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Celebrities’ Favorite Beauty Products

Posted by on May 3, 2014 | No Comments »

I have always found it interesting to see what celebrities love concerning beauty products. I mean, they have all the best makeup artists and skin care specialists constantly at their fingertips working to make them look perfect. They must learn a lot from these professionals and so they can easily discover the best products out there. I have picked a few stars in order share with you their favorite products that make them red carpet ready.


Alexa Chung

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Alexa Chung loves Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer to give her a beautiful even skin tone. She also swears by Caudalie Beauty Elixir which her makeup artist recommended to her for a “cup of coffee for the face.”


Jessica Alba

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Jessica Alba uses Honest Co. Healing Balm as a highlighter for her cheeks and lids–the secret to her radiant glow.


Rachel Zoe 

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Rachel Zoe loves to use Exude Lip Cream in “Cranberry” to moisturize and plump her lips. She also loves an all-purpose skin cream called “Egyptian Magic” that she swears “works wonders” for her skin.


Kelly Osbourne 

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Kelly Osbourne likes to rock MAC lipglass in all different colors and mix them with eyeshadows to create her own custom lip looks.


Vanessa Hudgens 

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Vanessa Hudgens can’t get enough of Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour Cream which she uses as an all-purpose treatment to moisturize her body, use as sunscreen, and as a lip repair balm.


xoxo, Anne-Marie


15 Beauty & Makeup Hacks Every Woman Should Know

Posted by on May 2, 2014 | No Comments »

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Since my time as a beauty writer for SMU Style is coming to an end, (I’m graduating this May!) I thought it would be a good idea to show readers of this website where they can find more of my writings and musings about everything to do with beauty and makeup from here on out. I also have my own own blog, The Beauty Book,( and so you can find me there for more beauty advice. Below is a sample of one of my recent posts from my blog–I hope you like it! :)


1.) Make lipstick last longer: Lightly cover your mouth with a tissue and apply some translucent powder over the top. You can find out exactly how to do this on this blog post of mine. 


2.) DIY Gel liner: Place your kohl pencil liner under a flame (you can use a lighter, candle, etc.) for 2 seconds. Let it cool for another few seconds and apply as usual. The result will be gel-like in appearance and much darker.


3.) Lipgloss running out? Place the closed lipgloss tube in a cup of warm water for 10 minutes. The heat will melt gloss stuck on the sides of the container and cause them to drip to the bottom so you can use every last drop.


4.) Get extra curly lashes: Use your hair dryer to heat your lash curler for a few seconds and then curl your lashes as normal for an extra curled boost.


5.) Vibrant eyeshadow: Apply a white cream base before applying you favorite bright

eye shadow to intensify the color.


6.) Fake bigger lips: Line your lips with lipliner before applying lipstick and then dap a shimmery light eyeshadow in the center to create the illusion of a bigger pout.


7.) Quick blush on the go: Apply a dash of lipstick to your cheeks and blend out with fingers.


8.) Exfoliating body scrub: Mix one part coconut oil with two parts sugar for a scrub that will leave your legs silky smooth.


9.) Out of shaving cream? Use conditioner or coconut oil for nutritious hydration.


10.) Cheap blotting papers: Next time you hit up starbucks for your coffee fix, grab a bunch of their brown napkins. Apparently they work amazing as blotting papers!


11.) Preserve volume in hair: Tie your hair into a top-knot at night to keep volume at the root of the hair.


12.) Make eyes appear bigger: Line your waterline with a white kohl pencil instead of black to make them pop.


13.) Rip proof tights: Lightly spray your tights with hairspray to avoid rips and tears.


14.) Foil your eyeshadow: Intensify the look of your eyeshadow by dabbing your brush in some water or eye drops prior to application.


15.) Exfoliating face mask: Mix baking soda and water together so that it forms a paste. Apply to face and wait 10 minutes before washing off. You can find out more about this amazing DIY face mask on this blog post of mine. 


xoxo, Anne-Marie


MAC to Introduce New Collection by Lorde

Posted by on May 1, 2014 | No Comments »

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If you want to stand out as a queen bee or royal this summer you should probably check out MAC’s new collection by Lorde. Soon, everyone will be able to rock her exact signature purple lip and winged out eyeliner.


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So far, a sneak peak of the deep purple lipstick called “Pure Heroine” and a black liquid eyeliner pen called “Rapidblack”have been unveiled as part of the collection. Names for the products were inspired by her debut album also titled “Pure Herione.”  


When interviewed about the collection, Lorde expressed her excitement about working with a brand that she has used since she was very young and that her first MAC lipstick was “Snob” which all of her girlfriends used when they were 14.


The entire collection will be available on June 5th and internationally in July.


