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Doll Me Up! My Beauty Tips & Secrets!

1 Jul
An Dyer wearing Velour Lashes Doll Me Up Mink False Lashes, ShopLately Neon Necklace, Forever 21 Life in Progress Vintaged Denim Shirt, Hello Kitty Dress, Kim & Zozi Bracelet, ORG Skincare Mineral P

Beauty: Doll Me Up Mink False Lashes courtesy of Velour Lashes | Mineral Face Peel courtesy of O.R.G. Skincare | Watt’s Up Highlighter & Hoola Bronzer courtesy of Benefit Cosmetics | Balanced & Boost Mineral Veil courtesy of Bare Minerals | Urban Decay Naked Palette & Naked Flushed Blush | Lorac Pro Mascara and Pro Cream Eyeliner | Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner | MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation NC30 & Espresso Shadow | Boscia Daily Hydtraion SPF 15 Moisturizer & Nightly Hydration Moisturizer
Fashion: Glint & Gleam Day Glow Goddess Neon Yellow Statement Necklace courtesy of Shoplately | Leather Friend 300 Bracelet courtesy of Kim & Zozi | Forever 21 Life in Progress Vintaged Denim Shirt (similar) | Hello Kitty Dress (my Mom bought it for me from Macy’s – love this similar one here!) | Neon Yellow Zara Lucite Box Clutch (similar here or here) | Michael Kors Mother of Pearl Watch

I’m super excited about this post because it’s been a while since I’ve shared my makeup & skincare routine with you guys! The last time was in this old post and although some of the products I used stayed in my routine, a lot has also changed. I’ve recently found a few new favorites like an addicting peel by O.R.G. Skincare, a cream highlighter by Benefit and the AMAZING mink lashes by Velour Lashes. The sound of “mink lashes” might be alarming to some, especially those of us who love animals and who are anti animal cruelty, but rest assured, no minks were harmed :) Velour Lashes uses real mink fur that they naturally shed. The fur is also sterilized so no allergy issues! They are also stronger and last way longer (up to 25 wears!) than synthetic lashes. I’ve worn my pair over a dozen times and they’re still in great shape! You can read more about them here.

I should also mention that these photos have not been touched up. The only editing done to these photos in this post is lighting (ie slight changes in white balance, saturation & exposure) but my skin, complexion, blemishes etc have not been edited! I usually don’t edit very much in my images anyway but I will take out the occasional blemish and sometimes the annoying freckle/mole in the middle of my forehead lol :P

An Dyer wearing Velour Lashes Mink False Lashes, ShopLately Neon Necklace, Forever 21 Life in Progress Vintaged Denim Shirt, Hello Kitty Dress, Neon Yellow Zara Box Clutch, Kim & Zozi Bracelet, ORG Skincare Mineral Peel Face, M

An Dyer wearing Velour Lashes Doll Me Up Mink False Lashes, ShopLately Neon Necklace, Forever 21 Life in Progress Vintaged Denim Shirt, Hello Kitty Dress, Neon Yellow Zara Box Clutch, ORG Skincare Mineral P

An Dyer wearing Velour Lashes Doll Me Up Mink False Lashes, Forever 21 Life in Progress Vintaged Denim Shirt

An Dyer wearing Velour Lashes Doll Me Up Mink False Lashes, ShopLately Neon Necklace, Forever 21 Life in Progress Vintaged Denim Shirt, Hello Kitty Dress, Urban Decay Naked Flushed

An Dyer wearing Velour Lashes Mink False Lashes, ShopLately Neon Necklace, Forever 21 Life in Progress Vintaged Denim Shirt, Hello Kitty Dress, Kim & Zozi Bracelet, ORG Skincare Mineral Peel Face, MAC Studio Fix

An Dyer wearing Velour Lashes Mink False Lashes, ShopLately Neon Necklace, Forever 21 Life in Progress Vintaged Denim Shirt, Hello Kitty Dress, Neon Yellow Zara Box Clutch, Kim & Zozi Bracelet, Urban Decay Naked Flushed

An Dyer wearing Velour Lashes Doll Me Up Mink False Lashes, ShopLately Neon Necklace, Forever 21 Life in Progress Vintaged Denim Shirt, Hello Kitty Dress, Neon Yellow Zara Box Clutch, Kim & Zozi Bracelet, ORG Skincare Mineral P

Photos by Chris Dyer.

