Eyes, Grooming, Hair, Lips, Makeup, Moi, Skin

I got Racked.

If you haven’t already been bombarded with this – there is no escape.

Last week I was featured on Racked LA as a “Glam Pro”. This is kind of a big deal and I’d love it if you checked it out. After all – there is no such thing as bad publicity, right?

I’ll make it worth your while with all the product recommends and an exfoliant recipe you can make in your home because you already have the ingredients. Swearsies!

Here’s a little taste…

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The photographer, Elizabeth Daniels, and I had a little too much fun at Naimie’s that day. Now she’s got a whole new beauty regime and I’m super excited about it.

Special thanks to Natalie de Groot for giving me a shirt from her new line, Nat+J, for the shoot.

And, of course, big love to Kat Odell for whoring me. ♥

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BB Cream, Beauty, Celebrity, Cheeks, Dior, Eyes, Hair, Lashes, Lips, Makeup, Skin

Vanessa Marano at Variety

I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with this lovely lady. You’ve seen her on Dexter as John Lithgow’s daughter, which happens to be my favourite season. And for the past few years she’s the lead in ABC’s Switched at Birth.

Very excited to share pictures of the shoot Marc Cartwright and I did with her, but until then – let’s dissect the look I worked on with her for the Variety & Women in Film Pre Emmy Party on Friday…

Here is the pretty girl in her pretty lace dress:

Variety & Women In Film Pre-Emmy Event presented by Yoplait Greek - ArrivalsAnd here is a close up of our makeup/hair combo:

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To veer away from the prom look that’s so easily accomplished with “perfect hair” in this dress silhouette, we decided to let the hair be a little wild with just enough control so that it doesn’t poof at a tiny whiff of humidity.

Because we had a bunch of product from our shoot the day before already in the hair, I told Vanessa not to wash it out. On dark hair – dirty is great for manageability. In order to refresh the roots I used Bumble and Bumble Tonic Lotion and to soak up moisture Bangstyle Sea Salt Mist all over.

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After a quick blow dry, I slathered Vanessa’s locks with TiGi S Factor Smoothing Lusterizer to ensure that her night is frizz-less and full of shine.

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As for her face, this girl barely needs anything to look like a million bucks! We mostly concentrated on skin care with Rodial Glamoxy Exfoliating Pads [I’m obsessed with these] – dead skin is gently wiped away leaving behind an incredible luster and perfect canvas for makeup application.

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Next, I combined Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream with Manna Kadar Sheer Glow Lotion for the ultimate healthy skin illumination.

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The glow was set with Dior Matte and Luminous Hydrating powder in gold. This stuff has just the right of shimmer and the perfect amount of matte where you need it.

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Eyeballs were treated with Lash Republic individual lashes variating from short to medium. This is my preferred brand. The quality is incredible.

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A little Smashbox Prism Blush on the cheeks for colour.

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And for the lips I’d want to wear every day of my life if mine were this full – Dior Addict Extreme in Black tie.

dioraddictextremelipstick-blacktieAnd now you know how to look like a celebrity, my fair reader. Go buy some products!

Thanks to Just Jared for the images.
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I married the same man twice. Part II.

And then, less than two months later our wed-cation dreams came to fruition.

All we wanted was an intimate evening on the beach, at sunset, on the night of a full moon, with our closest. No frills. This we received.

We found the most incredible location on an island called Eleuthera in the Bahamas. Think hot tub temperature ocean and sand that feels like powdered sugar under your feet. Think smiling faces every day. Think fresh seafood off the fisherman’s boat at 2pm daily. Think driving around with a beer in hand [legally]. Think paradise.

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Eleuthera is 100mi long and only 1.5mi wide.

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Our backyard. That little white sign says “private property” – we had 70 acres of privacy!

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Our home for the week.

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Governor’s Harbour at night.

Friends and family came from all over and everyone got along. We pushed everyone to enjoy their time on the island however they saw fit. There were no rules. There were no schedules. We’d explore the island by day and relax by the pool at night with a local Bahamian coconut rum [that I smuggled two bottles of on the way home] in hand.

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The view from “Club Pool” at night.

The wedding was on a Tuesday. Some people showed up to swim and hang on our beach during the day. Some people cooked. Some people drank. Some people helped with decorations.

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Mammaries…

Around 7pm everyone walked down to the beach and awaited our entrance. We came right on time and began the ceremony, once again, led by Master Hooker. Everyone contributed a word they would use to describe us. Then Josh and I exchanged our words of love to each other. Then Hooker introduced us to a Bahamian wedding tradition of Josh and I filling half a cup of sand and pooling it into one. It was perfect. Everyone was tear faced and laughing.

Getting his ring on

Had some issues putting on the ring.

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Our mothers.

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Everyone and the moon.

We asked all of our guests to contribute a dish for the evening as everyone we invited is an excellent cook and the one person that wasn’t a foodie turned out to be the best mixologist any of us could have hoped for. Viva de piña colada by the pitcher [pineapple free for me, please]! We even had THREE wedding cakes instead of just one. Everyone was in a food coma.

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Renee made this with Angela’s and Jenn’s accessories. Stars are Josh’s and my theme for life.

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He started it.

After the food we moved onto “Club Pool” and danced in and out of water and set off sky lanterns with wishes of the future. Our incredible guests made sure everything was perfect and that we were happy. Couldn’t have asked for anything more. We, again, are very lucky bitches.

