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BOYS Rock Candy of the Month

EGL sat down with the Brooklyn rapper and uncovered a softer side to that rough exterior.

Yandy Smith

Let’s address this before we proceed…You know we’ve all seen the bonus clips on VH1.com of you and Olivia on this season of Love & Hip Hop and the spicy pictures circulating the net, the ladies want to know, what happened between you two? With who? (Laughs) Nah me and Olivia are definitely cool, I will say that. We hung out for a little while and had some fun. I think she wanted something more than what I was really able to give and she moved on, you feel me. I’m out here campaigning, trying to do other things. She got somebody, they rocking right now; I think she’s in a great position…I guess. You’re very popular amongst the ladies. Girls all over the world are going crazy about your tatted physique, your pretty boy smile, and bad boy swag, tell us, how you feel about being a sex symbol? I didn’t know I was. (Laughs) Women are actually the ones who inspired me to make the “That could be us” record. I would talk to woman and they would say things like, you’re a handsome dude. Give us a record that we could rock to and not just a come fuck me record, but a record that makes them feel good about their man and their relationship. So I didn’t realize, but if that’s true what you’re saying then it’s a good thing and I take it as a compliment. So…in light of your new single, “That could be us” and your recent tweets on twitter about wanting to find that special someone, it’s safe to say that you’re single? Very single! Very, very single you know. I’m just enjoying my hip-hop life, you heard. Is there any particular reason why you haven’t settled down? Ummmm... I just got a lot to do and a lot of other things to concentrate on. There definitely have been some great women in my life, but right now I’m just trying to get to a position where I could be a lot more comfortable and continue to brand and build myself. A relationship comes with responsibility. I can’t even negotiate with my time right now and I’m really not ready to sacrifice it. I’m on the go so it’s not really fair to a woman for me to be moving the way I’m moving. Continued on next page.

“Give me the opportunity to show you who I am outside of what I do for a living.”


“I’ve come across some great women, it’s just I wasn’t prepared mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.”

Do you have a preference in what industry she works in? It depends on the person, I don’t like to stereotype because I don’t like to be stereotyped. You got woman who say they don’t deal with rappers but if you run across a dude and he’s in the industry but has a lot of characteristics that you like, you can’t deny him just because of his occupation. The occupations don’t make the man. I tell people, I’m an artist, that’s my job. That’s how I pay my bills and take care of my family but that doesn’t define me as a man. Give me the opportunity to show you who I am outside of what I do for a living. The EGL girl is Beautiful, sexy, independent, successful, and family oriented? What’s your type of EGL girl? Do they possess those qualities? That right there. I LOVE an independent, reliable, responsible woman with a great personality and a great sense of humor. A lot of men don’t like independent women. [They] like women to be dependent on them. It’s a turn on for me to deal with a woman that’s strong and could go out and get her own. That’s more of a turn on than a needy chick that don’t know how to go out there and get it. I don’t like chicks that act like their hands are made out of stone… I’m not saying that I mind doing things for her, but at the same time I think it’s more attractive when a woman don’t necessarily need a man for financial stability, that attracts me! Would you say the EGL girl is the perfect girl? Do you want a perfect girl? That’s probably my problem. I‘m looking for the perfect one and I’m never gonna get it because we all human and at the end of the day we all flawed. I’m not even the perfect man. We gotta learn to accept people for

who they are. It’s all about the chemistry. I need somebody who I feel is my lover but a friend also. Somebody that I can talk to… a very intelligent woman. No disrespect, but some woman are just shallow and I ain’t a shallow dude. What happens is after you get past the sex and you get past the first couple of months of fun, it’s like, what we got to talk about. That alone will put stress on the relationship. So, when I’m looking for that girl, those things right there is what I need. Do you think a woman can be independent and successful and still be a great wife and mother? I think so. We know that a woman with a career is not the one that’s actually home all day doing the cooking and cleaning… she’s gonna be out there in her field. When you understand that, it’s better to deal with it. I also like a woman to be able to take care of me and do certain things; rub my back, cook…stuff like that is cool too. But at the same time, too much of anything is not good. It’s like damn you home all day? You got too much time on your hands. So again, I love an independent woman. If this woman happens to come along, are you ready for commitment? What would it take to lock Maino down? I’ve been tried, but I’ve never been conquered. (Laughs) A lot of it has to do with me. I know I’ve come across some great women, it’s just that I wasn’t ready and I wasn’t prepared mentally, spiritually, and emotionally to be in that position. But, if I do come across that right woman and I can’t deny the fact that she is who she is, then I gotta bow down and give it up to her and be what I know I could be and “that could be us.” (Laughs)


10 Health Tips for a Fabulous New Year… and New You by Dr. Louisa C. Gaiter Johnson

The key to keeping a New Year’s resolution is to never make one. Instead, set realistic goals throughout the year. According to the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study (2010), these basic health tips have the potential to cut heart disease, diabetes, and the risk of cancer by 50% - 90%.

