LOVE THIS!  Glam Essentials For Halloween

LOVE THEM NOW BECAUSE: Whether you’re at a costume party or just out with friends, these Halloween glam essentials add some spirit to the night of spirits!

1)   Sparkle Lips. You’ve heard of Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, but what about Dorothy’s ruby red lips? Tattoo Junkee’s Pucker Up (Red) Lip Paint with Vixen Red Cosmetic Glitter ($8) is a super fun way to spice up the evening. The lip paint itself is the most perfect red you will ever wear, but that glitter top coat? Oh, that’s where the fun comes in…and that’s what Halloween is all about!

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2)   Lash It Up. Halloween is THE night for drama and glamour. So why not add a little luxury with your lashes? Rather than the standard strip lash, try on a pair of feather false lashes for a dramatic change. Find them for under $10 at your favorite party supply or costume store. Not only will your lashes look lush, but they’ll instantly add an air of mystery that’s perfect for All Hallow’s Eve.

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3)   Get A Tattoo…For The Night. Flash tattoos have been all the rage this season, but if you’re like me, I just don’t think I can pull them off in my everyday life. Well, the time has come! Even if you’re not dressing up, add a little character to your Halloween evening with temporary tattoos. Tattoo Junkees Glam Stamps($8) add dramatic black beauty marks, such as hearts, stars butterflies and skulls…

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while Flash Tattoos add some Boho metallic fun to any costume or ensemble.

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Moll’s Bag of Tricks: While Halloween is all about dressing up like someone else, you don’t want to totally lose your own sense of style. Unless you’re going incognito and dressing up as another character (i.e. Snow White, Dorothy or The Wicked Witch of The West), don’t use too many crazy effects at once. You don’t want to rock red glitter lips AND a star beauty mark AND feather lashes AND gold arm tattoos. That just gets comical…and not in a funny way. So stick to 1-2 dramatic effects at most, unless they directly impact your costume.

With the spookiest day of the year just a few days away, it feels like fall is just running right past us. And if you’re anything like me, you’ve got a lot on your plate besides deciding which costumes to buy and how to carve your pumpkins. But if we’re too busy to enjoy Halloween, maybe we’re too caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life.  So, how’s this? Let’s sit back, turn on a spooky movie and eat some candy corn with our loved ones and savor this moment. It comes but once. Here are some of my favorite ways to celebrate – and savor – the spookiness.

If you’re a family – trick-or-treat for a cause. I don’t know one kid who doesn’t go trick-or-treating come Halloween night. So why not start a new family tradition and do some good while getting the goods? As you all know, I am a big fan of UNICEF and all it does across the world. What you may not know is that Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF has been raising money for children since 1950. Here’s how it works: As your kids trick-or-treat as they normally do, they also carry a UNICEF orange collection box and ask for donations or any spare change that might be lying around. UNICEF makes sure that 91.2 cents of every dollar collected goes to help children. Not only will all that candy taste good at the end of the night, but they’ll feel good knowing they’re helping children in need.

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If you’re a couple – play dress up. Don’t get too intimidated here. Just think a little outside the box. You might not even need to hit the costume shop! One of my all-time favorite Halloween costumes was when Charlie and I dressed up as a couple. He was James Bond and I was, naturally, a Bond girl. Charlie just wore his tux and carried a toy gun and I wore a sexy dress, added some mega volume to my hair and threw on some sixties mod false lashes. We had the best night! Not only did it set the stage for a seductive evening, but it also left us with one of my favorite pictures as a couple.

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If you’re single – host Halloween.  Some of my favorite Halloweens were spent with my best girlfriends. The choices are endless but my fave? Host a Halloween girls night in! And don’t forget the wine! There are tons of wine options that are perfectly paired with the haunts of Halloween. Try Freakshow Cabernet, Bewitched Pinot Noir or The Velvet Devil Merlot for a taste of deliciousness.

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If you’re flying solo – enjoy the mood. If you’re too busy, or maybe just not in the mood to dress up this year, consider enjoying the holiday in a different way. Stay home and hand out Halloween candy to all the cute kids, decked out in their costumes. Or get your workout in and go for a trick-or-treat trek. Make that an event in itself by creating a playlist with my picks for haunting Halloween tunes: Superstition (Stevie Wonder), I Put A Spell On You (Nina Simone), Sympthy For The Devil (The Rolling Stones), Monster Mash (Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Keepers), Ghostbusters (Ray Parker Jr.), Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon) and, of course, Thriller (Michael Jackson).

