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What is a gel manicure? Can Gel Manicures Increase Your R...

Nail art is definitely having a moment in fashion right now. With the invention of gel manicures, sticker manicures and nail polish pens, beauty enthusiasts are expressing themselves even more freely through their nails. Fifth Avenue in New York is crowded with mini spas, advertising manicures for cheap. The boom in nail bars has been explained by the Daily Mail as being “…a cheap way of transforming a look without having to invest in a new outfit…they also proved popular because they are quick, allowing women to feel pampered in just 15 minutes”. During this time of economic instability, women have begun to go in droves to these nail bars because they are one of the few affordable luxuries left to fashionistas. Keeping this in mind, it seems that there is one area in this booming nail industry that could put you at risk. Oncologists are now considering the harmful longtime effects of getting a gel manicure. What is a gel manicure? A gel manicure is a manicure that uses special formula that provides chip-free and glossy nails for weeks. This special nail polish, made by brands such as OPI and Shellac, is dried and set by a UV light after being painted on. The use of the UV light has many doctors concerned as any UV exposure runs the risk of damaging skin cells, which may turn into cancerous tumors. Dr. Adigun, from New York University School of Medicine, recommends that women interested in getting gel manicures should only get this spa service for special occasions to “…decrease the consequences of chemical trauma”. Aside from UV Damage, gel manicures may also ruin your actual nails. The chemicals in gel nail polish thin nail plates after just one treatment, leading to brittle, unhealthy nails. It may take up to six weeks for your nails to recover from a gel manicure. So to further answer, “what are gel manicures?” I regret to say, it’s a risky beauty trends with a lot of questions. Gel manicures are a new fashion trend and therefore, there is not enough established long-term research to completely nix it from your beauty routine yet. Perhaps, they will fall out of trends before too much damage has been inflicted on the hands of the fashion obsessed. For now, keep an eye out for more research and try to limit your gel manicures to a few times a year. There are so many great healthy alternatives now for those obsessed with nail art that consumers shouldn’t feel too tied to getting only gel manicures. The one beauty statement that will never go out of fashion is protecting yourself against cancer. Now that’s a good look. More here: http://www.leimage inc.com/blog/fashi on-blog/what-is-a- gel-manicure-can-g el-manicures-incre ase-your-risk-of-s kin-cancer/  (Apr 4, 2013 | post #1)

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Women & the Fashion Industry: Who Holds the Key to the Gi...

It’s a question that I’ve long since pondered but have never been able to answer on my own. Why is the fashion industry so unfair in its presentation of women when it is an industry run by and created for women (for the most part)? The facts seem to be on my side. The highest paid model is style icon Giselle Bündchen who raked in an impressive $45 million from May 2011 to May 2012 while the current highest earning male model, Tyson Ballou doesn’t earn a figure anywhere close to Giselle’s income. Even just reading that paragraph, I’m sure 100% of readers knew who Giselle is but I’m sure only half of those readers could point out Tyson in a fashion magazine. Co-creator of Vena Cava, Sophie Buhai, feels the same “…given that fashion, unlike film and art, is run by women, you’d think it’d be the one creative industry that champions women, but for some reason, most of the prominent artists are men,” Arguably the most important fashion editor-in-chief, US Vogue editor Anna Wintour, is female, so what gives? Well, they are many complex factors. For one, the majority of notable fashion photographers are male (an interesting fact, considering the majority of art school grads are indeed female). Also, a large part of the fashion industry is hell bent on marketing itself based on people’s insecurities. Just think of any anti-ageing cream advertisement you’ve seen. The whole purpose of the ad is to make you feel that when a woman ages she is undesirable and therefore is irrelevant, but with the magical overpriced face cream you can become young and beautiful again and therefore be more desirable. Don’t get me wrong, men are not free from unfair gender expectations but overall they are less picked on in the fashion realm than women. So, is anything being done to ameliorate the status of women in this industry? Yes, but it is a slow climb indeed. In spring of 2012, 19 editors of Vogue magazines around the world signed a pact stating that they would agree not to “… knowingly work with models under the age of 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder”. One can see that the wording is flimsy at best and similar to most government treaties, it may prove to be a ‘tiger with no teeth’, BUT, it shows that the concern of the publication’s readers has become so great as to warrant a statement of sorts. Readers need to realize that they hold the true reins with these magazines as it is their purchasing power that keeps these institutions afloat. Plus sized women have created a phenomenal change in the industry with the rise of plus sized models and plus sized fashion brands. Makeup brand, Make Up Forever, has released unretouched makeup advertisements to show that their product truly works even without the aid of Photoshop. So may that be your beacon of hope readers! The industry has proven to be far more malleable then previously thought. Please comment below and share your thoughts! I’d love to hear everyone’s opinions on this issue. http://www.leimage inc.com/le-blog/  (Nov 27, 2012 | post #1)