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Ms Toi, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Nikki Walton celebrity natural beauty tips

On the red carpet with Nikki Walton & Keshia Knight Pulliam


I recently interviewed award winning actress, Keshia Knight Pulliam (most of us know her best for her role as Rudy on The Cosby Show) and natural hair expert and founder of CurlyNikki.com, Nikki Walton at a red carpet event.

These ladies were just as beautiful on the inside as they were on the outside.  I was curious to know what they were doing to have such gorgeous hair and flawless skin, so I asked them both what was their #1 beauty tip.

Keshia Knight Pulliam’s #1 Beauty Tip:  “My number one beauty tip is achieving beauty from the inside-out.  For me, real beauty comes from the inside-out.  Eating right, drinking plenty of water, daily exercise, and live a clean lifestyle for beautiful hair, beautiful skin, and a beautiful body.”

Nikki Walton’s #1 Beauty Tip:  “Keeping my hair well-moisturized is my number one beauty tip.  A deep conditioning treatment is important for maintaining textured hair.  I treat my hair to a deep condition after each wash.”arrow

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                    Interviewing Keshia Knight Pulliam and Nikki Walton





supermodel Emme beauty tip



How confident are you in your skin? Supermodel, Emme, is spreading a message about beauty that is more than skin deep. Emme is a pioneer and icon in the fashion industry as a successful full-figured model. She is breaking new ground again as a green living expert and women’s advocate. Emme is on a mission to educate women that true beauty is achieved through self-acceptance and self-love.

In a society obsessed with media driven ideals of beauty, it is only natural to listen when a beauty icon, such as a supermodel, has something to say. “Research has shown that eighty percent of women are unhappy with how they look”, stated Emme. Named as one of People magazine’s 50 most beautiful people in 1994 and 1999, she is taking action to promote her message by raising women’s awareness of healthy lifestyle options through her new ventures.

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Emme is also working to promote positive self-image among women by creating a network to connect women worldwide. Her website, EmmeNation provides an online forum support and resource for women. Emme is also taking her mission on the road with her Whole You National Tour. The tour will showcase speakers sharing her message of self-acceptance.

Emme’s passionate mission is the culmination of her own journey to self-acceptance. She has braved the challenges of being a woman with curves in an industry where the stick-thin ideal is an unrealistic representation of most women. She has also braved the challenges of a life-threatening battle with lymphatic cancer. Emme is a triumphant survivor and an example of the true beauty that results from self-love.

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Video: Emme shares an easy tip for healthy beauty





Johnny Wright natural haircare tips

Natural haircare tips


Celebrity hairstylist, Johnny Wright, is the mastermind behind First Lady Michelle Obama’s classic, camera-ready hairstyles. Wright took a short break from his executive orders to make an appearance to promote the SoftSheen-Carson hair care products, as their Artistic Director.

One of the latest trends in hair is transitioning from chemically-processed hairstyles to natural hairstyles. Wright addressed the trend by giving his expert advice on how to facilitate the transition.

Johnny Wright, celebrity hairstylist, gives natural haircare tips

Watch Johnny Wright share his professional tips for natural hair care.

Johnny’s Tips for Transitioning to Natural Hair:

  • Keep hair well-moisturized in order to help prevent breakage.
  • Shea butter is an excellent natural moisturizer for hair. He recommends the Roots of Nature product line which contains shea butter and green tea.
  • Don’t give up during the in-between stages. You won’t get a full appreciation for what your natural hair can do until it is at least 6-8 inches long.





celebrity panel with Carlton Jones, Bria Murphy, Johnnie Wright, Kandi Burruss

Celebrity Discussion Panel

Beauty Tips from the Stars

The nationwide search for the 2011 Dark and Lovely Fashionista Model sponsored by Softsheen-Carson and ESSENCE magazine made its way to Atlanta, Georgia for a live casting call on July 16, 2011. The event provided a unique opportunity for contestants to get up close and personal with some of their favorite celebrities. Many of the contestants took the opportunity to get the stars to dish out some of their favorite beauty tips.

The gorgeous Bria Murphy hosted the event displaying her charm and poise as Dark and Lovely’s Beauty Brand Ambassador. The exciting celebrity panel discussing the latest in beauty and fashion was led by ESSENCE Magazine Beauty Director, Corynne Corbett.

