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How To Find The Right Foundation For Your Skin

Foundations today come in so many different types–cream, powders, liquid, and a mousse– it’s overwhelming sometimes to try and figure out which is best for you. If you have dry skin, go for a hydrating liquid or a cream. If you have oily skin, then a mineral, powder or oil-free liquid formula is better for you. Know Your Undertones Undertones are the subtle tint or cast of color underneath your skin–before foundation application. Knowing your undertones is essential to finding the right foundation because only a foundation that matches both your skin tone and undertones is going to blend in seamlessly and effortlessly. There are three types of undertones: Warm, neutral and cool. If you’re not sure what you are, I recommend looking at the inside of...

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How To Find Healing Through Prayer and Meditation

There was a time in my life when I wouldn’t have considered myself a Christian. It was a selfish time when I thought I could conquer anything, alone. It took me many years to see the error of my ways and find my path to God. By the time I paved my way, many of my friends had these indescribable relationships with Him; relationships like a daughter has with her father. I wanted that. I needed that. I had been raised as Catholic, but just going to church, daily prayer, and reading of the scriptures was not enough for me. I watched a very dear friend of mine, Annie, die from Lymphoma. I remember laying on my bed sobbing and the only thing I could think...

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HOW WEAVES, BRAIDS, AND RELAXERS CAN DAMAGE YOUR HAIR

As many fingers we may point, Black women are often the culprits to our own hair falling out. Don’t worry sistahs’ there are three pitfalls you should avoid seeing your locs on your pillow: Keeping your weave in way too long, getting braids too tight, and consistent use of chemical relaxers. We all know the cost of that new Malaysian deep body wave, but sometimes the cost is more than monetary. Leaving those tresses in for longer than 12 weeks can leave you open to a dirty scalp, and possible infection. While we are told “if it’s tight it will last longer”, those same tight braiding foundations can lead to inflammation on your scalp. Such inflammation can lead to hair bumps that can break and blister,...

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5 Quick Tips On How To Preserve Your Makeup

Tip: If your water-based foundation dries out before its expiration date, simply add a few drops of alcohol-free toner and shake to mix it in. No need to do this to oil-based foundations. Because they have oil, they will tend to separate. You’d have to shake anyways. Tip: Skip the push-up lip liners. They're expensive, tend to break and you never really know how much you have left until you run out (REAL TALK). Save your money for powders and foundation (Just my opinion) Tip: If you store lipstick in the refrigerator, it will last longer. Tip: If you don't want your mascara to expire faster than its fresh date, don't pump the wand in and out -- you're only exposing the product to the air, which will...

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Pros and Cons of Acrylic Nails

I am all for long-lasting-nails. Strong, beautiful, able to withstand anything Mother Nature may throw at it. I briefly touched on UV gel nails a few weeks ago and how they can potentially weaken and damage your natural nail. Today I want to conquer ACRYLIC nails. I am not TOTALLY against these, since, the research explains that they are actually a safer alternative to UV gels. If you prefer acrylics remember these tips: a clean salon with use of autoclave, a manicurist whom does not thin and rough up your nails with that terrible drill, and a friendly staff at the salon. Without clean tools and improperly placed nails, the nail beds can develop fungus and bacteria and transmit them where ever and to whomever you...

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Rafiyqa Muhammed: Sowing Seeds of Change

Rafiyqa Muhammad has been a central figure in the Harrisburg community for many years. Her work with urban agriculture, cultural outreach, and non-profits have influenced the city and has planted many seeds of growth for us. Rafiyqa has been the co-founder and artistic director of Ngozi Inc. for twenty-nine years. Ngozi is a nonprofit organization that provides academic, physical, and cultural education and experiences to African-Americans. Rafiyqa brought urban agriulture into the city of Harrisburg and started the “Let's Get Dirty! Farmers Markets Festivals & Events” program to bring farmers markets to south Harrisburg and create healthier habits in the community. Rafiyqa currently serves on Keystone Autism board of directors, and consults and works with several local businesses and non-profit organizations....

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For Healthier Skin…Try Milk of Magnesia…

I use Milk of Magnesia as a makeup primer for my oily skinned clients. Brushed on softly, it absorbs oil and shrinks pores, making skin more receptive to makeup but discouraging clogs and dirt. I apply it with a make-up wedge or a foundation brush. Many women find using their fingers to be the most effective application method (because of the warmth of their skin). It also leaves your make up with a “matte” look, which is ideal because you don’t want to have a shiny face…ever! There’s a difference between shiny and dewy! You can also use Milk of Magnesia as an acne treatment! So what does a laxative have to do with blemished skin? Well, it calms the skin just as much as it calms...

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Prevent Getting Heart Disease (Part II)

Naturopathic DOCTOR GIVES TIPS TO PREVENT HEART DISEASE Before giving my recommendation, let me explain what Naturopathic physicians do. Naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. By using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. It is the naturopathic physician’s role to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment. Along with good diet and exercise, certain supplements can help decrease the risk of different types of heart disease. My recommendation: Higher intake of magnesium has been associated with lower blood pressure and rates of heart disease, stroke, and metabolic syndrome. Dietary sources of Magnesium are green leafy vegetables...

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Dionn Renee: How She Fought Lupus Through Art

Lupus was constantly on my mind. There was a time I couldn’t walk, confined to a wheel chair, and I almost flunked 8th grade because I spent most of my time in the hospital, so it was a lot to fight. I couldn’t do all the partying other kids were doing, because I felt God was going to judge me soon. When I was in the 8th grade, I heard my doctor tell the nurse that I may only live to be 21. At that time I looked like a skeleton. Instead of letting the disease kill my body and my dreams, when I felt pain, I let it inspire me. That pain, reminded me that you’re not going to be here too much longer So,...

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