Archives for July 2014

July 31, 2014

Introducing Avon ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector… See your Dark Circles Virtually Vanish !

The newest innovation from Avon is here!! Avon ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector will not only brighten your day, but visibly “brighten” those under-eye dark shadows and circles!
Their amazing technology and delivery system will target, smooth, and gently apply this lightweight treatment right where it needs to be…under your eye area! The instant gratification of “brightening” effects will even get better over time, and improve that dark shadowed look! Read more about this amazing product below!

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The Breakthrough: Instantly transform your eye area to banish the look of dark circles. The scientists at Avon have developed the Avon ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector to help brighten the look of dark circles. A lightweight formula that visibly brightens under-eye shadows, the ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector is a game-changing powerful new eye treatment that offers both instant brightening effects and improvement in the look of dark circles over time. The potent corrector is so effective, it’s clinically shown to improve dark circles by 31% while reducing the look of dark circles by one grade. It visibly brightens even the darkest under eye shadows.

The Backstory: Women’s #1 eye concern are dark circles. To help the look of dark circles virtually vanish, Avon ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector brightens the look of dark circles, visibly reducing under-eye shadows while also smoothing the texture of the eye area. The advanced custom flexible applicator tip glides treatment onto the skin for comfortable, precise application, visibly transforming the eye area instantly through self-adjusting sheer optics that illuminate eyes. Over time, the powerful Shadow Erase Complex fights the look of dark circles in an effective way. In fact, 93% of women saw the look of dark circles dramatically reduced.

The Technology: ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Dark Circle Corrector is formulated with innovative Shadow Erase Complex Technology and includes ingredients like Kudzu Root Extract and Fennel Fruit Extract. The formula is designed to visibly brighten dark circles and smooth uneven texture.

The formula further brightens under eye shadows with self-adjusting sheer optics that are designed to instantly match different skin tones to blend in seamlessly and illuminate the eyes!

The Results**
Instantly, dark circles appear brighter.
In 2 weeks, dramatically reduces the look of dark circles.
In 4 weeks, even the look of serious dark circles seems to visibly disappear.

PRICE: $34

AVAILABLE: July 2014

WHERE TO BUY: Available exclusively through Avon Representatives.
To locate an Avon Representative call: 1-800-FOR-AVON or visit

*Based on those who expressed an opinion in a consumer perception study.
**Based on a consumer perception study.

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(Quoted or Paraphrased information in this PR-Article was obtained from provided Avon PR-Fact Sheets)

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July 30, 2014

Dare to Be Creative with HOMEMADE Nail Polish



Did you ever walk into a store to buy a shade of nail polish and you never find the exact color you want? With a little creativity and a few inexpensive supplies you can create the nail color of your dreams. Allison Rose Spiekermann’s colorful book, “HOMEMADE Nail Polish” is the perfect choice for the nail polish lover looking for polish color adventures.

HOMEMADE Nail Polish allows you to dig deep into your imagination and create endless shades including cremes, shimmers, glitters and more. Maybe you will name one of your own “one of a kind” colors. Before you get started, there is an entire chapter devoted to Ingredients, what they are, what they do and where to buy them. Some of the ingredients in Homemade nail polish are items you will find in your makeup box like eyeshadow and nail polish remover.

Homemade Nail Polish will teach you about basic manicuring, nail polish application tips and tricks. If you want to know what “Jelly Sandwich” is, you will have to read the book. With lots of practice you will become a master at creating your very own  colors.

Homemade Nail Polish has an amazing section on Nail Art. You will be able to create fabulous stencils using scrapbooking punches, gel pens, make up sponges, nail polish strips and more. There are other secrets I won’t tell you about (you will have to read about them yourself). Most importantly, Homemade Nail Polish offers very important safely guidelines and tips on bottling, labeling, and naming your original creations.

Homemade Nail polish is fun and the colors and creative ideas you can achieve are endless.

