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Lip Contouring: How To Get A Full Pout (WITHOUT LIP FILLER OR SURGERY!!)


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First things first, I live & die by this nude lip liner. If you invest in one thing out of this tutorial, this should be it ( << not sponsored, just realness ).

I have one I use for my eyes ( when the rims of my eyes are red, I use nude liner to take the redness away. A lot of people use white, but I find nude liner looks more natural & less 7th grade-ish. ).

And then I have a separate lip liner ( in the same color ) that I use to contour ( you read that right ) my lips.

Contouring your lips can be GNARLY.


It can also be easy.

It’s kind of like saying you can go to the nail salon & get gels or you can just get a quick polish change ( AKA me. Every week. Polish change on repeat ).

Basically I’m not doing my lip contouring like nail gels. I don’t want to sit there for 429347528 hours. I want a quick little polish change.

But not a polish change, a lip contour.

Is my analogy making sense or did I just confuse the hell out of you?

The Skinny Confidential talks how to make your lips fuller.

The Skinny Confidential talks how to make your lips fuller.

Ok to make it easier, I filmed a tutorial. Literally Kermit the Frog on crack cocaine could do this. It’s not rocket science & takes a hot minute. Also, it’s WORTH IT.


Maybe not Lisa Rinna-bigger, but close.

Ok, watch the video & let me know if you have questions ( I’ll make sure to answer them all ):

Everyone & their mom is adding filler to their lips lately. I haven’t tried it but if you have, PLLLLLLEASSSE tell me your opinion? First: did it hurt? Was it worth it?

No offense, but it seems like adding a little lip contour is wayyyyy easier than getting needles stuck in my lips ( which b t dubs, is like one of the most sensitive parts of the body ). OUCHHH.

What’s your take?

The Skinny Confidential talks how to make your lips fuller.

The Skinny Confidential talks how to make your lips fuller.

By the way, if you’re into the glossy finish & not the matte look, use Lip Venom. It’s one of my favorites if I’m having a glossier moment. Basically it stings the F out of your lips in the best way possible.

Ok, I’m off to contour my lips ( & my face ) for a night out in Hong Kong!!

- Lauryn, xx

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The Skinny Confidential talks how to make your lips fuller.



How To: Style A Badass Mimosa/Candy Bar

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.



Think: candy x herbs x music x berries x champagne x fresh juice x cute table decor x Kombucha.

::crying with happiness::

But in all seriousness— is there really a need for anything else?

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

Ok so a few weekends ago I set up this little bar for my friend Jackie’s bridal shower  ( remember her hilarious bachelorette party? ). We set up the bar so people could come up & quickly grab a sex kitten drink + a bag of candy. Oh so, girly-girly, right?

I decided to add gummies ( CHAMPAGNE GUMMIES TO BE EXACT. YES. I KNOW. DIE ) to each champagne glass. Also, for a fun/flirty feel we added pomegranate seeds to a couple of flutes & then just regular colorful balls to the rest of them.

I have a hard time coming to terms with the fact that I couldn’t eat the whole table of candy.

Here’s a quick peek at our day:

Tips on setting up your own at-home MIMOSA/CANDY BAR:

1.} Utilize canisters: hey, hey Home Goods. I went and bought vases & glass canister-ish thingies. Fill them with candy/berries/herbs & you’re golden. Key is to keep them see through so everyone can see the pretty colors. I LOVE this set.

2.} Have fresh juice on display: I used Suja Juice because it’s just amazing in every way. My favorite is actually the Green Supreme. I mean who doesn’t want to feel healthy when they’re sipping bubbly? Hands? Thought so.

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3.} Pick a smart champagne: yessss there’s such a thing!! Bon Affair has a low cal sparkling wine. Suchhhhhh a win. Plus they were featured on Shark Tank & you guys know how I feel about Shark Tank ( MARK CUBAN is a HOTTIE …MEOWWWW!! ).

4.} And of course, don’t forget the candy!! Sugarfina sent us the most amazing candy! CHAMPAGNE GUMMIES ( brut AND rosé to be exact ), champagne bubbles ( << OMG ), mini butterflies, peach Bellini candies, and last but NOT least: super sour colorful hearts ( my fav! ). Again, add gummies to champagne flutes. So, so fun to add candy to champagne glasses! Plus it’s pretty. If you want to add candy around the table, opt for lip candies because a bridal shower is all about love!

