Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A Cure for the French Manicure Blues

The BeansTalk staff is stressed out. We find – if we do not take time to pamper ourselves a little, our families would just find us awful to live with! The ME gets a weekly massage. This staffer loves to unwind in the nail salon.

Recently we presented a beauty challenge to our friends at SpaRitual: Present us with a color combination for our French manicure which will stay true all week. Our complaint with our usual (very well known) brand is that the pink fades to a gray-beige. SpaRitual more than met the challenge! Read on.

This season, SpaRitual gathered seven of their purest, best-selling pastels from recent collections and added four completely new shades to create their ultimate permanent collection of 11 nail lacquers for the Airy Sopranos color palette. Each color in the new permanent collection is further enhanced when used with the French Tip for variations on the classic French manicure. They are:

Playful – Naked Ivory Crème
Idyllic – Sheer Pink Crème
Ethereal – Sheer Opal Pink Shimmer
Effervescent – Ultra Sheer Pink Tint
French Tip – Ultra-White Opaque with Precision Brush
Femme Fatale – Sheer Glitter
Breathless – Sheer Pink Crème (pictured)
Whirlwind Romance – Sheer Iridescent Pink Shimmer
Innocence is Bliss – Sheer Ivory Crème
Air of Confidence – Sheer Peach Crème
In the Buff – Sheer Beige Crème

Our verdict: We give the “Breathless” shade a super big “thumbs up!” Through our stubborn refusal to wear gloves while washing dishes, our French manicure stayed a true pink shade all week. A true feat!
More about SpaRitual:
Beauty is the spontaneous expression of a harmonious mind, body and spirit. SpaRitual – one letter away from “spiritual” – combines eco-luxury with a spirit-conscious philosophy in its line of vegan, multipurpose hand, body, foot and nail products. The SpaRitual Vegan product array consists of 12 unique Nail Elixirs and over 80 custom blended Nail Lacquers - all free of toluene, formaldehyde and DBP.

The sophisticated and full-bodied SpaRitual manicure bottle is a style icon. Crafted in Italy from reusable glass and other natural elements and fully recyclable, the bottle merges mid-century design elements with inspiration from the exotic east. The sleek, ergonomic patented PLUM CAP features strategically placed rubberized ridges to ensure that each bottle is easily opened. The PLUM CAP and the signature brush are designed for smooth control and a delicate finish.

Dedicated to the environment, the brand uses eco-friendly packaging and printing processes. The bottles are made from reusable glass and natural elements and are fully recyclable. The printing processes include soy-based inks and FSC-certified papers.

SpaRitual Airy Sopranos 2007 collection lacquers are available for $9.00 each at Fred Segal Beauty, fine salons and spas. SpaRitual products are also available online at shop.fredsegalbeauty.com. For more information, please visit the SpaRitual website at www.sparitual.com.