Oscar Sunday Fashion & Beauty Red Carpet Survival Guide

by on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 with



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Do you ever glance at the red carpet beauty articles in US Weekly Magazine? Before the majority of award shows that week’s  issue contains a celebrity red carpet beauty timeline and it breaks down a running list of all the different procedures the stars go through to primp and prepare for their big night. This is all beauty bible scripture to me… the gospel.  I love reading that someone got facials weekly for a month with snail secretion masks while another star had body treatments with cow placenta (mind you no animals were harmed for this, I read). And it took 15 seamstresses and tailors 1087 hours to bead so and so’s evening gown. Did they get bathroom breaks and order pizza I wonder? At any rate I think I almost love collecting and intaking these fun facts, more then watching the actual award shows themselves. Half the fun is the get ready part.  So I’ve compiled a working list below of tips I think translate nicely to support you, when you get gussied up for your next special occasion. I’ve substituted dandelion extract for the snail secretion which I figured you’d much appreciate, LOL! Have a read…

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See? This is an example of what I’m devouring this week in US Weekly for beauty scoop!

QUOTE: “You can have a nose job with just contouring!” Chrissy Teigen

(This is so true! She’s right)

MAKEUP UP THAT REQUIRES FEW, IF ANY, TOUCHUPS! Earlier this week, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with Scandal star and Neutrogena’s Beauty Partner, Kerry Washington!  Kerry’s just about as open and down to earth as any person you’ll ever meet. A couple things she fed back to me about Neutrogena’s new makeup collection are… The Hydrating Lip Treatment is EVERYTHING (this is an exact quote)!  Then with regard to the Foundation Tints… she educated me that they come in a wide range of shades the address light to darker tones, plus these tints are so hydrating, they won’t cake up into fine lines and make lines appear deeper and more pronounced. The translation, as she explained it to me is you require very few, if any, touchups and if affords you peace of mind knowing your makeup is working for your greatest good!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint (multiple shades), $14.99 (10 Shades)
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer $12.99
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine, $8.99, (8 Shades)
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Treatment, $8.99
When you see Kerry Washington and Kristen Bell hitting the red carpets all award season long, these Neutrogena brand ambassadors have been rockin’ this innovative new makeup, you have to get on your radars. Here’s the scoopage: 2 years ago Neutrogena launched a collection of moisturizers called “Hydrogel.” It’s weightless, water-gel, oil-free, super fast absorbing AND drenches your skin in hyaluronic serum flooding skin with hydration for approximately 24 hours. It blew up and drugstores were selling it faster then Neutrogena could make it. So they got the brilliant idea: why not land this super serum into all our makeup! And with this the HYDRO BOOST MAKEUP COLLECTION was born!   It’s a crop of 4 products: foundation, concealer, a lip treatment and lip glosses are all amped up with hydro gel to the benefit of everyone’s appearance. It’s so hydrating, the odds of it looking dry and amplying fine lines as it wears all day on your skin are almost nonexistent meaning it wears better then anything you’ve tried in the past.
PRICE RANGE: $8.99 – $14.99   SHOP: Available nationwide starting THIS month February 2017

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THE SKINCARE STEP EVERY STAR IS SECRETLY DOING Don’t tell me for a second to have a great complexion, you have to be born with it. This is just not true! I’ve been working 6 days a week, off camera, as a Los Angeles based esthetician and I’ll tell you straight away… if you want a glowing healthy complexion it can be achieved with a little hard work and consistency with one skincare step in particular!

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This is blue, dandelion infused mask by Schique that’s causing all the beauty buzz with celebrities this award show season!

SCHIQUE BEAUTY’S INTUITIVE RESTORATION RENEWING MASK  If you’re ever on Instagram, you know that anyone who walks a red carpet preps with a face mask beforehand…. If you want that red carpet glow, you need THIS MASK by Schique Beauty… pronounced “Chic” but toss an “S” at the front and you’ve got it.  Schique Beauty is a brand new anti-aging line that utilizes the power of Dandelion Extract to nourish skin back to vitality. Schique was created by a Beverly Hills based, medical doctor, Jacqueline Schaffer. She actually consults with a couple celebrities who’ll be at the Oscars tonight.  Devotees of Dr. Schaffer include Oliva Culpo and Jeannie Mai. The way this skincare line came to life is through a very personal experience for Jacqueline… after witnessing her mother endure skin cancer not once but twice, she realized what you put on your skin also affects what goes on inside your body. And this ignited her journey toward creating this line. Step one started with writing the International Best Selling Book Irresistible You, which focuses on achieving outward beauty from within. And this month, Dr. Schaffer launched Schique Beauty, a collection of 5 products all paraben, sulfate free, cruelty free, made in the US; a serum, a mist, an eye cream, a face moisturizer and an amazing BLUE face mask called the Intuitive Restoration Renewing Mask. This mask is designed to soften, soothe, hydrate, and protect your skin leaving your gorgeous complexion both nourished and glowing. What makes this mask so magical is that it incorporates Dandelion Extract (yes, from Dandelion flowers), which actually enhances the therapeutic properties of the natural nutrient-rich fruit and plant extracts, powerful peptides and anti-oxidants Vitamins C and E that are come together to create the mask.

