Interview: Audrina Phoenix & KiKi Fierce Talk Haus of LaRouge Collection

Chicago's favorite drag family just released an all-natural skincare collection with Beauty Kitchen by Heather Marianna. 

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If you love drag and haven't heard of the Haus of LaRouge, you're missing out. CeeCee LaRouge, Ki'Arra Ross, KiKi Fierce and Audrina Phoenix are some of the most talented queens I've ever laid eyes on.

The tight-knit drag family is super popular online; their 12,000-member Fans of Haus of LaRouge Facebook group just won Best Online Group at the Candy & Chaun Awards. Recently, they teamed up with my friend Heather Marianna, CEO of Beauty Kitchen, to create a skincare line for their devoted fanbase and beyond. 

Read on for my fun interview with Haus members Audrina and KiKi. We talk about their creative process, sex-positivity and more!

For those who are new to the amazing Haus of LaRouge, please introduce yourselves individually. 

KiKi Fierce: Hello, my name is KiKi Fierce, or boy name Nico Garcia. I’m the youngest drag queen out of the group - drag years, not real years [laughs] - I’m 28 and I’ve been doing drag for about five years now. I was the third member to be added to the Haus of LaRouge. I’m known for my fierce FX makeup, and teaching people to live a more body-positive and self confident life.

 Nico Garcia/Kiki Fierce

Nico Garcia/Kiki Fierce

Audrina Phoenix: Hello love, my name is Audrina Phoenix, the newest and fourth member of the Haus of LaRouge. I am 26 years old and I have been embarking on this drag lifestyle for a total of five years. I probably wouldn’t be apart of any of this if it wasn’t for my best friend KiKi Fierce… no literally, she dragged me into this! 

 Adam Rivera/Audrina Phoenix

Adam Rivera/Audrina Phoenix

What do you think is the “X factor” that makes Haus of LaRouge so beloved?

KiKi: Honestly it’s our compatibility. It’s hard to find a group of friends that you totally connect with; you vibe off of each other and basically can finish each others’ sentences. Image that feeling you have with that one best friend, now times that by four. That’s what we have, we have the same determination and drive to succeed in everything we do. We just get each other, you know?

Audrina: I can honestly say I believe it’s because each of us brings something different to the table, yet we all mend so well together. CeeCee LaRouge is the household mother, and just like any other mother she keeps each of us in check. Performance-wise, she is the “class.” Everything she does is with elegance. 

Ki’Arra Ross is the oldest daughter to the household. Just like any other big sister, she looks out for our best interests. [Ki'Arra] is the “Southern” flavor of the group! She always takes you to church. When you see her perform, you can’t help but listen to each lyric to a song, and are mesmerized. 

KiKi Fierce is, well, the fierce one of the group. I believe my bestie was a stripper in another life… with a sprinkle of porn star. High kicks, splits and death drops are just a few of her skills. She brings the body confidence and “sex appeal” to the group. 

And lastly, Audrina Phoenix; the best thing that’s ever happened to this group of men. Apparently I’m the “bitch” of the group? [Laughs] I’ll take it. My personality is as fiery as my name. I keep it real, and don’t sugar coat a thing. When I perform, I make sure I paint the bitchiest mug and I bring all the “sassy” you could ever hope and dream for. You’re welcome!

 The Haus of LaRouge

The Haus of LaRouge

You have a new collab collection out with Beauty Kitchen! How did you connect with the fabulous Heather Marianna, CEO of the company?

KiKi: Honestly, it was one of our followers, Autumn. Autumn has been following us for months and months, and one day she told Heather (who is her BFF), “Hey, you need to check these guys out, you will love them.” After some slight stalking… [laughs]... just kidding... Heather watched us, reached out and the rest is history!

Audrina: Me and Heather are the same exact person, just the opposite sex. No, really! Just like Heather Marianna, I myself run my own business and chair. My full-time job is my business: Adam.RiveraHairstylist. [Heather] is an inspiration, because she built a business from the ground-up doing what she loves, and that takes a lot of balls to do. Not to mention, she’s effin' gorgeous. I’m sorry, what was the question...? I just connected very quickly because she’s real. Well, and gorg. She’s killin’ it and everyone should want to be their own CEO of an amazing brand and company. 

