IT Girls ROCK: Meet Kinesha Goldson of Cameo Macaron

Mmmm macarons…those delightful round French confections filled with sweet buttercream or sometimes fresh fruit jam occupy my thoughts more often then I’d like to admit.  As a self proclaimed foodie, I tend to crave all things pastry related, and one of my favorite things to do on a Saturday afternoon is grab my usual chai tea latte, a pastry, and delight in the small pleasures of life.

It is during these tea sipping sessions that I usually discover IT Girls, both online and in person, who are working tirelessly to make reality of their dreams and remain shamelessly girly while doing so.  Not one to sit quietly, I am choosing to detail my readers on the dynamic women I am so blessed to encounter in That IT Girl’s “IT Girls ROCK” series.

Meet Kinesha Goldson…

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… Boston native and owner of Cameo Macaron, Boston’s first French macaron food truck.  Graduate of Northeastern University and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Kinesha has taken her love for baking on the road in her mobile pâtisserie that features over a dozen different macaron flavors.  Decked out in custom artwork by Nessa Guillet, Cameo Macaron was born after a study abroad trip to Paris revealed Kinesha’s love for the the French macaron.

Her thoughts…

On discovering her passion…  “When I graduated from college and started working as a fashion buyer, I realized just how unhappy I was with my career.  Women in corporate settings tend to treat each other terribly.  It’s something that just doesn’t happen with men and it’s unfortunate so one day I quit, and by the end of the week, purchased the truck that would become Cameo Macaron.”

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On dating while being a BOSS…  “My boyfriend, has been an amazing support system and has been there every step of the way of making Cameo Macaron a reality.”

On beauty… “I’m a sucker for a mani pedi and all things Sephora. My mother is a beautician and I used to love watching her get ready for a night out with her friends. Over the years and with things being so busy I truly enjoy the spending time getting ready and doing my own hair, makeup and nails.”

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Her thoughts…

On taking risks…  “It’s ALL within reach.  I met two friends for brunch a while back and we spoke about how we tend to talk ourselves down or out of moving forward with a dream because of the obstacles we may face.  Everything is a risk, and it is scary because you put yourself out there, but when it works, you forget about all of that. You have to ask yourself… what would you do if you knew you could not fail?”

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On entrepreneurship…   “Success is worth every pitfall, setback, and ‘no’ on the way.  The best part of owning my own business is certainly being a role model for young black girls and women who see someone they can relate to follow their dreams.  I was able to take a terrible situation and make something out of it.  I am a better person because of it which sends the message that we IT Girls don’t have to just ride the train, we can drive it.”

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Should you ever find yourself in the Boston area, make sure you visit Cameo Macaron.  In the mean time, support IT Girl entrepreneurs by following Kinesha on Instagram and leaving your thoughts in the comment section.

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Exuviance Illumination Duo Review

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Have you ever felt like your night time moisturizer needed a boost?  Something to make your skin brightening and wrinkle reducing efforts more powerful?  The Exuviance Illumination Duo featuring the Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster, and the Evening Restorative Complex promises to give your skin a beauty boost by delivering a potent anti-aging cocktail great for all skin types

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Product Overview

The Exuviance Illumination Duo is a powerful nighttime skin transformation system that that uses Vitamin C, Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gluconolactone and Lactobionic acid to decrease lines and wrinkles, even skin tone, and improve skin roughness.

Directions:

Each night, pump a small amount of the evening Restorative Complex into the palm of your hand and mix in a few shakes, or up to 1/2 scoop of the Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster just before application.  Once mixed, gently smooth mixture over a clean face and neck.  Reduce the amount of powder used if skin feels or becomes sensitive and do not exceed 5 shakes or 1/2 scoop of the Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster per use.

Ingredients:

Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster: Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Gluconolactone, Acetyl Cysteine, Zinc Gluconate, Arginine.

Evening Restorative Complex: Aqua (Water), Gluconolactone, Propylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, PEG-100 Stearate, Lactobionic Acid, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethoxydiglycol, Palmitic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Ceteareth 20, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Ascorbyl (Vitamin C) Palmitate, Retinyl (Vitamin A) Palmitate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Echinacea Purpurea (Coneflower) Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylic/Capric/Stearic Triglyceride, Xanthan Gum, Steareth-2, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Ammonium Hydroxide, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phosphatidyl Choline, Polyacrylamide, Octyldodecanol, Disodium EDTA, Myristic Acid, Laureth-7, Disteareth-100 IPDI, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl-3-Cyclohexenecarboxaldehyde, Butyl Phenyl Methylpropional, CI 42090 (Blue #1), CI 19140 (Yellow #5).

Price & Availability:

Retails at $77 and is available at Exuviance.com and ULTA stores nationwide

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The Good

  • Vitamin C is a very effective skin evening and brightening product so I was so excited to try a product contain PURE Vitamin C.
  • After about a month of consistent use, my skin had an internal glow that was not present before.  I do not have any fine lines as of yet but I did notice that my skin was a bit more firm after about 5 weeks of use.

