Archives for March 2011

March 16, 2011

Clairvoyant Beauty™ treats your skin to a delightful sense of well-being

The name Clairvoyant intrigued me, the packaging and product presentation transported my thoughts to a “once upon a time” feeling, the subtle calming scent of the products imparted a sense of well-being, and the synergy of this system delivered a clean, fresh and healthy glow to my skin…… and that was the first time I had ever used my Clairvoyant Beauty™ regimen!

I would almost say it was a moment of synchronicity!
I was tired from doing makeup on location since early that morning, but my intuition led me to open the mysterious box that was waiting for me when I arrived home, and I’m so glad I did ! After all, it was It was night time, my makeup needed to be removed, and the enchanting Clairvoyant products were in the right place at just the right time. I had felt a sense of renewal and needed to know all about Clairvoyant so I went to their website at:

I inspire you to do the same! You’ll find all the information, at this site, that you’ll need to help you select and order your Clairvoyant products. You can choose by a product type or a skin concern as you build your customized core regimen.

Quoting and paraphrasing from a Press Release, “Clairvoyant answers every woman’s skin concern. Founder ,Alexandra Masterson says the Clairvoyant Beauty mission is to give you the healthiest, most radiant skin possible ~ naturally and simply. Borrowing from tried and true natural solutions, the Clairvoyant Beauty lab boosts these recipes with the latest in anti-aging technology for simple intelligent skin care, and the treatment line doesn’t type cast. Every product is appropriate for any type skin, though some may benefit more from specific formulas.”

These products are “without chemical preservatives or synthetic fragrances.”

As for me, Clairvoyant Beauty™ makes me feel good, and is so pleasant and easy to use! I completely agree with the quote, “Because our (Clairvoyant) products are all natural, they gently renew- and you can feel the difference right away!”

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March 16, 2011

Naz Kupelian and the 2011 RUSK Global Inspiration Collection

One of the great things about a show like the International Beauty Show is that you get to see and meet a lot of acclaimed international experts in the beauty field. Here is one of the internationally renowned hair artist, and a creative Team Member and Master Stylist for RUSK International, Naz Kupelian. As a creative Team Member, Naz helps to create and develop new cuts and colors for each season. At hair shows, he educates and inspires hairstylists on the latest hair cutting techniques and services and demonstrates how to perform them efficiently. He is mesmerizing to watch, and fascinating to talk to!

As part of the Rusk Design team, Naz travels frequently. He continues to travel both nationally and internationally, teaching the newest styles and technique. Naz has also participated in various fashion weeks in Miami and New York, styling for celebrities and for shows such as the New England Emmy© Awards and The TV Guide Network. Recently he traveled to Park City Utah as the Celebrity Stylist for celebrities on behalf of RUSK and CONAIR. In addition to traveling, Naz owns and operates a spacious, full-service salon in the Greater Boston area. I was lucky enough to catch him in NYC and  before a trip to Europe.

Traveling served as Naz’s inspiration for his 2011 Rusk Global Inspiration Collection. Inspired by some of the most influential cities around world, Naz has turned to Tokyo, Barcelona and New York City to represent his new hair collection for RUSK International. Known for their important influence in media, entertainment, the arts, education, culture and fashion, these cities are on the cutting edge of hair fashion and trends. Naz created his three new looks,   the Tribeca for New York, the Moda, for Barcelona and the Anime for Tokyo. The collection embraces advanced coloring and cutting techniques that will challenge and captivate even the most seasoned pros.

As the heart of America, New York City encompasses the fashions and styles of many different cultures. In Naz’s hair style the Tribeca, he pays homage to the city and one of the trendiest neighborhoods, Tribeca. Tribeca, stands for the “triangle below Canal Street” and Naz uses the triangle, and V shapes in this spectacular cut. The Tribeca hairstyle epitomizes the sophistication and glamour that is New York.  The technique is created with an elongated triangle section in the interior and a V shape angle on the perimeter. Accented with soft, tone-on-tone colors, this shorter style is the epitome of urban chic. The model in the red is sporting the Tribeca.

