fleur•tation| A Summer Style Inspiration

fleur•tation| A Summer Style Inspiration

Facemaid Vol. 1

Facemaid Vol. 1

AZUL AND SHUCRAN

AZUL AND SHUCRAN

‘Touched Shine’ | Touche Éclat

Like a golden magic wand possessing the power to wipe away a 60- hour work week just in time for Friday night; the perfect fix for the five o’clock makeup meltdown, or to simply add the glow of a Cinderella- inspired twinkle in your eye, YSL Touche Éclat allows you to discreetly erase imperfections caused by lining, and life…

Terry de Gunzburg, of byTerry, is the mastermind behind Touche Éclat, created over 20 years ago and is one of the beauty industries most coveted products.  In spite of its worldwide cult fame amongst makeup artists and the faces they paint, there are still beauty enthusiasts who find the click of the golden tube a bit of a conundrum.

Touche Éclat is perfect product for the ‘I’m not a makeup person,’ to the full on ‘Paris is Burning’ beat. It is glow, a highlighter, can sometimes double down as a concealer, and simply described, Touche is the equivalent of a Chantelle Lace Chemise; it covers, but the skin still peeks through.

 

Touche Éclat Tricks:

•Less is more; one of the few times you will hear me say this!

•If you are purchasing for the first time, ask for help getting matched. YSL Beauté extended the shade range, so ovations for 12, yes 12, options!!!

•Blend out by tapping with your ring finger; or try using a blending brush for a super sheer effect.

•Below I posted a few of my favorite places for Touche Éclat touch-up tricks.

Click for Glow,

~FACEMAID

All That's Gold...

All That’s Gold…

Golden Glow Sticks...

Golden Glow Sticks…

Test, Test, 12 Color Options!

Test, Test, 12 Color Options!

Under the brow for a defined arch and soft highlight…Ps. Great for a mini eye lift! ;)

Under the brow for a defined arch and soft highlight…Ps. Great for a mini eye lift! 😉

The most common area, the inner corners of the eye…Makeup wakeup!

The most common area, the inner corners of the eye…Makeup wakeup!

Knock out redness and shadows around the nose...

Knock out redness and shadows around the nose…

To know me is to know I LOVE a nose contour, a simple stripe down the nasal landing strip...

To know me is to know I LOVE a nose contour, a simple stripe down the nasal landing strip…

Fish-kiss and stripe under your contour.  This will amplify the cheekbone!

Fish-kiss and stripe under your contour. This will amplify the cheekbone!

After the blend- Chiseled!

After the blend- Chiseled!

Twinkle, Twinkle Touche Éclat!!!

Twinkle, Twinkle Touche Éclat!!!

 

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In Honor Of Yves | Morocco and The Jardin Majorelle

To commemorate the upcoming August 1st birthdate of fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent, I am reminiscing on Marrakech, Morocco, and moments in his Jardin Majorelle, or, Majorelle Garden.

To preserve the 40-year masterpiece designed and curated by artist Jacques Majorelle, Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé cemented their fondness of Marrakech, and the garden, by acquiring it and its residence in 1980, thus saving it from impending demise.

*Bergé said of the Jardin Majorelle,We were seduced by this oasis where colours used by Matisse were mixed with those of nature.’ 

The richness of the signature cobalt bleu Majorelle decorates the home of the garden’s Berber Museum, created to honor the history and culture of Africa’s most indigenous people.  Over a dozen species of birds, entwined with calming fountains, and various palms and cacti, share the spirit of Saint Laurent, and his, and Bergé’s cohesive expression of beauty, in various forms; cementing a respect, admiration, and vision, for Marrakech, and the Jardin Majorelle.

