Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Business of Modeling: Money, Money, Money

“Coco Rocha, a model who has a management and ownership stake in Nomad Mgmt Modeling Agency and has served as brand director, works with models to help them develop strategies for their careers. She spoke to WWD about the lack of financial transparency in the modeling industry.

The bottom line? Models needs to read their contracts carefully and take the time to understand what they are signing.”  Lisa Lockwood, WWD

The business of modeling is just that: a business.  Supermodel Coco Rocha has evolved her career into sharing her expertise with new models both in front of the camera and on the business side of a model’s career. Her Coco Rocha Model Camp not only teaches models how to pose and model creatively, she also shares her knowledge of the enormous role social media now plays in a modeling today, and how to treat a modeling career as a business.  Agencies all over the world have had decades of developing a system by which a model is never fully aware of her earnings, debts to the agency for expenses, claimable taxes, or what the model’s rights and responsibilities truly are.  It is intentional and often models are made to feel that it will affect their work prospects if they ask for clear accounting on a regular basis, and in most cases the only explanation of accounting is in the initial contract a model signs when they agree to representation by an agency.  The onus falls on the model, often a teenager, to either agree to how the system operates, or to step back and reconsider working with the agency.  It isn’t right and without the industry taking a strong stand on clear accounting practices, it is up to the model to be informed, educated, and where possible well-advised by an independent accountant or lawyer. Getting paid for work and having receipts for expenses is tougher than you think in modeling, not to mention having everything needed for tax preparation.  No one, including legendary supermodels has escaped this complicated system unscathed, and Coco is seeking to inform models by explaining how it currently works and how to protect themselves as best they can.  In many cases agencies are not the cause of a delay in payment but a client that has not paid the agency.  Agencies bill on behalf of the model and often spend time and resources chasing payment themselves.  Of course this delay is past along to the model. Modeling is a business and being just a beautiful, talented model in front of the camera isn’t enough. Coco answers questions about financial responsibility, both on the side of the agent and model, and gives advice for managing this aspect of a model's career in her interview with Lisa Lockwood for WWD:

                                                                XOXO  Shelley

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Top 10 Brow Products For 2019

Eyebrows are in big time. The bigger the better, but rather than eyebrows that give an expression of shock and horror (the 80’s brows brushed straight upwards), this year’s brows are full while still controlled.  I have a friend with alopecia areata and her eyebrows are almost non-existent, which is hard for her since she always had the most amazing brows, dark, full, with a natural arch.  She has become an expert in brow products and has shared a list of her current fav’s and why she likes each product.  

“There are shades to match most hair colors so choose a good match as anything else will stand out and be obvious.  Take your time and be precise - this is not the part of your makeup routine where you want to rush.  Use a cotton swab with makeup remover to clean up edges if necessary.  Choose the right product for the results you want, such as a natural look versus a more defined and dramatic brow look.  Use a clean spooley brush before applying any product to get the hairs going in the direction you want, and then after you use products if you need to tidy them up.  Look for a product that has staying power so it doesn’t rub or sweat off during the day, and bring along your favorite product for touch-ups if needed.”

Clear Gel: Givenchy Mister Brow Fix Mascara in Transparent:  the curved wand brush reaches all the hairs evenly.  The clear gel formula locks the hairs into place without any sticky residue.

Sculpt: Covergirl Easy Breezy Brow Sculpt + Set Pomade:  use the angled brush to apply the pomade along your brows for definition and drama.

Waterproof: Stila All Day Waterproof Brow Color:  easily apply color using its fine tip marker. The waterproof formula won’t budge until you remove it.

Quick Fix: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer:  the angled-tipped pencil outlines and fills in brows.  Use the spooley brush to blend.

Fullness:  Glossier Boy Brow:  this waxy formula with color adds fullness and depth to your brows.  

Nourish:  Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows  Eyebrow Gel:  the vitamin E enriched formula nourishes while wax holds the brows neatly in place.

Sweat-Resistant:  L’Oreal Paris Unbelieva-Brow Tinted Brow Make-Up:  use the wand to fill in brows and shape with the angled brush.  This long-wear formula is sweat-resistant and won’t transfer.

Precision:  NYX Precise Micro Pen:  use the ultra-fine tip to draw on individual hairs to fill in bald or sparse spots on your brows.  

Marker Tip:  L’Oreal Paris Micro Tattoo Brow Artist:   the angled tip has four prongs that draw on individual hairs in an even pattern that won’t rub off all day.

Overall Achiever:  NYX Tinted Brow Mascara:  this versatile product tints and holds brows quickly and easily in place with a color matching tint.  

                                                                   XOXO Shelley

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Covered: This Winter’s Best Coats You’ll See Everywhere That Won’t Break The Bank

It might seem a little bit early, but it is time to start thinking about winter coats and jackets.  When the wind starts howling and the snow flying it is so tempting to just wear the warmest thing you can find, fashion be damned.  That sometimes means stealing one of my husband’s coats that is so huge I can pile loads of sweaters underneath, or trying to get away with wearing my alpine parka over a dress because it is the warmest thing I have and I hate being cold.  This year I have decided to start early and find some coats that aren’t budget busters, inspired by the runways and fashion editorials, looking for styles that are classic enough to last several years.

