Archives for January 2014

January 31, 2014

Forever Young Advanced Micro-Vibration Spa Treatment by Zensation Beaute is here!!

Zensation’s newest “Modern Technology” device for skin rejuvenation is here! Forever Young Advanced Mirco-Vibration Spa Treatment is a small portable hand held tool that you can use to revitalize your Eyes, Lips and Face every day in the privacy of your own home!

Forever Young Advanced Micro Vibration Spa Treatment & Crystal Inspiration Eye Jewel

Forever Young Advanced Micro Vibration Spa Treatment & Crystal Inspiration Eye Jewel

Forever Young Advanced Micro-Vibration Spa Treatment imparts a mild warming vibration that is so comforting to the face, and helps not only subdue those fine lines around your eye area, the nasal labial folds by your nose and mouth, but will also plump and smooth the lip area as well!

This device can help with puffiness in the eye area, and be your best friend if you happen to get to bed too late and get up early in the morning with tired eyes!!

The warming vibration massage will work in tandem with the active ingredients in your skin care products, which is a real benefit for your skin.

This video will show you how easy it is to use the Forever Young Micro-Vibration Spa Treatment!

Here’s some more information about the Crystal Inspiration Eye Jewel that you’ll be using with your Forever Young Micro-Vibration device.

Crystal Inspiration Eye Jewel Benefits include:

“Caffeine that helps reduce the appearance of puffiness”

• “Aura-28 Peptide that helps support the look of skin elasticity”

• “Rock Crystal Extract that brings extra benefits to the cosmetic formulas as a luxurious, elegant addition”

• “Rhodochrosite Extract to help fight visible signs of aging”

• “Hydration to protect against the visual signs of aging”

• “Consummate care for that delicate eye area”

As I mentioned in the video, always be sure to apply Crystal Inspiration Eye Jewel before treating any area!

I like the gel consistency of Crystal Inspiration Eye Jewel. It glides on your skin with a satin feel, and for me gives an instant hydrated look wherever I apply it. I’ve actually used the Forever Young Advanced Micro-Vibration device on my hands. Even my husband could instantly tell the hand that had been treated from the one that had not!!!

When I use the Micro-Vibration Spa Treatment device in the morning it’s a nice “wakeup call” for my face, and I achieve a healthy glow to my skin. On the other hand, when I use the Micro-Vibration Spa Treatment device in the evening, its warming massage is very relaxing , and I know my face has received a nice “anti-aging” treatment before I go to sleep!

For more information about Zensation, their Luxury Line of Skincare Products, or to purchase your own Zensation Forever Young Advanced Micro-Vibration Device visit:



(Quoted and/or Paraphrased information in this article was obtained from provided PR- Product information Fact Sheets. Any personal commentary was my own opinion from using the Micro-Vibration Device and and Crystal Inspiration Eye Jewel provided by Zensation. Much gratitude, and special thanks to Beverly Hills Zensation Skin Specialist, JudyA.for her support and Zensation expertise, and National Cinematographer- Robb R. Fischer who produced, directed, filmed, and edited the Forever Young Micro-Vibration video in this article.)

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January 30, 2014

Style Week Northeast 2014 Melted the Snow in Providence
photo credit Anibal Melo


From Sunday to Saturday, Style Week Northeast 2014 melted the snow in Providence with many sizzling designs from local, talented fashion artists. This week long fashion show is one of the most inspiring and exciting events of the city held at The Providence Biltmore, a landmark hotel.  Throughout the week, the runway located on the 17th. floor, glowing under two big beautiful chandeliers brought fashionable New Englanders together to sight the fall 2014 collection.  I had the opportunity to witness a glimpse of surrender from these designers as they released their work to the little state of Rhode Island.  Colorful fabrics, modern shapes, big bows, street wear energy, sheer patterns, sparkles, and even a children’s clothing line rocked each night of the week!  Before the models embark on the runway, people gathered to mingling, chat and take selfies.  As the room darken, people headed to their seats and then there was silent.  The attitude of the crowd was anxious and curious.  Music started to echo with excitement and creativity was in the air!  All attention was shifted to the runway to embrace the collections of the designers who have spent months in preparation for their show.  I deeply respect and admire the passion, hard work, and creativity that goes into constructing each collection piece.  Each and every designer was simply amazing but one artist made me gasp!  Nick Pini designer of Pini, a rising star, originally from Norfolk, Massachusetts!  I absorbed his style, creativity, and elegance of each piece that walked down that runway and it reminded me of why I love fashion so much!  His clothes showcased a common theme of lightness, grace, strength, and simplistic.  Nick Pini has always been fascinated with art and femininity.  He started out drawing at a very young age but was not interested in fashion until he attended college.  His inspiration for his latest collection was tropical storms and palm trees blowing in the wind and the rain.  Nick explained, “In the conceptualizing process, I was influenced by the 90’s, my former obsession with the spice girls and the digital age and throughout the development of the pieces.”   “I really kept my color palette simple.”  As I interviewed Nick, I retained his sense of self that seemed crucial to his color palette collection.  “I kept things simplistic, I think it is relaxing to look at something beautiful and not be overwhelmed.” One model pranced a black dress with gold embellishments, the front was the shape of a shift dress but the back was truly a gold frame unveiling the beauty of the women’s curved back. “I design for women who love authentically handmade and unique pieces,” said Nick.  A classic, tasteful design gave one model a peek-a-boo effect with flared, lace pants.  The modern top was a relaxed and easy look, draping layers of fabric along the back to one side.  A look that could be worn during the day and simply slips into the night.   It was a spectacular, wearable collection.  Every model wearing Pini’s design showcased a piece of artwork.  Samples can be purchased at Flaunt Boutique in Smithfield.  Of course, I needed to ask Nick, what was his plans for the future….  He thanked me for all my fun questions and said, “I plan to open my own Pini stores one day!”  As I look into the crystal ball…..  I see a steady stream of shoppers waiting in a long line wrapped around the block to get into Pini’s store and then I see myself, first in line!

