Throwback Thursday: Dîner en Blanc’s

François Pasquier had no idea that back in ’88 his Dîner en Blanc (Dinner in White) would become an international summertime phenomenon.  25 years ago François wanted to reunite with some of his amis (friends) with a picnic in Paris and requested that they all dress in white to easily identify one another.  Here we are in 2013 and the reunions of amis in white have expanded to Singapore, Mexico City, Montréal, Haiti, New York, Brisbane, Barcelona, Kigali…yea, all over.  And tonight, for the second year, Philly is joining the fun.  The plan for guests is byob (b for baguettes), byowine, byocheese, byotables, byochairs and wait for instructions to the secret location.  Where will it be?  I haven’t the faintest!  But I will gladly report back tomorrow with full details.  In the meantime, watch the video below to see le Dîner en Blanc in its earlier days and how much it’s grown to date!

Another Beauty Moment: Fab Philly Salon

Technically our “Beauty Week” is over but we couldn’t let it go without mentioning one of our new favorite beauty parlors, Headhouse Salon.  It’s a hip, loft-style spot tucked away in the South Philly neighborhood; a true hidden gem.  Onyx went in to test their hair/makeup skills and left glammed out.  Both services were perfecto!  And the experience itself was top-notch from start to finish.  They spoiled us with cake truffles, (special) lemonade, a swag bag and a fun staff that we’d visit again just for the laughs.  If you’re ever in the Philadelphia area and in need of a beauty touch-up, Headhouse would be a wise choice ;-).  You’ll feel like you’re in a modern-day episode of “Cheers”.

Sweet Treats
Truffles & Lemonade

Blogger, Jessie Holeva, arranging the gifts.
Goodie BagMAC or Dior Lips?
ShadesThe staff.
Party @ Headhouse

Banter & Blow Drying
Chris WashingBOOM.
Onyx After

Visist http://www.headhousesalonphilly.com for more info!

TBT: One of Global Lipstick’s First Posts

Quite fitting for a week of beauty!!

A little collection of things that make ya go “ooooow” that just happen to be accentuated with lipstick.

3 Blind Hues
3 Blind Hues
Beauty Portrait
Golden & Rouge
piggy.jpg
This Little Piggy Went Posh
Wall of Prague
Prague’s Best Work
emeli-sande
Scottish Vocal Genie, Emeli Sandé

Emilie Gomis Ballin'

Olympian Slash French Goddess, Emelie Gomis
Equestrians
Thai Equestrians
Swiss Dolls
Swiss Dolls
Tvana
Croatian Artistry
London Fog
Shine in the London Rain
King B
And what?
Metallic
Heavy Metal!
India
Draped in Regality

 I do not own the rights to any images…except the Prague pic 😉

Beauty Week: Passport to Beauty

Beauty is one of those words that is truly universal.  No matter the translation or interpretation, it’s understood and appreciated.  Author and beauty expert, Shalini Vhadera wrote the book, Passport to Beauty, for us all to release our inner “Global Goddess”.  In it, she reveals beauty secrets of women around the world.  Conveniently, they can all be done in your own kitchen.

  1. In Greece, women (aka original goddesses) grind the pits of their famous olives, add them to olive oil and use the mix as a full body scrub to cleanse and remove dead skin.
  2. Japanese use sake (when they’re not throwing it back ;-)) to exfoliate and to fade dark spots.  They also take the line “drink your bathwater” to another level, adding it to their tub time as a way to detox the body.
  3. Here in the US, Georgia peaches rub their state fruit (high in vitamin C) on their faces to give their skin a youthful glow.  So that’s Nene’s secret….?
  4. The chicas in Chile rejuvenate with a grape and flour mask on their face and/or body.
  5. Indian spices go a long way.  One of their secrets is a mix tamarack and yogurt to prevent stretch marks.  Perfect for all the mamas-to-be.
  6. The mujeres in Mexico keep their hands intact by mixing lemon juice with sugar and scrubbing away.  I guess an alternative would be dabbing a little lemonade in any problem areas hehe.

Effective, quick and simple secrets.  All sound like winners to me.  For more, start trekking around the globe to search and discover….or just get your copy of Passport to Beauty

Beauty Week: Interview with Makeup Artist, Alexandra Butler

We here at Global Lipstick believe that culture is cool….hues are too!  We love to see women owning it, workin’ it, and doing it OVER THE WORLD!!!  One of the most basic ways to accomplish all of the above is to have the confidence to get it done. CONFIDENCE IS KEY. Period.  Makeup artist/teacher Alexandra “Alex” Butler gives women the flawless look they need to face the world.  Her artistry has been seen on VH1, Bravo, Us Weekly, numerous brides and more.  Most recently, she has taken her expertise on tour with her class, “A Beautiful Face: Makeup 101”.  She’s sharing her skills with friends and fans in nine cities across the US (upcoming dates HERE).  We talked to her about her life in the  of concealing and confidence-boosting and here is what she had to say.

