The Face Behind The Voice

Alicia Keys at the BET Awards - Getty Images

Alicia Keys at the BET Awards – Getty Images

Look, I love makeup too. It’s about how you feel. It’s about who you are. It’s about just being who you are and not letting anyone tell you who you should be. Even this conversation shows our obsession of the standard we hold women.” – Alicia Keys

I have been drawn to this season of The Voice – and to Alicia Keys in particular. There is something about Keys: her warmth, her genuine encouragement, her appreciation of the artistry, and hearing her own voice. But there has been something more – I couldn’t put my finger on it until I finally realized – she wasn’t wearing makeup! What I didn’t know was that Keys made the announcement she would be going without makeup last May. Keys has explained that the decision came after years of growing as an artist and reaching a point where she felt content in her own skin: “I don’t want to cover up anymore.” The result has been incredibly inspiring to others.

Inspiring, too, is Keys’ skin regimen. W interviewed Keys’ longtime makeup artist, Dotty about what keeps it looking so fresh and beautiful. On the list was the use of oils and how it’s important not to be afraid of using them. “People get freaked out about oils. They think if they’ve got oily skin they don’t want oil,” Dotti complains. “But yes you do!” I agree wholeheartedly, and love using oils in my daily regimen. In fact, I have noticed a huge difference in my own skin.

I love how Alicia Keys is inspiring women everywhere to embrace who we are, just as we are!




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The Beauty of Argan Oil

My secret weapon against dry skin: Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil

My secret weapon against dry skin: Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil

It’s funny how by the time October rolls in my skin starts to feel dry. It’s almost like everything in my system is on a time clock. One of my secrets to combatting dry skin is Argan Oil. In fact, it has become my trusted skincare ritual. I discovered Josie Maran’s 100% Pure Argan Oil over a year ago on QVC. I use it on my face (after applying a facial serum), my body, and my hands. I even add drops to my cuticles. And my skin feels softer, more supple, and well-hydrated – immediately.

Native Californian Josie Maran is a model-turned-entrepreneur who started her own signature brand, Josie Maran Cosmetics, to “make cosmetics that are top-quality and healthy for people and for the planet.” The key ingredient in everything in the line is 100% Pure Argan Oil. About 10 years ago, on a modeling trip in the South of France, Josie met a French woman with beautiful, healthy, glowing skin – who turned out to be 70 years old! She asked the woman her secret and she told her, “Argan Oil.” Josie then researched Argan Oil and created her line of cosmetics,

They call it liquid gold and I believe it: Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil.  I’m buying it!

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