Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Green Your Beauty Routine ~ Holiday Edition!

I've been having such a fabulous time with my newest service addition called "Green Your Beauty Routine". The 2 hour session includes a one-on-one makeup lesson, using all my favorite natural makeup products, step-by-step instructions and custom product recommendations for re-creating the look. I LOVE giving women the info and tools to enhance their beauty naturally!


My holiday makeup setup, featuring red lip products from Korres, Yes To Carrots, Tarte and Revolution Organics...

One of my recent clients, Health and Wellness Coach Sara Jane Mercer, invited me to present GYBR to a group of women at her stunning Tribeca home. Sara prepared a decadent, healthy holiday spread, which included Almond Nog, Spiced Mexican Truffles, Pomegranate Guacamole and Sweet Potato Latkes. Everything was vegan and I was in heaven! I had a great time noshing and talking green beauty with Sara's guests. Check out her awesome blog for these delicious recipes and our "Green Your Beauty Routine" interview > www.sarajanemercer.com


photos by Mia McDonald

I would love to join you and your friends to share some green beauty goodness! Please contact me at beauty@rebeccacasciano.com to inquire about availability for your next get-together. 

The Art of Beauty & Wellness Wish List

Do you need some holiday gift ideas for your special someone/s? I've compiled The Art of Beauty & Wellness Wish List, a guide to gifts that will enhance the lives of your loved ones!

1) David Ji Guided Meditations CD. Zen out with one of my favorite meditation teachers, David Ji of The Chopra center. His voice and choice of wise words is the perfect combination for getting in the zone. Just 22 bucks for priceless peace!

2) Nature's Beauty Secrets by Dawn Gallagher. Model and actress Dawn Gallagher has traveled the world, collecting simple, natural and DIY beauty treatments from women across the globe. Featuring gorgeous photography and excellent beauty tips, this book is a must-have for any beauty enthusiast! $23.00



3) Noble Glass Travel Thermos ($29.50) from Davids Tea. I adore the sleek shape and bamboo lid on this sturdy glass thermos. It has a removable strainer (not pictured) for enjoying your favorite loose teas on-the-go. Be sure to check out Davids extensive tea menu, the Winter Collection is fantastic.


4) Inspire with the Health Freedom DVD Box Set. Featuring 6 of the most informative documentaries on natural healing, including Food Matters and the Gerson Miracle, this collection ($137.50) is a wonderful gift for anyone on a path to optimum wellness.


5) Jump-start New Year's resolutions with a BluePrint Cleanse. Fresh, raw, nutrient-dense food and juice can be delivered nationwide, making it so much easier to get back on track after the holidays. Try the "Juice 'Til Dinner" for those new to cleansing; it includes 4 juices, a 2-course meal and 2 snacks. ($85 and up per day)


6) Wholeness Healing with Teresa Benoit is offering a 60-Minute Combination Therapy Session which includes Yoga or Assisted Stretching, Guided Meditation or EFT (Tapping) and Chakra Balancing for just $75.00 (over a $150 value). Teresa is a gifted healer and teacher who is passionate about helping people live their lives to its fullest potential.


7) Add a splash of color with the recycled cotton canvas Duck Bag by Baggu. I'm a fan of their reusable grocery bags but these are even more stylish! Perfect size and shape for everyday use and also only $22.00.


8) Tasha West Jewelry. Support a super-talented independent designer while giving a totally unique and timeless piece of jewelry. These handmade, hammered "Nipple Bangles" never leave my wrist! See these and other fabulous styles on Tasha's brand new Etsy Shop. She specializes in custom pieces and engagement rings as well!



9) Smell goods that are good for you: La Vanila makes my favorite non-toxic fragrances and deodorants. Skip the designer perfumes and lotions that are full of chemicals and go for this sweet and simple gift set. Includes The Healthy Deodorant, Healthy Fragrance and Healthy Body Butter, for $49.50.

10) Kahina Giving Beauty Travel Basics Set ($85) is an ideal way to try this natural, argan oil based skincare line. Kahina's chic packaging and lush, organic ingredients make it a great gift. Plus, the company donates 25% of it's profits to the women around the world, who help create the product. Win-win. 
Happy, Healthy Holidays to you! 
Much love, Rebecca xo

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Backstage Action

For the past few seasons, I've been working with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics backstage during New York Fashion Week. It's always a great experience because I love OCC's rich, vibrant hues and of course, that the line is 100% Vegan! I was honored when they asked me to Key Althea Harper's Spring/Summer 2012 Show, demonstrating a look designed by amazing artist Katie Pellegrino. 


