It’s no secret that we all love feeling pampered and relaxed. Men and women alike love nothing more than a great massage rub-down or that “I look amazing” moment in the mirror after a facial. And let’s face it, ladies, how many days does it really take before you’re wanting an excuse to change your nail colour?
If you’re reading this, we’ve got a sneaky suspicion you either have a birthday coming up or know someone that does! Check out our top 5 birthday gifts below, as recommended by our therapists. They know their stuff.
1) Specialist massages (from £19)
Whether you’ve got muscular pain, chronic headaches or even pregnancy pains, massage has been shown to significantly relieve pain.
Massage also increases your brain’s level of feel-good hormones like dopamine and serotonin. We’re in the business of happiness, don’t you know.
Allow us to let you in on the worst kept secret: women love to show off their nails. Complimenting someone’s nails is also a great ice-breaker. It’s like smoking, only without the health warnings.
Whether it’s Leighton Denny Expert Nails or the ever-popular Shellac, all of our manicures and pedicures will be the talk of the town. Okay, maybe just a fleeting compliment but when did those ever hurt…
This week, the PURE blog has an extra special treat for all you nail-centric beauty buffs out there— some expert tips courtesy of the expert himself, Leighton Denny. With a multi-award winning range of nail and tanning products (Sunbelievable, available at PURE), Leighton is a leading figure in the beauty world… and he’s written a guest blog especially for us.
Winter Nail Care by Leighton Denny
“As temperatures drop, it’s vital that hands and nails receive the same thought and adjustments that you’d make to your skincare and wardrobe. Cold weather and harsh external elements can result in hands becoming dry, cracked and sore — whilst nails can become brittle, fragile, split and peel.
Here are a few simple steps to fit around your daily routine. These will help restore moisture and lustre, so hands and nails feel good throughout the winter months!
Never file nails when wet. This is when they are most vulnerable to damage, as the water works to separate the layers of the nail bed, causing peeling. Instead, always file nails from the outer edge to the centre. Consider using my CRYSTAL NAIL FILE (£15.50) that turns the nails into dust. With 25 years guarantee, this nail file will keep your nails in shape for a long time!
Throughout winter, using a daily hand cream is as vital as a pair of gloves. It provides continual protection from the cold. By massaging a quality cream into the nails, hands and cuticles will help all over maintenance, and prevent cuticles becoming irritated. Try: BEST DEFENCE (£9.00). The non-sticky, non-greasy, rich formulation makes Best Defence the perfect all-day hand cream to keep hands soft and protected.
If your nails are in need of a makeover, spoil your hands and nails with an intense overnight treatment. Apply RENOVATE nail repair lotion (£13.25), rubbing it into nails, around cuticles and down the sides of the nail. For best results, lavishly pair it with the aforementioned BEST DEFENCE Hand Cream lavishly. Whilst you sleep, keep it all in place and avoid mess with manicure gloves. You’ll wake up to intensely re-moisturised nails that are ready for some colour again!
For a quick-fix to dry nails and cuticles is my SLICK TIPS Touch & Go Cuticle Oil (£11.00). Packed with essential oils and vitamin A & E, your nails will feel at their best when applied only three times a week. It is non-sticky, handbag friendly and easy-to-use and will ensure cuticles are gently dissolved, as well as hydrating and sealing the nail. Your cuticles will be left beautifully shaped and in great condition.
And finally, don’t forget the best way to remove polish! When removing nail polish, it is important to use an acetone free remover and one that leaves a conditioning residue on the nail like my ESSENTIAL REMOVER (£5.50) featuring five Essential Oils to prevent dehydration.”
If you’d like to meet Leighton himself, there are places still available for his super-exclusive masterclasses on the 5th December at PURE Spa Silverburn. Book now to avoid disappointment. Call 0141 881 7770 or get your ticket on Itison.
On Sunday PURE Union Square hosted an event with North East Blogger Events and Leighton Denny Expert Nails! We wanted to give the bloggers an insight into Leighton Denny & make them fall in love with the products just as much as we did when we launched LDEN at PURE back in 2012!
After a nibble on canapes and bubbly and tour of the spa, the bloggers were shown the hottest nail trends from Nat at Leighton Denny Expert Nails.
Nat is Leighton Denny’s right hand man and travels throughout the UK sharing Leighton’s best tips & tricks. He has also presented Leighton Denny products on QVC and helps name the polishes. The new ‘Mines a Rose‘ colour for S/S 13 was his name choice. I wonder why?!
Heather, PURE’s Marketing Exec took to the nail bar as the hand model (a lot of pressure!). Nat’s masterclass was brilliant and he even gave us some new nail art ideas to try in salon! Nat demonstrated all of Leighton’s signature looks including colour cocktailing & reverse french. Check out the nail techniques here….
Colour Cocktailing – Did you know you can combine 2 Leighton Denny nail colours to create a brand new look? Try Golden Girl with Paparazzi together for a lovely metallic red!
Reverse French – Paint your nail with core colour. Use the Corrector Fluid & brush to gently remove a smile line at the tip of your nail. In fill with contrasting polish for a funky look!
The bloggers also got a goody bag full of brand new products at PURE to take home with them including the Elemis Cleansing Balm & REN BB Cream. Lucky Lucky
Thanks to Laura, the North East Bloggers and Leighton Denny Expert Nails for a fabulous evening!
You can purchase Leighton Denny Expert Nails products from PURE Shop online with FREE DELIVERY! You can also book manicures & pedicures with Leighton Denny Expert Nails at all PURE locations across Scotland.
Have you tried any of Leighton Denny’s signature nail looks before?
In need of a little pick me up? Something that gives you the “ahhh I needed that” type of thing. Well, PURE have made LIMITED TIME ONLY DEALS for EACH PURE LOCATION.
First up is for the Heat Therapy fans out there! Only at PURE Union Square’s Couples Skin Smoothing Heat Detox Spa Package (Mon-Sat) at £50 for TWO! Yes I said Two People! Saving a huge 55% off.
Consists of a 30 min Infra-Red Sauna and a lavish Rasul Mud Therapy- you’ll definitely feel like your in Morocco! BUY NOW as a e-voucher
Next up is PURE Ocean Terminal and PURE Silverburn doing a Pick Me Up Spa Packages from £45*, including Infra Red Sauna, Mini Spa Massage, Elemis Facial and Pro Collagen Eye Treatment. A great valued package to give your some TLC this spring!
*Offpeak is £45 Mon-Thurs and Anytime is £55.
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It has all your beauty essentials of PURE Facial, PURE Manicure and PURE Massage! BUY NOW and start your TLC moments with us…
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ONLY available as e-vouchers and their stated locations. Treatments cannot be transferred or offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. Offer open till the 17th April 2013.
So its 15th December and 11 days until Christmas. You may have got all your BIG presents but have you thought about all the small gifts? You know what we mean…the little stocking fillers that make your loved ones grin with excitement. Our PURE Gift team have listed their stocking filler favourites available on PURE Shop and in salon now. Grab yours while you can…
Not wanting to give a product? Why not give an indulgent experience in their stocking? PURE Bespoke Gift Vouchers can be created for any value you wish and the recipient can choose what treatments to use it with. From Manicures to Massage…
Remember, the last day to order products and kits on PURE Shop is Monday 17th December, so you will have to order quickly. All products and gift vouchers from PURE Shop come with FREE DELIVERY. Gifts available from PURE Shop and at PURE salons in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.