Backstage Pass to Beauty .Thu, 05 Apr 2012 14:58:04 +0000enhourly1’Oreal Paris Spokesperson and Newly Appointed Women of Worth Ambassador, Julianna Margulies, Encourages America to Celebrate Inspirational Women Making a Difference in their Communities, 05 Apr 2012 03:52:17 +0000Nicole Williams
L’Oreal Paris Spokesperson and Newly Appointed Women of Worth Ambassador, Julianna Margulies, Encourages America to Celebrate Inspirational Women Making a Difference in their Communities
Nominate a Woman of Worth: April 2 – May 31 at

L’Oreal Paris is proud to partner with brand spokesperson Julianna Margulies to unveil the opening of the Women of Worth awards’ 2012 nomination period.  Now in its seventh consecutive year, Women of Worth has honored and celebrated 60 inspiring women, who are making a difference in their communities. Today, L’Oreal Paris encourages people across America to nominate a woman they admire for her selfless dedication to volunteerism and charitable efforts to help the brand identify 10 more incredible women to join the Women of Worth roster.

“As a woman, wife and mother, I am honored to be representing a program that celebrates women who are raising the bar in society and driving change in their communities,” said brand spokesperson and recently named Women of Worth ambassador, actress Julianna Margulies.

Inspired by the brand’s iconic slogan “Because You’re Worth It,” currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Women of Worth program seeks nominees who are bringing this philosophy to life through their commitment to a variety of relevant social causes.

“The Women of Worth program puts a beautiful face on our iconic brand tagline, ‘Because You’re Worth It,’ and translates it into action,” said L’Oreal Paris President Karen T. Fondu. “I believe deeply in our Women of Worth initiative and look forward to recognizing the next wave of honorees for their incredible contributions to their communities.”

“Having personally met past Women of Worth honorees, I can say with full confidence that these ‘women of worth’ have dedicated their lives to helping others realize their worth every day,” said Julianna Margulies.

The Women of Worth nomination period starts today, April 2nd, and runs through May 31st*. Visit to nominate yourself or a woman in your life who saw a need in the community and took action.

Making strides and bringing attention to causes like bullying, nutrition in underserved communities and pediatric cancer, past honorees have dedicated themselves to conquering inadequacies at the local and national level, and empowered others in the community to take a stand.

Ten motivational honorees will be chosen for their momentous contributions. Each honoree receives $10,000 for her charitable cause, and one National Honoree will be chosen via a public online vote to receive an additional $25,000 for her charity. All ten honorees will be recognized, and the National Honoree will be announced, at an awards ceremony and dinner hosted by Hearst Magazines and L’Oreal Paris in New York City.

For more information about the Women of Worth Program, nomination applications and previous honoree bios, please visit

The L’Oreal Paris division of L’Oreal USA, Inc. is a total beauty care company that combines the latest technology with the highest in quality for the ultimate in luxury beauty at mass. The L’Oreal Paris brand encompasses the four major beauty categories - hair color, hair care, skincare and cosmetics - and includes such well-known brands as Preference, Excellence, Feria and Healthy Look hair color; Elnett Satin Hairspray, EverPure, EverStrong, EverSleek, EverStyle, VIVE Pro, Studio Line and L’Oreal Kids hair care; Youth Code, Revitalift, Age Perfect, Go 360 Clean, Sublime Bronze, Sublime Sun and Men’s Expert skincare; and the Colour Riche, True Match, Infallible, and Studio Secrets Professional cosmetics collections, along with a portfolio of mascara including Voluminous, Double Extend and Telescopic among many others. For more information on L’Oreal Paris and its brands, and to get comprehensive, personalized beauty information from the experts, visit for access to unique content and dynamic interactive features, including the exclusive “Can I Help You” diagnostic tool.

*Nominations will officially close at 11:59pm EDT on May 31, 2012


Lily.B Skincare Signs Grammy Award-Winning Artist Colbie Caillat as Brand Ambassador, 05 Apr 2012 01:45:49 +0000Nicole Williams

Lily.B Skincare, a line of simple, natural skin care products, announced today that Grammy Award-winning, singer-song writer, Colbie Caillat is the brand’s official spokesperson.