And p.s., that playlist you create can also work magically for a dance party.

Just saying.

 

Moll Wants To Know: How are you celebrating Halloween this year?

LOVE THIS!  My 4 Lip Essentials for Fall

LOVE THEM NOW BECAUSE: A hydrated, deep-hued pout is what fall beauty is all about!

It might almost be trick-or-treat time, but today you’re in for a treat! Instead of my standard single beauty pick of the week, I’ve got 4 for you! These 4 products work on every woman – every skin tone, every hair color – truly every woman, and they are the perfect products to perfect your pout for fall.

1)   Start with a scrub. Once a week in the fall and winter, I like to exfoliate my dry lips with Sara Happ Lip Scrub ($24). It comes in an array of flavors, including Peppermint, Vanilla Bean, Crème Brulee and Brown Sugar. Yum. Just massage a generous amount onto lips, using a firm, circular motion. Wipe away with tissue and apply your favorite lip balm. Presto smooth-o!

2)   Lined lips are the way to get that full, sexy pout that all your favorite stars have. While some of us find lining our lips a bit intimidating, Sephora Nano Lip Liner in Pretty Praline #06 (only $5!!) makes lining lips effortless! And lips are naturally defined, without adding too dark or colorful a hue – so it perfectly blends in with any fall or winter shade.

3)   For a classic cooler weather lipstick shade that looks gorgeous on everyone, Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey ($16) is a classic. This glossy, ultra-light lipstick is a super sheer, glossy neutral berry, that looks sophisticated when worn alone or sexy, when paired with false lashes or a smoky eye.

4)   If you want a little high shine for a holiday party – or for a date night out with your #1 man – then look no further than Chanel Glossimer in Crushed Cherry ($29.50). A deep black cherry, this lip gloss can be beautiful when upstaging a natural look or super chic with a more dramatic eye.

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Moll’s Bag of Tricks: Try wearing this bolder fall lip look with minimal makeup. Whether you’re wearing your gloss, lipstick or both, start with moisturized skin, a little glow on cheeks and eyes and a touch of black mascara. Fall and winter never looked so pretty!

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It’s been an incredible two and a half years hosting The Moll Anderson Show with Premiere Radio on SiriusXM, and then on iHeartRadio. I’ve had a multitude of incredible guests, and I’ve learned so much about life from all of these very special people. We’ve won two Gracie Awards for Outstanding Host–Lifestyle/Health Program, a true blessing. Most importantly, I’ve been able to communicate with YOU on a weekly basis, and bring you special things that I know and love.

With that being said, in order to practice what I preach about living your best life and creating less stress by working smarter not harder, I had to decide how best to be effective in my career and continue to share my passion with you! So I’m stepping down from the radio waves and stepping onto The Doctors television show as a contributor. Every Friday, I will be bringing you fabulous Doctors Deals on products that help you lead a healthier and more beautiful life and you get the chance to buy them at super low Doctors’ discounts! You can watch me on The Doctors where I will regularly contribute health and beauty tips, hot topics and all my lifestyle must haves. I’m so excited about this new journey and to be able to share my experiences that will help you live your best life from the inside out.

I’m still sharing my favorite pieces of life here on my blog. And for all of the best life tips and tricks, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!

Thank you for listening and for being part of my story. Here’s to a beautiful future!

-Moll Xo

Okay. Let’s get real here. Attending a party alone is never easy – in fact it can be one of the most intimidating things to do. But with all of the Halloween and holiday parties around the corner, it’s sometimes inevitable when you’re a single lady or a woman whose regular date is out of town. Here are a few of my hints on how to go seamlessly solo to any of the season’s soirees.

Good times. Don’t show up too early and don’t stay too late. Doing either of these can seem a little too desperate – and when you’re single, that’s the last thing you want to appear. If it’s a casual party, aim to arrive an hour into the party. However, if you’re attending a sit-down dinner, aim to be on time because when you’re going alone, good manners are a must.

Make an entrance. Walk into the room with your head up, shoulders down, eyes ahead and a smile on your face. By doing just this, you’ll project more confidence than you may feel.

