Beauty Icon Lewk: Edwige Fenech

I first saw Edwige Fenech in the 1972 Italian Giallo film All The Colors of the Dark directed by Sergio Martino. The plot is: A woman recovering from a car accident in which she lost her unborn child finds herself pursued by a coven of devil worshipers. She’s plagued by nightmares of a knife-wielding, blue-eyed man. It’s super creepy, yet beautifully filmed (as are most in the Giallo genre) and Edwige plays a haunting, tortured woman. She was an exotic beauty with her voluptuous curves and expressive dark eyes, and I loved her look.

Last night I wanted to go for a makeup look that recalls her femme fatale drama. Here’s my little guide to how I did:

To start, I use Maybelline Barely Branded Color Tattoo Metal 24 HR Cream Gel Eye Shadow as an all-over base on my lids. It’s a glowing-cream that glides on brightening the eye area and bringing out their color. It makes me look more awake, which is a nice treat from my vampira tendencies.

Step 2: I use an angled brush and MAC black tied eyeshadow to create shading on my top eye-line as well as underneath my eyes. I then make cat-eye wings dragging it outward and upward, and I finish by drawing a thin, arched line in/slightly above my crease

Next, I use The Super Slim by Infallible® Never Fail from L’Oreal. It has an ultra-fine felt tip, and I use this for a rich, bold eyeliner; going over the shading from the eyeshadow. I draw on a bottom row of lashes for that ultra mod effect as well. It’s kind of like drawing on your face with a marker and so I enjoy the ritual.

I offset the contrast of the dark eye makeup with the soft, shimmery Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Coral Lustre. This line of lipsticks is one of the only ones I’ve ever used that doesn’t make my lips totally chapped during wear, and it’s really creamy and moisturizing.

Finish with a dash of bronzer on your cheeks and you’re good to go!

Bdry Blow Dry Bar Miami Beach

During Art Basel, the super chic Bdry Blow Dry Bar in Miami Beach offered to style Jenn’s and my hair as a complimentary gift. After endless hours of running on empty, a primping and pampering of sorts was a gesture that we welcomed with open arms! Thank you, Bdry Bar!

I rarely do my hair. As of late, I’ve been washing it and letting it dry naturally (which, sure might leave me looking like a hippie from Laurel Canyon, but isn’t that a “look”?). The other alternatives to this are putting in a touch of Bumble & Bumble styling cream + Surf Spray and making it look like mermaid waves- or adding mousse and blowing it dry for shine and volume. But seriously, I am the laziest person when it comes to my hair and I just don’t have the patience. I probably cut it maybe twice a year because I’m just fancy like that.

For only $35, you can get a variety of styling services (all of which include a lavish shampooing) at Bdry Bar in Miami Beach. $35 is crazy cheap for the atmosphere and skilled professionals they provide. Whether you want a sleek style, a full-bodied blowout, voluminous curls, a classic french twist, demure bun, glossy/reto waves, they will tend to your mane with expert care.

I myself wanted full, glamorous curls for an evening at special events (as well as to match my vintage slip dress covered in sequins)

Ta-dah! And I’m ready to go!

The bright lights, modern furniture, accommodating staff and ambiance leant well to a lovely, fun experience and I’m definitely going back! Just as I was coming in, actress Paz de La Huerta was leaving from her own style-date and I haven’t seen her since I took these photos for Bullett. Random.

You can visit Bdry blow dry bar at: 765 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139

My New Portraits

Styling, hair and makeup by Jessie Askinazi (moi)
Top: American Apparel
Pants: from Trash & Vaudeville by Tripp NYC


1. Makeup Forever Primer (I wear the neutral, colorless tone)
2. Makeup Forever HD Foundation
3. Makeup Forever Uplight (highlighter great for cheekbones and under the brow)
4. Makeup Forever HD loose powder
5. MAC eyeshadow in Greensmoke
6. Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Black Cherry
7. Maybelline Expert Wear blush in Brick Rose
8. Lancome Art Liner liquid eyeliner
9. Maybelline Falsies mascara

helena bonham carter in dark shadows

Not particularly thrilled with the trailer for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, but I have to say I LOVE Helena’s look in this poster (and the photo in general). That hairstyle and eye makeup combo = boner. Wild colors!

holiday gift guide: beauty and body

From top to bottom left to right: 

1. bliss hot salt scrub   2. l’artisan mini candle set   3. lime crime mint to be opaque green lipstick   4. tarte gifted amazonian clay smart mascara   5. opi nail color in “muppets collection rainbow connection” and “it’s my year”   6. kiehl’s creme de corps soy milk & honey body polish   7. agent provocateur l’agent fragrance   8. tarte smooth operator amazonian clay tinted moisturizer with spf 20   9.  tarte for true blood cheek stain   10. prada amber parfum   11. make up for ever hd microfinish powder  12. mac dazzleglass   13. l’occitane lavender essential oil


blue kiss

I am severely obsessed with blue lipstick right now. It is more difficult to come across than I imagined, and I wound up snatching a tube from the Halloween shop in the East village. Though bystanders may at first find the tone shocking and flamboyant, I actually feel that if applied with complimenting makeup and hair, it can be a sensual and elegant cosmetics choice. Bring on the blue!

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