Caillat has entered into a multi-year agreement with Lily.B Skincare to promote its line of skin care products. Currently, the brand consists of the Essential 5 Collection. A simple 3-step regimen created for women of all skin types, the products are formulated to cleanse, nourish and protect the skin.  Endorsed by dermatologists, Lily.B promotes smart skin care, giving consumers confidence in their skin.  The Essential 5 Collection consists of: rose hip infused Facial Wash, red tea defense booster Hydrating Serum, multi-action rescue Ultra Eye Cream, 24/7 defense Daily Moisturizer, and botanical rich protection SPF 30 Ultra Defense.

“I am so excited to be partnering with Lily.B Skincare as its spokesperson,” says Caillat.  “Life is busy and complicated, so my skin care can’t be. The Lily.B line is simple, made of natural ingredients, without the use of parabens, dyes or fragrances. And I really love that they don’t test on animals.”

“We are thrilled to have Colbie on the Lily.B team,” says Lily.B Founder, Liz Bishop. “Her amazing talent, energy, and lifestyle make her the perfect partner as we continue to grow the Lily.B brand.”

A two-time Grammy Award-winning, platinum–selling artist, Caillat is best known for her natural, California beauty and her hit songs Bubbly, Realize, Lucky, and current chart topping single, Brighter than the Sun. Caillat will be co-headlining a 50-city, summer concert tour with Gavin DeGraw, kicking off May 25.

Colbie Caillat will be actively promoting Lily.B in its print, on-line, in-store, and social media campaign, including a series of appearances on behalf of the brand.

To learn more about Lily.B Skincare or to purchase, please visit:

Check out Colbie talking about Lily.B Skincare……

About Lily.B Skincare

Using the best of science and nature, Lily.B brings a simple, natural, proactive approach to everyday skin care. Endorsed by dermatologists, the products are rich in natural protective antioxidants and are infused with skin nourishing and age-defying ingredients. Suitable for all skin types, the 5-product collection is currently available online at:

About Colbie Caillat

Malibu born Colbie Caillat’s first single “Bubbly,” (from her debut album COCO) caught a generation’s imagination and has become one of the best-selling digital tracks of all time.  Billboard named Caillat its Breakthrough Artist of the Year.  Her follow-up, BREAKTHROUGH broke at No. 1.  Later that year, Caillat was honored with four Grammy nominations and won two for her collaborations with Jason Mraz and Taylor Swift.  ”Brighter Than the Sun,” the second hit from All OF YOU, has been featured in more than 21 films, TV shows and commercials, making it the most licensed new song this decade.  Her newest single, “Favorite Song,” is a duet with Common.  She supports the Surfrider Foundation, Save the Music, Farm Sanctuary, and the Humane Society of the U.S., for which she is a spokesperson. CAILLAT PHOTOS:


IMAN Cosmetics Announces MODELO 2012, the Latina Model Search & Partnership With TV Notas Magazine, 05 Apr 2012 01:21:03 +0000Nicole Williams

Kicking off this spring, IMAN Cosmetics, the leading global beauty brand for multicultural women with Skin of Color, will embark on an exciting new partnership with TV Notas Magazine!  IMAN Cosmetics will be the contributing Guest Beauty Expert for TV Notas USA for Spring & Summer 2012, offering exciting beauty tips for today’s style conscious Latinas and will kick off the exclusive TV NOTAS/IMAN COSMETICS MODELO 2012 LATINA MODEL SEARCH!

TV Notas is a bi-weekly Spanish language entertainment, lifestyle, beauty and celebrity fashion magazine serving the US and international Hispanic markets.

The Modelo Campaign gives three real-life Latinas of diverse backgrounds and skin tones an opportunity to represent the beautiful multicultural range of the IMAN Cosmetics brand and become featured models for IMAN Cosmetics for a season!

