Fairy Dust

Hello beautiful people!

It has been a hot minute since I have written a blog post, FOUR years to be exact…

So what has happened since then?

I graduated from Lipscomb University with a B.A. in Journalism and New Media, Lipscomb Volleyball won two Atlantic Sun Conference Championships, I moved to Los Angeles, California to play beach volleyball at Loyola Marymount University, I graduated with my Masters of Educational Studies, and got a big girl job. *inhales deep breath*

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In the world of nail art, chrome is the hottest trend, aquarium nails are a thing and SNS is the new acrylic.

Welcome back

For my first blog post back I figured I would do a salon review.

Since moving to Los Angeles I needed to find a new spot to get my nails done. I have been searching throughout the Marina Del Rey, Venice, and Santa Monica locations for something with a great atmosphere, an accommodating staff and a salon that has plenty of options for my ever changing and indecisive mind.

I recently visited BonLierre Nail Spa in Santa Monica, they do request an appointment due to the fact that they are very busy on the weekends, but I went early in the week and there was no problem fitting me in (bonus fact they are open on Monday).

When I walked in the door I was greeted by a friendly face and a little corgi named Abby. Now if you know me you know corgi’s are my favorite!

The atmosphere felt like I was in a botanical garden because of the ever green living wall. They also use natural and organic products.

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The chairs were not your typical massage chairs, but more like lounge chairs, they were comfortable and made you sink right in.

I asked for a chrome gel manicure. I had gel already on my nails and thankfully they did not charge me to remove them, but they did charge an extra $15.00 for the chrome.

The nail technician joked saying they call the magic powder I picked fairy dust. She was spot on with her description, the powder looked like Tinker Bell’s fairy dust.

For the base color she applied two coats of Blue Bell from the DND gel line and layered the chrome over top, giving me this fantastic combination.

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Do you have a favorite color combo? How about you LA locals any nail shops you recommend?

Overall, I highly recommend this place. It was comfortable, welcoming with great service, and plenty of choices for my ever changing mind.

Finally, I am so excited to be back and blogging again! Thanks for reading!

Nail Salon Review: The Nail Bar

I know I normally don’t do nail salon reviews, but I went and got my nails done the other day. I was blown out of the water! Im really disappointed I didn’t take pictures of the salon on the outside, but I got a lot of the inside. I had no idea how awesome this place really was!

The nail bar is located in Franklin Tenn. by a greek food place and a mattress store. It looks like the typical strip shop that every nail salon is in. Not on the inside though! Right when you walk into the Nail Bar you feel like you are in a 1970s night club. To me this was a sweet surprise.

The waiting room has a comfy and massive purple suede couch for customers who are waiting. The walls of the waiting room have tons of nail polish to choose from. Not to mention that all the polishes were color coordinated, making it easier on the eyes when picking out the polish you like.  The waiting room also has different types of lotion that you can choose from for a manicure or pedicure. I got Flirty and loved the smell of it. I loved that they allowed me to pick the type of lotion I wanted instead of having the typical lavender smell that I honestly can’t stand.IMG_7495

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When you walk into the main area of the salon there is a nail bar right in the middle of the floor. Surrounding the bar are pedicure chairs that are comfy and are always clean when you sit down. One thing I don’t like is a messy pedicure bowl that someone else just had their feet in.IMG_7505

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The walls are painted all black making it dark in the salon, but this is perfect for the bar look they are going for. On the sides of the bar there is a lounge area with purple suede on the walls where customers dry their nails. I loved this look! The walls made you feel like you were in an actual bar in the 1970s. This made the experience fun and different.IMG_7506

IMG_7501Not only were the surroundings cool but the service was great! The nail technicians were very accommodating and always called me by my name. The nail technicians only spoke english on the floor. I think everyone can agree that no one likes it when your nail technician starts speaking another language.

I ended up getting a gel manicure which only cost 25 dollars, and a pedicure which was 30. That is a very good price in the Nashville/Franklin area. They had a lot of gel color choices to choose from and also did not charge extra for the gel that I previously had on my nails. Normally salons charge an extra five dollars to take off your old gel polish. I was very pleased that I did not have to pay extra. My feet felt amazing and looked awesome!photo 2-4

IMG_7537Another interesting thing about the Nail Bar is that it’s BYOB. So if you are of age you can bring your own alcohol and have a good time while you are getting your nails done. This is a great idea for a evening out with the girls, a birthday party or even a bachelorette party. I went with some of my friends and we had a blast!IMG_7498

IMG_7509When paying, they accepted debit and credit card, but before you go make sure you have some cash. They only accept cash for gratuity which is inconvenient.

Overall we had a great experience at the Nail Bar salon in Franklin Tenn. and will certainly be returning.IMG_7511