01.26.2014
Get the look: Chrissy Teigen at the Grammys

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I interviewed CHRISSY TEIGEN for my Three Questions With series back in June and that’s when I pretty much instantly formed a girl crush on her.  And then THE GRAMMYS happened and I (along with the rest of the internet) was like “whaaaa?” She looks a-mazing, which naturally inspired me to come up with this get-the-look. To be fair, I don’t know what Chrissy’s makeup artist and hair stylist actually used, but these products will get you similar results, minus being a supermodel, obviously.  Side note, I’m also equally obsessed with Chrissy’s JOHANNA JOHNSON dress

01.15.2014
Inspired By: Amy Adams in American Hustle

Amy Adams in American Hustle

If you’ve seen American Hustle, and you probably have, then you KNOW about THE FASHION. I was especially inspired by Amy Adams’ character and her 70s glam low-cut power tops and dresses. I mean. The GLAMOUR.  I’ll stop with the caps, cause I’m not Kanye, but I want to express my excitement for all things 70s glam, ok?  Here’s how to get Amy’s simple yet chic beauty look from the movie and, p.s., my friends at Jouer just confirmed that Amy actually DID wear their Luminizing Moisture Tint in Golden while filming!

 

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01.12.2014
2014 Golden Globes: My Picks for best dressed AND their beauty secrets

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KATE BECKINSALE (IN ZUHAIR MURAD)

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Flawless dress, flawless face.  Makeup artist Adam Breuchaud used Jouer Cosmetics on the stunning actress.  “When I first saw the silver and gunmetal metallic dress I immediately thought it needed a sexy, rock n’ roll make up.  We decided on a smudged kohl eye, almost the day after look,” said Adam.  See below for the step-by-step…

I started by smudging Jouer Creme Eyeshadow in Suede all over the eye. I blended Jouer Powder Eyeshadow in Opal in the inner corner for a highlight, then layered Jouer Powder Eyeshadow in Chocolat over her lid.  Next, I applied Jouer Eye Definer in Noir along the top and bottom lash line.  Over that I blended Jouer Powder Eyeshadow in Licorice to really smoke out the look.

After cleaning under her eye I applied the Jouer Age-Repairing Concealer in No.3 Cameo where needed.  Then I applied the Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Bronzed as a foundation.  It is sheer enough to let the skin show through where you want  and build more coverage where you need.

On Kate’s cheeks, I applied Jouer’s cream Tint in Whisper and Mineral Powder Bronzer in Sunshine – my favorite go to duo.  Together they define and brighten the cheek effortlessly.

To finish off the look I used Jouer Lip Gloss in Cherish.

ALLISON WILLIAMS (IN ALEXANDER MCQUEEN)

Allison Williams Golden Globes 2014

Avon Global Celebrity Makeup Artist Lauren Andersen created a classic sultry smokey eye to match Allison’s black and white gown (I’m obsessed), complemented by a soft pink rose lip. Here’s how to get the look:
  1. First, Lauren groomed Allison’s brows with Votre Vu Brow Wax.
  2. Next, she played up Allison’s baby blue eyes with a classic smokey eye using Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad in Urban Skyline.
  3. Lauren lined her eyes with Avon Glimmersticks Eye Liner in Blackest Black and then coated lashes with Avon Mega Effects Mascara.
  4. On Allison’s face, Lauren applied YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation and then dusted on Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light.
  5. Lauren swiped Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Rose Petal on the apples of Allison’s cheeks.
  6. To complete the look, Lauren applied Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Ripe Rose.

OLIVIA WILDE (IN GUCCI)

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Her hair. I can’t…it’s just so good.  Hair stylist Lona Vigi captured the pregnant starlet’s natural beauty.  Lona said, “Olivia wanted to feel like herself tonight – beautiful, but not overdone – so I decided to leave her hair down. I think this look is sexy and effortless. And even a bit rock ‘n roll.”

1. Prep wet hair using Oscar Blandi Jasmine Oil Serum on the ends for shine and to protect the cuticles; Oscar Blandi Lacca Hairspray on the roots for body and “staying power;” and Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Heat Protect Spray to safeguard from hot tools.

2. Part the hair to one side and blow-dry using a round brush.

3. Spray hair all over with Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray and then curl it, alternating with different curling iron barrels (¾ to 1½ inches); repeat and tousle for more texture.

4. Spray Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Spray onto the roots and all over for body, shine and to absorb any product residue.

