November 19, 2013

Beauty Rules For Red Lipstick this Winter

Beauties, A lot of us would love to wear the knockout red lipstick but we may feel uncomfortable or a bit wary. We can all play "The Red Lipstick Game" and here are some tips, tricks and rules of thumb to guide you! Wear that red pretties - and wear it with confidence xx

Use Liner
Choose a shade of red that matches your lipstick. It'll emphasize the color, prevent it from bleeding into lip lines, and help the color last longer! 

Test Color on Lips
If that's not possible, dab the lipstick on the pad of one of your fingertips, which has lots of blood vessels — the color is closest to the actual hue of your lips.

Sample Berries
A bright red lip is definitely a look, so if you're hesitant about committing to full-force scarlet, try a berry hue: One with blue undertones will have the same smile-whitening effect as a classic red would. Don't be shy - When you don't want to fully commit to hot reds, you can enjoy Berry hues!

Avoid Gloss
A red gloss won't have the same coverage or intensity of pigment as a lipstick. It may appear red on your lips, but it won't change the look of your teeth. 

A great place for inspiration for colors: - That's all I have for now Beauties. Enjoy wearing your "Reds!!!xo

September 23, 2013

7 Ways to be a Natural Beauty

We don’t need tons of time —or harsh chemicals—to get shiny, healthy hair and smoother skin. Just steal these gentle and natural back-to-basics moves to start looking and feeling your best.

Embolden Your Skin to Greater Heights of Radiance: Slice a few grapes in half and rub the cut sides over clean skin. “The fruit acids are natural exfoliators,” explains Regine Berthelot, head aesthetician at the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza in New York City. We highly recommend you try Yamerra's Natural Facial Serum ($20 : online at

Incredibly nutrient-rich, restorative and energizing; Yamerra's Natural Facial Serum (2oz)

Wake up tired, puffy eyes: With a chilled eye cream (store yours in the fridge). Apply it from the outer corners of your eyes toward your nose. This helps drain excess fluid in the area. We recommend a homemade blend of: 1 ounce Jojoba oil, 5 drops Chamomile essential oil, 5 drops Rose essential oil.
Make your own homeopathic blend at home and store in a cool place. You can store small amount for everyday use in a dropper botttle

Combine essential oils with Jojoba oil and store in a one-ounce glass bottle with a dropper top. To Use: Apply 1 drop of the oil to your finger and gently smooth the oil beneath your eye and onto the area just beneath the brow bone. Do not apply oil directly to your eyelids.

Zap blemishes with two ingredients homeopaths have used for centuries: anti-inflammatory arnica and antibacterial tea tree oil. Find them at any Whole Foods Market. 

Stay protected by applying a moisturizer with premium Shea butter before sunscreen; studies show the ingredient decreases the effect of UV radiation on skin and may help prevent sunburns. We like Yamerra's Home Sweet Home Honey Vanilla Hair and Body Butter, highly recommended for the Fall Season ($12 online:
Soothing, moisturizing and healing: (1$12)
Make a facial mask more effective by applying it right before you get out of a steamy bathroom, where steam from your shower opens pores so ingredients can penetrate. Smooth plain yogurt over your face after your shower, let it sit for about 10 minutes (sit somewhere where it can dry), then rinse your face. 
A plain yogurt mask will do wonders for your skin! So quick, easy and affordable.
Create tousled waves with this trick from stylist John Masters: dissolve 1 tablespoon sea salt in a spray bottle filled with 8 ounces warm spring water, then add 10 drops of organic lavender oil; shake well, then spritz on damp hair and let it air-dry.

Strengthen hair with a mayo mask (its cholesterol plumps the cuticle). Comb 1/2 cup mayo through wet hair, wait 15 minutes, and rinse with cool water.

Hope these tips help you as they have helped me! Love, 

September 13, 2013

Wellness ALERT- Your Brain: On Carbs!

