Last Saturday, I booked myself a little me-time at Diva Nails Spa for a mydeal.com.my voucher I had bought since February. It had been awhile since a mani-pedi, and my nails were getting out of hand (okay, that was a rather strange pun) so off I went in search of this nail parlour.
Diva Nails Spa can be easily spotted, thanks to the girly exterior of the shop and the colourful, catchy signboard. On hindsight, looking at the picture below, it looks like a place my twelve and eleven year old nephews will stay a mile from simply because it looks like it belongs in a Barbie setting with its candy pink outsides. However, it can be a little hard to find if you're not familiar with Kota Damansara (which I confess I am not really; the roads there are confusing because most of them are one-way only!)
|The exterior of the nail parlour.|
|The place where all the ka-ching gets collected.|
First impressions of the inside were as girly as the outside promised; solid pink and purple matte coloured walls matched with white rustic furniture. The ambience was relaxing, with ballads playing in the background. I couldn't whip out my camera in time to take a picture of the mani-pedi area, but it was standard fare. Comfy massage chairs (that were not switched on, however) with basins for pedicures.
I usually book my appointments for the first slot in the mornings. It was pretty crowded, with all five chairs occupied and five manicurists on duty; however, I came a little earlier and so I got one working on my manicure and one working on my pedicure simultaneously.
|Two out of three shelves of colours|
I was pleasantly impressed when I walked in because they had quite an extensive array of colours. /excited :D Most mani-pedi places I've been to have only half of what they do and it irks me to no end because all you get are about 50 tones of mauves and maroons and pinks, all of which I'm not a fan of.
My manicurist asked me what colour I was looking for, and I said, "no reds or pinks"; she laughed, telling me that they had tons of other colours. With that, she cleverly brought me the swatches of the newest OPI colours for me to choose from and I spotted this...
The OPI Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides collection! Lol. Seeing as it was only two days after we caught the movie, I thought why not? :p
But the colours were really pretty too; dusty pastel colours of pink, lavender, sage and grey. I chose the green sage called "Mermaid's Tears" for my hands. (Am a sucker for all these cutely named colours, by the way - the lavender was called "Planks A Lot" and the grey was called "Skull & Glossbones" and the pink, "Sparrow Me The Drama"! Get it? Get it? :D)
I love the way the green turned out on my fingernails, looking more like aqua or teal under certain lights; it's striking and fun. Her paint strokes were swift and nearly perfect except near the cuticles. She also left no small strips of unpainted sides (which a lot of manicurists don't really bother about), which I was happy about.
For my toes, I was initially thinking of nail art, but I saw several swatches of this new method (well, after some research, apparently it was big in the 90's and is now making a resurgence) called shatter polish. How it works is that you choose a base colour, which in my case was jet black, and then they apply a layer of shatter polish on top after the black has completely dried. The layer of shatter cracks into totally random bits, giving your nails a really cool effect, especially once the top coat is applied. I didn't want to choose too contrasting colours since it was my first time trying so I went for a layer of red shatter, but I'll definitely try something brighter next time, like the sparkly silver shatter.
According to my manicurist, the shatter cracks in different ways depending on how much you apply in one stroke, whether you paint straight or diagonally, and how much force you put in each stroke which means you're guaranteed of a different effect every time you try it and on every nail!
(On a sidenote, Adam says my toes look like Spiderman now -__-)
Service was really quick because my hands and feet were being polished at the same time; I started at about 11:10 a.m. and by 11:45 both my manicure and pedicure were done, pending the polish to dry.
A classic mani-pedi costs RM 70 at Diva Nails Spa, and the additional layer of shatter polish costs another additional RM 15 for all ten nails. It's around the average classic mani-pedi price you'd find at any respectable nail parlour but these days with the emergence of group discount vouchers, it might be difficult to find someone who'd pay full price any more. ('Cause we're all cheapskates like that). However, I just might return to Diva Nails Spa for the efficiency and the great range of polish.
Diva Nails Spa
22A-1, Jalan PJU 5/7,
Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor