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Westdale Crawl: Buffed Nail Bar

There is nothing better than a good manicure.

But as a frugal student, this is a luxury I just cannot afford!

At least, that is what I had thought.

Finally, in October of 2018, I bit the bullet and finally got my nails done for the first time in ages. I had networking events coming up and found myself super self-conscious about my hands. So I did my research and anticipated that the prices meant that manicures would be a rarity in my future.

I was wrong!

I found Buffed Nail Bar when trying to find nail salons around McMaster. It located about five minutes away from the heart of campus in Westdale Village, which makes it the perfect escape between classes.  At $15 for a mini manicure and $25 for a classic manicure, I knew that Buffed was worth investigating.

Upon entering, you are greeted by a friendly and personable staff who find you a drink (tea, coffee, water or alcoholic depending on the mood) as well as help pick out a colour. They have a great collection of colours, but I found myself intrigued by Smith and Cult, a paraben-cruelty-phthalate free brand with beautiful colour. Buffed is one of the few places that I am aware of who carries this amazing brand.

The staff is amazing and always makes you feel like a VIP, even if you are just in for a mini manicure. I have had a few different estheticians over my visits and each of them have done an outstanding job and great conversationalists.

Started and owned by Trisha Aitchison, Buffed is just across the street from sister store Bare. In 2013 Bare opened, with Buffed opening in 2016. The 1,100-square-foot-space that house Buffed has a modern, warm and stylish atmosphere - Not something you would think to find in Hamilton!  With six pedicure benches and six manicure stations, the wheelchair-accessible nail bar is set up so people can come by themselves or with a friend or even a group. It is a wonderful place for all occasions.

I am back to Hamilton on Monday after reading week and already know that I will be at Buffed before class. The only question is, what colour?

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