deodorant
I'm the MacGyver of Beauty!
coconut oil
It is said to strengthen teeth and gums, whiten teeth, help with halitosis, help you sleep, and is even a hangover cure!
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.
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

curls
For as long as I remember, I craved glamorous, enviable curls a la Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe.
hair
According to the Internet, semen might promote hair growth because of some of the vitamins it contains.
pot-bellied pigs
I don’t believe that all skincare products should be made with food-grade ingredients, but I also suspect that most humans aren’t tempted to eat their lotion.
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.
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.
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?
gold
It’s the most unworkable and unreasonable thing I can possibly think of.
hair dye
But WHO CARES? Because I’ve got cotton candy hair, bitches.
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

gel manicures
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.
thanksgiving
Put those extra cans to work for you this Thanksgiving.
hair
You know, for those times when you run out of your fancy shampoo and styling cream.