The night before these photos, I used O.R.G.’s Mineral Face Peel on my dry, clean skin. It’s so easy and fun in a slightly weird way! You spray it on your face, let it sit for 5 seconds and then gently massage/rub your skin in circular motions. I do this in sections – right cheek, left cheek, forehead and then the middle nose, upper lip and chin areas. What happens is, it gently exfoliates removing any dead skin. It’s eerily fun!! All your dead skin balls up and brushes off and what’s left is amazing baby soft skin  you never knew you had underneath! It’s super gently, not harsh at all and so easy. Plus, it’s slightly addicting. I almost want to do it daily but I keep it to twice a week, instead. Afterwards, I cleanse my skin like normal. I used to use an expensive organic cleanser that was over $30 for a tiny 5 oz bottle but one time, I was in a pinch and used Johnson & Johnson Head to Toe Baby Wash instead and it was incredible! It washes off all my makeup (I don’t even use any special makeup remover) and leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh (it doesn’t dry out my skin and leaves no residue). Best of all? You can get a massive bottle from any market, drug store or super stores like Target/WalMart for around $7 (sometimes as low as $5!) for 28 oz! It lasts forever and it’s so good to your skin – plus no tears lol! An extra perk is – I also use it to wash my makeup brushes :) I love this stuff so much, I always have 3 bottles in the house in every bathroom/shower. After I cleanse, I moisturize with Boscia’s Nightly Hydration Moisturizer. I love how silky it is and after using that mineral face peel, the moisturizer really soaks into my skin!

The next morning, I rinsed my face with water only (no cleanser) and apply Boscia’s Daily Hydrating SPF 15 Moisturizer. Using the peel the night before, my face was ultra soft in the morning! So good! I should also mention that every time I cleanse my face at night or rinse it with water in the mornings, I always dry it off by dabbing my face with a clean paper towel. This probably sounds crazy but it’s something I learned from my best friend April. Growing up, she always had a roll of paper towels in the bathroom and that’s what she used to dry off her face. Since I was always over there having slumber parties :) it’s something I ended up adopting to my routine, too! I even do so out of the shower – never using a towel on my face. I always hear about bacteria etc being on towels since we use and reuse them repeatedly, so, it’s our way of taking extra care of our skin.

Onto the makeup… this order might be strange to some but this is exactly how I go about applying my makeup. I brush my foundation, MAC Studio Fix Fluid Liquid Foundation (my color is NC30) on with the Essence Of Beauty Synthetic Foundation And Powder Brush from CVS. Yes, you read that right, I said CVS! Now, let’s be clear here, I used to use and still have MAC’s 190 Foundation Brush and 187 Stippling Brush but I actually prefer my cheapy $10 CVS Brush for liquid foundation. It’s super soft and fluffy! I’ve had it over a year now and clean it on a regular basis and it doesn’t shed! It also applies my foundation on without any streaks. Seriously, such a little secret steal deal! I highly recommend picking it up next time you’re at your local CVS. Next, I gently dab Two Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer to my eye lids and then I brush MAC Espresso eyeshadow to fill in my eye brows using the 208 Angled Brow Brush. I then curled my lashes using my Shiseido Eyelash Curler; I always do this before applying shadow to my lids because I (like to think) it helps keep any loose shadow from landing on my cheeks ;) . For this look, I used Naked & Buck from Urban Decay’s original Naked Palette and also applied Foxy from their Naked2 Palette to highlight my brow bone. If there is any loose shadow on my cheeks, I lightly brush it off with a powder brush, then I dab on MAC Studio Finish Concealer on all the necessary areas which for me are under my eyes, around the corners of my nose and then on any blemishes or freckles/moles I don’t like (like that one on the middle of my forehead!). Next, I brushed on my blush, this time I used Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed palette (the blush with a touch of highlighter on top) using Sephora’s Classic Rounded Blush Brush #41. Then I used my big fluffy (unnamed because I can’t read the name anymore) powder brush  to apply Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer around my forehead and to contour my cheeks. I swipe on and blend in Benefit’s Watt’s Up Highlighter to my nose (down the bridge, a tip I learned from my friend Joo!), the inner corners of my eyes and the “cupid’s bow” tip right above of my lip. With the same unnamed big fluffy powder brush, I set it all with Bare Mineral’s new Balance & Boost Mineral Veil. Geez, my routine is sounding incredibly time consuming and maybe it is but writing it out is even more daunting LOL! It’s not over yet. After I set it with the mineral veil powder, I apply Lorac’s Pro Cream Eyeliner to my water line, both top & bottom, using MAC’s 219 Pencil Brush and then I add liner on top around my lash line with Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. Finally, I apply Lorac’s Pro Mascara to my bottom lashes and glue on Velour Lashes’ Doll Me Up Mink False Lashes using my trusty Duo Dark Lash Adhesive… and voilà! :) Done!

