What’s New in Beauty: Olaxer Cosmetics Beauty Products

We love being introduced to new beauty products, especially if we’re seeing beauty products and tools, unlike anything that’s already out there. We were recently introduced to Olaxer Cosmetics Beauty Products and their wonderful products. They offering many of your beauty category favorites – matte lipstick, bath bombs, magnifying and lighted makeup mirrors, mud masks, cleansing brushes, and our favorite, hair straightening tools. Because we’re blessed with a head full of very thick hair, we’re incredibly excited to try the Olaxer Cosmetics 3-in-1 Ceramic Hair Straightener/ Hot Brush/ Curling Iron with Ionic Technology; and because matte lips are oh-so-in right now, we’ve become fans of the Olaxer Cosmetics Lip Glaze Matte Liquid Lipsticks. We’ll be highlighting both those beauty products in this post.

Olaxer Cosmetics 3-in-1 Ceramic Hair Straightener/ Hot Brush/ Curling Iron

If you’re a woman with hair longer than two inches, chances are you have several haircare tools taking up space in your bathroom. Those tools could include a hairbrush, curling iron, and flat iron, and if you’re African American, possibly a hot comb. What if one beauty tool could eliminate those others, saving you time, space, and money? That’s exactly what the Olaxer Cosmetics 3-in-1 Ceramic Hair Straightener/ Hot Brush/ Curling Iron with Ionic Technology will do. This versatile beauty tool is a Flat Iron with ceramic plates that heat up quickly, distributing heat evenly across the iron, ensuring your hair is not damaged by hotspots; a Hot Brush that uses shine ionic technology which emits negative ions that counteract the positive ions present in dry hair; and a Curling Wand with three temperature settings (High 392°F / Medium 356°F / Low 320°F) to best fit your hair type. The best part, this Olaxer beauty product is available on www.amazon.com for only $24.99.

Olaxer Cosmetics Lip Glaze Matte Liquid Lipsticks

We all know a matte lip is at the top of the beauty trends list right now, and Olaxer is offering you six stunning matte lip colors for such a low cost. What makes these lipsticks different is they glide on like a lip gloss dries like a matte lipstick. It has the staying power of a lipstick, we’d call it a matte lip cream. It even comes with a lip gloss wand for nice, even full application and coverage. The texture of the Olaxer Cosmetics Lip Glaze Matte Liquid Lipstick is softer and more delicate. It boasts a long-lasting, non-stick formula which contains moisturizing ingredients for a comfortable, emollient and silky feel against your lips. How much does this amazing lippy set? Can you believe it’s only $19.99 on www.amazon.com? Talk about a steal!

What are your thoughts on these Olaxer Cosmetics beauty products? Are you excited to try these?

Get Glowing Skin with these Skin Prep Beauty Tools from Tweezerman

The best way to get healthy skin is to get it glowing. We all want a naturally gorgeous complexion that will turn heads and we’re here to help you achieve your skin goals with the highlight of the latest beauty tools from Tweezerman. Last month they launched several great beauty tools, two of which we’re really excited about – the Tweezerman Complexion Cleansing Brush and Tweezerman Bright Complexion Facial Dermaplaner.

If you haven’t heard, Dermaplaning is the latest innovative way to exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin to hit the US market. While you can get this treatment in some spas and with professional tools, Tweezerman gives you the option to enjoy this treatment with their at-home tool that achieves results that rival those of professional Dermaplaners. The second of the beauty tools from Tweezerman is perfect for pampering your skin. This great cleansing brush boasts super soft bristles that you’ll have to feel to believe. Whether you use a cream or gel cleanser, your skin will look brighter each use.

 

Here’s to brushing up on your skincare routine with the new Tweezerman Complexion Cleansing Brush. This handy tool works to gently cleanse and wash away impurities, leaving you with glowing, healthy skin. The Complexion Cleansing Brush features velvety soft bristles that work to lift and remove all unwanted layers of makeup and dirt, cleaning deep into the pores. The brush’s ergonomic shape makes it easy to hold, plus, the titled head allows water to drain so the bristles dry thoroughly. Get it now on www.Tweezerman.com and www.Uita.com for $16.00 each.

