do not sell packages and do not have price top ups, so you can be rest assured that the amount charged will be as quoted!

Every new customer is also provided with a brand new file and toe separators. All their files and toe separators are individually cleaned and stored as per each customer.

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Talk about dedication!

Kimberly did up a sample prior to my appointment, but we decided to go with a different theme after some discussion and research.

First step of getting my geode manicure is a good base with multiple colours!

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Belle & Co also custom mixes different nail colours to create unique colours as per your requests at no additional charge even for classic manicures.

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Here, Kimberly mixed an array of colours to get the final purple crystal colours!

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Then she added gold foils for that extra touch of bling.

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Finally, the finishing touches! Kimberly boasts of an extensive 9 years of experience in the nail industry and specialises in nail art. Check out more of Kimberly’s super elaborate nail art designs on Vanitee!

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And, the final result!

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Really love how good the designs look even on my short nails. In fact, most of the designs done by Belle & Co are done to accommodate to short nails so customers have the option of not getting nail extensions.

Belle & Co offers a one week guarantee on all their manicures and customers can come back for a free touch up within a week. Returning customers are also provided with free soak-off service! However, this nail salon only operates by appointment so do make a booking before dropping by! Get your Geode nails done by Belle & Co at an exclusive offer of $100 on Vanitee here(original price $148)!

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Another artist providing geode nail services would be Cincitynails. Located in Kembangan, the top artist operates from her home-based salon. But not to worry because her place is only a five minute walk from the MRT station!

Cindy was a top favourite in the 2016 Vanitee Awards, and has been featured in The Straits Times’ Life section for her entrepreneurial spirit. What started off as a freelance thing soon turned into her main bread and butter as she decided to spend more time with her children, as well as work around her acting gigs.

The walls of her home salon are covered with her certificates from The Pink Room, and various awards that she has won over the past few years. Her wide array of nail polishes and glitter pots also left me spoilt for choice.

Throughout the whole manicure, Cindy was very patient even as I dawdled over my choice of colours and design.

This was the sample she originally showed us, but being a little more adventurous, I decided to go with a black glitter base and turquoise shimmers instead. I also opted for an accent nail colour – a nail with a different base compared to the others – on my ring finger. Go big or go home, right?

Throughout the process, Cindy kept asking if I was okay with the style she was going for, and if there was anything specific I had in mind. It’s really reassuring to know that my nails are in the hands of someone who takes so much pride in her work!

When it came to adding the glitter to my nails, she paid attention to the littlest details, even getting me to compare both my hands to see if I was okay with how they looked.

The three hours I spent at her salon was definitely worth it – just take a look at the final design:

If you’re interested to get this set of nails, you can book an offer with Cincitynails on Vanitee at the price of $99 (U.P $120) – limited time only!

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