August 22 2014

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Mix Master


ciate-nail-lab-cropOne of the most memorable Christmukkah gifts I ever received as a child was an Easy-Bake Oven. My parents’ attempts at early domestication didn’t exactly pan out as planned (today, I use my oven mainly for storage), but whipping up that doll-size chocolate cake was strangely satisfying. While the grown-up me prefers to purchase confectionary goods and pass them off as my own, I still love a good DIY (as long is doesn’t involve entering the kitchen). Ciaté’s Nail Lab—a jewelry box-like coffret brimming with creative director Charlotte Knight’s must-haves—contains everything needed to get your creative juices flowing and produce multiple mani masterpieces. Included is an array of glitters, six colored lacquers, six clear top coats and an assortment of pro polish brushes (including a striper, ombre sponge and dotter), among other tools, for developing your own bespoke blends. For those who are better at following a recipe than going rogue, step-by-steps for Knight’s go-to looks are also tucked inside for guidance. This beauty treat beats bite-size brownies cooked with a 100-watt light bulb any day.

$65, Sephora stores (Open at 10 a.m. on Christmas Eve day. Procrastinators everywhere, you’re welcome.)

Photo: Courtesy of Ciaté

The 411: Charlotte Knight of Ciaté


Nail-polish disciples owe the U.K. a certain debt of gratitude, as the city has birthed some of the most progressive brands around—Rococo, Butter, Illamasqua, and Nails Inc. among them. But if there is one London label that has singlehandedly changed how we think about texture, it’s Ciaté. The name is an acronym for Color, Innovation, Aspiration, Trend, and Extraordinary, and is the brainchild of super-savvy founder and creative director Charlotte Knight. Born in London, Knight moved to Ireland in her twenties, where, despite having no formal nail training, she would open a widely successful chain of nail bars before taking her expertise back to her home city. The creator of the caviar manicure seen on many a fashionable fingertip (Rihanna et al), Knight has introduced the eager beauty masses to the world of 3-D DIY nail art, sequins, and even velvet tips. Here, just in time for LFW, we asked Knight to share some of her hometown primping favorites.

The Preferred Polish: Ciaté
“My favorite launch to date is our Caviar Manicure, as we really pushed the boundaries of nail art to create this finish. Now the challenge is to keep exploring new textures and finishes, so we keep our authority as nail innovators.”
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The Face Place: Sarah Chapman
“I absolutely love Sarah Chapman’s amazing facials. I have to travel so much for Ciaté, and my skin can get really dehydrated. The great thing about Sarah Chapman is that she creates bespoke facials for all her clients, and I always leave her Chelsea salon feeling detoxed and glowing.”
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The Decompressing Destination: The Grove Spa
“My absolute favorite place for relaxing and revitalizing is The Grove Spa in Hertfordshire; I always feel invigorated after a visit. The Grove has the most blissful surroundings, and the spa treatments are heavenly.”
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The Mane Man: Neil Woolley
“I’ve been going to Neil at Percy & Reed for cut and color for years. I completely trust him to know exactly what suits me, and I’ll always follow his advice. The salon is gorgeous, and I feel special and pampered every time I go.”
Percy & Reed, 157C Great Portland Street, Marylebone, London;

The Nail Know-It-All: David Barton
“My other favorite thing about Percy & Reed is David Barton. David is one of the best nail technicians in the industry, and it’s always been important for me to have manicured nails. No matter what I’m wearing, if my nails are done, I feel stylish and confident. Nails are my favorite fashion accessory!”
Percy & Reed, 157C Great Portland Street, Marylebone, London; .

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