Calling all Female Fashion Designers

Skintimate is pairing with Mara Hoffman in a search for the next generation in female designers, with their 2nd Skintimate Studios Ready for Everything Fashion Design Contest. Contest is open from February 9 – March 23rd 2011. You must be 18 or older to enter the contest to win the 2-week internship, however girls age 13 and up can still enter for a chance to win a Hoffman scarf and a trip (with a chaperone) to Miami for the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim Show in July.

From February 9th to March 23rd, aspiring designers will visit and enter for a chance to win a two week internship with Hoffman helping her team prepare for her 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim show. Contestants will upload a female dress design that conveys the theme “Ready for Everything.” In addition to the design, girls will need to answer two questions: Explain details of your design and why it represents the theme “Ready for Everything,” and share what unique qualities you posses and bring to the fashion world. Designs and essays will be judged for both versatility and original creative expression.

Skintimate, along with Hoffman, will select ten final designs which will be announced online April 21st. The finalists’ designs will premier on the Skintimate Studios website from April 21st through May 18th allowing America to cast their vote for their favorite. The winning designer will be announced online May 25th and will be given the chance to spend two weeks with Hoffman and her team in New York and Miami as she debuts her line at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim show in Miami. The nine other finalists will receive a deluxe fashion prize pack filled with must-have items to help kick start their fashion careers.

Good Luck!

Like Prince Akeem I use Juices & Berries in my hair

I don’t typically discuss hair, but I’ve been feeling the need only because people ask me all the time what I use in my hair. I even get approached by barbers who want to cut my hair all the time, and they even ask me (outside of who cuts my hair), what I use in my hair. My answer is always the same – it depends on the week and what’s in my cabinet. I’m sorry, but I haven’t found anything that I’m crazy over and that I just HAVE to have in my hair….until NOW!

I ordered Oyin’s Juices and Berries off of the Curlmart website months ago and used it every now and again. I did notice a difference, depending on what I paired it with, and even recieved compliments from people who don’t see me every day (shout out to Keith @Carmine’s! LOL) Nevertheless, it wasn’t until I went a month without my Juices and Berries, that I realized that I’d finally found a product that I live by! Anyone who knows me knows it takes a LOT to impress me (all around). So, with that said, I need Oyin to create a monthly or bi-monthly distribution program (smile).

All jokes aside, I went to the actual store this past weekend and decided to try another product, that I must admit to being satisfied with. My daily hair ritual (when I was getting crazy compliments) was to spray with the Juices and Berries and then use a “quarter-size” of the Ouidad “Heat & Humidity Gel” and go – quick and easy. (Thanks for the formal introduction by @RuquaiyahN) Wham! Bam! Thank you ma’am! BUT, here we go again, lol. Now with this new trial, i’m pairing the juices and berries and the NEW! hair dew. (I wish I had a then and now to share). Here’s a picture of me with my new pairing(Even though this shows me as i’m WAAAY overdue for a haircut – gotta holla @MarvTheBarb ASAP):

So now when the barber asks me what I use in my hair, I can honestly answer, like Prince Akeem – it’s Juices and Berries!

So after many product trials and tribulations, especially my most recent – where I thought I was in love with Kinky Curly until I realized that was what was breaking out my forehead – I’ve found one that I will recommend and be able to answer to when asked what do I use in my hair. Not only do I love the smell of the products, but it keeps my hair shiny and doesn’t attract tons of gunk. Nor does it drip onto my forehead (if it is, it’s not clogging my pores) to cause me to break out. I love an all-natural, lightweight product that will keep my hair looking healthy and even moreso, just enhance or define my curls rather than make them look stringy like I sprayed Soul Glow.

Virtual Makeover

´╗┐´╗┐Cosmetics brand Stila Cosmetics has teamed up with a virtual makeover firm merging its facial recognition software and iPhone audience to market its products.

The fully automated makeover tool has been launched on the Apple mobile device as well as through the Stila’s own website.

The tool utilizes a patent-pending facial recognition technology to automatically apply Stila shades and products on user uploaded photos.

The tool also features sharing options for Facebook and Twitter, the ability to save any photo, as well as full e-commerce integration which allows the products tried on to be purchased directly. Talk about virtual beauty makeover!

Happy New Year and welcome to the two-eleven (2011)

Happy New Year 2011

Happy New Year 2011

By now most of you have set or at least begun to think about your New Year’s Resolutions (whether you’ve begun or not is another question). Usually what tops most resolutions is something dealing with health or fitness. Well just remember that healthy skin is vital to a healthy life…attractive skin is vital to appearance and self esteem. As you vow to improve your health and/or fitness routine, remember the side effect is will be improved skin! So begin your new year with a beautiful new skinship!

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