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Gabrielle Union, Maria Menounos, Whitney Casey

Gabrielle Union, Maria Menounos, Whitney Casey Sunshine Sachs

At the 14th annual SheKnows Media #BlogHer18 Creators Summit, nearly 1,500 female content creators, social media influencers, and entrepreneurs filled Pier 17 at The Seaport District in NYC. Welcomed by SheKnows Media CEO Samantha Skey, for a day of “joy, learning and inspiration.” Skey discussed the four major themes of the Creators Summit: #ValueOfWomen, which seeks to eliminate a patriarchal social structure that threatens wage parity, reproductive choice and more; #TheGoodWeb, which focuses on digital content that is meant to connect, inspire and challenge; #PassionToProfit, focusing on passion-driven content created by women that becomes an entrepreneurial or philanthropic pursuit; and #LearnToEarn, a belief that female content creators help one another level up through community and opportunity, a key element in the newly reimagined SheKnows Partner Network. “We believe it is very important that women profit off their work,” said Skey.

Tiffani Thiessen

Tiffani Thiessen Photo by Sunshine Sachs

Attendees enjoyed captivating panels from speakers including Gabrielle Union, Brooklyn Decker, Tiffani Thiessen, Maria Menounos, and more.

Gabrielle Union, Amy Schumer

Gabrielle Union, Amy Schumer Photo by Sunshine Sachs











Amy Schumer surprised guests with a special introduction to the Voices of the Year Awards (VOTYs) and shared her remarks on the importance of acknowledging and amplifying women’s voices to make a change. She invited the crowd to raise their hands and pledge, “I, Amy Schumer, pledge that when I find an honest creator or content, I will promote the ever-loving sh*?!t out of her.”

Tamron Hall

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The VOTY honorees included Monsurat Adebanjo (founder of the Urban Culturist), Nekpen Osuan (co-founder of WomenWerk), Sweta Vikram (NYC-based author, advocate and yoga instructor), Dr. Alaa Murabit (medical doctor & UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth), Clementine Wamariya (author of The Girl Who Smiled Beads), Donna Orender (former President of the WNBA & founder of Generation W), Eboni K. Williams (Fox News Anchor), Adrienne Lawrence (attorney by trade & on-air host and legal analyst), and U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The VOTY winners are outstanding, strong female creators who have pushed us to think more, feel more, share more, laugh more, and do more.

Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer

Tamron Hall, the EMCEE of the VOTY’s, celebrated the launch of her daytime talk show that will make its home on Disney/ABC.

Specific panel highlights below:

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union

  • Gabrielle Union participated in a #WinningWomen panel with SheKnows Media CEO, Samantha Skey, where she spoke about her book with subject matter ranging from childhood, sexuality, race, rape, difficulties with fertility, and the importance of having supportive people around you. Skey asked if Union was worried to speak about her rape experience and if she felt brave to discuss it. Union said, “I don’t look at it as brave, I look at it as necessary. There is so much that we hold to ourselves out of fear of judgement, and sometimes that fear can literally kill.” Union doesn’t believe what she is doing is brave. “I have seen the devil up close, I can’t go any lower. At this point I can only go up and I’m trying to take as many people with me as possible,” Union stated. The discussion ended in a standing ovation.

  • Following Gabrielle Union, Amy Schumer introduced the VOTY Awards and focused on the importance of amplifying women’s voices to make a change. Schumer spoke about the #MeToo movement and how she’s excited about the cultural change that is coming from it. She stated, “One in six women get raped, a lot have been sexually assaulted, but no one believes us right away. Men have started to call it a witch hunt. Oh, you mean you burned us at the stake for no reason? You don’t have to support us, but come up with another f$%!ng example.” Amy closed with, “Keep it up, keep it going and do it with the intent and heart you’ve been doing so far.”

