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CEW Beauty Insider Winners Announced!

I love a good award show. And I look forward to the CEW Beauty Insider Awards every year. It’s a great networking event and opportunity to reconnect with so many of the brands I work with in person. I live tweeted most of the winners but wanted to share the quick run down, especially since I’m so excited that so many of the winning products are ones I use and found in my bathroom! All of the above can be found on my shelves with the exception of Hey Honey, a brand I’m new too and found in my gift bag. I don’t know how I missed the memo on them since they are available at Ulta and Dermstore but the brand won the QVC Beauty Quest Award, which is a big deal! The rest of the winners came as no surprise, especially Olay Total Effects and Regenerist products, which as some of you know my mom and I partnered with for the clinical testing before the products were released and saw major results (You can learn more HERE around that experience). So without further ado the 2017 CEW Beauty Insider Award winners are:

Ouai Style Bar opens at Bendel’s, Caudalie Moves, Malin+Goetz new store, Knockout launches at Bloomingdale’s and more!

Hair cut by Juan Carlos Maciques

It’s been an eventful few weeks of new beauty shops popping up around the city. Here’s a rundown of the events and new openings and products we’re excited about! Also I finally got a must needed chop (ugh the dry ends are no joke when you have this much bleach in your hair!) from celebrity hairstylist Juan Carlos Maciques, who cuts out of Rita Hazan, I even trusted him to do light layers. It’s been so much more curly and bouncy since the cut that I haven’t been straightening it as much and loving my natural wave! On to the good stuff… beauty lovers of NYC, here’s what’s now in your backyard:

Ouai x Dyson Styling Bar opens at Henri Bendel

Jen Atkin, celebrity hair stylist and creator of the hair care line Ouai launched an exclusive dry style bar pop up in collaboration with Dyson at Henri Bendel through April 30th. The featured menu offers four hair styles complete with Ouai products and the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. Styling services will be available Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm. All I know is that I’m literally foaming at the mouth to get my hands on that Ouai Foam Conditioner! Location: Henri Bendel, 712 5th Avenue, NYC, 2nd floor. Bookings and details HERE.

Madison Reed Color Bar featuring T3

We stopped in to the new-ish Madison Reed Color Bar for a root touchup and styling. Some of you may be familiar with their online service, providing customizable hair color based off of a short yet informative questionnaire. The perfect shade is sent right to your door for comfortable at-home hair coloring. Now you can experience their products along side their expert colorists at the Madison Reed Color Bar, where you can order your shade online and bring it with you or be color matched in person and they’ll do your hair for you. It’s the best of both worlds, affordable home color price tags with expert hair stylists to do your hair. They also use T3 Micro Tools, which we got a demo of these incredible hair styling tools as part of our color service at the event. Literally the T3 Volumizing Hot Rollers and hair dryer have changed my life — the hot rollers came as a shocker to me! And the Twirl Convertible Curler which lets you change the barrel size is next level genius! Stay tuned for more info on their hot tools, and demo but it’s so exciting they use these at the salon!

2016 CEW Beauty Award Winners Announced

Enjoying the @CEWinsider Beauty Awards with @DermStore - sharing the winners live on Twitter and will post to the blog tonight. #CEWAwards

Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) held beauty’s biggest celebration of innovation today, recognizing the year’s best beauty products at the 22nd annual CEW Beauty Insider Awards. Hosted at the Waldorf Astoria, I had the pleasure of sitting with one of the event sponsors, Dermstore. With over 800 entries, 212 finalists the top products were announced across 37 categories including hair care, fragrance, skin care, cosmetics, and more.

Hosted by Tony Award-Winning Actress, Laura Benanti, the 2016 CEW Beauty Insider Award winners are:

The CEW Beauty Award Winners Announced

CEW 2015 beauty winners

Yesterday, I joined the Cosmetics Executive Women (CEW) organization for their annual CEW Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards. Hosted by the hilarious Aisha Tyler at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC, guests had a surprise presenter, Martha Stewart give out the first award.

Tiffani Thiessen to Host CEW and QVC’s Annual ‘Beauty with Benefits’ Event

Tiffany Thiessen hosts QVC, CEW eventApril 17, 2014 will mark the second annual “Beauty with Benefits” event hosted by QVC and CEW.  The two-hour broadcast (8pm – 10pm ET) will be bringing together 19 beauty brands for one tremendous cause – CEW’s Cancer and Careers which

Friday, July 19th: The 2013 CEW Beauty Insider’s Choice Awards on QVC

QVC and CEW Beauty Award Show

We’ve covered the Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) awards at length over the past year.  Considered one of the most prestigious honors in the beauty world, the winners are recognized for their most innovative products. Now the organization has partnered with QVC to present once again some of the most exciting and advanced beauty launches with a special “CEW Beauty Insider’s Choice Awards” broadcast on QVC.

