Behind the Scenes: jouer Spring Sirens Photo Shoot


Jouer spring sirens When one of your favorite makeup brands emails an invite to be photographed in their cosmetics with the master makeup artist and photographer, Troy Jensen—you don’t walk—you RUN. As a legit jouer girl, I let out an audible SQUEE!, and then worried about what I was going to wear. The more I thought about it, I decided to just wear simple black since it’s timeless, and I could jazz it up with a statement necklace. Seems like Troy and I were on the same page, because he took one look at me and said “rock and roll goddess”. We picked out some statement necklaces, added a ton of sexy hair that sadly wasn’t mine, and we were on our way!

When Troy says something, you just TRUST. You don’t question, you don’t worry. This is the guy who has the most incredible eye for creating some of the hottest editorial, video, and red carpet looks for A-list celebs—and he was touching my face. (Insert another *squee* here.) I guarantee you’ve seen his work everywhere, but you just don’t know it. He’s hot stuff. (Literally and figuratively!) Check out his site, troyjensen.com, and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

Here’s what he selected from jouer to glam up my face…

Jouer product looks I wish I could dish all the secrets on his incredible application, but his techniques are definitely HIS techniques. Troy tells me he’s totally self-taught, and prides himself on his work (which definitely shows). I think self-taught is the best way for ANY artist, because you’re not bound by rules or by what someone else wants to teach or mold you into. (Who wants carbon copies? I don’t!) I don’t blame him for not spilling the beans in a step-by-step tutorial. If I had his talent, I’d keep it to myself too.  [Read more...]

Easy Team USA Olympics Manicure / Nail Art


Team USA manicure nail art

We still have a few days left of the Sochi Olympics, and it’s not too late to share your Team USA spirit! COVERGIRL sent me a few shades of the Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss to see what I could come up with. I’m not the best at nail art, so if I can do it—so can you!

Here’s what I used to help me out:

tools of the trade

  • A paint striping brush (I bought this one at Sally for under $5)
  • A few nail gems/rhinestones (You can purchase these inexpensively at beauty supply stores, I bought a larger disc for future use.
  • Three shades of polish: COVERGIRL Ever Reddy, Snow Storm, and Out of the Blue.
  • Striping tape (Inexpensive at beauty supply stores, even my CVS and Target carry them!)
  • Nail glue

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See how easy it is for nail gems to hide mistakes?

The U.S. design is totally up to you! I did something really easy by painting my nails in alternating shades, the blue, and then the white. I used striping tape on the white nails in an attempt to add a blue half-moon. It didn’t work out so well! So after, I used a striping brush with the red shade to create the stripes of the U.S. Flag, I disguised my mistakes with nail gems.  [Read more...]

Easy Super Bowl Nail Art: Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos


easy super bowl seattle seahawks denver broncos nail art

I know this might seem a little last minute, but you still have time to create the ultimate fashion statement for tomorrow’s Super Bowl! You can create really easy Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos nail art to support your team, using striping tape or transparent tape, with a few shades of Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss from COVERGIRL. (Striping Brush is optional. You can find one inexpensively at Sally Beauty.) I’m not the most talented person in the world for nail art, so if I can do it—you can too! Just apply your base shade, allow it to completely dry, then mask off areas on your nails with tape to create additional layer(s) of color. You can also cut shapes into the tape before applying.

If I were a football fan, I’d probably be a Seattle Seahawks fan, due to the fact that I was born in Washington state. But to be honest, I don’t really have a horse in this race, so I wanted to show you simple designs I did for each team. Let me know if you’re rocking an NFL fanicure for the game, or if you want to create your own using any of these tips. Have fun nailgating!

Seattle Seahawks

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For the Seattle Seahawks, I used a combination of four shades:  [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...]

Short Hair Don’t Care! How to Rock a Pixie Cut


pixie

It seems like everyone is doing it—they’re making the chop to a pixie, and it couldn’t be hotter. Graceful beauty Halle Berry has rocked her pixie for ages, and I’ve always admired her for it. She’s always been so confident and kept it looking current. But now there’s a new crop of Hollywood starlets making the cut with this hot trend. Just recently, we have Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, and even Beyonce committing to the style (even if it was for a minute). And what a committment it is!

In the 90’s, I had a pixie, and it was actually a very high-maintenance cut. Sure, it’s easy to style in the morning with the right products, but go a little overdo for your cut and you can look like Shaggy from Scooby Do! One thing I did to keep it looking great (besides regular trims) was use products that gave it a lot of shine; from my shampoo and conditioner, to my finishing products. I’ve always thought the healthier and glossier a pixie looks, the better. It seems that celeb stylist Charles Baker Strahan is completely on the same page.

