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Zoya Nail Polish Wanderlust Collection for Summer 2017

by Adventures in Polishland @ Adventures in Polishland

Happy Monday! Today I’m excited to share with you the Wanderlust Collection from Zoya Nail Polish. This nail polish line celebrates summer adventures with twelve new shades, including four shimmers and eight creams. Whether you like bright pinks or earthy...

Essential Mixtape Alert: DJ Young EZ – Guaranteed Raw Vol. 1

by Nicole @ Power Animals

Okayplayer’s Mixtape Mondays feature has opened me up to a whole new world of mixtapes. I am Jasmine, they are Aladdin and this particular mixtape is RUH RUH LIKE A DUNGEON DRAGON. DJ Young EZ describes Guaranteed Raw Vol. 1 as such: “An hour of classic 90s hip-hop shit cause Dipset is what’s ‘old school’(...)

Male Nail Care - Is There Such A Thing?

Male Nail Care - Is There Such A Thing?

by Lindsey Carr @ Nail News - Dr. Dana Stern | Dermatologist | Nail Specialist

I am very popular at dinner parties.  Inevitably, the typical scenario is several people know or learn that I am a dermatologist and at some point during the evening I am oh so subtlety motioned into a dark corridor or to a far reaching powder room where I am asked to view a suspicious mole on a leg, an odd and persistent rash on someone’s chest, or commonly an abnormal looking toenail.  Modesty does not usually come into play during these intimate interactions and very often these bathroom consults veer off into additional personal anecdotes relating to prescriptions, sleep habits and sexual issues. 

Recently at a dinner party I was seated at a table with a healthy mix of hedge funders and art world.  Prepared for the usual discussions of the art bubble, where everyone is booked at Basel and the latest activist investor controversies, the conversation suddenly turned to me and my area of expertise – nails.  It soon became apparent that everyone at the table – (yes, the macho Wall Street guys too) was openly discussing their last pedicure experience. 

This was so much more interesting than the usual dinner party chatter and it was so enlightening to learn that men are not only engaging regularly in professional nail care but that they are talking about it openly and unapologetically.

Perhaps it is no surprise, then, that the salon and beauty industry are taking notice.  Man cave stylized Hammer & Nails Salon, an all male salon that opened on Melrose Avenue in LA was the brain-child of Michael Elliot who observed that men want to feel groomed but don't necessarily feel comfortable walking into a female dominated and decorated space.  Per The New York Times, over half of the men’s treatments in the Essie nail area at the posh Samuel Shriqui Salon on the Upper East Side are finished with polish, usually clear.  And while men are currently favoring a naked nail, shiny buff or a simple coat of clear there is a definite new openness towards color.  Thanks to social media, celebrity culture has shared and embraced the “man-icure” trend.  From Snoop Dog’s nail art on Instagram to Brad Pitt’s rainbow stripe manicure that he recently sported at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, it is clear that nail care is no longer exclusively a female cultural norm.

Nail care is about being kempt and caring about your appearance, hygiene and health.  Soft feet and well manicured toenails are appreciated by any partner under the sheets.  For those who are still not ready to enter a nail salon, here are some tips that you can do at home to step up your hand and foot game.

 1) Invest in the right tools.  For a basic manicure and pedicure all that you will need is a new high quality fingernail clipper, toenail clipper, nail file and a cuticle nipper.  If you suspect that you may have toenail fungus, you will need two sets of implements and should see a dermatologist.

 2) Use the tools properly.  After clipping your nails use the file to smooth any sharp edges.  The cuticle nipper is only used when you have the occasional hang nail.  Hang nails should never be pulled off or bitten as they are a very common site for infections.  For general cuticle care simply push them back after a shower with a wash cloth and apply your favorite cuticle cream, balm or oil, especially in cold, dry weather.

3) Remember to clean your tools by rinsing them with antibacterial or dishwasher soap and then soaking them for 5 minutes in either Isopropyl alcohol or Ethyl Alcohol (70%-90%).  Swab the tip with alcohol before use.

As I wandered back to join the rest of the dinner party despite the fact that I had disappeared into a dark corridor with a mystery guest my husband had not batted an eye.  He knows the drill, he asks me how many consults I have done so far that evening and suggests that I send a bill in the morning…

Fall Events and Festivals in Hudson County {2017}

by Jordan and Joelle @ Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

We all love summer, but this week, we welcome our other seasonal best friend to town. Fall is the time

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Non-toxic Nail Polish - From YouBeauty.com

Non-toxic Nail Polish - From YouBeauty.com


YouBeauty

Looking for non toxic nail polish, natural nail polish, and formaldehyde free nail polish? Check out these nail polish colors, plus natural nail polish remover.

Nail Polish Rating List

Nail Polish Rating List


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28 nail polishes are rated with over 200 ingredients total. You will receive peace of mind. Start choosing safer nail polishes today!

The Best Hoboken + Jersey City Happy Hours of the Week {September 18, 2017 Edition}

by Cara @ Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

The nights may be getting cooler, but the after work specials are just heating up. From Plant Nite to ’90s

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Life Improver: The NYC Bus Checker App (Yes, It Works!)

by Nicole @ Power Animals

Understatement of the century: buses in Brooklyn can be unreliable. I had given up on waiting for the bus at ALL unless I actually saw it coming with my own eyes…until the advent of the Bus Checker app! With this app, you can zoom in on any bus stop, click on it and see a(...)

My KonMari Journey | Clothing Declutter + Reorganization

by Adventures in Polishland @ Adventures in Polishland

Happy Wednesday! Today I am excited to begin a new series here on my blog all about my journey implementing the KonMari method in my life. You may have heard of the famous book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by...

Dr. Dana's Top 10 Salon Safety Tips

Dr. Dana's Top 10 Salon Safety Tips

by Lindsey Carr @ Nail News - Dr. Dana Stern | Dermatologist | Nail Specialist

My patients and closest friends are always asking me if I am pro mani-pedi and what nail salon is cleanest?  My answer is simple.  I believe that everyone should be able to enjoy a relaxing manicure and pedicure, after all when our hands and feet are manicured we feel put-together, in control and ready for anything.  As a dermatologist, surgeon, and mother I like to keep my nails short and clean while never compromising on style.  However, nail care MUST be done in a healthy and safe way.  I like to tell my patients that they need to take their health into their own hands.  Why?  According to NYC Public Advocate Letitia James’s policy report in September 2014:

 • When the Department of State inspected New York’s salons from 2008 to 2012, they found a majority — 56 percent — to be in violation of health and safety rules.

• Customers have been infected with hepatitis and staph infections due to unclean conditions in nail salons.

• There are no regulations governing proper ventilation in salons.

• Nearly 75 percent of nail salons in the U.S. don’t comply with standards for disinfecting nail equipment. This includes reusing nail files and failing to sanitize foot baths. The latter can cause staph infections, hepatitis and bacterial infections.

While most of us want to turn a blind eye to these statistics, it is my job and mission to educate my patients and friends so that you can continue to enjoy salon services but do so in a healthy and ultimately beautiful way.  I go to salons and you too can and should enjoy your next mani pedi. With the help of my top ten salon safety tips, you are now armed with information and ready to kick back, relax and be healthy and beautiful.

 

 1.  Cuticle oil dropper vs. brushCuticle oil must be dropped as opposed to brushed onto a client’s cuticles.  Cuticle oil brushes are not sanitary to use on multiple clients because oils can easily harbor organisms such as bacteria and fungus.

 2.  Emery Board – This is a one time use item and should be used on only one client and then discarded!  Porous emery boards can harbor organisms such as bacteria and fungus. 

 3.  Buffing Block – These tools can be miracle workers for buffing out superficial nail alterations or for polishing the nail to a beautiful shine but be careful that your nail technician is using the right grit for your nails!  Buffing grits vary like sandpaper grades and many of the buffers out there are meant for acrylics and not natural nails.  This is a one time use item and should be used on only one client and then discarded!  Porous buffing blocks can harbor organisms such as bacteria and fungus.

 4.  Orange Sticks – These harmless looking double sided sticks often have a sharp tip on one end that is used for cleaning under the nail and a blunt tip on the other end used for pushing back at the cuticle.  Be careful with cleaning under the nail as a sharp object under the nail can cause the nail to separate from the nail bed.  In salons these tools should be one time use only!

 5.  Toe separators – Although great for keeping your toenails from smudging your perfect pedi, these foamy devices can harbor organisms such as bacteria and fungus and should be disposed after use.

 6.  Whirlpool footbaths – I apologize in advance for this one, you are not going to like what you hear.  You should never place your feet in a salon foot spa that has jets.  It is impossible to clean in the space behind the jets and these baths are supposed to be disinfected by using a 10-minute bleach bath in between every client.  These tubs can therefore put you at risk for acquiring a bacterial or fungal infection.  In an extreme case, there was a death reported secondary to a pedicure in the state of Texas when a woman acquired a staph infection from a pedicure footbath.  Alternative options do exist.  Do not be embarrassed to ask for a plastic basin to soak your feet in.  You can also visit salons that only use basins without jets or you can always request a dry pedicure.  

 7.  Hand washing – This may sound obvious, but you might be surprised!  Your nail technician should always wash his or her hands before and after attending to you. 

 8.  Ventilation – Have you ever walked into a salon and been overwhelmed by the smell of chemicals in the air?  While there may be some of you out there like Jennifer Lawrence's character Rosalyn in American Hustle who love the smell of a really sticky top coat, salons are supposed to have special ventilation systems to ensure the health and safety of both the salon workers and the salon clients.  A super, toxic smell is never a good sign!

 9.  Pumices – We are not huge fans of these volcanic derived stones that are often used as abrasives for removing callus.  Although they can work well for callus removal, they are extremely porous, cannot be disinfected and once they become wet they become the perfect place for molds, bacteria and fungus to flourish.  Instead use a file with removable grit or a stainless steel file that can be disinfected after each use.

 10. The "foot razor" - Used to remove calluses, is illegal in many states and should be!  Salon workers are not medically trained to deal with accidental mishaps that can occur with these blades such as cuts or lacerations.  Additionally, if these blades are reused they can transfer serious infections between clients.  Protect Yourself: Use a callous solution or heel cream at home to safely break down hardened skin.  Callus can also be safely removed at the salon with a removable grit file or a stainless steel file that can be disinfected after each use.

 

 

 

6 Totally Legit Airport Spas You Need to Know

6 Totally Legit Airport Spas You Need to Know


Allure

Airports are a happy place for approximately nobody. Even the most patient of souls or seasoned jet-setters are liable to be challenged by some part of the experience. That's where these six saving-grace airport spas come in. Sure, they can't do much about the massive lines, frustrating delays, or spotty Wi-Fi signals. But they can give you gorgeous nails, perfect vacay hair, or a serious massage that makes travel stress disappear.

