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Celebrity Style Beauty

Ahhhh, Blake Lively. How is it that you celebrities get that effortless glow? that perfect tan? that lustrous hair? It’s not without effort, we know, but you guys do have a few secrets up your sleeves. Excellent lighting and a team of stylists aside, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite celebrity style beauty secrets. Flawless skin sets the celebrities apart, so I start there with a fabulous eye cream, an oil-free sunscreen, a hydro cleanser, and an illuminating powder. The crowning glory is the hair of course, so a deep conditioning treatment is in order. And sometimes a celebrity glow comes from the details: a trendy, polished nail color and perfectly tan legs. Read on for all my celebrity-stolen beauty secrets:

1. Perricone MD Cold Plasma Eye: Well, hello, bright eyes. This is my absolute favorite eye cream! I noticed an almost immediate change in my eyes when I started using it. I have to fend off allergies, sometimes tired eyes and of course aging so eye cream to me, is no joke. Cold plasma cream guarantees a bright eye…plus reduced puffiness, minimized redness, and shrunken fine lines. Every celebrity knows well-hydrated eyes are the basis of bright eyes.

2. Sally Hansen Salon Airbrush Legs: Put your best leg forward. Sally Hansen Salon Airbrush Legs is amazing! It turns your legs into tan, smooth, shiny beams of light! I spray about 12 inches from my skin in the area I want spiffy. Then I let it dry completely. Next I take body lotion and use it to smooth out the makeup and create a sheerer more natural looking finish. Then let it dry before you touch anything. I do this for all my special events. TIP: Be careful because it can rub onto your clothes…but oh wow, you never looked better nude than with a coat of this! f you haven’t spent spring break on the islands, this is your ticket to a celebrity tan.

3. Moroccanoil Oil Treatment: Allure says that Salma Hayek swears by it and so do I. I have blonde color treated hair that gets very dried out with especially with too much heat styling.  I use this Moroccan Oil treatment for healthy, glossy, Blake-like hair. It’s fabulous smelling, too or so everyone tells me after one flip of my hair.

4. Resurface by Shani Darden Oil Free Sunscreen SPF 30: I was introduced to Shani a few years ago and my skin has never looked better! Shani is responsible for the covetable skin of with A-Listers like Jessica Alba and Minka Kelly (who tweeted “Shani Darden Has Changed My Skin!“). We can all agree. The best skincare is preventative skincare, but sometimes it’s still hard to slather on that oily sunscreen. But no more excuses…Shani Darden’s oil free sunscreen gives us all the benefits of sunscreen without the icky shine. Being in sun drenched Austin,  I use this daily on my face without exception.

5. Clarisonic Mia Skin Care Brush: We might not have the cash for regular facials, like the celebrities do, but this is the next best thing…and we can do it from home! I was told by Jennifer Love Hewitt that her Mia is the secret weapon to her gorgeous, glowing skin. I love my Mia, and you will too! It’s a whole new level of clean, and my brighter skin speaks for itself.

6. ColoreScience Pressed Mineral Illuminator: Don’t feel like you have that glow? Add it! This pressed mineral illuminator is a glow-giver. My middle sister came for a visit a few months ago and her skin was just glowing. It looked even and flawless…but also natural, and for the most part makeup free. She has sensitive skin that is prone to breakouts so for her to find a makeup that she gushes about it uncommon to say the least. As sister’s do, I had to get the scoop on what she was using. She told me it was ColoreScience Pressed Mineral Illuminator. It is whisper light and has great coverage without the “mask-y” look and feel. I ordered some that day and the rest is history.

7. Essie Go Ginza: I loved this color ever since I spotted it on Ashley Tisdale a few weeks back. Is if fun and flirty and perfect for Fall. Sometimes that celebrity beauty is just in the details, like the latest and greatest in nail colors. So, polish up those nails with this season’s hottest color: lovely lovely lilac.

8. Zaggora Svelt Melt: I’ve made it no secret on my blogs that I love my Zaggora Viva hot pants. I workout 6 days a week and to me, it’s a waist of time if I’m not dripping with sweat afterwards. Gross, TMI, sorry! The combo of Zaggora’s trademark Hot Pants and Svelt Melt lotion are the secret weapon of Kristin Cavallari and Stacy Keibler! Smooth out those legs like never before with this amazing technology…and be red carpet ready in no time!

9. Serge Normant Meta Sheer Dry Oil Finishing Spray: Celebrity hairstylist Serge Normant (whose clients include Blake Lively, Gisele Bundchen, and Julia Roberts) is the master at transforming flat hair into big hair in moments. The Serge Normant Meta Sheer Dry Oil Finishing Spray was one of the products used during the Blake Lively Allure photoshoot.  I love the beachy, effortless look…perfection.

