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Haute Couture Ombre Highlights Sans Bleach
via Cult of Pretty
Yesterday I had a revelation backstage at Dannijo with the geniuses at Sally Hershberger Downtown. Temporary dip-dye hair is possible – even on dark hair. I mean, hallelujah. Here’s the step by step:The supplies:
The dry shampoo provides a light-colored, somewhat adhesive canvas for the spray-on color, even on darker hair. Don some kind of a protective wrap, and apply liberally.
Finally, layers of color create an ombre effect. You have to be pretty heavy-handed in the color application but the result seemed fairly long-lasting (like, you can work it on a Friday night and it will be still be there at 3am).
While you’re at it, why not apply a layer of glitter?
Amazing ombre hair – no bleach necessary.
If you try this, let me know how it goes! As with any hair experiment, it pays to test it on a strand first, even though it’s just temporary color. Also, you might not want to wear a light-colored top…
You can see the Dannijo collection over on Holier than Now.
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The cascade braid recently exploded as the new “trend braid” of the season. The waterfall effect looks cool and complex, but it’s easier to style than you think. Give this beautiful braid a try when Beautylish takes you through the how-to!
This style works best on straight or loose waves. Brush out all the knots with a wide tooth comb. Part your hair how you normally would, and begin your braid on the right side of your part. Grab the top section and divide into three strands.
Braid your strands regularly three times, beginning from the right strand. When you get to the left strand (the part closest to the middle of the scalp), add more hair to it like a French braid and fold that strand to the center.
This is where it gets tricky. After you’ve French braided your left strand (now center), drop the right strand and let it fall down. Pick up another small section of hair next to where your original strand fell—that’s your new right strand. Braid it into your style as usual and repeat this process—French braid the left strand, drop the right strand, and pick up an adjacent new piece. Gradually cascade the style towards the middle of your head.
Once you’ve reached a comfortable point to stop your braid, secure it to your scalp with bobby pins. You don’t have to pin up your hair perfectly in this section since you’ll cover up the pins with a hair accessory later.
Braid the remaining piece of hair left from your cascade into a fishtail braid. Not sure how to create this mermaid-inspired style? It’s easy with this helpful fishtail braid tutorial. Secure the braid with a thin hair tie.
Add a cute bow or flower to hide your bobby pins and give this look some extra hair flair. Secure your barrette tightly to your scalp and braid for a firm hold.
Take the extra strand of hair on the opposite side of your face and pin it back into the flower barrette so it blends in with your cascade. Spritz with a light-hold hairspray, and you’ve got yourself a beautiful and romantic summer hair style!
The Finished Style:
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– by Leslie Pitterson for Clutch Magazine
Known for their supple creams, moisture drenching hair product, Carol’s Daughter has grown from a hobby to a multi-million dollar business. And now the company is taking it to the next level, announcing a promotional deal that has the entire beauty industry talking.
Today, Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price and chairman Steve Stoute revealed the company’s newest spokespersons: Cassie, Solange and Selita Ebanks. The three women are known for their beautiful hair and skin, making them a great compliment to the brand known for its natural remedies to bring out the best in every texture and skin tone.
Founder and CEO of Carol’s Daughter Lisa Price and Steve Stoute
In an interview with WWD, Stoute said: “We want to be the first beauty brand that truly captures the beauty of the tapestry of skin types in America.” With the addition of a model, a singer and a model-singer, Carol’s Daughter is adding some new faces to their celebrity ambassadors. Both Mary J. Blige and Jada Pinkett-Smith have been longtime fans of the brand and credited its product for their beautiful complexions and healthy strands.Megawatt model and Kanye muse, Selita Ebanks says she is excited about being able to rep the company, saying the deal will send a powerful message to consumers: “Carol’s Daughter doesn’t have just one direct demographic. Solange’s hair is a different texture than mine. So is Cassie’s. Our skin and body types are different. Today, people are blended. And I think the three of us are a prime example. Women in my family range from vanilla to the deepest chocolate.”
