Pastille – Leeds, Nail Art Gel Manicure

Anyone who’s followed my twitter for a while will know I have the worst nails. I bite them (yes, I know), they peel because they’re damaged, and I generally abuse them. I’m not exactly the poster girl for manicures.

Pastille to the rescue!  Pastille Beauty Bar is tucked away in Granary Wharf, Leeds – a gorgeous location that I always seem to forget about. By the canal, when the sun is shining, Granary Wharf is a lovely place to hang out.  There’s some great restaurants and bars, and now Pastille adds a touch of glamour to the place. 

Just some of the nail art options at Pastille, Leeds. WOW.

I love the pink ombre (near top)

The team each specialise in a beauty discipline: nail art; nail spa treatments; gels; lash extensions; brow tinting and shaping… they’re a talented bunch.  I loved the cool look of the salon. Obviously put together by people in the know – there’s high wing backed chairs to sit in when you get your pedicure; cute white chairs and tables that act as nail bars; shelves bulging with Essie, OPI and CND products (I can’t get enough). Even thoughtful extras, like Belvoir cordial on hand and jars of sweets to compliment the usual beauty salon magazine offerings.

Pastille Beauty Bar, Leeds. Cool, clean and calm.

Where the magic happens!

Wing backed chairs – a comfy pedi experience awaits!

I was treated to a Gel Mani – I say treated, it’s more like they wanted to do it to save me the embarrassment of carrying on with my hideous peeling nails!  Lauren, my nail-guru, helped me pick out a glorious peachy-coral shade with white floral nail art accent. 
She set to work: filing down the nail; buffing out the peeling layers (and doing a fantastic job at that, I didn’t realise it could be done); pushing down cuticles and prepping the nail bed for the gel.
The Gellish was applied in various stages over about 4 coats, each as swift as the previous – Pastille have this pat down.

The finished Gellish mani by Pastille. Looks good, even on my sausage fingers.
More nail art options…

One of my favourite nail art options at Pastille. Who can resist a sugar skull accent? (Er, not me)

I chatted to Abra, one of the Directors of Pastille, about her background – both she and Erene (the other Director) aren’t typically beauty-school trained. In fact they have law and psychology degrees respectively – but this has helped Pastille be something other than a run-of-the-mill nail bar. Their knowledge about the customer experience seems to have filled every last corner of the salon – and it spills over into Social Media too – just look at their Twitter for reams of images of covetable nail art, one after another.
I’d previously met Erene at the PS Pre-Party event (where she gave me a great Dash Mani with matte topcoat) and looking at ‘Team Pastille’ it’s refreshing to have a group of smart, confident young businesswomen pushing forward with a successful venture, and doing it differently.

This floral and blurred pastel nail art is definitely what I’m going for next. Made for a client who wanted her nails to match her jumpsuit. Pretty good, eh?

A week on, my Gellish manicure is completely intact (yus!), and I’m still loving it. I’ll be back in a fortnight for a do-over – I’m thinking the blurred multi-colour nail art, or the chevron, or ombre, oh choices, choices…

Cute design touches

Pastille can be found on Twitter, Facebook and of course, their website. I’d definitely recommend the Gellish manicures (£24.50) , and the Pastille Pedi (£21) (summer tootsies!) as first treatments.  Students can get 10% off on Tuesdays and Wednesdays – lucky devils.

I’d also like to thank Erene from Pastille for coming along to Blog Yorkshire (the event I co-hosted with Carrieanne from Beauties Unlocked) and providing gorgeous Dash Manis, they went down a storm!

What are your tips for a great manicure? Do you ‘do’ nail art? What do you think to Pastille’s?



  1. July 15, 2014 / 4:49 pm

    I seriously need to sort my nails out!!

  2. July 15, 2014 / 5:01 pm

    Yes! Ooh I have an idea, why don't we see if they can fit a group of us in?? X

  3. July 15, 2014 / 5:02 pm

    They're so lovely at Pastille, Toni. Can't wait to go back, I literally want ALL the nail art, one on each finger and toe forevermore xx

  4. July 15, 2014 / 11:11 pm

    wow wow what gorgeous nails I have complete envy xxx

  5. July 16, 2014 / 9:11 am

    It's the first time I've been happy with them in ages (even though they had to be filed v v short!). I reckon there's no harm in taking some inspiration from those designs 😉 xx

  6. July 16, 2014 / 10:18 am

    Would a sugar skull on every nail be a bit excessive?


  7. July 16, 2014 / 11:28 am

    Er, most definitely NOT! I'm seriously thinking about it for a festival! xx