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July 26 2014

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27 posts tagged "Sally Hansen"

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

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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 Style.com 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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Nailing It For Spring

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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.

Sea Change

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.

Sweet Treats

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.

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Avril X Sally Hansen; Nicki Minaj Talks Eye Makeup Maintenance; And More…

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First Tracy Reese and Prabal Gurung, and now Avril Lavigne. The pop star and fragrance mogul is getting her own nail polish collection with Sally Hansen. [WWD]

That closet of wigs aside, Nicki Minaj says the most high-maintenance part of her very elaborate beauty routine is her eyes. “They’re the one thing I need my makeup artist to do. I don’t have the patience, my hands shake, and I mess everything up. So my makeup artist has to do my brows and lids and lashes. Everyone knows I’m a lash girl by now. When I don’t have my lashes, I feel naked.” [Elle]

As anyone who has walked past a Hollister store is well aware, public displays of perfume can be unwelcomed—and if the New Hampshire legislature has anything to say about it, they’ll also be illegal in the state’s government buildings. [Time]

The beauty-in-the-classroom debate is on. A high school in Leeds is getting flack for giving its 14- and 15-year-old students makeup tutorials to “teach children how to make a good first impression and also boost their self-confidence.” [Jezebel]

Lord of the Rings-inspired nail art? What will they think of next. [FlavorWire]

Photo: Kevin Winter/DCNYRE2012/Getty Images for DCP

Emily Blunt, Class Act; Katy Perry is Gellin’; And More…

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Being the new face of YSL’s Opium may be Emily Blunt’s beauty world debut, but it certainly isn’t the first time she’s been asked to front a product. Why hold out? “None were as classy as [YSL],” the actress says of the other offers. Smart girl. [Telegraph]

Pop star, fragrance mogul, and ghd spokeswoman Katy Perry may have no need for sunscreen thanks to a busy touring schedule that keeps her indoors “like a vampire,” but she has plenty use for long-lasting manicures. “Gels are just an amazing invention; you can bang your hands against anything! And those Sally Hansen Salon Effects strips are genius. All of my dancers are using them.” [Allure]

According to backstage regular and What Not to Wear’s resident coiffing star Ted Gibson, the “lob” is still very much en vogue. “It works with fashion, but it looks really fresh-straight or wavy or curly,” Gibson says of the collarbone-grazing style. [Fashion Etc]

Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Beauty Throwdown: Battle DIY Nail Overlays

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I get impatient at the nail salon and almost always leave too quickly, which inevitably results in at least one smudged nail. So, when Sally Hansen launched its revolutionary no-mess Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips back in January, I was clearly intrigued. Minutes after opening the box, I had a full set of (smudge-free!) leopard-print tips—and they stayed perfectly intact for over a week. I’ve been hooked on at-home overlays ever since, which is why I was excited to learn that Brit beauty vet Zoe Pocock’s new Nail Rock Designer Nail Wraps just landed stateside at Nordstrom this week. Faced with a very rainy Wednesday night, I decided to spend my time indoors productively, conducting a side-by-side comparison between both brands. Let the beauty throwdown begin.



The Original: Sally Hansen

While Sally Hansen’s life-changing strips come in solid colors like the electric pink It Girl and the bright blue Teal With It, the sparkly patterns and animal prints are the way to go here. And the process couldn’t be easier: You literally just stick them on, fold them over your natural length, and then use the handy wooden tool included with purchase to push off the excess and smooth out the nail bed. The results are so professional in appearance, I’ve actually had several women stop me on the street to ask me where I got them done!

The Newcomer: Nail Rock

The name “designer” nail wrap is 100 percent warranted here. Pocock counts Adele, Fergie, and Keri Hilson as clients and has collaborated with the likes of Meadham Kirchhoff and Mulberry on limited-edition nail patterns. Available in everything from python to dalmation print, there are some seriously covetable colors to choose from here that, as far as we’re concerned, were previously unavailable on the market. But there’s a drawback: The Nail Rock strips are a bit of a hassle to put on. After pressing them onto my nail, I struggled with the excess—which I ultimately had to trim with a nail clipper. Then, once the wrap was affixed to my nail, it took a lot of effort to smooth out the rough edges.

The Bottom Line: Sally Hansen gets a few extra points for doing the ground breaking—and for creating a product that’s so easy to put on you don’t really even need to read the instructions. Nail Rock’s prints are superior, albeit slightly more difficult to secure. If you have the patience and want truly unique designs, go with the latter. But if speed and ease are your objectives, Sally Hansen still can’t be beat.