4/25: QVC and CEW Present Beauty with Benefits

cew, qvc

Tune in tonight, Thursday, April 25 at 9 PM for “QVC and CEW Present Beauty with Benefits.” The two-hour charitable event is a collaboration between QVC and Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) and will feature a medley of beauty brands, with the net proceeds benefiting Cancer and Careers; a program

CEW Beauty Finalist Announced — Who made your list?

Alas, the 2013 CEW Beauty Awards finalists have been announced. And I don’t know about you, but I love me a good round up. It keeps me on my toes and helps me update my list of products I need to try. There are more then a few of my favorites on this list, what about you, what have you tried? 


Bath and Body Mass

Aveeno – Positively Ageless® Skin Strengthening Body Cream

Burt’s Bees® – Ultimate Care Hand Cream

Dove – Visible Care™ Toning Crème Body Wash with Nutrium Moisture™

Eucerin – Professional Repair Lotion

NIVEA – Touch of Renewal

Vaseline® – Total Moisture®


Bath and Body Prestige

AERIN – Rose Hand and Body Cream

Aveda – Stress Fix™ Soaking Salts

Bliss – Fatgirlsixpack

Darphin – Nourishing Satin Oil

Laura Mercier – Ambre Vanillé Soufflé Body Crème

philosophy – Living Grace Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel



Acne Treatment

CLEAN & CLEAR® – Advantage® Oil Absorbing Treatment

GLAMGLOW – Super-mud Clearing Treatment

Murad Skincare, Inc. – Overnight Soothing Gel for Red, Irritated Skin

CEW Top Beauty Trends

Each year, the Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Beauty Awards Product Demo showcases the latest beauty innovations. With almost 2,300 beauty insiders combing through 625 products from more than 300 brands, it’s truly the place to discover new products and what’s in vogue.

CEW has analyzed the product submissions for the 2013 Beauty Insiders’ Choice awards to identify this year’s hottest trends. Here’s the roundup on what’s trending this season:


o   Lip Hybrids: Lip products that have it all – long-lasting color, moisture and a light-weight feel.

o   Skin Volumizers: These collagen-building formulas reduce the look of deep lines and fine wrinkles – they’re like the fountain of youth in a jar.

o   Bold Brows: Fuller, bushier brows are back in vogue and new gels and serums make it easy to style them.

o   Gel Nails: Both mass and prestige brands now offer consumers a multitude of styles and colors to achieve long-wear, chip-resistant nail color at home.

o   Spot On Treatments: Brands have been creating a myriad of products that immediately target dark spots and prevent future spots from developing.

o   Bright Eyes: Serums that lighten and brighten sensitive skin under the eyes took center stage this year, with unique applicators that cool skin on the spot.

o   High Tech Skin Care: Handheld tools offering powerful dermatologist technology at-home have emerged to provide a more youthful look.

To learn more about 2013 Beauty Award entries, visit CEW’s Viewbook.

CEW Beauty Awards Winners + Giveaway!

If you work in beauty (or want to) then you should be familiar with CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women). It’s a non-profit organization comprised of industry leaders and members that offers professional development through mentorship, job counseling, and networking opportunities in all aspects of the beauty industry. They also hosts a series of events and educational speeches from some of the top beauty executives as well as conduct their annual CEW Beauty Awards.

Now in it’s 18th year, the CEW Beauty Insiders’ Choice Awards is the only awards program where the winners are determined exclusively by beauty industry professionals and selected by their members. To celebrate this years winners, we’re giving away two of our favorites to one lucky winner: Shiseido Replenishing Body Cream and  Bumble and bumble Bb. Texture Hair(un)dressing Crème.

{WIN IT! Shiseido Replenishing Body Cream and Bumble and bumble Bb. Texture Hair(un)dressing Crème ($99 value)}

TO ENTER: Leave a comment under this post and tell me why you want to win OR what your favorite beauty product is. You can also enter by following us on on twitter, @PrettyConnected and tweeting us your answer using the hashtag #CEW

**Entries will be accepted until June 3rd at 8pm EST. US residents only. All federal, state and local laws apply.

Without further adieu, the winners of the 2012 CEW Beauty Awards are: