Archives for May 2016

May 13, 2016

Staying Glam: A Good Night’s Sleep


Everyone knows that sleep is an important ingredient in the ongoing beauty process. Quality sleep can help your skin heal, reduce breakouts, even your skin tone, and prevent bags under the eyes. Sleep helps your brain work properly. While you’re sleeping, your brain is preparing for the next day. It’s forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information. Sleep helps us renew energy and gets us both physically and mentally ready for the day to come.


Unfortunately, if you are not getting enough quality sleep, or not waking up / falling asleep with the proper lighting or bed in your room, your skin, mind and other aspects of your overall health may suffer the consequences. Luckily there are some new products on the market these days that are helping people like you and I to stay glam through the proper sleeping habits while in the proper lighting situations.

  • FraSen – The world’s top sleep mask that actually connects to a phone app to help you analyze your sleeping patterns. The mask works wonders for those of us who can’t fall asleep right away, as it is proven to have a 33% reduced sleep induction time. A rep. for the company tells It’s A Glam Thing that, “A good night’s sleep is very important for a person’s productivity and for a person’s health long-term. Research proves that insufficient sleep drops the productivity level of a person during the day time. Also, by not getting enough sleep constantly, a person risk of getting a number of diseases including heart attack, dementia, depression, etc. increases dramatically.”
  • Adjustable Beds – Have you ever seen commercials for adjustable beds and wondered if they really invoke a good night’s sleep? According to a rep. from Anderson Manufacturing Co., they actually do work and are most effective in reducing pain in some people with hip and knee pain, which leads to better quality sleep, and of course that leads to overall glam the next day. “We also recommend adjustable beds or wedge pillows for patients with acid reflux. Increasing the angle at the head of the bed can reduce the amount of acid in the throat and airway, thus reducing the amount of arousals caused by reflux. The fewer arousals a person has, the better their quality of sleep.”
  • SVET Rated the world’s healthiest light bulb with the highest quality light output, which mimics the natural light to help you to improve your health and mental state. These LED bulbs help to prevent seasonal affective disorder, as it repeats the natural dynamic of the light following your biological rhythm so that you get more bluish light in the morning to energize you for the rest of the day, and a nice ‘sunset type’ light in the evening as you slowly fall asleep. Aleksey Dubov, the creator of the SVET bulb explains more to It’s A Glam Thing saying, “Due to our human nature, any light is a signal for our body to stay awake. Overuse of artificial lighting and other lighting sources leads our bodies astray, disrupting our sleeping patterns. It all comes from blue light. Blue light suppresses melatonin – a hormone naturally produced by the body at nighttime when it is dark. It is necessary for a proper sleep, but it is also a powerful antioxidant and has many beneficial health effects. That means the more light we are exposed to as we get ready for bed, the harder it will be to fall asleep and get a good night’s rest. Any immediate shifts from bright light to darkness can also make it harder to get to sleep. SVET decreases the blue component of the light spectrum during late evening hours prior to sleep time. It helps you fall asleep faster and have better sleep in general. SVET Dawn simulation creates veritable Dawn lighting in your room, providing you with a completely stressless, and healthy way to wake up.”

These three components just listed go together to help give you the best chance at feeling glamorous and your healthiest self each day. Slava Solonitsyn, the co-founder of EnchantVC, an accelerator and seed fund company for various types of hardware products around the globe summed up everything for us stating, “[To be glamorous] is to live a life that everyone wants to live, and knowing about one’s body and getting personalized feedback to improve one’s lifestyle can be a great way. Sleep masks, proper light bulbs, and other elements help people to improve their feelings and health.”


Don’t fall into sleep deficiency, be smart, buy the right tools, and stay glamorous!

