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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 15:18

5 First-Date Outfits For The Winter

First date coming up? Here's how to dress to impress and be weather-appropriate. With winter's chill in full force, it's tough to find that wardrobe balance between chic and sexy and cozy and covered-up. It's hard enough to find the motivation to turn off the Netflix and leave your apartment, let alone find a date outfit that's both cute and winter weather appropriate. Scratch the stilettos so you don't slip on ice but keep the L.L. Bean boots in the closet unless your date involves a romantic snowy adventure. We give you head-to-toe first date night outfits to ensure a second rendezvous. Read more and view gallery: http://www.yourtango.com/2013174585/5-first-date-night-outfits-winter
Friday, 15 February 2013 16:38

7 Ways to Naturally Remove Scars

Many different things cause trauma to the skin, ranging from injuries and accidents to skin conditions such as acne and eczema. Treatments to get rid of scars on black skin can sometimes be a challenge, but with consistency and patience, it is possible to reduce the appearance of stubborn blemishes. Types of Scars There are several types of scarring that occurs after skin exposure to trauma: Keloidal scars – Elevated, dark, benign tumors that appears on ears, back, shoulders and chest. This can be very difficult to remove since it goes overboard the boundary of the affected area. Hypertrophic scars – Raised and dark scars. Disappears in a certain amount of time but causes intense itching while this is used. Atrophic scars – Creates indentation or sunken marks. One example of this type of scarring is stretch marks. The following are natural remedies for lessening and eliminating scars: 1. Lavendar oil. Apply and massage directly on scars to help fade. In time, it can completely eliminate them. 2. Flaxseed oil. You can buy this oil at almost any health food store. Rub the flaxseed oil on old and new scars a few times each day, including after you shower and…
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 15:11

Get Gorgeous on Valentine's Day

Looking forward to that PERFECT Valentine's Day night with someone special? Have you been prepping to make sure everything goes according to plan? This Valentine's Day, make sure to prep with these essential tips to make the night (and yourself!) flawless – from start to goodnight-kiss finish! Tip #1: All About the Fragrance: Looking your best is just part of it – you also have to feel your best, and SMELL your best! Research shows that a large part of attraction is based on smell, so make sure you grab the perfect perfume for the big day! For Valentine's Day, a floral fragrance is ideal. If you don't normally wear perfume, consider a scented body lotion or oil for just a touch of scent that he won't forget. Tip #2: Look great, no matter what "time of the month" it may be: We girls know that "that time" comes around RIGHT when you don't want it – unnecessary bloating, horrible cramps can leave you feeling terrible. To combat PMS symptoms, try Girl Uninterrupted®, a fresh, new and all-natural approach to PMS relief. It's composed of an all-natural blend of essential amino acids and herbs that have been specifically formulated to…
Monday, 11 February 2013 15:50

Grammy Awards 2013 Best-Dressed

The 2013 Grammy Awards are here, and we couldn't be more excited. After an awards season filled with play-it-safe-nude-mermaid gowns, we love to see stars take risks on the red carpet. Celebrities like Adele, Beyoncé and Rihanna went out on a limb in bold colors and unexpected prints and silhouettes. The Grammys are all about experimentation and our best-dressed list is full of ladies who took a chance, made it work and had us looking twice ... in a good way. Check out our best-dressed celebrities from the 2013 Grammys below, and vote on your favorite. Then, head over to the worst-dressed list to see the stars who took risks and flopped. Read more and view photos: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/10/grammy-awards-2013-best-dressed-rihanna-beyonce_n_2659032.html?utm_hp_ref=black-voices&ir=Black%20Voices
Thursday, 07 February 2013 15:57

Eat Good, Get Great Skin

Did you know you can eat your way to better looking skin? Keep your skin looking younger—for the rest of your life—with these 4 foods: Strawberries: Eating more vitamin C-rich foods, such as strawberries, may help to ward off wrinkles and age-related dryness, suggests research from 2007 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vitamin C's skin-smoothing effects may be due to its ability to mop up free radicals produced from ultraviolet rays and also its role in collagen synthesis. (Vitamin C is essential for collagen production.) You can find vitamin C in a multitude of cosmetics—of which some have been shown to be effective in protecting skin—but why not go straight to the source for a tasty boost of C: red bell peppers, papaya, broccoli and oranges are other excellent sources. Tomatoes: Tomatoes get their red hue from lycopene, a carotenoid that may help to keep your skin smooth. In a study published in 2008 in the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, researchers found that of the 20 individuals studied, those who had higher skin concentrations of lycopene had smoother skin. Boost your lycopene intake with fresh summer produce like watermelon and carrots too. Read more: http://hellobeautiful.com/1152715/foods-you-should-eat-for-younger-looking-skin/
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 16:10

