I visited RINSE Beauty Bar this past Wednesday for a Paradise Manicure, which was the prize I won from Cat of MyLipstickAddition! 😀 I took the day off to meet up with a friend for lunch and decided to get some pampering too.
It was quiet and relaxing since it was just Julie (the lovely and friendly nail technician) and myself at the salon during my visit. As Cat mentioned on her post about her experience at RINSE, this salon features natural beauty products – even all of their nail polishes are 5-free, cruelty free and vegan. I really appreciate the fact that everything they used not only looked good, it was good for me as well. 🙂
It wasn’t a typical manicure in a number of ways: they take sanitization seriously here – first, by spraying disinfectant onto my hands before any services began. All the instruments were sealed in individual pouches that were put through the autoclave. An aromatherapy mist by Sparitual was then sprayed into the air – a calming jasmine scent that I loved. *inhales deeply*
The manicure began: shaping the nails (I’m super pleased with the way my nails were shaped into a classy squoval shape), cuticle cleanup and then the best part: a scrub! RINSE features a line of Canadian natural skincare called Koya which I was quite enamoured by – the “Sugah Sugah” scrub was used from my forearm to my hands to provide a gentle exfoliation. My arms were then wrapped in hot towels to clean off the scrub – it was pure bliss!
The polish applied was from the Bio Seaweed UV Gel polish range, and after a bit of indecisiveness (too much choice is sometimes a dangerous thing!) I finally chose the shade called Champagne. Julie helped me decide on the colour – I had initially toyed with getting a beige creme shade that blended into my skin tone (surprise!) but I’m enjoying this lavender-rose silvery shimmer shade – a bit bling-y but festive for the holidays. This polish will last on my nails for at least 2 weeks.
The final step to the RINSE Paradise Manicure was a massage using Koya’s Butter Up! body cream, which smelled like a tropical dream (cocoa, shea, mango). I lied earlier, this is the best part of the manicure: I may have moaned a little as my hands and arms were being massaged. You may recall that I’m a knitter and getting a hand massage is such a special treat!
Of course I couldn’t leave the salon without getting something and I couldn’t resist the Koya products, so the Butter Up! body cream and Beach Babe body scrub (smells like pina colada!) came home with me. 😎
In total, the manicure lasted 45 pampering minutes. RINSE Beauty Bar is a full service salon offering hair blowouts, manicures / pedicures, hair removal, facials, and body treatments – all with a focus on natural products. I’m definitely interested in trying a facial there one day – I really enjoy the philosophy behind the limited use of chemicals in their treatments. Thank you RINSE and Cat for the wonderful experience! I highly recommend this gem in the west end of the city! 🙂
Please note: I won this manicure through a giveaway, and I purchased the body butter and scrub with my own money. This is not a sponsored post.