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The Makeup Hack of A Lifetime

August 31, 2016
by
LAURYN

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  | like the post +Are you ready for the makeup hack of a lifetime?

Ok, so have you ever applied your foundation like this: open bottle, squeeze foundation on top of hand, grab makeup brush or beautyBlender, & then proceed to use the top of your hand as a makeup palette?

Everyone right?

Well, I do this every time I apply makeup.

& every time, I REPEAT: EVERY TIME, I think to myself “fucking gross, I don’t want this makeup sitting on my left hand ( right-handed, so think brush in right ) in the same spot.”

…………To be honest, I don’t want the makeup on my face in the first place because who knows what’s in it. Side note: I try not to wear makeup every day. I REALLY TRY to eliminate a bunch of weird shit on my face every day ( & pimples ).

But for some reason I really can’t get over the makeup on the hand thing.

There are not a lot of options for this when you’re in a rush though. You kind of have to use your hand/fingers.

Especially in my case, because my favorite CC cream on the planet ( if you haven’t tried this CC cream, you haven’t lived. JUST MAKE SURE it’s the ‘illumination’ one – I use the ‘light’ shade ) is liquid & comes squeezing out of the bottle.

:: TAKES A FULL DEEP BREATH. I’M TALKING SO FAST BECAUSE I’M EXCITED ABOUT THIS.::

OK, so one day I’m in New York working with this CRAZY talented makeup artist & she pulls out this tiny teal heart. While she’s chit-chatting, she proceeds to wrap it around her hand, kind of like a huge-ass rubber band.

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AND THEN GUYS, she squeezes her foundation out & puts it on the teal heart surface & starts using this tiny contraption as a little palette with her makeup brush.

You know like an artist. A painter. So very Van Gogh.

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She’s like blotting it & moving it around. Mixing in moisturizer & adding a dash of primer. Like she’s cooking or something.

NOW WHAT is going on? Obviously I was very much intrigued. And sure, I may have asked 108 questions because I knew immediately that I had to share it with my Internet friends. YOU.

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Some of my questions ( her answers in italics ):

WHERE DO I GET THIS? Etsy. A small little online store. The girl makes them herself. 

HOW MUCH? $22 bucks.

WHAT’S IT CALLED? A “Paw Palette ( CUTE!!! ).

DO YOU USE THIS EVERY TIME? Yes, I can’t live without it. Especially for day long projects on celebrities or influencers or editorial shoots. It’s reusable.

WHY DO YOU LOVE THIS? Because it protects the hands from makeup & you don’t get crap all over your clothes. AND what’s also amazing is you can use it as a lipstick, foundation, OR an eyelash glue palette. It’s perfect to use with a beautyBlender or makeup brush. No makeup on hands, EVER. You don’t have to wash the palette every time. I wash it once a week with soap & water.

OK, SO I DECIDED IMMEDIATELY: I’M GETTING ONE. CAN’T WAIT.

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This hack saves my life because WHITE. Yes, I wear a lot of white.

I’m one of those girls that does her makeup all cute with a beautyBlender – using my left hand as a palette and then casually throws on a white dress, then accidentally touches my white dress with foundation hands.

Always happens. Highly annoying.

The palette eliminates this foundation-y situation & preserves the whiteness of my linen off-the-shoulder tops. PLUS, no more makeup shit on my hand, day after day. No mess, no crap.

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Not to mention, I’m always having problems with fake lashes. The fake lash application happens about once a month but STILL. The glue is always everywhere. When I use the Paw Palette the glue doesn’t stick everywhere.

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( Video tutorial on how to apply falsies here )

If you’re not a teal girl, no worries they have a baby black bat palette ( used for different lipstick shades – FESTIVE! ), huge gold lips palette, coffin palette ( gothic, right ), AND glitter ring ( instead of a huge hand palette, it’s a finger palette ).

I really love my teal heart palette though. It’s an ideal size.

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O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D.

Ok your turn: what’s your makeup hack that’s totally, completely random but a real game-changer in the beauty department?

I kind of have to stop writing because I’m on the last episode of The Night Of. If you haven’t watched it, DO IT. Insaneness.

Good night guys! x lauryn

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August 30, 2016
by
LAURYN

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  | like the post +A couple weeks back, I wrote a St. Tropez itinerary for you all. A lot of you guys snapped me about what I was wearing while we were out there. Look at me, a style icon! Haha! Far from it but for those of you who are interested, I put together these collages for your men.

