17 April 2013, 14:19
This post was sponsored by Covergirl.
Complexion perfection… It’s the holy grail! When it comes to our faces, we all want the same thing: a clear, smooth base. We don’t want to look like we’re covered in pancake batter, we just want to look like the best possible version of ourselves. This is surprisingly difficult to achieve.
Introducing Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation. It’s a brilliant product. It works as a primer, a foundation and a concealer, which is a bold claim, since most babes I know use all three, and would kick and scream if you suggested removing one step from their routine!
When they asked me to give it a shot, I couldn’t say no! The appeal of a 3-in-1 product is too strong for most to resist! Who doesn’t want to take less time getting ready?
I agreed to put it to the test. Gala Darling, your intrepid beauty editor, reporting for duty!
Now before we get into it, the most important thing you have to know about this challenge is that whenever I do sponsored product reviews, I pledge to always tell you the truth about how it goes down. Otherwise, what’s the point? I could recommend a bunch of junk, which you might try, and be disappointed… And you’d never trust what I said again. Why bother?
So, one grey, cloudy morning, I took a shower, washed and moisturised my face, and skipped my normal application of primer. I grabbed my Beauty Blender (new obsession!), dampened it with a little water, and used it to work #825 (Buff Beige) into my skin. I did a light application all over, then squirted a bit more product and dabbed it in places where I wanted a little more coverage.
I am delighted to tell you that the coverage on this product is SICK. I absolutely love it. I definitely had my doubts about its capabilities as a concealer, but man! It’s great. I dabbed a little Bobbi Brown concealer under my eyes — as I am queen of dark undereye circles — and I actually think it was a little overzealous and unnecessary. It looked great just with the Covergirl foundation. (If you were going to use extra concealer, I would recommend using it under the foundation… And only if you were really tired!)
I set the foundation with a little powder (Illamasqua), then did the rest of my makeup. On my lips, I used Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Haute Pink Twist (220). It’s such a fun colour — it’s subtle but still very pink!
I took Dolly for a stroll around 9am…
Wearing: Céline sunglasses / Pink cashmere cardigan from J.Crew / Polka-dot skirt from Topshop / Lacoste sneaker wedges / Glitter heart shoe clips from Head Full of Feathers
...And then I went about my day. I did some writing, went to a meeting with my manager, ate a salad, came home again, and then took these photos before heading out to the gym… In my holographic leggings. (Because, why not?)
Wearing: Perfect zip hoodie from Victoria’s Secret Pink / Plain tank / Baroque-patterned holographic leggings (!!!) from Victoria’s Secret Pink / Nike Free Runs
I think it held up amazingly well! It didn’t need another dusting of powder or any touch-ups at all, it just kept on truckin’. This is quite an achievement, especially for me: I have combination skin, and am prone to shininess in my t-zone.
I think a lot of people have misconceptions about what a matte foundation is. They think it’s going to look really cakey or heavy or oily, and certainly, this can be the case with some foundations. But Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 does not have this problem. In fact, it’s so light that you literally cannot feel it on your face.
You can tell that I’m psyched on this foundation because I didn’t Photoshop my face! (The ultimate test!) The only thing we did to these pictures was use an action to punch up the colours. I mean, that’s the highest compliment I can think of!
So, I think I found my new holy grail foundation. I am totally in love. And even better, it costs eight bucks and is available everywhere! Definitely worth a try; I think you’ll love it as much as I do!
Easy, breezy, beautiful!
Photos and art direction by Mike. What a babe!
Thanks so much to Covergirl for making this post possible!
7 January 2013, 10:32
On Friday, I went & got the chop… & I have to say, I haven’t been this excited about my hair in a long time. Chalk it up to Great Gatsby fever, or maybe I just needed a change… Whatever the reason, I am so stoked on my brand new ‘do!
“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” (Coco Chanel)
Since I know you’re going to ask, I went to Fox & Jane & had my hair snipped by Alison, who is a complete perfectionist & made sure everything fell just so. I appreciate a gal with dedication to her craft!
Do you think I should learn the Charleston now?!
Tra la la,
26 November 2012, 12:10
Marilyn Monroe was an original golden girl.
I’m pretty sick right now, my darlings. It’s not glamorous. In fact, it’s quite disgusting. I’ve been spending my past few days coughing, swaddled in a grey sequin cardigan, sucking on Burt’s Bees lemon & honey drops while watching endless episodes of Gossip Girl. (Hey, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!)
But I had a Dayquil-addled thought on Sunday that felt genius. I may feel sick, but I don’t have to look it! It was time to get my tan on.
