Summer Tips To Try: Relieve The Sting Of Sunburn

Summer is chock full of its own special brand of pitfalls — bee stings, callused feet, melted makeup, and arguably the number one, warm weather no-no, the sunburn.  Armed with the ability to ruin beachy vacations, music fests, and poolside afternoons, a sunburn can turn your lovely complexion into a red, raw, and extremely painful semblance of its former self — and that’s prior to the peeling, damaged mess you’ll have to deal with once the redness subsides. *What to do? What to do?

Here are a few of our favorite helpful tips to stave off the damage and the burn caused by under-protection and overexposure to the sun’s searing rays.

First and foremost, let’s address the immediate ramifications of too much sun — your skin is dehydrated, painful, and inflammed.  Immediately after a sunburn, pop one or two ibuprofen to help bring down the inflammation, and make sure that you’re drinking your eight glasses of H2O a day to get your hydration levels back up where they belong.  You can also crush the ibuprofen and make it into a paste to apply directly to the sunburned areas, for those that are squeamish about taking pills.

There is a vast array of cosmetic counter and drugstore creams and moisturizers aimed at sunburn care, and slathering them on is a great way to help reduce or eradicate the post-peeling associated with a bad burn.  After all, your skin is dehydrated and needs emergency amounts of moisture, and most skincare companies offer up a cream, soak, gel that will help reduce the damage.  Products like Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm, Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, Aveeno Skin Relief Bath Treatment, and Merle Norman Anti-Redness Cream all rate pretty high on the consumer scale, while a generous helping of goo from your aloe plant rates pretty high on the DIY scale.

Showering is oftentimes painful as the water bounces off your already raw skin, but soaking in a cold bath can help ease pain and irritation — add two-cups of baking soda to restore your skin’s pH balance and stave off the itchiness.  And be sure to stay away from soaping up, as the detergents in your bath wash are likely to further dry and irritate your skin.

When your simply too tender to soak in a tub, try applying cold compresses of water, milk, or green tea to the sunburned area.  Soaking a washcloth in cold water and holding it to the damaged skin for 20 minutes can act as instant pain relief, and using milk or green tea can reap you additional anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, and sting-reducing benefits.

Do you have a favorite sunburn product or remedy you can share?  Let us know!


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Must Have: Goody’s Spin Pin

Goody's Spin Pin

“What on earth are those?” you may be asking yourself.  These, fair readers, are the answer to that perfectly messy up-do.

Most likely, you’ve spent long hours trying to recreate a carelessly thrown up up-do, but Goody’s Spin Pin aims to be the end to that little problem. The  Tesla-looking coil pins mean it’s no longer necessary to use 7 million bobby pins to create that perfectly disheveled and very sexy bun.  Simply put your hair in a pony tail, wrap it around the elastic and secure with T-W-O spin pins — one on either side!  And don’t worry about misplacing the pins, today’s must-haves are known to create a style that will not budge.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Becomes A Reality


Imagine successfully launched clothing lines, accessories, fragrance and being named artistic director at Louis Vuitton and it’s clear why designer Marc Jacobs continues to sit at the top of the fashion food chain.  So why stop there?  The illustrious 29-year veteran of the biz is branching out into the next logical style-realm, cosmetics, in an effort to redefine beauty as “imperfectly perfect” with today’s launch of Marc Jacobs Beauty.

“I see beauty in many things and I am attracted to all sorts of imperfection, to style, to confidence or experimentation,” Jacobs said in a recent statement. “It’s unexpected and surprises you.”

Which is exactly what he hopes to do with his new 120-piece beauty line which includes foundations, a concealer, blushes, eyeshadow palettes and liners, a bevy of lip products (gloss, gel, and balm), brow gel, and a bronzer.  Marc Jacobs Beauty is set to range in price from $18 to $78 and will also include body products (bronzer), a set of makeup brushes, and 24 gloriously shiny nail lacquers.


MarcJacobsBeautyPolish_2013_8.jpgAll Marc Jacobs Beauty products are housed in simple, sleek bottles, tubes, and compacts, whose curved edges and modern flare will undoubtedly cast a pallor over the rest of your cosmetics case, while the actual formulas do the heavy lifting in the beauty department. Cosmetics innovations include the buoyancy-technology of M.J.’s Genius Gel foundation that creates a cushion-like layer on the skin, and the E-Lash Tic Lash Technology of his Lash Lifter that “works like spandex” to lift the lashes.  Unsurprisingly, there is also a smattering of unisex products like Brow Tamer grooming gel, Remedy concealer, and a mint-flavored Lip Lock balm.

