A Month Of Miracles – Celebrating 16 years of Philosophy on QVC

When Philosophy invited me to celebrate their 16th anniversary on QVC, I was beside myself!

Getting in on the Philosophy & QVC 16th  anniversary fun!

Getting in on the Philosophy & QVC 16th anniversary fun!

 

Happy 16th Philosophy & QVC!

See, I’ve been a fan of Philosophy for as long as I can remember – so much so that I feel like I grew up with Philosophy. In fact, I can mark milestones in my life, based on the Philosophy products I was using at the time.

My first introduction to the line was when I was 21 and a senior at the University of Texas at Austin, when I treated myself to one of their darling dessert-themed all-in-one bath & shower gels, Apricots & Cream, that satiated my sweet tooth without the calories, as I showered in the Kappa house. Today, I still bathe with the sweet stuff.

One staple I always have in my bath? Philosophy 3-in-1 bath & shower gels. Here's one of my all-time faves:  Apricots & Cream. Not just because it smells heavenly, but also because it matches my peach bathroom!

One staple I always have in my bath? Philosophy bath & shower gels. Here’s one of my all-time faves: Apricots & Cream. Not just because it smells heavenly, but also because it matches my peach bathroom!

 

Later, at 25, I fell in love all over again with Philosophy, when I couldn’t get enough of their Falling In Love fragrance and Falling In Love bath & shower gel, as I was falling in love, myself, with a new boyfriend.

25 & falling in love…and not just with the fragrance...

25 & falling in love…and not just with the fragrance…

 

Then, at 30, as I started seeking the perfect skincare regimen for my thirtysomething skin, I fell in love once more with Philosophy, when I tried their Hope In A Jar (most famous for being Oprah’s favorite moisturizer).

Hope is all we need.

Hope is all we need.

 

Now, at 37, I fell in love yet again, when I attended their QVC Month of Miracles anniversary party, where the guest of honor was bestselling author, Spirit Junkie, miraclemaker, and Philosophy ambassador, Gabby Bernstein.

Grace, Gabby, and miracles galore at the #QVCMonthOfMiracles party at the Sunset Marquis.

Grace, Gabby, and miracles galore at the #QVCMonthOfMiracles party at the Sunset Marquis.

I am as big a fan of Gabby – and her latest book, May Cause Miracles – as I am of Philosophy, so the joining of the two was almost too much for this heart to take! (Editor’s note: Interview with Gabby coming sooooon). It’s a beautiful marriage because Gabby is all about miracles and Philosophy’s motto is to believe in miracles, as Philosophy is a company founded on science, as well as inspiration.

We celebrated Philosophy’s 16 years on QVC, by watching the live show on QVC, trying new products, ordering products, tweeting up a storm, nibbling delicious mediterranean fare, and listening to Gabby share her “Miracle Moments.”

Amazing grace, indeed.

Amazing grace – how sweet the sound, sight and smell.

A miraculous day that none of us will soon forget.

 

Gabby, me and miracles galore.

Gabby, me and miracles galore.

 

Not only is Gabby a Philosophy ambassador,  but she’s also on the steering committee of Philosophy’s Hope & Grace Initiative, a cause near and dear to my heart.

Hope & Grace Initiative

Hope & Grace Initiative

The Hope & Grace Initiative touches hearts to heal minds, by donating 1% of any and all net product sales to support community-based mental health efforts. 1 in 4 adults experiences mental illness in a given year, and Philosophy’s Hope & Grace Initiative provides over 100 community-based mental health organizations each year, with up to $50,000 in support. July 15th also marked the charity’s 1-year anniversary. A month of miracles, indeed!

That’s why I feel good giving Philosophy products as gifts, whether it be a Sweet Treats Discovery collection ($28.42) to a friend for her birthday, the blushing Philosophy Celebrates Miracles 5-piece collection ($69.98) to my bride buddies, or divvying up the Mega Miracles 8-piece collection ($229.86) amongst my best friends on Friendsgiving as favors.

