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Halloween Costume Ideas: A Lesson From Old School Beauties

Halloween is only days away and as you make your final plans for parties and fun, don’t forget to release your inner diva with costumes inspired by some of the most beautiful stars to walk this planet.  Stand out this weekend with our top three picks that you can create at home.

Iconic Movie Star Pam Grier

Emulate the iconic and sexy Pam Grier with big hoops, a curly afro wig, a pair of slim-fit bell-bottoms and a plunging neckline.

The Sultry Billie Holiday

Take your look away with the classic style of Billie Holiday. Toss a flower in your hair, pick up a 1940’s style dress and paint your nails and the town red.

Style-Maven Tina Turner

Embody the essence of Tina Turner with a rocker-style wig, red lipstick and high-heels and keep the party rollin’ down the river!

Whomever you decide to re-create, remember to execute the same poise and sexiness that each of these women stood for in their hay-day. Happy Halloween!

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Macadamia Oil Makes Its Debut in the Latest Collection from Carol’s Daughter

National beauty brand Carol’s Daughter recently launched its latest collection of goodies for your hair, The Macadamia Collection, with two new products: Macadamia Heat Protection Gloss and Macadamia Weightless Shine Mist.

Macadamia nut oil is a growing trend in the beauty market with many new brands offering this hair treat in a variety of products. It is derived from the macadamia tree, a native of Austrailian nuts and has been used in food as well as cosmetics. Its oil rich and is a fabulous protective oil that is highly absorptive.

Carol’s Daughter Heat Protection Gloss is great for adding shine to curls and controlling frizz and protecting split ends. The Weightless Shine Mist is a finishing spray that won’t weigh down your hair and can be used to add a pop of shine to dull hair. Apply 1 – 2 pumps of the Macadamia Heat Protection Gloss on towel-dried hair – be sure to work through evenly. Heat style as you normally would. Hold the Macadamia Weightless Shine Mist 8-10 inches away from your hair and lightly spray all over.

Both items are made without those nasty parabens, mineral oil, petroleum or artificial color and retail for $18 at www.carolsdaughter.com or at your local Sephora.

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News Reel Featuring Siriano, Wintour, and K Perry

We do love a good gossip sesh in the industry. Order your morning venti, skinny, half sugar-free hazelnut, half sugar-free vanilla, no-whip, iced coffee with a shot of espresso and pop a squat. Posh Beauty is here to share with you mouthwatering news that will knock your new shearling booties right off.

Christian Siriano

Project Runway alum and fan favorite, Christian Siriano, has announced he will beef up his Payless line with 20 new pieces of shoes and handbags at a discount. Huh? Did he say discount? You heard right. The new additions will be less than his existing line, which retails for $25 to $60. That’s practically free if you ask us. To match his frugal fash-footwear, Siriano is looking into an affordable clothing line for his loyal followers. Someone give this man a hug.

Anna Wintour

Over in the world of Conde Nast, Anna Wintour enlightened wannabe fashion editors at Teen Vogue‘s Fashion University event. This was by far the most amusing piece of advice we’ve heard. With eager faces and open ears waiting in suspense she said, “I worked for American Harper’s Bazaar-they fired me. I recommend that you all get fired, it’s a great learning experience.” Thank you, Ms. Wintour. We’ll keep that in mind.

Katy Perry

By now we’re all aware that pop sensation Katy Perry wed English comic Russell Brand in a lavish wedding ceremony held in India. We also know that she wore Elie Saab. Though pictures are still under lock and key, word on the street is that Perry wore the gray couture gown with lace sleeves presented in the Fall 2010 collection. This leads us to believe that a) this is the secret bridal gown and b) Katy Perry is officially a rock star.

xoxo
Maria Denardo

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Amy Winehouse and Fred Perry Unveil Collaboration: Finally.

While I have nothing but praise and soul-shaking admiration for the musical talents of Ms. Amy Winehouse – my thoughts on her style are… um… sketchy… at best.  [FYI. I speak for myself here and not the rest of the gals at PoshBeauty.com.]

It’s not that I can’t appreciate the appeal of a kick-ass soul singer crooning away onstage costumed as a sexy 1950′s pin-up goes punk – I can.  Tattoos, tight-skirts and that trademark beehive create a definitive look for that definitive voice.  But don’t most rock-star/ designer collaborations tone it down, at least a touch, for mass wearability and consumption?

Not so for this 17-piece collection.  Announced last March with a few Perry/Winehouse sketches – this collection has taken nearly as long (well not really… we are STILL patiently waiting Ms. Winehouse) as it’s taken for her next album to drop.  But drop it has (the collection, we mean – officially this month) and here are a few peeks:

Amy Winehouse Models Fred Perry Collaboration's Sleeveless Shirt Dress

While the models on the website look a touch more traditionally Perry (think more conservative with less cleavage and tightness) the look is none-the-less a little too 50′s Greaser-chick for my taste.  Sure, sure… retro is in… but really?  Keep your eyes peeled for plenty of Perry staples including polo shirts, jackets and pencil skirts predominantly in pink and black.

