Whatcha Wearin’ Wednesday, BF? Foreign Exchange We Wear Pink Long Sleeved Shirt

You know how I know I have to have somethin’? When I see a pic briefly on Instagram and CANNOT stop thinking about it.

This was the case with FE Wednesdays We Wear Pink long sleeved shirt ($22).

Foreign Exchange "On Wednesdays We Wear Pink" long sleeved shirt ($22)

This basic dusty mauve long-sleeved, pullover tee features the famous – and oh-so-hilarious – line from Mean Girls. However, you’ll feel anything but a mean girl sporting this shirt as 25% of the net proceeds will be donated to Bright Pink to support breast cancer awareness.

Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focusing on the risk reduction and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women while providing support for high-risk individuals.

So, try showing your sunny support by buying this top and starting your own “On Wednesdays We Wear Pink” trend in your hometown!
Sweet solidarity, people.

"On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink" - heck yeah, we do!

 

While it’s currently sold out, get yours in November by preordering now. I love this shirt so much and I know you will too!

xoxo,
BF

BF Asks: What have been your favorite breast cancer awareness-supporting products this month?

FabFitFun Friday: FabFitFun Summer VIP Box

When it comes to summer, I always think of packing for camp with trial-size beauty products. It was an exciting time for me because I was allowed to try new products that usually wouldn’t be an option. And, oh how I loved their cute little packaging!

FabFitFun Summer VIP Box - Make sure to sign up so you can start getting a box full of happies every 3 months!

Well, with FabFitFun VIP box ($49.99/every 3 months), any season can remind me of new summer beauty products! But while the packaging is super cute, the products are neither small nor trial size.

This was my second VIP box to enjoy and I enjoyed it even more than the first!

In this Summer VIP box came:

*Evian Facial Spray (rehydrating & refreshing)

*it Haircare Surf Spray (for beautiful, beachy waves)

*Orly Nail Polish in a fab & fun neon orange

*Infinity Sun Glow On The Go self-tanner

*Catalina Su lip gloss (a shimmering, pink champagne shade)

*YES to Cucumbers Soothing Towlettes.

*A maple glazed pecan & sea salt  KIND bar

And, then there were my 2 FAVE products –

*Purlisse Pur-Delicate Gentle Soy Milk cleanser and

*Ivory+Mason hip-meets-retro sunglasses!

I love both these brands and the fact that they were in my VIP box this month definitely made me feel a little summer lovin’!

If you wanna get a little seasonal lovin’ from FabFitFun VIP, just use this code to get $10 off your first VIP box: If you want to sign up use code 652254 for $10 off your first box!

 

xoxo,
BF

BF Asks: Which of these goodies would be your favorite? 

In-My-Tub-Tuesday: Pur-lisse Pur-Delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser & Makeup Remover

I am a big fan of the VIP box from FabFitFun that I receive seasonally on my doorstep…but more on that later.

For now, I want to introduce you to what’s in my tub this Tuesday:

Pur-lisse Pur-Delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser ($36)

The reason I mentioned the FabFitFun VIP box is because I received this scrumptious cleanser for sensitive skin in my summertime FabFitFun VIP box!

In-My-Tub-Tuesday: Pur-lisse Pur-Delicate Gently Soy Milk Cleanser & Makeup Remover

I mean, listen, as sensitive as I might be as a person, my skin is even more sensitive. That’s why many times so-called “sensitive” cleansers let me down.
But not this one. No way.

With its blue lotus, white tea, soy proteins, sea silk and lupine peptides, my skin is gently cleansed by its milk gel formula. It washes away dirt, makeup and the effects of the day and leaves my skin clean without feeling stripped or irritated. Plus, it feels like it’s actually soothing my skin which is just what us sensitive girls need at the end of a long day or first thing in the morning.

Honestly, I was surprised by how much I loved this cleanser as my skin felt soft, supple and silky…and, dare I say, SEXY!!!

 

xoxo,
BF

 

BF Asks: Do you have sensitive skin? If so, what’s your sensitive skin cleanser of choice?

 

In the Bag: Mother’s Day Delights

Mother’s Day is coming up and, hopefully, you’ve already gotten the perfect gift for your perfect mom! But if you haven’t yet, here are some gifts to help Mom look and feel her beautiful best!

You should have just one goal while shopping for the mom in your life: Give her something that will delight her! Ask yourself, “What makes Mom giddy with glee?” This month’s In the Bag features some of my pretty picks that will really make your mom’s heart skip a beat!

In-The-Bag: Mother's Day Delights

1) Jessie Steele Citrus Blossom Rubber Gloves $12: If your mom is a dazzling domestic goddess, you can’t go wrong with one of my favorite companies: the jovial Jessie Steele! Jessie’s retro-fabulous, kitschy kitchen gloves come in a variety of colors and designs, so there is a pair destined to match your mom’s kitchen décor. With this one reasonable-yet-ravishing gift, you can turn Mom’s least-fun kitchen-cleaning task into a glamorous affair!

