Monday, December 16, 2013

Vaute x Ecco Bella

It probably goes without saying, but I absolutely LOVE working with people that are on a mission to make the world a better place! Which is why working with Leanne Mai-Ly Hilgart of Vaute Couture is always so awesome. Leanne designs fabulous clothing and coats using all sustainable fabrics and no animal products whatsoever. This season, I teamed up with her to do makeup for Vaute's Fall/Winter LookBook, as well as Leanne's new press photos (she just went red!)



On our last shoot together, Leanne introduced me to Ecco Bella, a gorgeous, vegan makeup line. I fell in love with their lush colors and textures, so we decided to collaborate. All the makeup I used on Leanne and the models in her lookbook is by Ecco Bella! Be sure to check out their new website and try some of my favorite items, such as the FlowerColor Blush and Lipsticks. It's all infused with plant-based goodness like green tea and aloe vera, plus the colors are really pretty and wearable.

Model Emily Nolan is the founder of "My Kind of Life" a vegan lifestyle blog!



Beauty Food Supper Club #3

On November 12th, Jolene Hart Swanekamp, Sara Jane Mercer and I hosted our 3rd seasonal Beauty Food Supper Club at Sun in Bloom. In honor of the upcoming holidays (and our shared "recipe" for health and happiness) we titled the event, Beauty, Food & Gratitude. As you can see below, the lovely Jolene is expecting a baby very soon! We all have so much to be thankful for. 


Jolene, Sara and I - thrilled to be hosting together!


Once again, the Supper Club was attended by so many dynamic women (and even one man this time-cool!) We chatted the night away over an amazing, vegan and organic/local foods feast created by Sun in Bloom Founder and Head Chef, Aimee Follette. 


This is Aimee sharing her inspiration for creating the meal and encouraging us to try the entree at home!


The gorgeous 4 Seasons Salad


Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake- oh my!


Our guests also took home a wonderful gift bag featuring beauty and wellness goodies by La Bella Figura, W3ll People, Kusmi Tea, Youngblood Cosmetics and Hail Merry. We are so grateful to our sponsors and everyone who attended the Beauty Food Supper Club! 

Join our new Facebook Page to see more pictures and keep in touch. You will be the first to know about our next event- we are looking forward to it already!

Naturally Beautiful

Earlier this year, I was thrilled to be invited to appear on a new Veria Living television show called Naturally Beautiful. Veria is a super-cool network that focuses exclusively on health and wellness. Hosted by the amazing Nitika Chopra of Bella Life, Naturally Beautiful is all about beauty from the inside out! 

I was asked to do a series of makeovers, offer beauty tips and lots more. I was totally honored to be a guest on not one, but two episodes of the show. My first one just aired on December 3rd and it was so much fun to watch! 

Nitika and I talked all about how to choose makeup for different skin tones and face shapes. Then I demonstrated by creating makeup looks for three different women, using my favorite products from Jane Iredale, Christopher Drummond, Nvey Eco and 100% Pure

I look forward to sharing the episode with you, as soon as I get the link (it can only be watched live for now).  And, I will keep you posted on the 2nd episodes air date. 
In the meantime, here are some shots from the set! 

Having a blast with gorgeous host, Nitika Chopra!
With Nitika and Beauty & Wellness Coach Paula Locabara, also a guest on the show
Me and Nitika with my lovely makeover models

Friday, October 4, 2013

Mind, Body, Beauty!

My latest live event, Mind, Body, Beauty, was an interactive workshop that embraced the connection between our spiritual, mental and physical selves. It was so wonderful to be able to bring together a group of amazing women who are all passionate about cultivating inner and outer beauty! We were all so grateful and inspired by everyone who attended...

The hosts: Raquel, Victoria, Me + Jennifer
To begin the evening, Granola Glamour Founder and LifeStylist Raquel Griffin lead us through a powerful guided meditation. This put everyone in the room in a state of total bliss and tranquility. She reminded us of the importance of inner peace and taking the time to connect with our spirit. Be sure to check out Raquel's GG post featuring some of her go-to guided meditations!

Room of beautiful women
Next, Holistic Happiness Coach Jennifer Kass introduced us to her signature program, The Happiness Blueprint. Jennifer outlined her simple and effective steps to creating more happiness, harmony and beauty in our lives. She had us envision someone we were grateful for and then share this with a partner. It was a magical moment that inspired many smiles, hugs and tears of joy amongst the participants! Download Jennifer's Happiness Blueprint here.

