The Oscars: About Last Night

Here’s the thing. I live in Hawaii where the scenery is gorgeous and the weather is balmy and beautiful year round. I mean, this week half the country was freezing and I’m down here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean taking pictures like this on my iPhone:

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But let me tell you, when it comes to award season and my Twitter Feed is on East Coast Time but my cable service says we are on Hawaii time (read: A FULL FIVE HOURS BEHIND THE REST OF HUMANITY) living in paradise totally blows.

For this reason, I chose to not even look at my Twitter Feed while all the Oscar red carpet excitement was happening yesterday.

Instead, I painted my nails and patiently waited for the show to start here in Hawaii. (How amazing is this Sally Hansen Patent Gloss in Moto?)

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By the time the show started here in Hawaii, everyone in LA was on their third martini at the after parties so I found myself alone in the living room making judgments out loud to no one in particular. They sounded a little something like this:

  • E! You’re making it very very difficult for me to love you. Ross and Kelly are your saving graces, but Ryan and Giuliana have become unbearable. Come on Ryan, if you’re going to ask a question at least let them answer.
  • I can’t with Khloe Kardashian. I mean, really?
  • Thank GOD for Robin Roberts.
  • JLo slays, as per usual. (I’m unsure about the lip, though. Could just be my TV, but it looks lavender.)
  • I’m pretty sure Patricia Arquette is drunk and the show hasn’t even started.
  • I love how Nicole Kidman is back to looking like her gorgeous self. Injectables are the devil, people. THE DEVIL.
  • Speaking of the devil, poor Melanie Griffith.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow looks amazing. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, she is perfection.
  • Ball gowns should not have pockets in them. (Ahem, Chloe Grace Moretz.)
  • Call your mom.
  • How long has Jared Leto looked like Jesus?
  • Anna Wintour wears her sunglasses at night. Ugh.
  • Holy purple smoky eye, Jennifer Hudson. Your face is giving me life right now.
  • Who knew NPH looked so good in his underwear?
  • Okay, Patricia Arquette isn’t drunk anymore. That speech!
  • JOHN FUCKING LEGEND
  • Wait, I’m confused. His name isn’t John Legend?
  • Oh no, Im…. falling… asleep.
  • Stay weird. Stay different. I love this.
  • Julianne Moore is a goddess.

I’ll be posting my favorite looks of the night, but here is my most favorite picture of the night. I spotted these beauties on Jennifer Lopez’s Instagram:

Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce

 

 

Five Favorites: Lip Balm

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I’ve long said that lip balm is one of my most favorite products of all time. I have a hard time getting anything accomplished without moisture on my lips. There are lip products stocked in every corner of my existence. The car, my desk, the nightstand, gym bag, handbag, work bag, bathroom… you need lip balm? I’ve got you covered.

Today Janey is home sick from school with a sore throat and the poor girl’s lips are dry and cracked but she keeps shooing me and my chapstick away. How can she even stand it? Her dry lips are making me so anxious I’ve reapplied my own lip balm 463 times in the last two hours to compensate.

“Mom, stopppppp! I don’t want anything on my lips. I don’t feel good,” she whines, slapping my hand away from her face every time I come at her with Chapstick.

Because of this, I can’t concentrate. I mean, how can I focus on the piles of paperwork on my desk when my child’s moisture-less lips are sitting on the couch right next to me? I’m rendered useless, for real.

To keep my mind on moisturized lips, here are my five favorite lip balms of the moment starting from the bottom left going clockwise:

  • Carmex Ultra Smooth Lime Twist Lip Balm Stick This fresh lime flavor cools the lips with a slightly less intense version of the original Carmex, and leaves lips feeling fresh and soft. Bonus: Formulated with broad spectrum sunblock for the win.
  • Fresh Sugar Rose Extreme Tinted Lip Treatment I can’t even begin to adequately express my love for the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment line. I’m especially infatuated with the tinted versions like this Sugar Rose Extreme: it comes in the most adorable rose-covered packaging and is enriched with rose oil leaving the most divine scent and rosy tint.
  • Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy  I put some of these rose-scented mini Vaseline jars in the girls’ stockings at Christmas and I think we’ve already gone through them all. This is a better, more luxurious version of everyone’s favorite Vaseline.
  • COVERGIRL Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm This balm is lightly tinted and so moisturizing it could almost pass as a gloss. Either way, it’s easy to apply and reapply all day long. My favorite shade is Sweet Tweet, I rarely leave home without it.
  • Chapstick Total Hydration My love affair with Chapstick runs long and hard. It started in Walla Walla, Washington when I would hide in my great-grandmothers dressing area and take bites off the top of her original flavor Chapstick. I would eat the Cherry Chapstick, too, but the original was my favorite. Now Chapstick has Total Hydration, three flavors of ultra moisturizing botanical complex rich in omegas available only at Target. I’m totally into the Sweet Peach flavor.

