Archives for March 2014

March 20, 2014



Are you ever too young to not care about a disease, especially one that is as prevalent as colon cancer? According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, the answer is no. They report that colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the US. In fact, The American Cancer Society estimates that:

  • 96,830 people in the United States will be diagnosed with colon cancer and 50,310 will die from the disease in 2014
  • On average, the lifetime risk of developing colon cancer is about 1 in 20 (5%); however, this varies widely according to individual risk factors

Even more alarming, the Colon Cancer Alliance reports that while rates for colon cancer in adults 50 and older have been declining, incidence rates in adults under 50 have been increasing. What should you know to protect your health?

  • First and second degree relatives (children, siblings, grandchildren, nieces, nephews) of a person with a history of colon cancer are more likely to develop this disease themselves, especially if the relative had the cancer at a young age
  • The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening starting at age 40 for these high-risk individuals or 10 years earlier than the youngest age of colon cancer diagnosis for any affected relative¹

About 72% of cases arise in the colon and about 28% in the rectum². To help increase awareness of both, Ferndale Healthcare®, the manufacturer of RectiCare® (Lidocaine 5%) Anorectal Cream – a topical, local anesthetic which works quickly to provide relief from pain, itching and burning associated with hemorrhoids and other anorectal disorders – has partnered with the Colon Cancer Alliance, to ensure that people have their symptoms diagnosed by a doctor before self-treating.

“It is tempting to try to ease anorectal pain and discomfort by going to the drugstore aisle and buying a product to help alleviate symptoms such as bleeding, pain, itching and soreness,” said Katherine Gunn, Product Manager for RectiCare®. “However, these symptoms may indicate a more serious condition. So, we are teaming with the Colon Cancer Alliance to help raise awareness of colon cancer among consumers of all ages. Once you know what is causing your symptoms, you can make more intelligent choices for your care.”

Should you be aware at every age and stage of your life? Absolutely. As the Colon Cancer Alliance points out hereditary nonployposis colon cancer (HNPCC or Lynch Syndrome) is the most common type of inherited colon cancer, accounting for about 3-5% of all colon cancer cases. If not closely monitored, most individuals with the altered gene responsible for the disease develop colon cancer, with the average age at diagnosis being only 42-45, and a jarring 35-40% being diagnosed before age 40. General screening guidelines recommend a colonoscopy every one to two years, beginning between the ages of 20-25, or five years earlier than the youngest age of diagnosis in the family, whichever is sooner.3

RectiCare® (Lidocaine 5%) Anorectal Cream retails for $29.99 and is available at Walgreens and Rite Aid stores without a prescription. For more information, product coupons or to speak with a company representative, please visit




About Ferndale Healthcare®, Inc.:

Ferndale Healthcare®, Inc. is an affiliate of Ferndale Pharma Group Inc., a fully integrated holding company. Ferndale Healthcare® targets several key specialty markets which encompass disease states that range from benign anorectal disorders to various skin conditions. The company’s mission is to provide high-quality, value-added products that help patients get back to what matters most in their lives—living well. Many of Ferndale Healthcare’s products are leaders in their respective categories.

About The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA):

The Colon Cancer Alliance, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation (EIN 86-0947831). It is the leading national patient advocacy organization dedicated to increasing colon cancer screening rates and survivorship. The Colon Cancer Alliance’s mission is to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers, by championing prevention, funding cutting-edge research and providing the highest quality patient support services. Read more information about the Colon Cancer Alliance at

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March 19, 2014

güd Natural Cleansing Wipes – A quick “pick me up”!


I purchased a couple of packages of güd Natural Cleansing Wipes from Burt’s Bees for my gym bag.  I am a personal trainer and I needed a wipe to freshen up between working out my clients.  I just love these wipes. They make you feel freshly showered from head to toe with an invigorating cooling sensation. I rub the durable wipe on my arms, legs, hands, neck, and chest to remove oil, dirt, and sweat with an instant deodorizing effect!

Unlike existing wipes, güd Natural Cleansing Wipes are soft, thick, natural towelettes to make you feel fresh and pure with gentle ingredients.  Your skin feels clean, soft and smooth all in one easy step.  These wipes come in three uplifting scents like Orange Petalooza, Pearanoral Activity, and Red Ruby Groovy!  They are a gentle yet an effective way to freshen up if a shower is out of the question.  Just like Burt’s Bees products, güd products contain no parabens, no phthalates, no petrochemicals and are never ever tested on animals!!!