Not only am I giving those I love a gift that they’ll love, but I also know that a portion of my money will be used to help a cause I love.

What could be more miraculous than that?

Happy, happy 16th anniversary Philosophy and QVC! To many, many more milestones together…and candles.

To many, many more candles on the cake...

To many, many more candles on the cake…

xoxo,

Dawn

I Don’t Like This Picture…But I LOVE This Moment.

I don’t like this picture I have broken nails, I peeled the polish off my pinkie nail, have a random red mark on my chest and my eyes look asymmetrical.

I don't like this picture, but I LOVE this moment.

I don’t like this picture, but I LOVE this moment.

But I LOVE this moment. You know your best friend Matt Marr knows you as well as he knows himself, when you’re walking out of Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck at Arclight Culver City and in the middle of a story, he gasps, saying “Oh my god. This light is beautiful. Give me your phone,” and starts snapping pictures.

I learn from him every day as my friend, my neighbor, my brother and as a human I aspire to be more like. He really is the best person I know. I love him to bits.

And I’m learning to love myself, because of – not in spite of – my imperfections – a little more every day.

I’d like to think we’re all here to help one another do just that.

 

xoxo,
Dawn

I’M LOVING…Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer Aloe Soothe – Spray & Go!

Vegas.

Fun on the heart, heavy on the wallet, and HELL on the skin.

I had such a ball hosting the red carpet for the North American Hairstylists Awards at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas this past Sunday in the aforementioned Las Vegas.

Hosting the 26th Annual North American Hairstyling Awards at the Mandalay Bay

Hosting the 26th Annual North American Hairstyling Awards at the Mandalay Bay

But my skin? Well, it didn’t have such a ball.

The morning after the big award show, my skin was ashy, dry and just sad looking.

Truth talk.

But, I was slated to wear a breezy short summer romper that day that would show off my legs and arms.
So, what’s a parched girl to do?

Well, lucky for me, I packed my Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer Aloe Soothe ($6.49) in my bag and took it with me to the convention center for my brand meetings at Cosmoprof.

Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer Aloe Soothe to the rescue in the desert!

Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer Aloe Soothe to the rescue in the desert!

I stepped outside and sprayed it on, and I was good to go in under 10 seconds. Best of all, you can hold the bottle any which direction, and with its 360-degree continuous spray technology, you’re covered. It’s the perfect moisturizer for the busy girl like me on the go. I mean, you literally just Spray and Go! Yep. It’s really that easy!

Spray and go! Instant hydration - without the mess - for dry desert days

Spray and go! Instant hydration – without the mess – for dry desert days

So, how’s it work? Its unique fast to apply, quick to dry formula heals dry skin in seconds, and all without staining or sticking to your clothes. Plus, it’s good for us senstive-skinned sirens, which isn’t always easy to come by.

The final verdict? With micro-droplets of uber-hydrating Vaseline Jelly to heal dryness, my skin was glowing and soft in seconds, with no grease in sight.

Now, that’s a winning bet.

Dawn Do? Spray on Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer Aloe Soothe, right after your nighttime bath on towel-dried skin for deeper absorption. And, during the day, spray on your moisturizer and then  rub in your favorite luminous bronzer for an instant glowing hue.

xoxo,
Dawn

Striiikes & Strong Brows with Kristie Streicher

I’ve always been scared of a strong brow. I’m not sure why exactly, but I always equate a strong brow with strong women, like Anjelica Huston, and until recently, I feared being strong, as girls sometimes do. I wanted to be delicate. Light. A wisp of a thing. A pixie. Guess what? At 5’9″, I am none of these things. True confession.

So, in the last few years, I’ve grown up – and embraced who I am, and part of that is embracing the fact that I am indeed a strong woman. And, likewise, I’ve embraced strong brows, as well. But strong brows? Well, they need to be shaped and maintained by a strong aesthetician.

Enter the Wonder Woman of strong brows, Kristie Streicher.

Yup.That's Kristie. And yup, she's THAT killing in person. A gorgeous girl who's destined to gorgify your brows. p.s. And noooo, you don't have to go purple like she did here…but the beauty is that you could!

