On My Doorstep: A Beauty Bash Bundle From Nordstrom

A carefully curated surprise from Nordstrom, celebrating this Friday's Nordstrom Beauty Bash!

A carefully curated surprise from Nordstrom, celebrating this Friday’s Nordstrom Beauty Bash!

Oh, how I love surprises! And, carefully curated surprises? Well, they really float my boat. Consider my boat floated with this delivery from Nordstrom today, in celebration of their upcoming #BeautyBash this Friday, October 9th from 8-10 am.

The first 1000 customers will receive this oh-so-cute tote bag.  And, might I suggest a visit to the new Nordstrom Del Amo location in Torrance? It is GORGEOUS!! Visit Nordstrom.com/DelAmo for more details.

I’m loving that the Nordstrom Del Amo Beauty & Fragrance Director, Loredana Grama, personally selected these goodies for me – all of which are right up my alley – from Philosophy, Chantecaille, The Drybar, Laura Mercier, Supergoop, Glam Glow, Clarisonic, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Estee Lauder, Molton Brown, BKR & more.

You can get some of your very own VIP service by heading to Nordstrom and chatting with their Beauty Concierge or your very own Beauty Stylist. Now, it looks I have some playing to do…

xoxo,
Dawn

Celeb Beauty Collection Curator Corner: Classic BeautyFrosting Faves Sure To Make Any Woman Feel More Feminine

Look what I've got in store for you! My Classic Product Picks at Beauty Collection this month!

Beauty Collection asked me to pick my favorites as their first Celebrity Beauty Curator. But how did I decide?

Pick my beauty FAVORITES, Beauty Collection? How's a girl to decide?

It was no easy feat. After all, I have a slew of favorite beauty products I’ve accrued over the years, as a former makeup artist, celeb shopper, entertainer and beauty junkie. I decided to choose my crop of “Classic Favorites” by narrowing the scope down to the shades that correspond to my BeautyFrosting signature colors: candy pink and mint green.

Classic Faves. Pink and green. Feminine and Serene

These products are among my faves already for the sheer product quality and efficacy, but add in the beautiful packaging, and they’ve earned a lifelong favorite status in my heart, on my face…and on my vanity.

1) Darphin 8-Flower Nectar Elixir ($150): No time for a facial? Keep this guy around. I know, I know. It’s not cheap. But an oil this luxurious just can’t be cheap! From one of my favorite French beauty companies – Darphin – who never does me wrong, this oil is worth every cent. A rich elixir that revitalizes dull skin, while smoothing, firming and renewing it – it does it all while imparting a deep natural glow.  For my dry skin, I like to put a few drops on every night, prior to applying my eye cream and a rich night cream.

2) Fusion Beauty – Lip Fusion Infatuation – La Lip Jolie ($29): My favorite lipgloss of all time. Yes, seriously. This gloss plumps, fattens and moisturizes lips, all while leaving you with a sexy, supple, Victoria’s Secret model-like, baby pink-meets-nude pout. As for that dreadful tingle that most plumping glosses torture us with? Not this pretty thing. All you’re left with is a mild pepperminty tingle, that goes right along with the peppermint taste. Don’t wanna get kissed? Don’t wear this gloss, then. I’m afraid that your guy will want to kiss you, guaranteed. This is the only gloss you ever need. Oh, you might want other ones, but this one? You need.

3) Creed – Spring Flower ($175-$290):  Romance in a bottle. Rumor has it, that this fragrance was created for the enchanting Audrey Hepburn. So, it’s no surprise I love it! I have a pink-on-pink, Warhol-style painting of her hanging on my foyer wall at home. But let’s talk about that scent. This little lady is unapologetically feminine. Celebrating all that is fun about being a girl, the prominent notes of peach, melon, apple and jasmine, let you leave the house feeling like a strong and beautiful woman, as you prepare to take on the world. On the days I spray it on my pulse points, I always hear Peggy Lee’s “I’m A Woman” play in my head as I walk down the street. Coincidence? I think not.

4) Philosophy Pink Frosted Animal Cracker 3-in-1 Bath Gel ($18): Remember those pink-frosted animal cookies from your preschool years? I sure do. They had a spicy molasses shortbread with sweet, candied frosting on top. As much as I love them – and the nostalgia they elicit – alas, my 37-year-old figure doesn’t love them, quite as much. So thank goodness for Philosophy for bringing my taboo treats to tubtime! This 3-in-1 product gives you shampoo, body wash and bubble bath, all in one. So why not splurge a little? A “Dawn Do?” This makes an EXCELLENT choice for wedding or baby shower favors, without breaking the bank.

