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By Dina Fierro

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Baze showing off her “pampered pout” on an “I Tried It” Tuesday

We got the chance to speak with Baze Mpinja, Glamour magazine Beauty Writer-Editor and The Girls in the Beauty Department blog contributor, about beauty and the city.

It’s summer in the city. What are your summer beauty essentials?

– An elastic ponytail holder – I don’t bother with my hair when it’s crazy-humid outside.
Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Guava. I like my makeup to look really natural in the summertime – just a little shimmery blush, a touch of mascara and a soft pinky gloss. I love the Clinique one because it’s so moisturizing.
Aestelance protein conditioner. I just got a relaxer for the first time in 10 years so I’m doing protein treatments at home every other week to keep my hair healthy.

Aveeno Positively Ageless Moisturizer SPF 30 – sunscreen is a must all year round!
– The new neon nail polish colors from Essie. The super-bright colors look so great with summer sandals. I like Bermuda Shorts the best – it’s a pink-purple hybrid.

Are there any beauty products that women should just flat out GIVE UP on?

No matter how much cream, serum or lotion you slather on, I really don’t think there’s a permanent cure for cellulite.

Do you have a favorite beauty destination in New York’s five boroughs? What is it? Why?

Ted Gibson Salon. It’s fancy, but minus the attitude. I go to Sydney or Eugene. I also love Jin Soon’s nail spas. She has every color you could ever want and they make you feel like a spoiled rich girl while you’re there.

What NYC neighborhood do you live in? What makes it most beautiful in your eyes?

Harlem. It’s not a cookie-cutter neighborhood. There are so many different types of people mixing together. Go to the Starbucks on 125th Street for proof. There you can find a business man in a suit, a German tourist and a street vendor all waiting for their lattes.

Originally published July 2008

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2 Responses to “A Girl in the Beauty Department”

Mischo Beauty Says:

Great interview! Love that she’s a Ted Gibson Salon fan too!


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Adio Akil Says:

Hi! I am with Praises All Natural Products. I am
sure whatever you are using for your hair is great
but I know of something that could be better and more nourishing for your hair. Have you ever heard of Kuumba Hair and Scalp conditioner by Praises. It can be found at Watkins Health foodstore on 125th street near Lenox avenue.

Here’s to good healthy hair.

Adio Akil


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