Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Beauty, with purpose.

boots and a bag. The origin, creation of Harrison the protagonist. Harrison is beautiful, messy chaos.
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Faint whispers drift down from the stars into the evergreen, clapboard cottage. The Cove, a mystic beach, sea, sun, stars and moon sanctuary. Harrison's refuge.
debut fiction novel, o' yeah.
truth sitting in fiction. a life, that tugs at your core, emotional, authentic, meaningful and heartfelt
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Gatekeeper, descendant and fixer of Harrison's family, Georgia Pine. The crimson child with blazing hair and fire belly will do as she's told, not before she's ready. Pyre and brimstone, gut-instinct to guide her.

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Raw, authentic beauty.
'with the author'

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Vast Landscape Giveaway!!! Because, sharing is good.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Vast Landscape by Jacqueline Cioffa

The Vast Landscape

by Jacqueline Cioffa

Giveaway ends April 17, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Good earth, love

I did not forget about beauty. I'm working with a different medium, y 'all.
The muddy, dig deep, raw kind. 

Good earth, love.

A visual, the starting point. The jumping off place inside the intimate, very personal view of a world. The vast, rugged, dangerous, tumbleweed terrain, desert earth we’re traveling. Hearts get trampled, tears, pain, misery. Is it worth one brief, fleeting second of love. The Vast Landscape tells me so. It’s all borrowed time, life’s torn pages and faded images.
-excerpt GEORGIA PINE.
“Adelaide finally let go, cocooned in a white cloud of down comfort. She slumbered, dreaming of plaid picnic blankets, wicker baskets, melon, oranges, baguettes, brie, green olives and sweet tea. The citrine sunrays’ shadow dancing across the waves. The dream memory. Her mother’s strong, lean arms sending her soaring above the ocean. Free, unafraid, Adelaide’s daddy sat waving on shore, peeling a Clementine.” 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bird Wings in Flight

Zac Posen Fall 2014

I do not miss backstage hair and makeup madness. The frantic energy, models rushing in late, stripping their faces bare only to repaint, the artistic vision. Fashion week, 2014. You can bet Kabuki and Zac Posen have discussed the makeup look at great lengths, Kabuki mastering the perfect co-creation. Old Hollywood glamour with an edge. Kabuki is calm amidst the frenzy, demonstrates the look to his team. He makes it look so simple, trust me it's not. Somehow, you manage to recreate his vision, models hair and makeup ready scramble to dress. The fairy-tale dream as they glide down the runway, confident and modern ethereal. A thousand flash bulbs, video cameras greet them. Months of preparation over in nanoseconds; no worries, the collection is sublime. 
Zac has Oscar season on mind, old Hollywood elegance in style.

Zac Posen Fall 2014 Kabuki Makeup

 “The make-up for Zac Posen this season is a deconstructed take on 1940’s glamour,” says key make-up artist Kabuki. “To take advantage of the intimate show setting that allows close-up viewing of the make-up, I chose an artful sweep of black cake liner across the contour of the eyes. Since it is applied with a customized brush, the effect is immediate and effortless”.

The brows and lashes are left bare to retain a youthful, airy feel. A cool tone nude cream eyeshadow is patted with a finger on the lids for a winter fresh finish. Skin is mostly matte and pale but with a flush of a satiny color warming the apple of the cheek, blending outwards.

A precisely lined matte orange/red lip finishes the look by underlining the femininity.


ProLongwear Concealer  Prolongwear Paint Pot "Camel Coat"    Prep + Prime Pressed Finishing Powder   "Pale Pink" Color Corrector from Pro Concealer Palette Powder Blush "Dandelion"  "Black" Creme Liner   "High Energy" Prolongwear Lip Pencil 

"Dangerous" Retro Matte Lipstick 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Breathe In, Breathe Out

Essential Oils have been, and continue to be a major part of my beauty routine. You can't look radiant on the outside if your insides aren't clean. Healthy mind, body, spirit. Feeling good should be the first step in your beauty regimen. Pure essential oils can be applied directly to the skin, mixed with almond or jojoba oil for pure body oil, a diffuser to refresh the air, the combinations are endless. A few drops mixed with distilled water in a travel spritzer, immediate lavender relaxation. I was on a plane, in an airport sometimes two, three times a week. I found lavender soothing, instead of stinky, stale, recycled air. Fellow travelers even thanked me when they got a whiff. A few drops on a hotel pillow in a foreign, unfamiliar city instant grounding for a calm, restful sleep.