THEMSELVES

So let’s take care of ourselves from the inside out

1. Sleep-Sleep is key to a healthy body and life. Sleep allows your brain to be more alert and also strengthens your immune system. If you’re not getting enough rest you’re more susceptible to illness.

tive attitude, make life simple while being productive. Be assertive instead of aggressive and realize that there are things that happen in life that are beyond our control.

2. Water-The recommended amount of water is at least 8-12 glasses a day. Water helps perform metabolic tasks that regulate your body. Water also helps to maintain proper muscle tone and helps relieve constipation. Containing zero calories, water can serve as an appetite suppressant. Water can help the body metabolize stored fat and is essential to weight loss.

6. Protect your Skin- Skin begins to age as soon as we are born. The best way to protect our skin and look younger is to stay out of the sun. When going in the sun, be sure to wear sunscreen spf-15 or higher.

3. Balanced Diet-We are what we eat! It is important to eat a balanced diet consisting of several small meals throughout the day. While remaining conscious of portion control, 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day is key. These factors have been known to increase one’s metabolism. 4. Regular Exercise-There are many workout plans that one can engage in. These include walking, running, yoga, and even zumba. It is important to exercise 3-4 times per week at minimum in order to stay healthy. Exercise decreases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. 5. Reduce Stress- Stress is the bodies normal reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. The key is how we respond to it. Remember: keep a posi-

7.Vitamin Supplements- Research has shown a number of vitamins that are natural remedies to aid in a healthier you. Vitamin B, C, D, calcium, flax seed oil and omega 3 fatty acid have been shown to improve brain function, and boost energy. 8. Social Connections- It is very important to have social interactions. Activities such as going to church, volunteering or even joining a club are all great for your mental and physical health. 9. Yearly Check ups-Our body is our temple and we must treat it as such. Yearly checkups are a must and should include a physical, gynecological exam, dilated eye exam, and a dental exam. 10. Live, Love, and Laugh-Last, but definitely not least, remember to enjoy life. We only have one life to live, we must all show and receive love to be a whole person. And laughter is essential to a happy and abundant life.


THEMSELVES

So let’s take care of ourselves from the inside out

Holiday Sugar High Rehab Kandes Ross, EDM

Esthetician and Wellness Coach

GOOD SUGARS

BAD SUGARS

VS The Holiday season is a time when we all “fall off” the healthy wagon and indulge in the fattest of foods and sweetest of cakes we’ve been avoiding all year. Let’s face it, for many of us sugar is our drug, but like most drugs the side effects (love handles and saddle bags) are not so attractive, which is why we put dieting, losing weight or getting in shape on the top of our New Years resolution list.

Sure we could feed our craving with healthy sugars, like the sugars found naturally in fruits, vegetables, milk and grains, but what we crave are the refined sugars that are added to foods to sweeten them such as sucrose (table sugar), brown sugar, corn sugar, invert sugar, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, etc. The refined sugars are responsible for making sweet potato pies, Pumpkin cake, Christmas cookies, and all the holiday goodies taste so irresistibly yummy.

1. Start replacing refined sugars with alternatives like agave nectar

Unfortunately as good as they look and taste, they have nothing to offer besides empty calories (sugar is about 15 calories per teaspoon) and dental problems. In addition most people who consume a lot of sugar do so by sacrificing healthy foods, like whole grains, and healthy sugars. But most importantly, Some experts claim that excessive consumption of sugar can become a deadly addiction causing obesity, diabetes, certain skin conditions, and suppression of your immune system.

4. Bring your own low-sugar desserts for lunch and to gatherings.

So here is our 6 step program to help you Rehab from your Holiday sugar high.

2. Choose Fresh food, fruits and vegetables, avoid packaged food if you can. If you can not completely avoid package food then choose packaged foods with minimal sugar (on the food label look for “Sugars” under “Total Carbohydrates” and keep that number less than 8 grams). 3. Share a portion of your dessert with someone else.

