Beauty

V-Day Advice and fashion tips.

I’m not big on Valentine’s day. Mostly because of the way girls/ women make it a big deal, whether they are single or attached. If in a relationship it somehow becomes this big adieu about what their man will do for them this year. Will he get them jewelry, chocolates, a teddy bear or dare I say… something in the “little blue box”???? And if he doesn’t send you flowers at work he’s dead meat. From experience, it sucks to be the only lady not getting flowers at work on Valentine’s day, but that’s me playing into the hands of the holiday marketers.

Sad single women are even worse… the melancholy, doldrums of all the single ladies on Valentine’s day is pathetic, trite and quite frankly, puke worthy.

The best Valentine’s day participants are the single and ready to mingle types who don’t give a fuck. I loved going out with my girls, sometimes with the intent of having an “anti-Valentine’s day” celebration, but it was all in good fun and always humourous. Besides, there’s plenty of time to spend Valentine’s day with your true love once you actually find them. So what’s the point of going out with some lame guy just for the sake of not being alone?? Go out with the people you truly like and want to spend time with, have fun and who know’s, maybe you’ll get struck by cupids arrow.

Here are some of my fave pieces to where out this V-day from Revolve.

Aubrey off the shoulder red jumpsuit

AUBREY OFF SHOULDER JUMPSUIT

Sort of obsessed with this sequin dress by Free People.

SEEING DOUBLE SEQUIN SLIP DRESS

 

For a more casual look…

Fallen Hearts Tee  paired with satin joggers, a mini skirt or your fave pair of going out jeans and some kick ass heels make for the perfect going out look.

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I’d love to hear from you! Tell me about your favorite Valentine’s day.

xo,

Hilary

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Fall Back Essentials
Daylight savings is great  in that we don’t have to wake up in the dark any longer. But as the day goes on and I get tired earlier in the day because it’s actually an hour later, I need some pick me up items to keep me going while I adjust.
First off, a good face scrub for the dry skin that starts to appear from the cold weather is a must. I like Mario Badescu’s Strawberry Facial Scrub.  Then apply a good moisturizer (naturally). I love the Kiehls “daily revive” serum to help keep my skin looking healthy and alive all day long. You can’t forget lipgloss, I love the new holiday collection by Nars.  Throw on a good scarf before leaving the house. I always wear a scarf. It’s a great throw on piece when it gets cold and easy to stow away in your bag when you don’t need it. An added bonus is they look so chic!
Make sure you leave enough time to grab a Starbucks seasonal Pumpkin Spice latte
for the commute.
Candles, candles and some more candles…
After a long day, light some scented candles to brighten and stimulate the senses when it begins getting dark at 4pm. Dyptique is a wonderful brand but I’ve been told there are some really good ones from Magnolia for Target.
What are your tips for surviving the shorter days?

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Burberry scarve
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Nars cosmetic
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Diptyque white candle
$85 – net-a-porter.com

Funny tip for looking younger.

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These gorge celebrities are well into their 40’s and they have one anti-aging secret in common.

I heard this trick on the Today Show and wanted to share it because it was so silly to me but have found it to be true. We all know that as we age our lips become smaller but did you know that the same thing applies to your eyebrows? They begin to thin out with time. So, the trick to looking younger is to thicken those babies up!

How do you achieve these young looking thick brows?

Castor oil. This is an at home, easy and cheap way to increase the size of those brows and bonus, it also works on your eyelashes!

  1. Soak a cotton swab in pure castor oil and apply it on each eyebrow.
  2. Massage gently with your fingertips for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  4. Wash it off with lukewarm water and a mild cleanser.
  5. Repeat once daily for a few weeks until you notice improvement.

MAC: Great Brows. Make up is a great option for those of us who can’t wait for the brows to grow in and is really essential at every stage to define and enhance your brows. I recommend this eyebrow palette.

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How do you thicken your lashes?

XO,

Hil

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5 Stylist tips for staying red carpet ready.

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I was in my good friends wedding this past weekend. It was a beautiful celebration and I loved being a part of it! That being said, it’s a long day when you start getting ready in the afternoon and want your look to last through the ceremony, pictures and reception. You might not be walking the red carpet, but we all have occasions when we want to stay looking beautiful and feeling fresh all day. Weddings and special events call for some added rituals that will help you look and feel your best.

Here are a tips from celebrity stylists (and myself) on how they keep the stars looking red carpet ready through long events.

