Life Style - RoC® #ForYourAge

June 30, 2018

Have you ever received the backhanded compliment, "you look good for your age"?

Your age doesn't matter. You are BEAUTIFUL.  

I’m teaming up with @RoCSkincareOfficial to make sure we all think twice before using #ForYourAge again. 

The brand RoC® was created by Dr. Jean-Charles Lissarrague for Roge Cavailles pharmacy in 1957. He was a Parisian pharmacist who wanted to create a more proactive, positive and pleasurable approach to beauty. Dr. Lissarrague was a firm believer in crafting innovative skincare solutions to help women look and feel their best at every age.

RoC® conducted a study called  #ForYourAge which validated the idea that backhanded phrases tacked onto compliments can profoundly impact a woman's confindence and overall happiness. Are phrases like this really complementary even though the intent may be positive?

Understanding the impact of words, RoC® joined forces with Actress Thandie Newton to share her personal experiences with this phrase and rally others to all become mindful of what we say. 

Thanks to @RoCSkincareOfficial for sending me this buzzer. 

Let's participate on this movement? #ForYourAge
Check it out RoC Skincare page to know more about it.



Beauty - Exuviance Summer Skincare

June 22, 2018

Let’s talk about beauty products? I worked with the brand Exuviance and I want to share with you some of their line of beauty products. 

Full Size Exuviance Age Reverse Toning Neck Cream; 4.4 oz
Anti-aging neck treatment fomulated to restore youthful firmness, tone and definition to the neckline; help visibly smooth texture and creasing; and diminish appearance of uneven pigmentation through gentle exfoliation. Key Ingredients: NeoGlucosamine and CitraFil. Price: $79 at

Full Size Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme; 7.2 oz. tube
Soap-free comfort-rich cleanser. Formulated to dissolve makeup and impurities gently yet thoroughly; hydrate and prime skin for added comfort and care; and help improve overall texture to reveal softer, smoother skin. Key Ingredients: Polyhydroxy Acids. Price: $34 at

Full Size Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish; 2.6 oz

High strength exfoliating polish formulated to deliver instant skin smoothing and resurfacing benefits; exfoliate skin for a gorgeous silky softness and glow; clarify and even skin tone; and maximize the benefits of your cosmetic treatment products. Key Ingredients: Glycolic Acid. Price: $72 at

EXUVIANCE® was created by Drs. Van Scott and Yu, widely recognized as leaders in the field of cosmetic dermatology. They discovered the antiaging benefits of Glycolic Acid and created and patented the first Glycolic Peel. Since their ground-breaking discovery, the creators of Exuviance have continued to develop many new patented antiaging ingredients backed by evidence from numerous scientific and clinical studies. Recognized around the world, Exuviance formulas are expertly developed to visibly transform skin by combining their patented innovations with the best, state of the art technologies available in dermatology today.


University Conference - Alline Parreira

June 13, 2018

Brazilian house cleaner to deliver conference to US PhDs
Minas Gerais-born Alline Parreira will tell her first-person life story at CUNY
University in New York next week

Friday, June 15th, Alline Parreira who is a Brazilian house cleaner will present her personal story at an academic conference at CUNY University in New York. She will narrate her history of identity construction as a woman who was born poor and black in a backwoods part of Brazil. She was adopted twice by white women and suffered prejudices within the family and local society. Against all odds Alline was able to obtain a government scholarship to travel in Africa. This experience changed her life.

I am forwarding her recent photographs and pictures of her teenage years in Africa. If you need more details or want to interview her, let me know. The event will be broadcast online via Facebook at the non-profit page BRADO-NYC

About the speaker
Not all knowledge comes from books, and Alline Parreira, 27, is living proof of this. Born in the Sertão (backwoods) of Minas Gerais, in the municipality of Manga, Alline was illegally adopted, by a intersex woman, when still in the womb of her biological mother. She was adopted again at three months of age to become a slave to an elderly white family. Alline struggled on, poor, black, facing racism and prejudice in the construction of her gender identity and seeking acceptance as a black woman without similar racial reference in her adoptive family. She has a lot of stories to tell, and next week on June at7:00 pm she will narrate her first-person life trajectory in an innovative documentary, mixing poetry, oratory and projections of her life path from Manga to New York at The City University of New York in the United State, with the translation of Dr. Eduardo Vianna.

A black Brazilian woman speaking at a large American university is already surprising, but Alline's case is even more so. She is self-taught, has no college degree, is a social activist and sustains herself by doing housework in New York, where she has been living for two years. "For us black women that were not allowed to narrate our stories in the first person, I break this paradigm, I am the one who tells my own story, this is very important," says Alline.

"Life was my University, I had to learn without attending college, with nothing, I got all this information somehow, I learn, and I research a lot. My identity building is based on what I learned from the academic writers Angela Davis and Frantz Fanon", she recalls. "With Angela Davis, in "Women, Race and Class", I have identified that throughout this process of building my identity, gender, race, and class, I have always walked together with others like me, I am a poor, black woman. With Frantz Fanon, in the book 'Black Skins White Masks', in a very radical way I decolonized myself, totally modified my being, I freed myself, "says Alline. "We cannot dichotomize the two types of knowledge," says Eduardo Vianna. "Conceptual, theoretical knowledge has to be at the service of practice, but practice needs to be analyzed, which requires concepts," argues the moderator and translator.
During the talk, Alline, who was invited by Group BradoNYC, will include a surprise performance which will be followed by a conversation about privilege, identity, social transformation. Without the correct application of the Statute of the Child and the Adolescent, ECA, Alline was donated by her mother and adopted by an extremely poor woman who also lived in Manga and was later adopted by this woman's mother. This is how slavery operates in Brazil.  They lived in the hinterland of Minas Gerais, almost on the border with Bahia, on the edge of the São Francisco River, and went through all kinds of deprivation: from affliction to opportunity, both in the family and in school, where she was neglected and had to be made literate by her foster mother, who was illiterate, they learned to read and write together.

