The Wonders of Vaseline Review

20140403-024312.jpgWritten by NZINGHA for ZFACEINC,nyc

THE HISTORY OF VASELINE’s ORIGIN

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Robert Chesebrough, a British industrial chemist, was laboriously working to clarify kerosene from sperm whales. Whales and their body oils and even fluids in the early 1800’s helps to create balms, salves, creams, and various distilled oils.

In 1859, oil rig workers, reportedly found a substance that built up on the machinery, resulting in frequent mechanical malfunctions. They called it ” black rod wax”. The men who worked on those oil rigs used the remnant as ointment for their bruises and wounds. Chesebrough got wind of this unrefined ointment and then traveled to the United States to visit this Pennsylvanian rig. He found that the black rod wax could be distilled to form a light-colored gel.

Read more about the history of Vaseline. Love discovering something new to me but historical in its time.http://www.damninteresting.com/story-of-vaseline/
Mr Chesebrough obviously knew early on about marketing and eventually becoming a brand! Check out these ads over the years

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Obviously from its really early days

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This ad looks like it may have come in the 30’s-40’s

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This display looks like its from the 40’s or 50’s

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PACKAGE DESIGN OVER THE YEARS

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And now the packaging for Vaseline has this great new flip top and has 4 different scents ; original, baby, coco butter and aloe. Really cool! Love it and love the colours added to the newer scents labeling.

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Vaseline internationally. Kinda sad that its played into the obsession of skin lightening in India. I don’t see anything wrong with being brown! Guess its age old in the African American community we have always had lightening/whitening creams too.

20140403-041904.jpgI personally love the gels because I’ve got really dry skin and it just guzzles moisturizers as if it were nothing. Although it leaves the skin soft but you can see visible dryness, so love, love, love the gels. I also use them for glossy makeup looks. I keep a little squeeze bottle of it for my Pro Makeup Kit. Yeah!

20140403-041514.jpgHere’s that special “glo” you get from Vaseline in a fashion look. Really beautiful. Women used to wear Vaseline for eyeshadow in the 20-30’s all the time. It was used with black coal chips to make mascara (hence how Mabelline got its start).

In fact I learned that eye technique from my Grandmum who used Vaseline for 99 years (literally she died just before reaching 100). She used it as a night moisturizer(every night) and in all those years even at 99 she had minimal amount of wrinkles on her skin all over body.

20140403-151042.jpgSpecial packaging just for men. I guess it’s necessary because let’s face it men like packaging too. And in this era of designer this and that men like to see cool packaging on their shelves too, oh and have good skin as well.

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My least favourite product from Unilevers Vaseline brand are these sprays. HATE EM’!!!! And they’re relatively new however, I do not expect to see these on the market next year. The product gets everywhere but directly where it’s supposed to go…ON THE BODY GUY’s, ON THE BODY!! Not on my floors so I can skid on them accidentally as I’m walking by!

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The lip balm packaging now is so vast for Vaseline and has over the years added Color and flavours to the brand. I think it’s great!

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20140403-142734.jpgOf course the “millennials” love anything with bling to it (I’m a bit guilty of it too) so here’s a LIL’ bling thing for those that like a lil’ sparkle with their lip product

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The Incredible Artwork of Jason Mercier

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Written by NZINGHA for ZFACEINC,nyc

“Jason Mecier, a San Francisco-based artist creates portraits of celebs using everything from bits of discarded jewellery to empty deodorant cans and bubble-gum wrappers. He has spent 15 years carefully collecting rubbish and using it for his masterful modern artwork. Artist Jason Mecier says that many celebrities have bought the work they inspired. Each one of his creations takes at least 50 hours of his time.”

~ James Pond CEO & Founder of Pondly.com
http://www.pondly.com/

http://www.jasonmecier.com/

My first introduction to the work of Jason Mercier was in 1997 with his work featured in the now defunct Suede Magazine. Suede was a hip trendy African American Women’s magazine to which I’d loaned some of my Makeup services to and had hopes of joining their staff as Beauty Contributor or even Editor at that time.

