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Woody Allen’s 44th full-fledged directorial venture brings us to Blue Jasmine, the unofficial modern day adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire. Cate Blanchett plays Jasmine here mirroring the enigmatic charms of Blanche Du Bois from Tennessee William’s legendary play. As the deluded, past-her-pomp socialite who runs bankrupt after the end of her conjugal bliss and her husband, Hal’s (Alec Baldwin) suicide, both coinciding, a troubled Jasmine goes to San Francisco to stay with her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) in hopes of recouping her identity and perhaps starting a new life…

A basic story told in a simplistic style, Woody Allen contrasts sequences from Jasmine’s life as the tip-top socialite in New York, wife to a philandering financial expert, to her present life under the influence of anxiety, panic attacks, and derangements. The sequences of Jasmine’s much decorated social life from her past juxtapose on…

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My favorite makeup products used on HBOs new series “Looking” out in January 2014. I can’t name them all but you’ll recognize a few !

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Malin &Goetz Vitamin e shaving cream : If you must shave with a razor in the trailer this product helps make the process go smoother.

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My Favorite Barber stocks all you need for grooming men. A Favorite is beard oil & Mustache Wax!

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La Mer Hydrate Lotion& La Mer toner. One hydrate the skin like a drink of water. The toner balances the skin tone. I used the Toner after any shaves straight razor or electric.

Proactiv Blemish control , Body Cleansers, Oil free moisturizers, and shave products a must have! Also a favorite is Proactiv pressed powders in Medium/ Medium Dark. Gives the skin tone a healthy glow without a powder look.

A new find that will be on the have to have list is Principle Secrets Blemish control products. Use over and under makeup to seal&heal all woes.

SKII gives makeup new life throughout the day!

Murad acne concealer stick! I can’t work without this product! Covers blemish at the same time acting as a concealer.

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This shop is fantastic. Everything you will need for keeping a well groomed man. That said there are plenty of products for women to use also! One of the items you’ll use in a makeup trailer is Moustache Wax. Often men will need their facial hair to lay down flatter to look good on camera. To get that perfect groomed look or even the sexy messy approach try the following products.

Check them out. A few of my favorites are:

Valobra Shave Stick

Dr Dittmar Hungarian Beard Wax

Prospector Co. Burroughs Beard Oil

Stern Moustache Wax

Gold Dachs Moustache comb brush

Redecker neck brush

For more information go to:

http://www.fellowbarber.com

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Cosmetic companies often use unusual ingredients for their anti-aging face creams. Women and men will try just about anything to have that perfect epidermis! The list of ingredients read like the contents of a biology lab. Chinese companies boast of products containing bee mucus while a British firm touts a product using snake venom.That’s just a few of the list of questionable or exotic ingredients in cosmetics.
The use of biological ingredients is nothing new. Mankind has been using insects, animals,plants and reptiles in cosmetics for hundreds of years.

French and South American snail farmers claim snail slime has properties that soften rough textures of the skin. Korea’s Seoul is at the forefront promoting snail guts. Snails are fed red ginseng for ultimate quality. Tokyo has one of the first live snail facials! Snail slime/ Serum is said to repair the skin that also addresses acne.

One cosmetic company claims that snake venom can tighten skin and smooth wrinkles. But it’s not from a live snake but a synthetic compound copied from real snake venom. If you do hear a cosmetic brand with snake venom as an ingredient makes comparisons to Botox be aware Botox is not made from snake venom.

Another unusual cosmetic product claims that bee mucus will help freshen and rejuvenate the skin. This ingredient is basically the product from what bees have regurgitated. Another word used is “propolis” a mixture of bee secretions, resins, and beeswax.

Like anything in cosmetics it would be up to an individual to decide what would work best for them and how much you are willing to pluck down for beauty. The FDA reminds us that plants, insects and other forms of life found in nature even grown or raised organically can contain toxic substances. Plants especially can cause allergic reactions.

It comes down to cosmetic companies taking legal responsibility to ensure their products are safe for the consumer. Even if it’s from slime!

