I recently changed up my makeup routine, switching out my colored powder for a super thin foundation and a colorless setting powder.  I don’t mind a little sheen in the right places, but I need something to keep my t-zone matte.  Laura Mercier makes a few cult classics, one being the Loose Setting Powder.  I decided to try a compact version and went for the Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder.  It’s designed specifically for shine control and it definitely delivers.  The velvety fine powder actually makes my skin look smoother (hence the name), and doesn’t make it ashy like some white powders can.  I prefer to use a medium sized brush to apply (rather then the sponge it comes with), because it picks up less product and diffuses better.  It’s perfect for everyday and the compact makes it easy to toss in your bag.

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It’s Coachella time!  Now that you have your bohemian outfits and air mattress packed, it’s time to organize that leather fringe purse of yours.  I’ve compiled a list of must-haves that will streamline your beauty routine, making those long, hot days a little more comfortable. Now you can focus more on the partying…I mean, the music.

1. Powder Sunscreen
Sunscreen is a must, but this powder version from Peter Thomas Roth goes the extra mile.  Not only does it have SPF 30, it’s slightly tinted to give you a smooth complexion and combats breakouts at the same time.
s1165844-main-Lhero2. Body Sunscreen
We’ve tackled the face, but you should really pack some sunscreen for the rest of you.  These towelettes from Tocca offer SPF 30 and have a blood orange scent, leaving you smelling super fresh. They come individually wrapped, which saves major space.

tocca-3003. Tinted Lip Balm with SPF
Keep those lips hydrated and looking good with a tinted balm that contains sunscreen.  Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment comes in a variety of pretty colors like this coral one.

NMC12GX_mx copy4. Convertible Makeup
Bring one product that can transform eyes, lips, and cheeks from day to night.  The Nars Convertible sticks aren’t sticky and deliver the right amount of product so that you can layer up or keep it sheer.  ‘Malibu’ is a nice bronzy rose that’s flattering on all skin tones.

06078450150245. Facial Water
Keep your skin cool and hydrated with a small water mister like this travel sized one from Evian.

0000848906. Bobby Pins
Perfect for throwing your sweaty tresses into chic heidi braids or messy buns, these pins are both practical and pretty.



My amazingly talented cousin Claire, who’s behind all my videos, is the master-mind behind The Kitchy Kitchen.  It’s filled with wonderful recipes, lifestyle tips, beautiful photography, and now a collaboration with yours truly.  I’m so excited to be a part of her monthly beauty series and this month I show you how to sew your own makeup bag.  Check out the article on her blog, and read below!

Makeup bags are one of the easiest things to make yourself.  If you ever made a pillow as a kid, think of this as the easier, grown up version.  You can pick your fabric, zipper, and thread color and can be personalized for a super affordable, but great gift.  Since you only need about a 1/2 yard of fabric, peruse the scrap bin at your local fabric store.  You can get some amazing pieces for a lot cheaper (even real leather!).  I scored this pretty beige and gold fabric for $2.00.DIY-MAKE-UP-BAG



Spring is officially here and what better way to welcome the season then with a happy color like pink!  Don’t be scared. Head to toe pink can look modern and fresh. The key to making this look work is to keep it light and not too perfect.  Start by popping some pink shadow in the middle of your eyelids and blend.  Then take a pearly white or gold shadow and dab in the inner corners of eyes to brighten.  Avoid black liner.  Instead, opt for a few coats of black mascara or a little smudge of brown liner just along the lash line.  Swirl some blush on the apples of your cheeks and pop on a rosy lipgloss.  Keep the hair loose and add some waves by scrunching in a beach spray or pull your hair back into a loose up-do.



From Left:
TheBalm Hot Mama Shadow and Blush All-in-One
 NARS Trio Eyeshadow in Douce France
Stila One Step Prime Color in Pop of Pink
Benefit Posietint
Marc Jacobs Lust for Laquer Lip Vinyl Sheer in Overprotected
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Ballet Pink



My amazingly talented cousin Claire, who’s behind all my videos, is the master-mind behind The Kitchy Kitchen.  It’s filled with wonderful recipes, lifestyle tips, beautiful photography, and now a collaboration with yours truly.  I’m so excited to be a part of her monthly beauty series and this month I share a makeup bag essential…Vaseline.  Read below or check out her blog post to see the 6 unexpected uses for Vaseline lip balm.

Even though makeup is my business, my personal arsenal is pretty streamlined.  The less I have to carry around, the better.  Vaseline lip balm is cheap and perfectly packaged, making it easy to toss in your bag or pocket.  I find it has a multitude of uses beyond moisturizing your lips, that really makes it a makeup must-have.


Cuticles – keep your digits in tip-top shape by rubbing a dab of vaseline on your cuticles.


Rough Elbows – Use your finger tips to rub a small amount into notorious dry areas like elbows and knuckles to keep them moisturized.


Eyebrows – I have unruly brows and wiping just a little bit on my arches keeps those rogue ones in place.


Fly Aways – Used sparingly, Vaseline helps keep those pesky fly away hairs from popping up all over the place.


Highlighter – If you need a little pick-me-up in the afternoon or just want a dewier complexion, try dabbing a small amount on your cheekbones to give you some added sheen.

Creme Shadow – Vaseline can take your favorite eyeshadow up a notch by turning it into a cream.  It will intensify the color and is perfect for a day to night look.


Brown liner is like the nerdy sister to the sultry black version.  It seems boring but brown can look ultra sexy and is universally flattering on every eye color.  (It especially makes blue eyes pop like on Lindsey Wixson from the Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2014 collection below).  It’s suitable for day and night, and there’s more room for error, than with black.  Keep it simple by smudging brown or bronze liner along the top lash line or add some on the bottom for extra depth.  To intensify the look, add shadow on the outer corners of your lid, blending inward and half way along the bottom lash line. Finish off with a few coats of mascara and a rosy nude lip.



Brown Liner

  1. Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner in Luminous Fig
  2. NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Appia
  3. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Chocolate Shimmer
  4. Dolce Gabbana Crayon Intense Eyeliner in Coffee
  5. Almay Intense i-Color Liner in Brown Topaz
  6. L’Oreal Lineur Intense Pro Felt Tip Eyeliner in Earthen Rock Brown



Glitter seems to be popping up this season and can be seen at a few Spring/Summer 2014 runway shows like Chanel and ICB by Prabal Gurung.  My 16 year-old self is ecstatic! Now that I’m…cough…twice as old, I tend to shelve the sparkles unless it’s for a halloween costume or New Year’s Eve party (and then watch out!).  But there are some grownup products that will add sparkle to your makeup without looking like you’re going to junior prom.  Maybe just don’t wear them all at once.  Unless you’re on the Ke$ha world tour.  Then go nuts.


• A little goes a long way.  Opt for a thin line of sparkles along the top or bottom lashes or add some to the inner corners of your eyes.
• Pile on the mascara to contrast a bright sparkle and/or add a matt black liner.
• Choose one area like your eyes or lips and keep the rest of your makeup simple.
• Place a tissue under your eyes to keep loose glitter from getting everywhere and apply with a q-tip so you don’t have to be picking glitter out of your brushes a year from now.

GrownupGlitter From left to right:
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner
Make Up For Ever Glitters in Silver 2
Deborah Lippman Nail Laquer in Cleopatra in New York
Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss in White Quartz Gold
Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Comex Gold
Givenchy Gelée D’Interdit Smoothing Gloss Balm Crystal Shine in Sparkling Petal
Butter London Nail Laquer in Lucy In The Sky
Inglot Body Sparkles #59