Although I moved away from my hometown of Tulsa Oklahoma when I was only 16, there hasn’t been one Thanksgiving or Christmas that I have missed. Even when I was working in the corporate world at Michael Kors and Chanel, I would save up all my vacation days just so I could face the joys of holiday travel in order to make it home to my family. Even though this year is a little different seeing that I am married, it’s no exception. We are headed to Tulsa for fried turkey, my two crazy nieces and some much needed quiet time that I’ll dedicate to my beauty routine.

When your thanksgiving is spent with family, friends or just you and your better half, make it festive. Paint your nails red. Try a new face mask. Don’t overcomplicate things with a ton of makeup. Simplify. All you need is concealer, a little luminzer, powder and a bright lip.

These are some of my favorite beauty products to get me through Thanksgiving weekend. What are yours?

Tata Harper Cream Blush – The safest and easiest way to add a fresh flush to your face.

RMS (New) Magic Luminizer and Kabuki Brush – This is how you achieve that glistening Instagram Strobing effect.

Burberry Military Red Nail Polish – Hands down, the best blood red.

Dior Rouge Dior 772 Classic (New) – It’s a matte, blue-toned mauve-pink and so 90s. One of the best lipsticks I’ve tried in years. All of the brand’s new matte shades are actually the bomb. Try them all!

Tata Harper Illuminating Moisturizer – No makeup needed when using this. PS – It’s made with diamond dust.

Dr. Barbara Sturm – Everyone’s buzzing about this Germany-based line. This mask was a game-changer for me.

Christophe Robin Color Fixator Wheat Germ Mask – Another new beauty crush. After one use I could see a massive difference. Full review is here.

Byredo Mojave Ghost Hand Cream – I always have one or two of Byredo’s hand creams in my purse, and this baby is one of my favorites.

Rodin Lavender Body Oil – What can I say. It’s just heaven.

Le Metier de Beaute – I recommended this to a friend today. It’s still my favorite foundation. Two years and counting.

Antonia Burrell Mask Supreme – For those who suffer from acne or greasy skin, this is your new best friend. Just ask Jessica Richards.

001 Skincare EYECYCLE – Drain Toxins and brighten your eyes. Boom.

Coqui Coqui Beeswax Candle Tabaco – One of the only candles that the whole family can agree on.

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My hair stylist Tiffani Patchett (of Suite Caroline) gave me the best hair tip the other day for a weekly bring your hair back to life treatment. When she told me that she had met with the Christophe Robin and that he had given her this tutorial, my interested was of course piqued. I am a die-hard Robin fan and in fact, it’s pretty much the only line I use at the moment, other than Shu Uemura, a little Bumble and bumble and Ouai. She applied this cocktail on my hair, and I’m serious – my hair had not looked this good in forrrever.

Here’s the deal on this once-a-week hair treatment.

In place of shampoo, mix a small amount of the Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt with a small but slightly larger amount of the Cleansing Mask with Lemon. Think 25% to 75% radio . I want to emphasize that you do not need a lot of product because it’s super concentrated. Mix the cocktail together and gently lather (you don’t need to scrub). Work the cocktail through your hair, adding water to continue lathering. Do this for 3-5 minutes and then completely wash the product out.

Next, give yourself a few minutes and apply a hair mask. If your hair tends to be greasier, apply the Wheat Germ Mask on the ends only. You can apply the Rose Water Conditioner (it smells just like you think it would – divine) at the root instead of the Wheat Germ if you don’t tend to have oily hair. You can also just use your own favorite conditioner. Leave on for 5-15, the longer the better! Rinse.


Last up, mist some Sage Vinegar on wet hair and towel dry. This product can get very oily so less is more. Tiffani recommends 2-3 sprays. The vinegar acts as a detangler and brings back the hair’s ph level. Layer any styling products over the top and style as usual.

Try it girls, and let me know what you think!

Pictured, my Glow Girl Alexa.

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Glow Girl, so I am happy that my first post in quite a while features Amanda Shine. In describing Amanda’s physical beauty, my intern put it best in saying, “Amanda is ridiculously gorgeous – she just has the best hair ever.” She really does. She also has the brains. After putting her time working in a variety of fashion jobs in New York, she started her own company The Setting which redefines the world of ceramics. Her site is super cute and her collection makes for the best gift for basically any occasion. Amanda and I met for almond matcha to discuss New York, fragrance, not succumbing to botox temptations and the secret to that thick blond hair.

