May’s Best Beauty

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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