Archives for June 2012

June 22, 2012

Video coming soon…

Stay tuned for my video with Celebrity Hairstylist Dean Banowetz for some great summer hair styling tips and looks.  Coming soon!

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June 22, 2012

DesignFX…The Ultimate Nail Experience

I recently had the Ultimate Nail experience with my teenage daughter Adrienne and her friends. They were having so much fun decorating their nails with DesignFX, that I decided to join in on the fun.   I never knew nail art could be so much fun. My daughter and her friends enjoy spending hours polishing their nails, followed by hand painting intricate designs on them.  They always look smashing but it is very time consuming.  Welcome to the world of DesignFX, where you can have absolutely showstopping nails quickly. DesignFX offers a fun and exciting array of long wearing appliques for fingers and toes. We sampled animal prints and bejeweled designs.  These easy to use self adhesive strips press right on to your natural nail. No glue, no heat, just press on and trim.  If you need to remove them, just peel them right off. DesignFX will not damage your natural nail. DesignFX appliques last one week on natural nails and lasting 2 weeks on gel life pure gel manicure. DesignFX  appliques just peels right off and you will be  ready for another DesignFX experience.

In Adrienne’s own words, “We had a blast with DesignFX.  There were so many designs to choose from.  I used DesignFX  right over my clear nail polish. The best part that I didn’t have to wait for my nails to dry in between coats so there was never any smudging.  My mom did her toes in a bejeweled design and they look like real nail art.  I chose a bejeweled design and my friend Talia chose an animal print. You never would have known they were press on, so don’t tell!”

Create a perfect set of showstopping nails every time.  Stated by DesignFX,  Cristina Aguilera’s “Newest beauty obsession is the Unique line of DesignFX appliques by Dashing Diva”.   Cristina is using DesignFX to glam up her nail on her hit show “The Voice”.  With DesignFX, we can all have nails like the stars at affordable prices!

Talia (left) chose a leopard design.  Adrienne (below) chose a bejeweled pattern.

at,  view the entire collection of designs.

***Special note: DesignFX is a salon service/product. Contact your local salon to find out if the nail techs there offer DesignFX for natural nails or for application with gels.


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June 21, 2012

Bring Out Your Beautiful Curls With RI CI

When I was younger, I really disliked my curly hair and did everything I could to straighten it. I love my curls now but dislike the dryness and frizz that occasionally strike.  Humidity is my enemy.

What intrigued me most about Ri Ci Hair Care Products is that they are specially formulated for curly hair.  Ricky Pennisi, stylist and founder of Ri Ci Products has specialized in curly hair since 1995 and created a line of products specially designed for his curly haired clients.  Basically, “Ri Ci consists of 5 products that work together to achieve beautiful, soft curls every day.”

I am currently using Ri Ci Splash Shampoo and Ri Ci Drench Conditioner.  Ri Ci Splash Shampoo is sulfate free and is a moisturizing shampoo so it washes your hair without drying it out.  Since using Ri Ci Splash Shampoo, my hair has bouncy soft curls.

Ri Ci Drench Conditioner is also sulfate free.  How many conditioners do you know of that can be used in and out of the shower.  Well, maybe you do, but I for one, do not know of any.  Ri Ci Drench Conditioner is a regular conditioner and (this is my favorite part) when you add it to water in a spray bottle, it acts as a leave in conditioner or a curl refreshener.  The best part about Ri Ci Drench conditioner is that it works.  My hair tends to be very dry and with a few sprays and a little scrunching, my curls become more defined and spring back to life.

Ri Ci Velvet Smooth Serum is also a  must have.  A pea size amount of this serum applied to mid shaft to ends will take the frizz right out of your hair. My frizz tends to be pronounced during humid weather and at the beach so this product is an essential part of my pool and beach bag.
Put an end to your dry and frizzy Hair.  Give Ri Ci Products a try.


visit to view a complete line of Ri Ci Products. You will also find great styling hair tips as well as ways to handle hair on extrremely humid days or if you are having a very dry hair day.

Achieve the perfect hairstyle and create the perfect curl with Ri Ci.



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June 20, 2012

Charlize Theron in Ista Jewelry

Charlize Theron is on the cover of  the June 2012 issue of Instyle Magazine wearing Ista Jewelry. Charlize wore Ista Jewelry’s Good Luck Bangle, a piece she personally owns.        

