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Positioning Your personal Brand for Maximum Impact

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Beauty, Fashion | Comments Off on Positioning Your personal Brand for Maximum Impact

Positioning Your personal Brand for Maximum Impact

Written by: Natalie Jobity We are all familiar with the branding of a product or a company. If I say “Apple” what images come to your awareness? Because of its strong positive brand associations, Apple products are extremely successful, so much so that people will pay a premium just for the privilege of owning an iPhone or iPad. The company has a clearly differentiated brand that hinges on innovation and top notch quality which is communicated at every touch point with the consumer, so that there is no mistaking an iPad from another tablet. Brand positioning is as important for individuals as it is for Fortune 100 companies. Strong public personal brands, including Oprah, Michelle Obama, Martha Stewart, Serena Williams and Lady Gaga all have a unique expression that makes them distinct from any other woman.  These women are household names worldwide because of their unique talent/expertise/platform, but also due to how distinctly they present themselves. Therein lies the power of personal branding. So what exactly is personal branding?  It is your unique value proposition of what you will deliver as an individual. It is what differentiates you from other women in your sphere of influence so that your authenticity and originality shines through. It’s a promise of what others can expect from your performance, whether you are an executive, employee, entrepreneur, artist, celebrity, or performer. Personal branding is every detail about you and how you manage others’ perceptions about you. At its core, it is based on your image. But it is also built upon establishing a reputation for yourself, standing up for what you believe in, showcasing what differentiates you from others, and performing above par (regardless of what you do), on a consistent basis. In my work as an image consultant, I see firsthand how fundamental our “visual presentation” is because of the link people make between what something looks like on the outside compared to what is on the inside. We live in a culture where we do judge a book by its cover. This is why the visual representation of your brand is essential, particularly when you consider that first impressions about you are formed within 30 seconds or less of someone meeting you for the first time. So how does your image stack up? Is it conveying the message you need it to convey to be successful in your field of influence? Here’s a quick way to tell if your personal brand has power. On a scale of 1-10 are you? ·         Memorable? ·         Well differentiated? ·         Reputable? ·         Credible ·         Authentic? ·         Influential? ·         Relevant? If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll discover that you have some work to do to position your brand for power and influence. In truth, we can all do with some brand re-positioning from time to time. As we start a new year, take the time to reflect on your unique personal brand. Think about what the people you want to influence need and expect from you. How do you deliver against that in a way that delights them? How do you want people to experience you? What images does your brand personify? Do you know your perceived brand value? These are important questions to ask yourself as you position your brand for success. Make this the year...

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Quench Dry Thirsty Winter Skin

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Beauty | Comments Off on Quench Dry Thirsty Winter Skin

