.keep calm and moisturize on.

Photo by author. Lone Cypress at Pebble Beach, CA

Photo by author. Lone Cypress at Pebble Beach, CA

Even though sunny California (creepily sunny California, as explained here) is not experiencing the Polar Vortex, our equally frightening, albeit more pleasant, drought is still wreaking havoc through the state. I strongly believe in everyone doing their part to conserve water, no matter how small: turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth; recycling boiling water to give your lawn a drink; washing your dishes with a lower-pressure stream. All of these changes add up to something big.

I love you, California, and hope to see you hydrated to a proper level soon. While we all work on conserving water for our precious state, let me turn our attention to another victim of the drought: our poor, desert-dry skin. This year I’ve experienced a flaky, sensitive face more than ever before. It was a tough job sifting through all Sephora’s moisturizers in sake of finding the best, but someone had to do it.** Read through for my top moisturizing recommendations for the rest of Winter 2014. May hydration be with you.

Image via Bergdorf Goodman

Image via Bergdorf Goodman

AmorePacific Future Response Age Defense Creme
The absolute Rolls Royce of facial moisturizers. The hefty price tag is enough to make your balk, but with 6 months supply in each jar I assure you it’s worth every penny.  Containing a crazy amount of green tea and algae extracts (hey, antioxidants!) and Asian botanicals, this cream is #1 by leaps and bounds.

embryolisse

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Embryolisse Filaderme Émulsion Sèche
I’ve never been shy about my mad love for Embryolisse (seriously, even my mother is hooked on it). This winter I began using their product for severely dry, aging skin – oh the horror at being in that category! I love the way this product sits on top of the skin and slow, deeply penetrates each layer – dehydrated pores just soak it up. This cream is my staple, and most used, moisturizer.

Image via Musings of a Muse

Image via Musings of a Muse

Bliss Triple Oxygen ex-glow-sion
This cream provides the instant glow it promises. Between the triple dose of oxygen and brightening Vitamins C + E, skin truly exudes radiance. The micro-vitabeads throw me off a bit, as I instantly think of them as exfoliators that need to be rinsed off (this is NOT the case), but this product absolutely delivers. Highly recommended.

Image via GlamGlow

Image via GlamGlow

GlamGlow THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment
A newbie to the beauty market, I tried this GlamGlow mask a few days ago and it inspired this complete post. I am in *love* with this treatment. Recommended for 2-3 x week use, this product can be rinsed off with water, patted off dry skin, or simply left on overnight. Given my penchant for saving water (and hydrating my skin) I left this little diddy on overnight only to awake to perfectly smooth, supple skin. Seriously amazing. You can practically watch it absorb into the driest areas of your skin (for me: chin and nose!). I fell hard for this product, and don’t know if I can ever let my bathroom exist without it.

biteBite Agave Lip Mask
This moisturizer is strictly for your lips, and despite the fact it’s labeled as a mask this product is meant to be left on. Essentially, it’s a super strong lip balm (oh, clever marketing!) but I will be the first to admit this product works. Leave it on overnight for a super soft kisser. Pucker up!

**This sentence is a fabrication, as everyone knows I am a moisturizing junkie who gladly gives every hydrator an equal opportunity.

.hungry for moar dior.

Photo by NY Daily News

Photo by NY Daily News

J-Law rules, now and forever. All the Catching Fire ladies deserve honorable mentions (Elizabeth Banks, you slayed these red carpets too!), but Jennifer knocked it out of the park every single time. My absolute favorite? The uh-mazing Dior Haute Couture dress, Brian Atwood shoes, Anita Ko jewels and Roger Vivier bag pictured above, which Jen rocked at the Los Angeles premiere. Check out my other favorite Katniss glam moments below.

Photo by Perez Hilton

Photo by Perez Hilton

While hitting the red carpet in New York, J-Law mesmerized in this Dior wool blazer dress over a white and green bralet. I adore the pop of color (and skin!). Strappy sandals and drop earrings perfectly complimented the youthful look.

