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Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Hair & Makeup

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is tomorrow night!  Filmed November 13th in NYC, I was fortunate enough to go backstage and check out all of the action.  After speaking with Adriana Lima, Toni Garrn and Alessandra Ambrossio, I posted this on their fitness tips (apparently sex counts).  Just in, is the complete rundown on how to get the bombshell look from their glam squad – makeup artist, Dick Page and hair stylist, Orlando Pita.  Get your sexy on, ladies! MAKEUP


For a fresh and flawless complexion, apply VS Makeup Tinted Moisturizer & Primer SPF 15 all over skin with a foundation brush—this creates a smooth and even canvas for makeup application.

Next, sweep VS Makeup Mineral Blush Duo in Starlet across the apples of the cheeks. Blend up to temples for a warm and natural-looking flush.


Start by lightly defining the inner rims of eyes with VS Makeup Eye Liner in Dark Chocolate. Next, line the top lash line with the same pencil and use the smudger end to blend the line upward and out.  Make sure there are no sharp lines; keeping the eye liner soft, blended and diffused creates a smoky effect that makes the eyes pop.

Using the VS Makeup Eye Shadow Quad in Eye Contact, apply the Highlight shade from the lash line up to the brow. Emphasize the inner corner and brow bone for an extra brightening effect. Next, sweep the dark brown Crease shade in a “V” shape at the outer corner of the eye and blend well to create drama.  Dust the shimmery gold Lid shade across the inner half of the lid.  Hold a tissue under the eye while applying eye shadow to catch any excess powder.

Apply VS Makeup Volume Plump Mascara to upper and lower lashes. Layer extra coats on the upper lashes for a more dramatic effect.


For a nude pout with a hint of shine, use your fingertip to pat on VS Makeup Color Drama Lipstick in Melt.

HAIR - Of course, tons of extensions were added!

Step 1

Apply VS So Sexy Style Body & Hold Volumizing Mousse from roots to ends of damp hair.  Section the hair and dry using the ghd air professional performance hairdryer and a ghd round brush.

Step 2

Starting at the nape, take a horizontal section of the hair and mist with VS So Sexy Style Hold & Finish Hairspray. Place two fingers at the root of the hair and wrap the hair around, tucking in the ends to create a pin curl around the fingers.

Step 3

Once the section is wrapped, gently remove your fingers.  Close the ghd tri-zone styler onto the pin curl, hold for about 5 seconds, letting the heat do its work, then remove the styler and pin.

Step 4

Repeat this technique through the hair.  Keep fingers straight at all times when wrapping the hair.

Step 5

Once cooled, release the curls from the pins.  To finish, mist hair with VS So Sexy Style Clean & Go Dry Shampoo or VS So Sexy Style Hold & Finish Hairspray, depending upon your hair texture or the amount of volume you want to create.  Use your hands, or a brush, to create your desired finish.

Victoria's Secret Angels Reveal Fitness Secrets

This year I went backstage for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show with one goal in mind.  Since the look never changes, a golden glow complimented by a plush, kissable pout and supermodel waves, I needed to find out how more about the models fitness routines.  Mission accomplished.  Here, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Toni Garrn and more spill the secrets to sculpting. I asked each one what their favorite asset was to show off on the runway and how they sculpt it to perfection.  Here were their responses.

Alessandra Ambrosio – My favorite asset to show off on the runway is my legs. I do squats, Pilates, TRX, barre movements and they all work my bum and the legs. I think lunges are really good and easy to do though.  I also love green juice and have it once a day.  It gives me energy.  I'm from Brazil so I like to have fresh juice and they make me feel lighter and really good.

Toni Garrn - My butt, for sure.  Everything else is covered this year with wings and corsets and I've been working on my butt for a while.  I do this exercise called down dog and then kick my legs up in pulses.  (She's telling me this as she, in her tiny, silk VS robe, pretends to get down on all fours and kick out her right leg behind her and pulse.) and do about 200 pulses on each side.  Left and right and up and down about 200 times on each side every day. 

