Winter Favorites

Winter Favorites

This winter, my skin has been struggling with dryness and irritation. I needed to change my skin care routine because my skin had accustomed to my old products, and was no longer responding well. This tends to happen after a while and is completely normal. That's why it's important to change things up. These are the products that helped me (and my skin) survive the winter so far.

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Fashion Stylist Shakira Elliott

Fashion Stylist Shakira Elliott

Bold and beautiful. Meet Shakira Elliott the newest Jungler across the Atlantic to join the ranks of Polyglamorous.

Shakira is a London based talented stylist offering services to private and professional clients. She works in television, and styles for photography and video shoots. She is also a fashion consultant on music tours, and offers everything from wardrobe management to assisted styling and personal shopping! Shakira has also styled celebrities such as Avicii, One Republic, and Tyger Drew Honey.

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From Monogamy to Polyamory

From Monogamy to Polyamory

What I appreciate about polyamory the most is its flexibility and its emphasis on communication, understanding, honesty, and emotional intelligence. You make your own rules. You stick to them, but you may change them as you need or as your circumstances evolve. You talk about everything with your partner(s).

Nowadays I like entering new relationships that are already open because I learned how to orient myself in an open/poly environment, I know what to expect, and I understand jealousy. However I believe there is something really interesting about starting out in a monogamous relationship and opening it up after a while.

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Back To School Beauty

This is the last part of the "Back to School" series: and a very important one. Sitting at school all day is exhausting and certainly very dehydrating for our body and skin. I don't like to buy packaged water, I always bring my own water bottle and refill it multiple times a day. From the outside, I like to hydrate with Josie Maran Infinity Cream infused with argan oil, which I find to be a miracle ingredient! Argan oil may be used for skin and hair, and it perfectly balances out moisture levels. Most of Josie Maran's products contain argan oil– so does the Argan Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick"- which is a color-tinted lipstick in the middle enveloped by a moisturizing argan oil lip treatment. With this product, you get  a little bit of a color with a moisturized feel!

The whole lineup of Josie Maran's Argan Lipsticks!
The whole lineup of Josie Maran's Argan Lipsticks!

I usually wear minimal makeup at school, just a little mascara and a blush. I love this MAKE UP FOR EVER Sculpting Kit (you can see me wearing it in this post!) With two colors in a set (you can choose a lighter or a darker version) you mix and blend until you achieve your desired shade and strength of contour. With this set I also purchased a good large contouring brush. I have to say that application of contouring powder (or a blush) is SO MUCH easier with a nice large brush like this! The evenness of application doesn't rival small size brushes– until recently I have been using only this small Kabuki brush, and I can see the difference right away- the result looks so much more professional (I like the little brush for travelling though, it can work for application of translucent powder and a blush as well).

And lastly, Bobbi Brown Beach Fragrance is a nice way to prolong memories of enjoyable, warm, sunny days!

A Culture At Rest Tends to Stay At Rest

A Culture At Rest Tends to Stay At Rest

I am certainly skeptical of some of the views expressed on this blog. I am neither polyamorous or steeped in the glamor of the fashion industry. I am politically conservative on not only economic but social issues as well, I believe that religion has value that science cannot replace, I hesitate to equate what’s natural with what’s normative, and as a business consultant I spend most of my time in airports and board rooms. Obviously, my beliefs and lifestyle aren’t exactly aligned with the themes of this blog. Yet, Polyglamorous and I have a couple of fundamental beliefs in common. We believe that constant questioning is critical to human progress and that young people today aren't doing enough of it.

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Storm by Epic Dragon

Storm by Epic Dragon

I had the pleasure to be a part of a project produced by Offhollywood and Boom Productions several months ago. It was one of the first shoots to ever use the RED Epic Dragon camera.

I was transformed into three looks by Deanna Meluso (makeup), Joshua Ristaino (hair) and Daphna Guttin (styling)- first I was an icy white blonde, then a dark femme fatale, and lastly natural and wet. They used a lot of slow motion capture to create a strong female portrait: a fierce, beautiful, and enchanting.

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