The lovely LLG editorial assistant Katie Rose was going off on holiday to Berlin and was wondering about long-lasting manicures – so I immediately thought of Taylor Taylor and their Jessica GELeration manicures. I can’t get them done because I wear my nails very short – I can’t seem to type otherwise, but really wanted to see the result, so I packed Katie off to get all gel-ed up.
“Here at LLG we can’t resist Taylor Taylor. And since behind the doors of the Spitalfields empire on the corner of Folgate Street and Commercial Street, lies plenty of hubbub, cocktails and glamour, it’s no wonder.
For summer they’ve got some fabulous beauty treatments on offer to make sure that when the mercury rises hair will still be perfectly coiffed and nails immaculate. Briony had a Brazilian Blowout (and has been a fan ever since) and recently I popped down to try out the Jessica GELeration manicure.
This new nail treatment assures three weeks of glossy, chip-free nails – a seductive promise considering my home-done nails rarely last longer than 48 hours and a good manicure often only lasts the working week. With a spate of special occasions coming up – a holiday, an anniversary, a wedding and a birthday – I’m keen to see if a gel manicure will stand the test of time.
Arriving at Taylor Taylor a margarita was immediately brought to me on an antique-style gold tray: the perfect Friday afternoon indulgence to accompany my nail overhaul. Though I’ve never been much of a high maintenance girl I try to massage Jessica Phenomenon oil into my cuticles whenever my nails are polish-free. For all my good intention, though, my nails were in serious need of attention and are looking much better after Antonaeta’s routine tidy up. As far as colour goes, I found myself drawn to black cherry hues and chose ‘Notorious’, an iridescent black-purple-brown with a hint of red glitter.
The application process is much the same as an usual manicure – a base coat, two coats of colour and a top coat – however there is an added initial coat of ‘prep’ before the ‘start’ ‘GELeration’ and ‘finish’ coats. Each layer is sealed with two minutes under the UV light. As a serial smudger I loved that as soon as my final bout under the UV light was complete my nails were dry and I was ready to go.
While the GELeration varnishes look, smell and paint like a typical polish, when dry there’s a glossy toughness to them that’s hard to resist. I’m not usually such a fan of high-gloss, preferring matte lipsticks over glosses, for instance, but the hardened jelly look on my nails seems highly appropriate and manages to make me feel ‘done’ even when I’m chilling out or at the gym. As far as the three week promise goes – my manicure lasted two weeks before a tiny chip appeared on one nail and a crack on another. General wear and tear and the fact that my nails grow quickly also sped up the life of my manicure. I’d wholeheartedly recommend the GELeration pedicure, as this will undoubtedly last longer, and now think a GEL mani-pedi could be an essential part of Summer holiday prep.
The Jessica GELeration manicure or pedicure costs £48 for a full set and £10 for removal.
Taylor Taylor would like to offer LLG readers 15% off any service (hair or beauty) for first time visitors to either salon. In addition any LLG reader who comes back for a second application of GELeration nails receives the removal for free. Simply quote ‘LLG’. Conditions: Not in conjunction with any other offer. Offer expires August 31st 2010.