Zoe Kravits Chats About The Holiday YSL Beauty Collection

Holiday season is finally here and nothing beats seasonal gifts. Due to the pandemic crisis, shopping may look a little diffrent this year and online browsing is encouraged to avoid large crowds.

Luckily, brands have adapted to the times and put all their snazziest usually in-store digs online for customers to easily splurge during this odd shopping change. “Obviously, this year is different,” Zoe Kravitz tells ESSENCE. “But, I love when people get together and have good food, good drinks and good conversation. I just think we normally live in a world where no one really takes time to slow down, so I think the holidays is just that time when we give ourselves permission.”

The actress and musician teamed up with YSL, a known beauty partner for Kravitz to showcase the luxury label’s holiday collection. “You never really know what you’re going to get when you’re working with a big company like this, and I’ve developed really wonderful personal relationships with everybody,” she says. “I think the most important thing is that they really support me and my desire to be myself.”

YSL holds a strong high-end aesthetic from the brands clothing pieces to its beauty finds, and its Holiday collection isn’t any diffrent. Buyers can find viral favorites like the Black Opium fragrance and trendy lip colors packaged in bedazzled seasonal colors. “The Black Opium is a really wonderful gift,” Kravitz includes. The actress also shared her favorite YSL beauty products – the Touche Eclat Brightening Pen and the Couture Brow Mascara. “Even if I don’t leave the house, I want to put those on.”

Considering Thanksgiving is less than a week away with Christmas to follow, there’s no better to time to snag a gift for yourself – or others. Priced between $38 – $300, there’s a little something for everyone. Shop the YSL Holiday Beauty collection here.

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Blizzard Founding Artist Samwise Didier Chats About His Methods And Drawing Women With Muscles

Samwise Didier has been drawing art for games at Blizzard Entertainment for almost as long as there’s been a Blizzard Entertainment. If you’ve been gaming for long, you’ve seen one of his sketches or paintings, and you might even recognize his trademark swoosh of a cartoon signature with its oversized i-dot.

He’s created for nearly every Blizzard game: Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch. His freelance work includes a pile of album art and a wide variety of side projects, including the top-secret first new project for former Blizzard VP Chris Metzen’s Warchief Gaming tabletop game studio.

This month Abrams Publishing released a gorgeous, oversized $50 color hardcover of his artwork: Brutal, the Art of Samwise. I caught up with him to talk about the methods behind his heavy-metal-inspired madness. This is part one of that interview.

Heather Newman: So you’re a crack-of-dawn kind of guy. How did you get started with the early schedule?

Samwise Didier: The way to get them on a morning schedule, and I highly recommend this, is to do a press tour over in Europe, and then just keep that schedule. I never adjusted back from a European press tour of StarCraft back in 2012 or whatever it was. So that’s how I stay to get up early.

Newman: What do those mornings look like?

Didier: I wake up usually between 5:00/5:30. I don’t turn my computer off from the night before, I have the piece of artwork that I was working on or the story that I’m writing right there. I don’t particularly do things like, I’m going to do some warm up sketches or I’m going to do this to wake up a little bit. Screw that, just get right to work. Just start drawing and your mind will wake up before your body does.

I’ve been doing it long enough now to where I’ve noticed that I’ve turned into my dad. My dad used to get up at like 3:30 every morning and feed the dogs and cats and all that stuff. And now I’m just turning into my old man.

Newman: You’ve used everything for your art — pencils, Post-its, paint. Where do you start now?

Didier: When it comes to work stuff, whether it’s personal or day job-related Blizzard stuff, it’s mostly on the computer. Now just sketching with pencil and sketch pad is just what I do for fun. If there’s a story I will sketch out things ahead of time. I’ll be working out what a costume looks like, or I’ll be working out the proportions of, if we have five characters standing next to each other, I want to build that sort of superhero team, you know, the short one, the tall one, the buff one, the smart one, the robot

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