For more information go to:
FDA Poisonous Plant Database
http://www.fda.gov

Article from examiner.com /makeup/Gretchen Davis

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photo Cate and Woodynwtxl crew

 

Cate Blanchett and the supporting cast created something very special. Listening to lines being read as the scenes played out was a humbling experience.Makeup and hair teams from both San Francisco and New York had an intricate role with creating a “look” that evokes an emotional response from the audience. Makeup for film and television isn’t about fluffing and puffing. You help to create the movie experience.

Standing in line at a local coffee shop in San Francisco; my mind was wondering a bit thinking of a show that would start shooting in a few months. There would be a host of characters in the series that represent everything San Francisco. Tattoos are at the top of the list. I noticed a woman in front of me with elaborate, reddish toned designs wrapped around her fingers, palms, continuing up her arms. The swirls and patterns were hypnotizing. These were without a doubt is Henna designs or Mehndi.
Mehndi or Henna is painting of hands or feet. Henna is a ritual that goes way back to early Middle Eastern and Northern Africa.
There have been several concerns by the FDA over the last few years about the use of Henna. So who in the Bay Area could I trust to use safe ingredients? Who is an outstanding Henna artist? How could I go about getting a design? One name keeps popping up in my search, Darcy Vasudev.
Hennalounge, an appointment only studio for all things henna, is the brainchild of Darcy Vasudev. Darcy started working in henna back in 1995 after she decided to quit her day job and pursue her more artistic passions full time. Darcy told me, “Who knew that henna was going to be such a focal point of my career. But it’s fun so I’ll continue as long as my vision and dexterity continue.” “Most of my customers are brides of Indian of Pakistani descent who request henna or “Mehndi” for weddings.” Darcy continued by telling me that her Clients can also include Middle Eastern and North African brides, pregnant women, and patients who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy or alopecia”. Some of her clients just want to have fun celebrating a holiday or birthday. “I also work with multi faith and LGBT customers. We are all so lucky to live and work in such a diverse area,” she said.
Darcy explains the nuances for anybody interested in getting henna. “There are a lot of operations out there that cater to tourists often found in areas near the beach. The products they use could be deemed unsafe. Always inquire about henna ingredients before using. One of the known unsafe additives is PPD, para-phenylenediamine, also known as “black henna”. It can cause severe allergic reactions. Your henna artist should always be able to tell you ingredients in their mix. Natural henna is greenish or brownish in color and smells earthy. Henna paste with PPD is black, leaves a jet black stain, and smells like ammonia. Stay away from that.
Darcy says he only uses safe ingredients, “My henna mix contains only organically cultivated henna, water, sugar, and essential oils. I mix my own paste specifically for each person. That way I know exactly what was used and it’s fresh. Also, each client is asked about any known plant allergies. It’s important to educate each customer about safe and natural henna so they can in turn recognize and avoid chemical products in the future.
Darcy has a few tips if you are interested in making an appointment for henna or need to preserve one you already have.
TIP: Protect your henna design with a coating of vegetable based oil like; coconut oil or shea butter before swimming. Also beeswax based lotions work great. Avoid petroleum products like Vaseline or baby oil.
Fun Fact: Henna acts as a natural sunscreen, so if you expose your henna to the sun for a few days watch what happens when the henna starts to fade. A reverse tan! Or as I call it “ghost henna”.
Darcy will make house calls for smaller events, but also travels internationally for clients. Mexico’s Mayan Riviera is often requested as a location for Indian weddings. She offers henna for teens within the public library system in San Francisco and San Mateo County. Darcy not only teaches henna around the world, she’s VP of online community’s HennaTribe. An organization dedicated to the preservation and continuation of traditional henna patterns and products. You’ll also find her as a guest speaker on the henna podcast “Caught Red Handed “available on ITunes.

For more information visit:
http://www.hennalounge.com
http://www.mehndiparadise.com Blog
http://www.hennaguru.com Web Shop

For information on PPD , tattoo transfers, and henna visit:
http://www.fda.gov

Article written for :
http://www.examiner.com under makeup/Gretchen Davis Motroni

Photography credits:
Black&white Head Design , Sarah Berkovich photographer
Darcy Vasudev

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