Get Demi Moore’s SAG Awards Makeup

Demi Moore - Makeup by Charlotte Tilbury

Is it just me or does Demi Moore look like she hasn’t aged in 20 years? Maybe it’s her makeup! ;)

Last night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, presenter Demi Moore stunned in a vintage Zac Posen gown with a timeless makeup look created by celeb makeup artist (and creator of some of the best products ever) Charlotte Tilbury.

Tilbury said, “Demi and I wanted the makeup to match the elegance of the Zac Posen gown. I chose to go with my signature Dolce Vita eye look to enhance Demi’s amazing green eyes.”

I got the scoop on the steps she took to create Demi’s look:

To prep Demi’s skin and ensure a flawless canvas, Charlotte applied Magic Cream to the entire face and then Magic Eye Rescue to the eye area. Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow was applied to create a flawless soft focus finish, which acted as the perfect base to the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 6 Medium.

Charlotte applied Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand in Shade 2 underneath the eyes, then used The Retoucher Concealer in 3 Medium where needed and rid the skin of any unwanted oils with a dusting of Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder in 3 Dark.

Next, Charlotte used Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift in Cara D to perfect Demi’s brows and frame her face.

For the eyes, Charlotte applied her Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita to make Demi’s green eyes sparkle, and then applied Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl in Barbarella Brown in a feline flick on the top lash line to elongate her beautiful lashes. The eyes were finished with Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara on top and bottom lashes.

Charlotte then used Hollywood favorite Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow in Light-Medium to highlight and add a subtle glow.

Charlotte applied Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher onto the apples of Demi’s cheeks.

To complete the look, Charlotte lined Demi’s lips with Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Hollywood Honey and followed with Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bond Girl.

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Khloe Kardashian Beauty Tips

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In celebration of tonight’s Kocktails with Khloe premiere, I’m devoting this post to the best beauty advice straight from everyone’s fav Kardashian. Read on for some awesome tips from Khloe that I can totally vouch for:

Tip 1: Protect your investment.

Going blonde is expensive and requires maintenance to keep it looking beautiful, not brassy. Khloe’s secret to brightening her blonde? Shimmer Lights by Clairol Professional! I can def vouch for this toning shampoo first hand as I discovered Shimmer Lights in hair school (a million years ago) and washed out many heads of highlights with this magic purple potion. And while it’s perfect for my bottle blonde friends, you don’t have to be a blonde to use it. I like to use it to refresh my red color and enhance the cool tones when it fades into Carrot Top territory. 

Tip 2: Shine on.

Khloe (and her flock of sisters) are big fans of the strobe. Khloe has many favs in the highlighter department, including the amazing, tried-and-true Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder. “Kevyn was and still is the king,” Khloe said. Amen, girl.

Tip 3: Expensive doesn’t always equal best.

Khloe loves the Sonia Kashuk Multipurpose Brush – and so do I! Use it for powder, blush, bronzer, you name it. The best part is you can pick this beauty up at Target for a fraction of the price of luxury brushes. I’ll drink to that! ;)

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Get Kate Winslet’s Golden Globes Hair

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I adore Kate Winslet.

I loved her as Rose, I loved her as Clementine, I love her as Kate.

I think she exudes class and always kills it on the red carpet. Tonight’s Golden Globes were no exception as she stunned to the extreme before taking home her trophy per usual.

Naturally, I had to get the scoop on her beauty look. Insanely talented celeb stylist Renato Campora dolled her up tonight and shared his hairstyling secrets for getting the look.

“Tonight’s look was all about showing off the neckline of Kate’s beautiful Ralph Lauren gown,” he said. “The silhouette is long and feminine and so we wanted to keep the neck free and create a soft and feminine updo with an asymmetrical twist.”

