Friday, September 29, 2017

Sommer Ray Hosts West Coast Intro to FENTY PUMA Line at Madison Style in Beverly Hills!

Last night Sommer Ray hosted the exclusive west coast FENTY PUMA AW 2017 collection launch at Madison boutique in Beverly Hills.

Guests sipped on sponsored champagne from Billionaire’s Row to beats spun by Nathalie Paris and DJ Rupp and a special performance by Australian pop star Katja Gleason.

Celebrity attendees included Sommer Ray (Influencer), Nicole Williams (WAGS), Shantel Jackson (E! The Platinum Life), Alexis Knapp (Pitch Perfect), Laura Govan (Basketball Wives), Asiah Collins (E! The Platinum Life), Melia Kreiling (The Last Tycoon), Katja Glieson (Singer), Sasha Gates (WAGS), Eoin Macken (The Night Shift), Naomi Grossman(American Horror Story Franchise), Ali Levine (Stylist), Mandy Jiroux (Singer), Nathalie Paris (Singer), DJ Rupp (DJ), Veronika Obeng (Second Wives Club), Eva Gutowski(Youtube Star),Lindsey Pelas (Model), Ashlee Lina (What Happens at the Abbey), , Blake Cooper Griffin (Love is All You Need), Matthew Postlethwaite (Peaky Blinders), Nick Marini (Hit The Road), Kelly Washington (Trafficked), JR Lemon (The Night Shift),Robert Bailey, Jr. (The Night Shift), Taz Saunders (Photographer), Valentino Mitaj(Singer), Marisa Saks (Millionaire Matchmaker).


Sommer Ray (Influencer)


Sommer Ray and William Benson (Billionaires Row Champagne)


Nicole Williams (WAGS)
Shantel Jackson and Asiah Collins (E! The Platinum Life)

Alexis Knapp (Pitch Perfect Franchise)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Announcing Beauty Box Collaboration-Cosmoprof & New Beauty

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Limited-edition box features 10 up-and-comers from the 2017 event

Las Vegas – (September 26, 2017Cosmoprof North America (CPNA), the only all-encompassing, award-winning, business-to-business beauty event in North America, is proud to announce a special collaboration with NewBeauty magazine, whereby readers will have the chance to order a limited-edition beauty box. The exclusive box features select special area exhibitor products on display at the CPNA event which took place July 9-11, 2017 in Las Vegas. The special areas at CPNA are recognized for featuring the most innovative indie beauty brands from all over the globe, covering various industry sectors of masstige and prestige beauty. As the event is exclusively B2B and not open to the public, this rare opportunity is exclusive to NewBeauty readers—giving them a peek inside the global event where up-and-coming brands are discovered. Participating exhibitors in this program benefit from a consumer-focused campaign that takes their products from the show floor to the front door of beauty aficionados.

“This is the second time we are making a box collaboration that is consumer-facing, and we specifically chose to work with NewBeauty because it’s a luxury brand with a discerning and highly influential reader base,” says Daniela Ciocan, CPNA Marketing Director. “We are excited to have the opportunity to offer our up-and-coming exhibitors access to such a powerful network.”   

“We are always seeking cool collaborations that help keep our readers in tune with the latest and best in beauty, and CPNA is widely recognized for discovering trend-setting beauty brands and putting them on the map,” says Steffanie Attenberg, NewBeauty VP, Group Publisher. “In the end, it’s a win-win for the brands and our readers.”

The 10 brands featured include:
Kavella | Hair Mask | | 10 oz, $5 value
MyChelle Dermaceuticals | Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum | 0.5 fl. oz, $22 value
Naked Princess | Fragrance Towelettes | |10 towelettes, $8 value
Nature Nut | Shampoo | |13.52 fl. Oz., $20.99 value
Ouiglo | Facial Mask | | 0.8 oz, $4 value
Prismologie | Rose Quartz & Rose Hand & Cuticle Cream & Sapphire & Oud Foot Cream | 10 ml each, $11 value
Sonage | Patagonia Berry Stem Cell Mask | | 20 ml, $34 value
Supermood | Eye Serum | | 0.5 ml, $29 value
VenEffect | Anti-Aging Lip Treatment | 0.10 fl. oz, $25 value
Vita Liberata Luxury Tan | Self Tanning Gradual Lotion | | 50 ml, $30 value
Valued close to $200, the limited-edition box will go on sale in late September for $29.95 with free shipping. Once it’s sold out, it’s gone! To purchase, visit

Cosmoprof North America will return to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas July 29 through 31st, 2018. To learn more, visit

Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) is the award winning premier international B2B beauty trade show covering all facets of the industry under one roof and the largest event of its kind in the Americas. For more information, please Event information and exhibitor updates are also posted on Facebook, Twitter (@cosmoproflv) and Instagram (@cosmoprofna).
Organizer: Cosmoprof North America is organized by North American Beauty Events LLC, a joint-venture company between the BolognaFiere Cosmoprof S.p.a. and Professional Beauty Association.

