The Truth About Going (Very) Blonde


kim kardashian blonde hair

Yesterday, you more than likely witnessed the debut of some MAJOR hair color changes on two closely-watched celebrities. I know it’s no big secret that people go blonde every day. At one time (albeit, a long time ago), I made a living off of it. But it’s a proven fact that the minute someone high profile debuts a creative hairstyle or color change that’s outside of their usual look, trend “forecasts” get turned on their heads.

Here we go again!

jared leto blonde hair

What scares me about this level of high-lift blonde trend, is that many people flock to the nearest consumer-accessible beauty supply; loading up on plastic gloves, 40 volume developer, and whatever the best, most powerful powdered “bleach” is that the employee promises will get the job done at home. While I’m not here to discourage your wildest, blondest dreams—I am here to help you realize your expectations, and save you pain, potential scalp injury, heartache, time, and money. Here are some real, no BS truths about going very blonde.

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Get the Look: Katy Perry at the 2015 GRAMMY Awards


Katy Perry with lavender hair

I have to be honest—I didn’t watch the GRAMMY’s last night, because there was just too much other good TV going on. But I did catch some of the red carpet arrivals, and I thought Katy Perry looked flawless! My other fave for the night was Gwen Stefani, but there was something about Katy’s combo of her new lavender hair, blush color gown, and fresh, neutral makeup that made me do a double-take last night.

Katy’s makeup artist, Jake Bailey is one of my favorite makeup artists on the scene in Tinseltown, and his magical hands transformed Katy into the goddess above. Here’s the scoop on how to get Katy’s look, straight from Jake!

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Katy and I decided on a dewy rose/nude palette for tonight’s look. This is what I call a “balanced” look…all key features are in play. Eyes, cheeks, and lips so one does not outdo the other. Often makeup looks are “all about the lips” or “all about the eyes” with the other features playing a supporting role. This is an ensemble cast of colors.

covergirl outlast foundation

I matched Katy’s skin to COVERGIRL Stay Fabulous Outlast 3-in-1 Foundation in Natural Beige and buffed a small amount evenly all over her face and neck using a flat tipped kabuki style foundation brush. I then lengthened and arched her brows using COVERGIRL Pow-Der Brow + Liner in Medium Brown.  [Read more…]

Win It! Walgreen’s $50 Gift Card with Mini Neutrogena Prize Pack Giveaway: 5 Winners!


Walgreens Gift Card Giveaway

No one can deny that Neutrogena Ambassador and Scandal leading lady, Kerry Washington killed it on the Red Carpet at the 2015 Golden Globes. To me, Kerry never disappoints—her style and grace are unrivaled in Hollywood. Let’s see what Neutrogena products completed her flawless look, all of which can be found at Walgreens!

Makeup Inspiration (artist for Kerry Washington, Carola Gonzalez):

Today’s inspiration sprung from the design of the dress, Greek designer Mary Katrancou, 1950’s silhouette with a modern edge. I wanted to accentuate Kerry’s eyes with a modern twist. I kept it pretty simple, a black line all around the eye layered with a shimmery dark grey eye shadow to break away from the usual black liner and add a spark to the eyes. The lips I kept sheer with a hint of color to compliment the fuchsia shade of the dress without overpowering the eyes or final look.

Kerry Washington Neutrogena look

Get Kerry’s look:

To begin the Golden Globe’s makeup process, I began by prepping Kerry’s skin with Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizer. During winter months skin is dryer than most months, out of the year, and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizer is the way to go. It’s truly a skin quencher, it adds just the right amount of moisture needed without making skin look oily. Once fully absorbed I start by highlighting under the eye area and then applying foundation all over face to even out skin: I used Kevyn Aucoin Skin Enhancer SX13.  [Read more…]

Charlie Hunnam is the Face of Calvin Klein’s New Men’s Fragrance, and I’d Like to Buy a Case


Charlie Hunnam Calvin Klein Reveal Men

It’s Wednesday, and I’m feeling lighthearted around here—so I had to share my absolutely ridiculous, married-lady crush with you—Charlie Hunnam. I wasn’t into Sons of Anarchy at all until the final season, and I had absolutely no idea who he was before SOA. But let’s just say, I made myself very familiar during season 7, because hi—just look at him. And then I heard him speak with his native English accent, the deal was sealed.

For all of my fellow fans out there, Charlie is the face of the new men’s fragrance, REVEAL Men Calvin Klein. Spotted at the Calvin Klein Menswear Fall/Winter 2015/2016 show in Milan, he’s every bit as delicious looking as REVEAL Men sounds like it smells:  [Read more…]

Exclusive Q&A with Neutrogena’s Gabrielle Union on Her Beauty Routine & UV Protection


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This morning, I was FLOORED when I read this on cnn.com:

Until today, the surgeon general has never said, ‘UV radiation is bad for you; protect your skin’, acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak said.

I have to wonder how many lives would have been saved if UV protection were taken as seriously during other decades, as it’s taken today. [Read more…]

What’s New: SOFÍA by Sofia Vergara Eau de Parfum (Plus Bonus Giveaway!)


Sofia by Sofia Vergara Fragrance on HSN

I’ve been wearing this gorgeous new fragrance off and on for a few months now, and it comes from the most glamorous, vibrant (and pretty damn funny), exotic beauty I know—SOFÍA by Sofia Vergara. I had the chance to ask Sofia a few questions personally, and here’s what she told me!

