Hair Product Favorites- December 2014

Hey Guys! I've been meaning to post more. I need to get into the groove. New York City is crazy busy; I'm always running around from place to place and good hair products are a must to keep my hair looking great everyday with a busy schedule. Here are some of my favorites currently.

Bamboo Alterna Luminous Shine Mist.

Bamboo luminous shine mist

Why I love it: It gives my hair a nice pick me up with shine and luminosity when it's looking dry or lifeless. It smells absolutely amazing and I always get asked what I'm wearing when I spray this on my hair. It's also really lightweight and doesn't weigh long hair down.

Find it here : http://www.sephora.com/bamboo-luminous-shine-mist-P285154

Verb Dry Shampoo


Why I love it: This product has allowed me to go 3 days without washing my hair. It refreshes my blonde without being too white, it absorbs oil and adds volume and makes my hair look refreshed in a sexy tousled sort of way.

Find it here: http://www.verbproducts.com/dry-shampoo

BlowPro Dry Texture Spray

Blow pro dry texture spray

Why I love it: This product is the perfect pick-me-up spray that adds volume and a little hold without making my hair stiff; it keeps it soft and adds lots of body. This also smells amazing!

Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/blowpro-Textstyle-Dry-Texture-Spray/dp/B00G154P0E



Embracing Beauty -My Thoughts on Calvin Klein's New Model, Myla Dalbesio

HI! You might have recently seen the buzz around Calvin Klein's New Model Myla Dalbesio who's measurements are not the current Fashion Industry sample size standard , size 0-2. She is what is being called in "in betweenie". Not thin enough to be doing runway , but not what you'd consider standard plus size. She is absolutely stunning, and there is no reason to give her any kind of label!

When I saw these posts  on Facebook about her and the Calvin Klein controversy all I could think was she's going to have to have a ton of strength and courage to answer questions, and do interviews about this topic. Women should strive to be fit, to feel healthy, be strong, and believe in their beauty!

The labels  are precisely the problem in my opinion. My dream would be that all women could just embrace their looks and body for how it is, and not to be constantly comparing themselves to other women to try to look like someone else.  Being consumed with body image leads to so many unhealthy addictions, patterns and behaviors. I LOVE that Calvin Klein is not putting limits to who they use for their campaign. People should not be categorized by size, or how they appear in general. If you feel beautiful, and you believe in your talents, and strengths that's what matters most.

I love that people are discussing this "appearance based" issue right now in the fashion industry, and I applaud Myla for being so open about her thoughts, and struggles being in the modeling world. More women need to come forward and be open about how they feel about their body and their image. Opening up makes you vulnerable and being vulnerable builds confidence!!

Myla Dalbesio is represented by JAG Models in New York City.

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Looking Ahead: Swimwear Trends Around the World For 2015

2015 a wonderful fashion trip we need to take together. All around the world the trends are anywhere from digital prints to vintage cuts. Whether you are in Majorca or Miami the most important decision is the swimwear style. For this reason, high fashion designers have recreated themselves to make a bold statement or simply taking your waterside credentials to a higher standard. swimwear 2015

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  • AFRICA Sharm el-Sheikh, Watamu or Diani beach are only some of the destinations full of turquoise waters and wide beaches. The trends for 2015 are a swimwear line with bright colors, high quality fabrics and sexy designs catering to the woman´s body. All designs inspired in the influence of the water and the uniqueness of the artisan’s world.
  • ASIA swimwear designs combine a traditional Chinese style with fashion sports and inspired in people´s imagination. The inspiration comes from Asian art and the four elements. Earth, water, air and fire are the fantasy and core of their collection. 2015 in Asia comes with contrast color matching of red, blue and pink showcasing luxurious glamour.
  • EUROPE Known for its vibrant colors and designs this 2015 the tiny bottoms are still in first choice accessorizing with hats, vest and pretty elegant dresses. This trend is forcing brands in the industry to a higher level of designs, materials and craftsmanship. Designers are introducing fresher looks and a much needed unique aesthetic. 2015 collection is inspired in the European style architecture.

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  • ANTARCTICA destinations like Deception Island or Black Sand Beach are the home of a summer wrapped in luxury and sophistication. In 2015 they are focusing on striking color palettes and neoteric feminine shapes.
  • AUSTRALIA polished satins, metallic shades, sequins and shiny jacquard designs are the key trends for this part of the world in 2015. Wildlife zebra and tiger stripes are used alongside sparkling stars. Gradient colors, holographic and iridescent finishing effects are all the motifs for this new season.
  • LATIN AMERICA Geometric Op Art designs layered or super sized to produce an elegant garment. In 2015 colors play an important role by using an exploding rainbow with many shades and phosphorescent bright creating architectural designs, enhancing the women´s silhouette.

