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Friday, 29 March 2013 15:45

100 dramatic makeup transformations

Instagram is our favorite social network and lately we've been fascinated by the many talented makeup artists who post before-and-after shots of their work. We asked our loyal Instagram followers to shout-out their favorite makeup masters and here's who you picked. Read more at http://photos.essence.com/galleries/100-dramatic-makeup-transformations-instagram
Thursday, 28 March 2013 00:49

Yoga for all: which type is best for you?

So you want to get your YogaFlow on huh? Low fives under the leg to you bendy FitGirl! P.S. Non bendy FitGirls you are most certainly welcomed and encouraged to join the YogaFlow party! Yoga is an incredible way to enhance your overall mind, body, spirit connection in an healthy way. This form of exercise does not discriminate therefore all bodies of all ages and sizes can experience the tremendous benefits of having a yoga practice. So whether you are looking to check in, chill out or shape up keep reading and find out what yoga practice is best for you. What to expect... A large order of relaxation sans the work. Think super long holds coupled with the use of supportive blocks and bolsters. What you'll love... The physical and mental timeout is both rejuvenating and refreshing for the overstressed and injured since this practice allows your mind and muscles to ease into a deep state of relaxation. What you may not love... Doing almost nothing may make you go crazy if your nickname is Miss Busy Bee. Read more at http://hellobeautiful.com/2630616/how-to-find-the-best-yoga-for-you/
Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00

Vibrant lipsticks for spring

Nothing changes up your look like a great lipstick. The right color can truly work wonders and make you feel amazing! It's the first day of Spring, time to brighten up your pout with vibrant hues that compliment the new season. Hot pinks, cherry reds, and saturated purples are definitely some colors worth trying. Here are five shades I'm loving right now. Try one or all! They're under $10 (with many under $5), right now at Walmart. Read more at http://hellobeautiful.com/playlist/5-must-haves-vibrant-lipsticks-for-spring/1/
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:43

5 tips to care for your fitness gear

Now that you have graduated from all the college sweats and oversized t-shirts that once doubled as both pajamas and workout clothes, it is time to learn how to make your sexy and fun fitness gear last. So read on and find out how to "stretch" the wear of your lycra ladies. More Dough, More To Know. The more money you spend on your fitness fashion the more tender loving care it most likely needs. While most brands are made primarily of lycra/spandex higher end brands such as lululemon or Zobha cost more because they are made using higher quality material (for instance lululemon's signature fabric is luon). So when shelving out multiple $20's for running capris be sure to read the label and surf the brands website for specific care instructions before you hit the laundry mat. Give Them The Cold Shoulder. No matter what your fitness fashion budget may be a good rule of thumb for extending your sweaty gear is to wash them in cold water. Yes hot water may help remove the stench you picked up on the treadmill but it will also cause the material to both fade and deteriorate much quicker. So don't worry…
Monday, 18 March 2013 16:57

Halle Berry lands her own shoe line

Halle Berry can now add shoe designer to her resume! The Oscar Award-winning actress has teamed up with German retailer Deichmann Shoes to create line of fashionable yet comfortable footwear for women of all lifestyles. The 46-year-old mom compared her new shoe venture to a woman's love of her hair. "Women have always loved shoes. It's like if your hair is not right and your shoes are not right, the woman is not right. If both of them are right, you're pretty much okay," she said. According to reports, the line will be called 5th Avenue by Halle Berry and it will debut with 40 limited editions this spring in the United Kingdom. Although the shoes will be released internationally, the good news is they start at only $60 a pair. There's no news yet if the collection will reach American stores.
Thursday, 14 March 2013 14:38

Gym-proof natural hairstyles

With spring around the corner, many women are heading to the gym to shed those extra pounds. However, hair is still a huge obstacle that stops many of us from sticking to a consistent workout routine. If you're determined to stick to your gym plans, Alexandria Williams of Sporty Afros offers these tips to look good while getting fit. Read more and check out the gallery: http://photos.essence.com/galleries/dont-sweat-it-gym-proof-natural-hairstyles
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 00:00

