Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Royal Nail Wishes our Customers a Very Happy Christmas

We Welcome You to our Newly Refurbished Salon
This time of the year can be very stressful so why not pamper yourself with a relaxing Spa Pedicure in our brand new massage chairs.  Sit back and have your worries massaged away while your feet soak in a warm spa bath.

Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Gel 2 Reaction at The Royal Nail Christchurch

So hot it’s cool. Gel II™ Reaction, the hottest new gel polish manicure taking the world by storm is available now at The Royal Nail. Gel II™ (Gel Two) Reaction is a temperature activated, colour changing gel polish that evolves beautifully with your body heat and lasts for around three weeks!

Bold in the cold and sweet in the heat. It’s easy to get Gel II™ Reaction to change colour. Not a “mood” polish as such, Gel II™ is activated by temperature. Luminous hues vary depending on how hot or cold your nails are. To see the colours transform right before your eyes, run hands under cold water to get dark colours and warm water for soft brilliant colours. Watch Gel II™ react in the video below!

The Royal Nail offers manicures in a wide choice of Gel II™ Reaction colours, including some of the newly released Reaction Remix range.

Gel II™ Reaction Manicure  $55
Gel II™ Reaction French Manicure  $65
Gel II™ Reaction Pedicure  $65
Gel II™ Reaction French Pedicure  $75
Gel II™ Reaction Manicure Removal and Reapply  $65
Gel II™ Reaction French Manicure Removal and Reapply  $75

Why barely get a response? Get Reaction from The Royal Nail, Christchurch.

Useful links:
Gel II™ website

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas 2013 trading hours

Monday 16 – Monday 23 December Open 10am – 7pm
Tuesday 24 December Open 10am – 5pm
Christmas Day Wednesday 25 December Closed
Thursday 26 December Open 9am – 6pm
Friday 27 – Tuesday 31 December Open 9am – 6pm
New Years Day Wednesday 1 January 2014 Closed 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Treat someone special this Christmas!

Stuck buying for that special someone?
A gift voucher from The Royal Nail could be the perfect way of saying Merry Christmas,
or thank you, or love you, or well done, or cheer up, or feet up, or congratulations,
or happy birthday or happy mother's day, or ...
Vouchers available from our salon. 
If you live across or out of town, we now accept phone credit card payments – please call us on 03 349 9839. If you'd prefer to purchase a voucher online (and hold a NZ bank account) please email us for information about this. Alternatively, you can make a cheque out to The Royal Nail and post it to: The Royal Nail, Shop 418 Dress-Smart, 409 Main South Road, Hornby, Christchurch 8042. Please include a note stating the dollar amount or amounts you would like on each voucher (or vouchers), and let us know your mailing address. As soon as your cheque has cleared, we’ll post out your voucher/vouchers.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Get practical with Swiss Army fingernails

Ad agency Ogilvy in Frankfurt Germany promoted Abtei zinc capsules with these quirky print ads. The headline reads, “For strong fingernails.” Have any of our readers ever tried zinc pills to harden their nails? Does it work? Cool party trick if it does... 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Look your best during Cup and Show Week

Best Dressed At The Races
Cup Days at Riccarton and Addington. Cloudless blue skies. Sun warming body and soul. Champagne, strawberries, hot chips and beer. Dressed to the Nines. Skirts check suits. Suits check skirts. Bets place. Horses race. Fascination beats Liquefaction.
Sun sinks low in the west, as we try to remember who won Best Dressed At The Races.

New Zealand Cup and Show Week 
Christchurch, 8–16 November 2013
New Zealand Cup and Show Week
New Zealand Cup and Show Week tickets
Best Dressed At The Races competition
Best Dressed At The Races entry form
Fashion In The Field competition
Fashion In The Field entry form
Riccarton Park
Addington Raceway
Dash Tickets

Friday, August 9, 2013

Love's in need of love today

Years ago, I remember laughing with a friend when she told me, “I'm having a 'rotic' dinner this weekend.” “What's a 'rotic' dinner?” I asked. “A romantic dinner without the man.” Ouch. This year's Valentines came and went like it does every year with countless millions around the planet sharing love's thrill and countless others not. We all want to love and to be loved, but how is that relevant to this blog? What's love got to do with it? Everything.

