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My Swiss/Brazilian girlfriend is having her birthday soon, and I would like to suprise her with a gift certificate for a (Brazilian) manicure, as this is (apparently) the one thing she misses the most here. Any suggestions or adresses? I'm ok with anything as long as it doesn't exceed 100 Franks.
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I'm kinda scared to ask, but I have unsavoury images floating around in my head ... what is a Brazilian manicure?
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Don't be afraid, see here:

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Not what I was hoping for.

How do they play beach volleyball with nails like that?
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Re: Brazilian Manicure in Zürich

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How do they play beach volleyball with nails like that?
You're thinking of a Brazilian wax (with optional landing strip)

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You're thinking of a Brazilian wax (with optional landing strip)

*I don't believe I used that smiley
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Old 27.02.2010, 10:53
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My Swiss/Brazilian girlfriend is having her birthday soon, and I would like to suprise her with a gift certificate for a (Brazilian) manicure, as this is (apparently) the one thing she misses the most here. Any suggestions or adresses? I'm ok with anything as long as it doesn't exceed 100 Franks.
I dont think the Brazilian manicure fad has hit this part of the world yet, maybe except London. If she wants a pampering experience with her nails (paraffin, peeling - all the intensive treatments that the Brazilian manicure offers), you can get her a voucher from Schmink Bar. They have 2 branches both near the Zurich HB but choose the Beatengassee one.

http://www.schminkbar.ch/
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Re: Brazilian Manicure in Zürich

Thanks for the reply summerrain, I'll check it out next week.
And as far as I know, the main benefit of a Brazilian manicure to them is the possibilty of gossiping in Portuguese while being pampered. I've been told there is one in exotic Geneva, but apparently it hasn't reached Zürich yet.
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Re: Brazilian Manicure in Zürich

The white tips thing is a French Manicure to me and there is a place near Bahnhof Wiedikon run by a Brazilian lady that does those.
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Hey, how did you go finding your Brazillian manicure in Zurich and how was it? There is this hot new place in downtown Geneva called Swiss Nail Spa that does the best manicure SPA treatments and I hear they do the whole nine yards on request such as Brazillian, Japanese, Classic and even - yes even a Swiss Manicure on their A La Carte all you have to do is ask!!

www.swissnailspa.com

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Hey, how did you go finding your Brazillian manicure in Zurich and how was it? There is this hot new place in downtown Geneva called Swiss Nail Spa that does the best manicure SPA treatments and I hear they do the whole nine yards on request such as Brazillian, Japanese, Classic and even - yes even a Swiss Manicure on their A La Carte all you have to do is ask!!

www.swissnailspa.com
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Re: Brazilian Manicure in Zürich

Not to resurrect the post but for clarification at those still wondering what makes a brazilian manicure different

A Brazilian manicure involves removing the excess cuticles around the nails, leaving a high quality finish and improving the shape and appearance of your nails. Then the nail polish is applied all around, leaving no nails showing on the sides and no remains of nail polish around your cuticles. In short, it leaves your nails like the pictures in adverts and films but this time is not a photo shop picture just your own, beautifully manicured nails
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Not to resurrect the post but for clarification at those still wondering what makes a brazilian manicure different

A Brazilian manicure involves removing the excess cuticles around the nails...
Sounds good. I read somewhere that fingernails are supposed to have half-moons at the base of them; I haven't seen mine in years....

Is that something a normal manicure doesn't include then? How painful/time-consuming is it?
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Re: Brazilian Manicure in Zürich

i used to get them regularly in ny b/c they were soooo cheap- 10/15 bucks!
it took about 45min-1 hour for the whole process and a bit of pampering but they looked very healthy and clean and nice. it was minimally painful actually, just some quick snips around the cuticle and shaping. i would consider it here, but i'm sure it's not cheap.
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Sounds good. I read somewhere that fingernails are supposed to have half-moons at the base of them; I haven't seen mine in years....

