August 15th, 2011
From moon manis to minx to crystal studded acids, who needs accessories when you’ve got statement talons?
Yeah, around here, we love our weekly manicures. But when we’re pushed for time, stick-on polish is the next best thing. We’ve tried a few, and Sephora’s are by far the easiest to apply. Stick, snip and file. They last a few days and come in an assortment of prints (leopard is the cat’s meow). —Athena Tsavliris
At Sephora stores across the GTA, www.sephora.com
January 4th, 2011
You’ve made a few resolutions—one is to stop gnawing your nails. Just imagine the fun you could have with ten healthy talons.
At Tips Nail Bar you could try a half moon manicure made de rigueur again by burlesque style icon, Dita Von Teese. Her mother was a manicurist so she knows a thing or two about nail art, and this look is pure retro glam.
Another popular treatment at the Greektown mani heaven is shellac. This two-week manicure comes in fourteen colours and won’t chip, smudge or damage your nails.
Go on, nail that resolution.
Tips Nail Bar, 844a Danforth Ave., Toronto, 416-405-8477, www.tipsnailbar.ca
July 2nd, 2010
Get pretty from head to toe with our editors' top pampering picks.
Consult the experts at John Steinberg & Associates for your next cut and colour. 585 King St. W., 416-506-0268, www.johnsteinbergerhair.com
Since we stumbled on Arona Nail & Spa earlier this month, we’ve been back twice on our own and brought our mum and sister for a special treat. 205 Davenport Rd., 416-413-1100, www.aronanailspa.com
May 17th, 2010
Yellow is notoriously tricky to wear (Malvolio’s yellow stockings spring to mind), but a sunny shade on your talons is a sure way to add zing to any look.
We’ve searched far and wide for the zaniest hue, (£13) and our vote goes to Illamasqua. They call it ‘lemon sorbet’, but we think it looks like egg yolk.
That's sunny side up for us.
March 23rd, 2009
Flesh-toned shades will rule for spring and we know where we’re taking our talons.
At their little hole-in-wall mani/pedi joint, Anna and Kelly of Signature Nails are the only gals we trust to file, buff and polish our nails to hand-model perfection.
The treatments are quick, thorough, and fabulously affordable ($50 for fingers and toes) and the place is so clean we’d happily walk around barefoot.
Expect to spot many a MuchMusic VJ (it’s steps away from the studio) popping in for a midday mani.
Signature Nails, 159 John St., Toronto, 416-596-8088.
March 9th, 2009
This time of year, it’s not just the prego-set that grumble about brittle nails, achy bones and ballooning feet. Couldn’t we all use a little scrub, rub and pummel?
Conceived with Mother's in mind, (but not exclusive to) the new Sunny Mummy Spa + Boutique offers head-to-toe treatments that leave you feeling soft, soothed and utterly relaxed.
Services include Reiki, ($100/hour) Shiatsu, ($80/hour) Reflexology, ($80/hour) manis ($30) and pedis ($45) with on-site kiddie caregivers there to help you indulge in peace.
A selection of organic baby blankets, creams, bubbles and onesies fill the foyer and Aveda is the product of choice.
Pssst: Mother’s Day is May 10 (pass it on!).
Sunny Mummy Spa & Boutique, 903 Queen St. W., Toronto, 647-430-3883, www.sunnymummy.com
June 16th, 2008
Sure, it’s what’s inside that counts. But the outside deserves some lovin’ too. For our little black book of beauty addresses, read on:
hair and now
Jackie O had her hair blown out two or three times a week: For super flicks, curls, waves and volume we go to Susan at Stillwater. $52 for wash & blow. Stillwater, Park Hyatt, 4 Avenue Rd., Toronto, 416-926-2389, www.hyatt.com
A good eyebrow shape can transform a face, and Gilla Falla threads the best brow of all. $20 for an eyebrow shape, $30 for a tint and shape. Gilla’s Aesthetics, 84a Scollard St., Toronto, 416-927-0007.
During the open-toe season we visit Eszter’s Foot and Bodycare at least once every five weeks. Focusing only on feet, she’s the best pedicurist in town. Hence the wait list. $70 for a one-hour treatment. Eszter’s Foot and Bodycare Ltd, 4136 Dundas St. W., Toronto, 416-232-0244
face to face
Using wonderful, natural products (Jurlique, Dr. Hauschka, Just Pure) expert facialists at Pure and Simple will polish and plump your skin. We recommend Vesna’s magic touch. $99 for a super hydrating facial. Pure and Simple, 27 Bellair St., Toronto, 416-924-6555, www.pureandsimple.ca
For the perfect squoval we head to Lux. Service is quick, personal and attentive. From $35. Lux Hand & Foot Spa, 25 Bellair St., Toronto, 416-921-1680, www.lux-spa.com
December 3rd, 2007
Next time you’re passing through Pearson, may we suggest a shape, buff and polish while you wait for your fight?
Scattered across North America’s busiest terminals, the 10-Minute-Manicure kiosks offer speedy, no-fuss services to travellers with time to spare.
Treatments include a basic 10-minute polish change, ($15), a 30-minute foot massage ($65) and a one-hour Mani/Massage combo ($95).
Leaving you ready for take-off.
Toronto International Airport, Terminals One and Three. www.10minutemanicure.com
April 14th, 2004
A fresh coat of paint spruces up tired walls, so why not do the same for winter worn hands?
Inspired by the colours of India, OPI’s latest palette boasts hot pinks, ruby reds and vivid corals .
We had fun at the Try It On Studio playing with all eleven new colours – 'Lunch at the Delhi' will look great on twinkle toes.
As for the walls – we’ve always dreamed of a carnation pink powder room. 'I'm Indi-a Mood for Love'?
$10.95 a bottle, available at Beauty Supply Outlets across the GTA.