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

Taraji P. Henson Dazzles in 85 ct of Gismondi1754 DIAMONDS at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

TARAJI P. HENSON At The 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Los Angeles, CA Sunday, February 24, 2019. She sparkled in 85 ct of White Gismondi1754 Diamonds.

New for 2019, the Nuvole Bianche / “White Cloud” Collection by Gismondi1754 is an exceptional, perfectly paired white diamond collection, that like the beauty of clouds are all individual master designs just based on their natural shape, crafted with a most minimal setting to give the appearance they are simply floating on air, just as the brightest, whitest clouds appear to be floating in the bright blue sky.




Please credit jewelry to GISMONDI1754 

Instagram: @Gismondi1754

Styled By: Jason Bolden @jasonbolden



About Gismondi 1754:

Seven Generations – One Passion. The excellence and expertise of the Genoa-based high-jewelry brand renowned for jewelry as art, Gismondi combines centuries of craftsmanship and rich history of design over seven generations. With meticulous attention to modernity and references to the artisans of the past, it is a perfect link; connecting the memory of the past and the radiant future. In Gismondi jewels, the manufacturing excellence of the family tradition combines beauty with passion and technology under the leadership of its youngest family descendent, Massimo Gismondi. Gismondi 1754 is sold in the US and globally at fine jewelers as well as in its signature stores in Portofino, Genoa, Capri, Milan, London, and St. Moritz.



Taraji P Henson and Kate Bosworth Skincare Craze with DERMAFLASH

Celebrity makeup artists have a lot of tricks up their sleeves when it comes to photo shoots or the red carpet.  Have you ever wondered ‘How do they get that perfect complexion?’ Must be photoshop—WRONG.  Celebs are showing off their flawless, camera-ready skin with DERMAFLASH.

A-listers from Taraji P Henson to Kate Bosworth are fans of this new craze in skincare.  DERMAFLASH is a facial exfoliating device that removes dead dull skin cells and vellus hair exposing radiant, smooth, fuzz-free skin. It instantly removes peach fuzz, built-up debris and dead skin in minutes flat.  The results are the same as a dermaplaning procedure you’d get done in the spa—but now you can get “It Girl” skin in the comfort of your own home.

Celebrity makeup artist Vincent Oquendo is raving about DERMAFLASH.  During the Cannes Film Festival, he “flashed” supermodels Sara Sampaio, Jasmine Tookes, and Elsa Hosk before applying their makeup.  DERMAFLASH is literally changing the way he preps his clients’ skin for events.

“Skin is so important and that’s why I’m obsessed with DERMAFLASH,” Oquendo shares.  “DERMAFLASH gives clients their best skin.”

The secret’s out—and it’s kind of life changing.


Make a Splash at the Beach This Summer – 7 Cosmetic Procedures That Will Get You Swimsuit Ready

Swimsuit season can be a reason to show off the body in an itsy bitsy bikini or grab the terrycloth cover-up. Suddenly, those spider veins, bulges and sagging body parts that have been hiding under layers of winter clothes are on full display.

Photo Credit:  People

The impulse is to jump start a diet and exercise plan. The reality, however, is no Pilates class or low carb diet can fix Aunt Ellen’s saddlebags or your mother’s size A cup breasts. Genetics and age-related hormonal changes will always be at work.

Thanks to advances in cosmetic surgery there are plenty of procedures that can enhance your appearance. Here, just in time for summer, are seven of the most popular, some of which are so minimally invasive you can hit the beach within a few days of being treated.


The Lunchtime Quickie

If you’re close to your ideal body weight but fighting fat on your thighs, tummy, flanks, bra roll or arms, Coolsculpting is an option. This FDA approved technology safety and effectively freezes fat to improve the contour of those nasty bumps and bulges that are resistant to exercise and diet. Within four to 12 weeks after the treatment, the body eliminates the crystallized frozen cells, giving patients visible and long-lasting results.

“Because Coolsculpting only takes a couple hours, this is one of the procedures patients can do on their lunch hour and then head back to work,” says Dr. George Bitar, an award-winning plastic surgeon based in Northern Virginia who has performed more than 10,000 cosmetic surgeries.

For stubborn fat, a more aggressive approach would be liposuction. The results are immediate and allow for better contouring. Doctors can even use the liposuction for abdominal etching, creating a perfectly natural looking six-pack abs in roughly an hour.

Get a Smooth Tummy and Defined Arms

With significant weight loss, pregnancy and aging it’s not uncommon to have loose skin. “A tummy tuck, which takes roughly two to three hours, will tighten the abdominal muscles to create that firm, sleek stomach, and waistline.”, says Dr. Larry Lickstein, a Harvard-educated, board certified plastic surgeon at the Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute in Northern Virginia. For that hanging skin that looks like “bat wings,” an arm lift is often advised. It involves removing excess skin and residual fat to create a firmer arm. It can even be combined with liposuction for a more defined look.

Before and After: Tummy Tuck

Show Off Your Cleavage

Google trends report breast augmentation is highest between June and August. For the procedure, the scar can be placed either in the under-arm (axillary), the crease under the breast, or at the lower border of the areola.

According to Dr. Bitar, who specializes in the auxiliary breast augmentation, there are many advantages to this approach. “Muscle and breast tissue are not cut, there is also minimal bleeding, less scarring and a shorter recovery time with minimal complications,” he says. “The milk ducts are not touched, so the risk of losing the ability to breast feed after a breast implant with this approach is negligible.”

Look Good Coming and Going

Women now not only want to be fit and toned, but they want Kim Kardashian’s derriere. The Brazilian butt lift is a relatively simple procedure where the fat is harvested from the belly and around the buttocks through liposuction and reinjected to create a heart or ideal round shape. The procedure yields natural results with minimal recovery time.

Wear Short Shorts with Style

Dread showing your legs? There are vein treatments to fix those ugly blue and red veins that spread across your legs as you age. Sclerotherapy, for example, involves injecting the veins with a saline solution. The veins then scar and are reabsorbed into the body. In most cases, the treated veins will fade within a few weeks.

Finally, before you undergo any procedure, do your research. Make sure the surgeon has done hundreds if not thousands of procedures and is affiliated with a good hospital. Also, think twice before traveling abroad for cheaper surgery. As Dr. Bitar advises his patients, “Three things you don’t want to compromise on: your parachute, your scuba gear, and your plastic surgery!”

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Taraji P. Henson BET Awards Beauty Report – Ashunta Sheriff for Black Opal

Already a BET 2015 Best Actress winner, superstar and TV’s reigning diva Taraji P. Henson hits the red carpet as a nominee once again for her role as Cookie Lyon in FOX’s hit music drama “Empire.” The actress stunned with a glowing beauty look created by celebrity makeup artist, Ashunta Sheriff.

“I wanted to go for an understated, soft and clean look on Taraji for the BET Awards. It was a hot day and the look was effortless and easy to create. Black Opal was perfect for achieving great skin with a gorgeous glow as the rest of her makeup look was accented with luxe lips and cat winged liner.”
– Ashunta Sheriff for Black Opal

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26:  Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 2016 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Paras Griffin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 26: Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 2016 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paras Griffin/BET/Getty Images for BET)


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I used the same Color Splurge Eye Satin Matte duo in Bordeaux Bliss, using the lighter shade on the lids and darker shade on the outer corner of the eyes to create a blended out, smoldering look.
With a thin liner brush, I created a cat winged eyeliner look with Black Opal Luxe Crème Liner in Onyx.
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Taraji P. Henson was nominated for Best Actress at the 2016 BET Awards