Friday, 9 July 2010

No Beauty School Dropouts

Jumping back in time on the page has been the general trend this week so I thought it only natural to reminisce on another girly trend, but this time, on the 1950s: glamourette-style beauty parlours.That's right, Pink Ladies, it's time to puff up your lips, paint your nails and powder your noses. I've had enough already. Enough saving-up and enough self-pampering. I'm tired of counting every pence in my coin purse and I'm tired of using my home as a beauty salon. While I am one to generally lean towards the "do it yourself" treatments at home, you know, for the conscience, I also like to think of myself as a working woman, sometimes, albeit very rarely, who needs some QT with luxury and superficiality.



So this is my new haven of girliness, The Powder Room, by the one and only Powder Puff Girls, who successfully opened shop last year on Columbia Road and who have decided to lend us ladies a good hand by opening a Pop Up location on Marshall Street, in the delightful Newburgh Quarter by Carnaby Street. The little boutique is always buzzying with cheeky girliness, as you listen to side conversations of surprise engagements and wedding proposals at the counter next to yours. The staff is delightfully 1950s, with bleached-blonde chignons and long false lashes. Not to mention adorably dressed in pastel pink uniforms. You'd think you were transported back to Frenchie's Beauty School in Grease, and Frenchie is your stylist though she's no dropout.


So go ahead, indulge. Whether you need a quick fix like the "Busy Bee " manicure, the "Speedy Hairdo" or the "Jiffy makeup" for £15, or a more luxurious experience like the "Late for a Date" expert package for £30, you'll be sure to get exactly what you want. And if you're around on the weekend, you can get yourself the royal treatment by snacking on biscuits and sipping on tea while getting your makeup done. Walk in or book an appointment for yourself or a group of girlfriends. I guarantee you, it's well worth it, and well deserved.


Powder Room
Pop Up Parlour
34 Marshall Street
W1F 7EU

Powder Room
Full-Time Parlour
136 Columbia Road
E2 7RG

12 comments:

  1. Sounds pinktastic !! What fun. I'm all for a bit of pampering. A DIY session at home just isn't the same when you're trying to stop the kiddos stepping on your freshly varnished nails !!! Have a great w/e.

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  2. How adorable is this place! Have a great weekend!

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  3. I want to go to there! Looks amazing!

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  4. What a fantastic idea! Love their uniforms and style!

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  5. so adorable! i want to live there.

    i am usually a diy girl myself when it comes to beauty treatments but there is just something so luxurious about getting your nails done.

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  6. Looks like a great place!
    Federica
    xoxo

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  7. Oh wow! That is so great - I would love to go somewhere like that! I love the whole 50's thing and the PowderPuff Girls - what a great name! I just booked myself a mani-pedi today on the basis of networking as I can leave some of my website cards when I go in. Ahem... it's legitimate! xx

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  8. Sounds great (and a bargain to boot) do you need to book?

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  9. I am definitely going to have to check this out! What a fab way to treat yourself.

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  10. So cute, must go there for my next trip to The Bathhouse! Check out my blog, similar style. Love Your Blog

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  11. You're so right this place is fabulous! I passed by a couple of Sundays ago and did a double-take when I spotted the beauticians wearing little pillbox hats.

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