Tell me a little about The Setting and why you left fashion to start your line of cool ceramics. 

I spent a decade working in special events and offline programming specific to Fashion and that is where I learned how to interpret brand or energy into an experience. I’ve always loved working with my hands and teaching myself how to new things which is when I met my partner, Billur — at a ceramics class. We teamed up to sell customized pieces and have recently added offline programming as well a soon-to-be launched broader collection of homeware!

Give me your definition of beauty. 

Honesty and humility. Being okay with being imperfect is beautiful to me. I am all about showcasing natural, unusual beauty and women feeling and acting open and supportive of each other.

Amanda Shine for She's in the Glow Amanda Shine for She's in the Glow Amanda Shine for She's in the GlowFavorite mascara. 

Dior Show.

Glowing skin or matte? 

Glowing! [Duh.]

Which beauty brands would you consider your favorites? 

Glossier, La Mer, Kiehl’s, Nars, Charlotte Tilbury and Tom Ford.

Do you care about using products that are green/ clean?

I do and I don’t. I have sensitive skin so I care more about using products that feel healing and kind to my skin. I do appreciate when they’re clean but it isn’t a must.

Are you into scents? Tell me about your favorite yummy smelling perfumes, body oils and shower gels. 
Yes! I am religious about Warm’s signature scent and Le Labo’s Santal 33 and I have to have one or the other with me at all times. I also love By Rosie Jane’s fragrance roll on oils. I have a whole ritual with salts, scrubs and oils. It starts with Dr. Bronner’s lavender body wash and it’s something that I do every day 365 days a year.

If you hair had a secret weapon, what would it be? 

My fanciest device is my Mason Pearson hairbrush.

Do you believe in botox/ fillers? 

I have sensitive skin so I try to get a lot of sleep, drink water and I splurge on La Mer. I alternate that with Embryolisse because it’s a great value. I also don’t do facial really but if I want to treat myself once or twice a year, I love Pratima’s Ayurvedic spa in Soho. As far as fillers and botox, I haven’t gone for it but I’m very into doing people whatever makes them feel good – just don’t go crazy because you only get one body and one face.

Amanda Shine for She's in the Glow Amanda Shine for She's in the GlowWhat is your skincare routine?

I use a gentle exfoliant like St. Ives or Aveeno and then sometimes use a Neutrogena face wipe to doubly clean. Then I’ll spray my rose water and follow up with La Mer and Tinted Moisturizer by Laura Mercier. I keep it so simple because I am not really rewarded for being adventurous with my skin. I know how to keep it calm and happy so maybe it’s boring but it works.

 

Your strawberry blond hair is insanity, we need to know everything. What are your favorite hair products? 

My favorite hair product is Drybar! That probably sounds random but I go there with my laptop once a week and answer emails while they hook me up. My hair has a life of it’s own so I just get it blown out once a week and kind of leave it to the experts. I use their private label dry shampoo or Klorane in between for touch ups. I stay loyal to Sarah from Sam Brocato for shaping and cuts and Hayden from Mud Honey for color. He’s an artist and just paints my blonde in without foils.

What are some of the most important beauty lessons that you learned (from your mom, grandmother, whomever….)?

My girlfriend Vanessa who owns Modelfit taught me about the importance of exercise for beauty and happiness. She is such a spiritual force who takes impeccable care of herself and she has taught me everything about radical self love. It’s a concept that goes beyond beauty but it serves me well and I recommend it to everyone!

You have such a gorgeous au natural look. What are your makeup essentials? 

Tinted Moisturizer by Laura Mercier, Bronze Cream Eye Shadow by Tom Ford, Brow Pencil by Bobbi Brown and lip gloss / lipstick by whoever. Those staples are very much in my daily repertoire. If I want to dress it up, Eyeliner by Tom Ford goes a long way!

What products are currently in your handbag? 

La Mer, Santal 33 travel size, Kiehl’s lip balm, Nars lipstick and trident.


Tell me a little about your diet and skincare routine…

I don’t drink so hopefully that does me some favors in the long run! I also try not to be restrictive with my diet and just be good about normal things like wearing a baseball hat in the sun and using sunscreen always.