The first 250 people who purchased a Monoi repairing gift set had an opportunity to get their picture taken with the “spokesbeauties.” Monoi oil is a 2,000 year-old sacred, tahitian ingredient that undoes and prevents damage for fewer breaks, snaps and splits.
Solange, Selita and Cassie were announced as the faces of the Carol’s Daughter’s new polyethnic ad campaign back in April.
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If you’re a card-carrying member of the budget-beauty crusade, then you know that it doesn’t take a lot to look fab. But, does knowing that the U.S. economy is bouncing back after seeing a significant spike in employment numbers inspire you to spend more money on your beauty routine or will you stay the course and save your extra dollars and buy that one product that highlights your best facial feature?
Case in point…
Lisa Raye, the star of the reality tv series The Real McCoy is known for wearing white at least 99% of the time - a style icon she may not be, but a beautiful woman with arresting eyes she is. To illuminate hazel-colored eyes like Lisa’s, try Physician’s Formula Eyebrightener Multicolored Eyelighter, Hint of Berries (target stores) for only $5.89 - the various shades of purple of this “eyelighter” and the hints of pearlescent color brightens your eyes while simultaneously enhancing their color.
The lovely chanteuse, Jill Scott, proudly adorns her full lips with an intense bold shade of red lip color and you can do the same by trying Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Lipstick ($5.29, walgreens.com). It’s your time to be noticed because when you wear this lipstick, you’ll turn heads without even trying. Eat your heart out boys!
Gospel-singing diva Yolanda Adams and the unfortunate loser of last week’s HKI’s Beauty Wars is no stranger to looking fierce. As you know, a well-shaped brow is paramount to framing your eye and Ms. Adams has embraced a fuller, more defined brow. E.L.F.’s Studio Eyebrow Kit (eyeslipsface.com) can be used to achieve a similar looking brow with it’s a pigmented wax that defines and shapes and a setting powder that keeps them arched and perfected. Believe it or not, this gem only costs $3!
The moral of the story is to not overlook inexpensive drugstore brands to find your “sexy.”
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Does looking in the mirror these days cause you anxiety because the reflection you see is a woman with crow’s feet, frown lines, brow furrows and sagging skin, otherwise known as the aging version of your former self? For some women, aging is far more traumatic than bearing children, while others embrace the signs of aging because it demonstrates wisdom and is the culmination of their life experiences.
For women who think that aging is a colossal joke for which they refuse to be the punch line, the act of visiting a plastic surgeon for a facelift consult or a dermatologist for shots of muscle-freezing botox, is considered a part of their maintenance program and inexpensive it’s not. Botox treatments cost a minimum of $450 and a full facelift costs between $6,000-$15,000. So what begs the question is, how do women who have the same concerns about aging but don’t have deep pockets to pay for the aforementioned procedures, or who fear needles and going under the knife still keep their fabulosity in check? The answer is to look at temporary non-surgical solutions that don’t render you bankrupt and make you proud to look in the mirror again – herego the “temporary miracle in a bottle” called Goldfaden’s Unline ($125, goldfaden.com).
As we all know, Botox is the popular treatment that paralyzes the muscles of facial expression that ultimately cause wrinkles. Well that’s what Unline does, but without the injection. When this serum is applied to the affected areas (crow’s feet, mouth, forehead) am & pm, it’s absorbed just beneath the surface of the skin and inhibits contractions or neurotransmitters that cause facial wrinkles. With ingredients like 100% hyaluronic acid (a water-binding ingredient) and anti-aging hexapeptides that reduce the depth and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start using this product sooner which delivers astounding results and lasts up to eight hours.