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This is where the beach and the swimwear meet in the red carpet of the waves. The trend is to look seductive, elegant, feminine and comfortable all at the same time. Cover yourself with glamour and sophistication with the adequate fit for you and optimize your stunning presence with some jewels and accessories. Anywhere from Monte Carlo to Cabo the key is to celebrate the season in an elegant and exciting style. The dress code for this event: FABULUOS AND SEXY. Enjoy 2015 looking like a movie star!

Visit Sunbain.com and check out the latest swimwear trends and designers.

Jen's Story- Beauty at a Makeup Counter

The other day I was catching up with a friend and she recalled an incident that happened to her while passing by the makeup section at a department store. I found it very powerful and wanted to share it with you guys! 

I want to preface this by saying that I used to work retail for a makeup company and the only reason I felt confident doing this was because I TRULY loved and believed in the product that I was selling. I wore it myself and found it easy to tell customers about a product I loved. By nature, I am not an outgoing person, and always feel pushy and "fake" when I am being told to say something specific to help the sales of a product. So, for that reason I have always enjoyed the "artistry" part of my job as a makeup artist and found that if it was  something I truly believed in and used myself sales came naturally. 

Back to Jen's story. She was out shopping, running some errands and lives in Hawaii. It is the hottest time of the year right now and she happened to be out and about without any makeup on. While passing the makeup department a makeup artist who worked at a counter approached her and said, " I have the perfect COVERAGE for your complexion." 

Jen replied, " What's wrong with my complexion that it would need coverage?" He stumbled over his words taken back by her response. He then told her that it is his JOB to say that to people in order to help drive sales. She then asked to speak with the cosmetic store manager and told them that she was VERY upset by this sales approach and the words that this makeup artist said to her.

She said she was trying to be confident running around with a natural face and no makeup and didn't need anyone telling her there was something to "correct" or "cover" on her face. She expressed that she believed they should re-think their sales approach and their view of real beauty. 

When Jen told me this, I was so PROUD of her for being bold enough to say something about how she felt in this situation. I think this is a very common approach from employees who need to sell makeup. They are told to say certain things to draw the customer in... after all it is THEIR job to SELL the makeup, but at the end of the day, "WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?" Are we telling women that they NEED to cover up their under eye circles and blemishes in order to be more beautiful? I will admit that I feel more confident when I use makeup to put my best face forward. And, since I am a makeup artist, I like to present myself in that way. It's also fun for me to enhance my features to the best of my ability. But- I also know that it is not what makes me a beautiful person. 

So my thought was, maybe the cosmetic industry just needs to be more mindful on their sales approach when going up to women in a department store. Don't tell women what they NEED to FIX, tell them what you find beautiful about them... strike up a conversation, ask them how their day is going, then maybe as you connect with that person they will want to spend more time talking and if they are looking for makeup, they will trust you enough to help them with some tips and tricks. This is just a thought. :) You don't need to fix or cover anything, you're beautiful for how you were created and for the qualities that make you YOU-believe that! 

I wanted to wrap this up by posting a  "no makeup selfie" I took with my nephew...since USUALLY all my photos I am wearing makeup and I like to post pictures like that cause you know me and my mascara are tight like that. HAHA ;) Remember this "Just because she's beautiful, doesn't mean you're not".

 photo 1-9One of my best friends asked me one day, "Lauren, do you think you're beautiful... do you know you're beautiful?" I almost started crying... because I had to think about it. 

So, this is my challenge to you... ask yourself this question today, "what are the things that make me beautiful? Do you KNOW you're beauty." For me I must remind myself of these things daily. It's a daily struggle and I think for many women it is.But-I'm here to encourage you!

Love you all! 




SBG Designs- Jewelry/Photography Collaboration

Hey Guys!

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting the beautiful Sara Goldfine who is the owner and creator of SBG Designs. SBG Designs is stunning fashion jewelry line that has been seen worn on many celebrities and in fashion magazines.

I am a huge jewelry lover and Sara’s designs immediately captured my attention because they are unique and captivatingly beautiful! She uses vintage stones in many designs, and creates one of a kind pieces for each season.  You can find SBG designs at specialty boutiques throughout the country and on the website www.sbgdesigns.com .

I got to model a few of her designs in some photos I had taken with Nina Francine Photography.  Here are a few of the photos below.

Go check out the jewelry on the SBG Designs website, and photography by Nina Francine. Both women are both extremely talented and beautiful!

Love, Lauren

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5 Tips for a Natural Makeup Look-Urban Natures Feature

Hey Guys!

I have once again teamed up with Urban Natures Jewelry to put together a blog about achieving a natural makeup look! These helpful makeup tips are simple, quick and easy for anyone to do. All of the products I used in this feature are natural or organic  makeup items. To read the full post please go to the Urban Natures website and find the blog post here:

5 Tips for a Natural Makeup Look

The jewelry in the photo below can be found on the Urban Natures website.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! :)

LOVE, Lauren


Fragrance Reviews for Spring 2013- Hits and Misses

Hey Guys! One of the most fun things about being a girl, is collecting perfume and picking out a scent to wear each day. I remember even as a little girl, I would look at my grandma’s makeup vanity with perfume bottles and be so intrigued. I’ve always been obsessed with the unique and beautiful glass bottles that women display and use to make themselves smell nice. Now, I house my perfume in a beautiful curio cabinet.

