Get Taryn Manning’s Retro Waves


Pennsatucky sure cleans up well! Orange is the New Black star Taryn Manning shined on the Emmys red carpet earlier this week. Celeb hairstylist (and founder of the awesome Hair Room Service) Michael Duenas styled her up with classic retro waves that I fell in love with. He also used some of my favorite products to create this effect! Here are the steps he used to create her look:

  • Starting on damp hair add 2 golf ball sizes of OSiS+ Grip and a few spritz of OSiS+ Session Label Flexible Hold Hairspray to the roots.
  • Blow dry with a Denman brush or vent brush, focusing on adding volume at the scalp.
  • Take a deep side parting, just past the mid of the eyebrow.
  • On the heavy side of the head, start at the top, take an inch thick section from the crown to the hairline, split that section in to 1-inch sections.
  • Using a 1Ž/2 inch curling iron, curl the 1-inch sections towards the face and pin until they are cool.
  • Work in this same way, from behind the ear forward, curling all the hair and pinning.
  • On the lighter side of the head, take 1-inch thick sections from just behind the ear, holding your iron horizontal curl the entire section at once away from the face, work from the parting down till you have curled all the hair.
  • Working on the back of the head, take 2-inch sections in a brick-lay pattern and curl each section, vertically in different directions.
  • Using a wide toothcomb, comb out the curls in the front, forming them into a wave.
  • Brush out the rest of the head with your fingers and touch up with a Mason Pearson.
  • Finish the look with OSiS+ Session Label Strong Hold Hairspray.


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Get Allison Williams’ Emmy Beauty Look (and peek inside her clutch!)

66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals Like many of you out there, I live for awards season. I also live for finding out the beauty products that help make our favorite celebs look so darn pretty on the red carpet.

It’s no secret that I have an extreme crush on Brian Williams (he waved at me once – true story), so naturally I adore his daughter too. I thought she killed it last night at the Primetime Emmy Awards. Her glowing Emmy look was thanks in part to celeb makeup artist Pati Dubroff (and also thanks in part to the killer bone structure she received from her dad.) I got the scoop from Pati about the products and techniques she used to achieve this beautiful look.

“Allison had just returned from her summer vacation so her skin was sun-kissed,” she said. “We decided to go with a soft look. I dubbed this ‘pretty in pink with a flash’ – the pink is on the lid, the cheek and the lip, while the flash is a dash of bright yellow gold on the inner corner of her eyes which complimented the bright yellow grosgrain belt on her dress.”


Pati prepped the skin with tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer in the t-zone to eliminate the need for powder. She then used a small amount of tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation SPF 15 in light medium honey.

“I wanted the sheer coverage so Allison’s freckles could show through,” said Pati.

She finished the skin using tarte park avenue princess bronzer to amp up the tan and tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in fearless on the apples of the cheeks for a pinky flush.

She defined her brows with tarte the brow architect brow shaper, liner and definer in medium-tan.

“I created the structured eyes with Pati Dubroff dream palette using ochre and raw to give matte structure and a soft tone in the crease and under the eye,” said Pati.

She then applied tarte smolderEYES Amazonian clay waterproof liner in golden beige in the center of the lid for a peachy pink base followed by Chanel Illusion D’ombre in Abstraction on top. On the inner corner of the eyes, Pati added a flash of NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Corcovado for a flash of bright yellow. At the base of the lash line Pati used tarte lights, camera, lashes precision longwear liquid eyeliner - with a touch of a light flick at the outer corner. She completed Allison’s eyes by coating the lashes in tarte lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara.

Pati created a soft but well-structured lip using tarte  LipSurgence matte lip tint in lucky with a touch of tarte Amazonian butter lipstick in golden pink layered on top.

Allison’s Gambattista Valli Couture sleeveless dress meant her body was on display too. Sometimes it’s easy to focus on the face and forget the rest of the skin, but Pati made sure she was glowing from head to toe!

“It’s just as important to make sure that the skin on her body looks as just as flawless as the skin on her face,” said Pati. “I used Jergens BB Body Skin Perfecting Cream in Medium to give a subtle radiant sheen and illuminate Allison’s skin.”

Allison packed her clutch full of the essentials to keep her look fresh all night! She selected tarte not so slick oil-absorbing blotting papers and the two tarte lippies Pati applied to keep on hand. Smart girl!



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#LooksThatRock for the VMAs with COVERGIRL, Olay, Venus, and Crest!


Procter & Gamble and CVS have partnered with the MTV VMAs to help you get in the spirit to watch tomorrow’s much buzzed about MTV Awards! My friends at P&G sent me a box of all of the rockin’ products I need to achieve #LOOKSTHATROCK for myself, my friends, and my awesome readers! (I have some extra goodies, so make sure you read until the end for giveaway deets!)

