#FrotallyFlawless Event Recap

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from l-r @imccleod, @felicitystarr, @keetaray @iheartnaturals

 

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@Felicitystarr

@Felicitystarr

 

Trina- I woke up like this

Trina- I woke up like this

On a  warm Saturday a few naturalistas and those they love got together for food, fun, product swaps and an amazing panel discussion moderated by Trina Megginson and featuring hair guru’s India McCleod, @KeetaRay and @Felicitystarr. The panelists all dished on properly caring for your natural tresses, debunking myths of natural hair and offering up great perspective on life in general. The panel felt like a conversation in your best friends living room, curled up on the sofa and simply swapping advice.
Some of my favorite highlights came from my salon owner India McCleod who was very instrumental in helping me with my personal transition to natural hair. Her advice was simple- wear a scarf to bed. I know this is not always a popular option for those of us with a boo, but just get your groove on first and then tie that hair up! McCleods reasoning is that a scarf can help not only protect your hair it can prevent you from losing moisture in your cotton pillow cases.
Some of the other really sound advice included:
1. Stop stressing over length and shrinkage- why are naturalistas so hung up on length checks anyway? You have made the decision to *go* natural- just focus on overall health and taking care of your hair – after all, healthy hair IS good hair
2. Understand how any underlying health issues may play a role in your hair health- if you are caught up on length, it’s important to understand that your hair may not be where you want it to be because of something else that’s going on in your body. Diet, WATER and exercise does the body AND the hair right
3. Get routine trims- India who was the only stylist on the panel suggested trims every 8-12 weeks. Though many naturalistas do not like to straighten their hair, her recommendation was that the best trim comes from straightened hair
4. Learn what works for your hair- If you’re natural you have likely experienced someone who is either transitioning or newly natural running up to you in order to ask what do you use in your hair? This question is always funny to me because product choice for natural hair is NOT one-size fits all. Listen to advice, watch the YouTube videos but ultimately the right product mix is going to come from trial and error; once you find something that works for you stick to it! There is nothing more disappointing than spending time (and money) trying something new only to achieve less than desirable results.

Style Item of The Week- I.McCleod Shea Butter

I. McCleod Shea Butter
If there’s one thing I have learned since I have fully transitioned to rocking my natural hair, it’s that there is no such thing as too much moisture- hydration and the right blend of butter, oil, or whatever your preferences may be is essential in order to prevent breakage and keep your natural tresses happy.

About a week ago the owner of the salon that helped me transition- India McCleod launched a line of products that include a shea butter that is nothing short of decadent. My stylist, Mica used it for my latest twist out and not only is the fragrance amazing, my hair loved the shea butter combination.

If you are considering transitioning your hair or are already natural and are looking for great protective styling options, check out the ladies at I.McCleod.
Follow India on Instagram- @imccleod or my stylist Mica- @mom_e_Mica for all of your natural ( or relaxed!) hair needs.

Style Item Of The Week- Somersets Shaving Oil

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Spring has finally sprung and inevitably the warmer temps bring thoughts of shorter hemlines, pedicured toes and just spending more quality time outdoors after weeks of being sucked into the polar vortex. Before you swap out those timbs for sandals de-fuzzing is mandatory and Somersets shaving oil is the perfect product to both moisturize and remove hair all while offering up the most amazing lavender fragrance.

How to use:
Wet area prior to applying oil (about 3 drops) and let oil sit for about 10 seconds- proceed with shaving as you normally would.

Somerset shaving oil retails for 6.99. For more details and info on where to buy visit

http://www.somersetsusa.com

Happy Spring!

Ouidad Hosts Google+ Hangout THIS Sunday #FRIZZ101

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Ouidad known as the “Queen of Curl” for her wildly popular range of products for curly girls of all types will be participating in her first Google+ hangout on this Sunday, March 23rd from 2:30-3:30 EST- an added plus? The hangout is being moderated by my boo Ty Alexander of Gorgeousingrey.com. you can submit questions in advance by using the hashtag #FRIZZ101 via Ouidad’s twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages.

RSVP to the Google + Event: https://plus.google.com/b/115791409929036885941/events/cmri1dn6men40v2dmpnl4bdrsuk

Ouidads Google + Page- plus.google.com/+OuidadTheCurlExperts

Other beauty and style experts participating in the hangout include: Evelyn Lugo of EvCurlGurl.com, Renae Bluitt of In Her Shoes Blog.com, Andrea Kerbuski of Blonde Bedhead.com, Crystal Tate of StyleBlazer.com and Christina Patrice of Mane Objective.com

Follow Ouidad in social media:
Facebook: Ouidad
Instagram: @Ouidad
Twitter: @Ouidad
Google+: plus.google.com/+OuidadTheCurlEx

Debunking Natural Hair Myths

Natural hair has become the great divide in the black community. From high profile media personalities like Wendy Williams claiming natural hair is not sexy, to folks who wear relaxers saying that women with natural hair look unkempt it takes great confidence to be happily nappy.

