The new Christo salon in New York City salon is more spacious than three city apartments put together.
While the soft-spoken owner has always had a thing for hair (“hair is your most important accessory” is his mantra), his vision for the brand extends beyond hair to include a mani/pedi service area, an area for facials, a room for beauty medicine consultations, and an area for getting hair colored with the most vibrant pigments available today (a hat tip to Wella color products).
Recently, I had the opportunity to get one of the salon’s signature treatment, the Pomegranate Mani/Pedi given by the lovely Sylvia, a Guatemalan by birth and New York City resident for many decades. For $65, the treatment includes a good soak in lukewarm water, a natural and slightly fragrant (read: not overpowering) pomegranate scrub, hand selected by Ms. Sylvia, and three carefully-applied coats of a nail lacquer that you will select, admire, and pass off to expert hands for application.
The signature service is a very laid-back and pleasant experience at the back of the long room, in an area where you don’t need to whisper.
I was offered everything from water to Starbucks coffee (Sylvia even found a charger to juice up my battery-failing iPhone), so this treatment definitely has perks. Everyone at Christo’s is like your neighbor: friendly and chatty with lovely personalities.
I chose the brick-red shade of Clambake from essie, new for summer 2014, and was so pleased to see my finger and toenails turn a nice hot-coal color. Sylvia scrubbed my heels clean and cradled my sore feet in hot, thick towels, and performed similar magic on my tired arms. In less than an hour—after many sips of piping-hot coffee—I felt somewhat human, by beauty standards.
The Pomegranate mani/pedi is not the only offering, of course. Sylvia tells me that the Shellac treatment ($45 for mani) is very popular, and results last for more than two weeks. This is a delightful treat for the summer, and one that’s worth the togs.
To book, visit www. Christonyc.com, or call (212) 997-8800.
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Sexy lingerie, glam loungewear, vivid colored flowy ensembles…these are just some of what the House of Natori is best known for. Designer Josie Natori now launched a new fragrance, simply called JOSIE.
Her new multi-floral fragrance embodies the scents of crisp asian pear and bergamot with luscious dewy leaves, amidst a bouquet of the national flower of the Philippines, sampaguita, with Freesia, and wild orchid. Finally, there is a mixture of sandalwood and white musk and patchouli. The packaging is bright and uplifting – red with black and white diagonal stripes – and is both playful and modern with a mix of textures and a pop of color.
Having founded her eponymous brand in 1977, Natori also just opened his first boutique in Nolita in New York City brimming with her signature clothing lines, art work, and an eclectic collection of decorative items.
The House of Natori partnered with prestige beauty company LUXE Brands to develop the JOSIE fragrance. The new fragrance collection contains five coordinating pieces; two sizes of eau de Parfum, an eau de parfum rollerball, a rich body cream, and a body lotion, priced from $22 – 95.
“I wanted to create a fragrance for JOSIE that exudes charisma. I am thrilled with the scent – it truly captures the essence of the brand. Today’s woman knows that there is value in expressing her true self and the JOSIE fragrance, a beautiful sensual scent, gives her one more way to express her irrepressible individual style,” says Natori.
JOSIE can be found at Bloomingdale’s and Dillard’s.
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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.
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 .