Whew! Holy cow, that was lengthy! Hope you enjoyed this beauty post and let me know if you guys have any questions in the comments below! I’m always happy to answer them :)

Xox,
An Dyer

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Vogue Influencers Visit OPI!

24 Jun
Vogue Influencers Visit OPI Headquarters - Beth Jones BJonesStyle, Marra Ferreira MLovesM, Suzi Weiss-Fischmann OPI, Sheryl Luke WalkInWonderland, An Dyer HautePinkPretty

BJonesStyle‘s Beth Jones, MLovesM‘s Mara Ferreira, OPI Co-Founder Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, WalkInWonderland‘s Sheryl Luke & HautePinkPretty’s An Dyer (me!)

A few weeks ago, in celebration of OPI‘s Couture de Minnie launch, I was invited (along with fellow Vogue Influencers, Beth, Mara and Sheryl) to have an intimate lunch with OPI followed by a tour of their headquarters. We dined at Stanley’s Restaurant in Studio City (which was delicious by the way!) and chatted with OPI’s Co-Founder Suzi Weiss-Fishmann as well as Harris Shepard & Kate Tatem from Harris Shepard PR, Inc. It was such an honor to sit with them chatting about the history of OPI and learning about their amazing growth through the years. Did you know that OPI started in the dental industry?! OPI actually originally stood for Odontorium Products Inc. They transitioned into the nail business with acrylics and nail supplies (acrylics were made with ingredients similar to that in dentistry!) Who knew?! From there, they ventured into nail polishes and the rest is history!

After lunch, we headed over to their headquarters which was such a treat! We toured a few of their buildings which included their corporate offices as well as manufacturing, packaging and shipping. What OPI tour would be complete without manicures? So of course, we got to indulge in mani’s at the end of the day. By the way, their most popular color ever? OPI’s I’m Not Really a Waitress :)

Vogue Influencers Visit OPI Headquarters - OPI Product Display Room

A room full of OPI’s collections and displays.

Vogue Influencers Visit OPI Headquarters - OPI Product Display Room Side

Vogue Influencers Visit OPI Headquarters - Vintage OPI Neon Sign

A vintage neon sign of OPI’s original logo!

Vogue Influencers Visit OPI Headquarters - Vintage OPI Advertisements

Vintage OPI magazine ads.

Vogue Influencers Visit OPI Headquarters - Vintage Ads one of the original OPI ads with it's original logo

One of their original ads with their original logo!

Vogue Influencers Visit OPI Headquarters - Manufacturing Buildings

Vogue Influencers Visit OPI Headquarters - Lotion Bottling

OPI’s mini lotions being bottled. (*Photo courtesy of OPI)

Vogue Influencers Visit OPI Headquarters - Touring the facilities with hair nets - Beth Jones BJonesStyle, Marra Ferreira MLovesM, Sheryl Luke WalkInWonderland, An Dyer HautePinkPretty

Mara, Beth, Sheryl & I – we had to wear safety goggles & hair nets inside their facilities to make sure nothing gets contaminated. How fabulous do we look? ;) LOL

Vogue Influencers Visit OPI Headquarters - Touring Manufacturing

(*Photo courtesy of OPI)

Vogue Influencers Visit OPI Headquarters - Touring the OPI Buildings - Beth Jones BJonesStyle, Marra Ferreira MLovesM, Sheryl Luke WalkInWonderland, An Dyer HautePinkPretty

(*Photo courtesy of OPI)

Vogue Influencers Visit OPI Headquarters - Manicures

Vogue Influencers Visit OPI Headquarters - Beth Jones BJonesStyle getting a manicure

Beth getting her nails done

I chose their Elephantastic Pink for my mani!

