Shoppist: I’m sorry, you spend WHAT on moisturizer??

“It turns out, here at Philly Mag, we’re suckers for a good beauty product (or twelve). From ultra-luxe moisturizers to concealers that cost their weight in gold, we’ll shell out that hard-earned cash for a few choice beauty boosters. Inspired by the beautiful minds at Elle, here are the products that Philly Mag staffers hate to love.”


Biologique Recherche Creme Dermopurifiante ($90)
“I’m ok with splurging on a good moisturizer because it sinks into your skin all night long. This one is really hydrating without feeling super heavy. It smells awful, but it’s worth it.” — (Lauren McGrath)

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Biologique Recherche P50 Toner ($95)
“It makes a big difference with my pores, and I notice my skin looks dull on my forehead and cheeks when I stop using it.” —Christy Speer Lejeune, Deputy Editor.

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Valmont Clarifying Surge ($325)
“I’m obsessed with it. It makes my skin feel like heaven. I just do a drugstore face wash, but with this moisturizer, my skin feels like I got a facial.” —Rachel Chernaskey, Editorial Assistant.


How to Banish Dry, Scaly Winter Skin via Shoppist

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.)

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Full-Spectrum Facial, $200 // Rescue Spa, Rittenhouse
During this 90-minute tailored-to-you pampering session, your face, neck and shoulders will be massaged, de-gunked, and re-hydrated to glowing perfection. West Coast transplant Ashley Span cleans, steams and wraps your face in hot towels, before giving you an exfoliating microdermabrasion to slough away dead layers. Up next: a Biolift plumping treatment which activates collagen (think: tighter, tauter, skin), followed by an LED light therapy treatment for color correction. Then, your face is slathered in serums to send a much-needed drink deep into your skin for moisture that lasts. (It’s been three days since my full-spectrum microdermabrasion, and my skin still feels brand-new.)


‘Tis the Season: Gift Cards That Don’t Suck via Shoppist

We’ve all been there: panicked and scrambling to find a last-minute gift for that special someone in your life whom you totally forgot about until the absolute drop-dead last minute. Oops. The go-to lifesaver? A gift card, which you’ll avoid until the last possible second. But save yourself the struggle: Gift cards, considered by many to be impersonal, boring, safe, are really unfairly maligned. In fact, there are a few out there we’d actually really enjoy receiving. Here’s how to turn a gift card reaction from eye-roll to ecstatic. Trust us.

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The gift of a spa treatment at a luxe location is a surefire winner for anyone. Life always throws so many other things at our wallets (i.e. groceries, parking tickets, etc.), so a gift card to a swanky spa ensures your giftee will get some forced (and surely welcome) R&R. Local spots we love include Rescue Spa in Rittenhouse. -Via Shoppist


Field Guide: Best Places to Get a Bikini Wax in Philly

BikiniHow to deal with hairy situations. Courtesy of Shoppist.

Rescue Spa
The estheticians here make an awkward bikini wax feel more like a spa appointment. The services are quick, precise and well-priced ($30 for a bikini wax; $50 for Brazilian). And thanks to their renowned skin experts, it’s also one of the few places we’d trust to do a lip wax, too.
1601 Walnut Street, 3rd floor, Rittenhouse, 215-772-2766.

10 Amazing Last-Minute Christmas Gifts: The perfect presents you can buy right now, right here, right away.

Dear procrastinators: You’ve put it off long enough. It’s crunch time. But don’t panic—you can still pull off a spectacular gift without paying an arm and a leg for overnight-like-right-now shipping. Here are 10 gift ideas that feel thoughtful, even if you’ll be wrapping them in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve. Even better? We’ve even found some places that will wrap it for you, other places that will do the actual gift-picking for you, and a few gifts you don’t even have to leave the house to buy. Ready to do this?

1. FOR HER: A Rescue Spa gift certificate.
A service at Philly’s top spa is a go-to gift. (We suggest the facial, which has won so many Best of Philly awards, we’ve stopped counting.) Email the gift certificate directly to the recipient or download and print it out. Instant gratification! Buy it here.


Field Guide: 5 Awesome Beauty Stores (That Aren’t Sephora)

The best spots to stock your beauty arsenal.
BY  |  AUGUST 7, 2014

When the spa moved to 16th and Walnut, it expanded its services (hello, Best of Philly 2014 winner for blowouts!). But we really love the new location for its bigger, better selection of beauty products, now organized in a huge display section worthy of the luxury brands it carries. Here you can score hard-to-find products like Valmont and Biologique Recherche skincare, Keiko Mecheri and Serge Lutens perfumes, Chantecaille makeup, makeup shampoos and conditioners, and James Read self-tanning lotions. It’s basically the best of all European beauty brands in one sleek space.

Better yet: Their website makes it easy to shop online, too.

Go here for: The cult-favorite P50, which magically turns tired, dull skin into dewy-fresh perfection. See owner Danuta’s skin for proof.
1601 Walnut Street, Center City,