Amy Winehouse in Short Pencil Skirt and Amy Bowling Shirt with Reversible Wide Leather Belt

Some of the looks have Winehouse looking like she might be working at the After School Bowling Alley/Soda Hop, which on the rock-star is fine complete with giant hoop earrings and a bevy of tattoos, but on a normal gal, might just look hokey.

Amy Winehouse in Argyle Longline Sweater

Not to be all gloom and doom, there are a few looks that are quite wearable and downright cute.  For instance, the Argyle Longline Sweater looks traditionally Perry in pattern and cut and, with the assistance of pants or a skirt, could take on the preppy-resurgence trend with aplomb.

Amy Winehouse in Cropped Trench Coat

I’m also a huge fan of the Cropped Trench Coat (and the pink sided leather wide belt proves to add a flirty feminine touch).  With it’s preppy fold-up collar and double breasted buttoning, this trench says “I’m a spy” in all the right ways.

All in all, for me, this launch is a little lack-luster.  Of course, I say this pining over a new album that, while promised years ago, has taken a back seat to this chanteuse’s many personal problems (which may have also added to the late bloom on this collection).

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Creating Your Own Fountain of Youth at Home

Can you really drink your way to great health? With the right mix of healthy vitamins, it surely is possible. Nutriceuticals are a growing trend in the beauty market with vitamins and beverages offering hair, skin and nail health by loading up their products with essential antioxidants that fight free radicals and pre-mature aging.

Glowelle is one of the popular nutriceutical companies claiming to help you achieve your best skin from the inside-out by delivering tons of antioxidants from vitamins, phyto-nutrients, botanical and fruit extracts right where you need them.

One daily serving of Glowelle provides the same amount of Vitamin E found in 108 almonds, Vitamin C found in 11 tangerines, Lycopee found in 11 cherry tomatoes and a host of other ingredients for healthy skin.

Glowelle Stick Packs

Their beauty drinks and on-the-go stick packs (which you add directly to water) come in two flavors: Pomegranate Lychee and Raspberry Jasmine. You can nourish your skin inside and out with their 7 day or 30 day stick pack  kit available at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus or at www.glowelle.com.

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Fall 2011 Bridal: The Long and Short of It

Fall 2011 Bridal Collections: Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier

Following the in-your-face hustle and bustle of Fashion Week, Bridal Week’s quiet demeanor sometimes gets lost in the fashion folds. Not this year. Fall 2011 packed a few stylishly tiny surprises, which garnered much-deserved attention from editors and consumers alike. There was still plenty of frothy layers, lacy frills, and floor-length organza to go around but in the mix of traditional silhouettes, short head-turners stole the show. We’re not talking about sexpot body-con dresses slit up to there. Just think what your future Mother-In-Law would say. Instead, expertly constructed tea time appropriate confections waltzed down the runway. Oscar de la Renta’s flirtatious frocks were just right for the romantic girlie-girl while Nicole Miller’s paired-down modernity spoke to urban brides everywhere.

Fall 2011 Bridal Collections: Nicole Miller, Douglas Hannant

Cropped wedding dresses have been in and out of fashion since the 1920′s but what’s most interesting about this Fall 2011 trend is the timing. Generally, the hiked-up hemline is reserved for destination weddings or beach brides marrying in the spring or summer. Rarely have we seen the proverbial party-length dress, often dubbed as the supporting role, headline the show in autumn. It’s a refreshing change to be sure.

Oscar de la Renta, Reem Acra, Givenchy

Other noteworthy bridal trends for fall include: gowns saturated in color from petal pink to noir, oddball headpieces, and wedding day jackets for her.

xoxo
Maria Denardo

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Four Must-Try Manicures: Drama Is Back

Drama queen’s everywhere must be rejoicing at the resurgence of over-the-top fashion and make-up made accessibly wearable by the Daphne Guiness’ and Lady Gaga’s of the world.  And with the costumiest of holidays just around the corner, it seems only appropriate to address another great and showy trend that’s painting it’s way onto fingertips everywhere and is sure to be a full-fashion-force come Spring 2011:  The daring statement manicure.

Here are four, must-try mani’s for Spring 2011 – and now:

Metallic Gunmetal Gray and Metallic Plum polishes

1.) Hot on the heels of the gray polish trend we here at PoshBeauty.com covered a while back, the metallic finish on polishes range from hardware tones, like gunmetal gray, silver and gold, to positively radiant rich colors, like the metallic plum shown above.  A true attention getter, especially if you talk with your hands like I do.

