(Annie Hardy shot by Alice Hawkins for i-D Magazine)

"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." - Coco Chanel



Urban Hymns

According to Fashionista, one of my favorite internet phenom's/fashion icons Cory Kennedy 

(photo by The Cobra Snake)

has signed on to be the face of one of my favorite make up lines, Urban Decay.

Do you love?

When her contract ends, I would like to nominate Annie Hardy from Giant Drag. :)

(photo by Alice Hawkins for i-D magazine, hair and make up by me!)

Speaking of fashion, remember my earlier post about working with a super cool designer?  Her name is Katy Rodriguez, and she's having a sample sale on Sunday along with some other cool designers (Jeremy Scott!).  I'll be there, and you should be too!



Mellow Yellow

Lily Allen looked absolutely stunning at the British Fashion Awards Monday night.

Her nail varnish (which is already making headlines and is apparently only on one nail) is "Yell-Oh" by Color Club.

I know, because I gave it to her! :)


Beauty mark.

If you've been reading my blog lately, you know how much I am loving mark. cosmetics. Last night I was surfing around the net and I came upon a site for mark. reps called markgirl.com.

I was pleased to find some really great instructional videos on the site!  They demonstrate some simple, easy to follow techniques for creating flawless skin, smokey eyes, a liquid eyeliner look, and a red lip.

Usually when I see a make up demonstration I get kind of bored, and my mind wanders. I was so interested in these videos that I literally spent half an hour watching them.

Click here to do a little Holiday shopping, and get free shipping on mark. products.




Ladies Who Lunch

I had lunch with my friend Ashley today.  Check out her air brushed nails!  What a cool idea!  Soooo cute!!!


What It Feels Like For A Girl

About a month ago I found this really cool clothing line called Made Me. I found out about the line when I read about the designer on the NYLON website. I love to wear mens clothing (jeans, vests, jackets, even mens shoes) but, of course, add my own feminine flirty flare to it, so when I read the line “I have always found power and attractiveness in women that dress with a masculine style.”, I knew I had to check it out. 

When I cruised over to the site, most of the pieces were sold out, but I did manage to snag the First To Fall T-Shirt

They came in the mail on Saturday and I was seriously so impressed that I emailed Erin, the designer just to say thank you!  (I know, I'm such a dork!)...  And she emailed me back!  So cool!

I wore my Virgin T yesterday and when I was at Perez Hilton's office (aka The Coffee Bean on Sunset and Fairfax) waiting for my second Americano of the day, this very stylish older woman that looked like Debbie Harry flashed a huge smile at me and said "I love your shirt".  I grinned from ear to ear and said "thank you" and my heart danced around in my chest a little.

And so here's a gift to my loyal and stylish readers in case you want to snap up the last few MadeMe shirts (jeans, jackets, hoodies, leggings) available:

Karmaloop LLC

Erin also sent me a sneak peek at her Spring line and I'm totally dying over it!  Here's a little peek for you!

P.S. Could that model look any more like Sade? LOVE!



Lip Service

Uh oh, new obsession alert!

I'm already a big fan of Tarte cosmetics... 
I love their cheek stains

And their eye shadow

Today I was on a shoot with a super cool designer (more on that later), and she had this great lip stain with her!

It was tarte 24.7 lip sheer

It was a great natural color that really stayed put! It also has SPF which is wonderful. Most stains tend to crease and settle in the cracks of your lips (and kind of look like you've been drinking Hawaiian Punch!), but not these! There's a color for every day of the week and I want them all!



Last Of The Independents

Since most bloggers are doing their Holiday shopping posts, I'm going to tell you some of my favorite indie spots to shop in LA.

First and foremost, The Beauty Closet.

This is the best little make up store in the Valley (possibly the planet), carrying all of my favorite high end beauty lines.

Pop Killer on Sunset

I find some really unique t-shirts and vintage items here!

Lemon Rags in Burbank

Another great place for cool t-shirts!

Kendo on Melrose.

I'm a sneaker freaker! I love cool trainers but I have tiny feet!  Usually I can't find the coolest ones in my size because they are only in mens sizes and my foot is actually a boys size.  Kendo is a shoe boutique for women and I'm obsessed!

Wax Poetic Salon in Burbank

Buy a gift certificate for a beauty treatment, or shop their boutique.  Lots of cool art, books, and beauty products.

Vromans Bookstore in Pasadena

This store has been in Pasadena since the 1800's!  (How crazy is that?) It has everything the big book retailers have plus really cool gifts.

