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She Tried It! Waxelene Is The Multipurpose Petroleum Jelly Alternative You Never Knew You Needed

April 29th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I’m a firm believer that you can never have too many moisturizers. You have to have one that is your go-to for optimal moisture after washing your hands. You have to have something light but effective in your purse for those days where you ran out of the house ashier than you thought. You have to have some kind of body butter or in-shower lotion to give you a certain type of glow. And you need to have something extra special to deal with your feet–especially if walking everywhere in New York City is your second job.

All the lotions you and I possess play a part in keeping our skin healthy and our melanin looking flawless. But I hadn’t encountered anything like Waxelene before, and now that I’ve tried it, I’m glad that I did.

The moisturizer, which is touted as “the petroleum jelly alternative,” is an all-natural product. At the basic level, yes, it hydrates the skin. And like petroleum jelly, it’s waterproof. But at the more sophisticated level, this product is cut from a different cloth. No sulfates, parabens or mineral oil. It’s made with organic oils like rosemary and soy oil (there are only two other ingredients–beeswax and Vitamin E oil), doesn’t clog your pores and can do a whole lot more than just add some sheen and comfort to dry lips and limbs.

Waxelene is also good for everything from using it as an aftershave, a relief for psoriasis, to remove makeup (including pesky false eyelash glue), to hold down flyaway hairs, keep shampoo out of the eyes, be a diaper cream for your kids, prevent blisters on your heels, lubricate your door hinges, deal with your pet’s sunburned belly or nose, thread a needle, block ant holes, lubricate a bike chain, and do just about anything you can think of. It is, all in all, a source of relief.

And for me, to like it is a big deal. I’ve never liked anything too thick or greasy. After years of having petroleum jelly placed around my ears and hairline before getting relaxers on my hair, I was sick of the product. So when I was told about Waxelene, the “alternative,” I was skeptical. But once I found out that it’s a must for stars like Halle Berry (via her makeup artist Fiona Stiles), I was sold on trying it. And I’m glad I did. I love the fact that while it’s a petroleum jelly alternative, Waxelene does not leave you feeling oleaginous (read: greasy like fried chicken). But rather, it leaves your skin feeling soft with just the right amount of sheen. And the waterproof barrier it creates lasts for hours on end. I’ve used it while on the go and while moisturizing my skin after using the shower. My surface hasn’t felt so supple since, well, probably ever. And for someone with skin sensitivities, it’s a must.

Waxelene comes in five different options. There’s a lip tube (that one is more of an oil than a solid), a peppermint lip balm, the flip tube to throw in your purse, a 2 oz. jar for your gym bag, and a 9 oz. jar for your home. The product can be found at places like Whole Foods, Target, Amazon, CVS, Bed Bath & Beyond, and more.

I don’t know what your daily beauty routine consists of, but I do know that it (and you) could benefit from a dollop of Waxelene. Learn more about the product through the company’s website.

Crawfishin’ For A Compliment: Nail Polish Colors Inspired By Travel Destinations

April 7th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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I am currently entering my fourth month of post-NOLA depression. And although many people would suggest reliving the memories via pictures or recounting the funny mishaps that occurred during the trip, that is beginning to not suffice. To give me the extra New Orleans pep I needed in my step(s), I purchased OPI’s New Orleans nail polish collection. So, whenever I wear the “Rich Girls, Po’ Boys” nail color, I feel like I’m transported back to the French Quarter.

I figured you might be interested in repping your favorite city or country as well so I put together this list of nail colors inspired by destinations that might help with your post-travel blues… or inspire you to book a ticket.

Café life is the best life. #OPINewOrleans.

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OPI’s New Orleans Collection
If you’re in the mood to get crawfish on your nails or earn Mardi Gras beads, check out OPI’s  Crawfishin’ For A Compliment and I Manicure For Beads nail colors. The collection also has beautiful hues of purple, gold and green, Mardi Gras’ official colors.

