7 Pro Tips For Getting A Salon-Quality Pedicure Before The Long Weekend
Pedicures are polarizing: You either love them or you hate them. For those of us who get itchy just thinking about someone taking a pumice stone and a scrub brush to our heels, there's no better time than right now — when it's basically too hot to wear shoes — to master the at-home pedicure.
Ahead, we asked nail pro Sarah Gibson Tuttle, founder of L.A.'s boutique salon Olive & June, to break down her at-home plan for when we're steering clear of the salon. Her steps to smooth, polished, sandal-prepped feet are so cheap and easy, they'll make even the biggest pedi devotee feel more comfortable quitting their salon habit cold-turkey — at least for the next few months.
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Dentist David Cohen’s Instagram is dedicated to making your smile healthier. The Los Angeleno provides useful oral hygiene tips and hacks. “All the toothpaste companies are going to hate me,” Cohen wrote in a caption.
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When I look back on my life so far, I’ve had my best sex in the summer. There’s just something about the constant sunshine, the lack of clothing, and the proximity to water that makes hookups especially spicy this time of year. Don’t just take my word for it. Google searches for sex and dating-related queries tend to go up during the summer season, a 2012 Villanova University study found. Although we only have about a month or so left of this period of warm weather pleasure, there’s still time to complete (or come up with), a summer sex bucket list. Of course, this summer your list is going to look a little different due to the pandemic, says Shula Melamed, a relationship and wellbeing coach. But that might mean we need to try out new salacious sex acts now more than ever. “Anything with novelty that’s a little out of the ordinary is great, because we’ve been so structured and regimented with our routine because we haven’t been able to get out of the house,” Melamed says. “So being able to have fun and access your imagination is crucial these days.”So if you’re looking for a sexy way to mix it up this summer, add one (or all) of these to your erotic bucket list. Hook up somewhere new Whether that’s on the kitchen floor (a la When Harry Met Sally) or out in public on a balmy day, you’ll have a ball. (Just make sure you’re hidden enough that no strangers will accidentally stumble upon your tryst and see something shocking.) Skinny dipFind a secluded body of water and shed your skivvies before diving in. If you don’t have access to a lake, river, or ocean, buy a kiddie pool from Walmart, make a drink with an umbrella in it, and create your own oasis. Tease your SO If you’re at a picnic with a few friends in your bubble or sitting in a public park with your lover, lean over and whisper in their ear what you want to do to them when you get home. Create that sexy anticipation. If you want to take the teasing to another level, agree to skip hooking up for a week, but send your boo provocative messages the whole time. Try shower sex Make your shower steamier than usual with your lover. If it’s a hot day, you can keep the water cool while things get hot between you two. Maybe bring a waterproof vibrator into the mix. Just be careful of slipping. Hook up under the stars “Lots of people from the city are renting Airbnbs for their vacation during the pandemic, so if you get into a house with a beautiful backyard that’s a little secluded, you can go outside,” Melamed says. “Make sure there are no neighbors around, put down a blanket, and have sex under the night sky.” “It’s not like summer camp where we were sneaking behind the bushes,” Melamed says. “We’re adults now and just because it’s outside doesn’t mean it can’t be that five star experience.” In other words, you don’t have to be uncomfortable on the ground with sticks digging into your back. Get a bunch of pillows, and tea lights to set up around you. Get rose petals. “Create a hippie love nest,” she says. Alternatively, if you have access to a pickup truck, you can make a makeshift bed in the back with pillows and comforters, and drive to a secluded area where you can stargaze — or just gaze into each other’s eyes. Do it in a tent Take “roughing it” to a new level. You can go camping or, if you don’t want to go all the way to a state park or into the woods, you can just set up a tent in your yard. Try sex on the beach If you can find a quiet area on the beach, this is a sexual fantasy so divine they named a drink after it. Just make sure you’re doing it on a towel or a rock to avoid getting sand in places. Try temperature play When the weather is warm, there’s no better time to try incorporating temperature play into the bedroom, a practice Luna Matatas, sex and pleasure educator, previously described in detail to Refinery29. “I love using the ice cube on their body first,” Matatas says. “Dragging a cube from their lips, down their chin, across their chest, down their belly, and then picking it up with my mouth and making a show of me swirling it in my mouth, and then allowing drops of ice to dribble onto their genitals from my mouth… By time the ice cube has melted, you’ve got a cold tongue to use on their genitals.” Invent a new position Put your own spin on the classic 69, the octopus, anal, or the cradle — you’ll love trying something out of the box with your boo. Rooftop sex Hook up with your SO on a patio chair on an empty rooftop, and enjoy those ~views~ while getting off. Dip a toe into BDSM and kink “BDSM and