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A Day With Amanda George

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Winter blues always make me want to switch up my look. Pale skin needs tanning, dry complexion needs some dew, and dark tresses need some lightening up. Granted, I could embrace all that the winter climate has to offer — pale skin, matte complexion, darker mane — but I find it all a bit blah. I want bold! I want bright! I want GOLD!

So, I went to visit my friend Amanda George of the Jonathan George Salon, colorist to celebrities like Sophia Bush, and expressed my desire for a new ‘do – nothing too extreme. I mean, I wasn’t about to chop a pixie cut or go bleach blonde. But I needed a slight makeover – happy hair equals happy me. I sent her this picture of J.Lo. “Let’s do this, but a bit more ombre,” I mused.


She agreed that a lighter look would lend itself to a more beachy, summer-in-winter vibe, and got to work. Contrast was key in recreating J.Lo’s hue. We had to strip the red from my hair (and my hair tends to go red whenever it can). And then, we did a darker base color before adding highlights, focusing mostly on lightening the ends(for that more sun-kissed, ombre effect). Then we did what I haven’t done in years: We added highlights that started closer to the roots, but only around the face — this created the contrast and softens the hairline, thus the face. Granted, I didn’t go as light as J.Lo because my skin isn’t as golden as hers. So I had to adjust the lightness based off of my skin tone. Contrast comes from the darkness of you base color, but it’s also from the how cool and warm your skin tone is compared to your hair color.

Tami, master cutter, cleaned up my slightly blunt and bland hair, creating more layers which, in turn, creates more volume. I have naturally texturized hair, so layers are key for my just-got-out-of-bed, messy waves vibe. The true test of a great haircut is if it can air dry and look almost as good as a blowout. Well, this looked better!

My hair makeover complete, I sauntered out of the salon, and booked it directly to a holiday party. Few things make me as happy as a new, lighter ‘do (in both color and actual weight of hair).

*To book an appointment with either Amanda or Tami, call 310.275.2808.

POV: What Pretty Means To Me (Or A Walk Down Memory Lane)

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After reading an excerpt from June’s Glamour magazine featuring an interview with Jennifer Aniston where she discusses, among other things, her disdain for the “Rachel” haircut and the moments when she feels her most beautiful (read here), I began thinking: What defines pretty? Not the actual dictionary definition – although for inquiring minds, Merriam-Webster defines it as: “attractive to look at usually in a simple or delicate way” – but the personal, internal association with the word. What is pretty?

When asked by Glamour when Aniston feels her most confident, she responds: ““I feel beautiful when I wake up with my sweetheart. When I leave a photo shoot, because somehow miracles have been worked. When I come home from a night out with my honey and my makeup’s a little smudged. I have many moments when I feel beautiful. It’s all about having that inner confidence.” I find it interesting that Aniston correlates confidence with feeling beautiful, but I’m quite sure that she’s not alone here. Are the two words, in fact, synonymous?

This past weekend, I went to visit my mom for Mother’s Day and she pulled out a box of old photos for me to sift through. Pictures of myself as a baby, toddler, pre-teen, and angsty teenager covered the floor as I took a visual walk down memory lane. So, I will apologize in advance as this post is long and deeply personal.

Baby Sarah was pretty cute, despite the unfortunate bowl cut that emerged at around age two. When I look back at my baby and toddler photos, a wave of love and mushiness washes over me. I know it sounds cheesy – and I’m not the emoting type, so this is a strange feeling for me – but that little girl in those photos doesn’t have a care in the world except to love and be loved, and I recall her with fondness. Sure, she was a kid, but there’s something so blissful about her demeanor. She is the happiest version of myself and, for that, I recognize the beauty – not just the beauty of a child’s innocence, but the beauty of spirit. It’s not an aesthetic thing.

It’s interesting how quickly that feeling fades even today. As I reflect on my formidable years, I notice a photo of myself at around four or five, and it’s as though I can pinpoint the exact moment where my eyebrows took on a life of their own. Of course, at 4-years-old I was blissfully unaware, but when I look at a certain photo – armed with the fluctuating self-esteem of an adult who has lived in a world largely obsessed with outer beauty – I think to myself, “that’s it! There it is. Those unfortunate, unmanageable eyebrows. I had them all along.” I can’t help but wonder, when did I actually notice? When did I become self-conscious of this feature?

