Friday, February 27, 2015

POSTED: Friday, February 6, 2015, 10:09 AM
Valentine's Day might be one of the most important times to have soft, glowing skin.

Next Saturday, hopefully you will be doing something romantic with a special someone for Valentine’s Day. If your special outfit for that day exposes your legs, shoulders or décolleté, make sure your skin looks its best. The winter is particularly rough on the skin and while we take great pains to make sure our face and hands are hydrated and protected, the rest of our body often gets neglected.  

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite body skin care products that will help shed rough winter skin to reveal soft and glowing skin ready for romance. 

POSTED: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 12:29 PM

There’s more exciting news coming out of The Gallery at Market East’s newest jewel, Century 21.

The luxury discount retailer is bringing a permanent LXR&CO shop inside its Philadelphia store. LXR&CO is a designer vintage discount shop, which means on top of their fresh-off-the-runway Giambattista Valli and Moschino duds, Century 21 will be selling vintage Prada, Louis Vuitton, Hermés Birkin, Gucci, Bvlgari, Cartier and more at prices between 30 percent and 90 percent less than retail.

Opening Feb. 6, Philly’s LXR&CO will be located on the first floor of Century 21 and will feature accessories like jewelry, watches, handbags, scarves and wallets. Those wallets will be able to hold the money you can use to buy all these awesome, discount, high-end fashions.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 3:00 AM
Achieve the ultimate Valentine's Day look. (Ell Levi / Philadelphia Daily News)

This Valentine’s Day, I want to keep it romantic, feminine and classy. Don’t you? So I’ve created a rose-gold eye and soft pink lip. 

This look is easy to do, and it looks great on many skin tones.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 10:06 AM
The new Forever 21 store on Chestnut St. is currently under construction. (

The forever wait for Chestnut Street’s Forever 21 is almost over.

In October, we reported that Forever 21 would be moving into the old Dress Barn space at 1708 Chestnut St. While completion was estimated for December 2014 with an opening date in January 2015, a rep for Donald Borg Construction said there were a lot of building delays because of the weather.

Now, Center City’s new Forever 21 is expected to be finished toward the end of next week with an opening date near the week of Feb. 23.

POSTED: Sunday, February 1, 2015, 10:11 AM
A quick look on Instagram, and you’ll see makeup artists, bloggers, and trendsetters puckering up and sucking on lip enhancers. The device, which comes in different sizes, acts as suction on your lips and temporarily plumps them for 1 – 2 hours.

2015 has been a good year for lips so far. Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham’s recent botched lip surgery had her looking less bombshell and more Leela from Futurama. The patriarch of the Kardashian clan, Bruce Jenner, revealed a suspiciously plump pout this week. And the mother of lip implants, Lisa Rina, appears on my TV screen weekly in the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

For those looking to have fuller lips without surgery or injections, here are a few tips on faking it:

Lip Plumping Gloss: An easy way to temporarily plump up your lips is to use a lip plumping gloss. The ingredients in the gloss temporarily plump up your lips by basically causing irritation—which is why people often experience a tingling sensation. For a formula with minimum irritation, try Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper, $33

POSTED: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 3:27 PM

Cover broken powder in plastic wrap and crush with finger or spoon. (I didn’t use plastic wrap which made the process messy.)

POSTED: Friday, January 23, 2015, 3:00 AM
In an effort to get women and girls of all ages to embrace their natural curls, Dove kicked off their new beauty campaign with a video featuring little girls with curly hair. (Courtesy of Dove)

If you’re a curly haired girl and you haven’t see Dove’s new ‘Love Your Curls’ video, get your tissues ready. In an effort to get women and girls of all ages to embrace their natural curls, Dove kicked off their new beauty campaign with a video featuring little girls with curly hair talking about why they hate their hair

According to the campaign:

  • Only 10% of women in the US with curly hair feel proud of their hair
  • Only 4 in 10 girls with curly hair think that their hair is beautiful
  • Little girls are 7X more likely to love their curls if people around them do

While it’s heartbreaking to hear girls at such a young age struggle with their image and self-esteem, Dove makes it clear that it’s up to us as mothers, aunts, sisters and friends to help our girls love their curls by embracing our own.

POSTED: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 4:35 PM
Former Eagles player and "America's Next Top Model" winner Keith Carlos in NYLON magazine. (Courtesy of

As part of his winner’s package from “America’s Next Top Model,” former Philadelphia Eagle Keith Carlos landed a spread in NYLON magazine.

Carlos is featured in the magazine’s February issue alongside another model with Q&A in the magazine. Carlos, the first male “ANTM” winner, tells What was the selection process like for ANTM compared to your castings since your win?

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