by Laura Carson Miller
February is National Grapefruit Month
Avoid the infamous “grapefruit diet,” but definitely embrace the health and beauty benefits of grapefruit this month. Grapefruit offers antioxidant properties and is also antibacterial. Grapefruit is the friend of an oily complexion; look for face washes or toners with grapefruit ingredients, as they are naturally astringent. You can also use grapefruit juice as a treatment for dry winter scalp: pour a cup of juice over your scalp, massaging it in with your fingers. Use a wide tooth comb to distribute it throughout your locks, and rinse for a natural clean.
Walk this Way
Like many of you, I equate health with natural beauty, and a good walk is a great way to promote both. The Vionic Venture Walking shoe is my new fave when I’m getting my walk on. The Venture’s structure is lightweight and breathable. Vionic added an EVA board in the base of the Venture that is padded and perforated for extra cushioning, as well as arch reinforcement. This EVA absorbs shock, reducing stress on feet, ankles and knees. And hey, let’s not forget that is comes in really fun colors as well.
Details: Available for $99.95 at many Atlanta shoe retailers, vionicshoes.com
Valentine’s Makeup Tips
For Valentine’s Day, you want to think fun, flirty and feminine. GlowDry makeup artist Rajaa Hardimon created this glowing makeup look you can recreate for a night out on the town or a romantic evening in.
Skin: Start with a good moisturizer of your choice. For more sheer skin coverage use a CC or BB cream, which are products from a variety of brands that fall between tinted moisturizers and foundations. For a full coverage look, use a liquid foundation. Next, set your foundation with translucent powder.
Eyes: Pinks, creams, plums and browns are great choices for eyes. On bottom waterline, use a nude eyeliner pencil, and then smudge a dark brown eye shadow below the liner to open up eyes and to make them pop. And certainly don’t be afraid to use lashes!
Cheeks: A nice contour with a pink or red blush will do the trick.
Lips: Because of the dramatic eye, Hardimon suggests finishing the lips with a pink or peach nude lip shade.
If you want to leave your Valentine’s look to the professionals, call GlowDry or check out their website for makeup application pricing.
Details: 3722 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA, (770) 827-6221, myglowdry.com
Out of the Box
Your body thanks you for eating clean whenever possible. Give your skin the same opportunity to feel great! Through Atlanta-based Bare Bliss Box, you can enjoy organic, toxin-free skin care and makeup samples delivered to your door. One box may include an organic hand cream, a non-toxic deodorant, a healthy lip balm and more. Even better, each selected product is environmentally safe. Choose from a $19.99 monthly subscription or discounted three-month or six-month options.