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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How to Recreate Amal Alamuddin’s Makeup Look from the Golden Globes

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Amal Alamuddin was the obvious star of the Golden Globes on Sunday night.

Clad in classic Dior, the powerhouse human being hit the red carpet with her trophy husband as well as a seriously beautiful beauty look created by the amazing Charlotte Tilbury. 

When asked about inspiration for the look, Tilbury said, “Amal knows and loves my products – she wears my Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Walk of Shame, Bond Girl and Amazing Grace. I went into today knowing what she likes, so I created a retro beauty look inspired by the silver screen sirens that fits her classic style.”

#NailedIt. I’m a huge fan of Charlotte and her cosmetic line, so I’m thrilled to share the scoop on which products she used to create this timeless look for Mrs. Clooney. Here are the deets:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask was used to create a veil of perfection on the skin. Charlotte then applied Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream to the entire face followed by Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow to create a flawless soft focus and an instant “spotlight” effect, which acted as the perfect base to the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation in 7 Medium.
  • Charlotte applied Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher concealer in 2 Fair and 3 Medium underneath the eye. Rid the face of any unwanted oils with a dusting of Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder in 2 Medium down the middle of the face only to keep Amal’s skin dewy and fresh.
  • Next, Charlotte used Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift in Cara D to perfect brows and shape the face. 
  •  To bring out the golden highlights in Amal’s eyes, Charlotte applied the pop shade from Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita across the lids. Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eye Pencil in Barbarella Brown was applied around the eye. To soften the liner, Charlotte Tilbury The Classic in Sophia was applied over the top. Charlotte applied three coats of Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes to the top lashes and only one coat to bottom lashes to create an open-eyed look.
  • To add an unbeatable red carpet-worthy glow, use Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow to highlight and sculpt the cheek, nose, jawline and temples.
  • To create the perfect cheek, Charlotte used both Cheek to Chic in Love Glow and First Love across the cheekbones. 
  • Finish with the perfect velvety, red lip by using Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Savage Rose along with a mixture of Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Night Crimson and Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red.
  • Charlotte applied Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow for moisture and a dewy finish followed by Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body to sculpt and illuminate the limbs.

Ta-da! Now you can look like George Clooney’s wife, too. You’re welcome.

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#STARTHERE with Walgreens for a Healthy and Beautiful New Year

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Happy New Year! First thing’s first – it’s time to update your beauty bags, stock up on the essentials, and take action to feel more happy, healthy and beautiful in 2015!

#STARTHERE with Walgreens and grab the latest high quality beauty products from COVERGIRL, Olay and Crest. At Walgreens, you can get all the necessities at one place to make it easier to keep all of your resolutions. In addition to the awesome beauty goodies, you can get Walgreens’ new pedometer that tracks your steps as well as the new line of Delish water to carry while you exercise.

It just so happens that I have a bunch of resolution-loving goodies to give away today, too! Kick off 2015 the right way with this amazeballs Walgreens prize pack featuring some of my absolute favorite new products.

Here’s the scoop on the prize pack:

  • $75 Walgreens gift card
  • CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara in Very Black
  • CoverGirl Outlast lip color in Plum Berry
  • Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Crème
  • Pantene Weekly Rehab Crème
  • Crest Whitestrips Professional Effects
  • Crest 3D White Arctic Fresh toothpaste 5.5oz
  • ZzzQuil Liquicaps 24ct.
  • Walgreens Digital Pedometer
  • Contigo Autoseal Grace Water Bottle
  • Reusable Walgreens tote bag

Ready to win it? See the Rafflecopter widget below for entry options. Good luck!

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Check out the Hottest Lip Trends with Glam’s Latest Style Spotting Video

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Pucker up! As most of you know, I participated in a fabulous beauty and content creation extravaganza in LA when I flew over to judge the Glam Beauty 100 awards a few months ago.

Here is one of the many projects we worked on – a fun Style Spotting video featuring some of the season’s hottest trends in lip colors. Get up close with our favorite shades, from sheer nudes and radiant reds to prismatic pinks and punchy purples. These pouts will make any look pop… especially for New Year’s Eve!

One thing the #GlamFam knows how to do is get kissable lips, right?

(Btw, the lippie I’m applying in the video is Aerin Rose Balm Lipstick in Whisper. It’s amazing.)

Subscribe to Glam on Youtube for even more beauty goodness. Muah!

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Obsession of the Day: Cover FX Illuminating Primer

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My friends at Cover FX recently sent me a bottle of their brand new Illuminating Primer and I just have one thing to say… I’m in love.

The newest launch from Cover FX preps the face for makeup while it assists in giving the skin a more radiant appearance. The Illuminating Primer’s mineral complex works bounces light off the skin, creating the appearance of a natural-looking, luminous glow.

It’s packed with super fancy ingredients that make your skin look like perfection. Gatuline Radiance Illuminate and Refine is a natural, preservative-free ingredient that improves the look of dull looking skin and supports microcirculation. Hylasome EG10, a Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, helps to moisturize and leave skin hydrated. Panthenol, Provitamn B5, gives skin a smoother, supple appearance. In short, this multi-tasking formula will make your face look awesome.

I actually wore it underneath my makeup for a recent magazine photoshoot (more on that later!) and I’m so thrilled with the result. Glow big or go home!

