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Posted by 07.28.14

Coming on the heels of über designers who are making their mark in beauty like Dolce & Gabanna, Tory Burch, Tom Ford, and Marc Jacobs, shoe and handbag designer extraordinaire, Christian Louboutin, has a debut of his own. His must have line of nail lacquers is launching in August 2014. And, you guessed it, his legendary ROUGE is the fitting shade to start with.

“The red sole was born from red nail polish. I am giving back to nails what the shoe took from the nails many years ago.” – Christian Louboutin

Apparently, back in 1992, according to WWD, Louboutin actually used a bottle of nail lacquer to get the color just right for his signature red soles. Christian Louboutin Beaute is poised to turn the beauty world upside down. His new luxe beauty venture is a partnership with  New York-based Batallure Beauty.

Even at $50 a bottle, Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour is sure to be a total sell out at luxury retailers from Saks to Neiman’s, Printemps to Brown’s and more. In contrast, Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer is $32, By Terry Nail Laque Terrybly comes in at a healthy $30, and Yves Saint Laurent Beaute La Laque Couture is a $27 spend. But Louboutin is not the most expensive polish by a long shot—Serge Lutens Nail Lacquer tops the charts at $62 at Barneys New York.

Thirty additional shades are coming after Rouge has made its mark. As expected, the bottle is like a work of art unto itself. The sinewy spiky jet black cap resembles Louboutin’s classic stiletto heel atop a faceted bottle that looks like no other nail varnish ever could. The avant garde video created by director and producer David Lynch (think Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Twin Peaks) adds a level of fantasy and over-the-top artistry to the launch.

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All we have to say is place your order early!



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Posted by 07.25.14

Summer has a lot going for it. The longer daylight hours mean more time for fun in the sun, but, it’s precisely this that can take a toll on your hair. Chlorine, UV light, and the sea salt from the ocean will fade, fry, and weaken your hair. Thanks to expert advice courtesy of Jet, from Jet Rhys Salons in San Diego, CA, and NYC-based celebrity hairdresser, Jim Crawford, you won’t have to live under a hat all season.


Hydrate: If you’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors “be proactive and hydrate your hair every day with a moisturizing hair mask,” says Jet. Try Bumble and bumble’s Bb Quenching Masque ($38) to replenish and restore your hair’s natural moisture barrier.

Use Protection: Sunlight creates free radicals that break down the hair protein, damaging cuticles, and fading color. If you plan on being outside or at the beach, shield your strands from the sun with a UV protectant like Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil ($28), a lightweight, water-resistant mist with UVA/UVB filters, anti-oxidants, and conditioning ingredients. Don’t have a hair product on hand? Jet says “a dab of your favorite body sunscreen worked through the ends of your hair will suffice.”

Saturate Your Strands: Before jumping in the pool or ocean drench your hair with fresh, clean water. There’s only so much the hair can absorb and by doing so will minimize the amount of chlorine or saltwater that’s absorbed into the hair.


To embrace summer’s more casual vibe, put down your blowdryer and heat-styling tools and air-dry instead. You’ll get a break and avoid extra damage in the process.

Whether you choose to wear your hair up or down you still have many style options to choose from:

Up-dos: Jim Crawford recommends you ponytail, braid, or bun it with a deep conditioner on your ends and snag-free hairbands to prevent breakage.

He also likes headbands on hair that’s pulled back or worn down a la Katy Perry and says “they’re a great option to keep you looking chic without  using your blowdryer or flat iron.”

Down-dos: If you’re going to wear your hair down, Jet likes “sexy, timeless, beachy waves this time of year.” To do, apply an even layer of leave-in conditioner and mousse throughout freshly washed, towel-blotted hair. Separate it into two to five sections (depending on how loose you prefer your waves) and braid starting two or three inches from the scalp. Leave overnight. In the morning, gently unwind, and rake through with your fingers.


Post-Swim and Sun: It’s important to remove chlorine and sea water from your hair before it can do too much damage. Immediately after swimming rinse hair well with fresh water and as soon as you’re able to do a proper wash use a shampoo specifically formulated to get the chlorine out. UltraSwim Moisturizing Chlorine Removal Shampoo ($4) gently and effectively removes chlorine to keep your hair from becoming dry, brittle, and unmanageable. Jet also recommends good, old-fashioned apple cider vinegar to remove chlorine and salt water and add shine instantly! She says to “rinse it through your damp hair a few times to safely remove dulling minerals and then follow up with shampoo and conditioner.”

Repair parched strands with an intensive conditioning hair masque. A favorite of Crawford is Rene Furterer Sun Care Repairing After Sun Mask ($42), specially formulated with fatty acids and nourishing ingredients to rebuild, rehydrate and detangle.



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Posted by 07.21.14

Have you ever fallen in love with a nail color so much that you wanted to paint your walls with it? Yes, ladies, I said walls. Well, OPI Nail Laquer has the solution for you. They have teamed up with Ace Hardware to offer an exclusive palette of some of their most iconic colors in Clark+Kensington Paint and Primer in One.

In a first of its kind collaboration, the new OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington features 18 of OPI’s most beloved shades paired with complementary colors from the Clark+Kensington line to create a color palette to liven up your home. If nothing else, this rather unexpected pairing may just lure some more women into their local Ace Hardware store in search of Don’t Touch My Tutu, I Eat Mainely Lobster, or Can’t Find My Czechbook.

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The whole nail creativity trend is on fire right now. So it’s no surprise that OPI is thinking outside of the box by teaming up with Clark + Kensington and bringing bold nail colors to the home. Hmmm…just envisioning my living room with Nein, Nein, Nein on the walls. Bravo OPI!

With 3,200 Ace stores nationwide, you can find one practically around the corner. Or pick your fave shades of ‘Glamour by the Gallon’ at clarkandkensington .

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