Magdalena Frackowiak – My favorite exercise is the sex!  No, for real, squats.  I like to show off my abs, my boobs, my butt, my legs!

Adriana Lima – My eyes.  I think the eyes show a lot of personality.  Eye contact. You can really describe everything about a person through their eyes.

For backstage photos check out BeautySweetSpot's FB page!


exclusive: Behati Prinsloo Talks Her New Victoria's Secret Fragrance Deal & Engagement to Adam Levine

Last week I had the opportunity to privately interview Adam Levine's new fiance and Victoria's Secret Angel, Behati Prinsloo at the Victoria's Secret fragrance launch event celebrating their latest, 'Victoria,' held at 620 Loft & Garden overlooking NYC's 5th Ave. While I was anxious to get my hands on the latest scent and meet the fresh faced Spokesmodel, I really couldn't wait to see her new rock (which was vintage and gorge) and get to know the future Mrs. Levine. While the Victoria's Secret brand had prepared a speech for her to give to all of us about the fragrance and partnership, she was completely overwhelmed with emotion and truly spoke from the heart.  A real humbled girl, I liked her right away.  Here's my exclusive interview:

What did you just do to your feet (she did something before she slipped her shoes on)?

Because it's so hot outside, I put powder in my shoes so my feet don't slide around.  It's a trick from the trade.

Why did you get so emotional when you spoke about your collaboration with this fragrance?

This fragrance is me, but the emotions are more about Victoria's Secret coming to me and asking me to do the collaboration.  They said I was the perfect person for it. The fragrance was fresh and young and still beautiful and feminine and they thought I was the perfect person for it.  I just got so touched by it.  It smells beautiful and I love roses.  It's such an honor to have a fragrance created off of who I am.

This is a huge career highlight for you! What do you hope to do in the future?

I never thought about modeling.  Then I got scouted and everything happened from there. I never in a million years would have thought I'd be sitting here as the face of Victoria's Secret's biggest fragrance.  I wouldn't want to know what happens next.  I like surprises and the feeling of being overwhelmed.

Congratulations on your recent engagement! What was the best advice you've ever received on love or marriage?

It's not advice per say, but my parents have been married for 35 years and I've watched them and always wanted what they've had.

What advice do you have for people who are looking for love?

Be yourself and be honest.  Honesty and communication are the most important things.

Is there a product that you steal from Adam or he steals from you?

Not so much, but we both are obsessed with rosewater spray, which is funny!


Dress to Perform: Workout Gear that Will Make You Want to Sweat

When I was younger I used to attend dance classes (OK up until I was 18).  I took ballet and hip hop and used to get yelled at when I didn't dress appropriately for class; quickly learning that a sports bra and loose tank is not the same thing as a leotard.  My teacher used to tell me to dress to perform, which made me mad as a rebellious teenager who hated rules.  Now, I take that same advice into the gym and it makes all the difference.  Here's what I've been rocking lately... Believe it or not, the sports bra and jacket is by Roxy.  They just launched an outdoor fitness line that's designed to fight the elements when you're partaking in activities like biking and hiking, but I love the material and the designs really compliment a woman's figure so I wear them to the gym as well.  In the pic I'm wearing the Roxy Spin Bra and Atmosphere Jacket.  I also have capri pants that have a really flattering cut, making my thighs look slimmer.

Also in the pic above, I'm wearing my Victoria's Secret Supermodel Pants.  Make Victoria's Secret your new go-to for yoga pants.  They're slimming, comfortable and affordable.  Check out my new finds and you'll soon be saying Lulu who?

1st Time Victoria's Secret Model Dishes on Her Audition Process & Fitness Secret

One of my goals going backstage at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show this year was to talk to a newbie.  When I met Jasmine Tookes, I knew she was the one I wanted to get to know as she was someone I've never seen before, a fresh face to the industry and eager to talk.  Turns out, we have something in common: our work out regimen, only she's proof that it works and I quit!  Check out my video interview with the newest Angel.

