Category: Beauty

Recent Red-Carpet Commentary: Jennifer Aniston, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ali Larter and Others

A couple of recent red-carpet looks and my thoughts on each…

Jennifer Aniston Daily Show Black Dress

Jennifer Aniston at Daily Show taping

We all know I love Jennifer Aniston’s style–and this look is no exception. I think this black Nina Ricci dress is super cute, flirty and fun. And while she’s five minutes away from being too old to wear it, I think she looks fab. (Not the hugest fan of the shoes however.)

Ali Larter red carpet dress

Ali Larter

Ali Larter had a baby around the time Kai was born. And needless to say, she looks AMAZING–it’s hard to believe she gave birth just six months ago. I think she’s gorgeous–and while I don’t love her dress, I think her hair and makeup look great. And I covet her shoes.

Jennifer Love Hewitt Herve Leger Red Carpet

Jennifer Love Hewitt in Herve Leger by Max Azria

Yikes! Usually I’m a huge fan of Herve Leger dresses–in fact, if I had the figure to wear bandage dresses, I’d live in Herve Leger. But this isn’t working. Perhaps the dress is a size too small? And the top part? All wrong. (She does have great hair though.)

Ashley Greene Make up white dress

Ashley Greene wearing a nude lip

Ashley Greene is almost always photographed wearing red lipstick but in this photo, she’s wearing a sheer pink gloss–and it looks amazing! Greene is gorgeous but at times I’m distracted by what feels like heavy makeup. And this is a refreshing look for her. Check plus.

Selena Gomez purple dress

Selena Gomez is pretty in purple

Selena Gomez is only 18 years old but she’s one of the best dressed celebrities this year. She always looks classy and cute. I can’t wait to see how her style evolves and pray she avoids the path previously taken by Miley Cyrus.

Pippa Middleton in Black Tania dress

Pippa Middleton in Tania black knit dress

Pippa Middleton’s maid of honor dress at the Royal Wedding was drop-dead gorgeous–but she’s yet to hit another high note (in my opinion.) Until this little black number. Middletown looks super cute in this Tania black knit dress. Young, flirty, fun… perfect. I wonder if it’s a fluke or if she’s back on track…

Katie Holmes Nails It in Midnight Blue Dress

I already wrote about this dress for, but I loved it so much I thought I’d give it some extra love on the Hot Pink List.

Katie Holmes Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Katie Holmes in midnight blue Contrarian dress

The basics:
Dress: Contrarian
Shoes: Lanvin
Bracelet: Lanvin

This dress is gorgeous and Katie looks sensational in it. The color is great, the shoe color is perfect and her hair and makeup complement the whole look very well.

Check plus, Mrs. Cruise, check plus.

Katie Holmes Los Angeles Film festival

Love the nude heels Katie paired with the dress

katie holmes don't be afriad of the dark premiere

Love Katie's hair and makeup

Katie Holmes at the Don't Be Afraid of the Dark premiere at the Los Angeles Film festival

Pockets!! Lovelovelove the pockets.

***My very hip and stylish friend Ann Marie just told me this dress is available at Singer 22 in lavender. The price is surprisingly just $381!


Jessica Szohr Looks Cute, Right?

I was recently reading one of my favorite all-time blogs, Go Fug Yourself, when I came across this photo of Gossip Girl star Jessica Szohr at the premiere of her new film, Piranha 3D.

Jessica Szohr "Piranha 3D" - Arrivals Red Carpet

Jessica Szohr at the Piranha 3D Premiere

GFY didn’t really like, though I thought she looked super cute!

I’m not usually a huge fan of Jessica Szohr — her character on Gossip Girl is getting tired and she always looks so pained. But I can’t disagree that she is gorgeous and that this color red looks sensational on her. The layers of the dress seem perfectly placed — not too flowy, not too overwhelming — and the bow around the waist works with the rest of the dress. I don’t love the shoes though I don’t hate them either. The bag is fine.

Jessica also scores high points for her hair and makeup here. With a dress with that much personality, the hair needs to play second fiddle — which I think she’s done well here. Heavy eyes with a nude lip also compliments the look nicely.

What do you think of her dress?

Celebrity Check Plus: Megan Fox

I went through a phase where I really liked Megan Fox. I thought she was crazy hot, funny, and pretty open about how she felt about things which I think is kinda refreshing (even if everyone else thinks it’s a bit abrasive.)

