Why You Should Start Dry Brushing Your Body Every Morning

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Long-handled brush is crucial. | Shutterstock.

“Do you dry brush?”

This was what my sister asked me the other day, as casually as one might ask whether or not you floss. My eyes almost rolled out of my head. What are you supposed to brush? And when did “dry brush” become a verb? (Turns out, a few years ago, when Miranda Kerr mentioned that she did it.) The health benefits sounded too good to be true: lymphatic drainage, increased energy, immunity boost, firmer skin. Then my sister mentioned ‘cellulite breakup,’ and I was in. One trip to Rite Aid and a few days later, here’s what I discovered. Read more »

Market Report: The Most Regrettable Purchase I Ever Made

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I wish I could take it all back … literally. | Shutterstock.

  • Thinking of splurging on some insane jacket to commemorate your latest travels? You might want to reconsider after you read this: 10 women share their most regrettable purchases. [Refinery29]
  • The latest ‘trend’ we cannot believe is becoming a thing: wearing plastic shopping bags (and nothing else). [Daily Mail]

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How to Get Rid of Post-Summer Sun Damage (Hello, Sunspots!)

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When freckles suddenly start forming clusters, it’s time to take action. | Shutterstock.

So you ignored all of our warnings and spent half the summer frying your skin at the shore, or you took our advice and slathered on the SPF only to find dark spots mysteriously appearing all over your body. We get it. Sun happens, which is why we reached out to Philly’s skin experts to find the very best remedies for sun-damaged skin. From laser treatments to diet changes, here’s what we found.  Read more »

Market Report: These 5 Beauty Mistakes Seriously Age You

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How to look forever young. (Or at least not older than you are.) | Shutterstock.

  • Fact: The beauty rules you’ve been following (like dabbing blush on the apples of your cheeks) could be making you look older than you really are. These side-by-side pics show the huge difference that just a few simple makeup application changes can make. Tip: Lay off the harsh contouring and shimmery lipstick! [Marie Claire]
  • Remember when Marc Jacobs accidentally posted a sext to Instagram? (Awkward.) Well, he’s now turning the whole gaffe into a fashion moment: T-shirts depicting the accidental post’s caption (“It’s yours to try!” — which referred to his bare bum) will be for sale starting September 1st. Lemons into lemonade, indeed. [Complex]
  • A Michigan man is offering up a pair of Adidas Yeezy Boosts in exchange for … a kidney. According to the man’s Facebook post, he has two failing kidneys and has been on dialysis for two years. Oh, and he’s a size 10. [Sole Collector]

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Hallelujah! We Have Pope Soap!

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Holy soap. | Photo by Claudia Gavin.

We all knew it was going to happen sooner or later, and now it finally has: pope soap. But these bars are special. They’re handmade by Midtown Village soapmakers Duross & Langel …. from holy water. The soaps — which feature the likenesses of Pope Francis, Mary, and Jesus, Mary and Joseph — will be available by September 11th, and they’ll retail for $7.50 each.  Read more »

We Tried It: Primp & Play, Philly’s New Kid-Friendly Spa

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Your new favorite relaxation spot. | Image via Primp & Play.

This post originally appeared on Wee Wander, a website dedicated to helping parents navigate Philadelphia.

I couldn’t help but have a knee-jerk reaction to the news that a new kid-friendly spa was opening in Philly. I can’t quite pinpoint what didn’t sit right, but it had something to do with sending the wrong message to little (very little) girls and boys about external beauty … and maybe also a little something to do with Honey Boo Boo. But then I actually read the press release and found myself getting excited because this wasn’t shaping up to be your typical Toddlers and Tiaras type of place. And my recent visit confirmed just that.  Read more »

WTF Beauty: Why Is This New Tarantula Lash Trend a Thing?

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Nope, not even close. | Images via Rafsy and Maybelline.

Lashes are everything  – that’s, like, rule #1 of makeup. A good coat of mascara makes the eyes look bigger, draws attention to the most beautiful asset on your face, and has the power to make even the sleepiest chick look wide awake. Clear mascara was the first bit of makeup my teeny-bopper-self was allowed to wear (Mom’s ingenious placebo), and since then, my lashes have been the most important step in getting ready. Seriously, have you ever left the house with all of your makeup done only to forget your mascara? You feel like a naked mole rat the rest of the day, despite the fact that your face is 99 percent done. Even if I’m just running to the gym on an off day, I swipe on a coat or two to look a little more alive. Bottom line: I feel really strongly about lashes, which is why this new trend of intentionally clumpy mascara is making. My. Blood. Boil. Read more »

How to Trade In the Birchbox Items You Don’t Want

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Get excited again for your monthly goodies. | Image via Vasanti.

Have you ever been so excited for your monthly Birchbox arrival, only to find that the products within it are completely irrelevant to your life? That St. Tropez Gradual Tan is a total dud if you’re already a bronzed goddess; so is that Juicy perfume you knew was so not your style after one sniff. Do we just lament the wasted product space and wonder what could have been? Not anymore, thanks to Mirror & Mantel Salon‘s most simple, genius solution of all time: a Birchbox swap basket.

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

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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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