Oscars Beauty Going Up on a Tuesday (And Beyond)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The club may not be going up tonight (at least not with the frigid east coast temps), but your beauty game can. Taking inspiration from this Sunday's Oscars red carpet, check out my favorite tips and products to keep your look award-winning.

Skin that Wins

Let's face it (pun only slightly-intentional): great makeup is nothing without a great canvas. Skincare is the MVP when it comes to beauty and the most important investment you can make. Although you should always visit your dermatologist and determine the right skincare for your needs, these A-list options are worthy of incorporating into your regimen.

1 / Vertere Refining Treatment Cleanser, $42, vertereskincare.com
Vertere combines clinical strength and luxury care, and touts being the "first and only" skincare brand created to improve the appearance of aging, blemishes and dark spots with one regimen. The product line is non-toxic and hydroquinone-free and they are not tested on animals — major plus! The Refining Treatment Cleanser aims to not strip the skin of moisture, which can aggravate blemishes and wrinkles.

2 / Regenica Replenishing Crème, physician-dispensed (learn more here)
A good night's sleep is the best beauty trick in the book. It also offers the opportunity for skin to repair itself, so choosing the right overnight moisturizer is key. The Regenica Replenishing Crème hydrates skin and helps reverse signs of aging, featuring proprietary MRCx™ next generation growth factor technology to signal skin’s natural repair and renewal mechanisms.

3 / SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, $135, Sephora
Basically, if it's good enough for Emma Stone...

FourFiveSeconds to Pinterest-Worthy Hair
Sometimes, being in the middle gets a bad rap. But, as this year's Oscars proved, the middle part is back and better than ever.

1 / Chloë Grace Moretz
Chlo's wearable Oscars hair has enough texture to be interesting, but is simple enough for the every day "It" Girl. Hair stylist Gregory Russell essentially got this look with conditioner, volume and anti-frizz lotion (courtesy of Matrix and Biolage), blowing it out with a medium-sized ceramic brush for body and smoothness.

2 / Zoe Saldaña
Zoe's enitre look knocked it out of the galaxy. I particularly loved her romantic updo, which would be chic with or without a Versace gown. To replicate this look, all you need is a curling iron (or wand, if you prefer) and some bobby pins. Mara Roszak, L’Oreal Paris Celebrity Hairstylist pulled back sections, piece by piece, wrapping them around each other for a low chignon effect. 

3 / Jenna Dewan-Tatum
I am all about the ponytail and this simple 'do resulted in a striking result. Slick frizzes and fly-aways with product like Topganic Design & Sculpture Hair Styling Lotion with Obliphica Oil ($11, Topganic.com), secure into a low pony and wrap a strand of hair around the elastic. You'll be done before you can say "Magic Mike."

Okay, but red carpet hair can't last for days, right? OH, BUT IT CAN! Batiste Dry Shampoo is well-loved by many, and it's no wonder: their innovative starch-based “no water needed” formulation targets excess oil and grease, helping to eliminate it at the roots and not creating more grease in the process.

Batiste Dry Shampoo, $7.99, ulta.com

Their packaging is stylish and there is an option for everyone from blondes to brunettes, to those looking for nourishing strength and shine benefits, to various fragrances. Stock up on these babies to keep your hair fresh and voluminous on second (or third...or fourth, if you are me) day hair.

Pretty On Fleek
I've sung my praises about Carmex Moisture Plus in the past, and I've become a downright convert. No balm has touched my lips since I started using these little guys, which continue to get cuter packaging!

Carmex Moisture Plus, $2.99, CVS

The Carmex Moisture Plus lip balm line combines the best of beauty and health, with its fashion-forward exterior and moisturizing formula containing aloe and vitamin E. And you don't have to be an Oscar-nominee to express your personal style by coordinating the limited edition designs with anything from outfits to accessories. The clear lip balm provides a natural look that is perfect for anyone’s lips and any occasion. 

Also heed these tips from the experts to recreate some of my favorite looks.

To get Margot Robbie's gorg red lip1 / Bodyography’s Red China Lipstick ($16) and 2 / Crimson Lip Pencil ($13), bodyography.com

Lori Leib, Bodyography's Creative Director shares the simple way to get this bold lip look: line the lips with a red lip pencil and apply a cherry red lipstick. To perfect the lip shape, run a concealer brush with concealer along the outer edge of the lips.

