Monthly Archives: April 2011

Purple Smoke Eyeshadow Tutorial

Hello Blog Lovers!! Check out my recent Eyeshadow Tutorial using my Coastal Scents Smokey Pallet creating this Soft Purple Smokey Eye.

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Youtube Video: Elf and Mac Make-up Haul

 Hello Blog Lovers!!! Here is a video of a recent make-up haul that I did where I purchased Elf (EyeslipsFace) products from my local target along with a few things from MAC. I posted the video on my YT Channel and I wanted to share with you guys!!

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Peace and Blessings ~♥ Miss Nic ♥~

Design Essentials Hosts Hydrastrength Styling WebEx

Hello Blog Lovers!!  I was able to attend the Design Essentials HydraStrength WebEx on last week and have some information to share with you guys and especially those who are hairstylists and salon owners. I was able to get some inside information about the New HydraStrength Relaxer System and how it works. I must say that the WebEx (Web Seminar) was very well organized and put together nicely and it flowed smoothly. I was able to view a detailed demonstration on both a live model and a manniken while viewing a power point presentation that flowed in conjunction with the demonstration step by step.


The WebEx was hosted by Mrs. Natalie Hayes who is a Design Essentials Master Educator and who is also a part of their reseach and development team. She has done some work with Hapers Magazine as well as on the set of Sunday’s Best. She gave both detailed information and instruction and performed both demonstrations.

 What I learned:

The HydraStrength Relaxer is infused with botanicals with no additives and is a more gentler, moisturizing, strengthening relaxer system that will allow the hair to be more manageable and flexible while minimizing breakage and shedding. In this post I will discuss the additions and new and improved products introduced with the relaxer system. In the next post I will go into depth about each of the relaxers discussed.


The New HydraStrength Relaxer System introduces a new formula for the Design Essentials base creme, neutralizing shampoo, and the 6N1 Reconstrutive Conditioner. The relaxer system also introduces the Restore Vitamin Treatment. Each one will be discussed in further detail below.

Base Creme: 
  • Offers calm, soothing scalp protection  and is infused with Aloe, Shea Butter, Vitamin E and menthol. 
  • It moisturized the scalp and reduces itching.
  • It is ideal for sensitive scalps and can be used with any chemical services for scalp protection.
  • It is ideal to apply to only the scalp and you dont have to go back and rub it into the scalp because the clients body heat will allow the formula to work properly.
Restore Vitamin Treatment:


Pre-Chemical protection and restorative treatment use to refortify and strengthen the hair. Should be added to the ends of the hair that has been relaxed to avoid overlapping of chemicals.

  • Will add moisture, strength, and elasticity to the hair.
  • It is infused with shea butter, Olive Oil, and milk protein
  • Adds Tripple Conditioning protection before and during the chemical service
  • It can be mixed with any conditioner to proved a power pack treatment
  • Restores hair strength inside and out.
  • Fortifies the hair leaving it smoother, softer, and more manageable
Neutralizing Conditioning Shampoo

  • Enriched with Olive Oil and Honey Nectar conditions and neutralizes the hair at the same time.
  • Removes all traces of product
  • Has a color indicator to ensure that residual relaxer is removed
  • Contains Nourishing botanicals, replenishes hair with vitamins and minerals.
  • Conditions and softens the hair for greater manageability
  • Can be used without stripping the hair.
6N1 Reconstructive Conditioner

I discussed the 6N1 Reconstructive Conditioner as one of the HPOW in a previous post and I must say that this is my favorite conditioner by far from the Design Essentials hair product line. As a part of the Hydra Relaxer System they improved the original 6N1 and included the following:
  • Fortified with Olive Oil, Honey, and Shea Butter and has added Biotin
  • Used after services to add more moisture
  • Strengthens the hair strand by filling in broken hair fibers
  • Prevents and protects against breakage
  • Mositurizes, softens, detangles, and evens porosity of the hair
  • Seals the cuticle and restores hair to normal pH levels
  • Locks in moisture to refortify the hair and magnify shine
  • Creates resilient hair with volumninous body
Thanks for reading!! Tell a Friend!! and Leave Comments!! ~♥ Miss Nic ♥~

Fashion Event: Crave Star Productions Presents Fashionography

Hello Blog Lovers!! Here is the part two of the footage from the Crave Star Prodcutions Event that was held last Saturday April 9, 2011.

