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Breakups to Makeup Partners with Sephora on Exclusive Collection

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I first encountered Breakups to Makeup in 2013 at The Makeup Show Orlando and fell in love with their quirky collection of accessories.

Turns out, I’m not alone! The makeup mecca that is Sephora also caught wind of Breakups to Makeup’s awesomeness. This resulted in an epic partnership, which officially kicks off April 10th with an exclusive in-store accessories launch. This expansion allows Breakups to Makeup’s clutches to be more easily accessible for fans around the nation to add to their makeup collection. Hooray!

Starting tomorrow, you will find two of Breakups to Makeup’s signature makeup clutches in the phrases “Losing You Hurt, but Losing My Makeup Bag Would Be a Tragedy” and “I Would Cry, But My Mascara is Designer” as well as a Sephora Collection exclusive clutch with the phrase, “Life is Short, Wear More Makeup.” Here’s a peek at the collection:

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Retailing at $24, these durable canvas bags can store anything from your lipstick to your smart phone.  They are perfect for travel and the cutest statement piece, too. Scoop one up tomorrow!

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A Behind the Scenes Look at Nicole Kidman’s Perfect Blowout

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Nicole Kidman is one half of the best hair couple in Hollywood.

She stole the red carpet at the 2015 Oscars last night with her gorgeous freshly chopped hair, swapping her long strawberry blonde locks for a more modern shoulder length bob.

Want to know the secret behind Nicole Kidman’s perfect blowout at the Oscars? I got the details on how Wella Professionals Celebrity Stylist, Italo Gregorio, created the perfect amount of movement and definition in her newly cropped locks.

Read on to find out how you can copy her look:

1. Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair using Wella Professionals Elements Renewing Shampoo and Daily Renewing Conditioner which helps hydrate, nourish and strengthen hair.

2. Add 1-2 pumps of Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier Style Primer to damp hair and distribute evenly throughout the head.

3. Next, apply Wella Professionals Natural Volume Mousse to the entire head to create volume and body throughout the hair.

4. Apply 1-2 drops of Wella Professionals LuxeOil Reconstructive Elixir to the entire head to add shine throughout the hair.

5. Blow-dry the entire head section by section using a medium round brush.

6. Prep hair for heat styling with Wella Professionals Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray. Shake well and spray at arm’s length onto dry hair, distributing evenly throughout the head and flatiron section by section.

8. Distribute a dab of Wella Professionals Smooth Brilliance Shine Pomade onto your hands, gently working into the ends of the hair to smooth the tips and tame frizz.

8. Finish the look by misting Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray all over the hair.

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Get Margot Robbie’s Oscar Lipstick Look with Hourglass’ Raven

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Let’s talk about what Margot Robbie just did for Hourglass’ Raven. Margot singlehandedly made every chick watching the Oscars want to wear that lip color. (Don’t lie, you wanted to.)

This is some Taylor Swift / NARS Dragon Girl level power here.

Margot STUNNED on the Oscars red carpet last night wearing this lippie (full name: Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven) paired with the Hourglass Long Wear Lip Pencil in the same shade. The velvety orange-red lit her face up in the best way (not that her face needed it) and demanded attention in a sea of not-so-bold lips last night. Obsessed. Makeup artist Tyron Macchausen knows how to select some shades.

I have SO much lipstick. Like an embarrassing amount of lipstick. And I’m constantly getting more sent to me for editorial consideration (not complaining –  just stating the facts!). So, I have to really love a lipstick in order to justify buying some because I don’t really need any. Well… I totally just bought this one. I need it, ok?

If you want some too, you’d better hurry. It’s currently sold out on Sephora.com, but still available on Amazon. ;)

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Get the Look: Sienna Miller’s Flawless Makeup at the Oscars

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American Sniper star Sienna Miller stunned on the red carpet last night with a 1960s Audrey Hepburn-inspired makeup look created by the fabulous Charlotte Tilbury.

Together, Sienna Miller worked collaboratively with her long-time friend that she has proclaimed as being the “queen of the cat eye” to kick her glamorous look, driven by her Oscar de la Renta gown, into high gear.

