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2014 Teen Choice Awards Roundup: Lucy Hale Makeup + Fashion

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Lucy Hale was dressed to kill last Sunday for the Teen Choice Awards, were she was both a presenter and a winner (for Choice Actress: Drama for her role on Pretty Little Liars). She kept her look for the big night simply sexy with a soft smoky eye, created by her makeup artist, Kelsey Deenihan. Lucy wore mostly Mark Cosmetics to the event, but here are the specifics:
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($62 USD, Nordstrom)
  • Mark Glowdacious Illuminating Powder in Amped Up ($13 USD, shopavon)
  • Mark Please Hold Eye Primer ($9 USD, shopavon)
  • Mark All Time Hookup Longwear Shadow in Tender Love ($10 USD, shopavon)
  • Mark On The Dot Neutral Eye Color Compact ($16 USD, shopavon)
  • Mark No Place to Run Waterproof Eyeliner in Jet Set ($10 USD, shopavon)
  • Mark On the Edge Hookup Liquid Eyeliner in Slate ($10 USD, shopavon)
  • Mark Lash Act Build and Define Mascara ($12 USD, shopavon)
  • Mark Lipclick Full Color Lipstick in Bare Hug ($11 USD, shopavon)
Total Face Cost: $153 USD

Lucy tastefully showed off her figure in a flared, hot red Dior dress. She kept the focus on the bold number by pairing it with a softer MICHAEL Michael Kors clutch and Brian Atwood heels. I think Lucy looks great while maintaining the playful style she’s known for.
What did you think of Lucy’s TCA look? Let me know!

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2014 Teen Choice Awards Roundup: Nina Dobrev Makeup + Fashion

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Nina Dobrev is one of my favorite actresses, and she looked gorgeous in a colorful look at Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards. She looked gorgeous as a presenter and winner (of  Choice Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi for her work on The Vampire Diaries). Her makeup artist, Beau Nelson, didn’t want her makeup look to distract from her vibrant outfit, so he left her looking fresh with a hint of smokiness. To top it off, a lot of the products are from affordable, well-loved retailer NYX. Here are the details on the products:
  • I couldn’t discover the exact brand, but Beau used a stick foundation (Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Stick, $44 USD, comes in 24 shades), to contour her cheekbones, jaw, and nose.
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($62 USD, Nordstrom), 2 shades lighter than Nina’s complexion.
  • Again, no word on specifics, but he set the center of her face with powder (Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, $45 USD, is popular).
  • NYX Matte Bronzer ($8.99 USD, Ulta)
  • NYX Gel Eyeliner and Smudger in Betty, Charlotte, and Scarlette ($8.99 USD each, Ulta)
  • NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker in Carbon Black ($9.49 USD, Ulta)
  • One more time, I couldn’t find the exact match, but he also used a neutral matte brown shadow to finish up the eyes (Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, $29 USD, has several options).
  • NYX Doll Eye Volume Mascara ($9.49 USD, Ulta)
  • NYX Butter Lipstick in Bit of Honey ($5.99 USD, Ulta)
Total Face Cost: $122.93 (at least)
For fashion, Nina chose to skip the conventional dress and instead wore a stylish, graphic top with matching high-waisted shorts by Vionnet. She kept her carry on simple by sticking with a chic Michael Kors clutch. Her pink Kurt Geiger heels perfectly accented the color in her ensemble, and she tied it all together with David Yurman jewelry.

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2014 Met Gala Roundup: Lupita Nyong’o Makeup + Fashion

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Since breaking out on the scene this year, I’ve covered pretty much all of Lupita Nyong’o’s amazing red carpet looks. Her style is my favorite, so naturally, I was majorly excited to see what she would surprise us with at the Met Gala on May 5th. Always favoring the bold, Lupita’s look definitely left an impression! Her purple shadow complimented her green dress well, without competing with it. The creative look was customized for her by longtime makeup artist Nick Barose. Nick used almost exclusively Lancome products for the big night. Here’s exactly what they were (all prices are in USD):
  • Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate ($104, Sephora)
  • La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer ($42, Sephora)
  • Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation in 500 Suede ($45.50, Sephora)
  • Aquatique Waterproof EyeColour Base ($26, Macy’s)
  • Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Miss Sweetheart ($20, Nordstrom)
  • Hypnose Custom Volume Mascara in Black ($27.50, Sephora)
  • Le Crayon Poudre Brow Powder Pencil ($26, Nordstrom)
  • Armani Maestro Fusion Blush in 300 ($52, Nordstrom)
  • Armani Cheek Fabric Blush in 509 ($46, Nordstrom)
  • Le Lipstique LipColouring Stick With Brush in Sheer Chocolate ($25, Sephora)
  • L’Absolu Rouge in Bordeaux ($30, Sephora)
Total Face Cost: $444

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As for her fashion, I’m disappointed to say this was Lupita’s first miss for me. I love a bold look, but I felt her brown and green Prada flapper dress looked like a fish net that got caught in the jungle. I was so sad; her dress was the worst of the night to me. There are positives to the dress, though. At least she went for it, versus the other stars who looked pretty but played it way too safe. I appreciate when celebs take a fashion risk, even if it doesn’t pay off. Lupita’s dress had lots of detail and great movement. The headpiece looked a little much with the already busy dress, but I loved the matching green shoes and bag. Lupita completed her look with Cartier jewelry. 
What do you think of Lupita’s bold Met Gala look? Let me know!

