Archives for September 2012

September 30, 2012

Say Bye Bye Blackheads

I tried this great new face cleaner and it’s called ByeBye Blackheads from Joey. It helps eliminate the dirt that clogs your pores and the turns into those ugly blackheads. From what I have read about blackheads, they are usually the first stage of acne. Blackheads can develop into pimples, and I really want to avoid them at all costs. Bye Bye Blackheads is supposed to minimize the appearance of pores too, so I thought I would give it a try.

Bye Bye Blackheads is so easy to use and you only have to apply it once or twice a week.  After washing my face, I apply a thin layer of the clear gel on the area I want to treat and I allow the gel to dry for a minute or two.  Then, I gently rub the gel and it rolls right off my face taking the dirt and grime from my pores with it. It’s a great product and I plan on having it on hand just in case I need. it. I recommend trying Bye Bye Blackheads, it’s working for me!

You can find Bye Bye Blackheads at http://www.hsn.com/beauty/joey-new-york-bye-bye-blackheads

 

Adrienne, Teen Blogger

 

 

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September 30, 2012

Feel Silky Smooth The LaLicious Way

 

LaLicious has recently introduced it newest scent “Sugar Reef”” to their best selling Bath and Body Collection.  If you are not familiar with LaLicious, all of their natural bath and body collections consists of splendid scented products such as Body Oils, Body Butters, Body Soaps, Gift Sets and accessories. All the LaLicious skin products are preservative, sulfate and paraben free. LaLicious is available in eight scrumptious scents including Brown Sugar & Vanilla, Coconut Cream, Lily Mango, Passionfruit Lime, Island Guava, Tahitian Flower, Peppermint and Coffee Bean.

My daughters and I have been enjoying it’s newest scent Sugar Reef.  Jenna says the Whipped body Soap “Smells great and feels great on her skin”. LaLicious Whipped Body Soap contains Coconut Oil and Safflower oil giving it its luscious scent and leaving her skin soft and hydrated. Lalicious Whipped Body Soap leaves no heavy lather which means the soap will clean your skin without drying it out. 

LaLicious Exfoliating Scrubs are sensational as they exfoliate and moisturize leaving you skin feeling smooth and silky. I actually used the scrub on my hands after doing some gardening recently. I rubbed  a small amount of Sugar Reef scrub into my hands and after rinsing, my hands were left clean and soft, my hands looked great!

As stated by LaLicious, “Our unique sugar scrub exfoliates, moisturizes and smooths your skin to perfection! This incredible combination of oils and cane sugar is whipped together to provide vitamins, minerals and proteins essential to maintaining beautiful youthful skin.”  Did you know that scrubs containing pure cane sugar are less abrasive on your skin than salts? And best of all, sugar scrubs won’t cause cuts and scrapes to burn or sting.

LaLicious Bath and Body products are extremely versatile as well.  One of my favorites, the  LaLicious Oil Collection are available in 9 scents.  One drop of  this delicately scented oil was all I needed for unbelievably smooth and silky hands. I massaged LaLicious oil into my hands and cuticles and the oil quickly absorbed into my skin leaving no oily residue. LaLicious Oils can also be used as a hair conditioning treatment, shaving cream or  even an eye make-up remover. I even used the oil to remove my eye make-up and it really did work.  Sounds like a terrific travel accessory to me.

LaLicious bath and Body Products can be found throughout my house and at www.lalicious.com.  The way to feeling smooth and silky is the  Lalicious way.

http://www.lalicious.com/

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September 30, 2012

New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author Brenda Novak has written another Must Read Winner ~ “When Lightening Strikes”!

Brenda Novak has released the first book in her Whiskey Creek Series entitled, “When Lightening Strikes”!
Book #1 of the Whiskey Creek Trilogy  ~ WHEN LIGHTENING STRIKES

Any book written by Brenda Novak is guaranteed to be a great book that will engage your interest from the first page and take you on a non-stop journey till you finish the the last page of the book!

New York Times and Usa Today Best Selling Author ~ Brenda Novak

“When Lightening Strikes” is no exception!