Want to copy this look? Here’s how Renato did it:

  • On wet hair, he applied the Fekkai Blowout Sealing Serum to her ends to keep manageability and sleekness for styling.
  • Second, he applied Fekkai Full Blown Volume Lightweight Styling Whip all over the hair to create a great foundation to maintain volume throughout the night.
  • Next, he blew out the hair with a round brush to boost shine and volume, smoothing the hair in preparation for hot tools. He then used a 1-inch curling iron all over, making sure to keep curls loose and chic, not too severe and “done.” He let the curls set for ten minutes, and then brushed them out spritzing a bit of Fekkai Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo throughout for added texture.
  • Next, he braided the tail of the hair as an aid to keep hair together to roll under at the nape of the neck. He then pinned to the side into a bun, using three long bobby pins to hold in place. It looks almost like a faux bob, and there’s no elastic! To finish, he sprayed Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray all over to maintain the look for the night ahead.

The end result was perfect for Kate - sophisticated, elegant and chic!

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#YouShimmer Your Way into 2016 with the Perfect New Year’s Eve Cocktail

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Can you believe it’s almost 2016? It’s that time of year when I usually create a list of resolutions that include all sorts of soul-sucking activities like crash dieting. Not this year! My only resolution for 2016 is to celebrate life. Who’s with me?!

Seriously, life is short. Buy the shoes. Drink the cocktail. Order the dessert. LIVE. Be the shimmery celebration of life that you are! And speaking of shimmery celebrations of life, I have the perfect cocktail to toast to my 2016 attitude.

It’s super simple to put together, but looks and tastes amazing. The best part? The star ingredient is Viniq Ruby, one of my absolute fav new liqueurs. You may remember me gushing about Viniq recently, but let me fill you in if you don’t.

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It’s a premium shimmery liqueur that’s a delicious fusion of premium vodka, Moscato, and natural fruit flavors. It contains edible shimmer, which gives it this incredible dazzling effect. Like a chic magic potion that looks as fab as it tastes.

Whip up one of these and expect many double taps on your Instagram posts in the New Year. Read on for the recipe below!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Viniq Ruby
  • 3 oz. Champagne
  • Splash of Ginger Ale
  • Squeeze of lime

Directions:

Combine ingredients and serve chilled in a Champagne flute. Garnish with a lemon twist. Swirl around, appreciate the shimmer, and enjoy.

 

Cheers to living our shimmeriest, sparkliest, most effervescent lives in 2016! *Clink*

[This post was sponsored by Viniq, but all opinions are my own.]

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Ring in the New Year with $20.16 Dresses from Rent the Runway

Procrastinating on your NYE outfit? Never fear! There is still time to shop Rent the Runway in time for the big night! And now is the perfect time since RTR is featuring $20.16 pricing on dozens of styles right now! Once a year they discount select dresses to help make your New Year’s Eve look as dazzling as possible. From sparkly jackets and glittery gems to slinky dresses and tailored tops, you’ll find so many fun styles — all priced at $20.16!

Whether you’re attending a close-knit cocktail party with friends or a blow-out bash with hundreds of strangers, here are a few looks that will definitely ensure you stand out on New Year’s Eve like the fabulous fashionista you are:

Carmen Marc Valvo Botanical Berry Dress

Carmen Marc Valvo NYE

Halston Heritage Little Black Jumpsuit

Halston Heritage NYE

Rebecca Taylor Off Cobalt Dress

Rebecca Taylor NYE

You still have time to shop these and more to reserve your New Year’s look. But you’ll definitely want to hurry. These styles sell out fast! And remember, new customers get 20% off their first rental when they use the code FIRSTRTR20P at checkout. Happy renting!

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Celebrate the Holidays with Starbucks

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I’m so thrilled to continue my partnership with Starbucks as a member of the Starbucks Coffee Blogger Community! Throughout 2016 I’ll continue to share the latest and greatest Starbucks goodies with you all.

But first, red cup season! 

Nothing says the holidays like a hot cup of coffee, am I right?!

If you love cozying up to a warm cup of coffee (or cocoa) in the wintry weather like I do, you’re in luck. Starbucks offers an assortment of awesome products that will transform you into a master barista at your next holiday shindig (and beyond). I mean, isn’t any time a good time for a great cup of cocoa? Read on for a description of my favs from the Starbucks holiday collection!

