Archives for February 2016

February 25, 2016

OSKYN, Passionate about Pure, Natural, Organic Skincare


Time, research and development in Australia has allowed Oskyn to realize the potency of phyto-active Australian native extracts in our own backyard. Couple that with scientifically advanced peptides and bioactive marine extracts and they think you’ll be delighted with radiant results. Their products are of the highest quality and purity to help you achieve the skin you want, the natural way. The Tinted Facial Moisturizer as well as Anti-Aging Facial Serum with SPF 15 will be gifted in the Four Seasons Hotel Gift Bag to honor RED CARPET Weekend.

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February 25, 2016

Protect your Phone, get it ADOPTED


By Lisa Gal

ADOPTED is cutting edge when it comes to cell phone and MacBook protection. With collections from Barney’s to Target you’re sure to find what fits your style (and budget). ADOPTED was named twice on the top 10 best iPhone 6 cases for gifting this year by Vogue. Usher is already loving his python case he sported in selfies on Instagram. Leonardo DeCaprio, Cate Blanchett and Johnny Depp will soon get to show off theirs too when they receive one in their Four Seasons Hotel Gift Bag to honor RED CARPET Weekend.

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February 25, 2016

Ageless-Maintaining your Youth and Enhancing your Beauty

7K3A6506 (1)Although a positive attitude is the most important aspect in maintaining beauty and health.  I will be telling you my rules on the physical aspects of ageless beauty that I always live by.

I just turned 53 so I am all about maintaining youth and beauty and I can’t stress enough how important a regular beauty regiment is which should be a part of the way you live your life so that you can maintain your youth and beauty, for the many years to come.

As we age things happen to every part of our body, its just a fact of life. The key is to try and slow the process down and in many cases, improve upon it. This can be accomplished by being faithful to living as clean of a life as possible and having a regular beauty regimen that you stick to each day.

CUT OUT BAD HABITS – This means cutting things out like smoking or being around those who smoke. Smokers get more wrinkles. This may be difficult if you have any smokers around you but smoking is one of the worst culprits for aging not to mention it causes cancer.

Other bad habits such as excessive drinking of alcohol should be sworn off. Of course an occasional drink is fine but too much rapidly ages your skin, since alcohol dries out the skin itself.

Clean Food- Keep your body healthy. Make sure you eat lots of healthy foods and vegetables. It is important to try to use vegetables that don’t have pesticides because of there strongly possible poisonous content. Growing a garden this is ideal, but for most people it is impossible. Most of us will just have to get the best option such as going to the Sunday farmers market or to a vendor that sells vegetables that are grown pesticide free.

Cut sugar intake- Sugars in excess cause a multitude of problems and should be limited. Occasional limited sugar or natural sugar like fruit is the best option.

Cut Stress- Stress reduction is a must in terms of keeping yourself looking and feeling young. Stress also contributes to a plethora of illnesses as well as reducing the required defense of your immune system.

Even having a pet can help help reduce stress. If you have an animal spend time stroking and loving it. Studies show this this helps reduce stress and anxiety.

Get plenty of rest so that your system keeps an even healthy balance. If you cannot sleep try getting more exercise during the day and try doing exercises like yoga. Any type of exercise is great though. Find something that you enjoy doing which invites restful sleep at night. workout

When I am stressed I take a hot bath which relaxes me. I add olive oil or coconut oil to help my skin. Dimming the lights or turning off the light and burning a candle or candles also helps a great deal to relax.

Morning routine- In the morning make sure your face is clean. Put your favorite moisturizer on when it soaks in then use an SPF of 15 or higher to protect your face and neck. Now a days many of the base makeups have an SPF. This is one of the most important steps to protect you from the damaging rays of the sun. Re apply ever few hours. If you are in direct sun you may even want to wear a hat.

Also don’t forget to apply to you body the moisturizer and an SPF for any exposed body parts. Aging takes place over the whole body so do not ignore pampering and protecting it.DSC_8863

Teeth- The mouth and the face are the first things that other people look at. Teeth are a strong indicator of beauty and health.

