EDITOR’S INSIGHT| Eyebrow Maintenance

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Eyebrows. The one thing that can change your look drastically. It’s like wearing essentials and adding that statement piece to pull your ensemble together.  So here’s a regimen on grooming your eyebrows to help maintain your look.

BROW APPOINTMENTS: I typically book my appointments with my aesthetician (one of two) once a month. I have two just in case one is booked to capacity or on vacation. Yes, I am that serious about my eyebrows. Haha! If you’re visiting an aesthetician for the first time, your timeframe may differ (Ex: every three weeks). Once your eyebrows are trained, you can adjust your scheduled appointments accordingly (Ex: once every four, five weeks).

TWEEZING/WAXING: If you don’t have the resources to visit an aesthetician or want to remove unruly hairs in between appointments, then tweezing/waxing your brows is the next option. Check out this video (here) for tweezing and this video (here) for waxing your brows.

MAKE-UP: If you over go overboard with tweezing your brows (we’ve all been there), make-up can help camouflage those shaping mistakes. I rarely use a brow liner, but when I do, Mac’s mechanical, shelf-sharpening brow liner allows me to fill in areas without compromising a natural look; this is a great alternative (as well as the pencil) for beginners. However, if you think you’re better off with the liquid form, go for it!

The brow gel is another favorite product. It keeps your brows shapely and those wild hairs in place. If I want a little tint, I’ll use a tinted version by Anastasia. If this is not an option, you can use your face moisturizer and a spoolie brush to maintain the shape of your brow. When I’m attending a special event (Ex: wedding, birthday), I’ll use a small angle brush and eyeshadow (a complementary color) to fill in my brow to make a more dramatic look.

**This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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EDITOR’S INSIGHT| Hair Care Regimen

Hair Regimen

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Daily hair care is not always an easy task. But creating a regimen can help encourage hair growth and maintain healthy hair. This month I’m sharing my hair care regimen that helped restore my hair. Keep in mind that everyone has different textures, so you may have to modify your routine.

SHAMPOO: Although there are recommendations to wash your hair every three days, I opt for a more feasible routine- once a week. I stay away from products that contain sulfate, polyethelyne glycol, alcohol, propylene glycol, and petroleum/mineral oil. I search for hydrating shampoos, which leave my hair and scalp moisturized. Tip: Give your head a massage (with your fingertips- not your nails) while washing your hair. Massaging your head in circular motions can help detoxify the scalp and boost blood circulation.

CONDITION: I use a conditioner (weekly) that stimulates the scalp to help my hair grow. I look for conditioners that include ingredients such as coconut oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, and menthol. The conditioner is applied from my roots to the tip of my hair. Depending on the amount of time I have, I’ll leave the conditioner in for 10 to 25 minutes, covered with a plastic cap. However, if you own a hooded dryer, that works as well. Tip: I rinse out the conditioner with cool water to close my pores, and lock in condition agents.

MOISTURIZE:  I apply hair lotion to the ends of my hair daily. I’ve abstained from greasing my scalp (usually related to ethnic hair) because it can clog your hair follicles. As a result, existing scalp conditions can worsen. By using the hydrating shampoo and conditioner, my scalp can absorb moisture.

STYLING: I use a flat iron two to three times a week (not consecutive days), depending on the cooperation of my hair. However, it is recommended to use a flat/curling iron once/twice a week.

DIET: How we treat our bodies from the inside effects the health of our hair. Our eating habits are just as important (if not more) as the products we put on our hair. Eating healthy food can help hair follicles grow, and maintain healthy hair. In addition to juicing (see article here), my weekly diet includes foods with biotin, iron, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids (ex: salmon).

I want to thank you for stopping by NRJS, and I’ll see you next time!


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EDITOR’S INSIGHT| The Truth About Juicing

Truth About Juicing

If you’ve read my last post (here), you know that I’ve been on the juicing bandwagon for a little while. Although juicing has many benefits, there are some cons. If you’re juicing, then this post is probably not news to you. However, if you’re thinking about juicing, here are some tidbits I’d like to share. Please note, I’m not a licensed physician or nutritionist. I’m just sharing my experience.

WHY AM I GAINING WEIGHT? Everyone has different reasons for juicing. It could be due to your health, to increase your vitamin intake, or to lose weight. If your goal is to lose weight, you may be surprised if you gain weight. It’s important to have a balance between fruits and vegetables when juicing. Keep in my mind that fruits contain sugar. So the more fruit you consume, the more sugar you’re adding to your diet. In no way am I deterring anyone from consuming fruit. Just be mindful of how much fruit you’re taking in. Don’t forget the vegetables!! 