The Beautiful WIFE: Dior Cruise 2017 Makeup Collection

by tarynthewife @ Taryn Cox The Wife

For the Dior 2017 Cruise Collection, Peter Philips (Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup), created an ultra-modern make-up look as a counterpoint to a show based on memories and emotions. Presented at the magnificent Blenheim Palace, this collection effectively renews links with an exceptional place, in which the House of Dior had previously shown collections […]

NOTD: Ruffian Manicure with Julep Kathleen and Julep Myrtle

by Kyuu @ Ever Vain

So as we all know, it’s spring fashion week around the globe (aka New York and Europe) and for some reason lots of brands partner with nail polish companies to create new nail polish colours and looks for their runway....

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Julep Maven October 2013 Preview: The Rebel Set

by Kyuu @ Nail Polish – Ever Vain

It’s every Julep Maven’s most exciting day of the month: the 20th! Also known as the day Julep’s monthly subscription window opens and all the new nail polishes and products are up for Mavens to select from. This month’s theme is...

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Julep Reece swatches (+ vs. Butter London Knackered)

by Kyuu @ Nail Polish – Ever Vain

Julep Reece ($14.00 for 8mL, $11.20 for mavens) was described in their maven box monthly preview as a “gorgeous purple holographic shimmer reminds us of the NYC skyline at dusk.” Whoever the copywriter at Julep is does quite the lovely job....

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You Can Share A Sandwich

You Can Share A Sandwich

by Lindsey Carr @ Nail News - Dr. Dana Stern | Dermatologist | Nail Specialist

Recently, it was reported in “AIDS, Research and Human Retroviruses” that a woman had contracted HIV by sharing manicure equipment with a cousin who was unknowingly HIV positive at the time.  This mode of HIV transmission although possible is extremely rare.  It is also very difficult to prove and in this particular case, the patient was diagnosed many years after becoming infected.  

 I found this case particularly interesting however, because the woman who discovered that she was HIV positive had no other risk factors for acquiring the disease; and further, genetic analysis of the viruses from both cousins showed that the two women had highly related viral sequences, thus providing substantial evidence that the mode of transmission was likely secondary to the sharing of the manicure tools.

 Although the risk of contracting HIV from manicure tools is extremely low, this case should make people aware that sharing of improperly disinfected manicure tools with possible blood-blood contact (needles for drugs, tattoos or acupuncture) can result in transmission of viruses such as HIV or hepatitis C.  More commonly, the sharing of improperly disinfected manicure equipment, coupled with nail compromise, cuts or skin breakage, may result in the acquisition of fungal or bacterial infections.

 Most people going to the nail salon don’t think twice about how the manicure tools are being disinfected.  Metal tools are usually removed from a disinfectant liquid or UV light box, and it is assumed that the salon follows strict guidelines. 

 Healthy nails are beautiful nails.  Take your health into your hands by bringing your own set of tools to the salon, never sharing your manicure set, and by properly disinfecting them at home by following these simple steps: 

 1)          The first step is to sanitize your tools as well as a pair of metal tongs by cleaning your nail implements with hot water and antibacterial soap.  Don a pair of gloves and scrub away with a bristle brush.  Make sure that you rinse off all excess soap.

2)         The next step is to disinfect your tools. You can either boil your tools for 15 minutes in a pot of boiling water by carefully placing them in the water with your sanitized tongs or “bake” your tools for 15 minutes in the oven at 375°F in a disposable aluminum pan.  Use your tongs to remove the tools and place them on a stack of clean paper towels  where your tools can dry or cool.  Now your tools are ready to be put into a clean carrying case.

3)         Swab the tips of your tools with rubbing alcohol before using.

A Healthy Nail is a Beautiful Nail

A Healthy Nail is a Beautiful Nail

by Lindsey Carr @ Nail News - Dr. Dana Stern | Dermatologist | Nail Specialist

The recent problems highlighted by Mentality Nail Polish reminded me of how important it is to carefully review beauty and personal care product ingredients and to choose reputable companies where health is emphasized in addition to beauty.   Recently, users of Mentality Nail Polish reported nail lifting, redness, and burning sensations after they applied the polish.  The photos consumers posted appeared to be a condition called onycholysis – when the nail lifts off of and separates from the underlying nail bed.  Reps from the company have blamed the Arminex base used in their polish, claiming some users may have experienced some sensitivity to the product though bloggers have speculated that it was contaminated with other potentially harmful ingredients.  The alarming reality is that something as fun and harmless as a nail polish can pose a legitimate health risk.  Small batch or indie manufactures often are constrained by budgets and don’t perform the same types of tests that  larger companies invest in.  The FDA is not obligated to test cosmetic products prior to being released to market. The responsibility to research ingredients and to seek out trustworthy companies falls on the consumer. I have discussed the health hazards of nail polish before – many nail polishes continue to contain toxic ingredients.  I always recommend using a 5-free nail polish (excludes DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde Camphor and Formaldehyde Resin).  DBP is an endocrine disruptor, meaning it is a reproductive toxin that has been related to lifelong male reproductive issues.   Toluene can lead to nervous system disorders.   Formaldehyde is a suspected carcinogen and while it can help create a harder nail plate, it also lowers flexibility and increases brittleness over time.  Furthermore, Formaldehyde can cause nail changes such as bluish discoloration/throbbing pain, infections, and dryness of fingertips.  Camphor has a direct effect – it can lead to headaches, dizziness, and nausea, and Formaldehyde Resin is a known allergen and its effects start with the lifting of the nail and can lead to more severe reactions such as burning, itching, irritation, and peeling of the surrounding skin. As always, I recommend taking your health into your own hands.  Choose products from well established reputable companies where health is emphasized.  After all a healthy nail is a beautiful nail.  

Rocket Table launches in your living room, putting an exciting jolt in the modern coffee table

by lori.zimmer@gmail.com (Lori Zimmer) @ Inhabitots

Inspired by action figures and toys from his youth, Stelios Mousarris’ designed a new coffee table that combines the carefree spirit of childhood, with just really cool design. Five retro-style wooden rockets are caught mid-launch, seeming to propel upward from 3D printed bulbous exhaust bases. The best part of The Rocket Coffee Table is that it is totally customizable, enabling parents to top their rocket base with a kid-friendly surface until they’ve grown. We also love that as a long-time...

Clean Your Makeup Brushes Like a Pro!

by Diana Charlesworths @ NYC Designed

When it comes to looking your best, it is important to know your stuff and not just go with the flow. Especially when it comes to makeup brushes, you not only need to choose the right ones according to your makeup preferences, but should also know how to use and maintain them properly, to ensure [...]

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Back To Work

Back To Work

by Lindsey Carr @ Nail News - Dr. Dana Stern | Dermatologist | Nail Specialist

After Labor Day, as we get back to work, we begin to focus on our appearance.  Like a great new haircut or a terrific glow from a new skincare regimen, healthy, well-manicured nails are an integral part of a neat, well kept and put together appearance.  In an effort to transform back into professional mode many any of us are planning a visit to the nail salon this week.  Here are 5 helpful Salon Safety Tips to get your nails healthy, beautiful, and back to work!

1.     Cuticle Oil Dropper vs. Brush - Cuticle oil must be dropped as opposed to brushed onto a client’s cuticles.  Cuticle oil brushes are not sanitary to use on multiple clients because oils can easily harbor organisms such as bacteria and fungus.

 2.     Buffing Block – These tools can be miracle workers for buffing out superficial nail alterations or for polishing the nail to a beautiful shine but be careful that your nail technician is using the right grit for your nails!  Buffing grits vary like sandpaper grades and many of the buffers out there are meant for acrylics and not natural nails.  This is a one-time use item and should be used on only one client and then discarded!  Porous buffing blocks can harbor organisms such as bacteria and fungus.

 3.     Orange Sticks – These harmless looking double sided sticks often have a sharp tip on one end that is used for cleaning under the nail and a blunt tip on the other end used for pushing back at the cuticle.  Be careful with cleaning under the nail as a sharp object under the nail can cause the nail to separate from the nail bed.  In salons these tools should be one time use only!

4.     Hand Washing – This may sound obvious, but you might be surprised!  Your nail technician should always wash his or her hands before and after attending to you.

 5.     Emery Board – This is a one-time use item and should be used on only one client and then discarded!  Porous emery boards can harbor organisms such as bacteria and fungus.

HOW TO: Make organic lactation cookies to help increase your breast milk production

by mlkokopelli@gmail.com (mkokopelli) @ Inhabitots

Lactation Cookie Ingredients Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 1/2 cup organic butter softened 1 cup organic cane sugar 2 tbs organic blackstrap molasses 4 tbs warm water 2 tbs organic flaxseed meal 2 tbs wheat germ 1 organic egg 1 tsp organic vanilla 1/2 cup organic oat flour 1/2 cup organic whole wheat or all purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp sea salt 1 1/2 cups organic thick oats 4 tbs brewers yeast 1/2 cup organic chocolate chips 1/2 cup organic...

Is Your 'Toxin-Free' Nail Polish Really Safe?

Is Your 'Toxin-Free' Nail Polish Really Safe?


Shape Magazine

A new report questions how toxic-free some nail polishes really are.

Butter London Nail Polish Review – — Clumsy Crafter

Butter London Nail Polish Review – — Clumsy Crafter


Clumsy Crafter

I am a nail polish junkie. In the 90's my mom introduced me to OPI nail polish. In the 2000's I found Essie, which is my main love today. And this year I happened by Butter London while in the store Ulta. However the hefty price tag always left me unable or... #biscuitdisco #blagger #butterlondon

Tutorial: Edgy Fall Nail Design

by Maria @SoNailicious @ SoNailicious

Fall...

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Fashion, Not Formaldehyde! Toxin-Free Nail Polish For Every Budget

Fashion, Not Formaldehyde! Toxin-Free Nail Polish For Every Budget


TrustedChoice.com

You practice yoga, drink green juice and buy non-GMO snacks. But do you know what’s in your nail polish? If not, you might just be surprised.The truth is, while no nail polish can be chemical-free, there are five different additives included in some nail polish formulations – substances used for shine, durability, fluidity and more – that have been identified as allergenic, carcinogenic or just plain toxic!Fortunately, plenty of cosmetic companies have realized it’s possible to make an excellent nail polish without using some or all of these five nasty toxins.Many of these brands use the terms “3-Free” or “5-Free” to designate which of the chemicals on this list have been left out of their nail polish formulations; but with some luxury brands, it’s much more hush-hush – a hidden benefit that simply isn’t advertised.Never fear, we’ve done some research for you… just see below!What are these 5 frightening toxins you can live without? Toluene: (used to give nail polish a smooth finish) is a common solvent used for paint thinner, lacquer, glue and ink. It is also used as a gasoline additive and in jet fuel blends. Inhalation at low levels can cause confusion, light-headedness and nausea; while higher levels of exposure may harm your nervous system. Formaldehyde: (used as a hardener and preservative) is also used in the embalming of dead animals and humans, in the production of particle board and industrial resins and was recently designated as a “known… human carcinogen” by a US government program. It is a skin, eye and respiratory irritant.

