#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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Cezanne Hair Treatment Review

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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.

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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.

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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:

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And here’s my after:

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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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“Brush with Fame” Challenge #2: Classic Hollywood Makeup Tutorial

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I think a makeup look that every gal should have in her beauty arsenal is the classic old Hollywood inspired look. It is one of those timeless trends that will look good on the red carpet no matter what the season is. When I envision this classic look, it’s all about glowing skin (with properly defined features, of course), a red lip, and the most important element – a strong eye featuring lashes for days! Here are a few examples of celebs who do it right:

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Adele, Gwen Stefani, and Katy Perry all strike the perfect balance for that classic Hollywood face. While the red lips certainly draw attention, I think the real star of this look is the eyes. As you can tell from the photos, each one of these ladies pair eyeshadow in shimmering neutral tones with a serious pair of lashes. Luckily, L.A. Colors Cosmetics has some absolutely amazing eye makeup products that make pulling this look off a total breeze! I am obsessed with the L.A. Colors 16 Color Eyeshadow Palette and the DramatiLash False Lash Kit! The L.A. Colors Jumbo Eye Pencils are perfect for properly defining the eye for this specific look too. See below for the rest of products I used to channel my inner Hollywood goddess:

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Step 1: Start off by applying L.A. Colors Mineral Pressed Powder all over the skin to provide an even canvas for the look. To add definition and really sculpt the face, use the 3D Blush Contour palette in Sugar Plum, sweeping on the contour shade underneath the cheekbones, across the jawline, and down the sides of the nose. Brush on the highlight color to the high planes of the face and dust some blush onto the apples of your cheeks to pull together the look.

Step 2: Create a strong, thick winged liner on your top lid using L.A. Colors Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black. The thickness of the pencil will make it easy to create this effect. Line underneath the bottom lashes, smudging gently so there is subtle definition under the lower lid. For even more oomph, line the inner rim (or waterline) with L.A. Colors Jumbo Eye Pencil in White. This timeless trick will really open the eye, make your peepers appear larger, and brighten your overall look. I also like to add a little white to the inner corner of the eye near the tear duct and blend up to the lower corner of your top lid for added effect.

Step 3: Dust on a champagne shimmer shadow to the entire lid. (I love the second shadow from the top left row in the L.A. Colors 16 Color Eyeshadow Palette in Sweet for this.) Blend a darker bronze color (like the second from the left in the bottom row) to the crease to add drama and create definition. Pop a really light color (like the whitish shimmer in the bottom right hand corner of the palette) onto the brow bone. I also used this same shimmer shade to brush along my cheekbones for extra glam highlighting. This is a timeless color combo that will always be on trend.

Step 4: To really enhance the eyes, apply two coats of L.A. Colors Double Volume Mascara on the upper and lower lashes before applying false eyelashes. The mascara on your natural lashes will create a more blended look when the fake ones are placed on top. For this particular look, I love the first top set from the DramatiLash Little Flirt collection. This kit comes with glue and everything you need to apply the false lashes. Just apply a little glue along the base of the band, wait a few moments for the glue to get tacky, then place gently onto the lash line.

Step 5: Now that the eyes are properly played up, all that’s left to do is pop on the red lipstick (I used L.A. Colors Hydrating Lipstick in Dark Cherry) and you’re good to go! Happy Hollywooding. ;)

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[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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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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