• My Hair Make-Over

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    Cut and Color

    I’ve been wanting a short ‘do ever since spring ended, but figured I had to wait til the fall to get through the hair-damaging summer months of chlorine and sunshine.  The moment fall hits NYC everyone’s style changes overnight…gone are the sundresses and sandals.  Black, booties, scarves, and coats are immediately brought back into the rotation, along with super chic hair styles to welcome the season.

    Summer has gone bye-bye, and with it – my long hair.  I’m so excited about my new blonde lob…it’s so easy to style I can practically roll out of bed with it, pomade the ends up a bit and call it a day.  The artist Riawna Capri did the cut at her salon, 901.  She avoided a blunt cut and instead cut the bottom into pieced sections for an un-done look.  The length is even all around, with no layers.  Just as long in the front as it is in the back!

    Justin Anderson from Chris McMillan did the color next.  I wanted an all-over blonde, single process color but after talking it through with him we decided that leaving my roots dark and brightening up the ends a ton would be a good way to go in regards to maintenance.  The final look is edgy and downtown chic all at once.  The perfect cut and color for me!

     

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    Hope you guys like the new ‘do and are inspired to lob it yourself!  Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • Beauty Sleepin’

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    Beautyrest Black

    They don’t call it getting your beauty sleep for nothing, now do they?  Sleeping is my #1 favorite activity, probably because historically I’ve always been a bit of an insomniac, so when it happens, it’s truly bliss.  As I get older I’ve noticed that the difference between a good and bad nights sleep has a remarkable effect on my daylight situation, from my brain functionality to the way my skin looks.

    I’m all about improving my sleep, and I realized one day recently that the way that I feel about my bed could make a huge change in my ability to sleep well through the night. I’ve always loved sleeping in a fantastic hotel bed – the super comfy mattress, amazingly soft sheets and smushy pillows.  The experience is luxurious and calming.  How the bed looks and feels really sets the tone for the sleep session ahead of me.  So with taking good care of myself in mind, I decided a bed make-over was in order!

    It’s been an embarrassingly long time since I got a new mattress, and with an upcoming move to a new apartment in January I figured I’d treat myself to a brand new bed situation that will last me for the next few years.  Enter the Beautyrest Black, the crème de la crème of high-end mattresses, perfect to rest your head on night after night.  It has a bunch of fancy, schmancy features I’m loving since I got the mattress home: Sleep Climate Surface Technology to keep you cool, Micro-Diamond Infused Aircool Memory Foam to support your back, and Advanced Coil Technology to release pressure throughout your body.

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    After sleeping on this baby for the past few weeks, I’m able to put it simply: the mattress is a dream.  My bedroom feels zen-like and calm when I walk in for bed now, knowing that I have an amazing mattress to help me sleep soundly.  My sleep has improved and I’ve been waking up feeling, well…beautiful!  Sleeping on a cloud has always been a fantasy of mine, and I’ve definitely achieved that dream-like state for myself with this Bed Make-Over.

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  • Fall Throwback Beauty Haul

    Drugstore Beauty

    Thrown' It Back!

    I went a little crazy at CVS this week for my Fall Beauty Haul.  When I got home I looked at all my new loot and quickly realized that a lot of it wasn’t new at all (well, new colors and formulas).  I had done a THROWBACK beauty hall without even realizing it.  Must be a reflection of “throwback” style vibes I’ve been feeling since late 2013.   All that’s old is new again…and for me, that means bringing the beauty products I kissed goodbye a couple years ago back into rotation.

    What do these items include?  False eyelashes, sparkly green eyeshadow, liquid eyeliner, and tons of other products I didn’t expect to throw into my basket again so soon.  Whatever – I’m embracing some parts of the old me.  It’s fabulous!

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  • Bold Eyebrows – The Tutorial

    Brow Me, Baby!

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    Eyebrows are an important facial feature, like the lips or cheek bones. Turns out that ignoring them is like forgetting to put a little pat of color on the lips, or forgoing mascara altogether. They need love and attention and if received, they help to shape the face in the most delightful way.

    Big, Bold eyebrows are a way of life for me now. I don’t know when the lightbulb went off for me that making up my brows was a critical part of my make-up routine – maybe it was Cara Delevingne splashing onto the scene last year? Whatever the case, amazing eyebrows are the new ME, and I’d love to share the tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way with you. Watch the video above and subscribe to my YouTube channel for more fun!