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May 12, 2016

5 Tips for A Safe Spa Experience

Who doesn’t want to have a relaxing and refreshing spa visit now and again to recharge your battery and feel pampered? While it’s important that we indulge in these luxurious treatments, we must proceed with caution.
I recently was in a large shopping mall, and was quickly approached by a kiosk worker who started to buff my fingernail before I could say yes or no to his administration. After I walked away, I was preoccupied with the thought that the very same nail file had been used on countless other people, and I could potentially develop a wart on that finger now! 
Sometimes the more you know, the worse off you are. However, this is just an example of how you can pick up a skin virus or infection without even knowing, and may not present itself for weeks. A similar incident occurred during a massage when the masseuse began to use a cactus bristle brush against my skin as part of her routine.  The entire time I was concerned about the reuse of the tool, and was too polite to request that she not use it.
I may be overthinking things, but this only comes to my attention because of what I see regularly in my practice of dermatology. I have many patients that have acquired warts from nail salons, the gym, and even from facials or waxing. Young women who come see me to treat tiny warts disseminated over the face or body commonly have a history of frequenting a spa or salons. When you are using instruments on patients and not properly sterilizing them, it can lead to the transmission of diseases. While these skin conditions aren’t life threatening in the cases I have presented, they are often difficult to treat and unpleasant.
Here are 5 Tips for A Safe Spa Experience
1. Seek out a salon or spa that uses a heat autoclave to sterilize their instruments.
You can ask directly if the instruments are autoclaved and they should be able to answer this question. Establishments that use autoclaves will often have their instruments in sealed bags. Other spas or salons will use an alcohol-based solution to clean their instruments, this can be helpful, but is inferior to heat autoclaving. Autoclaving entails placing instruments inside a machine utilizing intense pressure and high heat to destroy all organisms on tools. It is the gold standard for sterilizing even medical and surgical instruments.
2. Don’t soak your feet in the foot-bath in the nail salon. Unless a disposable liner is being used for each customer, I cannot think of a dirtier place to soak your feet. As appealing as a nice warm soak might sound, I have seen some terrible infections that were picked up at nail salons. One such customer had suffered an amputation of one of her toes due to a salon-acquired infection. The issue is that you never know who is going to pick up an infection. The vast majority of people who have these services have no such serious complication, but very commonly will develop a wart or athletes foot.
3. Bring your own nail filers/emery boards, and/or other nail tools if you desire.
When in doubt, you cannot go wrong by being prepared and bringing in your own supplies. You may get a few looks by other customers, and cause the employees to talk a little, but is it worth it to have fewer worries about your health? Absolutely! It is not uncommon for many salon goers these days to come prepared with their own equipment.
4. Do not permit the use of any reusable instruments that are not sterilized.
For example: getting a massage and being scrubbed with a brush that is used on other customers. Do not be shy, and don’t let anyone use something that has not been properly sterilized. A nice way of avoiding this awkward moment is to actually be up front and direct with your question before having a service.
5. Seek care quickly! If you do pick up what appears to be a wart, nail fungus, or another skin infection, do not delay seeking dermatological care. The earlier you start treatment, the easier it is to fully resolve. There are many treatment options available and your dermatologist can advise which one will work best. In addition, holding off treatment can result in the development of more warts and spreading warts or fungus to your loved ones at home.
About Dr. Kally Papantoniou:
Dr. Kally Papantoniou is a Cosmetic Dermatologist, Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. She specializes in Injectables, Lasers, Body Contouring, Surgical and Medical Dermatology. Dr. Papantoniou is also clinical instructor at Mount Sinai Health Center in New York City with locations on Long Island and Queens. She applies expert techniques and the newest technologies to treat her patients. Dr. Papantoniou focuses on providing her patients with the highest level of care, with special interests in natural and healthy alternatives to treatments and disease prevention. Connect with Dr. Kally Papantoniou via and via Twitter @drpderm
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May 12, 2016

Spruce & Bond Brow Specialist, Matt Shakik shares tips on creating the perfect brow


Summer is right around the corner, which means weekend getaways, sun-soaked pool parties, and of course, constant selfies. Make sure your brows are camera-ready with these expert tips from Spruce & Bond Brow Specialist, Matt Shakik!

TIP 1) Create the shape that’s right for you!

