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We Tested Possibly The Cutest DIY Gel Manicure Kit, Ever

Beauty
Photo courtesy of Le Mini Macaron.

and nailed it

If you’re a lover of sweets and chip-proof fingertips, then Le Mini Macaron’s Gel Manicure Kit is the nail set of your dreams. Not only is it absolutely adorable (see above), it’s also the easiest way to get a salon-worthy manicure, that will last 7 to 10 days, from the comfort of your own home. The DIY kit boasts a gel nail polish, a file and cuticle stick, ten remover pads, and the best part of all: a mini LED lamp (equipped with a USB cord and charger) that’s shaped like a French macaron.

Personally, when it comes to my nails, I tend to be pretty lazy. While they’re long and shaped to be perfectly pointy, they’re usually bare. I simply don't have the time to sit around and wait for polish to dry. When it comes to macarons, I, on the other hand, tend to get excessive, eating one after another until I get to the point of a stomachache. Being that my nails were looking pretty sad, and I needed to satisfy my sweet tooth in the least amount of calories possible (summer is not as far away as it seems), I decided to give the kit a go. 

I went with "Cassis," a gorgeous wine color; the polish applied even and smooth. While painting with gel took longer than with regular polish—since I could only do one finger at a time—my nails were dry as soon as I sealed the second coat for 30 seconds with the LED light. All in all, it took about 20 minutes total, and I was able to go about the rest of my day immediately after, instead of sitting around and waiting for my nails to dry. 

Since then, my nails have been in tip-top shape and my craving for sugar has been curbed. You can check out and purchase the kits online here. While the macaron kits are available only in 5 colors, you can purchase any of the 16 gel polish shades separately.


Photo courtesy of Le Mini Macaron.

Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 21 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, Tacocat, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Please Me" - Cardi B and Bruno Mars
"Please Me" will pair perfectly with all of the Valentine's Day candy you just bought on clearance. Trust me, there couldn't be a more perfect time to listen to this ultra-'90s R&B track.

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
I'm honestly jealous of whomever Avril is singing about on "Goddess."

Tacocat - Grains of Salt [OFFICIAL VIDEO] www.youtube.com

"Grains of Salt" - Tacocat
When I realized Tacocat was back, I literally turned around at my desk and yelled. It's a miracle.

"Can I Talk" - Caleb Steph
Caleb Steph's debut single proves that he's ready for the spotlight.

Betty - Betty Who
"You better recognize/ That you're wasting all my time" from "The One" is my new favorite response to every "photographer" on Tinder.

"Butterfly" - Kehlani
The only thing more beautiful than this cover art is Kehlani's voice.

SASAMI - Free (feat. Devendra Banhart) (Official Video) www.youtube.com

"Free" - SASAMI feat. Devendra Banhart
I would have never predicted a SASAMI and Devendra Banhart collaboration, but I am 100 percent not complaining.

Rex Orange County - New House www.youtube.com

"New House" - Rex Orange County
Alex O'Connor never fails to impress me with his soulful bedroom pop, and "New House" is no exception.

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"Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo
Distorted guitar paired with Lizzo's belting vocals? Chills, literally. She did that!

"Heads Gonna Roll" - Jenny Lewis
Like if Stevie Nicks' voice met Father John Misty's lyrics.

"Get Well" - Donna Missal
Donna Missal tells me everything I needed to hear about breakups on "Get Well."

"Patient" - Monica Martin
Sultry and sweet.

"Whorey Heart" - TeaMarr
TeaMarrr's bouncy new song is an excellent roast of the kind of fuckboi we all know and hate.

"Ice Me Out (Remix)" - Kash Doll
Kash Doll shows that she knows her way around a beat on "Ice Me Out."

"Lips of Lips" - Tiffany Young
Definitely catch me driving around with my windows down this summer blaring "Lips on Lips."