26 posts tagged "Sally Hansen"
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.
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]
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]
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.
“You already know the parameters,” Redken creative consultant Guido Palau said backstage at Alexander Wang, referring to the quintessential Alexander Wang girl. “She’s ‘downtown’ or she’s done her hair herself,” he elaborated, highlighting the beauty elements that remain a constant in the Wang archetype. For Spring, Palau added a new “devil-may-care attitude” to the equation in the form of a wet look—make that soaking wet. Saturated strands are becoming an early beauty trend here in New York, turning up at BCBG, Prabal Gurung, Helmut Lang, and just this morning at Victoria Beckham (more on that in a bit). And so it went at Wang, where the sporty inspirations of choice were car racing and motocross. Prepping hair with Redken’s Full Frame 07 All-Over Volumizing Mousse, Palau coated locks from roots to ends before creating a messy center part and rough-drying. Redken’s new All Soft Argan-6 Multi-Care Oil imparted a high-shine aftereffect.
Makeup artist Diane Kendal also took a page out of the Wang beauty book, in which clean skin, greasy eyes, and strong brows are always part of the plotline. “Urban nineties” is how Kendal described the well-moisturized skin she accessorized with MAC’s Eye Kohl in Smolder. As a final touch, Kendal applied MAC Gloss Texture to the center of lids to bring a sense of the dewy and damp to models’ complexions.
There was one totally new beauty element on display yesterday, though, in the form of Alexander Wang’s three-piece nail selection for Sally Hansen. Available in April, the varnishes include Oxblood, a dark bordeaux; Petrol, a steely blue; and Parchment, a sheer cream that was lacquered onto tips for a polished but barely-there finish.