what’s in my bag?

my bag

clearly i had a little fun at sephora today! after spending 2 hours in one of my favorite stores (and with the help of a lovely make-up specialist to teach me about the new MJB line!) , i left with an assortment of goodies to brighten, heighten and enhance! i thought i’d give my ladies a sneak peek of what’s currently in my beauty bag…

1. sephora brand, transparent brow gel – *for taming unruly eyebrows

2. benefit, high brow (lightening pencil) – *to add lift to your brow line and widen/brighten the look of your eye

3. marc jacobs beauty, bronzer – *contouring is essential and good bronzer is key!

4. smashbox, eye shadow palette in sepia – *3 shadows, sans-shimmer, for the perfect every day look

5. deborah lippmann, nail polish, “happy birthday” – *because you can never go wrong with glitter!

6. benefit, fake up (concealer) – *anti-crease concealer with staying power

happy saturday!

xo, b

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prime crime

over the past few years, i’ve been asked why i stopped posting on “a girl on top” and every time someone asked a ting of regret passed thru me. for those of you who haven’t had your own blog before, a blog really does have a life of it’s own. it’s this great, albeit time-consuming, thing that once you have a taste, you just want more. A too much of a good thing isn’t bad though, right?

well, when i decided to focus on my film career, i could not maintain G.O.T. to the extent i had wished to. since 2011, i’ve had incredible experiences working at strong and successful production companies and on fabulous films such as Celeste and Jesse Forever and, the currently in theaters,  The To Do List, but I cannot deny that i’ve missed being Miss G.O.T.

so, that question of “why i stopped” is something i’ve recently thought long and hard about. and you know what? i don’t have a good enough answer to it to keep the lights off here at G.O.T. i loved bringing you new and exciting products to add to your vanity and i want to fill that void I know you’ve been missing!

if you’ll have me, i hope you’ll join me once again for the fun we used to have!

to lure you back in, i decided my first post back had to be my favorite new vanity addition. a dear friend’s younger sis introduced me to a line called LIME CRIME not too long ago and the staying-power of this amazing lipstick truly is a crime.

i’m currently loving the RED VELVET VELVETINE.

it goes on glossy, finishes matte and i dare you to try to get it off your lips. go ahead, take a sip of that drink. perhaps even kiss that boy.

i was at a pool party recently, sipping on a frozen lemonade, cooling-off in the pool and my red lips did not stray.

i stayed perfectly poised for the entire day with fabulously matte and never-retouched lips. all a girl really needs is a good mascara, rosy cheeks and a great red lipstick…and ladies, i’ve found my little black dress of red lipsticks.

here’s a peek…and yes, that’s me…in the pool…being fabulous:

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where do i find it? 

LIME CRIME is only available online, currently…

http://www.limecrimemakeup.com/

Bashful Beauty

I’ve mentioned Alessandra Cosmetics before and now I’m bringing her back to wet your lips a little more. For the last few months, I have been using Alessandra Bashful Blush in Liliana and I absolutely adore it.

As a gal with pretty fair skin and freckles, Liliana is the perfect rosy-pink (with a splash of shimmer) to give me that fresh, radiant glow.  It actually kind of makes me want to break out into song, “I feel pretty, oh so pretty…”

Ok, enough of that. Back to the information you’re actually here for…

I’ll never forget my grandfather once told me I should use make-up with shimmer for my cheeks “like the movie stars do.” I was probably 14 when he said this…obviously I’ve been scarred for life…but he did have a point.

Shimmer adds radiance and who doesn’t want to be radiant (or a movie star, ha)? Therefore, Bashful Blush seems to be just the right fix, huh?

Bashful Blush comes in a petite compact case that makes it simple enough to just throw in my purse for on-the-go use. Oh, and I almost forgot, it comes with a stowaway mirror/brush AND it has SPF. Could this blush be any more perfect!?

This Bashful Blush gets your Girl on Top’s seal of approval.

Be sure to check out the other Alessandra Bashful Blushes here:

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Make Em Pop

I promise you, if you add a little somethin’ somethin’ to your brows, your eyes will go POP! And that little somethin’ somethin’ is a little color. You don’t need much to seal the deal. But a word to the wise, be careful in choosing your color / brand. Using the wrong color will make you pop in another way…and that would be the way you don’t want!

As your how to be a Girl on Top expert, I say that Anastasia Brow Powder Duo is your answer. We’ve talked about this before. Anastasia is the Queen of Brows, so trust her (if not me) on this one.

How do I know what color works for me, you ask? There are several ways. To give you an idea, my natural hair color is a dark dark dark brown, practically black. My brow color is a bit lighter and I use the ash/blonde palette. Anastasia has created six different palettes for you to choose from. So I promise you, you will find your color!

To find your color, you can go to Anastasia and have one of the experts help you out. OR you can go to a reputable makeup specialist to seek their expertise. Here’s a hint: only talk to a makeup specialist whose makeup looks good / is something you like, i.e. if you like a natural look, don’t go to M.A.C.

Girl on Top Shows You Here!

So Fresh and So Clean Clean

    I’ll reiterate something I’ve said before, cleansers need not be harsh to work. And today’s product will prove me right once again.

OK, I’m not really that cocky, but you get my drift. I received a sample of Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser (Age Correct) just a few weeks ago and have been trying it out for my amazing readers ever since. I will say, it is one of the best cleansers I’ve ever sampled. I have consistently noticed firmer, softer skin after each consecutive face wash. 

P MD has a clean scent that, I admit, had to grow on me, but now I love it.

The product reduces enlarged pores, hydrates, is nutrient-enriched, helps to firm and tone skin, and provides anti-aging benefits. You actually feel it working when you wash. Pretty groovy cleanser, huh?

I give this one my Girl on Top stamp of approval.

Girl on Top Shows You Here!

*Perricone MD can be found at Sephora and Beauty Collection.

Hey Gorgeous. Umm, I Mean Flawless…

     And that’s what you’ll be if you use Origins: A Perfect World! Because, once you try this serum, you will believe that paradise actually exists.

This serum is a protectant from all the harsh realities of your everyday. A Perfect World shields your face from all the things that make your skin age — dehydration, deterioration, the nastiness that is LA air. What’s its secret? APW is made with Silver Tip White Tea extract (better for you than Green Tea), which provides your skin with antioxidants and allows you to exude radiance. How FABULOUS!

Hard to believe, right?

Believe it, Baby. 

Use this serum BEFORE you put on your moisturizer (or use it alone, your choice). But you must, and I repeat, you must take the time to enjoy this product as well. It smells wonderful and makes your skin feel even better. I guarantee this product will make your face feel like nothing you’ve ever experienced. It’s absolutely divine.

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Poof, Be Gone!

        And that’s exactly what Mario Badescu Drying Lotion does to pimples. It dries those little suckers out and then poof, they’re gone!

Ladies, use this drying lotion at night to make your white heads disappear by morning. MB speeds up the healing process and won’t irritate or dry out the surrounding skin.

 If you have a bad boy developing on your face, it might take a little longer than just one night’s use.  Your pimple will not be completely gone by morning, but it will certainly be less red and smaller!

Disclaimer: Do NOT shake the bottle.

How To Use: Dip a q-tip into the pink lotion at the bottom of the bottle. Dab on to your pimple and let it works its magic overnight. In the morning, wash off the drying lotion.

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*MB Drying Lotion can be found at Nordstrom.