The 5-Product Makeup Routine That’ll Get You Out the Door in 5 Minutes

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Run from the gym to the office with a fresh face in mere seconds. | Photography by Claudia Gavin.

In my constant quest to pare down the makeup kit I bring everywhere, I’ve gotten things down to a science – or as close to one as ever. While I always want to look put-together and professional, I simply don’t have the time in the mornings to apply a full face. (Hello, that’s what train rides are for.) I also don’t want to give myself scoliosis by lugging around my whole kit every morning. If necessity is the mother of invention, then laziness and SEPTA are my muses. I’ve perfected the five-minute, five-product makeup routine that leaves me looking fresh, awake, and ready to tackle the day. Here’s how >>

Ditch EOS for Good With These 10 Fantastic Lip Balms


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In case you haven’t heard, several people are suing EOS Lip Balm on the grounds that it made their chapped lips worse (best-case scenario), even causing blistering, bleeding, and cracking (worst-case scenario). Jezebel also reports multiple complaints about mold growing inside the egg-shaped capsule. Gross.

To shake that squeamish feeling we’ve suddenly come down with, we found some awesome alternatives that will leave your lips moisturized, nourished and mold-free. (Sorry.) These products range from all-natural at-home remedies to imported splurge-worthy products. While some may not come in the prettiest of packaging, they are the products we turn to when we need our lips cured STAT.  Find your new favorite.

How to Banish Dry, Scaly Winter Skin


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We’re barely two weeks into our new normal – freezing, winter-like temps – and already we’re noticing the telltale signs of cold weather: dry, flaky, scaly skin. While lotions and moisturizers can help, sometimes you need to bring in the big guns and hie yourself to a spa and the hands of a seasoned skin pro.

We’ve sleuthed out five of Philly’s best treatments for winter’s dry skin, all of which will bring some life and moisture into even the dullest, flakiest skin. Get one now before winter really wreaks its havoc, and you’ll be dewy ’til spring. (Or at least until it snows.)  Read more »

Beauty News to Know: Sephora Opens in Suburban Square Next Week


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Makeup and skincare addicts living out on the Main Line have something exciting to look forward to at the start of this new year: National beauty emporium Sephora is opening up a freestanding store in the Suburban Square shopping plaza on January 15th. One word: Finally.

The bright, spacious 7,045-square-foot location will be nestled in St. Georges Place amidst other long-time retailers including Eileen Fisher and luxe skincare boutique Bluemercury. An insider tip: If you’ve got a birthday this winter, become a Beauty Insider and pick up a freebie gift from the new location within two weeks of your birthday.  Read more »

Party’s Over: 5 Detoxifying Beauty Treatments to Start 2016 Right

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Party’s over. Time to detox. | Shutterstock.

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.
Rejuvenate here.

3 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Makeup Look from Day to Night

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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 »

Two At-Home Gel Manis That Will Make You Ditch the Salon for Good


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 »

Eyelash Extensions Are Taking Over Philly Right Now


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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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