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Khalilah Neals, Beauty Contributor

    Beauty Product Review: Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture

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    Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture Makes Its Mark

    Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture Wonderful Pre-Wash Protein Treatment is a pre-treatment that will help rebuild and reconstruct the hair before you wash it. Perfect for those who utilize multiple chemical processes for their hair, as well as heat-styled hair and hair that is stressed/damaged from daily styling and environmental aggressors.

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    How To Get The Best Pink Makeup Looks For Your Complexion

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    Pink Makeup Looks For Your Complexion

    Pink makeup is a thing and it’s here to stay. No longer reserved for Pepto Bismol and frosty pink Valentine’s Day candy. Pink makeup looks are a wonderful departure from the reds, oranges, and unconventional colors that have dominated the beauty landscape. Pink makeup is grown up and sophisticated and can be worn in a many different ways. There types of pink makeup looks for all skin tones.
    How do you choose a pink-hued makeup that will complement your complexion? For starters, choose colors that have similar undertones as your complexion. By selecting makeup that complements the skin tone, the skin will appear illuminated instead of washed out or flat.  Continue reading for guidelines on selecting makeup for your complexion to create stunning pink makeup looks.

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    How To Use Bold Colors in Your Beauty Routine

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    Bold Colors Can Make All The Difference

    Springtime is quickly approaching and there is no greater time than now to experiment with bold colors. Whether it is on your nails, your makeup or even your hair, bold colors choices give way to personal transformation that can lend itself to greater levels of creativity, inspiration and renewal.
    When one thinks of bold colors, apprehension can be your first reaction. There is the fear of looking clownish, not being appropriate for some settings or the fear of not being able to pull off such a look. As we look to the runways, some of the ideas may be a bit more Avant-garde. If you are able to wear these bold color ideas as you see it, more power to you! But if you need a little push, here are some easy ways to incorporate bold colors.

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    K.I.S.S., Or A Minimalist Approach To Beauty


    How To Keep It Simple

    Everyone loves makeup looks that are bold and exciting. Brows that are arched, filled and highlighted to perfection. Sculpted cheekbones and full lips that are defined and filled in with trendy colors. These are the looks our favorite brands help us create. Looks that dominate the images we see in our favorite magazines and social media platforms.
    With that being said, some of our favorite beauty looks can be time consuming (and costly) to (re)create, let alone maintain. With an extra trip to the salon or the extra 15 minutes it can take to create a particular makeup look, one might be left to wonder if there is an alternative to the looks and products we love. Even if time and money are not an issue, taking a more minimalist approach to the beauty process is something to consider.

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    Hygge Hair and More Spring Beauty Trends You Need to Know

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    The Best Spring Beauty Trends To Help You Look You Best

    Spring is around the corner. It is with great anticipation that we get to shed the heavy layers of winter. It is a time for renewal, exploring new ideas and, of course, and update to our spring beauty routines. These spring beauty trends are a blend of things past and present as well as concepts that you may not be quite familiar with. Continue reading to find out what’s hot and what you can incorporate into your current spring beauty routine.

    Hygge Hair

    Who-What?  Yes, hygge–which is pronounced “hoo ga” or “hue gah”. It is a danish term used frequently in the design world, It’s all about creating coziness and warmth in our dwelling spaces. Now, of course when one industry has a Read more

    ’80s Beauty Staples Are Making A Comeback This Season

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    Take A Walk Down ’80s Beauty Memory Lane With These Throwback Beauty Staples

    Remember the ’80s and those looks? The ’80s beauty looks were full of daring, bold makeup, bright colors and even bolder hairstyles. Closets were filled with power suits with large shoulder pads and blouses with large ruffles. With anticipation of the upcoming week, people waited for their favorite television shows like Dynasty and Knots Landing. They tuned into MTV to see what stars like Madonna, Grace Jones, Culture Club and David Bowie were wearing.  Talk about excitement!

