scenes from last night’s #beautydetox + a giveaway

dawson's market

i had such a great time at last night’s beauty detox event at dawson’s market. i don’t take the time to explore natural beauty all that often (shame on me!) and this was the perfect opportunity to test some gorgeous local farm-to-vanity products, chat with fellow beauty lovers, and promote dawson’s impressive collection of products. everyone who came by was able to test hemp organics lip colors (i fell in love with the garnet shade), soften their hands with elsen oils hand & foot scrubs (lime & peppermint was my favorite – it smells like a mojito), and treat their dry winter hands with gardener’s glee! the hero of the evening was definitely the hand cream which has the most gorgeous and unique scent, thanks to sweet almond oil. all in all i am so impressed with the service at dawson’s and i absolutely adore their whole team.

dawson's box

if you weren’t able to make it last night, you can still experience all of the best that dawson’s beauty department has to offer. i’m giving away a dawson’s box, curated by myself and kara manos, worth over $100! the only hitch is that you must be able to pick the prize up in person in rockville, md – and while you’re there, i definitely recommend taking a spin through the beauty aisles.

a full list of what’s included in the box:

  • raw olive friday night detox scrub
  • hugo naturals fizzy bath bomb in lavender and vanilla
  • acure dry shampoo
  • zosimos fuchsia lipstick
  • auric blends plumeria roll on
  • john masters organics sea mist
  • kiss my face pomegranate acai moisturizer
  • soothing touch vanilla chai lip balm
  • acure 100% moroccan argan oil
  • south of france milled bar soap in relaxing lavender

enter to win a dawson’s box!


dawson’s market beauty detox event

damson's market beauty detox

as much as i love sharing my beauty obsessions with you through the internet, i’m always looking for opportunities to bring the glossarie to life. i have so much fun coming out from behind the blog to talk product and interact with you all, so i’m really excited about this week’s beauty detox event at dawson’s market in rockville, md.

dawson’s is a gorgeous neighborhood natural grocer that boasts two full aisles of health and beauty products. their selection includes everything from skincare to color cosmetics, serums, perfumes, bath products, hair care, supplements and so much more. i am seriously impressed with their mix of brands and i cannot wait to demo some of my favorite new discoveries with event attendees on wednesday.

dawson's box

i am proud to be co-hosting the event with my beauty partner in crime, kara from politics of pretty, and if you’re able to join us, you can find me in the beauty aisles where i will be featuring three different demonstration stations:

  • satin hands – try a raw olive body scrub and follow up with a luxe eo lotion
  • find your winter lip – test out a few bold and bright options from hemp organics
  • dry skin rehab – sample my favorite moisturizer, eye cream, and serum

while you’re there, enjoy complimentary juicing, shop dawson’s boxes (curated product collections, perfect for holiday gifting), and sample natural beauty goodies to your heart’s delight! purchases of $25 or more will earn a free raw olive body scrub and i’ll be giving one away during the event as well.

i hope you can join me and kara for this unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some new brands and products!

south moon under 20th grand opening

i had so much fun hosting the south moon under 20th grand opening event last thursday! there’s nothing i love more than a good party and those south moon under girls know how to throw a real good party. this one was especially up my alley, complete with a beauty bar that featured makeup touchups by stila and gorgeous manicures by butter london.

before things got rolling, i plopped myself promptly into the makeup chair for a touch up – falling quickly in love with after glow lip color in vivid violet and countless color pigment in lyric for beautiful pink-orange cheeks.Slide1not surprisingly, the makeover stool was a popular spot and beauties lined up, waiting patiently for their turn. this sweet shopper had the most beautiful skin! i love the teal eyeliner and fuchsia lip combination here.


butter london manicures were also a hit and the accent nail was definitely a popular request. featured shades: kerfuffle (opaque pink creme), molly coddled (lavender creme), jaffa (bright orange), champers (rose gold shimmer), and bobby dazzler (silver chrome). the possibilities were endless and i loved seeing each unique combination.


while the beauty bar held my attention for most of the night, of course i found time to do some shopping! i walked away with the dress i’m wearing in the top photo and this awesome chevron midi ring which hasn’t left my finger.