You want to accentuate the features of your face when you shape your brows. There is no same stencil for everyone when shaping your brows, since every face is different and asymmetrical. Use your natural arches to define your unique eye shape to give them a lift.

TIP 2) Use the correct tools!

Using a powder or pencil helps you to create the fullness your brows lack due to little hair growth. You can create what would normally be brow hairs if they grew in that area. Never use a magnifying mirror, as it causes you to only see one brow at a time and not both together which creates a better match.

TIP 3) Avoid Over-Plucking and Waxing!

Do not jeopardize the structure or thickness by removing hairs that might in time give you a fuller and more complete brow. Don’t take out hairs on one side to match it up to the other if it means making the brow thinner. When it comes to an end goal with your brows give them time and let them go, it might be torture but it will be well worth the wait. Tweezing is always the best option as it allows you to remove individual hairs to achieve the best shape.

TIP 4) Choose a Color that Looks Natural!

You want the color to match well enough to look natural, yet you want it to be distinct enough to contrast a little. People normally try to match their hair color, but our brows naturally look darker because they’re surrounded by paler skin.

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May 12, 2016

Out of Africa Shea Featured Spotlight

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Featured Spotlight: Out of Africa Shea Butter Tins in Vanilla, Unscented, Grapefruit, Verbena and Lavender. A “Must Have”. Great product and in a pretty decorated tin. I love these!

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May 11, 2016

Skyy Hadley gives you step-by-step tips to create the perfect nail-art manicure using Lauren B. Beauty polishes


As U Wish Salon Owner Skyy Hadley’s Perfect Nail-Art Manicure:

1.      Remove your polish and let your nails breathe for a good few days. If nails look discolored, squeeze some lemon into your lotion or rub lemon wedge directly onto nail to brighten nails.

2.      Apply a shea butter lotion or non-greasy cream to lock in moisture

3.      Apply a cuticle oil to the base of your nails (or even when they are already polished), focusing around the cuticle area to hydrate and bring moisture into the skin.

4.      Begin painting. Start with once coat of a base coat, next at least 2 coats of the color of your choice.

5.      Next you can do your nail art. I like a simple flower design. I used a small pointed brush to create the flower dots.

6.      Let dry for 1-2 minutes and then finish with one coat of top coat.

Lauren B. Beauty polishes in Palm Springs Getaway, Ocean Ave, and Santa Barbara Surf are the perfect pastels to let your nail-art shine. $18 each

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May 11, 2016

Who Said you can’t deal Mom the Perfect Deck of Cards for Mother’s Day?


Mother’s Day is always a fun day for me. When my children asking me to give them ideas, I stress to them “keep it simple”. They always come up with thoughtful gifts that put a smile on my face. My kids know what I like and they act on it. A bouquet of flowers, orchids, a gift certificate to my favorite salon and a deck of cards. Yes, I said a deck of cards.  They know I like skincare and do-it-yourself projects so Deckopedia’s new  The Natural Beauty Skincare Deck was the perfect gift for me.

I was immediately fascinated with this deck of cards. The Natural Beauty Skincare Deck is quite unique and each of the 50 cards in the deck contains a remedy/recipe for many skincare issues we deal with on a daily basis. The deck is divided into eight sections: Dark Spots & Pigments, Baby Skincare, Oily & Acne Prone, Dry Skin, Combination Skin, Mature skin, Sensitive & Irritated skin and All Skin Types. Simply choose the card that best suits your skincare need and whip up a skincare formula that is easy to make and fun to use. Some of the cards utilize ingredients that you will find in your kitchen. Others require some essential oils and ingredients that can be easily found in your local market, health food store or online. The ingredients for the recipes found in The Natural Beauty Skincare Deck are very affordable. The best part is that the recipes are homemade and you know exactly what you are putting on your skin.

As I scanned through the cards, I easily found 3 recipes I wanted to try using ingredients I already had. The Salty Lemon Treatment, used to treat Dark Spots and Pigments,  Card No. 41, was easily made with the juice of a lemon and a pinch of salt. They could not have made that recipe any easier.

