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The CC cream craze is officially here and after giving a bunch of them a go, I believe it is here to stay. Following the immense popularity of the BB creams, it was only a matter of time before the next letter of the alphabet was needed. BB creams, which is short for blemish or beauty balm, were initially created by dermatologists in Germany to help treat patients that had just undergone facial laser surgery. They are a hybrid makeup, that gives coverage while simultaneously providing skincare benefits to help treat and heal the skin. CC creams are much lighter in texture and are meant to color correct any dark spots, hyper pigmentation and acne scars, as well as brighten the complexion. Both BB and CC creams are suitable for all skin types. But I have to say, after wearing quite a few of these CC creams over the past few weeks, I am happy to report that they are definitely worth the quick lesson you may have to give yourself to understand them. And while perusing the internet for exact BB/CC cream differentiation, I found sephora.com to have some of the best selection of products and explanations/tips of how to use both. Here are 5 CC Creams to Try Right Now:

smashbox cc creamSmashbox CC Cream

I have to start with my standout favorite – Smashbox CC cream. I am a lukewarm fan of the Smashbox BB cream, but I’m thoroughly enjoying the CC cream. I found the shade range to be quite extensive, and my shade (fair) was a perfect match (Felicia aka Miss ThisThatBeauty is “dark”…and equally in love with Smashbox CC cream). The texture is extremely lightweight but does a great job of evening out my skin tone. Formulated with an SPF 30, this CC cream is meant to neutralize and brighten the skin and control oil throughout the day.

Available for $42.00 at Sephora.

Amore Pacific cc creamAmore Pacific Color Cushion Compact

Already a fan of their skincare, I was excited to try Amore Pacific’s version of a CC cream. I was immediately drawn to the creams texture, though I often expect them to be a tad heavy; this was not the case. The feel was light and weightless with buildable coverage if needed. The shade range is slightly limited but if you find a shade that suits you, the benefits of the product are amazing. It has superior antioxidant and sun protection, clocking in at an SPF of 50, and keeps the skin significantly hydrated throughout the day. The puff applicator cools and soothes the skin as it goes on, and evens out any redness or discoloration flawlessly.

Available for $60.00 at Bergdorf Goodman.

supergoop cc creamSupergoop Daily Correct CC Cream

With Supergoop’s phenomenal success in the sunscreen arena, it only seems natural that they take a slight step to the side and venture into the market of CC creams. The Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream formula combines the benefits of both a primer/foundation with anti-aging benefits to help smooth, even and correct the skin tone. Not only does the formula contain a broad spectrum SPF 35, it is also chock full of ingredients that are good for you and your skin. The team at Supergoop have a strong commitment to formulating their products with healthy ingredients and natural preservative systems, so this is a great choice for those of you who prefer a more natural product.

Available for $32.00 at Nordstrom.

clinique moisture surge cc creamClinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

Never a brand to shy away from skincare/makeup hybrids, Clinique is another option with many great benefits. Besides the fact that they are the sensitive skin holy grail brand, they also make products that are super effective with affordable price points. Double win! Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream is oil free and great for all skin types – lightweight to apply either alone or under foundation, with ingredients to help address dullness, sallowness and redness. They also have one of the most varied color ranges I have come across, with 8 shades to choose from.

Available for $35.00 at Sephora.

pur minerals cc creamPUR minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40

A CC cream with a touch more coverage, this Pur minerals version is a true multi-tasking product. It can be used as a moisturizer, concealer, skin brightener, primer and SPF foundation – basically it can do anything you may need it to do. Perfect alone or under other makeup, this silicone-free formula will help to correct and protect the skin’s appearance.

Available for $38.00 at Ulta.com

Have you tried any CC creams? Which are your favorites?

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Fridays with Felicia: An intimate look behind the curtain as I share my favorite style/ beauty discoveries and ThisThatBeauty shenanigans from previous week.

Lately I’ve been keeping up with the Joneses. No, not my highfalutin luxury car driving neighbors…oh no, not those Joneses…These Joneses:

I am referring to JONES magazine, the “insider’s shopping guide for women who know better.” As a woman who obviously knows better, I quickly replied “YES” to JONES magazine’s invitation to visit their NYC digs and learn more about the publication.