I, for one, can NOT wait to steal away to Sephora, to try out Marc Jacobs Beauty exclusive new line, but the products will also be available online at Sephora.com, MarcJacobs.com, and MarcJacobsBeauty.com, as well as at Marc Jacobs brick-n-mortar stores.  So what are you waiting for?

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TRENDS: Love Is In The Air

Earlier this week we offered up Orla Kiely’s heart-infused Resort 2013 collection as evidence that “love” was in the air and would likely see its way into the back-to-school season as well.  We were right.  In fact, heart-shaped graphic are just a small part of 2013′s Fall/Winter trend hot for the “heart on your sleeve” theme.

Burberry Prorsum, Lanvin, Milly, and Honor all peppered their F/W 13 runway collections with variations on the season’s affection for affection with graphic heart-shapes and lip prints adorning dresses, coats, sweaters, and shoes, and cursive love print showing up on chunky necklaces and rings.  Fast fashion was also quick to jump on the “love” bandwagon, offering up their own take on accessories like an H&M’s heart-stitched purse and Urban Outfitters gold cursive ring.  The look is surprisingly more playful and less girly, with urban prints and quirky accessories taking center stage — so leave any sugary sweet notions of “love” you have behind and belly up to what is stacking up to be 2013′s hottest fall/winter trend.

Lanvin F/W 13

Burberry Prorsum F/W 13

Milly F/W 13

Honor F/W 13

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James Perse Dominated Grunge-Pretty With Pre-Fall 2013 Lookbook

With the launch of James Perse Pre-Fall 2013 lookbook comes further evidence that no brand does “grungy pretty” better than the the L.A.-inspired label.  J.P.’s latest effort pairs dilapidated buildings, the great outdoors and nature with its coveted casual wear, nailing Perse’s self-described “low-maintenance high fashion.”  Think soft, wearable sweaters, t-shirts, and dresses all tricked out in variations of white, black, grey, muted blue and a smattering of plaid prints ripe for making this particular writer pine for a weekend on the shores of Washington State, and you’ll get the idea.

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Order Up: A How-To On Applying Your Skincare Products

There are endless oceans of skincare products on the market today, but the real quandary comes in, not only finding the perfect fit for your skin’s tone, texture, and type, but also applying the products in an order that best utilizes the beneficial properties of each product.  If you’ve ever found yourself wondering if the application and order of your daily eye cream, moisturizer, serum, and sunscreen matter, then here’s the validation you’ve been dreading — Yes. It matters.

Dallas-based esthetician Renee Rouleau breaks down the general rule in skincare application by recommending that “you go thinnest to thickest.” For example, a toner is much thinner in consistency than a moisturizer, so that would be the first product you apply post-cleansing. “[Toner] goes on like water and you want to leave it damp so that whatever you put on next seals in all that hydration and any other active ingredients.”

Next comes your serum, which ranges in texture from liquid to gel, followed by an application of your moisturizer of choice. There is some debate as to whether rubbing a product into your skin or pressing the product over the skin is the best way to get the most out of your product without damaging the skin. Some schools of thought adhere to the rubbing method in order to stimulate blood flow, while others swear that pressing the product gently into the skin from the center of the face out to the lymph nodes behind the ears helps decrease puffiness and increase circulation without pulling and stretching the skin.

Eye creams are up-to-bat next, and should be pressed (not rubbed) into the skin around the entire socket cavity. Start by warming your eye cream in the palm of your hand, and then use three fingers to press the product into the inner corner of the eye, then towards the outer corner, and into the upper cavity.

And finally — and probably most important — a healthy application of sunscreen. Not your BB cream, not a tinted moisturizer, and certainly not your own homemade mixture of both. “Sunscreen is a drug that’s been tested and approved by the FDA in its final form,” Roleau says. “And anytime you alter a drug, you don’t really know what’s going to happen; you can’t feel 100% confident that it’s going to protect you.”

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A Womanly ‘Suited Up’ Meghan Markle: Getting That Rachel Zane Stunning Look

Rachel Zane had got us all glued to SUITS, even since her first appearance in the pilot episode. Played by Meghan Markle, the brunette beauty has flawlessly flaunted her looks, either with or without makeup. If you’ve been envious of her ‘hundred dollar’ hair since the first episode, you’re in luck, as we are going to provide you a detailed view into how Rachel Zane manages to get that stunning corporate look.

