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JONES Magazine

This past Saturday I attended the My Black is Beautiful event in New York at the Metropolitan Pavillion. It was sponsored by Proctor and Gamble and it was just an event that celebrated black beauty. The product sponsors were Cover Girl Queen Collection, Pantene ProV Relaxed and Natural, Olay Quench, Secret, Always, and Jones Magazine.

This was my first time attending this event and I did not know what to expect. We were encouraged to register online and arrive early because entry into the event was on a first come, first serve basis. I went to the event with my friends Erica and Shelly. We arrived around 10:30am and were at the back of the line in the middle of the block. Some women were online at 7:00am! They then had to wait 4hrs to be let in for the event.

When we first got inside, we went to the various stations and booked our appointments. There were stations for hair, makeup, facials, manicures, massages, dental hygiene, and rhythm and relaxation. My first appointment was with hair. The pony tail wasn’t working for me and I wanted to have a hair consultation anyway so that was my first stop.

My hair stylist’s name was Noel and she was so nice! She gave me pointers about how to strengthen my hair. I cut my hair last August and it is taking the very back of my hair the longest to grow back. She noticed some breakage and just advised me to deep condition my hair at least twice a week. She also showed my the proper way to comb my hair when it gets a little rough and tangled. Noel also said I should trim my ends more often then I do to a cleaner look.

I loved my hair! I love the curly look. She did an excellent job. Thanks Noel.

The massage was ok. It was good until she started to do the Karate chop which I absolutely hate. Once it was over I felt like I had more knots.

Erica did the facial and makeup. She was lucky and went to the lead makeup artist Jeremi Dervon. Unlike some of the makeup artist there, he took his time, no matter how long the line got. He has a special highlighting technique that he uses, that I was not allowed to take pictures of lol. He was kind enough to write down the products from the Cover Girl Queen Collection that was the perfect match for all three of our skintones.

Here are photos of different accessories that I liked. I loved Alicia’s Africa earrings. The lady standing on line in front of me wore those bangles and her friend had on a pair of grey booties perfect for the fall.

I ran into Tiffin from MEO Total Body Beauty

This display was very interesting. They had the original versions of hair tools like the flat iron in the bottom left corner to the old school hot comb my mom used to use to straighten my hair when I was younger.

Overall, it was a really great experience to be in the presence of so many beautiful women for such a positive event. Be sure to visit the My Black is Beautiful website for information on future events.

Last night, I had the opportunity to visit  Phyto Universe in celebration of Bastille Day, which is a national french holiday that commemorates the storming of Bastille on July 14, 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution (little history lesson.)

Phyto Universe (source) is the latest invention from Mr. Patrick Ales, the creator or renowned botanical hair care products, Phyto and PhytoSpecific. His life long mission is to treat the hair and scalp with the utmost care and respect and create a destination where consumers and stylists alike can immerse themselves in the “universe” that is PHYTO: plants. Nature reigns at Phyto Universe. Shrouded in an oasis of live botanicals, Phyto Universe invites you into a serene, tranquil environment.

When I arrived with my friend Kim, we were greeted by Jenna, then had a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres and looked around the studio at the various products. We were then escorted to the back for our french, skin care, and hair care lessons.

Our first lesson was conducted by Alliance Francaise and we learned many terms dealing with hair, skin, and perfume. I took French for four years (5th-8th grade) and I had no idea what the instructor was saying!  We learned words like mask(un masque), hydration (l’hydratation), shine(de brillance) and a host of others.

We then had a lesson on skin care given by Catherine Raubiet, the Lierac National Training director. She gave us excellent tips and statistics. Here is a recap of what I learned:

  • European women, specifically French women, start getting facials around the age of 14.
  • In France, facials are not luxury, they are necessities.
  • European women are not as busy as American women, so they spend more time taking care of themselves (not talking about makeup, but skin and body care)
  • French women do not partake in abrasive procedures that can potentially damage the skin.

She also gave us a few skin care tips:

  1. Prevention is the key. We must start taking care of our skin early. We should not wait until we are in our 20s to use  moisturizer, we must start as teenagers. (It is never too late to start)
  2. Use light makeup to enhance beauty, not hide it. The United States, sells way too many makeup products to cover up problems with the skin instead of treating it.
  3. Keep it gentle. Minimize lasers and chemical peels. With early prevention, these methods are not needed.
  4. Develop and stick with a skin care routine. First, remove the makeup, then cleanse, tone, use a serum, moisturize and then apply sun screen.
  5. Exfoliate. Depending on your skin type, you should exfoliate once or twice per week.
  6. Take care of your body. Cellulite products are the most popular products being sold in the United States.  98% of women world wide have cellulite and 2% men. 30% of what happens to our body (how fast we age, cellulite etc.) is based on genetics, 70% is up to us, so take care of yourself.

We also received a lesson in hair care by celebrity stylist and salon owner Julien Farel (who said I had great hair 🙂 ) Here is what I learned from him:

  1. Your hair changes and so the products you use must change also. You should not use the same products for a long period of time because they won’t have the same effect on your hair after a while.
  2. *Important for summer hair care*Before getting in the pool, or going to the beach, wet your hair and add some type of leave in conditioner or pre-shampooing treatment. The conditioner or pre-treatment will prevent damage from chlorine and also salt water.
  3. Use various products to target various problems with your hair. You should use products that focus on preventing frizziness, that promote shiny hair, adds volume, etc. What ever your target area is for your hair, use a specific product for that area.

The night ended the small conversations with other bloggers and of course a gift bag.

The bag consisted of

  • Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Mask for suppleness and shine. It regenerates your hair and your hair regains softness and elasticity.
  • Lierac Paris Diopti Demaq– Gentle Eye Makeup Remover. It is a crystal-gel that removes makeup from eyelids and lases with leaving an oily film. Vitamin B5 and keratin derivatives help prevent the loss of lashes and restore their strength, suppleness and thickness.
  • Caron  Paris Fleur de Rocaille  eau de toilette natural spray.

It was a great event, very informative and a great place to network. Other bloggers and media professionals that were there, Kim from Makeup By Kim Porter, Misha from The Fab Chick, Shaunequa from Temple of Glam, Wanda from The Black Dress Traveler, Felicia from This That Beauty, and Tracey Ferguson and Judene Walden of JONES Magazine.