Read our guest blog by Loved by Lizzi…
I was invited by The Salon Nail Boutique to come and try their ‘toxic free’ natural nail bar, a concept I didn’t know much about or if I am honest thought about!
The Salon Nail Boutique in St Albans offers a modern and premium service, I got to try both their gel pedicure and manicure. As I didn’t know much about toxic free, one of my reservations beforehand is that they wouldn’t have a lot of choice regarding colours, how wrong was I – very pleasantly surprised that they had the full spectrum available.
A BIT OF CHIT AND A BIT OF CHAT
I give this salon a big thumbs up for the lovely chit chat I had with all the ladies in my couple of hours there; I sometimes find it awkward if you and your beautician are the only ones talking, but the whole set of the pedicure stations where they can be up to six of you in total, three clients and three beauticians, it was a fun and chatty time catching up on all things going on in the world!
A MODERN SALON
Getting your nails done is just getting your nails done – or is it? I don’t want to dis any other nail business but you do end up spending a lot of time in these salons, so you want your environment to be lovely, clean, and especially calming – and this salon ticked all the boxes!
I loved all the special touches, my pedicure basin was a butler style sink, my chair was a cosy and very comfy grey armchair. I had a little white table next to me so I could lay out my stuff and whilst I didn’t partake in any hot beverages I was super pleased that my sparkling mineral water came to be in a wine glass – I love little details like this!
Another small observation I picked up on, is that all the beauticians were wearing white with natural fabric aprons; reinforcing the clean, calm and modern vibe of the salon.
Bryony, my beautician (below) also explained how they are working towards eliminating plastic, they’ve made a start with this but they want to do so much more – another big tick for those of you who are passionate about the environment.
So as I explained before, everything they use on you is toxic free, and I opted for orange gels on my toes as I wanted something deep and vibrant and I chose lighter peachy colour (still on the orange spectrum) for my hands – so it tones together!
I particularly loved the foot scrub, and by all accounts it looked like it was mixed fresh that morning – himalayan salt with almond oil. Plus I was offered a choice of three different aroma body lotions, as part of my pedicure treatment, of which I opted for coconut with lemon – it’s nice to be given choice!
WHAT I WORE
It was one of the hottest days we’ve had so far and so I opted for last years bardot dress from Marks & Spencer, which I teamed with some blue jewellery that I’ve owned for a good few many years and also my Dune sandals that I bought very late last summer which I’ve hardly worn, the rose gold looks fabulous with the orange pedicure gel nails.