Archives for October 2016

October 31, 2016

Morning, Afternoon, and Night… Which Foods Will Do You Right?


From the Pros: 

Before you grab that morning cup of coffee on an empty stomach, that lunchtime slice of pizza, or indulge in a steak dinner or ice cream while watching TV, understand that what you eat and when you eat it can lead to stomach upset. It can also trigger more severe issues in your gut. On the flip side, there are some foods that when eaten at certain times of day may soothe already existing stomach issues or may even prevent stomach ailments from occurring down the line. We spoke with Dr. Gina Sam Assistant Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York who offers insights on what and when to eat certain foods for a healthy gut.

Best Bets for Morning


It’s important to start the day with a healthy breakfast that factors in stomach health. Probiotics found in Greek yogurt is ideal as it regulates the growth of harmful bacteria that grown in the digestive tract. Probiotics also keep colon lining healthy as it breaks through gastric acid and gets to the colon. In 2015 a study published in the The Korean Journal of Gastroenterology showed that yogurt might improve intestinal function for those with inflammatory bowel disease. Those who are lactose intolerant can enjoy lactose free yogurt.


Oatmeal is a great bet for breakfast and can be topped with blueberries another gut friendly food. Oatmeal doesn’t cause acid reflux. It soothes any morning stomach upset and regulates bowel movements.  

Fresh Fruit 

Honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon are great options for those sensitive to reflux. Bananas help restore potassium, electrolytes and normal bowel function, especially if you have diarrhea. Bananas are also high in fiber, which is great for digestion.

The Lunchtime Lowdown


Eating leafy greens daily is a great for digestion. Lunchtime salads that include grilled salmon; chicken or turkey won’t cause reflux and will be easily digestible throughout the afternoon. If you are sensitive to acid then you will want to avoid onions or tomatoes and for some even the seeds in cucumbers can trigger a bout of stomach cramping. Be careful with lemon juice and vinegar in salad dressings, which can promote reflux. Try adding fennel with arugula and baby spinach along with parsley. Parsley is known to help digestion and settles the stomach.


This delicious Korean coleslaw is made primarily with cabbage, which promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon. Also cabbage helps to eliminate waste regulating bowl movements. Home made sauerkraut is also a delicious option but be mindful if you are sensitive to spicy foods. This is why it is best to make your own so you can regulate the amount of spice.

Mediterranean Plates

Lunchtime is optimal for grilled veggies, legumes such as lentils with olive oil along with grilled fish or chicken. Preparing a plate of various whole grains, cauliflower, carrots, figs and pears are all great sources of fiber for the mid day.

A Digestible Dinner

You really want to focus on ease of digestion at dinnertime. Foods that are high fat

can overwhelm the stomach, resulting in acid reflux and heartburn. Steatorrhea or pale colored stool is excess fat in the feces. People with IBS fare better when they avoid high fat foods. That said here are some options for a healthy gut.


Grilled Fish

Cold-water fish such as salmon, halibut, or tuna when grilled in olive oil are full of omega-3 fatty acids, which can address any inflammation in the digestive tract. According to a 2014 study featured in the World Journal of Clinical Cases, omega-3’s were sites as being beneficial to those with ulcerative colitis.

Grilled Chicken with Couscous or Brown Rice

Chicken another lean meat that offers protein and is easy to digest goes great with couscous or brown rice especially if you tend to get acid reflux after late meals. Another option for a side dish is guacamole or avocado slices with lime. Artichokes also feed the good bacteria in your gut as does asparagus and lentils.

Stomach Friendly Snacking

When it comes to snacking there are several options you can reach for. Granny smith apples with almond butter, baby carrots and hummus, hallowed out cucumber and cottage cheese, kale and zucchini chips and assorted nuts (not peanuts) are all healthy and good for the gut.

You know your body best. Pay close attention to what agrees with you at varying times of the day and if you notice changes in how you take to certain foods see your doctor.


