I Tried It: Energizing Salt Therapy Bed at New Rittenhouse Spa

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The lobby of La Rêve Spa in Rittenhouse.

When I was invited to preview the services at just-opened Le Rêve Spa in Rittenhouse, I jumped. Sure, they had massages and facials and all the regular run-of-the-mill spa stuff, but they also had a salt therapy bed. And chromotherapy. This is the stuff my spa dreams are made of: cracked-out treatments that promise to do things like ‘detoxify’ and ‘realign your chakras’ and ‘provide healing energy.’ I’m obsessed with detoxing (meaning: I buy lots of books and read about it while drinking wine).

I went after work last week, prickling with anticipation. Not only was I getting a peek at the brand-spanking-new spa, I was also guinea-pigging the Pure Himalayan Salt Therapy treatment. And I had just started a detox diet that pretty much consists of eating only lettuce and pea-rice protein shakes for three weeks. My body would soon be a temple of holistic nontoxic health. I could practically feel myself turning into Gwyneth Paltrow.

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Market Report: This is the Best Foundation You Can Buy at a Drugstore

  • MR16Using a scientific algorithm that combs through editor’s picks, expert recs, consumer reviews and bestseller lists, the best drugstore foundation is … L’Oreal True Match. See the other nine picks here. [Rank & Style]
  • The 52 pieces that will get you noticed at Fashion Week. Including Moschino’s $85 iPhone phone case.  [The Cut]

Click here for the dumbest accessory that has ever been worn on a red carpet.

I Tried It: The Hairspray That Promises to Cover My Grey Hair

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Can a spray really get rid of grey?

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.

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Beauty Report: J.Crew is Launching Its First Fragrances on Monday

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J.Crew’s first fragrances come in gorgeous packaging.

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.

See the details here.

Here’s Where to Get Awesome Organic Beauty Treatments in Philly

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Say spa-aah—organically.

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.
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Market Report: Are Bee Venom Beauty Products the New Botox?

  • These are the Best Black Tights EverYep, 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]

 

Victoria Beckham is selling more than 600 items in her closet next week!

Market Report: 12 Best Anti-Aging Products Under $25

  • MR7Here 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]

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Field Guide: 5 Awesome Local Beauty Stores (That Aren’t Sephora)

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Moko in Old City. | Photo via Moko.

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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.

Bluemercury
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.
Go here for:
1701 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse; 3603 Walnut Street, University City; 42 St. James Place, Suburban Square, Ardmore; 100 East Lancaster Avenue, Wayne; bluemercury.com.

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I Tried It: Eyelashing Tinting at Laurentius Salon

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Long, lush lashes — without makeup? | Shutterstock

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.

See the results here.

Market Report: They are Making Nail Polish Out of What?!?

  • MR19Alexa 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]
  • Steal this look: high-waisted jeans + a skinny belt. [Madewell]

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