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.

Lasio Studios Launches Formaldehyde-Free Treatment – Keratin Tropic

After several years of fighting the frizz and taming my curly hair, I tried the new formaldehyde-free Brazilian Keratin treatment, The Keratin Tropic from Lasio Studios. Keratin treatments are the most versatile, commitment-free, damage-free way to relax unruly waves and remove frizz. Lasio offers the simplest, most effective products on the market. Their residue-free, lightweight, spray-on treatments are 100% formaldehyde-free and applied in just three simple steps.

The Tropic requires no processing time, reduces 100% frizz and relaxes the curl by 30%-60% for up to three months. The heat activated treatment sits on the cortex of the hair to moisturize and strengthen. Since 2000, Lasio has stood at the apex of revolutionary hair care. At the core of each of their unique reparative hair products is keratin, a naturally created miracle protein capable of restoring strength and shine to even the most processed heads of hair.

Keratin Tropic – can be washed from the hair immediately after application. Free of aldehyde derivatives, this berry-scented treatment is perfect for anyone who wishes to remove frizz but maintain body and wave. Euxyl 702, a gentle preservative, gives this treatment a lifespan of 2-3 months. Suitable for all hair types.

My hair, which looked and felt amazing, light, smooth and very touchably soft, with not a flyaway or my natural curls in sight (as you can see above), was done by stylist, Candy Bencosme. It even made my color more vibrant. I got a chance to interview Candy on the fabulous Lasio Keratin Tropic Treatment.

Believe it or not, women are not the only ones getting the Lasio Keratin Tropic Treatment, while I was getting my treatment, in walks a guy and I mean all man, very cute who came in for the treatment as well. As I’ve never seen that before, I had to do a quick interview (apologies to all and him but I forgot his name). See his interview below:

The Lasio Tropic is not the only new product in the Lasio Haircare Collection, check out a couple of products from the Lasio Keratin line below and see the entire range at Lasio Keratin Products.

1 Day Keratin Treatment – The 1 Day keratin treatment can be washed out after only 24 hours. Hair will stay frizz-free for months;  it has one of the shortest processing times on the market. Lasts 3-4 months. Suitable for all hair types.

4 Day Keratin Treatment – his blend acts as a deep conditioner and straightening treatment all in one; promoting healthy, voluminous, and shiny hair. Lasts 3-4 months. Suitable for all hair types.

Does your hair look more like the right side of the models hair below? Why not try Lasio Keratin Treatments to get it looking more like the left side – smooth, silky and frizz-free.

Somme Institute’s 5-STEP REGIMEN

During the winter my skin tends to be extremely dry and flaky. Nothing seems to work well. I have found products that mask the flakiness temporarily but none that give me that healthy, summer look in the winter. So, I started trying products to find something that would compliment the smile I maintain throughout the year.

Somme Institute has a 5-step regimen that contains its exclusive patent pending technology breakthrough Molecular Dispersion Technology 5 (MDT5), a formulation of 5 high engineered vitamins (A, B3, B5, C & E) at high concentrations. It recommends that you use the products twice daily on all skin types and most skin conditions. Normally products designed for “all skin types” don’t work for me but I decided to give it a try anyway.

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The 5-step regimen contains a Nourishing Cleanser, Exfoliating Pads, Serum, Cell Renewal Lotion and a Protective Sunblock with SPF 30+. On the first day my skin experienced side effects. The exfoliating pads stung, my face still felt dry and it itched. I started to discount using it but decided to continue because the instructions stated that what I experience are some “positive” side effects and even suggested squeezing the exfoliating pads to remove the excess liquids before use. On day two I made adjustments and experienced less stinging and dryness. By the end of the week, my skin had stopped flaking. It looked healthy and glowed.

Like all women, on occasion you skip a day or two of any regimen. When I did, my face did not automatically return to its normal, dry look. There were dry patches and flaking but not like before. When I returned to using the products, my skin quickly returned to its new, healthy look.

I am now a huge fan of Somme Institute’s 5-step regimen. The Serum and Cell Renewal Lotion are my favorites.

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Even if you use these two products with other facial washes (which is not recommended) they still provide a healthy glow. I really like the regimen. If you decide to try it maybe you will too.

To learn more about these products visit http://www.sommeinstitute.com/.

Chrisette Michele Celebrates Album with Fans at Carol’s Daughter

Island Def Jam artist, Chrisette Michele, celebrated her anticipated third album release, Let Freedom Reign, which became available in stores today, by sharing it with some of her fans.

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The singer stopped by the Carol’s Daughter Harlem location to sign autographs, meet fans and give her own special Beauty tips. The first 50 guests received special items personalized by Chrisette Michele and all guests were treated to Chrisette’s statement red lip by a celebrity makeup artist.

