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My Coachella Beauty Checklist on Real Simple!


coachella-beauty-must-haves-5As far as I’m concerned, the only person that can pack light and still look beyond on point everyday for Coachella, is Patricia Field. I could definitely take a cue from her organizational skills from our trip together last year. At least I’ve picked up a few tricks of my own when it comes to packing my makeup — I finally found the winning combination between LeSportsac travel pouches and this Caboodle traincase.

Backstage at Hedwig on Broadway with POPSUGAR and Knock Out Cosmetics

hedwig dressing room
It’s not every day you get to sit in Neil, Andrew and now Michael’s dressing room at Hedwig!!!

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is one of the hottest tickets on Broadway right now. The Tony Award winning show, opened with Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig, then Andrew Rannells, and now, Michael C. Hall, is taking over the role for the next 3 months. And with those elaborate wigs, and fabulous glitter red lips and blue eyeshadow, it’s a dream for all us beauty lovers. I’m so privileged to be friends and partners with the man behind the hair and makeup (for ahem – both the original movie and play), Mike Potter. And our nail polish brand, Knock Out is what you see on the actors and we did an exclusive Hedwig collaboration featuring the iconic shades that you see from the show. The shades include: Sugar (clear glitter), Midnight (blue glitter), Hedwig (red glitter) and Bombshell (matte yellow), and they are what you see on Hedwig the playbill’s and posters all over NYC.

Win the KOxHedwig Nail Polish Collection As Seen on Neil Patrick Harris {Giveaway}

Hedwig nail polish

My goodness, I feel like this has been a non-stop exciting week of announcements! As some of you know I recently became a spokesperson and partner in Knock Out nail polish. They launched over 5 years ago and were the first brand to do matte nail polish and having I was obsessed with them from the start. About 3 years ago I met one of the founders, and we have since became good friends. So getting to be apart of the brand this year was a big honor for me. As is the big announcement that Knock Out is the exclusive nail polish brand for Hedwig on Broadway starring Neil Patrick Harris and created a custom KOxHedwig collection for the show.

Neil Patrick Harris Hedwig nails at the Tony Awards

The collection consists of four shades, Bombshell (matte yellow), Hedwig (red glitter), Sugar (white glitter sparkle), and Midnight (navy glitter). Since up until now Knock Out has only done matte, creating our first glitter collection is very exciting. Mike Potter, the founder and creator of Knock Out, is the infamous makeup artist behind the makeup and wigs in both Hedwig the movie and on Broadway so it’s been exciting watching him work with Neil Patrick Harris and all of his support with the collection. He wore our Midnight shade at the Tony awards — and if you heard his acceptance speech, Mike got an amazing shout out. (You can see the feature on his manicure on allure.com).

Karen O Oscars Knock Out manicure

Mike is also Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs makeup artist and she debuted our Sugar shade at the Oscars this year where she was both nominated and performed during the awards. Karen O has been the face of the line since it launched in 2009.

The KOxHedwig collection is $20 and available at hedwigbroadwaygoods.com

I’m giving away a set of all 4 polishes to one lucky winner. There are two ways to enter!

1. Follow @prettyconnected + @koknockout on twitter and tweet:  RT & Follow @prettyconnected & @koknockout for ur chance to #win the #KOxHedwig nail polish collection #giveaway http://shar.es/1nsL3W

2. Follow @prettyconnected & @KOcosmetics on Instagram and like the photo that matches the giveaway going live this week!

Winner will be announced on 8/20/2014. All state, local, and federal rules apply.




#PrettyGlamazonLove V-Day Giveaway Day 6: Knock Out Matte Nail Polish Set ($84 value)

Knock Out nail polish giveawayWith Valentine’s Day almost here we had to add a nail polish into the Pretty Connected/Glamazon Diaries Valentine’s Day giveaway mix! In case you’ve missed our 6 awesome days of giveaway’s be sure to click HERE! We have watches, lingerie, hair tools, and bags up for grabs — and now our favorite matte nail polish line, Knock Out!

{Giveaway} Win Neutrogena Hand Cream + $25 Amex Card

Neutrogena hand cream + Knock Out Flatte Black Nail Polish
Neutrogena hand cream + Knock Out Flatte Black Nail Polish

If you saw my post on the 12 beauty products that got me through Africa, you know that the Neutrogena Nowegian Formula Hand Cream basically saved my hands (and feet) from the extreme dust and sand dryness they were experiencing. It was originally sent to me with a $25 American Express gift card offering me to use the gift card on a manicure and to take #NTG7DAYCHALLENGE

PC featured on Bib + Tuck

Bib+Tuk, Lara Eurdolian

Bib +Tuck is a super chic members-only online community for women to trade fashion items. Bringing the hippest fashionistas together so that each can find the “new” in another’s “old” the site is filled with designer finds, vintage wants and everything in between. How it works is you photograph and sell items through their site, once they are purchased or “Tucked” that $$ goes into a bank account that you can use towards purchasing someone else’s wardrobe. This week I was Tucked for an interview and featured on the site! So what’s

Behind the Scenes of my Ricky’s + Knock Out Nail Polish Newsletter…

Aaron McCann, Lara Eurdolian, Miss Pop, Ricky's, Knock Out Nail Polish
Pretty Connected + Miss Pop Nails visit Ricky’s!