To get Chrissy Teigen's nude eye look:  3 Maybelline New York Eye Studio Color Molten in Taupe Craze and 4 / Nude Rush ($7.99,  drug stores),  5 / Maybelline New York’s The Nudes Palette ($11.99, drug stores) and 6 / Maybelline New York’s Lash Sensational Mascara ($8.99, drug stores)

Makeup artist Mary Phillips prepped Chrissy's skin with La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel around the eyes. She blended the Maybelline New York Eye Studio shades and applied a mixture over Chrissy's entire lid. She then applied a taupe shade from the  Maybelline New York’s The Nudes Palette into the crease. Going back to the Eye Studio Color Molten in Nude Rush, Phillips applied the darker shade along the Teigen's lashline, creating an "invisible" liner. Phillips then applied  onto the upper and lower lashes, with a heavier application on the outer lashes, to give them that "bedroom eye" effect. 

P.S. That divine lip color was also a drug store find! Maybelline New York’s Color Sensational Creamy Mattes in Divine Wine ($7.49).

To get Emma Stone's coral glow7 / Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Tulip ($9.99, drug stores) and 8 / Chanel Powder Blush in Angelique ($45, nordstrom.com)

Fun fact: Makeup artist Rachel Goodwin shared Emma's look was inspired by a rose photo by Tim Walker.

All Oscars red carpet photos via Getty. I only wish I was present at the ceremony and took them myself.

Tiny Prints Imagines Celeb Stockings and It's Awesome

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Take a moment from your holiday hustle and bustle and wonder with me: what is Ryan Gosling getting in his stocking this year? This may or may not (read: may) be a legitimate thought that has crossed my mind. After all, buying for the It Girl is easy. Our favorite stars are a little more complex.

If you aren't familiar, Tiny Prints is a super-sweet website that offers custom designed, printable goods, from stationery to iPhone cases. Everything is curated from designs created exclusively for them by the industry's top artists, which makes them that much cooler.

The fine folks at Tiny Prints got creative and imagined what some celebs should get in their stockings this year. I think they did a great job; but, true to form, I have to add just one thing to each. 

+ from me: An engagement ring, obviously.

+ from me: A coupon to take the day off from hanging with Taylor Swift and hang out with me instead.

+ from me: A handwritten thank you card for being so dope / holding my hand for a moment during the N*E*R*D concert in 2004. (True story.)

+ from me: The only thing I could really think Kim needs is a North prayer candle.


Check out all of their celeb stockings here, and if you're interested in a custom stocking, they make those too!

The "It" Girl's Holiday Gift Guide

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

An "It" Girl knows giving is better than getting, but sometimes buying for the "It" Girl can seem like a daunting task. Don't fret, my pets: I did the heavy lifting for you, with some options for an array of your companions. "It" Girl tested, "It" Girl approved...and all under $40.

Let's get to giving!

For Your...Girl Who Secretly Loves "Keeping Up With The Kardashians"

Call it hate-watching, a guilty pleasure or "Kardashishame" (yeah, I just made that one up),  there is something about KUWTK that makes us feel so great and so terrible at the same time. I think we all know that one person — or we are that person— who turns on E! to see what drama is shaking out.

The breakout star of the clan probably gets the least amount of air time: Kylie. I think we all paid a little more attention to Kyles this year as she flaunted some major style and even more major lips. Lips that made their way on every beauty list as an ultra-coveted trend.

via Instagram/ @KylieJenner

One of my favorite lipstick brands is Gerard Cosmetics. I recently purchased their "1995" shade when I learned one of my favorite beauty gurus Jaclyn Hill created it after being inspired by the grunge era / Ms. Kylie Jenner. And let me tell you: it is a-maz-ing, and my new favorite go-to color. In addition to the "1995" shade, Gerard recently launched five other new shades to tickle anyone's fancy. Like "1995" they are matte but oh-so-smooth and long-wearing. ($19 each, gerardcosmetics.com)

Get inspired by the neutral nudes of the '90s with this brown nude with rose tones

Cherry Cordial
Vampy and rich with a berry undertone

Fire Engine
A take on glamorous Hollywood lipstick that really turns up the heat; a true matte red

Buttery, full coverage and a stunning neutral hue that can be mixed with any lip color to create the perfect lip color

All Dolled Up
Feminine and flirtatious, this pretty in pink lipstick is a pigmented and playful

Tequila Sunrise
A fresh and fun peachy coral lipstick that is ultra pigmented and long-wearing

What good is a beautiful lipstick color, though, if your lips are dry and flaky? #nothanks.