About Dr. Gina Sam: 

Dr. Gina Sam, MD/MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. She is the Director of the Mount Sinai Gastrointestinal Motility Center specializing in achalasia, gastroesophageal reflux, functional disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, gastroparesis, and anorectal disorders including pelvic floor dyssnergia and fecal incontinence.

In addition, she does practice General Gastroenterology including colon cancer screening with colonoscopy. She also has a special interest in Women’s Health Issues.
Dr. Sam graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine with her medical degree and her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health in 2003. She has established the Mount Sinai Gastrointestinal Motility Center at Mount Sinai Medical Center providing a multidisciplinary approach to motility and Functional gastrointestinal disorders.

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October 31, 2016

The Glamorous Life Of Veterinarian-Turned-Actress Hillary Hickam


She’s has been the veterinarian of choice to stars such as Paris Hilton, and now she is front and center on the red carpets in Hollywood after switching careers and becoming an actress! Hillary Hickam has starred in such films as The Lockett and In My Mother’s Arms, and next plays one of the leads in the horror flick, TiF.

With so much going on in her life, Hillary always knows how to glam it up, and so we had to find out more about her style, favorite products & more!

NN: How would you describe your own personal style – both while at home and on the red carpet?

HH: I believe clothes should be carefully chosen, but carelessly worn… I love to be glamorous, but not at the expense of comfort. It it’s itchy or constricting, no matter how sexy the outfit, I won’t wear it. I love the 80s so any chance I have to pay an homage to that decade, I will jump at it. I love hats and heels and textures. Gauzy fabrics and soft flowy silhouettes always attract me first, but I have plenty of slim-fitting, skin-revealing outfits too. (At home I will inevitably be wearing soft pajamas or jean shorts and an over-sized sweatshirt!)

NN: What are some of your favorite beauty products that you use to get red-carpet ready?

HH: I use a wide variety of brands, but the products I can’t live without include Benefit eye concealer and blush, Maybelline mascara, Stila eyeliner, Laura Mercier lipstick, and Trish McEvoy lip gloss. For my hair, I never go out without Kerastasse thickening spray and I still adore Potion #9 as style finish.

NN: Who are some of your favorite fashion designers?

HH: Helmut Lang, Zadig & Voltaire, Anna Sui, Magda Butrym, Alice and Olivia, Vince Camuto, Pedro Garcia.

NN: How has the change been from being in doctors clothes as a veterinarian, to now being a in-the-spotlight actress?

HH: It is actually a refreshing change to go from comfy, sometimes wrinkled, scrubs and tennis shoes to fancy, sexy clothes and heels! I have to spend a lot more time getting ready than I ever did to be a veterinarian! I’m pretty comfortable in my own skin though, so the clothes are just an extra accessory for the day. The most important part of your presentation to the world is Your attitude not your clothes. If you don’t have a positive, pleasant attitude you can’t hide that under even the most beautiful fabrics! I start the day with prayer and exercise regardless of what the plan for the day is or what my job will be.


NN: You have a few pets… Do you ever dress your dogs up?

HH: Oh yes! In fact my 4 pound maltese was a finalist in the Santa Monica Halloween costume contest this week! She was “LA Glam” and wore a sexy little black dress, a pink scarf, and of course her aviator sunglasses. Unfortunately my sassy year and a half old shih tzu likes to rip off and chew anything I dress her in so you are unlikely to see her in an outfit.

NN: What is your advice to anyone wanting to switch their own careers and try their hand at acting in Hollywood

HH: First, surround yourself with other talented, generous actors and learn everything you can from them! Then remember to return the favor as soon as you can. Secondly, BE BRAVE AND TAKE RISKS! Don’t bother learning “the rules,” because the successful actors are the ones that don’t follow them anyway!


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October 28, 2016

This morning on Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend…

Watch the lovely Enya Flack with our good friends Natalie & Carley at Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend as Enya presents an array of Beauty products in her segment “A ‘Masque’rade of Beauty.


Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend beauty product presentation by Enya Flack, It’s a Glam Thing.

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October 27, 2016

3 Methods to Overcoming Obstacles


I was recently a panelist for National Association of  Professional  Women and the topic was Overcoming Obstacles, Even During the Most Challenging Times.  It was such an amazing group of panelist and we all had a way to overcoming obstacles that I felt was so incredibly clear and concise that I must share with you.   Let’s face it, no matter where you are in your life you have obstacles.  Everyday, we face obstacles, we have to make discussions that will effect not just today but our tomorrows.  Let me start by giving you  the definition of Obstacle:  It is a thing that blocks one’s way or prevents or hinders progress.  No matter how small or big.   I’’ll share with you 3 simple tools you can add to your toolbox and tackle any obstacle.

1.  Face fear – Look, we all have that fight or flight gut reaction and unfortunately many women have that flight reaction stronger than men.  We generally don’t want conflict.  Listen, when we have a plan set in our mind, we move toward that goal but  if someone else (may it be your boss, co-worker, or even your spouse) have a different plan we tend to agree and shy away from our plan even if it isn’t in our best interest.   No more, let’s face our fears. Speak up, show up and be prepared to stand for what you want.    You have a voice use it, no more sticking our head into the sand.  You will be surprised at how great you feel from standing up for something you believe in rather than just going with the flow  and your plan has been sidetracked.

2.  Hold yourself accountable –  We can come up with tons of excuse (obstacles) that can prevent us from doing the things we set out to do. Did you plan out your week? Did you make all the calls you were suppose to make?  Did you workout like you said you were? I could go on and on.  However, we all have 24 hours in a day it’s what we do in those 24 hours that count.  Plan out your week.  Set appointments for the things you have to complete and keep your appointment!  Look at yourself in the mirror and get real with yourself,  you can hide from other but not the person staring back at you.

2.  Get a team –  Look, we all have our strengths and weakness the key is to address them.  Sit down and make a list.  Once you have found your strengths, great focus on those and move forward.  However,  we have to acknowledge our weaknesses.  We all have weaknesses and that is not an obstacle we can’t overcome.   There are people who are strong where we are weak.   Seek out those people and form your dream team.

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October 26, 2016

Get Perfect Brows In A Snap With These Stencils


SurvivorEyes Brow Style & Stencil Kits are the recent creation of breast cancer survivor Lisa Doble, who wanted to help women struggling with hair loss to look and feel fabulous. This beauty product with a purpose has quickly become the “go-to” brow solution for every woman looking for perfect brows in minutes.

Each kit offers a variety of brow templates (10) in shapes designed to compliment any face shape, along with a dual sided cosmetic applicator. The kits are offered with and without cosmetic at a MSRP of $14.95 or $39.95 depending on which you choose. Each brow template also carries an affirmation to boost confidence in addition to identifying a favorite shape.

Since its introduction in July 2016, SurvivorEyes has achieved the following:

  • Endorsed by the Alopecia Areata Foundation and available in their “Marketplace” online store with 10% of all sales going back to NAAF
  • Chosen to be included in the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good Feel Better” beauty box in 2017 (65,000 brow kits to be donated in 2017 & 1,000 in 2016)
  • Available at the Styling Salon @ Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, IL

SurvivorEyes Brow Style Kit Featuring Sormé® Cosmetics; $39.95

About SurvivorEyes and Creator Lisa Doble

Lisa Doble was inspired to create SurvivorEyes® after a dear friend of hers was diagnosed with breast cancer. Among the new emotions she faced was the fear of losing her hair—and she worried her own children would be frightened at the sight of her without her eyebrows. SurvivorEyes® is a product that is designed to help women through one of the most difficult battles of their lives. As a cancer survivor herself, Lisa knows from experience how vulnerable you can feel when you look sick. Now Lisa’s mission is to help women around the world who suffer from hair loss. There is nothing more empowering for a woman than to look and feel beautiful. http:

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October 26, 2016

Candy Corn Nails from Skyy Hadley and Lauren B. Beauty!