It’s time, once again, for products!

COMODYNES BB CREAM

Comodynes BB cream to even out.

Lash Republic beautiful lashes were my wedding outfit staple

Lashes by Lash Republic – whoa.

Yves Rocher Waterproof Mascara didn't budge once in the countles times I cried of joy

Yves Rocher Waterproof Mascara didn’t budge once in the countless times I cried of joy.

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Manna Kadar shimmer lotion all over.

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Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge Red – because it doesn’t come off on ANYTHING. Makeout guilt-free.

Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream hydrated my locks after all the salt lashings of the ocean

Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream hydrated my locks after all the salt lashings of the ocean.

And now you know.

Here are some more pictures because you deserve to see them…

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Our rings together.

Front of our house

Just scootin’ around!

Harbour Island, Eleuthera

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My girls.

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Island love.

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Married!

For more story and products – check out this season’s Bisous Magazine!

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Hair

Hair to Stay | Cheveux à Rester – Pt. 2

Now that we know how to get wet – let’s talk about being dry but still sexy, of course.

I’ll give you a moment to visualize…

Done? Great. Clean up your panties quickly because we’re moving on.

I’ve got the goods to help you cut blow drying time if you do, or the right stuff to tame your aired-out tresses and whip thems into perfection.

KMS blowdry

This is your new best friend. KMS California is a brand out of Santa Monica that is constantly evolving and coming up with solutions for effortless hair for really real. This Quick Blow Dry formula cuts heat time by about half. I love science! A few mist pumps make your life easier and the product laaaaasts. $12-$18

Pravana

A new product from PRAVANA that restores, protects and shines up a storm. May be applied to wet or dry hair for ultimate shine. [Side note – no, I’m not partial because of my love for the Amazon.] I can proudly say that my hair and I are addicted and may never be the same. Test it for yourself. I dare you. $21.99

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This dynamic duo by Lionel Renard will make any hair its bitch! The whole luxurious line is perfection. These two, Thick-It and Relaxing Balm, when squeezed into the shape of a sunny-side-up egg and applied all over damp hair, will thicken AND tame. Win. Win. Win. Win. Win. Ding! $20-22

Smoothing Lusterizer

If enchanted crystals were a real thing this TIGI S factor Smoothing Lusterizer/Defrizzer Serum would be a wizard. Use on wet hair to protect from heat or dry hair to cheat and only show the world how gorgeous your hair can be. The smell is so yummy you’ll want to taste it. $25.50

Leonor Greyl

My friend Cathi had told me about this line some months back and until it showed up on my door…brain did not compute the absolute amazingness that is Leonor Greyl Paris. This Éclat Naturel Styling Cream, though intended for wet or dry hair, I use to recondition my dry, fried ends and give off the illusion of a freshly cut dome. $44

Now you have absolutely no excuse not to have perfect hair.

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Hair, Mix & Match

Hair to Stay | Cheveux à Rester – Pt. 1

I rape my hair on a monthly basis. My name is Annah and I am a hair rapist. This is true.

In the past year I have been a redhead, a blonde, my hair’s been purple, then dark ash blonde and now dark roots with a bit of ombré action. That’s…5 colours in 12 months, people! Not to mention all the stripping, dying, stripping, dying, upkeep, strip, bleach, dye, repeat. Poor hairs.

If you too are struggling with an addiction to hair changings – listen up for I am about to tell you my deepest darkest secrets that turn my hair from Jew-fro to sleek, touchable and sniffable. Pervs.

Neuma

The NEUMA line is the absolute fraking best. My saviour has been the neuSmooth system that includes shampoo, revitalizing masque, leave-on conditioner (my fave) and illuminating mist. From the first go my hair felt different. I felt different because my hair felt different. Straw became grass once more, ya’ll. Miracle. $22-24

ColorProofAnd then there’s ColorProof‘s Crazy Smooth system. After using these guys for a few weeks I noticed that my colour doesn’t fade, in fact, when my roots come in the natural + dyed locks seem blended. What the what?! And then that sexy Extreme Shine Treatment Oil leaves my ends soft and silky. I don’t ask questions when something works. You? $22-32

SheaMoisture Curly

Oh no, my curly Sues, I haven’t forgotten you! From what I hear this stuff is the stuff. I’m a huuuuuge Shea Moisture fan in all aspects of the brand already so to hear they now encompass ALL hair types is, well, amazing. The smoothie seems to de-frizz, moisturize and allow no-heat beauty in or away from home and under the most humid of conditions. Do your research, folks, and you’ll find what I say is true. $9-12

DS Revita Shampoo

Last, but definitely not least, is the REVITA line by DS Laboratories is the answer to anyone, especially over 30, who is trying to prevent or control hair loss. This isn’t a joke. I’ve tried it. It works. Dramatic-result-kind-of-works. Safe. Effective. Awesome.  $30.95

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s products for after the shower…

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Beauty, Skin, Video

Glow | Lueur

Some behind the scenes action for you, my pretties!

Back in December I worked on a campaign for the GLOW Spa at the Tropicana shot by the, ever so talented and lovely, Tommy Chung. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

I’m told this baby will be played on all the in-room televisions. (Blush.)

Excited to share the images with you when they’re released… xo

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