Raise your hands! It's Spring

Isa Tousignant

The snow is melting, the birds are chirping… and by golly, we’re finally getting ready to wear open-toed shoes. Get in the mood for the upcoming pedicure season with an indulgent manicure. (Groomed fingers = instant poise.) Montreal has got a plethora of top shelf nail bars, so the choice was difficult… but here are our favourites.

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Sheliac attack

Rouge Bar has three locations around the city, and it’s always a singularly convivial place to get your extremities groomed. Their signature trait are the big TVs that animate their spaces with a constant stream of rom-coms featuring Jennifer Lopez, Mila Kunis and Julia Roberts. Catch up on the latest chick flicks while getting a long-lasting shellac mani for a very reasonable $45.

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Mani-pedi? Steady

Rock the boat at BOTA BOTA, where all treatments come with a magnificent view of the St. Lawrence and the Old Port. They offer a handy express treatment that will have you looking neat and polished within your lunch break, but we recommend the Spa treatments: the $115 mani-pedi combo takes two hours and involves a peeling as well as a massage. Perk: the salon uses vegan products by Spa Ritual.

A cut(icle) above

Reach the pinnacle of mani-pedi decadence with a unique offering at the luxe spa in Hotel Le St. James : the Myoxi-Caviar Mask for hands and feet, made of Russian sturgeon caviar. Particularly recommended for mature or sensitive skin because of the fish eggs’ rejuvenating properties, this royal treatment is a well-spent $90.

Snack'n'spa

Westmount’s Victoria Park is the hood’s best spa not just for its top-notch services, but also because its restaurant serves the best sushi in town. Follow your $45 personalized Park Manicure (including funky nail design, if it’s your yen) or your Perfect Pedicure featuring soothing paraffin dip and hydrating treatment ($60) with a healthy feast at Park, downstairs.

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant, blogger

Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s ecclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.

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