Wear What You Want | Dryel At-Home Cleaner and Product Review

Most women love to shop and buy delicate items.  The problem is that certain clothing pieces are created with intricate fibers.

There’s nothing worse than purchasing a linen blazer and it’s ruined due to inappropriate care.

Let’s not forget the over priced dry-cleaning bill and time constraint when dropping-off your favorite items.

Constant dry-cleaning has several nasty side effects such as damage to the buttons or seams.  Lastly, if you have sensitive skin, remember that chemicals are used at the cleaners.

Fabric Care: Dry-Clean or Hand Wash

Dryel eliminates the time, effort, and freedom for clothing purchases.  Fashionistas can wear skirts or slacks without the terrifying idea of harming the garment.  Visit Dryel.com to learn more and see new product launches!  Don’t forget to travel this summer with your Stain Removal Pen.

If you haven’t heard of Dryel, remember it’s easy to use:

  • Pre-treat stains with Dryel Booster Spray
  • Toss in the dryer for 15 or 30 minutes
  • Place on a hanger to remove wrinkles
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July 4th Beauty Essentials and Products

It’s time to start packing your bags and getting ready for the biggest weekend of the summer! Keep in the red white and blue theme with these products from Smashbox and Streekers and look good while protecting your skin with Sun Bum and Burt’s Bees.

Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Metal in Iced Out

Be Legendary Liquid Metal is a metallic liquid lip gel that glides on smooth and delivers rich, saturated color with an incredible chrome finish – in just one coat




With the Streekers liquid hair color collection you can add bright, bold strokes of color with just a flick of the wand. And no matter what dynamic color you pick, Streekers comes out easily with just one shampoo.

Sun Bum SPF 15 Tanning Oil  

Some of us love to get golden brown but we still want our skin to be nourished, silky smooth, and protected. Our Broad Spectrum SPF 15 UVA/UVB Protecting Dark Tanning Oil is enriched with Marula Oil, Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Green Tea Butter and Aloe Vera.

Burt’s Bees BB Cream with SPF 15


ESSENCE announced that Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry will open the Empowerment Experience Stage at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, presented by Coca-Cola, on Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11:30am, which will kick off the Festival’s weekend slate of daytime programming at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Featured Photo from Celebmafia.com

This will be the first time that Berry, who recently wrapped production of her latest filmKidnap, will appear at the ESSENCE Festival. Berry joins speakers Ava DuVernay, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Iyanla Vanzant and Rev. Al Sharpton, as well as performers Diana Ross, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Chance the Rapper, Solange and many more at the annual event, which is recognized as the nation’s largest gathering of African-American women.

“Halle Berry’s impact as an artist is extraordinary and her story, both personally and professionally, is an inspiration to women across the globe,” said ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa De Luca. “We are delighted that Halle has agreed to share her journey and invite our passionate community of fans to join us for an exciting opening to the Festival’s daytime Empowerment Experience.”

The annual ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, presented by Coca-Cola, is one of the nation’s largest live events. Each year, the Festival draws, on average, 500,000 attendees from across the globe to its multi-day entertainment, empowerment and cultural event, which generates an economic impact of more than $200 million to the local economy. Now in its 23rd year, the ESSENCE Festival has featured some of the biggest names in entertainment and the nation’s most influential speakers, authors and leaders, including Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Prince, Janet Jackson, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Kahn, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Rev. Al Sharpton, Deepak Chopra, Steve Harvey, Ava DuVernay, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Magic Johnson, Iyanla Vanzant and many more.

Join the ESSENCE Festival community: Follow us on Twitter @essencefest #EssenceFest and become a fan of 2017 ESSENCE Festival® on Facebook. The 2017 ESSENCE Festival® is executive produced by ESSENCE Festivals LLC, a division of ESSENCE Communications Inc., and produced by Solomon Group. GeChar is the executive producer of the 2017 ESSENCE Empowerment Experience. Exclusive sponsors of the 2017 ESSENCE Festival® include presenting sponsor Coca-Cola and major sponsors AT&T, Ford, McDonald’s, State Farm and Walmart. Superlounge sponsors include Coca-Cola, Ford and Walmart. The All-Star Gospel Tribute is sponsored by Walmart.

About Essence Communications Inc.

Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a brand reach of 21.2 million. With a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events and online, ECI is comprised of Essence magazine, the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women; the ESSENCE Festival; Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music events; Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series; Essence.com; and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD).


Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is a leading multi-platform media company that engages over 170 million consumers globally every month. The company’s influential brands include PEOPLE, TIME, FORTUNE, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, INSTYLE, REAL SIMPLE, SOUTHERN LIVING and TRAVEL + LEISURE, as well as more than 60 diverse international brands. Time Inc. offers marketers a differentiated proposition in the marketplace by combining its powerful brands, trusted content, audience scale, direct relationships with consumers and unique first-party data. The company is home to growing media and platforms, including digital video, OTT, television, licensing, paid products and services and celebrated live events, such as the TIME 100, FORTUNE Most Powerful Women, PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’s Sportsperson of the Year, the ESSENCE Festival and the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen.

How To: Glowing Skin with a Positive Mindset

Skin care probably gives us more anxiety than any other part of our body! Which makes perfect sense, of course – it’s covering us and constantly showing to some degree. Those who have skin problems will often have issues with self-esteem and even moodiness. If you want to tackle your skin anxieties, then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s some advice that you should take on-board.

Featured Photo from Instagram

Change your mindset

A negative mindset isn’t going to help your anxieties. Well, duh, right? But how does that help you when it comes to skin problems? A lot of people would argue that a skin problem such as acne gives someone the right to be negative or self-conscious. But again, you might need a change in mindset. You can read more at mind-sets.com. It seems that you may be assuming the worst in people without taking into account that most people, at some point, will encounter these sorts of problems. People are more empathetic than you might think.

The fact is that the vast majority of people don’t care all that much; they may notice you have a problem, but they’re not going to be disgusted by it in the way that you think. Other people aren’t going to sit there and stare at your flaws. Think about it: do you pay attention to someone’s skin problems? Has it stopped you spend time with them or even dating them? Probably not. Try to keep this in mind; it will soothe a lot of your anxiety.

Get expert advice

You can speak with someone about these kinds of worries. They may point you in the direction of a dermatologist. (A “skin doctor”, in layman’s terms!) Dermatologists will always help you explore non-surgical options, but there are loads of businesses out there, such as belcarahealth.com, that will help you explore both non-invasive dermatology and cosmetic surgery. (And no, you shouldn’t be afraid to look into such treatment if there’s a good chance it will really improve your situation.)

Dermatologists, or even your regular physician, may even be able to recommend you specific products and lifestyle changes based on your particular skin structure. Don’t be afraid to look into medical treatments they may suggest, like microdermabrasion. Something like that can be done at home or with a doctor.

The skin-friendly lifestyle

Changing your mindset is one part of adopting a skin-friendly lifestyle; when you’re less negative, you stress out a lot less – and stress can aggravate skin problems in ways you may never have thought possible. Stress is just one part of an unhealthy lifestyle that you need to avoid.

It’s true that those with skin problems like acne may be, in a sense, “doomed” to have the problem to some degree, at least in the short term. But most people aggravate the problem by not drinking enough water, not getting enough sleep, and neglecting exercise. You can read more at experiencelife.com. These things aren’t guaranteed to cure skin problems, the way some people make out. But they can go a long way towards improving your skin tremendously.

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Discover New Collections ~ The Bride Guide from Raffaelle Ciuca

Sottero and Midgley was created for the chic and elegant bride with style. The line offers statement-making high level bridal fashions that are meant to impress the modern bride.  These cutting-edge designs are a product of a collaboration between Maggie Sottero and Kelly Midgley (founder Lesley Margaret Webster’s daughter).

The Sottero and Midgely 2018 designs live up to their brand motto. The collection, named after a new dress named Grayson, is packed with modern silhouettes, beautiful embellishments, and rich details.

Where the 2018 Sottero and Midgely Grayson line stands out from the pack is their ornate back embellishments

The Contemporary Romper: Summer Fashion Statement

The contemporary romper is always up for debate.  Some say it’s the equivalent of a middle school outfit and others believe it’s a wardrobe staple.

Featured Photo from People.com

Wearing a romper can be a great choice. It’s both casual and dressy; worn with sneakers, wedges, or diamond studs.

To look amazing in a romper, it has to fit appropriately.  Rompers should drape nicely (on the shoulders) and taper to the waist.  Also, the sleeves should not extend beyond the wrist or pant length extremely short.