I chose their Elephantastic Pink for my mani! (Photo from my instagram @hautepinkpretty)

WWD Summit WWD Digital Forms wwddig OPI Co Founder Suzi Weiss-Fischmann speaking - teenVogue it List - Beth Jones BJonesStyle, Marra Ferreira MLovesM, Sheryl Luke WalkInWonderland, An Dyer HautePinkPretty

A few days after our visit, OPI Co-Founder Suzi Weiss-Fischmann spoke at WWD Summit’s WWD Digital Forum and shared a photo of our visit!
(Photo courtesy of Maria Ortiz)

Photos by yours truly unless otherwise notated. 

Special thanks to OPI & Vogue, we had such a fabulous time!

Xox,
An Dyer

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Mika Fowler of Kim Vo Salon at the Montage Beverly Hills

18 Jun

HautePinkPretty visit Mika Fowler at Kim Vo Salon Montage Hotel Beverly Hills

Last week, I had the opportunity of visiting Mika Fowler for another cut. I previously wrote about her here. Since then, Mika and her special talented technique of dry cutting, recently moved to the Montage Beverly Hills’ Spa Montage Kim Vo Salon. In addition to the complimentary beverages (champagne, anyone?), clients also get to enjoy complimentary valet! Something that’s always appreciated here in LA :)

About Mika:

Mika Fowler is known as one of the most elite stylists in Beverly Hills. Celebrity clients book her months in advance and include Olivia Munn, Alison Brie, Emma Roberts, Annalynne McCord, Malin Akerman, Rosario Dawson, Cameron Monaghan, Emanuelle Chriqui among many others. You’d be amazed if you knew the rock stars and gods of style that follow her on Twitter.

Mika’s technique and style were developed in first in Japan, one of the most fashion forward places in the world, and later, at Vidal Sassoon. In the highly competitive world of Japan’s style society, there is no room for error, only absolute precision and passion will rise. This is the environment where Mika first established herself.

Following her successes in Japan, Mika took on Beverly Hills where she continues to set the world of styling ablaze with cutting precision rarely seen even in the most famous of salons. Her inspiration for each hair creation comes directly from the client – the client’s face, style and bone structure are all taken into account prior to the first snip of the sheers. She specializes in the art of the dry cut, a cutting technique that she has mastered. Using this technique, Mika is able to take the hair’s natural chemistry, flow and bounce into account to perfectly shape each creation.

via MikaFowler.us

Since I feel like I’m forever battling split ends, I asked Mika to cut my hair a little shorter than I normally go and well, I love it! My hair feels so soft, full and healthy ;) let’s hope I keep it that way!

HautePinkPretty visit Mika Fowler at Kim Vo Salon Montage Hotel Beverly Hills - Shampoo

HautePinkPretty An Dyer visits Mika Fowler at Kim Vo Salon Montage Hotel Beverly Hills - Washed

ShoeMint Milly - HautePinkPretty An Dyer visits Mika Fowler at Kim Vo Salon Montage Hotel Beverly Hills

HautePinkPretty An Dyer visits Mika Fowler at Kim Vo Salon Montage Hotel Beverly Hills - dry

HautePinkPretty An Dyer visits Mika Fowler at Kim Vo Salon Montage Hotel Beverly Hills - card & champagne

HautePinkPretty An Dyer visits Mika Fowler at Kim Vo Salon Montage Hotel Beverly Hills - blow dry

HautePinkPretty An Dyer visits Mika Fowler at Kim Vo Salon Montage Hotel Beverly Hills - before

HautePinkPretty An Dyer visits Mika Fowler at Kim Vo Salon Montage Hotel Beverly Hills - Dry Cut

HautePinkPretty An Dyer visits Mika Fowler at Kim Vo Salon Montage Hotel Beverly Hills - cut

HautePinkPretty An Dyer visits Mika Fowler at Kim Vo Salon Montage Hotel Beverly Hills - curling

HautePinkPretty An Dyer visits Mika Fowler at Kim Vo Salon Montage Hotel Beverly Hills - Styling

HautePinkPretty An Dyer with Mika Fowler at Kim Vo Salon Montage Hotel Beverly Hills

Photos by Chris Dyer.

Thanks so much for a wonderful experience, Mika!

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Xox,
An Dyer

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