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Follow these six tips for an all-day summer glow. By Caroline Cunningham
Image courtesy Claire Ashley Beauty.

We all know the struggle: the morning march to the train or office that ends with a moist palm swiping at our foreheads and all traces of our carefully-applied makeup disappearing. DC's humidity combined with 90-degree days make it harder than ever to keep our makeup from melting. But DC-based vlogger, Claire Ashley of Claire Ashley Beauty, regularly shares makeup tips with her over 160,000 Youtube subscribers, so Shop Around got in touch to find out how she recommends we beat the Washington heat.

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Posted at 10:57 AM/ET, 07/06/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
The shop that’s been a staple on upper Wisconsin Avenue will shutter by the end of the month. By Caroline Cunningham
Image courtesy Urban Chic.

After 12 years in business, Urban Chic is closing. The upper Wisconsin Avenue boutique that’s garnered Washingtonian Best of Washington recognition will shutter by the end of July.

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Posted at 10:00 AM/ET, 07/02/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Your guide to this week’s most stylish events. By Caroline Cunningham
Images courtesy of Grand Central Publishing.

Red and Blue Jewelry Sale

Old Town Alexandria’s Mystique Jewelers is celebrating the Fourth of July with a color-coordinated discount: Starting July 1 all red and blue jewelry will be 20 percent off, and that includes sapphires and rubies. Through the end of July, shoppers can stop by the showroom to nab some savings on the fine jewelry collections. 211 The Strand Waterfront, Alexandria; 703-836-1401.

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Posted at 05:31 PM/ET, 06/30/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
The first step to fixing a problem is admitting you have one. Hey there, pit stains. By Caroline Cunningham
Image via Shutterstock.

We all know the armpit stain: the ugly yellowish circle beneath the arm holes in our shirts that are a result of a build up of sweat and the chemicals in deodorant. They come as a side with every hot-day-and-white-shirt combo, and they have us holding up our white shirts against the light in the morning, saying resignedly, “Well, as long as I don’t lift my arms.”

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Posted at 06:20 PM/ET, 06/29/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Hit up the Georgetown store for the purse-friendly makeup line. By Caroline Cunningham
Image courtesy Stowaway Cosmetics.

When Chelsa Crowley and Julie Fredrickson met up for breakfast, they both came to the table with the same gripe: a lack of makeup on the market that was sold in sizes that didn’t take up much room in their bags and they could actually finish before the product expired.

“That was when the insight hit us,” says Fredrickson. “Lipstick and mascaras have stayed the same size since the 50s, but women’s lifestyles have changed dramatically.”

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Posted at 04:54 PM/ET, 06/26/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Baby, it's hot outside. By Caroline Cunningham

When it’s this hot outside, pants stop being an option in your work wardrobe. Instead, we’re turning to lightweight, easy dresses, and the less sleeve the better. The time is now to load up your closet with these dresses that are a one-and-done outfit. In a city like Washington, bare arms may not be welcome in every office, but these dresses’ higher necklines and longer hemlines lean towards the work-appropriate end of the spectrum. Stay away from spaghetti straps that flash too much skin or boxy shift dresses that, while professional, are boring, and instead look for fun color blocking patterns, florals, and geometric styles. Shop the looks below, and stay cool out there.

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Posted at 02:44 PM/ET, 06/26/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
The company uses all botanical and organic ingredients in its fragrances. By Caroline Cunningham
Images courtesy Florescent.

In 2010, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Environmental Working Group released a study on perfumes and the 3,100 chemical ingredients used to make up popular fragrances’ secret formulas. According to the study, “The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products.”

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Posted at 05:53 PM/ET, 06/24/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Los Angeles-based app Soothe is here to help Washingtonians chill out, dude. By Caroline Cunningham
Image via Shutterstock/Rido.

Somewhere in the archives of my parent’s excessive video library of my siblings’ and my childhood, there’s a tape of my two-year-old self crooning that I wanted my dinner. And I wanted it “right noooowww!”

Every other week it seems, there’s another tech company popping up with some instant service app that caters to the two year old in all of us. Need a driver, right now? Try Uber. Need a blowout, right now? Try Veluxe. Need groceries, right now? Try Instacart.

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Posted at 01:21 PM/ET, 06/24/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
These two new apps let you book last-minute blowouts, massages, and other beauty services. Here's how they work. By Michelle Thomas
Photograph by Antonio Guillem/Shutterstock.

PrettyQuick

How it works: Users see a vetted, geo-located list of salons nearby that have available appointments for pedicures, blowouts, haircuts, massages, and other beauty treatments. The Chicago companywas launched in 2012 by beauty-industry insider Coco Meers and debuted in Washington in December.

Similar to: OpenTable.

What we tried: Manicure (price varies; we paid $20).

What we liked: The map is user-friendly, and the app rewards you for frequent appointments—book once a month and get 20 percent off services Sunday through Wednesday, or book eight services and earn a free manicure.

What we didn’t: My first appointment was canceled because the salon no longer offered that service. A second appointment was never confirmed, though I was charged. When I finally showed up at a salon, thinking the third time was the charm, it had no booking. Turned out the app wasn’t connected to the salon’s system; five minutes later, someone called to request my appointment. Meers says that because the service is new to Washington, not all of the app’s salons are digitally connected yet; the phone request is a temporary work-around. (I did successfully book a manicure on a fourth try and was reimbursed for the errant charge.)

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Posted at 08:00 AM/ET, 06/24/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Don’t miss $65 dresses or a fashion flea market. By Caroline Cunningham
Vintage and second-hand designer apparel will be up for grabs at the Fashionista Flea Market on Saturday. Image via Shutterstock.

Britt Ryan and Kiki Lynn Warehouse Sale

Georgetown boutique Britt Ryan will be offering major discounts on past and current season apparel, including $65 dresses, $45 tops, and $40 shorts. On the second floor, local designer Kimberly McKinley will be offering up to 65 percent off her line, Kiki Lynn, including dresses, skirts, and shirts. The sales will run June 24 through 27 at Kiki Lynn and June 24 through 28 at Britt Ryan. Swing by on Thursday, June 25, between 6 and 8 PM for summer cocktails, sales, and door prizes. Britt Ryan and the Kiki Lynn showroom are located on the first and second floors of 1625 Wisconsin Ave., NW.

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Posted at 01:22 PM/ET, 06/22/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()