  • Tiffani Thiessen spoke about her journey from television star to mother to businesswoman, and how she uses her platform to share her creative spirit and positive influence. Thiessen spoke about Saved by the Bell and asked if Kelly Kapowski would be a feminist. Thiessen said, “she may have been without knowing it, but Jesse was definitely one. Kelly made her mark by the little that she had and there is something empowering about that too.” Thiessen also spoke about her love for food and the creation of her cookbook stating, “Putting a cookbook together is like birthing a child with four hard corners.” She added how she loves to cook in the kitchen with her daughter, and looked back on a time when she was working on White Collar here in NYC. When asked how she established herself in the lifestyle brand space, she said that it came upon purely because of her love for it. “People can see when things are not organic, and my love for food is purely organic,” Thiessen said. “Woman’s intuition is not a joke. It’s true, it’s real.”

    Amy Schumer

    Amy Schumer

    Maria Menounos sat down for an impactful discussion with Pilar Guzman, bringing tears to her eyes throughout. She began by discussing her mother’s brain cancer diagnosis in 2016, as well as her own brain tumor. Menounos highlighted the importance of being your own advocate. “My husband was my rock and my everything and he advocated for me when the doctors wanted me to walk before I could walk,” Menounos said. “You can’t just lay your faith and trust in these doctors solely because you are an individual. You have to make choices based on your gut.” Menounos opened up about how this experience led her to develop a show where people “can have a roadmap for success to the best of [her] ability,” and how her life changed post surgery; “I used to be a super Type-A person who wanted to make her parents proud, always going and pushing. We’re everything to everyone, but nothing to ourselves.” We have to love ourselves enough to [take care of our bodies],” Menounos said. “I wrote a letter to my dad, saying that after surgery I was going to be a different person. I just want to be happy.” Menounos lives her life by putting her emotional, spiritual, and physical health first. “I created an automatic email providing contacts for all the emails that come in, and I filter who I work with and what I spend my time doing.” Menounos said, “Now I see everything having a purpose. With stillness, you are able to hear everything, whether it is your body or the universe talking to you.” Menounos talked about redefining success. “Success isn’t Chanel bags, success is being healthy and happy and living your true self. Do what you love and money will come.” Menounos closed with “I’m okay with someone saying I’m crazy. We are not crazy, we are wise, and you just have to listen.”

  • WWD’s Sophia Chabbott spoke to Brooklyn Decker and Whitney Casey about their business Finery during the Co-Founders Club Panel. Decker described Finery as the “clueless closet on steroids” then describing to the audience in technical terms how they use a browser extension to add in-store purchases to an app, where the app then works to provide outfit suggestions to the user based on what is in their closet, in an effort to be more resourceful with the things you already own, and more resourceful with the users time. “We spend more money on our wardrobe then our education,” Casey said. The panel ended with Decker telling women that being really creative with your marketing approach is so important – “separate yourself from the pack.”

  • Tamron Hall, the official emcee of the VOTY award ceremony, stated “I am so happy to be here with you wonderful women today. I believe in the energy, what you give out is truly what you get back. I am a girl from Texas, my grandparents had a 2nd grade education and couldn’t read. I did not have a traditional start, my mom raised me as a single parent until I was 7 years old. If your journey does not include building up women, get on another road,” Hall states.

  • VOTY Award Winner Quotes:

    • Adrienne Lawrence (Crisis Text Line): “My entire experience has been a journey, eye opening, awakening and necessary. If more people can help others find their voice and stand up for themselves, we can advance women in need.”

    • Mosurat Adebanjo: “I am appreciative of this recognition. I grew up in a household where my parents came from another country and believed in the American Dream. My mother instilled in me the responsibility to leave the community better than I found it. I want to show young girls that they are bigger than the block they grew up on.”

    • Sweta Vikram: “It is an absolute honor and still a shock to be accepting this award. My family tells me I talk too much, well here is proof that talking too much can be a good thing. We don’t do what we do to be recognized, we do it because we know no other way. I write because that’s the only way I know how to fight. To shine the light on things that people like to keep in the dark. Thank you for giving me my superpower.”

    • Eboni K. Williams: “The question I am most asked is, why in the world I choose to work for Fox News. I left my successful and rewarding career as an attorney to pursue a career in media because I believe that representation matters. I couldn’t think of another place that needed a clear representation of the media than Fox News Channel.”

    • Dr. Alaa Murabi:  “If we don’t have women at the table when we are talking about peace building, there is not a point in having them when we are talking about sports, or entertainment, or anything else. This is an incredible recognition and I am very thankful for it. What’s most incredible, is I never thought BlogHer would have heard of me and I am very grateful.”

