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February 28, 2017

Get The Look…Castillo Styles Halle Berry’s Hair

At the 89th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, California, Halle Berry shined on the red carpet in her sparkling gown and voluminous curls. Her go-to stylist, Castillo, used MOP salon haircare products to create this glamorous and whimsical look.

unnamed-22Hairstylist: Castillo

Inspiration: Natural beauty, natural curls

Look: Asymmetrical Curly Afro, imagery here

I started with MOP mixed greens shampoo and conditioner to moisturize the hair.

On damp hair, I added the lemongrass whip to the roots for lift and added volume, then applied the MOP c-curl defining cream to midshaft through the ends.

Next, with the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Hair Dryer and SoftTouch 2 Diffuser I diffused sections of the hair.

As soon as the hair was completely dry I used the T3 Whirl Trio Curling Iron to create different sized curls to clean up the look.

Last, I sealed the entire look in with the MOP c-system hairspray.

“It was a joint process, that took around two weeks to decide on. Halle’s been wearing her hair natural lately and we really wanted to create a style that embodied her whimsical spirit. She was blown away with the finished look, she said she felt absolutely amazing.”

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February 24, 2017

Get The Look: ESSENCE’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards!

Last night marked the 10th anniversary of ESSENCE’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards! Gabrielle Union hosted the event and Danielle Brooks slayed the red carpet with her luscious locks!  Below, find the step by step guide on how celebrity hairstylist, Larry Sims gave each woman a sleek and fabulous with Schwarzkopf GLISS, Schwarzkopf got2b, and Smooth ‘N Shine!


Gabrielle Union

How to Get the Look

  1. Start off by washing hair using  Schwarzkopf GLISS™ Oil Nutritive Shampoo & Conditioner
  2. Next, blow dry the hair out prepping with Schwarzkopf got2b Guardian Angel Flat Iron Balm 
  3. Take a feather razor and create a chin length textured bob
  4. Continue by using a dime sized curling barrel, wrapping hair loosely around the barrel in opposite directions leaving ends straight. Wrap pieces away from the hairline to give a water wave finish over the left eye
  5. From there, take a blow dryer to create a broken up textured look. Use Schwarzkopf got2b Mess-Merizing Hairspray to add more texture.
  6. Tuck hair really tight behind the right ear and make sure edges are laid down with Smooth ‘N Shine Edge Smoothing Pomade
  7. Use Schwarzkopf got2b Glam Force Hairspray for a firm hold to complete the look!
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February 24, 2017

Women’s Health reveals: beauty companies are no longer reduce the green convo to whether a product is “natural” or “organic”.


Information provided by Health Magazine: Our modern lifestyles are rough on the planet, and it shows. In the magazine’s October issue, Women’s Health reveals how beauty companies are no longer reducing the green convo to whether a product is “natural” or “organic”. They’re paying attention to every single way their ingredient sourcing and manufacturing processes affect you and the earth. Since, navigating these new waters can be murky, we’ve created a primer on what to look for next time you shop the beauty aisle.

A few tips and corresponding product picks:

  • Avoid Microbeads: Those plastic balls in face scrubs found their way into waters, fish, and now us. Last year Congress passed the Microbead-Free Waters Act, banning manufacturing of the ingredient by next year. Look for products with jojoba wax instead – a plant-based ingredient that is biodegradable.

o   DUNES (Gentle Face Exfoliant, $35)

  • Recycle Through the Brand: Some companies have created programs that make recycling easier than ever. Burt’s Bees has a program for all of its lip-care products – and you can print a prepaid mailing label from their website.

o   BURTS BEES (Tinted Lip Balm, $5)

  • Look for Refillable Containers: Using the same bottle or container eliminates even the energy it takes to recycle. Makeup compacts are the easiest place to make the switch. Some boutiques sell products out of giant vats and into a bottle that you can continually reuse. Check out Common Good, which has 200 refill stations nationwide.

o   JANE IREDALE (PurePressed Base, $42, and Compact, $18)