There is one perfume to this day that will always have a special place in my heart, it’s AMOR AMOR by Cacharel. I started using it when I lived in New York, then I work it all the time when I was dating my husband. It’s an amazing scent to me because it brings back so many memories.

Fragrances are sort of magical in that way-they unlock many memories.

Here is my video of some recent perfumes I’ve been loving for the spring and my honest thoughts on each. Some are hits, some are misses.

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Here’s a list of fragrances I showed in this video:






Also check out my Minnesota Zoo Vlog that I filmed last week. :)


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$35 Gift Card Giveaway from OpenSky and My Interview with Former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky


I have something exciting today, an interview to share with you AND a giveaway for you guys!!

First things first, I got to interview Ali Fedotowsky who was the former Bachelorette and new host of the Emmy winning show 1st Look on NBC! I was thrilled to get the opportunity to ask her questions about  her makeup routine! Here is the interview I did with her and read to the end to find out how you can enter to win $35 from Opensky.com.

If I looked in your makeup bag right now, what kinds of things would I find?


o   Highlighter pen. I use certain products to highlight parts of my face in order to contour my face. It something I didn’t even know existed before getting into the entertainment industry. Now I’m obsessed with learning new contouring techniques. 


o   Vassuer skin lotion - I cannot stress how much I like to be tan and I cannot stress EVEN MORE how I never go in the sun without SPF lotion on. I really love this particular lotion because it doesn’t dry sticky and it smells so good! I put it on every morning before I put on my makeup.


o   Great mascara - I’m all about the lashes. I couldn’t live without great mascara.


 If you only had 5 minutes to do your makeup, what products would you use? 


I always have my Essential makeup bag by Rain Cosmetics  - it has a mini lip gloss, bronzer, mascara, an eye pencil, and makeup wipes. Almost everything I need I can carry on board my plane in case my luggage gets lost! Hasn’t happened yet!


 What is your go-to date night makeup look?


I rarely use eyeshadow and don’t use dark eyeshadow at all! I just don’t know how to use it. I try to learn, but every time I try to do my eyeshadow I end up looking like I’ve gotten punched in the eye. Ha! So I try to stick to a light shimmer or nothing at all.


 What makeup items do you like to splurge on? 


Indie Lee Blemish stick - If you don’t have clear skin then no matter what makeup you put on your face it won’t look the way you want it to. Having a blemish stick to carry with me on the go is so essential especially with all the traveling I do.


 How did your makeup differ when you were on the Bachelorette (for tv) than it does day to day? Does it differ at all? 


I barely wore any makeup before I did the Bachelorette. I didn’t even wear any foundation. Since the show, I have learned almost everything I know about makeup from the professional makeup artists I am so blessed to work with for photo shoots. When they are doing my makeup I ask 500 questions. “why are you highlighting there” “why put bronzer on my neck but not under my eyes” I’ve learned a lot.


 Have you picked up any makeup tips or tricks over the years that you’d like to share with us?


I try not to wash my hair everyday and have started using dry shampoo lately. Ever since I started doing this my hair is so much healthier. 


Ali Shares all of her favorite makeup products on opensky.com. Open Sky is a personal shopping website that you can sign up and find what celebrities are buying, what their favorite products are etc.

If you want to ENTER TO WIN $35 gift card from Open Sky here’s the contest rules. Go to:

https://opensky.com/alifedotowsky?osky_origin=osm&osky_source=PRlovelobeauty   Sign up and you are automatically entered to win!!! I will not know you entered unless you click this link and sign up here.

You also must be a subscriber to my beauty blog and Youtube Page. 

Here’s the video of me explaining the rules:


 For more on Ali Fedotowsky you can check out her entire makeup bag collection here.  Or, check out Ali applying everything in her makeup bag here. 

Hope you enter!!



How to Wear Neon This Spring!

Hey Guys! Neon is HOT for spring. It’s fun, bright and bold, but they are not the easiest hues to pull off. So, if you’re a little shy but want to be trendy this spring…here are a few creative ideas of how you can incorporate Neon without going overboard and looking like a glow stick! :)

1. Try a neon belt with a neutral outfit. Pair one of these neon belts with cream, khaki or even black. 

2. Pair a neutral outfit (as seen below) with a bold bright purse or clutch . It will add a pop of color to your outfit!

3. If you’re not into neon fashion, try a bold bright neon lip, or bright eye color paired with a neutral lip. 

4. The least daring of the bunch but still just as fun, wear neon on your fingernails!!! :)

What’s your favorite way to wear Neon this spring?

Love, Lauren

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