Quench Dry Thirsty Winter Skin

By Kristen Floyd It’s the time of year when wind can be icy cold, and heat indoors is turned up high.  Both of these extremes can wreak havoc on skin leaving it dry, tight, and begging for moisture.   There are several easy steps you can take to treat your skin with a little extra TLC this winter season.  First, make sure you’re using an appropriate cleanser morning and night; your skin should not feel tight after cleansing.  For more mature skin, or extremely dry skin, a milky creamy cleanser is best.  For sensitive, combination, or even oily skin, an oil cleanser that transforms to gentle foam while cleansing, will remove makeup and impurities yet leave skin with its own natural moisture.  Once you’ve properly cleansed the skin, the next step is a toner.  Toner is an important step; it restores the pH balance of skin so that the moisturizer that follows can be properly absorbed.  Toners come in several varieties for each skin type, such as a calming toner for sensitive skin or an anti-aging toner for more mature skin.  Toner is also a great way to set your makeup once you’ve finished applying, or as a spritz to refresh and rehydrate the skin throughout the day.  After toner, you should follow with an appropriate moisturizer for your skin type.  Sometimes this might even include two different versions, one for AM and one for PM.  For AM choose one that is focused on hydration and thicker than your fall moisturizer, yet absorbs relatively quickly.  For PM choose one that is focused on anti-aging, and thicker or heavier.  At night your skin goes into “repair” mode and can handle a much thicker, more active moisturizer resulting in quicker benefits to your skin.  Two more easy ways to boost the moisture content of your thirsty skin are a hydrating serum, and a thick creamy moisturizing mask.  The hydrating serum can be applied underneath your current moisturizer to boost its efficacy and increase the hydration level of the skin due to its highly concentrated ingredients.  A thick, creamy, moisturizing mask can be used 2-3 times weekly on freshly cleansed skin and left on for the recommended amount of time.  Simply rinse off and then follow with your toner and appropriate daytime or nighttime moisturizer.  Lastly, don’t forget to finish your daytime skincare routine with an SPF.  This is important year round, and will protect your skin from damaging UV rays that are prevalent and drying even in these winter months.  We bundle up to keep warm in the winter by adding extra layers, gloves, scarves and hats…don’t forget to protect your skin with extra layers of moisture and hydration.  Kristen Floyd is an Esthetician, Makeup Artist & Bridal Makeup Specialist at Tranquille Hair & Body in Towson.  She provides facials, chemical peels, waxing, makeup, eyelash extensions and spray tans.  She was named one of Baltimore’s Best for Eyelash Extensions in 2013 by CBS Baltimore.  She is also the writer of the bi-monthly column Beauty Breakdown with Kristen in B Woman Magazine.  Follow her work and view her portfolio on her Facebook page, Makeup and Skin by Kristen Floyd https://www.facebook.com/pages/Makeup-and-Skin-by-Kristen-Floyd/105091762909028?ref=hl.  View the salon and a complete list of services offered at tranquillehairandbody.com.  To reach Kristen directly, email her at...

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Clean Makeup Brushes = Clean Skin and Better Application

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Beauty | Comments Off on Clean Makeup Brushes = Clean Skin and Better Application

Clean Makeup Brushes = Clean Skin and Better Application

By Kristen Floyd It’s a New Year, time for resolutions and restructuring.  Clear away the clutter and start fresh and new.  Speaking of clearing away clutter…when is the last time you went through your makeup bag?  When is the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes?  Makeup has an expiration date, not just in trends, but an actual shelf life.  And makeup brushes can harbor all kinds of bacteria and you can be applying that to your face, over and over on a daily basis.  Makeup brushes should be wiped before/after each use, and thoroughly cleansed once a week.  There are many brands of brush cleansers or cleaners on the market, if they sell brushes; they generally offer a cleanser for them.  There are also several types, a spray cleaner that can be used to clean brushes daily, a shampoo that is used for weekly deep cleanings, and there are even convenient wipes that can be used daily to quickly clean brushes in between uses.  The wipes are especially perfect for when you’re traveling and there are liquid restrictions.  To clean your brushes with the spray cleaner, simply spritz one or two pumps onto a tissue and sweep brush back and forth across the tissue.  You’ll see the makeup come off on the spritzed tissue.  Continue until the brush comes up clean, and deposits no makeup on the tissue.  For the weekly cleaning, use a small amount of the shampoo to cleanse each brush individually.  Wet your brush…being careful to only wet the bristle portion, if you wet the base where the bristles are attached to the handle, this can break down the glue that holds the brush together. Use a small amount of the shampoo and rub gently with your fingers into the wet bristles creating lather.  Then rinse until clean and water runs clear.  If your brushes have not been cleaned in a long time, you may have to repeat the shampoo process to get all of the makeup out.  Then use a towel to gently squeeze out the excess water, re-shape brush and lay out flat on a clean towel to dry.  If you need to speed the drying a process along, simply use a hair dryer on the lowest/coolest setting to help dry the brushes.  Remember, clean brushes perform better, your makeup will look better…and you can be confident that you’re not applying more than just your makeup!   Kristen Floyd is an Esthetician, Makeup Artist & Bridal Makeup Specialist at Tranquille Hair & Body in Towson.  She provides facials, chemical peels, waxing, makeup, eyelash extensions and spray tans.  She was named one of Baltimore’s Best for Eyelash Extensions in 2013 by CBS Baltimore.  She is also the writer of the bi-monthly column Beauty Breakdown with Kristen in B Woman Magazine.  Follow her work and view her portfolio on her Facebook page, Makeup and Skin by Kristen Floyd https://www.facebook.com/pages/Makeup-and-Skin-by-Kristen-Floyd/105091762909028?ref=hl.  View the salon and a complete list of services offered at tranquillehairandbody.com.  To reach Kristen directly, email her at...