Barcelona has been breaking ground in art, architecture and style since the late 19th century. It is a magnet to everyone from art-lovers to business execs. From the marvels of Modernism to the modern wonders of today, the pulse of Barcelona has barely skipped a beat. A sensual city full of life, romance and history, Barcelona exhibits a strong sense of culture and vitality. Naz captures that romance and vitality with his hair style the Moda, which means “fashion” in Spanish. It is accented with rich red and chocolate tones coupled with wavy or curly textures full of body and volume.

If you’ve ever been to Tokyo, you know it is a city like no other. Tokyo’s unique vitality springs from this intertwining of the new with the time-honored old. There is an energy that borders on mania and an obsession. There is a constant surprise and newness with its pop culture. Fashions and trends begin to fade almost as quickly as they come to light. They are the cutting edge of technology and all things futuristic. Inspired by the youth of this urban city for their progressive way of thinking,Naz created the Anime, named after Japanese animation. This technique is accented with strong color palettes, and elicits an almost futuristic look.  The Anime, shown on the blonde model, is a look that is defined by extreme texture and the techniques used to create it.                                                                                                                      

All the looks are gorgeous and expect to see them and variations of them this spring!


About Naz Kupelian:

Naz has forever been dedicated to the evolution of the craft and to the art of hairdressing. Over the years he has evolved to become an outstanding hair stylist and colorist. Naz has been trained by Irvine and Louise Rusk and Sandra Yu, Artistic Director for Rusk. Today, as a Master Designer with the Rusk Design Team, Naz brings with him over a decade of experience.

About Rusk
Fashion + Culture + Attitude, Internationally renowned leader in the professional salon industry, RUSK is one of the only professional companies to provide a full range of products and tools for salons and their clients. RUSK products allow stylists to use innovative and imaginative techniques to provide their clients everything from the latest runway looks to the next “must have” hair trend. From Deepshine™ Hair Color and RUSK Professional Engineering tools to Sensories Professional Hair Care and the Designer Collection styling and finishing range. RUSK products are available at salons internationally and at the Naz Kupelian Salon.

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March 13, 2011

ABS Chicago – Gotta’ Go Now

Last stop of the day at ABS Chicago! The Creative Age Publications booth.

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March 13, 2011

Twist-n-Roll & SwirlyDo

That’s me! Trying out Twist-n-Roll facial threading tweezers at the ABS Chicago show.

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March 13, 2011

Ready For Prime Time

Are make-up primers worth the money? Are they worth adding an extra step to your morning routine? These were some of the thoughts going through my mind as I looked at a tube of primer. However, once I used primer, I became a convert. I have also found that the older I get, the more use I get out of the product. A product that multi-tasks is always a good thing!

If you have ever tried to paint an object without priming the surface first, you know the results are disastrous. The color may bleed; chip, flake, and damage underneath will show through. It isn’t pretty, and painting without priming is a waste of time, money and effort. Make-up primer works much in the same way.

Make-up primers have been around forever, a staple on movie and photo sets. They really didn’t come into the mainstream until 1995 when make-up maven Laura Mercier made them available on the common market. Make-up primer will fill in fine lines and close large pores, allowing foundation, concealer, and make-up a close to perfect base to glide across and not fall into lines or crevices. They keep make-up fresh, allowing the colors to stay true. It will soak up extra oils, and in case of dry skin, the primer will hydrate the skin and keep it dewy. I find I use less foundation and concealer because they bond to the primer, instead of layering on my skin. Primer is pretty forgiving. I am able to cover imperfections easier.

How do primers work? The majority of the make-up primers on the market are silicone-based. The two most common used ingredients are Cyclomethicone and Dimethicone which are gotten from silica. Cyclomethicone is used in many hair conditioners. They are known to soften and improve comb-ability, feel, texture, softness and lessen frizz by holding wetness in the hair. It works in a similar way on skin. Dimethicone is also in many skincare products. Dimethicones are unmodified silicone oils. They are too large to penetrate the skin, so they stay on the skin’s surface and provide a protective barrier and act as an adhering source. As in any makeup product, it IS IMPORTANT to do a test strip to make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients. If you are in anyway sensitive to the products, then they will not work for you!

