Face Flawless Skin Clinic - What You Missed and Why You Should Care

L-R: Danielle Gray, Felicia Walker Benson and Christene Carr

L-R: Danielle Gray, Felicia Walker Benson and Christene Carr

I have often heard that if you want something that doesn't exist, create it.  And that is exactly what Danielle Gray, Felicia Walker Benson and I did when we founded Face Flawless Skin. As Black women, not only did we have to create this platform and outlet for women that look like us,  we had to do it in a way that made other Black women around us proud. We had to show them that even though the mass market is slow to listen to our collective concerns and respond in meaningful ways, we as Black women deserve to have our questions answered, we deserved to be catered to, we deserve nice things.

On Saturday November 14th, 2015, in New York City, we celebrated the launch of Face Flawless Skin by hosting our very first Face Flawless Skin Clinic.   We hosted approximately one hundred women for two 2-hour information sessions where we talked about skincare concerns typically faced by women of color -- it was everything we wanted it to be and so much more. Danielle, Felicia  and I were joined by experts from Olay, RoC Skincare, Guerlain, celebrity makeup artist Danessa Myricks, and esthetician from Lespri Mobile Spa, Rachelle Richardson for each of the two in-depth panel discussions.

There were many exciting moments and countless comments about the necessity of the event. As a beauty blogger and writer with access to so many products and so much information, I sometimes forget that not everyone has access --  not everyone can do the research necessary to figure out what's best for their skin, not everyone has the time or money to try dozens of products to find what works. One of the reasons I think Face Flawless Skin is so important is that it gives women of color the information, products, tips and trick that will work for their Black and Brown skin -- not only that, but we do it in a relaxed atmosphere where women can easily ask questions without feeling intimidated.

“Seeing these women who have made careers within the beauty industry made it very easy to ask questions about our skincare woes without feeling the need to phrase the question a certain way or take the advice with a grain of salt. We got the chance to better understand our skin, what it needs, what it has and what we can do to enhance our skin.” -  Face Flawless Skin Clinic attendee, Susan Mejeh

There are few things more satisfying than hearing from your peers, "you done good!" Editors and Bloggers from Mode, Gorgeous in Grey, Lipstick Junkie Forever, Rhapsodani, Kela’s Kloset, Love Brown Sugar  and Gypsy in the City confirmed for us that what we did with Face Flawless Skin Clinic was necessary. I can't really say thank you enough to these ladies!

“The turnout and response to the inaugural Face Flawless Skin Clinic was beyond what we could have anticipated.  The audience was very engaged and from looking at the faces in the audience and speaking with attendees after the event, we are convinced now more than ever that Face Flawless Skin is much needed forum and platform for women of color.” - Face Flawless Skin Clinic Founders, Christene, Danielle and Felicia

On the surface Face Flawless Skin Clinic might look like just another event and in some ways it is, but it's also a celebration and representation of our beauty and our skin in a way that makes me extremely proud. 

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Photos by: Photos by Rome

Posted on December 3, 2015 .

The Jill Scott 2015 Tour Hits NJPAC in July!

Jill Scott is my friend in my head and I am always excited to hear new and old music from her. I reconsidered the friendship momentarily when she came to the defense of Bill Cosby but I forgave her because I don't have to agree with everything someone says in order to like them (and be friends.)  It also helps that 'Who is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Volume 1' is one of my favorite albums of all time.  I just can't stay mad at 'Jilly from Philly.'

During the July 15 performance at NJPAC, Jill will be belting out "Fool's Gold," from her recently launched fifth studio album. According to Jill's business partner, Shawn Gee, “Fans have patiently waited four years for new music. When they hear Jill perform live this summer at NJPAC … it’ll be worth the wait.” 

Jill Scott will perform in the Prudential Hall at NJPAC on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 8PM.  

Tickets go on sale to the public on May 15th  at 10 a.m.

 priced:  $49.50-$125.00 

Reserve your tickets  at NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722).

Posted on May 11, 2015 and filed under Entertainment.

DMX, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim and More at NJPAC

DMX, EPMD, Slick Rick, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Kid Capri and surprise guests will perform at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) Masters of Ceremony event on April 4th, 2015 at 8pm.  Honestly, if you are anywhere in New York Tri-state area and you are a true 1990s Hip Hop fan I don't know how you'll be able to stay away. 

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 23, 2015 at 10AM and range in price from $45-$91.

Visit NJPAC.org or call 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722) to reserve your tickets.

Posted on January 21, 2015 and filed under Now in Newark.