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Grow a Better Complexion from the Inside Out

Posted by on Nov 10, 2013 in Beauty | Comments Off on Grow a Better Complexion from the Inside Out

Grow a Better Complexion from the Inside Out

Everybody wants to look younger. The parade of new & improved high-tech skincare formulas for those of us on the other side of middle age continues. Even ‘twenty-somethings’ are now getting botox, collagen injections and dermabrasion, in an attempt to look younger than they are. It’s a booming industry. Nothing against all that – it’s a huge self-esteem boost to look your best. But there are easy things anyone can do to look younger and fresher, while being gentle with their one-and-only face. It all starts on the Inside. Because how you look on the surface is a dead giveaway to how healthy you really are underneath. First, know what you’re working with. Skin is a living, dynamic, unpredictable organ – the largest functioning organ of the body. Everything we put onto our skin is absorbed and quickly goes through every vital organ. Everything we breathe, eat, drink, smoke and feel comes back out through our skin in some way. Our skin breathes out waste and toxins, and takes in oxygen, moisture and nutrients for us. If you respect it and care for it, it will always look younger than its years. Here’s my Short List of “must-do’s” to create a beautiful, glowing complexion at any age: 1. Nourish from the Inside It’s true — you are what you eat! Years of processed food, sugar and alcohol wreak havoc on the most fabulous of faces. Our bodies are starving for real food and pure water to feed new skin cells trying to push their way to the surface. Junk food creates junk cells that don’t look or function as they should. Since we lose 1%-2% of our skin’s collagen (responsible for skin’s elasticity) every year after age 30, healthy diet is one sure way to fight inevitable signs of aging. Fresh, locally grown and organic fruits, meats and vegetables are the best way to go. And not nearly as expensive as poor health! Ditch the “Big Bad 3” – Dairy, Bread and Sugar (sorry, I know I’ll lose friends on that one!) – to minimize symptoms of acne, eczema and rosacea. They each cause more skin, hormone, weight and allergy issues than all other foods combined. 2. Did Somebody say “Water?” Drink at least 8 glasses of clean, purified water each day to hydrate skin and clear out the liver, colon and kidneys. It’s all connected. Happy organs inside means happy skin on the outside. And water cushions delicate disks in the spine for pain-free posture. If you don’t like the taste of just plain water, add slices of fresh lemons, limes or oranges for a ‘spa water’ treat. 3. Supplement For a quick turnaround of dull, lifeless, aging skin, nothing beats the powerful combo of Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin C. Omega 3s are found in salmon, tuna, eggs, olive oil and avocadoes, and can be obtained in supplements from health food stores. Heart-healthy omega 3s reduce inflammation throughout the body, and promote beautiful skin by helping prevent wrinkles, dryness, eczema and psoriasis. Vitamin C helps – absolutely everything! – but is responsible for building new collagen in the skin layers, and helping cells fight off stress and free radical damage. Good C sources are citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwifruit, cantaloupe, sweet peppers and potatoes. When buying C...

