Q&A with model Ashley Mattingly

Ashley Mattingly

The Texan beauty and Playboy cover girl tells us what makes her feel glamorous, her beauty essentials, and how she gets photoshoot ready.

Q: What makes you feel glamorous? I feel the most glamourous when I’m on a shoot and I’m with a stylist getting my hair and makeup done. It makes me feel beautiful even if I’m not feeling great that day because it makes me think, “Wow, I’m so blessed to get to live every girls dream.”

Q: What is your favorite part of your body? MY BOOBS! I did get them enhanced, I was an A-cup and now I’m a small C. To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of getting it done before but they look very natural and people ask me everyday if they’re real or not. Everyone is usually in shock and I’m glad that I did it because now I feel more confident.

Q: What do you think makes a woman sexy? You have to be impecably classy and non-judgemental, just give people chances.

Q: What is your favorite self-tanner? I go to Portofino in Beverly Hills. I get the body scrub first, then I get the personalized spray tan where they airbrush you from head to toe.

Q: Do you go to a facialist or dermatologist for extra treatments? I’ve learned that without getting facials, your skin begins to get rough and hard. Once I started getting facials, which I recommend at least once a month, my skin became less irritated and I noticed I was having less outbreaks.

Q: What is your daily skincare routine like? I use a Cle’ de peau cleanser, it’s a must with oily or dry skin. You have to use a moisturizer even if you have both skin types. I swear by it! I follow it up by using Epicuren facial cream. I love it; it does not make your face feel oily but still makes your skin feel fresh and clean.

Q: Have you had any cosmetic surgery? I’ve had botox for some things on my face that I was concerned about and it did get rid of some lines but don’t be pressured to rush out and do it. Remember girls – beauty comes from the inside and that is the ultimate truth!

Q: Have you picked up any great makeup or hair tips from stylists on shoots? Absolutely! I get most if not all of my tips from my stylists. Shout outs to Marilyn Cole. She works for Alterna and gave me CAVIAR blonde shampoo and conditioner. It actually has real caviar in it and my hair has never felt so soft and smooth before. I always listen to the pros.

Q: What has been the highlight of your career so far? What would be your dream modeling job? It’s hard because I’m torn between being Playboy’s Miss March 2011 and also being the spokesmodel for Femme Noir Swimgerie. It’s such an honor to have graced the pages of Playboy and to have a swimwear line that wants you to be their spokesmodel as well. It’s been an amazing ride for a small town girl so I would say I’m already living my dream.

Q: Do you diet year round to always be photoshoot-ready? I’m not one of those diet freaks where you eat celery all day long, but I don’t go overboard and eat a tub of ice cream when I know I have photoshoot. So it’s a balance, just like life, don’t go overboard without being cautious.

Q: How do you prepare for a big shoot? It’s more about knowing who and what I’m shooting for so that I can get in a state to be confident! [laughs] Before any shoot I HAVE to have my body scrub before my spray tan, eyelashes and I’ll do my own makeup if I have to. Otherwise I always use my girl Sarah Creninm.

Q: What are your tips for getting a flattering photo? I don’t have a signature pose because I have always believed that when I step in front of a camera I have to be myself, otherwise the picture that’s captured won’t be who I truly am…and that at the end of the day is all it’s about!

Jet Set Chic: Have Faith Swimgerie designer Jennifer Stano

JENNIFER STANO

When it comes to designing glamorous poolside attire for the jet-set clique, model Jennifer Stano has definitely done her homework. When she isn’t taking jaunts to her homes in London, Switzerland and the Greek Isles, Stano returns to Beverly Hills, where she founded Have Faith Swimwear with her husband Alki David in 2010. Before making the move into design, Jennifer began her career as a fitness model and it was her keen eye for what enhances a woman’s best assets that inspired her to create the luxe leisurewear line. “I wanted to create a product that makes a woman look and feel like a goddess no matter the time or place.”

Q: Why did you choose to name your swimwear line ‘Have Faith’? How did the line come about? The line started from my background in fitness. I always trained to be competitive and never let myself get down if I didn’t win. The Have Faith line is about making any woman feel good about herself. She has to have faith in her beauty and feel confident.

Q: You have homes in Beverly Hills, London, Switzerland, and the Greek Isles. Do you find a lot of your design inspiration during your travels? I am greatly influenced by the diverse cultures of the world, and especially the glamorous life and style of poolside elegance. I believe every woman should be a chameleon, fitting in wherever she goes, whether stylish in St. Tropez, bohemian chic in Greece, or the life of the party in Las Vegas.

Q: What are some of your favorite pieces from the summer 2011 collection? I love the all over lace bikinis in coral and blue- the brighter the color, the more tanned your skin will look.

Q: Your popular blog features daily ‘mirror pics’ capturing your outfits – how would you describe your style? Do you work with a stylist? I love the store Intermix. I have a sales girl who knows just what I like, every time I walk in. I like to be youthful, yet classy and chic. My style is very young and fresh.

Q: Prior to designing, you were a professional fitness model – what are your top training and nutrition tips? Is fitness still one of your passions? While training, I do a lot of squats, lunges, and a ton of leg lifts and crunches for abs. I eat really clean, which means no sodium and no sugar. No whites! If I could stay in one place long enough, I would compete professionally again.