Carmex Moisture Plus to the rescue! Pair these babies with the Gerard colors of your choosing and your girl will have the most enviable lips in the land. (Don't worry...it's okay if you buy a set for yourself, too.) These super cute lip balms have ultra-hydrating Carmex Moisture Plus technology for a supreme moisture experience. Aloe and vitamin E protect lips from the damage that can occur during the cold winter months, and I can vouch for it: I've been using them for the past two weeks and noticed my lips are so much softer, which makes putting on lipstick that much easier. ($2.99, mycarmex.com + be sure to check out their Facebook!)

These patterns are the cutest.

For Your...Blake Liveliest Friend

Facts are facts: Blake Lively is an insane beauty. From pregnancy to premieres, she always shuts it down. Not only is she stunning and stylish, I am fairly certain there are 100,000 Pinterest boards dedicated to her perfect hair. (Rough estimate, don't quote me.)

For your girlfriend who has her own Pinterest board dedicated to Blake's beauty, the Fat Hair collection featuring the brand's Advanced Repair Formula is the perfect gift to transform any look to party ready, glam hair. ($6.99 each, fathairstore.com)

Fat Hair Advanced Repair Formula Amplifying Blow-Dry SprayNo build-up, stickiness or flaking here. This spray helps prevent dehydration, maintains moisture balance and seal in style.

Fat Hair Advanced Repair Formula Amplifying Leave-In Conditioner & StylerIncludes Taurine to help repair damage and add volume; avocado for moisture and shine; and Inositol for smoothness and elasticity.

Fat Hair Advanced Repair Formula Amplifying Hair Spray

Exclusive Amplifying Complex adds strength, body and texture, without build up, residue, stickiness or flaking.

For Your...Nostalgic Pal

Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like a great graphic sweater or sweatshirt. Give your '80s-fanatic friend the gift of style by taking his/her ugly sweater game up a notch with 80stees.com's "faux Christmas sweaters." Styles feature iconic faves like Jem and the Holograms and the Gremlins. I mean, does it get better than that? It just might - a couple of my faves are below! ($35 each, 80stees.com)

Good tidings we bring from Etheria.

A great holiday, you will have.

For Your...Giving Comrade

Generosity is one of the most exquisite traits. And, sometimes, it comes in the form of affirmations. Take a moment this season to give someone you care for the Emergency Compliment book: 60 unique, off-beat compliments they can flip through to receive a few smiles of their own, with kudos such as: "Your hair looks great today. It also looked really good two days ago." And, since this person is so giving, it is possible they might just give you one back. ($12.99, urbanoufitters.com)

I never suspected it...but damn, it feels good to know this.

For Your...Social Media Obsessed Partner in Crime

You know the one: always scrolling through Twitter, adding hashtags to her selfies to get more "like"s and pinning in the wee hours of the morning. Feed into her obsession with the 8,000 Likes Cropped Tee ($12.90, forever21.com) and Like Button Pillow ($25, shopjeen.com).

The most likes I've ever received is maybe 0.5% of that.

Let the "like"s keep you cozy.

For Your...Baddest Bitch

Let's be honest, we are all really just trying to be Baddie Winkle. Give the baddest bae in your world a duo of boss accessories: a dazzling ear cuff ($18, nastygal.com) and On Fleek beanie ($24, shop.nylonmag.com).

Ear cuffs are effortlessly cool.

Aaron and I already ordered ours so we can all match Rihanna.

Disclosure: Gerard Cosmetics, Carmex and 80stees.com were generous enough to provide samples of their products for my honest review. All opinions are solely my own.