5. Eat more whole grain dishes instead of those made with refined sugars. 6. Eliminate like soda.

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7. Follow Dr. Louisa C. Gaiter Johnson 10 Health Tips for a Fabulous New Year Stick to this list and you’ll be earning your blue star, and smaller waist line in no time.


French Quaters

A GETAWAY

Funky Monkey

SHOP

Take IT Easy in the Big Easy

Cowbell Bar

Next up? What else, but Shopping!!! It’s what us girls do best, right? And, in a city where people watching is big for the locals, you definitely want to turn heads. Time for a stroll on Magazine Street, which runs in Uptown New Orleans. Here, you’ll find local shops tucked away on a narrow street lined with coffee tables. It’s also where the fashionista in you can let loose to walk the eclectic blocks and into stores like Funky Monkey, (3127 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70115) where your vintage, hipster can grab a few funky tees to mix and match with a pair of designer jeans sold at reasonable prices.

A few stores down your definition for “thrift store fashion” is totally revamped. Buffalo Exchange (buffaloexchange.com) (3312 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA You may have considered many other cities to visit for 2012, but New 70115) has been featured on “Good Morning America” showcasing how cashing Orleans is definitely one of the many you shoauld add to your itinerary. So in on old clothes can make money off your wardrobe. Also, give Armoire a chance what Travel Leisure readers voted it # 1 for America’s strangest people! too! Located on 4222 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70115. Prices range from And the Crescent City scene is best known for bars, partying, and people $5-$100 and sizes are well stocked from 0-20 making every woman feel confident watching… yes people watching! The Big Easy offers eccentric but en- about finding the perfect outfit. joyable activities any EGL girl would love.

Tiyana Jordan

EAT

What’s synonymous with New Orleans? Food! Forget about those pounds and calorie counting and just savor the flavor. You can find authentic New Orleans cuisine at Stanley Restaurant (stanleyrestaurant.com) located in the French Quarters on Jackson Square. (547 Saint Ann St New Orleans, LA 70116). Having been raved by both locals and vacationers as one of the best spots to eat breakfast, start your day off with a milkshake! Sure beats the normal butter and toast routine, this is the N.O., leave the norm back at the hotel!

Stanley Restaurant Creole Breakfast Potatoes

Stanley Restauraunt Oyster Po Boy

After breakfast, try something that’ll keep you happy. Stop by Cowbell (cow- Cowbell bell-nola.com) (8801 Oak Street, New Orleans, LA 70118), famous for its home- Midnight made hamburgers and “Adult Sodas.” Again, it is New Orleans where any- Skirt Steak thing with a pinch of liquor wouldn’t be surprising.

PLAY

While in New Orleans, you don’t have to worry about waiting in long line to get into a club, or paying a fortune for show tickets because the entertainment is free and live in the streets of the French quarters. During the day, visitors can enjoy the historical sites and beauty of Bourbon Street. After the dark The French Quarters is the place to be as the street come alive. Most of the excitement can be found in an eight blocks radius dotted with restaurants, pubs and souvenir shops and of Jazz clubs, which many say are the most authentic in the country . With all these options your guaranteed to please all the personalities in your girlfriend circle.


DATING AND MATING If you answered yes to any of these questions, let me introduce you to what’s known as the “Bounce Back Effect.” We all know that historically men are hunters, gatherers, and lone rangers. They are task oriented individuals, and thrive on their own accomplishments. To meet these self-imposed goals, men not only need, but also crave alone time. By giving them this “me time,” without openly acknowledging it, your absence will serve to improve the quality of your relationship. While this may seem counterproductive to some women, read on to see how absence really does make a man’s heart grow fonder.

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Women generally feel that as the relationship progresses, quality time should increase as well. However, this mindset could actually lead to running the man away as opposed to drawing him closer. Men desire their time alone. They actually will be comforted in knowing that their woman is not so clingy. Excessive neediness is never a good look, no matter whom it is coming from.

Are you concerned that the love is gone?

Instead of waiting by the phone for his call, resist the urge to call, text, tweet or facebook first and see how he responds. Instead, concentrate on improving yourself. Read a book, shop online, meet up with your girls and watch old time movies. Give your man the gift of solitude to allow him to miss you. Men like women who have lives of their own. Your brief absence will be felt and make him ponder what’s missing from his life…you! Noted relationship counselors have declared that the most successful couples are made of individuals who are constantly seeking to improve themselves; which evidently produces a higher quality, and longer lasting relationship. In turn, the time apart will give your man the opportunity to bounce back to you in a way like never before. Give him the thrill of the chase again. Let him hunt you down for quality time. Ignite that spark from your relationship’s early days without doing anything at all! He’ll love you even more for it.

