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:

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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.]

New Voices of Beauty Update

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So many amazing things have been happening in New Voices of Beauty land.

If you missed all of my squealing on my social channels, the infamous video we shot with Lucky Magazine and P&G Beauty was released last week! Check it out:

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, my friends at Lucky also included me in their roundup of bloggers you should start reading now!

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Have I mentioned recently how much I love Lucky Magazine?

In other exciting news, the New Voices of Beauty along with P&G Beauty will be hosting an epic Twitter party soon. Join us beginning 7 p.m. on Thursday as we dish our spring beauty must haves! Follow me, Nikki, Naty, Amy, P&G Beauty, and Lucky Magazine to get in on the action. Our official hashtag is #SB14Beauty. Use it! I love Twitter and I love parties, so I’m stoked. See you then! :)

Grammy Inspired Glamour #IRL with CoverGirl, Olay, Pantene and Secret

On the Grammy’s Red Carpet last weekend, Katy Perry told Ryan Seacrest, “Everybody asks me, ‘Oh, when did you feel like you made it?’ And I was like, ‘Oh, when CoverGirl called me up and said, ‘Hey, do you want to be a CoverGirl?'”

Obviously, I loved hearing this, especially since it involves two of my favorite icons in the beauty industry – CoverGirl and Katy Perry. I think she is stunning and I totally wish I looked like her #IRL (in real life!). Since that’s not exactly possible, I’ll have to just use her killer fashion sense and fun beauty looks for inspiration.

I think she always looks awesome, whether she’s wearing a Kimono or a crazy Smurf dress, but the look that sticks out in my mind the most is the makeup she wore on the Grammy’s red carpet a few years back: ed9ae49c8d3d11e39e23126c93c6dca1_7

I love her “go big or go home” attitude that she embraces in her music and also in her daring fashion/beauty choices. This bold color palette made a definite statement. The hues are pulled from hints of the tones found in the iridescent rhinestones on her dress without being overtly matchy-matchy. I love to channel Katy’s red carpet beauty boldness regardless of the kind of event I’m going to. I really think it’s all in the way you carry yourself. If you own it, you can totally wear this color combo anywhere.

Here are the steps I took to get this look:

  • I started by cleansing my hair with Pantene Pro-V’s Damage Detox Deep Cleanse Purifying Shampoo. It removes buildup from chemically treated hair to promote natural shine – exactly what I need to channel Katy’s shiny locks! I then blew my hair out and added a few soft curls with a curling iron.
  • To prep my skin before makeup application I applied Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream. This moisturizing, perfecting cream instantly brightens and smoothes skin, while reducing the appearance of dark spots.
  • To sculpt my cheekbones, I used CoverGirl Instant Cheekbones in Purely Plum. This compact contains three coordinated shades that make creating natural looking contour a snap.
  • For the eyeshadow, I applied a thin layer of Ice Queen CoverGirl Bombshell Shineshadow all over my lid from lashline to brow bone. It multitasks as an eyeshadow primer while reflective pigments intensify the shimmer of the eyeshadows I layered over it. I used a sweep of CoverGirl’s Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Blazing Purple on the top lid, and the same shadow in Lime Light underneath my lower lash line.
  • To really open up the eye and add drama, I used CoverGirl Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara. This entirely new mascara experience, unlike any other two-step offering available, features a first-of-its-kind Boost System that has two brushes and two formulas for mega volume and dramatic intensity. Step one loads on the volume with a big brush and mega-volumizing formula to thicken lashes. Step two seals the look with a dark, smooth finish.
  • To create a pink pout like Katy’s, I used CoverGirl lipstick in Bombshell Explosion topped with a swipe of CoverGirl Smoochies Lip Balm in C U L8 R, to give it a little bit of a frosted effect.
  • Finally, I applied Secret Destinations Collection deodorant in Hawaii Citrus Breeze – my new favorite scent! It keeps me feeling (and smelling!) fabulous – especially at special events when I’m running around greeting a bunch of people!
[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Procter & Gamble and Lucky Magazine, but all opinions and ideas are my own.]

My New Voices of Beauty Trip Recap

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As you may have heard, I was selected as one of Lucky Magazine and Procter & Gamble’s New Voices of Beauty! This means I’m an honorary blogger for awesome P&G brands including COVERGIRL, Olay, Pantene and Secret! I heard the official word in December and have been looking forward to this adventure ever since.

Thanks to the over 10,000 votes you all contributed to help me win this contest, I got to travel back to my favorite city (I’m sure by now you all know which one that is!) for a weekend full of exclusive New Voices of Beauty experiences including meetings with Lucky editors and P&G Beauty representatives, and a “Day in the Life of the New Voices of Beauty” video shoot.

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I arrived Saturday to the BEAUTIFUL Dream Downtown hotel in Manhattan.

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I was welcomed with a Lucky bag packed with awesome goodies that I will be blogging about soon.

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There were literally martinis and mascara waiting for me when I got there.

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And free Champagne, too!

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(Check out the view from my window, will ya?!)

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The next morning I went out to brunch with the ladies of Lucky and P&G, along with my fellow NVBs Naty, Nikki, and Amy. We ate at The Mercer Kitchen in Soho and were greeted at the table with a directory of the best places to shop in the area! After brunch, it only made sense to go shopping.

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We hit Topshop for a little personal shopping session. And more Champagne.

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Monday was our big “Day in the Life” video shoot. We kicked off the styling process with nails by Miss Pop, hair by Kristen Ruggiero, and makeup by Stefanie Syat of Pre-Dame.

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Stefanie and Miss Pop both pulled bright colors from my statement necklace for accent colors to use in my beauty look. Stefanie lined my eyes with a beautiful cobalt blue (my favorite!) and my nails were a bright juicy lime green – Essie polish in “The More the Merrier.” Loooved it!

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When we were all ready we started shooting the video – some in the hotel and some around the city.

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It was FREEZING, but I had a lot of fun shooting with the guys from Spreadhouse.

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We then relocated to the Lucky offices (in my beloved Conde Nast building) for a Q&A session with Lucky Senior Beauty Editor, Maura Lynch. She was a doll and we learned a lot of fun beauty tips from her. I won’t spoil too much more – the video should be ready in a few weeks!

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It was an incredibly memorable experience and I still have not adjusted to being back home. In addition to my New York trip, I’ll also receive a year’s worth of P&G Beauty products, access to an exciting selection of VIP events, and exclusive content opportunities for my blog. Keep an eye out – my first official NVB post will be on the blog next week! Thanks again to all of my readers for your support. I could not have done this without you. Hugs and martinis for all! :)

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