Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Jessica Chastain's Incredible Lips In Miss Sloane

Jessica Chastain just made every lipstick you own irrelevant.


This weekend Chastain's new film, Miss Sloane, opens nationwide.
Her Oscar worthy performance will keep you on the edge of your seat as the movie twists and turns and ducks and feints. 
Miss Sloane is all intelligent dialogue, rich, delicious dialogue that happens at a wickedly fast clip, with Chastain delivering a verbal armageddon at a mile a minute.

When dialogue is so important to a film, the mouth delivering this dialogue is crucially important. Jessica Chastain's mouth in this film is mesmerizing. You can't take your eyes off it. 

Chastain' dialogue is delivered through a compelling, mesmerizing vermillion lip.


Elizabeth Sloane is a feminine, fashion forward D.C lobbyist who's power is locked up in a vermillion lip that reminds us at all times that she is in charge, at all times. It tells us that she will not be falling into any traditional traps, that she is a step ahead of the opposition. It tells us that she is not frivolous and she is not to be trifled with.


A true red would perhaps be an obvious choice for a woman in power, but true reds can add an element of sexuality to a woman, perhaps giving her an implied availablity to men. Perhaps a challenge to men, but ultimately a traditional red lip would let men sexualize her as opposed to fear her.

And this is where the genius lies. The vermillion lip combines power with blood sport. At first glance you know that she would tear an opponent to pieces and walk away with no remorse.
It's fantastic.

Miss Sloane is easily one of the best films of 2016.
Change your plans for this weekend and make sure you go see it.

Here are some great vermillion inspired lips to help you channel your inner Miss Sloane:

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Marc Jacobs Le Marc lipstick in Blow
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Tom Ford lipstick in Smoke Red or in Scarlet Rouge
available online at

Monday, December 5, 2016

Let It Shine! New work in Luca Magazine

All images via Luca Magazine
photographed by Kelly Cappelli
styled by Jennifer O'Bannon
hair by Lisa Marie
makeup by Corinna Cooke

As you already know, I'm the Beauty Director for Luca Magazine.
The new issue of Luca just hit newsstands, and I am really excited to tell you that it is available in every Barnes and Noble, nationwide!

Luca is a super positive magazine for teens and early 20 somethings. It's full of great information, fantastic fashion, and a delicious dose of beauty.

Here is a winter party story from the new issue, all about the rules of shiny makeup...

There's no time quite like the holiday season to throw on a party dress and let your gorgeous self shine! 

When your outfit shimmers, set the night on fire with an artfully placed super sheen, drawing attention to the feature you want to bring out the most.

There are rules to the game of shine - make sure you only gloss up one place on your beautiful face.
When your skin is shiny, your eyes are sparkly and your lip is glossy all at the same time you can look sweaty or super oily, which detracts from your gorgeousness.

The trick is to pick one feature to shine and balance it with another feature that is almost matte

Here are three fabulous ways to let it shine


1. Get your skin gleaming with a creamy shine. Instead of a glittery highlighter work a glow product into your complexion and balance it with a demi matte lip,a firm brow and a nearly bare eye. 


2. Keep your eyes and your skin soft and demure but go all out on an ultra glossy lip that shimmers in the firelight and balances the sparkle in your dress.



3. Own the night with a metallic or glittering eye. Tone down your complexion, add some depth to you lip, then steal all the attention with a wildly festive, high impact eye!


As a bonus for my blog readers here are 4 of my favorite shine products. I use them both at home and in my pro makeup kit to create a gorgeous glow to the skin.

Charlotte Tilbury               Laura Mercier                           Stila                     Pony Effect
Wonderglow                      Infusion de Rose                  Aqua Glow               Radiance Glow

                                           Nourishing Oil            Perfecting Bronzer          Hydrating Starter

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Coveted List December 2016


How is your end of year wish list looking?
I love making Christmas lists. actually I love making lists of things I want all year long!
This month we are channeling our inner french girl, drinking great tea and airbrushing our complexions to perfection.

Eberjey Gisele PJs in red.