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Instant Results for Looking Beautiful & Finding Your Glow

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Beauty, Local | Comments Off on Instant Results for Looking Beautiful & Finding Your Glow

Instant Results for Looking Beautiful & Finding Your Glow

Ever since I was a little girl, I could remember sitting there watching my mother put her makeup on before work.  She was a morning person, always singing, smiling, and hugging all over me.  I remember, thinking how beautiful she looked, and how much she loved her products!  Porcelain skin, and bold green eyes, with long lashes that were breathtaking! I always had a fascination with makeup, most importantly her makeup! Her cosmetic bag filled to the top with Lancôme, Chanel, and also Avon products. I could not wait to get my little hands in it.  I am 41 now, and my hands have been in it for 24 years, doing what I love most “Makeup Artistry.”  My mother was my inspiration, and the journey began with her beautiful face, and now my goal is to touch and inspire all women. We live in a very busy world, where at times we get lost in the shuffle.  As women we take care of everyone around us.  Our children and families come first, juggling careers, and never feeling as though we have enough time.  It is difficult to find balance and more so challenging to feel beautiful.  I want to change this, and I want women to feel the beauty they have possessed all along. Makeup can change the way you look and feel.  You would not believe how a few simple products can deeply make positive changes in your life.  You can change the way you see yourself, and also change the way the world sees you. So, do you need a pick me up?  Are you the woman that wears too many hats, and can’t seem to find the one that sparkles?  You are the one that sparkles!  I am here to open that door, and to help you find the answers you need directly on the other side.  Balance and happiness starts with how you feel about yourself.  As makeup artist’s, we call it “The Glow.”  My favorite part of this journey is the fact it will not break the bank.  I am an artist, not a makeup snob.  So I love products that work, not products that are in the most amazing packages and cost an arm and a leg, and do nothing for us.  Why use a Chanel mascara when a L’Oreal Mascara delivers the same results or even better?  You don’t need one-of-a-kind designer things to feel special.  You need to realize that you are the one of a kind, in this equation!  Although I would never turn down a pair of Christian Louboutin heels.  I have to be honest here! Let’s open that first door together and get to work!  Beautiful skin starts with drinking lots of water, sun-protection, no smoking and a healthy diet.  Working out and feeling great about your body, will create a natural glow!  Make sure to cleanse your skin every night; do not go to bed with makeup.  It clogs your pores! Clean skin is the best skin!  Estheticians in my beauty network that I adore and respect, say that you should invest in a facial every month. I love facials and they do make a difference in the look and feel of your skin!!!  SO this is true!  The only problem is that I do not love...

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Faye Daniel Designs – Creating Life Long Memories for Brides

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Beauty, Fashion, Local, Weddings | Comments Off on Faye Daniel Designs – Creating Life Long Memories for Brides

Faye Daniel Designs – Creating Life Long Memories for Brides

Faye Daniel Designs, a name that conveys class and elegance, is no different from their line of bridal accessories.  Their motto says it all: “You bring the dress, we do the rest…from head to toe.”  They are every bride’s dream, creating customized jewelry, veils, and embellished belts as well as accessories for the bridal party, including mothers of the bride and groom. Randie McConnell founded Faye Daniel Designs in 2004, fulfilling a dream that began for her in childhood. At the age of 11, Randie was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. To pass the time during her five-week stay in the hospital, Randie’s father brought her a baby bracelet kit, which sparked her creativity and what would become a lifelong passion for the art of accessory design. Being inspired by the fashion industry all of her life, Randie decided to take her zeal for jewelry and accessories and create Faye Daniel Designs as a means to offer custom-made accessories to women from all walks of life. The name was inspired by the memories of her grandmother, Faye, and husband, Daniel. Along with her daughter, Lauren, Randie has assembled a group of talented professionals who complete the Faye Daniel Designs team. “My main goal,” says Randie, “is to utilize my attention to detail, insistence on high standards and understanding of my clients’ needs to make Faye Daniel Designs a premier source for personalized custom accessories. Many brides enter Faye Daniel Designs hoping to transform treasures once worn by their grandmothers into a fairytale.  Randie uses her expertise to realize their vision and bring it all to light.    She spends hours consulting with her brides to learn about their aspirations for their wedding day.  Many brides begin by looking for a hairpiece and soon discover how much more Faye Daniel Designs can offer.  Just the experience of dancing through their beautiful showroom gets brides thrilled about all the breathtaking design possibilities. For the brides, the design process starts as soon as they enter the studio. “I begin by building personal relationships with my brides,” explains Randie. “I ask them about their theme and invite them to bring swatches, their Pinterest boards and anything else that will demonstrate their unique style and aspirations for their event. I work with them to put together their complete look.” In terms of selection, Faye Daniel Designs has every material in every color a client could wish for. And if Randie can’t find the perfect component in the studio, she will be sure to unearth it elsewhere.  Randie can create an entirely new custom look, but she also can reinvent vintage pieces with a contemporary feel. Faye Daniel Designs works with brides who are years away from their wedding day and with brides whose big day is right around the corner. Randie always advises prospective brides to contact her as soon as they have chosen their dress, but she is always happy to work with any bride at any point in the planning process. “We never turn anyone away,” assures Randie. Recognizing the demand for unique personal accessories, Randie has developed signature collections of bridal, evening and one-of-a-kind pieces. Faye Daniel Designs’ insistence on artistry and quality ensures that your wedding or special occasion selection will be breathtakingly beautiful and cherished for generations. Let Randie and Faye...

