I’M LOVING…Neutrogena® Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

Can I make a confession?

I haven’t washed my face for 7 days. Seriously.

Confession time: I haven't washed my face for 7 days.

No, I haven’t lost my mind – or, my sense of hygiene, thank you very much – I just chose to take the Neutrogena #WipeForWater pledge.

I took the Neutrogena #WipeForWater pledge.


What is the Neutrogena #WipeForWater pledge?

Well, in honor of Earth month, Neutrogena is partnering with The Nature Conservancy to help conserve water, Earth’s most precious and limited resource. To help, NEUTROGENA® Naturals is challenging U.S. consumers to clean their face without using water for up to one week and instead use the NEUTROGENA® Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. For every pledge made on WipeForWater.com, during the month of April, NEUTROGENA® Naturals will contribute $1 to The Nature Conservancy to support water conservation, up to $50,000.

I took the pledge and have gone 7 days without using water in my cleansing routine.
I know what you’re thinking: “Ummm, Dawn, I’m totally on board, but how do you keep your skin clean?”

Well, I wondered the same thing, and Neutrogena has the answer: NEUTROGENA® Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, available at Walmart stores.

The answer is clear: Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes

These 97% naturally-derived towlettes are free from harsh chemicals, parabens, and all that stuff we don’t want, and are chockfull of skin-saving ingredients that clean, freshen and purify the skin. But they don’t stop there. They are also safe for the most sensitive skin (hello, MINE!!) and easily remove even the most stubborn of waterproof eye makeup. YES, REALLY.

For 7 days, I have used these wipes to take off on-camera makeup (which means A LOT), and to cleanse my skin before bed every night. My results? My skin felt super clean, never suffered any breakouts, and felt hydrated (not stripped like many cleansers make it feel). But my FAVORITE part? These delicious little towlettes smell clean and light, like fresh green apples!!

Not only can you conserve water with these guys, but they also help us follow one of my skincare-saving laws. As many of you know, I find that nighttime skincare sometimes gets forgotten at the end of a busy day. You forget to take off your makeup and climb into bed, without washing your face, to which I say, “Shame, shame!” But, I have a solution for that: NEUTROGENA® Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes!

By my bedside? Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes

Keep these on your bedside table for fatigue-filled nights, when you need to quickly take off makeup before your head hits the pillow, leaving clean skin is but a dream.

They really, really work. And simply by trying them this month, you can make one BIG difference for our world! Be sure to email me, or comment on social media, and let me know if you love them as much as I do!

(But I know you will.)


 *This is a sponsored post by Neutrogena. While products or compensation were provided, the words and opinions are all my own. I never post about something I don’t believe in 100%. That’s just not who I am.





The Neutrogena Oscars Party

While I love my old Oscars tradition of sitting on the couch in my favorite comfy clothes, sipping champagne, and ordering pizza, it was time to take it up a notch. I was thrilled and honored to attend the Neutrogena Oscars party at the W Hotel in Hollywood this past Sunday.

At the Neutrogena Oscars party at the W Hotel in Hollywood *Wearing Eliza J & Marcia Moran jewels

I decided to take one fabulous date…one of my best friends, Matt “Mattie” Marr.

Here we go, here we go!!

The car came to whisk us away to an afternoon spent toasting the Oscars and the new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Collection.

With my date & dear friend, Matt Marr

Everything was blue – from the blue hydrangeas to the blueberry-lime push-up cake pops!

Rhapsody in blue: the new Neutrogena Hydro Boost

We had a little red carpet fun, our fill of some delicious Bonefish Grill eats, and plenty of bubbly.

On the red carpet

And I even got to spend some time with my fellow southern host, Leeza Gibbons!

My favorite part of the evening, though? Patricia Arquette’s acceptance speech for her Best Supporting Actress win for Boyhood. I was so excited, I could barely contain myself!

Other people's big successes get me excited in a big way! I get real excited when people I love win. REAL excited. *photo by Matt Marr

I felt like Cinderella – a more boho Cinderella – with the gorgeous Marcia Moran jewels!

Bracelet, ring and earrings by one of my all-time faves, Marcia Moran

Head to toe, I felt red carpet ready, thanks to all of the amazing folks who made this beautiful day possible – most especially, Neutrogena.

