Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Hosts First-Ever Women’s Leadership Awards

Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) celebrated women and achievement at the first-ever 2020 Women’s Leadership Awards this week. Celebrating the brightest minds in beauty, the event brought together the 2020 Achiever Awards recipients and 2020 Top Talent honorees, in addition to revealing the Indie26, 26 outstanding Black female-founded beauty companies disrupting the beauty industry and finally, the Industry Champion Award, being given to Jenny B. Fine.

Sponsored by Meredith, the two-day virtual event recognized fifteen female leaders for their performance and mark on the beauty industry. Additionally, thought leaders, including Taraji P. Henson, Founder and CEO of TPH by Taraji and Mika Brzezinski, Co-Host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Founder of “Know Your Value,” among others, shared valuable insights on topics related to women’s empowerment, equality, and excellence. The personal stories and unique perspectives surrounding empowerment and inclusion from the diverse, cross-generational females served as inspiration for future leaders and for companies to continue supporting women’s advancement.

The 2020 participants included:

2020 Achiever Awards Recipients

  • Maly Bernstein, Vice President, Beauty & Personal Care, CVS
  • Erica Culpepper, General Manager, L’Oréal Multi-Cultural Beauty
  • Elana Drell-Szyfer, CEO, RéVive Skincare
  • Lilli Gordon, Founder & CEO, First Aid Beauty
  • Jane Lauder, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Marketing and Chief Data Officer, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.
  • Alexandra Papazian, President, Laura Mercier

2020 Top Talent Honorees

  • Vivianna Blanch, Vice President, Integrated Consumer Communications, L’Oréal Paris
  • Ophelia Ceradini, Vice President, Digital Technology and Innovation, ELC Online, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.
  • Erum Chaudhry, Vice President, Marketing Beauty & SkincareChristian Dior
  • Maris Croswell, Senior Director, North America Pantene, P&G Beauty
  • Chopin Rabin, Vice President, Global Integrated Communications, Nars Cosmetics
  • Maria Salcedo, Vice President, Global Marketing, Consumer Fragrance, Symrise
  • Janet Chan, Vice President of Brand, nugg beauty *Members Choice

Thought Leaders

  • Mika Brzezinski, Co-Host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Founder of ‘Know Your Value’
  • Kristy Click, Senior Client Officer, Ipsos
  • Laura Gurski, Senior Managing Director, Consumer Goods Division, Accenture
  • Fran Hauser, Startup Investor at Hauser Ventures, LLC., Author of The Myth of the Nice Girl
  • Sarah Kunst, Managing Director, Cleo Capital
  • Sarah Willersdorf, Managing Director and Partner, The Boston Consulting Group
  • Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient
  • Melissa Butler, Founder & CEO, The Lip Bar
  • Mahisha Dellinger, Founder & CEO, Curls Beauty Brand
  • Taraji P. Henson, Founder & CEO, TPH by Taraji

Additional participants included Beauty Industry Champion, Jenny B. Fine of WWD, Indie26, Notable Black Founders of Indie Brands and other beauty industry thought leaders.

“For nearly 70 years, CEW has helped to inspire women in the beauty industry to achieve – and advance – themselves and others,” says CEW President, Carlotta Jacobson. “We are thrilled to have hosted this first-time event, honoring the amazing women who embody the importance of growth within the beauty industry for women of all ethnicities, levels, and companies.”

All content of the Women’s Leadership Awards is available for purchase at

Sponsors of the event included Meredith, Harris Williams, 24 Seven, Anisa, Dermstore, Nordstrom, P&G Beauty, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health, Badger & Winters, WWD, Beauty Inc, Symrise, MOSS, ULTA Beauty, Drunk Elephant, Beauty at Amazon, Olaplex, Birchbox, Consultancy Media, Marina Maher Communications, New World Natural Brands, Goodkind Co., CEI Collective and Kaplow Communications.

About CEW:
CEW is an international organization of 10,000 individual members representing a cross-section of beauty and related businesses. The composition of membership includes leading brands, indies, retailers, media, and suppliers. CEW’s primary purpose is to provide programs online and in-person to develop careers and knowledge of the beauty industry. CEW provides opportunities to connect and gain industry knowledge through networking events, trend reports, industry newsletters, interactive workshops, and industry leader talks. For more information, please visit

OPI Nail Polish: Stay Tough As Nails

Let’s be clear, I love OPI Nail Polish. Not for the purposes of this blog post but my admiration goes back to being a teenager.  I was eager to get professional manicures because my mom would get her nails filled-in.  To me, this signified being the ultimate adult; going to the nail salon.  As a grown woman, I still have that same level of excitement when entering the salon.  All of those nail colors are fascinating but I can only pick one!

