In With The Tide by Brit Cochran

Tidal magazine is a top quality bi-annual book of culture, fashion, and art that is like ecstasy for your eyeballs. This killer magazine is spearheaded by the dynamic duo of Anna Wolf and Mike Perry who are both heavy hitters in their respective fields of photography and art/creative direction. They have just released issue deux leading with a cover story on Zoe Kravitz. Also within the beautifully printed pages is an interview with the hilarious broad city gals, a first hand account of an ayahuasca trip in the desert and delicious cocktail recipes among other awesome things. As if that isn't enticing enough, in between all this great content are some seriously beautiful photo stories and illustrations.

My point is - this magazine hits again and again with something visually and thoughtfully inspiring. So when Anna asked me to contribute a beauty story in this issue, obviously my answer was a uh, "yeah!" 

My assignment was to incorporate the essential oil potions I have been working with into a relevant application for the readers. Then I should represent the potions in a beauty story. This was just perfect. I had so many ideas!

I began to collaborate with Aingeru Zorita, someone I highly respect and who I thought would really help me to convey the delicate nature of this story. In our brainstorming we were getting deep in conversations about what is beauty and what aromas can describe visually. Ultimately we came to the decision to do a portrait story and I would present a fragrance for each unique character we casted. 

The shoot day came and we really had a killer team on board- some of the best in industry, in my opinion. Styling for us was Angela Esteban Librero. Andre Gunn was doing hair, and Aingeru of course taking the photos. We were so lucky to also have Tara Trullinger from Get It Productions on set keeping us all happy. (Thanks Tara!)

There were some beautiful vibes in the studio that day! To welcome our talent into the shoot I made lavender & yogurt masks for them that made their faces glow. The ladies really enjoyed the ritual; that kind of pampering doesn't happen that often for them actually. We also scented the set by burning Palo Santo to keep us all grounded in the moment. Everyone got to sample the fragrances before starting as well.  

Sure, you might be thinking that is a lot of voodoo for a shoot. But the result speaks for itself! The photos are rich with emotion-  so much so that I can't stop staring. And from the beginning that's what Aingeru and I wanted- a beauty story that you couldn't take your eyes off. 

Many many thanks to the whole team!! 

Aingeru Zorita, photographer + Angela Esteban Librero, stylist + Andre Gunn, hair + Alina Zakaite, casting + Tara Trullinger, Production + Models: Alex Crush (Major), Jennifer Medina, Alexandra T (Wilhelmina), Mary M (Major), Nejilka Arias (Major), Ashley Turner (Supreme).

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Take a deep breath. 

Imagine inhaling an intoxicating, alluring scent. Fleeting though it may seem, something happens when you do it, and you feel different. This is no accident. Natural-oil fragrances are powerful substances, and for centuries they have been used to cast spells on our emotions. Twigs, bark, fruit, and resin are concentrated through distillation allowing for the extraction of potent chemicals, each containing compounds with mind-bending properties. Their influence lie in a single drop. 

With a small stock of oils you can mix up a potion that will spice up a date, help you melt into nature and meditate, or stimulate joy and positive action during the long dark nights. Go on, cast your own spell. 

Purify

Cleanse your aura and prepare your mind for winter with this heady mix. The clarifying woodsy aromas of juniper and cedarwood will ground your thoughts and help combat negativity; lavender and rose work to relax and center the mind.

Cedarwood Atlas / 5 drops   Juniper Berry / 5 drops   Lavender / 3 drops   Rose Otto (3%) 

Melt

Sink into quiet relaxation with this sedating mix of oils. Heavy and earthy vetiver dispels irritability. Chamomile, one of the best-known calming herbs, combined with marjoram will put even the most anxious person at ease.                                                                                              

Vetiver / 8 drops   Marjoram / 6 drops   Juniper / 8 drops   Chamomile Roman / 1 drop

Create Magic

Spicy oils blend especially well with citrus scents. Here, clove and black pepper, two warming and energizing oils, complement the happy-go-lucky nature of sweet orange. Add myrrh to enhance spirituality for a fragrance that will lead you happily into your ever after (at least temporarily). 

Sweet Orange / 9 drops   Clove / 5 drops   Myrrh / 7 drops   Black Pepper / 1 drop

Love Potion

Mix up a blend of powerful aphrodisiac oils. Spicy and sweet, the oils of nutmeg and ginger warm the body and stimulate the mind. The complex aroma of neroli is radiant, relaxing, and refreshingly floral. Adding rosewood will lift your spirit.

 Nutmeg / 16 drops   Ginger / 1 drop   Neroli / 3 drops   Rosewood / 4 drops

Get Something Started

Bergamot, the most trusted oil for treating depression, is the very best scent to wipe away the winter blues. Add sweet orange to intensify the uplifting effect and a few dashes of black pepper to get your thoughts flowing. Something fun and mischievous will follow!

 Bergamot / 16 drops   Black Pepper / 6 drops   Sweet Orange / 1 drop

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Numero Uno. by Brit Cochran

 Image via space.com - A supernova explodes 12 million lightyears away in galaxy M82. 

Image via space.com - A supernova explodes 12 million lightyears away in galaxy M82. 

I really want to start a blog. 

I have said that so many times.

You know that feeling though- sitting down to a blank screen time after time- it is not as easy as it looks. But all my anxiety be damned I'm going to do it this time. No, really! 

I want to talk about beauty. I'm a makeup artist, so that point is probably already obvious to you. Here you can find out all the tools and products I love. I can't resist preaching about the virtues of the beauty blender and a Hakahudo brush. And it will be an honest professional opinion! But you should expect more than just products, trends and technique. What the hell, you deserve more!

Let me show you how beauty can be a hands on process. For the past year now I have been deep sea diving in the world of aromatherapy, and experimenting with making my own serums, lotions, salves and fragrances. It's been a fun journey! When I started the process I would never have thought I could make beauty products. I thought I would need a lab, or some ethyl- benzol- glyco- something ingredients. But none of that is necessary; it's insanely easy to make a natural product. The potions I've made have helped me to relax, clear my skin and save money honestly. I'll share my favorites with you. 

I want to also show here things that also inspiring me now. The world around us is a crazy and exciting place! I look for inspiration in Art, in music, in nature, and in the wild mysteries of the universe. I don't care what color Kylie Jenner's hair is at this moment. (I hear she just dyed it blonde. crazy.) I'm going to talk about what I like- It's my blog and this is my party. :) 

So here we go. Let's get weird and deep and talk about makeup and what not.  

Comments are on!

xo

why, hello by Brit Cochran

I’ll tell you the nicest thing I have ever heard as a makeup artist.

A very successful client before a big event told me “Brit, You have the best job. You get to make people into the best version of themselves, and you get to do it every day.”

She’s right as usual. And I love my job!

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