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Do You Want to Know a Secret? (Let Me Whisper In Your Ear)

Cara cat eyes I have a really hard time with liquid liner. Really hard. I can do a basic line, but when I try to do a dramatic cat eye or even just a slight flick, things get messy. Like, 37-Q-Tips-and-finally-just-give-up messy.

And, since I know I’m not alone, I’m super excited to share with you what I learned last week! Bobbi Brown just opened up a new flagship counter in the Macy’s at Perimeter Mall, so I stopped by to check it out and to get a makeup lesson from John Hernandez–the head of education and artistry for the Southeast.

When I found out I had the lesson, there was no question what I would ask John about: How to get a good cat eye!



And it turns out, I’ve been doing it all wrong my whole makeup wearing life! Instead of starting at the inner corner of the eye and going to the outer edge and then flicking out and up, John said the key is to go from the outside in.

cat eyes

So taking the liner, John started small, just a little bit out and up from my outer corner, and then drew in toward the middle of my eye. Then he filled in along the lash line, and we examined what he had done. Since we wanted a little bit more drama, he started back out at the outer point of the flick, and made it a bit larger–still moving from the outside, in.


He used the Bobbi Brown Ink Liner, but you can also use an angled brush and gel liner if that’s what you’ve got/prefer.

Now obviously practice makes perfect, and I know my cat eye isn’t going to immediately be as perfect as John’s, but I’m so excited to know the out-to-in method to help me improve my skill!

If you’re in Atlanta, go check out the gorgeous new Bobbi Brown counter at Perimeter, and no matter where you are–you can go to your local Bobbi Brown counter and get a makeup lesson of your own! They offer everything from a 5 minute ‘Instant Pretty’ lesson to a 20 minute ‘Everything Brows’ lesson to a full 45 minute ‘Ultimate Makeup Lesson’.

And comment and let me know how you create your perfect cat eye!


Peace, Love and Cat Eyes,

It’s Gonna Be A Bright Sun-Shiny Day


You guys all know that the sun is the primary ager of your skin, right? When you see beautiful 50+ women like Julianne Moore who have better skin than many women half their age, you know their secret is always protecting their skin with SPF, hats, a hermit’s lifestyle, whatever. I just want to make sure that’s clear. Because if I need to, I will totally do a full put-the-fear-of-God-in-you post about the horrors of the sun (comment and let me know if you need that), but otherwise, we’re just going to let this be a friendly reminder that SPF isn’t only for the summer or days you’re at the beach. K?

Seriously, it’s easy to remember to put on sunscreen when you’re spending the day playing in the sun and sand. It’s been a habit since we were kids. But, since 99% of our moms didn’t put SPF on us every single time we left the house, for way too many women, it’s just not the norm to protect our skin in the winter, on an average day.

But, any time the sun is in the sky (Yes, even if it’s only 30 degrees. Yes, even if it is shrouded by clouds.), you need to protect your skin from said sun to prevent age spots, and wrinkles. AKA, looking old.

So, here are a few of my favorite skincare and makeup products for protecting your skin against the winter sun.


There is literally no reason why you should be using a daily moisturizer (different than a nighttime moisturizer) without SPF in it. No reason. There are a million options of moisturizers with sun protection, so whether your skin is dry, oily, sensitive or aging, you can find one for you.

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My favorite oil-control moisturizers are Boscia Oil-Free Daily Hydration SPF 15 and Dermalogica Clear Start Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer SPF 15. For sensitive skin, Olay Complete Daily Defense All Day Moisturizer SPF 30 Sensitive Skin and Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15 are great, and for aging skin, Murad Age Reform Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30 and Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Anti-Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 are fab.


You should be using a makeup with SPF in it. Period. By doubling up on SPF in your moisturizer and your makeup, you are just protecting yourself that much more–which is a good thing! But no matter what makeup you use–BB Cream, liquid foundation or powder foundation, make sure it has at least SPF 15 in it. I opted against listing a bunch, because frankly, there are just too many variables when it comes to foundation.