Another glamorous year of style, creativity, and elegance via fashion with the collaboration of local businesses and designers.

photo credit Anibal Melo




Laurie Carcieri

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January 30, 2014

Beautiful and Radiant Skin is Just a CLAYSPRAY Away


My daughters tell me that some of the best face masks are made with clay. After all, clay is known to remove oil on the surface of the skin as well as mattify and nourish giving you the smoothest, softest and driest appearance. Having dry smooth skin is very important because when you have dry, soft and smooth skin, your skin will look and feel beautiful. Did I mention that your make-up will look great too?

Clayspray products are incredible and offer an assortment of skincare designed for each individual skin type. The two Clayspray products we have been enjoying are Clayspray-Hydrate H2O Mineral Water Spray and Clayspray Mattifying Red Clay Mask, which worked wonders for my daughter’s oily complexion. These two Clayspray products complimented each other quite well.

Clayspray’s Hydrate H2O Mineral Water Spray is perfect for preparing your skin for one of Clayspray’s delightful masques. Hydrate H2O Mineral Water Spray is rich in minerals and hydrates your skin to perfection with as little as one spritz. This spray also improves your precious skins elasticity and texture and works quite well as a cleanser or toner or use, as we do, to prepare your skin for one of Clayspray’s treatment masques.

The highlight of our beauty treatment was the Mattifying Red Clay Masque. This masque in particular is formulated for oily skin and will regulate oil, fight blemishes and purify your skin. This rich red clay masque spreads evenly onto your skin and as it dries, it turns to a whitish color. It was incredibly relaxing as I waited for the mask to dry. Once dried, simply rinse with warm water. One of the things I noticed about the clay mask was how dry and oil free my skin was for over a week, I was quite amazed and my girls were too.

As stated by Clayspray, “The mineral rich formula includes iron to activate circulation, silica to boost collagen, alongside nourishing cacao, which is rich in anti-oxidants to rejuvenate. The restoring clay exfoliates and restores the skin’s surface revealing a glowing and healthy looking complexion.”

Clayspray is a pure clay and all of Clayspray products are natural, free of preservatives, parabens, perfumes and not tested on animals. Clayspray is always fresh with the properties of the clay maintaining their high quality. Whether you need Hydrating, Brightening, Exfoliating, Pore Refining or Mattifying, Clayspray has the product designed for you. Learn more about Clayspray and their tutortorials at  and visit to select your Clayspray today.



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January 27, 2014

Red Carpet Coverage: The Grammy Awards

Vaughn Acord, Celebrity Grooming Stylist shares his thoughts on last night’s winning looks:

THE WINNING LOOK: “The Grammy Awards often have a much looser feel when it comes to style so it is an opportunity for artists to show their individuality.

Stars like Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Robin Thicke sported styles that showed off a longer top with extreme shorter sides. It is super sleek and gutsy.”  – Vaughn Acord


Start off on wet hair. Rub through hair a flexible hold gel that will impart shine. Try: V76 by Vaughn Conditioning Gel.

Next, using a brush, comb hair back, allowing for some volume and movement.

Once hair is dry, use your hands to create some separation between strands, but keeping it neat and slick.

Ø  Complete the look with a light hold hairspray. Try: V76 by Vaughn Holding Spray.


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January 27, 2014

“Gotta Get It” Grammy Hair with help from Jenny Balding!

Music’s biggest night celebrated the 56th Grammy Awards and stars showed off their “gotta get it” hair styles!  Jenny Balding, NYC Cutler/Redken Styling and Grooming Expert, shares her favorite Grammy styles and steps for how you can recreate these looks for your own personal red carpet event.

