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I’ll Tell You What I Want, What I Really, Really Want

The big day is almost upon us, which means it’s time to get shopping! And no matter what your take is on Valentine’s Day, chances are you’re going to be buying at least one gift, amma right? Because even people that bemoan the Hallmark nature of the holiday are still trying to look good to their loved ones.

But since finding the perfect gift can be hard and time intensive, may I suggest a gift card? You heard me right! My husband and I started dating just a couple of weeks before my birthday, and since he really didn’t know much about me, but knew that I loved to shop, he went to the mall and bought me several gift cards to different stores and wrote me a nice card about giving me the gift of shopping. Pretty much why I married him.

But since I’m pretty sure we all agree that a Bath & Body Works giftcard ain’t cuttin’ it for Valentine’s Day, may I suggest Giftbar? They provide gift cards to a curated list of local merchants in various cities. So you can give the gift of shopping local, give the gift of luxury and give the gift of shopping all at once. Sweet, right?

So here’s what I’m pining over from the Giftbar Atlanta merchants–and what your loved one could have the joy of buying if you gift her a Giftbar card! HINT HINT HUBBY!

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

 
1. Deborah Lippmann Sweets for My Sweet collection (via Woo Skincare + Cosmetics) 2. Relica Wisdom & Luck Necklace | 3. Mara & Mine Jem Skeleton Loafer | 4. Harvey Faircloth Field Jacket | 5. Lafco Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Candle (via Woo Skincare + Cosmetics) | 6. Ultracor Ultra Silk Camo Tech Print Leggings | 7. Glowdry Blowout | 8. Tiffany Chou Meeko Ring | 9. Ulla Johnson Clarice Crochet Top (call W. Port for availability)

 

Peace, Love and V Day Gifts,

As Seen On TV: Red Carpet Beauty Trends

We all know I love a good red carpet, which means award season is pretty much the March Madness/sports championship of my life. So I was super excited to head over to Atlanta & Company and break down this season’s hottest red carpet trends and how you can get them.

Check it out and get details on where to buy the products, after the jump. Also, stay tuned for my second red carpet segment, coming soon!

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Get the Look: January Jones’s SAG Awards Makeup

In case you haven’t noticed, guys, January Jones is gorgeous. Like textbook, perfect beauty.

Get the Look: January Jones's SAG Awards Makeup

For the SAG Awards, makeup artist Melanie Inglessis created the most dreamy look, and here’s how you can recreate it:

“January’s Schiaparelli gown is so beautiful and feminine and the sea foam color is so complimenting to her skin, so we wanted to complement the look with a soft blue/grey smokey eye.” -Melanie

PREP:

To prep January’s skin, first Melanie cleansed and applied Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask and left it on for 15 minutes to energize and brighten the skin. Then she removed it with a cotton pad and Burt’s Bees Rosewater Toner.

Then she massaged Sisley Paris Black Rose Precious Face Oil onto the skin for hydration, and took off any excess that didn’t absorb into the skin with a tissue sprayed with the Burt’s Bees Toner.

To prep her lips, she applied a generous layer of Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm with Kokum Butter and left it on until she was ready to apply the lipstick.

SKIN:

Next she applied Sisley Paris Phyto Teint Expert Fluid Foundation with a wet Beautyblender.

Under the eyes, she applied Benefit Ooh La Lift mixed with Cle De Peau Concealer in Ivory to brighten up the under eye area.

Melanie wanted a natural look to the skin, but used Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder to the T-Zone to keep down unwanted shine later in the day.

She added Sisley Paris L’Orchidée Rose blush to just the apple of the cheeks.

EYES:

For the eyes, Melanie started with Fiona Stiles Beauty Radiant Aqua Eye Veil in Galaxy Way as a base, and applied it all over the eyelid and barely into the crease, as well as at the lower lash line.

Next she took Sisley Paris Phyto 4 Ombres in Mystery, and used the light grey as a base over the cream, the dark grey on the crease to create dimension, the beige shade on the brow bone and in the inner corner of the eyes, and the dark blue at the outer corners. Then she blended them all thoroughly.

Then she took Sisley Paris Phyto Kohl Perfect Eye Pencil in Black and tightlined all around the eyes and smudged it, for a soft smokiness.

Finally, she curled the lashes with the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler and used two coats of Sisley Paris So Intense Mascara in Deep Black.

LIPS:

The last step was coating the lips with Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Nile Nude.

Get the Look: January Jones's SAG Awards Makeup

Let me know if you try out this look!

 

Peace, Love and Dreamy Makeup,

SAG Awards Recap

Saturday night was the SAG Awards, otherwise known as everyone’s favorite awards show! The celebs love it, because they get to eat and hang out with their peers, and the viewers love it because it’s only ‘good’ awards (i.e.: no sound mixing–sorry sound mixers), and it’s a quick two hours long. Another reason I love it? It was on Saturday night, which meant I didn’t have to stay up late to get my blog post up on Monday. So three cheers for the SAG Awards!

Here are the most important fashion and beauty moments of the night:

I love a good red carpet ‘do that looks doable in real life, which is probably why I love Queen Latiah’s hair so much. It’s super cool, and it looks like something I could recreate at home.

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Remember these?

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Well, Sola Bamis took those dresses and said, ‘I’m gonna take those giant bows and make them even more giant. And yellow. And asinine.’ But you know what? I think this dress is a marketing tool! Betcha didn’t know her name on Friday. And I bet you’re talking about her now.

 

You know Gilly from Game of Thrones? Well, allow her real-life counterpart, actress Hannah Murray, to show you the power of makeup:

 

We can’t go any farther without mentioning Nicole Kidman, who gets a nod for her necklace, a mix between the Heart of the Ocean and Arwen’s Evenstar necklace, and also, for wearing her hair down, which she never does.

 

I used to feel awkward about how much I adore Kiernan Shipka, because how can a 16-year-old be a style icon? But then I just gave in. The girl is as cool as her clothes, and she was my favorite of the night in her Erdem gown:

 

The Best Dressed Man was easily Taye Diggs (and no, it’s not just because he follows me on Twitter):

 

As for makeup, there was a tie for best of the night, with Saoirse Ronan taking one spot, for this dreamy, ethereal look:

 

And January Jones, who I’ll have a complete ‘how-to’ breakdown for tomorrow:

 

I have to give Marisa Tomei a shout-out for what is probably the most underrated look of the night. I bet you haven’t seen a lot of talk about her, but the Zuhair Murad gown, the easy waves–it really is fabulous:

 

And now something I never thought I’d say: Julianne Moore is my worst of the night. It genuinely pains me to say that, since she’s always a dream. And especially when she’s wearing green, because she looks so stunning in (emerald) green. But here we are. And she’s wearing this dress that makes her look awkward and lumpy and sickly. I can totally see this dress looking amazing on a hanger, but fit for the red carpet, it is not. I think the only person that could pull it off is a size 0 high schooler at prom:

 

And now, the best dressed are:

Naomi Watts. The detail on this Burberry gown is stunning, and she’s a vision, from head to toe:

 

So, I had no idea who Lily Rabe was, until I imdb’d her while watching the red carpet. Turns out, she’s been in a ton of stuff, just nothing I’ve ever watched. And I guess she doesn’t hit a lot of red carpets, since I’m on those like a hawk. Regardless, I’m head-over-heels for her look! I love canary yellow on the red carpet, and I love print, and she’s gone and given us both with this Lela Rose gown.

 

The best surprise of the night goes to Anna Faris. I genuinely like Anna. She seems like a cool person and a good mom. But girlfriend struggles on the red carpet. It seems if she manages to get the gown right, there’s a beauty hiccup. But man, she looked amazing! The Naeem Khan gown is tailored and chic (and you know I love a red carpet sleeve!), and the hair and makeup are lovely.

 

And giving us a major argument for the wonders of strobing is Emilia Clarke. Just a radiant, glowing queen (of dragons):

 

And of course the saddest part of every awards show, in memoriam, when we look back at the faces that are no longer with us. Like Ray Liotta’s. Goodbye, Ray Liotta’s old face.

 
Did I miss your best and worst moments of the night? Leave a comment and tell me what they were!

 

Peace, Love and SAG Awards,

To Be Real

via Pinterest

via Pinterest


 
In high school and college, almost all of my friends were brunettes, and I was always jealous of their no makeup look. We could roll out of bed, and they looked so much more put together than I did with my super blonde lashes.

