Monthly Archives: October 2012

Miss Nic’s Spotlight: Introducing Philisha Mack Owner of Preeminence Salon & Boutique, LLC


Hello Blog Lovers!! As some may or may not know I have a spotlight feature for the blog that allows me to introduce to you both men and women who have accomplished a lot of things within the beauty industry. Today I’m introducing Philisha Mack, founder and owner of the Preeminence Salon and Boutique,LLC  located in Marrietta, GA. I had the opportunity to meet Philisha, visit her salon (more details to come) and ask her a few questions about her salon.  


Philisha Mack, founder and owner of Preeminence Salon & Boutique, LLC (PSB), is a dynamic woman and entrepreneur whose community service and innovative concepts in healthy hair care and extensions is revolutionizing the industry. Born in Sumter, SC, she is family oriented and has a strong sense of community. She is a health care professional and a highly educated woman whose focus is bringing women together to foster empowerment one fabulous hair style at a time. This inspiration was the driving force behind opening her fabulous salon. With a keen eye for fashion, it was only natural for her to include a boutique within the salon. She believes that women should look and feel fabulous while being leaders, mothers, wives, sisters, and career focused. Check out the interview below and stay tuned for more about my visit to the salon along with a giveaway.

MNEE:  A what point did you know that you wanted to become a salon owner??
 PM:
After going to several salons in Atlanta, surrounding states and even abroad, I could never find a salon that I was truly happy about and yearned to return. It became my mission to establish a salon that catered to women and allowed them to feel comfortable, not judges, while receiving professional services. I knew that I wanted to combine my love for fashion, which is why I created a boutique component to the salon. It was important for me to have a fashion and beauty while building my brand. Women can come and relax and receive a full range of services here and leave feeling inspired from our positive sayings and pictures strategically place throughout the salon while being catered to in an upscale environment.
 

MNEE:   As a newly opened salon in the Atlanta/Marietta area, what makes your salon stand out among other salons in the area?

PM: 
The premise of my salon is based upon women empowerment. We are a boutique salon, which gives an intimate feeling while offering privacy and exclusivity to clients. We service the entire family while ensuring that customer service and the “full experience” is amazing, relaxing and professional. Our signature Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme is a favorite to a lot of our clients and adds to the glamour of the salon. We focus on healthy hair care in a professional Aveda Concept Salon setting. We are a multicultural salon and cater to all ethnicities while offering precision cuts, dimensional color and natural hair techniques that promotes growth and provide a “no heat damage” guarantee to all clients going from natural to straight. The majority of Aveda Salons cater to one specific demographic. We are able to cater to a wide variety of clients.

MNEE: As a business woman, what advice would you give to women who desire to start their own business??

PM: 
The most important advice is to follow your passion and not focus so much on the “whys” and the “how”! Never let fear deter you from your goals. 


MNEE:   What product lines do you carry in your salon??


PM: 
We are an Aveda Concept Salon so we carry Aveda products, Design Essential and Joico. We also carry our own brand of extensions-Preeminence Extensions: Brazilian Extensions in which we guarantee our hair for a year.


MNEE:    Tell us about your salon and what future clients should expect from their visit.


PM:  
We respect our client’s time and do not double book our stylists. Your appointment will start on time and the experience begins upon your entry to the salon. You are pampered and catered to while being relaxed and enjoying refreshing beverages and snacks. Soft elegant music is playing in the background while being serviced. It is a total experience!


  MNEE: Are there any other services that you offer you clients besides hair and makeup services?

PM:
We offer waxing services, we have recently added a barber to our staff so that women could bring their sons and significant others to the salon as well. The family unit is important to Preeminence and we wanted to ensure that the entire family was able to partake in the ultimate salon experience. We also offer make-up classes for beginner to intermediate levels including theatrical classes.

MNEE:   I love the Breakfast at Tiffany’s Theme for your Salon, why was this chosen for your salon?In essence do you feel it sums up the salon experience?


PM: Yes, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe are fashion icons but deeper than that they were esteemed women with timeless beauty and elegance whose era screams glam, beauty and class. We want women to feel beautiful, confident while carrying out the roles of wives, mothers, sisters, daughters and careers.

MNEE: I noticed that your salon does a lot to give back to the community, How important is it to you as a business owner to stay involved and give back to the community and why?

