I’M LOVING…Plummy Bronze Eyes & Nude Glossy Lips

When the winter comes rolling around, we often turn to bold, burgundy lips and cateye liner.
But with LA still holding sunny strong in the low 90s, I’m feeling more sizzling summer goddess than ice queen.

Someone's a little cynical of this so-called "autumn" we in LA are in the midst of.

To stay true to the season that makes me feel sexiest (um, summer) and yet welcome the colder months that the rest of the country is experiencing, I’M LOVING…Plummy Bronze Eyes & Nude Glossy Lips.

Smoky plum quartz eyes? Check. Defined glowing bronze cheekbones? Check. Glossy, butterscotch lips? Check check.

It’s J.Lo with a bit of Catherine Zeta Jones, and I’ll take both of these goddesses for muses, thank you very much.

Bonus? These featured products are all under $10. And I didn’t even plan on that. They’re just seriously my cosmetic crushes of the moment.

Easy winter beauty in under 5 minutes

Here’s how you do.

The culprits of this glam, glossy, seductive look

1) Apply shadow primer of choice (my fave is Urban Decay).

2) Apply Pixi Beauty Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Plum Quartz ($12). There are 6 shades so you can pick your poisons. I stuck with the lightest shade for a base and the darkest shades for my crease, lid and lower lash line. 6 shades for $12? Sugar, I smell a deal.

3) Apply L’Oreal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99) in Pure Purple in the waterline of both the upper and lower lashes. It lasts for up to 16 hours, so you can cause some trouble with this guy on your eyes.

4) Next up? My faaaaavorite mascara of the moment: L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara ($7.99). It beats all of the high-end brands in my book right now. I cannot get enough of that Flexor brush that paints and pumps up my lashes from root to tip. It says it boosts them 15x, but I’d say more like 50x!

5) After applying your favorite hydrating tinted moisturizer (to combat that pesky winter dry skin) and concealer, don’t forget the blush! The trick here? Well, my darlings, I used two! Both are NYX Cosmetics and only $7 buckaroos, but I used one, Passion for a pop of color, while I used Solstice Baked Blush ($7) for a medium tan with pink sheen. That’s become my new favorite blush, replacing those staple, shimmery blushes that shan’t be named. It leaves you with that gorgeous Malibu Barbie bronzed pink cheekbone that we all crave.

6) For lips, I lined the lip lightly with my favorite nude liner (Chanel Brown Copper) and then did a 1-2 nude perfect pout punch. I started with NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Sugar Wafer ($6) and then added some glam by glossing it up with my new must-have gloss, Mark Cosmetics Total Kiss Up Hook Up Plumping Gloss in Revel ($10). Now, there’s a name for you! Why is Mark so sure you’re gonna hook up in this gloss. Wellll, as someone who has, I blame the nonsticky, high gloss sheen. And the milk chocolate meets dark cocoa seductive scent certainly doesn’t help you be less resistible.


Plummy Bronze smoky eyes and chocolate-scented, nude glossed lips? Oh, I smell a seduction coming on...


BF Asks: What are YOU loving this week? 

I’m Loving…Black on Black

With Halloween upon us today, right now, I’m loving…Black on Black.

I'm Loving…Black on Black

Here are my black-hearted (and packaged) faves today:

1) The black and white 5×7 rug I scooped up at Marshall’s Preston Center in Dallas for only $59!

2) As always, let’s start the makeup with the important stuff – the brows. The L’Oreal Brow Stylist Sculptor ($8.99) lets you draw, shape and sets brows in seconds. And they’re just perfect for creating those bold brows this Halloween.

3) These Shoe Dazzle black, taupe and vanilla pumps. If you’re a shoe lover, Shoe Dazzle really is the best thing going! You get shoes monthly for only $39.95! Boot-lovers bliss this season. While these guys are no longer available, they’ve got TONS of other hauntingly sexy choices!

4) Immunocologie Vital Mist ($65) is truly innovative because its a mist whose ingredients actually work symbiotically with the body’s immune system. The first of its kind! (And, um in the spirit of things, how sci-fi is that?)

