Wednesday, 08 April 2015 07:20

Beauty | Best Nail Looks For Spring

Beauty // April 8, 2015

Forget cleaning! Spring is all about color. Sunny up your look with a manicure (or pedicure) meant for warmer weather. An an editor for Nails Magazine, I see a lot of eye-catching mani ideas come across my desk. Click through to see the nail looks I am loving for spring:

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Just in time for festival season, wear colorful mash-ups of chevrons, prints, and other geometric details.


While we usually think of high-shine when we think nails, the latest trend is actually to remove that glossy finish. Opt for a single color or nail art, then don’t be afraid to add a matte top coat for effect.


Nail art aficionados have been looking to Japan for inspiration for a while. Embrace wearable and whimsical works of art by opting for embellishments, oval shapes, and shorter lengths.



There were lots of linear styles at New York Fashion Week. Sometimes a simple line is all it takes to add that extra something. Go minimal with a side part or maximize it with a grid or lattice look. Spring/ Summer 2015. 


This urban-inspired look of drips, splatters, and a plethora of color add the perfect edge to a spring manicure. Get a tutorial for this look here.

Negative Space

Showing a little skin is definitely popular in the spring and summer months. If you feel like you still need to work on your waistline a bit, you can take the skin-baring trend to your nails instead by leaving clear space in the design. This peek-a-boo effect is known as negative space.



Try a French, solid color, nail art or a little bling -- but whatever you do, make sure you’re maintaining your feet. After months of being stuffed in socks it’s time to break out the open-toed shoes, so schedule a pedicure.

What trends do you want to try out on your nails this spring? Let us know in the comments below!

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Beauty // February 3, 2015

I’m one of those women who will empty out her wallet for a really good beauty product. I get caught up in the fancy packaging and the “new and improved” labels and end up with a medicine cabinet full of overpriced potions, all guaranteed to keep me cute. While I have my beauty staples, I do enjoy trying new products. My go-to trick used to be sampling things while on vacation with my girls. I’d test out their beauty picks from their suitcases and come home with some new ideas. Thanks friends. ;-)

But I admit, although I love the instant perks of today's beauty products, I'm guilty of not considering the long-term effects. There's so much information out there about the harmful effects of the toxins in some of these beauty lines and if we read it all we might consider giving up our beloved products all together. Just kidding, I need my beauty junk. But how do I even begin to figure out the best organic products for me?

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The answer may very well be Bare Bliss Box, an online subscription service that lets you to sample some of the best organic, vegan and toxin free beauty products. Every month (or every 3 or 6 months if you prefer) they ship you a Bare Bliss Box straight to your front door. Each box has 4-6 products curated especially for you and designed to “change your body and enhance your life.” Each month the folks at Bare Bliss switch up their roster of featured brand partners and they kindly let me try it out this past January.

What’s In the Box? 

I had decided to go on a little getaway to Cabo for my birthday, so I threw the box into my suitcase and took it with me on my trip. When I arrived, I cracked it open and was surprised to find a little welcome note from the founder of Bare Bliss Box, Shelli Price. Along with the note, there was an array of goodies for me to try.

One of my faves was the crème deodorant by Pura Bella. I had been looking for a natural deodorant for a while – one that wouldn't leave me funky by lunchtime. Pura Bella has a unique application for its deodorant -- you rub it together between your fingers to warm and then apply under your arm. It kept me feeling fresh and dry all day and I loved the scent. Also in the box was Simplicity Cosmetics “Moth” Eye Shadow, which went on smoothly and stayed in place as I toured the city. Excessive makeup is a little unnecessary in the Cabo sun, so the only other makeup I wore during vacation was Southern Magnolia’s Sun Kiss Bronzer which helped to highlight my tan, but felt light.

Other fun items in the box were Yogi Cinnamon and Vanilla Healthy Skin and Skin De Tox tea and Adorn nail polish. I happily sipped my organic tea and painted my nails with my all-natural nail polish while on vacay. Weleda’s Pomegrante Regenerating Body Lotion was another big hit. I loved the fruity scent and my skin felt super moisturized after use. I wasn't a big fan of the Kosmatology’s Lotion Bar (and neither was my skin) but that’s the beauty of it! You get another set of products to try next month.