PM: It is imperative to give back to the community. We have partnered with several organizations throughout Marietta and Atlanta. Particularly our focus is to bring awareness to breast cancer patients-we are a Locs of Love salon participant, we also focus efforts in domestic violence and homeless shelters. Preeminence means superiority and we firmly believe that giving back to the community through various volunteer avenues speaks to the essence of who we are and our brand.

MNEE:  Could you tell us about your exclusive hair extension line that you offer your clients.

PM: 
We offer Preeminence Extensions, which are a line of Brazilian Extensions. We have various textures including Straight, Wavy, Curly and Jackson Wave, which is a deep ringlet curl. Our Preeminence Extension line comes with a year guarantee and is truly worth the investment. We carry our hair in our salon as well as it can be purchased via our website at www.preeminencesalon.com

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MNEE:   Do you have any first time client promotions available for new clients?


PM:
New clients receive 15% off their services, which includes a complimentary make-up and hair consultation.


Check out the Breakfast at Tiffany’s Inspired Salon below:


Preminence Salon &Boutique Contact info:
2520 Shallowford Rd.
Marietta, GA 30066
770-675-3197
Email: info@preeminencesalon.com 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/preeminenceatl

Check back for my Experience here at the Salon and a Giveaway for some discounts!!

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Halloween Glam A Makeup Tutorial

Yeah I know I’ve hit you guys with a lot today..but guess what there’s more to come ;). Today is Halloween and even though I’m not planning to do anything or go anywhere I thought it would be fun to do a makeup tutorial. Maybe because I like to play dress up from time to time and walk around the house in dress up clothes to end up not going anywhere?? Maybe because I just wanted to test the limits and challenge myself to do something different. *Kanye Shrug* Either way, I had fun creating this tutorial and I figured that it could help someone else and inspire them to do something different. Check it out and let me know what you think!!

Face:
L’oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB cream in Deep (Used as a Primer)
Maybelline Super Stay Foundation in Cocoa
Camouflage Palette from Coastal Scents (Highlight)
Ben Nye Banana Powder (Used to set Highlight)
Ruby Kisses Mineral Powder in Chestnut (Face Powder)
Ruby Kisses Mineral Powder in Ebony (Contour)
Rimmel London Stay Matte Translucent Powder (Set Makeup and enhance features)

Eyes:
Milani Brow Fix Kit (Medium)
Wet N Wild Coloricon (Dark Brown)
MAC Studio Finsih Concealer (NC50)
Urban Decay Primer Potion
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
NYX Eyeliner pencil in Black
Wet-N-Wild Greed Palette ( Black)
Wet- N-Wild Vanity Palette ( Brown and Off White Shadow)
Coastal Scents Creative Me Palette (orange)
Lash Glue (white and Black)
Orange and Black Glitter (safe for Eyes)
L’oreal Infallible Gel Liner in Blackest Black
Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
Lashes: Ardell # 114

Lips:
Kleancolor Everlasting Lipstick (Black)
Black Glitter

Have a Safe Halloween!! Don’t eat too much Candy!!

All Pictures belong to Miss Nic’s Elegant Edge.com Please do not use my pictures without my permission.

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Makeup Wednesday: Fall Makeup Tutorial One Look Six Lippies

Hello Blog Lovers!! Here is a makeup tutorial for you guys. As some may know one of the make up trends for fall is the bold dark lip with natural eye makeup. I purchased several new lipsticks to coincide with the fall makeup trend and I just had to share and do a tutorial. Check out the video below and tell me what you think!!
 
Products Used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
 Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough As Taupe
Naked Palette (1 and 2)
 Maybelline Line Stiletto Liquid Eyeliner
NYX Eyeliner Pencil (Black)
 Maybelline Falsies Mascara
 Maybelline Colossal Volume Express
 Blush: MAC Razin

 Lipsticks: Revlon Va Va Violet
 Revlon Black Cherry
 Revlon Chocolicious
Maybelline Brown to Earth
 Maybelline Bronze Metal
Rimmel London Kate Moss Rosetto

To see how I applied my foundation, contour, and highlight click here. To see how I sculpted my eyebrows click here.

All photos posted belong to Miss Nic’s Elegant Edge.com Do not take or use my pictures without permission.

