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Friday, June 26, 2015

Getting Clean (Slowly)…

Okay let’s not jump to any ugly conclusions…   Yeah, I know I’ve been gone for a few months, and if you’re a long time reader, you know how much I love my wine… But by no means do I have a problem (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I live 27 minutes from wine country; I’m just supporting local businesses).

My problem isn’t my wine consumption — it’s my dirty beauty products. I just finished an in-depth piece for the San Francisco Chronicle which previewed online today (read it here) and will be on the cover of the Style section Sunday. I’ve been working on this piece for several months and I’ll be frank, what I learned scared the living shit out of me.

I know what you’re thinking right now… Okay, so Janna moved from New York three years ago and now she’s morphed into a hippy-dippy crunchy Californian. Let’s not get crazy. Sure, I bought a pair of Birkenstocks (they’re so comfy!) and I’ve been known to sign a petition or two, but that’s not what this is about. I was mortified to learn that my government is doing nothing about the toxins in my beauty products. That’s right. Nada. Let’s put it this way… the FDA has banned 9 ingredients in the past 75 years and Europe has banned over a 1000!

So what damage can such a small amount of toxins do to you? Unfortunately a lot. New studies have shown that even a small amount of exposure can lead to cancer, reproductive issues, and many more scary ailments. I know it’s tough to actually believe that such a small amount of something could lead to cancer 20 years from now, but the science doesn’t lie.

Scare tactics aside… In my research for this story, I was introduced to several beautiful non-toxic brands like True Nature Botanicals, Marie Veronique, and Vintner’s Daughter. Before I started using the products, I assumed these natural brands would smell nice and feel good on my skin but I wasn’t expecting miracles for my red, blotchy bitchy tantrum-throwing skin. I couldn’t have been more wrong. We’re talking actives like natural retinol and topical vitamin c blended with Mother Nature’s most potent blend of soothers and anti-agers. Bonus: they also smell amazing and feel great on my skin.

MY SKIN HAS NEVER LOOKED SO GLORIOUS!!! SERIOUSLY!

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And not only does my skin look amazing but these products have really made me fall in love with beauty all over again. I feel like I’m in my friend Meredith’s bathroom in sixth grade, applying her Clinique loose powder for the first time. I literally look forward to my nighttime skincare ritual.

Now, while my skincare is 100% non-toxic my makeup and haircare are slowly getting there…  Keep in mind that even if you replace just a few of your dirty products you’re reducing your exposure dramatically, so go ahead and take it slow.

While you wait with bated breath for my first product review (wait until after the July 4th holiday), start paying attention to your ingredients. No clue where to start? Download the Think Dirty app, scan your beauty products, and get informed. Want a quick cheat sheet? Try the free downloadable pocket guides from my new favorite beauty subscription box service Spa Heroes (and while you’re at it sign up — the founder curates AMAZING products and you end up saving money).

Go enjoy the weekend and don’t forget to apply sunscreen (make sure it’s a mineral sunscreen!)…

 

 

 

 

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Monday, January 12, 2015

How to Get the Best Looks From Last Night’s Golden Globes

Let me start by saying I was beyond elated that Boyhood and Transparent took home top honors at the Golden Globes last night. Bravo! Bravo! Of course my elation started way before the first gilded award was handed out. Aside from the usual invasion of the boring nude lip, the red carpet screamed Hollywood — just the way I like it! There were sultry smoky eyes, statement red lips, and old Hollywood waves, oh my!

I would be remiss if I didn’t share how to get the best looks of the night:

Amal Clooney’s Makeup

Courtesy Charlotte Tilbury

Photo courtesy Charlotte Tilbury

Mrs. Clooney’s makeup was almost as inspiring as her impressive resume. UK Celebrity Makeup Artist Charlotte Tilbury created the look:  “I went into today knowing what she likes, so I created a retro beauty look inspired by the silver screen sirens that fits her classic style.” Mission accomplished. She looks absolutely stunning.

