Tuesday, 9 April 2013

BEAUTY REVIEW: EXPRESS SHELLAC AT ZEN LIFESTYLE, EDINBURGH

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Last week I was invited to an event at the newly refurbished Zen Lifestyle spa on Teviot Place in Edinburgh for a Shellac manicure (£28). 


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I’ve never had Shellac done on my nails before; but don’t know why, as i’m constantly moaning about nail polish chipping as soon as i’ve put it on! Shellac is basically a super-shine semi-permanent nail colour that will last for over two weeks without chipping or fading. Zen Lifestyle uses CND Shellac polishes, and I chose a nice nude shade which the manicurist was wearing.


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First, a base coat was applied and then dried with the CND UV lamp (which dries and sets Shellac polishes). Then two coats of the colour were applied and dried under the UV light. Finally a top coat was put on, and after a final go under the UV nail lamp, I was ready to go. It looked perfect, and now, 6 days later, it is still exactly as it was in the salon. I’m definitely impressed and will be returning for it again; but I think i’ll go for a brighter more braver colour next time.


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The salon itself looks fantastic. The theme is purple and white, and it is very spacious and airy. Upstairs is a relaxing reception and treatment room, and downstairs is their brow bar and some more treatment rooms. They offer such a huge range of treatments and procedures; which can be found on their website if you fancy giving yourself a treat.

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