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Street Peeping

October 18, 2012

Last week I ventured down to the Gansevoort hotel with P&G to be styled and spruced up by hair and makeup artists using a variety of products from CoverGirl to Pantene.

I first sat down with hair stylist Wesley O’Meara who worked his magic with my hair, taking my already beachy waves and oomphing them up for the photo shoot. He first started by using Pantene’s Moisture Mist Detangling spray and then used about a pound of Herbal Essences Volumizing Mousse before attacking my hair with a blow dryer and curling iron. I expected the results to be crunchy and over the top, but my hair was soft, full of body, and something that I would actually wear on a normal basis — a rarity when it comes to getting my hair done.

Next I was put in the hot seat with makeup artist Jake Bailey who I’ve already decided is going to do my makeup for my wedding. Makeup artists usually see me and go “YES! Giant features we can go crazy with!” and I end up walking out looking like more of a muppet than I already do. But Jake understood that less is more when it comes to doing my makeup and used auburn eyeshadows and a lot of eyeliner to bring out my eyes and kept the rest neutral.

After that I stepped outside with street style photographer Phil Oh from Street Peeper to do a back and forth catwalk with orange cones. Never did I think cones could play such a role in creating a good shot, but I have to say I’m loving the results! Plus they look like candy corn, which is totally fitting for my Halloween-centric spirit.

Opening Ceremony x Glamour sweater | Anthropologie skirt | Alexander Wang heels

// photos by Phil Oh of Street Peeper 

The Goop

October 17, 2012

Contrary to what you’re likely thinking, this post has absolutely nothing to do with Gwyneth Paltrow or Goop. It does however have to do with those of us who suffer from goopy eyes.

What are goopy eyes, you ask? Allow me to clarify, as I have suffered from them my entire life. Goopy eyes are the type of eyes that without fail cause your eye makeup to run halfway down your face making you either look like you’ve been crying, done some heroin, or that you’re wearing the same makeup you wore last night.

I can’t tell you how many times people have told me I look like a mess because my eye makeup is running; but here’s the thing: I’ve always been careful not to rub my eyes, I apply my eyeliner and mascara very neatly, and I take my makeup off every night. Needless to say, it’s not me, it’s the goop.

My friend texted me a while back telling me that she too suffers from “goopy eyes,” and I told her I was determined to find a solution. Well fellow goops, a solution I have found, and it comes in a little miracle bottle known as Laura Mercier Tight Line Activator.

With just a dollop of the activator on your hand followed by a dip of your liner brush, I can officially say that after one week of using this potion I haven’t suffered from a single smudge or droplet of liner or mascara!

There is a goop god.

end of day smudge and goop free!

On the Go

October 9, 2012

I’m often asked about my “on the go” beauty products. Truth be told, I’ve never been one of those girls who carries around a drugstore supply of products in her purse for those “touch up” moments.

In the last few years however, I’ve begun to accumulate a few things that I now deem as crucial to carry with me as my wallet.

For starters, I have what I like to call “goopy eyes,” which essentially means that no matter what I do, my mascara and eyeliner runs. This drives makeup artists nuts as they’re constantly doing touchups on my eyes throughout photo shoots. Since I don’t have a makeup artist following me around on a daily basis, I carry Almay Oil-Free Makeup Eraser Sticks, that are essentially Q-tips with makeup remover inside them. A few swipes and the under eye smudge is gone!

I always like to have some lotion with me in case my skin gets dry and I’m smitten with L’Occitane’s Hand Cream. It comes in a cute pocket sized tube and smells like an angel fart: floral, fresh…heavenly.

 My lips are constantly getting chapped and I’m also constantly changing chapsticks. Mainly because I lose them, but also because I’m still on the quest to find that thirst quenching lip balm that leaves my lips feeling like smooth supple pillows after one application. I’m currently using Yu-Be Lip Therapy, which isn’t the end all be all of lip balms, but it certainly gets the job done. Kiss kiss.

For the times that my under eye circles act like trick birthday candles and keep coming back no matter how hard I try to get rid of them, I carry e.l.f.’s Duo Concealer/Highlighter which is also great when I want to add a little shimmer to my cheekbones or eyes.

You are all very aware of my love affair with my Shu Uemura eyelash curler, so I won’t bore you again with my need for carrying this piece of equipment with me at all times…

My days have a tendency to get really busy and overwhelming in a matter of seconds and I’m not the kind of person who’s good at making herself stand up and go for a walk when things get to be too much. Last year at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Lindsay Ellingson told me that her secret to keeping calm backstage before walking down the catwalk in her undies is this little potion called Rescue Remedy by Bach. A few little droplets under the tongue and I’m immediately calmer.

I think every woman should carry a dramatic shade of lipstick with her at all times. You never know when you’re going to have that “I look like shit” moment and need to vamp it up asap. Right now I’m carrying an orangey red color by CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lipcolor that can be subtle if applied lightly or bold and sensual when applied with a few coats.

 I pretty much collect samples of mascara for the sole purpose of having miniature ones to carry around with me. Like lipstick, it adds a little bit of oomph for those times when last night’s one-too-many martinis lingers well into the next evening.

Lastly, I keep extra large bobby pins with me for when I want to throw my hair up in a messy bun. I find that they work better than a hair elastic and don’t leave that awkward “I’ve had my hair up” crimp.

Tampons not included in this post.

A Week in Review

August 24, 2012

{ Typical morning blogging stance — pre coffee }

It’s officially those final days of summer and man, am I living them to their fullest (see below photo of my fridge). I rarely have a night on my couch at home and my laundry pile is so monumental it’s like the Mt. Everest for ants (note: there are no ants in my laundry).

But on top of those final days of summer being all about hanging with friends and eating until you explode (everyone else does that too, right?), my work life has been on fire as well. Today I get the first mockups of Runway Hippie’s re-design, I’ll be traveling for work in October (details soon), and I have an exciting photo shoot coming up next week! I know, I’m being vague again, but isn’t the anticipation fun?

And now the weekend.

{ End of summer fireworks at the beach in Connecticut }

{ An experiment in tips }

{ What happens when you don’t have a single night at home to cook }

{ Surprisingly good makeup sponges from Sephora }

Argan Oil

August 15, 2012

I received this Josie Maran Argan Oil ages ago. My initial thought? WTF is argan oil? Always curious to try new beauty products I searched the box in hopes of some directions on how to use this strange serum, but all I got was an obnoxious “use it everywhere! split ends, cuticles, dry skin, everywhere!” or something along those lines.

I stored it in the back of my medicine cabinet with the premonition that I would at some point use this thing. Fast forward four months to today and it’s now in my daily beauty rotation. I’ve been battling some unfortunate breakouts this summer (gotta love NYC’s heat, dirt, humidity, and inevitable sweat) and have been trying all sorts of different products to make them disappear. Turns out, this argan oil may just be my ticket to clear summer skin.

Just before I go to bed I dabble a droplet of the oil onto my outbreaks and come morning, I’m telling you (!), they’ve cleared up. I may still have a bit of redness from the skin irritation, but all that icky stuff is g-g-g-gone.

Sometimes you just have to take your chances with a beauty product.