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TONIGHT: Nail’d It premieres on Oxygen, Tuesday 9/8C

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Beauty, Celeb-essence, Lifestyle, Nails | 0 comments

Nail’d It, America’s first nail competition show, airs tonight on the Oxygen Channel

Oh, yes.  After years of pilffering Asian television for food shows (much to our delight), there is a new Nail show in town! Pitched by Nailympics competition creator Lysa Comfort, seasoned and newbie nail artists compete for a prize of $100K and instant notoriety. Who said nail art was dead? No word on if it will be as crazy as the Japanese counterpart, though.

As the nail world is on the small side, it’s going to be fun watching contestants, most of them familiar.  While the talent is pretty strong across the board, I’m really  looking forward to seeing work by Classic Mully and Lauren Wireman.





Giveaway: Dove One Shower Challenge – Body Wash & Necklace

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Beauty, Lifestyle |

If you watched the Emmys a few weeks back, you witnessed the launch of Dove’s One Shower Challenge – a chance for women to experience firsthand the skin softening properties of their nerium moisture formulation, after only one use.  Millions of women jumped at the opportunity, and now you can too Dove is gifting one Solessence reader with a body wash and accessorizing necklace that symbolizes the One Shower Challenge!

To enter, use the link to the Rafflecopter to complete your entry.  Good luck!
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Meet the Stars of The Style Games™ Philly Fundraiser

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Fashion |

Tech, Fashion and Sports Merge for a unique charity experience #TheStyleGames

The Style Games™, created by Destined for Success Management (D4SM) in conjunction with Jen Abrams Style, is a hybrid competition experience for sports and fashion enthusiasts. During the unique event, Eagles’ players from both the offense and defense will face-off in a series of fashion challenges judged by an All-Star fashion and style panel. Check out which of your favorite Philadelphia Eagles will be competing this Thursday night, October 2nd. Who says fashion isn’t a sport, Eagles are you ready to compete!

Cocktails, shopping and more!

You’ll enjoy cocktails, appetizers, mingling with players, autograph signings, and of course — shopping! Each guest will receive a $50 Saks Fifth Avenue gift card. Saks associates will be on hand to share style tips and discuss the season’s trends. The evening will also include an auction for a 5-night, luxury residential package provided by G2G Collections, valued at $7500.

This event is 21+. Advance ticket purchase is required. Tickets will not be sold at the door. For additional information, contact Eddie Rhodman, Destined for Success Management,

Brad Smith’s True Foundation 

The True Foundation works to promote education, discipline, and organized activity for youth in the community. Boys and girls throughout the greater Youngstown area and beyond are able to learn new skills, work on properly performing known skills, and work to carry out organized instructions.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Men’s Store at Saks Fifth Avenue, 2 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Offense: #16 Brad Smith, Team Captain – #2 Matt Barkley, QB – #79 Todd Herremans, G -#43 Darren Sproles, RB Follow @MattBarkley @ToddHerremans @DarrenSproles


Defense: #22 Brandon Boykin, CB – #27 Malcolm Jenkins, S – #26 Cary Williams, CB
Follow @BrandonBoykin2 @MalcomJenkins @CaryWilliams26

Additional players in attendance: Brent Celek, Connor Barwin, Zach Ertz, Nate Allen, Earl Wolff, Vinny Curry, Bennie Logan, Chris Maragos, Emmanuel Acho and Marcus Smith

Presenting Sponsor: Saks Fifth Avenue, Bala Cynwyd
with additional support provided by: D4SM, Jen Abrams Style, Uber Philly, Magellan Jets, Martenero Watches, G2G Collection, Flat Iron Philly, Korbel Champagne.

Advance ticket purchase is required as no tickets will be available at the door. This event is 21+. To purchase tickets for this event, please visit Eventbrite.

Social Media @RealBradSmith @Saks @D4SM @RealStyleGames @Eagles



Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Nails |

Young Nails Inc., an industry leader in nail product development, services and education, announced today that Felicia Jayes has joined the company as Vice President of Sales.

