3 Hottest Lipstick Shades for Summer 2019

You know all those bright lipsticks you keep zipped up in your makeup case all winter, patiently awaiting summer? They might need to stay in hibernation. This year, statement lips are taking a back seat as looks go au naturel.

Runway makeup is keeping lips fresh with neutral colors for a simpler take on seasonal favorites. Here are our top three lipstick options for staying on trend this season.

Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer in Nudiste, $55

This season, strip it down with lipstick that envelopes your kisser in nothing more than a sheer, lustrous sheen. This moisture-saturated lip color enriches skin with a hydrating combination of vitamin E and shea butter for a comfortable feel. Nudiste lightly clothes lips in a warm-toned, muted coral shade to create barely-there makeup looks.

Jouer Cosmetics Long-Wear Lip Crème in Au Naturel, $18

The shade name says it all. This weightless liquid lipstick infuses skin with warm, honey-beige color that won’t clash with patterned spring outfits. Enriched with vitamin E, I love how this non-drying formula glides over lips like a velvety frosting then dries down to a smooth, matte finish. Once you apply, this smudge-proof shade stays on all day so you can drink and devour your favorite treats all season long.

Charlotte Tilbury Latex Love in Berry Nude, $34

This flower-scented lip color is a must-have for your summer makeup collection. Described as a lipstick/gloss hybrid, Latex Love is formulated with emollient oils and silicone polymers that leave skin feeling plumped and hydrated. Berry Nude works like a great pair of spandex, hugging lips in a soft rosy hue that enhances your natural shape with universally flattering, neutral color and a high shine finish.



How UMA Sources the World’s Best Essential Oils

Shrankhla Holecek’s family has been producing essential oils for the world’s top beauty brands (think TOM FORD and Estée Lauder) for years. So when Shrankhla launched UMA as a way to share her family’s legendary oil blends with the world, industry insiders (and more than a few celebrities) took note. We asked Shrankhla to explain the special process UMA uses to source its essential oils. (Spoiler alert: Not all essential oils are created equal!)


At the UMA estate, we have been striving for centuries to create only the highest quality essential oils, and we want you to know exactly how we ensure that. I’m about to get a little technical, but bear with me. We think it’s important that you know exactly where your essential oils are coming from. Here’s the rundown on essential oil production—and why we do it our way, which isn’t necessarily the easy way.

Blending essential oils with Uma

What’s the story behind essential oils?

These potent ingredients have an equally rich history. Ancient Egyptians were among the first to use essential oils in medical practices, religious ceremonies, spiritual enhancement, and, of course, embalming. When tombs are uncovered today, traces of cedarwood and myrrh are common discoveries. There are over 150 references to essential oils in the Bible—including the well-known story from the New Testament about the baby Jesus receiving gifts of frankincense and myrrh from three wise men.

The obsession didn’t stop! The reintroduction of essential oils into modern medicine first began during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Since that time, essential oils have been used to kill harmful germs, balance the mood, lift spirits and dispel negative emotions. At UMA, we use centuries of ancient wisdom about essential oils in order to create highly effective, pure blends that are perfectly suited for modern day.

Where do essential oils come from?

Essential oils are commonly derived from the berries, seeds, bark, rhizome, leaves, flowers, and fruit peels of plants. At our estate, we grow and manage many unique types of crops—something we do completely organically and sustainably. One of my favorite essential oils—the extremely precious sandalwood—is derived from the wood of a tree that takes over 15 years to mature!

Workers on the Uma estate

How are essential oils extracted from these plants?

There are several methods for extracting essential oils, and more sophisticated methods come with a higher price tag. As you may guess, the less expensive methods—which we don’t believe yield the highest-impact results—are a common choice for companies looking to cut corners.

  • Distillation. Water is heated to produce steam, and the steam softens and ruptures plant cells to release the volatile compounds that make up essential oils. The steam flows through a condenser (think a vertical glass tube that’s hundreds of feet long!), cools, and becomes a liquid. Finally, the material collected at the surface is the essential oil. This is the method we typically use at UMA because it gently yet effectively creates quality oils. The process is ultra-sensitive—time, temperature, and pressure must be constantly monitored—but we love giving our oils a little extra TLC to ensure our customers have the best possible product.
  • Expression/cold-pressing. This is the method used to produce most citrus oils, like orange or lemon. A lot of pressure is applied to the fruit peel to break open oil glands under the surface. Citrus peels contain lots of oil, which means they are more easily extracted, making them less expensive than other essential oils. While we love the benefits of essential oils like orange, our products are bursting with other, more precious ingredients to give our customers the best possible results.
  • Solvent extraction. This relatively inexpensive method is typically used for oils like jasmine or tuberose, because their chemical composition makes it difficult to use other means. An organic solvent like hexane or methanol is used to wash the plant material, eventually separating out the oil from the solid stuff. While the solvent usually evaporates, traces of it can often be found in the products. We don’t use this method—purity is our middle name!
  • Supercritical fluid extraction (SFE). This method is fairly similar to the one above, but it is completely nontoxic and odorless. Supercritical carbon dioxide is used as the solvent to extract the essential oil and then converts into a gas, leaving a solvent-free product. The carbon dioxide is even recyclable—talk about sustainable!
  • Enfleurage. This old-school process was beloved by the Ancient Egyptians. Glass trays are covered in an animal or plant fat, and then flowers are placed on top and left for days or weeks. The fat absorbs the essential oil, and the fat is solubilized with alcohol. After the alcohol evaporates— voila! —you have an essential oil. This method has fallen out of favor because fats do not extract oils as well as an alcohol solvent, leaving you with weaker results. Although we incorporate many traditions in the creation of our essential oils, this is not one of them, as we want to create only the purest essential oils.

Hopefully, by reading this, you’ve learned that not all essential oils are created equal. We put a lot of hard work, patience and research into every ingredient that goes into every bottle. “Purity,” “quality,” and “organic” aren’t just words for us—they’re the way we do business. We know that by setting these standards and living up to them, our customers are getting the best possible product with no strings attached.



Service dog helps 7-year-old boy prepare for his 10th surgery

When Indiana resident Gavin Swearingen was just 2 years old, he let go of a swing, hit his head and suffered a traumatic brain injury. The little boy lost about 75% of the left side of his brain, developed epilepsy and cerebral palsy, and has survived several strokes.

So last year, Gavin, who lives in Carmel, just north of Indianapolis, got his first service dog. Elmer, a Labrador-golden retriever mixed breed trained by the nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence, helps with the boy’s physical challenges in myriad ways.

“It’s magic,” his mom, Amanda Swearingen, 36, told TODAY. “I jokingly say they’re both puppies — they love to play. Gavin is 7 and Elmer is 2. They run and chase each other and they’re silly.”

Gavin Swearingen and his service dog, Elmer
“Throwing the ball to me 10 times is therapy,” Amanda Swearingen said. “Throwing the ball for Elmer 20 times is fun.”Liz Kaye

Due to hemiplegic cerebral palsy, Gavin’s right side is not as strong as his left, so he holds Elmer’s leash in his right hand, which pulls his arm down and changes his gait to appear neurotypical.