CHARLES STRAHANCharles says:

  • The pixie cut works really well for a variety of hair types and strengthens and brings out any woman’s beautiful facial features—but you always want to make sure you have shiny hair to compliment these features.
  • What’s great about a short style is that the shape is already built into the cut, so shine is key to highlighting the health of the hair and showing off the shape of the cut. [Read more...]

How to Get a Manicure from MARS!


mars interior room

Okay. Not really Mars, as in the planet, but MARS THE SALON! A-List celebrities and nail art junkies alike are flocking to this new type of nail spa in Los Angeles, where zen is the word, and the service is out of this world. Originally hailing from Tokyo, MARS is perfectly pristine, aesthetically pleasing, and the service is unparalleled.

hirokoSpecializing in damage-free gel application, you can go for the hottest Harajuku-inspired nail art looks, or go for something more chic, created specifically for you by MARS’ highly trained manicurists with exceptional taste. This high-quality, time-honored Japanese custom level of service comes at a pretty penny, but when you’re finished—you’ll be glad you had the experience. Owner Hiroko Fujikawa Mori values the powers of this traditional level of service, and promises that it can’t be found at any other nail salon locally.

Just for fun, here’s an original design from Hiroko herself, with easy tips to help recreate it yourself! [Read more...]

Is Ombre Out, Or In? Color Expert, Marie Robinson Shows Us a New Way to Ombre!


marie robinsonIs ombre out, or in?

In the past few months, I’ve asked industry hair pros all across the board, the burning question—is ombre haircolor out? Believe it or not, their answers have been a resounding “NO!”

It seems that ombre has started to be represented in new variations, much unlike the original ombre we all spent a small fortune to achieve. Reverse ombre is becoming very popular instead! Traditional ombre meant that your roots were dark, and your hair got lighter as it neared the ends. One of the newest trends is the exact opposite! For the reverse ombre technique, your roots and mid-shaft of your hair should be slightly lighter than your ends. We’re not talking a skunk look here—we’re talking two tones that complement each other and are closer in the color spectrum, yet still a beautiful, noticeable contrast. Think—medium golden brown, graduating to dark brown. I’ve seen this out and about, and it actually looks striking.

Let’s leave it to Marie Robinson, the Clairol Color Director to make the reverse ombre process a little less daunting! Here, Marie demonstrates how you can achieve the new take on ombre in the comfort of your own home.

How To: The Easiest Smoky Eye


The easiest smoky eye!

I’m quite challenged in the eyeshadow department, I probably spend more time trying to get it right than I do on the rest of my makeup! Normally, a smoky eye is off-limits to me, because I just can’t seem to get it right. But yesterday, I tinkered with Pixi’s instructions for the easiest smoky eye (see the video below), and even though I didn’t get it perfect—I still think it passes! I’m so glad that a quick video showed me this little trick, using just two products you can find at Target.

This is all you need:

  • One of the Pixi Lid & Line Pencils — They’re available in eight shades, I like the Smoky Olive! This easy-to-use pencil has three parts: an eyeliner, an eyeshadow, and a sponge-tip smudger. The pieces all snap together to form a single pencil component—how convenient!
  • Pixi Large Lash Mascara — This mascara gives me soft, fluttery length that looks natural without flaking or smudging.
  • Optional — A beige or creme eyeshadow for highlight/blending. [Read more...]

How To: Easy Springtime Nail Art


Last week, I visited my local Target in order to drool over the latest spring nail polish launches. Let’s just say, I wasn’t disappointed in the selection! They had the latest from Maybelline, L’Oreal Paris, Revlon, Sonia Kashuk, Revlon, and more—and it was incredibly hard for me to select just a few to use to create some easy springtime nail art.

Let’s take a closer look!

Okay—so right up front—nail art isn’t exactly my forte! But I still was able to create two very easy looks using the latest spring nail colors for L’Oreal Paris and Maybelline. If nail art isn’t your strongest skill, I’m absolutely positive that you can recreate these looks, and even come up with your own with the use of a few simple tools.

What I used…

  • 2 Limited Edition Maybelline Color Show shades; Coral Glow, and Flash of Purple
  • A basic white polish; I like Wet n Wild Wild Shine French White Creme
  • 3 Limited Edition L’Oreal Paris shades from the Versailles Collection; Macaroon Me Madly, Creme Puffs, and Royally Yours
  • Toothpicks
  • A plastic sandwich bag to work off of

Look 1…

For look 1, I utilized two of my favorite Maybelline Color Show shades. This shimmering coral and vibrant purple are limited edition—so if you like what you see, head to Target now! [Read more...]