While using a primer is a must if you want make-up to last all the way through a late day, primers can also perform many uses. If I am not doing anything special during the day, I will forgo foundation and wear primer. On lazy days, it acts as a quick complexion smoother. It will make your skin look dewy and help lock moisture in. I also use it as a mask on airline travel. Other beauty experts agree. Sandy Linter, of Lancôme believes that primer is a step that any woman over 40 can’t afford to skip. It will take years off your age. Makeup artist Mally Roncal, who has tended to some of the world’s most famous faces states in March 2011 Glamour Magazine, that she uses primer over her moisturizer at night to seal it in the moisturizer while she sleeps to help her skin glow.

One of my favorite primers has to be Youngblood’s Mineral Primer. Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics was started by Pauline Youngblood who started her career as a licensed Medical Aesthetician specializing in paramedical treatments, working with prominent doctors and plastic surgeons in the Beverly Hills area. Here she was in daily contact with people with severely traumatized skin, from cosmetic surgeries, harsh laser treatments, acne, and rosacea. It would often take patients skin months to return to normal. Not being satisfied with the cosmetic options available, Pauline began working with chemists to develop a suitable option-a cosmetic that would cover raw, inflamed or discolored skin, but allow it to breathe and heal.

Youngblood’s Mineral Primer is a translucent blend which has real staying power. It goes from silk to powder touch within seconds making pores and lines disappear effortlessly. Formulated with minerals and vitamins, the primer also protects skin from environmental damage. The Mineral Primer provides skin protection, a flawless complexion and makeup that is able to last all day. The primer is one product in an incredible mineral makeup line.

For more on Youngblood Cosmetics, see

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March 13, 2011

Bling Strands, Bling Jewels & Fancy Feathers

The gals at Bling Strands always have fun at the beauty shows! Today I got to spend some time with them at ABS Chicago. The booth was swamped. The pace was fast. The customers were great. We had a fabulous time!

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March 13, 2011

Avalon, The Science of Hair Care

Avalon is a hit at ABS Chicago!

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March 13, 2011

CND Shellac

CND Shellac at the ABS Chicago show.

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March 13, 2011

Fake Bake at ABS Chicago

I just stopped by the Fake Bake booth at the Chicago ABS show and checked out some demos…wow! Fake Bake has a fabulous line of self tan and skin care products that everyone at It’s a Glam Thing loves! .

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March 11, 2011

Wearing of the Green with Hard Candy

It’s good to be green…….whether we are taking about being eco friendly, or the color which was certainly a hot color for the spring fashions!  In time for St. Patrick’s Day, and readying us for spring, Hard Candy has all of us make-up lovers covered! Hard Candy is letting us wear the green, from pale green to emerald, and all colors in between. 1,000 Lashes Fiberized Mascara in Mermaid Teal, Powder Keg Hi-Explosive Loose Pigment Eye Shadow in Kryptonite, Walk the Line Liquid Eye liner in Lucky, Kal-Eye Descope Baked Eyeshadow Duo in Break Up, Meteore,Eyes Baked Shadow in Space Cadet, Eye Candy Cream Glitter Shadow in Ammo, Take Me Out Chopsticks Liner in Money and Camo, and Eye Def Glittery Eye Shadow in Algae help us get ready for spring! Make-up we can play with and at prices that won’t cost us lots of green!

And green eye shadow isn’t just for the St Patrick’s Day. The color is actually quite versatile and allows a full range of looks. It can be used to create a soft, ethereal look, or a bold and playful one. It depends on which shades you use and how you apply them. The key to successfully pulling off green eye make-up? Keep the rest of your make-up fairly neutral in color. This will put the focus and spotlight on your eyes.

For those of us new (or scared!) to green, I’ve found blending it with my everyday colors creates great depth. I am a big fan of blending in general, and am constantly layering on the colors and playing.  An easy way to try out green eye make-up without overdoing it is to line your bottom eyelid with a green liner. Blending it in with your every day make-up creates a subtle, yet pop of color flash.  Hard Candy’s Take Me out Chopsticks Liner in Money, with its little shimmer to catch the light looks amazing when splashed below your lashes.  I will also pop a layer of Mermaid Teal Fiberized Lash Weave Mascara over a coat of black and really concentrate it at the tips of the lashes. Hard Candy gives us the chance to get a head start with the hot spring beauty color, experiment, and wear it with confidence.

Hard Candy is available exclusively at Walmart and Visit them at, on facebook @Hard Candy, and twitter@hereshardcandy.

Make your friends green with envy and may the luck of the Irish be with you this year!

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