  • Starbucks VIA Instant Peppermint Mocha Latte - How amazing would it be to whip up your own Peppermint Mocha at home? Now you can! And you have full control over the amount of whipped cream. ;)  Inspired by the handcrafted winter favorite, Starbucks VIA Instant Peppermint Mocha combines natural dairy and 100% arabica coffee for rich, creamy flavor. Just add hot water and enjoy!
  • Starbucks Marshmallow Hot Cocoa Mix - I’m a sucker for hot chocolate. Back in my Florida days, I would blast the AC and drink it in the dead of summer. I have to admit that it does taste even better in the winter time while sitting on my stoop in New York!  This decadent hot cocoa with fluffy handcrafted miniature marshmallows is sure to add a little whimsy to your day.
  • Starbucks Holiday BlendEvery year the holiday flavor is subtly unique. With an approachable complexity and elegant flavor, each vintage is definitely worth celebrating. This year the blend is the perfect balance of bright Latin American and smooth Indonesian coffees.

What are your favorite holiday Starbucks drinks? Keep an eye on the blog for even more fresh roasted goodness from my friends at Starbucks in the new year!

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Channel Princess Leia with Carrie Fisher’s Star Wars Premiere Makeup

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Princess Leia’s still got it.

Carrie Fisher stunned at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere on Monday night. Celeb makeup artist Jeffrey Paul executed this beautiful look for the star with Elizabeth Arden products.

He said, Today is the largest film release and red carpet in Los Angeles. I wanted to create a look that is iconic  but accessible. It’s believable beauty; a look that enhances but still has a unique glow.”

Naturally, I got the scoop from Jeffrey on the products he used. Read on for tips on how to get this look:

Skin Prep

Complexion

Eyes

Lips

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CoverGirl Star Wars Makeup Collection

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Star Wars and I go way back.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I got to know a character named Princess Leia pretty well at a little theme park you might have heard of.

Princess Leia Makeup

Disney’s Leia has a very basic makeup routine which may or may not involve Ben Nye brown eyeshadow, peach blush, and lip gloss in natural (but you didn’t hear that from me). These days, the modern Star Wars gal has many more beauty options… like the goodies in the new COVERGIRL Star Wars Collection

As you can imagine, my close connection to the force upped my excitement when COVERGIRL announced this collab with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which releases in theaters Friday.

COVERGIRL Global Creative Design Director Pat McGrath (of “fiercest makeup artist in the world” fame) designed a series of stunning beauty looks inspired by the film, its iconic characters and key themes, using new limited-edition products from the collection. Read on to see her awesome work and what she used to get each look!

Droid

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Droid features a luminous look that reflects the light side of the force. A swatch of golden eye shadow across lids and cheekbones sets the tone, with gold lipstick and gloss punctuating the lustrous palette. Droid is rocking a new metallic lip shade – COVERGIRL Star Wars Lipstick Colorlicious in Gold.

Jedi

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Jedi features gorgeous golds and glowy skin to capture the radiance of the light side. Copper shadow across the upper lid, gold shadow smudged across the lower lash line and contoured cheekbones evoke structure and strength. The fresh look is complete with COVERGIRL Star Wars Lipstick Colorlicious in Nude.

Mystic

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Mystic features an iridescent look inspired by the light side. Glowing greens and rich purples paired with rosy cheeks radiate the mystery of the Light Side. The exotic look is pulled together with a lustrous lip shade – COVERGIRL Star Wars Lipstick Colorlicious in Lilac.

Stormtrooper

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Stormtrooper features a strong and graphic look to represent the power from the dark side. The eyes dominate with a black winged liner and white contrasts. Lips measure up in a deep, mysterious red. Stormtrooper’s edgy look is topped off with COVERGIRL Star Wars Lipstick Colorlicious in Dark Purple.

Dark Apprentice

Dark Apprentice

Dark Apprentice features a rich look to represent the intensity of the dark side. The sinister eye look commands with bold washes of red and black across the lid, paired with deliciously deep lips. Dark Apprentice’s look is completed by a new plum lip shade – COVERGIRL Star Wars Lipstick Colorlicious in Dark Plum.

