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Speaking Beauty with Rebecca Casciano

 

I love kismet connections and meeting new friends, especially those who are positively inspiring.  I was fortunate to have another beautiful connection when I met Rebecca Casciano.  

Last year, I received an introduction to Rebecca from Brandie Gilliam, Founding Editor & Creative Director for Thoughtfully Magazine.  Coincidentally the next day, my friend Aimee Raupp contacted me to tell me she had met this amazing makeup artist, natural beauty expert and wellness coach named Rebecca who we should meet up with.  Rebecca is renowned for her ability to facilitate the connection between inner and outer beauty for all women.  Our philosophies around beauty were a perfectly complementary as if designed by the stars, if you will...

The Union of Inner and Outer Beauty

Rebecca's hosts a live, 4-part workshop called the Sacred Beauty Salon Series, which explores beauty from the inside out.  I was fortunate enough to attend Rebecca’s “Speaking Beauty Event.”  This was a Sunday afternoon soirée centered around the power of words, the effects of our inner dialogues, and how these thoughts can be transformed into true beauty.

When Rebecca invited me to a beauty event, I was excited to connect with others and debut our new Goddess shade of Modern Minerals lip gloss color collaboration together.  I really didn’t know what I was in store for…  

The event began with a meditation and group introductions, led by Rebecca. Then special guest, Self Love Guru Nitika Chopra.  She shared her own personal story about her journey to self-love and acceptance.  She’s incredibly sweet, charming and funny - it was so great to hear!

We were given our first exercise, which was simply taking turns giving compliments to the person next to us and going around to each person in the room.  Of course its so easy to give compliments to one another, but accepting them is often another story!  Tapping into this discordance, we were instructed to accept the kind remarks by saying, “Thank you. It’s true.” and not just say it, but believe it to be true!  Yes, it is harder than it sounds.

At first glance, this exercise seems simple.  But digging a little deeper, I found beauty and transformation in the simplicity of hearing and actually accepting compliments.  What an experience to hear others point out the loveliest things about yourself (that you may have never noticed) and openly and honestly accept them.

The event culminated in the experience of sisterhood.  By the time we had given and accepted these compliments, we were all elevated and giddy from laughter and tears of joy.  This sacred afternoon epitomized empowerment transformed through our words and thoughts.  I think we would all agree, we all left feeling more ‘beautiful’ than when we arrived. 

A Shared Path to Self-Love, Beauty and Health

Of course, connections like these are destined to bring about wonderful things.  At Modern Minerals, our mantra is “Beauty is as beauty feels.”  We create a contemporary alchemic collaboration of natural makeup infused with the emotive essences of gemstones and flowers custom created by Lotus Wei.

The emotive benefits of makeup can evoke feelings of peace, love, bliss and more, which in turn, show on our faces. Rebecca’s focus on supporting the Modern Day Goddess couples beautifully with our values at Modern Minerals.

To honor this focus on empowering conversation and beauty rituals, we’ve created a gorgeous new shade of Modern Minerals Makeup lip gloss. Inspired by Rebecca Casciano’s Sacred Beauty Salon Series, the Goddess shade is a lush, sheer red, designed to bring out the inner goddess in every woman.

Infused with Lotus Wei’s gemstone + flower essences, our Goddess lip gloss magnifies the self-love that Rebecca’s Sacred Beauty Salon Series allows women to find within themselves.

Through guided dialogues, writing exercises, group conversations and demonstrations of beauty products, you’ll discover that your inner beauty is reflected in your outer beauty and their union is everlasting.

As you check out our Goddess lip gloss, be sure to tap into your divine beauty with Rebecca Casciano’s Sacred Beauty Salon Series.

Visit Rebecca on Facebook to get regular beauty inspiration and find out about the next Sacred Beauty Salon Series.

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Photos by Jess Arnaudin



 

 

The Interconnection of Beauty

Would you believe me if I told you our collaboration with Lotus Wei began in a boxing gym?  Allow me to explain...  Katie Hess, the founder of Lotus Wei, and I both attended an entrepreneur-focused event by Seed Spot that just so happened to take place in the former South Central boxing gym (now a chic space) in Phoenix, AZ.  We clicked from the moment we met, and our friendship has blossomed ever since.  

Katie’s a big believer in making the world a better place, and her values align beautifully with what we believe at Modern Minerals Makeup. Our mantra, “Beauty is as beauty feels,” comes from the idea that how we feel about ourselves from the inside reflects in our overall beauty on the outside.

When I started using Lotus Wei products, I began to notice a difference in how I felt and consequently, looked.  My go-to Lotus Wei perfumes are “Inspired Action,” for an extra energy boost, “Quiet Mind,” after a busy day, “Inner Peace,” for everyday tranquility, and “Infinite Love,” for everything else in between.  Each one helps to enhance our moods and overall good feelings within us.  My new current favorite is Giant Spider Lily - this is a must-try!

The Lotus Wei Infusion 

Knowing the effectiveness of flower power, I wanted to bring the benefits of Lotus Wei to our makeup line.  With our skin being our largest organ, why not infuse the goodness of Lotus Wei into the makeup we use every day?  That double dose of emotional support goes a long way.

