August 28 2014

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Nexxus Nabs Molly Sims, Sports Illustrated Snags Barbie, and More


Net-A-Porter Hosts Launch Party Haney Pret-A-CoutureNexxus teamed up with supermodel Molly Sims for its forthcoming Color Assure line—adding her to the growing list of models (including Gisele Bündchen and Miranda Kerr) who recently signed contracts with haircare companies. According to WWD, Sims will undergo a “dramatic” dye job by Aura Friedman, Nexxus’ new celebrity colorist, and share her experience with fans across different social media platforms.

Barbie is no GoldieBlox—she’s plastic, proud, and #unapologetic. She also just scored a spot in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, proving she’s no dumb blond. []

For those who prefer 3-D manicures and glitter-flecked lacquers over triple axels and gold medals, the Nailympics just wrapped up in Italy—and the competition was fierce. From classic gels to clawlike acrylics with intricately designed themes, more than two hundred competitors (read: manicurists) from all over the globe competed for ten trophies and ninety-six different medals. #sochiwho? [MSN]

Speaking of polish jobs, New York City-based nail salon Tenoverten recently announced a collaboration with J.Crew, introducing three shades named after real streets in downtown Manhattan: Houston, a pinky nude; Prince, a pale lavender; and Hudson, a punchy sherbet. (We think each color would pair well with the retailer’s Fall collection punctuated by pastels.) []

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The 411: Nadine and Adair of Tenoverten


When friends Nadine Ferber and Adair Ilyinsky noticed a dearth of, shall we say, a-step-above nail salons in their Tribeca neighborhood in 2010, they decided to go ahead and open their own. And thus was born Tenoverten, a project that was a slight departure for the owner of the forward-thinking West Village boutique Mick Margo and a financial analyst, respectively. But the response to the elegant little bastion of laid-back cool with its iPad stations and impressive polish roster (NARS, Chanel, et al., which are logged into a computer system lest you forget the name of your favorite shade) has been overwhelmingly positive from the get-go, so much so that Ferber and Ilyinsky recently branched out, or rather up, opening their second salon in Le Parker Meridien hotel. Here, the savvy pair share a few of their own fashion and beauty favorites in New York and beyond.

Nadine Ferber
The Hammam at Home: Aire Baths
“This place is a divine addition to our neighborhood. Tribeca is where I live and also where our flagship nail salon is located, so on a super long day it is nice to have Aire as a source of relaxation. I amreally into a hammam-style bathhouse after traveling to Marrakech and Istanbul and you can stop in just to use the baths or book an additional massage which is super luxurious.”
88 Franklin St., NYC, (212) 274-3777;

The Destination Shop: Simple Life Home
“I stumbled upon this very cool store called Simple Life Home in my favorite neighborhood in Istanbul called Bebek. They sell everything so you can recreate a hammam-style experience your bathroom at home. I bought loads of their luxurious soaps and hammam towels. And while you are in the neighborhood you must stop by Mangerie Bebek for lunch.”
For more information, visit

The Brow Guru: Jimena Garcia
“Jimena has changed the shape of my brows and perfected my lashes since she has come into my life. We were fortunate to land her as the brow expert at Tenoverten in Tribeca where she is now based five days a week. I go to her for regular lash tinting and brow shaping. She also introduced me to brow tinting, which makes my brows shiny, which I never expected.”
For more information or to book an appointment, visit

The Forever Skincare Remedy: Aquaphor
“Aquaphor Healing Ointment is my no-fuss simple solution to any dryness in my skin in the wintertime, and conveniently you can buy it anywhere.”
Available at drugstores nationwide

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Beauty Etiquetter: When Indecision And Smudges Strike At The Nail Salon


Beauty Etiquetter is a new column on Beauty Counter in which we address your beauty protocol predicaments with candid advice from industry experts and those in-the-know. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ellenberg@

The Quandary: I often change my mind about my nail polish choice after the manicurist has started to paint it on. How many times can I switch the color before it’s considered rude? And if the color smudges while drying, can I ask for a redo?

The Expert in Residence: Nadine Ferber, co-owner of Tenoverten nail salons

The Advice: “The color of certain polishes in the bottle can vary greatly from the look once applied to your fingernails, so it’s acceptable to ask a manicurist to try another color—or two. Of course, try to be considerate of the manicurist’s time and ask her early on in the polishing process to switch the color when possible. Or if you’re going into the appointment unsure, ask her kindly to try one nail so that you can see what the result will be before committing to that shade. If you decide to try yet a third color, it is nice to ask the manicurist whether she has another client after you so that her schedule won’t be affected. A good rule of thumb is that if you ask more than three times, the manicurist will probably start to get a bit worn down and might not do the best job in the end.

If your color smudges while drying—which happens all the time—you should ask to redo that nail; just don’t expect it to be the same manicurist doing the fixing if she’s gone on to start with another client. There shouldn’t be a charge to redo a nail, no question about it. But remember that most smudges occur when putting your hands in or out of the dryer so be careful at that stage. We use Qtica quick dry drops without dryers, which really cuts back on the number of smudges.”

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The Summer Nail Files: Our Top Ten Polish Picks


Our style in the summer months has, over the years, become more or less like a uniform: pared-down cotton separates in solids and stripes with easy, slip-on sandals—a.k.a. ensembles that can withstand the sweltering New York humidity. That said, any nod to style is reserved for accessories: jewelry, bags, and, of course, nail polish—the only beauty product immune to summer’s sweat-inducing effects. Since our nails remain one of our few means of summertime creative expression they are in a constant state of flux, which isn’t a bad thing these days; in the current climate of manicure mania, there are more than enough colors to go around. With that in mind, we present the ten shades we’ll be playing with all summer long. Happy finger painting!

Think Dark Pink
Tenoverten Polish in Elizabeth
The cool Tribeca nail enclave has, in the brief time it’s been open, already earned a devoted fan base, and its premier line of polishes will likely follow suit. We’re particularly fond of the intensely pigmented fuchsia Elizabeth, named for the hip Nolita street in downtown New York.

Go Day-Glo
Orly Polish in Glowstick and Melt Your Popsicle
Something about the summer inspires us to incorporate colors into our repertoire that are most certainly never found in nature. And these highlighter marker-inspired lacquers definitely fit the bill. Too unnatural? Just use them as an accent or the tip of a French manicure, instead of an allover shade.
$8.50 each,

Lime Time
Essie Nail Polish in Mojito Madness
A light, creamy spearmint shade, this varnish looks as fresh on the nails as the delicious boozy beverage it’s named after does on a hot summer day.

Va Va Vamp
Eres Nail Lacquer in Damas
A rich brown with hints of red, this polish reminds us of our Chanel Vamp-loving days of the late nineties—in the best way possible. It’s an ideal fingernail hue for those of you whose skin remains on the lighter side of pale all summer long.
$25, at Eres stores.

A Coral Worth Coveting
YSL Nail Lacquer in Corail Divin
All corals are not created equal, and YSL’s excellent take on the classic color—part of the luxury brand’s impossibly chic new lacquer line (we also love the Bleu Majorelle)—is a testament to this fact. It’s a truly elegant adaptation of the Boca Raton mainstay.

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