Shop Talk: Here’s How Much Hair Product You Should Actually Be Using

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  • Ever wondered if you’re using way too much mousse? Too little? Have you ever accidentally gone overboard with the serum and had to leave the house with stringy, greasy hair? Same. Here’s a real breakdown of how much hair product you should be using according to your hair type — and it’s based on gummy candy sizes! [Pure Wow]
  • If you’re actually not feeling super refreshed and ready to take on the world this spring, you’re not alone. Try the old fake-it-til-you-make-it method with these 30 awesome outfits that will boost your confidence instantly. Because there’s gotta be a springtime version of Lana Del Rey’s summertime sadness. [Pop Sugar]

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United By Blue Has a Major Expansion Underway – and a Huge Warehouse Sale This Weekend

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If you don’t already know about United By Blue, Philly’s coolest eco-conscious coffee shop clothier launched by Temple U grad Brian Linton in 2010, here’s your chance to jump on the quickly growing #BlueMovement. This weekend only, United By Blue is hosting its biggest annual warehouse sale to date. Starting this Friday (We’re told this is the busiest day, so plan for a crowd), shop the flagship store in Old City for discounts of up to 90 percent on stylish graphic tees, soft woven hoodies, canvas bags and rustic accessories. We’re talking 3-for-the-price-of-1 deals on thousands of outdoor apparel items from past seasons and salesman samples—who can resist? Read more »

Um, This Is How Often You Should Really Be Washing Down There

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Here’s a terrifying newsflash: Memorial Day—as in the official start of bikini season—is just 18 days from today. If you’re like me, this realization is sending waves of dread throughout your body (totally normal reaction). If you’re looking to tighten and tone, I can’t help you, but this certainly can. However, if your main source of “Oh $%*#” stems from a bumpy bikini line, we’ve got you covered. 

You don’t need to avoid being in a bathing suit (like I somehow managed to pull off last summer) because of unsightly ingrown hairs. And, unlike what someone once told me, your only solution is not laser hair removal — you’re just not paying enough attention to your skin down there. Ashley Richardson, sugaring expert and founder of Green City Beauty, let us in on a little secret that just might save your bikini line. Read more »

The Most WTF Swimwear On the Market Right Now

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Nasty Gal, what happened? You’re usually so, so good. | Images via Nasty Gal. [1] [2] [3]

Hey swimwear designers, I’ve got one question for ya: WTF is going on? I’m seeing all kinds of cray cray styles happening right now, and “cool girls” are buying in. Is this a joke? Are we seriously wearing gigantic technicolored stars over our crotches and calling it cute? Please show me one body type in the universe that is flattered by bikini bottoms that cut the torso mid-gut, awkwardly short of high-waisted. What’s up with these high-necked tops, as if tan lines aren’t a thing that people experience in the sun? And please don’t get me started on that middle bikini pictured above, because if I try to sum up what I’m seeing here, I might actually get fired.

We present the most WTF swimwear out there right now. If you have an explanation, please comment. We are genuinely confused—and concernedRead more »

12 Celebrity Products We’re Embarrassed to Love

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You make it, we’ll buy it. | Images via iStock [1] [2] [3]

There are some people who become famous for their products (or infamous, like Doe Deere of Limecrime, or Chaz Dean of Wen). And then there are famous people who jump into the consumer goods world because, well, they can. Slap a famous name on something and people eat it up. Case in point: George Foreman grills. Would the world ever buy over 100 million units of oversized panini presses if not for the famous boxer? I’ll be over here trying to figure out that mystery while George Foreman lives the lavish life on your dollar.

My point is, sometimes we are all suckers for a celebrity product, whether it’s a mini grill or, say, the Kylie Jenner lip gloss I’m currently obsessed with. There’s something about a name brand that makes you say “Wait…I need that,” and celebs are well aware. Regardless of whether we’re being taken advantage of, we still buy celeb products (though we hate to admit it). Here are the celebrity products we’re embarrassed to love: Read more »

Urban Outfitters Just Tapped Local Designer for Exclusive Intimates Collection

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Bras for $49; Undies for $29; Bodysuit for $69. | Images via Urban Outfitters.

