Thursday, March 5, 2015

POSTED: Monday, March 2, 2015, 10:48 AM
When it comes to underwear, women in Pennsylvania prefer function over form. (iStock)

If you’re looking for states whose residents wear more risqué undergarments, you might want to head slightly north or out West. Lingerie company True&Co. conducted a customer survey to find the most popular underwear in each state and found that Pennsylvanians like to be comfy.

The most popular type of underwear in Pa. is white cotton loungewear, while our neighbors in Delaware prefer green silk lounge tops and New Jerseyans favor black lace boudoir body suits.

POSTED: Friday, February 27, 2015, 3:00 AM
YouTube vlogger Deepica Mutyala demonstrating how to use red lipstick to camouflage dark under eye circles (photo credit: How to Mask Dark Under Eye Circles)

YouTube beauty vlogger Deepica Mutyala’s video on “How to Mask Dark Under Eye Circles” nearly broke the Internet, garnering over 4 million views in just a month. 

The fight against dark under eye circles, whether from genetics or lack of sleep, has always been a topic of interest for beauty experts and makeup artists. However, Mutyala’s video in which she is gleefully applying a red, raccoon-ish ring around her eyes using a tube of red MAC lipstick made everyone do a double-click.  She became an Internet sensation, appearing on “The Today Show” and other national media outlets to explain her wildly popular video.

But the proof was in the concealer. The dark under eye circles that plagued Mutyala at the begging of her tutorial were completely gone with just a coating of red lipstick topped off with her normal concealer.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 3:00 AM
These great drugstore beauty products perform the same as, or better than, department store products and cost a fraction of the price.

On Tuesday I made my national TV debut on "The Better Show" discussing one of my favorite topics: Drugstore beauty products!

I love finding great drugstore beauty products that perform the same as, or better than, department store products and paying a fraction of the price. Are there differences between drugstore and department store makeup products? Sometimes. With higher-end products, you often pay extra for the more expensive packaging, the brand name, color pigmentation, and fragrance.

But a quick look at the ingredients will reveal that many of the drugstore beauty products contain the same ingredients as their higher-priced counterparts. In case you missed my segment, here are 9 products you’ll want to pick up next time you’re at the drugstore!

POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2015, 3:01 PM
(Screenshot via abc.go.com)

Just last Sunday Bradley Cooper came back home to Philly to declare to “60 Minutes” and all of the world that his family’s “roots are very deep in this city.”

The “American Sniper” actor’s mom stayed true to this sentiment with her ensemble at Sunday night’s Oscars. Cooper’s mom, local Gloria Cooper, attended the Academy Awards with her movie star son, sporting a black and teal sleeved gown with one special accessory: earrings from Abington boutique Artware (1495 Old York Road, Abington).

Philadelphia magazine reports that Gloria Cooper came into the shop about two weeks ago looking for some jewels for a special occasion, which turned out to be the biggest night of the year for Hollywood.

POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2015, 9:49 AM
(From left to right) Lupita Nyong'o, Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, Felicity Jones and Margot Robbie attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. ((Getty Images))

Last night's Oscar looks closed the red carpet season with glitz and and subdued seduction. Here are my top 5 sartorial winners.

Only Lupita Nyong'o can pull off a gown fashioned from 6,000 - yes, 6,000 - pearls. This Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein sheath is a piece of art, albeit heavy. P.S. Thank you for showing America the many beautiful things a black woman can do with a mini fro.

POSTED: Friday, February 13, 2015, 3:00 AM
Salon Mora owner Wanda Mora stands in front of the salon's "Selfie Wall."

Located on Haddonfield Rd., just about a mile away from Cherry Hill Mall and nestled smartly in between Hand and Stone Message and Facial Spa and the Turning Point Restaurant, Mora Salon's new home is in the perfect location.  Owner and hairstylist, Wanda Mora, officially opened the doors to her upscale hair salon to the public on Tuesday, February 10.

I got a chance to sit down with Mora in between clients and learned how her dream salon finally came about.

A successful stylist with 22 years of experience (you can often find local celebrities and socialites in Mora’s chair), the road to Mora Salon was not an easy one. “I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth,” says Mora. Originally from Camden, Mora dropped out of high school as a teen. But after a brief marriage to an MLB player that left her a single mother when the marriage was over.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 3:16 PM

There are only a few days left until Valentine’s Day, which means that it’s not too late to get your significant other the perfect gift. Save the money you would otherwise use to overnight your last-minute purchase by buying local this holiday. Here are a few local gift options for the special person in your life. 

If untraditional-looking jewelry is your sweetie’s thing, Ritual Ritual has exactly what you’re looking for. The  $220 Smokovich Designs silver tierra ring with pink tourmalines is edgy and romantic made of sterling silver with three rose-colored tourmaline stones. For the fellas, check out the SEAMPOETS Kachina Hoodie which features a brightly colored limited-edition artist print.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 10:51 AM
A cropped image of a tapestry from Urban Outfitters. The ADL has called out Urban Outfitters for this design, saying it is "eerily similar" to the uniform gay men wore during the Holocaust. (ADL)

If you were wondering how difficult it was not to make clothing reminiscent of horrific human rights violations in history, the designers at Urban Outfitters have shown it actually must be pretty difficult.

Only months out from the vintage, seemingly “blood-spattered” Kent State sweatshirt debacle, the Philadelphia-headquartered retail chain is facing criticism for a home décor tapestry that is “eerily reminiscent” to the uniform gay men were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust. The Anti-Defamation League has issued a statement urging Urban Outfitters to remove the wall hanging.

The tapestry has beige and gray stripes and sporadically placed pink triangles throughout. During the Holocaust, gay men were forced to wear uniforms with horizontal stripes and a pink triangular patch over the chest.

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