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Nila Larkin is an accomplished international model signed with Ford Models inc. She has worked and lived all over the continental U.S. as well as The British Virgin Islands, Europe and South Africa. Her work ranges from being featured in numerous AD campaigns such as Benefit Cosmetics, Gilette Venus Razor to Under Armor athletic apparel. Nila has the honor of working with many influential and talented Fashion industry and artistic professionals and has gained invaluable knowledge about their crafts, which she applies to her literary work. She is currently studying at Kaplan University with a focus in clinical psychology and plans to ascertain a PhD in clinical psychology and execute her degree by working for Unicef. She has volunteered for numerous foundations and has also hosted charity events to benefit organizations aiding underprivileged youth. As an aspiring journalist Nila’s works have featured fashion trends, exclusive socialite events, art exhibits, Special interest pieces and traveling abroad.

Prepping Your Skin For Spring!

It’s that transitional time of the year again; where the brittle weather slowly fades making way for fairer temperatures and cheerier dispositions. Unfortunately our skin, hair and nails are constant casualties of the harsh winter months and repairing the damage can require multiple steps.  I’ve consulted an array of professional and personal resources and compiled an arsenal of beauty products guaranteed to whip your weathered domain into lovely locks, glowing skin and healthy nails.  First on the agenda is choosing a good vitamin to help boost agents that increase hair growth, skin elasticity and nail health.  One of my favorite HS&N formulas is Purvana.  It’s a moderately priced product that contains the coveted vitamin Biotin and has received raved reviews. I’ve personally used this supplement and have gradually seen results.  Purvana can be purchased at most health food stores and online at amazon.com.

Kiehl's Serum (Photo Credit: www.dweam.com)

Kiehl’s Serum (Photo Credit: www.dweam.com)

Rejuvenating skin after the harsh winter can be a daunting task, not to mention that weeding through the millions of beauty products can be overwhelming and expensive. Over the years I have found that exfoliation and moisturizing is the key to repairing and maintaining skin.  I recommend using a body gloves or a loofah mitt to effectively treat your skin in the shower.  Both of these items can range between $5 to $15 dollars and can be found virtually at any retail chain.  A good body wash is another key element, Kiehl’s Crème de Corp.  (A go to moisturizer for many industry professionals) has now been translated into an ultra-hydrating body wash. It’s priced at $19 and can be found on the company website Kiehls.com. This product left my skin extremely soft and hydrated throughout the day and I used less of my moisturizer post shower. If the price of this item seems a bit steep, Ivory offers a great “everyday” shower gel that contains aloe and leaves the skin looking radiant and moisturized.  Aveeno products also carry a stellar reputation for cleansing the skin without stripping it of it’s natural oils or containing harsh chemicals.

Facial Brush Systems (Photo Credit: Nailsmag.com)

Facial Brush Systems (Photo Credit: Nailsmag.com)

Facial cleansing can be tricky; most skin professionals recommend consumers use non-evasive cleansers catered to their skin type.type.Clinique has formulated a full line of facial soaps that can be used by a variation of skin types  to cleanse, prevent and eliminate blackheads.  Dermatologists recommend using a facial cleansing brush to eliminate excess skin and stimulate circulation. Facial brushes are available in manual and electronic as well as singular and cleansingsystems.  Manual brush pricing start at $6 while electronic and cleansing systems prices vary from $14 to $100.  Facial moisturizers and lip treatments are essential for completing the facial rejuvenation process.  Makeup artist Fredy Anaya recommends using Dr. Perricones Citrus lifting serum and firming moisturizer, followed by Burt’s Bee or MAC Cosmetics lip treatment.

Kerastase Hair Products (Photo Credit www.irmatpharmacy.com)

Kerastase Hair Products (Photo Credit www.irmatpharmacy.com)


Healthy hair and nails are a woman’s calling card.  A good deep conditioner and styling products goes a long way. Kerastase features an assortment of products created specifically to nourish and maintain an array of hair types. The price point of these products varies between $20 and $50 and can be purchased online or at high-end salon.  I also recommend asking your hairstylist what products they suggest for your hair and how to appropriately apply them.  Manicures are services essential to creating and maintaining beautiful hands. This ritual usually runs between $10 and $15 and can be maintained throughout the month with a mini manicure set and cuticle oil.  Beauty retailers like Ulta are great resources, they carry a huge selection of products and their staff is extremely knowledgeable. Lastly enjoy the experience of pampering yourself and trying out new products.



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