What’s up, everyone! Happy Sunday! I chilled out today and did a whole lot of nothing. I ran, watched a few movies, fed the neighbor’s cat, did some laundry and painted my nails for the first time since December.
Are you good about getting your nails done? I usually am not, but for the heck of it I put on two lovely coats of Shu Uemura Nail Enamel Supplement Mineral (um, say that fast five times) in Chocolate Brown ($16) while watching The Darjeeling Limited on DVD. Even without a base coat, the formula applies easily and dries quickly to a shiny finish. It’s great for clumsy gals like yours truly and makes doing a home manicure easy. Love ya, Shu!
Speaking of manicures, I caught up on my beauty reading today and read this interesting piece in the New York Times by Camille Sweeny about a growing trend in the beauty world. Manicure and makeover parties are all the rage — for young elementary school girls, holy crap!
One recent rainy afternoon, Eleanor LaFauci, 7, sat with her feet in open-toed foam slippers, admiring her toenails, freshly painted watermelon pink.
Eleanor was in the bubble-gum-colored pedicure lounge of Dashing Diva, the Upper West Side franchise of the international nail spa, with her 3 Â½-year-old sister and a half-dozen or so friends. The girls were celebrating her birthday with maniâ€™s, pediâ€™s and mini-makeovers with light makeup and body art â€” glitter-applied stars, lightning bolts and, of course, hearts.
Traditionally, young girls have played with unattended M.A.C. eye shadow or Chanel foundation, hoping to capture a whiff of sophistication. In the recent past, young girls have also tagged along on beauty expeditions by their mothers and teenage sisters.
But today, cosmetic companies and retailers increasingly aim their sophisticated products and service packages squarely at 6- to 9-year-olds, who are being transformed into savvy beauty consumers before theyâ€™re out of elementary school.
Reality programming like â€œAmericaâ€™s Next Top Modelâ€ often hinges on the segment devoted to a hair and beauty transformation for the contestants, Ms. Skey said. On social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, membersâ€™ intense self-focus and their attention to how they present themselves also affect 6- to 9-year-olds, even though technically, they arenâ€™t allowed to set up profiles on the sites, she added. â€œWe live in a culture of insta-celebrity,â€ Ms. Skey said. â€œOur little girls now grow up thinking they need to be ready for their close-up, lest the paparazzi arrive.â€
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Back in my elementary school days, a party with your friends involved cake, ice cream and several rounds of pin the tail on the donkey — not cuticle removal! If you were lucky, perhaps a pinata or mini pony would be up in the mix.
What say you about this beauty trend? Do you think these makeover parties for young girls are harmless and fun? Or does it alarm you?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,