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Makeup Wednesday: Updated My Eyebrow Routine

Hello Blog lovers!! I also updated my Eyebrow Routine. I think that the perfect eyebrow is important when it comes to putting on makeup. The eyebrow helps to frame the face and really help to enhance your look. Check out the video and let me know what you think!! Don’t worry I’m planning to share my fave brow kits. I’m still testing them out so that I can give you a thorough review.

Products used:

Milani Brow Fix Kit (Medium)
Wet N Wild Coloricon (Dark Brown)
MAC Studio Finsih Concealer (NC50)

Check out my former eyebrow routine here.

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Makeup Wednesdays: My Updated Foundation Routine Bonus: Highlight and Contour ft. Ben Nye Banana Powder

Hello Blog Lovers!! I just recently updated my foundation routine and I added a new MUST HAVE product to my routine. Check out the video below and leave some comments. Have questions? leave it below or feel free to email me elegant.edge10@gmail.com  Products used:
 L’orel BB Cream Deep Maybelline
Super Stay Foundation in Cocoa
Camouflage Palette from Coastal Scents
Ben Nye Banana Powder
 Ruby Kisses Mineral Powder in Chestnut
Mac Blunt
 Rimmel London Stay Matte Translucent Powder

 Check out the former foundation routine here. Can you see a difference?? Thanks for watching!! Peace and Blessings ♥


HPOW: Design Essentials Hydrate Leave-In Hydrating Conditioner

Hello Blog lovers!! I know.. I haven’t posted a Hair Product of the Week in FOREVER!! gigglesm but I’m trying to catch up. This product that I’m going to share with you guys is an AWESOME product. It’s not because it belongs to my favorite salon brand family (coughs* Design Essentials), but since I’ve been using this conditioner for the past 10 months (yeah it’s been ten months and I’m just now sharing, forgive me for keeping it a secret for this long), I’ve seen a huge difference in my hair. The product that I’m referring to is the Design Essentials Hydrate Leave in Conditioner. I was first introduced to this “magic in a bottle” after my Design Essentials Holiday Make-over.  I have been using it ever since. It only takes about a dime sized amount for my hair (root to tip) and it leaves my hair soft, shiny, and manageable. I love combining this with my other leave-in conditioners (to be discussed later) and I absolutely love how it makes my hair feel, especially when it feels dry ( My hair has it’s moments). Since it’s getting cold, this product is something that you should purchase to use during the winter months. 

Stats

DESIGN ESSENTIALS® HYDRATE LEAVE-IN HYDRATING CONDITIONER is a cream based leave-in conditioner that revitalizes and moisturizes dry thirsty hair.

  • Botanical extracts instantly softens and moisturizes hair that is extremely dry and brittle
  • Quickly penetrates the cuticle and delivers moisture to prevent hair breakage
  • Leaves a brilliant shine on the hair
  • Ideal for dry or coarse hair
  • Can be used weekly or on dry hair in between shampoos
  • Detangles on contact

  • I can honestly say that I have experienced all of the above with this product. There is an immediate softness to my hair after it’s been distributed from root to tip and it feels even softer after it’s been dried. I think this product is a product that I will keep on hand to use at all times after I shampoo my hair. I have not used this on my hair in a dry state, but  I’m sure the results will be the same. This product doesn’t leave a residue on the hair,, but I wouldn’t recommend using more than a dime sized amount (to avoid any possible build up, if there is any). The longer your hair of course you can use more. Keep in mind that a little goes a long way. This product can be used on both relaxed and natural hair, great for any hair types. 


    Ingredients

    Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Polyquaternium 32 And Mineral Oil, Perfume, Dimethicone Peg-8 Meadowfoamate, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Polyquaternium-39, Propylparaben, Simmondsia Chineses (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Simethicone, Extracts Of: Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower/leaf/stem Extract (And) Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf/stemextract (And) Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract (And) Sambucusnigra Flower Extract (And) Arnica Montana Flower Extract (And) Parietaria Officinalis (Pellitory) Extract (And) Lamium Album Flower Extract (And) Pinus Sylvestris Cone Extract (And) Arctium Lappa Root Extract (And) Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract (And) Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extraxt (And) Nasturtium Officinale Extract (And) Allium Sativum (Garlic) Bulb Exatract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (And) Tilia Cordata Flower Extract (And) Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract (And) Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (And) Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Prunus Amygdalys Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil.


