By Renae Leith
As previously reported here, I have been slow off the mark to get back into my beauty routines, and this week I finally went to a beauty salon for the first time.
Petroni is actually the manicurist for Chanel, so this woman knows nails, and knows luxury.
The light filled white salon is in Queen Street Woolahra, a gorgeous location, and everything about it reeks of class, elegance, status, space and calm.
The salon has huge ceilings, and an elegant reception with two well spoken, well manicured women welcoming clients.
Water and tea are offered in elegant glasses on metal trays, as clients wait in luxe lounge seats.
Manicures are done on body-moulding beds lying down, which immediately has a luxurious and absolutely relaxing feel to it.
My therapist was everything I wanted her to be. Warm, kind, a similar age to me, and chatty but not to chattty.
She explained the different processes, miles from the regular rush in, rush out bustling nail salon shop fronts I usually go to. This manicure was all about detail.
The nails were cleansed, buffed, soaked, cuticles pushed back and carefully shaped. Then painted.
My manicure room was fit for a tea party for 20 – it was enormous, calming and luxe. I felt very spoilt.
Forty five minutes later I emerged with gorgeous nails full of Mavala products, and I felt like I had been pampered. I had relaxed, and my faith in Sydney beauty salons was well and truly restored, as well as the health of my nails.
The price? $80 for a full manicure.
I love a little luxury, but for the days when my bank balance isn’t as full as I might like, some fabulous products with a smaller price tag are what I reach for.
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