Monday, September 29, 2014

What Masks Do You Wear?

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I wear many masks. I particularly like ones made with dead sea mud.  But I also wear imaginary masks.  I imagine I am confident sometimes when I feel otherwise.  I imagine I am in a great mood sometimes when all I really want to do is collapse from exhaustion.  I imagine I am a fashion icon when I am going out for drinks with friends. Masks are a great way to beautify (see dead sea mud comment above) protect, hide, and express ourselves.

The Jewish holiday of Purim is this week.  It is a holiday that has a strong, brave woman at the center of its story.  The story of Queen Esther is about a woman who pretends to be someone she is not.  She hides her identity from the King until the opportune moment and then takes off her figurative mask and proudly proclaims her true identity - as a Jewess.  Queen Esther was not sure how the King would respond. The King fully accepted Esther as her true self and she became a great Queen...oh yeah, and saved her people from annihilation. Minor detail.

We all hide behind masks.  Like Queen Esther, we hide until we know we are safe to reveal our true selves.   We build layers to show the world what we wish to show and nothing more.  In this day of complete access via social media we still get to tell the world the story we want them to see and not necessarily our true selves. (My husband always jokes that nobody ever posts a selfie of themselves 'having a blast' doing taxes!)

For many women and girls, the opportunity to show our true selves may seem to not show itself.  Sometimes we need to break out of our "masks" and let our true selves shine through even if we are at risk of being vulnerable.  The outcome of being a real individual will only lead us to greatness as it did for Queen Esther.  In the joy and light of Purim, let us make opportunities to show the world our true wonderful selves!

Now, until you truly shine from the inside out, here are some facial masks to help you shine from the outside in.

Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask - $15

Pure Mineral Anti Aging System Repair Masque - $14.39

Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask -  $46.70

Ahava Time to Hydrate Hydration Cream Mask - $30

Caudalie Moisturizing Cream Mask - $40

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Spring Back

The timing of fashion week in reference to the season's products we use and the clothing we wear always seems funny to me.  In the fall, fashion week shows us the clothes and make up we will be wearing in the spring. In the winter, when Spring is just around the corner, fashion week shows us the new fall looks.  Technically, I understand why the fashion world must run like this.  The fashion houses need time! Once the last model's slender legs steps off the runway and the last bottle of champagne is uncorked at the after party, they go straight back to work to make sure all the fabulous clothes that we just got to experience are heading in the right direction to the stores and websites so that we may purchase them when spring actually comes around.  The make up lines are also making sure the production of their new spring products will be finished in time for the hungry beauty mavens in all of us. When fall fashion week presents itself in February, celebrities and fashionistas across the world peer back to the looks of September's fashion week to see what clothing and beauty trends they should follow to reflect the upcoming spring. For example, model Coco Rocha wore a bright orange lip to the BCBGMAXAZRIA Fall 2014 Runway Show. I am guessing she was influenced by  Rag and Bone or DKNY spring 2014 shows.

Model Coco Rocha

Rag and Bone Spring 2014

DKNY Spring 2014

Another favorite look of the Spring 2014 runways was a minimal make up heading into the rosier family.  You may wisely ask, 'Does minimal make up really head into any color family?' to which I would simply answer...'Yes, yes it does.'  Over the many years of fashion weeks, minimal make up has appeared and reappeared time and time again.  To the regular, or uninterested eye, this look may seem the same across the board.  Yet,  someone who loves color and texture can see the quiet differences from one look to the next.  And so, this year's spring minimal make up seems to have a rose colored hue. The constant across the board for spring, whether you are doing a strong orange colored lip or an all-over minimal make up look, is the attention to blush detail. On both looks the cheeks are really featured and the color is in the same tribe as the lip hue.  Even though the blush can be subtle if you like, it is still a must-have product come spring.

Isabel Marant Spring 2014

Michael Kors Spring 2014

Olivia Palermo at Peter Som

Being the self proclaimed beauty and fashion lover that I am, I decided these two spring looks need to be tried and true, or truly tried, or...however you say it, I decided to give them a go in my #dailylooks using once again my favorite app picstitch

Chantecaille New Stick in Ivory
Cover Girl truBLEND Fixstick concealer in Light
Mac Eyeliner Powerpoint eye pencil in Industry
Mac  Powder Blush in Godess (discontinued) 
Blush Substitute is Nars Blush in Gina
Orange/red Nars lipstick in Heat Wave

Same as the photo above.
Chantecaille le stylo ultra slim liquid liner
Lancome Hypnose Mascara in black
Tarte Amazonian clay blush in exposed
Nars blush in deep throat
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in bolero
Nars Lip Lacquer in chelsea girls