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Tuesday, 15 January 2013 14:52

Soothe Dry Winter Skin

The coldest months of the year are here, and, unfortunately, so is itchy, dry winter-weary skin. But you don't have to suffer until summer. Here are key ways to soothe dry skin this winter: • Bathe sensibly: Long, hot showers and baths may feel good on a cold winter day, but nothing dries out the skin faster. Experts advise to keep winter baths and showers to 10 minutes, use lukewarm water, pat dry and moisturize when skin is slightly damp. Best bet: Avoid baths altogether (sorry, this includes hot tubs especially) and stick to brief showers. • Moisturize: Keeping skin moisturized is key to warding off and treating the discomfort of dry skin. Look for a multi-purpose natural product such as Merino's Everyday Balm (also known as The Crack Blaster), which hydrates, softens and protects dry skin. (Make sure to use it on your lips and fingertips, too.) A non-greasy blend of lanolin, sweet almond oil and beeswax, it also softens cuticles and helps soothe painful cracks in fingers, elbows and heels due to dry weather, eczema, psoriasis and diabetes. A 1.76-ounce container of Merino's Everyday Balm is available at select retailers and online at www.merinousa.com for $19.95.• Hydrate: Both…
Thursday, 10 January 2013 15:16

Style Suite: Cash In On the Season of Sales

I love this time of the year. Everyone is fresh and rejuvenated after the holiday break and optimistic about the new year ahead. But more than that, it's also the time when retailers are slashing prices in half and trying to get rid of their leftover fall and winter stock. Now is when I can finally afford to get those pieces I've been (sale) stalking all season long. January is the best time to get the most bang for your buck and score amazing deals on fashion and apparel for now and next year. Those boots you had your eyes on, that coat you have been wanting but couldn't afford—they're all marked down and they're more budget-friendly than ever before. With many retailers slashing prices by 40%, 50% and 60%, it's a great time to invest in designer pieces you normally couldn't afford. (Side bar: It's always amazing to me that just as we head into the thick of the season, retailers start slashing prices to make room for the upcoming season. I'll cross that season's bridge when I get there, but right now, it's a great time to stock up.) When indulging in the season of sales, practice some…
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 15:40

6 Cold Weather Beauty Tips

Winter should come with another weather advisory—rough beauty conditions ahead. The main culprits are cold air, which holds less moisture than warm air, and low humidity and central heating, which make already dry hair and skin even drier. But cold weather also hits harder as you get older, when the production of skin's natural moisturizers dips with age, says Doris Day, MD, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University Medical Center. The result: Your skin becomes rough and flaky while your hair feels dry and loses its shine. These simple cold weather beauty tricks will help your skin smooth, your hair shiny, and your makeup looking fresh well past the groundhog's springtime start date. 1. Invest in a humidifier. If your heating system doesn't have a built-in humidifier, place a portable unit in your bedroom to add extra moisture into the air and prevent dry skin and eyes in the winter. Set the unit for 30 to 50% humidity during the winter months, advises the Consumer Product Safety Commission. (Humidity levels above 60% may allow moisture to build up and condense on surfaces where bacteria can settle and flourish.) Change water in your humidifier daily and clean…
Thursday, 03 January 2013 20:02

A 5 Step Rehab For Damaged Hair

Between blow-drying, teasing, flat-ironing, highlighting and lowlighting— there are many ways to change what Mother Nature gave us. But whether you're regularly straightening curls, lightening darker hair or vice/versa, there may be a price to pay for rebelling. But most women don't think twice about the hair habits they've had for years and years, says longtime hair-care advocate and health scientist Audrey Davis-Sivasothy. "Lackluster, frazzled, overworked hair—that's the price we pay for handling our hair like a pair of jeans. Hair is a fragile fiber that needs to be handled more like a silk blouse," says Davis-Sivasothy, author of "Hair Care Rehab," (www.haircarerehab.com). "Oftentimes, the style we feel the most comfortable with reinforces our bad habits. It's a problem with all the earmarks of an addiction." Substances of choice include:• Toxic chemicals (perms, relaxers & colors)• Hair OCD (excessive combing, brushing & heat use)• Environmental lifestyle (too much exposure to sun, surf, bad air and water)• Nutritional/dietary (fad diets, smoking, low water consumption) As with a drug addiction, once you've kicked your habit, you'll liberate your bad hair, unlocking new dimensions of hair potential, says Davis-Sivasothy, who has also authored the popular "The Science of Black Hair" (www.blackhairscience.com). She offers…
Friday, 28 December 2012 07:37

Top 10 Style Trends of 2012

2012 was the year of many old trends coming back to haunt us or impress us. Many of your favorite stars took to the streets with many of these trends. Check out a few of them below: 1. As pictured above, you can see Ciara with the "Ombre" hair. Others like Raven Symone and Keke Palmer also rocked their hair in that fashion. 2. Acts like Zoe Saldana also rocked sheer this year which was very popular. 3. Peplum was also huge this year in the streets thanks to the likes of Kim Kardashian and others who rocked the tops to greatness. Read more: http://www.blackenterprise.com/lifestyle/top-style-trends-2012/
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 16:03

Enhance Your Beauty

Getting gorgeous shouldn't be a task and certainly shouldn't take you hours. It should be fun and easy–for heaven's sake we've got shopping to do, right! Save yourself a headache and use these tips to look fab in minutes. H2O: The remedy to healthier skin is simple: Drink more water. Keep a water bottle filled at your desk so you remember to sip regularly. Trade out your daily coffee or soda for some delish herbal tea. Dehydration starts in your skin. Shimmer: Bronzer is your bff. Add it to the inner corners of your eyes, cheekbones and brow bone for a quick glowing beauty boost. This will definitely help hide the stress of the day. Refresh: I recently found a mist of spray toner. The beauty benefits are endless. Mainly to keep your skin hydrated under all that makeup. Sleep: Never enough hours in the day but it's true. More sleep or even a nap mean much healthier complexion. Challenge yourself to get to bed 30 minutes at less two times a week. Stand up straight: Besides the fact that slouching is a sign of your lack of confidence, your clothes will hang much better giving you an instant boost…
Today’s naturalista doesn’t have to commit to wearing her hair either straight or curly. Some consumers who are natural may opt to stop relaxing, but still wear straight styles through thermal styling. Having the option to switch between both straight and curly textures generates challenges and concerns when it comes to rocking the style to a level you’re happy with. Women looking to maintain the same smooth styles from their relaxed days, especially those transitioning, experience frustration when it comes to locking in lasting styles. Natural hair doesn’t “behave” like relaxed hair. Those transitioning may have to grapple with multiple textures that respond to products, styling and the environment in multiple ways. Here are the chief concerns and solutions for switching from curly to straight and back again! Not straight enough: There’s nothing like the frustration of having your hair straightened only to glimpse stubborn waves and curls which don’t work with the style. Those naturalistas seeking silky, uniformly straightened hair may have been told it’s unrealistic because of their highly textured hair, or that it needs to be “trained” through repeated straightening. Through straightening hair treatments, women who want to wear their hair without relaxers will still have the option…
Thursday, 19 July 2012 14:07

DON’T OVERDO YOUR "DO"

DON’T OVERDO YOUR ‘DO: 5 GOOD THINGS THAT CAN ACTUALLY DAMAGE YOUR HAIR Taking care of your hair is right up there with other basics like bathing and clipping your nails. There are certain things that you do to make sure that you’re not all unkempt and smelly. Hey, it’s the little things in life. But some of these things can be overdone – especially when it comes to your hair, and it can be detrimental to the health of your precious tresses. But what are they and what exactly is the limit? One very ordinary act that can easily be overdone is brushing. Using the right tool to brush your hair is great. It keeps those dreaded fairy knots at bay and stimulates the scalp to produce sebum – a natural oil that helps keep hair healthy, but whether you’re using a Denman or a Goody, nonstop brushing can cause split ends and hair loss. The repetitive motion can weaken strands, which is the last thing that you want. Black hair is already pretty fragile, so stressing it with constant pressure will eventually cause it to snap. If you feel the need to brush more often than not, a…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 04:20

Kanye West releases - Nike Air Yeezy 2

Today it seems fashion is everything, and sneaker heads around the globe proved this to be true. On June 9 Nike released the second special edition sneaker designed by Kanye West. The Air Yeezy 2 is the second installment of the 2009 Air Yeezy. It’s slimmer than the original, because it was designed to fit Kanye’s narrow foot. The design was inspired by the classic 1980s basketball shoes, according to Nike’s website. Similar to the way Nike releases quantities of Air Jordans, the shoes are in limited supply and come with a hefty price tag. Only 3,000 to 5,000 pairs were released to the public and the Nike Air Yeezy 2 retails for $245 per pair. Since the brightly colored shoes are in such high demand, sneaker lovers are having a hard time getting their hands on them. One pair is said to have gone for a whopping $90,300 on Ebay. According to dresslikekanyewest.com, some retail stores are holding raffles for online customers. Don’t get us wrong, we all love a great pair of kicks and understand the importance of fashion but this just seems to be absurd! Whenever a product creates this much buzz and has consumers lined up…
It’s summertime and that means it’s the season for every great flagship phone not made by Apple to make their debuts. This summer is no different with the Android giants HTC and Samsung squaring off with the Evo 4G LTE and Galaxy S III respectively. HTC is continuing its partnership with Sprint offering the Evo LTE exclusively with them, sporting a 4.7 inch screen, a beautiful polycarbonate body and, yes, a return of the beloved kickstand that was the signature feature of the first Evo released in 2010. Running Android 4.0 with HTC’s Sense software the phone is blistering fast. Also a welcome addition is the return of a dedicated camera button that’s so sorely missed on many smartphones today. The Evo LTE unlike its AT&T cousin the HTC One X, supports a MicroSD slot giving it a possible 64GB of storage. The Galaxy S III, which is successor to the wildly popular Samsung Galaxy line, is sure to become a benchmark for smartphones as the Galaxy S II was last year. The 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen is one of the most vibrant and colorful, and can easily hold its own with the iPhone’s retina display. Also running Android 4.0,…
Monday, 02 July 2012 19:37

Letter from the President

Homeownership has always been a little tricky in the city of Detroit. From finding a neighborhood that hasn’t been decimated by blight to securing an appraisal that will qualify for a mortgage, Detroit has its own issues that homeowners and aspirant homeowners need to traverse on the path to buying or refinancing a home. In the decade leading up to the financial crisis of 2008, there was a multiplicity of government and bank driven programs that spurred homeownership in middle and low income neighborhoods. Programs included down payment assistance, closing costs support and rehabilitation/repair funding. And while all of these initiatives came with education and counseling to prepare the new homeowner, no one could foresee the massive failure of the housing marketing and the ripple effects across our economy that drove home values to its lowest levels in years. The market, while improving, is still anemic in our urban cores throughout the state. The impact has been that most recent homeowners (last 10 years) are underwater in their homes. Ironically, we are now in a time when interest rates remain at an all time low which would normally spur a refinance boom. But not in an underwater market. Last year,…
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