Have a plan. Next, look for a guest you know or someone who is also solo. When joining a conversation, don’t just stand there awkwardly, waiting for someone to talk to you. Even if you say, “Hey! Hope you don’t mind if I crash your conversation!” and introduce yourself. If at anytime, you’re feeling a little self-conscious, head for the bar, the host or the ladies room.

What to wear. Wear what you feel most confident and comfortable in. Black always works. It’s slimming, sophisticated and most women feel most confident in black. Also, it’s perfect for avoiding a mess. If the cater waiter spills red wine on you or if you drop spaghetti sauce on yourself, you’re covered.

Take a gift. Speaking of good manners, don’t forget the host/hostess gift. Not only is it thoughtful and generous, but it also can create conversation! For ideas on what to take, check out last week’s blog!

Get creative with your cocktails. When it comes time to order your drink, think outside the box. It it’s a full bar, order a seasonally appropriate drink or a drink other guests may not have heard of. It’s a great way to get a conversation going!

Be a responsible drinker. I’m not just talking about hiring a designated driver here, although I highly recommend Uber on a festive part night. No, be responsible when it comes to your social drinking. Try to drink no more than 1-2 drinks per party you attend. You want to put your best foot forward and tipsy on your toes is not your best foot.

Fake it. So you don’t feel confident? So what? If you’re attending a party alone, you gotta fake it. Think of the most confident person you know and try to channel their energy. Another tip my single girlfriend uses is that she plays a confidence-boosting theme song in her head, such as Peggy Lee’s “I’m A Woman”, when entering a room of strangers. When one of my other friends had to attend a wedding her ex and his new girlfriend were at, she said that Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” played on repeat the whole night in her head, until she actually believed it. Sometimes faking confidence actually creates it!

Above all else, remember to have fun. After all, it’s a party! You have the opportunity to spend time with friends, meet a new friend, or – maybe, just maybe – meet the love of your life!

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Wear what you feel most confident and comfortable in. Black always works!

Moll Wants To Know: What helps you navigate a party when you go solo?

LOVE THIS! Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt ($19.99)

LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: This magical mitt makes smooth skin so simple this fall!

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With the fall, often comes skin as dry as those dead leaves it brings with it. We’ve all tried countless body scrubs and loofahs and scrubbed our skin senseless, all in an often-fruitless attempt to get our skin smooth.

But this new magical mitt of mine in my beauty bag this week is a little different.  The coarse, rugged fabric of  my Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt ($19.99) grabs and sloughs dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, deeply exfoliating and polishing the skin, like no other loofah has ever done for me.

Not only will you feel the difference, but you’ll actually see the difference as dead skin cells fall off in the shower! While there’s a list of benefits from this glove, here are just a few of my favorites. With just one usage of the Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt, skin tone appears less dull and more even. Pesky skin problems such as ingrown hairs, bumps and clogged pores are a thing of the past. And, my personal favorite, is that it fights early signs of aging aggressively by improving circulation and stimulating collagen, preventing sagging skin.

It actually makes skin glow and makes any product you use after penetrate on a deeper level. A multi-tasking product that fights aging and gets me feeling smoother and sexier? Well, it’s no wonder it’s in my beauty bag.

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Moll’s Bag of Tricks: Scrub skin with this magical mitt prior to applying any body treatments or tanning solutions. Not only will you get rid of that dreaded dead skin look and feel, but your self-tanner will even apply more smoothly and evenly!

Call it an old tradition, but it’s one I never want to see go out of style: hostess gifts. I touched upon it in last week’s blog when I mentioned taking presents along for the pets of hosts/hostesses you stay with, but I felt in today’s age, a few more suggestions might be useful – especially with the busyness of fall and the hectic holidays right around the corner.

Hostess gifts don’t have to be expensive, but they must be thoughtful and creative. Rather than having a cookie cutter, one-present-fits-all gift, choose your hostess gifts thoughtfully, depending on who the recipient is.

Cozy up their kitchen. For the cook who loves her kitchen, gift her with tools that not only do a duty, but also delight. Colorful, ceramic teaspoons or measuring cups, or a coordinating kitchen timer all make functional yet fun gifts. Even a simple gift of dishtowels (new or vintage) can turn into the cutest of gifts when tucked into a cherry basket and wrapped with ribbon.

