BROOKE LEWIS UNVEILS HER ‘PROFESS YOUR HOT MESS’ MAKE UP LINE WITH TASH COSMETICS 6

Brooke Lewis is a woman of many talents. Not only is she a highly respected life-coach, an author and an actress, having teamed up with Tasha-Guerrero-Castagna, the owner of TASH Cosmetics, she’s now added make up designer to her ever-growing and impressive resume. As, in her own words a “Glam Gal” and a long-time supporter and advocate of girl power, the ‘Profess Your Hot Mess’ make up and ‘Ms. Vampy Girl’ skin care lines aim to inspire and encourage women everywhere to feel good about themselves from the inside out. Here, Brooke chats with Thisisthelatest about the collaboration with TASH, her new book and the importance of following your heart.

TITL: Hi Brooke, nice to chat with you again! You’re already an established actress, life coach, and author, so why did you feel now is the right time to branch out again and release your own make-up line ‘Profess Your Hot Mess’ with TASH Cosmetics?

Brooke Lewis: Thanks, and it is fabulous to be here! Many thanks for the awesome compliment! You know, you will hear me coach and also read in my Coaching From A Professed Hot Mess book that we never know how life leads us from point A to point Z, but we should embrace what “feels” good to us along the way! I have always been a Glam Gal with a love for makeup and hair products. I released my book with a bit of a buzz and Tasha Guerrero-Castagna, Owner of TASH Cosmetics, contacted me to tell me she was inspired by my positive messages for women and to share with me that, at times, she too, feels like a Hot Mess.

Tash also knew that I Glam Gal-out for red carpet events and, generously, offered to send me a “celebrity” gift set from her collection. I am blessed to receive many gifts, but when I received this one, there was something that felt different. TASH had packaged it with a beautiful, gracious note and ingredients list, telling me all their products were hypoallergenic. I have suffered from severe allergies and chemical sensitivity my entire life, so this was important to me. Then, I started trying on her loose powder eye shadows and felt like a kid again, playing with my favorite colors!

I was inspired, so I emailed Tasha to thank the company, and ended up on a two-hour call to brainstorm about branding me with my own celebrity line! This is something I had dreamed of years ago with my Ms. Vampy brand. I had been “in-talks” with another company for consideration, but it did not feel right! The moment Tasha and I connected, I knew we were a Beauty Diva match! We share the same goals, work ethic, loyalty and integrity! I am blessed to have partnered with a person and company I now consider a dear friend and we are lighting up lips everywhere with both our ‘Profess Your Hot Mess’ and ‘Ms. Vampy Girl’ lines of makeup and skin care.

TITL: The line is focused on the goal to encourage women to feel good about themselves – how have you gone about that in terms of its creation?

BL: Cheers to Girl Power! It is very important to me that any brands I collaborate with or represent, stay true to my personal brand messages, as an actress, coach and author! I speak a lot about female empowerment and cultivating your inner beauty. I did my due diligence on TASH Cosmetics and Tasha and I had many lengthy conversations. I knew that she was also all about natural, healthy products and that everything was handmade. She was also about supporting hardworking women and making sure she kept her products at a price that would be affordable to most women. During our collaboration, and to coincide with my book, I created our brand message: “TASH Cosmetics and Brooke Lewis are committed to encouraging women to “feel good about themselves” and promote beauty from the inside out, as expressed in their mission statement, “Let’s stop trying to be “perfect” and get “pretty” from the inside out!”

TITL: We live in such a beauty obsessed society, where make-up brands are constantly in competition with one another to draw in the biggest sales audience. How do you plan for this line to stand out and draw in a market?

BL: I LOVE this question for many reasons! When Tasha and I collaborated on our brands, we were very aware and humble about the fact that I am not an “A-list” actress and TASH Cosmetics is not a multi-million-dollar company, so it would be a challenge to expand quickly. We are two artists who are committed to the long haul and big picture! We also know that if one of my TV series in development gets picked up, it could change our brand expansion. But, the real answer is simple and something I coach and speak about often…we choose to commit to our truth and integrity! From my professional brand, career choices and messages to TASH Cosmetics’ unique way of creating its ingredients, we keep our own course and those who are meant to resonate with us and appreciate our products, will do so! Spiritual way of looking at things, huh?

TITL: How important is it to you that the TASH cosmetics doesn’t believe in animal testing and that they keep their products natural, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic?

BL: Again, having suffered severe allergies and chemical sensitivities my entire life, I was personally grateful to learn that TASH Cosmetics were hypoallergenic. I have dealt with acne as both a teen and adult, so I was elated when Tasha also suggested we create a skin care line for teens (our ‘Ms. Vampy Girl’) that would include products for acne prone skin, as I can so relate (Yes, girls, I, too, suffer from backne, so let’s own it and stop trying to be “perfect”, as I state in my book!). Now, sadly, I am super allergic to animals, but almost all my family and friends have them and I realize they love them like children, so I think it is fantastic that TASH supports “furry friends!”

TITL: The line has been introduced to coincide with the release of your latest book Coaching From A Professed Hot Mess. For those who have yet to read it, how would you sum it up in terms of the advice/help it offers? 

