Selfridges beauty department is my second home. I am there quite often browsing the beauty counters, picking up treats in the Beauty Workshop and having fun at their seasonal beauty events. Now I can add getting my nails done to this list as Selfridges Birmingham now has the Hand and Foot Spa newly launched next to the Blinc Brow Bar.
I have missed the nail bar in Selfridges so I was pleased to see that this space is now being used again. I was even more pleased to find that there are new products to try out and play with as part of the Hand and Foot Spa range.
I can’t be the only person who can be incapacitated by too much choice when going to nail bar. Not only are there different colour families to choose from, but then there are different shades, tones and finishes as well. The Hand and Foot Spa has a great way of helping you choose your next nail colour with their iPad app that takes a photo of your hand before allowing you to try their range of nail colours virtually.This did make it easier for me to narrow down my choice of manicure when I went along. I used the iPad to help me find a few shades and then made my final decision based on seeing the bottle of polishes up close. It is actually a lot less overwhelming than looking at every bottle of varnish on the stand or using the colour wheel.
This did make it easier for me to narrow down my choice of manicure when I went along. I used the iPad to help me find a few shades and then made my final decision based on seeing the bottle of polishes up close. It is actually a lot less overwhelming than looking at every bottle of varnish on the stand or using the colour wheel.
Every manicure is carried out with a new set of manicure tools that is then given to the client at the end of the manicure. This is a lovely touch as it means that I know that the tool being used on me are sterile and I also get to perform some tools to use myself at home if I need to between appointments. For every return visit, you don’t have to worry about bringing these tools back though as the Hand and Foot Spa will provide you with another new, sterile set.
I find that the nail bar itself is quite comfortable to perch at for the treatment. Though I did feel that a handbag hook under the counter would have been quite useful as the nail bar is situated in the middle of the shop floor. It was lovely to relax and chat about everything and anything as always during the manicure. Obviously, the conversation did wonder towards beauty products and trends a lot as the nail bar is in the beauty department of Selfridges.
The polish that I chose was a self-curing formula, which applies thickly and dries quickly. There is still some drying time at the end of the application where you have to be careful with the polish so as not to scratch or smudge it. So if you are looking for something that dries completely before you reach for your purse to pay for your manicure then I suggest opting for a gel service using a curing lamp.
I had The Perfect Manicure, which is £35 for a 45-minute treatment. My manicure used one of the Hand and Nail Spa polishes in Haze (Milk Chocolate). I absolutely love the colour and shiny finish of this polish. There is something rather timeless about this chocolatey mauve shade that works well with lots of outfits and occasions. Also, the manicure lasted really well without any chips or fading for a week or so. Pretty impressive given that this isn’t a gel manicure.
I thought that the way that my cuticles and nails were treated was good. Everything looked neat and felt soft by the end of the treatment and I had a crisp manicure that I couldn’t stop admiring. I thoroughly recommend the Hand and Foot Spa for this treatment and I will be back again to try out another colour. Any excuse to use the iPad app to experiment with their many shades.
Hand and Foot Spa, Selfridges & Co, The Bullring, Upper Mall East, Birmingham B5 4BP. Tel 0800 123 400
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