Primping with Dawn: Getting Glamorous with Fergie

Girls, let’s be honest. We all have girl crushes. You know the kind – the women we not only wish we were more like but the ones we would also love to be friends with and the ones we have no problem understanding how any man could fall in love with them.

Well, one of mine has always been Fergie.

Fergie gets glamorous at her Wet n Wild photo shoot on June 19th, 2014

She’s just that perfect mix of talented sexy-cute that the guys in my band used to say was the trifecta. At 39 years old, she exudes sex-appeal for the males and yet is also just the cutest thing to boot. Even those lines in her song, Glamorous, where she says “I still go to Taco Bell” and “After the show or after the grammys I like to go cool out with the family” are just further reminders of how approachable and down-to-earth she seems.
So when I had the opportunity to be one of only two tastemakers to meet with her a few weeks ago at the photo shoot for her new collection with Wet n Wild, I was plumb giddy. When I arrived, I not only got to meet the lady of the hour and play with the new products but I also got to meet her handsome husband, Josh Duhamel, and her adorable son, Axl.
I sat down one-on-one with the superwoman we call Fergie to ask her to spill her beauty secrets and favorite products. And spill, she did. It felt like two girlfriends chatting. One off the bucket list for sure.
DM: Okay, first of all. I just met your son. Um, he looks like a kewpie doll! He is perfect.
Fergie: (Laughing) I can’t argue with you. I’m his mom.
Can you imagine? “Um, my kid? Yeah, he’s okay.” Nope, he’s gorgeous.
Okay, speaking of gorgeous – let’s get primping. How do you have that skin? Please spill your skincare secrets for me – oh, and I guess I’ll share them with my readers, too.
First, every night, I always wash my face, brush my teeth and then always moisturize. Moisture. Moisture. Moisture. Under the eyes. On the neck. All over the face. SPF during the day.
I’m a big believer in moisture. And that’s why you have NO lines. Yep. What’s your morning routine?
I wake up and I pound almost two (16.9 oz) waters. I just down it. It gets everything flowing. Then I drink Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie before anything else gets in my system, every day. It goes through your system and it’s hitting all of your organs before anything else. Do it before you digest anything else.
Yes ma’am. I’ll do anything if it means I can have skin that looks like that. What are 2 beauty products from your collection that you just can’t live your life without?
Wet n Wild Perfect Pout lip color in Fergie Daily. That’s why I named it that. It’s my go to nude. It’s easy. Anyone can wear it but I like to wear it everyday. It’s simple and it’s named after a fan club of my fans from Brazil. They made a website for me and, in English, the translation is “Fergie Daily.”
I love that you honor your fans by naming beauty products after them!
Yeah. I named products like Perfect Pout lip color in Bebot Love and my To Reflect Shimmer Palette in Carnaval in Rio for all the different places that I’ve been, the people that I’ve met and things that I’ve seen in my life. Every single name that I give to the products has a special meaning to me and that’s true. That’s not some line. I sit there and I name them all.

A few of Fergie's Faves from her Wet N Wild collection. And 5 lucky winners will win them! We'll announce the details on how to win THIS Friday!

Ok, one more favorite? I know it’s hard to pick just two.
The most important is “Take on the Day” mattifying powder. It’s so important because in social media these days, you always have to be selfie-ready. And, for me, someone who moisturizes all the time, I need it for the T-zones and right around the nose, chin, and lip. Since I moisturize a lot, if I don’t put that mattifying powder on, it can look greasy. It’s important.
I love that powder! It really does mattify. Perfect for summer! So, what’s that nail color you’re rocking right now for summer?
It’s MegaLast Nail Color in I Need a Refresh-Mint. It’s this nice little blue that’s both bright and pastel. And it looks really good with a tan.
Yes, it does. Ok. Time for the good stuff.
What’s the best advice you were ever given?
Well, my dad would always say, “Success is in the journey.” It’s very much about living in the now. Don’t live in the future. Don’t live in the past. Live in the present. That’s why they call it the present because it’s a gift.
True that. What one word describes your current state?
I feel very zen at this moment.
What would you say is your greatest achievement thus far?
My son. He’s the love of my life. Both those men (my husband and my son) are the loves of my life.
What would 13 year old you think of you now?
“Wow! You’re a Mom!” (followed by laughter) “You’re actually a mom.”
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Interviewer’s Note: I will say that since I interviewed Fergie, I have been pounding two waters every morning and adding a green juice to my day…just like Dr.Fergie prescribed. And I must say, y’all, my skin is looking glowing and glamorous. Additionally, I am ADDICTED to her Wet n Wild “Take on the Day” mattifying powder. It is the sweat-stopper in this summer heat.
Other Fergie for Wet’n'Wild products I’m loving? Her Take On The Day shadow primer, which keeps shadow from creasing and has a slight shimmer to it, her nail polish, appropriately named Glamorous which is a gold glitter nail polish which can be worn on its own or layered over your favorite shade, and the goooorgeous liquid cateye eyeliner she had on when I interviewed her which was Mega Liner Liquid Eyeliner in Indigo Blue – perfect with that nude lip she donned so beautifully.