    • Donna Orender: “I love to watch how women interact, the power of experiences that provide support and love and the things we need to make each other better. If we don’t believe in ourselves first, no one is going to believe in us. It’s not easy out there and we know that.”

    • Clemantine Wamariya: “I am so honored to be in your presence today and so grateful. Discussing women in conflict zones who are exhausted, exhausted with people taking their children away, gun fire in the streets, bombs in their homes. I wrote my memoir because everywhere I went, every class I took, no one knew the daily life of a person in refuge.”

    • Nekpen Osuan: “I am so honored for this award.”

      Gabrielle Union

      Gabrielle Union








Gabrielle Union

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Gabrielle Union , Sam Skye

Gabrielle Union , Sam Skye









Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:


Lisa Phillips on Being an Advocate for Models and Performers




Lisa Phillips, a former model and current modeling scout based in Los Angeles, is one woman with a story she uses to help create a kinder, gentler modeling industry. As an advocate for women entering the industry, she aims to show how they do not have to compromise who they are or cower before those in power to be successful.

When financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was finally exposed, it thrust many young women unwillingly into the harsh glare of a prying media. These women, some barely into adulthood, showed remarkable grace under pressure and bravery in the face of impossible odds when speaking out against some of the world’s most wealthy, powerful, and influential people.

Even though Epstein is now gone and his partner-in-crime, Ghilane Maxwell, has been imprisoned, the women and girls who were victims of the pair still grapple with what happened to them. Yet stronger and more determined than ever, they are slowly picking up the pieces and creating lives after Epstein.

“We need to create a more sheltered industry,” Phillips says. “We know it can be made safer for models and actors today, and I want to participate in making that happen.”

Today’s society is more aware than ever of the grooming and outright abuse that can take place within Hollywood and in other entertainment circles, including the modeling industry. Exposés such as the recent documentary “Quiet on Set”, which uncovered abuse within child acting, are shining a harsher light on the Hollywood machine.

Phillips was a young model in the early 2000s, jet-setting around the world and walking catwalks in London and Paris for some of the most well-known designers. During a photoshoot in St. Thomas, a fellow model and friend suggested they visit Little St. James, a private island owned by elite financier Jeffrey Epstein, who spent time on the island surrounded by some of the most famous people in the world — and a rotating bevy of young women.

Phillips admits to some naivete. After all, she was young, inexperienced, and wanted to enjoy some of the spoils of the modeling world, such as trips to exotic islands and rubbing elbows with the rich and well-connected.

Upon arriving at Little St. James, Phillips found herself being requested to give Epstein a massage — an act that led to abuse. It was a modus operandi that was well-known to Epstein’s victims, and now others since the abuse that took place on the island came to light. Phillips discovered she was one of many young women and girls who were abused in this manner.

Today, Phillips continues to tell her personal story after staying silent for over 15 years. After participating in the 2020 documentary “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” and taking time to reflect and heal from her experience, she is now taking her story into her own hands with an advocacy podcast launching this Summer.

However, Phillips doesn’t want her negative experience with abuse within the industry to deter other young women from pursuing their dreams. Rather, she wants to empower them to build a career on their own terms — in a safe, accepting, and comfortable environment. “It can be a tough business, but it can also be extremely rewarding,” Phillips says.

As a modeling scout, Phillips has worked diligently to tap into the humanity behind potential models and help make their dreams come true. “Models today are creating their own reality — be it on social media, through diversity, or changes to the standard,” she says. “Anything is possible and I love being a part of that. It’s not just about being a pretty face or statuesque figure anymore. I want to know about their passions, what makes them happy.”

This modern approach to model scouting has served Phillips well, and those she has scouted have enjoyed international success in magazines, campaigns, and on the runway. Phillips has even taken her mentoring one step further with a series of e-courses called #GetSigned Model Mastery, where she uses her knowledge and extensive experience to guide hopeful models through the entire process, from getting signed to big names to working with major clients and growing their self-confidence.

