Monday, January 26, 2015

Chrissy Teigen's Bouncy Pony at the 2015 Golden Globes

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Chrissy Teigen's Bouncy Pony at the 2015 Golden Globes

Did you hear all about how great Chrissy Teigen looked at the Golden Globes too? Yes, it was everywhere. And really, she did look pretty great. He had a very pretty lacy blush dress on, but when paired with her wavy ponytail the look was pretty and approachable.

Chrissy's hair was done by Celebrity Hairstylist and International Creative Director for Macadamia Professional, Giannandrea. It was a modern, elegant take on the playful pony.

Get the Look:
• Apply Macadamia Professional Foaming Volumizer (at ULTA) on wet hair before blow drying the whole head with a large round brush, to create ample volume at the roots and length

• Use a 1-inch curling iron and curl the whole head in waves

• Once the hair was set in waves, use a generous dollop of Macadamia Professional Whipped Detailing Cream (at Folica) and run hands throughout the hair, using fingers to create supple separation and texture all the way through the ends

• Gather hair into a high pony tail, slightly below the crown. Tie the pony into an elastic band and take a small section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic band covering it. Keep the pony playful by using your fingers to open it up and make it wide, textured and volumized

• Make sure it’s not too tight around the face by creating volume at the front with separation. Leave some fly aways on the sides for an effortless look

• Spray in place with Macadamia Control Working Spray (at ULTA) to protect against humidity and set for a night out

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10 Mommy Beauty Must Have Products

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10 Mommy Beauty Must Have Products

Even though I knew that I'd be sacrificing a lot of "me" time when I had my second baby this fall, I admit I still was overestimating how much time I'd have each day for a beauty routine. Oh, how nature ensures that mommies will forget many of the details of the first few months after birth...

Now that I've returned to work and things have settled into more of a routine, I thought I'd share a few of my quick routine favorites!

1. BB Cream
I've always been a fan of BB Creams, I talk about them on here quite a bit, but it seems to be even more important as a new mom! There were quite a few days that I was lucky to be able to brush my teeth and wash my face. Quickly rubbing on a moisturizer on my way out of the bathroom did a lot of extra jobs if it wasn't just a moisturizer, but was a BB Cream. Depending on which formulation you chose, this one step can be your moisturizer, an anti-aging cream, daily sunscreen, can fight hyperpigmentation and offer some much needed coverage for your sleep deprived face!

My Current Favorites:
Diorskin Nude BB Creme
Pond's Luminous Finish BB Plus Cream

Where to apply concealer and corrector under your eyes
2 &3. Corrector and Concealer
If I have time, my next step is always covering up my undereye circles! If you are lucky and don't have much of a circle you can get away with just using a concealer (my favorite undereye concealers are here), but if you have some discoloration it is best to layer that concealer over a corrector (how to use a color corrector). In general, apply the corrector only on the area of discoloration, concealer should go over it, as well as in an inverted triangle under the eyes, over the inner eye, and around the nose (see the chart).

For application tips, don't forget to check out my Concealer Tips to see how I use the undereye triangle for better application, and how I hide undereye puffiness.

Great Correctors:
Bobbi Brown Corrector
NYX Concealer in a Jar
FACE Stockholm Corrector Quad

A Few Concealer Options:
Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye
L.A. Girl Pro Concealer

Where to apply highlighter
4. Highlighter
Yes, highlighter is next. And there's one that I'm reaching for now, thanks to this Refinery29 review. Yes, the RMS Living Luminizer is really worth the $38 price tag. And then some. I apply it with a quick fingertip pat to the areas show in the picture. It catches just the right amount of light and really makes me look more awake. Totally worth it.

I bought mine at J. Crew because it counts for those storewide sales and you can get 20-40% off on it, but it is often sold out. It's also at Birchbox and DermStore.

Also try ELF Shimmering Facial Whip (in Lilac Petal, one of my favorite ELF products) as a lower price ($38 vs $1??) alternative. The ELF is definitely more shimmering, I would cut it with a little concealer or moisturizer. You need about half the shimmer of the ELF to approximate the RMS Living Luminizer.

5. All in One Color
If there's time for any color, I go right for blush first. Being up at night really washes me out the next day, and a little bit of blush makes a big difference! I have found that a cream product like NARS The Multiple in Orgasm gives me just the right glow and only takes a few moments. I brush the stick onto my cheeks, then blend with fingertips. The same color can be used on my lids and even on my lips with just my fingers.

Another Option:
e.l.f. Essential All Over Color Stick

6. Lash Curler and Mascara
A good mascara opens my eyes, really making me look awake. Mascara without curling your lashes first is just a waste of time in my opinion.

My Favorite Mascaras:
CoverGirl Bombshell Volume Mascara
Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara

7. Easy Lippie
I need something on my lips, especially in the winter! I don't need much color, but a little something is good! Since I'm usually out of time to spend on myself by the time I get to the lips, I've been relying on products that I can stick in my pocket and apply while running around.

