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May 22, 2013



Dermelect Nail Polish is the first peptide`infused color treatments for fragile, weak nails.  I read this quote and thought every nail polish claims to build strong nails and repair any damage.  Dermelect is the only product that actually helped my nails to grow within a two-week period.  Usually, I apply the nail polish and have a difficult time getting the polish to glide smoothly and evenly on my nails.  The painting process is tedious; however, Dermelect goes on easily and smoothly and quickly creates beautiful, bold colors on your nails.

The first coat instantly bonds to the nail, while the second fuses with the base coat to create a flexible web of color that resists chipping and improves brittleness.  The Dermelect polish also has a brilliant shine and is fast drying.  Dermelect actually has me doing my own nails, even creating beautiful designs on my nails.  If you want to make polishing your nails hassle free and build strong healthy nails without sitting in a salon for hours, purchase Dermelect Nail Polish.

Dermelect’s Fearless Beauty collection contains four creamy hues injected with high-voltage bright pigments, guaranteed to turn heads. FEARLESS (cobalt blue) and MOXIE (Pink), shown above are two of the colors in the collection along with RENEGADE (jade) and BUZZ-WORTHY (lemon). You can purchase the entire collection and other fabulous color nail lacquers at


4481_1046410411674_7883755_nLiz Vachon, LICSW

Wife and Mother of two

National Keynote Speaker on Bulling


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May 22, 2013

Take Paul Mitchell to Your Prom

For Prom last weekend, I wanted to do my own updo, but knew it would be impossible. So before I went to my hair appointment, I brought  my own products. After my wash, my stylist put in Paul Mitchell’s Ultimate Wave, so my hair would hold the curl. My stylist then used Paul Mitchell Finishing Spray after my hair was complete. I was happy with the results and surprisingly it lasted until my next wash.

On top of that, I use Extra-Body Daily Boost everyday to lift my roots when my hair feels flat. I noticed that all of Paul Mitchell’s hair products have a great smell, and that is what I love most!


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May 20, 2013

Dr. William Trattler, MD addresses aging eyes in a recent interview

It’s a real pleasure to be able to share with you my second interview with Dr. William Trattler, MD about aging eyes.

Ophthalmologist ~  Dr. William Trattler, MD

Ophthalmologist ~
Dr. William Trattler, MD

If you are over the age of 40 and have noticed subtle changes in your vision, this interview will be a real “eye opener”!

I was in my late 30’s when I noticed my first clue that something was changing a bit with my vision. I had problems reading the small print on cosmetic packaging, and words running together with some of the copy I’d have to read when recording commercial voiceovers. As a makeup artist, and television staff announcer this was a real issue for me. I was very surprised how an eye examination and glasses with the proper visual correction was a near “Miracle”!

Going through my 40’s , I noticed that my eyes didn’t focus as quickly when I’d change from looking at something close up then at something far away. When I started working on the computer it really took it’s toll on my eyes. Thankfully due to my yearly eye exams, I had healthy eyes that were experiencing normal age related changes. In my late 40’s, and to date, I now additionally wear specific glasses for use on the computer.

There’s a general complaint that’s quite common during the allergy season which we’re currently experiencing right now! It seems everyone you talk with is affected these days with either runny ,itching or burning eyes, and possibly all three!! That can cause a lot of discomfort. Is it allergies or possibly an eye issue? Dr. Trattler will answer questions about that in the interview.

One quick comment from Dr. Trattler before the interview starts: Dr. William Trattler, MD, of the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute cautions “Your eye health could fade fast if you don’t take measures to protect them.”

On that note… Here’s my interview with Dr. William Trattler, MD:

Question #1 : Allergy season is here and many of us may have dry, burning eyes. What should we do?

Dr. Trattler: Over the counter anti-allergy drops work very well. For some, prescription medications may be a better option. Check with your eye doctor for recommendations on drops that may help.

Question #2: If I have dry, itchy, red eyes all year long, could I have dry eye or allergies?

Dr. Trattler : You could have allergies or Dry Eye. Itchy, dry or watery eyes are also a symptom of Dry Eye, which is a condition that impacts the visual system, causing blurry and fluctuating vision. It is important to identify Dry Eye and speak to your doctor about initiating a treatment for it. There is a prescription medication for Chronic Dry Eye called RESTASIS.

A doctor would try to determine which one you have of if you have both.

Restasis is a prescription prescribed by your eye doctor for dry eye.

Restasis is a prescription prescribed by your eye doctor for dry eye.

Question #3: Do eyes become increasingly tired with age?