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xoxo, Anne-Marie


Makeup for Beautiful Photographs Every Time

Posted by on April 30, 2014 | No Comments »

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1.) Wear a foundation without SPF– While it is recommended to wear SPF to protect skin from the harmful rays of the sun, it often creates flashback in photos. Flashback makes your face appear much whiter than the rest of your body and casts an unnatural looking glare. This is a very common occurrence in flash photography so ditch the SPF for your next photo shoot for best results


2.) Don’t use glitter or overly shimmery products– OK Kesha, we are all born with some glitter in our veins but glitter and shimmery products do not usually photograph well. Most often, glitter doesn’t reflect light in an attractive way, it looks oddly pixelated, or it hardly picks up on camera. Using too much shimmery highlight usually just translates as oily skin in photos. Matte eyeshadows, bronzers and blushes photograph beautifully and so they are the best to use when taking photos.


3.) Powder your face– If the skin is even slightly dewy or oily, the camera will emphasize this big time. Powdering your skin is important for photographs so that your skin looks even all over and doesn’t look overly shiny.


4.) Wear lipliner, lipstick AND lipgloss- The best and most beautiful photos I have seen of my clients (and other people’s too) are the ones where the woman is wearing all three of these products. Lipliner makes the lips appear fuller and more shapely. Layering lipstick also gives the effect of fuller, more luscious lips. Marilyn Monroe’s makeup artist used to layer lipsticks for this sole reason and this gave the beautiful star her famous pout in photos. Topping off the lips with a lipgloss will bring beautiful added light and dimension to the lips. Of course, some people may be uncomfortable wearing that much product so a simple lipgloss with good color payoff could suffice.


5.) Wear false eyelashes- Eyelashes seem to disappear into nothing in photographs and so I highly recommend wearing a set of false eyelashes when getting pictures taken. False eyelashes photograph looking much more natural than you would expect and and really opens up the eye area. Your eyes will not only look bigger, but your lashes will look perfectly full and gorgeous.

6.) Apply blush and bronzer more liberally– While you don’t want to look like Ronald Mcdonald or a burnt lobster, blush and bronzer are often very difficult to pick up in photos. For photo shoots specifically, I recommend to use a much heavier hand when applying these two products so that you look radiant and healthy with some nice color to the face. If you are going out for the night with friends and you know photos will be taken, apply blush and bronzer heavier than usual but not so heavy that it looks unnatural in person.


xoxo, Anne-Marie



SMUstyle City Guides: MIAMI

Posted by on April 30, 2014 | No Comments »

Party in the city where the heat is on




The Intern



South Miami: eat at Whisk

SMUstyle’s Menu Pick: Pulled Pork over Cornbread


Coconut Grove: Paragon Theaters

SMUstyle Tip: grab a beer before your movie and select which comfy seat you want to lounge in!


Brickell: OTC

SMUstyle’s Menu Pick: Mac n Cheese paired with Truffle Fries


Wynwood: your day off

SMUstyle Tip: check for Wynwood’s Art Walk Schedule to get a sneak peak of the best galleries in Miami


The Beach: go to the beach

SMUstyle Tip: cxcept for the astronomical parking prices – the beach is every broke college girl’s favorite activity!


Coral Gables: Miracle Mile

SMUstyle Tip: check out what the heart of Coral Gables has to offer as you stroll down Miracle Mile and check out all the boutiques and restaurants.


District / Midtown: Harry’s Pizza
SMUstyle’s Menu Pick: Polenta fries with the Slow Roasted Pork pizza!


The Tourist



South Miami: Larios for Cuban food

SMUstyle’s Menu Pick: an order of mariquitas, two croquetas, a Vaca Frita de Pollo with a side of Arroz con Frijoles – and you won’t be disappointed!


Coconut Grove: A.C.’s Icee’s

SMUstyle pick: grab a frozen lemonade (ca$h only!) and walk down the dock to get a picture perfect view of Key Biscayne


Brickell: Rooftop Soccer

SMUstyle Tip: schedule a late shift for a breezy Miami night match with a breathtaking skyline view


Wynwood: the Wynwood Walls

SMUstyle Tip: if you came to Miami for some “sick” instagram “pics,” then this is the place for you!


The Beach: Joe’s Stonecrab

SMUstyle Menu Pick: this landmark will reel you in for the seasonal stone crabs but you’ll stay for the hash browns and key lime pie!


Coral Gables: Merrick Park
– No pick necessary; this outdoor mall has everything you could ask for! And more!


The Trendy Girl



South Miami: Jenna White

SMUstyle Tip: you might want to leave your wallet at home… You’re guaranteed to fall in love with everything.


