Grammys 2016: Kickin’ It With Clive & Cover Girl

Most little girls grow up, dreaming of becoming a princess or something…but, me?

A girl and her dream come true

A girl and her dream come true

I grew up, dreaming of award shows and living the Hollywood life.

Cover Girl made a dream come true for me, thanks to a memorable evening - and a memorable look, with these delicious products!

Cover Girl made a dream come true for me, thanks to a memorable evening – and a memorable look, with these delicious products!

Well, dream granted!!!

Never have I been reminded of that dream coming true more than when I was asked to attend a behind-the-scenes look of The Grammys with Cover Girl and attend the annual Clive Davis pre-Grammys gala at The Beverly Hilton, the night before the big event.

While I would attend The Grammys and an after-party with friends the following afternoon, my pre-Grammys party was strong on Sunday, thanks to my friends at Cover Girl.

My Cover Girl Grammys glam experience started with a behind-the-scenes tour of Staples Center, where The Grammys would be held the following day.

Getting a behind-the-scenes sneak peek  of The Grammys

Getting a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of The Grammys

We walked the red carpet, saw Kendrick Lamar rehearse for a bit, and rode up the “escalator to heaven” where winners go to the press room after they win their Grammy(s).

It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And, the day just got better and better.

To prepare for Clive’s party, Cover Girl sent over the Glam Squad to do my makeup and get me all dolled up with some of their prettiest products.

Clad in black for Clive's party

Clad in black for Clive’s party ℅ ABS by Allen Schwartz

I wanted my makeup to be as fun as I felt (hey, ABS by Allen Schwartz deep plunging neckline!), and wanted to channel a little bit of that little Dawn who used to dream of such a magical day, back while  was singing in chapel in my school days.

Award season-Sandra Bullock was my inspiration

Award season-Sandra Bullock was my inspiration

Look I was going for? Award-season Sandra Bullock. After all, my first Hollywood job was being her stand-in in Miss Congeniality in Austin, so it only makes sense that my dream would come full circle, in FULL color!

Cover Girl Oh Sugar lip balm in Sprinkle is as SWEET as it sounds!

Cover Girl Oh Sugar lip balm in Sprinkle is as SWEET as it sounds!

So, we stuck with a perfect, perky pink lip with Cover Girl Colorlicious Oh Sugar! Vitamin Infused Balm in Sprinkle, dewy, glowing skin thanks to Cover Girl TruBLEND Liquid Makeup foundation, a pop of natural color on the cheeks with Cover Girl TruBLEND Blush in Medium Rose, defined eyes with Cover Girl TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette in Roses, and lots of lashes, thanks to Cover Girl Plumpify Lash Blast Pro.

The best part? Each of these products is $10 or under!!!

That evening, I attended what was – quite honestly – the best event of my life: the Clive Davis pre-Grammys Gala.

I sat at the table with Cover Girl, Procter & Gamble and three other influencers who were as over the moon to be there as I was.

My place at the table at the Clive Davis Pre-Grammys Gala at The Beverly Hilton

My place at the table at the Clive Davis Pre-Grammys Gala at The Beverly Hilton

So, with all of the events I get to attend, why was this one so special?

Well, here’s but a small selection of some of the artists who performed: Dave Grohl, Beck, Barry Manilow, Melissa Etheridge, Fetty Wap, Earth Wind and Fire, Adam Lambert, Jack Antonoff of Fun, Andra Day, Elle King, Meghan Trainor, Chicago, and the piece de resistance…CARLY SIMON! Yes, you heard me.

CARLY. SIMON.

She sang “You’re So Vain,” and the whole room of wall-to-wall celebrities were dancing and singing right along with me.

It was one of those life-making moments I shall never forget.

I was happily surprised after the 6-hour gala to see that my makeup hadn’t budged a bit, so I decided to do the whole makeup routine again for The Grammys the following evening, when I attended with my friends, Mike & Aphrodite Camello. Changing it up a bit from straight strands to beach-waved locks, I was going for an Emmylou Harris meets Loretta Lynn country vibe to celebrate all of my friends in from Nashville who were nominated.

On my way to The Grammys!

On my way to The Grammys! Dress ℅ Eliza J

Afterwards, I hung out at The Mavericks’ after party at Velvet Margarita with my Grammy-nominated friends,  The Mavericks

Post-Grammys-partying with The Mavericks

Post-Grammys-partying with The Mavericks

and one of my dearest friends, director Trey Fanjoy (who also happens to be not only an award-winning video director herself for Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift, but also the wife of Eddie Perez, the guitarist for The Mavericks.