Exquisitely curated, each lily pad ostensibly placed by hand, the garden is quiet and serene. Its visitors navigate with a collective reverence for its beauty, filled with vibrant color, designed with the detail of an artist, by an artist, with a vision…Its equivalence to walking into a tropical Moroccan dream, with Yves

Joyeux Anniversaire, Monsieur Saint Laurent,

~FACEMAID

…Tea with Yves…  A capture from Pierre Bergé's book 'Yves Saint Laurent, A Moroccan Passion'

…Tea with Yves… A capture from Pierre Bergé’s book ‘Yves Saint Laurent, A Moroccan Passion’

Rue Yves Saint Laurent, شارع إيف سان لوران

Rue Yves Saint Laurent,
شارع إيف سان لوران

…Entrance to the Jardin Majorelle...

…Entrance to the Jardin Majorelle…

…Surrounded by bleu Majorelle… Caftan:  Marrakech Shoe:     Zara Turban: The FHBoutique-UK

…Surrounded by bleu Majorelle on the steps of the Berber Museum……
Caftan: Marrakech
Shoe: Zara
Turban: The FHBoutique-UK

…This Way...

…This Way…

…A Peaceful Moment at The Lily Pond...

…A Peaceful Moment at The Lily Pond…

…The Pavillion...

…The Pavillion…

*Footnote:  Bergé Quote from www.jardinmajorelle.com

 

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Hotel California, NYC

Through the thickness of a European accent, he professed, ‘I could listen to your voice all night…’ He then asked, if I would sing him a song.  I warned him of the potential tragedy likely to ensue.  Yet tickled, and a little flattered, I reluctantly obliged his request. ‘ So, what song should we sing?’ I asked.  He looked at me, and replied, “Hotel California…”

One iTunes download later, and a quick Google search for lyrics, we stumbled through the melody of a classic…and lived one of those awesomely random, unforgettable New York moments…

The memory of that night was reignited by the name of an über rich, super pigmented , high-shine gloss with the perfect punch of opaque.  Its sheer enough to complement a smoky eye, and strong enough to stand alone.  How fortuitous this Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss is aptly named Hotel California…Ahhhh, life is but a theme.

Herzlich,

FACEMAID

'…There she stood in the doorway...'

‘…There she stood in the doorway…’

'…Welcome to the Hotel California...'

‘…Welcome to the Hotel California…’

'….Then she lit up a candle, and she showed me the way...'

‘….Then she lit up a candle, and she showed me the way…’

'…I saw shimmering light...

‘…I saw shimmering light…

…I had to stop for the night...

…I had to stop for the night…

'…Such a lovely face...'

‘…Such a lovely face…’

'…Such a lovely place...'

‘…Such a lovely place…’

 

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Namaskar | The Bindi Chronicles • India

The past two weeks I have noticed the Indian flag copiously waving all over New York City.  An upcoming #facemaidcapade this winter to Mumbai could be fueling the observation; either way my Bollywood third- eye is open, and reflecting on my first experience of India.

Fourteen hours of in-flight anticipation fueled nervousness from unknown expectations, neither high, nor low, that I may be forever changed, hopefully. We were welcomed with love, and leis, and although science fiction brought me here, I would leave, enlightened in gratitude, by a culture whose depth rivals its border’s ocean, in bold, embellished, vibrant color, steeped in tradition, faith, and karma.

The alpha personality of the cuisine…the fragrance of jasmine flirting with olfactory senses…the children who run, play, and live joyously, without reason; honored simply to be captured on film…the result of experiencing this joy, was a life edit on gratitude.

I’ll be honest, the poverty can be, and often was, overwhelming for me. Considering the many opportunities I have been afforded in my own life, to say witnessing such conditions was impactful is an understatement. As such I was left with an intense emotional confliction.

Still, I wanted to share the fleeting moments that brought me the most joy…

Namaste,

FACEMAID

…I bow to you...

…I bow to you…

 

 

…The beginning of my love affair with jasmine...

…The beginning of my love affair with jasmine…

…Qutub Minar...

…Qutub Minar…

…Qutub Minar...

…Qutub Minar…

…Diamond Third-Eye...

…Diamond Third-Eye…

…Future Facemaid, free-handing henna, her way...

…Future Facemaid, free-handing henna, her way…

…And then I discovered Rumi, and everything changed...

…And then I discovered Rumi, and everything changed…

…Namaskar...