10 Tips for Meeting The Family


Callin All

Shopaholics

Mia Kamara

EGL helps you Navigate all the After Holiday Sales

The holidays are over and for fashionistas all around the world “This is the season to be Merry”. Why? The biggest retail sale season of the year is here. So shop without guilt but be smart about what you purchase. Use the sales to snag great staples that will have you prepared for whatever pops up.

FASHION Blazer Invest in a great tailored Blazer. Blazers can be worn over your favorite summer dress that you just can’t let go of, or with a chunky sweater in the Fall/Winter Months.

Coats An amazing coat is a must for the winter months considering it’s the one item you will wear constantly for at least the next three months

Theyskens’ Theory

ASOS $136.35

Emillio Pucci

CLUB MONACO $389.00

Denim Shirts A great denim shirt is always a must have, especially one with a little detail. This can be paired with a great skirt or pants. To make it even more interesting try fun colors, different shapes, printed or textured pieces

ASOS $63.00

MICHAEL KORS $62.00

For the fashionistas on a budget to the girl with a bottomless wallet there are several pieces that will take you through these winter months. Invest in tops and bottoms that you can mix and match.

J Crew

HAUTE HIPPIE $1995.00

RALPH LAUREN $220

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Classic Button-up shirt Denim is essential but not appropriate for every occasion. Every woman must have a collar shirt in their closet. A classic look that will never disappoint. Whether it is buttoned to the collar or unbuttoned for a sexier look you can count on being fashionably correct

A Great Handbag Invest in a great handbag. When purchasing a designer handbag My advice is to stay away from something too trendy with logos plastered all over. A classic Piece will take you from season to season

Belt A fabulous belt is essential for every fashionista’s closet. This is such a useful piece with multiple purposes. Whether its to solve the dilema of an ill fitting ensemble, to give a new look to a dress you’ve already worn or simply make a fashion statement, a good belt does the job.

Sunglasses Contrary to some, Sunglasses are a year round accessory. A great pair of sunglasses is that little something extra that completes your look and adds a little personality at the same time.

Chloe

T by Alexander Wang

Valentino

Victoria Beckham

The Row

Victoria Beckham

Yves Saint Laurent

Gucci Aviator

Burberry Brit

Gucci

Jimmy Choo

Prada


Sunday Dinners are so 2011! Lauren Beamon

This is the time of year most people resolve to make quality time with their families a priority. Traditionally, the best way to bring the family together is for Sunday dinners, but this year EGL challenges all or our girls to be different and start a new tradition. Start the year off right with a fabulous Sunday brunch. Sunday evenings are usually a busy time for families as they prepare for the week ahead, so a Sunday brunch may be a more effective way to get the entire family together for great food and priceless bonding. With these great recipes and classic cocktails that can easily be prepared in advanced. You can effortlessly host a great family gathering and start a new tradition. Here are a few recipes to get you started. Preparation: 1. Preheat oven to 375 2. Stir together the dry ingredients and stir in the cheese and bacon 3. Beat egg, milk, and oil together then mix in with the dry ingredients until just combined. Do not over beat; don’t worry if there are a few lumps. 4. Spoon into well greased (Tip below) muffin tins and bake for 15-20 minutes

Cheddar Bacon Muffins Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups flour 1 tbsp baking powder 1/2 tbsp sugar 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (or any cheeses you prefer) Tip: If you bake them in the tins, 1 package of bacon (1lb) cooked make sure it’s greased well. and torn/crumbled into pieces 1 cup milk Photo Credits/Recipes: Martha Stewart, McCormick, Layita.com, CourtneyOut1 egg Loud By: Lauren Beamon and Shanta Speller /Love It Events NY 1/4 cup oil Email: info@loveiteventsny.com • www.loveiteventsny.com • www.facebook.com/ loveitevents

ENTERTAINING

Fancy Fabulous Brunch Menu: Juice or Alcohol Bar: Select your favorite juices and serve them in glass pitchers. For a nice added touch make nametags. Bubbly Blood Orange Campari Cocktail Ingredients: 2-3 large blood oranges, juiced, about 1/3 cup juice 1 oz campari Chilled sparkling wine – choose from Prosecco, Champagne, Cava, Brut, etc Optional garnish – blood orange peel or blood orange slice

Preparation: 1. Pour 1 ½ oz of blood orange juice in each champagne flute. 2. Add ½ oz of campari. 3. Top off each drink with sparkling wine, garnish with a slice of blood orange and enjoy. Select your favorite breakfast meats, fruits, breads and jams to pair with these delicious dishes.