THE WOW PART: Check this out, the mask turns BLUE when you apply it. It contains these cool Unispheres from Switzerland and when you apply them onto your skin, they burst and turn blue. Once you apply the mask onto clean skin, wait about 20 minutes and then rinse.

PRICE: $80   VIEWERS SAVE: 25% off using RED25 at checkout    SHOP:

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YOU DON’T NEED A HOLLYWOOD COLORIST TO UP LEVEL YOUR LOCKS If you don’t live in Los Angeles or if your budget doesn’t have room for salon hair color appointments… there’s one haircare brand out there that understands your limitations and created something new to address this and amplify your color under $10 dollars

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NATURELLE BIOTERA SHEER ILLUMINATORS Perk up and enrich your natural or processed color hair. It’s easy and adds a glow and shine to hair in 1 to 3 minutes for under $10 dollars and lasts 3 to 6 washes.  The Sheer Illuminators are 5 different hair tints: Burgundy, Red, Copper, Gold and Platinum that once weekly replace you normal conditioner. I love that these are paraben free and contain natural botanical extracts so we can be assured this quick color amplifier is safe and gentle on our hair. This is always one of the guarantees when you use a Biotera product. So, I’ll position this to you as a “haircare hybrid” that works on all hair types giving dull dry locks a radiant glow resulting in a natural “born-with-it” look. Believe me… when you notice your favorite celebrity traipsing down Oscar’s red carpet Sunday night… they had a color amplifying, conditioning treatment done to their hair beforehand, and now you can too for a special occasion or if you love it, do it on a once weekly basis. As Super Model Iman once said, “Glamour never takes a day off!”

PRICE: $8.79  SHOP: Sally Beauty Here (The Sheer Illuminators Debut in March)

I've been a fan of Naturelle Haircare for a while now! it's made by industry pros with botanical extracts at a very affordable price point!

I’ve been a fan of Naturelle Haircare for a while now! It’s made by industry pros with botanical extracts at a very affordable price point!

THE PERSONAL STYLIST THAT’S JUST A MERE CLICK AWAY You love the gowns draping everyone from Merle Streep to Michelle Williams on the Oscar red carpet, but you know your budget won’t permit a single ruffle from any of these gowns. Fear not I can get more then a ruffle! What you really need is the full dress. I feel like the fairy godmother in Cinderella about wave my magical wand. Okay ready? Here goes…

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RENT THE RUNWAY… You can go on line to and in minutes rent a designer evening dress for a fraction of what it would cost you to purchase one. What’s fun is designer dresses you’ll see this evening on the Oscar red carpet from the likes of: Monique Lhuillier and Badgley Mischka just to name 2… are the same designers who’s dresses can be rented on RTR, but again you’re never stuck with a huge bill. And the best part is when you’re done, you ship the dress back to Rent The Runway!  So you never have to deal with the dilemma of wearing the same dress twice if you believe variety is the spice of life. They also ship you the same dress in a second size just in case the size you thought would fit doesn’t. You have the luxury of that back up size free of charge. AND if you happen to live in San Francisco or one of the surrounding Northern California cities… they have an actual store you can visit!  If you need a dress same day it’s at your finger tips at the store. You don’t have to wait overnight for it to ship to you. So tonight, while watching the Oscars, if you notice a celebrity wearing a dress you love, take a screen shot of it on your phone. You’ll most likely be able to find something similar on Rent The Runway and have money left over for nails, hair and makeup!

ADDRESS OF SAN FRANCISCO STORE: Head inside Neiman Marcus Union Square, 150 Stockton Street, 5th flr. SF, CA  IN THE PHOTO BELOW I’M WEARING: Badgley Mischka Corundum Sapphire Gown, $80 to rent!
COST: Dresses start as low as $29    WEB:

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