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Drew Barrymore’s Flower Strikes Again

FLOWER Transforming Touch Powder-To-Crème Blush in Tickled PinkDrew Barrymore’s Flower beauty has launched new blush that rocked my world. See, when it comes to makeup, I’m definitely a blush girl — though lashes are starting to come in a close second, but I’ll get to that in a second. A flush on my cheeks makes me feel more awake, and well, more pretty, less frumpy. I kind of went bananas when I first tried Flower Transforming Touch Powder-To-Crème Blush, $13 (available in Walmart stores nationwide and coming to walmart.com soon, score!). The first of its kind, this blush transforms from a powder to a silky cream as you blend it into the apples of your cheeks. And it’s not that chalky, mousse-y texture either. It’s a smooth cream that disappears into your skin leaving a natural flush. Love it.  (more…)

The New York Fashion Week Makeup Look We Want Now


Over the past few days we’ve been lucky enough to hangout backstage at New York Fashion Week to scope out the looks that we’ll all be wearing come Fall 2015.

The first look Carrie and I both agreed was a must-copy? The makeup seen at the Nanette Lepore show. Created to look like a rich, posh rebellious school girl who got a little (ok, a lot!) carried away with her mascara, this look is equal parts pretty and rough. Lead makeup artist Grace Lee created the look by applying more than 12 coats of three different mascaras. No joke! The three she used: Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Mascara, Maybelline New York Pumped Up Colossal Volum’ Express and a brand new Maybelline mascara that doesn’t come out until June. She applied about four coats of each until the models’ lashes were spidery and clumpy. The lip color, which is equally as cool, is the Maybelline New York Color Sensational Rebel Bloom in Orchid Ecstasy. She finished the look by dabbing a bit of colorless lip balm (Maybelline New York Baby Lips in Quenched) on the upper cheekbones for a touch of glow.

Do you love it as much as we do?

My Fave Makeup Look From the 2015 Grammy Awards Red Carpet

taylor-swift-grammys-lady-gaga-grammysI’ll cut right to the chase. My two favorite makeup looks (or trends, more like) from tonight’s 2015 Grammy Awards? Allover nude or natural-looking makeup (a la Beyonce, Gwen Stefani and Chrissy Teigen) and jewel toned eye makeup (think Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift). While the natural/nude trend was stunning on the carpet and definitely worth recreating, it’s a little less exciting to talk about. That’s why I’ll focus here on how to get my next fave look of the night: jewel toned eye makeup.

To get Gaga’s metallic emerald-hued eyes, makeup artist Sarah Tanno did the following:


2015 Golden Globes Best of Beauty

rosamund_pike_golden_globes_2015Rosamund Pike’s simple bob was my favorite look of the night. A fresh departure from the old Hollywood waves we see everywhere, this style looks black-tie, red carpet ready, yet super accessible. And it’s making me want to chop my hair.
Image: Just Jared

lupita_nyongo_golden_globes_2015Lupita Nyong’o didn’t disappoint as she continues to dominate the red carpet with bold and right-on-the-mark makeup choices. Beautiful purple shadow and a glossy pink lip are the perfect complement to her skin tone and lavender gown.
Image: Just Jared

allison_williams_golden_globes_2015Allison William’s charcoal smoky eye and sculpted faux-bob wasn’t my favorite at the Golden Globes — at first. But after I saw it again from a different angle, I couldn’t help but become obsessed with how striking and pretty it was. Now it’s one of my top pics.
Image: Cosmopolitan UK

gina_rodriguez_golden_globes_2015Gina Rodriguez’s nude lip and natural makeup (well, natural except for the layers of false lashes) really caught my attention. This Golden Globes newbie knows she doesn’t need to try too hard for glitz and glamour.
Image: Just Jared Jr.

lorde_golden_globes_2015Lorde’s sleek, gelled low ponytail and classic red lip look grown up, yet fun. Perfectly sculpted bold brows give her look a sharp elegance, making it one of the top looks of the night.
Image: Hollywood Reporter

keira_knightly_golden_globes_2015Keira Knightley’s earthy tones and berry lip accentuate her naturally beautiful features and look down right perfect IMHO. Her lip line is soft and diffused (glide a Q-tip along the edges of your lipstick to achieve this), which gives it a pretty, and delicate look.
Image: Just Jared

— Carrie Stern Kleiner


The Revlon Lipstick We’re Obsessed With (And Happens to Look Great on Everyone)

revlon ultra hd lipstick photos

Carrie (my blogging partner and BFF) and I got to spend a little more than an hour together last week, which was better than nothing, but far from the amount of time we really needed to catch up. The first thing I noticed whe

n I saw her smiling face? Her vibrant red lipstick. Her and her sister Courtney were both wearing the same hue. I had to have it.