Let me digress for a moment. I have a serious insecurity with my eyebrows because they grow in a thousand different directions. As a teenager, one of my friend’s sisters used to call out my brows constantly: “Your eyebrows are sad. They grow down, like they’re frowning.” This carried into my latter years, where I’d spend hundreds of dollars to get my brow shape just-so, but I was never satisfied. I plucked too much, even pierced the left one (huge mistake). Recently, I’ve been trying to grow my sparse and sporadic brows with the help of serums, so stray hairs are more prominent than ever. Of course, if I weren’t so self-conscious about my brows I probably would’ve never noticed these horizontal lines in the photo. But that’s the way that pretty works: When you look back on a life through images, it’s as though you’re even more hyper-critical and that’s kind of sad. Because I can guarantee you that 4-year-old me wasn’t worried about misshaped brows.

At around age 11, I decided that bangs would be a cute look. Looking back, they weren’t. When I mentioned this to my mom this past weekend – more like blamed her: “How could you let me walk around with that haircut?!” – she responded, “You loved those bangs.” I was a gymnast growing up and, according to my mother, everyone on my team had cut bangs. It was a thing. So, following suit, I cut bangs and, somehow, that become my signature pre-teen style. As I peruse the photos of me and those unfortunate bangs, I can’t help but notice that I look genuinely happy; always smiling, which is in stark contrast to many of my latter photos, where I look absolutely miserable. So, maybe my mom is right. Maybe I did love those bangs, and maybe those bangs made me happy, even if reflection on them makes me cringe. But that jovial pre-teen girl is so much prettier than the angsty teenager that I was about to become (bad bang job and all). And, yes, I believe whole-heartedly that this is because I was happy on the inside. I told you this post was going to be cheesy (we’re bordering on Brie-cheesy here, I’m well aware).

At around 15 or 16, I discovered makeup and the magnifying mirror (which I still blame my mother for inciting my love of picking my face). Photos from this time in my life are… scary. I’m not smiling… ever. I’m either wearing dark lip liner and light lipstick (yikes!) like a gangster, or purple/red/black lipstick and dark eye makeup like a goth chick. Looking at these photos (which you’ll notice are not included in the slideshow above) literally puts me into a panic. I was so full of angst, and the pictures reflect that unhappiness.

As I move into my college years, I notice that, while I’m still playing with makeup – usually colors like reds (on eyes), purples, and even glittered magenta – I am no longer dark and moody with my makeup or my overall demeanor. My smile returns (as does a brief stint with a tongue pierce – another embarrassing scar of my youth). I also notice that my face is more round, not fat by any means, but slightly cherub-esque for my usual slender and long face shape. I mention this to my mom: “I don’t remember ever going through a fat phase! What’s up with my face?” “Stop that. You were never heavy,” she responds in that stern voice, almost as if she’s speaking to teenage me. “You were just changing. Hormones.” I also have the thinnest eyebrows, which I know was trendy at the time (but oh the horror today!).

Here’s the interesting part: I remember everything about college. I can tell you what I wore to M-80 on Thursday night in February of my sophomore year (open-toed wooden platform sandals (yes, there was snow on the ground), black shiny skintight pants, a blue crop top that tied in the back, and an oversized vintage black fur jacket), but I can’t for the life of me remember ever looking into the mirror and thinking, “Damn, girl. Your face is plump!” Ever. I thought I was hot (piercings and all), and I rocked that confidence all four years.

Sure, pretty is a word commonly associated with attraction to an object, be it a pair of shoes or a person. Pretty is certainly aided by foundations and lipsticks and mascaras and brow powders. But pretty is also an attitude. It comes and goes, ebbs and flows, and is largely dependent on how you feel at that exact moment in time (which is why when I look back at photos, I see a totally different person than I actually felt I was at the time). It’s a personal perspective, based mainly on the history and baggage that you bring to a situation, again be it a pair of shoes or a person (hence why they say that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”). Just as pretty is highly personal and exceptionally unique, it’s also a term that immediately conjures up the most judgement and criticism when we turn the mirror on ourselves.

