Archives for May 2012

May 4, 2012

UNITE’S 7Seconds Dry Shampoo…There’s Nothing Dry About It


I am a big fan of UNITE Hair Care products, especially UNITE 7Seconds Condition.  Those of you with curly hair like myself, will be very impressed with this product.  UNITE 7Seconds Condition is a detangler and conditioner all in one. You can actually eliminate the conditioning step when washing your hair.  The end result  leaves your hair feeling silky and soft while your curls remain springy. That is exactly what I love about it.

Another product by UNITE, which was recently introduced to me,  is UNITE 7Seconds Dry Shampoo.   Honestly,  I had never heard of dry shampoo.  What does it do?  How does it work?   How do you use it?

Thanks to the UNITE website, each of their products is accompanied by a video explaining the product and demonstrating how to use it.  I found this extremely helpful when trying UNITE 7Seconds Dry Shampoo.

Check out this link, it is amazing.  I actually followed the instructions one night before going out and this product did exactly what it said it would do.  It gave my hair a clean fresh look and added extra body to it.  I was very impressed.  This product is great as a hair re-freshener for after work, after a beach day or if you just don’t feel like getting your hair wet.  I would never have believed it.

According to UNITE, their  Dry Shampoo removes excess oil from your hair and lightly conditions it using extremely fine clay.  UNITE 7Seconds  Dry shampoo aids in preserving hair color, increases volume while leaving no residue and there is no need to use water, how convenient is that?

A brief history of UNITE HAIR CARE PRODUCTS:  Founded by hairstylist Andrew Dale in 2004, this boutique line consists of 32 professional hair care products “Combining high-performance ingredients, fashion inspiration and salon quality results, UNITE provides a backstage pass to chic style”.

I especially like the fact that UNITE is sulfate free, paraben free and sodium chloride-free. Remember to go tothe UNITE website,  and click on product knowledge .  This site offers instructional videos which explain what each UNITE product is about and how to use them.

UNITE wants us to share with you  “7 things you didn’t know” about their hairstyling products:

1-UNITE 7Seconds Condition can detangle hair in just 7 seconds.

2-Eva Longoria, Jessica Lowndes, Kim Kardashian, Christina Ricca, and Nina Dobrev are just a few fans of the 7Seconds products.

3-UNITE 7Seconds Dry Shampoo can preserve color and increase volume without any residue.

4-UNITE 7Seconds is the perfect beach bag must-have as it offers UV protection on strands.

5-UNITE 7Seconds Condition will work on any hair texture, from fine hair to coarse curls-so anyone can use it.

6-Didn’t have time to wash your hair in the AM? The 7Seconds Dry Shampoo will give you that freshly washed hair look in just 7 seconds

7-Lastly, UNITE hair products including the 7Seconds Condition and Dry Shampoo are PETA certified…what’s not to love about that?

Remember to visit and learn about  other UNITE Hair Care Products.




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May 3, 2012

Addicted to Tanning……The Sobering Facts


Watching the news today, I was in disbelief seeing the woman from New Jersey who allegedly brought her 6 year old to a tanning salon. It brought home a conversation I had last week with Marina Peredo, M.D., F.A.A.D, a nationally recognized board certified dermatologist with over 20 years of experience, about the dangers of tanning.

Has tanning always been fashionable? It is thought that tanning became popular in the 1920’s, by none other than Coco Chanel. Prior to the 1920’s, tans were thought of as fairly déclassé, exclusively reserved for those who worked the land.  When Chanel stepped off a friend’s yacht in Cannes, sunburned after the hot summer of 1923, she made “made suntans the height of fashion in the 1920s, as a key component of Riviera chic,” says Justine Picardie, author of a new Chanel biography. “In doing so, she turned fashion on its head, so that bronzed skin became emblematic of glamour rather than peasantry; of a leisured life rather than outdoor labour.” By the end of the decade, the poor had left the fields for factories, and, helped along by Chanel, the trend for brown skin began.

Tanned skin became a trend partly because of Coco’s status and the longing for her lifestyle by other members of society. Her fans apparently liked the look and started to adopt darker skin tones themselves.  In addition, Parisians fell in love with Josephine Baker, a “caramel-skinned” singer in Paris. Those who liked and idolized her coveted her dark skin as well. These two French women were leading figures of the transformation tanned skin underwent, in which it became perceived as fashionable, healthy, and luxurious.

