Archives for August 2013

August 26, 2013

Receive your Free gift with Purchase of Dragon’s Blood Beauty Set


City Cosmetics has some exciting news! They are hosting a 48-hour presale starting tomorrow at 9AM. With the purchase of a Dragon’s Blood Beauty Set, shoppers will get a FREE City Lips Advanced Formula Lip Plumper (retailed $35) in our new shade “Orchid.” Please  visit and check out the presale: !







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August 24, 2013

Back on the “Big White Couch” with Erica Murray of the TENAJ Beauty Group

TENAJ Beauty Group

TENAJ Beauty Group

The TENAJ Beauty Group asked me back to review more of their amazing products on their YouTube Channel. I love getting to shoot videos with Erica Murray, host of the TBG YouTube Channel, and their crew. Stay tuned for more info on proTENAJ products and for my interview coming out soon. Also be sure to check out their website at and their YouTube Channel at for weekly interviews and how-to videos.

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August 23, 2013

Skincare with Cucumbers….Sounds Refreshing


The final weeks of summer are here so cool off your summer skincare regime with cucumbers straight from the garden or your local Farmer’s Market! Below are some tips from beauty expert and owner of As U Wish Nail Spa, Skyy Hadley, on ways you can use cucumbers at home for more than just a salad.

Cucumbers are packed full of water that can help re-hydrate and refresh your skin after hours in the sun or at the beach. You can create your own cucumber toner at home by mixing ½ a cucumber and 3 tablespoons of witch hazel in a blender until smooth and then pat onto your face using a cotton ball. Feel refreshed instantly!

Relax your feet with a cooling cucumber foot soak after a long day at the theme park or summer fair. Mix 2 cups of Epsom Salt into a warm water bath add slices from one cucumber and soak your feet for about 5-10 minutes to help reduce inflammation and swelling. Keep your feet elevated after the soak for best results.

TIP: Placing chilled cucumber slices over your eyelids for 5 minutes can help reduce morning puffiness

Live near Hoboken? Visit Skyy Hadley at her As U Wish Nail Spa this month and ask for her exclusive pampering Cucumber Peel Heel Pedicure!

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August 23, 2013

Two “Quick Results” JOEY New York® Products for a lifted and more youthful look !

JOEY New York® has a line of fun, easy to use products that target special needs to help you achieve a more youthful and healthy looking skin!

Coconut Water is the “STAR” ingredient of the JOEY New York® new QUICK RESULTS product line! It has a wonderful history behind it that I’d like to share with you via this link:
Here you’ll read all about the many benefits of Coconut Water , it’s backstory, and how through modern technology, JOEY New York® has included it in their QUICK RESULTS products. Anti-aging, help with wrinkles, lines, and sagging skin are just a few advantages of the Coconut Water!

Quoting from the article, you’ll read in the above link,“Hawaiians call Coconut Water NOELANI which means “DEW FROM THE HEAVENS.

Let’s begin the JOEY New York “Double Feature” with:

QUICK RESULTS PEEL-OFF MASQUE with Young Coconut Water and Indian Ginseng Extract Complex

JOEY New York QUICK RESULTS PEEL-OFF MASQUE with Young Coconut Water and Indian Ginseng Extract Complex.

I like a peel-off masque, and the JOEY New York masque is great! You only need to use it once a week, and your face and skin will feel so fresh, clean, and renewed. Start with a clean face. Do your best to apply an “even” layer of the clear peel-off masque on your neck and entire face except for the eye area!! I’ll usually start my application at the lower area of my neck and work upward to my forehead. I also like to brush my hair back and away from my face while I’m doing any kind of facial treatment!

In about 10-15 minutes the masque will be dry and ready to remove. This is the fun part! Start at the bottom of your neck and roll the edges of the dry masque as you start to peel upward to your forehead. If you applied your masque evenly, it should “lift” off in one piece. Don’t fret if it doesn’t!! Practice makes perfect. If it doesn’t lift off in one piece, just start at the lower edge where you left off peeling. Roll and continue to move in an upward motion till the Masque is removed!

Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be in awe when you see the imprint of your skin on the masque. I was surprised to see the all the dry areas on mine! The awesome result is how your clean smooth and glowing skin looks and feels after the Joey New York Peel-Off Masque! This is one of those instant gratification products!

Now your skin is clean and all set for the second product in our JOEY New York “Double Feature”:

JOEY New York -Quick Results- For a Lifted and Tightened look with Coconut Water, Indian Ginseng Extract Complex and peptides to help give skin a soft youthful look.

JOEY New York®-QUICK RESULTS- KEEP IT UP imparts a Lifted, Tightened, and soft youthful look with Coconut Water, Indian Ginseng Extract Complex and peptides..

