American Salon Staff
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CND custom-blended this rich shade of red for Louis Vuitton.
What do you get when you mix one part CND Decadence with one part CND Nail Noir? A one-of-a-kind shade of red that was seen exclusively at Louis Vuitton's spring '09 show in Paris. This season, the sharp-dressed nail is deep-hued and hard-edged.
Mind the Gap
ESSIE COSMETICS has come up with an anti-aging ridge-filler that's unlike anything we've ever tried. FILL THE GAP! Ridge Smoothing Base Coat is formulated with a special blend of strengtheners and conditioners, including natural yucca extract, to hydrate and replenish aging nails. Natural, reflective mica helps fill in ridges while fine, silky particles conceal imperfections.
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OPI SOUTH BEACH COLLECTION
Jacqui Pierce is a nail specialist and natural nail care consultant with 30 years of experience who has been featured in InStyle, Allure, Glamour and GQ. As a nail tech at Juan Florentino Salon in Beverly Hills, CA, she is used to giving celebrities like Usher, Aretha Franklin and Anne Heche the red-carpet treatment. She'll be sharing her trade secrets at IBS New York on April 26 and 27 in a class called Innovative Manicures. Learn how to use five-star treatments that will allow you to charge top dollar and take your business to the next level. You'll learn how to begin each service with a guest-welcoming ritual. Pierce will also demonstrate the Red Carpet Manicure and Martini Manicure, which she has performed on a number of celebrity clients, and teach you how to create protocols. Finally, you'll learn how to sell product without over-selling the customer. Visit ibsnewyork.com for more information.
CND is introducing a new manicure service designed to restore moisture to dry, weathered hands. Laced with the scent of sweet almond oil, the Almond SpaManicure is a sensory-satisfying hand treatment that consists of four steps: cleansing, exfoliating, nourishing and hydrating. The indulgent collection of five new almond-based products with sweet almond oil, jojoba oil and vitamin E is also available for at-home use. Almond Milk Bath is a nourishing warm-oil hand soak that transforms into a milky moisture bath for nails and the surrounding skin. Almond Moisture Scrub is a thick, luxuriant hand treatment that gently polishes and nourishes the skin. Almond Illuminating Masque deeply conditions and refines skin. Almond Hydrating Lotion quickly absorbs into the skin, while Almond Soothing Creme moisturizes and protects dry, parched skin.
This month ESSIE COSMETICS is introducing the limited-edition NORTH FORK COLLECTION—three shades of blue nail color named for the quaint vacation villages around the waters of Long Island's East End. "Tranquil yet playful, the colors cross over in fashion and in nature," says founder Essie Weingarten.
It's Only Natural
Essie Cosmetics has introduced a complete nail care system that safely cleanses while restoring intense hydration to hands and nails with proven essential oils and natural botanical ingredients. Naturally Clean by Essie includes five new products—Purifying Hand Wash with coconut oil, aloe vera, and vitamins A and E; Natural Purifying Hand Treatment with vitamin-rich rice bran oil; Refreshing Nail Cleanser with eucalyptus oil and aloe vera; Vitamin-Enriched Manicure Revitalizer, an energizing soak with AHA fruit acids; and Purifying Nail Polish Remover.
TALK TO THE HAND
Younger-looking hands are a cinch with MANICURE BY OPI, a system of products that exfoliates, revitalizes, renews and protects. Since the hand massage is the best part of any manicure service, we're hooked on Finishing Butter, which envelopes skin in a protective layer of silky emollients to combat dryness. The aromatherapeutic essences of lavender, eucalyptus and camphor only add to the enjoyment. More important perhaps, SPF 15 protects skin from the damaging effects of the sun while discouraging the return of age spots for more youthful-looking skin.