Who wants to win a Gelish mani, pedi and blow dry from Cape Town Beauty Bar?

I was invited to experience Cape Town Beauty Bar in Buitengracht Street the other day and it was a goodie. They’d actually offered me a wash and blow dry but I do my best to avoid putting my head in a rinse bowl. I know, I know. I’m a weirdo. Everyone loves having their hair washed and blow dried to perfection but for me it’s a pain as my hair dries pin straight on its own and getting my hair wet outside of a shower or bath just freaaaaks me out. So, because they’re super accommodating I was given a quick trim and it was very, very impressive in that it took all of five minutes, if even. Najwa, the friendly stylist, simply whipped out her scissors and BOOM, it was all done and perfect too – not too blunt, not too choppy.

Tallulah, the salon’s resident madam approved.

‘Really?! You’re all finished?’ I said? I couldn’t believe how quickly she did it. But as it turns out, Cape Town Beauty Bar prides itself on their express services. It’s not a spa to luxuriate in but the ideal place to pop in and get what you need on the fly. (You’ll still need an appointment though – they’re pretty popular with high-profile clientelle that includes Top Billing’s Jade Hubner and model turned gourmet Ilse Nel. Fortunately, booking is easy. You can either call them or make an online booking via their Facebook page.)

Cape Town Beauty Bar’s Gelish shades are the row at the bottom.

After my light speed cut I moved on to the nail bar where Belinda gave me a Gelish mani and pedi. While they didn’t have as many colours as the bigger salon chains I was very, very impressed with Belinda’s application. This woman is meticulous! No nail is coated too thickly. There aren’t any bumps. Nothing’s lifting near the sides due to getting too close to your skin. Her work is simply boss. It’s now a week later and I’m still sitting with a perfect-looking mani on all twenty digits.

This is Wish Upon a Starboard, a red-orange that I love and adore.

As for the salon itself, Cape Town Beauty Bar is an urban yet cosy and welcoming space with an ‘industrial-chic’ feel thanks to exposed brick walls, chandeliers and an up-cycled divan.

Cosy, cosy…

Aside from offering nail and hair services (check out their menu via ‘booking’ on their FB page – it’s huuuge and includes Brazilians) you can also get your make-up done, nip in for a Vita Liberata spray tan or get your brows and lashes tinted. Oh! And they offer men’s grooming services too!

Not keen on Gelish? You can get acrylics or enjoy a regular paint with Morgan Taylor.

They’re also running some nice specials listed on their Facebook page. Just a few include a Brazilian blow dry for R500 (usually R800); three air brush tans for R900 and TEN signature blow drys and hair styling for R1000! Then there’s Glam Thursdays where you can enjoy an express mani or pedi, make-up and a blow dry plus canapes and drinks for R550.

That’s Belinda working someone’s highlights.

Anyway, let’s get to the part the Cape Town kids are waiting for… I’ve got a wash and blow dry plus a Gelish mani and pedi to give away and entering is easy. Simply leave me a comment telling me the name of your favourite Gelish shade OR hit me up on twitter with ‘Hey @lipglossgirl, I’d love to win a pamper session at @CTBeautyBar’ and include the link to this post. Your tweet is only valid if the link’s included.

Cape Town Beauty Bar – open and ready for business.

This competition closes at 5pm on 29 March 2017 and is open to all South Africans but please bear in mind that Cape Town Beauty Bar is in the Mother City. If you win and live in Durbs with no plans to hit up iKapa any time soon then this probably isn’t for you.

Good luck girls!

Love, love


This competition is now closed. Congrats to Carrie Furman on her win!

19 thoughts on “Who wants to win a Gelish mani, pedi and blow dry from Cape Town Beauty Bar?

  1. I think my favorite shade is named hey merloy. And this would help when I have to prep for the wedding I’ve been invited to!

    1. Congrats hun! You just won a pampering session at Cape Town Beauty Bar. I can see your e-mail addie in the back end and will be in touch shortly x x

  2. What! I live in Paarl and I’ve heard of the Beauty Bar but always thought they were waaaay more expensive. The specials they run sound amazing!

    I’m a Hot Rod Red girl too!
    But I must say, that Wish upon a Starboard is beautiful.

    Thanks for the lovely blog

  3. A mint of Spring is my favourite Gelish shade! Have never even heard of this little place – would love to check it out 🙂

  4. My favourite Gelish colour is Enchanted Patina. It’s part of their Beauty & the Beast collection.

    Keeping my fingers crossed.

    It’s my graduation soon and I’m in need of a pamper session.

  5. My new fav is Potts of Tea from the Beauty and the Beast collection. However all time fav is still Bashful…which nobody ever seems to have in stock.

  6. Golden Treasure has to be my favourite colour! ❤

    This prize would be SO amazing to win!! 😀

    Please…please…please pick me !!

    I'm in dire need of "me-time" 🙂

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