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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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The band shared details about their new St. Vincent-produced album that will drop "you into the world of catastrophe"

Sleater-Kinney just shared more information about their St. Vincent-produced album and dropped a new single.

Per Billboard, Sleater-Kinney revealed that their new album, which they've been teasing since early this year and will be their first since No Cities To Love from 2015, will be called The Center Won't Hold. It's due out on August 16 via Mom + Pop Records. "We're always mixing the personal and the political but on this record, despite obviously thinking so much about politics, we were really thinking about the person—ourselves or versions of ourselves or iterations of depression or loneliness—in the middle of the chaos," Carrie Brownstein said in a statement. Corin Tucker further noted that the new album will "[drop] you into the world of catastrophe that touches on the election."

Janet Weiss noted that the band will "explore a different sound palette" with this album, and pointed to St. Vincent as the reason behind it. She said that St. Vincent "has a lot of experience building her own music with keyboards and synthesizers so she could be our guide to help us make sense of this new landscape and still sound like us."

To satiate us until then, the band released a lyric video for new single, "The Future Is Here," which is very grungy. Bump it, below.

Sleater-Kinney - The Future Is Here (Official Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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This is so satisfying!

Even Jon Snow knows just how unsatisfying the final season of Game of Thrones was, and he's ready to apologize. Well, a deepfake of him is at least. A heavily-edited version of Snow's speech from the fourth episode—just before the bodies of those lost in the Battle of Winterfell get burned—now features Snow apologizing for the conclusion of the show and lighting the script on fire.

"It's time for some apologies. I'm sorry we wasted your time," Snow begins. "And I know nothing made sense at the end. When the Starbucks cup is the smallest mistake, you know you fucked up! We take the blame. I'm sorry we wrote this in like six days or something," he adds, before signaling to his peers to light the script with torches and "just forget it forever." "Fuck Season 8," he says before the pages begin to crackle and burn.

If there were more lines left to alter, we would have loved to see Snow also tackle how messy Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister's story line ended up, as well as Bran's kingship, Cersei's boring demise, and the water bottle appearance.

Watch the entire deepfake and try to heal the wounds left by HBO below.

BREAKING: JON SNOW FINALLY APOLOGIZED FOR SEASON 8 youtu.be

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It premieres today, exclusively via NYLON

In LP's song "Shaken," the most recent single from her 2018 record Heart To Mouth, she tells the story of seeing her lover out with someone else—ouch. Today, exclusively on NYLON, she releases a cheeky animated music video that pokes fun at the song's heightened drama and perfectly demonstrates all the angst that comes with falling hard for someone.

"She looks at you like I used to/ And I'm just sitting in the corner sh-sh-shaken," LP sings, as the visual—with art by Maayan Priva—depicts the singer hanging out in a bar, watching the girl she likes meet up with another girl. Despite the situation's inherent drama, "Shaken" is less of a ballad and more of an upbeat bop. LP told us she loves the way "this little video captures some of the fun of the song, and its inherent comical anxiety." Sure, heartbreak isn't that funny, but our (sometimes) overly dramatic reaction to it kind of is.

"'Shaken' feels like a bit of a wild card on this record," LP says. "It's the closest I've come to writing a musical, which I hope to do one day." We heartily endorse this idea: Please, LP, give us the queer jukebox musical we crave.

Until that day comes, though, you can watch the music video for "Shaken," below.

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This cameo has the Beyhive buzzing

I went to see Men In Black: International alone. Which would have been fine if it wasn't for the shock I received when I saw two specific characters on the screen. Unable to keep it to myself, I shared a curious look with the stranger next to me, who was obviously thinking the same thing as me. "Is that them...?" I whispered first. "I think… so," she replied. Then the two men in question started to dance, and we were both sure: "Yep, that's them."

It was Laurent and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, better known as Les Twins. Fans of Beyoncé will recognize the duo as the talented brothers who often accompany her on tour and in music videos. In Men In Black: International, the two of them play shapeshifting entities—they're more like energy forces than aliens—who pursue Tessa Thompson's and Chris Hemsworth's characters throughout the duration of the film. The twins' ability to manipulate their bodies in ways that are graceful and otherworldly really helps sell them as extraterrestrials and is fun to watch.

So if Thompson in a suit or Hemsworth shirtless weren't enough motivation, here's another reason to go see it. If you look close, you can see them in the trailer below.

MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL - Official Trailer www.youtube.com

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Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

"I am honored to share this bonding experience with my own daughter"

In a heart-warming Instagram photo, Serena Williams shares the history of hair braiding and the importance of the tradition. The tennis player shared a photo of herself braiding her daughter Olympia Ohanian's hair and spoke about how "honored" she was to be able to "add another generation" to the tradition of the practice.

The photo shows Williams attentively braiding her daughter's hair while Olympia smiles, obviously loving the experience. Williams noted that hair braiding was created by the Himba people in Namibia, Africa, and that "we have been braiding our hair for centuries." "In many African tribes braided hairstyles were a unique way to identify each tribe," she continued.

Williams pointed out that braiding is a bonding experience. "People would often take the time to socialize," she wrote. "It began with the elders braiding their children, then the children would watch and learn from them. The tradition of bonding was carried on for generations, and quickly made its way across the world."

Williams closed her post with a sweet message about her daughter, saying that she's "honored to share this bonding experience" with her.

See the post, below.

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