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Beauty School Scarlet Twitter ChatSet your clocks for the #BeautyTalk Twitter Chat tonight! We are discussing beauty from the inside out!

 

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Beauty is…Living Your Dreams

Beauty is being able to #BeBold #BeInspired to live your dreams!!!

Beauty Scholars today I am excited to announce what I have been working on over the last couple of months. As you know from my morning beauty quotes, I am very passionate about beauty from the inside out!!! So I recently partnered with my Blogger friend, Toya Nicole of Ms. Travel Chic to create a company by the name of Boardroom Beauties!!!

Boardroom Beauties is a lifestyle and media company founded by two corporate beauties turned lifestyle entrepreneurs. We challenge the everyday woman to live her dreams live and in color through lifestyle and empowerment workshops and events. We want women to #BeBold, #BeInspired, Embrace Your Beauty and Live Your Dreams!!!

We have recently announced our upcoming inaugural event and today I want to share it with you!!! Saturday, December 14th from 11AM – 2PM join us at the South Loop Hotel in Chicago, IL. Come shop with our vendors, network and hear from our dynamic speakers on how to Dream Big, #BeInspired, Embrace Beauty and #BeEmpowered!!! *Early Bird Tickets are on sale now*

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If you will not be in the Chicago area on December 14th, like our Facebook page and receive information on a daily basis to #BeBold and #BeInspired and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on what’s happening in the boardroom!!!

Thank you in advance for your support!!! MUAH

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Beauty Week in Review – My NYC Experience – part I

Hi Beauty Scholars!!! I am back from NYC and instead of sharing the usual Beauty Week in Review; I am going to share my beauty experience from my time in NYC. Don’t worry, there was not a lot going on in the world of beauty last week to report. My trip to NYC was far more exciting…LOL.

I flew to NYC on Tuesday and the first thing I wanted to do was head over to the Molton Brown store!!! This is one of my favorite bath and body brands because the smell and quality is just amazing!!! I wanted to see the new flagship store and of course, make a purchase…I know, I am a total sucker when it comes to products.

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Anywho, I received great service from a guy (I can’t remember his name) and he was so patient with me as I smelled EVERYTHING in the entire store…LBVS!!! It was a little bit of an overload but I needed to find a new body wash to fall in love with :-). It was love at last smell with the Ambrusca Cleansing Shower Oil and Conditioning Body Lotion. The Cleansing Shower Oil not only lathers but also hydrates and tones the skin as well. It is a fresh floral smell that lingers with an amazing aroma. The Conditioning Body Lotion is hydrating and leaves the skin silky and smooth!!! Ah…it makes me heart shower time even more.

Wednesday: I went to an awesome holiday spotlight event hosted by beautypress.com where I was introduced to new brands and products. I was so excited to have one on one time with the owners of the brands and hear how passionate they are about their products. It was also good to know that I was not the only product junkie in the room…LOL.

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I am glad that beautypress chooses to spotlight new brands and products as it helps me learn more information and pass the news on to you. Here are the brands that I had a chance to talk to:

Pour le Monde – A 100% natural, vegan Fragrance Company where every product shines a spotlight on some of the world’s most important charities. 10% of the sale of each fragrance is given back to a designated charity. The scents were amazing and my favorites were Envision and Together. I love how this brand is giving back on a continuous basis and how the names embrace giving!!!

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Menaji – A Skincare brand for the confident man. They offer Face and Body Scrub, Deep Cleansing Masque, Power Hydrator Moisturizing Aftershave, Lip Agent, Eye Gel, Anti-Aging Eraser and Concealing High Definition Powder. Yes, ladies…your man can stop secretly using all your products and have his own stash with masculine packaging. If he’s not convinced that this brand is for him, just tell him athletes, celebrities and politicians use the products and it will help him put his best face forward!!!

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M. Asam Cosmetics – A High-tech cosmetics brand made with tradition from Germany. The products are all about anti-aging with one of my favorite ingredients Grape Seed Extract. Although they had me at Grape Seed and anti-aging, I was impressed by how luxurious the products felt on my skin.

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Savane – An Organic Skincare brand from South Africa. The products are rich with some of the most powerful natural antioxidants and essential Omega fatty acids. The brand believes in ethical sourcing and uses only sustainable harvested wild ingredients to protect biodiversity. They let me try a scrub on my hand that I was able to taste as well because of the natural ingredients and I must say it tasted pretty good. It left my skin feeling soft and supple; I can’t wait to try more products.

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BioElixia – A range of skin and body care products that have been developed to firm the skin and contour and shape the body. I have not had a chance to try this product but I will and a review will follow. I received the Body Shaper Cellulite Contour Crème, which is scientifically proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite by an average of 57%.

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Brocato Supersilk – A revolution in texture control to reduce frizz and loosen the curl pattern to make the hair more manageable. The Nano Silk Complex takes texture management beyond Keratin formulas of the past and makes the hair smooth and sleek. I received the complete system and I am excited to give it a try!!! I will let you know my thoughts in a review of course…LOL.