I’ll give you a little hint about the book’s storyline and then send you to a link where you will not only be able to read the first chapter of “When Lightening Strikes”, hear part of the “When Lightening Strikes” audio book, visit the Whiskey Creek store where you’ll find unique interesting items that were “inspired” by the Whiskey Creek Series, but also have the opportunity to become a member of Brenda Novak’s Fan Club. There is no cost to become a member, and just wait till you read all of the fun benefits Fan Club Members receive!

Are you intrigued? I thought so, and I know you’ll find the special Fan Club Member “perks” really exceptional!

Ok, here’s the scoop about, “When Lightening Strikes”! Gail DeMarko moved from Whiskey Creek to Los Angeles to establish herself in the Public Relations business. She became very successful, and created a firm that represented a lineup of top entertainment industry A-Listers, including top “Super Star”, Simon O’Neal. Simon, after a chaotic divorce had become quite unstable. When Gail could no longer communicate with him she let him go! Simon in turn “got back” at Gail by encouraging all of her clients to leave with him. Gail was very determined to salvage the company she worked so hard to create that she made a deal with Simon……..

Now here is that link I promised : http://www.brendanovak.com/books_whiskeycreek_when_lightning_strikes.html

Check out the first chapter, audio clip, Whiskey Creek store and Fan Club information!! This book is fantastic and may also be purchased at the above link directly from either Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.

By the way, One Lucky It’s A Glam Thing reader will get an opportunity to win an unabridged audio version of “When Lightening Strikes”! All you have to do is go to www.itsaglamthing.com after October 1st. Click on the “Giveaway” Banner on the home page and register to win this wonderful gift from Brenda Novak! Good Luck and Happy Reading !!

A perfect 5-Star review for “When Lightening Strikes” and we look forward to the rest of the Whiskey Creek Series! Congratulations Brenda and keep writing those wonderful books!!

(Credit for any paraphrased information in this article is from “When Lightening Strikes” and/or www.brendanovak.com)

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September 29, 2012

Today is National Coffee Day!!

 

 

In honor of National Coffee Day on September 29th, Eight O’Clock Coffee, America’s Original Gourmet Coffee, is demystifying coffee jargon—and explaining how to make a great-tasting specialty coffee drink at home, no fancy machines needed. Behold, your guide to creating a café coffee experience right in your own kitchen, courtesy of Eight O’Clock Coffee!

Latte- Traditionally, this is made using espresso and foamed milk. The milk to coffee ratio is 3:1.

  • Make It At Home! Use a strong coffee, like Eight O’Clock Coffee’s Dark Italian Roast, and brew regularly. Pour some milk into a saucepan and place over medium heat. Whisk milk as it heats to make it frothy. Pour some of the coffee into a mug, add some hot liquid milk and spoon the foamed milk on top. 
  • Café Mocha- This is simply a latte with some type of chocolate flavor added in.
  • Make It At Home! Prepare using the latte instructions. Before adding the coffee and milk, pour 2/3 cup of hot chocolate mix into the bottom of the mug, add coffee and milk and stir until the mix has dissolved.

Café au Lait- Similar to a latte, but usually uses strong brewed coffee instead of espresso and has a 1:1 ratio of coffee to milk.

  • Make It At Home! Brew Eight O’Clock Coffee’s Dark Italian Roast, steam the milk and add equal parts milk (add this first) and coffee to your mug.

Cappuccino- Usually made with equal parts espresso, steamed milk and frothed milk.

  • Make It At Home! Follow the same instructions as the latte, but pour equal parts coffee and steamed milk into the mug and top with frothed milk. It’s great with cinnamon or chocolate sprinkled on.

Macchiato- A traditional macchiato is a shot of espresso with a bit of milk foam. We usually think of the caramel macchiato, which is very popular at coffee shops in the US.

  • Make It At Home! Make a tasty caramel macchiato using Eight O’Clock Coffee Dark Italian Roast. Heat milk in a saucepan and whisk until frothy, add a few pumps of vanilla syrup to your cup of coffee, top with milk froth and drizzle with caramel syrup.