Yup.That’s Kristie. And yup, she’s THAT killing in person. A gorgeous girl who’s destined to gorgify your brows. p.s. And noooo, you don’t have to go purple like she did here…but the beauty is that you could!

Kristie’s studio, Striiike, has become the go-to celebrity brow beauty bar, in Beverly Hills.

Hair clipped back and ready for better brows.

Hair clipped back and ready for better brows.

I stopped by recently and was not prepared for how much of a difference she would make, by simply tweezing and tinting my brows into her signature “feathered brow.”

Meow. In the chair with Kristie and the  cutest kitty cat mirror that you ever did see.

Meow. In the chair with Kristie and the cutest kitty cat mirror that you ever did see.

I walked out, feeling a little like Linda Evangelista, circa 1992…and I mean that in the BEST way.

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Kristie is gentle, fast and you’re transformed in mere minutes.

Before…and  After Kristie.

Before…and After Kristie.

While it’s not the cheapest option (shaping ranges from $100-$200), I would argue that it’s the single best thing you can do to improve your beauty routine.

Look! Even with my eyes closed, my glamour is on point with those Kristie-shaped brows!

Look! Even with my eyes closed, my glamour is on point with those Kristie-shaped brows!

When your brows are full, shaped and strong, you’ll find your other features complement one another more, and you’ll even find that you don’t have a need for as much makeup as usual.

More brow means less makeup.

More brow means less makeup.

Plus, did I mention how much fun she is? She had me laughing and feeling more confident, all in our 30-minute sesh…and there wasn’t even wine involved!!

This girl? Good times. Gorgeous brows. What more could you want?

This girl? Good times. Gorgeous brows. What more could you want?

So, if you’re looking to give good face, look no further than Kristie. It’s a glamour gamechanger for sure.

*Sidenote? I went last in April and am JUST going back for my follow-up visit this week. It’s July, y’all. That’s how good she is.

FUN FACT: The one brow product Kristie swears by? Mary Kay Brow Gel ($10). She says it’s a must-have to keep brows in line. And since she recommended it to me back in April, I’ve been swearing by it, too. Plus, as a Dallas girl, I loooove me my Mary Kay!

Who knew? The must-have brow product? None other than Mary Kay brow gel. So says brow expert, Kristie Streicher.

Who knew? The must-have brow product? None other than Mary Kay brow gel. So says brow expert, Kristie Streicher.

xoxo,
Dawn

The Ultimate Host/Hostess Gift: A Pretty Party In A Basket

Talk about a party in a basket!

My friends, Christopher and David, are always the most lovely hosts, when I stay at their house in Palm Springs. And, lovely hosts deserve lovely host gifts!

The ultimate host gift, picked up at Joan's On Third

The ultimate host gift, picked up at Joan’s On Third

So, for the past few visits, I’ve swung by my favorite neighborhood market, Joan’s On Third, to pick up some tasty sundries.

I picked up some of Joan’s famous spiced pecans, assorted cheeses (a sharp cheddar, Humboldt Fog, sheep’s milk, and creamy goat), quince jam, a baguette, and some gluten-free crackers. I added in a few bottles of my own Club W vino from home, and carried it all car-friendly in a retro wooden crate from Marshall’s.

Tasty sundries galore...

Tasty sundries galore…

The crate is customizable with a chalkboard panel – perfect for a note of gratitude to the best hosts ever.

A customizable chalkboard makes the gift extra personalized!

A customizable chalkboard makes the gift extra personalized!

Good thing I brought this party in a basket…because we ended up hosting quite the impromptu July 4th fête!

Dawn’s DIY: Getting Trashy with The Container Store!

Trashcans. Umm, is there anything less romantic or less exciting than trashcans? Not much.
Well, my buddies at The Container Store have changed all that.

Take your trashcans from boring to beautiful with help from The Container Store!

Take your trashcans from boring to beautiful with help from The Container Store!

My mom has always sworn that the only place to get trashcans is at The Container Store. And, I am continuing that trashcan legacy…with my own little twist on it.