Get Perfect Eyebrows

If you have light eyebrows, you may need to draw over them or shade them. For this, you will need to choose the right shade of eyebrow pencil. If you choose a colour that's too dark, your eyebrows will look unnatural and stand out and if you use a shade that's too light, it simply won't help. So choose a colour that will suit your skin tone and features. Ideally, the shade must be two shades lighter that your actual hair colour this way it will blend and still stand out. While using an eyebrow pencil on your brows, remember not to colour outside your hairline. Stay within your boundary line. Also, always start with light strokes; if your use harsher strokes, the colour will be dark. If you make your eyebrows too dark, it can clash with the rest of your eye make-up. Never press the pencil too hard on your brows, especially the tip. Keep a light hand. Keep the pencil down on your eyebrow avoid using the pencil along the top end of the brow. Since the top arch of your eyebrow is thinner than the rest, keep the pencil as away as possible from this section.…
Monday, 04 February 2013 16:33

Put a Stamp on Your Style

Alexa Chung's got one, so has singer Lana Del Ray, but it was Grace Kelly who sparked the trend. They're all famous faces bestowed with the honour of having a bag named after them. Hermes Kelly was renamed when the Princess of Monaco, nee Grace Kelly, was photographed obscuring her baby bump with the bag in 1956 and the brand's iconic Birkin followed in the Eighties, named after singer Jane Birkin. More recently Mulberry has jumped on the star muse style bandwagon, christening bags "Alexa" and "Del Ray" after their celebrity ambassadors. If a fashion brand isn't begging you for your surname to brandish on its accessories, there are other ways to bespoke your style. Cambridge Satchel Company embossed bag, from £94 (01223 833050/www.cambridgesatchel.co.uk).Picture: PA Photo/Handout.Think embossed lettering, initials or even your name splashed over your soles. A personalised piece is a surefire way to stand out from the fashion pack. But the real bonus? The more individual your accessory, the less likely your sister/friend/daughter will want to borrow it. Satchel chic: Put anonymity in detention with a bag sporting your name or initials. From traditional tan to fluoro pink, the Cambridge Satchel Company's hand-made leather bags can be embossed…
Friday, 01 February 2013 14:46

10 Common Makeup Mishaps and How to Fix Them

Does being caught with bright red lipstick on your teeth make you shudder? What about greeting the world with a cakey complexion after lathering your face with too much foundation? They're called makeup mishaps, and they happen to the best of us. If you find yourself facing this kind of crisis, the only thing you can do is damage control. We chatted with Toronto makeup artist Jessica Jean Myers and nabbed some of her quick and easy fixes for some of these — and other — beauty blunders. Here are her how-to-cope tips. Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/01/15/beauty-tips-mistakes-fixes_n_2479740.html
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 16:01