Alessandra Ambrosio Talks French Kiss Lips & the Million Dollar Bra Backstage the VS Fashion Show

After waiting for makeup artist, Tom Pecheux to finish Alessandra's makeup, I nabbed the first interview with the power duo! This is my third year covering backstage for Victoria's Secret and each time I try to bring you something new. This, by far, is a fun clip. Stay tuned as there's much more to come!

A Guide to the Top Victoria's Secret Angels on Twitter & Peek at Their Fashion Show Prep

On Wednesday I'll be heading backstage to cover the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and then of course, attending the show.  To prep, I began researching (aka stalking) the angels on Twitter to see what they've been up to lately.  Fitness, fittings and beauty treatments seem to taking up their feeds, but on Wednesday I'll get the real dirt.  Follow me on Twitter for constant updates!  Here's a guide to the top angels twitter handles and a peek at their fashion show prep.

Candice Swanepoel

Alessandra Ambrosio

Lily Aldridge

Doutzen Kroes

Karlie Kloss

Heidi Klum

Adriana Lima

Selita Banks

Karolina Kurkova

Lunch with Victoria's Secret Models, Erin Heatherton Spills Her Beauty Must Haves & Her Fitness Struggle

Picture this: a perfect spring day in NYC and the sun is shining in through the glass roof of Imperial No. Nine, the restaurant off the lobby of the Mondrian Soho onto different shades of pink roses that lined the long wooden table.  What looked like a chic bridal shower was just another beauty event, only this time I found myself at a garden themed luncheon for Victoria's Secret with three models: Lindsay Ellingson, Erin Heatherton (who I grabbed to chat) and Toni Garrn. 

The beginning of the event we were having cocktails and mingling when I asked Erin if I could ask her a few questions about the new fragrance, Love is Heavenly, and she pulled me over to the bar so we could talk in private.  After noticing her six inch Louboutin's I realized she probably needed to sit down and scored an exclusive, really raw interview.

"It's parallel to this kind of day we're having, a beautiful spring day," Heatherton explained when I asked her how she'd describe the scent.  "Optomistic and feminine, like being in love.  You know, the a quiet, playful happiness you have inside."

I couldn't agree more.  As a fan of Heavenly, which I used to exclusively wear when I was younger, Love is Heavenly is just as light with a citrus twist.  An uplifting daytime fragrance available in Eau de Parfum, Body Mist (my fave), Lotion and Moisture Cream.

As for other beauty must haves, she credits her great skin to Dr. Colbert, who's her go-to derm and loves his skincare.  "I like to have fresh, glowing skin and love cheek stain," she says.  "Besides that I use tinted lip balm and a lash curler."  After long flights or when she feels stressed to prevent pimples she rotates between Ren and the Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Face Masks.  I've never tried either and can't wait!

"For a while when I was doing this job I looked right, but didn't feel good," she confesses.  "I ran, but it was a chore, until I started noticing results."  Growing up Heatherton was an athlete and never had to work to be in shape, when she hit her 20's, things changed.  "Now I put in hours sweating and boxing and it adds to my confidence at the end of the day.  Sometimes you don't want to be photographed if you don't feel right."


Victoria's Secret Models Dish on Sexy vs. Skanky Lingerie

When it comes to lingerie, there's a fine line between sexy and skanky.  Wouldn't you agree? With Valentine's Day coming up I figured it would be appropriate to spill some of the rules when it comes to dressing up for your man to make sure you look hot and not like a hot mess. Who better to ask than the gorgeous bombshells of Victoria's Secret?  I got to meet and interview Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes and Lindsay Ellingson.  Here's their advice... Adriana Lima's Rule: Put Comfort First

"Sexy is something that you feel confident and comfortable in.  If something's sexy and not comfortable then you can't move and then you become skanky."

Doutzen Kroes' Rule: Minimalism is Key

"You can't get skanky with Victoria's Secret.  Wear less makeup than you normally would, because guys like when you look natural and refreshed."

Lindsay Ellingson's Rule: Rock it with Confidence

"You can turn anything from sexy to skanky based on your attitude."

