BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: Christina Mace-Turner, CEO of True Botanicals

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As a leader within some of the most innovative companies in the world, first Apple and then Flipboard, Christina has a career-long habit of leveraging technology to transform consumer experiences. After becoming a serious user of True Botanicals and fan of their philosophy, the idea of giving the beauty industry a complete tech make-over took shape — and she knew this was the brand to do it. Christina soon joined the team to take their direct sales model to the next level, delivering unprecedented transparency, greater value, and superior results to their growing clientele, while also highlighting and rewarding the sustainable farmers who provide the ingredients for True Botanicals products. Knowing that she is creating meaningful change within an industry that was so desperately in need of it makes this latest chapter in her career incredibly rewarding.

WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY ADDICTION?
I go crazy if I am separated from our Renew Mist for more than a day. I'm obsessed with the smell - so relaxing - and the way it makes my skin feel. I have travel sized versions of it in every bag and I keep a bottle of it on my desk for quick pick me ups. When my teenage kids start to get really irritated with me, I spray it on their faces to calm them down!

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
I get to go to work every day with people I adore and admire, and focus on a mission that means so much to each of us. We are dedicated to empowering our customers and changing the beauty industry for the better; while it's hard work, it's incredibly gratifying.

WHAT'S THE ONE THING IN YOUR MAKE-UP BAG YOU COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT?
True Botanicals eye & lip balm.

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WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
My daughters, I learn so much from them!

LAST FILM YOU WATCHED?
"At the Fork" which is a documentary about meat production in the United States. Doesn't sound very entertaining, but it actually is so interesting!

CURRENTLY OBSESSED WITH?
Inez & Vinoodh and how they manage to turn every portrait they take into a work of art.

YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP?
Ricky Schroder was my 12 year old celebrity crush. I loved "Silver Spoons" and went with a group of friends to the mall to stand on line for hours to get his autograph. When I finally got to the front of the line, I asked for a kiss, of course.

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SUM YOURSELF UP IN THREE WORDS…
Driven. Excited. Alive.

DRINK OF CHOICE?
Dirty Tito's martini. It's my go to.

FAVORITE VACATION DESTINATION?
Hydra, Greece. I've been going there since I was a child, and it hasn't changed a bit. Donkey's, clear water and the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.

LAST TIME YOU WERE STARSTRUCK?
A dinner with Tom Wolfe years ago. I only really get starstruck with great authors.

LAST TIME YOU WERE LATE?
Ummm, is that a rhetorical question?

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BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: Sarah Potempa, Celebrity Hairstylist + Inventor of The Beachwaver

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Sarah Potempa, a celebrity hair stylist known for creating gorgeous waves has worked with many Hollywood stars including Resse Wetherspoon, Emily Blunt and Halie Seinfeld as well as countless magazine covers and ad campaigns. However, her passion is teaching women how to achieve stunning red carpet hair themselves. In an effort to make one of the most popular and requested looks, the beachy wave, easier to recreate she invented the first rotating curling iron, the Beachwaver (and you can read my review here.) I sat down with Potempa to talk about to talk about some of her favorite things.

WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY ADDICTION?
Fiona Stiles Color Impact Matte Lip Crayon in Love Lane

YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP?
Justin Timberlake

BIGGEST FASHION FAUX PAS?
Chunky heel clogs

DRINK OF CHOICE?
Rosé

SUM YOURSELF UP IN THREE WORDS?
Passionate, creative, hard working

CURRENTLY READING?
The girl on the Train, and I’m super excited for the movie because my client Emily Blunt is starring in it!

LAST APP YOU DOWNLOADED?
VSCO, I love using it to brighten my photos while editing

FAVORITE VACATION DESTINATION?
Thailand

YOUR GO-TO HAIR PRODUCT?
The BEACHWAVER S1 and Aussie 3 minute miracle conditioning treatment

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
Getting to travel and create interesting looks for celebrities that I love

FAVORITE FILM?
The Power of One

THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?
The Tipping Point

BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: Adam Bogucki, Hairstylist, Living Proof educator & Owner Lumination Salon

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Adam Bogucki is the hairstylist behind Lumination Salon, an intimate one-on-one setting where you not only customize your hair but the whole experience. In the beautifully decorated space, you feel more like a VIP customer in your own a private room rather than in a busy nosy salon. Bogucki is reinventing the salon experience for the everyday customer, having them leave feeling both special and pampered. I sat down with the master stylist to find out his beauty confessions.

WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY ADDICTION? Glamglow Mask

YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP? Leonardo Dicaprio

BIGGEST FASHION FAUX PAS? That time I tried guy liner. Uggs on anyone

DRINK OF CHOICE? Hoegaarden Beer

SUM YOURSELF UP IN THREE WORDS? Dedicated, passionate, thoughtful

LAST APP YOU DOWNLOADED? Calm. It's supposed to help me meditate

FAVORITE VACATION DESTINATION? Hawaii. I've been lucky to go 8 times and can't wait to go back

YOUR GO-TO HAIR PRODUCT? Living Proof and plumping mousse ($15) and nourishing oil ($38)

FAVORITE DESIGNERS? Louis Vuitton, DVF, Oscar de la Renta and Chanel

FAVORITE HAIR TREND FOR 2016? Brazilian Shag for cut and Nude for color

WHAT PAST HAIR TREND WOULD YOU LIKE TO REVIVE? It wasn't long ago, but the Jennifer Lawrence shortcut. It's my favorite cut to do.

WHO WOULD YOU LOVE TO GIVE A HAIR MAKE-OVER? Katy Perry

WHO’S YOUR HAIR MUSE? Sarah Jessica Parker

WHO’S THE MOST REQUESTED CELEBRITY HAIR? Jennifer Anniston

WHERE DO YOU GET YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM? Instagram

Lumination Salon, 3355 North Lincoln Avenue, Suite 2; 773.456.4415

BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: Barry Beck, co-founder of Bluemercury

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If you feel shopping for beauty products at a department store too pressurized and impersonal, then you need to check out Bluemercury. Started in 1999 by husband and wife entrepreneurs Barry and Marla Beck. Their concept was to create a neighborhood beauty and spa boutique that offered varied or exclusive products in a more relaxed setting. With over 130 stores nationwide the luxury retailer has been wildly successful, they’ve just opened their 7th Chicago store and plan to open seven more throughout the city. I spoke to Barry to find out his beauty confessions.

WHAT IS YOUR BEAUTY ADDICTION?
I love Molton Brown; I use their body wash every single day, it's my favorite product, it’s like a treatment in the morning, and it makes me feel better. People always think that I use ‘Black Peppercorn’ because it’s more masculine, but the truth is I use ‘Pink Pepperpod’.

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WHAT’S YOUR FAV THING ABOUT LIVING IN DC?
It is a gateway city. When you look at America you got these gateway cities; you got NY, DC, Chicago and LA. So it’s an incredible gateway city, it’s still manageable, and you're able to get around. And it still has that wonderful suburban feel to it even though it’s growing so fast. It’s an incredible city, and I love it. And I love Georgetown, where we are based, it’s so vibrant and exciting with incredible shops and restaurants, and I love being there.

WHICH CITY SPENDS THE MOST ON BEAUTY PRODUCTS?
Definitely, New York City but Number 2 is Chicago and number 3 is LA. Chicago is in front of LA!

LAST FILM YOU WATCHED?
Miss Sloane, with Jessica Chastain, great movie and you know what I loved about it the most? Her outfits. Every woman should go out right now and watch that movie just to see what she wore. The outfits were so chic, so stylish so wonderful. It might be hard to pull some of them off like the patent leather, but she was so elegant, so timeless.

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WHO WAS YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP?
Heather Locklear … and my guy crush is Leonardo DiCaprio, I love him. He’s my favorite actor in the world; he’s such a movie star. I was in a room with him once, in California we were at a party together. And he walked into the room, and you can just tell he was a true Hollywood star, love him…elegant, refined and he is a Bluemercury customer.

FAVORITE PRODUCT IN YOUR STORE?
My favorite number one product is the Power Glow Peel. I love it, especially for guys... it’s one minute, change your life, make you look better, swipe to the right, and it’s no fuss!

WHAT’S YOUR CHOICE OF DRINK?
Macallan 18, I’m a scotch guy.

FAVORITE BOOK?
The Snowball about Warren Buffett, you know why? It teaches me lessons on business and life.

Bluemercury North River Chicago store opening

Bluemercury's new North River store, 356 North Clarke Street, is now open.

BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: John Stapleton, Mac Senior Make-Up Artists

John Stapleton has been working as make-up artist for 18 years. As a senior artist for the MAC, he's traveled around the world, applying and teaching his techniques and trends. You might have seen his work on the runway, in magazine or on the red carpet. I chat to John about fall/winter’s beauty trends and working with Kelly Osbourne.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE FALL/WINTER BEAUTY TREND?
Honestly I really like the concept of the ‘beautiful and damned’, to us it’s really focusing on a black element in make-up or dark element. So to me any girl or women can add some interesting sinisterness to her make-up. Either a black liner or a really dark lip, maybe not necessarily a black lip but a lip with a wine undertone. And I think there is something really strong and arresting about that. When you think of Lorde with that dark lip that she’d done. Her make-up by Amber D, who works for MAC, actually came up with that look. To me, it’s just so powerful has a lot of strength to it.

WHAT’S EASIEST FALL TREND TO ACHIEVE?
I think the lip trend, that sort of 70s look for the lip would be easy to achieve. I think a lot of people feel that they have to go out and buy everything that’s new on a cosmetic counter. It’s really about buying additions that you can add to your beauty wardrobe. Just like when you pick up a new sweater or a new purse or a new pair of shoes. You may not buy everything because you couldn’t probably afford it, it’s expensive. So you’re changing one or two items, to me a lipstick is a great way to do that. For a red wearer, this season we’re doing something rustier so add a some brown to it, add a little bit orange to it and play with that. Remember your make-up wardrobe is a heck of a lot cheaper to change than your clothes wardrobe. Those shoes and bags they add up!

WHAT’S YOUR FAV LOOK FOR KELLY OSBOURNE?
A black liner, impeccable eyebrows and then a bold lip, it’s her signature look. The one thing I would say, as I’ve worked with Kelly for ten years, is that I always choose an outrages lip to make a statement. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again she’s a mouthy broad, and so to me her strength is in a lip, which really speaks to who she is as a person. I always like doing a bright color and Candy Yum-Yum [$17] was the lipstick I put on her once that became a hit. And she’s the one really that I credited with that being such a huge hit because she put it on, and people were like retweeting it and asking her what she was wearing.

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WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY ADDICTION?
Honestly for me, I’m going to take my advice from the Koreans and Asia, I’m a sunscreen, addict. I live in Los Angeles, I like a nice hydrating sunscreen, but I will tell you my big secret weapon, what I usually do, is I put a little of our Strobe Cream ($33) on the apple of my cheek. Because I am forty-wonderful and having a little of volume there by putting something with a little bit of sheen in it makes me look a little bit younger. It makes my skin look vibrant like I’ve just had a facial.

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WHO’S YOUR BEAUTY ICON?
I look to all the classics I love everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Dorothy Dandridge. I think the first woman any man falls in love with is their mom. My mom has always been so special to me; she’s olive dark haired, and I think so striking. And she only did a little bit of lipstick and a little bit of mascara time to time. But what’s been cool is that as time has gone on, and now she’s in her 70s, she learned technics from me, and I thought her how to enhance her beauty. I love seeing her when she has her make-up on because I hear people ask her ‘what are you wearing on your skin?’ and it makes me feel good. Because she is really very special to me and everything I test I always try it on my mom first.

WHATS THE LAST FILM YOU WATCHED?
I just saw Spy with Melissa McCarthy. It was hilarious, silly, and it made me laugh. I got to work with her before [for] Entertainment Weekly. We did a spread called ‘The New Queen of Comedy’ and I did Melissa as the Queen of England, Queen of Hearts and the Drag Queen Divine. She was so much fun to work with, she’s a gorgeous woman but what’s funny about her that I loved, she told me “I love ugly, I love characters, I love ugly wigs. I like to play so the more the better”. So I had the full range to paint her [up] to a crazy degree.

IF YOU COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE IN A MOMENTS NOTICE, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
I would go to Rio tomorrow, I’ve been there four times. I love Brazil, and I love the Brazilian culture I love the Brazilian people. Every experience I had there has been magical every time I've gone I’ve had such a wonderful time, from the beach to the boulevards to the really nice restaurants. I think it's an interesting culture that’s so rich and beautiful. There is something that attracts me everytime; I love everything about it.

YOUR TOP 3 GO TO ITEMS FOR THE FALL?
Studio Waterweight Foundation ($33) because it really does look like skin. It perfects the skin, but it still has a sheerness. You know you can see freckles a bit but if you need to hid flaws you can build it up. Can’t say enough about it, it’s gorgeous.