…Namaskar…

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Face Champagne | Caudalíe Beauty Elixir

It is no secret I am obsessed with hydrating sprays, and today I am celebrating one of my favorite beauty brands, and an all- time favorite product: Caudalíe Beauty Elixir.

The champagne of hydrating sprays, Caudalíe Beauty Elixir proves that grapes are for more than just wine.  A mist of grapeseed extract, rose, orange blossom, rosemary, and balm mint team up to take you to your skin destination: Pretty.  The result: hydrated skin and tightened pores, and a refreshed and radiant complexion.

Clients get giddy when graced with the mist, and it is often the alpha and omega of my makeup applications. ‘What’s in this stuff?’ and ‘What does it do?’ are both common questions. I have listed a sort of Cliffnotes of Caudalíe Beauty Exlixir’s key ingredients…

Grapeseed Extract– Contains an antioxidant 20x the power of Vitamin E; and 50x the power of Vitamin C.

Rose– Tones to help tighten pores; is an anti-inflammatory to help reduce redness and swollen spots; and moisturizes to lock in moisture.

Rosemary–  Moisturizes skin and tightens pores.

Balm Mint– Contains Vitamin A, reducing oiliness, and regenerates skin tissue.

Orange Blossom– Hydrates

Get misted before and after makeup application, mid-day, or post-flight.

 

Cheers,  

xo, Facemaid

 

…All smiles at the Union Sq. Farmer's Market…  www.grownyc.org  Dress:  Asos  Scarf:  Moroccan Travels  Bag:  VIntage Chanel  Glasses:  Prada

…All smiles at the Union Sq. Farmer’s Market…
www.grownyc.org
Dress: Asos Scarf: Moroccan Travels Bag: VIntage Chanel Glasses: Prada

…Herbs...

…Herbs…

…Smells as pretty as it looks...

…Smells as pretty as it looks…

…The Dream Team...

…The Dream Team…

…Pretty Party...

…Pretty Party…

…Cheers… www.caudalie.com

…Cheers…
www.caudalie.com

 

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…All That Jazz… | Broadway Beauty Muse(ical)

With one my closest friends, Voscia Walker visiting New York City for the very first time, it was my obligation to take her out and paint the town!  And what sings Empire City more than an iconic Broadway musical???  Her selection, Chicago; I happily obliged!  Luckily, were able to grab tickets at the 11th hour, literally, and of course, I sensed a theme brewing.  Having seen, and loved the movie, I was excited to emulate the vibe; coy and sexy, in song? Yes please!!!

From curtain, the show is incredible!  Engaging and flirtatious, with fictitious, murderous characters one cannot help root for.  The entire production is spectacular!  The costume design, hair and makeup, the orchestra, and the story give perfect inspiration for theme.  Tuxedo jacket. Check. Veil, yes, veil. Check.  Smudgy, smokey, eye-lip combo. Check.  Secret dance moves.  Triple check.  You know, just in case.

Bunny Hugs…

~Facemaid

…Why don't we paint the town…?

…Why don’t we paint the town…?

..I know a whoopee spot Where the gin is cold But the piano's hot!...

..I know a whoopee spot
Where the gin is cold
But the piano’s hot!…

…Come on, Babe...

…Come on, Babe…

…We're Playin' Fast and Loose...

…We’re Playin’ Fast and Loose…

…We're Gonna Brush The Sky… *Giorgio Armani Silk Eye Pencil in Black *Vault Cosmetics Zim in George *COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lipstick in Hot

…We’re Gonna Brush The Sky…
*Giorgio Armani Silk Eye Pencil in Black
*Vault Cosmetics in George
*COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lipstick in Hot

…Start the Car…Or, Pedi-Cab..:)

…Start the Car…Or, Pedi-Cab..:)

..No, I'm no one's wife But, oh, I love my life…And all that Jazz….

..No, I’m no one’s wife
But, oh, I love my life…And all that Jazz….

