03.05.2014
Purple Hair Don’t Care

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NICOLE RICHIE is just freaking awesome in my book.  I’m obsessed with her style, her show, Candidly Nicole (and if you haven’t seen it then you need to) and now, her purple hair.  She did a nice little fake out on Instagram before actually dying her hair purple, and I give her props for that cause we all love a good prank…but then I got to thinking about how you actually upkeep candy colored hair.  I have a hard enough time with my blonde hair and can’t imagine having to deal with anything more than I already do.  So, who can actually rock purple hair?  I turned to one of my favorite colorists in the biz, GEORGE PAPANIKOLAS, Matrix Celebrity Hairstylist and also the guy who occasionally gives me the BEST balayage.

“Anyone who is fashion forward (can rock it); Considering purple hair doesn’t happen in nature, you don’t need to be too concerned with your skin tone, but you will need to adjust your makeup. Too much and you can start to look like a clown. Nicole tends to keep her make-up natural, which is a nice combination,” says George.  And, turns out, I was right when it comes to maintenance.  “The upkeep is a full time job,” says George.  “The roots need retouching every few weeks, and the pastel toner every few days, otherwise it turns into an uneven platinum blonde.”

I’ll admit that I’m intrigued by the pastel hair color trend, especially since I’m a big Gwen Stefani fan and she basically had hot pink hair for years, but I think for now I’m gonna stick with blonde…though, I seriously love purple hair Nicole.

03.03.2014
Lupita Nyong’o Gives Ellen Her Lip Balm

Lupita Nyong'o Gives Ellen Her Lip Balm

To be honest, I missed most of the THE OSCARS last night due to the fact that I was on a flight back from Miami…and no, I didn’t fly JetBlue or Virgin, so there was no live TV (boooo). By the time I got home, I was exhausted and really just reading through PR pitch emails to decide who I was going to feature as my number one beauty look (Jessica Biel won), but I had the end of the show on in the background.  It was right about the time Ellen started collecting pizza money that I looked up because, I mean, how funny is that?  She approached LUPITA NYONG’O, who clearly didn’t have any cash on her (why would she?), when I saw it happen: she gave Ellen her lip balm.

As a former publicist, I immediately thought “OH MY GOD, THAT BRAND IS SOOOO LUCKY.  Hello, free celebrity spokesperson!”

So what was the lucky brand?  CLARINS.  Lupita handed Ellen Clarins HydraQuench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm, which simultaneously started the hash tag #LupitasLipbalm, also selling out the product overnight.  Don’t worry it’s back in stock if you click the below image:

03.03.2014
Three Questions With Brad Goreski

Brad Goreski

Fact: BRAD GORESKI is one of the most likable guys in fashion.  If you watched The Zoe Project and then Brad’s spin-off, It’s a Brad Brad World, then you’re probably just as obsessed with him as I am and so when SUAVE offered me the chance to ask Brad a few questions, I naturally jumped at the chance.  Brad decided to partner with the beauty brand because he loves the glamour of the red carpet and awards season, and they’ve introduced products this year that embody just that.

Q: Can you tell us any insider info on who you’re styling for the Oscars and other awards shows that are coming up? 

A: I styled Lara Dern and Jenna Dewan-Tatum for the (Oscars) awards show last night. For Laura I chose a soft petal pink. Seeing her in such a romantic color was really exciting for me. It was a very edgy but beautiful. For Jenna we were going for a glamorous princess moment. As soon as she put this gown on we knew this was the one. It incorporated everything I love to see in a red carpet gown—drama, glitter and of course radiant, glowing skin. 

Q: Who’s your style inspiration right now and why? 

A: I would say Jared Leto. He’s got a coolness to his personality that seems to radiate through his personal look. Everything’s just so in sync. I also love Diane Kruger—she always seems to nail it no matter what she’s wearing. She’s got that ‘cool girl’ mentality that I love.

Q: If you could give your 22-year-old-self any advice, what would it be? 

A: It would be to enjoy your 20s but the best is yet to come!

 

 Read more of my Three Questions With celebrity interview series here.

 

 

03.02.2014
Jessica Biel at the 2014 Oscars

Jessica Biel 2014 Oscars

I’m usually drawn to a bold lip or a dramatic eye but when I saw JESSICA BIEL‘s look from the 2014 OSCARS I was pretty into it.  Jessica is known for the natural, girl-next-door makeup and hair and, lately, I’m really feeling the natural thing happening; she’s still glam but has that fresh faced look that I think is just really gorgeous…here’s how to get the look, from her makeup artist, KAYLEEN MCADAMS, ck one color global makeup artist:

THE INSPIRATION: “I wanted to do something really fresh, light and feminine. There were so many beautiful pastels in her dress, so I played with those tones.”

STEP-BY-STEP:

  1. I prepped Jessica’ skin with moisturizing face and eye products, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration and Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, to give her makeup a good base to stick to.
  2. Then, I used a damp Beauty Blender to apply ck one 3-in-1 face makeup with SPF 8 in fair 200, followed by ck one 3-in-1 concealer in light 1 underneath the eyes, around the nose, and along the edges of her mouth to even out her skin.
  3. I used Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze and Glow powder on the tops of Jessica’s cheekbones, down her nose, and on her cupid’s bow.
  4. I finished her skin with ck one cream + powder blush duo in breath 100 right on the apples of her cheeks and set it with the powder side of the product to give the look staying power throughout the night.
  5. For Jessica’s eyes, I started by using a fluffy brush to apply ck one cream + powder bronzer duo in deeply bronzed 400 all over the lid.
  6. Then, I used ck one powder eyeshadow in expose and evolved on the inner corners of the eye and along the lash line at the outer corners.
  7. I completed her eye with two coats of ck one volumizing mascara on the top lashes to pump up the lashes.
  8. Then, I applied the same mascara onto an eyelash comb and combed through the bottom lashes to slightly darken them.
  9. For Jessica’s lips, I used Tarte Lip Surgence in Lucky to cover her whole lip with a matte pink; I also used this product in the center of her lips to give dimension and add moisture to her look.
  10. Lastly, I gave Jessica’s lips a good coating of Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Lip Balm to soak in while I did her eyes.

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02.18.2014
Inspired By: Gwen Stefani’s pregnancy style

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I’m obviously always obsessed with all things GWEN STEFANI, but I got a pitch recently about the above photo that really made me realize something: Gwen has the BEST pregnancy style EVER.  Seriously, like ever.  She looks better pregnant that most people (myself included) look while they’re not pregnant and hommage must be paid.  I’m obsessed with the Mark and Estel Belled Mini Dress that Gwen is wearing (above) over leather pants with heels, of course.  Here are a few of my other favorite Gwen pregnancy looks…

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Again with the leather leggings and it’s perfection.

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The white jacket really accentuates her baby bump and her “fancy sweatpants,” as I like to call  them, are perfect.

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 Hands-down my absolute favorite. I’m a big fan of the red dress, especially on blondes, but this version is the most put together version I can possibly imagine.

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Gwen has always been the queen of mixing patterns and I love the mixtures here, especially with her signature red lip.

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“Maternity” evening done RIGHT.