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Covering New Territory


ciate-cuticle-tatsTattoos have quickly become more commonplace backstage—models are not the blank canvases of seasons past. Yesterday at Prada, I saw a makeup artist hard at work with a concealer palette in hand, doing her best to camouflage a feather inked on a model’s neck. And of course, Cara Delevingne’s many tats made an appearance at Fendi (albeit all were covered up, either by white gloves or a face-framing fur hat). One spot I haven’t seen get much attention, however, are the cuticles. Sure, Delevingne has a lion permanently drawn onto her forefinger, but the area surrounding her nail still remains pristine. Leave it to London-based Ciaté—the company that brought velvet, caviar, and chalkboard manicures to the masses—to change all that with its latest launch: Cuticle Tattoos. These temporary transfers featuring bows, blooms, stars, and diamonds are designed to be positioned on the skin just outside the nail bed. It seems beauty brands have moved beyond nail art and are seeking (slightly) higher ground.


Photo: Courtesy of Ciaté

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

Emma Stone’s Scrub Love; LACMA, Bottled; And More…


Emma Stone caused a rush on grape-seed oil last year when she revealed that she uses it as a moisturizer. Now, the Revlon spokeswoman, who is “really allergic to a lot of stuff,” has a few more DIY beauty remedies to share. “I exfoliate with baking soda or brown sugar,” says Stone. [Cosmo]

First, they brought us the “caviar manicure,” and now British nail brand Ciaté is introducing the “chalkboard manicure.” Its latest kit comes with a matte black polish and pastel chalky-finish nail-art pens for embellishment. [Fashionista]

Interior designer Olivia Putnam is the latest artist to put her own personal spin on Nina Ricci’s classic L’Air du Temps fragrance flacon. Available in May, Putnam’s rendition features the classic dove-shaped stopper in a shade of royal blue, with the same color running through the grooves of the crystal bottle. [WWD]

Speaking of artful fragrance offerings, this year’s Wear LACMA collection, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s annual range of fashion accessories created by Los Angeles designers and inspired by the museum’s permanent collection, includes a custom fragrance from L’Oeil du Vert perfumer Haley Alexander van Oosten. Inspired by an eighteenth-century bronze relief of The Triumph of Neptune and Europa, by Antonio Montauti, van Oosten’s creation is a sensual, botanical scent called Tonae. [L.A. Times]

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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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London’s Latest Pond-Hopper Arrives At Sephora


Jo Malone first tipped us off to Ciaté’s collectability. “I love [them]; the Brit Brigade set is one of my favorite gifts to give girlfriends,” the fragrance maven said of nail guru Charlotte Knight’s line of adorably bow-tied nail lacquers last Spring. The London-born brand boasts a fantastic array of great colors—that Knight cleverly refers to as “paint pots”—all of which are free of common chemicals like formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, and camphor. And while Ciaté ships internationally from its Web site, obtaining a bottle can get pretty pricey outside of the EU, which is why we were particularly excited to learn this piece of good news: Knight has inked a deal with Sephora, which will start stocking her polishes and accessories this month. The jelly-red Mistress is an instant classic, while the appeal of the iridescent, golden-green Oil Slick is much like the allure of Chanel’s Fall 2011 hit, Peridot. We’re currently loving Confetti, a shade of micronized rainbow glitter set in a clear base that looks great on bare nails and even better when used as a fun, shimmering topcoat.

$15 each, available at beginning March 2012.