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Friday, December 19, 2014

Kat Von D Beauty Launches KATVONDBEAUTY.COM #KatVonDBeauty #KatVonD #ARTHEALS

Kat Von D Beauty proudly announces the launch of KATVONDBEAUTY.COM, a new interactive website that gives fans and followers an unfiltered look at the enigmatic glamorous world of the beauty brand through a vibrant, daily feed of Kat Von D's social content. This unprecedented social aggregator captures Kat's vivid imagination and boundless artistry in a stunning visual layout that brings together Kat's inspirational beauty posts, long and short form beauty videos, and detailed product information with sketches and personal quotes.  Moreover, fan photos can be integrated into the homepage, hand selected monthly by Kat, as featured content simply by tagging #KVDLook on their Instagram photos.
To celebrate the launch, KATVONDBEAUTY.COM will host an #ARTHEALS 24-Hour Charity Challenge December 18th-19th, and donate $1* to the Art of Elysium for every unique email signup on Katvondbeauty.com. The Art of Elysium is a 501 (c) (3) organization that makes art a catalyst for social change by bringing creativity and inspiration to children, artists and various populations in need of service and support, and one that Kat herself has generously supported for the past seven years.
Kat Von D Beauty is a partnership between Kat Von D, one of the most respected and sought-after tattoo artists in the world, and KENDO, part of the LVMH group, focusing on the development of global beauty brands. The cult-favorite brand is known for its long-wear, high pigment, and bold color cosmetics that fuse artistically-inspired products with a rock 'n' roll edge. 
*Up to $10,000.00
San Francisco-based KENDO (part of the LVMH group, the world's leading luxury products group) focuses on the development of global beauty brands. Through original concepts, collaborations and acquisitions, KENDO brings to market fresh, relevant and innovative brands. The KENDO team blends product development, marketing and operations expertise to redefine the beauty landscape with brands like Marc Jacobs Beauty, Kat Von D and Formula X. Today, brands within the KENDO portfolio are distributed in 24 countries.
RELATED LINKShttp://www.katvondbeauty.com

Review: ULTRALUXE Skincare Line #ULTRALUXE

(photos courtesy of www.ultraluxeskincare.com)
ULTRALUXE Skincare is a high end skincare line that is used and sold in salons and spas. I was lucky enough to get to try this it out. This line is a luxurious skincare line with products that work. It was developed by Israel Dakar, an engineer. He has developed over 100 award winning products that are beloved by Estheticians, editors and influencers worldwide. Count me in as one of the Estheticians that now love the line. 

ULTRALUXE products are made with botanicals, essential oils and the latest technology that is available today. The Tri-Peptide, Synake and MircroVenom formulas allow clients to enjoy the benefits of luxury spa treatments in the luxury of their own homes. All of the products are free from harsh chemicals, artificial dyes, sulfates, zinc oxide and petrochemicals. The products are coral-reef safe and are cruelty-free.

I had samples of these products that lasted a few days. Usually when I test products I test full sizes and have used them for at least 2-3 weeks and can give you results for that length of time. So, this review will be based on usage for up to 4-5 days of use. I can say that with use of that length of time I did see results with most of the products.

Ultra Luxe Nourishing Wash

Nourishing Wash 4 fl.oz./120 mL $45.00
This is a daily cleanser that hydrates skin and purifies it at the same time. It gets rid of pollutants, excess oils and makeup. The cleanser is rich in anti-oxidants,  is soap-free and is formulated with a blend of pomegranate, rosemary leaf, verbena extract and nourishing essential oils that leave skin clean and glowing. I like how this cleanser smells and how it leaves my skin feeling clean and soft. It definitely gets rid of makeup, dirt and debris. The best way to use it is to wet skin and massage in then rinse it off. 

Ultra Luxe Triple Action Organic Scrub

Triple Action Organic Scrub 3 fl.oz./90 mL $49.00
Get rid of excess skin cell build up and residue. Linipack seeds help to do three things with this scrub: deep cleanse skin, polish skin and brighten it up. Rosewood, frankincense and green tea extracts infuse nutrients to help purify the skin, leaving it clean and velvety smooth. I just love how my skin feels so soft after using this scrub. It is definitely one of the better scrubs I have ever used.