The last thing you want to do is read the badass itinerary and show up in St. Tropez (or anywhere in the South of France) with your man looking like a bum! Make sure he gets his shit together and wears the right gear. Can’t have him looking like a slob on your arm! Get him in this gear, feed him some rosé, let his moose knuckle hang out, and hit the town!

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Ok first things first, time to hit the pool.

Tell your man that some color is a good thing; I’m feeling salmon or coral shorts right now. Then tone it down with a neutral shirt so that he doesn’t look like a total asshole. A basic black hat is always legit; keep the sun off his face.

Lauryn will kill me if I don’t mention sunscreen, so bring some SUNSCREEN. I’m also digging these easy slip ons lately.

Girls, on a side note: stop wearing those gladiator sandals! It’s a pool not the arena. You are not Russel Crowe (another Gladiator joke).

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If you guys decide to hit the beach instead of the pool, make sure you bring a beach bag. There is nothing worse than having to carry all of Lauryn’s stuff at the beach without a bag. If you want him to carry everything then give him something that looks good to carry it in.

Then grab some flip flopsshorts, and a linen shirt. Done deal. A Panama hat is always a nice option but it needs to be right. No short brims.

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When you decide to head into town during the day make sure he’s not in combat boots. We are in a beach town here. Think light colored shirts and colored pants. When else can you wear this stuff and not look like a clown? Loafers always, hidden socks / no socks are 100%.

DON’T forget sunglasses! Definitely essential.

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Nighttime in St. Tropez (or in any city along the French Riviera) is when you should really do it up. People are dressed to the nines. Ladies, make sure you aren’t in a coverall that you throw over your swimsuit. Do it up! Throw your guy in some white pants, white sneakers, and a black tee or white dress shirt with a black blazer.

Cheers!

Michael

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End Your Summer With A Bang

August 27, 2016
by
LAURYN

End Your Summer With A Bang & Stella Artois | by the skinny confidential. Lauryn hosts a party with her friends, Stella beer, & delicious snacks!End Your Summer With A Bang & Stella Artois | by the skinny confidential. Lauryn hosts a party with her friends, Stella beer, & delicious snacks!

  | like the post +SUMMER IS COMING TO AN END.

But I’m totally fine with that because it’s an excuse to throw a party or BBQ.

There’s nothing better than sitting poolside with an ice-cold beer, chips/salsa, & a little Bob Dylan. In fact, it’s one of my favorite ways to host. Day drinking is more fun anyway.

I feel like everyone loves a good end of summer party so it should be NO surprise to you that we need to specifically discuss this, right?

If you’re the host make sure you:

Supply food, but let’s get specific: obviously chips, salsa, guac, nuts, the basics. I love throwing in a peach summer salad with a little basil & then ending with good old hamburgers, hot dogs, & even some veggie burgers. Make the guys grill by keeping their beer buzz going. I always trick Michael into this job by telling him how OMG AMAZING, BEST EVER his hamburger is. A couple of beers in & he’s literally Chef Boyardee.

End Your Summer With A Bang & Stella Artois | by the skinny confidential. Lauryn hosts a party with her friends, Stella beer, & delicious snacks!End Your Summer With A Bang & Stella Artois | by the skinny confidential. Lauryn hosts a party with her friends, Stella beer, & delicious snacks!

Oh! And sparkling water is nearby too because YUM! A flamingo themed pitcher of iced tea adds something big to the table too & is perfect for anyone under 21. Add some lemon, limes, & blueberries next to it for an extra special touch.

Typically I have some kind of dessert like strawberry ice cream & 60’s cones, watermelon jerky, &/or a Funfetti cake (everyone loves Funfetti because it’s such a nostalgic throwback, you know).

Keep it festive with chill music: music is key. We all know this, so I’m currently creating an end of summer playlist for you so get excited. Add a little Bossanova to your mix & you are golden. Bossanova by the pool is very St. Tropez & will fit well with your potential kaftan moment.

End Your Summer With A Bang & Stella Artois | by the skinny confidential. Lauryn hosts a party with her friends, Stella beer, & delicious snacks!End Your Summer With A Bang & Stella Artois | by the skinny confidential. Lauryn hosts a party with her friends, Stella beer, & delicious snacks!

