With the success of eponymous color cosmetics collections by Pat McGrath and Charlotte Tilbury, the door is open for other superstar makeup artists to make an entrance.  We can’t wait for Gucci’s … that is Gucci Westman’s.  Joining forces with  husband, David Neville (co-founder of Rag & Bone), to create Westman Atelier.  Debuting in April as a six-product “consciously crafted” (translation: cleanly formulated, yet, designed for high efficacy) complexion-focused venture (products include foundation, blush, highlighter, and contour sticks, bronzer, and concealer).  The hero product is expected to be Westman’s foundation, which comes in eleven shades, evoking Westman’s signature no-makeup makeup look.  Yet, the brand may to expand into lifestyle.

Westman and Neville have been developing the line for the past three years, since Westman, 47, left her position of four years as International Artistic Director of Lancôme, following a seven-year stint at Revlon.  Speaking with WWD Westman,  shared, “I’m looking for transparency and authenticity. I try to combine makeup and skin care, which is actively doing something, but in a gentle manner. I don’t see the need to just color and correct. I want to fix,” Westman emphasized. “I’m so tired of the glossy, retouched pictures. I just want to go back to real. When I first started working in fashion and with big actresses I always just wanted to choose something about them that they had not seen a certain way – but not transforming them. It’s an amplified version.”


To create the looks for Sherri Hill’s Fall/Winter 2018 show at New York Fashion Week, BioSilk’s Global Artist, Tammy Mixon, chose variations of waves and sleek smooth looks to complement the model’s face, shape, and dress. “The inspiration behind the hair for Sherri Hill’s show this year was individual beauty. There was no one set style. Instead we focused on finding styles to highlight each model’s unique beauty and extraordinary outfit,” said Mixon.

Models, Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters and Sailor Brinkley Cook (above, left) sported barely-there waves (above). To take the look to real-life, Mixon sprayed a light amount of BioSilk Silk Therapy Hot Thermal Protectant Mist to add moisture and protect against thermal damage before parting hair to flatter the face shape.  At the temple, she made a 1″ vertical subsection and wrapped the hair around the BioSilk Titanium 1″ Hairstyling Iron at a 45-degree angle. Gliding the iron down to create a ribbon like curl, she continue until the entire head was curled.  To complete the look she sprayed a light mist of BioSilk Silk Therapy Finishing Spray – Natural Hold onto the hair and ran her fingers through to loosen the curls into light waves.

Former Miss Universe, Pia Wurtzbach (above, right), however, opted for a sleek style.  Mixon applied BioSilk Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil Leave-In Treatment to the hair from the midshaft to the ends to tame frizz while adding additional shine and control (using a brush to evenly distribute the product).  Then she sectioned the hair into 3 sections: from ear to ear, back crown and nape area, leaving the nape area free.  With the BioSilk 1” Titanium Hairstyling Iron, she took 1” wide sections and straightened to achieve a sleek, smooth finish from the top of the crown and throughout the sides.  After smoothing the hair, Mixon applied a small amount of BioSilk Silk Therapy Silk Polish over the top surface of the hair and finished with BioSilk Silk Therapy Finishing Spray – Natural Hold and BioSilk Silk Therapy Shine On to maintain the style and adding additional shine.


photo courtesy of Shutterstock.com

After our faces, the hands are the body part which people notice most frequently. In spite of this, hands are one of the our most neglected areas.  The folks at Beautypress share how to keep our hands in tip-top condition…

  • Why do it?   Due to relentless use of our hands, washing and exposure to all kinds of weather, our hands are fastest aging parts of our bodies. If we do not properly care for our hands, they can actually make us look and feel older than we really are.  Because the skin on back of our hands is thin and delicate, taking proper care of them is essential to avoid dry, cracked skin and premature aging.
  • For the Glove of It!  Consider wearing hand care gloves before exposing your hands to a lot of water, chemicals or while working in garden. It prevents getting dirt under the nails and protects our manicures! In winter while going out, pull on a pair of mittens or gloves, as cold winter air can quickly strip away moisture from the hands.
  • M is for Moisturize  Washing our hands frequently during cold and flu season dries out our hand’s skin quickly, particularly in winter. It’s best to apply moisturizing hand cream to the hands at least three-four times a day. For daytime use, choose a light, water-based and fast absorbing moisturizing hand lotion with an SPF.  A heavier, oil-based cream is good for night, so that it can soak in while we are sleeping.  If heavy housework causes us to perform multiple hand washings,  it is best to start and end our days with a heavy hand cream for added protection. Read more of this story »