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Get the Look: Scarlett Johansson’s Avengers European Premiere Makeup

Scarlett Johansson

There is a lot of pretty red carpet makeup. And I talk about plenty of it. But I have to say, when I saw these photos of ScarJo yesterday, it literally took my breath away. She is the most beautiful thing, maybe, like ever.

So I started hounding the genius behind the look, makeup artist Frankie Boyd, who was busy being awesome in London, but managed to find time to send me the breakdown on this stunning look.

And, since Scarlett has a beauty contract with Dolce &Gabbana, all products are D&G.

Here’s what he said:

“Scarlett is an amazing beauty on the inside and out. I love working with her, because she’s very free spirited and always up for trying new looks. When we sat down to discuss the look for the premiere, Scarlett asked for something disco inspired to play off the colorful Balmain jumpsuit.”

“I started the eyes by giving the lashes a nice curl and lining the inside of the eye (tight-lining) on top and bottom with a very intense amount of Kohl Eye Pencil in black. I used the D&G Eye Shadow Quad in Smoky to highlight and sculpt the eyes in a dramatic effect (The lighter shimmery tan on the lids, the darker shimmery brown in and above the crease). Using an angled brush, I took the darkest shade (black, top left) under the lower lashes to reinforce the black eye liner and make sure no gaps or skin was showing through the lash line.

Scarlett Johansson

Then, I applied a demi lash on the outer corners to accentuated her natural eye shape. I used Intenseyes Black Intensity Mascara heavy at the root and feathered it out at the tips using a clean mascara wand. Then, using a tiny angled brush, I literally painted the mascara on the lower lashes.

To finish the eyes, I used Perfect Mono Cream Eye Colour in Gold Dust to highlight the inner corner of the eyes to make them really pop.

I used The Illuminator in Shimmer on her temples down to the top of her cheeks, bridge of the nose, cupids bow and top of the chin to emphasize Scarlett’s natural glow.

On the lips, I used the new Dolce Matte Lipstick in Fire (605), and, using a lip brush, I carefully defined Scarlett’s natural lip line.”

I mean. Swoon, swoon, and swoon some more!


Peace, Love and Gorgeous Makeup,

Get the Look: Kate Bosworth’s Coachella Part Braid

Well, the unthinkable has happened. I’m writing a non-sarcastic post about Coachella style! Of course, leave it to Kate Bosworth to wear hair so cool to the festival that I actually have to share a tutorial on it.

Here’s the super fab way Kate wore her hair yesterday. Totally realistic and wearable for adult human beings in the real world!


The hair genius behind the look is hairstylist Bridget Brager, and here’s how she executed the simple but oh-so-cool look:

“Starting on second day dry hair, take a small section (no larger than the width of the tip of your ring finger) of hair where you would normally have a center part. This section should end at the crown of your head, just before your head starts to curve.

Once this section is created, begin to make a cornrow braid towards your forehead. Finish the braid where your hairline stops on your forehead and make two sections by splitting the third strand of the braid. To secure the braid, use a small bobby pin. Push the pin up the middle of the braid as flat to the head as possible. Split the lengths of the hair around the face to create framing.

Next, sprinkle Kevin.Murphy Powder.Puff to lengths of hair for added texture. Then gather hair starting from the top of the ears back in to a half up half down knot. Secure with a clear elastic band. Let any pieces around the face fall down to tuck behind the ears.

Finish the look using Bumble and bumble Does It All Styling Spray.”

I’m seriously obsessed with that braid, and it really doesn’t sound that hard to do! Let me know when you try it out! I’ll be doing it SOON!


Peace, Love and Cool Braids,

Uptown, Funk You Up

HalfTopKnots In case you haven’t figured it out yet, the half topknot is the style of the Spring/Summer. At first, this look popped up on one or two celebs and models, but it has taken off like wildfire, and is all over fashion catalogs, Pinterest and trendy girls’ heads now.

I mean, it’s not like people haven’t been throwing their hair up like this for ages! But, as trends go, now it’s officially an ‘It’ hairstyle!

Created by simply putting the top section of your hair on top of your head in a knot rather than all your hair, like a topknot, the look works with any type or length of hair. Different hair just = different knot!

And whenever I hear ‘easy and trendy’, I’m always on board!