*Dress by Eliza J and jewels by Marcia Moran



BF Asks: How did you toast the Oscars this year?

Beauty Beat with Dawn McCoy on The Moll Anderson Show 7/13/13: Date Night Beauty

Every week, I stop by the “Moll house” on The Moll Anderson Show on SiriusXM to bring Moll my Beauty Beat. On BeautyFrosting this week, I am sharing with y’all my date night beauty tips that I shared with Moll last month. Try em out and let me know if they don’t help up the romance factor for you on your next date night!

Here’s the link so you can take a listen:

Beauty Beat with Dawn McCoy on The Moll Anderson Show 7/13/13: Date Night Beauty

The Eyes Have It:

My picks for Date-Daring Eyes!

My picks for date night beauty eye makeup? Well, first, apply the trick that Trish McEvoy herself taught me. Start with the eyes before anything else! This way, clean-up is a breeze! Neutrogena Crease-Proof Eye Shadow ($8.49), NYX Jet Black Eye Liner ($8), Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System ($35) and Talika Eyelash Extenders ($30.99).


Put your best face forward:

My picks for a polished, pretty face for date night!

For a pretty, polished face for date night, try Stila Beauty Balm, Giorgio Armani Blender Brush ($49) and Laura Mercier secret Brightening Powder ($24).

Love your lips!

For lovely lips, Votre Vu is the way to go!

For lovely lips that look like a stepped-up version of your natural lip, try Votre Vu Dramatic Lip Liner in Naked ($21) and Votre Vu Lip Lustre in Charming ($22).

Be sure to catch my Beauty Beat on The Moll Anderson Show every Saturday at 2pm PST/5 pm EST on SiriusXM Channel 246!



BF Asks: What is your go-to date night beauty routine? 





Main Event Monday: Neutrogena VIP Cocktail Party

I was delighted to be included on the list of invitees for the Neutrogena VIP Cocktail Party a few weeks ago at Mr. C Beverly Hills.


Me with my friend, E! Assistant Fashion & Trends Editor, Rose Curiel at Mr. C Beverly Hills



With gorgeous views of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills all around us, we were treated to new Neutrogena products, mini makeovers and tips for quick and flawless looks from celebrity makeup artist and Neutrogena Ambassador, Amy Oresman.


Neutrogena pretty products galore!

Senior Director of Global Franchise R&D Skincare for Johnson & Johnson, Anna Prilutsky, told me all about Neutrogena’s Rapid Results retinol line. Looking at her skin in her 40s, I want to take any advice she has to heart! She said she’s been using the line since the early days and the retinol level works wonders!

Senior Director of Global Franchise R&D Skincare for Johnson & Johnson, Anna Prilutsky,

And the magical, mini makeovers they were hosting were filled with the season’s best Neutrogena products! Here are three looks that they recommend for flawless and fabulous summer looks!


Besides learning sensational skincare and summer beauty tips, my media friends and I enjoyed delicious bites like caprese on a stick, sushi, bellinis and cocktails.

Caprese on a stick at Mr. C Beverly Hills for the Neutrogena VIP cocktail party!

PopSugar host - and fellow Texan turned Angeleno - Kirbie Johnson!

E! Senior Fashion Editor Jennifer Chan and moi


The evening was a delicious affair and I can’t wait to try all of the Neutrogena goodies we received in our gorgeous Birdkage beach bag!


Neutrogena summer goodies!

I especially love this little Neutrogena flash drive that came in our goody bag!



BF Asks: What is your favorite Neutrogena product? 

Mailbox Monday: New Beauty Test Tube Summer 2012

As you know, I looooove my monthly beauty boxes! And at the top of my list is New Beauty Test Tube.

New Beauty Test Tube is the beauty brainchild of the editors of New Beauty magazine. New Beauty, is the monthly beauty bible for all of us who need to know about the best, brightest and newest beauty finds.

So who better to order a beauty box from? That was my thinking.

New Beauty’s Test Tube Summer 2012 is AMAZING!

It’s always the one box where I know I can expect products that work from the best brands. Kind of like the best goodie bag you could hope to get at a party or event. Except filled with only the best of the best beauty products.

