Dollar General: A Day of Beauty 2016 Recap


Last Friday I traveled to Nashville for Dollar General's #ADayofBeauty with my Cantu Beauty family. I was so excited to see them after a very successful Essence Fest and couldn't wait to get yet another event under our belts and explore Nashville as well. We landed early Friday to get set up and ready for Saturday's event. After set up, we strolled the streets of Nashville (we had no idea it was the bachlorette capital), taking in all the sites, eating some of the yummy local food, and catching up from being apart for a whole week! 


If you're ever in Nashville two MUST-HAVES are The Farmhouse & Jeni's Ice Cream! Hands down my first spots of the weekend. We did end up hanging out with the locals for an evening filled with dancing before heading back to our hotel to rest up for our full day ahead. 

My Curl, My Cantu


The theme for us was to educate those who were not familiar with the brand and also let our consumers know about the products that Dollar General carry. We were able to hand out samples, let consumers feel, smell, and see the results of using Cantu! Global Stylist, Maria Antoinette styled two amazing quick summer hairstyles on our hair models and I was able to  talk through each style to educate everyone watching and listening on how each product should be used. We answered tons of questions, had fun and educational giveaways of full-sized products, and snapped photos with tons of followers/fans of our personal brands. The Cantu booth was never empty and we really enjoyed hanging out with everyone and talking all things Cantu Beauty!


It's all about educating others on how Cantu can work for them and how to use the products properly. I really enjoy talking to others about a brand I love and use on a daily/weekly basis. Thank you so much to Dollar General for putting on such an amazing event. From the brunch to event day, everything was a success! I really enjoyed the panels and the amazing performance by the beautiful KeKe Wyatt. Hearing her gorgeous voice made working the event that much easier. Looking forward to next years Dollar General's #ADayofBeauty!

What Cantu products are you currently using?

If you'd like to see more tips for using certain products, where you can find them locally in Charlotte, or pop-up events around the city let me know in the comment section below. 

Until next time Nashville! 


Melissa Chanel

Save on Skin Care this Summer at CVS

By the time you read this, I'll be laying on a beach, cocktail with umbrella in hand, and soaking up all the sun I can in the BAHAMAS! Before leaving, I had to make sure I gave my skin its best summer ever with help from Dove, Simple, and Vaseline, all available at CVS. 


My summers are usually spent pool-side, exploring a new city, or participating in some fun outdoor activity and my skin tends to dry out from it all. I have to make sure I exfoliate and moisturize on a regular because who wants rough skin, right?!  Want to know my go-to spot for all things skin and body? CVS. It's easy to run in and stock up on all my skin care items in one spot. Are you ready to find your summer favorites and stock up on skin care items too? Well, I have a treat for you. Head over to your local CVS between 7/17/16- 7/23/2016 and take advantage of a special Buy One, Get One 50% off offer on Dove, Simple, and Vaseline products, plus additional offers. Talk about BIG SAVINGS! Thank me later. 

Are you still in the trial and error period when it comes to skin care items? Don't worry, it took me some time to find the right products that worked for my skin as well. If you're thinking of trying something new click to take a skin care quiz that will suggest products based on your skin needs. If you're not the quiz taking type you will still receive $1 off coupon for watching Dr. Gohara's latest love your skin video. How cool is that?! 

It's giveaway time! Remember that quiz I just told you about, take it here:, then come back and comment on this post. Tell me what product recommendation you received from Dr. Mona Gohara for a chance to win a $25 CVS gift card and sample kit (you win a gift card, you win a gift card...I think I'm Oprah at times, lol)! I'm just trying to keep your skin smooth all summer long, so HURRY! Giveaway rules here

*Kit includes: Dove Deep Moisture, Vaseline Advance Repair, and Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash. 

Don't neglect your skin. Let's celebrate your summer glow together! 

Post sponsored by MIrum Shopper. Opinions are 100% my own


Melissa Chanel

Summer Break With Magnum Chocolate

We all need a break sometimes, whether it be from work, school, or just life in general. We deserve a day, right? A day to do something we absolutely love! Being a creative I try to take a day every now and then to reset and find inspiration. Today is that day, and you know where I'm headed? To grab a few Magnum Chocolate Bars I hid from myself in the freezer. Yup, they're my guilty pleasure. I'm a pretty healthy eater, but today it's time to indulge in one of my favorite sweet treats! 

This is a sponsored post by Mirum Shopper, all opinions are my own.


When I take a break I like to go big, like Magnum Double Caramel BIG! As soon as I bite into the chocolatey coating and taste that caramel and vanilla bean ice cream....O-M-G I'm in heaven. But what makes this sweet treat even sweeter is that Target is offering a special on all Magnum Chocolate Bars now until 7/30/2016 so you guys can take a break with me, whoop whoop! I took advantage and grabbed a few and off I went to my local outdoor shopping mall. I found a bench where I could enjoy my ice cream and people watch. 


I met tons of new people, watched the children in my community play in the water sprinklers (always fun), and made a few new friends. You can never go wrong with a sweet treat and a smiling face. Are you not that into caramel? Don't worry Magnum has a few options for you to choose from, like Double Raspberry, Double Chocolate, Double Peanut butter, and Double Chocolate Vanilla. So you know what that means right?! Head over to your local Target for this 2 for $7 deal (only valid on 3 pack), duh! Wait, there's more. You can save 5% off with the current Cartwheel offer. I'm talking deals on deals! Get more info below.

