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Here’s How to Give Yourself an At-Home, Guilt-Free Manicure & Pedicure

Ever since Sarah Maslin Nir’s investigative pieces on the poor working conditions and human rights violations at nail salons, manicure fans might be wondering what the most responsible nail route is going forward. While it’s great news that Governor Andrew Cuomo quickly stepped in, ordering investigations to be… » 5/12/15 3:50pm 5/12/15 3:50pm

How Much Do I Tip for That?: A Beauty Investigation

During a recent trip to Houston, I got a manicure and pedicure because it was spring in the south but the dead of winter in New York City and my toes were not ready for public consumption. As a woman who affords herself few mani-pedi’s, I’m never sure what to tip so I texted two girlfriends and asked. But when I gave… » 4/06/15 2:30pm 4/06/15 2:30pm

Do Not Be Ashamed of Your Nasty-Ass Feet

It's summertime ladies, so the magazines and lifestyle sections are going to have a slew of reminders about making sure your feet are up to code. You know: Exfoliated. Moisturized. Pedicured. Properly covered. Like a reminder to adjust the clock or check your smoke detectors, apparently you need a media-wide nudge to… » 7/09/13 4:00pm 7/09/13 4:00pm

Are You Annoying The Hell Out Of Your Pedicurist?

Sometimes I worry that my nail person hates me. Seeing as I get about five pedicures a year and don't have a salon to which I am loyal (meaning I don't even really have a "nail person"), I'm not sure exactly why I devote any time to being concerned about this. Regardless, I often spend the first 15 or 20 minutes of a… » 8/26/11 4:30pm 8/26/11 4:30pm

Why Let A Girl Play When She Can Be Made Over Like JonBenet?

I had my first-ever manicure at age 19, using a gift certificate given to me by the woman I had been interning for that summer as a thank you for my work. The whole process made me feel nervous and uncomfortable: some stranger pouring over my hands, studying them, holding them, painting them. I had made it all the way… » 2/28/08 4:00pm 2/28/08 4:00pm