Archives for July 2015

July 6, 2015

Fitness Expert Elizbeth Colen with Jack & Megan

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July 6, 2015

The Burt behind Burt’s Bees, dies at 80

Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

Burt Shavitz, the Burt behind Burt’s Bees who co-founded the natural cosmetics company, has died. He was 80.  An image of Burt’s face with his untamed beard was featured on Burt’s Bees product labels.

Burt Shavitz Burts Bees

Burt Shavitz


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July 5, 2015

Old mascara + contact solution= beautiful lashes

If you are anything like me you absolutely love makeup but sometimes find quicker is better. Especially if you don’t have a lot of time in the morning. Lately I have been looking up other makeup artists to learn their techniques and have also been looking up different techniques on the internet. One quick makeup “hack” I have found to be very useful lately (and a big money saver) is taking some contact solution and putting a couple drops into an old, flaky mascara. The solution will help smooth out the dried up mascara inside the tube so that you can use it all up. But word of caution, if you have had the mascara for longer than 3 months be sure to discard it. Having any makeup product past a certain point can result in infections, breakouts and more.

contact solution

contact solution

I know that many times I would go an buy a whole new thing of mascara not knowing that there was still mascara left over in the tubes. When I found out about the contact solution trick I couldn’t wait to share it. Now we can all save money & time and have beautiful lashes once again! So check out the contact solution trick and let me know what you think.



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July 3, 2015

Resistance band workout

Today I presented “The Resistance Band workout.”

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It’s a Glam Thing Fitness Expert Elizabeth Colen on Your Carolina

Watch the segment here:

The Resistance Band workout

1st Exercise
Hold resistance band taunt shoulder height, arms width apart
Open arms as wide as you can
Return arms back to starting position (make sure band stays nice and taunt)

3 sets 10-20 reps

2nd exercise
Place band both hands to your left side and rise your right hand up in a V motion
Bring hand back to left side (nice and controlled going up and down)

3 sets 10-20 reps

3rd Exercise

Place band both hands to your right side and rise your left hand up in a V motion
Bring hand back to right side (nice and controlled going up and down)

3 sets 10-20 reps


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July 3, 2015

A Manicure on the go? SLIM UNO says so !


Violife’s Slim Uno Portable Manicure Kit is one of the cutest and practical nail accessories I have come across in a long time. I love that this accessory has four attachments to cure any nail emergency at any time, at home or on the go. Violife’s Slim Uno is available in a variety of bright colors along with a travel pouch so you can take it with you everywhere. The manicure tool has four attachments and is located in a sleek pen-like container. I especially like this feature because the tools are always clean and ready for use.

As you can see below, the four attachments include a Cuticle Pusher, Shaping File, Emery Board and Buffer Board. The attachments provide everything you need for your manicure, a quick touch up or a nail emergency (which I have all the time). Violife’s Slim Uno is battery powered (battery included) and come with 2 Replacement Pads, 1 for the emery board and 1 for the Buffer. Slim Uno does an incredible job on acrylic nails. The power of the tool allows the emery board to shape and smooth broken and chipped nails in no time and with ease. This manicure tool will become your best find.


Violife’s Slim Uno Portable Manicure Kit makes a perfect gift. I am putting one in a basket I am making for my niece’s bridal shower. My daughter wants a Violife’s Slim Uno Portable Manicure Kit to take to school in the fall. You will find Slim Uno along with other great travel products at


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July 3, 2015

Getting back into the routine

Have you ever been on vacation and found it hard to keep up with your skincare routine? If you are anything like me, when being on vacation you dont want to be bothered with things like that. Mainly because you may get tired :). I know its horrible for a beauty enthusiast to say. Having spent about 3 1/2 days in St. Augustine FL, with the incredible heat I found that there was no reason to do to much knowing it would get sweated off but still lathered up with sunscreen. I love my skincare routine so today I am going to share my steps on how I “baby step” my way back into a healthy skincare regimen. By healthy I mean no more soda, alcohol, fried foods etc. You know all the stuff we tend to eat and drink when on vacation lol.



When I got home the first thing I did was unpack all my skincare products and put them back in their original places. I did this thinking that if my mind was set to know they were back in place I would automatically do it tonight. If I kept them in their bag then it would probably be that I would not cleanse my face at all. Next, I went straight to the fridge and filled my water bottle up. Another “mind trick” that if it was already done more than likely I would start drinking and filling it up from then on.

Next get rid of all junk food!!! Junk food is one of the culprits to breakouts, dry skin etc. It literally will suck the life out of your skin. If that means finishing everthing then go ahead and do so but it will be out of the house. This will also help if you want to start back on your healthy eating. I find that if I do that then I have no choice but to eat all the healthy stuff. *wink* lol

So these are just 3 “mind tricks” you can take to help you get back in the swing of things. If you have any other ones I would love to hear how you get things started. Have som skincare fun!

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July 2, 2015

Style Your Home Red, White and Blue Year-round

Jason-Bell-living-roomThe month of July is when we celebrate our country’s independence. Homes across America gather their family and friends for backyard barbeques with a red, white and blue, stars and stripes theme reminiscent of our country’s flag; ending the evening with a bang through a dazzling display of fireworks. I love to decorate with red, white and blue because of its classic, regal historical look and feel. It’s never passé to show your patriotic colors and it’s easier than you think to capture the spirit of Independence Day year around in your home. Here are some simple tips to decorate your home and pay tribute to our red, white and blue flag with style year around.

