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:

Top 10 prettiest beauty product packaging

2-prettiest beauty product packaging

I’ve expressed my obsession with pretty beauty product packaging before, so it should come as no surprise that I decided to round up the top 10 prettiest beauty products, according to moi.  What are your favorite beauty products for packaging?

1. Too Faced Pink Leopard Blushing Bronzer

2. Physician’s Formula Talc-Free Mineral Wear Correcting Powder

3. Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum

4. Paul & Joe Cat Collection Blusher Sticks

5. NARS Yachiyo Brush

6. YSL Volupte Sheer Candy

7. Guerlain Meteorites Powder For the Face

8. Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm

9. Tokyo Milk Octopus Bubble Bath

10. CHANEL Ombres Fleuries

Reader Question: How do I simplify my skincare regimen?

Simplify your skincare regimen

One of the most common reader questions that I get is on the topic of simplifying your skincare regimen. What do you REALLY need to use? How often?  In what order?  When?  These are all completely valid questions, especially given the fact that beauty brands come out with dozens of new products every year.  And, here’s a secret, a lot of the “new” products are really just the same formula with a new name and new product packaging!  It’s true.  So here, I break down exactly what you need: a simple skincare regimen with the fewest products possible.  Of course, you can always add treatments (based on your specific concerns) into your regimen but this list is the bare necessities, and a few product recommendations.  I’ve included high-end brands and drugstore brands, so you can decide where you want to splurge.

MORNING (in order of use):

EVENING (in order of use):


Obsessed: Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm

clarins-Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm

When I first saw this lip balm, I knew that I HAD to try it out.  Aside from the gorgeous packaging, you know I’m a sucker, Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm has pretty much everything that I look for in a lip product: a mild tint and moisture. In one easy word, this product is magical, and reminds me of being a kid…here’s why:

  • The “crystalline glaze,” aka the clear outside, plumps and accentuates lip contours and, let’s be honest, we all want plumper, fuller lips
  • The “pigmented core,” aka the juicy center (a la a Tootsie pop), is the actual thing that provides the color and the fact that you can see the differentiation is just FUN.

You need this for summer, enough said.