The holidays are the best time of year to amp up your beauty routine. I love a red lip, extra long lashes, and some shimmer! I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of my favorite products – both my daily staples as well as the perfect beauty gifts for your girlfriends, sisters, moms and of course, yourself.
I love using big kabuki brushes for foundation instead of flat ones. I love the airbrushed effect it gives (and it goes way faster – who has time to paint their entire face with a concealer-sized brush? I never understood this!) I decided to try Tarte’s Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush after watching Gigi Hadid’s interview on Into the Gloss. It’s a bit too big for traveling or my on the go makeup bag, but I love it when I get ready at home. (Otherwise I still use and love my Bobbi Brown Foundation Brush).
I adore BUXOM mascara. I love the large brush size and how it evenly coats each lash without clumping. I find that many expensive mascaras dry out before I can finish the bottle, but this formula stays intact! I also like Diorshow Blackout, which I layer an extra coat on over BUXOM at night for spidery lashes. Here’s a holiday party trick – to sparkle in candlelight, use your finger to tap some Bobbi Brown’s Sparkle Eyeshadow in gold over whatever shadow you’re wearing.
My go-to holiday palette is NARS God Created the Woman. It has everything you need for a brown smoky eye, but I also like using the lighter shades alone during the day. If you’re looking for a seriously glamorous Christmas present, get this gorgeous Tom Ford eye palette. It’s admittedly the most money I’ve ever spent on an eye palette, but the packaging is beautiful and the pigments are so rich and long-wearing and it lasts forever. I have green eyes so I love it in Orchid Haze, a mix of violets. The Golden Mink palette includes foolproof golden-brown shades that work on everyone.
I try to wear a scent everyday – I love the extra personality and warmth it gives you when you walk into a room. During the holiday season, I feels like it’s especially important as the final touch to your look. There are so many great deals on mini-sized scents this time of year, so take advantage and buy a couple to try out and gift to others! My go-to is Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb, and I’ll be gifting Tory Burch Eau de Parfum and D&G Light Blue. I’ve been wanting to try out My Burberry.
This is my staple winter outfit for LA – dark leather jacket, booties, big scarf. This gorgeous Parker leather jacket has a quilted knit back, which softens up the look (it can be hard to find leather jackets that aren’t too tough looking). It’s the perfect layering piece and keeps me warm all day. I love the silver metal detailing and buckle at the waist.
I wear my black Frame skinny jeans constantly, so it was only a matter of time before I bought the denim version. The rips are flattering and stay intact. I’ll be wearing them year-round. If you don’t have a plaid scarf for the season yet – get on it! It’s a cliche holiday look but I love extra winter touches, especially in a city that doesn’t get too cold this time of year.Scarves are the best way to add polish to your outfit. Plus, it’s a great traveling piece.
These photos were shot in and outside Graffiti Cafe in West Hollywood. I loved the all-white space and high ceilings. It’s a great place to work from if you’re looking for a quiet getaway and a good latte.
Shop more of my favorite leather jackets and scarves below!
Happy Monday! I’m spicing up the beginning of the week with this glittery jumpsuit I spotted at Topshop last week. Guess what? It’s only $70, and the perfect alternative to a holiday dress (it also comes in gold here, and in black velvet here). The draped top and sparkles practically serve as accessories, so I paired it with studded heels (on sale!) and a leather jacket. The result was a sleek yet playful black and white look.
Since I was born and raised here in LA, I’m always trying to find unique spots to shoot my photos that gives you a glimpse into my life in this city. My friend and photographer Valorie and I stumbled upon this street corner on La Brea, and it’s home to Nick Metropolis Collectible Furniture – an outdoor furniture shop that any of you Angelenos have probably driven by plenty of times (I didn’t know what it was either). We were cracking up at all the random pieces just sitting on the sidewalk – a singing Elvis statue, a park bench with Ronald McDonald, an Old Hollywood makeup mirror and chair, street signs.. you have to see it for yourself! It turned into the perfect backdrop for a Hollywood themed shoot. Definitely worth grabbing a coffee and walking by if you’re in West Hollywood.
I’m loving the idea of a jumpsuit for the holiday season. It’s a low maintenance no-brainer when you’re getting dressed for an event, and comes off as glamorous without trying too hard. I’ve picked out more jumpsuit options below – which is your favorite? I’m a big fan of this strapless bow jumpsuit (for $90!) and this low-cut number.
Happy beginning of December! This time of year always creeps up and is full of holiday events, parties and family time. I like to have a few go-to outfits and hairstyles ready to put on repeat so I’m not rushing day of to put a look together.
I wanted to share a video I shot with Joico that focuses on holiday hair and a corresponding outfit for the holidays. I usually wear my hair down with waves, so it was fun to learn how to create a polished updo from Joico’s celebrity artist Eric Mayes. The result was a twisted low bun, and it’s way easier than you’d think! Click play to see the step-by-step.
Have you ever noticed how second or third-day hair holds a bun or braid better than freshly washed hair? Eric used Heat Set Perfecting Creme before blowdrying my hair, which kept it looking clean for a couple days. It also repels humidity! He also used Power Spray Fast-Dry Finishing Spray, which will seriously hold any hairstyle (we filmed 3 hair looks in one day, and this mega-spray held it all together).
Let me know if you try this hairstyle – would love to see the results! Have a wonderful weekend.