August 5, 2013
August 14, 2012
Janelle Monáe is the latest gorgeous face to grace the glossies of CoverGirl's advertisement campaigns, joining the likes of P!nk, Taylor Swift, Drew Barrymore, Sofia Vergara and Ellen DeGeneres. "I believe it's time that women truly owned their superpowers and used their beauty and strength to change the world around them," said Monáe in a statement. "One of my core values is to help redefine what it means to be a strong and beautiful woman in the music and fashion worlds and to empower the wonderful things that make us unique." She added, "Becoming a CoverGirl is truly an honor and a gift. It opens up a new platform for me to inspire women to feel stronger, braver and more beautiful inside and out." Superpowers aside, Monáe is the perfect star to encourage women to be artistic and embrace their own unique types of beauty. [via Billboard]
August 6, 2012
June 11, 2012
April 28, 2012
I love the look of winged eyeliner. When it's done right, it's near perfection on any face. A couple people who continue to get this beauty trend right are Nicole Richie and Adele. Fabulous. But enter stage left Megan Draper from AMC's Mad Men and this chick is kinda owning the look too. The video below gives one of the best tips on how to perfect winged eyeliner that I've ever heard, start with the wing! Wow! Groundbreaking (for me anyways, lol) I promise you I tried it, and it worked the FIRST TIME, no lie. So if you've struggled to capture the winged eyeliner look in the past (like me) watch and learn below:
March 14, 2012
August 15, 2011
These oils are all the oils in my hair arsenal right now. When I first decided definitively to go natural (March 2011) I went full steam ahead trying to learn what people used on their transitioning/natural hair. I visited hair forums, websites, Youtube channels, I bought books, got scared into staying away from using products with sulfates and parabens which I still largely do. But what immediately got me excited were all the oils. OILS. I know. It's like, why oils? I don't know really, but using natural oils had an immediate impact on my decision to go natural for whatever reason. I still to this day can't fully put my finger on why. I dropped a good amount of cash on all these oils 5 months ago, and the only one I've had to replace to date is my Sweet Almond Oil (it's light and velvety which I like so I use a good bit of it).
My essential oils are another whole breed of oils. My Sweet Basil Oil is front and center because it is my hands down favorite EO. I use it in my water/glycerin moisturizing hair spritz. I don't know why the smell of basil makes me so happy, but it does. When I first got all these oils, I turned into this mad scientist mixing different oils, conditioners and lotions. All I was missing was a white lab coat, lol. It still excites me to mix my own hair oils and conditioners. I think I have more oils than brand name hair products right now. So below are a few links to what I've learned about these oils and some of what I've experienced with them so far:
this leaves my hair feeling really smooth after I use it
WATCH: My Avocado and Mayonnaise Hair Treatment How To
WATCH: My DIY All Natural Sugar Skin Scrub How To
Taren916 (above link) uses Tea Tree Oil for her scalp massages,
I mix almost every oil I have for my scalp massages, lol (olive, almond, safflower, avocado, scented with rosemary and peppermint) #fanatic
Do you use any of these products or something different? I'd love to know your thoughts, I like learning about new hair/skin at home remedies!
August 7, 2011
July 14, 2011
June 25, 2011
June 4, 2011
April 22, 2011
July 24, 2010
April 23, 2010
When is the last time you said, “Thank you hair for sticking around during all the mistakes and bad ideas I subjected you to.” Think about all the damaging processes, crazy colors and ridiculous styles you have put your hair through. And even through all of that, it stuck around (well maybe not all of it). Even when you cursed it for not “acting right today.”
Well its time to show your hair a little appreciation.
January 12, 2010
Zoe Saldana, 31, has been named the newest face of an Avon fragrance, Eternal Magic, debuting in April, PEOPLE has exclusively learned. The fragrance “takes inspiration from the rare Princess Monaco Rose,” according to an Avon release. “It means so much to me to be associated with a company that shares my values and believes in empowering women,” says the actress, who is now best known for kicking butt as Na’vi warrior princess Neytiri in Avatar. In her first major endorsement deal since James Cameron’s blockbuster grossed a billion dollars, Saldana will also be featured in the company’s brochure as a face of Avon’s color cosmetics collection (no word on whether that includes ‘Pandora blue’!). Geralyn Breig, Senior Vice President and President of Avon North America, says of Saldana, “We are thrilled to have Zoe as the spokesperson for Eternal Magic. Every woman wants to be unforgettable and Zoe perfectly embodies that feeling. She’s a rising star in Hollywood — and has built a strong reputation for playing empowering characters that leave a lasting impression.”
