Having been struck down in the prime of my life, I have let my regular beauty treatments become extinct. I just do not have the energy or inclination to be able to keep myself in tip top condition at the moment, and even taking a bath is hard work. Although I have a lovely new bath milk from Laura Mercier, it’s really uncomfortable to sit in the bath with my legs outstretched. I can’t even get comfortable in the back wash if someone was to wash my hair, as I found out when Tasha played with the new L’Oreal Coloristas, which still haven’t washed out. The only thing I have kept on top of is my nails, as I feel horrific when I don’t have them on. I’ve been wearing acrylic nails for nearly twenty years now, on and off, so you can imagine the state of my natural nails. They are paper thin and just look ugly. Cover them up I say. Popping back into barn//It, my absolute favourite salon in the world, I was treated to a full set of acrylic nails with Lyndsay, and some pretty fetching nail at. It’s all about the marble//it at barn//it.
A full set of acrylics takes around an hour and a half from start to finish, slightly longer if you have nail art and extra polish. Of course, in true barn//it style, complimentary cocktails are given to make your stay even more enjoyable. I must say though, the coffee is to die for especially when it’s served with a Lotus caramelised biscuit. For my nails, I have tips with a blush pink acrylic overlay and I usually leave them natural with a glossy finish, however I was feeling a bit outrageous so we decided to play around with Lyndsay’s signature nail art. I love the overall finish of the marble and I think it gives a manicure that little extra something.
Usually, I need my infills doing every fortnight as my nails grow really fast however it was heading to the three week mark before I had to get them done again. I did have a small accident where two nail unfortunately came off where I slammed them in the shopping trolley in Asda, but aside from that not one nail had lifted to an extent where they were coming loose. Either a great achievement for my paper thin nails or more likely it was down to the excellent application of my nails.
For my new nail art, we decided to keep the same pink as before, because it’s so pretty and so subtle with it’s princessy shimmer and go for a more vibrant shade on my ring fingers. We chose a minty green as it was Easter and very Spring like, and Lyndsay added a very clever crackle effect using foil before setting it with a shiny top coat.
I’m sure I don’t need to convince you that barn//it is the only place you should be going if you’re in Manchester. Fabulous hair colourists and stylists? Check! Amazing nail technicians? Check! I wonder what I should have next? Botox and Fillers? Facials and foot massages? It’s all there, under one roof!
* My first set were complimentary however I paid for my infills. All opinions are my own.