Hey, everyone! By now, I'm sure you already know how much I love doing my own nails. I'm not the creative type, you know, but I'm most creative when it comes to my nails. You can check out my 'nails of the day' posts *here,* if you're interested. Anyway, as much as I love doing my own nails and getting all creative with them, there are still times when I'd much rather have someone else do them for me. I'll admit, I like putting on nail polish on my nails, but I don't like doing the nail-cleaning, shaping and cuticle-pushing parts as much. So, once in a while, I visit nail salons to get my nails done. I'm so happy that there are now a lot of nail salons in the mall I frequent the most (SM Fairview, which is just a 10-minute ride away from our house). One of the nail salons I always pass by (because it's located on the floor where the cinemas are) is Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa. Every time I pass by there, I can't help but look inside because I like the interior.
Just recently, Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa, which also happens to be the largest nail salon and spa chain in the country, opened their 41st branch at Gateway Mall, Cubao.
|Nailaholics Nail Salon & Spa|
4th floor, Gateway Mall
This Gateway branch, I believe, is also the largest of their 41 branches so far.
Blue walls with white accents and marine-inspired decor for an over-all serene, beachy ambiance that's said to be inspired by affluent coastal communities like The Hamptons.
Soft and really comfy sofas!
The interior's not the too-girly-and-pink type, so your guy companions won't feel too uncomfortable being inside the salon. Hahaha!
|Nail polishes used: China Glaze, Orly, Color Club, BNC|
What other services does Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa offer aside from the usual mani and pedi? Well, they also offer nail art and gel polish services, hand and foot care and spa treatments, massage therapy (hand, foot, back, full body and scalp) and even eyelash enhancement (perm and extensions), threading and waxing. The services are affordable too, in my opinion. Their basic manicure (Serene Island Manicure) costs P180, which is the usual price in nail salons that I've visited, while their basic pedicure costs P220. Hand/foot spa can go for as low as P200-300. View the complete list of their services *here.*
I was able to try three of their services - mani, pedi and foot spa. Let me walk you through the services one by one :)
One of the services I chose was the Dead Sea Mud Mask Detoxifying Foot Spa, which was one of their most recommended services. My feet and legs were already in dire need of some lovin'! Haha.
First, my feet were soaked in a warm bubble bath for a few minutes.
The warm soak was followed by callus removal and scrubbing with lemongrass sea salt scrub.
After that, the mask was applied on my legs.
|Here's me enjoying my relaxing mud mask :)|
After about 20-30 minutes, the mask was rinsed off, then my legs and feet were massaged. After that foot spa, my legs and feet were really soft and smooth to touch!
Then it was time for the Palm Beach Pedicure.
|Nail care products and tools used|
My month-old nail polish was removed first, of course, then my nails were cleaned and trimmed. I chose this black nail polish with silver shimmer for my toenails.
|Orly Nail Lacquer in the shade Goth|
When it comes to my toenails, I prefer bold colors!
Can't even remember the last time my nails were painted black. Reminds me of my forever crush Adam Lambert every time. Hahaha!
|Photo taken right after my pedicure|
It's been a little more than two weeks after my pedicure, and aside from the minor chipping (haha I wore closed shoes yesterday), my toenails still look pretty decent.
Then it's time for the Serene Island Manicure. First, my nails were soaked in this little hand tub.
Then my nails were cleaned thoroughly (my old glittery and studded nail art was a bit tough to remove! haha) and shaped.
For my fingernails, I decided to go neon this time. I was choosing between these two neons from China Glaze...
|L: China Glaze Nail Lacquer in the shade Beach Cruise-r|
R: China Glaze Nail Lacquer in the shade Sun-Kissed
...and ended up with the neon yellow with really really fine shimmer.
The polish dried quickly even without a nail dryer, and I was so happy I didn't ruin it while it was drying. Haha. I'll show you better photos of my neon nails in another post ;]
Over-all, I enjoyed my recent visit to Nailaholics. The service was good, and the nail tech didn't hurt my hands and feet in any way during the mani and pedi. The foot spa was relaxing too, and I loved the results.
|Kath of kathrivera.com and I with Nailaholics PR Manager,|
Sir Ogie (L), and Operations Manager, Sir Arvin (R).
I'll admit, I had a hard time looking for the salon because 1) I wasn't familiar with the area and 2) the salon was located on the new wing of the mall, which was still mostly empty and a bit secluded.
I'll be visiting Nailaholics again soon with some friends. So excited!
For more info on Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa's services, visit the following links.
Ending this post with a photo of this cute cupcake I had at the sparty :)
'Til my next post!
Disclaimer: Services were provided by the salon for free but the views and opinions expressed in this post are purely mine and based on my own experience with the services.