The Dangers of Cosmetics

Women (and in some cases men) use cosmetics to enhance facial features. However, some cosmetics contain chemicals that can be harmful to the body. Below is a short list of those ingredients that can be found in color cosmetics. I’ve also included some ingredients found in nail polish. It’s summertime, and many of us want to show off our feet by wearing vibrant colors on our toenails. It’s fine to look beautiful. I want to make you aware of all of your options.


Common ingredients found in makeup (i.e. foundation, color cosmetics):

Propylparaben – preservative; can mimic estrogen; can disrupt hormones

Methylparaben – preservative; can cause (breast) cancer, skin, and eye damage.

Disodium EDTA (ethelenediaminetetraacetic acid) – makes hard water soft

Diazolidinyl urea – preservative and formaldehyde releaser; can cause allergies. It should be noted that formaldehyde is toxic and used to preserve cadavers (dead bodies).

These chemicals can also be listed as benzoic acid, 4-hydroxybenzoic acid, methyl ester, etc. For a complete list and for more information about cosmetic ingredients, visit


Common ingredients found in nail polish

Acetone – this is used as nail polish remover, sometimes 100% or diluted. Used for laboratory experiments or cleaning laboratory glassware.

Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) – increases flexibility and shine in polish; causes birth defects

Formaldehyde – causes cancer

Triphenyl phosphate (TPHP) – used to make plastic; disrupts hormones, and contributes to weight gain and obesity

Always read the ingredients before you buy any product. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t buy it or buy at your own risk.  Personally, I enjoy being pampered from a manicure or pedicure.  There may be non-toxic brands available, or you may opt for no polish.  If you have the time, you can do it yourself in the comfort of your own home.

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Natural Hair: Getting to the Root of It

At the beginning of this year, I decided that I would stop chemically treating my hair and embrace my natural hair.  I think just about every woman that I know has decided to do this. I admit that I was hesitant about going natural because my hair is very course.  After talking to other sisters and hair professionals, the key is conditioner and LOTS of it. I use Taliah Waajid for Children and  Silk Elements MegaSilk Olive Moisturizing Treatment.  I also use coconut oil and shea butter on my hair. I was also told that it would be a lot of work, and that I would need to give my hair time to recover from the many years of relaxing.

Last year, I wore a very short cut, which was really cute and easy to manage. However, I was starting to notice that my hair was thinning around my hairline.  Since natural products and herbal supplements are improving my health, it should work for my hair.  I decided to try Ninja Hair Growth Tonic for my thinning patches of hair. I saw results within 2 weeks. I  massage my scalp with it 1-2 times each week nightly and wash it the next day.

To make my transition to natural hair easier, I have been wearing fluffy twists, which look natural.  They also feel very light. My stylist says that my hair is growing fast. When the relaxer “grows out”, I can rock my natural hair and love it!

Simple tips for a model: How to stay in shape

modelModeling is one of the best-paid jobs of our time, and some might think that it is easy to be a model. What could be difficult about cat walking, posting in front of the camera with a smile on one`s face, or serious expression? But there are things about this profession which are noteworthy.

Not every single girl or a guy can become a model. One should look accordingly. Skin, hair, nails, and weight need to be good, and to look good, one should eat well and take care of oneself. Speaking of body weight, it is essential because girls get sick running after looking skinny and even die.

To avoid such problems in your life, make sure you eat healthy food and do physical exercises regularly. There is no need to skip meals to look skinny. Just pay attention to what you eat, when, and how often. Your body needs calories, too, so you could stand a day running from one casting to another.

Breakfast is the most important because without it, you will feel weak. Besides, thinking about food all the time is not an option. Having cereal, yogurt, or both would be a good idea. You will have energy for the first part of the day.

As for lunch, it might be some nuts or a fruit. Then, a broth works for dinner. It is highly important to have a broth or some soup regularly; otherwise, you risk suffering from gastritis. For supper, you could have some salad with a piece of meat or fish, or have a side dish with a salad.

Drink a lot of water during the day. It is important to have about 2 liters of water a day (coffee, tea, juice are not included). It has to be plain water and not sparkling water. This along with sweets are empty calories. Empty calories mean that what you get is fat only while cereal, broth, vegetables, fruits and meat fulfill your body with vitamins and energy.

Try to avoid bread, pasta, and cakes. If you do have some, do not forget about physical activity afterwards. It can be jogging, swimming, a dance class, or other type of fitness, even a walk for an hour and a half or two. Yes, walking is highly important. Keep in mind that it is recommended to walk two hours a day every day. Especially for someone who is occupied with an office job sitting all day long, but this is not about modeling, of course.

Even though being a model means an active lifestyle, do not forget about keeping yourself in shape, or the way you will look on the catwalk will get you fired or told mean things.

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