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Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in Beauty | 0 comments

Univision’s Lourdes Stephen Helps Latina Cancer Patients Look Good, Feel Better Through Live, Streaming Spanish-language “Virtual Workshop”

Sal y Pimienta Host joins Beauty Experts to Offer Lessons on Dealing with Outward Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

The beauty industry focuses on making people look good to feel better, but what happens when something like cancer transforms your look?  It is even more important to get support to keep up esteem and health.  Look Good Feel Better® is a program that joins beauty experts and workshops and online support to help women work through new beauty regimes to shine during challenging times.

Coming up this Wednesday, an online workshop specifically geared to the challenges Latina women may face when going through cancer treatments.

WHAT: Look Good Feel Better®, a program dedicated to boosting cancer patients’ self-esteem and confidence through lessons on how to manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment, will partner with Univision’s Lourdes Stephen for a Spanish-language “virtual” workshop. Ms. Stephen will be joined by beauty experts who will offer instruction, tips and advice – tailored to Latina women – for dealing with hair loss, changes in skin, complexion and *nails during your cancer treatment, taken straight from the live LGFB community based group workshop program.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 31, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (

WHERE: Streaming live at
Register at

WHO: Lourdes Stephen, host of Univision’s Sal y Pimienta
Lilly Rivera, makeup artist, and Petra Belen, hair stylist
Louanne Roark, Executive Director, Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better is a nationwide program that offers free workshops and educational resources that address skin changes and concerns, and offers lessons on wigs, turbans, cosmetics, nail care, and accessories, and wardrobe styling. Workshops are facilitated by 14,000 volunteer beauty professionals in more than 3,000 locations nationwide. During the past 23 years, the program has served more than 800,000 people with cancer in the U.S. and more than 1.2 million people with cancer around the world. The program is made possible through a collaboration of the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Professional Beauty Association.


59,200 Latinas will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in 2012.
1 in 3 Latinas will be diagnosed with cancer in her lifetime.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Latinas, followed by colorectal cancer and thyroid cancer.
Even though Latinas have lower breast cancer rates than white women, they are more likely than whites to be diagnosed at a later stage, when the cancer is more advanced and harder to treat.
According to a recent survey, one-third of women with cancer said that their altered -appearance during treatment negatively impacted relationships with their friends, their spouse and their kids
37% of women in the same survey said that they avoided leaving the house because of the way that they looked during cancer treatment.

Look Good Feel Better is not for Latinas alone.  The site helps women of all ages and race.

*I support the great work of LGFB but have raised the issue of the advice given to people to bring their own implements to a professional manicure appointment.  Sanitation/Sterilization laws vary by state and many manicurists will not accept using client tools because there is no way to verify they are appropriately cleaned.  Manicurists must also use an EPA approved disinfectant that is not available to the general public.  For health and safety, find a manicurist that follows these steps for a sanitized manicure.

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Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in Celeb-essence, Tutorials & Swatches | 0 comments

She’s Got the Look: Katniss Everdeen

Looking for Halloween inspiration? For Solessence readers, Pantene enlisted the help of top makeup artists Erica Whelan and Kerrie Urban to create a step-by-step for the hottest looks this Halloween. No Big Bird here! Try the long, flowing locks of The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen for a little treat.

Get the look at home!

1. Start with a clean face and dry hair.

2. Use a dollop of Pantene Beautiful Lengths Strengthen and Smooth Finishing Crème to add texture and smooth frizziness.

3. Starting on the side where the hair is parted, pull a fairly large section of hair from behind the ear to start a reverse French braid – almost like a corn row.

4. Grab small sections as you go, making sure the braid is tight.

5. Angle to braid so it swoops down around the neck.

6. Secure the end of the braid with an elastic band.

7. Take about an inch of hair from around the face and wiggle it out of the braid.

8. Loosely wrap that section of hair around the barrel of a curling iron and set.

9. Spray hair with Pantene Pro-V Stylers Anti-Humidity Maximum Hold Hairspray.

10. Pull out another strand of hair on the opposite side and let it hang loose or pin it back if it’s too long.

11. Starting at the top, massage the braid to pull it apart loosely so it’s not super structured.

12. Once complete, the braid should look a little bit messy.

13. Remember to keep makeup simple because Katniss is a hunter. Start with COVERGIRL + Olay Powder in a shade darker than your normal skin tone to warm up the complexion. Apply where the sun would naturally tan your face…

14. Use COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Lipcolor on lips and cheeks to create a subtle sunburn effect.

