Sample Sale Alert: STILA Cosmetics in LA!

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 15th and Sunday, Dec. 16th
WHERE: The Doll Factory at 1910 West Temple Street (Los Angeles, CA 90026)
WHAT: Shop hundreds of Stila items at up to 80% off

You know I love STILA so I’ll obviously be stopping by their LA warehouse sale to stock up on all my favorites, which you can see HERE. Make sure you pop in if you’re in the area this Saturday!

Olympic Beauty

Butter London The Heavy Medal Collection: It’s pretty much the winner’s circle…and I love it.  Gold, Silver and Bronze your nails up while the games are on.

Sephora by OPI “USA! USA!” Jewelry Top Coat: Red, white and blue…in a bottle.  All at once.  I also love the name that makes you just want to CHANT.

Stila “Lovely In London” Travel Palette: Though it’s not technically made for the Olympics, I’m loving the London theme of this palette and it contains everything you need (makeup-wise) while going to the games.

COVERGIRL 2012 London Olympic Games Collection: This limited-edition collection boasts the trademark Olympic rings, along with the P&G logo, and is available at mass retailers nationwide.

AND, for Olympic ring-inspired nails, Fashionista has a good how-to HERE.

Perfection = Blake Lively At the “Savages” Premiere

I saw this absolutely ridiculous photo of Blake Lively from last night’s LA premiere of Savages and nearly passed out.  Utter perfection.  Blake is wearing a stunning Zuhair Murad dress that she, not having a stylist, probably selected on her own.  The dress is from the Couture “Casino Fever” Spring Summer 2012 collection, which I love, but even more…can you believe her hair and makeup?  She is just stunning.  I did a little search to see if I could find the “get the look” from her makeup artist and/or hairstylist but no dice.  Here’s my take on how you can get the look:

Hair: For this style, you need volume.  I recently attended a Dove and Dailycandy.com event at DryBar and the stylist used Dove’s Style+Care Nourishing Amplifier Mousse and I was totally impressed.  Once hair is blown out and dry, use a 1-inch curling iron around your hair and brush out the curls for this old Hollywood glam look.

Skin: Blake definitely has a bronze goddess glow happening.  Apply your regular foundation and then use a summery bronzer to highlight the apples of your cheeks, nose and forehead.  I like Stila One Step Makeup Primecolor in “Bronze Babe” since it allows you to play with the countouring a bit and also serves as a primer, cheek color and eyeshadow.

Eyes: Keep eyes minimal, as it’s really all about the lip (see below).  Try a simple black eyeliner like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Perversion,” a personal favorite, and, of course, some false eyelashes.  I’m loving Makeup Forever’s eyelash strips since they’re easy to get on.  Then top it off with a dramatic black mascara like Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes, which I’m also currently loving.

Lips: As my friend Nadine Jolie said, any time a celeb is wearing a draw-dropping red lipstick, it’s probably MAC “Russian Red.  Enough said.

Nails: Blake is sporting a pretty serious red and Essie’s “Well Red” would definitely foot that bill.



Wine-inspired Beauty Products

Wine is probably one of my favorite things in the entire world and, on top of being delicious, it also actually has properties that are good for your skin!  Here are my favorite wine beauty product picks:

Stila Lip Glaze in Blackberry Purple Wine: Though it’s not wine-derived, the shade reminds me of my favorite red (from Napa) and Stila has the most amazing lip glazes ever.

Fresh Citron de Vigne Bath & Shower Gel: You know I’m obsessed with fancy shower gel so, naturally, I’m in love with this version…it has an effervescent citrus scent inspired by France’s Champagne region.

Caudalie Gommage Crushed Cabernet Scrub: This is a serious body scrub, just be warned.  It’s perfect for summer and I’ve been using it before I self-tan myself silly.

Wine Wipes: As someone who gets red wine mouth after like 1.5 glasses of red wine, these are a MUST for my purse.  You just swipe them around your mouth and teeth and voiila, red wine stains are dunzo.

Stila Haute in Hamptons Beach Palette

Not gonna lie, I kinda miss New York summers. Why? Well, yeah, I know that is kind of a strange statement since New York is known to be swampy hot and humid but during my last few years there, my summers were filled with crazy fun nights, empty city weekends and, of course, the Hamptons.  Every New Yorker wants to get out there on the weekends and even though it didn’t happen every weekend for me, I definitely enjoyed the weekends when it did work out.

Stila just came out with this adorable Haute in Hamptons beach palette and I’m totally obsessed with the colors and their cute Hamptons-esque names like “Sand,” “Route 27” and “Montauk Highway.”  LOVE.

Spring Makeup Palettes

So I’m the first to admit that I’m a total sucker for pretty packaging, which is exactly why I’m also a sucker for makeup that just looks gorgeous…oh, and it’s also actually really good makeup on top of the pretty presentation.

Stila Garden Bliss Palette – Inspired by fresh organic flowers, this palette instantly enhances your skin, leaving your complexion radiant and luminous…and I love that you can use it on your eyes, cheeks, face and decollete.

Lancome Desert Rose Blush – It’s just sooo pretty and fun.  This all-over powder gives you a super subtle shine.  I love that’s it’s sort of a “new” mix between shaded tones of summer bronze, berry red and soft pinks.

Physician’s Formula Cashmere Wear Ultra-Smoothing Bronzer – As son as I saw the braided texture of this bronzer, I immediately had to touch it.  The ultra-luxurious powder has the classic look and feel of cashmere, leaving skin feeling smooth, soft and nourished.  And yes, this product actually does contain 100% cashmere extract on top of moisturizing hyaluronic acid and soft focus pearls.



One Bag & Three Beauty Obsessions: Be&D

So, as a reader favorite, I really do need to do more of these.  Here’s my latest One Bag & Three Beauty Obsessions, featuring an amazing leopard bag from Be&D.




  • Stila Eye Shadow in “Kitten”: There’s a reason when something is a cult-favorite classic.  I wear this eye shadow to work, to Target on a Sunday or to a bar on a Saturday night.  It goes on smoothly, doesn’t crease and lasts all night.  I couldn’t be happier with an eye shadow.
  • Redken Time Reset Youth Revitalizer: A woman needs a good deep conditioner in her life.  I’ve tried them all but this one is different…in a good way.  It’s more of a decadent mask that provides a dose of peptides and ceramide for targeted hair follicle repair.  My hair has never been easier to detangle.
  • Clinique Superdefense Age Defense Moisturizer SPF 25: My skin is D-R-Y and with this comes a need for a serious moisturizer.  This moisturizer is serious for sure and I love that it has SPF 25 to protect you from sun damage (aka skin cancer and wrinkles) on top of it’s super moisturizing properties.