Category Archives: Beauty

Fantasia Signs on as the New Face of Urban Skin Rx

We all know and love Fantasia from American Idol fame, now the multi-talented Grammy winning performer and actress has something new to sing about. As the new spokesperson for Urban Skin Rx, a line of clinical skin care products for all skin tones developed by Rachel Roff, Fantasia shares her own personalized daily skin care regimen journey.


“I use Urban Skin Rx products because they work.

Plain and simple!” 

Amongst some of Fantasia’s favorite products are:

The Clear Complexion Cleansing Bar- $28


Glysal Daily Treatment pads- $32

GlySal-Daily-Treatment-Pad-300x300 The Clarifying Brightening Polish- $36


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Curly Textured Meet-Up featuring Jane Carter

Calling all Naturalistas! if you reside in the NYC/tri-state area there’s an awesome hair event just for you. SimpleeBEAUTIFUL Boutique Salon in White Plains, NY, owned by celebrity curly textured expert and author Diane Da Costa is hosting the Curly Textured Meet-Up featuring Jane Carter, founder of the Jane Carter solution. See event details here and below.

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil

by Samara Swafford

Looking for long stay eyeliner with vibrant colors? Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil ($19.00) is the answer to your prayers. With 40 different colors to choose from, Urban Decay has a color for any occasion/mood. Feeling mysterious? Try Delinquent, a dark purple shimmer with a light purple micro-sparkle. Feeling daring? Try Electric, an attention grabbing, bright iridescent teal. Urban Decay is a makeup staple for quick, easy, and vibrant color. I own 10 of the eyeliners and the versatility is fantastic; ranging from an army green to a vibrant bronze to a mesmerizing charcoal grey. If you’re looking for a new way to showcase your personality, give Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil a try.


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OPI Launches the San Francisco Collection For Fall/Winter 2013

San Francisco by OPI brings street chic style with West Coast flair to nails and toes for Fall/Winter 2013. This new collection features a palette ranging from sky and sea-colored hues of blues and gray to reds, burgundies and browns inspired by some of the city’s most iconic elements – Chinatown, the Golden Gate bridge and the Embarcadero. The fall mélange is mixed with texture and is designed to accessorize fall’s hottest looks, from military details to winter whites.

According to Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director, “San Francisco offers a European flair with distinct West Coast attributes. These  elements inspired a collection of urban chic nail lacquer shades, thanks to the city’s sophisticated combination of high fashion and eclectic street style.”

San Francisco by OPI includes the following shades:

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A-Piers to Be Tan
I shore do like this chocolaty tan.

Dining al Frisco

Just feast your eyes on this fresh-air blue!Haven’t the Foggiest
Can’t tell you why I love this misty gray…I just do!

Peace & Love & OPI

This holographic sage and eggplant is far out!Keeping Suzi at Bay
There’s no holding back this assertive navy blue.

Incognito in Sausalito

You better keep this almost-black blue under wraps.

Lost on Lombard
Oh garn-et! I’m all turned around!

I Knead Sour-Dough
Are you bready to wear this toasty warm brown?

Muir Muir on the Wall

This trailblazing plum is the fairest of all.

In the Cable Car-Pool Lane
Good golly, Miss Trolley, this rich burgundy takes me away!

Embarca-Dare Ya!
Betcha can’t pass up this marvelous magenta.

First Date at the Golden Gate

You and me and this shimmery ruby make three.

It’s All San Andreas’s Fault

I’d move mountains to get this textured earthy taupe!

Wharf! Wharf! Wharf!
Dog-gone it…fetch me that textured matte blue!

There’s no escaping this arresting textured gray.

San Francisco by OPI will be available August 7, 2013, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.

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Tia and Tamera Mowry – New Product For Stretch Marks ;Stretchy

Tia and Tamera Mowry have become a common face these days with their current products Milky, a lactation enhancement herbal tea supplement. Both sisters paired up again to produce a stretch mark fighting product, Stretchy.

The sisters describe the deep moisturizing treatment via their website saying its “the only plant-based stretch mark treatment made with a big enough concentration of active ingredients to deliver real results. It’s dermatologist recommended, vegan, and never tested on animals.”

“It’s made with natural oils like argan and tamanu to moisturize and stimulate collagen production in your skin, as well as nourishing ingredients like cocoa butter, aloe vera  and vitamin E to help fight against free radicals.”

This product is now available to purchase via thier website for a reasonable $17.99

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CeleBeauty Watch: Get the Look—Iman at 4th Annual amfAR Inspirational Gala

by Tracey Brown, Editor in Chief of Blinging Beauty


Very few women are still wowing on the red carpet at age 57 like Iman.  Wearing a red Valentino gown with a featherweight train, Iman  managed to create the perfect photo-op for the paparazzi at the 4th Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala at The Plaza Hotel on June 13, 2013 in New York City. The former model turned mogul, was flawless head-to-toe, wearing of course, IMAN cosmetics, with makeup done by Valente Frazier.

Iman on red carpet


Prep skin with IMAN Undercover Agent Oil Control Primer (perfect for big events)

Follow with IMAN BB Cream

Apply  IMAN After Glow Bronzing Powder to cheeks for a healthy glow

Define eyes with  IMAN Perfect Eye Pencil in Black Shimmer and Luxury Eye Shadow in Pewter (add false lashes for red carpet drama)

Finish with  IMAN Luxury Lipstick in Barely Bronze

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Summer Makeup Essentials: 10 ‘Haute’ Pink Summer Blushes for Brown Skin

by Tracey Brown, Editor in Chief of Blinging Beauty


One of the prettiest ways to look fresh and fly for summer months is to pop some color on your cheeks.  A splash of “haute” pink blush brightens the complexion, gives eyes that certain sparkle and simply makes every woman look perfectly perky (even if perky disappeared last week). Sanaa Lathan proves that brown girls can get cheeky with pink blush, while looking refreshingly pretty.

We rounded up our favorite pink blushes–all of which, by the way, we have road tested on our brown skin, and picked 10 that will leaveyou “in the pink.


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Launch Party: Esnavi Live Collection by Dazzle Dry

Esnavi_Live8On Tuesday, June 11th VIPs were all in attendance at the launch event of the season. R&B recording artist ESNAVI  partnered with Dazzle Dry™ on the launch of a limited edition collection inspired by the singer/songwriter. The collection features three nail lacquers named after her songs Morning Dew, Oh My!, and Planet E, off her album Exit E. The event was hosted by Ni’Kita Wilson, winner of the 2013 Beauty Award for Innovative Cosmetic Chemist by Essence Magazine.

Developed by VB Cosmetics, Dazzle Dry is a quick-dry nail polish system with a vegan formula devoid of harsh chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor and nitrocellulose.  The ESNAVI Collection is now available at and each nail lacquer retails for $9.

ESNAVI with Ni'Kita Wilson

ESNAVI with Sibrena Stowe de Fernandez (celebrity publicist and pop culture expert)


Vivian Valenty, owner of Dazzle Dry

Vivian Valenty, owner of Dazzle Dry

From Left: Ni'Kita Wilson and Tanya Phillips of the Greater NY Chamber of Commerce

From Left: Ni’Kita Wilson and Tanya Phillips of the Greater NY Chamber of Commerce

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