“Brush with Fame” Challenge #1: Zooey Deschanel Nails It in Hollywood


I think Zoey Deschanel owns the Hollywood nail art space, hands down. (No pun intended!)

She always sports the cutest fingertips on the red carpet! One of my absolute favorite nail art looks from Zooey was this adorable set of tuxedo nails she wore to the Golden Globes. She shared this pic on her Instagram and created an instant trend:


So cute, fun, trendy – and easy too! The amazing nail art products from L.A. Colors make recreating this look a total breeze.

I used L.A. Colors Art Deco Nail Art lacquer to do my own tuxedo nails inspired by Zooey. Here’s the breakdown of the steps for the easiest nail art ever:

Step 1: Start with a coat of L.A. Colors Triple Play, a super versatile basecoat that also works as a topcoat and nail hardener!


Step 2: Apply two full coats of Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer in White to the entire nail. Before you start, make sure to roll the polish in your hands instead of shaking up and down! This will help you avoid bubbles and keep your polish in top shape for a seamless application. Let dry completely in between coats. You could also mix up this look and make it your own by painting on an accent nail (like your ring finger) in a bright color.


Step 3: Swipe a horizontal stripe of Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer in Black over the top tip of the nail.


Step 4: Use an orangewood stick (a toothpick works, too!) to create a bow tie and three buttons on each fingernail. Just dip the stick into the black nail polish and dot on. It’s easiest to think of the bow tie like two little triangles (three dots each) that point in toward each other.

Step 5: Finish with another coat of Triple Play to seal your nail art. Ta-da!


So fun, right?! #NailedIt.

[Disclosure: This post is the first in 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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What’s Your Beauty Story? Enter the #ShareBeautyContest and Win

I always find it fascinating to ask people in the beauty industry how they got involved. Stylists, makeup artists, nail artists – anyone with an eye for beautification – all have a story of what lead them to their field. I’ll tell you mine.

For those of you who don’t already know, I fell in love with makeup while working as a performer at Walt Disney World. I was trained by the makeup artists on staff there to do my own character makeup. I ended up loving it more behind the scenes than I did on stage!


That inspired me to enroll in professional makeup school.

For me, it started out as a fun, creative outlet that I thought I could turn into a business. It wasn’t until I met a very special woman at school that I really understood the therapeutic and true transformative power of this industry.

The woman had lost all of her hair – including eyebrows and eyelashes – due to her chemotherapy treatments. She walked in scared, alone, and timid. She was so visibly self-conscious about her look that it just broke my heart. We gave her a full makeover – complete with wig, lace eyebrows, false lashes, and a full glamour makeup application.

The joy in her eyes when she looked in the mirror is something I’ll never forget.

It was then that I realized that this can be so much more than playing with pretty eyeshadow colors. So many people make the argument that makeup is frivolous, just superficial and unnecessary. I disagree. Anything that gives you the power to feel beautiful and the confidence to face the world is ok in my book. And that is why I truly love this industry.

So, that’s my story. Now, Regency Beauty Institute, Refinery 29, and I want you to share yours!

Regency and Refinery have teamed up for the #ShareBeautyContest which runs through Aug. 13th. One lucky winner will be chosen following the end of the contest. Each person who enters will have the opportunity to win a customized VIP beauty treatment worth $2,000.


Entering the contest is easy! Try one trend (or all of them). Trends will be posted each week at the contest landing page. Take a photo of the beauty trend, share it on Instagram, and use the #ShareBeautyContest hashtag. Done and done! Now go out and make the world a more beautiful place. :)

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Regency Beauty Institute, but all opinions are my own.]

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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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Simple Skincare Review and Giveaway

I recently started using three new products from Simple Skincare that I absolutely fell in love with. Simple provides quality products that contain no harsh chemicals, artificial perfumes or dyes that will upset your skin. I can certainly vouch for this because I have sensitive skin and these products did not irritate it at all. Read on for the details on each product and enter to win your own Simple products at the bottom of this post. The Simple Prize Pack also includes a gift card to Walmart so you can select another Simple product of your choosing!

Exfoliating Facial Wipes


These wipes are wonderful. Not only do they effectively remove makeup, they actually exfoliate your face! The textured cloths gently lift dead skin cells to leave your skin revived and revitalized. Love!

Revitalizing Eye Roll-On


The Revitalizing Eye Roll-On helps reduce puffiness and wakes up and revitalize tired eyes by instantly cooling and gently massaging the delicate eye area. Just roll on under the eye area and pat any excess into your skin with the pad of your finger. It’s like an instant eye lift.