Because love relates to everything in life – everything from “I'm not really a waitress” (the name of an OPI nail polish) to actually, I am a waitress. Everything from jellybeans to has-beens. Romantic love, lust love, friend love, pet love, family love, even orphaned child on TV can't hold back the tears love.

But what is love?

The Beatles said Love is God (All you need is love).
The Bible says God is Love (1John 4:8). 
 Stevie Wonder says Love's in need of Love:

Love's in need of love today
Don't delay, Send yours in right away
Hate's goin' round
Breaking many hearts
Stop it please
Before it's gone too far...

I love that love - it's all about action.
Feelings are great but where's the action? Hate's gonna win if we don't fight it. Something's wrong, so let's do something about it.

Before her tragic death in 2012, Whitney Houston sang Stevie's song at her 2010 concert in South Africa – who knew then that she had only two years left? Life is short, much too short to waste on hate, so “don't delay – send yours in right away.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Mother's Day gift hint...

Treat her like royalty with a gift voucher from us!
Available now from The Royal Nail...
Mother's Day - Sunday 12 May

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easter 2013 trading hours

Friday 29 March Closed
Saturday 30 March Open 10am – 5pm
Sunday 31 March Closed
Monday 1 April Open 10am – 5pm

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Shellac vs Gelish - which is best?

What’s so great about gel nail polishes?
In this article I compare Shellac ™ by CND and Gelish ® by Nail Harmony, two of the most well known and loved gel polish brands on the market. To keep things simple, I'm concentrating on these two, however there are a number of gel nail polish brands available. To be honest, apart from reading a few reviews and comments on internet nail forums, I don't know as much about these other products. I've listed some of them here with links if you're interested: Gelcolor by OPI, Axxium by OPI, Gelac by IBD, Gelez by EZ Flow, Gel FX by Orly and others.

Gel polishes have become popular in the last few years for good reason. They dry instantly, last at least a good two weeks, and are relatively easy on and off. The long-life and durability of gel polishes make them a good choice all year round, but especially so over summer when sun, sand and surf bring The Curse of The Disappearing Manicure (see previous post).

Which came first, Shellac or Gelish?
In branding Shellac, CND use the phrase “The original power polish”, while Nail Harmony use the phrase, “The original brush-in-bottle, high-shine gel nail polish.” to describe Gelish. Frankly, I think they were both actually launched around the same time. However, without the marketing power of CND, Gelish had a softer introduction than that of Shellac.

Is Shellac a Gel Polish?
Creative Nail Design (CND) make a point of differentiating their Shellac ™ brand from other competing brands by stating that Shellac is not a gel polish. Instead, as mentioned before, they call it The Original Power Polish ™.  They also warn customers not to accept “gel polish” substitutes that claim to be the same. Other brands, such as Gelish, Gelcolor, Axxium, Gelac, and Gelez do actually call themselves “gel” polishes. I cannot clarify what the difference is, and I don't really want to get into that kind of detail because in my opinion, for the most part, they are all basically the same. All brands apply smoothly like polish, use a base coat, colour and top coat, and are cured under UV light – in the case of Gelish you can also use an LED lamp which makes it much quicker to apply. All gel polish brands are removed by either soaking or wrapping the nails in acetone.

Best Colour Range, Gelish or Shellac?
Gelish currently offers 112 colours while Shellac is offering 40 colours (including 3 primaries, 3 secondaries and 3 chromes) and 15 "Effects" (pearls, shimmers and sparkles). Both Gelish and Shellac colours can be mixed and layered to create new colours.

Which is safest, Shellac or Gelish?
Both Shellac and Gelish are Formaldehyde, toluene and DBP free (no nasty chemicals). There is an argument between those that use Shellac and Gelish that Shellac is better because you don't buff the nail beforehand therefore you aren't 'damaging' the nail. This isn't true! Gelish does require a light buffing of the nail plate however this doesn't harm the nail whatsoever, as long as its done properly! If you are completely against having your nails buffed then Gelish can be applied without - I have yet to witness a breakdown in the product because this step has been missed.