Now I need to get some work done with Janey’s chapped lips glaring at me from across the room. Would it be mean to ask her to go watch TV upstairs?

 

Get the Look: Katy Perry at the 2015 Grammy’s

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Celebrity makeup artist Jake Bailey created the gorgeous look for Katy Perry at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards last Sunday night and he revealed today on his Instagram how he created her makeup look:

“COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation in Natural Beige, Clean powder in Medium Light, Instant Cheekbones in Peach Perfection, Brow Wow in Medium Brown, Eyeshadow Quad in Blooming Blushes, Colorlicious Lipstick in Sultry Sienna, Colorlicious Gloss in Melted Toffee”

Her hair was created by Shon Ju and her dress was by Zuhair Murad. (Katy Perry photo credit: Steve Granitz, WireImage)

Get the Look: Gwen Stefani at the 2015 Grammy’s

Photo cred: Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Photo cred: Jason Merritt, Getty Images

 

By far my favorite look of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards was the ageless Gwen Stefani. She killed it on the red carpet in her Atelier Versace jumpsuit and flawless hair and makeup. She skipped her go-to red lips and opted for nude shimmer, the perfect accessory to her fierce up-do created by Pantene Global Ambassador and Celebrity Stylist, Danilo.

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Here is how Danilo created Gwen’s red carpet look:

1. Prep hair with a leave-in conditioner like Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Moisture Mist Detangler
2. Part hair into 4 sections (sides and top) and lightly mist hair with a volumizer all-over like Pantene Pro-V Full & Strong PowerFULL Booster Spray; then blow-dry each section
3. Curl hair in sections with a medium iron, pin to set, and allow to cool
4. Unpin the hair and brush the hair smooth
5. Apply a leave in crème like Pantene Pro-V Stylers All-In-One Styling Balm through the length of the hair for added texture
6. Brush back the hair to give fullness around the face, keeping the top of the hair loose
7. Gather brushed sections together, begin to twist and fold hair into a loose bun, keeping the sides tighter and finally pin to arrange
8. Lightly mist a shine spray like Pantene Advanced+ Keratin Repair KERAGLOSS Oil Mist on the hair to add shine

 

Get the Look: Kim Kardashian at the 2015 Grammy’s

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I’m not always a fan of Kim Kardashian‘s look (specifically since she started dabbling in injectables) but her hair and makeup at last night’s 57th Annual Grammy Awards was spot-on.

I’m really digging her new, shorter hairstyle. It’s fresh and unfussy and a nice change from her signature long hair look.

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Celebrity hairstylist Michael Silva styled Kim’s hair last night and here is how he created her Grammy look:

“I began by applying Shu Uemura Ample Angora Volumizing Mousse layered with Bumble and bumble Surf Spray.  On the ends I used Kerastase Touché Finale Serum.  I rough dried the hair then set it in an S wave.  I used a little flat iron and finished with the Kardashian Pure Glitz Hairspray.”

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Her flawless gilded makeup was inspired by her vintage Gaultier gown, says celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic. Here’s how he created her glowing skin and shimmery eyes:

“I used three Anastasia Beverly Hills Single Eyeshadows. Soft gold all over as a base and more on the inner corners, Emerald along the crease and outer corners, and Moss swept along the lower lash line together with the soft gold shade.

For lashes, I used Kardashian Beauty Individual Lashes (a few just on the outer corners) followed by L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black.

I used NARS Blush in Orgasm on the cheeks and Eye M Glam Highlighter on the cheek bones and bridge of the nose to highlight.

On the lips we went for a classic Kim K. nude which she loves. I used Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Naked.

For the body I used Supermodel Body by Charlotte Tilbury.”

To finish her look, Kim kept her nails neutral and wore a simple gold ankle strap sandal. Stay tuned for my other favorite looks from last night’s Grammy Awards.