Photo by Because I Am Fabulous

Photo by Because I Am Fabulous

For the world premier of Catching Fire, Jennifer braved the rain with her brand new pixie cut and blue heels in this artful Christian Dior Couture Fall 2013 ensemble. The embellishments on this silk gown with an open, draped back were playful and sophisticated.

Photo by MTV Style

Photo by MTV Style

Taking a quick break from Dior, Jen stepped out in a color-blocked Proenza Schouler frock and studded Saint Laurent pumps while in Rome at a photo call.

Photo by Getty Images via MTV Style

Photo by Getty Images via MTV Style

In Madrid the face of Miss Dior stunned with a strapless sheer gown by the fashion powerhouse’s resort 2014 collection. I *love* her tousled hair and serious gaze in this look.

Photo by Daily Mail

Photo by Daily Mail

Rounding out my fave Catching Fire red carpet looks is decidedly this Dior double-breasted trench dress and Stuart Weitzman shoes. The swinging, feminine shape of this trench with the side detail is breathtaking. J’adore Dior, indeed, Miss Lawrence.

.made with love in san francisco – be.spoke apothecary.

bespoke2Last week was the launch party for the new be.spoke modern apothecary sold exclusively at Beauty Company. Made with love in San Francisco, this paraben-free bath & body line boasts amazing fragrances (lemongrass is my absolute favorite), stellar results (silky smooth skin) and customizable labels –  which are simply beyond.

bespoke3Pick your potion – hand soap, body wash, bath salts or body lotion – and choose from three fragrances. The friendly staff will whip together your customized label. Perfect for “Happy Birthday!,” “Congratulations!” or simply, “Thinking of you, so-and-so,” these hand-written touches are such to please.

20130616-211039.jpgAs we all know, no party is complete without handmade, gourmet, fresh delicious waffles, right? Chrissy concocts the best batter in town, and his fresh waffle with whipped cream and apricot jam melts in your mouth.  Follow him here (seriously, you will want to know where he’s popping up next).

bespoke4Have you swung by Beauty Company for a sample of be.spoke yet? I”d love to hear your thoughts! Tell me in the comments below. In the meantime, I’ll be soaking with these new bath salts….

.met gala 2013: what the punk?!.

Ah, the Met Gala – one of fashion’s greatest nights. Held in conjunction with the opening of the Metropolitan Museum’s fashion exhibit at the Costume Institue and hosted by Vogue, celebs and influencers flock to the incredible museum annually to strut the famed red carpet.

This year’s theme, Punk: Chaos to Couture, brought the hotness. While many of my favorite icons looked beautiful in ethereal gowns, I was disappointed in the lack of punk-ness (Heidi Klum – you wear Marchesa like no one else, but I expected more from you). Even designers Diane von Furstenburg and Donatella Versace got in the mood with spikes and studs. Read on for my fave true punksters from last night’s ball.

Photo by Us Weekly

Photo by Us Weekly

First up is Christina Ricci, representing original haute punk in a Vivienne Westwood couture number, fishnets and criss-crossed pumps.

Photo by HuffingtonPost Style

Photo by HuffingtonPost Style

Model Anja Rubik wore Anthony Vaccarello , showing off her stems and sassy red heels. Her side-swept hair and focused gaze say punk rocker, loud and clear.

Photo by SawFirst

Photo by SawFirst

LeeLee Sobieski’s Christian Dior Couture look featured a white bodice, black t-shirt and embellished gloves. On theme, indeed.

Photo by Celebuzz

Photo by Celebuzz

Risk taker Katy Perry donned a Dolce and Gabbana frock, bedazzled with Joan of Arc, whom Perry calls “The OG Queen of PUNK” (her words, not ours). A gold crown topped her head to match her intricate nails.