Get Longer, Lusher Eye Lashes

If you think makeup trends are only about colour, think again. Facial features, too, fall in and out of fashion—and the '00s craze for plump, Angelina Jolie-style lips has shifted to an obsession with longer, darker, thicker lashes (just ask the Kardashians). The appeal isn't hard to explain, says Anna Nenoiu, a makeup and hair artist with Page One Management in Toronto."Every woman knows that emphasizing her lashes brightens her eyes and makes them look bigger. No matter what your age, it gives you a more dramatic, seductive, pulled-together look." A-listers, of course, have always known this. Twiggy, Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor were all famous for their fluttery fringes, and Nenoiu asserts that no modern starlet, from Katy Perry to Gwyneth Paltrow, would dare grace a red carpet without a set of extensions or at least falsies. Faux lashes are not only fueling the growth of a $1-billion eyelash-enhancing business, but their sales have also steadily climbed while other cosmetic categories have been flat. Although much improved, the glue- on technique is not new. It dates back to about 1916, when the film director D.W. Griffith commissioned a wigmaker to fashion the first pair of false lashes from human…
Ever wonder how your favorites celebrities like Kerry Washington, Angela Simmons, and even Kim Kardashian seem to always have insanely high cheekbones, defined nose and flawless complexions. Their secret is contouring. Here's how to contour your face like a celebrity in three easy steps. Read more: http://hellobeautiful.com/2604162/how-to-contour-your-face-like-a-celebrity/
Spring 2013 is right around the corner. Although it is the middle of winter, spring fashions hit the runways months ago. Spring styles will be arriving in boutiques around town. To stay ahead of the pack, start putting together your wardrobe now by following expert styling tips from fashionistas in the Motor City. Rachel LutzThe Peacock Room15 E. Kirby St.Detroit, MI 48202(313) 559-5500www.facebook.com/peacockroom Rachel Lutz is the owner of Detroit's most stylish apparel and accessory boutique, The Peacock Room. Her unique fashion sense has downtown buzzing about what's inside. The Peacock Room carries a wide range of designer clothing and accessories, including both vintage and high-end labels. Ms. Lutz also owns Emerald, a boutique which specializes in vintage-inspired gifts and home decor. We received expert fashion advice from Ms. Lutz, who shared her top tips for looking stylish this spring. I'm seeing more and more vintage influence in fashion. Vintage never goes out of style but I've definitely noticed a lot of older looks made new on the spring runways. Everything 1950s or earlier is hot, with an emphasis placed on the 1940s. The turn-of-the-century accessories are really getting hot, and the Steampunk look is becoming a bit more mainstream.…
This Inauguration Weekend, much of the buzz in DC revolved around First Lady Michelle Obama's new haircut with bangs. Forehead fringe is a chic complement to any haircut so let's take a look at a few celebs rocking this haute tress trend. Read more and view slideshow: http://photos.essence.com/galleries/celebrity-hair-bold-beautiful-bangs#220271_220336
If you're a working woman who doesn't get much time to go to a salon, here are a few simple remedies that will help you keep your skin glowing and at the same time, will save you both time and money Almond and Lemon cleanserIngredients: 1/8 cup ground almonds, 2 tbsp milk or cream and 1 tsp lemon juice Combine thoroughly, and use to gently cleanse skin. Rinse well with warm water. Benefits: Lemons are a natural source of antioxidants which not only cleans the skin but also helps tone and exfoliate it. Orange and honey peelIngredients: 1 egg yolk, 1 tsp honey, 1/8 cup fresh citrus (lemon or orange) juice and 1 packet plain gelatin Mix together thoroughly, and apply to skin. Let it rest for 20 to 25 minutes. Benefits: Oranges which are a great source of vitamin c help prevent wrinkles and fine lines. Moreover the citrus juice also exfoliates the dead cells away. The egg yolk the skin while honey softens and moisturises it. Avacado and coconut oil body wrapIngredients: 2 avocados (thoroughly mashed into a paste), 3 tbsp sea salt, 1/4 cup honey, grated rind of two fresh lemons (along with the juice) and 1/4…
Thursday, 17 January 2013 16:36

5 Hair Myths, Busted!

Misinformation can be just as stubborn as frizz or those pesky flyaways – it's difficult to manage, impossible to reason with and it just keeps coming back, says longtime hair-care advocate and health scientist Audrey Davis-Sivasothy. "Old wives' tales and ineffective products that claim to treat or rehabilitate hair often have a placebo effect because people want them to work," says Davis-Sivasothy, author of "Hair Care Rehab". But many of these ideas and products actually do the opposite of what's intended, and they delay the user from seeking out real solutions." Davis-Sivasothy debunks the following common hair-care myths: There's a magic pill (or oil, serum or balm) to grow our hair faster, stronger or thicker. Unfortunately, no. Hair growth is genetically predetermined and controlled by our hormones. Unless the magic pill affects our genes or hormones, there's no hope that it might make our hair grow. (This includes prenatal vitamins. Credit the upsurge in hormone levels during pregnancy for those vibrant tresses!) Basic vitamin supplements can offer slight improvements in hair quality, but only if our body truly lacks the particular vitamin or mineral being taken. Trimming will make your hair grow stronger, longer, faster or thicker. Since hair is…
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