I found these on, a totally fabulous fashion website that has everything you can imagine from intimates to shoes to clothes to accessories. The Revolve store in Los Angeles counts many celebrities as regular clients, and one of my personal favorite fashion it girls, Chiara Ferragni.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse


French girls swear by this multi purpose oil that you can use on face, body and hair. 
Skin literally begs for oil during the winter. If your face is feeling dry or your body needs hydration anywhere, this glorious lightweight oil works magic. I love to put on a couple of drops before bed at night and wake up to a smooth, hydrated face that takes makeup beautifully and looks like it's glowing from within.
You can find Nuxe products online at Scarlet and Julia

Breville One Touch Tea Maker  from


Cold winter days (and nights!) call for hot cups of tea. I love buying Teavana teas with all their fantastic flavor combos, and the perfect way to make them or any other tea is with this tea maker. It heats the water to the right temperature, lowers th tea basket into the water, lets it steep, then raises it at the right time so your tea never gets bitter. It then keeps your tea hot for 60 minutes.

Jus By Julie 5 Day Jus Til Dinner Cleanse

Prep for the holidays with a 5 day juice cleanse. This one is great because you get to eat too. 4 juices throughout the day followed by a healthy meal. Jus by Julie juices are all vegan and non GMO. The reviews are fabulous.
Available online at

Kule The Modern Long Sleeve T


Nikki Kule's striped T's are the ultimate in french girl chic. Dress them up, dress them down they are always uber chic.
Check the website, and get inspired by her story.


Still my favorite red lipstick! December is the perfect month to kill it with an absolutely amazing red lipstick, and this is the one to wear. Matte lips are great in the winter, they look fantastic and are easy to wear, but for many of us mattes just dry the lips out too much, so we avoid them. One of the things I love about the Matte Revolution lipsticks is that they are super hydrating, so your lips look luscious, and of course Charlotte's colors are incredible.
Red Carpet Red is a classic, old Hollywood red. It is the ultimate red lipstick.
Available online at


This is super cool. You get the personal airbrush pod system with a bottle of foundation, a blush and a highlighter.
There is a product color selector on the website to help you get your perfect shade as well as the right shade of blush and highlighter for your complexion.
The personal airbrush system gives you instant, effortless skin perfection. You mist on just the right amount of foundation with perfect coverage, getting an even, flawless application that is still sheer enough that your makeup doesn't look caked on.
The holiday set is on sale online at reduced from $325 to $258
Shop Temptu Today for the Best in Airbrush Makeup.


This suede shoulder bag is perfect.
River rock is a fantastic alternative to standard black or regular browns. The bag is chic, modern, looks equally killer with jeans and a t-shirt or an LBD. The suede finish is cool, the chain strap evokes a little Chanel magic, and the bag itself is a classic.
Find it online at

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Win VIP Passes To LA LA LAND!!


It's time for another giveaway!
Lions gate Films has given me 5 pairs of VIP passes to one of the most anticipated films of the year, Oscar favorite LA LA LAND.

Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, LA LA LAND is a soaringly beautiful, magnificent work of film. Described as being romantic, stylish and endlessly inventive, the movie takes place in modern day Los Angeles and tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone) an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) a jazz musician, both struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing souls. 


Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle and telling the story of everyday life and the pain and joy of pursuing your dreams' LA LA LAND breathes life back into a bygone genre of film, the musical, with powerful performances, lots of heart, and most importantly the kind of onscreen chemistry that legends are made of.


As a duo Stone and Gosling radiate a mesmerizing movie magic that has them being referred to as a modern day Bogie and Bacall, or Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.


Emma is said to be a front runner for an Oscar for her performance, and not only has LA LA LAND won the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival, but every single review of this film is absolutely fantastic!

And now you my friends have a chance to go to an advanced private screening, and sit in the VIP section.
The screening will be in Phoenix on December 13th at 7pm. If you live in Arizona or if you will be in Arizona on the 13th, this one's for you!

As always the giveaway is being run through Rafflecopter, which keeps everything legit (and means that I don't have to collect the information, make sure your entries are completed properly, or choose the winners - Rafflecopter takes care of that for me!)
Enter the giveway through the Rafflecopter Widget below. It's super simple, all you will have to do is like my Facebook page and/or like the post on Instagram. Rafflecopter will walk you through it.

Good luck and see you at LA LA LAND!!

Here is a little behind the scenes featurette...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

5 Essential Beauty Products For Winter


The barometer has finally dropped here in Phoenix, and our endless days of temperatures in the 80's have disappeared for a while leaaving us with bone chilling highs in the 60's.
You may laugh but I'm sitting in my house freezing, with thick socks, sweats and a fleece on!

The change in temperature means skin, hair and scalp need extra lovin, so I've been clicking away on (how did we ever survive without it???), re-ordering my winter staples.

