COMIC PAMP by Elisa Stangalini.
Colorado-born Caitlin, author of this week’s Beauty Adventure, shares her beauty routine that ensures she’s always ready for her close-up.
First thing in the morning, I start off with Clean and Clear Morning Burst Fruit Infusions Facial Hydrating Cleanser. It really wakes me up and feels so refreshing. I begin my makeup routine with NARS Sheer Matte foundation and oil-free primer. Another NARS product I love is their blush in Torrid. My go-to eye shadow brand is Givenchy. My favorite nail polish brand, though, is far less expensive: Forever 21! Another inexpensive product I ‘adour’ is Burt’s Bees chapstick.
My skin routine is very specific. I sometimes use Camellia Oil (which is often used by Japanese pregnant women) and almond oil to soothe my skin. I make a homemade facial out of a mix of lemon juice, brown sugar and honey. I exfoliate with red wine: I apply it as a mask and leave it on for ten minutes. It pulls the redness out of my skin! I also love CeraVe moisturizer. At the end of the day, I rely on Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir.
To keep my platinum blonde hair color intact, I use Joico Color Endure Violet shampoo. Dop Dop, on Mercer Street, is my favorite salon. Jo Preston is the only person I trust with my hair – she’s incredible.
Pampadour’s Beauty Diary author Kimberly Taylor needed a quick fix for her messy eyebrows while running around the city… She found instant help at the Benefit beauty counter in Bloomingdales.
“Benefit beauty advisor Mary Escolasticos fixed my eyebrows using Brow Zings, a brow kit composed of wax and powder for a natural look, which is applied with an angled brush.She alsoshared with me a great tip: apply a concealer around the brow area to hide stray hairs, like Boing Concealer. She finished up with a a clear brow gel. Thanks Maria!”
Kimberly Taylor Gindi is not only our Beauty Diary muse, but a celebrated designer who launched an eponymous clothing line and is now working on her fine jewelry collection, Blac Diamond. In this week’s Beauty Adventure, Kim tells us all about beauty in Brooklyn.
When I was growing up in Brooklyn, you never said you were from “Brooklyn.” You said “NYC.” It didn’t seem like there was a big difference. The truth is, though, I was a bridge-and-tunnel girl.
When I began attending NYU and interning for Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Teen Vogue, I still had a typical Brooklyn beauty routine. Every Friday, I got my blowout and French Manicure, and I didn’t leave home without my lip liner. It was a way to belong and fit in. Little did I know, these trends had never made it over the bridge.
In Brooklyn, for your sixteenth birthday, you would get makeup lessons and a bag filled with cosmetics, and share the same passion for plum lip liner with baby pink gloss.
One day, one of my best friends looked at my lip liner and just wiped it off of my face. In this dramatic gesture she made me realize that my beauty look made me an outcast in NYC. I never wear lip liner anymore, even if it’s the same color, not even when the person doing my make-up swears that it will completely blend in my lipstick – it just makes me paranoid.
Up until recently, I’ve done my best to try to fit with my beauty look. I went to Zurich last month and put very low-profile nail polish on, as European women generally a laid back style. When I got there, all of the girls had blue nails! I realized you can never ensure that your look will fit in, so you should just be yourself and do what you like.
I have a lot of respect for the women in Brooklyn. They really take care of their appearance, from regular mani-pedis to Keratin treatments. I don’t find it shallow – for me, it’s a sign that a woman respects herself and her appearance. Even the men in Brooklyn are very well groomed. I know men that are always in a suit and tie, and they really believe that “the way you carry yourself reflects on the world around you.”
From the day that my friend wiped off my lip liner at 18, the beauty world as I knew it shattered. It was only okay in Brooklyn. It was Brooklyn’s look, not New York’s, not America’s, not the world’s. I’ve been trying to get my mom to leave these BK trends in the past, but she doesn’t listen!
To that, I would still say to each their own. Be yourself, express your beauty, but make sure that, no matter what your look is, it’s done well!
By Viviane Vidal, model
My first fashion shoot was in Paris. I was so excited, I have never been there before. It was an amazing experience. After work, I was invited to a party and went straight to a nail salon to get a manicure. When the technician was done, I looked at my nails…. I was horrified! She had put the polish only on the center of the nail. What was she thinking? In Brasil we are very meticulous about our manicures, we cut all cuticles, completely cover the whole nail with polish, then clean the edges with acetone. I realized that this was not the way nails were done in France… I went back to the hotel and did it myself, it definitely looked better. I was ready to party!
I live in New York now, and I am still very specific about my beauty treatments. Luckily, the Brasilian salon Maria Bonita in Soho does it all, hair, nails, massage, the real Brasilian way, which is for me, the only way to go!
Viviane’s Beauty Adventure is also an illustration series by Elisa Stangalini.
