The second half of the Beauty Wellness Wisdom event was a melange of tips and treatments from some of the leaders in the holistic beauty industry. I caught some of these visionary entrepreneurs speaking in the second session and spent the remainder of the afternoon doing what I do best…learning about products. First to speak was someone who I’ve read a lot about (here, here and here) and admire greatly: Dr. Pratima Raichur. She explained her approach on ayurvedic skincare and preached about how external beauty is a true reflection of what is going on internally. The note she finished her speech on that still rings in my mind when looking for a new product was “if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.” Obviously not to be taken in the most literal sense, but if you aren’t comfortable enough with the ingredients in a product to ingest it, why would you apply it to your largest organ? I was hoping to be able to have a private consultation with Dr. Pratima but she was completely booked. I plan on making a visit to her spa for a treatment and to restock on my new favorite sunscreen.
What followed was one of the biggest highlights of my day. I had the pleasure of getting a makeover with Rose Marie Swift, makeup artist to Miranda Kerr, Gisele and many others and the genius behind Kerry and I’s obsession – RMS Beauty. I have been a huge fan and follower of Rose Marie for quite some time and was elated that I was able to spend some one-on-one time with her. She was quirky, kind and enthusiastically knowledgeable about all things makeup and green living. When I first sat in her chair she informed me in the nicest way possible that I was applying my bronzer/blush like a 1980s midwest flight attendant. She continued by showing me step by step how to apply her cult classics: uncoverup, lip to cheek, living luminizer and buriti bronzer to give myself a subtle and natural lift. First by starting with the uncoverup as a sheer, lighter foundation and under my eyes. Followed by the buriti bronzer “applied directly underneath the cheekbones starting in line at the outer crease of the eye and out and fanning upwards softly to create a contoured look.” Then the lip to cheek applied right on the apple of the cheeks and to absolutely not fan it outwards…as I was mistakenly doing before. And finally the living luminizer along the brow bones, along the bridge of the nose, at the highest points of the cheeks and the v of your lips to get the coveted glow. I highly recommend all of these products as I use them every day and love the way they look and feel. I find a lot of comfort in knowing that they are actually helping my skin as I wear them. (The main ingredient in the entire line is coconut oil – which I’ve expressed my feelings about in depth.)
I could easily pretend that after this day filled with an abundance of wisdom, holistic living principles and reflective exercises I turned into a completely green, calm and healthy yogi but that would be a lie…I had a donut and a green juice simultaneously the other morning while blasting Partition on the subway. But what stuck with me from this experience was the general concept of taking care of myself on all levels – physically, mentally and spiritually. You only have one body (and I was even given a few more inches than most) to look after…so do what you can, when you can, with your own best interest in mind.