The show was fun and the models looked gorgeous, but even more exciting, I got caught in action by Make-Up Artist Magazine (see above)! If you're not a makeup artist, you may not know that this mag is THE industry resource for professional makeup artists working in film, television, fashion and theatre. It's read in over 50 countries! So that made it super-cool to be included in their coverage of New York Fashion Week, amongst some of the biggest names in makeup! 


Check out the whole feature "Spring Forward" in the November/December 2011 Issue, available at Barnes & Noble or Alcone in NYC. There's lots of great stories in there, including the cover story about Roshar, another very talented makeup artist. Enjoy and thanks for the love OCC/Althea Harper/Make-Up Artist Magazine! xoxo

Monday, October 24, 2011

Dandelion Almond Latte

If you crave a comforting Chai Latte but want to skip the caffeine, dairy and sugary syrups, have I got the drink for you! One day I decided to brew a cup of dandelion tea, known for it's cleansing, healing and digestive benefits. Next thing you know, I had made something that tasted closer to a yummy latte than a medicinal tea! Here's what I used:

8 ounces of Traditional Medicinals Roasted Dandelion Tea. (Brew for 15 minutes, covered)
2 ounces of Vanilla Almond Breeze Milk, Unsweetened 
Few dashes of organic cinnamon or allspice
1/2 teaspoon of raw honey

You can swap out the Vanilla for Plain Almond Milk, or even better make your own. It tastes best when you heat the milk and all ingredients in a small pot, but you can add the milk cold in a pinch. Honey is of course, optional (and not vegan) but also has some awesome therapeutic benefits.


So not only is my Dandelion Almond Latte delicious enough to substitute for chai, coffee or caffeinated tea, it's super nutritious too. Check out some of the Health Benefits of Dandelion:

- Activates the whole of the digestive tract and liver
- Cleanses the liver
- Relieves tiredness, irritability, skin problems and headaches
- Helps dissolve gallstones
- Increases the flow of digestive juices
- Weight loss, safe diuretic. Replaces lost potassium.
- Stimulates the pancreas in insulin secretion (good for diabetes)

Drink up, detoxify and enjoy! xoxo


Friday, October 21, 2011

Karmin

Another fresh talent I have recently had the pleasure of working with is the up-and-coming duo, Karmin. Comprised of the voices of Amy and Nick, a guitar and a keyboard, Karmin is "The Little Band with a Big Sound". They've been creating a buzz and a large following on Youtube, covering pop, hip hop and R&B songs and even performing with The Roots! 


Karmin just released their debut single, "Crash Your Party" and I did their makeup for a jam-packed day of press interviews and appearances. I'm a huge fan of Amy's retro-inspired look, plus she's got the perfect face for it, so I had a great time doing this makeup...


Check out one of my fave Karmin videos above. Amy's voice is sweet and she can rap. You go, girl. Nick is dope too! Wishing them all the best with their new album!

Getting Pretty at Polish Bar

Polish Bar is the chic beauty bar in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn where I offer one-on-one makeup lessons, green beauty consultations, makeup applications and brow shaping. On October 13th, we hosted a fabulous event where beauty bloggers, fashionistas and clients were invited to "Get Pretty" with us!

Photos by Marta McAdams, courtesy of The Fashion Bomb
The lovely attendees were treated to airbrush makeup with me, brow shaping with PBB Pro Artist Starr Blackshere, massages and trend manicures. Most of women I met there had never tried airbrushed makeup and I had a blast introducing them to it. They loved the results and remarked how lightweight, yet flawless their skin felt and looked! Yep, that's why I love it, too.


One of the many beautiful, smiling faces that night. Donations from manicure services were accepted to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness via The American Cancer Society. 
Photos by Nik Wes, courtesy of In Her Shoes Blog
Ladies enjoyed cupcake and cake pops by Goodie Box Bakeshop. I didn't try any but they were total eye candy...so pretty! I'd love to try their vegan version...


 Champagne n' strawberries, always cute.


The gorgeous hosts of this soiree were none other than Polish Bar owner, Tricia Lee Riley (center), publicist Renae Bluitt of Crush Media and In Her Shoes blog (left) and The Fashion Bomb founder Claire Sulmers. We love celebrating beauty and look forward to hosting many more fun events, including group makeup demonstrations, networking socials, fundraisers and more. Hope to see you there next time, but for now, come and "Get Pretty" with me at Polish Bar!