Ista Jewelry is the collection of dainty, stackable jewels by Turkish-American designer Mevesh Ozagar.  Ista Jewelry’s unique pieces have garnered a huge celebrity following including Emily Blunt, Kelly Clarkson, and Rachel McAdams. Ista Jewelry is available for purchase online at, and


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June 19, 2012

“Minimize Wrinkles today while holding off tomorrow’s lines”, Mama Mio has the solution….

Mama Mio says, “Minimize wrinkles today while holding off tomorrow’s lines” .

Let’s face it ladies, eventually, we will look into the mirror and staring right back at us will be those silly little laugh lines or teeny tiny wrinkles that have been creeping up on us.  You may even see some puffiness or dark circles. It will happen sooner or later so why not get to work on this problem sooner.

Mama Mio has introduced two fabulous products to help young women get a head start dealing with those wrinkles and stress lines.

Mama Mio Eye Know and Mama Mio Love Those Laugh Lines have been formulated to deal with these very issues. Enclosed with each product, is a “Little Book of Confidence” which offers up some fun, easy to do, facial exercises.

Mama Mio Eye Know, is a serum that helps with dehydration, dark circles, puffiness and other lines and wrinkles we get with age. Don’t you want to look bright eyed?  Mama Mio will help you feel like you are ready to face the day and wrinkle free.

Eye Know Little Book of Confidence, offers 60 seconds of face lifting exercises that you just can’t miss out on.  The Eye Know Little Book of Confidence features two, easy to do exercises.   HIGH BROWS  and LOST BAGGAGE are the featured facial exercises you must try.  These two exercises focus on the brow and eye area helping you achieve a wide-eyed look.  Mama Mio assures you  that within one week you will see amazing results.  I have and I am loving it. Who knew there were actually exercises designed for your face.

As we all know to well, wrinkles lead to lines and Mama Mio has a solution for that as well. “Love your Laugh Lines” is a light reflecting cream that gets into the grooves and plumps up and fills out unwanted facial lines. I have been using Love Your Laugh Lines on my forehead where I have deep lines  and have been quite pleased with the results.

Love Your Laugh Lines Little Book of Confidence also features two, easy to do facial excercises you will love. THE BIG O and the FURROW FILLER, targets the areas where deepest lines tend to form.  60 seconds each night will asure you amazing results.

Both of these Mama Mio products are paraben, petrolatum and colourant free and not tested on animals. Start working on ironing out those wrinkles now, visit to view their complete line of skincare products. Mama Mio also caters to  moms to be, offering fabulous pregnancy essentials.   Mama Mio also has a facebook page, check it out at

Don’t wait any longer!  Start minimizing those wrinkles today!


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June 16, 2012

“GIVE & GLAM” Girl’s Night Out was “SPECTACULAR”

Rhode Island’s first ever Give  & Glam Event was held recently at the newly rennovated NYLO Hotel in Warwick, RI.  Hats off to Julie Ruditzky Loffredi,  local Television reporter, and host of this event.   The Give &  Glam  was a girl’s night out event to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital.  Tickets sold out very fast and I was one of the lucky ones in attendance.  The first 100 guests received pink swag bags and as you can see in the photo below, it was filled with fabulous goodies. From hair and nail products to jewelry and gift certificates, you could see the excitement of the ladies as they were peeking in their bags to see what their goodies were.

There was never a dull moment.  Photos from the pink carpet awaited guests as they arrived and  I got to meet and chat with Rhode Island’s best selling Author of  “The 13th Apostle’,  Raina Smith.

Visit by RainaC.Smith and see if this book will be on your summer reading list.

I can’t even begin to describe to you the array of Silent Auction items and gift baskets ready to be bid on.  From extravagant to conservative, from luxury to simplicity, there was something for everyone.

The Fashion show was quite unique as well, at least for me it was.  There was no catwalk.  Annette Donahue models, graced the floors, indoors and out showing off jewelry, clothes and accessories. It was facinating to watch.   There were plenty of vendors there as well showing off their uniques accessories.   Hairstylists and make-up artists were also on hand giving tips on hair and makeup.   Truly, a girl’s night out.  I can’t wait to attend the next Give & Glam to be held Thursday, October 4, 2012 at Belle Mer Newport, RI.