Why Bare Bliss Box?

What was interesting to me about the Bare Bliss Box is that beyond a sampling service it serves as a platform for green beauty brands to promote their products. I had heard of brands like Weleda and Yogi before, but others were new to me. This is something I definitely would try again to see what other mix of items I get - sort of like a surprise gift to myself. If you're thinking of going green with your beauty products, stop by and subscribe to start getting your beauty by mail.

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Monday, 12 January 2015 14:52

Beauty | Top 9 Beauty Hacks

Beauty // January 12, 2015

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The other day, I was taking part in my normal day-to-day beauty rituals. You know, shower, apply makeup, do hair…etc. As I was doing so, I realized that I have a few beauty shortcuts that I picked up over the years that save me time, money and sometimes my sanity. So I thought I’d share a few with all of you. Here are my top nine beauty hacks every woman should know about.

1) Toilet seat covers double as oil blotting sheets. They work just as well, if not better than the real thing. They’re the same material as my preferred blotting sheet brand and they’re larger so I don’t have to go through 5 sheets to blot my whole face. And, best yet, they’re free (for you at least)!

2) Milk of Magnesia as oily skin primer. No one wants to blot every hour. I get a super oily t-zone if I don’t prep my skin with some sort of oil combating solution prior to applying my makeup. Milk Of Magnesia — yes the drinkable laxative — has been my go-to oily skin primer for years. I dab a thin layer all over my face. Let it dry for a minute (it’ll make your face a little chalky white for a moment but don’t be alarmed). Then I apply my regular moisturizer over it as I normally would (which takes away the chalky finish).

3) Use unscented baby wipes as your makeup remover cloths. They work just as well as the more expensive name brand makeup remover wipes, but for about 75% less.

4) Coconut oil to remove stubborn waterproof makeup. We all know there’s some makeup even the best of wipes won’t remove. For those, skip the bottles of makeup remover in the beauty aisle and grab the coconut oil (that almost every curly girl has on her beauty shelf at any given time anyway). Rub it on the stubborn makeup, then use the baby wipes above as normal. You’ll have a makeup free face in moments.

5) Out of shaving cream? No worries. Use your hair conditioner as your shaving cream instead. It’s moisturizing and helps the razor glide across your skin just as shaving cream does.

6) Give your lipstick extra staying power with translucent powder. It also helps take the shine down a level if you want to get a more matte look from regular satin finish lipstick. Simply hold a piece of one-ply tissue paper over your lips and brush the powder over it. My lipstick us usually good for at least half the work day or more, even after my morning cup of tea. 

7) Skip the Biore strips. To remove blackheads, make a paste of corn starch and apple cider vinegar. Let it dry on your face for about 15 minutes or until it hardens, then remove with water and wash your face like normal. Ta-da!! Clearer pores for only about 20 cents!

8) Hair shampoo is a great cleanser for makeup brushes, at a fraction of the price of the expensive alternatives (like MAC’s brush cleaner). Plus, as a curly girl that loves to co-wash, I always have an extra, practically full shampoo bottle laying around the bathroom cause I only actually use it on my hair about once a month. 

9) If you get mascara on your eyelash while applying (as we all do sometimes), wait until the mascara is completely dry to fix it. Once it does, take a moist q-tip and lightly wipe it over the misplaced mascara and it’ll come right off. If you wait until the mascara dries completely, you don’t have to worry about it smudging, and it’ll often come off with a dab or two without ruining your eye shadow underneath.

Do you have any beauty hacks that you swear by? Leave them in the comments section down below.

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Beauty // December 1, 2014 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year; it’s time to break out the Uggs, the peppermint mocha’s, and the, um… dry, itchy skin? Pass! 

