WHAT: Ciaté’s fabulous new velvet-feel manicure.
WHERE: Sisters Beauty Lounge, Al Bateen in Abu Dhabi, The Village Mall in Jumeirah, The Dubai Mall, Mirdif City Centre and Mall of the Emirates; for phone numbers visitwww.sistersbeautylounge.com
HOW LONG: 45 to 60 minutes
HOW MUCH: Dhs60 for Velvet polish, Dhs160 including manicure
THE TREATMENT: My treatment started with a keratin manicure; nails are filed or cut depending on your preference and then your hands are wrapped in plastic gloves full of moisturising lotion. After 20 minutes, the lotion from the gloves is used as a massage cream. Your new baby-soft hands are then ready for the bizarrely furry polish. A normal base coat is applied followed by two layers of polish in one of the three available colours – I opted for Berry Poncho – and while the top layer of polish is still wet, the velvet powder is sprinkled over the nails and the excess powder is dusted off with a small brush.
THE RESULTS: Hey presto, once dry you have velvet-looking nails. The ultra matte finish takes a bit of getting used to, but it lasts almost a week.