Gavin lost peripheral vision on his right side after his accident, so Elmer walks on the boy’s right to act as a buffer in crowds. The friendly dog makes physical therapy seem like a game instead of a chore.

“Throwing the ball to me 10 times is therapy,” Swearingen said. “Throwing the ball for Elmer 20 times is fun.”

Before teaming up with Elmer, Gavin struggled with reading. But he now reads books to Elmer every single day. They particularly love the “Elephant and Piggy” books by Mo Willems.

“We were all kind of at our end of what to do next, and all it took was Elmer. Now Gavin’s reading almost to grade level. He’s reading for fun and enjoyment,” Swearingen said.

Gavin Swearingen and his service dog, Elmer
Before teaming up with Elmer, Gavin struggled with reading. But the 7-year-old now reads books to Elmer every single day. Liz Kaye Photography

It’s a remarkable turnaround since the accident, when doctors told the Swearingens that Gavin would never walk, talk or even know them. But thanks to neuroplasticity, Gavin’s brain has “remapped” onto the right side and he continues to improve with Elmer’s help.

The family – which includes Gavin’s father, Brad, and sisters Alyson, 12, and Makenna, 9 – faces everything in life together. Each night at the dinner table, they take turns sharing what they’re grateful for.

“I can’t say this is a path that I ever expected to be on, but we are definitely going to make the most of it and try and remain grateful for it because gratitude is the opposite of sadness,” Swearingen said. “We choose gratitude.”

Despite all of Gavin’s challenges, the word most people use to describe him is “joyful,” according to his mom.

“I think that’s actually why having a dog has worked really well because it’s the same personality,” she said. “They find the best, and every day it’s like they wake up and it’s a brand-new day and they’re both just excited to go play outside.”

Amanda Swearingen and her son, Gavin, and his service dog, Elmer
Amanda Swearingen’s son, Gavin, has shown tremendous improvement ever since his service dog, Elmer, joined the family. Doctors had previously told the Swearingens that Gavin would never walk, talk or even know them. Liz Kaye

But now Gavin is scared. He’s facing his 10th cranial surgery to repair a hole in his skull, which puts him at risk for another brain injury.

Amanda Swearingen’s son Gavin and his service dog “Elmer” at Holiday Park on Sunday June 2, 2019.Liz Kaye Photography

Hair Dye Disasters And How To Fix Them

We’ve all been there: lusting for louder locks à la Nicki Minaj and jumping in on the dip-dye or ombré hair color trend trend. However, in just the blink of an eye and a swipe of a colorful cream, a fun hair dye experiment can go horribly wrong. Maybe that rainbow hair looked great in the pictures, but the results from a full palette of Punky Color made you feel less “downtown” and more circus clown.

“It may seem like candy-colored shades would fade out faster than semi-permanent browns or blondes, but it’s actually quite the opposite.” says Bumble and Bumble’s color expert Zoe Wiepert who took time between clients to give us the lowdown on how to lose high-voltage hues without damaging your ‘do. Before you resort to making a trip to the local wig shop, read on and your hair will be back in tip top shape before you have a chance to Manic Panic.


The first thing many people reach for after a dye disaster is a bottle of bleach, but Zoe warns that’s the last thing you should grab. “Bleach will eat away at the underlying pigments in your hair,” says Zoe. “It will only remove some of the tones in your strands, often leaving you with a different crazy color than what you already had.” Bleaching away unwanted shades will also increase the damage, and girls with naturally thick hair are extra-prone to harmful effects from over-bleaching. “Red or pink shades, as well as darker colors,” she explains, “are typically harder to remove because the dye molecule is thicker than it would be in a natural vibrant color.” It’s a great reminder to choose wisely before going rainbow on a whim!


Zoe suggests starting with a clarifying shampoo, which will dry out the hair and fade the color. If that doesn’t work, try color remover kits found at beauty supply shops like Sally’s or Ricky’s. They are milder than bleach and will not affect the base color in the hair when used properly. If you choose to visit a salon, the stylist will typically apply what’s called a soap cap or bleach bath. Those with experience can whip one up at home with clarifying shampoo, a scoop of prepared bleach, and a little conditioner, leaving it on under a shower cap for five to fifteen minutes. ”Typically it’s best to try the simplest and safest method first before going more extreme,” warns Zoe. “You don’t want to start with bleach, when a soap cap would have been just as effective.”


The same way you would apply a conditioning shampoo to extend the life of your dye job, mixing a handful of dishwashing detergent with a little baking soda can remove unwanted color fast. Zoe has even resorted to a Windex rinse, but she says it’s not the healthiest option. “It’s ‘old school,’” she laughs, “but dish soap is basically the same thing as Head & Shoulders or Suave. It doesn’t really have any conditioning values in it, so it really strips the hair of its oils.”


After lifting the color, Zoe recommends a hot oil treatment or a hair mask to replenish moisture lost in the process. “I love Bumble and bumble’s The Color Minded Conditioner,” says Zoe, “It has UV protectant in it so it blocks against UVA and UVB rays as well as heat styling tools, creating a web of conditioners to restore hair back to its former glory.”



Do Your Own Temporary, High-Octane Highlights in Minutes!

If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to try out electric-hued highlights, look no further.

Anastasia’s Hypercolor Brow and Hair Powder, available in five mega-watt shades, lets you give yourself a little or a lot of color with just a few tools and absolutely no long-term commitment (it washes out with regular shampoo). Here’s an easy tutorial for creating a subtle yet bright ombre ’do perfect.

Step 1: Start with either freshly washed or second-day hair. Spritz a cotton pad with water. Pigment can rub off on hands and clothing, so wear gloves (and wait until the color sets to change into your fest outfit).

Step 2: Gather a 1- to 2-inch section of hair near your face. About midway down the length, place the moistened cotton pad behind the hair, and press the compact color side down directly onto the hair.

Sandwiching the hair between the compact and moistened pad, rub the color onto the hair. Go over it a few times to achieve the desired intensity. We started with Mega Watt Green.

Step 3: Repeat with a second color, slightly overlapping the first.

We used Teal Tornado and finished this gradient off with Electric Blue.

Step 4: Spray the strand liberally with hairspray and let dry.

Step 5: Repeat on as many strands as you like, using any color combination.

It looks great on dark hair, too!

Wear it in a braid or let it hang.


When mixed with Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat (the line’s mascara topcoat), Hypercolor also serves as a face and body paint for temporary tattoos and body art. Read on to learn how to try it.

Step 1: Using a stiff brush, wipe some of the Lash Genius gel onto a Paw Palette.

Step 2: Mix the gel with the Hypercolor shade of your choice, creating a paint.

Step 3: Apply to your face or body in any shape or design. You could also use sticker stencils to get perfect shapes!




5 Treatments for a Healthier Scalp

You’ve heard it hundreds of times, but we’ll say it again: Healthy scalps promote healthy hair. Often neglected, scalps crave deep moisture, nourishment, and cleansing just like our strands. Whether you wash your hair everyday or once a week, scalp skin is highly susceptible to irritation from a number of triggers, including stress, travel, styling products, and environmental factors. Red, itchy, and flaky scalps increase skin sensitivity and can become painful if ignored. We’ve gathered the five most effective treatments for all scalp concerns, so you can give your skin the proper TLC it needs!

