8 Mar


Here’s to the women who lift each other up and aren’t afraid to rock the boat. 💪🏼💪🏾💪🏻 #internationalwomensday

I pulled this from one of the best commercials I’ve seen in awhile. Nike ran it during the Oscars, featuring Serena Williams.



Today Only: FREE Mascara!

3 Feb


NYX has had some really good beauty bargains in the past, but this one takes the cake-free mascara. Couldn’t help the pun. Today only, the brand is hosting a special trade-in event to celebrate their new Worth The Hype Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara.

Be among the first to bring ANY old tube of mascara (doesn’t have to be NYX) into a NYX Professional retail store in the US, and they’ll swap it out for a FREE Worth The Hype tube. YAY! Free mascara to start the weekend.

Click HERE for a list of stores.

NOTE: If you read this after Feb. 3, don’t sweat it. A new tube will only set you back $8.



Kate Bosworth in Marc Jacobs Beauty

12 Jan

Kate Bosworth

Anyone else wonder what makeup Kate Bosworth was wearing last night at the Critics’ Choice Awards? It was a head-turning palette of glowy, ethereal, and bold color.

Turns out, it was all Marc Jacobs Beauty – done by the brand’s Global Artistry Ambassador Hung Vanngo. The motivation for her look was to reflect optimism and hope. No wonder I was drawn to it.

Below is an exact breakdown of all the Marc Jacobs Beauty products that Hung used on Kate.


  • Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Sunset 74
  • Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Scandalust Eyeshadow Palette (shades below)
    • They Call Her (crease + lower lash lines)
    • That’s Why (outer edges)
    • Cause A Fuss (inner corners + brow bones)
  • Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
  • Brow Wow Defining Longwear Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe 2


  • Poutliner Longwear Lip Liner Pencil in Oh Cocoa 310
  • Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick in Rei of Light 212


  • Genius Gel Super-Charged Oil-Free Foundation in Bisque Medium 26
  • Remedy Concealer Pen in 1 Rendezvous (brightened center of Kate’s face)
  • Re(marc)able Full Cover Concealer in 2 Alive
  • Perfection Powder – Featherweight Foundation in Ivory Bisque 200
  • O!Mega Bronzer Perfect Tan in Tantric  (temples & cheekbones)
  • Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in 502 Lines & Last Night (cheeks & temples)
  • Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator (cheekbones & cupid’s bow)
  • Re(cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist 

Shop Marc Jacobs Beauty at: Sephora, Sephora.com, Marcjacobsbeauty.com, Neiman Marcus, Neimanmarcus.com, Bergdorf Goodman, Bergdorfgoodman.com


Why I Think Hollywood Shouldn’t Wear Black

6 Jan

LBDThe Golden Globes kick off Awards Show season in Hollywood this Sunday. They’ve always been my favorite. Round tables with booze and food = way more entertaining than theatre-style seating. But this year stands to be a little different.

I have no desire to preach or educate anyone on Hollywood here. If you don’t know about all the misconduct accusations revealed last year, you can start by googling Harvey Weinstein. Like so many other examples of vile human acts (sexism, racism, etc.), none of this is new. It’s merely being gradually uncovered and brought to light for the world to watch. Ironically like a typical Hollywood drama. 

Of course it isn’t just about Hollywood… though no other industry is as intoxicated by power. My hope is that moving forward sexual threats, assaults, harassment, and even propositions won’t be deemed as acceptable and just a necessary evil of career advancement for women. Perhaps men will think twice now.

And I don’t agree that, “It’s hard to be a man now.” Sorry Dave Chappelle. Nobody is taking anything away. We’re simply asking men to be better. Take responsibility. Exercise respect. All things we learned back in Kindergarten… after not to run with scissors or eat the paste in Art Room.

Circling back to the Golden Globes, word has it there’s going to be a fashion Blackout. Those participating will wear all black in an act of solidarity and protest against years of unacknowledged sexual harassment in the boy’s club that is Hollywood culture.

I like the idea. For the most part. I believe if you’ve worked hard enough and gained the acclaim to be on that red carpet, you should be able to use the platform however you want. Fashion, politics, weed dispensaries, who you want to win, what you ate for breakfast… It’s all good to me.

The only thing I don’t get is, Why black? Are we mourning those who’ve been exposed and ousted? Most sexual assault victims spend enough time trying to stay in the shadows and not draw too much attention to themselves. So why pick a dark color?

Some male actors apparently want to show their support, too. Which is great! But by wearing black? What color tux did you wear last year?