So what’s a Test Tube? It’s a cylinder filled with discriminating products aimed to delight! And at only $29.95 for a quarterly delivery (once every 3 months), it is clearly a “new beauty” itself!

Touted as the “ultimate product sampling” program, New Beauty Test Tube delivers the goods. For the second time this year, when I opened my Test Tube, I found products that made me smile and squeal with glee!

Ahava “Essential Day Moisturizer”: Rich in Ahava’s hydrating Osmoter, skin is left soft and smooth. Protects against environmental damage with Vitamin E and soothes with Aloe Vera. Amino Acids are rich in humectants. Full size: $39.50

InstantEffect “90 Second Wrinkle Reducer” 15 On the Go packets:  Touted as a fast working firming serum that temporarily reduces the appearance of crows feet, fine lines, wrinkles, and under-eye bags. Full size: $60

It’s a 10 “leave in conditioner”I tried this and LOOOOOVED it! It instantly detangeld without making my hair feel heavy or greasy. And I swear my blowout time was cut by a third.  10 hair-improving benefits to protect, hydrate and detangle your hair for shinier, stronger strands. Full Size: $20

Jane Iredale “Tantasia”: Moisturizing, natural self-tanner for face and body. Builds a gradual, natural looking tan within three days, for optimum control and customization. Full size: $36

LashFood “eyelash conditioner”: It works and it’s all natural. Just give it a little time (4-8 weeks) and you’re left with fuller, longer, lush lashes. A natural, powerful formulation that is clinically proven to produce longer, thicker lashes and transform frail and brittle lashes into healthy and strong lashes . Visible results within just 4-8 weeks. Full Size: $80

Lumene “Firming Night Cream” 0.5 oz:  Can’t wait to try this one tonight!! This velvety smooth cream works the night shift to improve skin’s structure so you can wake up to a more youthful looking you. Full size: $21.99

Mally “high shine liquid lipstick”: I received this fun lipstick in a pen in the lilacish shade, Orchid. Keep your lips shiny, hydrated and looking luscious with this long-lasting lipstick. Full size: $20

Neutrogena “healthy skin brightening eye corrector”: Perfect for the on-the-go-girl, this “click-pen” effortlessly brightens leaving you with more awake eyes. Packed with a patented blend of hard-working antioxidants and vitamins, this do-it-all product brightens, conceals, de-puffs and eliminates the appearance of dark circles. Full size: $13.99

Neutrogena “Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum” 1 oz: I have heard great things about this serum and cannot wait to try! Highest concentration of Accelerated Retinol SA available., this advances serum penetrates deep into skin’s surface to quickly and effectively deliver results in just one week. Full size: $20

Olay Professional Pro-X Clear “Complexion Renewing Lotion” 0.24 oz: This gel formula is step 3 in Olay’s new adult acne clearing system. Sheer hydration helps to fade the look of spots and redness for an overall renewed appearance. 3-step kit: $39.99

Smashbox “Photofinish”: I plan on using this on a bride next weekend. It’s perfect for those with pores they like to minimize and creates a smooth blank canvas for wedding-and photo-ready makeup. The silky blend of vitamins and antioxidants smoothes and perfects skin, while the unique formula helps to inhibit the destruction of collagen, and fills in fine lines and pores for a flawless finish. Full size: $36

SpaLook Discount Cards: A $10, $25 and $50 discount card for your purchase on SpaLook.

And the detailed product brochure that comes with every Test Tube is comprehensive and helpful! It’s like studying for your beauty routine!




BF Asks: Have you tried any of the products above in this season’s New Beauty Test Tube? Share your likes & gripes on them in the comments below.


Mailbox Monday: Dear Dawn – Waterless beauty

Dear Dawn,

I am living in Alaska in a tent this summer, and I won’t have any running water. I have access to showers but they will not be an every day luxury for me. How can I keep my skin and hair looking and feeling healthy and clean with out running water? Any advice is much appreciated!!



Dear Nikki,

First of all, WOW!! I am so impressed with the adventure it sounds like you have ahead of you. Enjoy every minute! Second of all, I have to say I’m glad it’s not me! I am a wimp about the outdoors. I admit it.

