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Eyelash Excellence

Keren Clayton is now New Zealand’s only Eyelash Excellence educator, after completing a course in the UK with mentor and internationally recognised Master Lash Artist, Frankie Widdows.


The Rangiora eyelash extension technician runs Lash Kandy at 135 High Street and, after completing the study required to join Widdows’ Global Training Team, Keren is more passionate than ever to introduce her new range of skills to her Canterbury clients and to pass the knowledge on to new and experienced lash artists looking to upskill.

It all started earlier in the year when Frankie posted on her website that she was looking for individual applicants to take part in the training. The response she received was huge and, to take part, Keren was required to submit a small teaching video and information on the operation of her business.

When she was selected, Keren travelled to the UK to spend four days with Frankie and five other lash artists from America, Australia, South Africa and Canada.

“It was great,” Keren says. “Frankie loves passing on information and skills, so people learn how to apply the lashes in the correct way. In order to earn the qualification, you must demonstrate you can apply lashes safely; it is a specialist career.”

Now Keren’s back in North Canterbury and she hopes to soon start travelling the country, teaching the new techniques and knowledge she’s learnt to fellow lash artists in New Zealand.

For more information, you’ll find Lash Kandy situated at 135 High Street, Rangiora, phone 021 655 308 or email


Creating Beautiful Brides: LaBella Nails and Lashes

In a beautiful, calm oasis on busy Papanui Road, brides and bridal parties can be pampered from tip to toe by the expert team at LaBella Nails and Lashes.



Offering a group booking option for up to 12 people, owner Bella Tran recommends coming in two to three days before the wedding to allow for any touch-up appointments. “We understand it’s a very important day and we want to make it perfect for the bride.” With a strong focus on using organic, vegan and toxin-free products, a lovely range of different manicure and pedicure options are available. LaBella is Canterbury’s only professional salon that’s trained and authorised for the popular SNS nail system, a healthier alternative to acrylic, with 500 powder-coated shades to choose from. “We also have over 200 colours in our gel collection and 200 in standard polish,” Bella says. “Nude is the most popular choice for brides and we have many beautiful shades.”

Two exciting new treatments have recently been added to the list of beauty services – lash lifts and henna brows. Perfect for brides, a lashlift is a popular 45-minute treatment that creates a gorgeous natural curve to open up the eyes, lasting for 6-8 weeks. The treatment is ideal for those with straight lashes or who are allergic to the glue used in lash extensions. The new generation henna brow provides the same effect as eyebrow tattooing and uses 100 percent natural ingredients that also stimulates hair growth – and lasts up to three weeks.

Book online at or phone 03 352 9789.


Labella Nails & Lashes

An exotic oasis Labella Nails & Lashes

Adding to the divine selection of beauty services at Labella Nails & Lashes, new treatments have been introduced – providing clients with a full range of pampering options for the warmer months ahead.


Labella Nails & Lashes


With a focus on superior natural, toxin-free products, Bella Tran opened the unique salon a year ago. Specialising in nails and lashes, waxing treatments are also available, as well as henna brows and lash lifts. One of the new nail treatments on the menu is the ‘Sun Kissed Skin’ pedicure or manicure, which is finished with an organic cacao and coconut nourish oil massage, to achieve a beautiful bronze glow. A gorgeous new product, the coconut and lime massage oil candle, is formulated to melt into a nourishing blend of warm body oil at the perfect temperature. Stepping into the calm, it’s a relaxing oasis from bustling Papanui Road.


The clean, natural oak décor reflects the salon’s dedication to natural products – with no chemical aroma like traditional nail salons. Labella uses only ‘8-free’ nail polishes, such as Butter London, and is Canterbury’s only professional salon with staff trained in the SNS nail system, an amazing acrylic alternative. “This is our most popular treatment,” Bella says. “It lasts up to three weeks, is easier to remove and encourages nail growth rather than damaging them.” Bella takes hygiene very seriously, using a medical-grade autoclave sterilisation system to sanitise tools after each treatment. “This is one of the things I’m very proud of, along with my team, who truly love what they do.”



Phone 03 352 9789 or book online at


La Bella Nails & Lashes

A sensory surprise: La Bella Nails & Lashes is a beauty haven

When stepping into La Bella Nails & Lashes in Papanui, the serene oasis is a sensory surprise. Embellished in oak wood and neutral hues, the salon has been operated by Bella Tran and her five professional therapists for eight months.

La Bella Nails & Lashes

Using superior natural products, the menu is affordable and divine – from perfectly applied nail polish for $15, to a 75-minute ‘Escape to Heaven’ package for $85. There’s amazing silken eyelash extensions and waxing treatments.
It is Canterbury’s only professional salon that’s trained and authorised for the popular SNS nail system, which melds gel and acrylic qualities in more than 350 powder-coated shades. “It can last up-to three weeks; the Vitamin E and calcium help nails grow beautifully strong,” Bella says.
She suggests bridal groups have their nails done a couple of days before the wedding.
Gift vouchers will make Mother’s Day bliss. Mothers and daughters often recline side by side for pedicures on what Bella likens to beach beds by the pool with adjustable lumbar support. Little princesses can have their nails done and, for men, MAN-icures and sport pedicures.
Bella takes hygiene very seriously, using a medical-grade autoclave sterilisation system. Also avoiding nasty chemicals and using organic where possible is imperative, such as the organic mandarin and mango rich moisture crème and the famed Butter London nail-polish.
“From the bottom of my heart, I can say making my clients truly happy is the most important part of my business.”
Conveniently open from Tuesday-Sunday 12A Main North Road (parking around the back), phone 03-352 9789, or booking online is easy at