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If there is one thing that I hate it is BAD makeup!  Granted there are ways to apply makeup for a more dramatic effect (evening wear) but even when you are going for a dramatic look it is important that you wear the color that best compliments you and most important your skin tone.  I will be the first to tell you that I LOVE color.  And contrary to what most believe I think that makeup should do more than just enhance your natural beauty.  I’ve never been one to wear it without it being noticed.  Now don’t get me wrong, it shouldn’t be seen from across a dark and smokey room glowing on your face like a beacon of sorts but it should be an attention grabber!

It seems like the summer months always bring out the best/worst in us when it comes to makeup.  Let’s face it… when you think of spring/summer you think of bright colors, sunshine and white!  We’ve waited all year to be able to wear these bursts of colors and by golly we’re going to wear them, just hopefully not all at once!

It’s just as my blog states people- Simple.  Just because you have a darker complexion it doesn’t mean that you can’t wear a bright color! And on that same note those with lighter complexions should not think that brighter colors compliment them the best either. It’s all about moderation and proper application.  With the wonderful world of the internet as well as countless makeup counters with trained consultants there is no reason for any woman to feel like they don’t know what color looks best on them or how to apply those colors for the best effect.

Check out my choice of  a makeup hit and miss below.

This look is a hit on both light and dark skin.

A MISS in every way!

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Ladies, mark your calendars! On September 22, 2010 fall officially begins!  And you know what that means…. pack away those sandals and flip-flops and dust off your favorite suede shoes and boots, because it’s their time to shine!  Fall has to be hands down my favorite season and I know that I am not alone.  When else can you get away with wearing a sweater, over a shirt, paired with a scarf – all at the same time!  And can we talk about the fact that you are FINALLY able to eat whatever you want, without the fear of your “muffin top” showing!  Its fall, EVERYONE hides layers!

While fall fashion is what I live for, I also understand the importance of putting the “whole package” together from head to toe!  Having said that, please note that your hair and makeup MUST change to fit the season, just like your clothing.  Here are a few things to keep in mind to keep your style “in

sync” with the season.

Hair

The rule of thumb is when summer is gone, so are those luscious golden highlights!  Typically a safe move is to darken your hair or return to your roots in the fall and winter months, however a cool twist on going back to basics is to tone down your highlights.  Gradually removing them is the best way to get yourself and others comfortable with your new look.  Subtle changes ARE noticed!  Cropped cuts and natural waves and curls are trending for the fall, so pack up your flat-iron because you won’t need it anytime soon!  To achieve this look, I personally recommend the Bed Head Style and Texturize hair care line.  Whether you have waves, curls, or lots of locks, these products will give your hair that funky, hip and sexy style that you’re looking for!

Makeup

Fellow Divas, always remember…. Less is more!  In this particular case the less that I am referring to is your lip color!  Fuller brows (still arched, of course),

lots of lashes and neutral tones on your lids are perfect for everyday wear in the fall.  A clear gloss or lightly tinted lipstick will take away the focus on your lips and give your eyes the attention that they deserve.  Trending this fall is a touch of white eyeliner to add an extra pop to your already outstanding eyes!  Day or Night the liner gives your eyes a much fuller and wider appearance.  Revlon’s Luxurious Color Eyeliner in pure white is my top pick for achieving this look!  And for a much more dramatic look for a night out on the town, switch out those neutral lids for a smoky look, with Covergirl’s Smoky Eye Look trio set!  This is a fool-proof product that makes achieving “perfect” smoky eyes as easy as 1-2-3!  As for your lips, day or night the same rules apply; keep them subtle and barely noticeable with a softer lightly tinted (metallic) gloss. Let your eyes still the show!

Be picture perfect and fall ready with these helpful tips!  And remember to always keep it simple, and stylish!

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Although supermodel Iman hasn’t walked the runway in nearly 21 years, she is still regarded as one of the most beautiful women in the world.

Nowadays, the 55 year old Somalian beauty, runs the internationally successful Iman cosmetics company.  The $25 million a year company includes eye makeup and lipstick however, the core focus of the line is full coverage foundations for all women of color.  With availability in 14 different shades and four formulations, there is sure to be a perfect color for any skin shade or hue.

At the end of the day, my legacy will not be modeling, but my cosmetics line.” (Iman)

You can find these foundations and other Iman cosmetic products in select Walgreens and Target stores, and always online at: Walgreens.com.

