Milani Cosmetics® Launches the #Milani Makers Campaign

In honor of 20 years of creativity, individuality and attainability, Milani Cosmetics® is proud to announce the Milani Makers™ Campaign, celebrating the community that has inspired the brand since its inception. The campaign illustrates the spirit of Milani through its brand advocates, the Milani Makers, who are innovators, creators, culture shakers, risk takers, equality seekers and boundary breakers. They strive to bring beauty into the world and leave it better than they found it.

Milani Cosmetics is a market leader in the color cosmetics industry, creating prestige quality makeup at an affordable price. Milani was founded in 2001 by an art teacher in Los Angeles who fell in love with the culture and creativity of the community but was frustrated by a lack of diversity in the drugstore makeup aisles. Today, Milani is known for their iconic Baked Blush™, Make it Last™ Setting Sprays, and Conceal and Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer™.

Our Milani Makers inspire us each day to continue to create products that make luxury accessible for all,” stated Mary van Praag, CEO of Milani Cosmetics. “On our 20th anniversary, it was important for us to recognize and support those who have always supported us. We are excited to elevate this dynamic group of innovative and passionate individuals.”

To kick off the campaign, the brand will make donations to seven non-profit organizations. Each organization was chosen by a Milani Maker and represents the brand’s mission to support causes that are changing the world. Milani Makers will continue to raise awareness of these causes via content on Instagram.

“I’m proud to be named a Milani Maker and to partner with a brand that has always been devoted to individuality and creating quality, cruelty-free makeup at an affordable price. Thanks to Milani, I am able to give back to The Blue Mountain Humane Society who is doing amazing things for the animals in my community,” said Rocio Soria (@rocioxsoria).

Throughout the year, Milani will continue to celebrate and highlight its many Milani Makers with social content and giveaways. To learn more or participate, simply use #MilaniMakers for a chance to be featured on the brand’s social channels. Visit www.milanicosmetics.com or @milanicosmetics on Instagram and TikTok.

About Milani Cosmetics 

Inspired by art, diversity and attainability, Los Angeles-based Milani Cosmetics® is a market leader within the color cosmetics industry, creating prestige quality makeup at an affordable price. The brand is dedicated to providing luxe for all – luxury that is inclusive, not exclusive. Milani® has amassed a devoted, multicultural following of artists, change-makers and forward-thinking creators, also known as Milani Makers™, and for over 20 years has been devoted their absolute individuality and freedom to express their authentic selves. All products are proudly cruelty-free and do not contain parabens, phthalates or formaldehyde.

We Are Milani, Luxe for All ™.

Talk of Alabama Lifestyle Segment: Outdoor Must-Haves

I hosted a Lifestyle Segment on Monday, July 12th on ABC 33/40 Talk of Alabama. During the segment, I shared summer must-haves while hosting an outdoor event.

The products showcased were meant to assist with helping everyone enjoy their guests!

PROTECT YOUR PARTY GUESTS FROM MOSQUITOS – 15-20FT RADIUS OF PROTECTION

Thermacell | E55 Thermacell Rechargeable Mosquito Repeller (An Amazon Best Seller) – provides 20ft of protection ($39.99 on Amazon / Thermacell / Home Depot, Loews, Walmart etc.)

Thermacell | Patio Shield Metal Edition in Rose Gold provides 15ft of protection ($34.99 on Amazon / Thermacell / Home Depot, Loews, Walmart etc.)

Protect Your Skin with IBKÜL’s (IB-Cool) IceFil UPF 50+ Tops Available For The Whole Family

IBKÜL | Mens Womens & Children Tops ($19 – $99 depending on style) – Available on ibkul.com and Amazon. 

Make Your Eyes Pop Even With A Mask On with Easy To Use Magnetic Lashes

Lola’s Lashes | Easy To Use And Glamorous Lashes best selling magnetic Lashes in the UK | $28 – $65 at lolaslashes.com

Protect Your Pets & Kids From Ticks While You Enjoy A Beautiful Outdoor Memorial Day Weekend Backyard BBQ.

Thermacell | Tick Control Tubes (6 pack for $24.99 @Thermacell)

Click on the link to view the segment: Talk of Alabama | Summer Must-Haves | Kimberly West

essence Makeup’s NEW Lash Princess Mascara; Lash Princess Curl

We are thrilled to share that essence makeup officially welcomes their newest Lash Princess formula – Lash Princess Curl – available NOW for $4.99 at essencemakeup.comUlta.com and Amazon.com!

essence is widely known for its best-selling Lash Princess Mascara – which is the #1 mascara on Amazon with nearly 150K rave reviews plus a true cult-following. At the request of Lash Princess lovers, the brand is excited to welcome the long-awaited addition to the coveted mascara lineup – Lash Princess Curl. Created with a curling formula and peanut-shaped fiber brush, Lash Princess Curl lifts coats and holds lashes for a dramatic wide-open look!