Home Fries Ingredients 3 tablespoons canola or olive oil 1 yellow onion, sliced 2 pounds (4 medium) red potatoes, boiled and cut into wedges 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste) Freshly ground black pepper (to taste) Preparation 1. Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium heat. 2. Add the onion and cook until limp for about 5 minutes. 3. Add the potatoes, salt, and pepper. Turn the potatoes over frequently with a metal spatula and cook until crusty, for about 15 minutes.


Winterize Your Vanity with These Cold Weather Tiana Marie Essentials

EGL rule #1 Remain fabulous at all times. This means even when it’s freezing cold outside an EGL girl should still look, feel, and smell Amazing. With that being said, here are some essential items to keep you fabulous through the winter months…

COSMETICS

Winter Survival Kit:

1. Rosebud Salve Lip Balm- This cult classic is great for keeping lips kissable as well as coming in handy for nicks and cuts. Available in Original, Strawberry and Brambleberry Mint. 2. Body Scrub- A sugar or oil based body scrub with larger granules keep the skin smooth and supple while keeping dry, flaky skin at bay. Check out the body scrub line from Carols Daughter. 3. Body Butter- Because of the dry conditions outside and the fact that an EGL girl needs her skin as soft as possible, body butters are essential. It doesn’t matter if it’s from Target, Bath and Body Works or Victoria’s Secret; a thick cream is a great way to pamper yourself. A great tip is to apply while your skin is still slightly damp after a bath or shower.

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4. Red Lipstick- Winter is the best time to let out your inner vixen. Reds look great on deeper skin tones while brick or orange-based reds are best for olive complexions. If red is too bold for you, try a tinted lip balm, or a gloss for a softer saturation of color.

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5. Sparkle- A great way to add a little shine to dreary days is to apply sparkle to your body, eyes, cheeks, and hair. Gold or silver is always great. Remember to focus on one part of the face. While more is great when it comes to EGL accessories, the same rule does not apply to sparkle.

6. Hair Treatments- The cold dry air combined with wooly sweaters can take a toll on our hair. Treat your tresses to a weekly deep conditioning treatment by Ojon, Miss Jessie or good ol’ Queen Helene. If you have dry, damaged hair in need of repair, run to the nearest salon that uses products from Bumble and Bumble and get a Mending Treatment. Trust me on this: you will not miss the money when you touch your hair.

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7. Blush- A sexy flush adds to the snow bunny effect. Sweep on a blush in a cool tone in pink, berry, or rose. If powders are not for you, then a gel or cream blush is also a great option. Check out options by MAC, Nars, Hourglass, TARTE , Make Up For Ever and Black Radiance. Less is more in this area as well, unless you are going for the geisha girl or Grace Jones look.

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8. Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer or Foundation- Choose a formula that has a natural finish or with a subtle glow to make your skin come alive during the season. Build coverage where needed by applying sheer layers of product using a foundation brush, sponge or simply your fingers. A beautiful, glowing complexion is a great canvas for your red lip and sparkle.

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9. Bronzer- Bronzer is great for the face and body. Ever wonder how J Lo gets her glow? There are many options available to give your skin some radiance and color. Choose from lotions, sprays, powders, gels with matte, shimmer or glitter based formulas. If you are headed to a party, smooth some on your arms, legs and decollate for skin sure to glow.

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10. Sexy Fragrance- Ever notice how candle, air freshener scents, and even the smell of foods tend to get richer as the weather gets cooler? Well, the same should be true of your fragrance. Try something with caramel, cinnamon, chocolate or vanilla notes blended throughout. The key here is smelling edible, almost like your grandmothers apple pie. Studies have shown that men are attracted to fragrances that smell like food and those in particular containing vanilla. After all, a snuggle, kiss or compliment from others is also Everything Girls Love.