5. Finish with Oscar Blandi Lacca Hairspray to ensure long-lasting hold throughout the night.

01.11.2014
2014 People’s Choice Awards

2014 people's choice awards

 Kelly, Roxy, me, Sydne, Annette

 Truth be told, I’m not the biggest fan of attending award shows (I know, #firstworldproblems),  but when P&G Beauty told me I could invite four of my blogger girls with me, I couldn’t resist.  We gathered on my roof (sorry to everyone in the Polar Vortex) before heading downtown to the awards show and you can see the behind-the-scenes on my Instagram HERE.  Big thank you to P&G Beauty for inviting me and my friends!

photo by Preston

12.05.2013
Holiday Gift Guide: The Little Market

The Little Market gifts

 

A few weeks back I attended the launch party (and also a blogger sushi lunch!) for The Little Market x Citizens for Humanity where I learned about Lauren Conrad’s latest project: The Little Market, a company she started with friend Hannah Skvarla, that’s mission is to build sustainable partnerships with artisans in developing countries, by connecting them with customers through an online marketplace. They seek to empower women artisans to rise above poverty and support their families.  So basically, Lauren and Hannah have been traveling the globe in search of amazing ethically-made products that practice fair trade principles.  If you know me, you know I love this kind of stuff and, even better, they’ve sourced a TON of amazing items that would make for perfect holiday gifts.  Here are my favorites:

1. Block Print Elephant Journal (handmade in India)

2. Rose Gold Candle (handmade in India)

3. Black Knit Baby Sneakers (handmade in Peru)

4. Aqua Round Glass Pitcher (handmade in Mexico)

5. Mint Vanity Trunk (handmade in India)

6. White Dove Ornament (handmade in Nepal)

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Annette, Lauren Conrad, me, Kelly

11.19.2013
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Premiere with COVERGIRL

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Jennifer Lawrence, in Dior, at The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Premiere in Los Angeles

I’m not ashamed to admit the fact that I love (seriously LOVE) both of The Hunger Games movies.  Sure, I know everyone raves about the books but I’d rather be surprised while watching each movie, as they come out.  Sorry I’m not sorry…and luckily for me, COVERGIRL is the official beauty sponsor of Catching Fire, the second Hunger Games movie in the series.  COVERGIRL invited me and a few LA bloggers and web editors to a fun prep suite at The Standard Downtown, followed by the official Los Angeles premiere of the movie and guys…it was just SO GOOD.  My mouth literally DROPPED at the end, but don’t worry…I won’t give away any spoilers!  You NEED to see this movie when it opens (this Friday) and also make sure to check out the COVERGIRl Capital Collection– a fun assortment of Hunger Games-inspired makeup, all of which is awesome.  The Flamed Up Mega Curl Mascara is my favorite not only because it’s a great mascara but also because every time I use it, I start singing Alicia Keys’  “Girl On Fire”…love.  “This girl is on fiiiiiiiiiire; she’s walking on fiiiiiiiire.”  Must-see, must-sing.

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11.11.2013
Three Questions With Cynthia Nixon

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Anyone who reads this blog probably loooved the Sex and the City series and Miranda Hobbes was always one of my favorites.  Well now that the series is over, Cynthia Nixon (e.g. the real Miranda) has decided to help spread awareness about Rosacea, something I’ve mentioned on my blog a TON of times.  It’s crazy to think that nearly 16 million Americans suffer from the condition but only 78% even know what it IS…insane.  Rosacea is often mistaken for acne, but unfortunately acne treatments can make rosacea worse, but the good news is that seeing a derm can help can your rosacea under control (like mine).  Check out RosaceaFacts.com for more info and resources and, with out any further babbling, here are the three questions that I exclusively asked Cynthia:

Q: When did you first realize that you had rosacea and what did you do about it?

A: When I was in my 30’s, I started noticing that my cheeks would flush and blush and sometimes I would get pimples. I assumed it was acne that was coming back to haunt me from my teens. Once I spoke with my doctor I realized there were things that trigger my rosacea, like spicy foods and red wine, I knew what to avoid. She also gave me a prescription treatment to help manage my condition, which really helped get my rosacea under control.

Q: What are your favorite beauty products to use that help reduce inflammation and/or cover the redness?

A: I think what my dermatologist has really helped me identify is what I can do to help reduce flare-ups, rather than using make-up to cover it up. Some of that includes regularly using a prescription treatment, avoiding harsh cleansers and scrubs and my triggers, like red wine and spicy food.

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

A: I think my advice would be to visit a dermatologist if there is something going on with your skin. Also, skin issues that pop-up as you age can’t be treated in the same manner as those you suffer from in your teens.