November 3, 2009
Me and my hair, facing the camera...
Honestly, I really recently in the last few years just started to try and take better care of my hair. I had an episode a few years back where I had too many chemical treatments in my hair too close together and my hair suddenly came out in CLUMPS in my sink. Devastation is too mild a word to describe that whole hair loss situation. Then after that, wearing too many pony tails broke my hair off in the back to where the sides of my hair had length, but the very back of my hair was severely broken and short. THEN pulling my hair too tight in the front broke my hair along my hairline. It was like I couldn't win! So about 6 years ago, I cut my hair just under my ears in length to start over and try to grow it back healthy. I wanted to blog about it because I get asked a lot (lately) about what I'm doing to my hair [to make it grow] so I figured I'd put it in a blog post. And please keep in mind that this is what I've done for my hair. I don't want anyone to feel like I'm preaching at them to change their personal hair routine. Just letting you know what's worked for me, got it? Now, ready to hear it? Well here it goes:
One book that I read that made me shift the way I dealt with my hair is the book below. Ultra Black Hair Growth II. Now I realize that it sounds super cheesy to read a whole book on hair growth, but I'm telling you, I remember treating my hair differently after reading this book. I can't say that I still follow everything that she talks about in this book, but I still subscribe to a good bit of it. The book is not exactly a new edition, I actually ended up checking it out of my local library and reading it, but I added the link for you below if you wanna check it out for yourself.
Now onto my hair grooming steps. I've literally had one "go to" hair grooming product since 2007 and that's Carol's Daughter Healthy Hair Butter. Shout out to Nichelle at 55 Secret Street again for posting on it because that's where I learned about it. I even purchased my very first jar of it from the Carol's Daughter flagship store in Harlem back in '07. Now when I tell you that my hair LOVES this stuff, I'm seriously not kidding. And the fragrance? Heavenly.
As far as trimming goes, I usually do it myself or when I can't see what I'm doing, my husband Ron has gotten pretty doggone good at it. I also like to take a Biotin supplement which is a B vitamin, B7 to be exact. Biotin has been known to support strong nails and healthy hair. Now If you've seen pics of me with my hands in the frame (my nails are seriously SHOT), then you know that I'm not using Biotin for my nails, lol. Biotin is a complete hair supplement for me.
October 6, 2009
I stopped using foam rollers ages ago because they'd literally rip out my hair when I took them out. Not. Cool. At. All. So imagine my shock when I rolled up on (pun not really intended, but I'm keeping it..) a pack of satin wrapped foam rollers a little while ago when I was in Walmart. It was like a light bulb moment, but one I wished I had thought of first because it's honestly a genius idea. Anyhoo, the pack I purchased was a multi-sized pack of small, medium and large satin wrapped rollers. I usually just use the large ones, separating my hair into about 8 sections and using a small amount of mousse. I wrap it up and by morning I have the result you see above. A rather healthy set of bouncy curls! LOVE! So imagine using the tiny and the medium rollers for a tighter, sassier, but still very healthy curl.. I'm inspired to experiment!
July 15, 2009
June 18, 2009
via The Cut:
When Carol’s Daughter unveiled its new hand-and-foot spa called the Back Room on Tuesday, celebs like LeBron James came out to show support (he's friends with one of the venue's investors). The NBA MVP claimed he isn't into the whole spa-treatment scene, but when we chatted him up, he was about to sit down for a cucumber-and-lavender manicure. So is LeBron's beauty stash bigger than ours? "Man, I'm not into that stuff. All I need is a brush. That and some Carol's Daughter Body Butter to keep off the ash," he insisted. "My family, we use this stuff at home." But surely he must need pedicures to keep his feet callous-free? "I wish I had the time to get manicures and pedicures, but the season is so crazy. Some people make the time, but I don't." So there you have it: LeBron James doesn't do beauty treatments. Except for the occasional cucumber-and-lavender mani.