Feb 2012 03

Entertainment Journalist and American Hair & Makeup Artist Sophia Lenore

In July 2011 hairstylist and makeup artist to the stars, Sophia Lenore, decided to make Berlin, Germany, her third home to accommodate her celebrity and socialite clients. Until recently celebrity hair and makeup artist Sophia Lenore spent her time flying back and forth between her two homes in New York City and Miami, Florida. “Now I just need a place in California” Sophia stated in an interview with Miami Very Social Magazine. Sophia Lenore is married to retired tennis player turned pro athlete trainer, Philipp Halfmann, whose busy tennis touring schedule greatly influenced Sophia’s decision to relocate to Berlin, Germany. “Both my schedule and my husband’s schedule were getting so chaotic. I was traveling all over the place for photo shoots, films, television shows, runways shows you name it! Phil’s schedule was just as crazy because he was spending 6 months in America and 6 months in Europe touring and training athletes. So, I thought, why don’t I just start working more in Europe myself?” So after making the decision to move to Europe 3 months later Sophia was on a plane to Berlin with 15 suitcases. “I never travel light”. Sophia laughs.

Sophia Lenore’s arrival in Berlin, Germany, was abrupt and noticed by many! “As soon as I arrived in Berlin I got so busy!! Suddenly I had new agents, new clients, several new projects, a slew of new hair and makeup assistants, and a new title to add to my resume”. Sophia Lenore is the new School Director as well as the Director of Education at Yab Academy for hair and makeup.

However Sophia finds the balance and never shows signs of being overwhelmed.” I will never allow myself to become so busy that my clients in America and Europe, who have grown dependent and accustomed to having me available to them, can’t even get me on the phone”. “I am always taking new clients, and signing on for new projects. If I am available and in town you can book me, there is no ego here”.

Celebrity Beauty Tips & Regimens
Feb 2012 08


Have you ever wondered what beauty products celebrities use to stay looking so flawless and perfect? Well, you’re in luck because that’s my forte! I have the privilege of working with some of the most beautiful celebrities in the entertainment industry. Since I spend much of my time getting up close and personal with some of the most famous faces in the world, I always get the 411 on all of their beauty regimens straight from the celebrities themselves (as well as from fellow celebrity makeup artists & hairstylists). My readers, friends and followers have requested that I cover Beyonce’s beauty regimens. So if you if you always wanted to know what was in Bey’s beauty bag your in luck because it’s all right here!

Beyonce (King B if your nasty)

Beyonce is a beautiful woman with and without makeup, period! I am sure she has a very hectic schedule and life, which consists of world tours, films, commercials, performances, music videos, studio sessions, appearances and God knows what else. With such a busy life when can she make time to maintain and preserve her natural beauty? Easy, Beyonce keeps it simple.

Many people look up to celebrities not only for their talent but also for their beauty. Sometimes a celebrities beauty and good looks is attributed to make up and photo-shop; but we can’t deny that some celebs just look damn good naturally!  Beyonce has flawless skin and a curvaceous body. Even without any make up on, she still looks great and therefore proving that she’s a natural beauty.

We all has little beauty routines and secretes for looking good. Some might even have beauty secrets that they don’t want to share.  Thankfully, Beyonce love’s to share her beauty tips & secretes. Beyonce is feminine, stylish and is not afraid to experiment, so let’s take a look at some of Beyonce’s beauty regimens, as well some of her favorite beauty products.

“I feel it is important for women to take care of themselves and look good” -Beyonce.

“I believe in women sticking together and recognizing how much we can learn from one another, supporting one another and asking questions. If you think someone is beautiful, watch them and ask questions and see how you can do the same thing, as opposed to comparing yourself to them.” -Beyonce.

Aquaphor by Eucerin

Beyonce knows the secret to smooth healthy looking skin, she moisturizes often. Bey’s choice is Aquaphor by Eucerin. She applies this extremely moisturizing product to her face and body nightly before bed.

This product looks and feels like Vaseline, however it is extremely moisturizing and it has great healing properties (great for cuts, burns, sunburns, scars, ect). If applied to the entire body before bedtime you’ll wake up with skin that is super soft and supple.

“I use Aquaphor for everything—on my elbows, on my feet.” -Beyonce.


Carol’s Daughter products

During the day, Beyonce uses moisturizing products from Carol’s  Daughter. Beyonce’s regimen of Aquaphor by Eucerin at night and Carol’s Daughter products during the day will keep Beyonce  looking young and supple well into her 50′s and 60′s.

Carol’s Daughter products are all natural, and they can be used on all skin types. Each product is packed full of vital nutrients that your skin needs to replenish itself. Carol’s Daughter has a large variety of products of all of your beauty needs.  The beauty line offers products for the hair, face & body. Each product smells delicious and is soothing to the skin.

“There’s a scrub by Carol’s Daughter called Ocean Sea Salt Scrub. It feels like the beach, and it has the most beautiful scent. I’m always rushing, and this scrub is moisturizing, so it cuts out a step for me because I don’t have to completely cover myself with lotion” -Beyonce.

