Beauty 101 – Lauren Conrad Makeup Favorites

From her teen years in Laguna Beach to current day as one of Hollywood’s favorite fashionista’s, the lovely Lauren Conrad always looks stunning. With down-to-earth style and a relaxed, golden, girl-next-door vibe, Lauren’s definitely one to watch for beauty inspiration. I adore discovering which makeup products celebrities use to get their perfect complexion and if you’ve ever found yourself wondering, “what makeup does Lauren Conrad use?” this is the guide for you…

Beauty 101: Lauren Conrad Makeup Favorites…

Lauren loves Kanebo Sensai Collection Fluid Finish, explaining she uses this foundation during the day because it’s so lightweight and moisturizing. The brand says it has 55% water content, giving skin a silky sheen.


I can agree with Lauren on this one, I also personally use Cle de Peau Concealer and it is fantastic! The coverage is brilliant, without being too heavy. You don’t need much and I found it works really well under the eyes and to also cover any blemishes. It isn’t cheap, but once I tried it nothing else compared. I tend to spend a little more on critical makeup items, such as foundation and concealer to get the base right and then less on the products like eyeshadow.


Lauren always includes this gorgeous bronzer in her make up routine, Chanel Soleil Tan Bronzing Makeup Base. Or for a less expensive option, she also recommends Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder.


To create that pretty peachy glow Lauren is known for, she sweeps a little of the best-selling NARS Blush in Amour on the apples of her cheeks.

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Describing it as ‘simply perfection’, Lauren’s all time favorite eyeliner is mark Waterproof Eyeliner.


A cheap and cheerful addition to her makeup routine, Lauren likes Maybelline Full n’ Soft Mascara for luscious lashes.


When the occasion calls for a statement lip and stunning pop of color, Lauren chooses Dior Addict Lipstick. She also loves to keep a lip moisturizer such as Kiehl’s Lip Balm in her bag (I’m also a big fab of that balm, it’s my favorite!).


Tell me… are you a Lauren Conrad makeup fan? What do you think of her girl-next-door beauty style? I adore it! If you’ve ever used these products too, please comment and share your thoughts on them.


Monday Makeover – Biggest Celebrity Hair Cuts 2015

After Kim Kardashian sparked quite a controversy over her new platinum ‘do in Paris last week, it got me thinking about all the celebrity hair cuts that have taken place in the last month. There has been a lot! It seems everyone wants a fresh new look for 2015. Some are gorgeous, whilst others I definitely won’t be talking to my hairdresser about anytime soon.

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While I was looking at the different celebrity hair cuts, I noticed one thing in common – so many have chosen to rock a ‘lob’ (that’s a long bob).  Generally, I think it looks stunning – and obviously Margot Robbie can do no wrong. I’m not sure about Nicole Richie’s new pink pixie, I loved her with a simple blonde lob.

I’m sharing a few of the biggest celebrity hair cut transformations below, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Which new ‘do is your top pick and which makeover can’t you stand?

Kim Kardashian short hair 2015 Kim Kardashian – Lob

Kim Kardashian Platinum hair 2015 Kim Kardashian – Platinum

Margot Robbie Margot Robbie – Lob

Nicole Kidman short hair 2015 Nicole Kidman – Lob

Nicole Richie lob short hair pink pixie hair cut 2015 Nicole Richie – Pixie

Rita Ora short hair cut 2015 Rita Ora – Pixie

Rosie Huntington Whiteley short hair cut 2015 lob Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – Lob


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Red Carpet: Oscars 2015 Best Dressed – You Vote!

I always adore seeing the red carpet arrivals and the Oscars on Sunday provided the sparkle and glamour we’ve all come to expect. Who was your ‘Oscars 2015 best dressed’ of the night? I’d love to hear your thoughts, vote below and leave a comment!

Reese Witherspoon Oscars Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford

Anna Faris Oscars Anna Faris in Zuhair Murad


Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab

Jennifer Aniston Oscars Jennifer Aniston in Versace

Emma Stone Oscars Emma Stone in Elie Saab

Gwyneth Paltrow Oscars Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph & Russo Couture

Jenna Dewan Tatum Oscars Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Zuhair Murad

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Style School: How To Wear A Scarf

I am excited to introduce a new feature here on Style Elixir, class is in for Style School! We all have little fashion questions and wardrobe dilemma’s, but sometimes it’s tricky to find the answers you need. However, that’s why I’m here! We’re kicking of the series with Google’s most asked fashion question in 2014, ‘How to wear a scarf’.