OPI shipped me a box of the latest shades for the season and I couldn’t wait to share them.  Remember, we are a few months away from the new year; continue to stay tough as nails!

Nail Color: I Just Can’t Cope-acabana
Nail Color: My Italian Is A Little Rusty

Black-Owned Cosmetics Brand, Juvia’s Place Releases Their Holiday Collection

Black-Owned Cosmetics brand, Juvia’s Place, is jumping into the holiday season early with the release of their new holiday gift sets, The Nubian Royal, The Nubian Glow, and The Nourishing Lip Balm Bundle.

The Nubian Royal and the Nubian Glow sets each contains a 6-pan eyeshadow palette and two lip balms. Products can be purchased individually or as a set.

The Nubian Royal Holiday Giftset- $26

Nubian Glow Giftset
A set of one eyeshadow palette and two nourishing lip balms.

Set contains:

The Nubian Glow Palette- $15

Top Row:
SHADE 1- a shimmery gold with yellow gold reflective pearls
SHADE 2- a rusty matte orange shade
SHADE 3- a Soft shimmery gold reflects mixed with green pearls

Bottom Row:
SHADE 1- a neon matte orange-yellow shade
SHADE 2- a shimmery gold mixed with finely milled multicolored glitter and pearls.
SHADE 3- a Pearl-like texture of white gold and champagne pearls

The Nubian Glow Lip Balms- $12
Guava & Mango

The Nubian Royal eyeshadow palette- $15

Top Row:
SHADE 1- a shimmery purple reflective shade with soft lilac reflects
SHADE 2- a Pearl iridescent purple with blue pearl like reflects
SHADE 3- a matte royal purple shadow

Bottom Row:
SHADE 1- A matte medium toned purple shade
SHADE 2- A matte cool-toned lilac shade
SHADE 3- A finely-milled lilac and pink glitter infused in shimmery light blue reflective pearls

The Nubian Royal Lip Balms- $12
Berries- provides a slight Berry Tint to the lips
Caramel- provides a slight caramel nude tint to the lips

The Nourishing Lip Balm Bundle- $50

This Hydrating and smoothing lip balm offers a clear to tinted texture with long-lasting moisture. Formulated and enriched with a combination of soft butters, Baobab, Manketti, and Jojoba for better hydration and replenishment. Our Nourishing Lip balm melts effortless onto lip with Its slim bullets while providing Long lasting benefits.


  • Provides healthy-looking and Moisturized Lips
  • Lips feel instantly nourished, softer, and glossier
  • Infused with Mango and shea butter to provide protection again dehydration
  • Infused with Baobab, Manketti, Sunflower and Jojoba Oils to help penetrate the skin easily for moisturization
  • Vegan and Cruelty Free.
  • Formulated without Talc, parabens, phthalates, or mineral oil


BERRIES- provides a slight Berry Tint to the lips
CARAMEL- provides a slight caramel nude tint to the lips
MANGO- Provides a clear smooth texture to the lips
PASSION FRUIT – Provides a slight soft pink tint to the lips
MINT- provides a cooling effect and clear texture to the tips

Items can be purchased at, Ulta Beauty stores, and

Amazon Launches NEW Holiday Dash Event, with Black Friday-Worthy Deals Dropping Daily

Customers can shop now and score Black Friday-worthy deals with Amazon’s Holiday Dash deals event—deep discounts from small businesses and top brands are available across the hottest categories from toys to fashion, electronics, home, kitchen, beauty, and more at With new deals dropping every day starting today, customers can shop early and with confidence that they are getting Black Friday-worthy deals and incredible savings on a huge selection of products—making it easy to check everyone off the gift list earlier than ever. Plus, Amazon will offer customers over a million deals worldwide throughout the season, in addition to the biggest-ever collection of Holiday Gift Guides and a wide selection of products at everyday low prices, making it truly a season of savings for customers all around the world.

Customers can start snatching up deals at, on the Amazon App, or by simply asking, “Alexa, what are my deals?” Customers can also shop on or use AmazonSmile on the Amazon App and support their favorite charities while they check gifts off their lists—they’ll find the same amazing deals and Amazon shopping experience, with the added bonus that AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the purchase price of eligible products to a charity of their choice.

See below for more details on Amazon’s Holiday Dash deals event, more ways to shop all season long, and fast, free, and convenient delivery options.

Holiday Dash: Early Black Friday Deals Daily


Amazon’s Holiday Dash deals event is serving up holiday cheer and epic savings early this year to give customers more time to shop and save. There’s no need to wait to secure great deals—with Holiday Dash, Amazon is making it easier than ever to find top gifts at amazing prices ahead of the holiday hustle—plus most items shipped now through December 31, 2020, can be returned until January 31, 2021. The deals included below, and many more will be available on various dates and times beginning today, while supplies last.