High end lingerie in Silver Lake.  Cute, cute store!

I would love to hear about your favorite indie spots! Leave them in the comments!


Sister From Another Mister!

We were sooooo separated at birth!



I Want My MTV!

A reader sent me the link to this really cute video from mtv.com of behind the scenes of the Common video for "Drivin' Me Wild" featuring Lily Allen (you can find the whole story of the shoot here)...  Lots of great shots of the back of my head!!! :)



Everyday Should Be A Holiday!

The Holidays are officially in full swing, and every holiday party dress needs a dramatic piece like a chunky cocktail ring!  NYLON is obsessed, and so am I!  

I've been wearing this cute cocktail ring by mark., (they do more than just great make up!) and I get a ton of compliments on it!  

They've got some other cute rings that I'm totally dying for too....  Check them out!

So cute, so affordable!  Love love love!



Good Girl Gone Bad

As soon as I saw these pictures of Rihanna and Robin Thicke from the upcoming issue of GQ, I thought two things....

1.) They must have been shot by Terry Richardson (I was right)...


2.) Rihanna (or whomever does her nails) has such great taste in nail colour.  (I especially heart the fact that the fingers and toes don't match!)

*and 3.) that Robin Thicke looks a little uncomfortable...

Check out more here

Get Rihanna's golden sheen with Body Bling by Scott Barnes, 

and do these nails yourself with For Audrey by China Glaze.


Cupid's Chokehold

You guys!  It's our monthaversary!  Can you believe it has been a month?!  Neither can I!  I've been having so much fun with you, let's never break up, ok?  If you were here, we could paint each other's nails...

And then I would totally take you to get cupcakes at Yummy...

But since you're not, I got you a present.

Tomorrow only, so don't forget!



Lips Like Sugar

My latest obsession is The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ.

I picked it up over the weekend when I went to The Beauty Closet, and I'm ADDICTED!  I used to use a toothbrush to exfoliate my lips, but not anymore!  This is just too perfect!  I rub it on in a circular motion and then wipe it off.  (Ok, who am I kidding... I lick it off.  It's made of brown sugar! Sooo yum!) It keeps my lips feeling really really smooth!

It comes in a bunch of different yummy flavors like Brown Sugar, Vanilla Bean, Cocoa, Cinnamon Sugar and Peppermint!  

My favorite is Brown Sugar.  

The packaging is sooo to die for that it would make a great stocking stuffer!


Friends and Family

Sorry for the tech diffs this morning!  My friends at Lancôme have asked me to share this with my friends, and you guys are my friends, right?

(click to enlarge)

Sounds like a great time to stock up on some Hypnôse!!!!



I'd Like To

One of my favorite things to do as a make up artist is music videos.  They are long days and a lot of hard work, but you usually get to be really creative.  Making the post about Corinne Bailey Rae at the Grammys made me think about a really cool video I did with her.  

The song is called I'd Like To, and you can watch the video here.  I was so excited when I heard the concept of the video because we got to start with a glammed up fashion look and by the end of the video her look is very natural.  

We did the video over two days.  The call times were so early that I was actually at Starbucks BEFORE THEY OPENED on both days! (You don't want to be around me when I haven't had my Americano! haha)

We had a great time, and if you look closely you can spot me during the BBQ scene (Corinne didn't think there were enough extras, so she had me jump in!)  You can also spot my favorite sunglasses on one of the extras!


Song Bird

The American Music Awards were last night and it was a reminder to me that the Grammy nominations will be announced next month. Last year the Grammy's were a whirlwind experience. A client of mine, Corinne Bailey Rae was nominated for three awards. Although she did not take home a trophy, it was amazing to create her red carpet and performance look. This is Corinne on the red carpet.

For The Love of Make Up did an excellent piece on how I created the look, so check it out (under Feb '07)!

After some of the awards were announced, Corinne met me back stage for a quick bump up on the eyes, and then gave an amazing performance!

Her look got rave reviews from beauty critics everywhere, and I'm sure there are many more Grammy nights in Corinne's future!



Golden Eye

The red carpet turned gold at the American Music Awards tonight! A majority of red carpet divas opted for a touch of gold shadow on the eyes.  (Click photos to enlarge)

To create this look yourself, try NARS eye shadow in Goldfinger

Also, can somebody please give me the number of Miley Cyrus' dentist?!  Her new smile looks amazing!