Eyelash Extensions Are Taking Over Philly Right Now


Mega-fringe. | Shutterstock.

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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What Happens When a Non-Makeup Wearer and a Makeup Diva Swap Routines


A medley of befores and afters. | Photos by Lauren McGrath.

In our office, there are two sets of women: Those who wear makeup every single day, and those who don’t ever wear a stitch. I happen to fall into the former group – full face, every day – and our copyeditor, Rachel Chernaskey (she of the impossibly high cheekbones and poreless skin), sits strictly in the latter. What would happen, I wondered, if we switched cosmetic routines for a day? Surely, the world would spin off its axis; our coworkers would look at my ruddy chin and un-lined eyelids and I’d immediately be fired; Rachel would be spotted on the street and become the next Kendall Jenner.

After some pleading with Rachel and personal soul-searching (could I really post a makeup-free photo on the blog for all to see?), we shook on it: I’d go sans makeup; Rachel would let our assistant lifestyle editor (and talented makeup artist in her own right) Lauren McGrath apply a full face. We’d wear our new looks around for one full work day and see who noticed, who commented, who turned away in horror, and how it felt to trade faces. Turns out, not at all like we expected.   Read more »

Shop Talk: Yet Another Reason to Stop Wearing Heels

Pump Bump

Beauty is pain. | taniavolobueva / Shutterstock.com

  • As if you weren’t convinced by our sneaker post, here’s another reason to give your feet a break once in a while: pump bump, an inflammation of the back of the heel that can stem from wearing closed-toe heels. Eek. [Byrdie]

VIDEO: 8 Bearded Philly Men on Why It’s Awesome to Not Shave

For those who needlessly bash our city’s sweats-and-jersey style legacy, let me direct you to the video above. Produced by Visit Philadelphia and Philly 360°, the quick segment features eight of the most outrageously stylish guys in the city, including Curran J, founder of lifestyle brand Kings Rule Together; Erik Honesty, owner of Cultured Couture Vintage in Old City; jazz-funk composer Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and more.  Read more »

8 Most Beautiful Women in Philadelphia History


A bevy of beauties. | Images via Wiki Commons and Flickr. 

Today would have been the 86th birthday of the remarkably beautiful Princess Grace of Monaco, born, of course, Grace Kelly, right here in our town. Philly may not be Paris or New York City, but by gum, it’s done all right by itself in the looks department. South Philly in particular has been a hotbed of hotness, producing several world-class beauties. Here, from Colonial times to the Roaring ’20s to the decadent ’70s to now, are some of the loveliest women ever to call this city home.  Read more »

Shop Talk: Why You Should Never Dry Your Hair With a Towel

Woman with towel

The terry towel rough dry might be damaging your hair. | Shutterstock.

  • Ready to have your showering routine turned upside down? Turns out, drying wet hair with a regular towel can lead to dry and frizzy hair. According to a celeb hairstylist, wringing out soaking strands with a cotton or terry towel can weaken the hair shaft and lead to breakage. Instead, she recommends using a t-shirt or microfiber towel to absorb moisture. [Huffington Post]
  • The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show takes place tomorrow (though it doesn’t air until December 8th). Here’s what goes on behind the scenes of the fittings. [Vogue]

Next: How to turn an IKEA changing table into a gorgeous bar cart.

Shop Talk: The Mall Store You Should Start Reconsidering

Ann Taylor Spring

Yes, this is Ann Taylor. | Images via Ann Taylor.

  • Remember when Banana Republic got a new creative director and suddenly turned from mecca of Job Interview Outfits to OMG-I’d-actually-wear-this-out? Well, another mall stalwart is following suit. Meet the new (and shockingly cool) Ann Taylor. [The Zoe Report]
  • Kate Spade is launching a new company called Frances Valentine, a shoe and handbag line that’ll launch in the spring. It’s described as having a “wholesome but quirky, colorful Americana to the look, though everything is produced in Spain and Italy … putting the price points slightly higher than the Kate Spade of yore.” [WWD]

Next: Let Gwyneth Paltrow sell you a $200 bobby pin!

Shop Talk: The Cure for Chapped Lips is Already in Your Kitchen (No, It’s Not Coconut Oil)


Hydrate those lips! | Shutterstock.

  • Got forever-dry lips that basically rule out all hopes of rocking a vampy fall lipstick? Fear not, because the one-step solution to curing chapped lips is probably already in your kitchen: a tea bag. Next time you’re enjoying a hot cuppa, press the soaked tea bag to your lips and let the tannins soothe your soul (and mouth). [PureWow]
  • We all have that friend who always smells amazing. Yet, no matter how many spritzes of perfume we do in the morning, our scent seems to fade within the hour. Well, here are the ten things that people who always smell good do – follow these steps, and you’ll be “that friend” soon enough. [Refinery29]
  • Here’s how to subtly switch up your look every day: Study up on the four places to apply blush on your face to create four very different makeup moods. If you’re rolling your eyes reading this because it’s blush and duh, you just swirl it on the apple of your cheeks because that’s where blush is “supposed to go”, you’re exactly the person could benefit from this breakdown. (It’s true.) [Marie Claire]

Plus, a look inside Reese Witherspoon’s new store

Shop Talk: The Horrifying Reason You Need to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

  • Real life horror movie: Staph, E. coli, strep (oh my!) could all be growing in your beauty products at home, and are definitely alive and present in department store samples. Here’s the moral of the story – stay away from testers. As for your own products, wash your hands before using them, keep your fingers out of any jars, throw away old products, and clean those makeup brushes. Otherwise, you could be contaminating your face and eyes with all kinds of nastiness. [Into The Gloss]
  • The fake-it-‘til-you-make-it philosophy will get you everywhere in life – just follow these tips from a body language expert on how to appear more confident. Simply relax the tension in your face, stand up straight, and smile your way through that next job interview, class presentation or date. No one will know you’re secretly dying on the inside. [Byrdie]
  • Speaking of body language, we all know we shouldn’t be lugging around as much crap in our bags as we do. Here’s one woman’s journey from a ten-pound tote to a mini purse, and how she downsized all her crap. (Side note: See this post for clearing out the clutter in your life.) [Cosmopolitan]

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