Friday, October 4, 2013

We Are Inspired By This BOSS: Mitzi Miller, Editor-In-Chief of JET Magazine

Mitzi Miller joined the Johnson Publishing Company as the Editor-In-Chief of JET magazine in May 2011. An award-winning journalist, Miller is the bestselling author of five books. Recognized nationally in 2013’s The Root 100 list and Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine’s 2011 40 Under 40, the New York native also has extensive television experience including appearances on VH1’s humorous list shows, as well as ABC’s top-rated morning show, Good Morning America, BET and The Food Network.

An experienced editor, most recently, Miller served as Editor-In-Chief of the independent athletic lifestyle publication, SET Magazine. Prior to SET, Miller was an Associate Relationship Editor for JANE Magazine. There, in addition to her monthly “Sex, Sex, Sex” column, she frequently contributed celebrity features and quirky, girly stories to the magazine’s entertainment section, including “Mitzi Lives Like A Privileged White Woman For A Week” and “How To Date 8 Guys At Once,” which received a favorable write-up in The Washington Post.

Before her staff position at JANE, the New York native worked at HONEY Magazine, where she started her career in 2001 as an unpaid intern before quickly becoming the girl-around-town columnist for the magazine’s popular monthly feature, “Road Trippin’.” Readers quickly grew addicted to her many zany, fun-filled adventures. Miller remained at HONEY for two years, during which she became the Entertainment Editor, received an honorable mention from the National Association of Black Journalists and, ultimately, became the face of HONEY.

Miller is a skilled public speaker who has appeared regularly on several nationally syndicated radio talk shows including The Carl Nelson Show, and delivered the keynote address at various events and seminars nationwide including the 2011 Florida A&M University Homecoming Convocation, the 2012 National Black MBA Association annual conference and the 2013 Sears/Kmart Black History Month Event. She sits on the Board of Directors for Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Miller currently resides in Chicago, IL.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Homemade Beauty Secrets By Essence Go

For all of you that know me know that I’m the makeup counter and drugstore Queen. I have it all! Eye creams, makeup removers, body scrubs, toners, lip balms, you name it, I have it. So every now and then I feel like, "I could have made that" especially now that most companies are going all natural with their ingredients. I've started to read some of the ingredients that are in the products I use and most, if not all I have right here at home! 
Here is my go to favorites and how to build on the things I've created!

Homemade Eye Cream

4.  Pin to poke hole in the capsules
5.  Small container(s)

Put the coconut oil into a small bowl and microwave for 15 seconds. That’s all it takes get it to liquid form. (Or you can heat in a small saucepan over low heat for a few minutes.)
Pour the liquefied oil into the containers you are using. I decided to use a variety of containers:

  • contact lens case for throwing into my makeup bag when traveling
  •  A lip balm container for my purse
  • A small mason jar for my bathroom

(Contact lens case) I added enough oil to almost fill it, poked the end of ONE capsule of Vitamin E oil and added the contents of it, and 1-2 drops of Lavender essential oil. (Repeat for other side of case).
(Lip balm container) I added enough oil to almost fill it, added the contents of TWO Vitamin E capsules and 3-4 drops of Lavender essential oil. 
(Small Mason jar) I added enough oil to fill about three-fourths full, emptied 6 capsules of Vitamin E in the jar, and finally added 6-7 drops of Lavender essential oil
Place the filled containers in the refrigerator for a little while (less than an hour) until the liquid returns to solid form, and it’s ready to use!

Use at night to remove eye makeup and as a moisturizing eye cream!

Citrus Bliss Sugar Scrub

Here is what you will need:
 Almond Oil or Coconut Oil (or oil of your choice)
White Granulated Sugar
Shredded Bar of Soap
An Essential Oil (I used Aura Cacia’s Citrus)
Mixing Bowl

Microwave and possibly a double boiler
A mold or a scoop

This recipe calls for 1 part oil, 2 parts shredded soap, and 3 parts sugar. 

                                                    Sugar Scrub Cubes:
1/4 cup Almond Oil
1/2 cup Shredded Soap
3-4 drops of Essential Oil
1 cup Sugar

1.  Pour the oil into a bowl and add the shredded soap of your choice.  Microwave this on high for 10 second intervals stirring in between each.  If this does not work to slowly melt your soap into your oil you may have to melt the soap shaving in a double boiler.  (If you don’t have a double boiler, simply place a small bowl over a saucepan filled with boiling water).

2.  When the mixture is melted and stirred together, add several drops of your Essential Oil.  I used Aura Cacia’s Citrus Bliss

3.  Get your mold ready to go before adding the sugar.  This is important because once the sugar is added the scrub will harden VERY quickly. 

4.  Pour in sugar and stir quickly.  Take mixture and place it into your molds with your fingers.  Or…if you don’t have a mold you can take a scoop and make rounded sugar “cubes”.

5.  Let cubes harden by popping them into the freezer for at least 30 minutes.  Then pop them out of the mold and cut them into fourths depending on the size you would like them to be.

Sugar scrubs smell amazing and gently exfoliate your skin for a smooth feeling.  The fun thing about these sugar scrub cubes is that they also have a fun “cleaning” element with the addition of the soap.  And the citrus bliss smells amazing and has some relaxation and calming benefits. This sugar scrub was brought to you by Great place for DIY scrubs!

Lash Growth

Wash an old mascara or nail polish container and fill with:
1/4 of the container with Castor Oil
1/2 Vitamin E Oil, 1/4 Aloe Vera Gel
Mix the concoction together as well as you can with your mascara wand, and apply a light layer to lashes (or brows) every night before bed. Castor oil thickens your lashes while Aloe Vera gel lengthens. Vitamin E accelerates length. After one month, you’ll notice stronger, longer, more beautiful eyelashes.

Lip Exfoliating Scrub

Mix sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla essential oil in a small container and there you have it. Easy Right?

Anti-Wrinkle Face Mask

Anti-Wrinkle Face Mask Recipe:
Egg yolk
Coconut oil
This simple, easy-to-make anti-wrinkle facial mask contains a high amount of anti-aging and moisturizing nutrients.

Stay tuned for more DIY beauty Secrets. Before you go buy anything check your beauty and kitchen cabinets. I love finding out how to do things yourself. It makes me look like a sexy scientist… lol 

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