Beauty Porn

Hi pretty ladies!

So I sneaked into an Ulta during a Target shopping trip in West Hollywood yesterday and spent over an hour perusing my favorite beauty lines. You know how a lot of people will say “I’m a visual person”? Well, I’m a touchy-feely person. Window-shopping often turns into grabbing and running/smearing products all over both arms up to the elbows in an effort to see how it works. Sure, product-packaging is pretty to look at but there’s nothing like actually feeling it on your skin and seeing how it melts and turns! Ahhh, #BeautyPorn. Here are some of the new products that made my heart sing:

Tarte’s Pure Maracuja Oil

Tarte has a whole line of Maracuja oil products, which I didn’t pay attention to until I tried the oil on my excema-stained finger. Boy, did it soften my skin and hydrate! Maracuja oil is found in Brazilian fruit that is harvested sustainably by Tarte . It’s packed with Vitamin C and is a natural skin brightener and anti-aging. It absorbs instantly and is great as a face serum!

Pure Maracuja Oil

Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tints 

I am so in love with matte lips and these just do the trick without drying out your mouth. They look like they are in pencil form but when you open the cap you will see a retractable “flat” top that fits for any lip shape. They are a sheer to medium build and great alone or with lip liner.

Benefit’s Pin Up Lashes

These double-layered lashes give the perfect flirty wink to every gal! And for $15 you can use them again and again.

Benefit’s Perk Up Artist

This concealer trio does triple the work with a yellow corrector to cancel out red spots and zits, a universal beige coverup to conceal circles and imperfections and a pink eye brightener to perk up tired eyes. Talk about #portable !

Too Faced came out with THE perfect nude lip liner by the name of… you guessed it, “Perfect Nude.” This retractable liner is super creamy and


My Favorite Newbies for Fall 2012

August’s miserable heat-filled and muggy nights are slowly fading and making way for September’s cooler days and crisper evenings. This is always a fun time of year for beauty lovers: we put away our shorts and burn-out tanks and bring out our jackets and boots. We tuck away our bronzers and coral lip glosses and slap on metallic shadows and dark ,matte lipsticks. Here’s a quick collection of autumn-worthy goodies that I’m stoked about and think you should be too!

Maybelline Baby Lips

With a six-shade variety, Baby Lips visibly renew your lips with 8-hour hydration in 4 weeks. SPF 20 included, making this a great primer for lipstick, or wear alone on “light, no-makeup” days.

Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Stoic

A highly pigmented metallic cream, you can use this baby alone or under other shadows. I prefer using this teal color “Stoic” under duo-chrome pigments and eye shadows to really make them pop.

Lady Gaga Fame

I’m not a big perfume girl, but this black liquid intrigues me. When sprayed, it turns clear! Its delicate floral scent has apricot undertones.

Makeup For Ever Aqua Rouge 

MUF’s answer to long-wearing lipstick. The Aqua Rouge comes in 12 shades. It’s double-ended:  the color with a doe-foot applicator helps your fill in your lips with precision, the clear top coat “locks in” the color while moisturizing.

Boscia Bright White

This cruelty-free product is an advanced, anti-aging mask that brightens, hydrates and smooths skin. All of which you will need when the summer’s humid heat turns its back on you in the coming months.

Phyto Dietary Supplement: Hair & Nails

Frustrated with nail breakage or can’t wait for your “chic” bob to grow out? Enter Phyto Dietary Supplement: This unique vitamin is packed with fatty acids and antioxidents that will illuminate skin, strengthen nails and help hair (and lashes!) grow.


Now, I know Wen has been around for a couple of years, but  I have yet to try it. I must say the QVC commercials intrigue me. I have a feeling this stuff works because its creator, Chaz Dean, used to do my own mother’s hair when I was little, and I remember how great his work was, even in the early nineties. This multitasking cleanser and conditioner was designed to “impart shine, luster, and softness.” The low-lather formula claims to be a universal product that caters to all your haircare needs, regardless of hair type. “Herbal extracts like aloe leaf juice and sweet almond oil help your locks retain moisture, while protecting them from daily and future damage.”

