The Beauty Diaries: Honey is a superfood for your hair!

The virtues and benefits of honey have long been heralded by philosophers, scientists and not to mention Winnie the Pooh. Over the ages, healing with honey — apitherapy — was touted in Greek, Roman and Islamic text, as a universal medicine, improving the immune system as well as enhancing physical stamina and mental alertness. Lately, though, aside from its superfood stature and prolific use in cosmetics and skin care, the beauty world has been waxing prolific about the pluses of honey for our hair.

To find out what this buzz is all about, I sought the insights of David Wolfe, renowned authority on health and beauty, author of Eating for Beauty and a beekeeper extraordinaire. Indeed, David’s hives on the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii, produce an amazing enzyme and mineral-rich beauty food, what he calls Black Gold Honey.

Make your own honey hair masks, shampoos and deep conditioners

What to look for in honey

According to David, look for wild, raw, unprocessed honeys. The selection of pollens available to bees in a natural environment produce such varieties as Manuka or Pohutakawa that are darker and richer in essential nutrients than the cultivated ones.

“Honey is also a humectant,” David advises. “It attracts moisture from the air. This hygroscopic property, along with its antibacterial, emollient and softening properties make it ideal for hair and scalp care.” Furthermore, it seals the moisture in to protect the tresses, keeping them moist and full bodied, hydrated, shiny and nourished.

Make your own honey recipes

For effective, do-it-yourself hair conditioners, David shared three of his personal recipes:

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The Beauty Diaries: The 9 Hottest New Spring Makeup Colors

What do you consider a neutral? Beige? Brown? Think harder. The new neutrals are part of an eclectic rainbow of both brights and pastels. Punchy magenta, soft lilac, intense sky blue—shades that are thrilling and stunning are becoming more familiar to the eye. Here, the most mouthwatering makeup colors for spring.

Best lipsticks for Spring 2014

MAGENTA LIPS

When Pantone named radiant orchid its color of the year,the purple-tinged pink turned up in abundant supply in spring’s new makeup. Swipe the bullet directly onto your lips, then rub a cotton swab over the edges of your mouth to blur the lines.

1. Shiseido Perfect Rouge in RS 452
2. NYC New York Color Expert Last Lipstick in Air Kiss
3. Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in Apocaliptic
4. Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Crianza
5. Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupté in 206

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The Beauty Diaries: 8 Near-instant ways to get a beauty boost

GET GORGEOUS NOW

Getting gorgeous doesn’t have to take hours. We know it can, but really, who has time to pile on makeup when there’s coffee to drink, outfits to put together and things to get done? Save time and look fab in a snap with these tricks.
Pretty woman getting ready

 

 

Drink more water

Drink more water for healthier looking skin

Are you getting enough H2O? If not, your skin could look dull and sallow. The remedy is simple: Drink more water. Keep a reusable bottle at your desk so you remember to sip regularly, and trade one of your daily coffees or sodas for herbal tea. Remember, if you feel thirsty, you’re likely already dehydrated.

Add some shimmer

Adding a touch of shimmer (using a highlighting product) to the inner corners of your eyes, cheekbones and brow bone can do wonders to give you a quick beauty boost. The slight shimmer has an almost-optical illusion effect that helps hide the stress of the day.

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The Beauty Diaries: 9 Beauty Products That Work on Everyone

If you are like me you hate parting with good money on products that aren’t proven or that your best friend hasn’t recommended.  At the same time I realize that the majority of the best products that I have ever used have cost a bit more than Walgreen’s prices.  Right, so these 9 products featured below are wonderful.  Some are a bit pricey, but they are fabulous.  I admit the mascara looks bit like a medieval torture device, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll wonder why it hasn’t been around sooner.

I won’t rattle on anymore because these products seriously speak for themselves…Enjoy!

Sephora Collection Upside Down Mascara

  • The ultimate mascara. Period.

    We swear by Sephora Collection Upside Down Mascara ($22, Sephora). One swipe, and so will you.

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The Beauty Diaries: Best Spring Nail Polish Colors

I don’t know what it is like in your neck of the woods, but in mine the sun is shining and I finally feel like scrubbing off the winter blues and jumping into sunny spring!  With the sun out and the flowers and trees adding colour back to the landscape it’s time to bring some color to our nails!  Here are the hottest spring nail polish colors for 2014!

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Mint Mojito 285

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Mint Mojito 285

Two coats of soft, minty green might be just the thing to chase away the winter blues.

To buy: $6, drugstore.com.

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