    You can purchase this product Here.  Try it and let me know how it works for your hair. I’m sure you will love it just as much as I do!!

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    PSA: Know who is Styling your Hair

    Hello Blog Lovers!! I know this may seem like an off the wall post, but I just read a post on Black Girl Long Hair, as well as, Strawberri Curls. Both are well known popular natural hair care blogs. To make a long story short the posts were about stylists mixing relaxer and conditioner together on natural hair (hair not relaxed) and calling a Deep Conditioning Treatment. Find these posts Here, Here, and Here (three different posts). After reading the article (s) I felt two emotions, firstly I wanted to scream for her and secondly I wanted to scream at the stylist who is unknown to me. I admit it made me feel bad as a stylist because I hate to hear the negative stigma that comes behind bad salon experiences. As I’ve stated before on the blog I have been around hair all of my life (in a salon where my mom was the only stylist). I have witnessed many women come through the salon in need of desperate help for their hair after it was damaged from a previous salon job. The number one thing that I have noticed is that with some women, they are doing to much to their hair and it doesn’t require much. Many women look for a hot style or the latest style but fail to make sure that the stylist is educated enough to maintain the hair in it’s natural state (not just referring to natural hair, but any hair that is not styled, colored, or weaved). It’s easy to learn how to put in a good weave and have your hair laid and appear flawless, but what is going on with it after it’s taken down? What is he/she capable of doing with it after the weave is gone?

    Over the years I’ve heard of women receiving extreme scalp burns from relaxers, getting excessive trims, thinning to non-existent edges due to tight braids and weaves and it has began to scare many people off from going to a hair salon and created a strong sense of insecurity in hair stylists. It’s important for women to know who is styling their hair. If he/she can’t grow your natural hair (natural or relaxed) it’s time to move on and forget about it. The ultimate goal is and should be to maintain healthy hair. The biggest thing that my mother taught me and has always said, “You know what, you have to take care of the hair and make sure it’s healthy…I can attempt to weave a person’s hair all day every day but if there is nothing there for me grip for braiding or leave out to cover it and make it appear natural..what is the point?” This was before the invisible part and lace fronts became known to the masses. I don’t want to seem like I’m bragging or making my mom out to be a hair guru…but as a licensed professional she was known to help grow hair. Before everyone transitioned from relaxed to natural recently in years past, women would come to my mom to help assist with growing their hair. The other thing that I learned from my mom is that if a client comes into your salon and requests for a service that you know will result in damaging their hair or could potentially take their hair out…don’t do it. I know that sounds crazy because money is money you shouldn’t turn it down. The ultimate question is would you rather loose a few dollars denying a service to protect you both or thousands along with your business over a lawsuit?

    That brings me back to the stylists mixing relaxer and conditioner together…calling it a treatment and forgetting to neutralize. That within itself caused a traumatizing experience because this particular individual  began to lose all of her hair. This could have resulted in a law suit (which is should have) for the salon. It’s important to know who is styling your hair. Form a relationship with your stylist and if you find a good one you should treasure him/her and work out a plan together on the goals of your hair.Once they become familiar with your hair and your goals for your hair they will be able to fully help you accomplish them. Trust them to know what they are doing and give you what you pay for. I know that sounds hard at first, but it can happen. If you only visit the salon once a year or every six months (for whatever your reasons may be), make sure to stay in contact with you stylist so that the progress goals for your hair are accomplished through the work that you may do on your own. Avoid switching salons and stylists frequently this could lead to issues and problems with your hair.  Lastly, as my own little “rant” as a stylist stop letting unlicensed “faux-pheshionals” and your next door neighbor do your hair, or should I say perform chemical services on your hair. It’s not hard to learn how to apply permanent color, bleach, and relaxers or a half done sew in… all of that doesn’t require that much skill. However, someone who is not familiar or know the proper techniques can lead to hair breakage, scalp burns, or allergic reactions.  Make sure you find a salon that specializes in your particular hair care needs.

    As I always I say ..I like to keep it real and tell the truth. If it’s too real we can agree to disagree and love each other for it later.

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