This new, easy and safe “at home” facial tool exfoliates and rejuvenates your skin thanks to its high-quality stainless steel blades that clear away dead, dull skin cells promoting a brighter, clearer complexion with a luminous glow. The small ergonomic beauty tool fits nicely in the palm of your hand and its specifically designed cartridge keeps the blade at the perfect angle to guarantee safe and effective application; so there’s no fear of accidentally cutting your skin. The Tweezerman Bright Complexion Facial Dermaplaner comes with 3 replaceable blades that easily slides into place. Each blade can be used for up to three months and with a total of four blades, the device has a one year supply when used as directed. Get this innoc=vtive beauty tool on www.Tweezerman.com and www.Ulta.com for $30.00.

What are your thoughts on these new beauty tools from Tweezerman? Have you tried Dermaplanning?

Scent of a Woman: Jimmy Choo L’Eau Eau de Toilette Fragrance

We are less than a month away from the first day of the spring season. We’re anxiously waiting for the season for blooming flowers. The season of new blooms always makes us think of the wonderful fragrances that await us. When we say, wonderful fragrances, we don’t just mean flowers. Launched earlier this month (hopefully, you were lucky enough to receive it as a Valentine’s Day gift), was the newest fragrance from Jimmy Choo fragrances, Jimmy Choo L’Eau. The newest fragrance is a sensual evocation of the Jimmy Choo woman, with pure and subtle notes heightened by the hibiscus flower.

Composed by perfumer Juliette Karagueuzoglou, Jimmy Choo L’EAU evokes a radiant femininity as the fragrance combines a symphony of floral, fresh and musky notes. Top notes of hibiscus flower and bergamot blend with sweet nectarine and floral peony at the heart of the scent. The fruity and floral notes are grounded by the fragrance’s base notes of heady cedarwood and musk; embodying the sensual yet sweet contrasts at the heart of the Jimmy Choo woman.

Top Notes: Bergamot and Hibiscus Flower
Heart: Nectarine and Peony
Base Notes: Cedarwood and Musks

“Jimmy Choo L’Eau captures the scent of a delicious thirst-quenching hibiscus flower blended with barks, fruits and vibrant woods, to create a radiant feminine sensuality.” Juliette Karagueuzoglou, Perfumer.

The ethereal, cocoon shaped bottle, which encases the iridescent liquid inside, is inspired by Venetian Murano glass. Its elongated form offers a slender and more refined silhouette of the signature bottle, in pale pink evoking notions of delicate and sensual femininity. A light pink lacquering delicately highlights the circles on the elegant bottle which is topped with a pale pink 3D cube with metallic gilded edges, adding a touch of modernity to the luxurious design. The outer packaging features an ethereal pale pink snakeskin print, a signature of the Jimmy Choo brand.

Jimmy Choo L’Eau is available in three sizes, 90ml/3.0oz. Natural EDT spray ($98.00), 60ml/2oz. Natural EDT spray ($78.00), and a 40ml/1.3oz. Natural EDT spray ($55.00). Jimmy Choo L’Eau available at Macy’s, www.Macys.com, Nordstrom, and www.Nordstrom.com.

This Winter, Indulge Your Hair in Brazilian Beauty with Novex Hair Care

The cold winter weather can create a bit of havoc on your hair, why not treat it to a tropical escape, specifically, a Brazilian one. There’s no denying that Brazilian women have some of the most enviable hair. Now you can achieve a head full of incredibly soft, lush hair with Brazilian hair care brand, Novex Hair Care, and their six collections of hair care products formulated for your various hair needs – Novex Brazilian Keratin (smoothing and deep repair), Novex Olive Oil (deep hydration), Novex Bamboo Sprout (hair growth and strength), Novex Argan Oil (frizz control), Novex My Curls (curls and hydration), and the newest launch, Novex Coconut Oil (nourishment and silkiness). The cold weather can cause split ends, dry scalp, leave you with dry frizzy hair, and non-stop bad hair days that can last the entire season. Your hair is literally crying out for more moisture. Are you ready to give your hair back the strength, moisture, and beauty it knows with Novex Hair Care?

Novex Brazilian Keratin

Keratin is the primary protein found in hair particles and is essential for healthy hair. However, 70-80% of the keratin in hair is lost due to blow drying, curling irons, straighteners, sun rays, excessive heat and dryness and other harmful chemicals. Novex Hair Care Keratin reinforces the structure of the hair and results in shiny, soft hair with natural movement.