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Kick Off The New Year With A New Face! Find Out How Here


Make Skin Care A Part of Your New Year’s Resolution

COSMETICS

Elle Elmes

A New Year is a time for renewed hope, new resolutions, and a fresh start. These sentiments should translate into your beauty regimens as well. A new skin care regimen should be high up on the resolution list for everyone. Our skin is our body’s biggest organ and our first impression. Maintaining healthy beautiful skin begins with a daily skincare regimen; which should include the following: 1) Cleanse- Clean your skin twice a day (morning and night) - Philosophy Purity Made Simple is a great one step cleanser. This facial cleanser is a best seller among all major beauty retailers including Sephora and Amazon.com. It’s also a 2010 Readers Choice Winner for Allure Magazine. It washes off all the days’ dirt and makeup and still leaves skin moisturized.

2)Exfoliate- Exfoliation is the one step many of us tend to skip. However, exfoliating your skin is the one step that yields an immediate result. Add exfoliation to your regimen only once or twice a week. Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya scrub is suitable for all skin types. It’s made up of small pieces of actual pineapple and papaya fruit as well as finely ground scrub grains to exfoliate the skin gently and naturally.  3)Moisturize- Skin needs moisture to stay firm and vibrant. Everyone woman, no matter her skin type, should moisturize. Even if your skin is oily, it will benefit from moisturizers applied day and night. The daily moisturizing process should be: A) day time moisturizers with SPF 30 such as the Lancôme Bienfait Multi-Vital; which has an original award winning formula that combines vitamin E, CG, and B5, plus offers intense hydration lasting all day. B) an intense rich moisturizing night cream that restores and repairs like the Sephora Collections Age Defy Night Cream; which works overnight to boost cell growth, minimize the appearance of wrinkles, and keeps the skin looking radiant

4) Facial Masks- Using facemasks are a great way to give your face that deep down cleansing and moisturizing it may not get on a daily basis. It’s also a great way to get some me time and de-stress after a busy week. As all skincare products, there are a variety of facial masks available; some are worn over night while others can be worn while you shower. Try the product line Boscia’s Luminizing Black Mask; which Sephora calls “A groundbreaking, mineral-rich mask that peels off to deliver powerful detoxifying, purifying, and brightening effects.”

5) Electronic Cleansing System -Some experts believe that daily washing and exfoliation does not remove all the impurities from our skin. The Clarisonic is an electric exfoliator which cleans six times better than traditional methods. In just a minute the sonic action deep cleanses pores to ensure a more effective facial cleanse.

6) Eye Cream -The skin around the eye is the most delicate, which makes it the 1st to show signs of aging and neglect resulting in dark circles and wrinkles. Use under eye cream at least once a day to keep the skin around your eyes as radiant as the rest of your body. Neutrogen Visibly Firm Eye Cream is an afordable option, This product keeps the delicate eye area moisturized and really helps keep the skin toned.


Holiday Stocking Stuffers Every Girl Needs and Wants Elle Elmes EGL rule #1 Remain fabulous at all times. This means even when it’s freezing cold outside and EGL girl still look, feel, and smell like Heaven. 1.

COSMETICS

Winter Survival Kit: 1. Rosebud Salve Lip Balm- This cult classic is great for keeping lips kissable as well as coming in handy for nicks and cuts. Available in Original, Strawberry and Brambleberry Mint. 2. Body Scrub- A sugar or oil based body scrub with larger granules keep the skin smooth and supple while keeping dry, flaky skin at bay. Check out those from Carols Daughter. 3. Body Butter- Because of the dry conditions outside and the fact that an EGL girl needs her skin as soft as possible, body butters are essential. It doesn’t matter if it’s from Target, Bath and Body or Victoria’s Secret; a thick cream is a great way to pamper yourself. A great tip is to apply while your skin is still slightly damp after a bath or shower.

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4. Red Lipstick- Winter is the best time to let out your inner Vixen. Reds look great on deeper skin tones while brick or orange-based reds are best for olive complexions. If red is too bold for you, try a tinted lip balm, or a gloss for a softer saturation of color.

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5. Sparkle- Body, eyes, cheeks, hair. Great way to add a little shine to dreary days. Gold or silver is always great. Remember to keep it to a shimmer and focus on one part of the face. While more is great when it comes to accessories and EGL, the same rule does not apply to sparkle. Oh, and keep it to a shimmer! 6. Hair Treatments- The cold dry air combined with wooly sweaters can take a toll on our hair. Treat your tresses to a weekly deep conditioning treatment by Ojon, Miss Jessie or good ol’ Queen Helene. If you have dry, damaged hair in need of repair, run to the nearest salon that uses products from Bumble and Bumble, and get a Mending Treatment. Trust me on this: you will not miss the money when you touch your hair.

