modeling MAC

afterlight

Perched on my invisible post, I swirled the world around like a 6-year-old having their first go at Spin Art.  Faces spun together from all ends of the emotional color wheel; Surprised, confused, excited, distracted, alarmed, awed- all blended between florescent lights and flattened grey carpeting.  Touching down with just the tip of my toes, I paused to steady the world for a moment, and it occurred to me what a strange circumstance I had gotten myself into when I accepted the job just one week prior.

It started the morning of a rehearsal for Time vs. Money, when Viktor walked into the studio, flipped on the lights and, without hesitation or the hint of trepidation in his voice, asked me my cup size.  “A or B?”, he inquired.  Assuming the question came in regards to a costume, but leery of a costume in which the size of my bra carries so much significance, “Umm…C?”, I continued the interview with another question.  “It’s only A or B, which is it?”, refusing to accept my fullness.  I assured him we’d better settle on “B”, and he started tapping away on the flat keyboard of his cellphone, all before even revealing the reason for his inquiry.  They don’t call him Boundless Plotnikov for nothing.

Finally looking up from his 4-inch screen, Viktor explained to me about his talent scout friend-of-a-friend and the search for a dancer to model at an event the following weekend.  He didn’t give me much information, but the promise of a check during my first month of summer lay-off spread my mouth into the dubious wide crescent of a happy Cheshire Cat.  A short bit of internet correspondence later, it was all arranged.  I was booked to model (spin dance) on a pedestal (wobbly plastic perch of terror) at the MAC cosmetics counter in the Nordstrom downtown.

When I arrived at MAC on the first day, a painted girl in a chic black, multi-textural ensemble led me down a hallway to a teeny dressing room I never knew existed.  I remember thinking to myself, This is total Nordstrom VIP.  A moment later, another beautifully painted lady entered with her tool belt arsenal of brushes, goops, powders, and creams.  She sat me down, drapped a robe over my shoulders, and with a smile she sprayed, brushed, moussed, twisted, braided, wrapped and pinned me until an hour had passed and my hair stuck coiled like a tight astronaut’s rope atop my head.  Her true forté, the makeup portion, she completed with the light yet purposeful hand of a practiced profession in under 20 minutes.  The speed of the procedure only highlighted her artistry.  In keeping with the theme, a launch of the new Alluring Aquatics collection, I emerged from the secret room a vintage-inspired synchronized swimmer from space, with an intricate cap of braids and the soft, dewey maquillage of a mermaid.photo 1 photo 2

hair, makeup, and photos by Loran Diciolla

wonder cream

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After reading about it all over the internet and getting several rave reviews from friends, I decided to bite the bullet and buy the mystery substance that is “BB Cream”.  Without much understanding of what this stuff actually is, I was worried that my $8 might have been spent in vain- but boy, was I wrong.  As the title of this post suggests, BB cream is the makeup of wonders.  It’s lightweight, moisturizing, and smoothes out my complexion just as well as a heavy foundation; all without that horrible cakey look.  One of my favorite features?  It’s SPF 30- no more sunburned cheeks!

Have any of you tried BB Cream?  What did you think of it?

sniff sniff

I’ve never been the type of girl who could spend hours sampling perfumes.  For me, it goes a little more like this:  Go in, spritz, sniff, spritz, sniff, walk over to Dior Miss Cherie, spritz, sniff, purchase, go home.  Dior’s classic citrusy-jasmine infused scent has been my signature since high school; I’m comforted by it, people recognize it as smelling “like Kirsten”, and it has always felt fresh and light, no matter how many empty bottles I’ve collected.  However soothing Miss Cherie may be though, sometimes it takes a daring new perfume to add that perfect dash of spice to your life.

Enter the above four fragrances.  The first, Hanae Mori’s ‘Eau de Collection N° 7‘, is at the top of my nose’s wish list right now.  Inspired by Parisian pastries, this sweet, fruity fragrance comprises hints of exotic flowers, a dash of French dessert, and a strong citrus smell.  One of my favorite things about this perfume is how well it sticks to my skin.  Love, love love.  The  second perfume I’m coveting right now, Viktor & Rolf’s ‘Flowerbomb‘, has been on my radar since this summer.  Now, as an anti-floral-perfume kinda gal, a scent whose name literally describes an explosion of petals seems like a terrible choice.  But alas it is impossible to resist Flowerbomb’s bergamot, tea, freesia, jasmine, orange blossom, orchid, rose, and patchouli combination.  If you’ve ever smelled Juicy Couture’s Viva La Juicy, you’ll understand why I’m loving the label’s newest spinoff fragrance, ‘Viva La Juicy La Fleur‘.  Just imagine the original smell freshened up with a light hint of flowers.  The last perfume I wish I were wearing, Marc Jacob’s ‘Dot‘, encompasses all of my favorite smells: red berries, vanilla, musk, orange blossom, jasmine, coconut water, honeysuckle, dragonfruit and driftwood.  It’s energetic yet light and I looove it.

What’s your fragrance of choice?

p-r-i-m-p

I’ve posted about summer makeup on the bloggie before (here), and judging by the growing collection of summery hair & beauty ideas accumulating on my Pinterest, it’s safe to say the warmer months are my favorite when it comes to the ol’ beauty routine.  First of all, come June I’ve usually worked up enough of a tan to render bronzer unnecessary…always a plus!  Secondly, I love the way facial perspiration a dewy glow illuminates my skin.  Last but certainly not least, to me there is no competition for natural, unkempt beach hair (except maybe a shiny blow dry), especially now that my hair has finally outgrown the dreadful cut I administered two summers ago!  All of these things make my summer beauty routine super easy, allowing me to experiment with new products, techniques and inspirations.  Here are some looks I’m currently coveting:soft, messy waves + black mascara + pink lipglossnatural makeup + side braidwhite liner on the inner rim + heavy pink blush + natural lipslong fishtail braidpale pink eye shadow + winged liner + peach blush + pale lipsmessy pony + sneaky braiddewy face + false eyelashes + gold eye shadow + raspberry lipslong superblond hair, natural, middle part + black eyeliner top lids + pink lipsgolden girl: gold face + gold hair + gold eye shadow + gold tinted lipspastel nails

What are your favorite beauty ideas for summer?