2) SoapyBliss Flavor Collection Bath Collections $45: If your mom’s a sucker for sweets and/or is a bath addict like I am, she will love these treats from the delicious small businessSoapyBliss! These precious little confections satisfy moms with a sweet tooth without crashing their diets! Between the Cupcake Bath Bomb, Shower Sugar Cubes and Whipped Cream Body Frosting in this set, Mom is sure to soak in sweets to her heart’s content! And with prices starting at just $5 for Cupcake Bath Bombs, everyone can find a gift within their budget on the SoapyBliss site. Plus, the pretty pastel packaging that resembles cupcake wrappers and chocolate boxes is sure to sweeten the surprise!

3) Caldrea Variety Sampler Set $75: Is your mom less on the glamorous side and more like Monica from Friends? Then this Caldrea Variety Sampler Set will impress your lovely, loves-to-clean lady of the house! Safe for her, her family, her home, and the earth, this set is filled with all the everyday essentials she needs to keep her home clean and sparkling. And with a variety of Caldrea’s best-selling scents, Mom’s sure to find a favorite for future purchases!

4) Sherrieblossom Icebox Wide Acrylic Makeup Organizer $395: This deluxe, sure-to-delight celebrity favorite is a triple-hitter! For the mother who’s the ultimate organizer, the mom who wishes she were more organized, or the mama who dazzles as a glamazon, Sherrieblossom is the gorgeous way to go! With its five see-through drawers and six tiers, Mom’s makeup will never go rogue again! Plus, Mom will have all of her beloved beauty products at her fancy fingertips while primping for a big night out! So lavish some luxury on your marvelous mother!

5) FabFitFun VIP box $49.99/season: If you want to bring a little red-carpet luxury to your mom’s everyday life, the FabFitFun VIP box is your answer this Mother’s Day! Giuliana Rancic – and the FabFitFun femmes themselves — handpick the pretty, primo products for this luxury box delivered straight to her door four times a year. While your mom won’t receive the box on Mother’s Day, you can let her know that your Mother’s Day gift is a gift that keeps giving all year long! With fun, full-sized products from the beauty, fashion and fitness worlds, Mom will be giddy with glee every time she receives this seasonal surprise!

6) Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System in Pink $119: For a beautiful no-brainer bet, you can’t go wrong with this gift that gives Mom gorgeous, glowing skin. An investment in Mom’s skincare and a little daily luxury, the Clarisonic skin cleansing system is loved and trusted by women across the world who want softer, younger-looking skin. Cleaning deep to the pores and increasing circulation and oxygen, this small, travel-friendly treat comes in every color of the rainbow. If your mom’s partial to pink like I am, the pink Mia is the perfect accent to any beauty’s bathroom counter. Plus, she’ll be impressed that you care about her complexion!

And, ladies, don’t forget to treat yourself with one of these In the Bag fab finds. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you beautiful ladies out there who help shape the women we become on a daily basis! May you experience as much love and beauty this Mother’s Day as you have brought into your loved ones’ lives!

 

xoxo,

BF

 

BF Asks: What are you delighting your mother with this Mother’s Day?

 

Happy 1st Birthday, BeautyFrosting!

I would be posting my High-Low of the week but I can’t think of a low to report because…

It’s BeautyFrosting’s 1st birthday!!!

 

Happy Birthday, BF!

No need to blow out the candles though, today!
I’ve already got everything I could have wished for with readers like you!

We’ll have a big celebratory giveaway later this month – when we announce the winners of our 1st annual BeautyFrosting BFF Awards! So stay tuned…

But, for now, here are some of my favorite moments in this first year of BeautyFrosting!

 

The beauty…

 

A year of beauty & pampering...THANK YOU!!!

 

The baking…

 

A year of sweetness...THANK YOU!!!!

 

The being…

 

A year of "being", a.k.a. lifestyle...THANK YOU!

 

The celebrations…

 

A year of celebrations...THANK YOU!!!

 

And the friends who make this journey oh-so-sweet!

A year of friends...THANK YOU!!!!

I am so grateful for each and every one of you who has read the blog daily, written questions to “Dear Dawn”, watched our videos, entered ourcontests, told your friends about BeautyFrosting, sent us a product to try for BeautyFrosting, followed BF on Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram, on YouTube and for all of the praise, suggestions and support you have offered over this past year to me.

And I have LOTS more coming for you in this, our second year! Like what, you ask? How about Foodie Friday with food & restaurant reviews and A Southern Girl’s Guide to LA with spa & business recommendations.

How about that? It all starts THIS weekend! It’s just my way of saying –

THANK YOU for a SUPER SWEET 1st year!!!

