Blondes seem to think that they have it the hardest when it comes to color upkeep, and for much of my life as a low-maintenance brunette, this actually seemed true. I was always grateful that my natural dark brown color required basically nothing aside from the occasional highlight to look its best. And then I turned 30. Suddenly, the easy, breezy days of doing nothing stopped working: Now if I go more than a few months without a little help from a professional, the grey (or as I like to call it, silver) shoots through my hair, as glaringly obvious as lightning bolts slashing through the night sky. Alas, as a working mom, the chances of getting to that professional every couple of months to address said lightning bolts are basically nil. Sigh.
In what appears to be J.Crew’s quest to take over the world (or at the very least our entire closet and makeup drawer), the brand is now dipping its toes into the perfume arena. On Monday, J.Crew is launching its first fragrances, created in collaboration with perfumer Arquiste and inspired by a gallery show by Peggy Guggenheim.
When you’re at a spa or salon, the last things you want to think about are scary chemicals. But you should: The gals over at Be Well Philly uncovered a study about harmful chemicals that are found in everything from antibacterial products to, get this, toothpaste. When you think about the lotions, serums, sprays and oils slathered on your body during a pampering sesh and the possibility that any or all of these might contain tons of bad-for-you chemicals, well, that’s enough to make anyone leap out of the pedi chair.
- Yep, bee venom actually does work like a natural form of Botox. Here’s how, and which products to spring for now. [The Zoe Report]
- Nine West’s latest ad campaign—in which they recommend shoe styles for particular situations—is raising some eyebrows. Some of the occasions they illustrate: The Anticipatory Walk of Shame and Starter-Husband Hunting. Classy stuff, guys. [The New York Times]
- Here are the best anti-aging serums, balms, peels, masks and creams—all amazing at zapping signs of aging and (this is the best part) all under $25. [Allure]
- From Rihanna’s nearly nude crystal look to Kate Moss’s fishnet dress, these are the 20 best celeb style moments of the summer. [Style.com]
- Meet the woman who owns more than 200 cardigans—and then started a business called, you guessed it, Cardigan. [J.Crew]
When the spa moved to 16th and Walnut, it expanded its services (hello, Best of Philly 2014 winner for blowouts!). But we really love the new location for its bigger, better selection of beauty products, now organized in a huge display section worthy of the luxury brands it carries. Here you can score hard-to-find products like Valmont and Biologique Recherche skincare, Keiko Mecheri and Serge Lutens perfumes, Chantecaille makeup, Rene Furterer shampoos and conditioners, and James Read self-tanning lotions. It’s basically the best of all European beauty brands in one sleek space. Better yet: Their website makes it easy to shop online, too.
Go here for: The cult-favorite P50 cream, which magically turns tired, dull skin into dewy-fresh perfection. See owner Danuta’s skin for proof.
1601 Walnut Street, Center City, shoprescuespa.com.
You’ll find more luxe picks at this beauty store, which has a quaint boutique feel that belies its national-chain status. They’ve got the beauty world’s top brands—La Mer, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Clarins, Trish McEvoy—and knowledgable salespeople to help you find what you need. For skincare, the M-61 line (created by Bluemercury’s founder Marla Malcolm Beck) is one of the best for brightening and tightening skin.
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1701 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse; 3603 Walnut Street, University City; 42 St. James Place, Suburban Square, Ardmore; 100 East Lancaster Avenue, Wayne; bluemercury.com.
I have two friends who, every three weeks, get their eyelashes filled. They’ve sat through the process of getting the eyelash extensions once—an hours-long power nap where individual extensions are painstakingly applied to each and every one of their natural lashes—and now, they enjoy a 20-minute cat nap every now and then while the lashes that have shed since their last visit and grown anew are given their extension once again.
These days, eyelash treatments are climbing right up there with gel manis and hair trims on ladies’ regular rounds of grooming exercises, and more and more salons are extending their menus to cater to them. Laurentius Salon in South Philly’s Italian Market neighborhood is one of the most recent to add tinting and a battery of extensions (from silk to mink) to their roster, and so the other day, to see what all this lash hubbub was about, I let them play with mine.
- Alexa Chung is the face of a new kale nail polish that launches this fall. Yes, kale, as in the Trendiest Vegetable Ever. The line will be called Nailkale and it’s certainly a sign of the apocalypse. [WWD]
- This brave editor tried six top self-tanning lotions—two at a time, one per leg—to expertly compare them all. Here’s how they rank. (Yes, Jergens is on the list.) [Fashionista]
- Steal this look: high-waisted jeans + a skinny belt. [Madewell]
- It’s no secret that you can find some of the best beauty products in the aisles of a drugstore. Here are 25 of the best products — from drugstores all over the world. (Luckily, most can be found online!) [Refinery29]
- According to science, matching and color-coordinating isn’t stylish at all. [Fast Company]
- Here’s the trailer for the unapproved Yves Saint Laurent biopic. (Warning: It’s in French, without subtitles.) I cannot understand more than 10 words, but I cannot WAIT to see it. [Fashionista]
An Arizona State professor is offering her female students extra credit if they don’t shave their body hair for the semester, and her male students the same if they do shave from the neck down. It’s a weird academic gambit, and I don’t know what I think about it from a scholarly point of view, but it’d be nice to have an excuse not to shave. As it stands now, there’s really no acceptable societal excuse, which troubles me because, well, I don’t shave my underarms. You know, like Madonna, who I have so much in common with already.