26 posts tagged "Butter London"
L.A. has long been an enclave for beauty, with its storied movie lots serving up screenstar-caliber primping and priming (and its scalpel-wielding doctors performing all manner of nipping and tucking). But the City of Angels has recently put itself on the map as a destination for new, improved services that meld luxury and convenience. With Drybar and the just-opened Blushington leading the charge, outposts for the latest advances in pampering are popping up all over 90210. Here, our top three new recruits.
The Nail Bar
The Beverly Wilshire—which Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s characters called home in Pretty Woman—is known for its well-earned stench of old Hollywood glamour. But the hotel’s latest addition is hardly a throwback. At the newly opened Nail Bar, guests peruse magazines on sleek iPads and nibble on small plates of beef tataki while aestheticians lacquer tips with polishes from Essie, Chanel, Butter London, and CND’s instant-drying, chip-free Shellac gel-polish crossover. To add to the experience, Champagne is served on a shaded deck with fire pit and cushy flip-flops replace disposable foam thongs so you can properly pad through the intimate white and silver space.
From $50, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 385-7023, www.fourseasons.com.
In the latest edition of “new ides to stump your nail tech with,” we give you Nonie Creme’s ombré tips from Yigal Azrouël’s Cut25 presentation this afternoon. The Butter London founder started with a bespoke mix of her Salmon Pink lacquer, which she topped with a dripped dollop of eighties Turquoise, followed by a similar dribble of her Pastel Pistachio to create a softly layered manicure. “This is a Butter London moment of greatness,” Creme said backstage, calling her artistic tips “the ultimate accessory.” This is ‘fine art for nails’—no palm trees or sunsets, please.”
After much talk—and even more spectacle—Diane von Furstenberg officially launched her signature scent, Diane, yesterday on a billion-dollar yacht that sailed around lower Manhattan. Aside from the woody, violet, and frangipani flacon created by von Furstenberg for “all the woman you want to be,” a bust of the designer herself—sculpted by Anh Duong—was also on view. [Telegraph]
Good news for tan-a-holics: A group of House Republicans has introduced legislation to repeal the 10 percent tax on indoor tanning salons, alleging that the measure is detrimental to small business owners. Bad news for skin-cancer opponents. [Fox News]
Resistant Starch: Familiarize yourself with the two words that are making it hip to eat carbs again. [Daily Mail]
First came news of its collabs with Serena Williams and the sisters Kardashian. For OPI’s next trick, it’s getting into the business of beauty pageants. Its Miss Universe lacquer collection launches in September. [Becomegorgeous.com]
In other nail news, Butter London founder Nonie Crème sheds some light on her favorite polishes of late, including Butter’s Teddy Girl, No More Waity Katie, Union Jack Black, and Rosie Lee. “A woman’s hands can be such an expressive and sexy part of her body and the shape, length, and color a woman chooses [for her nails] contributes to her style: It can be both an accessory and a cosmetic.” As the architect of the “nail rings” that debuted backstage at Vena Cava for Fall, she would know. [T]
With the royal nuptials growing ever closer (April 29, in case you’ve somehow managed to avoid the worldwide media blitz), plenty of brands are rushing engagement ephemera onto shelves. That navy Issa wrap dress and stunning sapphire and diamond ring the bride wore to the couple’s press conference announcing their plans to wed will be forever enshrined in the annals of fashion history—and just as eternally knocked off. But Butter London, the lacquer brand known for its nontoxic formulas, innovative runway looks (see Cava, Vena for some unique finger painting), and quirky polish names, was way ahead of the game. Way back in January, it announced the launch of a new sparkly amethyst lacquer, dubbed No More Waity Katie. This month, in an effort to get while the getting’s still good, Butter is debuting a limited-edition lip gloss of the same name. Its first foray into the world of makeup, the shine product is the same shade as its polish counterpart—sheer lilac with tiny flecks of lavender glitter—and likewise contains no parabens, petroleum, or sulfates for what Butter founding creative director Nonie Crème calls a “glossy greige” finish. Pucker up.
Butter London No More Waity Katie Lip Gloss, $18, available at www.butterlondon.com beginning April 15.
“He’s going back to his roots,” Redken creative consultant Guido Palau said of Alexander Wang at the designer’s show yesterday. Gone was the high-concept, Jean-Michel Basquiat-inspired clay-dipped knots Palau treated us to for Spring; in their place, piecey strands with a “messy” middle part that he prepped with Redken’s Sculpture Wax, incorporating a slight bend for texture with Sultra’s Playmate curling iron before gathering the back into a loose, low ponytail. Adding an admirable set of “boyish brows” to the equation by filling in arches with a mix of MAC Eye Shadow in Brun, a warm coffee, and Carbon, a deep black, makeup artist Diane Kendal also harked back to Wang’s early days. “We tried bleached brows and a heavy smoky eye,” she said, “but decided the collection had a cooler edge with the bare face and stronger brow.” Hammering home said edge were eyes lined with MAC Eye Pencil in Smoulder jostled with a Q-tip to create a worn-in look. Butter London’s Nonie Crème was also on hand to paint on an update of the traditional “Alexander Wang nail.” “It’s the hypothermic version,” Crème said of the custom mix of her Hardwear top coat, Union Jack Black, and a single drop of Royal Navy for a sheer veil of gray polish that she topped off with her Nail Foundation for a flat finish. It was classic Wang—and all the better for it.