    Just when we thought the bygone era of everything big, bold, glitzy and sometimes strange would remain in the past, this upcoming season pays homage to ’80s beauty as arguably one of the best beauty decades ever. For a trip down memory lane, continue reading for a dose of beauty nostalgia. Let’s see how these looks and products have evolved over the years and now translate into this season’s trends.

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    How To Make Your Valentine’s Day Last All Year


    Create A Lasting Impression With This Element On Valentine’s Day

    If you are someone who likes to put a lot of time and effort into Valentine’s Day, some of the things that may immediately cross your mind are choosing a dress or how to style your hair. But if you want to create a memorable experience on Valentine’s Day, there is only one element that will help, Fragrance.

    Why is fragrance so important? Because it is unique. It is your signature  It can create a sensory experience on Valentine’s Day that can leave an imprint on your partner’s mind for years to come. It evokes a mood. It’s the final touch to any look, elevating your personal aesthetic and the experience of those you come in contact with.

    So, how will you go about selecting a special fragrance to wear on Valentine’s Day (whether you are man or woman)?

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    7 Things That Smart People Do To Stay Healthy This Winter

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    Smart People Follow These Tips For Staying Healthy

    It all starts with that tickle in your throat…

    You know how the story goes. You are living life, just working, traveling, and socializing. Next thing you know, you get that feeling in your throat. Then comes the runny nose, coughing and sneezing. Then you are down for the count. In the bed with a stuffy nose, medicine and tissue by your bedside.

    Anyone can get sick any time of the year. But wintertime is where we usually see an increase in this all too common scenario of cold and flu.  So what is one to do? Sure we can be reactive and nurse ourselves back to health. But how many of you have ever heard the saying “an ounce of prevention is better than the cure”? By taking a few simple steps, we can decrease our downtime or possibly avoid cold and flu all together.  Continue reading to find out ways to stay healthy this winter. Read more

    Winter Ski Trip Beauty Essentials

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    Fill Your Beauty Bag With These Products For Your Winter Ski Trip

    There is no time like now to take a winter ski trip with friends or a significant other to refresh and renew after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Summer is still a ways off so traveling to beautiful snow-capped mountains is a perfect way to unwind and have some fun.

    While preparing for your trip, there are many things you will need to pack but you must not forget your beauty essentials. These aren’t just the essentials to be cute like your favorite lipstick and tinted moisturizer. We are talking about beauty essentials that will protect you from the the harsh cold climate elements. There’s the varying altitude, harsh wind and perhaps snow and rain. To protect your skin, extremities, and even hair from damage, continue reading for everything you need to put in your beauty bag.

    Screen That Sun

    It is unthinkable that one could get sunburned in the winter but it happens. Those beautiful sun rays reflect off of that perfect white snow, thus exposing you to harmful UVA/UVB rays. So, when preparing to glide down those slopes, put on your sunscreen and don’t forget to pay close attention to your nose and lips. Remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours. You don’t want to ruin your winter ski trip with icky sunburn.


    Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF30.  This cruelty-free sunscreen is formulated without many of the ingredients that often cause irritation. Lightweight and packed with antioxidants, it works on all skin tones, skin types and helps to minimize fine lines and wrinkles.


    Coola Liplux SPF 15 -Vanilla Peppermint.  Created with natural food grade ingredients, Coola Liplux will keep your lips smooth, hydrated and protected and is also water resistant.


    Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++.  Keep your hands looking young, smooth and protected with Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream.  Antioxidants will protect from free radical damage and sea buckthorn fruit, rich in omega 7 fatty acids, reduces inflammation and helps with hyperpigmentation.  It is also cruelty free and non commedogenic (won’t clog pores).

    Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize

    The only frost you should experience should be in your morning cereal or on the slopes. Cold weather saps your skin of moisture because of the lack of humidity. Add the wind factor that comes from skillfully trekking down the ski slope. Trust me, your skin can definitely suffer. Protect your skin from becoming dry and windburned with the following face moisturizers.