Looking to make a natural and healthy exfoliator? Try Card No. 5,  Oats Exfoliator suitable for all skin types. All you need is a few tablespoons of ground oats and a tablespoon of milk. That’s it, easy as pie.

If you use toners, try making one yourself with Card No. 4, Cucumber Toner. You only need a diced cucumber and water for this soothing facial toner. You will find many recipes easy to make like the ones I just described.

Each recipe cards give you complete instructions for each recipe/remedy as well as preparation time, application how-to, frequency of use and shelf life. There is nothing to figure out, just follow the instructions on the card for absolute amazing natural home-made skincare.




As stated by , “Katrina Schenfield, botanical skincare specialist worked with the Deckopedia staff and created skin regimens to help people of all ages discover the true beauty of their skin. The Natural Beauty SkincareDeck identifies issues by skin type and tackles them head-on with all-natural product recipes and lifestyle tips. The homegrown recipes use fresh ingredients and essential oils to breathe life back into tired, damaged skin”.

The Natural Beauty Skincare Deck is a great gift for any occasion and retails for $19.95 and is available at





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May 11, 2016

Rhythm And Blues Glam With Shae Williams


Rhythm and blues (R&B) singing sensation Shae Williams has gone through a lot in her life, both personally and professionally, however, through it all she has stayed looking fabulous as ever. As an artist, Shae has captivated audiences not only with her sound, but her incredible sense of fashion.

The relationship between fashion and music of any kind is one of abundant and mutual creativity. Reciprocal influences have resulted in some of the most dynamic apparel visualizations ever created in popular culture. Some exist as memorable creations for the stage and music video, while others become long-lasting fashion trends, which settle in the culture to become noteworthy, referential, and lasting. Sometimes what a music artist wears, more than how they sound, will forever help them to make their mark in the industry.

We caught up with the stunning Shae for a quick Q&A to find out more about the fashion trends in her genre, how fashion influences her, and how she gets ready for big concert gigs…

How would you describe your own personal style?

My personal style is relaxed with a chic twist. Rocking ‘boyfriend jeans’ and a pair of sexy pumps is an everyday go-to look for me.

What fashion trends as a singer/performer do you currently see happening in the R&B world?

There are so many out there. However fabric chokers, fringe and off the shoulder tops are all HOT right now.

Why do you believe fashion and music go hand-in-hand?

Fashion and music go hand-in-hand because as an artist your style represents who you are and so does your music.

What is your process in picking out the proper clothes for a concert, red carpet, music video, etc.?

Lord have mercy on my stylist and designer! It’s definitely a process. I love to have a strong royal glamorous look! Lately my designer “J Palmer”, who is a great friend of mine, has been designing a lot of my pieces. There are nights when we are up creating looks and many of those nights I’m falling asleep on his floor. I don’t like having things you can find locally or even abroad. We spend a lot of time together and he knows me like a book! I love when it’s time for a show or video shoot! Everything stops. I’ll have a vision and J Palmer delivers! When it’s time for a red carpet, if he doesn’t design the dress we will order from a boutique. There are times when my closet is the boutique! I have so much I could probably open up one.

What are you currently working on project wise?

I’m working on my new album that’ll be released this Fall and a single that’s coming real soon.

What is your definition of “Glam”?

“Glam” sums it all up in one word!! I love being glamorous!! My definition of glam depends on the day… just being who you are. Some days may be a red carpet day and I have a full beat on my face and a full gown on and other days may be laid back and casual with little to no makeup but still fly. Glam is what makes you feel beautiful.


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May 11, 2016

Out of Africa Unscented Lip Balm featured in Closer Weekly Magazine

Out of Africa Lip Balm was featured in a “Keys to Age In Reverse” article about beauty products and the beautiful Julia Roberts in Closer Weekly magazine. On stands now. May 16 issue.

Closer magazine

Closer magazine

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May 10, 2016

How To Ensure The Success of Your On-line Learning Center


Education is the source of knowledge necessary for empowering the masses. Many people misuse the chance they have to spread knowledge. In as much as there are many schools one can attend, you will always find restrictions in terms of family, costs or education and the cost of travelling to a different country. E-learning makes this learning possible at lower rates and in the comfort of your home.

For this to happen, the learning center must put in place measures to ensure that students enroll to their courses and get the knowledge they need. For an e-learning center to be successful, the following is required:

Setting of SMART objectives

All the departments involved should set Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Reasonable and Timely objectives. For a good return on investment, clear objectives should be spelt out on how the center can save on the training programs on their plate. They should also implement policies requiring hiring of accredited and specialized tutors as well as use of the best technological equipment to spread knowledge widely and with ease.

Setting up of a functional learning management system

Just like database management systems, the e-learning centers should also have learning management centers, LMS, to facilitate the implementation of the learning platform plan. It should have installed applications to facilitate learning, server resource monitoring, safety and backup systems, server and database maintenance system plan, system support, disaster recovery, software and an infrastructure scaling system or plan.

Establishment of high-quality service standards

The quality of education material in the curriculum and the coursework should be high. Also, the learning material and online tutors should be the best for maximum benefits to the existing and potential students. Quality and standards of education should never be compromised for continued success. This also means that accountability and transparency should be demanded from all the departments.

Setting up clear guidelines on Risk management

Many risks arise from using the internet and it should be expected. The success of an e-learning center depends on their preparedness and their risk management strategies. Therefore, there should be use of reliable tools to monitor, control and help manage risks. This will help in deciding on the workable ideas to work with and the ones that can be abandoned.

Committed team leaders

Since you will be running an online school, your success will be determined by the people chosen to lead the different departments. Have a qualified and experienced project manager to ensure implementation of all plans according to plan. The technical team should also be the best. They should use state-of-the-art software and hardware equipment to ensure that the systems run effectively. The LMS is much dependent on the technical team.

Marketing strategy

Having the right channels to reach your target audience is necessary. Having tutors and coursework set out without a means to reach potential audiences would be pointless. By having an outstanding brand image created through great digital and social media marketing, you will be assured of success because once people learn of your center, they will sign up. Therefore, create awareness by employing the bets marketers.


In conclusion, the success of an e-learning center depends on how well these strategies are laid out and implemented. Training timetables should have a natural feel and prepared with international conditions and time constraints in mind. With a competent technical team, your online learning center will succeed.


Author Bio

Janelle Studdard is an LMS manager with decades’ experience in e-learning. She advises on the importance of development of LMS systems that are easy to manage. On her blog, you can also learn about online tutors and the essentials for successful e-learning centers.


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May 6, 2016

Bye bye vacation tootsie dehydration!


I recently got back from vacation and had a function to attend. My feet were a mess from walking the beach and I just didn’t have the time to make it to the salon. I decided to pick up Earth Therapeutics Precisso pedicure file and Earth Therapeutics foot balm.  I wasn’t sure what to expect since I’ve never had any luck with at home pedicures.  However, this one is worth writing about!! The first thing I noticed was the handle had a great grip and it was designed In a way that when I was done scrubbing my feet I wasn’t left with and aching wrist! It has three different removable surfaces mini for on the go, coarse, and fine. It was amazing to see it just smoothing away my hard dry patches. I followed up by applying Earth Therapeutics Triple Butter foot balm, it had a light fragrance of an herbal mixture it included three hydrating blends of natural plant butters which were a mixture of cocoa, mango, and Shea butter. I honestly don’t know what made it so soothing to my tootsies   When it was applied my feet were instantaneously soft! It was incredible how my feet looked refreshed it also has tea tree oil, alpha hydroxi acid and aloe which I could feel deeply penetrating Into my skin. To top it off It’s organic! My tootsies looked like I had just pulled them out of the foot spa at the salon.  All I was left with was smooth feet! Bye bye vacation tootsie dehydration!

You will find this amazing pedicure file, foot balm and other fabulous skincare products at Earth therapeutics

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