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: weheartit.com
Claude Monet: Robin Moses
Piet Mondrian: zebber.tumblr.com
Mark Rothko: Wanda Ruiz and team
Jackson Pollock: Jessicas Nail Art
Roy Lichtenstein: Supa Nails

Original article published at beautylish.com

Friday, January 20, 2012

What’s The World’s Favourite Manicure?

What’s yours? Starting today, we're running a poll to find out!
Everyone’s preference, including yours, will help us discover the world’s favourite manicure. All votes are completely anonymous and unlike some elections, The results can’t be rigged, because you can only vote once. So if you’d like to join in please fill out our poll.

Thanks for voting! We plan to keep this poll running indefinitely as a 
larger vote count will increase its accuracy. Please share with friends...  
Illustration: Garance Doré

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Pohutukawa Pedicures!
5 Great New Zealand Summer Colours

The flowering Pohutukawa symbolizes Christmas and Summer in New Zealand.
It’s a reminder that goodness exists...
Beat the blues Aotearoa! Go radiant this Summer with our strongest, brightest colours!

Pohutukawa Red
Harakeke Orange
Kowhai Yellow
Manuka Pink

Punga Green

Image Credits:
Pohutukawa by Iain UrquhartHarakeke (Flax) and Tui by Sid Mosdell, Kowhai by Robert Engberg
Manuka by Sid Mosdell, Ferns and Moss by J Brew, Manicures by Rachel Marie at rachelmariesnails.com