This Product Cuts My Nail Polish-Drying Time In Half


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How many times have you ruined a manicure or pedicure an hour after leaving the salon? Hell, how many times have you done it while drying your nails still in the salon (though, in that case, you can at least have it easily fixed)? I personally can't even count that high. Instead, until recently, I gave my nails a full 30 minutes to dry in the salon—a chunk of time which I hated sacrificing.

Now some of you might think there's any easy solution to this, wondering: Why doesn't she just trying using gel? It's a fair question, especially as gel as gotten increasingly popular over the years. But, while gel does yield long-lasting, chip-free results, it leaves my nails ravaged by the time it comes off—no matter how nice the salon, or its equipment—leading them to break and peel incessantly for months to come.

Then, one day when I was getting my nails done at my favorite non-toxic salon, tenoverten, I complained to co-founder Nadine Abramcyk about how long it takes for my nails recover after each gel session. She suggested I try wearing the brand's Foundation Nail Strengthening Base Coat, instead of nail polish, for a few weeks to help them recover. Made from Horsetail leaf extract and vitamin E, it repairs peeling nails, prevents cracking, strengthens the nails, and had my hands looking presentable again a week after another gel job had left them utterly broken. And, while this product in itself could be the subject of this column, it is actually the Non-toxic Nail Dryer drops that has changed my life for the better—namely, because they have cut the drying time at a salon in more than half, and allowed me to stop worrying over using gel at all.

To use it, angle your fingertips downward and throw a few drops of the formula, created using vitamin E and non-silicone-based solvent formulation, on each nail a minute or two after applying polish or top coat. Wait for 10 more minutes (without even using a nail dryer!), and marvel at the fact that your fingers are entirely dry and smell delightfully herbal thanks to the natural rosemary fragrance also in the formula.

Not only do I have this product at home and use it religiously, but I bring it with me to every salon I visit—a visit that is now significantly shorter, and ends with my nails in perfect condition and me out the door in under 15 minutes.

Tenoverten, Non-Toxic Nail Dryer, $18, available at Violet Grey.

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Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.