Introducing Mavala Delicate Collection: Review & Swatches

by Maria @SoNailicious @ SoNailicious

Spring...

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Review, Best Nail Polish, Looks, Trends 2017, 2018: NYFW Fall/Winter 2017, Essie, JINsoon for Tibi, Inglot, New York Fashion Week

by Dawn Santamarina @ BeautyStat.com

To embrace the in-crowd individuality of the after-party-inspired Alexander Wang runway, Rita Remark for Essie chose Topless & Barefoot, a “chameleon nude” she insists looks soft pink on some, ivory on others, and flattering on everyone. Using the Speed Setter Top Coat to achieve a high-shine finish, it’s the season’s perfect answer to going barely …

How to clean your makeup blender sponge

by Lasica Nelson @ NYC Designed

In a perfect world we would wash excess foundation from our blenders after every use. Sometimes that’s not always possible, often we are in a rush for work, evening out or on the go without access to soap & water. We also understand, that not everyone is the type to meticulously clean their blender every [...]

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Your Guide to Pumpkin and Apple Picking in North Jersey

by Cait @ Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

Things that are better than cool mornings and a good excuse to pull out your large-knit infinity scarves? How about

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Backstage Beauty: butter LONDON For Yigal Azrouel

by Monique @ butter LONDON – Goddess Huntress

butter LONDON showed some exciting nail treatments for Yigal Azrouel’s Spring 2012 collection. Coined as an “ombre manicure”, Nonie Creme created bespoke nail colors of salmon pink, 80’s turquoise, and pastel pistachio. This graphic, bleeding ombre technique brings to mind swirling colors in Murano blown glass.  What’s even more friendly about this nail is that […]

And The Winner Is!

by Monique @ butter LONDON – Goddess Huntress

Veronica! Veronica, you are the March winner of the goddess.huntress. Favorite of the Month giveaway! Thanks for being a subscriber!  I will email you shortly to send you your brand new bottle of butter LONDON’S No More Waity Katie to add more bling to your beautiful hands! Want some bling? Sign up for my newsletter […]

40 Cruelty Free and Vegan Nail Polish Brands

40 Cruelty Free and Vegan Nail Polish Brands


ethical elephant

Includes a list of cruelty free and vegan nail polish from over 40+ brands in order of affordability to luxury. No animal testing + no animal ingredients.

Mani Power Meter: Christiane Amanpour

Mani Power Meter: Christiane Amanpour


Power Animals

fashion, music, art, food, theater, film, lulz, cute things, nail art, feminism + NYC

Everything You Need For a Smooth Fall Wardrobe Transition

by Hannah Smith @ Taste The Style

Before I lived in New York, I really had no idea what dressing for “weather” meant. In Los Angeles, the weather is incredibly consistent...

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Get Your Feet Ready for Warm Weather With 7 Natural Nail Salons in NYC

Get Your Feet Ready for Warm Weather With 7 Natural Nail Salons in NYC


DNAinfo New York

Instead of hitting up your regular dirt-cheap nail salon, why not try something a little more natural?

I’d Watch That: Obvious Child

by Nicole @ Power Animals

I was sad when Jenny Slate got the boot from SNL – presumably for dropping the f-bomb. She provided me with many lulz, especially as Tina Tina Charneuse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jviQjLbRwGE So…I was v. excited to hear that she was starring in the new film Obvious Child – which looks to be quite awesome (and has great(...)

Pacifica Releases New Vegan Lip Balms!

by Vicky Ly @ ethical elephant

Vegan lip balms and sugar lip scrub by Pacifica comes in 7 sweet flavors. Formulated without carmine, parabens, phthalates & petroleum.

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16 Fabulous Fall Nail Designs to Inspire

by Maria @SoNailicious @ SoNailicious

These...

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NYC’s L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates

by The NYC Talon @ The NYC Talon

I recently was dismayed to discover that one of my favorite chocolate shops, Xocolatti, had closed down their brick and mortar and moved their location strictly online. The joys of having a local chocolatier often include being able to view the chocolates in person, question a shop keeper about their contents and flavors, and occasionally […]

Review: Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish ‘Glambition’ Eye Palette

by The NYC Talon @ The NYC Talon

Influenced by textiles and layering, the new Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic multi-finish palettes were on my radar since early this summer. While debating whether or not to splurge on a new palette, the folks at influenster sent me one of my own (a.k.a. that was my disclaimer). Cue my personal happy dance! I thought I would […]

12 reasons to visit Slovenia (or is it Slovakia)?

by Sarah @ Sarah Wilson

ljuSlovenia is one of if not the most beautiful and bountiful country I’ve ever visited. It’s bound by Austria, Italy, Croatia and Hungary and manages to combine the best of all four nations…in its terrain, food culture and the character and warmth of the people. It’s a relative new-comer on the Euro travel trail. The more

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All About Learn Language Hoboken {+ Fall Classes}

by Michele @ Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

Back to school season isn’t just for the little ones. And if you’ve been itching to learn a new language

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The Best Hoboken + Jersey City Happy Hours of the Week {September 25, 2017}

by Cara @ Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

Fall, we welcome you! Though it’s almost time for scarves and boots, the weather this week will be beautiful and

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Splurge or Save: Nail Polish

Splurge or Save: Nail Polish


Beautylish

All nail polishes eventually chip in a few days, so do you really need to spend a lot on them? Here are some guidelines to help you decide whether to splurge or save on nail polish!

Essential Mixtape Alert: DJ Young EZ – Guaranteed Raw Vol. 1

by Nicole @ Power Animals

Okayplayer’s Mixtape Mondays feature has opened me up to a whole new world of mixtapes. I am Jasmine, they are Aladdin and this particular mixtape is RUH RUH LIKE A DUNGEON DRAGON. DJ Young EZ describes Guaranteed Raw Vol. 1 as such: “An hour of classic 90s hip-hop shit cause Dipset is what’s ‘old school’(...)

Best Makeup, Looks, Trends 2017, 2018, 2019: Reversed Winged Eyeliner

by Dawn Santamarina @ BeautyStat.com

You may have seen this new makeup trend floating around Instagram or Twitter lately. It’s called reversed winged liner or backwards liner. It’s a little trippy to look at, isn’t it? It’s almost like your eye is playing tricks on you! Makeup artists and enthusiasts have been creating looks with this reversed eyeliner all over …

Zoya flash sale! Get three polishes free!

by Kyuu @ Nail Polish – Ever Vain

Hello my friends! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday break. Sorry for my prolonged absence. I was going through — am continuing to suffer through — the worst moving experience ever. I have none of my stuff on...

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Color Clutch

FAQ page for Color Clutch nail polish storage

Nail Art Challenge 7: Fall Nail Art

by Maria @SoNailicious @ SoNailicious

This...

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How I Survived 7 Days at a Liquor Conference in New Orleans, Pt. II

by Celine Bossart @ Taste The Style

Thanks for following along on my journey of survival through the wild. So far, there have been private jets, tiki drinks around every sweltering...

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11 year-old "Emotional Advice Kid" offers therapy in a New York City subway station

by mfogelsonteel@gmail.com (Marni Fogelson) @ Inhabitots

It's pumpkin season, and don't be frightened to dig in!

It's pumpkin season, and don't be frightened to dig in!

by Lindsey Carr @ Nail News - Dr. Dana Stern | Dermatologist | Nail Specialist

As fall rolls in, the parade of pumpkin everything follows.  From jack-o-lanterns and lattes to pies and bread - Pumpkin is everywhere!  It turns out that pumpkin is loaded with  important nutrients for your skin and nails!  This news couldn’t come at a better time as when the temperature and humidity drops, our hands and nails tend to become dry and cracked.  Over the next few weeks as you are carving and dipping your hands into pumpkin, consider this quick and simple recipe for an anti-aging, hand and nail mask packed with antioxidants that will leave your skin exfoliated, smooth and moisturized:

 

1/4 Cup Pumpkin Puree  -  packed with antioxidants beta-carotene, vitamins A, C, and E

1/4 Brown sugar  - natural exfoliator

1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil  - rich in Vitamin E and Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Omega-3, Omega-6, Oleic Acid

 Mix these ingredients in a bowl, and massage on your hands for a couple of minutes.  Rinse with warm water and pat dry. 

 

 A few facts about pumpkin:

 -       Antioxidants ward off free-radical damage that can result in skin aging

-       Vitamin A smooth’s skin tone, and boost collagen

-       Vitamin C combats photodamage, and boosts collagen

-       Vitamin E protects against free radicals 

OPI Nail Polish Ingredients Review

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

Last updated on July 27th, 2017 at 12:17 pmBack in 2006, OPI nail polish was reformulated to remove dibutyl phthalate (DBP), an endocrine disruptor rated 10 out of 10 (10 being most toxic) in the Skin Deep database. OPI also … Continued

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Top 7 Tips to Winter Proof Your Makeup

by Diana Charlesworths @ NYC Designed

2016 is coming to a close and holiday season is upon us, which means two things - temperatures are dropping and you are going to be busy attending parties, get togethers, and outings with family and friends. You need to look your very best to cut a stunning figure at such yearly gatherings. Dropping temperatures [...]

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How to buy toxin-free nail polish - Sarah Wilson

How to buy toxin-free nail polish - Sarah Wilson


Sarah Wilson

*Updated March, 2016. Let’s kick off with this: most nail polish is made with the same gunk used to make car paint. Yep, a toxic melange of solvents, film formers, resins and plasticisers. Whatever they are. But shall we move on? And see if there is some light at the end of this fumey tunnel? more

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette – Review

by Christine @ MakeUpGuineaPig

You may have noticed that there’s a new palette in town. Though the hype is dying down a bit, there has been a lot of talk about the new Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. This is the latest offering in Urban Decay’s infamous “Naked” line of supposedly neutral palettes, and I must say that I’m [...]

 Nail Lacquer | Ulta Beauty

Nail Lacquer | Ulta Beauty


ULTA Beauty

Butter London's original 8-free Nail Lacquers in heavily pigmented colours & finishes inspired by the latest trends.

Green Revolution: 15 Non-Toxic Nail Salons in the U.S.