In spite of all the impossibilities, against all odds, Alline was able to turn around when she discovered government programs implemented by Brazilian presidents Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, receiving aid like Family Grant and the opportunity of qualification courses. Another highlight in Alline's story was when she won a scholarship under the Dilma government, and traveled alone across the African continent. "It changed my course, and it broadened my horizons, with the practical knowledge of a black woman traveling alone", she recalls. Afterward, Alline, who had already taken a liking to studies and reading, began to apply the critical concepts she was learning from writers who combat oppression, such as racism and sexism.  Alline began to apply these concepts to her own reality and life trajectory. Alline's activist spirit gained momentum from these readings this helped her to understand oppression was not something natural and immutable which we must accept.
"When I tell my life story, people are surprised. I was adopted illegally, I grew up in a white family that was extremely poor, completely dysfunctional. I have experienced many oppressions both in my adoptive family and in school. No one ever expected anything good from me" she recalls. "When one talks about a black child adopted by a white family, one soon imagines that the family is rich, but mine was very poor, we did not have electricity, we cooked on a wood stove for lack of gas."
In the future, Alline hopes to tell her story in a book: for that, she is looking for partnerships or publishers. Alline Parreira is living proof that the knowledge of life does not boil down to a top-level diploma.
Alline Parreira will speak about her life story at CUNY, on Friday, June 15th, starting at 7pm with a live stream.
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Fairy Tales Hair Care - Made of Natural and Organic Ingredients

June 4, 2018

I just found about FairyTales Hair Care a line of professional hair care for children. The line of products is very affordable and infused with natural ingredients and organic herbs.
They have a big line for all type of kid’s hair. Among them I tried on my daughter the Fairy Tales Lifeguard Shampoo, Fairy Tales Lemon-Aid Conditioner, Fairy Tales Coco Cabana After-Sun Spray and Fairy Tales Bug Bandit DEET-Free Bug Spray. She really loved it!

·       Fairy Tales Lifeguard Shampoo - uses orange, grapefruit, and lemon extracts to gently yet effectively remove chlorine, sea salts and minerals from the hair.
·       Fairy Tales Lemon-Aid Conditioner – is loaded with a proprietary blend of pro-vitamins and minerals that restores shine, manageability and leaves all hair types silky soft.
·       Fairy Tales Coco Cabana After-Sun Spray - infused with coconut and banana extracts to protect, detangle, and hydrate your hair. Color safe for Moms
·       Fairy Tales Bug Bandit DEET-Free Bug Spray - specially formulated with a blend of Lemon Eucalyptus oil, soybean oil, cedar bark, citronella, peppermint and rosemary blend to help keep mosquitos, flies, fleas, gnats, and other biting insects away for hours! It is made with 98% natural ingredients and DEET-free

Safe and effective – and completely non-toxic – it’s great hair minus the harsh chemicals. Made without harsh chemicals, pesticides, toxins, paraben, sulfates, dairy, gluten, nuts.

More information about the products:

Anne Fontaine Foundation - Mata Atlantica

June 1, 2018

It is common knowledge that the preservation of forests is fundamental and essential for maintaining the climate on our planet. Scientists have proven
that global warming is a real threat as it becomes more intense. Reforestation is an essential way to aid in the regulation of rainfall and temperatures on Earth.

Brazilian fashion designer Anne Fontaine is doing her part to reforest and protect the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest through her nonprofit foundation. She was born in Rio de Janeiro where she lived until she was twenty. She has always had deep concern and appreciation for the environment. At age seventeen the designer had the unique experience of living with the Canela tribe in the Amazon rainforest. As a result she came to realize the strong and vital interdependence between humanity and the forest.

In 2011, she created the Anne Fontaine Foundation. This organization "aims towards raising awareness about environmental issues through eco-friendly art  and fashion, having as a primary goal  the reforestation and protection of the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest." The forest  is a narrow 'green' corridor extending from the northern coast of Brazil to Uruguay. Threatened by constant deforestation, it is now one of the most endangered forests in the world. In Brazil only about 15% of its original cover remains. It is  one of the most important biodiverse  places on Earth, hosting about 20,000 species of plants and 2300 animals species.

The Anne Fortaine Foundation has implemented several initiatives to save the forest.  In partnership with Instituto Terra, APNE, Instituto Floresta Viva,and New York Botanical Garden and Trees in Focus -2016, it replaces trees and organizes workshops to raise the awareness of local populations about forest preservation. The organization's goal is that by the year 2022, one hundred thousand trees will be planted throughout the rainforest. 

Every year during April the foundation celebrates Forest Day during which 50% of the sales from Anne Fontaine fashion stores is used to plant new trees.
This year the designer at the Boston store for the special day and she spoke about her foundation and its future projects.

Anne Fontaine Foundation

 Anne Fontaine SS2018 Collection 
 Anne Fontaine SS2018 Collection 
Anne Fontaine SS2018 Collection 
"I wish children could learn at school that forests are living Earth ecosystems belonging to the same system. This system serves as an environment regulator to maintain the balance of our planet and conditions conducive to life. I do not want to see these tropical trees uprooted. Future generations should be able to benefit from this wonder of nature. "Anne Fontaine

 Anne Fontaine