For Phillips, everything she is working on now represents a full-circle moment for the woman who once told renowned agency owner Eileen Ford that she would someday be the “best modeling scout in the industry.” While Ford told her to keep reaching for that goal, she also told Phillips to always retain her integrity. It is advice that Phillips has taken to heart through her advocacy, her bravery in opening up about her experiences with Epstein, her mentoring, and her business acumen.




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The Ultimate Wellness and Beauty Summer Guide



Summer is about to kick off in a gorgeous way.

Our ultimate annual wellness and beauty guide this season has been carefully curated with top editor picks that will bring you bliss. From beauty products to health companies, we have brought together a list of outstanding items that will shine as bright in your life as the summer sun. The time to feel and look remarkable is now.

For a Perfect Summer Glow –

Transform your skin with the power of Glutathione with Auro Skincare. Dr. Nayan Patel ’s newest venture into skincare is right on target to bring you a perfect summer glow. The line showcases products that have potent antioxidants and adaptogens delivered with the Auro GSH Antioxidant Delivery System. Transformative results are set to come your way and there is no better way to discover the power than an introduction to the company’s travel kit which highlights how you can allow your skin to absorb Glutathione and other antioxidants like Vitamin C and Resveratrol in a deeper way than ever before.

Auro Skincare is a protocol of potent antioxidant formulas powered by the patented, first-of-its-kind Auro GSH Antioxidant Delivery System. By combining powerful ingredients and technology, Auro Products penetrate to the deeper layers of your skin providing you with results powered from the inside out.

For a Perfect Summer Smile –

Davids sensitive+whitening nano-hydroxyapatite premium toothpaste with peppermint is the refreshing thing you need for an amazing smile this summer. Harnesses the regenerative power of nano-hydroxyapatite to relieve tooth sensitivity, repair enamel, remove plaque, smooth the tooth surface, and naturally whiten teeth. We love the line that focuses on safe and clean ingredients that are fluoride free and SLS free. The line also carries a great 100% medical grade stainless steel professional tongue scraper designed to lift bacteria and debris quickly to make your tongue and mouth healthier and cleaner.

For Perfect Summer Hair –

Peter Coppola is a fantastic woman-owned company named after the famous stylist who developed keratin systems, Peter Coppola. Offering more than just treatments, the company showcases a vast array of products that you will fall in love with.

Some highlights we love are Total Repair Smoothing Shampoo, which instantly repairs your hair. The deeply moisturizing sulfate-free shampoo weightlessly strengthens, smooths, and restores lackluster locks with a unique blend of Keratin and Ceramides. The protection to combat humidity of the season is fantastic along with color vibrancy throughout the day. We also love the Infusion Anti-Frizz Cream, which keeps hair tidy, shiny and soft-to-the-touch with ultra-lightweight cream. Infusion Anti-Frizz Cream keeps curls under control and cuts blow-dry time while creating a barrier to block humidity for hair that is sleek and smooth until your next shampoo.


NEKKO is a pioneer of scalp and hair treatments geared toward achieving healthy and voluminous results. Believing in the principle that we must not neglect the scalp’s health and vitality; they showcase products that are meant to enrich with a carefully selected blend of plant-based ingredients and amino acids, strengthen and fortify hair and scalp with regular use,

NEKKO Scalp Oil makes a difference for those with a variety of hair issues. Cold-pressed to make for a gentle peeling effect and to purify the scalp, it removes loose dandruff flakes from the hair. This unique formula also works to regulate oily scalps. Delicately cleanses and moisturizes the scalp, which is important so much more in the summer as we expose ourselves to more sweat outdoors. You will love the way your hair feels over a few weeks.

For the Perfect Summer Manicure –

Radiant Cosmetics viral Nail Growth Oil lives up to all the hype.

Founder and TikTok influencer Ruth Ismayelyan and her vegan brand have overwhelmingly captivated beauty enthusiasts for good reason. Her cuticle oil has a unique formulation that after using in a week creates a noticeable difference. Nails look shinny and they start to grow in stronger. The results are really that quick. Nourishing your nails has never been easier and the vitamins in the formula also give a great boost to your overall nail health.

Ruth’s brand has also expanded to lipsticks, lip liners, and lash and brow serums. Products are cruelty-free, paraben-free, vegan, and non-GMO.