Call 718.783.5363 or email me at beauty@rebeccacasciano.com to make an appointment for my Beauty Services.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Rock On Res

I always say, one of the things I love about what I do, is getting to work with extremely talented and creative people. As a freelance makeup artist based in NYC, that often means some of the most gifted singers, songwriter and musicians in the business. My clients tend to be the type of artists that may not be found on the Billboard Top 40... but should be! They have more talent and originality than half the people that are, but don't get me started on pop music today...

One of those artists is the beautiful singer, Res, whose music is an eclectic mix of soul, rock and indie pop; her debut album "How I Do" also happens to be one of my favorites. It reminds me of when I first started doing makeup some ten years ago! Anyways, I recently had the opportunity to work with Res for a music video she did with  rapper Talib Kweli, for their new song "Driving Me Insane". The duo has teamed up to form the group "Idle Warship" and their album is set to be released next month. The song is bananas and we had a blast shooting the video- cannot wait to see how it came out!


Res in one of her "Driving Me Insane" makeup looks. 
 For maximum color pops, I used a Electric Eel by M.A.C. Cosmetics on the eyes and Stalker Lip Tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics on the lips. 


"Golden Boys" was Res's debut, smash-hit song in 2001.
She's back for 2011 and sounds amazing- look out for the Idle Warship album and videos!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Omega Love

The Omega Institute is a really beautiful place to get away from the city, unwind and get some true nourishment. Your mind, body and spirit feels instantly relaxed upon arrival at this "spiritual summer-camp." Located about an hour and a half upstate, they offer wonderful workshops year-round, plus daily yoga, mediation, metaphysical talks and spa services. Here's some of the scenery I took in on my Crazy Sexy Weekend there. Enjoy! xo








Crazy Sexy Weekend with Kris Carr

Last month, I had the treat of assisting one of my Green Guru Goddesses, the amazing Kris Carr, on a 3-day workshop she was hosting at the Omega Institute in Rhinecliff, NY! The theme was "Creating a Powerful Self-Care Plan" and included Yoga Instructor Elena Brower and Tapping Expert Nick Ortner. They led a group of over 50 people through the fundamentals of proper nutrition, enlightening yoga practice and tapping (also known as EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique) through mental and emotional blockages. I was on board to simply give Kris a helping hand with anything she needed throughout the workshop.


Over the 3 days, everyone in the room received loads of inspiration, important self-care tools and many experienced tremendous "shifts" in their physical, mental and emotional states. Kris blessed us with a run-down of the entire Crazy Sexy Diet, including a show-and-tell  of what's in her pantry! It was great to see how many items were familiar and learn some about some new ones, too. This woman is such an inspiration! This is one of my fave vlogs of hers about the pH balance:


The gorgeous Elena Brower guided us through two love and light-filled yoga sessions and reminded us that a successful practice only takes 5-10 minutes per day! Elena is the owner of ViraYoga in NYC and the lead instructor of many large scale yoga classes in Central Park, Times Square and much more. Learn more about Elena on her beautiful website www.ArtOfAttention.com and check out this fierce Yoga Asana she did with Adidas. LOVE her!



Last, but certainly not least, Nick Ortner, creator of the film The Tapping Solution, taught us how to "tap" on the meridians to release negative emotions and create new ways of thinking. Tapping is a simple, yet powerful, practice that anyone can do, at any time! I highly suggest you check out his website and film to see just how it works. Here's a clip for starters...


When we weren't in the workshop, we had plenty of time to enjoy delicious vegetarian meals in the Omega Dining Hall and explore the beautiful grounds. Happily, I was assisting alongside sister Health Coach Jenny Sansouci, founder of the awesome site, Healthy Crush. We graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition together, so we had a great time talking business, brainstorming and revising our very own "Powerful Self-Care Plans"!

It's no surprise that three days of communing with nature and so many AMAZING people inspired me to the core. I left feeling motivated to take my own self-care to a deeper level AND to help many others do the same. The workshop re-affirmed my belief that health is truly a result of what we eat, drink and think; each element directly affects the others. However, to quote Kris: "change your plate, change your fate", because proper nutrition gives you the energy and clarity to make more healthy choices!