You must be really excited about the launch of your fragrance at HSN. Describe SOFÍA by Sofia Vergara for me. 

The fragrance is a mix of berries and florals, and there is even a little bit of earthiness to it. The goal was that when women put it on, they would immediately feel a bit more glamorous. I’ve learned a lot through this process and within the industry, my fragrance is categorized as a juicy floral oriental. It incorporates my heritage through the notes and through the shape of the bottle, which is an emerald—the stone of Colombia and my favorite jewel to wear.

I have to ask—what’s the secret behind your killer curves? How do you manage to stay in such incredible shape for being so busy? 

How flattering. I am a very healthy eater and I believe in moderation. Exercise is an important part of my lifestyle. I try to do something at least three times a week. 

Sofia by Sofia Vergara Fragrance

Sofia is right…

This fragrance is not only deliciously juicy, it does have subtle earth notes that keep it from lingering on the too-sweet or youthful side. It has authentic notes of Colombian rose and Colombian orchid; making it truly an authentic scent from this famous Colombian beauty. There are true touches of Sofia here! Somewhat sunny, and somewhat provocative—I find a perfect balance here between sexy, and everyday glamour. This is a charming and sensual fragrance that isn’t too overpowering, so you can wear nearly daily. I just love it.

Right now, you’ll find it exclusively at HSN where it immediately became a top customer pick. It comes in a few different configurations to choose from at HSN which you’ll find here. I also hear the SOFÍA by Sofia Vergara Shimmer Body Lotion is killer, but I haven’t tried it yet! And a little birdie told me to expect SOFÍA to roll out to other nationwide retailers in the fall. Keep your eyes peeled, you’ll want to try it!

Want some great news? I have a brand new bottle of SOFÍA by Sofia Vergara sitting on my desk right now—just WAITING to send to a lucky winner. So look for the giveaway details below!  [Read more…]

A Whole ‘Lotta Love for Kelly Yum-Yum from The MAC Osbournes Collection


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Without a doubt, I’m super cray over my favorite piece from the Kelly installment of the recent MAC Osbournes CollectionKelly Yum-Yum lipstick. Okay, so bummer. It’s currently sold out on maccosmetics.com, but that doesn’t mean you can’t charm your way to a tube at a MAC counter somewhere; either at a MAC store, or a department store with a MAC counter. You’d be surprised what you can get with a little bit of sugar versus vinegar! I can’t promise anything, but I swear it will never hurt to try.

mac kelly yum yum lipstick packaging

Like the rest of Kelly’s part of the collection, the components are purple that mimic her various shades of purple hair she likes to rock. It’s also emblazoned with her signature in red. The interior says “MAC” in purple on the black area where you twist the tube.  I like the small touches of detail of the packaging with this celeb-inspired collection.   [Read more…]

Giada De Laurentiis Debuts Her Vegas Restaurant, and Her New Clairol Natural Instincts Shade


Giada De Laurentiis clairol natural instincts amber shimmer the cromwell las vegas opening

Last week, Giada De Laurentiis opened her fantastic new Las Vegas restaurant, Giada to much fanfare. Clairol was so kind to host me for the occasion, and I was there to join in on the festivities, enjoy incredible food (more on that later!), speak with Giada one-on-one about her beauty routine, and get the scoop on her new Clairol Natural Instincts hair color.

Last summer when I checked-in with Giada, she had Natural Instincts in Hot Cocoa as her signature shade—which inspired my own personal hair color change for the trip! With Hot Cocoa as the base, I had my colorist foil in some highlights for a summer look, and to make it my own. As a former colorist myself—Natural Instincts is one of my first choices for an affordable at-home hair color solution—because it’s ammonia-free, covers my grey, and processes in a much shorter period of time than most others I’ve tried—just 10 minutes! Since it’s a demi-permanent, the color fades gradually after about 28 washes for me, but still on-tone, and lacks a hard line of demarcation. (The after-color conditioning treatment that’s included is one of my faves too.)

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Clairol Natural Instincts in Hot Cocoa 

Giada told me her new shade is Amber Shimmer, what a coincidence! It’s almost like we made a swap—I change to her former signature shade, and she changes to a shade with my name in it. It’s clear, Giada and I are obviously meant to be BFFs.  [Read more…]

P!nk’s Red Carpet Look: The Grammys 2014


56th GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet
Last night on the 2014 Grammys red carpet, I thought P!nk looked incredible in a long red Johanna Johnson gown. I’ve always loved her style, and she is such an amazing performer. The acrobatic routines—love it! Here’s the breakdown on her makeup for the night.

  • To help create the perfect glow, P!NK wore a small amount of COVERGIRL truBLEND Liquid Makeup, mainly through the T zone, which uniforms the skin and gives a photo finish for the base. After the foundation, she doesn’t need much! Just a little COVERGIRL truMAGIC Luminizer to add highlights to the high planes of the face, cheekbones, jawline and crest of the upper lip.
  • Then, COVERGIRL truMAGIC Sunkisser to sculpt the sculpted the cheekbones, jawline and temples to add warmth and dimension. Another great use for the truMAGIC Luminizer is for your body just for a little glow.  [Read more…]