Which lasts longer, Gelish or Shellac?
Gelish advertises a 3 week manicure, while Shellac claims 2 weeks plus duration in their marketing. The good news is that both products look stunning and last as long as they claim to!

We offer clients the choice of both Gelish and Shellac treatments at The Royal Nail.
I don't think it's a matter of one being better than the other, just that they are different and serve different types of clients. Clients who are used to wearing Shellac know that it is a great product. And lets face it, CND's superior marketing power has made it much more well known than Gelish. However, I do believe Gelish is more durable and better for people who are hard on their nails. Personally I think both brands are great, and at the end of the day the choice is down to you as a client because both Shellac and Gelish are fabulous!

How about you? Got a preference? Tell us your experiences with Shellac or Gelish or other gel polish brands. I'd love to hear your thoughts (feel free to comment below).

The opinions expressed in this post are not necessarily those of Nail Harmony or CND.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Curse of The Disappearing Manicure

Fight the tarnish
It’s summer and our beaches are ringing with the sounds of happy children. Seagulls squawk above as barbeque smells waft lazily on warm breezes. Crimson Pohutukawa blooms rustle gently and turquoise seas sparkle with promise... All seems well in Aotearoa... but wait, something wicked this way comes! Those very blessings: sun and sea, bring also curse to skin and nail. Now all at once, we’re worriers (melancholic electric guitar solo). The dream’s over. Our once pristine manicures have quickly faded and chipped, their former glory robbed by the elements. Go ahead and mourn. Dye your florals black. Get indoors. Face facts. Your manicure wasn’t good enough for this cruel world, wasn’t good enough to face the elements. And in these conditions, why expect any more from an ordinary manicure? But wait, what if you had some kind of special super-hero manicure that offered powerful, long lasting protection from the elements? What if you had not one, but two fine ‘bodyguards’ looking out for you?

The dynamic duo
Introducing Gelish ® and CND Shellac ™ nail treatments at The Royal Nail. When it comes to withstanding New Zealand’s brutally strong rays, both of these super-durable gel nail polishes kick ass! Both products offer a high gloss finish that will wear without chipping or peeling for 2 to 3 weeks.

Freedom to choose
Now while some nail salons (and clients) feel Gelish is to Shellac what Robin is to Batman (his weaker sidekick), there are also plenty of salons (and clients) who rate Gelish superior to Shellac. Clearly no nail polish manufacturer is making friends with its competitors, and not unlike some politicians, they tend to ‘inform’ customers by criticizing competing brands while praising their own. But at the end of the day, shouldn't it be you the customer who decides which system works best for you? At The Royal Nail, we offer you the freedom to choose between a Gelish or a Shellac treatment or both!

Spiderman and Batman fight it out
Choosing similar colours from both brands, why not experiment? Get a Gelish ® manicure on one hand and Shellac ™ on the other. Which looks best after an hour? After 3 weeks? No-one really cares if Batman beats Spiderman or Superman or Wonderwoman or whoever, what matters is that the curse of the disappearing manicure has been broken.

Useful links:
Shellac vs Gelish - which is best?
Full list of all The Royal Nail Treatments and Prices
Shellac™ website
Gelish® website

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Happy Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

The Royal Nail Happy Days 
Get 20% off all treatments at The Royal Nail on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
No strings. No fine print – just savings. 
For beautiful nails without breaking the bank, on Happy Days you’ll pay 20% less than our already fair prices during the rest of the week! Same royal treatment, same great results!  
To receive your Happy Days discount, please mention this internet-only deal to our staff.  
Sadly our prices return to normal on 31 October 2012.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Gelish at The Royal Nail Christchurch

Introducing Gelish ® from Hand and Nail Harmony – the original brush-in-bottle, high-shine gel nail polish that wears up to 3 weeks without chipping or peeling. Gelish is UV or LED lamp-cured and soaks off in just 10 minutes leaving your natural nails flawless.

Check out the beautiful range of 112 Gelish colours – all formaldehyde, toluene and DBP free. These cure in just 30 seconds under LED light and 2 minutes under UV light. A Gelish manicure is applied like polish with a twist cap and applicator in three main steps: Foundation Base Gel, Colour Gel and Top It Off Gel sealer.