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Wedding Accessory Q&A with Faye Daniel Designs

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Beauty, Fashion, Weddings | Comments Off on Wedding Accessory Q&A with Faye Daniel Designs

Wedding Accessory Q&A with Faye Daniel Designs

With the seemingly endless and often stressful list of tasks to complete before the big day arrives, many brides may be tempted to call their wedding ensemble complete when they have secured the dress. But the addition of a few key accessories can up the glamor quotient considerably and transform a simply pretty wedding gown into the dress of your dreams. FDD’s founder and lead designer, Randie McConnell, answers a few frequently asked questions to make the often bewildering choice of wedding jewelry and accessories a breeze for confused brides. Faye Daniel Designs bride Amy Bryk. Why should I consult with an accessory stylist/designer for my wedding? Randie: An accessory designer or stylist has the expertise to advise a bride and help choose the accessories that will take a specific wedding dress and a bride’s entire look to the next level tastefully. A designer or stylist also can create a custom look that will express a bride’s theme or vision for her wedding day. For example, a designer can create one-of-a-kind seashell jewelry and hair accessories that can make the ever popular beach wedding theme a completely unique expression of an individual bride’s personal style. A designer also can help make the choice of accessories easier for a bride who doesn’t have clear vision of what will work best for her and the gown she has chosen. Statement earrings by Faye Daniel Designs. When is it appropriate to choose statement jewelry and accessories for my wedding? Randie: A bride should choose subtler accessories if she is wearing an embellished beaded dress. She can, however, choose fabulous statement earrings to wear with a beaded gown. A statement necklace is perfect for a simple unembellished or lace wedding gown, and statement hairpieces work beautifully with more elaborate wedding gowns as long as the jewelry is subtle.   What if I am on a tight budget and cannot afford expensive accessories? Randie: Accessory alternatives are always available at FDD for the bride on a budget. If a bride cannot afford expensive statement earrings, FDD represents several jewelry lines that offer the same visual impact at less cost. FDD can always provide for the needs of our brides because we work with many different products and manufacturers. And it’s always better to work with a designer who can recommend one knockout accessory than it is to purchase several accessories that will not be up to a bride’s quality standards for the most important day of her life. Faye Daniel Designs bride Ashley Wingate Sherwood. When should I schedule my wedding accessory consultation? Randie: FDD’s motto is “You bring the dress, we do the rest…from head to toe.” Before a consultation, I always ask our brides to bring the dress or photos of the dress, shoes, photos of their hair design and even their Pinterest boards, so I can understand the aspirations they have for their wedding day and then bring that vision to breathtaking reality with our accessory designs. Call FDD at 410-879-9925, email studio@fayedanieldesigns.com or visit Schedulicity to book your wedding accessory consultation. About fayedanieldesigns Faye Daniel Designs was established by Randie McConnell in 2004 from her home studio in Bel Air, Maryland. The name of the company combines the love Randie has for two very special people. Inspired by the memory...

