Monday, 2 October 2017

Melbourne’s hidden Nail Retreat

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Overcrowded nail salons with bright lights and little attention to detail are sometimes unavoidable. In fact, I have found it really difficult to find a salon that challenges that norm. Until I discovered the Retreat Nail and Beauty Lounge. Hidden in a suburban Melbourne side street, you will be delighted to uncover this unique nail and beauty spa. It really is a piece of paradise.

I was never really one to get my nails done regularly. A trusty bottle of my favourite polish was my fortnightly go-to keeping my nails looking pretty- even if it meant going against the school policies - I spent a great of time out of class facing a bottle of cheap Nail Polish remover. But ever since the first wedding of 2017 and my new job, keeping my hands perfectly manicured has become some sort of a ritual.

Open for just 3 weeks, Julie Morrow, owner of Retreat Nail and Beauty Lounge strives to provide Melbournians with the perfect place to escape reality and get pampered for an hour or two.The Retreat offers the full range of Beautification services with some added extras!

Upon entry, you will be greeted by owner Julie and her staff member Shannen and subsequently offered tea or coffee reaffirming the personal vibe of the salon. It is stylishly furnished in a boutique style, with 2 personalised nail stations. Each features a rose gold desk light, a luxurious soft grey towel and the finishing touches with products from Australian Made skincare collection ‘Organic Spa Skincare’.

The seats offer a great reprieve from the uncomfortable seats usually experienced in salons. The spa has 2 pedicure stations, complete with massage chairs and foot spas with glowing LED lights. Julie claims even her own children like to have a pamper on the massage chairs!

I chose the SNS nails, a service which the salon specialises in. Overall, I found the service to be thorough with an extreme attention to detail and regard for the client. I had shellac removed before the service began and felt that it was the best shellac removal I have experienced. My nails felt healthy and strong. The available SNS colours featured a gorgeous array of nudes, pinks and reds and the selection will grow with demand.

nails melbourneRetreat hope to expand in the coming months with a personal Masseuse available and 2 extra massage rooms upstairs. They are also excited to be able to offer Facial Peels allowing the treatment to properly penetrate the pores which I can’t wait to try (healthy, brighter skin- yes please). I am all about a good facial, I mean who doesn’t want to feel like a princess for a day? Spray tans, special occasion makeup and eyelash extensions are also on their treatment menu.

The SNS nail service will cost $50.00 with a full service and price list featured below. For more information or to book online --yes they offer online bookings, visit their website

Don't forget to check out their social channels @retreat_nail_and_beauty_lounge for some pretty nail inspo.

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