I love love love Charlotte’s products, so I just had to know what she used to give Sienna that glow.

Want to know how to get the same look? I got the scoop:

  1. Charlotte Tilbury applied her Goddess Skin Clay Mask, a product that Charlotte says “is the key to shrinking pores and tightening the skin, leaving you with a perfectly dewy, plumped and revived red carpet glow.”
  2. Charlotte’s Magic Cream – Charlotte’s “secret to red carpet skin”- and Wonderglow were applied to hydrate the skin and create a soft-focus which is “amazing for HDTV.”
  3. Charlotte then applied Light Wonder Foundation in 6 Medium and 7 Medium, then the Retoucher Concealer in 2 Fair under the eyes and 3 Medium for the rest of Sienna’s face.
  4. Next, Airbrush Powder Flawless Finish Powder in 1 Fair and 2 Medium was applied only to the T-Zone to control shine while keeping from taking away from the dewiness on the rest of the skin.
  5. To enhance Sienna’s eyebrows, Charlotte used Brow Lift in Grace K and Cara D.
  6. Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eye Pencil in Bedroom Black and The Feline Flick Quick Fine Line Shodo Pen were used over the lash line to dramatically define the eyes.
  7. Using her Eye Smudger Brush and The Eyeshadow Luxury Palette in The Sophisticate, and Full Fat Lashes, Charlotte accentuated Sienna’s “winged” eyes, focusing on the crease and lash line areas.
  8. To enhance the cheekbones, Charlotte applied Filmstar Bronze & Glow with the Powder & Sculpt Brush, following the hollows of the cheeks and along the jaw line with the bronzer and applying the highlighter shade to the top of the cheekbones.
  9. To further accentuate Sienna’s features, Beach Sticks in Moonbeach and Ibiza were used to illuminate and sculpt.
  10. To prep the lips, Charlotte used Lip Love Lip Scrub and Lip Magic. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk was applied to mimic the pigment of Sienna’s lips and filled in with K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect.
  11. For an all over glow, Charlotte applied Supermodel Body all over Sienna’s limbs.

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Backstage Beauty: Christian Siriano at New York Fashion Week

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I have been a fan of Christian Siriano since he sashayed his way into my heart during the fourth season of Project Runway.

His A/W ‘15 collection was, in a word, fierce.

He presented the new collection on Saturday at ArtBeam. Christian was inspired by the creatures from the Congo Jungle in the Central African Republic. Pieces included sleek burnout wool textured dresses, bold animal printed jacquard coats and liquid panther-like velvet evening outfits. The collection feels luxe and sophisticated but still playful through the ease and fluidity of the silhouettes; elegant, powerful, bold but still romantic for the Christian Siriano woman this season.

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I really loved the edgy feel of the beauty look as well. MAC makeup artist Polly Osmond created a 70s inspired makeup design featuring a striking burgundy and yellow eye paired with bare lips and dewy skin.

Leaving no detail unturned, Jamberry Nails collaborated with Christian on a custom hunter green to black ombre nail design evocative of his Congo jungle-inspired collection.

One of the most interesting aspects of the look was the intricate wet-look hair design, executed by Sebastian Professional lead stylist Anthony Cole. If you’re feeling adventurous, I got the scoop on how to get the hair look at home! Here are the steps he took to achieve this look and the products you need:

  • Mix 2 parts Sebastian Professional Mousse Forte with 1 part Sebastian Professional Gel Forte.
  • Taking 2 inch sections temple to temple from the nape of your neck up, apply the mix to your roots.
  • With a flat brush, blow dry the hair back. When reaching the front slightly direct the hair to either side making sure it is still brushed back.
  • Spray Sebastian Professional Shine Shaker on hair to create a wet look.
  • Take random pieces of hair from the side of the face and apply Sebastian Professional Gel Forte and Sebastian Professional Microweb Fiber to help create waves.
  • Apply Sebastian Professional Liquid Steel to keep the waves together and in place.
  • Finish with Sebastian Professional Shaper Fierce.

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Kim and Khloe Kardashian Celebrate Kardashian Beauty Launch in NYC

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Whoa. So much has happened this week!