 $4.99 –available at essencemakeup.comUlta.com and Amazon.com and in select Ulta locations beginning in July.  

    • Long awaited and finally available: Lash Princess now has a curl formula!
    • Peanut shaped fiber brush allows for easy application that provides maximum volume and curl – 2 main must-have mascara effects combined in one mascara
  • This Vegan formula is totally paraben-free, with no micro plastic particles added

ESSENCE FESTIVAL OF CULTURE PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA ANNOUNCES ITS 2021 “LIVE LOUD” VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

ESSENCE, the leading and only 100% Black-owned media, technology and commerce company at scale dedicated to Black women and communities, announces its stellar talent line-up for its 2021 ESSENCE Festival of Culture Presented by Coca-Cola—the world’s largest cultural, entertainment and empowerment experience. Incorporating virtual for the second year in light of the pandemic, this year’s event will live up to its theme of “Live Loud” by featuring exciting content across all of its stages centered around culture, equity and celebration. As the nation continues to reopen, ESSENCE’s exciting and elevated hybrid experience will present a celebration of the resilience, power and achievement of our community and omnipresence of our culture — and a tribute to the city that the Festival has always called home. The star-studded lineup will feature performances by: Jazmine Sullivan, DJ Khaled & Friends, Ne-Yo, Tank, Michelle Williams, Kirk Franklin, Davido and D-Nice. The Festival’s powerful interactive sessions will also showcase leading voices throughout the two weekends including: Mary J. Blige, Angela Yee, Adrienne Bailon, Sarah Jakes Roberts, Tracy G., Tiana Major9, Big Freedia, Miss Lawrence, Supacent, Shantrelle P. Lewis, Jesseca Dupart  and more. The Festival will stream on ESSENCEStudios.com and ESSENCE.com—Friday-Sunday over two weekends, June 25-27 and July 2-4.

“The ESSENCE Festival of Culture, now the largest festival in the nation by per day attendance, is an unparalleled convening and celebration of global Black culture and continues to have even deeper impact on our communities via our expanded focus on economic inclusion, cultural ownership and community development,” said Latraviette Smith-Wilson, ESSENCE Chief Strategy & Engagement Officer. “As a live experience, the ESSENCE Festival normally attracts more than 500,000 attendees annually during July 4th weekend in New Orleans — but last year, we made the necessary decision to shift our multi-day celebration to an innovative virtual format due to COVID-19. The ESSENCE Festival was the first of its kind and scale to be executed virtually during the pandemic, and our team worked tirelessly to deliver the content, programming and resources that our community desired. As a result, the ESSENCE Festival of Culture provided much-needed, only-at-ESSENCE content and experiences that inspired, entertained, informed and empowered—resulting in 45+ million full-stream views of 2020 Festival content to date. This year, we are thrilled to bring forth another exciting talent line-up, curated programming and a new hybrid experience that will directly touch the people of New Orleans and Louisiana while also further extending our reach, engagement and impact via enhanced digital, technology and streaming capabilities to connect more of our community in the U.S. and across the diaspora.”

For the 2021 Festival experience and under strict adherence to guidance from local health agencies, ESSENCE will produce live activations available only to New Orleans and Louisiana residents— honoring essential workers and first responders—that will be integrated into the virtual experience during both weekends.

For more information and to register, visit www.essencefestival.com. Join the conversation via social @EssenceFest. The ESSENCE Festival of Culture Presented by Coca-Cola® is executive produced by ESSENCE Festivals LLC, a division of ESSENCE Communications Inc. Sponsors of the 2021 ESSENCE Festival of Culture® include presenting sponsor Coca-Cola and major sponsors Estée Lauder, Ford, Johnson & Johnson, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Walmart as well as premium sponsors AT&T, Disney and UnitedHealthcare.

Tommy Bahama Announces Partnership With Smart Home Fragrance Brand Pura

Iconic island lifestyle brand Tommy Bahama announces today, a partnership with innovative smart home fragrance company, Pura. Two of Tommy Bahama’s signature home fragrance scents, “Maui Mango” and “Signature Island Blend,” are now compatible with the Pura device, to bring Tommy Bahama home in a smart system now available at www.tommybahama.com and at select Tommy Bahama stores nationwide.

