Brushes That Make Your Products Go Further? Oval Brush Review

The oval brush trend was originally kicked off by the brand Artis. These ergonomically designed oval brushes are  shaped for ease of use with densly packed fibres which are meant to easily smooth on makeup. Rather than spend a small fortune on the expensive original Artis brushes (costing around USD360!), I found this affordable d upeat House of Beauty Schweiz, from London Pride. The  Oval Brushes Multipurpose Set, which contains 10 brushes (4 large oval, 4 small oval and 2 round) for just CHF39.95. Read More

Beauty box review: Sophistiqué.

The SOPHISTIQUÉ beauty box launched recently offering five high-end quality cosmetic products in original or travel size.  The box that it comes in is lovely, with the products nestled between two silky pillows along with the info booklet and a welcome card.

Unlike Pink Box and similar monthly beauty boxes, this quarterly luxury box costs CHF75.00. Here’s what I thought of the contents: img_2156 Read More

Salon review: Beauty Republic, Zurich

It’s been chilly out, but oh so very pretty too. I do love out Winter landscapes, especially when taking a bus into the city. IMG_2228

A few months ago, I purchased a voucher on Groupon for a pedicure with Shellac at Beauty Republic. I’m always keen to try out new salons and find great deals, so what better way to be introduced than with a discount voucher! The salon is very conveniently located within walking distance from Bahnhof Enge.IMG_2222 You can even stop off at the Starbucks on the corner to get a coffee while waiting for your appointment then take the short walk to the salon. Oxana, the owner, is lovely! I thoroughly enjoyed being pampered by her while discussing the various beauty products on the market; amongst lots of other things.IMG_2225IMG_2224 I was impressed with the quality of the pedicure and the service at the salon in general. As Oxana said, just because I got a discounted voucher it doesn’t mean I should get a discounted service level. The pedicure itself was good, starting with a soaking, filing, and taking care of the hard skin (I did pity her having to work on my ugly feet, but she handled it like the pro that she is!)


Look how pretty my nails look!! IMG_2226

If you work in the city, this salon is close enough to pop into during your lunch hour for a quick treatment and a chat with the ladies while watching the passers-by.




Beauty Republic
Oxana Conforto – Geschäftsführerin
Seestrasse 11
8002 Zürich

043 344 57 55


Mo-Mi            09:00-19:00
Do                    09:00-20:00
Fr                      09:00-19:00
Sa                     09:00-17:00


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China Glaze at Manor

If you ‘ve shopped at Manor in Zurich City recently you’ll have encountered various ladies waiting for you at the bottom of the escalator to either have your hair straightened or curled with the latest magic device or have been offered to have your dipped and rubbed in a salt scrub from the Dead Sea. I don’t envy these women as its a really tough job trying to stop busy shoppers on a budget and get them to try out your product in the hopes of buying it. I, too, have been guilty of brushing them off with a slight smile or tried not to make eye contact so that I wouldn’t be approached.  When meeting a friend at the store a few weeks ago, we came upon the China Glaze nail stand and now manicure stand. The first thing that got me was the pricing, at CHF25 for a file and polish, I could only think ‘BARGAIN’! (Yes, I know there will be expats who will say in their home country you can could get a full manicure at that price, but lest we forget, we are in Zürich, Switzerland and for here, its a good price!) So my friend and I decided there and then to try it out IMG_1282The selection of colours were dizzying from the more everyday colours to the very in fashion pastels, glittery sheens to add bling to any outfit and more! IMG_1285 (This photo is of just one of the display stands) IMG_1284After much deliberating on the shade we sat comfortably for our file and colour, our nails were sanitised (as were the files used), she asked our preferred nails shape. She then used a clear base coat, the colour – in 2 layers – and a top coat. With a final coat of quick dry on each nail we put our hands under the dryer till they were set and dry. IMG_1283 E and I, who are both devoted to black or any dark shades both stepped out of our comfort zones and went for colours we would never have worn otherwise, me with a dark pink and her in lightish purple. My chosen colour, as I discovered later, matched my iPad cover perfectly! IMG_1356 Both E and I managed to keep the ‘new’ colour on for about 48 hours, hers had chipped by day 2 and mine day 3.

I was happy with the filing and how my nails were painted and felt it was CHF25 well spent so I went back again last Thursday. This time E and I went for colours that were ‘more us’ – me in black and her in dark maroon.IMG_1390 IMG_1388

I decided on the Express Manicure at CHF37 where my cuticles were coated in a softener and then soaked for a few minutes. Before the filing, she pushed the cuticles back and then proceeded with the same procedure as previously. In my opinion the additional CHF12 was a bit of a waste and I won’t be doing that again, though I do plan to try their full manicure at CHF55 next time.

I recommend getting your nails filed and painted if you want a cheap treat (which will make you feel fabulous) or if you have a special evening planned and want to do something special for the event. No appointment necessary and they are there as long as the store is open (Monday to Saturday: 09:00 – 20:00). Do what we did and try something new and daring, it’s definitely FUN!