Wednesday, June 24, 2015

3 Must-Have Summer Beauty and Sun Care Products

With temps on the rise even before the official start of summer, we need foolproof ways to stay cool, fresh and protected. To beat the heat, try these three must-have beauty, skincare and sun care products.


1. Natural deodorant that works.

Nubian Heritage 24-Hour All Natural deodorants ($7.99, available at Whole Foods and Vitamin Shoppe stores) come in several naturally fresh scents: Coconut & Papaya (coconut oil softens skin while papaya helps keep skin clear and healthy); Honey & Black Seed (honey acts as a moisturizing humectant with anti-bacterial properties, while the fatty acids in black seed oil help improve circulation and calm skin irritation); African Black Soap (an ancient remedy used to soothe symptoms associated with eczema, acne and oily skin); and Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver (a fresh, herbal unisex scent rich in antioxidants).



2. Sunscreen that soothes and protects.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., and more than 90% of the signs of aging are caused by sun damage. After her friend was diagnosed with melanoma at a young age, Holly E. Thaggard founded Supergoop!, a line of lightweight, super broad spectrum sunscreens that help protect the skin from UVA/UVB rays. Sample Supergoop! with the travel-ready At Play Value Set ($45). The products are never goopy, thus the name. And clinical trials show the products improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, elasticity and hyper pigmentation by neutralizing free radicals and stimulating collagen production.



3. A refreshing spritz to keep you cool.

With a hint of natural fragrance, Farmaesthetics Classic Waters Rose Water & Glycerin ($26) acts as a purifying antiseptic mist with a combination of witch hazel and essential oils to keep your skin balanced, hydrated and clean. Spritz after applying your makeup for a healthy glow. Carry in your purse to freshen up after a workout or while waiting on a hot subway platform.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

5 Common Foot Problems and Home Remedy Tips

It’s sandal season.  So you want pretty, polished toes that are corn-and-callus-free. To get happy feet, Dr.Suzanne Levine, a celebrated NYC podiatrist, has a few home remedy tips for five common foot problems—along with advice on when to see a specialist.

1. The cause of calluses is often faulty bio-mechanics (the way your bones and muscles align your foot) that results in extra pressure on specific areas. For minor calluses, try adding gel orthopedic inserts to your shoes to reduce friction. 

Also, soak your feet in a basin with warm water, and half a cup of Epsom salt for 20 minutes. Use a pumice stone to work over any thick areas of skin. Finish with a moisturizer.

If your callus becomes painful and inflamed, you’ll need professional help. A trained podiatrist can remove a callus (do not trust this to a nail salon). Dr. Levine has also pioneered a procedure called “Pillows for Your Feet®” that uses a biodegradable, injectable filler to restore padding lost over time in the ball of the foot. This helps alleviate the cause of calluses and is a great fix for general foot pain.  

2. Blisters are similarly a result of bio-mechanics (or poor fitting shoes), and represent your bodies’ attempt to protect a sensitive area of the foot. Your best bet for minor blisters is to leave them alone, and cover the offended area with antibiotic cream and a Band Aid. Also switch up any shoes that may be the culprit (narrow heels often fall into this category). If the blister breaks on its own, wash with mild soap and water, and cover up as above.

Dr. Levine doesn’t recommend piercing your own blisters. In many cases this could lead to infection, inflammation and pain. If that happens, it’s time to see a doctor. As well, a doctor can provide custom orthotics to redistribute your weight more evenly or, if excessive perspiration is the problem (providing the friction that blisters love), Botox injections can do the trick.

3. Fungus isn’t pretty, but it’s a reality of life. Our shoes are confined all day, and fungus loves warm, dark places. Your toenails are the main targets. If it’s an especially minor/early case, you can try soaking your feet at home in a basin of warm water with 3 black or green tea bags in it, for 30 minutes. Tea contains tannin, which is a known home remedy for foot odor and fungus.

See a podiatrist if a fungal infection of the nail gets really bad (the whole nail is brittle and discolored). Dr. Levine recommends the Q-Clear Laser, a state of the art machine that is proven to kill fungal nail infections in as little as a few treatments. There are also anti-fungal medications that can be taken orally.

4. Bunions are, for better or worse, hereditary. And women are far more likely to develop them than men (90% of cases are women according to the Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library). There is no home remedy to “cure” a bunion, but there are ways to reduce pain. Applying ice on and off in 20 minute intervals will help reduce inflammation. Bunion pads can also be purchased at most drugstores, and will help cushion the sensitive area.

You should consider surgery if: the bunion is affecting your quality of life; you have pain while sitting or in the middle of the night; or if you experience shooting pains from your foot up your leg. Before visiting with a foot specialist, Dr. Levine suggests keeping a log of when you feel pain, and your level of activity, to help in the diagnosis.

5. Corns are yet another protuberance that can cause your feet pain (especially your toes). And like bunions, only a doctor can remove a corn. Dr. Levine warns against corn shaving kits because, again, you run the risk of infection. Keep pressure of your corns—sandals are helpful in warm weather. An Epsom salt soak is also a good way to ward off inflammation.

If the pain becomes too much, or the discoloration around the corn is too unsightly, a podiatrist can use a mix of anti-inflammatory injections, and laser treatment to alleviate pain and beautify the foot. Depending on the severity of the corn, surgical options are available.


For more info, visit Dr. Levine's website, www.institutebeaute.com.

Friday, June 19, 2015

5 Last Minute Father's Day Gifts He Will Love

Men are notoriously hard to shop for. But that doesn't mean you have to buy them the requisite set of power tools, tie or pair of socks. So if you're looking for a different kind of Father's Day gift for your Dad or the special man in your life, and you're willing to splurge (c'mon, he's worth it), here are five last minute picks from Everything She Wants.


1.

Fashioned in handsome black leather with standout white stitching and sole, these rugged, Harley-Davidson Beau boots ($174) are good for work or play; available on Zappos.com.



2. 3. & 4.

We love charitable shopping. And these luxe leather items -- Dobra backpack ($270); Cyband Bike Strap ($20); and Gymano Duffel Bag ($300) -- are from Oliberte, a stylish, sustainable lifestyle brand that supports workers' rights in sub-Saharan Africa.



5.

Thinning hair is no fun, for men or for women. So give Dad a gift that keeps on giving...hair regrowth, that is. Available in three models, HairMax LaserComb (starting at $295) is the first and only laser phototherapy medical device on the market that has been FDA Cleared for at-home-use to treat hair loss and stimulate hair growth in men and women suffering from certain types of hereditary hair loss. In clinical trials users regrew hair in using the laser for up to 15 minutes three times per week. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

5 White Fashion Looks and Trends for Summer 2015

If you haven't already, it's time to break out the white fashion pieces you've had packed away since last summer.  I never used to wear white because the color stains so easily, and boy have I seen some mishaps! But while I'm still a little skeptical about wearing white pants,  I've learned to appreciate the pop of brightness you get from wearing white accessories (bags, hats and scarves), crisp and flowy white tops and tunics, and white sneakers. And if you'd like to add a few more trendy white looks and styles to your seasonal wardrobe, here are Everything She Wants' picks for summer 2015.



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

New Beauty Product for Women of Color, Y.A.M. by Bekura Beauty

With so many hair and beauty products on the market specifically targeted to women of color, it's hard to figure out what works--especially when you're browsing the endless choices at your favorite drugstore or beauty supply store.  Well, a new product to consider is the Southern cuisine-inspired Y.A.M. Nectar Hydrating Hair Nourisher ($20) from Bekura Beauty. The product line was founded in 2011 by Rashida Jefferson, and we chatted with Rashida about her mission to promote more "me-time moments."

Bekura Beauty founder, Rashida Jefferson.
When did you start Bekura Beauty, and what inspired you to start your own hair, bath and body product line?

I launched Bekura Beauty in July of 2011 under the name, "b.a.s.k. beauty."  The idea to create a spa collection was inspired by my love of traveling and getting pampered at destination day spas.  I would visit these beautiful, serene resorts, but didn't quite benefit fully from the treatments as they were designed. Most didn't cater to my particularly drier skin and textured hair. I would make requests like, "Could you add a little coconut milk to that?" or "Please leave out the clay for my treatment."  After enough trips and special requests, I started playing around with ingredient blends and began making my own DIY treatments at home. Using culinary ingredients from the gourmet food market, I put my own spin on some of the native spa treatments I'd experienced.

What's the significance of the name, Bekura Beauty?   

The word Kura is Polynesian for "treasure."  In thinking about the Bekura woman, we thought about the "always on" girl who's treasured by her friends and loved ones, but who makes it a point to pamper and take care of herself, too. 

What distinguishes Y.A.M. and your other products from other products, especially hair care products made marketed to African-American women?

Our products - specifically within our hair collection - are what I call "indulgent spa treats" for textured hair.  We craft them with authentic, concentrated ingredients such as pure cocoa absolutes, vanilla bean infusions, and even premium whiskey! Like rich desserts, you wouldn't indulge in Bekura's treats on a daily basis like you would the regular maintenance and styling products found in most natural hair brands.  We encourage our customers to maintain their daily regimen, but to also take some time out once in awhile to truly pamper their tresses with our unique treatment products. 

