Daily Archives: October 2, 2010

Winterize Your Skin Care Regimen


Okay so technically it’s not winter yet, but just because your skin will be all covered up in this season’s luxurious draping sweaters doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep up your skin care regimen. We’ve compiled a few “must do” tips to ensure your skin stays supple and glowing for the season:

  1. Use Oil Based facial moisturizer – Cold weather dries the skin so replenish the moisture with an oil based facial moisturizer. The oil creates a protective layer on the skin to retain moisture. Generally the products labeled as “night creams” are usually oil based (Web MD).
  2. Get a Portable Humidifier – The dry heat blasting through the heater in your home or at work can do a number on your skin. Combat the effects by using a portable humidifier in your home. I have mine in my bedroom so that my skin doesn’t dry out over night. You can get a quality yet inexpensive humidifier at Target.
  3. Spend a Moment on the Lips – To prevent wintery chapped lips, use a little lip balm under your lipstick or lip gloss for extra protection. I like Blistex Lip Medex  (a little goes a long way with this product).
  4. Drink Eight Glasses of Water Each Day – This can’t be said enough, staying hydrated does wonders for the skin and your energy level.
  5. Use a Gentle Cleanser Every Night – Try washing your face with a gentle cleanser at night and instead of washing it again in the morning, simply splash a good amount of warm water on your face. Experts say that’s plenty to wake up the skin and remove any impurities, dust, etc. Pat your face dry, apply your moisturizer and make-up for the day and you’re good to go. Need a good cleaner? If so, we like Evie Evan’s Panthenol Cleanser.
  6. Exfoliate Once a Week – Since exfoliating can dry the skin experts say its best to reduce the frequency in the colder months, so once a week is sufficient. There are plenty of quality exfoliants in your local drug store but if you prefer a natural option, Dr. Susan Taylor recommends this home exfoliant recipe: organic fine grain or coarse sugar (depending on your preference), honey and warm water.
  7. Banish the Bacne – If you’ve had to contend with the dreaded bacne all summer, the colder months are a good time to get it under control in preparation for the next bathing suit season. A couple products to consider are Cetaphil Antibacterial Gentle Cleansing Bar or Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash.
  8. Shorten and Cool Down Your Showers – Experts are saying that during the cooler months, as much as a hot shower can be soothing, it actually causes your skin to dry out quicker. So the recommendation is to take shorter, warm showers (5-10mins) instead of long hot ones then apply your moisturizer within three minutes of getting out of the shower to seal in the moisture.
  9. Repair the Sun Damage – Using a product like Pro X by Olay can help repair and reverse skin damage due to sun, wind and pollution. The secret ingredients are the peptides, which boost surface-cell turnover to reveal younger, healthier looking skin.
  10. To Tone or Not to Tone – In a segment on NBC 10 Show with Lori Wilson, Dr. Suzanne Taylor said we should all tone. Her home recipe for a toner is to combine witch hazel with tea tree oil. A good toner helps to refresh and hydrate the skin while removing any residual debris.
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Vyne Reader Spotlight: Keesha Kai Hampton


Name: Keesha Kai Hampton

Hometown: Chicago (South Side baby!)

Current City (if different): Atlanta

Roles you play in life: Daughter of Eric and Deborah, Sister of Khari, Doctor of Optometry and Independent Practice Owner, Soror to the Phenomenal Women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Hobbies: I LOVE movies, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends

Education: Doctorate of Optometry, New England College of Optometry (Boston, MA), B.A. in Chemistry from Emory University (Atlanta, GA)

What is the last movie you saw?: Wall Street

What is your favorite TV show?: I’m a reality TV junkie! (Guilty pleasure for sure)

Shuffle your iPod – what’s the first song that comes up?: Probably something by Jay-Z or MJB (I own every song they have)

What is your favorite travel destination?: Anywhere warm and with a beach!

What beauty product can’t you live without?: I never really wore much makeup in the past, but ever since I’ve gone natural I’ve dabbled more into make-up. My favs are Clinique High Impact Mascara and NARS lip-gloss in Sandpiper. They compliment my afro puff beautifully!