Yes ladies, it’s winter time and although we have plenty accessories to help us look like cute little snow bunnies, (or for those of us in Los Angeles maybe just slightly less tan) there’s nothing cute about rockin’ dry patches of skin on our face. Celebrity facialist and skin whisperer Mersedeh Jeihooni knows a thing or two about salvaging our winter-worn skin. A cosmetologist for over 15 years and a medical esthetician that specializes in ethnic skin, Mersedeh is the answer to our skin’s prayers this season.

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“Skin makes sense to me”, she says, and we’re glad someone understands it so they can help a sister out! Check out her winter beauty and skincare tips and make sure your skin is looking good enough to glow this holiday season:

Made Woman: Winter is here and our skin is feeling the climate change BIG TIME. How should we switch up our skin routine to adapt to the seasons?

Mersedeh: Think of your skin as your workout routine; if you do the same workouts day in and day out with no variation, you’re not going to see results. It’s important to mix up our skincare routine so our skin doesn’t get accustomed to any one product or stop responding to the ingredients in the products to where we won’t see change. I suggest swapping out your products every three months or so for the best results.

MW: Wow, that often? Good to know. So how much of our skincare routine should change with the seasons? Right now the sun isn’t shining as bright. Should we still make sure our products have SPF protection?

MJ: Absolutely! Although we aren’t dealing with a summer’s sun, UV rays are still present. In fact, UV rays are actually stronger when it’s overcast outside. To fight UV skin damage, always make sure you’re using a moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF and with an SPF level no less than 30.

MW: Winter skin could be itchy, flaky and dry. What can we do to keep our skin moisturized and hydrated?

MJ: A good facial. I recommend getting a professional facial once a month to asses your skin’s concerns/progress and then doing regular at-home exfoliation three times a week. To combat dryness, the easiest suggestion is to drink tons of water! Try to get a liter of water in three times a day and your skin will thank you later.

MW: Who doesn’t love a good facial scrub? Should we kick our exfoliating routine into overdrive during the cooler months?

MJ: I wouldn’t overdo it with exfoliation - you don’t want to take away too much of your skin. Make sure when you choose an exfoliation product, you choose one with super fine granules or scrubbing beads. The smaller the granules the better for your skin. Also, stick to an exfoliation routine of scrubbing three times a week, preferably exfoliating at night. And follow up your wash routine with a night time product, so that the active ingredients have time to penetrate your skin. 

MW: With winter time comes holiday season and with holiday season comes the time to get glam for holiday parties. What’s some advice you could give to help us keep our skin looking fab for all the holiday face time?

MJ: Never ever, ever sleep in your makeup! That’s the biggest no-no. Make sure you’re staying hydrated and drinking lots of water. Fish oil supplements do wonders for hydrating the skin, as well. But for that extra holiday sparkle, I tell my celebrity clients to drink peppermint tea to get that glam goddess glow right before they hit the red carpet. 

MW: Say we did party a little too hard at the holiday soiree. What’s a quick way to refresh ourselves to avoid looking haggard?

MJ: For puffy eyes, opt for an eye cream with caffeine. If you’re feeling like you need to cleanse your skin of all the fun from the night before, a quick detox of organic lemons and ground cayenne should do the trick. Boil water and squeeze the juice of the lemons into the water before sprinkling a dash of cayenne pepper into the mixture. Drink this little detox cocktail first thing in the morning after a night of partying. Detox aside, the best advice I could give is to make sure you sleep and get lots of rest.

MW: What are some DIY skin tips we can do at home to deal with winter skin?

MJ: At-home facials are an easy way to DIY winter skincare. Start with a wash and exfoliation (remember small granules!). Then give yourself a face mask. If you have oily or acne prone skin, use a clay mask; for dry skin look for a hydrating mask. After your mask, apply a serum like vitamin C to give skin that extra boost. Last, top it off with an SPF 30 moisturizer or night cream. 

MW: If you could give us a top 5 for winter beauty and skincare advice what would it include? 

