Thursday, February 22, 2018

Black Panther's Lead Stylist Talks Leonor Greyl Products for Perfect Tresses on Set

From the mineral-rich, technologically advanced kingdom of Wakanda, hails the mighty Black Panther…and an empire of beautiful hair.

Thanks to the talent and vision of Black Panther’s lead stylist, Camille Friend, along with the beautifying properties of Leonor Greyl’s iconic, natural treatments­­––the men and women of Marvel Studios’ mythical Wakanda present a striking mass of gorgeous, healthy, hair.

“What I love about the Leonor Greyl line is the fact that the products are lightweight and moisturizing. I can layer them beautifully, without buildup.” -Camille Friend

On February 15th movie audiences discovered a whole new universe in Black Panther, one that warrants a fresh crop of styles. “I had total freedom with this project,” says Friend. “Marvel Studios gives a lot of leeway to create. The inspiration was traditional and tribal, with a regal, modern twist­­­­––a futuristic, Afro-Punk vibe,” she muses.

Friend and her team turned to her top five Leonor Greyl treatments to condition and hydrate the natural styles, as well as the hair underneath the wigs and headdresses.  

1.      Huile Secret de Beaute
2.      Masque Fleurs de Jasmin
3.      Serum de Soie Sublimateur Styling Serum
4.      Crème de Soin a L’Amarante Detangling Conditioner
5.      Shampoo Crème Moelle de Bambou Nourishing Shampoo

“On African American hair, no matter what goes on top­––wigs, wraps, crowns­­––it’s essential to keep the integrity of the hair underneath. One of my trade secrets is to deep treat that hair with moisturizing agents like creams, oils, conditioners and serums.”  -CF

Camille’s Hair Rules

Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o)- “As a Wakandan spy who travels the world, her role demands a variety of hairstyles. Lupita’s hair is under wigs or headdresses for most of the film. I insisted on keeping her own hair well moisturized underneath with the Masque Fleurs de Jasmin and Serum de Soie Sublimateur.”

Okoye (Danai Gurira)- “Her Dora Milaje (crown guard) look requires her to be bald. We had to shave her head everyday­­––and fresh, bald scalps are tender, like baby skin. They need special care, so every shave was completed with a soothing oil massage (Huile Secret de Beaute) before going to makeup for the custom head tattoos!”

Ramonda (Angela Bassett) - “Angela’s white locs were a real artisanal feat, created by hand by a number of African women, with human hair. A spritz of Huile Secret de Beaute, massaged in the palm, is an ideal moisturizer for locs, it’s super light and very effective.”

Shuri (Letitia Wright)- “Her braids didn’t require a lot of product, so I used my favorite cocktail mix of the Huile de Beaute and the Serum (equal parts) to soothe her scalp.”

Even the male actors benefited from Camille’s Leonor Greyl faves

Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan)- “The serum mixture that I used on Letitia’s scalp was also used on Michael’s locs. African American hair needs shine for the camera, but not too much oil. This mixture provides the perfect mix of sheen and hydration.”

Celebrate Any Day with Cartier

Cartier, in general, is a brand favorite of mine and I often stay true to La Panthere, yet I just fell hard for Baiser Vole! 

I also just received the news about Cartier’s latest scent – Declaration Eau de Parfum ($135, 3.3oz,

Cartier’s Baiser Vole Eau de Parfum for her & Declaration Eau de Parfum for him are great gifts that are of the most superior quality.

For Him:

Declaration Eau de Parfum ($135, 3.3oz,

*created in celebration of Declaration’s 20th Anniversary, an elegant twist on a classic, this sensual, masculine scent is intensely spicy and woody

For Her:

Cartier Baiser Volé Eau de Parfum ($106, 1.6oz,

*its name means “stolen kiss” in French and it was created as the expression of love.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

New from ELEMIS: Superfood Skincare Range

I have been a fan of all ELEMIS products for so very long! They are a results driven brand and knowing this new Superfood Skincare Range is 100% vegan friendly is that much better for both the planet and our skin. 

About the ELEMIS Superfood Skincare Range: 

100% vegan-friendly
Feed your complexion from the outside in with the pure power of concentrated superfoods, for optimal skin health
Essential to these power-packed formulas are Supergreen and Supergrain Complexes, rich in anti-oxidants, omega fatty acids, vitamins and minerals to feed the skin with nourishment. 

The Superfood skincare range features a Pre-Biotic, designed to aid in supporting the good-for-you microflora on the skin’s surface, helping to balance and maintain the skin’s delicate ecosystem. 

A Superfood Facial Wash ($25), Superfood Day Cream ($45) and Superfood Night Cream ($55) are joining the bestselling, award-winning Superfood Facial Oil ($55).

Monday, February 5, 2018

JUARA: Don’t Forget About Your Hands This Winter

You know the feeling. It’s freezing outside, and the heat’s cranked indoors. The air everywhere is just so dry. And now, so are your hands. I have actual cuts on my hands due to dryness.

Good thing, JUARA’s Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm exists.

It is absolutely everything you’ve ever wanted in a hand cream:

• It soothes and hydrates parched skin instantly, thanks to Illipe Butter plus Coconut, Candlenut and Buriti Oils
• It nourishes and mends cracked, torn and bleeding (yowch) cuticles
• It absorbs quickly and leaves behind absolutely no greasy residue
• It smells amazing (coconut + fresh-cut tropical flowers = a welcome respite from winter)
• It forms a protective film over the skin and lasts through hand washing (hello, flu season)
• It boasts anti-aging properties like fading darks spots and plumping up lines and wrinkles
• It promotes healthier nail growth
• It’s only $20

But trying is believing. Available now at