Ultra Luxe Enzyme Peeling Cream

Enzyme Peeling Cream 1.75 fl.oz./51.75 mL  $48.00
This is a product used in every ULTRALUXE facial and you can use it at home too! Enzyme Peeling Cream prepares skin for maximum results with serums and moisturizers. It eliminates the build-up of impurities on the skin and in the pores. Pumpkin enzymes and cardamom extract help to gently remove dead skin cells and sebum from clogged pores. It reveals fresher, softer skin with this non-abrasive sloughing cream. I like this product as I am a sucker for anything that gets rid of extraneous skin cells. This does a great job with the enzymes. It is not harsh at all. I think that this is a good product for any skin type and is great to prep skin for the entire regimen.

Ultraluxe Active Mask

Active Mask 1.75 fl.oz./51.75 mL $75.00
Masks are a great way to get active ingredients into skin quickly. This mask can help achieve professional results at home. The rich and nourishing Active Mask is perfect for dull, dehydrated or mature skin. A breakthrough tri-peptide technology helps to diminish and prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It contains marine algae extract, papain (from papaya), oat protein, bitter orange and neroli essential oils that are added to help exfoliate dead skin cells, to hydrate skin and help soothe it. Use weekly to restore skin and leave it looking plump, smooth and younger looking. I think this mask is a great one, even if your skin is not that “dull”. It definitely helped mine and I felt my skin looking younger, brighter and hydrated. 

Ultraluxe Retinol Renewal Serum

Retinol Renewal Serum 1 fl.oz./30 mL $120.00
This is my favorite product out of all of the ones I have tried. It is a special, super age fighting serum. This serum fights fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, discoloration and enlarges pores by exfoliating dry and damaged skin by expediting skin turnover. The exclusive Advanced Retinol Delivery System™ prevents retinol breakdown that happens due to sun exposure, allowing for maximum absorption in the skin. I love this serum, and felt it working quickly. I had a sample that lasted a week and it definitely worked within that time frame. My skin looked a lot better, smoother and younger. Love this!

UltraLuxe MicroVenom Eyelfit Complex

Micro Venom Eye Lift‘ Complex .50 fl.oz./15 mL $82.00
Tired Eyes get a lift with the rich and potent anti-aging eye cream. Made with the exclusive MicroVenom formula, it features a wrinkle smoothing Synthetic Snake Venom and rejuvenating Apple Stem Cell Technology. My eyes did look a little bit better after using this for a few days.

UltraLuxe Cellular Patch Cream

Cellular Patch Cream 1 fl.oz./30 mL $155.00
Fight off the biological clock. This is a revolutionary repairing and preventative treatment. Using an exclusive Acid Free Exfoliator Technology™, this cream helps to improve the appearance of skin’s texture, clarity, elasticity and firmness without any irritation. Apricot kernel, sweet almond oil, shea butter, and green tea extract work synergistically to help achieve smooth and luminous skin. This is a good product if you are experiencing lack of firmness in your skin. It will help to repair skin’s texture and firm skin all without any irritation and any acids!

UltraLuxe MicroVenom Hydrating Day Complex

Micro Venom Hydrating Day Complex 1.75 fl.oz./51.75 mL $86.00
Have skin glowing all day long with the silky anti-aging moisturizer. The exclusive MicroVenom formula features the wrinkle smoothing Synthetic Snake Venom and rejuvenating Apple Stem Cell Technology. This is a nice moisturizer, but I prefer one that has a sunscreen in it too. They have one with sun protection separately, which to me seems redundant. I tried this for a few days, I would need to try it for a full month to see any major results. Just by the ingredients I can say that this would definitely make a great anti-aging moisturizer. It should help with fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing skin and making it look younger.

UltraLuxe MicroVenom Hydrating Night Complex

Micro Venom Hydrating Night Complex 1 fl.oz./30 mL $88.00
Youthful looking skin can be achieved while sleeping. This intense anti-aging moisturizer has the exclusive MicroVenom formula featuring the smoothing Synthetic Snake Venom and rejuvenating Apple Stem Cell Technology. It is great for those that live in cold, dry weather. As I mentioned, I only had a small sample. It would take a month of use to see results. I do think that this is a good formula though. 

I was very happy with the ULTRALUXE samples that I tried. This is a great skincare line. I am glad that I was able to get to try this line out. My favorite product was the Retinol Renewal Serum, I am a big fan of Retinol, as it does work to exfoliate skin in a gentle yet effective way. That is one way to help you look younger. Some people do not want to use acids and so Retinol can be an alternative. The MicroVenom products are also good choices. This is a line that I think you should get to know. They do have professional Estheticians that can give you consultations for which products you can try out or I can help you with that.