MJ: Don’t sleep in your makeup! Don’t use bar soap for washing your body on your face. Our face is much more sensitive than our bodies and bar soap is way too harsh for our face. Clean your makeup brushes often, preferably once a week. Make it easy on yourself and use the same cleanser you use to wash your face to wash your brushes. Don’t self diagnose your skin. See a medical esthetician to learn what works best for your skin type. Don’t become a product junkie. Try on different products from different companies to find what works. Skincare isn’t a one size fits all industry. If you think you have oily skin and you try an oily skin product for a week and it didn’t fix your problem overnight, don’t rule out that product line. Much like our bodies, it takes 21 days for your skin to create a routine, so before you ditch a product for not working, give it a chance.

Great tips! For a personal skin consultation or to book an appointment with Mersedeh to assess your winter skin woes, shoot her an email. Good luck with your skin care routines this season ladies!

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Beauty // August 18, 2014

We’ve ALL done it - gone a little long in between brow waxes and now our brows resemble something like a caterpillar. We can’t hit the streets with overgrown eyebrows, so we must take our metamorphosis into our own hands. We reach for our handy, dandy tweezers and pluck any and everything that’s growing out of our foreheads. ANY and EVERYTHING. Five minutes later, as opposed to looking like a beautiful butterfly, we just look perpetually surprised. Now is not the time to panic (five minutes ago was the time to panic), so we have to compensate. But before we channel our inner Picasso, grab our eyebrow pencil and try to make sense of these wayward brows, consider getting the help of a trained brow professional.

Brow savior, Mersedeh Jeihooni of Kelley Baker Brows knows a thing or two about the importance of face time and knows how to fix bad brows. By simply tweezing, waxing and shaping, she’s able to create killer brows and transform your face to look like a better and brighter you. Talk about arch support!

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I recently had a chance to catch up with Mersedeh and salon owner, Kelley Baker, at the Kelley Baker Brows Venice location and pick their brains about brow maintenance: 

Jasmin Martin: I guess we can start with why brows? Why did you decide to make a career out of eyebrows?

Mersedeh Jeihooni: I’ve been in the cosmetology industry for fifteen years - I didn’t decide to do brows overnight. I started when I was eighteen as a makeup artist and then transitioned to working for a plastic surgeon as a medical esthetician. Paying attention to eyebrows comes naturally for a makeup artist and when I worked for the plastic surgeons, we would always talk about how important brows are and what a huge impact they make to the face. Brows are the only feature on the face that can take off ten years and people would frequently come in requesting eyebrow lifts and fat transfers to make them look more fresh. All of that surgery isn’t necessary when you can make someone look younger and feel better with routine eyebrow maintenance.

JM: Crafting eyebrows is a popular beauty trend, but not everyone is doing it right. I’ve seen some pretty scary eyebrows. What are some of your brow pet peeves?

MJ: When people bring in pictures of eyebrows that they’ve seen online or on a certain celebrities and want me to craft those EXACT brows. Eyebrows have to fit your face shape and full, thick eyebrows don’t work on everyone. If you come in requesting full brows and don’t have much to work with, I’m not a miracle worker and I can’t replicate that picture. After a couple sessions of manipulating your brows to grow a certain way, we can achieve the full look you want, but I’m not going to promise anyone full brows after one wax. You have to be patient.

Kelley Baker: When people fill their brows in. A lot of people do it...incorrectly. I get that women want to fill their brows in, but there’s a way to do it.

Stylist Mersedeh Jeihooni at work

JM: Speaking of the right way to do brows, explain the step-by-step process of creating fabulous brows:

MJ: Sure! First, I analyze the brows by looking at bone structure and the face shape. I comb the brow hairs up and down to look for sparse areas, scars, or holes before trimming all the long hairs. Then I wax in between, above and below the brow line to create the shape. After waxing, I tweeze for a more detailed shape. If the client requests brow tinting, I’ll do that, but it isn’t always necessary. Lastly, I use KBB brow powder to fill in the brow, KBB highlighter right below the brow to accentuate the shape and KBB clear brow gel to set the brow powder and hairs in place. My signature brow is a full, thick brow with a long tail.