Another temporary miracle product that “lifts” is Glo Minerals GloEye Revitalize ($22.50, gloskincare.com). Rather than subject yourself to a blephoraplasty (a surgery to repair droopy lids), gently pat GloEye onto the orbital bone around your eye to lift sagging eyelids. GloEye contains light-reflecting minerals that helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and hyaluronic acid to hydrate your skin. If you buy this product, don’t be alarmed by the color of the formulation because it’s colorless and can be worn by all skin tones. Wear alone or under makeup. Get the lift you want without the cost or scars.
For those of you who’ve had procedures, have dry or mature skin, Kinerase Pro Therapy Ultra Rich Night Repair ($149, kinerase.com) is an intensely-rich night cream that’s proven to improve the look of fine lines, wrinkles, blotchiness and texture. It delivers eight hours of moisture and nutrients to re-energize your skin.
Maintaining your fabulosity (sans the scalpel) takes work, and as evidenced here with these few products isn’t cheap, but isn’t every dollar spent an investment in you?
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The entry entitled SKIN PROBLEMS SOLVED: Fade to Black…Get Even-Toned Skin talked about evening your body’s complexion, but the hot button issue of hyperpigmentation on our faces is a subject that never goes away. If there’s one thing that chips away at our self-esteem is a bumpy, spotty complexion. Even the likes of the one-time beauty queen, actress & singer, Vanessa Williams suffered from problem, acneic skin as a teenager and well into adulthood, and as documented by her commercials for Proactiv, she’s chosen a treatment plan to combat her skin issues.
But suppose you missed the boat and didn’t treat your pimple(s) before it became an unwanted visitor on your once clear complexion. A common first response is to pull out the foundation and start covering up the scene of the crime. But what you have to remember is that makeup is only a temporary solution – you still need to deal with lightening the spot(s).
No matter what side of the pendulum you fall – someone who routinely suffers from hyperpigmentation or someone who deals with the occasional appearance of a dark spot, just know that all isn’t lost. Hyperpigmentation is manageable according to NY-based dermatologist and skin care expert for women of color, Dr. Elena Jones. From the fairest to the deepest of skin tones, Dr. Jones says that “Hyperpigmentation of any skin type or [tone] can [be treated] with 2% hydroquinone, and if that fails 4% hydroquinone can be [prescribed]. ”
In the aisles of your local drugstore you’ll find Ambi Fade Cream ($3.99) with Vitamin E (to heal), alpha hydroxy acid (to exfoliate), and sunscreen (to protect). Primarily known for evening skin discoloration, this fade cream is also used to lighten freckles, age and liver spots or uneven pigment that may occur during pregnancy (otherwise known as the pregnancy mask) or from the use of oral contraceptives. Black Opal’s Advanced Dual Complex Fade Gel ($15.95) doesn’t contain sunscreen, but it does contain glycolic acid which works well as an exfoliant and 2% hydroquinone to lighten.
RX For Brown Skin Bright and Even Exfoliating Moisturizer ($34, dermstore.com) approaches the treatment of dark spots by infusing your face with a ton of moisture while hyperpigmented skin is sloughed away, which in time reveals a brighter and more even complexion. Use daily.
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If you watched the season finale of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, then you (and of course, her guests) couldn’t help but marvel at the stunning Cynthia Bailey as she walked down the aisle in her silver dress. Let’s face it, a woman on her wedding day expects to be the focus of the ceremony, so with the stress of having all eyes on her comes the responsibility of looking absolutely perfect - translation: leave nothing to chance because your wedding photos will capture every imperfection. The horror!
Don’t be an ordinary bride, be a daring one with Essie’s Borrowed and Blue nail color ($8, essie.com – on sale March 2011) from the New 2011 Bridal Collection. Although different, this pastel blue nail color still makes an impact without taking the attention away from your wedding dress. Do what Cynthia did, stand apart from the rest while saying “I do” in style.
