Alicia Keys at the BET Awards – Getty Images
“Look, I love makeup too. It’s about how you feel. It’s about who you are. It’s about just being who you are and not letting anyone tell you who you should be. Even this conversation shows our obsession of the standard we hold women.” – Alicia Keys
I have been drawn to this season of The Voice – and to Alicia Keys in particular. There is something about Keys: her warmth, her genuine encouragement, her appreciation of the artistry, and hearing her own voice. But there has been something more – I couldn’t put my finger on it until I finally realized – she wasn’t wearing makeup! What I didn’t know was that Keys made the announcement she would be going without makeup last May. Keys has explained that the decision came after years of growing as an artist and reaching a point where she felt content in her own skin: “I don’t want to cover up anymore.” The result has been incredibly inspiring to others.
Inspiring, too, is Keys’ skin regimen. W interviewed Keys’ longtime makeup artist, Dotty about what keeps it looking so fresh and beautiful. On the list was the use of oils and how it’s important not to be afraid of using them. “People get freaked out about oils. They think if they’ve got oily skin they don’t want oil,” Dotti complains. “But yes you do!” I agree wholeheartedly, and love using oils in my daily regimen. In fact, I have noticed a huge difference in my own skin.
I love how Alicia Keys is inspiring women everywhere to embrace who we are, just as we are!
Revlon’s relaunched campaign
Revlon is about to launch a brand new look. And the look, and the word – is love. A new 60-second video manifesto highlighting the desirable effects of love can be seen exclusively at Yahoo! Beauty, a favorite destination. New President and CEO of Revlon Inc., Lorenzo Delpani, told Yahoo! Beauty that Revlon was too similar to its competitors and needed a way to distinguish the brand and “impact the consumer in a positive way.” Says Delpani: “In a world full of negativity and conflict we have a role to play and a desire to spread a positive message. Many marketers leverage antagonism, but we want to impact the consumer in a positive way.” In fact, this new campaign and relaunch has become “a brand cause.”
Love as a mission and a brand cause? Choosing positivity over negativity? I’m buying it!
Peace Love World Spring 2014
Peace Love World: Clothes that give you life! Last September, I interviewed Alina Villasante, designer, creator and visionary of Peace Love World, when I wrote Alina’s Love. On this happy Friday, I want to revisit the words that Alina shared with me, describing the moment when this notion of spreading positivity came to life:
“It all started in 1999 when I wanted to celebrate and honor all the special women in my life with what became known as the “Love Party.” I made shirts that had three symbols of peace, love and happiness for all of my closest friends. My friends were in love with the tees that I created and they continued to ask me for more shirts. I began to see a demand which inspired me to take my love of fashion to the next level. In 2007, I combined my commitment to spreading positivity and my passion for design and fabrics to officially launch Peace Love World.” ~ Alina Villasante
I am feeling like we all should spread Peace Love World. Aren’t you?