Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Get Heart Screenings at Burlington on National Wear Red Day

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death of American women? To help raise awareness and combat heart disease, Burlington Stores across the country have teamed up with WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, for their fifth annual American Heart Month campaign.  

Wendy Williams at a Burlington in New York City. Take her #HealthyHeartSelfie Challenge.

On February 5th, National Wear Red Day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 47 Burlington store locations will host free women's heart health screenings in partnership with WomenHeart. Customers will have the opportunity to get their blood pressure, pulse and BMI checked by a certified health professional, talk with WomenHeart Champions, and receive bi-lingual (English/Spanish) women's heart health information and tips for living heart healthy. 

To find a screening near you, visit www.BurlingtonStores.com/HeartHealth. If you're in New York City, the Burlington store in Union Square (4 Union Square South) is the place to be.

Talk show diva and heart health advocate, Wendy Williams, is the spokesperson for WomenHeart and Burlington's #HealthyHeartSelfie Challenge. As extra incentive to stay heart healthy, each day throughout February, Burlington shoppers are encouraged to check the hashtag, #HealthyHeartSelfie, for fun and easy heart health tips, and to snap a photo showing what heart health means to you

For every photo posted with #HealthyHeartSelfie, Burlington will donate $1, up to $25,000, to benefit WomenHeart.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New Year, New You: Health and Beauty Detox Products for 2016

Doesn't Oprah's commercial for Weight Watchers make you want to sign up, like now, even if you don't need to lose weight?  Yaaaas, Oprah, let's make 2016 the year of our best body ever! We even got all teary-eyed.  That's the power of O.




We've tried Weight Watchers before and it really works.  But before we jump back on the point counting bandwagon to drop the ten pounds we picked up over the holidays, we want to detox from the inside out.  And Everything She Wants recently discovered several health and beauty products that will help create a new you in this new year:




Kick off the new year with Teami 30 Day Detox Pack ($49.99). The detox comes with a 30 day supply of Skinny loose-leaf tea and 15 colon cleanse tea bags.  When followed properly, Teami promises to boost your metabolism, burn stored fat, reduce bloating improve your complexion, and more. Take it from us, the colon cleanse tea bags are extremely effective.

Just like deodorant it's good to switch up your body wash from time to time.  And we love ArtNaturals Anti-Fungal Foot and Body Wash ($14.95). In addition to detoxing your pits, the tea tree-infushed wash helps to get rid of athlete's foot and nail fungus.




Get your essential vitamins on the go with Instavit vitamin sprays ($14.99).  They come in several varieties, including Vitamin D, Immune Strength and Vitamin B-12. No pills. No water. No hassle.

Use Lather Sea Kelp & Ginseng All-Over Mask ($18) all over your body, face and even in your hair. The ginseng and sea kelp extracts draw out impurities while restoring lost moisture, and sea algae oil is added for its natural anti-aging and antioxidant properties.  Aloe vera is another active ingredient that will soothe sunburned skin.

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask ($56) will save you a lot of money on costly spa facials.  This gel to foam brightening mask contains vitamins C and E, and grape seed extract to revitalize dull skin and give it a radiant, youthful glow. We used the mask before we went to the gym and it really opened our pores. Our skin felt super fresh after our Zumba workout.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Sarah Jones Debuts New Show, Sell/Buy/Date in NYC January 6-16

If you’ve never seen award-winning playwright and performer Sarah Jones do her thing, you have to check out her new one woman show, Sell/Buy/Date, a limited-run engagement January 6 – 16, 2016, at New York Live Arts. 

Playwright and performer Sarah Jones.
In the tradition of funny ladies Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin, Sarah is perhaps best known for her multi-character, one-person shows Surface Transit (1998) and Bridge & Tunnel (2004). The New York Times crowned her “a master of the genre,” and the latter critically acclaimed Broadway hit was originally produced Off-Broadway by Oscar-winner Meryl Streep and The Culture Project.

The Baltimore native and longtime New York City dweller is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and raises awareness to social, racial and economic issues in the U.S and globally. 

Everything She Wants chatted with the talented writer and performer via email about Sell/Buy/Date, and more.

Everything She Wants: How does Sell/Buy/Date differ from your other shows?

Sarah JonesSell/Buy/Date differs from both Surface Transit, and Bridge & Tunnel, the one woman show I did on Broadway, in various respects.  They are all multi-character pieces featuring characters of different backgrounds, but in the case of SBD, my goal was to find the humor and truth and beauty in some of the most challenging topics of our time.

ESW: Where do you get the inspiration for your characters?

SJ: All of my characters are composites of real people I've met, interviewed, read about, or seen in other media. My friends and family aren't exempt either, though I try not to appropriate parts of anyone's life without permission--[it] makes for quite the awkward family gathering.

ESW: In your work you often portray characters with diverse religious and cultural backgrounds.  Do you think art/theater can help bring Americans together during a time when we seem more racially polarized than ever?

SJ: I am convinced that art of every kind, when it moves people, is the most effective means we have for transformation as a society. 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

How to Treat Your New Year’s Hangover: Myths, Facts and Cures

It’s New Year’s Eve.  You want to have a good time. But you don’t want to regret having too much of a good time, in the morning. 

Image courtesy of WebMD/Getty
But forget the hangover cure myths like the hair of the dog (drinking more alcohol to cure your hangover) or drinking lots of coffee (you will become even more dehydrated and make your hangover worse).  From the online consumer research service, LabDoor.com, here are a few proven tips on how to treat your New Year’s hangover.

