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July 14, 2016

Having the Appearance of Great Hair

Keep your hair looking good

Keep your hair looking good

It has been said that a woman’s hair is her crowning glory and I agree. Hair is VITAL for a female. Thick, long healthy hair exemplifies youth. The length and style signify clues to your age, health and overall attractiveness. The key to hair is to try and make it appear as healthy as possible. This can be accomplished by taking the proper vitamins, proper conditioning and regular trims and covering any grays.  Also a deep conditioning monthly is recommended especially in summer months.

Internally is where you must start to build great hair. A vitamin such as Biosil will benefit your hair, skin and nails.  Christy Brinkley recommends this product and I have followed in her steps.

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It is said to promote healthy bones and joints as a side bar plus. I also eat jello which has a lot of protein.

synthetic curly clip on hair extensions.

synthetic curly clip on hair extensions.

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Bad hair can be a huge detriment to a woman’s look. If your hair is less than healthy looking, you can add extensions, wig lets or a wig. A lot of celebrities and models utilize these options. When I go on stage, I love extensions that clip in. I even have wigs when I want dramatically different looks. Clip on extensions are fairly easy to put on. You need to match the color as close as possible. Start at the bottom of your head and clip in the first row of hair. make another row an inch or two above that from one end of your ear to the other and clip in another row as so on. the last row should be put on top but having enough hair on top so that you are unable to see the extension. If you need side extensions you can attach those as well for desired styles. After that brush lightly at ends and style with your fingers. Extensions give length and or volume. I am not a fan of permanent extensions as i feel that they ultimately damage the hair. The clip ins should be taken out before you go to bed. Wig lets can be clipped on also as well as pony tails. The key is to blend your natural hair into the style. If you wear a wig this is not necessary. Get a wig cap, some bobby pins and place the wig cap on. When it is secured place the wig on your head. Secure the wig to your head and you are good to go. Make sure none of your natural hair is poking out.

It is important that all the frizz is taken out to seal the hair. This can be done in sections or only the places that need it.

It is important that all the frizz is taken out to seal the hair. This can be done in sections or only the places that need it.

Flat irons and curling irons can create dramatically different looks. Curls tend to be viewed as very feminine. The flat iron can make hair smooth and take away frizz. I find that when I get a blow out I can then do either curls or smooth depending on the look I’m attempting to attain.
If you wear hair spray, make sure it is light and doesn’t stick in place. Too much hair spray is often associated with old ladies and it’s just wrong. Stiff hair that doesn’t move isn’t attractive.
Long hair is sexy and can help you look more glamorous. Short hair works for some people, but make sure it is not too short. The finer your features and the thinner and younger you are, the easier it is to pull off short styles. If you are overweight — don’t go too short.
Now let’s delve into hair color and roots. In life we have to brush our teeth, floss, shave, clean ourselves, etc., and when someone lacks the motivation to do these things, they start to deteriorate their self-presentation. Keeping up with your hair is the same thing. There is nothing worse than a girl with roots. Not only do long dark roots look cheap, but they convey a lazy attitude and lack of interest in presenting one’s self in the best way possible.

Some hair issues are harder to take care of than others. Hair color is important and can affect your beauty routine depending on how much maintenance it requires. Remember if you choose a color that is difficult to maintain, it could wreak havoc on your hair if it has to be done too often. Damaged hair is not attractive.

Curly hair can be especially hard to deal with, and this one I know firsthand! It can get frizzy and look unkempt depending on the weather and texture of your hair. Curly hair needs lots of conditioning.

Great over-the-counter products:
Moroccan Oil
Kerastase Bain Satin Shampoo (1, 2 or 3)
J.F. Lazartique Vita-Cream with Milk Proteins
Fekkai’s Serum
Bumble and Bumble Big Shine Serum
Redken All Soft Heavy Cream
Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil
Palvin-Bid Capillary Mask Deep Conditioner and Reconstructor
AG Ultramoist Treatment
Joico Moisture Recovery Intense Treatment

Home remedies for great hair are wonderful. You will find many examples in my chapter specifically devoted to practical applications using items you have in your home. Healthy smooth hair is a sign of beauty. It is important to protect it through good diet , vitamins if necessary and regular conditioning treatments. It is not necessary to wash your hair every day. I usually go a week without washing my hair, but if your hair gets greasy fast then of coarse you may not be able to go that long. If your hair is curly then it will need extra care as it can get frizzy and dry. If it is color treated then it will also need more conditioning especially if it is bleached. I recommend deep conditioning treatments whenever your hair needs it. Here are some home remedies that you can use for your hair. Washing your hair- If your hair is very dirty you can add baking soda to your shampoo. If you want to go chemical free then you can make a paste out of baking soda and massage it into your head or you can get a cup of water and put one table spoon baking soda and stir then massage that into your head to clean it. After that rinse and put 2 tablespoons spoons of apple cider vinegar to one cup warm water and let it sit for a few minutes. After that rinse.
It is important to comb hair gently with a wide tooth comb. You do not want to yank it. The hair should be combed at the ends and work your way up to detangle after washed.

