Best of Philly: Kardashian-Grade Beauty Treatments

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Illustrations by Mario Zucca for Philadelphia Magazine.

Best of Philly 2016 is now online as well as at newsstands. Check out the best in home services as well as the rest of the best in food, drink, shopping, beauty, health, fitness, fun and games.

Ladies and gents, we’ve already addressed that things have gotten a little out of control when it comes to our beauty regimens — there’s no denying the trend. But there’s also no shame in an amped-up primping game, and luckily Philly’s got some top-notch locales to get the job done. From lasers to microblades to space-age zappers, here’s the latest and greatest treatments for the beauty-obsessed. Read more »

How to Maintain Vibrant, Jewel-Toned Hair

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Images via Tumblr, Pinterest and Toya’s Tales.

Whether you heard it here first or not, jewel-toned hair has officially replaced pastels in the fashion color realm of tresses. We’re talking deep hunter green, mesmerizing sapphire, and metallics like rose gold, and silky bronze taking over where cotton-candy pinks once reigned supreme. While jewel-toned hair looks fabulous, it’s not exactly the easiest style to keep up. Between the color deposits on your shower drain and stained pillowcases (not to mention hair damage and constant salon visits), it’s a downright pain to maintain. However, there are certain measures you can take to make your jewel-toned hair stay vibrant—and your life much easier. American Mortals colorist Nikki Horne dishes her tricks of the trade for you to start copying now.   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 »

An (Actually) Honest Review of the Kylie Lip Kit and Gloss

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The three products tested. | Lauren McGrath.

Secret talent alert: I’m a low-key makeup artist, with years of experience glamming women up for weddings, proms and big events, and I’m always in search of the best products to use on my clients. All the mania surrounding Kylie Jenner’s debut cosmetics line definitely had me intrigued — and I wasn’t alone. Every restock since the first Kylie Lip Kit release back in November of last year has sold out lightening-fast; her latest product release earlier this week allegedly “broke Google” (and also leaked buyers’ personal information). People are so desperate to get their hands on the makeup,they’re even buying used lip kits on Ebay and Poshmark for two to three times the original price of $29. (First of all: What?! Secondly: Ew.) 

With the help of my gracious coworker Ginny, a proud owner of not one but three Kylie Cosmetics products, I volunteered as tribute to find out if all the hype around the Kylie makeup is actually founded. Here’s how a few days in the life of Kylie-lipped me went down (after I stopped rolling my eyes at her gloss reveal music video):
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Is Tortoiseshell Hair The New Ombré?

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After a long, long ride, ombré appears to be on its way outat least in its super-severe form. But like with any trend, there’s always something else waiting in the wings and it appears tortoiseshell hair is making a play for the hair color trend of 2015. The low-key color relies heavily on bayalage, blended tones and high gloss for super multidimensional look that skews darker at the roots and lighter on the bottom. But wait, you might ask: isn’t that just ombré? Well, it’s certainly reminiscent of the two-tone look, but it’s even more low maintenance and natural-looking than its predecessor. Also known by its French translation “ecaille,” the color looks best intentionally untidy.

For those smitten with the color we poked around local salons to find out whether the trend has permeated the Philly hair scene. Fingers crossed.

Click here to see what they said.

Market Report: Are Clothing Donation Bins a Scam?

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  • Turns out, not all clothing donation bins actually take the clothes where you think they do. And Jersey-based donation companies might be the worst offenders. [Refinery29]
  • Luxe online shopping destination Net-a-Porter launched a sporty spinoff today, cleverly called Net-a-Sporter. You know, if you ever wanted to buy a $300 golf dress. [Net-a-Porter]
  • The latest trend in makeup: collarbone contouring. Yes, you read that right. [Fashionista]

Up next: Blake Lively’s starting a fashion brand?

Apparently Philly Is a Hotspot for Vagina Beauty Treatments

Photo via My New Pink Button.

Photo via My New Pink Button.

Shoppists, I’m here to introduce you to labia makeup. Haven’t heard of it yet? The makeup—which has been around for some time but has just gotten more buzz of late—was created by My New Pink Button and it’s designed to “restore the youthful pink color back to your labia.” To think, here we were fretting about gray hairs when we really should have been worried about the color of our labias! In any case, the stain comes in four shades, each with sassy names weirdly reminiscent of your grandmother (think: “Bettie” and “Marilyn”, which is described as “good for beginners”). The Dye System Kit includes 20 disposable applicators, a mixing dish, labia colorant dye and an instructional guide. This is good: You don’t want to mess around down there, ladies.

The whole ‘labia makeup’ thing originally struck me as unnecessary, but as someone who’s read about women putting blush on their nipples to increase pink-ness (don’t ask), I started to think that maybe My New Pink Button was on to something. After all, vajazzling took over the world. Perhaps the beauty industry’s just been spending too much time thinking above the belt. So I ventured below it to sleuth out other questionable nether-region beauty treatments. The first thing I noticed? It seems Philly is a hotspot for vaginal beauty treatments. (Who knew?)

Keep reading. You know you’re curious.