Novex Olive Oil

With an innovative formula using the finest Portuguese Olive Oil, Novex Olive Oil treats dry hair by giving deep hydration and protection. Ideal for curly and wavy hair, the family of Olive Oil Shampoo and Conditioning Treatments will provide all day shine, protection, and life into curls.

Novex Bamboo Sprout

With super concentrated actives from Bamboo and enriched with a mixture of amino acids, minerals and Vitamins A, B and C, Novex Hair Care Bamboo is ideal for broken/weak hair that needs an extra dose of strength and growth. The shampoo and conditioning treatments are specifically developed to naturally strengthen the hair and stimulate the roots for growth.

Novex Argan Oil

Enriched with pure Argan Oil from Morocco, Novex Hair Care Argan Oil is full of powerful moisture and natural antioxidants for the hair. Ideal for straight hair and extensions, Novex Argan Oil repairs damages on the cellular membrane of the hair particles, increasing the strength of the capillary fiber and restoring shine and smoothness on hair. Split ends are reversed and hair is no longer frizzy, dry or dull.

Novex My Curls

Novex My Curls is specially created to take curls and give them movement and lots of hydration. Since curly hair requires a lot of moisture, Novex combined 7 hydrating oils into the My Curls products. These include Olive, Argan, Ojon, Monoi, Coconut, Shea Butter and Moringa Oils. This special mix of oils will bring curly hair intense hydration, nutrition, anti-frizz and spectacular shine. Cranberry, the small but powerful fruit, also helps shape the curls perfectly while maintaining shine.

Novex Coconut Oil

The newest Novex Hair Care products are enriched with the purest Coconut Oil from Brazil and Vitamin E, resulting in an intense treatment to repair dry and undisciplined hair. It restores shine and prolongs a smoother and straight effect on the hair.

Could your hair use a little Brazilian beauty escape and rescue from hair damage? Then you will love these Novex Hair Care products.

Celebrating 45 Years of Dark and Lovely Hair Care for Women of Color

We recently helped celebrate a great milestone in African American beauty. This year, Dark and Lovely hair care celebrates 45 years of catering to the haircare and styling needs of women of color. The event highlighted Dark and Lovely’s rich heritage and impact the brand has made in the beauty and fashion in the African-American community from it’s creation in the 1970’s, to today.

To commemorate this milestone in haircare, brand ambassador, actress, and singer Demetria McKinney, welcomed the crowd with her latest single, as well as singing the brand’s praises.

 “To have 45 years of excellence, to have 45 years of beauty, to have 45 years of empowerment – that’s what Dark and Lovely is. “To be a brand ambassador for this brand has been an awesome, awesome journey!”

Photo Credit – Joe Chea

Although she couldn’t make the event, actress Teyonah Parris, the newest brand ambassador for Dark and Lovely hair care welcomed the crowd of attendees with a video message stating her excitement to be part of the hair care brand.

“I am thrilled to be able to help Dark and Lovely celebrate their 45th anniversary and I am so excited to be the newest brand ambassador. “I grew up using Dark and Lovely products and I’m so proud to be able to represent the brand as an ambassador. It is a privilege to celebrate this significant milestone during Black History Month.”

After Demetria’s wonderful performance, we journeyed through the influential African-American hairstyles of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s; from afros and finger waves to braids, and flowing layers, each highlighting an essential Dark and Lovely hair care product. Fun fact about the iconic brand – did you know Dark and Lovely was introduced as the first hair color product formulated specifically for African American women? The brand has, of course, expanded to a wide range of deep conditioning treatments, shampoos, fade-resistant hair colors, relaxers, styling products, and a full line of products specifically designed for naturally curly hair.

Making their debut at the event were two new collections: Dark and Lovely Color-Gloss Ultra Radiant Color Crème, a no-ammonia natural-looking hair color infused with Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Pomegranate, that gives natural looking color, while delivering a glossy shine; the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Clumping Curl Clay Cleanser, and Clumping Curl Crème Gel, a care and styling duo formulated with Coconut Oil and Argan Oil, to help define naturally curly hair and reduce frizz.

