By Laura Carson Miller

BSA - May Best Beauty 1The Word on Everyone’s Lips 

Murad’s Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips is a multitasking serum that’s lightweight but truly packs a punch. Not only does it treat vertical lip lines and wrinkles with collagen support complex, it also helps them look plumper and fuller using mustard sprout to boost circulation. What’s more, it moisturizes with hyaluronic acid and shea butter and can be used under lipstick, gloss or balm.

Details: Pick it up at Sephora, Ulta or Massage Envy Spa locations,$24,

BSA - Best Beauty 4Serving Up Beauty 

Atlantan Sha’Donna O’Neal named her hair care line “Nancy’s Kitchen Products” after her beloved maternal grandmother and the way her family’s kitchen also served as their beauty parlor. Formulated with natural ingredients, the line offers silk buttercream deep cleansing wash, silk buttercream argan conditioner, deep moisture masque, hair growth oil and a shea olive hair smoothie. Nancy’s Kitchen Products are great for all hair textures, especially those craving moisture.

Details: 1290 Gresham Road #7956, Marietta, GA, (844) 545-6224,

DSS.HungarianMudPicture1Sugaring Adds Spice 

As spring fashions have you showing more skin, get over to see Marlonda Currie at Defined Sugaring Studio. “Sugaring is suitable for men, women and teens with all skin types, hair textures and skin sensitivities,” Currie explains, because this hair-removal process uses only 100 percent natural and biodegradable ingredients: sugar, lemon juice and water. The studio also offers services like their Hungarian Mud mask. Currie says, “That mask is anti-inflammatory while deeply penetrating tissues and clearing stored toxins. This is a must-try mask for clients with ingrown hairs and discoloration.”

Details: 375 Pharr Road, Suite 217. Atlanta, GA, (404) 464-7146,

thehugbox_packageA Hug from Home 

Whether you’re sending your own mom a treat or celebrating one of your mom friends, Atlanta-based thehugbox will pamper the recipient for days after she unwraps the gift. Shoppers can choose from pre-packaged gift boxes filled with fun products for various occasions. This month, try the “Mom’s Day at the Spa” box, the “New Mommy and Me” collection, or the “Nothing Says Home Like Mom” option. That final choice contains products all from Atlanta artisans, such as lip balm from Turnrow Bath, Body & Home, herbal tea from Just Add Hone Tea Company and more, all to help Mom feel beautiful inside and out.

Details: $30 and up,

Smile, It’s Strawberry Season! 

May means strawberries are in season (happy dance!) so in between popping them into your mouth for a healthy and delicious snack, try this simple recipe to put your best smile forward:

BSA - May Best Beauty StrawberriesStrawberry Teeth Whitener

2 ripe strawberries

1/2 tsp baking soda

Remove the leaves and stem, mash strawberries and mix them with the baking soda. Dip your toothbrush into the mixture and brush for two minutes. Malic acid strawberries is a natural stain fighter, while vitamin C makes short work of plaque.

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 Cooper, Meghan IMG_0247 8x10JaMonkey blogger and founder of “Yeah, Let’s Go!” Meghan Cooper is here to share her best advice for mothering young children.

What is an enjoyable part of mothering children at this stage? 

I love that their minds are little sponges. They pick up everything they hear – and I mean everything. I love teaching them about things and getting them interested in things that we enjoy.

What is a challenge of this stage? 

Potty training. It’s the worst. Lots of extra stuff to carry around and icky things to clean.

What is the biggest misconception people have about motherhood? 

That we as mothers have to give things up in order to raise children, or that it takes all our abilities to do so, leaving no time for other aspects of our lives.

Around Mother’s Day this year, what support would be most helpful to you? 

Support from my partner to go have a mom’s vacation. Moms don’t get sick days or time off. We are always “on,” so it would be great to be able to disconnect and unwind for some adult nurturing.

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This month, the Advisory Board members share their memorable client and patient success stories. 

IMG_6509 high resDr. Brian Maloney | Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery Facial Cosmetic Surgery

Fitting the Image 

“Wow!” That’s the reaction most of Dr. Brian Maloney’s patients have after a procedure or treatment with him. “I have the best job in the world,” he says, remembering one young girl in particular. “She was very overweight. She came in and said, ‘If I can get my face more in line with my image, I feel that I can shed this weight.’ So even though she was a young girl, I wound up doing a facelift on her because of all the loose tissue she had. It was probably about eight years later that this skinny girl walked into my office - she had lost 250 pounds. It was just so exciting to see.”

Even Dr. Maloney’s own mother is an example of the unexpected benefits of his work. “My mom came in from rural Ohio, and I did the works on her. When she went home, my dad called me up and said, “What did you do to your mother? She’s running around here with more energy than I’ve seen in years!’ “That energy boost, Dr. Maloney says, comes from looking the mirror and feeling like your best. “That’s something I offer to people every single day.” he says.

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BSA - May Give-back CHarMWe’ve all been there – you’re cleaning out the closet, and you come across that old phone charger that won’t charge anything these days or your printer that’s long outdated, and you’re stuck. These aren’t the most useful items to donate, and surely they don’t belong in the garbage, but they also seem out of place next to your glass bottles and cardboard in this week’s recycling.

As of April 18, the place you need is now open in Atlanta: The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials. CHaRM, as it’s known, is Atlanta’s first permanent facility to recycle those household items straddling that confusing line between recycling and trash. Styrofoam? Check. Printer cartridges? Yep. Furniture? Sure! CHaRM accepts these items and more, such as batteries, textiles, light bulbs and other household items completely free. For a small fee (ranging from $2 to $10, depending on the item), the center can also accept gallons of old paint, electronics, tires, mattresses, appliances, toilets, thermometers, smoke detectors and more.