But on those occasions where camping or being outdoorsy do come up, I have some tried-and-true tips that I stick to.

So here you go! May these beauty products be your best friends in the wild…um, along with some solid mosquito repellent!

Water-Free Best Friends #1: DRY SHAMPOO

Water-free hair cleansing is a must. I highly recommend dry shampoo for situations like yours or for when we need a little beauty boost in between washing. I am a big fan of the TRESemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo.

TRESemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo

It pumps up your lifeless locks into fabulous, full-bodied hair – all without water! It helps to remove the oil, residue and scent that unwashed hair can leave.

I would suggest using a dry shampoo product like this 2-4 times/week and then giving your locks a deep cleanse and deep conditioning treatment on the weekend. Be sure to massage the scalp as you wash! If your hair still feels heavy, another tip is to wash & rinse hair once, then condition and rinse out and wash hair again. That’s right! If you have fine hair, shampoo again AFTER applying conditioner to reduce the weighed down effect some conditioners can leave.

Water-Free Best Friends #2: Facial Cleansing Cloths

No matter where you are, proper skincare is a must. So that means no going to bed without washing your face!

Since water isn’t an option for you, cleansing cloths are the way to go!

I recommend keeping them by your bedside right next to your moisturizer so all you have to do is reach out and remember your routine right before bed.

One of my favorites is:

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes-Hydrating

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes-Hydrating

For only $6.99, these little beauties remove dirt, oil and makeup – yes, even waterproof – while lightly hydrating your parched skin. No water needed.

Again, I would recommend that you really wash and exfoliate when you do get to take that shower.

You can also use No Rinse Cleansing & Deodorizing Bathing Wipes on your body to feel a little fresher between showers.

No-Rinse Cleansing & Deodorizing Bathing Wipes ($3.99 for 8-count)

And lastly…

I know when you feel a little less clean than usual, the idea of applying sunscreen can seem like a yucky idea.

It’s not. Get a good, non-greasy, high SPF sunscreen to keep your skin safe.

I personally love Cotz Sunscreen SPF 58 ($16.99)  because it’s good for sensitive skin.

Cotz Sunscreen SPF 58 ($16.99)

As someone very sensitive to SPF, this one does the trick without making me break out into hives. If your skin is not so sensitive, Neutrogena makes great sunscreens that dermatologists always recommend!

Hope that helps, Nikki!

Have an amazing adventure, be good to yourself and take care of you…oh, and send us urban dwellers some pictures!



BF Asks: What camping-friendly products would you recommend to Nikki? 



Mailbox Monday: Target Beauty For Every Body Box – Better than ice cream…

Looky, looky cookie cone at what came in my mailbox last week!

A Target Spring Beauty Box: Beauty For Every Body

It was FREEE!!! And all I had to do was “LIKE” Target on Facebook! Done. It arrived less than 2 weeks later. Wow!

So, I opened my box to find this adorable, silky, bubblegum & orange sherbet-hued, summer-travel-ready makeup bag:

Summer-Travel Ready Hot Pink & Orange Sherbet-hued Makeup Bag

So what was in this little beauty?
A generous sampling of delicious travel-sized goodies! And I am genuinely excited to try every one of them, y’all!

Here’s the scoop:

The Scoop: Summer-Travel-Ready Tastes

Pantene Color Preserve Volume Shampoo(50 mL): Yay! Maybe I’ll get a little extra oomph!

Neutrogena visibly bright daily facial cleanser. (0.5 fl oz) Said to transform dull, tired skin to visibly bright & refreshed. Looking forward to trying this and reporting back to you, beauties!

Third item is Nivea Extended Moisture Daily Lotion (1 fl oz) Said to relieve dry, tight skin 48 hrs. Helloooo summer legs!

Simple Sensitive Skin Experts Facial Cleansing Wipes (7 wipes)

L’oreal Paris Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer: Let there be light, darlin’!

Target Beauty coupons: Who can’t use these? This girl sure can. And sure will.

So, next time Target tells you to “LIKE” them and you’ll get a goody in the mail. Do it! Target is true to their word!


BF Asks: What is your favorite beauty buy at Target?