You Need Katy Perry’s New Lipstick in Your Life

Katy Perry COVERGIRL Lipstick

Calling all KatyKats!

Pop queen Katy Perry just launched her first collection with COVERGIRL. And it’s awesome.


The collection features 13 highly-pigmented and moisturizing demi-matte lipsticks in the season’s hottest shades (even black!), plus a hot new mascara. The Katy Kat Collection was created to make “cool” accessible with an affordable price point – just in time for summer!

In a market saturated with traditional poppy brights for the season, I thought it was very cool-girl-chic of a mass brand like COVERGIRL to up level trends at the drugstore. With Lime Crime-esque shades as well as a beautiful assortment of classic reds and pinky nudes, I think this collab totally hits the mark.

The formula is on point as well and provides a cushiony feel paired with beautiful color payout. It’s a little silkier than a traditional matte, but not super glossy. It maintains all the perks of a matte lip and combines them with the comfort and sheen of a glossier texture. Into it.

COVERGIRL Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks and Katy Kat Eye Mascara will be available at mass-market, drugstore, food and e-commerce retailers nationwide beginning July 2016.

Can’t wait? Shop my fav shades and click to pre-order via Walmart.com below! #meow

CoverGirl Star Wars Makeup Collection

CoverGirl Star Wars Lipstick

Star Wars and I go way back.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I got to know a character named Princess Leia pretty well at a little theme park you might have heard of.


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Disney’s Leia has a very basic makeup routine which may or may not involve Ben Nye brown eyeshadow, peach blush, and lip gloss in natural (but you didn’t hear that from me). These days, the modern Star Wars gal has many more beauty options… like the goodies in the new COVERGIRL Star Wars Collection

As you can imagine, my close connection to the force upped my excitement when COVERGIRL announced this collab with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which releases in theaters Friday.

COVERGIRL Global Creative Design Director Pat McGrath (of “fiercest makeup artist in the world” fame) designed a series of stunning beauty looks inspired by the film, its iconic characters and key themes, using new limited-edition products from the collection. Read on to see her awesome work and what she used to get each look!

Droid

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Droid features a luminous look that reflects the light side of the force. A swatch of golden eye shadow across lids and cheekbones sets the tone, with gold lipstick and gloss punctuating the lustrous palette. Droid is rocking a new metallic lip shade – COVERGIRL Star Wars Lipstick Colorlicious in Gold.

Jedi

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Jedi features gorgeous golds and glowy skin to capture the radiance of the light side. Copper shadow across the upper lid, gold shadow smudged across the lower lash line and contoured cheekbones evoke structure and strength. The fresh look is complete with COVERGIRL Star Wars Lipstick Colorlicious in Nude.

Mystic

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Mystic features an iridescent look inspired by the light side. Glowing greens and rich purples paired with rosy cheeks radiate the mystery of the Light Side. The exotic look is pulled together with a lustrous lip shade – COVERGIRL Star Wars Lipstick Colorlicious in Lilac.

Stormtrooper

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Stormtrooper features a strong and graphic look to represent the power from the dark side. The eyes dominate with a black winged liner and white contrasts. Lips measure up in a deep, mysterious red. Stormtrooper’s edgy look is topped off with COVERGIRL Star Wars Lipstick Colorlicious in Dark Purple.

Dark Apprentice

Dark Apprentice

Dark Apprentice features a rich look to represent the intensity of the dark side. The sinister eye look commands with bold washes of red and black across the lid, paired with deliciously deep lips. Dark Apprentice’s look is completed by a new plum lip shade – COVERGIRL Star Wars Lipstick Colorlicious in Dark Plum.

Chrome Captain

Chrome Captain

Chrome Captain features a sleek look that captures the authoritative nature of the dark side. The contrast of flawless, impeccable skin paired with metallic shadow, strong liner, and bold, straight brows create a mesmerizing combination. Lips demand attention with a show-stopping swipe of COVERGIRL Star Wars Lipstick Colorlicious in Silver.

Resistance Pilot

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Resistance Pilot, as modeled by COVERGIRL Janelle Monae, embodies the confident and daring spirit of Star Wars. A blend of gold and blue eye shadow complimented by highlighted cheekbones, and a sheer, soft lip bring the allure of Star Wars to your everyday look.  Janelle is rocking COVERGIRL Star Wars Lipstick Colorlicious in Gold.

#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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My New Voices of Beauty Experience

pg-nvob What an incredible ride it has been since my New Voices of Beauty journey began back in October at LuckyFABB East!

This is my last official post as one of Lucky magazine and P&G Beauty’s New Voices of Beauty, but I will forever be a cheerleader for COVERGIRL, Olay, Pantene, and Secret. In fact, I always have been, even before I received a fancy title.

Literally the first cosmetic product I ever purchased was by COVERGIRL, so the fact that I was named an honorary blogger and an official ambassador for the brand still blows my mind. I’ve been practicing “Easy, breezy, beautiful,” in the mirror since I was like 12. So, it just made sense to me to apply to audition for the New Voices of Beauty when the opportunity popped up nearly nine months ago.


I’ll never forget sitting in my Manhattan hotel room when I received the official “You’ve been selected to audition for the New Voices of Beauty tomorrow!” email. SO much has happened since then… and I will be forever grateful for this experience. Prepare to take a walk down memory lane and see some of my favorite moments below…

The audition

NVB1 What a day that was! I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous in my life. Thirty of us were selected to audition… and it was pretty intense. If you’d like to see how I did, you can check out my video below:

Fun fact: Anna Wintour walked by our group when we were sitting outside of the casting room. Of course I was too busy Instagramming about my interview to realize it was her. Classic.