5) Voluspa – Maison Blanc 2 wick Candle in Pink Citron ($16): I love this candle because it smells like my favorite brunch cocktail – the pamplemosa. What’s a “pamplemosa?” Well, it’s my recipe for equal parts fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and champagne. And it’s exactly the scent you get here, housed in this beautiful tin. Another “Dawn Do?” I love gifting this oh-so-chic, pink and gold-packaged candle to my friends, as housewarming and birthday gifts. It’s a sweet steal at only $16 as it has a burn time of over 50 hours! It’s the ultimate luxe gift for less.

6. Caudalie Beauty Elixir ($18-$49): This has long been a celebrity makeup artist favorite! I’m not a big fan of toners, but I love using this in lieu of a toner. It wakes up the skin, while tightening pores and giving a spritz of radiance and glow to the complexion. With its star ingredients of rosemary & peppermint, I love using it when I’m not quite awake in the morning, or after I’ve been writing all day and need to pep up for a busy social night ahead of hosting or entertaining. A “Dawn Do?” Apply it after applying makeup to set makeup, keep skin perfectly dewy, stay fresh and keep you revitalized!

Hope y’all have a great week! And I’ll be back next week with my trendy product picks!

What-oh-what will my favorite trending Beauty Collection products be next week?

 

Xoxo,
Dawn

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Featured ISSE Beauty Influencer: Show me what ya got!

I am thrilled and honored to be a Featured ISSE Beauty Influencer this weekend at ISSE in Long Beach!

Meet ISSE Blogger Café Featured Influencer, Dawn McCoy of BeautyFrosting THIS Saturday, January 23rd in Long Beach

What is ISSE? Good question. It’s the International Salon And Spa Expo.

The 13-year-old me is over the moon that I get to nominate my picks for best new product, best established product, and best of show in hair, nail and skin from all of you exhibitors across the show floor.

I cannot wait to meet all of you guys from salons, spas and beauty brands and try out your latest and greatest!

Please email BFAssistant@BeautyFrosting.com to schedule appointments and to discuss future collaborations.

Here are all the details:

Blogger Café: For the first time at ISSE Long Beach 2015, the show floor will feature a one-on-one Blogger Cafe giving top beauty influencers from across the U.S. the opportunity to meet with show exhibitors. ISSE Long Beach attendees will also have the chance to meet with these beauty influencers, including yours truly, throughout the show and can win a VIP gift bag! Each beauty influencer will nominate the best new product, best established product, and best of show in hair, nail and skin from exhibitors across the show floor. Each exhibiting company has 7 chances to win! The “Best of Show” will be announced by celebrity hairstylist, Ted Gibson, at the ISSE Long Beach Night Out Party! Sunday, January 25 at Sevilla Nightclub.

Job Fair: PBA is proud to host the first annual Southern California Beauty Career Fair at ISSE Long Beach 2015. Show attendees and beauty professionals can speak one-on-one with representatives from beauty companies and salons/spas about available job opportunities on Monday, January 26, from 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. in the Long Beach Convention Center. The career fair is open to the public but qualified attendees must purchase a ticket to access the show floor.    

 OMC Tryouts: New this year, competitors can also enter for a chance to be on Team USA at OMC Hairworld 2016 in Seoul, Korea. OMC Hairworld is a bi-annual global competition inviting the world’s most talented hairstylists to compete on creativity, skill and the ability perform under pressure. The U.S. will be represented by four teams in 2016: Senior Ladies’ Technical, Senior Ladies’ Fashion, Junior Ladies’ Technical and Junior Ladies’ Fashion. Tryouts will be held on Monday, January 26, in conjunction with the ISSE hairstyling competitions. Only one spot is available on the Senior Ladies’ Technical Team. All four spots are available on both Junior Ladies’ Teams. OMC categories are open to all contestants. Competitors must compete in both technical categories or both fashion categories to be eligible for the Team USA try-out.