And since a hangover is a bunch of symptoms, not just one, make sure to treat each symptom specifically, if:

1. You have a headache
  • Say yes to Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). Take it before drinking prevents your body from releasing pain-inducing chemicals. Its effectiveness peaks in 4 hours. A small cup of coffee can also make the ibuprofen even more effective.
  •  But say no Acetaminophen (Tylenol). When your liver metabolizes alcohol and acetaminophen at the same time, the liver shuttles acetaminophen differently and this can lead to liver damage.

2. You have an upset stomach
  • Take an antihistamine like Benadryl before drinking to block alcohol’s pro-inflammatory effects on your gastrointestinal lining and prevent upset stomach.
  • Soothe your tummy with Tums. The sodium bicarbonate in many antacids neutralizes gastric acid.
  • Ginger tea or pills can also lessen nausea and vomiting.
  • Eat eggs and asparagus. They increase your body’s levels of glutathione and alcohol dehydrogenase. Both of these molecules are necessary for breaking down alcohol.

3. You feel bad all over
  • Drink one glass of water between each beverage.
  • Drink electrolyte-rich fluids. Coconut water or sports drinks can help prevent muscle aches, nerve dysfunction, and nausea.
  • Complex carbs like bread, beans and oatmeal can help compensate for low blood sugar levels.
  • Take a multi-vitamin or eat vitamin-rich foods.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Holiday Makeup from Hard Candy, Under $10 at Walmart

Holiday parties and festive events are calling.  Since most of us don't wake up looking flawless, sometimes we need a little makeup to help illuminate our best features. For the holidays, glittery eyeshadow and a cool smokey eye are always a hit. And you don't have to spend a fortune thanks to Hard Candy makeup, priced under $10!

Take a look at a couple of the eye palettes available, exclusively at a Walmart near you.



Saturday, December 12, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: Christmas Gifts Under $25, $50 and $100

If you're in the giving spirit this season and need a little inspiration, Everything She Wants has got you covered. Here are a few creative holiday gift options, each under $25, $50 and $100 and perfect for the charitable, spa and nature-loving gal (and guy) on your Christmas list.  




1. We love gifts that give back. And through a partnership with Best Friends Animal Society, with every purchase, BOBS from Skechers ($45.00) will make a donation to help save the lives of shelter cats and dogs.



2. The GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser ($19.99) kit houses two different oils – lavender and peppermint--and an ultrasonic diffuser that disperses them into the air.  With healing aromatherapy benefits, this diffuser can transform any room into a mini DIY spa in seconds.  The diffuser also features a color-changing LED light to add to the atmosphere.




3. Terrain Ultra Lyte boots by SoftScience (from $79.99 with free shipping and free returns) combine urban style with a nod to the road less traveled, these lightweight, hi-cut boots are extremely comfortable and super lightweight (just 1.6 lbs each.) They're designed for guys, but gals love them, too.




4. Our friends at Nubian Heritage have a few great gift sets, available at VitaminShoppe.com and select Whole Foods Market stores:

  • Hand Cream Trio Gift Set ($14.99) – These nutrient-rich hand creams deliver a luxurious skincare experience inspired by ancient global healing remedies.  Featuring all natural and culturally authentic ingredients like Palm Ash, Mango Butter, Neem Oil and rich organic Shea Butter.  Set includes Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver, Mango Butter and African Black Soap hand creams. 
  • Bar Soaps Gift Set ($14.99) – This sleek gift set includes four of Nubian Heritage’s best-selling bar soaps: African Black Soap, Raw Shea Butter, Honey Black Seed and Mango Butter.  Each generously sized bar soap are made using natural and organic ingredients without harsh chemicals or additives.
  • Honey & Black Seed Intensive Moisture Therapy Kit ($19.99) – Enjoy the pampering, moisturizing therapy and aromatic scent of Nubian Heritage’s soothing, perfecting and hydrating Honey & Black Seed Collection.  Helps rejuvenate skin and restore its natural beauty.  One treatment instantly leaves hand and feet feeling soft, smooth and supple.  

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Best Daily Moisturizers for African-American Women's Skin

Several years ago, I wrote a daily blog called Hot Mama Daily for b5media (those were good times).  And one of my most popular posts was on the best daily moisturizers for African-American skin.  There are a lot of options when it comes to beauty and skincare products. But I’ve found that when it comes to finding the perfect moisturizer, skin type matters just as much as skin color.

CeraVe works wonders.
Since that post, I've discovered a few new moisturizers and added them to my tried-and-true list. Instead of acne, these days my main skin concern is hyper pigmentation (uneven skin tone).  So in no particular order, here are my picks for the best moisturizers for African-American women (and probably most women):

  • Oil Control: Decades ago, Mamie McDonald, an African-American aesthetician in New York City, recommended that I use Dermalogica products and I’ve been using the products on and off ever since.  For moisturizers, I like the skin care line’s Active Moist made with soothing natural botanicals that combat dehydration; and Oil Control Lotiona lightweight moisturizer that won’t clog your pores.  Since women of color tend to have oilier skin than our Caucasian counterparts (as a result we tend to look younger longer), these products are well-suited for us.
  • Healing Hydration: Dermatologists highly recommend CeraVe products with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to help heal and replenish the skin. To help address my uneven skin tone issues, I start the day with the Hydrating Cleanser. Then I apply the AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30, which is non-chalky and lightweight enough to wear under your makeup. At night, I generously apply the PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion.  I've used these products for about a year and I see an improvement in my complexion.
Read more: http://www.thegloss.com/2009/03/30/fashion/best-moisturizers-for-african-american-skin/#ixzz3prY3TMFJ