 Now, go get yourself glamorous at your local drugstore.

xoxo,
Dawn

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Happy 50th Birthday to the woman in whose light I (literally) stood

 

Amen, Sandy. Amen. And Happy 50th Birthday!

When I first met Sandy Bullock, as her Miss Congeniality stand-in in 2000 in Austin, she was then the age that I am now.

She was 36 and I was a recent Texas graduate at 22. I thought she was THE COOLEST.

I still do.

Such memories, love and friends came out of those mere two months.

Some of my favorites.

And it was one heck of a roller coaster precursor to my move in August of 2000 from the Lone Star State to this City of Angels, that I now love so madly.

I will always just love her to bits.

And somewhere…far up in a closet…or way back in a storage space in Austin or Louisiana, I hope she still has an overly-gushing 2-page thank you note that a 22-year-old starlet wannabe wrote her.

 

xoxo,
BF

BF Asks: What thank you notes have you written that you’ll never forget?

 

3 easy steps to Amp Up Your Style & win with TRESemmé for the VMAs

I just used these 3 products from TRESemmé to attempt to get some va-va-voom volume into my fine hair and, y’all, it worked. And all in under 15 minutes. Here’s how.

I was so excited about the level of volume I achieved, I cut off the last few words of the video which were, “And this my friends…is what happens.” Cue Olivia Newton-John’s “Magic” right now, folks.
 

Speaking of music, I’m no rockstar…at least not outside of my shower but TRESemmé sure can make me feel like one. Oh, you know that TRESemmé. She’s always got totally delightful, doable DIY hair tutorials and giveaways for all. And when the VMAs roll around, her spirit of sharing only doubles with rocking out the tutorials for all of us.

TRESemmé invites you to amp up your VMA style with one of her five looks that are red carpet-ready. Check out THESE 5 tutorials on how to achieve a pumped up pony, a super sleek look, rock ‘n roll waves, full blown volume and shine like a star. Watch the videos for a coupon for $1.75 off TRESemmé at Walmart.

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While watching the 2014 VMAs on August 24th post your VMA style and show how you amp up your style using the hashtag #ampupyourstyle for your chance to win TRESemmé samples.

Once you have your look, enter to win a chance to attend the 2015 VMAs for you and a friend! Simply fill out the sweeps form at walmart.com/TRESemme
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Rock it out.

xoxo,
BF

BF Asks: Which look are you gonna try? My full blown volume, a pumped up pony, a super sleek look, rock ‘n roll waves or shine like a star?

*This is a sponsored post by Lunchbox Media. While products or compensation were provided, the words and opinions are all my own.

I’M SO EXCITED, I CAN’T HIDE IT ABOUT…NutriBullet!

If you follow me on social media, you know that I’m right smack-dab in the middle of 15 Days of Fitness. It’s going SO great, I actually have something exciting in store for you guys in August. More on that later.

But now, what am I soooooo excited about that I had to start a new column called “SO EXCITED, I CAN’T HIDE IT ABOUT…”? Well, dear readers, that would be the NutriBullet.

The NutriBullet does my #15DaysofFitness right!

Now, I know we’ve all heard of this and thought about trying it but I, for one, had never had the pleasure. Then, I tried my friend’s the other day and fell in love. It quickly became my new kitchen favorite! After using it a few times, I was in love!