THANK YOU!!!!!

Thank you from my heart to yours! xoxo, Dawn (BF)

xoxo,
BF

***Special note: Why March 12th? I chose to debut BeautyFrosting last year on what would have been my beloved Nanny, Clara Margaret Hayes’s, 99th birthday. Every year that I celebrate a birthday, I am celebrating her and all of the lovely, ladylike things she stood for and taught my mom, my aunt, my cousins and me!

I miss you every day, Nanny…

BF Asks: What was your favorite BeautyFrosting moment this year?

Mailbox Monday: Sneak Preview of Giuliana Rancic’s FabFitFun VIP gift box!

As a FabFitFun featured blogger, I had the distinct honor (and giddy glee) of getting to experience a sneak preview of Giuliana Rancic’s new FabFitFun VIP box!

 

FabFitFun VIP box ($49.99 every 3 months) for a fab, fit & fun season!

 

I can never recommend beauty box programs highly enough! They’re such a treat for people who want to receive goodies – like a blogger – but don’t have the time or desire to write about them! It’s like Christmas, or your birthday, on a regular basis. Who doesn’t love that?

For a nominal fee ($49.99/every 3 months) with FabFitFun VIP, you get a seasonal box brimming with beauty, fitness & lifestyle booty. Estimated value of each box? Around $120. So you’re getting a deal here, beauties!

And with Giuliana and editor-in-chief, Katie Ann Rosen Kitchens, personally selecting the season’s hottest products themselves, you’re sure to add some gorgeous and glamour to your life. Plus, randomly selected winners will win super-fab bonus gifts! Like what? Like how about designer clothes, shoes and iPad minis?!

My first box arrived last week and I was delighted with the contents! DEEEEELIGHTED, I tell you!

What was in it?

Inside the VIP...

 

FabFitFun VIP Spring 2013 Contents:
MoroccanOil ($42.99 for 3.4 oz): This uber-nourishing formula transforms dull, dry, frizzy hair into the shiny, luxe locks you’ve always wanted! Packed with fatty acids, omega-3 oils, vitamin and antioxidants, this deluxe oil guards against spring weather and adds serious shine.

Moroccan oil retails normally for $42.99 for this 3.4 oz size. Niiiiiiiice.

Zoya Nail Polish by FabFitFun ($8): A longwearing, toxin-free pretty polish in FabFitFun Fuchsia!

Jouer Lip Gloss (mini): This glamorous, super kissable lip gloss is guaranteed to create the perfect pout. Loaded with vitamins, shea butter, jojoba oil and pomegranate seed oil, your lips will stay smooth and hydrated.

Think Thin Bar ($1.99): Get bikini body ready by snacking smarter this spring. We love this healthy, delish, nutritional bar. Mine was the creamy peanut butter flavor! Nummy.

Jewelmint Jewels: A gorgeous selection fit for me to be as fabulous as ever! While the jewels from Jewelmint vary from box to box, my cascading star necklace was perfect for me!

**Surprise Bonus Gifts: Now, here’s where it gets really fun, ladies! My surprise gifts included a Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip Stain with Argan Color Stick in Waltz ($21), Butter London nail polish in Wallis ($15) and a GO SMILE On The Go Teeth Whitening Pen ($22). WOWZA!! You had me at Josie Maran but then to get the rest of these goodies? I’m sold.

 

I’m already excited about what’s coming in next season’s box! And that Josie Maran magic marker ($21) is that sweet soft berry rose I can’t wait to rock this spring with a smoky eye.

 

Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip Stain & Argan Color Stick in Waltz ($21)

 

Also, you can expect the goodies to get a little better each season as they begin to customize each box based on your personal style and needs. So, let me get this straight. Basically it’s like Santa bringing you your wish list – or at least what our Beauty Santa thinks we should be wishing for. I love it!

So become a VIP today! Head on over to FabFitFun and let these seasonal boxes help you be your most FAB, FIT and FUN you ever!!

Have you checked out FabFitFun’s New Year New You challenge yet?

New Year, New You!
http://fabfitfun.com/newyearnewyou
As you know, I’m a regular contributing writer to Giuliana Rancic’s FabFitFun.

They have the coolest challenge going on right now and I have loved every second of inspiration it’s been giving me!

Each day, FabFitFun is revealing a new nutrition, fitness, beauty, or lifestyle tip to help you become your most fabulous YOU this year! Think everything from new workout routines to new haircuts to tips on finally getting that dream job! The monthlong challenge is actually an interactive competition with prizes given throughout the month. Readers are posting pics of themselves on Twitter to compete for an ultra-luxe seven-day cruise. We’ve been having a great time so far! Make sure to check it out!

Challenge yourself, beauty!