Then I would say going for a gray pencil, I use Phone Number pencil ($16.50). You can put it in the inside of the eye, or you can use it on the outer corner of the eye, and then smudge it with your fingers.

Lastly pick a Lipstick like Chili ($17) or Viva Glam I ($17) which are a rusty-based reds. If you have those three items in your purse, you would be set for this season.

BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: Ray Civello, Hair Guru

Interview with hair guru Ray Civello with the opening of his 3 new Chicago Salons

Ray Civello is the latest of international entrepreneurs choosing Chicago to launch their brand in the US. With a long list of celebrity clients, editorial styling credits and countless TV appearances, including Chicago’s Windy City Live, Civello is in high demand. He’s also the man behind many of Aveda’s Canadian institutions and stores as well as four Civello salons in the Toronto area. Civello is now expanding his hair empire with three Chicago salons and spas in River North, Lincoln Park and Lakeview. I had the opportunity to sit down with Civello to debunk some hair myths.

WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY ADDICTION?
New Thickening Tonic is what I currently recommend it to all of my clients and friends. It is proven to thicken hair with just one use, making it a great addition to a blowout for any hair length.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN TORONTO?
Both Toronto and Chicago have a rich tapestry of cultural diversity and I have found that I love spending time in both cities! No matter where I am, I enjoy being surrounded by architecture, art, great restaurants and sports - both cities have plenty to offer.

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WHAT DESIGNERS DO YOU WORSHIP?
I have lots of favorites including Yohji Yamamoto, Prada and Paul Smith.

WHAT’S YOUR BEST HAIR TIP?
Choose the right product for your hair type to work with your natural texture and learn how to apply it correctly from the roots to the ends. Make sure you never use too much, and if you need to use a lot to achieve the result, it is probably not the right product for you. Carefully read labels and take time to understand what works best for you and your hair. If you have curls, don’t shampoo your hair as often, but make sure to condition and moisturize daily.

Stylish hair stylist Ray Civello reveals his best hair tip

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST HAIR MYTH?
That women look better or sexier with long hair. The majority of women believe that longer hair is more attractive, but your hair length should be determined on your lifestyle and body shape. Long hair can overpower a look and is not flattering on everyone.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
Diversity. My job is different every day and takes place in different places. I get to do all kinds of things from taking portraits, cutting hair, designing salons, stores and houses. I get a tremendous amount of satisfaction in helping people feel their best.

ONE THING YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
Hearing my son’s morning greeting!

Hair cuts with Ray Civello are $250 at Civello Salon and Spa, located in River North, Lincoln Park and Lakeview.

BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: Sam & Nic, Make-up Artists, Beauty Bloggers and Vloggers

Sam & Nic Chapman the British duo behind the beauty brand Pixiwoo

Nicola (left) and Samantha Chapman (right)

Samantha and Nicola Chapman are the British duo behind beauty blog and YouTube channel phenomenon Pixiwoo. The sisters both started their careers as make-up artists working Paris and Milan fashion week as well as having editorials published in Harper’s Bazaar, Tatler, Brides and Elle –to name just a few. However, they became internet sensations after creating professional make-up tutorials to help women achieve amazing looks with ease. Now with over 1 million subscribers it wasn’t long before beauty brands came calling –including Chicago’s own, Paris Presents. Together they developed a quality cruelty-free yet affordable make-up brush line called 'Real Techniques'. It’s quickly become the number one best selling brushes in the UK and fourth in the US. I caught up with the sisters at the launch of their second line, 'Bold Metals Collection'.

Real Techniques brushes by Sam & Nic of Pixiwoo

WHAT’S YOUR FASHION ADDICTION?
SAM: Shoes and handbags. They always look great, even if you put on a few pounds.
NIC: My fashion addiction is definitely shoes. They always look good no matter how you feel.

Interviewing Sam & Nic Chapman of beauty brand Pixiwoo

YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP?
SAM: Mostly Kurt Cobain and also Johnny Depp in 21 Jump Street. Oh...and sometimes Axl Rose ☺
NIC: My male crushes were Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze from Point Break, may he rest in peace. I also have a really embarrassing one that was Hulk Hogan (holds head in shame), I don't know why I just loved him. My female crush was Paula Abdul and Madonna.

WHO’S YOUR BEAUTY ICON?
SAM: Kate Moss. I think she is a timeless beauty with unique style.
NIC: My mother.