Moon Manicure

2.) Another dramatic manicure to try isn’t as modern as one would think.  The moon manicure was first made popular on flappers and starlets of the 1920′s, but what’s old is so often new again, and the moon manicure is a perfectly pretty case in point.  Either multi-colored or a simple single shade this is beautiful statement look for your fingertips – as witnessed on several New York Fashion Week runways (most notably at Ruffian 2011 Spring Collect - above right).

Pop Art Graphic Manicures

3.) For a more modern and light-hearted look, try the pop art graphic manicures displayed on the runways of such free-spirited luminaries as Betsey Johnson and Alice and Olivia.  Think eye-popping pastels and graphic lines – this manicure is definitely more for the fun-loving and certainly not for the faint of heart.

Neutral Color Study

4.) Another homage to modern art, the neutral color study trend takes this years neutral polish and spices it up with bold color lines and contrasting tips.  More subtle than the Pop Art graphics above, but equally attention getting – the best of both worlds.

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Kate Moss Previews Video of Final Top Shop Collection.

Kate Moss

Set the reminders on your iPhones, ladies, because November 2 is just around the corner. What – you ask – happens on November 2?  Let me tell you.  Iconic model, designer and international fashion darling, Ms. Kate Moss is set to unveil her final full collection for retail giant Top Shop.

Starting their collaboration in 2007, Ms. Moss and Top Shop seemingly put the idea of a affordable diffusion lines on the map, with Target, H&M and other affordable retail giants following suit to great success.  But all good things must end, and amid the flurry of long-term rumors (and denials) that Ms. Moss was been ousted by Topshop boss Philip Green’s daughter Chloe, who has since officially joined the business, it seems the end date is… um… now.

“When we started the project we didn’t have an end in mind but I’m really proud of all 14 collections,” says Moss. “I’ve learned a lot about the design and development process; experiences that I’d only ever seen informally through being a model.”

While Top Shop hasn’t unveiled the line in it’s entirety (and isn’t likely too until November 2) it has posted a video featuring model’s Cara Delevingne, Genevieve Garner, and Jessica Horton twirling and preening in the latest designs with a wistful Kate looking on.

Think rock-n-roll sequined dresses and hotpants, boho floral day dresses and a particularly smart tweed cape with a faux fur collar.  All in all a much softer collection than those of the past, but a perfectly graceful departure from the wildly successful Kate-Topshop pairing.  Check out the video preview here: Kate Moss Top Shop Autumn/Winter 2010-11

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Raising the Bar

The Dressing Room, NYC

A meeting of pamper and play, duel-purpose salons and boutiques are the newest phenomenon gaining headway in the world of fashion and beauty. New York’s famed Beauty Bar, once a classic beauty parlor named Thomas Beauty Salon, has morphed into a hot nighttime stop offering cocktails and manicures for only $10. The kitschy Gramercy Park location offers their nail service until the late evening but when the clock strikes 11pm, a full-on bar scene emerges from the woodwork. Warning: This is not your grandmother’s salon. Hit this tiny starter bar up after work and exit before the NYU crowd takes over. It can get pretty cramped in the wee hours.

If your digits don’t need a touch-up, hop on the F Train to Delancey for The Dressing Room where you’ll enjoy live music, specialty drinks, free internet, and shopping. The Lower East side hybrid bar/boutique started three years ago by stylist and designer, Nikki Fontanella, as a space to showcase young fashion talent and swap vintage wares. Ransack your closet for gems, and Nikki will give you 30% of the item’s value in cash or 50% in store or bar credit. Genius. This is a real community hangout–one that welcomes only the most daring of tourists.

xoxo
Maria Denardo

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Capturing the Spirit and Beauty of Women of Color

NYRAJU, an African-American skin and hair care company, recently re-launched its website with user-friendly tools, live chat with estheticians and a complimentary skin care guide for achieving and maintaining healthy skin and hair.

“We wanted our website to emulate the feeling of confidence, youth and beauty that our clients felt after using the NYRAJU Skin Care Product Line,” commented Juliette Samuel, Founder and CEO of NYRAJU. As a result, the website is now easier to navigate, is more aesthetically pleasing, and provides more African-American Skin and Hair Care tips.

Juliette also suggests that, “If you want to rediscover your inner goddess and get your youthful look and spirit back from the unforgiving clutch of Father Time, simply click through the new website and discover the product mix that will assist you with your beautiful black skin … easy as pie.”

Nyraju Skin, Hair and Body Products

Not one to tell her age, there’s the stunning photo of Juliette – http://www.nyrajuskincare.com – who obviously practices what she preaches because she looks 10 years younger – offering to reveal the most cherished secrets of the Black Skin and Hair Care industry.

These are tips and tricks she learned over the past 25 years of being an Image Consultant and an esthetician specializing in African-American Skin and Hair Care.

NYRAJU Skin Care makes only the best in all-natural skin and hair care products and fragrances that allow every African-American woman to pamper herself – body and soul.

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