March 14, 2018

natura brasil is beautiful skincare for all seasons

If you are not familiar with the skincare line natura Brasil, you certainly will be now. I am loving the skincare products, mainly their exfoliating soap and dry Body Oil. Of course, I always have to share my finding with my daughter and she is loving the restorative hair mask.

natura Brasil Skincare is not your average skincare and they make perfect gifts. Weather your skin is dry from the winter weather or dry from the hot summer sun, nutura Brasil has a skincare line that will satsify any skin concern any time of year.

The exfoliating soap is fabulous and both my husband and I use it. The Maracuja seeds found in the soap delivers a non abrasive, natural exfoliation and has a nice delicate fragrance. The exfoliating soaps are vegetable based soap made in the Amazon containing a blend of pure Brazilian oils including soothing Maracuja oil. This soap feels fabulous on your skin and the Vitamin E helps to keep your skin healthy and glowing.   Natura Brasil’s Expert Tip when using the soap:  Follow with Maracujá Triple Phase Shower Oil to lock in moisture.

View the collection of vegan soaps which are sustainably made in the Amazon: Castanha, Maracuja, Acai, Cacau and Copaiba at Natura Brasil
One of my favorites from the Natura Brasil skincare line is the Dry Body Oil. I absolutely love it.  I have never used a dry oil that quickly absorbs into the skin and dries so fast. Simply spritz the oil onto your skin (adding extra oil to really dry skin) and gently rub in the oil. The oil drys so fast you never feel oily or greasy and your skin will feel so soft immediately. It’s my favorite and I love using it. The Dry Body Oil is formulated with nourishing castanha oil from Brazil and natural almond, olive and borage oils.

Natura Brasil’s Expert Tip: Massage into cuticles to instantly soften them and to leave nails with a healthy sheen.

My daughter tells me the MURUMURU Reconstructive Hair Mask is “Awesome”.  She has very thick hair and the mask adds a softness to it making her hair feel silky and shiny. You only apply a small amount to clean wet hair, massage in and leave on for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing out. Gone are the days when hair masks need 15 to 20 minutes or longer to work their magic.

MURUMURU Reconstructive Hair Mask  helps repair dry, damaged and over processed hair. It is also perfect for textured or curly hair. It is formulated with Brazilian murumuru butter to deeply penetrate and repair hair fibers and sealing split ends.

nutra Brasil Skincare is formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, PABA, petroleum, triclosan, DEA and animal ingredients.

Natura’s mission, since 1969,  has been to help build a better world through our commitment to transparency, sustainability and well-being.
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March 14, 2018

Amber Heard Wears Alias Mae Again!

LOS ANGELES, CA – March 13, 2017 – Amber Heard was spotted wearing Alias Mae in Los Angeles yesterday. The actress enjoyed a day at the Silverlake Farmers’ Market wearing Alias Mae ZULU Boot in Black Patent ($239.95;
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February 15, 2018

The Magic of Bare Alchemy is in the bulb

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February 8, 2018

Defend your hair in this brutal cold weather with Maple Holistics Silk 18

This past month, the weather has been brutal. I’m have a difficult time with extremely dry skin but even a bigger problem with my hair. My hair is very dry, right down to my scalp. When my hair is dry, my curls don’t curl and I have to pin my hair up. My scalp is itchy and I’m very uncomfortable. I use a variety of different hair conditioners but I found an amazing one that works very well and offers extra softness to my hair that other conditioners do not.

Maple Holistics Silk 18, is a natural Hair conditioner formulated for all hair types especially my hair type “dry, damaged, curly and color treated hair”.  The glycerin in this conditioner does a great job hydrating my hair and reducing my dry itchy & flaky scalp.  Maple Holistics Silk 18  contains “18 Silk Amino Acids for Soft Beautiful Hair and Strong Thick Hair Growth”. You can definitely notice the softness and moisture in your hair and scalp as you only need a small amount to do the trick.

Maple Holistics Silk 18 is Sulfate Free, paraben free silicon free and cruelty free.

The following properties in Maple Holistics Silk 18  make this conditioner a must have.

The Keratin in Silk 18 provides Therapeutic Pro-Vitamins and is antioxidant rich. Silk 18 smooths split ends and moisturizes dry hair.

Aloe Vera,  Green Tea,  Jojoba Oil and Sea Buckthorn work together to strengthen hair. The Shea Butter leaves straight wavy or curly hair softer smoother & shinier.

One of my favorite features is the detangling feature, especially if you have curly hair. Silk 18 is hypoallergenic and can be used by both men and women and even kids. Even the bottle is eco friendly.  Learn more about Maple Holistics and there products at

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February 8, 2018

Christine Evangelista Wears 21HM!

LOS ANGELES, CA – February 5, 2017 – Christine Evangelista was photographed wearing 21HM to the DirecTV Now Super Saturday Night in Minneapolis over the weekend! The Arrangement actress added 21HM’s Hoop Earrings($25; to complete her chic look.
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February 7, 2018

Expert Tips: Do You Need to Vet Your Valentine?

This Valentine’s Day—before looking for the perfect gift or planning a romantic date—ask yourself an important but often overlooked question: Is my valentine a criminal?

