The Dark Side of Getting Cheap Manicures

Why you might want to reconsider that $8 mani. | Shutterstock

Why you might want to reconsider that $8 mani. | Shutterstock

There’s a price to pay for polished nails. And if you’re paying less than $10.50 for your biweekly manicure, then you might want to consider switching salons. At least, that’s what the New York Times dug up in “The Price of Nice Nails”, its recent exposé  on the cheap nail salon industry in New York City. “With fees so low, someone must inevitably pay the price,” author Sarah Maslin Nir writes. Nir uncovered unfair wages, health hazards and deplorable business practices while interviewing dozens of nail technicians. Read more »

Market Report: This Formula Will Tell You If You If You Can Rock a Pixie Cut

Will you look as cute as Michelle Williams with a pixie? | Shutterstock

  • Never freak out at the hair salon again! Find out whether short hair will look good on you with this super-easy trick. All you need is a ruler and pencil. [Elle]
  • Forget corny tux rentals, Jaden Smith wore an all-white superhero getup to prom. [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Mad Men fashion has always been on point, but who knew they were also killing it in the sleepwear department?  [The Cut]

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Market Report: These Are the Best Facials to Get at Every Age


Make your facial work for you. | Shutterstock.

  • Want to make the most out of your facial? Here’s how to choose the best facial for you, depending on your age. (Think oxygen facials in your ’20s and firming facials in your ’30s.) [The Zoe Report]
  • Here are the 10 best denim jackets, according to user reviews and editor’s picks. (Spoiler: Paige, Rag & Bone, J.Crew and Madewell all made the cut.) [Rank & Style]
  • Following investigative reports by the New York Times that found the working conditions of many nail salons to be unsafe and sometimes illegal, Governor Cuomo announced a new task force to investigate and improve salons. [Fashionista]

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Market Report: The Summer Hair Trends That Are Replacing Humdrum Highlights


Your best summer hair ever. | Shutterstock.

  • The return of summer doesn’t need to necessitate highlights. Instead, try these 14 fresh hair trends that will have you ditching the norm in no time. [Refinery29]
  • Nab the Birkin 2.0 and follow these shopping strategies to pinpoint the new It bag before, well, it becomes the new It bag.  [WhoWhatWear]
  • A chemist says there might be dead beetles in your red lipstick. (Question: Is it worse than feces-laden beards?) [Bustle]

Next: Insects might be popping up in your cosmetics. Gag.

Market Report: Fake a Good Night’s Sleep With These 12 Beauty Products

Buh-bye, undereye bags. | Shutterstock.

  • Nothing can replace a full night’s sleep when it comes to looking glow-y and refreshed in the AM. But for the evenings you skimp on your z’s, here are the 12 beauty products that can help you fake it. [Byrdie]
  • These contact lenses claim to make you look more attractive and youthful. Check out the pics and you be the judge. [Elle]
  • Aca-ladies, rejoice! Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson is coming out with a plus size line for Torrid. [Us Weekly]

Next: Update your home the DIY way.

H&M Is Launching a Beauty Line Featuring Over 700 Products This Fall


Meet your new beauty go-to. | H&M.

Fast-fashion empire H&M announced yesterday that it is launching a brand-new beauty line, set to debut in the fall. According to reports, the line will kick off with 700 products, but soon expand to over 1,000 items, which will range from nail polish and hair tools to body goods and makeup.

The collection will be twofold: an eco-friendly line called Conscious Beauty (the company is pushing its sustainability angle) and a higher-end, premium line. Look for it in stores worldwide and online starting in September. Prices will range from $2.99 to $24.99. What does this mean for Ulta?

Market Report: The Everything Guide to Shopping for Swimwear Online


Bathing suit nirvana. | Shutterstock.

  • Can’t make it out to Cameo Water Wear or Everything But Water? Here is your everything-guide to buying swimsuits online, whether you’re looking for quick shipping (you know, for that last-minute getaway), great selection, plus sizes or under $100 picks. [Racked]
  • A website called Nudevotion helps you find the best nude-colored clothing for your exact skin tone. Because not all nudes are created equal. [PopSugar]
  • Yikes: Target is in hot water for allegedly stealing a T-shirt design from a young Etsy designer. (We’ve heard this before.) [Katu]

Next: What a Vogue fashion writer wears to her high school reunion.

Beauty PSA: You’ve Probably Been Applying Your Concealer All Wrong


Dab, don’t smudge. | Shutterstock.

Apply your makeup for enough years and it becomes a mindless routine. Mine is so engrained that I can do it in less than 10 minutes. On the train. So introducing a new product or application method is difficult (it took me about six months to learn to apply my liquid cat-eye on the train without any major mishaps) — even when you’re dealing with something as basic as concealer.

Think about how you apply it: a dab on your finger, then a smear under your eyes, a swipe around your nose, and maybe another smear on your chin. Here’s the problem with this application: No matter how great your concealer is, when you smear instead of tap it on, it doesn’t last as long, doesn’t blend as well, and uses more product than necessary. Need proof?  Read more »

7 Signs It’s Time to Break Up With Your Hair Stylist — And How to Do It Nicely


A medley of my chair-hopping.

I am a notoriously disloyal hair client. This isn’t all my fault: My job is bounce around to salons all over the city and ‘burbs to test out cuts, colors and styling. I’ve been dyed pink by the folks over at Architeqt (and American Mortals, and Richard Nicholas). I’ve gotten more natural-looking color from the gals over at Mirror & Mantel, and also Lakshmi, AMS, Hush, Blush, David Witchell, Art + ScienceParlour and others. I’ve gotten the best disco curls of my life at Salon Vanity, and an amazing braid at Moko. I feel bad for all the stylists I’ve loved and left — but I have an excuse. My head of hair is a guinea pig. (You’re welcome.)

While being a hair test subject can be a dangerous thing (one ill-fated visit left me with yellow locks), hop-scotching across all of Philly’s salons means I don’t ever have go through that acutely awkward process known as The Stylist Break-Up. But sometimes, just like with romantic relationships, knowing when to pull the plug is just as important as knowing how to do it. We got Steve Duross, owner of bath and body boutique Duross & Langel and a brand-new salon and yoga studio, to give us his pro tips on how to know when it’s time to cut the cord — and how to do it. (Spoiler: No, you can’t always do an Irish goodbye.) Read more »

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