From April 3rd to May 31st, 2012, female contestants, ages 18 – 35, from all over the US and Mexico will be eligible to enter the MODELO 2012 IMAN Cosmetics Latina Model Search Contest. Contestants of all skin tones and all Hispanic-origins are encouraged to enter by submitting their: photo, name, age, country of birth, date of birth, phone, email and home address via email to: or by mail to: IMAN Cosmetics Model 2012, PO Box 190878, Miami, FL 33119.

On June 10th, 2012, three (3) winners will be selected to represent the IMAN Sand, Clay and Earth (light, medium and deep) range of skin tones. Winners will receive: A Professional Beauty Makeover Photo Shoot in Miami, a TV Notas Magazine Promotional Cover Spread in the September 2012 issue and on-line IMAN Cosmetics featured beauty campaign for Fall 2012!

To complement the model search, IMAN Cosmetics will also be the guest Beauty Experts for the April & May issues of TV Notas, providing professional beauty tips for Latinas of all skin tones.  For more information visit:!/imancosmetics


Join Amika X Cynthia Rowley Style Event at Sephora in NYC, 30 Mar 2012 20:08:25 +0000Nicole Williams 


Meet New York City designer Cynthia Rowley and celebrate the launch of the Amika X Cynthia Rowley Styler, a limited-edition tool designed by Cynthia Rowley, featuring an exuberant floral design straight from her Spring 2012 runway collection. I am very excited to announce that I have joined the Amika Styling team and I am so looking forward to hooking up my readers with stylish hairdos using the Amika X Cynthia Rowley 100% Ceramic Styler! If your in town, this definitely an event you shouldn’t miss.

Time: 12 pm – 6 pm styling// PA with Cynthia Rowley starting at 3pm
Location: Sephora Meatpacking – New York, NY 10014

Get your hair styled by the Amika team, meet Cynthia Rowley,* and enter to win a gorgeous dress from Cynthia’s spring collection.**

Space is limited. Speak to a consultant to book your appointment.

*No purchase is necessary
**The raffle will be held at the event. Winner must be present at the time of the drawing to win.


I caught up with Cynthia Rowley to discuss the Amika Collaboration and her best kept beauty secrets! Check it out:

]]> Launches Prom Makeover Contest, 30 Mar 2012 05:59:15 +0000Nicole Williams
Have you found THE dress for your prom night? Let us help you! We want to give you a Prom Makeover! Submit an entry by posting a picture and your unique story! 2 lucky winners will receive a gorgeous prom dress, hair & makeup for prom day, a limo to travel in style and a $500 e-gift certificate to OSP! Enter here:, a division of Redcats USA and the world’s first and only online shopping mall for plus-size women, announces its first-ever Plus-Size Prom Makeover, a nationwide contest for teens to enter for a chance to win a free head-to-toe prom makeover and $500 shopping spree at®.  Shopping for a prom dress can be a daunting task; this contest is aimed at inspiring teens to attend their High School Proms by taking a positive action towards a shopping issue that may dissuade teenagers from attending.

From March 27, 2012 through April 21, 2012, plus-size teens who feel stressed trying find the perfect prom dress are encouraged to share their personal stories via Facebook and/or for a chance to win full makeovers for their Proms. Friends and family members are also encouraged to submit entries on the teen’s behalf. On April 27, 2012,® will announce its two chosen winners – both of whom will receive the prom dress of her dreams, hair and makeup appointment, limousine transportation to the prom venue and a $500 shopping spree, all courtesy of®.

“®’s Plus-Size Prom Makeover Contest represents a wonderful opportunity to support teens that may be facing difficulties with preparing for this most special occasion,” says Stephanie Sobel, President of® Group. “This initiative will help to empower women of all sizes to stretch their own style imaginations and know that they not only have the ability, but also the accessibility to look fantastic for Prom.”

Further, Jim Lofgren, VP of® says, “® provides an easy, new way for teens to shop for their Proms, as the site offers a great selection of formal-wear for teens as well as adults. New brands, such as Sydney’s Closet®, which will provide Prom dresses to the winners, have recently joined with® to offer on-trend special occasion styles.”