Describe your initial brainstorming process for the collab. 

KiKi: For me, it was all about bringing high-end products for the everyday woman and/or man. We wanted a variety of options, to tackle most common insecurities we have about our skin. From dryness to wrinkles to bags, and more. I believe we accomplished that with this line. 

Audrina: Each of us have a different mindset as to what we like, so it actually wasn’t that easy at first. We each came up with our favorite flavors and scents, and Heather came up with the breakdown with products. 

CeeCee was bubblegum and margarita, which was put into the body spray and body scrub. Ki'Arra was watermelon. Her scrub polish was named after her boyfriend, who is also a drag queen named China. [Ki'Arra's] scrub was called Fine China.

KiKi is a freak in the sheets, so it only made sense that she got the flavored peach “Bottoms Up” body oil. KiKi’s favorite flavor happens to be peach as well. KiKi also came up with my absolute favorite body spray in "cotton candy." Every time I wear it, my inner bitch is released. 

And I love and wear anything coconut scented year-round, so I was the coconut scrub and soak! It reminds me of summer and the beach, so I named it “Life’s a Beach” which could also be a play on words. Just think about it for a second if you don’t get it [laughs]

 The Haus of LaRouge art by  vltchk on Instagram

The Haus of LaRouge art by vltchk on Instagram

The fact that your edible, peach-flavored “Bottoms Up” massage oil can also be used as lubricant is very sex-positive. What a multifunctional product! Describe your experience creating it. 

  Click here to buy.   Safety Note: Oil-based lubricants cannot be used with latex condoms

Click here to buy.

Safety Note: Oil-based lubricants cannot be used with latex condoms

Audrina: This was all KiKi Fierce’s idea. She is a proud power bottom! KiKi, I’ll let you take it from here.

KiKi: [Laughs] This was my pick actually. We do a segment on Tuesday nights - family night - called AFTER DARK. This is were we get down and dirty. No subject, no comments, no story is off-limits. You’d be surprised by the amount of freaky followers we have. I wanted to have something that can spice things up. We get so many emails asking, "How can we make sex fun?" And with me, I’m such an openly sexual, sex-positive person - the "I’ll-try-anything-once" kind of person [laughs] - so I wanted something they could bring home to shake things up a little. Making it edible just made it even more amazing. Come on, a massage oil that hydrates and moisturizes the skin, while able to use it as a lube - and then the cherry on top of that is it’s edible - it’s friggin’ amazing! 

What’s your favorite item from the House of LaRouge Collection?

Audrina: It hands down has to be the coconut body scrub and soak. Not because it’s my input to the collaboration; I just love coconut [laughs].

KiKi: I would have to say that coconut body scrub! I use it to shave my face, my legs, and my arms. The scent instantly transports you the nearest beach. It is like vacation in a tub. The scent lasts all day.

 KiKi Fierce

KiKi Fierce

Is there a message behind the collection?

Audrina: We all celebrate body positivity. We are all thicker gals in drag, and as boys. Unfortunately thin is not always "in," or realistic. We celebrate all shapes and sizes, and wanted something women/men could use and feel amazing about the skin they are in. 

 Audrina Phoenix

Audrina Phoenix

KiKi: Me personally, I’m known for teaching our followers how to live a healthy lifestyle with eating properly and exercising.  We work so hard on our bodies and mind, that we forget we need to work twice as hard on our skin. So I wanted this to be something natural, organic with a wide variety of options for our followers. Why spend all day eating healthy, working out, mentally getting yourself prepared for everyday life, just to ruin it by coming home and putting junk on your skin. That's a no for me. So it had to have those elements of natural, made in the US, no harsh chemicals... to bring your skin, your body and your self confidence to the highest peak it could be. I work hard on my body, and miss pizza so much! [Laughs] So why wouldn’t I want my skin to be just as healthy? 

Did your life in Chicago inspire your collection at all?  

Audrina: CHI TOWN REPRESENT! I would say so, we are showing that just because you are not a “Ru girl,” doesn’t mean you can’t make big things happen. We love our city and where we are from so, we are so happy to have had this opportunity as just four drag queens from Chicago.