  1. Deodorant on your face. This is a trick that keeps your face free of sweat. Use a make-up brush to apply a fragrance free, clear and preferably organic, antiperspirant to the areas of your face that tend to sweat. I.E. your hair-line and upper lip. Make sure to give this method a test run before the big event as some  may have a bad reaction. (reference Refinery29)
  2. Concealer on your lips. This is a trick you see many make-up artists use on YouTube. It helps you apply lip liner and lipstick more evenly and give them staying power.
  3. Apply a creamy eye treatment under your eyes. This helps keep your eye make-up in place and from creasing and falling into cracks. Make-up artist Janice Kinjo recommends Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. (reference Huffington Post)
  4. Blow dry your eye lashes. To help your eye lashes curl better, Isla Fisher recommends taking a blow dryer to your eye lash curler for a few seconds before using it. It also helps them stay in place longer. (reference InStyle.com)
  5. Check you posture. Good posture shows poise and confidence. A good way to make sure you’re standing (or sitting) tall is to roll your shoulders back, this forces your whole body to straighten up.
  6. Smile a lot! Every woman looks their most gorgeous when they’re smiling. So smile often. A good trick that Jessica Chastain shares is to put your tongue behind your teeth to keep from over smiling and appearing to “gummy”.

Do you have any tips you can share?

XO,

Hilary

 

 

 

 

 

Contouring made easy.

I have to admit that when it comes to make-up I’m pretty lazy, which is funny because when I was much younger I had trouble leaving the house without a full face of make-up. Nowadays I wear very minimal make-up in part because I hate taking it off at night!  My routine consists of BB cream (or simply tinted moisturizer, which is great because it provides some light coverage, it’s easy to blend and generally contains SPF. I’m currently using one by Laura Mercier and a tinted moisturizer by Clinique.
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I have however, been very curious about the popular technique of contouring. There seem to be many ways of doing this from very complex to simple. I prefer simple as I don’t have a lot of time to do my make-up normally. So here are 4 steps I found on Elle.com for easy contouring

What you’ll need: Two stick foundations, one two shades darker than your skin tone and one that’s two shades lighter plus your existing foundation.

Step one. Start by putting on your foudnation as usual. Then proceed to map your face with the darker stick like so. Trace your temples, the hollow of your cheek bones, outline the sides of your nose upward, your jaw bone and place one simple line under your bottom lip.

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Step two. Blend it into your foundation. You can use your fingertips but from what I’ve seen, a beauty blender is preferable. Do not blend it all over your, use small circular motions to blend in the areas where the stick foundation is located not wandering to outside the general vicinity.

Step 3. Place the lighter foundation underneath your eyes and up toward your temples. Blend.

Step 4. Use a loose brush to blend loose powder all over your face. Translucent is recommended by most make up artists.

contouring finished product

What does your make-up routine consist of?

xo,

Hilary

Anti-aging secrets of the hottest celebs.

My birthday just passed and as I get older it becomes increasingly important for me to take care of my skin and I become more curious as to what women of “advanced age” do to keep their skin looking it’s best. Although I always remain skeptical of any “anti-aging” skin care regimen that a celebrity shares (I believe most have plastic surgery or fillers that actually make them look so young) I do think it’s worth paying attention to some of their recs and doing your own research as well to figure out what works best for you.

I’ll share with you some of the “secrets” I found recently.

Iman

Iman. I just love her! This quote from TotalBeauty.com is everything:
“‘Where I come from, aging is something that is earned,’ says the Somali supermodel who also says that she can’t imagine injecting something that’s labeled a toxin into her body.”

She goes on to talk about how having a consistent beauty routine is important but she doesn’t just rely on external cleansers and creams, you have to take care of the inside as well with a healthy diet. She does this in part by having a David Kirsch protein shake with strawberries and blueberries or an Organic Avenue Green Coco Juice every morning.

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Nicole Kidman. Now, as much as I love Nicole and think she looks amazing, it’s pretty obvious she’s had some work done. And that’s perfectly fine and acceptable, I just wish more celebs would own up to that fact so that the rest of us mortals don’t feel as though we’re doing something wrong in our organic anti-aging pursuits.

That being said, on top of the work she does recommend retinal. Which is one the most popular external anti-aging treatment out there. She says she uses Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair.

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Jennifer Lopez. I will be extremely grateful if I look a 10th as good as she does at the age of 48! She accredits not just her still banging body, but her ageless skin, in part, to a healthy workout regimen. She’s worked with celebrity trainers including Tracy Anderson and Gunnar Peterson, and is an avid yogi. So get moving and sweat yourself to younger looking skin!

My #1 recommendation and the #1 rec by dermatologists for keeping your skin looking young, wait for it… sunscreen!! The sun is the #1 cause of aging skin so lather up that skin with at least an SPF 15. I use a BB cream from Laura Mercier with SPF on my face. I love it because it does double duty providing natural coverage and UVA and B protection. You can find it here.

What’s your #1 anti-aging tip?

xo,

Hil