    Normal To Dry Skin

    Clarins Hydra Quench Cream.  Perfect for normal to dry skin, Clarins Hydra Quench will replenish moisture to dry, parched skin.

    Oily Skin

    Korres Pomegranate Balancing Cream Gel Moisturizer.  Oily skin needs hydration too so stay balanced and flake free with this moisturizer.  Not only does this moisturizer hydrate, it is pore reducing and  mattifying.

    Don’t Forget Your Hair

    Before you put on that ski hat, be sure to take preventive measures to ensure your hair stays soft, manageable and protected while you enjoy your time on the slopes. Consider the following:

    Josie Maran Argan Oil.  Packed with Vitamin E and argan oil, this oil is perfect for adding moisture and shine to the hair and scalp.

    Alterna Hair Care Caviar CC Cream For Hair.  This 10 in one cc cream does it all – protect from breakage, hydrate, provide UV protection, add shine and so much more.  Formulated with caviar extract and antioxidant Vitamin C, this wonder product also provides light hold.

    Qhemet Biologics Cocoal Tree Detangling Ghee.  This creamy detangling product is 100% vegetarian. It is perfect for bringing comfort to dry, tangled tresses. Formulated with rich ingredients such as cocoa butter, Qhemet Biologics helps to reduce breakage, especially for those with coily/curly hair.

    Post Ski Activities – Relax and Wind Down

    After a fun day on the slopes, wind down with a mug of hot cocoa or your favorite herbal tea. Indulge in a relaxing aromatherapy bath and follow up with a rich, nourishing body cream.

    As always, we want to hear from you.  What are some some of winter ski trip beauty essentials?






    Get Ready For DC Gala Event Season With These Beauty Services

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    Gala Event Season Is In Full Effect

    DC’s gala event season is quickly approaching and what a perfect time to see and be seen. The city will be abuzz with the who’s who of the DC social scene—from socialites, entrepreneurs, politicos and celebrities—all of whom will be out and about to support their favorite causes. While giving back is an awesome undertaking, looking great while giving back is even better.

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    7 Things That Smart People Do To Stay Healthy This Winter

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    Smart People Follow These Tips For Staying Healthy

    It all starts with that tickle in your throat…

    You know how the story goes. You are living life, just working, traveling, and socializing. Next thing you know, you get that feeling in your throat. Then comes the runny nose, coughing and sneezing. Then you are down for the count. In the bed with a stuffy nose, medicine and tissue by your bedside.

    Anyone can get sick any time of the year. But wintertime is where we usually see an increase in this all too common scenario of cold and flu.  So what is one to do? Sure we can be reactive and nurse ourselves back to health. But how many of you have ever heard the saying “an ounce of prevention is better than the cure”? By taking a few simple steps, we can decrease our downtime or possibly avoid cold and flu all together.  Continue reading to find out ways to stay healthy this winter.

    1. Wash your hands and dry off with disposable towels.

    Think about how many things you touch throughout the day before you have a “need” to wash your hands. The flu virus can live on surfaces such as clothing, keyboards, and doorknobs for several hours. So it is important to wash your hands often using antibacterial soap. Keep hand sanitizer nearby when you can’t get to a sink.

    2. Stay Away.

    From sick people that is. The droplets from coughing and sneezing can travel a considerable distance. These droplets can wreak havoc on the healthy, thus weakening the immune system and making you more susceptible to getting sick.

    3. Drink Water.

    We all know that water has a multitude of benefits such as keeping skin clear and keeping one regular.  However, dehydration weakens the immune system.  So go ahead and pour yourself a glass of water. It will boost your immunity and flush out your system by ridding your body of all that can make you sick.

    4. Eat Healthy.

    Don’t depend solely on supplements that promise to boost your health. Make sure your diet is balanced. This means including colorful fruits and vegetables which are high in antioxidants. Also, include foods that are high in essential fatty acid, such as fish, to help ward off the common cold and flu.

