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NARS Oscar Beauties

27 Feb

I told my nieces that the main takeaway from La La Land is that a girl’s biggest inspiration always comes from her aunt. At only 8 and 10, I could see the doubt in their eyes.

But when I said that Emma Stone has looked like perfection on every red carpet this season, they both agreed with great big smiles. And Emma didn’t disappoint last night either.

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In a shimmering 1920s inspired gold Givenchy Haute Couture gown (and subtle Planned Parenthood pin!), Emma’s Oscar-winning look was flawless.

Though no matter what she wears, it’s her attitude, honesty, and famously expressive green eyes that always seem to light up the lens.

And no one knows Emma’s eyes better than Rachel Goodwin. As her longtime makeup artist, Goodwin is the talent behind every one of Emma’s gorgeous beauty looks.

“Emma’s [Oscar] look was all about [old] Hollywood Glamour – her makeup was inspired by the romantic paintings by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.”

Key NARS products Goodwin used:

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Goodwin also did the makeup for last year’s Best Actress winner Brie Larson. Note to Next Year’s Nominees: Consider getting Rachel Goodwin on your beauty team!

For this year’s Oscars, “My inspiration for Brie’s makeup look was the strong, vibrant and empowered women that were often featured in Helmut Newton’s photography.”

Key NARS products Goodwin used:

Personally, I didn’t care much for Scarlett Johansson’s Alaïa gown or buzzed hair. That said, her face looked fresh and pretty. And since Scarlett’s makeup artist Frankie Boyd used NARS, I’ll go ahead and include her key products here:

 

 

Lastly, in keeping with my NARS theme…

The brand’s International Lead Makeup Stylist Uzo used NARS products on Ava DuVernay’s beautiful face.

“I wanted to emphasize [the] warmth in her complexion while keeping the makeup simple with a classic smoky eye, and lips and cheeks in muted shades of plum and rose.”

Key products Uzo used:

 

NARS Cosmetics are available at narscosmetics.com, Sephora, and other fine retailers. 

All those stunning faces and creative spirits aside, that was an Academy Awards broadcast  like most of us have never seen. In the end, I think the right awards wound up in the right hands. But what’s a Hollywood evening without some big time drama?

So bring on the rebels, the ripples from pebbles, the painters, and poets, and plays. And here’s to the fools who dream. Crazy as they may seem. Here’s to the hearts that break. Here’s to the mess we make. 

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NARS Giveaway!

3 Dec

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Listen up, lipstick lovers! I’ve got one gorgeous NARS Special Edition Audacious Lipstick in Rita red that I can’t wait to give away. All you have to do is be on Instagram.

Look for today’s NARS post! Directions are simple:

  1. Follow me on IG at glossangelesgirl. 
  2. Tag at least 3 of your favorite beauty lovers.
  3. Be a US resident (apologies to all others!)
  4. Make sure your IG account is public
  5. For a bonus entry, repost using #glossangelesgiveaway

The winner will be announced on December 7th.

Good luck to all!

xo

Sephora Opens at The Grove (!)

2 Oct

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Woo hoo, I’m doing sassy high kicks! Sephora is celebrating its Grand Opening at The Grove today.

Yes, I actually do get excited for every one of their new stores… as with each Sephora comes a slightly different personalty that still maintains all the comfort of my favorite staple beauty products.

And when I see those seven shiny black letters on a storefront outside my normal stomping grounds [insert angels singing here], it’s even more comforting. Judge if you want, but Sephora really does feel like the Mother Ship sometimes.

Anyway, personal ramblings aside, The Grove location offers free (yes FREE!) beauty classes and has a special IQ Technology that helps you find your perfect foundation and lip shades. Also check out the back of the store for a new kind of skincare experience. Cough Lancer Skincare cough cough.

Sephora at The Grove | 189 The Grove Drive | Los Angeles, 90036

#SephoraTheGrove

xo

STICK IT!

4 Feb

February is a big mouth month around Los Angeles.

Flashing smiles for cameras on Awards Show red carpets, puckering up on Valentine’s Day, or best case scenario – giving an acceptance speech… Our mouths tend to be a big focus this time of year.

With everything to stay on top of in our daily lives, most of us don’t spend time worrying about having camera-ready lips. So what do women say in the City of Angels? We say, “STICK IT!”

Instead of grabbing our favorite go-to gloss for long evenings when our puckers need to last, Angelenos are relying on chunky color sticks. Formulas range from totally matte to satiny sheens—All are long-wearing, draw seamlessly onto lips, and are evening clutch-friendly.

OUR TOP 3 PICKS:

NARS Velvet Lip Pencils

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Available in matte or gloss formulas, NARS Velvet Lip Pencils are a godsend, day or night. Some have shimmer, others give a natural wash of color. All have vitamin E, hyaluronic spheres, and a smooth buttery texture.

Suggested shade: Cythère, a soft metallic rose beige

BITE High Pigment Matte Lip Pencil

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The BITE formula delivers a modern matte look. Gorgeous with a shimmering or smoky eye. Plus it’s packed with resveratrol for long-term anti-aging benefits. And the pencils are made exclusively with nurturing food-grade ingredients, said to be healthy enough to eat.

Suggested shade: Chablis, a soft coral rose

TARTE LipSurgence Skintuitive Lip Tint in Energy

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Love this limited-edition tint! A shade of pink that’s natural, sheer, and different on every woman. The formula works with skin’s natural pH, giving lips a vitamin-rich, plumped, personalized pink. Plus, it’s got a natural minty taste – so kiss with confidence!

ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE AVAILABLE AT YOUR LOCAL SEPHORA AND SEPHORA.COM.

XO

 

It’s National Lipstick Day…

29 Jul

Nope, not kidding. I’m told National Lipstick Day is July 29th. I’m not certain how one celebrates such a holiday, but I’m on board. Sure. Why not.

So today, in the spirit of all that is matte and shiny, here are five lipsticks I highly suggest trying out.

 

STILA

Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

It goes on like a gloss and gives the full-coverage of a lipstick sheen. It’s got tons of pigment so I prefer it for evening. It doesn’t bleed or come off on your wine glass either. Fave shades: Dolce (nude cinnamon), Amore (deep plum)

For a more natural looking lip, try Stila’s Long wear lip color.

Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick is a newer formula that boasts anti-aging ingredients like Resveratrol to combat those lip lines we love so much. Twenty-one berry-to-bubble gum shades that will help us keep wrinkles at bay. Fave shade: Cava (lilac beige)

 

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Any woman worth her gloss knows NARS. To know him is to love him. Today I’ll just suggest one of his lesser-mentioned lipstick hues: Mayflower. It’s a gorgeous sheer shimmering raspberry. Super pretty to brighten up the complexion.

 

Bare Escentuals BUXOM Big & Healthy Lip Tarnish

Bare Escentuals is one of the only natural makeup lines I’ve bought more than once. And it’s mostly because of their lip collections. The BUXOM Big & Healthy Lip Tarnish is a plumping and moisturizing lip stain. Goes on like a stick, looks like a sheen. Fave shades: Mug Shot (nude pink), Busted (cherry red)

SMASHBOX – Be Legendary Lipstick

Last is Smashbox’s Be Legendary Lipstick. It’s just good, reliable lipwear. Fave shade: Fig (a sexy reddish grape)

All are available at Sephora!

Happy Lipstick Day, gorgeous!