If anyone in the world knows the secrets to lingerie it's definitely these women!  Of course, Victoria's Secret has awesome seductive tools besides lingerie (Get your head out of the gutter! I'm talking about candles and fragrances!) that can add extra oomph to your night.  The Bombshell in Love Eau De Parfum is one of my favorites (and Adriana's).

Sneak Peek! Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Finale

I bet you can't wait to watch the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show tonight on CBS! Neither can I, but since I saw it live, I caught a bit of the finale on video just for you!  Enjoy after the jump! 

The Very First Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

There were no angel wings at the first Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 1995.  Held a The Plaza in NYC, it was streamed online and the no-name models casually walked the runway in regular bras and underwear and even (gulp) kimonos.  Tomorrow night on CBS we'll witness more confetti, supermodels and musical performances than ever.  My, have the times changed! Take a look at the video from the very first VS Fashion Show after the jump! Here's the video of the first ever Victoria's Secret Fashion Show:


Reporting Live Tomorrow from the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

It's that time of year again! While you can tune in on November 29th and watch the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, I'll be there tomorrow for the taping as the angels prep backstage and walk the runway.  Of course, I'll be tweeting live on site and posting images, interviews and videos immediately after the show on BeautySweetSpot so you can get the scoop right away. Last year I got to go into the spray tan tent to see exactly how the models bodies were sculpted with product (see post) despite their workout regimens and diets and interview all the models pre-show on video including Alessandra Ambrosio.

This year, special guest performers include Kanye West, Maroon 5, Cee Lo Green and just announced – Nicki Minaj.  WWD reports the themes for this years show will include ballet, super angels, passion play, angels aquatic, I put a spell on you and club pink.  There will be 69 costumes in total and 38 models walking the catwalk.

Victoria's Secret Model, Doutzen Kroes, Gets Personal

During fashion week when I was filming episodes for BeautySweetSpot TV, I brought my camera crew up to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Week Retreat, a press lounge at the top of the Empire Hotel, to capture what a NYFW time out looks like.  To my surprise, Doutzen Kroes was there so I snagged an interview with her.  We spoke about the details of her October Elle cover shoot, fitness secrets and the upcoming Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Take a look...  

The Art of Fragrance and Seduction

I'm super picky when it comes to scent.  Typically I don't like using scented products and love amber or vanilla fragranced candles or maybe a light spritz on my decolletage for nighttime.  However, with my profession, there will be some days where I smell like a concoction of scents for better or worse. When it comes to fragrance and seduction there are many different scents that are credited to turning men on, but according to research conducted by the Monell Chemical Senses Center the sexiest ones are those that bring out a woman's natural scent.  The gems – rose, musk, mint, green apple and oak moss.

Leave it to Victoria's Secret to create a scent that blended the top five sexiest notes.  Their Wild One Fragrance Mist is light and also combines raspberry and Lilly.

VIDEO: Adriana Lima and I Talk Sweet Spots

I had a one on one interview with Adriana Lima at the launch of the Victoria's Secret Summer 2011 collections.  Yes, Joe was just a bit jealous.  The bombshell was just as stunning in person as she is on the runway.  Even though I've gone backstage at the VS Fashion Show before, this angel was always kept from the press, so I was especially honored to speak with her.  Between her mesmerizing eyes and huge solitare engagement ring I tried to remain focused.   Check it out and feel free to share it with your boyfriend.

New Victoria's Secret Video Makes Me Wonder What I'm Doing Wrong

It's no surprise that Victoria's Secret launched a new video clip with Supermodel Lindsay Ellingson primping and spritzing their new fragrance from the Attractions Body Care Collection in a sexual way, but it made me think – damn! why don't I look like that when I get ready to go out?  My boyfriend would die!  Instead he impatiently waits and can't wait for me to start applying my mascara because he knows it's my finishing touch. Check out the video.  Sexy!

Countdown to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

The Holiday Season is starting and you know what that means! Adriana, Candace, Alessandra, Erin, Chanel, all become household names as they strut down the runway for the most anticipated show of the year – the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Each week unitl the show on November 30th, will be giving you the beauty and fitness secrets of the angels so you too can be a bombshell!

