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Elizabeth Arden The Red Door at Vivienne Tam Spring 2017 Collection

For this Spring 2017 NYFW season, we decided on a very light fashion week schedule, only doing one backstage coverage. This season we went backstage with Elizabeth Arden The Red Door at Vivienne Tam Spring 2017 Collection show. The Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa team were on hand for hair and nails, using Olivia Garden Hair Tools achieve the show’s hair looks.

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The hair look for the Vivienne Tam’s Spring 2017 collection show was a unique twist to the topknot, which complimented the soft style of Vivienne Tam’s runway looks. Lead Hairstylist, Makiko Nara, Creative Lead for The Red Door Salon & Spa loosely pulled into ladylike chignons situated at the crown of each model’s head for a chic, relaxed style.

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To achieve the look, the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas hair team took the following steps:

1. First, apply Kérastase L’incroyable Blowdry into the palm of hands and apply on towel-dried hair from roots to ends. For thinner hair, apply Kérastase Matérialiste to add texture and thickness to hair.

2. Then, brush hair with Olivia Garden’s iDetangle Brush (pictured below), a new ultra-gentle detangling brush with a double-bristle design. This new lightweight, unibody, and vented paddle brush feature scalp-hugging comfort and flexible detangling bristles that are specially designed to work on specific hair types. The iDetangle Brush Collection is available in three bristle types customized bristles are designed for detangling Fine (translucent white), Medium (translucent grey), and Thick Hair (solid black)

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3. Next, blow dry hair naturally using the Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Supreme Combo Oval Cushioned Paddle Brush to lift up the roots to create volume.

4. Then, pull the hair upward and tight leaving a few pieces down around the hairline and neck.

5. Next, make a small knot with a hair tie, wrap around the knot with the half of the hair and the leave the end free. Secure hair in place with bobby pins.

We had a chance to briefly speak with Lead Hairstylist, Makiko Nara on the inspiration for this season’s runway hair. See the video below:

For the nail look, The Red Door at Vivienne Tam Spring 2017 collection team, headed by Creative Lead, lwona Opiola, created a natural nail to compliment the soft textures of Vivienne Tam’s collection.

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Using Essie’s Demure Vixen, follow the team followed the below steps to create the look.

1. File nails into a rounded shape, and apply CND Cuticle Away

2. Lightly buff the nails, then gently remove any loose cuticle

3. Dehydrate the nail plates with acetone, which prevents polish from chipping

4. Apply 2 coats of Essie’s Demure Vixen polish

5. Apply Essie’s GoodZGo Top Coat to add a bit of texture to the polish without it looking dry 6. For dry cuticles, apply CND Solar Oil for added hydration

What do you think of the hair and nail looks from The Red Door at Vivienne Tam Spring 2017 collection show?

Nail Your Halloween Mani with Deborah Lippmann

Who’s ready for Halloween? What will you rock on your nails? We may not know what our costume will be, but we certainly know what our nails will be dressed as. Thanks to Deborah Lippmann and her Limited Edition ROAR Fall 2015 Collection, we have found our spooktacular Halloween manicure.  This Halloween, dress your nails in Witches Claw or Howling Half Moon Mani:

Witches Claw:

  1. Begin with one coat of deborah lippmann Gel Lab Pro base coat and let dry fully.
  2. Apply two thin coats of Respect over the entire nail, waiting 2 minutes to dry and capping the tips of the nail after each coat.
  3. Wait one hour for nails to fully dry. Then, cut low-tack blue painters tape into a triangle shape and place in the center of the nail. The triangle should be placed where the pointed tip is at the top edge of your nail and is wider at the base.
  4. Paint the exposed sides of your nail with Miss Independent, then carefully lift the painters tape – do not wait for Miss Independent to dry.
  5. Finish the look with deborah lippmann Gel Lab Pro top coat.

