Beauty, philadelphia, Skin

{ Beauty Buzz } 5 Reasons To Say Hello HydraFacial + 25% Off At 3000BC WellMed Spa

HydraFacial at 3000BC in Philadelphia

My skin was begging for some love so I tried out a treatment that’s been getting some major buzz, the HydraFacial. 3000BC WellMed Spa in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill invited me to come test out the celebrity-skincare savior. The result: my boyfriend thinking I had makeup on when I didn’t because my skin looked so good! Um, can it get any better? Continue reading…

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Celebrity, Makeup, trend hungry tuesday, Uncategorized

{ Trend Hungry Tuesday } NYE Makeup Inspiration: Adele’s Cat Eyeliner

Adele eyeliner

Can you believe another year has flown by? I know, crazy! Time to ring in the new year in style. It’s Trend Hungry Tuesday so I’m looking to celebs for some inspiration.

This week’s trend taking the spotlight is cat eyeliner, aka winged eyeliner. It’s been a hit all year and it’s perfect for New Year’s Eve no matter how fancy or chill your plans are. It can be a little dramatic and even makes eyes look bigger. Plus you can skip eyeshadow altogether. Continue reading…

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Beauty, Celebrity, Makeup, trend hungry tuesday

{ Trend Hungry Tuesday } VS Models Rock Rosy Lips + Cheeks


If you follow any of the Victoria’s Secret babes on Instagram then you too have probably been counting down the days until the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, airing tonight on CBS at 10pm.  Of course the Angels are decked out in elaborate and sexy styles, including a bra valued at over $2 million dollars, but there’s one trend you can totally steal and wear even to work, the makeup. Continue reading…

Beauty, Makeup, Press

{ Press } ‘Philly Style’ Mag Guesses My Lipstick Shade

Fall fashion tips

So I just found myself on Philadelphia Style Magazine’s blog. The article: “How to Wear This Season’s Boldest  Lip Colors.” The picture they featured of me was from a recent outfit post (I need to remember to wear that vest more!) that I shared on Instagram. It was a cool surprise to see myself in an article that I clicked on to read, but that wasn’t the coolest part. Continue reading…

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Beauty, Skin, wellness

{ Five Things Wellness } Refreshing Face Mists + Glowing Skin

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Having clear and radiant skin is really important to me. It might just be my number one beauty priority. I have pretty sensitive skin and get more than the average occasional breakout. Not fun. When my skin behaves, I feel more confident (hey — look good, feel good!). My obsession: finding good products to achieve gorgeous and glowing skin — this also includes incorporating healthier eating habits. – MQ

Here are { Five Things Wellness } to help you get glowing, radiant skin:

1. Hydrating Face Mists

Face mists are vert refreshing! My favorite times to use them are after a workout or on humid days.With just a spritz or two, a good face mist helps me feel glowing verses grimy. I also find them useful whenever my skin feels like it’s craving moisture. Use in warm months for a face refreshments and keep around all year to combat dry, winter skin.

Bonus: Not only is Vitamin E super moisturizing, it also strengthens skin’s UV defense.


{ Try The Body Shop’s Paraben Free Vitamin E Face Mask, $17.00. }

2. Coffee Scrubs

Who knew caffeine had a few glowy-skin benefits? The high-caffeine content stimulates blood flow, which can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, psoriasis, varicose veins, eczema, acne, and scarring. I found out about Frank Body through their stylish and artsy Instagram photos. Style and wellness? Yes. Please.

frank body  body scrub

{ Try Frank Body’s Original Body Scrub, $14.95. | image via }

3. BeeSpa Hand + Foot Cream

I think I found the holy grail of all hand + foot creams. Without a doubt, BeeSpa is by far the best one I’ve ever tried. BeeSpa is made from all natural, botanical, vegetable-based, and vitamin rich ingredients Main ingredients include beeswax, shea butter, and essential oils.

Some benefits? This cream hydrates and softens skin, has anti-aging vitamins A, E, and D, contains antioxidants to nourish skin, and help maintain skin elasticity.


{ BeeSpa is available online and in a few retail locations, $29.99. }

4. Credo Beauty

I don’t strictly use only natural products, but because of my sensitive skin I just try to use more of them. Credo Beauty has definitely helped introduce me to natural brands. They have a page dedicated to clean beauty swaps, so you can find a replacement product for one that is clean, natural, and effective. Credo is like the Sephora or Ulta of natural beauty brands. The brick-and-mortar store is in San Francisco, but they recently opened an online shop, meaning we can all enjoy their goodies from anywhere. Yay!


 { Check out Credo Beauty’s extensive list of natural beauty brands. }

5. Homemade Watermelon Juice

If you think eating watermelon is refreshing, try drinking it. You’ll be glad you did. I wish I did this sooner. Watermelons are rich in antioxidants, lycopene and Vitamins A and C that reduce free radicals, ya know, those pesky things that cause fine lines and wrinkles. Writing about watermelon juice is giving me some serious cravings. Here’s a super-simple recipe that’s super-tasty too.

watermelon juice

{ Recipe: Blend chopped-up watermelon pieces (the smaller the better) until smooth and pour in a glass over ice. Optional: garnish with a slice of lime or sprig of mint. |  image via  }

Have any must-have, glowing-skin essentials? Share in the comments below or tweet me @SkinnyAffair.

xx Melissa

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Beauty, Nails

{ Nailed It } Where To Score Sephora Nail Polish For Under $2


No your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you and yes that headline speaks the truth. I’ve scored Sephora by OPI nail polishes that usually sell for around $15, for under $2 — talk about a good deal! In fact I’ve scored a lot of beauty products, among other things, in the past for a lot less than what they normally retail for thanks to this place.

So where is it that I score such deals? Big Lots! Have you shopped there before? It’s one of those stores that has much more than you’d think with a price that’s nice.

Big Lots is a budget-friendly retailer and there I’ve also bought a table and chairs, a mirror, makeup, a headboard, and probably lots of of other little things I’m not forgetting about. Items vary by the location and selection is always changing, especially in the beauty isle.


As for these hues, I’m quite happy to have three nice neutrals for less than half of what one would cost. The names are pretty great too: I Only Shop Vintage, Queen Of Everything, Already Famous

{ Photo credit: Audrey Gallagher Photography }


Beauty, wellness

{ Five Things Wellness } Iced Tea Cocktails To Cool You Down

{ Five Things Wellness } Iced Tea Cocktails To Cool You Down

Okay, I know I can’t complain much, but this July heat is absolutely unbearable. I’ve been really excited for these warmer months and now that they’re here, it’s getting a little too much. Sometimes I don’t even feel like getting out of the house. This heat is making me feel lazy, unproductive…and kind of sticky (yuck).

Do you feel the same way? Here are { Five Things Wellness } to help you cool down, unwind, and beat the heat.

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Beauty, event, philadelphia

{ Photo Diary } Almay’s #SimplyAmerican Tour Bus Visits Philly

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This Independence Day I hopped on the Almay #SimplyAmerican tour bus for some pampering on the Parkway. I love my city. Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway turned into one of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations in the country called Wawa Welcome America. The all-day extravaganza, complete with music and food, was a pretty fun way to spend the holiday despite the weather being less than stellar. Thanks to Almay I was able to take refuge from the rain and get a little makeover. Continue reading…