Flawless Friday: Iman, Iconic Beauty

April 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Blessed with a timeless beauty, Iman is simply stunning. Can you believe she’s 55 going on 56? I can only dream of looking as gorgeous as she does at that age. Her skin is simply amazing. Smooth, supple, seemingly imperfection-less. I stand in awe.

But, the Somali-born Mrs. David Bowie isn’t keeping her secrets all to herself. She’s got a line of beauty products created specifically for women of color. IMAN cosmetics, widely available at major retailers, was the first cosmetic line to embrace women of color from all over the world as a focal point. Iman’s 1994 foray into the world of beauty filled a much needed void. And at $25 million in annual sales — she’s very appreciated.

Iman’s sharing doesn’t stop with her cosmetic line. Her work with Raise Hope for Congo is truly admirable. She is dedicated to creating worldwide awareness to the brutal and systematic use of sexual violence by armed militias in eastern Congo. A sad, but try reality.

She’s the epitome of what Flawless Friday stands for. Just can’t get enough of her!

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Flawless Friday: Carol's Daughter and the polyethnic campaign

April 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

When we saw this bit of news, we knew it was the perfect topic for our Flawless Friday series. New, exciting strategy from an amazing beauty brand with an even more amazing story, Carol’s Daughter. Love when a company responds to its customers. Hope you enjoy the news as much as we did! You’re sure to fit in somewhere in this new strategy. We can pretty much guarantee it.

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Here’s the scoop courtesy of BellaSugar.

In developing its new promotional approach, Carol’s Daughter took a look at the latest US Census data, which reveal that more people are checking the “other” box (or multiple boxes) when it comes to race. To reflect the diversity of the population, the beauty brand has launched a polyethnic campaign. “When I say polyethnic, I mean women who are made up of several ethnicities,” the brand’s Steve Stoute told WWD. “If you ask them what they are, they’re going to use a lot of different words to describe themselves.”

The new campaign will feature Selita Ebanks, who is of African, Indian, Irish, and Jamaican heritage; Solange Knowles, who is of African-American and French Creole descent; and Cassie, who is of Filipina and black ancestry. “Today, people are blended, and I think the three of us are a prime example,” Selita explained. “Women in my family range from vanilla to the deepest chocolate.”

Expect to see the models’ ads out in June, along with a complete repackaging of the line rolling out by next year. Also, Mary J. Blige, who enjoyed much success with her Carol’s Daughter-aligned My Life fragrance, is set to follow up with a flanker scent, My Life Blossom, slated for an August release.

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Can’t wait to start seeing all of this roll out. Reminds me that I’m all out of my Almond Cookie fragrance. Time to reorder. Love it!

Model Monday: Noémie Lenoir

April 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Modeling almost as long as she’s been alive,  Noémie Lenoir was spotted by Ford Models at the age of 16 in Versailles, France. A mixture of Malagasy and French ancestry, Noémie has an unforgettable face marked by stormy hazel eyes and golden brown wavy hair. This French beauty has been in the business for a while, dating back to signing to L’Oréal in 1995, but in 2001 her career made an epic leap forward. Her editorial credits began rolling in with Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Next, and numerous top magazines. A breakout move for Noémie was posing for the preeminent Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, where she was one of the issue’s most popular pinups. Since then, her career has moved outside of modeling and into the realm of acting, she appeared in the music video for Usher’s single Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home), indy flicks, award-winning international movies, and the list is still growing.

In regards to her personal life Noémie is single, but has been linked to Russell Simmons, Stomy Bugsy, a French rapper, and Claude Makélélé, an international football player and father of her son, Kelyan Makélélé. We are impressed with how her career has grown and excited to see what the future has in store for her. Full of golden corkscrew curls and haunting hazel eyes, we heart Noémie Lenoir.

 

Flawless Friday: A lesson in pink

April 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

A touch of tinkled pink brings out the prettiest little princess in all of us. May not be your everyday color, but on that strategically selected day, with that perfectly chosen look that girlie girl in you will come out. And if you like it more than every now and then, go with it.

A hint of pink on the eyes works for all skin tones. From porcelain to ebony, the color looks flawless. The cheeks too, who would have thought. May look scary in the compact, but once applied, sheer perfection. And now come the lips. A natural hued pink gloss is universal. You can’t go wrong with it. If bright is your forte, rock a fuchsia on the lips. It’s a pretty safe bet that your pink will look amazing.

It’s simple, pink is the perfect makeup color. Well…we’ll have to retract that statement. We’d be lying if we said you couldn’t go wrong with pink. We hate to do it, but here are a few offenders. They’re perfect for the costume party. That’s all we’ll say about that.

Now that you know the good and the bad, go make your pink look work.

Model Monday: Melodie Monrose

March 28, 2011 § 2 Comments

It is hard to imagine Melodie Monrose’s vicious cheekbones shyly hidden behind a book, but her mother, an educator, wouldn’t have anything else. Her childhood was spent in libraries, museums, and other cultural centers, until she was discovered in 2010. Mere weeks before the spring 2011 runway casting shows began, Melodie was whisked away from her home in Martinique, and hurried to NYC, where she was signed to Wilhelmena Models – on the spot! Her timing may have hindered some opportunities, but success couldn’t be thwarted and Melodie landed a spot in Vena Cava’s show, which opened doors for her to walk in Marc Jacobs, DKNY, rag & bone, and Jason Wu shows later that week. The rest is history; the shows she was featured in basically launch her to supermodel status. From Prada, Missoni, Bottega Veneta, and Gucci in Milan to Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino in Paris. An icon in the making, Melodie Monrose, though just a year in the game, is no rookie to the runway.

She appeared in the February 2011 all-black editorial in Italian Vogue, alongside Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman.
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Her role models are all beauties in their own right, Noémie Lenoir’s, Coca Rocha, and Marilyn Monroe, undoubtedly faves for their outstanding looks, enviable abilities, and most importantly, that certain je ne sais quoi about them. 

An artsy fartsy girl at heart, she still loves to go to museums and watch movies- she has an affinity for Pedro Almodóvar’s flicks. In her next life, she sees herself as a fashion designer. Her dreams of becoming a designer were dashed growing up, but she hopes that after experiencing modeling, she will pick up a few things that will provide her with the requisite background to create an amazing collection.

Flawless Friday: Panasonic on beauty duty

March 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Let’s say you take a snapshot you HATE but don’t have the time to snap another. It happens to the best picture posers out there (we like to put ourselves  in that category). Fret no longer. The Panasonic Lumix FP7 has a built-in beauty retouch feature. Sounds cool, right? Brighter smile, less shiny face, picture perfect makeup…skip PhotoShop, Panasonic to the rescue.

For those only get one chance shots that you want to share with everyone but feel you look slightly awkward in, we say go for it. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your best, and sometimes the camera completely misses the moment. *sigh* But using the feature on every shot takes some of the fun out the picture experience. Everybody loves a candid photo, the good, the bad and the ugly! Sometimes you’ve just gotta roll with it.

Elizabeth Taylor’s Iconic Swag

March 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

As we bid the iconic flair of Elizabeth Taylor adieu, let’s linger for a moment on some magical moments from her life. From childhood  her charming ways captivated hearts and her lust-worthy looks amazed millions. She had a quality that kept her relevant for decades and a philanthropic heart that lead her to make contributions with everlasting effects. We curtsy and bow to your iconic swag, may you rest in peace Elizabeth Taylor.




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