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Q&A With Norma Kamali


"Yes. What are you, kidding?" This was Norma Kamali's response when I asked if she brings her own olive oil to restaurants. Norma is just as knowledgable and charismatic as she is talented. I sat down with the iconic designer recently (she also interviewed me for her newsletter, BTW! ) to discuss all things KamaliKulture, her inspiration and her skin care regimen (seriously, she looks like she sees a WITCH DOCTOR to maintain skin tone like that in her 60s. The woman looks incredible). Check out the Q&A below.

Beauty Blogging Junkie: The first question I have for you are WHAT are those sunglasses and are they still for sale. Go. 
Norma Kamali: The sunglasses are Kamali Kulture! They're under $100.

BBJ: Tell me about how Kamali Kulture started. 
NK: We want to be able to do more under $100. We're even designing exclusive prints for Amazon and Zappos. And just because everything is under $100, lots of things are $50 range. You can build a nice wardrobe. Go-to pieces. You'll wear them more than you think you're going to. My own boyfriend prefers my KamaliKulture collection compared to one of my more intense studded skirts, which, according to him, he can "look past." It's really not a watered down version of what I do. It'll be sold at amazon.com and zappos.com, in addition to kamalikulture.com.

BBJ: I know you love a '50s aesthetic! Is there a specific era that inspires you most? 
NK: Inspiration: Several periods tend to be timeless. When I was young, I was so into the '30s and '40s. I mean, Cary Grant, who's topped him? I loved Carole Lombard. Gene Tierney. They were extraordinary. The way they looked, the makeup and clothes could be worn today. It was all about timeless American quality. My mother said they looked to magazines, but they really went to the movies for inspiration. Movies were american culture at the time. As you move forward, influences merge and things that you really love kind of start blending with things you used to love.

BBJ: What's your secret to looking great? 
NK: The overriding factor for me the fitness/health aspect of it. You really have to have a base--it's not about makeup. Then you can do anything. You can put anything on and look beautiful. Feeling good and feeling healthy is the key. However, I used to eat bacon cheeseburgers and smoke a cigarette at the same time. I didn't always have this belief. Now I do Physique57 nearly every day. In the '80s, I had to beg my friends to move into this old refrigeration building in the Meat Packing District. There was blood flowing down the streets. I stopped eating meat and started exclusively eating nonprocessed foods. It should be a law that people eat less meat. Diabetes would disappear.

BBJ: What's your best fashion tip? 
NK: If people can really believe in their instincts and wear what they love, not what they think they should love, that's when they look best. The best way to get a sense of how important that is? A little girl, 3 or 4, will wear all the things she loves--at the same time. She's happy, and she feels really good. Why? Because she loves her outfit. We are much happier if we're wearing what we love. It makes us feel good. It's authentically what we love. We love it, despite the cost.

BBJ: What's your favorite design of your entire career?
NK:  I have perspective, so it's hard to name my absolute favorite. Tomorrow I might do something that's my new favorite. What you're wearing is one of the styles that I still wear. [editor's note: Dying. I was wearing her iconic all-in-one tunic in black] I designed it in '74. Look at how it's holding up. It's an antique, actually. I'm very happy that this style can do all these things. It's an important part of my wardrobe today. There are a lot of things I've done that I'm embarrassed about. Shoulder pads, specifically.

BBJ: What's your best beauty tip?
NK: Olive oil, to stay regular. Whatever goes in, the faster it goes out, the better. A good swig of olive oil will help. A healthy practice. Diet stops that from happening. You see it in your skin, eyes, etc. Having olive oil on a regular basis is important. If you're not getting the results, take a couple swigs straight from the bottle. It's a also a great massage oil. The nutrition you get from drinking it and having it with your food goes into your skin. Neferiti used it with sand as an exfoliant. But I like to mix it with the pink sea salt I sell at my Wellness Cafe. It's also a great sex lube.

BBJ: AMAZING. Love it, Norma. What about your skin care regimen? 
NK: I apply a Calcium linament in the shower made of olive oil and calcium. It's a creamy kind of lotion that treats everything from diaper rash to bed sores for the elderly.

