Thursday, February 10, 2011

Radiant Brown Beauty - NEW Blog

Ok so I haven't posted here in a while because this blog doesn't technically exist anymore!

I've repurposed and moved my blog. No longer is it called Fresh Radiant Skin. It's now Radiant Brown Beauty and has moved to Wordpress at

I hope you follow me over there!


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Help A Sister Out

Hi There-

I have since moved my blog to
I hope you will follow me there.

In the meantime, I'm trying to get featured as the #1 Blogger on the Bizymoms home page for Yonkers or NY.

All I have to do to be featured is get as many of my widgets published on other sites as possible.  So, if you don't mind please copy the widget below and add to your blog or website.  I really appreciate it.

Thank You In Advance!  Here is the widget:

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

STOP: Why You Should Read This Post

Ok so I needed to get your attention. Mainly because I will not longer be posting here on blogger as of today and I want to make sure you continue to receive all of the product reviews, information and special deals for being a follower and reader of this blog.

It's way too time consuming to post here on blogger and on my main blog which is

Besides, blogger doesn't work too well for SEO (search engine optimization)

Soooo, please subscribe to receive all new content at

Thanks and Hope to See you over at the new site!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

First Winner for Ethnic Skin Care Month and Final Savings

As we wrap up our celebration of ethnic skin, I want to conclude the month by offering 15% off ALL products at

Just use coupon code ETH10 at checkout ~~~> good thru April 5th Only.

Pick up a Mother's Day Deluxe Pampering Box today!

I would also like to announce the first winner of the Beautiful Woman of Color contest for the month of March. It was a very close decision between 2 beautiful women but only one can be chosen.  I literally agonized over who to choose but in the end the decision was made based on the very descriptive life of...Brenda Williams.  Here's a little about Brenda (as shared by her nominator):

"Brenda Williams dedicates herself to helping others; primarily the elderly. She is a single mom working a full time job and still finds time to volunteer at the local food bank, church, and assisting others with their household responsibilities. She provides her time for free and never refuses to help someone in need.  She is truly, a hard working angel."

The Women of Color Contest continues throughout 2010 so if you know a beautiful woman of color, then please DO nominate her here.  Previous entries are still in the running.

Tip: If you nominate someone, be VERY descriptive as to why you think the beautiful lady should win.  An example of vague is : "She cares." That does not provide enough information so please be specific in your entries.

Thank you and I look forward to Ethnic Skin Care Month again next March 2011.

Friday, March 26, 2010

How To Prevent Your Sensitive Skin from Over Reacting

It's no secret that people with sensitive skin appear to be allergic or "sensitive" to just about every product on the market.  At least the commercial ones (that's me being coy)...

In celebration of ethnic skin care month, I've been highlighting the various skin types along with providing product recommendations and tips to care for the specific types. Today's focus is on ladies with sensitive skin and ways to prevent it from over reacting

If you suffer with sensitive skin, you are not on an island alone.  Many women, especially women of color have this problem.  Could it be that result of being removed form our "natural" climate?

Regardless to where you live (and why), you can best care for your sensitive skin and prevent it from being so darn over reactive with steady changes to your skin care routine such as:
  • Avoid products that contain fragrance
  • Opt for Organic (food too) as much as possible
  • Reduce the amount of synthetics you allow to come in contact with your skin (ie polyester)
Want more? Pick up your sensitive skin guide here

This article was written by Michelle Howard, founder of
If you like this post, then why not subscribe to Michelle's Skin Naturale newsletter where you'll get tons of tips to accomplish your beauty care naturally.  Receive a free Basically Beautiful Tips Guide with your subscription.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Prevent Acne Breakouts with These 3 Products

Have you ever heard the term, "The best defense is a good offense?" Well, that can be applied to just about everything in life.  Let's apply it to our skin care regimen.

If you struggle with acne like I did, you are not alone. I thought it was because of me.  The U.S. Census Bureau reports that approximately 85% of people in America have problems with acne.  With those odds, it's time to get on the offensive.

