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Your Holiday Hair – let’s change it up.

December 3rd, 2015 No Comments

Braided hair

I think we can all agree we’ve been blown out enough.  I’m not sure if this is your problem too, but my beachy curls fall way too fast.  On the other hand, a funky and fun braid won’t move all night long!

The other night I went to a party at BRAMBILA salon in Santa Monica.  Mary, the owner, is very popular amongst the westside crowd.  During the event, she had someone give a braiding lesson so that I might be able to braid my own barely-there hair at home.

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I’m sitting there watching with my jaw on the floor.  I would be lucky if I could do that to someone else.  When I found out BRAMBILA charges the industry standard $20-$50 to do it for me, I was relieved.  Sign me up and charge my card, no way I’m doing that to myself!

Here are some styles I found to inspire your stylist!





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Screw the glue. A new way to make your lashes fabulous.

November 10th, 2015 No Comments

 I studied makeup application in high school and college, and I still can’t put fake lashes on myself.  Even when I have an artist apply them, they look a little too….Tammy Faye for my personal taste.

So, recently, when I was approached to test, review, and purchase (which is highly unusual) a new mascara system that promised dramatic lashes, I threw down the $30 for Younique’s 3D Moonstruck Fiber lashes.

The application is a three step process using two tubes.  First, you coat your lashes in the very lightweight black gel; then gently add black fibers from the second tube; finally, you lock them down with the gel.

I’ve been using Younique for months now because I wanted to make sure I really LOVED the effect before I passed it on to you.  The fibers were weird to work with the first couple of times.  Now I’m pro and love the dramatic look for going out at night and special events!

The pics here are from my sister’s wedding. I used my favorite Jouer cosmetics for a natural look and little pop from the fiber lashes.  A close up for ya here:


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Hours in the sun without an inch of sunburn!

July 7th, 2015 No Comments

After countless hours of the Mexican sun over the Fourth of July holiday, I’m happy to report there is not an inch of skin on my body that is burned!!

I coved myself neck to toe in Nivea.

Nivea Invisible Protection, SPF 50

Spray on oil I rubbed in. Survives beach runs and shower rinses.

Pretty amazing stuff.

(Please excuse alignment, WP apparently hates me right now.)

Neutrogena Clear Face SPF 55

Not one spot on my face is red thanks to Neutrogena.

And after the sun set, I rehydrated with Darphin on my face and neck so I could do it all over again :)

Darphin Revitalizing Oil

Darphin Revitalizing Oil

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The newest anti-aging procedure doesn’t involve surgery

June 23rd, 2015 No Comments


Preface: I really struggled to find a photo to headline this post.  Beauty and confidence is such a personal, internal matter.  Please take this post as an update on the anti-aging industry, not a comment on exteral appearance, and do with the info with what you see fit.

The neck is one of those stubborn areas that changes according to our genetics and age.  Unfortunately we can’t exercize our neck to tighten it up.  A cleaner diet and a little more cardio will help, but not even veggies can reverse the result of time on our neck or get rid of a premature “double chin.”

Enter Kybella 

An injection of acid (already present in your body)

below your chin that destroys the fat cells

so they can no longer accumulate or store fat.

Kybella before and after

When I read Dr. Angela’s (a my client of mine) article about this simple procedure my mouth dropped!

Dr. Angela Sturm is a young plastic surgeon in Houston who keeps herself on the cutting edge of the anti-aging trends, focusig a lot on preventative and non-invasive procedures that help us to stay looking our best.  She is my favorite for botox :)

A couple weeks ago, she wrote a piece for MyRedGlasses (a notable fashion blog in Houston helmed by Roz Pactor) on the latest technique to keep us looking younger.  Below are a few experts, click here to read the whole article.

“Kybella, also known as ATX 101, is deoxycholic acid that is already in your body.  It is made by your liver to help dissolve fats in your diet to aid in absorption.  When it is injected into the submental fat, this substance disrupts the membrane on the fat cells and permanently dissolves those cells.

  • Small amounts injected into multiple sites under your chin.
  • Number of series can vary depending on the person, amount of fat and your goal. 
  • Some people may only need one session, but others may need up to 6 treatments at least a month apart.

Dissolving fat in a progressive way that most people won’t notice that you did anything.  That sounds pretty good.  So, what’s the downside? 

  • Swelling and bruising at the injection site (which is true with any injection),
  • Injury to nerves or glands in the area (why you should have someone very familiar with the anatomy as the injector, like a surgeon)
  • Difficulty swallowing due to swelling in the area (which always resolved and most within a couple of days).

In the hands of a skilled injector, the product is still relatively low risk and avoids surgery

Kybella is scheduled to be on the market this summer and I think this could change the way we think about fat!