Thanks to Norma for sharing her fashion, beauty and wellness tips with us!

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Bobbi Brown's New Long-Wear Collection


On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to test-drive Bobbi Brown's new long-wearing makeup collection over the course of coffee, yoga, a presentation, then lunch and cocktails. I was, of course, dubious initially. Most long-wearing makeup claims are a veritable grammar exercise in comparative adjectives. LongER wear. When it comes to shadows and liners especially, it's difficult. Even the best that were on the market didn't look as perfect as they did at 8am come 8pm.

Let's be real with each other: Most of the time your morning makeup look is an interpretive dance to Billy Joel's "This Is The Time."








In the paraphrased parlance of Billy:

This is the eyeshadow to remember 
Cause it will not last forever.
This is the cat-eye to hold onto
Cause we won't although we'll want to.
This is the LINE, but the line is going to change.

But Bobbi was all long-wear eye makeup: You've given me the best of you. But now I need the REST of you. And she went on to create the most phenomenal shadow, liner and mascara formulas. These days, EVERYONE wants to know how to do her makeup quickly and how to get it to stay on. The Bobbi Brown long-wear collection is perfect for the busy woman who has just a few minutes to do her makeup in the morning— and needs it to look good all day long.
“Our long-wear makeup takes you from morning to night without touch-ups.” --Bobbi Brown

Long-Wear Eye Pencil ($24)
You know that incredibly unsexy liner on your lid thing that always happens when a creamy formula transfers up there? It's reminiscent of when Bob Ross would take a clean brush and "pull down" a shadow of his woodsy scene into the lake to create a reflection. Except, you know, not as deliberate (or deliberate at all, as it's the opposite of what you want.) That upper lid liner is OVER, thanks to Bobbi’s new Long-Wear Eye Pencil, formulated with special poly-mers that melt at skin temperature, breaking it into a fluid line upon application for precise and transfer-resistant wear. It's densely pigmented, water-proof and best of all, will stay put for 12 hours. It's the portable version of Bobbi's iconic long-wear gel liners. I like to apply them straight from the pencil, then blend with a liner brush. Says Kimberly Soane, Director of Global Artistry for Bobbi Brown, "make sure your liner is darker than your iris for the best definition and keep the line rich near the lashes, pulling it up slightly to smudge it." Also, she says to smudge it by applying the liner to a brush then putting it on the bottom as well so it's not too much of a set line.

Black Plum: A rich eggplant
Black Navy: A deep midnight
Hunter: A deep emerald green
Smoke: A charcoal grey
Mahogany: A rich brown
Jet: A blackest black


Long-Wear Cream Shadow ($24)
I was blown AWAY when the Bobbi product development team told us that the technology is based on the same stuff that adheres the birth control patch to women. How cool is that? Though don't count on this fly formula to stop you from getting PREG. Despite its creamy texture, this formula resists creasing and smearing and looks just as phenomenal as it did at 7am at 11pm.

Five new shades:
Velvet Plum: A rich bronze plum
Cool Lilac: A cool pink lilac
Black Violet: A deep eggplant
Smokey Topaz: A golden pewter
Berry Noir: A brown berry


Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara ($24)
Though I've been eschewing most mascaras and sending them to my Official Mascara Correspondent, I do keep a select few for myself--specifically those with slim wands for bottom lash application. Bobbi's is one of the few that made the cut. This mascara is life-changing. It gives you the ultimate lash definition (seriously, you'll get up close and personal with each individual lash) without smudging or clumping. A specially designed brush applicator fully coats each lash for maximum lengthening, curling and volume for up to 16 hours. Best of all? It removes easily with warm water.









My makeover from 9:30am on Tuesday withstood a full day all over Manhattan, a yoga session, a date, even a brief emotional meltdown including TEARS and still looked perfectly intact at 11:30pm, when I was hesitant to even take the stuff off. Okay? Holding one of those eyeliners close is like holding the summer SUN. 

The Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Collection is available April 2012 from Bobbi Brown counters and retailers nationwide. Will you be checking out this collection?

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