REVIVAL BEAUTY

Only Odile Gilbert could dare to bring the crimped waves back to life, and she did it beautifully for the Thakoon Spring 2013 fashion show in New York. Kerastase Elixir Ultime Imperial helped to achieve the look.

Photo by Exposureny.com

French Manicures: Yay or Nay?

By Tiffany Etessami

“As soon as we put an end to French manicures, they will come back in style again.” –Deborah Lippmann, celebrity manicurist.

There is no beauty trend that has people more split than the French manicure. You either love it or you hate it, and it’s very rare that someone will change their stance on the issue. According to recent polls, 58.9% of Glamour readers love it, but a whopping 86% of InStyle readers said it was out!

In recent years, the French mani’s popularity has faded a bit. Devotees started migrating towards solid neutral shades like greige and soft pinks. More and more people started agreeing that it is a dated fad and not current or cool. Issue settled.

But, wait a second… pictures surfaced last month of trendsetter and undeniable cool girl, Rihanna, sporting not only a French mani, but a French pedicure! This look has always been an inarguable faux pas in the nail world – something that’s not up for debate – but since almost anything Rihanna does is considered cool, what does this mean for French nails?

Rihanna’s stamp of approval or not, I still find the French an outdated beauty look. To make the manicure more current, try using a sheer pink rather than stark white on the tips. Or try a funky reverse French manicure, which was seen all over the Fashion Week runways. Regardless of what I think, though, it seems like fans of the standard French manicure will remain forever devoted to this classic; so it looks like it’s here to stay!

Photo of E! ManiCam via  @amelieg

Jen’s RIP Beauty Report

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Flipping through some old photographs I stumbled upon beauty trends that I fully embraced at various stages in my life. At the time, these looks seemed essential to my beauty. Looking back now, I can’t stop laughing.The Crimper: Whoa! This device seemed like the best invention ever (maybe a tie with Epilady?). What a genius way to transform my boring self into a punk rock teen! I spent hours finding the perfect way to crimp my thick black mane. I fussed with mousse, hairspray, a blow dryer and detangler to achieve the, “yes, I’ve just been hit by lightening,” look.

Teased and Feather Bangs: Besides my frosty pink Formula 44 lip gloss, Stiff Stuff hairspray was one of those essentials that I had to have in my beauty cabinet.  I was not fit to leave the house without taking my bangs, teasing them up and to the side with a fine tooth comb, and spraying them so they could no longer move. I even carried a small travel size bottle filled with the liquid glue with me to school in case my high tresses began to fall flat. I recall trying to get my mother to sport the look as well, I wanted her to look cool!  I’m glad she didn’t let me experiment on her with the rooster ‘There’s Something About Mary’ look.

Dark Lip Liner: This is one of those trends that unfortunately has managed to stick around for some people. Liner should not be darker than your lipstick! I sometimes hold myself back from going up to someone and just saying STOP THAT! IT’S SCARY.The Rachel: I too fell victim to this wildly popular haircut made famous by the stunning Jennifer Aniston. I trusted my locks to a hairdresser on Rodeo Drive and I was expecting magic! Poof! That was one wildly unflattering cut, and I looked nothing like my favorite sitcom character. Luckily I learned my lesson and did not embrace the Victoria Beckham asymmetrical bob of 2008.

The Bridal Crown: Now this may be the worst offense of all. Yes, I wore a full blown crown on my wedding day. It was all the rage at the time (ask any 1995 Bride), and I spent a mini fortune on my crystal masterpiece of humiliation. The pictures are everywhere. I will never live this one down. Note to all brides to be: do not wear a crown unless a real Queen has given you hers.

I hope these trends are gone for good. Yet, I’m sure in a few years I will have some more to add to the list.  What are some beauty trends you’d like to put to rest?

