Let Somme Institute Give Your Skin a BOOST

My favorite thing to get (besides free shoes) is a facial. And during stressful times or the cold winter months, it is essential to fight back damaging elements with a facial. Of course not all of us can just run out to a spa but luckily you can heal your skin at home. The Somme Institute has introduced a new addition to their wonderful 5-Step Regimen – the Boost Gentle Warming Mask.

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Boost is a multi-tasking treatment mask that purifies and nourishes the skin leaving it smooth and refreshed. Infused with a specialized blend of minerals, enzymes and vitamins, it brings new skin tone, texture and clarity. Gentle enough for all skin types and skin conditions (including Sun Damage, Fine Lines & Wrinkes, Acne and Rosacea), Boost prepares the skin to better receive and absorb the Somme Institute 5-Step Regimen. This creamy oat-colored mask is decadent to apply, it smooths on the face with ease and spreads evenly and smells absolutely divine. The faint scent reminded me of fall dessert and after reading that it contains pumpkin enzymes, I quickly saw the appeal. Pumpkin is rich In Vitamins A, C, and Zinc; it soothes, moisturizes and acts as a carrier, assisting the other mask’s ingredients to absorb deeper into the skin and intensifying the results. So with Boost, you will benefit even more from Somme Institute’s Patented MDT5 Technology. Boost also contains Zeolite, a natural mineral to warm the skin and open the pores enabling Kaolin to aptly absorb excess oil, dirt and impurities.

I realized one major perk of using Boost, as the weather gets colder, I always noticed that I immediately felt the temperature on my face only a few minutes of being exposed to the elements. My face felt a bit tight even though I used a moisturizer but while using Somme Institute’s Boost, that was not an issue anymore. My skin not only felt supple and moisturized, it truly was. The skin on my face took no notice of the cold weather and wasn’t affected by it at all.

How do you use Boost? Somme Institute recommends you use it 1-3 times a week but Boost can be used daily as well without harm. After Nourishing Cleanser on dry skin, apply Boost to forehead, cheeks and chin and massage Boost onto skin for a couple of minutes. Leave Boost on the skin for 3-5 minutes and then remove with a warm towel. Continue with Somme Institute Transport.

You’re Invited: John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Holiday Public Event

This season is all about celebrating the holiday, you’ve received several holiday invitations, have a few chic cocktail dresses and perfect shoes set aside, so now all that’s left is your beauty routine. You might be thinking about hair style choices, so why not let John Frieda help you decide. Join John Frieda for complimentary blowouts and hair styling and festive treats at Celsius Bryant Park on Wednesday, November 30th for the John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Holiday Public Event. While you’re enjoying these comp hair services, you can preview the latest John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair has to offer and don’t miss the unveiling of a one-of-a-kind tree adorned with John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair!

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Toast the holidays with yummy hot beverages from Cuisinart and fresh popcorn from Waring Pro. As an added bonus, if you’re one of the first 40 people, you will receive passes for complimentary skate rental. After the event, all tools will be donated to Safe Horizon to help support victims of domestic violence. we probably already know the answer (why would you deprive yourself of this great, free event), but will you be attending the John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Holiday Public Event?

The Curly Nikki New York City Meetup Sponsored by Mizani

Hundreds of natural hair lovers packed the Millesime Lounge at The Carlton Hotel in New York City for Curly Nikki’s first NYC meetup. The soiree was sponsored by Mizani, who featured new additions to their True Textures Collection; Curl Soft, a weightless leave-in conditioner and Curl Set, a moisturizing high hold jelly.

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We were also treated by surprise celebrity guests from “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” actresses Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) and Karyn Parsons (Hillary), who came to show their support.

“CurlyNikki has built an amazing network of women who are passionate about natural hair. We’re happy to champion her, and what she’s doing. It coincides with what’s important to us in the beauty industry – a passionate exchange of ideas. “

-Veronique Morrison, MIZANI’s director of education
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The model’s hair turned out nicely defined in the end. Not your traditional curl shape

In the midst of all the lovely curlies was lot’s of picture taking and even some styling. Mizani Team member, Toni Jackson-Garcia showed off a new Mizani styling tool called Lacers. These cool little thingys let you achieve defined curls/waves easily, weather your hair is straightened or naturally textured. They’re soft and comfortable too. These are supposed to be available from Mizani, although they seemed to not be available on their website currently. I smell an investigation coming on!

I was a fan of Mizani products when I was relaxed and they are steadily convincing me to try the True Textures line on my natural locks now. I was so inspired by the products and styles I saw there, I rocked big, blow-dried, braidout hair the very next week!

Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011 and Covergirl Collection Party

The legendary Pat McGrath, makeup artist for P & G Beauty (which owns Covergirl), has once again collaborated with LeSportsac to create an 8-piece pro cosmetic bag collection. We were one of the lucky few who got to attend the Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011 and Covergirl Collection Party. She is legendary and the most influential editorial and celebrity makeup artist in the known world.

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The premier collection, which debuted last year, featured two makeup bags inspired by CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara. The 2011 collection is inspired lips, specifically by the CoverGirl LipPerfection lip color collection, and features new exclusive designs and shades from LeSportsac that coordinate perfectly.

The collection ranged from the small Kiss Case to the large Professional Carry All Tote that’s large enough to hold several other pieces from the Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011 collection which makes for easy travel. Though we did not get to interview Ms. McGrath at the launch event, she sweetly posed for a photo.

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The Covergirl beauty team was also on hand to offer makeup touchups and beauty tips to all who wanted to experience their great colors in all categories – lips, cheeks, and eyes.

Guests also got to enjoy some yummy treats (a sweet tooth’s heaven), a fantastic view of New York City and deliciously refreshing cocktails. It was the perfect backdrop to celebrate this wonderful, limited edition collection.