Would you like a firmer feel to your skin? Then KEEP IT UP is a product you’ll want to add to your daily regime! All you need to do is apply this very light weight serum to your neck and face. (Once again, avoiding the eye area.) Make sure you let it dry completely before applying makeup, or just wear it alone and watch your pores, sagging skin, and wrinkles diminish ! The feel to me is “energizing”, lifting, and a real confidence builder as it “wakes” up my tired skin!

The peptides in KEEP IT UP give you instant firming as well as long term benefits! I apply KEEP IT UP in an up and outward lifting motion. Starting at the base of my neck and working up my neck and behind my ears, I then lift the serum around my jawline, up the sides of my face and in an upward motion across my forehead.

Read more about JOEY New York’s -QUICK RESULTS- KEEP IT UP for more information and results you’ll achieve with you use this product:

JOEY New York has a wonderful variety of Quick Results products that target specific skin concerns, and contain the amazing young coconut water to not only help you achieve a more youthful appearance, but protect you skin with it’s natural anti-oxidants!

I hope you enjoyed this “Double Feature” presenting The Peel-Of Masque for lines, wrinkles, and glow, and Keep-It-Up for a lifted and tightened look, and will give them a try!

Here are some of the places where you can purchase the JOEY New York® Products:

(Quoted and Paraphrased information in this article was obtained from provided PR-Fact Sheets,and Any personal commentary about these products were my opinions from using the products provided to me for review.)

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August 23, 2013

Waxelene Flip Top Squeeze Tube is Here!


Waxelene Flip Top Squeeze Tube is here!  My favorite product in the world…… You know when someone asks you the question, “If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would have to have with you?”  Of course my answer would be Waxelene!  I just cannot say enough about this product and nowit’s available in a flip top squeeze tube!  OMG! It is convenient to carry in a pocket, purse, car, backpack, and gym bag. Waxelene Flip Top Squeeze Tube is great for traveling anywhere. I use a dab on my finger to moisturize my cracked lips and shine my lipstick color making it super glossy. It leaves my lips irresistible and soft. This creamy beeswax gel is a great beauty product that I cannot live without. Once you try it, you will be totally satisfied and never leave home without it too. When I get a moment throughout the day, I take out my Waxelene Flip Top Squeeze Tube and massage some into my cuticles and WOW….. my nails look as if I just came from a nail salon.

Waxelene is made of Organic Soy Oil, Beeswax, Organic Rosemary Oil, and Natural Vitamin E with no petroleum or artificial ingredients. Also MADE IN THE USA!  I have been a long time user of the good old Vaseline and always concernd about the petroleum but now my mind is at ease using Waxelene! I rub it on my dried heels and elbows. It removes my make-up and I massage it on my feet before my daily run to avoid blisters! You can purchase Waxelene products at local Whole Foods, CVS, Anthropologie Stores and online at  Waxelene Flip Top Squeeze Tube is $4.99 per tube.  The way I brag about Waxelene, you would think I have stocks in it!   Unfortunately I don”t, but I do get super excited and love to promote a product that really works and is now packaged in a convenient flip top squeeze tube that makes my life simple!  Let’s hope I never end up on a deserted island….. Thank you Waxelene for a great product!!!!

179902_2273854583663_993585435_nLaurie Carcieri, Wife and Mother of two Children

Fashion and Fitness Enthusiast

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August 22, 2013

Shooting the Love Can Initiative Campaign

Today we went to Sir Recording Studio, a lovely building on Sunset Boulevard, where I shot a public service announcement segment for Love Can Initiative, a wonderful charitable organization that provides basic support for children from low-income families. The Love Can Initiative raises awareness about the socioeconomic conditions that foster poverty and child hunger in the United States. I am extremely grateful to have been a part of such a wonderful cause and deeply inspired by the work that Andy Tsagaris is doing to provide a better future for the children in need.  You can visit to learn more about how you can contribute and support the cause! For more information you can also follow Andy on Twitter at or show your support by liking the Love Can Initiative page on Facebook!

For more information about Donna Spangler, please visit or follow me on Twitter at for up to the minute news on my daily whereabouts!


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August 22, 2013

Go from Sweaty to Sweetie with gud!

Feeling dull when getting out of the shower? Try Red Ruby Groovy Natural Body Wash by gud from Burt’s Bees. Not only does their chapstick leave my lips feeling refreshed but this new body wash leaves me feeling refreshed all over. Scented with grapefruit and wild thyme, this wash not only feels good but smells good too! It’s made in the USA and it’s made without parabens. For around $7, you’ll step into the shower a little sweaty and step out a little sweetie.


Julia Pezzullo, teen blogger

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August 20, 2013

Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer = Flawless Skin


Miracle Skin Transformer Acne Control was the best product I ever used to fight those trouble acne and brown spots on my skin occurring over and over again in the same spot. I thought my days of breaking out were gone in my twenties, however, my forties brought me back several decades and a loss to find a good acne cream. My friends had plenty of great ideas for wonderful wrinkle creams, but I was alone for my search at forty- nine for a cream to wipe away those embarrassing blemishes.

