The 15-Minute Manicure That Completed My Lazy Girl Lifestyle

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You won’t believe they’re press-ons (seriously)

Whether it’s a television show, movie, book, underground cultural phenomenon, or beauty product, there are certain seemingly small things that have actually changed the course of our lives. In our Life Changer series, we’re sharing the things that helped us become who we are today, and hopefully, inspire you to try them out for yourselves.

I know what you’re thinking: “Press-on nails? Excuse me?”

Let me give a little backstory here. Back in my early high school days, I was quite a fan of extra-long, extra-excessive acrylic nails. It annoyed my mother to no end, but, as long as I did well in school, she allowed me to spend my shitty part-time job paychecks on the tackiest, most ornate sets of nails that I could dream up in my 15-year-old mind.

Fast-forward a few years: Short, perfectly clean nails were having a moment, and so I let my long nail obsession take a backseat. I swapped my biweekly acrylic fill for painting my nails at home, which slowly but surely turned into painting them “every once in a while." This, of course, meant that I was sure to let whatever polish I chose to die a slow and painful death until it became nothing but a faint speck above my poorly tamed cuticles. I was lazy. Sue me.

Fast-forward a few more years, and claw-like nails are back on the rise: stiletto tips, coffin shapes—you name it. The difference between the last time I had long nails, 12 years ago, and now is that because of my job, I currently spend a majority of my waking life typing away on a computer keyboard or an iPhone screen (rather than answering the phone at a New Jersey pizzeria), so having a set of daggers glued to my fingers isn’t exactly practical, at least not for an extended period of time. And, to be completely honest, I am way too lazy for that kind of upkeep.

That’s where Static Nails’ press-on nail kits come in.

These 10 little miracles let me relive my dream of having the perfect set of weapon-like nails, for whatever (short) amount of time I desire. The best part? They take literally 15 minutes to apply and look legit as hell.

The first time I tried a pair of Static Nails, I had a birthday party to attend that evening, and I was really trying to look my jazziest. As per usual, my bare, flaking real nails looked like trash (I really can’t remember the last time I took my biotin supplement because, as I stated earlier, I am lazy) and I had no time to sit at a salon. I grabbed the Holographic Spill kit that had been sitting on my desk for a few weeks and decided to give them a go. And I'm so glad I did.

Static Nails are nothing like what you might imagine press-on nails to be—you know, the box you find on the clearance shelf at the drugstore. In contrast, Static Nails are chic and stylish; they’re pretty much everything you could ask for from something that didn’t naturally grow out of your own nail beds. My clear, holographic set had a glass-like effect that got me compliments for days in both dimly lit bars and in broad daylight—and not one person was able to call me out for gluing them on myself. They were both the perfect amount of sass and the perfect amount of class that I needed for that evening—and for my life, in general—without the hefty commitment of a gel manicure.

Sets are available in a range of trendy shades and styles. Think: a combination of nudes, holographics, and glitter ombres, in a variety of lengths and shapes. They’re also easily shapeable by file and can be painted over, so you really have the freedom to do whatever your lazy little heart desires.

They cost around $16 each, with special-edition Swarovski crystal-encrusted sets priced at $38, and include 24 nails (with 12 sizes per hand), non-damaging nail glue, a file, a buffer, and a tiny, silky pouch to carry around your extra nails and glue in case of an emergency (because realistically, toward the end of your manicure, a nail could pop off now and then).

Check out the full collection here—and prepare to transform the way you look at manicures forever.

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.



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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.