Here at PW, we consider ourselves to be pretty in-the-know when it comes to the spray tanning scene here in Philly. And not just because of the time we’ve spent researching the topic (see our efforts below), but even more so because our combined paleness has made us the ideal candidates for testing every faux glow the city has to offer. And take it from us, the city has plenty of fantastic options.
We’re all for a good collaboration—especially when it involves two local beauty experts that we’re quite big fans of. And when said collaboration results in a pretty fantastic option for a bachelorette party, you know we’re totally on board.
The awesome idea to which we’re referring is the new Beauty Bee Pamper Parties, a fun way for you and your girls to indulge in some R&R before the Big Day—or some bachelorette beautifying before a night out on the town—courtesy of on-location beauty concierge (and popular bridal makeup artist), Just B Beautiful, and just-off-Rittenhouse tanning and waxing salon, The Bronzed Bee.
We’ve gone on and on about the billion different ways you can do up your hair for the Big Day (like these pretty braided styles), but what we haven’t touched on as frequently is hair of a different nature—your brows and eyelashes, that is. And considering that perfectly groomed arches and long, lush lashes are important features of you bridal makeup look, we were super excited to hear about the new eyelash and brow bar at Laurentius Salon.
Since no Big Day can begin without a bit of beauty prep, we’re all in favor of local salons that have room to host a fun and relaxing pre-nuptial experience for the bride and her girls while they beautify for the day. Crimson Hair Studio, which recently moved to Rittenhouse Square, is now one of those salons, and we think you’re going to love the new space they’ve created.
Every time we see a list like this, there are inevitably a few points being made that we’ve all heard a thousand times before—obviously (we hope?) you should not wax anything on your face the day before your wedding—but often, there are a few that we haven’t heard before. And so we shall pass this along.
For every updo that I’ve ever had done in my life, there has been a scene of crying, bobby-pin yanking, and hair washing that follows shortly after. Just ask my mother; I’ve never once left a salon satisfied with the stiff, curly mess that was created with my otherwise pin-straight hair.
That being said, I have finally found a trend that strays far enough away from your traditional, overdone updos that I can safely say I’m totally onboard with it: braided hairstyles.
Our hearts broke a little bit when Skin Palette, Philly’s fab airbrush tan boutique (we gave ‘em Best of Philly in 2012) moved from 19th Street in Rittenhouse to the Sporting Club at the Bellevue. (This is completely for selfish reasons, by the way: the former location was two and a half blocks from the Philly mag offices.)
Between celebrity influences, YouTube sensations, and even designer runway shows, trends in beauty and makeup are ever changing and constantly on display, and from where we sit, thanks to the likes of Kim Kardashian, bold eyes and perfect contours are having a bit of a moment right now.
That’s why this recent ABC News segment about a trend towards brides going makeup-free for their weddings—or at the very least, sporting a very minimal, natural look—caused us to raise an eyebrow.
More and more good news for brides just keep spilling out of Philly’s Rescue Spa!
First, fabulous Philly makeup artist Victoria Roggio joined the staff just a few months before they moved from their 17th Street location to their new 16th Street digs—into a location that, because it’s so much roomier, meant that the spa could better host bridal parties. (Expanded mani, pedi and lounge areas make it easier for you and your ‘maids to spread out while sipping champagne and being pampered, obv.)