Dawn Davis

Posted by Dawn Davis on 03/08/13 at 10:29AM

The Skin Cancer Foundation Takes a Stance on UV Nail Lamps

Since the gel manicure boom, there's been a lot of talk about whether or not the UVR-emitting nail lamps used to cure gel polish are safe — or whether they could potentially cause skin cancer. Earlier today, the Skin Cancer Foundation released a statement explaining their stance on the issue — and it's not looking good for the lamps.

"Although studies have shown that the skin cancer risk associated with UVR-emitting nail lamps for gel manicures is very low, it is not insignificant. The risk, according to anecdotal research, is greatest for squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second most common skin cancer," the statement said. It went on to explain that this type of cancer is commonly found — guess where -- on the hands. Ugh.

If you're still going to use the lamps, the Skin…

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Total Beauty

Posted by Total Beauty on 03/07/13 at 01:57PM

Kiehl's Feel the Power Charity Program Launches March 11

 

Kiehl's -- a brand that's known for its philanthropic initiatives -- is embarking on a new project supporting children and teachers nationwide. In a partnership with DonorsChoose.org, Kiehl's will be donating $50,000 to science education. The best part? As a Kiehl's customer you get to choose exactly where you'd like those funds to go.

From March 11 through April 15, when you purchase a jumbo size Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line Reducing Concentrate, $100, you'll find a $50 DonorsChoose.org gift code on the underside of each sleeve. Then, go to www.DonorsChoose.org/Kiehls to pick the science education project of your choice. The programs will be posted directly by public school teachers throughout the country -- everything from classroom computers to books, art supplies, and other…

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Total Beauty

Posted by Total Beauty on 03/06/13 at 01:36PM

The Rise of the V-Shaped Manicure

By Erica Smith

Maybe I've been looking at too many chic Fashion Week photos lately -- it seems like the cutesy overload of polka dot and holiday-themed nail art just isn't cutting it anymore. But let's be honest: Ditching nail art and running back to plain ol' solid shades is out of the question. The answer? The V-shaped manicure, aka the half-moon manicure's edgier, cooler cousin.

Actress Lake Bell was spotted wearing the look at Sundance earlier this year, and country music star Miranda Lambert flaunted the angular mani at the Grammys. Celebrity manicurist Jin Soon Choi went so far as to dub V-shaped nail art as her spring nail signature -- the final stamp of approval on the trend.

Why all the fuss over a fancy half-moon? Well, changing up the width and length of the V allows…

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Posted by Total Beauty on 03/06/13 at 12:43PM

Beyonce Goes Blonde, Channels Marilyn Monroe



By Tiffanie Petett

Maybe the Pepsi Pop Art ad that debuted last month was a dead giveaway: Beyonce has dyed her hair platinum blonde. She's showing off her flaxen hair color in a new ad that features her in denim hot pants, a white knit top, and black booties. It was posted yesterday on her Facebook page, and it's titled "The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour." From the coy facial expression to the popped knee, it reminds me of another iconic celeb: Marilyn Monroe.

It's tough to say whether or not the look will stick, but I think the bold red lip, dark brows, and impeccable hourglass figure -- plus the platinum hair color -- work well for the legend otherwise known as Sasha Fierce. Transitioning from golden to platinum isn’t all that surprising -- but it's edgier and sexier. Beyonce…

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Posted by Total Beauty on 03/05/13 at 02:09PM

Design Your Own Nail Wraps with Jamberry Nails

Jamberry Nails -- the online nail wrap company that develops designs for everything from St. Patrick's Day to sporting events -- is proving that nail art really is limitless. Now you can design your own nail wraps with their simple uploading tool.

I checked out the Nail Art Studio, and the hardest part was choosing a picture to upload. The number of options Jamberry already offers is overwhelming! I love the Animal Instincts collection -- give me that and Sparkling Solids, and I'd be happy for a long, long time. But for individuality's sake, I had to give the Nail Art Studio a go. I opted for a gorgeous supernova design (isn't space a trendy hipster thing these days?) that I pulled from Google Images. The Jamberry site was so quick and easy to use -- I dropped in the picture,…

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