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Now for an important light issue

Ladies, what are the things you do, the things you use that make you feel beautiful inside and look good on the outside? What takes the ugly of the world off of you?

Am I being sexist in not asking men? Then I apologize to my beautiful black brothers. I don't know what it is like to be a man or have any ideas of what you go through to be your best inside and out. But I'm always interested... razz

I invite you all to share your beauty secrets and pick up some new ones.
La Femme Nkechi ...
Be the change in the world you want to see...and... When you know better, do better
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I don't wear makeup at all. I go au natural! For my face I use Noxema face wash and St. Ives Apricot Face Scrub. The St. Ives Apricot Face Scrub makes your skin so soft to the touch and great looking, I use it on my whole body really.

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The Lord is on my side;I will not fear:what can man do unto me?
(Psalms 118:6)


If God brings you to it - He will bring you through it.

Started topic and did not put my 2 cents in...

Face: Picked up a book once (over 10 yrs ago) called, Don't go to the cosmetic counter without me. After I read that, and found out about all the crap out there that even I was using. I stopped cold turkey and me being a miser was all the more happy for it. All I need to clean my face is baking soda, best exfoliator and cheap as sin. I add Cetephil, a water soluble gentle cleaner to tone it down.

Recently I've started using rubbing alcohol to kill germs and remove dirt before hand or for a quick lazy cleanse. I know, I know they say don't. But I am one of those people that think the industry basically lies for profit. I do my own tests. The main 2 things I use are cheap. Imagine and they work, imagine that... guess they won't make much money if people had cheap stuff to use.

Like MsPrettyGirl, I don't wear makeup normally, only special nights out. I like my face, flaws and all.

Body: I like to use Vanilla or Mango/Peach smells. It makes me feel... edible. The best lotion I have found (passes end-of-day scratch test) is Cetaphil. I use a natural deoderant that acutally works.. its the Kiss My Face one, the roll-on in the blueish bottle for those of you looking for something that does not cause Cancer. Putting on a good CD, turning it up loud and getting on the treadmill qualifies for my body and soul beauty treatments.

Soul: End of day, to get rid of the world and all of that ugly crap... play with and just be with my dogs (Lucas and Charlie). All of that unconditional love concentrated at me, nothing like it. Other than that my soul requires quiet time to ponder life, the universe, God, me.

Simple secrets, but they make me feel beautiful, inside and out.

La Femme Nkechi
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Consider how hard it is to change yourself & you'll understand what little chance you have of changing others
- Create thyself first!
I found this new lip gloss that is cheap and good! It's Mary-Kate & Ashely lip gloss. There are differnt flavors and they actually taste! I recommend dreamsickle. It made my lips so soft and only cost $2.19 ! ( I know the name makes u think of kiddy stuff, but hey!)

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The Lord is on my side;I will not fear:what can man do unto me?
(Psalms 118:6)


If God brings you to it - He will bring you through it.

does anyone use products from LUSH?

EVERY time i go to Canada---it's a mandatory place to stop and stock up!! all natural products, everything is great.

here's a website if you're not near Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Tawain, Sweden, Austrailia, New Zealand, Brazil, Bahrain, Croatia, Slovania, Hungry, Holland, Denmark, Malta, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Phillipines, and Saudi...whew!

lushcanada.com

you'd think we could get ONE store in the States!!

those who stand for nothing fall for anything
Ingest Flax seed oil and Vitamin E for skin problems, gel pills. The Key is Flax seed oil for acne and any other skin problem. It really works, take both at lunch and before bed. You will see results within 10 days. It would not hurt if you include Vitamins B and C, go for the combo pill.
Flax seed boost your immune system and fight off sickness.

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Your skin needs softening...

You can go to a beauty store and get the Dead Sea salts or some jazzed up mixture, or...open up your cabinet and grab some salt or sugar. Moisten your hands or feet, and rub in the salt or sugar (or get someone to do it for you), just like you do with a face scrub. Do it about five minutes or more, and rinse. Feel the difference.
How much Flax Seed... I'm gonna buy some.

I'm gonna try the salt and sugar to see which one is better and then compare to baking soda.

Thanks for the tips folks, keep'em coming, especially the low cost natural alternatives. And if it works, spread the word to our black peeps. We can stop giving money to these cosmetic companies for chemical crap!

La Femme Nkechi
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Consider how hard it is to change yourself & you'll understand what little chance you have of changing others
- Create thyself first!
I like to sit back and enjoy the luxury of an oil or milk bath. Both baths are relaxing and revitalizing. Oil baths promote beautiful skin. And I'm into beautiful smooth skin.

To ease my mind during stressful times, I meditate. During meditation I tune everything around me out for about 20 minutes. Nothing matters but solitude -calmness. This actually helps relieve my stress.

Sometimes it's difficult but I try not to think ugly thoughts. It's like you can't stop a bird from flying over your head, but you have a say when he try to build a nest. Not entertaining ugly thoughts help keep my attitude in check.
yes, flaxseed oil is good for clearing skin. i use to take it daily. I actually took the omega 3-6-9 in liquid form. I would take two tablespoons a day. I ran out and never restocked. I need to start taking it again.

I like to put natural oils on my face. I have oily skin but certain oils actually help cleanse your pores. I've used:
Castor oil
Rosemary Oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Coconut oil

Either one works well. the oil will leave a nice glow if you use it overnight.

I'm currently experimenting with Neosporin. It works so well on cuts and bruises that I thought I'd try it on acne. So far, I like the results.

What makes me feel good on the inside? As MBM said, shopping. i know it's horrible but shopping is my weakness. Another thing that makes me feel good inside is when I get to sit home and watch a good movie all by myself.
Yeah I heard that Flaxseed oil was good for hair to promote growth-so I was thinking about trying it.
Keylargo-I am guilty too of loving to shop. When I go shopping, especially if I can get at least 3 outifts, the feeling I get from it is amazing. Shopping really makes me happy, I don't know if it is the adrenaline rush or what, but I love it! I love having new things, I love to get complemints from complete strangers about something I am wearing(call me superficial)!

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The Lord is on my side;I will not fear:what can man do unto me?
(Psalms 118:6)


If God brings you to it - He will bring you through it.

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