Have Faith Swimgerie designer Jennifer Stano

Q: What advice do you have for looking hot in a bikini? Oil for sure. I use a spritzer bottle to mist myself when it gets really hot. A simple pair of gold hoops always make a great style statement as well.

Q: What are your beauty must-haves? An eyelash curler, my Mac gel eyeliner and my Smashbox liner brush, and a good bronzer – I like Smashbox and Bobbi Brown.

Q: Your husband is a very successful businessman – what was his best piece of advice for starting your own business? And what’s the best and worst part about being an entrepreneur? His advice is ‘always do what you love doing and you will succeed.’ This was my passion. I’m designing things that I love and would actually wear. In regards to entrepreneurship, it’s a lot more blood, sweat and tears than I thought it would be… but the feeling of accomplishment is unparalleled.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not working? I love to go to the beach when it’s warm and enjoy the scenery. Shopping is always an addiction I can’t fight. My weekends are meant for relaxation time and taking a breather from the work week. I enjoy working out and always make time every day to put in a couple hours for a work out.

Q: Will the Have Faith Swimgerie line be expanding? Are you working on any other upcoming projects? Yes! The Have Faith Swimgerie line will definitely be expanding. We have plans for a men’s line and an active wear line. We have just launched our bridal package for the new women’s collection. It includes a veil, a ‘booty veil’ that attaches to any bikini, and a garter belt.

The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Alexis Bellino

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You have gorgeous skin – what is your typical daily skincare routine like? I tend to my skincare regimen twice a day. I believe in a 5-step skincare system: cleanse, exfoliate with the Clarisonic handheld, tone and moisturize, and of course, eye cream is a must. I feel that it’s equally important to hydrate and get enough sleep daily in order for your skin to look its healthiest. I know my skin shows when I’m not getting at least six hours of sleep each night.

What are some of your absolute favorite products we’d find in your makeup bag? I am a lip gloss girl! I always have a lip gloss on! My other must haves are a bronzer and a good powder! I’m a fan MAC, Chanel and NARS cosmetics.

“I also think the only true way to have a toned body is working out regularly. My exercise routine consists of a combination of spin, barre classes, yoga, and strength-training with light weights”

What are your secrets to keeping your hair looking so glossy and healthy? Do you wear extensions (if so, any advice you’ve learned from stylists on how to wear them best?) I have great natural hair; however, to get the length I want, I wear Great Lengths extensions. I believe that to protect your natural hair, you should wear the best extensions, as well as take really good care of them. I also believe in finding a hair stylist that understands your hair. I have been going to Angelic from Lucabella Salon in Anaheim, Ca for eight years now. She has taught me the importance of using good hair care products, a good shine product, and  a dose of a daily vitamin.  The Number #1 tip I must share — and it took me SO long to learn — is you cannot wash your hair daily. Your hair needs the natural oils to keep it healthy, especially, when you’re styling it as frequently as I am.

What’s your favorite way to stay in shape? Do you have any diet tips you stick to that work for you? I am a firm believer in doing everything in moderation; plus, a good old-fashioned workout! I do not deprive myself of treats, yet I will not splurge every day! I want to enjoy my life, which is something my husband helped me learn, and if I want a creme brulee, I will have it. However, I will be disciplined enough to eat healthy the next meal to balance it out! I also think the only true way to have a toned body is working out regularly.  Maybe, not every day, but a person should be healthy and active throughout the week!  My exercise routine consists of a combination of spin, barre classes, yoga, and strength-training with light weights throughout the week.

How would you describe your personal everyday style? Do you have any favorite pieces or accessories you can wear over and over? My everyday style honestly depends on what I’m doing! For comfort, I’m a sucker for a maxi dress, which you can find at www.everythingalexis.com.  I’m also a girl who loves her skinny jeans with a blazer! I have two pair of ‘go-to’ jeans – that is, my skinny AND flare leg Paige jeans.  My favorite purchase this year is my green silk Burberry trench coat.  I’ve been photographed in it too many times. I’ve worn it so much!

What are your tips for feeling confident and beautiful on the red carpet? Do you have any styling tips?  I truly believe I feel the most confident when I’m getting the right amount of sleep and eating healthy. It’s easy to get lazy with meals, or to stay up too late on a daily basis, but your body needs good nourishment and good rest to survive! My best red carpet tips are a spray tan two days before, glossy lips and a confident smile!

What’s your favorite way to shop – retail, online or personal stylist? Anytime I’m getting glammed up for the red carpet or other press, I have a personal stylist, to help me with selections. However my favorite way to shop is retail therapy. It’s good for the soul! When I’m in a store, I must try on each garment.  When shopping online, it’s too frustrating when that package arrives in the mail and you’re so excited to wear the new dress that day; but it doesn’t fit properly!

What inspired you to start your own line? What is your favorite part of the design process? I have always loved fashion. For many years I had been spending a lot of time and money at my tailor’s shop, altering and enhancing my garments, whether it was adding this, shortening that, moving this etc. Once I became a part of RHOC, I had a platform, and I decided to make my dream of starting a fashion line a reality.

