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Say What? Sloppy Manicures Last the Longest

The latest breakroom-worthy tidbits you need to know to seem well-read and like you know what's going on in the wonderful world of beauty

"I'm fortunate enough to have things like private trainers and yoga classes. I realize that."
•"I work out for a sum total of 22 minutes, because that's all I can bear," the preternaturally lithe, 49 year-old Sarah Jessica Parker told reporters at the Cannes Film Festival. And, while the mom of three (who is said to be splitting from her husband of 17 years, Matthew Broderick) was a gymnast and dancer as a kid, and has never had to grapple with her weight, she realizes that she's lucky: "I'm not going to kid you: Money changes everything. I'm fortunate enough to have things like private trainers and yoga classes. I realize that." [EOnline]

Gotta break a few eggs to make an omelette
• Brazilians are known for their beautiful women and, in a chicken-egg mind warp, their beauty rituals which, by American standards, can seem a tad rough around the edges. Just look at their m.o. for manicuring; using special clippers, they remove the entire cuticle to ensure that the polish will be able to creep into even the tiniest crevices un-obscured. And, to make sure that every bit of the nail is covered, they paint over the bed and onto the tops of the finger/toetips themselves and then remove all errant splashes with acetone.

Generously sloshing the polish like this all but guarantees that the entire surface is covered, leading to a manicure that is less inclined to chip and therefore last longer. [Elle]

• She may have a beauty contract or two under her (grudging) Gucci belt, but beautiful Jennifer Garner says in a new interview that she "almost never wears makeup unless someone else is putting it on me."

Mrs. Affleck, who got her start on "Felicity" lo those many years ago, also says that "It's not natural for me to think about how I look on a daily basis. I'm not someone who should be in a beauty spotlight. I was one of those people who wore pajamas to class every day in college, and I would still be that way if I could! I'm kind of my own walking beauty disaster." [Allure]

• Ever stopped to wonder what all those ingredients printed on the package of your latest insert recent beauty purchase here are? What they do? Or, worse, what they might cause?

Even if you have taken the time to read the lists, unless you have a degree in some discipline that works with hard-to-pronounce chemicals and additives, odds are that you, like me, come away as un-indoctrinated as you started off.

Not anymore. Think Dirty, a new beauty app, is out to change all that and to help educate consumers on the potential hazards lurking in everything we put on our bodies. It couldn't work more simply; just type in your product name (or scan it) and wait for the app to yield the results (crossing your fingers during the intervening seconds that your favorite won't be branded highly carcinogenic). [TheCut]

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