Lauren Snow
 
 
May 31st, 2014

Gorgeous Gams.


Gorgeous Gams

Have you ever put on (what I call) your first shorts of summer and quickly realized your legs look pasty and dry? Have you ever discovered brusies on your legs and can't remember how it happened? Have you ever had to shave your legs without water? I'm going to take a wild guess that your answered yes to at least one of these leg scenarios! This is the blog post for you!

I first discovered leg makeup when I worked at ULTA in college. I was on the hunt for something to help cover some major bruises I got after I took a nasty spill while jogging. My sister's wedding was just a week away and I was the Maid of Honor. The last thing I wanted was everyone to look at pictures of the bridal party standing at the alter with the beautiful bride and happy groom and zoom down to notice my mangled legs. It needed to be covered fast. It was in this desperation that I found Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs. It saved me and it has become one of my go-to beauty products.

Leg makeup is a true Hollywood secret for many celebs. Think back to Angenlina Jolie on the red carpet when she flashed that leg. Remember how much press that got? Did you see any bruises? Nope. Or when Kate Middleton made people chatter when she wore nude panty hose. Why did she wear them? Because they made her legs look thin. You can even contour your legs to add definiton just like you do with your face.The major bonus with leg makeup is it makes your legs look tanned and smooth so they look thinner while covering up any imperfections! 

I want to share some of my favorite leg products just in case you find yourself in a 911 leg situation, too!

  1. CoverGirl Lipslicks Smoochies in Make it Sparkle: Fun little gloss to wear during any 911 leg siutation!
  2. Essie Nail Polish in Geranium: This is one of my favorite Essie colors for my toes! It's a perfect orange-red.
  3. EOS Shave Cream in Vanilla Bliss: I am currently obsessed with this shave cream. It has a light vanilla smell, tons of moisture, and my favorite part is you can use it wet or dry! Plus it helps to prevent razor bumps.
  4. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Smooth-on in Medium: I actually prefer the smooth-on better than the spray-on. It is so easy to use, covers everything, and is water and transfer resistant. I like the fact that it's easy to build coverage. The BEST!
  5. Bath & Body Works True Blue Spa Malibu Smooth Body Scrub: I will always be a fan of B&B Works! This is my favorite body scrub in beauty land. It has algae extract and Vitamin E to soften skin. Plus, I realy like the walnut shells that give my legs a physical exfoliation. Smells like summer in the shower!
  6. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Spray-on: This is the original one that I started using a few years ago. You spray the formula onto your hands and then apply directly to legs. Use your palms to evenly distribute the product so you don't have streaking. Great product!
  7. Jergens BB Body: Yep, BB creams have gone body! This is a really light coverage for the legs. I use this daily when I'm on the go and want to even out any discoloration on my legs. Use it like your daily lotion. 
  8. Gillette & Olay Razor: This is my favoite razor (I've used them all). I like that it has the Olay skincare strips on the top and bottom of the razor to help moisturize my legs!
  9. Bath & Body Works True Blue Spa Super Rich Body Cream: Rich lotion that has Shea, Vitamin E, and Macadamia Nut Oil. Works well for my dry skin!

I've tried so many different leg and body makeup products from different lines. I always find myself going back to Sally Hansen simply because it works the best, is readily available to buy at any drugstore, and you can't beat the price!

Have a sexy legs summer!

xx

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May 27th, 2014

When life gives you lemons, wear cute shoes.


Lovely thoughts

This is my new mantra. I believe that life is what you make of it. So, I'm dodging all lemons that come my way, embracing every unfamiliar opportunity that presents itself, and wearing some cute shoes as I start my week! Who's with me?

xx

 

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May 19th, 2014

Hey, lovely! You look tired.


Hey, lovely! You look tired.

Have you ever heard these awful words... "You look tired!" or my personal favorite, "Are you feeling sick?". Ugh! There have been days when I've reached deep (very deep) into my bag of magic makeup tricks to pull-off some sort of look. From late nights with my little guys to early mornings and everything in between here are a few tricks I've learned along the way! Your welcome.

1. Remove last night's makeup: If you accidentally fell asleep with makeup on (it's happened to the best of us) or you didn't have enough strength to properly remove all of it, be sure to use a makeup remover in the morning and clean any excess.

2. Use a deep cleansing face wash: Deep cleansing your skin is a great way to brighten your face. Make sure you use a cleanser that exfoliates as well.

3. Use eye cream with caffeine: Find a good eye cream that helps to reduce puffiness. This is key in helping to minimize the appearance of dark circles, too.

4. Moisturizer with SPF: On days when I don't have a lot of time to get ready, I use a mosturizer with SPF. This saves me one extra step! Never leave home without sunscreen on.

5. Apply a BB cream: I love using BB cream on busy days in lieu of foundation. It's quick, easy, and gives a bit of coverage that evens out my skintone.

6. Concealer goggles: Yep. Concealer goggles. Best way to explain this is to have you invision yourself skiiing (or swimming) and wearing goggles. You'll want to put concealer under and around your eyes in the shape of goggles. Use this when you need major help in the dark circles department. And don't forget to blend. 

7. Apply blush: A little bit of color goes a long way.

8. Apply mascara: Never leave home without it. Mascara gives your eyes definition. Apply two coats if you can.

9. Apply winged out eye liner: This is one makeup trick that pulls my entire look together. It makes it seem like I spend way longer on my makeup than I actually did.

10. Wear your favorite glossI've always been a huge fan of gloss. It's simple and pretty. No lip liner needed. Win.

11. Don't forget dry shampoo: If you've been reading this blog, you know my love for dry shampoo. It's a real game changer when you are between washes.

I hope these tips come in handy (think: concealer goggles). I've done my job if you are able to hit snooze and get a few extra minutes of sleep knowing that you pull-off a quick makeup look.

p.s. - I've promised myself this Memorial Day weekend is all about rest and relaxation. We all need a Holiday (thank you Madonna for that anthem) to kickback, let our ponytails loose and watch the clouds roll by. Summer 2014 here we come!

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May 16th, 2014

The Lovely Video

Okay, so a few months ago I posted this promo video. You know, the one with a bunch of us gals having fun with makeup. A few days after it went up on my YouTube channel, I get an IM from one of my good friends (who is an attorney) saying I need to take it down.

Here's the conversation:

Friend: "Lovely, you can't use that Bruno Mars song."

Me: "Really? Why? I love that song! Did you see his performance at the Super Bowl...AMAZING!"

Friend: "Did you buy the rights to the song?"

Me: "Yes, on iTunes."

Friend: "Not the same. You are using it to sell something. Not for personal use."

Me: "I don't sell anything."

Friend: "Yes you do. You sell yourself."

Me: (No reply)

Friend: "Hello?"

Me: "Sorry. I was just laughing so hard that I couldn't type. You totally made me think of Julia Roberts in Pretty Women. I guess it makes sense."

Friend: "Trust me, just pick another song that is royalty free."

And that's exactly what I did. It only took me four months to find a great song AND here it is! The moral of this story is never use a song that is not considered "royalty free". You may spend some money to get something you really love but all artist deserve to be compensated for their work, right? (Sorry, Bruno! I still love you.)

Hope you enjoy it as much as I love it!

Special thanks to my pal Jeremy Whited from I Do Films for putting up with all my late night emails and text messages. We literally went through 10 other music options before we found this perfect song!

 

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