Primping with…Kiersten Warren

Happy Wednesday, beauties! I loved interviewing my friend, Kiersten Warren, for my latest FabFitFun column, “Primping with…”. It was an utterly delicious delight! And it was filled with soooo many details & tidbits that I couldn’t include it all on FFF. So here it is in its entirety for your reading pleasure.

I was so impressed with her full, colorful and love-filled life. And I am thrilled that she is writing about all of her daily (and past) adventures. Here’s to the next sweet & exciting chapter, Kiersten!

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(excerpts originally featured on FabFitFun 12/4/12)
Today, I’m primping with the always-funny, eternally youthful, ethereal sprite that is my friend, Kiersten Warren. You may recognize this talented actress, writer, wife and mother from Desperate Housewives, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Bunheads, Independence Day, Life Goes On or Saved by The Bell: The College Years.

We chose to meet at Chateau Marmont for a light lunch – shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad and a glass of sauvignon blanc for those who like to know such details – and primping. Having just left having tea with Tarte Cosmetics, I gifted Kiersten with Tarte’s Maracuja concealer. We had some fun with makeup in the middle of the Chateau Marmont and giggled a lot.

I had met Kiersten this past summer at a party where we became instant friends and decided we should definitely “make plans on purpose” (as Kiersten says) soon. 3 months later into our busy schedules, we had our first chance! Between her candor, wickedly clever humor, sweet nature wine and lovely presence, I couldn’t wait to share our chat with   you!

BF: Tell us about your beauty routine. Makeup?

KW: I wear Cle de Peau foundations for the light silky coverage. I never feel like it’s heavy and it reflects light really well. With that I’ll use the YSL Touche éclat combined with the Chanel concealer. I also love the Tarte Maracuja concealer you introduced me to. I’m always up for “concealing.” I have allergies and sometimes my under-eye region gets really puffy, and until the meds kick in I just have to deal. Then I like Shiseido powder in a compact to take along.

I use Dior Show mascara and usually MAC eyeshadows for their vibrant colors. As far as lipsticks go, I’m really liking my MAC reds. I think it’s “VAMP” that I use all the time. I don’t know for sure because Scarlett (my 7 year old) left her ice cream to melt in the car’s drink holder where I hide my lipstick and, resultantly, the label long ago died and had to be peeled off. I think it’s VAMP but I have Dior lip glosses in candy color shades in every purse so I could easily be wearing any of those.

BF: I feel very Steel Magnolias asking this. In fact, I shall do it with a southern accent. What is your signature fragrance?

KW: For years I’ve worn La Chasse Aux Papillons Eau de Toilette by L’Artisan Parfumeur. But lately I’ve been feeling unfaithful and reckless and have switched it up with those naughty Marc Jacobs triplets, Lola, Daisy and Dot.

BF: Naughty, indeed. And as for your lovely locks?

 

KW: I have dreadlock, curly, cotton candy hair. Hair like a 19th century Irish street orphan. Nicole Kidman’s is the classy version of my natural hair. So it needs to be dealt with by way of keratin treatments and then letting it come out to play a bit. Good thing with hair like mine is that there’s always volume. Bad thing is that it does what it wants if you let it, and that’s decidedly NOT PRETTY. 

 BF: I think we have very similar hair thanks to Mother nature. Mine is post-brazilian blowout right now. Getting my volume back! Everyone wants it when they don’t have it. But honey, it takes a village, doesn’t it?

KW: Gabor, my hair guy on Desperate Housewives, would take a deep sigh, close his eyes, do one cleansing yoga breath and say over my head as a daily mantra, “The hair will not win!”

BF: That. Is. Hilarious.

KW: Always made me laugh. Which is key. I prefer to work with a high level of joy. “Chuckle-headed-ness” even. Sutton Foster on Bunheads is fun like that as well. 

BF: So what’s your go-to ‘do?

KW: Since I have curly hair I don’t wash it very much. Like every 3 or 4 days. So day one it’s down and wavy and bouncy and kind of perfect.  Day two is curlier. Three is a ponytail with a pretty headband. Day four is a hat.

BF: Shower or Bath?

KW: I prefer a bath. Showers to me are like an aquatic assault. Something you do when that’s all that is offered in your hotel room in Moscow. 

BF: Oh my gosh. I could not love the way you put that any more. I always consider a shower basically a workout. Hmm…that might explain a few things.

BF: Do you have a nightly beauty ritual? You know something that helps you wind it down? (ex. for me – I never miss my bath and book every night)

KW: Every night I’ll make chamomile tea with honey and then have chilled slices of an Asian pear. Or a pomegranate. 

 BF (in my head): Well, color me impressed. Sophisticated. Very grown up.

