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10 Minutes With Actress Emma Roberts and Celebrity Makeup Artist Amy Oresman

Published in: Neutrogena, News

Actress Emma Roberts and Celebrity Makeup Artist Amy Oresman

Actress Emma Roberts and Celebrity Makeup Artist Amy Oresman

Hey, love. I attempted a product review with some face shots this afternoon, but to be honest, I just wasn’t feelin’ it. Instead I thought you might enjoy this phone interview I recently did with actress and Neutrogena spokesperson Emma Roberts and celebrity makeup artist Amy Oresman.

You might recognize Emma from the TV show Unfabulous or the movies It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Celeste & Jesse Forever. Oh, yeah, she’s also Julia Roberts’ niece!

And makeup artist Amy Oresman has beautified a bunch of big name stars like Heidi Klum, Madonna and Victoria Beckham.

Both gals were sweet as pie and had some interesting beauty tips to share. I hope you enjoy.

KAREN: So, Emma, your everyday makeup routine — what’s it like? Are you a beauty minimalist, or do you like to go all out?

EMMA: I really feel like less is more. I feel like, day to day, I want to look like myself, and I want to feel like myself, and not do too much, or worry all day long about fixing my makeup, because that’s, like, the worst feeling. And especially because it’s summer, I like to keep it light.

I use Healthy Lengths Mascara. It’s amazing! You can wear it all day without having to worry about it flaking.

Neutrogena Healthy Lengths Mascara Review, Swatches and Photos

Neutrogena Healthy Lengths Mascaras, Emma’s favorite!

And I use the Moisture Smooth Color Sticks. Those are great because they’re really moisturizing but also give you a little bit of color, and it looks totally natural. That’s kind of my thing. [SIDE NOTE: Emma’s favorite shade is Sweet Watermelon; she carries it around in her purse.]

Of course, SPF. Other than that, I’m pretty simple.

KAREN: What beauty products do you absolutely love, like, you’d totally freak out if they were discontinued?

EMMA: I hate it when things are discontinued! That’s the worst!

Um…Healthy Lengths Mascara. I’d be really upset if they ever discontinued it. I use it in black, and brown, and it’s amazing.

Neutrogena Healthy Lengths Mascara Review, Swatches and Photos

The Neutrogena Healthy Lengths Mascara brush

I always have a red nail polish on my nails, so if they ever discontinued the red nail polish I wear from OPI I’d be really upset.

KAREN:Do you remember the color?

EMMA: I don’t. I’m the worst [laughs]. But I need red nail polish. I love it.

KAREN: Me too. It’s classic! You can never go wrong with red.

EMMA: Now I’m looking at my nails and thinking I need to get them done. The red’s chipping off!

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Sticks

The Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Sticks

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2 Awesome Alternatives to Reading Makeup and Beauty Blog on Google Reader (BTW, Google Reader Goes Dark on July 1)

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Update your RSS reader before July 1

Google Reader goes bye bye for good in a week! — so don’t forget to update your blog RSS reader (and export all of the blogs you subscribe to) before it’s too late, and you succumb to the zombie horde…

I recommend Bloglovin’ or Feedly. I like the look of Bloglovin’ a little better, especially if you follow tons of blogs, but Feedly makes it easy to import all of your Google Reader subscriptions. They have a big “One Click Google Reader Import” button right there on their home page.

You can also say hi on the regular social media suspects…

My favorites are probably Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. I pop on Twitter throughout the day and love Instagram, but I have some good friends on Facebook, too. Tabs love Instagram.

And subscribe to my RSS feed and daily email newsletter right here.

See you around, you social butterfly. :) Don’t let the zombies get you!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


More Summer Polishes on Which to Splurge and Steal: New on Gloss Daily

Published in: Nails, News

Looking for a fun new nail polish to wear this summer? Check out these luscious limes, outrageous oranges and yummy yellows from Essie, Sally Hansen, MAC and more in my newest post on the Ladies’ Home Journal beauty blog, Gloss Daily.

Oh, and if you have a moment, please leave a comment, like the post on Facebook, tweet it on Twitter or pin it on Pinterest. Buttons to do all three are at the top of the post.

If you do it, Tabs will purr extra loudly and flash his tum. :)


Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



Splurge and Steal With Summer Nail Polishes: New on Gloss Daily

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Splurge and Steal With Summer Nail Polishes

Splurge and Steal With Summer Nail Polishes: new on

Hey, friend. If you have a sec, please stop by the Ladies’ Home Journal beauty blog, Gloss Daily.

I have a new post up that your paws might enjoy: Splurge and Steal With Summer Nail Polishes.

If you like it, please Tweet, Like and/or leave a comment. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Hot Summer Makeup Trends From Christian McCulloch, Dolce & Gabbana’s New National Makeup Artist

Published in: Dolce & Gabbana, Makeup, News

Dolce & Gabbana National Makeup Artist Christian McCulloch

Dolce & Gabbana’s Christian McCulloch with the new True Monica summer collection, available now at Saks Fifth Avenue stores and online

I like Christian McCulloch, Dolce & Gabbana’s new National Makeup Artist, and not just because he’s charming and tall, or has a really cool Australian accent, or because he complimented me on my brows.

CHRISTIAN MCCULLOCH: Did you do these yourself? — or do you go somewhere to get them done?

ME: I do them myself because I have weird control issues… [SIDE NOTE: I really need to stop telling this to strangers.]

CM: They’re perfect!

ME: For real??

When a fun, handsome guy who clearly loves makeup and (is also kind of a ham) whom celebrities like Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Emma Stone and Jessica Biel have on speed dial tells you that your brows aren’t a total train wreck, yeah, it tends to make your day. :)

Talking trends with Christian

While we talked about summer and summer makeup trends today at the Dolce & Gabbana makeup counter at Saks Fifth Avenue in San Francisco, Christian often stopped mid-sentence to grab a quad, lipstick or pencil, swatch it on the back of his hand, and start talking so fast about it that I almost couldn’t keep up!

A few of Christian’s top summer trends…

1. Pale, shimmery eyes

This summer, Christian loves the look of nude, shimmery shadows on lids — shades like champagne, and shimmery pinks like the pale pink from the Fabulous Smooth Colour Quad ($59).

Then, to balance the nude eye and round out the look, he likes to add mascara, liquid liner, bronzer, blush and a bright lip. “It’s easy and fresh,” he says.

2. Plum lips

If you’re considering bold colors this year but want something other than the usual summer suspects like coral and pink, try plum lips.

“Plum lips pump up your look,” says Christian, “and when the color wears off, it looks like a stain.”

His go-to plum from the Dolce & Gabbana line? Shine Lipstick in Precious ($32).

“I love to use color, and I see it as an accessory. It’s like wearing a great pair of earrings or a great scarf. It depends on what you’re wearing and how you put it all together.”
— Christian McCulloch

3. Flawless skin

Flawless-looking skin is in this summer, and to get the look without a lot of work, Christian recommends Dolce & Gabbana’s new Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation ($66), an oil-control liquid formula with a velvety finish that’s neither too shiny nor matte.

“I don’t necessarily feel like the makeup needs to be the first thing you notice about a woman. It’s just one element of the whole package.”
— Christian McCulloch

“It’s a one-step product,” Christian says of Perfect Matte, “and you don’t need to layer powder on top of it.” He only applies it where you need a little extra coverage.

And because it contains SPF 20, it’s great for this time of year.

What does Christian recommend every woman have in her makeup bag?

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