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Alice An

TRAVEL & 4th of July What's In My Bag?

I'm super excited to be reporting from Washington D.C. today. I took the early train yesterday so I could do my bridesmaid duties for my dear friend Nan. YAWN.

I don't know about you, fellow beauty junkies, but I am really challenged when it comes to picking out what to bring on my trips. But after accessing what I would need for the DC humidity here's what is in my bag:

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  1. John Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Dryer– The ionic emissions help speed up dry time, and eliminates frizz. 

  2. Skyn Iceland Arctic Face Mist– Good for moisture, refreshing, and destressing.

  3. Pür 4-in-1 Mineral pressed powder– Quick foundation, and perfect for touch-ups.

  4. Schmidt's Natural Deodorant in Ylang-Ylang + Calendula– I've wanted to test this for months, risky but I'll let you know how it goes ;).

  5. Sun Bum Cool Down– The perfect companion to sunscreen. Plus, bonus points for amazing tropical fragrance. I threw this in just in case we find time for a few moments by the hotel pool. (Saver tip: Maximize by picking up a Sunbum Daytripper set which also includes water-resistant SPF 30 lotion and lip balm.)

  6. Davines Absolute Beautifying Potion– This another new one for me. Looking forward to see how it holds up to the humidity down here.

  7. Eyeko Sport Mascara– Waterproof must have. Lasts for days. Always needs to be packed with a heavy duty eye makeup remover.

  8. Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Fuzzy Navel– All time favorite, nudie, shiney, lip stuff.

  9. "The Selfie" remote switch– For obvious reasons! You can take selfies from up to 5ft away, no software or aps needed. Just plug into head phone jack and go.

  10. Scünci Bun Wraps– Buns are the new pony tail.

  11. Kenig + Alcone accessory box with No-Crease Bows and rubberize grip clips– I'm a sucker for a great tin box, and these are makeup and hair styling essentials.

I think I have everything I need here to get my fireworks on.

Happy Fourth of July my friends!

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SUMMER STYLE REMIX with Cynthia Rowley

Photo by Damon Hall Booth Kim from Fashionably Petite and I have been quietly plotting a party together that includes all of our favorite things: makeup, hair-styling, dress-up, photobooths, candy, champagne, and of course, SHOPPING!

And yes, there will be gift bags and other giveaway goodies. First come, first served, so please come early for the party.

 

Be sure to RSVP directly to madison@cynthiarowley.com.

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SUMMER STYLE REMIX with Cynthia Rowley

Photo by Damon Hall Booth Kim from Fashionably Petite and I have been quietly plotting a party together that includes all of our favorite things: makeup, hair-styling, dress-up, photobooths, candy, champagne, and of course, SHOPPING!

And yes, there will be gift bags and other giveaway goodies. First come, first served, so please come early for the party.

 

Be sure to RSVP directly to madison@cynthiarowley.com.

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SUMMER STYLE REMIX with Cynthia Rowley

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My Icon Kevyn Aucoin & The Makeup Show LA 2014

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“When was the first time you did makeup?”People ask me, .For some reason, I didn’t have sharp memories of it. Years of working in the industry seem to have rolled in like the marine layer; the fog obstructing my ability to connect with the moment I began my career.I do remember the first time I played with makeup, however.When I was about 4, I loved to watch PBS. I’d watch hours of and , but none of those programs made their mark quite like Bob Ross. If you don’t remember (or if you are too young to remember), Ross was the fluffy haired painter who populated canvas upon canvas with bubbling brooks and "happy" trees.In the center of the house I grew up in, was a lovely white brick fireplace. As it turns out, that was the most white space that my 4 year-old-self could reach easily. One afternoon, on my young aunt’s watch, I commandeered some color cosmetics and proceeded to create my own rendition of Mr. Ross’s jolly forests on my mother’s alabaster brick with a bottle of Cover Girl foundation and some cherry red nail polish.  25 years later, when my parents sold their first home and moved out, the legacy of my handiwork was still stained into the mantle.When people ask me, this is the story that always comes to mind– at least, until recently.I had a discussion with a colleague last week.I respect the business minded Instagrammers and Youtubers who have spun their social media fame into amazing careers, but there is a distinct difference between Pat McGrath, and that gal who posts videos of makeup looks on herself. This is a topic that comes to surface often with the professional makeup artists in New York City.She said,” When the new students come in (to Make Up For Ever Academy) they have no connection to the artists that we (as professionals) think of, when we think of makeup artistry.”It’s true. The makeup artists who design the character makeup for movies; the masterminds that gave rise to Chanel’s most recent runway look; the Billy Bs, the Dick Pages, the V. Neils– they have minimal visibility in this universe ruled by the Insta-gurus.Today, it’s more likely that it’s the Michelle Phans of the internet who have inspired so many young aspiring artists to pursue careers in makeup, not the Gucci Westmans.I say this without judgment. I have a YouTube channel myself (through which I hope to inspire). It’s a sign of the times. Now, because of the accessibility of makeup “education,” opportunity in the beauty industry is riper than ever, and proliferating at quantum speed.But, when I started out, there was no Instagram. There was no YouTube.When I was growing up, hiring a makeup artist was not exactly something regular people did for prom or even weddings.  Makeup artist was not really a career option, unless you wanted to be an Avon lady or work at a mall counter.It’s truly a wonder that I found myself at The Makeup Show LA standing in front of a big blank poster where I wrote this:My response to how Kevyn Aucoin has touched my life.In 1998, I was working on a fashion show in college. For student fashion shows, we had a local salon come in and do the makeup. But, this was not something that could be arranged for the advertising of the show. So, I went to the bookstore and purchased by Kevyn Aucoin.  The photo shoot for that poster was officially the first time I did makeup.

 

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My Icon Kevyn Aucoin & The Makeup Show LA 2014

Created with flickr slideshow.

“When was the first time you did makeup?”People ask me, .For some reason, I didn’t have sharp memories of it. Years of working in the industry seem to have rolled in like the marine layer; the fog obstructing my ability to connect with the moment I began my career.I do remember the first time I played with makeup, however.When I was about 4, I loved to watch PBS. I’d watch hours of and , but none of those programs made their mark quite like Bob Ross. If you don’t remember (or if you are too young to remember), Ross was the fluffy haired painter who populated canvas upon canvas with bubbling brooks and "happy" trees.In the center of the house I grew up in, was a lovely white brick fireplace. As it turns out, that was the most white space that my 4 year-old-self could reach easily. One afternoon, on my young aunt’s watch, I commandeered some color cosmetics and proceeded to create my own rendition of Mr. Ross’s jolly forests on my mother’s alabaster brick with a bottle of Cover Girl foundation and some cherry red nail polish.  25 years later, when my parents sold their first home and moved out, the legacy of my handiwork was still stained into the mantle.When people ask me, this is the story that always comes to mind– at least, until recently.I had a discussion with a colleague last week.I respect the business minded Instagrammers and Youtubers who have spun their social media fame into amazing careers, but there is a distinct difference between Pat McGrath, and that gal who posts videos of makeup looks on herself. This is a topic that comes to surface often with the professional makeup artists in New York City.She said,” When the new students come in (to Make Up For Ever Academy) they have no connection to the artists that we (as professionals) think of, when we think of makeup artistry.”It’s true. The makeup artists who design the character makeup for movies; the masterminds that gave rise to Chanel’s most recent runway look; the Billy Bs, the Dick Pages, the V. Neils– they have minimal visibility in this universe ruled by the Insta-gurus.Today, it’s more likely that it’s the Michelle Phans of the internet who have inspired so many young aspiring artists to pursue careers in makeup, not the Gucci Westmans.I say this without judgment. I have a YouTube channel myself (through which I hope to inspire). It’s a sign of the times. Now, because of the accessibility of makeup “education,” opportunity in the beauty industry is riper than ever, and proliferating at quantum speed.But, when I started out, there was no Instagram. There was no YouTube.When I was growing up, hiring a makeup artist was not exactly something regular people did for prom or even weddings.  Makeup artist was not really a career option, unless you wanted to be an Avon lady or work at a mall counter.It’s truly a wonder that I found myself at The Makeup Show LA standing in front of a big blank poster where I wrote this:My response to how Kevyn Aucoin has touched my life.In 1998, I was working on a fashion show in college. For student fashion shows, we had a local salon come in and do the makeup. But, this was not something that could be arranged for the advertising of the show. So, I went to the bookstore and purchased by Kevyn Aucoin.  The photo shoot for that poster was officially the first time I did makeup.

 

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My Icon Kevyn Aucoin & The Makeup Show LA 2014

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Walgreens launches Discover Beauty Within Magazine with Suite on the Street

Keep your eyes peeled! Walgreens has launched their new collaboration with Lebhar-Friedman publishing, Discover Beauty Within Magazine, nationwide at all Walgreens and most Duane Reade locations.

The half-size (purse-size!) periodical features beauty-tips and product suggestions which are widely available in Walgreens and Duane Reade. Finally a direct line from the professionals about cosmetics, haircare, and skincare items, that are both easily found and wallet-friendly– a real departure from the usual obstacles beauty devotees are accustomed to in their quest for the perfect beauty solution.

To celebrate, Walgreens has partnered with Unilever, Pacific World and Nutridiet, with additional support from Milani, Shea Moisture and Colgate, to bring mobile beauty bar, to New York City, New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

Customers can stop by to receive complementary mini-makeovers, manicures, and an overflowing gift-bag full of gifts from sponsoring brands.

Catch on April 4th at the following Manhattan locations:

11am-2pm Empire State Building, 350 5th Avenue between E.34th St. and E.33rd St.

6pm-8pm Time Square, 1471 Broadway on 43rd St. between Broadway and 6th Avenue

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Walgreens launches Discover Beauty Within Magazine with Suite on the Street

Keep your eyes peeled! Walgreens has launched their new collaboration with Lebhar-Friedman publishing, Discover Beauty Within Magazine, nationwide at all Walgreens and most Duane Reade locations.

The half-size (purse-size!) periodical features beauty-tips and product suggestions which are widely available in Walgreens and Duane Reade. Finally a direct line from the professionals about cosmetics, haircare, and skincare items, that are both easily found and wallet-friendly– a real departure from the usual obstacles beauty devotees are accustomed to in their quest for the perfect beauty solution.

To celebrate, Walgreens has partnered with Unilever, Pacific World and Nutridiet, with additional support from Milani, Shea Moisture and Colgate, to bring mobile beauty bar, to New York City, New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

Customers can stop by to receive complementary mini-makeovers, manicures, and an overflowing gift-bag full of gifts from sponsoring brands.

Catch on April 4th at the following Manhattan locations:

11am-2pm Empire State Building, 350 5th Avenue between E.34th St. and E.33rd St.

6pm-8pm Time Square, 1471 Broadway on 43rd St. between Broadway and 6th Avenue

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Walgreens launches Discover Beauty Within Magazine with Suite on the Street

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