I’m basically no-fuss when it comes to my beauty routine…which translates to minimal makeup and a pixie hair style. So I try to find the best products to help me accomplish getting beautiful quickly yet effectively. Here are my favs which I’ve grouped into Skin Care, Makeup and Hair.
For cleansing my face - Clarisonic Aria Skin Care Brush with Gentle Hydro Cleanser
For evening out my complexion – L’Oreal Youth Code Serum
For moisturizing – Alba Even Advanced Sea Lipids Daily Cream
For sunscreen – LaRoche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 45
For my cheeks – Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stain in Flush
For my eyelids – Two Faced Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
For my eyes – Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in Black with Glitter
For my lashes – Mabelline Full ‘N Soft Washable Mascara in Black
For my lips – Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Broadest Berry
To set the overall look (and for extra sun protection) -Éminence Organic Sun Defense Mineral Powder in Translucent, SPF 30
No hair dryer for me, just – Fructis Pure Clean Finishing Paste
WANT PROOF THESE PRODUCTS WORK?
Here’s the BEFORE picture (note the glasses, lack of makeup and bed head hair):
And the AFTER photo:
I took the following pictures at Eric Kayser’s newly opened Maison Kayser bakery and cafe at Columbus Circle. After all, deciding what to choose is half the fun!
(I had the Adagio chocolate torte with Passion Fruit Preserves…it was decadent and delicious!)
And I’m already looking forward to what I’ll have next time…
As a freelance violist, I feel very fortunate that so much of my work takes place with the New York City Ballet. NYCB dancers are at the top of their profession. They work gruelingly long hours, give their bodies over to their art, and dedicate their souls to their craft. When I’m playing in the pit, I can usually only catch a glimpse now and then of the bodies onstage. The current installation in the Koch Theatre lobby by renowned Parisian street artist JR gives us more of an eyeful!
To learn more about this installation project, take a look here.
New York is a different city in the snow. The sounds are muffled, traffic slows to a crawl, and neon signs take on a new alluring softness. Last night as I trudged to work at Lincoln Center in the biting cold and swirling snow, this is what I saw:
Although I went back to teaching today (I’m fortunate to be blessed with great students!), I still had the better part of the day to
play work on my illustrations. My goal was to experiment with India ink and my nib pen for the illustration outline. I was also going for more freedom in my coloring approach. In the pencil sketch (which I worked on yesterday) I focused on elongating the figure even more than I usually do since I wanted to emphasize her grace and bring out the overall glamour in the composition.
What a luxury to be able to experiment and even REDO an illustration – in this case, the version below is my 2nd attempt…
I’m fired up to do more illustrations using the techniques above, but first I’ll be turning my attention to finishing a 5-illustration custom project.
See you back here soon!
There is something magical about walking along the shops of 5th Avenue at Christmas-time. Do it at dusk, and the baubles and gems you’ll see won’t just be IN the shops…
Here’s what I saw on a recent evening excursion on 5th Avenue.
If you happen to be in New York City this holiday, make sure to swing by Henri Bendel’s flagship store to see their fabulous, quirky and fun holiday window display. Celebrating the wonderful caricatures of Al Hirschfeld and created in 3-D, this is celebrity gawking at its best!
Guests of honor include Matthew Broderick, Liza Minneli, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jerry Stiller, Bernadette Peters, and Carol Channing …
Along with Woody Allen (and Marilyn Monroe)!
Audrey Hepburn is fashionably late; Whoopi Goldberg also lurks…
And the artist himself is busy at work!
It’s worth it to take a look at the illustrations that inspired these 3-D versions, so I hope you’ll click here!
On Monday night I met my husband at Lincoln Center for a stroll over to 5th Avenue to check out this year’s holiday windows at Bergdorf’s. The night was balmy, but the windows were anything but!
We saw feathers and beads…
Tassels and sequins…
And a topsy-turvy world where the icicles grow up!
Parkas were paired with tulle…
And white fur accompanied ethereal brocades.
Along the way, accessories and baubles cast their chilly sparkle…
Ushering in the promise of a profitable New Year!
(Even these white squirrels took time out to pose for their photo ops!)
A midst all of these icy confections, my favorite was a window done up in pink.
Icy, yes. But there’s enough icing here to also ward off the chill!
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.