With his electric personality, Johnny Wright (SoftSheen-Carson Artistic Director and celebrity hairstylist to First Lady Michelle Obama) dazzled guests with his tried and trusted techniques. Kandi Burruss (Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter and Atlanta Housewife) shared some of her personal beauty tips in her always approachable, down to earth manner. The stylish Carlton Jones (Celebrity Stylist) added to the discussion with his extensive knowledge of style and fashion. The 2011 Dark and Lovely Fashionista Model winners will be announced on August 8, 2011.

Here are some of the natural beauty tips from the celebrities. Incorporate them into your routine to help bring out your inner diva. Be sure to visit MsToi.com to learn more natural beauty tips.

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Natural Beauty Tips from the Celebrity Panel:

  • The key to great hair is having healthy hair. Keep hair healthy by trimming dead ends and conditioning with a good moisturizer. (Johnny Wright)
  • A quick, easy way to slim your figure is to accessorize any outfit with a belt. It instantly takes inches off of the waist and accentuates your curves. (Kandi Burruss)
  • Having self-confidence is the first rule in beauty. (Bria Murphy)
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Watch as Bria Murphy shares her #1 beauty tip





The Body Shop & Celebrity Makeup Artist, Shalini Vadhera

Beauty-lovers and earth-lovers, alike, can find something in common at The Body Shop. The quality beauty products and the eco-conscious philosophy offer something for everyone. True to form, The Body Shop in Perimeter Mall in Atlanta, Georgia blurred the line between the glamorous life and green-living at a special event on June 9, 2011.

The Body Shop featured celebrity makeup artist and author of Passport to Beauty, Shalini Vadhera, to kick off the launch of the Honey Bronze collection. Ms. Vadhera provided complimentary consultations and makeovers using products from the new collection. Guests were then treated to a professional headshot to forever capture the glamorous moment.

Ms Vadhera explained that the Honey Bronze collection is “designed to enhance the natural, healthy glow of the skin”. The products from the collection are formulated with real honey. Honey has long been revered for its skin nourishing properties. It helps skin retain water making it an excellent moisturizer. It is also perfect for the summer months because it helps fight against damage caused by the sun’s UV rays.

Take a peek at the event and the Honey Bronze collection

The Honey Bronze collection maintains The Body Shop’s commitment to offering products that are responsibly sourced. The honey used in the product line is supplied by Bezamar in Ethiopia. According to The Body Shop website, the beekeepers harvest the honey traditionally, using hives handcrafted from locally grown bamboo. This results in strong, healthy bees while deterring logging.

The collection includes Honey Bronzing Powder, Honey Bronze Brilliance Powder, Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil, Honey Bronze Bronzing Gel for Face, and Honey Bronze Lip Nectar. Stop by your local The Body Shop or visit www.thebodyshop-usa.com for details on the collection. Also, learn more about The Body Shop’s Community Fair Trade.






All eyes of the makeup world will soon be on Los Angeles. The countdown has officially begun to the International Makeup Artist Trade Show. After a worldwide tour, IMATS will finally be at the Pasedena Convention Center on June 26th-27th.

IMATS brings the top makeup companies and the top makeup talent to one spot for one weekend. It is the biggest gathering of the year for the makeup world. Thousands of makeup artists from film, theater, and fashion come together to partake in educational venues, a makeup museum, networking, and fun.

Lilikoi Looks will be a part of all the action this year. Follow Ms Toi’s IMATS Vlog; and you too can be a part of the excitement. Learn more about IMATS at http://www.imatsshow.com .


Come along as I vlog my IMATS adventure







Just when you think the multi-talented Beyonce Knowles has done it all, she goes and outdoes herself again. This time she’s giving back to the community with beauty. Her latest venture is the Beyonce Cosmetology Center.

While doing research for her role as Etta James in the movie “Cadillac Records”, Beyonce was introduced to Phoenix House, a substance abuse treatment center. She was compelled to offer assistance after speaking with recovering addicts.

She and her mother, Tina Knowles, developed the idea of a cosmetology center. This program provides job training skills to support themselves in the real world. The Beyonce Cosmetology Center is providing an opportunity for men and women to get a second chance at life. Much respect to this beautiful cause. CLICK HERE to see Beyonce’s interview about her collaboration with Phoenix House. To learn more about the efforts of Phoenix House go to www.phoenixhouse.org .