KiKi: I would say no. I would say my personal life did. From working out, to being the sex-positive person, is what inspired this line.  

You unveiled the full line with an exciting livestream featuring Heather herself. How has your fans’ reception of the line been since? 

 Heather Marianna

Heather Marianna

KiKi: Oh my God! First off, can we talk about how gorgeous she looked on camera? Like seriously, let us take a minute to appreciate that. The fans received her so well! Heather’s personality shines just as bright as ours do! She might have a little drag queen inside that petite body.

The fans loved her, we were already getting so many messages about, “She’s down to earth,” “she’s funny as hell,” “she is gorgeous,” “she seems so real,” “she loves what she does,” “you can tell she cares about the customers and her brand,” etc. [Our fans] definitely were shocked that a person like Heather Marianna with such a high-end, successful, worldwide-known company could be so down-to-earth and caring. I mean, come on, she wrote handwritten notes to put in our followers’ packages. If that doesn’t show you the kind of person she is, I don’t know what will. 

Audrina: We love our followers, and we are just blown away with the response. We get Snapchats and posts on Facebook daily of everyones’ products arriving. Everyone is excited, as it is our very first skincare collaboration. This would have never been possible.

 Audrina Phoenix

Audrina Phoenix

Finally, if you could only describe the Haus of LaRouge collection in ONE word, what would it be? 

KiKi: That’s easy, “FIERCE!”

Audrina: I would say, “ACCEPTANCE.” Acceptance is the key to truly be free. We all are very open-minded, and a very accepting household. Happy Pride Month! 

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Audrina on Facebook

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KiKi on Facebook

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Beauty Kitchen June 2018 VIP Beauty Box Review

The all-natural, Malibu-themed beauty box celebrates brand owner Heather Marianna's birthday.



The June VIP Beauty Box from Beauty Kitchen is Malibu-themed. This is fitting, as CEO Heather Marianna is having her birthday party in Malibu, CA! So excited for that. 

Titled "Make Some Waves," this all-natural, jam-packed box is her best-smelling one yet. It features giant 8 oz sizes of her Skin Polish and Moisturizing Mist; plus fun, customer-fave products like her Lip Scrub, Eye Gels, Lip Balm, exclusive Bath Bomb and bonus Lotion! 

8 oz Exotic Coconut Skin Polish


For your face, and that bass! Smooth skin is a summer essential, and Beauty Kitchen's hero product Skin Polish is back with a new scent, Exotic Coconut. This finely-milled sugar scrub does not tear at the skin like competitor brands' products.

This is something you should use before anything else in the box. I love to bring a little tubaware full of this into my shower and use it all over my body. It gets rid of all the dirt that's been locked in your skin. Your facial skincare and makeup sink in better. Body lotion, too. 

8 oz Cactus Water and Aloe Moisturizing Mist

The picture doesn't really do this moisturizing mist justice - it's huge. Like, huuuuge. That's great, because I utilize it for so much around my house. Since it's all natural, I feel comfortable using it to refresh my clothing, fabrics, or furniture. I use it all over my body, of course, including my hair. It's gentle enough where if some gets on your face, it won't burn - and you won't be rushing to the sink.

As we learn more and more about the toxic ingredients in those body mist stores' mists, it becomes harder and harder to justify using those overrated brands. For woke shoppers like us, this Beauty Kitchen alternative is better and more affordable. 

The scent reminds me of a famous clothing store's cologne that was super popular in the late '00s. Think surfer vibes. 

Strawberry Daiquiri Sugar Lip Scrub

When Heather Marianna told me she added aloe to her lip scrubs after I suggested it, I was honored. This is a testament to what a community brand this is. Everyone's feedback is taken into account! 

The result was this rather lavish and delicious lip scrub that leaves your lips so moisturized, lip balm is optional. Aloe is known for soothing skin after sun exposure, so this is perfect after a long day in the sun, when your lips are feeling tender. 

The sugar crystals in this are even more finely-milled than the Skin Polish, for your delicate lip skin in mind. Plus those crystals are surrounded in an aloe base, so it's too gentle to cause any irritation. 

