Golden Globes 2014

Glitter and glamour, if last night’s Golden Globes are any evidence, 2014 is going to be a year of leading ladies killing it on the red carpet. From new faces like Lupita Nyong’o to fashion-muse favorites like Amy AdamsCate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence, television and film’s best and brightest dazzled at the annual kick of to awards-season, with a few themes that stood out from the rest. Our absolute favorite — the color red.

Worrying about blending into the red carpet background was so 2013, as the old and new guard, including Emma WatsonAmy AdamsLupita Nyong’oJulia Louis Dreyfus, Julie Delpy, all glowing in crimson, floor-length gowns.

Another big look was the monochromatic black/white theme seen on Jennifer Lawrence, Hayden Pantierre, Allison Williams, and Emilia Clarke.

And what would the Golden Globes be without a little (or a lot) of bling — metallics in silver and gold continued their reign on the red carpet on such luminous leading ladies as Michelle Dockery, Mila Kunis, Kate Mara, Naomi Watts, and Zoey Deschanel.

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Revlon brings it’s grown-up game to scented nail polish

A scented manicure has gone from junior high to the big girls club with the arrival of Revlon’s new perfumed polish line, aptly titled Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel. This 24-color collection is divided into three different scent families: “fruits and florals,” “sweets and spices,” and “freshes,” all of which take the juvenile juice of your former scratch-n-sniff sticker collection, infusing it with individual fragrances that are distinctly more adult. Favorites include a bold-colored, and softly scented rose called African Tea Rose, a spicy chai-scented glitter-infused brown called Autumn Spice, and a pretty lavender laundry-scented polish called Lavender Soap.

While Revlon isn’t exactly reinventing the wheel with a line of scented polish (Sephora did it, and so did Dior), they are adding a decidedly more sophisticated bent to it. So tell us what you think? Would you wear a scented nail polish?


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Winter’s most versatile accessory: scarves

Has the weather forecast left you wondering, “What exactly does one wear to a Polar Vortex?” Yeah… us too. The answer (and today’s trend) is an oldie but a goodie!

Celebs (Blake Lively, Michele Williams), fashion folk (Miranda Kerr, Ashley Olsen), and street style stars are all wrapping up in that beloved winter accessory that does double duty in the cozy/cute department: the scarf. Unlike spring’s wispy thin neck-wraps, cold weather scarfs are oversized and bolder versions in textiles like cashmere, wool, and knit. Printed or plain, wrapped tightly at the top of your coat, or loose around the neck, the winter scarf is a great way to add a little variety to your everyday outerwear or your winter sweater.

Proof positive that bundled up doesn’t have to mean boring.

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Winter Care For Dry, Flaky Lips

It’s easy to surmise from yesterday’s post that we’re really feeling the “New Year/New You” vibe this week. And on that note, we’d like to turn your attention to another problem area that is likely in need of some 2014 TLC: your lips.

Between the excessive apply/reapply of lipsticks and stains, the holiday onslaught of side-kisses, and an excessively dry indoor and outdoor environment — your lips are likely a dry, flaky shell of their former selves.  So let’s sound the answer out together. Ex-fo-li-a-tion.

Exfolia… what? 

Your lips need exfoliating as much as the rest of you, particular when the words “Polar Vortex” enter the lexicon. One would think, from all that chatting, snacking, and snogging that your lips were built to take a beating, but that’s just not true. The skin on your lips is much thinner than the skin on the rest of our bodies, and it doesn’t have the protective benefits of sweat-glands or hair follicles — which means your pout is one of the first places robbed of moisture by a dry winter environment.

Exfoliating your pout will help remove the flaky, dead skin that builds up on winter-damaged lips to reveal the smoother, softer surface underneath. Naturally, there are a slew of lip scrub products available (Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub, Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, and Philosophy’s Kiss Me are cosmetic favorites), or you can turn to a scrub or balm that contains salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which will both help exfoliate your kisser.