Sweat your way to healthy skin

Trying to figure out how that girl three cubicles down maintains her dewey illumines skin as if she's 10 and not 30? I know how. She be sweatin' on a reg (new rap song dropping in the spring). No really, drugstores don't sell this beauty secret ladies so lace up and read on to find out how you can sweat your way to healthy glowing skin. Your Skin On Sweat? Sweating is not only important for maintaining proper temperature but is also important for cleansing. When we sweat our bodies release various toxins, and some of these toxins can only be eliminated through the skin (which by the way is your single largest organ). And when those toxins exit our pores healthy skin makes it's entrance. Wallah! Drink To This. Sweat is made up of close to 95 percent water and actually accounts for about 10 percent of the water that your body loses on any given day. So the more you sweat the more water you must drink. Think, one to two hours before your workout, drink 15 to 20 ounces of water; 15 minutes before you begin, 8 to 10 ounces; and during your workout, another 8 ounces…
It's that time of the year again! This weekend, set your clock an hour forward for daylight savings. The mornings get brighter and the nights get longer. Unfortunately, the days get shorter, or at it least it seems that way. Did you know that losing an hour of sleep might be dangerous for your health? Sleep deprivation has long been known to negatively impact your overall wellness. What many people tend to overlook is that less time to snooze can be bad for you. Getting the proper amount of sleep can serve as a powerful armor against illness. It helps eliminate stress and essentially recharges the body. The American Journal of Cardiology recently published a study that shows daylight savings time can serve as a detriment to one's health. Researchers examine individuals over a period of six years to find that on DST Sunday, an average of 23 patients were treated for heart attacks. It's a stark contrast to 13, the number of reported cases on a usual Sunday. How can people avoid the negative health effects of daylight savings time? Researchers recommend getting to sleep earlier and engaging in stress-relieving activities. The time change is one that we cannot…
Skip the harsh products that promise to work miracles overnight and try out some of the best beauty skin care products from Merle Norman, Sebamed and DECLÉOR. They will help your skin renew while you rest; leaving you with a beautiful complexion in the morning! Merle Norman Very Gentle Eye Makeup Remover: It's no secret that makeup can be harsh to the skin. However, many makeup removers contain ingredients that can leave the skin feeling stripped and irritated. This gel formula makeup remover, made for all skin types, gently and thoroughly removes eye makeup, including waterproof formulas, leaving the eye area feeling clean, soft and smooth. $10 at local Merle Norman Studios nationwide. Visit www.merlenorman.com for locations. Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash: Cleansing removes the dirt, oil and impurities from your skin before bed. However, you don't want your cleanser to striptoo much from your skin. Dermatologist developed, this nourishing, non-irritating formula is suitable for the most sensitive of skins. Rapidly absorbed and non-greasy, it restores your skin's natural balance of pH 5.5, providing natural protection from the elements. $12.95 at SebamedUSA.com. DECLÉOR Rose D'Orient Soothing Night Balm: This 100% natural, preservative-free balm acts on the condition of your…
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 16:26

Spring 2013 fashion trends

Spring is on the horizon which means new trends to add to your wardrobe arsenal. Last season at the shows, we saw a vast array of color patterns; everything from white/black combos to vibrant pops of hot-orange. Prints ranged from bold graphics to classic chevron. We also saw fun accessories, like hardware-inspired jewelry and cute mini bags. With so much to keep track of, I've created this A-Z guide to cover all the essentials. Click through the gallery to see what Spring fashion has in store. Which trends will you be trying? Read more at http://hellobeautiful.com/playlist/spring-2013-trends-a-z/1/
Ambitious people rock my world! I am the self acclaimed princess of "go hard or go home," but I am also the anchor lady for "rest to feel your best." Every relationship needs balance; even the ones you have with your workouts. Pushing your body to new limits is awesome, but listening to your body is equally great. So if you want lasting success in fitness follow these simple tips and take the burnout out of your workout. More is not better. Where all my over achievers at? Stand up! Or...maybe sit down. In fitness more is not better. I am at the gym everyday (cause I work there), and am shocked when I see the same people, every single day, doing the same workouts, and sometimes even doubling up with two a days. Craziness! Your body is not impressed with your ability to spend two hours in the gym and shows you so by either burning out or shutting down...hello injuries. So the key is to schedule recovery days. Your body absolutely needs ample time to rest, recover and repair. Think 24-48 hours (varies dependent on workout/post workout soreness). Once a muscle is torn down it has to have…
Rihanna's new mega deal with MAC Cosmetics is unlike their past celebrity collaborations. In an unprecedented deal for both, Rihanna has been dubbed as a "creative partner" and will collaborate on multiple collections of color cosmetics that will roll out later this year. Read more at http://hellobeautiful.com/2620959/rihanna-new-makeup-collection-for-mac-costemics/
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:57

7 Recipes for Delicious Hair

While it's totally chic to be versed on the most buzzed-about beauty products, there's something oh-so-charming about a girl who cooks up her own beauty routine. Cooking in general can be intimating, so me in the kitchen making my own shampoo is quite fearful. But I'm up for the challenge if you are! Here's seven do-it-yourself recipes that are guaranteed to revitalize your hair. 1.) SWIMMING POOL HAIR REMEDY: This hair care potion will protect your locks from the chlorine and chemicals this summer as your enjoying your pool time. Ingredients:2 tablespoons baking soda1/4 cup fresh lemon juice1 teaspoon mild shampoo*Yields 2 ounces — enough for one treatment Directions: Mix together all the ingredients until well blended. Wet hair and massage the mixture onto your hair and scalp, making sure hair ends are coated. Cover hair with a plastic bag or shower cap and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse hair well and shampoo as usual. 2.) MOISTURIZING HAIR WRAP: Not only are the herbs in your garden good for your next five-course meal, they will have your hair strands soft and shiny. This recipe with all minimize shedding. Ingredients:1/2 cup olive oil1/2 cup of hot waterRosemarySageFenugreek Seeds Directions: Crush…
The 6th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon was held today and our favorite starlets walked the red carpet in normal glitz and glamour fashion. Congratulations to Oprah Winfrey, Alfre Woodard, Gabrielle Union, Mara Brock-Akil, Naomie Harris and Quvenzhané Wallis who were all honored for their outstanding achievements in the industry. Check out our gallery of fashion stand-outs! Read more and view the gallery at http://hellobeautiful.com/playlist/6th-annual-essence-black-women-in-hollywood-luncheon-photos/1/
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