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The Best Base Coats for Every Nail Need

When I put together my list of current favorite top coats, many of you requested to hear about the Best Base Coats in my arsenal. I actually have more top coats than base coats and that’s because I tend to stick with my tried and true faves. I test new things, of course, but, for the most part, these have become my staples. To make sure I have all your bases covered (pun totally intended), I am sharing my favorites for long-lasting wear, ridge filling, treatment and specialty polishes. Click the link below to read on...

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2 Ways To Start Going Natural With Your Hair

We hear it all the time, women giving up that creamy white stuff, that once had their hair patent leather straight, for beautiful textured coifs and coils. However, we have also seen those who attempt to go natural, but are leaning more towards an unkept, dry, weathered look (and no sis, that headband in the front, doesn't make it ok). Whatever end of the spectrum you are on, going natural is a process; that takes some time, patience, and a whole lot of trial and errors. Going natural implies that you are no longer using any chemical to alter the natural form of your hair, making many give up the once coveted relaxer. Relaxers permanently change the form of your hair, it does not wear off. Often,...

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10 Natural Nails Do’s and Don’ts

Keeping your fingernails looking their best doesn’t take a lot of time, but it does require some regular care. Cuticles should be moisturized and groomed, nails should be properly trimmed, filed and protected. Just follow these common-sense tips. Click here to read the top ten natural nail do's and don'ts....

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How To Enjoy Swimming Without Damaging Your Hair

We see it all the time, a pool party, with NO SISTAS in the pool. And if they are, they are only waist deep. However, with temperatures reaching the high 90’s, full body emersion is definitely desired. As much as our bodies may love it, that salt and chlorine from pools and even open bodies of water do a number on our hair. Here are a few tips to protect your hair from such chemicals. * Before hopping in, saturate your hair with clean water and a little conditioner. By doing that your hair is less likely to absorb the chlorinated/salt water. For added protection, seal your hair with natural oil like jojoba or coconut oil. These oils help seal your hair cuticles and create a...

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How Olympian Gabby Douglas Stays Fit

Have you heard about the healthy lifestyle the young, Black Olympian, Gabby Douglas lives? Not only does she stay fit because she’s an athlete, but it’s important for her daily lifestyle! The key is that it all takes time, patience, and energy. Douglas says, “Before we start, we do a warm up for about like five minutes. We do arm circles and head movements, and wrist movements,” if you want to go a little harder, Gabby says she does “100 crunches and 25 split jumps on each leg, etc”. Well, isn’t that something you can do yourself? Yes indeed, try it! Always have in mind that working out, anywhere, anytime, and trying your best to maintain good health, is a priority and doesn’t have to be a...

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Get Glowing Radiant Skin With Lemon Water

What’s the first thing that people see, your skin!  And with all the stress that comes with life, your skin seems to be effected the most, at least for many of us. Ladies, I don’t care how much make-up you have on, but if you have rough and flaky skin, a pound of foundation will not create a MIRACLE. In my experience skin that’s dehydrated makes your face look dull, rough, and just unflattering to the naked eye, and it shows even under your make-up. SO WHAT’S THE ANSWER? Well the natural approach, I feel will have a magical outcome over time is LEMON WATER. Fresh lemon juice is abundant in natural electrolytes, which helps boost hydration, and is great for your skin.  Drinking lemon water...

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Nutritional Supplements To Help Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are often caused by too much estrogen in your body compared to progesterone. Why might you have “too much estrogen”? There are several reasons, one of which is a sluggish liver – it’s the liver’s job to prepare extra hormones and toxins to be eliminated from the body through the gut. That’s why foods and herbs that support the liver (ie, milk thistle) can help to lower estrogens, while substances that burden the liver (ie, alcohol, caffeine, and Tylenol) can contribute to keeping estrogen levels high. The body needs certain key vitamins and minerals to process hormones correctly, so supplementing with these can also be helpful: • Multivitamin and mineral: a good quality capsule, with no artificial colors or unnecessary ingredients or fillers. Capsules are...

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The Pressure To Go Natural

Unless you were a child, back in the day, it was almost unnatural to be natural. However, now that natural is now in, many of our sisters are throwing tubs of perms to the way side and cruising over to a life of natural hair care. But many of our dear beloveds are lost in transistion, not really knowing if such a course is best for them, and even feeling guilty. Don't worry, old habits die hard, and if you are addicted to the creamy crack (relaxer) that's ok too! Becoming natural isn't just a one time hair switch over, it's a committed lifestyle. You have to decide whether or not; a life without a relaxer is one you'll accept. When properly maintained, relaxers provide a slick,...

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How To Save Your Broken Makeup

Overstuffed purses or just plain clumsy moments can lead to pulverized powders and broken lipsticks! Not to mention if you leave your lipsticks near a radiator or in your car!! But you can still squeeze more months out of your favorite make up with a bit of craftiness. Learn how to bring broken cosmetics back to life with the below notes! Lipsticks •Method 1: The Fix: So, you've decapitated your latest lipstick purchase (whoops). To fix you can use a blow dryer or lit match to meld the two halves back together. Heat the portion left in the tube, then gently reattach the tip while smoothing the sides. Pop it in the fridge to harden, and you have many more miles of lip color left. Just make...

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How To Wear Multi-Colored Nails

Last week I mentioned how my favorite new trend in polish was light-nude colors. While this may be my number 1, the natural nail divas have been sporting a runner up. Multi colored! I used to think this was a tacky, loud trend that was fleeting. However, the 2014 spin on it has two rules: #1- a matching color palette and #2- a single bold color that pops. I took 5 polishes I wanted and mixed them up with my eyes closed, and that's how I found this sequence. In the feature picture, I used my two favorite polish brands, Orly and Nina, both found at Sally Beauty Supply. (TIP: check for sales as Sally's frequently has BOGO Orly and Nina!) Remember your Nail Tek base and...

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