Although we don't currently have all 112 colours in the Gelish ® range, we do have over 50 to choose from! Link to Colour Swatch on Hand and Nail Harmony website

The Royal Nail Gelish Manicure comprises file, cuticle work, buff and Gelish application followed by conditioning oil for your cuticles. As with all manicures at The Royal Nail, a hand and arm massage is included.

The Royal Nail Gelish Pedicure is the ultimate in full body relaxation! First your feet are soaked in a warm spa bath as you recline in a Shiatsu massage chair. We then trim your toenails, shape and buff your nails, work on your cuticles, gently buff away any calloused, dry skin and give you a full leg massage. Finish with your favourite Gelish application followed by conditioning oil for your cuticles.

Gelish Manicure  $45
Gelish French Manicure  $55
Gelish Pedicure  $55
Gelish French Pedicure  $65
Gelish Manicure Removal and Reapply  $55
Gelish French Manicure Removal and Reapply  $65

Why be jealous of another’s Gelish? Get yours at The Royal Nail.

Useful links:
Full list of all The Royal Nail Treatments and Prices
Gelish® website

Friday, August 31, 2012

Caviar Manicure Flavour of the Month

Lavish times in nail land today – just when you think nail art can't get any crazier, nail polish brand Ciaté have revealed an amazing new collection: Caviar Manicure kits. Perfect for the 3D make up trend, the manicure consists of tiny caviar-like beads (presenting luxurious, but slightly gross when you think of fish eggs) applied to the nail over a Ciaté Paint Pot colour, for an amazing three dimensional effect.

The sets were launched in the UK earlier this year and come in three colours: black, white and rainbow. While the gleaming black beads resemble caviar, the playful rainbow ones remind me more of Hundreds and Thousands (on buttered bread) – yum!

Monday, July 23, 2012


This inspired ad is part of a TV campaign supporting dads playing an active role in their kid’s lives. More dads like this please!
Ad agency: Campbell Ewald, Director: Vance Malone, Editor: Louis Lyne. Source: Ad Council, Vimeo

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Dazzling Opal Manicures rock

I found these beautiful opal-like manicures on Lacquerized. The author of this stunning blog takes most of her own photographs and has just finished her Bachelor degree this year. Congratulations Michele, and thanks for pouring heart and soul into Lacquerized – we’re all richer for it.
Manicure/image credits:
Koh Blue Universe – Lacquerized
Nfu Oh 51 Revisited – Lacquerized
Useful Links:

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Queen’s Birthday Diamond Jubilee Nail Art

It’s The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this weekend and WAH Nails of London are celebrating her 60 year reign with these Jubilee Special Edition Nails. It’s also Queen’s Birthday weekend in New Zealand, so if you’re a Christchurch-based royalist, pop in to The Royal Nail for a sovereign dose of our very own Queen’s Birthday nail art!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Lord of The Rings nail art Rules

With both hands placed in a circle, the Elvish script on these golden nails is The One Ring’s inscription from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings – “One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.”
So, if the owner of these nails is a bit sensitive about people touching her hands, you’ll
understand why... my precioussss!

Sources: Fashionably Geek and Billy the Brime

Monday, April 2, 2012

Say Hello to Shellac at The Royal Nail Christchurch

Introducing CND Shellac ™ Hybrid Nail Colour, a revolutionary product that applies like polish, wears flawlessly for 14 days of high gloss shine and removes in minutes.

Developed by Creative Nail Design (CND), Shellac ™ paints on like polish - base coat, colour and top coat are cured under UV light for a super fast dry time. The colours are hypoallergenic and contain no formaldehyde, toluene or DBP. The formula is thin and flexible like polish, so it not only looks natural, it provides strong, natural nail protection with a resilient mirror finish that resists dullness and chipping, even during the most vigorous activities.

Our Shellac Treatments and Prices

The Royal Nail Shellac Manicure comprises file, cuticle work, buff and Shellac application followed by conditioning oil for your cuticles. As with all manicures at The Royal Nail, a hand and arm massage is included.

