Last night I had a blast participating in the first ever Google+ HSN Shoppable Hangout. It was my first Google+ hangout too and it’s really impressive how they can pull experts from all across the country to chat together. It’s like doing a live TV show in your living room! I joined from New York City, Giuliana Rancic joined from Los Angeles and makeup artist Carmindy was in HSN’s studio, with host Robin Wall, in Florida. We also had two HSN super fans, Andrea from San Diego and Kari from Chicago.
The task at hand? Talk spring trends. I love my black leather moto but have been wearing it so much this winter, I’m ready to liven things up. Giuliana’s spring collection features a few different styles of leather jackets that come in all different colors, like blue, green, pink and yellow. Now that we’re all hooked on the versatility of the moto or LBB (little black blazer), these jackets are prefect for transitioning the look into spring. My favorite is the G By Giuliana Rancic Ultra Luxe Cascading Jacket, $99.90. I love the angled collar and asymmetrical hemline along with the mix of color and black. The fit is flattering but not too tight. All in all, it’s a great versatile piece that you can dress up or down.
As for spring beauty trends, makeup artist Carmindy was ecstatic to introduce her new makeup collection. When I was just starting out in the Beauty Department of Cosmo, Carmindy and I worked (and played) a lot together. She’s an amazing makeup and has an impressive career, including being a host on What Not To Wear, working on countless editorial shoots and writing three books. Knowing her, every piece of her new makeup line was a labor of love and I was thrilled to help her launch it. The perfect kit of the crazy busy mom? Carmindy & Co. 5-Minute Face Kit, $59, which has everything you need to look polished in a flash: Elevate Mascara in Midnight Black (I really love the dense, thick brush head), Ever After Eyeliner in Espresso (waterproof), Lovestruck Blush in Univeral Pink (super blendable), Kiss Me Lip Butter in Rose Passion (trust me, you’ll be addicted), Carmindizing Highlighter in Ethereal (half cream, half powder to get the glow on) all in a super cute cosmetic bag. You’ll be hearing me talk more about all the fun stuff in her line.
Would you shop during a Google+ Hangout? I suggest trying it out because it’s really fun to connect with so many different experts, sources and women from all across the country. Watch the Google+ HSN Shoppable Hangout here!