But that’s the beauty of pretty. It’s all in the way you look at things.


*Thanks to Glamour and the Jennifer Aniston interview for allowing me to streamline my thoughts on appearance, memories, growing up, and, of course, what it means to be pretty.

Behind-the-Scenes: Refinery 29 Shoot

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I was so honored when Refinery 29 asked me to take part in their feature, Real Girl, Real Beauty. I’m such a huge fan of the site and all of the editors: Christene, Megan, Annie and Kristian, to name a few. To have the opportunity to show some of my favorite fashion and beauty looks… and then talk about beauty for an entire day is like a dream come true… Heavenly!

Head on over to Refinery 29 here for the entire, amazing article with fantastic photos, but here I thought I’d give you a behind-the-scenes peek at the products that I used to create each look:

Look 1


Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Hydra Gel Cream
Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Resurfacing Eye Serum

The Look: Fresh-Faced
Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 6
RMS Un Cover Up 22
Serge Lutens Blusher
D&G Blush in Provocative
Anastasia Brow Gel in Espresso
RMS Living Luminizer
Lancome Definicils Mascara in Black
Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen
Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF in Plum

*hair courtesy of Butterfly Salon

Look 2


Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Hydra Gel Cream
Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Resurfacing Eye Serum

The Look: Glossy smoky eye, dark lips
Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 6
RMS Un Cover Up 22
D&G Blush in Apricot
Tom Ford Eye Quad in Cocoa Mirage
Tom Ford Eye Liner in Espresso
Anastasia Brow Pencil Brown
Anastasia Brow Gel in Espresso
RMS Living Luminizer
Lancome Definicils Mascara in Black
Elizabeth Arden Fragrance-Free 8-Hour Cream
Benefit Lipstick in Espionage

The Look: Modern take on the classic pony
Prep: RepHair by Pierre Michel Shampoo and Mask
Rattail comb
Goody French Bobby Pins
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray

*top photo courtesy of Refinery 29; photographed by Mark Iantosca

Bathing Beauty: Sarah Howard

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Perhaps the question I am asked the most is “what are your favorite products?” That’s like asking someone who works at Willy Wonka what is his favorite candy – next to impossible to answer. As a beauty writer, I am constantly testing new products so I have a new favorite every few days. For example, my love for mascara is a constant, but the mascara I use is ever-changing. I go from high-end to drugstore back to high-end — and I’ve found many that are must-haves!

But, alas, here it is. Not necessarily my favorites, but my beauty staples. The products that will forever remain in my beauty arsenal, despite the other favorites that come and go… So, have a peak —

What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?
1 – Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 in Sand– I write about this product often, and I use it even more frequently. It is, by far, the best tinted moisturizer I have found on the market. It evens out my skin tone and doesn’t make it look like I’m wearing a face full of makeup. Plus, oil-free is a major bonus.
2 – Tarte Hotel Heiress Mineral Bronzer – I like the look of a sun-kissed face, but learned in my 20’s that sun on my face is the enemy. That’s when I fell in love with bronzer. I use many bronzers but always return to Hotel Heiress. I think it gives the perfect golden hue; the closest color to actual sun.
3 – MAC Brow Set in Mynx – I received this in a PR mailing. At the time, I was using Anastasia’s tinted Brow Gel. That changed the moment I tried Brow Set. The brush gets into my hairs, covering the sparse areas with the tinted, brownish hue. The result: fuller arches that stay in place. I believe good eyebrows really frame the face. Brow Fix is the one product I use every day, without fail, even if I’m going totally bare-faced.
4 – Bioderma Crealine H20 – This is a relatively new product on my radar (about 3 years old), but I cannot live without it. It’s a French find, used in France as a waterless face wash because the Parisian women believe the water is too harsh for their delicate faces. I use it as a makeup remover. It takes off everything from waterproof mascara to HD Foundation. And it’s so gentle, you don’t feel it or smell it. It leaves no residue and I’ve never had a break-out from it, ever.  I JUST discovered that you can purchase it on amazon.com (click on the link above to redirect to the product), but, of course, it is more expensive than in Paris.
5 – Make Up For Ever Star Powder in Bronze Brown #930 – I’ve been using star powder since I was a teenager and, while I’ve tried other products that are similar, nothing compares to the pigment of star powder. Bronze Brown is my favorite and a staple in my beauty bag as I am a sucker for a gilded eye (always have been) and this color is the perfect gold to cover the entire lid. If I just want a hint of drama, I use my pinky finger, dab it into the powder and apply only into the inner corners of my eyes. You can never go wrong with gold.