 

 

 

 

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Pula, Pula | The Croatian Kronike, Part 1

The historical layers of Croatia are deep and peppered with war; yet the physical beauty remains…Today I’m celebrating the city of Pula

The dominant religion in Croatia is Roman Catholicism and beautiful church steeples can be found peeking above the signature coral rooftops throughout the countryside. Croatian women proved to master an emphasis on modesty with layers of white on white on white, adorned with statements of gold, as the traditional Croatian dress, simplified. Blue, red, white, and gold accessories celebrate the country flag; in color. I was inspired by vintage Croatian fashion, with hints of current trend…folk, speckled hints of glamour.

…In my mind, Pula personified, is male…a soldier of multiple wars; a survivor of battle, with scars to match; weathered and gritty, but still distinguished, in the way wrinkles add character to a man his age.  He is infused with Italian influences in language and cuisine; as Venice lies a mere three hours away. Streets are illuminated by the light of sunset, from a storm minutes long, minutes before…One can only wonder what the energy felt like one hundred years ago.  The coliseum is massive and intense…We imagined what animals, or prisoners, if any, were held in the individual cement cells…What must the sounds have been?  It was gladiator-esque…

Ljubav {love}, from Pula…

Facemaid

 

…a yawning sun…#iwokeuplikethis

…a yawning sun…#iwokeuplikethis

 

…Style Inspiration...

…Style Inspiration…

…Hydrating with Hello Kitty...

…Hydrating with Hello Kitty…

…Lean Back…The calm, before the Storm...

…Lean Back…The calm, before the Storm…

…Amen… {Photo: Casey Levine}

…Amen…
{Photo: Casey Levine}

…Koloseum...

…Koloseum…

…Caught in the Coliseum...

…Caught in the Coliseum…

…Don't Believe Me Just Watch {Tower}...

…Don’t Believe Me Just Watch {Tower}…

…Twirl… Skirt:  Urban Outfitters Blouse:  J. Crew Scarf:  Vintage, from my Paris Travels

…Twirl…
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Blouse: J. Crew
Scarf: Vintage, from my Paris Travels

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Un-Tangled {My First French Hair Cut}

After a week of traveling through Croatia in rainy mountain air and waterfalls seeping into my scalp, by the time I made it to Paris, it was time to get clean. I had a hair date with Sergio Chessari and his scissor- dancing hands at the Didact Hair Building. I wanted to spare my hair from unwarranted judgment; besides, she didn’t deserve to be judged for my neglect.

On the fly, I popped into a pharmacy and began surveying my options. I was familiar with Klorane’s infamous Dry Shampoo, so to me, they had major street cred. I opted for the Shampoo with Desert Date, (you had me at date btw.) It looked and smelled, richly sweet!  So I’m ready to clean, but since I’m at the border of unintentional dreadlocks, or, in this case, should I say one over-sized unintentional dreadlock; I needed something to aide in a smooth separation of my hair.  A firm believer hair products work best when used in brand tandem, I grabbed the Leave-In Detangling Spray with Oat Milk. For curly girls, leave-ins are essential! The result, dates and oat milk combined to make a delicious hair cocktail that left my hair perfectly clean, pillowy soft, and ready for Sergio…

Santé,

Facemaid

BFFs- Klorane Shampoo with Desert Date and Leave -In Detangling Spray with Oat Milk

BFFs- Klorane Shampoo with Desert Date and Leave -In Detangling Spray with Oat Milk

 

 

 

Untangled- Post Shampoo

Untangled- Post Shampoo

A quick consult with Sergio the scissor magician...

A quick consult with Sergio the scissor magician…

…But first...

…But first…

…The Saint-Eustache Church adjacent to the Didact Hair Building at 2 Rue du Jour, 75001, Paris, France  #blessed

…The Saint-Eustache Church adjacent to the Didact Hair Building at 2 Rue du Jour, 75001, Paris, France #blessed

…Afterglow...

…Afterglow…

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…A Love Supreme|Part Une…

…And my heart knew

The impact of Paris on me was immediate, and permanent. An unknown, unrecognizable feeling of richness…like being dipped in gold and drizzled with butter. The beauty in the details of all that is beautiful…architecture, cuisine, language, art, fashion… It made me want more, of less.