Dr. Trattler : The sensation of having “tired” eyes comes from actually having dry eyes.

If you spend many hours focusing your eyes while using the computer or other electronics, you may not be blinking as much as you should and therefore, not keeping your eyes properly moisturized, causing them to dry out a bit and feel strained.

Here’s a tip to use while at the computer from Dr. Trattler:

Adjust the top of the computer screen so that it’s set at eye level. If you’re looking slightly down at the screen, rather than up at it, less of the eyeball is exposed to the drying effect caused by reduced blinking and other factors.

Question #4 : Will I need glasses, even if I had perfect vision in my younger years?

Dr. Trattler : Yes, many people see beautifully when their younger but then when they hit 40, start to lose some of that clarity. This is caused by Presbyopia, a condition that makes the lens of eyes less elastic and affects your ability to focus. There is currently no method of slowing down the onset of Presbyopia but there are therapies and other technologies under development that can help.

Question #5 : Will I need to see my eye doctor yearly?

Dr. Trattler : Once you’re in your forties, I recommend you get a yearly eye exam to check for diseases. For example, Glaucoma is a disease that can lead to loss of vision and yet, not show any symptoms.

Annual Exams are essential if you are over 40 years old.

Annual Exams are essential if you are over 40 years old.

Question #6 : What is the difference between an ophthalmologist, and an optometrist and which eye professional should I see if I’m over 40?

Dr. Trattler : You can see either as they handle the same conditions and are completely appropriate for performing routine exams. The difference is an Ophthalmologist can perform surgery.

Question #7 : What types of standard eye tests should I expect when I see my eye doctor? Also, I’ve heard that the newer optomap retinal scan is as thorough as the traditional dilation of a patient’s eyes. Is this true and what exactly is a doctor able to ascertain from these tests?

Dr. Trattler : We’ll do standard eye tests that measure vision, including nearsightedness and farsightedness. We’ll also check the pressure in the eye which is critical and make sure the eye looks generally healthy. Often, we will dilate the eyes to get a better look at the back of the eye. The optomap allows for a very comprehensive photograph of your eyes and is used to get a wide-angle view of the back of the eye which can help us pick up on conditions. A doctor may use this technology to look at the eye and he or she may also dilate the eyes in addition.

VICKI: Thank you so much Dr. Trattler for taking the time for this interview. I know our readers will take heed with all of your great suggestions and information, and I truly look forward to our next interview, and ongoing education and options about caring for our eyes!

In closing, it’s my hope that the interview with Dr. Trattler has instilled the importance of how priceless our vision is ! I make a point to never miss an eye exam! After reading Dr. Trattler’s interview, that shared so much valuable information about your eyes, I hope that you’ll be inspired to become very diligent when it comes to the ongoing care of your eyes, and have them checked annually, as well!

About Dr. Trattler:

Dr. Trattler received his bachelor’s degree with honors from Dartmouth College and his Doctorate of Medicine degree from University of Miami School of Medicine where he graduated in 1992 with Distinction in Research. He completed his ophthalmology residency at University of Pennsylvania, Scheie Eye Institute and then spent an additional year for subspecialty training in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.During his Corneal Fellowship, Dr. Trattler performed research on dry eye and oil gland problems of the eye. He is able to apply a variety of techniques to help those individuals with significant dry eye problems.

Dr. Trattler has been invited to lecture across the U.S. on various topics such as: Optimizing visual results with both cataract and laser vision correction, Therapeutic options for patients with dry eye and blepharitis, and the latest treatments in ocular allergy and infections. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Trattler is a Volunteer Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

( Dr. Trattler’s “About” information was provided by the PR source along with PR-Fact sheets. Credit for RESTASIS Image & Eye Exam Image: ALLERGAN, Inc. Credit for Dr. Trattler, MD image: Dr. William Trattler, MD. Information about my eye care was from my personal experience.)

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May 20, 2013

Duri Nail Polishish is a Hit at Any Age

Duri Cosmetics has over 200 different polish colors for all seasons and occasions! Each bottle is only $6 and is easy to use. Apply two coats and let it dry. I found that it dries really fast unlike other products I have used before. It hasn’t chipped for my little sister until a few days after I painted her nails. I chose to do a watermelon design for spring and I wanted to incorporate more than one color. I used the colors “Oscar Party” and “Cupid Rules”. Pantone color experts announced Emerald as the color of the year! Duri Cosmetics introduces two shades of Emerald to keep nails on-trend with this beautiful color. Products are available online and in specialty stores universal wide. All cosmetic products are completely safe and environmentally friendly. Talk about going green!