A low carbohydrate recommendation for both brain and total body health is supported by both history and science.  According to neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, eating carbohydrates and sugar over time may do more harm than simply leading you to pack on some extra pounds. In his new book Grain Brain, which hits September 17th, Dr. Perlmutter attributes — with the research to back it up — the consumption of wheat, gluten, and sugar to a slew of negative health effects including Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and even Alzheimer’s.

“Historically, humans have never had access to any meaningful dietary carbohydrate; throughout our 2.5 million years on this planet, the foods we consumed were either high fat and protein animal products, providing the most efficient sources of calories, or high fiber, as well as extremely low carbohydrate plants and plant products.” In other words, we were not built to intake a high level of carbohydrates. We were designed to be on low-carb, high-fat intake.

The other question this immediately brings up is one of energy — we need carbs and sugar for fuel, right? In reality, the most efficient brain "super fuel" is fat, allowing far better ATP production with reduced production of damaging free radicals,” he says. Indulging in a wheat-and-sugar-laden diet can cause "dramatic and clearly detrimental changes in the brain,” says Dr. Perlmutter. “Even slight elevations of blood sugar — well below the threshold for diagnosing diabetes — very directly predicts the future risk of developing dementia, as was recently described in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine."

While a lot of us LOVE Carbs (I have a sweet tooth that really has no bounds too), its is important to focus on doing what is good and right for the brain and body. I may never fully cut out sweets from my diet but instead of having it everyday, I definitely opt for twice a month or on very special occasions. Be truly "sweet to yourself", balance and regulate your carbohydrate intake and your body will thank you for it.

~ Maryam

August 23, 2013

FLASH SALE IS BACK and BETTER!!!!: Yamerra Luxury Green Tea Hair and Body Oil

We highly recommend that you try Yamerra's Rejuvenating Luxury Green Tea Hair and Body Oil, with healing Moringa TODAY. We are offering a long-lasting 2oz jar that will last about 6-8 weeks of everyday use (shelf-life: 2 years).  It is highly restorative for scalp, hair and skin and can be used form head to toe!

It helps to strengthen the skin and hair, reduces dander and itchiness and helps remove scars and blemishes. It is nutrient rich, its primary ingredients: Shea butter, olive oil, jojoba oil, pure Green tea, fresh Moringa, Rosemary and Vitamin E. 
Yamerra's Green Tea Hair and Body Oil in 8oz
                                                    2oz Jar for  $25.00


August 10, 2013



We Welcome you to the Yamerra Kanga SALE! The light-weight Tanzanian fabric is created in organic cotton, super light-weight and comes in vivacious colors. Anyone can use a Kanga! The rectangular cloth opens itself to a variety of uses, all year round too! Are you a beach bum? Or a consistent park-goer? May be you live in weather that allows scarf-wearing...? The Kanga can be used by any of these people!
The Yamerra Kanga: Multi-functional, vibrant, easy-to-use. Want one?
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The Kanga is a Yamerra Treasure promised to make the user smile a little more, look more vibrant and is a definite conversation starter. Check out ways to wear your Kanga here

Polka Orange Party On SALE:  $34.00 (Regular $40)

Polka Blue Party On SALE:  $34.00 (Regular $40)

All Checkered Blue and Yellow On SALE: $34.00 (Regular $40)

White Flowers of Red Valley On SALE:  $34.00 (Regular $40) 

Orange Daisies of The Black Vale On SALE:  $34.00 (Regular $40)

Green Dots Yellow Festival On SALE:  $34.00 (Regular $40)

Stripes For All On SALE:  $34.00 (Regular $40)

Yellow Field On SALE: $34.00 (Regular $40)

Orange Brown Posies On SALE: $34.00 (Regular $40)

Pink Lilly On SALE: $34.00 (Regular $40)

Shipping: 3-5 Days from order date.
Care Instructions: Wash in cold water with like colors. Hang dry.

July 13, 2013

Reveal Your True Beauty: A Celebration of YOU at EDRIS Salon.