Confession time: I love fake tan. I usually give it a rest over the winter, but this year, I started up again in earnest on February 2nd. Extreme! Yes, in the safety of my own home, I obsessively exfoliate, moisturise, & apply fake tan. It doesn’t matter to me that I’m wearing a fake fur coat every day — it’s worth it!
A lot of people hate on fake tan, which is a bit extreme, I think. Yes, “pale is beautiful”, but that definitely cuts out a LOT of the world’s population, doesn’t it?! If you don’t want to — or simply CAN’T — do alabaster skin, you have options!
I am always amazed by the number of people who have never experienced the transformational properties of a tan, but are adamant that it isn’t for them. If you do it properly, I promise, you’re not going to look like Snooki! It will just make you look a little glowy & more healthy. Never fear!
Getting your colour from a bottle is so much more healthy than spending hours lying out in the sun, or even worse, in one of those high-tech microwaves — it is super damaging! (You might not care now, but in ten years, you will!) No one’s saying you have to cross the line into full-blown “tanorexia”, either. Going just a couple of shades darker will add a healthy kind of air to your appearance. You can be subtle about it, believe me!
So, in case you feel like joining me on the golden side, here are my tips on how to get the perfect tan… & no sunshine required!
1. The best time to fake bake is at night before you go to bed: it gives you ample time to let the colour soak in! In the morning, just hop in the shower & rinse it off, revealing golden brown skin. Lovely!
The first thing to do is get in the shower & do any hair removal you deem necessary. Be as thorough as possible: for me, this means using an exfoliating mitt & using shaving cream (I like EOS!).
Then you should do a proper exfoliation. My favourite thing to use is Kae Savon Noir black soap. It smells like olives, grapefruit & eucalyptus, & will leave you feeling clean, hydrated & all firmed up! I have never been to Turkey, but apparently this smell will transport you right to a Hamam! The same company that makes the soap also makes the Kae Exfoliating Hammam Glove, which I think is fabulous. It gives you a really great scrub. (Of course, you can use any exfoliating mitt you please, but I recommend this one!)
You can also make your own killer body scrub by simply combining olive oil & brown sugar. It works like a charm & it’s cheap as chips!
2. Moisturise those dodgy bits: elbows, knees, ankles, feet & wrists. The reason we do this is because dry skin soaks up way more colour. That’s always a major tell-tale sign that you got your colour in a bathroom, not in Tahiti!
My favourite body lotion is Treat Whipped Coconut Tahitian Vanilla Organic Body Cream. Honestly, you cannot even imagine how delicious it smells! It’s summer in lotion form. It smells like the sea, the sun, coconut tanning oil & vanilla-scented hair. UNF! Even better than that, it’s made without any nasty ingredients, & it’s the most hydrating & delicious cream I’ve ever used. I keep a tub of it on my desk & use it as hand-cream every day. Sublime!
Some of my other favourites include Lush’s Dream Cream & Mountain Ocean Coconut Skin Trip (I also love their 90s surfer-style label). Ideally, you want something thick & rich, with an exquizz scent. Fake tan doesn’t smell fabulous, so if you can use something to counteract that, you should!
Once you’ve done a liberal application of lotion, grab a latex glove! (St. Tropez et al have tanning “mitts” you can use, but they’re pricey, & I think a latex glove works just as well!)
3. Let’s get crazy! It’s time to apply your tanning product!
There are about three trillion (approx.) tanning products on the market, but unfortunately, as with so many things, when it comes to fake tan, you get what you pay for. I personally love St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, it’s really easy to apply, because it comes out of the can in a dark brown colour. When you put it on your skin, you can see any blotches or streaks. Secondly, I don’t find it has that horrible “fake tan smell” that so many other brands too. Yes, it has a scent, but it mostly smells like perfume. Thirdly, it gives the nicest, most genuine-looking colour of anything I’ve tried.
Don’t be alarmed, by the way, if it looks really dark. It won’t be that deep on your skin, I promise!
Start at your feet & work your way up. Apply the tan to your skin by moving your hand in circles. Be sure to look in a mirror & make sure you don’t miss any important bits! It’s all too easy to forget to do BOTH butt-cheeks (!!!), or the backs of your thighs, or the undersides of your arms!
Let your tan dry for at least 60 seconds before you put on clothing. Dark (i.e., something that won’t get stained), loose clothes are best.
4. The next morning, all you have to do is take a shower & splash off the excess. You’ll see it whizzing down the drain, & when you step out onto the bathmat, you’ll witness your golden shoulders & have a big smile on your face!
Now, the trick with fake tan is that it requires maintenance. That’s almost more important than proper application technique, because otherwise when it gets all manky a few days in, your hard work will be ruined!