But, I will tell you this: Even if you don’t wear makeup, you can still double up on your sun protection! Peter Thomas Roth Oily Problem Skin Instant Mineral SPF 30 is a colorless sunscreen powder that is just about the easiest thing ever. Any time, any where, just brush it over your face and you are applying (or reapplying) the sun protection you need. Seriously, this stuff is an age-defying, sun-blocking miracle (And, even though I love this for my no-makeup days, I also love it as a finishing powder over my makeup!).

Let me know if you have any favorite daily/winter wear SPFs I should know about!


Peace, Love and Sun Protection,

Get the Look: Jessica Chastain’s Critics’ Choice Braided Pony

There is always at least one stand-out hairstyle at every awards show, and at the Critics’ Choice Awards last week, it was most definitely Jessica Chastain’s Braided Ponytail.

Jessica Chastain Style

And the best news ever, it’s really easy to recreate! Here’s how you can get the look directly from hairstylist Renato Campora:

“On wet hair, I applied Kerastase Mousse Volumactive and then blew it dry with a large round brush. I wanted the hair to be smooth and shiny.”

“Next, I separated the hair and pulled the top section into a rubber band. I wrapped some of the hair around the band. At this point, half of the hair was up and half was down. Then I took about an inch section of hair from below each ear and brought them together. I used a very small rubber band to hold this in place.”

“Finally, I created a simple loose braid in the back to keep the look soft. I secured the end with a small rubber band and finished with Wella Stay Firm Finishing Spray.”

So fun but not that hard, right?

Let me know if you try it out!


Peace, Love and Celeb Hairstyles,

Golden Globes Winners and Losers–The Real List

If you watched the Golden Globes last night, than I’m sure you’re thinking that Boyhood and Fargo were big winners, but I’m here to tell you, I’ve got the real list of winners (and a few losers) right here. Enjoy.

Best Face Update: Catherine Zeta Jones


Best Fashion Surprise: Emma Stone


Best Coupling Surprise (didn’t they break up?): Robin Wright and Ben Foster


Best Use of Fake Hair: Katie Holmes


Worst Plus One Attempt: Eddie Redmayne’s wife–since all anyone could talk about last week was that she was late for their wedding, I’m assuming she was also running late last night, and therefore just skipped hair and makeup.


Best Use of My Favorite Red Carpet Color: Naomi Watts


Best Red Carpet Fun: Helen Mirren


Best Ill-Fitting Dress: Rosamund Pike


Best Morticia Impression: Laura Prepon


Most Underrated: Ellie Kemper


Best. Just Best.: Colin Firth


Best Consistently Fug: Amanda Peet


Best Effortless Ease: Michelle Monaghan


Best Been There Done That: Jennifer Lopez (Is she flawless? Yes. Has she worn this exact thing 12 other times? Yes.)


Best Job Making Me Irrationally Jealous: Jeff Goldblum’s new wife:


Best Ethereal Red Carpet Glamour: Anna Kendrick


Best Job Making Me Want to Chop Off My Hair: Sienna Miller


Any other true winners I should have added to the list?


Peace, Love and Red Carpet Fun,

The People’s Choice Awards: An Argument for the Lob

In case you were thinking that the lob (long bob) might not continue to be the hottest hair cut for 2015, think again!

Last night’s People’s Choice Awards was pretty much a case for the lob. So, if you’ve been considering going short, how about this for some inspiration?

Kristen Bell with easy bends and a side part:


Beth Behrs with a messy part and smooth blowout:


Gabrielle Union with big curls:


I had to look up who this chick is (Cote de Pablo), but her half-up, curled lob is fab:


And really, even shorter hair was having a pretty great night last night, too!

Kaley Cuoco continues to prove how much fun a pixie can be–she had a million bobby pins in cool patterns all around hers:


And Portia de Rossi’s curled, grown-out pixie is so cool that if I was 10 years older or younger, I’d chop my hair immediately:


So what do you think–is it new year, new ‘do time??