5) Urban Decay All Nighter Eyeliner ($20) truly lasts all night but it’s also movable enough initially to smudge, smoke or line that inner waterline. Perfect for that Halloween masquerade ball tonight.

6) Boscia Luminizing Black Mask ($34) – Now, while you might look like a monster when you apply this mask, the results are anything but. This groundbreaking, mineral-rich mask peels off to deliver powerful detoxifying, purifying, and brightening effects. Not spooky at all.

7) Tattoo Junkee Glam Stamp ($8) is perfect if you’re feeling a little frisky and fun, but don’t feel like donning a whole costume shebang. They come in skulls, hearts and butterflies, but my fave right now is the star stamp – so much so, that I took it to my friend Jenn’s party last month and made everyone stamp one on. We were Jenn’s stars! And, yes – as a matter of fact, this did include the boys.

8) The benefits of Biodara Cell Refresh Face Serum ($68) might sound like a horror movie plot, but don’t let that scare you! While it does stimulate cell tissue regeneration, it also refined skin tone and texture, reduces inflammation and absorbs to a luminous matte finish that leaves your skin velvety soft, smooth and rehydrated.

9) Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner ($24) lets you channel your inner Hollywood scream queen with its innovative, waterproof, jet black lash-hugging gel liner pen that lasts for 24 hours.

10) So you say you’re not dressing up tonight for Halloween? Well, then add a little fun to your outfit with these dandy Out Incorporated Wrestler Provocative Sequined Arm Warmers ($55). They’ll make any outfit a little more hip and A LOT more sexy.



BF Asks: What are YOU loving this week? 

I’M LOVING…Milk Jar Cookies and Milk For Dinner

Because sometimes on a holiday weekend…cookies and milk just sound right for dinner.

Milk and cookies for dinner? Nothing is sweeter.

*Cookie is from my favorite neighborhood cookie shop, Milk Jar Cookies


BF Asks: What’s your favorite kind of cookie?

I’M LOVING… Bobbi Brown Surf & Sand Collection

Cosmetics collections for summer can be hit-and-miss. But Bobbi Brown’s summer collection has been right on the money, year after year after year. So much so that Bobbi devotees, like me, look forward to this every summer with bated breath – as it truly means summer is in full swing.

Bobbi’s Surf & Sand collection this year is no exception.

I'M LOVING…Bobbi Brown Surf & Sand Collection

These products are truly among my top Must-Haves for Summer ’14. Right now, I am loving – and living in – her Surf Eye Palette, from her Surf & Sand collection, which contains eight shimmering, sandy eye shadows – as well as a few shimmering pastel shades that simply had to be inspired by ocean waves. It is truly the perfect mix of a neutral eye with a pop of shimmering, sea-foamy color. And at $65, these luxe palettes go fast so go and get em and get golden!

Then there’s the eyeliner. Oh, you guys. I think it’s as magical as a mermaid. Now, I think we all know my beautylosophy that everyone needs a Bronze liner – whether it be for eyes or lips, or in my case, both. Well, with Bobbi’s NEW Long-Wear Eye Pencil ($24) in Bronze from her Surf & Sand collection, I have found my newest must-have multitasking product. It has the perfect mix of neutral color with that light-reflecting shimmer and pigment I crave. Seriously, one pencil to keep in your beach bag that covers you for both eyes and lips? Yes, please.

As for cheeks, the Bronze Brightening Blush ($45) features three bars of pearlized pigments which creates a perfect sunkissed glow for day or night. Not a bronze fan and prefer pink cheeks? Bobbi’s Pink Brightening Blush still gives you that pearlescent glow with a pretty, pink flush. Either way, your cheeks will look as sunny as you feel.

And, lastly, the lips. Bobbi’s Limited edition Sheer Lip Colors ($26) are perfect for summer with their lightweight formula that saturates lips with a gentle wash of color and a nourishing shine. The 4 sun-loving shades this year are Sunlit Pink (a sheer bronze with a hint of pink), Peach Sorbet (a shimmering peachy coral), Pink Taffy (a pale sandy pink) and Summer Nude (a true be achy nude). Again, try lining your lips lightly, after applying lip color, with the Long-Wear Bronze eyeliner for more of a defined lip. Because who says that liner has to be just for eyes? It really is my favorite hue for lips!