Green beauty at it's best!
Then it was time for my Summer Makeup Demo! I applied a fresh, easy look to my model using my favorite, all-natural makeup and skincare brands. I discussed the importance of choosing healthy beauty products as well as using makeup as a tool for enhancing our natural beauty and confidence. I was thrilled to be able to introduce products from our fabulous sponsors- Pangea Organics, CV Skinlabs, Alima PureRevolution Organics and Vapour Beauty- knowing everyone would be taking them home in their goodie bags!

Mind, Body, Beauty goodie bags rocked!
Great Jones Space was the perfect setting for this beauty and love-fest. It's warm, bright and has great energy, thanks to owner and curator Victoria Keen. Her vibrant artwork and lovely altar add special touches to the airy space. I recommend it to anyone looking for a space to host a class, workshop or art show.


The Altar at Great Jones Space
See more photos from Mind, Body, Beauty and be sure to sign up for my newsletter  to be in the loop about upcoming events. So much gratitude and love to everyone who attended. Can't wait to see you at the next one! XOXO

Mascara Mojo

In the world of natural, plant-based cosmetics, formulating a mascara that does everything we want it to, sans the chemicals, hasn't been an easy task. Thankfully, there have been innovations in this area and there are now some great, non-toxic alternatives to the commercial brands.

The wonderful Organic Spa Magazine recently interviewed me on the subject! Check out "Mascara Mojo" for my mascara tips and top product picks in their August/September issue.

Click here to read digital version!




Thursday, August 22, 2013

Interview with The Numinous



If you’re reading this blog, chances are you give a shit about what goes into your body – nothing very numinous about clogging your third chakra with dirty dairy, and all that sodium fluoride in the tap water calcifying your third eye. And so you’ll sometimes find us posting about natural, chemical-free beauty products. Because sometimes, it’s what’s on the outside that counts.

Rebecca Casciano is a professional make-up artist who specialises in educating people on green beauty, and recently, along with holistic happiness coach Jennifer Kass and life-stylist and Numinous contributor Raquel Griffin, she hosted a Mind, Body, Beauty event in NYC to get into the fact that how we look and how we feel are totally interwoven.

By way of introduction, we got Rebecca to give us the basics on what it means to green your beauty regime.

SO WHAT DOES IT EVEN MATTER WHAT’S IN MY BEAUTY PRODUCTS?
"Number 1) Your health. The skin can absorb up to 70% of what we apply to it. In the US, that means thousands of ingredients used in cosmetics that have not been tested for long-term safety. Studies show that many of these ingredients have cumulative effects that can contribute to a range of health issues such as cancer, infertility, skin issues and much more.  2) Your appearance. You use cosmetics to look good, right? But if they contain a lot of synthetic chemical ingredients, they’re not doing us any favours in the long run. Natural, plant-based ingredients are just so much more nourishing and will help maintain prettier hair, skin and nails as we age. 3) Mamma Earth. The products we use each day end up affecting our our soil, air and water. We wash the chemicals we use back into the water supply, adding to the toxic burden.”

HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO ME BEING A SPIRITUAL BABE?
“Because it’s about making conscious choices about how we care for our body temple and the world we live in. Spirituality is holistic, and by adopting an eco-conscious lifestyle, you are honouring the Earth in a powerful way. If you believe everything is connected, then seeking to live in ways that are aligned with nature is a spiritual practice we can all benefit from.

SO WHAT ARE THE MSG AND HFCS OF THE BEAUTY WORLD?
Look out for parabens (methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben), ‘fragrance’ and sodium laureth sulfate (SLS). Parabens are a common preservative that have been found to disrupt estrogen levels and promote breast cancer. The word ‘fragrance’ usually denotes the use of hundreds of synthetic ingredients including pthalates, which have been linked to lung, reproductive and kidney damage. SLS (yeah, funny name for that hotel in Miami…) is a foaming agent that helps products such as shampoos and body washes suds up and break down oil and dirt. Unfortunately, it’s also a penetration enhancer, which means it can allow for more synthetic chemicals to be absorbed into the skin and bloodstream.”

WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU WISH EVERYBODY KNEW ABOUT NATURAL BEAUTY?
That we don’t have to compromise luxury, style or most importantly, our health, to be beautiful! I have discovered awesome brands that are really committed to making products that are gorgeous, safe and effective. As both a makeup artist and long-time makeup wearer, I can honestly say I am really happy with the alternatives I have found.”

Hmmm, not convinced? Now it’s time to put Rebecca’s theory to the test, and have her find chic, do-what-they-say-on-the-box alternatives to one real girl’s beauty product line up. 