Coconut Grove: Lokal

SMUstyle Menu Pick: the 50/50 – 50% beef, 50% bacon


Brickell: Zuma

SMUstyle Menu Tip: go with a bigger crowd so you can try a little bit of everything! Their menu is literally unreal


Wynwood: Jugo Fresh

SMUstyle’s Menu Tip: it was so hard for us to pick just one… we’ll leave this one up to whatever tickles your fancy!


The Beach: The Webster

SMUstyle Tip: Every Miami fashionista’s (and some celebs) favorite place to browse the latest and greatest on the high fashion market! You’re guaranteed to go bananas


The Gables: Chocolate Fashion

SMUstyle’s Menu Pick: Chocolate Banana Pancake – only on Saturdays and Sundays!


District / Midtown: Gigi’s
SMUstyle’s Menu Pick: Pork Buns. That’s all.


…And a few extra:



The Peacock Garden Cafe

SMUstyle’s Menu Pick: Monte Cristo Special… you won’t have room for anything meal for the rest of your stay!



SMUstyle Tip: be weary of Whisky Wednesday nights… but everything on the menu is so delicious!


Akashi South Miami

SMUstyle’s Menu Pick: Every Miami girl’s Alex #2 Roll or the Part Time Roll



SMUstyle’s Menu Pick: Chicken and Waffles! Please and thank you.


Buttercream Bakery / Whip’N’Dip / Sun Juice

SMUstyle Tip: try all three! No one will judge if it’s all on the same day…


SMUstyle Menu Pick: a Cuban Wrap



Miami’s Best

D & n_bru


Mother’s Day {Beauty Gifts}

Posted by on April 29, 2014 | No Comments »

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Instead of the usual flowers or chocolates this year, try something different by surprising your mom with some pampering beauty products so that she can feel and look her best on that day! Sephora has some wonderful gift sets and raved about products that will make for perfect presents! Check them out below!


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1. Josie Maran “Spread the Argan Love” Set Celebrate Mother’s Day by giving your mom the gift of beautiful, radiant skin. This set includes Josie Maran’s best selling skin products and hydrators in fun, travel-sized containers. Formulated with 100% Argan oil and good-for-you nutrients, this will leave your mom’s skin silky smooth and hydrated. ($38)


2. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette- This is the latest palette from the famous Naked palette line by Urban Decay. The palette includes 12 beautiful, romantic pinky-neutral shades that are wonderful worn for both day and nighttime looks. Your mom will love playing with the colors and mixing and matching different shades to find her perfect eyeshadow look! ($52)


3. Buxom Full-Bodied Lip Gloss Collection (Nudes and Brights)- Spoil your mom with a collection of 6 of Buxom’s beautiful sheer lipgloss shades. These glosses work to plump the lips with a “special no tingle formula” and deliver beautiful shine. They also contain vitamin E, Jojoba oil, and are packed with hydration for comfortable wear. ($32)


4. Sephora Favorites: Fragrance Rollerball Sampler for Her This gift set is wonderfully convenient! Your mom can simply throw one of the little sample perfumes in her purse and she will always have a great scent to take with her when she’s on the go. The set includes 5 of Sephora’s best-selling and most stylish fragrances. The best part is that when she decides on her favorite of the bunch, she can take the scent certificate (included in the box) to her closest Sephora and redeem it for a rollerball-sized one! ($24)


xoxo, Anne-Marie 


Awesome Discount Codes, Coupons and Sales for Beauty Lovers

Posted by on April 25, 2014 | No Comments »

For all my avid online shoppers, I scoured all types of beauty sites and blogs for the best discount codes, coupons and online sales I could find. Hopefully this will make shopping for your beauty needs a little bit easier on your wallet!



Bellami Hair (Hair Extensions): ‪ — use code NIC5 for $5.00 OFF. 
Use code “nicolehot” on 6 n 1 Complete Curler for $160.00

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Million Dollar Tan (At-home tanning products):  ‪ — use code NICTAN for %15 OFF everything.

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Whitening Lightning (Teeth whitening): ‪ — Use NIC25 for 25% OFF everything. 
Use code “fabbundle” for Dial A Smile, any two glosses & any two pens for $89.

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Sigma Beauty (Beauty tools and brushes): ‪ 
10% OFF Sigma Brushes — Use code NICOLE10

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Velour Lashes (fake eyelashes): ‪
Enter code: “JACLYNVELOUR” for 15% off your total purchase.

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Esqido (fake eyelashes):‪

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Target Stores:



Ulta Beauty:

Victoria’s Secret Beauty:


Hautelook (sign up and get amazing deals on fashion and beauty products):


xoxo, Anne-Marie


Beautiful Makeup for this Spring

Posted by on April 24, 2014 | No Comments »

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Spring is finally in the air and with it some beautiful warm weather. I always like to change my makeup up a bit to reflect the seasons and so I have been busting out more bright shades like corals and pinks. Below I’ll show you how to get this pretty, glowing springtime look.