 

Amanda Shine for She's in the GlowFavorite place to shop for clothes, shoes and beauty? 

Reformation, Kith, Barneys and Glossier.

Favorite restaurants? 

So many! I love food… My friend’s place The Musket Room, Kiki’s, Bond Street Sushi, Whitman’s, Dimes, and The Smile.

Favorite hangout? 

The Wing.

Favorite meal to cook at home when you are hosting? 

Roast chicken with lemon rosemary potatoes.

The best part about living in New York is….

Every day is new and every day is special. There’s an energy that has inspired me from 18 years old until now and I’m grateful to live here.

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It’s honestly not that hard to grow out your brows. They key here is patience my friends, good old fashioned time and patience. Unfortunately, I only started the regrowth process 6 weeks before my wedding, but given more time, I know the results could have been even better. This is what you need to know.

Step 1

Stop tweezing, trimming, plucking, prodding, waxing and threading for 1-3 months (minimum) before the big day. I don’t care who you are or the state of your brows, you will be shocked to see that you will start growing hairs in places where you never thought they would grow, simply because you left your brows alone. Now it’s going to look a little funny, but keep the brows in check with a little clear brow gel or even concealer to cover up random hairs. You want to wait at least 8 weeks before even touching them in order for your true brow shape appear. Also, tweezing anywhere near the brows stimulates the hair growth cycle, which is why waiting allows time for all the hair to get on the same cycle.

Step 2

Use a brow growth serum…religiously. I used Plume, which is actually for the lashes and the brows, but I just used on my brows. What I like about it is that it’s natural and actually works! I have significantly less hair on one of my brows, so I really focused on this smaller patch of area. I used the serum every morning and night and I could see the magic happening by week 3. It was glorious. I actually just ran out, so now I’ve started using Grande Brow which I’ve heard is amazing.

Step 3

After eight weeks or so, you can begin to strategically clean up your browns with tweezers. Only remove hairs that are closer to your eyes, or like why above the brow, rather than hair close to your brows. Your brows are still deep in the regrowth process at this time, so it’s important you refrain from going overboard with tweezing. In the meantime, to help blend and thicken the brows, try tinting them. Also, nothing does the trick quite like a good brow pencil or gel. I use both.

Step 4

Around month 2-3, find a professional who you REALLY trust to clean up your brows. Again, don’t have them go anywhere near the thick shape that you have worked so hard to create. Just have them clean things up a bit. I swear by Nicky Cayot in NYC who I have been seeing for the past 3 years.

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I was engaged 14 months before my actual wedding day. It sounds like a lot of time to prep, right? Wrong. Every bride feels like she has more time to plan than she actually does, especially in the beginning. This all comes crashing down when she suddenly wakes up and it’s 4 month’s out. Time really really really flies.

The summer leading up to the wedding was crazy. I was traveling a lot over June and July and was barely even at home in New York. The last 3 weeks in July I traveled to 4 separate counties, attended 3 different weddings and by the time I returned home at the end of the month, my head was spinning. I decided to go all in and order the 21-day clean program cleanse, which is my absolute favorite. I had been drinking like a fish so I was ready for a full detox.

Other than my cleanse, I wanted to give you all the beauty secrets that helped me get ready for the day when I needed to seriously glow and feel confident. Check out my 8-step plan below.

WELLNESS

The Clean Program. I love the Clean Program so much that I ended up doing it for six weeks leading up to the wedding. It was super intense, but worth it.

The cleanse goes something like this. You have a shake in the morning a clean, hearty, protein filled meal for lunch and another shake for dinner. You also take probiotics and supplements at every meal. For lunch I would have a big leafy green salad with scallions, avocado and cold water-packed tuna with balsamic and olive oil or a piece of salmon, grilled vegetables or sautéed spinach. I would try to mix it up but I am such a boring eater so I didn’t really mind eating the same thing every day.

If I had a dinner or something at night that I couldn’t drink my smoothie, I would plan for it and drink two smoothies during the day and have my clean meal at night.

When you are on the clean program, there is a whole list of foods you have to eliminate. For example, you can eat whole fish, organic chicken and turkey, but you can’t eat strawberries, gluten, dairy, eggs or proceeded sugar. You also can’t have coffee or alcohol.