I threw a little #LOOKSTHATROCK shindig to kick off the VMA excitement. Cocktails were involved and iconic moments from VMAs past were discussed. For the record, I think my favorite VMA performance of all time is a tie between this one and this one.


My best friend Alex and I went to town trying out the latest in P&G’s trend-setting products to get in the spirit to watch the VMAs tomorrow. It’s a tradition that we watch the awards show together every year, so it just felt right to test all of these goodies out with her! (And she’s pretty much my favorite makeup model, too!)


Our party kit included everything we needed to start smooth and finish flawless! See below for the list of our favorites. Surprise, surprise – most of my favs were COVERGIRL ;)

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(By the way – during our rock star makeovers, we both applied COVERGIRL Outlast lipcolor in Midnight Mauve. It stayed on both of us the entire night through many sips of many martinis.)

CVS is offering fantastic deals on these products (including BOGO 50% off on a variety of COVERGIRL and Crest products) so shoppers can get #LOOKSTHATROCK! Visit  to see all the special offers on the P&G beauty brands at CVS. To take the celebration one step further, CVS is also offering printable coupons that can be found here!

In other fun news, P&G is hosting a VMAs #LOOKSTHATROCK red carpet Twitter party tomorrow at 8 p.m. EST. I’ll be tweeting live and I encourage you all to join the party! I LOVE predicting who will look best on the red carpet and my money this year is on Katy Perry. Tune into the VMAs tomorrow and check my social channels tomorrow to see if my beauty forecast was right!


SO excited for all of the festivities tomorrow! I encourage you all to get to CVS and take advantage of the great deals they currently have on P&G beauty brands like Olay, COVERGIRL, Venus and Crest – products that help you get #LOOKSTHATROCK all year long.

Last, but not least – see below for giveaway info and get ready to rock!
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Cezanne Hair Treatment Review


I recently ventured down to the gorgeous Danny Jelaca salon on South Beach to test out the new Cezanne Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment, an amazing new smoothing system that’s 100% free of formaldehyde.


Master stylist Meredith Texeria, the lead smoothing treatment expert in the salon, applied my treatment. She was such a delight I was instantly obsessed with both her serious hair skills and her awesome personality. Sitting in her chair is like having a bestie that just happens to know how to perform magic on your hair.


The Cezanne hair treatment isn’t a quick process, but it’s well worth it. This system makes hair smoother, straighter and frizz-free while restoring natural shine and strengthening the hair. It sounds too good to be true, but I can tell you from experience that the treatment definitely lives up to the product claims! Here’s what I looked like before:


And here’s my after:


I am SO obsessed with my results! I also love that the treatment is so effective minus all of the harmful chemicals. Instead of formaldehyde, the formula uses a proprietary blend of keratin, silk protein, botanical extracts and vitamins that actually leaves hair healthier and more manageable than before the treatment. It feels like I got a new head of hair!

Another perk is that there is no “down time” after treatment. Hair can be washed or colored immediately. (Keep in mind that coloring right before the treatment can alter your color though!) Unlike other smoothing systems, hair can also be curled with a curling iron without harming the condition of the hair. Cezanne can be used on any hair type and texture, whether the hair is colored, damaged, bleached, or highlighted.

I definitely recommend this treatment to anyone who is seeking frizz-free locks! You won’t be sorry, trust me. :)

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“Brush with Fame” Challenge #5: Celeb Style Inspiration from the Kates

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When this Katie needs inspiration, she turns to her dream team of celebrity Kates – Kate Winslet, Kate Bosworth, and Katy Perry.

I like to think of these three as my style spirit animals. Kate Winslet radiates that classic romantic beauty, Kate Bosworth is always on trend with the latest in modern makeup, and Katy Perry goes all out with color and makes a statement every time. These three have three very distinct different styles, but they’re all on top of their game in their respective categories. It’s good to know how to channel each one so you have a well-rounded beauty arsenal! Read on for my formula to copying each of their signature looks.

Kate Winslet Inspiration: Classic

Kate Winslet Inspired

Classic Romantic Look Checklist:

I’ve been in love with Kate Winslet’s face since she first looked up from underneath that fierce hat in Titanic. She radiates timeless beauty. Her romantic look is extremely versatile and can work everywhere from the mall to the red carpet. To me, the star of this look is subtlety. After dusting on the Mineral Pressed Powder to even out your complexion, softly sweep on the Sugar Plum blush to create Kate’s rosey glow. Soft sweeps of a bronze shadow from the Sweet 16 Color Eyeshadow gives the perfect hint of romantic shimmer. Line your lower lashes with Black Jumbo Pencil and smudge for a blended look. Apply the white liner to your waterline to open the eye and create the doe eyed look. Apply mascara and false lashes for to glam it up to the next level. Finish with Creme Brulee lip pencil and you’re good to go! To match Kate Winslet’s head to toe style, sweep your hair into a soft updo style like a loose high bun. Spray with a flexible hold hair spray to keep that romantic look! Pair this with a strapless floor length dress and you have reached classic beauty perfection.