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It’s A Glam Thing auction Basket valued at $600.00 went to the highest bidder

I was a lucky recipient of a “Give &  Glam Swag Bag.  Look at all the “goodies”!

I found the most elegant gift ideas from “Elementz”

Rhode Island’s very own Best Selling Book Author  “Raina C. Smith”
“Mod Mama” had fabulous Children’ s gifts

“Mod Mama” had fabulous Children’ s gifts

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June 16, 2012

Hair: Its What To Wear

Ever since I got back from the Orlando Hair Show, I have had a new outlook on my whole career. I am more confident in how I do hair and how I address my clients sitting in my chair. I have noticed that my clients like my passion for what I do and that makes them want to come back and see me.

You know we all have people who inspire us. Someone we look up to who helps us realize just what it is we love to do. When I was at the show I got to meet my inspiration to become a hairdresser, Nick Arrojo. When I was in high school I always made it point to watch “What Not To Wear” on TLC. Next to “I Love Lucy” it was and is my favorite show. The best part about the whole makeover was seeing what hairstyle Nick would come up with. At the time I had no idea that hairdressing was what I really wanted to do but I did know that I loved fashion.

I was soooooo happy to meet Nick and tell him just what an inspiration he is to me. In high school I was interested in acting and singing. I loved being on stage and being seen my many people. At the show I saw Nick doing just that (minus the singing and acting). He was in front of people showing off his amazing skills and in his own way, he was “performing” for a big crowd of people. That is my dream, to be a platform artist.

After high school I was just like many other young adults. I had no idea what it was I wanted to do as a career. I jumped from thing to thing but could never settle on one particular career. It wasn’t until 6 months after I graduated did I know that the beauty industry was my calling. I always knew I was artistic but I knew I could not draw or paint. I decided to give hairdressing a try. While in beauty school I realized my love for hair. With the help of Nick Arrojo and my teachers hairdressing has become my passion and I would not give it up for the world. Thank you Nick Arrojo for being my inspiration.

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June 14, 2012

Add To Your Summer FUN with Guess Seductive “Sunkissed”


Are you looking for the perfect accessory to add to your Summer fun?  Guess Seductive Limited Edition “Sunkissed” Eau De Tolette Spray is a scent guaranteed to make you smell delicious, light and carefree as you bare that gorgeous summer skin.

Guess recently introduced their new limited edition seductive fragrance “Sunkissed”.  It is a revamped twist on their original seductive fragrance.  What is so unique about this fragrance is that during the day,  it has top notes of pink grapefruit, pear, raspberry and black currant blossom.  In the afternoon, it winds down to seductive mild notes of vanilla, jasmine, and Brazilian orchids.  At night time, a sensual base of musk, Makassar ebony and violet notes produce a dazzling glamorous fragrance.  I love the polka dot packaging sealed with a Guess girl flirty kiss graphic design and the beautiful bottle includes a hanging lipstick charm.  Guess Seductive Limited Edition “Sunkissed” stands out from traditional floral fragrances and gives the “Guess Girl” a lasting impression!


You can find this fabulous fragrance along with other fragrances by Guess  at 


Guest Blogger, Laurie Carcieri

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June 13, 2012

Are You Getting Your Beauty Sleep?

We’ve all heard how important sleep is to our health.  According to the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, there are six reasons to get enough sleep:

  1. Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.
  2. Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.
  3. Safety: Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime. These lapses may cause falls and mistakes such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and road accidents.
  4. Mood: Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.
  5. Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.
  6. Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.

But what about the importance of sleep to our looks?  You know what I’m talking about.  How many mornings (of afternoons) have you awakened after a long night of partying, or cramming for exams, or insomnia and looked like ________ ……well, not as great as you might like?

The fact is, while telling someone you need your “beauty sleep” might be a pretty good way to get out of doing something, it’s more than a cute expression:  it’s a fact.   According to a study published in BMJ, a British medical journal, getting too little sleep definitely has an impact on your physical appearance!  Researchers wrote that “sleep-deprived people appeared less healthy, less attractive and more tired compared with when they are well rested.  This suggests that humans are sensitive to sleep-related facial cues.”

Here are a few of my personal tips for getting great beauty sleep:

Invest in a Humidifier

Your skin needs moisture to look great and this can be a challenge especially if you live in a drier climate.  A good humidifier is the answer. 