JONES magazine caters to fashion enthusiasts like moi, who share a penchant for what’s next! The shopping and lifestyle publication strives to be a resource for multicultural women who crave luxury, glamour, and trends.

JONESMAG.com (an incredibly robust web presence that’s managed by the Glamazon we all love to stalk – Jessica Andrews) offers a daily dose of fashion, beauty, shopping, events and travel advice.

Here is the delightful and beautiful Editor-in-Chief Tracey Ferguson as she walks a very lucky group of bloggers through the Fall preview of JONES

And here’s yours truly participating in the discussion…I’m likely talking up a storm about a recent beauty discovery.

For the complete scoop on the blogger mixer at JONES mag and exclusive pics of your favorite bloggers  in attendance, CLICK HERE

PS: Shouts to my Twitter boo @The GorgeousBlog — I bumped into her in the hall as I was leaving the JONES mag event…

With Fashion’s Night Out just ’round the corner, I want to share with you some of the spectacular events going on all around this great city of ours. Get ready for  complimentary make-up applications galore, stick straight blow outs, and lots of raffles and contests…Oh my!

Who: Thierry Mugler – Where: Sake Fifth Avenue

Thierry Mugler invites you to Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC during Fashion’s Night Out on September 10th from 6-11pm to view the famous Motorcycle Bustier as worn by Beyoncé for her I AM.Sasha Fierce album.  This legendary couture piece was first shown in the designer’s Prêt-á-Porter Spring/Summer 1992 Collection, worn by model Niki Taylor.  The same year, it appeared in George Michael’s iconic fashion-centric, supermodel-filled, music video for his hit song “Too Funky.”  In 2008 the Motorcycle Bustier was selected for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy” exhibit in New York.  It was here that Beyoncé fell in love with the piece and Thierry Mugler. Come see this true couture display of fashion and music history while receiving a special sample of Thierry Mugler’s legendary ANGEL fragrance.  Drops of gourmand scented heaven will be dispensed from a special sculpture designed by artist Ron Arad exclusively for Thierry Mugler. The sculpture is Arad’s interpretation of Mugler’s innovative Source concept which allows you to refill your precious ANGEL star bottle without discarding, and have a more minimal environmental impact.

For all the latest news and updates follow Thierry Mugler:

Twitter: @Thierry_Mugler

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ThierryMugler

Who: Warren-Tricomi Salon – Where: The Plaza Hotel

Join the Warren-Tricomi Salon at The Plaza Hotel for complimentary hair styles and updo’s to start your Friday night off from 6-8pm. While you are at The Plaza, you can also view the CFDA Incubator Project designs throughout the Shops. Musician, Corinne Bailey Rae, will be performing an intimate concert at The Plaza’s Palm Court. Following the concert, Joel Warren, Edward Tricomi, Douglas Hannant and Frederick Anderson, co-hosted with the CFDA and Shops at the Plaza, invite you to an after party in the Terrace Room from 9 – 11pm to celebrate this night of Fashion.

Who: Votre Vu – Where: Votre Vu’s customized Airstream in the Meatpacking

Visit the VuBAR, Votre Vu’s customized Airstream, in the Meatpacking District on Fashion’s Night Out! After testing Vu’s French-made, botanically based skin care with a Party Primer beauty regimen, have your photograph taken on the VuBAR’s red carpet and download them for free online. To finish off your VIP Vu experience, sample refreshing Votre Vu SnapDragon from an ice luge, enjoy custom Votre Vu pastries from an on-site pastry chef and much, much more!

Who: The Plaza Beauty – Where: The Plaza Hotel (New York City)

The Plaza Beauty will offer complimentary mini-facials, hand treatments and makeup touch ups to get you ready for your Friday night out! Meet the creators of top beauty companies such as Alison Raffaele and Kimiko and receive insider tips on how to create the perfect look for fall! Enter to win a custom-made hair accessory from Lucia Tristao Hair Designs and look out for exclusive offers that night from Miriam Mirani and Diego Della Palma. Afterwards, show off your new look at a concert performed by Grammy nominated EMI artist Corinne Bailey Rae hosted in The Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel

Who: Pur Minerals – Where: Duane Reade The Look Boutique (Soho) (233 Lafayette St. New York, NY)

Join celebrity makeup artist to the stars, Jackie Gomez, for complimentary makeup touch ups from 6:00pm – 8:00pm with Pur Minerals. Gifts with purchase will also be available throughout the night from 6pm-11pm.