 1. Apply your favorite facial lotion and primer and then use a luminous foundation like L’Oreal True Match Lumi to get a radiant, glowing look. You can either warm the product up with your fingers and apply it straight to the face or use a flattop or stippling brush to give a flawless airbrushed look.


 2. Use a bronzer 2 shades darker than your skin tone like NARS “Laguna” to bronze up the face or contour the temples, under the cheekbones and the jawline for the appearance of a slimmed down face and healthy sun-kissed look.


 3. Fill in the brows with a brow pencil like Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz to frame the face.


 4. Use a blush brush to apply a coral colored blush like Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity in “Glisten” to the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards for a gorgeous, healthy appearance.


5. Use a flat shader brush or fingers to apply a shimmery white/champagne highlight like MAC “Shroom” just underneath the brow bone and next to the tear duct area. This will make the eyes appear brighter, more awake, and will clean up the arch of the eyebrow.


 6. Use a volumizing mascara like Too Faced “Better Than Sex” mascara to create beautiful, full lashes.


7. Apply a champagne highlighter like Benefit “Watts Up!” to the top of the cheekbones to emphasize and bring light to this area.


8. Dab a concealer 2 shades lighter than your skin tone like Maybelline Instant Age Rewind to your under eye area to brighten, conceal, and lift this area.


9. Apply a coral lipstick like NARS “Niagra” to the lips for a lovely springtime subtle pop of color.


10. Apply a black gel liner like Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner as close to the lash line as possible. I like to wing out my liner slightly to elongate the eyes.


11. Line outer portion of the lips with a pinky-nude lipliner like Jordana “Tawny”. This will give the lips more shape, make them appear fuller, and prevent the lipstick from bleeding.


xoxo, Anne-Marie


Top Beauty Youtubers You NEED to Follow

Posted by on April 9, 2014 | No Comments »

From professional makeup artists to self-taught “do it yourself-ers”, this is a list of my absolute all time favorite Youtube beauty gurus that I have been watching for years now. They are all incredibly gifted and artistic and all have different, wonderful personalities! These women will show you the what’s-what of the best products in the industry and inspire you with their makeup tutorials. These were the women who inspired me to become a makeup artist myself and start my own blog and videos as well! (


You’ll be applying makeup like a pro in no time with the help of these beauties! Click on their names to be taken to their respective Youtube channels!


Nicole Guerriero

A down-to-earth girl who does amazing glamorous makeup and hair tutorials! One of my all time favorite bloggers.

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You will love her bright, sunny personality and pretty girly makeup tutorials!

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Jaclyn Hill

An incredibly talented professional makeup artist who does the best product reviews, hauls, and makeup tutorials.

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Carli Bybel

An exotic beauty who does sexy, edgy done-up makeup tutorials and fitness videos with her trainer boyfriend!

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Lauren Curtis

An Australian beauty guru and former Bobbi Brown makeup artist.

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Tanya Burr

A famous British makeup artist with the most wonderful, inviting personality ever!

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An absolute queen of dramatic makeup looks and glowing skin! Her channel is a must-watch.

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Amanda Ensing

A true glamour girl with sexy, sultry makeup tutorials.

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Makeup Geek

A truly inspirational makeup artist with her own line of makeup and who lost over 100 pounds! Her tutorials, product reviews and healthy lifestyle tips are amazing!

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Dulce Candy

A beautiful latina who served in the army and now does great makeup tutorials and beauty hauls.

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A woman who loves using and reviewing drugstore products with some high-end thrown in there too!

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Kandee Johnson

A famous makeup artist and mommy who’s electric, bubbly, can-do personality truly shines in her videos!

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These twin sister British makeup artists are incredibly talented and their work is like true art with their faces as the canvas.

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A sassy, fun former MAC makeup artist with edgy makeup looks and and outfit inspirations.

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Chloe Morello

A stunning Australian makeup lover with incredible self-taught skill.

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I could add soooo many more talented women to this list but these are 15 of my absolute favorites!


xoxo, Anne-Marie 


Six Clutch Essentials

Posted by on March 31, 2014 | No Comments »

With formals just peeping around the corner, I thought I’d share what I never leave home with out:

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Givenchy Noir Couture 4 in 1 Mascara

Compact Mineral Veil Finishing Powder

Mac Satin Lipmix (can go over any lipstick)

Listerine Strips (obvi)

Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens

Pacifica Roll-on Perfume

Stay pretty!

xx Isa