This year's Oscars had memorable moments such as this:
But I digress, my favorite moment was of course Halle Berry. I mean honestly. This is what fashion looks like. I died. This dress had everything I like-edge, sparkle, shoulder and black. Yes please!
I will agree on one little item from the critics, I would have loved to see her do something differently with her hair. A shoulder length asymmetrical bob with bangs would have been gorge! I probably would have also thrown in a blood red lip for good measure--and slayed them. But it's Halle so she gets a posh pass. Stay Posh!
I LOVE A RED LIP. The love affair began long before its recent rebirth in every fashion magazine and on every blog.
When I was about fourteen my Mom took my to the mall--which on its face was nothing new. We spent A LOT of time there. However, on this particular day she let me pick out my very own lipstick. She was likely tired of me borrowing hers lol. But nonetheless, I was ecstatic, a real grownup lipstick from the Fashion Fair beauty counter!!!!! Back in the day, before it finally clicked for the beauty industry this was the brand--actually one of the only premium brands catering to black women. But I digress. I chose a beautiful vibrant red color because to me it personified femininity. I loved that lipstick. My favorite shade of NARs lipstick actually reminds me of it. Strong, vibrant and powerful.
Further to this point, I actually did an experiment a few summers ago for a friend (now converted and an evangelist herself) who did not fully believe in the power of a beautiful red lip. So, over drinks one day, I showed her. Suffice to say she was astounded and converted. I actually believe she went out and bought her own tube that very weekend--proudly telling anyone that would listen about the power of red lipstick. And too bad I don't get royalty checks from that exchange because I'd be rich. If I had a dollar for every time...
Anyway, the great thing about red being the color dujour is all of the great options available now. Enter the reason for my post. Via JCrew tumblr ....drum roll please...the perfect red lip. Or at the very least a great variation on one. Stay Posh!
The Lip: Bright and Bold
1. Make sure lips are well moisturized by applying a generous dose of lip balm (we’re
partial to good ol’ Aquaphor).
2. Color the entire mouth with a Maybelline lip pencil in #50 ‘Red’.
3. Apply Hourglass Icon lipstick in ‘Icon’ liberally over the entire mouth
for killer shine. (I WILL SAY THIS IS AN ODD DESCRIPTION AS THIS PRODUCT HAS A MATTE FORMULATION--INSANE STAYING POWER)
4. Finish with a dab of RMS Living Luminizer at the bow of the lip for a perfect pout.
I love this video because it says so much with one little gesture. I know exactly how she feels because this happens to me a lot. In fact, just the other day. It's a strange thing to experience--someone that you don't know just walking up and putting THIER hands in YOUR hair. I am generally so respectful of people's personal space that it astounds me how much people cannot be.
For those that don't know it is absolutely not cool for you to touch my hair or any woman's hair without permission. To me it generally communicates on some level a complete lack of respect. I do understand that some people find "our" natural hair texture in it's many forms "fascinating" (side-eye/double eye roll). But really when it comes down to it--is it? Nonetheless, guess what...I prefer that you work it out on your own.
But if you prefer not to heed good advice, I hope you like life with one hand lol. Stay Posh!
I was tired of my previous look and wanted a new one... so I went darker with my hair. Simple + brilliant!
I must admit it was an odd thing to do just before Spring when a desire for a lighter color usually prevails. But I like the versatility of it. I find that darker hair opens the door to more complimentary colors for me in clothes and makeup. I found a few of the picts of the inspired me to take plunge back closer to my natural color. I am sure I will change it again. But for right now I'm in love. Stay Posh!
I am lucky enough to have pretty low maintenance skin. If I'm disciplined about washing and moisturizing my face I usually don't have any problems. I'd been searching for a nice alternative for exfoliation on the days I don't use my Clairsonic. Enter Kate Somerville Exfolikate. I'm pretty much obsessed with this product. According to the website: What it is: A dual-action exfoliation method. What it is formulated to do:Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment is the next best thing to seeing Kate in the Clinic (KATE IS A VERY FAMOUS DERMATOLOGIST)! This signature formula works both physically and enzymatically to deliver safe, dramatic results in one application. It effectively combats acne and blackheads, reduces discoloration, and polishes skin for a smooth complexion. This expert formula harnesses the power of fruit enzymes to clarify skin by removing dead cells and eliminating bacteria. It is ideal for all skin types, except sensitive skin (SORRY LADIES).
So guess what? It does what it says. My experience has been brighter, softer and fresher looking skin. Definitely worth a try. You can purchase it at Sephora. Let me know what you think. Stay Posh!
I have fallen deeply back into a black hole...but wait it's not what you think. It's just I've lost my battle to consistently wear colors other than black. But I'm ok with it. As a matter of fact I draw inspiration from it. It's the simplicity and lack of complexity. It just works. There's no puzzle or anything to figure out. There's enough of that in life these days so I'll just continue to KISS.
Here are a few inspirational looks--black with a touch of white. Crisp, classic and complex clean. Stay Posh!
I had a great reminder recently that gorgeous beauty comes from within. Today's message-- pay as much attention to your insides as you do to your outside. But please do still give good face... Stay Posh!
*Posh beauty tip for a similar glow or peachy complexion try: Illamasqua powder blush in Excite, Laura Mercier shimmer brick (any version) and Nars bronzer in Laguna.