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

Summertime Remedies for Your Sun Damaged Hair

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Days spent swimming and sunning by the pool is part of luxurious lazy summer days. It’s the perfect time to catch up on novel and magazine reading, but the chlorine, sun and salt water can take a dramatic toll on your hair. Be sure to protect your hair with sunscreen before and condition after your dip in the pool or day at the beach.

We’ve found some after sun haircare products to make summertime maintenance all that more enjoyable. Lenore Greyl’s Huile de Palme combats against the damaging effects of sun, seawater and chlorinated pool water. To restore damaged ends simply apply for 10 minutes up to overnight and then re-apply after four trips to the pool… Read more

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Backstage at the Beyonce Concert Sponsored by L’Oreal

20090715-img-1088A few weeks ago I was among several beauty bloggers across the U.S. invited by L’Oreal to attend Beyonce’s I am…Sasha Fierce concert (which they sponsor and she is a spokesperson for.) I almost fell out of my seat when I was called a few hours before leaving for Philadelphia and told that I was given backstage access and could have a meet and greet with her. A friend of mine, the ever fabulous Billy B, has told me in the past how sweet and down to earth Beyonce was, so I was thrilled and not too intimidated to meet her (although completely nervous I must admit!) I left my house with several outfits in hand, because really? How do you dress when you are about to meet someone so gorgeous?! Here’s a chronicle of how it all went down… Read more

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You’ll be Looking Udderly Gorgeous with Cowshed Spa Products

cowshedVoted Tatler magazine’s international spa of the year for 2009, Cowshed is luxurious skincare line originating the eponymous spa at Babington House located in Somerset just outside London. Don’t forget your Hunter wellies and Barbour vest which are the requisite uniform here.

The original spa was launched in 1998 and named after the building’s former occupants. Founded in the philosophy of premium 100% natural essential oils all ingredients are organic, wild-crafted and fair trade botanicals with minimal use of preservatives. The products do NOT contain any parabens, petrochemicals, sulphates or artificial dyes or fragrances. There are no animal products in the ingredients except for organic beeswax and wildflower honey. Every product’s ingredients are sourced from the original walled garden at the original Cowshed spa in Somerset. We also love the cheeky product names like “Moody Cow” and “Knackered Cow”.

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Review: Posh in Clover Bath and Body

20090708-posh-in-clover-shower-gelleePosh (adj): Classy, elegant…and a member of the Spice Girls. I like both. Posh in Clover’s bath and body products give off the aura of classiness and smell divine. I had the opportunity to try out their Amaretti Shower Gellee, Spa Soap and Whipped Butter Cream. If you want to feel like the Queen Mother is coming for a visit, step into your shower and transport your senses across the pond with these delightfully fragrant beauty products.

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