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7. Blush- A sexy flush adds to the snow bunny effect. Sweep on a blush in a cool tone in pink, berry, or rose. If powders are not for you, then a gel or cream blush is also a great option. Check out options by MAC, Nars, Hourglass, TARTE , Make Up For Ever and Black Radiance. Less is more in this area as well, unless you are going for the geisha girl or Grace Jones look.

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8. Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer or Foundation- Choose a formula that has a natural finish or with a subtle glow to make your skin come alive during the season. Build coverage where needed by applying sheer layers of product using a foundation brush, sponge or simply your fingers. A beautiful, glowing complexion is a great canvas for your red lip and sparkle.

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9. Bronzer- Bronzer is great for the face and body. Ever wonder how J Lo gets her glow? There are many options available to give your skin some radiance and color. Choose from lotions, sprays, powders, gels; matte, shimmer or glitter based formulas. If you are headed to a party, smooth some on your arms, legs and decollate for skin sure to glow by the fireplace.

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10. Sexy Fragrance- Ever notice how candle, air freshener scents, and even the smell of foods tend to get richer as the weather gets cooler? Well, the same should be true of your fragrance. Try something with caramel, cinnamon, chocolate or vanilla notes blended throughout. The key here is smelling edible, almost like your grandmothers apple pie. Studies have shown that men are attracted to fragrances that smell like food and those in particular containing vanilla. After all, a snuggle, kiss or compliment from others is also Everything Girls Love.

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It’s Over! Now WhAt? Kalyca Lee-Johnson Esq.

KNOWING THE FACTS   QUESTION: I married my husband about 2 months ago and I believe I made a huge mistake. He agrees as well that we were a bit hasty in getting married. What are our options? I heard we can get it annulled because it’s so new, but how is an annulment different from a divorce?   The question often arises as to the difference between a divorce and an annulment. A divorce is the termination of the marital union, which ends all legal responsibilities to each other as spouses. Divorce law differs amongst the various states; however, a court of competent jurisdiction must declare the final divorce decree (terms of the divorce such as spousal support, custody if children are involved, dividing assets etc). Unlike a divorce, an annulment is a legal proceeding; which considers the marriage invalid from the beginning as if it never existed. Therefore, a divorce recognizes that a marriage did in fact exist, whereas an annulment does not recognize the existence of the marriage at all. There is however a caveat to the annulment process. A child born out of wedlock is legally considered an illegitimate child. However, in the case of an annulment, if the child is born prior to an annulment being granted, the child is considered a legitimate child in the United States even though the marriage is not recognized. The idea behind an annulment is that the marriage was void upon entering into it; therefore, it should not be recognized as valid. A court or legal proceeding is responsible for determining the sufficiency for such a claim.  So, if I were you, I’d get myself a lawyer who can better help you figure out the right process for your situation based on the information I provided. ASK EGL YOUR QUESTION HERE


Why Occupy? By Kalyca Lee-Johnson Esq.

KNOWING THE FACTS its inception, the movement has gained wide media coverage and public recognition, meanwhile attaining its sole purpose-attention from the government. “We are the 99%” is a slogan that defines this movement. The idea is that the “99%” will no longer tolerate greed by the “1%.” The goal of the movement is to: • Address economic inequality so that the gap between the 99% and 1% can be narrowed. • Eliminate corporate influence in politics • Do away with greed and corruption • Lower the high unemployment rates

Question: I see footage on TV about all of these tents popping up in every city, people sleeping outside and getting arrested. Exactly what is this occupy movement all about and should we be concerned? Many of you noticed the snapshot piece in our premier issue 20/20 News section where we provided a link to information on the Occupy Movement. Well, because of the overwhelming response, we wanted to further discuss this topic and get your opinion. The occupy movement is a leaderless movement that was initiated back in July of 2011 by a Canadian-based activist group named Abduster. The group created and circulated a blog about demonstrating a peaceful protest to call attention to the disparity between the most wealthy (1%) and the remaining population (99%); and also to call attention to the undue influence by corporations in the government. The result of this initial blog, and a subsequent mass email distribution by Abdusters resulted in the birth of one of the more talked about movements, Occupy Wall Street on September 17th, 2011 in Zuccotti Park. The momentum behind this movement has caused this protest to occupy several cities across the United States and Europe. Since

What is most fascinating about the movements beyond the message are the demonstrations itself. We have not seen the momentum behind such protests since the Vietnam War protests of the 70’s. Yes, there has been a lot of criticism about the lack of support from many, but we may all agree that this protest has received our full attention. Although, there has been set backs as well as clashes with the police, city officials, and local business owners, these protesters have been consistent, relentless and resilient in their efforts to keep the peaceful protest going. They vow to continue this movement until change is no longer a thing of the past.

