Category Archives: Celebs

Kiehl’s Essentials: Aziz Ansari

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel collection, $20-35, / photo source
As if I need another reason to love Aziz Ansari from NBC’s Parks and Recreation, GQ just revealed these Kiehl’s lovelies as part of his 10 Essentials. First, let me share that I LOVE the Kiehl’s brand which was founded in 1851. I really respect brands with this kind of longevity and find it reassuring in an era of growth hormones and polyethylene that its formulas utilize extensive herbal and pharmaceutical knowledge passed on through generations of manufacturers.
And second, is there anything sexier than a man who uses grown-up skincare products? I don’t think so. I’m exhausted of suggestions that it’s a woman’s thing so I’m thrilled to see more male stars opening up about favorite products.

Ansari is a ball of energy on TV so it’s no surprise that Kiehl’s’ Facial Fuel line is his go-to. It re-energizes and wakens dull, tired skin using a blend of menthol and citrus extracts. Pop the moisturizer in the fridge for an added chilly boost.

Says Aziz of the brand: “Question: Does Kiehl’s fuck around? Answer: No.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself!  Read up on the rest of his essentials here.

Best celeb hair

I was doing a little hair research earlier and Googled “best celeb hair” for fun. The results were a lot of the usual suspects: Jennifer Aniston, Blake Likely, Jessica Simpson, Victoria Beckham, Beyonce, and Giselle, but I think what stood out most is that celebs change their hair a lot. They also definitely use volumizer. All of them.

Celebrity hair is consistently shiny and healthy-looking. Lengthwise, it’s all about the chest-grazing strands and color is either light or dark or you’re a redhead like Emma Stone or Christina Hendricks. There is no mousy-colored hair in Hollywood.Did you notice that “lauren conrad hair” came up under related searches? The girl is doing something right with her hair, it’s true. If you don’t already read her site, check it out: thebeautydepartment. The overall site design is a snooze fest and the pastels make me want to gag, but there are some great hair tutorials.  She covers the basics and offers lots of really sound advice on everything from hair, to nails, to clothes.

So now on my Beauty Bucket List: Research volumizers. And I encourage you all to take a cue from the celebs: Get your hair cut regularly, don’t be afraid to think rich with your color, and regularly change up how you style it.

Question: Who do you think has the best celeb hair?
My answer: I consistently love Kate Middleton, Julianna Hough, Blake Lively, Jessica Simpson, Mila Kunis, Nicole Richie, Zoe Saldana, and Jennifer Aniston, and I’m always impressed by what a chameleon Rihanna is, too.

Celeb beauty: Emma Watson

Where did Hermione go?!! Over the past 10 years, we’ve watched Emma Watson transform from geeky teen to edgy and sophisticated beauty and style icon. It’s no wonder she was tapped for the face of Burberry. I’m trying to pull together some thoughts on her look so I gathered together some of my favorite images of her to get inspired and noticed a few key things:

1. She keeps clothes sleek + simple with single-piece ensembles with interesting details like texture, draping, or cutouts, and minimal accessories.  She also regularly wears (what I consider) sophisticated, sleek, and edgy designers like Chanel, Rodarte, Vivienne Westwood , Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, and Burberry.


2. Her hair is simple, unfussy, and not overly styled. It’s a very French take on hair for an English girl, actually. She always has a great cut that emphasizes her best features.  Her part stays put whether it’s grazing her shoulders or cropped short and dark or light, her color is well-maintained, shiny, healthy-looking, and effortless. Even her red-carpet hair is usually an “anti-updo”.
3. Her gorgeous eyes are consistently a focal point with the rest of the face remaining quite bare usually. Thicker, groomed eyebrows, liner, mascara, neutral earth-toned shadows are her mainstays for eyes. Her lashes are fluffy, defined, and curled. She occasionally does an extra edgy smoky eye or an ethereal shimmery white lid.

4. Finally, matte, nude lips and a flawless complexion compliment her spare, almost gamine look. Makeup artist Charlotte Hayward used Creme de la Mer lip balm on her during Deathly Hallows to get a moisturized, but matte, not glossy lip look. Emma credits a makeup artist for introducing her to using a little nude liner on lips. If you study the photos, you can see how this subtle blurring of the natural lip line and pink of the lips brings even more attention to her gorgeous eyes.  Not a lot of celebs can pull this off because the foundation of the entire look is natural beauty + fabulous skin. You can’t fake the former and the latter requires fantastic dedication to skin care.

As I love to say: It takes a LOT of effort to make it look effortless and Emma Watson is proving that she is the real deal.