Green Revolution: 15 Non-Toxic Nail Salons in the U.S.


Departures

Nail care is the latest segment of the beauty industry to offer natural products and services for guilt-free pampering.

NOTD: Ruffian Manicure with Julep Kathleen and Julep Myrtle

by Kyuu @ Nail Polish – Ever Vain

So as we all know, it’s spring fashion week around the globe (aka New York and Europe) and for some reason lots of brands partner with nail polish companies to create new nail polish colours and looks for their runway....

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Backstage Beauty: butter LONDON for Kaelen

by Monique @ butter LONDON – Goddess Huntress

Dangerous and beguiling was the beauty look for Kaelen’s Fall 2012 presentation for New York Fashion Week. Goddess Huntress favorite, butter LONDON, brought serial power to nails with Union Jack Black. So, what do you think?  Will you be going to the dark side? Jet black and fetish ready. Get your dominating nails HERE   […]

ipsy Glam Bag: August 2013

by Ryk @ Ever Vain

You know what sucks? Job hunting. You know what makes it bearable? Getting new makeup in the mail to wear to interviews. (Sometimes you have to force yourself into being an optimist.) Speaking of a need for optimism, August marks...

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Shop Local at Hazel Baby + Kids in Jersey City

by Genna @ Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

The owners of Hazel Baby + Kids in Jersey City have found the sweet key to retail success. Today, we’re sharing a

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Think Pink All Year Round

Think Pink All Year Round

by Lindsey Carr @ Nail News - Dr. Dana Stern | Dermatologist | Nail Specialist

I really love seeing pink everywhere in October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  From ribbons and bracelets to pink-themed cocktails and think pink manis and pedis, Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings much-needed attention to the disease and promotes funding for finding a cure.  

With October coming to a close, I want to encourage women everywhere to continue to think pink all year round.  One in eight women in the U.S. is affected by breast cancer, and chances are most people know someone who has suffered with the disease.  We have come along way.  If identified early via regular screenings and diagnostic programs, breast cancer can be successfully treated.   Janelle Hail, co-founder and CEO of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), states “Early detection saves lives!  Research shows that when breast cancer is detected early, in the localized stage, the five-year survival rate is 98%.” To help increase early detection, the NBCF helps provide free mammograms and resources to those in need, and partners with companies like Medline nationwide to advance breast cancer awareness and prevention.

 

Before months end, I encourage you to purchase a bottle of your favorite pink polish.  Just seeing it in your medicine cabinet will remind you to think pink every month and to remember October’s message – focus on breast health!  Early detection, increased education, and access to resources and support will help us to continue the fight against breast cancer.   

 

For more information about how to create an early detection plan visit: http://www.earlydetectionplan.org/

For more information about breast cancer, getting involved or supporting the cause please visit:  http://ww5.komen.org/

Can’t Decide? These Food Halls Will Help Satisfy Any Craving

by Kirby Kelly @ Taste The Style

As the old quote goes, “Indecision is the thief of opportunity.” Especially in New York, we have it all — but everything at once...

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Nail Polish Health Risks | Boston Magazine

Nail Polish Health Risks | Boston Magazine


Boston Magazine

Nail polish isn’t just a beauty trend—it’s a health concern. Photo via Shutterstock In the fickle world of beauty trends, few things have been as enduringly popular over the past few years as nail polish. A New York Times article...

Kim Kardashian's Nail Salon of Choice and 7 More L.A. Mani-Pedi Meccas

Kim Kardashian's Nail Salon of Choice and 7 More L.A. Mani-Pedi Meccas


The Hollywood Reporter

From luxury hotel spas to strip malls, manicures and pedicures come at a premium in Los Angeles -- especially if you want to take a seat beside a member of the A-list (or are looking to avoid one in particular).

The Best New 5-Free, 7-Free, and 9-Free Nontoxic Nail Polishes

The Best New 5-Free, 7-Free, and 9-Free Nontoxic Nail Polishes


Allure

In the world of nontoxic nail polish, three-free polishes (meaning formulas that contain no formaldehyde, toluene, or dibutyl phthalate) used to be the gold standard. But then we started wising up to other potentially harmful ingredients, like formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, and xylene. To help clarify what it means to be five-, seven-, eight-, and nine-free, we broke down our favorite new nontoxic nail polishes to tell you exactly what they're missing (in a good way!)

Aaraa Accessories to Close Hoboken Storefront in October

by Jen @ Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

As most Hoboken residents know, it’s our neighbors and unique spots in town that make it such a special place

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Beauty Inspiration: Bella Hadid

by tarynthewife @ Taryn Cox The Wife

Bella Hadid made her official entrance into Dior at the Cruise Collection 2017 runway show at Blenheim Palace. The Avenue Montaigne House announced her role as Makeup Ambassador and new collection of web videos, titled “Dior Makeup Live with Bella Hadid,” where the star shares her favorite items as she takes part in a fun and quirky […]

lookfantastic International

lookfantastic International


lookfantastic International

Explore quality nail varnishes by Butter LONDON at Lookfantastic. Free from chemical nasties, they are a healthy and beautiful treat for your nails.

21 unavoidable signs you are a nail polish addict

by Lasica Nelson @ NYC Designed

Any self confessed addict will admit to relating to at least 5 signs of these signs in our blog they are a nail polish addict.   1. You have no more room for new nail polish, but you buy it anyway Your polish organizer is overflowing. You quite literally have no more room for the [...]

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Policy Report by Letitia James: How clean is your salon?

Policy Report by Letitia James: How clean is your salon?

by Lindsey Carr @ Nail News - Dr. Dana Stern | Dermatologist | Nail Specialist

Policy Report by Letitia James: How clean is your salon?

 Recently public advocate for the City of New York Letitia James released a report “How Safe is Your Nail Salon?” outlining several public health concerns with NYC nail salons and calling for more meaningful regulations as well as increasing the number of inspectors and establishing more stringent guidelines in order to protect the public health and safety of New Yorkers.  As a dermatologist and nail expert with a New York City practice focused on nail disorders and nail surgery I am at the forefront of the issues that Letitia James describes such as nail care products with harmful ingredients that can be damaging to the skin and nails, inconsistent salon safety standards, government safety and hygiene regulations that are not being enforced, and infectious and trauma related issues.  I am privileged to be in a position to offer treatment to patients with nail issues who seek my care on a daily basis and although I believe that everyone should be able to enjoy a relaxing manicure or pedicure there are several precautions that you should take in order to prevent a manicure or pedicure disaster. 

 

 The first impression of the salon is very important.  When you walk in, does the overall appearance feel clean?  Look around at certain details.

 

-Are the floors clean?

-Are the technician’s licenses displayed, and do the photos match up?

-Are the licenses up to date?

-Do the technicians wash their hands before and after each client?

-Are the products in properly sealed, well labeled containers?

-Is the salon well ventilated?

 

Look at the implements:

 -How are they being sanitized and disinfected?

-Where are they being stored in between clients?

-Are they using one-time use items such as emery boards, orange sticks, pumices, buffers, and toe separators once?  Or are they erroneously reusing?

 

There is quite a bit to take in when visiting a salon, especially for the first time.  Although most salons adhere to strict disinfection guidelines, if you are concerned and want to “take your health into your own hands” I would suggest that you bring your own tools and sanitize them at home by cleaning them in hot, soapy water, boiling, and then drying and storing them in a dry place.  Make sure that you never visit a salon if you have an open wound or active infections in the area where you are receiving your service as this could put you at risk for developing a skin or nail infection and having to visit me!  Last, but not least, never ignore abnormalities that appear after a salon service.  If you are concerned about an issue be it an allergy to a product or a possible infection then seek care from a board certified dermatologist immediately.

 

Here is Letita’s full report:

http://pubadvocate.nyc.gov/sites/advocate.nyc.gov/files/PublicAdvocate-AnnualReport-NAIL%20SALON-1.pdf 

21 unavoidable signs you are a nail polish addict - NYC Designed

21 unavoidable signs you are a nail polish addict - NYC Designed


NYC Designed

Any self confessed addict will admit to relating to at least 5 signs of these signs in our blog they are a nail polish addict.   1. You have no more room for new nail polish, but you buy it anywayYour polish organizer is overflowing. You quite literally have no more room for the latest colors, yet

The truth about makeup expiration

by Lasica Nelson @ NYC Designed

You probably don't think about beauty products going bad like food, but makeup and even nail polish have expiration dates. While using old foundation won't make you sick, it can cause breakouts or irritation. Find out how long your favorite beauty products last - and when to know it's time to let them go. [...]

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Worth the Splurge? Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream vs. Prtty Peaushun

by Christine @ MakeUpGuineaPig

I’m a bit of a body moisturizer freak and am constantly trying out new creams, oils, lotions and potions. My recent go-to has been the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, but I have also been intrigued by the Prtty Peaushun  Skin Tight Body Lotion for quite some time. Given what I’ve heard from [...]

Review, Swatches, Photos, Makeup Trend 2017, 2018: BrushCraft by Artis Brushes

by Dawn Santamarina @ BeautyStat.com

From the creators of Artis Brushes, BrushCraft is committed to offering modern makeup brushes to those who consider makeup is art. BrushCraft has taken the familiar traditional makeup brush and given it a new twist, to make it more maneuverable, easier to use, and efficient. By turning the fibers at a right angle, and using …

Spring Polish Picks for 2015 ~ Priti NYC, Pacifica, LVX, Butter London, Flower & More!

Spring Polish Picks for 2015 ~ Priti NYC, Pacifica, LVX, Butter London, Flower & More!


MakeUpGuineaPig

The birds are chirping, the sun is peeking out from behind the clouds and bright green buds are popping up all around. That can only mean one thing – Spring is finally here! I absolutely love Sprin…

Nail Polish: More Green Brands And Recycling Information - A Green Routine

Nail Polish: More Green Brands And Recycling Information - A Green Routine


A Green Routine

In our last article about nail polish we discussed the healthy hazards posed by many commercial nail polishes and announced a toxin free nail polish giveaway. First, I would like to congratulate the randomly selected winner of the giveaway, Lucia from California. We hope you enjoy many beautiful, eco-friendly manis and pedis with your new …

Upcoming NYC Sustainable Events

by Contributor @ Ecocult

Bridge to a Sustainable Future: A Jazzy Rooftop Marketplace with Dopper Friday, September 22nd, 6pm – 9pm @ 601 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001 The team at Dopper has spent the last months building a Plastic Bridge, a giant mobile art piece made out of 25,000 disposable water bottles. It will be touring the country to raise awareness about the plastic in our oceans and to “bridge the gap” to a cleaner, more sustainable world. The bridge launch will be Friday, September 22nd, at the Starrett-Lehigh Building. It will be parked downstairs for the press and public to see. Then comes the party. After you cross the bridge, go up to our lovely Starrett-Lehigh rooftop garden where we’ll have the“Marketplace of the Future” showcasing products and services offering products that are better for people and the planet. We’ll have drinks, jazz, horsdervs, open skies, and sustainable vendors. Free | Register here.  Travel Blogger Summit Global Goals “Green” Gala Friday, September 22nd, 7pm – 11pm  @ HI New York City, 891 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025 Join 100 of the top celebrities, journalists, bloggers and digital media influencers in travel for an epic evening in support of scholarships and grants for youth travel. Held in Manhattan’s largest privately-owned green space – HI NYC’s backyard – enjoy food, drinks, music, and cameos alongside newsmakers from across […]

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NOTD: Zoya Hermina

by Kyuu @ Nail Polish – Ever Vain

Hello my lovelies~ I’m so sorry it’s been forever since I posted… and even longer since I wrote a real post. As I’ve mentioned, I moved to New York City recently to start my new job, and my life has...

