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…and we’re back


Well it’s been a minute, huh? In lieu of a lame apology please accept this amazing video as recompense for my absence.

February means Fashion Week in my world and, as always, it makes for the two busiest times at my job. Once again, we partnered with the ultra-talented Zang Toi to create the beautiful runway look for his Fall 2012 Collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The amazing Rudy Miles and his unrivaled Beauty by Rudy team, put a modern twist on Hollywood Glam to complement the striking, cinematic-inspired collection. I’ll have more snapshots from my trip coming this week…




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More Beauty Solutions!

Today, I shared two great tips on AmazingCosmetics’ fabulous blog, AmazingLand, on how to rock lower-lash mascara without making a greasy, black mascara mess. Check out my post below!

Holiday Beauty Solutions 8 & 9: Luscious Lower Lashes

#8:  The 60′s are back in a big way and one of our favorite beauty trends from this era is bottom lash mascara. Frequently rocked by Blake Lively and practically trademarked by Kim Kardashian, this technique was originally made famous by Twiggy back in the 60′s and is still a great way to add drama to your eyes… but there’s a fine line between bottom lash mascara and an unruly black streak. In order to keep from looking like your ready to hit the football field, try this trick I picked up from Michele Phan. Take an index card and place it under your eye, lifting your eyelashes away from the skin, and apply the mascara to the lashes on the card. Now you can go mascara-crazy down there and no one will ever mistake your Twiggy for Tebow! If you want to get extra fancy, cut the end of the index card into a slight crescent shape (ala the curve of your under eye) to get a better contoured fit.

#9 If you are planning on wearing mascara on your bottom lashes, do the bottoms first! It may seem out of order, but in order to apply mascara to the bottom lashes, most of us have to look upwards. If you do this after you’ve applied mascara to the top lashes, your lashes will touch your lid and leave a smudge. It’s a super simple tip that has changed our mascara-wearing lives.

There you have it- two quick fixes for giving you lashes to lust over!

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Holiday beauty tips!

Everyday in December, I am blogging a new Beauty Solution tip from AmazingCosmetics. So throughout the month I’ll be tossing some my favorites in here for all of you to check out too!

This weekend I posted a new tip that I picked up from my little sister over Thanksgiving, and I’m obsessing over it. As soon as this manicure wears off, I’ll be sure to try it out first hand and share with you all. So check out my beauty solution post from AmazingCosmetics fabulous beauty blog, AmazingLand

Holiday Makeup Tip #3

Saturday is my day to do all the little things I don’t have time for during the week, like making breakfast, reading my favorite fashion mags and painting my nails. So in honor of my saturday rituals today’s tip is all about nailpolish: How to polish your nails perfectly, in a hurry.

Even though I don’t have time to paint my nails during the week, I love to coordinate my nail polish to my outfits and going out with chipped nails is one of my biggest pet peeves. So, I often find myself doing quickie polish jobs before mid-week events. A last minute attempt that usually ends with just as much polish on my fingers as my nails. Until now!

To paint your nails in a hurry without getting a drop on your cuticles, simply start with chapstick! Apply a coat of chapstick on the skin surrounding your nail bed before you start to paint. The chapstick will keep any excess polish from soaking into the skin and your fabulous nail color will stay where it belongs. On your nails. Your cuticles will stay clean and your hands will look, well… polished!


Let me know if there’s a beauty question that’s been bugging you or a pesky problem you’d love a solution for. I’ll make sure to answer it for you in one of my posts this month ❤

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5 things

makeup free and ready for my close up... here goes nothing.

Today at work, we’re recording a series of video tutorials for SephoraTV and our website. We’re going for something a la Chanel and guess who gets to star in them??? This kid! I just love getting to try new things at work. Here’s 5 things I’ve learned in my day as a beauty host

1) Seeing yourself on video completely sans makeup is a humbling experience

2) My hands are bigger than my head. Or at least they look that way on camera.

3) Imagining you’re wrapped in big, fuzzy blanket in front of the fireplace creates the perfect ‘This primer feels SO good” expression.

4) The lighting in your office is the least flattering light you’ll ever be seen in. Ever.

5) I talk faster than the speed of sound. Today’s motto should be “good, now slow that down.”

More shooting to do, but I’ll make sure to post the videos here when I’ve finished editing them!

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My First Fashion Week

It’s finally happening. I am attending my very first Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. *swoon x10*

My dreams of entering the fashion world go back so far that I can’t even remember a time when “Anna Wintour” wasn’t a part of my personal lexicon, and the same goes for Fashion Week. As far as I’m concerned, “tents” have only ever referred to one specific thing and let me tell you, it’s not camping. Trying to pin point when I first learned what Fashion Week was, is like trying to remember life before I could read.  That must have sucked, right?