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I’m such a big scarf person and must admit, my collection is a little out of control… so I’ve well and truly discovered how to wear a scarf. To help demonstrate, the video below is seriously amazing – it shows you 16 different ways to tie a scarf. I guarantee you’ll find something new and watching it will probably be the best three minutes you’ll spend all day.

For extra inspiration, you’ll find celeb-favorite scarf lovers here and of course, a shopping guide for the hottest scarves to add to your own collection. If you have a fashion question you’d like answered, just send me an email ([email protected]) with the subject line ‘Style School’.

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You Vote: Golden Globes Red Carpet Best & Worst Dressed

I absolutely adore this month, week after week there are oh-so-glamorous awards shows and last night was the Golden Globes. Oh the dresses! The hair! The jewels… ahhmazing.

One thing I find really interesting is the fashion trends that emerge and this year, there was a lot of silver embellished sparkle, strapless yellow gowns and a strong white contingent too. Before we get into my best and worst dressed (and your chance to vote!), I want to make a special mention of some favorites… Julia Goldani Telles was incredibly beautiful in her cobalt Carmen Marc Valvo gown. Emma Stone was absolutely stunning in her Lanvin pantsuit and Amal Clooney was the epitome of style and sophistication in Dior Haute Couture. Amal’s white opera gloves elevated the Golden Globes to a whole other level.

Without further a-do, here is my ultimate red carpet round-up – be sure to vote below and leave a comment, I can’t wait to see the poll results and hear your thoughts! Tell me, who is your best and worst dressed pick of the night?

Golden Globes Trends

White Dresses Golden Globes red carpet fashion 2015 kate hudson salma hayek emily blunt dress White Delight:  Salma Hayek    |    Emily Blunt    |    Julia Louis-Dreyfus    |    Kate Hudson

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Silver Sparkle:  Julianne Moore    |    Dakota Johnson    |    Diane Kruger    |    Reese Witherspoon

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Walking on Sunshine:  Jenna Dewan Tatum    |    Naomi Watts    |    Leslie Mann

Golden Globes Best Dressed

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Julia Goldani Telles in Carmen Marc Valvo. My favorite, what a stunning dress!

Jennifer Lopez Golden Globes best dressed 2015

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

Emma Stone Golden Globes best dressed 2015

Emma Stone in Lanvin

Amal Clooney golden globes best dressed 2015

Amal Clooney in Dior Haute Couture

Anna Kendrick Golden Globes best dressed 2015

Anna Kendrick in Monique Lhuillier

Julianne Moore Golden Globes best dressed 2015

Julianne Moore in Givenchy Couture

Salma Hayek Golden Globes best dressed 2015

Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen

Lupita Nyong'o Golden Globes best dressed 2015

Lupita Nyong’o in Giambattista Valli Couture

Kate Beckinsale Golden Globes best dressed 2015

Kate Beckinsale in Elie Saab

Chrissy Teigen Golden Globes best dressed 2015

Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad


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  Golden Globes Worst Dressed

Kerry Washington Golden Globes worst dressed 2015

Kerry Washington. Normally Kerry has incredible red carpet style, I’m not sure what happened here – it’s all too much! I am also confused by these red and black heels, why Kerry, why?

Rosamund Pike Golden Globes worst dressed 2015

Rosamund Pike in Vera Wang. This dress looks odd and the top is very ill-fitting.

Keira Knightley Golden Globes worst dressed 2015

Keira Knightley in Chanel. I’m just not into this look, I know Keira is pregnant but her dress is too ‘nightie’ and lacks requisite red carpet glamour.

Zosia Marmet Golden Globes worst dressed 2015

Zosia Marmet in Andrew Gn

Lena Dunham Golden Globes worst dressed 2015

Lena Dunham in Zac Posen. While I love the vibrant red color, this dress is ill-fitting and I feel a pair of gorgeous earrings or cute clutch would have added a more polished touch.


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Celeb Beauty Bag: Blake Lively Hair Secrets Revealed

As you may have heard, Blake Lively just recently gave birth to her baby with husband Ryan Reynolds. I just found out today it’s a little girl… and you can only imagine how gorgeous she will be (hello, genetic lottery!). Aside from Blake’s impeccable style (she never seems to put a Louboutin-clad foot wrong!) and sweet girl-next-door persona, it’s her ethereal beauty that often always captures my attention.