Beyoncé “LOVE her ultra sexy chin length bob – this looks amazing because of the colors throughout…dark roots into dark blonde into bright blonde ends.” – Jenny Balding
Create the Look!
  • If your hair is curly…
    • Create a middle part when wet
    • Apply a curl enhancing cream throughout from roots to ends (Redken Curvaceous Full Swirl is perfect for this)
    • Air dry or lightly dry using a diffuser on low speed and low heat from underneath so as not to create volume at the roots.
    • Shake out with fingers.
  • If your hair is straight or wavy…
    • Use a medium sized curling iron to recreate this look.
    • Prep hair by misting a light hairspray all over to create texture to the hair (Redken fashion work 12 versatile working spray is light and the perfect spray)
    • Create a middle part and use the curling iron vertically and wind small sections all over making sure to keep the top are on the flatter side.
Rita Ora  “This gorgeous, vintage hollywood inspired hair is very stylish and modern because of the color. Having some regrowth and then really blonde throughout is what makes this look.” – Jenny Balding
Create the Look!
  • Create a low side part on one side
  • Blow dry smooth with a large round brush for the perfect foundation
  • Use a medium sized curling iron use vertically from mid length to the ends
  • Keeping the part  and the crown area smooth and no volume.
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January 27, 2014

How To Replicate Looks from the Grammys

Celebrity hairstylist, Sacha Quarles, gives us step-by-step instructions on how to recreate Taylor Swift and Colbie Caillat’s amazing looks from last nights Grammy Awards! Utilizing SHE by SO.CAP.USA hair extensions, women can easily replicate these red carpet looks for any event.

Fringe Frenzy

Taylor Swift not only nailed her performance, but undoubtedly nailed her side-swept bangs last night. By applying SHE by SO.CAP.USA’s clip-in bang extensions, anyone can get this powerful look (without the commitment). Simply add the extensions at the crown of your head and trim/style as you would your own hair. If you don’t want to commit to such an extreme style, these extensions can be removed just as easily as they are applied.

    Taylor Swift                                               Clip-In Bangs

taylor swift clip in bangs

Chic Up-Do’s

Celebrities like Colbie Caillat can pull off almost any look and last night she sizzled in a tight topknot. This up-do can be obtained using SHE by SO.CAP.USA’s clip-in ponytail extension. Add the extension at a higher angle on your head then using the ponytail, coil the strands tightly towards the top of your head. As you twist, remember to apply bobby pins to hold in place and get this simple yet glamorous up-do.

Colbie Caillat                                  Clip-In Ponytail

colbie calletClip in pony

Classic Waves

Rita Ora showed off her true glamour last night with voluminous waves. By adding an outward wave to the end of her hair, Rita’s hair was classy and sophisticated, perfecting this timeless look.  SHE by SO.CAP.USA clip-in extensions can also help to add some additional volume to any look, creating the illusion of full bodied hair that women desire.

Rita Ora                                                Clip-In Extensions

rita ora clip in extensions

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January 27, 2014

Europe: Rising Fashion Designers 2 will never go out of style on my book shelf!


For the person who has an interest in fashion and a love for books needs to own the latest volume of this popular series, Europe: Rising Fashion Designers 2.  It is an awesome, hardcover book filled with modern and up to date fashions for men and women created by young fashion designers.  Great illustrations and fun to browse through.  A great coffee table accessory.  Over 460 images that will inspire you and extinguish your imagination of creating future designs!  Expressive text illustrate the work of talented students from some of the best schools in Europe!  London College of Fashion, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem, the Netherlands, and Arts University College Bournemouth just to name a few institutions!  You will not be able to put this book down.  You will be impressed by the creativity, passion, inspiration, and drive these young fashion undergraduates have.  The sharp, brilliance photos show the color, material, texture and print in great detail!   I was overwhelmed with every page turned and you will be too!  The enthusiastic of each student’s creativity is amazing.  Whether in the growing business of fashion, a great fashion sense, or just curious of the future sighting of fashion, this book is a must to have!  It is enjoyable and easy to read!   Patrick Gottelier and his partner, Jane Gottelier, have written four books prior to Europe: Rising Fashion Designers 2.  I am certain I will be purchasing everyone of Patrick and Jane’s books for my own collection! Europe: Rising Fashion Designers 2 will never go out of style on my book shelf!

316582_1509945246407_1407569992_nLaurie Carcieri, Fashion Enthusiast

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January 26, 2014

World renowned Gerda Spillman’s Bio Fond Foundation introduces two new colors and is having an amamzing sale till January 31st ~ Don’t miss out!

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Gerda Spillmann’s Bio-Fond Foundation has been a staple in my professional make-up case since the ’90’s! Whether you’re looking for a full cover finish or a sheer natural look, you’re always in total control when using this “buildable and velvety smooth” versatile product.

