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My Fav Beauty Looks from the MTV Movie Awards (and how to get them!)

Jared Leto MTV Movie Awards

Sorry, it’s kind of a tradition now that I kick off all of my red carpet beauty roundups with a photo of Jared Leto. Couldn’t help it. ;)

Lots of stars shone on the MTV Movie Awards red carpet last night, but my favs were Jessica Alba’s hair and Lupita Nyong’o's face. So. Pretty. As usual, I got the scoop on the products used to get both looks!

Not surprising, Lupita was all done up in Lancôme after recently announcing her status as an ambassadress (sweet gig, right?) for the brand.


Celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose gave the recently appointed ambassadress “sparkly, disco-inspired eyes” for the red carpet. Barose wanted to complement Nyong’o’s colorful dress with a silver metallic eye. Here are the products he used:




Now, let’s get to Jessica Alba’s hair! Here’s how it looked last night:

2014 MTV Movie Awards - Arrivals

Celebrity hairstylist Davey Newkirk gave Jessica some glossy, simple loose waves for the 2014 MTV Movie awards. Very playful and total modern Hollywood glam.

Here are the steps he used to create the look:

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Take the Beauty Bumps Challenge


You guys might remember me gushing over Beauty Bumps GROW back in my long hair days. I stopped taking them when I was in “I’m chopping off my hair to be stylish mode,” but now my hair is growing out and I’m ready to go long again.

I know lobs (long bobs) are in, but I’m looking to fast forward past the stage where it’s sitting on my shoulders and flipping out in weird ways. Grass is always greener, right? ;)

Needless to say, I’m back on the bumps!

Beauty Bumps have taken the beauty supplement concept to the next level, promoting overall health by including ingredients like immune-boosting Zinc and stress-fighting Ashwaganda. In addition to boasting an impressive blend of vitamins, the chewable supplements are also mint flavored and dusted with 23K edible gold for an added element of luxury. What’s not to love? It’s edgier and more fun than your basic hair pill – and effective too!

But don’t just take my word for it – everyone from other beauty bloggers like the amazing Shannon Ray (winner of the first Allure Beauty Blogger Awards) to celebs like Real Housewife Jennifer Gimenez are doing bumps.


Here’s a breakdown of the key ingredients and their benefits:

Tocomin – A breakthrough ingredient that has a US Patent for hair growth.

Biotin – Makes your hair grow faster.

Silica – Helps strengthen hair, makes it less likely for hair to become brittle or develop split ends, prevents hair loss and creates shinier strands.

Resveratrol – A powerful anti-oxidant that supports anti-aging and improves circulation.

Ashwaganda – Combats stress, anxiety and exhaustion caused by physical and mental strain.

23K Gold – Because you’re worth it!

I already know that they work, but I’m excited to see the effects of taking them long term. It truly is a great supplement, so I’m looking forward to feeling healthier in addition to having fierce hair. I’ll be checking in periodically with you all to share my progress.

So, who else wants to take the Beauty Bumps challenge?! Visit to order a bag and get your bump on with me!

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Coachella Beauty Musts from Celebrity Makeup Artist Charlotte Tilbury


Festival season is upon us! If you are headed out to Coachella this weekend, take these tips from the amazing Charlotte Tilbury. Charlotte is an international makeup artist who has spent decades spent creating unsurpassed beauty looks on famous faces like Kate Moss, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna. I am totally with her on all of these recommendations and I’m thrilled that she shared them with me so I can share them with you guys!

The desert setting means dewy, creamy textures work well, rather than powder-based products which can slip off in the heat. These tips from Charlotte will keep you looking gorgeous from Coachella to Governor’s Ball and everywhere in between (like SunFest for the girls in my neck of the woods!). Read on and prepare to get glammed up festival style:

  • Coachella is all about fringed crop-tops, and leg-baring denim cut-offs; so make like Gisele and use a moisturizing, gleam-getting, gorgeous illuminator cream to highlight your arms, legs, and décolletage. For the face, mix a high SPF with a light-reflecting illuminator like Tom Ford’s Summer Skin Illuminator for glowing protection. Build up the sheen on temples, cheeks and nose to mimic where the sun would light up the face.
  • Create a seductive smoky eye in seconds with a crème eye shadow pen – you can keep it in your shoulder bag. Sweep over the eyelids, smudging outwards and upwards with your finger to create a winged look. For added summer sexiness, smudge underneath the lower lash line too.
  • Add a pop of color to bronzed, freckled skin by using a striking stain on the lips – experiment with eye-catching coral, berry and plum tones of Becca’s Beach Tint. Cheat a smattering of freckles by painting them in using a soft, taupe eyeliner.
  • Lipstick is your best friend. Vamp up your ethereal maxi-dress with a crimson pout and blend a little color onto the apples of the cheeks for an effortlessly pretty, dewy glow.
  • Keep a little stash of pointed Q-tips, some face-wipes (festival is the only acceptable occasion to use these!) and a mini pot of moisturizer in your emergency kit. A Q-tip can help fix a poised feline flick on even the wildest of dance floors.

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Save the Date: Twitter Party with FabFitFun and Always on Thursday


FabFitFun and I are hosting a fab Twitter party with leading feminine care brand Always on Thursday, April 10 at 8 p.m. EDT / 5 p.m. PDT! We’ll dish the best ways to feel fresh, and to refresh, your frantic routine of business meetings, weekend getaways, workouts… and date nights!

Plus, 5 lucky winners will receive must-have purses for spring – filled with beauty essentials including the new Always Sheer Liners – valued at $125! Who doesn’t love a giveaway?

The Twittery fun will last for about an hour. During the party, don’t forget to use the official hashtag – #AlwaysFresh! Before the big day, make sure to follow me, FabFitFun, and Always on Twitter… and get ready to revamp, renew, and refresh for spring!

I’m really looking forward to sharing my tips and hanging out with my girls around the Twittersphere! We’re going to have a blast. Go mark (or type?) it in your calendars now and don’t forget to head over to FabFitFun to RSVP to the party and enter for your chance to win great prizes.

Also, be sure to check out the awesome new Always Spring Refresh series on FabFitFun! There you will find fresh hints… including some from yours truly.

Tweet to you soon! xoxo

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My LuckyFABB Beauty Essentials


Have I mentioned recently how excited I am to attend LuckyFABB this week?! If you somehow missed the memo on what FABB is, it’s an incredible conference for fashion and beauty bloggers featuring amazing panelists and speakers in the industry including major style icons like Nicole Richie, January Jones, Coco Rocha, and more. Lucky Magazine is sending me along with my fellow New Voices of Beauty out to Los Angeles to attend and also represent our favorite COVERGIRL, Olay Fresh Effects, Pantene and Secret products!

I am planning to attend all of the FABB events, so I have a ton of outfits and beauty essentials to pack. Of course, I keep changing my mind about my FABB wardrobe so I’ve been switching out pieces from my suitcase all day. I’ll be honest, fashion wise, my suitcase is leaning floral. Which always reminds me of this:

florals for spring

But if it’s not broke, don’t fix it right? While the jury is still out as far as my exact FABB outfits, one thing is for sure – I have all of the beauty essentials I need!

When I’m traveling with such a jam packed schedule I really need all the time-saving help I can get. The Pantene Pro-V Root Reboot Dry Shampoo is going to be a serious lifesaver on this trip! It will cut down my regular shampoo and conditioner routine immensely. Pantene found a solution to the common concern of dull and dirty hair through a new oil absorber technology featuring tapioca. Pantene’s formula eliminates the need for emollient ingredients, which can interfere with a dry shampoo’s ability to clean, resulting in clean looking and feeling hair… in just a few seconds!

I’m also packing my favorites from COVERGIRL. The COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara I’m always gushing about is a given, but I’m also really excited about two new COVERGIRL finds that are perfect for this season and for traveling! The COVERGIRL LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Frosted Cherry Twist is pretty much the perfect lippie for an effortless one-step spring lip. No need for a liner, stick, and gloss when this one does the trick of all three! I’m also obsessing over the COVERGIRL truMAGIC Collection. I’m definitely packing the truMAGIC Luminizer because it works as a highlighter as well as an eye shadow. Love love love.

