Category Archives: Beauty

How to Be More Attractive

So I’ve been reading through lots of Reddit posts on r/dating and r/dating_advice to look for some patterns. One that keeps popping up is guys think the only way for them to be more attractive is by working out. Or making more money. Other then that it’s all genetics and they have absolutely no control.

As a woman I’m bombarded with ads of products that will make me more attractive. Advertising tells me there’s billions of ways for me to improve my beauty. I guess men haven’t had that same message their entire lives. So here you go men (all humans really), here’s all the secrets to being more attractive.

Be More Attractive Physically

First I want to clarify something. Women are not as obsessed with looks as men are. We really and truly are looking at more than your face, body, and bank account. We see the whole picture. You do not have to have a 6 pack or a perfect beach body to be successful on a dating app or dating online.

In fact, there are some women that are turned OFF by chiseled bodies because they feel intimidated or like they would be judged. I don’t want to date a huge body builder because if a man is eating and working out all day, how is he going to give me as much attention as I need??

Want to look more attractive physically? Try these:

  • Update your hair cut
  • Change your facial hair
  • Improve your skin – wash it every morning and night with a gentle cleanser. I like the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. Use sunscreen on your face every day. Use a retinol at night. Start slow with 1-2 times a week and work up to nightly. Just like most good things in life, consistency is important. If you have lots of acne scars or acne start getting facials regularly.
  • Improve your smile – Brush and floss your teeth regularly.  Use Crest Whitestrips to whiten your teeth (this is my best tip for looking more attractive immediately, looking better in photos, and looking younger). Straighten your teeth with braces or Invisalign. Always brush your teeth before leaving the house. Carry gum and/or mints on you.
  • Eat healthy – Feed yourself like a grown up. Know how to make simple meals. Show that you are capable of taking care of yourself and that you care about your appearance.
  • Workout – This will improve your mood, give you more energy, increase your confidence, and get you more in touch with and more comfortable with your body.
  • Have impeccable hygiene – Daily or twice a day showers (omg what a dream to not have to wash/blow dry your hair… I would take so many more showers)
  • Clean up your hands and feet – Short, clean nails. No crazy calluses. Get a manicure and pedicure if you have to (you’ll enjoy it trust me).
  • Moisturize your skin – If it’s dry or flakey make sure you’re not using a soap that’s striping all of the oils out of your skin. Switch to a moisturizing body wash and put lotion on after you get out of the shower will your skin is still damp.
  • Posture – If yours is not good, work on it. Practice. Stand tall.
  • Get new clothes – Ones that fit you well, are good quality, and can be worn on dates.
  • Smell Amazing – Have great hygiene and then use perfume/cologne to smell even better. Suggested reading: How To Smell Sexy ; Men Love This Perfume on Women

Sound More Attractive

Kelly Dodd’s Beauty Secrets

Kelly Dodd from Real Housewives of Orange County can be pretty polarizing, but I think we can all agree that she’s absolutely gorgeous and may be aging in reverse. Kelly Dodd was born September 26, 1975 making her 42 years old. Kelly Meza-Dodd is originally from Arizona and has also lived in San Francisco before ending up in Orange County. She is also a Latina and part Mexican.

Kelly Dodd does not look like she's aged!
Kelly Dodd does not look like she’s aged!

Kellys tagline this season is “Call animal control, ’cause there’s a cougar on the loose in the OC.” She is recently divorced from her ex Michael Dodd. Kelly is single and on the prowl and looking better than ever! Kelly and Michael Dodd have one daughter together named Jolie.

Kelly Dodd pregnant in 2005 with her daughter Jolie.
Kelly Dodd pregnant in 2005 with her daughter Jolie.