KW: And it’s during that ritual that I pick out what I’ll wear to bed. Then I flip through a magazine while my husband, Kirk (writer’s note – Kirk Acevedo of Oz, Band of Brothers, Prime Suspect, Fringe,) finds our movie. Usually something horrifically scary that then he falls asleep to and I’m petrified into therapy because I can’t change the channel. I once left our tv on for 3 months because Kirk was away on location. Let it be known here officially that our Universal remote hates me. And the feeling is mutual. 

 BF: I love that the family drama only exists between you and, basically, an appliance.

 BF: Back to business! Brows – wax or tweeze? Who’s your go-to?

KW: I go to Anastasia and let Katie Crecion work her magic on my brows. 

 BF: And what about those gorgeous, lush lashes? Amazing!!!

KW: Latisse. I use it, Yes. If it turns my eyes brown…whatever. I prayed for brown eyes as a child after reading Anne Frank. I wanted to look like her. To date they are still blue. But will keep you posted.

 BF: You are lean and lithe. I cannot lie. I also love alliteration. How do you stay fit?

BF: I take a ballet-body sculpting class that is brutally efficient. I always wonder when I’m staggering around the next two days in agony, “why is it that I do this?” It can’t be to look sexier. Not when I look like an injured chimp staggering around wearing an adult diaper. Because that is how I walk after one of those workouts. 

 I’m very hard on myself physically. And it’s a shame really. As a competitive gymnast once upon a time, the capacity to even enjoy pecan pie has pretty much been beaten out of me. And so the end result is what? That I’m thin. It’s something to be pitied more than anything. If I said I’d been hungry for just about half my life, it wouldn’t be a lie.  

 BF: That reminds me of that line from Julia Roberts in Notting Hill: I’ve been on a diet every day since I was nineteen, which basically means I’ve been hungry for a decade.”

 

 KW: Kirk has a hugging gauge and tells me when it’s pasta night. LOL

 BF: I need a man like that!!

KW: I do make a mean corn chowder with shrimp and poblano chiles. And my vices are candy coffee drinks at Starbucks. My candy choices are red hots and black licorice. Then hot tamales. 

BF: What is the best advice you received from your grandmother?

KW: My Grandma Inez gave me the best advice, which was delivered to me while I was ironing my dress, whilst wearing it. Like you do. Grandma looked at me and giggled and goes, “lazy people work the hardest.”  And over the years it’s resonated with me. Because they do, don’t they?

BF: What’s one of your earliest beauty memories?

KW: My first significant beauty memory was feeling the power of transformation in the chair of a champion hairstylist as she dragged my hair straight with her blow dryer for the first time in my life. Up until then I’d thought I was destined to roam the earth looking very muppet-like for all of my days. Her name was Bronwyn and it was at the JCPenney’s salon.  She changed my life. Thanks for that, Bronwyn. 

BF: Shameless plug of Penneys, Kiersten. What beauty faux pas did you commit that you look at now & cringe?

KW: I remember when I was 7, my Mom curled my hair in curlers and I slept in them all night for picture day, I thought I looked so very pretty and while I was being driven to our Christian school I remember making eye contact with all the passing cars. I thought that I might very well be discovered by a huge talent agent looking as pretty as I felt. Terribly funny considering I wasn’t even allowed to see movies in a theater as a child. And yes we were Independent Fundamentalist Baptists…if that explains things a bit. 

BF: What would the 13-year-old version of you think about you now?

KW: My 13-year-old self would be sorely impressed with how we turned out. She would think me both wicked and divine. Then we’d try on my expensive shoes and she’d remind me how when we were 14, we snuck out to see a movie and it was The Muppet Movie. And then we’d laugh at our ridiculous rebel selves. 

BF: Speaking of girls, what advice would you give to your daughter, Scarlett?

KW: I would advise Scarlett to never compare herself to anyone ever. For it’s in that instant where we siphon off all our power in comparing and contrasting. And it’s at that fetid well that girls first drink of inadequacy and self loathing. Then jealousy steals their joy. Keep your joy from the get-go and compare yourself never, ever, in the history of ever, to anybody else. “You are miraculous.” is what I tell Scarlett.

BF: And I’m crying. That is some wonderful mother stuff, right there! Napkin please. Okay. Nearing the end so finish off that glass. One word that describes you right now:

KW: #merrimentmerchant. It’s kind of one word.

BF: If I could describe you in one word, it would be “effervescent”. Oooh-and I like “enchanting”, as well!

BF: Fill-in-the-blank time:

“My favorite color is…”

KW: My favorite color is YES! Because I love them all. Depending on my mood. But I guess I’m partial to deep greens. 

BF: My favorite quote is:

KW: Laugh if you can cry if you must. It’s a favorite quote. Firstly because it’s so applicable, secondly it annoys my husband, so I say it a lot just to be provocative. Now he just laughs whenever he hears it. I actually heard him use it once so I’m certainly the winner in that regard.

