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A Beauty Bungalow You Should Visit Before Hitting the Beach



California is consistently on the cutting edge of green beauty, and keeping pace is Côte, a newly opened nail salon located on a busy stretch in L.A.’s Brentwood neighborhood that boasts an extensive in-house line of 109 hand-poured, five-free (i.e., formulated without formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, and formaldehyde resin) polishes. This “eco-friendly” destination is a literal breath of fresh air—the Cape Cod-like bungalow houses eleven manicure and pedicure stations with both indoor and outdoor seating options. And though Earth-conscious, the total experience is far from crunchy: iPads are available for smudge-free perusing while clients indulge in the spa’s signature Luxe treatment for hands or feet—a service that incorporates an exfoliating massage with the brand’s own sugar scrub, a collagen treatment, argan oil application on cuticles, and for pedicures includes a hot-stone foot massage. Classic manis and pedis, along with stand-alone foot massages, are also on the menu. And post-polish job, you can browse the boutique filled with Côte’s candles and body goods, as well as home and fashion accessories from local designers. But no matter how you decide to de-stress, the fresh scents and open-air space make for an innovative nail care concept where luxe, all-natural products are front and center—a place they should undoubtedly remain.

11714 San Vicente Boulevard, Los Angeles, (310) 820-0906;


Rihanna’s Thinking Pink From Head to Perfectly Pointed Tips



Joke’s on you, Instagram. Despite the RiRi takedown, the singer stills knows how to set the Internet abuzz. Just last night she tweeted pictures of herself in a bubblegum-pink wig, so if your social feed looks anything like ours, you’ve already been inundated with “OMG Rihanna has pink hair and it is EVERYTHING!” Awesome. While we don’t disagree that the wig is “THE BEST THING EVER,” it’s her color-coordinated nails-and-lipstick combo that’s really piquing our interest. It’s the second time this month that Rihanna has synchronized her makeup and manicure: She attended the Met Gala with lilac lips and nails of the exact same hue. A statement-making lipstick is usually my go-to when it comes to amping up my look, but perhaps my pout deserves a polish job—and maybe a wig—to match.

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Turning Nails Into Art (for Everyone) at Paintbox Studio


paintboxNail art—as cool as it strives to be—can be a somewhat intimidating experience for the uninitiated. So many options, so little guidance at your fingertips. But at Paintbox, a new nail studio in Soho, the experience is, thankfully, edited to appeal to both novices and the more seasoned nail aficionados. Founded by former beauty editor Eleanor Langston, the 1,500-square-foot space features eighteen manicure stations and a streamlined menu of options designed by Langston and celebrity manicurist Julie Kandalec, who serves as Paintbox’s creative director. “I would often get texts from friends at the nail salon saying, ‘I’m paralyzed by the wall of colors’ or ‘I want to try something new but don’t know where to start,’” says Langston. To that end, Paintbox offers just fifty—not five hundred—polishes of the moment (think Tom Ford, Chanel, Essie, Butter London) and seasonal lookbooks depicting twenty-five highly wearable nail art options, all of which can be further customized to your liking. For spring/summer, the range includes Shadow Boxer, with a geometric cutout pattern, and Divide and Conquer, a simple yet striking take on the color-block trend that doesn’t announce itself as being “trendy.”

Another simplified aspect: the cost. Instead of charging by the stud, the studio offers four tiers of pricing, from $20 for a basic manicure with polish, to $65 for a gel manicure with design. And did we mention the pampering touches? Besides staying open until 9 p.m. most nights, there are iPhone chargers at every station, gratis beverages (champagne!), and even a Paintbar with magazines and Scotch at the ready should your significant other want a tipple while you’re waiting for your moon mani to dry. On your way out, don’t miss the Photobox, where you can take a still-life image of your artfully done nails to post on your social media feeds. #LoveIt

17 Crosby Street, New York City, 212-219-2412;

Rita Ora Sets the Record Straight and Reveals the Wedding Dress Worth Fighting for


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Rita Ora knows how to make an entrance, debuting her new single “I Will Never Let You Down” from her forthcoming album on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last week. She told me that Madonna is one of her icons, so it comes as no surprise that the pop star with peroxide strands wore white, reminiscent of the virginal Material Girl in the early eighties. That squeaky-clean image wouldn’t last long, however, as Paris-born street artist and videographer Mr. Brainwash added some color via buckets of paint. “I still have a bit of pink in my hair…We shot it the first time around and it was good, but I wanted to rub the paint on my chest and I forgot to do that onstage, so I ran to the shower, washed it off, did my hair and makeup, and then did it again,” Ora explained. And the Brit, much like her philosophy on fashion and beauty, isn’t afraid to make the occasional misstep in order to make a lasting impression: “When I kissed [Fallon], the paint turned into a shit color. It was so embarrassing!”

While the singer confessed she won’t change for anybody, it doesn’t mean she thinks only about herself: She wanted to set the record straight after being booed on the runway alongside Katy Perry at Moschino’s Fall 2014 show for arriving more than an hour late, saying it was a miscommunication between the house and their respective teams. “We were at the hotel waiting [for the signal], ‘OK, you can come now,’” she said. “And we were a bit pissed off about it because I knew it would look like [we were being divas], but we flew in to [Milan] for that, so why would we be late, you know? It honestly wasn’t like that.” And I have to say that I wholeheartedly believe her. When I interviewed the celeb, she kicked off her heels (saying they were killing her feet); answered every question uncensored (with one exception: “I’m not going to tell you all my tricks, but I do wax some places”); asked about the “budget” (offering up product picks from both the ultraluxe and affordable categories), and did it all without an entourage or publicist present—we even swapped nail art tips for getting the ombré manicure with her new line of lacquers from Rimmel London (“You know those makeup sponges that you get from CVS? You basically just dip it in the polish and smudge it on your nail”).

It seems that Ora is always willing to play nice—unless, of course, you get in the way of her dream, the ingredient-label wedding dress designed by Jeremy Scott and worn by model Lindsay Wixson to close his first collection for Moschino. “I said to [Jeremy], ‘Well, unless you decide to design another one, [it's mine],’ because I might have twenty weddings,” she laughed. “I’ll go Elizabeth Taylor on these bitches.”

To discover all of her best-kept beauty secrets, read this week’s Beauty Essentials feature

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The Real Way to Nail the Man-icure


ryan-nailEmma Roberts was put in the very capable hands of hairstylist Ryan Trygstad for Monday night’s New Yorkers for Children Fool’s Fête—and I couldn’t help but notice his immaculately groomed and gleaming fingers while he blow-dried. Upon closer inspection, however, I noticed that this spectacular sheen could not be attributed to a natural buff or a clear top coat, but rather was the result of minimalist nail art. After seeing a similar concept on Pinterest, Trygstad opted for horizontal bronze stripes artfully etched across select tips (a design he had done for a recent video shoot—”They [zoomed] in close and I wanted it to be funky,” he said). The “Japanese business nail” turned out to be bogus, but this example is very much real and right on trend (line art was seen at Tibi’s Spring 2014 show and on Prabal Gurung’s Fall 2014 runway). While stock options and a promotion might not come out of this paint job, a few compliments on the subway are definitely in store.

Photo: Instagram