BEAUTYFROSTING WITH DAWN MCCOY
“Beauty products are the frosting on a cake of natural beauty that is you.” Here is a motto that we can certainly live by! Meet the sweetest beauty blogger, Dawn McCoy, the fabulous host of this week’s Pamp Party. Her passion for beauty and baking brought us BeautyFrosting, a blog filled with “beauty recipes”, her favorite products, everyday candid beauty, as well as a good helping of baking and life.
What led you to create your blog, BeautyFrosting?
The story starts when I was eleven and my bible was Allure magazine, I bought it every month and tried to emulate the looks. As a teenager, I would have my makeup done for every occasion at makeup counters, which was unusual for a young girl. I loved Bobbi Brown and Trish McEvoy. When I was nineteen I met Trish McEvoy at a cocktail party and she asked me to start working for her as a makeup artist, which I did for about three years at Neiman Marcus Northpark in Dallas and Saks in Beverly Hills. I worked for other great lines, such as Bobbi Brown and Giorgio Armani at Woo Skincare in Nashville. All of this led to me being beauty personal shopper, and had the pleasure to work for many years with Barbra Streisand. Friends and clients asked me to help them with shopping for makeup, do their face charts, and suggested that I share my advice on a professional blog. BeautyFrosting was born a year and half ago. It has been so much fun.
Which came first? Love for beauty or love for baking?
When I was young I use to go with my mom to buy makeup at Neiman Marcus and it was always followed by a cookie, so the love for beauty and sweets has always been intertwined for me.
You are a beauty and food blogger, a voiceover actor, a country singer, an author and radio host. How can you wear so many hats?
I try to live my life according to my favorite philosophy which just so happens to come from Kenny Rogers: “The truth is – in this life – you only need 3 things to be happy: you need someone to love, something to do and something to look forward to.”
Many beauty products smell like delicious desserts. Any favorites?
Nº9 Blackberry and Vanilla Musk fragrance from Trish McEvoy, Jaqua bath and body products, Laura Mercier Crème Brûlée Soufflé body crème, B & E Soap and Scrub Co. Vanilla Oatmeal Brown Sugar Scrub and, my favorite this summer, Lavanila Forever Fragrance Oil in Vanilla Coconut.
Your blog is beautiful, as fun and colorful as a delicious bakery. Does it reflect your personal style?
My home is a bit like “Pushing Daisies” and a candy shop. Many say it looks an Anthropologie store. When I dress I gravitate to pastels like pink and green dresses. I think it’s fun to be feminine. I love the Fifties and the grace of iconic women like Doris Day, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.
Which are your favorite desserts?
A frosted sugar cookie always does it for me. Of course it has to be a good one, I am very picky. For example, I don’t do sprinkles! I really love to bake, it’s like therapy to me. I do a mean southern peach cobbler, cupcakes and I have the best icing recipe.
Your favorite beauty stores?
In Beverly Hills, Barneys NY, where I always advise to consult with Patrick Foley, in Los Angeles, La Peer Beauty and Larchmont Beauty in Larchmont and Woo Skincare & Cosmetics in Nashville, where I worked in my country singer days. But the mothership will always be Neiman Marcus in Dallas, it’s where I grew up!
It’s time to reveal your favorite bake shops!
In LA, Magnolia Bakery on Third Street and Vanilla Bake Shop in Century City. In Texas, Tart Bakery in Dallas, Lovin Oven in Lancaster (they have the best frosting, I hope to get my hands on the recipe one day!). Plus, Puffy Muffin in Nashville.
Best and worst beauty story?
The worst beauty adventure happened when I tried to give myself highlights using Sun In Hair Lightener…my hair turned orange!
Tell us more about the charity that you are supporting through this week’s Pamp Party.
Step Up Women helps women to start careers, get an education, and fulfill their potential with the help of other women with established careers. I went to few of their events and I recently became a mentor. it’s very rewarding.
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