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July 31 2014

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7 posts tagged "Jenna Hipp"

RGB, In the Buff

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rgb-buffVibrant fuchsia. Creamy teal. Mermaid green. Lilac-tinged gray. Just a few of the colors that have graced my nails this summer and fall. But after many months of polish changes, I’m officially tapped—or, ahem, tipped—out. Right now, nothing seems more appealing than a naked nail, but truth be told, when mine have nothing on them, they look a little lackluster. Nail artist Jenna Hipp’s latest collaboration with perennially cool lacquer brand RGB officially solves that conundrum. Liquid Buff imparts the shiny, healthy effect of a buffed nail—minus any actual buffing, which, according to Hipp, can be detrimental to your nails. Not to be confused with RGB’s Buff, a nude polish, this new innovation is not a color, but an effect. And a special one at that.

Hipp x RGB Liquid Buff, $20, available at Olive & June, Beverly Hills.

Clear Cut

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NCLA Clear Nail Wraps

NCLA has always been an innovator in terms of the over-saturated nail sticker market. In the past, the brand has teamed up with L.A.-based jewelry designer Melody Ehsani and such manicurists as Jenna Hipp, Madeline Poole, and Steph Stone to create designs. The next big thing on the horizon: Clear Nail Wraps. Launching in September, these wraps feature a transparent base and are designed to stick to your existing lacquer, allowing your color to shine through. In addition to adding interest to a solid paint job, I think they are the perfect camouflage for chipped polish. Whether you choose the bondage- and lace-inspired patterns that would make Christian Grey look twice, a bright and graphic print that’s reminiscent of the images in a trippy Magic Eye book, or a jagged-edge accent, disguising a week-old mani has never looked so fresh.

Available at Fred Segal, Kitson, and shopncla.com.

Photos: Courtesy of NCLA

Fashion’s Favorite Beauty Pros, Now Selling…at Costco?

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Beautys-Most-Wanted-CostcoHigh-low fashion partnerships are a dime a dozen these days. Topshop has teamed up with Christopher Kane and Mary Katrantzou; Target has showcased capsule collections from Proenza Schouler and Alice Temperley; and H&M has stocked studded leather jackets designed by Donatella Versace, party dresses from Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, and, starting this Fall, quintessentially cool wardrobe staples from Isabel Marant. Now, the beauty world is following suit. With Walgreens and Duane Reade’s The Look boutique and home-shopping channels such as QVC and HSN leading the charge, prestige beauty products are becoming more and more accessible to the masses—especially since Costco launched its Beauty’s Most Wanted program.

The members-only wholesale-shopping destination that specializes in everything from clothing and electronics to grocery, pet-supply, and even funeral essentials (not lying) launched a three-piece hair collection with Orlando Pita last month, showcasing an Argan-oil-enriched shampoo, conditioning treatment, and hair oil created by the legendary hair hero, and today it added makeup and nail ranges to its arsenal. Celebrity face painter, and Gwyneth Paltrow favorite, Pati Dubroff has designed a twelve-color eye-shadow palette, as well as chubby eye and lip pencils, for her debut offering, while green-leaning nail artist Jenna Hipp has released a What’s Hot Now kit that features a dozen eco-friendly lacquers in pastel, bold, and glitter-flecked hues that come packaged together with a nail file. Now you can buy that oversize dog bed you’ve been in the market for and get your upscale polish fix in one fell swoop.

Available at select Costco locations and at www.costco.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Costco

Gleam On

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RGB_HIPP_HighlightLast we checked in with Jenna Hipp, the self-proclaimed green celebrity nail artist was revolutionizing the world of nude polish with her Nail Foundation, a lineup of skin-tone-hued lacquers designed in collaboration with RGB Cosmetics founder Gina Carney. Her Nail Tints, sheer versions of the same complexion-matching shades, followed shortly thereafter, reviving the better-off-bare movement and causing many a style-savvy woman to give up on off-kilter colors in favor of neutral simplicity. Hipp is still championing statement-making subtlety, although she’s going for gleam this summer. Her latest HIPP x RGB creation is called Highlight, and it functions as both an illuminating topcoat as well as a simple contouring varnish when worn on its own. Multicolor shimmering spheres give the pearlescent base an iridescent quality that Hipp says works best when painted on in a single swipe down the center of nails. Add it to your manicure must-haves for June, July, and August.

$20, available at www.netaporter.com June 2013.

Photo: Courtesy of RGB Cosmetics

Beauty Etiquetter: The Dirt On Seeking Out A Clean Nail Salon

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The Quandary: How can I tell if a nail salon is really clean and top-quality if I’m dropping in for the first time? What details should I look for, and what questions should I ask?

The Expert in Residence: Jenna Hipp, eco-manicurist

The Advice: “There are a lot of details you can spot right away. First, a quality spa is very conscious about the smell of polish solvents and goes to great measures to filter them out, so you shouldn’t detect a strong chemical odor. Then look around you: Are the floors, walls, and lounge area mopped and free of dust and dirt? There are so many potential places for germs to lurk in a nail salon—more than you want to know. The foot spa can be a huge germ pool if not sanitized properly, so if it’s not scrubbed, rinsed, and soaked with an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant before you sit down, don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask the spa to do so.

Another surprising germ hoarder is your tech’s hands. I feel that’s a great sign if she washes hers and asks you to do the same. I also always notice my tech’s nails. If hers are clean, shaped, and presentable, it’s a reflection of the spa’s standards. Ideally, all tools should be sealed in plastic packet or stored in that blue liquid, which is usually a hospital-grade disinfectant, such as Barbicide, diluted with water to create a chemically balanced sanitizing liquid. The tools should soak in there for a minimum of ten minutes to kill germs. One thing that should never be shared or reused is the buffing pad, which can harbor bacteria. If you want your legs exfoliated, make sure the tech uses a single-use buffer or a scrub product with exfoliating beads. And those callus removers that look like cheese grater? Stay away! They’re prohibited in spas since they can cut the skin and cause infections.

During a manicure or pedicure, the only thing the nail tech should clip is truly dead skin that may be stuck to the nail plate or hanging off the nail plate in excess. If she uses a cuticle softener and pushes back the cuticle, in most cases, the dead skin loosens up and can be pushed right off the nail bed without any clipping at all. Also look to see if the paper or terry towels placed under clients’ feet are changed between the cleansing, exfoliating, and polishing process, and that cotton or pieces of paper towel are used to clean nippers and pushers after every digit is cared for.

Lastly, a good way to ensure you’re getting a clean bottle of polish is to bring your own color. But if you get excited looking at all the different colors on the wall, then open up a bottle to make sure it’s not crusty, is easily shakable, and has good movement. When a bottle gets older and is almost empty, it starts to thicken and will affect the quality of your manicure. You can always ask the spa to open up a new bottle. If you still have some lingering doubts about the quality of the place, crowd-source an opinion: Do a quick search on your phone for reviews since it could save you from a potentially bad experience.”

Photo: Terry Vine