4 Reasons Your Brows Are All Wrong (and How to Fix Them)


Clear eyes, fierce brows, can’t lose. | Shutterstock.

Forget strobing, contouring, and snail mucus masking  –  the only beauty trend you need to be paying attention to is brows. Big, bold, shapely eyebrows are the new cat eye/red lip/any other classic look you can imagine. Here’s why: Unlike those other looks, you can rock a well-groomed brow every single day with minimal effort. We won’t say you heard it here first, but let this be the final time you walk out of the house looking sparse: tadpole arches are dead and gone; strong brows are here to stay (amen). If you want to feel important, bossy, and in control, a bold brow is your quickest option. Read on to see how you can rock the look like a pro.

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4 Philly Mag Staffers Reveal Their Major Hair Transformations (Plus Where They Got Them!)


Our fearless four. | Photo by Lauren McGrath.

Lately, I’ve noticed something around the halls here at Philly Mag. Staffers — lots of them — made some huge hair changes over the summer. Women with long, long hair suddenly went short, and most did it with little to no fanfare: one day, shoulder- or waist-grazing locks; the next, bobs, lobs and bangs. Four staffers, though, stand out for the biggest, boldest changes this season, and (spoiler) each of them look fantastic. Check out their before-and-afters below, find out where they went, and get inspired to change up your ‘do for fall. After all, as one newly shorn staffer said, “It’s just hair!”  Read more »

Market Report: How to Remove Lipstick Stains From Everything


Great on lips; bad on clothing. | Shutterstock.

  • It’s just about time to break out the fall lip colors, but this season you don’t have to worry about vampy burgundy stains ruining your clothing thanks to this guide to removing lipstick from anything (including your lips  –  we know the struggle). [Into The Gloss]
  • No idea what to wear to that August backyard wedding? Check out this cheat sheet for decoding dress code jargon and never be underdressed again. [Purewow]

  • After a few slumpy quarters, Urban Outfitters is reporting record sales despite backlash from minority groups. The interesting part? This is all thanks to Free People. (See more on that below.) [BizPhilly]

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Um, Should You Be Seeing a Dermatologist For That?


Be good to your face – you only get one. | Shutterstock

The business of skincare is filled with people telling you what to do with your face, but since the FDA does not regulate cosmetics (and skincare falls under cosmetics) how do you know if your products are safe  –  or even working, for that matter? Navigating the aisles of creams, serums, cleansers, oils, masks and peels — all of which promise youth and radiance — can be scary and overwhelming. That’s why when there’s an issue with your skin, it’s good to turn to the pros: dermatologists and aestheticians. Confused about who to see when? We’ve got you covered. Read more »

An Ode to the Valentino Dress I Will Always Love But Never Own


At least once a week, I send my colleague Carrie a link to some very expensive clothing item or accessory over Slack, our intra-office messaging system, with a brief but friendly note: “I would kill you for this.”

She does the same, but usually her message is: “Can I have this, please?” To which I respond, simply, “No.” Because the things we love — the things that actually shoot a stab of longing through our hearts, one I swear is almost painful — are different-stratosphere expensive. Take, for instance, this Valentino dress from spring/summer 2015. Glorious, no? I am drawn to it, I think, because it’s an elegant, grown-up spin on the bohemian maxi dress. It’s not quite as Cinderella-like as, say, this one, which is why I fancy it a more practical purchase. It’s something I’d wear to a nighttime wedding. Or maybe a ball!

But I’ve long given up on this dress — even forgotten about it (self-preservation!) — because it probably costs around $10,000. (While I can’t find an exact price, I assume it’s more expensive than this version, which runs $7,990.) And then an odd string of morning web skimming led me to Nasty Gal, which led me to thisRead more »

Market Report: The Secret Cutthroat Culture at Amazon

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Amazon: “Where overachievers go to feel bad about themselves.” | Shutterstock.

  • “That’s when the ulcer started.” Lunchtime must-read: a scary look inside the punishingly addictive work environment at global megacorp Amazon. [New York Times]
  • Restore your faith in serendipity with this story of how a 14-year-old girl from Tel Aviv became the face of Dior basically overnight. Also: Apparently modeling experience is not a prerequisite to open at Paris fashion week. [Washington Post]

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Here Is One More Reason I Hate Those Hervé Léger Bandage Dresses


No, no, no and no. | Shutterstock.com Everett Collection.

It’s no secret that I reserve a special place in the blackest part of my heart (where I stow away hatred for things like olives, cilantro and John Mayer) for Hervé Léger bandage dresses. It doesn’t matter how fantastic the body is beneath those seatbelt-like strips of fabric, how beautiful the wearer, how the dress is styled. I think even Kate Middleton, of the shiny princess hair, classic beauty and smart-looking wrap dresses, would look like an over-tanned, cheesy Real Housewife in one of these dresses. And she’s a duchess.

Now, finally, I feel vindicated in my hatred, as it’s come out that the (now former) UK director of Hervé Léger, Patrick Couderc, would actually prefer that many of the women who wear the second-skin dresses, well, don’t. In a recent interview, Couderc told the Daily Mail that the following women should not wear bandage dresses:  Read more »

The 8 Items You Need from Zara’s Fall Collection


Your recipe for seventies dreamboat style. | Images via Zara.

While we’d love to be the sort of shopper who upgrades her fall wardrobe by thumbing through lookbooks and reviewing iPad pics taken runway-side, we’re (sigh) not that kind of girl. So while we ogled the seventies-cool looks at Altuzarra, Chloé, Zimmermann and Burberry, we also knew that our love would go unrequited — until Zara swooped in with its own iterations. And now those iterations are here.

Zara’s newly released fall collection  includes everything shearling, wide-legged, embroidered and billowing that you could ever want. Here’s how to shop it: Resist the urge to buy in bulk. You want to use these wallet-friendly options to inject hints of the trend into your wardrobe, not look like a walking Zara ad. We’ve boiled the collection down to the eight top buys. Pick a few, sprinkle them throughout your outfits and enjoy looking like a ’70s dream this fall.  Read more »

A Guide to All the Stores Coming to Philly This Fall


Skirt, Rikumo and Bloomingdale’s. | Images via Skirt, Jauhien Sasnou and Shutterstock.

If August has felt a bit sleepy, it’s because the city is ramping up for what’s looking to be a jam-packed fall. There’s the Pope in September. The Eagles season opener on September 14th.  And the Dalai Lama in October. But the buzz isn’t limited to major visitors and football. Our city’s retail scene is also shaking up this fall, thanks to a flock of new stores coming to town. Here’s a handy preview of the shops you’ll soon see in Philly, and when to expect them. Consider it the city’s new class of taste-makers.  Read more »

Psst: Shoppist Is Looking for Interns!


Why sip your morning coffee in your dorm room when you can sip it at Shoppist? | Shutterstock.

Attention, Philly college students: We’re looking for smart, motivated, style-obsessed interns for the fall semester. Here’s the deal: You’ll be working with the lifestyle team to research, pitch, fact-check and write online content for Shoppist, and you’ll have the opportunity to work closely with our editorial staff (we’re pretty great). Oh, and sometimes you’ll have to go shopping and try out new beauty treatments. (Sigh.)

Interested? Keep reading.  Read more »

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