What is your all-time favorite product?
I definitely don’t have an all-time favorite product. There are just too many fabulous products to choose from and too many more being made. But I’d say good brushes are crucial. And one tool that every beauty lover needs to own is the Beauty Blender. It will change the way you apply makeup. At the very least, the way you apply foundation and cover-up. It leaves your skin with an air-brushed effect while still giving you full coverage. It’s a genius product!

What product do you buy in bulk?
. I have been using it since it was Labello (Nivea acquired them a few years back) and you could only buy the balm in Europe. It’s my ultimate lip balm – moisturizing – never sticky -, with a hint of natural redish hue (my lips are quite pale, so I need a pop of color to make them stand out).

Favorite hair product?
Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Reactivating Mist. I used to live for John Frieda’s Ocean Waves and when the product was discontinued, my hair – and I – had a mini-meltdown. Then we found Reactivating Mist. It does the trick – gives my wavy hair a kick so that I can have just-stepped-out-of-the-ocean-and-off-the-beach hair all day, everyday if I choose.

You moisturize your face with…
AMOREPACIFIC Moisture Bound Refreshing Hydra-Gel Oil-Free in the summer. Has a very light, gel-like consistency and is so refreshing yet hydrates without leaving the slightest bit of shine or grease. In winter I use AMOREPACIFIC Moisture Bound Vitalizing Creme which is a bit thicker but just as amazing. And for those brutally cold and dry days, I slather on a tiny amount of . It’s like medicine for the face – it’ll fix any cracking problem!

Favorite body product?

My obsession with body products is out of control. I love a good exfoliator, body wash, body lotion, bath soak – you name it. But a staple is Jurlique’s Rose Shower Gel and Body Care Lotion. Rose is one of my favorite body scents and Jurlique nails it! Not too perfumey, not too mild – it’s just the right amount of rose garden. The shower gel seriously lathers and the body lotion is light and fluid yet moisturizes and keeps my skin feeling incredibly soft.

Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?

fixes any beauty problem you have – from zits (yep, put it on your pimple!), to cracked cuticles, to eye makeup remover, to unruly eyebrows. It’s also great as a quick fix to use as a highlighter on cheekbones, mix it in with your favorite shadow to create a cream consistency (fab for the “gilded” look), add some foundation – a shade darker than your natural skin tone – and apply to legs and arms as your very own, DIY tinted body oil (models use Aquaphor and the likes on their limbs on photo shoots because the sheen adds a thinning effect). But my favorite use for Aquaphor has to be as a faux mascara… that you can sleep in! It’ll add sheen and length (although not color) to your lashes. So, if you have a boy spending the night, apply some Aquaphor to your lashes, cheekbones, lips and brows and you’ll look fresh and naturally made-up – without makeup!

Beauty icon you admire?
I’m really into Jane Birkin these days. There was such an ease to her beauty and she was quite comfortable in the nude, which I always find beautiful – when it’s tasteful. She’s my summer beauty muse! For all of my beauty inspirations, click here!

All About MY HAIR: A Sarah Howard Hair-istory

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If you are an avid reader of this blog, then you are well aware of my deep-rooted obsession with my hair. When people ask me what I think is my best feature, I answer without pause, “my hair.” Needless to say, I’m very proud of my mane.

But these locks take work to maintain. And many of you have asked what I do for hair maintenance, so I’ve decided to devote this entire post to MY hair. Self indulgent, I know.