Amazon Brands

  • Save up to 30% on select kid’s clothing and more from our brands including Amazon Essentials, Spotted Zebra, and Simple Joys by Carter’s
  • Save up to 30% on select men’s and women’s clothing and more from our brands including Amazon Essentials, Daily Ritual and Goodthreads
  • Save up to 20% on AmazonBasics
  • Save 40% on Wag dog food, and treats
  • Save 20% on household and personal care products from Solimo
  • Save 20% on Presto! Refillable Cleaners
  • Save 20% on baby care products from Mama Bear and Solimo
  • Save 20% on Belei skincare
  • Save 20% on nutrition and wellness products from Amazon Elements and Revly
  • Save 20% on coffee, snacks, and other grocery essentials from Solimo, Happy Belly, and Amazon Fresh


Toys & Games

  • Save up to 40% on Star Wars toys
  • Save up to 40% on Collectible toys from L.O.L. Surprise!, Calico Critters, Fingerlings, and more
  • Save up to 30% on Hot Wheels toys
  • Save up to 30% on Building Sets from LEGO, Magna-Tiles, and PlayMonster
  • Save up to 30% on Marvel toys
  • Save up to 30% on Fortnite, Pokemon, Roblox, and more
  • Save up to 40% on Tegu Building Blocks
  • Save up to 30% on Funko POPs!
  • Save up to 30% on Arts & Crafts sets
  • Save 30% on Evenflo Pivot Explore Wagon
  • Save up to 30% on preschool toys from Jazwares, Spin Master, Hape, and more
  • Save on AmScope 52-piece kids beginner microscope STEM kit



  • Save up to 40% on select apparel from Calvin Klein
  • Save up to 40% on select Levi’s apparel for the whole family
  • Save up to 40% on Star Wars apparel
  • Save up to 30% on select New Balance footwear and apparel
  • Save up to 40% on select Tommy Hilfiger apparel
  • Save up to 40% on select kids’ clothing from Gerber, Hudson Baby, and more
  • Save up to 50% on select watches from Citizen, Bulova, Anne Klein, and more
  • Save up to 30% on select Lacoste apparel, shoes, and accessories
  • Save up to 30% on Marvel apparel
  • Save up to 30% on select seasonal fashion trends
  • Save up to 25% on select Nautica men’s and women’s apparel
  • Save up to 48% on select Hanna Anderson pajama sets and underwear styles
  • Save up to 30% on select styles from The Drop
  • Save up to 40% on select women’s shoes from Shopbop
  • Save up to 15% on select women’s accessories from Shopbop


Household, Kitchen, Home Improvement & Smart Home

  • Save on Le Creuset Cast Iron and Stoneware, including up to 48% on select Le Creuset 3.5Qt Oval Dutch Ovens
  • Save up to 50% on select Bissell Vacuums
  • Save up to 40% on SharkNinja Shark Navigator Lift-Away
  • Save up to 35% on Eufy by Anker RoboVac
  • Save up to 30% on Eureka Stick Vacuum
  • Save on iRobot Robotic vacuums and mops
  • Save up to 30% on iLife Robotic vacuum cleaner
  • Save up to 25% or more on Samsung vacuums
  • Save up to 36% on select Blueair air purifiers
  • Save up to 20% on select Molekule air purifiers
  • Save up to 40% on KitchenAid tools
  • Save up to 20% on the Instant Pot Duo Mini Plus
  • Save up to 30% on Hallmark gift wrap, ornaments, and cards
  • Save up to 20% on select Breville Smart Ovens
  • Save up to 20% on OXO BREW coffee makers
  • Save up to 30% on Tineco floorcare products
  • Save on Ninja AF161 Air Fryer and Ninja FG551 Foodi Indoor Smart Grill
  • Save on select SodaStream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker Bundle
  • Save on the Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker
  • Save up to 20% on OXO Good Grips Smart Seal and bakeware
  • Save up to 35% on Ayesha Curry Cookware
  • Save 30% on Linenspa 10″ hybrid mattresses
  • Save up to 30% on Zinus furniture and mattresses
  • Save 30% on Sweetnight mattresses
  • Save up to 30% on Moen bathroom fixtures and up to 20% off on Moen kitchen products
  • Save up to 25% on select Hansgrohe products
  • Save 15% on GE Profile Ice Maker
  • Save 20% on select Broan appliances
  • Save up to 15% on select Delta Faucet products
  • Save up to 15% on Whirlpool softeners
  • Save 15% or more on gaming, home education, and home office furniture
  • Save on select August Smart Locks
  • Save on select Kwikset Smart and Mechanical Locks
  • Save on Smart Home products from Emerson, Kasa TP-Link, and more