BF: My personal philosophy (beauty, life or otherwise) is:

KW: My personal philosophy or way of living life is to “Be a light, shine a light, help hold a light or just go back to your hole.” 

BF: Love that! What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?

KW: Very proud of my writing. I’m currently shopping my book “Pocket Stories of a Ramblin’ Christian Gypsy.” 

BF: Aaaaaand I’m in! Tell me more.

KW: It’s a deconstructed memoir written in little single consumption reads. Literature for those with an attention span of a caffeinated ferret.  I store my pieces here … http://www.tumblr.com/blog/kierstenwarren   it’s been so nice to unburden myself in the retelling of these stories. Stones I’ve pulled out of my pockets if you will. And am now free to float down the river of life unburdened, free from fetters and fools. I’m proud that as a pregnant fifteen year old I was able to forge ahead and have a successful career in show business. I’m proud of my children and my marriage. 

BF: You are a shining example of a mother doing her best for her kids and following her dreams!

BF: What role has been the most fun to play fashion and beauty-wise?

KW: The most fashion fun I’ve had playing a role was probably to play, “Necie” in the Callie Khourie directed and written feature film, Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood.

BF: That is one of my all-time favorite books and films. Brilliant. Details please.

KW: It was vintage and going to sleep with loads of pin curls was more fun than the law should allow.  Pretty dresses just make me happy.

BF: What would you like people to say about you behind your back?

KW: That they wish they were me. I’m kidding. Kinda.

xoxo,
BF

 

BF Asks: Kiersten’s proudest accomplishments made my heart burst! What accomplishment are YOU most proud of thus far? 


FabFitFunFriday’s In-The-Bag: A Few of My Favorite Things

As many of you know, I am a featured blogger for the lovely Giuliana Rancic’s blog, FabFitFun. I currently have two columns on FFF – Primping with… and my new column,    In-The-Bag. I love the FFF team and am so privileged to blog with their fabulous Ambassador Network! Besides being in good company with these blogging beauties, FabFitFun also knows how to put the HAPPY in happy hour! But more on that later…

For now, my inaugural In-The-Bag, featuring a few of my favorite things of all-time!

 

xoxo,
BF

DawnBeautyWP

by Dawn McCoy of BeautyFrosting

I couldn’t be more thrilled to share my fave finds with you fearless and fabulous FabFitFun readers! As a beauty and lifestyle blogger, I get to try a lot of products that help make us look and feel our beautiful best!

In In-the-Bag, I’ll share my favorites of the moment so you can know what you have to have. Now, a few of my favorite things:

Bobbi Brown Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm ($52): For my dry, dull skin, this is my everyday, go-to foundation. I can almost guarantee that your skin will look five to 10 years younger. Yes, really. Each perfecting and light-reflecting shade seamlessly vanishes into your skin, leaving your skin smooth, plumped, hydrated, and glowing. You’re gonna thank me for this one, FFFers!

Beautyblender Sponge ($19.95): Whether erasing eyeliner, chiseling cheekbones, smoothing out sunscreen, or perfecting your pout, Beautyblender is my heavenly heroine of the moment. Its unique pink egg-shaped design rolls on the skin to smooth away harsh makeup lines, leaving a flawless finish. I love to apply my blush, bronzer, and highlighter, and then go in with my little pink friend and perfect it.

Kai Fragrance Oil ($48): Whether wearing it on its own or layering it with other favorite fragrances, Kai is an essential. It smells like a Southern summer with its delicate recipe of gardenia and white flowers. It enters the room when I do – not a second before. And it never overstates. If Kai were an adjective, it would be graceful. Kai is the Audrey Hepburn of fragrances, helping me to smell like a lady, whether I’m feeling like a Jackie O or a Marilyn.

Trish McEvoy High Volume Mascara ($30): I have sung the praises of my first boss’ mascara for a while. The formula creates water-resistant tubes around each lash. And the 24-hour formula always looks glossy and freshly applied. Perfect for all-day wear, you need only to curl your lashes again to revive it for the evening. It lasts through tears or marathons (or both!), all while defining, darkening, and volumizing. Perfect for a low-maintenance lady, it washes off effortlessly with water. Yep, you read that right — water. Easy to apply and even easier to remove, it’s a forever fave for me.

Mustela Multi-sensory Bubble Bath ($10): So maybe this multi-sensory bubble bath was formulated for a baby’s delicate and sensitive skin. Hey, who you callin’ a baby? I love the stuff. It’s a magical potion perfect for my nightly bath. Rich in marine extracts, its soothing scent deeply relaxes me, helps me wash away any remaining stress of the day, and helps me sleep…well, like a baby. Baby, I’m yours.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long-Lasting Lip Pencil and Lip Liner in Leif ($23): I love a neutral, metallic nude. A bit of bronze with a hint of plum and pink, this Rouge Bunny Rouge lip liner makes any lip gloss or lipstick pop. And it gives your lips beautiful, believable, rich definition while blending in with all shades. Perfectly paired even with lip balm, it’s sure to please!