Hair Masks conditioning treatment-
olive oil
almond oil
coconut oil

I keep my hair on the longer side so that it does not kink up. After a good wash, always comb your hair right away. If you put product in it and work it through with your head upside down and scrunch it with your hands it can make nice natural curls. Do not brush it. For smooth styles it pays to go to a blow dry bar. I can leave my hair for a week with a professional blow dry. The other option is Brazilian Blow out. My friend actress business woman Esther Marie is always on the go and loves this option. It makes her hair smooth and shiny. She says its easy to maintain.

Esther Marie with the Brazilian Blow out

Esther Marie with the Brazilian Blow out

If your hair is wavy or straight, a professional blow out can be nice to put body in the places that you want it. Blow dry bars have become very popular. They specialize in blow drying and styling hair, are much more cost effective than full service salons and offer great service. Their employees are quite skilled at doing a great job. As a rule a person cant do as good of a job on their own hair than these people can. The hair comes out smooth and nice and tends to stay that way unless it gets wet. If you aren’t going in for a cut or color but just want a stunning style, opt for a blow dry bar!

Sometimes getting your hair done professionally is not an option so use these tips for the best blow out you can give yourself.
When blow drying your own hair, spray on a heat protector first. If you have curly hair you will need to put some tension on the brush and make sure the hair is completely dry so it does not frizz up! Section off the hair and dry each piece separately until the whole head is dry.

Donna’s Diaries- My hair is naturally curly so it takes some work to make it behave and keep it properly conditioned. I really like to spend my money on my hair including professional deep conditioning at a salon but you can do this yourself at home also.


It is important to have a style that suits your personality, but it should also be current. Since a mane of hair can make all the difference in your look, it is important to make time for regular trims. Sometimes it is fun to try on wigs of various colors and styles to see what looks best on you. I even think it is fun to have wigs to wear on those days that you want a totally different look. Beauty is all about putting things together to make the style and look that best fits you. Don’t make drastic changes! Always experiment slowly. But if you do make a mistake, there are always extensions…

Hair Extensions
There are many different types of hair extensions that can look quite beautiful when added to the natural hair; however, this choice is high maintenance and usually very expensive. The plus side is you can shower with them in and carry on as if they are part of your natural hair. The downside is that it sometimes causes damage to your natural hair. This can result in breaking and potential hair loss.
Professional Falls, Wigs and Clip-ons
Today, we have many choices when it comes to clip-ons and hair pieces, which can create a quite glamorous look when added to our natural hair. I like clip-ons because they are easy and low maintenance. I use them to enhance my natural hair when I want more dramatic styles. They do not damage your hair, so they are essentially risk free. Plus, you can get top notch human hair clip-ons for a reasonable price. If you get synthetic ones they are not expensive and great for occasional use. DO NOT TRY TO CURL THEM WITH A HOT IRON! The manufacturer already has them straight or curled. They will melt if you try.FullSizeRender (3)

Natural hair clip on’s are wonderful but cost much more.  The bottom line is to make sure your hair is as healthy as you can get it to look and if it needs help then move forward with both internal and external choices. Do not ever leave clip ons on constantly. I wear mine for a night or day then remove them so my hair does not get pulled out.

My girlfriend who is a Beauty Queen & actress, Shanna Olson says that she uses these clips for easy styling.


Beauty Queen, Shanna Olson

Beauty Queen, Shanna Olson

All of these options will help make your hair look better if utilized properly!

If you have any further questions you can email me below! Thank you Donna Spangler 🙂

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July 13, 2016

Photos from the set today

It was a fun time with our friends Jack and Megan on the set of Your Carolina this morning.  Here are a few photos from the set.


jack and megan your carolina

beauty product table display your carolina

enya flack beauty product table display your carolina

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July 12, 2016

“Fruity Beauty” with Enya Flack, Jack and Megan


Your Carolina TV with Jack and Megan

Your Carolina TV with Jack and Megan

Enya Flack presents “Fruity Beauty” products on Your Carolina with Jack and Megan. Here is some info about the products showcased. Stay tuned for a link to the segment.