SMU Midi RIng 2

(my own butter london manicure – jaffa and bobby dazzler accent nail – paired with sarita‘s gorgeous ombre mani, and matching midi rings)


thanks for such a fun evening, south moon! can’t wait to party with you all again soon.

south moon under grand opening party

south moon under grand opening

do you have a south moon under by you? chances are if you live on the east coast, then you are definitely familiar with the fashion-forward boutique and its surf shop roots. i even find that my friends in the middle and west parts of the country know the brand and shop it online because their styles are just that good. i’ve been shopping SMU since college when my roomie and i used to drive an hour to the closest one in richmond. since graduation (ahem, 9 years ago) i’ve been lucky enough to always have a south moon close by and i find myself popping in almost weekly to see what’s new.

south moon under beauty picks

the brand has absolutely blown up over the last five years and they are getting set to open their 20th location in woodbridge, virginia. the team has asked me to be a part of the celebration and to host a beauty bar at the big party on june 20th. i’m so excited! carrying brands like fresh, stila, butter london, deborah lippmann, nyx (and many more!) makes south moon one of my favorite places to discover new beauty. on 6/20 we’ll be doing mini manicures by butter london and touch ups by stila. giveaways will be going on all night long and gorgeous gift bags will be on hand for the first 50 guests.

i hope you can join us!

my interview with mark. brand ambassador ashley greene

ashley greene

last wednesday, i had the pleasure of attending a congressional briefing to announce data from the “no more” study. mark. brand ambassador ashley greene joined advocates on the hill to share sobering statistics related to attitudes toward, and experience with dating abuse, partner violence, and sexual assault among teens and young adults. the results clearly underscore the need to educate young people so that they recognize the signs of abuse and how to safely intervene to help end it. ashley also announced that m.powerment by mark. will award 25 new grants totaling $125,000 to expand its healthy relationship college program which helps students recognize the warning signs and encourages them to actively step-in as bystanders to prevent and stop violence before it starts.

after the briefing, ashley and i sat down to chat about m.powerment by mark. and a few burning beauty topics. we covered everything from self confidence to our shared befuddlement over why guys always tend to get the longest lashes. i walked away completely inspired by ashley’s dedication to the m.powerment cause and with a true envy of her poise and strong sense of self.

why is it so important to spread the m.powerment message and raise awareness about dating abuse and partner violence?

for me, it was sobering to hear the statistics that 1 in 4 women between the ages of 15 and 22 have experienced dating abuse or violence or they know someone who has. it’s something that needs to be addressed and hopefully it impacts other people as much as it has me. a really big part of stopping this dating abuse and violence is allowing these young girls to understand that it is ok to speak out. there are places that they can go and people they can talk to; if you’re somebody’s friend that it’s ok for you to speak to them and be there for them. we also want it to be preventative. i think a lot of people just don’t know the warning signs that could essentially stop this in its tracks before it even happens.

you talk a lot about using your celebrity power for the greater good, which i love. can you touch on what supporting this cause means to you and how it plays into your greater role?

my job is great and it does have its ups and its downs, but one of the really big ups is that i am able to help other people. it’s important to me especially because when i was younger, i didn’t have that self-confidence and luckily i had a mother who really instilled that in me. she has always said to me that she thinks i have the power to change the world and i should use it. that was very empowering and it’s important that i pass that on. i’ve been given this wonderful gift of being able to help people. so, i’m going to – as best i can.

one of the themes running through the m.powerment campaign is the importance of self-confidence. besides your mom, is there anywhere else that you draw confidence from or people who you turn to when you need a boost?

i have worked really hard to surround myself with people who love me through my ups and my downs – because everyone has them. you need people that are going to support you when you are down. i also recently started telling myself things that i love about myself everyday along with the things that i love about the people that i’ve surrounded myself with. it’s easy to put yourself down; it’s harder to bring yourself back up.

you have had the opportunity to work with some of the best hair and makeup talent in the business. have you picked up any tips and tricks that you work into your own stuff?

i have learned a lot from sitting in the mirror and watching these people perform their magic. for me less is more. in my teenage years, i was trying to look older, and now that i’m starting to get a little older i have realized that it’s just better to play up what you’ve been given rather than try and cover it up. that’s another part of being confident – loving yourself and what you’ve been given.

what’s your favorite facial feature to play up?

i love lashes. there is something so glamorous about having really thick, full lashes! and it always seems like it’s the men who are born with them. i probably wouldn’t wear makeup if I had those natural lashes that went on for days.