When do you feel most beautiful?
Everyday, when I eat healthy and exercise. (Source)

Baby Jolie with mom Kelly Dodd
Baby Jolie with mom Kelly Dodd

Kelly Dodd’s Skin Care

As you’ve gotten older, how has your beauty routine changed?
When I was younger I use to just wash my face and call it a night. Now I wash, tone, brighten, retin A, moisturize. I believe beauty starts from the inside out, so I am more mindful now about nutrition, exercise and getting enough sleep. (Source)

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Blushing in Hollywood Turns Four

OMG 4 years!!

Blushing in hollywood turns 4

Reflecting on our lives is so crucial! When we don’t we can forget just how far we have come!! Although I am eternally feeling guilty about neglecting my blog, my oh my has she grown! You can check out my very first blog post with a few bullet points on why I started the blog here: #tbt.

Best of 2018

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Naomie Olindo from Southern Charm’s Beauty Secrets


Naomie Olindo is the French beauty on Bravo’s Southern Charm. Naomie is gorgeous and has that effortless yet flawless vibe. You all have really been liking Cameran Eubanks’ and Patricia Altschul’s beauty secrets so I figured another Southern Charm beauty would be a great addition. Naomie’s birthday is August 4, 1992 making her 26 years old and a fellow Leo.

Naomie Olindo from Southern Charm always looks pretty in this hot pink color
Naomie Olindo from Southern Charm always looks pretty in this hot pink color

Naomie went to the College of Charleston for her Masters in Business Administration with a focus in Finance(Source). She recently launched a clothing line called L’ABEYE (pronounced luh-bei).

Naomi Olindo of Southern Charm and new boyfriend Metul Shah
Naomi Olindo of Southern Charm and new boyfriend Metul Shah. Photo from IG @naomie_olindo

Naomie started the show as Craig Conover’s (@caconover) girlfriend, but in the fall on 2017 they broke up. Naomie is currently dating super hot doctor Metul Shah (@m_shah11) who is an anesthesiologist. New nose, new clothing line, and new man- it’s almost like she’s the #NewNaomie 😉 Continue reading Naomie Olindo from Southern Charm’s Beauty Secrets

5 Skin Care Products Worth The Price Tag

Today we have an awesome guest post from Kelsey (that’s her in the photo above, isn’t she gorgeous?!)! Kelsey is the editor at LuxAuthority and is trying to balance both her budget and her credit card balance. She likes to live lavish and treat herself when the opportunity allows it. She loves the newest tech, old cars and the smell of rich mahogany and leather bound books as well!

Youthful looking skin is the key to helping you feel more confident. With so many products on the market, finding the ones that are most effective can be a daunting task. Drugstores carry many products for less than $20 that work well. However, skincare regimens that come with a higher price tag could produce better results. Expensive products tend to provide long-term effects and come in a physician-strength formula. A retinol product at a drugstore, for example, will give you the ingredients but at a much lower strength. Here is a list of the top 5 luxury skincare products that are worth the splurge.

  1. La-Roche Posay Anthelios Sunscreen  

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Sunscreen

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Starting a Blog or Website

Hi everyone! I encourage anyone and everyone who is thinking about making a blog to JUST DO IT! It is so much fun and it is never too late! No one can offer what you can because your perspective is totally unique!

Here’s a few tips/FAQs about starting:

Where did you buy your domain?

I bought blushinginhollywood.com from webhostinghub.com on 7/14/15. I pay $14.99/year for domain registration.

Where is your website hosted?

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Ramona Singer Beauty Secrets

Ramona Singer is a Housewife turned single independent lady from the Bravo show Real Housewives of New York City. She was born November 17, 1956 making her 61, but she seems to be aging in reverse! How does Ramona do it?

Ramona Singer of Real Housewives of New York City. Photo from Bravo
Ramona Singer of Real Housewives of New York City. Photo from Bravo

Ramona Singer’s Botox, Fillers, Non-Surgical Procedures and Plastic Surgery

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Sephora VIB Sale Spring 2018

It’s almost Sephora VIB Sale time! Sephora holds two big VIB (Very Important Beauty Insider) sales a year- a fall VIB sale in November where you can get up to 20% off your entire purchase and a Spring VIB sale in April where you can get up to 15% off your entire purchase. The sale happens both online and in store. There is no minimum purchase and anyone can access the sale- you just have to sign up for a Sephora Beauty Insider account which is free! You can login to your Sephora account to figure out what level you are or sign up for a Beauty Insider account if you haven’t already.