5.} Kombucha!!! Kombucha x champagne is SO amazing…everyone loves a little probiotics in their bubbly!! Check out this tutorial & get buzzing.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

6.} Herbs & berries: so, so into herbs lately. I added mint, rosemary, & basil to this champagne bar. BTW, I definitely had a basil, strawberry Suja Spark mimosa ( with a couple of champagne gummies ).

7.} Supply clear candy bags: for guests to take home a little sumthing, sumthing, have clear bags with little, cute silver ties avail so people can grab some candy on their way out.

8.} Music/champagne scented candles/table cloth/flowers: you guys know the drill.

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Will update you guys when Jackie has her wedding in April too! I’ve never been maid of honor in a wedding so I’m sure it’ll be reallll fun.

In other news- I just learned how to use Snapchat…apparently I’ve been on private, that’s why you guys couldn’t see anything ( clearly so hip & with it…lol ). Ok so, it’s fixed now. So if you want a raw/real/unfiltered peek into my day to day, follow me on Snapchat- username: laurynevarts. For some of you who have been sending me private snaps…you’re the cutest things ever!

MWAH! & cheers, Lauryn x

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{ wearing: this crop ( similar here for $14!!! ), these white pants, & these nude pumps // for Jackie’s outfit, e-mail & I’ll send you deets }

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* p.s. extending the giveaway until Saturday ; )

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.



PERFECT Curls: Flatter On The Top/Lightly Curled On The Bottom

The Skinny Confidential talks hair.The Skinny Confidential talks hair.

Today we’re talking HAIRRRRRR.

You guys have asked how I curl my hair.

Ok so I’m very, very, very specific when I curl my hair.

You guys obviously know I’m a huge fan of The Sleep Bun.

But how do you get pre-Sleep Bun curls?

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WHEEEEELP, let’s start from the very beginning:

1.) I always curl OUTWARD. NEVER inward. If you’re curling inward then you’re going to get that bridal curl. Not my thing at all. I always curl outward.

2.) Use the right curling iron. Yes. There’s such a thing. I’m obsessed with Nume’s curling iron. There’s no chipper thing. The chipper thing gives me a bump in my hair…& no one likes bumps. So I am big advocate of no chipper curling irons.

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3.) Never start above the ears. Seriously though. Start curling the hair UNDER the ears. Don’t start from the top. It looks like Shirley Temple if you do.

4.) Brush your hair first. I know, right? Me brush my hair? HA! I promise I do before I curl it. I’m obsessed with this paddle brush. I like to brush the top a little AFTER it’s curled too. Only the top, not the curls at the bottom.

5.) Leave an inch out. I always leave an inch out of the curling iron. Keep an inch out ALWAYS.

The Skinny Confidential talks hair.

6.) Use a little oil afterwards. I love adding a little argan oil (insert Nume’s oil here). Argan oil has SOOOOOooo many benefits ( to name a few: it makes the hair silker, it’s amazing for split ends, & adds moisture without adding shine ). More benefits can be found here.

7.) As far as hairspray is concerned…don’t use too much!! Just a little. A little goes a long way.

8.) Pull it through. I like to pull the curls out with my fingers a little. I tossle it a little before I leave the house & kind of pull the curls downward with my finger tips.

9.) SLEEP BUN IT UP!! I live & die for The Sleep Bun. After I’ve curled my hair, I sleep on it! Check out this full tutorial.

10.) Don’t wash it for a few days. Heyyyyyy, come on now. A little dirty hair never hurt a flea. The curls always look best the 3rd/4th day!! #sorrynotsorry

Here’s pre-Sleep Bun, freshly curled hair, by the way:

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What are your hair curling tips? Will do a tutorial on hippie chic curls soon too ; ). More hair tips here & in TSC Book.


- Lauryn

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The Skinny Confidential talks hair.

How To Contour & Highlight Without Looking Like Lindsay Lohan Circa 2010 (video tutorial included!!)

The Skinny Confidential talks contouring.

The Skinny Confidential talks contouring.

Sooooo this was one of my favorite videos EVER to film!!!


And by the way, everyone’s talking about it like it JUST happened. No, no, no, contouring has been around old Hollywood forevs. Marilyn Monroe was a HUGE fan!

Seriously though, you can do whatever the hell you want with a contour brush & 5 extra minutes.

The Skinny Confidential talks contouring.