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Her Fantasy of Becoming a Makeup Artist Turns into Another Type of Fantasy

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Beauty, Inspirational, Local | Comments Off on Her Fantasy of Becoming a Makeup Artist Turns into Another Type of Fantasy

Her Fantasy of Becoming a Makeup Artist Turns into Another Type of Fantasy

Throughout my life, I have always had big dreams. I used to stare into the sky when I was little and think of all of the beautiful possibilities, hoping that one star would be mine. I am still a dreamer at 41 years old, and I have to say, it keeps me young and feeling alive, tired some days, but definitely fulfilled. Today I believe that with all of those beautiful bright stars in the sky, maybe I can have more than just one! So I keep pushing myself, embracing others, and believing in dreams coming true! I am hoping that my story will inspire, someone to never give up, to never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something, and to give you hope in doing something that you love to do! It started for me, when I was little. I would slip into my mother’s heels, and take out my Tinkerbell makeup, with glitter lip gloss and let me tell you, I thought I was the cat’s meow! Glitter stills makes me feel that way, although I have to incorporate it into my look a little differently now. I was so drawn to makeup. The gorgeous pastel colors, textures and even the smell of it! As I got older, I would wait for my mom to leave for work. My mom was such a girly girl. Her makeup was sitting there waiting for me, calling me. So I would quickly open up all the jars, and tubes then I would dip all 10 fingers in the products. I was not allowed to wear makeup in the 7th grade. Silly rule! After I had all of my product samples, I would run into my bedroom and start applying it to my face. The key was to blend it so much that my mom could not notice before she kissed me goodbye for work. So this is how I learned how to blend, and create subtle makeup that was not too noticeable. This journey in makeup, was not that easy I have to say. My mother wanted me to go to college and to get a degree. She was a single parent, and her main focus was my future. So she worked very hard to give me everything, and to make sure I had opportunity at my fingertips. I am very blessed to have a mother, God-mother and family that supported me. My only problem, is that I was an artist who did not have a clue on how to take my passion and turn it into a career. So I received my AA in Business management at Essex community college in Baltimore and then I transferred to Towson State University. I will keep this short and sweet, my poor mother will have to read this again and remember what I put her through. I changed my major 4 times. Finally ending with Health Science in my 5th year of college.. I should have gone to a beauty school, but at the time I had no idea how to make a career out of Makeup Artistry. I floundered, for years. Changing my mind as much as I changed my style, which was every day. I had every job you could imagine: Vacarro’s bakery sales girl, personal trainer, waitress,...

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B Woman Magazine is Seeking Guest Bloggers!

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Beauty, Dining, Fashion, Giving, Home, Local, More, updates, Weddings, Wellness | Comments Off on B Woman Magazine is Seeking Guest Bloggers!

B Woman Magazine is Seeking Guest Bloggers!

