My friend at work was going to get nail art, and it reminded me how much I love getting nail art. Now that the weather is finally starting to warm up, I’m getting excited about wearing more colors and bright nails are definitely on my horizon soon. I have a favorite Japanese nail art salon in midtown called Yukie Beauty Spa. For months, I was going there consistently, but I was working in a conservative environment and I felt like I was pushing the outer limits with my nail designs. A little about Yukie Beauty:
- The salon uses Calgel and BioSculpture Gel which is thick, lasts long time, and can be used to slightly lengthen nails. Most other gel manicures are thinner in comparison, and are not used to extend nail length. (There are other gels and regular nail polish available at Yukie, but their true skill is nail art.)
- The nail technicians can do anything that you request with your nails. They truly are artists. They can create shapes on your nails, they can paint them with specific designs, and they can also adhere stones and little objects. I recommend bringing pictures of what you want, because it’s easier to communicate what you’re looking for visually rather than verbally. (Especially, since many of the technicians that I’ve had mainly speak Japanese.)
- The gel manicures have lasted me about 3 – 4 weeks without chipping. The issue is that by that point your nails area so grown out that you have to get them redone.
- My manicures have run me about $60-$70 depending on the amount of nail art. This is reasonable in comparison with some places that start a little higher.
- The salon space itself is small, and has about four spots available for manicures. (There is also a connected hair salon, but I have not been there.) They offer you a water, tea, etc. when you’re there. One thing I really like is that they have a basket right next to your chair for your handbag. I never put my bag on the floor!
- It is located on a second floor walk-up right off Madison Avenue on 58th Street. It’s right by Tao Uptown and the Four Seasons. If you’re meeting someone right after, or have a significant other waiting — I suggest the bar at Tao.
This is my first gel manicure from Yukie. I tried it right after Christmas, and right in time for my birthday:
Here is one time I requested nude beige-toned nails, and a lotus shape flowed with a spec of gold in the middle:
This is a nautical design that I had during the summer. It had navy stripes, and a small red heart accent:
This is a more simple peachy-tan colored design, with a small printed black and gold line on the accent nails:
This an example of when they painted little leopard spots that I requested on my ring fingers. Please excuse how grown out my nails are in this photo. This is when I was completely overdue to change my nails at four weeks.
This is a pink and rhinestone racecar-like design I got right before a summer Europe trip:
Now that I don’t work in a conservative environment, I cannot wait to dream up exotic and neon designs! The sky is the limit!
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