ETERNAL BEAUTY

Like the little black dress or a quilted Chanel bag, some beauty products are just classics. They have stood the test of time, and will always be available at your favorite department store. Here are some of our top picks:

Carita Paris Fluide de Beauté 14 – Launched in 1956: Using hazelnut and corn oils, this product nourishes dry skin. It leaves skin feeling smooth and hydrated, and uses highly effective vitamins to strengthen and protect skin. (SRP: $69)

Chanel No. 5 – Launched in 1921: Coco Chanel said she created this fragrance because she wanted a scent for women that smelled like a woman. This feminine scent includes hints of Jasmine, rose, patchouli, iris and ylang-ylang. (SRP: $50)

Merle Norman Powder Base Foundation – Launched in 1931: This foundation is the definition of a cult classic. It’s long-lasting formula provides the base for a stunning complexion by protecting against drying effects of sun and wind. (SRP: $16)

Elizabeth Arden – Eight Hour Cream – Launched in 1930: A skincare classic that protects skin while moisturizing dry areas. (SRP: $17)

Benefit Benetint – Launched in 1977: A rose-tinted lip and cheek stain that goes on sheer. The long-lasting stain is beloved by celebrities and makeup artists. (SRP: $28)

MUSE OF THE WEEK

Kimberly Taylor, author of our summer beauty diary and this week’s beauty adventure.

MY BEAUTY ADVENTURE

By Viviane Vidal, model

My first fashion shoot was in Paris. I was so excited, I have never been there before. It was an amazing experience. After work, I was invited to a party and went straight to a nail salon to get a manicure. When the technician was done, I looked at my nails…. I was horrified! She had put the polish only on the center of the nail. What was she thinking? In Brasil we are very meticulous about our manicures, we cut all cuticles, completely cover the whole nail with polish, then clean the edges with acetone. I realized that this was not the way nails were done in France… I went back to the hotel and did it myself, it definitely looked better. I was ready to party!

I live in New York now, and I am still very specific about my beauty treatments. Luckily, the Brasilian salon Maria Bonita in Soho does it all, hair, nails, massage, the real Brasilian way, which is for me, the only way to go!

Viviane’s Beauty Adventure is also an illustration series by Elisa Stangalini.

A LA MODE COLLECTION

A LA MODE COLLECTION

JINSOON A La Mode collection has been named by models who inspired the colors. From the left: Austere (Caroline Trentini), Charade (Hyoni Kang), Rhapsody (Coco Rocha), Debonair (Karlie Kloss), Auspicious (Jamie Bochert), Metaphor (Guinevere van Seenus).

Read more about Jin Soon Nail Care Collection here

THE MANICURE QUEEN

By Carole Hallac

It’s no question that in  New York, Jin Soon Choi, a native of Korea, is the absolute queen of nails. With three nail spas in Manhattan, Jin has been an institution in the industry for many years, a favorite on the set of international fashion campaigns and magazine covers (she is the go-to manicurist of Steven Meisel shoots), and has worked with a multitude of celebrities (Sarah Jessica Parker was her first client in her East Village salon) and models.

Models are, in fact, part of the Jin’s inspiration for her new exquisite nail collection, which is divided into two lines: the Quintessentials, with classic colors like red and nude, and A La Mode, which features the shades of the season, and were named by some of her model friends  such as Coco Rocha (“Rhapsody”), Caroline Trentini (“Austere”), Karlie Kloss (“Debonair”), Hyoni Kang (“Charade”), Jamie Bochert (“Auspiscious”), and Guinevere Van Seenus (“Metaphor”).

The JINSOON nail care collection is 5-free (non toxic), and includes twelve colors, a top coat and a strengthening basecoat infused with biotin and amino acids.

Available at Sephora and SpaceNK in September ($18 each).

View the A La Mode collection here.

COMIC PAMP

COMIC PAMP by Elisa Stangalini

by Tiffany Etessami

Viviane Vidal’s Beauty Adventure made us curious about the process of the Brazilian manicure. We were able to speak to Fernanda Lacerda, owner of Maria Bonita Salon & Spa (the salon that Viviane swears by). She took us through the steps of this impeccable mani.

At Maria Bonita, the entire process takes about forty-five minutes – it is meticulously done, and worth the extra time. The treatment begins with a paraffin immersion (during the colder months) or a cooling masque (during the Summer). This is followed by exfoliation, and an intense hand massage.

Here’s the part that makes this manicure so unique: every single inner and exposed cuticle will be removed. Following that, your nails will be painted all over, leaving absolutely no corner behind. It is going to look sloppy at first – polish will go on your skin – but this is intentional. They want to make sure the entire nail is covered with lacquer. Finally, they will remove the excess polish with acetone remover.

In the end, your hands will feel smoother, and your nails will have a beautiful, lustrous finish!