It’s All About the Hair and the Eyes

You don’t need to spend a fortune to get the Rachel Zane look, and if you want to achieve her style and brunette vibe, fashion and make up experts can transform you from a plain and simple Jane to a hot and feisty femme fatale like her. Apart from acquiring her stunning tresses, it’s best to click here and choose the right accessories to help you achieve that “Zane” fashion statement.

Meghan Markle also shared some of her quick eye makeup tips and tricks right below:

1. Lightly apply a nude matte tone matched to your own skin. You may use Caleche (or for those with fairer skin, you may apply Sandollar) and dab it on the entire eyelid.

2. Using a brush, apply a glistening, warm skin tone eyeshadow like from Boudoir and spread it to the lower half of the eyelid; starting from lashline to crease. Remember to smear it all the way in toward the tear duct.

3. Sweep a pure, red-based brown eyeshadow using an eyeshadow brush. Brush it gently.

4. Select a darker smokey tone eyeshadow. Smear this to the outer corner part of the eyelids. Daub it completely as to overlap the other colors you’ve applied. This would give a pretty smoky effect.You can do this also with a dry brush.

You can watch this youtube video for more makeup application details.



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Orla Kiely Brings Back-to-School Polish To The Resort Season


Orla Kiely’s Resort 2014 collection is evidence that school girl fashion is trending, and while the look is perfect for fall’s return to the classroom, we can see how Kiely would want to extend the look through summer too. Think heart-shaped graphics, a plethora of prints, high necklines, ruffles and pleats and you’ll get the general vibe behind the Irish designer’s sweet-and-innocent looking concept for the resort season.

Kiely adorbs vision can also be snapped up in her latest Target collaboration, geared towards covering your electronics with cuteness. Afterall, your iPad, iPhone, and headphones deserve their own girly printed wears too.

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H&M Finally Launches A Shoppable E-Commerce Site For US

We have to agree that it’s a little early to incite a shopping riot, but the “unicorn” has finally arrived — and by “unicorn” we mean a shoppable H&M site for US customers.  Rumors of the fast fashion titan’s e-commerce launch have been running rampant for so long it was anyone’s guess if it was actually going to happen.  But it has and you can log on right now!

We assume that H&M launched their US shopping site now, in anticipation of the frenzy that will ensue with the online release of their upcoming Isabel Marant for H&M collection in November — gotta work the kinks out now.  But today’s “grand opening” also includes a bevy of bonuses to entice online shoppers to log-on, including offering maternity wear and special sizing (sizes 12 – 24) that isn’t available in the brand’s brick-and-mortar stores, which only carries up to as size 14.

The launch also coincides with the US debut of the beloved brand’s home collection, so you can spruce up your digs as well as your wears and still look your bank account in the eye.

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Tuesday Tips: Fight Summer Frizz


Summer travel has made one thing crystal clear to me: a good west coast blowout is not equipped to withstand the east coasts 100% humidity.  We here at Posh Beauty.com aren’t about to stand for the frizzy, unkempt mess caused by elevated levels of moisture in the air, so today’s tips are aimed at keeping your polished hairstyle intact for longer than 5 minutes.

1. Preparation is key to avoiding humidity’s effect on your hair, so be sure to use a conditioner after you shampoo. Shampooing alone can create fluffy, flyaway strands, all ripe for absorbing the air’s moisture.

2. The tools you use are just as important as product, including a good blow dryer and brush.  Cheap blowdryers tend to be unable to maintain a good temperature and can overtime overheat your hair causing split ends. A brush with dense, uneven bristles, while more likely to tangle, is better equipped to grip the hair for greater tension, which results in a smoother and longer lasting blowout.

3. A great way to fight the frizz is to opt for a style that is more humidity friendly, like a super-trendy braid style, or a simple ponytail. Adding a hair wax into the mix, all over, or simply on the hairline, will keep your style in place and help control that annoying hairline frizz.

4. Never leave the house with wet hair. When the humidity level goes up, it’s important to get your strands under control before you leave the house.

5. And finally, don’t skimp on a final finishing product. A good serum can act as a “cling wrap” for your hair, repelling outside moisture from ruining your style. Finishing off the ends of your hair with serum or anti-frizz hairspray are just the thing to keep your strands in place.

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