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I had such a wonderful birthday celebration on Sunday at the Mondrian in LA to welcome my 30th year of life! Thanks to my wonderful sponsors I was able to offer my guests a goodie bag as my way of saying ‘thank you’ for helping me celebrate and for donating to one of my favorite charities, START Rescue.

If you’ve already seen my Get Ready With Me video for my birthday, you know I’m giving away one of these awesome goodie bags. Here’s what you need to do to enter:

1. Be a US or Canada resident.

2. Leave a comment on this blog post, and be sure to include your correct email address in case I need to contact you.

3. A winner will be chosen via random generator and announced on Friday, August 1.

At my party I asked guests not to bring gifts but instead bring donations for a good cause. If you feel like you might want to do something nice for me on my birthday, I am asking that you make a small donation (every dollar counts!) to Wildlife Waystation in Los Angeles. It is NOT a requirement to donate in order to enter the giveaway, I understand some of you may not be able to at this time, but it is optional in case you want to make my 30th birthday even more memorable! If you would like to donate, click here.

Good luck!

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Every time Sigma announces a new launch I’m giddy with excitement because I know it’s bound to be another hit! This one is particularly exciting because it’s something they haven’t done before: Sigma is launching a brand new line of gel eyeliners called the Standout Eyes Gel Liner Collection.

I just got my hands on these six colors and the two new brushes specifically made for ninja liner application. The colors range from a cool gray to a striking teal, but what I appreciate about these shades is that they’re not so bright and off-the-wall that they’re no longer wearable. The colors are deep and extremely rich in pigment, so practically every color will suite any look and any taste.

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It seems I have the most fun with nail color and trends in the summertime. For as long as I can remember my favorite polishes have been those pops of bright colors, so appropriate for summer. This year I’ve got a few trends to share using some of my favorite shades from the Sally Hansen Triple Shine collection: These are easy, fun, and so appropriate under the sun!

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When it comes to foundation or any sort of base, I’ve pretty much tried everything: The good, the bad, and the ‘why do they even make this stuff?’

The trouble with a lot of these products that claim to make your skin look perfect in one way or another is that they’re gimmicky. All these different technologies and ‘patent-pending’ breakthroughs sound great, but do they really work? It’s been my experience that the vast majority do not, but out of those dozens you’re likely to find one or two that do.

Recently I discovered a product that I had pretty much blacklisted as a total gimmick and not worth trying, ever. You remember seeing those ads for the white cream that ‘adjusts’ to your complexion? And do you recall trying that product only to find that it not only doesn’t match your complexion but all of a sudden you have this pink cast over your face?

Gimmick.

After being certain I’d never try a product like that again, I happened upon a product by Cargo called the Picture Perfect CC Cream. The claim, again, was that the cream comes out white, but once it touches your skin it adjusts to your unique color. Was I hesitant? Yes. But I’d always had such a great experience with Cargo products that I figured it was worth a shot. I was at the GenBeauty Cargo booth when I discovered the product and the Cargo rep said it was going to blow my mind… And it did.

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