Friday, May 11, 2012

Rock Your Beauty

On May 8th I was totally honored and excited to join Lori Fields, Founder of Real Beauty Is, for a night of women's empowerment and beauty from the inside out. Lori is a Licensed Social Worker and life coach, dedicated to helping women know their worth and live a life of passion and purpose. She is AWESOME!

Our complimentary services and common goals inspired our first event together, Rock Your Beauty: Rock Your Life, live in NYC! We were joined by a group of about 25 women, ready to receive our tips, motivation and support, at a lovely space in Union Square. Lori delivered a powerful talk, sharing her personal story and how she overcame fear and doubt to live a rockin', fulfilled life. Her thoughtful and heartfelt words surely resonated with every woman in the room that night.

I talked about my path as a makeup artist turned wellness consultant and my mission to help women embrace the connection between inner and outer beauty. As you can probably see from my many expressions above, it's a topic I'm passionate about! I loved sharing the importance of green beauty and being conscious about both what put on, and in our bodies.

Then I demonstrated how to wear a bronzer with Nvey Eco Compact Powder Bronzer and Eco Tools powder brush. I recommend it as a safe way to get a sun-kissed glow for any skin tone! I also showed the power of a red lip to brighten the face and make a statement, using Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar in Harlot

I'm so grateful for all the dynamic women I connected with that night. We listened, laughed, cried and beautified! Thank you Real Beauties and I look forward to seeing you at future events. Keep in touch!

Beauty & Wellness Day #7

Last month, we brought our 7th Beauty & Wellness Day to Coler-Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, NY. This Spring's event was at the Coler campus, where we saw lots of lovely familiar faces from prior visits. Once again, The Beauty & Wellness Team was greeted with so much appreciation and excitement. We were so humbled and touched by the ability to help people feel GOOD! 

My amazing team of beauty pros included makeup artist colleagues Anny Chow (pictured below), Michelle Carillo, Deidre Grant, Stephanie Albaraccin and Mimi Rizkalla. We all share a deep desire to be of service and promote beauty from the inside out. I so appreciate working with kindred spirits...

We are also thankful for the enthusiastic group of cosmetology students who volunteered through the Aveda-Carsten Institute. The school has been so supportive of our special day, sending large groups of students ready to give countless haircuts, blow-drys and manicures. DJ Kwame was also in attendance, spinning classic soul, R&B and world music that kept us grooving through the day.

Jan Fisher (pictured below) and Raquel Griffin provided reiki healing in a quiet sanctuary away from the bustling "salon". The healers are also part of a volunteer monthly healing day at Coler. Residents receive tremendous benefits from this gentle therapeutic practice!

Beauty & Wellness Day would not be possible without the generous time and talents of the volunteers and my inspiration: Ron Becker, the Director of Therapeutic Recreation, his Team and the Angelica Patient Assistance. You are amazing for all you do. A big thank you to Kahina Giving Beauty for always supporting this and donating to a great cause. 

If you would like to be involved in the next Beauty & Wellness Day in any way, please contact me at Peace & Love!

Eco + Equally Wed

There aren't many things that haven't been done in print, so it was an honor to do makeup for the first same-sex bridal editorial ever published! The shoot was featured in Equally Wed's April Eco Issue. 

Zuza and Sarah made beautiful brides! Check out the full eco wedding story,

I am also a featured green beauty expert in Pro Picks: Eco Friendly Products. Click on the link to read about some of my favorite goods!