Are You Stuck On Life’s Treadmill

  I have been training for an upcoming race I will be running, so training has been essential.  The sun has been shining as of late, but a few weeks ago I put on my running shoes only to discover it was raining outside  So off to the gym I  go.  I jumped on the treadmill and I started running.  Usually I find the 1st mile the hardest before I get in my running groove.  This time after 3 miles in – I was still not “feeling it”.  I’m usually good at pushing through and getting it done but this time I just couldn’t and I didn’t make it my usual 6 miles.  I was frustrated with myself and a little perplexed as to why it was so difficult to accomplish.

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5 Things I Learned About Women From THBD’s Photo Shoot

(L to R: Melissa McNamara, Amber Grace, Claire Bryett Andrew, Elizabeth Birmingham, Ava Navarrete, Me (Holly Fulger), Oja Fin, Leah Cohen)

The Hollywood Beauty Detective put together a photo shoot recently to introduce THBD’s 10 Legendary Looks: 10 Looks that reflect an ‘essence’ of a woman. With the generous help from Vera Bradley handbags and accessories, and Jane Iredale makeup, we had 12 women – friends and women in the company, even me (as The Enchantress) -personify each Look. Yes, we had doubles for The Inspirer and The Natural, hence the 12.  The ages of the women ranged from 19 to 72 and we had all shapes, sizes, and colors represented.

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What the Buzz is About – Top 5 Drugstore Makeup Picks

Ever wonder what the experts in the industry keep going back to the drugstore for?  Some key products that are always in my makeup kit?  Here is an insider look at products under $10 that are MUST for you to try!


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Cosmetics CEO Yanks Facebook Post Mocking Women’s March

The criticism may have died down for the owner of the Joy of Knitting in Franklin, Tennessee, who banned women from buying her yarn to make pink pussy hats for the women’s march. But another storm may be brewing for Alexandra Whitcombe, the CEO and founder of Vendome Beauté, whose personal Facebook profile was hastily taken down after posting a variety of memes denigrating women’s march participants, Hillary Clinton and even the phrase, “The future is female.”

A former model and floral designer, Whitcombe founded Vendome Beauté to “deliver small batch, artisanal skin care for today’s discerning, socially conscious global woman” and “spread beauty around the world” according to her website, which sells lip balm, eye shadow and blushes with names like “Happy” “Flirt” “Lucky” “Carefree” and “Sassy.”

But Whitcombe’s personal Facebook posts were decidedly less coquettish, beginning with a stripper meme of Pepe the Frog in a thong (and the words “f*ck you”) at the top of her page. Another post mocked socially conscious global women who protested the policies of the new Trump Administration. “Sums up the so-called women’s march,” Ms. Whitcombe wrote about a meme that defaced protest signs to read “marry me,” “my daddy issues are everybody’s problem” and “your penis frightens me!”

On January 21, 2017, I marched up Fifth Avenue in New York City to Trump Tower, just feet away from the photographer Annie Leibovitz, and in solidarity with hundreds of thousands of women, men and children worldwide. I’m pretty sure I was not the only woman who wore makeup that day (mine was cruelty-free).

All this came to mind when I stumbled across Whitcombe’s facebook rant on February 8 and questioned her about it, only to watch the page disappear without a response (nor did she respond to requests for an interview for this article).

Targeting artisanal beauty products to socially conscious women online is smart. Denigrating them while doing that is not, especially in an age of #grabyourwallet consumer boycotts.

Nasty women wear mascara and blush and even dresses and heels. The future is female; and if Whitcombe disagrees, then she’s in for an awakening — and it may not be a pretty one for her beauty brand.

Cottage Cheese Days

For most of my life I’ve toed the line between radical self-love and utter self-hatred, with an occasional step into the pool of generic ambivalence.


Oh, you too?


You also spend some days looking into your mirror and soul and seeing the superhero lady your best friends claim you are, and other days thinking you might as well be made of expired cottage cheese?


Huh. What a coincidence.


According to the Dove Self-Esteem Project, “80% of women agree that every woman has something about her that is beautiful, but do not see their own beauty.”* Read more

Curious About a Cannabis Massage? I Was!

I don’t know about you, but I have become increasingly curious about the medical benefits of cannabis.  I suffer from a lot of joint and muscle pain due to an auto-immune disease, so I am always looking for new ways to alleviate stress and pain.

So when my cousins recently visited me in Denver, where recreational marijuana is legalized, we decided to put this massage to the test!

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Creating New Norms With Manny Gutierrez, Maybelline & THBD

Do you know who Manny Gutierrez is?  We all should. He is a brilliantly talented makeup artist, a YouTube star, and the man chosen by Maybelline as the face of its new campaign to promote its golden-tubed Big Shot Mascara, with Shayla Mitchell. Read more

You Are Worth The Time!

It’s time for some real talk ladies!

Being beautiful isn’t just about what skincare, makeup or hair products and tools you use.  It’s about being the person you are on the inside. Read more

Feature Film Equity

The Conversation: Suzanne Curry, Co-Producer of Film “Equity”

The Hollywood Beauty Detective recently asked Suzanne Ordas Curry, Media Consultant and Co-Producer of the newly released Sony Pictures Classics film, Equity, to talk about the movie, how she got involved, and what it was like working with a mostly all-female production.

The Hollywood Beauty Detective: I Refuse To Wear Angel Wings

As The Hollywood Beauty Detective, I am all about supporting brands that want to reinvent the way we approach beauty, body image, and fashion. Challenging and demanding new and more diverse versions of beauty is what we need to continue to do. Read more