You can find Homemade Nail polish at Barnes and Noble and at

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July 28, 2014

Beauty and Sleep

When it comes to beauty, sometimes it pays to listen to tried and true wisdom. I’m talking about the importance of sleep. I cannot overemphasize the importance of getting a good night’s rest. Even though it may be obvious, many people don’t realize that sleep helps to regulate cellular respiration so that your metabolism is functioning at its maximum potential. Getting a good night’s sleep can help regulate/maintain your weight while keep you looking youthful. When you don’t get enough sleep, it affects hormones that regulate your hunger and appetite, making you more prone to overeating. Therefore, not getting enough sleep can actually make you heavier. Sleep also improves your overall health and emotional stability, giving you the ability and confidence to pursue your fitness goals. This has been scientifically proven. The amount of sleep you need is different depending on each person. This could be between 6 to 9 hours. Also, going to bed early can be a very good thing. so be sure and get an adequate amount of Z’s every single night!donnainbedwithwonderwoman

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July 28, 2014

Tips On Choosing The Right Nutrition For Your Kids At Restaurants

Dr. Joy Dubost is crazy about nutrition. She has her PhD in Food Science, she’s a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition. She owns Dubost Food & Nutrition Solutions, LLC. and is currently the National media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics ( and serves on the nutrition division leadership team for the Institute of Food Technologists (

Dr. Joy Dubost

Dr. Joy Dubost

With more than 15 years of experience, Dr. Dubost has worked in the areas of clinical nutrition, research, public health intervention, education and communications. She owns Dubost Food & Nutrition Solutions, LLC. which specializes in scientific advising, education, and communications. She also serves as Senior Director of Nutrition at the National Restaurant Association where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the award winning, nationally recognized healthy children’s dining program called Kids LiveWell. Through this she has worked on the Let’s Move! initiative to assist both the public and private sectors in addressing obesity.

Every parent wants to raise healthy and happy children. A big part of that equation is making sure kids eat a balanced diet filled with nutritious food. Health and nutrition continue to be top of mind for families when they dine out. Based on recent research, more than seven out of 10 consumers say they are more likely to visit a restaurant that offers healthful options.

Dr. Joy Dubost is nationally known for her work in nutrition and is here to cut through the noise for parents across the country. Kids LiveWell initiative is a program that aims to help parents make healthful choices for their kids when eating out at restaurants.

In this video Dr. Joy Dubost provides parents with information on how make healthful eating decisions on the go and how to decipher menus to find the healthiest options.
For more information about Kids LiveWell, please visit: can also find her on twitter @joyofnutrition

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July 28, 2014

Blend those Grays just a touch with TouchBack Plus

unnamedunnamed-1Thanks to TouchBack Plus Non Stop Color System, there is no need to panic when those pesky grays start to show.   Don’t have time to color your hair? Don’t have time for a salon appointment?  Relax, as long as you have your TouchBack Plus products on hand, those grays will be under control in no time.

The beauty behind TouchBack Plus is that  you choose your desired shade level, whether it be a Maximum Color Boost, or just a  Maintenance Treatment.  At  experts will help you  choose the product that will work best for you.

I have been using TouchBack Plus Color Shampoo and Color Conditioner for a Maximum Color Boost, and I am achieving wonderful results.  I use the shampoo and conditioner right in the shower.   TouchBack Plus contains no amonia, peroxide or sulfates so there is no smell or messy cleanup, it’s the easiest way to touch up your hair and blend away the grays.

Another great feature TouchBack Plus offers is that their products help avoid color damage.   They contain  UVA/UVB sunscreens and antioxidants which help protect hair color.   I won’t be avoiding my pool this summer.  With TouchBack Plus, I can maintain my hair color and avoid color changes that can be brought on by chlorine damage.

Did I mention that TouchBack Color Leave In Conditioner can be applied to dry hair for an instant color boost, which is a great plus when there’s no time to shower.

TouchBack Plus also offers fade protection and  tones down the grays while leaving my hair vibrant and silky smooth.  TouchBack Plus will be a staple in my beach and travel bag.

Don’t let those grays ruin your summer….Enjoy your summer,  with a touch of TouchBack Plus!