Before a makeup application, I spritz a client's skin with a mix of lavender and lemon (always asking first, if the client has any allergies), and watch their faces transform, skin revitalized. On location in one hundred degree heat, a few squirts on the model's neck, arms cooled overheated skin. I've been experimenting with lemon and peppermint, a cool, clean pick me up works wonders for nausea. Eucalyptus, amazing for sinus pressure and headaches. Tea Tree oil anti-fungal, antibacterial properties is great for bumps, rashes and blemishes.
We've become a pill popping nation. When you don't feel your best, how can you look your best? Why not try something different? Get back to basics, the purest form of healing, plants, herbs and essential oils. 
Beauty means becoming mindful, eating clean, taking the very best care of this one life. It's not just about luxe creams, glam brands in your makeup bag. Those are the fab., multi-color sprinkles, the treats on top. Why not dig deeper, build the foundation before living in your dream house.
My BFF took me to The Chopra Center for a week of Perfect Health. It was a mystical, enlightening, funny, the optimum health, full immersion week. The priceless gift of a lifetime. I may not be there in the physical, Chopra's teaching stay with me. I try to practice what I learned (I said, try) to indulge in their Aromatherapy line. Bringing a little piece of Carlsbad magic at home.

Chopra Abhy Oil

Touch is fundamental to health and well being
When stimulated through therapeutic touch or massage, the skin releases a pharmacy of healing chemicals that have health-promoting effects on the physiology. In addition to feeling good, regular massage and loving touch detoxifies the body’s tissues, increase circulation, calms the mind, and enhances immune function.

Soothing Abhy oil
 is made with traditional Ayurvedic oils of Coconut, Almond, Jojoba, and Safflower and infused with the rejuvenating herb, Brahmi, and Pitta balancing essential oils of Ylang-Ylang, Lavender, Lemon, and other natural botanicals.

A daily self-massage (self-Abhy) with aromatherapy massage oils, known as an Abhyanga, is one of the most important tools in Ayurveda to activate your inner pharmacy and slow the aging process. We recommend one daily.

Rupa Relaxing Roll on


Chopra Center

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person's mind, moodcognitive function or health. WIKI

Quick Reference Guide for Essential Oils

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Vast Landscape

Harrison is beautiful chaos. She falls hard and lives fast, stubborn and stoic.THE VAST LANDSCAPE She discovers strength and beauty through others, unbreakable bonds and love. Life is crazy beautiful, raw and magnificent.

Lack A Luster No More

Pixi Beauty sent Glow Tonic, with Aloe Vera and Ginseng for review. I admit, I have been slammed, over-whelmed with self-publishing, marketing and promoting my debut book. 
There are select brands I truly love, and will find the time to promote. Pixi Beauty rocks, I respect Petra's natural philosophy. She designs health conscious, awesome, affordable beauty. Boy, am I glad I didn't gift wrap and give away, Glow Tonic skintreats. Pure radiance in a bottle. I have always said, "beautiful makeup application starts with fresh, flawless skin." Glow Tonic, the exfoliating facial tonic 'tones, smooths and refines skin texture.' Au natural, what woman wouldn't want to hear compliments about her skin? "She's got a glow about her."
Ginseng has been used for it's healing properties in Asia and North America for centuries. It
brightens the skin, improves circulation and revitalizes. I add a slice of Ginseng to my Nutribullet, giving the immune system a boost. Apply Glow Tonic directly to the face, neck and chest, your skin appears luminous and radiant, matching the inside. Pixi Beauty's popular, twelve year staple, Glow Tonic gets a makeover. The 'miracle' in a bottle launches just in time for the polar vortex and harsh, winter elements. Infused with karmic goodness and ingredients like Ginseng, Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel, Glow Tonic is power blend of facial wellness. I dig the clean, aromatic scent, it's delish. Try it, you might get hooked. Loving the way you feel, and look.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Do Unto Others

Happy Holidays all y'all. 
Pressed for time, I didn't get to the false lashes. I applied a sparkly, gold shimmer eye instead, bronze, peach cheeks, and a killer brown lip. Sometimes we get dolled up for a night on the town, a big occasion. Others, we put our best face forward for someone else. That is the biggest, best gift of all. Caring, making an effort even when you don't feel like it.
Love makes the world look a whole lot prettier.
Blessings, be safe, eat, drink and be merry this Eve of Christmas. 
Gift someone a pick me up hug, zero dollars well spent.