role play has been becoming more popular during the pandemic because people are wanting something different when the days are so monotonous,” Melamed says. “This can add variety.” A good place to start if you’re new to the practice is trying out bondage, nipple clamps, or spanking. If you’re already into the scene, try something more vanilla to mix things up, Melamed suggests. Incorporate food National Creamsicle Day is happening on the 14th, so you can combine temperature play by teasing your lover with the delicious treat. You can also try something like the fabled whipped cream bikini (just don’t get any in your actual vagina to avoid yeast infections). Feed each other strawberries, and ask your partner to lick some Manuka honey or chocolate sauce off your nipples. Have sex while watching Hamilton Streaming Hamilton is the most summer 2020 activity, now that the acclaimed musical is finally on Disney+. But it’s long, so you might as well get busy whilst rewatching. For the record, “My Shot” has a great tempo for humping and pumping. Or you can use the intermission to go grab a vibrator to incorporate into your second act sex acts. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Icy Tricks That Can Transform Oral & Summer SexHot Labor Day Sex Tips To End Summer With A Bang8 Tips For A 69 Session That Blows Your Mind
Sadly, the end of summer is approaching. But, on the bright side, you know what they say about when one door closes? An end-of-season sale opens — and Sephora just kicked one off today. From August 14 through August 23, savvy beauty shoppers can shave $15 off orders of $75 or $20 off orders of $100 using promo code WELCOMEBACK at checkout. If you’ve been slowly racking up the products in your virtual Sephora cart throughout the summer, then now’s the time to score your haul with a bonus discount. (Hot tip: get the group chat together and compile all your beauty faves in one bulk order so everyone can save big.)DashDividers_1_500x100The deal is eligible on almost everything on Sephora with a just few product exclusions to take note of: the promo code is limited to the purchase of just one Dyson item (make it count) and five Morphe items per transaction; it’s not valid on products from MAC, The Ordinary, Nudestix’s hand sanitizer and gift cards; you need to be a member of Sephora’s Beauty Insider community to be eligible for the promo — if you haven’t joined yet (it’s free!), then this sale is reason enough to get signed up.DashDividers_1_500x100As for what we’re springing for during the sale? Everything from OG skin-care classics like Ole Henriksen’s vitamin C serum to newer makeup MVPs like Tower 28 Beauty’s illuminating bronzer, Fresh’s cult-favorite soy makeup-removing face wash, and even a stay-all-day liquid eyeliner by Stila (you know, to creating that perfect feline flick for smizing from behind our masks with). Shout out your go-to Sephora beauty gets in the comments below!DashDividers_1_500x100At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
Whether you see it as the second coming of Vine, your new remote dance coach, or maybe even a data-stealing, privacy-invading wolf in sheep’s clothing, TikTok isn’t leaving the zeitgeist any time soon. 2020 was already looking to be a banner year for the app, but quarantine made its popularity soar: It is now the most-downloaded non-gaming app in the world, beating the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook. You can find pretty much anything on there, from nurses dancing in PPE and 60-second vegan taco recipes to elaborate pranks and dogs and cats becoming friends. However, just like on Instagram and YouTube, so-called “hack” videos are enduringly popular, especially those pertaining to beauty. A scroll through TikTok’s “For You” pages will bring up a winged liner application workaround for hooded eyes and even a lighting trick for more flattering selfies. Like those two, some of these hacks are harmless and actually very useful — but sadly, all too many are not. In fact, skin experts would advise against them entirely. The Sunscreen “Hack”The so-called sunscreen hack has been blowing up, and top videos tagged with sunscreencontouring have millions of views combined. Essentially, the “trick” is to apply sunscreen to only the high points of your face, avoiding the cheekbones and sides of your nose, so that you get a “natural contour” after sitting in the sun. “By leaving parts of your face exposed, you’re not only putting yourself at risk of skin cancer, you’re also accelerating the aging process in those areas,” says consultant dermatologist Dr. Hiva Fassihi, who adds that she finds this trend particularly disturbing. Most of TikTok’s user base is under 25 and sun damage takes a considerable amount of time to show up on the skin, so it’s understandable why the idea is so popular. But when you consider the long-term effects of sun damage, from an increased risk of cancer to pigmentation, fine lines, dull skin, and enlarged pores (all of which usually start to show up in your late 20s), you might reconsider. How long does a suntan last, anyway — a few days at most? Is it really worth risking all that for something you could easily achieve with bronzer or self-tanner? (Seriously, you can contour your face with fake tan. Just use a makeup brush and go easy on it.)DIY Face Masks DIY face treatments using kitchen ingredients are also popular on the app. There’s nothing wrong with mixing up a little avocado or yogurt face mask for a spa night at home, but it gets dangerous with the addition of any citrus juice, which is often billed as a “peel” or “exfoliant.” “The natural pH of the skin is between 4.7 and 5.7, while citrus fruit juice is about 2, so applying these to your skin will disrupt the natural barrier function of the skin and allow things through that shouldn’t, such as certain types of bacteria that can cause acne,” says aesthetic doctor Ifeoma Ejikeme of Adonia Medical Clinic in London. “It’s also dangerous to put citrus fruits onto the skin and then go into the sun. It can cause phytophotodermatitis, nicknamed ‘margarita burn,’ a result of a chemical found in citrus fruits reacting with sunlight and causing inflammation of the skin, resulting in burning, redness, and blisters.” Homemade Face ScrubsLikewise, don’t be attempting any of the “coffee granule” face scrubs. “These can cause tears to the skin and even stain it,” says Dr. Ejikeme. She adds that putting ingredients like baking soda in a face mask is also a no-no. “Again, you’re going to disrupt the pH of your skin,” which could result in soreness, redness, and tight skin. Some of the hacks I saw — like using cotton pads soaked in coffee and honey to get rid of dark circles — might not cause any damage, but as aesthetic doctor David Jack says, “It’s probably going to make a huge mess and not really do anything.” In addition, some of the at-home facial ideas use raw ginger, which Dr. Ejikeme said she had personally seen cause burns or long-term irritation to the skin when left on overnight or used regularly.Making Your Own Facial TonerThere are also quite a few (admittedly very cute-looking) recipe videos for natural facial toner, usually using some flowers from your garden or maybe some trimmed herbs — think roses, eucalyptus, rosemary, that kind of thing. The videos are almost Disney-esque with their soft lighting, piles of petals, and outdoorsy vibes. While a few herbs and flowers simmered in water probably won’t hurt you, the blend will start to go rotten almost overnight. The natural extracts that appear in skin care you buy, like resveratrol in grapes (a powerful pollution shield) or the astringent qualities of thyme (known for balancing oily skin), are bio-engineered to be safe and have potent longevity. The DIY option is usually smelly after a few hours and could even cause irritation, depending on what bugs, dirt, and wildlife have been over your plants.DIY Lash Lifts Some of the hacks are geared towards teaching yourself a professional skill; for example, there’s a slew of videos that show you how to do an at-home lash lift. Though these are usually created by brands that make DIY kits or influencers who’ve been paid to promote them, they still rack up staggering numbers of views and recreations. “You should never, ever attempt to perm or tint your own lashes at home,” said brow and lash technician Sophia, adding that she’s a professional and would never even attempt to do her own lashes. “There is a big chance you might mess up with an at-home kit and accidentally get the formula in your eyes, and right about now, the emergency room is the last place you want to be.”Ultimately, what all these videos have in common is an ostensibly easy, cheap at-home fix to a bothersome skin issue, or a means of bridging the cost of a professional procedure. Salons being closed throughout quarantine has no doubt increased the popularity of the DIY solution. There is also this pervasive idea that the beauty industry (from brands to aestheticians) is somehow “keeping secrets” from the public, shielding you from the power of what’s in your fridge or making you believe that you need professionals to do treatments for you. Truthfully, beauty is actually quite boring sometimes, and the ingredients and treatments we know deliver — like vitamin A, vitamin C, and SPF — usually take a long time to show results and aren’t always the sexiest.Experts urge you to exercise extreme caution with anything you see online, on TikTok or otherwise. If you want to play around, some of the hacks are fine — mixing powder highlighter with baby oil will make a nice shimmery body lotion, carefully applying a cold spoon or ice cube (wrapped in fabric) will take the swelling out of a spot, and hairstylist Joseph Maine regularly shares fun DIY hair masks. Just leave the food for eating, and the baking soda for, well, baking.This story was originally published on Refinery29 UK.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Roller Skate Style, From The '70s To TikTokWhy Everyone's Googling This New Skincare TrendI Tried 5 TikTok Beauty Hacks With Amusing Results
Cozy clothing is having a moment in fashion, from sneakers and sweatsuits to flared leggings and bralettes. When you're dressing for comfort, it can be tempting to write off structured pieces like underwire swimsuits. But for those busty gals out there, an underwire can be a lifesaver. It's 10000% certified to keep your ladies in place, whether you're fighting waves on the beach or just soaking up the sun in isolation on your roof. It's also more stylish and versatile than you think. Although the silhouette is inherently feminine and easy to mistake as just another bra, brands have been adding underwire to their sporty and minimal bikinis as well. With summertime nearing its end, there are only a few weeks left to get the most of swim season. Do so in style with a trusty underwire bikini (or maillot). Click through for the 20 underwire swimsuits that we can't wait to wear. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Best Swimsuits For Avoiding Tan Lines22 Black Bikinis You Need To Buy Up This SummerThis Is What A Truly Sustainable Bikini Looks Like