My Beauty Must Haves

Spring is a time to clean and sort, simplify and streamline. As I review my beauty routine, I’m drawn yet again to my favorite beauty products. My go-to products never let me down, and it’s no surprise that they are the building blocks of my beauty regimen. Among my must-have skin care products are a classic cleanser, a hydrating sunscreen, an age-defying night cream and a repairing lip balm. If you forget everything else, these products are the absolute bare minimum. For hair care, I reach for a texturizing blow drying mist, a conditioning hair spray and a quick ‘n easy dry shampoo. Not only do these products make my hair look fabulous, they also save me precious time!

1. Kerastase Reflection Bain Miroir 2 Shampoo ($33)
This is my must have shampoo. It was recommended to me by Kristin Cavallari a few years back and I was hooked after the first washing. I try and keep my colored hair as healthy as it can be and I was trying to get out of the bad habit of over washing my hair and this shampoo lets me a 2 even 3 days between washes. Tip: never shampoo your ends…just your scalp, to avoid dying out your hair.

2. Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser ($14)
Mild, non-irritating, and hypoallergenic. I’ve used it for years, and totally agree with all the dermatologists that have made it the number 1 recommended brand of cleanser. I have tried a ton of cleaners in all price ranges and I always come back to this one. Of course I love this price but I also love that it is gentile and cleans thoroughly and gets all the ground in dirt and make-up.

3. Enjoy Conditioning Spray ($18)
I “enjoy” everything about this conditioning spray. Ok, that’s not true…I “love” everything about this conditioning spray. It detangles, protects, smooths, preserves hair color, and works against frizz. I have had no static and super soft and tangle free hair since I started using Enjoy Conditioning Spray. To top it off, it leaves your hair smelling amazing (a lightly fruity scent) and doesn’t feel too greasy or too light.

4. La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Cream with Sunscreen ($31)
A favorite of mine and one of the only products Megan Fox uses everyday without fail. By now we all that sunscreen is your best defense when it comes to skin care. It is the only sure fire anti-aging cream you can buy. This sunscreen is great for all skin types and beats the competition when it comes to long-lasting protection with Mexoryl SX, an organic UV filter. It is also light and doesn’t feel “mask-y” like some sunscreens can. Another plus is I can apply my makeup right away over this sunscreen without any problem.

5. Blow Beach Blow Texturizing Mist ($21)
Craving that sexy, tousled beach hair? When winter doesn’t allow a trip to the beach, this texturizing mist brings beautiful beach hair to you. I love that I can just tussle my fingers through my hair any time of the day and add volume and texture back to my hair. Why is it different from others I have tried? The formula helps strengthen hair cuticles, adding fullness and volume. It leaves my hair with a soft matte finish that’s touchable, not stiff or sticky. It is also good for my hair as it is infused with milk proteins, which helps enhance my hair’s styling flexibility and sheen. Using marine extracts, including Dead Sea salts, it helps texturize my hair for the natural beach look that I am after.

6. Aquaphor Lip Repair ($6)
I’ve tried all types of fancy lip repair treatments, but I always go back to Aquaphor Healing Ointment for my lips. If you open my bag at any time I always have it in there. Simply put, it just works. The celebrity favorite for your skin is used by Lauren Conrad, Kourtney Kardashian, Minka Kelly, Beyonce, Lucy Liu, Debra Messing, Ashlee Simpson, Molly Sims, Jessica Stam and more are huge fans of this simple, but effective product. You can use it wherever you want – it’s a balm for face, body, feet, hands – wherever you feel you need. If you haven’t discovered this great little celebrity secret already, you really must!

7. Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Moisturizing Treatment ($22)
Again, I have tried them all. From La Mere to kinerase to drug store products in seacr of the perfect night cream. The Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Moisturizing Treatment is the best I’ve found. You see an immediate change in your skin’s appearance. It is softer, smoother and fine lines are far less noticeable by morning. This night cream is also reasonably priced so I can slather it on without the guilt. The facts: While you sleep, this cream is hard at work doubling your skin’s surface cell regeneration. So to recap, it hydrates, firms, heals, and helps eliminate fine lines…what more can you ask for?

8. TRESemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo ($5)
Finally a dry shampoo that works! I have been searching for a dry shampoo that wouldn’t leave a waxy buildup on my hair, even taking to my Twitter page to ask for recommendations. A few of my followers told me this was the best one out there. I was skeptical but I tried it and thank goodness. I am in love with the way this volumes and removes the oil from my scalp and everyone comments on how fresh and clean my hair smells. I also love that is saves time, preserves my color, and adds much needed volume…all without water! This is the perfect product for the girl-on-the-go.

9. FIX Malibu Immaculate Complexion ($125)
I am in love with FIX Malibu Immaculate Complexion! This is one you are going to have to feel to believe. An advanced antioxidant smoothing serum, Immaculate Complexion leaves your skin…well, immaculate. This incredible gel goes on the face so smoothly and soothes instantly. Incredibly effective at penetrating the skin and giving it that dewy, supple texture. There are many days that I do not wear makeup and its blend of antioxidants and skin smoothers brighten and hydrate the skin for a dewy, supple texture.