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Marla Beck’s business card should probably read “Fountain of Youth Builder.” The Bethesda resident and co-founder of the Bluemercury apothecary/spa chain ( spends her time researching anti-aging creams and skin-perfecting cosmetics.

When Washingtonians want their tresses, nails, facial hair or nether regions to look their best, they go to these Best Of locations.

Can hair removal be glamorous or, dare we say it, fun? Those are the goals of smooth operator Shobha Tummala, who launched a chic chain of waxing/threading/sugaring salons in New York in 2001. The now Potomac, Md.-based Tummala opens D.C.’s first Shobha (1730 M St. NW; 202-912-8455) on Wednesday. We caught up with her about […]

  • Jennifer Barger
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  • Jun 21, 2013
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Despite her seemingly natural beauty, you’d be hard-pressed to catch Aerin Lauder without makeup in her purse. The founder of Aerin cosmetics (and granddaughter of the late, legendary skin-care queen Estee Lauder) arms women with feminine eye shadows, blushes, lipsticks and body creams ( or at Estee Lauder Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue makeup […]

DON’T Wash Your Hair Daily Your scalp constantly produces oils that nourish, moisturize and protect hair. Unless your lifestyle requires you to sweat a lot (marathon runner, hot-sauce tester), there’s no need to strip your tresses of a healthy amount of grease daily. “The less product you use, the longer you can go without washing […]

Madrid in America Spanish fashion superpower Zara Home has been sold in the U.S. for years. Now the cheap-chic retailer’s home line is available online ( to stateside fans of bright tablecloths (shown, $80), neo-Victorian wall mirrors ($80) and gilded storage baskets ($40). Many items — pillows, dishes, even towels — come in fashion-forward hues […]

Manscaping: The Art of Shaving It all started when founders Myriam Zaoui and Eric Malca sought a solution for abrasions Malca suffered while shaving. After developing a miracle pre-shave oil, the duo sold their car and used the money to open the first Art of Shaving store, on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan in 1996. Now […]

Some people rely on their shoddy memory to preserve life’s special moments. The more adventurous turn their bodies into walking diaries, tattooing milestones — their child’s first words, the painting that made them pursue a career in art — forever onto their person. “There are all sorts of reasons to get a tattoo,” says Paul […]

Following the very messy (and very public) closing of his eponymous salon in Georgetown, Erwin Gomez decided he’d treat his next project as a chance to make himself over. Much like the tresses and brows of D.C.’s elite he’s been transforming for years, the stylist/brow shaper’s new West End salon, Karma Beauty Lounge — which […]

It’s not so much what’s in your beauty regimen that matters, but what’s not. We’re looking at you parabens, phthalates and sodium lauryl sulfate. That’s why the following editor-tested cosmetics are made of all-natural ingredients that forgo hard-to-pronounce chemicals for organic botanicals found in nature. And because Earth Day is this Sunday after all, the […]

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