On Tuesday night, I was among an exclusive group of beauty editors, industry influencers, bloggers, and other personalities who gathered to celebrate the launch of the Kardashian sisters’ new Kardashian Beauty haircare collection.

Confession: I was silently fangirling over my many of my fellow attendees just as much as I was over Kiki and Koko. Major beauty royalty at this event.

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Speaking of royalty, the regal princesses of reality tv were everything I thought they would be. Also, Kim can seriously pull off that lob and Khloe must do at least 14,000 squats a day. (Anyone who has Kim Kardashian ass envy has probably never seen Khloe in person. Bible.)

The best part of the event though? I actually really love these new products.

I am the first to admit that I’m always extremely skeptical of the quality of celeb products, but rest assured, the Kardashians hooked up with the right people to formulate these goodies. The famous sisters partnered with Farouk Systems (best known for CHI and BioSilk) to create the new collection. The elegant branding of the line is paired with packaging that has a prestige feel.

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The hero ingredient of the collection is Black Seed Oil, a nutrient rich treatment and styling aid that rejuvenates and nourishes hair so it appears strong, thick, and shiny. I styled my hair with literally every product today and am happy to report that my favorite products of the bunch are the Take 2 Dry Shampoo, Black Seed Dry Oil, and the Smooth Styler Blow Dry Cream.

I cocktailed the blow dry cream and the oil together and ran it through damp ends before heat styling. I also applied a little extra dry oil to my ends after drying. (Technically you aren’t supposed to do that with thick oils like this, but I’ve never really been a fan of rules. It’ll help tame your split ends if they’re really stubborn.)

The dry shampoo is not as heavy as most others on the market. It absorbs oil effectively and provides a light refresh, adding just enough oomph without all the buildup. It also leaves a lingering fresh scent in the hair that I can still smell as I type this.

All in all,  I think Keeks and Kooks launched a fabulous bunch of products on Tuesday. Order online or check them out in person at your local Ulta!

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P&G Giveaway Featuring New Products from CoverGirl, Olay, and Vidal Sassoon

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If you follow me on social media, you got a sneak peek at the amazing P&G Beauty Digital Studio event I attended last week. It was an awesome interactive experience featuring some of the leading beauty brands in the industry… and it was also a mini reunion with some of my absolute favorite bloggers and beauty editors.

At the event, I got an exclusive look at the 2015 launches from Aussie, CoverGirl, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Olay, Pantene, Secret, and Vidal Sassoon. I was going to pack this post full of my favorites, but there were literally so many that I’ve decided to break them into separate posts! So, keep an eye out for that. (To give you a teaser – I’m living for basically everything new from CoverGirl, especially the Lip Lava. Katy Perry wore it at the SuperBowl. Get some.)

In the meantime, my friends at P&G Beauty are offering a giveaway! If you would like to win a killer Beauty Box featuring some of the amazing new products featured at the Digital Studio event, entry is super easy. On Instagram, follow me, comment on a post from the event using #BeautyScoop. I’ll randomly select a winner based on those comments. You have until Thursday, so get on it!

You can also score an exclusive 20% discount and free shipping (on orders of $25) for select products featured at the event! All you have to do is use code BEAUTYSCOOP20 when shopping online at the P&G Shop. You’re welcome!

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7 Beauty Apps You Need to Download

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I think the marriage of beauty and digital media is a wonderful thing. There are countless mobile apps on the market now that will do everything from let you try on celebrity hairstyles to connect you directly with a celebrity hairstylist. I’ve mentioned various apps on the blog before, but now I have curated a list of my current faves in one handy post. These tried and true beauty apps are definite keepers that I think you will love as much as I do. Behold, the seven beauty apps you need to download right now… (Seriously, start loading the App Store!)

GlamSquad

GlamSquad is like Uber for your beauty routine. Simply download the app, select the beautification service, and they will come to you (on location!) and pretty you up. GlamSquad offers a variety of predetermined hair and makeup looks (like “The Bombshell” and “The Siren”) to make your selection a snap. This service is super convenient and will save you time and money in traveling to your salon! Treat yourself like the star you are and have your beautification team come to you.