Feel free to stop reading at any time… but, for those interested in a few tips, read on:

While I don’t wash my hair every day, when I do wash, I always use a sulfate, paraben and petrochemical-free Shampoo and Condition. Most importantly, is sulfate-free. Click here to learn why sulfates are the worst thing for your strands.

Shampoos and Conditioners that I like: Enjoy Haircare, Pureology, Reken Nature’s Rescue, L’Oreal EverPure.

I am also working on my own line of sulfate, paraben, and petrochemical-free products which will include an all-natural Shampoo and Conditioner and will launch in the coming months… more to come on that soon!

On a daily basis, I allow my hair to dry naturally. In the summer, I like to spritz Bumble and Bumble’s Curl Conscious Reactivating Mist (see image above) to add some emphasis to my already wavy hair. I can reapply throughout the day, and even next day.

I also like a good oil. I feel that it controls frizzies and adds some bounce and separation to wavy hair. I use a variety of hair oils (whatever I have in my beauty cabinet) but favor Kerastase Nutritive Oleo-Relax Serum.

If I am hitting the town, I may throw in a few curls with a 1 1/2 inch curling iron (I rarely ever curl my entire head – I like the messy curl look – see images below) and then I’ll finish the look with a few spritz’s of hair spray. I am obsessed with L’Oreal’s Elnet, but again, I use whatever is around.


Second and sometimes even third day hair looks better than just washed hair because it has natural oils. However, I loathe an oily front section, so I will pull the back area of my hair into a bun and keep my bangs out and JUST WASH MY BANGS WITH SHAMPOO. I then dry my bangs with the Vidal Sassoon Professional Styling Hair Dryer, Model VS540. It has 3 brush attachments. I use the thinnest comb attachment. It straightens the bang area a bit so that it doesn’t go all puffy on me. This is a very cheap blow dryer but I LOVE it and have turned every single one of my friends on to it. It also straightens your entire head in minutes, it’s like brushing your hair.

However, I hate straightening my own hair and prefer to go to a salon and have a professional do it for me. I do this about once a week. Sometimes, I feel a bit too prissy with straight hair (see below image). I like the look better for winter when you’re meant to be all done up.


On the east coast, I get my hair cut and colored at The Pierre Michel Salon (my father owns it, so I’m slightly biased). I switch up people often. For my cut, I like Mitch, Gilda and Terry. For my color, I like Reynald, Ludavic and, most recently, Ida. And I’m really into having natural roots and just coloring from about 3 inches from the roots down with extra light tips – it’s called the “ombre” effect and is more of a natural, sunkissed look.

I do, however, love Marie Robinson for color as well. She’s a genius.

On the west coast, I always go to Jen Atkin for cut and George Papinikolas for color at the Andy Lecompte Salon.

I ONLY DO BALIAGE FOR COLOR – NEVER FOILS! Foils frighten me – they are used for cooking, not for hair color.

A deep conditioning treatment is vital. I like to use a hair masque every few days. You can also get a salon treatment – like keratin – if your hair is considerably damaged. But make sure that it is color-safe.

For hair masques I like Pureology Essential Restorative Hair Masque, Davines Natural Tech Nourishing Hair Building Pak, L’Oreal EverPure Moisture Deep Restorative Masque

That’s about it! Anymore questions, leave them in the comment section below…

A Tulum Beauty Treat: Mayan Clay

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I’m back from my vacation. I was in Tulum, Mexico where the beaches are white and the ocean is turquoise. Truly picturesque. They have this clay in Tulum, indigenous of the region, that is mean to heal, purify, rejuvenate and detoxify. It’s the most amazing experience.

Mayan Clay, as it’s called, was, by far, my favorite part of the trip. I used it several times over my 5 day stay and it helped with a variety of concerns from sun exposure to eye bags to a hair conditioning mask to aging and expression lines to acne. All in one vat of clay!

Depending on what your specific skin care concern is, depends on how you actually use the clay. For example, if you are treating a sun burn, you wouldn’t actually let the clay dry completely on your body, but rather slather the clay on your skin and allow it to purify and heal.

For acne and as an overall body mask, you’d apply the clay all over and allow it to dry for 10 min for acne, 45 min for the body. This will absorb the skin’s toxins and acids and balance the electromagnetic field.

