Mel’s Go-To Cold Weather Outfit

e5a2814f26fbd99809d48b790be3f945Hey ladies! Just because it’s starting to get a little chilly out doesn’t mean you can’t keep it cute. You can never go wrong with a simple high-neck sweater paired with high-waisted jeans and sneaks. This is definitely a go-to look for me. I like to keep my makeup and accessories very simple, especially when I’m on campus. And what better way to top off the outfit than with a trendy (and warm) oversized coat?

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Shop the look:
Coat ( – $129)
Striped top ( – $30)
All black top ( – $175)
Jeans ( – $60)
Shoes ( – $225 / $120)
Bag ( – $60)
Lipstick ( – $32)
Lipgloss ( – $10)

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Curly Q of the Month: Diamond Benford


Curly Q of the month is the name of a new monthly feature of a curly haired gal or guy on the University of Cincinnati’s campus. We’ll look into all types of curl patterns, learn individual’s tips and tricks, possibly find some new style inspiration! If you’d like to be featured, please email the Editor-In-Chief of UC Curly in College, Niyah Jackson at IMG_4289

Diamond Benford, who also happens to be one of my close friends,  is an 18-year-old, first year student at the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Psychology.


Diamond has been rocking her natural curls for a while now, and uses Cantu products to keep her hair nice and healthy.


“I especially love the Cantu shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, heat protectant, and curling cream,” Diamond exclaims. “It gives my hair a soft texture, and a natural shine.”


“I love how low maintenance my hair is. For example, I don’t have to do anything to it for a few days, and one day be able to wake up, put some moisturizer in it, and it looks great!” Diamond also states that there’s some struggles to having such luscious curls. “I think the hardest part of maintaining my curly hair is how thick it is, and how easily it gets tangled.”


A couple of Diamond’s go to hairstyles are flat twists to curl her hair, or simply rocking two puff balls. “Curls are life!,” Diamond declares with a flip of her hair.

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Women of Color Finally Getting Nude

Nude is a trending color this year. Whether its cosmetics, shoes, clothing even nail polish, one thing that hasn’t changed until recently is the fact that nude products were not fit for women of color. For years, nude has been one very pale “flesh” tone shade of pink or tan that many product manufactures have used as a general consensus to what nude looks like. But for women of color this “nude” never looked like the color they saw when they looked in the mirror. Something as small as a Band-Aid with its claim to be “flesh tone“ on the label looks very different than the tone of ours. Now however, that’s all about to change thanks to three companies that have developed products with women of color in mind.

The Nubian Skin company which was founded by Ade Hassan in London felt like there was something missing on the market. Being inspired by women like Iman and Eunice W. Johnson she made her dream a reality when she created her lingerie and hosiery line in a variety of tones for women of color. She experienced the same struggle of trying to find a perfect skin tone match when it came to under garments that didn’t show through sheer clothing. The lingerie and hosiery comes in four colors: Café Au Lait, Caramel, Cinnamon, and Berry. The Bras range from $36 to $49 dollars, Panties range from $17 to $22 dollars and Hosiery ranges from $10 to $13 dollars. To find out more about these product go to They are also now sold at Nordstrom stores


Our second company is Tru Color Bandages. The company believes in #DiversityInHealing and was started by a father who was inspired by his three adoptive children who didn’t like the lack of compatible flesh tones in the average box of band aids. The bandages come in three shades Light, Medium and Dark. The bandages which come in a waterproof bag cost $6 dollars and can be purchased at


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Lastly, cosmetic company Black Radiance, which caters toward women of color has also decided to dive into the nude color trend. With many mainstream cosmetic companies offering nude lip colors geared more toward woman with lighter complexions, Black Radiance strives to encourage women of color to “Love your shade of beauty” and has produced not only nude shades that look good on deep complexions but also vibrant colors like gold and hot pink. Their nude Dynamic Duo Lip balm and gloss goes on creamy and smooth. Its nude color is deeper than most so that more women of color can get the nude look without the bright discolored lip look. It cost $3 dollars and can be found at Walgreens, Walmart and CVS.


Homemade Holiday Facial Scrubs

I have oily, acne-prone skin and I am not alone. Exfoliating works wonders for those of us with problem skin by removing dead skin cells and other impurities. Simply exfoliating with a facial scrub once in the morning and once at night helps me maintain radiant and healthy looking skin throughout the day. There is a lot to benefit from when you follow a face cleansing routine. There are many pricey manufactured products meant to exfoliate your skin but contain mysterious and often harsh ingredients that can dry out the skin or damage it, defeating its intended purpose. Luckily we can all avoid that by making our own face scrubs at home. They are inexpensive and made with natural ingredients that will nourish your beautiful complexion. They also would make a thoughtful gift. If your skin is in need of a fix after a stressful week of exams, before the festivities begin, try out these holiday exfoliating face scrubs below:

Cinnamon & Nutmeg Face Scrub


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1 tablespoon of honey

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Gently massage the scrub onto your face.
  3. Keep the mask on for 10 minutes (it can stay on longer if needed).
  4. Rinse the mask off with water while exfoliating the skin with your fingers.
  5. Repeat 2-3 times a week for best results.

How each ingredient helps:

Honey: Prevents dry skin.

Cinnamon: Prevents blemishes and leaves you glowing.

Nutmeg: Reduces blemishes while exfoliating the skin and removing blackheads.


Chocolate Sugar Face Scrub


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1/4 cup brown sugar

1/8 cup olive oil

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Lather generously onto clean face.
  3. Rub gently into the skin for 60 seconds.
  4. Allow to set on skin for 10 minutes, if desired.
  5. Rinse clean with warm water.

How each ingredient helps:

Olive Oil: Protects the skin against premature ageing and doesn’t clog the pores.

Cocoa Powder: Repairs skin cells.

Vanilla Extract: Its antibacterial properties cleanse your skin and makes it oil and dirt free.

Brown Sugar: Softer than regular sugars but strong enough to scrub away dead skin cells.


Pomegranate Beauty Scrub

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2 Tbsp melted coconut oil or extra virgin organic olive oil

2 Tbsp coconut or turbinado sugar

2 Tbsp pure honey

1 Tbsp ground pomegranate seeds (use food processor or blender)

1 tsp very finely grated organic orange peel (zest)

1 tsp rose water

Optional ingredient: 2 tsp organic cocoa powder

  1. Peel the pomegranate in the sink, in a big bowl and run cold water as you extract the seeds.
  2. Strain and rinse.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  4. Apply the mixture while in the shower
  5. Gently massage the scrub into your skin.
  6. Continue your shower and rinse with warm water.

How each ingredient helps:

Pomegranate: Hydrates to the skin and fights acne inflammation.

Rose Water: Naturally tones your skin.

Orange Peel: Contains Vitamin C that makes your skin look radiant.

Fun Tip: You can also save a few drops of the pomegranate juice to mix with a bit of coconut oil or olive oil to make a lip stain which can also be applied with a Q-tip or can also be used as a cheek stain. (

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How To Stay Fit Through The Holidays!

We all love the holidays. The weather, seeing all of your distant relatives, and the food. We all looove the food. But what we don’t love is the weight we gain from eating all that delicious holiday food. Losing weight or trying to stay the same size is tremendously hard during the holiday season. On average holiday weight gain is 1 pound. Although, it’s just 1 pound studies found that the extra pound doesn’t go away. No worries though here are 5 helpful tips that will keep you staying slim while stuffing your face.

1. Walk More: Walk a little further than you normally do in your routine. Walking is one of the easiest ways to burn extra weight. 20 minutes of walking can burn over 100-150 calories, equal to a cookie or soda in calories. Walking in the mall is also a great way to lose those extra pounds. So get out there and Black Friday shop! You’ll thank yourself later!

2. Drink water: Water is naturally going to help you avoid eating as much because it fills you up. Try drinking a large glass of water 20-30 minutes prior to having a big plate of food. Most people confuse hunger with dehydration but, if you drink a glass of water that will often take care of the food hunger. Drinking more water is NOT skipping a meal! Just a good way to work through temptation.

3. Dance to your favorite holiday music: Dancing can burn more than 200 calories in just 30 minutes! For a more energetic dance workout find some holiday songs that make you us your arms. Even get you family involved with dancing, you’ll lose those pounds in no time.

4. Watching What You Eat: Fill your plate with lean meats (turkey, ham, lamb, etc.) and freshly cooked vegetables (green beans instead of green bean casserole). Pick two of your “cheat foods” and put half that on your plate. Vow NOT to go back for seconds! Save the best for last. Keeping fit doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in holiday goodies. Eat the salads, veggies and fruits first, you will less likely want to stuff your face sweets.

5. Be Consistent: Be Consistent! Don’t give up! You got this!

6. Stay Active: Some days you won’t be able to watch what you eat, or be able to exercise. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk the long way home instead of taking the shortcut. Go for a walk with friends if it’s nice out. Every little bit adds up to keep fit and keep the holiday pounds off.

The goal is to maintain you current weight and consider yourself a success if you make it to January without any extra pounds. Whatever your holiday tradition is make this years the year you don’t gain that extra weight. Make it a priority to stay active, eat smart but, still have fun with your family. You got this! Have faith in yourself! Happy Holidays.

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