It’s easy to get caught up in the emotions of love, or perceived love. But doing so can have potentially dangerous consequences. As an example, here is the story of one online dater who believed she had found the man of her dreams, when in fact she had found a monster. It turned out that he was a felon who had seduced, swindled and terrorized multiple women, many of whom he had met on online dating sites. With drug charges, gun charges, and restraining orders, one detective called him “a ticking bomb, capable of unpredictable violence.”

To ensure you don’t end up in a similar situation, do your own due diligence in discovering everything you should know about the person you’re dating. Keep in mind that online dating sites do not vet their members. Here are five ways to vet your valentine:

1. Do A Reverse Image Search
Don’t wait until you’re emotionally invested in your valentine to do a reverse image search of this person’s dating pictures. At the influence of someone at work who told her “the guy doesn’t want to meet you … maybe it’s not even him,” one online dater we wrote about uploaded her crush’s photo to a reverse image search and discovered social media accounts belonging to another man. She confronted her online crush and demanded an explanation, but this “catfish” continued to deny he was pretending to be someone else.

2. Check For Mutual Friends
Is your online dating match friends with anyone you know? If so, asking this person his or her opinion of your match can potentially give you a better idea of who this person really is. To discover mutual friends, check out the social media profiles of your match. Ask those people their opinion of your crush. You never know what stories might be shared.

3. Keep To Communicating Via The Dating App
If someone asks you to take your communications outside the dating app, pause. That could be a red flag. Online dating scammers use this tactic to distance themselves from the dating site and therefore links to his or her crime. Knowing that it’s more unlikely that you’ll report suspicious activity or abuse if you don’t communicate via the dating site, a scammer might make an excuse like, “My membership is almost expired. Why don’t we talk via text?”

4. Do A Background Check
A background checking service such as BeenVerified is a valuable tool that can potentially help you learn more about the background of someone you met via online dating. You can potentially verify his or her identity, discover social networks, check their criminal history, marital status, and more.

5. Trust Your Instinct
One powerful tool is your instinct. If at any point your instincts kick into gear and you don’t feel right about something this person is saying, you’re probably right. Don’t just take your valentine’s word for it. Ask questions and see how he or she reacts. If this person is having a hard time giving straight answers or provides only vague answers, you might be dealing with a catfish or a disingenuous person. And if your valentine doesn’t want to meet in person at all, consider this a reason a find another one, as this is another telltale sign of a scammer. Stay safe this Valentine’s Day by getting to the heart of who your valentine really is.

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February 7, 2018

Check out for giveaways and upcoming events

Details on’s February Beauty Basket Giveaway:
This month the basket includes products from Conair, Simple, Aquaphor, Ban, Sally Hansen, Milani, Revlon, NYX and more! The Contest runs from now through 2/28/18, winners will be chosen on 3/10/2018 and notified by 3/15/2018.
Please visit their Facebook page ( and like, then enter to win on our page. You can also enter on our website at
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February 7, 2018

Sofia Vergara Wears Endless Rose!

LOS ANGELES, CA – January 29, 2017 – Sofia Vergara was spotted wearing Endless Rose, while shopping over the weekend in Beverly Hills, CA. The Modern Family star kept things chic and casual in the Fringe Sweater (, $75).
Photo Credit  BACKGRID USA
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January 2, 2018

BEST HAIR TIPS FOR GIRLS WITH NATURAL CURLS International Stylist and Curl Master Creator of The Doux Gets Real About Real Hair

The Doux

People with wavy or curly hair are always looking for new products, tips and tricks to lock in their desired look. Whether they want to blow it straight, create looser curls or maximize their tighter coils, Maya Smith, Celebrity Hair Stylist, salon owner and creator of The Doux, the “Indie” haircare line with cult following now available at Target, is truly the master. Here she shares her best tips for girls with curls who want to revel in their natural hair and create a style they love.

Understand the battle between oil and moisture.

The first thing people must understand is that there are opposite things going on at the same time. “Due to the shape of curly haired strands, the hair tends to be under moisturized. On the other hand, the curly haired scalp can get very oily. Managing these opposite demands is the struggle of girls who wish to keep their curls. The key here is knowing how best to address both,” explains Maya who led the movement for women to transition from relaxers to natural curls.

Be gentle when washing curly hair.

According to Maya, kinky, thick, coiled textures tend to appear “tough” and strong enough to withstand heavy manipulation. “In my experience, these hair types are actually the most delicate, and should be handled with care, she recommends.”

Step One: Pick your products wisely.

Maya applied over 2 decades of research and development based on working knowledge of hair texture and listening to what people wanted. “I created The Doux™ SUCKA FREE Moisturizing Shampoo and FRESH RINSE Moisturizing Conditioner as the one-two step that delivers both deep cleaning plus exceptional nourishment necessary for styling.” It’s now available in Target stores and the full product line is available online at 

Step Two: Prep for shampoo.

Maya’s professional instructions for curl mastery begins with rinsing hair thoroughly with water for a minimum of 30 seconds. “This helps to eliminate any water-soluble product buildup, such as hair gel or heat protectant. It also helps you save shampoo! Assuming you’re shampooing in the shower, letting the water run over the hair in a downward motion helps prevent further tangling, and allows the hair shaft to swell and the curl pattern to fully rebound.” For those with extremely thick hair, Maya suggests separating hair into 4 sections prior to wetting the hair for increased manageability.

Once the shampoo is applied, Maya recommends light manipulation at the scalp, going from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck. “Squishing” the hair up toward the scalp is a no-no. “Shampooing this way can cause unforgivable tangling and matting. I recommend repeating the shampooing process at least once.”

Step Three: Condition and comb through like a pro. 

If your scalp was properly shampooed, conditioning is easy. “This time, you’re focusing on your thirsty ends first, working upward toward the scalp. Gently detangle with a wide-toothed comb or detangling brush (our favorite is Felicia Leatherwood’s “Brush with the Best” detangling brush) before rinsing, starting at the ends, working up toward to the roots. Remember to rinse with cool water which snaps cuticles shut, locks in moisture, makes your hair shinier and reduces frizz.”

When it comes to “co-washing” or “conditioner washing” Maya equates the popular trend to washing your clothes with fabric softener. “In my experience, co-washing causes build-up on the hair, coating the cuticle and impairing the hair’s natural ability to absorb water. Oils, waxes, and product residue harden on the hair shaft, making it more brittle and less porous over time. When the hair can no longer effectively absorb water, the elasticity of the hair is compromised, leaving the hair “crunchy” and stiff, where it is more likely to break. The result is hair that feels dry and brittle, no matter what product you use to moisturize it,” explains Maya.

One of the things Maya Smith and her team of stylists are known for is their ability to restore hundreds of their clients’ curls, simply by getting them to trade in the co-wash for a gentle, pH-balanced moisturizing shampoo, like The Doux’s SUCKA FREE which properly cleanses hair of product residue. “Once you have the hair thoroughly clean it “drinks” up the necessary amount of moisture, and returns to its natural softness,” Maya clarifies.

Avoid alcohol and kick the crunch to the curb.

Styling products high in alcohol give curls a crunchy feel.  They suck up every last bit of moisture.  Hair spray tends to contain the most alcohol, while gels, mousses and anything that provides hold or lift come in second. “I recommend water-soluble gels that don’t feel sticky on your skin, and aerated mousses or foams that resemble beaten egg whites, to give hair fullness, control, and non-brittle curls,” Maya says.

She adds that she created The Doux so it can be used on hair that is worn curly or straight. “Our clients purchase one set of products, and apply them differently to achieve the style they want. If you’re rocking curly hair today, you’re using The Doux’s Mousse Def and Bonita Afro Balm for softness and definition, and The Light for shine. If you’re wearing a blowout, you’re still using the same products, but applying them less liberally, and using the shine mist as a heat protectant. It’s super simple and easy to follow once you’ve seen the results each of them deliver,” Maya explains. 

Blow-Dry with a diffuser or hooded dryer.

Maya’s first choice for curly styles is to air dry. “If you don’t have the time to air dry then dry with a diffuser or hooded dryer on a low heat setting.  A regular blow dryer nozzle disrupts the curl pattern and focuses hot air on one small section at a time while a diffuser, dries curls evenly for a full, uniform look,” she explains.

Maya recommends always applying a heat-protecting product, then flipping your head upside down using a diffuser at the roots and mid-length making sure to dry the area completely to lock in volume. “It’s important to leave the ends for last, and leave them only semi-dry. Air drying the ends is your best option.”

Care for the curls you were born with!

About Maya Smith:

Maya Smith is an International Master Stylist and Founder of The Doux Salon and haircare line now available in Target. With over two decades of styling experience Maya dedicated two decades to cracking the code on curl care, maintenance and expert styling. When it comes to caring for one’s natural hair and styling it, Maya is the best there is.

While still in high school, Maya got her hair cutting license and graduated from beauty school. Soon after graduating high school, Maya began following her passion and worked as an assistant for celebrity stylist Tracy Johnson. She learned from Johnson and progressed as a hair stylist for celebrities and entertainers. Years later the military wife would relocate to Germany, where Maya opened up her first salon The HoneyComb, a mecca for textured hair care for women from all over Europe, The UK, and as far as Africa. Maya’s unique system of textured hair styling sparked the development of The DOUX® haircare products, first launched overseas, and distributed throughout Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands.  

Currently, Maya leads a carefully selected team of stylists at The DOUX® Salon in Macon, Georgia and on Christmas Eve 2017, celebrated the arrival of The DOUX® in Target stores nationwide. Maya Smith, wife, mom of 5 and savvy business woman is an example not just for women of color but for all women who believe their gifts can impact the world, striving for entrepreneurial endeavors with grace, ease and hustle.

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January 2, 2018

Jessica Alba Wears Silk Laundry!

silk laundry

Jesica Alba

LOS ANGELES, CA – December 18, 2017  –  Jessica Alba was spotted wearing Silk Laundry at the Baby2Baby Holiday Party yesterday in Los Angeles! The business mogul showed off her growing bump while wearing the 90’s Silk Slip Dress in Smoke ($168
For photos  Getty Images
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