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Primping with…actress, advocate wife, mother, (& my dear friend) Sarah Jane Morris

Hi BeautyFrosting readers,

Yesterday my first column, “Primping with…”, was featured on Giuliana Rancic’s fabulous site, FabFitFun!

In “Primping with…”, I’ll be bringing you everything you ever wanted to know about primping with Hollywood celebrities, personalities, and everyday, glamorous ladies just like us!

For my inaugural “Primping with …” column, I couldn’t think of a better person to primp with than one of my best friends, and favorite actresses – Sarah Jane Morris. We met in Dallas 13 years ago, as college students/actresses on a movie set and were fast friends. I always say it was friendship at first sight!
Sarah is a television and film actress best known for her roles as Julia Walker on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters, and most recently as EJ Barrett on CBS’s NCIS. She is also a wife, and a mother to a 2 ½-year-old son.

I chatted with Sarah as she primped for Healthy Child Healthy World’s “Date Night” annual fundraiser for which she was a chairperson.

 

Sarah Jane Morris at Healthy Child, Healthy World (photo courtesy of J&D Photography, JandDphotography.zenfolio.com)

BF: What’s your favorite color?

SJM: Blue.

BF: Sarah, let’s start with an easy one. Shower or Bath?

SJM: Shower to bathe, bath to relax!

BF: How do you relax or rev-up while primping for a night out?

SJM: Shut the door to my bedroom and enjoy the peace and quiet.

BF: Ha! As a single girl, I sometimes take for granted how cherished that time can be! What are you wearing for the event?

SJM: I’m wearing an LBD (little black dress) I got in Montreal by designer secondhotel, blood-red platform Christian Louboutin heels I got at a consignment store, and a black woven clutch with a gold chain strap. 

BF: Any special preparations for the night? Did you do your own hair and makeup or did you call in the experts?

SJM: I went to Dry Bar in West Hollywood to have my hair blown out but ended up throwing it back in a ponytail because it worked better that way with the structured neckline of the dress. And makeup artist Sarah Uslan did my makeup.

Sarah Jane Morris with makeup artist, Sarah Uslan

BF: Well, of course, we’re dying to know what Sarah did to make you even more gorgeous than usual! Spill it, sister.

SJM: She used Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm in Nude, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 4.5, Cle de Peau in Beige on top & tapped towards the temples, Dolce & Gabanna Perfect Concealer #1 on the inner corner, and finished with a dusting of Koh Gen Do translucent powder. She perked my cheeks up with Illamasqua Blush in Tremble on apples of the cheeks. To make my eyes pop, she used Armani Eyes To Kill in #9, 15, 16 (with #9 blended on the inner corner, 16 on the lid and 15 in the crease), Dolce & Gabbana The Eyeliner in #5 (rimming the upper and lower lash lines) and Laura Mercier Eyebrow Pencil in Blonde. For my lips, it was my go-to lip routine – Jemma Kid Lip Liner MUS, MAC Hug Me lipstick and Cle de Peau lip gloss. I almost always wear false lashes to events but on a daily basis I love Lancome Hypnose mascara.

 BF: Speaking of daily basis, what are your daily beauty staples when you’re getting ready yourself? We love this stuff! No detail is too small.

SJM: Like Sarah used on me for HCHW, I use Cle de Peau concealer in Beige (which you turned me onto for my wedding!), Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (nude or sand) and/or Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 4.5, Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, NARS Orgasm blush, Chanel Silky Cheek Colour in Tea Rose, Jemma Kidd Makeup School Perfect Tan Bronzing Trio, Armani Fluid Sheer #4, Jemma Kidd MUS, MAC Hug Me and Cle de Peau gloss. I also wear Epicuren Zinc Oxice SPF 20 under my makeup.

BF: What’s your signature fragrance?

SJM: Stella McCartney eau de parfum or Bliss eau de toilette roll-on (something you gave me, for Christmas).

 BF: Do you have a nightly beauty ritual? (As you know, I never miss my bath and book every night!)

SJM: I wish, but no, not really. I’m lucky if my face gets washed! I always brush my teeth, though!

BF: Well, that’s good!!! Brows – wax or tweeze?

SJM: I only tweeze and occasionally I get them tinted (and trimmed and shaped, but not waxed). The tinting mostly just fills them in more when I darken up the little tiny blonde brows, so I don’t have to fill them in with makeup. Looks more natural and frames the face nicely.

BF: What is your go-to everyday hairstyle?

SJM: My go-to everyday hairstyle is either “yesterday’s hair,” a ponytail or a little bun. Goody makes this corkscrew pin that does a perfect stay-put chignon! I switch it up for events, but I often end up with it down with a loose wave.

