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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.

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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

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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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Please Take Me Out Tonight

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. However, as usual, all opinions are 100% my own. #FalsiesPushUpDrama #CollectiveBias

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These days, I have very little time for…well, it seems like anything! But especially primping. Which means when a date night rolls around, I want to look cute, but also need to look cute fast!

And since building up my lashes is my go-to look on any given day, when I want to go glam, it’s all about making the lashes even more va-va-voom than usual.

Enter Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara, a brand new mascara from Maybelline. We all know that mascara is all about the brush, and this stuff boasts a ‘push up’ brush with cup-shaped bristles that scoop, coat and then lift the lashes. Translation? Major volumizing action!

And since Maybelline has a wealth of products that make getting glam easy, I took a quick trip to Walmart to get what I needed to create a quick 5-minute glam look for date night.

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Here’s what I did:

5 Minute Going Out Makeup:

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Step 1: Wet angled makeup brush, line top and bottom lids using the ‘liner’ shade from the Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad in Electric Blue.

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Step 2: Curl lashes, and then apply Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara (for the record, I know that you are ‘supposed to’ apply mascara last after all other eye products, but I have always done mascara before shadow, and learning that it was the wrong way to do it didn’t really seem like a reason to stop! 😉 ).

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Step 3: Apply the light purple ‘lid’ shade from the Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad in Electric Blue all over both lids.

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Step 4: You can’t forget the brows, and I used Maybelline Brow Drama Pro Palette in blonde, which I love, because it includes a tinted wax that makes getting perfect brows that much easier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Apply the bright blue ‘crease’ shade from the Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad in Electric Blue at the upper and lower lash lines and then smudge.

Step 6: To give things a slightly more purple tint, I went over the liner right at the lash lines with Maybelline EyeStudio Master Drama liner in Vibrant Violet.

A little lipstick and a messy pony (translation: take it down out of the bun it’s been in all day and add a little shine spray), and it’s time to head out the door!

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And, voila! Amped up eyes for a night out with the hubs that literally took 5 minutes to create.

Do you have a secret for a quick, glammed up makeup look? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Peace, Love and Easy Going Out Makeup,

Dress the Bump: Stylish Items That You Can Wear Then and Now

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m pregnant! And those of you have are/have also been pregnant know that it can be very hard to find stylish, on trend pregnancy clothes. I seriously don’t get it, and I’ve been saying since I was pregnant the first time that I should design my own line.

But, I’ve found that the best way to get around this dilemma is to wear a lot of non-maternity clothes–which can be tricky when every part of your body is growing and spreading!

On the flip side, when I do invest in an item of clothing, I really don’t want to only wear it a couple of weeks and then never be able to wear it again, so when I do get maternity items, I have really been trying to get things that will also fit/work after the baby comes.

The result? Read below! I’ve rounded up 10 trendy Fall items–some of which are maternity and some of which are not–that you can wear while you’re pregnant and after the baby comes (which for me is pretty soon!)

Check out Dress the Bump: Stylish Items That You Can Wear Now and Then

by Emily L. Foley at Mode

 


Peace, Love and Easy Preggo Dressing,

I’m a Little Bit of Everything All Rolled Into One

How to Multi-Mask

It’s no secret that I’m a total face mask fiend. I use a mask three times a week, and if I had to choose one skincare product as my favorite, it would probably be face masks. And while I tailor what mask I use on any given night to my skincare concern of the moment, the fact of the matter is my entire face doesn’t always behave the same way. So I’ve been ‘multi-masking’ way before it was a trend.

What exactly is multi-masking, you say? Well beyond an Instagram #hashtag with some pretty fabulous photos, it’s simply using multiple masks on your face at once. Basically, it’s customizing your face mask to each feature’s needs. A custom, at-home facial, if you will.

So how do you multi-mask? I’m so glad you asked! You evaluate each part of your face, determine where it is lacking, and then apply a face mask that will address that specific need. Dry forehead? Moisture mask. Chin breaking out? Clay mask. Cheeks looking dull and lifeless? Glow mask.

And it’s just that simple!

Here I am, rocking six different masks at once–that’s right, I’ve even got a lip mask on! True obsession knows no bounds, people!

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This is my: dry forehead–oily nose–breakout prone chin–irritated cheeks–dark circles–dry lips combo, and for it, I use:

Forehead: Freeman Feeling Beautiful Honeydew & Chamomile Sleeping Mask
Nose: Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
Cheeks: boscia Cool Blue Calming Mask
Chin: Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Cooling Masque
Under Eyes: GLAMGLOW Brightmud Eye Treatment
Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

So tell me: Do you multi-mask? If so, what are your favorite combos?

 


Peace, Love and Multi-Masking,