In order to be considered in the Plus-Size Prom Makeover Contest, all entries must include the following information:

  • Name
  • Brief paragraph as to why you (or your friend/family member) need(s) this makeover
  • Picture
  • Age
  • School
  • City and State
  • Prom Date
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number

The two winners will be selected by the® team, and selections will be based upon originality and appropriateness to subject.  The contest is available to U.S. residents only. To enter®’s Plus-Size Prom Makeover, please visit us on Facebook or enter at® offers a wide array of Prom and special occasion styles and designers that distinctively accommodate teens. The ever-expanding portfolio of offerings enables® to cater to fashion-savvy plus-size teens hunting for trendy dresses to wear to Prom.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics launch newest colour collection, “The Garden” March 30th in NYC, 30 Mar 2012 04:58:38 +0000Nicole Williams

I am so excited to be attending the launch of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics newest colour collection, “The Garden” this Friday, March 30th in NYC.  I am also very eager to re-connect with friend, former Mac Trainer and now OCC founder David Klasfeld  to view the highly anticipated collection.

The event is open to the public at there NYC location at 174 LUDLOW STREET. But doors will open a little earlier  for bloggers and editors for a Private Press Preview which will start at 6pm

In the meantime will all my readers wait to see the verdict, here’s a little information the new collection…..

Introducing The Garden, OCC’s newest colour collection for Spring / Summer 2012! Spring has sprung at OCC and hidden among the lilacs and pansies are different shades of floral. Inspired not by garden variety roses but psychotropic and poisonous plants, this collection turns traditional spring pastels upside down, injecting them with hallucinatory notes of nearly-neon vibrancy. Mixed in are more subtle neutral lip shades, meant to be paired with a dizzying flash of color on the eyes, in this garden of earthly (and unearthly) delights.


Makeup Throwback: Carmindy talks Natural Beauty, 30 Mar 2012 04:29:13 +0000Nicole Williams ]]> announces the addition of WrinkleMD Eye System delivers Hyaluronic Acid, 29 Mar 2012 22:59:51 +0000Nicole Williams, the nation’s leading e-commerce specialty retailer providing scientifically sound solutions for healing and maintaining healthy skin, has added WrinkleMD to its assortment of premium products.

The WrinkleMD Eye System uses gentle micro-current to infuse Hyaluronic Acid and peptides deep into the layers of the skin. The easy-to-use system delivers hydrating peptides and the wrinkle filler used by dermatologists—Hyaluronic Acid— deeper than creams or serums can reach. This ion-infusion system was created by a dermatologist to help tighten and firm the skin by building collagen.

Users can expect to see immediate results as the sensitive skin around the eye area appears smoother and more firm, but they will also continue to see improvement with as little as one forty-minute treatment per week.

Heather Drouillard, Buying Manager at said, “Our customers are always looking for devices that they can use at home and still get professional results. Wrinkle MD Eye delivers.”

Physician-founded in 1997, SkinStore carries over 200 premium brands of skin care, cosmetics, hair care, beauty tools and fragrances from around the world, including high quality products normally found only in luxury spas, fine department stores and dermatologist offices. Free shipping is applied to all U.S. orders over $49, and an esthetician-staffed call center is available Monday through Friday to answer customer questions. The company is headquartered in Gold River (Sacramento), California with enterprises in Sydney, Australia and affiliates in Seoul, Korea and Hangzhou, China. For more information visit,,, or