BF: You’ve always been in such amazing shape! How do you stay fit?

SJM: I’m sort of genetically predisposed to a fit figure, but I’m also a very active person, especially since I have a 2 1/2-year-old son who keeps me busy. I do love pilates, though, and occasionally I need some Kundalini yoga in my life, but generally I just take walks with the family, ride my bike with my son and eat just about everything in moderation.

BF: Ahhh-yes, eating! Since we all have to eat and try to figure out the best way to do that day of eating for you look like?

SJM: I always start my day with a cup of coffee followed by a light breakfast that usually includes fruit, wheat toast or cereal, and sometimes an egg or bacon (I love bacon!). I often need a snack mid-morning (yogurt, nuts, or a Mojo bar) because I don’t eat lunch usually until after I get my son to sleep for his nap. I don’t eat a huge lunch…sandwich, fruit, cucumbers and hummus, or whatever is quick. This often means I need another snack after my son wakes up, so we’ll share some popcorn or fruit or cheese and crackers. For dinner, we tend to do a protein of some sort and a couple of veggies (broccoli, kale chips, corn, potatoes, or whatever else is fresh from the farmer’s market). We don’t do a ton of sweets, but we also don’t usually go to bed without a few bites of ice cream or a little cookie or something!

BF: I did NOT know that you love bacon! How did I not know this? You can take the girl out of Memphis…but you can’t take the Memphis out of the girl. Nor can you take her bacon! Speaking of your hometown, what is the best advice you received from your mother?

SJM: What’s on the inside is what counts. But always wear mascara and lipstick.

BF: I love your mom. Always have. And I love her just a little bit more now! What is the best advice you’ve ever received from anyone?

SJM: “When a door closes, a window opens.” If I’m patient enough, I can usually see the truth in this when I’m bummed about something.

BF: When did you start wearing makeup? Do you feel that was too early, too late or just right?

SJM: I can’t remember the precise age, but I would say probably 8th grade?  I had older sisters, so I would sneak into their makeup and practice and I just gradually started wearing it more and more. I think whatever age it was, it was appropriate. My southern mother wouldn’t let me do anything like that that she didn’t think wasn’t!

BF: Isn’t that the truth?! What’s one of your earliest beauty memories?

SJM: Ha! Well, one of my earliest MEMORIES is sneaking behind my mom’s bed with her little super-sharp sewing scissors and trying to cut my own hair. I had very long, blunt bangs that I thought I would just trim a little off the bottom like the hairdresser did. I got mixed up and cut above my fingers holding the hair instead of below and ended up with a huge hole in the middle of my bangs!

BF: Any beauty blunders you wish you could take back?

SJM: I got a perm in probably the 3rd grade that I thought was so cool because I really thought I looked like I had naturally curly hair. I wish I’d had the sense to realize no one else was buying it because my stick-straight bangs were the only thing natural happening on my head!

BF: What advice would you give to your 13-year-old self?

SJM: Be whoever you want to be. That might mean you try out being different people at different times, but eventually you will find who you really are and are not defined by what you do or who you surround yourself by in life.

BF: What advice would you give to your daughter, if you ever have one?

SJM: Don’t smoke! It makes your skin look bad, makes you feel bad, and will eventually kill you or someone else.

BF: Amen! Word. All that jazz. What are your top 5 beauty products?

SJM: Basic Organics E-Ointment, Epicuren Zinc Oxide Sunscreen, Dermalogica Cream Facial Cleanser, Caudelie Cleansing Water, Lancome Hypnose Mascara.

BF: Almost done! Give me one word that describes you right now?

SJM: Content

BF: Word (there’s my inner hoodrat coming out again). What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Sarah & her husband, rock drummer, Ned Brower at Healthy Child Healthy World "Date Night" event

SJM: My family… I have a wonderful, loving husband and amazing son.

BF: Yeah, you do! As you know, people in Hollywood (heck, people everwhere!) talk. What would you like to hear people say about you behind your back?

SJM: I would like people to say that I am super-confident, charismatic, and kind to everyone!

 BF: And, BF & FFF readers, I can assure you that’s just exactly what they say. Thanks Sarah!! Mwah!

Stay tuned for my next “Primping with…” column on www.FabFitFun.com!

If you would like to be featured on “Primping with BeautyFrosting” or have any burning beauty questions you’d love me to ask our primpettes, I’d love to ask them so please email them to me at: Dawn@BeautyFrosting.com

Dawn McCoy is an entertainer, former celebrity personal shopper and  creator/editor of www.BeautyFrosting.com, a beauty, baking and being blog.  She lives in The Cupcake Palace (as her friends have cutely coined it) in Los Angeles with her Maltese, Miss Ellie and oodles of pink.

 

Happy weekend, beauties!!

 

xoxo,

BF