The Bad

  • I did not like some of the ingredients in the Evening Restorative Complex (e.g. Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil and Dimethicone, parabens)
  • The Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster’s packaging was a little inconvenient for me and I found it hard not to get sprinkles of Vitamin C powder everywhere.
  • With using 1/2 scoop of the Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster, my skin did become a little sensitive after 1 week of consistent use.

The Verdict: ★★★☆☆ 

I gave the Exuviance Illumination Duo 3 out of 5 stars because I found the Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster to be very effective in brightening my skin, however, I was not a fan of some of the ingredients in the Evening Restorative Complex.

Will I repurchase? This product was provided to me for consideration but I would purchase it on my own if needed.

Would I recommend this product to a friend?  No because I love skin care products with more organic, natural ingredients but yes because it works.

Have you tried the Exuviance Illumination Duo?  Leave your comments and lets discuss.

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JUST IN: NARS, Forever 21 & More

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I’m sure that we’ve all gone through the whole “I have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear” phase that seems to be happening to me right now.  I feel like with all of the clothes that I own just falling off of hangers completely unorganized, I tend to gravitate to the same outfits and go for the same looks.  Upon taking a closer look at what I owned, I realized that most of my clothes were just place fillers and not pieces that I truly loved.

It was at that moment that I made the decision to treat my sense of style like that of a collector and ONLY curate pieces that I absolutely can’t live without.  I’ve decided to opt for quality over quantity in both what I put on my face and in what I wear.   No more buying 5 of the same shirts in 5 different colors.  No more picking up an item JUST BECAUSE it is on sale.  I am making a pledge that if I can live without it, it will remain in the store.  Take a look at my recent purchase of things that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with and did make my now more discerning cut.

  1. FOREVER 21 Open Knit Top
  2. KATE SPADE 17-month 2015 Agenda
  3. FOREVER 21 Half Circle Earrings
  4. TEA FORTE Orchid Vanilla Black Tea
  5. URBAN OUTFITTERS Sunny Day Square Sunglasses
  6. NARS Audacious Lipstick- Jane
  7. MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow in ME-930(Black Purple) & I-220(Sapphire)
  8. Creme Eyelashes #213 & #218

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#LooksThatRock

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I love music and I ADORE makeup so what happens when you mix the two?  You get the #LooksThatRock campaign. This weekend I’ve partnered up with the MTV Video Music Awards and CVS to bring you all a set of fabulous beauty products that can help you create even the most intricate makeup looks that I’m sure will appear on the red carpet.

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As part of their #LooksThatRock campaign, not only did CVS send me a ton of Proctor & Gamble goodies to try and play with, they sent some to share with my dear friends and family during my VMA viewing party.  CVS is also offering some awesome deals in the spirit of this year’s awards show that can be found by CLICKING HERE.

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Come along and join me as I explore the products I received.

All great #LooksThatRock start off with a bright eyes, a white smile, and smooth legs.  The Olay Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl instantly brightens the eye area and provides nourishing hydration for a younger look.  Crest 3D White toothpaste is perfect for keeping teeth stains at bay as it unlocks trapped surface stains using their most advance whitening system.  The Venus Snap Razor provides a clean shave and is perfect for the IT Girl on the go as its compact size fits perfectly in your clutch, or gym bag.

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. The Covergirl Bombshell Shineshadow is a great way to add red carpet shimmer to your eyes.  Its long-lasting lightweight formula has these reflective pigments that give your eyes depth and can be easily coupled with the Covergirl Curvaceous Mascara to provide a curled lifted volume and intensity with its dual brush wand.

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A long lasting lip stick is necessary during any viewing as sometimes I can get a little rowdy while rooting for my favorite artist like Shakira. Covergirl provides 24 hour wear with its Outlast Illumina Lip Color.

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These wonderful products are meant to be shared and I am always looking for ways to give back to That IT Girl’s faithful readers.  If you want to try these products for yourself enter below for your chance to win your own #LooksThatRock Kit that will include:

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  • COVERGIRL Bombshell Shineshadow
  • COVERGIRL Bombshell Curvaceous Mascara
  • COVERGIRL Outlast Illumina Lip Color
  • Crest 3D White Toothpaste
  • Olay Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl
  • Venus Snap razor
  • $25 CVS gift card
  • A pink makeup bag

I encourage you to head on over to CVS where you will also find coupons you can use for BOGO 50% off.  For your own piece of the action, you can join me on Twitter this Sunday, August 24th at 8pm EST for chit chat about my favorite red carpet makeup looks, fashion trends.  See you there IT Girls!