Products Used:

  • deborah lippmann Gel Lab Pro Base and Top Coat (sold as a set) – $45.00
  • deborah lippmann Respect Nail Lacquer (Limited Edition for Fall/Winter 2015-16) – $18.00
  • deborah lippmann Miss Independent Nail Lacquer (Limited Edition for Fall/Winter 2015-16) – $18.00

A Howling Half Moon Mani:

Begin with one coat of deborah lippmann Gel Lab Pro base coat and let dry fully.

  1. Apply two thin coats of Fade to Black over the entire nail, waiting 2 minutes to dry and capping the tips of the nail after each coat.
  2. Using a nail art detail brush (or the bottle brush if you have a steady hand), paint a half-moon at the base of the nail with Can’t Be Tamed glitter lacquer.
  3. While that dries, apply Ruby Red Slippers over the tip of your nail, gradually dragging the glitter down towards the middle of your nail to create a subtle gradient. Add a second swipe of Ruby Red Slippers just across the tips of your nails to create a more intense glitter ombre effect.
  4. Finish the look with deborah lippmann Gel Lab Pro top coat.

Products Used:

  • deborah lippmann Gel Lab Pro Base and Top Coat (sold as a set) – $45.00
  • deborah lippmann Fade to Black Nail Lacquer – $18.00
  • deborah lippmann Can’t Be Tamed Nail Lacquer (Limited Edition for Fall/Winter 2015-16) – $20.00
  • deborah lippmann Ruby Red Slippers Nail Lacquer – $20.00

 

The ROAR Collection evokes feminine strength and echoes the united voice of women everywhere. Inspired by the rebirth of female empowerment (equal rights, equal opportunity and female solidarity) and iconic leaders like Grace Jones, Madonna, and Cher, Deborah specifically designed these show-stopping shades to represent that power with color.

The new, full coverage shades include She Wolf (crème taupe – not pictured), Respect (crème brick red), Miss Independent (crème berry wine), and Can’t Be Tamed (crème holographic honey gold).

The Deborah Lippmann ROAR Collection is available now at www.deborahlippmann.com, and at Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora stores nationwide.

This blog post also appears on The Nail Polish Exchange.

Holiday Gift Guide: Rock Her Holiday Beauty Wishlist w/ Julep

A beauty maven is the easiest person to shop for at holiday time. Especially when there are great brands like Julep to love. The beloved beauty brand has a wonderful array of stunning cosmetics and cosmetic tools that make great stocking stuffers and under the tree gifts this holiday. Whether your beauty addict loves nail polishes, makeup brushes, lip or eyeshadow colors, or all of the above, this Holiday Gift Guide highlights some of our favorite beauty gift offerings from Julep. These gifts assure that your Christmas morning will be filled with lots of hugs and kisses of appreciation.

Rock Her Holiday Beauty Wishlist w/ Julep

Load up their stockings with Julep beauty treats like the Hands in the Air, a trio of skin-loving, travel-friendly hand crèmes; Mini Lipstick Trio – Dancing, a trio of deep hued, richly colored, matte-finish lipsticks; Festival of Lights Trio, a celebration of the Hanukkah colors at your fingertips; Stargazer Collection, a set of five shimmery waterproof eye pencils; and Brush With Greatness, a set of five super-soft brushes: blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, angled liner, and shader. Add some more beauty to your tree by adding the 2014 Birthstone Collection, a 12-piece nail polish collection inspired by the birthstones. We can’t wait to rock Joni (Citrine for November); Sweep – Eyeshadow Photogenic Palette, a stunning collection of eleven anti-aging eyeshadow colors (thanks to its Power Cell Complex) that range from matte to subtly shimmery; and the 2014 Gem Collection, a set of twelve gemstone polishes that will have your nails sparkling like diamonds.