BolognaFiere Cosmoprof S.p.a., the world’s leading trade show organizer in the cosmetics, fashion, architecture, building, art and culture sectors, features in its portfolio more than 80 exhibitions, both domestic and international, among which Cosmoprof, an international platform with events in Bologna (established 1967), Hong Kong (established 1996) and Las Vegas (established 2003).

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) advances the professional beauty industry by providing our members with education, charitable outreach, government advocacy, events and more. PBA is the largest organization of industry professionals with members representing salons and spas, distributors, manufacturers, and beauty professionals/NCA. Visit or call 800.468.2274 (480.281.0424) to learn more.

When it first hit stands, NewBeauty carved a unique niche as the only magazine 100 percent dedicated to beauty. Since its inception, no other brand has done more to educate millions of women on how to make better beauty decisions. Created to fill a void where real, in-depth and trusted beauty information was nearly impossible to find, NewBeauty has grown into a leading powerhouse luxury brand that empowers women everywhere. NewBeauty delivers cutting-edge information and solutions in a range of options from the latest beauty products, treatments and cosmetic enhancement procedures to advancements in health, wellness, diet and fitness.


As Empire gears up for a much anticipated fourth season, Taraji. P. Henson debuted a FIERCE new look at the show’s season premier last night. Her signature flawless skin was downright iridescent as she stepped out with a trendy new hairstyle to show off her statement ear candy - #WANT. 
Taraji’s go-to makeup guru, Ashunta Sheriff shares how to capture her lit-from-within glow:
  • I always start with clean skin and I love using NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Cleanser to begin so pores are really clean.
  • I then used MAC Vibrancy Eye Cream, Strobe Creme in Pink Lite, Prep and Prime and Lip Conditioner to prep and condition her skin.
  • I used MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC45 all over and MAC Mineralize Concealer in NC30 in her t-zone to create a subtle lift. 
  • I contoured and sculpted cheekbones and nose with Film Noir Matte Blush.
  • Then I popped checks with wrapped Candy Extra Dimension Blush and added a high watt ‘POW’ on cheekbones with Mineralization Skin Finish in Gold Deposit. I added Soft Focus on top for an alien luminescent glow.
  • Finally, I set look with MAC Prep + Prime Finishing Powder using a large powder brush and Setting Spray for a night full of carpets and cameras to hydrate skin and give it a fresh look.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

GET THE LOOK: Sonequa Martin Green Emmys 2017

Celebrity makeup artist Carola Gonzalez worked with Emmy presenter, actress Sonequa Martin Green to create an effortless and timeless look for tonight's Emmy Awards. Below is the specific breakdown of how to get the look as seen on Sonequa, but if you have specific questions or were interested in speaking with Carola, please let me know. 
Carola's inspiration tonight: "I wanted the focus to be mainly on Sonequa's skin and eyes. I wanted her skin to glow and for her beautiful almond shaped eyes to stand out. I wanted her to look fresh, and sophisticated just like the woman she is." 

Skin: To prep the skin I used Glossier Priming Moisturizer Buildable Hydrating Cream. She has oily skin, so this light, hydrating moisturizer worked perfect on her skin. It gave her the proper hydration without making it greasy. I applied it all over her face and neck and let it sit for 5 min until it was fully absorbed. Then I began makeup application.

Concealer: To highlight, conceal, and even out  Sonequa's skin I applied Glossier' Stretch concealer in Dark 30. I first applied the Dark concealer under the eye area to conceal dark circles and brighten the area. To highlight and reflect light, I also applied it on the bridge of the nose, center part of the forehead, and middle chin.

Foundation: I used Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick in Golden Honey 5.75 Applied it all over the face and neck with a sponge and used a brush for blending it into the skin.

Blush: Nars Isadora layered with Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Illuminating Powder Rich.

Eyes: I used the Westmore Beauty Hollywood Eyecons Eyeshadow Palette. I started by applying, as a base, the Bombshell Shade. With a fluffy eyeshadow brush, I applied it all over the eyelid and on the inner corners of the eye to brighten the area. I then layered the Glamorous shade and applied it on the outer edge of the eye working it towards the middle of the eye and crease. To blend both eyeshadows and merge them together, I used a blending brush with no eyeshadow and went over the eye in circular motions until completely blended. To accentuate the outer edge of the eye, I applied Leading Lady eyeshadow and worked it on the skin with a very small brush to get more pigment from the shadow and intensify the eye. I also applied Leading Lady under the bottom lash line to create a shadow liner effect. I finished the eye by applying Elizabeth Arden's Eye Smokey Eye Pencil in Smoky Black on the under rim area of the eye.

To intensify the eye I added a lash strip of Cameo Eylure Mink Effect Lashes and added a few coats of mascara to upper and bottom lashes with Le Volume de Chanel mascara #10. 
Lip: I always like to do the lips at the end, it's what adds the final touch and completes the makeup  look. I used Westmore Beauty's Lip Glamour in Nude. This shade truly complimented everything. It had a hint of color, but didn't compete with the eyes nor the color of the dress. 
Setting: The last step is to set the makeup before walking out the door and into a red carpet. For this I used Glossier's Wowder light/medium shade. Using a powder puff, I padded the powder into the skin to remove the shine.

