26 posts tagged "Butter London"
A nail-polish color that has continually caught my eye this season can only be compared to a man-made disaster: an oil spill. And while I promise you I have a heart and that those Dawn commercials with ducklings covered in the slick stuff get me every time, this shimmery, multifaceted hue on fingertips is, dare I say it, unexpectedly chic. Whether you prefer an opaque finish (such as Essie’s For the Twill of It and RGB Nail Color in Dusk) or a sheer top coat (like Butter London’s Petrol Overcoat), this purple-gray metallic that changes with the light is reminiscent of the New York City streets after a downpour. Even better: No baby animals were harmed in the creation of this strangely beautiful shade.
As the keeper of all things beauty, I get a lot of requests from co-workers. But they are not, as you might imagine, for a million dollar face cream or the sold-out shade of Chanel Le Vernis (although I do, from time to time, get asked about those things as well). It’s often the practical products that people are jonesing for: nail files, bobby pins, deodorant, dry shampoo, etc. In other words, I know who slept at home last night and who didn’t, who hasn’t washed their hair in days, and who is in desperate need of a manicure. I suppose, my side job is keeper of dirty (literally) secrets. What, you may ask, is the most popular item? Hands down it’s nail polish remover. Not sexy nor exciting, just necessary. I keep a community bottle in my desk accompanied by cotton pads at all times. And while I’d love to hand out those convenient, pre-packaged nail polish remover towelettes (and stash a few in my own bag for emergency situations), the bottom line is that they don’t work. I’m lucky if one manages to clean three nails. And if you’re wearing anything involving glitter, don’t even bother.
Today, however, I discovered a game changer: Butter London Scrubbers. Thick and saturated, one of these non-greasy wipes eliminate the darkest lacquers and sparkle topcoats—on all ten fingers. The slim yellow packets not only cleared space in my drawer, but erasing a two-week old manicure on the subway is now possible. After all, chips happen.
$10 for ten, www.butterlondon.com
In the age of accent nails, airbrush art, and pierced tips, service often stands second in the pursuit of the perfect (and Instagram-worthy) polish job. But Olive & June—the latest nail destination to open in Beverly Hills—is going back to basics by elevating the salon experience for the modern set. Aimed at filling the void between the hole-in-the-wall quickie shops and more time-intensive spas, Olive & June owner Sarah Gibson Tuttle teamed up with TENOVERSIX‘s beloved retailers-turned-designers, Brady Cunningham and Kristen Lee, to conceive an inviting and fully functional space. The pair, who in the past created their own nail color, Blonde on Blonde, for RGB, worked with Tuttle to blend the interior design and merchandising of the product on display. The result is an airy, California-inspired space that feeds Tuttle’s New Yorker-turned-Angeleno aesthetic. Locally made custom furniture provides a seamless transition from reception area to nail station, while a pristine wall of lacquers prominently displays an eye-catching assortment of RGB, NARS, Butter London, and other fresh hues. And true to their promise, the nail salon also takes great care to cater to your every modern-day convenience. Once you’ve safely stowed your keys and bag, iPads and Wi-Fi are at your disposal. Mani trends might come and go, but the comfort of a well-conceived salon experience never gets old.
Olive & June, 430 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, California, (310) 247-0500; www.olivejune.com.
While most beauty brands are clamoring to add a nail polish to their offerings in order to capitalize on the booming business of polish, Butter London is doing the opposite. The popular Britain-born nail brand has just announced that it will add a full line of makeup to its already well-loved lacquer line. [WWD]
Despite what you might have heard, it remains to be seen whether or not Beyoncé’s family will be imminently growing. That she will add another fragrance to her beauty empire, however, has officially been confirmed. Timed to her global tour, the singer has debuted a new limited-edition flacon of Beyoncé Heat, aptly called The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. [Beyoncé Parfums]
Jennifer Aniston is no stranger to making hair headlines, and it appears as though she’s done it again, sporting a side-slung cornrow braid at Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards last night. [Daily Mail]
White nail polish got a big boost at the Spring shows last September when it turned up on the runway at Rag & Bone and Moschino—and an even bigger boost when Rihanna rocked the stark opaque color to an L.A. Lakers game over Christmas with Chris Brown, which turned out to be the couple’s unofficial “we’re back together” announcement (they have since split. Again.) It’s an unexpected, albeit wonderful alternative to more predictable pastels as the warmer weather graces us with its presence and while it does come with its fair share of application challenges, they’re nothing a good base coat or ridge filler can’t fix, according to Jin Soon Choi. Once you’ve nailed down the perfect, streak-free application technique, the only task that remains is sifting through the myriad alabaster lacquers currently on the market. Here are five of our favorites to get you started.
Essie Nail Lacquer in Blanc, $8, www.essie.com
Billed as the perfect counterpart to a French manicure, this full-coverage, soft white is just as effective on its own, and can be topped with a matte or high-shine top coat.
Priti NYC Nail Lacquer in Bristol Fairy
To add to the “dream-like, ethereal” mood backstage at Thakoon’s Fall show, Priti NYC’s Kim D’Amato applied this sheer, shimmering white to models fingertips. It’s not as noticeable as an opaque white lacquer, but it makes a statement all its own.
NYX Precious Pearls in White Pearls
A new take on Ciate’s uber popular “caviar manicure,” NYX’s Precious Pearl collection features a pure white varnish with a corresponding bottle of tiny opalescent baubles that blur the line between nail polish and jewelry.
Zoya Nail Polish in Purity
A super versatile milky white, Zoya’s marshmallow-hued lacquer makes for a great contrasting tip, a gleaming full-coverage color—and can also be used to lighten up your favorite darker polishes for Spring. Never be afraid to do some at-home custom-color mixing.
Butter London Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds, available July 2013
One coat of this creamy, bright white will give you a very clean look while two coats serve up a finish of the 100-watt variety.