VIB Rouge – Sale started 4/13/18 and is 15% off of your entire purchase with code

VIB – Sale is 4/20/18- and is 15% off your entire purchase with code

Beauty Insider (aka anyone!) – Sale is 4/20/18- and is 10% off your entire purchase.

This sale is a great time to restock anything you’re running low on or purchase a splurge item you’ve always had your eye on and been curious to try.

New Sephora Products I’ve Been Loving

The Ordinary Buffet Peptide Serum ($18) Edit: No longer available at Sephora.

First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Lab Retinol Serum 0.25% Pure Concentrate ($58) – If you want to add 1 skin care product (that’s not an SPF or cleanser) to your routine you HAVE to add retinol! It helps with acne, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin texture, uneven skin tone, loss of elasticity etc. Retin-A is available as a prescription and my dermatologist has been trying to get me on it for forever. The problem is that prescription strength Retin-A can make you peel… for WEEKS. It is an extremely annoying process you have to endure in order to see the benefits (which will take months to truly see) and your makeup looks like absolute garbage during the transition time. When I read about the First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Lab Retinol Serum and about how it is formulated to be extra gentle for sensitive skin I HAD to try it. I’ve eased in per their recommendations using it every other night and topping with a great moisturizer (the Belif Moisture

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow ($18) – This shimmering rose nude color was designed to be universal and it is gorgeous! The formula is amazing too! So many people I know have been loving this gloss.

Sephora Matte Perfection Powder Foundation ($20) – The absolute best powder foundation I have used in a LONG TIME! Makes you look airbrushed!

HUDA Beauty Lip Contour Set in Trendsetter ($25) – This contains a lip liner and 2 liquid lipsticks. A pro makeup artist used this on me and she told me she uses it on everyone because it’s SUPER flattering.

Go-To Products I Re-Purchase

Belif The True Cream Moisture Bomb ($62) – My go to night (and day if I’m traveling and my skin is parched) cream. EXCELLENT moisturizer that sinks into the skin.

Elizabeth & James Nirvana White Dry Shampoo ($28) – My “special occasion” dry shampoo lol. I use Batiste dry shampoo daily, but when I want my hair to smell amazing I use some of this. Warning: it does have a white cast so I do not recommend this for darker hair!!

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($64) – I first splurged on this during a VIB spring sale a few years ago and the hype is REAL! After you apply this don’t be quick to judge.. for some reason it takes a few minutes to “settle” and then your skin will be looking amazing.

IT Cosmetics CC Cream ($15) – My go-to daytime foundation! CC Cream has skin care ingredients AND SPF 50 and great coverage!

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask ($20) – This heavy duty lip balm goes on my lips every single night before I go to bed. Must have!

New Items I Want to Try

HUDA Beauty Faux Filter Foundation ($40) – I’ve tried a sample of this foundation and found the coverage and the finish to be so amazing! The problem is that a lot of times the shades I want are out of stock when I go to purchase. A must try if you like full coverage.

New Items I’ve Tried That I’m Not Crazy About

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation ($34) – I’m super oily, but this clings so much to any dry patches you have!

Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation ($40) – I find this foundation is so hard to blend!

Check out my Sephora VIB Sale Archive here!

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What will you be buying at the Sephora VIB Sale?

