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Godfrey's Guide: A Beachy Mani-Pedi Heaven
GODFREY’S GUIDE

A Beachy Mani-Pedi Heaven

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Jean Godfrey-June is our beauty editor, but her enthusiasms are many. This is a new column she’s trying out…

Put an already-relaxing pedicure or manicure inside a lazy-dreamy beach house—make that a clean, non-toxic, lazy-dreamy beach house—and its stress reducing-capabilities multiply exponentially. Plunk that equation down on a busy street in downtown New York, and you’ve got a serious force for good that I predict will be packed from the day it opens.

I (and everyone else) had previously experienced Côte only in the context of its Brentwood salon in LA, and of course, its amazing, long-lasting, gorgeous, non-toxic, 10-free polish shades. In Brentwood, the complimentary rosé, striped Turkish towels, cacti, summery fashion items, and brilliant must-read books (here I am speaking of GOOP CLEAN BEAUTY) are all somehow less surprising (though no less delightful) than they will be in New York.

To honor of the city’s frenetic energy, the new salon will offer the “quick côte”: A $20-manicure complete with cleaning/shaping/buffing/polishing/organic-argan-cuticle-oil-finishing that they characterize as a polish change “with a little extra love,” for the time-pressed. The free rosé tradition also continues (yes way, Côte!) in New York, so run, don’t walk, if you’re anywhere near 13th Street.

If you’re not anywhere near Brentwood or NYC—or if you’d like a little beach-house-relaxation vibe at home, here, some supplies:

ULTIMATE MANICURE/PEDICURE KIT

  • A Beachy Mani-Pedi Heaven Cote Traveler Gift Setgoop, $38

    For an instant (clean) manicure or pedicure anywhere, this kit comes with two nontoxic, swipe-off, non-acetone remover pads (one pad can do all ten nails); a petit Côte nail file for smooth, easy shaping; the brand’s strengthening base coat/top coat, and three super-shiny, long-lasting nail colors: A delicate pink, classic fire-engine red, and a gorgeous gold. Packed in an adorable organic-cotton pouch, it’s ready to travel—and makes an amazing gift.

SERIOUSLY ENLIVENING SCRUB

  • A Beachy Mani-Pedi Heaven LILFOX Orange Blossom Ylang Bang Body Polishgoop, $65

    So richly skin-silkening that you won’t need moisturizer post shower, this hand-blended mix of fine-grain sugar crystals, certified organic essential oils (neroli, ylang ylang, and bitter orange), plus virgin black cumin seed, walnut shells, jojoba and coconut oils sweeps away dead skin cells and leaves skin glowy, faintly scented, and totally moisturized. The sugar’s natural alpha-hydroxy acids speed cell turnover, and deliver hydration deep into skin; the oils relax and calm both body and mind (and they smell fantastic).

LIFE-CHANGING FOOT SOAK

  • A Beachy Mani-Pedi Heaven Pursoma Bain de Piedgoop, $12

    For an instant (clean) manicure or pedicure anywhere, this kit comes with two nontoxic, swipe-off, non-acetone remover pads (one pad can do all ten nails); a petit Côte nail file for smooth, easy shaping; the brand’s strengthening base coat/top coat, and three super-shiny, long-lasting nail colors: A delicate pink, classic fire-engine red, and a gorgeous gold. Packed in an adorable organic-cotton pouch, it’s ready to travel—and makes an amazing gift.

3 AMAZING NOT-FOOT-CREAM FOOT CREAMS

  • A Beachy Mani-Pedi Heaven Jao Goe Oilgoop, $48

    A combination of 28 plant, fruit, and flower oils and butters, this multipurpose, semi-solid oil smells faintly of Monoi (Tahitian gardenias soaked in coconut oil) and moisturizes skin like nothing else. Lighter than a typical body butter, longer-lasting than a moisturizer, it’s made with a high percentage of jojoba oil—not technically an oil, but a polyunsaturated liquid wax similar to human sebum, plus rosehip, hemp, meadowfoam, and rice bran oils, all of which are high in omega and essential fatty acids. Antioxidant avocado, grapeseed, mango, and pumpkin seed butter, plus kukui nut oil protects the skin, while chamomile and calendula calm.

  • A Beachy Mani-Pedi Heaven Sangre de Fruta Botanical Body Cream: Vetiver & Fleurgoop, $48

    This supremely hydrating, botanical body cream has an exquisite whipped texture that is truly like nothing you’ve ever tried. It’s a brilliant combination of earthy, almost hay-scented vetiver with ylang ylang, bergamot, and grapefruit for an absolutely gorgeous, subtle, original scent that smells especially incredible on skin.

  • A Beachy Mani-Pedi Heaven Rodin Crema Luxury Hand and Body Creamgoop, $84

    Slather on this silky cream alone or layered with olio lusso body oil. Either way, skin will feel hydrated and just a little bit scented with beautiful Neroli (it’s a member of the citrus family and packed with elasticity-improving Vitamin C).

GLAMOROUS SUPPLY CONTAINER/TOTE

  • A Beachy Mani-Pedi Heaven Artesano Two-Tone Straw Baggoop, $260

    Artesano’s straw bags are handmade to perfection, here in a cooly modern colorblock design. Simple, chic, and perfectly roomy, it’s the perfect beach or market bag—and a brilliant everyday tote for schlepping all your essentials.

FOR STRIPE-INESS & COZINESS

  • A Beachy Mani-Pedi Heaven Kontex Flax Line Organics Bath Towelgoop, $64

    Slow-weaved in Imabari, Japan (towel production is the regional specialty) out of garment-quality thread since 1934, Kontex towels are super absorbent and keep their signature softness wash after wash. This organic bath towel has a beautiful cotton gauze layer on the outside (note the subtle chevron stripe accent), and looped terry on the inside. And while it’s not traditionally fluffy, the lightweight, quick-drying, and hyper absorbent qualities make it a bathroom staple.

PLANT A CACTUS IN THIS AND EXALT IN THE CÔTE AURA

  • A Beachy Mani-Pedi Heaven Lusitano1143 Demidipped Bowlgoop, $68

    Made-in-Portugal, this perfectly petite bowl is especially eye-catching with a half-glazed/half-ceramic fusion of color and texture. Great for both desserts and side salads, it also makes for a chic accent to any individual place setting. (Oh, and it’s dishwasher safe.)

FOR SERIOUS MANICURE-HIGHLIGHTING GLAMOUR

  • A Beachy Mani-Pedi Heaven Sheryl Lowe Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Bead Braceletgoop, $2,400

    These turquoise beads are deeply gorgeous, especially with the (literally) brilliant addition of a pavé diamond sterling-silver bar.

FOR THE ROSÉ

  • A Beachy Mani-Pedi Heaven Caravan Bistro Glasses, Set of 6goop, $68

    This Parisian-inspired six-piece set is crafted in rose-tinted hand-blown glass. Utterly charming, these cups are a tad bit bigger than Caravan’s Café Glasses, and perfectly sized for all your sipping (water, wine, juice) and serving needs.

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