And if DIY is more your style, take a dampened soft washcloth or soft toothbrush and gently scrub your lips, sloughing off the old, dry skin, and follow that with an application of ultra-emoliant lip balm. Balms with ingredients like petrolatum, beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, or almond or jojoba oils are best to help lock in moisture and soften and protect lips.


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Deep conditioner for your winter-weary hair

So you say you’ve got the post-holiday Monday blues? Well guess who’s even sadder than you? Your hair.

Admit it, after 2013′s holiday hubbub (i.e. excessive styling, questionable nutrition, and dry indoor heating), your previously silky strands are probably looking less than luscious. Dry, dull, and tangled — your hair needs a New Year’s pick-me-up as much as the rest of you, and thankfully, there are a slew of deep conditioning options specifically formulated to revive your moisture-challenged tresses. So here are a few of our ultra-nourishing favorites to help restore your hairs bounce, elasticity and shine.

A long-standing favorite of the celebrity set (Gisele, Blake Lively), Kérastase hair masks are a perfect counter to the season’s extreme weather conditions. The brand’s Nutritive Masque Nutri-Thermique is heat-activated to help lock in moisture and quiet your hairs tangled, staticky outbursts.

Curly hair often needs an extra shot of moisture, particularly if it’s color-treated, which is why supermodel Carolyn Murphy touts the praises of her deep-conditioning favorite, Oribe Masque for Beautiful Color. Oribe’s masque repairs previously damaged hair by enriching the cuticle, and helps to prevent future damage with a shot of UV protection, ’cause the sun doesn’t stop shining just ’cause it’s cold out.

Another celebrity and stylist favorite is Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask, which is beloved for its hydrating powers across the spectrum. Curly hair or straight, oily or dry, summer or winter, this treatment helps infuse protein back into the weakened hair shaft to fortify and restructure the hair — a surefire winner in the one-size-fits-all department.

And finally, for you DIY-ers, a little extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil combed through freshly washed hair can go a long way when it comes to locking in moisture and helping to reviving dull, dry, winter-weary hair. Used as an overnight leave-in conditioner and then washed out, or dabbed on sparingly during the day as a hydrating frizz-tamer, olive and coconut oil are both uber-natural, do-it-all wonders that most of us already have in the kitchen cabinet.


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Pantone’s Latest Love: Radiant Orchid

We’re only a small step into 2014, but it seems planning is everything for the good folks at Pantone — particularly when it comes to unleashing the next big “it” Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid.

Say goodbye to the cool jewel-tones of 2013 and hello to a softer, more sensual hue, ripe with fuchsia, purple and pink undertones emanating “great joy, love and health.”  Pantone hails Radiant Orchid’s versatility in the realms of fashion, interior design and beauty, citing its universally flattering rosy tones which produce a healthy glow on the skin, its “uplifting and bold” statement accompanying a sitting room’s neutral palette, and as a modern take on a classic red manicure or pout.

A noted favorite of Spring 2014 runways, Radiant Orchid was already on Pantone’s radar appearing in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2014, along with other notable favorites like: Cayenne, Hemlock, and Freesia, but none could trump it’s splendor.  Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® sums this years Color of the Year perfectly, likening the color as, “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”


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Cold Weather Wear: Parkas

Baby, it’s cold outside — and if that Northeastern blizzard isn’t enough to tip you towards winter wear, maybe the latest slew of cold weather style is: the parka coat.  It’s certainly not new to the scene, the parka has been of-the-moment for the past 3 years gracing snowy film festival red carpets, and muddy music fests only now it’s rife with style: bold, bright hues, geometric patterns, and lots of boxy silhouettes — there is a look for every fashion aesthetic.  Altuzarra, Burberry, and Alexander McQueen have even graced us with their version of the parka.  So whether you’re bundling up in a classic favorite neutral, or taking a cue from the colorful street style scene, the parka is the thing to do when it’s blustery outside.


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Must Have: Paint the town (and your fingertips) red

Forget painting the town red, a simple cherry polish on your fingertips is all you need to prep your paws for that big New Year’s night on the town.