Want a smaller nose?

Chisled cheekbones?

Smaller forehead?

Bigger lower lip?

Poutier lip?



MAC’s contour cream ( very rare!! )
Benefit’s ‘Watt’s Up’ highlighter
Retractable Kabuki brush
Favorite contour brush

Wearing: this striped top ( << also, this one looks JUST like it & it’s $8 bucks!! ) w/ this skirt

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The Skinny Confidential talks contouring.

The Skinny Confidential talks contouring.

Have a Composition notebook handy? Kidding. But here are a couple of notes:

1.} Don’t choose colors that are DRASTICALLY lighter or darker than your natural skin tone. Keep the shade in the family.

2.} This source states that “highlighting and contouring are two crafty li’l tricks that you can use to enhance your bone structure and make it look like you’re constantly under the most flattering movie lighting possible.” SO. On that note, make sure you’re highlighting your features!! Pick out your favorites on your face & highlight them! Invest in a contour brush too. It makes all the difference.

3.} Night > day. I like to contour & highlight during the night. The daytime is more of a Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer with SPF kinda thing in my opinion. But whatever floats your boat.

4.} Leave a little dew. I’m a fan of the dewey look. The whole powder look just isn’t me. I like a fresh face with a glow. That’s why I’m obsessed with this particular highlighter and a CREAM bronzer, not powder.

5.} BLEND. BLEND. BLEND. BLEND. You don’t want to look like AUBREY O’DAY CIRCA 2000. Let’s face it: bad contouring is an epidemic. Cough, cough every Teen Mom & Jersey Housewife ( sorry ).

The Skinny Confidential talks contouring.

What are your contour & highlight tips? Any Kim K. tips I’m missing? Share!!

Also, what do you guys want to see next?

HAPPY FRIDAY, lauryn xx

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The Skinny Confidential talks contouring.



My Grocery List

The Skinny Confidential talks groceries.

You guys have asked for a healthy grocery list soooooo TA-DA!! It’s here!

Keep in mind this is what I buy when I’m trying to eat VERY HEALTHY.

Don’t get all Judge Judy on me here & say it’s all healthy foods & I need to live a little BECAUSE I do live a little ( the In & Out burger, protein style with a small fries last week is an example ).

When it comes to stocking my fridge, I like to only keep healthy foods on hand.

If I have a craving for something that’s not so good, I will order something ( like a Cali burrito, Postmates style ) or go grab chips/salsa/guac/margs from the local Mexican restaurant.

I find when I keep crap in my house, I eat crap.

For instance, I bought a bunch of dark chocolate M&M’s for Halloween and ended up eating way too many.

For me having fresh foods on hand that are healthy, keep me eating healthy.

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Here’s my quick list to use as a reference too ( obviously I don’t buy all this at once, this is just a general guide ):

The Skinny Confidential Grocery List

Annie’s Mac & Cheese
Ezekiel cereal
Ezekiel toast
Rudi’s English muffins ( FAV!! )
Plain spelt rice cakes
Kombucha ( mint is my favorite flavor )

Suja Juice
Sparkling water ( I love Pellegrino )
Cage free eggs
Chia seeds
Hemp seeds
Flax seeds
Bee pollen
Fresh Parmesan cheese
Organic cottage cheese
Organic 0% Greek yogurt
Oatmeal ( real oats or Holy Crap oatmeal!! )

Almond milk or hemp milk
Cold brew coffee
Green grapes
Watermelon chucks
Raspberries ( FAVORITE! )
Apple slices
Nut butters ( real, raw nut butter )

Almonds or cashews ( raw )
Kerry Gold unsalted butter
Wild salmon ( I like the lox kind )
Turkey ( no added sodium )
Hot House cucumbers

Ginger root
Romaine lettuce
Spicy carrots
Red onion
Cinnamon ( ground & sticks )
Fresh herbs ( favorites: mint, basil, cilantro, &/or rosemary )
Real hummus
Country mustard
Himalayan pink salt

Chile flakes
Cayenne powder
Coconut oil
Red wine vinegar
Apple cider vinegar, raw & unfiltered
Extra virgin olive oil

Rao’s spicy pasta sauce
Brown rice pasta
Green mint tea
This rice pea protein powder
Champagne…dryyyyy champagne…because shit, sometimes you gotta celebrate

Anything I’m missing? Weigh in!

- Lauryn, xx

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