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Vyne Reader Spotlight: Tina-Gaye “Bernie” Bernard


Name: Tina-Gaye “Bernie” Bernard

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida via Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies

Roles you play in life: Cosmetic Executive, Avid Community Contributor, Public Speaker, Mentor, Mentee, Big Sister, Daughter, Girlfriend, Soror, Ethnic Beauty Expert, Aspiring Author, Socialista, ‘Cocoa Chic’, Epicurean, Brooklynite

Hobbies: Community Service, Public Speaking, Writing, Foodie, Traveling, Retail Therapy, Entertaining

Education: Master of Professional Studies in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management, Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, NY), Bachelor of Science in Public Relations, University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)

What is the last movie you saw?: Sex And The City 2

What is your favorite TV show?: Currently – Bravo Real Housewives (all series), Bravo Top Chef, HBO Entourage, HBO Big Love. Classic – A Different World, The Cosby Show, Girlfriends, Sex And The City.

Shuffle your iPod – what’s the first song that comes up?: Someone To Love Me For Me by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam feat Full Force

What is your favorite travel destination?: ‘J’adore Paris’ and absolutely ‘amore’ all of and everything ‘per l’Italia’ – culture, architecture, fashion, furniture, leather goods, cuisine, language, breathtaking cities – Roma, Firenze, Pisa, Venezia, Milano. However, my island roots compel me to favor Caribbean destinations most; I treasure the tranquility and openness of the ocean, sun exposure, and ease of living.

What beauty product can’t you live without?: Professionally, I work in the beauty industry and personally, I am a cosmetics enthusiast.  My access and desire makes my list quite exhaustive, but this (supposed) short list is only the start and forms the core of my arsenal.

FACE

Black Opal Flawless Perfecting Concealer (Beautiful Bronze), Black Opal True Color Crème Stick (Carob), Black Opal Deluxe Finishing Powder (Deep), Jay Manuel Manual Override Prepare Silicone Primer

HAIR

Moroccan Oil Intensive Hydrating Hair Mask, Elasta QP Hair Glaze, Hamadi Beauty organic hair care, Pantene Relaxed & Natural hair care

BODY

Jo Malone Amber Lavender Body Crème, Ambi Soft & Even Creamy Oil Lotion, Aveeno Stress Relief Moisturizing Lotion, Michael Kors Barefoot Beauty Crème, Qiora Slow Down Massage

Finish this sentence, “To feel more centered I…”: Workout or Walk, Attend Episcopal or Catholic mass church service, Sunbathe near body of water, Respite at my mother’s home

Who is your celebrity fashion inspiration?:

  • Eva Marcille Pigford is tastefully provocative, wears modern pieces with a twist that standout without overkill, accompanied by fierce, fresh natural or gently processed short hairstyles.
  • “Mahogany” film character Tracy Chambers played by Diana Ross wore unapologetically unique, bold, cross-culturally influenced designs.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker is able to interchange vintage and contemporary styles and always look undeniably fabulous as well as statement-making, without coming across as contrived style.
  • Nia Long channels ‘effortless chic’, worldly yet down to earth; her beautiful face and signature neutral makeup look of subtle glamour, fashion a perennial statement.

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Winterize Your Skin Care Regimen


Okay so technically it’s not winter yet, but just because your skin will be all covered up in this season’s luxurious draping sweaters doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep up your skin care regimen. We’ve compiled a few “must do” tips to ensure your skin stays supple and glowing for the season:

  1. Use Oil Based facial moisturizer – Cold weather dries the skin so replenish the moisture with an oil based facial moisturizer. The oil creates a protective layer on the skin to retain moisture. Generally the products labeled as “night creams” are usually oil based (Web MD).
  2. Get a Portable Humidifier – The dry heat blasting through the heater in your home or at work can do a number on your skin. Combat the effects by using a portable humidifier in your home. I have mine in my bedroom so that my skin doesn’t dry out over night. You can get a quality yet inexpensive humidifier at Target.
  3. Spend a Moment on the Lips – To prevent wintery chapped lips, use a little lip balm under your lipstick or lip gloss for extra protection. I like Blistex Lip Medex  (a little goes a long way with this product).
  4. Drink Eight Glasses of Water Each Day – This can’t be said enough, staying hydrated does wonders for the skin and your energy level.
  5. Use a Gentle Cleanser Every Night – Try washing your face with a gentle cleanser at night and instead of washing it again in the morning, simply splash a good amount of warm water on your face. Experts say that’s plenty to wake up the skin and remove any impurities, dust, etc. Pat your face dry, apply your moisturizer and make-up for the day and you’re good to go. Need a good cleaner? If so, we like Evie Evan’s Panthenol Cleanser.
  6. Exfoliate Once a Week – Since exfoliating can dry the skin experts say its best to reduce the frequency in the colder months, so once a week is sufficient. There are plenty of quality exfoliants in your local drug store but if you prefer a natural option, Dr. Susan Taylor recommends this home exfoliant recipe: organic fine grain or coarse sugar (depending on your preference), honey and warm water.
  7. Banish the Bacne – If you’ve had to contend with the dreaded bacne all summer, the colder months are a good time to get it under control in preparation for the next bathing suit season. A couple products to consider are Cetaphil Antibacterial Gentle Cleansing Bar or Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash.
  8. Shorten and Cool Down Your Showers – Experts are saying that during the cooler months, as much as a hot shower can be soothing, it actually causes your skin to dry out quicker. So the recommendation is to take shorter, warm showers (5-10mins) instead of long hot ones then apply your moisturizer within three minutes of getting out of the shower to seal in the moisture.
  9. Repair the Sun Damage – Using a product like Pro X by Olay can help repair and reverse skin damage due to sun, wind and pollution. The secret ingredients are the peptides, which boost surface-cell turnover to reveal younger, healthier looking skin.
  10. To Tone or Not to Tone – In a segment on NBC 10 Show with Lori Wilson, Dr. Suzanne Taylor said we should all tone. Her home recipe for a toner is to combine witch hazel with tea tree oil. A good toner helps to refresh and hydrate the skin while removing any residual debris.

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Vyne Reader Spotlight: Keesha Kai Hampton


Name: Keesha Kai Hampton

Hometown: Chicago (South Side baby!)

Current City (if different): Atlanta

Roles you play in life: Daughter of Eric and Deborah, Sister of Khari, Doctor of Optometry and Independent Practice Owner, Soror to the Phenomenal Women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Hobbies: I LOVE movies, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends

Education: Doctorate of Optometry, New England College of Optometry (Boston, MA), B.A. in Chemistry from Emory University (Atlanta, GA)

What is the last movie you saw?: Wall Street

What is your favorite TV show?: I’m a reality TV junkie! (Guilty pleasure for sure)

Shuffle your iPod – what’s the first song that comes up?: Probably something by Jay-Z or MJB (I own every song they have)

What is your favorite travel destination?: Anywhere warm and with a beach!

What beauty product can’t you live without?: I never really wore much makeup in the past, but ever since I’ve gone natural I’ve dabbled more into make-up. My favs are Clinique High Impact Mascara and NARS lip-gloss in Sandpiper. They compliment my afro puff beautifully!

Finish this sentence, “To feel more centered I…”: sit in my “quiet place” and meditate on how truly blessed I am.

Who is your celebrity fashion inspiration?:  There really isn’t one celebrity or person I’m inspired by. If it looks good, I like it!

What is your favorite restaurant?: Way too many to name!

What words do you live by?: There are no mistakes in life, just lessons and blessings

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Vyne Reader Spotlight: Charisse Conanan


Name: Charisse Conanan

Hometown: Freeport, NY

Roles you play in life: (e.g. Wife, Daughter, Sister, Director of ….., etc.): Daughter, Sister, Friend, Granddaughter, Niece, Godsister, Cousin, Child of God, CEO of Mystones LLC and smarteys.com, Family Photographer, Grandniece

Hobbies: Photography, Running, Reading great books, Traveling, Cooking, Playing Bid Whist

Education: Bachelor’s, Yale University; Masters in Business & Administration, University of Chicago Booth School of Business; Chartered Financial Analyst

What is the last movie you saw?: Inception

What is your favorite TV show?: Sex & the City

Shuffle your iPod – what’s the first song that comes up?: Great is Your Mercy – Donnie McClurkin

What is your favorite travel destination?: Philippines

What beauty product can’t you live without?: Jane Carter’s Nourish & Shine (for the hair and skin)

Finish this sentence, “To feel more centered I…”: I seek God in the morning”

Who is your celebrity fashion inspiration?: Halle Berry and Common

What is your favorite restaurant?: Cafe LuLuc (Brooklyn, NY)

What words do you live by?: Life is short; live it up!

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Vyne Reader Spotlight: Erica Ash


Name: Erica Ash

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Roles you play in life: I am the daughter of Diann and Donald Ash; Sister to Adrienne, Donald and Derrick Ash; girlfriend to Jarrod Bible;  Founder and CEO of The Deviled Angel Inc.;  Founder of the comedic advice column The Deviled Angel; comedic TV actress (MADtv; The Big Gay Sketch Show); Theater Actress (The Lion King as Nala); Spamalot (Lady of the Lake); World Traveler and Life Lover!