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July 26, 2014

The Villages Salon Professional Academy: Where It All Began

With this blog I will be going in a different direction. This is not a product review but a school review! My beauty school, The Salon Professional Academy in The Villages, FL, to be exact the place where this all started. I was asked to be a guest judge at The Decades of Fashion Scholarship Fashion Show on Thursday July 24. The minute I stepped back into my school I felt like I was home. 4 years ago I spent my days in there learning and yearning for more. It was there I became passionate about all things beauty and here it is 4 years later I am taking my passion to the next level, at It’s A Glam Thing, with my blogging, YouTube reviews and T.V. appearances. Even though I didn’t believe my educators at the time, licensed hairstylists can really do more than just have a license and stand behind the chair.

Students and their models

Students and their models

While at the show I got to judge the students on their presentation of the decades they were given. Starting in the 1940s to the present day, each student was graded on hair, makeup, clothes, and even the stage prop their models held while showcasing the decade. Even though they were all good, many really blew me away. Many times I had to remind myself they were students because many of the looks looked like they had been done by someone with 20 years in the industry. The three winners were Antoinette Bradley who won 1st place with her “USO Girl” of the 1940s, Dessiree Figueroa in 2nd place with her 1980s “Cyndi Lauper”, and Sabrina Langston in 3rd place with her “Disco Diva” of the 1970s. These three girls were awarded with scholarships towards their tuition. My two other fellow judges were stylist and Salon Jaylee Southern Trace owner Lindsey Glen who also is the proTENAJ Artistic Director, TECH Artist for Kerastase, stylist, host on FOX Good Day Orlando and TSPA alumni Erin Mills.

1st Place-1940s Student-Antoinette Bradley

1st Place-1940s
Student-Antoinette Bradley

2nd Place- 1980s Student-Dessiree Figueroa

2nd Place- 1980s
Student-Dessiree Figueroa

3rd Place- 1970s Student- Sabrina Langston

3rd Place- 1970s
Student- Sabrina Langston

After the show Erin and I were asked to speak to the students about our journey through the industry such as our ups and downs and to just be a positive reinforcement for the students. I really enjoyed getting to tell the students how my first year in the industry was definitely an eye opener. I told my story of the day I met Lisa Cocuzza and that changed my life all from standing behind the chair. When I said that my career in blogging and T.V. started just from being behind the chair I could tell that inspired many of them. It also showed them that you don’t just have to stand behind the chair everyday in this industry. There are so many avenues you can take. I also realized that being a positive reinforcement for many of them is another thing I am very passionate about.
I know this may sound crazy but being back inside the walls of TSPA I found the Annie that for a while there, faded away. She’s back and is not leaving again. So are you ready for a career in this awesome industry? Do you want to become someone who people love and adore every single day? Then you need The Villages Salon Professional Academy. They will help you become a top 20 and once you do that you will always be grateful. Be sure to visit them at and start your career now!

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July 26, 2014

Learn how to create “The Office Look” hair style in six easy steps from Butterfly Studio Salon stylist, Jason J. Dougherty!

Summer is in full swing, and we’re constantly thinking about ways to stay cool. Hair issues like frizziness and dryness are among the hair challenges that we are constantly combating during these hot, humid days! Luckily, Jason J. Dougherty, Butterfly Studio Salon stylist breaks down a super-chic, frizz-fighting braid that will take you from the office to happy hour, and will even withstand the long, sweaty commute all the way home!

The Office Look:
“This chic work look is a variation of the Milkmaid Braid. By placing the braids on the bottom, they sport a polished look that is ideal for any professional woman. Instead of bringing the braid to the crown, I took two very large sections of french braids and crossed them before pinning up. Add in some texture for softness and allow pieces to fall around the face for an ultra-effortless look.” Jason J. Dougherty, Butterfly Studio Salon stylist

How to create The Office Look:
1. Comb the hair and work out all tangles.
2. Apply a light oil like Oribe Gold Lust Hair Oil and work through the ends.
3. Create a center part and bring it all the way down to the back. Divide hair in two sections.
4. Place a smoothing balm such as Shu Uemura’s Touch of Gloss on the roots and work into the crown.
5. Comb hair nice and taught and begin a thick French Braid on one side of the head. Place elastic rubber band to hold ends. Repeat on other side.
6. Bring one braid up and anchor to head with bobby pins. Repeat on the other side.