Floss after breakfast to release the food that is automatically impacted beneath the gums which house the bacteria that cause not only bad breath but also feeds bacteria to cause multiple serious diseases throughout the entire body. Additionally, it is easy for others to see when the mouth and smile have not been taken care of. Yellow or brown teeth and bad looking gums age a person greatly. If you want to maintain your youth and beauty please floss and brush after every meal and especially before bed.

Vitamins- Because I work out hard, I like to take a multiple vitamin to ensure I am getting all I need for my body.

Night routine- At night, before bedtime is a great time to help your body, since it repairs itself at its best when you are sleeping, so that any preparation at night will aid in optimal repair.

Skin- At night exfoliate your skin with a gentle cleanser or wash with honey. Put on a moisturizer. I also use retinol cream to finish. I use it a few times a week and only a pea size for my whole face and neck. Put a light moisturizer on your body at night as well.

Lashes- For my Lashes I use Revitalash every night as it works well and having long thick lashes is a sign of youth and beauty. This is most important as lashes tend to lessen as we age. There are other lash products on the market so find one that works for you if you want to maintain a beautiful full set of lashes.

Hydration- Before bed drink some water. This is very important and your body will love you. Fill up a glass of water and have it near your bed so if you get thirsty you can drink it throughout the night. Hydration will aid in keeping your body looking and functioning its best. I use purified water.

teeth- brush and floss. You can also do a teeth whitening when you feel you need it to keep those pearly whites. There are many brands available.

If you follow all these rules then you should be well on your way to maintaining your youth and beauty.

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February 25, 2016

MONICA is the Cover Girl of the March/April 2016 issue of SHEEN

MONICA is  the Cover Girl of the March/April 2016 issue of SHEEN

MONICA is the Cover Girl of the March/April 2016 issue of SHEEN


Holding the spotlight for over 20 years as an R&B megastar, its no surprise that MONICA is  the Cover Girl of the March/April 2016 Social Media Mania issue. MONICA’s elegant demeanor and sultry music has garnered love from admirers worldwide and her intimate Q&A  Twitter sessions only further fans adoration. “What I talk about and share the most is what is important to me, that being first and foremost my faith and next to my faith is my family,” she says.

Social media is the cornerstone of the millennial culture and beauty gurus and novices alike have used this phenomenon to build and/or increase their respective empires. Social influencer, Jan Bonito, gained popularity on Instagram for astonishingly transforming into many celebrities including Snoop Dogg and now he„s showing us what products he used to turn himself into Rihanna. YouTube sensation Raye Boyce, aka It‟sMyRayeRaye, shares how she became one of the leading bloggers in the industry.

Searching the #NaturalHairJourney hashtag? You‟ll find the Glam Twinz and Natasha (Naturally Tash) discussing ways to keep your strands in their healthiest state. Is texlaxing the new wave for women who want curly hair, but don‟t want to join #TeamNatural? We‟re exploring the ins and outs of the controversial technique blowing up the black hair community. Spring fashion is here! Wardrobe Consultant, Fash, shares her effortless styling tips with us while actress Jasmine Burke shows us her best style as a woman on the move.

In this issue‟s Life + Culture section, we speak to Necole Kane on her transition from bitchie to empowering and media mogul Karen Civil on building a brand on her own terms. Family is at
the center of multi-talented stars Holly Robinson Peete‟s and Rickey Smiley‟s lives as they put
it all on display on their reality TV shows.

Join the conversation with the Social Media Mania March/April issue on stands March 1, 2016.

SHEEN MAGAZINE is The Ultimate Beauty Guide and can be purchased nationally at Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Books-A-Million, and Barnes & Noble. Visit us online at and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @sheenmagazine.

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February 25, 2016

The Ballet Flat, Reinvented


By Lisa Gal

Comfortable shoes for your purse? Why yes! Tieks ballet flats seem like simple flats, but they are anything but simple. They take 3 days and 150 steps to make one pair! With their split rubber soles for folding and their advanced foam cushion for all day comfort, your feet will be sure to thank you again and again. These flexible yet durable shoes use the finest leather (or vegan textiles depending on your preference) to make them wearable all day, everyday. With over 60 styles to choose from they still sell out fast. Pop them in your handbag for emergency foot relief or start off your day with their classic elegance, sure to polish off any look! The Four Seasons Hotel Gift Bag will include a gift certificate for a pair of Tieks to honor RED CARPET Weekend. Now that is something to talk about!