I for one have tightly coiled natural hair that is currently colored in a shade of red that does not exist in nature. When I have my fro unleashed I inevitably get compliments and even found myself having a 30 minute conversation with a random woman when I was in Rite Aid picking up a script. Her name was Stephanie and she was eager to know exactly what I had done to my hair to achieve the look. Here’s the dirty little secret of natural hair-One size does not fit all when it comes to the perfect product. Sure there are products that are my go-to’s but the reality is on a particularly bad hair day, I’m likely to look like Frederick Douglas-for real.

The bottom line is you cannot be lazy with natural hair; You have to find products that work well for you and once you find a routine that works- stick to it.

Here are some top myths about natural hair according to two of my girls who’s curls are enviable, healthy and just plain gorgeous:

Sherrie Wood, @victorie82 on IG
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1. The biggest (myth) being that it is easier to maintain and is less expensive

2. It’s unprofessional

3. Men don’t like it and prefer straighter hair

4. It’s not versatile and you can only have a afro or braids

Trina Meggison, @iheartnaturals on IG

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1. Because natural hair has no chemicals in it, you don’t have to take care of it

2. Your hair grows faster if it’s natural. No, hair growth is based on your diet, how you care for your hair, and genetics

3. Naturals can heat train their hair. Any excessive heat will cause damage and/or alter your curl pattern. What you called trained may just be damaged or weakened strands

What’s the primary myth you want to debunk around natural hair?

#BorgheseRedCarpet- Because Everyone Deserves Celebrity Treatment

 

RED-CARPET02The 86th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 2nd. (tomorrow!!) Although I am excited to hear the final list of winners, the red carpet remains the highlight of the evening.   In honor of the coveted red carpet, Borghese is offering one lucky winner an opportunity to score  a package of goodies valued at $450!

 

You can visit their face book page for more details or enter by using any of the following:

 

• Leave a comment on Facebook:  indicating your Favorite Red Carpet Look

• Share the post on Facebook

• Follow Borghese Beauty on Twitter

• Follow Borghese Beauty on Pinterest

• Follow Borghese Beautiful on Instagram

• Tweet about the Borghese Red Carpet Treatment Sweepstakes using

#BorgheseRedCarpet

• Post to Instagram using #BorgheseRedCarpet

 

The contest begins Saturday March 1st and ends on Monday, March 3rd.

 

Good luck!

 

 

Backstage with CND At The Blonds 2014

CND was the exclusive nail designer for the Blonds Fall/Winter 2014 collection. The designing duo Phillipe and David Blond chose a theme of “good girl gone bad” for this seasons collection and they used comic book villains including Cat Woman, Poison Ivy and the Joker as inspiration for the runway looks.

CND created 23 unique designs for the Blonds and the creative team pulled from their modern folklore trend as a foundation for the looks. The nails are nothing short of amazing and CND co-founder, Jan Arnold describe the looks best “We don’t paint nails backstage at Fashion Week- we transform them into mini-masterpieces”.
The nails reflect the pointy, “stiletto” nail look that continues to be on trend both on and off the runway and the team used dramatic elements including swarvorski crystal, vintage jewelry, chains and even leather to craft the looks.

For more details on how to create these looks please visit https://www.cnd.com/fwdigitalhq/

Photo credit: Jennifer Graylock

Photo credit: Jennifer Graylock

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Photo credit: Arun Nevader

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Photo credit: Jennifer Graylock

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Photo credit: Arun Nevader

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Photo credit: Arun Nevader

Ardency Inn Makeup-Spring 2014 “Americana” Collection

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American Custom Coverage Concentrate in Medium

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Skin Perfecting Primer

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Custom Coverage Concentrate in Deep Beige

Natural Lip Pencil in Bowery

Natural Lip Pencil in Bowery

 

Ardency Inn is a new line of makeup which was born out of the NYC music scene; the range which embraces multicultural beauty launched their new spring line this week with Indie recording artist Seasick Mama serving as muse for their Americana collection. The product that will likely capture the hearts of beauty editors is the Americana Custom Coverage Concentrate which is formulated with a flesh-tone pigment with the ability to turn any moisturizer into a tinted moisturizer. The collection also includes a range of natural lip pencils in a variety of colors perfect for creating the ultimate nude pout come spring.
Ardency Inn can be found online at Sephora.com, ArdencyInn.com and at select Sephora stores in NY and California.

About Ardency Inn
ARDENCY INN creates high performance makeup for women who rock—on and off stage.