The Wedding Series: Wedding Attire & Accessories

Hi all! This week I bring you our wedding attire and accessories. Let’s start off with my most amazing possession: this Ines Di Santo wedding gown by Lovella Bridal. My mom bought me this beauty and I am so sad I only get to wear it once. Finding the gown was the easiest part of the entire wedding planning.I went to two Lovella Bridal boutiques and this was the third dress I tried on. I just loved how intricate the top of the dress is with all the pretty jewels. I’ve never seen anything like it! I went in thinking I wanted a tight mermaid dress and instead picked this one. This is a half-mermaid, half-ball gown. It’s the best of both worlds! I felt sexy and princess-ey at the same time, haha. We ordered it to my custom measurements and I worked my BUTT off at the gym all year to keep in shape. I ended up having to have it altered to be smaller from the working out, but can’t complain about losing weight, right?

Here’s the dress below during our first dance.


During the ceremony

These are my wedding shoes. I asked my father to make me a custom pair of shoes and I can’t tell you how honored I was to wear them. My dad did an amazing job of designing the structure of the shoe. You can’t tell from here, but the bottom of the shoe is Tiffany blue and the heels are completely crystalled in Swarovsky. The “bling” was done by Devan of Blingerie Custom Crystal Embellishments.

 I requested the shoes be all-leather so that they would be soft and pliable, good for dancing. There are four inches high with a hidden platform in the front. Dylan’s 6′ 3″ and I’m 5′ 4″ so I needed to make sure I was wearing tall shoes!

If you are interested in custom wedding shoes or really any kind of custom shoe, please contact Jerry Guederian at Shoe Lab. Oh, how I cried when he put them on me!

Here’s a close-up of our rings. Dylan’s is a Cobalt ring by Scott Kay. I had it inscribed with “I Love You My Hokis” (Hokis= honey in Armenian) My rings are rose gold 🙂

Here is some of my fun blingy jewelry: stretch bracelet and cocktail ring.

   I wore my grandma’s pearl necklace and bracelet which she left for me before she died. It really felt like she was there with us. I miss her so much…

Here’s our good looking bridal party! I bought Cappy’s little tuxedo from a vendor cart at The Grove. The girls are wearing the Twist Wrap dress by Dessy Group in Ocean. My maid of honor, Chantal, is wearing a gown by Alfred Angelo with matching blingy belt. The boys are all decked out in rentals from Friar Tux. We got their ties from Macy’s, which matched the girl’s teal dresses perfectly.

From L-R: Angelica, Jed, Keumku, Lisa K, Chantal, Jay, me & Cappy, Dylan, Lisa G, Eugene, Corine, Allyson, John and Brian.

The Wedding Series: Hair

Happy Thursday peeps! Today I bring you the hairstyles from our wedding. 
My hair was the biggest issue of the entire wedding. I had four different hair trials, and finally, Byron Williams of Byron & Tracy Salon in Beverly Hills was able to whip my heavy, straight hair into an updo that would hold. Let me just clarify that I hate updos. I was always the girl who wore her hair down for high school dances. But the back of my dress was so pretty it just would have been a shame to hide it with my mane. So I found a photo of a modern updo on Eva Longoria that I felt I could deal with. It’s important to show your hair stylist a picture of exactly what you want. The only thing I did different was part my hair on the side, and “bump up” the crown area for volume. My husband is 6′ 3″ and I’m 5′ 4″ so I need all the height I can get!

…Here is my hair brooch by Maria Elena & Lovella Bridal- it’s bendable and adjustable! 
Here’s the final look before I walked down the aisle
I love this photo by Rustin Michael below. It’s difficult to see how intricate the hair design is because of my dark hair, but the back lighting helps. 

Here’s a photo from the end of the evening after we had danced and sweated all night. It held up pretty good!

Poor Dylan had to take out about 2 lbs-worth of bobby pins out of my head that night.
The lovely Alicia Diaz did most of my bridesmaid’s hairstyles. All the girls decided to leave their hair down and in wavy curls, which I thought looked fantastic with their fascinators. I felt the fascinators were a perfect touch for our Hollywood wedding 🙂 I wanted my girls to look “Hollywood classic” without pulling the same old red lips-black eyeliner-and-victory rolls, and I think we succeeded.
From L-R: Lisa Kederian, Allyson Stagg, Angelica McDonnell, me, Chantal Guederian (MOH), Corine Goodwin and Lisa Gonzalez.