if we were to peek inside your clutch, what would i find in your #lipbomb?

mark. gloss gorgeous lip click is one of my favorites. i like it because it stains a little bit and it’s not tacky. the new lip crayons are also great. they don’t dry your lips out. the color payoff is true to what you see in the stick and they’re very rich. honestly, if i’m not wearing one of those, then it’s petroleum jelly – just to keep my lips hydrated, especially with all of my travel.

what are some of your other mark. favorites?

the make it go away makeup removing wipes. when i fly, i don’t like wearing a face full of makeup so they are one of the staples in my bag. i like got the goods foundation a lot, too. i’m really picky about what i put on my face because i try and keep it pretty clear.

endless thanks to the mark. team for including me in such an important and memorable day! you can click here to learn more about m.powerment by mark. and shop products that support the cause.

FLOW blow dry & beauty bar

FLOW reception

this here’s a post for all of my northern virginia beauties.

i had the positively delightful experience of a “flow” out at the new FLOW blow dry & beauty bar in reston. not only is the ambiance at flow comfortable, girlie, and whimsical, but the customer service is exceptional. i spent an hour with my sweet stylist katrina, darling receptionist shannon, manager anna, and make up artist extraordinaire mona. the ladies treated me like royalty and trust me when i tell you that they are a fun bunch!


upon sitting down in katrina’s chair, she treated me to a brief consultation where we talked about the type of hair i have and what kind of flow’out i wanted. (they have a full menu of 8 styles, each $35 and each more gorgeous than the next!) katrina then explained my cocktail. she washed and conditioned my hair with kevin murphy’s angel wash and angel rinse, followed by an indulgent scalp massage. post-wash, she worked kevin murphy’s body builder (a weightless volumizer) and his young again heat protecting gloss through my hair. then, she pre-dried my roots in the opposite direction than they were going to lay in order to cut drying time. for a finishing touch, she spritzed my mane with moroccanoil gold glimmer shine and gave me some extra oomph and staying power from kevin murphy’s fresh hair, a dry shampoo-type product.


(look at that flip! that shine!)

flow’s talents go far beyond blowouts and their service list includes braiding, ponies, updo’s, half updo’s, threading, organic makeup application (the salon is fully stocked in tarte cosmetics) and strip lash application. i went for the whole shebang, minus the threading. makeup artist mona gave me the ‘all glammed up’ which included a serious set of strip lashes. i was completely impressed by the whole experience and enjoyed countless compliments on both my makeup and hair at friday’s nomaterra event. i’m so grateful to the entire FLOW team for their efforts in dolling me up and i can’t wait to see them again soon!

Mona & Katrina

call (571) 375 2347 to book an appointment or learn more about FLOW blow dry & beauty bar, 11700 plaza america drive, suite 130, in reston at

nomaterra dc fragrance + launch party

nomaterra dc

created by former glamour editor and her chemist hubby in brooklyn, nomaterra is the perfect combination of beauty and wanderlust. the line currently consists of three fragrances – east hampton, miami, and washington dc – and each scent has its own distinct personality inspired by ceo aggie’s travels. i love the way that nomaterra has built a brand around the sensation of memories recalled by scent and all three handmade fragrances elegantly capture the essence of their destination.

the washington dc fragrance is assertively citrus-y with a burst of cherry blossom that’s so quintessentially our nation’s capital. it’s fresh and subtle enough to wear everyday, with an interesting combination of masculine and feminine characteristics that are unlike anything else.

created in small batches in brooklyn, nomaterra’s fragrances come in sustainable spray bottles (the glass vial of fragrance can be swapped out and refilled) and they come as a soon-to-be-launched fragrance wipe that is ingenious. each perfume wipe is single use, perfect for travel – just swipe it over your pulse points, behind the ears, and go.


i am so excited to be partnering with nomaterra on their dc fragrance launch party and you’re invited! please join me and the nomaterra team along with local press and buyers as we celebrate nomaterra’s entrance on to the dc scene at tabula rasa where we’ll have food, drinks, and fragrance for all.

if you’re free on february 1st, please rsvp to and be sure to introduce yourself on the big night – i would love to see you there!