Let the countdown begin! 29 days!

Check out footage from last years show after the jump:

Guidelines to Get You Off Your Butt

Whether you like it or not summer is creeping up on you. If taking out your favorite bikini as a reminder and plastering pictures of Victoria's Secret models on your refrigerator still hasn't motivated you maybe these tips will help give you the extra little boost you need to get going. Fitness expert, Theionious Johnson weighed in on some easy ways to shape up in no time:

  • Set Realistic Goals: Write it out.  Make a list of things you'd like to accomplish in a certain time span.  If you write lose 10 pounds, make sure you give yourself ample amount of time to meet the goal.  Weekly goals are great motivators too.
  • Exercise Before Bed: No matter when your normally exercise do an extra 20 minutes before you go to sleep.  It will help burn calories while you sleep and clear your mind.  This can be as simple as jump roping at home.
  • Keep Hydrated: Thirst is often mistaken for hunger.  Make sure you drink plenty of water through out the day to avoid snacking.
  • Grab A Buddy: Workout buddies are the best motivators.  You can challenge and support each other physically and mentally to keep going.  Plus, who wants to be the fat friend on the beach?  eek!
  • Switch Things Up: Once you master a routine, change it before you get bored.  Do something different every day to keep your workout interesting and maximize your body's potential.

Go Backstage at Christian Siriano

Behind the scenes for Project Runway winner, Christian Siriano's show was a mad house so grabbing interviews with the key makeup artists and hairstylists were like winning golds at the Olympics.  I did it!  I elbowed some camera men, knocked over a few models and fought through the tough crowd of eager reporters to bring you the scoop...

"Since most of Christian's fall 2010 collection is asymmetrical, we wanted to keep the hair asymmetrical as well," remarked Antoinette Peters, who lead the Aveda team backstage.  Depending on each models hair length, some wore it up and others wore it down, but they all had glamorous waves in common. Tip: The key to creating perfect curls is all in the prep before the curling iron even hits your hair.  After blow-drying, try spritzing Aveda Air Control Light Spray on each strand before curling for flexible hold and some texture.

Polly Osmond created the makeup look for Victoria's Secret Beauty and was on a mascara high!  The team applied four coats of black mascara onto the lashes! Attention on the eye was then brought up to the brows which were strongly defined, but with a wispy texture.  Tip: Use a brow brush with shadow to define your natural brows then simply flick existing individual hairs with a brow pencil to exaggerate them.  The lip was a creamy, matte fuchsia called Victoria Secret Lavish.  

Watch Christian Siriano talk about the show from backstage:


New Makeup Launches

It's only the beginning of January and I already have Spring fever!  You can't blame me when I'm learning about new Spring makeup launches every day! Already anxious to rid my cashmere and begin wearing my new navy and white stripe shirt and with open toed shoes.

Here are my favorite finds from some of the hottest collections so far:

Victoria's Secret Beauty Poptimistic Limited Edition Beauty Rush Lip Glosses, $7 ea., six new hot shades inspired by the 80's.  



Bobbi Brown Makeup Facelift Collection, two words: completely genius.  A collection that includes highlighter, brow pencils and brightening lip glosses designed for faking a mini face lift with guidance by Bobbi herself.


NARS Creative Director, Francois Nars, was inspired by Catherine Deneuve's role as Lucille in La Chamade when creating the Spring 2010 collection, which includes very wearable eye shadow and lipstick shades and a polish called Purple Rain that I cannot wait to wear.


Guerlain always comes out with products that are too pretty to use, but go ahead and smear the pastel pink umbrella pattern in the blush together to end up with a brush of cherry blossom on your cheeks.  You can thank me later.  The whole collection was inspired by Eastern Asian Umbrellas.


Rimmel London is launching a volumizing mascara, bold quilted shadows, lipstick with SPF 18 and polish just to name a few.  My favorite: their Sun Shimmer Maxi Bronzer for Face and Body.  Available for only $7.99 in three shades, the compact is huge and multicolored.