“I love the Jamaican Punch and Mango Mélange sent’s from Carol’s Daughter, they are my favorites” -Beyonce.











Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Illuminating Fluid

Dying to know how Beyonce achieves her beautiful flawless complexion? She loves combining her makeup foundation with Georgio Armani Fluid Sheer, which creates a gorgeous glowy after effect on her face.

Giorgio Armani’s Fluid Sheer Illuminating Fluid dresses skin in an illuminating veil of radiance. This unique, translucent formula is available in a range of versatile hues including makeup base shades, correcting shades, and radiance boosting shades. You can blend your  favorite fluid sheer with your favorite foundation to add radiance, polish and sculpting definition to your complexion. Or you can use it alone as a makeup base. Beyonce loves using Armani Fluid Sheer, another reason why she always looks amazing.

I mix Giorgio  Armani’s Fluid Sheer with my foundation for an extra glow” -Beyonce.

Natura Bisse Diamond Cream

Anti-aging bio-regenerative treatment

This extraordinarily luxurious anti-aging cream has a double lifting effect.  The product is formulated for all skin types and provides spectacular results. Natura Bisse Diamond Cream is the like the fountain of youth in a jar!


  • Double lifting effect.
  • Diminishes expression lines and wrinkles.
  • Increase firmness and elasticity.
  • Restore skin tone, provides a silky texture and an extraordinary luminosity.

“I put on Natura Bisse Moisturizer every morning and every night” -Beyonce.

“I love it because it’s rich but still mild.” -Beyonce.












L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Perfecting Base

Discover the secrete to perfect skin texture. Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base performs instant smoothing results that last all day. The silky, lightweight formula glides onto skin and minimizes the look of pores and fine lines. Skin looks and feels smoothed and resurfaced. The results are skin that is beautifully matte and flawless.

“It helps my foundation go on super smoothly.”-Beyonce.


Mally Beauty Learn About Beyonces Favorite Beauty Products and Why You Should Stock up on Them too!


Mally Beauty City Chick Smoky Eye Kit 

If you’re wondering how Beyonce gets her amazing smoky eye look, she uses a Mally Beauty kit to achieve her infamous stunning eyes that stand out on the red carpet. Mally quotes on their website that the “Mally’s all-in-one eye kit has what you need for eyes that are smooth, real, and sexy never heavy or fake,” and I agree, Beyonce’s eye makeup is always stunning!

“With my make up, I was doing a lot of liquid liner before. Now I’m into a gold smokey eye and natural tone lip” - Beyonce.


Kimble Hair Care


Kimble Hair Care Wax Stick 

What is Beyonce’s secret weapon to taming her fly-aways? Look no further then the wax stick by Kimble Hair Care.

This wax stick conquers unwanted friz and stubborn fly-aways during the humid months when your hair just doesn’t want to stay in place. Refine any look with this stick that results in wispy and lovely locks after applying it to your hair.

“This wax stick by my hairstylist Kim Kimble; I always keep it with me for my flyaways.”  -Beyoncé.


FHI Heat Platform Iron


FHI products are easy to use and they have adjustable temperature control (140°F to 450°F).
These tools offers the widest temperature range that is ideal for all hair types.  FHI styling tools also provide damp to dry styling capabilities. Some other features include:

• Anti-Slip Grip Handle and Beveled Plates help control the hair for endless styling possibilities
• Beveled plates allow you to create multiple styles from straight smooth styles to glamorous waves and curls
• Exclusive Proprietary Nano-Fuzeion™ Technology, Gentle Far Infrared Heat, and low EMF (Electromagnetic Field) prevents damage to the hair to produce unmatched conditioning and shine
• Ergonomically designed with a professional 12ft swivel cord that includes a Velcro closure and hang up hook for ease of storage
• 1 Year Warranty

Stylist Kimberly Kimble straightened Beyoncé’s hair using the FHI Heat 1-inch Platform iron.

“I’m crazy about the FHI Heat Flat iron! I can’t live without my flat iron! It takes me about an hour to do my hair and the only time I don’t is when I’m on vacation.”  -Beyonce.










Johnson’s baby lotion

With that unmistakable baby fresh scent!

This lotion is the # 1 choice of hospitals. This ultra-gentle lotion softens and nourishes, for baby softness. Johnson’s baby lotion is rich but fast-absorbing, it leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, not greasy.  It’s hypoallergenic, as well as allergy and dermatologist-tested. Johnson’s baby lotion is clinically proven to be gentle and mild.

“It does the job, and I love the smell.”-Beyonce

Now you know some of Beyonce’s beauty secrets and regimens. I highly suggest visiting your local department store or cosmetics counter to sample and try some of these amazing products yourself, so that can discover your inner Diva!

If you want me to reveal the beauty tips & regimens of your favorite celebrity leave a comment or request.