Leiyana, Teen Blogger – Nail Color Enthusiast


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May 19, 2013

I Want To Be The Only Teeze


I am so excited…..I found another great product that I must tell all!  Well I didn’t find it, a very good friend of mine did.  I was in the gym locker room after finishing up a hour and half workout.  A couple of workout friends invited me for coffee, well hot water.  As everyone knows, especially my close friends, I don’t drink coffee but who can pass up a get together with six stimulating, heart-racing women! Yes, I will just order hot water with lemon and laugh my head off.

As we were gathering our workout bags, my good friend took out this bottle and flipped her hair over and spritzed it twice then flipped it back to her normal style and spritzed it two more times. She then passed me the bottle.  As I took the bottle, I was glancing at the print on it, then I did the same… flip and spritz! Mane Teeze Hair Perfume, a perfume for your hair by T&M Hair Perfumes …. ok, why didn’t I think of this invention?  I never knew there was a perfume for your hair!  Who does not like their hair to smell wonderful and invigorating especially after a workout or a non wash hair day?

This long lasting, fresh scent for your hair is noticeable for up to 12 hours.  Mane Teeze Hair Perfume is gentle on all hair types and is sulfate and paraben free which I am a strong believer!  It does not leave any oily residue or dry out your hair.   It comes in three delicious scents:

Haut Mess (my favorite) – A sweet dessert of chocolate and caramel for a yummy day!

Black Widow –  Undertones of dark amber for a smokey, intoxicating scent!
Social Butterfly –  Rich vanilla and coconut for a lavishing feeling!
Each cost $35.00 and can be purchased at and in select salons.
I enjoyed the coffee hour with my gym friends that day.  My stomach still hurts from laughing so hard!   It was very entertaining but I have to admit, I could not stop smelling my hair! Mane Teeze Hair
Perfume is amazing and I need to purchase all three for myself but I know for sure, I won’t be passing around the bottles in the gym locker room….. I want to be the only tease.


426346_2615090938519_1292450244_32037462_1878770512_n - Version 3Laurie Carcieri

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May 19, 2013

The Einstein Emerging Leaders will hold their second annual Gala, debuting their new charitable campaign, My Einstein, on June 6th in New York !

SAVE THE DATE :June 6th 2013


Einstein Emerging Leaders 2nd Annual Gala on June 6th at the DREAM HOTEL DOWNTOWN in NYC!

Einstein Emerging Leaders 2nd Annual Gala on June 6th at the DREAM HOTEL DOWNTOWN in NYC! (Click Image To Enlarge)

Einstein Emerging Leaders (EEL), is a group of philanthropic New Yorkers in support of Albert Einstein’s College of Medicine, who will hold their second annual Gala, debuting their new charitable campaign, My Einstein.

The proceeds from this event will go toward funding urgent needs of the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Hosting this Gala event , EEL has tapped author and highly influential trendsetter, Leandra Medine, renowned for her smart, funny, and culturally on point fashion website, The Man Repeller.


$125 – General Admission
(Price increases to $150 after May 30)

$250 – VIP Ticket – Includes Champagne pre-reception and access to the Ph-D Rooftop Lounge for the unofficial after party (limited availability)


DONT MISS OUT: The “Hip” and architecturally imaginative and luxury DREAM DOWNTOWN HOTEL will provide the perfect backdrop to mingle, bid on exclusive silent auction items, and enjoy a warm summer night with one of New York’s hottest “it” girls, Leandra Medine.

(Quoted and paraphrased information in this PR Posting was obtained from a provided PRESS RELEASE and PR-Fact Sheet & Image.)

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May 18, 2013

Light up any occasion wearing L’Occitane’s New Pivoine Shimmering Body Oil !

The warmer seasonal weather each year usually signals the start of various social events such as proms, outdoor festivities and a variety of celebrations and social gatherings. You can be the “Belle of the Ball” at any occasion with L’Occitane’s New Pivoine Shimmering Body Oil.

L'Occatine's   ~New~ Pivoine Shimmering Oil

I instantly took a liking to the subtle scent of L’Occitane’s Pivoine Floral Fragrance! “It’s influenced by the Peony, which is known as the flower of a thousand petals.” It’s so pleasant as it surrounds you with the gentle hint of a delicate summer bouquet!

Another real “selling point” for me, was the fact that it’s a dry oil and can be used on your face, body, and hair! Being a “dry” oil, you’re able to get dressed immediately after applying Pivoine Floral Oil to your body. The delicate shimmer naturally reflects the light, and in my opinion, Pivoine Floral Shimmering Oil is a product not only perfect for “Special Occasions”, but for every day use, as well!

