My Latest Makeup Favorites (all under $70)

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Because I always play makeup favorites…


Get The Look: Emmy Rossum’s Skin

Emmy Rossum is VERY quarter life crisis, so when I got the scoop on her skincare routine from her makeup artist, Jake Bailey, I had to share.  The photo above is from the Jeffrey Fashion Cares Fundraiser hel yesterday, April 2, in New York City.

– Create the perfect canvas for any makeup look – a flawless, glowing complexion – with Bioré Acne Clearing Scrub. Bioré Acne Clearing Scrub gently cleanses and polishes skin without harsh side effects or over-drying.

– Accentuate the eye by lining the top and bottom lash line with a waterproof crème liner. Apply a thin line in the crease of the eye to further emphasize the ‘mod’ look.

-Using the same waterproof crème liner, paint tiny strokes between bottom lashes to eliminate the need for false eyelashes and create a retro feeling.

– Apply a strip of full, black false eyelashes on the top lashes to create a doe-eyed effect.

– Apply a coat of waterproof black mascara on top and bottom lashes to finish the dramatic eye look.

– Highlight using a radiant, creamy concealer in a light shade along the brow bone.

– Apply a satiny lip pencil, a shade or two darker than the lips’ natural shade, to accentuate lips’ natural color while keeping the look clean and modern.

– Apply a crème blush or bronzer to cheekbones rather than a traditional powder blush to keep cheeks dewy and fresh-looking.

– Finish with a dusting of matte powder in a transparent shade across the T-Zone to eliminate shine.

MAC Launches A Dessert Line (For Your Face, Duh)

You guys know about my obsession with beauty products that smell like food, so it should be NO SURPRISE that I’m clearly excited about the April 11th online debut (in-stores on April 18th) of MAC’s new limited-edition Baking Beauties Collection.  I can’t even give an accurate description of the sugary line, because I’m THAT excited.  Ok, that’s slightly crazy but I can tell you that it’s a sugary mix of pastels with a face powder that has a cake pattern etched into it.  I kind of hate when brands do cool designs in powder compacts because it truly makes me not want to actually USE THE PRODUCT and then I end up keeping it for years and, once again, prove how gross I am.  Anywho, make sure you check out the limited-edition collection stat.

Tuesday Web Candy

I’m loving Devon’s chic bar cart…I’m obsessed with the idea of having one, as dangerous as that idea is – DevonRachel

13 lipsticks for people who hate lipstick, like myself – Fashionista

Lately I’ve been feeling some 90s style, which is when I was really into the idea of clear pursesLe Catch

DIY projects that your PET will love. OH yeah – Buzzfeed

Alyssa is the cutest pregnant lady EVERThe Sparkly Life

Veronica Mars, the movie?!  Kickstarter raised more than $2mm today, no joke – Refinery 29

Nina Dobrev’s skin is pretty fantastic…here’s what she usesInStyle

photo via InStyle.com

Beauty Products Actually Worth the Money (and that I buy for myself!)

It’s not that often that I actually spend my own money on beauty products.  Sorry, but it’s a true story.  However, these are the products that I just simply ADORE and can’t live with out, free or not.  Watch the video to hear all of the captivating details and don’t forget to to subscribe to my YouTube channel!

Vivicscal Extra Strength: My hair growth miracle.

Yes to Cucumber Facial Towelettes: Perfect makeup cleansing cloths for my dry, sensitive skin!  Seriously, I’m obsessed with these.

Clinque Even Better Makeup SPF 15: It’s a moderate to full coverage (with SPF!) and the foundation also helps prevent new discolorations from forming.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment: I put this on EVERYTHING.  Got a skin issue?  Put some Aquaphor on it, no joke.  It’s an all-purpose skin products.

Moroccan Oil Treatment Light: The new-ish version (for fine hair) is even better for my hair, since it doesn’t weight it down but still smooths and prevents frizz.

Vanity Fair & L’Oréal Paris DJ Night Party

photo: Nadine Jolie, me

Ah, awards season. You know how I love thee.  I attended a super fun pre-Oscars party the other night at one of my favorite spots: The Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.  Freida Pinto co-hosted the party with Vanity Fair and, of course, L’Oréal Paris.  Here’s how to get Freida’s stunning makeup look from the event:


  • – Smooth L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Color Lift Blush in Berry Lift ($12.95) onto the apples of cheeks

– Apply L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Power Volume Mascara in Black Smoke to lashes
– Create a smoky lid with L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shadow Quad in Perfume ID
– Add definition to eyes using L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in Black
– Add a glossy pop of pink to lips with L’Oréal Paris Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Lilac Ever After

OBSESSED: Tarte Journey To Natural Beauty 6-Piece Collection

I can’t express in words the joy that came to my face when I opened my mail and came across this special 6-piece collection from Tarte Cosmetics for QVC.  Like, the packaging just makes me so happy and I plan on using the bag as a summer clutch.  What does it include?  Oh, pretty much everything that you need:

  • Amazonian Butter Lipstick in “Plummy Rose”
  • Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Broad-Spectrum SPF 15 Foundation (I got the “fair” shade, which is perfect)
  • Lights, Camera, Flashes! Statement Mascara in “Black”
  • One Brow Architect Brow Shaper
  • 12-Hour Amazonian Clay Blush in “Fearless”
  • Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush- OBSESSED with this.  LOOK at the fabric handle?!
  • Bag- it doubles as a really cute clutch and, even though I’m not really a pink girl, I totally love it.