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  • You'll Find These In My Purse At All Times

    There are some beauty products that are special top counter skin delicacies, and then there are the sweet minis I can keep with me at all times. The spotlight today is on my purse pack, the bundle of products I can't live without!

    First off is a hand moisturizer, Deborah Lippmann's Rich Girl Hand Cream. Most manicurists I know use this on the regular, and it has the freshest light scent of any high end lotion I have tried. It has SPF 25 protection, so I will usually put it on before driving in the Los Angeles sun to or from work. Since it is a cream and not a lotion, you don't need more than a small squeeze of this stuff to moisturize and protect your hands.

    Second is a lip balm, Dr. Lipp's Original Nipple Balm For Lips. I know, it sounds freaky and gross, but this product is specially formulated for extra chapped lips, not nips. However, if you're a breastfeeding mama, this 100% natural balm will be your best friend. It is hypoallergenic, tasteless and scent-free.
    For a daily moisturizer in the wintertime, this is a winner. It is also man-friendly,
    and can be used as a non-girly cuticle balm to make your man's hands look great!
    And men love a little pampering if they're being honest.  
    (I have posted about this product before, see articles below for more info!)

    The third and final product I can't leave the house without is my 100% Tea Tree oil. This is my magic potion, my savior, my secret weapon. I use it primarily for blemish control. On my no work, no makeup days, when I look in the mirror and see a blemish on my face, I literally can't even. Just a dab of the non-diluted oil on the blemish a couple of times a day will clear that baby out in no time. It is also a great stress-reliever. A couple of drops in the palms, rubbed together, then inhaled in three deep breaths will relieve tension and refresh a tired body. 

    And that is all, folks! Let me know what you think of these if you've tried them! I plan to continue writing about my new beauty finds, so stay tuned for more interesting products and life things!



  • Salvatore Ferragamo Fashion Show LA


    Welcome to my life. 

    Today, I was lucky enough to be lead manicurist for a private showing of Ferragamo's Spring '14 collection at the opening gala for the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Our nail team consisted of seven nail gurus from Olive & June. The best of the best models were flown in from all over the world to walk the custom-built runway that ran the length of a long, elegant dinner hall. 

    At every table could be found celebrities and well-known figures from Gwen Stefani to Jodie Foster to Dev Patel. Co-chairs of the evening were none other than Brad Pitt and Robert Redford. The opening gala was reminiscent of the opening scene in Titanic where Kate walks on the ship and everything is brand new, untouched, shiny, clean. 

    But that's not the exciting part.
    The exciting part is what was going on backstage, the juicy unknown. 

    The setup was of course Hollywood style: in trailers. One for makeup, two for hair, none for nails. The models trickled in, and I felt at home as I saw familiar faces. Since Ferragamo is an Italian brand, the nails had to stay consistent to European fashion, which would be...guess it...drumroll...bare. We went with a beige-to-nothing look. And how perfect it looked with the collection. 

    The look: Butter London Nail Foundation (2 coats) + Seche Vite Top Coat 

    The models: hilarious

    The clothes: beige + structured for days

    The atmosphere: hairspray haze

    The food: steak + red wine

    The open bar: pinot noir + cabernet sauvignon 

    The flowers: pink peonies

    The red carpet: beige