This light-weight, oil-free formula controls shine and leaves a flawless finish as it hydrates,firms and calms skin.  My skin has literally been transformed at the right time, I was going to make an appointment to have an expensive laser treatment before finding this miracle product. The cream contains smart salicylic acid, anti-microbial peptides, marine extracts and vitamin B3 all working together to prevent breakouts forever that were continually appearing on my skin.  My tween daughter even commented on my skin and wanted the cream for herself, wondering why her mother was still in need of a cream to prevent acne.  I highly recommend this product for all ages and consider myself an expert on acne cream. Thanks to Sarah McNamara and her unbelievable product, I am no longer alone!

Miracle Skin Transformer Acne Control is available in 5 shades and can be purchased at


Liz Vachon, LICSW

Wife and Mother of two

National Keynote Speaker on Bullying

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August 20, 2013

Bring Your Hair Back to Life With ARBONNE’s Pure Vibrance

Arbonne Pure Vibrance

Arbonne Pure Vibrance

The signs were all there, chemically color treated hair which was dull, dry and frizzy. Hair that was looking brassy from sun exposure. That was the condition of my hair and it was calling for vibrancy. Arbonne came calling with an exquisite line of hair care products, called Pure Vibrance which is specially formulated for chemically and color treated hair. Pure Vibrance was exactly what I was looking for.

Arbonne’s Pure Vibrance hair care line consists of Luster Fortifying Shampoo, Fortifying Creme Conditioner, Texturizing Mousse and Hair Revitalizing Masque. You certainly don’t need to use every product in the Pure Vibrance line for good results, but doing so, will give you outstanding results leaving your hair looking better than ever.

Arbonne explains that the Colorlast technology contained in Pure Vibrance is a “unique botanical blend to prevent fading and help lock in color for healthy looking locks with lustrous shine and softness”. All of the products in the Pure Vibrance line contain Colorlast technology.  They are sulfate and paraben free and contains no artificial colors. According to the Arbonne website, Pure Vibrance has been clinically shown to retain 93% of hair color after 20 washes in both single and double process.

Rice extract, artichoke leaf, Hawaiian Niger and White Tea are the key ingredients in Pure Vibrance Shampoo and Conditioner. This special blend of ingredients help protect and strengthen damaged hair as well as adding beautiful shine, and let me say, both shampoo and conditioner smells fantastic.

I really enjoy applying Pure Vibrance Texturizing Mousse to my freshly washed, damp hair. It is the perfect mousse for adding volume and of course texture to your hair while maintaining hair color. Texturizing Mousse contains a similar blend of  botanicals found in the shampoo and conditioner, helping protect your hair from the harsh elements of the outdoors. If you are in the sun often, Pure Vibrance is the perfect choice for fabulous looking hair.

My favorite in the Pure Vibrance line is the hair masque. I don’t have much experience with hair masques. Face masques, yes! Hair masques, No! Let me say that the  Hair Revitalizing Masque gets a big thumbs up. The hair masque basically does everything the other products in the Pure Vibrance line does except by using this deep conditioning masque at least once or twice a week helps put the moisture back in your hair, you know, the moisture that was eliminated during the color treating process. My hair has never been softer, shinier and bouncier.

Pure Vibrance has done wonders for my hair, especially during beach and pool season. As long as I am outdoors and color treating my hair, Arbonne’s Pure Vibrance will be in my shampoo arsenal.

Learn more about Arbonne’s entire product line at

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August 20, 2013

Relax and Laugh Your Day Away with Chocolate Chocolate Moons


Reading is one of the great pleasures that I have now that I am retired. There is still always lots to do each day, but the schedule is so much more relaxed that I can spend time enjoying a good book.  “Chocolate Chocolate Moons” by Jackie Kingon is a unique, yet silly, futuristic mystery. You will laugh out loud as you read and even reread some of the humorous discriptions this author presents.  It is a fun task to keep up with everyone moving around from earth to the moon and Mars with their different weights changed by the gravity force. But I love a mystery and we are not without a mystery in this hilarious venture.  People end up in the hospital after eating Chocolate Moons and the bungling, candy eating detectives are called to do their investigations.  Meanwhile there are news shows and talk show interviews asking the questions about how this could have possibly happened.  But that isn’t all!  Relationships and past relationships are revisited; twin daughters are rehearsing for a contest; electronic devices listening in on suspects and hotels in space.  Such an imagination Jackie Kingon has!  There is so much more, but I don’t want to ruin it for you.  This is a book to read when you want to lay back, relax and laugh your day away.

Purchase you copy today at

P1060375 (2) Sharon Hatcher, Guest Blooger & Avid Reader

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