review by Carol Waterkeyn
When Toni-Nicole Jelley invited me to her Beauty Care salon in West Parley to try out a couple of beauty treatments on behalf of the magazine, I didn’t need asking twice.
The cold winter weather, central heating and unfortunately, my advancing maturity have been making my skin rather dry; so the offer of a luxurious facial and pedicure was too good to miss.
Bearing in mind my skin can be a tad sensitive, I requested the Age Defence Sensitive Facial. This took around an hour and was the most relaxing facial I have ever had the fortune to experience. Toni uses Katherine Daniels products, which are specifically designed for typically British skins, with our harsh winters, wind, central heating and sudden hot summers, also our quite highly-polluted air in towns and cities. All the products are free of parabens and mineral oils, and are not tested on animals. This lovely treatment included a cleansing gel, exfoliation, a soothing-lotion application, deep-cleanse mask and moisturising session, with a head and neck massage. It was truly wonderful, and my skin felt so soft, well into the next few days. This facial normally costs £40.
Toni has added a new facial treatment to her repertoire, which is the Skin Perfecting Anti-Oxidant treatment at £55, but it is on an introductory offer this month at £45, and includes two different masks. It is said to improve skin luminosity, boost collagen production and assist with patchy pigmentation. This is a slightly longer treatment than the one I tried.
What was particularly lovely in this salon was that the towels were heated, as were the products, so there were no nasty cold shocks to endure.
For the pedicure, OPI products were used, and my feet were placed in a bubbly foot spa. My nails were cut and shaped, and a gentle exfoliating sugar scrub was next. A base-coat went on my nails, followed by two coats of my chosen pale shell-pink gel polish, which was carefully applied, along with with Swarovski crystals and made me feel like a princess. My feet were treated to a massage with moisturising cream, and finished with ceramide resurfacing spray to lock the moisture in. My feet have never felt so good. What I need now is some nice weather so I can wear my flip-flops and show off my pretty toes!
A pedicure costs £25-£32.50, but a little tip is that if you book a manicure, you can have your pedicure at half price.
Manicures and acrylic or gel nails are very popular and are a big part of the day-to-day client requests at Beauty Care salon. Toni is an award-winning nail technician. But eyelash extensions, eyebrow shaping, waxing, electrolysis, massage, tanning applications, massage and more are also available.
If you have a celebratory occasion coming up, Toni also offers bridal or other special occasion makeovers.
Some evening appointments are available, and you can have a night-time facial with a little glass of Prosecco but, you might want to arrange a ‘chauffeur’ or taxi to take you home! Pamper evenings for ladies can be booked either at the salon or in your own home with your friends, and also pamper parties for children that include glitter tattoos and face masks. They enjoy a bit of pampering too! Ask Toni for more details. A little hint for any partners reading this, such as my own; gift voucher are available.
During my visit, I soon surmised that Toni loves her work; which clearly shows. She explained that she started working at the salon 15 years ago and soon built up a regular clientele.
When the salon was offered to her to buy, she happily did so in 2010. Toni is assisted by Chantelle Macken; who has been at the salon for 18 months.
For those who wish to, the salon retails a range of products from Katherine Daniels, OPI and Resultime, which Toni recommends, having used all of them in the salon both for her clients and for herself. But I liked the fact you are not pressurised into buying anything.
Appointments can be booked with Toni and Chantelle by telephone or online, and there is even a mobile app if you prefer.
There’s always a friendly welcome and a chance for a chat, which makes it a real pleasure to visit. I walked out of Beauty Care Salon feeling on air. I’m pretty sure I’ll be back soon for my next pampering.