[Photo: ©Juri Pozzi / Stocksy United]

For color-treated hair

Oribe Serene Scalp Soothing Leave-On Treatment

This weightless serum gently melts into your scalp for gentle exfoliation after your shower or on the go. The precise, transparent applicator tip lets you see how much serum you’re using for even distribution that won’t disturb your hairstyle. This nourishing, leave-on treatment provides instant relief to even the itchiest scalps with a cooling effect to soothe your skin after a color treatment.

For thinning hair

Rene Furterer Complexe 5 Stimulating Plant Extract

Formulated with pure essential oils of orange and lavender, this rejuvenating treatment increases microcirculation for hair growth and offers a slight warming sensation to let you know that the purification process is underway. The rich, aromatic formula comes in a glass bottle with a precision applicator to strengthen hair from root to tip while enhancing the effectiveness of the other products in your routine. Massage product onto your unwashed scalp once or twice a week for an indulgent sensory experience. This is an intense treatment, so we don’t recommend it for very sensitive skin.

For dandruff and flaky scalps

Sachajuan Scalp Treatment

This leave-in scalp treatment contains the anti-fungal ingredients piroctone olamine and climbazole to break down and remove even the peskiest dandruff for clean and clear scalps. Formulated with salicylic acid, Sachajuan Scalp Treatment exfoliates away dead skin and soothes inflammation, redness, and irritation for nourished, healthier hair. To apply, section hair, massage, and leave in.

For scalps in need of clarification

R+Co Acid Wash ACV Cleansing Rinse

This lightweight clarifying treatment removes build-up from dry shampoo and other styling products, to restore hair and scalp to its naturally healthy state. Formulated with a combination of apple cider vinegar, notorious for breaking down build-up and exfoliating away flakes, and aloe vera, which soothes and nourishes, this cleansing rinse leaves hair feeling clean without stripping strands. Apply to wet hair, leave in for 1-3 minutes, and rinse.

For extremely sensitive scalps

Klorane SOS Serum with Peony

Created with sensitive scalps in mind, this leave-in treatment provides an immediate, cooling effect to relieve dry, itchy, and tight scalps. Discomfort from stress, travel, and over-styling is soothed for 24 hours, while peony extract protects against further irritation. The non-greasy, leave-in formula gently sprays from the nozzle for a refreshing mist of relief without weighing hair down. Apply on wet or dry hair as often as needed for a 7-day period.



At-Home Hair Color: How To Get The Shade Right

The right hair color can enhance your skin, cover pesky greys, and most importantly, give you a confidence boost. But sometimes visiting a salon just isn’t in the budget (time- or money-wise). But how to navigate the wide selection of at-home dye products available today? How much can you really expect to achieve without a pro on hand? The thought is kind of overwhelming. That’s why we called in the experts from Vidal Sassoon Pro Series, who shared tips for choosing a product and shade. Before you make a purchase or reach for the plastic gloves, this is a must-read! 

Be Reasonable

If you want to color at home, it’s recommended to go only one or two shades lighter or darker than your natural color and to stick to a monochromatic hue. If you want highlights, lowlights, balayage, ombré, etc., book a salon appointment. Trained colorists have more freedom to experiment because they possess the necessary tools, products, and, perhaps most importantly, experience. Some things should simply be left to the pros, including color techniques that require multi-applications—unless you (or a trusted friend) has training in hair color processes. 

Mind Your Hair Type

The texture can actually make a difference in how color absorbs into locks. So understanding your hair type prior to coloring will make a big difference in the end result. If its coarse and thick, you’ll likely need an additional box of dye and a few extra minutes beyond the recommended time for processing. Fine, curly, or textured locks tend to need less time for color to process, and should be able to get by with one, single box.

Determine Your Skin Tone

When you’re deciding on what color to go with, you have to take your skin tone into account. All example color swatches shown below are pulled from Vidal Sassoon Pro Series’ Permanent At-Home Color Kit product line.

Fair skin tones

Someone with fair skin should pick a shade that’s either neutral or cool-based, like ash or beige. Look for the terms “ash,” “beige,” or “cool” in the shade name.*

Medium skin tones

Unlike fair skin, those with a medium complexion should avoid neutral and cool colors, and instead go with something that’s warm. Look for copper and golden shades. Look for the terms “copper,” “golden,” or “warm” in the shade name.*

Darker skin tones

A person with darker skin can choose almost anything within the brunette color family. Look for the terms “brown,” “brunette,” “chocolate,” or “black” in the shade name.*

*This will not necessarily always the case in every product line, but these indicator terms might help you find shades within the color family you want.

Start Shopping!

Hair colors fall within categories like semi-permanent, demi-permanent, and permanent. An easy way to figure out which is best for you is to decide how committed you are to the change.

If you want: slight upgrade to enhance your natural color
Try: semi-permanent
It’s the most temporary of the three, typically lasts 8–12 shampoos, and won’t leave noticeable roots.

If you want: to go a shade or two darker and more obvious change
Try: demi-permanent
Demi’s are best at darkening hair and suitable for someone looking for a more obvious change. While the color usually lasts through 28 shampoos, it will begin to fade before that. Keep that in mind if you’re looking to cover greys—it will only blend them into the color, not fully cover them.

If you want: to go lighter or darker and/or cover greys
Try: permanent
This is only option that allows you freedom to go lighter or darker (but remember: still sticki within two shades of your natural color one way or the other). Permanent dyes can also cover 100% of greys.

Stay tuned for our step-by-step guide to coloring hair at home!

Photo: Coffee &Milk



Shout out to Dad! Good times…


Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing Dads out there.

Here’s my dad in the 80’s (Mario Brothers Mustache and all- A trend I hope never comes back though LOL) taking me to Indian Princesses camp (dads and daughters).  Yeah I thought my 90’s rolled up jeans looked so rad!

indian princesses

This was a time where you had fun as a kid just hanging from a stick because your dad can actually hold it up high enough.  This is how much fun dads can be and this is really what kids should experience with their dads.

dad indian princess

He’s always been there for me and I love him to death!


Now that I’m all grown up (supposedly) He’s now my business logo designer.  My dad’s a crazy good artist so he actually hand drew this from scratch and designed my logo for Hairmingo:)



My Mascot, Gretchen Mingo, was an original design by a local young artist in Bloomingdale, IL that is so creative and just kills it every time!


He’s a rockstar at painting shoes too.   Yes, I am a big fan & client,  My converse Hairmingo shoes are so so cool. See below.  If you ever need an artist for logos, shoes, apparel, anything and want to support a super talented hard working young man, here’s where you find him:

Instagram: ImKrisBrown

Check it out!






My parting quote for today:



How Often Should You Condition Your Hair?

