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What You Need To Eat To Have Awesome Hair

As much hair treatments and masks we can use on our hair, what we put into our bodies is still the number one way to get the healthiest mane.

NARS Satin Lip Pencils

This season, NARS dresses up lips in the new Satin Lip Pencil.

A History Lesson In Make-up

Make-up has been a major factor of the fashion world just as much as the clothes, hair, and accessories. Many people think that make-up consists of the occasional eye-shadow and lip gloss.

The Good, The Bad: Oscars-Style

This year, the Oscars did not disappoint. From the winners, the host, and even the fashion, it was an all around great show.

Lips: Latest Way To Make A Bold Statement

In the world of beauty, eyes where usually the focal point that all the work would be concentrated on. Making a statement on your makeup usually meant focusing on the eyes.

What You Need To Eat To Have Awesome Hair

As much hair treatments and masks we can use on our hair, what we put into our bodies is still the number one way to get the healthiest mane. What we eat provides the nutrients necessary to keep our hair shiny, healthy, thick, and strong. Here are the top five foods you need to eat to have awesome hair.

1) Beans: Packed with protein, biotin, and iron beans are great for making our hair thick and strong reducing hair loss.


2) Eggs: Eggs are another great alternative to getting those proteins in. Great for strengthening and thickening the hair.


3) Salmon: High amounts of Omega 3 adds to the shine of the hair. Plus it helps in balancing the pH of the scalp, which is really the foundation for great hair.


4) Spinach: It contains vitamins A and C and helps produce sebum. Sebum is what makes hair look shiny.


5) Yogurt: Great for not only the digestive track but hair loss as well. It helps protect the hair follicles from free radicals thus minimizing hair loss and hair damage.


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NARS Satin Lip Pencils


This season, NARS dresses up lips in the new Satin Lip Pencil. Drenched in decadent moisture for an ultra creamy finish, thirteen statement shades smolder with rich pigments. Created by Founder & Creative Director Francois Nars, the Satin Lip Pencil combines the convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick in a jumbo-size crayon design.

Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00)

  • Het Loo Cognac
  • Biscayne Park Pink guava
  • Luxembourg Vivid watermelon
  • Floralies Light apricot
  • Rikugien Rose pink
  • Hyde Park Cardinal red
  • Isola Bella Peach beige
  • Golshan Spiced wine
  • Palais Royal Sangria
  • Lodhi Vibrant coral
  • Majella Garnet
  • Yu Shocking pink
  • Jardin des Plantes Fuchsia (Boutique Exclusive)

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A History Lesson In Make-up

Make-up has been a major factor of the fashion world just as much as the clothes, hair, and accessories. Many people think that make-up consists of the occasional eye-shadow and lip gloss.  As a fashion lover, I love my make-up just as much as the average woman but just like fashion, makeup had it's humble beginnings.
            It all goes back  to about 6000 years ago in Egypt, where castor oil was used as a protective balm.  In Africa, there were remedies that were used to treat wrinkles around the time of Thutmosis III.  There was even a special ointment that was used for scars and burns which included red ochre, kohl, and sycamore juice.  While in Japan, Geishas wore lipstick that was made of crushed safflower petal to paint the eyebrows and edges as well as the lips.  How interesting, before my generation especially, there were many ways to beautify some of the greatest Egyptian goddesses.
            As we fast forward to 2013, make-up has made drastic changes. For one there is make-up for colored woman that solely fits for their complexion.  For example, companies like Iman, Cover girl Queen Collection, Interface, and Vera Moore provide make-up designed to help even tones for women of color.  These make up companies have been around for as long as 1975 and still growing today.    Also, there are eye shadows that are made to a point where it blends all on its own where all you have to do is swoop a brush and wipe on your eye and your eye is well blended.
            Make-up has come a long way since the Egyptian queens.  In the year 2013 make-up has advanced to the point where African American women have their own cosmetic companies strictly for them.  Eye shadows have advanced to the point where it literally does certain things itself. I just wonder what will be next.

This was a guest article by our lovely fashion intern Erika. Erika Varner is a junior at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia and is living in Hampton, VA. She is currently majoring in Mass Communications. Erika plans on pursuing a career in journalism with a focus on writing about fashion.  

The Good, The Bad: Oscars-Style

This year, the Oscars did not disappoint. From the winners, the host, and even the fashion, it was an all around great show. But the red carpet is one pre-show event that every girl lives for! Here are the top fashion forwards and flops of the night.

THE GOOD

1) Jennifer Lawrence (aka JLaw) : This girl is bound to be bigger than the Hunger Games and is on her way to becoming a leading fashion icon after she pulled off that stunning ball gown by Dior Haute Couture.

