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Woody Allen’s 44th full-fledged directorial venture brings us to Blue Jasmine, the unofficial modern day adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire. Cate Blanchett plays Jasmine here mirroring the enigmatic charms of Blanche Du Bois from Tennessee William’s legendary play. As the deluded, past-her-pomp socialite who runs bankrupt after the end of her conjugal bliss and her husband, Hal’s (Alec Baldwin) suicide, both coinciding, a troubled Jasmine goes to San Francisco to stay with her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) in hopes of recouping her identity and perhaps starting a new life…

A basic story told in a simplistic style, Woody Allen contrasts sequences from Jasmine’s life as the tip-top socialite in New York, wife to a philandering financial expert, to her present life under the influence of anxiety, panic attacks, and derangements. The sequences of Jasmine’s much decorated social life from her past juxtapose on…

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My favorite makeup products used on HBOs new series “Looking” out in January 2014. I can’t name them all but you’ll recognize a few !



Malin &Goetz Vitamin e shaving cream : If you must shave with a razor in the trailer this product helps make the process go smoother.


My Favorite Barber stocks all you need for grooming men. A Favorite is beard oil & Mustache Wax!


La Mer Hydrate Lotion& La Mer toner. One hydrate the skin like a drink of water. The toner balances the skin tone. I used the Toner after any shaves straight razor or electric.

Proactiv Blemish control , Body Cleansers, Oil free moisturizers, and shave products a must have! Also a favorite is Proactiv pressed powders in Medium/ Medium Dark. Gives the skin tone a healthy glow without a powder look.

A new find that will be on the have to have list is Principle Secrets Blemish control products. Use over and under makeup to seal&heal all woes.

SKII gives makeup new life throughout the day!

Murad acne concealer stick! I can’t work without this product! Covers blemish at the same time acting as a concealer.





This shop is fantastic. Everything you will need for keeping a well groomed man. That said there are plenty of products for women to use also! One of the items you’ll use in a makeup trailer is Moustache Wax. Often men will need their facial hair to lay down flatter to look good on camera. To get that perfect groomed look or even the sexy messy approach try the following products.

Check them out. A few of my favorites are:

Valobra Shave Stick

Dr Dittmar Hungarian Beard Wax

Prospector Co. Burroughs Beard Oil

Stern Moustache Wax

Gold Dachs Moustache comb brush

Redecker neck brush

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Cosmetic companies often use unusual ingredients for their anti-aging face creams. Women and men will try just about anything to have that perfect epidermis! The list of ingredients read like the contents of a biology lab. Chinese companies boast of products containing bee mucus while a British firm touts a product using snake venom.That’s just a few of the list of questionable or exotic ingredients in cosmetics.
The use of biological ingredients is nothing new. Mankind has been using insects, animals,plants and reptiles in cosmetics for hundreds of years.

French and South American snail farmers claim snail slime has properties that soften rough textures of the skin. Korea’s Seoul is at the forefront promoting snail guts. Snails are fed red ginseng for ultimate quality. Tokyo has one of the first live snail facials! Snail slime/ Serum is said to repair the skin that also addresses acne.

One cosmetic company claims that snake venom can tighten skin and smooth wrinkles. But it’s not from a live snake but a synthetic compound copied from real snake venom. If you do hear a cosmetic brand with snake venom as an ingredient makes comparisons to Botox be aware Botox is not made from snake venom.

Another unusual cosmetic product claims that bee mucus will help freshen and rejuvenate the skin. This ingredient is basically the product from what bees have regurgitated. Another word used is “propolis” a mixture of bee secretions, resins, and beeswax.

Like anything in cosmetics it would be up to an individual to decide what would work best for them and how much you are willing to pluck down for beauty. The FDA reminds us that plants, insects and other forms of life found in nature even grown or raised organically can contain toxic substances. Plants especially can cause allergic reactions.

It comes down to cosmetic companies taking legal responsibility to ensure their products are safe for the consumer. Even if it’s from slime!

For more information go to:
FDA Poisonous Plant Database

Article from /makeup/Gretchen Davis



photo Cate and Woodynwtxl crew


Cate Blanchett and the supporting cast created something very special. Listening to lines being read as the scenes played out was a humbling experience.Makeup and hair teams from both San Francisco and New York had an intricate role with creating a “look” that evokes an emotional response from the audience. Makeup for film and television isn’t about fluffing and puffing. You help to create the movie experience.