I work with my hands a lot, so the looks of my nails aren’t usually my top priority, especially with the cost of upkeep. But, I recently took a trip down to Blush Nail Lounge in the East Village of New York City, for a rare pampering and have finally found a manicure worth my money.
Tucked into the lower floor of a wide brownstone, Blush Nail Lounge provides both basic and spa-style manicures, pedicures, and waxing services, in a cheery unique environment with Diner-style manicure booths, and living room pedicure stations. The prices are slightly higher than your neighborhood korean manicure spot, but for the experience and the quality, I definitely did not mind forking out a few extra dollars.
After choosing sea foam and periwinkle polishes from their grand array of Essie and OPI polishes, My technician, Eri, was friendly, gentle, and thorough. My feet were soft and callous free, and her massages were close to heavenly. She applied polish with a precise even coating, making sure to get the entire nail. I know, you’re supposed to expect that from a manicure. The kicker for me though, was 2 days later, after showers and washing dishes, my manicure still looked as good as the day I got it. One week later….still shiny, and without a chip. I’ve gotten more compliments on this manicure from both friends and strangers than I ever have, some of which I owe to the colors I chose, but after an extended amount of time, I can also attribute to the quality and staying power.
I also decided to get my brows waxed, and Eri was as precise and attentive to my brows as she was to my nails. After removing the wax strips, she gently shaped my brows to a perfect, and not over done arch that really suits my face. I have been able to keep up the arch that she created with minimal home upkeep.
The next time I head over to Blush Nail Salon, I’ll come with a little more money in my pocket and check out one of the fresh lemon, peppermint, or milk-and honey spa-pedicures, for a more relaxing, pampered experience, since I know the final product will be great (yeah, my toes still look great too!)
Blush Nail Lounge
218 E 5th St (Between 2nd ave and Cooper Square)
New York, NY 10003
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