Felicia brings more than 30 years of professional experience across a wide range of management roles in the beauty industry to her position at Young Nails, including many years spent, in her words, “behind a chair, not a desk”, where she first developed her passion for customer contact and customer service. Prior to joining Young Nails she spent more than 20 years in senior management positions in sales and marketing for OPI, a division of Coty, Inc., most recently as their Director of National Chain Accounts, North America. In this position she was responsible for direct corporate sales and distribution of more than 1000 SKU’s of hand and nail care products, and $52M of estimated annual sales from 2,650- plus doors. She is well known in the industry as a hard-working and award-winning market innovator with an enviable track record of successfully building and maintaining relationships in the ever-changing beauty business world.

“It’s an exciting time for Young Nails right now, and with the addition of Felicia to our team, we feel that her experience and knowledge will help grow our brand further worldwide,” says Habib Salo, CEO of Young Nails Inc.

Felicia is looking forward to sharing Young Nails innovation with Caption Nail Polish, along with expanding the market share and continuing to make Young Nails the nail destination for all beauty professionals.


Just Added – Bling it on! Virginia – official Swarovski Nail Class

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Beauty, Nails |

There is still time to get Crystal Culture Swarovski certified before the holidays. Sign up now for the Richmond, Virginia class:

To reserve your spot please confirm attendance and make your payment at this link.

Swarovski’s Crystal Culture launched in 2014 under Directors Gina Silvestro and Viv Simmonds – multi international Award Winning Nail Artists – with the intent to nurture, mentor and assist Nail Artists in building their businesses by teaching retail skills and additional services to add to their treatment menus while also assisting them with troubleshooting and perfecting the salon style nails in various mediums.

Swarovski is recognized internationally and is the leading crystal product line in the world. Crystal Culture is the first worldwide stylist team.

Come perfect your application, learn form and art and become certified by Swarovski. You will receive genuine Swarovski nail kits and tools and training to expertly create this high end nail art. Crystal Culture certification is given at the end of your session.

Your class will be taught by Crystal Culture Stylist Hillary Fry. A Fashion Week veteran, award winning nail artist and frequent contributor as nail/beauty expert.

Date/time: Sunday, November 16, 2014. 9:00am – 5:30pm
Cost: $195 per person.
50% deposit down by October 10th with balance due October, 31th. Deposits are non-refundable. To reserve your spot please confirm attendance and make your payment at this link. Your spot is not confirmed until your payment has been made.

What to Bring: A desk lamp is important for this class. the tools you use in your salon to perform a polish, gel polish, gel nail and acrylic nail, including uv or led lamp and tips to keep your final product. You will need to bring just a few colors so you have variety. Notepads and pen.

You will have a chance to purchase additional kits and stones in class.

Thank you. Let’s Bling It On!

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Emmys 2014: Claire Danes

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Beauty |

Celebrity hairstylist Peter Butler created the look for Claire Danes for tonight’s Emmys Awards using Leonor Greyl products and breaks down for us how to get the look at home:

“Claire is wearing a red, Givenchy dress tonight that it a bit low in the front with crystal dragonfly jewels around the neckline. It is such a focal point that we wanted the hair up, and since there is something romantic about the dress , I wanted to do a braid. We did a soft, low side-part, with her hair away from the face and left pieces framing her face and covering her ears.

I started with her hair damp and ran the Leonor Greyl Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice all through her hair and then blow dried it up and away from her face using a large, round brush. To give more volume and direction to the roots, I went back in with the Voluforme and sprayed it around the face and hairline while blowing it out.

Next, I pulled her hair into a low ponytail using a bungee elastic with hooks on the end to secure it in place. Then, I created a fishtail braid and pulled it out to make it a bit wider and sprayed it with a generous amount of Leonor Greyl Laque Souple to give it texture while still keeping it structured.

I pinned the fishtail braid into a low chignon which I redid three times, but the third time was the charm! I fit it until it was situated just right to exhibit the texture of the braid as strongly as possible. I made sure she was standing while I pinned the braid into place to get a better idea of what it would look like throughout the night.“

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