Coconut Eye Gels


If you follow my Instagram, you know I use Beauty Kitchen eye gels all the time. They're the O.G. eye gels. If you see celebrities wearing eye gels, it's either the real thing from Beauty Kitchen, or an imitator. Large brands are even taking note and releasing single-use, chemically-laden pairs for as high as $10 or $20.

Beauty Kitchen's start around $3 and are thicker, juicier and all natural. Plus subscribers always get to try the latest varieties. 

Lip Balm


This is not one of those drugstore lip balms that dries your lips out; you don't have to apply it all day, and it isn't $5 per tube. Beauty Kitchen's lip balm has a simple citrus flavor, and is packed with SPF 15 to protect your lips from the sun.

Perfect for use after the included Lip Scrub, I love this because years ago I was taught that the skin on the lips is the thinnest on the face. As in the most prone to sun damage! So pucker up, and put this on. You'll thank me when you're 90. 

Champagne Bathbomb


Can you say "elegant"? Visually the stand out item of the "Make Some Waves" box, this bath bomb is formed in the shape of a champagne bottle, in celebration of Heather Marianna's birthday.

I've used Beauty Kitchen bath bombs before and they always deliver a more luxurious experience than those mass-produced ones from your local shopping mall. After you drop them in the water, Beauty Kitchen bath bombs slowly sizzle until your bathwater is packed with natural moisturizing oils and brilliant color. 

Of course, you can display them in your bathroom, like I'm doing with this one. I still have the Grinch one from Holiday 2017 and plan to keep it as a Christmas ornament! 

Bonus Let Them Eat Cake Lotion


Though it's last on the list, this Cake Lotion was the item I had to try first. It could not smell better. It's a classic "birthday cake" fragrance done in the best possible way; not too sweet, not too overpowering. Multidimensional, so you smell different notes upon each sniff. The scent is more than a little sexy, too.

Of course the scent is only half the experience. Lotions need to moisturize too, and this does beautifully with natural moisturizing factors. You can't always "have your cake and eat it too," but you can moisturize with it instead! Not literally, though... of course there's no actual cake in this! That would be a sticky mess, and this lotion formula dries a divine, velvet matte. 


  • Heather's deluxe-sized VIP beauty box is $44.95/month. 
  • Her travel-sized mini beauty box is only $14.95/month. 
  • Yearly VIP and mini plans are even cheaper!

Subscribe here - and get a free gift by mentioning "DerekPlease" in your order notes!

Do a 90-day trial

Three-month trials are available for the VIP and mini boxes, complete with free shipping! Secure yours here. Get a free gift by putting "DerekPlease" in your order notes.

What's your favorite item in the June box? Let me know! @DerekPlease on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.

Stay tuned to my socials throughout June for more tips & tricks for the "Make Some Waves" box!

Interview: Asia O'Hara on How Winning Miss Gay USofA Prepared Her for RuPaul's Drag Race

The Season 10 star gave an exclusive interview to Twin Cities Gay Scene magazine & ahead of her June 22 stop in Minneapolis, MN.

Photo provided by PROJECT PUBLICITY, INC.

How often do you get grilled for RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 spoilers, and how do you react?

Every time I walk out the door or pick up a phone! I know better than to reveal any important plot points. The producers of RuPaul’s Drag Race ain’t playing.

Photo provided by PROJECT PUBLICITY, INC.

Your skin is amazing. What’s your skincare routine like?

Cleanse, tone, eye cream and hydrate.

If you could only lip-sync to one artist for the rest of your drag career, who would it be?


11 years ago you were the youngest person ever crowned Miss Gay USofA. How did winning competitions like that prepare you for Drag Race?

Competing in pageants taught me discipline. You gotta be all in it to win it - mentally, physically and emotionally.

Photo taken by at RuPaul's DragCon LA 2018

What were some of your favorite moments from RuPaul’s DragCon LA 2018? 

Getting to hang out with the other queens was so much fun, but meeting all the young kids who have the support of their families was, without a doubt, my favorite part of the weekend.

Give us a tease of your event coming up on June 22 in Minneapolis at Union Rooftop!

Prepare yourself for the joining of the two most fabulous things on earth: feathers and rhinestones. 

Photos provided by PROJECT PUBLICITY, INC.