Kate Bosworth Inspired: Trendy

Kate Bosworth Inspired

Modern Trendy Look Checklist:

Kate Bosworth is a serious style icon. She can rock a bold trend without looking tacky. She strikes that delicate balance of statement and glamour without going overboard. To channel her modern trendy look, I contoured my skin using the Cover Up Pro sticks, set it with Mineral Pressed Powder, and dusted on Honey Bun blush for a little color. I applied mascara and false lashes, but did not add any eyeshadow. The star of this look is really the lipstick – which is perfectly on trend. I used Orange Love lipstick to steal her look. Pair this trendy look with a dress in a bold solid color like cobalt blue to really add a high fashion kick!

Katy Perry Inspired: Colorful

Katy Perry Inspired

Colorful Statement Look Checklist:

Katy Perry takes color to a whole new level. Unafraid to make a loud statement, Katy often pairs a bright lip with a colorful eye. She makes her own rules and I love it! Punching up her look to one step beyond traditional trends is what she does best. To do the same, I really focused on the eyes and the lips with this look. To make sure my eyeshadow stayed on flawlessly, I applied Eyeshadow Primer before starting the rest. I then lined my top lid with Jumbo Eye Pencil in Bikini Time and my inner rim with Jumbo Eye Pencil in Pool Party. I decorated my lids with purple and green shades from the Haute 16 Color Eyeshadow Palette. To pack a big punch with my pout, I applied lipstick in Vivid Pink. To continue the colorful statement theme in the rest of your outfit, don’t be afraid to wear something loud. I channeled my inner Katy Perry with a hot pink polka dot dress. Go big or go home! ;)

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“Brush with Fame” Challenge #4: Flawless Summer Skin 101

Summertime and the living’s easy! To me, summer is all about having fun… and effortlessly stunning skin! I love a flawless finish makeup application, but who wants to spend a million years getting ready? Not this girl! With L.A. Colors amazing multitasking face makeup products, you can get serious professional coverage in a matter of minutes!

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I’m OBSESSED with the L.A. Colors Cover Up Pro Concealer Sticks! These sticks are absolute skin savers. Contour, correct, and cover – all with the same product! This product applies smoothly, blends effortless, and provides the perfect amount of coverage without being too heavy.

Start off by concealing any imperfections. Remember our friend the color wheel? I neutralized my red blemishes using the Cover Up Pro Concealer Stick in Mint (green and red are complementary colors that cancel each other out).

I applied Cover Up Pro Concealer Stick in Glow under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, on my upper cheekbones, my smile lines, and in the depression in my chin to highlight. I then swiped Cover Up Pro Concealer Stick in Café under my cheekbones, jawline, and along the sides of my nose and blended in to sculpt my features. Quickest contour ever. To set my sculpted skin, I patted on L.A. Colors Mineral Pressed Powder in Fair. To add even more summer color, I dusted on 3D Blush Contour in My Sweetie to the areas where the sun would hit my face.

When your skin is the star of your look, you can go minimal with the rest of your makeup. Just a swipe of liner (I used Jumbo Eye Pencil in Sand Castles) under the eyes and a touch of gloss on the lips (I used Chunky Lip Pencil in Crème Brulee) and you’re good to go!

[Disclosure: This post is part of a five part series. I was selected to compete in the “Brush with Fame Challenge” by In Touch magazine, Life&Style Magazine, and L.A. Colors Cosmetics! I received these products to participate. Keep an eye out for upcoming challenge posts!]

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“Brush with Fame” Challenge #3: Ombre Lip Tricks and Tips


Happy National Lipstick Day! Today is the perfect opportunity to share tips and tricks for recreating my fav lip trends with L.A. Colors Cosmetics! My favorite trend can actually transform into my favorite trick for creating plump lips! It’s a win-win for everyone.

We’ve all heard of the ombre hair trend, but have you ever tried an ombre lip? It’s a fun (and super simple) way to mix up your lip wardrobe and inject a little high fashion into your look.

L.A. Colors has the most amazing lippies to help you get this look with minimal effort. I’m living for the L.A. Colors Chunky Lip Pencils! They blend so easily and deliver high impact color with a perfect balance of shine.


To get the ombre lip effect, stick with two shades in the same color family. I selected Deep Red and Rose as my color combo. Line the lips with the darkest shade (Deep Red) and blend inward. Then fill in the rest of your lips with the lighter shade (Rose), concentrating on the center of your lips.

If you aren’t into a full out two-toned lip look, you can blend the two shades in more for a more subtle effect. This will create the ultimate optical illusion for plump lips. Muah!

[Disclosure: This post is part of a five part series. I was selected to compete in the “Brush with Fame Challenge” by In Touch magazine, Life&Style Magazine, and L.A. Colors Cosmetics! I received these products to participate. Keep an eye out for upcoming challenge posts!]

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