But soon enough, I got a little bored with her. Mostly because she was EVERYWHERE. But then she dropped out of sight(ish), went to Hawaii, and got married. And we didn’t hear peep from her. Granted, her ‘Johah Hex’ press tours are done and she’s got nothing to promote so there’s no real reason we should be hearing from her, but still, she’s stayed somewhat under the radar and it’s been a nice break.

Anyway, she popped up last night at the VH1’s Do Something Awards and she looked ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.

Megan Fox Dress

Megan Fox in an Azzedine Alaia dress and matching Brian Atwood heels

Even longtime Megan Fox haters can’t deny that she looks fabulous here. Her dress–a modest, pretty, and sweet Azzedine Alaia–is so unlike her regular red-carpet gear that it’s almost jaw dropping in its effect.The color is unusual–and perfect with her sunkissed skin, dark hair, and perfectly-applied makeup. Even the matchy-match Brian Atwood shoes look good.

Fox looks mature–and it’s becoming on her. It’s proof she can pull off pretty, NOT just sexy and/or sultry.

I hope this is the first of many sharp looks to come.

Megan Fox in an Azzedine Alaia dress and matching Brian Atwood heels at VH1 awards

Megan Fox looking pretty and mature at the VH1 Do Something Awards

Beauty Buy: Nars Bronzer in Laguna

Nars Bronzing Powder

Out of all the makeup products available, my favorite has always been bronzers and bronzing powders. And I’ve spent a fair amount of time trying to find one that compliments a real tan during the summer but also gives a touch of color during the winter months. Since moving to Hawaii, I’ve been pretty good about shielding my face from the sun, so I want a bronzing powder that matches the tan elsewhere on my body. MANY bronzers later, the one I like the best is Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna.

Aside from the sharp packaging (I love Nars packaging,) the texture of the powder is nice, it stays on all day, and the color gives the perfect sun-kissed appearance (as opposed to dirty brown which can happen with some bronzers.) I’ve been using this bronzer for about a year and it’s far and away my favorite. (My second choice is Guerlain Terracota line. Also really nice.)

The Nars Bronzer is $32 at Sephora but can be found at most department stores too.

Beauty Must-Have: Guerlain Eau Sous Le Vent Mouisturizer Mist

Guerlain Eas Sous le Vent Moisturizer

Guerlain Eas Sous Le Vent Moisturizer

Early last year, a beauty editor friend of mine sent me a bottle of Guerlain Eau Sous Le Vent Moisturizer — and I immediately fell in love. It’s a moisturizer that also includes a little tan booster. My favorite part of this product is the smell–it reminds me of honeysuckles. It’s so refreshing, so summer-y, and isn’t heavy on the skin at all.

While I haven’t truly seen my tan enhanced because of the product, it is nice to spray on lightly after some sun exposure. It’s also what I reach for when I want to wear something lighter than perfume or just need a quick little spritz of something. I’ve used it generously and the bottle’s still not empty so the $55 price tag doesn’t seem outrageous. The bottle and wood top is pretty too.

I really love Guerlain products: their makeup feels luxurious on the skin and is well packaged. It’s high quality and gret color choices. I’m a big fan of their Terracotta line. And this spray is really confirms my obsession with this brand.

The spray is available online at Bergdorfs and Saks. You can also get it in store anywhere Guerlain products are sold.

The Perfume That Will Catch Everyone’s Nose

Miss Marisa

Since the first time I smelled Miss Marisa, I’ve been obsessed. It’s light, flirty, and unique. Ebba Los Angeles, a little company/boutique in Los Angeles makes it and it’s divine.

Ebba describes is as “For those true perfume addicts. Wisps of Plum Blossoms and Cassis romance Fresh Mint and Waterlily, in a dance for the senses.” From my own personal experience, I’ve never worn a perfume that elicits as many compliments as this does. It’s been featured in InStyle, Elle, Lucky, and Us Weekly (Carmen Electra and Kourtney Kardashian are both fans too.)

It’s a little pricey at $62 for .5 oz but it comes in a small bottle with a rollerball as the applicator — so it actually lasts a pretty long time.

While it’s sold in a handful of boutiques around the country, I usually just order mine online here.