After all that holiday shopping, it’s time to do a little indulging for yourself. Here, five luxurious holiday beauty treatments that pack in all the scents of the season, from chocolate and peppermint to frankincense and sweet orange. Bonus: They all ring in under $100, so if there’s someone on your gift list that’s leaving you stumped, buy them a gift card for one of these sweet services.
Like wearing red and green or a fair isle sweater, a festive manicure sends a message to the world that you are majorly psyched about holidays—like a female version of Buddy the Elf, or Clark Griswold, the traditional beacons of holiday festivity. Head to one of these Philly spas and salons (Rescue Spa, Lacquer Lounge, Polish Nail Lounge, and Mi Cumbia) and embrace the season with everything from understated emerald polish to a sparkling snowflake to a meticulous beaded Christmas tree. But hurry: Christmas is officially one week away.
‘Tis the season for manis! Before you go for the standard red, take a peek at what some of Philly’s most fabulous are sporting on their nails this season. From neutrals to vampy navy, their picks will definitely give you some inspiration before you sit in the salon chair.
- Here’s the beauty look to copy now—a gloriously smoky eye done with black liner and a bit of silver in the corners—just in time for holiday party season. [Glamour]
- How Crossfit is changing fashion: Startup apparel companies are beginning to make clothing for intense athletes and muscular women whose toned physiques are problematic to dress (ever had pants that gape at the waist but are tight on the thighs? Yeah). [Self]
Our discerning editors have culled the best-of-the-best gifts available in Philly. Each day until Christmas, we’ve reveal our 25 top gift picks to suit everyone on your list. Happy shopping!
This is for serious, Michelle Phan-stalking, Sephora-loving, Pat McGrath-adoring makeup obsessives. Ringing in at $500, the set is an investment, but a worthy one: It comes with 10 nail polishes and lipsticks, which span pale, wear-everyday neutrals to vampy darks. (And, if you do the math, it works out. Each lipstick costs $32, and the nail polish goes for $20, bringing the total worth to $520.)
- Yep, talking on your cell phone at the nail salon isn’t cool. And neither is asking for a thick French manicure or acrylic nails. [Byrdie]
- Dyed armpit hair is now a thing. [Huffington Post]
- That was fast: L.L. Bean is all sold out of winter boots. [Yahoo]
I love winter: snowy runs along the Schuylkill, ice-skating at Penn’s Landing, sledding at the Art Museum. Too bad my skin doesn’t agree.
“The cold air, low humidity and indoor-outdoor temperature extremes can wreak havoc on your skin,” says Naomi Fenlin, skin guru and owner of About Face Skin Care in Washington Square West.
Lucky for me (and you!), Fenlin has a battery of tricks up her sleeve. Consider this your road-map to the glowy, gorgeous skin you know is under there. Er, somewhere.
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- Beauty PSA: Stop following the smoky eye tutorials on YouTube. Everyone’s eye shape is different, so what looks great on one person can look like a raccoon-eyed mess on you. Here’s how to use an eyeshadow quad to get the most out of your peepers. [Into The Gloss]
- Traveling for Thanksgiving? Steal the style of these 10 girls who have their travel-style game on. (Number 9 is my fave.) [PopSugar]
- J.Crew’s creative director Jenna Lyons wore this to Solange Knowles’s wedding. It is by far the best outfit anyone has ever worn to a wedding in the history of time. [WhoWhatWear]
- The padded bra is officially a relic. Now you can get a saline injection that temporarily gives you a fuller chest (one doc calls them “vacation boobs”); breasts deflate in about 24 hours as your body absorbs the saline. [Shape]
- And now washing your face with plain old tap water isn’t good enough. People are swearing off the sink and only washing up with micellar water—a special blend of oil and water. Are they on to something? [Total Beauty]
Last week, I posed this question on our in-office messaging system, Slack: “What’s your favorite hand cream?” I thought the ladies of the office would chime in instantly, and from the male editors, I’d get crickets. Shocker: The guys here are serious when it comes to hand cream. (Almost as serious as they are about their beard oil.)
Here are the best salves, ointments, butters, balms, lotions and creams, as recommended by Philly Mag’s discerning editors. And proof that real men use hand moisturizer.