Petal Fresh Pure Coconut Oil Body Scrub ($7.99)

Moisturize and regenerate your skin with Petal Fresh® Pure Coconut Body Scrub.

This scrub gently repairs and exfoliates the skin to reveal your natural, healthy glow.

Formulated with Coconut Extract and other good-for-you ingredients

Your skin will be left feeling silky smooth and smelling like a tropical paradise.


Bella Schneider Beauty Essence of Fig Hand and Body Cream ($45)

Powerful anti-oxidizing as well as anti-aging properties.

 Shea butter and olive oil smooth and quench thirsty skin.

 Vitamin E nourishes and protects against environmental damage.

 Delicately scented with fig essence.


Out of Africa Lemon Verbena Shea Butter Body Wash ($8.99)

Body Wash – Gentle and Creamy – Fresh and Clean, – with lemony scent.

Naturally rich in vitamins and antioxidants A, E and F
High concentration of healthy fatty acids to help retain moisture and elasticity
Excellent for daily use on all skin types
Made with Pure Unrefined Shea Butter
Revitalizes and softens skin
Made with essential oil

No Parabens – Sulfates – Petrolatums or Phthalates


Pura Naturals Nourishing Citrus Splash Soap Infused Sponge ($5.99)

 3-in-1 soap, washcloth and loofah

Formulated with hydrating and soothing essential oils, coconut, soybean, sunflower seed & grapefruit

Exfoliates without using synthetic micro-beads or other environmentally-suspect elements

Unlike traditional sponges, Pura Naturals repels water- inhibiting the bacteria growth and odor


LaVanila “The Healthy Deodorant” Vanilla Grapefruit ($14)

All-Natural, freshly scented deodorant provides superior, long-lasting odor protection.

Soothing essential oils blend with powerful anti-oxidants and beta glucan technology for daily defense and nourishment.

Dermatologist Recommended.

No Aluminum. No Paraben. No Propylene Glycol. No Harsh Chemicals


Dkny Be Delicious City Blossom Empire Apple ($38.99)

This limited edition  re-release of the popular  Be Delicious scent is formulated with the signature aroma of green apple (plus you can also notice the scents of sweet florals, even citrus and cucumber)

In a metal and glass bottle

Inspired by New York City

By Donna Karen

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July 12, 2016

BlendSmart…Look Flawless


Do you ever say to yourself, “there has to be an easier way” when applying your makeup foundation? I know I have more often than I care to say. Powder blush is relatively easy to apply but liquid and stick foundation can result in a nightmare. I love my liquid and stick foundations in the cooler months and I don’t  like applying with a sponge. Therefore, I am left with using my fingertips. This can be messy, streaky and cakey. There is nothing worse than a makeup line left behind because you didn’t blend it in correctly. I have found the perfect tool to solve these issues and maybe solve some of your own with the blendSMART rotating makeup brush.



The blendSMART rotating makeup brush is an amazing tool that allows you to apply your foundation, bronzers and blushes flawlessly. The blendSMART brush is battery operated (batteries included) with a rotating brush head (the brush head actually spins). The blendSMART is easy to use, simply dab the desired amount of foundation onto your face and turn on your blendSMART. The gentle spinning of the brush gradually and delicately blends your foundation. I was very impressed at how well the blendSMART brush worked. The blendSMART provides an even application every time. Cleaning is easy too! I just use a little liquid soap and water and gently swish the brush in the palm of my hand then rinse. The blendSMART will be dry and ready for its next use.

There are 3 high quality interchangeable brush heads designed for the blendSMART. The Foundation Brush (shown below) is included in the blendSMART Starter Set. It can be used with your favorite liquid, loose, pressed powder or stick foundation).  The Blush Brush and Powder Brush are sold separately. All three of the blendSMART interchangeable brushes include the following features:

Premium, anti-bacterial synthetic fibers (cruelty-free)

Soft and gentle fibers are ideal for sensitive skin

Spins at approximately 190 RPM

Easily attaches to your blendSMART automated handle


Foundation Brush


Blush Brush Head is used with creme, loose or pressed blush

blendSMART PRO TIP: great results with mineral powder makeup including foundation


Powder Brush Head used with your favorite loose or pressed powder makeup

The blendSMART Brush is not just a makeup gadget but an important tool if you want your makeup to look flawless.  I can’t wait to try the Blush Brush and Powder Brush as I’m sure I will have the same amazing results. At their website you will also find videos which demonstrate how easy the blendSMART Brush is to use.  Shop