We united two core values to inspire the Lotus Wei infusion:

  • Love of Life: Living in the here and now to find inner strength, self appreciation, everyday gratitude and appreciation for the present moment.
  • Compassion: As demonstrated by our passion for being cruelty-free and vegan-friendly, showing compassion to ourselves and others. 

To transmit love of life and compassion, Katie created a special blend of Pink Camellia flower essence and Pink Tourmaline gem essence. Pink Camellia essence is a true awakener of energy around the face and heart; it magnifies those deeper levels of love and appreciation. In the Pink Tourmaline gem essence, we find the promotion of self-love and inner strength with an emphasis on metal compassion and understanding.

To create one beautiful essence for Modern Minerals, Pink Camellia and Pink Tourmaline are artfully blended with lavender, chamomile, rose and neroli. The Lotus Wei infusion culminates in our modern alchemic collection of 5 gorgeous, high-shine lip glosses. These smooth glosses are ones your lips will love with moisturizing ingredients like marine collagen, natural oils and butters.

Each shade brings the emotive properties of gemstone and flower essences to your smile for an uplifting, positive feeling.

 

Meeting the Beauty of Britanie 

How often does a chance email ignite a friendship?  Surely not often enough but I was lucky to meet the gorgeous beauty blogger, Britanie Faith, through email.  Britanie Faith of the beloved beauty blog, Beauty By Britanie, which emphasizes finding beauty from the inside out and living a balanced life.

Britanie and I connected from the start, for two hours plus on our first phone call.  We had such synergy on so many topics from our belief in natural beauty to our shared hormonal issues to our mutual love for Lotus Wei.  Even our dogs are a match made in heaven, both being big softies and teddy bears at heart and occasionally communicating to one another during our calls. 

Britanie is an authentic, naturally gorgeous person who loves helping others by sharing her experiences. Her passion for natural living inspired our newest collection of colors with Britanie as our muse. Her boho style takes another form in our “Beauty By Britanie Bohemian Collection.”

Lotus Wei’s flower power and Britanie’s love for natural beauty is interconnected gorgeously in this collection, which includes a bright + happy pink lip gloss and matching blush. Both bring that Pink Camellia flower color to life with an infusion of the Modern Minerals signature blend.

In the collection, you’ll find the “B of Love” lip gloss. Inspired by Britanie’s appreciation for “Be of Love” by E.E. Cummings, this lip gloss encourages you to reaffirm your commitment to speak only of love from your lips.  The “Sweet Thing” blush honors Britanie’s grandmother, Nonnie, and her term of endearment for her granddaughter.  The feeling of love behind this blush is echoed by its purpose.  Britanie was inspired to offer portion of the proceeds from the Beauty By Britanie Bohemian Collection to the American Cancer Society in nods to Nonnie’s 36 years a breast cancer survivor.

It’s no secret that I believe beauty is interconnected, and the synergy our kismet collaborations perfectly reflects this ideal. As you enjoy the latest additions to our modern alchemic collection, I hope you find compassion, inner peace and a little bliss with each and every use.

The Power of Flowers

The Power of Flowers

It’s no secret I am a fan of flowers, roses in particular. From their scent to soft petals, everything about them enchants me. In fact, I have to have a collection on my desk and at my place at all times. I even spritz Lotus Wei’s Infinite Love Mist around to bring the aroma of rose to life wherever I go.

To create a collection that truly reflects beauty inspired by nature, Modern Minerals has brought Lotus Wei on board to whip up a custom blend for our new line of lip glosses. Known for their luscious elixirs and captivating fragrances, Lotus Wei focused on pink tourmaline and pink camellia properties to enhance these exquisite lip glosses.

Modern Minerals Is Coming Up Roses

It should come to no surprise then that roses are the inspiration for Modern Minerals Makeup’s newest cosmetic collection. Our latest collection of eyeshadows are infused with rose petal extract. For several months now, I have been working alongside my chemist to ensure that the essence of rose comes alive with each and every use.

To create a collection that truly reflects beauty inspired by nature, Modern Minerals has created a collection of eyeshadows that are infused with rose petal extract and blended with coconut, naturally designed for hydration. This new blended formula can help to prevent premature aging and many more benefits.

Why Roses?

There are many incredible benefits roses provide for our skin, mood and sense of being, it’s no wonder the flower is having a sort of resurgence in the beauty world. You may be wondering what makes roses so popular. Let’s dive right in to some of the biggest advantages to adding roses to your personal care routine.

First, you’re in very good company. Roses have a history of raising spirits and making people feel lovely. They’ve been used since the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans for decoration, beauty and bathing. If you want to feel like a classic beauty, these buds are an excellent place to start.

Next, roses are actually a pretty powerful skincare aid. Don’t be fooled by how soft and sweet they look; they can really pack a punch in the best way possible. Rose oil has been shown to reduce cortisol, a stress hormone that causes inflammation. If your skin has been looking broken out, red or tired, inflammation may be to blame.

You’ve probably used toners to tighten your pores and reduce shine. But did you know rosewater is actually one of the originals? It works to eliminate excess oil but soothes the skin instead of drying it out.

Finally, roses are chock full of vitamin C, a top-notch antioxidant. This helps to combat skins of aging in your skin by repairing cell damage. It turns out these flowers make us look and feel beautiful and blissful.

 XO,

Founder