I’d gone up to the office and saw this future spread they were about to do that was all about celebrity makeup, so I thought. Well these ladies have all been in my makeup chair at some point so I thought they’d request me to do makeup for the shoot. the roster of ladies were Rosario Dawson, Missy Elliot, Ashanti and Mariah Carey.

Well, I never got a call for this amazing shoot! Why? Because it never happened!! I was in shock,… well I thought to myself, at least 2 of the ladies were on promo tours and one was working on a film with Will Smith. So I figured thats why the photo shoot was deaded.

When I finally saw the layout it was indeed the 4 ladies and there was makeup but, it was their portraits done in collage style with makeup products as the paint for their portraits!!!

GENIUS!!!

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I was rendered speechless and utterly and completely amazed at this new brand of “Makeup Artist”. No way could I even compete with this work…in fact no Makeup Artist that were my peers could!! This was another skill set none of us had reached it truly was ART!

I began to follow Jason’s work and I have to say each and every piece I’m floored by. I AM A FAN.period.com…Lololol! Just look at these pieces in Jelly Beans

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These in licorice

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The Comedians

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Musicians and their VICES…

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The Game Changers…

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No Better Drag Than These Dolls…

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Actresses and their VICES…

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Anyone who argues that this is not Art is a cerebral jerk!! Art is objective, subjective to its viewer. As for the celebrity aspect of the artwork makes it even more interesting that the portrait actually has their personal items in it.

It’s what I’d say is the “new” Pop Art. Pop Art is short for popular art. What’s popular to this generation. Warhol was Pop Art for his generation…his art was reflective of the culture and colors of his era…it’s was psychedelic, psychotropic and bright, multiples.

So what is one mans garbage is another mans treasure!

Here’s more from my FAVORITE Artist…check it out.

I just smiled when I saw George Lopez’ reaction to his portrait.
http://youtu.be/EuLmUd9C_jk

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Miss America :Women of Color who have donned the title.

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Miss America 1984 Vanessa Williams

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In 1984 Vanessa Williams then Miss New York had now won the title of “Miss America 1984”! Not only did she have the new title of “Miss America” but she also had the title of “THE FIRST” African American woman to covet the crown. There was pride and a whole lot if cheering happening! We won!! Finally!!!

And no matter what Vanessa Williams will always still be the first African American winner of the Miss America Pagent. That is a fact and chronicled as such.

I had the pleasure of working with Vanessa on a music video for the movie “Panther” on a song called “Freedom” written and produced by singer/songwriter/producer Angie Stone also known as one of the cast members of R&B Divas: Atlanta. Angie is also one of my clients.

The evening of that video shoot was right after the Grammys Awards (I worked the Grammys as well) so all the female Artists were able to come out for the video and I alone was the Makeup Artist for over 60women!!! So I asked that some come camera ready (mostly those singing in the choir) and I’d be responsible for the lead singers as they came in or were available to shoot both in LA and in NY.

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Miss America 1984 Suzette Charles

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Miss America 1990 Debbye Turner

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I don’t know what it was but I was especially teary eyed when Debbye won. I guess it was because I never thought I would ever see another Miss America winner be an African American. I was extremely happy and proud, not to mention the fact that she was a medium brown complexion, like me!!! A lot of young girls like me. I remember Barbie created a Debbye Turner doll in limited run.

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Miss America 1991 Marjorie Vincent

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Miss America 1994 Kimberly Aiken

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Miss America 2003 Erika Harold

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Miss America 2004 Ericka Dunlap

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Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron

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Miss America 2013 Nina Daviluri

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Miss America Winners of Color
Oh the thrill, joy and tears of winning the crown. It’s serious business and truly life changing for all it’s participants. For the winner good or bad circumstances life will never be the same again.

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1) Vanessa Williams (Miss New York in 1984)

2) Suzette Charles (Miss New Jersey in 1984)

3) Debbye Turner (Miss Missouri in 1990)

4) Marjorie Vincent (Miss Illinois in 1991)

5) Kimberly Aiken (Miss South Carolina in 1994)

6) Erika Harold (Miss Illinois in 2003)

7) Ericka Dunlap (Miss Florida in 2004)

8) Caressa Cameron (Miss Virginia in 2010)

9) Nina Daviluri (Miss New York 2013)

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