We’ve all been stressing the importance of moisturizing your mane, but it’s also important to follow the “everything in moderation” motto. Having too much of a good thing (i.e conditioner or protein) can actually start damaging your locks and cause limp, greasy strands over time. To better understand the harmful effects of over-conditioning your hair, we chatted with celebrity hair stylist Philip B.—Halle Berry and Charlize Theron are fans of his luxe hair care line—about finding the perfect nourishing balance.

How Often Should You Condition Your Hair


“Conditioners work like moisturizers do on the face,” explains Philip. “They create a seal of natural emollients that hydrate and nourish your hair throughout the day, making it healthier, shinier, and more resilient to damage. When hair has a healthy moisture level it is more manageable, more pliable, and holds a style better.” However, when your tresses are over-conditioned strands appear stringy and lack volume. “You know you’ve over-conditioned when your hair feels too soft and limp, or if it feels heavy, thick, and oily. Either way, it will be hard to style,” says Philip. These annoying effects can also come from using the wrong conditioner for your hair type.

Fine hair:

To keep your thinner strands properly hydrated, lighten up or change treatments. “I know it sounds counterintuitive to put oil on fine hair, but the right oil, used the right way can work miracles!” says Philip. “If you have fine, limp hair, try a pre-shampoo botanical oil treatment. Be sure to find a plant and flower-based oil that’s light and sheer enough to slip under the cuticle.” Then, use a clarifying shampoo to wash away any excess oil left on the surface. “Your hair will automatically feel thick and bouncy, more manageable, and shinier!” says Philip. “Then apply conditioner to wet hair and let it sink in for a minute before you shampoo. Or, simply shampoo your hair and then apply conditioner from the mid-shaft down to the ends,” suggests Philip.

Medium to thicker hair

“Use a light daily conditioner with natural hydrators such as shea butter, which nourishes your hair without weighing it down,” says Philip. “If your hair is already over-conditioned, give it a good rinse with a clarifying shampoo to remove some of that occlusive residue.” Afterwards, your hair should feel weightless with a ton of movement! Apply conditioner all over your head. Let it sit for a minute or two to sink in, then rinse thoroughly. “If your hair is on the dry side, apply a leave-in conditioner after you get out of the shower and before you style your hair,” suggests Philip.


How often you condition your hair depends on your hair type and length and how much chemical processing and heat styling it’s subjected to,” says Philip. “If your hair is bleached or chemically relaxed, it will need a lot more love than if you use a single-process color. A good rule of thumb is to condition every time you shampoo.” Philip suggests using a deep conditioning treatment once every week or so—more often depending on how much damage there is. “Some of my actress clients have been known to sleep in my Rejuvenating Oil every night, because they’ve had to make radical color changes for a film role,” says Philip. “It’s the old rule: The more you take out of your hair, the more you have to put into it!”


Another hair essential that you should use in moderation: Protein! Too much of it will leave your hair feeling parched and brittle. “Rather than applying a strict protein pack, look for conditioning treatments with a balanced ingredient deck. I recommend a mix of protein and natural emollients, like shea butter, soy protein and essential oils,” says Philip. “In my own products, I actually prefer to use amino acid chains, which are the building blocks of protein, rather than complete protein chains. Amino acids bind into the hair like an intercellular cement, strengthening the hair from within. That’s much better than putting on a protein pack that can leave your hair feeling like straw!”

How often do you condition your hair? Do you find that you’re over conditioning sometimes?



How to Protect Hair Against Heat Damage

I found some easy ways to combat unwanted dryness and breakage that comes with all  artificial heat exposure. Incorporate these five tricks into your routine for healthier hair that’ll stay strong all year long.

Photo: ©Treasures  & Travels / Stocksy

1. Lather up with clarifying shampoo

I believe that protection from heat damage actually starts in the shower. Styling hair riddled with leftover product can dry it, leading to unnecessary breakage. Kick-start your holiday hair routine by detoxifying locks with clarifying shampoo. Once a week, wash with a clarifier that’s infused with purifying rosemary leaf extract and tea tree oil, such as R+Co Oblivion Clarifying Shampoo. The cleansing formula deeply penetrates strands to remove the dirt, oil and build up that your regular shampoo simply can’t achieve, so you can style with a clean slate.

2. Slather on deep conditioner

Hydrated hair is happy hair. Properly moisturized strands can stand strong against the damaging effects of high heat, which means less flyaways and split ends. Make sure you’re replenishing your strands with essential fatty acids at least once a week to guard against dryness. Opt for a deep conditioning mask rich in protein, like Rene Furterer Karite Hydra Hydrating Shine Mask, which contains lipid-replenishing shea oil to replace moisture and protect your hair’s keratin structure. After shampooing, apply the mask to sectioned hair and leave in for thirty minutes. To enhance hair’s absorption of healthy ingredients, I like to cover my head with a shower cap, slightly lift the sides, and fill the bonnet with heat from my blow dryer for a DIY steaming effect.

3. Always spritz on a heat-protecting spray

If you don’t have heat protecting spray in your beauty arsenal, stop reading and go get some right now. I can’t stress this enough—combing a thermal protectant through your hair before applying heat is the best way to keep strands from burning. Opt for coverage effective up to 420+ degrees, and make sure to evenly distribute through damp hair from root to tip before blow-drying. I like how Rene Furterer Lissea Thermal Protecting Smoothing Spray adds a lightweight shield without the sticky residue. You can also layer it in with a leave-in conditioner before styling.

4. Apply weightless oil for the win

Mark my words, hair oil is the biggest gift your head will receive this holiday season. Protective, shiny and undetectable, it’s like a liquid bandage for your hair. My go-to is Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil.  Even though the formula contains a rich blend of 6 oils, the mixture surprisingly vanishes into my strands for feather-light silkiness without feeling greasy. Simply work a small amount through damp hair before blow-drying to instantly seal the cuticle (outermost part of the hair shaft) and moisturize while you style. My favorite part about hair oil? It can help cut down on heat exposure. If your locks look frizzy, apply sparingly on your mid-shaft and ends to smooth, repair dryness and impart shine without having to re-straighten.

5. Massage in some dry shampoo

Dry shampoo can save you hours of styling by extending the life of your blowout with minimal heat exposure. A couple spritzes effortlessly soak up oil for hair that feels as clean as it does on shampoo day. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk is my holy grail—it completely revives my blowout so I don’t have to constantly wash and restyle. My hair not only feels cleansed, but also looks shinier and more voluminous without any chalky build up. To give pre-styled hair new life without heat application, add dry shampoo to your roots and gently massage it into the mid hair shaft for added volume. Seal your ends with a touch of oil for healthy hair that keeps on giving this holiday.



Perfect Beachy Waves! Here’s How to Get ‘Em

Some people are lucky when it comes to hair texture. You know the type: they can go to bed with damp hair and roll out of bed looking as if they’d just spent a long day frolicking at the beach. But even if you weren’t born with sleep-on-it-and-go hair, or didn’t spend the better part of the day seaside, you can fake it! Here’s how to get voluminous locks that look perfectly, casually wind-swept, and some of our favorite products for the job.

You Will Need

• texturizing product such as John Masters Organics Sea Mist or Davines for Wizards No. 14 Sea Salt Primer (see more product picks below!)
• pins
• optional: blow dryer with diffuser attachment
• optional: curling iron


1: If you’ve just washed your hair, towel dry it damp. If you’re working with dry hair, you can skip to step six—but you’ll have to do much more curling!

2: Part your hair as you normally do. If you want to shake it up, a middle part looks especially contemporary with beach waves.

3: Apply sea salt spray or curl-enhancing mousse from root to tip.

4: If your hair errs on the straighter side: twist small sections of hair and secure to your scalp in a mini bun with bobby pins. Let air dry until halfway dry.

If your hair has a natural wave, twist hair into ropes and let it hang and air dry until about halfway dry.

5: If you want to dry manually, flip your head upside down and blow dry completely with a diffuser attachment on your blowdryer.

6: Touch up with the curling iron. Some of your strands might be perfectly wavy at this point, which is great. Use the following technique only on the strands that need a boost—or you can do your whole head. It’s up to you and how much time you have.

Separate a roughly one-inch strand of hair. Wrap the hair around the curling iron barrel, holding it vertical. Don’t use the curling iron clamp. Be sure to twist away from your face (think Farrah Fawcett), hold for a few seconds, and release. If a curl is too bouncy, pull it down for a few seconds.

7: Beginning at the root, rake your fingers through your hair to separate the curls. Lightly hairspray to finish.

Voila! Perfect tousled curls. Did you say you just got back from the beach?

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Sea salt is the secret to getting pretty, piecey waves, but remember, it can dry strands. These beachy texturizing products all contain moisturizing ingredients to keep locks soft and hydrated—for extra moisture, try combining your texturizing spray with your favorite leave-in conditioner.



How To Make Your Own Detangler

When I was a kid, I had really long hair. My mom would have me shampoo it, and then sit with me, using a torture device (comb) to untangle the knots. It killed. That’s because my hair is prone to knots and tangling—we’re talking knots so snarled that you can only get them out by forcing the comb down your hair and hearing those little popping noises.

For years, I woke up with snags in my hair, and every time I went anywhere windy, my hair would snarl up, and I’d have to brush it out all over again. Long-haired people: you understand.

Too bad I didn’t know about this DIY One-Minute Detangling Spray until now. Sure, there are detangling products on the market, but this one costs pennies. And works! And is made with stuff you already own! There’s a ton of recipes for this on the internet, but I tinkered around with one until it was up to my (exacting and totally scientific) standards.

You will need

Empty spray bottle (I used a standard 12 oz. bottle, but it would be great to make a travel-size version, too)
2–3 Tbsp. regular conditioner
Hot (not boiling) water
optional: essential oil of your choice


1: Put 2–3 tablespoons of your favorite conditioner in your squirt bottle.

2: Fill up the bottle the rest of the way with hot water. This helps the conditioner to melt into the water quickly, so it doesn’t just clump up at the bottom.

3: Add 2–3 drops of essential oil for scent if you like. I used tuberose essential oil so my hair smells like a delicious and delicate rose garden.

4: Shake!

5: Spray on dry hair to untangle even the worst cases of bedhead or convertible-car-hair. Just spray on and comb through, marveling how your comb doesn’t snag on any tangles. You can also spray on damp hair to use as a leave-in conditioner. Both options will leave hair silky, soft, and shiny, and leave you feeling smug.


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Free and simple ways to improve your well being

Life becomes hectic and gets in the way sometimes.  We are too busy and have too much on our plate. Life unexpectedly throws a curve ball here and there.  However, did you know that a simple act of kindness can bring you peace and joy into your life?

Research shows that random acts of kindness not only boosts your physical health but also helps you to maintain positive outlook on life.

What’s more, it doesn’t have to be grand or expensive. By nature, we are hard-wired for love and compassion. We genuinely feel good when we give, help or contribute without expectation of reciprocation of acknowledgement. It can create a powerful ripple effect that people continue to pay forward what they have received. Thus, kindness is a win-win which brightens our community as a whole.

So, why not start today? Make kindness a daily habit. Make a difference in your life and someone else’s. Besides, kindness is contagious. What goes around comes around. It is particularly true with kindness. Show your kindness in any given moment, at any place and with anyone. They will remember your generosity and they will turn around and spread kindness to others as well. It will also be an excellent opportunity to teach your children to do the same and grow up to be kind adults.

While there are plenty of simple things we can do without breaking a sweat, and yet are easy to forget to practice, start with these 15 simple acts of kindness you can do today, tomorrow and everyday. They will certainly make your day and someone else’s.

1. Put on a smile

One of most attractive trait in a person is a nice friendly smile. Saying hello with a smile makes you approachable and a good impression.  Smiles can open the door for you to make more friendly friends and expand your social circles.

2. Show your love

We value relationships more than material things in life. According to Maya Angelou, people will never forget how we made them feel. So make them feel loved, especially the ones who are dear to you.  Check out The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman if you want to learn more on how to express love.

3. Forgive

Forgiveness is not an easy task. It takes courage and sometimes a lot of time and practice. However, forgiving with empathy is part of being kind to someone, especially the one who wronged you and hurt you in some way. Also, be kind to yourself and forgive your mistakes. Self-love is to treat you with such kindness that you don’t allow anger, resentment or negativities in your life.

4. Open the door or hold an elevator

We live in a world where everything needs to be rushed through. Holding doors for others seems to be simply cultural practices in our society.  However, we do it not because it’s customarily expected but because it’s our intention to help others to minimize the collective effort that needs to be spent on daily tasks, which ultimately makes everyone’s life a bit easier.

5. Bring a cup of joe for a colleague

A simple gesture like bringing a cup of coffee for someone in the morning will make their day.  A little consideration like this will foster their productivity at work while promoting the relationship which in turn will make your workplace friendly and kinder place.

6. Give up your seat at the waiting room, on the train or bus

The next time you are traveling by bus or in a public place, offer your seat to an elderly person. This is a great way to show your respect for the elderly. Perhaps there is a pregnant woman or a child struggling to stay standing on a moving vehicle. Offer your seat to someone who needs it every time you have the opportunity.

7. Give a hand to someone who needs help with something heavy

When you see a woman struggling to walk up stairs with kids and heavy bags, help her. Even the smallest act of service is rewarding and joyful. You wouldn’t want your wife or sister struggling without anyone’s help, would you?

8. Let someone merge during traffic

We all get frustrated in traffic at one time or another. One additional car in front of you isn’t going to make you arrive any earlier or later than you already would have been. So the next time someone is waiting to merge, be the kind person and let him in.

9. Offer a babysitting to a friend

Parenting is the most rewarding job and at the same time overwhelming. Offer to babysit for a friend or neighbor, especially a single parent who doesn’t get much help. This simple support will give a parent a break to recharge and relax a bit which will also benefit the child.

10. Bake cookies for your new neighbour

Well, it doesn’t have to be baked-cookies. You can offer a cold glass of water to a neighbor who’s trimming a tree in a hot summer day. Paying a visit with a bright smile or inviting them over for a tea would make them feel safe and welcomed.

11. Bring a cup of chicken soup to a sick person

We remember how we’ve felt when someone took care of us when we were sick. Show them you care and offer help when needed. This will lift his spirit up.  In addition, it will make both his stomach and his heart warm and fuzzy.

12. Don’t interrupt when someone is talking

Pay attention to what the other person is saying. Active listening is not only an act of kindness but also a skill that we can benefit from improving. You will have more chance to avoid conflicts and misunderstandings.

13. Fix Something for someone else

If someone needs to have something fixed or put together, and you are handy with these sorts of things, it’s the perfect opportunity to offer your skills. Surprisingly, you may enjoy some fun doing it together. The bonus is the more you put your skill into practice the better you will get at it.

14. Give compliments

As words have the power to both heal and destroy, a nice compliment can reinforce their value in the world. With genuine compliments, you let them know they are noticed. So, speak kindly and give them a little gift of appreciation.

15. Say yes to a donation request

Making a donation doesn’t have to be thousands of dollars or hard work at Habitat for humanity. It can be a $1 donation to a local shelter or a can of soup for your local food bank. It won’t break your wallet. Imagine there’s someone out there smiling when they receive what you gave.

So, what’s in your kindness jar today?




5 of the Best Dry Shampoos to Try

Without dry shampoo, we’d have to cleanse and blow dry every day, which damages hair, wastes time and makes our arms incredibly sore.

To celebrate this game-changing beauty staple, I’ve rounded up 5 multi-use dry shampoos that go beyond absorbing oil to make hair look, feel and smell like it did on day one.

R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo, $29

One part dry shampoo and one part styling paste, Badlands isn’t your typical hair refresher. Volcanic ash, coconut oil and zeolite (scalp neutralizing powder) form a texturizing emulsion that cleanses and defines second-day hair. Work a small amount into slept-on strands for soft, oil-free hold and manageability without any build-up.

Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-powder Très Invisible (Nourishing) Dry Shampoo, $29

Some dry shampoos are notorious for making hair look dehydrated and downright ashy. Not Bumble and bumble’s invisible formula. This undetectable, oil-absorbing aerosol refreshes and conditions strands with a combination of nourishing hibiscus extract and sun-shielding UV filters. After a couple spritzes, locks feel clean and soft with zero white residue.

Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo, $22

If scented strands are your claim to fame, go for a spray that makes slept-on hair smell like you just walked out of the salon. Gold Lust Dry Shampoo’s translucent powder formula not only absorbs oil and product build-up, it also features fragrance-retention technology for hair that holds Oribe’s intoxicating signature scent all day long.

R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo, $32

Don’t let the name “Death Valley” fool you, this dry shampoo actually livens hair up with lustrous body and touchable thickness. Infused with shine-inducing vitamin E, oil-eliminating silica, and strand-swelling pro-vitamin B5, R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo makes bombshell volume effortlessly possible with just a spritz and a tousle. The weightless formula also makes this spray the perfect pre-styler for adding texture while you blow dry.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Natural Tint, $10

Heads up, brunettes—Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Natural Tint can seriously cut down on your styling time. Infused with soothing oat milk, this blow-out extender includes mineral pigments that seamlessly blend into medium to dark brown hair, making it equally effective in preserving your hair color and camouflaging gray. In just two minutes, this fine-powdered cult favorite rids hair of oil while moisturizing sensitive scalps and maintaining the natural balance.

Illustrations by Megan Badilla



How to Part Your Hair for Your Face Shape

One of the easiest ways to change your look is switching how you part your hair. While many of us find a natural part and stick with it for years, have you ever wondered if that style is really the most flattering for your face-shape? Experimenting with a fresh comb-created angle will give you a chance to find the ideal balance to highlight your features. But the best part? It’s an instantly gratifying transformation! To help point you in the right direction, we spoke with stylist James Williams (who has worked with Kyra Sedgwick), of the Canale Salon in Beverly Hills about the art of finding the perfect part.

How To Part Your Hair: Heart-Shaped Part


“Heart-shaped faces tend to be wider in the cheeks,” says James. “A middle part complements this shape, but only if you have long hair. If you have short hair or too many layers around the face, it can have the reverse effect.” That’s because the cropped fringe will bring the focus to the wider area of your face. “A side part will also work by allowing hair to covering the larger forehead and cheek area and make the face look thinner,” suggests James.

How To Part Your Hair: Circle-Shaped Part


“Use a deep side part to showcase your strongest side,” says James. Don’t know which side is your best? Use a blank piece of paper to cover half of you face while looking in a mirror. Then switch sides. Whichever half you prefer the most wins! “Round faces need a curtain of hair to lengthen the shape and balance the features,” says James.

How To Part Your Hair: Square-Shaped Part


“A deep side part will soften the forehead and jaw line,” says James. The long layers create a rounded oval by falling diagonally across the face and hiding harsher angles. The ideal place to start your deep part is directly above the arch in your eyebrows.

How To Part Your Hair: Oval-Shaped Part


“People with oval faces have it the easiest! They can pull off any part, any side, any way, on any style,” says James. So why not try them all? Experiment with sides and angles for a mini makeover each day! Or try creating a youthful zigzag part.




Is Apple Cider Vinegar The Secret to Great Hair?

Photo: ©Suzanne Clements / StocksyApple cider vinegar is having a moment. As a seemingly collective obsession with natural remedies continues to thrive, ACV promises to make your skin clearer, your gut healthier, your hair shinier, and more. For hair especially, the supposed benefits of apple cider vinegar seem to be endless. But what are the actual benefits for your hair and how does science support these claims? Here’s what we found.

It promotes a healthy scalp

Apple cider vinegar is naturally anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. As it kills bacteria and fungus and prevents infection, it also eliminates common causes of dandruff, itchiness, and irritation in the scalp. Furthemore, as it balances the pH of your scalp (more on that later), it creates an unwelcoming environment for fungus and bacteria, thus preventing future irritation and itchiness.

It balances the pH of your hair

As many of us learned in chemistry class, “pH” refers to the acidity or alkalinity of a given substance. Acidity and alkalinity are determined based on a scale of 0-14, 0 being completely acidic, 7 being neutral, and 14 being completely alkaline.

The natural acidity of human hair should generally help prevent fungi and bacteria; however, many mainstream hair care products are alkaline, and actually disrupt the natural pH of hair.

Dry, dull, or brittle hair is usually more alkaline, but a little ACV can help remedy that. The acidity in apple cider vinegar works to counteract high alkalinity, lowering the pH and restoring balance to your hair and scalp.

It eliminates product buildup

Sprays, mousses, gels, conditioners and even shampoos can lead to product buildup, or residue left over in your hair and on your scalp. Product buildup then promotes dullness, flatness, and lifelessness in hair.

Luckily, apple cider vinegar contains high amounts of acetic acid, which helps eradicate product buildup and bring hair back to life.

It decreases frizz and increases shine

One of the main causes of frizzy hair is lifted hair cuticles; ACV decreases frizziness by actually smoothing down the hair cuticle, for sleeker, more tamed roots. Smoothing down the cuticle also increases your hair’s ability to reflect light, resulting in healthy-looking shine.

How to use it

Now for the fun part. Apple cider vinegar should always be diluted before use on hair. Try mixing 1 cup of water with 2-4 tablespoons of vinegar and then slowly pour the mixture over your hair, massaging it into your scalp. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then rinse. You can experiment with different ratios of vinegar to water, depending on your hair’s specific needs.



3 Random chics in Chicago saved my life

I want to share with you a personal story about a random act of kindness that literally saved my life 21 years ago.  It is a bit long but it’s worth the read!

I out on a date with a new boyfriend and our genus teenage selves decided to go to a rave in the inner city.  Clearly, not a good idea.  I had never been to a rave, so it seemed like a fun idea.  We hit the road, parked in a sketchy lot, and went into the rave.

The stand-up guy I was with went off dancing and left me alone within the first 5 minutes.  I’m now standing in this windowless box filled with hundreds of really whacked out people.  The lights were flashing so hard I couldn’t see more than a foot or so in front of me.  As guy after guy tried to get me to dance or try some drug, I finally managed to find the jerk I was with.  I was so pissed he threw me to wolves and being scared I said I wanted to leave.

He looked at me, laughed in my face, and took off again.  I left the rave, stood in a blacked out parking lot, alone and thankful I had a cell phone.  I phoned a friend and proceeded to sit on a bench by the street, waiting for my ride to come.

I watched as 3 pretty tough, city chics were walking towards me.  Then out of nowhere, a car full of 5 dudes in a car slammed on their breaks right in front of me.  Two of the guys jumped out, grabbed me, and started fighting me into the car.  Those 3 girls ran over, grabbed me back from the guys, and started throwing punches at them.  No joke!  The guys took off as I laid on the sidewalk, realizing these girls just saved my life.  They sat with me on that bench for 45 min until my ride showed up.  They saved me, and then they protected me until I was safe.

I never saw them again, but I will never forget them.

Where ever you are out there ladies I am forever grateful to you.




The Easiest Messy Bun in the World!

Celebrity hair stylist Creighton Bowman showed us a simple way to put your hair up into messy bun that’s pretty and full. We love undone updos— don’t you?

You Will Need

• Hairspray
• Mousse or a volume-boosting product
• Shine spray or leave-in conditioner
• Dry shampoo
• bobby pins, clips, and a comb


1: Before you get to it, you’ll want to give locks some texture to get the best results. Bowman recommends combining products that will give your hair a piece-y look. Here, he combined René Furterer VOLUMEA Volumizing Foam with René Furterer FIORAVANTI Detangling Spray to add shine. If your hair is really fine, don’t use too much product. If it’s thick or naturally curly, use a little more. Put your product on before you dry, either by air or with a diffuser.

2: Start by pulling your hair through a ponytail holder. On the last loop, instead of pulling the locks all the way through, leave the ends sticking out toward your face. You’ll use this to create a loop of hair over the elastic.

3: Grab the ends that are sticking out of the elastic, separate them, and pull them toward the back, around the base of the ponytail holder. This will create a bun shape around the top loop of hair.

4: Pin the loop on top so that it sticks to the head and holds its shape. You may need to play with it a little to get the look you want. Use hairspray to hold it all in place.

5: Tuck the ends in or let them stick out—whatever looks good to you. Once you get the basic move down, you just pin and shape until you like what you see. Super easy!



Group home resident wanders into strangers’ house, who then make him feel at home

Here’s a story that warms my heart:)

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — An Ohio police department is praising a couple for their act of kindness toward a young group home resident who wandered into their house Thursday.

A woman contacted South Euclid police around 6:18 p.m. reporting that an intruder had entered her Parkside Boulevard home, authorities say.

The woman alerted her husband that an unknown man had entered their home. The couple quickly discovered that the intruder was non-verbal and notified police.

Meantime, while responding to the home intrusion call, police say they received a second call reporting that a juvenile had walked away from a group home in the area. Staff members were reportedly searching for him.  Police were informed that the missing teen might be combative.

When police arrived at the Parkside Boulevard home they found the homeowners sitting on the porch with the boy and learned that he had quickly developed a relationship with the couple.

“As I pulled up, the individual that resides at the group home walked toward the police car, you could tell this was a situation where he probably ran away before,” Officer Joe De Lillo said.

The homeowner wanted him to be comfortable and asked if he could accompany the boy on his drive home.  The two rode together in the back of the cruiser before the teen was reunited with staff at the group home.

“It was truly a special moment,” De Lillo said.

The teen and the homeowner shared a hug and a handshake before parting ways.

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Group home resident wanders into strangers’ house, who then make him feel at home

Trending Hairstyles You Should Try This Spring

Spring is synonymous with rebirth and renewal. That makes tasks like deep-cleaning your apartment or overhauling your wardrobe seem much more appealing than they would in cold, boring January.

Spring also feels like the perfect time to debut a new hairstyle, or at least refresh the one you are working with. If you are looking for a little hair-rebirth, we have some inspiration for your springtime chop, courtesy of some of our favorite hairstylists and models.

Photo: instagram.com/jeannedamas

Brigitte Bardot Bangs

Wispy, ‘70s-inspired fringe à la Brigitte Bardot gives you instant cool-girl cred whether it’s paired with a blunt bob or long, tousled layers. Ask your stylist for feathery bangs that skim your eyebrows and softly frame your cheekbones for dimension.

Photo: instagram.com/angelicadiannehair

Textured Bob

Those in the know are passing on sleek, polished bobs for shorter lengths with plenty of texture. Reward yourself for making it through winter (yay!) for a bob with loose, playful volume made perfectly-imperfect with invisible internal layers that add the perfect amount of body.

Photo: instagram.com/teddicranfordhair/

Shag Layers

Choppy, mussy shag cuts—aka the hairstyle that’s basically synonymous with rock ‘n’ roll—aren’t going away this spring. To nail the look, ask for soft, shaggy layers around the crown of your head and lots of texture.

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/realanaismali/

Sunlit Brunette

Lighter shades always see a boost in popularity once the weather warms up. This year, the breakout haircolor of spring is sunkissed brunette with honey or butterscotch-tinged highlights. For the most natural-looking effect (and easiest grow-out), ask for balayage that melts away from the roots.



Doughnuts provide care for a sick woman

People are buying all the doughnuts in this bakery so the owner can spend time with his sick wife

A small, family-owned business is more popular than ever for an incredibly sweet reason.
Donut City

NBC Los Angeles

 / Source: TODAY
By Erica Chayes Wida

For the last few weeks, a small, family-owned bakery on a highway in Seal Beach, California, has been selling out its entire supply of doughnuts every morning for an incredibly sweet reason.

Donut City, a no-frills spot known for its freshly baked treats, was started nearly 30 years ago by husband and wife John and Stella Chhan. They run the cafe seven days a week and, though it’s perched beside a 7-Eleven, has a very loyal following of customers who pop in for sweets at modest prices.

But on Sept. 22, Stella suffered a “debilitating [brain] aneurysm,” the Orange County Register reported, and customers began to notice her absence. Some asked John, 62, if his wife was OK, including a regular named Dawn Caviola who — after learning of Stella’s condition — could think of little else.

