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