Before hair and makeup is done, have a friend or a family member do a once-over on you to make sure that any visible tattoos or marks on your body are promptly covered up. But before you use a cover up, you’ll need to use a primer like Dermablend’s Leg & Body Tattoo Primer ($25, ulta & macy’s stores) which improves the application of Leg & Body Cover from the same brand or any other brands. Women with sensitive skin need not be concerned because this primer is made for all skin types. But to be safe, put a little primer on the inside of your wrist and wait a few hours to see if you have a reaction. If not, then you’re good to go. If you tend to sweat, don’t worry because this primer stays put – it’s water, transfer & smudge-resistant.
The last thing you want to do is go to the restroom just before the ceremony in your dress and chance getting water on it. Avoid the possible splash of H20 and use a hand sanitizer instead like Jurlique’s Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer ($6.50, sephora.com) which kills bacteria on contact. It’s true that hand sanitizers are notorious for leaving hands feeling dry, but this one does the exact opposite - your hands will feel hydrated, smooth and above all else, clean.
The makeup artist usually leaves once the job is done, so have a backup plan if your false eyelashes suddenly disappear because you’ve been crying. Arm yourself with a waterproof mascara like T. LeClerc’s Waterproof Mascara, Noir ($25, barneys.com) for post-ceremony tears.
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What bonds coarse, kinky and curly hair is the wave pattern, texture and its porosity. Porosity means that hair can easily absorb water, but loses that moisture just as quickly, leaving it dry and in desperate need of hydration. For this reason, it’s important to zero in on hair products that lock in moisture because if your hair is dry and brittle, breakage will become yet another issue you’ll need to contend with.
Chances are you haven’t heard of Aquage styling products or their offshoot line, Biomega because they’re only sold in salons. Once you’ve used Biomega’s Silk Shampoo & the Intensive Conditioner ($17 each), your coarse hair is instantly turned into silky hair making it much easier to manage. The conditioner alone is made with omega oils (nature’s most powerful moisturizer) like macadamia nut oil to build and seal the hair cuticle, tiare flower extract (blended with coconut oil) to restore that healthy lustre, and hibiscus extract which forms a barrier against moisture loss. Click here to find a salon near you and discover the product that delivers results tenfold.
If your coarse hair is relaxed, permed or tinted and you’ve been experiencing hair breakage (i.e. when you brush or comb it dry or it feels mushy when wet or brittle when it’s dry) then Aphogee’s Two-Step Protein Treatment ($22.99, sallybeauty.com) is for you. The modified proteins and magnesium (when activated under heat) fuses to your hair essentially reducing breakage. However, be aware of two things: when applied, this treatment hardens your hair which just means it’s working; the other thing is the foul smell, but who cares because it’s rebuilding your hair structure and stops breakage in about six weeks. Isn’t seeing less hair on the floor and more hair on your head worth the smell? Just do it!
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Oils, sheen sprays, glossers and laminating sprays are used with the hope that they’ll make our locks appear glossy under the sun or shimmer under the moonlight, but there’s one option missing – finishing creams. A lot of us think that finishing creams are just too heavy and thick to use because they’ll weigh our hair down. That could be true, but a lot depends on what you use and how much you apply.
If you’ve checked out the corner beauty supply store or taken a stroll through the ethnic beauty section of a drug store, then you’ve probably seen Razac Perfect for Perms Finishing Creme ($6.99, beautyofnewyork.com) on the shelves. If you haven’t used it but always wanted to, here’s what you need to know. This finishing cream is made with a blend of essentials oils and protein which gives your hair lustre. Before you apply this product to your hair, be mindful of how much you use – a quarter-size is just enough.
Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter ($10.50, macys.com) is good for minimizing breakage and conditioning your hair and scalp, but because it contains seven essential oils (one of which is shea butter), you’ll inevitably get shiny hair.
Women with curly, kinky or wavy hair may like Hair Rules Hydrating Finishing Cream ($20, ulta.com) which touts itself as a non-greasy finishing product – it’s true. Before you get that desired healthy, glossy-looking hair, you first get hydrated, soft hair that lasts all day long. Also, refresh your style by applying this cream on dry hair. A little dab will do ya.