ULTRALUXE is available from www.ultraluxeskincare.com, Like ULTRALUXE on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UltraLuxeskincare; Follow ULTRALUXE on Twitter: @UltraLuxeSC; Follow ULTRALUXE on Instagram: http://instagram.com/ultraluxeskincare and Subscribe to UlTRALUXE on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMasGuHN153ETmuIre5lu-A.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These were provided for consideration)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Adovia Natural Skin Care Manufacturer Releases all Natural Sulfur Soap #Adovia #AdoviaSpa

Adovia, a nationwide leader and provider of unique skincare products, announced the debut of their new Natural Sulfur Soap enriched with minerals and sulfur directly from the Dead Sea.

adovia sulfur soap

As the first skin care line to combine minerals with herbal extracts to create a variety of nutritious cocktails for your skin, this new product from Adovia promises to impress with it's natural qualities and variety of uses. Sulfur products hold many advantages for both your face and your body. In addition to holding many exfoliating benefits, sulfur also promotes positive collagen balance and cosmetic skin lightening qualities to ensure your skin holds a youthful glow.
It is proven and supported that natural products are better for a persons skin care routine. Natural products are the most effective and safe way to take care of skin without the use of harsh chemicals, Adovia's natural sulfur soap was designed to help all skin types, but has definitive benefits for those who struggle daily with oily or acne prone skin. The sulfur soap has gentle, yet cleansing ingredients that wash away excess oil without overdrying the skin.
"We pride ourselves on using only the most natural ingredients in our soap and the Adovia Sulfur Soap is a breakthrough development for us in formulation in that we are able to use naturally derived sulfur to provide a cleansing experience unlike any other natural soap on the market." Said Sharon Allen, Head Product Formulator for Adovia Mineral Skin Care.
Features and Benefits:
  • Safe for both face and body use
  • 100 percent Fragrance Free
  • All Natural Sulfur Facial Cleanser
  • Provides outstanding therapeutic treatment for all skin types
  • Not Too Harsh or Overly Drying
  • No Harmful or Irritating Chemicals
  • 100 percent pure
  • Adovia is standing behind the product with their 1 Year Satisfaction Guarantee

Retail Price: Adovia Natural Sulfur Soap (4.4 oz. /125gr) $8.95
Availability: December 2014 at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MG962AA
Regardless of your skin type or ailment, Adovia's natural sulfur soap holds benefit. For added flexibility and satisfaction, customers can request a skin care consultation if they have questions about any of Adovia's products. This is an excellent opportunity to work with a consultant to better define your skin's needs and match you with appropriate products.
Adovia has had amazing feedback on their new product from new and long-time customers. BHayden, a recent reviewer on Amazon said, "I am in love with this Sulfur Soap. It has actually helped my skin a whole lot. I have noticed my skin becoming more and more clear. It has not irritated my skin or dried it out. I feel like this soap really gets my skin clean and moisturizers it as well. It has a very mild clean smell and it lathers great. It does not leave my skin oily or dry. It's a perfect combination for me."
Adovia was founded in 2005 in Los Angeles. The vital nutrients, anti-oxidants and minerals present in Adovia products are responsibly gathered at the place closest to the soul of Mother Earth - The Dead Sea. With products ranging from soaps to hair care, Adovia has a product for everyone. By combining natural ingredients with modern science to formulate an effective blend of minerals and the finest herbal ingredients nature has to offer, Adovia is a leader in beauty products that are carried by some of the top salons and spas globally. More information is available at AdoviaSpa.com
SOURCE Adovia Mineral Skin Care
RELATED LINKShttp://www.AdoviaSpa.com

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review: Ottilie and Lulu Best Overnight Gift Set #OttilieandLulu

(photo courtesy of www.ottilieandlulu.com)
Ottlie and Lulu Best Overnight set
Although many may not think of it, skincare for tweens and teens is important. It is important for girls to learn how to care for their skin, avoid the sun and to treat acne. Tween and teen skin is always changing, in a constant state of metamorphosis. It is often delicate, sensitive and reacts badly to harsh ingredients. That is why a natural skincare line can work well on this type of skin. Adult skincare can damage young skin, with most of the damage done prior to the age of 17. A line that is gentle is ideal for any tween and teen.