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Everything You Need To Know About the New OPI Iceland Collection

by Maria @SoNailicious @ SoNailicious

Yet...

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Non-Toxic and Eco-Friendly Nail Salon PH7 Opens in Brooklyn, Is Probably Best in NYC - Ecocult

Non-Toxic and Eco-Friendly Nail Salon PH7 Opens in Brooklyn, Is Probably Best in NYC - Ecocult


Ecocult

If you were to say, “Hey Alden, what would your dream nail salon look like?” I would say this: A wall of non-toxic nail polish brands in a rainbow of colors Organic and natural nail polish remover and lotions Comfortable chairs without those ridiculous massage things that make you jiggle like you’re having a boob seizure No-nonsense manicurists just like the ones in that nail salon on every corner in NYC A serene, sustainable, and tastefully decorated setting Located right in my neighborhood, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Oh look, a nail salon just like my dream one just opened in Williamsburg! Yes ladies, you heard it from me first. With zero fanfare, a nail salon called PH7 Nail Couture opened its doors three blocks away from Momofuku Milk Bar smack in the middle of Williamsburg. When I discovered this, I immediately ran over to check it out and get a manicure. Inside I found two, huge reclaimed wood shelves stocked with all my favorites: Sheswai, RGB, Dior, Butter London, Deborah Lippmann, and more. I settled into a comfy, upholstered chair and within ten minutes, a manicurist was soaking my feet in a tub. She moved quickly, trimming and filing with sterilized implements, then painting …

SkinStore

SkinStore


SkinStore

Buy Butter LONDON makeup online. All your favorite Butter LONDON makeup is now online at SkinStore with free delivery over $49.

Tree Change Dolls gives Bratz down-to-earth "makeunders"

by jennifer.l.chait@gmail.com (Jennifer Chait) @ Inhabitots

After leaving her position as a scientist in Tasmania, Sonia Singh, artist, illustrator and mom of a young toddler, took on a new project, Tree Change Dolls, that gives old dolls a new lease on life. Singh finds used dolls in poor condition at various thrift shops, then she rehabilitates them with classy "makeunders." Singh says the dolls within her project have undergone a "tree change," due to her switching out glam makeup and snazzy clothing for a much more natural, and down-to-earth style. Keep...

Best Non-Toxic Nail Polish Options | Wellness Mama

Best Non-Toxic Nail Polish Options | Wellness Mama


Wellness Mama®

These non-toxic nail polish choices are water-based, natural, free of chemicals toulene and formaldehyde and rated safe by the Environmental Working Group.

Learn to Use a makeup blender sponge like a pro

by Diana Charlesworths @ NYC Designed

One of the makeup essentials that you can’t do without is a makeup blender sponge. The egg-shaped makeup applicator has become a global necessity for professionals and makeup enthusiasts. The versatile makeup product gives a beautiful and flawless finish. The pointed tip allows you to apply makeup under the eyes, around the nose, and along the [...]

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Fall 2017 Edition: NYC’s Newest Restaurants to Try

by Kirby Kelly @ Taste The Style

The changing of the seasons means it’s that time again — yep, the time when we tell you where you’re going to want to...

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Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Brittle Nails But Were Afraid To Ask

Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Brittle Nails But Were Afraid To Ask

by Lindsey Carr @ Nail News - Dr. Dana Stern | Dermatologist | Nail Specialist

Nails are composed of small cells made up of a protein called keratin.  If you were to look at a nail under a microscope the cells look like roof shingles.  These cells are very delicate and extremely absorbent, about ten times more so than skin.  This is the reason your nails have much more flexibility after soaking in water.

 

Can I prevent brittle nails?

 

It depends.  If you develop brittle nails out of the blue, it is potentially a sign of a health issue such as anemia, or a thyroid condition.  Therefore, if brittle nails are new for you, see your doctor.  Those suffering from an eating disorder or undergoing chemotherapy may also experience nail brittleness as a result of a diet low in protein.

 

If  you don’t have any medical conditions that contribute to brittle nails, there are a few reasons that you could be experiencing brittleness:

-Water exposure. Water is constantly being absorbed and then diffused back out by our nails.  This continuous process weakens nails because the delicate nail cells are in a constant state of contraction and expansion.  This strain causes lifting and breakage.

-Seasonal Weather Changes. In the winter going from a 70 degree indoor environment to a colder environment causes a change in humidity, and consequently a change in the water content of our nails.  This has the same effect as chronic water exposure.

-Chemical exposures. Nail polish remover is not your friend.  It may help remove that chipped manicure, but the ingredients, strong solvents, especially Acetone, dry out your nails.

 

What can I do to repair them?

 

-Avoid alcohol-based sanitizers

-Use cuticle oil consistently

-Take a break from polish, and give your nails 2-3 weeks to repair

-Try a Biotin supplement of 2000 mcg – 3000 mcg daily, sold over-the-counter at your local health food store or pharmacy.

-Consider using a crystal nail file.  They are much more delicate, especially for those who are prone to breakage.

GH Fashion’s Night Out Beauty Giveaway With Magnolia Bakery + butter LONDON

by Monique @ butter LONDON – Goddess Huntress

I’m giving away nail polishes to 10 lucky Magnolia Bakery customers on Fashion’s Night Out, September 8th! I will be giving away 2 butter LONDON nail lacquers an hour that match Magnolia’s infamous icing, in colors “Teddy Girl” and “Muggins”. Here’s how to win If you will be in NYC or Los Angeles the evening […]

A Handy Guide on Makeup Brushes and Their Uses

by Diana Charlesworths @ NYC Designed

The next time you apply makeup, pause and think if you are using the right kind of brush. The market is awash with countless makeup brands selling an endless range of makeup brushes to complement their products. Although top quality cosmetic brushes are costly, the finish they provide is simply priceless, provided you use a [...]

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Tutorial: How to Do Aztec Nails in 5 Minutes!

by Maria @SoNailicious @ SoNailicious

Aztec...

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Goddess Goodies Giveaway!

by Monique @ butter LONDON – Goddess Huntress

It is that time! Time to hand a lucky subscriber one of my favorite products! Every month, I select a goddess.huntress. newsletter subscriber to receive one of my favorite products! Sign up for my newsletter and get in on the action! In time for the highly anticipated royal nuptials, this month I will be giving […]

Backstage Beauty: butter LONDON For Electric Feathers

by Monique @ butter LONDON – Goddess Huntress

butter LONDON showed a subtle, graphic, metallic nail for Electric Feathers’ Spring 2012 presentation at New York Fashion Week.  A simple stroke of color “The Full Monty” down the middle of the nail creates the manicure. A great way to have some shimmer without all the bling. butter LONDON is free of dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, […]

7 global trends in education we wish would make their way to U.S schools

by mfogelsonteel@gmail.com (Marni Fogelson) @ Inhabitots

New trends in education are always cropping up as countries compete to foster and produce the smartest, most promising students. But the measures to determine “success” and “intelligence” are often controversial standardized tests and don’t take into account the general mental, social, and physical well-being of kids. So we decided to take educational matters into our own hands and highlight some of the international trends that we wish our test-heavy, recess-reducing country would consider....

7 Nail Designs We Swooned Over During NYFW

by Raven Ishak @ Taste The Style

As much as we love to drool over the clothes and beauty looks at NYFW, this season, we couldn’t take our eyes off the...

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It's Easy Being Green With Butter London's Pantone Nail Lacquer

It's Easy Being Green With Butter London's Pantone Nail Lacquer


InStyle.com

It's available in the 2017 color of the year, Greenery, alongside many other complementary hues we can't wait to get our hands and nails on.

Online Beauty Shop Black Hairspray, Your Go-To Source for Remy Hair

by The NYC Talon @ The NYC Talon

*This is a sponsored post.* As a born and raised New Yorker, beauty supply stores have often been my source for everything from lip gloss to bleaching powders, toners, false lashes, and cosmetics. Black Hairspray is the online version of the local beauty supply shop. The perks of this online shop include a much more […]

Julep Maven October 2013 Preview: The Rebel Set

by Kyuu @ Ever Vain

It’s every Julep Maven’s most exciting day of the month: the 20th! Also known as the day Julep’s monthly subscription window opens and all the new nail polishes and products are up for Mavens to select from. This month’s theme is...

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Hoboken Girl {Mani} Monday: A Visit to Tutti Nails - Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

Hoboken Girl {Mani} Monday: A Visit to Tutti Nails - Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ


Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

We’re back with another #HGManiMonday manicure spot uptown: Tutti Nails.  Located in the new Maxwell Place {on Hudson between 11th

HOW TO: Make decadent vegan salted date caramel & almond butter quinoa cups

by mfogelsonteel@gmail.com (Marni Fogelson) @ Inhabitots

1. Gather the ingredients. 4-5 Tbsp quinoa 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp vegan chocolate chips 2 tsp coconut oil 6 dates, pitted (Soak in warm water for about 20 minutes if very hard and dry, then drain. If the dates are plump and juicy, skip this step.) 2 1/2 Tbsp water 1/4 cup almond butter 1/2 tsp sea salt 2. Wash and toast the quinoa. Quinoa has a bitter outer coating that is easily removed by rinsing the grains. Put quinoa and some water to cover in a small pot or container and swirl...

Use Concealer Like a Pro for Flawless Skin

by Diana Charlesworths @ NYC Designed

Out of the several beauty products that women apply for flawless skin, a concealer is one of the most economical and effective ways to camouflage any flaws. Ideally, you should use a concealer that is 1 to 2 shades lighter than your skin tone to hide under-eye shadows, pimples, or moles, blending it with a [...]