BIGGEST MAKE-UP FAUX PAS?
SAM: Trying to achieve the nude look with brown lipstick, eyeshadow and blush.
NIC: All through school I wore the wrong color foundation of started with one 5 shades to light and moved to one 10 shades to orange.

BEST PRODUCT OR TIP FOR TACKLING DARK CIRCLES?
SAM: Cold tea bags work really well. The caffeine encourages circulation in the area.
NIC: I think to really cover dark circles well you need to use 2 concealers – one that's a little coverage with a warm tone and the other the exact color of your skin with a stronger coverage that is just applied to the very dark areas of the eye.

Fashion Junkie, Jessica Moazami interviewing Sam & Nic from Pixiwoo

YOU FEEL MOST BEAUTIFUL WHEN?
SAM: My kids tell me I look pretty.
NIC: I have a bit of a holiday tan glow.

WHICH REAL TECHNIQUES BRUSH IS YOUR FAVORITE? AND WHY?
SAM: Right now I'm obsessed with the Bold Metals 100 arched powder brush but I change my mind all the time.
NIC: This changes all the time but at the moment it’s our new sculpting brush. I love it for foundation and blusher and contour.

Real Techniques new Bold Metals Collections by Sam & Nic of Pixiwoo

FAVORITE VACATION DESTINATION?
SAM: The Maldives although I've never been there on holiday. I went there on a 3 week photo shoot once though. It's pretty idyllic.
NIC: Anywhere in the world with my husband and kids but for a short city break Rome and for a long relaxing holiday the Maldives.

Real Techniques and Bold Metals Collection are available at realtechniques.com, Ulta, Walgreens and Kohl’s.

BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: Alex Sanchez, Lancôme's National Make-up Artist

ALEX SANCHEZ, Lancôme national make-up artist

This Lancôme’s make-up artist, Alex Sanchez, has created looks for Fashion Focus and New York Fashion week, as well as getting celebrities red-carpet ready. Alex was responsible for the look behind this year’s Glamorama: Fashion In A New Light –an evening of music, fashion and philanthropy. I had an opportunity to meet Alex at the dress rehearsal and talked to him about his beauty addictions and the inspiration for this most glamorous event.

WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY ADDICTION?
Fragrances especially YSL.

WHAT’S THE MAKEUP INSPIRATION BEHIND THIS YEAR’S GLAMORAMA?
It’s all about Paris from the music and models to the clothes and make-up, the brilliance and decadence of the city of lights. The look is very beautiful glittery sexy.

Glamorama make-up look by ALEX SANCHEZ, lancôme national make-up artist

WHO WOULD YOU LOVE TO MAKEOVER?
I would have love to makeover Elizabeth Taylor.

WHAT’S YOUR BEST BEAUTY TIP?
Put on your mascara first before your eyeliner, it’ll create a stiff platform at the base of the lash. This will allow the eyeliner to glide on evenly and smoothly.

Model in make-up for Macy's Glamorama fashion in a new light

AND LASTLY ONE THING YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
Caffeine!

Glamorama proceeds benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: Chantel Miller, Senior Mac Artist

Fashion Confessions of Chantel Miller senior MAC make-up artist

This senior MAC make-up artist loves modern art, art history and re-inventing the past to make it new. They all provide her with inspiration for her work, which includes creating a look for a Broadway show and editorial shoots for Cosmopolitan and Surface magazine. Other professional highlights include working with celebrities like Steven Tyler, Cameron Diaz, Alicia Keys and Shakira.

Fashion Confessions of Chantel Miller senior MAC make-up artist

WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY ADDICTION?
My beauty addiction is the well-placed "dewy" highlight. It gives every face (including mine) the soft glow of candle-light. MAC Cosmetics ‘Cream Color Base’ in Shell ($18.50) or MAC Cosmetics ‘Strobe Liquid’ ($31) are the two "go-to products" that add the perfect amount of color and texture to the cheekbones, bridge of nose and cupid's bow.

WHAT’S YOUR FAV COLORS FOR THE SEASON?
My season’s favorites are the gypsy-chic jewel tones and rich burnt red lip colors like MAC Cosmetics lipstick in ‘Viva Glam’ ($15). It’s about saturated spice tones and sexy liner. Makeup has the spotlight this season and every girl needs a kajal-type liner like MAC Cosmetics ‘Eye Kohl’ in Smolder ($15) –the name says it all!

