Beauty treatment that can turn dangerous: pedicures?

I was a bit shocked to see this article on Huffington Post this afternoon. Yes, I know the dangers of getting a pedicure in a salon. I know those tools are probably not as clean as they should be.

I was thrilled to find  a salon last week that opened my pedicure tools like they were in an operating room. My clippers, etc., were vacuum sealed in their own packet, and it was opened fresh for me. That was VERY comforting (and I’ll be going back there for sure).

But in case you didn’t know – here are some things to watch out for!

You may have a little more trouble relaxing into that massage chair with a magazine after this one — an unsanitary pedicure could lead a viral infection (such as warts), bacterial infections from ingrown toenails and agressive filing, or a fungal infection of the skin and nails, among other serious health problems, says Jackie Sutera, a New York City podiatrist.

Since some salons have better sanitizing practices than others, she recommends that you always bring your own tools (her favorites are Tweezerman), including cuticle nippers, toe clippers, a nail file, nail clippers and, most importantly, a foot file. “That’s one of the dirtiest things in that whole salon,” she says. “There’s a misconception that because they put it in a blue solution or because they put it in a thing that looks like a toaster oven, it’s clean — but it might not be.”

Sutera recommends hitting the spa earlier in the day, when things tend to be a bit cleaner and sanitary — before dozens of feet have soaked in the same bath on the same day and before technicians have a possibility of getting tired. And she would skip the “Wednesday Special” (that too-good-to-be true package deal for a mani/pedi combo), as it drives a lot of business and, correspondingly, could up your germ exposure.

Also, don’t give into the temptation to soak your feet too long. “It’s a cesspool in there,” Sutera says of the foot bath. “Don’t sit there and soak in that water forever.”

As far as those foot razors that promise to shave your callouses down for sandal-ready feet — skip it. “It’s really dangerous,” Sutera explains. Going at the heels too hard can reveal deep layers of skin that should never be exposed, leading to permanent damage or even scarring. Instead, just keep a pumice stone in your shower to keep up with the daily maintenance yourself.

Don’t shave your legs for at least 24 hours before the appointment, suggests Jessica Krant, Founder of Art of Dermatology in New York City — freshly shaved skin can be more prone to infection, especially when a technician is massaging up your thighs.

Post-pedi, slip your toes into your own flip flops — and for extra safety, clean your own feet when you get back home, Sutera says.


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Katy Perry’s personalized fingernails at last night’s VMA’s!

You may have noticed that Katy Perry wore custom Minx nails to the 2011 Video Music Awards last night as she accepted the Video of the Year award for her powerful single, “Firework.”   If you look closer at Katy’s Minx, however, you will notice that her nails had great significance.  Each nail shows a tiny personalized image of a record at the nail bed, symbolizing each of the five hit singles from her “Teenage Dream” album that propelled Katy into music history.

Los Angeles celebrity nail stylist Kimmie Kyees designed the custom Minx, using a black and white-checkered background to contrast with the blue and pink-labeled records that had “Katy” and “Perry” written on them in script.  Katy Perry is the only woman in the history of Billboard to have five songs from the same album at No. 1 on the Hot 100.  Michael Jackson is the only other artist to have achieved this.

Kimmie Kyees is the same nail stylist who applied the custom “Russell Brand” Minx to Katy Perry for her VMA appearance last year.  Minx nails is a solid nail coating that is available in salons and spas around the world.

For more information about Minx, please feel free to contact me or visit www.MinxNails.com.  For more information about Kimmie Kyees, visit www.kimmieknails.com.  Please feel free to use the attached two photos, with photo credit to Adam Orchon.

 


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A New Perfume Promises to Make Men Flirt With You!


Brought to us by the “Early” Show, Eau Flirt claims to be “clinically proven” to make men flirt back with its wearer. The product’s advertising alleges that the fragrance will “cast a spell without a word.”

Eau Flirt was developed by Harvard grad Shaan Hathiramani through a series of focus groups and blind smell tests. The scents used, pumpkin and lavender, released “strong positive scent associations” among the male testers.

Although there’s no scientific evidence as of yet, “smell tests” conducted by CBS showed that the unique perfume came out victorious when put up against Chanel’s legendary No. 5.

 

What do you think can a fragrance really make men flirt with you?

Image: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

 

Eau Flirt

 

Introducing the first perfume that flirts for you!

It starts with whispers…“Who’s that girl?” The irresistible and flirty fragrance of Eau Flirt captures the imagination of the entire room with the subtle, sexy allure of flowers and spice.

“What’s her secret?” Lean in closer. The fragrance contains notes of pumpkin pie and lavender, which have been shown to evoke a more passionate response in men than any other smell. Why do men find these two scents so arousing? Experts believe men subconsciously associate pumpkin and lavender with happy, positive and stimulating memories.

An encounter with Eau Flirt reveals top notes of sweet lavender and a cocktail of bright citrus, followed by a mingling of feminine florals freesia, ylang ylang and jasmine. Delicate spices and warm nighttime amber offer a graceful and balanced flourish.

Notes: Lavender, Pumpkin Pie, Citrus, Jasmine, Freesia, Ylang Ylang, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Ambers
Style: Seductive. Sparkling. Feminine.

 

$12-$55

 


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Selena Gomez Wears Lancôme at the VMA’s‏

Celebrity makeup artist Karan Mitchell went the “classic and clean” route on Selena Gomez, creating the ideal complement to her lace gown. Selena’s glowing skin offset for bronzy smoldering eyes, immaculate brows and lips done up in metallic rosy hues.

Who:

  • Selena Gomez

Where:

  • MTV Music Video Awards

Makeup Artist:

  • Karan Mitchell

Face:

  • Éclat Miracle Complexion Illuminator
  • Effacernes Concealer in Beige Neutral III
  • Blush Subtil in Sheer Amourose

Eyes:

  • Color Design 5 Pan Palette in Bronze Amour
  • Hypnôse Doll Lashes Mascara in So Black!
  • Le Stylo EyeLiner in Noir
  • Modèle Sourcils Brow Groomer in Brunet

Lips:

  • Color Design Lipstick in Fashion Icon
  • Color Fever Gloss in Hibis-Kiss

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