GL: How did you discover your love of makeup?

Alex: As a kid, I was always into the arts. I was an artistic child. As I got older, I started to pay more attention to fashion. I would watch reality shows where they would take someone, and transform them into somebody else. I saw how it made women feel, and how the transformation was just phenomenal. I said to myself, “I could get into something like that.”

GL: Do you have any formal training?

Alex: Nope.

GL: Who are some people you look up to or who’s work you admire?

Alex: Up and coming artist. To me, the artists on Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook give me a lot of inspiration. As an artist, sometimes you fall into a rut. The girls online are willing to try different things. Seeing them helps you refresh your skills.

GL: What’s you best and worst makeover story?

Alex: My best and worst makeover story are about the same client being the best and the worst at the same damn time! A young lady had some acne scarring, blemishes, and spots on her face (like we all do). I just saw her as another beautiful canvas I was going to enhance. I took her before and after picture, and posted it on Instagram. Somehow, the picture got into the hands of a lot of people. Some other makeup artists were calling the picture theirs (which lead me from then on to water mark all my photos). People were saying the picture was photoshopped, saying it was two different people, calling me a witch doing witchcraft; they were goin in! That was the worst. What made it the best was that from it, so many of the right people saw it. It allowed them to see the extent of what I can do as an artist. Many doors got opened from that photo.

GL: Who are some celebritites you’ve worked with?

Alex: I’ve worked with Da Brat, Sommore, Pheadra Parks (of The Real Housewives of Atlanta), Tameka Raymond (Usher’s ex-wife), the ladies of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, and some others.

GL: You live in Atlanta. What brought you there?

Alex: Well, I’m from St. Louis. I love my hometown, but I’ve always wanted to live here.

GL: What are some of your other favorite places?

Alex: I love Miami, because it’s ALWAYS a good time! I love Chicago and NY.  I travel doing my makeup classes. I don’t really get to spend a lot of time seeing the city. However, all the people in the classes in the various cities receive me very well.

GL: Are there any makeup trends you follow?

Alex: My main trend will always be skin! I want everyone’s skin to look flawless. Any client that has been in my care, when they walk away, their skin is going to look dope. That’s a trend that will never go dead.

GL: Can you share your future plans? I want to have my own academy or institute. I want something like a Paul Mitchell School. I want artists to come to not only learn to do makeup, but also how to properly pack a kit, what to have on their resume/portfolio, how to act on set- just everything you need to be in this world of chaos and makeup 🙂

Check out some of her beauties below:

Rasheeda Frost on the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Reunion episode:

Phaedra Parks of Real Housewives of Atlanta in Us Weekly:

Photo courtesy of Us Weekly/Robert Ector

Karlie Redd:

Tamkeka Foster:

Beautiful Bride:

Skills & Hues!

Flashback Friday: My First Love

Happy birthday to the songstress that rocked me to sleep from age five!  My dear, Whitney Houston, would have been 50 years old today.  I remember putting on Whitney concerts and wishing I was one of her little backup dancers.  My favorite piece was “All the Man That I Need”.  I even sang it with some friends while abroad.  In my head, Whit and I had some good times.  An international superstar, icon and role model (no matter what others may say!!).  She added to my fun as a youngster, so here’s a look at her early years, beautiful and contagious smile included!

Photo: LIFE Books

Photo:  Kasdan Pictures/Tig Productions

Photo: Jack Mitchell

Seventeen Magazine

Photo: Andrea Blanch

Debut Album Cover

Photo: LIFE Books

And IIIIIIIIIIIIIII…….

Carnaval de Barbados – El Día Kadooment

El Festival Crop Over de Barbados se ha acabado :-(.  Pero terminó con mucha diversión.  Eso es el concepto del Día Gran Kadooment!  Es su gran final, que tiene lugar anualmente el primer lunes de Agosto.  Bad Gal RiRi (Rihanna) asistió y festejó como una nativa verdadera de Barbados.  Los isleños lo hacen mejor!  Mira.

Foto: Curtis Means/ACE

Rihanna

Foto: Nation News

Foto: BajanTube

No más fiesta 😦

Barbados Carnival – Kadooment Day

Barbados’ Crop Over Festival has come to an end :-(.  But it did so with a bang.  That’s the nature of Grand Kadooment Day!  It’s their big finale, held annually on the first Monday in August.  Bad Gal RiRi of course was present and partying in true Bajan fashion.  Islanders do it best!  Look and see.

Photo: Curtis Means/ACE

Rihanna

Photo: Nation News

Photos: BajanTube

The Party Dun!