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Erin's Faces and IntenSati this Wed!

Jolynn Baca

You guys!  I get to meet with the amazing Jolynn Baca, intenSati guru, and her group of ladies to introduce them to the natural and organic aspects of Erin's Faces after the workout session - so fun!

Here's Joylnn's definition of intenSati - "A TRANSFORMATIONAL WORKOUT THAT WILL MOTIVATE YOU TO LIVE A LIFE YOU WANT IN A BODY YOU LOVE NOW!  Train your  body, mind and spirit with this powerfully invigorating practice.  intenSati combines empowering affirmations with interval training, martial arts, dance and yoga. You will leave class feeling stronger, uplifted and inspired. Burn 800 calories in each session!

What's special about our Wednesday morning class?  Class is open to everyone but we make it especially easy for moms by offering on-site childcare from the professionals at Lucky Lil' Darlings.  (24-hour advance RSVP required) We also feature monthly "Mommy Talks" on relevant topics such as prenatal nutrition, acupuncture for fertility and this month it's YOU, Erin! "(Aw, shucks :), thanks Jolynn!).

Want to come?  Sounds awesome, right?!  It's this Wed (every Wed actually!) at Ripley Grier Studios (72 W. 72nd St, Studio 3F) at 9:15.

To see Jolynn's blog click HERE


Fashion Week with Tracy Reese

Last week was Fashion Week which meant lots of people in black were running around Lincoln Center and the Starbucks next to the Empire Hotel (across the street) made their annual income in a matter of days. 

I got to do the Tracy Reese show with Mally Roncal, makeup artist to the stars, and her super fun team and here's how it went!:

So all of the models/makeup/hair/PR people enter the venue from the back where it is WAY less glitzy than it is in the front.  You wait next to a long black ramp until your makeup/hair area is cleared from the show before and then they let you in and you scrunch in next to one another at a long table with clip lights and mirrors running along the backside.  

Pretty Hair 

TRESsame Celebrity Stylist, Jeanie Syfu starting in on a model
Mally showed us the look which was really pretty - she said her inspiration was Tracy Reese herself - someone who was feminine but tough at the same time.  Mally wanted to forgo a red lip or a smoky eye and instead chose a really clean face, soft pinky brown juicy lip and a pop of color on the eye with a thick winged liner in either electric blue, jade or purple.  

We used these items from Mally Beauty to complete the look:
Eye Base and powdered lid with the SkinFinisher
Either Caribbean Sea, Plum or Ice Blue Eyeliner
Volumizing Mascara - 2 coats on top, brushed lightly on bottom
Brow Pencils in Rich, Brunette or Blonde
Brow Gel
Poreless Primer
Ultimate Performance Professional Foundation
Cancellation Conditioning Concealer
Skin Finisher
Effortless Airbrush in Peach - gold used HEAVILY on cheekbones to lift them (we used our fingers to get a heavier deposit) and a little bit on the tip of the nose; Peach blush right under highlight and up around eyebrow - not the usual Mally apples-of-the-cheek situation
Bronze Genius in Tan or Rich - along hairline, contouring cheeks, along jawline - all really soft
Lip Magnifier in Cafe

Mally with her model
The only bummer, for the makeup girls and boys only, were the huge sunglasses (that were perfectly lovely but totally covered up our pretty winged liner :)) that most of the girls donned for the runway.  But here are some pictures of girls who looked awesome, with or without shades ~

And, lest Fashion Week ever sound too glamorous, check out the row of porta-potties in the tents that everyone from the lowest camera man to the fanciest model and designer uses - just keeping it real folks :).

I just got back from Texas - Erin's Faces Product Parties in Ft. Worth and Houston were awesome and I can't wait to tell you all about it!


Ollie and Boo Winner!

We had a winner with the Ollie and Boo giveaway!  So sorry I'm belated with letting you know but I ran the numbers through www.random.org and Aida was our winner - yay Aida!!  Kelly will be sending the Boho Necklace this week.

Remember that you can still get free shipping through the Ollie and Boo Etsy Shop with the code EFfreeship through the end of the month!


Fun Interview

Hi all :)

The lovely and talented makeup artist, Miss Lindsey Jones, did an interview with me for her awesome blog  and I wanted to share it with you - thanks Lindsey!

Meet the makeup artist: Erin Williams

Q. How do you know Makeup Artist Lindsey Jones?
A. Lindsey had left some sweet comments on a couple of posts on my blog and then I subscribed to hers (beautiful images!) and then she reached out with an interview.

