Eyelash Extensions Are Taking Over Philly Right Now


Mega-fringe. | Shutterstock.

A few years ago, blowout bars started popping up on every corner in this city, thus elevating the standard for party/date/everyday hair. (Seriously, one coworker has friends who get blowouts twice a week – as in, they no longer wash their own hair or even own shampoo.) Now, though, the newest kid on the beauty block is lash extensions, with lash-centric companies sweeping into salons and offering wear-everyday sets that, well, might just make mascara a thing of the past.

Lash extensions are hardly new, but in the past, they’ve usually been relegated to special-occasion primping. But recently, Philly spas and salons have been bringing in lash experts in droves, offering a range of wear-everyday styles (think just a few on the outer corners of your lashes) alongside full-blown Russian mink sets (think five synthetic lashes to every natural one on your lids. Talk about fringe). It’s safe to say Philly is starting to get a little lash-crazy. Here are four local companies riding the wave.

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Here’s Where to Bathe in a Pumpkin Spice Latte in Philly


Because pumpkins and apples work just as well in the spa. | Shutterstock.

With the darker, cooler days of fall fast approaching and the conclusion of beach season, sometimes we start to get a bit lazy in the beauty department. Goodbye to that regular mani-pedi, beach waves and sun-kissed tan and hello to nail breakage, brittle locks and a pale computer glow — yikes.

Amend your negligent ways and treat yourself to some off-the-clock pampering with these fall-themed treatments offered by our favorite spas, because you deserve to look and feel your best all year round. (Bonus: The pumpkin spice one has way less calories than its Starbucks counterpart.) Read more »

Shop Talk: Amazon’s Best-Reviewed Beauty Products Of All Time


The powders, primers and polishes and more you swear by. | Shutterstock.

  • As much as we love Sephora, sometimes the weekly budget doesn’t allow for such luxury expenditures. All the more reason why you should check out these top-rated, under-the-radar Amazon beauty products under $40 that might become a staple in your daily routine. Think it’s a bit sketch? Consider the fact that over 1,000 people took the time to leave five stars and write a dissertation on why they love it. (And personally, I can vouch for Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask ($8) — this affordable deep cleanser gives me life). [Byrdie]
  • By now, you’re probably in the know about the H&M x Balmain collab coming to stores worldwide and online on November 5th. If not, crawl out from the rock you’re living under and follow #HMBalmaination on Instagram. So far, the stunning teasers feature supermodels Kendall Jenner, Jourdan Dunn and Gigi Hadid riding a futuristic subway clad in luxurious jewel tones, feathered bombers and jackets with beading worth drooling over.  [Daily Front Row]

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How-To Tuesday: Easy 3-Step Ombre Lip

ombre mainWe’ve seen it on the runways at Dior, Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung: the ombre lip. But how to achieve this killer look without being a professional? Easy. Check out this three-step tutorial to breeze out of the house looking like a model. All you need is a liner and two lipsticks ranging in shades from dark to light.  Read more »

5 Best Drugstore Beauty Buys


Know when to splurge and when to save. | Shutterstock.

Beauty products can really start to add up, especially when it takes more than just a handful of items to get the job done. That’s why it’s important to know what products are worth splurging on, and which ones don’t need to come with a department store price tag. While I’m a self-proclaimed MAC girl through and through, these are the five products I always grab at the neighborhood drugstore instead. Read more »

Rainy Day Inspiration: The Gorgeous Mani We’re Obsessing Over


How amazing is this mani? | Images via Instagram and Moglea.

Local nail aficionado Emma Still of @nevernotpolished caught our attention on this dreary Thursday with an Instagrammed photo of her gorgeous, detailed nail art. According to her post, the design was “inspired by some of the beautifulness at Occasionette,” one of our favorite Philly gift shops. Read more »

5 Skincare Game-Changers: Drugstore Edition


Never enough products. | Shutterstock.

We love ballin’ on a budget as much as the next chick, especially when it comes to navigating the potentially pricey world of skincare. We found five of the best drugstore products for buffing, cleansing, and keeping your skin radiant  –  all for under $15. Here’s how to win big at the drug store. Read more »

How to Get Rid of Post-Summer Sun Damage (Hello, Sunspots!)


When freckles suddenly start forming clusters, it’s time to take action. | Shutterstock.

So you ignored all of our warnings and spent half the summer frying your skin at the shore, or you took our advice and slathered on the SPF only to find dark spots mysteriously appearing all over your body. We get it. Sun happens, which is why we reached out to Philly’s skin experts to find the very best remedies for sun-damaged skin. From laser treatments to diet changes, here’s what we found.  Read more »

Market Report: These 5 Beauty Mistakes Seriously Age You


How to look forever young. (Or at least not older than you are.) | Shutterstock.

  • Fact: The beauty rules you’ve been following (like dabbing blush on the apples of your cheeks) could be making you look older than you really are. These side-by-side pics show the huge difference that just a few simple makeup application changes can make. Tip: Lay off the harsh contouring and shimmery lipstick! [Marie Claire]
  • Remember when Marc Jacobs accidentally posted a sext to Instagram? (Awkward.) Well, he’s now turning the whole gaffe into a fashion moment: T-shirts depicting the accidental post’s caption (“It’s yours to try!” — which referred to his bare bum) will be for sale starting September 1st. Lemons into lemonade, indeed. [Complex]
  • A Michigan man is offering up a pair of Adidas Yeezy Boosts in exchange for … a kidney. According to the man’s Facebook post, he has two failing kidneys and has been on dialysis for two years. Oh, and he’s a size 10. [Sole Collector]

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