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Being Informed News Rundown

by Elle Elmes

Nothing is more impressive than a beautiful well-dressed woman who is also intelligent, worldly, and well informed. Don’t underestimate the importance of knowing what’s going on around you. Just in case you missed a few hot topics, here are the Top 10 News Stories of 2011 every EGL girl should know.

Obama KO’d Osama: The most wanted terrorist in the world was found and assassinated by US Military after being on the run for almost 10 years. The manhunt ended when a helicopter-borne special operations squad stormed Osama’s compound in Pakistan. During the late night assault, Bin Laden was shot dead and within hours his body was buried at sea. Japan, Tsunami, And Nuclear Threat: In March, Japan was hit by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, which caused a tsunami leaving the country in total devastation. When it was all over, 20,000 people were dead or missing and there was an estimated $218 billion in damage. In addition, the tsunami set off the worse nuclear crisis since the Chernobyl crisis of 1986. Powerful waves caused by the Tsunami knocked out the cooling system at a nuclear power plant causing a radiation leak. As a result, 100,000 people were evacuated from the area and have not been allowed to return. Egyptian Revolution: It started with protest demonstrations in Tunisia quickly spreading across the region. The Arab Spring protests sparked a long overdue revolution in Egypt that ousted Hosni Mubarak, which fueled a civil war in Libya and climaxed with Moammar Gadhafi’s death. The revolution continues with an uprising in Syria, Bahrain and Yemen. Europe Has Money Problems Too: The strong European Union suffered great fiscal challenges greatly affecting the economy. This economic turmoil triggered strikes, protests and riots in Greece. Due to the money problems, Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was forced to resign.

U.S. is Still Broke: The United States saw a bit of an upturn this year. Things got a little better as hiring picked up some, consumers started spending again, and the unemployment rate fell down to below 9 percent. However, millions of Americans are still experiencing money problems, losing their homes, and unemployed.

Continued in January 2012 Issue


Being Informed Continued from December 2011 Issue Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal: American’s love football, athletes and winning, which is why many of us love Penn State and Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno. The country was stunned when the sex abuse scandal and cover up was unearthed. Jerry Sandusky a former assistant of Paterno, was accused of sexually molesting 10 boys on University grounds. Paterno, among other university officials were informed of the abuse and did nothing. Two senior Penn State officials were charged with perjury, and the longtime president of the University was fired as well as Paterno. Although, Paterno does not face criminal charges, he has to deal with the court of public opinion Gadhafi No More: Nearly 42 years of brutal and criminal rule came to an end when Moammar Gadhafi was killed by his own people. Highly volatile Anti-government protests grew into rebellion complete with NATO bombings, a shattered regime and resulting in Gadhafi being tracked down and killed in the village where he was born.

Congress Or The Wild West: Republicans and Democrats in congress just couldn’t agree on anything this year, especially when it came to the country’s finances. The disagreement over the debt ceiling resulted in Standard & Poor’s (one of the top three credit agencies) striping the U.S. of its AAA credit rating. Another major fail is the not so super “supercommittee’s” inability to agree on a deficit-reduction package of at least $1.2 trillion; which basically means the country will face automatic spending cuts of that amount in 2013. Occupy: The international protest first showed up in America on Sept. 17 at a park near Wall Street. The movement has since spread to communities across the country. The peaceful movement is leaderless and has one goal, the richest Americans, which make up only 1 percent should not benefit by exploiting the other 99 percent. Gabrielle Gifford’s Shot: The popular congresswoman from Arizona surprisingly survived a gunshot to the head causing severe brain injury. Six people were killed and 13 others wounded by the gunman in the attack earlier this year. Among the dead, was one of Gifford’s staffers and a nineyear-old girl. Gifford survived and her recovery is still in progress.

Notable Mentions- Falling just short of the Top 10 is: The repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that barred gays from openly serving in U.S. military…The death of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs…The devastating tornados across Midwest and Southeastern states…Hurricane Irene.


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