I travel a lot for work and was finding that I never looked worse than after spending the night in a hotel room.  I’d wake up, look in the mirror and discover that my eyes were beet red and my skin was puffy and just tired looking.  But, since I started requesting a humidifier from housekeeping, those problems have disappeared.  Use a humidifier at night while you sleep. It will provide moisture to keep your skin soft, supple and younger looking!

Use a Good Pillowcase

Silk is the only way to go!  Silk contains natural proteins and amino acids that have wonderful anti-aging benefits.  And movie stars have sworn by this beauty secret or years! I was recently introduced to Sleep ‘N Beauty 100% mulberry silk pillowcases and will probably never be able to sleep on a cotton pillowcase again. 

Sleep N' Beauty 100% mulberry silk pillowcases

Luxurious and oh so soft, Sleep N’ Beauty silk pillowcases are naturally hypoallergenic, keep you from waking up with creases on your face, help your skin to retain moisture, and are great for protecting your hair from bed head and split ends.  And as an added bonus, they’re even machine washable!

Forget Sleeping Pills, Use Lavender

I absolutely LOVE the scent of lavender!  But, not only does it smell great, it’s fantastic for getting a good night of beauty sleep.  I like to tuck a small sachet of it inside my pillowcase or sometimes add a few drops of lavendar oil to my humidifier.  I’ve also read that you can use lavender oil on your skin to help relax your muscles (and again, inhale througout the night), add it to your bathwater before bed or even use lavendar flowers in brewed tea. 

I hope you’ll give some of these tips a try and have a great night!

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June 11, 2012

Two great timesavers from LUMENE ~ Gentle Cleansing Wipes and Waterproof Eye Makeup remover!

LUMENE (Quote) is a holistic beauty and well-being company that focuses on skincare and color cosmetics and is developed and manufactured in Finland by a team of experts using state-of-the-art technology.”

In this article I’m going to share two “Fab” LUMENE timesaver products with you, but I also encourage you to visit their website: and take a look at their nice selection and range of products.

You can also conveniently find LUMENE products at a CVS, ULTA, or a DUANE READE store near you!

LUMENE Sensitive Touch ~ Gentle Cleansing Wipes

First, let’s take a look at a LUMENE product that is perfect all year round, especially if you’re making a quick change from a day look to an evening look as you head out “on-the-town” after a busy day at work, or are running late between appointments and need a quick “pick-me-up.”

This time of year during the warmer weather , LUMENE Gentle Cleansing Wipes are a necessity in your “Beauty Arsenal”. They are perfect for “touch ups” on the go, and will keep you looking your best throughout the day. They contain no alcohol so you don’t have to rinse your face when you use them, and they are small enough to fit in your handbag.

Once you start using these Gentle Cleansing Wipes, you’ll want keep a couple packs on hand. I now keep one in my professional makeup case at all times, and always carry one in my personal tote bag! These portable Gentle Cleansing Wipes from LUMENE are the perfect timesaving solution!

Here is an efficient timesaver for removing your eye makeup. LUMENE Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover is definitely a gentle and effective product to use for removal of shadows, liners, and mascara… especially the “stay all day” waterproof products! It can also be used to remove your lip color!

LUMENE Waterproof Eye makeup Remover

I believe most of us are aware that our eye area is very delicate, and it’s always a good idea to be very gentle when applying and removing cosmetics around the eye! LUMENE Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover is a real timesaver, yet very efficient product that quickly cleans the eye with no tugging or pulling.

All you need to do is shake the container and apply a some of the liquid remover to a cotton pad. Close your eyes and lightly sweep the pad from the outer corner of your eye to the inner corner to remove the shadow and liner, then clean the mascara from your lashes. Remember to keep your eyes closed and rinse off with water. I have special washcloths that I use for that purpose. They are inexpensive and I lightly blot any excess residue into the washcloth, and my eyes alway feel so clean and soft after using the LUMENE Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover. Cotton pads with water will also work. (Keep in mind that you may need to use a couple of cotton pads with with water to remove any leftover product from your eye if you wear a lot of shadow, liner, and mascara.)

In the long run, this LUMENE Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover really does the job quickly, and gently! That is the main objective when you clean your eye area. Using a product that works and is gentle!

In conclusion, products like LUMENE Sensitive Touch Gentle Cleansing Wipes, and LUMENE Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover provide terrific “shortcuts” and effective results, and I highly recommend you give them a try!

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