WIN!!!! The Spa Week’s Spa & Wellness Challenge, 29 Mar 2012 22:14:57 +0000Nicole Williams
Have you ever said to yourself, “I wish I was a celebrity so I could have a team of professionals to help me get fit?” Well here’s your chance. Actually, here are four. In honor of Spring Spa Week, April 16-22 and Spa Week’s mission to spread health and wellness to the masses, they’ve joined forces with four celebrity wellness experts to help you get and stay healthy from the inside out with Spa Week’s Spa & Wellness Challenge. It’s a battle to the health! (There’s nothing wrong with a little healthy competition.)
The prize? A $1,000 Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week. To enter, pick a team based upon your wellness goals. Then upload a picture + caption that represents you taking on your team captain’s challenge. One team member with the most votes from each team will win – that’s FOUR winners, and it could be you!
Meet each expert and learn about their wellness philosophies, then go to the challenge on to choose your team, upload your photo, get votes, get healthy and WIN!
Joy’s Nutrition Team
Challenge: Eat your veggies before dinner.
Wellness Philosophy: Start dinner each night with a vegetable first course. Enjoy a salad with low-cal dressing, a broth-based veggie soup, or a handful of baby carrots, sugar snap peas or cherry tomatoes. You’ll get fuller faster on the good stuff and also be more aware of what you’re eating the rest of the meal when you eat your veggies first.
Dolvett’s Fitness Team
Challenge: Excersice during the commercials.
Wellness Philosophy: Dolvett’s fitness mantra is “no excuses.” Even if you’re a couch potato or a homebody, there’s no reason not to get your blood pumping. While you tune in to watch your favorite show, exercise one body part during each commercial break until the show comes back. Aim to do 10 or more repetitions per body part during each commercial break.
Elena’s Yoga Team
Challenge: Meditate for 5 minutes a day.
Wellness Philosophy: Meditation is about cultivating more alertness and better listening, so you can be a better parent, partner, sibling, friend, employee, and overall person. Elena recommends just to sit and simply watch your breathing rise and fall. If you sense tightness somewhere in your body, breathe there. Science has proven it time and time again: meditation positively affects your health and quality of life.
Dr. Copeland’s Skincare Team
Challenge: Wear SPF every day.
Wellness Philosophy: Dr. Copeland’s skincare philosophy stems from her very own Beautiful Skin Workout, which highlights five simple steps to beautiful skin in six weeks. Sun protection is the most important step you can take to improve skin. UVA and UVB rays are skin’s number one enemy and sun block should be worn every day on at least the face and hands. Dr. Copeland’s five-step Beautiful Skin Workout steps are: Cleanse, Tone, Exfoliate, Activate, Moisturize and Protect.
Facial Filler ‘No Needle Fix’ From NIP+FAB Now Available at Henri Bendel, 29 Mar 2012 04:54:08 +0000Nicole Williams

The dramatic effects of the extremely popular Restylane filler injections are available at a fraction of the price, on the high street.

This week sees Henri Bendel premiere NIP+FAB’s revolutionary ‘No Needle Fix.’

‘No Needle Fix’ is the first high street alternative to the extremely popular Restylane injections. Restylane is used to diminish wrinkles and aging lines of the face.

While the celebrity trend is to soften wrinkles by plumping them out and freezing the muscle with botox, this innovative volumizing serum fills fine lines and smoothes wrinkles to the same extent as expensive, painful filler injections.

‘No Needle Fix’ has already gathered a waiting list of over 10,000.

NIP+FAB’s No Needle Fix alleviates the need for such cosmetic work as it plumps facial hollows and ‘orbital troughs’ under and around the eyes, as well as for cheek volume and contouring of the chin, forehead and nose.

Primary ingredient ‘cellactive-form’ plumps fine lines while high levels of ‘indinyl ca’ hydrate and condition the skin.

Wrinkle buster OSILIFT® acts as an instant tensor, blurring imperfections and keeping make-up firmly in place.

During independent trials :

19 volunteers after applying OSILIFT® saw a 11.5% reduction of wrinkles after 2 hours of a single application

86% of volunteers felt an immediate tensor effect at the crow’s feet after application of OSILIFT®

Results also showed their skin was dramatically defined and volumized with firmer skin and improved tonicity around the jaw line and cheek bones.

A NIP+FAB spokesperson states, “With our new No Needle Fix serum, women including our celebrity fans, are able to regain the youthful fullness in their face. Age, environmental damage and demanding lifestyles all take their toll and age us prematurely, with wrinkles and sagging skin around the eyes and cheeks being some of the first signs. Before now the only way to counteract these unattractive symptoms, was to inject fillers into the cheek to restore the original plumpness of the face. This extreme procedure leads to the common problem known as ‘pillow face,’ where the cheeks look ‘inflated’ and this can have the adverse effect of closing the eye, making them appear smaller.”

NIP+FAB No Needle Fix is available at Henri Bendel and online at, retailing for $19.99.