BL: The title sums it up perfectly… Coaching From A Professed Hot MessTips on Life, Love, Dating, Online Dating, Female Empowerment & LGBT Support from a Board Certified Life Coach, TV Dating Expert & Hot Mess. And, my favorite excerpt pulled from the pages: “Life can be crazy! So, in 2016, I chose to embrace my “crazy” and use my blessed and beautiful bedside table book to profess…”I am a HOT MESS!” Yup…I said it, rock it and OWN IT! Now, being an actress, life coach and dating expert in the public eye, some may think I am really “crazy” for sharing this with the world! I know some of you are thinking (and, judging!) that a Board Certified Life and Dating Coach, professional and working actress should not “air her dirty laundry.” Well, I cannot tell you how good it feels to be self-aware enough to admit and embrace my “flaws.” Along with my strengths, my flaws and weaknesses make me vulnerable, special and unique. I also believe that by sharing my HOT MESS quirks with you, it will support you in embracing your HOT MESS quirks, too! Let’s break the rules and stop chasing perfection. It gets tiring trying to be perfect all the time, doesn’t it?”

TITL: With so many projects on the go, how do you find time to unwind and relax?

BL: Oh, that’s easy! My dear friend, Don Julio, always helps me to relax after a stressful day! But wait, “relax”? Didn’t we retire that concept in like 2009? Ha!

TITL: Finally, what advice would you give to anyone looking to take a career path similar to yours? Is there any advice you wish you’d been told before you started out?

BL: RUN! Faster, faster! No, I’m only kidding. Honestly, there is nothing anyone could have advised about my crazy careers to prepare me for my journey because my journey is mine and everyone’s journey is different! The thing I am most proud of is that I have followed my heart and stayed true to myself and my commitments! I have had many life and career challenges and I have fought through my fears and never quit! My best bits of advice are found in all my brands:

“Be You…And, Be Fearless!” – Be You And Be Fearless Life Coach

“Let’s break the ‘rules’ and stop chasing “perfection.” It gets tiring trying to be “perfect” all the time, doesn’t it?” – Coaching From A Professed Hot Mess

“When faced with fear, dig deep inside, find your inner vamp, and Vamp It Out!” – Ms. Vampy’s Teen Tawk

XO Hot Mess, Brooke Lewis

To keep up to date with Brooke, visit her website or follow her on Twitter. Header photo credit: Birdie Thompson.

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SIR BRUCE FORSYTH DIES AGED 89 10

Sir Bruce Forsyth, the veteran entertainer and presenter of many successful TV shows, has died aged 89.

The former Strictly Come Dancing presenter had been unwell for some time and was in hospital earlier this year after a severe chest infection.

His long career in showbusiness began when he was aged just 14 and he went on to become Britain’s best-paid TV star, famous for hosting game shows like The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and The Price is Right.

He also presented BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing with Tess Daly from 2004 to 2014.

A statement from his manager, Ian Wilson, said:

“It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon, peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children. A couple of weeks ago, a friend visited him and asked him what he had been doing these last 18 months. With a twinkle in his eye, he responded ‘I’ve been very, very busy… being ill!'”

Sir Bruce’s family expressed their thanks to:

“…the many people who have sent cards and letters to Bruce wishing him well over his long illness and know that they will share in part, the great, great loss they feel.”

They said there would be no further comment at the moment and asked for their privacy to be respected “at this most difficult time.”

Sir Bruce had not been seen in public recently, due to ill health. He was too frail to attend the funerals of close friends Ronnie Corbett and Sir Terry Wogan last year.

In 2015, the presenter underwent keyhole surgery after suffering two aneurysms, which were discovered following a fall at his Surrey home. In an interview last October, his wife said he was still having “a bit of a problem moving,” adding that: “..he’s in incredible shape mentally but he gets very tired.

Scores of fans and friends have taken to social media to share their tributes to Forsyth, a selection of which you can read below.

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Shedding a tear for my pal Brucie.

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PAM TAYLOR HITS THE UK & ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 7

Having released her first album, Hot Mess, back in 2012, Pam Taylor has had several years of critical acclaim and success, including picking up the Queen City Music Award for Best Female Rock Artist three years running, but such success has also been intertwined with some personal difficulties which have influenced her upcoming album Steal Your Heart which is set for release in the autumn.

Before then though, she’s currently on a UK tour which kicked off in Dumfries on August 12th. Speaking about playing in the UK, Pam said:

“It’s all very surreal to be sharing my music in the U.K.  This place has such a rich musical history in general and in my personal life especially. I grew up listening to Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Pet Shop Boys, The Bee Gees, Rod Stewart, The Police… I can go on..  Black Sabbath, The Beatles!! 

It’s amazing how much British music has shaped my musical influence.  More recently I was mesmerized by Amy Winehouse.  I too shared the same afflictions but luckily I survived.  Another is Adele.   I connect with her pain especially since my recent break up. Obviously, the blues was resurrected in the U.K. so of course I have a fondness for this place. Plus, my family lineage traces back to here so I feel a huge connection; almost like I’m at home. 

My tour starts in Scotland where I’m doing some festivals and charity events for Leonard Cheshire Disability down in Dumfries then I have two dates at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I  can’t wait to be apart of the worlds largest art festival. Plus it’s celebrating 70 years so I know Its going to be one hell of a party.  After that I’m heading down to England to play a couple of dates, then over to Europe, then on to Israel for my CD release party.  I feel like I’m riding one big wave.”

A full list of her remaining tour dates and venues can be found below.

Aug 18  Barbour Memorial Hall – Glencaple, UK

Aug 19  Parkgate Blues Festival Carmichael Community Hall – Dumfries, UK

Aug 20  Carlisle Fringe – Carlisle, UK

Aug 25  Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Edinburgh, UK

Aug 26  Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Edinburgh, UK

Sept 1   Bear Hotel – Devizes, UK

Sept 5   Bristol Blues Clubhouse – Bristol, UK

Sept 14 Bluescafe Apeldoorn – Apeldoorn, Netherlands

Check out the video for her new track “Squeeze Me” below and for tickets and more information on Pam Taylor and her music, visit her website, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter. Steal Your Heart will be available on September 22nd.