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February 25, 2016

Tasty Organic Greens Sweetened with Stevia


Made from a high-quality blend of organic whole foods, each of the ingredients in our soy-free Superfood Organic Greens Powder provides a number of benefits.  While we need vitamins and minerals, food contains many more phytochemicals, such as enzymes, anti-oxidants, healthy lipids, and plant-based proteins that you just can’t get from a simple multivitamin.  The fact that they are made from whole foods means that you get all of the benefits of the food in a highly concentrated form and not just a collection of vitamins and minerals – all taken together at one time in an easily absorbable powder that you can mix into the beverage of your choice.

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February 25, 2016

Prima, the Ultimate Vaporizer by Vapir


Prima represents the gold standard in portable vaporizers; this dynamic device delivers a crisp, clean, and flavorful vapor stream from both fresh herbs and botanical extracts.  Four optimized temperature settings ensure a custom-fit experience, while a removable rechargeable battery makes everlasting sessions seamless and exceptional! Prima’s stainless steel vapor channel slides out of the unit to make cleaning and maintenance a simple convenience; and the combination of true convection & conduction technology ensures even heat exposure and incredible vapor quality from first puff

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February 24, 2016

Ageless Beauty with the Best Natural Anti-age Serum

For countless people all over the world, male and female, young and old, the search started a long time ago for the best anti-aging serum. This means a remedy that will conceal the effects of aging while giving you instant youthful glow. If you are to get the best product for your body and skin, you will have to navigate through the hundreds of advertised names and brands by getting information about them.
It is important first of all to pay extra attention to the condition of your skin. This will enable you to get additional clues as you choose the best serum. It doesn’t make any sense to buy an anti-age product that does not treat a specific condition of your skin. Make sure you understand your skin and the conditions around it to know how to go about your choice of the serum that will help you look young.

The best anti-age serums are natural. These are made from herbal formulas and come from different parts of plants. It is important to go for a natural anti-age serum because it doesn’t cause you negative side effects. The last thing you want to do is solve one skin condition and create one or more others that could be worse than what you were treating before.

Once you have identified and acquired your natural anti-age product of choice, it is important to store it carefully. It should be stored away from direct sunlight to prevent the deactivation of ingredients such as vitamin C. Retinol as well as Vitamins C and E are active antioxidants that help repair cell damage. They also help to exfoliate the skin by peeling off dead skin cells.

The best anti-aging serum also contains ingredients that help in reacting with traces of copper that are easily found in the skin cell. When copper and these natural ingredients interact, there is the elimination of the impurities that have piled up deep within skin cells. This action helps to give your skin the fair radiance that you have always wanted it to have.

It is recommended that you use natural anti-age products since they bring out the potential of a face cream or moisturizer. For this reason, it is advisable to choose skin care products manufactured by the same company. This is to avoid mixing ingredients that would react adversely with your skin. Don’t experiment with different serums from different manufacturers as this will work in a counter-productive manner.

With a natural beauty serum, allow it to be well absorbed by the skin. For best results, do not rub it into the skin so fast. Let the natural serum dry on the skin for a few minutes and do avoid touching your face until the serum has dried up. This prevents the serum from being contaminated. When used this way, your anti-aging serum will be effective against lines and wrinkles. You don’t have to worry about unwanted reactions since natural serums are appropriately sensitive to your skin due to the presence of vitamin C.

Author Bio:
Arthur Clark has written extensively on journals and his website about anti-aging remedies and well researched natural anti-age serum use and application content.



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February 24, 2016

Debt relief options: Understanding various forms of Debt Relief




While some of us can responsibly deal with our debts, it is common to find a few people are drowning in unmanageable debt. There are individuals who found themselves in this situation due to spending imprudently. However, others are in unmanageable debt due to circumstances beyond their control. They include medical emergencies, unemployment, and other changes that were not predicted.

