King Of Vegas Nightlife The Light Group's Nick Gold's Guide To Sin City

It's safe to say Light Group's Creative Director Nick Gold knows a thing or two about Las Vegas nightlife. Rising in the ranks in the U.K. club scene for nearly two decades (he started as a front door host), Gold is now solid working for management company whose portfolio includes Vegas' hottest venues including The Bank, 1 OAK, Haze, and most recently, Cirque du Soleil-inspired Light Nightclub and Ibiza-influenced Daylight Beach Club. Now Nick gives VIBE the 411 on the 702, providing his favorite Sin City spots for day or night.

Nick Gold's Guide to Experiencing Vegas like a Local
My favorite thing about living in Las Vegas is: I love living in Vegas because it’s a very convenient city that’s pretty easy to navigate and parking is easy everywhere. It’s also a true 24-hour city so if you want to go grocery shopping at 3 am you can. You can even get a mani/pedi 24/7!

The best way to get noticed while waiting in line to get into one of the hottest clubs: Make an effort and dress up! If you’re a big group I would advise booking a table in advance.

Favorite place to stay: I love staying at Vdara. It’s a non-gaming, dog-friendly hotel that’s all suites as well. The spa is also amazing.

Favorite bar/restaurant off the strip: There are some amazing restaurants in Vegas both on and off the strip. My favorite off strip restaurant is Golden Steer. It’s been around since the 1950’s and was a favorite of Marilyn Monroe, The Rat Pack and John Wayne. Their steaks are spectacular and you have to order the Caesar Salad which is made table side.

Best pool party: Has to be Daylight. I love that it’s so easy to get to from the strip and there’s plenty of parking. That and the fact that they have some greatest EDM DJ’s on the roster makes it a winner. The night time party on Wednesday’s “Eclipse” is amazing as well.

Best nightlife venue: I love The Bank nightclub in Bellagio. It’s not the newest club on the strip but it has a certain class and sophistication that is second to none. The quality of service is spot on.

An off the beaten path activity for Vegas visitors: Vegas has something for everyone. From hiking in Red Rock to spending a day on the lake at Lake Mead. I highly recommend checking out The Mob Museum downtown as it gives a good insight into the history of Vegas.

Best way to spend a low-key day or night in Vegas: There is nothing better than West Wind Drive In Movies in North Las Vegas. Tickets are cheap and the concession has a good selection.

Best strip club tip for visitors: The majority of strip clubs in Vegas offer a free limo service and utilizing it is a good way to expedite entry.

Something in Vegas I'll never get tired of is: Watching the fountains at Bellagio or being a tourist for the day and just walking down the strip enjoying the sights. Vegas is the only city in the world where you can start with the Pyramids of Egypt, enjoy the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower, and finish with a Venetian gondola ride.

Favorite dish in Las Vegas: Big Eye Tuna Pizza at Yellowtail.

Favorite late night munchies: I am a big fan of They offer an amazing selection of restaurants and cuisines. Many are open 24 hrs as well.

Best sports book: Really depends what you’re looking for. The sports book at The Hilton is great and very popular as the odds are good but the sports book at Venetian is very plush!

Best spot to take a date if you are there with a significant other: Circo in Bellagio. Amazing Italian food, effortless service, amazing view of Bellagio Fountains and desserts to die for So make sure you make room for dessert!

Favorite show in Las Vegas: Cirque du Soleil ‘O’ show in Bellagio.

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Kush & Splendor: 5 CBD Beauty Products That’ll Take Your Self-Care Routine From 0 To 100

Lotions, creams, and salves—oh my! With cannabidiol (CBD) popping up in just about every product you can imagine, the cannabis-infused beauty industry is clearly on the come-up. In fact, analysts predict that the “wellness” movement—as well as the legalization of Mary Jane across the world—will help rake in $25 billion globally in the next 10 years, according to Business Insider. That’s 15 percent of the $167 billion skincare market.

And what better way to up the ante on one’s wellness routine than with all-natural CBD? Just ask Dr. Lana Butner, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at NYC’s Modrn Sanctuary, who incorporates CBD in her treatments.

“CBD is a fantastic addition to acupuncture sessions for both its relaxation and anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects,” Butner shares with Vixen. “The calming effects of CBD allows for patients to deeply relax into the treatment and really tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, digestion and muscle repair/regeneration.”

