The only thing better than all aces in your poker hand… is all aces on your poker hands.

I’d like you to meet Yukie Natori, co-owner of Spa Martier in NYC, who spends half her time here, and the other half on the other half of the world, teaching at her very own Empire New York Nail School of Tokyo. At their popular nail and spa destination in Midtown East (this is home of the 24K Gold Facial) Yukie oversees a team of 3 nail technicians who can execute just about any nail design imaginable.

At our FashionIndie/Spa Week Break Room party on Monday, we were lucky to have Yukie and one of her assistants creating artistic masterpieces on our overworked fingertips. Some guests went for Chanel or Dior polish (Martier only uses the finest), some opted for some of the patterned gel designs, and I decided to take a gamble. I wanted Poker Hands.

This was no quickie 20 minute mani. My Poker Hands took both Yukie AND her teammate over an hour to complete the manicure. They used long-lasting gel polish by Bio Sculpter, known as Cal Gel for short. Martier also offers Shellac.

The manicure was done in many layers of color, art, glitter and crystals. In between each step I dried that particular nail under the UV light for about 10 seconds.

Ready for my closeups!

blackjack nail art

This manicure in no way matches the yellow flowery dress I’m wearing to my friend’s wedding tomorrow, but I’m committed for 3 weeks. Committed to unchanging poker hands… and all the compliments that come with it.

Nail art at Spa Martier ranges from $80 – $130.

Visit Spa Martier for Spa Week! For $50 they’re offering…

  • 55 Min Rolling Stone Massage
  • 55 Min 24k Gold and Amber Facial
  • Shellac Gel Manicure and Pedicure

Spa Martier
1012 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10022