28 January 2013

Nu Essence Beauty Salon: Karora Spray Tan and Two Week Manicure Review and Pictures

Nu Essence Beauty Salon has been on my radar for a while.  Located on South Anne Street, just off Grafton Street - the main shopping street in Dublin - it's the perfect spot to squeeze in a spot of pampering as part of a gruelling retail therapy regime!

Jessica Geleration Naked Gun
I dropped in ahead of an event filled weekend to try out their two week manicure and spray tan, using the Irish natural and organic brand, Karora. This was only my second ever spray tan so I was a little nervous but the lovely Fiona put me quickly at ease. She talked me through everything,  put my fears at rest and displayed the most meticulous attention to detail that confirmed I was in completely expert hands.

And speaking of hands, mine were transformed with a very thorough manicure and a pretty, peachy nude shade - very Chanel SS13, don'tchaknow -  from Jessica's Geleration line. Like Shellac (which is also on offer at the salon), this is a two week manicure with layers of gel, which are set onto the nail with a UV lamp.  The result? My nails looked glossy, understated and chic - I was very impressed!

Nu Essence Beauty Salon Dublin

The facilities impressed me, too. Unlike other salons, Nu Essence have a dedicated tanning chamber - a welcome change to a pop-up plastic tent. Plus, the salon is spread over several floors of a lovely old Georgian building, giving it plenty of character and charm.

I walked out completely transformed - groomed, bronzed and feeling considerably more glamorous than when I'd arrived. Sadly I also walked out into the bucketing Irish rain but, in a final flourish of exceptional customer service, the lovely receptionist had nipped out to grab me a cab.

Karora Spray Tan


And the real test of the treatments? Over a week later, both the tan and my mani are going strong. There's no patchiness or streakiness in my colour and my nails are a chip free zone.

Fluff and Fripperies was a guest of Nu Essence but a two week manicure is normally priced from €30, and a spray tan from €18. It's also worth keeping an eye on their website and Facebook page, where special offers are posted regularly. 

Are you a fan of either of these treatments?

26 comments:

Laura said...

You look gorgeous Emma! Great post, Karora is one of my faves! xo

Karen said...

I can attest that you looked positively bronzed and gorgeous after your tan ;) I love Nu Essence, they're all so friendly in there!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

You look gorgeous Emma! I'm also in the market for a good nude color so I should do some retail (beauty) therapy and look for that!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Martie @ Spunkyrella said...

You look absolutely stunning!

Also I love the design (how in the world did I miss that?!)

Will raid your archives tonight for budget-friendly and no-breakout-causing foundation that´s cheapie. I used Healthy Mix Foundation from the drugstore but the brand isn´t available over here anymore. So I think about checking out Maybelline or FIT. Ideas are very welcome!

xo

Adele said...

Hey Golden Girl!!!Your tan looks amazing Emma!
Happy Monday Hun xoxo
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The Dainty Dolls House said...

You look stunning doll, love the glow!! Really suits you to have a tan :)) I love going for a beauty treatment, although I don't need a tan since I come with one, but I sometimes still get a tan as it makes me feel I've been on holiday to somewhere hot instead of out in the rain or grey skies, haha! You look stunning, love the blog layout as well, so nice!! Have a great week doll xox

Emily said...

Very reasonable prices! Just checked out the website, very interested in their spray tan for paler skin.

What Katie Healy Did said...

Absolute stunner, you look amazing tanned! Also the nails are beautiful

Bravoe Runway said...

I am so envious of your tan and your hair looks great. Love the new blog layout.

little t said...

The tan looks great and so does your new blog look! Love it!

Krystal said...

i looove those gel manicures, they are awesome!

Simone Crown said...

You look great!! I never had a fake tan but looking at you I think about getting one too. It's also a very reasonable price but I don't think I'll find such a nice salon with those prices and that good quality here in Vienna.

Kisses,
Simone

Yvonne Magner said...

Love the nails and your hair. Did you straighten it yourself or get it done? My hair is cut and coloured in exactly the same style and it never looks like that when I straighten it.

Emma said...

You look like you've just come back from holidays Emma! So gorgeous! :)

I got a shock when I clicked on this post to see your fantastic new layout! Really love it, the colours are so fresh!

Emma x

EMA said...

That looks like a great salon and the outcome is gorgeous :D

http://www.themirroronthewall.com/

Nurse Fancy Pants said...

You look stunning! That tan looks so natural on you. P.s love the new blog layout :) x

Keit said...

Oh, it's always a blast when you get pampered from head to toe. Feels like a princess ^_^

Life, Loves...... said...

Love the new look blog and the tan!
J
http://lifelovesand.blogspot.ie/

MissGreenEyes said...

I wish I had a place like that near me, it sounds so handy & helpful! You look great Emma & I really love the new look on the blog x

Anonymous said...

Looks like a fun place!

samantha huang said...

Em, while you are always gorgeous, today you look particularly stunning!! XOXO

Amy Fashion Blog said...

you look fabulous

Sunny & Star said...

You look amazing in your picture. I love your hair.

Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights
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fluff and fripperies said...

Aw thanks so much for all the comments guys, about the tan and about the new layout. Delighted you like it! And I think I'm developing a bit of an addiction to having a tan...


Martie, two budget foundations I would really recommend are Max Factor's Facefinity and Rimmel's Match Perfection - I reviewed both on beaut.ie if you want to take a look over there!

fluff and fripperies said...

Oh and Yvonne, there is no way I could get my hair to look like that myself, I am rubbish with a hairdryer and just leave it to dry normally. No that was done by a local hairdresser! xo

Rola said...

Hi, Emma, thanks for stopping by! I am addicted to gel nails, the best thing! You look great!