For eye bags, you’d apply a thick layer around the eye area, mix with chamomile tea for 20 minutes adn do this 2 times a week.

For a hair conditioning treatment, you can apply a layer to your hair mixed with honey and leave on for 20 minutes. Again, this can be done 2 times a week.

For aging and expression lines, you can use the clay as a CLEANSER! The woman who founded the Mayan Clay company told me to mix it with water, apply wet and rub with fingers for 1 -2 minutes. Never let it dry, always keep it wet. Then rinse off. Do this for 6 weeks and you will notice glowing skin with a vast improvement in expression lines.

I covered my body from head to toe (including my hair) in the clay and let it bake in the sun. Then I ran into the beautiful luke warm ocean water to rinse off. It was a truly spiritual experience!

I brought home a small jar to use in my bathroom for weekly cleansings. Definitely won’t be the same as running into the ocean, but it’ll be a slice of Tulum in my bathroom.

While the website seems to be under construction, if you’d like more information on Mayan Clay, contact this email address for questions: mayanclay@gmail.com

I highly recommend the experience!


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My friend celebrated his 40th birthday this weekend with a fabulous fete fashioned in a roaring 20’s theme. Guests went ALL OUT with incredible gowns, fishnet stockings, and head pieces galore. Theme parties can be SO fantastically fun!

What I found so interesting was the amount of red lipstick. Almost every mouth was painted with some hue of red. And the hair: either pencil straight (not quite 20’s, but we went there) decorated with a head piece, or pin curled and tucked under. Eyes were mostly dark and subtly, a sign of the times, with lots of lashes and liner.

Here, a few pics from the evening:

The birthday boy and hostess of the evening
Zani and Ali – Zani is wearing a wig and false lashes, Ali has her hair tucked under, both have heads adorned with head pieces
Valerie and Sara – Val is wearing red lips, dark eyes and a head piece, Sara has pin curls and hair tucked under with dark, sultry eyes
Ali and Jen – Jen has the pencil straight hair and head piece
Alexi and Me – I look like I stepped out of the 80’s and took a time machine back into the 20’s. I did the pencil straight hair, head piece, red lips AND dark eyes!
FAVORITE BLACK MASCARA – Chanel Inimitable Mascara
FAVORITE RED LIPLINER – Nars Jungle Red Lipliner Pencil
FAVORITE RED LIPSTICK – MAC Russian Red, Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color Red Revival
Get Roaring!


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While I lamented that lighter hair is more fun for winter, I, in fact went dark again (after going light first). I just can’t seem to make up my mind. Do you ever have that problem?

Here is my new dye job…. WHAT DO YOU THINK? Does dark become me? Or should I go back to lighter lockes?

(same color in different lighting)

TO ACHIEVE THIS COLOR: My colorist at the Pierre Michel Salon, Ludavic, used a semi-permanent toner on top of my already-highlighted hair.

This is the look I was trying to achieve….

Isn’t this hair color amazing?

So, my beautiful readers, PLEASE LET ME KNOW:


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So, I had an amazing Halloween and I never even left my house! My friend, Jen Brill, and I were on call to paint the faces of 3 of our friends: Chrissie Miller, Charlotte Ronson and Hilary Rosenman.

Here’s how it all went down, in pics, of course.

Chrissie Miller

Charlotte Ronson

Hilary Rosenman

Special thanks to Make Up For Ever and their 12 Flash Color Case for being so instrumental in the Halloween festivities!

This is really all you need to create any Halloween look! (PRICE TAG: $95.00)


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Yes, today is my actual birthday, but don’t even think about asking me my age. A lady doesn’t share such intimate details 🙂

I had a fabulous birthday party on Saturday night at the Soho Grand and the highlight for this Beauty Addict was hanging out with the wonderful Pat McGrath (for those not in the know, she could quite possibly be the best makeup artist on EARTH!).

(me, Pat McGrath, Jessica Stam)

So, that’s all I have for you today. I’m taking the day off from beauty… until my birthday dinner tonight. See you back here bright and early tomorrow!


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