The hunt for that perfect product that delivers the results we want and require is never-ending. But when you find what works for you why look any further? The answer is because we’re fickle chicks who love discovering the next big thing!
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From entertaining us with the gossip of the day on her talk show to gracing the masses with her wacky personality and infectious laugh at plenty ‘o industry events, Wendy Williams is no stranger to pushing her gams to the limit. But even us regular folk need a reprieve from the stress that walking can put on our legs and feet. So what’s a girl to do?
Hue Knew that some products that are marketed to pregnant women can also be used by women who aren’t? To get relief for your tired & achy legs, try Mustela’s Instant Comfort Legs ($20, ulta.com). The most recognizable ingredient in this leg cream is menthol which, thankfully doesn’t overwhelm you as you apply it – in fact, the scent is very gentle. As you massage it in, your legs will start to feel cool and refreshed. Aaahhh, what a great feeling.
Take your next pedicure up a notch by asking your favorite technician to use Freeman Beauty’s Lemon & Sage Foot Scrub ($3.99, freemanbeauty.com) on your feet. Besides exfoliating the dry patches on your heels and soles, the lemon and sage help to reduce perspiration, tea tree soothes and relaxes your feet, and the ingredient L-Arginine improves circulation and blood flow. Your technician may even surprise you by massaging your feet with Aubrey Organics Feet Relief Massage Cream ($9.72, aubrey-organics.com). Made with nothing but natural ingredients, organic herbals work to refresh and soothe your feet and the rich emollients leave your feet feeling callous-free and smelling fresh for hours. Don’t you think this calls for a larger tip?!
Go on vacation to Sicily, Italy without leaving the comfort of your home with Tarocco Foot Lotion ($22, calicosmetics.com). Made with a mixture of Sicilian red-orange extracts and menthol (among other ingredients), this intoxicating foot lotion softens as it heals your weary feet.
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Updated on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 by Gregorie, Beauty & Skin Expert
Just because the area below are necks is rarely exposed, doesn’t mean that it should be neglected. If you knew that skin was the largest organ (which it is), then why wouldn’t you care for it from head to toe? It makes sense that our bodies are rarely, if ever, given as much attention because our faces are usually the most exposed part of our body.
One of the biggest skin care concerns among black women is pigmented or discolored skin. Getting rid of blemishes or dark spots on your face is one thing, but how do you treat the horrid pimple invasion on your body and the resulting, unfortunate dark spot? To avoid the appearance of blemishes take a proactive stance and try Murad’s Clarifying Body Spray ($37, murad.com) which treats breakouts before they occur on your body. As you spray the affected area, bacteria is killed, therefore preventing new “bacne” from appearing.
But if the dark spots are already there as a result of “bacne” and you want them lightened or you have patches of skin you want evened out, try Makari De Suisse Body Beautifying Milk ($47.45, makari.com) and pay specific attention to those discolored areas and include your knees and elbows in the treatment. Another benefit of using this milk is that it also moisturizes your skin. Note that this product doesn’t contain hydroquinone, but does contain three natural ingredients: licorice root extract, mulberry root extract & bearberry extract which are chemical-free alternatives to lightening skin discolorations.
Another option for evening your skin tone is Black Opal’s Body Fade Cream ($12.95, drugstores). After you’ve exfoliated in the shower, apply this as you would any other body lotion concentrating on problem areas along with your knees and elbows. This cream is a mixture of hydroquinone and natural ingredients which helps to both even your skin while hydrating it and works for all skin types.
Just remember that with any over-the-counter (OTC) skin lightening treatment, results don’t occur overnight. Follow the directions for use and make sure to use the product consistently. In some cases, results can be seen within four weeks, however, because most OTC products contain a maximum of 2% of hydroquinone, deeper skin tones usually require a higher percentage of the chemical to see any real difference. In some case, 2% works just fine, however, if a higher percentage is needed, please consult a dermatologist.
