My NYC Beauty Experience – Beauty Week in Review Part II

I had such an awesome time at the beautypress Holiday Spotlight event that I did not want the night to end!!! As a matter of fact, I headed out to dinner with my new Blogger friends Laura of, an awesome beauty blog about product development and product innovation and Wendy of, a fashion blog where you can fill up on fashion sass with a twist of curlz galore!!!

The native NYC girls decided we would walk to our destination and I would have been fine with that if it were around the corner (I had been wearing 4 inch heels since 11 AM and it was now 8:15 PM…need I say more???) LOL. We walked for as long as I could stand it (which was 5 minutes). Thank goodness Laura found a shoe store across the street and Wendy found a great pair of flats for me for $20…FTW!!! Me feet will be forever grateful to Laura, Wendy and the shoe store ShoeGasm!!!IMG_1365

Now that my feet felt comfort, I was ready to walk on to our beauty detour before dinner; a store called Harmon Face Values. Harmon’s is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bed, Bath & Beyond based on the East Coast and they offer some of the best prices on the most popular beauty brands with one of the largest selections (mostly mass retail).

OMG!!! We were ready to play and purchase and as you can see in the photo below…we did purchase!!! This is our combined beauty purchase from Harmon Face Values.


With all this shopping, we worked up an appetite and decided to eat at an amazing restaurant named Cafeteria. If you are ever in the NYC area…this is a must try; see the photo below!!!


After all the food, we decided to call it a night and meet at noon to start our day of Beauty excursions and my beauty tour!!!

Day 2 started with a must see for me: a visit to the newly remodeled beauty department at Macy’s Herald’s Square. Macy’s has truly upgraded the department with new modern counters, tons of open space and a few new luxury brands. Now this is what a beauty department should look like!!! There was so much traffic, makeup artist painting faces and people buzzing around making purchases. I stopped for a quick touch up at Laura Mercier and of course made a purchase…LOL. I also received a free gift with my purchase…Yay me!!!



After our beauty excursion at Macy’s, we scurried off to the new Marc Jacobs store on Bleecker Street. I was so excited because they were in the process of setting up the new holiday products. They had everything on my Christmas list: a bronzer with shimmer, red lipstick and a holiday eye trio!!! I just hope Santa is reading this and remembers to include all 3 products in my stocking this year!!! Here’s a photo of my mini makeover with all the products listed above and Laura photo-bombing me on the next photo…Hey Laura!!! LOL. Shout out to the Store Manager Waylon for be so amazing!!! Hey Waylon :-). Giggles


After our beauty play date at Marc Jacobs, we headed over to a store that I had never heard of by the name of Aesop. The company’s origin is from Melbourne, Australia and they have products for hair, skin and body. They use both plant based and laboratory made ingredients using the greatest anti-oxidant properties. The sales person was so full of great information, she let us test a few products and when I tried the hand cream…I was sold. The Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm is just EVERYTHING!!! IMG_1466

After we pampered ourselves, we walked over to the Elf Studio. Yes, Elf has a store and the products are the same price. I was amazed at how chic it looked inside. I found 2 eye shadow palettes that look exactly like the Sephora brand baked shadows. I know what you are thinking…and yes, I did purchase them. LOL, don’t judge me :-), I am a product junkie!!!

IMG_1467Our day of beauty was so much fun and I am so lucky to have had the best beauty tour guides a beauty junkie could ask for!!! Thank you Laura of and Wendy of!!! You ladies are so amazing and I am glad we met at the beautypress event!!! I can’t wait for the two of you to come to Chicago so I can return the favor but riding around in a car instead of walking…LOL.





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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.


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 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.


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!!!


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!!!


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.


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.


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%.


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.


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.


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


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Beauty Week in Review 10.19.13


Hey Beauty Scholars!!! Welcome to the second edition of Beauty Week in Review.

While the week started off slow, it ended with lots of news to share with you this weekend so let’s get started!!!

Replay (a jeans line) receives a worldwide fragrance license with Mavive Spa who is based in Italy. Mavive Spa is part of a bigger company called Massimo Vidal, which is huge in the perfumery sector.

The beauty giant L’Oreal is considering a deal with Shiseido Co. LTD to acquire the beauty brands Carita and Decleor. These are two French based skincare brands currently housed in the professional division of Shiseido. While I am not familiar with Carita, I am familiar with Decleor. Decleor is luxury skincare line based on aromatherapy and natural beauty through the use of plant extracts and essential oils to help rebalance and re-energize your senses and skin. For the record, I am very excited to hear about this collaboration!!!

I suppose the best news for me is hearing that my fashion icon Kerry Washington is set to join Neutrogena as a Creative Consultant…Go Kerry!!! She will not just be the Brand Ambassador; she will also consult on product development and marketing. Ms. Kerry is definitely doing her thing and if she needs an assistant, I am going on the record to say that I am available and ready!!! LBVS #TeamKerryWashungton

The powerhouse of styling hair tools GHD is set to team up with Victoria’s  Secret for their annual fashion show as the hair tools sponsor for the first time ever. This is a long time coming and I think it is a no brainer, as hair, beauty and fashion all go together. I don’t know about you all but I will be watching and reporting back to you with My P.O.V. 🙂

Makeup Artist Sonia Kashuk will not only continue to sell her cosmetics in Target, she will soon add bath and body products as well. The launch date is set for November 10th with 24 products ranging from $4.99 – $19.99 and I will be ready and waiting to try as well as review the products to let you know if this is worth your time and or investment!!!

The lux brand Illamasqua is adding space in the Bloomingdale’s cosmetics department for an exclusive counter concept. Sounds like Bloomingdale’s is bringing their “A game” so they can compete with the big glam divas in the world of beauty. Look out MAC…there is some competition lurking around the corner…LOL.

Rimmel and Rita Ora team up for a collection of 12 quick dry nail polishes and 7 lip colors to launch in February. This sounds interesting and I will keep you posted…with a review, of course!!!

Fashion giant Oscar de la Renta is making a comeback with fragrances in a deal with Inter Parfums. The deal should be completed in December and cosmetics have been added to the list. Welcome back to the world of beauty Mr. Oscar de la Renta…you have been missed!!!

Estee Lauder has partnered with Derek Lam to launch a limited edition makeup line. The collection will cost $85, which will include a satin hard-cased clutch with Lam’s signature clasp. The collection will be sold at Saks Fifth Ave., Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman in the US. It will also be sold in the Europe at Harrods, Galeries Lafayette and El Corte Ingles as well as This sounds like a sexy collection and I can’t wait to check this out. Dear Santa…I hope you or Mrs. Clause are reading this as I think I want this…pleas and thank you!!!

Selena Gomez is set to launch with Nicole by OPI on 2 holiday gift sets available sometime this month.

So there you have it Beauty Scholars…this weeks beauty news!!! What do you think??? Does any of this newness excite you???

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