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Design Essentials Kicks Off Essence Festival with Ledisi

Design Essentials kicked of the Essence Music Festival with a Blogger Martini Mixer, and Celebrity Gifting Style Lounge with Singer Ledisi, who also unveiled her new book on July 3rd. Those in attendance were treated to a day of pampering, and left with fabulous gifts from the event’s wonderful vendors. Gifts included the newest and best in manicures, makeup, body products and even premium leather handbags.

Nail expert and cosmetologist Theresa Williamson of Polish & Co. pampered guests with a Nail Bar that offered manicure services, while Makeup Artist Mia “MiMi J” Johnson of The Glamatory, endowed attendees with a complimentary lipstick bar, lipstick pens and eyeshadows – a real treat for these beauty lovers!

All-natural body scrubs and butters, including vegan soaps and lotions, were gifted to attendees from the extensive line of Cake Face Soaping.

Brow services were all the rage as Brow Expert, Joi Mebane of The Look by Joi offered eyebrow services, whose products transform and inspire women worldwide.

At the Gifting Suite, Ledisi revealed her new book, Ledisi Look Book: Inspired by Locs and Love, to attendees, including a slew of celebrities such as Blackish actress Yara Shahidi, Married to Medicine stars Lisa Nicole Cloud and Dr. Heavenly, Chef Roblé, etc. Attendees also got the chance to get firsthand knowledge of Ledisi’s favorite hair tips, as well as her favorite Design Essentials Natural products, directly from the singer herself.

Giveaways at the logger Martini Mixer included Gregory Sylvia leather handbags, Runway Curls 100% Human textured hair, and Curl Enhancing Dual Hydration Milk, Coconut and Monoi Deep Moisture Masque, Coconut and Monoi Curl Defining Gelée from Design Essentials.

The Design Essentials Natural Blogger Mixer, and Gifting Suite hosted by Ledisi, and Blogger LipsticknCurls, was the place to be in the Big Easy on July 3rd, 2015 as guests mingled with some of the top natural hair bloggers and YouTube stars, Media Partners Sheen Magazine, Bossip, and MadameNoire and of course celebrities.

Photos courtesy of ExclusiveAccess.Net

**Post by Contributing Writer, Valerie Goines**

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