What's the most rewarding thing about having your own business?

The most rewarding thing is being able to use my business as a platform to encourage women to set aside more "me-time" moments. Between the demands of work, motherhood and community involvement, we just don't pamper ourselves enough. My long-term goal with Bekura is to spread that message of encouragement to the overworked and under-pampered (I made that word up!) woman, through partnerships with brands and individuals who value leisure as much as we do. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Everything She Wants Spotlight: NYC Career Coach Nicole Orisich

Are you stuck in a dead-end job? Or perhaps you want to transition to a new career?  Then you may benefit from the services of a career-focused life coach like Nicole Orisich.  A Certified Tough Transitions Career Coach (CTTCC), since 2010 Orisich has established herself as one of the top coaches in New York City. We chatted with the confident coach via email about her inspiring career path.

Career coach, Nicole Orisich.
What is it like working as a career coach in NYC?

I have four appointment slots a day and my sessions are each 90-minutes long. No two sessions have ever been alike. It's like watching a really cool Woody Allen movie, with fascinating characters sharing fascinating tales. I'm always left in a state of gratitude after my sessions, because you can't engage in people's lives around topics that matter without recognizing what a gift that is. 

How do you stay motivated in-between sessions?  

I have hobbies that excite me. Like, laugh out loud, exciting! I've been taking improv classes for almost a year now and I can feel the difference it's made in my coaching. I also like cooking with new recipes, because I love food. 

Did you feel coaching was your calling? 

Working in corporate America was not easy for me. And I realize now that I did it longer than I had to. Oddly enough, I have yet to meet a client whose situation does not, in some way, mirror a past experience of my own. I have no doubt that what I experienced in 15 years of corporate work, laid the groundwork for what I do today.

How does what you do differ from therapy?

I have been in therapy, and from my experience, my version of healing is much more focused on what's happening in your world today, rather than what did or didn't happen yesterday. My clients are [usually] not broken people who need to be fixed. Coaching is a forward-moving conversation.

What methods do you use to help your clients?  

The majority of my clientele come to me needing to make a life-changing decision. With these clients, a part of the session is spent listening to their story and then a part is spent with me sharing my interpretation and insight. These kinds of sessions feel more like "career readings" where people walk away with a clear answer on what to do. But I have other clients who have no idea what they want to do, so over the course of a few sessions, we'll use my career assessment tool to uncover their natural gifts and talents, and brainstorm career paths that will allow them to do more of what they do so well. From there, I have a few tricks in my bag to help them reach those "A-ha" moments.

What is your biggest challenge as a coach?

When clients are misleading about their ability to do the work. Because I rely on my intuition, I always know when I am not a good match for someone. And because coaching is a forward moving partnership, clients who have trouble moving forward are usually the ones who require the help that only a licensed psychologist can provide.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

5 New Natural Beauty Products Under $25

Each spring, Organic Spa Magazine hosts one of the best beauty and wellness media events of the year.  And Everything She Wants is always happy to be included. We get to chat with emerging brands, and come home with bags of swag.

Here are five new, natural beauty products under $25 we discovered at the Organic Spa event. We love 'em and we think you will, too.


SheaMoisture's Community Commerce Zanzibar Marine Complex collection ($5.99-$10.99) is infused with rich antioxidants to revitalize dry, dull skin and to renew brittle, lackluster hair. The seaweed-based ingredients are paraben-sulfate-and-cruelty-free, and ethically sourced from small cooperatives of women farmers in Zanzibar; and the certified organic Shea butter is ethically sourced from women's cooperatives in Ghana. Ten percent of sales will go directly to these women to help expand their businesses. Available exclusively at Target.



MyChelle Advanced Argan Oil ($14.50) is a lightweight, anti-aging serum that gives your skin a super dose of hydration, thanks to its blend of USDA certified organic superfood oils.



Show your hair some honey love with Bekura's Y.A.M. Nectar Hydrating Hair Nourisher ($20). Y.A.M. stands for the conditioner's yummy ingredients, Yucca-infused oil, avocado and Meadowfoam oils combined with organic clover flower honey and healing Manuka honey.



Want a healthier way to remove your makeup? Try Juicy Bamboo (30 cloths, $15.50), Kaia Naturals' bamboo, alcohol-free facial cleansing cloths soaked in vitamins B-12, C and E, and infused with a nourishing blend of honey, sunflower oil and jojoba oil.



With its Quiet Night Relaxing Balm ($9), Lather has the recipe for a good night's sleep--the aromatherapy balm's blend of essential oils of lavender, ylang ylang and calendula, well-known for their calming and balancing properties.