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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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Lace Front Closure

We have all seen it, yes the unfortunate situation where our weaved up sista has a gorgeous weave, except for one fatal flaw, her au natural coiled locks do not quite blend with her extended wavy Malaysian tresses. The strenuous blending situation happens when someone’s real hair is left out to cover over their weave extensions. With all the different textures available, it’s hard to choose one that best blends with our own natural textures. Well praise be to the hair gods who have come up with a solution to the avoid having a ‘party in the front, business in the back’ type situation. When worn with a weave, Lace Front Closures provide you with a seamless, natural looking scalp and hairline. You no longer have to...

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Annette Boynes-McCray

Annette Boynes-McCray is a lupus advocate and survivor. Her symptoms started back in 2006, but she wasn’t diagnosed with Lupus until 2011. Her battle with Lupus over the last 8 years has affected her joints, skin, and the tissues surrounding her heart, causing her severe chest pains. She has gone through hair loss, and experienced blurred vision, which has caused her to be hospitalized and undergo chemotherapy Even with lupus, Annette is determined to find a way to get her body to a healthy state. Therefore, she has decided to go vegetarian, in order to limit the consumption of foods that cause inflammation.  She now has a personal trainer to get in shape to keep her joints moving. Annette has founded a non profit organization called Flowers For Lupus. Being...

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Beauty Products

Every client I have has a pile of makeup in her bathroom that she "sometimes" uses….Translation: Never uses, but keeps just in case she finally learns how to properly apply blue eye shadow. Beauty products do expire. So the following is a list of make up expiration dates. "PS": Please keep in mind that these are estimates, no matter what anyone tells you, it's unlikely you'll go blind from using 2-year-old mascara but, I wouldn’t recommend it! •Concealer- Up to 12 months. •Powder- 2 years. •Cream & gel cleansers- 1 year. •Pencil eye liner should be sharpened regularly. Will last up to 3 years. •Eye shadow will last up to 3 years. •Sponges Wash weekly and discard monthly. •Foundation, check the ingredients: A water-based foundation will last up to 12 months, oil-based...

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