Photo by Just Jared

Photo by Just Jared

Girls star Alison Williams got the black, sheer, cutout memo for last night’s red carpet. Despite being slightly predictable, she looks dynamite in this Altuzarra gown.

Photo by Daily Mail

Photo by Daily Mail

Nicole Richie went way out there, and I absolutely loved it. This demure but radiant Topshop dress was a surprising choice. Hairstylist Luke Chamberlain used hair paint to achieve this grey shade, which was the perfect compliment to her intense tan and full-on ear jewels.

Photo by Just Jared

Photo by Just Jared

Aubrey Plaza was dressed by Vouge, which may be why I find this snakeskin dress by Marios Schwab so captivating. Her Barbara Bui heels are perfection.

Photo by Vanity Fair

Photo by Vanity Fair

Beyoncé has done it again. Though the train is a bit reminisient of her gown last year, she is rocking Givenchy like no other. The heeled boots and nearly fullarm gloves are punk-meets-glamazon (and admit it – slightly Destiny’s Child reminiscent).

Photo by Daily Mail

Photo by Daily Mail

Girl about town Alexa Chung wore a Fall ’13 Erdem ensemble, representing dainty punk with a chocker-inspired neckline and off-the-shoulder sleeves. I love this look.

Photo by CocoPerez

Photo by CocoPerez

Paloma Faith took a Gaga approach in this dramatic gown by Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco. Her long gloves were fingerless – à la punk.

Photo by Just Jared

Photo by Just Jared

Minka Kelly dazzled on her first Met Ball red carpet in Carolina Herrara, with flawless makeup and braided tresses. Going for “British-regal-meets-punk,” according to her hair stylist Jen Atkin, Minka looked divine and quite possibly was my favorite look of the night.

Photo by Fashion Bomb Daily

Photo by Fashion Bomb Daily

Model Coco Rocha went wild in her leopard, embellished, high-slitted gown – created by her date Emanuel Ungaro, Creative Director of Fausto Puglisi. Gotta give Co snaps for stepping up her game, and pairing this look with blunt bangs and black booties. Never one to be tame!

Photo by Style Snooper Dan

Photo by Style Snooper Dan

Rose Huntington-Whitely oozed sex appeal in this Gucci gown. With strategic mesh and feather placement, Rosie is red hot.

Photo by US Weekly

Photo by US Weekly

Modern day punk princess Gwen Stefani honed in on her signature style in this Maison Martin Margiela dress. Gwennie showed off enviable abs, a Fred Leighton tough-girl necklace, bright lips and riot-worthy hair (natch).

Photo by US Weekly

Photo by US Weekly

Florence Welch called upon her recent style staple, Givenchy, to dress her for this year’s Met Gala. Though her look is a bit more goth than punk, Flo is unique and confident – just the way I like to see her.

Photo by Bitten and Bound

Photo by Bitten and Bound

Pretty meets punk in Julianne Hough’s Topshop strapless number. The faux hawk, studded heels and talon-like nails lean her just enough to the dark side to squeeze on this list.

Photo by Huffington Post Style

Photo by Huffington Post Style

Finally, for the dark horse of the evening, may I present Anne Hathaway in (what else?) Valentino. Between the sexy gown (side boob! sparkle!), the smoky eye, and the big shocker – platinum hair – Anne shook things up on this red carpet. Never before has she graced my dressed to impress list, and I’m happy to see her on here.

Honorable mentions from last night’s fête: Nina Dobrev’s dress-turned-pantsuit for the afterparty, Jessica Biel’s septum bling, SJP’s ah-mazing Phillip Treacy headwear, and Madonna’s forced costume.

.guest post: nail art tutorial.

Today’s post is a special piece from guest blogger Chetana, who is the founder of India’s largest beauty network, StyleCraze. Read below for her tutorial describing how to achieve a popular Indian beauty trend – nail art (which we personally can never get tired of)!