  • Be Water-Wise with Concentrates: Avoid buying skin products where water is listed as the first ingredient. Balms and serums can deliver ingredients into skin without the need for water. The United Nations estimated that 1.8 billion people will live in regions with absolute water scarcity by 2025 – so wasting a drop on your beauty routine is practically a crime against humanity.

o   ONE LOVE ORGANICS (Skin Savior Multi-Taking Wonder Balm, $49)

  • Check the Seal: Look for labels that say Ecocert, Cradle to Cradle, Fair Trade Certified, or Rainforest Alliance. Any of them mean these products went through a third-party vetting process to prove they meet sustainability guidelines.

o   MRS. MEYERS (Daily Soap Bar, $3.99)

  • Choose Biodegradable: Cleansers and cleansing wipes eliminate the need for water – and you can trash them.

o   YES TO (PrimRose Oil Facial Wipes, $6)

  • Be Careful with Glass: In theory glass can be recycled, but the reality is that different colors don’t always get sorted, and transporting them can increase CO2 fumes. To be sustainable, buy glass items with longer shelf lives, like fragrances, or products made in small batches to minimize waste.

o   MCMC Fragrances (Maine Perfume Oil, $45)

  • Plastic Isn’t Always Bad: It’s light-weight, which means fewer CO2 emissions when shipped than glass – and at least a portion of many bottles consist of post-consumer recycled content (PCR). Some brands use 100 percent PCR plastic recovered from the ocean.

o    METHOD (Refreshing Body Wash, $6)

  • Don’t Always Assume Natural is Better: If the only way to get the natural version is by schlepping to some far-flung place – which could take more energy and release more CO2 emissions – it could actually make more sense to use a synthetic version. When you do opt for a natural product, look for local, sustainably grown ingredients.

o   TATE HARPER (Lip and Cheek Tint, $36)

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February 23, 2017

Spring Cleaning Can Be a Breeze! Get Your Home Organized, Clean and Ready for Spring


Step 1: Get organized and have the right tools

Have a plan. Make a realistic list of what you want to accomplish and stick to it. Also, make sure you have what you need in terms of equipment before you start: vacuum with extra bags, cleaning products, cloths, gas for the lawn mower, sharpened clippers for the hedges… whatever is on your list of things to tackle, make a secondary list of the tools you will need to get the job done. There’s nothing more distracting than having to stop everything to make a trip to the local supply store. Start with that, armed with your to do list, and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and delay.

Step 2: Start with decluttering

There are two things that contribute to clutter. Number one is the fact that we often don’t put things in the right place — which is because we often don’t have a ‘right place’ for it. Two, we have too much stuff. This becomes patently obvious when you discover boxes in the basement of things that you never unpacked, from two moves ago!

There are four areas of the house that are typical clutter zones:

•    Kid bedrooms

•    Mud rooms or entranceways

•    Dining room

•    Garage or sheds

For the kids bedrooms, see the tips below on how to ‘get everyone involved’. The mud room and garage are places where everyone tends to drop things on their way to another part of the house. So go back to the plan in Step 1 and figure out where everything is going to go. If everything has a place and everyone knows what those homes are, in time, fewer things will get dropped in the middle of the room.

You can add storage items to your mudroom or entranceway to make even the smallest space more efficient: Baskets for mittens and hats, racks for shoes and boots, hooks for bags. The garage or shed would benefit from the same treatment: hooks for shovels and rakes, metal storage racks with buckets for odds and ends.

As to the dining room? Make a new rule: anyone who dumps stuff on the dining table will find it in the garbage in short order (if it’s homework, you may just want to hide it away for a day or two!) The whole family will learn quickly enough!

Step 3: Get everyone involved

Speaking of learning, there are kids out there (somewhere) who are super efficient and keep their toys properly organized in color coded boxes, neatly stacked in the playroom. Okay… now back to reality. No kids do that, but they can learn to. They can learn that every toy, book and article of clothing has a home and that home is not the living room sofa.