About Iman:

Born Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid (July 25, 1955) in Mogandishu, Somalia, Iman was discovered while attending university in Nairobi by photographer Peter Beard (1975).  She came to New York to model for the designers including Halston and Calvin Klein.   Most recently, Iman was honored by CFDA with the 2010 Fashion Icon Award.  She is also the celebrity spokesperson for the Keep A Child Alive foundation, which provides  life-saving anti-retroviral medical treatment and care for children who have been affected by AIDS/HIV.

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Although I was never really a skeptic about K Essentials natural bath and body products, I decided to give the products a “real” try; after all, how can I truthfully endorse a product that I’ve never really used!  And OMG, any and all doubts that I may have had about these products being amazing were debunked!

First off, let’s talk about just how cute the packaging is on these soaps! It comes in an attractive fish net drawstring satchel which is perfect for keeping

handmade bath soap

it mess free and secure in the shower caddy.  I had concerns about the soap falling “apart” or melting and possibly not holding up for long, especially since it was homemade and so soft to the touch.  And 10 showers later, my bar is barely smaller than the day I first opened it!  I’m pretty sure that it is due to the fantastic lather of this soap. It truly leaves your skin feeling kissably soft and smelling divine (this stuff smells incredible). My skin felt so moist, it was if I’d just applied baby oil from head to toe! Did I mention how AWESOME this soap smells?

Next on my list of must haves is the Body Butter (8oz). This by far is my favorite product.  I chose the Guava and Fig scented butter, and what a pleasant surprise- who knew that guava and fig could smell so delicious

K Essentials Body Butter

together! This shea butter based cream is pretty thick but goes on smooth, and just a little bit goes a long way.  I’ve used it on both wet skin and dry skin and have to say that it is equally as effective.  The scent is so nice that I don’t even have to wear perfume; you smell clean and freshly showered throughout the entire day!  And as for the irritation that the perfumes may cause; I even used it (butter) on my face just before applying makeup!  I’ve had no breakouts or irritation.  This body butter is truly amazing!

With the summer months upon us, it is very important to have sandal ready feet- that’s where K Essentials Salt Scrub comes into play! This thick and rich oil coupled with a generous amount of sea salts really gave my heels just the scrub they needed to leave my skin feeling soft and subtle.  I found this to be a great product to use along with my Ped-Egg, which means no more expensive weekly manicure and pedicure for me!

courtesy of K Essentials Salt Scrub

I’ve also used the scrub on my knees, elbows and palms -it’s great for any rough spots that you may have on your body!  And again, the scent is incredible -my husband really likes the way this one smells and feels! Thank you K Essentials for bringing sexy back!

K Essentials is all that I need to have amazingly young and beautiful skin!  I’m pretty sure that I’ve found the fountain of youth in these products, and I think that you will too!  And if you’re wondering, please note that these products aren’t just for women!  There is something for everyone! Check out K Essentials website for more information what they have to offer!  Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!

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White Gardenia, Rosemary Mint, Lavender Sage and Island Time are just some of the amazing homemade soaps available from K Essentials, a natural bath and body products company created and managed by the very talented Kattiann Samuel.

As a hobby, Samuel began making homemade soaps for her family.  She experimented with melt and pour products purchased from craft stores that she would melt in her microwave and mold into soap, “I remember my first soap looked and smelled like a jolly rancher candy and I was so proud”.  Not long after, Samuel found out through internet groups she belonged to that what she was making with these products (melt and pour) really wasn’t completely pure and natural. Some of the products contained paraben and animal fat, so she stopped using them and began researching how to make soap from “scratch”.

Samuel tried out several soap recipes that she found on the internet, “Needless to say, it was a complete waste of oils and other ingredients, but I never gave up”.  She now credits her rocky beginnings with helping her to become an expert on herbs, oils and the nourishing values they have.  From extensive research and through much trial and error, she was able to develop a “base recipe” that she still uses for all of her soaps today!

With such influences as Bath and Body Works, Philosophy Skin Care and Victoria Secrets, Samuel branched off from just making soaps to work on a full line of bath and body products including; body scrubs, lotions, shower gels and body butters. While she is still perfecting some of these products, many of them can be found and purchased at kessentials1.com.

“I am always working on different scents…and if my customers want something that smells like (scent), they can call me and I will make it!” Samuel believes that her line truly exemplifies quality relaxation and affordable products made with care and by her hands especially for her customers, “They (customers) are my inspiration”. She is currently working on a hair-care line which will include: shampoos, conditioners, hair oils and other products for the hair; she even posts helpful consumer information on herbs and the medicinal and natural healing factors of each (hair care) on her website.  Next for Samuel is a children’s line of soaps and bubble baths-all made from scents that kids love!

“My grandmother always used to say ‘what is for you, no one can take it away’, and I live by that and believe that there’s no limit to my goal… I want the world to know my products and use them. I want to be able to walk into my store and say YES my baby is born! I’ve waited long enough, this is my time to shine”!  This is indeed Kattiann Samuel’s time to shine. With beauty shows lined up, loyal customers ready to place the next order and refer a “friend” or two and one fantastic and affordable product, K Essentials is a “star” that will be around long after others have dimmed and fallen.

More about the founder of K Essentials-Kattiann Samuel was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. She came to the U.S in the mid- 80’s and resided in Providence Rhode Island. Samuel graduated from Rhode Island Community College and worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for 12 years. In 2000, she created K Essentials and began selling homemade soaps to her friends as well as online where she received much praise and recognition.

Charitable Works- Samuel’s recently partnered with Celebrity Stylist, Tameka Foster Raymond and The Lost One’s Foundation, an organization which helps uplift and motivate at risk young girls between the ages of 12-17. Her beauty products are donated as gifts to these young ladies and are used not only to pamper the girls during their retreats but also as a way of empowering them and raising their self-esteem.

For more information on K Essentials or to place an order log in to their website: www.kessentials1.com or call Customer Service:772.446.9847.  Follow them on Twitter:@Katti12

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The mere mention of the words grooming and easy together should all but tell you that this particular piece is geared toward men.  Any woman out there can tell you that there’s nothing easy about the beauty rituals we endure on a daily basis. I could say that it’s not fair that men don’t have nearly as many things to pluck, tuck, put on, “draw” on or take off, but that would be an untruth.  The fact of the matter is they do, many of them just choose not to!   So, gentlemen, here’s where you tune in and ladies you may want to stick around for this one as well, just to make sure I have clearly debunked the top 3 myths when it comes to male grooming basics!

Myth:  Hair is a sign of masculinity.

Fact:  Too much hair is just unsanitary!  If you are hairy, it is important to understand that keeping the hair cut back or trimmed to a manageable length will help cut odor causing wetness often associated with too much hair.  Manscaping is another very effective way to get rid of unwanted hair, in fact; it is designed for men who prefer an aggressive means of hair removal. While it is both controversial and uncomfortable, it is a quick and clean option to razors and the bumps they sometimes cause.

Myth: No one notices my hands or feet.

Fact:  In the world of business, the first thing that is noticed is your hands.  Long dirty nails, and rough dry skin can be a deal breaker if you are shaking hands with a potential employer.  And as for your social life fellas,  we won’t even talk about the negative effect that dirty nails may have on that first impression that you only get one chance at with that special someone.  While it is not mandatory that your hands are soft like a baby’s bottom, it is important that they are well moisturized and well-groomed.  If your nails are long, cut them! They should have a little tip if any at all, and the nail  must be clean underneath.  Make sure you address your hangnails, they are just as unattractive as dirt under your fingernails.  Some men even wear a clear coat on their nails, which is again just an option, and really not necessary if your nails are cut back to a reasonable length and clean!  As for your feet, follow the same best practices mentioned above for your fingernails, and make sure to add these two of vital things:

  1. Make sure that your socks are clean ALWAYS!
  2. Your shoes should be clean and in good condition- not run over or run down and without laces.  Remember this key advice:  If you are wearing nice shoes few will notice, but if you are wearing dirty shoes everyone will notice.  Ask anyone about this, and she will tell you that it is 100% factual!

Myth:  I don’t have to exfoliate, that’s for women!

Fact: EVERYONE needs to exfoliate.  Did you know that a man’s skin is thicker than a woman’s?  For this reason alone, exfoliation for men is very important.  By doing this on a weekly basis it will actually lessen your risk of developing razor bumps as well as gives your skin a soft and smooth look and feel.  As we discussed earlier, hair and rough dry skin is no longer a trademark or qualification for being a “real man”.

This does it for round one, so here’s a small list of things that you’ll need to run out and buy for your new-found grooming practices:  Loofah, nail scissors, clean socks (any color but white, unless they’re for your sneakers), a fragrance free and hypoallergenic face wash or scrub, and a tub of wax- just kidding about the wax, we’ll  leave that one for the experts!  Part 2 is coming soon but in the meantime, share your thoughts and let me know how helpful these tips were for you.

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