With these mermaid-worthy, pretty products, you’ll be beach-beautiful in no time flat. Which is just the way Bobbi likes it.




BF Asks: What are your favorite summer beauty products for summer ’14 thus far?

I’M LOVING…Jouer Everyday Effortless Mascara

When your job entails testing out countless beauty products every day, you relish the days where you can go natural.

Going natural on a Sunday afternoon involves Jouer Everyday Effortless Mascara

But even when going “natural”, this Dallas/LA girl isn’t opposed to a little lash-boosting mascara. Luckily, there’s a drama-free mascara that defines lashes without going overboard. That’s why I’M LOVING…Jouer Everyday Effortless Mascara ($24).

I'M LOVING...Jouer Everyday Effortless Mascara ($24)

Perfect for Sunday brunch or a Saturday matinee at the movies, this clump-free mascara conditions and volumizes while coating each lash from root to tip. Plus, it has the added benefit of Vitamin E to moisturize and condition lashes.

For makeup lovers – and non-makeup lovers, alike – this mascara gives you that long lash look without clumps, smudging or DRAMA!

I’M LOVING…L’Oréal Paris Infallible The Blackbuster Eyeliner – in honor of LC’s engagement

Today’s blog is short and sweet. Know why?
Because this is all you need to know about this eyeliner…


L'Oréal Paris The Blackbuster by Infallible Eyeliner - It WORKS!!!


It works.
It packs a punch.
And it stays on allllll day long.
That’s why I’M LOVING…L’Oréal Paris The Blackbuster by Infallible Eyeliner ($8.99).


I'M LOVING...L'Oréal Paris The Blackbuster by Infallible Eyeliner

In honor of the cat eye queen herself – Lauren Conrad‘s engagement – I am featuring my current fave for that LC classic cat eye.

In honor of LC's engagement...the perfect eyeliner for the perfect cateye liner!


This guy is the fastest and easiest way to get that classic cat eye in non-shaky seconds flat.

Smooth, bold strokes are made thanks to mistake-proof control every time.

LC would be proud.



BF Asks: How do you get that comely cat eye look? 


I’M LOVING… Avon Mega Effects Mascara

Just like a man I date, I want my mascara to do what it says it does and make me feel my most gorgeous.

But many times – like some of those men out there – mascaras make lofty promises and don’t follow them up with the romantic results I crave.

That’s why I’M LOVING… Avon Mega Effects Mascara ($10).

I'M LOVING... Avon Mega Effects Mascara (only $10)


This super reasonably priced mascara gives me 24-hour volume, darkens my lashes from root to tip and lengthens and plumps up my lashes for hours of romance and other adventures.

I know it looks like it would be a mess but it’s anything but. The patented Wonderbrush is verrrry bendy, thus inviting every lash into its lair and coating each one evenly and richly every time. In fact, this miracle brush delivers 40% more mascara to every lash!! Say whaaaaa?!

The magical brush of Avon Mega Effects Mascara


Clump-free, smudge-proof and sweat-proof, your lashes will stay long, dark, voluminous and lovely all day and evening long.

And, unlike the occasional date that flakes, Avon Mega Effects Mascara never flakes on me. While I may not want any drama in a romantic relationship, I love the drama that it brings. All I’m left with is long, lush, lovely lashes and a love-filled heart.




BF Asks: What do you most want to get out of your relationship with your mascara? 

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)




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


BY MY BEDSIDE…Talika Huile Vitale – the ultimate beauty elixir

If we know one thing I love, it’s oil. In fact, it’s the #1 beauty tip I give to anyone – and everyone – who asks me what my favorite tip is. You know my motto…OIL, OIL, OIL!!!!
So when I find a good – no, make that EXCEPTIONAL one – you know I have to share with you.

That’s why Talika Huile Vitale is BY MY BEDSIDE right now.