And the best part of CHaRM? you can make it a one-stop-shop and also drop off your shoes, books, musical instruments, sports equipment, bikes and more, which the center will distribute to local nonprofits and other groups in need. The moral of the story here is to think before you toss something because now, more likely than not, you have a better option than the trash. Drop off your recyclables and donations on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Details: 1110 Hill St., Atlanta, GA,

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This month, the Advisory Board members share their memorable client and patient success stories. 

IMG_6474 high resDr. Tara Frix | Total Healthcare Non-Surgical Joint and Spine Care 

A True Solution 

Sometimes, a doctor’s visit is anything but routine, even when it’s for something as familiar as headaches and back pain. That was the case for one of Dr. Tara Frix’s patients last year. “We had a teenage patient come in experiencing constant headaches that caused nausea and dizziness, complicated by upper and lower back pain,” Dr. Frix remembers. “This patient had seen 17 different doctors ranging from primary care to orthopedists to neurologists and was given pain killer, cortisone injection – you name it. Nothing was helping.” The patient’s pain level eventually prevented them from making it through full school days, even using a wheelchair during the time they could manage to stay in class. “After an eight-week program with Total Healthcare, we were able to eliminate the symptoms,” Dr. Frix says. “As stated from the patient, ‘They literally brought me back to life!’ This is why we love what we do.”

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This month, the Advisory Board members share their memorable client and patient success stories. 

IMG_6613 high resDr. Dina Giesler | Atlanta Smiles and Wellness | Dental Health/Cosmetic Dentistry

Changing Lives 

Emotions can run high at Atlanta Smiles and Wellness. According to Master Dentist Dr. Dina Giesler, cosmetic dentistry is a very personal decision, and patients are usually overwhelmed with the results. “Your smile is the window to your soul,” Dr. Giesler explains,” and we know from a psychological standpoint that a beautiful smile is an asset in improving one’s self-esteem. I remember one particular male patient that had the worst teeth I had ever seen. Once we did his case, he broke down and cried like a  baby. We don’t just change smiles – we change lives.”

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As a mother of two, wife, dog trainer and NPC figure competitor, Corey Trocheck truly believes that feeling good and looking her absolute best is a top priority. Having suffered from a spinal fusion and losing her mobility a year ago, Trocheck became an advocate for greater and better physical health not only for herself, but for others as well with help from House of Payne Personal Training.  ”I thought about giving up, but then I thought about who was watching,” she says.

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The best fitness advice around town 

BSA - May Best Fitness Mr. Shut Up and TrainQ: What is better, working out at home or at the gym? 

A: A quick 20 or 30-minute at-home workout can be just as effective as going to the gym. You want to make sure you’re hitting the big three: legs, back and chest. Working larger muscle groups will burn more calories. Push-ups, dips and body rows are great upper body exercises. For your lower body, try using light dumbbells with compound movements such as squat presses and lunge curls. Use a jump rope for one-minute intervals in between strength training.

Rahman “Ray” Grayson, AKA “Mr. Shut Up and Train” 

BSA - May Best Fitness Ulrick Bien-AimeQ: I get spring fever! What exercises can I do outside to enjoy the warm weather? 

A: I believe in a back-to-basics approach that combines stretching and strengthening, which you can do anywhere. Simple exercises like planks and pull ups work the upper body, while lunges and squats work the lower body. When the weather turns warm, I have my clients outside running suicide springs, throwing tires and jumping in sand pits just to keep things interesting.

Ulrick Bien-Aime of Bien-Aime Strength and Stretch Studio 

BSA - May Best Fitness D. NorrisFriday Night Moves 

It’s time to salsa out the stress of the week! Join instructor D. Norris at this fun adult dance class, presented by the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education and the Woodruff Arts Center. Held every Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Woodruff Arts Center, this class costs just $10 to attend, and only $5 for students.


Pure Barre in the Park_cred Pure Barre Virginia HighlandsPure Barre in the Park 

The Virginia Highlands Pure Barre location wants you to tuck and pulse in the park this month. On Saturday, May 2 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., join them in Piedmont Park for a great workout with a side of fresh air. Recharge with tasty treats from KIND Health Snacks and Dtox, and don’t forget to pick up your goodie bag after class! Register now for just $20.

Details: (404) 883-3883,

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Sibley, Kelley IMG_0311  8x10CEO of Bamboo Juices Kelley Sibley is here to share her best advice for mothering young children.

What is an enjoyable part of mothering children at this stage? 

Watching her become more interactive with me every day. She can now smile and laugh with me, which is so much fun!

What is a challenge of this stage? 

Sleep! I am so tired! My baby is up during the night and up again early in the morning, and it’s really hard to work all day on a few hours of sleep.

What is the biggest misconception people have about this stage? 

I might be the only one who this applies to, but I just had no idea how hard it would be. My sister and friends made it look so easy.

How can Best Self readers support moms in their own lives? 

Give her the gift of health. My husband watches our baby while I take a long walk and puts her to bed most nights so I can take a few minutes to read my health books that I find so inspiring. The best gift is time to do what inspires you.


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Komen Atlanta staff members joined Footprints Dance Alliance for a #TutuTuesday flash mob on April 14.

Support Susan G. Komen Atlanta for the next few Tuesdays by wearing a tutu and posting photos on social media. These #TutuTuesday posts will raise awareness about breast health and help bring more supporters out to Race for the Cure, which takes place later this month on May 9 at Lenox Square Mall. Post your tutu pics and be sure to come out for this year’s race – the 25th annual event!


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