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Your Cheap Manicure Leaves Manicurists With No Pay

May 8th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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With Spring in full bloom, many of us are headed to our local nail salons for manicures and pedicures. But many are clueless as to what nail technicians earn after beauty services have been completed. In an investigative series by Sarah Maslin Nir for The New York Times, nail technicians along with nail salon owners expose the truth about wages earn and how workers are treated. In her report, Nir followed nail technicians such as 20-year-old Jing Ren who is a recent immigrant from China. Ren had to pay the salon owner where she was employed a fee of $100 and bring her own supplies when she initially began her employment. In order to sustain a living as a beginning manicurist, Ren would have to live on small tips until her employer decided if her skills were good enough to merit wages.

This practice was confirmed by other manicurists in other salons outside of New York. In her research, Nir learned there are more than 17,000 nail salons nationwide; within New York City region the number of salons has tripled to 2,000 since 2012. For many nail salons in New York City, wages are as meager as $10 a day.

Also, in various interviews conducted by The New York Times, manicurists revealed their tips are sometimes docked even small errors. They are constantly monitored via video surveillance and even endure physical abuse. In 2014, the first nail salon sweep was conducted by the New York State Labor Department along with other employment agencies. Twenty-nine salons that were inspected were found to have 116 wage violations.

Many of the problems manicurists face stem from the low prices customers pay. Nicole Hallett, Yale University Law Professor, shared, “You can be assured if you go to a place with rock-bottom prices that chances are the workers’ wages are being stolen. The costs are borne by the low-wage workers who are doing your nails.” Howard (Lian Sheng Sun) who owns the salon where Ren works denied any wrong-doing, but defended the deplorable status quo. He stated, “Salons have different ways of conducting their business. We run our business our own way to keep our small business surviving.” When Howard finally decided to pay Ren for her work, he paid her under $3 an hour.

The regulations and certifications needed to open and operate a nail salon are lax to begin with and rarely enforced. Some owners own the property their nail salons occupy. Other may have to pay for rent; all owners are responsible for purchasing new bottles of nail polish.

In salons, The New York Times says, the ranks are divided into “Little Job,” “Medium Job,” and “Big Job.” The duties of the “Little Job” position are mostly housekeeping and pedicures. Manicures are done as part of the “Medium Job.” Those who are veteran nail techs are known as “Big Job” employees perform acrylic manicures. Although these employees receive the most money for performing this job, manicurists who are younger avoid it because it’s been tied to severe health problems such as miscarriages and cancer stemming from the fumes or plastic particles from the acrylic.

Manicurist Ki Ok Chung worked in nail salons for over two decades and never wore gloves because they were not allowed by employers. By doing so, Chung realized her fingerprints have nearly disappeared. Now she cannot touch dishes if they are hot or cold without severe pain. Another nail technician claimed she inhaled so much acrylic dust, her husband would not want to kiss her because her mouth tasted like the chemical solvent. In order to create better regulation for manicurists, there have been lobbyists who have petitioned Congress to screen toxic ingredients in nail polish, nail polish remover and even lipstick. In California, there is a voluntary programs for salons to enter who are want to carry safer products for their consumers.

Click here to read the two-part series: “Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers” and “The Price Of Nice Nails.”

Let’s Get Naked: Modern Nude Nail Colors

January 23rd, 2015 - By Rich
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It’s all about the nails these days as our digits have become a fashion statement on their own. We adorn them with any and every color under the rainbow, as well as nail wraps, glitter, studs…you name it! There’s more power in those fingertips than you think. You may be wondering, “Is there any nail polish color that is off limits”? The answer is no, but after so many seasons of complex designs and a myriad of hues, witness the return of a trend so present over the years, yet so discrete in shade that you may have looked it over – the nude nail.

Ladies, we can ditch high-maintenance nail art for a subtle, sophisticated mani-makeover. Nude nails may be on trend for Spring 2014, but the look certainly isn’t trendy; it’s always been a classic style, a go-to look that’s as easy to wear as a French Manicure (but much more modern) in any season.

It’s a fuss-free option that works in any environment and for every occasion; complementing various colors in your wardrobe and in your makeup bag – you can’t go wrong with nude.

Alas, one of the biggest complaints women of color have with the nude nail polish trend is that there are not enough options available. Since some of the traditional tones tend to look ashy against our various chocolate tones, be sure to reach for modern colors that transcend beyond the typical, boring barely-there nude hues. The nude nail colors that are in this season are opaque enough to make a statement with trendy undertones that range from mauve to gold.

The nudes we’re currently coveting are:

  • Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Frisson ($27) – A sheer peachy pink with gold flecks and tiny colored micro-sparkles; the shimmer doesn’t disappear once it dries on nails as with some polishes.
  • Sparitual Nail Lacquer in Mystic ($12) – A simple putty, mushroom like color that is neutral with an edgy kick; 100% Vegan, free of DBP, Formaldehyde, and Toluene.