Sophia Lenore

Celebrity Hair & Makeup Artist

Beauty & Entertainment Journalist






Feb 2012 12

Ms. Lauryn Hill's tour schedule for the evening hanging on my makeup station wall.
















Sophia Lenore working with Lauren Hill in Concert (Berlin, Germany) (Setting up my makeup station backstage)



Sophia Lenore working with Lauren Hill in Concert (Berlin, Germany)











Sophia Lenore working with Lauren Hill in Concert (Berlin, Germany)











The fabulous Ms. Lauryn Hill is on tour in Europe, I had the honor and privillage of working with Lauryn and her background singers during their stop in Germany. I also had the pleasure of watching her kill it on stage after me and the rest of the hair, makeup and wardrobe team finished making Lauryn and her band beautiful. It was a wonderful night and a very memorable experience.


Sophia Lenore


Mar 2012 10

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When did a tragedy in life come with a recovery routine? I am talking about when tragedies happen to celebrities and socialites of course.

Lately, I can’t help but notice that when bad things happen in the life of celebrities they don’t take time to themselves or turn to family and friends only to get them through the pain. Instead they turn to Oprah and the public! It has become so routine that you can almost predict who a celebrity is going to turn to during their time of need based on the tragedy or based on who the celebrity is.

Tragedy  and The Recovery Routine

Tragedy Recovery Routine
Drug addition  Rehab & A Visit to Dr. Drew
Sex Addition, Cheating on the spouse, Caught in sex act, Producing a sex tape Sex rehab & Visit Pierce Morgan Tonight (Maybe Oprah too)
Celebrity death in the family, Celebrity has a brush with death Family of the celebrity goes on Oprah, Pierce Morgan & The View
Celebrity divorce, Celebrity separation Visit to The View & Oprah. Also an interview on E! News
Celebrity accident (car accident, skiing accident, injured on film set, etc) A visit to The View and an interview on E! News
Random celebrity scandal and negative rumors A Visit To The View, Ellen Degeneres & Pierce Morgan
Celebrity child dies or become sick or takes the wrong path A Visit to The View, Oprah and maybe Pierce Morgan

It has become expected or normal to share your pain with the world even when the tragedy or situation is considered very personal by most people. Why has painful experiences and personal strife become necessary public knowledge. This is not therapeutic or helpful for the celebrity. If a person needs to talk to someone to cope with a tragedy they should go to a professional therapist or psychologist. Although Oprah and the ladies at The View are very mothering and they APPEAR to be concerned, the fact is they are not professional therapists or psychologists, they are simply professional conversationalist! So why would anyone put their person pain and grief on display only for public speculation, opinion, ridicule and judgement. More importantly when did this become an acceptable way of life or the routine.

If you have never noticed this before or did not know this at all, now you know……………


Sophia Lenore



Mar 2012 11

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Yes, it is official!! French actor Olivier Martinez  and Halle Berry are engaged to be married!!

Oliver was at Miami’s South Beach on Saturday to attend the opening of his new restaurant “Villa Azur”. This is where Oliver confirmed his engagement to actress Halle Berry during an interview with Miami.com. When Oliver was ask by Miami.com about the rumors surrounding about him and Halle getting secretly engaged, Oliver answered “Yes, of course it’s true!”


The Ring

Also there were many contradicting rumors surrounding the engagement ring and its designer.

“There is a jeweler taking credit for doing the ring and it’s a lie!,” said Martinez. “They have nothing to do with this.” So who is the real designer behind the emerald-and-yellow-gold stunner you might ask? Olivier revealed that the ring’s true designer is “real artist” Robert Mazio, a jeweler from his Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood in Paris, whose family has been designing jewelry for “kings and queens for many centuries.” Wow, so Oliver gave Halle a custom made ring designed for a Queen, fabulous!

Halle Berry Swore off Marrigae

My only question is what changed Halle’s mind about marriage. After Halle Berry ended her marriage to Eric Bennett she visited the Oprah Winfrey show and swore off marriage for good stating, “I will never marry again”. This was a factor when Halle was in her last relationship with male model Gabriel Aubrey; it was common knowledge that Gabriel really wanted to marry Halle, but since she had sworn off marriage Halle  refused to marry Gabriel and turned down his marriage proposal.  So now this engagement seems very sudden to most people since Halle began dating Oliver right after Gabriel. The is also very significant because Halle is asking a judge to allow her to move to France with Olivier, and 3-year-old Nahla who is the child she had with Gabriel Aubrey. Halle and Gabriel have been going through a very nasty child custody battle over Nahla, so Halle attempting to move out of the country with Nahla may add more fuel to the fiery custody battel between Halle and Gabriel.

In California and most states, a judge would look at the stability of the parent’s relationship and a marital relationship might appear far more stable and persuasive to a judge than boyfriend and girlfriend relationship. No word yet on when Halle and Oliver will marry, but we’re told a marriage will DEFINITELY take place.

Congrats to the happy couple!

If you didn’t know, now your in the know………


Sophia Lenore


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