So take a break, it's time! Before that break, head to your local Target and grab a few of your favorite Magnum Chocolate Bar flavors and indulge. 


How lucky are you feeling today? If it's lucky enough to win a $25 Target Gift Card, keep reading! 

The official rules are here. GOOD LUCK! 

If you had to pick one Magnum Chocolate Bar Ice Cream flavor which would you indulge in? Oh yeah, and does anyone else hide their favorite chocolatey treats from themselves to enjoy when you're all alone like me?! *hides face*


Melissa Chanel

Essence Festival 2016 + Cantu Beauty

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I'm baacccccck from a 10-day work trip with Cantu Beauty to talk all things Essence Festival! I was so excited when the team asked me to join them in New Orleans as one of the 4 influencers that would be on staff. I traveled to New Orleans last year for vacation, but never experienced the Essence Festival as a whole. First things first, putting on something like this is HARD work, but seeing it all come together was well worth it. I really enjoying talking to and educating others on hair care and I met sooo many amazing people on this trip. I couldn't believe I had followers all the way in New Orleans, still unreal. Are you ready to jump right into the good stuff? 


We're LIVE at the Cantu booth. Day one was all about the kids and filled with tons of fun! I met new people, helped them pick out a product they would love for their kids hair and went out to get street style & hair on the Cantu Cam. You see the mom in the bottom right corner, yeah she has 4 girls plus herself...can you imagine what wash day was like for her?! We sent her and the girls inside to get tons of goodies from our crew, talk about excited!!!! We were able to give out tons of free product, fans/customers snapped photos with the team, Cantu's Global Stylist Maria had LIVE hair demos with two beautiful little girls, and if I must say so myself Cantu had the best beauty booth with a line a mile and a half long! 


Day two was all about My Curl. My Cantu. A reminder that it's about YOU & your hair is your best accessory. We even had special guest Syncopated Ladies perform on the Style & Beauty Stage, it was awesome. I thought we had a lot of people stop by Friday, but NO Saturday was record breaking for our booth! We had people stop by that loved Cantu and couldn't live without it and also those who were introduced to the product that day and we were excited to share our stories as influencers and give them tips and tricks for hair care. 


Everyone received a FREE full-sized product and even got a mini performance from Syncopated Ladies at the booth! Maria even styled all of the ladies hair and she did an AH-MAZING job. 

The experience was one for the record books. It was all work, but we were also able to enjoy the great food New Orleans had to offer, the Essence Fest concerts (which were FUN), and nightlife. So yes, I pretty much didn't sleep the whole time in NOLA, but it was so worth it!


I think my favorite places to eat were Palace Cafe, Cajun Seafood, and Oceana. I know I've probably gained 10 lbs, but it was all so worth it! And you can't leave New Orleans without the Big Easy frozen drinks and beignets.  


We all came back together for one last day of convention fun! Sunday was filled with more giveaways and educating everyone on the Cantu products and brand. It was so great to meet, snap pictures and laugh with so many people that loved Cantu just as much as ME! So if you stopped by to chat, grab a sample, take pictures, watch demos, or get educated on the brand...THANK YOU! We had such an amazing time with each and every one of you. 


Have you tried the Cantu line or interested in giving it a try? Well, why not keep the excitement of Essence Fest going with a Cantu Beauty + Melissa Chanel Giveaway. 

The rules are simple. 

  1. Follow @CantuBeauty on Instagram. 
  2. Leave a comment below this post with your favorite Cantu product or the product you'd like to try.

That's all. The winner will be announced in the comment section of this post on Wednesday, July 13th at NOON. 


Melissa Chanel


CurlFest 2016 Recap


If you missed CurlFest yesterday don't worry I have a full recap that's about to go down RIGHT NOW! I was honored to head to NYC to work with my Cantu Crew at this year's CurlFest. I flew to New York on Friday afternoon and couldn't wait to see all my natural girls and education them on the Cantu brand. This year was BIGGER and BETTER than last year and last year was BIG! From 1-6pm I spent time boosting naturals self-esteem, educated them about what products work well for their hair, playing fun games in the Cantu Game Zone, and making sure EVERYONE I came in contact with was having a blast! We had sooo many giveaways, free t-shirts, full-size products, samples, and snapped selfies on selfies all day long. Enough of me going on and on about the event...take a look inside.


My blogger boo Janae & I had the game zone on lock! We had so much fun playing Jenga, hula hoop, cards, and more with all the fans and lovers of Cantu. They were so excited to win and receive their Cantu Beauty swag!  


After fans played, laughed, won, lost, received all the goodies we sent them over to our tent where Cantu Crew member Edgy and our Cantu volunteer educated them on the brand and gave out fun styling cards.


The Cantu line and support was real on yesterday! We loved seeing all our fans and followers telling us how much they loved the brand and already had every product we chatted about! The Cantu Crew is worldwide!!! 


We couldn't ask for a more perfect day to celebrate LIFE and I wouldn't have wanted to be a part of any other team. Missed out this year, don't worry. See you same time, same place next year!  

Thanks so much to the ladies of Curly Girl Collective for creating such an amazing event! We understand the time and long nights you've put in to make it successful. Can't wait for next year! 

What was your favorite part of CurlFest? 


Melissa Chanel