Choose from our wide range of beautiful and durable Shellac ™ colours.

The Royal Nail Shellac Pedicure is the ultimate in full body relaxation! First your feet are soaked in a warm spa bath as you recline in a Shiatsu massage chair. We then trim your toenails, shape and buff your nails, work on your cuticles, gently buff away any calloused, dry skin and give you a full leg massage. Finish with your favourite Shellac application followed by conditioning oil for your cuticles.

Shellac Manicure  $45
Shellac French Manicure  $55
Shellac Pedicure  $55
Shellac French Pedicure  $65
Shellac Manicure Removal and Reapply  $55
Shellac French Manicure Removal and Reapply  $65

Useful links:
Full list of all The Royal Nail Treatments and Prices
Shellac™ website

Friday, March 16, 2012

Go Wild with our Funky Printed Nail Tips

Been on safari lately? A lot of clients are loving our pre-designed, animal print Nail Tips. Drop in, explore our range and treat yourself to a Full Set for just $65, or Feature Nails for just $10 each. And if stripes or spots aren’t your thing, we've got plenty of other cool designs to choose from. Happy hunting!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Life’s Significant Events
When Your Nails Need To Look Their Best

Occasional Beauty
Certain events in life demand greatness. Great hair, great makeup, great clothes, great nails and greatness. I’ve listed below some significant occasions, manicure ideas and lighthearted advice that may be useful. Remember, the best you can be, is be yourself.

1 The School Formal
Do have a ball. Surpass Cinderella’s glamour with a full set of acrylic nails in glitter or pearl. Remember your camera – a good snapshot stops the moment running away.
Don’t worry if your evening’s not so amourous. Those horny young toads you like now will likely end up marrying Cinderella’s three ugly sisters, leaving you the time and space to discover your real Prince Charming!

2 The 21st Birthday
Do be the centre of attention and furnish your fingers with some creatively personalized, one-of-a-kind nail art.
Don’t exceed your blood alcohol awkwardness level. Going beyond this point means remembering your 21st through humiliating photos posted (and tagged) by your so called friends on their Facebook timelines. Don’t be surprised if your family present a slideshow of your life complete with obligatory naked baby pictures. Avoid the disappointment of unrealistic gift expectations – a Ferrari from your Dad probably won’t happen.

3 The First Date
Do be yourself (I keep saying that). Wear your favourite manicure - the one that makes you feel the most comfortable.
Don’t worry about not knowing what to say. Unless he's the strong silent type, guys usually like to talk about themselves. Be a good listener without letting let him hog the conversation or tranquilize you to sleep with boredom. Reconsider a second date if he uses this line: “Wow, your legs must be really tired because you’ve been running through my mind all night”.

4 The Parents
Do some research. Ask your boyfriend if his parents are friendly, warm and relaxed or suspicious, cold and inflexible (or all of the above). Depending on how much you care about what they think, just wear the manicure you like the best.
Don’t mention: how sexually attracted you are to their son, the warrant out for your arrest, your favourite drugs, why you love gambling or your keen interest in witchcraft.

5 The Interview
Do dress to impress. Like it or not, most people judge by first impressions. Even if you're applying for a job that gets your hands dirty, get them manicured! Without really knowing your potential boss, it makes sense to err on the safe side with something like a clear, or nude polish.
Don’t forget to cut the tags off your new outfit before being interviewed. Resist sharing that this isn’t your ideal job but you’d take it if offered. Avoid answering your mobile phone during the interview, especially the call that “could be the offer I’ve been waiting for”. Check here for some more useful interview advice.

6 The Girls’ Night Out
Do get a strobe light friendly fluorescent manicure. Hook up with some friends and briefly forget your: aftershock-frayed-nerves, tragic workload, shrinking purse, strained relationships, stacking bills, feigned confidence, meddling mother in law, demanding kids, future fears, nagging regrets, stubborn pride, compliant neediness, inflated ego, crappy self image, hated enemies, broken dreams, enviable neighbours and darkest secrets. Did I miss anything?
Don’t be female versions of your male counterparts in The Hangover movies.

