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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.”

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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!

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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.

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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!)

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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 www.cvs.com/VMA  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!

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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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Glam Beauty Board: Summer Favorites

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I am so thrilled to participate in the Glam Beauty Board program! Beauty Board is an exclusive, invitation-only panel made up of Glam.com’s favorite beauty bloggers. I’m so flattered to be one of them! As a participant, I receive quarterly selections of the hottest new products that were selected by the Glam Editorial Team. I just got my first batch of products that are absolute life savers for summer. I am in love! See below for a roundup of my favorites from this carefully curated array of products:

 

Estee Lauder Pure Color Cheek Rush

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I love love love this Cheek Rush. It is a cellophane sheer blush in a refreshing gel formula. It is absolutely perfect for a summertime blush because it’s light, blends into the skin perfectly, and will not melt off in the summer sun. The shades are beautiful and very on-trend, too!

 

Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor

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With 5 blades and 8 times more glide boosters for a closer shave and less irritation, the Venus Embrace Sensitive is designed especially for sensitive skin. I have extremely sensitive skin myself and am always on the hunt for the perfect razor. This is one of the best!

 

Coast To Coast Ultra Soothing Aqua Mist Wild Rosella & Geranium

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Refresh and hydrate dry or sensitive skin with this soothing mist containing Tasmanian Sea Kelp, Wild Rosella and Organic Lavender Water. This combination of skin loving ingredients will calm and soothe inflamed or irritated skin. It’s a perfect to mist on after sun exposure, too!

 

Bite Beauty BB for Lips

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This lip enhancing, five-in-one balm is fabulous. It’s a summer essential that provides the look and feel of just-kissed, healthy, and hydrated lips. The color-rich balm repairs, primes, and protects with SPF 15.

 

Verb Sea Salt Spray

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I am such a sucker for sea salt spray! This is a good one. Verb Sea Spray takes landlocked hair to the beach for loose, languid curls. It creates instant texture that can work for the classic beach look or even work to build a foundation for a messy updo. Formulated with natural sea salt and smoothing moisturizers, this light mist infuses all hair types with oceanic waves for a breezy texture boost.

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MAC Launching Simpsons Collection at Comic Con in San Diego This Weekend

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Move over Rihanna, Marge Simpson is MAC Cosmetics’ newest beauty muse. As if I wasn’t already suffering from a serious case of Comic Con FOMO (fear of missing out, that is), this collection will debut exclusively at the event on Saturday at a MAC popup shop.

The ten piece collection will feature eye shadows, lip glasses, nail stickers, blushes and false lashes. Here’s a sneak peek at the Simpsons inspired goodies:

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MAC x Marge Simpson will be available to the rest of the world online August 28th and in stores on September 4th.

If any of you are going to Comic Con, please check out these products for me and also tell Alexander Skarsgard I say hello. Unrelated, but equally important. Please and thank you.

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New Beauty and Fashion Television Show Seeking Cast Members in NYC

Want to be on TV? A new make-under show is looking for women between the ages of 18-45 with really extreme or outrageous looks. I can’t disclose yet what network the show will air on, but trust me, it’s a good one.

If your style is punk, biker, vamp, goth, 80′s, rockabilly, pin-up girl, super glamorous sex bomb, etc., the casting department is looking for you! Participants will get to spend the day getting pampered and at the end of the day, reveal a more natural version of themselves.

The show will shoot this fall. Participants must be based in the New York/Tri-state area. Email Colette at hardcasting007@gmail.com with three recent pictures of yourself and your distinct style. Spread the word! :)

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Birchbox Opens Flagship Store in NYC

Birchbox Celebrates The Opening Of The Birchbox Flagship Store In NYC

You guys. Birchbox has a store now.

If you somehow missed the memo (or all of my other Birchbox gushfest posts), Birchbox was one of the first companies to revolutionize the industry and redefine the retail process by offering a personalized way to discover products.

The innovative subscription service has branched out into a traditional brick-and-mortar shop and I am all for it! The founders of Birchbox along with a slew of other famous faces celebrated the grand opening of the Flagship Birchbox store, located at 433 West Broadway in my favorite city, on Thursday. Co-Founders Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp were joined by stars like Jamie Chung, Abigail Breslin, Jessica Szohr, and Hannah Bronfman at the event.

The SoHo area store offers shoppers 150-250 different beauty brands including some of my favs like Smashbox, Supergoop!, and Cynthia Rowley.

I will be making a trip to check it out asap. If you go, let me know what you think! :)

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The Big Reveal: New Beauty Retailer

I posted last week about a hot new fashion forward retailer on the market that is taking the beauty industry by storm! This particular retailer is delivering some serious premium brands that will demand attention in the beauty space. Ready for the big reveal?

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It’s actually the Clark+Kensington paint + primer in one line by Ace Hardware. Whaaat! The brand new Paint Studio at Ace features an awesome collection of fashion and beauty forward colors, within a boutique-style setting, that will help you incorporate high fashion design into your home décor.
Like I mentioned earlier, one of my absolute favorite tints from this inspired collection is called Bougainvillea. It’s a rich bold fuchsia – one of the main undertones in this year’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid – so it’s perfectly on-trend! I found this awesome ornate mirror that I absolutely adore. It was a little plain in the color department, so I DIY-ed it up up with my new beautiful Bougainvillea paint.  
 
 
This is an amazing way to incorporate a bold color like this if you aren’t ready to commit to painting your entire room with this bright tint! It’s just like using a bold pop of color like a statement handbag in your outfit. Not into bright pink like I am? The line features a ton of other colors that are definitely worth checking out as well.
 
This is the perfect time for a room revamp because Ace is offering a Star Spangled Instant Savings Event. The Star Spangled Sale takes place from July 2nd to the 7th and offers instant savings of $5 off Clark+Kensington paint and $5 off Valspar paint as well. Take advantage of this great offer by heading to your neighborhood Ace and get ready to enjoy your new fashion forward space!
[Disclosure: The post was sponsored by Ace, but all opinions are my own.]

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