Thank you for the Crazy Sexy Weekend Kris, Elena, Nick and Jenny! xoxo

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Be a Sun-Less Goddess

Over the years, I have gotten more responsible about protecting my skin from the sun, as much as I love the way it feels and how it makes my skin glow! As the temperatures rise and it's time for cute dresses and bathing suits, I am ready to get glowing for Summer 2011. In the past, I have used sunless tanning as a safer alternative to laying out in the sun. While I have gotten decent results from conventional brands, the load of chemicals and the distinctively strong smell, are major turn-offs. Since this year has been all about cleaning up my beauty products, I really wondered how I would go about getting my tan this summer.


So, as you can imagine, I was thrilled to hear about an organic, chemical-free sunless tanning product called Chocolate Sun. Using DHA (the active ingredient in sunless tanners) derived from the sugar of beets, Chocolate Sun provides a truly safe alternative for getting your tan on. Not only does it give skin a healthy glow, with all-natural ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil and aloe vera gel, it nourishes the skin at the same time. Cocoa oil adds beneficial antioxidants, plus a delicious, sweet scent.


Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, I decided to try Chocolate Sun's Cocoa Glow, a creamy lotion that gives a medium-level color for the body. My skin tone is light, but with olive undertones, so I usually get a nice golden color with a bit of sun (or sunless tanning). I applied Cocoa Glow liberally from the neck down and waited about 5 minutes before putting my clothes back on. I liked that the product didn't feel sticky or take a long time to absorb into the skin. As a chocolate-lover, I adored the way it made my skin smell- yum! What a welcome change from the typical scent that accompanies most sunless tanners.


After a few hours, I began to see a some color developing. To be honest, I was already sold on Chocolate Sun based on the ingredients and scent alone, but it was nice to see the results... a subtle, golden glow with not a streak in site! To build the tan, I re-applied a day later and was again very happy with the natural, gradual progression. 

I felt great about baring my arms and legs over the holiday weekend, which just so happened to be the start of summer weather in NYC. All the better when my friends noticed my tan and I loved telling them it was sunless, organic and came from beets! With that said, I am officially a fan of Chocolate Sun and look forward to trying the rest of their line, which includes a face moisturizer/sunscreen and a sunless facial tanner. 

Oh Yes Oh Land


I had the pleasure of working with Danish singer and songwriter, Oh Land (on the right) for the Met Ball last month. She was the guest of designer Phillip Lim (on the left) and wore one of his gorgeous gowns to the event. Nanna, aka Oh Land, is a true natural beauty so it was fun to add just a touch of color and shimmer for evening. 

You are sure to see more of Oh Land in the near future, but if you don't know her music, check out these videos. She has an amazing voice and very unique style and sound. Love!




Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Get Polished

I'm excited to announce my residency at Brooklyn's hot-spot for beauty, Polish Bar! You can now book appointments with me for brow shaping, makeup and eyelash applications at the Prospect Heights location. In addition, I am introducing my new service menu, which  includes one-on-one makeup consultations, lessons and personal beauty shopping. Please check out my website for more information about these services, which are available at Polish or on-location.


Polish is the place to be for expert nail services, featuring the top trends in colors and techniques. They even have a Green Gals option, which includes a lavender pedicure and '3-Free' polishes from Zoya or Ginger & Liz. The bright, airy space on Vanderbilt is the second beauty bar for owner Tricialee Riley; her first located nearby in Clinton Hill.


Tricialee is a 15-year beauty maven whom I have had the pleasure of working with in the past. I am  happy to join Polish Pro Artist, Starr Blackshere, a true talent whom I have also worked with over the years. I've been having a blast meeting and servicing new clients, who come from all over NYC to experience Polish. Situated on the ever-evolving Vanderbilt Avenue, you can shop vintage, have a nice meal and get polished, all in a 6 block radius!


To make an appointment with me, please call  718. 783. 5363 or send an email to Polish Prospect Heights. Follow Polish Bar to stay in the loop on our Beauty Boosts ($20 services), brunches, parties and workshops. Hope to see you there soon!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Beauty & Wellness Day at Goldwater

On May 9th, the Angelica Patient Assistance Committee helped me bring the 5th Beauty & Wellness Day to Coler-Goldwater Hospital. The hospital is a long-term medical facility servicing people who have been disabled through accident or illness, and cannot afford home care. The Angelica Organization provides the residents with a diverse range of activities, workshops and entertainment that greatly enrich the quality of their lives. I am fortunate to be one of the creators and producers of Beauty & Wellness Day. I coordinate a team of makeup artists, hair stylists, manicurists and energy healers to donate their talents for a day of service. 