Beauty, Health & Personal Care

  • Save up to 50% on your favorite Premium Beauty brands from Elemis, Mario Badescu, Redken, and more
  • Save up to 40% on Premium Beauty appliances from T3, Foreo, and more
  • Save up to 40% on Waterpik and Colgate oral care appliances
  • Save up to 45% on skincare from NIVEA, Aquaphor, and Eucerin
  • Save up to 30% on hair dryers and products from Revlon, Bed Head, and more
  • Save up to 35% on razors from Braun, Gillette, and more
  • Save 33% on Panasonic and Norelco shavers
  • Save up to 20% on Fitbit Activity and Fitness Trackers



  • Save up to 33% on select Nintendo Switch games
  • Save up to 35% on Nixplay Digital Frames
  • Save up to 30% on Kodak Instant Cameras and Printers
  • Save 25% on Adobe Creative Cloud Entire Collection
  • Save up to 20% on Samsung TVs
  • Save up to 20% on Sony TVs
  • Save up to 50% on JBL Speakers
  • Save up to 33% on Sony Headphones
  • Save up to 33% on Bose Headphones
  • Save up to 40% on select Mynt 3D printing pens and accessories
  • Save 30% on Mynt 3D PRO Pen with OLED Display
  • Save up to 30% on VAVA 4K Projectors
  • Save up to 30% on TaoTronics Headphones


Small Businesses on Amazon Launchpad

  • Save up to 50% on Kids Against Maturity: Card Game for Kids and Families
  • Save up to 30% on the SOLIOM S600 Outdoor Security Camera
  • Save up to 25% on the Zen Laboratory DIY Jumbo Slime Kit for Kids
  • From October 26 to November 19, Prime members can save 10% or more on select unique products from small brands on Amazon Launchpad like: Mobile Pixels Duex Portable Monitor for Laptops and Scentered Travel Essentials Aromatherapy Balm gift set

Entertainment: Amazon Music, Audible, Books & Prime Video

  • Amazon Music: Beginning October 23, new Amazon Music Unlimited customers can get three months of the premium streaming tier free, to enjoy unlimited access to more than 60 million songs, ad-free, and a wide selection of popular podcasts.
  • Amazon Music: Beginning October 29, current Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can upgrade to the Family Plan free for three months, with access for up to six accounts.
  • Audible: Between November 1 and December 31, new members save nearly 40% on the first six months of an Audible Plus membership at just $4.95 per month. Membership includes unlimited access to more than 10 thousand Audible Originals, audiobooks, and podcasts.
  • Books: Deals on select multi-genre books and ebooks throughout the season
  • Prime Video: This holiday season, Prime Video will offer up to 50% off select popular Halloween, family, and holiday movies to rent or buy. Deals will roll out over the next few months, so be sure to check for updates.


Amazon Gift Cards

  • Starting today, customers using Amazon Reload to replenish their Amazon Gift Card balance for the first time will receive a $10 bonus with their reload of $100 or more. Offer available through December 31.
  • Starting October 26, first-time Amazon Gift Card shoppers will receive a $15 promotional credit with the purchase of $50 or more in Amazon Gift Cards. Offer available through December 20. The promotional credit expires on February 6, 2021. Other restrictions apply.

Amazon Credit Cards:

  • Now through December 22, with an eligible Prime membership, customers who apply and are approved for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card will instantly receive a $100 Gift Card. Prime Cardmembers earn 5% back at Whole Foods Market and Additionally, starting November 1 through December 22, customers without a Prime membership can apply for the Amazon Rewards Visa Card and receive a $60 Gift Card upon approval, in addition to earning 3% back at Whole Foods Market and as a cardmember. Restrictions apply. Visit for details.


Automotive, Tools and Lawn & Garden

  • Save 50% on tire installation
  • Save up to 25%  on Miracle-Gro Expand ‘n Gro concentrated planting mix
  • Save 25% on Castrol GTX Conventional motor oil
  • Save 20% on Select Tonno Pro Tonneau covers
  • Save up to 20% on select Streamlight flashlights
  • Save on select DEWALT cordless drills and tools
  • Save up to 30% on select SKIL tools
  • Save up to 15% off on select ZGrills Pellet Grills & Smokers
  • Save up to 15% on Shintenchi 4 piece wicker rattan outdoor patio furniture set
  • Save on select Renogy monocrystalline solar panels


