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I can’t think of the words to express how blessed I feel. I think lucky or excited beyond measure are a few phrases that reveal my emotions perfectly.
Let me explain. I was recently invited to a luncheon hosted by MOTIONS hair care products. MOTIONS is mainly known for their relaxers, but now the company has created a new line of products for natural hair called Naturally You. I attended the affair that launched the entire line. The event took place in my hometown, New York City, at the magnificent Mondrian Hotel in Soho. I haven’t visited New York since I relocated to New Mexico in June. I was clearly happy to return to my old neighborhood, and most of all, to be a part of a new product line that celebrates natural hair care.
Back in my perm days, I often used MOTIONS relaxer, and because of my familiarity with the company, I was extremely excited about having the opportunity to investigate their latest brand for kinky hair. Naturally You consists of five major items that include a Moisturizing Cleanser, Smoothing Conditioner, Deep Conditioning Masque, Hydrating Pudding and Radiating Gloss. Each product was produced for curly hair and infused with Shea Butter, Coconut and Avocado oils. As I see it, one of the best things about Naturally You is the price. Items range from $6.00 to $7.00 which clearly makes them affordable.
Whether you’re wearing your natural hair in tightly-coiled curls, loose ringlets, flowing waves or super straight, new MOTIONS Naturally You products are specially-formulated to moisturize your hair with essential natural oils. Embrace the incredible beauty of your natural hair with Motions Naturally You. For more information visit us at http://bit.ly/zxbd4g.
Check out the pictures below from the event that launched it all.
With Karen an executive at MOTIONS
Getting my nails done.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Motions via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Motions
The Haunted Hollywood was awesome. Some of the best creepy movies to date was featured during the spooky tour. I screamed because it was fun. I’m glad another natural head invited me. She found my blog by happen stance and welcomed me to Albuquerque. How sweet is that?
Shannon you are the best!
My dream hair.
Three The Hard Way.
Okay - I am going to jump right into my thoughts.
A regular ticket cost $30 and the price tag for VIP status was $50. That was waaaay too much money for what consumers got in return. The VIP area offered two types of cake to eat, chocolate kisses, Champagne, make up application, a professional massage and a few chairs to sit down. It was supposed to also offer a fashion show and featured speakers but that ended up happening on the main floor for all to enjoy. There should have never been a VIP section. It was really no need for it and people could have saved that extra $20. I paid for a regular ticket but was upgraded when I mentioned that I was part of the press. I had no idea there was a press list available. When I went on the website I didn’t see an option to register as a journalist so I bought a ticket like everyone else.
The venue was perfect for the event and there were only two tables selling hair care products. The others sold jewelry, hats and a how-to-style your hair DVD. The organizers said they reached out to other hair care companies but because there are larger shows going on at this time they just did not participate.
For fun there were several raffle drawings and an outstanding DJ that kept everyone dancing in there place.
People seemed to have been forgiving of the obvious flaws. They made the best of it and had a good time. I had a good time and feel if the event continues it will improve and grow drastically.
Check out the pictures below.
Wonder Curl Hair Care Products. I purchased a few items and will review them soon.
Founder of Wonder Curl.
Jane Carter Hair Care Products.
This British reporter flew all the way from London just to attend the event.
The Fashion Show.
Signature Board. Permed to Natural was there.
Naturals having fun.
Check me out on the Going Natural website promoting the products at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) during Memorial Day weekend.
Every Memorial Day weekend The Brooklyn Academy Music (BAM) has an African Arts festival that includes an array of food, clothes, art, jewelry, hair care items and so much more. One of the main events at BAM is the African dance performance that features a different African dance theme each year. This year a company from Cuba is the main attraction. I saw them perform last week during a preview show and they were spectacular.
After watching their dance routine, for the first time in a long time, I thought about continuing my African dance training. I always enjoyed that style of dance because it can be very magical and the steps tell a story with lots of personality.
This year at BAM I was asked to be a hair model for Going Natural hair care products. The founder of Going Natural told her hair story on Permed to Natural. Check out her feature Here. I had two strand twists put in using Going Natural’s No More Knots leave-in conditioner and Silky Shea Hair Butter.
Check out the pictures from BAM and my hair modeling experience below.
Before the two strand twist I wore a curly afro.
Luv her curls.
Red head diva.
Check out this silver fox. She doesn’t understand why her natural mane recieves so much attention.
Sam Fine and I.
Sam during his seminar.
Reggie Wells has his own make up line called Hissy Fits.
Reggie Wells during his seminar.
I saw the one in gold in the ladies room and she wasn’t born a lady.