Click here to visit The Numinous  for my eco-fab recommendations and email me to Green Your Beauty Routine!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

You're Invited!


JOIN Makeup Artist and Green Beauty + Wellness Coach Rebecca Casciano
Holistic Happiness Coach Jennifer Kass and Granola Glamour Founder Raquel Griffin 
for a refreshing, all-inclusive approach to beauty- through happiness, self-care
and cosmetics that are healthier for your body and the environment!

* EXPERIENCE meditation and happiness practices that will inspire radiance from within.

Through special breathing techniques, guided visualization and a bit of mantra yoga teacher and life-stylist, Raquel is going to teach you how to fall madly in love with yourself and meditate yourself beautiful from the inside out!

Jennifer will be sharing "The Happiness Blueprint", a powerful process that allows you to reconnect with your internal guiding system, so that you can transform all areas of your life--health, weight, relationships, work--and move into a place of confidence, ease and freedom.  

* LEARN how to get enhance your outer beauty with a makeup lesson and personal consultations.  

Rebecca will be teaching you 2 "easy-breezy" summer makeup looks using some of her favorite green beauty products. Learn how you can recreate the looks for parties, interviews, photo shoots and more. Enjoy your very own mini-makeup consultation with Rebecca after her demo!

* ENJOY nourishing, beauty-boosting refreshments while you sample and shop with 

* CONNECT with fabulous, like-minded women, make some new friends and build community.

* RECEIVE an eco-beauty swag bag with some of the experts' favorite products.

Meet Your Mind, Body, Beauty Hosts:


Rebecca Casciano is a Makeup Artist and Green Beauty + Wellness Coach, who empowers her clients to explore the connection between their inner health and outer beauty. She is passionate about educating women on the benefits of a nourishing, plant-based diet, lifestyle and beauty routine, which includes cosmetics that are safe, sustainable ane effective.

A makeup artist and educator for nearly 13 years, Rebecca's work has been featured in magazines such as ELLE and Essence, shows like America's Next Top Model and Miss Universe and on celebrities from Mary J. Blige to Martha Stewart.

Rebecca struggled with chronic cystic acne for years before she discovered a holistic approach. This not only helped heal her skin, but transformed her entire lifestyle and approach to beauty. Visit www.rebeccacasciano for her portfolio and services.


Jennifer Kass is a holistic happiness coach and spiritual mentor, who guides clients in one-on-one transformational programs that align all areas of your life, allowing you to step into your full potential. Jennifer uses practical spiritual tools that provide a gateway to your inner happiness.

She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado and is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She is a former editor at Allure magazine and has contributed to Well+GoodNYC.com, The New York Post and Prevention.com.

Jennifer is also a Beauty Ecologist with Pangea Organics, part of the movement to bring organic, all-natural beauty care products to millions of households worldwide. Visit www.kasshealth.com for more about Jennifer!


Raquel Griffin is a soul-powered life-stylist and fashion expert from fabulous New York City. Half creative mastermind, half mantra-chantin’ hippie chic, she’s the voice of www.granolaglamour.com; a modern millennial digest for aesthetic junkies, conscious fashionistas, foodies & green devotees alike.

Also a coach & consultant, Raquel pours her eclectic blend of talent & experience into a holistic, 360° approach to living and working gorgeously that helps her clients fall back in love with themselves so they can shine baby, shine.


Victoria Keen is the Founder of V-Keen, a lifestyle brand dedicated to empowering women through conscious clothing since 2003. A further extension of this vision is an ongoing Urban Wellness Lecture Series hosted at the Great Jones Space, a beautiful light filled loft in New York City.  

Victoria's Great Jones Space hosts lectures, workshops, and yoga classes led by inspiring speakers and practitioners from all over the world to increase awareness around holistic health, science and spirit. Her inspiration is building a high vibrational community through intention and purpose. 

Great Jones Space is located at 9 Great Jones Street #1, between Broadway and Lafayette in NoHo. Visit www.v-keen.com for more information and to book the space for your next event.

Eco-Beauty Swag Bags Sponsored By:
 

My Summer 2013 Tips + Trends

I had the pleasure of presenting Summer 2013 Tips + Trends at Shecky's Girls Night Out in NYC. I thought I would share the recap with you- enjoy! 

Sun Protection is Paramount

  • Choose safe sunscreen: most brands contain harmful ingredients that penetrate the skin and can cause future health issues.
  • Avoid retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A), which is linked to increased cancer cell growth, and oxybenzone, fragrance and parabens which are hormone disruptors and skin allergens.
  • Look for zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as active ingredients and products that are paraben, fragrance, and petro-chemical free.
  • Visit ewg.org/2013sunscreen for a comprehensive guide to healthiest sunscreens, foundations, lip balms and skincare.
sun protection

Hydrate Inside and Out

  • In Summer months, our body needs extra hydration due to more perspiration, activities and dehydrating beverages like caffeine and alcohol.
  • 7+ glasses a day help to fight heat exhaustion, fatigue and keeps skin supple.
  • Great addition: coconut water! It is a rich source of electrolytes, minerals and B-vitamins.
  • Fresh lemon juice in water helps to flush toxins, aids in digestion and is rich in vitamin C.
  • Spray your skin with hydrosols (floral waters) to hydrate, cool off and soothe inflammation. (One of my faves is Blissoma Tone Adaptive Energy Tonique- so refreshing!)
lemon water


Summer Makeup Must-Haves

wpeople
W3ll People Stick Foundation
iredale
Jane Iredale PureMatte Powder
Revolution-Organics-Freedom-Lip-Gloss
Revolution Organics Freedom Gloss

Friday, May 24, 2013

Introducing my Makeup MasterClass

As you may know, I've been working as a makeup artist in the fashion and entertainment industry for nearly 13 years and have taught for some of the top makeup schools and brands in the country. At long last, I have decided to launch my very own makeup workshops beginning with the Makeup MasterClass, a hands-on class for beginning and aspiring makeup artists, hairstylists, or anyone wishing to improve their makeup skills

It takes place on Monday, June 3rd, from 10am-5pm at Enve Beauty Lounge in NYC.

In this intensive workshop, I will discuss and demonstrate how to create a flawless beauty makeup, step-by-step. You will learn how to choose the right colors and products, professional application techniques and how to design the perfect makeup looks for all occassions and mediums. You will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on makeup application and receive my guidance and feedback, from start to finish. Explore the essential tools and techniques of makeup artistry and much more!

As a super-special gift to you, if you sign up by Friday, May 31styou can bring a friend for FREE! 
Visit www.makeupmasterclass.eventbrite.com to learn more and reserve your spot in class.

Hope to see YOU there! 
  

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Join the Safe Skincare Revolution!




You may remember meeting my amazing friend/ natural beauty expert/ cancer survivor/ author and creator of CV SkinlabsBritta Aragon, in my earlier post. Well, Britta just launched a massive crowd-funding campaign and she needs your help! She is raising funds to be able to deliver her 100% toxin free skincare line to hospitals and cancer centers nationwide, where people need safe skincare the most. 

Please take a moment to learn about her story in this inspiring video. Then donate what you can to support this very important cause!

PS) Yours truly makes an appearance near the end of the video - so go watch and share! Thank you! www.igg.me/at/cvskinlabs

Gorgeously Green Beauty Shoot


Here's a photo from my recent shoot with the amazing Indre from Q models!
And these are the green beauty products I used to get the look:

Skin Prep: Blissoma A+ Perfecting Serum, Kahina Giving Beauty Eye Serum, CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm (on lips)

Face and Body: Youngblood Mineral Radiance Foundation in Neutral, Jane Iredale In Touch Highlighter

Cheeks: Josie Maran Argan Cream Blush in Sunrise

Eyes: rms beauty Cream Eye Shadow in Seduce, 100% Pure Mascara in Dark Chocolate

Brows: Shobha Brow Pencil in Sand

Lips: Ilia Beauty Tenderly Multi-Stick

Photo: James Weber

Hair: Keith Campbell

See another image from the shoot on my website!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Energy of Color



Have you ever thought about how the colors of your makeup can evoke a mood or feeling? Every color in the rainbow has an energy that conveys different meanings. Some are universal, while others change depending on where you are in the world. Color is a quick way to brighten up your face, as well as express your creativity, style, and personality. Makeup artists use something called “color theory” to determine what hues will enhance a clients appearance, based on their hair, skin, and eye color. We also use it to neutralize unwanted colors such as redness in the skin or dark circles under the eyes. 
Whether you are a makeup artist or novice, it’s helpful to know the basics of color theory to assist in your product choices. The first thing you want to note is the differences between warm and cool undertones.
Warm colors have undertones of red, orange and yellow.
Cool colors have undertones of blue, green and indigo.
Shades such as purple are a combination of warm (red) and cool (blue) colors.
All skin tones have a combination of warm and cool undertones and although one is usually predominant, some can be considered “neutral.”
Next, it’s important to understand complementary colors. These are hues that are opposite of each other on the color wheel. You may be familiar with this tool if you have taken an art class or went to cosmetology school. Complementary colors, such as red and green, create maximum contrast when placed next to one another. For example, if you have green or blue eyes, wearing lipstick with a red or warm undertone, will actually intensify your eye colorOn the same note, if you have a lot of redness in your skin tone, you will want to avoid wearing blue or green on your eyes. 


Now that you know a bit about color theory, I want to share something I find fascinating, the energy of color. What does your makeup say about your mood or personality? Check out the symbolism of colors and suggestions for ways to express yourself through makeup on the original Green Beauty Team post!

Beauty Food Supper Club #2

On April 4th, we hosted our second Beauty Food Supper Club at Sun In Bloom. This time, our theme was Spring Beauty Renewal, so we each shared our top detox tips for home, health and beauty. The gorgeous meal, created by SIB's Head Chef Aimee Follette, incorporated seasonal foods such as cabbage, carrots, mango and strawberry in unique (and delicious) ways.

Avocado Kimchi Salad
Raw Strawberry Cheesecake
Our guests at the Supper Club were a lovely group of women who once again came from all over (one even came from New Hampshire!) and shared a mutual passion for beauty and wellness. Recipes, helpful tips and personal stories were shared, new friendships forged and connections deepened. We laughed, learned and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves over some of the best beauty foods on the planet!




For more pictures, click here

Four lucky guests won services from Jolene, Sara and I, as well as the book Naturally Beautiful by natural beauty expert Dawn Gallagher. All of the guests took home a Beauty Renewal Bag brimming with amazing gifts from our sponsors, Me & the Girls, Blissoma, Dr. Alkaitis, Christopher Drummond Beauty and Risa's Naturals.

It was a truly wonderful night and we look forward to Summer's Supper Club... details to come!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Get the Glow With Me + Britta

Britta Aragon is another one of these extraordinary women I am so grateful to know and work with. Britta is not only a natural beauty expert, makeup artist, cancer survivor and author of When Cancer Hits, she is the creator of Cinco Vidas, an extensive resource for safe self-care AND an awesome natural skincare line,  CV Skinlabs. Amazing! It was a special honor for me to do her makeup for her recent photo session, where we had a great time sharing our mutual passions in beauty and wellness. 


I am a huge fan of CV Skinlabs, which Britta created to heal, soothe and nourish the skin without potentially harmful ingredients and irritants. She was inspired to design the line after caring for her father during his eight-year battle with cancer. It's especially beneficial to anyone with compromised or sensitive skin. I truly love all the products, but don't leave home without the Restorative Skin Balm in my bag to treat dry lips and cuticles :)



I am so excited to announce that Britta and I will be teaming up again to present "How to Get Glowing, Luminous Skin in 10 Steps" at Shecky's Girls Night Out on March 7th and 8th. Shecky's has been bringing women together in cities across the country for over 10 years and this is the debut of their expert workshop series in NYC!


We would LOVE to see you there! 
Read more about it and be sure to get your tickets here

Introducing the Beauty Food Supper Club!

It was so much fun hosting the very 1st Beauty Food Supper Club with eco-gal pals Jolene Hart of Beauty Is WellnessSara Jane Mercer of Clean Pure and Simple! A seasonal celebration of foods that nourish beauty from the inside out, we feasted on a decadent, healthy 3-course meal created by Aimee Follette, Head Chef and Owner of Sun In Bloom

Me,  Aimee,  Jolene  and Sara Jane
Sun In Bloom was the perfect space for the Supper Club, it's warm, cozy and the food is amazing! Women from all over New York and even Philadelphia attended, and it was so nice to see everyone connecting and getting to know each other. 


As each course came out from the kitchen, Jolene, Sara and I took turns introducing them and talking about their key beauty benefits. Aimee inspired us by talking about how simple it is to prepare these nourishing beauty foods for our selves and families.


Appetizer: Divine Green Radiance Soup


Entree: Hearty Balancing Macro Platter with Quinoa, Beans, Tempeh, Roasted Butternut Squash, Steamed Greens, Wakame, Raw Sauerkraut, and Sun In Bloom's famous Live Sesame Ginger Dressing


Dessert: Chocolate Mayan Spiced Fudge Cake


Everyone who attended received a gift bag filled with wonderful beauty products from our sponsors Jane Iredale, Kahina Giving Beauty, Tata Harper and Gnosis Chocolate. We thank them, as well as Sun In Bloom and all the beautiful women who came out and helped make this event such a success! Check out more photos here.

We had such an amazing time and we can't wait to do it again in April, stay tuned for date!