Sports & Outdoors

  • Save up to 20% on Select Coleman Tents & Gear
  • Save up to 20% on select CamelBak kids water bottles
  • Save up to 25% on select Sawyer Products water filters
  • Save up to 30% on select Stanley drinkware
  • Save up to 28% on select Segway scooters and kids bikes
  • Save up to 30% on select Stiga table tennis rackets and Zume badminton set
  • Save up to 30% on select Legendary Whitetails apparel
  • Save up to 30% on select Osprey Outdoor Packs



  • Save 20% on Catit Creamy cat treats
  • Save on Petsafe electronic dog toys
  • Save on The Honest Kitchen human grade pet treats
  • Save on Friends Forever donut pet beds


Whole Foods Market:

  • Both in-store and online, Prime members can receive discounts on customer favorites including 35% off Bare Bones broths and 35% off all packaged teas, available now through October 27.
  • Available now through October 20, customers can get 20% off pumpkins and gourds – excluding squash.


More Ways to Shop, All Season Long

  • Gift Guides: Get an early start on holiday shopping with Amazon’s biggest-ever selection of gift guides and exclusive storefronts, available earlier than ever before at Amazon’s gift guides are easy to navigate and include thoughtful collections with something for everyone on your list, no matter your budget.

o   Small Business Gift

o   Beauty Gift

o   Fashion Gift

o   Holiday Toy

o   Home Holiday

o   Electronics Gift

o   Amazon Launchpad Gift

o   (RED) Gift Guide: For the fourth consecutive year, (RED) is teaming up with Amazon to provide customers a single destination to shop an array of products that give back, spanning tech, fashion, health and wellness, kitchen and home, and more:

  • Amazon App: Shop anytime, anywhere with the Amazon App and ensure you never miss a deal.
  • in Spanish: Customers can visit or use the Amazon App to shop, browse and search for millions of products, view their carts, and place orders in Spanish. On the mobile App customers can go to Settings and tap on “Country and Language” to select Spanish. in Spanish gives customers the same convenient shopping experience in their preferred language.
  • Alexa Shopping: Alexa makes it easy to find the best holiday deals. Just ask, “Alexa, what are my deals?”
  • Alexa Donations: Simply say, “Alexa, I want to make a donation,” and you can make a monetary donation to the organization of your choice. For more information and charities to support, visit
  • AmazonSmile: This holiday season, customers can visit and find the exact same Amazon experience – amazing deals, wide selection, fast and free delivery options – with the added bonus that AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the purchase price on eligible products to a charity of their choice. Customers can shop with AmazonSmile via the Amazon app on iPhones and Android phones, or by starting at on a web browser.
  • Charity Lists: Charity Lists give charitable organizations an easy way to create wish lists of needed products while providing customers a convenient way to donate items directly to these causes. Customers can shop thousands of Charity Lists this holiday season by visiting, with new charities joining all the time.
  • Climate Pledge Friendly: Customers can discover and shop for products that have one or more of 19 different sustainability certifications, which help preserve the natural world. Get details at
  • Amazon’s Holiday Wish Book: Discover the top toys and gifts for kids in Amazon’s “Joy Delivered” shoppable look book, which arrives in homes this week and is available digitally at
  • Amazon Live: Throughout the holiday season, tune-in to for shoppable live streams featuring holiday inspiration, gift guides, and live demonstrations of this season’s top deals and gift ideas from influencers and celebrities.
  • Shop In-Store: Customers can visit Amazon’s retail locations, including Amazon Books, Amazon 4-star, Amazon Pop Up, Amazon Fresh, and Whole Foods Market to find incredible deals and amazing savings this holiday season. Find your nearest store at or


Fast, Free & Convenient Delivery Options

At Amazon, incredible employees come together to deliver magical experiences for customers—every day and throughout the holiday season—and that includes offering fast, free, and convenient delivery options for customers. Amazon announced just last month that it is hiring an additional 100,000 regular full-time and part-time jobs in its fulfillment and logistics network throughout the U.S. and Canada. With more than 150 new process improvements and safety measures implemented over the last several months, these permanent positions will work safely alongside the hundreds of thousands of employees already across Amazon’s network to ensure fast, and efficient delivery for customers throughout the holiday season, and beyond. In addition to free delivery on millions of items for all Amazon customers, Amazon offers a number of ways for customers to shop for and receive holiday gifts.