7 The Wedding
Do relish the fact that someone is promising to spend the rest of their life with you! It’s your wedding, your dress and your theme, so I won’t presume to choose your manicure. But FYI, a classic wedding manicure (with or without gel or acrylic nails) might involve any of the following styles: French (easily the most popular), Nude (Neutral), Clear, Light Pink, Pearl or Red.
Don’t panic. Prevent hyperventilation by slowly breathing into a paper bag. Distract yourself by focusing on a physical object in the room. Act natural. Open your eyes. Stop using the bag. Smile. Say “I do”.

8 The Business Meeting
Do be professional. Go with a sheer, natural pink or French manicure. Clear polish may be your best choice for business, as it’s easy to maintain and you avoid the hassle of damaging your polish just before a key meeting.
Don’t be late. Don’t remain seated when your client arrives. Don’t leave your mobile switched on or leave it on the table in front of you. Don’t forget your client’s name. Don’t forget your business cards. Don’t lose your temper, thump the table, stamp your feet or writhe around uncontrollably on the floor. Don’t share your realistic but disturbing animal impressions.

9 The Funeral
Do show respect. Wear a suitably low-key, neutral, clear or possibly dark nail polish or none at all. A funeral isn’t an occasion to wear colourful clothes or accessories.
Don’t try to outdo the family’s grief. Don’t tell everyone how much your flower arrangement cost. Don’t make statements like, “something seems fishy to me” or, “I hope they did an autopsy”. Don’t remove anything from the coffin as a memento.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Famous Artists inspire Nail Art Masterpieces

You don’t have to visit your nearest art museum for a little culture.
These nail art masterpieces are as close as your fingertips!

Sixteenth-century Flemish painter Jan Brueghel the Elder mastered the art of the still life. Gorgeous floral bouquets contrast brightly against a dark background and high-contrast lighting. To recreate the look, layer a black or dark-coloured base on your nails, then paint on clusters of bright pink, blue, and green. Alternatively, you can also press gorgeous nail decals onto the nail as in the image above.

Perhaps the most popular Impressionist painter, Claude Monet is known for his paintings with hazy atmospheres and romantic colour palettes. His abstract and hurried brushstrokes give the viewer an impression of the scene rather than a realistic portrayal. Here, Robin Moses hand paints a Claude Monet manicure, inspired by one his most beloved works, Woman With a Parasol.

Dutch painter Piet Mondrian was an important figure in the De Stijl and Neoplastic movements of art, which sought to reduce artistic form to its essential vertical and horizontal planes. You can instantly recognize his work from the strict geometric grid and use of saturated primary colours. Create your own grid with black polish and a thin art-store paintbrush.

Mark Rothko was a 20th-century Expressionist painter who was most famous for his massive colour fields, which overlap and fade into one another without rigid borders. Nail visionaries CND tried a similar aesthetic with a navy airbrushed look at fashion designer Jen Kao’s 2012 Spring/Summer runway collection.

Another 20th-century Expressionist, Jackson Pollock pioneered the “drip” technique of painting that his work is so well known for. He was the complete opposite of the archetypal artist, preferring the floor as his easel and house paints as his medium. To create a similar splatter effect on your nails, first apply a pale, opaque base coat. Choose brightly coloured nail polishes with a runny consistency (the newer the polish, the runnier the texture) and drip the paint on your nails with the brush. The result may look messy, but you can clean up the edges after the drips dry and you’ve sealed your design with a topcoat.

Roy Lichtenstein, a mid-century Pop Artist, took inspiration from the industrial imagery of the 1950s. Like Andy Warhol, Lichtenstein used familiar commercial items (most notably comic strips), and turned them into an art form. His use of saturated primary colours and dramatic sound-effects words like Boom! Pow! and Thap! cultivated a signature retro-American style. Paint your nails in shades of neon, add striped or dotted patterns, and draw or write your favorite comic-strip characters and phrases.

Art / Nail Art image credits (top to bottom):
Jan Brueghel The Elder:
Claude Monet: Robin Moses
Piet Mondrian:
Mark Rothko: Wanda Ruiz and team
Jackson Pollock: Jessicas Nail Art
Roy Lichtenstein: Supa Nails

Original article published at