The Event: The Lanes Health and Beauty

Last Thursday evening I took a casual sprint across Brighton to The Lanes Health and Beauty for an evening devoted to nails and lashes. Partially sprinting as I was so excited to get my nails done, and partially sprinting because I was late (no surprises but a mini emergency at work left me with 5 minutes to spare), I digress, nails and lashes… sounds good doesn’t it? Well let me reassure you, it was…

The Lanes Health and Beauty Salon sits right across from one of my favourite/no fuss/nothing fancy restaurants, and I’d often watched people having their nails done whilst digging into one almighty bowl of Spaghetti (yum). This is as close as I’d previously come to taking a step inside – so not close at all really. It’s also worth noting that I haven’t let another person near my nails in seven years so pink champagne and greeting from salon owner; Julie Coats, aside, I was whisked off to the nail bar where I quickly made my nail shaping related preferences very clear – and I was actually listened to! Big deal ladies and gents as the last time I had my nails done I ended up with pointy talons – outside of Halloween that look is just not appreciated.

Julie had helped my pick a polish for my manicure, and I was very impressed by the range of Essies they had in store – including this seasons current newbies. We chose Essies “She’s Pampered”, appropriate I know, and whilst I over enthusiastically gabbled away to Lisa from JB-PR (seriously love her) the girl behind the bar applied two coats and sealed in the edges of the nail to prevent tip wear and chipping. Its worth noting that, in between mine and Lisa’s iPhone selfie session, Julie told me that the best way to achieve a long lasting manicure at home is to make sure you apply your polish onto a dry nail, no soaking and no post-bath manicures, as the nail expands and then shrinks back down – causing the polish to crack and chip. It’s also worth re applying your topcoat every few days for the best colour wear and longevity.

Next up, eye lashes. I almost missed out on this as I was too distracted by all the other lovely ladies at the event and everyone has already assumed I’d been taken care of – thank you Maxfactor Falsh Lash Effect! I had the Ardel 107’s applied and we were shown the best way to apply eyelashes – think trimming them to the shape of your eye and applying them from above and not straight on. Why? Well apparently lashes always tend to drop  and when applied straight on that’s when they tend to look flat – danm you gravity! I haddn’t worn falsies in a long time until Thursday, I used to wear natural ones every day as it severely reduced my makeup application time each morning – after this I’m actually feeling inspired to grab some more eyelash glue and get back into it on lazy days!

Whilst I was there I also had a good ol’ snoop around the upper floors of the salon (where the facial/tanning/massage magic happens), each room inspired and named after a different Hollywood icon. If you’re in the Brighton area and are interested in booking a treatment, you can have a look through everything on their website (click here!). I’m deffinitely going back for another manicure as I can’t stop starring at my current one and it’s holding up beautifully. I’m also tempted by an all over spray tan – it’s spring and still snowing – can you blame me?


  1. Lady Stardust
    23 Mar 2013 / 8:37 pm

    looks like great fun!


    Inspirations Have I None

    • HelloOctober
      23 Mar 2013 / 10:06 pm

      Thanks, It was! 🙂 x

  2. Maddy
    23 Mar 2013 / 8:40 pm

    Looks like an amazing event! Your nails look so beautiful! xxx ♥

    • HelloOctober
      23 Mar 2013 / 10:06 pm

      Thank you lovely 🙂 x

  3. Chloe Witty
    23 Mar 2013 / 8:49 pm

    looks like an amazing night!

    chloe @chlowitty blogs

    • HelloOctober
      23 Mar 2013 / 10:06 pm

      It really was so lovely! 🙂 x

  4. Bonjourluce
    23 Mar 2013 / 9:12 pm

    I visited Brighton last summer and I went here for a manicure! I was very impressed with the service & quality, plus all of the Essie polishes 🙂

    Luce from x

    • HelloOctober
      23 Mar 2013 / 10:07 pm

      I was very impressed – i've also just done the washing up twice today and they're still going strong! xx

  5. Steph (@imcountingufoz)
    23 Mar 2013 / 9:27 pm

    What a fun evening! Glad you had a good time.

    • HelloOctober
      23 Mar 2013 / 10:07 pm

      Thanks hun 🙂 x

  6. Gillian
    23 Mar 2013 / 9:50 pm

    Sounds like you had a great time, love the tip on how best to apply lashes. Will try this out next time 🙂

    Gillian from x

    • HelloOctober
      23 Mar 2013 / 10:08 pm

      Thanks poppet, glad it was useful! xx

  7. Laura Kristensen
    23 Mar 2013 / 10:06 pm

    Sounds like a great event and to me there's nothing better than having someone else (who knows what she's doing) do you nails! 🙂 x

    • HelloOctober
      23 Mar 2013 / 10:08 pm

      Aggreed! xx

  8. Belle du Brighton
    24 Mar 2013 / 12:11 am

    I'm still dreaming of all the Essie bottles… alas today my right index finger chipped, sad times! I'm just going to cover them in glitter to help disguise it as I love the colour so much! Lovely to see you again xxx

  9. Lily Tanner
    24 Mar 2013 / 1:59 am

    looks great!

  10. Claire
    24 Mar 2013 / 2:08 am

    Oooh what a fun event, I'd love to go to one one day 🙂

  11. Trina
    24 Mar 2013 / 4:10 am

    That event looks like so much fun! | nyc style blog

  12. Pippa Jones
    24 Mar 2013 / 6:41 pm

    Does look amazing. Your eyelashes look beautful really suit you!

    Pipp xx

  13. Grey Walls
    24 Mar 2013 / 8:41 pm

    I live near Brighton so will have to check this place out. Always looking for a new friendly beauty salon!

    Great post!


  14. Dana Nicola
    27 Mar 2013 / 7:15 pm

    I live in Brighton, must have walked past this salon 100 times on my way to the hair dressers and as my local salon at the moment is Apollo in hove(!) i think i'll definitely be giving this one a go!

  15. The Lanes Health and Beauty
    10 Apr 2013 / 12:44 pm

    It was a lovely event! Thanks for the lovely post Suzie and for coming along . All other bloggers welcome anytime 🙂 x

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