Frappe- A frappe is a cold blended coffee drink with chilled coffee, sugar, milk or cream and ice blended together.

  • Make It At Home! All you need is 6-8 ounces of cold coffee (we like Eight O’Clock Coffee Original Blend), 2 Tbsp milk, 3/4 cup crushed or cubed ice and sugar to taste. Combine ingredients in a blender. You can also add 2 Tbsp of your favorite syrup—caramel, chocolate, vanilla—some people even add ice cream to make it thicker. The possibilities are endless, so get creative!

Pumpkin Coffee- Virtually every coffee shop has some kind of limited-time-only pumpkin coffee, a delicious fall flavor.

  • Make It At Home! Brew your own pumpkin coffee this fall or any other time of year you feel a craving coming on. Use 2 tsp of pumpkin spice for every 3 Tbsp of Eight O’Clock Coffee Original Blend. Combine the pumpkin spice with the coffee grounds and brew. Sweeten to your desire.

Espresso: A concentrated coffee brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans.

  • Make It At Home!  Espresso machines are typically very expensive, but you can come close to the real deal with your regular coffee pot. Choose a dark roast, like Eight O’Clock Coffee’s Dark Italian Roast, and grind the beans as finely as possible. Double the coffee filter, and pack down the coffee grounds into the filter (use 1 tbsp for every 1/4 cup of espresso). It’s a great option that replicates the strong, bold flavor espresso and cappuccino aficionados love.

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September 29, 2012

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is an annual international health campaign organized by the partnership of professional medical associations, government agencies, and public service organizations such as major breast cancer charities to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. It also has been instrumental in providing greater access to screening services.

Founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries, (now part of AstraZeneca, the maker of several anti-breast cancer drugs), National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues, and promoting mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer. While there have been many great strides made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished.

Breast cancer affects everyone….men, women, children, any age, race, religion, economic bracket. As a child in elementary school, cancer was never a word that was even said out loud. I remember the first time I had even heard the words breast cancer. I was 9. A mother of a classmate of mine, who had been diagnosed with the disease, had taken her own life. It was a time when little was known of the disease. There were no organizations to help deal with the diagnosis and little was known of the treatment.

It took the courage of Former First Lady Betty Ford, a breast cancer survivor herself, to publically speak out about the disease in a televised emotional appeal to call attention to the importance of screening and awareness. Her 1974 mastectomy weeks after becoming First Lady, helped raise awareness for the disease. Her openness and willingness to talk about her disease raised visibility to a disease that America had been reluctant to talk about.

As First Lady, she knew that the experience she was going through would be news. Rather than shy away, she brought her plight public, knowing that by amplifying public awareness, she could help educate and save women from the disease. Breast cancer had now gone from being hush-hushed to a problem that needed to not only be talked about but solved. Women needed to become more aware, cures and preventions needed to be found. And women with the disease needed to have help understanding, dealing with, and support in fighting it.

Mrs. Ford became a pioneer in bringing the disease to the forefront. She pioneered the cause and soon after, other public figures, industry executives, government and community leaders, members of the media, philanthropic organizations, and many individual women further galvanized national public interest.

As we celebrate more than 25 years of awareness, let us take the time to thank those who have championed the cause. Let us thank businesses that give back to the cause and support them in their endeavors. Let us also remain dedicated to educate and empower women to take charge of their own breast health. Practice regular self-breast exams, schedule regular visits, and mammographies. For more information on Breast Cancer Awareness Month see http://www.nbcam.org.

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September 28, 2012

Cleanlogic…It’s the Logical Choice

 

Would you like to experience an invigorating Bath or Shower?  Cleanlogic carries the  accessories to help you do just that. Cleanlogic Bath and Body Care now offers a unique range of unisex bath and shower essentials and once you try them you won’t want to shower without them.