5 Essential Beauty Products For Winter

Just as the skin on your face needs exfoliating, so does the skin on your scalp. I've written about this magic product several times before - I use it at the beginning of each season. When you clear your scalp your hair grows in thicker and shinier. I always see a big difference in mine, it gets glossier, fuller and bouncier. And there's no time quite like the holidays to get bouncy hair!

Malin and Goetz Recovery Treatment Oil


Winter skin needs a booster product, and nothing beats a good facial oil. The Malin and Goetz Recovery Treatment Oil instantly makes skin look and feel smoother, softer, more supple and its proprietary blend of 9 natural oils and powerful antioxidants help combat signs of aging while making your complexion radiant.
You can buy it online at Space NK

Weleda Skin Food, 2.5 Ounce


I learned about this one a few years back when my friend Nico moved back from Milan. When your skin is dry, when it has to battle cold weather, when it's just feeling tired out, lacking luster, looking dull, Weleda Skin Food is the most amazing balm like moisturizer that is the best rescue product ever!
Find it at Target or at Amazon

Ouai Treatment Mask


cold weather, wind, central heating and hats all rough your hair up and dry it out. These deep treatment masks (there are 8 in the box)
repair hair and leave it smooth and shiny after just one treatment.
Available online at Space NK

Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips


It's no secret that one of the most effective products for cracked, chapped or dry lips is good old nipple cream. Anyone who has breast fed a baby will know all about nipple creams, and how healing and soothing they are both to sore nipples and to lips in need!
You can also use this to groom brows, add shine to cheeks, and even as a cuticle cream.
Find it online at Space

Sunday, November 27, 2016

More Cyber Monday Discount Codes

Here are your Cyber Monday discount codes!

Happy Shopping!

Up to 85% Off | Stila's Annual Online Warehouse Sale


Stila's Annual Online Warehouse Sale beginning Cyber Monday (11/28)! Up to 85% OFF 100+ Sparkling Beauty Items from Stila! No code needed. Ends 12/4/16. Shop while supplies last!

Cyber Monday on Additional 20% off sale items for total saving of 80% off

Cotton On

50% Off Full Priced Items - Cyber Monday Comes Early!



Save 20% Sitewide! One Day Only!

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Limited US

Lilla P

Special Cyber Monday Deal - Lilla P is 25% Off Sitewide + Free Shipping - Use code: HOLIDAY16


Get Cyber Monday Savings from Eileen Fisher, The North Face, Topshop, Ray-Ban and more at Nordstrom. FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.

Get Cyber Monday Savings on Top-Brand Gifts at Nordstrom for Men, Women and Kids! FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.


Cyber Monday Sale - 25% Off Site-Wide + Spend over $99 and Get a Free LUNA Play in Pink. Use code: FOREOBF16

Extended Cyber Monday - 25% Off Site-Wide + Free LUNA play With Purchase Using Code: FOREOBF16 - Valid 11.28 - 11.30.16

Marc Jacobs Beauty

Marc Jacobs Cyber Monday Sale! Get a FREE gift with purchase of $30+ at! Use code: MONDAY, while supplies last



Save 20% on all orders at Tatcha with code: THANKS2016 at checkout. Includes Free Shipping! (Valid 11/24 12:01am PT -11/28 at 11:59pm PT)


Best Buy Co, Inc.


HOLIDAY GIFT OFFER - Buy an 8.5oz Hero Product (select SKUs), get the White Holiday Travel Bag and a 2.5oz Curl Last Hairspray for FREE at!

6pc Mega Gift Offer! White Holiday Travel Bag, 2.5oz Climate Control Gel, 2.5oz Botanical Boost, 2.5oz Moisture Lock and 2.0oz Melt-Down Mask, *plus* wide-tooth comb FREE with $85 purchase!


Juice Beauty

Use promo code: Cyber16 for Juice Beauty's Cyber Monday Special: 20% off  Site Wide (Skincare and Makeup) Valid until 11:59pm PT 11/28/2016


Stock up for the Holidays during our Friends & Family Event! Get 25% off Sitewide USE CODE: FALLFF

Shop Temptu Today for the Best in Airbrush Makeup.


30% off  + 50% off exclusive collections + Free Standard Shipping Sitewide.  Use code: CYBERDAY

Top Shop

Topshop  US
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Cyber Monday! Take 25% off a large selection of regular and sale price items for a total savings of up to 60% off at Plus FREE shipping. Offer valid Nov 28.


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