Introducing: Blended Naturals Skin Clarifying System

Skin Clarifying Face Cleanser: The unique formulation contains a blend of natural ingredients:

* Charcoal - To absorb excess oils and draw toxins away from the skin
* Natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) - To dissolve bacteria that causes acne
*Also contains organic Lavender and Chamomile to soothe overactive skin

Skin Clarifying Face Toner: Cleanses, firms and balances skin with non-drying ingredients:

* Aloe Leaf Juice - To improve skin elasticity
* Witch Hazel - To thoroughly clean skin and tighten pores
* Fruit Extracts - To refine skin and help even skin tone
* Essential Oils - To improve circulation, reduce oil production and aid healing

Skin Clarifying Face Cream: Formulated with a blend of fruit extracts, milk enzymes, and certified organic ingredients:

* Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) - Moisturizes and removes dead skin cells that cause a dull appearance
* Milk - Gives your skin a healthy glow
* Organic Aloe - Helps heal scars to promote healthier skin and a more even skin tone

Non-comedogenic so it doesn't clog pores!

Save $6 on the Complete Clarifying Skin for a limited time.

Buy your skin clarifying system here
BONUS: Complimentary War on Acne E-book to first 10 Customers

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Is It Because I Stole the Candy?

Isn't it something when you think you've escaped a common problem known to mankind that affects just about everybody only to find out that it got you in the end?

Now, I'm not talking about some communicable disease but rather a common skin condition that everyone in every race experiences at some time on another...Acne

Yes, I thought I had it made during my teen years, skating nicely through high school without a zit in sight.  Nope, not a zit in site at all.  Some would say I was lucky. However, the acne imps finally caught up with me in my mid 30s.  All of a sudden I was no longer experiencing clear unblemished skin.  What went wrong?

Was I being punished for stealing candy from my co-worker's desk? Or maybe it was because I snuck off to Uno's that time for a feast while my family sat home eating leftovers?  Ok, that's probably a stretch but more practically could it be my hormones?? My diet??

God knows. All I know is that every few days I was waking up with a zit somewhere along the side of my face that eventually led way to cystic acne.  *Sigh

Getting cystic acne is no fun. You get these fine micro pimples that are kind of hard and not easy to get rid of.  So, I started my investigation to figure out why I was having acne issues at 34 years of again and how do I make it stop?!

I saw dermatologists and tried pharmaceutical drugs for a time. They stopped the breakouts for a little bit but didn't clear up the little cysts that were annoying me mad.  Around the same time, I started seeing an alternative health practitioner who practices applied kinesiology and uses whole food supplements to address common health issues...including acne.

Fast 41 years old I am finally on my way to clearer skin.  Yes, I still get the occasional outbreak like you probably do too.  The difference is I'm finally experiencing real results and relief from the dreaded cystic acne.

It's been an emotional battle but here's what I discovered I need to be on top of to keep my skin clear (yours may differ):
  • Avoid processed foods
  • Avoid unhealthy oils. Stick with butter and extra virgin olive oil
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Cut way back on my sugar intake
There you have it. My pathetic little story. What's yours? Hey, everybody has a story. Share it. I'd love to read it.  Makes others feel good to know they are not alone in the world of acne...

About Michelle:  Michelle Howard is creator of Blended Naturals, a hand crafted natural skin care line for women.  As an advocate for women of color to care for their beautifully pigmented skin, Michelle helps with this pursuit by providing an array of information and skin care resources.  Subscribe to her Skin Natural newsletter for monthly tips, beauty information and a Free Basically Beautiful Tips Guide.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Is Your Spicy Lifestyle Secretly Causing Acne?

Acne is a common problem amongst women of color.  Could it be our spicy culture or just our spicy nature?  Probably neither but in any event, acne is common and more times than not, we try to do too many things at once to remedy the problem.

If you suffer from acne, just as if you were trying to lose weight, don't try to do too many things at once to get rid of it.  It can be demoralizing when you don't see the results you expect.  Besides, you won't know what's working !

Here are 2 tips that may prove helpful in preventing acne as well as treating it:

Natural Acne Prevention Tip: Make it a practice of using facial toner regularly.  Toner helps to cleanse away excess dirt while also shrinking your pores.  This is good!  The smaller your pores, the less likelihood of dirt and debris getting into them.

