This blog has led me to some incredible experiences and events, but probably the most memorable thus far happened last weekend – getting to attend the SAG Awards as a guest of L’Oreal. The invitation was a part of my year-long contract with the brand as a member of The L’Oreal League. It did not feel like real life! I spent three nights in Los Angeles. The first night, I was on my own (more on that later) and the next two nights I was with L’Oreal at The Four Seasons Beverly Hills. On our first night, we had an amazing dinner with People & Entertainment Weekly at Catch, and then a party at the Chateau Marmont (I’d only ever been for lunch!) The next day it was up and at ’em, into hair + makeup, then onto the red carpet, off to the SAG Awards, and then then (of course!) the after-party! The weekend was a complete and total whirlwind – I was pinching myself the entire time.
Before we dive into photos from the evening, preparation is everything!!!! Here are a few of the things I do to get ready for a big night like this.
Exfoliate! A week or two before I left for LA I realized how dry and ashy my skin was looking (winter skin is the worst, especially when you are going from New York where everyone is covered up in sweaters to LA, where everyone looks amazing and glowy all year round. It isn’t fair.) I exfoliated like crazy. For the week leading up to the awards, I used the L’Oreal Bright Reveal Scrub. I used it every other day on my face, and every single day on my arms. After the shower I used the Bright Reveal Peel Pads on face, neck, décolletage, and arms. Both of these products are meant to be used on your face, but if your arms are feeling rough and bumpy, I can’t say enough good things. The peel pads have been a long-time favorite of mine, I wrote a more comprehensive post about the entire Bright Reveal line here.
Fix your hair! If you need a cut, it’s best to cut it two weeks prior to your big event so that it feels fresh and clean (but not too new). I had been putting both of these things off majorly (I’ve been in the process of growing out my too blonde hair and it had been a year since I had last highlighted it!). A few days before I left for LA I went and saw Jay Jackson at Alex Anthony Salon downtown for subtle balayage. He added a few golden highlights to the top, and then a darker gloss treatment on the ends to deepen the color overall.
Eat well + banish bloat. For the entire week before I stuck to eating clean. Veggies and lean proteins! Two days before I cut out salty foods. Salt dehydrates us which causes us to retain water weight (in our bellies – my problem area!) These foods will also help to reduce bloat: leafy greens, whole grain bread, kimchi (super good for gut health and your digestive track!), oatmeal, apples, cucumbers. Here is a list of even more foods to eat to help banish bloat.
Self-tan. I didn’t self-tan this go around (I think the color of my dress actually compliments pale skin), but I usually do before something fancy. When I do self-tan I love this one from L’Oreal. Fun fact: it was the first self-tanner I ever tried… way back in college! It’s so much more affordable than the department store brands, and distributes a realistic bronze color evenly without any streaks.
Take a bath! The night before the SAG Awards I took my favorite detox bath (2 cups epsom salts, a few drops of Neroli Oil, 2 Tbsp baking soda).
Do an at home facial! After my bath, I applied L’Oreal’s Charcoal mask (read more about it here!) and left it on for about twenty minutes. It pulls out all the yucky stuff without drying skin out… and leaves skin feeling super bright and fresh.
In terms of my look, I pretty much said to both the hair stylist and the makeup artist, “Make me look like an old school Hollywood starlet.” I mean, I’m certainly not Grace Kelly or Marilyn Monroe, but they did the best with what they could do.
We pretty much built the entire look around two things. First of all, I love having my hair down. I just feel ugly with it up. Every time I’ve put my hair up for an event, I end up inevitably taking it down halfway through the event. So we started with it down, and I felt so glamorous. The stylist blew out my hair
And then there was makeup. I wanted to play up my eyes more than usual, but I also wanted a bright lip. L’Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in Julianne’s Red is one of my favorite reds. It’s slightly blue (yay white teeth) but still bright and fun. I brought it with me from home and had the makeup artist plan the rest of my look around my lipstick.
I really loved the final look. It wasn’t too much, but it was still dramatic and perfect for a fancy event. I still felt like myself – just a better-looking version of myself.
I was so obsessed with my gown. I felt like a living, breathing Oscar. Now that I’m back in New York the gown has an actual waiting list. My one friend is wearing it next weekend and my other friend is wearing it the following week. It makes me happy to lend my gowns out, though… I have so few occasions to wear them so it’s fun to share ’em with your girlfriends.
With the other influencers before the ceremony. I am a giant.
My little red carpet moment!
Unwinding the next day with berries and the Times… <3
This post was created in partnership with L’Oreal. Thanks L’Oreal, for an unforgettable experience!