Market Report: 10 Genius Makeup Tricks for Women Over 40


Tricks of the trade. | Shutterstock.

  • Thinning eyebrows, lip lines, sun damage. Camouflage the telltale signs of aging with these expert makeup tricks for women over 40. [Prevention]
  • The latest actor to catch the designer bug? Mark Wahlberg. The Ted actor is creating a limited-edition line of apparel with Indian Motorcycle. [WWD]
  • Hallmark just revived a series of old greeting cards — some dating back to the 1920s — and turned them into adorable e-cards. We’ve already sent one to everyone in our contact list. [Hallmark]

Next: Your 9-to-5 office job is really bad for your skin.

Secret Beauty Freebie Alert: Free Brow Shaping

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Image via Shutterstock

We just got word of an amazing beauty freebie to scoop up in Philly this month, and we’re here to give you the details.

Deneen Marcel Lashes – a lash extension salon located at 525 South 4th Street – has just opened their very own Brow Bar where clients go to tame those unruly eyebrows.

The Deal: Now through March 30th, new clients can receive a complimentary brow shaping at the brand-new Brow Bar. All you have to do to score this amazing deal is call ahead to make an appointment. What’s not to like? This saves you $25 and you walk away with great brows.  Details here.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Your Pajamas at Moko on Saturday

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Image via Shutterstock

As the old proverb goes: “Brunch is good, but champagne, dim sum, blow-outs and facials are better.” Just kidding, that’s my proverb, but it doesn’t make it any less true. Tomorrow February 14, stop by Old City’s Moko for Valentine’s Day beauty packages, a champagne elixir and rose facial and all-around girly fun. The best part? If you wear your pajamas, you’ll receive 10 percent off your services that day. That’s right, it’s totally appropriate—nay, encouraged—to wear cozy loungewear and get pampered tomorrow. Who needs dinner and a movie? Read more »

Salon Etiquette: What to Do if You Hate Your New Haircut

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We’ve all been there: sitting in the salon chair with a brand-new cut and color you hate, wondering — after the hours and money you’ve spent on it — how to fix the situation while sparing the stylist’s feelings and hard work. Awkward.

According to a Byrdie article on salon etiquette, there are a few things you can do: Speak up, go back later, go somewhere else, or try your own hand at a solution. All viable options, sure, but we wanted to see what Philly experts had to say, so we went straight to the source.

Learn how to say your new do is really a don’t.

We Tried It: The Valentine’s Mani That You’ll Fall in Love With

My attempt at the mani on the right | Image via Cosmopolitan

My attempt at the mani on the right. | Left image via Cosmopolitan.

Earlier this week, we told you about this adorable kiss-mark manicure to try for Valentine’s Day. It was so cute, I just had to go home and try it out for myself. I was skeptical at first because we’ve all seen the nail tutorials that deem themselves “easy to try at home,” only to leave us with nail polish on every surface of our hand but the nail and a “design” that looks like something straight out of a swamp. But to my surprise, this love-themed mani was as easy as it is adorable. It took about thirty minutes, and I was able to do it without all of the fancy nail art tools.

Find out how I made kiss marks with household items.

Market Report: 12 Ways to Break Out of Your Beauty Rut


  • The same old red lip, smoky eye, black mascara, basic manicure. Here are outside-the-box ways to break out of your beauty rut, starting with that eyeliner you always wear. [Refinery 29]
  • Unexpected retail news: Macy’s bought beauty chain Bluemercury, which means you’ll be soon be able to buy its products — and maybe even get its spa services! — at the department store. [New York Times]
  • Have an extra $100,000 lying around? Why not buy the killer necklace Beyoncé wore for her Grammys performance? [Elle]

Don’t Miss: The adorable mani you need to rock this Valentine’s Day.

We Tried It: Can a Fat Laser Actually Get Rid of Flabby Arms?


My poor arm post-treatment.

I don’t remember exactly when it was that I started hating my arms, but it’s been at least two decades. My wrists are okay. They are small and delicate, and bracelets hang off of them quite nicely. I’d even say I’m fine with my forearms. It’s the upper arm that’s a problem, the jiggly mess that stretches from my elbow to my shoulder.

Many women are uncomfortable with their upper arms. This is why the stilted hand-on-hip pose was invented in the first place, to fake upper-arm definition. Millions of women are photographed standing like stupid teacups just to disguise their arm flab. Surely there is a better, less awkward way?

Enter: The Fat Laser.

Read more.

The Amazing At-Home Alternative To a Gel Manicure


maniFull disclosure: I am not on the gel manicure bandwagon. But before you summon the lynch mob, hear me out: It’s not that I’m not enticed by the prospect of a hard-as-nails, two-week mani—believe me, I am. I’m simply irked by tinfoil-wrapped nails, the obligatory soak to remove the polish and the $30-a-pop price tag.

However, as someone who nearly always has her nails painted and is a regular user of base coats, top coats and the like, an at-home mani that lasted longer than five days without chipping continued to elude me despite my best efforts. That is, until my lovely mother, a reformed salon devotee, gifted me Sephora’s Formula X System for Christmas, a set she swore rivaled any salon manicure. Turns out, she was irrefutably correct; when you use the polishes altogether, you get a super-affordable and long-lasting alternative to pricey gel versions. Call me a convert.

These polishes are a game changer.

5 Holiday Beauty Treatments You Need To Try

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Looks pretty good, right? | Photo by Shutterstock.

After all that holiday shopping, it’s time to do a little indulging for yourself. Here, five luxurious holiday beauty treatments that pack in all the scents of the season, from chocolate and peppermint to frankincense and sweet orange. Bonus: They all ring in under $100, so if there’s someone on your gift list that’s leaving you stumped, buy them a gift card for one of these sweet services.

To read about all five services, click here.

Beauty Secrets From a Philly Prison (Really!)


Female inmates create “fakeup.” | Orange Is The New Black.

An interesting story popped up over on Refinery29 the other day. It was a piece that originally appeared on The Marshall Project, a newly launched nonprofit news site that focuses on the American criminal justice system, and it detailed the crazily resourceful ways female inmates create makeup products (or “fakeup”) behind bars.

According to The Marshall Project, federal jails offer products like liquid eyeliner, bronzer and lip gloss (who knew prisons were like mini Sephoras?), but most state and county prisons only dole out things like mascara and eyeliner. So women get crafty, melting down Jolly Ranchers to use as hair gel, crushing up colored pencils for eye shadow and even mixing coffee and face cream for foundation.

More tricks ahead.

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