We’ll find out tomorrow if it’s even happening… but going off the rumor mill for tonight, I wish the ringleaders would have chosen a color that really makes a statement. Something that says victims aren’t ashamed or keeping quiet any longer. Like red to say, I too am mad and disgusted. Or shiny silver to say, I’m shining a light on this sh*t. Which isn’t to suggest that men wear red or silver tuxes, but they could easily throw on a supportive colored tie or handkerchief.

See, Dave. Not hard to be a man.


Final Note to Dave Chappelle… who doesn’t read his fan mail, let alone an LA beauty blog: Welcome back. I admittedly cringed a few times during your Netflix specials … but your bits about the Oscars, voting in Ohio, and the backpack… well, those were comedy gold.


Holiday Gift Guide | No. 3

17 Dec

Now that we’re in the thick of the holidays, I present you with my third Holiday Gift Guide – and very last one for 2017. What follows is a list of gift ideas that work best for those you know well. I’ve sprinkled a few fragrance suggestions that can also serve as hostess gifts… but for the most part, these aren’t for your favorite FedEx carrier.


Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 4.28.10 PMPersonal Microderm Pro

This one’s for those who are meticulous about the condition of their skin, but don’t always have time for regular facials. It’s a personal microdermabrasion device by PMD Beauty that removes dead skins cells, age spots (Yay for getting older!), and more – in the comfort of home. Her skin will look healthier immediately, plus it helps serums and creams penetrate up to 20x deeper. PMDbeauty.com


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This little number is beyond convenient – and totally cost effective! The Finishing Touch Flawless puts the power of hair-removal in her hands. It’s battery operated and about the size of a small tube of toothpaste, so she can keep it with her for on-the-go touchups… like those random chin hairs that can appear out of nowhere. (Again, yay!) Super simple. Super cute rose gold design. FinishingTouchFlawless.com or Ulta stores


Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 6.37.03 PMGHD Deluxe Dry & Style Nocturne Gift Set

GHD has a variety of holiday sets this year – all sure shots for the girl who loves styling her hair. I’ve always known the brand for their straighteners, but it was their ionic tech-infused hairdryer that caught my eye this year. Get a super-fast dry, while reducing those fussy crown flyaways. The ghd Air Hairdryer is sold on its own, but there’s a Deluxe Dry & Style Nocturne Gift Set that includes it and their 1” styler with heat-resistant pad. Bonus: It’s now $50 off! GHDhair.com





Most people appreciate getting perfumes and cologne for the holidays, but they aren’t always easy to give. Fragrance is such a personal thing that you almost need to know exactly which one s/he wants.

If you do (or are willing to guess), fragrance.com has some of the best prices I’ve seen on new and coveted scents. Look for coupon pricing on lush florals like Diptyque Geranium Odorata and Prada Candy Florale, or a popular unisex scent like Creed Royal Oud. I guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised! fragrance.com


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Specialty travel-sized and rollerball perfumes make great gifts and stocking stuffers. I love that Sephora has a special section in their stores dedicated to these on-the-go fragrance options. Pick up her favorite Stella McCartney scent in a rollerball, or opt for an entire curated Perfume Wardrobe from Atelier Cologne. Sephora.com


Champagne Everyday! The scent of champagne is almost as satisfying as the taste of it. Here are three of my favorites to add even more warmth to her/your home this season…

LAFCO ChampagneChampagne 3-wick candle

Also known as Penthouse, this intoxicating blend of ginger, sparkling grapefruit and Tuscan lemon by LAFCO, gently introduces hints of rose, neroli, and raspberry to its surroundings.  lafco.com


Screen Shot 2017-12-17 at 8.51.33 AMChampagne Black Label Three-Wick Brass Candle

Antica Farmacista has designed this stunning champagne candle in a gift-perfect black, crocodile-embossed hinged box that matches its brass jar. I love a candle with a container that’s usable long after its final burn! This is the brand’s best-selling Champagne Black Label scent, also available in a chic black diffuser.  Nordstrom.com


Screen Shot 2017-12-17 at 8.43.00 AMMaison Blanc Crisp Champagne Home Ambiance Diffuser

The Maison Blanc Crisp Champagne diffuser makes a gorgeous hostess gift! The jar fits perfectly into any home aesthetic and its notes of sparkling brut champagne with hints of vanilla and barrel oak make every day feel celebratory. This Voluspa scent also comes in a candle if that’s your preference. Pick it up at Nordstrom.

NOTE: If you don’t have the time or finances to grab anything for anyone this season, just remember that a handwritten card, big smile & warm hug always go a long way.

Happy Holidays to all!