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#MKGlam VoxBox!!!

The warm weather is finally approaching, who’s getting ready for a sun-kissed glam look? I have a few  tools to help me get my look together, courtesy of the #MKGlam VoxBox provided by Influenster! This box contains ten Mary Kay products to brighten a spring look and sizzle for summer! Check out the contents:

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  • Mary Kay Translucent Loose Powder
  • Mary Kay Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist
  • Mary Kay Gel Eyeliner in Jet black
  • Mary Kay Lash Love mascara in I <3 Black
  • Mary Kay Nourishine Plus lip gloss in Mango Tango
  • Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush
  • Mary Kay Bronzing Powder
  • Mary Kay Gel eyeliner applicator brush
  • Mary Kay powder brush
  • Mary Kay concealer/cream eye color brush

I’m looking forward to creating glam looks with these  awesome products, stay tuned!!!

Mo

 

 

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Mo’s DIY Produce Wash

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If you follow us on Instagram, you’ve seen random images of produce prep and morning juice blends. I’ve been a #juicehead since 2011, and my trusty Jack Lalanne Classic power juicer is still hanging in there, so I won’t be buying any of the XL, souped-up  juicers as long as this one is still alive and kicking.

Typically I juice for breakfast about 4 days a week, and I’ve recently challenged myself to juice for two meals a day (snacking is still on the table, I’m not a monk…).

Anyhoo, I have been buying double the amount of produce as usual to make my juices, so I’ve decided to make my own produce wash instead of buying it.

Here’s what I mixed up:

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1/2 cup distilled white vinegar

1 tbsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp organic lemon juice (you could also use the juice from half a lemon)

 

Pour everything into a clean spray bottle, shake and spray onto your fruits and veggies. Let sit for about 5 minutes before rinsing. I like to massage and rub the wash all over my produce, then give them a quick “bath” before rinsing . I also store my wash in the fridge.

So, if you’re ramping up your produce intake to boost your level of health, you can save yourself a few bucks making this wash.

Now, to find a fruit that tastes like chocolate………………………………………

 

Are you a #juicehead? I’m always experimenting with new concoctions, what are your faves?

 

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Earth Day Hair Care Tips

Did you know that today is Earth Day? Today we celebrate (and challenge ourselves to contribute to) the efforts and initiatives that have broadened, diversified and mobilized the environmental movement.

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In keeping with honoring the matriarch we all share, Mother Earth, we want to give you a few hair care tips that will not only enhance your hair’s health, but they’re Earth-friendly too!

 

 

 

Condition with olive oil – Olive oil is a penetrating oil, and using it to prepoo, deep condition, seal or prevent dry scalp is a great way to nourish your hair from the inside out and prevent moisture loss.

Skip a shampoo day – Most of us shampoo our hair in the shower, meaning that we’re probably doubling the amount of water consumption. If your scalp desperately needs refreshing, cleanse with Apple Cider Vinegar instead and for oily hair, cornstarch is an awesome substitute for dry shampoo. Sprinkle a few drops of your favorite essential oil for an added scent-ual bonus.

Feed your tresses – For added fats protein to strengthen and nurture, blend half an avocado with one egg yolk and apply to hair from roots to ends. Cover with a warm towel (it is Earth Day, maybe we can skip the plastic cap today?) for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and condition as usual. That unused egg white? Apply it to your face for an oil-reducing, pore-tightening facial. (Awesome, we know…)

Herbal rinse – Depending on your hair needs, herbs like rosemary,  nettle, lemongrass and hibiscus are excellent to make final rinses. Pour boiling water over the dried herbs and allow to steep until cooled (up to overnight is okay). After shampooing and condition, pour rinse over hair and massage in. Keep a bowl under the head to repeat the rinse up to three times. Do not rinse out.

 

We want to wish you the greenest of green Earth Days and let’s make today the start of doing ONE thing every day to preserve our planet. After all, it’s the only place we have to live.

 

Be Exclusively Inclusive!

 

 

 

photo credit:  Flickr

 

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More INHMD News!!!!

In case you hadn’t heard, our founder will be presenting the full version of her “Let’s Talk about TEXture” workshop at the Phoenix INHMD event this year.

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Well, we have more exciting news….not only will we be sponsoring this event by providing VBar samples for VIP attendees, but we are also a Platinum Partner with LA Curly Girls and will be shipping VBar samples to Los Angeles for this event as well!!!!!!!

For tickets to the Phoenix INHMD, click here.

For tickets to the Los Angeles INHMD… oh wait, this event is SOLD OUT!!!! You can join the waiting list in the event more seats become open.

Check out our previous INHMD post and for more information on this once-a-year event, click here.

 

We are so honored to have a presence at both of these events, we can’t wait for May 17!!!!

 

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Ways to Wear It: The Tutu

Ballerinas, princesses, and these days every little girl is wearing one. What about you?

Fear not, we’re going to show you how you can rock your tutu (AKA tulle skirt) in real life, and the only performance will be you strutting down your imaginary runway.

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We found these tutus at Bati’Mamselle Boutique, the newest addition to the Natisse Apparel collection, and they come in three colors currently: silver, ivory and baby pink (not shown).

 

 

 

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We paired the pink tutu with another item from the Natisse Apparel collection, this Josephine Baker tank top. Ms. Baker was SO far ahead of her time in fashion and practically everything else, it was a must that she accompany the tutu…

 

 

 

Two effortless looks later…….

 

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This look could work for dinner with the girls (channeling your inner Carrie Bradshaw) at a funky, non-tourist-y, chic restaurant. Big hair is optional 🙂

 

 

 

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Add a blazer and you’ve got a look that could work for your office holiday party (swap out a pair of sparkly strappy shoes) or even a fashion show, who knows….

 

 

Sure, there are tutus out there that scream “costume”, but in the right tones, paired with the right pieces they can be very fashion forward. The key is to achieve balance (fitted top, no kaleidoscope colors, preferably no flats)with the entire look and allow the tutu to be the focus.

 

The tutu doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon, and we predict that we’ll see them all over the place this summer. If we see you rocking your, don’t be surprised when we ask to take your picture 😉

Do you have a tutu hanging in the back of your closet? How are you going to rock it?? Let us know!

 

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Protective Style Files Vol. 6: “Washing” Hair with Braids

Early on in my hair journey, I read somewhere that shampoo is for the scalp, conditioner is for the hair. I know that this shatters a lot of long-held theories about washing hair, but it’s true. Healthy hair grows from a clean scalp. This makes the old challenge of a cleansing regimen while wearing braids a non-issue.

I usually don’t wash my scalp for the first two week of wearing braids unless I’m in the middle of an extreme workout regimen and I’m sweating daily. After that first two weeks it’s time to clean my scalp, and here’s what I use:20140404-092447.jpg

 

I do an ACV cleanse, mixing one part ACV with three parts water. I saturate my scalp and massage to loosen and lift up and debris, squirt more of the ACV mix and massage, continuing until all of the mixt has been used. I then fill the same bottle with water and rinse my scalp.

For my final rinse I have two black tea bags steeped and cooled, and pour that over my scalp and roots. I could pour all over the braids, but the hair would get very heavy once it’s soaking wet. Instead I pour some of the tea into a spray bottle and lightly spray down the shaft of the braids.

I then seal with my oil mix, and Voila!

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Thanks to Stacy Smith Photography for the photo!!!

 

Mo