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Celebrate the Holidays with Festive DeKuyper Cocktails


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Tis the season for delicious cocktails! My favorite part of holiday entertaining is definitely whipping up festive concoctions for guests (and matching my drinks to my lipstick, naturally). I’ve teamed up with DeKuyper to spread the news about some amazing holiday cocktails for your next shindig. DeKuyper cordials and liquers are the perfect ingredients to add to your cocktails for a relaxing and entertaining evening. Read on for three of my absolute favorite DeKuyper recipes to get into the holiday spirit(s). ;)

Mint Whipped Hot Chocolate

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This treat is like a supercharged mint hot chocolate! It incorporates all the delicious flavors of the season with the added bonus of ultimate relaxation. Sip and savor this warm cocktail on a cold winter night.

INGREDIENTS

• 1 part JDK & Sons™ Crave Chocolate Mint Liqueur

• 1 part Pinnacle® Whipped Vodka

• Hot Chocolate (prepare steaming hot according to manufacturer’s instructions)

HOW TO

1. Build ingredients in order in a heat-proof mug.

2. Top with whipped cream and a cherry (optional).

 

Caramel Eggnog Martini

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It wouldn’t be holiday time without a little eggnog! This festive martini melds butterscotch goodness, whipped cream taste, and traditional eggnog for a rich treat your guests will love.

INGREDIENTS

• 1 part DeKuyper® Buttershots®Liqueur

• 1 part Pinnacle® Whipped® Vodka

• 2 parts eggnog

HOW TO

1. Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker.

2. Shake and strain into a martini glass.

3. Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon.

 

Blue Sparkle  

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The Blue Sparkle tastes just as good as it looks! This bubbly cocktail is perfect for a holiday cocktail or your standard girls’ night out. I will be drinking one of these when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve!

INGREDIENTS

• 1 part DeKuyper® Blue Curacao Liqueur

• 1 part Pinnacle® Orange Vodka

• 3 parts champagne

HOW TO

1. Pour liqueur and vodka into champagne glass.

2. Top with chilled champagne.

Now, do you want to know an even easier (but still awesome!) way to incorporate some DeKuyper fun into your holidays? Grab a bottle of two of my absolute favorites (DeKuyper Sour Apple and DeKuyper Watermelon) for an automatically festive cocktail situation – especially at Christmastime! Confession: I like these enough to sip straight with no other mixers. This festive color combo will wow your guests whether you put them together in martini glasses… or just pour a handful of Christmas colored shots!

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Be sure to follow DeKuyper on Facebook and Pinterest for more even more holiday cocktail inspiration. Cheers!

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Tis the season for great cocktails! What will wow your guest and set your holiday party apart, the perfect cocktail made by you. DeKuyper offers over 50 mixable and versatile flavors of cordials, liqueurs, crèmes, brandies and schnapps for thousands of amazing cocktails. Explore our website at dekuyperusa.com to find one that is perfect for you or visit us on Facebook and Pinterest to see some of our favorites. Plus, you can always create your own recipe and share it with us! 

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

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Ellis Faas Makeup Launches Thursday at ARROJO Studio in New York City

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Fun beauty event alert!

Ellis Fass makeup is launching at ARROJO NYC, located at 180 Varick Street in SoHo, on Thursday, Dec. 18. To celebrate its exclusive arrival, all makeup sessions on Thursday will be complimentary! Come get your face done by yours truly and learn about these unique and effective products.

Her eponymous makeup collection was called “a true pièce de résistance” by Harper’s Bazaar. It’s a fav of makeup artists and beauty junkies alike. Ellis’ products have been featured on runways from Giorgio Armani to Fendi, in ad campaigns from Missy Sixty to Louis Vuitton, and in magazines from Vogue to W.

Appointments are available from 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursday, December 18. These appointments are open to the public and can be pre-booked by calling 212-242-7786. Walk-in appointments will also be offered, but availability is not guaranteed. Hope to see you there!

 

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Ring in the New Year with COVERGIRL Lipstick and Rent the Runway Fashion

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My basic formula for a rockin’ New Year’s Eve? A power lip and a killer dress. If you feel the same, you’re in luck! My friends at COVERGIRL and Rent the Runway have exactly what you need! (And I’m also giving away some treats at the end of this post, too!)

First thing’s first, you need to find a slammin’ dress for the big night. This year I selected the Badgley Mischka Manhattan Socialite dress for myself (which actually has nothing to do with the fact that I just moved to Manhattan). It is the perfect black sparkly cocktail dress for a night like New Year’s Eve. Trust.

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If my style differs from yours, Rent the Runway features a variety of different dresses for the occasion… or any occasion, for that matter!

To take the look to the next level of glam, be sure to swipe on some COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lipstick, deliciously rich color infused with moisturizing shea butter for a lippie that’s irresistible. I’m obsessing over the rich red Succulent Cherry shade, but the product is available in 36 shades you can’t help but crave. Try hues from all four color families: smooth nudes, rich reds, yummy plums, and luscious pinks. Trust me, there’s a shade for everyone!

You can find the new COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lipstick at Walmart. If you’d rather win your own (along with a $50 Rent the Runway Gift Card!), hop on Instagram, follow me (@KLMcBroom) and show me a photo of the type of look you’d like to create for New Year’s Eve if you win using the hashtag #KissedbyCOVERGIRL. Don’t forget to tag me in it! Good luck!

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by COVERGIRL via SheSpeaks.]

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