Follow this step-by-step guide on how to get a candy corn Halloween nail look from Skyy Hadley, owner of As U Wish Nail Salon and Lauren B. Beauty!

1. Paint one half of the nail in white (Lauren B. Beauty in Hollywood Land) and the other in yellow (Lauren B. Beauty in Coachella Valley Sun).
2. Apply nail art stickers (hole reinforcers cut in half). Apply two on each nail as shown below.unnamed-9


  1. Working with one nail at a time, paint the area inside the stickers with orange nail polish (Lauren B. Beauty in The OC).
  2. Carefully remove the stickers.
  3. Repeat on all other nails. Allow 5 minutes for your nail design to dry and finish it with a coat of a top coat (Lauren B. Gel-like Top Coat).unnamed-12unnamed-13unnamed-14


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October 26, 2016

Hynt Beauty is donating 10% of all ARIA LIPSTICK sales throughout October

Throughout the month of October, Hynt Beauty is donating 10% of all
ARIA Lipstick sales to cancer research and organizations to support women and their families.


Meryl’s Personal Tricks and Tips for…Pampering Beauty during Treatment

To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Meryl shares with us how cancer has prompted her to give her beauty routine a green makeover, a challenge that would later inspire and motivate her to create Hynt Beauty, and the tricks she learned to pamper herself so she could look and, in turn feel, her best while fighting cancer.

1. Switch to organic and fragrance-free moisturizers 
Treatment often slows down the skin’s ability to renew itself and reduces the production of sebum, the skin’s own natural moisturizer. As a result, your skin becomes dry and parched and, in the worst cases, can flake and itch.Keeping your skin as hydrated as possible during this time is essential. Unfortunately, too many moisturizers on the market contain undesirable ingredients that can at worst, interfere with your treatments and worsen your skin’s condition.

Meryl opted for organic formulas that nourish and pamper the skin and made sure they are fragrance-free, too. Your sense of smell becomes very acute during treatment and even the subtlest scent can make you feel nauseous. Meryl’s go-to brand that fits all these requirements is Acure, especially their Ultra Hydrating Body Lotion, Bare Baby Lotion, Moroccan Argan Oil and Sensitive Facial Cream!

2. Deep condition your hands and feet 
Your face isn’t the only part of your body that needs an extra dose of tender loving care during this difficult time. Up your moisturizing game by giving your hands and feet a pampering deep conditioning treatment before you go to sleep. Slather on rich and moisturizing oil-based natural balms and then put on a pair of cotton gloves or socks. In the morning, your extremities will be much softer and smoother.
3. Wear physical sunscreen every day 
Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is always a good idea, but it becomes of paramount importance during cancer treatment when your skin is extremely vulnerable and sensitive. Ideally, you should avoid the sun as much as possible but that’s not always feasible.To give your skin the extra protection it needs, use a physical sunscreen with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Unlike their chemical counterparts that are easily absorbed by the skin, these natural minerals remain safely on its surface where they create a protective shield that reflects UV rays away from it.

4. Neutralize facial redness 
Steroids are often prescribed as part of treatments to help reduce inflammation. Unfortunately, they have several side effects, including flushing, redness and rashes. If your skin is affected by steroid redness, the best course of action is to mask it with makeup.
A yellow-toned powder, such as our FINALE Finished Powder in Neutral Yellow can neutralize the redness, rendering it near invisible to the naked eye. It is also formulated with organic arrowroot, which serves as a natural remedy to deeply hydrate and soothe irritated, tired skin. For best results, apply it with a brush with synthetic bristles. Animal hair brushes tend to be coarse and, therefore, more irritating.

