Thursday, December 18, 2014

POSTED: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 10:03 AM

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Black Magic Mascara & Brow Gel Set, $15

POSTED: Monday, December 15, 2014, 4:21 PM
Shoppers who spend any amount of money at Knit Wit, aoki boutique or ellelauri until Dec. 31 can present their receipt at the Shake Shack counter for a complimentary Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate drink. (Evan Sung)

Shake Shack Center City (2000 Sansom St.) is giving last-minute holiday shoppers more incentive to get gifts and support local businesses with a new promotion running from today, Dec. 15, until Dec. 31.

Shoppers who spend any amount of money at Knit Wit (1719 Chestnut St.), aoki boutique (115 S. 22nd St.) or ellelauri (114 S. 19th St. and 1625 Chestnut St.) can present their receipt at the Shake Shack counter for a complimentary Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate drink. That’s a tasty treat too perfect to pass up.

POSTED: Friday, December 12, 2014, 3:00 AM

Pantone’s 2015 color of the year, marsala, is a lot prettier than the name suggests (I instantly think of Chicken Marsala which, while delicious, is not necessarily “pretty”).

The deep reddish-brown color looks great on a variety of skin tones and translates well into wearable makeup products for the eyes, lips, cheeks, and nails.  While Sephora and Pantone have teamed up to release an official marsala makeup collection to be released later this month at Sephora and Sephora.com, here are 5 marsala inspired beauty products you can wear now.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 1:52 PM
Make your lip color bold and long lasting!

1. For soft lips and a smoother lipstick application, exfoliate first.

Make a homemade lip scrub by mixing brown sugar and olive oil. I used Mint Julips Lip Scrub from Lush, $9.95.

2. Moisturize with lip balm. Let it soak in for about a minute, then pat dry.



POSTED: Monday, December 8, 2014, 3:09 PM
The URBN Holiday Party invites sent around via email on Dec. 8, 2014. (screenshot)

Urban Outfitters has had more than its fair share of negative press about racism, offensive content and cultural appropriation. Despite this, the Philly-based brand just keeps the problematic practices coming, as evident in their newest mishap, the URBN Holiday Party invitations.

It’s hard to argue that the invitation, which Gawker reports was sent to employees from the  “URBNcommunity” listserv, was some sort of perverted PR stunt—it was meant to stay between the company and its employees. However, it so offended some URBN employees that Gawker reports two employees tipped the blog about it.

The invitation, which asks that attendees “break out your juttis, kurtas, turbans, saris, lehenga cholis and harem pants,” also generously asks attendees to donate cold weather accessories for Operation Brotherly Love (now Operation Warm), a charity created by Chadds Ford native Dick Sanford. It arguably seeks to use appropriation of traditional Indian culture for a holiday party theme.

POSTED: Monday, December 8, 2014, 11:56 AM
On Tuesday, Dec. 9, visit the Philadelphia jewelry store’s new, 1300-square-feet location at the corner of 7th and Sansom streets for cocktails and bites by Brûlée Catering, a ribbon cutting ceremony and the chance to take home a free diamond necklace.

Where can you get top notch catering, first-look access at Safian & Rudolph Jewelers' new Jeweler’s Row space and diamonds? Why, at the Safian & Rudolph Jewelers holiday part and grand reopening, of course.

On Tuesday, Dec. 9, visit the Philadelphia jewelry store’s new, 1300-square-feet location at the corner of 7th and Sansom streets for a sparkling celebration featuring cocktails and bites by Brûlée Catering, a ribbon cutting ceremony and the chance to take home a free diamond necklace.

While at the festive grand reopening, be sure to post to social media using the hashtag #SafianRudolph throughout the night. RSVP to Diamonds@SafianRudolph.com is encouraged.

POSTED: Friday, December 5, 2014, 3:00 AM
Tatiana Ward can be credited with helping perfect Minaj’s signature makeup look over the past few years, as well as the looks of other celebrities such as Brandy, K. Michelle and more. (R. Carter Photography)

Nicki Minaj’s signature makeup looks are as well-known as her costumes and lyrics. The sculpted features and Barbie-like look capture her offbeat and larger-than-life personality.  It’s a look that has spawned hundreds of YouTube and Instagram tutorials. It became so popular that it caught the eye of M.A.C. cosmetics and resulted in her own makeup collection with the company.

Enter celebrity makeup artist Tatiana Ward (@beatfacehoney on Instagram).  Ward can be credited with helping perfect Minaj’s signature makeup look over the past few years, as well as the looks of other celebrities such as Brandy, K. Michelle and more.

The Hatfield, Pa. native is returning to her roots next week to teach one of her highly in-demand Behind the Beat classes on Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Center City Hampton Inn (the class is sold out already, but there is a waiting list). Ward dished on what goes on behind the scenes doing celebrity makeup, advice for aspiring makeup artists and more!

POSTED: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 11:33 AM
Jinxed Fishtown on Frankford Avenue is one of the 16 local shops participating in the annual Holiday Shopping Spree (Rocco Avallone/Philly.com )

At the Northern Liberties and Fishtown Holiday Shopping Spree on Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., the more shops you buy from, the bigger the discount. The annual, progressive sale presented by Art Star Gallery and Boutique is in its 8th year and has expanded to include Philly’s up-and-coming Fishtown neighborhood, home to countless small, local businesses.

Designed to encourage small-business shopping, the Spree works like this: Customers who purchases from one of the 16 stores participating in the Spree receives 10 percent off their purchase and a spree card with one sticker. Visiting a second store earns you 15 percent off and a second sticker.  At the third shop, shoppers will get a third sticker and 20 percent off. After earning three stickers, customers get 25 percent off at each additional participating shop. 

Shops like Jinxed at the Piazza (1050 N. Hancock St.) and Jinxed Fishtown (1331 Frankford Ave.), Ritual Ritual (819 N. 2nd St.) and Two Percent To Glory (2031 Frankford Ave.) will be offering light refreshments with their discounted merchandise, ensuring everyone keeps up the holiday cheer.

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