Beauty products I can't live without

You guys know I am a huge fan of the STEAL vs the splurge. 

With beauty I'm no different. I want to find the best, but I know that companies charge SO MUCH more than they should when products are really expensive. They're all pretty much owned by the same mega companies too - pretty crazy. 

But anyway, I was chatting with some girlfriends last week and wanted to share with you my favorite beauty buys right now. 

I also mentioned it on The Almost 30 Podcast special episode, which you can listen to, here:

These are key for me! I am a real low key makeup person as I get older - need it quick and need it affective. I only wear real makeup maybe once or twice a week. So what I do use, I LOVE.

Current Hundred Beauty Favs:

Garnier Micellar Water: Makeup Remover and Cleanser in One

I love me some drug store steals! This micellar water is like $7 and lasts months and months. I use it to wash the makeup (foundation) or lipstick off my face before washing so that I get so much cleaner. It’s also good for wiping off eye makeup at the end of the night!

L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm

My favorite hair mask hands down. I am a hair product SNOB and this is the only drug store buy that seriously works. It’s thick, it absorbs into the hair (instead of just sitting on top) and is $8 dollars at most grocery stores. I have really thick dry hair, so I use it every other time I wash my hair to keep my ends in check. Game changer!

Stilla Matte Liquid Lipstick in Patina

I have become a huge fan of using lipstick almost daily, for a little bit of life on my face. Most days I only wear BB cream or a bit of foundation, so putting lipstick on really defines the lips and makes me look way more awake. I love this color – flattering on all babes.

Charcoal Eye Makeup Remover by Boscia

This all natural, organic, eye makeup remover feels good on your eyes, I love that it’s all natural.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

The best foundation that’s worth the price tag. I have strangers on the street compliment how glow-y I look, and the bottle will last you forever!

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator

Kim K. uses this to keep her so glowy and luminous. It's truly the best for a night out when you want to really go for it. LOVE it when I use it.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Romance Palette

The PERFECT palette for everyday. One that's versatile where you can blend it more to make it more intense, and also colors and shades you can wear everyday. I love it and have been looking for one that lasts like Anastasia does.

What did I miss? What's your favorite? SPILL.



Wedding Makeup like a PRO and products you NEED to get (but probably don't have!)

Oh hello!

Y'all know I am unafraid of a full face of makeup. I can do eyes, lips, brows, contour.

ALL of the makeup, thank you!

Because honestly, I wear makeup maybe once or twice a week, so when I do, I go all in mask mode. I love to take my time, try new products, try new techniques and being unafraid allows me to diversify my look.

For the wedding I was at last weekend, my favorite girl Laura Moriarty was there and I HAD to have her do my makeup.

She worked in New York City, with models and celebrities and is a true genius with her tools. She also just "gets it" and when I said, "do your thing" when we talked about the look I was going for, I knew it would be perfect. 

I mean, on the real, most of the time when I get my makeup done I leave and go change it, redo it or add more. It's hard to understand the look you want or are comfortable with.

I'm rambling. But, I wanted to share how to achieve this look and more importantly the PRODUCTS that are changing my life and giving me soft, glow-y, radiant skin. Every one of these I bought because they are quality, and seriously make you look amazing.

(Some of Laura's clients, below!)

So, I had Laura write it ALL out for you guys so you can get that look, and get all these seriously incredible products.

Enjoy this detail on how to achieve a radiant face via makeup artist Laura Moriarty!

How to achieve the perfect glowing, hydrated summer skin...


Primer: Laura Mercier Hydrating Skin Primer then go over with Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal overtop primer to achieve a shimmering, glowing base.

Foundation: I used Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 4.5 and mixed it with Nars All Day Luminous Foundation in shade, Vallauris for a dewey yet fuller-coverage look, and blended with dampened Beauty Blender in a light, dabbing motion.

Contour: Contoured hollows of cheeks, temples, and jawline with #4 (darkest shade) in Cover FX creme Contour Kit, shades G10 to G40 = G Light-Mediumand blended inwards with Beauty Blender.

Highlight: Highlighted bridge of the nose and under the eyes with Maybelline Master Conceal in Light concealer, and blended outwards with Beauty Blender.

Bronzer: Bronzed hollows of cheek and apples of cheek with Buxom Bronzer in Tahitismells as good as it looks.

Strobe: Strobed bridge of nose, cheek bones, and brow bones with Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal using your fingers

Then go over strobed areas with Laura Mericer Face Illuminator in Indiscretion with a fan brush to maximize glowing look.