Hair Brooch by Maria Elena
Bridesmaids’ fascinators by Claire’s

Hair Vendors

Bride & Maid of Honor: Byron & Tracy Hair Salon
Bridesmaids: Alicia Diaz (626-862-3732)

Wedding Series: Makeup

Next up– the makeup! 
My fabulous photographer Rustin Michael took some great getting ready shots of me that I’ll share below. For my own makeup, I used Dinair’s airbrush foundation, blush and highlighter. I wish I could use airbrush foundation everyday, but I’m too lazy to clean out the gun every morning (you can’t leave product in the airbrush gun because it will damage the whole machine- talk about high maintenance). Airbrush makeup is fantastic for brides because it stays on, and floats right about your skin, as opposed to sinking into your pores, giving you a smooth glow. There is a small amount of alcohol in the foundation, which helps to dry down very quickly and stay ON like nobody’s business. 
Here I’m applying a small amount of MAC’s Reflects Pearl glitter on the inner corners of my eyes, because let’s face, everyone knew I would rock glitter on my wedding day.

Here is the finished product, complete with a combination of MAC and Urban Decay eyeshadows and Ardell lashes. I kept the lips neutral so poor Dylan wouldn’t be smeared with bright lipstick all day. I’ll have a video tutorial of this look as soon as the weather cools down and my studio isn’t a hot box!

Here’s the Mother of the Bride, in all her glory. I definitely get my makeup skills from my mom. She has always been skilled with the makeup brush. I remember watching her do her makeup as a kid in the 80’s, I just couldn’t wait to grow up and do winged out blue eye liner and hot pink angled blush like she did. Mom did her own makeup that day, I helped her a little with the eyeshadow and lash application.
Yep, that’s the ring boy in the corner
Here is my bridesmaid Angelica representing all the girls’ makeup. Allyson Stagg of The Las Vegas Style Sirens (and of being my best friend) did my girls’ makeup. Knowing my love for dramatic eye makeup, she created this jaw-dropping teal and champagne smoky eye topped with MAC’s Reflects Teal glitter and whipped them up for each girl within three hours. I couldn’t believe how sexy and bold my bridesmaids looked! As if you guys don’t know already, I’m not really a fan of the “natural look.” I LIVE for jewel tones and sex-pot makeup, and that’s exactly what Allyson delivered. All of my girls looked like Playboy models, and I’m pretty sure their boyfriends/husbands didn’t mind at all. 😉

Cappy and his Godmother
I wish I had photos of all the girls, we are still in the process of editing. I’ll go back and update this blog once the photos are ready 🙂

Wedding Series: Bridal Nails

Hi beauty lovers, 
We are finally back from getting married and going on our honeymoon 🙂 
Now that I’ve got the house in order and our lives have gone back to normal, I want to share all my beauty experiences as a bride with you. 
The first part of my wedding series will be on the nails. Here are mine below. I got these done professionally at Bellacures in Hollywood by the lovely Rebecca:
I came up with the idea and did it on my own about 8 months ago, but I knew I wanted a professional to execute it for my big day. I got the idea for the ring finger on Pinterest. It was in silver, but I wanted it done in gold so it would look like my rose gold engagement and wedding rings 🙂
This look was created with gel nail polish, and man did that stuff stay on! It lasted through the wedding, the entire honeymoon (including snorkel and swimming excursions) with a single chip or crack. I finally removed them the other day (17 days later!) simply because my nails were growing out. 
HOW TO REMOVE GEL POLISH AT HOME: I soaked cotton balls in acetone and wrapped each one against my nail, then wrapped each finger up with aluminum foil and waited 10 minutes. I was able to easily scrape the polish off without much damage to my naturals.
I asked all of my lovely bridesmaids to do some form of nail art and they delivered. All the girls chose to incorporate my wedding colors, purple and teal, into their fun nail art designs! It was just so moving (to me) to see all these fun nail art designs on all my loved ones, because they all know how much I love crazy nail looks.
…And my mother SHOCKED me by getting a peach and silver glitter reverse-French nail design for her digits. I was SO excited to see this! Go Mom!