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2014 Met Gala Roundup: Emma Stone Makeup + Fashion

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Emma Stone kept things casual for the 2014 Met Gala, both with her makeup and her outfit. She looked rosy from head to toe, with loosely braided red hair, a two-tone pink dress, and fresh makeup. Acclaimed makeup artist Rachel Goodwin created this look for Emma’s big night, using a mix of Chanel and Revlon cosmetics. Here are the exact makeup products she used (all prices are in US dollars):

  • Chanel Le Jour De Chanel Resynchronizing Skincare ($85, Nordstrom)
  • Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth Effect Makeup SPF 15 in Beige 30 ($45, Nordstrom)
  • Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Peach Light ($12.99, Ulta)
  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Illusoire and New Moon ($36 each, Nordstrom)
  • Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Topaz ($7.99, Ulta)
  • Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara ($7.99, Walgreens)
  • Chanel Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Brun Naturel ($29, Nordstrom)
  • Revlon ColorStay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Cherish ($8.99, Ulta)
  • Chanel Aqua Crayon Lip Colour Stick in Rosewood ($29, Nordstrom)
  • Revlon Nail Enamel in Diamond Texture ($4.99, Ulta)
Total Face Cost: $302.95

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Emma was outfitted in a Thakoon dress for the big night. She completed the look with chic Miu Miu heels, a cute clutch from Tod’s, and jewelry from Graziela Gems and EF Collection. Thakoon is one of my favorite designers, but I don’t know if this is the best pick for an event as big and detail-oriented as the Met Gala. I liked the play on color, but the shape, color, and crop top all seem a little homemade prom dress to me. This was honestly one of my least favorite looks of the event. 
What do you think of Emma’s Met Gala look? Let me know!

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2014 Met Gala Roundup: Marion Cotillard Makeup + Fashion

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French beauty Marion Cotillard knocked it out of the park last Monday at the Met Gala, accentuating her natural loveliness with classic, glamorous makeup. Makeup artist Christophe Danchaud created this look for her, relying exclusively on Hourglass products. Here are the exact products she wore (all prices in USD):
  • No. 28 Primer Serum ($65, Sephora)
  • Veil Fluid Makeup in No. 5 ($60, Sephora)
  • Hidden Corrective Concealer in Pearl ($32, Sephora)
  • Ambient Lighting Palette using the Dim Light shade ($58, Sephora)
  • Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Exhibition topped with gold pigment ($38, Sephora)
  • Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara ($28, Sephora)
  • Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta ($35, Sephora)
  • Panoramic Long Wear Lip Liner in Raven ($28, Sephora)
  • Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in Rave and Muse ($30 each, Sephora)
Total Face Cost: $404

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Marion looked head-to-toe beautiful in her quirky, cute navy Dior Haute Couture dress. I loved that she played up the theme a bit more than other starlets, and in an unexpected way: she used bolder color, and the folds and detailing really were a nod to the couturier the event was honoring. Her eye-catching shoes were also by Dior Haute Couture (not wholly surprising, since she’s a face of the brand!). Her jewelry, including her unique one earring, were by Chopard. Marion looks radiant and confidant, and appropriate for the theme, without losing her personality. She didn’t play it safe, and I really love that. It’s not the most theatrical dress at the event, but for me, it’s still a total success. 
What do you think of Marion’s creative look? Let me know!

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2014 Met Gala Roundup: Jessica Alba Makeup + Fashion

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Jessica Alba has been a fashion front runner for several years now. So it was no surprise she stuck to her naturally beautiful look for the 2014 Met Gala on Monday, May 5th. Her makeup artist for the event, Lauren Andersen, used a mixture of high-end and affordable products to create a custom look. Here is the exact makeup Jessica wore on the big night (all prices in US dollars):
  • Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation SPF 15 PA++ ($62, Sephora)
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer Makeup Concealer ($48, Nordstrom)
  • LORAC TANtilizer Baked Bronzer ($32, Nordstrom)
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight ($44, Nordstrom)
  • Votre Vu Arch de Triumphe Brow Wax ($16.80, Votre Vu)
  • Avon Eye Dimensions Eyeshadow in Khaki Chic and Bronze Star ($9 each, Avon)
  • Avon SuperSHOCK Gel Eye Liner Pencil in Intense Brown ($8, Avon)
  • Avon Mega Effects Mascara in Black ($10, Avon)
  • Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Caramel Comfort ($9, Avon)
Total Face Cost: $247.80