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Julep Reece swatches (+ vs. Butter London Knackered)

by Kyuu @ Ever Vain

Julep Reece ($14.00 for 8mL, $11.20 for mavens) was described in their maven box monthly preview as a “gorgeous purple holographic shimmer reminds us of the NYC skyline at dusk.” Whoever the copywriter at Julep is does quite the lovely job....

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Backstage Beauty: butter LONDON For Kaelen

by Monique @ butter LONDON – Goddess Huntress

butter LONDON painted a jagged, distressed nail for the Kaelen Spring 2013 presentation.  This shattered glass slash paint splatter effect was created with a base coat of Union Jack Black, followed with jagged strokes down towards the nail bed of Yummy Mummy, finished off with Matte Finish Shine-Free Topcoat only on the black portion, leaving […]

Nails New York Fashion Week: The Best 15 Manicures

Nails New York Fashion Week: The Best 15 Manicures


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Nails New York Fashion Week... We bring you 15 the most impressive manicures form the Spring 2014 shows. Two-toned nails, new Ruffian, half moon manicures

Top 12 Things To Do This Weekend in Hoboken, Jersey City + Hudson County {September 21st-24th, 2017}

by Tamara @ Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

The weekend couldn’t have showed up soon enough, so make sure to get the most out of it by planning

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Bondi New York Fall/Winter 2013 Collection

by Kyuu @ Nail Polish – Ever Vain

Today, Bondi New York released a preview of their fall/winter 2013 collection to their subscription box subscribers. These colours are on their website and will only be exclusively available for purchase through their subscription box service for a few weeks...

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The Perfect Shade of Pink… Plus, How-To!

by Maria @SoNailicious @ SoNailicious

Pink...

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Life Improver: The NYC Bus Checker App (Yes, It Works!)

by Nicole @ Power Animals

Understatement of the century: buses in Brooklyn can be unreliable. I had given up on waiting for the bus at ALL unless I actually saw it coming with my own eyes…until the advent of the Bus Checker app! With this app, you can zoom in on any bus stop, click on it and see a(...)

The Fall #HobokenFitContest is Happening — Join Our 30-Day Body Transformation Program

by Jen @ Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

Summer was fun, but soon it’ll be Thanksgiving {you know it’s true}. And to avoid the holiday weight gain before

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How to Register to Vote in the 2017 {Hoboken + New Jersey} Elections

by Jen @ Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

Hard to believe, but it’s that time again — election season! If you’re like us, this one really snuck up

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Backstage Beauty: butter LONDON for Kevork Kiledjian

by Monique @ butter LONDON – Goddess Huntress

butter LONDON’s navy nails solidified the look on Kevork Kilidjian’s Fall 2012. Navy is a very regal way to go create a dark look on hands.  Speaking of regal, the name of butter LONDON’S lacquer for Kilidjian’s show is Royal Navy. Ready to go royal?  Get it HERE butter LONDON is free of dibutyl phthalate, […]

Hurricane Harvey – Ways To Help

by Christine @ MakeUpGuineaPig

With all the horrific events that have occurred in the wake of Hurricane Harvey over the past week, I wanted to post something regarding how to help. Let me add that to anyone affected, my heart goes out to you. I truly wish I knew what more to say, but I honestly do not know [...]

The Hands of Time

The Hands of Time

by Lindsey Carr @ Nail News - Dr. Dana Stern | Dermatologist | Nail Specialist

Never before have there been more ways to turn back the hands of time and reverse signs of aging.  In a world where 50 is the new 30, every day there seems to be a new product or procedure to make us look younger.  But, the focus tends to be on the face and the neck while the hands, the other most visible unclothed area of the body, has been largely ignored.  Women are starting to look unmatched with youthful faces but the hands of a grandmother.  This is mainly because most women are not aware that there are as many cosmetic options for the hands as there are for the face. In this day and age where we live in a “hand-held” world, I have devoted my practice to giving hands the attention they deserve.

No different than wrinkles on a sagging face, hands are a tell tale sign of aging.  Hands begin to age due to volume loss and from excessive UV damage.  As we get older, we begin to see pronounced veins and tendons, brown spots, loss of elasticity, wrinkles and a peau d’orange texture.  Many women are self-conscious by the unsightly appearance of their hands but are unaware that there is anything they can do to change it.

As one of the countries only nail specialists, I am also proud to offer my patients a variety of the most cutting-edge cosmetic procedures for the hand.  Hand recontouring restores volume and stimulates collagen regrowth to the hand.  For this procedure, I inject RADIESSE, an FDA approved volumizing filler, the results of which can last up to a year or longer.  In addition, there are several laser options.  For the removal of brown spots, I use the NdYag laser.  Fraxel, the go-to laser for facial resurfacing, can be used on the hands for a smoother, more even skin texture, to promote collagen regrowth, and to achieve an overall softening of wrinkles.  Regular chemical peels can also be very successful in brightening and evening skin tone and pigment.

The end result…. beautiful, youthful hands that women are no longer embarrassed by, but ready to head to the manicurist to put on a bright, glossy polish that is sure to get their hands noticed.

 

 

Bacteria in your cosmetic bag

by Christina Barber @ NYC Designed

When did you last clear out your makeup bag and give it the makeover it deserves. Between you and me, mine was not a pretty sight and I was not prepared for what I discovered. Mac mascara I’d been carrying around since 2011, a half-used Chanel foundation I’d been hoarding for years since it was [...]

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The Best Nail Polish Picks for the Holidays

The Best Nail Polish Picks for the Holidays


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The Best Nail Polish Picks for the Holidays

Wearable rope vest turns parents into the most popular and portable jungle gym in town

by mfogelsonteel@gmail.com (Marni Fogelson) @ Inhabitots

Our kids climb all over us all day long: while waiting to pick up big brother at school, in line at the grocery store, even at the park despite there being loads of available play equipment. The moral of this story: you may want to go ahead and invest in AthleTitti, a rope vest created by a Japanese student graduating from Tokyo's Tama Art University that takes the concept of "active parenting" to a whole new level. The vest, which looks like some type of odd hybrid between a corset and a ropes course,...

We’re all about celebrating wellness—on the inside and...

by @ Birchbox



We’re all about celebrating wellness—on the inside and outside. From a sleek on-the-go water bottle to a waterproof, lash-nourishing mascara, we’ve packed this box with favorites to help you reset and feel your very best. Think: comfy, cushy socks to tackle your new yoga class, a best-selling dry shampoo (because sometimes sleeping is more important than shampooing), and much more. Shop this box now: http://birch.ly/2lj8529 Each box contains: Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara - Travel-size HUM Nutrition Raw Beauty Green Superfood Powder - Mint Chocolate Chip Infusion - 3 packettes ARROW REFRESH On-the-Go Cleansing Cloths - Full-size Avène Thermal Spring Water - Travel-size Living proof.® Perfect hair Day™ (PhD) Dry Shampoo - Travel-size R+Co ANALOG Cleansing Foam Conditioner - Travel-size S'well 9 oz. Bottle in Amethyst Quartz or Glitter Sangria Pointe Studio Jett Grip Light Socks - 1 pair JOIN BIRCHBOX: http://birch.ly/1OLLiDr INSTAGRAM: http://birch.ly/1QLyByU FACEBOOK: http://birch.ly/1QlUGhX by Birchbox

HOW TO: Make no-bake energizing vegan oat balls

by a.analisa@gmail.com (Ana Lisa) @ Inhabitots

1. Gather the ingredients 1 cup of oatmeal 2/3 cup of coconut flakes 1/2 cup of peanut butter 1/2 cup of flaxseeds 1/2 cup chocolate chips 1/3 cup of maple syrup 1 tsp. of vanilla extract 2. Activate the flaxseeds Leave flaxseeds for at least an hour in water and drain. The gooey consistency will help bring the elements together, so don’t wash them after activating them. 3. Mix Mix all the ingredients together in a medium bowl, except for the oats. 4....

butter LONDON for Alexander Wang Fall 2011

by Monique @ butter LONDON – Goddess Huntress

For all the non-girly girls with a bit of edge, here is your new cache: a nail chilled by a blue-grey wash. The hypothermic nail. as per Nonie Creme, butter LONDON Founding Creative Director: Take an empty bottle and fill it almost to the top with Hardwear Topcoat, a small pour of Union Jack Black, […]

Salon Visit: Paintbox Nails Studio

Salon Visit: Paintbox Nails Studio

by Lindsey Carr @ Nail News - Dr. Dana Stern | Dermatologist | Nail Specialist

I love to visit nail salons in order to stay current with the latest trends in nail beauty.  The array of innovative products and cool new nail services offered by salons is amazing!  As your nail authority, it is important that I do this research so that I can confidently make salon recommendations to my patients and friends.

 I was recently invited to Paintbox Nail Studio in SoHo to experience their fabulous salon “first hand.”  Eleanor Langston, a former beauty editor and founder of Paintbox Nail Studio has succeeded in creating an entirely new manicure-only experience that combines a well curated line-up of polish colors and brands, a look-book of incredibly artistic fashion-forward nail designs and most notably an environment that is fastidiously clean, well ventilated and super luxe.  Paintbox takes their nail tech talent seriously, manicurists are highly trained, and communicative to ensure that everything was up to my (high) standards.  I was pleased to learn that tools go through a double disinfection process and one-time use items like buffers were appropriately discarded after use.

 As I took my last sip of champagne, iphone now fully charged, I felt relaxed, pampered and ready to show off my fabulous fingernails.

 

 Schedule your visit to Paintbox by visiting their website:

Paintbox | A Modern Manicure Studio

Razza Pizza in Jersey City: Best Pizza in NJ {and NYC}?

by Ashley @ Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

Earlier this year, the pizza at Razza in Jersey City was named one of the Top 10 Pizzas in New

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Weekend Reading: Juicing Needs to Die

by Alden Wicker @ Ecocult

Hi readers! Wild Tussah included EcoCult at the top of their list of the five best ethical blogs, and StyleWise put me in her top ten! Also, I wrote this guide to combatting climate change using your investment money. Not invested? Um, scuse me, you had better have some retirement funds started, at least! Fashion Reformation considers itself fast fashion. | Refinery29 Some of the best reporting I’ve seen on Bangladesh’s fashion pollution problem. But there is hope! | Undark Nike debuted a new recycled leather shoe. | Quartz Timberland is trying to redevelop Haiti’s cotton agriculture to stem deforestation. | Triple Pundit I loved this story about the town that used to process America’s leather, before it was outsourced to Bangladesh. | Undark Next after that: “it would be just one more step in a long journey for the tanning industry, which has spent decades hopscotching across the globe, assiduously fleeing regulation and rising labor costs, and leaving long-lasting toxic footprints at each stop.” | Undark “If you’ve ever felt that jeans that refused to accommodate your ample ass might be a little racist, well, yeah, it turns out you’re right.” | Racked Beauty “And as news consumers increasingly seek out their own […]

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Nail Polish Colors According To Your Sign - Taste The Style

Nail Polish Colors According To Your Sign - Taste The Style


Taste The Style

Shoutout to all the Zodiac lovers…this one’s for you. We’re big on personality around here and we feel your style should represent exactly who you...