I’m bringing along my Olay Fresh Effects faves too. I have to put my best face forward even with the jet lag, so I’m depending on Olay Fresh Effects {Bright on Schedule} Eye Awakening Cream to help create the illusion of well rested eyes. The tri-rollerball applicator cools and massages skin to quickly reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles while the formula, with cucumber, hydrates under-eye skin for an instant pick-me-up. I’m also taking the Olay Fresh Effects {Dew Over!} Hydrating Gel Moisturizer to ensure my skin has that dewy springtime glow. And I can’t forget the amazing Olay Fresh Effects {Everything Off!} Deluxe Make-Up Removal Wet Cloths. These babies will be a lifesaver when I’m switching my makeup from event to event throughout the trip! They’ll also come in handy if I have any late nights… which, let’s great real, is probably going to happen.

Last, but certainly not least, I’m packing deodorant from the Secret Destinations Collection. I’m bringing the Hawaii Citrus Breeze scent with me. It’s a blend of mango, grapefruit and red berries and it smells amazing. Perfect to keep me feeling fresh on my California adventure!

Stay tuned for more about my FABB adventures and don’t forget to follow Lucky’s Nine LuckyFABB Bloggers You Should Start Reading Now. I have a feeling all of our posts are going to get pretty FABBulous in the next few days in preparation for the big event!

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Procter & Gamble and Lucky Magazine, but all opinions and ideas are my own.]

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Product Launch: Stardust by Image

I have known about this for a while because of my involvement with their new Truth in Numbers campaign, but I’ve had to keep it quiet… until now! The innovation experts at IMAGE have created an exclusive anti-gravity technology harvested directly from our moon’s surface. Check out the stunning new promo for Stardust by IMAGE Skincare:


Love love love. Space beauty is where it’s at – you heard it here first! ;)

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IMAGE Skincare Worldwide Launch Party and New Campaign News


What an exciting month this has been! If you follow me on my social media sites I’m sure you’ve seen me bouncing around from event to event over the past few weeks. One of the most exciting shindigs I had the pleasure of attending was the Image Skincare Worldwide Launch Party earlier this month.

The concept of this party was brilliant to me because it was literally held worldwide. Image Skincare representatives in regions all over the globe held individual parties at the same time – all with the same theme, décor, products, and presentation. Participating cities included New York, Dubai, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Berlin, London, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Miami, Milan, Sydney, and many others. In total, more than 85 parties were held with more than 15,000 attendees.

I attended the Palm Beach party and was so thrilled to be among the skincare professionals who had the opportunity to experience revolutionary new Image products before their release. The party was a truly interactive event with product testing stations set up at every turn. My favorite of the products I discovered at the launch party were the products in the Illuma line.

This line contains cell extracts, lightening peptides, and phyto lightening agents for truly illuminated skin. I’ve been using mine for only about a week and I’m already addicted. It will be available in for purchase in May and you better believe I will remind you closer to the launch date.

Here are some other sights from the party (photos by Jason Nuttle):








Here I am with the inspirational (and gorgeous) CEO and Founder Janna Ronert and my friend and major Image fan Brittany (who you may remember as my model in my Allure makeover challenge!).

I had a blast learning about the products and I was also excited to be there because… drumroll please… I am part of their new campaign!

  truth in numbers MOBILE web banner

Before I proceed, let me assure you that this is not just some product line that was sent to me for review a minute ago. I have used Image Skincare for a decade now, long before I even knew what a blog was. I have been a longtime fan and it just serendipitously happened that they wanted to partner with me in this capacity. Serendipity is my favorite!

I am passionate about these products because I know they work. As cheesy as this sounds, I’m proud of the skin I’m in because of Image and I couldn’t be more thrilled to promote the Truth in Numbers Campaign! This went live on the site during the launch party:

Seriously, Vital C is where it’s at. (But if you don’t want to take my word for it, you can also ask Miss USA and basically any of the Victoria’s Secret models.)

Here is another shot from the new campaign!

Katie Small Version edit 2

So exciting. Check out for more information and stay tuned for more from me about Image news and products soon!

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