Flip Phone Events is presenting "Planet Glitter + Gaga-Rama with Asia O'Hara" on June 22! The event will take place at Union Rooftop in Minneapolis, MN.

This 21+ event will feature three floors of glitter filled fun! It's set to star Asia O'Hara, Cee Cee Russell, Nocturna Lee Mission, Genevee Ramona Love, Julia Starr, Lila Vera and Sunny Kiriyama! Line-up subject to change.

The first floor will feature glitter makeovers, a chill zone and more. The basement level will be all Lady Gaga, all night - including pop-up drag performances, and music by DJ IZZIE P.  The rooftop level will feature music by DJ Fancy Restaurant and pop-up drag from Asia O'Hara herself!

Buy your tickets here!

What has been your favorite Season 10 moment so far? Tell me! @DerekPlease on all platforms.

Podcasts: Ali Levine Interviewed by Heather Marianna & Farrah Abraham

Friend of the blog, Beauty Kitchen CEO Heather Marianna has a new podcast, and it's off to an amazing start!

 Image: Heather Marianna

Image: Heather Marianna

Two weeks ago, Episode 1 featured a rousing conversation with celebrity spray tan artist Jimmy Coco. Heather and co-host Ashley Alexander had a lot of fun learning about Jimmy's new line of spray tanning products. Watch here:

Yesterday Ms. Marianna debuted Episode 2, featuring Farrah Abraham from MTV's "Teen Mom" as co-host. Their guest was Ali Levine, a creative and fabulous celebrity style expert. Watch here:

My husband and I recently watched the pilot episode of the fun new reality show "Stripped," which Ali and her husband were featured in. It was a riot! 

Stay tuned a new episode every other Monday! Episode 3 drops on President's Day, February 19. Check out the trailer for the rest of Beauty and the Boss with Heather Marianna Season One here: 

Best of all, Beauty and the Boss with Heather Marianna is available as a free video Podcast on iTunes! Enjoy on your iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC, Android (with Podcasts app), Apple TV, and more:

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12 New Holiday Gift Sets from Britney Spears Fragrances

On the twelfth day of Britmas...

Each year Britney Spears Fragrances delights our nostrils with another array of holiday gift sets. Usually they're focused on primarily on the original Fantasy. There may be some "candy lotion," or a lip pencil, but usually nothing too far outside the box.

This year is different. Team B is taking advantage of her strong return to relevance by sending at least a dozen new kits to stores. These kits include Private Show, Curious, Radiance, Fantasy, Midnight Fantasy, and Intimate Fantasy scented items.

This expansive collection joins her recently unveiled Hot Topic, Target, and Urban Outfitters store exclusives.

Hot Tip

Buyer beware of eBay and Amazon Sellers perfume purchases! These are often faux... or real bottles refilled with inferior, copycat formulas. #fakenews has listed all the gift sets, including both of the ones I found at Walgreens. Looks like Target is your safest bet if you want to purchase these drop dead beautiful sets online.

Check out the full gamut below! Click the photos to be linked to their Target listings. 

 Britney Spears Private Show Fragrance Bath Set - 5 Pieces  $14.99 at

Britney Spears Private Show Fragrance Bath Set - 5 Pieces

$14.99 at

Private Show Britney Spears™ is an irresistible fragrance that incorporates Britney’s favorite scents: whipped crème coffee is addictive, empowering and energizing while dulce de leche and luminous amber add a modern gourmand richness and seductiveness. A touch of nectarine on the top gives an extraordinary juiciness to the first impression that transports you to a place of pure pleasure.
 Fantasy By Britney Spears Fragrance Bath Set - 5 Pieces  $14.99 at

Fantasy By Britney Spears Fragrance Bath Set - 5 Pieces

$14.99 at

Capturing love’s ability to overwhelm when you least expect it, Fantasy weaves a tale of modern romance. Britney channels the elusive playfulness of the chase, and the carnal excitement of seduction to create a flirtatious scent for the empowered woman. Britney Spears™ Fantasy combines succulent fruits and Britney’s favorite white florals to create a sensual fragrance. The alluring mix of lush red lychee, golden quince, and exotic kiwi playfully intertwines with a delectable cupcake accord, jasmine petals, and white chocolate orchid. A surprising finish of creamy musk, enchanted orris root, and sensual woods will leave you—and everyone around you—captivated all day.
 Private Show by Britney Spears Fragrance Gift Set - 3 Pieces  $38.00 at

