Ah, It’s time for our spring body tuneups and those nails must look pretty. Not that I truly understand the cultural necessity for painting our toes like Smarties, semi-precious stones or neon orange – I mean, is it some evolutionary perk? Do the brightest toenails win out in the process of natural selection? Granted, in Toronto’s oh-so-chic neighbourhood of Yorkville they probably do. And, as a victim of social conditioning myself, it’s time for a fresh mani pedi. I plan to opt for pink.
Here’s the good news. If you’ve had enough of cheap nail chop shops, then go upscale. Spa, Four Seasons Toronto at Yorkville and Bay has a June mani pedi special that is well worth a visit. Actually, the spa is well worth a visit anyway.
To learn more about the spa read my Spa, Four Seasons review.
Book a spa mani and pedi combo in the month of June for only $80 (regularly $135). Upgrade to shellac polish for only $10 more per set hands or feet (regularly $20).
Why opt for Shellac?
Now let’s have a quick word about shellac. It lasts for a good two weeks, so it’s perfect for travelling. Even if you’re not a superhero like Superman or the Green Hornet, at least you can have indestructible nails. Honestly, they make a manicure so strong it could fight crime. I find shellac ideal for trips, especially because my nails always break in the dry air of an airplane – and this stops that problem in its tracks.
The downside: Unfortunately, there is one. They’re a big pain to remove. Some people peel them off themselves and (sad admission) I’ve tried this myself but it seems to take a thin layer of your nail right off, leaving them look crusty and worn.
My advice? Spend the ten bucks or whatever it costs and get it removed at a salon. Your fingers will thank you and your nails will look much better.
More advice: Shellac is a great idea for manicures but I’ve found regular pedicures last pretty well anyway, so if you’re looking to save, skip the shellac toes.
Location: Spa, Four Seasons Toronto is at 60 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto. Tel: 416-964-0411
Carol Perehudoff is a spa expert and travel blogger based in Toronto.