YouCam Makeup

Look a little washed out in your photo? Just add a little post-production blush with YouCam Makeup. (I suggest you use this one post-selfie-shoot, but pre-filtering.) It’s an app that uses facial recognition technology to digitally add makeup to your photos. It can look beautiful and natural when done correctly. It does look a little cheeseball if you go overboard, so please YouCam in moderation. Thankfully, each feature can be adjusted and does not have to be rendered at full intensity.

Beautified

Beautified, co-founded by DJ/model/fitness guru/professional cool person Hannah Bronfman, allows you to effortlessly book same day salon/spa services and fitness classes with the touch of a button. It features a well-curated list of providers, all displayed in a very user-friendly way with easily accessible info and pricing.

Sephora to Go

Sephora to Go is amazing. In addition to the traditional Sephora shopping we all know and love, the app features inspiration including shoppable looks! Look at a photo of one of your glammed up favorite influencers, and click to purchase the products she put on her face. It’s super easy and fun if shopping is your mission.

Glam Style

This amazing lifestyle app features a new edition every month, always packed with fun, relevant content. (You might remember when I participated in the Glam Beauty 100 with my #GlamFam and mentioned the app back then.) This month’s Valentine’s focused edition is definitely worth checking out!

L’Oreal Makeup Genius

THIS. This app is awesome. L’Oreal’s Makeup Genius scans your face in seconds then allows you to try on any shade (in real time!) and shop direct from your phone. The makeup library also features complete looks created by L’Oreal artists that you can try. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen the video of what it looks like in action. It’s brilliant.

Martinis and Mascara

Shameless self promotion alert! It felt wrong to not include the Martinis and Mascara app in my roundup of favorite apps. Chances are, if you’re reading this post right now, you’ll like it. ;)

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Brighten Your Smile with Crest HD

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Did you know that one in five people say they avoid having their picture taken because they are self-conscious about their teeth?  That is so unnecessary. I think a bold, confident smile is the best accessory… and so easily attainable with the right toothcare products!

Crest just unveiled its newest product called Crest HD – a two-step system that offers breakthrough benefits in cleaning and whitening and gives you a 6x healthier mouth and 6x whiter teeth in just 1 week!

Crest HD, available at CVS, not only whitens, but also tackles gum disease head-on. It’s a first-ever, two-step product that utilizes a paste to strip away plaque as well as a perfecting gel that polishes and whitens teeth.

I’ve been using it myself and my mouth feels cleaner, healthier, and more radiant! I’ve noticed a serious improvement in the whiteness of my teeth and I’ve only been using it for a little over a week now.

If you go to CVS to get your own, make sure you do it before the end of February! They are running a special promotion where you’ll receive $2 in extraCare bucks with the purchase of Crest HD.

If you’d rather win the product instead, you’re in luck! I just so happen to be giving away a prize pack of goodies.

Here’s what you could win:

  • Crest HD
  • Oral-B 3D Ultra Soft Toothbrush
  • $50 CVS gift card
Sweet deal, right? Enter below via the Rafflecopter widget and get ready to smile a little brighter!

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Become a FabFitFun VIP and Score a Free Fruit Infuser Water Bottle

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Who wouldn’t love a free fruit infuser? My friends at FabFitFun are giving one away completely free when you sign up for the FabFitFun VIP program (which is a pretty sweet deal in itself). If you missed my previous ramblings on sweet perks of the #FFFVIP, I will give you the rundown.

Every 3 months, FabFitFun VIP members look forward to their new seasonal gift box filled with the new most fab items, hand-picked by the FabFitFun Team which includes Giuliana Rancic and some of the best gosh-darn people in the industry. (As a contributor to the publication, I know this first hand and trust their judgement completely!)

Each box costs only $49.99 and contains over $300 worth of goodies - fashion finds, glam beauty secrets, and fab fitness gear guaranteed to make you feel like a VIP all year long. Ready to sign up? Click here and use code FRUITWATER to score your free fruit infuser bottle (a $20 value)!

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