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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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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

5 Top Drugstore Face Masks

You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy the benefit of a face mask. I decided to raid the shelves of Walmart to find the top 5 masks for under $20. Here are my top picks to get the best bang for your buck!

 

 

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Peel-Off Cucumber Mask ($6.45, Walmart.com)

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This mask is designed clarify and renew your skin with cucumber extract. Since it is so soothing, this is great for anyone with sensitive skin. It leaves skin feeling smooth and silky.

 

alba botanica Hawaiian Facial Mask ($11.10, Walmart.com)

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This mask is perfect for my clients that have large pores or acne.  It uses papaya enzymes that dissolve impurities from the skin and improves the skin’s texture.

 

St. Ives Oatmeal Scrub and Mask ($3.15, Walmart.com)

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If you have dry, dull winter skin, this mask is for you! Oatmeal is a 100% natural exfoliant that gently buffs away dry skin cells and better prepares your skin for your moisturizer. Get ready to glow!

 

L’Oreal Paris Detox and Brighten Pure-Clay Mask ($8.89, Walmart.com)

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Who doesn’t love the feeling of a clay mask as it deep cleans and detoxes the skin? Once the mask dries, as you rinse it off, it energizes circulation brightens dull skin.

 

Hado Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Mask (4-count $7.37, Walmart.com)

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There’s just something extra special about this luxurious mask. I love how it ladhere’s perfectly to every contour of my face. It uses Hyaluronic Acid for deep hydration and collagen restore the skin’s firmness.

 

What’s your favorite face mask for under 20 bucks?  Please share!

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

Brenda Strong on Beauty in Hollywood

Actress, Brenda Strong

Actress, Brenda Strong

My relationship to beauty has been a strange journey. My parents had five girls and one boy, so you can imagine how that went. My sisters and I would do each others hair, share clothes (hand me downs since I was the youngest) and play games together. My mother and father valued nature, music, books, art, and education. We were led by example by two people with great integrity. We were rewarded with praise for our actions, our kindness, our intelligence, but never our beauty. Read more

When Hollywood Came to Lakewood, Ohio: Via Tom Hanks

In 1977, I was an intern at The Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Lakewood, Ohio (my hometown). I was 20 years old. I had been at college (Hiram College), but quit school to work at the festival and pursue my dream of becoming an actress. For that summer, I was part of that company of actors. I had one line in Taming of the Shrew and assisted with props on that show, and I ran sound for Hamlet (big mistake for that production). It was, however, an amazing time. Read more

The Misuses of Flattery

Unwanted compliments? Sister, I feel you. And it’s not just men who are offenders.

I was walking up Lexington Avenue in New York City recently, when a young woman smiled brightly at me from outside a shop. “I like your hat!” she crooned.

It was indeed a standout: a vintage, authentic men’s Panama hat that had belonged to a friend’s late father, Alfred.

I was wearing it that day more out of caution than vanity. My dermatologist had warned me to stay out of the sun after a recent facial peel, which I’d had in anticipation of an old paramour coming to town. Read more

Hollywood Makeup Tips: The Best Way to Keep Your Brushes Clean

 

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You may not think this is an important step in your beauty routine – But if you don’t do it, you are doing damage to your skin AND your makeup!   Ever have a breakout after you apply your makeup?  Or how about that hard shiny surface that forms on your powder…  How did that get there?  The painful truth is that your brushes carry oils and bacteria that NEED to be washed off.

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The Hollywood Beauty Detective’s 10 Legendary Looks

Holly & MelissaMelissa McNamara (THBD’s Beauty Director) and I met in 2007. We instantly connected and became fast friends. Not only did I love Melissa’s spirit, I also loved the way she expressed herself as a woman and I appreciated her perspective as a feminist.  Read more