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.