My fabulous company, AmazingCosmetics, is sponsoring two shows at Fashion Week this year and I will be there running all sorts of backstage craziness. Specifically I will be directing our photographer, shooting “step-by-step” videos of how to get the runway looks with our fabulous lead artist Rudy Miles, and herding my 3 lovely bosses around the Step & Repeat and through press. It’s going to be a lot of work and I am thrilled. Not only will I be in NYC, but I’ll be backstage at Fashion Week and working with one of my dear friends from the j-school, our talented photographer, Charles Ludeke. (Check out his amazing work here) All of that and  the fact that I’ve been so busy at work I accidentally dropped a jean size this summer, woops! Could there BE better timing? I. think. not.

Before I leave there’s lots to do for prep work at Amazing, and appointments for lash extensions, a no-chip mani and a long over due pedicure to be made before I can walk within a mile of Lincoln Center in good conscience – can my pedicurist legally use a belt-sander on my heels? – but bottom line, I am beyond thrilled. I’ll be working plenty of course, but I’ll be trying to finesse my way into as many shows as possible in my downtime. JCrew and Michael Kors, I’m looking at you.

I’ll be tweeting and blogging my way through the next two weeks, so follow “career-girl-me” @AmazingCosmetic for the official backstage beauty and “real-girl-me” @skatebord for the less “pc” updates. I have a call with Rudy today to get the skinny on both runway looks so there will be news to follow shortly on my AmazingCosmetics blog, AmazingLand.

**Silly me- you are probably wondering what shows we’re doing! Uber-glamourous Zang Toi and the queen of dresses Sherri Hill. Kendall Jenner is walking for Sherri so I’ll definitely have Kardashian spottings for you.

Flashback: Charles and I at my senior sorority formal at Mizzou. That lavender suit? yes please.

Backstage at Zang Toi Fall 2011 Show (photo: Charles Ludeke)

Backstage at Zang Toi Fall 2011 Show (photo: Charles Ludeke)

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Read my posts on the AmazingCosmetics blog!

Hello fabulous readers!

I know. I’ve been a negligent blogger. I’m sorry! –But I have a legitimate excuse! I am officially the new publicist for AmazingCosmetics *cue the celebration music and confetti please* and as part of my new position I am writing a daily blog for the company! You may have heard of us, we are the creators of the celebrity adored, AmazingConcealer (winner of the Allure Best in Beauty award for best concealer) and are available in your local Ulta and Sephora!  Now I promise I’ll be back soon… just as soon as I can adjust to my big-girl schedule and wake up early enough to post before I head into work!

But until then, visit the AmazingCosmetics blog for my tips on everything from beauty to wellness and the latest Hollywood buzz about AmazingCosmetics! …did I mention Ashley Greene’s makeup artist used the AmazingConcealer on her in Twilight Saga: Eclipse? …oh I didn’t? Silly me!

Don’t worry, I promise I’ll be back! I’m about to start the major project of redecorating my old room to make it feel more like a swanky boudoir than my high school bedroom …only fitting now that I’m a college graduate… so I’ll have lots of pics, tips and probably mishaps to share. Until then, check me out at

xoxo, Samantha

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Tip of the day: Aspirin, not just for zapping headaches!

With mid-terms in full swing, packing on the brain and graduation looming only a few short weeks away, I’d say “stressed” is an understatement. For some people stress shows in their energy level or even their appetite but if you’re anything like me, it shows on your face. Now as a 21 year old, I can say that the days of acne are pretty far behind me (thankfully!), so I no longer have stockpiles of spot treatments at my disposal. Luckily, there’s a simple homemade remedy that works as well as any skin care counter cream I’ve tried… and the best part is, it’s sitting right in your medicine cabinet:  Aspirin! That’s right, painkillers like aspirin or ibuprofen are also anti-inflammatories, used to reduce swelling. That means that applying it topically to a persistent pimple will reduce swelling and redness, without drying out your skin.

How to use: Simply boil water and crush up a few tabs of aspirin to make a paste. Apply the paste to the blemish and let it dry. Voila! Your pesky pimple will be visibly smaller and the redness will subside without irritating the area from squeezing. Plus, unlike the pimple creams of our formative high school years, you won’t dry out your skin leaving a crackly mess underneath your concealer! This works great for those extra-annoying pressure-pimples too… ouch!

**If you’re short on time, you can simply run the pill underneath hot water and rub with your fingers to release its paste-y contents.

Now, if only eliminating the causes of my stress was as easy as getting rid of its effects. What are your favorite blemish beating remedies?

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