How often do you have your nails done?
There is a pressure when you are a beauty or a fashion blogger on looking prim an polished all the time. If I were a student and had more time on my hands, I would easily confirm to this presumption. In an ideal blogger world, I would go for a facial at least once a month, curl my hair before every photo shoot and have beautiful nails.
But I work, have a baby, a husband and this blog. I try to juggle it all and whether I like it or not, I have to prioritize. I blog when Chloe-Sofia falls asleep and most of the time Alex goes to bed way before me. I would love to have perfect nails and wear flawless makeup to work but I don’t have a nanny, a cook and a housekeeper that take care of my home related tasks. I get two hours a day just for myself and I invest the time to growing this platform. As a woman, you must find a way to have something on your own. A passion that does not include your baby nor your partner. Something creative that allows you to sparkle and shine from within.
The other day, Surekha told me during a photo shoot that I should probably go for a pedicure. She makes me laugh every time she says something like that because she is so honest. I began to wonder why I stopped going to nail salons. I had my best manicure done in New York. It was perfect and affordable. I would even say cheap in comparison to Switzerland. Not so long ago one of my friends discovered The Nail Bar, a chain of nail salons in French and German-spoken part of Switzerland (see full list at the end of the article).
Having been in the midst of several projects and photo shoots, I decided to listen to Surekha and have my nails done by a professional. I visited The Nail Bar in downtown Geneva that is close to hotel Mandarin Oriental. They also have a brow bar, which I am planning to visit because they do threading.
I tried their Super Woman manicure that promises fatal and indestructible gel nails. I wonder what Freud would say. Anyhow, there is nothing wrong with channeling a Super Woman, right? Especially when you are a mom.
I like gel nails because they last longer than regular nail polish. Their application does not smell like acrylic nails and they look more natural. I chose pink nail polish so that it looks good on pictures but deep inside I craved “boring” beige. It may not be as young and vibrant as pink but it is much more practical. When the nail polish chips off, it is less visible.
Gel nails should last up to three weeks but mine did not last so long. Personally, I think it has a lot to do with being active and having my hands constantly in water. Cleaning baby bottles, washing your hands after a diaper change, etc… you name it.
Nevertheless, it does feel great to have your nails done. Especially when you are a mom and don’t have much time to take care of yourself.
The Nail Bar has 12 stores in Switzerland (including Geneva, Lausanne, Fribourg and Zurich, see the full list right here.) As of 23 March 2017 you can find them also in Bern (Bärenplatz 8, right in front of the Federal Building).
By Vanja Jocic couture felt hat, Rivamonti cashmere&silk sweater, H&M denim mini skirt (sold out, love this A-line mini skirt), Wolford tights, Chloé Marcie handbag, Bucherer bracelet, Rush&Co Vanina bracelet and Gabor low-boots.
Photos by Surekha Yeshwanth.
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