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Biotherm Names Leighton Meister Their New Global Ambassador

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Leighton Meester is the new global ambassador for Biotherm, according to the L’Oréal-owned brand.

“What I love about Biotherm is it’s always evolving and changing and becoming more modern,” stated the 27-year-old, whose breakout role was Blair Waldorf in “Gossip Girl.”

“Leighton Meester is a contemporary icon, a young star whose natural talent, energy and beauty have made her the face of a generation,” said Patrick Kullenberg, general manager of Biotherm International.

Meester will first appear in the brand’s campaigns for face-care products, including Aquasource, starting early in 2014.

She has been in movies such as “Country Strong,” “That’s My Boy,” “Monte Carlo” and “The Oranges,” and is also a singer and songwriter. Her upcoming film projects include “The Judge,” “Life Partners” and “Like Sunday, Like Rain.”

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Leighton Meester looking gorgeous in April’s Marie Claire

Leighton Meester covers Marie Claire’s April issue. The interview that follows is incredibly interesting!

Meester is one of those rare children born with both full-blown ambition and the determination to avoid even the slightest derailment, Meester has been aiming at big game since grade school. Part of this is a rejoinder to circumstance. Meester’s mother, Constance, gave birth to her while serving federal prison time for drug trafficking. Meester was not, she has oft clarified, born in jail. She was delivered in a hospital, then transferred to a halfway house for three months, after which she was sent to live with her grandmother until Constance’s release. Her father, Doug, also served time for drug-related offenses. He and Constance would later divorce. The difficult facts of her childhood provided Meester with matchless perspective. Also, an ineffaceable blueprint of what not to do.

On her childhood:

“My family has a crazy history,” she acknowledges. “Probably the craziest I’ve heard of.”

But it was not, she is quick to point out, Dickensian in its misery. “I look back now and I see it in a nice light,” Meester says of her youth in Marco Island, Florida. “It wasn’t uncomplicated. But I played outside. I went to the beach. There were happy, fun times.”

Meester, like many hard-knock kids, has little use for self-pity. “You can take what is handed to you and use it as an excuse to mess up. But I’ve always handled what was given to me by life. I consider myself lucky. I was never lied to. And I was loved.”

When Meester was 10, she attended a modeling convention in Atlanta during her Christmas break. An agent snapped her up on sight and took her to New York City. “I ended up staying. I never went back to Florida,” she explains. “That was that.”

She lived with her mother in dodgy rentals in the West Village, then in Inwood, at the northernmost tip of Manhattan. Meester booked commercials for Bloomingdale’s, Stern’s, the Limited Too. She flourished under pressure.

“I worked a lot, even though I was just a kid. It seemed normal to me,” she shrugs.

When Leighton was 14, she left New York for Los Angeles, to pursue acting. She took acting classes alongside adults, not other children. “I couldn’t relate to kid stuff. ‘Jimmy doesn’t like me!’ Who cares? I was worried we didn’t have gas money or food. Those were my concerns.”

She was determined to be successful. She opted to work – over having a boyfriend, or attending prom.  “It was a lot of money for a ticket. And I just didn’t care that much,” she says.

“When you see how you react when you suffer,” she explains, “that’s when you know what you are made of.”

For several years, she was a prolific bit player, landing gigs on Law & Order, House, 24, and Entourage. The game changer came in 2006, when she landed Gossip Girl, an audacious, soapy drama adapted from the series of young-adult novels about the salacious lives of spoiled New York City prep schoolers. The show, a breakout hit, is now in its fifth season.

Meester is broadening her scope to film. This summer, she will appear in the Adam Sandler comedy That’s My Boy, in which she plays a neurotic bride who “starts out sweet, then gets crazier and crazier.” It is a familiar refrain. From her spoiled Machiavellian princess in Gossip Girl to the upstart underminer in Country Strong to the sapphic stalker in The Roommate, Meester specializes in elevating unsavory women above the “crazy bitch” stereotype. She doesn’t play the girl you love to hate. She does something far trickier: She makes you love the hateable girl. A quicksilver hybrid of Sharon Stone and Drew Barrymore, Meester has created something entirely new: the beyotch with a heart of gold.

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Leighton Meester’s drugstore beauty must have.

 

Any Gossip Girl fans out there? Jocelyn loves to tease me for watching Gossip Girl , but I’m not afraid to admit even in my 30’s I still love Gossip Girl. It may have some silly story lines but you can’t beat the city sights, cutting edge fashion, accessories, hair and makeup. Are you with me?

 

The  gorgeous Leighton Meester has a simple drugstore product that keeps her skin camera ready. Baby soft skin, we all want it! Well, your body of Johnson’s Baby Oil isn’t the only beauty product you can turn to (and share with your little ones.) Mustela Hydra-Bebe Lotion is perfect for making your skin super soft and non-greasy.  Leighton Meester’s makeup artist, Amy Tagliamonti uses it on the star on the set of Gossip Girl. She says Leighton loves the way it makes her skin glow and smell baby fresh!!


What’s in Leighton Meester’s makeup bag?

As an A-list star, one would imagine that Leighton Meester has easy access to just about every beauty product on the market. But it sounds like the Gossip Girl star prefers to keep her shelves pretty clear.

“My makeup bag is so minimal it’s embarrassing,” she tells bellaSugar.com. When she find something she likes, she sticks with it, no matter how basic.“I like L’Oréal mascara, I like eyelash curlers, I like a little bit of tinted moisturizer,” she adds.

But one of the most important lessons she’s learned from her time spent in the makeup chair is less about using product — and more about keeping her skin clean.

“One of the best makeup tips I’ve ever gotten is to take off all your makeup because I’m generally really bad at that,” she admits. “That’s really saved my skin. But besides that I think just really being hydrated and being healthy. I think whatever’s on the inside shows on the outside, so it’s not as much about makeup as it is your health.”

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