NOTE: Hydroquinone is a chemical used to lighten the melanin in your skin.
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All hail to the First Lady, Michelle Obama! Not since Jackie O has a nation been so enamored with the wife of a sitting President. Aside from the obvious, Michelle catches and keeps our attention not because she’s black, but because she represents the epitome of class and sophistication.
While Michelle’s fashion sense is celebrated, emulated and documented, there are still people who scoff at her decision to wear clothing that reveals more skin than the previous First Ladies; naysayer’s listen up - don’t hate the player, hate the game. Beyond her clothing, it’s apparent that Mrs. Obama takes great pride in all aspects of her appearance which reminds us all to do the same.
There’s something to be said for glowing skin as evidenced here - it makes an impact when you’re wearing a strapless number or when your arms and much of your neckline are on display. A dress alone isn’t enough, so put a little more effort into your look by using an oil moisturizer like Alba Botanica’s Kukui Nut Organic Body Oil ($9.95, albabotanica.com) on your exposed parts. Blended with tropical nut oils for a silky feel that leaves your skin feeling soft, you can’t go wrong with this oil.
Bare Hands White Tea & Licorice Hand Renewal Brightening Balm ($2.99, freemanbeauty.com). Impress everyone with hands that are luminous, soft and chapped-free. The two main ingredients in this balm to help brighten and combat the signs of aging are white tea leaf and licorice extract.
You would agree that dry, dingy hair isn’t attractive, but lustrous, healthy tresses like the First Lady’s is and for only $1.99. Try Smooth ‘N Shine’s Silk Fusion Sixty-Second Critical Repair (1.7oz, target stores) which is infused with pearl extract & silk protein to condition and treat your damaged hair and watch as it morphs into manageable and shiny hair. And if this product doesn’t work for you, you’ve only spent $1.99.
So tell me. Are you ready to steal Mrs. O’s glow?
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Ladies, trade in the flowers you’ve been sending yourselves for Viktor & Rolf’s ‘Flowerbomb’ Valentine’s Day Set ($108, nordstrom.com) – a set that includes an eau de parfum spray (1.7 oz.), Bomblicious Shower Gel (1.7 oz.) and Bomblicious Body Crème (1.36 oz.). Buy yourself a gift that reminds you of just how special your “single” self really is. What more could you ask for from a gift?
Or better yet, embrace your sexy side with Bath and Body Works’ Aroma Therapy Body Wash Sensuality-Black Currant ($13, bathandbodyworks.com) and watch as your shower takes on a whole new meaning – can you say heightened sensuality?! There’s nothing like the scent of vanilla absolute wafting through the air to make someone feel calm while the green tea extract in this body wash helps to keep your skin looking young and healthy.
If you have a gift-challenged beloved, then quick, print out this entry and hand it to them so they know exactly what to get you on this very special occasion – Molton Brown’s Perfect Partners ‘Pink Pepper Pampering’ Gift Set ($56, moltonbrown.com)! Pamper yourself with this pink pepperpod-scented (from the Gulf Guinea) shower gel & body lotion. One whiff of this sweet & lightly spiced fragrance and you’ll be ready to enjoy the rest of the night’s festivities. My, my, my…
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It’s often said that a woman has a special glow when she’s pregnant, but what does that woman do when her glow is hidden behind a wall of pregnancy acne? She uses one of these products specifically made for expectant mommy’s to treat her delicate skin.
If you’re concerned about what products are safe to use while you’re pregnant, let that your concern go and put your confidence in Beaute de Maman Facial Scrub for Pregnancy Acne ($22.99, target.com) - a product developed by an obstetrician. During this delicate time just remember that you’ll need to keep your face moisturized, but you’ll also need to exfoliate those dead skin cells and get rid of dirt and oil to reveal your clean, soft and gorgeous skin. This fragrance-free facial scrub is good for all skin types.
