Oscar Beauty: Simply Classic

Classic Hollywood style set the mood for the 85th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday evening. Long, luxe waves and neutral tones were the beauty theme, juxtaposed with classic evening gowns. Natural lips and pale nails set the “stage” for a soft, elegant evening—and this beauty blogger was sitting on the edge of her makeup brush critiquing the action.

Amanda Seyfried Oscar makeup

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Beauty and the Bling at the Oscars

The talk of the night was Anne Hathaway’s gown, and let’s say… The upper bits. There was all sort of chatter on social media about said parts, even spawning multiple twitter accounts. Other than being able to see what one would view on the beach in the south of France, I thought the gown was absolutely stunning. A pink Prada that was to die for from the back, accented with that amazing Tiffany necklace. I am going to go to bat for her. I thought she looked amazing. The “titillating” faux pas couldn’t dissuade me from giving her my wink and a nod. 

Jennifer Lawrence took Dior Couture to another level. Accented by diamonds by the yard down the back, instead of the front gave the ensemble a bit of surprise. And surprise she did when she stumbled up the stairs tripped by her mounds of fabric. She was just following Naomi Campbell’s trip (and fall) years ago at Paris’s fashion week. Maybe she wanted to take the spotlight (or should we say headlight?) off of Anne’s bust. Anyway, she was adorable and covered it with beautiful resilience. We love her! 

Kerry Washington made the red carpet pop with her coral Miu Miu strapless gown. She looked radiant. Others wore red, but the Django Unchanged co-star undoubtedly wore it best. Pay attention, here are my insider secrets on how to get her look! Makeup Artist Carola Gonzalez used the embellishments on the dress as her inspiration and the result was ethereal, with just a hint of color.

The foundation was a sheer glow and she used Giorgio Armani Maestro #10 and coupled it with Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer #11. The blush was Lancome Blush Subtil in Brilliant Berry.

The eyes were smokey but natural, and Gonzalez used Lancome Color Design 5-Pan Shadow & Liner Palette in Sienna Sultry. She topped the eyes off with Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara.

The lips were soft and natural in Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro 202 and Lancome Rouge in Loe in Rose Boudoir.

The Oscars were fantastic and everyone looked stunning. I am dashing to the makeup counter as we speak to grab the above colors, hitting Prada and Dior. Already setting sites on next year – and I’ll let Anne borrow my Victoria’s Secret credit card.

Ciao for now,



Goddess Beauty at the Grammy’s

Skip the song and dance; the Grammy’s was a one-stop shop for A-list beauty tips. My top three picks for The 55th Grammys goddesses of beauty, which even Aphrodite would envy, included: Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Jennifer Lopez.

I have never seen Taylor Swift look more beautiful. She abandoned her traditional red lip and went with a muted-pout paired with golden yet smokey eyes. Her Grecian up-do, inspired hair and absolute knockout gown from J Mendel were stunning, one word—goddess.

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Lets talk CAKE!

We have completed the beauty mantra…. The foundation for beautiful skin. Now there is CAKE! And lots of icing on it! What is my favorite, creamy icing to top my foundation? Growth factors, baby. Need ‘em, want ‘em and gotta have ‘em. And this icing won’t put a pound on you. Do these growth factors make my butt look big? No they don’t my dear!

Beauty and Baubles: Jessica Chastain at the SAG Awards

Red Carpet Beauty Tips: The ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ bombshell emoted classical Hollywood style at the 18th annual SAG awards last weekend. Jessica Chastain was the epitome of elegance sporting a dramatic red Alexander McQueen gown, which highlighted her auburn hair perfectly. And, oh my…The Water by Harry Winston ‘Splash’ diamond necklace, set in platinum valued at $1,250,000.00 is on every girls must-have list for Valentine’s. I could not take my eyes off of it—too die for!

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My Beauty Mantra

Ohhhhhhmmmmm, ohhhhhhhmmmmm, ohhhhhhmmmm…. Hmmm that’s kind of fun to type. I’m feeling more relaxed already. I think I’m feeling so relaxed I can ditch the cabernet. Well, maybe not.

Welcome To My Beauty Den!

Come hither ladies and enter my den ‘o beauty! Watch out, because you may never want to return… Oh-my-heaven’s-to Betsy, we are going to have some FUN and get pretty at the same time. Strap you seat belt on – it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Box My Beauty!

EEEEEK, EGAD! What could make me run to my mailbox flailing my arms like the robot dude in Lost in Space? There is no “Danger Will Robinson” but there are boxes of beauty delivered to my front door – every month. Yes my dears, every month. I am thrashing about in excitement as we speak… Or… type?

Allure (my Bible, ladies) has launched Sample Society in association with BeautyBar.com. What does this mean for us? Are you sitting, because this is a big one, ladies… And grab your latte. It is like a book of the month club for beauty junkies. I have the shakes just thinking about it.

So what’s in it for me? According to Allure this is “A monthly selection of deluxe-size samples (which means they’re good for multiple uses) from Stila, Murad, Sisley, Fekkai, and dozens of other top brands.” Are those not exactly your thing? You may prefer the miniature replica of Burberry Beauty lipstick created especially for GlossyBox, or the All Natural Face Vegan Eye Shadow (my personal fave) that was in a kit from Beauty Box 5. Allure notes “We tried out eight of the biggest and best of the sample services to help you pick your gift box”

According to the web site for $15 a month, you’ll receive:

  • 5 deluxe-sized samples from brands like Alterna, Diptyque, Dermalogica and By Terry.
  • $15 monthly gift code to redeem on a $50 purchase — when any product from the brands you sampled is included in your order.
  • An exclusive mini-mag filled with tips and beauty news from the editors of Allure.

I think I am going to give my mailman a sloppy wet kiss every time he delivers. And with my new samples, dang, I will look good doing it. I hope he doesn’t mind.

Ciao for now,

Sandra Witten MPAS, PA-C