WHOSE MAKE-UP WOULD YOU LOVE TO DO?
One of the great things about being in this industry for 17 years is that I have been fortunate enough to work on inspiring faces every day. Take me back in the time machine and I would be hoping to get my brushes on Grace Kelly.

ONE THING YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
I simply can't live without my MAC Cosmetics Face and Body Foundation ($33). Massaging it into the skin like a moisturizer is the trick to this iconic finish. It works on every skin I touch –when I am looking for that light, airy, perfectly young and fresh skin.

WHAT’S THE MOST PRIZED POSSESSION IN YOUR CLOSET?
My most prized possession is this great belt I found at a Goodwill years ago. It is made of metal tubes and black leather and I am convinced there is not another one like it on the planet. Every time I wear it –people stop me in the street to ask about it. There is something special about knowing you scored an amazing accessory, no one else has, for a dollar!

WHO’S YOUR STYLE ICON?
Iris Apfel is my style icon. Need I say more? She embodies the spirit of the individual and her style truly embodies her fearless embrace of color.

Iris Apfel Chantel Miller senior MAC make-up artist style icon

Iris Apfel photographed by Franco Vogt

BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: Christopher Truffa, Clarins Brand Ambassador

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Having entered the beauty industry at the young age of 17, Christopher Truffa has traveled extensively throughout the world, creating an appreciation for beauty in all forms from every continent. In 2009 he joined the French beauty company, Clarins, as their Brand Ambassador focusing on skincare; helping women of all ages determine their best routine. I recently had the opportunity to meet Christopher at the Clarins fall preview event and he revealed to me his beauty confessions.

Christopher Truffa/Clarins Beauty Confessions and fashion junkie

WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY ADDICTION?
Tonic Oil

WHOSE YOUR STYLE ICON?
Jude Law

WHAT’S YOUR BEST BEAUTY TIP?
To look like you but only better by taking care of your skin.

WHO WOULD YOU LOVE TO MAKEOVER?
Drew Barrymore. She seems like she’d be lots of fun and let me do anything.

ONE THING YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
My family

BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: Olivia Inge, Model and Beauty Writer

Olivia Ing Fashion Confessions

One of my favorite British models, Olivia Inge, started her modeling career at 16. She endured her A-level studies in Somerset knowing that her holidays and half terms were to be spent being fabulous in Paris, strutting her stuff for legendary designers including Givenchy, Dior, Junya Watannabe and Alexander Mcqueen. Upon completion of her exams, she headed for the big lights of all the major fashion cities around the world. Olivia lived on and off in New York for 5 years, spent month long trips in Tokyo, shot with sharks in the Maldives for Japanese Vogue and tackled extreme corsetry with couture shows in Paris. Olivia now resides in London, her favorite city, where she continues to work as a model, writes about beauty products and treatments for Cult Beauty (an online beauty boutique) and has a hands on approach to healing the stressed souls of London through massage.

Olivia Ing Vanity Fair

WHAT’S YOUR FASHION ADDICTION?
I love Beatrix Ong and Mechante of London. Their approach to shoe design is stylish, chic and strangely comfortable, probably because those girls have the wisdom of Buddha when it comes to designing shoes. They (the shoes) are beautifully original and won't kill your feet.

WHOSE YOUR STYLE ICON?
Very hard to find anyone in this day and age who has that natural flare...I tend to look to the past. I love Marylin Monroe, Betty Page, Sophia Loren, my Great Aunt Sylvia and Liz Taylor's incredible jewelry and general fabulousness.

YOU FEEL MOST BEAUTIFUL WHEN?
When I have a slight tan, especially after coming back from somewhere hot and beautiful like the 4 Reasons Hotel in Turkey My sister and our friend Jess went there a few months ago for a much needed break. We spent most if it floating in the dreamy Aegean Sea.

BEST BEAUTY TIP YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
What we put on our skin will be absorbed into the blood stream. Steer clear of chemicals that are known to be bad like sodium lauryl sulfate, which is a harsh chemical used as a foaming agent and placed in too many shower products. Do your homework; you'll be soo grateful in the long run as will your health.

WHICH DESIGNERS DO YOU WORSHIP?
There was only one designer I would bother dropping to my knees for and that was Alexander McQueen. Sniff...sniff :'(

Olivia Ing fashion shoot

Photographer: Constantinos Tsiliacos

I had the privilege of working with Olivia when I was living in London, above is a photo from our shoot.