Make up by Make Up For Ever.
The make up was put on using brushes by Crown Brush.
The Crown Brush area. Their space was always crowded.
A few other make up brands, not natural, at the show - Pinnacle Cosmetics.
INGLOT – That dude right there had the nerve to tell me that INGLOT is a natural brand. Yeah right.
Below are photos from the actual expo at The MakeUp Show NYC. There was so much going on I know I didn’t capture everything. It was a great event. I learned a lot, not only about make up, but general stuff I can use in my industry from the seminars I attended. I am glad I had the opportunity to go. I purchased more than enough make up, brushes and lashes. Plus the Press Gift Bag was full of great products.
To stay in sync with my diet (vegan), and hair care products, I only wear natural make up. So I was over the moon with excitement to find Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) a 100% vegan cosmetic brand right here in New York City. I love their Lip Tar! It is the best! I am pictured with CEO and Creative Director, David Klasfeld. David was so sweet. He gave me a few items as a gift.
YoungBlood Mineral Cosmetics – a natural make up brand.
With Dex, founder of Dex New York, a high-end mineral make up line. This company gave me a pro-card. I can’t wait to receive it!!
Naked Cosmetics an all natural brand.
bdellium tools is a fabulous company that has a vegan line of make up brushes. I spent a lot of money at the Crown Brush booth then discovered bdellium. I was pissed. But I still purchased a couple of vegan tools for my collection. I had to!
Lit is a natural brand of wonderful loose shimmery shadows.
Rose-Marie Swift is the founder of an organic line of cosmetics called RMS Beauty. I was looking for a concelor and she had nothing that matched my complexion so I bought that to her attention. Rose-Marie said there are no darker colors because she doesn’t have a market for it. That was a typical answer from a company that only wants to cater to certain groups. I told her black people do want to wear natural make up but some companies just don’t bother to produce the shades. Rose-Marie then said she is planning to add two darker shades to her collection. Whatever.
Natural heads at The MakeUp Show.
Love her curls.
I just returned from The MakeUp Show NYC’s blogger preview event and the New York Grove party. I was pleased to find out that 240 bloggers requested press passes but only 80 were accepted and your girl was one of the lucky 80. That bit of news made me feel really special especially since I am a hair blogger. Even though I blog about hair I do review make up from time-to-time and I’ve always been in love with wearing it. So this event definitely fits my blog’s platform in addition to my lifestyle and I’m eager to share it with you.
The MakeUp Show NYC is set to be a splendid expo full of cosmetic exhibitors as well as educational seminars that will include forums and workshops about career, business and resources lead by the industry’s best including Sam Fine (celebrity make-up artist), Reggie Wells (Oprah’s make-up artist), Michael DeVelles (co-creator of The MakeUp Show), Crystal Wright, Rose-Marie Swift, Dany Sanz (founder of Make Up For Ever) and Billy B to name a few!!!
Check out the photos from tonight’s events below.
James Vincent, director of The MakeUp Show
Michael DeVelles, creator of the MakeUp Show with James
Loads of natural hair beauty bloggers were in the house
Reggie Wells and I at the Grove New York party. I don’t know what is wrong with my fro?! I mean really!
Model with body paint
Model with body paint on stage
I am a hair blogger but I also enjoy wearing make up. I love experimenting with a variety of looks that include bold and subtle colors. So when I heard about an expo called The MakeUp Show NYC there was no way I was going to miss this event.
I plan to purchase products from natural brands in attendance and all kinds of new make up brushes. PLUS I want to see Sam Fine speak about a “Career in Make Up.” I don’t curently work in the make up industry but I am sure I will learn something from his talk. He is the best at what he does.
There will be a preview of the show for bloggers on Saturday, May 14. I’m going. The show will be held Sunday, May 15 from 9:00am to 6:00pm and Monday, May 16 from 9:00am to 5:00pm at 125 West 18th Street in Manhattan.
For more information click HERE.
I was invited to toast Felicia Walker Benson the new beauty editor at Jones magazine. The party was held at Bloomingdale’s in Soho and the beauty community came out in full force. Check out the photos from the event below.
Felicia and I
Fashion stylists Adrienne, model Maryam Basir, and Tamara
Make up artists for Lancome
Tamara and I
Felicia making her speech
Editors from Munaluchi bridal magazine
The gift bag included a really cute summery Lancome Tote with Lancome’s Flash Bronzer, Absolue Eye Premium, Absolue Ultimate Serum, Nutrix Royal Body Creme, Juicy Tube Lipgloss, Definicils Mascara in Noir and two make up brushes. Lancome sponsored the event.