Natural Acne Treatment Tip: Here's one you many never have heard of. Cucumber juice.  Use a cotton puff to apply cucumber juice to acne breakouts.  Allow this to sit for about 15 minutes and then through wash off with tepid water.

For more tips to care for acne prone skin, pick up the next in the series of free mini guides for Oily/Acne Prone Skin Care here.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


I am passing along some information that I received from business source:

FDA Food Recall. If you're experiencing symptoms of Salmonella, what should you do? Full story below:
The FDA announced that HVP manufactured by Basic Food Flavors has been recalled, and an estimated 10,000 products are affected by this recall. Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) is a flavor enhancer commonly used in processed foods.

HVP is found in snack foods such as potato chips and pretzels. It's also used in dry mixes for chip dips, gravy, au jus and marinades. HVP is also used in frozen foods (such as taquitos and quesadillas) and in fresh foods such as potato salad and fresh dips. In addition to these items, it is also used in many other grocery products.

The recall was issued due to possible salmonella contamination. Salmonella is one of the most common causes of bacterial food-borne illness in the United States. It can cause fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

The following soup and dip mix products are included in the HVP recall.
Castella Chicken Soup Base
Concord Foods Vegetable Dip Seasoning - Homestyle
De la Casa Spinach Dip
Dean's - various brands of soup/soup mix & dip/dip mix
Delicioso Spinach Dip
Follow Your Heart Beef Au Jus
Fresh Food Concepts Garden Fresh Spinach & Spinach Dip with Real Yogurt
Great Value Ranch Chip Dip
Healthwise Cream of Mushroom Soup
Homemade Gourmet Tortilla Soup Mix
Johnny's French Dip Powdered Au Jus
Kroger Onion & Beefy Onion Soup Dip Mix
McCormick French Onion & Vegetable Dip Mix
Mrs. Gerry's Crab Creole Spread & Old Home/Old Fashioned Spinach Dip
Oak Lake Farms French Onion Chip Dip
Publix Beef Flavored Stew Mix
Reser's soup and dip mixes
Rojo's Garden Fresh Spinach Dip
T. Marzetti soup and dip mixes

Bouillon products
Herbox chicken, beef & vegetable bouillon

Dressing and dressing mix products
Follow Your Heart Organic Creamy Ranch Dressing
Reser's Ranch House Dressing
Trader Joe's Organic Creamy Ranch Dressing & Dip

Flavoring base and seasoning products
Garden Harvest Special Blend Seasoning
Minor's Bacon Base
Publix Meatloaf Seasoning

Gravy mix products
McCormick Onion Gravy mix
Publix Mushroom & Au Jus gravy mixes

Sauce and marinade mix products
Durkee Spaghetti & Marinade Mix
French's Thick Spaghetti Sauce Mix
Weber Grill Creations Italian Herb Marinade Mix

The following is a list of snack and snack mix products that are included in the HVP recall.

CVS Honey Mustard Pretzel Bites
Great Nut Supply Honey Mustard Pretzels & Bar Mix
HK Anderson Honey Mustard Pretzel Bites
Tim's Cascade Hawaiian style snacks
Herr's Sea Salt Flavored Kettle Style Potato Chips
National Pretzel Company (various)
President's Choice Honey Mustard Onion Pretzel Bite snack
Pringles Restaurant Cravers Cheeseburger & Family Faves Taco Night
Quaker Baked Cheddar Snack Mix
Rouses Louisiana's Best Snack Mix
Safeway brand Honey Mustard Onion Nugget Pretzels
Spec's Wines & Fine Foods
Sunflower Markets Honey Mustard Nugget Snack Mix

Frozen foods
Casa Solana Shredded Mini Beef Taquitos
E-Z Eats! Beef Taquitos
El Pasado Shredded Beef Mini and Beef Taquitos & Grilled Chicken Quesadillas
Giant Eagle Steak Taquitos
Jose Ole Taquitos
Posada Corn & Shredded Beef Taquitos
Tornados Ranchero Beef & Cheese

Prepared salad products
Reser's Redskin Potato Salad
Safeway brand Redskin Potato Salad
Walmart brand Redskin Potato Salad

Ready-to-eat meal products
Follow Your Heart Ready-to-Eat Meals

Stuffing products
McCormick Corn Bread Stuffing
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