Hobbies: traveling, working out, hiking, cooking, writing,

Education: BA (English,Sociology) Emory University

What is the last movie you saw?: Sex in the City 2 (liked the 1st one better)

What is your favorite TV show?:
Housewives of New York and Atlanta (guilty pleasure)

Shuffle your iPod – what’s the first song that comes up?:
“Danke” by Xavier Naidoo (German Artist)

What is your favorite travel destination?:
Lately the South of France (San Tropez/Monte Carlo/Cannes/Monaco) …it was BEAUTIFUL!

What beauty product can’t you live without?:
A good moisturizing face cream (Avalon Organics or Sola Vie right now)

Finish this sentence, “To feel more centered I…”:
P-R-A-Y!!  (And go to church on Sunday)  Yay God!

Who is your celebrity fashion inspiration?
:  I honestly don’t have one.  I like to march to the beat of my own drummer.

What is your favorite restaurant?:
Katana (FABULOUS sushi and that’s where I met my man!)


What words do you live by?:
You’re closer to the top than the bottom…PRESS ON!!

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Vyne Reader Spotlight: Tamara Nall


Roles you play in life:
– Granddaughter of Virgie Nalls, a 97 year old, petite woman who survived in the deep South making $18.75/week (Thank you, Grandma, for raising a wonderful son!)

– Daughter of a minister and his wife (Lord knows it was hard growing up as a preacher’s kid.)

– Sister of my best friend, Rachel Nall, who understands me better than anyone else (Love ya, girl!)

– Niece of wonderful aunts and uncles who love me despite the fact that I’ve missed the past 10 family reunions

– Cousin of about 300 family members who call me “Tami” and who tolerate my taking 10 minutes to spell one 3 letter word during games of Scrabble (oh well, the word was worth almost 30 points!)

– Future aunt of a little nephew (I am excited about raising a young man in today’s society.)

– Soror to the distinguished ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
– President and CEO of The Leading Niche
– Equity owner of Presidential Star


Hobbies:
Writing Poetry, Travelling, Discussing business ideas with aspiring entrepreneurs

Education: MBA, Harvard Business School; BS of Chemical Engineering, The Georgia Institute of Technology; BBA, Emory University

What is the last movie you saw?:
Avatar

What is your favorite TV show?: Amazing Race

Shuffle your iPod – what’s the first song that comes up?: “He’s Able” by Darwin Hobbs

What is your favorite travel destination?:
Bali, Indonesia

What beauty product can’t you live without?: La Roche-Posay Hydraphase UV Intense Hydration Moisturizer

Finish this sentence, “To feel more centered I…”: Pray and call my family.

Who is your celebrity fashion inspiration?:
My Little Momma (She was the matriarch of our extended  family and a celebrity in her own right. Miss ya!)

What is your favorite restaurant?: Little ‘hole in the wall’ places in quaint villages around the world


What words do you live by?: I
f you have faith the size of a mustard see, you can move mountains. -Matthew 17:20

The Vyne wants to congratulate Tamara for being named BlackNews.com’s Top 40 Under 40 List!

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Vyne Reader Spotlight: Amber Holley


Name: Amber Holley


Hometown:
St. Louis, MO

Roles you play in life: George and Tina’s daughter; Carl’s fiancée; Rob’s sister; Quinton and Malcolm’s aunt; Board Member of LA’s BEST Friends; Huffington Post blogger; paid (and unpaid) counsel to many

Hobbies: Creating fashion and home décor scrapbooks; drinking and learning about (while drinking) wine

Education: BA in Economics and Political Science from Stanford University; JD from Harvard Law School

What is the last movie you saw?: In the theater, Why Did I get Married, Too.  On TV, probably something on Lifetime.

What is your favorite TV show?: I’m really liking Nurse Jackie, Modern Family and Parks and Recreation right now

Shuffle your iPod – what’s the first song that comes up?: Statistically, it’d have to be something by Jamiroquai

What is your favorite travel destination?: Mexico.  I’ve got a trip coming up this month to Riviera Maya.

What beauty product can’t you live without?: Blush — I love Cargo in Rome and NARS in Super Orgasm.

Finish this sentence, “To feel more centered I…”: Workout

Who is your celebrity fashion inspiration?: I rarely disagree with anything Eva Mendes or Kerry Washington puts on.

What is your favorite restaurant?:
So hard! I’m genuinely conflicted! LOL.  Asia de Cuba is amazingly flavorful and melt-in-your mouth good, however, the mere mention of The Griddle’s “Mom’s French Toast” causes me to salivate.  Outside of LA, on a recent trip to Chicago, a friend introduced me to Vivo in the West Loop, which was tops!

What words do you live by?: “Of those to whom much is given, much is required.”

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