Another option for combating acne is Belli Acne Cleansing Facial Wash ($22, skindirect.com) which uses lactic acid (also known as milk acid) helps to clear your pores of dirt and promote blemish-free skin. You’ll also get serious exfoliating action with this facial wash without the threat of over-drying it. If you also need a mask, don’t go out and buy one, just leave this facial wash on for five-minutes and it becomes an acne mask.
VMV Hypoallergenics’ MommyCoddling All-Over Lotion ($30, vmvhypoallergenics.com) is a fantastic soothing moisturizer for very dry skin since one of the key ingredients is virgin coconut oil. Use it from head to toe and don’t skip your belly as it soothes itchy stretchmarks. But the benefits continue – you can use this lotion on your newborn baby and kids (if you already have some) as well.
While you’re “treating” your acne, make sure to include anti-aging products to your skin care regimen. Avalon Organics Essential Lift Lifting Serum ($25.95, whole foods, CVS, walgreens) is nature’s way of addressing anti-aging issues for pregnant women. The last thing you should be worrying about are sagging skin or wrinkles, so use this serum to keep your skin looking plump, hydrated and healthy-looking. You’ll be the envy at the obstetrician’s office!
Note: Avalon’s products don’t contain artificial colors and synthetic fragrances (among other ingredients) so you can be certain that your body isn’t absorbing harmful ingredients and harming your unborn child.
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Dry, itchy skin as a result of having eczema is bothersome, but taking off your jacket and revealing ashy elbows is just plain embarrassing. If you’ve been treating these skin conditions with petroleum jelly or cocoa butter and you aren’t getting the relief you need, then check out these two products that may bring some long overdue comfort to your skin.
There’s a lovely website called saffronrouge.com which sells nothing but organic beauty products where you can buy Butter Cream Healing Salve, by Suki ($24.95). This salve hydrates your skin, heals your discomfort if you have a sunburn, stretch marks, eczema or insect bites. Some of the ingredients are organic lavender and chamomile to soothe irritation and organic comfry to relieve eczema. If you like the smell of lavender, then you’ll love rubbing this salve all over your entire body to get silky, supple skin like Shanola Hampton (an actress on the Showtime television series Shameless).
First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream Intense Therapy ($28, firstaidbeauty.com) is a super-thick, emollient cream that penetrates deep into your skin to really hydrate not only your body, but your face as well. This cream gives you relief from extremely dry skin due to harsh winter weather, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis (scaly skin), keratosis pilaris (goose bumps on your arms and thighs that never seem to go away) & psoriasis (scaly, patchy skin). You’ll love that this cream doesn’t leave a greasy residue after you’ve massaged it in. This is a definite do!
Say goodbye to itchy stretchmarks for good and never suffer again from the “ashy-elbow” syndrome.
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It’s a fact, people get depressed during the winter. But if a spa visit isn’t on the horizon and shopping doesn’t do the trick (which is difficult to believe), then change your mood by changing your hair. You can clip on a bang or really commit and actually get your own hair cut.
Just remember this…if wearing a bang prevents you from seeing street signs, or better yet, your own hands then you’re doing something terribly wrong – sorry Ms. Aisha Tyler. The goal for Aisha should’ve been a side-swept bang (which is accomplished by having razored layers, a brush and hairspray).
The key to carrying off blunt bangs like Jada Pinkett-Smith’s (which slightly graze the top of her eyebrow) is to make sure that they’re thinned so they don’t appear heavy. To achieve this sleek style, blowdry your hair with a flat brush like Goody’s Pro Vented Thermal Styler (walmart stores) which gives you just enough body. Finish by spraying your hair with Elasta QP Reflect Sheen Spray ($3.49, walgreens.com) which delivers the long-lasting glossy shine every woman desires.
If you’re a carefree spirit and like a less-coiffed look, then go for Joy Bryant’s version of a bang – super-long (grazes the tops of her eyelashes), choppy and very wispy. To get that “piecey” look, lightly brush your bang with Goody’s Pro Vented Thermal Styler and then gently tousle it to separate.
