5 Tips for an Amazing At-Home Manicure

Good evening! I haven’t posted any beauty content in awhile, so I thought I’d share 5 things to keep in mind if you want an amazing at-home manicure using acrylic nails. I’ve done my own nails at home for many years, and really enjoy this small act of self-care that I can enjoy while I…

In Review – BE CARE LOVE

I was first introduced to Be. Care. Love. on a shopping trip to my local Ross store.  Picking up the Grapeseed Skin Oil, I was pleasantly surprised that the only ingredient listed was… grapeseed oil.  This deserved a deeper look.  What I found was that Be. Care. Love. was much more than oils.  BE –…

Health & Beauty Benefits of Rosemary Essential Oil

What do Egyptians and Romans have in common?  Hint: it can be used in cooking, ceremonies, and cosmetics. Got it now? No?  Ok, one more: it belongs in the mint family!  Yes, you guessed it: rosemary oil.  The Romans used rosemary oil in religious ceremonies and the Egyptians used it to make incense.  It’s even…

Health Benefits of Biotin

When reading up on essential oils and herbs, you are sure to run across a warning or two.  This is especially true for pregnant or nursing women, yet, when it comes to biotin, that warning is taken off the table.  In addition to helping expectant moms, biotin is needed to help the body convert food…

Diversity in Beauty — Inclusivity vs Entitlement

When you walk into an Italian restaurant, you expect to see a menu of Italian dishes. It wouldn’t frustrate you if the restaurant didn’t serve Vietnamese cuisine or Cuban pastries, because you expect Italian food at an Italian restaurant. When it comes to the food industry, specialties are accepted and expected. But something very different…

Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil

Cinnamon, one of the oldest spices known to humanity, was once viewed as being more valuable than gold. It is not only capable of flavoring our food and drink, it also has great medicinal value. Originating from Sri Lanka, there are now over 100 varieties of the small, bushy tree that gives us the cinnamon…

Let’s Talk About Lime Essential Oil

What does marmalade, cosmetics, disinfectant, cicatrizant, aperitif and febrifuge have in common? Answer? Limes! Now, are some of you asking what the heck aperitif, cicatrizant, and febrifuge are? Well, it’s said that the essential oil of limes has properties that can stimulate appetite (aperitif), help in the forming of scar tissue (cicatrizant), and can reduce…

In Review — Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows Full Coverage Liquid Makeup

New foundation alert! I stumbled upon Burt’s new line of liquid foundation last week and took it for a spin today. I’ve purchased several products from the Burt’s Bees line over the years, mostly lip products, so I was interested to see how the foundation would perform. Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows Full Coverage Liquid Makeup…

Brand Spotlight — Farmacy Beauty

What began as the discovery of a “superhero plant” growing in upstate New York is now a skincare line. That plant, Echinacea GreenEnvy™, is now patented and used exclusively by Farmacy Beauty. The Echinacea GreenEnvy™ root is said to have 300% more antioxidants than the Echinacea plant we’re used to hearing about. Yes. 300%. To…

Brand Spotlight — Chocolate Kinks & Kurls

Wanting her children to feel good about their skin color and the curliness of their hair, Juanita Henderson of Fort Wayne, IN bathed them in positive affirmations. When she heard her daughters complain about wearing their hair in its natural state, she decided to do something to further help boost their self-esteem. That something grew…

Brand Spotlight — CDF Skincare

CDF Skincare, which stands for Champ de Fleurs (sha-n de flur) – a field of flowers, is “a skincare line for women who want an island experience by using naturally designed products inspired by the Caribbean.” Founder Ginger-vee Carter grew up on the island of Trinidad. Watching her mom successfully start a business with soda,…