For the past 5 years, I’ve had trashcans from The Container Store, that I decorated with some fun glitter stickers, to just give me a little daily delight when I go to throw something away. Hey, it really is the little things, people.

So, when those trashcans started looking a little sad and worn, I went right back over to The Container Store, picked up 2 of their Halo trashcans, and picked up a few packages of glitters to make ’em sparkle.

Here’s how I did it, and how you can, too!

Our “Ingredients”
*2 trashcans from The Container Store (1 for trash & 1 for recycling)

*Glitter Alphabet stickers from The Container Store ($3.99 per package)

*1 pencil

* Tape measurer

1) Start with white, black or metal trashcans. They can be as basic as these white Halo touch lid trashcans, ‘cuz don’t worry, we’re gonna spruce ’em right up!

1) Start with simple, basic trashcans with a flat, non-textured lid.

1) Start with simple, basic trashcans with a flat, non-textured lid.

2) Take that tape measurer, and measure the trashcan lid from top to bottom, marking the midpoint with the pencil.

Measure the trashcan and find your midpoint.

Measure the trashcan and find your midpoint.

3) Using the side of the sticker package, draw a light line with the pencil, which will help you place the letters in a straight line.

Using the side of the sticker package, draw a light line, to help with straight placement of letters.

Using the side of the sticker package, draw a light line, to help with straight placement of letters.

4) Stick on those stickers – and that’s it – ta-dah!!! You’ve got sparkling trashcans, my friend.

 

 

The ingredients for this BF Trashcan DIY create a sparkling trash experience. Wait. That sounded way cheesier than I thought I would.

The ingredients for this BF Trashcan DIY create a sparkling trash experience. Wait. That sounded way cheesier than I thought I would.

Nothin’ trashy about a little sparkle, at all…

And it can be fun for the whole family - and, not to mention - suuuuper easy!

And it can be fun for the whole family – and, not to mention – suuuuper easy!

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xoxo,
Dawn

Dear 15 Me: Demi Lovato and…a Devonne By Demi GIVEAWAY!!!

Hey guys!

I asked Demi Lovato my favorite question, “What would you say to your 15-year-old self if you could go back in time?” This was her answer. She’s a good one, that Demi.

What would Demi Lovato say to her 15-year-old self? "YOU'RE NOT FAT…' and a few other golden nuggets of hindsight wisdom that I love.

What would Demi Lovato say to her 15-year-old self? “YOU’RE NOT FAT…’ and a few other golden nuggets of hindsight wisdom that I love.

Demi Lovato: “Dear 15 Me, YOU’RE NOT FAT!  (Laughter) There ya go. Seriously, there’s so much more to life than your body, obviously taking care of yourself, yes, and staying healthy, but there’s more than just your physical appearance and what your instagram looks like. I have to be on there a lot because of what I do, but I wouldn’t be so involved if I wasn’t who I was. I wish I wasn’t so worried about all of that when I was growing up.”

I am thrilled to announce our first-ever #Dear15Me & BeautyFrosting giveaway. We’ll be giving away 2 (!!!) Devonne By Demi giftbags, filled with Demi’s new skincare line, and signed by Demi, herself.

Win it!! I'll be announcing the winner in July. Stay tuned for the announcement date...

Win it!! I’ll be announcing the winner in July. Stay tuned for the announcement date…

To enter, you just need to:

1) Follow @Dear15Me on Instagram here

2) Follow BeautyFrosting on Instagram here

3) Follow @DevonneByDemi on Instagram here

4) And, lastly, comment on the original post here by sag in “I’m entered to win this @DdLovato autographed @DevonneByDemi giftbag! Enter by following @Dear15Me @BeautyFrosting @DevonneByDemi.”

May the odds be ever in your favor…

xoxo,
Dawn

p.s. Stay tuned for my interview with Demi, coming up soon on FabFitFun and here on BeautyFrosting!

Honored To Attend: The 6th Annual Beauty Bus Drive

What’s better than playing with beauty products?

