puppy christmas

December 29th, 2011 · 7 Comments

This was my first Christmas without Calvin and Coco since I got them six years ago, and I missed them terribly (although they had fun staying with my in-laws’ dogs while we were gone). 

Since they’d never be patient enough for me to dress them in santa hats in real life, I couldn’t resist tinkering with their photos a little bit.  Just to get into the holiday spirit, of course.

Many thanks to Proactiv for making a donation to my favorite charity for the holidays (watch the video to see what charity I picked)!

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meaningful moments

December 20th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty line offered me $200 to the charity of my choice, and I made this video (with Calvin’s help) to tell you guys what charity I picked!  I was thrilled to work on a campaign that also did some good at the same time. 

Hope everyone has a happy, healthy, and generous holiday season.  I’m looking forward to having skin like Cindy Crawford’s come 2012.  🙂

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tutorial: perfect coral lip

September 30th, 2011 · 8 Comments

I bet a few times a week, you guys might just dab on a little lip gloss and call it a day, no? 

Ok, I’ve done it too.  But you know what lasts about ten minutes?  Lip gloss on its own.  To do a serious colored lip, you need way more than that one tiny step.

One of the best pieces of advice that I get over and over again from professional makeup artists, is that there are no shortcuts.  If you want a look that’s as great as the celeb who sits still for an hour or two to get her makeup done, you have to learn (and recreate) all the steps that they use. 

Fortunately, for lips, there are really just three crucial steps: a serious lipcolor, full liner to fill and emphasize your pucker, and then a gorgeous gloss to set everything and give some additional shine.  And then do it all over again for serious staying power.

I’ve been wearing this coral shade from EstĂ©e Lauder all the time — usually I’m more of a neutral lip girl, but the color in this shade is so flattering that it’s become one of my absolute favorites.  Paired with a subtle shimmering gloss and smooth liner, and you can’t get a prettier pout.

I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a makeup video!  I have so many fun ones coming up — I can’t wait to show you guys!

I used: Estée Lauder Pure Color lipstick in Curvaceous Coral, Estée Lauder lip liner in Rose Coral, Estée Lauder Pure Color lip gloss in Extravagant Pink, tissue.

Tags: beauty · beauty product samples provided for my review