The Pura diffuser gives users the freedom of controlling scent intensity, swapping between two fragrances of choice, and setting custom scent schedules—all within the Pura app. Each Pura device discreetly plugs into the wall, allowing for premium scent diffusion while adding a sleek touch to home decor. The device also has a colorful smart night light feature which, when combined with the scent experience, lets users personalize their home ambiance. Pura fragrances are pet and kid friendly.

“Pura’s device affords you the opportunity to wake up and fall asleep to our island scent,” says Chrisann Furciato, Tommy Bahama’s SVP of Licensing. “We are extremely excited about this partnership and transcending our guests to “Live the Island Life” through our fragrant scents within their home.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Tommy Bahama to bring their signature fragrances to life,” says Pura Co-Founder Richie Stapler. “These recognizable scents can transport you to the islands from the comfort of your own home.”

The fragrances are as follows:

Signature Island Blend: Notes of Maui pineapple, island mandarin, cilantro, tropical mango, luscious papaya, sea jasmine, driftwood, cedar, island musk.

Maui Mango: Notes of sweet island mango, juicy tangerine, and blood orange blended with Hawaiian pineapple.

The Pura Tommy Bahama box set retails for $85 on www.tommybahama.com and in select Tommy Bahama stores; and includes the two fragrances and a Pura device.   The same fragrances sell separately, for $16 each, at www.TryPura.com.

Juvia’s Place Launches Two New Eye Products

Black-Owned cosmetics brand, Juvia’s Place, just released two new eye products: Juvia’s Place Nubian Pencil Liner, and the I Prep I Prime Eyeshadow Primer.

THE NUBIAN PENCIL LINER-$10

The Nubians Pencil Liner is a long-wearing eyeliner that glides seamlessly to define and fill in the eyelids or the waterline. It is perfect for use with any Juvia’s Place eyeshadows.

Juvia’s Place I Prep I Prime Eyeshadow Primers

The Nubian Pencil liner comes in four unique shades:

  • Kajal (An intense black)
  • Cocoa (A deep chocolatey brown)
  • Midnight Blue (A deep dark blue)
  • Royal (A royal electric blue)

THE I PREP I PRIME EYESHADOW PRIMERS-$12

The I Prep I Prime Eyeshadow Primers are a must for long-wearing eyeshadows. The primers comes in three creamy, long-wearing shades to help create a weightless and seamless base for eyeshadow application.

Key Qualities:
–          Long Wearing
–          Cancels out Pigmentation or discoloration
–          Creates a smooth base
–          Zero Crease, Zero Clumps, Zero Oils
–          Intensifies colors

Works on:
–          Metallics
–          Mattes
–          Glitters
–          Shimmers

Shades:
–          Shade 1- Milky White Shade
–          Shade 2- A Medium Shade
–          Shade 3- A Dark Shade

See here for a video demonstration.

The Must-Have Beauty Subscription Box for Woman of Color

Lovely ladies, adjust your crowns and get ready to get your glow on. The Beem Box has arrived to encourage and inspire your beautiful souls, inside and out.

Expect to be obsessed by The Beem Box, the essential beauty subscription box for black and brown-skinned beauties. Frankly, it’s the box that every woman of color wants and needs tailored just for them.

The Beem Box includes beauty must-haves such as liquid lipsticks, eyeshadows, makeup brushes, liquid liner, moisturizer, lip liner, setting spray, eyelashes, lip glosses, mascara, lipstick, body lotion, and much more!

Included in each box are useful tips and information on the goodness of each product and how to use it. Practice your makeup looks while being safe at home and stay ahead of the trends (there’s only so much Netflix you can watch, right?).

Founded by a woman of color, The Beem Box is an easy, fun, and practical way to discover the best luxury and indie makeup brands for women of color that are conveniently delivered straight to doorsteps.

Gift to yourself and share the love with family and friends (great for birthdays and Mother’s Day) with these wonderful options:

Get a Box

Receive a beautiful box every other month ($39.95 per box, plus $5 shipping)

Give a Box

Order a subscription as a gift and the recipient will receive three Beem Boxes as they’re released on the 17th of each delivery month ($109 plus shipping)

Give a one-time gift box with seven full-sized products ($45.95 plus shipping.)

Dermaflage and StyleBlueprint

Dermaflage brings innovative formulations and techniques from the Hollywood pro makeup artists to the everyday person to solve some of the beauty industry’s most challenging problems. The brand is all about self-confidence and empowerment through improving the complexion.

The power of self-confidence changes people’s lives. When they look their best they accomplish more in the world. When a brand helps people do this, it brings more joy into the world.

