Monday March 3, 2014
After that long kiss Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey planted on wife Camila Alves'†lips last night at the 2014 Oscars, how did that lip color stay put?
Get the deets on the lipstick shade used and the rest of Camila's Oscars red carpet makeup.
More Beauty Looks at the 2014 Oscars.
Photo: Courtesy of Votre Vu
Friday February 28, 2014
While researching foods that are beneficial for the skin, I saw a couple of Internet articles warning readers against using raw eggs in beauty recipes.† The reasoning makes sense--salmonella.
I wrote to one of my friends about this and told her, "Frankly I'd rather eat the (food) ingredients than put them on my face," and she wrote back, since your skin absorbs anything that you put on it, you wouldn't want to use beauty products that you wouldn't eat. It's interesting. †That same day I had read the advice a skin care professional once received:††"Don't put anything on your face that you wouldn't eat."† It's a nice quote, but I wouldn't put a double chocolate chip cookie on my face.
OK, maybe that's a bad example, considering the fact that I really should stop eating those cookies. †But you get the point--as my friend said, anything you put on your face can be absorbed into the skin. There's some debate about that, but it brings me back to the issue of getting salmonella poisoning.† I'd be more afraid of eating an over-easy egg at a restaurant than I would in mixing a raw egg with other ingredients and then putting it on my face. (I was on a five-hour flight from California after eating said over-easy egg and it wasn't pretty.)
I have used raw eggs in beauty recipes a couple of times, but the reason I stopped was because I now only purchase organic eggs and they are way too expensive to waste on my face when there are other ingredients that provide the same skin care results.† But when it comes to homemade beauty, use your common sense.† Here's how:
Common Sense Tips for Using Homemade Beauty Recipes
Then, after reading that, this new article includes some recipes to use on fine lines and wrinkles:
14 Wrinkle Reducers
Photo: Vegar Abelsnes Photography/Photodisc
Monday February 24, 2014
Actress Archie Panjabi, who plays an investigator on The Good Wife, appeared on The Queen Latifah Show today.† She presented Queen Latifah with a jar containing her mother's homemade facial recipe.
Panjabi explained that the facial mask is made from chickpea flour, turmeric and yogurt and is used before weddings in India to give the bride a radiant glow.
On the Queen Latifah Show blog it was also explained that turmeric has antiseptic and antibacterial properties (useful for preventing acne) and also exfoliates the skin, helping to reduce facial lines and wrinkles.
Chickpea flour (also known as besan, gram or garbanzo flour) is a natural cleanser and exfoliates while tightening the skin.
Yogurt binds together the ingredients, but also has healing properties and is cooling and soothing.
Panjabi didn't give the exact amount of the ingredients to use, but I have this recipe:
- 2 teaspoons of chickpea flour
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- 3-4 teaspoons of yogurt
Mix the ingredients together into a paste and apply to the face.† Leave on for about 20 minutes or until the skin begins to tighten, and then rinse.† This mask is especially beneficial to oily skin. †If you have dry skin, you can substitute the yogurt with honey.
You can learn more about turmeric and find more anti-aging and skin care recipes in Turmeric For Beauty? and Turmeric Anti-Aging Recipes for the Face.
Actress Archie Panjabi with talk show host Queen Latifah/Photo: © Sony Pictures Television Inc.
Monday February 17, 2014
At the start of February, which is Black History Month, one of my friends said something to the effect that she didn't celebrate BHM because she recognizes and celebrates black history and achievement all year long.† I agree with that to an extent, but let's face it, if it wasn't for BHM, a lot of African American accomplishments wouldn't be known or recognized.† Very little African American history was taught when I was in elementary school.† I believe only Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver were in the textbooks--and trust me, it was all sugarcoated.† During high school and college, there were black studies classes-- but separate from American history.† It is a shame that it's necessary to have a Black History Month, a Native American Heritage Month and so on, but in my opinion anything that helps black children and the rest of the country learn about our history and the entire American history (warts and all), is fine with me.
I actually enjoy Black History Month.† I often learn new information.† Doing research for a new article called †8 Black Beauty History Facts You Probably Didn't Know was fun and inspiring.† Hope you enjoy reading it. †And if you have any interesting black beauty history facts to share, please do.
You can also learn about black history anytime from Femi Lewis' About.com African-American History site.
Black Cosmetics Pioneers
Photo: Garrett A. Morgan/US Department of Transportation/Wikimedia Commons