With my Nashville sister and dear friend, video director Trey Fanjoy at The Mavericks' post-Grammys party

With my Nashville sister and dear friend, video director Trey Fanjoy at The Mavericks’ post-Grammys party

And, while my Cover Girl makeup lasted beautifully and flawlessly all night long…

Thank you, Cover Girl, for a Grammys look that lasted!

Thank you, Cover Girl, for a Grammys look that lasted!

after 4 days of non-stop going and glamming, it was time for this girl to say good night.

Good night, Grammys! This girl was happily exhausted.

Good night, Grammys! This girl was happily exhausted.

‘Til next year, Grammys.
Can’t wait to do it all over again, Cover Girl.

 

xoxo,
Dawn

Pretty Talk: How I “Plus Up” My Pretty Routine with Pond’s

What are the two skincare tips I tell you guys all the time? Wash your face every night and hydrate, hydrate, HYDRATE.

It’s so important to get that makeup off before you hit the hay but it’s also important to keep your skin hydrated – especially at night when your skin is more receptive to retaining moisture.

But, listen, I get it. We’re all busy. Sometimes taking care of our skin is the last – and I do mean – LAST thing on our minds. That’s why I wanted to share with you a few ways I “plus up” the pretty in my skincare regimen.

First of all, I ONLY cleanse my face once a day at night before bed. Two is too many. That’s my motto, at least. To maintain the delicate levels of moisture in the skin, it’s important not to strip the skin of nourishing oils that keep our skin hydrated and our complexion looking young.

A busy day behind, an early wakeup call and a loooong day ahead of me tomorrow but I NEVER skip my skincare regimen

But again, I know after a long day, cleansing your skin is not at the top of your priorities. That’s why right now I’m loving Pond’s Luminous Clean Wet Cleansing Towlettes (only $4.67 at Walmart). My second tip is to keep these little beauties next to your bed along with your nighttime moisturizer so that you can cleanse and moisturize your skin in under two minutes flat right before bed. These guys are primed to take off makeup in a jiffy. And the best part? There’s no need to rinse! It does everything you need a cleanser to do – without the fuss. It gently removes all of the makeup, dirt of the day and pesky impurities while leaving the skin feeling fresh and moisturized.

At te moment, I’m using a powerful one-two punch by using the Pond’s Luminous Clean Wet Cleansing Towlettes and then following it up with the good dose of anti-aging moisture I get with Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream (can you believe it’s only $8.97 at Walmart?). This moisturizer richly hydrates the skin (and penetrates even more deeply when used at night) all while firming and reducing fine lines – so much so that you’ll see a visible difference in 2 weeks. And, y’all, Connie Britton is a fan of Pond’s if that tells you anything. Her fave? She prefers the Exfoliating Renewal Morning Refresh Towlettes (also $4.67).

How do I plus up the pretty with my skincare regimen? Right now, I'm loving Pond's. And you can get all three of these products for under $25.

 

For my third tip, we focus on what we do during the day. I’m not a big foundation fan as I like my skin to show and glow not hide and disguise so I’m a big fan of Pond’s Luminous Finish BB+ Cream ($9.97). It’s a beautiful alternative to heavy foundation as it instantly adds a subtle glow to the skin while visibly reducing dark spots, perfecting skin tone and providing Broad Spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen. Yep, it does all that in one little product!

Sittin' pretty after plus'ing up my pretty for the day with Pond's Luminous Finish BB+ Cream

Which is perfect when you’re a girl like me on the go. Oh, who am I kidding? We’re all girls on the go. And just because we wouldn’t have it any other way, that doesn’t mean our skin should suffer. So try to plus up your skincare regimen! You can try all of my fave plus up products for under $25 and…drumroll please…I even have a coupon for you:

Save $1 off your preferred Pond’s product to plus up your daily skincare regimen!
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Visit Walmart.com/ponds to find beauty tips for your whole day and unlock a $1 coupon to save on Ponds®. Walmart truly does have the best prices for Pond’s which is perfect when you’re trying to plus up the pretty!

p.s. And guys, tune in tomorrow when I just might be announcing a big #PondsGiveaway ! Who’s ready to win?

xoxo,

BF

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