The Dark and Lovely hair care event was capped off with the brand awarding five wonderful students with scholarships totaling $10,000 and assigned them to be mentored by L’Oréal USA senior-level executives as part of the Young Women with a Purpose Project, in partnership with The Tom Joyner Foundation. Scholarship winners include Ashani Scales of Delaware State University, Renea Young of Mississippi Valley State University, Hollye Weekes of Wiley College, Kimberly Burton, and Cherise McAdoo of Hampton University.

Photo Credit – Joe Chea

Are you excited for the latest Dark and Lovely hair care launches? What’s your favorite Dark and Lovely products? To learn more about these products, head to Dark and Lovely.

essence cosmetics Launches NEW Spring/Summer 2017 Collection

Spring is the time of renewal and welcoming in new things, so what better time than the upcoming spring season to welcome some new makeup into your life. We’re very excited about the NEW Spring/Summer 2017 Collection from essence cosmetics, a vast offering of cosmetics for face, eyes, lips, and nails.

The new collection from essence cosmetics is full of timeless must-haves – from everyday essentials to specialty products, all in universally flattering colors. Products include the matt matt matt lipstick, volume on! plumping lipgloss,  super precise eyeliner, the false lashes mascaras in extreme volume & curl and dramatic volume unlimited, contouring eye pencil, all I need concealer palette, light up your face luminizer palette, and color correcting mattifying powder. Learn all about these great beauty products below:

matt matt matt lipstick ($2.99)

This smooth new lipstick glides over lips to provide a sophisticated, long-lasting matte finish and bold color without drying out. The matt matt matt lipsticks are available in 8 shades: kiss me if you can, purple power, it’s a statement, perfect match, pink up your life, wow effect, red-y or not?, and natural kiss.

volume on! plumping lipgloss ($2.99)

The feathery light minty flavor and formula helps volumize to reveal luscious, fuller-looking lips within seconds of applying. Wear alone or as a topcoat over your favorite lipstick. The volume on! plumping lipgloss is available in 3 shade: c’est bon, c’est bonbon, less is more, and perfectly dressed.

super precise eyeliner ($2.99)


The super precise brush tip allows you to achieve a natural and simple look. It’s long-lasting and waterproof formula will allow you to wear it all day.

the false lashes mascaras ($4.99)

The volumizing formula creates impressive volume, while the curved fiber brush envelops every lash to create powerful curl, the combination of both gives the perfect false-lash-look plus curl-effect.

contouring eye pencil ($3.49)

Our new eye pencil is double-ended to help enhance and shape the eyes for a mesmerizing look. It also works as a liner, eye shadow, and a highlighter. The contouring eye pencils are available in 2 shades: caramel meets frosting and chocolate meets vanilla.

all I need concealer palette ($5.49)

This new creamy, powdery textured concealer palette offers a variety of color combinations to adjust to any skin imperfections and help reduce the appearance of dark circles and redness.

light up your face luminizer palette ($5.99)

These three silky-soft, luminizing powders are everything you need to get rid of harsh light and achieve a healthy-looking, radiant finish.

color correcting mattifying powder ($3.99)

This gentle, silky, and matte color correcting powder evens out skin tone and absorbs excess oil. The pink, green, and beige colors come together to refresh a tired complexion, neutralize redness and mattify for a natural even skin tone.

The essence cosmetics collection is available on www.essencemakeup.com, and in store at Target, and Ulta! The collection is quite affordable, ranging from $.99 to $9.99, so you’ll never have to worry about breaking the bank in the name of beauty. What are your thoughts on the essence cosmetics? What products are you excited for?

Get the Tea: Twinings of London’s The Art of Earl Grey

Do you still love the products you enjoyed as a child? Whether it’s something you enjoyed to eat or drink, played with, etc. We certainly do; there are brands we grew up that we still use to this day, one of which is Twinings of London tea. You already know of our obsession with all things tea, so we write this with a great deal of pleasure. We had the great pleasure of being invited to celebrate Twinings of London’s The Art of Earl Grey, the three newest flavor additions to the brand’s long legacy of fine teas (they have 300 years of tea expertise under their belt).

For those not in the know, Earl Grey is a black tea infused with bergamot, it is aromatic, flavorful, a great energy booster, and one of the two most popular blends of black tea in the world (English Breakfast is the other). Twinings has been blending Earl Grey tea for almost two centuries. The Twinings of London’s The Art of Earl Grey Collection includes Earl Grey – Extra Bold, Earl Grey – Jasmine, and Earl Grey – Lavender. Seeing as January is Hot Tea Month, it’s the perfect time to honor the new flavors.