If your kids are little, print a picture of whatever needs to go in which box, shelf or basket and tape it to the front of the receptacle, so they learn where everything goes. Cooperation is best achieved with a little incentive: the good stuff like video games or tablet time need to be dependent on having a tidy room and the prompt removal of toys from the common areas at the end of a day of playing…

Are you living with a tiny hoarder? It might be time for some ninja stealth action when they are out of the house and clear some of the toys from their rooms. Tip? Don’t throw the toys out right away. Store them in the basement or garage in a plain box for a month before tossing them, just in case it turns out you tossed out something they had their hearts set on keeping. Don’t worry: you’ll hear about it soon enough! 

Step 4: Big items get done first

The sense of achievement you’ll feel if you get a few of the big things out of the way make the rest of the smaller tasks easier.

Like what?

•    Flipping and cleaning the mattresses (Tip: Throw some baking soda on your mattress and leave it for a few hours before vacuuming it of. It will neutralize any odors. You can also drag it outside for some sunlight, which has the same effect, but it’s not always a practical option!)

•    Steam cleaning the carpets (Need an easy fix for dents made by heavy furniture in the carpet fibers? Put an ice cube in each dent and let it melt. When it has melted and the area is dampened, take a cloth and blot the excess water and iron the area, again with a towel over top. Once the area is dry, you’ll be able to fluff up your carpet fibers so they look as good as new!)

•    Emptying and cleaning out the refrigerator or freezer

Once some of these bigger chores are done, reorganizing the junk drawer in the kitchen won’t seem daunting at all.

Step 5: Inside And out

Don’t forget to look beyond the walls of the house to the garden areas. Stand on the sidewalk or in front of your house and look at it: does it look like you could put it on the market to sell it? No? Time to add to the list from Step 1. Whether it’s a coat of fresh paint or a spray wash, fixing shutters or hanging baskets, trimming the bushes or raking up the leaves from last fall, there’s always plenty to do outside. This is another great area to get the kids involved, since they benefit from a breath of fresh air too! No job seems quite as bad with the sun shining on your head!


Art Freedman is the founder and CEO of Max Warehouse your one stop shop for all your home and garden needs from home organization and improvement, to auto and lawn care and everything in between. They have your back!  With free shipping over $50, you no longer need to spend your weekends in the aisles of home improvement stores.

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February 15, 2017

My Skin & Co. Exfoliating Scrub is a definite “must add” product for your skin



If you’re heading out on Spring Break in the next few weeks, the My Skin & Co. Exfoliating Scrub is a definite must add product for your skin and shaving prep routine. The scrub comes out as a white, shave- cream like formula infused with fine, granular exfoliating beads so that it is gentle enough to use on your face or sensitive skin, but can also be used on legs and other areas as well. The formula is not as coarse as most typical salt scrub exfoliators, but it’s one of the most effective exfoliators I’ve used.

The application is effortless, clean, and a little can go a long way. Infused with organic tea tree oil and white and black willow bark extract, the scrub invigorates the skin as it deep cleans pores, polishes away dullness, and helps eradicate ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and inflammation. This is a great all- around product for both girls and guys, and can be used on the face or body (bikini, under arms, legs, etc).

The results are amazingly smooth and fresh feeling, and it preps skin for an incredibly close shave. The first time I used the Exfoliating Scrub before shaving, I could not believe how smooth my legs were- they almost felt like they had been waxed (minus the pain, price, and effort)!


The Exfoliating Scrub is $18.95 and available online via


Guest post by Antonia Rutter

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February 9, 2017

Top Money Saving Fashion Tips For Women In College

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So you’re in school and you can’t wait until you’re in your career and making big bucks, so that you can start to add to your wardrobe on a regular basis and really begin turning heads. Besides the clothes that you may already have in your collection, it might not be realistic for you to look at designer labels or even consider going on huge shopping trip, but that doesn’t mean that you have to dress drably. In fact, college is the time that a lot of women start to prepare for dressing in more professional settings while still having the freedom that youth affords them. Follow these tips for making your wardrobe fun, chic and perfect for any occasion, while you save the majority of your cash for college related expenses.

1. Thrift Stores Are Your Friend

If you haven’t ever been inside of a thrift store, you’re going to make both consignment stores and resale shops your new secret fashion weapon. Although most of the clothing sold at thrift stores is used, it can still be one of the best ways for you to find glamorous gowns, fitted blazers, designer jeans and accessories galore. Unlike reading MBA program details online, shopping for gently used clothing at thrift shops can be done in minutes.

2. Swap Clothes With Friends

It is likely that at least one of your friends is around the same dress size as you, and even if you don’t share the same fashion aesthetic, you can still share and swap clothing on occasion. You’re in luck if you have several girlfriends who have rapidly changing wardrobes, as their castoffs can make great additions to your own. Don’t turn down the opportunity to share clothes with your friends as you can make fabulous fashion pairings with the clothes in your closet when they are combined with a few new and unique pieces.

3. Shop For New Clothes Off Season

Although college students and women in general enjoy buying new clothes and then wearing them out and about almost immediately, it is worth shopping out of season. It may be difficult for you to adjust to shopping for your bathing suits and sandals in the fall and buying winter coats and accessories in the spring, but this move will save you big time. While contemplating the advantages of online MBA vs on-campus MBA, you can also more accurately estimate how much money you will need to spend on new threads each semester.

4. Make It Yourself

Not all college students get in the habit of making their own clothing, but those that do often have more expansive wardrobes, and fatter wallets to boot. Start sewing simple pieces, like ponchos and tunics so that you can improve your seamstress skills. Eventually you will get so comfortable with your sewing machine that you will be able to whip up new designs without a pattern, saving money in the meantime and still looking gorgeous.

During college, you will need to be highly resourceful in order to stay trendy without going over budget. Use these tips so that you can focus on completing your MBA, and look great at the same time.


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February 8, 2017

How to Look Your Best Naturally at College


Whilst you’re at college, most students don’t have the funds to afford expensive cosmetics and beauty products. However, looking good on campus is often essential for many college students, especially if you’re looking for MBA career opportunities after graduation and could run into a prospective employer at any time. We’ve listed some simple beauty tips to help you look your best at all times without having to spend a lot.

Invest in a Good Moisturizer

If you’re going to splash out on any beauty products at all, make sure that the product you choose is a good facial moisturizer. Using it daily will make your skin look and feel better than any expensive foundations could, and it’ll also help you to fight the signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines. You should also choose a moisturizer that has SPF included, as this will protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, which are always present, even if it’s not a hot day.

Stay Hydrated

When it comes to looking after your appearance, making sure to drink enough water throughout the day plays a huge part. There’s nothing better than pure water for cleaning out the various toxins from your body and rehydrating you, giving you clearer skin and stronger hair and nails. Along with helping you to look your best, drinking plenty of water throughout the day will also improve your overall physical health and even increase your focus look at careers with an MBA. Drinking water throughout the day also helps to keep your teeth clean, avoiding plaque and keeping your pearly whites shining.

Eat Protein

Getting plenty of protein in your diet will significantly improve your overall health, appearance and your figure. High protein diets are some of the best for losing weight, even if you haven’t got the time to work out every day. Along with that, some high-protein foods such as many types of fish are also high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which can help to improve the condition of your skin, hair and nails, along with giving you more energy and reducing the appearance of dark circles and bags under the eyes.

Sleep Well

If you’re not getting enough sleep at night, this can soon begin to take its toll on your health and your appearance. Sleep deprivation can lead to skin problems, tired eyes, dark circles, and even early signs of aging! Getting enough sleep enables your body and your mind to recover from the stresses of the day.


Getting enough physical exercise will help you to keep your figure maintained and improve your overall appearance. Exercise is not only effective for weight loss, it also helps to flush toxins out of your body through sweating, which will lead to clearer skin, less spots, and healthier hair and nails.

There’s no need to spend money on expensive beauty products to improve your appearance in college. These are all easy and inexpensive ways to naturally look your best.

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February 7, 2017

Top Ways to Put Together a Professional Wardrobe on a Tight Budget

Now that you’ve almost finished your master of education in learning, cognition and development degree it’s time to start thinking ahead to your future career. Because you will be working in a professional environment, professional business attire is necessary. The problem is that it can be rather expensive to build a wardrobe suitable for work.

Not to worry as we’ve got some great tips that you can use to build a professional and work appropriate wardrobe, even on your tight student budget. You’ll be able to show up for interviews looking polished and ready to get to work.

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Stick to the Staples

Before you get lured in by trendy designs, it’s important to pick up the staples. Any work appropriate wardrobe is built on a few key pieces that can be mixed and matched with other, less expensive pieces.

Your key pieces should be a couple pairs of good quality trousers in a neutral shade (black, grey, brown, or navy), and a blazer to match each pair. You don’t necessarily have to purchase the items as a “suit”, but sometimes that can prove to be cheaper. You will also want to pick up one knee length simple black dress that can be paired with one of the blazers and/or a blouse.

For these key pieces you want to pick items that don’t have prints and designs on them. These tend to be trendy so before you know it, they will be out of fashion. As well, they don’t always come off as professional.

Keep Shoes and Purses Neutral

When it comes to footwear and purses/bags you want to keep these neutral as well. There’s no need to have multiple pairs of shoes in every color of the rainbow. Use the rule of sticking to the staples and pick a pair of comfortable black or brown shoes. The same goes for your purse, a simple neutral colored bag is the best way to go.

Let Accessories Do the Talking

If your wardrobe of staples and neutrals feels a bit bland, there are inexpensive ways you can dress it up. Look to use accessories that add color and style. A fun necklace, a chunky cuff bracelet, drop earrings, these are the sorts of items that can totally change the look of your outfit.

Watch for Sales

And of course the last tip is to watch for sales. With the amount of sales, coupons, and promotions that stores offer, there is really no reason that you should be paying full price for anything. If you can shop off-season you’ll manage to save even more.

A Wardrobe You Feel Confident In

Building a wardrobe that is work appropriate will be a big step in landing your first job after completing your online MELCD degree program. There’s also the fact that when you’re dressed well, and you fit into the environment, you can’t help but feel confident and good about yourself. This is something that is sure to impress potential employers.


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February 3, 2017

Home Decor and Roof Repair- Getting a New Roof and Decorating your Home

Whether you urgently need to replace your current roof or are in the middle of an ongoing roofing project, there are always professionals who can help. There are different reasons why you may need to invest in a new roof. The roofing process can be challenging but in the end it is always assuring to know that you have a properly installed roof that will protect your home.

New Roofs

Some of the reasons for considering new roofs include increasing the value of your home, moving into a new home, leaks as well as signs of damage and the adverse effects of extreme weather conditions such as storms. The life expectancy of roofs varies, with many being expected to last for approximately 10 years. It is highly recommended for home owners to think about replacing their roofs, especially if the roof is significantly older.


Waiting until roofing problems such as mold and water leaks occur should be avoided. A roof that is in bad condition does not only ruin the appearance of your home, it can be extremely hazardous for you and your loved ones.

Leaking roofs can cause mildew and mold problems to develop around the home. Mold issues are not usually discovered until the installation of a new roof. At this point, you and your family may be susceptible to the health challenges that are associated with mold spores. Keeping a leaky roof is not worth risking your wellbeing for. Click here for PRC Roofing.

Energy Efficiency

Along with being a valuable addition to your home, new roofing may enable you to save money. Modern roofing offers improved energy efficiency. If you rely on older roofing technology, you may be missing out in the benefits of an energy efficient roof such as reduced cooling and heating bills. A good roof also contributes to the general comfort of your home.


Home Decor- Furniture and Space Utility

  • A critical aspect of effective home decor is furniture arrangement. Furniture is not only functional, it is decorative as well. It should always be arranged in a way that utilizes the amount of space available while enabling people to relax, engage in conversation, move around and enjoy being in the room.
  • If the space you have is limited, avoid cramming several pieces into it. For people who have large spaces, it can be challenging to determine what to do with all the space. Combine pieces such as sofas, chairs and tables strategically within small spaces. The goal is to have the furniture you need without compromising on the amount of space that you actually have.
  • For smaller spaces, there are different furnishing options that you can creatively use to such as corner seating that does not require a lot of room. Incorporate empty spaces in your decor. Spacious rooms do not be filled to the brim.


As long as you maintain a sense of balance, each room will serve its purpose effectively. When furniture is a priority, you should design and decorate your home while considering the sizes of the rooms. Space utility is a major component of any decorating endeavor.


Isabella Rossellinee is a freelance writer and research consultant. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking and traveling around the world. She attributes her success to mentorship. For more information about PRC roofing, please go to the site.

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January 31, 2017

5 Fashion Tips for Lab Workers


Every morning, we face the sometimes tricky question of what to wear. On workdays, the answer to this question becomes a bit easier. After all, formal wear is easier to choose than casual wear. But if your workplace is a laboratory, you will have a hard time finding something stylish to wear to work.

A lab setting is different from that of an office, as you will find out when you start your medical laboratory scientist program online. For one, your dress code must adhere to strict safety regulations. And to be honest, a ubiquitous white lab coat hardly makes a fashion statement. But, you can still be stylish. If you try hard enough, you can even overcome the public perception of “scientists” as unkempt workaholics.

Dress Stylishly, but Follow Safety Regulations

Labs are full of hazardous materials and equipment. This makes them dangerous places to work in if you are not careful. For this reason, regulations require lab workers to adhere to a strict dress code.

Wear Your Hair in a Ponytail, Up-do, or Bob

Although you are free to dress as you please in a lab, how you do your hair can put you at risk of injury. Bunsen burners can singe or burn long hair if it is not in a bun or up-do. To avoid having to hold your hair up every time you visit a lab, try a ponytail or short bob style.

Leave Sandals and Open Toe Shoes at Home

As stylish as they might look in an office, open toes shoes have no place in a lab. You are also not allowed to wear sandals, even on casual Friday. These two types of footwear leave your foot or parts of it exposed to chemical spills. So, to maintain a sense of style in the lab, go for cute loafers or better yet, tall riding boots. The latter are sexy and contrast sharply with the “unkempt scientist” stereotype.

No Short Skirts, Dresses and Shorts

Showing a bit of flesh is all well and good outside the lab. After all, having pursued a medical laboratory scientist program online is no reason to wear drab clothes. But in the lab, short hemlines expose your skin to hazardous chemicals.

So, as much as you love being sexy, keep hemlines below the knee. And if you detest wearing long skirts or dresses, wear leggings or pants instead.

Wear Short Sleeved Tops

Billowy or long sleeves peek under the lab coat and risk being stained by chemicals or ignited by Bunsen burners. To avoid the possibility of this happening, wear short or three-quarter sleeves.

Avoid Bulky Clothes

As most labs are cold places to work in, freezing is part of a lab workers job description. That is, unless you are working with Bunsen burners. So to keep warm, you will be tempted to wear bulky clothes under your lab coat.

A good alternative to bulking up is wearing thin layered clothes. You can peel off a few of them if it gets warm. And when temperatures drop, make sure you have a light cardigan or jacket nearby.

Despite the sterile environment and strict dress code, being fashionable in a lab is still possible. Simply mind how you wear your hair and although the lab is cold, avoid the temptation to wear bulky clothes.


About the Author: Maggie Hammond is a retired nurse and freelance writer, exploring and writing in the U.S. in retirement. An advocate for public health and nursing qualifications, she feels passionate about raising awareness of the current strain on public health organizations.

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