Born in the New York music scene, ARDENCY INN offers a line of color cosmetics that brings makeup artistry within reach of every woman. Every formula offers unparalleled attention to color payoff, long wear, and ease of use. With imagery that captures the edge and free spirit of downtown New York, ARDENCY INN represents a true lifestyle that will resonate with music and makeup fans everywhere.

My Must Have Products of 2013

I am self professed product junkie;between hair, makeup and beauty products I just can’t seem to get enough. A trip to Target for a few household “necessities” can easily turn into an hour spent checking out the health and beauty aisle.

My love of products also frequently finds me browsing amazon.com and sephora for high end beauty products. Quite honestly, I have even been known to buy beauty products at the dollar store-hint- they often have L’oreal, ELF and other products that have been discontinued.

Here’s a list of some of my beauty must have items from 2013:

Benefit They’re Real Mascara-I have not left the house without wearing some form of make up on since I was 15… Trust me I’m not “beat” every single day in spite of the fact that I’m a makeup artist; however, they’re are 3 fundamental items I always wear- mascara, powder and lip gloss. Benefits They’re Real offers both length and volume and whenever I wear it people inevitably ask if I’m wearing lashes. Though the price point is a bit steep ($23.00) it’s a worthy investment.

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photo courtesy of Benefit Cosmetics

Revlon Color Stay foundation… I am an alum of MAC. I worked for the brand part time as an artist so I am well versed in the range product offerings. Revlon Color stay is a dead ringer for MAC Studio Fix Fluid. I typically wear studio fix fluid in 50c and the Revlon Color Stay is almost a perfect match. The product offers great coverage, is highly build-able and it works well on my skin that tends to be a bit on the oily side.

Revlon Color stay retails for $10.00

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photo courtesy of Revlon
Ruby Woo- you’re never fully dressed without a smile and I would submit that if you want your smile to be haute couture add a bit of Ruby Woo by MAC. I will readily admit this lippie is not for the faint of heart. With its vibrant blue-red matte finish this lipstick can be a bit dry; however, once you find your groove with it there’s no turning back.

Clarisonic- I’ve had my Clarisonic brush for quite some time and trust me when I tell you it’s a must have for any beauty girls arsenal. I clearly notice a difference in my skin when I’ve gone a few days without using it. Widely used by dermatologists and estheticians alike the brush cleanses, exfoliates, removes makeup and prevents acne.

I am a naturalista and like most women with natural hair I spent a significant amount of time looking for the magic potion that would give my natural locks definition minus “the crunch”. Although I am a fan of the entire ORS range of products, the ORS Curl Refresher does an amazing job of providing definition with both wash and go’s and twist-outs with out the heavy build up and residue of some products.

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Curl refresher can be found at Target and retails for $12.99

Sally Hansen Salon EffectsI love the look of designer nails yet I rarely have the time to spend making a trip to the salon to get my nails done- enter Sally Hansen Salon Effect Nails; with a wide range of designs from leopard to shimmering pink the nail effects are so easy to apply you can put them on while watching television. The greatest advantage of nail effects? Instant drying so you can apply and go.

photo courtesy of ORS

Marks Plum Berry 3-in-1 cleanser- whenever I step out wearing Marks plum berry cleanser someone inevitably asks me what I’m wearing and the looks I get when I tell them Mark ( an Avon product) are nothing short of hilarious. I tend to layer my fragrances so after using the cleanser, I follow up with the body butter and too it all off with the body spray. The fragrance is long lasting without the disgustingly sweet smell of some fruit scented fragrances.
Plum berry retails for $8.00 visit www.avon.com to purchase.

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photo courtesy of Avon

What were some of your favorites?

The Make Up Show Pop Up Shop!

 

 

Stila Special offered exclusively at the Make Up Show

Stila Special offered exclusively at the Make Up Show

The Make-Up Show has become one of the staple events for make-up artists who are looking to enhance their skill set through classes in addition to building their make-up kits with deeply discounted product.

 

This year the Make-Up Show will be hosting a pop up shop in NYC where artists and the public alike can enjoy 50% off on a curated selection of products.

 

Just in time for the holidays the event will take place December 7th and 8th so it’s the perfect opportunity to make purchases for your favorite make-up artist or fashionista who loves make-up.

 

Here’s a snapshot of the steep discounts that can be found at the show:

 

  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro will be offering a curated selection of best-selling and cult favorite products, perfect for filling up your makeup kit and even better for holiday gift giving.  All products will be offered at a 50% discount.  Purchase 3 or more of the same product and enjoy 60% off, and 5 or more of the same product to receive 70% off.

 

  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics will be offering six of their popular Crème Colour Concentrates in an exclusive show set, along with application brush for only $85.00 (a $142 value)!

Stila Cosmetics will be offering their Artist Signature Set at 30% off, an exclusive discount found only at The Makeup Show Holiday Pop-Up Shop

 

For more details please call: 212-242-1213 or visit The Make Up Show for more details.

 

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