Hello Beauties!

EDRIS Salon Featured in ELLEBEAUTY

My friends at EDRIS and me are inviting you to join us at their Ultra Fabulous Salon to discover ways to Embolden yourself to greater heights of beauty. 

Lift the veil and discover your true beauty with Resident make-up artist Curtis Quinntin Phelps formerly “Ask Quinntin” of Bergdorf Goodman.
Yamerra Loves EDRIS: 35 West 20th Street

Jamilah Naima Curry styled at EDRIS for CFDA 2013
Dare to join us for an honest conversation in a beautiful Zen environment. Walk away with an in- depth knowledge of your own true beauty, and how to apply it to your everyday life . 

Pickup profound personalized beauty tips, plus on the spot beauty assessments for a lucky  few.

Yamerra will be in attendance and we promise Special Eco-friendly Treats from our line of nutrient-rich skin and hair product for the first 25 guests!!!! Come join us, and be on time - Treasures await. See you there?

Wednesday July 24
6-8 pm
$25 cover
Please RSVP limited space 

July 1, 2013

LIMITED TIME ONLY: Exclusive 4th of JULY SALES on your favorite Eco-friendly Products at Yamerra!

Snatch This Deal:
  • 4 of our long-lasting, 2-in-1 hair and body butters for $36
  • Regularly $12 each, so one is FREE, on us!
  • In the kit: Honey Vanilla, Lavender, Jasmine Sage, and Lemongrass

June 17, 2013

Did You Know About These Natural Remedies for Uneven Skin Tone?

We have received quite a few inquiries about how to care for an uneven skintone as uneven skin tone can make you look tired, older and unhealthy. Skin complexion can become uneven due to slowed skin cell turnover, darkened areas caused by pigmentation, decreased blood circulation, dry or oily skin and acne and other inflammatory skin disorders. We have gathered a list of natural ingredients that will help to even out your complexion and help the restore the skin's natural balance.

Oatmeal Cleanser

Use a coffee grinder to make finely ground oatmeal; combine it with water to make a gently exfoliating face scrub. Add oatmeal to yogurt to make a cleansing and skin-brightening face mask.

Lemon Toner

Even out skin tone, remove excess oil and speed up natural exfoliation with a homemade lemon skin toner. Combine a few drops of lemon juice to equal parts distilled water and witch hazel in a clean bottle. Shake well and apply with a cotton pad; leave the toner to dry on the skin. The witch hazel is a herbal antibacterial cleanser to prevent acne and the lemon juice contains citric acid to exfoliate the skin lightly.

Yogurt Mask

A yogurt mask for a healthy even-toned complexion contains lactic acid which helps to remove dead skin cells to fade pigmented marks on the face and brighten overall complexion. Use yogurt alone on the face to cleanse and dissolve oils. Simply apply as a mask, leave on for 30 minutes and rinse off with warm water. To reduce excess oils, mix finely ground chickpea power to a spoonful of yogurt and apply as a mask.

Honey Moisturizer

Honey is beneficial for all skin types and has natural anti-bacterial, cleansing and hydrating qualities. Use honey as a mask to heal, moisturize and balance dry skin. Also try a mask made with honey, mashed avocado and finely ground oatmeal to soften, heal and cleanse dry, itchy skin. The avocado contains Vitamin E and natural oils.

Olive Oil Treatment

Inflamed, red skin patches on the face can be caused by dry skin, minor eczema, sun sensitivity and harsh skin cleansers. Soothe inflamed and irritated skin by gently applying olive oil or flaxseed oil to the affected area. The omega-3 fatty acids in these oils have anti-inflammatory properties and add moisture to alleviate skin redness.

Hope this helps beauties! Remember, less is more- Don't over do it when it comes to your skin. If trying any of the hoe remedies listed above, go for "balance and enough" on application- and try to stay away from applying in excesses!



June 3, 2013

Did You Know Yamerra is Now at STASH? The Montauk Beach House Treasure Trove in the Hamptons!