For those who want to really wow your loved one, go big and gift her with Rock Her Wish List ($224.00) Gift Set, we definitely have it on our own wishlist. This bundle of happiness features some of Julep’s most covetable beauty products and sort after favorites, such as the Plié Wand Nail Polishing System, Luxe Lip Conditioning Treatment Duo, Hands in the Air Hand Cremes, Nailed It! nail color minis, Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum, Stargazer shimmery Gel Eye Gliders, Sweep Eyeshadow Photogenic Palette, Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat, and Oxygen Performance Top Coat.

All of these amazing products, and so much more, are available now. You may find yourself getting products for yourself, as well as or holiday gifts. Here’s to you having a beauty-filled holiday.

Gala Gonzalez’s Nail Polish Collection w/ Color Club

Checking off something that is on our own bucket list is Spanish fashion blogger, Gala Gonzalez of amlul.com, who is launching an upcoming nail polish collection, Gala’s Gems, with Color Club which was previewed at a Birchbox Birchbloggers event. We all know that Birchbox is a beauty lover’s go-to for a personalized way to discover, learn about and purchase the best beauty, grooming and lifestyle products, so highlighting this collaboration is no surprise. Along with a sneak peek of the collection, attendees got the opportunity to walk away with manicures with the gorgeous creamy, pearlized, pastel collection and a Q&A session between Birchbox co-founder Katia Beauchamp and Gala.

From left to right is Heirloom Pearls, Breakfast At.., Aquamarine Azulino, and Gold Struck. You can see the full beauty of Heirloom Pearls and also check out some video of the Q&A with Birchbox’s Katia and Gala below:

As you can tell, the 35yr old veteran nail lacquer company has re-branded its logo and packaging to truly embody “the future of color.” The new packaging now boasts a more fashion forward black and white logo and a sleek, modern bottle with white caps, allowing allowing each of their 250 nail colors to pop.

Color Club is available on Birchbox.com and ShopColorClub.com.

love & polish,

NELLY S.

What We’re Loving | LVX Luxury Vegan Nail Lacquer

A few weeks ago we were vicariously invited through our sister blog, My Life on and off the Guest List, to preview the luxury vegan nail lacquer brand, LVX Nail Lacquer at La Vie Zen Spa. During the event, we were lucky enough to preview LVX’s current Fall 2013 Collection, which launched this past August, their Holiday Trio and the Winter Resort Collection which was released Thanksgiving. Guests were pampered with on-site manis featuring colors from any of LVX’s collections. I went with the very rich, very lush Caviar from their Winter Resort collection

Caviar pays homage to our very own Livid, a classic jet set crème. What makes Caviar especially distinctive is its final texture; the silver glitter particles act as a three dimensional element and make this ultra black crème all the more intriguing when dry.”

I loved this color; it had stunning shine and was completely opaque in only two coats. The resulting jet set texture blew me away and received several compliments. I must note this was the first time my nails were dressed in black. Usually with vegan formulas, I experience chipping within a day but after 5 days, the LVX Nail Lacquer was still going strong.

The Winter Resort Collection consists of (from left to right) Magenta, Avalon, Scarlet, Graphite, Caviar and Sappir (a striking sapphire metallic crème – not pictured)

The Holiday Trio colors that are synonymous with the holiday season and from now through December 31st, LVX will be donating 20% of their proceeds of the sale of this set to PETA. The Holiday Trio features (from left to right) Sanguine, Luxe and Alchemy.

If you’re an animal lover or looking to add healthier nail products to your collection with out losing the luxe and fashionable aspect, look no further than LVX Nail Lacquer. Featuring the top colors of the season, is long lasting, chip resistant with a gel-like formula that is free of toxic and harsh chemicals. LVX products are fomulated without the use of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, and Camphor without compromising quality, durability and finish.

xoxo
 
Nelly/The Nail Polish Exchange

Preview Ciate’s Holiday Gift Sets & Win The Emerald Collection

Hello nail lacquer lovers, Nelly here to help you to celebrate the gift-giving season. Thanks to My Life on and off the Guest List, I get to share Ciaté’s amazing nail lacquer and innovative nail art gift sets for the upcoming holiday season that you will clamoring for. The coveted nail brand features nail lacquers that are intensely pigmented with sought after designer-inspired manicures (their Caviar is still an industry favorite), original polishes, and standout textures and treatments that will transform your nails into the ultimate statement accessory. Their holiday offerings sees old favorites return and new amazing innovations, one of which a lucky reader of The Nail Polish exchange will win. Check out some of them below:

Ciaté Mini Mani Month – $58.00
 

Selling out in record numbers last year, this holiday favorite returns due to popular demand. Change your polish every day of the month with this rainbow of color and texture sensations. This holiday calendar countdown includes a playful mix of mini Paint Pots, glitter sprinkles, caviar pearls, salon quality treatments, cute nail gifts, and some hidden surprises along the way. With 17 of Ciate’s favorite creme shades and seven textured manicure toppers, you’ll be entertained all season long. This set contains: Paint Pots Nail Polish in Snow Globe, Boudoir, Hoopla, Hopscotch, Sugar Plum, Fit For A Queen, Candy Floss, Amazing Gracie, Pepperminty, Encore!, Starlet, Chinchilla, Members Only, Play Date, Ivory Queen, Main Stage, Pillow Fight, Tweed and Tails, Caviar Luxe in Metallic Pearls Smoulder (silver), Metallic Pearls Lustre (gold), Caviar Pearls in Cupids Arrow, Midnight in Manhattan, Glitter in Twinkle Toes, Sequins in Dallas Dolly and a Funnel.

Ciaté Tree Trinkets – $30.00
 

Deck your tree with this festive set of six mini glitter polishes floating inside bow-decorated ornaments. Wear each high-gloss shade alone or layered over your favorite color. Your tree will wow friends and family when dressed with these festive gifts. This set contains: 6 Mini Nail Pots in Yule Rules, All Aglow, Candy Cane, Humbug, Wrap Star!, Tinsel Town, 6 holiday ornaments and 6 holiday gift tags

Ciaté Nail Lab – $65.00

Want the ultimate at-home nail studio? Just like a makeup artist has her case, a nail care fan should have a studio. This is the ultimate at-home setup for creating hundreds of custom nail looks. Create and master pro nail styles, including a dotting tool, ombre sponge, and striping brush, plus Ciaté founder Charlotte Knight’s favorite glitter recipes and nail-look show cards to inspire and help you create your own signature Ciaté look. Crown your creation by giving it a name with the enclosed name tags – perfect for creating a special gift. This set contains: 6 Nail Pots in Mistress, Rain Coat, Amazing Gracie, Power Dressing, Pillow Fight, and Ferris Wheel, 7 Recipe cards, 7 Get The Look cards, 8 Suspension Top Coats, Glitter Pots in Splash, Tease, Bombshell, Flitter Pots in Prism, Stiletto, Galactic, Sparkle Pots in Nightfall, Ignite, Crowd Surf, Shimmer Pots in Pout, Day Dream, Pirouette, 2 Empty Mixing Paint Pots, 1 Petri dish, 1 Funnel, 2 Mini test tubes, Name tags, 6 Silver shaker balls, 1 Mini file, 2 Nail buffers, 1 Paint brush, 1 Stripper brush, 1 Dotter and 1 Scoop.

Ciaté Caviar Manicure Luxe in Gleam, Lustre and Smoulder – $25.00

The kit features a salon quality Paint Pot in rich metallic tones—the perfect foundation for the Luxe look. Luxe metal pearls are heavier than the classic caviar pearls, giving this look a more substantial finish. Add Gleam pearls for a blush rose gold color. Smoulder imparts a gleaming platinum look. And Lustre gleams with a classic gold full of glamour and sophistication. This set contains: Caviar Luxe Pearls, Paint Pots Nail Polish, Mini funnel, and Tray.

