Our friends at Be Well Philly have a point when they talk about out how many potentially gross and harmful chemicals there are in the things we slather all over our bodies on a daily basis (lotions, nail polishes, shampoos, soaps, oils—you name it), and boy are we glad being recently grossed out led them to seek out alternatives in Philly, because we ended up with a really awesome roundup to share with you today!
Philly makeup artist Béke Beau (say it just like ‘Becky’) has been beautifying her clients for over 20 years—the last eight of them, happily, right here in our area.
She’s got a lovely by-appointment studio in Bryn Mawr where she offers makeup lessons (which include telling you which products and trends just aren’t worth your time) and where brides can go for makeup trials—though of course, she also spends many a weekend morning in the hotel suites, parents’ houses and venues of her brides as they primp and pamper for their weddings.
We checked in with Béke and her fab new platinum ‘do to see what she’s into right now—and to steal a few of her insider faves.
Braids, at their core, are bohemian, for sure—but as they’ve grown in popularity, brides and their hairstylists have evolved the look into more formal options perfectly fit for a dressed-up occasion like a wedding.
Well now, you shall have even more reason to love them, too, because they have just unveiled a deal that is exclusively for brides and bridesmaids. (Well, we should probably say another deal, because they already offer a discount if five or more bridesmaids get tanned the week of the wedding.)
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.