Finish this sentence, “To feel more centered I…”: sit in my “quiet place” and meditate on how truly blessed I am.

Who is your celebrity fashion inspiration?:  There really isn’t one celebrity or person I’m inspired by. If it looks good, I like it!

What is your favorite restaurant?: Way too many to name!

What words do you live by?: There are no mistakes in life, just lessons and blessings

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How To Live, Look and Eat Like You’re Loaded (Even When You’re Not)


Contrary to what the media is saying, many of us feel like we’re still in the middle of a recession. Luckily there are many ways to do the things you love to do without spending a lot to do them. So here are some tips for you to live, look, and eat like you’re loaded, even if you’re not.

Live Like You’re Loaded
It seems like deals sites are popping up all over the place. Sites like Groupon, LivingSocial, HalfOffDepot and Zozi have daily or weekly local deals whereby if there are enough people interested in a deal, it will “unlock” the deal for all to take advantage of. We’ve seen (and purchased) deals for gym memberships, restaurants, clothing stores and even spas.
The Good: Amazing deals on places you may have wanted to try but haven’t. We’ve seen 50% off high-end gyms or yoga studios, major discounts on restaurants, and amazing deals on spa services.
The Flip Side: Check out the fine print. Sometimes you have only a certain period of time to use the deals or have a minimum required purchase. Also, with services or offers requiring an appointment, make sure to reserve your spot quickly. People have complained that they’ve had to wait months to use deals they’ve bought on these sites.

Look Like You’re Loaded

We’ve told you this before, but just in case you’re still sleeping on these deals, these are MUST dos:
Use Rent the Runway or Avelle (formerly Bag, Borrow or Steal) if you want to rent fab designer items (dresses and jewelry with RTR, bags, jewelry, sunglasses and watches with Avelle) for just a fraction of the price. Check out Gilt Groupe, HauteLook, RueLaLa and BBOSPrivateSale for daily deals on designer fashions, shoes, home goods and even travel. We have found some amazing deals on these sites!
The Good: Fab clothes, shoes, etc for a fraction of the price.
The Flip Side: With Rent the Runway and Avelle, you’re paying for the wear, so you can’t wear the items again unless you pay for them. For the other sites mentioned, check out the return policy. It’s hard to purchase things online when you don’t know the fit, so make sure that if it doesn’t work for you, you can send it back (and know the penalties for doing so).

Eat Like You’re Loaded

Once you check out these sites, you’ll never want to pay full price for restaurants again. There are many sites that have deals for restaurants in many cities including ones we already mentioned like Groupon, HalfOffDepot and LivingSocial. But there are also sites that cater only to restaurants like DiningPerks, Restaurant.com and BlackBoardEats. Something else to check out is Restaurant Week. Most cities have a week (o,r in many cases, extended up to a month) where many restaurants will offer prix fixe lunches and dinners for a set fee (Usually around $25-$35).
The Good: You can check out restaurants that you may have saved for a special occasion or thought were out of your price range for a fraction of the price. At the very least, you can save some money on a good meal.
The Flip Side: Check out the fine print. Some of the deals have restrictions, so make sure you look at all of the details before making a purchase. Also, in the case of Restaurant Week, there are usually only certain menu items included. Make sure you know that there is something on the special menu you’ll like before going or else you may be stuck with something you don’t want or paying full price for a decent meal.

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What to Wear to a Fall Wedding


We’ve all been there – we have numerous dresses that we could pull out of our closet for a warm summer wedding and then we have a friend who decides to get married in the middle of fall. Not to worry, there are many options to keep your style quotient high without looking too bundled up.

1. Draped One-Shoulder Dress

2. Vestiges Dress

3. Shoshanna One-Shoulder Beaded Dress

4. Patra Beaded Crinkled Satin Dress

5. MARC BY MARC JACOBS “Rope Stripe” Jacquard Strapless Dress

6. Halston Heritage

7. Purple Elie Tahari “Pamela” Belted Ruffle Dress

8. BCBGMAXAZRIA Dress, One Shoulder

9. BCBGMAXAZRIA Dress, One Shoulder Printed

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