When I was invited along to the new nailgirls salon in Debenhams Silverburn, I was interested to see what treatments and colours were on offer. Especially since a complimentary treatment sounded like the perfect pre-Christmas treat to myself!
nailgirls London claims to be “the premier UK based nail polish brand” with an affordable, luxurious boutique nail spa in the heart of London, Islington to be precise. Being a former north London girl myself, often wandering along to check out Islington’s chic streets full of boutiques and bars, this intrigued me. If it was good enough for that fashionable corner of north London, then it was sure to appeal to me.
Established three years ago by two sisters, Joanna and Lynda-Louise Burrell, nailgirls is inspired by Lynda-Louise’s experiences of visiting walk-in nail bars in New York City when she worked there as a fashion editor and stylist. Having recently partnered with Debenhams in Silverburn Shopping Centre, Glasgow, to open their second nail spa, nailgirls’ owners are keen to bring their unique take on nail luxury north of the border.
When I arrived at the salon, right in the heart of the buzzing Debenhams beauty counters, I was greeted by the lovely Lisa who would be my therapist for the next 35 minutes. I was going to be treated to a signature nailgirls manicure, which sounded like heaven to someone whose idea of nailcare is scratching off the remains of week-old colour to replace with something new.
Lisa shaped, buffed and primed my nails for colour with a cuticle treatment, followed by a relaxing sugar scrub massage. Then I sat back while my hands enjoyed the warmth of some heated mitts that worked on opening my pores. I could have sat with these on all day had it not been for the pink champagne that accompanied my treatment – bit difficult to hold a champagne flute with one of those things on!
Once my nails were finished receiving some therapy, I got to choose a colour from the extensive chem-free nailgirls London polish range, which is handily available to buy from their salons or website. Feeling festive, I opted for Red #2, a classic glossy garnet shade.
|nailgirls London Red #2 Classic Garnet|
As Lisa expertly finished off my colour application, I noticed how busy the nail bar was. In addition to myself and some other shoppers in need of some me time, Lisa’s fellow nailgirls colleague Pav was attending to a group of pre-teen girls who were being treated to a grown-up girls’ day out. I watched in awe as Pav applied a series of bold colours and sparkling embellishments to these tiny nails, all the while managing to keep them entertained. Not an easy task but one that Pav coped with better than I ever could!
If you’re heading to Silverburn for some retail therapy, I’d totally recommend popping by the nailgirls bar for anything from a mini treatment to a full signature manicure.
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Get £5 off any treatment at nailgirls silverburn when you quote My Blonde Ambition.
Get 50% off any item from the nailgirls London website when you enter promo code 50%offer at the checkout. Offer valid from 26th December 2012.