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Meet nelli...

The Purpose Driven Artist

Shennel Patrick, better known as Nelli, is a Makeup Artist, Beauty Expert and a Serial Creative whose vision extends far beyond the palette. She’s making strides in the beauty industry, landing celebrity clients, magazine features, and  success as a Beauty Educator + Content Creator. Nelli’s unwavering ambition and stubborn determination have meant that not even a challenging childhood, many difficult years as an undocumented immigrant in the concrete jungles of Brooklyn, or a near-fatal car accident could deter her passion for Makeup Artistry and all things Beauty. 

Nelli's commitment to her Artistry is total - MIND, BODY + SPIRIT. God being the ultimate Creator + Artist, she believes He places a calling over the lives of the ones He blesses with the Gift of Creating.  Far beyond tips + techniques, she also believes her purpose as an Educator is to enlighten Artists (particularly in the Beauty Industry) on the importance of staying connected to the Giver of their gifts in order to manifest it's intended power. Your gifts can only make room for you through TOTAL submission to God. 

As she grows professionally and spiritually, Nelli's vision is to expand the way in which she connects to and transform her client's Beauty. Blessed with the gifts of creating, inspiring, educating and healing, Nelli believes that GOD has called her to awaken the BEAUTY WITHIN. With hopes of one day being a Global Beauty Educator + Healer - Nelli stays awake studying African Beauty across the globe. The mission is to highlight, honor and celebrate African Beauty, internationally. 

Spirit has begun a GOOD work and Nelli is excited to be a vessel!

"Outward beauty is merely a veil - if your Spirit has not yet found it's way home." xoxo Nelli


afro - cuban skincare + beauty workshop


The collaborative project of the Afro - Cuban Skin Care + Beauty Workshop builds on the work of Hey Dr. Cort! and El Club del Espendru to promote pride and awareness of Black culture, identity, and history in the Afro - Cuban community. 

The goal of the Afro - Cuban Skin Care + Beauty Workshop is to empower Afro - Cuban women via education and access to beauty products and beauty + skincare knowledge. By utilizing education of best skincare practices for melanated skin as a tool, we seek to empower Afro - Cubans to recognize, embrace and celebrate their unique features and skin tones by providing the  best beauty resources for melanated skin that is not available on the island.

The Afro - Cuban Skincare + Beauty Workshop follows up on the programming of El Club del Espendru, which includes: The Annual Festival de las Munecas Negras (Black Doll Festival), their collaborative community workshops for Black hair care and styling, Afro - Cuban history, as well a Afro - Vegan nutrition and sustainable urban farming initiatives. Funds raised will support future programming of El Club del Espendru on the island.  


We need your help to make it happen!

Last July we attempted to execute this workshop, but, due to the Trump administration travel regulations, we unfortunately had to cancel. 

The Power of Social Media so was beautifully and generously exercised when our communities came together and donated over 70 pounds of makeup + skincare products. Dr. Cort and other members of the team travelled to Cuba and were able to meet with over 30 women who were planning to attend the workshop. The products were distributed amongst these women, who so graciously appreciated them. We've now rescheduled the Afro-Cuban Skincare + Beauty Workshop to take place December 7-8 in Havana, Cuba. 

We would love your help in form of donations, and beauty products specifically for darker skin tones. Products such as, moisturizers, foundation, concealer, serums, powders, mascara, lipsticks -all donations, no matter the size are welcome. 


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