By Carole Hallac
It’s no question that in New York, Jin Soon Choi, a native of Korea, is the absolute queen of nails. With three nail spas in Manhattan, Jin has been an institution in the industry for many years, a favorite on the set of international fashion campaigns and magazine covers (she is the go-to manicurist of Steven Meisel shoots), and has worked with a multitude of celebrities (Sarah Jessica Parker was her first client in her East Village salon) and models.
Models are, in fact, part of the Jin’s inspiration for her new exquisite nail collection, which is divided into two lines: the Quintessentials, with classic colors like red and nude, and A La Mode, which features the shades of the season, and were named by some of her model friends such as Coco Rocha (“Rhapsody”), Caroline Trentini (“Austere”), Karlie Kloss (“Debonair”), Hyoni Kang (“Charade”), Jamie Bochert (“Auspiscious”), and Guinevere Van Seenus (“Metaphor”).
The JINSOON nail care collection is 5-free (non toxic), and includes twelve colors, a top coat and a strengthening basecoat infused with biotin and amino acids.
View the A La Mode collection here.
by Carole Hallac
Curious about the beauty regime of a hot Brazilian model? Our muse of the week, 22 year old model Viviane Vidal, reveals to the Daily Pamp her beauty secrets.
Tell us about your morning beauty routine.
I always use La Mer as a moisturizer. Before I go out, I put on basic make-up: concealer from Givenchy, some blush, my favorite is Nars in Orgasm, Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara and eye shadows from Mac.
How do you keep in shape?
I do yoga, pilates and I run. I am a vegetarian but I also eat fish for protein. I love Brasilian food but I also like Japanese.
How do you take care of your skin?
In the winter, I use Cetaphil to moisturize my body. For my face, my make-up removal product is from Bioderma, and I use the night serum from La Mer. For sun protection, I love the light milk from La Roche-Posay, 50SPF.For my lips, the great balm from La Mer.
What about your great locks?
Because of my work I have to take great care of my hair. Kerastase products are amazing; to protect my hair from the heat of styling tools I use Chroma Thermique Thermo-Radiance Protecting Milk and to treat split ends, Fibre Architecte dual serum. I am also a big fan of Moroccan Oil and Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil shampoo and mask.
Any other favorite products?
Essie for nail polish, affordable and trendy. I change nail polish all the time. I love red and black especially for winter, but I use neutrals and pastels as well.
Who is your to-go professional?
The Brasilian salon Maria Bonita in Soho, New York. I do it all, hair, nails, massage, the real Brasilian way, which is the only way to go!
Where do you shop for your beauty products?
Sephora, I love to have my make-up done there.
Rebecca Taylor, Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone and Current/Elliott.
Charlie “Rockstar” Himmelstein is undeniably a hot model, and not only for his pretty boy looks. The Park Slope native is also known as the “Throwdown Kid,” organizing and participating in potentially illegal underground fight clubs in the city on Friday nights, where models and fashionistas would gather to see male models throw punches at each other. Charlie was the undefeated star: quick, fearless and never concerned about ruining his perfect features. The combination of an angel face and bad boy attitude gained him extensive features in the New York Times and New York Magazine and a contract with the prestigious Major Models agency.
I have been training for eight years but only started fighting in January 2010. People always ask, doesn’t boxing conflict with your modeling career? What happens if you break your nose or have a black eye or something? There are 3 answers: (1) I’m good, a good boxer doesn’t need to get hit in the face too much. Especially at my level… 165lbs Amateur, (2) the bruises give me character, (3) and most importantly, I value Boxing over Modeling.
I did have a photo shoot the morning after a fight with model Susan Eldridge. I was nervous because I was hit bad and I had a black eye, I was hoping that the make-up artist would be able to conceal it. When the photographer saw me he decided to start shooting me with the black eye. The images came up great and they had that edge that made the editorial amazing; these shots actually helped launch my career as a model.
Image from Major Models
Charlie “Rockstar” Himmelstein, model and boxer, the hero in this week’s beauty adventure. He defies his good looks for his passion for boxing.
Many might know Rossy from her Almodovar movie Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, when the Spanish actress made quite an impression with her strong look and particularly accentuated nose, breaking the rules of beauty in an era that glorified supermodels. She was often described as a Picasso painting “coming-to-life.” The fashion world was fascinated and followed Almodovar, with designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler embracing Rossy as a muse. In 2007, she launched her own passionate fragrance with cosmetic house Etat Libre d’Orange, called Eau de Protection, which includes the rose as the predominant note, a reminder of her rose garden in Madrid: “This magic potion, this instrument of transformation, could only be made by the crushing of armfuls of roses. Roses with thorny stems that yield lavish blossoms, lush petals, outrageous, puffed-up fantasies, trembling with the sweat of impatience and desire. Roses, red with blood, a piercing note that leaves the flavor of fire on lips that suck the finger pricked by a thorn.”