April 19 2014

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26 posts tagged "Sally Hansen"

The “New Moon Manicure” Debuts At Prabal Gurung


“It’s all about a military look,” Jin Soon Choi said as Prabal Gurung’s women-on-the-front-lines mood board loomed large in the distance (more on the full beauty look in a moment). While female combat fighters likely don’t have time for a mani appointment, that didn’t stop the nail artist from devising a “simple, elegant” motif in their honor. “This is powerful nail art,” she offered, using Gurung’s forthcoming polish collection with Sally Hansen, due out later this year, to paint on a gold base with its lacquer in Coat of Arms, which she topped with two diagonal strokes of Loden Green, an army-inspired olive, creating what Choi described as a “skinny V.” “It’s the new moon manicure,” she insisted—or at least a fun new take on an old classic.

Halloween Nail Candy


Halloween may not be until next Wednesday, but most people (read: adults who love cosplay and can’t drink All Hallows Eve-themed cocktails into the wee hours of the morning on weekdays) will be celebrating this weekend. While full-on fake blood and zombie adaptations of everyone from Taylor Swift to Kim and Kanye might not be up everyone’s alley, it’s decidedly lame to show up to a party without some form of festive ornamentation—even if that just means a themed nail overlay. Luckily, there are quite a few to choose from. Right in time for the candy-coated holiday, Sally Hansen has released five new motifs for its incredibly popular Salon Effects collection, in Numbskull, a white base with black crossbones; Spun for You, black-on-silver spider webs; Batty for You, black winged creatures on a purple base; Patch-O-Lanterns, orange eye and mouth cutouts on a black background; and our personal favorite, How Corny, which literally amounts to a handful of candy corn. The drugstore brand has some competition from Kiss, another mass nail giant that has debuted a range of easy-on imPRESS tips in designs like webbed French tips, and a host of limited-edition prints for its Nail Dress line as well, including a super fun mix-and-match, black-on-orange spider print. It’s not, say, a really believable Honey Boo Boo outfit, but it’s something.

Available at drugstores.

Photo: Courtesy of Sally Hansen

Beauty And The Beat: Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss Goes From Business Casual To “Bombastic, Energetic, And Tough”


With a varied career path that has included stints singing in the teen pop group RubyBlue and teaching the fourth grade, you’d hardly expect Alexis Krauss to have a soft spot for spiked leather jackets, big hoop earrings, and blunt jet-black bangs. Yet the Sleigh Bells front woman has developed a badass onstage persona that pairs perfectly with the band’s chainsaw rock sound. Since forming the Brooklyn-based outfit with Derek Miller in 2008, the twosome has released two albums (the latest, Reign of Terror, came out earlier this year) and garnered a diverse range of fans—including M.I.A., who signed them to her music label—and the throngs of kids who come to their sold-out shows to watch Krauss sing, dance, and headbang her way through the set. How does she maintain the high-level energy, night after night? “I try to stay as sober, well rested, and active as possible,” she explains, adding, “I bring my bike on the road with me and lately I’ve been practicing a lot of hot yoga—it’s an incredible challenge but the payoff is worth it!” Before heading out on a two-month tour, which takes Sleigh Bells across the U.S. and through Europe, Krauss let in on a few of her other tricks, including how to trim tough-girl bangs, doing your own nail art, and what it feels like to get a custom-made jacket from Nicola Formichetti.

What has been the biggest difference between releasing the first and second albums?
Our confidence levels. We are more assertive and more capable of making smarter business and creative decisions. We’ve learned to never compromise and to never succumb to the pressure or expectations of others. We no longer feel like the new kids on the block, and as a result we are more comfortable being who we want to be.

Rock ‘n’ roll has its fair share of tough girls. What is it about certain symbols of toughness—be it leather jackets or jet-black hair—that you think appeals to a lot of female performers?
I can only speak for myself, and in our case the band’s aesthetic is inextricably linked to the music we make. I want my style to represent our sound, which is bombastic, energetic, and tough while also being playful, innocent, and feminine. I like wearing clothes that represent that juxtaposition, whether it be pairing a studded leather jacket with a pair of pastel daisy dukes or classic white Keds with shredded fishnet stockings. I’m also constantly referencing the looks of rock ‘n’ roll’s most badass women, like Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper, Lita Ford, Debbie Harry, or Mary Weiss, to name a few.

So your look is pretty thought-out?
Honestly, it’s something that I’m constantly thinking about and cultivating. When I began performing in Sleigh Bells I was still teaching fourth grade, and it took some time to transition my wardrobe from business casual to what it is today. I did tons of research looking into designers and cultivating relationships with my favorites. I love working closely with small labels such as Obesity & Speed and Bambi and Manson to create looks that are compatible with mine and the band’s sensibilities. Like many women I love experimenting with clothing and makeup and I’m always pushing myself to take risks and try different things.