The collection will be sold on LeSportsac.com and at LeSportsac boutiques starting this month. Keep an eye out for a coupon for CoverGirl LipPerfection lip color with every bag purchase. What are your thoughts on this collection? Are you excited for the Pat McGrath for LeSportsac 2011 collection?

Carol’s Daughter Spokesbeauties unveil Monoi Haircare at Sephora 34th Street

Two days ago I announced Solange Knowles, Selita Ebanks and Cassie would be at Sephora to celebrate the launch of Carol’s Daughter new haircare collection – Monoi Haircare. See the announcement HERE. Well here are some photos from the event as the ladies unveiled their ads. Red carpet ran a bit behind so I didn’t get to shoot Cassie or Mary J. Blige, but Selita Ebanks and Solange Knowles are photographed in from of their posters below

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The front and interior of the 34th Street Sephora was incredibly packed when the ladies hit the red carpet as fans scrambled to catch a glimpse of the ladies and first-hand look at the new Monoi Haircare Collection placed in stand-alone kiosks featuring photos of the Spokesbeauties. We were lucky enough to have access to inside the beauty retailer to capture the kiosks photos, but all the action was outside as the ladies  took photos in front of their Monoi Haircare Collection posters

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Enjoy a few more photos from the ladies’ appearance and unveiling at Sephora 34th St
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Meet Solange Knowles, Selita Ebanks & Cassie at Sephora 34th Street

Carol’s Daughter Spokesbeauties Solange Knowles, Selita Ebanks and Cassie will join Mary J Blige at Sephora 34th Street tomorrow, May 24th, to help celebrate Carol’s Daughter’s new Monoi Hair Collection. As Carol’s Daughter welcomes a new generation of ambassadors, the brand ushers in an era of beauty that offers universal benefits for the entire spectrum of colors and textures, encouraging every woman to embrace their unique beauty.

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Monoi is a truly inclusive collection—it’s developed to benefit every hair type,” explains Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price. “So it’s fitting that the women representing the collection come from such varied backgrounds. I’m very excited to introduce these strong, beautiful women to our fans as shining examples of what beauty can be.”

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Select fans will get the opportunity to meet Solange Knowles, Selita Ebanks & Cassie at Sephora 34th Street, the strong, beautiful, influential new faces of the brand. Beginning at 9am on May 24th, the first 250 customers to make a Monoi Gift Set purchase at the Sephora 34th street location will receive wristbands enabling them to meet Solange, Selita and Cassie in person later that evening (consumers should bring their own cameras to get their photo taken with the Spokesbeauties; one photo per person). Walk-ins will also be welcome during the consumer portion of the event.

WHERE:
Sephora 34th Street
130 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Cross-Streets: On West 34th St. btwn 7th Avenue & Broadway

WHEN:
May 24th, 2011
9am: Monoi purchasing opportunity begins (you’ll receive a wristband allowing you to come back later that evening)
4pm: Wristband holders are allowed to start lining up to meet the Spokesbeauties
8pm: Wristband holders are welcomed into Sephora for a meet and greet with Solange Knowles, Selita Ebanks, and Cassie

Couture Hair Color at The Angelo David Salon

I have had the same multi-brown hair color for a long time (it actually started out as black but was lightened by the sun). I usually try to change it up but I as I stated, it’s been a while…..until a visit to the fabulous Angelo David Salon – a premier salon located steps away from Grand Central, that specializes in Luxury Hair Extensions and Additions. The Angelo David Salon offers custom, couture options that allow every client to maximize his or her appearance-potential. Celebrities, career women, socialites and busy moms feel equally welcome at this high-end hair salon and so did I.
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This premier midtown salon features fully customized hair additions, plus cuts, color, Japanese straightening, waxing, makeup application, etc and is heralded by Angelo David Pisacreta (pictured above), who developed a hair addition system that reflects the uniqueness of his clients’ individuality. Since I wanted a vibrant color change, I went for Couture Color, a customized hair color perfectly matched to your skin tone, eye color, and lifestyle. My hair went from a boring multi-brown to a vivacious red – yep, I went from this chocolatey variation

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to this red hot mama

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I am so in love with my hair, it went from looking flat and dull to full of life. I’m getting so many compliments on the color (my ego is officially inflated) – how it brings out my eyes, matches my personality, etc – a friend even said that every time she sees me, she sees something different in my hair. That is absolutely due to the brilliant dimensional color highlights that are present throughout my hair.

The staff at the Angelo David Salon were also brilliant; they’re super sweet and make you feel so comfortable like you’re chatting about whatever with a friend. I can also tell you, Angelo is very hands on with all his customers, making sure everything is going smoothly and that you’re happy with the result. Angelo is actually the one who suggested I get the red color glaze on my hair – the man knows his stuff. His salon is a must if you want a change but aren’t sure which direction to go. Here he is adding some Couture Extensions to a customer’s hair with a few members of his staff

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For more information on the Angelo David Salon, check out their website at http://www.angelodavid.com/ or the Angelo David Salon Facebook Page.

Carol’s Daughter Announces New Spokesbeauties

Carol’s Daughter announces new spokesbeauties for the brand, three lovely and talented women: Solange Knowles, Selita Ebanks, and R & B Songstress, Cassie. In a celebration of beauty, each talented woman is proud to represent a brand that is helping to redefine the color of beauty. The three beauties join fellow spokesbeauties, Jada Pinkett Smith and Mary J Blige. Many, like me, did not know that the three ladies come from multi-ethnic backgrounds which fits right in with the direction founder Lisa Price wants to take her brand.

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Photo courtesy of WWD

For more information, pick up a copy of today’s WWD for the Carol’s Daughter: Beauty in Diversity article.