Placed in a gym bag, a purse, in the car or even your desk drawer…. they are a convenient way to refresh your skin.  I am addicted…. Now I use them after a workout, a hot sticky day, or one of those uncontrollable hot flashes……  I can enjoy feeling cool and fresh any time of the day!   güd Natural Cleansing Wipes from Burt’s Bees is a quick “pick me up” anytime, any place!!

Check out other great products from güd at gudhappens

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March 18, 2014

The Best Lip Balm Ever — Baume Du Sourire Smile Lip Balm!!!



Bonjour… I have officially found my new favorite lip balm — Baume Du Sourire Smile Lip Balm!  This lip balm moisturizes, nourishes and conditions my lips without making them sticky.  It spreads over the lips very easily making the lips feel good, soft and protected.  It has a long lasting formula which heals my dry lips.  After applying the balm, my lips look and feel healthy.  Everyone hates chapped lips or cracked lips!

This lip balm is very different from others I used and tried….. When I wear lip balm, I don’t want to contantly lick my lips because the favor or smell of the lip balm is something I feel like tasting or eating. That just makes my chapped lips, even more chapped!  Don’t get me wrong, I love the smell and favor of Baume Du Sourire Lip Balm Orange Blossom Aroma but as soon as you put it on, it soaks into your lips, making them feel supple and moisturized.  The Orange Blossom Aroma scent which I fell in loved with, has a citrusy scent which just delights your senses.  Baume Du Sourire Smile Lip Balm comes in three scents:  Arome Poire (pear), Arome Menthe (mint) and Arome Fleur d’Oranger (orange Blossom).

When I apply Baume Du Sourire on to my lips, I feel like I am giving my lips an intensive treatment.  I highly recommend this lip balm, after one application, your lips will not be able to resist it!  Made with the highest quality ingredients!  You can purchase Baume Du Sourire Smile Lip Balm at for all the LeCouvent Des Minimes Natural Skincare Recipes products.

IMG_2809Talia Carcieri

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March 18, 2014

My Hair is Soft, Silky and Smooth…Thank you SUAVE

Suave Shampoo has always been a favorite of mine and now, with Suave’s Natural Infusion Collection, it has gotten even better. Suave recently introduced three new collections in their hair care line;

Suave Professionals® Natural Infusion Anti-Breakage & Strengthening products with Awapuhi Ginger &  Honeysuckle, Suave Professionals® Natural Infusion Moisturizing products with Macadamia Oil & White Orchid and  Suave Professionals® Natural Infusion All Day Body products with Seaweed & Lotus Blossom. They are all formulated with natural ingredients and without Parabens and dyes, amazing!



I am currently using Suave Professionals® Natural Infusion Moisturizing products with Macadamia Oil & White Orchid and I love them My hair smells great and the great smell lasts throughout the day. Both Shampoo and Conditioner work well together and my hair feels soft and moisturized. Even after I curl my hair, the curls are soft and much less frizzy than normal. Suave Professionals® Natural Infusion Moisturizing products with Macadamia Oil & White Orchid provides 10 times more moisturization than most other products and I definitely could see the difference.

Another one of my favorites in this line the Moisturizing Light Oil Spray with Macadamia Oil & White Orchid. In the winter, when the air is dry, static electricity is a big problem for me. The light spray oil worked very well keeping the static electricity down after I straightened or curl edmy hair. It helped tame the static and made my hair a little more moisturized without leaving my hair oily which is an important factor for me. The Light Spray Oil smells great and added softness and shine to my hair.
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One of my favorites is Suave Professionals® Natural Infusion Strengthening Light Leave-In Cream with Awapuhi Ginger &  Honeysuckle. I really loved it. I wear my hair in a pony tail a lot and I have very frizzy hair.  I put this cream in my hair from roots to ends after the shower and it completly eliminates all frizz. The Light Leave-In Cream also made my hair shinier and smoother. I’ve used a lot of different leave in conditioners, and this one is definitely my favorite and it smells great too. This Light Leave In Cream provides up to 95% less breakage allowing for stronger hair.
I haven’t had a chance to use all of the products in the three Suave Infusion lines but I definitely plan on doing so. For more information on Suave please visit suavenaturalinfusion. Suave hair care can be purchased at all major retail and drug stores nationwide.

Jenna Raheb

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March 17, 2014

Ouidad Hosts Its First Ever Google + Hangout #FRIZZ101 with Ouidad, the Queen of Curl

WHAT: Ouidad, the pioneer of the curl category, is excited to host its first ever Google+ Hangout with the Queen of Curl, Ouidad. Renowned hair stylist, global educator and industry icon, Ouidad, is the mastermind behind her namesake brand that caters to curly and textured hair everywhere.