I’ve done a little digging and discovered her favorite beauty products and all the Blake Lively hair secrets you need to know…

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Blake travels a lot and between all the flights and humidity in different locations, she’s explained her hair can get kind of frizzy and big. So for smooth, shiny hair she swears by regularly using a nourishing hair mask. Her go-to? Blake revealed it’s Kerastase Reflection Chroma Captive Hair Masque. She doesn’t rinse it completely from her hair and then once her hair is almost dry, she puts it up into a high ballerina bun.

Before shampooing, she also adds extra virgin coconut oil to the ends. Blake explained that her mom taught her when you shampoo you’re only trying to remove oil from the roots, not the ends. However, when you shampoo the ends you’re damaging them and it’s really drying. To prevent this, before showering she recommends applying coconut oil on the ends.

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Want to know her go-to look for perfect evening hair? Blake said it’s actually a daytime hair look that’s super versatile. Simply slick back your hair in a tight ponytail, then take random chunks, braiding and twisting them.

Other must-haves inside her beauty bag? Blake Lively can’t live without her Mason Pearson hair brush (these are incredible!), Perfekt Skin Perfection Gel and Crème de la Mer The Body Crème.

Finally, it’s not hair related, but I think every gal needs a signature scent! I’m always intrigued to know what a woman identifies as her go-to fragrance and for Blake, it’s all about Gucci Première perfume – she said she wears it everywhere (even just at home in her pajamas).

I’d love to know, have you used any of Blake’s favorite beauty products? Are you keen to try some of her tips? I will definitely be doing this coconut oil before shampooing (such a good idea) and trying that Kerastase Reflection Hair Masque and this Skin Perfection Gel looks fantastic!

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Monday Must Have: Olivia Palermo Style – Red Nail Polish

I hope you all enjoyed a beautiful weekend! Today I wanted to share with you something I’ve been lusting after lately… the perfect red nail polish. I’m often inspired by celebrity fashion and beauty, after all they have access to the latest and greatest products! One of my favorites is Olivia Palermo style… the girl can do no wrong. Olivia is renowned for making red nail polish her signature and she’s rarely seen without it.

Olivia Palermo style red nail polish

I’ve been hunting down the perfect shade of red for longer than I’d like to admit and after finally tracking down which nail polishes Olivia Palermo wears, I found it! Her favorite shade is Essie Lollipop – and let me be the first to excitedly say, it’s ahhhmazing (I was shopping on the weekend and had 3 people ask what shade I was wearing).

The thing I love about reds is they’re universal and can be worn all year round. Summer or winter, breakfast or black tie, you’ll always look perfectly polished in this chic hue. If you’d love a little red in your life, these are the nail polishes Olivia Palermo wears… Olivia Palermo style Red Nail Polish essie lollipop clam bake really red

Olivia Palermo Style:  Clam Bake    |    Really Red    |    Lollipop (my favorite!)

Olivia Palermo style Red Nail Polish essie lollipop clam bake really red

Olivia Palermo style Red Nail Polish essie lollipop clam bake really red Olivia Palermo Style:  Clam Bake    |    Really Red    |    Lollipop (my favorite!)

Celebrity Beauty: Kourtney Kardashian’s Makeup Routine

For those of you who have been with me for a while now, you’ll know I adore discovering celebrity makeup routines and beauty tricks! When it comes to this, there are few stars more photographed than the Kardashian’s and being on their beauty A-game is a daily requisite. Whether you love them or loathe them, women the world over look to the trio for makeup inspiration and the K-sisters are always on-point with the latest trends.

Today, I’m delving inside Kourtney Kardashian’s makeup favorites and beauty bag to share the must-have products she can’t live without…

Kourtney Kardashian Makeup

Kourtney Kardashian’s Makeup Must-Haves:

Photo Finish Primer by Smashbox
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
Smashbox Bronzer
Nars Blush in Orgasm
Lancôme Mascara
Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curler
YSL Lipstick – #13 Le Orange  (I also personally use this all the time and looove it!)

Inside her Beauty Bag:

Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Face Cleanser
Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System
Vitamin E Oil  (Kourtney puts this on her eyelashes and around her eyes, she’s done it since high school!)
Ole Henriksen Eye Creme
Johnson & Johnson Baby Body Lotion (she uses this every day and loves the fresh, comforting scent)

Signature Scents:

Jivago ’24 Karat Gold’ Eau de Parfum
Michael by Michael Kors Eau de Parfum
Quelques Fleurs Perfume (I have this one too, it’s classic and oh-so-beautiful)

I’d love to know, have you tried any of these products before? Which one’s would you love to experience?

