Nail art continues to be a mega trend, something that used to be a bit twee and associated with acrylic nails and weddings is now very much a mainstream, fashion accessory pushed to popularity with the success of one time small brand, WAH nails and many more like it across the world. This week I discovered a WAH nails of my local town, Brighton in the form of SHE NAIL.
Do you know what colour I really, really hate when it comes to anything other than blusher or lipstick? PINK! I hate it, it’s probs partially down to it being such a stereotypical colour for girls which is forced down our eye balls from being very tiny but even without that it’s just a colour that does not attract me. I thought this nail polish was going to be purple, but it turned out to be more pink and I didn’t hate it.
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Whoa! I’ve been a bad blogger again, mega bloggers block and pondering about how to give things a boost and if I need to amend my approach, but I think that’s all something for another post and another day. Today, I want to tell you about a little salon in Central Brighton that I visited last week for a nice and relaxing pedicure.
Match Nails is on Duke Street in Brighton about Match Bags, which sells their own brand of luxury handbags and fine Italian leather shoes, very classy and sophisticated, not my personal taste but I can see the appeal for sure. Anyway, the salon is on the top floor of the building and it’s a stunner.
A small, smart, clean and welcoming salon with two pedicure stations and one manicure station. Clean white and lilac walls and a wooden floor match the shops branding without being overwhelmingly girly, very classy! The pedicure stations are gorgeous leather recliners with built in massagers.
The salon exclusively uses OPI nail products, which is great as we all know that this is a great professional brand with a fantastic range of colours and finishes that just continues to grow. Match Nails have a balanced selection of colours and also offer the Gel Nails from OPI.
This feels weird, but yea, here’s my feet…
On arrival at the salon, I was very warmly welcomed by the therapist and offered a drink as you would expect. She was incredibly friendly and I thoroughly enjoyed a very long chat with her during the treatment. I enjoyed their Deluxe Pedicure, which includes the foot spa, scrub, mask, cuticle work, file, buff and paint. This treatment sells for £35 with normal polish and £45 with gel polish. It’s a treat and not for everyone, but I think it was worth it. If you’re on a budget there are two more levels of treatment at £15 and £30 and similar packages for manicures too.
It’s very easy for me to say that this was one of the nicest pedicures I’ve ever had and one of the smartest and most elegant salons I’ve visited. Really impressed and happy to try out another Brighton based beauty business.
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Who remembers a couple of years ago when the blogosphere went mental with GOSH’s holographic nail polish, shade 549, Holographic Hero? It was a shimmering delight that everyone loved, but alas, it only lasted one night or so and didn’t really work unless you used the right base coat. Well, fear not holo fans, you can now get a new and improved version from Orly which ticks ALL the boxes.
In it’s bottle it looks like a weird pearly grey with tiny flecks of holographic glitter in, yes it’s pretty but in its line up against the other glitter polishes in the collection for Christmas I don’t think it’s easily noticed, you can’t see its appeal until you get it on your nails.
It’ll take two coats to get this level of coverage but as with all other Orly nail polishes I’ve tried, it’s great quality and applies really easily. I’ve shown it below with and without the flash so you can see the full extent of the shimmer and sparkle. From a distance and in low light it doesn’t look that exciting, it’s like it looks in the bottle, a pale shimmering grey. The low-fi colour is pretty, quite elegant but doesn’t have the wow factor for me, it’s when it hits the lights that it gets exciting…
SEE!! Isn’t it amazing!? It’s a solid panel of glorious holographic shiny. I’ve been wearing it for three days with Nails Inc Kensington base coat and top coat and so far, no chips and no sign of any problems so it’s already kicking the ass of the GOSH version. I’m pretty sure this is the most unusual, sparkly nail polish that I’ve ever seen. The chunky bottle and rubber grip make it super easy to work with too. I can’t wait to try this over a colour for some snazzy nail art.
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So, I’ve been living in Brighton for about a month now, pretty much as soon as I got here I knew I needed to find a hairdresser pronto! Although I’ve gotten quite confident at trimming my own Bettie bangs with Miz’s clippers, the ends of my hair were starting to look quite ratty and although the temptation was there to just trim it myself, I thought it best to get off my ass and find a new salon locally that weren’t afraid of my Bettie bangs and didn’t make me feel super awkward whilst I was there.
I hit Twitter to ask the Brighton community where the would suggest I visited and the most recommended place for vintage style cuts in Brighton was Betty Lou on Preston St, to make matters even better, it’s super easy to get to from my house, pretty much a straight line from my road, awesome.
I booked in online, via Wahanda and got a great deal on a bundle that included a cut and blow dry as well as a gel manicure for only £42. Amazing right? I’m told you can get the same deals by calling the salon direct and they can create packages to your needs to, so you can get all your beauty needs in one go at an awesome price.
I was delighted to be able to meet the owner, Liz and have her cut my hair. She was amazingly lovely, down to earth and I loved hearing her story about how she came to be a salon owner after years of various different jobs. Definitely someone I had an instant connection with, which is always nice and particularly nice since I’m new to the area and don’t know many people.
The salon styling is very cute, rockabilly inspired. It’s not perfect because it’s all been done on shoestring and a lot if DIY by the salon staff, but I don’t mind that, it adds to the indie charm of the place. It’s about the service and the results that are the most important things and all boxes were ticked on that front. Liz did an awesome job on my hair, really very happy with it and loved how she finished it with mermaid style curls.
I had a gel manicure for the first time afterwards, I didn’t take photos of it stupidly, but the manicure, again was very well done and the girl was lovely. It was my first gel manicure and unfortunately for me, it’s not something I’d do again, too much time and faffing and considering I change my nail polish at least once a week the longevity bonus of it isn’t really something I need. I did paint over it and it worked well, but heck, trying to DIY remove gel polish, that’s not fun. Don’t do it.
Overall, really happy with the place and would definitely go back. If you want a non pretentious, chilled out salon handy to the centre of Brighton that doesn’t charge a fortune, definitely check out Betty Lou’s.
Where would you recommend I check out in Brighton?
What do you think of the finished look?
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