Get the Look:

  1. Charlotte applied  Charlotte Tilbury ‘Charlotte’s Magic Cream’ Treat & Transform Moisturizer to the entire face followed by Charlotte Tilbury ‘Wonderglow’ Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash to create a flawless soft focus and an instant “spotlight” effect, which acted as the perfect base to the Charlotte Tilbury ‘Light Wonder’ Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation in 7 Medium.
  1. Charlotte applied Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte Tilbury ‘The Retoucher’ Conceal & Treat Stick in 2 Fair and 3 Medium underneath the eye. Rid the face of any unwanted oils with a dusting of Charlotte Tilbury ‘Air Brush Flawless Finish’ Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder in 2 Medium down the middle of the face only to keep Amal’s skin dewy and fresh.
  1. Next, Charlotte used Charlotte Tilbury ‘Brow Lift’ Three-Way Shape, Lift & Shade Eyebrow Pencil to perfect brows and shape the face.
  1. To bring out the golden highlights in Amal’s eyes, Charlotte applied the pop shade from Charlotte Tilbury ‘Luxury Palette – The Dolce Vita’ Color-Coded Eyeshadow Paletteacross the lids. Charlotte Tilbury ‘Rock ‘n’ Kohl’ Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil was applied around the eye. To soften the liner, Charlotte Tilbury ‘The Classic’ Eye Powder Pencil was applied over the top. Charlotte applied three coats of Charlotte Tilbury ‘Full Fat Lashes’ 5 Star Mascara to the top lashes and only one coat to bottom lashes to create an open-eyed look.
  1. Charlotte used  Charlotte Tilbury ‘Filmstar Bronze & Glow’ Face Sculpt & Highlight to highlight and sculpt the cheek, nose, jawline and temples.
  2. To create the perfect cheek, Charlotte used Charlotte Tilbury ‘Cheek to Chic’ Swish & Pop Blush across the cheekbones.
  3. Finish with the perfect velvety red lip by using Charlotte Tilbury ‘Lip Cheat’ Re-Size & Re-Shape Lip Liner Savage Rose along with Charlotte Tilbury ‘K.I.S.S.I.N.G’ Lipstick Night Crimson .

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Sephora Class Revelation: Evidently I Don’t Know Everything

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I was invited to a press event at Sephora this past week to experience one of their complimentary classes at their San Francisco flagship store on Powell Street.  I sauntered in (late of course) to a small group of style writers and makeup artists discussing the “if you were stranded on a desert island, which beauty product would you bring?” conundrum. The makeup artists went first. Of course they were pragmatic, naming multi-use makeup palettes like Smashbox Master Class Palette III Color & Contour and other multi-use products and palettes. Then, the style writers went around the room choosing generic makeup items like mascara, lipgloss, etc. When it was my turn, I chose AMOREPACIFIC ‘Color Control’ Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50  because if I’m going to be stranded on an island, you better believe I’m not leaving my grass hut without a flattering, buildable CC Cream packed with high sunscreen. (Leave it to me to choose something not offered at Sephora. Whatever.)

After we had gone around the room divulging our most beloved products, Makeup Artist Kenya Garrett gave an interactive  tutorial on how to contour and highlight. Now, I’m no stranger to contouring and highlighting. Meaning, I know how to do it, but I don’t aspire to look like Kim Kardashian in any shape or form. Occasionally, I’ll lightly contour the hollows of my cheeks with a matte bronzer and slap a cream highlighter on my cheekbones. But, I usually end up blending away the contour powder because it just never looks natural.

Well, Kenya must have been reading my mind because she declared the Kim Kardashian way “wrong” and gave us a thorough tutorial on how to make contouring and highlighting actually look flattering and natural.  She also gave some pro tips I hadn’t heard before:

1) Wear a foundation with more coverage when contouring and highlighting so that redness and other discolorations do not show through.

2) Apply highlighter first so that your face tells you where to contour. Meaning, once you’ve applied your highlighter and you tilt your face down in front of the mirror, you will more clearly see the hollows of your cheeks (where the contour powder goes)

3) Do NOT use a matte bronzer when contouring. Use a taupe with grey in it so that it more resembles your natural face shadows. BRILLIANT! MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE!

