Let’s stop being so busy and pause for a minute, or an hour, shall we? I don’t know about you but this winter has me in need of some serious pampering. Last week, I turned to Twitter to find a place to get mah nails did, and got an invitation from a cute little beauty boutique in Toronto’s west end to come in for a free manicure. That was Pause Beauty Boutique (901 Bloor Street West, 647.748.3488). Social media savvy is how I like my beauty boutiques, what can I say!
@TheGlitterGeek We're at 991 Bloor (at Dovercourt) and we would love to have you as our guest!
— Pause Beauty TO (@PauseBeautyTO) February 25, 2014
Michelle Palmer, owner of Pause Beauty Boutique
I was greeted by Michelle Palmer, the owner of Pause, who had a warm smile and the personality to match. She also did my Easter egg coloured manicure and pedicure. 🙂 More on that later. Pause Beauty Boutique is a cute little boutique that is impeccably styled, with an exposed brick wall and chic, comfy sofas. As soon as I walked in, I knew I’d feel at home here.
Pedicure stations at Pause
The boutique is super clean and smells pleasant. No, this isn’t one of your fume-y nail salons. Pause is more than a nail salon; they do facials, hair removal (waxing and threading), and lash extensions as well. They take sanitation very seriously here. I got a fresh sticker of foot file, and a disposable pair of cloth slippers during my pedicure. So wonderful! My pedi came with a scrub and a foot/lower leg massage with Toronto-based Ella’s Botanicals Anoint Me Hydrating Lotion (Cedar & Patchouli) and it was heaven! There were 3 other scents available as well: Lavender & Rose, Orange & Tangerine, Lemon & Vanilla. Yummy right?
CND Vinylux in Mint Convertible
As for nail colours, they carry a small assortment of China Glaze and CND Vinylux. The selection was small — that’s the only downside — so if you’re looking for something specific, I suggest that you bring your own nail colour. I chose CND Vinylux in Mint Convertible for my hands, and Lilac Longing for my feet. Here’s an Instagram; I didn’t want to post on here in case you didn’t care for a high resolution foot photo. 😛 I adore Lilac Longing and I think I’m going to pick it up for my personal stash! The mint colour applied streaky after the first coat, but the second coat self-levelled and provided an opaque coverage. They also only need about 10 minutes to dry!
Consonant and Ella’s Botanicals products at Pause
Michelle is a big advocate for supporting local brands, and so she carries a selection Consonant and Ella’s Botanicals in the boutique. I’m already a big fan of Consonant (reviews here) and was happy to see some of my favourite products there.
Oh, and Pause has a rewards program! For every dollar you spend on services at Pause, you automatically receive one point. For every 100 points, you will have $10 to spend on any product or service you desire, or you can keep saving to get any service (like a dreamy Consonant facial, perhaps?) absolutely free. What’s best is that you don’t need to carry around another card in your wallet. You just collect points automatically. 🙂 Genius, eh?
If you find yourself in the west end of Toronto and are in dire need of pampering, stop by Pause and relax for a while. 🙂 Tell them I sent you!