Category: Beauty

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.