Cleanlogic would also like you to know that they are “the first beauty brand to include braille on their packaging.  With vision loss now one of the fastest growing disabilities in the United States due to the rise of diabetes, by including braille on their packaging, Cleanlogic have created a simple and proactive way to help the 25 million blind and visually impaired individuals in the country today.”  Now, tell me that isn’t truly amazing.

Cleanlogic has many items to choose from and one of my favorites (and I have many), is the Soap+Sponge. The Soap+Sponge is exactly that, a soap and sponge combined into one.  While the glycerin soap cleanses your skin the antimicrobial synthetic sponge gently exfoliates, leaving your skin feeling fresh and clean. Cleanlogic Soap Sponges are available in 3 fantastic scents, Peachberry (my favorite), Lavender, and Cucumber Melon.

Clean Logic Stretch Bath and Shower Cloth is another “must-have” for bathing. This unique wash cloth stretches up to three times the size of a regular washcloth allowing you to wash the hardest to reach places. Cleanlogic wash cloths gently exfoliate and gives you a nice rich lather leaving your skin feeling smooth and refreshed.

Cleanlogic Exfoliating Body Scrubber is another one of my favorites. It’s small enough to fit in the palm of my hand and gives a very gentle scrub. The attached strap keeps the body scrubber firmly on your hand which is a plus if you are always dropping your washcloth or scrubber while showering. Try using one of Cleanlogic‘s Body Washes like Nopal & Spearmint, or Moisturizing Sugar & Rice Body Wash, they are both exceptional.

At http://www.cleanlogicbodycare.com/  choose from a variety of bath accessories, antimicrobial sponges, body washes and lotions. Cleanlogic, It’s the logical choice.

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September 28, 2012

Lavanila Rollerball Perfect Fall Accessory

 

LAVANILA Roller Ball! The perfect Vanilla, the combination of botanicals is soothing and sweet. The scent puts me right at the beach without the burning rays!! The best part about this perfume is that it has a healthy does of 30 essential vitamins and minerals and 19 amino acids. That’s amazing. The notes of the scent are coconut, tiare flower, heliotrope, sandalwood and Madagascar vanilla. I really like the size of this sleek rollerball. Touch ups are needed through out the day, I guess that means more vitamins too! I can’t get over this perfume.
Crystal Price, Guest Blogger
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September 28, 2012

Joe Lupo and Men’s Fall Fashion’s “Must Have’s” Interview

Men’s Fall Fashion’s Must Have’s

With summer over, it’s time for men to put away their flip flops, t-shirts and shorts into storage and get serious about their style for fall. I interviewed Style Expert Joe Lupo for tips and advice that will have men sporting a new look for the new season. From back to business basics, cool picks for work and play, to grooming gear, Joe answers my questions on what men should wear to be up-to-date for this fall season.

You can see my interview with Joe right here…

Meet Joe on FaceBook HERE.

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September 28, 2012

Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Collection

 

Having a large family, and everyone having different skin types, it is nice to know that Paula’s Choice offers a complete Skin Balancing Collection that addresses all skin types even those of us with Oily/Combination skin.  We all agree that we want a skincare product that will leave us with a healthy well-balanced complexion.

Most of us know what Oily skin is, but what is Combination skin?  People with combination skin have an oily nose and forehead but normal to dry cheeks. Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Collection is the perfect skincare product to help you achieve a well balanced complexion. As stated by Paula’s Choice, their Skincare collection features “state-of-the art formulas with ingredients tailored to help combination skin function optimally, this 100% fragrance and colorant-free comprehensive daily routine helps promote smooth, balanced skin that combats excess oiliness, clogged pores, flaky skin and breakouts.”

Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Collection consists of 5 products.  You can use all 5 as part of your daily skincare routine or choose a specific product in the collection that best suits your skincare needs.

I always start my routine with a  facial cleanser and Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleaner is guaranteed to remove excess oil and makeup. It’s pearly white, slightly thick texture, foams up slightly and rinses off easily.  You will be left with a very soothing, soft,  refreshed feeling.  This is a great cleanser for sensitive skin and is safe to use around your eyes, it’s perfect!

Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Pore Reducing Toner is sensational  because of  its powerful antioxidants and  anti-irratants that it contains, helping to restore damaged skin.  Using this Toner assists in keeping oily areas under control.  Say good-bye to those flaky, dry patches on your face,  because now you will have smooth and soft skin where the dryness used to be.

After Cleansing, it is always important to moisturize and with  Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel, you will find this clear silky-textured gel extremely lightweight on your face.  It absorbs quickly, helping to reduce existing redness and has a nice matte finish.  Did I mention that Invisible Finish Moisture Gel helps  minimize wrinkles and reduces pores, it’s fantastic.

If  you are looking for a moisturizer with SPF 15 then you will want Paula’s Choice Daily Mattifying Lotion SPF 15 & Antioxidants.  I always use a moisturizer with at least SPF 15 and this is a good one.  It provides broad Spectrum sun protection, keeps your skin dry without shine and is the perfect choice for your skin with or without makeup.

All of the 5 products are terrific and my personal favorite is Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol.  It’s an  amazing oil-free,  anti aging serum which feels like satin when applied. Containing antioxidants, anti irritants and retinol, this serum helps reduce wrinkles, reduce pores, and helps repair damaged skin.  It is great to use around the eyes.  I especially like that is helps makeup go on smoothly and lasts longer too. This serum is 100% fragrance free, and contains no dyes or coloring agents.

Visit http://www.paulaschoice.com and view their complete line of skincare products.  When choosing skincare, the choice is yours, Paula’s Choice.

 

 

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September 26, 2012

Get a Lift for your Neck & Décolleté with Lift Effect Serum from Cellex-C®

Cellex-C® Lift Effect Serum ~ Neck and Décolleté

Have you been looking at your neck and décolleté area and wondering how you might get a little “lift” without going directly to the plastic surgeon?

It’s amazing how one day you notice that your neck isn’t as firm as it used to be, and you realize the neckline of your clothing has been getting higher and higher in your attempt to hide a less taut skin that has started to become more evident in your neck and décolleté area!

It seems that sometimes we take care of our face but often neglect the jawline and delicate neck area. The skin at your jawline and below really needs support, as gravity is always at work as we start to age! The neck and décolleté area have most likely been exposed to some sun over the years and prone to develop a looser, more dehydrated appearance. Don’t be too hard on yourself, though, because you are not alone!

There are different procedures that are available to correct this issue, but you might just be surprised at the effectiveness of an innovative product that can really get your skin in great shape and help your neck and décolleté area achieve a more contoured look.

Cellex-C@ is a very well respected line of treatment products. They have a new product that targets the neck and jawline called Cellex-C® Lift Effect Serum . This product helps give your skin support by (quote) “delivering a concentrated supplement of nutrients to help firm the skin’s important dermal/epidermal junction, which helps create a youthful contour to the neck and throat by minimizing fine-lines and crinkled skin.”

I was able to try Cellex-C Lift Effect Serum. It’s a cooling and lifting feel when you apply it, and improvement in the targeted areas can usually be seen in about 6 to 8 weeks by using the product twice daily (AM & PM)! I personally apply the product in an upward motion from my décolleté area up my neck and over my jaw line, and then up and around the back of my neck by the ear area. That in itself is a nice lifting technique as you apply your Lift-Serum!

Cellex-C® products are effective and can most often be found in Medi-Spa’s, Dermatologist’s, Aesthetician’s, and Plastic Surgeon’s offices.

Here is the link to the Cellex-C® website where you can find out about all of their products, regimes, and see a great picture of 3 generations of a family that uses Cellex-C. It’s quite impressive! : http://www.cellexc.com

There’s a beautiful Cellex-C® Anti-Aging Store in Canada for our Canadian Glam Gals :http://www.cellex-c.com/store/stores_to.htm

USA Glam Gals can find out more about ordering by calling:Toll Free 1-888-488-2262


“Say NO to Anesthesia” with Neck & Décolleté Lift Effect Serum from Cellex-C®. It’s safe and clinically proven! Retail price: $125.00

(Credit for quotes in this article provided by Cellex-C® promotional information.)

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