An App That Puts Nail Art at Your Fingertips; The Subversive World of “Lacquerheads” Revealed; and More
What happens after a particular shade of nail polish has been discontinued? They’re sought after by “lemmings,” that’s what. (And no, not the rodent kind.) The New York Times looks into the underground communities of die-hard nail polish enthusiasts, where “lacquerheads” search far and wide for VHTF (very hard to find) colors.
In other manicure-related news, Insta-nail art—as in, you can wear your favorite Instagram snapshots on your fingertips—may become a reality thanks to NailSnaps, a soon-to-come mobile app that lets you design your own customized nail stickers. The app is still gathering funding via Kickstarter, but given the endless possibilities (Elle has a few ideas), we think it’ll have no problem getting off the ground.
The Cut interviewed two New York-based artists—illustrator Eli Neugeboren and still-life photographer Christine Blackburne—about their recent collaboration: a series of portraits inspired by painters like Jackson Pollock and John Singer Sargent that, in a cool and unexpected twist, were created by dripping gel nail varnish onto acetate.
In order to promote their spring collection, online clothing retailer Betabrand used doctoral candidates and women with PhDs as models. “Our designers cooked up a collection of smart fashions for spring, so why not display them on the bodies of women with really big brains?” Betabrand founder Chris Lindland told Adweek, noting that each of the seven models was chosen via Facebook and e-mail blasts. This isn’t the first time the San Francisco-based e-commerce site has crowdsourced models—and we hope it isn’t the last.
L’Oréal Paris is adding to its arsenal of spokesmodels with an ever-increasing frequency (snapping up Lara Stone and Blake Lively in 2013). Today, the brand’s French Instagram account shared this behind-the-scenes snap from a new ad campaign featuring regulars like Stone and Liya Kebede, as well as one fresh face: all-American super Karlie Kloss. No formal statement has been sent out from the company just yet, but we received the message that Kloss is “worth it” loud and clear.
Though winter isn’t quite done with us yet, there have been glimmers of hope, like those sunshine-y weekend afternoons when it’s been warm enough to lose a layer and retire the duck boots. A thrilling indication that warmer weather is indeed right around the corner. Makeup-wise we’re already getting in the mood with a lipstick shift of sorts, swapping the crimsons and wines of the past months for something lighter, brighter, and, well, pinker. And these five new hues spanning the pink spectrum feel like they can summon the sunshine, visually at least, despite the fact that there’s snow forecasted for the first day of Spring.
Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Unapologetic
A creamy matte, a gorgeous not-sprung-from-nature kind of neon hue, and a puny price tag make this one a beauty no-brainer.
Surratt Lipslique in Bon Bon
A baby pink with the subtlest lilac undertone and negligee-sheer texture, it’s a grown-up version of your favorite frosty hue of yore. Also, Cate “She Can Do No Wrong” Blanchett paired it with her fluttery Givenchy gown at this year’s SAG Awards, and if it’s good enough for Cate…
Bite Beauty Matte Crème LIp Crayon in Satsuma
This is the pink we imagine Schiaparelli had in mind. A shocking blue-tinged hue that, much to our surprise, has a very approachable creamy texture.
Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer in Paradiso
A warm, looks-even-better-against-bronzed-skin pink and the luxurious velvety texture that has become Tom Ford’s lipstick MO comes housed in a retro-elegant ivory and gold case that would look perfect being plucked from a purse on the beaches of Biarritz. Paradiso, indeed.
Lipstick Queen Vesuvius Liquid Lipstick in Fuchsia
The glossiest of the bunch, this juicy fuchsia makes for a seamless transition from winter’s darker hues. Also, anecdotally, we’re fairly convinced it makes our teeth look whiter.
On days when anxiety levels are high (i.e., every day), consider seeking some comfort at the bottom of a bottle…or a tub of the new Aveda Stress-Fix Body Crème. The latest addition to Aveda’s Stress-Fix line (available March 23), this iteration is a rich, shea-butter-based formula designed to soothe Polar Vortex-weathered skin. Slathering it on everywhere is encouraged, but massaging the cream into the points between your thumb and forefinger, or right onto your shoulders, can help release some tension (likely built up after sitting at attention at your desk or a hectic commute). Plus, a whiff of the calming lavender and uplifting sage blend will transport you (or at least your senses) to a more peaceful place faster than you can say “Namaste.”
In an endless quest to save face, Angelenos have become quite demanding when it comes to their antiaging products and treatments. Here to serve this newly discerning audience is the vinotherapy skincare line Caudalíe, opening their first West Coast retail flagship and spa this week on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. Since launching in 1995, Caudalíe’s founders, Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas, have been recognized for their formula innovations—finding transformative antioxidant power in the polyphenols in leftover grape skins and seeds at the family château in France. Since then, they’ve been one of the pioneers in the green skincare market, developing products where parabens, sulfates, mineral oils, and phlalates are noticeably absent.
Set in this seaside enclave, Caudalíe’s new home is equal parts laid-back living and natural glamour. Inside the 1,000-square-foot space, customers can discover products at the Beauty Barrel Bar and experience the range through custom treatments—among them, five different types of facials, two body treatments, a body scrub, and manicures and pedicures using Kure Bazaar polish. Designed in purple to stem back to the heart of the brand (the grape), the Venice location will also feature exclusive items in store (dubbed Les Introuvables), including organic herbal tea, shampoo, and a spa candle. Not to mention, there’s French wine from the Caudalíe vineyard to sip after you de-stress.
1416 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA, (310) 450-3560