What exactly isguest blogging? In a nutshell, guest blogging is writing blog posts for other people’s blogs or websites. In return, you get a link back to your website andsome online promotion of your brand. Why guestblog? Tremendous way to build awareness of your brand Network online Develop professional relationships Your brand will reach an audience that has not been exposed to it before We’ll not only expose you on your website, but also on our social media sites! Guest Blogger Guidelines Anyone is welcome to be a guest blogger on B Woman Magazine, but must meet the following requirements to be considered. Relevance –Please propose a topic that is important to our women readers. Content should fall into one of the following categories: fashion, beauty, dining, wellness, interiors, giving, weddings and local things about Baltimore.  All other categories will be taken in to consideration, just ask. Content –Guest contributions must be reasonably well-written. They may be edited for clarity. Posts should not be a promotional marketing tool for your business, product or service. You will be able to submit a two sentence bio that promotes yourself and business, if applicable. Brevity –Ideal length is 250-400 words. Longer posts may be considered. Links– You may include hyperlinks to other sites in your article, with a maximum of three per post. This should not be used as a promotional tool, but to be helpful to women readers. Ease of posting –Once your post is accepted for publication, please provide a version in Microsoft Word (no fancy formatting, please, because it won’t carry over) or HTML, so it can be easily posted in the desired format. Author’s credentials –Explain why you are qualified to write on this topic. This does not mean you have to have a college degree in the topic you are writing about. We want to hear from people that are passionate about their writing andwant to share experiences, advice, and tips to other women. We look forward to hearing from you! If you have any questions or are ready to submit a post, please contact us at info@BWomanMagazine.com After Your Work Is Published After your post is published, I’d love if you could spread the word via social media. If you tweet it with a reference to @BWomanMagazine, I’ll be sure to do the same for your post and re-tweet....

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Fruity Beauty – Using Fruit to Make You More Beautiful

Posted by on Aug 24, 2013 in Beauty, Wellness | Comments Off on Fruity Beauty – Using Fruit to Make You More Beautiful

Fruity Beauty – Using Fruit to Make You More Beautiful

It’s common knowledge that fruit makes us healthy and provides great vitamins and minerals to our bodies. But did you know that it also has a positive impact on making us beautiful? That’s right, no need for make up or high priced manicures here. To get a naturally beautiful look, just look towards fruit! Fruit contains an overwhelming number of vitamins and minerals that are not only healthy for you, but can make you look radiant. With summer here, now is the perfect time to start your fruity beauty regime. From lemons to apricots to citrus fruits to tomatoes, what fruit isn’t great for you? Lemons are wonderful. They’re bright and attractive for a reason and they can make you beautiful too. Lemons applied to the skin can drastically diminish age spots, fade away those unwanted blackheads, and give you livelier, softer skin. If you are looking for more even tone skin, apply the lemon to your face for a few hours and then wash it off with cool water. If you have dry or rough areas on your knees or elbows, rub the lemon on them for a few seconds to make them softer. Leave it on your skin overnight and wash it off in the morning. If you are looking to take full advantage of this fruits’ benefits, squeeze some into your warm bath for a full body treatment. Apricots are one of my favorite fruits. They are refreshing, taste delicious, are rich in iron and are great for your skin. Dried apricots contain an essential antioxidant, beta carotene, which will boost the look of your complexion. Antioxidants replenish your cells by destroying free radicals in your body. These are harmful chemicals that are produced naturally and are absorbed from the environment. Citrus fruits, cherries, strawberries and kiwi fruits are great for lines and wrinkles, thanks to the plentiful amount of Vitamin C, which is crucial to fighting damaging skin. This vitamin assists your body with building collagen, the protein that is known for being the connective tissue in skin. It also helps us to absorb the iron we take in from other foods. Eating these fruits helps to keep skin tight, preventing it from sagging. They also increase circulation to the scalp, which promotes healthy hair. Lastly, Vitamin C prevents ingrown toenails and hangnails, some things we don’t ever want to see with those summer sandals! Avocados and tomatoes are fruits best known for their Vitamin E. This is a vitamin that improves blood circulation, which in turn, sends more oxygen through your body. Oxygen is needed to help your nails grow and to strengthen them. So throw them on your next salad or mix them in a smoothie to enjoy these vibrant fruits in the summer heat. Apples, peaches, bananas and watermelon are known to enhance healthy hair. These fruits contain an ingredient called biotin. It is known as the “natural growth steroid for hair and nails.” Women even use to solve problems with hair loss. By getting more of this nutrient, you can have less brittle and thicker hair with every strand. So indulge in these sweet treats and watch your healthy hair shine. No matter what you do, if you want to improve your body, skin, hair and nails – eat (or bathe...

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