The key to getting a flawless nude manicure is to start with a ridge-filling base coat to provide a surface for the nude nail polish to stick to, ensuring it will last longer. A bonus benefit is that it also smooths out the natural ridges in your nail bed, making the manicure look impeccable. Remember, the goal of nude nails is to elon­gate the fin­gers with a mono­chro­matic look while avoiding the “lifeless look” that some polishes may give, so avoid matte finishes; use a top coat with a high shine for the perfect finish.

What are your favorite flesh tone nail polishes? Join the conversation on Twitter and tweet us a picture of your rocking this trend, using hashtag  #LetsGetNaked.

 

Brighten Up: 16 Popping Winter Pink Nails

November 3rd, 2014 - By Rich
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Pink nails for winter are pretty awesome! Not only do they add a seriously needed pop of color but they can be a nice soft or bright edition to fall tone makeup and neutral fall colors. Take a gander at all shades of pink from fuchsia to bubblegum and see how various designs are created to depict ‘winter.’

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All images courtesy of individuals on Pinterest

Brighten Up: 16 Popping Winter Pink Nails

Weekend Relaxation: 10 Totally Easy DIY Beauty Recipes

October 18th, 2014 - By Rich
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Need a little pampering but also don’t have time for a spa date? That’s fine we’re easing you into a relaxing and refreshing beauty break. These scrubs, masks, and more are all made with ingredients that you probably already have at home, so you can step out into the world rejuvenated and ready to soak up some sunshine…sans the huge dent in your wallet.

Home Spa: 10 Totally Easy DIY Beauty Recipes

Rihanna’s Nails: Don’t Miss These 13 Looks!

April 21st, 2014 - By Rich
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Bad girl RiRi, stays with a dope girl fresh nail game!   Rihanna’s Nails run the gamut from gold metallic stickers to ombre dipped stilettos, to US dollar themes to smiley faces. Yea it gets funky! Take a beauty blog break and check out some of Rihanna’s nails and her  hautest moments,  RiRi nails it every. single. time.

Rihanna’s Nails: Don’t Miss These 13 Looks!

Valentines Day Nails: 14 Haute Designs

February 5th, 2014 - By Rich
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These Valentine’s Day nails designs are so haute, haute, haute! They range from the traditional pinks, red and silvers tricked out in hearts to non-traditional colors of black, white, and chocolate. Let’s not forget, cool themes of candy, heartbeat signs, word art and a ton more. Seriously ladies, make ’em swoon this Valentine’s Day!

All images courtesy of Pinterest

Valentines Day Nails: 14 Haute Designs

Super Bowl Nail Art: 12 Statement Looks

February 2nd, 2014 - By Rich
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Just when you think you’ve seen it all in the world of nail art, you realize — nope you haven’t! These Super Bowl Nail Art themed designs run the gamut from “awesome” to “gag”. LOL. I’m not sure how many of you would rock furry grass filled nails or gold, metal mile- long talons, but I think we can all get behind the chocolate footballs and red tipped sporty nails. Take a gander!

All images courtesy of Pinterest

 Super Bowl Nail Art: 12 Statement Looks

Christmas Nail Art: 15 Impressive Designs

December 10th, 2013 - By Rich
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Nail art has gone to another level and the holiday season is the perfect time to go a bit “cray”. Santa, his elves and all the holiday “stuff” will never be the same again after being glittered, sequined, jeweled and shellaced. All images courtesy of Pinterest

Christmas Nail Art: 15 Impressive Designs

Win A Nail Polish And Treatment Kit From Bernadette Thompson!

November 26th, 2013 - By Raven Carter
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If we had to give Bernadette Thompson a label, we’d call her manicurist to the stars. Her client list includes some of our favorite celebs like Beyonce, Diddy, Mary J. Blige and Solange, and she’s worked with just about every designer imaginable, from Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, and Louis Vuitton, to Hermés, Gucci, Valentino, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Escada. With clientele like that, it’s considered a special occasion to have your hands touch by Bernadette, and thankfully two lucky winners will get a taste of that magic with our Nail Polish and Treatment kit giveaway.

One lucky winner will win a Bernadette Thompson Treatment Kit, which includes, nail and cuticle cream, a top and base coat, two nail polish, and nail polish remover, and is retailed at $110. A second lucky winner will also get to take home five of Bernadette’s signature nail polishes, hand-picked for a color pallet that’s perfect for the Fall. To enter the contest, follow the directions on the widget below and good luck!
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15 Eccentric Jewelry Pieces For The Stylish Mom

November 18th, 2013 - By Rich
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Eccentric jewelry pieces has reached a fever pitch. And when nothing else fits (third trimesters…who needs them!?) or you don’t have time to go shopping, you can always “take five” and get your “nails did!”.  Jewelry runs the gamut from vintage medal nail rings to 3-5 nail embellishments to jewel encrusted paint.

These 15 eccentric jewelry pieces will surely have you scratchin’ to jump on this trend.