Our Beauty and Wellness Strategy
To ensure that we provide you the best beauty and wellness tips and advice, we often connect with Professionals in the field and ask them to contribute their opinions, instructions, and tips on specific topics of interest. Our contributors come from a wide range of professions including Medical Doctors, Skincare Experts, Professional Makeup Artists, and Licensed Estheticians. See below a list of our top contributors!
Medical and Health Professionals
Nelya Lobkova, DPM – Dr. Nelya Lobkova is an ABPM (American Board of Podiatric Medicine) Certified Surgical Podiatrist and founder of Step Up Footcare located in Tribeca, Downtown New York City. Dr. Lobkova received specialized training in all areas of Podiatric Medicine and Foot Surgery. Her focus is on diabetic limb salvage and reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle. She also specializes in running and biking techniques and is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP)
Fayne L. Frey, MD, FAAD – Dr. Frey is a New York-based board-certified dermatologist for over 25 years. She is the founder of FryFace.com, the nation’s first skincare information and product selection service.
Tsippora Shainhouse, MD, FAAD – Dr. Shainhouse is a board-certified dermatologist and pediatrician at SkinSafe Dermatology and Skin Care in Beverly Hills, California. She specializes in treating adults and children with skin disease. She is also an expert in skincare and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
Erum Ilyas, MD, MBE, FAAD – Dr. Erum focuses on adult and pediatric medical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, and skin cancer treatment. She earned her medical degree from the MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society, and completed her Dermatology training at the Cooper University Hospital of UMDNJ. She is the CEO and Founder of her company Montgomery Dermatology.
Laurisa Dannoun – Laurisa is a highly-skilled Registered Nurse, a member of the Australian College of Nursing & was voted Australia’s favorite injector for 2020. Laurisa has an International Beauty Therapy Diploma as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and is currently undertaking a Post Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic nursing with the Australian College of Nursing. She is the founder of Injxu Cosmetics, a company that provides advanced cosmetic injectable treatments.
Ann Ramark – Ann was born and raised in Sweden. She has a Bachelor of Science in nutrition. She is the founder of her anti-aging blog A Younger Skin where she shares tips and guides on how to get healthier and younger-looking skin.
Stephanie Ivonne – Stephanie Ivonne is a Licensed Esthetician who serves on the advisory board for Smart Style Today. She graduated from The Rizzieri Aveda School and is currently operating as a beauty and wellness writer.
Eni I. Balogun – Eni is one of Nigeria’s makeup & skincare pioneers. She is a New York trained and certified makeup artist & Esthetician. Eni Balogun was appointed as one of the Lifetime Makeup Governors in Nigeria for MAGN (Makeup Artist Guild Nigeria).
Madison Dennis – Madison is a Licensed Esthetician based in Nashville, TN. She has been in the beauty industry for over a decade and is the founder of her company MHD Beauty.
Celebrity and Professional Makeup Artists
Margina Dennis – Margina is a talented celebrity makeup guru with over 15 years of experience. Her celebrity clients include Tracy Morgan, Jane Lynch, Petra Nemcova, and Tom Brady. Her work has been seen in campaigns for MCM, Steve Madden, Hugo Boss, & Nike and in Publications such as Teen Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, and L’Officiel Homme.
Mindy “MG” Green – Mindy earned her makeup artist license in 1995 and Cosmetology license in 2005. Her professional career started with Christian Dior Cosmetics and later branched out as a freelance artist working for MAC, Bobbie Brown, NARS, and Lancôme. Her clients include Fox News Channel, BET, Met Life Insurance, and Hanes/Playtex. Her work has been seen in publications such as Essence Magazine, Sophisticates Black Hairstyling Guide, and Style Q Magazine.
Theresa Novicky – Theresa is a licensed makeup artist in Southern Maine. Her background is in modeling and acting. She has been doing make up for weddings and photoshoots for over 8 years, and loves her work!
Molly Leahy – Molly has specialized in hair and makeup for the last 14 years. Her work has been featured on stages, runways, magazines, and weddings. Her passion is in special occasion hair, special effects makeup, and original avant-garde creations.
Claudia Flynn – Claudia is a professional makeup artist based in Bronxville, NY. She specializes in facials, eyelash extensions, and HD Brows. She is also an Acne Specialist.
Kerry E Yates – Kerry is a beauty inventor and the CEO of Colour Collective. She started her career as a makeup artist working for Clinique and traveling the USA hosting beauty events. The experience only strengthened her love of the beauty industry!
Mary Irwin – Mary is a celebrity makeup artist and was quoted as a beauty expert in publications such as Allure, Wall Street Journal, Oprah, and Glamour. Her Clients include Badgley Mischka, Neiman Marcus, Netflix, NBC, A+E, Interscope, Geffen, and Arianne Elmy to name a few.
Fawn Monique – Fawn has been dubbed the “go-to” make-up artist for beauty editors and production companies in New York and Los Angeles alike, Fawn’s work has graced the pages of WWD, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Refinery 29, Vogue, USA Today, Nylon, In Style, and countless other outlets.
Sharon Becker – Sharon is an NYC makeup artist who specializes in studio hair. She has become the go-to artist for Hearst Digital Studios’ Cosmo Body and Good Housekeeping TV. She was featured in publications including Cosmopolitan Magazine, Rue, and Galio.
Maria Velve – Maria is a certified make-up artist and green beauty expert. She is the founder of her website Green Beauty Expert where she helps to connect people with clean and effective skincare products that are made in Canada.
Elyse Morency – Elyse is a certified makeup artist and founder of her website elysemorency.com. Her website was set up to help motivate others towards more positive self-talk, image, and parenting lifestyle. She also offers freelance makeup services.
Lauren Vena – Lauren is a Celebrity Makeup Artist of over 20 years. She specializes in bridal, special occasions, and editorial makeup. She is also the cover & feature artist for Bella Magazine. Her clients include Nicole Miller, Vanessa Williams, Sara Gore, & more.
Andrea Claire – Andrea is a Canadian-licensed hairstylist and makeup artist with extensive print, advertising, runway and on-air makeover experience. Andrea has many years of experience both on-camera and behind the scenes in television. She has also co-starred on seven seasons of the makeover shows Canada’s Stylin’ Gypsies and So Chic and has led hair teams for Canadian Idol where she was featured on-air as the Idols’ hairstylist. She has also been seen on Asia’s Next Top Model and Cash Cab Asia.
Hair and Scalp Professionals
Hannah L. Maruyama – Hannah is a scalp micro pigmentation hair tattoo Practitioner based in Hawaii. She is also the founder of Yama Studios. She helps male and female clients to reclaim their hairlines, do preventative planning for hair thinning and conditions like alopecia, and help to troubleshoot vitamin deficiencies and key dietary elements that can help with hair loss, and that often involves skincare methods as well.
Donna Marie Fischetto – Donna is a celebrity hairstylist who has achieved cult-status among silver screen elites sighted in IMDB including Diane Keaton, Julia Roberts, Elizabeth Banks, and Tina Fey to name a few. Her specialty includes hairstyling, temporary hair extensions, coloring & natural highlights as style accents, haircuts, intensive treatments and swept updo looks for gala events, photoshoots, TV appearances, and weddings as well.
Krysia McDonald – Krysia McDonald is a Licensed Cosmetologist with 20+ years of experience. She is currently working at Plaine Products, a brand that specializes in natural and sustainable hair and body care products.