Check out some super inspiration below:


Super messy, ombré variation via Pinterest

Super messy, ombré variation via Pinterest


Big and messy, via CaraLoren.com

Big and messy, via CaraLoren.com


Shorter hair, smaller knot, via NastyGal

Shorter hair, smaller knot, via NastyGal


Some teasing can get a bigger, messier knot on shorter hair, via Pinterest

Some teasing can get a bigger, messier knot on shorter hair, via Pinterest


A less messy version, via rougeimaginaire

A less messy version, via rougeimaginaire


A more polished version, via Pinterest

A more polished version, via Pinterest


Sitting on the very top, via Pinterest

Sitting on the very top, via Pinterest


Long and sleek, via Pinterest

Long and sleek, via Pinterest


Are you into spring’s trendiest ‘new’ ‘do?


Peace, Love and Hair Trends,

Put Your Sneakers On, We’re Going Dancing All Night Long

dabcffb7625eb265cc8249e7a6906c09 My style in general is pretty feminine, which means there are certain styles that I’ve never incorporated into my wardrobe. But, for some reason, I’m finding myself extremely inspired by those very styles this Spring, which means I’m planning for some major ‘outside my comfort zone’ dressing as the weather gets warmer!

First up, kicks! Well, traditional sneakers and sneaker-style shoes, as well as Birkenstocks, slides, and pretty much anything else that isn’t dainty. The only time I have a pair of sneakers on is if I’m doing something outdoorsy with my family. They are definitely never a part of my daily stylings. But, by adding florals, metallics and some fun embellishments, I think they are just feminine enough that I can pull them off!




Spring Shoes


1. kate spade new york sidney leather sneakers in Lucky Green | 2. Steve Madden Ecentrcq sneaker in Gold Faux Leather | 3. Sam & Libby Ashland Studded Sandal in Silver | 4. Aldo Kosmo Sneakers in Blue Misc. | 5. New Balance 574 Textile Turquoise | 6. H&M Canvas Sneakers | 7. Aldo Haerani Sneakers in Metallic Miscellaneous | 8. Superga 2750 Bahama Tropical Print Sneakers | 9. Madden Girl Brando White Multi Floral Print Slide Sandals

(top photo via Pinterest)


Peace, Love and Spring Shoes,

As Seen on TV: Tips for Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

Man, do I love a good night’s sleep. I think. It’s been so long since I’ve gotten one that I don’t really remember what they’re like, but I’m pretty sure I love them. And since most people don’t live with a crazy little smurf that is allergic to sleep, I went to Atlanta Plugged In yesterday to share some great tips to help you get the sleep you need!

Check it out below, and hit ‘more’ for all the details on the products and what I wore.


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Purple Rain, Purple Rain


Everything You Need To Know About Purple Shampoo



You don’t have to spend long on my Pinterest page to know that I’m obsessed with gray hair. So it should be no surprise that I’ve spent the last year of my life trying to get my naturally warm-toned hair the coolest shade of blonde there is–basically one step away from gray.

When I first began this journey, the only person I had seen with this color hair was Julianne Hough, so naturally, I flew to LA to have her colorist, Riawna Capri of Nine Zero One salon, give me the color. In the past year, the blonde-without-a-touch-of-warm-hues color has gotten increasingly popular, and I have seen it pop up on a few other people.

But what happens when you have this color blonde is you have to work hard not to get any yellow in it, which brings me to the topic at hand: purple shampoo!

As I’ve talked to people about using purple shampoo, I’ve been surprised how many of them had never even heard of it, which is why I decided this post was so important!

Purple is the exact opposite of yellow on the color wheel, so, if you are trying to combat brassy, yellow colors (which pretty much all blondes are), you want to tone it with something purple.

And even if you have never heard of purple shampoo, it’s actually not that hard to find–but you want to make sure you use the right stuff!


So here are some purple shampoo tips:

*It should be a dark, dense color.
(See the photo above? My fingers are stained for a few hours after I use it.)

*The longer the shampoo sits on your hair, the more pigment is deposited on your hair.
(Since I only wash my hair once a week, I let it sit on my hair for at least 15 minutes before rinsing.)

*If you want an even heavier dose of the toning power of purple, put the shampoo on dry hair, massage it in, let it sit for 10 minutes, rinse it and wash again on wet hair.

*If your hair goes too icy/purple for you, just get back in and wash again with a regular shampoo.

And here are a few of my favorite purple shampoos:

Unite Blonda Shampoo
This is the greatest shampoo ever. I’m seriously obsessed! It does a wonderful job toning and leaves my hair soft and smooth.

Bed Head Dumb Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo
This is my go-to when I haven’t planned ahead to order my Blonda online. It’s available at Ulta, works great, and really helps combat the color-treated hair dryness.

Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights Shampoo
This is like the original purple shampoo. It’s been around forever, and gets the job done!

L’Oréal Professionnel Expert Serie Silver Shampoo
I’ve also heard amazing things about this one–namely that it has a really intense color, so it works well/quickly, but I’ve never tried it. But I will be soon!