Always love supporting the beautiful Beauty Bus Foundation at the Beauty Bus Drive2015, esp when the honoree is my friend, Shawn Stavakoli, CEO of Beauty Collection Stores, being honored. Tank & Skirt: Anthropologie, as styled by Rachel Fox *Photo by Terry Hoard of Crown Pictures

Always love supporting the beautiful Beauty Bus Foundation at the Beauty Bus Drive2015, esp when the honoree is my friend, Shawn Stavakoli, CEO of Beauty Collection Stores, being honored. Tank & Skirt: Anthropologie, as styled by Rachel Fox *Photo by Terry Hoard of Crown Pictures

How about a beautiful non-profit that brings beauty, dignity, hope and respite to the chronically or terminally ill, and their caretakers? Now, THAT is what I call beautiful.

And, that’s why I was beyond honored to attend the the 6th Annual Beauty Bus Beauty Drive, benefitting the Beauty Bus Foundation, at the Skirball Cultural Center a few Sundays ago. As the inaugural Beauty Collection Celebrity Beauty Curator, I was delighted to be a guest of Beauty Collection, so I could cheer on my friend – the CEO of Beauty Collection and a BIG Beauty Bus supporter, Shawn Tavakoli, as he was honored with the Beauty Bus Lifetime Achievement Award.

Shawn accepting the 2015 Beauty Bus Lifetime Achievement Award.

Shawn accepting the 2015 Beauty Bus Lifetime Achievement Award.

To date, Shawn has raised over $50,000 and done so much more to help enrich the beautiful organization that is Beauty Bus.

One of the highlights of the day was when Shawn's little daughter crashed her dad's acceptance speech - a sweet day made even sweeter!

One of the highlights of the day was when Shawn’s little daughter crashed her dad’s acceptance speech – a sweet day made even sweeter!

Fun events at this family-friendly, pampering afternoon included complimentary beauty stations for men and women, a kid’s corner, opportunity drawing, a fabulous silent auction, and plenty of opportunities to hang out with my friends!

Loved getting to sip some vino and bid for a good cause at the auction with my girls, Amy Davidson and Ashley Jones!

Loved getting to sip some vino and bid for a good cause at the auction with my girls, Amy Davidson and Ashley Jones!

It was a beautiful afternoon, celebrating a beautiful organization, and honoring a beautiful man. And, I even picked up a cute date while I was there!

I had the cutest date there. He might be a "little" found for me, but my-oh-my, is he charming!!

I had the cutest date there. He might be a “little” found for me, but my-oh-my, is he charming!!

Oh, it's not THAT scandalous. Blake is the sweet (and sassy) son of my dear friend, pr maven, Yvette Masterson of Y PR. Boy's got game!!

Oh, it’s not THAT scandalous. Blake is the sweet (and sassy) son of my dear friend, pr maven, Yvette Masterson of Y PR. Boy’s got game!!

*All photos by credit Terry Hoard from Crown Pictures.

Mom, I’m On The Radio: Kathy Kaehler’s Fit & Sexy For Life, Tomorrow 6/24 at 1 pm

I think we know I love to talk. And tomorrow, at 1 pm, I get to do JUST that when I have the honor of being a guest on Kathy Kaehler‘s‪ Fit And Sexy For Life‬ radio show on LA Talk Radio, Channel 2.

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I’ve been a fan of Kathy’s for a looooong time, so this really is one of those bucket list moments for me! Hope you’ll take a listen. Who knows what we’ll end up talking about?? Kathy Kaehler

Stepping Up: The 12th Annual Step Up Inspiration Awards at the Beverly Hilton

Dawn McCoy  (ummm…me) at the 12th Annual  Step Up Inspiration Awards at the Beverly Hilton

Dawn McCoy (ummm…me) at the 12th Annual Step Up Inspiration Awards at the Beverly Hilton

Have I mentioned how much I love Step Up? I know, I know. I have – and have again.

The stars of Step Up with star, Lea Michele. Their lights all shine equally bright!