After Kenya’s demonstration, we were teamed up with makeup artists for one-on-one sessions. I was paired with the knowledgable Elisia Huck, who showed me how to color correct my puffy eyes to make them look flattened and brighter. Then, when I told Elisia I already had the coveted Anastasia Contour Kit  but I was only using it as eyeshadow, she showed me the right shade (you guessed it grayish taupe) to use as a contouring powder and how to apply it.

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Okay, so I’m the first to admit this class showed me that in fact I don’t know everything. (Yes, it was shocking for me as well) The classes range from “Contouring and Highlighting” to “Day-to-Night Smoky Eye” and you can make a reservation online here. Added bonus: every class attendee gets a little goody bag with fun samples! Classes are complimentary to Beauty Insiders. If you’re not a Beauty Insider yet, well quite frankly, I’m shocked you read my blog. It’s free to join the Beauty Insider program and as beauty addicts like myself can attest to, membership (and spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora) has its privileges.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Ultimate Summer Beauty Survival Guide: Tips and Tricks to Make the Heat Your B*tch This Summer

Well my lovelies, it’s that time of year again… You may call it the middle of summer — I call it my Vietnam. What once looked like perfect applied makeup and a sleek blowout can morph into your worst nightmare within a few minutes of being exposed to the ungodly head and humidity. You don’t have to suffer! Read my Ultimate Summer Beauty Survival Guide on Huffington Post to find out how to beat the heat into submission this summer.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Reader Question Answered: What Is the Best Beauty Subscription Box?

I recently got an email from Lauren, a beauty addict in Dallas, asking me if I have a favorite beauty sampling program. Um, obviously. It’s not like enough is ever enough for this beauty addict so of course I’ve belonged to more beauty sampling programs than wine clubs over the years (which is tough to do, mind you).  The declared winner by a long shot? Glossybox!

Aside from Glossybox, I found with the majority of the sampling programs — Birchbox, Beauty Bar Sample Society, Beauty Army — I ended up giving away 90% of the samples. No bueno. Not only have I been disappointed with the practicality of the samples themselves (lipsticks that aren’t my color, ugly nail polishes), but the size of the items were always underwhelming. Basically, the only full size items would be unusable makeup and the good skincare and hair care items would be tiny single-use samples.

But, then I was lucky enough to discover Glossybox ($21 a month)…  True beauty addicts created this sampling program.  Not only are many of the items full size, but lots of them are from independent brands I wouldn’t have discovered had I not gotten a sample in my monthly box like Anatomicals and Etre Belle Cosmetics. There are also samples from luxury brands — this month’s Glossybox included a deluxe sample of Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask.

So, how does it work? Basically, you fill out your beauty profile and based on your answers the Glossybox team selects samples catered to your answers. You get 5-6 products per month.  Honestly, I get more excited about opening up my monthly Glossybox than my wine club boxes (well, actually unless we’re talking a box from Frank Family Vineyards, in which case that box trumps even the best beauty products. Try their reserve chardonnay and you’ll be changed forever!)

 

Disclosure: I was gifted these products with no editorial obligation.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

I Know I’ve Been MIA… But I SWEAR I Have a Good Excuse!

…And her name is Stella Rose!

For those of you who feel completely abandoned by me, cursing my good name… How can you stay mad at me when you see my adorable excuse? Of course maybe I’m being narcissistic and you didn’t even notice I’ve been gone. Either way… The cute little princess in a tutu has taken up a great deal of time, but I’m ready to get back to beauty business!

Now, don’t worry… This isn’t going to turn into a mommy blog (though I do have a cute “Mommy and Me” skincare story). I’m just as bitchy as ever. Don’t believe me? Well, you obviously haven’t been reading my E! Entertainment Beauty Police column. I’ve been back with Beauty Police since last Monday and let’s just say I’ve been writing more “Beauty Bailouts” than “Get the Looks”.