Real Housewives of New York City is Back

The 10th season of Real Housewives of New York City began last Wednesday and the ladies were coming in HOT! They somehow all have Benjamin Button disease and are aging in reverse! It’s truly incredible! In case you missed them, here are my posts on the beauty secrets of the Real Housewives of New York City:

Sonja Morgan’s Beauty Secrets; Skincare, Botox, Facials, and More

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Credit: Derrick Salters/WENN.com

Sonja Morgan’s Makeup Secrets

Sonja Morgan at her wedding vs. now, WOW!
Sonja Morgan at her wedding vs. now, WOW!

Tinsley Mortimer’s Beauty Secrets

WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN — Pictured: Tinsley Mortimer — (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

In Real Housewives of New York City beauty news, Tinsley Mortimer chopped her hair! Something she said she’d never do! You go Tinsley it looks gorgeous! Continue reading Real Housewives of New York City is Back

Adderall and Compliments Podcast Episode

I’m so excited to share that I’m a guest on the most recent episode of the Adderall and Compliments Podcast! The host Annabelle DeSisto and I have been BFFs for 10 years now! She is actually the reason that I live in Los Angeles.

Annabelle DeSisto and I back in our "Car Modeling" days in Palm Beach (or is it West Palm Beach?)
Annabelle DeSisto and I back in our “Car Modeling” days in Palm Beach (or is it West Palm Beach?)

On the podcast we get into how we met, rumors I heard about Annabelle in high school, insane dating stories, why Annabelle inspires me so much, the Adderall and Compliments live show in New York, how to complain less (see below for some quick tips) and MUCH MORE!

8 years ago today Annabelle and I had lunch in #NYC with Paul Rudd who is exactly what you’d hope he’d be like irl! I would share my grilled cheese with him any day. I’m finally going back to #NewYork in 2 weeks with @annabelledesisto @meagangrainger @tashareignslife @msjessicajay @jaclynmarfuggi @jmscomedy @nancydesisto for the #AdderallAndCompliments live show Saturday 4/14 at 12pm at @slipperroomnyc 🤗🤗 What should I do in #newyork ? Tea at the @theplazahotel ? Drinks at @nobunewyork ? Dinner at the polo bar? Where should I get 🍕?? . . . . . . #paulrudd #annabelledesisto #nycpizza #instanyc #instany #instanyclove #nobu #tbt #iloveyouman #satc #theplazahotel #slipperroomnyc #slipperroom #podcast #rhony #noeyebrows #2010

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Also since we forgot to get into it- Annabelle’s mom Fancy Nancy gave me the nickname “Kinsey Lockburn”. She is writing a book called “Ready, And” and decided to name a character after me and hence, Kinsey Lockburn was born.

Some of the blog posts we talked about on the podcast:

Sonja Morgan’s Beauty Secrets includes info about her facialist!

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Annabelle even announces in this podcast episode that she will be attending the Real Housewives of New York premier in NYC next week! So exciting!

Cameran Eubanks from Southern Charm’s Beauty Secrets

Cameran Eubanks from Southern Charm has beautiful classy and understated makeup, a great fake tan, and super long natural lashes. Find out how she does it!

Southern Charm Star Patricia Altschul’s Beauty Secrets

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Tips for Complaining Less:

We usually complain when something is making us uncomfortable. It feels like steam is building up inside of us and we have to let it out, but instead we can use the steam to push us or motivate us to do something about it.

How can we complain less?

  1. Acknowledge it. Pay attention and be mindful to what you are saying and notice when you are complaining.
  2. When you notice you are complaining start talking about solutions instead.
  3. Once you’re done discussing solutions, pivot to talking about what you’re grateful for.
  4. Avoid negative complaining people, it’s contagious. Being around complainers releases a stress hormone in your brain and makes you age more quickly!

How to Start a Blog or Website

I also wanted to share that I just created a page with some FAQ about starting a blog and/or website. I get lots of questions about how to do this and I think anyone who is thinking about should go for it!!

Follow me on Instagram @blushinginhollywood for more Motivation Mondays! Be sure to subscribe to Adderall and Compliments and rate the podcast 5 stars as an early birthday gift to Annabelle!