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The day ended with a swag bag and an awesome cocktail party with a meet and greet of industry professionals. I had an amazing time and I am so excited that I was able to attend.

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Stay tuned tomorrow for part II of my NYC beauty week in review!!!

 

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Say Yes to Life, Love and Beauty: An Event by Fashion Fair

Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending the Fashion Fair “Say Yes” to Life, Love and Beauty Party at the Pump Room in Chicago hosted by Linda Johnson Rice, Desiree Rogers and Mitzi Miller; the women who continue to lead and flourish the Johnson Publishing brand.

IMG_1332This was an amazing event to say the least! It was an opportunity to mix and mingle with industry leaders and talented peers to celebrate the short film “Say Yes” from the award-winning Sundance filmmaker, Ava DuVernay. The film encouraged women of color to “say yes” to life, love and beauty; a concept that I am happy to embrace and share through my blog. I believe that life is too short not to “say yes” and you should always do what you feel and have no regrets!

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The party consisted of 250 accomplished women who all chose to “say yes”. The dance floor was filled and the beats were jamming from the awesome celebrity DJ Kiss. There were special appearances from Chicago’s very own Actress Drew Sidora (Crazy, Sexy Cool: The TLC Story) and Michelle Williams (Broadway Star and former member of Destiny’s Child).

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There was also re-launch of the newly revamped Fashion Fair website. We had an opportunity to test some of the beautiful products from Fashion Fair and receive mini makeovers featuring the amazing Celebrity Makeup Artist and new Creative Director for Fashion Fair, Tia Dantzler with the Fashion Fair team.

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It was indeed a star-studded event with many accomplished women. But it was not about the star power or the accomplishments; it was about celebrating women of color “saying yes” to life, love and beauty! Thank you to the Johnson Publishing team for a night of connections and many memories that I will cherish; this was definitely a night of “Girl Power” x 3! Be sure to check out the new and improved Fashion Fair website and “Say Yes”!

 

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Calling All Chicago Beauty Mavens

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Chicago, Viola Nicholson presents The Crimson Academy with AJ Crimson on Nov. 16th!!! Get your tickets now at ajcrimson.com…hurry because tickets are going fast!!!

 

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My Fall 2013 Makeover Experience

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A few days ago I attended an event at Ulta Beauty for a fall makeover from Smashbox Cosmetics. It’s funny because I was really nervous, as I have not had a full makeover in years. Yes, I know…I am a beauty blogger and you would think that this would be the norm but I never make the time, I am nervous about the look I am going to receive and I am a closet germaphobe (don’t judge me)!!! Believe it or not, I have witnessed some makeup artists with dirty brushes, blowing on a powder to remove the access or not sanitizing the brushes. Plus, you never know what little kid or teen has been playing in the makeup when no one is around…. IJS!!! So, I usually stay clear and just apply products on my hand. However, last Saturday, I took a leap of faith closed my eyes (literally) and took a chance…LOLIMG_0532

When I walked in, I did not know what to expect and I was hoping that I would get the best makeup artist that would beat my face (as they say in the industry…meaning make it fierce) if not, this post would have a totally different tone… giggles!!!

Anywho, I was approached by Rose, the Prestige Manager who organized the event to check in and get assigned to my makeup artist. Moments later, I was introduced to Christine with Smashbox Cosmetics and she asked me what look did I want her to achieve. Fall, was my answer as it only makes sense so I can show you…my Beauty Scholars the haute colors for this season :-).

Here, you will see a collage of pics from start to finish…bare face and all :-).IMG_0528After my fierce, fab, glam look from the awesome Christine, I was able to take a mini photo-shoot in the Smashbox photo booth. Yep, I felt like I was on ANTM (America’s Next Top Model) and Tyra was about to tell me that I was the new winner…LOL!!!IMG_0534IMG_0538

I had so much fun and I must admit that I am mad that I have not taken the time or the guts to this a long time ago :-(. I was so pleased with my complete look that I purchased almost everything (and that my friends is how and when a makeup artist knows if you really love the look).

IMG_0530After my new fall look, I had dinner and margaritas too see if my lipstick would last like my lip stain and guess what… it lasted but not as good. Good enough for me to give it 4 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!!IMG_0531The overall look and the total experience was a 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! Ulta Beauty, I loved the event and Smashbox…bravo on your new fall colors!!! Beauty Scholars, I highly recommend that you get a makeover every season to change your look, get pampered and try some new products. It makes you feel great, look glam and be fabulous!!!

Special shout out to my fellow blogger in crime Ms. Travel Chic for joining me on my fall makeover adventures!!! IMG_0542

 

 

 

 

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Twitter Party Alert

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Do you tweet??? Come join the #BeautyTalk twitter chat tonight at 9:00 PM EST!!!

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Beauty Alert: Pamper Me Fabulous Ticket Giveaway

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