    5. Put A Lid On It.

    Mom knew what she was talking about when she told you to wear a hat on your head. Most of our body heat escapes from the head. Don’t get tricked into complacency with a mild day sandwiched in between an otherwise brutally cold week. Keep your eye on the weather report to inform you when you should layer up and when you can take some of those layers off.

    6. Get Some Fresh Air.

    Even during the winter months, occasionally open the windows (or at least crack them). Doing so gives fresh air the chance to flow in and decrease the chance of airborne viruses making you their host.

    7. Stop Stressing And Get Your Rest.

    Your body restores itself when you get a good night’s rest. So be sure to get those 7-8 hours. This period of sleep can help your body fight off infection.

    These are just a few of the many ways to stay healthy this winter. But what if after all of these precautions you still fall ill?  It happens to the best of us. Keep your chicken soup on hand, drink green tea, and explore the benefits of using raw garlic and echinacea in your daily routine.  If your symptoms last more that two days and are unresponsive to your over-the-counter medicines, see a doctor.

    As always, we want to hear from you!  What are some things that you do to prevent cold and flu during the winter?

    The Best Hair and Skin Care Tips for the Winter

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    The Best Hair and Skin Care Tips When the Weather Turns Cold

    When the winter months finally arrive, we often shift our focus from fun in the sun to indoor heating bills, winterizing our cars and stocking up on winter apparel. While those things are very important, we often forget to consider something else that can be adversely affected by harsh winter weather conditions and that is our skin.  Our skin comes in constant contact with harsh wind, snow and rain causing severe windburn. And that’s just outside. This time of year we like to turn up the heat on in our homes, offices, and cars. This type of artificial heat can suck the life out our skin causing it to become dull, dry, flaky, and confused.


    What about our hair? To protect ourselves from harsh winter weather, we turn to wearing hats, scarves and hoods to stay warm. However the materials in these items, often made of cotton, wool and the like, can dry our hair out even more, causing our hair to become dry, brittle and dull which often leads to breakage.


    So what is one to do?  You may have your hair and skin routine down to a science for the warmer months but with the change in weather comes a physical change in our hair and skin. The products that may have worked in warmer weather may need to be adjusted for colder months. Where you may have been using lightweight oils, gels and creams, now is the time to switch to something more emollient.


    There are many things you can do to help keep your skin and hair healthy and manageable during the cooler months.

    Increase Your Water Intake.  It goes without saying that water has a myriad of health benefits such as keeping your body hydrated and your digestion regular but it also keeps your skin (and hair) hydrated, clear and soft.

    Exfoliate.  Use a gentle exfoliator once a week on your face (don’t forget your neck and decolletage), body and scalp.  Doing so will relieve itchiness, remove dead skin, and improve circulation.

    Take Supplements.  Healthy skin and hair comes from with so be sure your diet includes foods/supplements with essential fatty acids.

    Lower The Temperature.  It is tempting to take a hot shower to thaw out and relax our minds after a long day or to put the heat on the highest setting to keep warm but keep in mind these things will deplete moisture from the skin.

    Use A Humidifier.  A humidifier will add humidity to the air in your home or office.

    Add An Oil/Serum.  If you have not become familiar with the benefits of using face/hair oils and serums, now is a good time.  These types of products usually contain additional benefits to help with hydration and conditioner (as well as repair, strength, brightening, etc).  These are also good to add to your favorite moisturizer (or foundation) that you prefer to keep using throughout the year.

    Mask It.  Even when you are doing all you should be doing to maintain healthy skin and hair, sometime your hair and skin need a boost.  Consider using a hydrating mask for skin and hair that you can leave on for 20 minutes to an hour or even sleep in.

    Whether you choose do some or all of the hair and skin care tips listed above, remember to be consistent because that is where you will achieve sustainable results.

    We want to hear from you!  Let us know what tips resonate with you or what you do to maintain healthy skin and hair during the cold winter months.


