Hope everyone had a great weekend. We relaxed and got some stuff done around the house which was perfect. Then, I prepared for one of my favorite times of the year: AWARDS SEASON!
To sit here and say I’m a fashion expert would be a lie, but I love awards season and oogling the gorgeous dresses and jewelry and makeup and hair that comes down the red carpet.
The 2016 Golden Globes were no exception and my favorite was:
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior (not shocking!). The red gown was so stunning and the cutouts were so different. Her Chopard jewels, especially the choker, were incredible! Many didn’t like the hair, but it seems very “J-Law.” Talk about someone who does what they want and doesn’t care what others think — love her! The red lips were a good choice, too.
The next group of ladies were my next round of favorites — probably second was Julianne Moore, third – Kate Bosworth and fourth, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. I didn’t see Julianne Moore’s gown until later in the show — INCREDIBLE and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is just so gorgeous. I’m going to spend the next week attempting to capture the texture her hair stylist managed for the event. The gold just looks amazing on her. JLo looked gorgeous as always and Rooney Mara went with such a bold choice with hair and makeup — love it — and her McQueen gown. Jenna Dewan-Tatum wore my favorite sparkly number of the night, but, and this is petty, don’t use the pockets for the red carpet shots. Every girl loves pockets in her dress, but it just looks strange in some of the portraits — a lot of ladies posed with hands burrowed in them and it looked weird.
Left to right: Kate Bosworth (Dolce & Gabbana), Rooney Mara (Alexander McQueen), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Saint Laurent), Jennifer Lopez (Giambattista Valli), Julianne Moore (Tom Ford), Jenna Dewan-Tatum (Zuhair Murad).
Every year, Amy Adams always seems to be one of my favorites and Rachel McAdams choice of pattern was beautiful. I couldn’t find the designer of Uzo Aduba’s dress, but, after always choosing a bold color, I like that she chose a black, sparkly number. Her waves and middle part were pretty, too. Brie Larson ROCKED that gold Calvin Klein gown–her abs are insane and Olivia Wilde looked so gorgeous in the Michael Kors gown. Her date rocking Jordans was pretty awesome, too.
Left to Right: Amy Adams (Versace), Rachel McAdams (Lanvin), Uzo Aduba (couldn’t find designer), Brie Larson (Calvin Klein Collection), Olivia Wilde (Michael Kors Collection).
Laverne Cox just always glams up for the occasion and her white gown was beautiful and Zendaya looked so grown up in the Marchesa dress. I’ve never seen Downton Abbey, but Joanne Froggatt’s periwinkle gown was so pretty and Sophia Bush went simple and classic — so gorgeous! Bryce Dallas Howard’s dress story was probably the best of the night as she talked about picking out her own gown at Neiman Marcus the week leading up to the Globes. If she did her own styling, too, bravo! Loved the earrings and the simple hair with such a bold gown — could have gone with a low updo, too, but her hair color popped against the blue.
Left to Right: Laverne Cox (Elizabeth Kennedy), Zendaya (Marchesa), Joanne Froggatt (Reem Acra), Sophia Bush (Narciso Rodriguez), Bryce Dallas Howard (Jenny Packham).
Left to Right: Maura Tierney (Elizabeth Kennedy), Leslie Mann (Monique Lhuillier), Natalie Morales (couldn’t find designer), Jane Fonda (Yves Saint Laurent Couture), Savannah Guthrie (couldn’t find designer), Katy Perry (Prada).
I always get kind of sad watching people KILL these actresses for their red carpet choices, but the above dresses just weren’t my favorite. It doesn’t mean they don’t look gorgeous, but, especially with Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie, I thought the styling was just off. Both of those ladies look impeccable on the Today Show everyday and I was just underwhelmed by their red carpet looks–they’re both so pretty, too! Leslie Mann, Maura Tierney, Jane Fonda and Katy Perry are different ages, but all of them have rockin’ bodies — Katy’s dress might have tried to show that a little too much. Her gown was just too tight for my taste and just didn’t have that ‘WOW’ factor for a red carpet. Hopefully, they all felt gorgeous because, at the end of the day, that’s all that really matters!
Well, that was fun! I can’t wait until the Oscars — always my favorite!
Now, for a quick beauty product review: the Dr. Jart Clearing Solution sheet mask.
I follow Jillian Harris on social media and, especially on SnapChat, she’s always highlighting sheet masks that she uses when she’s traveling, so when I received a Sephora gift card for Christmas (Thanks, Mom!), I thought it’d be a great time to try a few different ones.
For the last few weeks, between the differing temperatures and stress from the holidays, my skin has been freaking out, so I chose the clearing solution mask after buying about six different ones.
Here’s what it promises:
What it is:
An ultra-fine microfiber sheet mask that controls blemishes and corrects uneven skintone.
What it is formulated to do:
This silky, hydrating microfiber sheet mask—made of soft microfiber finer than a strand of hair—addresses trouble-prone complexions by soothing redness and inflamed skin from acne and preventing pigmentation. Featuring a super silky texture, the thin material of the mask gently clings to skin for even and consistent absorption of active ingredients. Glutathione, a potent antioxidant, visibly evens out skintone and helps brighten and improve the appearance of dark spots and discoloration. A trio of essential ingredients including salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and niacinamide control excessive oil and breakouts for a clear, luminous skin.
What it is formulated WITHOUT: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates
I decided to do it yesterday when I had plenty of time to let the serum soak in after using it. Here are the directions:
-Cleanse and apply toner.
-Peel off, discard the film liner, and apply mask adjusting around eyes and mouth.
-Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes.
-Remove the mask and gently pat remaining serum until fully absorbed.
Skin before: you can definitely see that there’s a lot of redness, scaring and blemishes (really keeping it real today!).
During: Ha ha! The dogs usually freak out when I do face masks and this was no exception!
After: This is with the serum still on my skin. The redness definitely was toned down. I left the serum on until I went to bed (probably a couple of hours; it was definitely sticky, so not something I could have done if I had somewhere to be).
Verdict: I liked it; it didn’t seem to make TOO dramatic a difference right after, but I’m hoping the blemishes I have now clear up more quickly and that it helped with that process. Throughout the day today, I didn’t wear any makeup and limited the products on my face (I used my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate last night and the Kiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion in the shower today to clean out my pores) and I’ve notched the blemishes going down a little. I liked the feel of it and the fact that I could use the serum after just using the mask. I left it on my face for hours!
I hope you found this helpful — I purchased a variety of masks, so I’m looking forward to testing them out during the coming weeks.
Have a great day!