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Beauty: Vaseline Cocoa Butter Vitalizing Gel Body Oil – Product Review

June 1, 2010
 Hydrate your skin!

A major concern with black skin is always to find products that combat dryness. For years I avoided Vaseline products because none of their lotions worked on my skin. Well times have changed and they’ve seen the light. Their luscious Cocoa Butter Vitalizing Gel Body Oil is an intense moisturizing dessert for skin.

Infused with Brazilian nut oil, almond oil and cocoa butter, the gel goes on smooth not stick or greasy like you might think. Apply it fresh out of the shower and it absorbs right into the skin without leaving a flaky or dray appearance minutes after.

The Cocoa Butter Vitalizing Gel Body Oil also has a light scent, so it’s perfect for wearing underneath your favorite fragrance. I’m sensing there’s a drop of vanilla in there too because men seem to like this scent. A guy actually turned me on to it and I’ve been using it ever since.

6.8 ounces will run you about $7 and some change.

Beauty: Mary J. Blige’s My Life Fragrance

April 30, 2010
 Mary’s life is the inspiration for her new fragrance.

Mary J. Blige will introduce her new fragrance My Life in a partnership with Carol’s Daughter. My Life is named for her classic 1994 album, in my opinion her best to date. The album also remarked the transformation of Blige, who at the time had experienced a number of pains and joys in her life.

My Life will launch in a rather nontraditional format (for a fragrance anyway) through HSN on July 31. The fragrance has top notes of gardenia petals, Bartlett pear and white freesia. At the heart is tuberose, blooming jasmine, gold lily and apricot flower, with a drydown of cashmere woods, sesame, praline,  and incense. A 1.7 oz. bottle will sale for $46 along with  coordinating clutch purse.

Blige joins other popular musical divas who have fragrances including Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Deon, and Beyonce. In addition to loving fragrances, Blige is known to rock her signature big earrings and larger-than-life sunglasses. But will she enter the clothing arena? Maybe.

She partnered with designer  Catherine Malandrino to design t-shirts in support of her charity FFAWN. But Blige would rather do denim, creating a line where the average price tag is $300. She’s had meetings on the subject but hasn’t made a formal decision. In the meantime Blige is prepping for a  role as Nina Simone, for which she is studying French. Oui, that should be interesting.  The film is set to hit theaters in 2012.

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Parties & Events: Keisha Whitaker’s Kissable Couture Party at Diane Merrick

April 23, 2010
 Keisha with Diane Merrick
Melanie Brown and Keisha
Keisha with pals Vanessa Williams and Shaun Robinson
Slim and svelte: Shaun and Keisha. 
Mel B. and Keisha with their hubbies in tow. Steven Belafonte and Forrest Whitaker.

Keisha Whitaker hosted a soiree for her beauty line Kissable Couture, sleek lip glosses with cool names like First Lady, Innocence, Exposed, and Awakening. Whitaker launched the line in 2007 with names of ex-boyfriends and has since evolved the collection into numerous shades for every skin stone. The lip glosses are now available at the Diane Merrick Boutique in Los Angeles. She celebrated the new partnership with pals and her famous hubby Forrest, this week.

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