Vanity Girl Hollywood: Another Marilyn Monroe inspired makeup room

via Vanity Girl Hollywood on Facebook

This one comes from Mari LC who reached out to me on Instagram to share her beautiful Starlet room.  I’m so glad she did because how beautiful is it? I really love that bench and of course, Marilyn Monroe – an OG Vanity Girl for sure – makes sure that we get to celebrate being glam all day everday!



Marilyn Monroe dressing room

My first time as a Parade Princess

Maxine Tatlonghari in PRIDE Parade 2013

My first time as a Parade Princess, PRIDE 2013 – Pinup Girl Style.

When I was in high school, I had been in a few parades as a Banner Girl carrying our school sign.  While it was always fun (we were even in the Hollywood Christmas parade), it was exhausting.  We wore these 3-inch boots and sometimes, well, let’s just say that marching after horses isn’t always fun.

Well, flash forward a few years 🙂 and my Chamber besty, Mylena Christina of LIFT) and I were invited as Board Members to sit in the Chamber convertible, and introduce EAT SHOP PLAY to the community.  How excited were we?

Well, I knew I wanted to go full GLAMAZON since it was PRIDE and you can be as over the top as you want to be here in WeHo.  So I decided to channel Mariah Carey and Marilyn Monroe (who BTW, is clearly a HUGE Real Vanity Girl inspiration for your gorgeous rooms! 🙂

HAIR:  I asked Tanya of Untamed Instincts to give me Mariah Carey diva hair.  She explained that the pinup style I usual favor features undulating curls that go downward, but Mariah has these waves that go outward.  And she wanted it to be BIG BIG. Like we could see it from miles away.  Which was the case, because my friend Miles said she could see my hair coming down the street!  Products used – Kevin Murphy and DermOrganics and lots of her technique, a curling iron and pin curls … and of course, a teasing brush!

MAKEUP:  My friend, stylist Joey Galon, introduced me to Hollywood MUA MaxiTone a couple of weeks ago and he is amazing.  Like he’s worked with Niecey Nash, Christina Milian and Lea Salonga, so I knew he would know how to bring out the best in my Filipino features.  I really loved how he got my skin so flawless (using his own line which is launching soon) and my eyes!  The orange and green and purples and lashes … oh my.  It was a makeup junkie’s dream!

FROCK:  What to wear, what to wear, what to wear? Well how lucky am I that Joey has a passion for preparing women for special occasions, so he had a few concepts in mind.  Given the colors of our Eat Shop Play Program, we opted for the orange.  I went to the Pinup Girl Boutique, and Natasha and the team helped me decide on the Monica Dress in Peach (close enough to orange!)  It was perfect.  Click here to read more about the dress.

If you’d like to see more pics – please check out my Instagram!  What about you?  Have you ever been in a parade?  Post a comment and or link below …

Pink & Black Vanity Room

via Facebook – Vanity Girl Hollywood @Beautifly Samantha

This Real Vanity Girl waited until her white office chair came in to share her photo with us via Facebook.  I love the pink walls and her whimsical use of Betty Boop in the space. I often see Marilyn Monroe and Hello Kitty, but I think this is the first time I saw Betty!

Note her super organized plastic totes on her book shelves and a magnifying mirror on the desk.  That’s great for “up-close” work like lashes and liner.


Maxine @VanityGirl 

Click here to get a Black Table Top Vanity like hers!

Real Vanity Girl: You Tube Guru Stephanie L.


This blue-eyed beauty out of New York created this video for her Black Lighted Vanity. Stay tuned for her “Real Vanity Girl Feature” and get to know her a little better. Apparently, we aren’t the only one watching because we got an email from Australia from someone who saw her video and wanted a Black Starlet like hers immediately. xo

Update – here’s our Real Vanity Girl interview with Stephanie L aka SMLx0 on YouTube.  Please excuse the different fonts.  This new blog format is a work in a progress .. 


How did you get started on YouTube?


I first started making videos about 2 years ago. I currently have around 75,000 subscribers. It’s amazing! I love it.  I got inspired to make videos because I loved watching them. It looked like fun so I figured I’d give it a try!


What advice would you give newbie YouTuber’s?


My advice to aspiring YouTuber’s would be to always be genuine, and try to interact with your viewers as much as you can. When you reply to comments or Tweets it shows that you care. I’ve been lucky enough to develop friendships with a lot of girls on YouTube. That’s probably my favorite aspect of it. 


How did you learn to make the type of videos that gets a subscriborship (is that a word)?  like yours?


I’m pretty much just self taught, and of course YouTube has taught me a lot as well. There’s so many talented people on YouTube!

What made you decide to invest in a vanity at this time? 

It was the perfect vanity for me because of the lighting! Lighting is so important for doing makeup as well as filming videos for my YouTube channel.

Why our vanities?


Vanity Girl vanities are unlike any vanities I’ve ever seen. They are beautiful and so glamourous. You can’t help but feel like a movie star every time you sit down to do your makeup. It makes it that much more fun. On top of being nice to look at, it’s also really sturdy and functional. I love that you can adjust the brightness of the lights so easily.


How did you hear about us? 


I first heard about them on YouTube. Kandee Johnson, one of my faves, did a video on one of the mirrors and ever since then I fell in love.


What beauty products are you loving right now?


I recently did a video on my must haves.. I have so many! But a few of my top favorites are Mac’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural.. always makes you look flawless! (NOTE:  THIS IS A FAVORITE OF CELEBRITY MUA @JPBEAUTY TOO); Nars Casino Bronzer because I love having that “sun-kissed glow”. Ardell False Lashes (NOTE:  ME TOO!) , the Urban Decay Naked palettes and Bonnebell Liplites in Strawberry Parfait. It’s SO cheap and the perfect baby pink gloss that anyone can afford.


Who is your favorite Vanity Girl?
I’d have to go with Marilyn Monroe.. She’s the epitome of Hollywood glamour!


What do you think makes someone beautiful, and what physical feature do you get complimented on the most?


In my opinion, beauty definitely comes from within. I think I have a great heart and care a lot about others. Looks will only get you so far in life. If you come across as caring, then it will only make you that much more beautiful. As far as appearance goes, my most complimented feature is my eyes. They’re blue but they can look gray or green depending on what I wear.


And her last words to me … 


Last but not least, thank you Maxine for being so kind! I admire your work ethic and hope to have my own business someday as well!


Thank you 🙂   Can’t wait to see what beauty biz you end up launching xoxo