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IT Girls ROCK: My Conversation with Chrisette Michele

I still remember the first time I heard the rich and unique voice of Chrisette Michele.  I was in my car after a hard day of work and as I slumped down into the car seat, my now husband popped a CD into the dash stating. “You’ve got the hear this voice.  I’ve never heard anything like it.”  As the lyrics of “If I Had My Way” poured out of the speakers, I shot up, instantly full of energy and urgently asking “Who is this???”

That was my introduction into the the world of Chrisette Michele and today I came to the grand conclusion that she is as beautiful on the inside as the melodious voice that she belts out for our listening pleasure.   You see, there are a few times in life when you are presented with an opportunity that is impossible to pass up. Today, I, along with a group of fabulous lifestyle, fashion, and beauty bloggers, sat down with the stunningly powerful and gracious Chrisette Michele, Grammy Award winning songstress and the talented writer behind RichHipster.biz  We talked about makeup, vintage addictions, and of course all things music related.

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Her thoughts…

On Life…“My mother was an activist who helped people by keeping an 8 bedroom house full of women and children despite only having 3 kids.  If I wasn’t a singer I would do a lot of community service as that is one of my favorite things.  I would cook for people, donate clothes, raise money for women in other countries, and be an ambassador of sorts.  I am inspired by art, different cities like Paris, by atmospheres, the beach and people watching.  One of my favorite things to do is to take in the latest shows on Broadway.  If Chrisette today could talk to the younger Chrisette I would tell her ‘Girl just wear your angel wings on stage! What are you worried about?  If you see any negative comments on Instagram, just delete them.”

On Music… “Staying true to my fan base is hard but important.  That’s why I feel the need to explain to you guys what I’m doing with my art.  My latest venture, The Lyricist Opus, will include alternative acoustics, guitar and piano features, and the sounds of an orchestra.  I enjoy singing R&B but I truly have a passion for alternative and contemporary music.  I like small audiences even though that never happens and I like to be…you know…gentle.”

On RichHipster.biz “I want Rich Hipster to feel like a getaway. I want readers to feel like they are joining a squad of happy nerds; a squad of people who aren’t afraid to smile and laugh a little bit.  I told my mom one day that I had an idea and I wanted it to be connected to a blog.  I think Rich Hipster has a lot to do with the place I was living in at that time.  I was in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for years and I’d fallen in love with that community and that atmosphere. The whole vintage store vibe gave it just a fun rich ripster feel.  From that day forward I decided that everything I created would come from that place because that’s where I felt at home.  Rich Hipster is my truth.  It’s the first time that I’m not afraid; that I’m being really brave, and it’s the first time that I’m showing you everything about myself.”

On R&B Divas LA… “My fans have been very positive about R&B Divas.  Despite some hurtful instances and occurrences that could be perceived as negative, my fans have been very kind.  I have been finally able to showcase parts of my personality and I am receiving a lot of positive feedback about the Lyricist Opus.  When you are on a reality show you have this amazing opportunity to learn you tolerance level and despite everything, women CAN get along.”

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Her take…

On Fashion…”I take risks in my funky bold style and a good way to find your personal style is to play in clothes.  Hang out in your favorite store and spend time trying on clothes, taking pictures and sending them to friends for feedback.  I adore Anthropologie, Free People, long silk kimonos, Levi jeans and am obsessed with geeky vintage nerd glasses.  I LOVE to vintage shop, especially in Brooklyn, and my favorited thing to throw on in the morning is a skater dress with “Fig” lipstick by Bite Beauty.”

On Beauty… “Throw on a hot pink lip, or the bright Ruby Woo and all of a sudden you’re glamorous.  I LOVE Tarte’s BB Cream because it gives me a wonderful glow and it’s cruelty free and I usually couple that with the Boi-ing Concealer by Benefit Cosmetics.”

On Being an IT Girl… “Yes the entertainment industry is male dominated but it doesn’t bother me.  I’m not afraid of being emotional.  I don’t try to act like a man.  I wear dresses and stilettos to all of my meetings, I put on a red lip and I play.  I act like a girl.  If I had to give one piece of advice to That IT Girl’s readers on empowering themselves to realize all of their goals and dreams I would say ‘don’t be afraid of NOT getting what you don’t have, be afraid of not experiencing what you do have.’  I think we get so overwhelmed with getting everything that we forget to experience the present moment.  If I kept wondering when I was going to get married or when I was going to get a ring, I might not have a singing career because I would be so involved with making sure I sat in the first row of basketball games or making sure I was at all of the hottest clubs in New York City to meet this or that celebrity in hopes that he might swoop me off of my feet.  I have to experience and be excited about what I am doing.”

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I would like to thank Krystal Rowry, the graphic design extraordinaire behind RichHipster.biz for providing That IT Girl with this unique opportunity to interview Ms. Michele.

Now that you know the fabulous Chrisette Michele better what are your thoughts?  Leave a comment and lets discuss.

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