Emma’s Products: Through my research for this post I learned about some of the products Emma has recommended, what her makeup artists have used on her, and some of her personal buys:

- L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner in Nudes for Life
– Lancôme Vernis in Love Nail Polish in Gris Angora
– Luzern Pure Cleansing Gelee – gentle and contains no parabens or fragrance
– MV Organic skincare Rose Soothing & Protective Moisturiser
– 365 Everyday Value Immune Support
– Lancôme Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover
– Lancôme Hypnôse Doll mascara
– Figs & Rouge line
– Creme de la Mer lip balm
– Benefit eyebrow gel
– Dior cream blush
– Bobbi Brown eye liner smudge pots
– Organic Glam makeup Luminous Antioxidant Foundation
– Zoya nail polish
– Chanel’s Le Vernis nail colour in Fantastic
– Dermalogica’s tinted moisturiser
– Stila Sun Bronzing Powder in No 1

Professional Credits: Makeup artists: Linda Cantello, Charlotte Hayward
Stylist Anita Baker: Check out her site and blog for great styling tips

sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 /5 /6

Guilty Pleasures


Halleluiah. Gossip Girl is back for Season 5. I’m not proud of this guilty pleasure but the fashion inspires, the hair and makeup are always stunning, and the absurd plot lines entertain. It’s the perfect guilty pleasure.
Gossip Girl’s lead makeup artist Amy Tagliamonti gets it right every week (with Serena) so it’s a testament to the gorgeous Leighton Meester that she looks so good without proper emphasis of her beautiful features. Blake Lively is also drop dead gorgeous with incredible hair, but good genes aside, I still want to know what products are used on each, so I investigated.

Here is what I discovered the Gossip Girl makeup artists’ use on the girls:
(quotes are via Amy Tagliamonti here)

  • Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation – This oil-free gel foundation is known for its light texture and ability to actually control oil production. Contains aloe, chamomile and arnica to calm irritation, and rosemary, green tea and rice bran to help prevent oxidation.
  • Stila Eye Shadow in Oasis – This shimmery gold highlight  is just one of Stila’s huge assortment of award-winning eye shadows. Also cool: All Stila shadows are sold in pans, so you can mix and match to create your own custom palette.
  • Chanel Glossimer Lip Gloss in Glow* – Water-resistant, long-lasting lip gloss; Glow is a peachy-bronze. Glossimer also contains vitamins C and E protect against free radicals. *Note: This line/color was discontinued, but Neiman Marcus has a few limited edition shades.
  • Kerastase shampoo and conditioner – Kérastase’s hair care collections are designed to improve specific hair and scalp needs and with  hydrating alcohols, silicones, oils, and hydrolyzed wheat protein, it’s not surprising that it really works.
  • Dior Diorshow Extase mascara - Spherical-shaped Black Pearl Pigments create a 3D volume effect and exclusive Metamorphosis Powders expand in size after application.
  • Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation -“It evens the skin tone and covers redness, but it’s not heavy and it doesn’t cake.”
  • Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow palettes in Dunes and Spices – “I use these two palettes all the time on Blake—they’re both a mix of golds and warm, natural shades. They’re great for the daytime looks on the show because they add a little depth without looking over the top.”
  • Nars Duo Eye Shadow in Cordura. “I use these for nighttime looks on the show. Black can sometimes read as too heavy, especially on someone like Blake who has light eyes. Shimmery browns are great for a smoky look that’s not too intense.”
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero – A Blake Lively fav, this budgeproof black pencil eyeliner stays on no matter what.
  • Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner. “It goes on so smoothly, but you can also smudge it. Out of all the gel and cream eyeliners I’ve tried, this one stays on the longest and doesn’t flake or run, so it’s great for long days on the set.”
  • Lancôme L’Extrême Lengthening Mascara. “It gives the lashes amazing length without clumping or making them look spidery.”
  • Cargo Blush in Catalina. “It’s a cool-toned pink, but it’s more of a doll-like pink than fuchsia, so I can use it on any skin tone. A soft sweep of color is great on someone with fair skin, or you can add a few more layers on olive-y skin. I’ve tried a lot of other blush shades, but I always end up coming back to this one.”
  • Make Up For Ever Glossy Full Couleur lip glosses. “Even the intense colors are sheer, so they allow you to wear a bright color without it looking obnoxious. Or if you want a bold look, fill in your lips with a bright lip liner that closely matches the gloss color, then apply the gloss on top.”


Obviously, having amazing skin helps and I’m not buying that Blake doesn’t have extensions, but I hope this helps. Enjoy!

sources: 1, 2, 34