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Tickle their taste buds.  Instead of the classic bottle of wine, take this dynamic duo  – a bottle of olive oil and a bottle of balsamic vinegar. Many stores like Sur La Table and Marshall’s always offer a generous selection of flavored olive oils and vinegars. And many areas have olive oil stores that offer a variety of olive oils and vinegars as well as online sites.  And don’t just keep it classic! Consider rosemary olive oil and cherry balsamic vinegar for a tasty twist on these pantry staples. Add a baguette or Focaccia – and serve with olive oil and vinegar as dipping sauce – for an instantly easy appetizer.

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If you have the time, infusing your own olive can be a fun way to put a personal touch on your gift.

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One of my girl friends gave me this olive oil as a gift, and I loved how something so simple was made so special by the unique and beautiful packaging.

Say thanks with song. Take away your hostess’s stress of picking out a playlist for her party by bringing her one! Oftentimes, people intend to choose the perfect playlist prior to entertaining, but run out of time with all of the other preparations. To help out your host, make a cd of seasonally-or-soiree-appropriate songs to get the evening off on the right note! Or you can pick up her favorite artist’s cd at Walmart. You can also neatly calligraphy or type up your favorite playlist and wrap it with a prepaid iTunes gift card to set her off on the right foot with the right playlist for next time!

Set the seasonal tone. Not sure what to give? Let the season be your guide. Flowers are always appreciated, but put a little added thought into it, and step it up with a seasonal flair. Give flowers in a uniquely seasonal vase – like a hollowed-out squash or pumpkin – this will make for a sophisticated centerpiece.  Flowers not your thing? Try gifting your hosts with festive scents of the season. Choose a seasonal scent, such as pumpkin, apple cider or falling leaves, and gift your hosts with a classic candle, room spray or hand soap and lotion set. Or, for a piece of pumpkin patch whimsy, gift your good friends with a tastefully carved or decorated Jack’o’lantern that’s sure to please.

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Succulents and moss tucked into hallowed and dried out pumpkins make for a low maintenance arrangement that will last longer than cut flowers.

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Take note. Whichever gift you choose, don’t forget the note! For a hostess gift, a note doesn’t need to be long, but it should explain why you chose the gift. For example, if you’re gifting your hostess with bubble bath or bath salts, include a gift tag to say, “To help you soak away the stress of the holiday season!” or if giving dishtowels, something along the lines of “To clean up the mess we had such fun making tonight.” A sweet note that shows how grateful you are means more than the present itself.

Moll Wants To Know: What’s your favorite hostess gift you ever received?

LOVE THIS! NARS The NARSissist Cheek Kit($49)

LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: This little palette contains everything you need for gorgeous, glowing cheeks!

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NARS is known for its cult classic and rather cheekily-named blush, Orgasm. So, when it comes to blush, I trust these guys implicitly. Well, they didn’t let me down with this all-in-one cheek palette that’s currently in my beauty bag, NARS The NARSissist Cheek Kit($49).

Perfect for travel or just for less clutter on your counter, this palette brings three of NARS’ bestselling shades in one container and is accompanied by a travel blush brush. The luminous Devotee highlighting blush gives skin an ethereal alabaster glow, while the aforementioned Orgasm blush gives cheeks a just-pinched, peachy pink with gold shimmer glow.

The true brown-based bronzer in Laguna does just what the name suggests it will – it makes you look like you’ve spent a sun-and-sand-filled weekend in Laguna Beach. The diffused brown powder with golden shimmer is excellent for adding some sun to the face or to contour those cheekbones. Neat trick? I also let it double as a nice neutral eye shadow!

All together, the three shades enhance – or create – the look of beautiful, bronzed, blushing skin. And I love the little brush that’s perfect to keep in your makeup bag or purse! Perfect when paired, for an effortless day look, with a bit of mascara and lip balm or when stepped up at night with smoky eyes and a nude lip, believe me, you need this palette in your life.

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Moll’s Bag of Tricks: This is super simple to use! I just use the products in the order they are in the palette, starting from the left and working to the right. I start by dusting the Devotee highlighting brush on the tops of my cheekbones right under the eyes, on the orbital bone. Then, I pop a punch of Orgasm blush right on the apples of my cheeks. Lastly, I take the travel brush and carve out the hollows of my cheekbones with the Laguna bronzer. No muss, no fuss – blushed, bronzed, and ready to go!