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July 12, 2016

All-natural skincare line, Cicamed has announced a global partnership with kathy ireland® Worldwide (kiWW®)


All-natural skincare line, Cicamed has announced a global partnership with kathy ireland® Worldwide (kiWW®). The agreement was concluded at the 2016 Licensing Expo by Mikael Ohlen, founder of the European-based brand, whose products are inspired by leading dermatologists and plastic surgeons.
“We are thrilled to partner with Kathy and her brilliant team at kiWW,” said Mikael. “We could not think of a better a partner to introduce our all-natural, imported skincare products from Europe to the American customer. As one of the most powerful brands in the world, kiWW is the perfect partner to also help us expand globally. We are grateful to Kathy and the kiWW team for this exciting opportunity. There are so many products in the marketplace, and sadly, few of them deliver the results they promise. Cicamed actually works! It took years to achieve these results. It began with our efforts in plastic surgery, and everyone simply loves the product. The results are real. In Sweden, we are not able to make claims which cannot be substantiated.”

“I first started a plastic surgery clinic ten years ago, and it has since grown into the largest clinic in Europe. We’ve helped tens of thousands of patients, and now we’re prepared, with kathy ireland® Worldwide, to bring Cicamed to America,” explained Mikael.
Kathy Ireland, CEO of kathy ireland Worldwide added:  “It is a tremendous honor to be chosen by Mikael to introduce this brand to America and global communities. This expands the kathy ireland Worldwide skin care portfolio. Cicamed’s commitment is making organic products, affordable. Mikael met with our team during the filming of Modern Living with kathy ireland, through our extraordinary partners at MMP (USA), Inc. They brought us together in a wonderful way. We were so impressed by the company’s founder and leader, as well as their medically inspired product. Cicamed European Skincare products take care of every different type of skin problem. Some competitor products attack acne, a concern that millions of people deal with every day, by drying the skin out. This can be very damaging to the skin, however. Cicamed’s products, on the other hand, are preferred by many  pharmacies  in Europe , because they will not damage or dehydrate the skin. After a lifetime of personal skin challenges, I’m learning more about this category on a daily basis. Everyone claims that their products are anti-aging. Cicamed European Skincare really makes a visible difference. These products are made in Sweden, and now, with Mikael’s genius, we are bringing them to you.”

Cicamed combines the best from nature with science. The organic skincare line’s formulation is designed to strengthen and complement the skin’s natural defense against aging. Cicamed products are researched and developed by the medical team at the Proforma Clinic, Sweden’s largest private plastic surgery hospital. Comprised of experienced and renowned dermatologists and plastic surgeons, the team tests the efficiency of each product prior to its release, and modifies the formula as needed to ensure that Cicamed products stand out from the rest by actually providing solutions and results as opposed to masking symptoms.  Cicamed also takes pride in sharing that no animals are used in the testing of its products.
“We fight oxidization in our products with airtight packaging filled under a vacuum. Our scar products have great and shocking results, because they actually work. They have been tested on thousands of patients, and are consistently able to minimize or remove scars. Sweden is a small country, and yet, thousands and thousands of people tell us, that we have changed their lives. Many celebrities from all over the world, including very-well known ones from the USA, have been using our products for years, and now the same formulas that we use in our plastic surgery clinics in Sweden are available in America,”  concluded Mikael.
“Cicamed European Skincare is, in our opinion, Sweden’s finest and most innovative skin care program on the market. Today, we bring this magnificent program into the world, in a transformational way,” said Kathy.

kathy ireland® Worldwide is committed to bringing its loyal base of customers around the world, the best in lifestyle solutions. kiWW’s partnership with Cicamed is a result of its continued exploration for the best formulas available for customers seeking all-natural, yet effective products.
About kathy ireland® Worldwide:
Founded in 1993, the kathy ireland® Worldwide brand, celebrates a lifestyle. The missions of “…solutions for families, especially busy moms™,” “…solutions for people in love™,” and “…solutions for people in business™,” translate to all kiWW® collections, including: fashion, fine jewelry, intimate apparel, skincare, accessories, weddings, home, office and more.  kiWW’s unique capability to design and translate fashion trends for all markets and price points allows it to develop product for a wide variety of customer tastes. kiWW® has existing skincare programs in non-competitive areas, including luxury, bio active skincare and light therapy skincare.