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As for her the rest of her lovely look, Jessica wore a beautiful gold lace gown by Diane Von Furstenberg. Her metallic clutch was by the designer as well. Her heels were Brian Atwood brand. She had some diverse jewelry: the earrings were Doves by Doron Poloma, and the rings were a mix of Melissa Kaye and Ippolita. Jessica looks undeniably gorgeous, but I was disappointed by this look. Her dress compliments her beautiful skin color and brunette hair perfectly, but I thought this looked like any other outfit she’d wear to any old event, like the Oscars or a premiere. The Met Gala, to me, is a night to really go over the top and play with fashion, and I feel like Jessica stayed in her comfort zone on this one. 
What do you think of Jessica’s understated glam look? Let me know!

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2014 Met Gala Roundup: Blake Lively Makeup + Fashion

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The Met Gala is, in my opinion, the biggest night in fashion. It’s definitely my favorite! This year, the theme was Charles James: Beyond Fashion, honoring the couturier and the attention to detail, elegance, and shape in his designs. While I was disappointed with a lot of the looks on this year’s red carpet (I found them too simple for the theme), the makeup is another story.
Blake Lively sported a classically glamorous face and waves to compliment her softly-colored dress. I think her makeup is lovely–it coordinates with the gown without being matchy-matchy. Her makeup artist, Elaine Offers, nodded to the event’s theme using NARS and Kevyn Aucoin products. Here are the exact makeup products Blake wore to the Met Gala (all prices are in US dollars):
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Liquid Airbrush Foundation in #10 and #13 ($45 each, Nordstrom)
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Brow Pencil in Warm Blonde ($26, Nordstrom)
  • NARS Eye Paint in Baalbek ($25, Sephora)
  • NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Subra (new for Summer ’14, not yet released)
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Curling Mascara ($28 USD, Nordstrom)
  • NARS Lipliner Pencil in Salsa ($22, Sephora)
Total Face Cost: (at least) $191


As for the fashion, I thought Blake made an excellent choice. She wore a Gucci gown to the event. I think the dress really flattered her feminine figure, which was accentuated by her gorgeous pinup waves. The soft champagne color didn’t overwhelm the chic shape of the gown. For me, the “cape” detail is what makes her outfit extra special. It plays up her beautiful height, and the way it drapes behind her is elegant and appeals to the event’s detail-oriented theme. Blake’s husband, Ryan Renolds, wore Gucci as well.
What do you think of Blake’s statuesque, regal look? Let me know!

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A Grown-Up Easter Basket–Lush Easter 2014 Collection

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Easter is right around the corner (it’s this Sunday!), and what better way to celebrate than with the basket of goodies Lush has concocted for the season. Naturally, the collection is limited edition, but has been available for purchase since March. Get your hands on it soon if it looks good to you! (I adore this collection, but sadly won’t be able to get my hands on it 😦 )
Lets take a look at the goodies!
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Carrot Top Reusable Bubble Bar:
The first item in the collection the site lists is one of their famous bubble bars! Bubble bars are designed to do just that–toss the bar in your tub for a scented mess of bubbles! I’ve never tried any Lush products, but these are at the top of my list to try, because they sound so fun and soothing. But many have protested that since the bubble bars are one-time use, they’re not very economical. Lush listened, and created this reusable bar for Easter! They suggest swishing it in the tub (holding it by the carrot top) until you have your desired amount of bubbles, then setting the bar on a paper towel/washcloth to dry before storing. You’re bound to get more mileage this way, making the $7.95 price tag a bit easier. This bar is scented like lemon and buchu, although many say the citrus fragrance is dominant.
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Immaculate Eggception Bath Bomb:
Another product Lush is famous for is their bath bombs. These also scent your bath, but do other fun things like change the water color, add bubbles, and have ingredients mixed in that are designed to float in and decorate your bathwater. Pretty multipurpose! For Easter this year, they came up with two Easter Egg shaped bombs, one pink, and one yellow, that can actually be cracked open and contain a special surprise inside (another bath bomb shaped like a chick or a bunny), making for three baths. Both eggs have the same ylang ylang, grapefruit, and vanilla scent. These bath bombs are $12.95 a piece.
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Carrot Soap:

While this carrot soap is loaded with carrot oil for “nourishing” and “conditioning” the skin, according to Lush, it boasts an “energizing, tropical” scent, featuring Sicilian lemon and buchu oils.Fun fact: the white streak is supposed to be a leaping bunny as well. Cute! While Lush’s site says this is new and part of the Easter promotion, it doesn’t look like it’s limited edition, so no need to rush to get this one (although correct me if I’m wrong!) This soap is $6.95.

