thanksgiving
Put those extra cans to work for you this Thanksgiving.
gold
It’s the most unworkable and unreasonable thing I can possibly think of.
fake tan
I have a finite amount of skin and didn’t particularly fancy going down the Buffalo Bill route so I called upon my Irish mama and Scots/Polish best friend Jen to trial the tans for me.
curls
For as long as I remember, I craved glamorous, enviable curls a la Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe.
nail polish
If nothing else, the elitist gratification of saying, “Oh, this? I mixed it myself!” when someone asks you what color you’re wearing is BEYOND worth it.
cute nails
I don't want to toot my own horn or anything, but BEEP BEEP, baby!
in

Apr 16, 2013 at 10:00am | 43 comments

get your hair did with nnekay
What better a way to celebrate my black natural roots than by raiding Berkeley Bowl and making some healthy DIY leave-in hair products?
hair dye
But WHO CARES? Because I’ve got cotton candy hair, bitches.
gel manicures
shampoo
When my beautiful, all-natural-without-being-granola aunt (who is only seven years my senior) suggested that my hair could be cleansed with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and conditioned with vinegar (acetic acid), I was super skeptical.
in

Mar 14, 2013 at 3:30pm | 86 comments

deodorant
I'm the MacGyver of Beauty!
facial scrub
Suddenly I had a vision of my roommate Abby’s face floating above my left shoulder, “You can totally use Emergen-C as a scrub,” it whispered, just as she had done when I moved in and our pantries became one.
beauty secrets
For every strange cause-and-effect beauty theory my mother handed down to me, she had some equally effective remedies for hair and skin that come straight from the kitchen.