The holidays have come and gone, but winter is still here. Between the blistering cold outside and the heat blasting inside, it is a must to keep skin hydrated and radiant. Here are a few tips to protect your skin from the most savage winter weather.
1. Exfoliate: Exfoliation is needed because dry skin build up can prevent moisturizers from penetrating. This step helps your moisturizer to absorb better.
2. Moisturize: Your face is subject to lose more moisture during the winter than the rest of your body because it is exposed the most. Moisturizing your skin with one that fits your needs will help retain moisture and make you look more radiant.
3. Use a humidifier: There's nothing like being in a nice cozy home when it's cold. But the inside heat can also rob your skin of its moisture. Keep the temperature comfortable, but not too hot for too long. Use a humidifier to replace lost indoor moisture.
4. Take care of your hands: Your hands have the thinnest skin on your body and they are usually exposed just as much as your face. Keep them moisturized by using a moisturizing hand cream and wear gloves.
5. Avoid wool and other irritating materials: Wearing wool, nylon or polyester can make your dry, itchy skin worse. The best material for you to wear is cotton. If you have to wear wool, wear a light one like merino wool. It's less irritating. Or you can opt to wear a cotton shirt underneath.
By LaCrecia Steward
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama was destined for greatness.
For the past eight years she has been graciously known as the First Lady of the United States of America, wife to President Barack Obama and mother to her girls, Malia and Sasha. Her presence in the White House will be the most remembered, revered, and inspirational.
Michelle Obama was born January 17, 1964 in Chicago to Fraser Robinson III, a pump operator for the city of Chicago, and Marian Robinson. Mrs. Robinson remained at home to take care of Michelle and her older brother, Craig.
Michelle attended public schools in Chicago and quickly excelled. Following in her brother's footsteps, she attended Princeton University, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Sociology and minoring in African American studies. She went on to obtain her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law school.
From a lawyer, wife, mother, and public servant, our First Lady has had her hands full over the past several years in the White House. She has created an awareness for healthy eating and living by initiating the Let's Move campaign in 2009. It was created to provide resources for children and families to encourage healthier lifestyles, provide healthier foods in schools, and promote increased physical activity.
In 2011 our First Lady along with Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces. This is a nationwide initiative calling on all Americans to support our service members, veterans, and their families. This initiative provides support through education, wellness, and employment opportunities.
In 2014 and 2015 education would be center of the final two initiatives - Reach Higher and Let Girls Learn. Reach Higher is an effort to inspire all students in America to be proactive about their future by furthering their education beyond high school. This would include a professional training program, community college, or four year university. Let Girls Learn is an initiative which brings together several agencies to address the challenges preventing adolescent girls from attaining a quality education that empowers them to reach their full potential.
First Lady Michelle Obama's time in the White House has not been wasted. In fact she will leave behind a legacy that will forever be remembered. Her lasting impression on the world will be felt for years. She entered the White House with dignity, class, and self-respect and she is leaving with it. Women are stronger and better because of her example and for that First Lady, we thank you!
First Lady Michelle Obama - our Legendary Woman in History
The fear of failure is called "atychiphobia". It is when we allow fear to stop us from doing the things that can move us forward to achieve our goals. Fear can keep you from experiencing everything life has to offer. So many people will allow fear to overtake them which, can ultimately keep you from growing. Let's see how we can overcome fear together.
Acknowledge the problem: Don't try to avoid situations. This does not make issues disappear.
It is always best to talk with a friend or seek professional help if you feel overwhelmed. We all experience anxiety at some point in life and you do not have to face your fears alone.
Most of the foods we enjoy are not always good for us. If you're trying to lose wieght or obtain a healthier lifestyle there are a list of foods that you should think twice about.
Research and consult with a licensed nutritionist before any major changes to your diet.
THE EYES HAVE IT!
This holiday season there's nothing sexier than a smokey eye. Just like a bold red lip color, it demands attention! And creating a seductive (wink-worthy) look is easier than you think if you follow these steps.
1. Using your ring finger tip, apply a good primer to your eyelid.
2. Apply a neutral shade (close to your skin tone) on your entire eyelid, using an all over shadow brush.
3. Apply dark grey eyeshadow on your brow bone. Blend just right above the crease of your eye. This shade will make the blending between the black shades much smoother.
4. Using your darkest black eyeliner, line your eyelid and blend everything out.
5. Apply a black matte eye shadow using a flat brush. Blend some more, using a blending brush. Clean up any excess shadow with concealer so it won't smudge.
6. Add a pop of glitter on the center of your eyelid.
7. Line your waterline with black eyeliner. Using a small smudge brush, apply grey and black eye shadow below the waterline and blend. Highlight inner corners.
8. Finish with two coats of mascara, a pair of your favorite lashes and there you have it! A classic smokey eye!
Although this is the most common, a smokey eye can be created with any shade, but remember, BLENDING along with using the proper tools is the key.
By LaCrecia Steward
For years fashion has been a part of lifestyle. It never stays the same. There are new trends and styles emerging everyday in the fashion world. In most cases, people tend to follow the latest fashion trend in order to keep up with today's society.
Sometimes an individual is judged from their style. A style represents what type of person someone is inside and out. It may also represent what kind of group they belong to. Are you wondering how? Well, we can say that someone belongs to the 'edgy group' by looking at their chosen outfits, shoes, jewelry, hair accessories, etc.
The four seasons in the year should dictate some of your style. With each season you should be prepared to dress differently according to the weather. Here are some examples for setting up proper clothing for each season.
January through March (November and December included) - Down jacket or coat. Enough protection against the cold is necessary. Scarf and gloves are must haves.
April and May - Jacket and sweaters, long sleeve shirts. Depending on the days, it is better to have a light jacket or cardigan.
June through August- Half sleeve shirts are enough to wear as far as tops.
September and October - Half sleeve shirts during the day time hours. Temperatures are lower early morning and at night so adjust accordingly.
Remember, with fashion anything goes. If you are someone who just needs the basic formula always start out with three colors. Use the third color to be an added piece to accent your attire. For example, try a basic white shirt with a black skirt complemented by a gold belt.
Your confidence will always complete your attire.
Be bold, be beautiful, be you!
By Toni Lyons
The Perfect Red Lips
It's hard to believe how fast the holidays are approaching! Family gatherings, potlucks at the job, Ugly Sweater parties, and the hustle and bustle of gift shopping will have everyone busy. But one thing's for sure, you will want your holiday makeup to be on point, and the perfect red lip is sure to turn heads! Here's a few tips on how to achieve it.
1. Exfoliate to smooth your lips and reduce crevices. There are some great lip balms available, but my favorite lip treatment is the 2 step Satin Lips Lip Mask by Mary Kay.
2. Moisturize your lips with a super moisturizing lip balm, as they tend to be a little drier during winter months. Apply the rest of your makeup as it soaks in.
3. Remove the balm and pat your lips completely dry.
4. Apply a little translucent setting powder to your lips. This prevents bleeding outside the lip line and makes the lipstick really stick.
5. Line your lips with a skin toned lip pencil. IT Cosmetics, Your Lips But Better, Nyx Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Nude and MAC Lip Pencil in Spice are just a few popular liners. Be sure to find one that matches your lip color.
6. Apply lipstick to the center of your lips as well as the outer corners and bottom lip. Blot and fill in the rest.
7. Use a small brush or your ring finger to apply a little translucent powder then LIGHTLY repeat step 6. This step will help your lipstick last all day and night. 8. Apply a concealer to clean up any areas if needed. You can use a concealer brush or a q-tip. Now you have pucker perfect lips! So pucker up!!
By LaCrecia Steward
Top 5 Red Lipsticks
1. Makeup Forever Artist Rouge Lipstick-Holiday Kiss Collection (Sephora)
2. Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Coutoure Lipstick (Neiman Marcus)
3. Lancôme Color Design Lipstick (Macy's)
4. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Cruella (Sephora)
5. NARS Lipstick Jungle Red (Sephora)
Makeup costs the average woman hundreds of dollars annually, and in her lifetime, she will spend $15,000 on makeup alone. That doesn't include other feminine products she MUST have! That's a lot of money invested just to doll yourself up on occasions because most women only do the basic everyday light foundation, mascara and lip gloss or lipstick.
So to get your dollars worth, here's a few tips on when to toss and clean out your makeup kit.
By Makeup Consultant LaCrecia Steward
To conceal or not to conceal? For those of you that apply your own makeup and do the works, here's a little secret about concealer. (Go ahead, tell your best friend while your having lunch why you look so flawless!) Apply foundation before concealer. If you don't, you will remove your base product. Then 'bake' your face by applying a translucent powder (letting it sit for about 20 minutes) and dust it off with a fan brush. Voila!!! A flawless finish!
By Makeup Consultant LaCrecia Steward
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