Fashionable but at what cost? Dr. Peredo, who received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, completed her internal medicine internship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and her dermatology residency at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical College and is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York (which she was awarded teacher of the year in 2011), has spent her life’s work successfully treating patients with skin-related conditions. In addition, she founded Marina I. Peredo, M.D., P.C. Dermatology and Spatique Medical Spa in Smithtown, NY where she skillfully provides medical, surgical, cosmetic dermatology and aesthetic services to her patients, in a luxurious state-of-the-art environment. Acting as Director, she heads an accomplished team of dermatologists, a mohs surgeon, plastic surgeon and nutritionist along with registered nurses, estheticians, massage therapists and makeup artists that cater to every cosmetic need and beauty indulgence. (

She filled me in on the staggering statistics…

Unfortunately, there is really no such thing as “safe tanning.” 1 in 5 people with develops skin cancer at some point in their life and 1 in 55 will be melanoma.

  • Skin cancer is the most common  form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually.
  • Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
  • Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either skin cancer at least once.
  • About 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
  • People who use tanning beds are 2.5  times more likely to develop skin cancer.
  • There has been a dramatic  increase in skin cancer in young women, up 800% because of tanning sessions.

Skin cancer doesn’t discriminate… can affect all ages, all races, all religions, and all social classes. Dr. Peredo suggests getting to know your moles really well. If a mole changes in shape, size, color, gets itchy….see a doctor. For anyone with a history of skin cancer, having a familiar history will increase your risk by 12%.

Education is the key…………..Dr. Peredo believes education is the best way to combat skin cancer and sun damage. She practices what she preaches! Dr. Peredo is recognized by the media as a guest on national new shows, including The View, Good Morning America, Fox News, Telemundo and the British Broadcasting Company. Her editorial credits include such publications as New Beauty Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Seventeen, Prevention and The New York Post. She publishes in peer-reviewed journals and lectures regularly at medical symposia, both nationally and internationally. She is a key participant in the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Skin Cancer Foundation, where she provides complimentary skin cancer screenings, Long Island Dermatology Society, Women’s Dermatologic Society and New York State Society of Dermatology. She conducts numerous clinical studies, is a national trainer, speaker and educator for prestigious dermatologic companies such as Medicis, Allergan, Abbot and DUSA and has also done pro-bono work for Beyond Our Borders.

Ask anyone what their favorite asset of summer is, and they’ll undoubtedly cite it is the warm, sunny weather. But, there is a downside to an enviable outdoors lifestyle and protect your skin at all cost. And if the skin cancer statistics aren’t enough for you, remember that your skin is your best accessory. And flawless skin is always in demand!

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May 2, 2012


It is easy to put aside your workout routine when the summer temperatures rise.  These six tips will keep workout buffs going strong to gain the results they want this summer for a stronger, fitter, and healthier beach body!

1.  HYDRATE:  Hydrate properly with water throughout the day, even on non workout days.  If you are thirsty, you may already be dehydrated!  When your body sweats you lose important electrolytes.  Adding the sizzling summer heat, you are at serious risk.  After a workout, water alone will not replace all the electrolytes lost, so reach for a carbohydrate such as fructose to boost energy production.

2.  AVOID PEAK SUN TIME:  Plan your workouts around the sun – head out in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is the weakest.  If there is a heat advisory,  meaning high ozone and air pollution,  you might want to take your workout indoors.  These pollutants can damage your lungs!

3.  PROTECTION:  Don’t forget about the largest organ of your body – your skin!!  Using a sweat proof sunscreen SPF30 or higher is very important!  Apply a generous amount every 2 hours.  Wear  sunglasses with UV protection to reduce sun glare and protect your eyes. L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening UV Shield SPF 40  offers triple action benefits while protecting skin from the suns harmful rays. visit,  for a full product description and to view their full product line.

4.  DRESS DOWN:  Avoid wearing heavy, cotton clothing.  Cotton soaks up the sweat and can run you down, feeling tired and heavy.  Wearing moisture wicking workout gear that pulls sweat away from your skin.  Dark colors will protect you from harmful UV rays and don’t forget to protect your scalp with a hat!  The Wallaroo Hat Company offers a wide variety and and stylish collection of hats . Look for the sun icon throughout the site to determine which hats are UPF 50+. These fabrics are tested by the Australian Radiation Protection Agency and block 97.5% of the sun’s ultroviolet rays. Ultraviolet radiation, or UV, is present in sunlight. The Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) shows how well a fabric protects your skin from solar UV.   But remember, a Wallaroo hat only protects the skin it covers.