Rompers are fashionable, sexy, and comfortable.  Take a look at the option below:


CELEB EVENT RECAP: Sevyn Streeter & CEO Courtney Adeleye Unveil New Launches at SUR “Boss Up Brunch”

Recording Artist Sevyn Streeter and CEO & Founder of The Mane Choice Haircare Courtney Adeleye hosted a “Boss Up Brunch” at SUR Restaurant on Friday.

Courtney & Sevyn teamed up to host an afternoon of female boss empowerment, where leaders across many different industries gathered to network, enjoy the festivities and celebrate Courtney and Sevyn’s latest projects – The Mane Choice’s rollout of the Ancient Egyptian collection in Sally Beauty, and the first look of Sevyn’s highly anticipated album, Girl Disrupted, out July 7.

Both women were excited to share their latest work with a group of strong, influential females who are dedicated to making waves in their industries.

Celebrities and female “boss ladies” such as Estelle, Eva Pigford, Laura Govan, Miss Diddy and Malaysia were in attendance. They all enjoyed delicious food and cocktails and participated in the many activities including belly dancing, flower crown making, henna tattoos, selfie mirrors and more.

The Ancient Egyptian Collection is ideal to repair dry, damaged hair and can even prevent future damage after repeated use. The collection is inspired by the times of Ancient Egypt, when the hair was considered a personal and important method of self-expression.

The Mane Choice’s Ancient Egyptian Anti-Breakage & Repair Antidote Collection has sought out to source the most rare and robust natural oils used during that time, such as Kalahari Oil, Oleaster Oil, Mongongo Oil, and Baobab Oil to strengthen, repair and add remarkable shine.

Atlantic Records artist Sevyn Streeter is set to release her debut album GIRL DISRUPTED on July 7, a gift to her fans for HER birthday. The album will include recently released tracks- “My Love for You” and “Fallen” feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Cam Wallace.  This release will also include chart topping features such as August Alsina, Dave East, Dej Loaf and more.

The premise of GIRL DISRUPTED is centered on a message every young woman can relate to, the journey from a young naïve girl to a grown woman. “This important time in each woman’s life forces them to take ownership of their past in order to become the most true version of themselves,” says Sevyn.




Present Situation

My Love For You

Anything You Want / Feat: Ty Dolla Sign, Jeremih & Wiz Khalifa

Ol School / Feat: Jeremih & Dej Loaf

Soon As I Get Home

Before I Do

Been A Minute / Feat: August Alsina

Peace Sign / Feat: Dave East

Fallen / Feat: Ty Dolla Sign & Cam Wallace


How Many

Everything In Me

Products range from $14.99 – $21.99 at Sally Beauty locations at SallyBeauty.com

Sevyn Streeter – Girl Disrupted


Summer Hair Problems are Solved

It’s the season we’ve all been waiting for…Summer, Summer, Summertime! While we’re all excited about the beach parties, hikes, and all other exhilarating activities summer has to offer, it’s almost impossible to avoid the annoying summer related hair worries!  Whether your issue is the high humidity levels or hair breakage caused by chlorine and salt water, Schwarzkopf GLISS, Schwarzkopf göt2b, and Live Clean has the fix for you.




*NEW January 2017

göt2b Volumaniac Bodifying hairspray

This volumizing spray immediately locks in volume with enough hold for that drama that you crave.  How to use: Hold 8-10 inches from hair. Spray evenly over hair for an all over hold or spot spray and use hands to create extra volume. Re-spray after styling to hold dry finished style.

$5.99; mass retailers


*NEW January 2017

göt2b Volumaniac Bodifying Mousse

Infused with polymer complex and flex agent technology that provide a natural high hold with elasticity.

How to use: Shake well before use. Pump a fluffy dollop into hand and distribute evenly through damp hair. Blow dry or style as usual.

$5.99; mass retailers


Live Clean Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo and Conditioner

–          Live Clean® Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo gently cleanses while restoring natural luster. Enriched with 100% pure Argan Oil, certified organic Grape Seed, and Olive oils for enhanced long term conditioning and shine.

–          Live Clean® Argan Oil Restorative Conditioner hydrates and nourishes without adding any excess weight. Enriched with 100% pure Argan Oil, certified organic Grape Seed, and Olive oils for enhanced long term conditioning and shine.