This guy not only whips up delicious smoothies and juices in no time flat but it also actually works as an extractor. What on earth does that mean? Well, it actually extracts all of the deliciousness and nutritiousness in fruits and vegetables, making it easier for your body to absorb them. Could anything be more appropriate for my #15DaysofFitness ? I think not….which is why I had to get one for myself. After all, my latest goal is to have a juice or smoothie chock-full of a variety of fruits and veggies every day!
And I, my friends, am in good company. Duchess Kate Middleton herself is a fan – as is another one of my girl crushes, Olivia Munn and my FabFitFun girl, Giuliana Rancic.
I’ve included two of my favorite summer recipes, using the NutriBullet, below. But I have even MORE exciting news!
On Friday, I am hosting a Twitter giveaway giving one of you guys your own NutriBullet.
Just follow me on Twitter and reply to a few tweets throughout the day and you’re entered to win. Share the giveaway now by tweeting today:
“@beautyfrosting is giving away @thenutribullet on Fri 7/25 at 12 pm. Join the party!! #15daysoffitness “ 
Ginger Pineapple Limeade Blast – Limeade AND pineapple? Yes, please.
With an amazing immune-boosting citrus kick and a chunk of ginger to rev up your digestive fire, this mouth-watering blast will leave you feeling fresh, sweet and perfectly green — especially on those hot summer days.
·      2 handfuls spinach
·      1/2 cup pineapple
·      1 chunk ginger
·      3/4 cup lime juice
·      6 leaves cilantro
·      1 tablespoon honey (raw)
·      Water to MAX LINE
·      Ice cubes
*Add all ingredients to NutriBullet tall cup and extract until smooth.
Summer Sipper – Who knew LETTUCE could taste this good??!
Combine the season’s best produce in this delicious, refreshing and oh-so nutritious and healthy beverage.
·      1/4 tall cup arugula
·      1/4 tall cup romaine
·      2 leaves basil
·      1/2 cup cantaloupe
·      1/2 cup blueberries
·      1 cup cherries (pitted)
·      1 tablespoon chia seeds
·      Coconut water to MAX LINE
*Add all ingredients to NutriBullet tall cup and extract until smooth.
Learn more about the NutriBullet at www.nutribullet.com and for more delicious, nutrient-rich recipes, go to www.nutribulletblog.com.
xoxo,
BF
BF Asks: What will you make in your nutribullet?

15 Days of Fitness: Degree Motionsense Deodorant

I am right in the heat of a personal challenge called 15 Days of Fitness.
It is no walk in the park getting in 15 workouts in 15 days but I am already feeling better, healthier, slimmer and more energized. But more on that later.

Know what deodorant is getting me through this challenge? Degree Motionsense. This deodorant takes me from my morning walk with my dog to my mid-morning workout to a quick change into my ensemble for nighttime wear. Yep, you read that right. Sometimes there is simply no time for a shower between workouts and meetings and events. I’m just being honest, folks.

So, thank goodness for Degree Motionsense saving the day!
Personally, as a southern girl, I’m loving Degree Motionsense Invisible Solid in Peach Burst!

Degree Motionsense Invisible Solid in Peach Burst at Walmart ($3.88)


Now, the good stuff.
Click here and you can get $1 off your purchase of Degree Motionsense at Walmart.

Want more?
Enter here and you can win 2 sticks of Degree Motionsense Deodorant AND a $10 Walmart gift card.
Whatcha’ waitin’ for?

xoxo,
BF

BF Asks: What’s your favorite deodorant to keep you fresh when you’re trying to get your fit on?

*This is a sponsored post by Lunchbox Media. While products or compensation were provided, the words and opinions are all my own.

BeautyFrosting Top 10 (!!!) Faves at Cosmoprof 2014, Day 3

It’s a bittersweet symphony! Join me on the last of my 3-day adventure at Cosmoprof North America at Mandalay Bay this week! As a featured panelist, brands bring me products and tools to try and I get to share my Top 5 favorites (or 8 as the case may be) with you guys each day!There were SO many products to choose from but I had to quickly choose my faves each day. I’ll be featuring many, many more here on BeautyFrosting and on my weekly Beauty Beat on The Moll Anderson Show in the coming weeks.
Can’t wait!

xoxo,
BF

BF Asks:
Which new beauty fave out of this bunch do you wanna try?