Ottilie and Lulu is a natural line of skincare that is aimed towards tweens and teens. This line is effective and gentle, has anti-oxidants, botanicals and vitamins that are ideal for skin that is young and sensitive. It is dermatologist and allergy tested. Ottilie and Lulu does not test on animals. This line is specially formulated for tween and teen skin. 

My 13 year old daughter tested out the Best Overnight Gift Set ($42.00). She has sensitive skin and was hesitant to try the line out for fear that she would have a reaction to the products. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to see if the products are indeed good for sensitive skins.
This set contains the following items:
  • Clean Skin Face Wipes 30 Wipes
  • Spot Blemish Treatment 2 fl.oz./60 mL
  • Morning Pure Facial Moisturizer 3 fl.oz./90 mL
  • Soothing Vanilla Lip Balm Ball

All of this comes in a cute gift bag, all ready for gift giving.

Ottilie and Lulu Clean Skin Wipes
Clean Skin Face Wipes $10.00
These all-in-one Clean Skin Face Wipes take off makeup, cleanse and freshen skin. All natural, pre-moistened wipes made from 100% cotton, they eliminated oil, dirt and makeup gently. Use any time of day, especially after activities such as gym or sports. They leave skin feeling soft, smooth and clean. Oil (sebum), dirt and bacteria are the causes of acne. Get rid of them with these cleansing wipes to prevent acne. There is no need to have to rinse after using these, which makes these perfect for the teen on the go! Carry them in your backpack, purse or keep them in your locker. My daughter found that they removed makeup very well, only needing one to do eye makeup and face makeup (she purposely put on a lot of makeup to test this out).
Ottilie and Lulu Spot Blemish Treatment

Spot Blemish Treatment $14.50
A blend of white willow bark, peppermint leaf and tea tree leaf work together to calm skin, provide relief from breakouts and reduce redness. The formula dries clear. Use after cleansing skin (either with Ottilie & Lulu's Morning & Night Gel Cleanser or Clean Skin Face Wipes) and once skin is dry use a cotton swab to apply the Spot Blemish Treatment to the blemished area. It can be used day or night. This product is an anti-bacterial product and works great to prevent and treat breakouts. I would also use this as a preventative in areas where you are most blemish prone, apply once or twice daily in blemish prone areas to prevent breakouts. The tube is large enough so that it will last a long time. The best way to prevent breakouts is to keep skin clean, exfoliate and keep pores free from debris. My daughter does not suffer much acne but she does get monthly breakouts. This product helped to clear up the blemishes in record time! She used the Spot Blemish Treatment twice daily on the offending blemishes and they cleared up within two days without leaving any red marks on the skin.

Ottilie and Lulu Morning Pure Facial Moisturizer
Morning Pure Facial Moisturizer $14.50
This all natural facial moisturizer helps to keep young skin feeling moisturized and hydrated all day long. It restored moisture to dry skin gently and effectively. Organic shea butter, calming calendula extract and refreshing mandarin essential oil leave skin feeling soft and smooth. Use after cleansing face. Apply around mouth, cheekbones and even under the eyes. My daughter found this to be great for her sensitive skin. It did not cause any redness or irritation. She loves to use moisturizer, as she has some dryness issues. My only complaint is I feel this product would be better off with a sunscreen in it but then one might not want to use it at night. So, there is that trade-off.

Soothing Vanilla Lip Balm Ball
This wonderful smelling lip balm is part of the Best Overnight Gift Set and is only available during the holiday season. Ottilie and Lulu also makes a lip balm with SPF 20 that smells and taste like berries. Otillie and Lulu Everyday Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 20My daughter loves the vanilla taste, finds it natural and the lip balm keeps her lips soft and free from chapping. 

Everyday Facial Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 20 $18.50
The Ottilie and Lulu line also has an Everyday Facial Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 20 that I would recommend this for every tween or teenager. It is vitally important to protect your skin with sunscreen on a daily basis. This one contains zinc oxide, a non-irritating mineral sunscreen and anti-inflammatory that works great to keep sensitive skin from burning and from premature aging (which will happen with exposure). It also contains anti-oxidants such as green tea, algae, and Vitamin E to help prevent aging.  This product was voted "the BEST" by Discovery Girls Magazine!

All in all, this is a great line for girls who need a starter skincare line. My daughter is very happy with it. Her sensitive skin has taken well to the line and she is able to use every product. I have even been using the Spot Blemish Treatment for my own chin acne! I like that the products are natural and work well. The prices are not too much, they are affordable for girls who need good products to start out with. This is a great line and I would recommend it for all tweens and teens. 

