Shop Talk: How to Prevent Crazy Tan Lines

  • Nowadays bathing suits are out of control. Straps are placed everywhere but your shoulders and strategically designed cutouts pretty much guarantee the worst tan lines ever. In order to avoid looking like a zapped zebra, check out these tips on how to fix and prevent awful tan lines. Hint: Bronze all over with self-tanner at night to fill in any pale spots. [Vogue]
  • The fashion world lost an icon, Bill Cunningham, over the weekend. He was a pioneer in street style photography and made his life’s work documenting realtime fashion on the streets of New York. His discerning eye and humble demeanor will surely be missed. Here are 15 reasons he will always be in our hearts. [Bustle]

Plus, the best beauty secrets on Reddit>

Hate to Say It, But Gel Manicures Are Actually Really Bad for You

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Beware the beautiful yet harmful gel manicure. | iStock/Kristina Jovanovic.

I can hear the pitchforked, gel-crazed riots already: “But gel lasts so much longer!” and “You don’t know anything about nails!” etc. Yes, gel manis do last longer than a classic polish. And no, a classic polish can’t compete with gel’s instant drying allure. But the last gel mani I got is the last gel mani I’ll ever get, thanks to seven (count ’em, seven!) nails breaking off painfully low, and all ten feeling paper-thin after “safely” removing the gel. Not to mention, while I was baking my fingertips under the UV light, the skin underneath my nails felt like it was boiling. Turns out, gel manicures are bad for you, straight up. I chatted with a dermatologist and some Philly salon owners about the safety concerns gel manicures raise, and why they really aren’t worth it in the long run. Read more »

The Best Beauty Oils for Every Skin Type (and No, Coconut Oil Isn’t One of Them)

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Image via Wilde Gatherings.

From cleansers to serums to hair masks, beauty oils are having a big moment right now. Consider them the nutrient-packed superfood of nature with a side of aromatherapy benefits to boot. Mix ‘em into your skincare routine before bed for an extra boost or use to spot-treat common skin issues the all-natural way. We caught up with Kelley Hughes of Parlour in Fishtown and owner of just-launched skincare line Wilde Gatherings to hear her shortlist of go-to beauty oils. They’re vitamin-packed, easy to find, and oh-so-good for your skin, so start ramping up your skincare routine right now. (Insider tip: You can make your own beauty oil blends by picking up these oils at your nearest Whole Foods or health food store.) Read more »

Shop Talk: See the Best in Philly Street Style From the Roots Picnic

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Janelle Monaé at 2014 Roots Picnic | Joe McGee for Phillymag.com

  • Thousands of R&B fans flocked to Festival Pier last weekend as The Roots Picnic swept through town. As usual, stylish Philadelphians showed out in droves, and NY Mag put together a slideshow of the best street style at this year’s Roots Picnic. [The Cut]
  • In a perfect world, you’d be able to show up to work in a velour sweatsuit and house slippers. However, the next best (and kind of socially acceptable) option is leggings. Here’s how to pull off wearing leggings to work. Tip: try pairing them with a menswear-inspired blazer for a totally morning-meeting-appropriate look. [Pop Sugar]

Plus, the dirtiest items in your makeup bag.

The 4-Hour Spa Treatment That Made Me Cry

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Planet cards and palm readings. | Images via Lush.

You don’t have to ask me twice to try out a spa treatment — especially when said spa treatment is a four-hour, spiritually-focused, astronomical journey into next-level relaxation. I had the fortune of being one of the first to try out The Planets treatment at Lush Spa, set to roll out to the public later this month. Inspired by stargazing and Gustav Holst’s classical piece ‘The Planets’, the treatment took years to develop.

The premise of the treatment is a little fluffy — time is a continuum, there are untapped galaxies within all of us, and that we need to address the past, present and future to take control of our universe — but I totally bought in, delved deep, and walked away from Lush a new woman. Here’s how the four-hour, $495 treatment went down: Read more »

3 Sunburn Remedies You Can Make in the Kitchen

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lindwa/iStock.

So you laid out on the beach all day to try and bring some life back into those translucently pale legs, but only managed to go from white to 50 shades of lobster — we feel your pain. While prevention is the ultimate way to protect your skin, sometimes burns happen. If you want an all-natural remedy to soothe your sunburned skin, you probably already have everything you need in your kitchen. We chatted with Chrissy Dress, medical esthetician at Kaaya Med Spa, to find out three sunburn remedies that have been passed down through her family for generations.  Read more »

Shop Talk: 8 Vintage Shopping Secrets for People Who Hate Vintage Shopping

Vintage shopping secrets for your best thrift store haul ever. | Armin Staudt/iStock.

  • Intimated by thrift stores? Overwhelmed by consignment shops? These eight vintage shopping secrets help you nail down a strategy (look in the menswear section and always check out the t-shirts), so you can find the best of the best in under five minutes. [The Coveteur]
  • Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 2 footwear collection launches today. If you have several hundred dollars lying around (or if you feel like missing a car payment), check out his wares, which include his first foray into women’s shoes. Kim must be so proud. [Vogue]

Plus, how to reinforce your ripped jeans

How to Make Your Blowout Last Longer: Drybar Founder Spills Her Secrets

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Alli Webb at Drybar Center City’s grand opening today. | Photo by Lauren McGrath.

There are few things that can instantly improve your confidence and outlook on life as drastically as a good blowout. No one knows the power of this better than Alli Webb, founder of Drybar, one of the original blowout bar concepts that now boasts 61 locations across the US and Canada, thanks to the Philly location’s grand opening today. “It’s amazing how good you feel when your hair looks good,” says Webb. “It’s not about vanity; it’s about confidence — that’s the armor we give women.” Having just received a fantastic (and super fun!) blowout at Drybar Center City today, I can certainly attest. I mean, after an hour of getting pampered while good music is bumping and Devil Wears Prada is playing onscreen, it’s hard to not walk out feeling like a new woman.

That being said, too often we miss out on some quality, post-blowout hair because we don’t know how to care for it properly. Webb shared her insider secrets on how to make your blowout last longer, so you can have more good hair days in a row after the salon. Who knows? Maybe you could become one of those women who doesn’t even own shampoo and just goes to Drybar twice a month because your blowout lasts that long. Read more »

I Tried It: Is Sugaring Really Better Than a Traditional Bikini Wax?

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Image via Green City Beauty.

For most people, getting a bikini wax for the first time is somewhat traumatic. Mine? Straight-up horrific. The scene of the crime: My friend’s dorm room. The offender: A well-meaning-but-most-likely-fresh-out-of-school esthetician. The method: Sugaring, an ancient hair-removal process. I’ll spare you the dirty details, and just say I wound up crying and begging her to stop halfway through.

Yeah, not good.

So when the powers that be at Philly Mag asked if I would give sugaring another go, I was hesitant. In the four years since my first sugaring experience, I’ve gotten regular Brazilians, but I’ve avoided sugaring like the plague — that is, until last week. Read more »

I Tried It: The Eyebrow Shaping Treatment That Costs $600

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Going under the blade for good brows. | iStockphoto/Jacob Wackerhausen.

It’s very easy for most women to justify absurd beauty and fashion purchases. We practically have our master’s degrees in it. That stupidly expensive midi dress? “It can be dressed up or dressed down. I’ll basically live in it this summer!” That insanely pricey lotion? “I only have to use the tiniest amount, so it’s actually a good value in the end!” And the eyebrow treatment I just got that cost more than a car payment? “It’s gonna save me minutes every morning, for years, and that is priceless!”

But, in the end, was it actually worth it?

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