2) Amy Adams: One of her best choices to date was this Oscar de la Renta feathered number and I know many will disagree on this, but it worked for her. It made her look like a princess for the night.

3) Nicole Kidman: In an L'Wren Scott and straight from the catwalk, this dress is perfect since the sequences are not overwhelming her overall look. It looks effortless.

4) Salma Hayek: Dressed in Alexander McQueen, the black velvet on the bottom of the dress made the gold sequined neckline stunning and pop out. Very queen-like!


5) Catherine Zeta-Jones: Zuhair Murad dress embarked on old Hollywood glam that the 40's and 50's are famous for. The details of the dress are a wonder of their own.


THE BAD

1) Helena Bonham Carter: Even though I love her, this was bad in so many ways. But then again this is what she is known for and that's her style.


2) Kristen Stewart: Not for the dress, but for her entire look. Her hair was a mess, she looked uncomfortable in the dress, and it was just an overall disaster.  


3) Anne Hathaway: A very badly constructed dress that was giving everyone a little too much of a show.


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Lips: Latest Way To Make A Bold Statement

In the world of beauty, eyes where usually the focal point that all the work would be concentrated on. Making a statement on your makeup usually meant focusing on the eyes.

That's now a thing of the past since nails  have taken the front seat in the world of beauty. Surely now, the best way to make a statement now is to be expressive with your nails.

Nails have taken the spotlight for the past seasons in the beauty world. We focus more of the nails of a celebrity rather than their makeup.

But there is a new way to make a statement that's picking up some solid steam and that's by customizing your lips. Lips have come a long way and here are just a few trends to show you where it's heading.


Ombre Lips
1) The Ombre Lips: Wearing more than one color is not new but making it fade is. Just like your hair, you can get an ombre effect lips going to make your makeup pop-out.

Tattoo Lips
2) The Tattoo Lips: Temporary tattoos have been in the market for a long time so it was only a matter of time that temporary tattoos made their mark on lips. Lip tats come in a variety of colors and patterns including leopard and cheetah prints.

Bold Colored Lips

Bold Colored Lips In Fashion
3) The Bold Colored Lips: Reds, pinks, nudes, and browns may be a thing of the past! Lip colors are expanding and you will see blue, lime greens, yellows, and other crazy lipstick colors popping up everywhere. We even saw them on the runway this past season and will continue to see them more than ever.

Now, it's your turn. Would you be confident in trying these out? Let me know which one you would try and how you would rock it.

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Hair Tutorial: The Big Braided Bun


Here is a wonderful hair tutorial that is a twist to the traditional bun. It's chic and sophisticated and pretty simple once you get the hang of it.

1) Part the hair on the side of the crown. Pick three strands that are in the center of the crown. Leave the front hair for a bang effect.

2) Start braiding the three strands.

3) Begin to pick up more hair from the same side as you go along. Leave out the bangs portion. Tie it with a rubber band when you reach the end.

4) "Open" up the middle of the braid as seen in the picture.

5)  Tie the other side with a rubber band.

6) Put a small or medium size (according to your hair thickness) hair sponge.

7) Tease the hair that is below the sponge.

8) Take the hair from the middle and flip it over the sponge. Pin it down using a bobbin pin. Do the same process for the rest of the hair.

9) Finish the look by brushing your bangs near the braid. You can personalize the look by adding some nice hair jewelry.

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Beauty Secrets Of The Celebs

We all want to know how celebrities keep their youthful looks and how they manage to stay glamorous all the time. From Gisele Bundchen to Charlize Theron, here's their beauty secrets straight from the source.

Gisele Bundchen
 “I kept putting it (Nelsons Acne Gel) on, and my pimple went away. I was like, this is great. It doesn’t burn your skin.” -Gisele Bundchen
Emmy Rossum
“My moisturizing secret weapon (Olive Oil). After a bath, I slather it on my skin and put a little bit in my hair for a subtle sheen.” -Emmy Rossum

Lauren Conrad
"To reduce puffiness, slice up a few refrigerated potatoes, soak them in water for a moment or two and then place them over your lids for 15 minutes. Works like a charm.” -Lauren Conrad

Charlize Theron
“I just rinse my face with cold water...I don’t believe in overzealous cleansing... and then I apply La Roche-Posay 50 sunblock, a bit of foundation and mascara and I’m out the door.” -Charlize Theron


Emma Watson
“Makeup artist Linda Cantello taught me this tip... if you make a mistake with your mascara, dip a cotton ball into some foundation to remove it and conceal at the same time."-Emma Watson

Taylor Swift
“There are tricks I’ve learned from makeup artists on shoots. They put on the red lipstick, then blot it with a tissue, then they put powder over the tissue and sort of press it onto your lips, then re-apply. It turns it into a stain that lasts much longer." -Taylor Swift


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