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Truly effortless protection

June 9th, 2015 No Comments

No, I’m not talking about condoms, but I gotcha with that photo didn’t I?? :)

Sunscreen is important protection you should wear everyday!

The thing that sucks, about both sunscreen and condoms actually, is they’re such an effort to put on and uncomfortable to wear.

Most sunscreen is packed with chemicals, takes minutes to rub in, and irritates your precious skin.

Not Radical!  It’s super thin, weightless on my face, chemical free, and doesn’t irritate my eyes when I sweat.


A friend of mine works for the two sisters who started the brand and hooked me up with the Radical daily regimen and their sunscreen.  I love it all, but the sunscreen is a god-send.  It’s main properties:

  • Diamond Powder: Capable of redirecting light. Wrinkles and imperfections appear less pronounced
  • Titanium Dioxide: Mineral based sun protection that doesn’t leave white streaks
  • Zinc Oxide: Protects against sunburn and other damage to the skin caused by ultraviolet light
  • Coffee: Protection against skin damage such as sunburn cell formation and DNA degradation

For more info, click here.

(Headline photo by Kelly Fajack. Product provided via PR.)

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Finding the perfect shade of red isn’t easy

November 18th, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin Red Lips

A red lip will make your smile shine at a holiday party, but the shade has to be juuuuuust right.  We could spend a fortune buying tubes of Tom Ford, but I like this new option better.  Lipstick Queen came up with a “Red Carpet” set of three shades – one warm, one cool, and one  shiny.  Total cost $36.  That’s like what Revlon charges at CVS these days.

Lipstick Queen Red Carpet Set

Grab it for holiday parties or gift it to the Meghan in your life who rocks the red lip everyday.

For more of my tips on wearing red lipstick, click here.  And here for my trick on how to keep your color on all night long.

(Product provided via PR.)

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My essential makeup on sale

October 10th, 2014 No Comments


My favorite makeup line is having a sale!!  I love the brand because they make a quality product in shades and weights I can wear everyday.

Make sure to snag these essentials that are great for fall.  Truth be told, I wear them all year round.

Follow them @jouercosmetics on Instagram.  They’re a fun addition to my feed :)

(Full disclosure: I work with Jouer Cosmetics because I love the brand.  They send me samples of their new products and my favorites…when I ask nicely :))

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You gotta make it match – A How-To on Bronzer

July 8th, 2014 No Comments

Blonde girl tanning


One of the frustrations we never really talk about during the summer is skin tone.  Staring into the mirror, we are blinded by convenience and cheapness.  In other words, we apply our pale, everyday makeup on our suntanned faced so we don’t have to buy new products.  We just HOPE it absorbs in and the tone evens out.   The other scenario is when we try to conceal a sunburn; unfortunately, our dehydrated skin sucks out all of the moisture from the lotion before we can even apply  powder.

Let me set us of all, straight: we’re not fooling anybody!

Eva Longoria bad makeup


Not to worry, you don’t have to buy all new cosmetics.  Lotions and bronzers will help pull you through with glowing features.

Lauren Conrad is a good example of the look we want: skin-kissed, all over, with exactly the same color.  Her face matches her neck which matches her body.  Here’s how you do it:


Dermalogica hydrating serum

Jouer Cosmetics Primer


Dry skin caused by too many outdoor activities not only expedites the aging process, but also creates a huge obstacle to getting your skin tone even.

For years I’ve been using dermalogica skin hydrating booster after a day in the sun.  It refreshes your skin almost instantly.  Jouer just came out with a moisturizing primer ($38) that does the same thing so your face doesn’t have to steal moisture from your foundation.



Guerlain Terracotta 4 seasons bronzer

After an extensive search online, I can’t find anyone who claims they know THE BEST bronzer on the market.  Many people mentioned Chanel, which no longer seems to make their bronzer.  The other favorite was Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor Made Brozer ($76), but their Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($52), that comes in 7 colors, looks more approachable to me.  My suggestion to you would be to spend a day in a department store and figure out your favorite.

Jouer Cosmetics Bronzing powder

I use Jouer cometics matte bronzer with my powder brush over my “everyday” foundation powder.  I’m not that tan so a little color does the job for me.  If you need more color, consider using a matte bronzing lotion by itself or adding it to your foundation.


The TRICK is to start at under the cheek bone, jaw bone, or hair line and then whisp out from there.  Applying the darker color this way, it will be heaviest in the areas of your face that are naturally shadowed.  Conturing bonus!

(Headline photo via Jouer Cosmetics Instagram.  Jouer generously sends me products.  I write about the ones I love.  Just like I do with everything else!)

If you’re looking for makeup to wear IN THE SUN, that will hold up against all of the surf and sweat, click here.

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