Ottilie and Lulu is available from www.ottilieandlulu.com. The Best Overnight Gift Set retails for $42.00. Like Ottilie and Lulu on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OttilieLulu; Follow Ottilie and Lulu on Twitter: @ottilieandlulu; Follow Ottilie and Lulu on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ottilieandlulu/ and Follow Ottilie and Lulu on Instagram: http://instagram.com/ottilieandlulu/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These items were sent for consideration)




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Review: nyakio hydrating face oil with kola nut #nyakio #facialoil

(photo courtesy of www.nyakio.com
nyakio hydrating face oil with kola nut
Facial oils are great for any skin type, even those with oily skin. They are available from just about any skincare line. I am a fan of the new line that is out now, nyakio, which is a line that contains natural ingredients from Africa. The product I am recommending to you today, nyakio hydrating face oil with kola nut is an excellent product for any skin type. 

Our skin contains natural lipids (oils) that disappear as we age. These oils need to be replenished to keep skin looking and feeling younger. The nyakio hydrating face oil with kola nut is a perfect example of a facial oil that will help skin look and feel younger with continued use. Used daily it acts as a serum more than an oil. It keeps skin hydrated for over 12 hours. Only a few drops are need and it absorbs quickly. The oil contains a fusion of African ingredients such as Sesame Seed Oil, Castor Oil, Mahogany Seed Oil and Kola Nut Oil. It also contains other oils such as Chamomile Oil, Bitter Orange Oil, Lavender Oil, Ginger Root Oil, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Sunflower Seed Oil. 

This facial oil has many ingredients, such as anti-oxidants that work well to help keep skin looking young, helping to keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay. I am a fan of facial oils and believe that they bring radiance to skin. In a 4 week clinical study, 90% of participants felt that this product moisturized, softened, smoothed, illuminated, soothed, nourished and replenished skin. Seventy percent felt that the product restored, intensely moisturized invigorated, brought an even tone to skin, immediately restored radiance to skin and reduced the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Nyakio Kamoche Grieco founded the nyakio line. She is a first generation American born from Kenyan descent. She always loved beauty and after working in the entertainment industry, inspired by her family of medicine men, farmers and educators, Nyakio created the nyakio™ brand to share her family beauty secrets. She was most influenced by her maternal grandfather, a medicine man, and by her namesake paternal grandmother, who lived on a sustainable coffee and sugarcane farm. Nyakio carefully selects the best naturally effective African ingredients that have been used by generations for their hydrating, revitalizing, smoothing and anti-aging benefits.
Nyakio Hydrating Facial Oil with Kola Nut comes in a 1 fl.oz./ 30 mL bottle and retails for $49.00. Since you only need a few drops, it should last a while. See my other reviews of nyakio products, such as: Nyakio Firming Face Serum with Baobab Complex (http://bit.ly/13HxVUh), nyakio kenyan coffee face polish (http://bit.ly/10y4Ok9) and nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream (http://bit.ly/1ACeztV). 
Like Nyakio on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NyakioBeauty; Follow Nyakio on Twitter: @NyakioBeauty; Follow Nyakio on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/nyakiobeauty/ and Follow Nyakio on Instagram: http://instagram.com/nyakiobeauty.
Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This item was sent for consideration)

Review: Maybelline Master Prime by Face Studio and Master Conceal by Face Studio #Maybelline #conceal #primer #MasterPrime #MasterConceal

Maybelline Master Prime and Master Conceal by Face Studio
Maybelline just came out with a new foundation primer and a concealer that are quite good. I am a huge fan of Maybelline cosmetics, for a drugstore brand it has very good choices. The products that they put out are on par with department store items. I am especially a fan of the Color Sensational lipsticks and Eye Studio eye shadow quad palettes.