She adds that CBD’s pain-relieving effects are “far-reaching,” from muscular and joint pains to migraines and arthritis—and even IBS and indigestion.

The magic lies in CBD’s ability to impact endocannabinoid receptor activity in our bodies. Without getting too wordy, our bodies come equipped with a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the HBIC over our sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD teams up with this system to help reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters. According to Healthline, CBD has also been scientifically shown to impact the brain’s receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating our mood and social behavior.

All that said, it’s important to note that not all CBD products are created equal. Many brands cashing in on the green beauty wave use hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, in place of CBD... which doesn’t make them any less great! Hemp seed oil is actually high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids—all of which are for your skin.

“It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet,” Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, told Well and Good last month. “In terms of skin care, it’s known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin.”

However, when companies start marketing CBD and hemp oil as one-in-the-same, that’s when things get a bit tricky.

“The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” Lewis added. “Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD.”

So if you’re looking to benefit from the perks specifically attributed to CBD, make sure you’re reading labels before buying, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hell, ask for a product’s test results, while you’re at it. It never hurts to be sure.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, are you ready to see what all the hype is about? For this 4/20, we rounded up a few CBD (and hemp!)-infused products to help give your self-care routine a bit of a boost. Looks like your holiday just got that much kushier. You’re welcome!

Note: Data and regulations surrounding CBD and its use are still in development. That said, please don’t take anything written in this post as medical or legal advice, and definitely double check the laws in your state. Also, please do your body a favor and hit up your doctor before trying any new supplements. We’re just tryna look out for you. Okay? Okay. Read on.

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Jamie Foxx and Grey Goose take over The Times Square Edition bar to Live Victoriously launch event.
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Jamie Foxx Takes Over Grey Goose Happy Hour, Announces Comedy Tour

Leave it to Jamie Foxx to take over a New York City happy hour. To celebrate the launch of Grey Goose's latest campaign, Live Victoriously, the actor and comedian made a surprise appearance at The Time Square EDITION Hotel on Tuesday (April 16).

As attendees were treated to after-work cocktails like "Angel of Music" (Grey Goose vodka, sparkling rosé, and lemon cardamom) and "The Grey Goose Martini" (Grey Goose vodka, dry vermouth, orange bitters with a twist of lemon), Foxx walked behind the bar, took over and mingled with attendees. Bar-goers joined him behind the bar, danced, showcased some dancing and rapping talents on the impromptu "Grey Goose Idol" and jammed out to songs like "Blame It" (feat. T-Pain). Later in the evening, Pepa of Salt-N-Pepa made an appearance, Foxx cracked jokes and announced his upcoming, Kill the Comedian Tour, his first stand-up tour since his last comedy special in 2003.

As Jamie busted throwback moves behind the bar with bar-goers, comedians Aidy Bryant of Shrill and SNL’s Colin Jost made surprise appearances at Brooklyn's Extra Fancy and the Financial District's Underdog. Bryant and Jost performed spontaneous stand-up comedy routines and played a small game of sending selfies to each other.

Scroll through more photos from Jamie Foxx's appearance at Grey Goose's Live Victoriously event down below. Like Foxx wrote in his Instagram post, "Sometimes you gotta turn up on a Tuesday" and celebrating life's small, everyday moments.

Turning a random Tuesday into a night to remember. This is how to #LiveVictoriously ✌🏽. @iamjamiefoxx

— Grey Goose (@GreyGoose) April 17, 2019

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Rihanna Trademarks "Fenty Skin"

Rihanna's "Fenty" brand is expanding once again. After filing a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Mar. 25, Riri has officially secured a trademark for "Fenty Skin," Page Six confirms.

Fenty Skin will reportedly consist of a line of "medicated and non-medicated skincare, soap, body care and personal care products, and related accessories such as kits, tools and applicators." It will not include color cosmetic, perfume, or other fragrance products, however.

Although the trademark was approved only one month after the application was filed, Page Six notes that an examining attorney still has to process the trademark, which could take up to three months.

Once Fenty Skin is finalized though, it will join Rihanna's other thriving lines including the culturally-inclusive makeup collection, Fenty Beauty. The singer also has a lingerie line called Savage x Fenty.

Be on the lookout for Fenty Skin.


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