Richard Wright once said, ‘The effect of Paris is deep. Paris does something to one and what it does is good.’

It inspires chic, embraces glamour, appreciates grandeur…  I often style myself in neutral palettes…in dress and beauty…layers of white, taupe, noir…in an effort to not compete with the allure of the city…

Mmmmm… Alluring it is!!  The City of Lights, and its romantic splendor. Where the simple hope of love lingers with each turn of a corner. On a solo trip last year,  I found the common denominator of every conversation I had, was love…finding it, losing it, making it, sharing it…

If Paris were a woman, she would be enchantingly beautiful; one could not help but stare at her.  Her temperament, laced with peeks of sun, followed by moments of rain…seductive and coy, she would embrace and reject you in a fleeting moment, and still, love would remain.

 

A Love Supreme.

Mesmerized by Versailles...

Mesmerized by Versailles…

...Behind every door...

…Behind every door…

…Have A Seat...

…Have A Seat…

…French finds at the Paris Flea...

…French finds at the Paris Flea…

...Baby, In The Corner… Dress: Haute Hippie Shoe:  Tania Spinelli

…Baby, In The Corner…
Dress: Haute Hippie
Shoe: Tania Spinelli

The sexiness that is the lounge at Maison Atheneé...

The sexiness that is the lounge at Maison Atheneé…

…Oppulence, courtesy of Versailles...

…Oppulence, courtesy of Versailles…

…She's such a flirt...

…She’s such a flirt…

 

 

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fleur•tation | A Summer Style Inspiration

The first days of Summer ignite memories of a biting New York City night in February, when MoMa stayed open until dawn, and the cool-kid locals, diverse in both age and ethnicity, emerged to get a glimpse into the mind of Henri Matisse

Prior to attending the exhibit, I Netflix’d Barbara Freed’s ‘A Model for Matisse’…a documentary recounting their relationship (described by Matisse as a ‘fleur-tation’ ) between the artist and Sister Jacques-Marie, the nurse who would become his muse; the chapel she would inspire, and he would later create…with traces of his gouaches découpés, or ‘cut-outs,‘ of stained paper, synchronously and subtly expressed in the stained glass windows of the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence.

The documentary pulled me closer to the art, to the artist; and his brain, seemingly made of vibrant color, and adventure…The Cut-Outs, with intentional fluidity of shape, directly inspired my Summer theme…to live vibrantly, in flowy, flirty, unstructured pieces of bold color, celebrating femininity…

…Summer beauty of cheekbones ‘cutout’ with bronzer, slow-grinding against the boldness of NARS-blushed cheeks that smile to the beat of Mark Ronson’s ‘Summer Breaking’…bold liquid liner for Friday night eyes, on a Tuesday…and lips stained to last, and you know, last…;)

‘A fleur-tation…What takes place between us is like a shower of flowers- rose petals that we throw at each other.’ ~Henri Matisse

été heureux…happysummer,

xo, Facemaid

Cut-Out Color Block. Dress: H&M Shoe:  SJP Sarah Jessica Parker

Cut-Out Color Block.
Dress: H&M
Shoe: SJP Sarah Jessica Parker

 

Anemo{me}…Flowy Vintage Blues, with a bouquet of the artist’ favorite flower…

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My favorite piece from the exhibit. Check out the Face{maid}

Destination: Fleurtation. NARS Exhibit A Blush MAC Cosmetics in Frankly Scarlet Kevyn Aucoin Myracle Hot Pink NARS Multiple in Siam NYX Eyeliner in Extreme Purple No.& Stay Precise Liquid Liner

Destination: Fleurtation.
NARS Exhibit A Blush
MAC Cosmetics in Frankly Scarlet
Kevyn Aucoin Myracle Hot Pink
NARS Multiple in Siam
NYX Eyeliner in Extreme Purple
No.& Stay Precise Liquid Liner

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