Is that something a normal manicure doesn't include then? How painful/time-consuming is it?
Yeah, the half-moons are supposed to be there somewhere, but nothing that a little bit of pushing and cutting around can't help, I'm happy to show you how any time

Normal manicures would either push the cuticles with a tool or use a little hoof look like tool that trims the cuticles, resulting in some disasters sometimes and it doesn't produce a nice, clean finish and your manicure won't look good for more than a few day. Depending on how much work you need on those nails, it'll take about 1 hour but it is so worth it! And no, it doesn't hurt at all, unless you find a manicure who is a bit of a ruckie and nips a little bit too much. If and when you go to London, let me know and I'll give your some numbers for a brazilian manicure that wont cost you the earth. I'm yet to find one here, but I'm even afraid to ask how much it will cost!
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Not to resurrect the post but for clarification at those still wondering what makes a brazilian manicure different

A Brazilian manicure involves removing the excess cuticles around the nails, leaving a high quality finish and improving the shape and appearance of your nails. Then the nail polish is applied all around, leaving no nails showing on the sides and no remains of nail polish around your cuticles. In short, it leaves your nails like the pictures in adverts and films but this time is not a photo shop picture just your own, beautifully manicured nails
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Yeah, the half-moons are supposed to be there somewhere, but nothing that a little bit of pushing and cutting around can't help, I'm happy to show you how any time

Normal manicures would either push the cuticles with a tool or use a little hoof look like tool that trims the cuticles, resulting in some disasters sometimes and it doesn't produce a nice, clean finish and your manicure won't look good for more than a few day. Depending on how much work you need on those nails, it'll take about 1 hour but it is so worth it! And no, it doesn't hurt at all, unless you find a manicure who is a bit of a ruckie and nips a little bit too much. If and when you go to London, let me know and I'll give your some numbers for a brazilian manicure that wont cost you the earth. I'm yet to find one here, but I'm even afraid to ask how much it will cost!
Sorry but what you've described in your first post above sounds like a normal manicure to me. Correct me if I am wrong but the manicures I got back home always cut the cuticles. Here is another different kettle of fish. I noticed that the Swiss manicurists do not do that and only very few do.

I always thought that the reason why excess cuticles are not cut is due to how experienced and the preference of the manicurist. I asked a manicurist why she didnt cut the cuticles and she replied that it is because its best not to cut them but just shape them. I used to go to a manicurist in Höngg and she cuts them expertly. To me, that is a mark of a good manicurist. Needless to say, I kept going back.

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Sorry but what you've described in your first post above sounds like a normal manicure to me. Correct me if I am wrong but the manicures I got back home always cut the cuticles. Here is another different kettle of fish. I noticed that the Swiss manicurists do not do that and only very few do.

I am now confused.
I also think like summerrain....I do my manicure at the "Labo Spa" www.labospa.ch/ and I think its the same as described above....
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Re: Brazilian Manicure in Zürich

So.. my gf really liked the gift certificate. I got one from Joanna Nails, near Bahnhof Wiedikon. Place looks nice and seems to be authentic Brazilian (as far as I can judge). I still have no idea about the actual manicure, as my significant other is waiting for her nails to grow again before going.. (ahum)
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Re: Brazilian Manicure in Zürich

Sorry to confuse you girls! There must be tons of manicurist out there that remove the cuticles and are very skilled at it. Sadly I've never found a really good one in London or many other European countries, appart from the Brazilian ones. That's why I referred to the Brazilian manicure as such (also because the topic asked exclusively for a Brazilian manicure). I didn't mean to say that it is just a Brazilian speciality, I just explained how one is done (although I must say, the finishing that the Brazilians do, also beats any other I've had)

Many people think that it is healthier not to cut the cuticles others that is it actually more hygienic to do so. I think it is just a personal preference and also depends on each person's cuticles. I've cut them all my life and no problems here

I wouldn't mind trying any of the people you have been to, so if you could, please share the number

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