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Showing posts from December, 2013

Healthy Beauty Products for the New Year

Want a New Year's resolution you can keep? Here are a few healthy beauty products to help you ring in the new year with renewed lips, hair and skin. Get ready for your New Year's Eve smooch with NIVEA   Raspberry Rose Kiss Lip Butter . And if you can still find one at a Target near you, NIVEA has an adorable limited-edition tin with Kiss of Shimmer and two Lip Butters. Suave Professionals Natural Infusion range are salon-inspired hair care products infused with natural ingredients.  The three hair care collections ( Anti-Breakage & Strengthening products with Awapuhi Ginger & Honeysuckle; Moisturizing products with Macadamia Oil & White Orchid ; and All Day Body products with Seaweed & Lotus Blossom ) are all free of parabens and dyes. Available at mass retailers in January 2014. Organic Aura Cacia Daytime Argan Facial Oil Serum and Nighttime Baobab Facial Oil Serum will keep your skin looking refreshed and like you just got a spa facial.

Budget Holiday Gifts: Beauty and Gift Subscription Boxes

Subscription boxes are a new trend in gift giving.  They're a great way to personalize a gift for your family, friends and even your pets. Here we highlighted a few gift subscription boxes packed with everything from healthy snacks to beauty products, and one we recently discovered is even free! For $39 per month, Homegrown Collective 's p rofessionally curated Greenboxes include a variety of seasonal food and DIY items that make going green a little easier and a lot more fun. Sign up for a membership with  PINCHMe and get free... yes, free ... beauty beauty, lifestyle and snack samples from CPG brands including Unilever, P&G, L’Oreal and Johnson & Johnson. The catch? Just send your feedback on each freebie within 30 days via a mini-survey. For only $20 a month, Cocotique will send you an expert curated beauty box packed with full-size items and samples from brands like Black Opal and Camille Rose Naturals . Spoil your kitty or pooch with a sub

Win a Beauty Gift Box from Cocotique with Single Ladies DVD

Who doesn't love beauty swag?  Well, here's your chance to win a deluxe beauty box from  Cocotique , an expertly curated monthly beauty box subscription service for women of color.  The limited-edition VH1 + Cocotique Single Ladies December Box contains a Single Ladies  Season 2 DVD, a full size Cover RX Eye Primer and a full size Black Opal lip gloss. That's an $80 value, for just $20. And o ne lucky Everything She Wants reader will get the beauty box for free (see details below). By the way, Season 3 of Single Ladies kicks off on VH1 on Monday, January 6. We can't wait! Cocotique finds the best beauty and lifestyle products targeting your unique needs and desires and ships them to your door each month. Founder and CEO, Dana Hill, created Cocotique to simplify the search for new products and save you time and money. Each month, for $20 plus free shipping, you will receive a box with 5-6 expertly curated beauty and lifestyle samples delivered to your door.

5 Mood Boosting Foods to Beat the Winter Blues

Our stress levels tend to skyrocket around holiday time.  And the dark and gloomy weather doesn't help, either. So we often turn to fatty and sugary foods for comfort. But just as our food choices will make it hard to fit those skinny cords, what we eat can also impact our mood—for better and for worse. So Everything She Wants asked  Theresa Creamer, a registered dietician at the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cancer Care in New York City, for advice on  how to beat the winter blahs with 5 nutrient-packed foods. Salmon:  Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, herring and sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to have a positive effect on mood swings and feelings of depression. They also help reduce inflammation and the risk of developing heart disease. Eggs:  During the winter, we tend to hibernate and bundle up. So we make less vitamin D—“the sunshine vitamin”--because we have less exposure to the sun.  That's why getting it from

Remembering Nelson Mandela with "Long Walk to Freedom"

We recently saw a screening of " Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom ," the Nelson Mandela biopic starring Idris Elba as the beloved "Madiba" and Naomie Harris as his wife and partner in revolution, Winnie. The film is a riveting testament to the irrepressible spirit of Mr. Mandela, who was sentenced to life in prison in 1964 because of his "terrorist" involvement with the anti-apartheid organization, the African National Congress (ANC). Mr. Mandela served 27 years of that sentence, mostly in a tiny cell on Robben Island. When he was released in 1990, he got even not by urging his supporters to wage war against his white oppressors, but by becoming South Africa's first black president in 1994. Idris Elba and Naomie Harris as Nelson and Winnie Mandela in "Long Walk to Freedom,."/Photos courtesy of the film. His is an impossibly true story, and one that is particularly poignant since the human rights activist passed away yesterday at age 95

Stocking Stuffer Gifts Under $50

The Christmas shopping countdown has begun.  And since we love to shop, Everything She Wants has done some of the leg work for you. Here are a few thoughtful stocking stuffer gift ideas under $50 that will surely show your family and friends that you like them... you really, really like them . Fill your home with a fragrant tea-scented candle ($45) from Parisian tea maker, Le Palais des Thes.  Each scent is inspired by a moment of pleasure, including the sensual scent of a Turkish bath house and the delicate scent of cherry blossoms in Kyoto. Make a fashion statement and keep warm at the same time in this faux fur Women's Trapper Hat by Nicki Minaj for Kmart. ($11.99). With a Paw Prints Charm Bangle by Alex and Ani ($28), you'll wear a reminder of your precious canine or feline friend and help rescue animals find their forever homes. Twenty percent of sales will go directly to the Mayor's Alliance for NYC Animals that focuses on supporting, healing an