A Day In The Life of a Beauty Blogger

Posted on Jan. 30, 2015

When I was a magazine beauty editor in New York, I had a job description. My days consisted of pitching, writing and editing stories, attending market events where I'd learn about the newest beauty products before they launched, meeting with brands, etc. Lots of people held the position before and after I got there.

As a beauty blogger, I've been making it up as I go along. When I started The Beauty Girl, I was a freelance writer...

You're Invited: Beauty Bash is Back!

Posted on Jan. 28, 2015
Photo Credit: TK Photography

When I first partnered with The Bump Club to create a night out for mom and moms to be that's all about them, we had no idea this would turn into our signature event. It's been such a success, we've taken it on the road! Here are highlights from our most recent Beauty Bash in Austin. We're so excited to be bringing this...

How to Get Emma Stone's Head-Turning Red Lip for Under $10!

Posted on Jan. 26, 2015

Last night, as I was flipping between Miss Universe (ever since I was little, my mom and I have watched together, and we still keep up this tradition) and the SAG Awards, I was wowed by two things. 1. The pageant contestants' bodies. Each one was as slinky as the next. If you're wondering their secrets, so am I. 2. Emma Stone's red lip. While the headlines are...

You Need At Least 1 of These Swimsuits for Your Next Vacation

Posted on Jan. 21, 2015

The one thing that gets us through winter is thinking about our next beach vacation. Considering we haven't bought a new suit since having kids, we knew we were due and went shopping for us and you. Trust us, you need at least 1 of these before your next vacation. We went with 2 (suits 4 and 6 shown below), perfect for petites.

 

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DIY: 3 High-Fashion Braids

Pretty much until I was in 8th grade, my mom did my hair every morning before school. She gave me a French braid and wrapped a satin ribbon that matched whatever color I was wearing around the elastic band. If I had a photo of me in my signature hairstyle I'd post it, but first I need to go digging through boxes to find one. I have fond memories of my braids, but I'm by no means a braid expert. I haven't worn one in 20 years! Like every trend, this one is back. Braids are all over the runways and TV, and this time around, there's a twist. These aren't your typical three strands of hair woven together. Read on to see our 3 favorite modern braids and our DIY to create each look. For the complete slideshow, click on "next" in the top right side of the page.    

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Marsala is Major for 2015

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Posted on Jan. 15, 2015

Marsala isn't just for saucing up our chicken anymore. It's been named the color of 2015 by the Pantone Color Institute (these are the people who forecast color trends). What does this mean? Expect to see this deep red all over stores, from sweaters and shoes to lipsticks and lacquer. The wine hue happens to be very wearable, but I like that depending on how you wear it, it can come off as edgy or sophisticted. It's one of my favorite polish colors for winter, so if you want to dabble in the trend, consider picking it for your next mani....

Christian Siriano on Fashion, Fame and How To Get Dressed

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Posted on Jan. 12, 2015

Christian Siriano filled me in on his venture into beauty (you can watch the video here). Of course his bread and butter is fashion, so I had to poke him for some juice. Like, what he'd do differently and if he's still all about being "fierce." He was more than happy to spill. Take a looksie!

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How To Make Eyes Sparkle for Under $1

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Posted on Jan. 6, 2015

Glitter is not the first thing adult women think of for eye makeup. But don't rule it out: adding a little sparkle can brighten up your face beautifully. The key is finding the right product. We recently discovered these Wet N' Wild Color Icon Glitter cream shadows and have loved the results. The crazy part is each one is $0.99! At first glance we thought the shadow would feel like a powder with a rough texture. That was not the case. It's creamy and soft with tiny glitter flecks that glide on evenly and doesn't leave you with...

Giveaway: Win a $200 Gift Card To TopShop!

Posted on Dec. 24, 2014

What's on your Christmas list? My three-year-old Rex is hoping he'll get a cement mixer and that his younger brother Jaz will get a police car. While most kids are luring Santa in with milk and cookies, Rex thought orange slices and cheddar bunnies sounded even better (shown left). I guess that's what happens when you become a family who shops at Whole Foods :) But the part that really gave my husband...

Smokin' Hot Glitter Lips with MAC

Whether you're a Dynasty or a Disney Princess fan, there's no denying your proclivity for sparkle. We all grow up, but it doesn't mean we have to give up on glitter. We just have to recalibrate how we wear it. When you're younger (I'm talking 20s and below), pretty much anything goes. It's your time to experiment with makeup. Who doesn't have that monumental photo that you look back at 10 years later and say to yourself, "I can't believe I went out looking like that!"

I've realized the same doesn't apply once you hit your 30s (and become a mom). The thought of sprinkling glitter, which isn't the same as shimmer, on my face seemed juvenile. Then I met with MAC Pro Makeup Artist Keri at the new MAC store on Michigan Ave. Sitting in the small makeup room tucked in the back of the store, I saw first-hand that I don't have to forget the fun side of makeup just because I'm getting older. Instead, it's all about application. With New Year's Eve around the corner, we decided this was the perfect occassion for glitter. With just a few products, Keri gave me a sophisticated, sexy, and sparkly lip look that's age appropriate. Even better, it brings all of the attention to your lips, ensuring a memorable New Year's kiss.

 

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