Cleansers for Natural, Textured, Curly Hair

Right now my hair looks and feels dry, lackluster and just downright sad. I know that I could've taken better care of my hair, but sometimes it's much too easy to neglect my hair care routine and just disguise less than stellar hair with a cute braid or bun. Agreed? I Read more

Winter Skin Care DIY

From your head to your toes, winter conditions are no fun for your skin. Not only does dry skin look unhealthy, it can be really uncomfortable, too. Did you know that everything you need to save your skin from winter is as close as your pantry or refrigerator? Below are Read more

Solid Lotion Bars from Faith, Soaps and Love

Know for their incredible handmade artisan soaps, Faith, Soaps & Love has another trick up their sleeves... or in this case, in their tubes. Good things come in 2 oz. packages. Don't let the small number fool you, as the Solid Lotion Bar tube is the size of my hand. Read more

How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #GoConfidently

No matter your age, unwanted facial hair can become a true confidence problem. From genetics to mature skin, it can be difficult to feel beautiful when dark excess hair lingers around. Bleaching the hair is an option and if you haven't tried it before and are curious, read on. First, Read more

nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

I'm always on the lookout for a BB or CC cream that not only matches my skin tone but also has SPF 20 and over, covers without feeling heavy or oily, helps to reduce the size of my pores and gives me a little glow. My skin could be described as medium to Read more

Skin Care Review: Chella Balancing Clay Mask

Chella Balancing Mask Clay & Seaweed Treatment #review #skincare

Oh boy do I love me some clay facial masks. Having oily, blemish-prone skin can be a real PIA. And it seems that since including bangs into my hairstyle back in March, my forehead seems to be worse than ever. So I was completely enthused to have the chance to try out Chella’s Balancing Mask Clay and Seaweed Treatment, with Kaolin and seaweed, both said to do wonders for your skin.  Read more

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Pictures from Cosmoprof North America 2009

As you know, at the end of July I had the privilege of speaking at Cosmoprof North America. It was my very first time going to Las Vegas and I was excited as a kid on Christmas! I arrived a few days before my scheduled speaking date, which by the way, I think went quite awesome; I spoke about social media for Private Label (many thanks to Private Label Magazine for that!) I met so many amazing people that it makes my head spin. The only person that I met that I didn’t get a picture with was Robyn Bloom, founder of Purely Cosmetics. I enjoyed our relentless quest in search of steak at 12am Robyn!

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Kissable Couture Glosses Inspired by Michelle Obama

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Celebrity makeup stylist AJ Crimson and model/TV personality Keisha Whitaker (wife of actor/director Forest Whitaker) are the co-creators of a line of luxe lip-gloss, Kissable Couture. The glosses have high shine appeal with the perfect amount of shimmer as well as wearable moisturizing formula without the stickiness of most lip-gloss. Sold at stores including Fred Segal Apolthia, Louis Boston and Henri Bendel.

The collection of glosses includes a custom shade inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama, named aptly “First Lady” and part of the Kissable Collection. It is a nude gloss and is perfect for all complexions. We haven’t heard if the First Lady has tried the gloss, but we love the tribute to her. Our fave from the collection is the “Smooches” gift set. It’s a five-pack of mini glosses, which includes Kissable Couture’s best selling shades. Included in this pout’-of-this-world set are shades including Dreams, Johnny, Dylan, Honesty and Forest. The full sized glosses retail for $22 and the Kissable Couture Smooches gift set retails for $32.

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Review: MAC Cosmetics Colour Craft

20090727-mac-cosmetics-natural-flare-eyeshadowMAC Cosmetics newest makeup collection, Colour Craft, is an amazing palette of fall color goodness. Actually, so many of the colors in their eye shadow palettes made me think of clothes with those same colors that I’d like to wear this autumn. By far, my favorite eye shadow palette is Natural Flare (pictured. ) I tend to stick with “safe” colors…ie. neutral colors.  But I do know that the copper and gold in this palette can do amazing things for your eyes, especially those of us with hazel eyes.

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