Pictorial fashioning of The Office Look:
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"The Office Look" by Butterfly Studio Salon Stylist : Jason J. Dougherty

The Office Look by Butterfly Studio Salon Stylist:
Jason J. Dougherty

(Quoted or Paraphrased information in this PR-Article was obtained from a provided PR-Fact Sheet.)

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July 26, 2014

Alternate Your Style With The American Crew Alternator

American Crew’s main target is men but sometimes us women may want to use them as well. Made with polymer based technology, The Alternator gives you a strong/ but flexible hold all day long! Below I have posted my point of view on their product: The Alternator.

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July 26, 2014

Relax and Re-Energize with Aqua Spa


Looking for products that will keep skin glowing, young, and healthy? Then you will love the Aqua Spa Body Crème, Body Cleanser, Bath soak. and Bath Oil.  All four of these products are infused with a variety of ingredients that will keep skin looking young and healthy. A few of these ingredients include Silicon, Zinc, Copper, Magnesium, Iron, and Polypeptides. They all work together to keep your skin in tip top condition by enhancing skin elasticity, increasing the level of collagen in the skin, stimulating cell turnover, strengthening the skin as well as giving a healthy glow, and increasing moisture. With these products, the long lasting fresh smell is such a bonus. But the scent isn’t just there to make you smell nice; each smell has a purpose. The Body cleaner has a mixture of ginger and citrus that is used to energize and sharpen senses. The Body Crème and Bath soak both have the scent of eucalyptus and Mint. Eucalyptus has healing properties and can be used to treat acne, wounds, and keep skin feeling smooth. And on top of this, both of these these ingredients are commonly used in aromatherapy to promote relaxation and open up airways to make you breathe with more ease. Aqua Spa products are also Paraben Free, so if you want healthy, clean, and fresh smelling skin, I highly suggest you give Aqua Spa products a try!

Besides Aqua Spa Sooth Collection of eucalyptus & mint you can also choose Aqua Spa  Energize Collection Citrus and Ginger and Aqua Spa Relax Collection of Lavender and Chamomile. The colection can be found at Walmart and at their website

Rachael Murray, Guest Blogger

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July 25, 2014

Skindinivia Makeup Primer Spray, Does it Work? It DOES!


I was recently given a lesson on makeup primers by my 18 year old daughter. She is extremely passionate about her primers. That’s probably why her make-up always looks fantastic. She uses Skindinavia’s No More Shine Makeup Finish and was excited to learn about their newest formulas, Makeup Primer Spray and Makeup Primer Spray Oil Control. 

I told my daughter I was going to put Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray to the test. I recently had an outdoor event and wanted to use a little make-up. I Sprayed the ultra fine mist (just a few pumps) onto my face and a few minutes later applied a bit of foundation and a little loose powder. I was amazed at the results. I might have felt warm from the sun but my face looked and felt great. Skindinavia’s ultra-fine mist really does control shine for up to 16 hours and absorbs excess oil. My face remained dry throughout the day. Skindinavia’s award-winning formula is designed to keep your makeup dry and flawless.

Skindinavia’s Flawless Facts: 90% of users said their “makeup stayed looking matte for the entire day”;  85% of users prefer The Makeup Finishing Spray – Oil Control over powder; Skindinavia’s own patented Temperature Control Technology ® helps prevent the appearance of shine.

Skindinavia Makeup Primers are Silicone-free helping to create a breathable barrier between skin and makeup. All SKINDINAVIA products are oil, paraben and sulfate-free. Each product is tested for sensitive skin. Skindinivia’s NEW Makup Primer Spray has been approved in my house, try it…you wil love it!




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