In a world that judges us by our outside instead of our inside, we need products that cover our insecurities and boost our self-confidence. Dermaflage brings the best innovations from the worlds of Hollywood professional makeup artists and dermatologists to your makeup bag. Dermaflage customers are confident and living as their best selves.

Join the confidence revolution.

Dermaflage was recently asked to sell the line on southern-focused styleblueprint.com since they are a woman-led southern start-up.

The company’s gave away a Dewy Skin bundle from @dermaflage to 3 lucky winners! These 3 products are all you need to combat dry winter skin & glow with a beautiful dewy complexion.

  • Lit From Within Glow Balm: a bronzer, blush & highlighter cheek palette that gives the skin a warm incandescent glow
  • Good Skin Corrective Cream: peptides, hyaluronic acid & antioxidants moisturize & plump the skin
  • Multi-Task Remover: moisturizing & restorative jojoba oil combined with olive oil makes this your 1-step makeup remover, oil cleanser, anti-aging serum & moisturizer.

Tune-In Alert: Black Beauty Roster Virtual Summit – Gabrielle Union, Kim Kimble, and more

The upcoming BBR Virtual Summit, hosted by Black Beauty Roster (BBR) and powered by Bonnti, has announced ten additional partners to their lineup of organizations and companies driving change for people of color. This first-of-its-kind digital summit will bring together beauty pros and Hollywood insiders to learn, discuss, and advocate for a much-needed shift in representation in the entertainment and beauty industries. BBR is proud to welcome its new partners, alongside existing sponsors, L’Oréal Paris and SHOWTIME, who represent a cross-section of stakeholders needed to increase representation in Hollywood.

“The BBR Virtual Summit is, at its core, about uplifting people of color in beauty and entertainment and driving large-scale change. We are so excited to partner with organizations that continue to progress the work we are doing through initiatives like TRESemmé’s Future Stylist Fund and Color of Change’s #ChangeHollywood Diversity initiative ” said Maude Okrah, co-founder of Black Beauty Roster and Bonnti.

In September 2020, TRESemmé launched the inaugural TRESemmé Future Stylists Fund, an annual $100,000 scholarship program created to help Black women interested in becoming licensed hair professionals offset the cost of tuition for an accredited cosmetology school of their choosing.

“Black women are underrepresented in women’s initiatives and receive fewer tools, resources, and support to advance their professional ambitions. There is more to be done, but the Future Stylists Fund is one way that TRESemmé can provide a long-term solution that specifically supports Black women,” said Esi Eggleston Bracey, EVP and COO Beauty and Personal Care at Unilever NA.

The BBR Virtual Summit will take place on Sunday, February 28 from 12pm EST to 8pm EST. In addition to showstoppers like Gabrielle Union, Kim Kimble, and L’Oréal Paris US Makeup Artist and Creative Director, Sir John, BBR is excited to announce additional guest speakers including actress Monique Coleman, journalist Jemele Hill, celebrity natural hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood, and a special guest appearance from model Tyra Banks. Attendees can look forward to engaging and informative panels and breakout sessions, as well as networking opportunities and a virtual happy hour sponsored by Indoggo Gin by Snoop Dogg.

To register for the BBR Virtual Summit please visit: blackbeautyroster.com.

Put Your Best Face Forward this V-Day with this Special Offer from DefenAge

Valentine’s Day glam usually features a bold lip, but with masks still firmly placed upon our pouts, perhaps you’ll consider emphasizing your most notable asset – your eyes.

Exclusively for Valentine’s Day, DefenAge is offering up the Ultra Eye Radiance Treatment bundle, which contains a 3D Eye Radiance Cream, a Mega Size 8-in-1 BioSerum and a Mega Size 1-Step Multi Cleanse.

Together, these solutions will give you round the clock anti-aging eye care, leaving you feeling beautiful and confident, with or without a mask on, on a Zoom date or IRL.

The 3D Eye Radiance Cream is a technology-loaded product for rejuvenating the tough to treat skin around the eyes. Designed to improve the visible health of this sensitive area while addressing challenging cosmetic concerns on a global scale, including:

  • Lifting

  • Firming and smoothing of the upper eyelids

  • Fading of dark circles

  • Puffiness

  • Diminishing the appearance of crow’s feet and fine lines

If you want to feel extra luxe on this indulgent day, you’ll enjoy the cream’s patent-protected metal applicator with Cooling Tip Technology which feels cool upon contact and provides a “finger-free” application.

Show yourself some self-love this V-Day and enjoy 30% savings over buying all products as individual items.

The Ultra Eye Radiance Treatment is available for $237 at defenage.com after login.