KB: Our KBB products make it really easy for women to properly fill their brows and maintain them in between appointments. We have a brow powder in one color that everyone can use. If you can’t get into a shop, DO NOT DO IT YOURSELF! If the new hair growth in between appointments is driving you crazy, pluck them as you see them coming in, but I would rather you hold out and come to a professional. Find a brow artist you like who can shape and maintain your brows for you, especially if you are trying to grow your brows in.

JM: Got it, don’t DIY my brows and if I absolutely have to, don’t get tweezer happy and go overboard.

After the interview, I had the chance to give my brows the Kelley Baker treatment. I was blown away by how different my face looked. I looked like a whole new me!

Staff writer Jasmin Martin checks out Kelley Baker Brows

After seeing the results of having my brows Kelley Baker’ed, I vowed to start treating my eyebrows with a little more TLC. I will no longer subject my brows to excessive plucking or bad fill-in jobs. I will seek professional help with my eyebrow maintenance. I now know that the best eyebrows out there are a collaborative effort. It takes teamwork between you and your brow artist to make your eyebrow dreams work. If you’re in the market for a teammate to help you achieve winning brows,  Mersedeh Jeihooni of Kelley Baker Brows is an all star.

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Beauty // June 2, 2014

As someone who deals with nail polish daily as the editor of Nails Magazine, it takes a lot for a lacquer to impress me.

But when in need of a quick nail pick me up, I am always open to trying new nail products. I decided to polish my nails mid-week with the chrome-like Charismatic color from Poshinality. I was instantly impressed with the application of the polish. The liquid silver slid on smoothly and covered my nail nicely with a thick coat. It dried quickly and the second coat went on just as nicely. Ladies love a good quick drying polish! I liked that this silvery color isn’t too sheer either. It has the ideal opacity to be worn alone or topped off with nail art.

The product line is a marriage of two words: polish + personality. Each color in the collection is named for a personality trait or fashion style. There is “Hipster”, “Adventure Seeker” and “The Quiet Type” along with “Outspoken”, “Go Getter” and “Open Minded.” Poshinality encourages it’s fans to not only pick a color, but to express who they are. Since I am all about self-expression and I work in an industry that supports having your own sense of style, I admire this brand for encouraging women to be confident in their own skin. Nail polish is more than something “pretty”, it’s a tool you can use to express your creativity.

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Poshinality also supports the beauty of giving: raising awareness for issues like domestic violence, sex trafficking, and even clean water initiatives. They donate a portion of their revenue to social causes and campaigns that seek long-term change. If you’re going to stock up on polish, you might as well choose one that supports a good cause! After reading up on the brand, I discovered that I like this polish even more than I thought.  I love that the majority of colors are “five-free” (free of DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor), and I feel like it’s rare to see a nail polish brand that gives back to so many social causes and does not test its products on animals.

For other nail insights, please visit my blog or Poshinality’s Blog Log.

Happy painting!

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Beauty // May 19, 2014

Beyonce may have “woke up like this” but being cute isn’t as easy for everyone else. Knowing how to correctly apply your makeup, keep up with trends and do it all flawlessly is time consuming. Here are some helpful beauty hacks that will both save you time, and help you put your best face forward.

1. Use Mascara as Eyeliner

In a pinch and only have mascara? Your mascara can also double as eye liner. Take an eyeliner brush and dip it into the mascara. Apply the mascara to the the eye just as you would a gel liner and add some drama to your makeup look.

2. Depuff with Green Tea

Suffering from a few late nights? Reduce under-eye puffiness and redness with green tea. Soak green tea bags in warm water to seep and then refrigerate until cold. Squeeze out excess water and place on eyes for five to ten minutes. The antioxidants and caffeine in the tea will reduce reduce redness and tighten skin.

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3. Use Advil to Zap Pimples

Got a surprise pimple on the day of a big event? Don’t bust out the concealer, use Advil to zap it. Pierce or cut a gel capsule and apply directly onto the affected area. The anti-inflammatory medicine used to treat aches and pains will reduce any redness and swelling caused by unsightly blemishes.

4. Use Toothpaste to Whiten Nails

Are you a nail-color addict? We have all been there where that beautiful dark red has left our nails stained and no amount of nail polish remover can get it out. So how can you change from black to pale pink? Use toothpaste to get stains out of your nails. Apply a small amount of whitening toothpaste to each nail and sit for about five minutes before rinsing off. Do this three times a week for nails to look whiter and brighter.

Bonus: You can also make your own whitening paste by combining 2 ½ tablespoons baking soda and 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide.

5. Baby Powder as Dry Shampoo

Late again with no time for a shower but have greasy hair? No problem! That neglected bottle of baby powder is just as effective as any dry shampoo. The absorbing powder will soak up oils that collect in your roots. Sprinkle and massage powder into the roots and blow dry to absorb on the go.

6. Make Your Lipcolor Stay All Day

Hate a great lipstick that is gone before lunch? Make sure your lipcolor stays all day, and has a flawless finish with translucent powder. After applying lipstick, hold a tissue over your lips and lightly dust on some translucent powder over the tissue. This will help set lipstick to last all day.

7. Hand Sanitizer To Combat Shine

Got a mid-afternoon shine? That hand sanitizer in your purse could come in handy. Rub a small amount on shiny areas of your face, especially the T-zone. Besides the alcohol in the hand sanitizer which dries up excess water, there are also other ingredients similar to silicone that smooth like a primer and give your skin a protective coat that lock in moisture, reducing shine.

8. Remove Makeup With Vaseline

Out of makeup remover? Vaseline works just as good as the best cleanser. Put a small amount of Vaseline on a washcloth or cotton swab and rub on to remove stubborn eye makeup, lipstick or mascara.

9. Use a Spoon to Get the Perfect Winged Eye Liner

Want to get the perfect winged look with your eye liner? Use a spoon to help guide you like the photo above. Hold the straight part of the spoon against the outside corner of your eye and trace the line upwards. Take the round end of the spoon and place above your eye and trace until the lines meet. Fill in and smudge to get the perfect winged shape in no time that is even on both sides.

10. Get Soft Lips With a Toothbrush

Your toothbrush can do more than just clean your teeth. It’s also a great tool to exfoliate your lips. Moisten your toothbrush and rub lightly in circles on lips to exfoliate and remove dead skin. Regular exfoliation ensures super-soft lips.

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Friday, 18 April 2014 22:27

Beauty | Easy DIY Spa Treatments

Beauty // May 5, 2014

Even though we know we need some “me time” to decompress and recharge, much like everything else in our lives, we just can’t find the time to do it all. We can’t schedule a massage at the spa - that would take an hour out of our day that we don’t have to spare. When it comes to getting our nails done, anything longer than an express manicure is out of the question. And have you seen how much a facial costs? Oh, hell no. There has to be a solution that allows us to revitalize ourselves while also accommodating our busy lifestyle (and our pockets).

Lucky for us, there’s something we can do to fix our problem - starting with forcing ourselves to make personal wellness a priority.  Just because we can’t make it to a luxury spa resort doesn’t mean we can’t pamper ourselves. DIY it and turn your place into a Burke Williams with simple ingredients from your kitchen and some fabulous at home spa treatments. Check ‘em out here:

Bubble Bath With Soothing Lavender Bath Salts

* 1 cup Epsom Salt

* 1 tbsp Baking Soda

* 3 drops of Essential Lavender Oil ( add more drops for a stronger scent)

What’s more “ahhhhhh” than a hot bubble bath? To create this bathtub oasis, mix all the ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Once you’re ready to hop in the tub, scoop about a half a cup of bath salts into the water and enjoy feeling all your tension melt away.

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Avocado Face Mask for Oily Skin

* 1 small avocado, mashed

* ½ teaspoon lemon juice

* 1 tbsp plain greek yogurt

* 1 egg

Olé! The guacamole facial is perfect to boost your skin’s moisture. Combine all the ingredients together and refrigerate it for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, smear a thin layer on your face carefully to avoid your eyes. Sit with the mask on your face for 10 - 15 min before rinsing off with lukewarm water.

Brown Sugar Vanilla Body Scrub

* ½  cup brown sugar

* ¼ cup white sugar

* 3 tbsp vanilla extract

* ¼ cup almond oil

Get your glow on and exfoliate your skin with this yummy smelling body scrub. Mix everything together before lathering it on your skin in the shower to get rid of dead skin. Don’t be afraid to scrub hard and make sure you rinse well -  you don’t want any body parts stuck together!

Relaxing Rosemary Foot Soak

*  Rosemary

* 2 lemons

* ½ cup epsom salt

It’s important that we treat our feet! Show your tired soles some love by letting your feet soak for in this healing treatment. Boil a few branches of rosemary in water for five minutes. Find a separate container that you will use as your “foot bath” or purchase an inexpensive foot spa. Place the lemon slices, epsom salt and rosemary water in your foot bath (be careful!). Soak your feet for 15 minutes. Dry your feet a little bit and if you’d like to, attack those callused heels with a pumice stone. When you’re finished with your feet, lotion up with a creamy moisturizer (like a body butter) and slip into a pair of cotton socks to seal the deal. Hello, heaven!

What are some of your favorite “me time” rituals for a DIY at home spa treatment? Tell us in the comments below!

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Thursday, 20 March 2014 18:22

Beauty | Skin Care: Bye Bye Blackheads

Beauty // March 24, 2014

There is nothing worse than a face full a blackheads. Yuck. You love your skin and you want it to have a healthy glow at all times. As seasons change, so does your skin and this can wreak havoc on your pores. Luckily, our favorite beauty expert and vlogger sensation, Daisy Jing of, has broken down for us not only how to get rid of blackheads -- but also what causes them. Check out the video below and then say bye-bye to your blackheads! Oh, and you can get more of Daisy and her beauty tips here.

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Thursday, 06 March 2014 22:55

Fashion | Essential Items For Spring

Fashion // March 10, 2014

Spring will be here before we know it and I can’t think of a better reason to update my wardrobe with a few key pieces. This season is all about metallic, full shirts, leather, wide leg pants, suit shorts and so much more. As with all trends, you want to make sure you are styling yourself according to your body type. Here are a few ideas on how to rock the latest spring trends and pull off a flawless look.


Florals are no longer exclusively for your grandmother’s frumpy antique prints. From romantic lace, feminine flowers and bold prints, florals are making a statement this season. If you’re not keen on a head to toe floral look, try mixing a flirty full skirt with a solid top or a midi floral top with a solid high waist skirt.

Block heels

Make room stilettos, the block heel has made an appearance. Adding inches without sacrificing comfort, the block heel will be the obsession this spring. The block heel, which was once known as the “old lady” heel, has now evolved into something sleek and stylish. Try this style in sandals, pumps or even flats.

Cat eye makeup

This vintage makeup has reappeared on runways this season. The cat eye is a very versatile makeup look and can be worn with a more casual ponytail or more glammed up look with a high-textured curled look or bone straight hair. This look also affords you the opportunity to go crazy with an over-the-top lid and lip without looking clown-like.

Crop Top

Crop tops will be all the rage this season. Not only does it provide the perfect excuse to hit the gym, but it also allows you to show a bit of skin in an edgy, fashionable way. You can mix and match a crop top with a high waist skirt or jeans or let it all hang out with a maxi or full skirt, shorts or jeans for a great weekend look.

Graphic Prints

Stripes, swirls and dots, oh my! Daring prints are all over the runway this season. Fashion should be fun, so be courageous and mix and match patterns for an outrageously fabulous look. Mixing polka dots and stripes, colossal and mini print or geometric and retro shapes will be one sure way to achieve an eye-popping visual.


Donning light, floaty, transparent sheer fabric provides a bit of added sex appeal. The sheer look can be extra sexy, played up for a more casual look or be ultra punk. Be careful to not go too sheer as too much of a good thing can be awful; it’s quite easy to go from classy to trashy with this trend.

What are some of the trends you like for spring? Let us know in the comments!

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