BeautyFrosting Top 5 Faves (ok, 8!!!) at Cosmoprof 2014, Day 2

Join me on the 2nd of my 3-day adventure at Cosmoprof North America at Mandalay Bay this week! As a featured panelist, brands bring me products and tools to try and I get to share my Top 5 favorites (or 8 as the case may be) with you guys each day! I’m STILL like a kid in Candyland, y’all…

xoxo,
BF

BF Asks: Which of these products are YOU most excited to try?

BeautyFrosting Top 5 Faves at Cosmoprof 2014, Day 1

Hellooooo from Vegas!
Join me on my 3-day adventure at Cosmoprof North America at Mandalay Bay this week! As a featured beauty expert on the Beaut-E Zone panel, brands bring me products and tools to try and then I get to share my Top 5 BeautyFrosting Faves with you guys each day! I’m like a kid in Candyland, y’all!

Check back in tomorrow and Tuesday to see what delicious new beauty products tomorrow will bring…

xoxo,
Dawn

BF Asks: Which of these products are you most excited to try?

I’M LOVING….My July Shoe Dazzle shoes

They say visualization is the key to making your dreams come true.
And I’m a believer.
I was looking at my shoe closet a few months ago and said to myself, “I really need a sexy high heel, a fun summer yellow shoe and a baby blue ballet flat.”

And then…just like that (she snaps)…they appeared.

Shoe Dazzle, well, dazzles. My July picks pictured here (from L to R): Griselda in Blue, Kamela in Black and Jeana in Yellow.

Well, it’s not just visualization at work here. But it is the magic of Shoe Dazzle.

And you can have that magic, too. For just $39.95/month, you’ll have access to Shoe Dazzle’s exclusive styles and you’ll get personalized shoe, handbag and accessory recommendations from Shoe Dazzle‘s Fashion Team – headed by the always-fabulous Rachel Zoe, every month. So, um, whatcha’ waitin’ for?

Hmmm…now, what shoes can I visualize into my shoe closet next month?

 

xoxo,
BF

 

BF Asks: Which shoe would you choose? 

 

I’m so excited about…Cosmoprof North America this weekend!

If you had told the 13-year-old me that at age 36, I would be a beauty expert who would be flown to Vegas, stay at the Mandalay Bay and get to see thousands of new beauty products at Cosmoprof North America and share them every day with the world – via video I would have been pretty sure that you were talking about heaven.

I am thrilled - and honored - to serve on the Beaut-E Zone panel at Cosmoprof North America at Mandalay Bay in Vegas this weekend! Bring on the beauty!

As a little girl-turned-teen who used to spend my spare time wandering the makeup counters of Neiman Marcus in Dallas – and begging makeup artists to put makeup on me – beauty was an early passion of mine.

When it was time to get a job in college, I stayed true to that wide-eyed, beauty loving kid and, at 18, worked as the youngest makeup artist for Trish McEvoy at that very same Neiman Marcus.

See, I loved beauty. I LOVE beauty. And, most especially, I love sharing my favorite beauty products, tips and secrets with other people. I love getting to try beauty and lifestyle products every day and weed through them so I can share my favorite picks with you.
So I am beyond honored, thrilled and delighted to serve as a panelist & liasion on the Beaut-E Zone panel at Cosmoprof North America in Las Vegas this weekend. I will report to you daily on the best of the beauty products and services I see.

And lucky me! I will be joined on the panel by some of my favorite fellow beauty experts – who just so happen to be my friends – including Susan Yara (former editor of New Beauty and now of Mixed Makeup) and Jennifer Chan (The Fabulous File), Cassandra Bankson and Tati Westbrook.

The show is not open to the public so we will be the eyes and ears to thousands as to what’s trending next in beauty. Will it be organic skincare, beauty gadgets, makeup hues, hair or nails? With over 900 beauty brands, who knows?! But, boy-oh-boy, am I ready to find out!

So stay tuned as I report back live daily (Saturday 7/12 – Tuesday 7/15) from Cosmoprof North America at Mandalay Bay on the newest launches from beauty brands you may have never heard of – to brands you know and love, such as Moroccan Oil, Creative Nail & Design, OPI, Joico, Essie, DryBar, FHI and more!

The 13-year-old me is so excited she can barely stand it!

xoxo,
BF

BF Asks: Got any brands I should be on the lookout for? What new products would you like to see?