Want a good Cinderella story to ease your Monday blues? Maddie Flanigan is a South-Florida-native-turned-Philly-girl who runs all of the URBN brand blogs: Anthropologie, Free People, Urban Outfitters, Terrain and BHLDN. She’s a photographer, graphic designer and professional blogger—but that’s just her day job. On nights and weekends, she’s a master seamstress, crafting up the most gorgeous lingerie designs and hosting bra-making parties in her North Philly studio. Maddie turned her Urban Outfitters internship into a full-time dream gig, and her sewing hobby into an all-out lingerie collection that’s now available online and in over 50 Urban Outfitters stores. Read more »

Shop Talk: 7 Travel Beauty Secrets Flight Attendants Swear By

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How to mile-high rejuvenate. | iStockphoto.

  • While we love lusting after supermodel-grade travel beauty essentials, some of those items would eat up an entire paycheck. (Le sigh.) Fortunately, the pros who know the skies better than anyone have divulged their skincare-on-the-go secrets, and they don’t cost an arm and a leg. Here are seven ways to salvage your skin mid-flight. [Pop Sugar]
  • ICYMI, the Chanel resort wear show took place in Havana, Cuba last week. See all the looks from the historic show, and take a minute to marvel in Lagerfeld’s pure genius. [Vogue]

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9 Vendors You Can’t Miss at This Weekend’s Art Star Craft Bazaar

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Images via Cedar + Fawn and Vestige Home.

Still haven’t planned anything special for mom this weekend? Psst: You might want to get on it—Mother’s Day is Sunday, in case you live under a rock. Luckily for your ungrateful self, Art Star Craft Bazaar is happening this weekend rain or shine, so you can take mom shopping for all kinds of goodies. Bonus: If you’re feeling really lazy, just let her pick out her own gift there and buy her present on the spot. She’ll be so happy with her newest handmade purchase that she won’t have time to think about what an awful child she raised! (I’ll see you there.) Read more »

5 Best Places to Score Korean Beauty Products in Philly

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A sampling of K-beauty goods. | Photos via Instagram

I made the switch from American drugstore beauty products to South Korean ones in high school, and I can tell you, without exaggeration, that it changed my life. After being exposed to YouTube beauty vloggers like Bubzbeauty, and learning how to properly double-cleanse, my face went from pepperoni pizza to blemish-free in a matter of two weeks without putting a big dent in my weekly allowance.

I learned firsthand that the secret to great skincare undoubtedly comes from Korea. Don’t take my word for it, though — Korean beauty products are blowing up in the celebrity stratosphere right now. The good news is that you don’t have to be a jet-setting model to score some coveted products. Right here in Philly, you can pick up the very best in K-beauty, from your local mainstays to worth-the-trip Asian grocers. Read more »

This Is How Often You Should Really Be Washing Your Jeans

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Leave denim dirty? | iStock/Azahan Rosedy.

There are two camps of people: Those who wash their jeans, and those who don’t. It’s actually extremely divisive, like cilantro or Donald Trump. Non-washers claim that abstaining from the washing machine allows jeans to develop the best, most natural signs of wear and, in the case of raw denim, helps the jeans mold to your body to become a sort of second skin. Those who do wash say, well, ew.

The debate has been going on for some time; even Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh weighed in, urging buyers to stop washing their denim. Tommy Hilfiger agrees, and so do the folks at French clothing brand A.P.C., who have even gone so far as to include a ‘no-wash’ rule in the employee handbook. There are de-smell tricks, ones that denim heads swear by, and these range from the basic (spot clean) to the interesting (stick ’em in the freezer) to the weird (run into the ocean in them and then roll around in the sand to break them in!).  Read more »

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