Straight-up, I love getting my nails done. I'd been getting my nails done with just gel polish for a really long time, and while I loved the feeling of having gorgeous, natural nails, I always wanted them to be crazy long.
Last month, I had an event to go to, so in the spur of the moment I decided to get fake nails. It was a definite yolo moment (don't judge me for still saying yolo), and since I wasn't planning to keep them on for more than a week, I decided to get them shaped in the super trendy ballerina style. Because if you're going to do something, might as well go all in.
Anyway, long story short, I fell in actual love with these nails. I felt like an actual Kardashian (again, don't judge me) and I was like, screw my natural nails, fake nails are where it's at - and so I decided to keep them on forever.
I took every single chance I could to (not so) subtly show them off.
And when my friends announced that they didn't like them, I ignored their advice. These nails were a part of me now. I'd never take them off. I'd be rocking grey hair and wrinkles before I let these things off my fingers.
And then the regret set in.
While having lusciously long nails is beautiful, it's impractical AF. Especially when your job involves lots and lots of typing. To be honest with you guys, I haven't been able to type out a complete sentence with ease in weeks.
Also, everyday tasks become a struggle. Washing my hair was like a contest to see which fingernail could accidentally get caught and rip out the most strands; putting on my jewelry was literally an impossible task (these nails are not made for messing with delicate clasps); and you could forget opening beer cans. The tab struggle is real.
I also got hella injured while trying to cook one day. I was cutting through a spaghetti squash, and the knife clipped one of my super long nail tips - to avoid doing any damage, I moved my hand weirdly and lowkey sliced my finger. That was a definite wakeup call. Although my nails were gorgeous, and expertly applied, I could no longer sacrifice my everyday life for these claws.
Plus, I was starting to get bored of the colours, and see gorgeous, natural nails everywhere I went, and I found myself learning that natural nails - short, long, painted, not painted, whatever - are just as pretty as nail extensions.
So, friends who are considering taking the gel nail extension plunge, just remember one thing: they look gorgeous. They feel gorgeous. But one day, when you're slicing through your own finger with a kitchen knife in slow-motion horror, you just might regret it.
Or not. There's a very good chance that I just legit cannot rock these nails; they're just not for me personally. Whatever the case is, they will very soon be successfully soaked right off my nails, and I'll be heading back to regular UV gel ASAP.
We all know the struggle of wanting to have a BFF date where you treat yourselves to a nice mani or pedi. We usually end up spending an arm and a leg... so half the work is already gone. But have no fear, Emily is here with all the secret nail salons that won't break your banks this year!
The salons below have fabulous prices and even more amazing technique to give you the outstanding nails! This is 514% the perfect BFF date and you know it. So, here are just a few cheap nail salons, and if you think I have missed any please comment your secret cheap spot ASAP!
Confession time: I am obsessed with nails. Getting my nails done is pretty much the highlight of my day/week/month, and although I prefer to keep my own nails as basic as possible, I'm constantly looking up brand new nail trends (and lowkey hoping that one day I'll get the courage to actually test them out for myself).
One such current and gorgeous nail trend? Mirror nails. Friends, mirror nails - or chrome nails - are pretty much the most gorgeous things I've ever seen.
Montreal's Paloooza Nails (3648 Boul St-Laurent) has been doing chrome/mirror nails for a little while now, so if you're looking to get your nails to shine as bright as your future, you know where you've got to go.
The beauty of the manicure is that it's perfect for every situation. Feeling stressed? Go get a manicure. Tired? Manicure. Excited for the date you're going on tomorrow? You guessed it, manicure.
The only problem with this little ritual is that that bills can start to add up, especially when a lot of places are charging outrageous prices. While I'm all for spending a little extra cash on being pampered, having to lose an arm and a leg every time you do so is not okay, so we've compiled a list of 11 places in Montreal where you can go to keep your hands, and your wallet, happy.
1. Ongles Pro
2003 Saint Denis
This place doesn't look like much from the outside but as soon as you step inside it's super nice, extremely clean, and has manicures for just $15. For an extra $5 you can make it a shellac mani, which should last you a couple weeks, so it's totally worth it.
2. Anna Nails
2118 Saint Catherine O
Anna Nails is located inside the Fresh Coiffure salon, so don't get confused by the exterior. Anna will give you a shellac mani for just $25 (cash only), and students get a bonus 15% off. She puts on 3 coats of coloured polish, as opposed to the usual 2, so you know it's going to last a long time.
3. Clin d’Oeil
Sat in the heart of Griffintown, Clin d'oeil has extremely reasonable prices for a full service salon. You can get a polish change for just $10, a regular manicure $20, and a french or shellac manicure for $25.
4. Spa Dahlia
625 Saint Catherine O
At Spa Dahlia a manicure is just $22, and includes a hand exfoliation and moisturizing massage. Anyone that's ever had a hand massage before knows that it's the most relaxing thing ever. They even have TV screens so you can zone out, watch a movie, and enjoy having your hands pampered.
5. London Beauty and Nail Bar
4012 A Wellington
The regular manicure at this nail bar is extremely reasonable, going for just $19.99. If you want to get a shellac mani, it's a bit more expensive and will cost you $34.99. They do, however, have a deal on right now where you can buy a bundle of 3 shellac manicures for just $44.99.
6. Epliation Plateau
Epilation Plateau offers their manicures for just $15. For those that like their nails to have an extra something special, you can add a design to them for just $5 more. This salon is by appointment only so make sure you call ahead.
7. N Style Nail Lounge
1500 McGill College
While this mani is the most expensive on the list, coming in at $25 for their Classic Manicure, it's totally worth the extra bucks. For that price you get nail shaping, a vitamin soak, cuticle refining, a therapeutic massage and colour application. It's definitely worth a visit the next time you're downtown.
8. Runway Beauty Bar
677 Saint Catherine O
For the people that don't have the time in their day to sit down for a full manicure experience, Runway has a 30 minute On-The-Go manicure for just $15. For the individuals who aren't in such a rush, Runway also offers an Indulgence manicure for $25, which lasts 45 minutes and includes cuticle care, lotion, and a massage.
9. Les Ongles Diva
705 Saint Catherine O
If you're ever out shopping in the Eaton Centre and decide you want your nails done, Les Ongles Diva is definitely the place to go. They'll take you as soon as they can if you don't have an appointment, and they give a high quality, quick manicure for only $15.
10. Spa Lotus Du Jour
1233 Saint Hubert
The manicure here will cost you just $15, but if you really want to go all out, they have a mani-pedi combo for $35, and they’ll even make the manicure a french at no extra cost.
11. O Coiffure & Spa
1307 Saint Catherine O
Part of the Ogilvy brand, O Coiffure & Spa is a great salon with amazing service, and thankfully the prices aren't too bad either. If you just want a quick polish change, they can do that for you for $15, but if you want the whole shebang, you can get their Timeless Manicure, which will cost you just $23.
12. M salon
1332 Notre Dame Ouest
Catering to the cool-cats of Montreals ultra cool Griffintown. Specials include Wednesday special (mani-pedi for 45$), and Sunday special (mani shellac $25). They even have their house brand of gel called 'Maniglam'. Check out M-salon.ca for more. It's your one-stop beauty shop!