Fans are encouraged to submit questions to Ouidad prior to the event on Ouidad’s Facebook, Twitter, Google + or Instagram pages using hashtag #FRIZZ101. Curl enthusiasts everywhere are invited to tune in and watch as Ouidad answers questions and provides detailed information on what causes frizz, how to prevent it and products that are best suited to address this universal issue.

This frizz-focused hangout perfectly coincides with Ouidad’s Annual Climate Control Sale from now through March 31, 2014. Ouidad’s award-winning frizz-fighting line, Climate Control, will be available for 15% off on

WHO: Founder, Ouidad, will share her expertise in a discussion moderated by founder and beauty authority, Ty Alexander. Industry recognized for her extensive experience in the beauty community, Ty has established herself as a style expert and a trendsetter.

In addition, several noteworthy beauty aficionados will participate in the discussion including, Evelyn Lugo of, Renae Bluitt of In Her Shoes, Andrea Kerbuski of Blonde, Crystal Tate of and Christina Patrice of Mane

WHEN:Sunday, March 23, 2014     2:30 – 3:30 PM EST

WHERE:    RSVP to the Google + Event:

RSVP to the Google + Event:


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Facebook: Ouidad
Instagram: @Ouidad
Twitter: @Ouidad

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March 16, 2014

New York Times Best Selling Author Brenda Novak invites you to attend her Facebook party!

Brenda Novak introduces her newest book in the  Whiskey Creek Series and invites you to attend her upcoming Facebook Party on March 25th, 2014

Brenda Novak introduces her newest book in the
Whiskey Creek Series and invites you to attend her upcoming Facebook Party on March 25th, 2014!

The secrets that made you leave home can also bring you back

Come Home To Me Written by Brenda Novak

Come Home To Me
Written by Brenda Novak

If you haven’t started reading the Whiskey Creek series, get going! Novak’s latest installment spotlights a love that refuses to quit and teaches us that fate
always has the upper hand in love. Readers will swoon over bad boy Aaron and be consumed by his rugged character. Fans of romance will be hooked with just one visit to Whiskey Creek.
–RT Book Review


Amazon Kindle:

Barnes & Noble:

Nook Book: Invitation to Brenda Novak’s Facebook Party:

Dear Reader,
Please join me for a book extravaganza celebrating the release of my latest Whiskey Creek novel,COME HOME TO ME, which just received 4.5 stars and a Top Pick from RT Book Review Magazine!

When: March 25, 2014


Time: 4:00 p.m. PACIFIC to 8:00 p.m. PACIFIC (that’s 7:00 – 10:00 eastern)

I have so many fabulous authors joining me–and giving away autographed books and other items.
In order of appearance:
• Allison Brennan
• Lori Foster
• Theresa Ragan
• Carly Phillips
• Jill Shalvis
• Bella Andre
• Shannon Stacey
• Roxanne St. Claire
• Melissa Foster
• Anna J. Stewart
• Rosalind James
• Melissa Cutler
• Barbara Freethy
• RaeAnne Thayne
• Jeannie Ruesch
• Lisa Renee Jones
(Kristan Higgins can’t attend, but she’s sending me two autographed books to give away.)

I’ll be giving away a cool leather clutch that will charge your iPhone while you shop, Amazon gift cards, Downton Abbey Jewelry, a Brighton Bangle Bracelet, a Bering watch, Amos Auto Body T-shirts and more!

For a full schedule of visiting authors and a list of all the items you could win, visit the Facebook link above and register for the event.

Don’t miss the fun! Come chat with me about COME HOME TO ME, my brand new book, and visit with my guest authors. Winners will be chosen (randomly) from those who comment.


Come Home To Me Written by Brenda Novak

Come Home To Me
Written by Brenda Novak

Learn more about Come Home To Me, and read the first chapter of this newest addition in the Whiskey Creek Series. You’ll also be able to check out the other Whiskey Creek books:
• When We Touch
• When Lightening Strikes
• When Snow Falls
• When Summer Comes
• Home To Whiskey Creek
• Take Me Home For Christmas
When you visit:


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March 16, 2014

Forget The False Eyelashes With Cherry Bloom Brush on Eyelash Extensions

Every year, The International Beauty Show at the New York Javits Center, boasts the beauty industries most innovative companies.  This year was definitely no exception.

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Cherry Blooms Brush on Eyelash Extensions is an exciting new concept in eyelash extensions that doesn’t require any glue or false lashes. The eyelash extensions are lightweight, comfortable to wear and can easily be applied in 60 seconds.  Included in the Cherry Blooms kit is beeswax mascara. This mascara creates a false eyelash effect.  Also included are brush-on fibers that are lightweight and adhere to your own lashes and create an instant lash extension effect. Cherry Blooms creates 300% longer and thicker lashes within seconds.