    My Eyebrow Routine Products

  • Pick the First Polish Color

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    Pick the Polish

    Vote for Your Favorite Color

    Full steam ahead with plans to create my own line of nail polish!  I’ve been mulling over the brand name a little bit on my end…more on that soon.  Today however I’d LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your help with selecting the very first color that will be produced for this line.  Creating my own line of nail polish has always been a huge dream of mine and I know I can only do it with your support.  With that said, instead of just quietly picking the first color myself I wanted to put the job in your hands.

    The 4 colors you see here are all lacquer colors I’ve sampled from my manufacturer.  The first color will be sold at limited availability in the early fall to test out everything on my end, with a complete collection of totally fresh colors released for the holidays (hopefully).  I’m truly torn between these 4 options.  Each one is a favorite of mine and perfect for fall.

    Please help me choose by voting below, and join the exclusive mailing list for news about my polish line if you’re so inclined.  I’ll reveal the winning color when the polish goes on sale in a couple of weeks!

    The Polish Color Options

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  • Nail Polish Survey

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    Launch My Line

    Nail Polish Survey

    My beauties! Since releasing my nail polish collection video last week I’ve been toying around with the idea of launching my own line of polish more than ever. I’m quite thrilled at the prospect, but want to make sure that the line I release will be exactly what you ladies (and super fashionable dudes?) are looking for.

    I’d love to invite you along on this journey with me. I’m starting at Square 1 with a simple survey to find out what you guys like and how you want to shop. From there I’ll plan an exclusive sale to preview the first run of the product and then…sky’s the limit! If you’d like to get involved, please take THIS SURVEY!

    You’re the best.  Love you long time.  Let’s do this!

  • My Nail Polish Collection

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    My Nail Polish Collection

    Ask and you shall receive – that is the thinking behind this week’s new beauty video!  If you follow me on Instagram you know I do my own manicures all the time, and I like to post my finished manis on the webz using #AtHomeMani.  Because of the popularity of these posts, a bunch of you have asked me continuously to do a tour of my nail polish collection.

    I have over 150 polishes easily, ranging from brands like Essie and Zoya to L’Oreal and Top Shop.  I don’t discriminate when it comes to color…as long as it goes with my mood or my outfit I’m open to it.  Check out my entire collection in the video above with some of my favorites featured down below.  The entire list of my favorites is below the polishes!

     

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    ESSIE – The More The Merrier, Clambake, Cascade Cool, No More Film, After School Boy Blazer, Going Incognito, Chinchilly // ZOYA – Neely, Taylor, Tilda, Rooney, Kitridge, Lo // BUTTER LONDON – Union Jack Black, Lady Bird, Royal Navy, Yummy Mummy // TOPSHOP – Circus, Bomber, Easy Peasy, Mystic // SALLY HANSEN – All Fired Up, Jungle Gem // L’OREAL – Greycian Goddess // DIOR – Blue Label
  • Gorgeous Summer Eyelashes

    Watch on Wednesdays

    Hack-Free Summer Lashes

    When the heat turns up, my eyelashes never seem to follow suite.  The humidity and temperature makes my make-up melty instead of luminous and for years I’ve lugged my eyelash curler around with me for touch-ups throughout the day.  What are some of my other mascara hacks that keep everything in place, and my lashes long and lovely? An application of powder directly under my eyes helped to prevent smudging, and reapplying my mascara to pump up the volume every couple of hours also sort of did the trick.

    Hacking your way throughout the day is never fun though and I’m always on the hunt for fabulous new beauty products (you should see my collection of random stuff around my house) that cut down on the time it takes me to get ready.  I was recently introduced to a new mascara made by Lancôme that I’ve been crushing on hard ever since – the formula is called Lancôme Grandiôse and it’s built with a bent wand to aid in application.

    I started using this product earlier this summer and from Day 1 I’ve been able to maintain the open look of my eyes and lashes without the usual hacks I’ve used to keep everything lookin’ right.  It doesn’t smudge, it doesn’t flake off, my lashes stay curly, and each lash looks really defined instead of weighed down by product.  I’ve combined the Lancôme Grandiôse mascara with some of my favorite NARS Matte Multiples to create a perfect look for an early summer evening in this video.  Some other products I think would go well are below also! #startbending

     

    Summer Evening Products

  • 4th of July Beauty Haul

    Guys, no joke – the 4th of July is my absolute favorite holiday.  Most people like Christmas, because they like presents (duh), but I prefer the many hours-long celebration of our beautiful US of A.  From the outfits to the make-up and hairdos, not to mention the glorious Flag Cake I make every year (recipe up on the blog manana) and everything in between there is simply nothing better than the 4th of July.