Earl Grey – Extra Bold

Like the other two blends, the Earl Grey – Extra Bold is a modern twist on the classic tea. Starting with Twinings of London’s original Earl Grey tea, they then added more of its exquisite flavor to create a mouthwatering tea with a rich, vibrant taste.

Earl Grey – Jasmine

The Earl Grey – Jasmine is a smooth, uplifting blend that is known for its intoxicating aroma and slightly sweet taste. The uplifting flavor of jasmine creates an aromatic tea that will light up your day.

Earl Grey – Lavender

Get ready to sit back and relax with the soothing taste of the warm, inviting Earl Grey – Lavender tea. Known for its fresh, floral aroma and soothing taste, the luxurious flavor of lavender creates a rewarding tea that will calm and soothe your soul.

Along with enjoying several cups of the new teas in their flavorful glory, we also got to enjoy quite a few Earl Grey variety cocktails including The Canterbury, a bourbon rum hot toddy with Earl Grey – Extra Bold, The Newcastle, a white rum old fashioned with Earl Grey – Jasmine, and The Strand, a Gin Collins with Earl Grey – Lavender.

We also had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Stephen Twining (pictured below), a 10th Generation Twining. Along with singing the praises of Twinings tea to him, we had the opportunity to ask him a question we have wondered about since we first started drinking Twinings – what’s the significance of the “S” on the brand name? If you notice, his last name has no S.

As it goes:

When Richard Twining (The Grandson of the founder) put up the doorway to our Strand Shop in 1787, he did not like the ” ” at the end of the name, so removed it. Thus creating our brand name.

It’s not at all what we expected but I love that little detail. So there it is tea lovers, the new flavors that make up the Twinings of London’s The Art of Earl Grey collection. All three flavors, and so much more, are all available now on the Twinings website. Are you eager to try these new Earl Grey varieties?

Kiehl’s Launches Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream w/ Summer Party

Kiehl’s brought a little sunshine and summer fun into our winter lives right before the snowstorm. The wonderfully fun event was to celebrate their newest skincare launch, the Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream. From the outside decor, we knew we were in for a wonderful night of summer enjoyment, despite the cold temperatures outside, and boy were we right. Guests were invited to don their favorite summer fashions for a bit of fun in the “sun”. Many attendees complied, rocking shorts, sun dresses, and lots of bold colors.

The summer themed event with filled with lots of fun, interactive details and all the things you’d find at the perfect pool deck – a ball pit made to look like a swimming pool, lifeguards on duty, palm trees, cool flotation devices, relaxing deck chairs, Tiki bar serving delicious and refreshing lemonade and ice tea drinks, and of course stations to try out the new Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream.

What makes the Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream so amazing? (We’ve been using the sample we received and we must say, our skin has never felt this soft and supple during the winter months.) To create this new wonder skincare product, Kiehl’s harnessed the power of two natural ingredients sourced from Eastern and Western medicine, each known for their potency and amazing benefits.

Kiehl’s used the ancient botanical, Korean Red Ginseng Root, for its revitalizing properties and its ability to accelerate cell renewal, improve texture and vitality, leaving you with vibrant glowing skin. The New Zealand-based Manuka Honey strengthens your skin’s barrier to smooth fine lines, helps to improve your skin’s resilience and its ability to recover. We’re loving the results after one week of use, we can’t wait to see our skin after a month of use. As usual, it’s always a pleasure to say hello to and thank Kiehl’s President, Chris Salgardo, who showed some leg in short shorts.

Other favorite guests included famed Fashion Designers, Jeffrey Costello, and Robert Tagliapietra, of fashion house Costello Tagliapietra. It’s always a pleasure to see these super sweet and iconic designers at Kiehl’s events, and singer Kehlani, who performed a great set at the launch event

As always, we had a great time celebrating with Kiehl’s and look forward to having our skin be completely and properly protected from the upcoming frigid winter days. The Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream. is available now both online and at all Kiehl’s retail locations. The 1.7oz. Jar retails for $60.00, and the 2.5oz. Jar for $79.00. Have you tried the newest member of the Kiehl’s skincare family for yourself?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.