I’ve been on an absolutely INCREDIBLE run of spa treatments lately, and I never want it to end!!

My latest spa adventure led me to Eshe Day Spa, on Michigan Avenue in Chicago – right across from Millenium Park, where the ice skating takes place. I was sent to Eshe for a fabulous spa day all thanks to Creme of Nature – I won their Twitter hashtag contest!!! So if you voted for me, THANK YOU! I had an AMAZING spa day and I’m gonna blog about it all for you!!

At Eshe I got a series of treatments done – full spa review and more on that later. This is alllllll about the manicure, and Eshe was absolutely incredible in that department!

Forgive the quality of these upcoming photos – they were all taken with my camera phone. I’m getting a phone upgrade soon – I take too many cameraphone photos to be playing games!

I had the Caribbean Therapy Hand Treatment. It costs $40 and LASTS AN HOUR. I didn’t think my hands could be so lavished with love and affection.

Eshe’s manicurist, Pamela, has been in the game for sixteen years (if memory serves correctly. I was in a manicure reverie!) Eshe is an Aveda spa, so the hand treatment involves only Aveda products. It began with a moisturizing hand soak in Caribbean Therapy Flower Water, and was followed by a luxurious sugar scrub spiked with Aveda blue oil. Oooooooooohhhh, baby baby.

It ended with a self warming seaweed masque — OK this was the first time I had a masque applied to both sides of my hands. SO amazing. And then the massage began. I told y’all this treatment was for an hour, right? And it costs $40!!! If you live in the Chicago area and your mama lives here too, you should make an appointment a deux for you to enjoy sometime in the month of May. This would be an amazing Mother’s Day treat. The manicure room at Eshe’s can accommodate maybe 3 manicures at a time, and it overlooks beautiful Millennium Park. Great location for a little pampering!

OK, on to the manicure. Eshe exclusively uses OPI nail polish products, which I always enjoy (and seldom get to review). So I was excited to choose a color I had yet to try.

At first I was torn. OPI Ink was calling my NAME! It’s a rich, sparkling violet-blue that speaks my language. But instead I decided to go with something more spring, more current, new to salons around the country. I decided to go with the Hong Kong Collection — click to see pix on Temptalia.com.

Jade Is The New Black looks lovely and amazing, and I really wanted to try it…but instead I was compelled to go with Meet Me On The Star Ferry.

It’s a softer and more traditionally girly color than I normally go for, but I LOVE it. All Lacquered Up describes it as a “rosey mauve”, but I’d describe it more as a violet rose, flecked with gold. (OPI calls it a “Kowloon-lit, moonlit violet.”) Either way, it is lovely and perfect for Spring.

I’m sure I’ll be back to bolder shades of purple, blue and green soon enough, especially as we get closer and closer to summer…but for now I’m loving this refreshingly soft springtime shade.

What do you think, bellas? Do you love this color from the Hong Kong Collection, or would you have chosen another?

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