Include a bucket of ice-cold beer: YES, YES, YES. I LOVE a cold beer. As you know, Stella is my favorite ever. The taste is spot on. It’s so funny because whenever I Snapchat my Stella, you guys message me with excitement. Apparently you all share the same taste! Regardless, boys love beer too. So to keep them occupied throw a bunch of Stella’s in a huge tube of ice & they will smile the rest of the day. It’s simple really. As a host, drinking a beer is ideal because it’s not too hard. Light, refreshing, & easy. YES PLZ!

End Your Summer With A Bang & Stella Artois | by the skinny confidential. Lauryn hosts a party with her friends, Stella beer, & delicious snacks!End Your Summer With A Bang & Stella Artois | by the skinny confidential. Lauryn hosts a party with her friends, Stella beer, & delicious snacks!

Wear something summery: do we even have to go over this? White is always fun. I love a good off the shoulder top, as pictured. As I said, I love a good kaftan. It’s so Palm Springs & fits with the end of summer theme. I just bought this one, it’s ideal for a day at the pool.

Make sure your guests have what they need: keep this cheeky! Of course this includes a little table of SPF, some juicy magazines, a couple of beer openers, napkins ( stick with the theme, no one likes old baby shower cocktail napkins – keep it fresh with maybe some bright striped yellow ones? ), hats, floats ( I’m bored with the swan, but the pizza one is fun ), & TOWELS! STACK THOSE towels up! Guests will love that you thought of their needs.

So that’s kind of my poolside, end of summer checklist. End your summer with a bang, crack open a beer, slather on that SPF, & rock your kaftan.

Snap me your end of summer vibe & of course, if you have anything to add to this list, I’m all ears.

CHEERS!

lauryn x

+ this post is in collaboration with Stella Artois.
++ white dress ( sold out, similar ).

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Summer Peach & Tomato Caprese Magic…But Really, Magic

August 25, 2016
by
LAURYN

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  | like the post +WHO DOES NOT LOVE PEACHES? Especially in summer? Just everyone in the world.

Peaches are my obsession. I would eat 24850239845 a day if I could. The taste of a peach is just perfection. Especially one in the summer.

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The Nanz has always said to get FREESTONE PEACHES, specifically though, heard of them?

Basically they “have fruit that falls right off the pit. These peaches are perfect for eating, canning, and freezing. You just slice the peach down the middle, and pull it right off the pit. They’re available Mid-June to Mid-August.”

HELLO MID-ISH AUGUST.

Anyway, I teamed up with the lovely Lindsay of Week Night Bite to create this recipe. Lindsay & I did sort of a recipe swap here. She made TSC Sangria. Go check out her blog, especially if you could use a good porch drink.

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NOW, if you’re looking for a salad to go with that sangria, lucky you:

Summer Peach and Tomato Caprese

Adapted from Week Night Bite

1/4 cup red onion, sliced
3 ripe peaches or nectarines, pitted
2 cups heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup baby mozzarella balls, halved
2 tbsp fresh basil
Pink Himalayan salt & pepper to taste
( Option: I added avocado too! )

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Dressing:

1 tbsp sherry vinegar
1 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp raw honey
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

+ Directions: first mix all the dressing ingredients. Chop all salad ingredients and mix together in a salad bowl. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss well. Optional: Drizzle your favorite balsamic reduction over the top. Add salt and pepper as needed. Garnish with extra basil over the top.
Enjoy!

* can we please just go ahead & note that I’m kind of OBSESSED with these to-go dressing containers? They’re just right for the office. If you need some Kardashian to-go salad containers, check these out.

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I need to get on here & really write…I feel like I’ve been distant & I have a lot to share! In the next two weeks I will get my ass in front of a computer to let you guys in on what’s been up. In the meantime, this peach salad will hold you over.

Trust me, I made it 3 nights in a row. It really is the most refreshing, ideal summer salad.

My girlfriend, Erica is over so we’re going to drink sparkling wine & eat salmon sushi rolls. Currently trying to plan a very NON-PENIS STRAW bachelorette party. Please keep the wedding tips coming. They’re really saving my life.

Happy Thursday, lauryn x

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The Supermodel Green Elixir You Need To Be Drinking

by
LAURYN

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1 | like the post +SHOCKING, BUT YOU KNOWWWWW I LOVE MY MORNING ROUTINE.