WIFE Tunes: Lion Babe

by tarynthewife @ Taryn Cox The Wife

After seeing Lion Babe last year in London and rocking out to her knock out single “Jump Hi,” THE WIFE™  highly anticipated the album release of “Begin. Now just 4 months after their debut album, the Brooklyn duo just put out a new mix tape entitled “Sun Joint.” Singer Jillian Hervey and producer Lucas Goodman created […]

HOW TO: Make raw vegan cashew cheese

by mfogelsonteel@gmail.com (Marni Fogelson) @ Inhabitots

One of the hardest things to give up when becoming vegan (or trying to eat less animal-based foods) is cheese. There are several yummy vegan cheese options available now, but making your own raw nut cheese is easy and healthy, so give it a try! I first had raw, vegan nut cheese at a shi-shi raw restaurant in New York City and was blown away: who knew a raw cheese could taste so flavorful and creamy? This particular recipe yields a versatile cheese that is great on pasta, as the filling of ravioli,...

On the Horizon

by admin @ Boston Magazine

Soon, the standard-bearers will be joined by a batch of exciting new places focusing on ­everything from epic tasting menus to scallion-pancake sandwiches.

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Top 15 Summer Beach Reads

by The NYC Talon @ The NYC Talon

From a gripping and suspenseful mystery to a breezy contemporary romance – grab a great book and get reading this summer! Here are my recommendations: The Waking Land by Callie Bates – June 27th If you loved Naomi Novik’s Uprooted (I did!), then you’re definitely going to want to check out this magical new story […]

Nail Polish Trends: butter London Debuts New Sweet Somethings Collections At Monique Lhuillier 2014 NYC Bridal Fashion Week - BeautyStat.com

Nail Polish Trends: butter London Debuts New Sweet Somethings Collections At Monique Lhuillier 2014 NYC Bridal Fashion Week - BeautyStat.com


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butter LONDON introduced their new bridal set, Sweet Somethings, backstage at Monique Lhuillier's br

Winter Hand Maintenance Tips

Winter Hand Maintenance Tips

by Lindsey Carr @ Nail News - Dr. Dana Stern | Dermatologist | Nail Specialist

As the weather starts to cool down, I start to see common problem among my patients – dry, cracked hands that are often sensitive and painful! This is because in winter, the outside humidity and temperature drops and indoor air becomes a lot drier.  Most people are also washing their hands more frequently or using alcohol based hand sanitizers as flu and cold prevention. As a result, the skin on the hands become dehydrated and parched.  Lines around your cuticles and knuckles can also be the result of dryness.

 The key to beating dry skin is remembering to moisturize often.  Products that contain emollients and humectants are best.  I am a huge fan of moisturizers that contain shea as it acts as a barrier for the skin and really helps to seal in moisture.  I also like to look for products with glycerin and rich hydrating oils such as Coconut Oil to help with hydration.  If your hands are already severely chapped, I suggest using a hydrating overnight treatment with hand gloves.  I recommend carrying a cuticle pen for dry for cracked cuticles like Essie’s The Cuticle Pen or a hand moisturizer like L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Hand Cream.  

Finally, try to stay as hydrated as possible throughout the winter.  We often forget to drink water when we are cold.  Hot water with lemon works too!

Your Manicure, Your Health

Your Manicure, Your Health

by Lindsey Carr @ Nail News - Dr. Dana Stern | Dermatologist | Nail Specialist

The recent article in The New York Times highlighting the nail salon industry in the metropolitan New York City area exposes the economic, social, and health-related hardships of the nail technicians.  As a board certified dermatologist and nail specialist, with a nail focused practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, I also find the health implications for consumers of a virtually unregulated, fast-growing, $8.54 billion a year industry to be of grave concern.

The prolific growth of the nail salon industry over the last few decades has resulted in the commoditization of manicure and pedicure services.  Like all commodity businesses, the low cost provider generally prevails.  In New York City, the nail salon capital of the U.S., there is a salon on practically every block and consequently enormous pressure for salon owners to keep costs as low as possible.

Every day in my office I see patients with salon related nail issues ranging from trauma induced lifting of the nail to serious staph infections.  There have been reports of hepatitis acquired from improper disinfection of nail equipment.  More common is the spread of fungal infections and warts caused by the re-use of ‘one-time use’ disposable items such as emery boards, buffers and toe separators.  These are porous tools that cannot be disinfected.  Too often, salons are re-using these items to cut costs with little regard for the safety of their customers.  Lack of regulation, coupled with an extremely low margin service has resulted in an environment where health, safety and a clinically driven educational emphasis within the salon environment are low priorities. 

According to NYC Public Advocate Letitia James’s policy report in September 2014, based on data from the Department of State inspection of New York City salons from 2008 to 2012, the majority of salons — 56 percent — were in violation of health and safety rules.  Currently, the City of New York is not responsible for addressing health and safety in salons.

Proper disinfection of salon equipment requires employing best practices and training technicians; an investment of time and money.  Pedicure footbaths, for example, should be disinfected for 10 minutes with an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant after every client.  In a salon setting, where margins are lean and time is money, it is challenging for technicians to follow proper disinfection protocols.

Continuing education for salon technicians is offered at tradeshows, conferences and online.  However, these courses are costly and not a reality for nail technicians who are making significantly less than the minimum wage.  Instead, in-salon training is provided by salon owners whose priorities are driven by increasing the bottom line, which can be in conflict with promoting health, safety and educational growth of their employees.

The salon industry in NYC is not necessarily representative of how salons do business nationwide but the current NYC urban salon paradigm poses a significant threat to the nail salon industry as a whole.  The existing economics foster a situation where cost saving choices have compromised the health and well being of both the salon worker and the customer, giving rise to a significant public health issue. 

Consumers must be able to objectively evaluate salons in order to make informed decisions.  Salon workers deserve to work in an environment where their health, safety and well-being are a priority and where they are compensated fairly.  Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. recently proposed implementing a letter grading system for salons in New York City akin to the system now in place for scoring city restaurants.  The grades should reflect adherence to strict health guidelines as well as an evaluation of the health and well being of the salon workers.  This system would promote greater transparency and allows the consumer to choose a salon using an informed decision making process.  Lower graded salons, that presumably pose a health risk to both the public and salon workers, would inevitably be weeded out and close.

 The current salon model is failing both its customers and its workers.  A serious change in oversight and accountability is needed.  This will benefit the public, salon workers and the salon owners who take seriously the quality of the services they provide.

 

 

I’d Watch That: Obvious Child

by Nicole @ Power Animals

I was sad when Jenny Slate got the boot from SNL – presumably for dropping the f-bomb. She provided me with many lulz, especially as Tina Tina Charneuse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jviQjLbRwGE So…I was v. excited to hear that she was starring in the new film Obvious Child – which looks to be quite awesome (and has great(...)

butter LONDON for Calvin Klein Men’s Collection Fall 2011

by Monique @ butter LONDON – Goddess Huntress

No fancy manicure pizzazz here, BUT this is where both of my worlds joyfully collide. Some of you may now that I’m a designer according to my bio.  I’m proud to say that I am part of the Calvin Klein Men’s Collection team and have been for 8+ years. goddess.huntress. favorite butter LONDON had a […]

Is Coffee Good or Bad? {Finally, an Answer}

by Dr. Meika @ Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

It’s been called the Elixir of Life. Java. Rocket Fuel. Joe. Some people stay away from the jitter juice, while

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These Polishes All Promise to Last Forever. Which Ones Actually Deliver?

These Polishes All Promise to Last Forever. Which Ones Actually Deliver?


Racked

The biggest trend in nail color over the past year has been polish systems that promise to deliver the shine and wear of a gel manicure without the price, or the use of a UV light. I've tried every...

A noble case for sorting your anger, soonest

by Sarah @ Sarah Wilson

Frank Bruni in the New York Times the other day, in response to Yet More Sad Trump Guff: Today’s partisans have made anger into an industry — using it to run up the number of listeners, viewers and hits. Our language is growing coarser. Our images, too…Madonna fantasizes about blowing up the White House. Kathy Griffin more

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Hoboken Girl of the Week: Jenna Firshein {of Growing in Jersey City}

by Jen @ Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

When it comes to Jersey City happenings, there’s a blog that we enjoy perusing and checking out on Instagram —

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How to Find a Nontoxic and Sustainable Mattress

by Alden Wicker @ Ecocult

I have something admit. My mattress is not eco-friendly. Well, it is in the sense that I bought it used. Three years ago, I was sleeping on the Ikea mattress I had bought off the girl who lived in my room before me. When a downstairs neighbor had to abruptly move out and sell all his furniture, I picked up a Tempur-Pedic mattress for $300 (! They usually start at $1,600). That mattress is now covered with organic sheets, pillows, and pillow covers. But I never seriously considered getting a new one, even though I know most mattresses contain fire retardants, volatile organic compounds, and formaldehyde which offgas into our air while we sleep on them. Hours a night. Almost every night. For years. In fact, my mattress must be the most toxic thing in my home. And yet, mattresses are expensive. And getting rid of my current mattress would entail throwing it out – because of bed bugs, nobody wants to buy or even take an old mattress. But now that you can recycle your mattress in New York City, I might be ready to switch mine out. But buyer beware: Not all mattress companies who bill themselves as eco-friendly […]

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Bondi New York Fall/Winter 2013 Collection

by Kyuu @ Ever Vain

Today, Bondi New York released a preview of their fall/winter 2013 collection to their subscription box subscribers. These colours are on their website and will only be exclusively available for purchase through their subscription box service for a few weeks...

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The Best 8-Free Nail Polish

The Best 8-Free Nail Polish


Into The Gloss

All the best brands making their nail polish without 8 different harmful toxins and why you should buy them.

ipsy Glam Bag: August 2013

by Ryk @ Nail Polish – Ever Vain

You know what sucks? Job hunting. You know what makes it bearable? Getting new makeup in the mail to wear to interviews. (Sometimes you have to force yourself into being an optimist.) Speaking of a need for optimism, August marks...

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What Does A Wegmans In Fenway Mean for Shaws?

by Steve Annear @ Boston Magazine

Already battling to maintain relevance in a food market overflowing with a variety of shopping experiences, the news about a Wegmans eyeing a brand-new Fenway location is going to have an adverse effect on Shaws’ local business “without a doubt,”...