Not only is Cherry Blooms Brush on Eyelash Extension simple and effective, the fibers easily wash off with warm water and a cotton ball.

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Cherry Blooms Brush on Eyelash Extensions

-Stimulates lash growth.

-Contains antibacterial properties. This product does not breed bacteria and has a longer shelf life.

-Contains high moisturizing properties, which mimic a leave-in conditioner for your lashes.

Cherry Blooms Brush on Fibre Lashes uses BLACK fibres, made from non-toxic ingredients making it suitable for those with sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

For more information please visit:



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March 14, 2014

Nordstrom’s Beauty Trend Event is next weekend • March 21st & March 22nd• at a local Nordstorm location near you !

Next weekend – March 21st and 22nd – swing by your local Nordstrom for their Beauty Trend Event!

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Join Nordstrom Beauty for one-on-one time with their savvy beauty experts and industry insiders. They will share the latest beauty tips and tricks while you’re pampered with a free makeup or skincare consultation. Afterwards, get access to FREE deluxe samples and exclusive gifts with purchase (while supply lasts). Admission is free — so don’t miss it!

To RSVP or for special accommodations, simply call or stop by your favorite cosmetics counter, located within Nordstrom.

Join The Fun Next Weekend At:

Ala Moana Nordstrom
1519 Kapiolani Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814

Beachwood Place Nordstrom
26200 Cedar Road
Beachwood, OH 44122

Bellevue Nordstrom
100 Bellevue Square
Bellevue, WA 98004

Brea Mall Nordstrom
500 Brea Mall Way
Brea, CA 92821

Chandler Nordstrom
3199 West Chandler Boulevard
Chandler, AZ 85226

Columbia Nordstrom
10300 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044

Easton Town Center Nordstrom
4000 Worth Avenue
Columbus, OH 43219

Flatiron Nordstrom
21 West Flatiron Crossing Drive
Broomfield, CO 80021

Florida Mall Nordstrom
8001 South Orange Blossom Trail, Suite #900
Orlando, FL 32809

Hillsdale Nordstrom
130 Hillsdale Shopping Center
San Mateo, CA 94403

Horton Plaza Nordstrom
103 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

Kenwood Nordstrom
7801 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236

Merrick Park Nordstrom
4310 Ponce de Leon Boulevard
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Oak Park Nordstrom
11143 West 95th Street
Overland Park, KS 66214

Oakbrook Nordstrom
10 Oak Brook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Pentagon City Nordstrom
1400 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202

Perimeter Mall Nordstrom
4390 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30346

PGA Nordstrom
3111 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Short Hills Nordstrom
1200 Morris Turnpike
Short Hills, NJ 07078

SouthPark Nordstrom
4400 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

Towson Town Center Nordstrom
700 Fairmount Avenue
Towson, MD 21286

Twelve Oaks Nordstrom
27640 Novi Road
Novi, MI 48377

Tyler Nordstrom
3601 The Galleria at Tyler
Riverside, CA 92503

Valley Fair Nordstrom
2400 Forest Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128

Vancouver Nordstrom
8601 NE Vancouver Mall Drive
Vancouver, WA 98662

Washington Square Nordstrom
2400 Forest Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128

Waterside Shops Nordstrom
5489 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34108

Wellington Green Nordstrom
10320 West Forest Hill Boulevard
Wellington, FL 33414

Westside Nordstrom
10830 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Don’t miss out:
• Complimentary Skincare and Makeup Consultations
• The Latest beauty tips and tricks
• FREE Deluxe Samples and Exclusive Gifts with purchase
• FREE Admission
• Lots of fun and education

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March 14, 2014

NIOXIN Answers some Interesting Questions


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March 13, 2014

Shibue Strapless Panty

 I don’t know about you, but I don’t like panty lines. I think they make an outfit look tawdry but I don’t like to go without underwear either. After looking around for a solution to a recent gown issue, I discovered the best way to get rid of panty lines aside from going commando. I found my answer with Shibue, a stick on panty!
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The Shibue Strapless Panty is a cleverly constructed panty that sticks on to the front and back of your body. When properly applied, it looks like a g-string with no sides. The strapless panty is held in place by a washable and reusable silicone gel adhesive across the front and back of the panty.  It is very comfortable and can be taken of and on with ease, however it stays in place quite nicely and relieves the problem of panty lines when wearing a tight or sheer gown. I love this and highly recommend this for the panty line problem.
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