Well, not shocking because a morning routine sets the tone of the whole day.

Trust me when I say this, I’ve experienced a couple of shit mornings & I’m telling you a casual, calm morning makes all the difference.

( This morning was a tad hectic, eating slightly stale steel cut oats & scrambled eggs in the car with two different socks on, holding a conference call in traffic……..but we made it work ).

Anyway. Tomorrow will be golden because for the last couple months I’ve been drinking this green elixir powder. I discovered it through Elle Macpherson’s Instagram. You know, the supermodel mogul. She developed this product over the years with a doctor.

Hold up though. I want to note I AM A BIG BEVERAGE DRINKER. LIKE 2303958 BEVVIES AT ONCE. A lot going on with the liquids. A little TSC Pink Detox Drink, a spot of peppermint tea, a little cold brew, AND some type of green concoction. Hydration is the first priority of my day, every day. In fact, if I’m not keeping my hydration in line the SECOND I wake up, I’m grumpy & rude.

The other day at a blogger conference a friend told me that a very qualified sleep specialist said the first thing you should do when you wake up is drink water.

Couldn’t agree more.

In my case, it’s water immediately and then some, but you get the gist.

I highly recommend waking up & immediately first thing drinking a HUGE cup of water. Here’s why: “one of the best things you can do after you wake up: drink at least 16oz ( 500mL ) of water. Water fires up your metabolism, hydrates you, helps your body flush out toxins, gives your brain fuel, & may even make you eat less.” ( AND READ THIS ).

We kind of got off topic, let’s get back to the green elixir.

Ideally, I would love a hefty, fresh green drink with a dinner of fresh wild salmon & leafy kale but we can’t always get what we want. With travel, podcasting in LA, & an office to run, shit gets crazy. So sometimes I need to find an effective way to get some greens in.

Enter: The Super Elixir.

First off, this isn’t sponsored. I really, really love these greens & wouldn’t recommend them if I didn’t because it’s something to ingest daily. This is what’s worked for me.

If you follow TSC on Snapchat & Instagram you know I did an IV vitamin cocktail today ( SO MUCH TO SHARE ON THIS TOPIC THAT I’M BURSTING WITH EXCITEMENT ), so I definitely believe there’s many different, pecuilar ways to get vitamins. HOWEVER, if you’re a busy bee, try these greens for a quick fix.

Some info on the brand: “THE SUPER ELIXIR Alkalizing Greens is the vision of Elle Macpherson ( supermodel !! ) & Dr. Laubscher. It contains vitamins, minerals, & trace elements to assist wellness and vitality. There’s nothing like it on the market today. That’s made it a worldwide cult bestseller. Designed to help your body maintain good nutrition and maintain its pH balance.”

ALSO YOU SHOULD know the powder has tons of super greens, Chinese herbs, digestive enzymes, & members of the maitake mushroom family. ANDDDD it’s formulated to be absorbed by your body at a cellular level, optimising the function of all 11 of your body’s systems: the digestive, endocrine ( hormonal ), integumentary ( hair, skin, & nails ), circulatory, & nervous systems, to name a few.

Oh ya, it’s vegan & dairy/gluten/preservative FREE.

Let’s also just note that the black caddy is chic on my kitchen counter & you just buy refills so you don’t have to keep buying the container. During the holidays they had it in white too, which was festive. Loving the black though because it’s sturdy & almost like a glass-ish Tupperware container.

You’re going to tell me it’s pricey…….& yes, agreed. HOWEVER I’ve tried A LOT of green powders & this is the one I like. This is the one MY body responds to. This is the one that tastes right. This is the one with my favorite ingredients. So it’s worth it to me.

If you’re looking for something less expensive, I encourage you to do your own research. Especially if you want a quick-ass way to get some green nutrients in your daily routine.

ALSO, there’s always the option to check out the refill packet to see if you like it.

Tomorrow on Snapchat, I’ll show you guys exactly how I prepare this but honestly it’s so simple: put a bunch of ice into a cup ( don’t heat it, cold is best ), add the greens, pour water on top, & stir with a straw ( silicone, of course ). I gulp it down in like four gulps & get on with my day.

So yes, that’s my green powder experience. What’s yours? Anything fun? I love learning about other people’s wellness experiences SO keep them coming.

Off to watch Vice Principles & eat some cinnamon apple popcorn.

Exhausted. Goodnight xx lauryn

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