I can’t think of too many ways to top a morning then by getting to visit Ricky’s Headquarters for a custom mani by the insanely talented (and top nail artist), Miss Pop Nails, (aka Simcha Whitehill) using my favorite matte nail polish line, Knock Out Cosmetics! Teaming up with Ricky’s + Knock Out + Miss Pop is a dream! Screen Shot 2013-06-18 at 8.10.41 AM

Nail art is such a huge trend right now, and while “half moon” mani’s have been all the rage for some time, we’ve recently been seeing the new “window” manicures (which is a fancy way of saying part of your natural nail is exposed), get some attention. Simcha took all of it to the next level by creating a Leopard Moon Window Mani! If you get Ricky’s news letter you should be getting our newsletter today. Yes, that’s my hand…

Knock Out Nail Polish, Ricky's Miss Pop, Lara Eurdolian, Aaron Mccan

Check out Ricky’s NYC Tumblr page for the how-to-tutorial and visit Rickys.com to shop the look. More behind the scenes images from my day at Ricky’s…

PC Giveaway: Win a subscription to Wantable filled with jewelry and beauty products!

Face Stockholm, Knockout Cosmetics, Lise Watier, Susan Posnick

Since partnering with Wantable since last month, I’ve been gushing about the subscription service website! It’s a must try for any makeup junkie’s or jewelry addicts, as it lets you fill out a beauty or jewelry product profile (it’s quick and easy) and then sends you 4-6qty full-size premium makeup products or 3-5qty boutique jewelry pieces (depending on if you ope for the makeup or jewelry box) based on your preferences.

This month to celebrate my partnership with the brand, I’m giving away six one-month subscriptions to 6 lucky fans! Each option counts as a separate entry. Here’s how to enter:

1. Leave a comment under this post on why you want to win.

2. Follow @prettyconnected and @wantableco on twitter tweet about the giveaway using the hashtag #PC4Wantable OR TWEET something similar to: Follow @prettyconnected & RT for ur chance to win a 1month @wantableco beauty or jewelry subscription. #PC4Wantable  http://bit.ly/1753JTk

3. Follow @PrettyConnected on Instagram and like the post that matches this giveaway. http://instagram.com/p/alb5h3tDvm/

**Extra credit if you subscribe to follow my blog or “Like” Pretty Connected on Facebook at Facebook.com/PrettyConnected

Additionally from June 13 – June 20th Wantable is giving away 3 Matt & Nat bags filled with with EcoTools products. To enter click HERE.

Win My Wantable Beauty Box filled with FACE Stockholm, Knock Out, Three Custom Color and More! ($118 value)

This giveaway is now closed and the winners have been announced. For additional opportunities to win through June visit https://www.wantable.com/giveaway/pretty-connected-wantable-giveaway

As most have you saw earlier this month, I’m the featured expert for this month’s Wantable beauty box! Wantable is a monthly beauty subscription service that hand picks 4 – 6 full-size products based on your beauty profile and ships it to you direct. (Think Birchbox, only with Wantable you’re getting full size product instead of samples). 


Some of my favorite products from this month include FACE Stockholm lipstick ($22) + blush ($20), Knock Out Cosmetics matte nail polish ($14), Three Custom Color mini pressed powder ($22.50), Cailyn Gel Eyeliner ($21), and Manna Kadar Transfix ($19).

We’re giving away 3 sets!!! Each option counts as a separate entry. Here’s how to enter:

1. Leave a comment under this post on why you want to win

2. Follow @prettyconnected and @wantableco on twitter tweet about the giveaway using the hashtag #PC4Wantable OR TWEET something similar to: Follow @prettyconnected + @wantableco and RT for ur chance to win our top beauty picks ($118 value). #PC4Wantable http://bit.ly/14NlcdC 

3. Follow @PrettyConnected on Instagram and like the post that matches this giveaway. Here’s the link: http://instagram.com/p/ZvEaT3NDqg/

**Extra credit if you subscribe to follow my blog or “Like” Pretty Connected on Facebook at Facebook.com/PrettyConnected

Each box is valued at $118.50 and there will be one winner will be picked from the blog, twitter and instagram for a total of 3 winners. Wantable is giving away some additional boxes at https://www.wantable.com/giveaway/pretty-connected-wantable-giveaway

Lara’s Classic Winter Staples

1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Coat in Red – $498 the one featured is no longer available
2. D&Y Cozy Crochet Beanie in White – $27
3. 66 North Kaldi Arctic Hat – $84
4. Hunter Original Tall Boots in Navy – $125
5. Longchamp Le Pliage Tote bag in black – $145
6. Theory Blazer in Black – $375 , the one featured is no longer available
7. Tiffany’s Bead Bracelet – $185
8. Tiffany’s Somerset Ring – $250
9. Knock Out Nail polish in Concrete – $14
10. Christian Dior J’adore Eau de Parfum – $59- $95

While I love to accessorize and get creative with my outfit choices (and makeup), there is something to be said about owning really great, quality basics that can be worn on repeat to build a variety of looks and outfits or be worn alone and look effortlessly chic.

A warm coat that fits and is made well, will go a long way in your wardrobe. I bought mine last year from Marc by Marc Jacobs (#1) and it still looks brand new.  Red has been huge this season and the shade I chose is a really happy one that works with my skin tone. No matter how disheveled I am, this coat instantly brightens me up and makes me look considerably more put together.

To compliment my coat, I opted for a crisp, white beanie from D&Y (#2). What I love about this knit is that it’s not too tight like a snowboarder hat or too big like an oversized beanie and I it’s light enough that I can carry it over into Spring.  For those really bitter cold days, I turn to my Kaldi Arctic Hat from 66 North –the Icelandic brand designed to deal with extreme weather conditions. And if it’s good enough to keep Icelanders warm, then it can handle this New Yorker. And the lining is