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simple skincare giveaway!

March 13th, 2013 · 85 Comments


I’ve been using Simple Skincare‘s products for over a year now, so I was incredibly excited when they announced five new products that hit stores in 2013!  I don’t change up my skincare routine often, but these fit seamlessly into my routine.  They were especially crucial during Fashion Week, when I was inevitably too exhausted to even consider taking off my makeup at night — there’s nothing like a package of makeup wipes to make you think to yourself, “Just do it.  It’ll take two seconds.”  And bam, you wake up in the morning with a fresh, clear face. 

And I’m so excited to give ten winners the entire new product line!  Each winner will receive a package that includes the Foaming Cleanser, Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes, Radiance Cleansing Wipes (my personnal favorite!), Eye Make-Up Remover Pads and Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15. 

To enter, just leave a comment below! I’ll announce the winners, chosen randomly, next week!  Good luck! 

Update!  The winners are comments #2, 8, 10, 11, 19, 25, 43, 54, 57 and 63!  I’m emailing today for your addresses.

Tags: beauty · This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Ambassador in the Simple® Skincare Program. · Visit to share your story on sensitive skin. For more tips and deals from Simple, join the Simple VIP community at

beauty tutorial: jennifer lawrence’s oscars makeup

February 26th, 2013 · 2 Comments

I look forward to the academy awards every year, but this year was extra exciting!  I’ve loved Jennifer Lawrence since seeing Winter’s Bone back when I lived in New York, and Silver Linings Playbook was probably my favorite movie of the year (this year’s movies were so good, it’s hard to even pick)!  So I was hoping she’d blow me away on the red carpet.

And… wow.  She absolutely, completely did!  I had been planning to do an Oscars makeup tutorial, but when I saw how completely flawless and radiant she looked, my mind was made up.  I loved her soft smokey eye, the blush-colored lip, and most of all, her ethereal, luminous skin.  More than anyone else that night (and there were some truly beautiful dresses), she totally nailed it.

So I had to do a video showing you how to get her look!  It’s a little long because I did the whole thing from start to finish, but I hope you guys enjoy it! 

A quick list of the products I used: Simple Skincare Vital Vitamin Day Cream, Cle de Peau concealer, Cle de Peau Foundation, Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Blush (not out yet), Mark. Touch and Glow Shimmer Cube, Urban Decay eyeliner pencil in Oil Slick, Mark. eyeshadow palette, DIORSHOW eyelash maximizer and mascara, Mark. lip gloss, Mark. luminizer, Make Up For Ever Microfinish powder




Tags: beauty · This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Ambassador in the Simple® Skincare Program. · Visit to share your story on sensitive skin. For more tips and deals from Simple, join the Simple VIP community at

nyfw: fall 2013 beauty trends

February 18th, 2013 · 2 Comments


I spend so much time at Fashion Week paying attention to the clothes, sometimes I forget that hair and makeup is a crucial part of every show! And just like with clothes, there’s such a huge variety that it’s sometimes hard to pick out what’s an overarching trend and what’s specific to each designer’s aesthetic. But I wanted to give you guys a sense of what I saw in a little bit more detail, so I’ve tried to boil it down to a few trends!

Above: Piecey Beach Waves at Candela

I always like my hair best when I haven’t brushed it in a while, which is exactly this style. To get this at home, use a clampless curling iron and leave the bottom inch uncurled, then comb out with your fingers (not a brush!) and use a little bit of spray. To keep the waves subtle and natural, start the curl at your jawbone or lower, and only curl from that point down. This is one of the easiest looks to recreate at home, so you guys should definitely try it!


Natural Skin and a Bold Lip at Noon By Noor

I loved, loved, LOVED the hair and makeup for this show. The perfect red lip was timeless and so glam, as were the vintage Hollywood curls — they paired seamlessly with everything from 60’s preppy knits and scarves to lavish gowns.

To get this look at home, let your skin be the star by keeping it smooth and hydrated! See how her skin looks like it’s glowing? That’s the goal. Try a light moisturizer that won’t irritate your skin (I swear by Simple Skincare’s Vital Vitamin Day Cream!) to avoid any redness that could ruin this look! Keep your makeup simple and bare and choose a matte red for your lips — everyone’s favorite red is different, but the look for this show had slight orange undertones — perfect for winter-y glamour!


Bold Brows and a Wine-Colored Lip at Parkchoonmoo

Even more so than a red lip, you have to keep the rest of your makeup understated but balanced to match a wine-colored lip. Try a subtle smokey eye in shades of light brown, and swap your blush for a matte bronzer to achieve this pretty, polished look. And the sleek ponytail never goes out of style!


Oversized Eyelashes at Nina Skarra

Kids, don’t try this at home. Dramatic false lashes are huge parts of NYFW, but to adapt them for everyday life, you want to tone them down by about 95%. Instead of using these editorial-worthy lashes, dot a few individual falsies around the corners of your eyes and then line with jet black liquid eyeliner for an instant perk-up. One of the best parts about fashion week is taking the high-level trends and adapting them to use at home, and this one is perfectly suited to it! (And to take it all off at the end, try Simple Skincare’s makeup wipes!)


Hair Prints at CZAR

Ok, I have no idea how they did this — some form of spray paint/stencil maybe? So freaking cool.  Color definitely wasn’t limited to clothes this season, with models at Nicole Miller, Carmen Marc Valvo and CZAR sporting major pops of color. The orange and yellow ombre at Nicole Miller was the model’s own, but to steal their idea (temporarily), check out my video on using hair chalk here.

And when all else fails, stick a clock on your head and call it a day:


(I kid, I kid: the Raphael Cennamo show was stunning and I can’t wait to show you guys more pictures from it!)

Tags: beauty · new york fashion week · style