When you think of racism, you immediately think of images of separation, usually with African Americans on one side and Caucasians on the other. Although that form of racism is still existent today, it is much more subtle than in past years. A particular form of racism that is highly present today is intra-racial racism, which is racism that occurs within race. This form of racism may be more offensive, harsh, and unapologetic than traditional racism because their is a common denominator of skin color.
Women who desire a more “exotic” appearance are looking to the fashion world’s growing multi-culturalism for inspiration.
There was a time when the Caucasian girl-next-door looks of Christie Brinkley, Cindy Crawford and more recently Kate Moss dominated the fashion pages. Then came new fashion icons: Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce – and then Giselle, Kim Kardashian and Shakira.
[Spotted on RoundupRussy.com]
In an effort to help spread the word of natural beauty, hair education and health, I will be treating two beautiful ladies to a day in the Salon.
Perming a 3year old’s hair?? Do you consider this child abuse? Is this mother going to far to conform to social pressure?
Hello. My name is Maya-Camille Broussard and I am a beauty product fanatic. I’ve been strung out on beauty products for the past 22 years (Yes. I’ve been an addict since I was 8 years old. Wet-n-Wild was my first hit that got me hooked.) I love to raid the counters for skin care products, make up and anything that feels good and smells yummy! However, being the pro-black-with-a-hint-of-militant-Chicagoan that I am, I love to support the beauty products made by African-American companies. And since I’m so black and so proud, I’ve found three African-American women whose products that will have you shouting out loud!
Most women do not have the time to drop everything and go to a spa for the ultimate facial treatment. Thus, I recommend creating a homemade mask to rejuvenate your skin while you continue to cook dinner, fold laundry or work in the garden. Homemade masks are perfect for giving yourself the spa treatment without sacrificing the time or money. I recommend that you treat yourself to a “masquerade party” once a week to give your skin a healthy glow. Here are three masks for various skin types.
Ingredients: 1 banana, 1 tbsp of honey, 1 orange or lemon.
Prepare: Mix the banana and honey together, add a few drops of citrus juice, apply to face and neck and leave on for 15 minutes. Remove by dousing your face with warm water using your hands to remove the product. *
Why you should use this: Citrus juice is a natural astringent and banana creates a solid paste base to bind the ingredients. The honey will keep your skin moisturized and prevent your skin from drying out.
Quick tip: Parsley has been said to be effective in removing blackheads if you add to your facemask mixture.
Ingredients: Avocado, ½ cup of honey
Prepare: Remove skin and pit of Avocado and toss. Place avocado in a bowl and knead it. Add honey and stir. Apply to face and neck and leave on for 10 minutes. . Remove by dousing your face with warm water using your hands to remove the product.
Why you should use this: Avocado is naturally high in fat and with fat comes moisture. Adding honey prevents your skin from drying out.
Quick tip: Wash your face at night to eliminate the dirt accumulated that day. However, don’t wash your face in the morning but rather use baby shampoo to wash your eyes and mouth. Not washing your face twice a day will further help your skin from drying out.
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of rose water, 1 tablespoon of natural yogurt, 1 tablespoon of honey.
Prepare: Mix the rose water, yogurt and honey in a bowl. You have the option of crushing rose petals in the mixture as well. Apply to face and leave on for ten minutes. Remove by dousing your face with warm water and using your hands to remove he product.
Why you should do this: Rose water and petals are good for all skin types. It is especially good for people who have skin sensitivities.
Quick tip: You can always mix a facemask for oily skin and a face mask for dry skin and use them simultaneously on the various oily and dry areas of your skin.
*Please note that using a face cloth on your face can contaminate or irritate your face with its detergents.
The very best beauty products are hard to find. Lucky for you, I’ve found them all.
It’s no secret: The economy sucks! Instead of dinner and movie, we’re treating ourselves to dinner OR a movie. Many of us are opting to walk and ride bicycles rather than drive. Trips to the grocery store produces three to five bags worth of groceries instead of the usual ten. Jay-Z’s “Hard Knock Life” debuted ten years too early. It’s no longer just a “Ghetto Anthem”; it’s now the American anthem.
Despite the hard fiscal times, ladies still have an image to upkeep. If you are secure in your finances, then you can carry on prettily as usual. However, if money is tighter than a cramped muscle, you don’t have to let it crimp your style. Here are four easy ways to stay beautiful on a budget.