The stars of Step Up with star, Lea Michele. Their lights all shine equally bright!

The Step Up logo is more than just a logo…it's a mantra.

The Step Up logo is more than just a logo…it’s a mantra.

But it’s just because that’s how deeply it lives in my heart, and impacts my everyday life. I was introduced to Step Up by my best friend, actress Sarah Jane Morris 3 years ago, and I quickly became a member, changing my life  – and my heart – for the better.

My best friend, Sarah Jane Morris, & I at the 12th annual Step Up Inspiration Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Friday, June 5th, 2015.

My best friend, Sarah Jane Morris, & I at the 12th annual Step Up Inspiration Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Friday, June 5th, 2015.

This past Friday, June 5th, 2015 was my second year to attend the Step Up Inspiration Awards – and their 12th year of hosting this awards luncheon, so full of heart.

But this year, I didn’t just attend as a guest, I was also honored to be the announcer of the show – or as they call it – their “Voice of God.”

Are you there, God? It's me, Dawn.

Are you there, God? It’s me, Dawn.

And yes, you can call me that from now on. I’m kidding. Kinda.

Behind the scenes action at the Inspiration Awards. Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Behind the scenes action at the Inspiration Awards. Generated by IJG JPEG Library

No, it really was a dream come true, and not just because it was the first time I had been the announcer at an awards show.

That's me. Always straddling the line between talent and press. Literally.

Being interviewed on the red carpet. That’s me. Always straddling the line between talent and press. Literally. I mean, we took down the rope so we could do interviews for #Dear15Me.

As I sat there with 850 others in the room, feeling my own dream come to life, I got to hear the stories of dreams coming true for so many others, including Julie Bowen…

The ridiculously impressive - and kind - Julie Bowen. Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

The ridiculously impressive – and kind – Julie Bowen. Generated by IJG JPEG Library

Cristela Alonzo…

Our charming emcee - and my fellow Texan (holla!) , Cristela Alonzo.

Our charming emcee – and my fellow Texan (holla!) , Cristela Alonzo.

Lea Michele…

The lovely Lea Michele at the Step Up Inspiration Awards. Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

The lovely Lea Michele at the Step Up Inspiration Awards. Generated by IJG JPEG Library

honoree Peter Kim of Hudson Jeans…

Honoree, Peter Kim, CEO of Hudson Jeans, as photographed by Amy Tierney

Honoree, Peter Kim, CEO of Hudson Jeans, as photographed by Amy Tierney

and honoree, actress & director, Elizabeth Banks.

Honoree, Elizabeth Banks, as photographed by Felix Salzman

Honoree, Elizabeth Banks, as photographed by Felix Salzman

But, I also got to see the girls of Step Up, whose dreams are coming true – like honoree Maria – simply by being able to graduate high school and attend college, thanks to Step Up, so that they can pursue their dreams.

Step Up Honoree, senior Maria Soto. This girl is everything we wish we were at that age!

Step Up Honoree, senior Maria Soto. This girl is everything we wish we were at that age!

 

Step Up believes all girls should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential, and the Inspiration Awards raises 55% of the funds Step Up needs to serve its Los Angeles community for one year. Know how much we raised this year? Over $400,000!! We went well past our goal of $75,000!

Speaking of raising money, I have never seen anyone in entertainment work so hard (while being SO adorable and full of heart) as Modern Family’s Julie Bowen did, while trying to raise that money. I wish I could say every celebrity put this much heart into their work with charities!

I've always really, really liked Julie Bowen, but after seeing her work her heart out? I can honestly say that I LOVE this woman!!

I’ve always really, really liked Julie Bowen, but after seeing her work her heart out? I can honestly say that I LOVE this woman!!

It was a day that I will always will remember, not just because I was surrounded by the most talented people with the most generous of hearts, but because for the first time, I actually could count myself as one of them. Thank you for letting me be a very small part of the magic, Step Up.

So incredibly honored to be in this company. Wow.

So incredibly honored to be in this company. Wow.

Memories like those never die.

 

xoxo,
Dawn