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Want nails like these? Read on!

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My lovely gel nails (one week old in this photo)

My lovely gel nails (one week old in this photo)

Yes yes I know – my wrinkly monkey hands do not make naturally beautiful pictures! But gorgeous nail jobs deserve to be seen, so here we are.

It’s no exaggeration to say that I keep getting stopped by women who’ve noticed my nails and love a) the neon coral colour (as do I – I’ve been looking for this shade for EVER)  b) the professional job. Even today at my son’s school the teacher mentioned it.

You’re looking at my first ever hand gel nails here, and I’m a massive convert. I’ve always applied my own varnish and I’m not bad at it actually, but gel nails are just way easier aren’t they? They stay shiny and neat, and provided you choose a colour you love, you can just forget about the faff of remover/reapplication for weeks on end.

My fantastic local beautician Helen, whom I’ve raved about before here for her age-defying facials and perfect pressure massages, applied the gel nails, and she even persuaded me to have some diamantes on my big toes, below. These are definitely hovering somewhere on the chavtastic scale but it appears I’m reaching the age where frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. I love them!


How are they lasting? I’m glad you asked. I had the gels exactly one week ago today, and they’re still absolutely perfect and chip-proof. Not that it matters if you have a problem, because Helen will fix any imperfections for free in the first week. Which is nice.

And here I am, drinking a pretend cup of tea

And here I am, drinking a cup of char with my spangly nails

Helen works from home in Postcombe (by J6 of the M40) which I realise may not be much use to you in Milton Keynes or Witney (!)  BUT if you’re close enough to give her a try, go for it. It’s a deluxe treatment that normal people can afford – usually £5-10 less than you’d get in a salon.

And for any manicures and pedicures booked before the end of July (ie you can have the treatment later in the summer) you’ll get an extra 20% off – just in time for your holiday in the sun!

Helen, May Lee Beauty. Tel: 07711 889896.


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1 comment on “Want nails like these? Read on!”

  • Jess July 17, 2013

    It started with gift vouchers and now I have a monthly appointment with Helen for her facial/hot stone massage combo. It is amazing. She has sorted out some back and shoulder problems for me and the facials are my favourite bit – they feel fantastic. If I miss a month I feel like rubbish. Recently, with all this hot weather about, I had a pedicure and the gel nails – dark purple with a little white daisy! – and when one of my little nails got a chip, Helen was good on her word to touch them up, and in fact gave all of the nails another coat while she was at it. Great service, great value, highly recommended.


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