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VMA Party!

August 26th, 2013 · 6 Comments

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As part of my collaboration with COVERGIRL to serve as a COVERGIRL Beauty Ambassador, I have received products and been compensated for my time.

How fun were the VMAs last night? We had a BLAST at my house — a nice, cozy group of girlfriends, some delicious snacks, a little wine, and of course, fabulous COVERGIRL makeovers!

Two trends we saw a ton of on the red carpet: natural makeup and bold, red lips! These are two of our absolute favorites here in Texas, so almost all of us went for some variation on those!

Being the host has it’s perks, so I got to go first. Here’s what Aubrie did for me:

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First of all…. swoon. There’s nothing like getting real, professional makeup, am I right? I’ve gotten pretty good at doing mine myself, but she is just so talented. And this whole look used just a couple of products!

We started with COVERGIRL Flamed Out eyeshadow pencils around the eyes, to give me a little bit of brightness and make my eyes really pop (we used the Silver Flame and Crystal Flame shades), and then lined my eyes with COVERGIRL Ink It! eye pencil in black for a little drama. But the real star of the look was the mascara — do you see how crazy long and defined my lashes are in the picture? That’s from COVERGIRL Flamed Out mascara, which is brand new and AMAZING! I actually haven’t used a drugstore mascara in a while, but I was blown away by this one! We finished off the look with COVERGIRL Smoochies Lip Balm in a frosty pink shade called #cu l8r (so cute)! I’m seriously obsessed and will definitely be recreating this look myself!

And we had such a blast watching the red carpet and the show! Obviously our favorite moment was the (too short!) ‘N Sync reunion, but I also loved getting to see all the edgy glam looks coming down the red carpet! Selena and Ciara were our favorite looks of the night, and cutie COVERGIRL Becky G. was looking gorgeous! (Apparently Becky G. and I have similar taste in makeup — she was wearing the Flamed Out mascara and Ink It! liner too!) And, of course, the COVERGIRL x Hunger Games collection commercial was a huge highlight — if you missed it during the show, it’s on YouTube now and looks SO COOL!

Also, the food! We got some delicious, healthy bites from Ruggles Green, one of my favorite restaurants in Houston! This city has made MAJOR progress in the last few years in embracing local, organic ingredients, and Ruggles is one of my absolute favorites. We got three types of salad, pizzas, fish and chicken tacos, hummus and veggies, and their delicious goat cheese dip — yum!

And, of course, I also had to pick up some sweets for later in the night: salted caramel cupcakes, petit fours, and mini bundt cakes and cinnamon rolls! Throw in a little bubbly and a little rose, and we were ready for a serious party!

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And, of course, the makeovers! We had such a blast, and there was so much variety on the red carpet to choose from! Some of us rocked bold lips, and others went for smokey eyes and natural or coral lip shades — and everyone looked gorgeous!


{the COVERGIRL products we used to recreate the red carpet looks!}


{getting my makeup done!}


{Bethany and Issa having a #CoverMoment!}

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{Leigh, Magen and Julie rocking bold red lips!}

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{Aubrie creating a gorgeous smokey eye on Magen}

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{the finished product! ready for our Houston #CoverMoment!}

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Join me and COVERGIRL for the VMAs on Sunday!

August 22nd, 2013 · 2 Comments


As part of my collaboration with COVERGIRL to serve as a COVERGIRL Beauty Ambassador, I have received products and been compensated for my time.

This weekend, I’m SO excited to partner with COVERGIRL to host a viewing part for the VMAs! Music is a huge part of my life (a lot of you guys know that already from Moving Neutral!), so I’m extra excited to join in for what will definitely be an awesome night!

On Sunday, I’ll be getting a few friends together for a viewing party at our house, complete with delicious local food (everyone thinks that Houston is all about steaks and barbeque, but we actually have amazing restaurants that focus on fresh, local, organic ingredients), the fabulous makeup artist Aubrie Layne to give COVERGIRL makeovers, and of course, drooling over all the awesome beauty and fashion trends on the red carpet and during the show! There’s even going to be a preview of the new Hunger Games x COVERGIRL commercial during the show — as a huge Katniss fan, I can’t wait! I’ll be tweeting throughout the night, so be sure to join in! (And if you haven’t made a drugstore beauty run in a while, you HAVE to try their new Whipped Creme foundation — it’s under $10 and seriously amazing!)

And COVERGIRL has made it super fun and easy to participate! Their new site, #covermoment, is showcasing your best, most confident and beautiful moments through photos from all over the world! Obviously, you guys know that I take a lot of selfies, and I think it’s so cool that COVERGIRL is letting everyone share the moments that women feel great about themselves with the world! To share yours, just tag your photo on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #covermoment, and then check the site to see your pretty face! It can be any moment you’re proud of — from mastering a cute hairstyle to starting a new job or school year!

I’m super excited to rock some fabulous VMA style in Houston (and online!), and I hope you guys will join in!

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festival beauty

April 17th, 2013 · 2 Comments


Have you guys been poring over the pictures coming in from Coachella like I have?  It looks like such a blast, I’m dying to go next year!  I love seeing everyone in their low-key, music festival-wear — it’s such a change from all the polish and glam of NYFW! 

Even though I’m not going to California this year, I thought I’d do a post on a music-festival-inspired beauty look!  These tips work just as easily for a concert that’s near home — Chad and I are headed to an awesome two-day festival in Houston in June, so I’ll be getting a chance to try out fun outdoor looks. 

For this look, I kept everything about my makeup minimal — I hardly used any foundation, but covered up any unevenness in my skintone by mixing Cle de Peau concealer with Simple Skincare Vital Vitamin Day Cream moisturizer (which has the added bonus of SPF 15 — if you’re going to be outdoors all day, be sure to add a hat and reapply frequently)!  That’s my favorite trick for a minimal makeup day — you get the almost all the benefits of foundation without any greasy feeling by evening. 

For my eyes, I used Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess palette (a favorite of mine since back in NY!) And for lips, I left them super simple — nobody wants to be reapplying lipstick all day long when you’re outdoors without a mirror!  I used Nivea Kiss of Shimmer chapstick with SPF 10 — another drugstore favorite that’s perfect for long summer days! 




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