Archive for March 31st, 2010

Nuptial Nails

With only a few short weeks left until my wedding day, I am finally able to focus on some of the smaller, but very important, aspects of the planning process—hair, makeup, and nails. I had my hair and makeup trial last week at Pink Comb Salon in Nutley, NJ, and was completely thrilled with the look owner, makeup artist, and hair stylist Michelle Lo Conte gave me. Now I need to focus on my nails. While I’m not sure yet if I want the traditional French manicure or if I’d rather a very soft shade of pink, I’ve discovered that there are myriad nail color options out there for brides to choose from. Essie’s new 2010 Wedding Color Collection, for example, features six classically chic colors created to complement any bride’s look on her wedding day. The collection consists of Petal Pink, a creamy pink; BBF Best Boyfriend, a creamy mauve; Pillow Talk, a sheer nude; Walk Down the Aisle, a creamy white; Show Me the Ring, an iridescent pearl; and Main Squeeze, a shimmery lilac shade. “Every bride is in the spotlight on her wedding day and I wanted to give her the confidence she deserves with these new shades,” says Essie Weingarten, founder and president of Essie Cosmetics. “Weddings are full of colorful personal touches, from flowers to dresses and desserts. The perfect manicure adds to the originality of your special day in a way that nothing but nail polish can.”

What are some bridal nail trends you are seeing at your spa? How do you help clients choose the perfect shade for their Big Day?

Naturopathica Continues to Strive for Sustainability

Last week, I attended a Naturopathica event where I met founder Barbara Close, an aromatherapist, esthetician, herbalist, and massage therapist. Sharing news of the holistic brand’s evolution, she talked about the importance of using certified organic and natural products. Like most eco-conscious consumers, I’m a fan of products that rely on organic ingredients whenever possible, but as Barbara pointed out, organic is not always the greenest option when organic ingredients are in limited supply. For example, the company has opted not to go the organic route with sandalwood, so as not to wipe out the supply. Committed to supporting small local farms in the U.S., Naturopathica continues to provide natural solutions for those who want to look and feel their best. This spring, the company is introducing four new products and reformulations: Arnica Muscle Gel, Pear Fig Polishing Enzyme Peel, Vitamin K Brightening Eye Serum, and Sweet Lupine Cleansing Cream. And in April, the brand is re-launching its website, which will allow you to search by ingredient and personal preference. Now there’s no questioning whether a product is certified organic, gluten-free, or vegan. Finding your ideal product just got a whole lot easier.

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