Over the years, I’ve tried to dab a little bit of mascara on my lashes for a slightly less dead ‘no makeup’ look, but it never really works. I always get clumps, or it just ends up looking like I need eyeliner. It’s never given me the look I was seeking.

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Enter Benefit Cosmetics’ brand new They’re Real! Tinted Primer. It was made to boost the look of your natural lashes if worn alone, or to amp up the volume if worn under mascara.

When I applied the primer to my natural lashes, I basically felt like it gave me the brunette lashes I’ve always wanted. The formula left my lashes feathery and clump-free, so it really did just make me look more awake, but not like I had on any makeup.

Then as a primer, it helped amp up the volume of my mascara. A lot of mascara primers make my lashes look thicker, but it’s really hard to get there without any clumps (Don’t come at me with the clumpy mascara trend. I hate mascara clumps!). This made my lashes look longer and thicker, but also separated and clump-free–without any combing and fussing!

Here you have the before/primer only/primer and mascara breakdown:

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So needless to say, I’m sold! I’m not only wearing this stuff alone almost every day just so I feel better about myself when I look in the mirror (remember: I work from home!), but it’s also become a part of my full makeup routine as a primer.

Do you use a mascara primer? If so, which one?

 

Peace, Love and Lash Envy,

Do You Want to Know a Secret?

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Most people that know me personally know that I don’t wash my hair if I can help it. I never wash it more than once a week, and if I can stretch it a day or two longer, I consider it a personal victory.

To be clear, I’m not talking about the whole ‘no ‘poo’ thing. I love me some products. I’m talking about getting my hair wet at all for a full week.

I remember back in college having a little contest with a friend to see who could go the longest without washing their hair. I honestly don’t remember who won, but I remember bragging to everyone that I had gone five days. Now I scoff at the idea that that was a long time!

And honestly, what started as me just hating how long it takes to wash and dry my hair (a minimum of an hour and a half just for the drying) has now become me taking better care of my hair.

That’s right, did you know that it’s actually bad for your hair to over-wash it? I feel like this concept is slowly making its way in to common culture with the presence of dry shampoo and our consumption of internet articles, but it seems most people still wash their hair way too often–even, gasp, daily!

Of course, I’m fortunate to have really thick, fairly dry hair, which means it’s easier for me to stretch between washings, but no one should be washing their hair every day. No one!

(via June issue of Elle Mexico. Photographed by Santiago Ruisenor)

(via June issue of Elle Mexico. Photographed by Santiago Ruisenor)

 
Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wash Your Hair As Often

1) Every time you wash your hair, you’re getting rid of the natural oils on your hair and scalp, which actually protect and condition your hair.

2) Washing your hair is terrible for your color. Both highlights and lowlights suffer each time they’re washed.

3) Heat styling is bad for your hair. And since you’re using heat tools every time you wash your hair, washing=damaging.

4) Hair looks better a little dirty. Why do you think so many products help create the ‘dirty hair’ texture and look? Because sparkling clean hair isn’t the best hair.

5) It saves time. Seriously. Even if it doesn’t take you as long as me to style your hair. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

So by not washing your hair, you’re basically winning on all fronts! You’re saving time, your hair is healthier, and it looks better. In the words of the latest The Bachelor villainess, Olivia, #winning!

Plus, dirty hair gives you an excuse for wearing fabulous braids and topknots.

So tell me–how often do you wash your hair?

 

Peace, Love and Dirty Hair,

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

As much as I love fashion and clothes, I love being comfortable maybe even more. Which is why my holy grail of fashion is stylish-but-comfy clothes (but isn’t that the case for everyone?).

And since I am pretty fresh off of having a baby, the holiday parties I’m RSVPing ‘yes’ to this year, are of the more low key, suburban variety.

And more low key means bright floral bell bottoms, a fur vest and some satin booties are just what the fashion doctor ordered.

#JingleBellFrock

Top: Michael Lauren DOV Oversized Double V-Neck Tee in Rouge c/o Swank | Vest: Faux Fur Ombre Vest | Pants: Show Me Your MuMu Bam Bam Bells in Black Floral Waffle c/o Swank | Shoes: old Chinese Laundry booties

A visit to Swank at The Shops Around Lenox made it easy to find the perfect chic-but-easy outfit. While Swank has some phenomenal dressy options, they also carry great comfy-but-stylish brands like Show Me Your Mumu (my fave!), Camilla, Mara Hoffman and Michael Lauren.

