Tuesday Web Candy

tuesday web candy


If you love JayZ as much as I do, then you get the reference here. LOVE. – NYMag.com

My latest piece for Brit.co is a good one for anyone, like myself, who is clueless when it comes to baking – Brit.co

The Budget Babe has the latest LC Lauren Conrad look book and I’m way into it – TheBudgetBabe.com

Let’s face it, most people are really excited to watch Olympics figure skating, and this round up of heinous 80s skating offensives is pretty amazing – TheLuxurySpot.com

I’m alllll about foot comfort which is why this round up of anti-blister products is true perfection – Byrdie.com

My secret self-tanner trick is featured in this beauty blogger story, along with some other really awesome tricks and tips from my ladies – iVillage.com

Hannah Tries out a cat eye

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With this week’s release of Lauren Conrad’s adorable, and beyond enviable, engagement photos, I couldn’t help but be inspired to try one of LC’s (yes, she will always be LC to me no matter how far she’s journeyed from Laguna Beach) signature looks—the cat eye.


Now while Lauren may have borrowed her inspiration from the original cat eye queen herself, Cleopatra, I sought my muses from the Spring 2014 runway.  From Anna Sui to Dolce & Gabbana to Salvatore Ferragamo, the runway was covered with models winging it out.  So as Spring approaches (hopefully sooner rather than later, am I right east coast?), I decided it was time to grab my eyeliner and try it out myself.

cat eye NYFW

I opted for Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen and followed THIS YOUTUBE TUTORIAL from LC herself and her makeup artist, AMY NADINE.

The ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen was easy to use and the color didn’t smear across my eyelid like with other liquid liners.  I followed Lauren’s guidance for a more conservative winged eye, but based on the results, I might just knock it up a notch the next time I’m feeling…well, catty.


Have a beauty trend you’d like to see me try?  Tweet me @han_cran, #beautynewbie, with your suggestion!

Hannah Cranston, Assistant Editor

A Hair Update

I took my extensions out about a week ago and, being honest here, decided I needed a slight change. My hair had a ton of split ends from having the extensions in for so long so, after Mika Fowler cut about an inch off, I went over to see my fab colorist, Erick Orellana, over at Sally Hershberger Salon.  The inspiration? Lauren Conrad’s lighter ends and slightly darker roots.  The only thing is this: my hair is really fine with out my extensions in, so I tried a new volumizing product…Sally Hershberger Plump Up Collagen Thickening Mist, and I am obsessed.  Basically, this spray repairs the cuticle while locking out humidity and it also helps to protect hair from sun and color damage…it’s kind of a one stop shop, in my opinion.

What do you think of my lighter ends?!

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