Allegria Spa at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Colorado

Back in February I visited Vail with my siblings and for our second and third day we decided to head to Beaver Creek which I LOVED! Beaver Creek, CO is like a smaller, more contained Vail Village that’s only about 15 away. It’s anchored by the huge Park Hyatt Hotel which became my home base for those two days. My first day in Vail I had a tumble down the mountain so I decided to skip the skiing for the rest of our visit (and possibly the rest of my life). Beaver Creek also has a lovely little area adjacent to the slopes with shops, restaurants, bars, rental shops, and a public ice skating rink right in the middle of it all.

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The enormous Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek lobby was the best place to hang out during the day because it has huge windows that face the mountain so you can watch all the action outside while staying cozy on all the couches and by the fire inside. The food there was also amazing. At the cafe I had a hot chocolate with Baileys in it which was to die for.

The lobby at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. Perfect place to watch skiers and snowboarders come down the mountain!

Then I browsed the TripAdvisor app and had the greatest discovery of my trip, the Allegria Spa. This place OMG. This was exactly what I needed! If you go to the Vail area you cannot miss this spa. Especially if you’re staying at your ski bum little brother’s (basically) frat house like I did, this place will relax, calm, and cleanse you.

Aqua Sanitas at the Allegria Spa

The spa lobby and the entrance to Aqua Sanitas

At the Allegria Spa at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek there is an incredible Aqua Sanitas water ritual which I could have spent the rest of my life doing. Basically you bring your bathing suit and the water ritual involves alternating hot and cold. If you get a treatment at the spa it’s included in the cost. You can also enjoy the Aqua Sanitas on its own for $20 if you’re staying at the resort or $55 if you’re not. The day pass includes access to Aqua Sanitas, the fitness center, locker room facilities, pools, hot tubs, and 1 group fitness class. It is worth every penny. Continue reading “Allegria Spa at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Colorado”

Laura Mercier Friends & Family Sale 20% Off and Free Shipping Through 7/2/17

Hey friends! Just wanted to let you know that Laura Mercier has a fabulous Friends and Family Sale going on through their website right now where you can get 20% off of your order plus free shipping (over $50) now through 7/2/17! Friends & Family: 20% off any purchase. So your next question is probably what should you buy from Laura Mercier?

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($38)

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How to Take Good Pictures Selfie Secrets

I’ve been getting lots of compliments on my selfies lately, so I thought I’d share some of my best Selfie Secret tips! I did a few posts before about Kim Kardashian’s Selfie Secrets and Selfie Secrets Part Two – Shayla Taught Me, but I’m always learning new tips and tricks! I’ve also included some recent selfies from my Instagram @blushinginhollywood so you can see the tips in action!

In this photo ^ I’m in my special selfie spot with the good lighting, I have eyelash extensions from @msjessicajay (DM her!), my brows are tinted which is making my brow a bit bolder. I’ve also given some definition to my bottom lash line with an eyeshadow crayon like the Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Pencil – try a brown or bronze color, lightly trace along your bottom lashes, then run your finger over it to blend and soften .
🌟Lighting is so important! I take the majority of photos in my living room early in the morning because that’s when I can get the best indirect natural light. I stand in front of my sliding glass door and usually leave the white curtain down because it helps diffuse the light. Most of my photos are also taken earlier in the morning (before 10am) so the light isn’t as intense or overhead. Gloomy days are also awesome for taking photos.

🌟Ever think you look good in the mirror, then try to take a selfie and you look 100 years old? That’s because overhead lighting will cast shadows on your face that will look terrible in photos. This is why you want light coming from in front of you to avoid shadows.

🌟For night time I use this clip-on ring light, but I find this works the best for showing makeup swatches and product shots vs. selfies.

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🌟Practice makes perfect. I take good selfies because I’ve been practicing for a long time! I almost always take more than one photo so I have options too. If you have a photo shoot coming up, practice beforehand in the mirror and with your phone to find your best looks and angles.

🌟Slim your double chin. We all have a double chin at the wrong angle, so again this is where practice can help. Elongate your neck (not straight up like a giraffe, just kind of think about having your neck pulled up and in like an old timey movie actress) then tilt your head slightly down to give your chin more definition.

🌟Clean your phone! Wipe off the camera lens so your photos don’t get distorted. I carry pre-moistened lens cleaning wipes to wipe off both of my iPhone cameras and my mirrored sunglasses so they will also be camera-ready.

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🌟Try different apps to find your best angle. Recently I’ve found that a selfie with the front facing camera taken in Insta Stories gives me the best photo. If I just use the iPhone camera app it comes out too HD and you can see every pore. You might find that Snapchat or using the back facing camera give you the best angle.

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In this photo^ I’m wearing my Girl Get Glamorous hair extensions (use my code “HOLLYWOOD” for a discount!), I have false lashes on, I’m wearing a ton of extra makeup, and I used FaceTune! I’m also tilting my head down slightly to define my jaw.

🌟For higher quality photos I use my Sony A5100 which is a mirrorless digital camera. That means it’s smaller than a DSLR and more portable. It has a screen that flips up so you can see yourself when taking selfies, but always make sure you look into the lens not just at yourself in the screen. This camera also has a beauty filter and auto color corrects. It can send photos wirelessly to your phone too for instant posting! I don’t even need wifi to send the photos either!! The battery life is also fantastic. The other thing I love is the speed because it’s awkward enough taking a selfie, you don’t want to have to hold a pose forever in between shots because your camera is slow. It also has a really great flash for night time shots which is typically when we are the most dolled up and want to take the most photos. I am so obsessed with this camera and can’t recommend it highly enough.

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🌟Lashes are a major key! If you are going to be taking lots of photos at an event you really want to be wearing fake lashes otherwise your eyeballs are going to look bald. Luckily for me I’ve been rocking eyelash extensions lately which really help my hooded eyes look poppin and flirty. My friend Jessica Jay (@msjessicajay on Instagram) does my eyelash extensions and you can DM her if you’re in the LA or Santa Barbara area and are interested! The photo above shows what my lashes looked like before they were blessed with extensions. For strip lashes I love Girl Get Glamorous Cruelty-Free Vegan False Lashes in Double Tapped. Be sure to use my discount code “Hollywood” for money off 🙂

🌟Hair Extensions. If you have them, use them because they can make a huge difference. For better or worse we see photos and videos constantly of celebrities and people on Instagram wearing hair extensions so when you take photos now without them you can feel like you’re practically bald! I love my Girl Get Glamorous Hair Extensions to give me volume, body, and length. Don’t forget my discount code “Hollywood” for money off 🙂
🌟Go heavier on the makeup. If you’re trying to show off your makeup and want it to show up in a photo you’re going to have to go heavier for it to look more like it does in real life. For me this usually means a more full coverage foundation, extra bronzer, a darker brow color, and some eyeliner on my top and bottom lash lines to add definition.

🌟Facetune- Facetune is an app that helps you edit your photos. I use it but try not to go too hard so I still look human. Facetune helps me smooth my forehead wrinkles and I use the “details” feature on my eyes and highlights sometime to make them stand out.

🌟Take photos when you look good 😉 You know when you’re dating someone new and you’re texting all the time and it’s fun and exciting and then they ask you to send a pic? But you’re festering in your soft clothes on the couch and haven’t washed your hair in 4 days (No? Just me?) Bank some selfies when you’re looking good even if you’re not planning on posting them because a) it gives you more practice and b) they really come in handy!

🌟Whiten your teeth. Whitening your teeth in my opinion is the fastest way to look younger. At the very least be sure to brush your teeth well and floss before a selfie session.

🌟Get those arms out of your selfie! I just learned this tip from Jenny Mustard on YouTube and thought it was great! Plug in your headphones, set your phone where you’d like it, then push the play button on the headphones to snap the pic. This will get your awkward arm and armpit out of the photo and allow you to take a shot that will fit more of your head and body.

Tips for Posing for Photos

If someone else will be taking photos of you, I found this video super helpful for tips:

Do you have any selfie or posing tips? Comment them down below!!

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Beauty Trend – Crystal Nails

Crystals have been gaining popularity lately as they are able to help with anything from love to money or can even help deepen meditation and connect you to your chakras. If you are a crystal newbie, I recommend reading over A Beginner’s Guide to Healing Crystals to learn a little bit more about how they work.

If you’re looking for a super affordable beginner’s crystal kit, I highly recommend my friend Annabelle’s which you can get on her website Adderall and Compliments. She’s also had some crystal experts on her podcast that go super in depth about what crystals are for and how to use them.

Since we’re all using our rock babies to help manifest our destinies, it only makes sense that they’ve made their way to our nails seeing as they are naturally beautiful.

Rose Quartz Nails

✨Rose Quartz 🔮

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I am OBSESSED with Abigail’s (@onehauteblonde) stunning Rose Quartz Nails. These beautiful babies inspired this post! Abigail said her nail artist used a gel polish and hand painted the design on top. Rose Quartz is the Crystal of Unconditional Love (for yourself and others!) It helps dissolve emotional wounds, fears and resentments, and helps open the heart to truly give and receive love from others aka it’s a single girl’s BFF. Continue reading “Beauty Trend – Crystal Nails”

Cameran Eubanks from Southern Charm’s Beauty Secrets

I’ve been a huge fan of Southern Charm since the very first season and Cameran consistently has absolutely amazing hair and makeup that are natural and effortless, yet incredible all at the same time. Since a lot of people have questions about her age- Cameran Eubanks aka Cameran Wimberly’s birthday is 11/21/83 making her currently 33 years old. One of Cameran’s biggest beauty secrets and the reason why she always looks so flawless- she used to be a makeup artist! (Source)

Cameran Eubanks Makeup

Cameran’s most recent beauty-related post on Instagram showed she’s loving It Cosmetics CC Cream which is a tinted moisturizer that she says makes it feel like you have nothing on your face. Continue reading “Cameran Eubanks from Southern Charm’s Beauty Secrets”

Best Concealer to Cover Undereye Circles

If you have dark circles and discoloration around your eyes, you’re going to want to read this.  Here’s my secret to using concealer to cover up dark under eyes:

  1. Depuff: I used my Tarte Pack Your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches ($22 for 4 pairs) that had been in the refrigerator to help reduce any puffiness. You can also go old school and use cold spoons! One of my new faves Mallory Ervin recommended these Tarte patches. You may also remember that Lady Sonja Morgan from Real Housewives of New York dips her whole face in an ice bath to help with puffiness!

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The Best Drybar Hair Products and Tools at the Nordstrom Spring Beauty Event

Did you know that Nordstrom holds free beauty events that anyone can sign up for? On 3/26/17 I went to my third beauty event at Nordstrom to find out what all the hot new products are and if there’s any trends. I ended up with 3 Drybar products and have been using them all for 2 months and I’m obsessed!

Drybar Double Standard Cleansing and Conditioning Foam

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Sonja Morgan’s Makeup Secrets

Sonja Morgan of Real Housewives of New York City has really nailed the “I’m not wearing that much makeup yet I look incredibly polished and chic at the same time” look. She never looks cakey or overdone, yet always looks flawless! If you saw my Sonja Morgan’s Beauty Secrets – Skincare, Botox, Facials, and More post you know that Sonja takes amazing care of her skin and eats very healthy, but what is she putting on her face and body that is making her look so flawless? I still can’t believe Queen Sonja Morgan herself reposted my last blog on her Facebook, I mean is this real life!?!?

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Sonja Morgan’s Makeup

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2017

Mother’s Day is this Sunday May 14th, 2017!! If you need a last minute Mother’s day gift ideas for a mom (or Grandma, or Mother-in-law, or step-mom or baby mama) in your life, I’ve got you covered! Being from Florida I know tons of moms who like to have fun in the sun whether they’re by the pool, at the beach, or on the boat which inspired these gift ideas! These Mother’s Day gifts are great on their own or would be even better as a themed gift in a nice big basket or bag to really wow her.

Most of these gifts are available at Nordstrom which always has free shipping over $50 and also has this amazing feature where you can order online and pick it up at your nearest store! If you’re in LA and want to pick it up at the Grove you just pull into the valet and they bring it to your car! I tried it recently and felt like I was doing an errand for a rich person haha, but I loved it so convenient!

Megaphone by Sunnylife ($24) When I saw this I immediately thought of my friend Annabelle’s mom Fancy Nancy DeSisto (be sure to listen to them on the Adderall and Compliments Podcast). She’s a super activist and would love to have this thing at a march or rally I’m sure! Plus what mom wouldn’t like this to just yell at their kids in the pool? It runs on 4 C batteries. Continue reading “Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2017”