Ciaté Feathered Manicure in What A Hoot, All A Flutter and Ruffle My Feathers – $25.00

A complete nail kit featuring natural feathers (yes real features) for a stunningly intricate nail art look. This vampy fashion statement gives a extraordinarily fashionable look – the ultimate way to wear feathers this season. This set contains: Speed Coat Pro, Mini Paint Pot, Nail scissors, 2 Nail file blocks, and 40 feathers.

Ciaté Velvet Manicure – $25.00 

Created by Charlotte Knight, Ciaté’s Creative Director, whilst experimenting with luxurious textures and finishes. The finished effect of this red velvet manicure is unlike any other, giving an indulgent velvety coat for a truly divine manicure. This set contains: Paint Pot in Boudoir, Crushed Velvet Powder, Clear Plastic Tray, and Little Black Brush.

Ciaté Emerald Collection – $30.00 – WIN THIS SET

Enjoy 2013’s Color of the Year in Ciaté’s popular textures – Sequin, Velvet and Caviar. This collection comes with a full size Ditch the Heels Paint Pot, which is accompanied by a Velvet Shaker in Chauffeur, a pot of Sequins in Penthouse, and an extra special Emerald Caviar blend in Ball Gown. A funnel, little black brush and mini tray are all included to keep your mani tidy. As previously stated, one of you will win this wonderful, multi-textured set. Want to know how? Just follow the rafflecopter details below:

Thanks to My Life on and off the Guest List for sharing these amazing Ciate Holiday Gift Sets with us and for helping with this giveaway.

Color Coordination | Illamasqua Nails and ICU Eyewear Sunnies

There’s a huge trend going on right now which has everyone matching their nails to more than just their outfits. These days, you can rock nails that match your handbags, shoes makeup, or accessories. Since sunnies are one of the must-have accessories for summer, why not have them match your nail color? Think of the fun you can have. Illamasqua, a brand known for celebrating personality and individuality, and ICU Eyewear has several incredible colors that coordinate and compliment each other perfectly. Both brands have an amazing variety of colors, some of which are featured below – so many choices, it’s difficult to choose a favorite.

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Alarm
ICU Crystal w/Wavy Temples Red

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Gamma
ICU Crystal w/Metal Temples Gold

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Harem
ICU Crystal Pink/Black

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Prism
ICU Crystal w/Outsides Spray

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Purity
ICU Black with Metallic Temples Pumpkin

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Superstition
ICU Modern Classic Red

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Swinger
ICU Retro Speckles Brown

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Venous
ICU Crystal Green

Luckily you don’t have to choose. Because ICU Eyewear is so affordable, you can mix and match several of the eyewear styles to your Illamasqua nail varnishes. With eyewear styles retailing for only $21.95, you can switch up your look all season long. 

Birchbox + Color Club Create Exclusive Nail Art Kit!

At Birchbox, the beauty discovery commerce experts, nail art is more than just a trend – it’s a must-have accessory that’s here to stay! The nail art obsession flourished in 2012 and will continue strong through 2013; to kick off the New Year, Birchbox has teamed up with Color Club to create a kit of nail art essentials that is sure to please nail artisans.

From striper brushes and dotting pens to beautiful gold leaf, Birchbox is giving you everything you’d need to create a super fun mani. The kit also features three of Birchbox’s favorite designs that you can recreate yourself – Edgy Black Pyramids, Classic Polka Dots, and Gold Foil Gradient

 Want to know what’s in this fun nail art kit? See below for contents Birchbox + Color Club’s exclusive kit:

-Nail Art Duo Pens in White and Black 
-Mini French Tip Polish 
-Mini Look Book Polish 
-Gold Flakes 
-Sealer

Want to learn more about this awesome kit? Visit www.birchbox.com/the-haute-box/birchbox-nail-art-kit for foolproof tutorials and more information!