By Intisar Seraaj-Sabree

On Saturday, May 4, Pure Health Girls will host a Pure Health Girls Blog Launch Party at Chuice (433 Bishop St., Atlanta GA) from 6 – 8 p.m. to benefit Open Hand Atlanta.

Guests can enjoy doing natural makeup demos by Authentic Beauty, raffle prizes, vendors, health demonstrations and a DJ. Tickets for the Pure Health Girls Blog Launch Party can be purchased online and are $10.

Proceeds will benefit Open Hand Atlanta, an organization dedicated to helping people prevent or manage chronic disease through a combination of nutritional, home-delivered meals and nutrition education.
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How can mom create a new beauty look?
I have two toddlers, and the most important thing for busy moms is to build a beauty regime that is realistic with your schedule. Establishing how much time in the morning you are willing to give yourself to beautify will help determine the best products and looks for you.

What is the one beauty product that every woman should have?
Tinted moisturizer. This is my favorite multi-tasking product because it protects, primes and polishes in one easy step.

What is a great beauty gift to give mom?
Most moms never treat themselves to facials, so I suggest a visit to her favorite spa or esthetician. For an extra special treat, opt for a microdermabrasion facial.  It’s an amazing way to lift and smooth out the skin, giving moms a youthful, rested glow.

What is the perfect Mother’s Day gift?
Anything that will allow her to rest and rejuvenate, such as a selection of aromatherapy bath products, a makeup palette or a spa gift certificate. Some of my favorite spa brands I use to pamper myself at home are Ahava, Korres, Philosophy and Laura Mercier.

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Lace up those sneakers and get ready to run for a good cause as the first Domino’s Dare 5K takes over on Saturday, May 18 in Dunwoody. Sponsors of the race, Domino’s Pizza and Coca-Cola, have team up with Grammy award-winning artist Zac Brown’s non-profit, Camp Southern Ground for this exciting family-friendly event. Domino’s Dare 5K, a fundraiser benefiting Camp Southern Ground, is inviting participants of all skill levels to run in this inaugural event.

The race will take place at the northeast corner of Perimeter Mall Parking lot at 8 a.m. Emerging country artist Mandy Gawley will sing the national anthem to kick off the event.  Following the race, there will be an after-party with a Fire Buffalo Wing-Eating contest and kid-friendly activities. Each runner will receive a complimentary T-shirt and swag bag.

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NBC’s The Biggest Loser Casting Call in AtlantaNBC’s The Biggest Loser has launched a nationwide search for the next contestants to take part in Season 15.
If you’ve ever wanted the chance to work out with Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper or Dolvett Quince on The Biggest Loser Ranch then come out to The Georgian Terrace Hotel on May 11.

Casting producers are looking for charismatic individuals who have the desire to change their lives forever and vie for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lose weight and compete for a grand prize of $250,000. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and legal residents of the United States. Individuals who have at least 80 lbs. to lose are encouraged to apply for the new season.

Candidates should bring a non-returnable photo of themselves to The Georgian Terrace Hotel between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. Please note, people will not be allowed to line up prior to three hours before the start of the open call. For information on how to apply, please visit


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What is the most common beauty mistake you see women make? What do you recommend instead?
Poorly shaped eyebrows are the number one beauty mistake I see with women today.  A weak over-tweezed brow can make you look tired and years older because it does not “lift” or frame the face properly.   I recommend having your brows professionally shaped by a trained cosmetic professional.  If you suffer from misshapen brows that just won’t grow back, permanent cosmetic artistry provides an affordable and immediate way to recapture what you’ve lost. A good permanent cosmetic artist can work with you to create the proper brow for your face shape.

Favorite drug store beauty product
Falsies Mascara by Maybelline.  It makes even the skimpiest lashes look fabulous!

What would someone be surprised to see in your makeup bag?
Disposable mini pre-pasted toothbrushes. I spend the day in close proximity to my clients, so I am very aware of fresh breath.

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What is the most common beauty mistake you see women make? What do you recommend instead?
I often see women following trends instead of following what makes them “feel” pretty.  Don’t get me wrong, trends are a wonderful way to step outside of your box, but use it to your advantage and find more ways to complement your style. For instance, a cat eye shape may be on trend for eyeliner but if you have smaller eyes, you might want to try a different technique.

Favorite drug store beauty product
Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes are a great, inexpensive drug store product that you can use to take off your makeup if you need a little extra help.

What would someone be surprised to see in your makeup bag?
I like to keep a small travel size tea candle in my makeup bag that I can pull out any where when I’m on the go.  I like to take a little quiet time for myself when things are getting hectic. When you feel centered on the inside your inner beauty can shine on the outside.

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What is the most common beauty mistake you see women make? What do you recommend instead?
Their choice of face wash. It is a common thought to try to remove every single bit of dirt and oil with harsh chemicals, but that is not always a good thing. If too many natural oils are stripped, your face will overcompensate and produce more; hence more breakouts. Instead, try a more natural-based face wash or cleansing lotion.

Favorite drug store beauty product
L’Oreal telescopic mascara. I get separated lashes along with fullness and increased length.

What would someone be surprised to see in your makeup bag?
Most people are surprised to find Final Seal in my makeup bag. Final Seal is a setting spray that keeps your makeup intact all day long with minimal touch-ups. This product is an absolute must.

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On Friday April 26 Institut’ DERMed invites you to come meet the beauty experts – renowned facial cosmetic surgeon Dr. Pradeep Sinha and clinical skincare specialist Lyn Ross, L.M.E. founder of Institut’ DERMed Clinical Skincare.

Guests are invited to take part in a consultation with Dr. Sinha and a personalized four-point skin analysis with clinical skincare specialist Lyn Ross. Let Lyn created a personalized skin care program that addresses your skin care needs.

Make sure to make your appointment today by calling 404-261-5199. Meet the Experts will take place from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Additional treatments offered include Instant Facelifting Injectables by Dr.Sinha,  Infusion Facial Treatments, IPL Photo Laser Facials, CelluliteRx Body Wraps, complimentary makeup applications and demonstrations performed all day. Enjoy discounts on skin care products, Jane Iredale makeup and more.

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If you want to learn more about how to live a healthy life, come out to the Cobb Galleria Centre on April 27 for the FOCUS on Diabetes Atlanta Expo.

This free interactive expo will feature workshops, mini-seminars, health screenings, fitness demos, product demos, door prizes and more!

Celebrity chef Jamie Deen will also be on hand to cook up some tasty dishes for everyone to enjoy.

Details: Saturday, April 27, 9AM – 3PM
Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339,


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Atlanta’s doctors provide answers to all your medical questions.

One Best Self reader asked: I have always considered it, but how do I become an organ donor?

Stuart Knechtle, MD of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta says: More than 115,000 people are currently in need of a life-saving organ transplant. Your decision to become a donor can 
save up to eight of those lives and enhance nearly 50 others. 
You can become an organ donor by registering at, designating “organ donor” on your driver’s license or by telling family members about your decision to donate.

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