The Lazy Girl's Guide to a Fashionable Thanksgiving

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving is truly a great holiday. I enjoy announcing aloud things I am thankful for (#blessed). I love the game of Scattergories my family partakes in after dinner. I'm also a fan of food. 

The thing is, Thanksgiving always presents a fashion conundrum: part of me wants to look chic and so put together that my cousins are in awe of my "city girl fashions" and my aunt is semi-perplexed by what I am wearing. But a larger part of me (no pun intended) knows I am a fan of food, and will be eating, eating and eating. 

Sound familiar? Fear not. I've compiled some of my favorite chic-but-comfortable, relaxed-but-deliberate fashion picks. Disclaimer: no shade to Mr. Karl Lagerfeld, but sweatpants are not a sign of defeat — it's all in how you style them, baby.

The Centerpiece: Leather sweatpants.
Why? Because leather belongs everywhere. And it's an easy way to differentiate from your "sleeping sweatpants."
Pair With These Sides: A sassy sweatshirt and not-so-basic black pumps.


The Centerpiece: Harem sweatpants.
Why? We aren't talking MC Hammer here. But a little drop-crotch pant can make a big statement and add dimension to an otherwise frumpy pair of sweats.
Pair With These Sides: Sparkles and booties.



The Centerpiece: The standard sweatpants.
Why? Because you're going to be really glad you're wearing them after that second plate.
Pair With These Sides: Fur (faux, natch) and a pump adorned with lace-up details.



5 Reasons You Need to Watch Mockingjay - Part 1 Now

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Confession: I skipped the Harry Potter bandwagon (I KNOW, I know) and Twilight any/everything (no regrets there). But one YA series that does particularly tickle my fancy is The Hunger Games. It moves me. It inspires me. It makes me feel things. And, let's be honest, it's easy to love a story centered around a bad ass girl with a braid who demonstrates strength both within herself and for others. She's a heroine sans superpowers.

The third installment of the movie franchise, Mockingjay - Part 1 (released November 21) is undeniably not a standalone film. It is, essentially, an opening act for Mockingjay - Part 2. However, it is well done and definitely worth the trip to the theater.

The main reason you should see it is because I am telling you to. Ugh, you want specifics? Fine. This spoiler-free breakdown should do the trick.

1. Julianne Moore (and her amazing grey hair)

Julianne Moore is one of those actresses that just gives me warm fuzzies. It doesn't matter what she is doing, it's inevitable that I will love it. In Mockingjay, Ms. Moore takes on the role of District 13's  President Alma Coin, the leader of the rebellion against the Capitol. Her execution is flawless, compelling and, I mean...that hair is #onfleek.

2. A new side of Peeta.

In the spirit of keeping this spoiler-free, all I will say is this: Peeta is a just a smidge different than the last you saw of him in Catching Fire. And boy, is it a roller coaster to watch. Some of the most gasp-worthy, dynamic scenes include the formerly soft-spoken Peeta.

3. Katniss' sleek suit.

The evolution of Katniss' suits have been so fun to watch. This creation by Cinna (real wardrobe designers Kurt and Bart) truly is a stunner. Inspired by combat fatigues, the duo combined mobile, tactical fabrics to give Katniss "rigid yet flexible" movement. The asymmetrical breastplates on the suit were inspired by those worn during Kyudo, the Japanese martial art form of archery.

4. Jennifer Lawrence, generally.

Oh, it's not enough to just say J. Law is in the movie? Although that is reason enough for me. Jen knocks it out of the park in the movie, bringing to life the depth of Katniss' emotional layers of trauma, depression and anger. Personally, I found the first part of the Mockingjay book a bit difficult to get through, but watching it come to life via Jen's commitment to the character was a rewarding experience. Plus, you get to hear her sing "The Hanging Tree," which was haunting and beautiful.

5. Effie.

One big change from the book to the screen is the inclusion of Effie Trinket in District 13. I was skeptical, but soon convinced this change a perfect decision. To see Effie stripped of her eccentric wardrobe and superficial notions to feel empathy and be a part of the revolution was a smart move. And Effie was not without her signature shade various times throughout: "You know what needs a revolution? That hair."

My one complaint: we have to wait another year for Part 2. How will I make it through? What are your hopes for the grand finale?
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