Listed as the 25th most powerful brand globally by License Global Magazine, with annual merchandise sales of $2.6 billion, according to Forbes Magazine, the success of kathy ireland® Worldwide is the result of teamwork and dedication. Kathy has graced the cover of Forbes Magazine twice (2012, 2016) and according to Fairchild Publications, Kathy Ireland is one of the 50 most influential people in fashion.

Kathy and kiWW® support many non-profits including: YWCA Greater Los Angeles for which she is an Ambassador, Dream Foundation, Providence Educational Foundation, 911 for Kids/AEF, and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Kathy was recently named an Ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
About Cicamed European Skincare:
Cicamed USA LLC is a skincare brand based on organic science. The combination of organic and science results in a new generation of natural skin care with focus on safe, active ingredients and visible results.
Cicamed product lines have been praised numerous times in the press in Sweden. For example, every month, a product from Cicamed Medical Science appears in a popular health, fitness or beauty magazine.
Cicamed USA LLC benefits from Proforma Clinic’s (Europe’s leading plastic surgery clinic) in-house medical team, which is comprised of experienced doctors and plastic surgeons. They have the ability to test the efficiency of future released products and modify the recipe as needed.


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July 12, 2016

Jessica Szohr Wears Sanctuary Clothing!


Jessica Szohr was photographed wearing Sanctuary Clothing at the premiere of Vertical Entertainment’s Undrafted last night in Hollywood! The actress epitomized summer chic in her Far East Bomber at the red carpet event

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July 12, 2016

Take advantage of these Beauty Product Coupons for a limited time only

Brought to you by Woman’s World magazine and PrivateRX, Pura d’or and Petal Fresh.

PrivateRX Woman's World Coupon

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July 11, 2016

Gerard Cosmetic’s Jennifer Gerard Hosts LA Soiree


Gerard Cosmetic’s Jennifer Gerard played Hostess with the Mostess as she feted some of her best and brightest Social Media Influencers this past Friday night in downtown Los Angeles. Glamour gals galore attended the annual summer soiree under the bright lights of the city’s skyscrapers and amid the theme Casino Royale. Guests toasted with glasses of wine, signature cocktails and martinis and nibbles were plenty with a buffet table to delight the most discerning taste buds.


In keeping with the party’s theme, attendees placed their bets and gambled the night away at one of the many gaming tables. This was a party in which 007 would have been proud!


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July 11, 2016

Fashion for a Cause – West Virginia Flood Relief


Hey Everyone!  I spent this past weekend in West Virginia viewing some of the devastation from the recent floods in the area.  It’s quite humbling to see just how quickly any one of us could lose absolutely everything.  Here are a few images that will tell the story much better than I can:

It’s hard to know what to say to the people who’ve been through this, but I did find a good way that we can all help.  Local clothing boutique owners, Weslea Coles and Amanda Reed have designed and are selling “LOVE is Thicker Than WATER” t-shirts and will be giving proceeds from sales to the relief effort.


Love is Thicker Than Water Tees


I’ve got mine!

They’re fashionable and for a great cause!  Find them and other great merchandise at Sunflower Soul, 203 East Washington Street, Lewisburg, WV 24901 or buy shirts online at

Sunflower Soul owners Weslea Coles and Amanda Reed

Sunflower Soul owners Weslea Coles and Amanda Reed

Learn more about Sunflower Soul and it’s owners at:

More photos on Instagram at: #wvflood2016

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July 10, 2016

Are you Peri Menopausal , Menopausal, or Post Menopausal? Take a moment to view the new Private Rx Video.

I was so delighted when the opportunity came about for me to try a line of products called Private Rx, created by the eminent NYC Gynecologist and Vaginal Surgeon Dr. Ronald Blatt.   I’m Postmenopausal due to a hysterectomy that I had while in my Peri Menopausal phase of life.  I totally appreciate the need for appropriate products precisely created for a woman’s fragile, personal skin areas that often become dry and uncomfortable during and after the Menopausal phases.

I was amazed when I started using Private RX, as it truly is the perfect line of products for long term care of our delicate, intimate skin area.

Now relax, watch the video below, and let me introduce you to Dr. Blatt’s terrific Private Rx product collection.

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I hope you enjoy the video, and would love to hear from you.  Let me know if you’d like to see more videos on my It’s A Glam Thing  Blog page.

Many thanks to Dr. Ronald Blatt for creating such a fantastic product for all women going through Peri-Menopause, Menopause, or Postmenopause.

Be sure to visit Dr. Blatt’s Private Rx website for detailed information.



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