Blush: Applied Stila, Field of Florals Convertible Dual Lip & Cheek Palette to apples of cheek with fingers in colors Lillium mixed with Gerbera. 

(Using a creme based blush enhances the dewey-skin look!)


Eyes: On lids, I used Urban Decay Eye-Shadow in Chopper and Make Up Forever Eye-Shadow in Copper Red in crease.

Then, I took Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in color Golden Pink and highlighted inner corners of eye, under the brow, and on cupid's bow (top of the lip) for extra highlight.

Lastly, lined top lash line with Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye-liner in Graphite.

Lashes: Coated lashes with Eye Booster Instant Doll Lash Extension kit by Physicians Formula *MUST try mascara, creates long, full lashes.


Lips: Lined and filled lips with Buxom Full-On Lipstick in Dolly.

Then went over with Make Up For Ever Artist Pexi-Gloss in color, 202.

These are my obsession! You can wear them everyday, to work, whatever and it's just enough color to make you look alive and feminine, but not too much. Plus my lips get SUPER soft.



This Forever 21 Striped Shirt is my JAM! I wear it as a dress and then with black jeans for a edgy look.

I also noticed that Fashion Lush was rocking it as well! 

On my hair, I used my favorite Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo, and Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray and Oribe Beach WavesShine Spray.

Questions? Let Laura or I know! You can connect with her via her website, or just ask us here and we'll answer!

If I could get ANY of these products, I would DEFINITELY get the Mascara, and the Buxom Lipstick. Key for everyday - and super affordable.

Yas queens, yas.

Love you!



Hottie Valentines Day Picks (obviously)

Ah Valentines day. 

You either *sigh* or *shudder* when you hear the words, no?

I guess with all things, if you break it down, and REALLY think about it, it's a day to tell the one you're with, you love them.

,....even if you're just 'with' a bunch of your girlfriends all the time :) 


Been there.

I mean, some of the best Valentines day's I've had were with 12 of my girlfriends hanging out together snacking on whatever snacks were in whosoever house we were at....with wine of course. So it's not like just because you don't have a man (or lady) in your life it's a total bust. 

Also, this is related but not. I know a friend, whose family does a Valentine's day card instead of Christmas card because it's different. Which got me to thinking, how cute would it be to give your friends and loved ones Valentines day cards? Just a little quirky, cute and sweet, 'hey you rule - I love ya'. 

So getting on that STAT. 

But back to the babe.

This year, I really need to do something nice for Justin, but haven't really determined what that will be, so I'll plan my outfit first, and work around that, LOL. 

Valentines is such a fun day to dress up like a BABE. You can get away with more, because it's a special occasion and it's all about the two of you. This picture is from Valentines day last year, when I did the loose wave, cream dress and berry lip. I LOVE that dress. It's Phillip Lim from Gilt, and I wear it all.the.time.

I am a fan of using this day as an opportunity to bombshell it. That look that guys like. You know? 

For me it's not dressing like Ellen Degeneres all the time, in long sleeve button downs, skinny jeans, and my motorcycle booties. 

Okay so when I was shopping I thought to rounded up some of the BEST things for a Valentines day look, for your hair, makeup and outfit. Tried and true, I love all of this, so let me know if you have questions or need more suggestions, I'm happy to help ya :)

For bombshell hair:

I'm one or the other here. It's either big hollywood hair, or middle part slick back pony/bun. The Kim K when she was pregnant with Saint West hair. Ya know?

For big sexy Victoria's Secret Model Hair, I LOVE Oribe products. A dry shampoo is KEY to volume and making it a bit gritty so that you can tease it or so that it has more volume. Clean hair, not so much. 

Oribe Sexy Beach Waves Spray: To use: I use this 3 inches away from my root for lift and then as a finisher when I am done curling for a solid, but not too stiff hold.

Batiste Dry Shampoo (I use light because my roots are CRAZY town right now). To use: Spray 4 inches away from your roots, 'tousle' your hair, brush it through or even use a hairdryer for more volume. Use as much or as little as you need.

Curling Iron: I love the clip-less one, so I can wrap pieces of hair around it, and hold for about 15 seconds and release. This one's my favorite because it has the different sizes, and sometimes I just don't know which to use!

Oribe Goldlust Shampoo and Conditioner: Worth it. Period. It's the best shampoo for processed or highlighted hair. It smells phenomenal and because I spend so much on my hair already, I want to preserve the color and health with a quality shampoo and conditioner. Plus, since I never wash my hair - it lasts for months and months.

For a middle part pony, hair spray, or hair shine spray is key. Plus making sure to have clear elastic's because wearing the black ones doesn't look as cute (even though I do it - HA). 

For sex kitten makeup:

Red, is good of course but may be played out ya know? Hot pick and berry are my absolute FAVORITES right now.

NARS + Steven Klein Killer Shine Lipstick in No Shame: This color is SO FLATTERING. I've seen a few of my friends wear it, and no matter their skin shade it looks so good. 

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick: LOVE. This lipstick lasts so long, and just the pigment is perfect. I love that it's almost a stain, so it sticks and doesn't rub everywhere.

NARS Semi-matte lipstick in Jungle Red: This was one of my first red's and its' a bombshell color. I love how it feels on my lips and how bold it is.

NARS Audacious Lipstick: Obviously a huge fan of NARS, but this color is super sexy to me. A bit unexpected, it's probably Justin's favorite because it's different. 

NARS Semi-matte lipstick in Schiap: I love this shade on dark hair, because it's a hyper pigmented pink that's so flattering. For me it feels like I'm trying to hard (like Barbie or something) but it's so fun to wear with cream, and all black to mix it up. 

Tarte BB Cream in Medium: Although this may be a little dark for most people it's like, a perfect BB. I love how it's full coverage, and gives a glow so I don't even use a bronzer. I've had randoms compliment my skin when wearing it, because it looks so natural too. This is perfect over a clean face with a bit of bronzer and blush only.

MAC 35 Lashes: If you have done fake eyelashes before, individual ones, they are SO GOOD for a special occasion. It's super frustrating to learn to do, so bear that in mind if you're in a rush. I love them because it's like that big eye glamorous look that makes you look extra stunning but not overdone.

Benefit Cosmetics BadGal Lash: Probably my favorite Sephora mascara, other than Dior Show, but I like to mix it up because for some reason it seems they don't work as well when you use them a lot. 

NARS DUO Eyeshadow in Isolde: I love this one because it's great as a base on your lid to smooth it out, but also the darker of the two, I use as a liner with a thin brush during the week. This makes my eyes pop more, than a normal liner and isn't as intense. One of my favorites. 

For babe clothes:

I'm just not doing red. I want to step outside my comfort zone (black) and do something super sexy - so I want to add cream and blush.

Blush is the color right now, period. 

I love long sleeve with a deep v either in front or back right now. Any sort of slit is super sexy, too. I'm INTO black and blush. There's something edgy, but refined about the colors and they can be worn with a bolder lip and eye. 

Also, there's just something sexy about a leather jacket. A MUST for winter/winterish (L.A.) when you're going out for the evening. 

Revolve Clothing Elliatt the King Dress: On sale! This dress is under $100 dollars and so comfortable. Perfect for going to dinner (getting Italian) but also feeling so comfortable too.

Revolve Clothing Sky Kirsi Dress: How hot is this? A long sleeve mini with GORGEOUS detail on it, I'm in love.

Lovers + Friends x Revolve Get Down Blouse: This is so sexy and gorgeous, it drapes perfectly and goes with any bottom really. Black ripped jeans, any denim shade (even white), I had to get it.

Ella Moss Katella Blouse: No matter my body situation, my shoulders and neckline are fine, so shirts like these are soooooo clutch. I feel like it's an open invitation to touch silky shoulder skin, no?

Urban Outfitters Members Only Pebbled Vegan Leather Jacket: A long description for such a cute jacket. I love this one because it looks SO expensive, and feels so nice for being affordable. 

Nasty Gal Kendra Plunging Cape Dress: Blush, obviously, this dress is super trendy and looks designer, no? I love the cape.

Nasty Gal Atomic Vegan Leather Jacket: Perfectly priced at $118 dollars, this jacket has the BEST fit. 

Revolve Jarlo Clothing Poppy Maxi Dress: Super flattering and cute, this maxi also has the v slit in the front for added sex appeal.

Revolve Sonja Joy Drape Dress in Black: I love this even after Valentine's day with a leather jacket and booties to make it more edgy. You can really just dress this up or down - it's a true classic. 

Topshop Leather Biker Jacket: So well made, it's perfect to last forever but a little on the pricey end.

Young Fabulous and Broke Maxi Dress in Black: Another one like the drape dress, super sexy but comfortable, I wear this all.the.time.

Blue Life Maxi Dress in Blush: Maybe I like this dress or maybe I like this model, it's ultra feminine and dramatic for a more dressy date night.

Okay so that's the vibe this year people. What's everyone doing? Date night or hanging with friends? Anything special you're doing? I need some good ideas for cute things to do, because showing you care is cool :)

I'm off to plan a little date, suggestions welcome! You guys always know what's good.

Have a good week, keep me posted!