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Dare to Compare | Julep Evelyn vs butter LONDON Queen Vic

Dare to Compare | Julep Evelyn vs butter LONDON Queen Vic


Adventures in Polishland

Happy Monday! Today I have my last nail polish comparison in the purple color family. I’m surprised I don’t own more purple nail polishes, as I really love the way they look! Nonetheles…

Top Hoboken + Jersey City News of the Week {9/24/17}

by Caitlin @ Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

We already know how lucky we are to call this area our home. But now, USA Today has confirmed it’s

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The Body Shop Haul | Trying New-to-Me Skincare Products

by Adventures in Polishland @ Adventures in Polishland

Happy Monday! Today I’m excited to share with you my most recent haul from The Body Shop. I keep a running list of all the beauty products I want to buy so that when I see a sale going on,...

Artist adds whimsical flair to houseplants by building miniature treehouses around their branches

by lori.zimmer@gmail.com (Lori Zimmer) @ Inhabitots

Voltz began his expert model building with skills honed from his years working as a commercial prop designer for film. Having to make structures of all sizes for different shoots, the artist decided to focus on the scaled-down, and to create a new way to view typical plants by challenging perspective. Using fragments of fine fabrics, small pieces of woods, stones, string and even miniature artworks, Voltz has created a village of elevated dioramas. Inspired by architecture found in jungle regions...

How to Get Instagram-Worthy Makeup {According to a Local Makeup Artist}

by Alexandra @ Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

You know when you’re scrolling through your Instagram feed, half paying attention, and all of a sudden your thumb comes

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Top 5 Dark Brown Nail Polishes That Are Perfect For Any Season

by Maria @SoNailicious @ SoNailicious

Dark...

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Introducing Adam: Hudson Bachelor of the Month

by Michele @ Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

Looking for this week’s #MCM? Lucky for you, the Mile Square and its surrounding areas are packed with totally worthy men to

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Jersey City Restaurants With a Great Fall View

by Lauren @ Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

Fall has arrived! We’re ready to put on our oversized cozy cardis, pick up a pumpkin spice latte, and savor

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SoNailicious x Say It With Polish Collection is Here!

by Maria @SoNailicious @ SoNailicious

I’m...

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Adoptable Hoboken Dog: Jeter {The Maltese/Shih Tzu Mix}

by Kristina @ Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

Meet Jeter — no, not the baseball player, the Maltese/Shih Tzu mix. Being named after one of the best baseball

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6 Golden Tips on Using Your Makeup Sponge

by Diana Charlesworths @ NYC Designed

A make up blender sponge is an ace in your makeup kit, whether you’re a fashionista, makeup artist, a fan of the minimalist look, or occasionally apply makeup. Beauty products designers and manufacturers, over the years, have introduced makeup sponges of different shapes, including pear, triangle, and egg shaped makeup sponges. The different sponges are [...]

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My Favorite Non-Toxic Skincare Products

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

Do you feel that you have to use one skincare line at a time or do you mix and match like me? I like to try new non-toxic skincare products and come up with my own skincare routines. And today … Continued

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Foods That Will Make Your Finger Nails Strong As Nails

by Jessica Williams @ YouBeauty

In the world of beauty regimen, we’re usually on top of our hair and skin. But all too often we forget our nails. Since our hands are the second most exposed part of our body besides our face, how the finger nails look is important. Our nails undergo a lot. We bump them, bite them, peel them and scrap them.

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Birchbox Pick Two Mystery Sample Pack

by Kyuu @ Ever Vain

One of the things that subscription box… well, subscribers love the the most — even more than getting the product itself — is the biting anticipation of surprise. The thrill of waiting, of getting that package of new and unknown...

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They're Here! 13 Brand-New, Editor-Approved Nail Polishes For Fall

They're Here! 13 Brand-New, Editor-Approved Nail Polishes For Fall


POPSUGAR Beauty

Fall is such a fun time for a fresh manicure, and big cosmetics brands have just released their brand-new Autumn hues! We're giving you a look at the hottest

Hoboken Brewing Company Launches + Other Hoboken and Jersey City News You Missed {September 17, 2017}

by Caitlin @ Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

This week, we’ve got a few updates for you on arts and culture, plus the of details of two new

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Moscow Mules: Where To Find Them in Hoboken {+ 3 DIY Recipes}

by Lia @ Hoboken Girl | Things to Do, Events, Restaurants, Real Estate, Fashion, News in Hoboken NJ

Mix together one part fate and two parts failing businesses and you’ve got the history of the beloved Moscow Mule,

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Butter LONDON’s Katie Hughes On Nail Polish Tips, Makeup Must-Haves, and More

Butter LONDON’s Katie Hughes On Nail Polish Tips, Makeup Must-Haves, and More


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When it comes to finding great nail polish brands that are always on trend yet still care about the well-being of our fingernails, we don't mess around. We can rattle off, for example, the length of wear for our latest must-have polishes (Color Club's Wild Cactus lasted on our fingers for three days, whereas Jin…

butter LONDON Glazen Fashion Size Nail Lacquer, Sea Shell
$10.00
butter LONDON Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer Polish, Dearie Me, 0.4 fl. oz.
$18.00
Butter London LIPPY Glitz & Glam Collection - 5 ct
$18.85
butter LONDON C'Est La Vie Petite Trend Lacquer Set, 0.1 oz each.
$29.00
butter LONDON Pantone Color of the Year Lacquer, Bodacious, 0.2 fl. oz.
$10.00
butter LONDON Sheer Wisdom Lush Lip Oil, Ballet Blush, 1 oz.
$22.00
butter LONDON Horse Power Nail Rescue Basecoat
$18.00
butter LONDON Glazen Eye Gloss, Oil Slick
$24.00
butter LONDON Hardwear Shine UV Topcoat
$18.00
butter LONDON Nail Lacquer, White & Pink Shades, Dahling
$15.00
butter LONDON Nail Foundation Priming Base Coat
$18.00
Butter London LIPPY Party Pretty Collection - 5 ct
$18.85
butter LONDON Melt Away Cuticle Exfoliator
$18.00
butter LONDON LIPPY Moisture Matte Lipstick, Come to Bed Red
$22.00
butter LONDON Peace of Armor Fashion Size Trend Lacquer Set, 5.3 oz.
$19.00
butter LONDON P.D. Quick Dry Conditioning Drops, 0.33 oz.
$18.00
butter LONDON Plush Rush Lip Gloss, First Kiss
$20.00
butter LONDON Nail Scrubbers
$10.00
butter LONDON On the Glow Pen, Rose Gold, 1 oz.
$12.00
butter LONDON Nail Polish, Be My Bridesmaid
$22.00
butter LONDON Fembot Petite Plush Rush Lip Gloss Set, 2.5 oz.
$19.00
butter LONDON QuickFix Moisturizing Cuticle Balm, 0.33 oz.
$18.00
Butter London Most Wonderful of All Color Set, 27.0 fl. oz.
$150.00
butter LONDON Plush Rush Lip Gloss Ring, Late Night
$20.00
butter LONDON Iconoclast Mega Volume Lacquer Mascara, Brilliant Black, 0.22 fl. oz.
$20.00
butter LONDON Patent-Gel Nail Top & Tails Set
$40.00
butter LONDON Sheer Wisdom Nail Tinted Moisturizer, Light, 0.4 fl. oz.
$18.00
butter LONDON Shadow Clutch Eye Shadow Palette, Pretty Proper, 1 lb.
$39.00
butter LONDON LIPPY Liquid Lipstick, Toff
$18.00
butter LONDON WINK Eye Pencil, Union Jack Black
$18.00
butter LONDON Pantone Color of the Year Plush Rush Lipgloss, Buttercream, 0.2 fl. oz.
$20.00
butter LONDON Double Decker Lashes Mascara, Stacked Black, 1.22 oz.
$20.00
butter LONDON Sheer Wisdom Serum Shadow, Buttercream, 1 oz.
$24.00
butter LONDON Oh My How High Lengthening Mascara Monumental Black
$20.00
butter LONDON Plush Rush Satin Matte Lipstick, Fired Up
$22.00
butter LONDON Scrubbers Makeup Remover Wipes
$15.00
butter LONDON Velvet Rope VIP Set
$150.00
butter LONDON Plush Rush Lipstick, Buzzed
$22.00
butter LONDON Shadow Clutch Eye Shadow Duo, Fancy Flutter, 0.5 lb.
$15.00
butter LONDON Smoke Stick Quick Smoky Eye Shadow Duo, Buzz Worthy, 0.04 oz
$20.00
butter LONDON Plush Rush Lip Gloss, Sparkling Rosé
$20.00
butter LONDON Lippy Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon, Trout Pout
$20.00
butter LONDON Majesty's Metals Makeup Set
$32.00
butter LONDON Joyfull Lips & Tips Gift Set
$15.00
butter LONDON Plush Rush Lipstick, Playful
$22.00
butter LONDON Lost In Leisure 4-Piece Nail Lacquer Collection, Rock Candy/Marmalade Skies/Fit/Skive, 7.3 oz.
$29.00
butter LONDON Fit Lash Primer Mascara, 0.5 lb.
$20.00
butter LONDON Simply Sweet Clutch Blush, Peiony/Blossom/Poppy, 5.8 oz.
$39.00
butter LONDON Iconoclast Infinite Lacquer Liner, Brilliant Black, 0.08 fl. oz.
$20.00
butter LONDON Pantone Color of the Year Plush Rush Lipgloss, Buttercream, 0.2 fl. oz.
$20.00
butter LONDON Plush Rush Lip Liner, Spiced Wine
$18.00
butter LONDON Clutch Wardrobe Single Hibiscus Blush, Matte Bubblegum Pink, 0.8 oz.
$15.00
butter LONDON Little Gems Manicure Kit
$24.00
butter LONDON True to Form Clutch Bronzer, Sun Kissed/Sun Baked/Sun Shadow, 5.8 oz.
$39.00
butter LONDON Backstage Basics Catwalk Ready Kit
$29.00
Smith & Cult Nail Polish, Shattered Souls
$18.00
butter LONDON Clutch Sun Baked Wardrobe Single Bronzer, Matte Bronze, 0.13 oz.
$15.00
butter LONDON The Gold Standard Manicure Kit
$28.00
butter LONDON Glazen Lustrous Liner, Ultraviolet, 0.48 Fl. oz.
$19.00
butter LONDON Amazon Exclusive Blushing Bride Nail Lacquer, All Hail the Queen
$42.00
butter LONDON All The Jewels Manicure Kit
$150.00
butter LONDON Rockin' Royals Makeup Set
$29.00
butter LONDON Crown Jewels Makeup Set
$26.00
This Old Bill
$13.95
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