    This year instead of going bananas at Sephora and dropping serious coin on a new red lipstick I decided to take my little butt to CVS for some more wallet-friendly make-up shopping.  I created a classic look that revolves around the coral red L’Oreal lipcolor I got (Volcanic) that uses muted brown and peach-tones for the eyes and cheeks.  Because I’m traveling over the holiday I also picked up some essentials to help me survive the long weekend – sunscreen, face wipes, and all that jazz.  Hope you enjoy the video and products are below!

     

    Shop July 4th Drugstore Haul Products

     
     

    L’Oreal Lipstick in VolcanicAlmay Shadow Softies in Creme BruleeAlmay Shadow Softies in Peach FuzzAlmay Shadow Softies in Hot Fudge L’Oreal Nail Polish in Statement PieceOrly Won’t Chip Top CoatL’Oreal True Match Super Blendable PowderL’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Blush Maybelline The Mega Plush Mascara It’s a 10 + Keratin Hair SprayNeutrogena Clear Face SunscreenNeutrogena Grapefruit Oil Free Cleansing WipesEmergen-CCetaphil Body WashScunci No Slip Grip Hair Ties
  • Summer Make-Up G.R.W.M

    Summer is here so why not Get Ready With Me?! Today’s look is all about being a bronzed babe, with lovely contouring, bold eyebrows and a sheer, berry lip. Also important – using a foundation that won’t melt off your face but provides enough coverage to even out your skin tone.

    Hope you love today’s look! Products in the video are featured below, the NARS blush is in “Paloma” and the NARS lip gloss is “Sixties Fan”.

     

    Summer Get Ready with Me Products

  • Clear Skin Giveaway!

    So check it, ladies – summer is here and that means you should treat your skin with the respect it deserves.  You only get one shot!  With that in mind, I’m so happy to bring you a great giveaway from my all-time favorite skincare line Dermalogica!  If you’ve seen any of my skincare vids on YT, you know that I’m basically their #1 fan girl. I’ll be giving away 5 of the following 2 gifts (so 10 winners total), the first focusing on keeping your skin protected in the hot summer sun and the second making sure your skin is acne-free and gorgeous.  Also very exciting, Dermalogica is offering 10% any purchase using code BOSWORTH through June 30, 2014! Enter to win at the bottom of the post!

    DAYLIGHT DEFENSE GIVEAWAY

    Daylight Defense Giveaway

    Included in the Daylight Defense Giveaway is the Protection 50 Sport Sunscreen (full obsession, watch the vid to find out why) and the After Sun Repair (smells delish).  Also, you get that cute orange tote to throw your beach gear in!

    CLEAR START GIVEAWAY

    Clear Start Giveaway

    This Giveaway includes the Dermalogica Clear Start system that controls acne, reduces redness, eliminates dry skin and shine!  I use the Clear Start system every day to battle the elements – hormones, pollutants, make-up…you name it.  I like to think of the Clear Start System as like taking a spa vacay for your face every single day.

     

    ENTER TO WIN

    If you’d like to enter to win, please fill out all entries on the following form specifying Daylight Defense or Clear Start.  I’ll be in touch with the winners on Wednesday, June 18th!  Good luck, skincare lovers!

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  • Sugar Skull Tutorial

    Watch on Wednesday

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    Dia de los Muertos is upon us, friends and loved ones – and that means it’s time for Sugar Skulls to rule the night.  I’ve been obsessed with Sugar Skills since the 6th grade when I was introduced to the holiday.  Growing up in southern California, we celebrated with our friends and neighbors almost every year.  I’ve noticed a ton of Sugar Skulls this Halloween season, so I guess my old favorite is right on trend this year.

    Creating a Sugar Skull is actually fairly easy, as long as you have about an hour and the patience to get it done.  I use basic Halloween face paint in white, red, and green to create this look, creating pink for the flowers by mixing the white and red.  Get a smooth eyeliner pencil to fill in the dark circles around your eyes and the petals around the circles.

    There are a couple of key pieces to the Sugar Skull that must be included – the dark eyes with floral border, the floral chin, and dark nose.  I think the Cult Gaia crown finishes the look perfectly, especially when worn with the hair down and slightly curled.

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