The fall/winter 2014 runways experienced a warming trend, with collections that put the spotlight on soft creams and sugary caramels. Diane von Furstenberg showcased a suede wrap dress in New York City, while in Paris, the Hermès show presented cream-colored capes. Channel the runways in the salon with soft caramel Essie Fierce, No Fear; shimmery OPI Nomad’s Dream; or light and creamy Zoya Spencer. essie.com; opi.com; zoya.com —K.H.
Essie Fierce, No Fear; OPI Nomad’s Dream; Zoya Spencer
Raising the Bar
When brainstorming a name for their Indianapolis nail salon, owners Chad and Erin Hunt wanted it to be unique, arriving at The Beauty Bar at Geist. The duo aspired to achieve the same with its salon menu, looking for a special addition to its manicures, facials, massages and hair services. While on vacation in Florida before the business’ opening this past May, the Hunts visited a salon that treats guests to refreshing alcoholic beverages during appointments, and were inspired to go after a liquor license of their own. “We thought serving a variety of cocktails, wines and beers would be a great fit in our community,” says Erin Hunt. The salon received its license in June, and it’s been a success so far, she adds. While clients have fallen for the nail art services, they also love the signature cocktails, especially the Blonde Bombshell, a concoction of champagne, elderflower liqueur and crème de violette. —D.C.
In the Clear
To lighten things up, Essie launched the Professional Brightening System. The peroxide-based formula takes a cue from professional teeth whitening treatments, and penetrates the nail surface to ignite an oxidation reaction to eliminate stains. The three-step collection is designed to refresh natural nail color up to 97 percent, according to Essie. First, soak nails in Bright Time Nail Soak, which boasts citric acid and peroxide salt to loosen stains and restore the nails’ natural health. Next, clarify and hydrate the nails’ surface with Go Bright Nail Scrub, featuring citric acid and glycerin. Lastly, remove residue with Back to Bright Nail Cleanser, to prep for polish. essie.com —D.C.