Easier to maintain than a dramatic red lip, a crimson manicure can serve the same purpose by prettying up the minimal makeup look that’s so popular right now — a little concealer, a swipe of mascara, and some lip gloss and you’re out the door.  There’s a shade for everyone, from orange-reds to burgundy, blue-red hues to a classic cherry — whatever your skin tone, you simply can’t go wrong with red.  So quit quibbling over the nail polish display — the choice is clear.  Save the mental strain for your New Year resolutions.


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Top 5 beauty trends for 2013

Here we are in the home stretch of 2013, which means it’s time to start the annual ticking off of all that was bold and beautiful in the last year — and cosmetics was a big one. Makeup moved fast and furious from last January ’til now, with celebrities, bloggers, and runways inspiring us to take on a few of it’s most irresistible trends. Let’s take a look at Posh Beauty’s top 5 2013 cosmetic trends that will likely follow us all the way into the New Year.

1. The top trend on our list was a biggie, seen on scores of fashion favorites, street style muses, and nearly every red carpet in town — a dark, dramatic pout. Painting your pout a classic cherry red, or a deep wine-hued burgundy was the thing to do in 2013 — making the necessity of a smokey-eye nearly obsolete when it comes to looking properly polished. A far cry from the 60′s inspired doe-eye and nude lip of the past (although this is still a good look, ladies), a simple red or wine-colored lip and some mascara is all that’s needed in evening makeup — and it’s equally as pretty during the day.

2. We can most likely thank super-model Cara Delevingne for the resurgence of another of this year’s top trends — big, bold brows. Makeup artists, models, and nearly everyone else put their tweezers away and let their over-the-eye fringe run wild.  Of course, that doesn’t mean grooming was obsolete, there was much to be said for gingerly plucking strays, filling in sparse-spots (probably caused by the past trend’s overzealous tweezing), and brushing and gelling brows into place, for a look that was equal parts untamed and glamorously dramatic.

3. Everyone who’s anyone has something to say about perfecting this year’s cat-eye eyeliner trend, with celebrities notables like Zoey Deschanel, Emma Stone, and Dita Von Tease. A steady hand, and a good liquid or stay-put pencil liner is all that’s required (and the slew of online tutorials can’t hurt) to perfect the 2013 trend that creates the illusion of volume and fullness to the eyelashes and a lift to the eye.

4. Bangs are still a big one for 2013, with the emphasis being a cut the flatters one’s particular face shape. From long, side-swept fringe, to blunt, thick bangs — this cut can create the illusion of a lifted eye and accentuate the cheekbones in a single swoop. If you’ve ever thought, “I just can’t wear bangs… my face is too (fill in the blank.)” — think again, and then ask your stylist for help in choosing a look that’s right for you.

5. Gone are the days of one-size and color fits all foundation. 2013 continued the trend of makeup artists applying complexion-correcting makeup with a gentle-hand, while cosmetic brands revealed even more textures, hues, and multitasking ingredients — this year’s foundation options were indeed ripe for the picking. From multitasking BB and CC creams, to products created to benefit specific skin types, colors, and ages (yellows, beige, browns… creams, sticks, pots, wands) — there is literally a product to perfect every complexion with minimal application skill required.

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Create your own fragrance with Fred Segal

One for you. One for me!

If you practice the gift-giving mantra that I personally favor, today’s must-have is a great one if you’re in need of any last minute items. The Blend by Fred Segal’s Blend Kit No. 01 is the perfect present for the perfume-obsessed on your list, and probably a perfect pre-holiday find for you too. A single fragrance kit complete with 10 single-note perfume oils poured into convenient roller balls, including epicure, musk, spice, citrus, and floral notes, so you can mix and match with your own scent combinations. For those fragrance fans who aren’t so bold, they also come with a recipe card of suggested scents, like the jauntily titled English Park (one swipe of floral, two citrus, and three spice), and Tryst (one epicure, and two spice.) And for $150, it’s a steal, considering all of the scent combinations you can create.

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