Peace, Love and Short Hair Inspo,

Let it Go, Let It Go

Spring Cleaning is great and all, but there is something about the new year that just demands starting fresh, huh?


I don’t need any excuse to purge (throwing things away is one of my hobbies), but the New Year did motivate me to do some extra heavy cleaning, namely: My beauty stash. You know that beauty products expire, right?

Well, I cleaned out my haircare, skincare and makeup supplies, and the photos here are just a few of the items that had to go (I get so excited about throwing things away that I failed to get pictures of some of the fall out. Including 10 tube of mascara).

products2editSome had discolored, some I just never use anymore, and at least one was decades old. Yes, I said it. I had a bright blue eyeshadow from Old Navy that I bought when I still lived with my parents. I have no idea how it managed to stick around so long other than that I loved the color, but Ole Blue had to finally be put to rest.


So here’s a handy-dandy guide I’ve created to help you know when it’s time to get rid of all your makeup. And you can also read more about the topic (The bathroom is the worst place to store your makeup! Oops!) in an article I wrote for Glam.com, here.

Makeup Expiration



Peace, Love and Product Expiration,

What Are You Doing New Year’s, New Year’s Eve?


New Year’s Eve is almost upon us, and if you are one of those last minute outfit planners, I’m here to help with a few ideas to get you looking great and out-the-door stat.

First up, accessories! Accessories are a great way to stand out in a crowd, so grab any LBD or staple ensemble from your closet, and then simply add a little wow factor with a really fabulous pair of shoes or piece of jewelry, like the ones below.


1. Starry Night Headband | 2. Svetlana Dripping Gold Necklace | 3. Oscar de la Renta Sandra heels | 4. BaubleBar Draped Niagara Studs-purple | 5. Kenneth Jay Lane Seagrass Cocktail Ring | 6. Oscar de la Renta Star Ring | 7. ASOS Scales Embellished Zip Top Clutch Bag | 8. Nasty Gal You Crazy Diamond Ear Cuff | 9. J.Crew Roxie Glitter Pumps | 10. Natasha Couture Ice Princess Glittery Crystal Statement Necklace


Another great ‘shop your closet’ idea is an expected fashion pairing that I’m super obsessed with right now: A dramatic peplum top over a simple LBD or LWD. A form-fitting, solid color dress with sleeves works best, and something structured and strapless works best for the top layer.


Unexpected Pairing

White Dress: Ralph Lauren Sequined Long Sleeve Dress | Floral Bustier: Finders Keepers Retrograde Bustier | Nude Sandals: Steve Madden Stecy sandal | Black Dress: H&M Jersey Dress | Blue Bustier: Cameo The End Bustier | Glitter Platforms: Betsey Johnson Star Platform Pumps

I’ll be spending NYE with my in-laws, surrounded by the smurf and her little cousins, so no party outfit for me this year, so let me live vicariously through you fashion-wise and tell me what you’re wearing!


Peace, Love and NYE Fashion,

Just Let Me Liberate You, You Don’t Need No Papers


We all have beauty and fashion comfort zones–looks, colors and styles that are our go-tos, because for whatever reason, we feel comfortable in them. And while there is nothing wrong with that, it’s always good to get outside those boxes we’ve set for ourselves at least every once in a while.

And that’s why I love Rent the Runway! No commitment, just fashion (Need a tagline? Email me.). You can stretch your fashion limits and take risks without having to justify a permanent addition to your closet or lots of money.

And what better night to get a little adventurous fashion-wise than New Year’s Eve?



For me, nothing screams ‘outside the comfort zone’ more than head-to-toe white. I mean. The potential for spills, the undergarment decisions. So I took a major risk with this Hunter Bell jumpsuit, and man, am I glad I did!

Not only is it insanely comfortable, but I totally love rocking winter white–a big ‘do’ in my fashion book!