The family room is the beating heart of every house. It’s where family and friends culminate to spend time together making it the perfect place to display your patriotic home décor. Create a focal point in your room by painting a wall your favorite shade of red and accent with blue and white. Find a stark white paint for your other walls and incorporate a blue or white sofa, chairs and coffee table that compliments your scheme. Let the red stand out on your wall and bring a few accessories into the room in shades of red through books, flowers, and frames or American flags.

All-American-Kitchens-Red-White-Blue-2While the family room is the beating heart, the kitchen is the pulse to your home. If there’s something cooking there will be someone looking, so this really is one of the most important rooms in your house when it comes to design. We spend a lot of time in our kitchen so you need to love its look, layout and function. I adore a red, white and blue kitchen because of its simple, clean appeal. White cabinets are a must! They can make a small kitchen appear larger and make the space feel open. Try using a solid blue countertop, white subway tile backsplash and add red accents to the room through your lighting, countertop appliances, flowers, dinnerware, or window coverings. Think about using a collection of small flags on wooden dowels in a white vase as a patriotic table centerpiece.

Your guest bath is a really fun place to express personality and create a conversation piece for your guests at the same time. So when it comes to the guest bath I love to think outside the box. Make a patriotic statement with blue pattered walls, stark white trim and red-hot accessories. Consider using wallpaper or fabric in a classic toile or pattern colored in red, white and blue. Use a contrasting color from the main color on your walls to paint your trim a bold color of red or blue. Or keep your walls a stark white or hue of blue and add a bold punch of red through your lighting, sink or toilet.

combination-of-various-patterns-and-prints-in-blue-white-and-red-for-a-plush-bedroomWhen it comes to decorating a bedroom it doesn’t have to be all stars and stripes. Try using checker and dot patterns of red, white and blue to bring a charming and whimsical patriotic feel to your space. American country antiques, hooked rugs or classic red, white and blue quilts look stunning and are all timeless depictions of our countries history. Consider repurposing old furniture pieces to make them new again by adding a patriotic touch painting them in rich hues of red or blue. Remember that lighting is the jewelry to your home and this is also an important way to incorporate red, white and blue into your room.

Shelf-CompleteAccessorizing each room in your home is the glue that ties your design together. It’s not something that you can do overnight but it’s important and fun to collect the right pieces a little bit at a time. Here’s one fun idea to think about in your search for household accessories to tie in nicely with a red, white and blue American theme. Collect flags for different eras and display them throughout your home as wall hangings or use them to make pillows or blankets with flag inspired motifs. This is something that the whole family can enjoy collecting together as you shop or travel. Just think you will be creating your own historical American museum in your home that can be passed down for generations to come.

Enjoy celebrating our Country’s Independence Day with your family and friends but most importantly, enjoy capturing the style and spirit of our freedom in your home year-round.




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July 2, 2015




Will your feet dare to go bare this spring and summer? Whether you prefer gladiator styles or simple flip flops, your feet go on display as soon as the weather warms up and they stay that way almost until the first frost. However, if your feet have been stuck in boots all winter, you may need some foot repair that goes beyond an ordinary “pedi.”

The good news is CeraVe® has made it so easy to begin treating your feet, helping to conquer dryness and rough patches on your heels and the balls of your feet. CeraVe® Renewing SA Foot Cream, previously available only at a podiatrist’s office, is now available in the drugstore and it can help your feet in several key ways.

CeraVe® Renewing SA Foot Cream contains salicylic acid, ammonium lactate, ceramides, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. You won’t find this quintet at your local nail salon! Salicylic acid and ammonium lactate help by exfoliating dry, rough skin, loosening dead skin cells; smoothing and softening skin to let your skin’s natural beauty shine through. Without eliminating this dry top layer, nothing can really get in to begin the work of making your feet ready to go bare! Ceramides, the foundation of the CeraVe® brand, help replace lipid levels in compromised skin to help repair, restore and maintain the skin’s natural barrier. They also help by preventing water loss from the skin. They nourish and hydrate with CeraVe® patented MVE® controlled release technology.

Niacinamide supports the skin’s natural production of ceramides and fatty acids essential for restoring and repairing the skin barrier. Finally, hyaluronic acid works as a humectant that attracts water to the skin and ensures that skin remains hydrated.

For your own foot care regimen, cleanse feet with CeraVe® Hydrating Cleanser. Apply moisturizer and follow with CeraVe® Renewing SA Foot Cream. Do this twice a day before sandal season begins to get your feet ready for any and every style of footwear your heart desires. Dry, rough skin should never be a deciding factor in what shoes you buy. If your feet look great, only your wallet should have a deciding vote!

CeraVe® Renewing SA Foot Cream is available at many podiatrist offices, and now online, at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide with an SRP of $10.99 (3 oz. tube). For more information, please visit:

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July 1, 2015

Donna Karan leaves her “head designer” post

Fashion industry icon Donna Karan is leaving her post as Donna Karan International head designer after more than 30 years. Karan, 66 plans to spend more time expanding her philanthropic initiative, the Urban Zen Foundation. She will be an “adviser” to DKI.
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(Donna Karan photo taken from

Karan, one of the most influential Fashion designers in the world, co-founded DKI in 1984 with her late husband Stephen Weiss. The show-stopping red gown is credited to Karan whose celebrity clients include Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara, Jane Fonda and many, many more.
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