“I went home and I just couldn’t get it out of my head,” Caviola told NBC News earlier this month. “They are just such hardworking people.”

After posting an idea to buy out all of the shop’s doughnuts to Nextdoor, a social networking site that serves as a platform for local community members, the support (and hunger for doughnuts) rolled in. Donut City usually opens around 4:30 a.m. and usually stayed open until the early afternoon. But with the locals’ efforts, John was able to close earlier and earlier — meaning that’s he able to go home and spend time with his wife.

On Nov. 3, John told NBC News that Stella was doing much better, could speak again and was re-learning how to eat. That morning, after his inventory was totally sold out, he was able to close the shop at 8:30 a.m.

Still, the crowds continue to flock to Donut City and John is able to close earlier and earlier.

“I came to Donut City to pick up two dozen donuts for my department. It is 6:30am. They are sold out of donuts. This is crazy,” someone posted to Facebook on Tuesday.

Many on social media are also praising those who have rallied behind the Chhans.

And through several compassionate Facebook share’s, it’s clear why this doughnut shop has such loyal customers.

“BEST DONUTS EVER served by the Sweetest people ever,” one local wrote.

“The best donuts in the world, the owner is amazing and we are truly blessed to eat and enjoy their donuts,” another said.

“I used to get dropped off here before elementary school and grab some donuts and walk to school,” a grown man commented. “This guy is a complete gem. Always a smile and allllways dropping free donut holes in the bag.”

Stella and John moved to the U.S. from Cambodia in 1979. They purchased Donut City in 1990 and have been running the business together ever since.

“I feel very warm and very happy,” he said. “Thank you to everyone.”

Unexpected Kindness


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I sure do!  Will you show an unexpected act of kindness today and help us change the world?

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Show thanks through kindness

You may have noticed I am a big-time advocate of spreading kindness.  I am also a very grateful person to the courageous men and women in our military.  They not only risk their lives for us every day but also have the heartache of missing their families and friends while serving our amazing country.

So how do I combine my love for kindness and the military?

Every time I meet or see a veteran in public, I will always go out of my way to shake their hand and thank them for their service.


How do you know if a stranger is a veteran?

Look for an individual wearing a veteran’s hat, or a person in uniform or even overhearing a conversation.

Without our veterans and military personnel we would not have the freedoms and quality of life that we do today.

Thank you for all who currently serve and have previously served our country!


Ideas on how to spread kindness every day

Hi Friends!

Random acts of kindness are surrounding us every day.  But are we focusing on the little moments that provide these opportunities?

Here are a few ideas on how to brighten someone’s day without breaking the bank.  Kindness is not about materialistic gifts or expensive presents.  True kindness is doing a nice deed for someone without expecting anything in return.  People shouldn’t be bought, they should be shown care and love.

Here are a few ideas for you:


Support lemonade stands

This idea comes from the soft spot in my heart that remembers all those summer days I spent selling lemonade as a kid. A child’s entrepreneurial spirit should be rewarded. A quarter is all it takes to make a smile.

Make sure you let the kids know how delicious it is!


Leave positive notes

Grab a stack of sticky notes and spend five minutes writing positive statements on them. Then place the sticky notes anywhere that needs a little kindness like an office, a bus stop, a gas pump, a parked car, a hallway, or hidden around your home!

Here are a few phrases to get you started:

  • You know who’s awesome? Read that first word again.
  • Throw kindness around like confetti.
  • Hey, you’re great.
  • One kind word can change someone’s entire day.
  • Be the reason someone smiles today.
  • Psst…you’re awesome.


Compliment a well-behaved child

Parenting can be a bit ummm…overwhelming at times.  Especially when you’re grocery shopping.  When you’re in public, and you notice a child doing something good, it means the world to a parent to hear that, and it also makes the child happy and proud of themselves.  Whether you’re at a restaurant or the grocery store, make a parent proud, and a child feels good with a simple compliment.


Reply To A Post You Enjoy

We all get in the habit of breezing past content on social media, though it’s actually worth the effort of making the Internet a positive and constructive place.

Even if it’s just a simple “thank you” or tidbit of good feedback, the person behind the post will appreciate your time and effort. Take an extra moment to show you are grateful for the inspiration, information and/or humor they provide in your life. If you get value out of something, let it be known! Simple as that.



Would You Swap Your Facial Cleanser for Bar Soap?

Bar soap has gotten a bad rap over the years. It’s thought to be unhygienic and full of harsh ingredients that dry out your skin. While it’s true some bars probably aren’t best suited for the skin on your face, there’s a new wave of cleansing bars out there that may make you rethink your holy-grail cleanser. Not only are they made with gentle, nourishing ingredients that cleanse without stripping, they also last longer, cost less and are more eco-friendly (no plastic bottles or tubes to toss!) than facial cleansers of the liquid, gel, oil or balm variety.

Still, we know it’s hard to kick bar soap’s negative reputation. So we challenged two intrepid beauty editors to swap out their usual cleansers for bar soap for a week. Victoria V., whose skin is on the drier side, took Eau Thermale Avène Cold Cream Ultra-Rich Cleansing Bar out for a spin. Jana D., whose skin is more oily, tried Sisley-Paris Soapless Facial Cleansing Bar. Read on to see if bar soap managed to win their hearts—and a spot in their showers.

First Impressions

“The Cold Cream Ultra-Rich Cleansing Bar has a lightweight feel and suds up well enough for me to use with an exfoliating loofah pad. My skin feels really soft after washing without that typical residue that bar soap is known for. I’ve also noticed that my skin has softened a bit and my foundation applies more smoothly.” — Victoria

“So far, so good! The Soapless Facial Cleansing Bar is super gentle and nourishing. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped, which is important to me.” — Jana

The Test Drive

“I would classify [Cold Cream Ultra-Rich Cleansing Bar] as sensitive/dry skin-friendly—it hydrates without stripping or leaving a weird chalky feeling. It’s hard to explain, but I do feel this light layer of moisture after washing. Maybe it’s just the ‘protective film’ that the bar claims to deliver. Sometimes ‘film’ can have a negative connotation, but in this case I think it’s great for dry skin types. If I wash with the cleansing bar, my foundation goes on smoothly without settling into dry patches (yay!). It does a decent job of removing my foundation; I just needed a little extra help with taking off my mascara (I like to wear waterproof on the daily).” — Victoria

“I was honestly surprised at how comfortable and hydrated my skin felt after cleansing with the Sisley-Paris bar for a week. I will say that it wasn’t the best at removing makeup, so I started double-cleansing with another cleanser. I also wasn’t exactly sure how to store it. I didn’t want to just leave it out in the bathroom, but I also felt like I shouldn’t leave it in a completely closed container.” — Jana

Final Thoughts

“While I probably can’t completely switch out my face wash for this particular bar soap, I definitely prefer to use it for its skin-softening properties.” — Victoria

“I really liked how it made my skin feel clean without any dryness or tightness, but I think I’d need to invest in a soap dish that lets the bar drain while covering it up. Altogether, I liked the actual formula of the soap, but there are some logistics I’d have to work out.” — Jana



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