simple signs “girl” of the moment, allison williams

allison williams

i am so excited about simple skincare’s new partnership with allison williams. from her high-strung “girls” character marnie to her hilarious portrayal of jillian the eye-patch girl on “the mindy project,” i just can’t get enough of williams’ approachable nature and jaw-dropping beauty.

little did i know that my adoration was about to deepen with her revelation that she too suffers from sensitive skin.

as the new spokeswoman for simple, allison has revealed that she struggles to find products that don’t make her skin inflamed, red, dry, or make it break out. (tell me about it, sister!) as an actress, she puts her skin through a lot and she has stressed the importance of what you put on your face at the beginning of the day and what you use to take your makeup off at night as being key players in her skin’s clarity and calmness.

to hear more about why allison loves simple so much and to claim a coupon for simple products, click here.

this post was created in connection with my appointment as an ambassador in the simple® skincare program.


another pretty face: olivia munn

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i am having an olivia munn moment and i cannot get enough of her in this look from the do something awards. combine an adorable hot pink alice + olivia number, a ponytail, and a winged eye, you get a sweet and sassy grand finale that i just had to recreate.

another pretty face: olivia munn
get that perfect winged edge with nyx the curve liner. the ergonomic shape makes it possible for anyone to master liquid liner. achieve lots of lash with clinique high impact extreme mascara. it layers on nice and thick staying put for hours upon hours, and dissolving in warm water. olivia’s cheeks are donning the most gorgeous flush which you can do with sephora microsmooth blush duo in guava glow – allowing you to customize and luminize. finish things off with a pop of pink gloss. i really love butter london’s lippy in primrose picnic for its moisturizing capabilities and the subtle stain that it leaves behind.
do you like this look as much as i do?

deco darling: gatsby inspired beauty

(carey as daisy via)

the great gatsby is my very favorite. it was my mom’s very favorite and i quickly fell in love long before we were forced to read the story in 9th grade honors english. with the upcoming movie adaptation looming ever closer, i can only forecast that the twenties are going to have themselves a bit of a beauty moment this fall and winter. (because really, who doesn’t want to look like ms. mulligan?)

a few suggestions to help you channel your inner daisy buchanan:


deco darling: gatsby inspired beauty


the early twenties beauty look was comprised of cream or ivory face powder, rose or raspberry cheeks and deep brownish red lips applied in an exaggerated cupids bow. eyes were edged in black with painted black lashes. thin, sloping brows, and the coolest manicure – nails were painted only in the center, leaving the bottom half moon and the tip bare – topped things off.

to get a modern-day interpretation, you’ll want to round up some good old fashioned coty face powder, benefit’s benetint, besame’s vintage-inspired lipstick in merlot, bobbi brown’s long-wear gel eyeliner, hourglass’ film noir lash lacquer (you’re actually going for a bit spidery), and opi’s classic red in vodka & caviar.

the result is sure to be one fine flapper.

photo-ready beauty with nicole of the city girl in me

i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again: while product-obsessed i may be, a makeup artist i am not. thank goodness for a friend like nicole who actually is a makeup artist. who took time out of one very early morning to make me up for a photo shoot with the lovely kate headley. i begged nicole to walk us all through her techniques!

City Girl in Me - Photo-Ready Makeup

On a sunny morning in Washington DC, pretty girl and product guru Lara Ramos of The Glossarie, came to me to create a natural, everyday, photogenic makeup look. Two makeup junkies in one room meant our pile of products were the tried and true, hall of fame, best-of-the-best.

We started with clean, moisturized skin—so important! Next, I primed her face with Smashbox Photo Finish face primer to create a smooth base for the foundation and applied it with a Real Techniques (RT) pointed foundation brush. Makeup Forever HD foundation gave a flawless finish while avoiding the caked- on look.

To conceal any redness, I pressed Makeup Forever Full Cover concealer over the areas and blended it with a RT detailer brush. Since eyeshadow tends to crease as the day goes on, MAC Painterly paint pot came in handy as a neutral base and eye primer, applied with a Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage brush.  MAC shadow in Orb was dusted over the lid with a NARS tapered shadow brush. To give subtle definition of Lara’s lashline, I tightlined her upper water line with a black gel liner (MAC Fluidline in Black Track) on a pointed eyeliner brush from Laura Mercier. A few swipes of Benefit Bad gal mascara, and her eyes looked fresh yet natural.

To frame the face, Lara’s brows were brushed through with a Sonia Kashuk Spoolie eye brow brush and defined using Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in medium ash/ medium brown.

To add warmth to the skin I used a Laura Mercier powder brush to dust MAC Harmony blush on her temples, cheekbones, and chin, and for an additional pop of color, I swept on MAC Pinch O’ Peach blush. The last and most important step was applying Makeup Forever HD powder on a RT buffing brush to blend all of the layers and create a lasting finish. The result: camera-ready, flawless skin that looked clean and effortless.

nicole, i can’t thank you enough for my mini makeover. you are a total life saver and quite the talented makeup maven. glossarie readers, take note of nicole’s awesome tumblr – you will love her endless array beauty tutorials, tips and tricks!

ps – the voting continues! if i make it through this week in the allure beauty blogger of the year competition, you will get to see my cinematic masterpiece (that’s right – a video, starring MOI!). if that’s not incentive enough, you can also win a rebecca minkoff bag :)

pps – have i told you all that i love you for all of the voting, tweeting, facebook posting, love texts and emails? i will challenge anyone who says that they have a better bunch of readers than me. MWAH!

