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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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.

Reclaiming Beauty: In the Midst of a Female Revolution

Egypt Ufele, creator of ChubbiLine

Egypt Ufele, creator of ChubbiLine

If there is any doubt that women are in the midst of a tremendous shift in consciousness, one only needs to look to the news to know that, as women, we are all part of a ‘revolution.’ 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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Who Are You Without Your Mayfair Filter?

photoshop9When we shot Episode 1 of The Hollywood Beauty Detective, I wanted to get photoshopped. I worked with photographer, Greg Doherty, and we shot stills of me with no makeup – headshots and full body shots – then we shot the same shots with makeup and lights. Read more

Best Friend + Bruce = Beautiful

IMG_1888Last Saturday night I went to see Bruce Springsteen. A close friend of mine has a brother in the band and he got me tickets (LA kind of runs like that). It was extraordinary. Really.  Read more

The Beauty In Our Tears


Do we deny our greatness by seeking happiness?

Life is an uncomfortable string of events seasoned with a mix of people, some who comfort us, teach us, hurt us, and some who love us. There are moments of joy and happiness, but these are unsustainable. Although we all seek an ongoing sense of bliss, perhaps the only disservice greater than seeking happiness, is in finding it. The people who accomplish big dreams are the ones who turn their heartache, pain, and tears not into happiness, but into a tangible external result. Read more

What’s Up With Cheryl Tiegs?

cherylYesterday morning I got a text from my friend Lillah saying, “What’s up with Cheryl Tiegs?” Later, another friend posted on my Facebook page an article discussing an interview Cheryl Tiegs did with E! News, where she responded to model Ashley Graham’s Sports Illustrated cover. Read more

Big Girls Like Us: The Elephant in the Room

56be0c891a00009c01ab2903Being a “big girl” in a society that is obsessed with the “ideal” body (petite, uniform, thigh gap like the Grand Canyon) definitely has its challenges. Besides the fact that places like the pool or the beach cause a tremendous amount of anxiety and self-loathing – and most “trendy” stores do not design clothes to compliment your curves – the biggest hurdle is by far, the feeling that, by society’s standards, you’re just not good enough. Read more