How Your Hair Changes As You Age, And How To Take Care Of It

March 28th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Is your hair-care routine up to date? The hair we have in our teens is much different from the hair we have in our 20s, or even our 30s. And if you want to keep lovable locks your whole life long, it pays to change up your hair-care routine as you age.

Pay attention to your follicles and you might be surprised at the changes going on up there. But aging hair doesn’t have to be a way of life. Gray hair might be inevitable, but breakage, thinning edges and hormonal hair loss don’t have to be — if you follow these hair-care rules as you get older. You’ll keep your hair beautiful, longer.

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Teen To 20s Damage Control

These years are when we change our hair the most. While you’re staying fried, died and laid to the side, pay close attention to the products that you’re using. Stay away from goods with sulfates, alcohol and glycol, which can dry out your hair.

And focus on moisture. Leave-in conditioners and heat-protectant serums will help protect your hair from too much heat and sew-in stress.

Mixed Chicks Has Some New Beauty Products In The Works

March 26th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Since the early 2000s, Mixed Chicks has been known for saving one kinky curly head at a time. However, with over a decade of being a trailblazer in the Black hair market, which is the fastest-growing in the market, the beauty company has some new and exciting products to add to their repertoire.

“We have to try and provide them with products that are requested and necessary. Making consistent products that work keeps you alive but staying in tune with the desires of our customers and hair community is what will keep us in the game!” CEO Kim Etheredge said in a recent interview with ESSENCE.

So, what exactly are customers wanting from Mixed Chicks these days? Apparently makeup is their latest endeavor. Continuing to build their empire, Etheredge explained that the company has decided to further expand their cosmetics line “In the Mix.” For now, there’s the Quick Stick, a smooth foundation and shimmering bronzer duo, that launched last spring.

While there’s no word on when the new products or full line will be released, we’re hoping for a liquid-based foundation, some concealer pots, and maybe some sweet lip gloss in spring/summer shades.

Bye, Bye, Back Breakouts: How To Finally Grow Out Of Adult Acne

March 18th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Remember back when you were in high school and acne was one of your biggest problems? Who would have guessed that years later you’d still be battling acne even after your teenage hormones had calmed down? Sometimes, life just isn’t fair — especially when it comes to skin. Mortgage payments and major acne breakouts shouldn’t be faced at the same time, but sometimes, that’s just the case for people.

But it doesn’t always have to be that way. Scarring breakouts don’t have to be a part of life — that is if you can pinpoint the cause of your skin’s rude behavior. Battling breakouts as an adult is much different than tackling teenage skin. We’ve gathered several tips, tricks and tried and tested methods for getting rid of breakouts for good. So read on to find out how to return to the smooth skin you used to have.

Read on to rock more backless dresses, wear less foundation and feel more comfortable in the skin you’re in.

Celebrities Who Do Their Own Makeup

March 17th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Having a team of makeup artists beat your face to perfection before a night on the red carpet sounds like a Hollywood dream. But not every celebrity uses professionals to look their best each and every time they need to step out for events or just a night on the town. They’ve been contoured, shaped and highlighted so often that they’ve turned into makeup experts themselves. Some of them are so good at DIY makeup that they’re even responsible for their signature red carpet looks.

Can you guess which stars are gifted with their brow liner and brushes, and which sport a strictly professional look? We certainly didn’t expect to see some of these stars on this list. (Spoiler Alert: And that goes double for Beyoncé.) From A-listers, who like to play in paint to Black models who say the professionals still don’t carry the right shade for them, get ready to be surprised by some of the names that you find on this list.

Dark-Skinned South Asian Women Take A Stand Against Colorism With #UnfairAndLovely

March 10th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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When Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o told the world about how she’d prayed for lighter skin when she was a child, many of her African-American fans could relate. But we weren’t the only ones who could. Colorism has been a serious problem within and outside the Black community for quite some time. Sadly, it’s a struggle many women and men deal with all over.

Recently, South Asian women from all corners of the world have been sharing their struggles with colorism by spreading the hashtag #UnfairandLovely. Why’s the hashtag so fitting? Fair and Lovely is a bleaching cream used by women all over the world who have felt the pressure to have lighter skin in order to be beautiful or even accepted in certain circles. So, they took to social media to take a stand.

Whether they’re making a statement, or just sharing their beautiful #UnfairandLovely faces, we stand by the women of this Instagram campaign!

Miss me with that Fair & Lovely, ‘stay out the sun’, shadism and colorism. See this? See this melanin??? #unfairandlovely 👩🏾

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Erica Campbell Reveals Her Mother’s Number One Skin Secret And Her “Ah-ha” Beauty Moment

February 18th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Proctor & Gamble’s My Black Is Beautiful (MBIB) campaign along with its brands Olay, Pantene and Cover Girl partnered with Grammy-Award winning artist Erica Campbell and her mother Thomasina Atkins to discuss what makes Black beautiful and the beauty secrets African American women pass down throughout generations. In our interview, Erica shared the beauty lessons her mother passed down to her and what she teaches her young daughters about confidence, beauty and why your looks don’t matter.

MadameNoire (MN): What can you tell us about your partnership with My Black Is Beautiful?

Erica Campbell (EC): I love My Black Is Beautiful! It’s empowering and makes you take care and be aware of yourself, and all those things are right up my alley. It made perfect sense and I was super thrilled when they asked me and my mom to be involved with it as well.

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MN: What are some beauty secrets you learned from your mom?

EC: I think, from her, I’ve learned that getting rest, drinking water and being healthy from the inside out helps us exude what is beyond the outside exterior. It’s all about shining from the inside out. I think women who are ambitious and want to make a difference tend to think, “Well, I’ll tend to myself later.” But you can’t be the best if you’re not your best. You can’t help someone if you don’t take care of yourself.

MN: As a black woman did you always feel comfortable in your skin?

EC: I think everybody has their own time with insecurity and questioning what they look like and what being beautiful is. Your “Ah-ha” moment [is when] you can really be your best self.

Once you learn to look into the mirror and, no matter what you see, it feels good. Because whatever flaw is there, it’s uniquely you and you can always switch it around. That’s why I’m really proud to be partnering with MBIB and the My Beautiful Reflections Program because there so many things that they offer to help you keep up your appearance. Whether it is the Olay Regenerist or Cover Girl’s line, which I adore, (I literally I have Cover Girl lipstick in my purse as we speak), these were all the jewels that I saw my mom use. So [when] I was figuring out what I wanted to use, I thought to myself, my mom is a beautiful woman so let me just use what she uses.

MN: What have you taught your daughters about beauty?EricaMsThomasina

EC: What I tell my daughters, whether it is my 4 year old or my 11 year old, whatever age they are, I tell them they will only be this age for one year. Don’t try to rush it by wearing makeup or extensions. Enjoy being 4, enjoy being 11! My mom did not let us be grown before our time. We weren’t in heels early, we didn’t wear lipstick early, we weren’t going to the salon—none of that. We were fully little girls, so [when] the time came to start paying attention to the glam parts of you, I appreciated it. I know it’s different when your mom is a celebrity [because] my daughter is always trying to get into my makeup. But I just want her to be a little girl, for as long as possible. I think that’s what important. I think we push subjects and matters on children that aren’t important. Who cares what you look like? I think you should build character, build discipline, build confidence and build work ethic, even as a child. I think by the time you get older, you want to look good because you do good. Because it started from the inside out, you’re more than just a pretty face.

MN: What are some of your favorite P&G products?

EC: [I’m] Olay, everything! Before for the Olay’s Regenerist line, my mom would have the products on her counter and I would play with her facial creams (I guess I was trying to be grown) [Laughs]. It was always cool to see what my mom used and to be able to mimic [her].

What beauty secrets did your mother pass down to you? Share in the comments section, below.

How A Natural Hair Mompreneur Adana Collins Turned Feeling Ugly Into A Beautiful Business

February 10th, 2016 - By MommyNoire Editor
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By Abiola Abrams

Visually striking with her waist length locs and cocoa skin, Adana Collins has a powerful testimony to share in creating her self-love business. Coming from Guyana in the 1980s, she felt insecure about her gorgeous skin color, accent and hair. Fast forward to today, where the mogul-in-the-making is proudly shining as the mother of two sons with her own empowerment business. Now, she makes other women feel beautiful with her company Lovable Treasures that focuses on empowering women, particularly those with natural hair.

Let’s see what lessons this natural beauty expert, artist, and artisan has to share about motherhood, self-love, beauty, and business.

Mommynoire: Many moms want to start their own businesses but lack the information, motivation, or inspiration. You are a mother and an entrepreneur focused on self-love and empowerment. What is your business?

Adana: I am the owner of Lovable Treasures which caters to the needs of women with locs, braids and twists by providing handmade jewelry from head to toe; hair oils and treatments; and crocheted hats, wraps and kangols. We also have a healing yoga and jewelry making circle that helps women to slow down, get back in touch with themselves and heal physically and mentally.

Beautiful. Why did you start Lovable Treasures?

Adana: A few years ago, I realized that I was in love with myself and my hair and wanted to celebrate it! I couldn’t find hair beads for adults in the beauty supply store so I started creating adornments for my long locs. People would come up to me in public and ask where I bought my hair adornments and I would proudly say I made them. I then opened my Etsy store and transitioned into a business where I sold my hand-made hair beads online, at cultural events and hair shows.

As a mother of two boys, I’ve always felt uncomfortable working outside the home. I wanted to be there for my sons and not have to call out because they were sick, had a parent teacher conference or a performance. I saw Lovable Treasures as a way for me to do what I love and be home when my family needs me.

Please tell us about your own personal beauty journey, self-love journey, and natural hair journey. And are they the same journey?

Adana: My personal beauty, self-love and natural hair journey have always been one in the same. I recognized my beauty through my natural hair which enabled me to love myself. I hail from Georgetown, Guyana in South America and I came to New York when I was eight years old.

Going to a new country, state or town is always interesting but for a shy, naive, brown skinned Guyanese girl with an “accent” it was shocking! The clothing was different (it was the eighties), the dialect was different and the people treated me different and in turn I felt ugly. But I fought through it, into my teenage years where boys, friends, music, dance and hair dominated my world. I still felt out of place and ugly but it was always temporarily remedied when “I got my hair did” or when I got new clothing. My adornments helped me to start embracing my natural beauty.

In college I had an afro because my cousin had it and I thought it looked beautiful on her and I hoped it would make me beautiful too, but then I realized it wasn’t for me. I tried twists and loved them and made the natural progression to locs and I never looked back. I felt more comfortable in my skin than ever before. I felt beautiful.

That is powerful! Many of us have had similar journeys. How did this set the foundation for your business as a mompreneur?

Adana: I want to help women to embrace their natural beauty. I want us the recognize our beauty and start to love ourselves and share that love with others. I believe self-image is very important and through my adornments, yoga and jewelry making I help women feel confident and beautiful about themselves.

I love it! You are a successful mommypreneur. How do you balance the demands of entrepreneurship with your family?

Adana: I am blessed to be the mother of two boys, Tehuti, 10, and Ptah, 7. They are amazing children that everyday challenge me to grow and learn but most of all love. I have always had to balance motherhood with something or another. Whether it is work, a relationship, being an entrepreneur or with myself. At first it was overwhelming, but over time I’ve learned to schedule everyone in, including myself. During the week, when my children are at school and sleeping, I work on my business and when they are home they are my focus.

It’s meaningful that you are teaching your children the entrepreneurial spirit as well. And your sons also both used to have locs.

Adana: Yes! My beautiful sons both had free-form locs from since they were babies and it was amazing. Of course it was a constant battle to wash and maintain it but I loved it. Until they started to ask me to cut them off. At first it was because the children at school made fun of them. That reason wasn’t enough for me so I used the situation to strengthen them mentally and teach them to weed out the people who are not your true friends and it worked.

But as the years continued they consistently continued to ask to cut their hair and for my older son’s tenth birthday I cut his locs and then cut my youngest son’s locs the same year for his birthday. I cried! It was an emotional event for me and it was a drastic change. For the first few months I didn’t recognize my own children in a crowd. I cut their locs off not only because they wanted it, but because I know self image is important for boys and girls and I want my boys to feel comfortable with themselves from the beginning.

Teaching a positive self-image with external forces is a challenge for most moms. What advice do you have for other entrepreneurial moms?

Adana: Schedule family time and make it count. They can watch TV and play video games when you are busy with your business, make time to spend with them doing something you all enjoy. And don’t forget to schedule time for you away from them and the business. A balanced woman is a better mother and a productive entrepreneur.

Very inspiring, Adana. How can our Mommy Noire readers be empowered by your self-love business?

Adana: Find me at LovableTreasures.com to get beautiful loc jewelry, hair healing oils, advice, and handmade accessories for maintaining your locs. You can also attend or book a Yoga and Jewelry-Making Circle for your area to heal begin to heal yourself.

Abiola Abrams is the author of the award-winning guide The Sacred Bombshell Handbook of Self-Love and founder of SacredBombshell.com, where she offers empowerment coaching.

I’m 30 And Already Using Anti-Aging Skin Products

January 25th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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A funny thing happened to me during Christmas break: I looked in the mirror and realized I was starting to look…tired. I’ve been tired for years but, in my humble opinion, never really wore the burden of early mornings, late nights, and not drinking enough water on my face. But when I actually started looking at myself, I quickly realized, oh no honey, we’re going to have to do something about this.

Another funny thing happened a couple of days after I had my anti-aging come to Jesus moment, when I came into the office to pick up some goodies that were delivered during my vacation, I had a surprise package from Olay. When I opened the box and found three products from the brand’s Regenerist line I was immediately faced with a dilemma: Honor the promise I made to my mother when she told me, “Next time you get some of those anti-aging products again, send me some” or honor the dull skin and ever-darkening circles under my eyes and realize I actually am the consumer Olay is talking to with their #BeAgeless campaign and keep the products for myself. I chose the latter. Sorry mom but the universe provided!

I’ve always sort of been ahead of the curve when it came to my skincare regimen. I was using acne cleansers and face washes before my pre-teen skin ever had its first breakout and face masks used to be a weekly regimen right up through college. But then I realized I didn’t have the time or money for those seemingly non-essential indulgences and scaled back on my routine some, but lo and behold the gift of lifeless skin presented itself over the holidays and I had to admit it was time to put a little more effort into my beauty routine after crossing the threshold of 30.

Thankfully, “regenerist” is a much cooler term than anti-aging so I was able to get out of my #ImTooYoungForThis feelings fairly quickly and since I’d already become quite acquainted with the wonders of luminous powder, it didn’t take much for me to embrace Olay’s Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser, Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream, and Luminous Brightening & Protecting Lotion. See how just the use of the word luminous over and over makes you feel like you’re about to glow?

Now I won’t lie and say I’m walking around shining bright like a diamond Rihanna style right now, but I am being proactive about the aging process — which I really don’t want to think about again until I’m 40 — and applying a little tender love and care on the outside also makes me more cognizant of the things I need to be doing on the inside, like drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, and eating more fruits and vegetables. So basically, ain’t no shame in my anti-aging skincare game.

What age did you start using anti-aging products for your face?