15. Coat the top and bottom lashes with COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume mascara.

16. When you’re finished, you should have a wilderness look, like you’ve been hunting for days!

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Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in Fashion | 0 comments

Teen Vogue University graduates another class

I was invited to cover Teen Vogue University last weekend in New York, and if my video camera had not been stolen in Times Square (a first for me!) I’d have better coverage for you. Nevertheless, I’ve pulled the top quips Creative Director Grace Coddington of Vogue Magazine and designer Olivier Theyskens during their packed room presentations. What is Teen Vogue University, you ask? It’s a dream come true for young women and men looking to break into a career in fashion. Teen Vogue University pairs 500+ selected applicants (this year there were 1600 vying for a weekend spot) with industry insiders to discover different paths to creativity. And prep for internship possibilities.

The Teen Vogue Handbook
is a compilation of inspiration and guidelines to refer to once the weekend is over

This crowd isn’t the half of it.  As teens streamed through the lobby, sponsors on each side shared news of new perfume (Bvlgari Jasmine Noir), hair stylists coiffing with Pantene products, a bedding display and so much more.

Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington

  • We all love Balenciaga but he does it best. I look for work that is not derivative of some other work. -Grace Coddington
  • Please don’t come to work in cut off jeans, as does happen. It’s…rude. -Grace Coddington
  • Coddington doesn’t look for a degree or what someone wears. What is important in an intern is the conversation, seeing how the pieces are put together without seeing obvious effort.
  • Grace, who was so shy she didn’t like having photos taken, had first job as accidental nude model.
  • Vidal Sassoon developed his famous 5 point haircut on Grace Coddington during her modeling years.
  • Grace Coddington doesn’t even email!
  • Look for Grace Coddington’s book coming out November 2012.

Coddington’s first cover with Vogue Magazine. It was after a car accident she was asked to come on Vogue staff.  She has been doing her thing for Vogue for 50 years.

  We like to stay positive around here. Everything is a challenge and when you work through it it is rewarding. – Grace Coddington

I loved seeing what everyone was putting together for this event.  These mesh cutout leggings look like the one Nicki Minaj has made famous.


Amy Astley and Olivier Theyskens

  •  Theysken is focused on integrity in design. His perfect black pant started out with him calling girlfriends in Belgium to try on his designs because he wanted to “figure out the mystery” of pants.
  •  That little cut in the back of the jacket, thank you for that. -Amy Astley to Olivier Theyskens
  •  Theyskens was drawing gowns when other kids were doodling firemen and trucks. Knew early on he’d be a designer.
  • Had my strongest successes when my focus was narrow.
  • Q: Are your days long? A: They were longer in Paris when we were unorganized.

Want to break into the industry? Rush when there is the opportunity. Bring something personal. Being a shadow of another designer doesn’t serve anyone. Be your own worst critic. Pull back and narrow down when needed.

Amy Astley is calling out audience members by lables “Over here, Miu Miu booties, so cute.”

One recurring theme mentioned is that people are looking for people who are willing to work.  CLOCK WATCHERS BE GONE. It takes a lot to get a magazine/line/etc out the door in fine shape and on time.  You need to commit or maybe this isn’t the industry for you.

When does Teen Vogue begin preparing for the next class? The day after the current event ends. Sponsors and speakers are secured during the next 12 months . Start planning your applications now.

Teen Vogue turns 10 years old in 2013.

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Posted by on Oct 21, 2012 in Beauty | 2 comments

I’m a finalist in the 2013 Nails Magazine Cover Contest – please vote

I’d appreciate your help! Please vote us into the top 3 here right now!

Every year the leading trade publication for manicurists, Nails Magazine, holds a cover contest.  The winning photo graces the January cover, and it is all done through vote. I have been working on a number of new looks, and decided to have photographer Alan Charles shoot one of them on my client-turned-willinghandmodel, Mary Beth.

Imagine my excitement in finding out that the design I’d entered made it in the top 10 finalists! 

Inspired in part by my love for hammered metals (and this Josie Natori belt and cuff) I created a nail to capture the continued trend for metals in the upcoming seasons.  I like to think of this as a “concept car” nail.  My Hammered Copper nails are accented with a pointer finger “rock formation” that mimics Rainbow Druzy with copper accents.

Please take a moment and help make this the January 2013 Nails Magazine Cover by voting for #4 at this link:

This is the image on the voting survey.  Voting closes November 5th, so there is not much of a window.  You may vote for #4 and up to two other covers, and there is only one vote per email address.  Share with as many friends as you like.

Thank you for your vote!  I could not have done this without the help of Alan D. Charles and Mary Beth, and we appreciate your support!





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