5.  EAT REGULARLY:  The heat can decrease your appetite but it is important to eat normally.  Try to eat small meals 5-6 times a day.  Include lots of fruits and vegetables!

6.  DEET IT:  If you are venturing into grassy areas or the woods, use a DEET based bug repellant to protect against mosquitoes.  DEET based repellants have been shown to last longer and prevent bites better than natural products such as citronella.  With the West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease lurking, it is important to protect yourself.

Most importantly, listen to your body.  Stop immediately if you’re feeling dizzy, faint or nauseous.

Consider these fabulous and fashionable products  when considering protection from the sun:

At Cinzia Designs you will find the latest designs in fashionable colors and materials. All Cinzia sunglasses provide 100% UV protection which is essential when guarding yourself from the suns rays.


Laurie Carcieri

Guest Blogger, It a Glam Thing





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May 2, 2012

Follow That Girl NYC Raises Awareness of Domestic Abuse


On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, the Copacabana rooftop lounge played host to “Flavors of the City”, which was a wonderful food tasting charity event hosted by Follow That Girl NYC.  The event was created to raise awareness of domestic abuse and to benefit Socks 4 Tots, a not for profit organization that offers assistance to domestic abuse victims and their families.

It was foodie heaven!!! Guests enjoyed delectable cuisine created by chefs from New York City’s top restaurants. Legendary Chef Alex Garcia, restaurateur, TV personality, author and the original pioneer in creating the Nuevo Latin cooking movement was honored. Chef Garcia was accompanied by other restaurateurs, including Chef Joe “JJ” Johnson, winner of Bravo TV’s Rocco’s Dinner Party. Culinary dishes by Copacabana, Bice, Benjamin’s Steak House, Mamajuana Café, and others highlighted the event. Delicious desserts were made by Master Swedish Chocolatier Emanuel Andren, Georgetown Cupcakes, Astor Bake Shop, Sugar Flower Cake Shop, Primetime Pastries and more.

Taylor Armstrong, star of Bravo’s hit TV series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and New York Times Bestselling author for three consecutive weeks of “Hiding from Reality” was the host of this red carpet event. Taylor Armstrong, a survivor of domestic abuse herself, shared her personal experience with the crowd and brought further awareness by speaking about her new book.

There was a silent auction to help raise money for the cause. A portion of ticket sales and all proceeds from the silent auction were donated to  Socks 4 Tots. Items were donated by vendors including Shansen Jewelry by Shannon and Tamsen, Liz Russell AVEDA Salon, BICE Restaurant, Clear by Tasheka and Ketta Vaughn Cosmetics.

Honored also was Attorney Sanford A. Rubenstein, known as “One of America’s best known lawyers” by Hampton’s Magazine. He is a senior partner at the law firm of Rubenstein & Rynecki. Rubenstein is one of New York’s most sought-after advocates for victims’ rights in personal injury and civil rights matters. He represents female victims of violence, women against women and men against women.

Renowned DJ JUSS spun 4 consecutive hours of today’s top music mixing in the greatest classics. The crowd danced and noshed in style!

Follow That Girl ( is a network created and managed by professional women to promote a lifestyle embracing beauty, empowerment and wellness. Developed with the idea of offering reliable and relevant information, their services and products are presented through a dynamic membership platform. Among the benefits Follow That Girl provides: event organizing, business conferences and articles.

Thank you to Follow That Girl as they continue to enlighten by featuring a few of these organizations that remain on the frontlines to receive individuals and offer them the support and guidance they need to get back on the “Road to Recovery” and break the cycle of domestic violence. A survivor’s “Road to Recovery” is never easy but we are thankful that there are great organizations out there that offer support to individuals and families impacted by domestic abuse!

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May 1, 2012

The Tria Beauty “Mother & Daughter Spa Giveaway” contest!


This Mother’s Day, you have the chance to reward yourself and mom with some much needed mother-daughter pampering time with a relaxing day at the spa ($1,000 SpaFinder Gift Certificate) and a Tria Hair Removal Laser for both mom and daughter (two devices at $790 value) to continue the beauty treatment from the comfort of your own home. Here is the link to the promotion: This limited-time giveaway runs through 5/15/12.

The FDA-cleared Tria Hair Removal Laser is the first and only hair removal laser available for at-home use. Easy to use and with 5 comfort settings, the Tria Hair Removal Laser delivers the same permanent results you get with professional treatment. It will free you from the endless hassle of shaving, waxing, ingrown hairs and razor burn.

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