Tickled Pink

Not only is pink the color of October birthstones, but the shade has become synonymous with raising breast cancer awareness. Help support the cause in style with polishes that donate a portion of proceeds to breast cancer research, like vibrant Essie Pink Happy; pastel OPI Mod About You; and glittering Morgan Taylor Fight Like A Lady. cnd.com; essie.com; morgantaylorlacquer.com —K.H.

Essie - Pink Happy, OPI Mod, About You, Morgan Taylor - Fight Like a Lady



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The white and airy space filled with spa chairs and chandelier crowns at Nail Bar & Spa might be the initial attraction for customers, but guests consider the upscale bar their one-stop-shop because of more than its looks. Lucie Garabedian, president of the salon, opened the location in June in Foothill Ranch, CA with the goal to create a clean and safe atmosphere. "Our technicians wash their tools per use, place them in an autoclave machine and put them into a sterile pouch,” General Manager Frankie Bahnassi says, adding that all supplies, such as files and buffers, are single-use and liners are replaced in the pedicure bowls after every appointment. In addition to Nail Bar & Spa's squeaky clean reputation, customers fall head over heels for services like the Champagne Mani/Pedi combo, which includes an OPI sugar scrub and mask treatment, hot paraffin wax, lotion massage, polish application with Essie or Zoya, and a glass of champagne for the ultimate relaxation. —D.C.

Cult Classics

Smith & Cult, the new nail brand and brainchild of Hard Candy creator Dineh Mohajer, is launching this month with 30 long-wear nail lacquers, plus a top coat and base coat. The shades are inspired by moments in a woman's life, which Mohajer depicts and describes in her Diary of a Beauty Junkie, available on the company's site. Whether it's Bridge & Tunnel, She Said Yeah or Feed The Rich (seen here), there's an intriguing story behind every color. Available to salons nationwide, Smith & Cult polishes are five-free—formulated without dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin or camphor. smithandcult.com —C.R.