Thursday, June 28, 2012

beauty interview with ali fedotowsky + giveaway

Hi Lovelies!

I am so excited to share with all of you my exclusive interview + giveaway with former Bachlorette Ali Fedotowsky! I am obviously a huge fan of Ali and watched both her seasons religiously, so when I got this opportunity I jumped at it! You may recall my recent post about the website Open Sky and my slight obsession with it. Well Ali is one of thier amazing curators, who handpicks items to share with all her followers. Anyone who knows of Ali knows that she has impeccable taste and an awesome look. She really embodies the girl next door look of being drop dead gorgeous without looking like she tried

Every girl out there who adores make-up loves a good natural look, but it is actually quite hard to achieve. Believe it or not, it is actually easier to look like you have on too much make-up than just the right amount. And like I've said before every girl could use a little make-up.

Ali just launched her new shop in Open Sky and is sharing all of her beauty favorites, tips, and tricks with us. 
Open Sky was kind enough to offer one lucky reader a $35 credit to shop Ali's favorite beauty products. 

Ali also filmed a "What's In My Bag" video to share with all of you, check out a clip below or the full video HERE.

So without further ado let's get right to the interview...

Q: What are your daily beauty must-haves?

o Indie Lee Blemish stick - If you don't have clear skin then no matter what makeup you put on your face it won't look the way you want it to. I put this in my purse and apply it throughout the day!

o Fake LASHES! I'm offering an AMAZING pair on Opensky soon. I am seriously obsessed with them. Lately I have been playing down my eye makeup, but playing with bigger and more flirty lashes!

o Since I travel so much I don't have to worry much about travel size products because I always check a bag. I like what I like and some products don't come in travel size. But, I do have some travel sized things that I love. Not because they are small and good for travel, but just because I really love them. I always carry my Essential makeup bag by Rain Cosmetics  - it has a mini lip gloss, bronzer, mascara, an eye pencil, and makeup wipes. Almost everything I need I can carry on board my plane in case my luggage gets lost! Hasn't happened yet!

Q: If you had to use only three of your daily must-haves what would they be, and why?

o   Highlighter pen - I use certain products to highlight parts of my face in order to contour my face. It something I didn't even know existed before getting into the entertainment industry. Now I'm obsessed with learning new contouring techniques.

o   Vassuer skin lotion - I cannot stress how much I like to be tan and I cannot stress EVEN MORE how I never go in the sun without SFP lotion on. I really love this particular lotion because it doesn't dry sticky and it smells so good! I put it on every morning before I put on my makeup.

o   Great mascara - I'm all about the lashes. I couldn't live without great mascara.

Q: We all have to deal with blemishes, and they always seem to happen at the worst of times. How do you handle blemishes, and what products do you use?

Again, the Indie Lee Blemish stick because a blemish stick to carry with me on the go is so essential, especially with all the traveling I do.

Q: When you want to take your look a little more dramatic what steps do you take and what products do you use?

I rarely use eyeshadow and don't use dark eyeshadow at all! I just don't know how to use it. I try to learn, but every time I try to do my eyeshadow I end up looking like I've gotten punched in the eye. Ha! So I try to stick to a light shimmer or nothing at all.

Q: Name one of your biggest beauty battles (i.e. shine, limp lashes, under eye circles etc) and how you conquer it.

Considering the fact that I never sleep, I must have major dark circles. My cure?… Dunkin Donuts coffee. Ha. Kidding. I just use concealer under my eyes, but the Ellis Faas LIGHTS Highlighter Pen might just be my secret weapon when it comes to brightening up my entire face. I recently posted a video to my twitter, FB, and opensky pages of how I use this stick to look fresher faced. It is probably one of my favorite things I use :)

Q: What is the best beauty tip you have ever heard?

I try not to wash my hair everyday and have started using dry shampoo lately. Ever since I started doing this my hair is so much healthier. 

Q: Anything else you would like to share with me and my readers?
I can sum up beauty in two words: fresh face. I believe less is more.  For example, I think a nude or peach lipstick is always best in making it look effortless.

Thank you so very much Ali for taking the time to answer my questions and share your beauty favorites, secrets, tips, and tricks with us! Nothing is better than a good old fashioned word of mouth recommendation from one beauty lover to the next.

$35 Open Sky credit to shop Ali's Beauty Favorites

Contest Rules:
- Join Open Sky using THIS LINK (it's super fun and they have awesome stuff).
- LIKE Open Sky on Facebook.
Make sure to include your FB name in your comment below
- Leave a comment below.
- Only open to the continental US. Sorry :(
 - Contest ends July 8, 2012 at 11.59PM EST. 
- One entry per person please
- Winner will be chosen at random and notified via e-mail by Open Sky around July 9, 2012.

Once again thank you to Ali and Open Sky for giving myself and my lovely readers this awesome opportunity! I can't wait to try some of Ali's recommendations. I have my eye on the travel kit, the blemish stick, setting spray, and the lash + brow kit! 

What products do you want to try?


  1. I REALLY want to try the indie lee blemish lotion and stick!!! I loved watching this and reading about what products she really likes. Some of them I have never heard of, but definitely would love to try! Thank you so much for sharing Ali's beauty recommendations with us!! Xoxo Sarah
    Sarah Bowers on Facebook

  2. Loved it! I always love peeking into other beauty lover's makeup bags to see what they use as well as tricks and tips they have to offer! Great interview, Lynds!!!

  3. Forgot to mention: Lindsay Renee on Facebook! :)

  4. LOVE THIS!! Such great advice from Ali, she was my favorite on the (only season that I watched) The Bachelor. Effing Jake. I NEED fake lashes everyday now!!

    Sarah Stannard on Facebook :)




  5. thanks Lyndsey.... this is awesome, you are awesome and I hope you can find me some indie blemish stick!

  6. I love the fresh face ideal :) great beauty interview!

  7. Love your blog and love Ali!

  8. Already an open sky member and like them on Facebook. I am obsessed with open sky! I have discovered so many products I never would have heard of! I have a huge weakness for make up! All of these products look amazing!!

  9. Awesome post Lyndsey!!! I love Ali's style. I would love to try the highlighter pen. I've always wanted to try experimenting with contouring my face!

    Oh, and my facebook name is Kathleen McCloud. :)

  10. I would luv to try the highlighterpen or indie blemish stick! :D <3


  11. I'm already a member of OpenSky and lIke them on facebook. Great blog!! Crossing my fingers

  12. I would like to try the blemish stick. :]

    Lizz Hough