BY MY BEDSIDE...Talika Huile Vitale ($47)


This ancient beauty elixir of jasmine essence, lavende and rose hydrates, nourishes, repairs and replenishes the skin like no other. In fact, the legendary, secret recipe of this oil (from around 3000 BC) was discovered by a Talika family member who happens to be both a biologist and someone who is passionate about ancient texts.

Now, we get to reap the rewards of this recipe. Talika Huile Vitale provides skin with daily, nourishing nutrients that it requires for energy, vital harmony and more vainly  – beauty.

So does it really work? Ohhhhhh yeaaaah. I’ve been using this oil every night for a month and have seen a marked, glowing improvement in my skin.

My skin after using Talika. p.s. Y'all I'm 35 and this is UNTOUCHED. It just makes your skin gloooow! I look forward to using it every night right before my head hits the pillow. That's why I keep it right By My Bedside.


But don’t trust me – check out the stats: 81% of users found skin more soft and supple, 73% found skin to be more luminous, 79% found skin to be more hydrated and – um, can you say beautiful, bonus side effect – 40% of users found sleep to be more peaceful and restful. I am one of them, by the way.

Just apply 3 or 4 drops to your skin every night after cleansing and before your nighttime moisturizer. I promise you’ll see marked improvement in your skin in no time. And just a tip – be like me and keep it By Your Bedside. That way you’ll never forget your nightly routine!




BF Asks: What’s By Your Bedside right now? 

I’M LOVING…Trish McEvoy Power of Makeup Planner Collection Rose

As fall approaches, we start shifting gears from lazy, simmering summer days to jam-packed, autopilot autumn days. Between work, school, family obligations, social events and (dare-I-mention) the holidays, we barely have time to get dressed let alone get creative with our daily beauty regimen.

Thanks to Trish McEvoy’s Power of Makeup Planner Collection Rose ($158), we can step it up” without STRESSING out this Fall. This limited edition has everything you need and more – and I’M LOVING it!!

Trish McEvoy Power of Makeup Planner Rose ($158) - fabulous for fall


Just a few weeks ago, I “dawned” a day look from this collection for a meeting and then stepped it up for a BHLDN launch party at night by just adding a bit more of the Intense Gel Eyeliner in Arabian Nights as well as the Luminous Pearls Eye Shadow in Plum. Next, I touched up my nude lipstick and added a bit more of the bronzer on the cheekbones and I was out the door in 5 minutes flat!

"Dawning" Trish McEvoy Power of Makeup Planner Rose -fabulous for Fall!


Feeling ready for fall in my Trish McEvoy Power of Makeup Planner Collection Rose:

Snapping pics while "dawning" the new Trish McEvoy Power of Makeup Planner Rose at the BHLDN Launch Party at Anthropologie in Beverly Hills


You seriously have everything you need in this practical, pretty, pink planner! And the fact that it took me from day to night reminded me of my old Day-To-Night Barbie. I can’t believe I’m admitting that…

The versatility of the Trish McEvoy Power of Makeup Planner Collection Rose reminds me of another versatile "girl" I once knew back in 1984...Day to Night Barbie (don't judge)


  • Petite Makeup Planner®
  • Eye Base Essentials Bare*
  • Intense Gel Eye Liner Arabian Nights*
  • 24-Hour Eye Shadow and Liner Topaz
  • Luminous Pearls Eye Shadow Plum
  • Lash Curling Mascara
  • Instant Eye Lift*
  • Medium Refillable Double Decker Compact
  • Even Skin® Portable Foundation Shade 2*
  • Even Skin® Portable Foundation Shade 3.5*
  • Sponge
  • Petite Makeup Wardrobing® Page
  • Golden Bronzer*
  • Face Shaper Highlight 1
  • Face Shaper Blush 1
  • Translucent Finishing Powder*
  • Lip Color Sexy Nude
*Denotes deluxe travel size

Try it out this fall and see how fabulous you’ll feel!




BF Asks: Um, did you own Day to Night Barbie? Okay seriously, what fall beauty solutions do you want addressed on BF?