Zoya has the perfect polish shades to achieve the classic and beachy vibe for you any day this season. From colors that elevate summer to a product that lasts and shines through with true beauty, we adore everything about this brand.

Shades such as Lillian with a faded aquamarine with a glossy cream finish and Lauren with warm, pink-kissed light beige with very fine gold and copper metallic shimmer are our favorites. They are elegant and fun. To add to the joy is the fact that Zoya is non-toxic and cruelty-free.

For Perfect Summer Social Media Posts –

KISS is set to make all your summer social media posts look radiant. The newest lash collection, designed for a “no makeup, makeup” aesthetic with full sets and a brand-new half lash style is perfect for summer. This trend is about flawlessly imperfect lashes, featuring uneven, sparsely distributed lash patterns for a remarkably natural effect.

We love the way they are easy to apply, comfortable, and incredibly easy to apply. The lash lift effect emphasizes a longer and fuller lash look. Best of all the brand is cruelty free, vegan friendly, and good for contact lens wearers.

For a Perfect Summer Body –

Nuebiome is a leading plant-based and bioferment skincare brand dedicated to harnessing the power of nature and science to deliver clean, effective beauty solutions. Formulated with potent botanical extracts and biofermented ingredients, Nuebiome products are designed to nourish the skin while respecting the planet.

We love their Prebiotic Magnesium Muscle Recovery Flakes. They are a combination of magnesium flakes for muscle relaxation, paired with prebiotic bioferments for skin balance. This salt is designed to provide a soothing and restorative experience, promoting well-being and skin vitality. Crafted with 100% magnesium chloride for a relaxing bath or foot soak.

Reveka Skincare’s Tea Tree + Peppermint Body Bar is a perfect way to find balance and beauty for your skin. Developed by a woman named Darlene who understands the deep principles of clean and healthy skincare products through the benefits of topical magnesium, this soap is a gamechanger this summer season. Reveka is crafted with clean ingredients including no preservatives or dyes and are 100% made in the U.S. The rich lather of Reveka’s soap makes it perfect for shampoo, soap, and shaving cream. It’s made with tea tree, peppermint and shea butter and will hydrate your skin to the next level.

And the best part is the Magnesium Chloride from the Ancient Zechstein Seabed. Two weeks of use and you will see the difference ass use promotes new tissue growth and can help alleviate common skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.


For Perfect Summer Wellness Sips –

Summer is all about fabulous workout in the sun. Head to the park for a run or do yoga on the beach and know you have a perfect drink to be by your side with PWR LIFT.

The divine taste is refreshing and amps you up for an ultimate session followed by glorious recovery and hydration. This incredible electrolyte-rich, flavored protein water drink is infused with 10g whey protein and B vitamins.  Scrumptious flavors of Berry Strawberry, Lemon Lime, Blueberry Pomegranate and Orange Mango refuel you in a delicious way from head to toe. Help give your body the recovery, strength and hydration it needs with zero sugar and  be grateful to add power to your workout.





Kubo Tea is a great way to get amazing clean energy this summer. Crafted with organic green tea caffeine, their blends offer a revitalizing boost without the crash. With more caffeine than traditional teas and coffee, Kubo Tea activates your metabolism and increases energy levels. We love the taste and the pumped-up vibe without the jitters. It helps you concentrate, and you feel the amped up love during workouts and long summer walks on the beach.

Cover art by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

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ekuBOX Elevates the Gifting Experience



Finding the perfect gift sometimes can be complicated. You want to get all the details just right. With ekuBOX the guessing game of gifting is taken away and you are granted instead just an amazing and elevated way to show your love and appreciation for someone special in your life.

Each curated gift box in the collection is truly divine. When you open a box what you are doing is opening a world of sparkling magic. And the glitter is in all the details that make a grand difference that only comes with ekuBOX.

Each item in their boxes is intentionally sourced and hand-selected by their Chief Gift Guru. Every present is well-balanced and incredibly thoughtful. With a beautiful balance of luxury, function, and form each gift includes something to eat, something to keep, and something to use.

eku stands for EAT, KEEP, and USE which all comes in a delightful hand-curated box. And to add to this fantastic concept ekuBOX plants a tree for every box sold. There are just a million and one reasons to give a gift like this. From birthdays to Mother’s Day, this gift will give you as much joy as the bliss to the person you are sharing this kindness with from the heart.

