Beautiful: Family, friendship, and love. These things are truly beautiful. During our best times and our dark times, we can always rely on our family and friends to be there to remind us, to take us back, or to bring us back. It is the greatest gift. I am fortunate to have my handsome husband Brian, the loves of my life, our sons, Dean and Dylan, my sisters and soul mates Maureen, Toni, and Angela, my loving parents, my beautiful goddaughter Allison, adorable nephew Jonathan, my cool and kind-hearted brother-in-laws, David and Mike, and dear friends like Traci Lebo (above).
Gorgeous: Traci is gorgeous. I will never forget the moment I learned that Traci has Stage 3 breast cancer. "It's not so bad", she writes in an email, "I'm bald now, but prefer to wear head wraps or scarves. I feel like JLO with my big earings, glasses, and head wraps!". Traci is beautiful on the inside and out and it shows! Even with her fight against cancer, she is still up beat, positive, and sunny. She is a free spirit and is determined to beat what she has coined "cancer schmancer". I know she will!
Makeup: When I asked Traci if she would like to be apart of a photo shoot celebrating real women and real beauty, she excitedly agreed! I wanted her to have a day of fun, pampering, and laughter. That's exactly what we had! She is a makeup girl and a makeup artist. We worked together at Bare Escentuals but I have never actually done her makeup. I was a bit nervous simply because I wanted to create a look that would help celebrate and showcase her inner beauty. Mission accomplished. It was perfect!
The Look: Blondie - I used the new Francois Nars Holiday 2012 Andy Warhol Collection. The Nars limited edition makeup is driven from his longtime admiration for Andy Warhol. The collection is pop art meets makeup. Fun and fierce. Just like Traci!
Traci - Foundation primer: Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Primer. Foundation: Chanel Perfection Lumiere. Concealer: Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Peach & Eve Pearl Magic in Trio A. Cheeks: Smashbox Bronze Lights in Suntan Matte, Nars Orgasm Blush & Smashbox Artifical Light. Eyes: Nars Andy Warhol Debbie Harry Eye Palette Collection, Dior Show Blackout Mascara & MAC Fluidline Gel Eyeliner. Lips: MAC Sheen Supreme in Good To Be Bad & Nars Andy Warhol Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Silver Factory
Do something lovely: October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I encourage you to donate time, money, or support to help fight against this disease. Please think of lovely Traci and all other women out there going through this. You can follow Traci's journal on her SupportPlanner which documents her progress at www.caringbridge.com enter TraciLebo. There is a fundrasing campaign going on to help her with medical and living expenses as she goes through chemotherapy and is not able to work full-time. You can purchase a Traci T-shirt by contacting Laura@SweatChallenge.com.
Special thanks to Traci Lebo for allowing me to share her story and for all the endless memories we have together in San Francisco and to Heather at Heather Bennett Photography for capturing Traci's true beauty.