As you all know, this year was a big year in the Anderson household as we welcomed two new family members, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Sir Winston Churchill and Miss Jean Harlow. I have learned so much from parenting these little ones and now I get to share some more of my favorite finds for Fido with you guys. Yep, this week Moll’s Must-Haves has gone to the dogs!

Safety first. Not only did we acquire two new furry family members, but, this was the year that two of our homes went through some major renovations. So, with remodeling mayhem everywhere and two little guys running around, pup safety became a top priority. Thank goodness for Frontgate! These simple and sophisticated pet gates do what they aim to do, without detracting from your décor. Best of all, they can be purchased in a variety of lengths, heights, finishes and styles to fit both your space and your pup’s size. We have found them to be invaluable because they can be set up to contain your best friends in a safe, designated area, while still giving them plenty of room to play. Remodeling with new puppies would have been impossible without them!

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Get festive with Fido. I always suggest bringing in some holiday décor to get your family in the holiday mood and mindset. So why not add a dash of holiday décor by bringing some festive holiday dog beds into your home? You can find super chic or super cute (whichever fits your style) holiday specific dog beds for a deal at HomeGoods. They’re perfect for making your space more festive, without adding any more clutter. Bring in a bed each for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, to not only spoil your pup, but to bring in the colors and spirit of the holidays. It’s a smart investment as you can store them the rest of the year and bring them back out every holiday. It’ll warm up your home and keep your pups warm at night!

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It’s a miracle! Nature’s Miracle really is a miracle. We always have this stuff on hand and I highly recommend that you do the same. It’s amazing how this miracle spray eliminates both stains and pet odors and discourages them from making – or, ahem, marking – the same mistake again. It not only works on carpets but on hard surfaces, clothing, kennels and carriers, as well. I try to keep a bottle under the sink at all times to make cleanup a breeze. Plus, it makes a great gift for new puppy owners!

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Pups need presents, too. Speaking of gifts, when you’re a guest in someone else’s home this season, don’t forget that Fido needs a host/hostess gift, too! An easy option to delight the dogs is to buy treat bags filled with natural, healthy goodies and/or dog toys. A few guidelines when it comes to toys? Make sure they’re made in the USA and try not to get toys that make too much noise or make too much of a mess. Not only will the pup appreciate it, but your hosts will think it’s a super thoughtful gesture.

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Moll Wants To Know: What’s your current favorite product for your pup?

LOVE THIS! Urban Decay Perversion Mascara ($22)

LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: It’s a mascara miracle – the results are so big, it’s perverse!

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I’m a sucker for a new mascara. And, after having everyone – from friends to makeup artists to beauty bloggers – tell me about Urban Decay Perversion Mascara ($22), I knew I had to give it a try. And I’m glad I did!

This ultra-creamy, super-rich, lengthening and volumizing mascara truly does it all. It adds length, thickness and rich, dark color with just one stroke. And while so many cosmetic lines have mascaras with names like Blackest Black or Richest Black, this mascara only comes in one shade, and it truly is the blackest of black you’ve ever seen.

Why the blacker the mascara, the better the lashes? Well, it’s two-fold. With a rich black pigment, the roots of the lashes look darker thereby, making the whites of the eyes look whiter. So you’re bright-eyed while also getting sexy lashes.

I also love it because it’s not too wet (i.e., messy) and not too dry (i.e., flaky), so you get just the right amount of pull as you comb it through your lashes. It’s also buildable so you can add as many coats as you want, making it the perfect mascara for taking you from day to night. Yep. It’s a mascara miracle. It never gets clumpy or brittle!

Creating lush lashes that wow is enough for me, but then add in ingredients that stimulate lash growth and provide nourishment, and I feel like I’ve indeed found a mascara miracle. And, perhaps I have…or, at least I have until the next new kid comes around.

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Moll’s Bag of Tricks: Feel like your lashes never look like the ads you see? Try this tip. If you’ve never used a lash primer prior to applying mascara, you’re in for a treat! Lash primer, such as Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer , boosts lashes when applied prior to mascara, increasing lash length and thickness exponentially. Usually, this particular primer sells for $20 but if you buy the Urban Decay Perversion mascara now, you’ll get a deluxe sample size of the primer for free. Try it for yourself and let me know if you can tell a difference!