Here are some incredible curated items in the line that will create the ultimate present for you to give.

La Vie en Rose Box ($69) – Send roses that never fade. This petite gift box has a Rose Otto Macaron Candle by Voluspa, Rose Acacia hand cream from France, handmade herb and floral garden soap, and Sugarfina Sparkling Rose Gummy Bears. Finished with beautiful dried rose petals.

Mini Spa, Relax ($95) – This gift box celebrates the little quiet moments we all need to survive and thrive with spa essentials. This beautiful box is finished with rose petals, a purple satin ribbon bow, and a petite lavender bouquet. ebuBOX includes a handwritten note, too!

Coastal Grandmother Gift Box ($278) – Inspired by the timeless coastal style featured in the film Something’s Gotta Give, this luxurious gift box is sure to delight anyone who loves the ocean and the beachy vibes it brings. Inside you’ll find a 100% Cashmere Poncho by Alashan Cashmere, a beautiful one-size piece that can be worn five different ways. You don’t have to be a grandmother to LOVE this fabulous piece.

Bubbles & Bliss Spa Gift Set ( $158)- A unique assortment of pampering goodies, including a mimosa kit with the Corkcicle thermal flute to keep drinks chilled for hours, a Voluspa candle, and more luxurious goodies, such as the Patchology Detox Mud Masque, French Girl Lip Scrub, and Infinite She Lip Balm.

Let Your Garden Grow ($175/$255) – A best-seller! The perfect gift for someone who loves to roll up their sleeves and play in the dirt. Full of accessories that assist in growing the ideal herb garden or microgreens, whether the garden is outside or on a window sill. Includes Bella Cucina’s artichoke Lemon Pesto sauce – one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things.” Small and large versions are available.

The Breakfast Club ($225) – A decadent treat for any food lover, including cinnamon-infused whipped honey from Appalachia, barrel-aged organic cinnamon vanilla-infused maple syrup from Vermont, balanced fruity coffee beans from Peru, a professional restaurant-style French wire whisk, a great organic hand-woven kitchen towel, and a lovely Sunday Morning candle.

Relax and Unwind Small and Large ($148/$325) – Know someone who deserves a little R+R (namely mom)? It’s time to draw a bath, pour a glass of wine, and turn up the tunes. These thoughtfully curated spa gift boxes with ultra-clean, organic, and natural beauty products leave moms sparkling inside and out. The large version is a perfect choice when you want to make a statement!

For more information, visit Also, be sure to check out Instagram at @eku_box.


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Look I Have Some Lips Where There Never Was a Lip



Now I never have been one for tattoos, until I heard about permanent makeup. This cosmetic technique employs tattoos as a means of correcting flaws either nature, old age or disease has erased or forgot. In my case my mother plucked my eyebrows way to thin and I am fair so they all but disappeared. I also was left out in the lip department when God was handing out lips, I got ones that evaporated. As I got older in pictures, this flaw made me look almost snake like.

Thanks to Jeffrey Lyle Segal, I have been corrected. I have metamorphosed into a butterfly who can now smile with confidence. as I looked in the mirror.

Jeffrey Lyle Segal,

For those who know me, they know I am terrified of needles. With the ointment Jeff uses there is a minimal of pain. For the eye brows there is none. What you do is hear a sound that sounds like tearing. For the lips, the initial round it is pain free. There is a little discomfort when the needle returns to same place, but nothing that one can’t handle. For me the eyes are the hardest and not because of the needle. I have hyper sensitive eyes that tear up and send hundreds of droplets down my face in the wind. When the ointment is applied my eyes rebel and I become a difficult patient but Jeffrey was patient and now the eyeliner is done to perfection.