Do you have plans to expand your line in the future? Yes, Alexis by Tal Sheyn is already in boutiques throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, and we have a Showroom in LA.  We are international as well.  Alexis Couture will be in boutiques by this summer 2012!  You can check out my Alexis by Tal Sheyn at http://alexisbytalsheyn.com/

Which star or model do you think has great style? Who would you love to see wearing your own designs! Oh, I can think of a thousand women in Hollywood with great style … from Angelina Jolie to Gywneth Paltrow to Halle Berry to Jennifer Lopez. But as a designer and tastemaker, I want to dress the everyday woman to look and feel her very best. If I can become a household name in the closets of “real housewives” across the country, that would be alright with me!

You got a lot of buzz after fans saw you have your nose corrected on the show – what advice do you have for women who have been thinking seriously about plastic surgery but are a little nervous or fearful about going under the knife? My advice is if you are a confident, mentally sound individual OF AGE, then you should do what makes you happy. If enhancing or changing something about yourself will boost your confidence a little more, then why not? However, I will tell you this: I was very fearful going into my sinus/rhino surgery, and rightly so. Surgery is a serious decision. Recovery isn’t easy, and complications can arise; so it’s important to consider all the pros and cons, and feel confident about the doctor who’s performing the surgery.

Get The Look: Kim Kardashian’s Glamorous Purple Smokey Eyes

Kim Kardashian’s Glamorous Purple Smokey Eyes

Kim’s makeup maestro Mario Dedivanovic created this sexy, purple-hued smokey eye and glowing skin for the curvaceous star. Celebrity makeup artist Victoria Penrose shows you how you too can get the look.

“Kim favours ompletely matte and flawless skin. Prep with a mattifying primer such as Veil Mineral Primer by Hourglass. This creates a silky smooth texture and leaves skin matte once absorbed,” says Penrose. “To take away any extra shine use Matte by MAC which will obliterate any shine from excess oil. For foundation, you will need a full coverage product to create a completely even base. Try Illamasqua Skin Base foundation.”

“After the foundation the skin will appear flat so you need to then add highlight and shadow to contour the face. A bronzer such a Casino by NARS applied on the hairline, temples and in the cheek hollow and blended well will look fantastic. Kim is wearing a coral blush which is particularly great for olive skin. Peachykeen Powder Blush by MAC has a light gold shimmer when applied to the apples of the cheeks. Now you have created contour, make areas of the face pop by using a highlighter on the cupids bow, brow arches, cheekbone and temples. Bronze Shimmer Brick by Bobbi Brown is a classic.”

“For Kim’s smokey eye, the purple will need a base to fix onto. Urban Decay make Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion, which will need to go under the purple as a base. Kim actually has quite a light and shimmery violet on her eyes: try Mac frost shadow called Creme De Violet on the lids and then define the socket and wing out the edges with Shock A Holic, also by MAC.

Create the  smokey evening look using a liquid liner, such as Long Wear Gel eyeliner by Bobbi Brown. Use an eyeliner brush on the top lash line and wing it out to create a feline eye. The waterline on the top and bottom rim is lined with a black eye pencil: try Kohl Shape for Eyes by Clinique. Kim takes it right into the inner corner to accentuate the almond shape of her eyes. A little of the lightest shade of The Bobbi Brown shimmer brick can be used as an eyeshadow on the brow bone and a touch in the inner eye. Curl the lashes and use a thick mascara like Plush Lash by MAC. Kim will always use false lashes: I recommend Eyelure but whichever you pick always trim each one with nail scissors as they are usually too long for each eye and can look really unnatural.”

“For Kim’s smokey eye, the purple will need a base to fix onto. Urban Decay make Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion, which will need to go under the purple as a base. Kim actually has quite a light and shimmery violet on her eyes: try Mac frost shadow called Creme De Violet on the lids and then define the socket and wing out the edges with Shock A Holic, also by MAC. Create the  smokey evening look using a liquid liner, such as Long Wear Gel eyeliner by Bobbi Brown. Use an eyeliner brush on the top lash line and wing it out to create a feline eye. The waterline on the top and bottom rim is lined with a black eye pencil: try Kohl Shape for Eyes by Clinique. Kim takes it right into the inner corner to accentuate the almond shape of her eyes. A little of the lightest shade of The Bobbi Brown shimmer brick can be used as an eyeshadow on the brow bone and a touch in the inner eye. Curl the lashes and use a thick mascara like Plush Lash by MAC. Kim will always use false lashes: I recommend Eyelure but whichever you pick always trim each one with nail scissors as they are usually too long for each eye and can look really unnatural.”

“Brows should be brushed and defined to thicken the shape with Superfine Liner For Brows by Clinique in soft gentle strokes. Fix with a clear mascara by MAC.”

“Lips are lined with a nude pencil like Sugared Fig by Clinique. Fill in the colour with MAC lipstick in Myth. A coral gloss to emulate the cheeks can be done with Giza by NARS.”

“Fix the whole face for the day – or night – with a mist of Fix+ by MAC.”