allure beauty challenge 2: celebrity beauty

i survived week one! the second week of allure beauty blogger awards voting is live and underway. this week’s challenge was to write about one of our favorite recent celebrity red carpet looks. i was so smitten by emma stone’s freshly lightened locks on the orange carpet at the nickelodeon kids choice awards and i fell hard for her pastel liner and baby pink lip. click on over to read how you can get the look for yourself. please vote for me if you like what you see!

best in beauty: oscars 2012

oscars 2012 best in beauty

the red carpet royalty brought some very good face last night. from the nails, which seemed to be either vampy dark (almost black) or completely nude (clear polish was everywhere!) to the malibu barbie waves on stacy keibler, to that signature pink lip on michelle williams – i was in high beauty heaven.

i’m giving best face to jessica chastain who was stunning in a fierce cat eye, tousled pinned-half-back hair, and even her essie mani in berry hard. she looked absolutely beautiful. nods to natalie portman for her 50’s inspired look and milla jovovich for those red lips and pink blush, as well.

best hair goes to the mara sisters who could not have been more uniquely different. rooney slayed in her structural bang and bun, and kate went for a softer look in her messy side-do and sparkly adornments.

my favorite manicure (and cocktail bling!) was on the mitts of kristen wiig who sported chanel’s black satin to offset her nude dress. kind of makes me crave black nails all over again.

what did you think of the looks last night? any favorites that i missed?

mark does backstage beauty at rebecca minkoff

photo credit to rob loud.

i am in love with the look makeup artist mai quynh put together for the rebecca minkoff fall 2012 runway show. she started with fresh, dewy skin moisturized with for goodness face and then polished up with min-a-real cream-to-powder foundation and good riddance hook up concealer (really creamy and easy to blend so it just melts into skin). a touch of matte-nificent oil-absorbing powder completed the canvas and prepped cheeks for just pinched instant blush tint in nude. cheeks were kept very calm to balance out the dramatic eye achieved using the dark plummy shade (in the middle, far right) in this on the dot neutral palette, concentrated near the lash line, and the copper in the keep it going ‘surreal’ compact. once the coppery smoky eye was complete, mai applied lots of lash all you want high-volume mascara in black. the spiky brush provides really full thick lashes with no flaking – they looked almost faux. the final touch? a swipe of totally balmed tinted in totally hot.

another pretty face: michelle williams


i can’t get my mind off of michelle’s pretty pixie and classically chic makeup from sunday’s golden globes red carpet. she was all done up in chanel from lashes to lips, but i’ve recreated her look for you with some of my favorite products.

start off with an ultra light and luminous makeup base like jouer’s luminizing moisture tint. it evens out skintone and light-reflecting pigments give off a gorgeous glow.

on the eyes, use a silver gray shadow like revlon diamond lust in night sky (don’t forget to smudge some underneath the bottom lash line) and at least two coats of cover girl lash blast 24 hour mascara for lots of long, almost spidery lash. if you’ll look up, you’ll notice that michelle’s brows are subtly perfect without being too pronounced. dash a little too faced brownies in blonde-y (even if you’re dark haired) throughout the arch in upward strokes, finishing with the spoolie brush to blend.

for cheeks, dust on some maybelline dream bouncy blush in orchid hush and swipe chanel perle rouge coco lipstick (this is the actual shade she wore – sometimes there is just no duplicate for perfection) on lips to polish everything off.

oh, and that vintage fred leighton headband? dying. when i find  replacement for that beautiful bauble, i’ll let ya know.

another pretty face: rachel bilson


there’s no denying that our girl rbils is a beauty, but this picture truly takes the cake. i love her over-blushed cheeks, pale pink gloss, perfect brows, and curled-up lashes. want to steal this stunning pretty? read on.

to achieve that strawberry flush, try tarte amazonian clay 12 hour blush in natural beauty. it looks garish in the pan but when dusted on the apples, it gives gorgeous color and really stays put. vitamins and other goodies actually improve skin while you wear making it a super star in my book.

rachel’s bold brows balance out her sweet cheeks and my favorite brow tool to date is clinique’s brow lift. the automatic brow pencil on one end fill in your sparse spots while the coordinating highlighter is blended under arches to really make them pop.

her eyes boast a big curl which you can achieve with a curling mascara like clinique’s high impact curling mascara. it gives a dolled up, wide awake look. and her smile is kept simple with a soft pink gloss – try stila’s lip glaze in bubble gum.

are you loving this look as much as i am? think you’ll recreate the rachel?

another pretty face: lela rose spring 2012

(via bellasugar)

you might remember that i covered hair, makeup, and nails backstage for lela rose in february. while i had plans to do the same this past weekend, the opportunity to represent the glossarie at lucky fabb was too good to pass up and plans had to change. i’ve been waiting on pins and needles to peek at the pretty from this season’s runway show and getting a glimpse of the final look put together by ted gibson, deborah lippmann, and bare escentuals did not disappoint.

lela’s collection was inspired by old school sin city, and starting at the top, ted is calling that sweet braid-alternative the ‘nomad twist.’ lucky for us, it’s a cinch to recreate by just parting hair wide, twisting the front section, and pinning way down at the nape of the neck.

nails were done in deborah’s ‘believe’ – a metallic gold beige ($16). it’s a really beautiful alternative to all of the brights and bolds we’re seeing as of late. don’t get me wrong, i love to have fun with my nails, but there’s something so polished and sophisticated about a shimmery neutral. i guess lela agrees!

finally, it was all about the eyes (how ’bout them brows?!) and the everyday look was created using a new palette from bare escentuals out next month – the afterparty eyeshadow quad ($30). let’s all just shout a quiet hooray for new pressed shadows from the beloved be – these are getting rave reviews and i can’t wait to give them a try.

so, what do you think? would you take this look from runway to real world?