Thanks for watching! Peace and Blessings ~♥ Miss Nic ♥~

>Fashion Event: Crave Star Productions Presents: Fashionography


Hello Blog Lovers!! I was able to attend this fabulous fashion show this past saturday night in Atlanta and I wanted to share the footage with my readers. I wanted to take pictures but I wasnt able to do so because of my position in the room. However, it came to me to just simply record it and share it with you guys. I was sent a personal invite to attend the show and I must say I was blown away by the designs that were featured in the show. All designers were Atlanta natives and if you love fashion just as much as I do then you will appreciate the talent and the Atlanta fashion influence portrayed in the show.

Fashionography was a mixer, fashion show and after party for the fashion inclined and the socially aware. Fashionography benefited the Center for Black Women’s Wellness (CBWW), a non-profit organization that provides free and low-cost services to empower black women and their families toward physical, mental and economic wellness. In addition to honoring CBWW, Fashionography they showcased fashions by Beachbling Swimwear, Fogle by Fogle, Marqo Kennedy Designs, Paul Anthony, Low Down and a special tribute showcase to gone but not forgotten Designer Kirk Kelley, via the Kirk Kelley Archives.
The video below is the first part of the show. The second part will be posted on tomorrow so stay tuned!!  I want to thank Lenora for the invite! I enjoyed the show!!

Thanks for watching!! Leave Comments and Tell a Friend!! ~♥ Miss Nic ♥~

>HPOW: Softsheen Carson Optimum Oil Therapy Ultimate Recovery Shampoo

>Hello Blog Lovers!! This weeks Hair Product of the Week is the Softsheen Carson Optimum Oil Therapy Ultimate Recovery Shampoo. What I like about this shampoo is that it contains naturals oils like coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil and jojoba oil and at the same time it removes product from my hair without drying it out. So if I decided to use it week to week I can do so with worrying about harsh stripping like I would from my regular clarifying shampoo. Check out the stats below:

Featuring micro-oil technology. Micro oil technology penetrates hair with micro-beads of natural oils to help nourish, repair, strengthen and protect hair. Cleanses, instantly softens and revitalizes dry, damage prone hair.

  • Nourishes hair with natural extracts of coconut, olive, avocado, and jojoba
  • Detangles and tames unruly hair
  • Rescues and smoothes damaged hair shaft
  • Removes all styling residue without stripping
  • Restores intense moisture from root to tip

Price:    This product is usually priced for under $10 depends on the retail location.

Where to buy:  You can purchase this product at local retailers such as Wal-mart, Target, Drug Stores and off line.

>Beauty Product Review:Smashbox Photo Finish Primer


Hello Blog Lovers!! I purchased the Smashbox primer kit for face and eyes in December of 2010 for $38.00 for all three primers (Face, pore and fine lines, and eyeshadow primer). I have been using the face primer and the eyeshadow primer for a while and I now have some reviews for your guys that I want to share. Check out the review below.
What is it: 

 Make-up artists use this to create a perfect canvas for foundation application with this silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A and E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation to increase longevity, our best-selling primer helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish. 

This is an oil-free foundation primer 


Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, Silica, Dimethicone/ Vinyldimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Extract, Propylene Glycol, Water (Aqua, Eau), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Cola Acuminata Seed Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract.

Price: $ 32.00 (Individual retail)

Where to buy:,, and (They are all priced the same on each site)

 My Thoughts:

After using this product for the first time as a test underneath my foundation I was hooked!! I had to go and purchase my own tube to try for myself!! I saw a difference in my foundation after a long day and I must say that if you are not using a foundation primer you need to get one especially if you have a oily ‘T’ zone and or  oily skin in general. This primer has made my foundation last from the start of the day to the end of the day without any of my natural oils shining through. I will definitely keep this as one of my staple products in my make-up kit!!

My Suggestions:  

I would suggest using a dime size of this product as a whole over the face. Put a little on the five points of your face (forehead, nose, chin, [‘T’ zone], and each cheek) and rub it in. A little goes a long way with this product. Too much of this product will cause it to peel and become flaky. Since this primer is a silicone based primer, I recommend when cleaning your face and removing your make up that you use make-up wipes to remove your make-up completely then proceed to cleanse, tone, and moisturize your skin thoroughly. If not you may experience mild breakouts.

Look out for my next posts on the Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer vs. Urban Decay Primer Potion and Primer Basics.

Thanks for reading!! Tell a Friend and Leave Comments!! Peace and Blessings ~♥ Miss Nic♥~