National Elephant Appreciation Day and The Elephant Pants

Do you like Elephants? Do you like Feelin' Good? In celebration of National Elephant Appreciation Day on September 22nd, The Elephant Pants are out to Save Elephants and Feel good.

They will be donating $1 from every item sold for Elephant Appreciation Day to TUSK, who provide the most promising solutions to the crisis facing Africa’s wildlife. Use the code ELEPHANTAPPRECIATION10 for $$ off your purchase. It will be valid from 12am Friday (September 22) until 3am Monday (September 25).

If you have not heard about these pants, you have definitely seen someone on the street with the bold printed harem pants that are embellished with The Elephant Pants' signature elephants. I saw them at a street party on the Fourth of July.

The Elephant Pants ideal for lounging but I found that I can pair them with a blazer and heels and wear them to work on casual Friday. The fabric is soft but doesn’t provide much stretch except for the waist band. The sizing is perfect for most body types, including plus size. Each harem pants come in fun colored print is also named after a real life elephant!

For every pair that a customer purchases, The Elephant Pants donates $1 to the African Wildlife Fund, who is currently running the “Say No Campaign.
  • Comfy
These are some of the most comfy pants and are light, breezy, and versatile. They can be worn almost anywhere if paired with the right shirt, blazer, and shoes, etc.
  • Affordable
The price point runs around $18-25 a pair. (Shipping is not included)
  • Quality
Being plus size and have thick thighs that rub together my thighs rub the material together and wore them thin. With an already thin material, the thigh area on these pants wont last long for me and I will rub a hole in them.
  • Shrinkage
The first pair of elephant pants I washed, I used cold water and tumble dried them on the lowest heat setting possible. Unfortunately, they shrunk a bit in length and in the legs. With me being 5’11” I saw that the length shrinkage was going to be an issue. So now I have to cut them into capris or wear them with high socks. I will continue to wash these pants in cold water and just hang them to dry, I wish I would have known that before I dried them the 1st time, live and learn.
Overall I am very happy with the pants. I would purchase them again because they are super comfy, the amazing print, and their efforts to help animal wildlife.

Through strategic partnerships with organizations dedicated to making the world a better place for elephants, we make sure that a portion of every sale goes towards helping create a sustainable future where elephants thrive. By aligning ourselves with both global and localized grassroots operations, we aim to make a difference for elephants everywhere. While every elephant herd faces its own unique challenges, the tactics needed to overcome them all have one thing in common : humans working together. With partners on the ground wherever there are elephants, we aim to use our products and the lifestyle they inspire as a vehicle for real change.
Tusk provides training and employment for anti-poaching units throughout Africa. They also invest in tracker dogs, surveillance technology, vehicles, aircraft and the additional support needed in the battle against poaching.

Tusk invests in community development, career opportunities and education to make wildlife a resource for the people of Africa. As people are lifted out of poverty and achieve economic security, they become strong stewards of conservation. Tusk-supported projects directly employ over 6,000 people and construct clinics, water projects, roads, airstrips and schools – helping communities realize the economic value of wildlife.

To prevent conflicts between people and wildlife, Tusk supports creative solutions that allow communities and wildlife to coexist. These initiatives help communities stop viewing wildlife as a threat to their livelihoods – the first step towards a sustainable future for Africa’s wildlife.

Tusk’s habitat protection spans borders to ensure that the critical landscapes and ecosystems on which wildlife depends for survival are preserved and protected.

Technology is accelerating wildlife conservation efforts in the most remote parts of Africa. The use of technology in wildlife conservation is a critical component of Tusk’s work, aiding in the protection of many species that are in danger of extinction.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tracy Reese NYFW SS18 How to Get The Look/Cantu

Yesterday, Cantu took the NYFW stage again at Tracy Reese’s SS’18 presentation. The show was inspired by the message that ‘Every Woman has a Story’ and featured a mix of models alongside real women. During the presentation, each woman shared what made them unique, what they believed in, or what inspired them – all in their native tongue. The beauty look embraced individuality enhancing each woman’s multifaceted personality.

Hair How To: Understated Blowout 

Inspiration: Embracing the texture of each woman, we wanted to create a simple yet wearable style that allowed the fashion to be the main focal point. 

Hairstylist: Bok-Hee for Cantu

·         Step 1: Start by spraying roots and lengths of hair with Cantu Refresh Dry Co-Wash for a clean, conditioned base.
·         Step 2: Next, spray hair with Cantu Thermal Shield Heat Protectant and blow hair out smooth using a round brush.
·         Step 3: Once hair is smoothed out, use a 1 ½ inch curing iron to create subtle curls at the lengths. When finished, loosen up the curls with your fingers for a more subtle wave.
·         Step 4: Lastly, mold hairline around the part and face using Cantu Extra Hold Edge Stay Gel to stand up slightly.|| @CantuBeauty

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