Q. What lip gloss/ color is in your purse right now?
A. I am a big SPF girl for the lips!  I really like  Super Balm SPF 15 from my own line, Erin’s Faces, in Sweetie because it is a sheer pink shade with sun protection. I’m also in love with Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25. It’s great because it is Mineral Oil and Petroleum free which is rare in a clear lipbalm. They have lots of flavors but I really like the Mint and the Grapefruit.

Q. How long have you been a makeup artist and what type of work do you do?
A. Oh goodness, I started 13 years ago doing wedding portraits in Texas. Then I moved here and my first job was at the Urban Decay counter at Bloomingdale’s. I learned a LOT there and started freelancing for other retail makeup and skincare companies.
Then I started doing Fashion Week and getting booked to assist people on editorial/advertising/TV shoots and eventually started keying my own shoots and doing some red carpet work. I currently keep up with that as well as doing quite a bit of wedding work, at-home makeup lessons and teaching classes here in the city.

Q. Who or what do you look to for inspiration and why?
A. Honestly I look to nature a lot – the colors in a sunset, the shades of flowers. I also love looking at children who look beautiful with no makeup at all because their cheeks are pink from running, their lips are red from popsicles and their eyes shine with joy – who doesn’t want to look like that?! I feel like we’re all trying to capture that fresh, effortless look and if you look at pictures of yourself when you were little you see that you had it. And you still can, you just need to know what to do.

Q. What project are you most proud of any why?
A. By far I am most proud of launching my own makeup and skincare line, Erin’s Faces. It was a real labor of love. Developing the line took months of using friends and family members as guinea pigs to try out all sorts of skincare concoctions. We all settled in on an effective group of paraben, mineral oil and petroleum-free skincare items that WORKED. The makeup line is made of primarily mineral makeup but the difference is that the eyeshadows and blushes are pressed instead of loose and the foundation and tinted moisturizer are liquids instead of loose powders. And the brushes are crazy soft and work really beautifully.
All of the work I did on Project Runway, The Today Show, QVC, doing ads with Kodak and Tressame – led to knowing what products would be the most flattering and the most healthy for women to use on a daily basis. As a result, Erin’s Faces is pretty much all I use in my kit these days. The women I work on are really happy with the results, which is the most important thing!

Q. What are your favorite false lashes?
A. Duralash Knot-Free Flares – in Short, Medium and Long – I am obsessed with them and use little else with Duo Waterproof glue – they’re THE most natural looking lashes you can get because they’re knot free. I like using the Shorts on the inner half and Mediums on the outer half – very rarely do you use a Long because they are CRAZY long! If I am doing something where we need a full strip I like to go to Alcone and use the lashes they have there – I think they’re their own brand.

Q. What is your best kept makeup artist secret?
A. Contouring is your best friend – it defines your cheekbones like nothing else – you just make a “fish face” and then use a matte powder that’s about 4 shades darker than your skintone and follow that line. If you get too much color or too much of a “stripe” then soften it by buffing with an empty powder brush.

QUICK TIP: Using a shimmery gold powder on the inner corners of your eyes makes you look like you got 8 hours of sleep – it brightens your eyes and makes them literally appear bigger.
SKINCARE: I am totally obsessed with my Erin’s Faces Organic Clarifying Serum. I break out really easily and I have found that it’s a real challenge to find something that is both anti-acne and anti-aging and that product addresses both concerns.
I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT: Mally’s Volumizing Mascara – it is my favorite!!
LATELY I’M LOVING: The Sultra Bombshell 1″ curling iron which has nothing to do with makeup but I’m kind of obsessed with the beachy waves it gives me!


Necklace Giveaway from Ollie and Boo!

Isn't this necklace pretty?!  I LOVE IT!!

People, I have an AWESOME giveaway - I was going to write about some of my favorite things and the Boho Chain from Ollie and Boo was going to be one of them.  I reached out to the designer/creator of the line, Kelly Mealia, to make sure I had all of the particulars correct and you guys - she is giving one away to my readers!!! It is seriously my favorite necklace right now - it's 14K gold vermeil plating on the leaves with leather cording and it goes with EVERYTHING and you will get TONS of compliments on it.  It classes up any outfit but still has a touch of whimsy - I love mine and know that you'll love Kelly's whole line!  
AND, bonus, she's giving free shipping to my peeps - 
just use the code EFfreeship in their Etsy shop through February 29.

For one entry: "Like" the Ollie & Boo Facebook Page and leave me a comment below letting me know you did.

For a second chance to win: "Like" Kelly's amazing blog, Everyday Darling and leave me a comment below letting me know you did that too!

Entries only open to subscribers of Erin's Faces Blog.

The giveaway will be open through Thursday, February 16, 2012 at midnight EST and is open only to readers over the age of 18 and those living in the lower 48 states.  A winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday, February 17, 2012.  Good luck!!