3 posts tagged "Ciate"
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]
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.”
Available at www.sephora.com/.
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.”
For more information, visit www.sarahchapman.net.
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.”
For more information, visit www.thegrove.co.uk.
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; www.percyandreed.com.
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; www.percyandreed.com .
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 www.sephora.com beginning March 2012.