Chrome Captain

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Chrome Captain features a sleek look that captures the authoritative nature of the dark side. The contrast of flawless, impeccable skin paired with metallic shadow, strong liner, and bold, straight brows create a mesmerizing combination. Lips demand attention with a show-stopping swipe of COVERGIRL Star Wars Lipstick Colorlicious in Silver.

Resistance Pilot

Resistance Pilot

Resistance Pilot, as modeled by COVERGIRL Janelle Monae, embodies the confident and daring spirit of Star Wars. A blend of gold and blue eye shadow complimented by highlighted cheekbones, and a sheer, soft lip bring the allure of Star Wars to your everyday look.  Janelle is rocking COVERGIRL Star Wars Lipstick Colorlicious in Gold.

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Beachwaver by Sarah Potempa Review

Beachwaver Pro by Sarah Potempa

Be prepared to meet the best curling iron ever.

The Beachwaver is a professional rotating curling iron that spins in both directions to give you glamorous, red carpet waves with the touch of a button. (There are two versions, but I prefer the Beachwaver Pro for the additional features.)

Uber talented celeb stylist Sarah Potempa dreamt up this epic hair tool that will change the way you style your hair. (Btw, if you are not familiar with Sarah’s work, you should start following her on Insta. Her braid game is on point.)

The Beachwaver is also the handy gadget responsible for the voluminous Victoria’s Secret bombshell waves that bounced down the catwalk last week at the VS Fashion Show.

Since I’ve recently acquired long thick hair, it takes an extremely long time to style. The Beachwaver helps cut down on my styling time and creates consistent, beautiful waves. It’s also much more comfortable to hold and does not require you to bend your arms every witch way to curl your strands.

Seriously, I threw out all of my other curling irons – my marcels, my spring irons, my wands. The Beachwaver is honestly all I need. Get one.

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Fireball Apple Pie Cupcakes with Whipped Vodka Frosting Recipe

Fireball Apple Pie Cupcake

Tis the season for sweet treats! As you know, I put my alcoholic spin on everything. This is not limited to just cocktails and cosmetics, but cupcakes, too! Since I’m baking more than usual for the holidays, I thought this would be the perfect time to introduce my new boozey baking series! Kicking it off is my alcoholic apple pie cupcake recipe featuring Fireball Whisky (in the filling) and Pinnacle Whipped Vodka (in the frosting). These babies are scrumptious and a little dangerous because you can barely taste the alcohol. Read on for the recipe and stay tuned for many more liquor laced desserts to come!

Apple Pie Cupcake Recipe

Ingredients

Spiced Apple Cupcakes

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp apple pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Apple Pie Filling

  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp apple pie spice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch

Whipped Topping

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1-2 Tbsp Pinnacle Whipped Vodka

Instructions

For the cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line cupcake pan with paper cups.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, apple pie spice, and salt.
  3. Whisk together melted butter and sugar. Mix in eggs one at a time until well mixed. Add vanilla and buttermilk and mix until combined. Stir in dry ingredients, do not over mix the batter.
  4. Divide the batter evenly among the cups of the prepared cupcake pan, filling each liner 2/3 full. 
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let the cupcakes cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely before filling and frosting.

For the apple pie filling

  1. Toss the apples, brown sugar, and 1/4 tsp apple pie spice together. Melt the butter in a heavy medium saucepan and add the apple mixture to pan. Cook over medium heat until apples are soft, about 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. In a small bowl mix the Fireball with the cornstarch. Add to hot apple mixture and cook until it thickens. Let mixture cool completely.

For the whipped topping

  1. Beat the heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar and sour cream in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until the mixture forms soft peaks. Beat in 1-2 Tbsp Pinnacle Whipped Vodka and beat until smooth and well combined.
  2. Prepare a piping bag (I used Wilton tip 1M) and fill with frosting.

Assembly

  1. Using a small knife or apple corer, cut the center out of each cupcake and fill to overflowing with the apple filling. 
  2. Pipe the whipped cream topping on top of each cupcake (don’t completely hide the cupcake) and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Fireball Cupcakes Recipe

Ta-da! My recipe yields 12 cupcakes. Garden photoshoot followed by dessert picnic is optional, but highly recommended. Cheers! ;)

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