Celebrity Makeup Tutorial – Jessie James Decker

I love makeup and beauty as much as the next girl, so watching YouTube tutorials and Google-ing celebrity makeup how-to’s is a favorite pass time. Since discovering her reality show with husband Eric Decker, I’ve become enamored with the beautiful Jessie James Decker‘s makeup – a perfect mix of glamor, without appearing over done.

I was delighted to discover Jessie occasionally does makeup tutorials, so I wanted to share her latest with you – and of course, the products she uses to get this look! The great news is, they aren’t high-end and unaffordable… her makeup bag includes everything from L’Oreal to Urban Decay, with easy to shop beauty items from Target and Sephora. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did – isn’t she so sweet and down to earth?!

Celebrity Makeup Tutorial – Jessie James Decker
Shop Her Beauty Bag:
(listed in order of use)
Full Coverage Concealer
Foundation Brush
Skin Foundation Stick (color #4 Natural)
Illuminating Powder Foundation (color: 60 Watts)
Powder Brush
Eye Shadow Duo (color: The Top Shelf)
Eco Tools Eye Shadow Brush
Crease Eye Shadow Brush
Eye Shadow Palette
Eye Brow Pencil (color: Soft Brown)
Brow Gel
Contour Bronzer (color: #4 Deep)
Face Bronzer (color: #5 Bali Brown)
Lip Liner (color: Cocoa)
Lipstick – Option 1 (color: Lady’s Choice)
Lipstick – Option 2 (color: #14 Crystal Pink)
Lipstick – Option 3 (color: Naked)
Brightening Lip Gloss
Eye Pencil Liner
Eye Liquid Liner
Blush and Highlighter

Friday’s Fab Favorites: Shop My Closet – Tamera Mowry-Housley

Happy Friday and welcome to the Fab Favorites Link Up! This week I’m delighted to share with you the very exciting celebrity charity fashion auction event we have on at Bloggers Closet! I have collaborated with actress, producer and talk show host, Tamera Mowry-Housley (I’m sure you all know her from Sister, Sister and Tia & Tamera, plus her new daytime talk show, The Real, which starts soon on September 15).

Tamera is opening her closet and all proceeds from the auction of her items, plus 10% of sales site-wide this week on Bloggers Closet will be donated to I Have A Dream Foundation.


I Have A Dream Foundation are an amazing national organization that help children in low-income communities pursue and achieve their career dreams, providing guaranteed tuition support, as well as personal coaching from elementary school through first year college.

I truly believe it is incredibly important to give back, so this is a perfect way to not only look good in gorgeous celebrity style, but feel good too knowing you helped a fantastic cause! From French Connection, to BCBG Max Azria, Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors and Karen Millen… Tamera has opened her closet to you and there are some very special pieces, including the dress she wore to her engagement party in New York City and this stunning dress she recently wore in the new ad campaign for The Real.

View Tamera’s auction items

Tamera Mowry-Housley A.B.S by Allen Schwartz Dress   |   Karen Millen Dress   |   BCBG Max Azria Dress

Tamera Mowry-Housley French Connection Dress   |   All Saints Heels   |   Oscar de la Renta Sunglasses

Tamera Mowry-Housley BCBG Max Azria Ruffle Dress   |   Gold Stud Earrings   |   Ballet Flats

Tamera Mowry-Housley Rachel Zoe Dress  |   Black and Gold Neckklaces (set of two)    |   100% Cashmere Sweater

Tamera Mowry-Housley Black Rose Belt   |   Diane von Furstenberg Dress   |   Sun Hat (a gift from Adam)

Tamera Mowry-Housley Pour La Victoire Heels   |   Tamera’s Engagement Party Dress   |   Michael Kors Heels

Tamera Mowry-Housley Salomon Beanie   |   Sam Edelman Heels (a gift from Tia)   |   Tamera’s Slippers with Initials

Tamera Mowry-Housley

Cream Knit Sweater Dress   |   J. Crew Orange Shirt Dress


I hope you enjoy a preview of the pieces below – be sure to spread the word and make a bid, it’s wonderful to come together as a community to support a great cause (and look cute as a result!). I’ve also listed a lot of new pieces in my closet, including this red skirt you all loved from Style Sessions…


I hope you enjoy meeting fellow bloggers through this week’s Link Up, it’s always fun to discover new people and learn more about them. Remember… you can share anything – a previous post, or a post about your favorite things. Whatever takes your fancy!  If you’re interested in co-hosting, just email me for details.

Friday’s Fab Favorites Link Up: