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Green Day: Top 5 Organic Cold Weather Moisturizers

Green Day: Top 5 Organic Cold Weather Moisturizers

When the weather changes, so should your skincare routine. The products you used in summer might not fit your skin when temps decline. A good cold weather moisturizer that meets your skin’s specific needs is a must-have no matter the season! First, determine what impact the harsh weather has on your skin. Do you notice any […]

Beauty News: SheaMoisture Bryant Park Holiday Pop Up Shop Now Through Dec. 16!

Beauty News: SheaMoisture Bryant Park Holiday Pop Up Shop Now Through Dec. 16!

SheaMoisture's wildly popular Bryant Park Holiday Shop at 41st Street and Sixth Avenue in New York City, is back! Join Team SheaMoisture this holiday season for personalized hair and skin consultations, expert styling and grooming services, specials, giveaways and events.  The company's award-winning collections have garnered a whopping 15 beauty awards to date, and hair, bath, […]

Spa(ahhh) Day Sunday: DIY Moisturizing Oatmeal Treatment— Or Get Your Hands On Atopalm

Spa(ahhh) Day Sunday: DIY Moisturizing Oatmeal Treatment— Or Get Your Hands On Atopalm

The winter months are growing near, and I know that I’m already starting to see and feel the effects of the colder weather.  Below are some tips and treatments from Skyy Hadley (owner of As “U” Wish Nail Spa in Hoboken, NJ) for keeping your skin, and especially your hands, healthy this holiday season! If […]

Trending—Gift Guide: Asili Holiday Gift Sets

Trending—Gift Guide: Asili Holiday Gift Sets

Check out these holiday gift sets from Asili Bath and Body! I am head-over-heels in LOVE with this high quality, handcrafted body care brand. I've reviewed the yummy Almond Body Butter and can't say enough good things about this ultimate "Ash Kicker". This season, give the gift of indulgence with Asili Gift Sets! These limited-edition kits come complete […]

Product Review—Body Care: Shea Moisture Organic Red Bush and Sage Soap

Product Review—Body Care: Shea Moisture Organic Red Bush and Sage Soap

As a minimalist mommy, I don't have time for a frou-frou morning routine.  Not so.  With a baby under a year old, and a 5 year old to whisk off to school, my mornings are a mad dash. But I do love the small things that make me feel as if I were luxuriating in an […]

Minimalist Must-Have: LaLicious Sugar Reef Body Oil

Minimalist Must-Have: LaLicious Sugar Reef Body Oil

I consider myself something of an oil aficionado. I have tried scores of oils and oil-based products on hair, face, and body. I've read up on the various properties of oils from argan to ylang ylang, and even made a few jojoba-based essential oil blends myself (yes, the Minimalist is a part-time mixtress!) That said, […]

Blinging Baby: Top 5 Baby Suncreens

Blinging Baby: Top 5 Baby Suncreens

Warmer weather finds Blinging Babies and Mommies of all shades exploring the great outdoors! Pass by any park, beach, or  playground, and it's clear that spring is in full "swing." But while you're out and about, remember to protect your little one (and yourself) from the sun's harsh rays! Don't make the mistake of thinking that […]

Budget Baby: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Dusting Powder

Budget Baby: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Dusting Powder

As you can see in this photo, my Blinging Baby is a happy, chubby little girl! Her rolls and folds are plenty, and it's a full time job to keep her sensitive skin clean and dry. Besides staying on top of changes and cleanups to avoid the dreaded diaper rash, I use an all natural diaper […]

Beauty News: Save Your Do by Nicole Ari Parker

Beauty News: Save Your Do by Nicole Ari Parker

Good news, ladies! Now we have one less deterrent to working out. Whether relaxed, natural or somewhere in between, brown women can attest that exercise is the bane of high maintenance hairstyles. But instead of simply avoiding the gym or sporting a sweated-out 'do, actress Nicole Ari Parker came up with a solution! The Save Your […]

Minimalist Product Review: LUSH Ultrablast Toothy Tabs

Minimalist Product Review: LUSH Ultrablast Toothy Tabs

In my quest to become ever more "minimal," I stumbled across an innovative product that is natural and minimum waste: tiny, dissolvable tablets packed with lavender oil, wasabi, sea salt and spearmint. They're weird, they're cool, and they'll change your oral hygiene routine forever! They're LUSH Ultrablast Toothy Tabs. Never heard of them? You're not alone—the soft, chewy […]

Friday Find: LUSH Cosmetics ‘The Ex Factor’ Bath Bomb

Friday Find: LUSH Cosmetics ‘The Ex Factor’ Bath Bomb

February 14th is a big deal. But for those of us who are unattached (or unhappily attached) at such a "love-ly" time of year, the week before Valentine's Day is just as important. That's because February 5-11 is "Dump Your Significant Jerk Week!" The timing couldn't be more perfect. Do you really want to spend (another!) […]

Minimalist Product Review: Arcona Cranberry Gommage Exfoliant

Minimalist Product Review: Arcona Cranberry Gommage Exfoliant

Lately, my typically clear skin has become unrecognizable. My low-maintenance facial routine couldn't contend with my new facial issues: erupting pimples all over, stubborn dry patches on my cheeks, and oily areas on my forehead and nose. My face went completely haywire overnight it seemed, and the usual routine just wasn't cutting it!  Confession: I've been […]

What I’m Trying Now: Jane Carter Solution Twist and Lock

What I’m Trying Now: Jane Carter Solution Twist and Lock

I have been #teamnatural for about 10 years now. Of course, the decision to embrace one's natural hair texture is a personal one, made for many different reasons. Environmental and health-related concerns, cultural consciousness, and even curiosity all top the list of reasons a woman may decide to stop relaxing her strands and "go natural." […]

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