Currently In My Pocket:
Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-In-Oil (in I Rose for You)
Dior 'Addict Lip Glow' Color Reviver Balm
Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm

8. Dry Shampoo
What would a mommy beauty post be without dry shampoo?? Yes, washing, drying and then styling hair can take a lot of time, especially if you have a ton of hair like I do! I stretch out the time between stylings with dry shampoo. In the past I've used it in the mornings, but even with a good brushing it can still make my hair look a little matte.

So, my new trick is to use it before bed. Yes, I spray a ton of dry shampoo willy nilly throughout my hair before bed. I don't even bother brushing. Just spray and ignore the white powder. When I wake up my hair is volumized, still shiny, but doesn't look matte or greasy. It just looks kind of perfect!

My Favorite Dry Shampoos:
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle
Aveeno Active Naturals Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo

9. Makeup Remover Wipes
I'm gone back and forth on makeup remover wipes. They're convenient, but they don't remove everything. The wipes can be irritating, and that can sometimes be just as bad as not removing everything. But, I admit I repurchased some wipes for postpartum and there are some nights that I can barely get myself to use them, I'm so tired! I no longer concentrate on getting off all of my eye makeup (if I have any on), instead I just try to get stuff off of my skin and leave it at that.

My Go-To Remover Wipes:
MAC Wipes
Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Removing Wipes

10. Great Moisturizing Cream
There's a lot of hand washing associated with having a new baby, and that really does a number on my hands. They are dry, cracked and painful unless I apply moisturizer of some sort after pretty much every hand washing! Shifting hormones also masses with the skin on my body, so I transition over to a more moisturizing product for my body as well.

My Favorite Creams:
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Ellie Kemper's Up Do at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards

Ellie Kemper's Up Do at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards

Ellie Kemper's cute updo at the 2015 Golden Globes is one of those easier than it looks hair styles that is perfect for a night out, Valentine's Day or even a wedding this summer!

The look was created by Schwarzkopf ULTIME and celebrity hairstylist, Richard Collins. He used Schwarzkopf Styliste products, which are available at Walmart (yes, Walmart).

Get the Look:
• Start with damp hair and spray Schwarzkopf styliste ULTIME Satin Frizz Control & Protect Heat Protection Straightening Spray all over your hair.

• For additional blow dry protection, apply Schwarzkopf styliste ULTIME Satin Frizz Control & Protect Straightening Style Cream. Blow dry hair straight with a large boar bristle brush.

• Once the hair is dry, take a 1 ½ curling iron, starting at the nape of the neck. Lightly spray the Schwarzkopf styliste ULTIME Crystal Shine & Hold Heat Protection Shine Spray in 2 inch sections starting at the nape of the neck to hold hair in place without weighing it down. Be sure to keep your bangs out to frame your face.

• Next, gather your hair from the front and loosely twist to the back of the hair, below the crown, and secure with bobby pins. With the remaining hair, gather and twist into a loose bun and finish with the Schwarzkopf styliste ULTIME Crystal Shine & Hold Laminating Shine Hair Spray.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Beauty Spotlight Team: What's in Marcia's Purse?

Beautysets - What's in Marcia's purse?

How does someone fit everything they need on a daily basis into a small crossbody bag? Marcia from Beauty Info Zone normally shleps around a large shoulder bag to handle all the goodies that are a necessity for daily life. But sometimes fashion takes preference over need and she switches to a small, neat bag. How does she do it?

Check Out What's in Marcia's Purse?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Get the Look: Kate Beckinsale's Up Do at the 2015 Golden Globes

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Get the Look: Kate Beckinsale's Up Do at the 2015 Golden Globes
Get the Look: Kate Beckinsale's Up Do at the 2015 Golden Globes

As usual, Kate Beckinsale looked amazing at the Golden Globes. I'm convinced that she can do no wrong. Her skin is always glowing, her hair healthy and beautiful, yet she never seems to be over shadowed by any one element of her look, everything just works.

Kate's sleek and sophisticated, yet still approachable, updo was created by celebrity hairstylist Creighton Bowman of Tracey Mattingly.

"Our inspiration for the evening came from Kate's stunning Elie Saab gown and the idea of adding length to her silhouette by adding height to her hair," said Creighton.

Get the Look:
• First, on towel-dried hair, I applied René Furterer VOLUMEA volumizing foam (at - no rinse at the roots and René Furterer FIORAVANTI shine enhancing no-rinse detangling spray (at on the ends.

• Also, I sprayed on René Furterer LISSEA thermal protecting smoothing spray (at to help protect the hair from my heat styling tools.

• Next, using a medium-sized round brush, I blew out the hair.

• Once Kate's blowout was finished, I curled the hair with a 1 1/4" curling iron and then set the hair into 1" sections.

• I then brushed out the curls and sprayed René Furterer NATURIA dry shampoo (at all over for added texture and thickness.

• To begin the updo, I pulled all of the hair to the top of the crown and secured it with a ponytail holder.

• Once the ponytail was secure, I wrapped all of the hair around the ponytail base in a forward motion and secured it with pins in the front of the ponytail.

• Finally, I used René Furterer VEGETAL FINISHING SPRAY (at to hold the look in place and to smooth any flyaways.

Image: Getty Images Entertainment provided by René Furterer
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