10 Year Blogiversary Giveaway: Three Custom Color Specialists

google_ad_client = "ca-pub-4557609382815411"; google_ad_slot = "7558438019"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 15; Chad, Scott and formerly Trae at Three Custom Color Specialists were the very first brand I ever did social media consulting with back in 2007. Read more

Yuni: Yoga-Inspired Beauty

As someone who cannot survive without yoga, I was beyond excited when I heard about Yuni. Yuni is the first natural, sustainable, convenient, Yoga-inspired beauty brand. Yuni products are versatile, multi-tasking, time saving and enable yogis to potentially practice more often since having time to shower or the availability of shower facilities may be Read more

10 Year Blogiversary #Giveaway: Travertine Spa

// // Terry Carter, CEO of Travertine Spa, is the ultimate dream chaser - he changed careers from corporate law to creating a luxury botanical brand. He's also a dear friend of mine who I adore. We’re giving away Travertine Spa's Eucalyptus & Cinnamon Steam Shower Spray and Herbaceous Alchemy Meditation Read more

My Top Five Beauty Products From Whole Foods

The only department in Whole Foods that I normally skip is the beauty department. It's true. I guess I've always just felt that the Whole Foods beauty department contained products that would be of little or no interest to me due to them smelling weird or my assumption that they were ineffective. Well we Read more

10 Year Blogiversary #Giveaway: Mischo Beauty

google_ad_client = "ca-pub-4557609382815411"; google_ad_slot = "7558438019"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 15; I am super excited to kick off our 10 year blogiversary month of giveaways with Mischo Beauty! I've known Kitiya since the beginning and I am Read more


Fig & Olive Melrose Place Grand Opening with Fendi & Frederic Fekkai

Last night I had the opportunity to debut myself in a new role: as West Coast Correspondent for A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Thanks to Shannon (my “casting director” if you will) I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of the Los Angeles location of Fig & Olive restaurant, and it was a thing of beauty all the way around!

Each night of the three-part grand opening extravaganza featured one of Executive Chef Pascal Loran’s three main regional culinary influences (France, Spain and Italy) Last night was Italian Night and was sponsored by Lamborghini and Fendi, with hair by Frederick Fekkai. The Italian-influenced appetizers were to DIE for (mozzarella stuffed cherry tomatoes, parmesan risotto, grilled shrimp crostini, and many more extravagant meat-based appys that looked amazing but I couldn’t eat!) while the loft space and gorgeous lighting created the perfect setting for models wearing looks from luxurious Italian house of fashion, Fendi.

The looks were chic, colorful, and crisp and the models were styled similarly with sleek parted ponytails and dewy-fresh faces. I was happy to see the creamy coral shades on all the model’s lips, as I was rocking a bright orange lip myself that night! The orange-instead-of-red lip color is my favorite new makeup trend for Spring, and it was nice to see how surprisingly wearable it is on different complexions. The models all looked gorgeous!

Fig & Olive proved to be a fun as it was elegant, delicious as it was stylish …and I will certainly be back!

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Be Runway Ready with NARS’ Fashion Forward Set

Not all of us can experience the magic of New York Fashion Week first-hand, but think of it this way. While others are waiting in line, throwing elbows to maneuver through crowds, and schmoozing countless stylistas in the hope of a seat upgrade, you can experience the excitement without all the chaos from the comfort of your own home (or office, if you’re being naughty and off-tasking during the workday). Okay, so maybe the NYFW experience from your laptop doesn’t have quite the same appeal, but that shouldn’t hold you back from becoming inspired by some of the hottest runway beauty looks!  Read more

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Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti Fresh Faced Makeup for AW11

Lead make up artist at Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti, Lucia Pieroni for MAC went to Goldie Hawn in the 60’s for her inspiration.  The look was a very fresh face.  Glowing fresh skin, a soft pale pink metallic lipstick and “loads of mascara”…but  not so much that it looked clumpy.  It was more of a nod to the 60’s without being completely 60’s.