Who: Completely Bare – Where: Completely Bare (25 Bond Street, b/w Lafayette & Bowery New York, NY)

This Fashion’s Night Out, participate in a scavenger hunt-themed styling contest in multiple Soho New York-based locations called “Dots SPOTS.” Follow the clues and choose your favorite Dots pieces to create your own personalized look!

Meet back at Completely Bare and get a free Richie Rich vatoo, enjoy refreshments and have your photos taken on the pink carpet. Celebrity stylist Mia Morgan and fashion legend Richie Rich will co-host and judge your personalized looks! Winning looks will have a day of beauty and styling with Mia Morgan, a new Dots wardrobe and a trip for two to a tropical location! Proceeds will benefit the Family Justice Center, which helps victims of domestic violence put their lives back together.

Follow @Dotsfashions @completelybare @kingcollective on FaceBook and Twitter for more details.

The FNO list of retailers, designers, fashion and beauty brands is still growing! See below for a list of newly registered participants and visit www.fashionsnightout.com for more information.

  • A Little Wicked
  • A Man and a Woman
  • ADAM
  • ALDO (new locations
  • AllSaints Spitalfields
  • Andrew Yang & The Kouklitas at Barneys New York
  • Alton Lane
  • Ann Taylor
  • Atelier Minyon
  • Bara Boux
  • Barbie
  • Beyond 7
  • Bio
  • Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers
  • Bottega Veneta
  • Bump Brooklyn
  • Callalilai Atlantic
  • China Doll
  • Chloe
  • Chouchounette
  • Crate + Barre
  • Derek Lam
  • Diptyque Bleeker street
  • Donna Distefano Ltd.
  • Dots (location change)
  • Downtown Doghouse
  • Eponymy
  • Ernest & Olivia
  • Fisch for the Hip
  • Flight Club
  • Flourish Accessories
  • Forever 21
  • GANT Rugger
  • Generra
  • Genuine Motorworks
  • George Esquivel at Fratelli Rossetti Store
  • Hayden-Harnett
  • Helianthus
  • Helmut Lang
  • Henri Bendel
  • In God We Trust
  • In&Out Different Beauty
  • Indique Hair International, Georgia’s, Polish Bar Brooklyn
  • Intermix
  • IRIS
  • Journelle
  • Kenneth Cole
  • Kingdom
  • Kotur at Saks Fifth Avenue
  • La Petite Coquette
  • Lauren Merkin
  • Legacy
  • Lululemon Athletica
  • Lululemon Athletica Brooklyn Showroom
  • Lululemon Athletica Lincoln Square
  • Lululemon Athletica Soho
  • Malawi
  • Meatpacking District Initiative
  • Meg
  • Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor
  • Modo Eyewear
  • Movado
  • Nasty Pig
  • Naturalizer
  • Nexus
  • Nigel Barker at Lord and Taylor
  • Ochre
  • Only Hearts
  • Original Penguin
  • Per-fekt Beauty at Henri Bendel
  • Petit Boudoir
  • Pink Slip at Grand Central Terminal
  • PomPom
  • POP Lounge/Burger (Ninth ave store)
  • Prabal Gurang at Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Prabal Gurung at The Shops at the Plaza
  • Rapha Cycle Club
  • Rizzoli Bookstore
  • Rony Tennenbaum 1964
  • Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Camrindy
  • Singer22
  • Sphatika
  • Staley Wise Gallery
  • Stella McCartney
  • Steven Alan
  • Subversive Jewelry at the Shops at the Plaza
  • Sugar Cookies
  • Tadashi Shoji at Bloomingdales
  • Teen Vogue and ASOS.com
  • The Brownstone
  • The Parlour Brooklyn
  • The Sao Store
  • The Touring Company
  • The Track and Field Store
  • The VIllage Scandal
  • Thomas Pink
  • Trunckshow
  • Trunckshow at Tea and Things of That Kind
  • Union Square / Grand Central Pop Up
  • Vagabondnyc.com
  • Victorinox Swiss Army
  • Votre vu
  • Wendy Mink Jewelry
  • Yael Sonia
  • Yigal Azrouel

Fashion’s Night Out 2010 PSA from Fashion’s Night Out on Vimeo.

PS: Yes I am still rocking my extensions. Last weekend I took on the task of washing them and I think I did a pretty good job. I used (and highly recommend) Ovation’s complete line of hair care products for extensions.

Here are the products and here are my results…watch out now;)

This past weekend I re-up’d on my OPI Axiuum Soak-Off Gel Lacquer.  I have to tell you…prior to taking the plunge about a month ago, I was sooo apprehensive. My biggest fear was that I would end up with dry, brittle, weak nails. I researched Axiuum for months before deciding to get it done. I even talked with professional friends of mine like @LuxebyTracyLee, manicurist to the stars. Once TracyLee told me it was safe, I decided to give it a go…AND I AM NOT LOOKING BACK.

For my first time time I went with Russian Navy. The manicure lasted nearly three weeks without chipping. The color and intense shine stayed true.

My current OPI gel mani is Big Apple Red

OPI Axiuum Soak-Off Gel Lacquer is, as Martha would say, a good thing! I am addicted. In Kearny NJ near me, the mani runs $35….chump change for a perfect manicure that lasts nearly three weeks!

Have a lovely weekend…xoxo!


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Fridays with Felicia: An intimate look behind the curtain as I share my favorite style/ beauty discoveries and ThisThatBeauty shenanigans from previous week.

(I visited HSN last week ======> full deets soon)

Let’s kick off “Fridays with Felicia” with you. Yes, YOU!

Hey girl! How you doin? How’s your skin? As you all know, I am absolutely positively obsessed with good skin care habits. I love pretty makeup as much as the next product hoarding Beauty Blogger but a solid skincare regiment is EVERYTHING. Six months ago, my passion and never ending holy grail quest for perfect skin prompted me to pen an epic post on my personal skincare philosophy.

While the article was a little long in the tooth (nearly 3000 words long to be exact) I think it did a lot of good. The post garnered 59 comments – a ThisThatBeauty record. In fact, your responses were so heartfelt and extensive that it lead to the creation of my current ongoing series on Hyperpigmentation which currently has nine articles.

So six months later, I am compelled to check in  with you. Yes YOU!  So many of you commented to say:

  • “Thank you”
  • “I’m going to take better care of my skin”
  • “I’ll try committing to a solid skincare regiment”
  • Etc.

It’s six months later and I am curious to hear where you are with yours! Have you stepped up your skin care game? Has you skin improved? Are you taking care of YOU?

Please do me a favor – If you commented when I originally posted the Hyperpigmentation/ skin care piece, please comment today and fill me in on how you’re doing. When I wrote that article six months ago, your comments really meant EVERYTHING to me. I want to know how you are progressing.  Also, your comments help me tailor content to meet your needs.

And because I practice what I preach….and pride myself on “don’t talk about it, be about it”…I will lead by example and provide an update since writing the post six months ago:

So to recap…here’s what my skin looked like about 8 months ago (no makeup):

Here’s what my skin looked like after about 2 months of following the regiment outlined in my ThisThatBeauty vs Hyperpigmentation post (no makeup):

And here’s what my skin looks like today…6 months after writing that epic post on skincare (no makeup…or maybe I’m pulling a Jessica Simpson — I think there’s a little stray smeared eye liner that I didn’t completely remove…but there is absolutely NO foundation in these pics).

Let me start by saying this….WOW! Those original pics are still so hard to look at. I cannot believe my skin was that bad. On top of that, I was astounded at how much my skin had improved in just 2 months on my regiment. Those products really kicked butt!!!

In looking at my skin today, its hard to believe I ever had any issues at all . As re-read  the regiment I posted back in March, while the principles remain the same, the actual products have changed since then. I currently use different cleansers, toners, serums, and masks. I still use the Evoclin foam to keep my acne at bay. I’ve rotated a few different hyperpigmentation treatment products in and out of my regiment over the last few months. Again, the products may have changed but my skin care principles remain the same…and that, in my opinion, is the most important take-away. Commit to a skin care regiment that is rooted in the fundamentals…and be consistent day to day. If your products work stick with them…naturally, as a beauty writer, I am constantly trying out new stuff. But I definitely recommend that you practice product loyalty…let ME be the guinea pig!

Please leave a comment and update me on how your skin is progressing!

PS: Look out for an equally EPIC hair story that’s in the works…


This week I was invited to tour the soon to be completed, state of the art, new and improved beauty level at Lord & Taylor – 39th Street.  The space is still a bit raw so I had to wear a brightly colored hard hat that’s certain to protect me from falling debris :)

The event consisted of a guided tour of the finished and unfinished space. Beauty brands like Clinique, Lancome, Estee Lauder, Nars, Mario Badescu, Bobbi Brown, Clarins, and more presented some of the amazing new beauty innovations that we can expect from L&T once the beauty level is completely renovated. I hope I have the opportunity to get more one-on-one time with the brands but here are a few highlights:

Mario Badescu will have a counter at L&T. I am as pleased as punch to see the brand expand their retail outlets and get more exposure. A simple search of this site using the key words “Mario Badescu” will yield countless product reviews. Be on the look out for an upcoming piece from ThisThatBeauty Contributor Christene Carr. She recently visited Mario Badescu for her first facial EVER. If you’re a facial virgin, you will want to hear all about Christene’s experience.

Clinique’s skincare computer marries technology and beauty

Estee Lauder promises to help you find your perfect foundation match in two minutes in six different lights. Wondering what that crimson lip will look like in daylight vs office light vs candlelight?…Estee Lauder can help!

Lancome boasts that their new state of the art “Diagnos” machine will survey your skin’s texture, pore size, hydration level, and firmness and recommend the perfect products for your skin. I would love to give this a try and report back!

Lancome is also pleased to offer 10-day supplies of their foundation, which comes in 117 shades and 6 formulas. I’m no numbers cruncher but I like those figures!

Lastly for Lancome, the beauty counter at Lord & Taylor features a mascara bar that lets you try out various mascara wands. This is incredibly innovative…no more one size fits all disposable wands. Is the mascara performance not all about the BRUSH? Kudos Lancome!

Want more info on L&T’s new beauty department? Check the Twitter timeline for  #LTFACELIFT and see what your fav beauty bloggers are saying.


In Fashion’s Night Out News, check out this Three Custom Color Specialists and Talbots collaboration…


Beauty360.com is the online shopping destination for CVS/pharmacy’s prestige beauty retailer and carries coveted cosmetic brands including Vincent Longo, Paula Dorf, Laura Geller, Cargo and many more.  Through August 23rd Beauty 360 is promoting an exclusive online makeup sale.  Save 20% on your favorite prestige makeup brands by entering the special code SIZZLE at checkout!  Click the following link for additional details and to start shopping: http://tinyurl.com/29n9rum


“Find Your Fall Style” with Style Coach, Kim Johnson Gross of Chic Simple.

Sign up to receive daily style tips on how to revamp your wardrobes for fall. When signing up, members are entered to win $100 gift cards to Target to start fall shopping. Check out the campaign http://challenges.ivillage.com/fall-style


If you love beauty apps as much as I do, iPhone users listen up! Give yourself a virtual makeover with Pur Minerals IPur Beauty iPhone application!

Pür Minerals now offers a commitment-free way to experiment with new looks..and who doesn’t love a good “try before you buy?”

Trying out a new look on the Pür Minerals app is simple and fun:

  • TAKE: upload or use a model photo to start your makeover.
  • APPLY: Click a product, select a shade and experience a Pür transformation. The customized algorithm will identify the facial co-ordinates for precise application. Don’t like your new look? You have the option of adjusting the facial co-ordinates, undo or start again.
  • SHARE: Once the makeover is complete, the finished look can be shared through Facebook for a polished profile picture or send to a friend via email.
  • BUY: Love your new look? iPür Beauty offers a direct link to Ulta.com to order products online or to find a location near you for an in-store purchase.


Up and coming designer Eliza Starbuck of Bright Young Things pays tribute to Coco Chanel by offering a week long sale on her versatile take of the little black dress. You will recall that I participated in the Bright Young Things Style Challenge and modeled the dress of a thousand looks.

In honor of Gabrielle “CoCo” Chanel’s Birthday, The Bright Young Things LBD will be on sale for $150 (reg $185) through Wednesday, August 25  online at www.youbrightyoungthings.com.

Of the iconic CoCo Chanel, Eliza Starbuck says this:

“Coco Chanel was the most innovative designer of the 20th Century. She dared to wear and design clothes that challenged the social standards and gender roles of the times. She broke every rule and always looked amazing doing it. She was living proof that it’s not what you wear, but how you wear it that defines style. Fabulous, determined, and outspoken, Coco Chanel made an enormous impact on society and the way people dress. Happy Birthday, Mademoiselle Chanel”

Eliza Starbuck recently experienced an opportunity that most only dream of…and by “most” I mean “me”.

Find your sacred quiet place and savor this — Eliza Starbuck’s exclusive interview with CoCo Chanel. Here is the intro:

To celebrate, I thought I’d give her a ring. She doesn’t get out much these days, and most people seem to think she’s dead, but like Tupac and Elvis, she’s virtually immortal.

Read the complete interview here: http://www.youbrightyoungthings.com/2010/08/18/eliza-starbuck-celebrates-128-years-of-style-with-coco-chanel/

I love you all for reading my lil ol blog week after week!



PS: Happy Birthday two of my bestest friends. We partied hard. Friendship is golden and I thank God for these gals!

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Fridays with Felicia: An intimate look behind the curtain as I share my favorite style/ beauty discoveries and ThisThatBeauty shenanigans from previous week.

The last few weeks have been (beautifully) brutal! I have been in so many airports that I recently earned the Foursquare “Jet-setter” badge…given to individuals who check into five airports. I was finally able to slow down with a lovely family vacation to Miami and then the Bahamas for a wedding. I had a blast…(see image to the right – Yep, that’s me and Senor Frog in the Bahamas. He’s feeling me…cant you tell?)

Lets kick off “Fridays with Felicia” with an awesome giveaway. After so much buzz over my recent review of Rio De Keratin (RDK) at-home Keratin Treatment, I am thrilled to partner with RDK and offer three lucky ThisThatBeauty readers the opportunity to win the at-home kit that Chrissy raved about in her review. Woot woot!

The deets are as follows…. to enter the contest, you must:

  • Follow @ThisThatBeuty and @RDKhair on Twitter
  • Leave a comment on my blog with your Twitter handle. This will serve as your contest entry. When I winner is selected I will verify that that individual is a Twitter follower of @ThisThatBeauty and @RDKhair. You will be notified via Twitter. Yay for social media!
  • You may earn additional contest entries by Tweeting and ReTweeting the following “Win @RDKhair at home Keratin treatment at www.ThisThatBeauty.com @ThisThatBeauty“.
  • There’s no limit to the number of times you may enter the contest.

This contest is open to US residents only and will run through July 18!

Speaking of hair, have you guys checked out Pantene lately? The frugalista friendly mass drugstore line recently revamped their offerings and I’ve got the scoop. had the pleasure of attending an intimate press breakfast presentation and round-table discussion on Pantene’s new launch. Celebrity Stylist for Pantene, Tippi Shorter, and Pantene Senior Scientist, Dr. Jeni Thomas walked through Pantene’s new collections and how the products cater to various hair types. I found the presentation to be especially helpful as selecting the proper products for your hair type/texture is key to achieving the best possible desired results.

Tippi and Jeni Pantene discussed the ins and outs of Pantene’s 4 new recently launched collections which are entirely based on hair structure: Fine, Medium-Thick, Curly and Color-treated.

During the event I had an opportunity to chat one-on-one with Tippi regarding my hair and get her expert advice on which Pantene line would work best for my hair. Hey, if Tippi can keep Alicia Keys’ locks gorgeous, certainly she’s more than qualified to advice lil ol me:) Here I am getting hair scoop from Tippi…

Because my hair is super dry (yet very soft, as per Tippi after giving my locks a quick touch:)) and in need of intense moisture, Tippi recommended that I shampoo with Pantene’s Relaxed and Natural shampoo because it has the highest level of moisture of all of the shampoos. However because my hair is very thick and in need of moisture, Tippi recommended that I condition with the products from the newly launched “Medium/ Thick” collection.

I was anxious to put Tippi’s recommendations to the test. While I am generally a fan of Pantene, I wasn’t extremely hopeful because my hair is currently the driest its been in years and I am about 5 weeks overdue for a relaxer touch-up…which means my coarse crinkly roots are doing serious battle with my straight relaxed ends. Not a pretty situation once wet. Yeouch!

Anyhoo, I followed Tippi’s advice and used the recommended products a few evenings later. Much to my surprise, the Relaxed and Natural shampoo and Medium Thick conditioner combo tackled my seriously dry multi textured hair. The shampoo was great at moisturizing and detangling my hair. After shampooing my hair wasn’t screaming for conditioner…you know what I mean? Sometimes after shampooing the hair feels like its going to disintegrate it doesn’t get a good conditioner, STAT. Well my hair didn’t feel that way after Relaxed and Natural…which is impressive given the fact that I am so overdue for a relaxer and have about two inches of new growth. I followed my shampoo with one of the tiny Medium Thick conditioning ampoules. I was tempted to use more than one ampoule, but wanted to follow the exact directions for an accurate review on ThisThatBeauty.

A few tips for Tippi — Follow product directions exactly! How many of us are guilty of leaving hair products on (especially conditioners) for longer than the directions require. Tippi encourages you follow directions as outlined. Mant times we think we’re getting extra benefits by using more product or leaving it on longer. Tippi says that products are formulated and tested to be effective in a certain amount of time. I applied Tippi’s advise and used the Pantene products as directed…and loved the results! Thanks Pantene and Tippi!

If you follow my tom-foolery via Twiiter you know that the girl loves vino. During the summer months I tend to favor refreshing whites….and sparkling wines are particularly favored. While in Miami I tried a really yummy sparkling wine that I am compelled to share. Mumm Napa Cuvee M is a wonderful semi sweet sparkling white wine. It is describes as: Elegant Light peach rose. Elegant aromas. Rich and complex. Fresh white and yellow stone fruits with subtle hints of wild strawberry. Heady touch of fresh brioche, with hints of vanilla and honey. Flavors of peach and pear combine with a creamy caramel character, on a long, satisfying finish.

Since it Lebron season its only fitting that I feature a Miami-centric event. MAKE UP FOR EVER, the official makeup sponsor for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim, is hosting  “Smudge-Proof Your Make Up” at Sephora South Beach (July 17 from 4-7pm). At the event customers can get their makeup done for FREE before heading out for a night on the town. Please feel free to share this event with your friends in the South Florida area (Clumps of Mascara, I’m looking at you:)).

Try out MAKE UP FOR EVER’s brand new Aqua Cream, a collection of 21 multi-use cream colors for the eyes, lips or cheeks that are 100% waterproof, sweat-proof, melt-proof and crease-proof. Aqua Cream is being used on the models backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Stay tuned for daily makeup looks from the runway!

Saturday, July 17th, 2010
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Sephora South Beach
721 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 532-0904

Speaking of  smudge proof makeup…how is your makeup holding up in this heatwave? While I love the finish of cream foundation, I must admit that its hard to reach for on a 100+ degree day. Lately I’ve been keeping my complexion balanced with Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Powder. The product is called 4-in1 because it is a foundation, concealer, powder and SPF 15 all in one. The pressed formulation is perfect for the consumer who enjoys the benefits of mineral but hates the loose mineral mess.

Here’s an application tip: If you apply your pressed powder and feel that the coverage is too matte, give you face a light mist of hydration with Fulvic Mineral Mist. This is a great way to refresh the skin and set your coverage.

As you guys know from last week’s Friday’s with Felicia, I was recently in LA working on a very exciting project with Cover Girl. I also had the opportunity to do makeup for five performing artists (who are also Cover Girl spokeswomen) who appeared live on stage with Queen Latifah at the BET Awards. In the coming weeks I will share additional details on the Cover Girl project which includes a very cool web-series that I am apart of — I do makeup for the women and give them beauty tips along the way. For now, here are a few shots of me and my Cover Girls after I glam’d them up for the red carpet and their on camera appearance with Queen Latifah at the BET Awards:

This one’s for my Twilight fans. *squeal* Actress Julia Jones, one of the newest additions to the Twilight cast, looked stunning at the premiere of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse in LA. mark Celebrity Makeup Artist Jamie Greenberg shares her expert beauty tips on how to recreate Julia’s red carpet look.


“I started by using mark Mist Opportunity Multi-tasking Refresher to prep the face and applied mark For Goodness Face Antioxidant Skin Moisturizing Lotion all over Julia’s skin. Next, I added a touch of mark Get Bright Hook Up Highlighter in Golden under the eye area and mark Get A Tint Tinted Moisturizer Lotion SPF 15 Honey/Golden to even out her complexion. To give her a naturally radiant look, I dusted mark Bronze Pro Bronzing Powder everywhere except for her cheeks. To really emphasize her cheeks, I used a combination of mark Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint in Cheeky and Peachy and then lightly swept mark Glowdacious Illuminating Powder in Amped Up to the apples of her cheeks.”


“I began by prepping her eyelids with the mark Please Hold Eye Primer in Medium/Dark to create a strong base for her eye makeup. I then applied a combination of three mark I-mark Custom Pick Eyeshadows to her eyes. I swept Magic across her lids, blended Latte into the crease and added Whisper under the brow bone. To add definition to her eyes, I applied the black shade of mark Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner and Eyeshadow in Entourage to her top lash line and used the gold shade of mark Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner and Eyeshadow in Iconic along the lower lash line. I finished her eyes with one coat of mark Scanda-Lash Hook Up Mascara in Blacklash for thickness and a second coat of mark Lash Splash Hook Up Waterproof Mascara in Black to lengthen and hold her lashes for the night.”


“I prepped Julia’s lips with mark Kiss Dry Goodbye Lip Smoother. To get her bold lip, I applied mark Kissink Lip Tintmarker in Red Siren topped with mark Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stain in Lolli”

As much as I love makeup, you all know that skincare is number one for me! While my daily regiment currently includes products from several different lines, I can respect the customer who prefers to keep it simple and use a comprehensive collection of products from the same line. When I learned of Dr. Harold Lancer, Beverly Hills dermatologist, and his line of skincare products, I had to share. The Lancer Method is Dr Lancer’s three-step skincare technique.  The Lancer Method follows the guiding principle that skincare does not have to be complicated to be effective. With a simple, daily 3-step program, the LANCERx products offer the efficacy of medical grade ingredients to quickly improve fine lines, texture, discoloration and pore size.

Step 1: Exfoliate – The Lancer RX Polish is an advanced exfoliator, removing dull, dead skin cells and leaving the skin noticeably smoother and more radiant. The natural sea minerals immediately energize the skin without causing redness (even for people with rosacea) and prepare it for effective cleansing.

Step 2:  Cleanse – Once the skin is rid of debris it is ready to be cleansed. The Lancer RX Cleanser washes away impurities & environmental toxins while bringing a uniform freshness to the skin.
Step 3: Repair – After the skin has been polished and prepped it is time for repair. The Lancer RX AM/PM Nourishing Treatment increases firmness, diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles and nourishes the skin with essential botanical extracts and powerful antioxidants.

The three step kit includes your choice of Extremely Pure Cleanser or Exfoliating Blemish Cleanser, Natural Sea Mineral Polish or Blemish Control Polish, and AM/PM Nourishing Treatment. And if celebrity endorsements float your boat, I hear the breathtakingly beautiful Keri Hilson is a fan of Lancer Rx

The only thing better than a great a party is a great party with a purpose. And year after year, my dear friend Melky Jean (baby sis of Wyclef Jean) does just that. Her annual birthday party/ charity gala is legendary. I was recently invited to attend Melky’s party/ fundraiser for her non-profit, Carma Foundation – an organization whose mission is to improve the health of poor and vulnerable women and children in Haiti. Melky has been doing amazing work in her homeland of Haiti. I am honored to support her foundation’s efforts. Here are a few pics from the charity event.

Melky and Wyclef perform

Me @ the gala

Have a beauty-full weekend!

xo, Felicia

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