But let me tell you, I’ve never felt better. Disclaimer: I did drink coffee, but drank it with unsweetened almond milk and stevia, which are both allowed.

Vitamins. I took biotin for my hair and nails everyday. There is nothing quite like this all-natural supplement.

Beauty Elixirs. I love Raw Complexions the Beauty Pack because it includes everything your body needs to glow from the inside out. I hate having to buy all those different additives. This is like an all-in-one. I also added Moon Juice Beauty Dust into my morning smoothies because why not.

Body Vibes. These super vibe stickers, whether they were the placebo effects or the real thing, got me though the emotional rollercoaster that was my wedding.

BODY

Gym. I took it light. I went to two classes of Barre3 a week. I didn’t want to bulk up. I just wanted to stay ballerina lean. I also elevated my legs at a 90 degree angle on a wall for 45 minutes at night, whenever I found the time.

Massage. I alternated between hard-core painful massage and lymphatic massage. A week before the big day, I got a few lymph massages on my body and on my face to reduce puffiness.

Products. I used Tata Harper’s Body Balm because it gets rid of stretch masks and cellulite and Arcona Body Lotion 10% because it’s packed with glycolic acid to improve tonal quality and elasticity in the skin. It made my skin super soft and imperfection-free.

HAIR

Color. I lighted my hair a little before the wedding with my go-to favorite colorist around, Mauricio Bermudez at Sweet Caroline. He is famous for his blond clients like Dree Hemingway.

Cut. Tiffani at Sweet Caroline, who also works right under the famous Guido, cut my hair. She has the best vibes and I also did all my wedding hair trials with her. There is no one better than Tiffani.

Products. I stopped using anything harsh that could cause breakage. I stuck to Christophe Robin because it’s gentle and free of gross chemicals. I absolutely love his products. They give your mane a thick, healthy finish. Christophe Robin Prickly Pear Regenerating ShampooRose Water Conditioner and the Prickly Pear Regenerating Mask. For styling I opted for Shu Uemura Essence Absolue, the Wonder Worker and the Cotton Uzu Defining Cream.

FACE

Facials. I booked weekly appointments at Dangene. I wanted lots of LEDS, microdermabrasion, oxygen and light peels.

Dermaplane. A week before the wedding, I got dermaplane, which is where they shave all the micro hairs off your face. Makeup application has never felt so good.

Laser. I burned everything off and got lots of laser over the past year leading up to the wedding. I also did some really invasive laser and chemical peels that took weeks of downtime earlier in the year. I also did acid treatments on my hands, back, neck, chest, arms and face.

Face Masks. I did lots of at-home hydration and glowing masks. I stuck to these three all-stars: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, SK-II Facial Treatment Mask and May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon. The week before the wedding my sister, my parents (even my Dad) and I used the SK-II mask every night before bed.

LED Face Mask. Every three days I’d take 15 minutes at the end of the day to lie under my Korean light mask. I did as Gucci Westman recommended and used the SK-II facemask right beforehand to make the most of the treatment.

Eyes. Even when I get a ton of sleep I still have a propensity for under-eye bags. Verso Eye Serum is the only thing that works to get rid of the bags. Period.

NAILS

Gels. Naomi Yasuda, who is the cutest person in the world, did my nails. They were long and rounded with a gradient white ombre and tiny gold sparkles in the middle of the nail. It was inspired by my wedding dress.

Mani/ Pedi. I go to Eve, which is right around the corner from my apartment. They give great mani-pedis and sometimes I even see SJP in there. It’s totally no frills, but I love it.

Nail Oil. I wanted really long nails on my wedding day, so I started using Uka Nail Oil every night. This kept my nails and cuticles from being so dry during the day and therefore less tempting to pick and less likely to break.

TEETH

My dentist recommended Crest Whitestrips Express which Henry and I used every day or every other day for three weeks prior to the wedding.

HAIR REMOVAL

I saw my girl Nicky Cayot and she did the works on me right before the wedding. She waxed my bikini and dyed my lashes. She also trimmed and shaped my brows. Another one of her clients is Gisele. Enough said.LASHES AND BROWS

I stopped tweezing my brows a few months before the wedding and went crazy with Revitalash Eyelash Serum and Plump Brow Serum. I have never had my brows and lashes this full in my life.

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