7 posts tagged "Nails Inc"
A$AP Rocky isn’t the only rapper who cares about his complexion. In an interview this week with New York’s Hot 97, Pharrell Williams revealed the secret to his smooth skin. “Naomi Campbell taught me a couple of tricks back in the day,” Williams said. “Washing my face with cold water to keep pores closed, little small stuff. You just gotta wash your face. I use Cetaphil.” [Missinfo.tv]
Remember earlier this year when reports surfaced that Beyoncé’s publicist reportedly asked that “unflattering” photos of her Super Bowl performance be removed from the Internet, thus exacerbating the situation rather than defusing it? Now, it looks like Sasha Fierce is taking matters into her own hands. Bey will allegedly only allow her own photographer at her upcoming Mrs. Carter Show World Tour—to better control the images that circulate. To which we say: What about all of the front-row Instagrams? [Fuse]
Ousted Today show host Ann Curry has cut her hair short, causing some to suggest the shearing was an act of defiance against her NBC network bosses. Also worth considering: Short hair is very Fall 2013. [Radar]
The newest recipients of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, an honor bestowed upon British entrepreneurs that have had considerable success abroad, have been announced and include lacquer lovers’ go-to Nails Inc. And so the nail revolution rages on. [Hello]
Frédéric Malle isn’t much for celebrity fragrance. The perfume purveyor is much more interested in characters with “strong aesthetics,” like Dries Van Noten, with whom he has created a new signature scent that will be the first offering from his forthcoming collection range. Meryl Streep, he contends, does have a “Hermès quality about her. She’s a beautiful woman and a solid actress,” but the frequent Oscar winner isn’t fragrance material. “She doesn’t smell,” says Malle. “She’s Mrs. Thatcher one day and Julia Child the next. Meryl Streep can be anything. But basically we don’t know anything about her as a person.” [NYT]
Avon, it appears, is also looking for characters with strong aesthetics—or make that athletics. The brand has tapped L.A. Clippers guard, Chris Paul, to be the new face of its Untouchable men’s scent. [ESPN]
Nicole by OPI’s latest collaborative collection has nothing to do with movies or celebrities and everything to do with cereal. Yes, cereal. The lacquer line is creating three custom colors for Special K, which will debut next month. [OPI]
The latest trend in nails—other than breakfast-food-inspired varieties? Feather-finish polishes, according to London’s Nails Inc, which has tapped Brit It girl Poppy Delevingne to be the face of its newest adventure in texture. [Daily Mail]
The Fall runways may have been littered with nude nails, but no matter; nothing manages to lift our mood, particularly in the springtime, quite like freshly varnished, colored tips. With the New York weather still fully complying with our winter-be-gone mentality, we thought it the ideal time to present you with some new polish possibilities. Here, our picks from the latest lacquer launches, separated for your convenience into five color families. Let the finger-painting begin.
The ocean’s myriad, jewel-toned greens and blues have inspired pretty mints like Avon’s Aqua Fantasy ($5, www.avon.com), true teals embodied best by Priti’s Partridge Breast ($12.50, www.pritinyc.com), and even a reprise of that frenzy-enducing shade of pale, earthy jade, like OPI’s Thanks a Windmillion ($8.50, www.opi.com). Rounding out the under-the-sea offerings are Butter London’s totally beautiful Slapper ($14, www.butterlondon.com), a bright, creamy azure, and Deborah Lippmann’s very aptly named Mermaid’s Dream ($18, www.deborahlippmann.com), a fantastic blend of gold glitter-flecked aquamarine.
Beauty brands always roll out a parade of candy-colored pastels as the warmer months approach, and this year is no exception. The best of the sherbet-colored bunch? Sally Hansen’s Smooth Perfect polishes in Air, a baby blue, and Sorbet, a delectable peach ($5.99 each, www.drugstore.com), and MAC’s Midsummer’s Dream ($16, www.maccosmetics.com), a new riff on classic cotton candy pink. Also worth the trouble of two coats: Essie’s To Buy or Not to Buy ($8, www.essie.com), a pretty lilac, and our personal favorite, Nails Inc’s new Nottinghill Carnival ($9.50, www.sephora.com), an optimistic canary yellow that is pretty much happiness, bottled.
Nude nails have turned into a season-spanning trend, dominating the Spring shows after edging their way into the fold for Fall. But nail art is still making a few backstage cameos, from CND’s Lucite and Lace tips at Joy Cioci and Jin Soon Choi’s dual-colored “slim silhouette” at Prabal Gurung to the custom-designed Minx that have popped up at David Koma, Missoni, and this afternoon at Gareth Pugh (more on that in a bit). The demand for whacky tips at the retail level shows no signs of abating anytime soon, though, and the latest way to out-crazy your friends is finally hitting our shores. Magnetic nail polishes essentially made their debut four years ago when Lancôme released Le Magnetique Vernis Star Design, a shimmering aubergine lacquer with tiny metallic particles in the formula that, when exposed to a specialized magnet built into the bottom of the bottle, formed a star pattern on the surface. It was a limited edition that sold out almost as quickly as it appeared. But the concept has been having a resurgence of late, with brands like Germany’s LCN putting out a collection this summer. London’s Nails Inc., which just arrived in the U.S. via Sephora, is following suit for fall with the launch of Magnetic Attraction. Available in three shades—Big Ben, a metallic gold, Trafalgar Square, a chrome, and Houses of Parliament, a shimmering purple—each varnish is formulated with iron powder, which gravitates toward the magnet in the bottles’ caps to create a cool, ombré chevron pattern. It works best when the magnet is placed directly above the nail bed following a second coat of polish. Hold in place for 10-15 seconds, watch the magic unfold, and finish with a swipe of topcoat for hold. They’re sure to please the bare-is-boring set.
We stumbled upon London’s Nails Inc. in 2009 when the ten-year-old brand brought a limited selection of holiday lacquers to Henri Bendel. One look at its impressive shade range and festive limited-edition bedazzled caps and we knew this line would kill in the States if it managed a full-scale launch. Thea Green, a former fashion editor at Tatler and the brains behind the company, apparently had the same thought. This month, Nails Inc. lands at Sephora. With over 40 different polishes named after London destinations—Carnaby Street is a canary yellow and Bloomsbury Square is a mixed purple glitter—the collection of brights, metallics, and crackle colors is the latest and greatest addition to the beauty emporium’s ever-growing nail arsenal. So, what sets Nails Inc. apart? The cool colors that Green custom-mixes for London fashion shows like Issa, David Koma, PPQ, and Julien Macdonald, and launches at a pace of four new lacquers every six weeks. (Recent additions include a hybrid glitter-crackle varnish and a holographic topcoat, and a line of magnetic polishes due out this fall.) The brand is in over 60 nail salons in the U.K., where manicurists perform signature treatments and a wide array of nail art, so the arrival of the product line is really only the beginning for Green and co. in the U.S. “We’d love to open nail bars here,” she told Style.com. Stay tuned.