So keep your eye out for more Beauty Binge posts and keep reading my E! Beauty Police for snarky commentary and makeup how-to’s. Binge on, lovelies!

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Monday, April 15, 2013

I’m Not Lazy… I’m Just PREGNANT!!

Hello my lovelies!!  I am so excited to finally announce there is a Baby Beauty Binge on the way, expected to make his/her glamorous arrival on October 24th.  That’s right. Do the math. I’m 12 1/2 weeks pregnant and I’m sure you may have noticed that my posts in these past several weeks have dwindled down considerably and so have my podcasts.  But as the headline states, I swear I’m not lazy, but I have had a bad bout of morning sickness and exhaustion for the past 12 weeks so please forgive me!  The good news: supposedly I should start feeling better soon so my posts should pick up again AND I have a HUGE announcement to make in the next couple weeks regarding a new writing job that entails me flaunting my bitchy snarky voice you all seem to love so much.  That’s right. I’m going to be be paid to be bitchy.  Woo hoo!

Now here’s the little bit of bad news — with the pregnancy, blog, and new job I simply don’t have the time to keep up the podcasts. I know a bunch of you have written to me that you tune in to all the podcasts and I sincerely apologize. Please know that it was a tough decision but I’m just not at a point where I can spread myself too thin.

Let’s end with some good news — As I said my energy should be arriving any day now, which means more posts! And know that any skincare I’m reviewing means it’s gone through the Baby Beauty Binge wringer — meaning all the ingredients are super safe (not like I was recommending toxic products before but skincare now goes through an additional level of scrutiny). Now don’t worry. I’m not going to start reviewing maternity skincare and shit nor am I going to be doing “countdown to baby” posts. I mean come on. My name is Janna.  I just wanted to make sure I share the good news with my lovelies!!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

7-Minute Makeup Routine (Yes, I Timed It)

I know you all think I plop myself down in front of my vanity every morning and spend a good hour putting on my face — using several different concealers to camouflage my puffy eyes, carefully sculpting the perfect winged eye, prepping and painting on the perfect statement lip — ok that’s me on a big night out, but not during the week. I mean come on, I live in crunchy Northern California now so I’ve kind of been forced to embrace the “Fresh Face Look”. The good news? I found that I can actually look surprisingly good after dedicated  5-7 minutes to my makeup routine. And for those of you mommies and worker bees who don’t have more than a few minutes to slap on your makeup in the morning, you are going to love me forever:

5 Minute Makeup Routine

Photo courtesy Dogwithbeards via deviantart

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

7 Days of Smooches Challenge: Day 4 Dolce & Gabbana Monica Voluptuous Lipstick

We’re going high-end lip for Day 4 of our Smooches Challenge with Dolce & Gabbana Monica Voluptuous Lipstick in Magnetic Monica ($33). Let’s face it… nobody screams sexy louder than Monica Bellucci. I can’t promise you’re going to look like Monica when you slick on this voluptuously creamy, pigmented lipstick but you can certainly try channeling her. And don’t think I didn’t try this pose in the mirror several times.  Incidentally, I looked like I was self-massaging a neck cramp.


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Thursday, February 7, 2013

7 Days of Smooches Challenge: Get Your Pucker and Your Man’s Patience Ready!

We’re a week away from Valentine’s Day and what better way to piss off your loved one than showering him with kisses full of lip product?  Seriously, the biggest trend right now is the Statement Lip but it kind of (operative words being “kind of”) takes away from the fun when your man ends up with a Statement Lip as well.  Personally, wild horses (and a crabby husband with pink-stained lips) won’t drag me away from rocking a bright fuchsia lip this season, but even I don’t wear a bold lip every day.  Hence, it’s on to find the best lip product for kissing your man. We’ll start out on the sheer side so my husband doesn’t ban me from kissing him by Valentine’s Day.

Day 1 Smoocher: Per-fekt Lip Perfection Gel

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