WHAT ARE YOU DRINKING? Selecting fruits/vegetables can be tricky. Be sure of what you’re purchasing. If you have a garden or access to one, that’s even better. If not, be careful with store bought produce. Know how and where your fruit/vegetables are grown. Being unaware of what you’re putting into your body defeats the purpose of juicing for your health. If it looks like a cucumber and feels like a cucumber, it might not be an organic cucumber.

WHY AM I SO THIRSTY? “Drink plenty of water!” I’ve heard this many times before. But I didn’t know juicing can dehydrate your body.  Although juicing is part of the detoxification process, water is also needed to flush out toxins.

Since we’re all different (living environment, habits, weight), the recommended water consumption will also differ. Simply take your weight (in pounds) and divide the number in half to determine the amount of water (in ounces) you should consume daily. Those living in dryer/warmer areas may need to increase the water consumption.

WHY AM I SO TIRED? When you first start juicing, you may experience some symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness. Your body may be trying to adjust to your new regimen. Think about everything you’ve put in your system up until you started juicing. At one point, it felt like I was on my death bed. Yep! That’s how I felt. My body was lacking hydration and going through sugar withdrawal and other substances (ex: caffeine, pastries). But after a few weeks of sticking with this process, my body started to adjust to the dietary changes.

If you experience similar symptoms, but you think there’s something more serious, do not hesitate to contact your physician.

WHY IS MY SKIN BREAKING OUT? Unless you’ve had issues with your skin before juicing (ex: eczema), don’t panic! Your breakout may just be a detox reaction. If you’ve used the Clarisonic brush (or similar product), you may have experienced the same outcome. Releasing toxins is a sign that your body is going through changes, which is normal. Just think of this as the purging stage; it will pass…eventually.

Everyone will have a different reaction. If your condition is severe, or your skin has not improved, do not hesitate to contact your dermatologist.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Juicing has changed my health immensely, but don’t be fooled. You have to put in some work and find the right balance that suits your needs. Think of juicing as exercising. It’s not one size fits all. What works for one, may not work for the other. So before you commit, rethink your purpose and strategy. What is your goal for juicing? Is this a lifestyle change or a quick fix? How much are you willing to invest (appliances)?

I want to thank you for stopping by NRJS, and hope this post has helped those who want to change their lifestyle…one day at a time. See you next post!

Source: Reboot With Joe


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EDITOR’S INSIGHT| Lip Care Regimen

Editors Insight Lips

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Dry lips. I’m sure some of us (if not all) can relate to this. Much like a skin care regimen, our lips should be treated to a daily routine as well. Since the skin of our lips differs from the skin of our face (and other parts of the body), there are techniques to help maintain healthy lips. Below is my lip regimen that helps my lips remain moisturized through weather conditions, illnesses, and protection from environmental chaos.

Cleanse: The first thing I do before touching my lips is wash my hands. It’s no secret that we can transfer germs to our mouth by touching contaminated surfaces all day (ex: doorknobs).

Exfoliate: This step is controversial. Some medical professionals say this should be avoided, as it may scratch or tear your skin if the product is too abrasive. However, with exfoliates now being less harsh, other medical professionals recommend exfoliation. For me, I tend to use products that softly exfoliate my lips (and hydrate), such as Tarte’s Maracuja Lip Exfoliant (also sold here).

Moisturizing: I apply a lip balm (or lip gloss) to my lips before heading out to work, after meals, and before bed. It may seem a little obsessive to some, but this step has kept my lips moisturized for years. I typically look for lip balms that have vitamin E, castor seed oil, and/or shea butter. Oh, and don’t forget that SPF! Want to add a little color? Try this sugar lip treatment or other lip treatments that provide protection for your lips.

Hydration: Drinking water should be a given by now. Similar to maintaining moisturized skin, water can also help your lips stay healthy and hydrated. It’s recommended to drink 2 to 3 liters of water a day, but I say do the best you can. Just don’t go a day without water.

**Tips: Try not to lick your lips. Since our saliva is a source of moisture for our lips, we tend to lick them. But licking our lips contributes to dry and cracked skin.  Also, be sure the products you’re using aren’t the culprit to your lip woes (cracked lips, dry lips, etc.). Even lip balms (among other lip products) can irritate your skin.

I thank you for stopping by NRJS and look forward to seeing you next time. Until next post!


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