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Fluffy Egg:
Eggception isn’t the only egg shaped bath bomb getting special attention with this Easter promotion! Fan favorite Fluffy Egg apparently gets a repromote every year, and is scented with their popular Snow Fairy fragrance (vanilla cotton candy). Each egg is $5.95.
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Brightside:

Another bubble bar for the Easter season. Like all BB’s, this one changes your bathwater (obviously, Brightside makes the water orange). Like other products in the Easter line, this has a citrus scent, featuring Sicilian mandarin, tangerine, and bergamot oils. This sounds particularly lovely to me, as I’m very fond of the scent of bergamot. I envy anyone who picked this up! The bar is $10.95.

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Golden Egg:
A special invention on Lush’s part, the Golden Egg is a bath bomb/bath melt in one. The golden outside coating is the bath melt part, with the bath bomb in the center. This is scented like their Honey I Washed the Kids soap (a honey fragrance) and moisturizes with cocoa butter and olive oil. This new product is $8.95.
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Bunch of Carrots:

Not unlike it’s Carrot Top cousin, the Bunch of Carrots creates lots of bubbles and can be reused. They suggest running it under the tap instead of swishing it in the water, though. The Bunch of Carrots also has a slightly different scent (lemon and bergamot, another delicious sounding combo). I think this product is a great value, since you get three carrots, each that can be reused several times. The whole bunch is $12.95.

I eagerly await the day I try Lush products for the first time, and looking at this fab collection is only increasing the feeling. Did you try any of the Easter collection (or any Lush products for that matter)? How did it work for you? Will you be snagging any of these babies before they’re gone? Let me know!

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2014 MTV Movie Awards Roundup: Bella Thorne Makeup + Fashion

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Bella Thorne looked fresh-faced and ready for Spring at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday. Her makeup artist, Tonya Brewer, used affordable cosmetic brand Neutrogena to achieve this clean, simple look. Here are the exact products (in USD):
  • SkinClearing Oil-Free Makeup ($13.99, Ulta)
  • Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector SPF 25 ($12.99, Ulta)
  • Shine Control Powder ($12.99, Ulta)
  • Crease Proof Eyeshadow in Lasting Taupe ($8.99, Ulta)
  • Healthy Lengths Mascara ($8.99, Ulta)
  • Healthy Skins Blends Sheer Highlighting Blush in Pure ($12.99, CVS)
  • Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Warm Caramel ($8.99, Ulta)
Total Face Cost: $79.93

I love that this look is pretty, affordable and accessible. Those going to prom this month might want to consider snagging this look for their big night! Bella continued her pretty, springtime look with a lovely blue Versace dress. She let the pastel garment take center stage with simple Jimmy Choo heels and a bag, as well as rings from EF Collection and Graziela Gems. The rest of her jewelry is by Anita Ko.

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2014 MTV Movie Awards Roundup: Lupita Nyong’o Makeup + Fashion

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Yesterday was the MTV Movie Awards, which means another exciting Roundup of celebrity makeup and fashion. To kick things off, I’ll start with one of my favorite red carpet beauties, Lupita Nyong’o, who was nominated for Best Female Performance. As usual, she rocked an awesome bold look, but this time, it was on her gorgeous gown. So she let her makeup look (comparatively) subtle. Here’s the exact Lancome products her makeup artist, Nick Barose, used (in USD):
  • Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation ($45.50, Sephora)
  • Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer ($30.50, Sephora)
  • Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup ($38.50, Sephora)
  • Star Bronzer Natural Glow Long Lasting Bronzing Powder ($35, Sephora)
  • Blush Subtil Delicate Oil-Free Powder Blush in Shimmer Tamarind ($30, Nordstrom)
  • Color Design Infinite in Unlimited Silver ($25, Sephora)
  • Color Design Sensational Effects Eyeshadow in All That Glitters ($20, Nordstrom)
  • Artliner 24H Bold Color Precision Eyeliner in Black Diamond ($30.50, Macy’s)
  • Hypnose Custom Volume Mascara in Deep Black ($27.50, Sephora)
  • Le Lipstique LipColoring Stick with Brush in Sheer Chocolate ($25, Nordstrom)
  • L’Absolu Rouge in Saffron Silk ($30, Nordstrom)
Total Face Cost: $337.50

I thought Lupita’s gorgeous dress was really the star of her look. It was bold and poppy, and reminded me of bright art. It was designed by Chanel, as was her bag. She completed her look with Casadei heels and Vita Fede accessories. medianet_width=’600′; medianet_height= ‘250’; medianet_crid=’228266391′;