  • Fast One-Day & Same-Day Delivery: Prime members in the U.S. can shop a selection of over 10 million items eligible for Prime Free One-Day Delivery with no minimum purchase, and millions of items available for Same-Day Delivery in 47 major metropolitan areas. These delivery options are not only convenient for customers but they’re better for the planet because One-Day and Same-Day deliveries ship from local fulfillment centers so they travel shorter distances and generate fewer carbon emissions. This is just another way that Amazon is leveraging its scale for good to make investments that support communities. Learn more at Not a Prime member yet? Join Prime or start a 30-day free trial at
  • Ultrafast & Free Grocery Delivery: Prime members in more than 2,000 cities and towns have access to free, two-hour delivery on more than 170,000 products from Whole Foods Market and Amazon Fresh. Plus, in addition to groceries, Prime members can find toys, gifts, household products, and everyday essentials, electronics, Amazon devices, and more available with free, two-hour delivery from Amazon Fresh. Prime members also get free one-hour pickup at all U.S. Whole Foods Market and Amazon Fresh locations.
  • Delivery Where it’s Needed Most: Whether road-tripping to see family, staying home and need a secure delivery location, or sending a gift to a loved one or friend, there are thousands of alternative package pickup options customers can choose from via Amazon Hub. These locations are conveniently located near or in offices, convenience stores, malls, apartment buildings, and grocery stores, in more than 900 cities and towns across the country. Tens of millions of products can be easily and conveniently delivered to an Amazon Hub pickup point at Whole Foods Market, 7-11, Chase Bank, Rite-Aid, HealthMart, GNC, Stage Stores, and more. To find an Amazon Hub location, visit
  • Extended Returns Window: Customers can buy gifts with confidence on Amazon knowing that millions of items are eligible for free and convenient returns at over 18,000 locations in the U.S. and this year’s return window is even longer—items shipped between October 1 and December 31, 2020, can now be returned until January 31, 2021. In addition, over 5,800 locations including Amazon Books, Amazon 4-star, UPS Store locations including Kohl’s—and new this year Whole Foods Market—offer label-free, box-free returns, making it even easier than ever to check returns off your list.


National Dessert Day – Check Out These Delicious Dessert Hacks from TheSoul Publishing

Today is the most delicious holiday of them all—National Dessert Day!

To celebrate, TheSoul Publishing—the company behind some of the biggest viral videos on the Internet—has shared 28 Delicious Dessert Hacks in this video on their popular 5 Minute Crafts page. These yummy tips include:

  • Gummy Bear Popsicles: These sweet treats are simple to make: just fill popsicle molds with Sprite and colorful gummy bears, and pop them in the freezer!
  • Perfect Nutella PancakesBy freezing discs of Nutella before adding to pancake batter on a griddle, you’ll get perfectly proportioned Nutella-filled pancakes every time.
  • Fancy Edible FlowersMake gorgeous edible flowers worthy of The Great British Bake Off with only three pantry ingredients: marshmallows, powdered sugar, and food coloring!
  • Gooey Caramel Popcorn: This hack combines caramel candies, butter, and popcorn kernels to create a favorite sweet and salty treat.
  • And more!

Spiced + Spiked Mini Donuts You’ll “Fall” in Love With From BlissBomb

BlissBomb, a New York City company specializing in baked mini donuts, has recreated the “feels” and flavors of fall in baked mini donuts shipping nationwide and for sale locally in NYC.

BlissBomb launched three limited-time fall flavors today:  Spiked Pumpkin, Blueberry Pecan Pancake, and Chocolate Gingerbread. The flavors were conceived and hand created by BlissBomb executive pastry chef, Tarran Hatton, formerly with Milk Bar. Availability will last through December.

“While summer is a place – the beach, the lake, Disneyworld – fall is a feeling,” said Hatton. “Blueberry Pecan Pancakes feel like breakfast on a cozy Sunday morning. Each of our new flavors brings to mind a moment of autumn bliss with a few surprise twists we’ve baked in.”


Fall Flavor Descriptions


SPIKED PUMPKIN:   A spiced pumpkin and Mexican hot chocolate donut spiked with Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum.

BLUEBERRY PECAN PANCAKE:  This mini donut is stacked with house-made blueberry compote, toasted pecans, and maple brown butter.

CHOCOLATE GINGERBREAD:  Valrhona chocolate and Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur make this the most festive gingerbread house on the block.

BlissBomb will host a fall flavor tasting party at Barrow’s Intense Tasting Room in Brooklyn’s Industry City on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7-9 p.m. Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur, used in the Chocolate Gingerbread donut, is made at this facility.

BlissBomb’s Beginnings


In May BlissBomb launched its nationwide ecommerce offering, shipping mini donuts in luxe gift boxes ($48) and DIY donut decorating kits ($40) anywhere in the U.S. NYC wholesale, delivery (GrubHub, DoorDash, Postmates, ezCater) and catering are also available.

BlissBomb believes donuts have not reached their full potential. Most are soft and sweet with undistinguishable flavors. Or they’re piled high with common household cereals, cookies, and candy bars with no thought to flavor balance or creativity.

