Every now and then I’ll find myself at an event so special, it makes me reflect on my life and marvel at the company I’m surrounded by. That happened last week, when I attended a shade matching event and launch for Fashion Fair’s newest foundation, True Finish Refining Mineral Foundation, at the home of Desiree Rogers. Yes. As she’d say via her (admittedly underused) Twitter account, @IAmThatDesiree.
She’s sweet and funny and disarmingly friendly and honest. I really enjoyed chatting with her. And I can tell you that her home is just as stylish, beautiful and remarkable as she is, but I didn’t go around snapping photos of the decor and such because I’ve got a thing called broughtupsy. All I’ll say is, I need to step up my home decor game and add a sprig of fresh jasmine flowers in a tiny vase to my bathroom now.
Desiree hosted a truly elegant soiree that included the newest models for Fashion Fair, passed hors d’oeuvres and delicious cocktails, and some of Chicago’s finest makeup artists doing on site shade matching. And the place was filled with Chicago’s elite. Powerful movers and shakers, all dressed to the nines and there to celebrate the new products from Fashion Fair.
Isn’t this model GORGEOUS??? Her name is Amanda Nassali Kiggundu, and she’s a Los Angeles-based Starbucks barista who was “discovered” while working behind the counter by Desiree Rogers! She’s one of the fabulous new faces of Fashion Fair. I met a few other Fashion Fair models while at the event, and they are all gorgeous and amazing.
This beautiful woman is Millie Cruzat and she is
@fashionfair‘s oldest model. She’s 85!!! And that is her lovely daughter. I had such a fun conversation with Millie, she’s definitely a believer in working hard at beauty – staying fit and healthy is what makes her still have that stunning glow!
There I am with Jet magazine EIC Mitzi Miller, and Tracy Daniels who was covering the event on behalf of Rachel O. Always so nice making new friends! And the other photo is of myself, Desiree Rogers, and the lovely Catrice Armstrong AKA TriceyPRWerks! Thanks to Datrice Weathers for these photos! All the others, I took on my phone. You can probably tell.
I got to check out the latest foundations and lipsticks and one of my favorite people in the WORLD, celebrity makeup artist Tia Dantzler (you can follow her@TiaDantzler), was on hand to match my shade perfectly. I love the names of the new Fashion Fair True Finish foundations – each shade comes with a sassy descriptive adjective. So everyone was going around the room sharing their shade. “I’m Enduring Ebony!” “I ‘m Honest Chocolate!” “Well I’m a Wise Honey!” Yours truly is Joyful Caramel. Seems appropriate, right? And then Tia let me try a little Rum Raisin lipstick on – it looks almost black in the tube but it’s actually a deep, sexy wine/berry.
“I’m really loving Fashion Fair’s True Finish Foundation for many reasons. I love how it feels lightweight and silky smooth on my skin. It’s also great to know that it’s mineral based so it’s healthy for my skin as well. This is now my go-to foundation!” she told me, and blended the perfect shade along my jawline and cheek. And look, here we are.
I had an amazing time at this event and I can’t wait to play with the True Finish foundation even more. The coverage is buildable and it feels light on the skin – it’s got a luminous, gorgeous finish rather than being matte and ashy as mineral makeup can sometimes be. Be on the lookout for a more thorough review soon!
Are you a Fashion Fair fan? Did you grow up with the familiar pink and white compact on your mom’s dresser as well? Tell me, bellas!