    2017 Presidential Inauguration: Stay Camera Ready With These Beauty Tips

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    Getting Prepped for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration

    The 2017 Presidential Inauguration is right around the corner. Regardless of what side of the fence you are on, inauguration season in the nation’s capital is still the perfect time to get glamorous and head out to party. Whether you are celebrating or coping, an evening gala calls for the following tips to slay and remain camera-ready.

    Prep Your Skin

    It goes without saying that before you apply any makeup, you need to prep your skin to keep your makeup looking flawless all night long. Start off with cleaning and moisturizing your skin with products formulated for your skin type. Follow up with a primer such as Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer that will smooth texture in the skin and, minimize pores and fine lines. If your skin is more on the oily side, try Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector which is like blotting papers for the skin. Follow up with foundation and blush. Set your makeup with Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder which is a multipurpose powder which sets and perfects with a diffused luminous glow.

    Eyes On The Prize

    Before applying concealer,  prep with an eye cream. Boscia Enlivening Amino-AG Eye Treatment targets the delicate eye area to help with hydration, puffiness and dark circles. Apply Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion to prep the lid for eyeshadow/liner application. Fill in your brows with a pencil or powder. If you are attending a daytime event, consider a soft eye look which includes liner and lashes. For an evening gala, consider a sultry smoky eye. Urban Decay Naked Smoky is perfect for achieving both looks. Add liner, lashes and mascara to complete the look.

    Lip Service

    To ensure your lip color lasts throughout your event, start with smooth, hydrated lips. Exfoliate with a lip scrub and follow up with a balm. For lip color that will stand up against eating and drinking, apply Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick. Apply a little gloss if you prefer your lips to be less matte.

    To complete your look, apply Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence which is great for use on top of make up and for boosting skin’s natural hydration.

    Tell us what you are doing for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration Season. Since we know when is the next presidential election, do something fun now! We would love to hear from you.

    Living By The Green Beauty Rules

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    Living By The Green Beauty Rules

    On a daily basis, we are bombarded with information about how to live a healthy lifestyle. There is also an ever-growing concern around our environment and how it is affecting our daily lives. Sure we may have made the switch healthy body washes and deodorants that don’t contain aluminum or other “bad” ingredients. But how often do we think about the harmful ingredients in lipstick, blush, bronzer or shampoo that we use on a regular basis. Ingredients that can possibly have a negative impact on our health. As a makeup artist and self-proclaimed beauty product junkie, I had not given this topic much consistent thought. What is Green Beauty? How can I incorporate Green Beauty into my life as a makeup artist. Then I read, The Green Beauty Rules by Paige Padgett. It’s more than a mere book, it’s a resource of valuable information for transitioning to clean, healthy beauty products. Read more

    Health and Beauty: 6 Tips for Better Health, Better You

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    Better Health, Better You

    Hope that you are having a Happy New Year!

    The new year is well underway. Many of us have resolved to do better in various areas of our lives. Save more money. Be more intentional about reaching out to loved ones. Volunteer more. Take better care of our health. The list goes on. While making resolutions are a great idea in theory, not having clearly define goals and an action plan can take you back to square one with zero results.

    Having said that, everyone has a desire to look and feel their personal best and while the new year is still fresh, you can still get on board with these beauty, health and lifestyle resolutions that can become some great habits. If you need some suggestions that are fairly easy to incorporate into your daily routine, try the following tips to help jump start the path to a better you. Read more

    #BEAUTY: How To Travel and Look Like A Celebrity On Arrival

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    Travel Like You Mean It

    It’s winter in half of the world. That means that it’s time to hit the resorts. There’s a lot of thought and energy put into getting ready to travel:  what we are wearing, what activities we are going to participate in, all that delicious food we are going to eat and more. Whether we are traveling by car, plane or train, the details of travel planning, as well as, the added stress of the actual travel to our destination can wreak havoc on our skin and hair. Here’s what you need in your beauty bag to ensure you arrive to your destination in style. Read more