Beauties... Great News!

Yamerra has recently been endorsed by The Montauk Beach House and can be found in the decadent Luxury Hotel's Treasure Trove called STASH. At Stash, one can find numerous beautiful finely crafted items including bracelets, stunning summer wear made in luxurious fabrics and now- Stash also offers Yamerra's Eco-Luxury Goodies for hair and skin, as well as The Original Yamerra Kanga. To raid STASH- why not make a weekend trip out if it?

Enjoy No. 50, the decadent surrounding pool-side area, bar and mini-cafe at MBH. The MBH has an awesome DJ line up for this season- Sun bathe, swim, dance, drink and go wild for the treasures found at STASH while you are it! You won't regret it- not a lick :)

Frolic in the Sun, raid STASH and go home with something utterly beautiful and one-of-a-kind.

May 22, 2013

10 Super-Foods for Healthy Hair that WILL make a difference

It's true: Your diet has an impact on your locks! We can improve hair growth, texture, shine and overall health by what we eat. Find our coveted list of the top 10 foods for healthy hair, and they’re all surprisingly easy to squeeze into your diet. Here’s how to eat your way to better hair.



Salmon is at the top of our list! Of all the foods listed here, salmon packs the most punch when it comes to your tresses. It is full of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron and vitamin B-12. This means salmon will add shine, prevent dry scalp and improve hair growth! This delish fish is a miracle food for your hair.



Almonds, pecans, cashews and walnuts all contain zinc, which minimizes hair shedding. Walnuts also contain a high level of omega-3 fatty acid, which helps boost shine and fullness. Keep a small bag of nuts in your purse for a quick and easy snack... that leads to fab hair!


Bright-colored fruit

Bold fruit equals better hair! Mango, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple and peaches are all rich with vitamin C, an essential for making collagen that gives structure to hair. Plus, they taste amazing. There’s another excuse to order that smoothie!


Lowfat dairy

Aside from the vitamins D and B-5 that dairy delivers, all that calcium plays a major role in hair growth. Low-fat dairy products like cheese, yogurt and 2 percent or skim milk contain casein and whey, both high in protein, which prevents dry scalp.


Sweet potatoes

sweet potato
Let's talk beta carotene power! This antioxidant vitamin is converted to vitamin A once in the body. And vitamin A is necessary for cell growth, including your hair! A vitamin A deficiency often results in dull, dry skin... which then flakes off of your scalp as dandruff. Swap out your regular baked potato with a sweet potato instead.


Dark green veggies

Here's another reason you need to eat those dang veggies! If you aren't going to eat veggies for your health, at least do it for your hair! Green things like spinach, kale and broccoli are all major sources of vitamins A and C. These vitamins help produce sebum, a scalp oil that acts as a natural hair conditioner.



Not just a natural aphrodisiac, Oysters are packed with zinc, which helps hair growth and keeps the oil glands at the scalp working correctly. Low levels of zinc can result in slow hair growth, dandruff and even hair loss. Keep this in mind next time you're ordering appetizers at a seafood restaurant!



Lentils are a great way to get zinc, biotin and iron-rich protein in your diet. Protein is an important key to healthy hair, as it helps strengthen the actual strands and aids in the speed of growth. Protein also works to prevent dry scalp, making it an especially important part of your diet in the colder months. These little beans aren't just for vegetarians! Meat-lovers could also benefit from the extra vitamin boost lentils provide.



As perhaps the most versatile food on this list, there are countless ways you can work eggs into your healthy-hair diet. Eggs are rich in biotin, which is a B vitamin essential for scalp health and hair growth. Eggs are also high in iron, which carries oxygen to the hair follicles. Have an egg with breakfast a few times a week, and you’ll be on your way to fuller, stronger hair in no time.



Chicken is full of protein, zinc, iron and B vitamins to keep your locks full and strong.
I love all the superfoods listed here and they can be easily incorporated into YOUR diet too for healthy locks!