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Nail art with accent fingers are certainly still in vogue. You can create these looks by highlighting any of your fingers with contrasting colors, or by adding different embellishments. You can get creative with your design, or start by following he steps below for this elegant but trendy look:

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Things you will need:

  • Dark red nail paint (I am using Inglot 652)
  • Light pink nail enamel (I am using China Glaze “Inner Beauty”)
  • 2 sizes of rhinestone (big and small)
  • Top coat and base coat.

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Steps:

1. Apply your basecoat, then use deep red polish on your thumb, ring and pinkie fingers. Paint your index and middle fingers with a light pink shade.

2. Add big rhinestones in the center of your nails, and two small rhinestones on the sides of the bigger ones (as shown above). Use a nail adhesive to secure the embellishments, and add them when your polish is tacky to the touch.

3. Repeat on all your nails. Apply a top coat to seal in your new design, and you’re done!

Hope you enjoy this nail art, please visit stylecraze.com for many more wonderful manicure designs.

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.forests are beautiful, and so are you.

Pacific Forest Trust, an SF-based nonprofit dedicated to preserving our country’s forests, is having a fundraiser! There are so many fabulous prizes to be won, but this ah-mazing deal at Benefit on Chestnut Street deserves a special mention on my blog (given all the beauty buffs who I know are reading).

Bid here on this beauty bash party, complete with champagne, services (including their infamous brow shaping) and enough spots for 8-10 of your best friends. Not only are you scoring a major discount (typically a $500 value!), but you’re also donating to a phenomenal cause – sustaining our nation’s beautiful wooded areas. Click here for the entire auction page (along with this spa day there is also art, dining, sporting equipment, weekend adventures and so much more).

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Click here to place your bid for this amazing deal!

.suited for the navy.

The fashionable men of entertainment simply don’t get enough love on my blog, and I am determined to change that! Being the equal opportunist that I am, I’ve noticed a strong men’s trend of navy blue (especially during awards season). While the trends of men could -and hopefully will- span many bogs, this post is focused entirely on suited-up celebs riding the royal blue train.

Photo from Ace Showbiz

Photo from Ace Showbiz

Daniel Day Lewis looked dapper in his blue Domenico Vacca suit at the 2013 Oscars.

Photo from Just Jared

Photo from Just Jared

At the recent Grammy Awards, Frank Ocean (who makes me swoon!) snubbed typical tux garb, and instead rocked a navy leisure suit. Despite his bandaged fingers, Frank still wins my heart – and a spot on my best dressed list.

Photo from Just Jared

Photo from Just Jared

Hey guy, you are smoldering. Ryan Gosling keeps it fresh in a Salvatore Ferragamo tux and bowtie while in Cannes.

Photo from Equally Wed

Photo from Equally Wed

Critically-acclaimed actor Christoph Waltz stayed on hue with a deep blue Prada tux at the Academy Awards last month.

Photo from The Dude of the House

Photo from The Dude of the House

John Mayer channeled something…disco (?) at the recent Grammys. With lady love Katy Perry by his side, John gave his best in this velvet, purplish Brioni tux.

Photo by Style MTV

Photo by Style MTV

Granted this look is for an editorial spread, but Drake is looking damn fine in the past April issue of GQ. At full attention for his Navy, I’m loving Drake’s mod style.

Photo from LA Times

Photo from LA Times

Breakout band Fun rocked the Grammys, fully decked out in Dior (“everything but the shoes!” they proclaimed on the red carpet). Nate Ruess killed it in a patterned shirt and skinny tie paired with a navy suit. Jack Antonoff donned a charcoal two piece, and Andrew Dost wore a camel-colored jacket paired with an on-trend blue collared shirt.

Photo from Zimbio

Photo from Zimbio

Ben Affleck looked dashing as always, wearing Gucci to his London premiere of Argo.

Photo from Zimbio

Photo from Zimbio

Jamie Foxx was bold in this Ozwald Boateng number, complete with a teal shirt,  at the UK premiere of Django Unchained. I give J-Foxx props for this one; his strong approach was appreciated!