The voting process

NVB2 When I found out that I was selected as one of eight finalists in November I was so stoked! I was also overwhelmed with the response from my amazing readers and friends who voted their hearts out for me until December. Thank you all again so much from the bottom of my heart. I couldn’t have done this without you!

Winner announcement

nvb4 #BestDayEver. Seriously. Even then I don’t think I realized how many amazing things were in store for me at that point though!

The challenges

nvb3 One of my favorite aspects of this campaign was being prompted to write about these products that I already know and love! I had a blast dishing out tips and sharing my favorite P&G products.

The New York trip and video shoot

photo This trip was absolutely amazing. (Click here for the full recap.) My favorite part? Filming this video! (Oh, and seeing snow for the first time, too. That was pretty cool.)

LuckyFABB West

IMG_8629 Just when I thought my jet-setting days were calming down a bit, we were invited to LuckyFABB West in Los Angeles to represent the New Voices of Beauty. We had way too much fun.

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The June/July issue of Lucky

A couple weeks ago, I flipped open my new issue of Lucky to find this:

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It was a total surprise. Never in a million years did I think that I would ever share magazine page space with Nicole Richie and Coco Rocha, but I’ll take it!

Not to turn all sappy here, but this wasn’t just about glossy pages, luxurious trips, and free swag. I truly loved working with the Lucky team, the gals at P&G Beauty, and of course, my fellow New Voices of Beauty. Amy, Naty, and Nikki are an absolute blast and I’m thrilled that I got to share this experience with them. I’m going to stop now before I cry.

Thank you all for tagging along with me on this journey. It’s one that I’ll never forget! #NVBforever.

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Procter & Gamble and Lucky magazine, but all opinions and ideas are my own.]

My LuckyFABB Beauty Essentials

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Have I mentioned recently how excited I am to attend LuckyFABB this week?! If you somehow missed the memo on what FABB is, it’s an incredible conference for fashion and beauty bloggers featuring amazing panelists and speakers in the industry including major style icons like Nicole Richie, January Jones, Coco Rocha, and more. Lucky Magazine is sending me along with my fellow New Voices of Beauty out to Los Angeles to attend and also represent our favorite COVERGIRL, Olay Fresh Effects, Pantene and Secret products!

I am planning to attend all of the FABB events, so I have a ton of outfits and beauty essentials to pack. Of course, I keep changing my mind about my FABB wardrobe so I’ve been switching out pieces from my suitcase all day. I’ll be honest, fashion wise, my suitcase is leaning floral. Which always reminds me of this:


florals for spring

But if it’s not broke, don’t fix it right? While the jury is still out as far as my exact FABB outfits, one thing is for sure – I have all of the beauty essentials I need!

When I’m traveling with such a jam packed schedule I really need all the time-saving help I can get. The Pantene Pro-V Root Reboot Dry Shampoo is going to be a serious lifesaver on this trip! It will cut down my regular shampoo and conditioner routine immensely. Pantene found a solution to the common concern of dull and dirty hair through a new oil absorber technology featuring tapioca. Pantene’s formula eliminates the need for emollient ingredients, which can interfere with a dry shampoo’s ability to clean, resulting in clean looking and feeling hair… in just a few seconds!

I’m also packing my favorites from COVERGIRL. The COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara I’m always gushing about is a given, but I’m also really excited about two new COVERGIRL finds that are perfect for this season and for traveling! The COVERGIRL LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Frosted Cherry Twist is pretty much the perfect lippie for an effortless one-step spring lip. No need for a liner, stick, and gloss when this one does the trick of all three! I’m also obsessing over the COVERGIRL truMAGIC Collection. I’m definitely packing the truMAGIC Luminizer because it works as a highlighter as well as an eye shadow. Love love love.

I’m bringing along my Olay Fresh Effects faves too. I have to put my best face forward even with the jet lag, so I’m depending on Olay Fresh Effects {Bright on Schedule} Eye Awakening Cream to help create the illusion of well rested eyes. The tri-rollerball applicator cools and massages skin to quickly reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles while the formula, with cucumber, hydrates under-eye skin for an instant pick-me-up. I’m also taking the Olay Fresh Effects {Dew Over!} Hydrating Gel Moisturizer to ensure my skin has that dewy springtime glow. And I can’t forget the amazing Olay Fresh Effects {Everything Off!} Deluxe Make-Up Removal Wet Cloths. These babies will be a lifesaver when I’m switching my makeup from event to event throughout the trip! They’ll also come in handy if I have any late nights… which, let’s great real, is probably going to happen.

Last, but certainly not least, I’m packing deodorant from the Secret Destinations Collection. I’m bringing the Hawaii Citrus Breeze scent with me. It’s a blend of mango, grapefruit and red berries and it smells amazing. Perfect to keep me feeling fresh on my California adventure!

Stay tuned for more about my FABB adventures and don’t forget to follow Lucky’s Nine LuckyFABB Bloggers You Should Start Reading Now. I have a feeling all of our posts are going to get pretty FABBulous in the next few days in preparation for the big event!

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Procter & Gamble and Lucky Magazine, but all opinions and ideas are my own.]