Having permanent make-up, means you wake up looking refresh and put together without doing a thing. When you are sick, you still look radiant, which can lift your spirits to heal faster.

all the make-up here is tattooed

Normally eyeliner costs $475 for a single application top or bottom or $850 for two sessions a month apart. Lips run $475 for liner and $575 for both lining and lip stain. For a second session take a $100 off if prepaid at the first session. For eyebrows the price is $475 for a single application or $850 for two sessions a month apart. These prices are all on the low end for Manhattan. As a special deal for all T2C readers, as a Valentine’s Special booked by February 14th  Jeff will offer an additional $100 discount for what ever service you choose.

Jeff has been a permanent cosmetic artist since 1991. He has been a media makeup artist in film, theater and TV with over 30 years experience. He is the author of “The Shape of Permanent Beauty” and he teaches makeup design training for permanent cosmetics. Besides being a permanent cosmetic artist, he is also a certified Hypnotist offering non-drug assisted version of anesthesia and anxiety reduction.

To make an appointment call Jeff at 323-828-8740 or email him at


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Tom Ruck – The Patriot Behind the Parades




Visionary Tom Ruck Set to make history as the only person to have both marched and actively participated in All Major Landmark Parades with his Appearance in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, creating a special moment in patriotic history.

His upcoming Appearance in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 23rd, 2023 will see him make history as the only person to have both marched and actively participated in All Major Landmark Parades in the United States with his Appearance in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

After applying earlier this year, Ruck was selected as an official balloon wrangler for the new character appearance of “Leo.” Based on the Adam Sandler Netflix animated comedy, he will march down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and past the storied halls of Macy’s Department store to the delight of thousands of revelers on the street and millions of fans worldwide watching the broadcast show on both television and internet streaming.

As a proud American citizen, it was his belief in the importance of the traditions of America that spurred his involvement which over time led to his appearing in some of the biggest parades rooted in the tradition and heritage in the country.

“I believe in America and American traditions,” Tom states. “There’s nothing more traditional and more American than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day.”

Few people can boast about playing a big part in recognizable parades such as the Thanksgiving celebration along with the Tournament of Roses Parade, which is the annual parade held along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California, on New Year’s Day.

During his high school years in 1971 he was selected as a member of the prestigious McDonald’s All American High School Band, where two musicians were selected from each state and marched in the 1971 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and following that the 1972 Tournament of Roses Rose Parade. After high school, while at the University of Missouri Ruck continued his participation in Music with “Marching Mizzou”.

Years later as an adult he moved to California and joined the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. He became a member of the tournament as a “White Suitor” and has been involved with the organization since 2008.

Making an American dream come true has always been a motivating factor for Ruck. As an individual has accomplished several notable feats during his professional career that have carved out profound chapters that motivate the reader of his personal biography.

Currently based in Alexandria, Virginia, his life has led down a road worthy of a Hollywood screenplay. He has been presented to two Presidential Transition Teams for the position of Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs. The Boeing Corporation and his “hometown” St. Louis Cardinals have honored Ruck for his achievements in supporting America’s Veterans and his contributions to veteran causes.


He also is an accomplished author and has published an award-winning book that honors the American Veteran. “Sacred Ground, A Tribute to America’s Veterans” was released by Regnery Publishing, now part of Salem Media Group, and achieved a #5 ranking on Amazon.

“I created this book as a labor of love to honor the truest of American heroes, our veterans,” he enthusiastically expresses, “and to give back I donate all royalties from the book to the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund.”

Ruck has appeared on over 100 radio and television programs and served as featured speaker at over 50 national and regional events. He was also an invited guest speaker at the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014 in Sainte Mere-Eglise in Normandy, France honoring the men of the 82nd and 101st Airborne for their courageous efforts that fateful day.

Ruck has held national leadership positions primarily with nationwide financial and healthcare corporations. He also has served with the Department of Veterans Affairs, as the Director at Fayetteville National Cemetery, and the Director of the Los Angeles National Cemetery, and also served as the Strategic Planning Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs Long Beach Medical Center.

Ruck recently moved to the Washington DC area to accept the position of Senior Engagement Manager with the Department of Homeland Security, Blue Campaign, developing national partnerships and awareness campaigns for Human Trafficking in 2022.


Now, his next walk on the journey of his life in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will once again tell the tale of a great American showing incredible patriotic love for their country and compassion for the citizens of the country.


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