Jumpsuit: Hunter Bell Bright Side Jumpsuit

Earrings: Dannijo Cecile Lena Earrings
I’m obsessed with the accessories line Dannijo, but because of the pricepoint, I don’t own any pieces myself. Of course, RTR is the perfect way for me to get to enjoy a brand I love, without paying the price. Just like that–$300 earrings, mine for the night, only $35.

Manicure: Flower Beauty Nail’d It Nail Lacquer in Budding Romance
Even the mani is outside my comfort zone! I never go classic red. Ever! Like probably haven’t had red nails in 10 years.

Shoes: Very old Chinese Laundry

Ring: mark. Gleam Scene Ring


Jumpsuit and earrings courtesy of Rent the Runway.

Photos: Abby Kimbell

So tell me: Are you Renting your NYE attire this year? Let me know what you’re getting and have fun celebrating!


Peace, Love and NYE Fashion,

May the Merry Bells Keep Ringing

It is holiday party time, and I have some fabulous party makeup inspiration for you straight for some lovely famous faces.

Check out these majorly inspiring looks plus my easy guide to the products that will help you recreate them for your upcoming soirees.

Look # 1– Coco Rocha gives us Pink Drama:


With the vampy liquid liner and rich, creamy bright pink lips, this look is calling out for a holiday party! Here are the perfect products to recreate the look:




Liquid Liner: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Jet Black
This liner is easy to hold and guide into shape.

Mascara: Benefit BADGal Lash Mascara
The best mascara for big, vampy lashes.

Highlighter: NARS The Multiple in Orgasm
To get the perfect healthy glow in all the right places like Coco, you want a creamy, glowy-but-not-greasy highlighter, and this one is perfection.

Blush: Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Custom Blush in Blondes
I’m still kind of scared of blush, so this one is perfect, because there are so many color variants, and it’s a customized palette for blondes (one for brunettes is available, too!), so you know you’re working in the right color family!

Lipstick: Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Fuchsia Flash Matte
What makes Coco’s lip color such a stand-out is the rich color and creamy-but-not-glossy finish. This lipstick is going to be an exact match for what she’s wearing!


Look #2 – I’m loving Ms. Drew here for showing how someone who doesn’t like to wear a lot of makeup can still have a ‘wow’ moment. Just add some red lipstick and gorgeous, shiny curls!


Here are the perfect products to recreate this look. Easy-peasy!:



Lipstick: Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in HD Poppy
This new lipstick from Revlon is super rich and pigmented without feeling heavy.

Shine Serum: Keratin Complex Blondeshell Enhance High Shine Brightening Oil
To make your curls party-ready, you want frizz-free, high shine and this is the perfect product to give you both.

Curling Wand: Remington T Studio LUXE Conical Wand
Part of what makes Drew’s curls so fab is they aren’t perfectly uniform, so a tapered wand is key to getting those various-sized curls.


Look #3– You can’t forget about the hair! And Portia de Rossi shows how easy it is to add some party fun even to short hair–It’s all in the braids, ladies!


You don’t need much to put a fun surprise braid into your hair style:





Bobby Pins: Goody Blond Colour Collection
It’s important to get bobby pins the color of your hair to help keep them camouflaged, so the braid is the focal point.

Pomade: got2b Playful Weightless Creme Pomade
Use a little pomade to keep the braid in place and fly-away free all night long.

I’m pretty sure the braid and the pink lips are going to be worked into my party look this weekend. Let me know if you try any these fun party-tastic looks.


Peace, Love and Holiday Party Makeup,

As Seen on TV: Grab and Go Gifts

I’ve had the pleasure of talking about holiday gifts twice in the past fews week on SA Live in San Antonio, and I love the cast and crew there!

Yesterday, I shared some great gifts that are ‘grab and go’–no additional wrapping necessary–with host Jeff Roper, and he even helped me make some easy DIY bows in case you want to add a little something to your boxes.

Me! Making bows on live TV! I’m turning in to a regular crafter! Unreal.

Check out the segment and my craftiness below, and you can get details on what I wore, after the jump.

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