Pubic Hair Oil, Daily Blowouts and Lash Extensions: How We Are All Losing Our Minds When It Comes to Beauty Rituals

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Illustration by Michele Melcher.

Something alarming is happening, and as with most things I find alarming or annoying, I blame Kim Kardashian. Lately, women—otherwise sane, relatively grounded women—have stopped washing their own hair.

It started out innocently enough with blowout bars, which nipped at the heels of our beauty scene in 2010. Women, quickly realizing that having someone wash and dry your hair for you is actually quite nice, began showing up more frequently. Date night? Sure! Big meeting? Why not? Yoga class? Okay! Now women parade around Whole Foods with glorious Beyoncé hair. In fact, according to Avi Shenkar, founder of Blo/Out blow-dry bar, women who get blowouts at least once a week now make up 75 percent of his client base.

And that was only the beginning. Read more »

If You Can Never Find Your Foundation Color, Sephora Is About to Solve All Your Problems

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Expert help at navigating the makeup aisle. | Images via black|Up.

For women of color, finding the perfect foundation shade can be a nearly impossible task. True, there’s long-time drugstore brands like Black Radiance and Black Opal, but most upscale lines just don’t offer a wide enough range of textures and colors suited specifically for darker skin tones. It’s not just everyday women who have to struggle — not too long ago, model Nykhor Paul claimed she had to bring her own makeup to runway shows because the backstage makeup artists weren’t supplied with the cosmetics to accommodate her skin color. One word: unacceptable.

Starting tomorrow, Philly’s beauties of color might be getting the answer they’ve been waiting for: Paris-based black|Up Cosmetics is at Sephora’s Center City today through Saturday to introduce the luxury line. The brand has quickly become known for it’s range of paraben-free, professional-quality makeup developed to meet the specific needs of medium to darker complected women with complex undertones. I’m also talking rich jewel-tone eyeshadows and highly pigmented lip colors that actually complement rather than contrast.  Read more »

How to Rock a ‘90s Brown Lip … in 2016

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The timeless brown lip. | Images via family archives and Amrezy.

I was born in the 1991, and while many people would argue I’m too young to fully appreciate the decade, I beg to differ when it comes to beauty trends. Some of my earliest memories are of my mom (pictured above) expertly applying her staple brown lipstick and liner in the car – while driving, sans mirror. Try as I might, I will never reach that level of OG skill. I didn’t know it at the time, but her signature beauty look would come back in a big way – as trends do – almost 25 years later. 

Here’s a look back at the origins of the brown lip in all its ‘80s and ‘90s edgy-cool glory, plus how to wear it today. Consider this a beauty education for all the young guns out there: Kylie Jenner is most definitely not the originator of this badass look. Read more »

Yikes: Lush Bath Bombs Are Dyeing People’s Skin and Hair Crazy Colors

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Lush’s enormously popular bath bombs. | Lush.

Call it the month of the beauty product backlash. First, EOS – makers of those Easter egg-like lip balm balls – was thrown in the spotlight after customers complained of blisters, bleeding and rashes. (Psst: We gave you some great alternatives for treating chapped lips here.) Now Lush is taking heat after bath bomb users began noticing a funny thing happening in the tub. Well, see for yourself:  Read more »

The 5-Product Makeup Routine That’ll Get You Out the Door in 5 Minutes

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Run from the gym to the office with a fresh face in mere seconds. | Photography by Claudia Gavin.

In my constant quest to pare down the makeup kit I bring everywhere, I’ve gotten things down to a science – or as close to one as ever. While I always want to look put-together and professional, I simply don’t have the time in the mornings to apply a full face. (Hello, that’s what train rides are for.) I also don’t want to give myself scoliosis by lugging around my whole kit every morning. If necessity is the mother of invention, then laziness and SEPTA are my muses. I’ve perfected the five-minute, five-product makeup routine that leaves me looking fresh, awake, and ready to tackle the day. Here’s how >>

Learn to Contour Like (Ugh, Fine) Kim Kardashian

 

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Images via Kevyn Aucoin.

Love her or hate her, Kim Kardashian has taken contouring – you know, when you strategically paint your face with various splotches of brown/taupe/white/bronze to create faux angles, shadows and highlights – and made it into something of an art form. But, take note: When done incorrectly, the end result can be pretty jarring. (Exhibit A.) How to avoid these clownish fates? Head to The Rittenhouse Spa tonight at 5:30pm for a makeup tutorial with the spa’s leading artist, Irina Kravchenko.

Here’s the deal: You’ll learn step-by-step contouring techniques (hello, sharper cheekbones!), and you’ll get a peek at Kevyn Aucoin’s newest contouring palette. The session is open and completely free to the public, but if you RSPV in advance by email with your name and number, you’ll be entered to win the same contouring palette that you’ll use in the workshop (which will save you $59 if you happen to fall in love and want your own). Don’t win? Attendees still get 20 percent off all makeup and salon products, including Aucoin’s line. To sweeten the deal, the spa will be serving up complimentary refreshments and specialty drinks from the The Rittenhouse’s Library Bar. We’ll see you there. Read more »

Ditch EOS for Good With These 10 Fantastic Lip Balms

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Keep those lips looking hydrated and luscious. | Shutterstock.

In case you haven’t heard, several people are suing EOS Lip Balm on the grounds that it made their chapped lips worse (best-case scenario), even causing blistering, bleeding, and cracking (worst-case scenario). Jezebel also reports multiple complaints about mold growing inside the egg-shaped capsule. Gross.

To shake that squeamish feeling we’ve suddenly come down with, we found some awesome alternatives that will leave your lips moisturized, nourished and mold-free. (Sorry.) These products range from all-natural at-home remedies to imported splurge-worthy products. While some may not come in the prettiest of packaging, they are the products we turn to when we need our lips cured STAT.  Find your new favorite.

How to Banish Dry, Scaly Winter Skin

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Get your glow on. | Shutterstock.

We’re barely two weeks into our new normal – freezing, winter-like temps – and already we’re noticing the telltale signs of cold weather: dry, flaky, scaly skin. While lotions and moisturizers can help, sometimes you need to bring in the big guns and hie yourself to a spa and the hands of a seasoned skin pro.

We’ve sleuthed out five of Philly’s best treatments for winter’s dry skin, all of which will bring some life and moisture into even the dullest, flakiest skin. Get one now before winter really wreaks its havoc, and you’ll be dewy ’til spring. (Or at least until it snows.)  Read more »

Beauty News to Know: Sephora Opens in Suburban Square Next Week

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Makeup and skincare addicts living out on the Main Line have something exciting to look forward to at the start of this new year: National beauty emporium Sephora is opening up a freestanding store in the Suburban Square shopping plaza on January 15th. One word: Finally.

The bright, spacious 7,045-square-foot location will be nestled in St. Georges Place amidst other long-time retailers including Eileen Fisher and luxe skincare boutique Bluemercury. An insider tip: If you’ve got a birthday this winter, become a Beauty Insider and pick up a freebie gift from the new location within two weeks of your birthday.  Read more »

The Checkup: How to Make Perfume and Cologne Scents Last Longer

• If you’ve always sprayed perfume or cologne on your wrists or neck, well, you’ve always been doing it wrong. Experts say there’s no proven evidence that spritzing these areas, which are pulse points, makes the scent last longer. The good news: There are ways to optimize your perfume and cologne habits to prolong your pleasant smell. Click through for the cheat sheet. [GreatistRead more »

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