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Alice + Olivia Punk Makeup & Hair for AW11

The make up look at Alice & Olivia was all about the punky eye.  According to lead makeup artist , Polly Osmond for M.A.C, there was no specific reference for the look, it was just the “street version of the punky eye.” To achieve the look; Fluidline in Blacktrack was used on the lids to create a thicker/rounder line around the eyes, the brows were penciled in, Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara on the top lashes, a bit of highlighter on the cheeks and Runway Lipstick on the lips.  A lot of edginess on the eyes and a very glamorous lip.  Read more

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Tommy Hilfiger’s Fresh Makeup Look for AW11

Fresh, luminous, gorgeous skin was on display at Tommy Hilfiger.  Moisturizer with concealer as needed was applied to the skin, as well as Blot Pressed Powder to the t-zone for a matte finish.  “The Perfect Cheek” Blush was applied to the apples of the cheek.  Groundwork Paint Pot was applied to the lids, crease and under the eye,  a copper gloss was applied  on top of that and Clear Lipglass layered on top of that.  Lip Conditioner was  applied to the lips to complete the look, which was very “All American”…exactly what Tommy Hilfiger exemplifies.  Read more

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Strong Eyes and Pale Lips at ADAM AW11

Lead makeup artist at ADAM, Romy for MAC Cosmetics took the attention to the eyes.  Black creme liner (a full, thick line) was applied to the lids in a winged shape along with two coats of Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara to the upper lashes only.  Face And Body Foundation as well as concealer was applied to the face as needed, on the cheeks Posey and Laid Back Blush Cream were mixed and applied to the apples and the lips were left very subdued with just lip conditioner applied using the fingertips.  Read more

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Suno Got Out of Africa for AW11

Meryl Streep in Out of Africa was the inspiration referenced by lead make up artist for MAC Cosmetics Carole Colombani at Suno.  The look was feminine and soft as well as graphic and modern.  The same palette was used for the lips and cheeks, Haute & Naughty Lash mascara was applied just to the upper lashes, a beige/moleskin shadow on the eyes, Teddy eyeliner (which is an eye kohl) on the lid,  a brush dipped in water first then dipped in color on the lower lash line for a softer look and the skin was kept very natural with just moisturizer and concealer where needed.

I absolutely loved this look, it was clean, fresh, feminine and seemed to be the most wearable…on an everyday “I wish I had something to dress up for at least twice a week but that lifestyle keeps alluding me” basis.


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Tinsel Town Glamour at Imitation AW11

Malcolm McLarens’ 1984 single Madame Butterfly inspired the look at Imitation. The look exuded both sensuality and sexuality; it was all about the eyes and lips.  In the words of lead makeup artist Nadine Luke for MAC Cosmetics, you “would want to look like that.”

To create the eyes, Feline eye pencil was blended on the lid (and applied to the lower lash line) with Legendary Black Pro Longwear Eye Shadow on top, Black Fix Studio Fix Lash mascara was applied to both upper and lower lashes and a shine gloss (to emulate the look of the girls in the steam room in the video) finished off the look.  On the lips Vino Lip Pencil was blended as a stain on the lips, then Media Lipstick was applied on top of the stain. Prep+Prime  Skin, Studio Sculpt Foundation, Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder and a very minimal application of Well Dressed Blush.  Read more

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Metallic Pigment Shadows Can Be Surprisingly Versatile!

Despite my instant infatuation with anything sparkly, shiny and/or metallic, I am sensible enough to realize that ultra-shimmery makeup isn’t exactly appropriate for any given situation. Sure, sometimes I choose not to care and blatantly ignore the unspoken beauty rules, but for the most part I realize that there’s a time and a place to let my inner Ke$ha out in public. But just high-impact glitter may not be appropriate for more professional situations doesn’t mean you need to stick to strictly matte shades. You can still embrace your love of shiny finishes and stay sophisticated by day, and go glitz and glam by night — even with the same product!  Read more

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Get Your Valentine’s Day Glow with the Stila Make Me Blush Palette

Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day (personally my attitude towards the holiday tends to fluctuate depending on how disastrous my romantic situation is at the time), there’s something about the theme of romance that’s hard not to get seduced by, especially as a pro shopper. After all, for a compulsive beauty collector, it’s hard to be down on the dumps or feel sorry for your single self when Valentine’s Day makes the makeup world come alive!  Read more

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