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I mean, how fabulous are these pants? I’ve been obsessed with the 70s my whole life, so I’m pretty thrilled that bells are back in style, and this print is just divine–and perfectly Christmasy, too!

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Finding the perfect tee is also a pretty huge fashion accomplishment, and that’s exactly what this Michael Lauren top is.

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Some big hair, dark lips, a fur vest and yellow/gold booties finished things off.

So tell me–what will you be rocking to your holiday parties this year?

Disclaimer: Some items in this post are c/o Swank, however, as usual, all opinions are 100% my own.

 

Peace, Love and Christmas Party Fashion,

The Dreams That You Dare To Dream Really Do Come True

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If you’re still looking for an outfit for your upcoming holiday parties or some Holiday gifting inspiration, look no further! 6pm.com is an amazing site that has a massive amount of merchandise from brands you know and love at incredible prices!

Here’s how I used the site to inspire my Holiday style with some of my favorite brands.

I adore Mara Hoffman, but when you think of the brand, you usually think of swimwear and maxi dresses–which is why I flipped when I saw this fabulous dress. It has an amazing print (what Mara’s known for), but is also seasonally apropos! Swoon!

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Dress: Mara Hoffman Column Cutout Dress

And look at the fun back detailing! (Three cheers for a back cutout that doesn’t prevent you from wearing a bra! I mean, some of us are over 19…)

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And since I am never one to shy away from color (obviously), I decided to accessorize with even more color.

I paired the dress with these suede, fringe booties to play to the season versus a more predictable pair of heels.

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Shoes: Tahari Camila booties

And the final touch, of course, is the perfect winter hat.

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Hat: Gabriella Rocha Eva Hat

Starting Monday, 6pm.com will have their 12 Days of Xmas (Dec. 14 – Dec. 25) sale. 12 days. 12 deals. So it’ll be easy and affordable to get the perfect fashion trend for everyone on your holiday shopping list–or for your upcoming holiday festivities!

Plus, the site has 24/7 customer service between now and January 17–how cool is that for holiday shopping ease? I mean, that makes my online shopping heart flutter.

Let me know what trends you’re feeling for your holiday parties!

Disclaimer: The post was sponsored by 6pm.com, however, as usual, all opinions are 100% my own.

 

Peace, Love and Online Shopping,

Get the Look: Jessica Biel’s Barely There Red Carpet Makeup

Jessica Biel Makeup How-To

There’s something about the no makeup makeup look that is just so appealing. Having perfect skin is, of course, every woman’s dream (Right?), so to have the look of perfect skin without noticeable makeup is like a taste of what that reality would be like.

But, you don’t often see the barely there look on the red carpet, which is why I’m absolutely swooning over this stunning makeup MUA Beau Nelson created for Jessica Biel over the weekend. Nelson shares, “I just think Jessica is so naturally beautiful that I wanted to enhance what was already there. Her soft pink gown was the starting point for us to create a monochromatic, creamy-looking, romantic makeup.”

Here’s how he created the look:

First, he perfected her skin with Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, High Precision Retouch and Cinema Secrets Ultimate Corrector 5-in-1 Pro Palette. Then, he created a soft matte effect by setting everything with Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder.

Then he lightly dusted NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna on the apples of her cheeks, followed by NARS Blush in Gaiety on top of that.

He kept the eyes simple, using shades of taupe from the Dior Nudes Palette and only one coat of L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black.

Finally, on Jessica’s lips, Beau used Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Re-Size & Re-Shape Lip Pencil in Pillowtalk to both line and fill in the lips, and then he used his finger to diffuse. Then, he used his finger to apply Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Bitch Perfect on top of that.

And there you have it. The most simply gorgeous red carpet makeup look I’ve seen in a long time.

 

So tell me: What holiday event do you think would be the perfect place to rock this look?

 

Peace, Love and Barely There Makeup,

As Seen on TV: Skincare Through the Decades

You skin isn’t the same when you’re 20 as when you’re 50, so why would you use the same skincare products? You shouldn’t!

I went to Atlanta & Company to share some insight on how your skin changes through the decades and some of my favorite products to use in each decade. Check it out and get all the details on the products, after the jump.

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