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Let Freedom Reign is the long-awaited follow-up to Epiphany, which she released in May 2009. I got a chance to interview Chrisette Michele in between signing autographs and asked a few questions. I didn’t get to ask her everything I wanted which is fine because her fans were waiting a long time plus I know she was probably tired of hearing the same questions over and over. Please see my brief interview below (forgive my interview, I was trying to be quick)

Check out some more photos from the event, including photos with Carol’s Daughter’s owner, Lisa Price

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Rio de Keratin Cocolada At-Home Keratin Hair Treatment

I have been blessed (or cursed – it depends on the weather) with very thick and curly hair. Don’t get me wrong, I love my hair, I get compliments on it all the time but every single time I get my hair done, it either rains or the humidity begins to break records. Now when the whole Keratin hair Treatment phenomenon stated, I, and many women like me, were ecstatic. Finally a saving grace! Of course that saving grace in no way saves our bank accounts with salon visits costs up to $400 per treatment. And then came RDK (Rio de Keratin) Cocolada Keratin Treatment, an affordable, at-home/do it yourself Keratin Hair Treatment.


“The experts behind the Lasio keratin treatment cultivated Rio de Keratin with one goal in mind: making affordable keratin treatments accessible to women the world over. Rio de Keratin’s line of keratin-infused treatments and aftercare products is our answer to women everywhere who just can’t seem to keep their hair in line. We’ve used our professional expertise to create products that are safe enough to be used at home, but effective enough to replace costly trips to the salon.”

So not only do you save money, you save time as well – this I found out first hand as I tried out the Rio de Keratin starter kit. It was so simple to do. All I did was shampoo and condition my hair, added the RDK Cocolada Treatment and blow dried my hair. The next day (you have to wait 24 hrs) I used the provided RDK Cocolada Shampoo and Conditioner and blow-dried and flat ironed my hair, of course all this was done one the first day of the week-long heatwave. This is where the cursed part comes in – heat and humidity are my cryptonite but surprisingly, my hair is still very much under control (normally, I would look like a giant q-tip or troll doll) but so far, so good. It’s not as straight as when I first did it but considering the ridiculousness of the humidity, a quick blow-dry tames the moisture. Your hair will go from frizzy to smooth and under control

I got a chance to find out more on the RDK Cocolada Keratin Treatment at the Product-N-Press event, see below for more details on this great product.

Unfortunately, you guys have to wait a little while to try this product out as it won’t be available until August 1st. On that day, you’ll be able to purchase the starter kit (1st photo above) on the RDK Hair website which includes the following:

Starter kit contains the following:

* 4oz Cocolada Keratin Shampoo
* 4oz Cocolada Keratin Conditioner
* 4oz Cocolada Keratin Treatment
* 1x Comb
* 1x set of Gloves
* Instruction Sheet

Flawless Beauty: Luminess Air Airbrush Makeup System Giveaway

 

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It’s time again for another fantastic giveaway. I’m really excited to do this giveaway as I’ve been using the Luminess Air Airbrush System ( the #1 selling do-it-yourself airbrush makeup kit) for a while and I am completely in love with it. My makeup feels so light and looks incredibly natural, so much so that I do really forget that I am wearing makeup. The best part is that it covers all my imperfections without having to layer like I’m putting down concrete. Unlike many airbrush makeup companies out there, Luminess Air is water-based makeup.

I want to share that feeling with you, so one of you lucky ladies (or gentlemen for your wives/girlfriends) with will a Luminess Air Airbrush Makeup System with not one but two sets of Airbrush makeup to start you off. A value of over $269.00

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You may remember I was first acquainted with Luminess Air at the HauteLook Lounge during Fashion Week and then got reacquainted with them again at the recent Makeup Show NYC where I got to meet their wonderful makeup wizard, Marc Harvey who created a flawless full face look on me. So get ready ladies, one of you will be my winner.

To enter this must have giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post stating why you need Luminess Air Airbrush Makeup in your life

Extra Bonus if you:

  1. Tweet this Contest – tag @guestlistblog and #guestlistblogcontests
  2. Become a Fan of Luminess Air on  Facebook
  3. Share this contest on Facebook

The winner will be selected on JUNE 12TH. Good luck everyone

LUMINESS AIR SWEEPSTAKES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Must be legal U.S. resident, 18 years or older to enter. Sweepstakes to commence on Thursday, June 5th at 12:00:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and end on June 12th at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. My Life on and off the Guest List will determine (1) one Winner by a random drawing from all eligible entries to receive (1) one Luminess Air Airbrush Makeup System. Limit one prize per household. Odds of winning are dependent on the total number of eligible entries. Approx retail value of prize $269. Winner will be notified by email. Offer valid while supplies last. Giveaway sponsored by My Life on and off the Guest List; Prize provided by Luminess Air.

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: Congratulations to Michelle S., you are the winner of the Luminess Air Airbrush Makeup System Giveaway. I hope this helps with your Rosacea. (winner selected at random by Random Number Generator)