Private Show by Britney Spears Fragrance Gift Set - 3 Pieces

$38.00 at

 Private Show by Britney Spears Women's Fragrance Gift Set - 2 Pieces  $21.99 at

Private Show by Britney Spears Women's Fragrance Gift Set - 2 Pieces

$21.99 at

 Fantasy By Britney Spears Fragrance Bath Set - 4 Pieces  $9.99 at  Previously found at Walgreens &amp; unboxed exclusively on

Fantasy By Britney Spears Fragrance Bath Set - 4 Pieces

$9.99 at

Previously found at Walgreens & unboxed exclusively on

 Fantasy by Britney Spears Fragrance Rollerball Ornament&nbsp;  $4.88 at

Fantasy by Britney Spears Fragrance Rollerball Ornament 

$4.88 at

 Fantasy by Britney Spears Fragrance Bath Fizz - 2 Pieces  $5.00 at

Fantasy by Britney Spears Fragrance Bath Fizz - 2 Pieces

$5.00 at

 Fantasy &amp; Private Show by Britney Spears Fine Fragrance Mist - 2 Pieces  $14.99 at

Fantasy & Private Show by Britney Spears Fine Fragrance Mist - 2 Pieces

$14.99 at

 Curious by Britney Spears Fragrance Gift Set - 2 Pieces  $21.99 at

Curious by Britney Spears Fragrance Gift Set - 2 Pieces

$21.99 at

Britney Spears Curious captures the romantic, independent, and mischievous spirit of the Curious woman. This fragrance has a free-spirited scent that blends white floral notes with hints of vanilla and musk. Curious opens with fresh lotus, mouthwatering pear, and magnolia and then blooms with an intensive floral heart of tuberose, jasmine, and pink cyclamen. Alluring and feminine, Curious has a sensual base of musk, vanilla, and precious woods.
 Midnight by Britney Spears Fragrance Gift Set - 3 Pieces  $35.00 at

Midnight by Britney Spears Fragrance Gift Set - 3 Pieces

$35.00 at

Midnight Fantasy is the fragrance that puts you at center stage. This casual, citrusy scent, has a moderate, fruity bouquet that fits women of all ages. It has a careful balance of framboise, vanilla, black cherry, plum, night-blooming orchid and freesia, among other notes.
 Britney Spears Fragrance Sampler Stocking Stuffer - 3 Pieces  $21.99 at

Britney Spears Fragrance Sampler Stocking Stuffer - 3 Pieces

$21.99 at

Fantasy Intimate Edition celebrates being beautifully bare and confident in your own scented skin. A romantic fragrance of seduction where sensual florals and sweet notes delicately embrace the skin, ready for your intimate fantasy to begin. A mix of juicy lychee, violet leaves and a touch of Italian lemon exudes sensual fun. A seductive interplay wraps around the heart of muguet, delicate jasmine and brown sugar, giving in to your most secret desires. Dreams become reality as vanilla, heliiotrope, and white musk dance in the background.
 Britney Spears Fragrances Sampler Gift Set - 4 Pieces  $38 at

Britney Spears Fragrances Sampler Gift Set - 4 Pieces

$38 at

Britney Spears Radiance is a blend of luscious berries and dewy petals that unfolds to reveal a radiant heart of luminous pure white flowers, lit from within by the glow of precious amber, woods, and sexy musk. Radiance offers top notes of luscious wild berries and soft dewy petals to convey a feeling of unparalleled allure, a pure white bouquet of tuberose, jasmine, orange flower, and iris to exude an unforgettable feminine aura, and captivating cashmere woods and luminous amber to wrap you in the sensual glow of skin musk.

Additional sets from last year are available at

What's your favorite Britney Spears perfume? Hit me on social one more time! @DerekPlease everywhere. 

Mine is Believe... a long forgotten, underrated and unisex-friendly Britney Spears scent from 2007. I wrote a high school English class essay on its ad campaign. It received an A+! #JusticeForBelieve