What a Makeup Artist Can't Live Without When She's Flying, for Glamour Magazine

In a few hours I’ll be leaving New York City and heading out on the road for a three-week Scandinavia tour with the inimitable Tori Amos. I’ve been invited as her personal makeup artist, which means long days, late nights, and lots of flights. I’m determined not to let it get the best of my easily irritated skin. Luckily, I’ve been through this before and have developed an incredibly detailed and highly effective travel routine. Now, you should know that I never board a plane without wearing mascara, filling in my eyebrows (they’re nonexistent otherwise), and concealing any choice blemishes (because, let’s be honest, I might be 30,000 feet in the air, but I’d still like to look a little cute if I can).

 

Today, however, it’s my clear carry-on baggie full of liquids under 3.4 ounces that I want to focus on. After logging thousands of hours in the air, here’s what I’ve found works best for me. 

Water, Water, Water 
Flying is so dehydrating, and I’m not exaggerating when I say I usually haul at least three, if not four, liters of water on board (hence my preference for an aisle seat).

Hand Sanitizer
I’m a bit of a germaphobe, so practically before I even sit down on a plane, I whip out hand sanitizer. As a makeup artist, it’s a must before my fingers go anywhere near my face (or anyone else’s)! Both Jao and Dr. Bronner’s contain naturally derived ethyl-alcohol bases blended with essential oils, so they smell delicious and won’t dry out your skin or leave a sticky residue.

Skin Care
I love, love, love Dr. Alkaitis skin care, and luckily all my favorite products come in a handy travel-size kit! The products are also ethically harvested, 100-percent organic, vegan, and raw, so you know you’re feeding your skin with the best possible ingredients. The brand’s Organic Soothing Gel is great for stressed skin because it has a soothing aloe vera gel base. I massage it into my face and then pat on the Eye Creme, which is one of the best I’ve tried in ages. A little of this goes a long way, but the creme totally soaks in, leaving the delicate eye area nourished and not at all greasy.

Depending on how dehydrated my skin is or how long a flight I have ahead of me, I’ll either use the Day Creme on its own or mix in a pump of the Nourishing Treatment Oil for deeper conditioning. The oil can also be used on the body and in your hair. I finish this part off with a mist of the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. It tones, hydrates, and smells wonderfully herbaceous. It’s an instant pick-me-up that I carry with me everywhere.

Hand Cream and Aromatherapy
After taking care of my face, I move on to my hands (which often get neglected). Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Hand Cream is a staple in my handbag. It’s not heavy, and it miraculously disappears instantly into your skin, meaning you can use your hands right after applying it. Sometimes I’ll also use the original Eight Hour Cream as a nourishing cuticle treatment.

This next step is my favorite part of my in-flight regime: I always apply a Neal’s Yard Remedies to Roll oil on the inside of my wrists. The rollerballs are filled with organic essential oils that are blended to provide aromatherapy relief; I love the warmth of rosemary and grapefruit in Energy for uplifting a sluggish mood, and the soothing lavender and frankincense in the Travel remedy instantly prompts relaxation. No Tylenol P.M. for me!

Eye and Lip Care
This last step is inspired by ’90s reference: Remember Natalie Imbruglia circa 1997 and her uber hit “Torn”? She appeared in that video sporting a colorless sheen on her eyelids instead of eyeshadow and sparked a major trend that’s still very wearable. With that in mind, sometimes I dab a touch of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream on my eyelids for a glossy texture; it adds brightness, emphasizes eye color, and gives off just a hint of glamour. This ointment is super versatile and also acts as my lip balm.

I know all this may seem like a lot, but honestly, it takes me five minutes, and I always feel better after I do it. Stay tuned for my next installment from London.

Diane by DVF, For What? Magazine

 
 

Women love women, who love women; and before you get excited and go thinking that I’m writing about some sexy girl-on-girl exploits…I’m not.

I’m writing about something else equally curvaceous and appealing to the senses - designer Diane von Furstenberg; a woman who knows women, is loved by women and celebrates being a woman.

There’s a good reason it’s impossible not to look fabulous in one of her signature wrap dresses…because Ms. Furstenberg understands what it means to be one of us complex, feminine creatures.

Girl/woman, soft/strong, feminine/masculine these are all tugs of war that perpetrate a woman’s being…usually on a daily basis.

So when I heard about the new fragrance Diane, I wondered which facet of the female Ms. Furstenberg had encapsulated; I’m delighted that it turned out to be a seductive one

Diane is not offensive, or abrasive; she is not complicated or perplexing, nor strange or intriguing;

Diane is simple, soft, sophisticated and above all, Diane is sensual.

With delicate Fragipani and Violet leading the floral way, Diane firstly embraces you in her ultra-feminine arms and then caresses you with familiar warmth that resonates with reassurance.

Because Diane is all woman there is more to her than flippant flowers; she is driven by myrrh, musk and patchouli, lending her vibrancy, passion and depth.

She is not a loud, brash or flamboyant lady; she is not edgy, bizarre or try-hard.

Diane is quietly-confident, effortlessly chic, self-assured, unfaltering in her sense of self-worth and classic to the last drop,.

Diane is the kind of woman, most women want to be.

 

By Kavita Kaul
Beauty Writer


 

 

 

Mr Ford Strikes Again, For Wound Magazine

 
 

In the sticky, sweaty heat of Summer in the city, there is an oasis…and you can splash around in it all day!

Tom Ford’s newly released fragrance Azure Lime is a first-class, one-way ticket to the private Caribbean island of Mustique…and this is a trip you won’t need to pack for!

There are three parts to this journey. Firstly you will dip your toes into the fresh and zesty citrus fruit salad of lime, orange and lemon notes followed by cool Oregon mint and iconic black basil.

Quickly the sneakier more flirtatious centre comes creeping through to seduce you to wade in further and explore the heady aromas of perfectly blended Moroccan orris butter, Egyptian jasmine and South African buchu.

Turning up the heat and forcing you to just plunge in head first, is sea moss, oakwood, sandalwood and patchouli all coming through last of all…but by no means least in this divine desert island scent.

This intensely sexy potion will refresh your senses, dilate your pupils and leave you asking yourself…who would you like to have a frolic on the beach with?

By Kavita Kaul

Makeup Artist & Beauty Writer

 

 

Marc Jacobs' Bang, for What? Magazine

The Art of Seduction

Onomatopeoia – noun – (on·o·mat·o·poe·ia  ) When the pronunciation of a word sounds like the action of the word itself – such as hiss, buzz and BANG!

And so Marc Jacob’s new men’s fragrance makes a punchy entrance.

Before we even get to the scent itself… let’s take a moment to talk about the saucy campaign featuring the provocative Mr. Jacobs himself.

For the first time ever the renowned designer makes a personal appearance…and what an impression he makes!  Glossy skinned, tattooed, naked (save for a strategically placed bottle) and with a come-hither look, it’s as if Jacobs is daring you to try Bang…and dare I did.

At first glance the beautifully crafted and elegantly unusual angular bottle is curious.  The contours of the black glass and silver plaque beg to be touched and as I explore what’s hidden within, I am pleasurably struck by its intoxicating and exotic contents.

Bang is immediately spicy and bursting with intriguing black, white and pink peppercorns.  This cleverly upfront introduction is followed by warm and soothing primal masculine woody notes and slowly rising from its depths are the base notes of fresh Elemi Resinoid from the Philippines, oriental Benzoin and deep, delicious Patchouli.

It is more than just a fragrance.  Bang is a lesson in the art of slow, playful yet sensual seduction and is absolutely beguiling.  It pulsates with heat, masculinity and mystery and will leave you as we find Jacobs in the campaign…undone.

By Kavita Kaul

Clarisonic, for What? Magazine

 

Good Vibrations

With the undeniable arrival of winter comes the struggle to maintain that fresh summer glow.  Central heating comes on, cold weather whips the skin into a frenzy of red blotches and dry patches…it’s not sexy!

In the battle of winter vs. Clarisonic however…there is no competition!  The Clarisonic Skincare System emerges the champion every time.

Created by the mastermind David Giuliani, the brains behind the amazing Sonicare toothbrush, the Clarisonic combines cutting edge technology and engineering to change the way you clean your skin permanently. 

When I first received the Clarisonic I thought it looked like something NASA had created.  Sleek and water tight I skimmed through the instructions for use and then set to giving it a go.

With the brush head oscillating more than 300 times per second, this sonic micro massager produces a pleasant gentle hum, like a friendly UFO. 

Whilst the device does the pulsing, it’s up to you to use circular motions to buff the skin, and with a handy beep signalling time to move on to the next area of your face…this thing is fool proof.

After two uses only I was shocked and immediately addicted!  My skin never felt so smooth and the most amazing thing is that because the sonic vibrations penetrate the skin deeply and stimulate layers of the skin that we can’t do manually…you will find your skin thirsty for product like never before. 

Every lotion and potion I own was suddenly being absorbed by my skin like I’d never experienced; and each product was working harder and better for my skin. 

I still find it miraculous how the Clarisonic has not just changed how my skin looks and feels, but how my skin actually functions on a deeper level.

Cleansing the skin up to 6 times better than you ever could by hand,  my skin has never been so thoroughly cleansed, never looked smoother or firmer, and my pores are tighter than they ever have been…there seems to be no end of benefits.

So my conclusion is that for this upcoming party season…instead of spending money on a pair of heels that will make you feel fabulous for a few minutes… spend that money on the Clarisonic and it will make you feel fabulous for as long as you use it.  The Clarisonic isn’t just for Christmas, it’s for life!

By Kavita Kaul