BlissBomb chops, squeeze, zests, toasts, and crushes real fruits, nuts, spices, flowers, and other ingredients to infuse its donuts, glazes, and toppings with full-bodied flavor. Beyond their indulgence-encouraging mini size – 3-to-4 bites each – BlissBomb donuts are baked, which allows the flavors to blossom instead of being masked by frying oil. Nearly 25% of a fried donut’s weight comes from oil.

Evolving Ecommerce Treats


BlissBomb is bringing complete customization to the ecommerce treats category. Unlike most online treats that come in pre-set assortments, BlissBomb gift boxes can be customized with any flavors on the menu to create a more memorable gift or occasion. Customers can further personalize the gift with one of nine greeting cards exclusively designed and illustrated for BlissBomb.


About BlissBomb

BlissBomb is a baked mini donut business located in NYC’s Garment District. The company set out to make a better donut and to help people create moments of joy connecting with those who enrich their lives. The ecommerce site is located at offering gift boxes and donut decorating kits with nationwide shipping. Locally BlissBomb mini donuts are available through delivery apps, online order pick-ups, catering, and wholesale. The brand can be found on Instagram and Facebook at @BlissBombJoy. Contact BlissBomb at or at 917-936-6251

Lifestyle Alert: Insider Tips On Taking Holiday Hosting To The Next Level

Whether you’re planning to host a casual night in or get creative with some holiday cheer, the nation’s most elite event planners, founder of Bluebird Productions, serial mompreneur Virginia Frischkorn and her expert team have the answers to make your hosting a whole lot easier.

Taking everything they know about successful hosting and delivering it straight to consumers through all you need to know digital boxes at

Here’s a look inside this fall and winter’s most sought after online secrets:
  • Trick or Treat (Kids Halloween): Inspired by sweet tooths and pumpkin patches, this curated box reminds party-goers that Halloween is about more than dressing up and eating candy – it’s about creating an atmosphere of whimsy and true connection among both children and parents. Bluebird In A Box provides entertainment go-to’s that guarantee a day of loud laughter, creativity, and memories, with original activities like Mummy Racing, Pumpkin Patch Stomp, and Spaghetti Search. Serve up ghostly delights like Mummy Meatballs, Grapefruit “Pumpkins,” or Monster Pizzas. Whip up delectably ghastly drinks like Boo-Nilla Ice Cream Floats, Goosebumps Punch, or Vampire Juice. Plus, get costume ideas and tips for easy post-party cleanup.
  • Spooky Supper (Adult Halloween): This Bluebird box gives adults the excuse they need to revisit childhood costumes and experience that scary-movie-adrenaline-rush in the eerie glow of dramatic candlelight. Roll out the red carpet with horror flick recommendations, along with suggestions for spooktastic touches like bat sculptures. Enjoy killer cuisine like Black Magic Cake, Cider-Glazed Chicken Breast, or Taste of Fall Salad. Create creepy cocktails like The Cauldron, The Spooky Negroni, or Hocus Pocus Punch. Discover how to craft a scream-worthy centerpiece with tapered candles, pumpkins, pomegranates, figs, and cobwebs. Plus, get 2020’s best costume ideas (remember Tiger King and murder hornets?)
  • Friendsgiving: Create a new tradition, gathering with your besties and brothers-from-another-mother to give thanks without the obligatory side hugs and awkward conversations. Get the party started with movie recommendations and links to activities like Thanksgiving Bingo or Family Gathering Table Topics. Bring people together around delectable dishes inspired by Martha Stewart, Chrissy Tiegen, Ina Garten, and David Lebovitz. Browse wine pairings and soul-warming cocktail recipes like the classic Apple Toddy, Maple Manhattan, Hot Mulled Cider. Plus, get inventive decor ideas that set the scene for gratitude and sharing.
  • Pumpkin Spice: Settle in for a spirited event inspired by warm cider, crackling fireplaces, crisp autumn air, flannels, and cozy candlelit meals. Kick things off with our classic fall film recommendations and soulful guest gift ideas. Encourage collaboration and laughter with fun-filled activities like a murder mystery dinner or pumpkin carving kit, plus creative conversation starters. Enjoy mouthwatering delights inspired by culinary greats like Julia Child and Massimo Battura, including sweet and savory Fig Prosciutto Bites, Harvest Salad, Beef Bourguignon, and Pumpkin Coffee Cake. Set the mood with signature sips such as Fall Sangria, a Ginger Pear Snap, or Caramel Apple Pie Mocktail. Plus, get styling accents, wardrobe ideas, and more!


ESSENCE, the number one, technology and commerce company dedicated to Black women, is dedicating its 2020 Election special coverage to vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris’s historic run for the White House, featuring Harris on the cover of its Election 2020 digital package and the stories of the Black women leading the campaign.