Tip: Use very little product on your bang because the oil from the product could end up on your skin (forehead) where blemishes could develop.
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It was easy to get caught up in Fantasia’s personal drama last year, but once you got past it all, you remembered why you became a fan - her rich soulful voice and her closet full of hairstyles. Even if you hated her reality show, Fantasia For Real, sheer curiosity about what style she’d sport week after week is probably what kept you glued to the tube.
To learn how to get two of these looks, I asked Celebrity hairstylist Sophia Alston to share some of her expert styling tips:
THE LOOK: Short & Sassy Asymmetrical Loose Curls
Step 1: If necessary add tracks and then texturize by making choppy layers with a razor.
Step 2: Use a one-inch barrel curling iron to add loose curls.
Step 3: Use Moroccan Oil Glimmer Shine Spray (available at salons & spas) to give your hair a veil of shine. TIP: Don’t use too much shine, otherwise the hair will look very “weavy.”
Step 4: Mist hair and curl with Sebastian Zero Gravity Shaper Hair - a brushable hairspray (available at salons & drugstores). This is a great spray for bouncy shapes like this style.
Step 5: Pull hair apart in different directions to achieve fullness.
THE LOOK: Edgy, shaved look on one side, Asymmetrical on the other
Step 1: Use a pomade like Bed Head TIGI Hair Stick which creates texture and hold ($17.58, target.com) to smooth the sides down after your hair is cut.
Step 2: Smooth down sides with a wrap foam (Nairobi – not seen here) & add some tracks of hair if needed to elongate the dramatic side.
Step 3: Use a razor to cut the hair as it gives it a more textured look.
Step 4: To shape, use a small amount of Mizani Silkening & Curling Wax for shine, but don’t weigh it down by using too much grease.
Step 5: Spray hair with Paul Mitchell’s Hair Shaper & then straighten your hair with a flat iron to complete the “edgy look.”
To schedule a consultation or to book an appointment with Sophia, send an email to email@example.com.
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Tika Sumpter just joined the cast of ‘Gossip Girl’ as Raina (the daughter of powerful business tycoon, Russell Thorpe), but what’s on everyone’s minds is what beauty products Raina is hiding in that luxurious brown suede tote of hers to keep her looking so pulled together (at least from the neck up)?
Some of us can only dream of having a complexion this smooth and even, but why dream when you can buy Black Opal Cosmetics True Color Creme-to-Powder Foundation, Nutmeg ($9.50, blackopalbeauty.com) to get the same affect? It gives a medium coverage with sun protection and it’s a dual-finish formula that dries to a matte finish. Lucky for us there’s no ashiness in sight!
…and if you’ve ever dreamed of being a model, for the first time ever, you can enter the Black Opal True Beauty Model Search from now until February 28th! Click here for details.
New York winters are sometimes harsh, so taking care of your skin with Specific Beauty’s Daily Gentle Cleanser ($8.99, specificbeauty.com) should top your list. It’s A delicate, yet effective facial cleanser that won’t irritate sensitive skin and it leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated. What makes SB different from other skin care lines is that it’s specifically made for multi-hued skin tones.
Another great addition to your skin care regimen is Maya Water’s Facial Mist Organic White Tea ($35, mayawater.no). It’s the lightweight solution for any pocketbook to revitalize dry & tired-looking skin. You can spray the mist on your bare skin to replenish your skin with moisture or spray it over your makeup to freshen up your face throughout the day.
Whether you wear your hair curly or straight like Raina, the founder of Free Your Mane, Israel Segal says that “women freak out over the Reviving Spray ($14.95, freeyourmane.com)! I’ve literally had people buying cases for their friends. This spray is the curly girl’s best friend – you can use it to refresh your look the ‘day after’ or as an amazing thermal prep before heat processes if you decide to go straight. It really adds moisture without adding frizz.”
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