The primer, called Master Prime by Face Studio, comes in three types. I purchased the (200) Blur+ Illuminate type. It blurs fine lines and wrinkles and illuminates skin with light reflecting particles, leaving skin glowing. It also comes in one other type that helps with redness and one other that at the moment I cannot remember! I like how this one gives skin a beautifully soft glow, nothing too outlandish. Skin ends up looking ethereal. It is definitely a nice product and I recommend this for those who love to have glowing skin (I love to look like this every day). I also recommend mixing this with foundation for an even better result. That way it does not get covered with foundation and skin ends up looking even more lovely. Even better, the primer has an SPF 30 with octinoxate 7.5%. Yes, I know it is not a natural sunscreen but most people can handle this one. If you cannot, then this product would not be for you. I like that this has a sunscreen in it. Any time that you can add an anti-aging sunscreen to a product, it is a good thing!

swatch of Maybelline Master Prime Blur and Illuminate by Face Studio
(above: Master Prime by Face Studio in Blur + Illuminate)

The concealer, called Master Conceal by Face Studio (10 Fair), is a very pigmented concealer that is an excellent example of how a good concealer should work. With this concealer you only need a small amount to get great coverage. And I mean a very small amount! It is extremely pigmented. It comes in several shades, I use 10 Fair. This shade has some yellow to it and when used under my eye does indeed cover dark circles very well. I also use it on my face to cover some redness and have found that there it also covers well. Normally with redness you would use something with some green in it to counteract the redness, and then cover with a concealer. With this one there is no need to do that. I’m so happy with this concealer and I think it does a great job. 

swatch of Maybelline Master Conceal in 10 Fair

(above: Master Conceal by Face Studio in 10 Fair)

concealed with Master Conceal

(above: under eye using Master Conceal in 10 Fair)

face using Master Prime and Master Conceal

(above: shown with Master Prime in Blur + Illuminate and Master Conceal in 10 Fair)

Above, you can see how there are no dark circles or any redness after using Master Conceal. Also, skin looks “brighter” with use of Master Prime Blur + Illuminate. There is a soft glow to my skin. The results are exemplary.
Maybelline Master Prime by Face Studio retails for $9.49 and Master Conceal by Face Studio retails for $4.40. I purchased them at Walgreens. Maybelline is available at mass market retailers nationwide. Like Maybelline on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maybelline; Follow Maybelline on Twitter: @Maybelline; Follow Maybelline on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/Maybelline/; Follow Maybelline on Instagram: http://instagram.com/maybelline# and Follow Maybelline on Tumblr: http://maybelline.tumblr.com/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

philosophy establishes new advisory board to support the brand's national platform and new fund for mental health awareness #philosophy #mentalhealth #hopeandgracefund