Monthly payments for credit cards, student loans, and mortgages can become burdens we are unable to cope with. Essentially, these debts are the reason why we live from paycheck to paycheck on a hand to mouth shoes string budget.

However, there are debt relief options that you can use to manage your debt and live a more organized lifestyle.

Debt relief services include:

  • Debt settlement
  • Debt consolidation
  • Debt management plan
  • Credit counseling
  • Bankruptcy

The above services are costly and often involve plenty of paper work. The terminology used in these services is complicated and unfamiliar to our daily lives. That is why you need to leave debt relief settlement options to professionals.

Debt settlement

Debt settlement is also known as debt negotiation or resolution. It involves a settlement company bargaining with your creditors the lump-sum settlements that you owe them. The principle used in debt settlement is reduction of the principle you own and the eventual settlement of the debt. The advantage of using debt settlement companies is that they have experience and expertise dealing with your creditor. You are assured that you will not find any hidden surprises that you may miss out when trying to settle the debt on your own.

The disadvantages of using debt settlement countries are that it is hard to find the right company. Additionally, it is costly to use the services of debt relief companies.

Debt consolidation

Debt consolidation is taking another loan that you can use to consolidate and pay off all other debts. The scenario is similar to “borrowing from Peter to pay Paul”. Debt consolidation seeks to combine all debts into one manageable monthly payment that helps reduced interest rate on the debts when not combined.

Advantage of using debt consolidation companies is that they are trained to find you the lowest monthly payment that is available through expert negotiation skills with the lenders. They are also experienced and trustworthy when dealing with money lending financial institutions.

There are two disadvantages to dealing with debt consolidation services. Some of the more successful debt consolidation companies charge you highly for their services and require a certain percentage of the money that they help you save. Additionally, finding a dependable debt consolidation company takes time, and some research.

Debt management

Using a debt management program, you can handle credit card bills, student loans, medical bills, unsecured credit lines, and department store cards. Essentially, you are looking to reduce monthly payments by gaining reprieve from interest rates. Late fees or penalties from creditors can also be prevented by using a debt management program.

The advantage of a debt management program is that it is efficient and organized, improves your credit score, and helps create a realistic budget. The only disadvantage is the enrollment and maintenance fee.

Credit counseling

You can work with credit counseling agencies to review your budget and help evaluate your debt relief alternatives. The advantages of using credit counseling agencies is that; most of them are free, they use certified counselors who arm you with practical knowledge on debt management and budgeting. Additionally, credit counselors make use of more than a phone call to sort out any financial issues you may have. However, it is always important to do your research as not all credit counseling agencies hire certified counselors.


In case your debt situation is dire, then you can file for chapter 7 bankruptcy. This procedure cancels your debts. Chapter 13 bankruptcy helps you set up a long repayment plan. The main goal for bankruptcy is giving you a fresh start from debt burdens.

The advantages of using bankruptcy as a debt management option include

  • Having professionals who understand the legal jargon
  • Having protection from creditor harassment
  • Having help with paperwork

The disadvantages include the attorney cost that you will incur. In addition, there are the legal fees that you have to cough up and the research you need to do in order to get the best attorney. Ensure you use referrals from friends, family members, and credit counselors you may know.

Author Bio

is a corporate tax attorney and credit counselor who specializes in helping people with their debt problems. In order to know more about debt relief and other services offered by Simon, you can find his articles on debt relief online.




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February 23, 2016

SOS Drink Mix, Stay Hydrated my Friend


By Lisa Gal

Doctor formulated with 3 times the electrolytes than normal sports drinks, SOS re-hydrate is 100% free from artificial additives and only 10 calories per serving! Great for literally anyone with an active lifestyle. SOS is being called the first drinkable IV.

Dehydration is the number one cause of daytime fatigue and SOS has done their homework. When compared to 8 other electrolyte drinks (including Gatorade and Coconut Water) SOS leads in every category. Fewer calories, less sugar, nothing artificial and no preservatives. Just real hydration.

We are thrilled to offer SOS Rehydrate in The Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills gift bags this Red Carpet weekend. SOS will help them recover from a long night of parties the talent will attend. They have prime placement in our bags!

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