Apparently, Carrie had the same reaction when she first caught sight of the lip color, too. A stunning woman at her gym was wearing the shade while doing Pilates. Yes, she was exercising whilst wearing red lips. Pretty fabulous, eh?


Lipstick Alert: This Tube Will Change Your Life

mood lipstick
I’ve been loving bold matte red and pink lipsticks, and I have a secret weapon for keeping them looking banging: Fran Wilson MoodMatcher lipstick, $3. This green-in-the-tube, magenta-on-my-lips lipstick stains the hell out of my pout. And it lasts. All. Day. Long. It’s the ultimate base for any lipstick. The best thing about this color, as it appears on my lips, is it’s just between pink and red so you can go either way and it doesn’t change the quality of lipstick you apply.  During the day I wear it solo to feel put together in the dreary winter weather. When I go out, I top it with my favorite shade-of-the moment, Troi Ollivierre Lipstick in Parker, $28. Do you have a favorite stain you love?

— Carrie Stern Kleiner

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Beauty Bargain Bonanza

Get ready! This is our biggest collection of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals ever. What beauty products are you going to grab this week?


Ahava Mineral Body Lotion

Who: Ahava:

What: On Black Friday, get 35% off any order (hello, Dead Sea bath salts). Use the code BFRIDAY14. On Cyber Monday you can snatch up 35% off and get a free Ahava Triple Mineral Body Lotion using the promo code CYBRMON35.

When: November 28th – December 1st

Where: Ahavaus.com


Anthony Algae Facial Cleanser

Who: Anthony

What: Take 30% off awesome skincare for the man in your life — they will thank you.

When: November 28th – December 1st

Where: Anthony.com


Arcona Triad Pads

Who: Arcona

What: Arcona is offering 40% off Arcona-brand skin care purchases of $200 or more online, in stores on over the phone (check the website for exclusions).

When: November 28th – November 29th

Where: Arcona.com, the Arcona boutique and over the phone (877-272-6620)


Feed Your Beauty Brain “Beauty Rewind” by Taylor Chang-Babaian

Beauty Rewind by Taylor Chang-Babaian

From creating a natural face-lift with makeup to concealing bruises, moles and more, my friend and talented makeup artist Taylor Chang-Babaian, has filled 176 pages of her latest book with tried and true makeup tricks for every woman from 20-something to 60 plus. (more…)

NYFW Runway vs. My Way: Wearable Retro ’60s Makeup

nanette lepore spring/summer 2015 retro '60s makeup

Pair retro ’60s with a laid back California coastal vibe and you get the covetable makeup look seen at Nanette Lepore’s Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show. This fresh-faced yet fashion forward look is a little over-the-top for day but with a few subtle tweaks, I think I made it suitable enough for everyday. Here’s how I got the look:

Step 1: I perfected my skin with Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation, $37 and the concealer I can’t function without(more…)

Reader Rave: It Cosmetics Brow Power & Vitality Lip Flush

It Cosmetics Brow Power and Lip Vitality FlushOur second installment of reader raves (see the facial scrub that was yesterday’s fave) is for two It Cosmetics products. The It Cosmetics Brow Power, $24 and  It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush, $20. Here’s why …

“My two favorite products right now are both from the It Cometics brand. The Brow Power pencil creates a fuller-looking brow without appearing fake and painted on. And the other product is a lip conditioner called Vitality Lip Flush. It is a pale pink, which gives me a very natural-looking lip for those of us who have lost all color in our lips due to age. Awesome products!” — Jan

Do you have a beauty product you’d like to gush about? Please share!