hope and grace
philosophy, the wellbeing beauty brand, is pleased to announce the appointment of the inaugural seven hope & grace fund advisory board members: Dr. Hortensia Amaro, PhD, Jeannette Pai-Espinosa, Helen Porter, Marc Rey, Dr. Alina Salganicoff, PhD, Jill Scalamandre, and Dr. Belisa Vranich, PsyD. To ensure that the hope & grace fund identifies and supports the most innovative and effective programs to empower women with mental health issues, the fund has strategically selected these leading mental health researchers, practitioners, and philanthropists, as well as senior leaders from philosophy to fulfill positions on the board. The newly appointed advisory board will provide critical input, leadership, and accountability to the fund.
Earlier this year, philosophy launched the hope & grace initiative, an unprecedented and unending commitment to support women's mental health. Since the July launch of this initiative, philosophy dedicates one percent of its online net sales, and beginning in January 2015, it will contribute one percent of online, in-store, and televised net sales to the hope & grace fund. The advisory board's first undertaking will be  the launch of the hope & grace fund's first round of grants which will provide $20,000 grants to community-based organizations that promote women's mental health and well being. Additional grants will be distributed to select organizations on a quarterly basis. 
"We are dedicated to changing the landscape of philanthropic efforts in the beauty industry by supporting community-based mental health efforts through these impactful grants," said Jill Scalamandre, Senior Vice President, philosophy brand and Chief Marketing Officer – Skincare, at Coty. "These newly appointed experts will offer an abundance of knowledge, experience and connections that will open new doors within the mental health space."
The hope & grace initiative created the hope & grace fund as a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to supporting powerful and impactful public interest projects. In its first year, the fund plans to target organizations who work with women in the United States who are currently underserved by mental health services. These unsung heroes of the mental health field include those organizations that are working to overcome barriers to and the stigma associated with seeking treatment for mental health issues, providing access to mental health treatment, and fostering support networks for women with mental illness. 
"Health of the mind, often invisible to the world, has never been treated with quite the same understanding or compassion as other current women's affairs issues," said Dr. Belisa Vranich, hope & grace Founding Advisory Board Member, Clinical Psychologist and Author. "My personal mission, and that of this board, is to lessen the stigma around mental health."
The hope & grace fund board members include:
  • Dr. Hortensia Amaro, PhD, Dean's Professor of Social Work and Preventive Medicine, and Associate Vice Provost of Community Research Initiatives, University of Southern California. With her 30 years of experience in research and practice in the areas of substance abuse disorder treatment, HIV prevention, and other areas of public health, Dr. Amaro brings a wealth of mental health expertise to the hope & grace fund. Her studies on clinical strategies for treating women with co-occurring drug addiction, mental illness, and post-traumatic stress disorder have provided strong evidence supporting integrated treatment for these conditions.
  • Jeannette Pai-Espinosa, President, The National Crittenton Foundation (TNCF). Ms. Pai-Espinosa brings to the board her extensive knowledge of and connections to community-based mental health programs for women. She leads TNCF, whose family of agencies provides services in 32 states and the District of Columbia to girls and young women who are impacted by violence, childhood adversity, and trauma.
  • Helen Porter, philanthropist and founder of Helen L. Porter and James T. Dyke Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' (UAMS) Psychiatric Research Institute. Ms. Porter, an Arkansas-based philanthropist, brings her strong passion and commitment to mental health and reducing the stigma associated with mental illness to the hope & grace fund advisory board. Through her philanthropy and her volunteer work, she has dedicated her life to the empowerment of women by promoting mental, physical, and emotional health.
  • Marc Rey, Senior Vice President of Coty, North America and President, Coty US. Mr. Rey has broad executive management experience and deep expertise within the beauty industry. In his role at Coty, Mr. Rey is responsible for the vast Coty portfolio of beauty brands (Calvin Klein, Sally Hansen, Rimmel, O.P.I. philosophy, Marc Jacobs, etc.). As a seasoned professional of the beauty industry, he brings an original perspective and philanthropic passion to the hope and grace initiative.
  • Dr. Alina Salganicoff, PhD, Vice President and Director of Women's Health Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation. Deeply respected in the field of women's health policy at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in Menlo Park, CA, Dr. Salganicoff's expertise in health-care access for low-income women and families resonates strongly with the hope & grace fund's priorities. She also brings grant-making experience through her previous program staff role at the Pew Charitable Trusts.
  • Jill Scalamandre, Senior Vice President of philosophy and Chief Marketing Officer for Coty Inc. Ms. Scalamandre is a seasoned global executive in the beauty industry with a deep passion for using philanthropy to enrich the lives of women. Ms. Scalamandre brings invaluable board experience through her many years of service as the chairwoman of Cosmetic Executive Women Inc., a nonprofit trade organization with 6,000 members.
  • Dr. Belisa Vranich, PsyD. Dr. Vranich is a clinical psychologist, author, public speaker and founder of The Breathing Class. She brings to the fund her broad expertise and clinical experience in a wide array of areas which deeply affect women and resonate strongly with the hope & grace fund, including stress reduction, health and fitness, nutrition, sex and relationships, and trauma.

Within five years, the hope & grace fund's intention is to give more than $10 million to organizations that work to reduce stigma and other barriers for those seeking treatment for mental health issues, provide access to mental health treatment and foster support networks for women with mental illness.
For more information on the advisory board and hope & grace initiative, go to philosophy.com or join the movement here: http://apps.facebook.com/hopeandgrace.
philosophyphilosophy is the trusted beauty confidante that offers efficacious skin care products, bath & body and fragrances to help women look, live and feel their best. we take an approachable attitude toward beauty by wrapping scientifically proven ingredients with insight and inspiration. because we believe that beauty lives inside of every woman, we want to inspire beautiful days as well as beautiful skin. founded in 1996, philosophy is part of the coty inc. with headquarters in Phoenix and New York. follow us on twitter/instagram: @lovephilosophy; facebook.com/philosophy.
New Venture FundThe New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity, works to achieve a healthier, more equitable world. NVF supports a range of innovative and effective public interest projects in conservation, global health, public policy, international development, education, disaster recovery, and the arts. For more information visit www.newventurefund.org.
about Coty Inc.Coty is a leading global beauty company with net revenues of $4.6 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014. Founded in Paris in 1904, Coty is a pure play beauty company with a portfolio of well-known fragrances, color cosmetics and skin & body care products sold in over 130 countries and territories. Coty's product offerings include such global brands as Calvin Klein, Chloe, Marc Jacobs, OPI, philosophy, Rimmel and Sally Hansen.
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