Sleek and sumptuous velvet:  This black velvet quilted coat is as luxurious as it looks, and will be perfect with leather pants or skirts, lace, or metallic looks for going out. 

Plush faux shearling: this long faux shearling coat is equal parts classic and fresh.  It's like taking your favorite throw out for a walk. Cuddle up! 

Cocooning duvet to go: what could be more indulgent than taking your warm duvet with you? It's the perfect excuse to stay in bed on the coldest of days.  I'm going for a bright color for a fashion edge that will be just as chic as it is cozy. 

Luxe faux fur:  fur has a new image and it is so fake!  There are a myriad of styles and textures of faux fur coats and jackets now, and the options are limitless.  I am in love with this emerald green jewel-toned beauty that is rich and luscious. The hood is the icing on the cake.  

Forever classic: you can never be wrong with a classic belted wool coat in camel.  Stars and celebrities of the past and present know the power of the winter version of a style-staple trench coat.  Pure chic. Period. 

Puffed up:  an oversized puffer coat with a high neck says bring it on. This style's metallic grey color takes it up a notch making it versatile and sporty.  No need to borrow from the boy's.  

I’ve always wanted to winter coat wardrobe and this year with a little planning, it is totally feasible.  This way I’ll always have the right option for whatever I am wearing, and I will be warm - actually warm.  No more freezing myself wearing an inappropriate coat just because it looks good with my outfit.  Seriously though, suffering for the sake of fashion is so yesterday.  

                                                              XOXO Shelley

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Beauty for All: Five Rule-Breaker Indie Brands Helping To Redefine the Beauty Industry

I love discovering new indie beauty brands and this year has seen so many hit the market with everything from comprehensive skincare collections to new makeup formulations.  The new launches on my radar take a stand, whether it is their inclusivity of all skin types and colors, to those that are eco-conscious, to brands that don’t break the budget while delivering amazing results. These brands stand up against traditional beauty companies by creating judgement-free zones that have no hard fast rules about what constitutes “beauty”.  They are ageless, inclusive of all skin tones, and have a great range of colors, formulas and treatments like their traditional counterparts.  Spend what you want to spend, look like you want to look.  You define you, and on your own terms. Exactly how it should be:

FLORENCE BY MILLS:  Hollywood darling Millie Bobby Brown created her own beauty line after spending countless hours in makeup chairs working with the top artists in the business.  Her number one focus was to create a brand that promoted a positive image of beauty that was for everyone, defying typical standards and was simple and fun to use.  Gen-Z-focused, the clean beauty line is free of parabens, sulfates and dyes, and is not tested on animals or containing any animal by-products.  The good stuff: vitamins, antioxidants, and botanicals means it has a lot of what your skin needs and none of what it doesn’t, wrapped up in feel-good/look good products. 

BELEI:  With a name that combines “beauty” and “believe”, Amazon’s first exclusive skincare line comprises 12 products that are formulated for all skin types to address fine lines, acne, dark spots, dullness, and dehydration, with retinal, vitamin C serum, hyaluronic acid, charcoal masks, micellar water cleansers, and an effective acne treatment. Without the overhead of large-scale marketing and advertising, Belei relies on product reviews and the reviews are positive.  The good stuff:  no parabens, suflates, phthalates, or fragrance, and not tested on animals.  Bonus: every product is under $40.00 US.    

HAUS LABORATORIES:  It is official:  the queen of transformation Lady Gaga has created a makeup collection that is truly universal.  No matter how you identify, Gaga knows firsthand the power of transformation, which compelled her to develop a brand that was inclusive, theatrical, defiant, and exciting, to help people to become their own creation, their own superhero, to design their look for the world to see them as they want to be seen.  The good stuff: pigment rich, precise formulations are a makeup-lover’s playground.

CARMINDY BEAUTY:  Celeb makeup artist Carmindy created her line after ten years starring on TLC’s “What Not To Wear”, and working for such magazines as Elle, Marie Claire, Essence, and Glamour.  Her goal was to instill confidence with an anxiety-free, simplified beauty system that would create a glowing complexion enhanced by ultra-flattering makeup shades for women of all ages, colors, and skin types.  The good stuff:  her Carmindizing Skin System and 5 Minute Face System are easy to use and guarantee a gorgeous look in no time flat, at a reasonable price. Sold exclusively on QVC.

CUPID & PSYCHE BEAUTY:  Animal lover and environmentalist Tracy Toler-Phillips is a fashion photographer on a mission.  Her goal was to create a beauty line that was eco-conscious while packing a pigment punch of red-carpet-ready colors.  Her lipstick line is bee-friendly, cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, and formulated with organic oils, shea butter, coconut, grape seed, avocado and jojoba oils.  The good stuff:  a percentage of all sales is donated to non-profits saving bees and wildlife.  

Indie brands that represent the true faces of the world, who consider the consequences of what we put on our skin, who care about the impact of beauty products and packaging on the environment, who simplify beauty while enhancing it, are brands I can get behind.  

                                                             XOXO Shelley

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