Eye Makeup Remover


This eye makeup remover can get rid of even the most stubborn waterproof mascara. It is gentle, but gets the job done.

And now… the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Giveaway time! Don’t wait too long to enter for your chance to win – the giveaway ends on Wednesday, July 23. See  the giveaway widget below to enter! Good luck and get ready to enjoy the skin you’re in! :)

Simple – Martinis and Mascara

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Simple via lunchbox, but all opinions are my own.]

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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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Obsession of the Day: Neutrogena Professional Triple Hair Repair


What’s your damage?

I know mine has a lot to do with the massive amounts of heat styling and chemical processing I always subject my strands to! Hair coloring damage is probably my biggest issue. Luckily, I’ve been repairing my hair with the Neutrogena Triple Repair Hair Care system.


This trio of hair saving products includes the Neutrogena Professional Triple Repair Fortifying Shampoo, Neutrogena Professional Triple Repair Fortifying Conditioner, and the Neutrogena Professional Triple Repair Fortifying Leave-In Treatment.

The system reduces breakage by 80%, so hair is left stronger, smoother, and more nourished. It’s clinically proven to instantly repair the 3 leading signs of damaged hair in just one use, so you can get healthy and beautiful hair at any length.

This breakthrough hair care system has been shown to mend 97% of split ends while strengthening brittle hair and protecting from hair breakage. Best results are provided with combined usage of the shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in treatment.

The Fortifying Leave-In Treatment also protects hair from heat styling over 400°F, so you can stop worrying about heat damaged hair, and get the healthy, beautiful style you want.

Watch my video below to see how the treatment helped my hair:

For even more tips, tricks, and information, be sure to “like” Neutrogena on Facebook. You should also check out the Triple Repair Hair Care Center on the web where you can learn some amazing tips from Neutrogena expert stylist Sam Leonardi. Sam’s philosophy? Beautiful style starts with strong, healthy hair. I totally agree! He has some amazing tips and tricks utilizing these nourishing Neutrogena products. He dishes out healthy hair how-tos to correct a variety of hair damagers including blowdrying, wet brushing, chlorine and salt water, hot tools, hair color, hearsh weather, product overload, towel drying, and sun exposure.


[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of Neutrogena, but all opinions are my own.]

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Stay Refreshed and Stylish this Summer with Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee


Bathing suit? Check.

SPF 70? Check. (Seriously.)

Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee. Check!

I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to sacrifice style for time when you’re running around this summer! Stay refreshed and stylish with help from Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee, a blend of premium Starbucks coffee and 2 percent milk, inspired by the coffee blend and flavors used in the handcrafted Iced Coffee beverages served in Starbucks cafes.

It’s the perfect pick-me-up for those hot summer days when you’re running out the door and need to grab something in a hurry. I always keep one (or three!) in my beach tote along with my other summer beauty essentials.


Here is my ultimate summer style on-the-go checklist:

  1. A bathing suit that makes you feel beautiful. Maybe yours is a string bikini. If so, more power to you! My power suit is a versatile black swim dress that I love to just throw on and go.
  2. Sunscreen. If you aren’t into the traditional kind, there are a ton of other lightweight serums infused with sunscreen that will absorb quickly and do the trick! Check out Supergoop. Love!
  3. A versatile hairstyling product. My fav for my beach bag? ARROJO protective thickening lotion. This multitasking spray protects hair from harmful UV rays and humidity while instantly thickening hair strands.
  4. Makeup setting spray. Urban Decay’s “Chill” is perfect for this. You can quickly spritz your makeup with it in the morning and it’ll stay on for hours – no matter how much you sweat or splash around in the water.
  5. Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee. Like I mentioned earlier, this stuff is my saving grace for staying energized on-the-go during the endless summer festivities! The Coffee + Milk variation is my favorite. You can purchase some of your own at your local grocery or drug store. It runs about $1.99 a bottle or $5.99 for a four pack. SBX_Iced_Coffee_sSrv_NEW

Bottled Starbucks Iced Coffee beverages are the perfect blend of premium Starbucks coffee and 2 percent milk. Available in four delicious offerings: Coffee + Milk, Low Calorie Coffee + Milk, Vanilla, and Caramel, Starbucks Iced Coffee ready-to-drink beverages are the perfect on-the-go refreshment to get you through the daily commute, big projects such as spring cleaning, or an exciting road trip with friends. Look for it at major grocery and convenience stores, available nationwide.

[Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Starbucks Coffee Company via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Starbucks Coffee Company.]

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