This spring's event was at the Goldwater Campus and many familiar faces showed up with excitement for services. We did makeup, brows, hairstyling, haircuts and manicures in the Beauty Room.The barber, Rod Heru, had a very long line of gentleman waiting for an "official " haircut and shave... we joked that it looked like a Friday night at the 'shop! We also had several students from Aveda - Carsten Institute help out in all areas of the Beauty Room.


While waiting for their services, patients enjoyed magazines that were donated for the event and an extra special treat prepared by Omena El, of Omena's Organic Bliss. A sister health coach and super-talented chef, Omena prepared a delicious, organic mixed salad and pesto-polenta spread on crackers (I must get that recipe!) It was so wonderful to be able to bring the residents fresh and healthy food, prepared with L-O-V-E!


In the Wellness Room, relaxing music and images played on a screen while they received energy from a dedicated team of Reiki Healers. One woman described feeling at peace, seeing colors and feeling vibrations during her session- awesome! At the end of their visit at Beauty & Wellness Day, residents received gift bags with shampoo, conditioner, soap and manicure sets. Once again, the gratitude was seen and felt in so many ways and an amazing day was had by all.

Thank you all  for your involvement and support in this very special event. It's an honor to be a part of this much-needed movement to bring beauty and healing to others. Anyone interested in donating time, talents or products for the next Beauty & Wellness Day, please contact me at beauty@rebeccacasciano.com. To donate funds or create your own volunteer project, contact Angelica's Trisha Duval.


Monday, May 23, 2011

I Heart Taijitu

This beautiful story of "taijitu", also known as the yin and yang, recently appeared in the Australian glossy, Kurv. I was so grateful to be part of it's creation and it is absolutely one of my favorite shoots to date! The awesome photographer, Christel B, came up with the concept and casted the perfect models. The magazine wanted some info about the makeup and so I got all art-theory on 'em. Check it out:


"My inspiration for the makeup was to accentuate the contrast between our beautiful models, in an artistic way. I emphasized David's skin and texture by making sure it was glowing, while keeping Gabrielle's skin flawless and matte. In this way, we can appreciate the obvious differences in color, along with the more subtle textural contrast, of their skin. Gabrielle's makeup was inspired in part by the women in Robert Palmer's infamous "Addicted To Love" video from 1985. Using structured shapes and bold colors, my goal was to create a woman who is confident, glamourous and sexy. She is the ultimate counterpart to her strong, powerful man."


Make Up For Ever Brow Corrector #4, M.A.C. Eyeshadow in Mulch, M.A.C. Paint Pot in Blackground, M.A.C. Zoomblack Mascara, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Skin in Y0 and Contour in Crush, M.A.C. Lip Pencil in Cherry and OCC Lip Tar in NSFW


Make Up For Ever Brow Corrector #4, M.A.C. Eyeshadows in Omega, White Frost and Vanilla, M.A.C. Zoomblack Mascara, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Skin in Y0 and Contour in Crush, M.A.C. Lip Pencil in Cherry and OCC Lip Tar in NSFW





Photos and Retouching Christel B.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Crazy Sexy Miracles

One of my favorite things about what I do, is working with people l admire. So you can imagine my excitement to do makeup for both Gabrielle Bernstein and  Kris Carr, for their Crazy Sexy Miracles lecture in NYC! You may already know I've been hanging with Gabby, soaking up tons of love and wisdom through her lectures and group coaching sessions. If you read my previous post about Kris Carr and Crazy Sexy Diet, you know how I adore her and how thrilled I was to meet her in person! 


Kris & Gabby strikin' a pose with each other's books.


Gabrielle dropping knowledge and looking pretty, while she's at it.


How happy am I, touching up Kris as she sips her green juice?


This woman is truly a Wellness Warrior and self-proclaimed "Prevention is HOT" Cheerleader. After being diagnosed with a rare cancer, Kris decided on a holistic approach, changed her lifestyle and is now healthy and happier than ever. What an inspiration.


The lecture was packed with nearly 200 people, with another 150 or so joining via the internet. Kris and Gabby offered up the perfect blend of spiritual, mental and physical motivation. The common thread? Change your mind, change your life and expect miracles. Woohoo!


I'm so grateful to know these awesome women and I HIGHLY recommend that you check into their work. Follow 'em on Twitter, get their books, watch their lectures... lots of ways to enjoy!

Gabrielle Bernstein www.gabbyb.tv