new year’s eve outfit ideas on wusa9

wusa9 nye roundup

i spent my morning (after a rough 3 am wake up call!) with four fellow local bloggers and lifestyle expert, carine krawiec of carine’s bridal atelier. we got all dolled up at karma beauty lounge and headed off to cbs studios to shoot a fun segment on what to wear for new year’s eve. my outfit came from wink with accessories from dalton pratt. my hair was done by mark frazer and my makeup is by hania issa. (the two of them worked some serious magic on my sleepy eyes and pillow creased face!)

lara ramos and kara manos

me with fellow beauty queen, kara manos from politics of pretty

my look includes:
rebecca taylor sequin jacket, $550
tibi racer back silk cami, $158
7 for all mankind jacquard skinnies, $198
pelle moda hype 3 raffia platform pumps (sold out)

you can click on over to wusa9’s website to see the complete segment. it was such a fun way to start the day! after a quick nap, now it’s back to the real world…

all decked out recap

all decked out

(photo from ashley in dc‘s seriously gorgeous instagram feed)

i had so much fun getting all decked out with the ladies of wink boutique in dc and the amazing crowd of local bloggers and friends who joined us. the wink girls sure do know how to throw a party! they offered up flowing champagne, yummy snacks, and a generous 25% discount. add an adorably pregnant, super sweet makeup artist and amazing beauty products provided by my favorite brands, there was no doubt that we were going to have a ball!

edward marc

pittsburg chocolatier, edward marc, provided milk and chocolate dark salted caramels (i was popping them in my mouth nonstop!) and gorgeous chocolate dipped peppermint sticks for our guests to take home. these sweets were such a hit! i loved the festive feel that they added to the evening.

lauren ogden miller

makeup artist, lauren ogden miller, entertained a revolving chair of girls who wanted to get touched up. she used make up for ever aqua liner in 13 (mat black) and nyx the curve liner to craft perfect cat eyes. for red lips, she chose from maybelline color sensational lipcolor in red revival, nyx matte lipstick in perfect red, and make up for ever rouge artist intense in moulin rouge. guests chose a black eyeliner and red lip set to take home, from this list of goodies, as well as tarte call of the wild amazonian clay liner and maybelline unstoppable liner in onyx.

tips from lauren on crafting your cat eye:

  • liquid or gel liner is best for precision, you want to drag the liner along your lash line – it’s ok to rest your hand somewhere for balance!
  • to get the cat effect, the line dips up up towards the edge of your brow line; lauren’s trick is to actually start from the furthest point out and draw the line in towards your eye, from there it’s easy to thicken and fill in
  • smudge a deeb brown or plum over top to set the look and don’t worry too much about symmetry. (it’s makeup!) it’s also ok to use a little concealer in areas where you need to lift and clean up.
  • accentuate the cat eye with mascara by pulling the wand at an angle, out towards the side of your face instead of straight ahead. (i love this trick!)

for the bold red lip:

  • line and feather your lips with a red or neutral liner (just don’t go with anything darker), you can also highlight above the cupid’s bow for extra shape
  • choose a true red (like fire engine or cherry) – these look great on everyone
  • use a lip brush to apply the color, it’s easier and more precise, but if you do a good job lining your lips, this isn’t necessary

the finished product is surprisingly subtle and perfect for the holidays. here are two of my favorite ladies (the glossarie’s own maggie on the left, and my bestie jamie on the right, plus one shot of jamie and yours truly) rocking their red lips and cat eyes a la lauren:

all decked out

thanks so much to everyone who came out to play! i hope to do it again in the spring.

come get ‘all decked out’ with me in dc!

All Decked Out!

dc area beauties (and beyond – this one might be worth a fly in, just sayin’):

i have been wanting to bring the glossarie to life for the longest time. my vision had always been to host some sort of beauty school event or series of makeup lessons and i’m so excited to announce the very first installment – all decked out.

just in time for the holidays and more importantly new year’s eve, local makeup artist lauren miller is going to teach us how to perfect the art of the cat eye and how to craft the very best red lip at wink boutique. we will all soak in lauren’s expertise while shopping wink’s finest at 25% off, sipping champagne and enjoying gourmet chocolates from edward marc (is your mouth watering?).

my favorite part is that some of my favorite beauty brands have sent over their best black eye liners and red lipsticks so that you can create lauren’s looks at home.

i hope you can join us two weeks from today!