Bridal Beauty Review: The Nail Spa & Marquee, Dubai
Review: The Nail Spa & Marquee
Today’s bridal beauty review is a double whammy, and takes place at The Nail Spa (TNS) and Marquee (both of which operate under the same group) at the Arabian Ranches Golf Club. Join me as I talk you through my pampering experience, and give you an insight into the bridal beauty services on offer at both TNS and Marquee.
I visited The Nail Spa and Marquee at the Arabian Ranches Golf Club, in Dubai. However, The Nail spa has several locations across Dubai and Abu Dhabi, as does Marquee.
Hair & Make-up at Marquee, Arabian Ranches:
Named after the brightly-lit signage above a theatre – where the Hollywood elite first saw their ‘name in lights’ – Marquee is inspired by classic vintage 1950s film star glamour.
My hair stylist and make-up artist for the day was ‘Hamza’. As Marquee’s resident expert, Hamza is a well turned out gentleman, who is clearly very passionate about his profession and a perfectionist to say the least. While my hair and make-up make-over with Hamza at Marquee was not exactly bridal specific, I was being beautified for an important awards ceremony and took careful note of Hamza’s technique and attention to detail.
Hair: For my hair, I opted for classic Hollywood glam with a finger wave to one side, very similar to my own wedding hair for my big day in 2013. My hair was thoroughly washed in one of Marquee’s state of the art ‘lie down’ hair washing basins, which I personally loved, since the traditional basins often leave me wanting a neck massage after!
After my wash, Hamza smoothed out my thick, frizz prone hair with some pre-blow dry serum and started to rough dry my locks, before transforming my tresses into a side swept finger wave, fit for any Hollywood starlet.
The retro-style salon specializes in Old Hollywood styling and blow-dries, whilst The Nail Spa, adjacent, also offers mani-pedis in the salon.
For brides, Marquee offers their Bridal Brilliance package, valued at 1900 AED. Marquee recommends any blushing bride to start her hair transformation one month before the big day to condition and prep the hair in the same way as you would for your skin. The one month consultation and re-conditioning treatment package includes: A consultation, full bridal trial, four ‘hair facials’, a shine bath and of course styling on the day.
Cost: Marquees Bridal Brilliance package costs 1900AED.
Make-up: Adding to Marquee’s glamorous screenplay of sensational services, ‘Mesmerizing Make-Up’ will complete a 360 makeover for clients looking for the full package, so all that’s left to do is head home for a costume change or slip into your heels straight from the salon!
I tested out their evening make-up services with lashes since I was attending a glamorous gala dinner that evening.
I am a big fuss pot when it comes to my make-up and Hamza took careful note of my preferences. I wanted flawless skin, cat-like glamourous eyes and a soft pink lip. To ensure he achieved the right shade for my skin tone, Hamza mixed foundations until he got the perfect match. Hamza uses various products when making over his clients and make-up staples such as MAC made a regular appearance in his box of goodies. The products he used on me were as follows:
- Mac foundation, bronzer and contouring kit
- Atelier eye shadow
- Chanel blusher
I was very happy with the finished look and wish I had some appropriate pictures to show you, but unfortunately my professional camera decided to die on me. Hamza, as mentioned previously, is a stickler for perfection and left me with this quote:
I believe make up is not to cover your skin but to highlight features. My motto is highlight don’t hide – never apply too much!
Mesmerizing Make-Up is available from Thursday-Saturday 3pm-10pm. The Bridal Brilliance Package and Hair Facials are available at all Marquee locations across the UAE. For bookings and enquires visit www.marquee.ae.
If like me, you are a lover of all things 50’s glam and vintage, you will love the Marquee. It’s simply fabulous and I adored the classy interiors! They also serve a mean cappuccino and will often welcome guests with a glass of fizzy non-alcoholic juice and a pretty macaroon.
Cost: Evening make-up with lashes costs 740aed. Bridal make-up services, including a trial costs 3000AED.
Bridal Nails at N-SPA (TNS), Arabian Ranches Golf Club:
The N-SPA salon is located in the luxurious surroundings of the Arabian Ranches Golf Club (one of our favorite wedding venues). The first thing I noticed when entering the salon was how immaculately clean and compact everything seemed.
My nail technicians greeted me with a big smile, and asked me to choose my preferred colours. For brides, I’d highly recommend using gel varnish, to avoid the risk of chipping before the wedding. N-Spa offers a fantastic range of Essie Gel colors. My manicure and pedicure were done simultaneously and both therapists were lovely and very thorough! I was offered water and my choice of tea and coffee, and of course, I had to sample their delicious trademark jelly beans! Yum!
When it comes to your special day, there is more to your manicure choice than just a French manicure! TNS nail artists can help you choose from their collection of 10 exquisite bridal styles or, as an idea, you can opt for a bespoke design to match details on your shoes, dress or even your wedding bouquet.
I opted for a traditional French manicure with a pink undertone, and a pretty floral and diamante design on my ring finger (pictures below taken via my i-phone).
Even more exciting is the fact that TNS have now joined forces with BCME vendor Cloud 9 Weddings and Events to offer the stunning ‘Cloud 9 Bridal collection’ of nails in store. These gorgeous, softly coloured and creative nails are sure to add that something special to any bride’s look on her big day.
Cost: Nail art prices start from 10-50 AED per nail in addition to your Classic or Everlasting Manicure.
To book your bridal hair and make-up at Marquee, Arabian Ranches Golf Club, contact: 04 420 7700 or Email: [email protected]. To book your bridal nail appointment the N-Spa, Arabian Ranches Golf Club, contact: 600 544001 or visit: http://thenailspa.com/online-booking/ to make an online booking.
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