The Nail Spot/Cut, Color & Style Stage: The Nail Spot and the Cut, Color & Style Stage are the newest additions to ISSE Long Beach. Dedicated to nail professionals, The Nail Spot is an area featuring creative and technical education, nail competitions and more. Nail professionals looking to enhance their knowledge, creativity and skills, will find it at The Nail Spot.  All ISSE nail events including education, creative demonstrations and NailPro competitions will be held in this one, convenient place.  The new Cut, Color & Style stage will showcase stylists educating attendees on the latest techniques and creating the most sought after styles at any skill level.

And…The Beauty Bar!

Did someone say Beauty Bar?

xoxo,
BF
BF Asks: Will you be at ISSE? Tell me more, tell me more! 

Treat Yourself Tuesday: Blissed Out at my Bliss Hollywood Spa Day

When Bliss Spa named itself, they knew EXACTLY what they were doing.

Blissing out at Bliss Hollywood

I had the enchanted pleasure of getting all blissed out last weekend at the Bliss Spa at the W Hollywood.

Bliss Hollywood

Thanks to the sweet folks at Bliss, I felt spoiled sweet, starting with the champagne upon my arrival and then by my therapist Michael. Michael gave me a full day of relaxation & detox with the Elermis Exotic Lime & Ginger salt glow ($130/60-minute treatment), a 105-minute Blissage massage ($225/105-minute massage), Phyto Hair Dew hair conditioning treatment ($40), Hot Paraffin Pack foot treatment ($20), Parafango detox back treatment ($45) and Jet Out aromatherapy ($20).

Let the relaxation commence! (Thanks, Michael, at Bliss Hollywood)

After my treatments, I sat in the sauna, took a steam shower, downed some water and then enjoyed another glass of champagne – and a few bites of their famous brownies – as I sat and read my book and wrote a bit in my journal. It was HEAVEN.

Brownies and bubbly? Well, don't mind if I do!

I can’t thank y’all enough. Best Labor Day weekend treat ever.

I left feeling blissed out…and that was exactly what I needed after a busy summer.

And I took home some blissfully delicious products to boot!

They just screamed, "Take me home!" Some blissfully delicious products at Bliss

*To schedule your “Blissed Out” day, schedule your appointments here! Scheduling online is just a breeze.
https://bliss.vipguestservice.com/default.aspx

xoxo,
BF

BF Asks: How do you “bliss out”?

BF Mani Recipe: Elvis’s Thunderbird

Whatcha’ get when you take a dash of pink and an edge of black?

BeautyFrosting's Mani Monday Recipe: Elvis's Thunderbird

You get my Mani Monday. Here’s the Mani Recipe for the week:

Elvis’s Thunderbird

2 coats of Essie French Affair

2 coats of Essie Licorice

Essie French Affair + Essie Licorice = Elvis' Thunderbird

 

xoxo,

BF

BF Asks: What would you have named this BF Mani Recipe? 

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

BF Asks: Which Pond’s product will you be using your $1 off coupon for? 

*This is a sponsored post. Products provided to BeautyFrosting by Lunchbox Media. While the post may be sponsored, I only write about products that I believe in 100%. Trust in that.

I’M LOVING… Trish McEvoy Illuminating Cream Palette

When you run around with a face full of makeup on most of your life like I do, you enjoy the moments when you’re makeup-free. But when I want to be naturally beautiful without looking like I’m on a camping trip, I turn to a little bronze, color and glow.

Lucky for me – and you – that all of these plus a finishing powder come in Trish McEvoy’s Illuminating Cream Palette ($75). How convenient is that?

I'M LOVING... Trish McEvoy's Illuminating Cream Palette ($75)

With a bronzing shade that defines, a golden shade that highlights, a cherry shade that adds color and a pressed powder that keeps it all in place, this is one palette you don’t want to be without.

Whether you’re wanting to look naturally glowing & gorgeous on a normal day like I am here on my way to the grocery..

En route to the grocery - messy hair, pup in lap and almost-bare faced... but skin-a-glowin' thanks to Trish McEvoy Illuminating Cream Palette

or want to step up the wattage for a night out on the town like I am here at the recent Anthropologie BHLDN event…

"Dawning" Trish McEvoy Illuminating Cream Palette at the BHLDN opening party in Beverly Hills

 

Trish McEvoy Illuminating Cream Palette is up to the task!

*This product can also currently be bought in Trish McEvoy’s Sunkissed Collection ($95)

xoxo,

BF

 

BF Asks: What do you have to have on when running to the grocery?