So, have you tried purple shampoo? Which one is your favorite?


Peace, Love and Purple Shampoo,

Beauty Giveaway: Neutrogena and Target


It’s always dangerous to make sweeping statements, but I’m going to go ahead and go there: Everyone loves Target. I mean, right? There is just so much fabulousness to get sucked in to every time you go! The clothes, the purses, the home decor, and don’t get me started on the newly revamped and beyond amazing beauty section!

And Neutrogena, I mean….we’ve all loved and used the brand since we were 14, right?

But before I go off on a major tangent, let’s get to the good stuff: I have a super amazing giveaway for all my readers! I’ll be giving away several of Neutrogena’s newest products, plus a $25 Target gift card!

One lucky reader will receive:

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser





Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel





Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream Eye





Neutrogena Rapid Dark Circle Repair eye cream






And a Target giftcard worth $25!



So, here’s what you need to know:

To enter the giveaway, follow Neutrogena (here) and Target (here) on Twitter and me on any of my social channels:

Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.

And then leave a comment below sharing your handle, so we can find your follows (and have your email to notify you if you win).

Winners will be chosen at random on Monday, February 23 at 10pm EST, and the winner will be notified via email.

*Please note: Only U.S. residents are eligible to win.*

Thank you to everyone who entered! The winner has been notified.


Peace, Love and Free Stuff,

Get the Look: #NYFW Cushnie Et Ochs Makeup

Hey, have you heard? It’s NYFW! And while there have been plenty of gorgeous makeup and hair looks going down the runway for the past few days (and a few scary ones, too.), there has been one that really stood out to me the most: The stunning eye makeup at Cushnie et Ochs.

Created by MUA Yadim for Maybelline, this makeup is seriously making me swoon.

At first glance, you may just see gorgeous, smokey emerald eyes…


But when the hair is pulled back, you see the super cool graphic lines:


So stunning! And might I just say, wearable in the real world? Just tone this look down a smidge, and it’s totally cool for a dramatic eye look.


To create the look, Yadim used Maybelline Master Kajal Eyeliner in Onyx Rush around the eyes and blended it with the black shadow from the NUDES palette for a smokey look.

He then used Master Precise Eyeliner (a liquid liner) on the top and bottom lash line to create the graphic, open-ended tracks at the outer corners of the eyes.

Then he put the green shade from the Eye Studio Color Molten in Teal Twist palette for the pop of green color.

He used Colossal Chaotic Mascara on the lashes (out in June), and gave the lids a wet finish by swiping some clear Baby Lips balm over the whole thing (creative!).

Final image via artpartner.com.


Peace, Love and #NYFW Makeup,

As Seen On TV: Winter Beauty Dos & Don’ts

Winter can be hard on your skin and hair, so I went on CBS’s Atlanta Plugged In to talk about some Winter Beauty Dos and Don’ts to help make sure you are looking your best all winter long.

Check out the video below, and get the details on all the products after the jump.

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Recreate the Look: Mila Kunis in Jupiter Ascending

I’m not a huge Sci-Fi fan (I’m much more into fantasy), but I am into anything that has super cool/beautiful makeup and hair. Take the film Jupiter Ascending, which comes out this weekend, for instance. My husband is super excited about it, and will likely watch it without me, because the plot does nothing for me. The fashion and beauty looks I’ve spied in the previews, however, look fab!

mila kunis

I’m particularly taken with the super romantic makeup Mila Kunis wears in a wedding scene. I don’t care if it’s Valentine’s Day or just a random night out–this gorgeous pink shadow and matching lip look is divine (headpiece is your call)!


Jupiter Ascending Makeup



1. MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Gorgeous Gold
To get the depth of color in the eyeshadow, I’m guessing they mixed shades together. This pearl-finish gold, mixed with the matte finish pink would do the trick beautifully.

2. MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Passionate
The matte finish on top of the pearl will give the lovely glow without being too shimmery.

3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighting Duo Pencil
It is very important to make sure your brows are very defined and stand out against the shadow, so in addition to filling them in nice and strong, you need to use a highlighter like this one all the way around the brow to really make them pop.

4. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush
I absolutely love this bronzing brush to really define the cheekbone.

5. Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Telluride
With Mila’s flawless skin, that cheekbone definition is very pronounced, but it is still in the same pink color family. This shimmery mauve shade seems just the thing.

6. Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain LipColor in Madame Batifole
I have this lipstick, and not only am I struck by how stunning it is every time I open it, it’s also almost identical to what she’s wearing.


Peace, Love and Movie Makeup,