5. Smell good with natural deodorants 

Some cancer treatments can force a woman into early menopause, which can result in frequent perspiration during hot flushes. If this is happening to you, it may be very tempting to use heavy-duty antiperspirants containing aluminium.

What you may not be aware of is that antiperspirants cause more problems than they solve. To start with, they act like a plug, sealing shut the entrance to your sweat ducts, thereby stopping the flow of sweat. As desirable as this may appear during a hot flush, this is far from healthy.

In addition, aluminum can easily be absorbed by the skin and has been linked to breast cancer. A safer alternative is a natural deodorant that contains baking soda and/or kaolin clay. However, due to the skin’s heightened sensitivity at this time, some patients report a mild irritation even to these gentler ingredients. A better option that Meryl used and wholeheartedly recommends is natural corn starch powder like Honest Company’s Organic Baby Powder.

6. A polished manicure 

Many cancer patients experience nail deterioration and even loss, so traditional manicures and nail polishes are strictly forbidden at this time. To help your nails stay in the best possible condition, keep your nail care routine simple and basic. Keep your hands clean, trim your nails and make them shine with a soft nail buffer. Finally, work in a bit of olive or jojoba oil to stave off brittle nails.

7. Go green with your lipstick 

A creamy lipstick or shiny gloss is always a great mood-lifter. But, once again, it is important to pay careful attention to the labels and what they contain. Opt for unscented and organic formulas that are free of harsh and potentially toxic chemicals. Lip products can be easily ingested so why risk even the slightest chance of causing more havoc on your health now or in the future, when there are purer, equally beautiful colors and great natural brands to choose from!

Meryl and the rest of the Hynt Beauty team sincerely hope that these little bits of advice will somehow give you or your loved one, some relief from the side effects but moreover, give the confidence boost to fight against cancer – in style! If you have any additional tips, please do send us an email, comment on our social platforms or comment on this blog post! We are sure others will find it helpful as well.

Read on to get Meryl’s lifestyle choices, motto and her thoughts on a safer beauty industry, on Hynt’s Blog! 

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October 25, 2016

Achieve Salon Smooth results with Baby Foot

I was really interested to try this product out since I always feel like my feet are a mess unless they’ve just had a fresh pedi. I can never seem to get the salon smooth results when I buff and scrub my heels and feet at home myself. Baby Foot was pretty easy to use and had a great herbal scent when I opened up the booties. The package suggests putting on a pair of socks over the booties and I would highly recommend doing this too. These things are seriously slippery to walk on and while the package suggests you stay seated for the hour long application, if you’re like me, sitting totally still for over an hour is near impossible and putting a pair of socks on will help with traction (bonus points for socks with grippy things on the bottom). Also, the socks help secure the booties and lotion for a closer, more glove like fit to the skin, so every part of the foot and toes were covered. After I washed my feet off, my skin didn’t look or feel any different for about four days, but on day 4, my skin began to majorly peel. The peeling can take a few days and isn’t the prettiest look, but I found sloughing off the dead/peeled skin in the shower at the end of the day helps.
This October, 20% of proceeds from their limited edition pink box will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Enter to win your own baby foot at It’s a Glam Thing’s Giveaway:
Guest post by Antonia Rutter
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October 25, 2016

Beauty “Masque”rade Where to buy


Thanks for watching today. It’s always fun at Studio62 with Jamarcus Gaston. Here are the web addresses for all the wonderful Beauty “Masque”rade products we featured today.

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October 25, 2016

Dr. Marder Skincare on Healthy Lifestyle with Eraldo TV

Dr. Marder Skincare

Dr. Marder Skincare

Even more TV today! This time, Dr. Marder Skincare products were featured on Healthy Lifestyle with Eraldo TV with the lovely Pnina Tornai and Eraldo. Pnina is the star of TLC’s highly successful show, “Say Yes To The Dress

Eraldo and Pnina Tornai

Eraldo and Pnina Tornai

You can watch the video here:

Healthy Lifestyle

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