For more than a year, ESSENCE has documented Harris’s groundbreaking run for the White House. In the midst of what many perceive to be multiple pandemics affecting the African-American community—from the unprecedented coronavirus, social unrest, police brutality, economic instability, incendiary rhetoric on the political stage, and more—ESSENCE continues its multi-platform coverage at the cusp of one of the most historic elections in our lifetime.

In the piece, History Maker, News & Politics editor Tanya Christian details her coverage of the Senator—including her live appearance at the 2019 ESSENCE Festival of Culture in New Orleans during her presidential run last year. Now more than a year later, Harris weighs in on a number of topics including:

  • ON THE BIDEN-HARRIS AGENDA: “There’s no question that we need immediate change and drastic change, and that’s so much of what the Biden-Harris platform and what the Biden-Harris administration will be about. It’s about saying, ‘We need to immediately address a number of issues that demand priority….’ And that relates to getting people back to work. It means investing in infrastructure and creating millions of new jobs. It means fighting for health care for all people…”
  • ON SOCIAL UNREST AND POLICE BRUTALITY: “I have seen too many cases of not only unarmed Black folks being killed, but women, and we need to speak their names and understand that we have to have justice…”

ESSENCE’s Election 2020 digital package also includes The Black Women Behind the Biden-Harris Campaign, which features key movers and shakers such as Senior Advisor Symone Sanders; Vice-Presidential Nominee Chief of Staff Karine Jean-Pierre; National Coalitions Director Ashley Allison; Senior Advisor for Strategic Planning Ashley Etienne; National Director for State Coalition Outreach Sherice Perry; National Political Director Erin Wilson; National Women’s Vote Director Carissa Smith and more.

ESSENCE has also partnered with Higher Heights for America to live stream the vice-presidential debate. Tune in tonight at 7:45 PM (ET) via ESSENCE’s Facebook page. In addition, will feature the results of the ESSENCE + Black Women’s Roundtable “Power of the Sister Vote” poll next week. The sixth annual survey gauges the political concerns, attitudes, and opinions of Black women across the country.

ESSENCE’s Election 2020 digital package is available now. For more on this issue, visit or pick up next month’s November/December issue. Also, join the conversation @Essence.

(PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Rowe)


XO Necole Covers Emmy Nominated Producer Tamra Simmons

D’Shonda Brown of XO Necole states “since the launch of her first company back in 2011, Revitalized Media Group, Tamra Simmons has created a brand for herself as one of the top influential women in the entertainment industry as a talent agent, casting director and TV producer with an extensive portfolio of work such as producer credits on VH1’s Growing Up Hip Hop and Mary Mary. The inspirational single momprenuer has gone on to launch her international firm, The Tamra Simmons Brand Agency, and been deemed as a powerhouse amongst…”

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Source: XO Necole

Boss Vibes: Self-Esteem, Success, and The Art of Etiquette Book Review

Are you ready to awaken the BOSS inside of you?  With the emerging entrepreneurial spirits and new business endeavors, there’s a vital need for personal branding.

Author, Nita Patel shipped me a copy of the book Boss Vibes.  The title alone was intriguing; it immediately sparked my interest.

Boss Vibes Background Details:

Boss Vibes takes a witty look at every aspect of etiquette (or what author Nita Patel defines as the meaning behind the manners), and why it’s better to do things this way than that, how behaving appropriately makes you a better person and improves the world around you, and why perfecting your brand will help you get ahead without sacrificing your authenticity—or benefiting at someone else’s loss.

In an authoritative and humorous style, Patel will make you think, as she covers some of the following topics—
• How what you wear brands your image for better or worse
• Building a public profile that will boost your personal confidence
• Workplace wisdom to boost your career
• The dual arts of conversation: talking, listening, and body language

What did I learn from reading Boss Vibes?

The chapter titled, Sassy or Classy describes what your clothes say about you and how to dress appropriately for every occasion. A few tips included, “the little black dress is a legend for a reason:  It can always be dressed up or down.”  Also, the author discussed tips for men and added a piece about grooming.

Personally, I enjoyed the Boss Vibes Never-Evers because Nita addressed concerns that are often overlooked.  For example, when attending a conference, always admit if you can’t remember someone’s name or be sure to use the individual’s name twice in a conversation to make a connection.

Nita Patel wrote a chapter for Teens titled, Simple Steps Lead to Greatness.  One starter tip included, make eye contact when you talk to someone.  I couldn’t agree more with that statement!

Visit Amazon to order a copy of Boss Vibes for yourself, business bestie, or upcoming graduate.


Nita Patel is a speaker, author, and artist who believes in modern etiquette as a path to becoming our best selves.

Schooled in London and a veteran of corporate America, she has 20+ years in technology leadership and nurturing teams toward confidence and impact.