$5.99 each; Target.com


*NEW January 2017

Schwarzkopf GLISS™ Ultimate Repair Express Repair™ Conditioner

Heavily damaged hair loses Keratin resulting in a severely weakened hair structure. It requires extreme repair to recover. GLISS™ Ultimate Repair Express Repair™ Conditioner uses a high-performance formula with 3X liquid Keratin to precisely repair damaged hair and replaces lost Keratin leaving your hair restored and combatable.

$5.99; mass retailers



*NEW January 2017

Schwarzkopf GLISS™ Ultra Moisture Express Repair™ Conditioner

Daily stress can dry out your hair until it reaches a breaking point. It needs deep repair from the inside and surface reconstruction from the outside. GLISS™ Ultra Moisture Express Repair™ Conditioner contains a special complex with Keratine Care-19 Complex and leaves your hair touchably soft.

Key Benefits:

  • Instant compatibility
  • Protection against hair breakage
  • Intense hydration

$5.99; Mass Retailers



*NEW January 2017

Schwarzkopf GLISS™ Ultimate Repair Shampoo & Conditioner

Heavily damaged hair loses Keratin resulting in a severely weakened hair structure. It requires extreme repair to recover. GLISS™ Ultimate Repair Shampoo & Conditioner uses a high-performance formula with 3X liquid Keratin to precisely repair damaged hair and replaces lost Keratin leaving your hair restored and combable.

Key Benefits:

  • Improved combability
  • Deep reconstruction
  • More shine and up to 90% stronger and shinier hair

Schwarzkopf Stylist Tip: Your hair behaves like a sponge, if you squeeze the excess water from your hair prior to applying conditioner, your hair will better absorb the nutrients from the conditioner.

$5.99; mass retailers





*NEW January 2017

Schwarzkopf GLISS™ Ultra Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

Daily stress can dry out your hair until it reaches a breaking point. It needs deep repair from the inside and surface reconstruction from the outside. GLISS™ Ultra Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner is a creamy lathering shampoo formula that contains a special complex with Keratin Care-19 Complex and deeply repairs your hair for soft, healthy-looking hair and significantly less hair breakage.


Key Benefits:

  • Up to 85% less hair breakage*
  • Intense hydration
  • Ultra moisturized hair with health shine

$5.99; mass retailers



*NEW January 2017

Schwarzkopf GLISS™ Ultra Moisture Anti-Breakage Treatment

GLISS™ Ultra Moisture Anti-Breakage Treatment contains a special complex of Keratin Care-19 Complex and penetrates deep into your hair for softness and shine, with up to 95% less hair breakage.

$5.99; mass retailers



*NEW January 2017

Schwarzkopf GLISS™ Color Guard™ Shampoo and Conditioner

Every color-addict knows that maintaining salon-quality color-treated hair is a full time job. When frequent hair-washing causes color to dull or fade, the first step to caring for your color-treated hair begins in the shower. Specifically developed for colored and highlighted hair, GLISS™ Color Guard™ Shampoo and Conditioner protects, strengthens, and locks-in color, ensuring luminous shine and brighter color.

Key Benefits:

  • Anti-fading color protection
  • UVA/UVB filter helps lock color in
  • Color protection for 12 weeks

Schwarzkopf Stylist Tip: Your hair behaves like a sponge, if you squeeze the excess water from your hair prior to applying conditioner, your hair will better absorb the nutrients from the conditioner.

$5.99; mass retailers

*NEW January 2017

Schwarzkopf GLISS™ Color Guard Express Repair Conditioner

Through frequent hair-washing, colored, tinted or highlighted hair loses its color. It needs special protection to retain its intense color and luminance. Gliss Cover Guard Leave-In Conditioner provides instant combable hair and color protection up to 12 weeks.

  • Hair Type: All Hair Types
  • Used For: damage repair, replenishing, shine enhancing

$5.99; mass retailers


Macy’s Backstage Outlet Store Grand Opening

Macy’s Backstage is a new outlet store located in select cities.  The department store is one of my favorite retailers because Macy’s has something for everyone.

Last weekend, the store hosted their Macy’s Backstage Grand Opening at The Riverchase Galleria.  The event included music, gift totes, and a selfie booth. Local shoppers came out to the event; eager to partake in the sales and discounts.

For shopping clarity, Macy’s will continue to function in it’s normal capacity.  What does that mean? Macy’s Backstage is actually located within the original department store. The outlet is it’s own individual area with reduced merchandise and checkout.

Ultimately, Macy’s Backstage is an opportunity for customers to get their favorite products at a reasonable price.