Here are some of the ways I use my L’Occitane Pivoine Shimmering Body Oil:
I apply the shimmering oil on any exposed neck or décolletage area during the day or evening. This not only softens that delicate area of skin, but the “shimmer” gives a pretty highlight that compliments anything you decide to wear.

• I then like to put a touch of Pivoine Shimmering Oil on my fingertips and “piece” it through the top of my hair, giving it vibrant, healthy appearance.

• I also “lightly” blend a couple dots of oil along the cheek bone area, creating that desirable “high” cheek bone effect.

Finally, you don’t want to forget to apply this light weight oil on your arms, legs, and shoulders when wearing your formal or evening wear, and sleeveless summer attire!

Enhanced with “Vitamin E, Grapeseed Oil, and Mother of Pearl”, you’ll find many uses for Pivoine Shimmering Oil from L’Occitane, and will “light” up any room you enter, whether it be a dressy evening occasion, a day at work, or a casual outing with friends!

L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Shimmering Body Oil is fun to use, good for your skin, and a very versatile product. It sells for $35, and may be purchased at :

(Any quotes or paraphrased information in this article were obtained from PR-Fact sheets. Commentary and opinions about the product were from my personal use of L’Occitane Shimmering Oil.)

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May 18, 2013

Great Advice!

Here’s some great advice from Audrey Hepburn that my lovely friend Lillian posted on her Facebook page today. I can’t think of a better beauty tip than this!

Enjoy the weekend:)


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May 17, 2013

Soft & Silky is the Work of Orico


When a friend of mine told me she was using body oil instead of conventional moisturizers like lotions to moisturize, I was quite surprised. I asked her, “Doesn’t the body oil make you feel greasy”?  “Not with the oil I am using, It’s amazing”, she said. The body oil she is referring to is Orico Rush Hour Vibrant Dry Body Oil, and she was right, it is AMAZING!

I have been using Orico Rush Hour Vibrant Dry Body Oil  before bed, and in the morning after bathing and have never had a greasy experience yet. You will not believe how quickly Orico Rush Hour Vibrant Dry Body Oil absorbs when applied to your skin. I especially like how my arms and legs feel, super silky soft. There is no greasy or oily residue, just the feeling of silky soft skin. The light mandarin fragrances makes you want to come back for more.

As stated by, “This rapidly absorbed, ultra-nourishing organic body oil restores and revitalizes urban-exposed skin to its sheer, silken, radiant and glowing best. Rich in vitamins, Rosehip, Macadamia and cell regenerating Baobab Oil, new Rush Hour Vibrant Dry Body Oil is the smart and fast solution for a city lifestyle. Apply and run!” 

I was very impressed to learn that Every Orico product is free from Parabens, Sulfates, DEA, TEA, PEGS, Petroleum, Propylene, Formaldehyde releasing Preservatives, Mineral Oils, Artificial Fragrances and Colors, Silicone, Glycol, 1,4-Dioxane. This is  truly remarkable and your skin is the one benefiting from this incredible brand.

Orico London has an extensive line of all-natural and organic skincare that is certified by the Ecocert Greenlife Standards, which already has a cult-like following in the UK and is now available to consumers in the U.S.!

At their website,  you will learn how their products are made and how they develop their products while helping to save the earth.

Orico has no outer packaging  and  all Orico packaging is recyclable. As stated by Orico London, ” The environment is very important to the brand which is why they work with the European packaging waste legislation, a directive that aims to prevent the production of packaging waste by reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery.”

“We are proud to sponsor the World Land Trust which offers wide reaching effective help across the globe, whose patron, Sir David Attenborough is one of the world’s greatest naturalists and has been a personal inspiration to me since childhood.” – Shirin Valipour, Orico Founder

Nourish your skin and help save the earth with products from Orico London.

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May 17, 2013

Cooking Vegan Banana Boo Boo Bread with Cindy MarinAngel


Vegan Cooking with Cindy Marin Angel

Vegan Cooking with Cindy Marin Angel

Here is a Vegan cooking segment from the Donna Spangler Show.    Its really tasty!

Vegan Banana Boo Boo Bread

preheat oven 450
1 cup evaporated cain sugar
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 container vanilla soy yogurt
1 cup mashed bananas 2 to 3 ripe
1/2 cup blueberries
1/4 cup cranberries
1 tablespoon earth balance butter
1 teaspoon organic vanilla

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine ingredients in a bowl

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