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Beauty And The Beat: Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino Shares The Rock Chick-Approved Secret To Chip-Free Nails


Although Best Coast’s beginnings were humble—lo-fi, fuzzy pop tracks conceived in front woman Bethany Cosentino’s bedroom—the duo are an indie act to reckon with these days. Besides having not one but two albums (including this May’s The Only Place) land on the U.S. charts, Best Coast has also opened for Metallica, had Drew Barrymore direct a music video, and, in Cosentino’s case, designed a capsule collection for Urban Outfitters. It’s not that surprising, though; between the band’s heartfelt lyrics that tap into the emotional realities of being a young woman and the jangly choruses that stick in your head for days, it’s nearly impossible to not fall for the California outfit. Before hitting the road this July for a month-long U.S. tour, Cosentino spoke with about impulse tattoos, shopping at Target, and the secret to chip-proof nails that can withstand daily guitar shredding.

Being a part of the indie music world, where it sometimes seems like there’s an emphasis on “not caring,” how important has it been for you to develop a “look”?
It’s definitely not something I ever planned out or thought about. My style has always just evolved naturally. I get bored pretty quickly, so I shop a lot—it’s kind of a problem [laughs]. I think that my style really just reflects upon my mood; some days I wake up and I’m in the mood to wear a pretty dress and heels, and other times I just throw on a pair of shorts and a vintage T-shirt.

Now you’ve got your own clothing line—Bethany Cosentino for Urban Renewal at Urban Outfitters. Have you spotted any women wearing your designs?
I have! It’s such a trip. There was a girl at a show recently who was wearing my line head to toe, and it made me so excited. It’s really crazy to see girls wearing the stuff because I came up with all the designs sitting on the floor of my living room. It’s an incredible feeling.

From the band name to the lyrical content of songs like “The Only Place,” Best Coast is all about California boosterism. Do you see a big difference between East Coast and West Coast style?
I think West Coast style is way more laid-back, especially since it’s so hot here all the time. When I lived in New York I was a lot more conscious of what I wore—there are so many beautiful people with great style walking around, so you want to look good all the time—but I found it hard to keep up with. In L.A. I can wear shorts and a crop top and not feel out of place, because it’s just a chill outfit.

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Beauty And The Beat: Santigold Is Ready To “Leave All The Wackiness To Everyone Else”—Just As Long As She Can Have Her Green Eyeliner


A lot can happen in four years—just ask Santi White, a.k.a. Santigold, who released her debut album in 2008. Since then, there’s been blog buzz, Converse ads, copycats, and waiting—a lot of it, mostly by her patient fan base holding its breath for something new from the New York-based genre-crosser. But finally, Santigold’s sophomore album Master of My Make-Believe is here, and it more than meets our incredibly high expectations. White, meanwhile, still looks every bit the star, whether she’s running around the jungle in Rodarte x Opening Ceremony heels (see: the music video for “Disparate Youth”) or doing some gender-bending on her Kehinde Wiley-designed album cover (yes, that’s her as both an Alexander Wang-clad Bond girl, and a suited man). In the midst of a U.S. tour, White spoke with about getting through a five-day detox, getting over her old “look,” and getting creative with her colorist.

Most people’s personal style evolves over the course of four years. Has that been the case for you?
When my first record came out in 2008, it was a really exciting time in fashion because it seemed there was an explosion of fun, colorful, playful styles that were much bolder than anything we’d seen in a couple decades. It was so exciting for someone like me because it was almost like wearing toys. Over the past few years, however, that trend has spread to the point where it seems like everyone just wants to be more “wacky” than the next person, so I’ll leave all the wackiness to everyone else. I still like fun styles with interesting colors and textures; I always will, because that’s what I’m drawn to, the more artful fashion pieces—especially for stage and photo shoots. But now I’m more into creating costumes for my stage shows that feel more theatrical, but in a DIY way. Offstage, comfort always comes first. Maybe that’s something that’s changed a bit; when you first come out as an artist you really want to establish what your “look” is so that everyone knows who you are and what you’re about. Nowadays, the less attention I get when I don’t want it, the better.

That Alexander Wang gold, cutout one-piece you wear on the cover of Master of My Make-Believe is pretty attention-grabbing.
I love that suit! I just had an image in mind for the cover and I knew I needed a special gold suit for the lady-guards that was going to be amazing, so I reached out to Alex—thinking he’d never do it—and I asked him to design something for it. I was overjoyed when he said yes! I remember doing a really bad job trying to describe what I had in mind, and he was like, “So you want something slutty?” I was like, “No! Kind of badass Bond girl,” and he was like, “OK. I got it.” And then he just went into his genius mode and nailed it!

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