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WHILE I WAS OUT

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I admit I’ve been very busy, I’ve been working on a very special project that I will debut in a just a few weeks. While I was away, or drowning under emails and paperwork the beauty industry offered some very interesting news!

Lupita Nyong’o was introduced as Lacome’s newest celebrity face, adding her to a list of highly paid A-list alumna that have included Kate Winslet, Penélope Cruz and Julia Roberts. By becoming a brand “ambassadress” for Lancôme, Ms. Nyong’o’s career has “totally changed,” according to Ivan Bart, the head of IMG Models.

There was an orange lipstick revival. Last summer orange, corals and zesty tangerines were the color of the moment. The color is back!

Out magazine’s annual May Power Issue (on newsstands April 22) is one of the most powerful women in music: Beyoncé Knowles.
The singer defied traditional marketing tactics late last year when she released her surprise self-titled video album, is the perfect representation of what it means to be powerful.

At 43 Naomi Campbell graces the cover of Shape Magazine. The supermodel is still just as sought after in the fashion industry as ever before. And as she embarks on a new season as executive producer and co-star of The Face (essentially America’s Next Top Model 2.0), the star buckled down to chat about her struggles, success, and slim-body secrets.

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DREAM BIG

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THE NEW FACE OF L’OREAL

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L’Oréal Paris has added a new member to their beauty family. Zoe Saldana is the newest member to join the L’Oreal family as their celebrity spokeswoman.

The 35-year-old, Jersey girl talks to PEOPLE Magazine sharing her experiences and opinions about the power of a red lip.

“In the years I’ve been on this planet, I’ve grown to believe that every woman on this earth can rock a red lip,” she says. “It doesn’t matter how big or how thin their lips are, how dark their skin is, or yellow or light or pink, there’s so many shades of red, you can find the right shade. Women just look so beautiful and powerful when they’re wearing red lipstick.”

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BODY SOOTHIN’

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This winter has been long, long, long. If the Polar Vortex has taken it’s toll on your skin like it has on mine then it’s time for you to get some body soothin’, hydrating oils and lotions to hydrate your extra dry skin.

Aesop Breathless, $35.00
An elegant botanical treatment oil to hydrate the whole body.
This sophisticated botanical massage oil – suited to all over body hydration – will take your breath away. It is the perfect accompaniment to massage treatments.

Caudalie Divine Oil, $49.00
An antioxidant, moisturizing body lotion that provides silky skin and lasting comfort. Concentrated with moisturizing active ingredients plus antioxidant grape polyphenols and draining ginkgo biloba, this lotion leaves the skin soft, firm, and radiant. Perfect as a post-sun product, its delicately perfumed texture is instantly absorbed.

SACHAJUAN Body Lotion Shiny Citrus, $24.00

This luxurious body lotion with Earth silk technology hydrates and soothes your skin. It has anti-aging and anti-irritant properties as well as giving your skin a scent of fresh citrus and Jasmine.

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LIP LOCK

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This season’s cold weather has wreaked havoc on my skin and hair – I’ve been on a quest for the perfect moisturizing body products and after a day of beauty-product shopping I found the most incredible lip treatment. Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask moisturizes lips with a bio-active blend of organic agave nectar, jojoba oil, vanilla CO2 extract, and triple the amount of antioxidant trans-resveratrol found in red wine. Apply at bedtime or wear throughout the day for an instant boost of hydration with long-lasting shine.

What it is:
A soothing, leave-on lip mask that replenishes moisture in lips.

What it does:
This innovative, natural formula smooths, nourishes, and moisturizes lips with a bio-active blend of organic agave nectar, jojoba oil, vanilla CO2 extract, and triple the amount of antioxidant trans-resveratrol found in red wine.

What else you need to know:
This product does not contain gluten or petroleum.

Sold exclusively at Sephora, $26.00

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LOVELY LUPITA

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As she held back tears Hollywood’s newest and most deserving darling Lupita Nyong’o gave an eloquent and gracious speech after accepting her Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actress” in Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave.” Lupita has taken the film industry and fashion world by storm, she is the complete package. Her sophistication, beauty, elegance and intellectual prowess make her an idol and an icon.

“Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition. It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s. And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsy for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story, and your own. Steve McQueen, you charge everything you fashion with the breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position. It has been the joy of my life. I’m certain that the dead are standing about you and watching and they’re grateful and so am I. Chiwetel, thank you for your fearlessness, and for how deeply you went into telling Solomon’s story. Michael Fassbender, thank you so much, you were my rock, Alfre and Sarah, it was a thrill to work with you, Joe Walker, the invisible performer in the editing room, thank you … I want to thank my family for your training, and the Yale school of Drama as well for your training. My brother Junior sitting by my side, thank you so much, you are my best friend, and Ben, my other best friend, my chosen family. When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that, no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” – Lupita Nyong’o

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BEST DRESSED

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Wow wow wow. Academy Award nominee and hot-hot-hot Kate Hudson was perfection in an Atelier Versace Spring 2014 gown and Jimmy Choo ‘Vibe’ Sandal. Kate Hudson, 34 gets my best dressed award hands down. Kate Hudson’s gown was dazzling, modern yet the most elegant throw back to Hollywood golden, glamor era. AMAZING!!

#TEAM30s !!

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LET’S GO NUDE

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The Oscar’s 2014 red carpet is often full of color, this time the most striking gowns were nude, some were silk, some were satin, some were beaded and all were beautiful.

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BEAUTY IN NUMBERS

Jessica Lange, is officially the face of the Marc Jacobs Beauty’s new campaign. The brand announced their new spokeswoman via Twitter. At 64, the Academy Award winner and American Horror Story Coven star was radiant in a peach toned lip and smokey eye in the company’s press release. The announcement follows breaking news that 68 year old Charlotte Rampling is the new face of NARS. While Marc Jacobs and NARS can be commended for broadening the concept of beauty, I have to recognize M.A.C. Cosmetics for taking the lead by recognizing a woman’s beauty at every age. The M.A.C. Cosmetic Icons Collection was one of my all time favorite beauty campaigns. The Icon Collection represented women with both iconic beauty and a lifetime of experience featuring Diana Ross, Raquel Welch, Catherine Deneuve and 99 year old Iris Apfel. We are evolving people, there is beauty in numbers – beauty is ageless!

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SHE’S A NATURAL

There was no lack of talent or beauty on the 2014 NAACP Awards red carpet, tonight new comer Naomie Harris took natural beauty to another level. Here is how to get her glamorous red carpet look:

Mimic Naomie’s radiant makeup by applying a foundation throughout the skin with a sponge. Stipple onto the skin then blend through the face. Applying a cream cheek hue and blush onto the apples of the cheeks will give your complexion a radiant boost. Blend cheek stain heavily in a circular motion, leaving no streaky lines. Use a fluffy powder brush to blend the color throughout the cheeks.

Apply a soft layer of shimmering eyeshadow along the eyelid, add eyeliner, a band of false eye lashes and a blanket of mascara over the natural eyelash to achieve this alluring eye.

The lips are the simple! Apply a nude lipstick throughout the lips. Blend a soft pink lipgloss to top off this simple yet sexy look.

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