Beauty Test Drive: Are Sally Hansen Salon Effects Strips Worth The Money?

There have been few innovations in how fingernails are decorated in the last few years–but Sally Hansen Salon Effects strips are one of the best. Salon Effects strips are made of real nail polish; they adhered rather well to my nails and chipped like regular nail polish. The Sally Hansen Salon Effects were really easy to apply, and even my right hand, the hand I write with, looked just as good as the left one — with no dry time! As the name suggests, the nail polish strips are available in salon-caliber nail designs (I used “Cut It Out,” a white and black ’60s flower power design), but there are also beautiful, design-free colors available. I wore the Salon Effects for a week and had a few minor chips in the polish. The strips were easy to remove with regular nail polish remover, too. I can’t wait to try these again. Plus, they’ll cut down on my trips to the nail salon. Check out pics of my nails after the jump. [$9.99, Ulta Beauty] Keep reading »

7 Things To Know About The Government Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood

“The moving target is focused on women in America.”

That was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to reporters this morning as he addressed the threat of a government shutdown over an inability by Republicans and Democrats to reach a deal on the budget. The main piece of contention? Funding for Title X, which allocates funds for family planning services, including those offered by Planned Parenthood. The issue? Even though Title X funds don’t cover them, Planned Parenthood provides abortions.

In simple, basic terms, let’s recap seven things you need to know about the threat of a governmental shutdown: Keep reading »

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A Candle That Makes It Christmas Year Round

Conundrum: we hate when it’s cold and dark and snowy outside, but we do love the smells of wintertime: fresh-baked cookies, mulled cider and fir trees. So, Thymes’ Frasier Fir candle is right up our alley; it smells just like the holiday season without making us have to bundle up against the elements.

[$46.00 Thymes]

Tina Fey Panicked Over Whether To Have A Second Child

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“I went for my annual checkup and, tired of carrying this anxiety around, burst into tears the moment [my doctor] said hello. I laid it all out for her, and the main thing I took away from our conversation was the kind of simple observation that only an impartial third party can provide: ‘Either way, everything will be fine.’”

Tina Fey shares that the decision on whether to have a second baby was definitely not an easy one for her and that she felt a lot of stress in wanting to both give her daughter Alice a sibling while she could and spend her time and energy on her show, which employs hundreds of people. [PopEater] Keep reading »

Unlikely Style Icon: Young Hillary Rodham Clinton

If I had access to a time machine, I would head straight back to the ’70s and befriend young Hillary Clinton. The girl had it goin’ on: she was (and still is) smart, funny, ambitious, and passionate about women’s rights. The main difference between Hillary then and Hillary now? The amazing hippie wardrobe she abandoned a few decades ago. After the jump, a modern take on Hill’s casual hippie look… Keep reading »

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