Madame Spillmann was way ahead of her time when she created Bio-Fond Foundation. Its “100% Pharmaceutical grade ingredients allow the skin to breathe, helps to heal problematic skin and will never clog your pores. It’s designed to suit all skin types, including sensitive, and will protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays, environmental irritants and pollutants.”

Gerda Spillmann Bio-Fond is worn by the most famous faces in the world!

“This hypo-Allergenic, non-comedogenic, animal cruelty free mineral cream-to-powder foundation makeup has twice been voted foundation of the year , and has been the choice of professionals for the last 30 years!

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If you’ve never tried Gerda Spillmann Bio-Fond Foundation this sale is your best opportunity to give Bio-Fond a try!!

In fact, there are two new additional colors available in the 2014 Collection:
“Sand is similar to the color Weekend but has a warm, slightly golden undertone. It may also work great as a concealer for warm skin tones.”

“Carmel is a beautiful medium, neutral undertone between colors Limelight and Top Chic. Sure to be a new favorite!”

I highly recommend that you try Bio-Fond’s perfect companion product which is also on sale:

Hydro Pearls Make-up Primer
This light moisturizer doubles as a make-up primer giving your skin protection and a healthy glow. Wear Hydro Pearls under your Bio-Fond Foundation and you’ll attain a flawless, perfect finish, reducing the appearance of fine lines and pores.

Other terrific sale items include:
Bio-Blends Eyeliner Pencils
With eight great colors to choose from this long lasting, no fade or flake liner with a professional grade smudger on one end, and retractable (no sharpening) twist pencil on the other is a “must have” for beautifully defined eyes!

“Bio-Blush, designed by a prominent Hollywood makeup Artist provides one color for every skin tone! It’s unique color works with your individual undertones to perfectly compliment your skin.” How convenient!

This sale ends on January 31, 2014 so take a moment to visit: now and put your “best face forward” in 2014!



Gerda Spillmann Products are Hypo-Allergenic, Non-Comedogenic, and Animal Cruelty Free.

(Quoted and Paraphrased information in this article was obtained by a provided PR-Fact Sheet and Any personal commentary was my opinion from use of the product.)

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January 26, 2014

Your Sweetheart Will be as Comfy as Ever in Hastens

Hastens Bath Robe

 Envelop your loved one in a robe fit for royalty with this double cut, terry cloth bathrobe. This luxurious Bath Robe is made of the most premium quality cotton, it features Hästens blue check design as well. This Valentine’s Day, think about treating your Sweetheart to the most comfortable robe he will ever know Hastens! He will love you for it!

Hästens Bathrobes are available at Hästens Stores nationwide for $450. For more information, please visit:

Hastens Slipper Boots

Don’t forget Hästens Down Slipper Boots. Give your Valentine the ultimate treat for their feet with these cozy, 100% cotton boots that are filled with a blend of 75% white down and 25% sea bird feathers, and feature a ribbon in the Hästens’ signature blue check pattern. $80 found at Hästens Stores nationwide; for more information, please visit:





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January 25, 2014

What the Heck is Scrimping?

Sam Villa

Ever curl hair and have it fall? Spend an hour creating loose beach waves or fabulous curls that fall flat? Sam Villa, founding partner of the Sam Villa® brand and education artistic director for Redken 5th Avenue has a technique that gives waves and curls staying power called Scrimping. “Scrimping is a technique done prior to curling to lock in curl pattern, texture and volume. It resurfaces the hair cuticle and creates a foundation for curl, so when hair is curled, the curl has something to hold on to and lock in place,” says Villa.

Scrimping is good for creating multi-textured finishes and foundations to support updos and styles with massive volume.


·       Section hair and spray with Redken iron shape 11 finishing thermal spray to protect hair from heat

·       Randomly tap down the section with a Sam Villa TEXTUR® Iron – using light to medium compression

·       Repeat until entire head is texturized

·       Curl as usual

·       Finish with Redken control addict 28 high control hairspray for curls with super staying power

Other tips and techniques for creating professional results at home, can be found on The step-by-step photos, videos, hair tips, and hairstyle gallery seamlessly link to other areas of the website, amplifying the “How To” experience and highlighting the Sam Villa styling tools needed to replicate the looks at home.

Sam Villa is founding partner of the Sam Villa® brand, Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue and Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007). He is the pro that teaches the pros how to do hair. Check out his new consumer website ( for hot tips, tricks and techniques for achieving professional results at home, including professional recommendations for the tools needed to recreate the looks – Sam Villa Signature Series brushes, combs, thermal tools and blow dryers. Facebook: SamVillaBrand; Youtube: SamVillaHair; Twitter: @samvilla; Pinterest: SamVillaHair; Instagram: @SamVillaHair + #SamVillaHowTo.

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