Hanukkah gives way to Christmas which turns to New Year’s Eve, which means we all have a glorious month of total and unbridled indulging. (Nope, we’re not judging.) Now, sadly, our thoughts turn to all those ‘new year, new you’ goals. First up? Undoing a bit of the damage wrought by 31 days of festivities and, guess what? It doesn’t involve 12 months of gym time.
We’ve sleuthed out five must-try local beauty treatments, which will help you greet the new year fresh-faced, slimmed-down and totally radiant. Here’s where soothe your muscles, rejuvenate your skin, prepare your mind and completely detox for a fresh start.
Who’s ready to party? | Alixe Wiley and Lauren McGrath.
We’ve covered what to wear to any holiday festivity out there, but what about your beauty routine? Don’t ruin your chic party outfit with the boring makeup look you’ve had on all day. It doesn’t have to take an hour to upgrade your beauty look from flat to fabulous – just try one of these quick and easy makeup switches and you’ll be the belle of the ball in under five minutes. Promise! Read more »
Now that the holidays have completely ransacked those checking accounts, it’s time to buckle down on the expenses. The first thing on your list to eliminate from your beauty spending rotation should be bi-weekly visits to the salon for a gel mani. While we love a good beauty treatment as much as the next girl, this is an area where you can save big – but you have to know which brands to trust. Not all at-home gel manis are created equal, as we’ve tried and tested. After extensive research by our dedicated team here at Philly Mag, here are the two best DIY gel manis that are worth the buy. Read more »
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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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 »
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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We’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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »