Back and barely functioning after a world wind week at Trinidad & Tobago Carnival. This weekend is about rest and recovery, especially since it is brick here in NYC! Meanwhile, New York Fashion Week started yesterday and I am excited to see what the upcoming treads in beauty as well as any new products being previewed. I hopefully will have some beauty looks that hit the runways this season.
I really prefer to pick up my hair care products in a store. I only go online if I have to, because the wait makes me crazy! I love browsing the aisles, reading ingredient labels and generally getting lost in the plethora of products. I am so happy to see more and more stores carrying natural lines specially geared towards natural kinks, curls and coils. I have a special love and devotion to minority-owned natural hair care businesses, because back in the day, when I was transitioning, there were very, very few lines where I could buy a sulphate-free shampoo, or a silicone-free conditioner, and they were almost exclusively online. Mainstream companies hadn’t yet gotten the memo and although now they scrambling to get onboard.
Well, this store, located in Brooklyn, probably has the largest selection of natural hair care products in the Tri-State area, and northeast. Like, for real…Ecodermis, devoted specifically for natural hair care lines, currently carries over 30 brands and is constantly adding more lines. They carry products that no one else in the area does, like Darcy’s Botanicals. They also carry an expanded selection products and sizes that are not available at your local Target or beauty supply store, like the 16 oz. Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner. On my latest visit, they had just recently gotten in the CHI flatiron, the Koils By Nature line, Coco Curls lines, the brand new Oyin “No Ash At All” lotion, Hydratherma Naturals, Alikay Naturals and a ton more! Also, every couple of months, they host special events with different brands.
I picked up the Darcy’s Botanicals Madagascar Vanilla Styling Crème, and I can’t wait to try it! This has been on my list forever and I will be doing a review soon!
So check them out, you might find your new holy grail product or just feed into your product junkie-ism! And call them before you go there if you are looking for something specific, as they are quite popular and sell out quickly! Find them online, and on Facebook.
So New York is in the throws of New York Fashion Week – Autumn/Winter’12. There are models, designers, makeup artists, bloggers, photographers running all over the city!
So last Thursday, Mattie from Mattielogie hosted a mixer for fashion bloggers of colour. I loved the idea of meeting other bloggers of colour especially in an industry like fashion. Since fashion and beauty go hand in hand, I found myself at Pranna. Pranna is a SouthEast Asian restaurant that is beautiful and huge! I definitely need to return for full dinner.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics has finally opened a retail location in NYC. For all you Lip Tar fans, you can now find OCC on the Lower East Side at 174 Ludlow Street, between Houston & Stanton.
Here is some more information on the new Flagship:
“OCC chose the Lower East Side because it has really become the true hub of all things creative and artistic coming out of New York. The neighborhood’s latest renaissance is producing cutting edge design fashion, designers, salons and art galleries, and that’s where OCC needs to be.” David Klasfeld, CEO/Creative Director, OCC
Walking into the flagship store you will see an array of makeup in bold and dramatic colours with pops of neon and saturated pastels, radiating from every corner. Professional Makeup Artists are standing by to offer private consultations, makeup applications, and will even show you how to perfect airbrush makeup. Customers will not want to miss OCC’s Mixing Bar where they can custom create their perfect shade, or recreate their favorite colour. Gone are the days anyone has to live without their favorite discontinued beauty product! With over 36 shades of Lip Tars, highly pigmented loose eyeshadows, and an array of vibrant nail polishes, OCC’s flagship store is sure to become the next beauty haven for any makeup artist or beauty buff.
I attended the Grand Opening last week and we were also introduced to the new Fall 2011 collection, Pretty Boy, which by the way is amazing! I especially love the nail lacquers!! Actually very girly but not too sweet!
The prequel to New York Fashion Week is here and it starts tomorrow. Not only is it in NYC, but it has expanded to cities across the U.S. and around the world. On September 8th, the fashion and beauty world is going to go mad with lots of limited edition items, parties, special FNO-exclusive events and general revalry!
I am just planning my list of places to hit (shame, I know!), and the FNO website has a pretty cool feature where you can map out your route through the streets of New York.
For more information, including events in places outside of the U.S., check out the FNO website, or follow the hastag #FNO on twitter. Oh, they also have apps for iPhone and Android phones.
A few of the events:
Missoni for Target Pop-Up Shop (EVERYBODY has been waiting with baited breath for this collection)
Collection appears in stores nationwide and online from Sept. 13.
Maybelline New York
Gansevoort Plaza – Little West 12th Street at 9th Avenue New York NY 10014
Makeup artists will provide free mini-makeovers! In honor of Great Lash Mascara’s 40th birthday, guests will receive a free tube of the product (while supplies last)! Maybelline spokesmodels will be on-hand to sign the tubes! The first 300 guests will receive a limited edition Great Lash t-shirt designed by Patricia Field. DJ Chelsea Leyland will perform a live music set from 8-11PM. Post makeover, guests can have their picture taken & upload directly to social networking sites.
555 Broadway New York NY 10012
Kick off Fashion Week at Sephora—we’ve got the most spectacular beauty events of the year. *Visit Fresh’s Sugar Lip Lounge *Get a personalized hand-drawn Stila Girl illustration and makeover by the Stila Pro Team *Create custom eyelashes by MAKE UP FOR EVER *Meet celebrity colorist Rita Hazan while her Root Concealor transforms into a work of art.
872 Broadway New York NY 10003
Join Fresh Founders and Daily Candy editors at the just-renovated Fresh flagship store. Get makeup touch-ups and style tips, indulge in mini massages, and discover Fresh Sugar Passion Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 and be treated with champagne, decadent candy bar, and Baked by Melissa cupcakes. Plus, redeem an exclusive DailyCandy Deal for $1 and receive a Fresh Fashion’s Night Out Cosmetic Bag worth $50 and a skincare consultation with a Fresh Co-founder!
413 Bleecker Street New York NY 10014
NARS Cosmetics will host a special evening with Founder and Creative Director François Nars at the NARS 413 Bleecker Street flagship boutique in NYC’s West Village. Silver Odyssey, a coupling of two exclusive products created in honor of Fashion’s Night Out, will be introduced and celebrated with an iconic Guy Bourdin visual that will also be on display at the boutique.
I definitely want to check out NARS to see the limited-edition FNO collection.