In order to keep it looking good, you should top up your tan every day with a gradual tanner. The moisturiser in it will help keep your skin looking golden, while continually depositing a little dose of colour. My favourite is Palmer’s Sunless Tanner & Instant Bronzer, which is SPF 15 & smells like a chocolate milkshake. I cannot get enough of this wonderful stuff! The colour is great & the scent is delicious!
Another lovely product you can use to make your tan look brilliant is St. Tropez Gold Illuminator. Apply a little bit to your legs, arms & collarbone for a superb shine! This is perfect for a night out when you want to glow like a golden goddess!
If you want your face to match your body — which it should! — yes, you can use your bottle of St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse. I like to just use a little bit. Apply it where you’d put a bronzer: under the cheekbones, & around the edges of your face. But if you’re a bit nervous about going overboard, you can use St. Tropez Instant Glow Face Lotion. I bought a small tube of it at Sephora & I use it on my face almost every day. It’s a gel, which makes it easier to apply, & you can use it on bronzer-friendly areas or do your entire face if you feel the need! I love it. It’s ace.
You can take care of your tan by taking shorter showers (more water means more of the tan washes away!), avoiding steam rooms or saunas, & not doing the dishes… unless you’re wearing gloves! (You can always neglect to mention that bit in an effort to avoid such a boring chore!)
If tanning isn’t quite for you, you could also attempt to beat the winter blues by looking at wonderful summery photographs, never leaving your house or alternatively, booking a flight to the Bahamas! Mmmm… Sounds good to me!
Yours in golden solidarity!
4 November 2012, 15:31
Could your curls make you famous?! The answer might astound you: YES, especially if Paul Mitchell has anything to do with it!
If you upload a picture of your Curl Confession on the Truth About Curls Facebook app using the hashtag #curlconfession, your gorgeous face could be projected on the coolest locations in New York & Los Angeles on November 15! All you have to do is submit your confession on Facebook, or post your #curlconfession via Twitter or Instagram any time before 11:59EST on 11/14. (If you can’t be there to see it in person, projections will be streamed live, starting at 5pm EST on 11/15 for the NYC spectacle, & 5pm PST for the sister event in LA!)
If you are there to see the spectacle live, you’ll be rewarded with QR codes that can scanned for a chance to win!
There’s another reason to check out the Paul Mitchell Facebook page: they’re giving away the entire full-sized Curls product line every week to their favourite curl confessions! After submitting on Facebook, simply enter your information for a chance to win.
I love free hair products, don’t you?!
Love & bouncy ringlets,
This post was sponsored by the very excellent team at Paul Mitchell!
5 October 2012, 16:13
My hair is a major state of flux right now. After having long extensions for years, my hair is finally long enough that I don’t need them! As Shangela would say, HALLELU! I can actually put my hair up in a ponytail! (Fellow short-haired girls will understand my excitement about this!)
But you know me, I like to fiddle around, so I ordered some clip-in extensions. I actually ordered two sets in two different lengths: one set for when I want to rock my lob (which will be 90% of the time), and a longer set for when I want to do glamour.
As I placed the order, I was trying to justify the purchase to myself, & recalling my favourite hair moments… & I had a realisation.
I don’t like my hair best when I go & get a blow-out, or when I’ve just walked out of a salon. I appreciate being primped & preened, of course, but you know what? I like my hair best the morning after.
Yeah, morning after hair is my favourite. You know, when it’s still holding its curl but it has become less perfect. It’s a bit messy from sleeping on it, & your beehive is mostly still in place. It looks effortlessly chic & sexy. It’s the way we think our hair would somehow magically look all the time if we moved to Paris! RIGHT?
Let’s take ALL these photos as an example. These were taken the day after our insane, dusty, fabulous photoshoot in Las Vegas. Kat, Nubby & I are all rocking morning after hair, & might I say, we look superb. A little undone in the best way possible.
I have to admit that I’m very spoiled in the hair arena (not because I have luscious locks, because after a million years of peroxide, I certainly don’t!), because Paul Mitchell sends me products to run through my tresses & experiment with whenever I please.
I was, of course, delighted to discover that you can TOTALLY FAKE your morning after hair. Yeah, you can have morning after hair the day of! All it takes is a smattering of Ultimate Wave™, which gives you lovely beachy texture without the hassle of getting sand in your swimsuit.
How exquizz is that? Very exquizz INDEED.
You can snap up your own tube of Ultimate Wave™ by finding a salon! (& tell them I sent you, will ya?)
So, what’s your curl confession? Do you, like me, prefer your hair the day after? Or do you have some other fabulous hair secret? You can share it on the Truth About Curls Facebook app using the hashtag #curlconfession. How modern!
This post was sponsored by the well-tressed people at Paul Mitchell. Merci beaucoup!
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