Archives for March 2017

March 24, 2017

Eco-friendly ways of traveling

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When it comes to getting from A to B, whether that is commuting to work, visiting friends or picking up your groceries, you want to balance comfort, style and costs. If you are tired of paying for taxis, there are lots of better ways to travel that don’t have to cost the Earth.

The healthy way – If you can incorporate more exercise into your day by walking or cycling to some of your destinations, you will find yourself getting much fitter. If you incorporate this into your routine, then you may not have to go to the gym each evening, freeing up some extra time in your evenings.

Cycling might not always be practical depending on the journey, but it is becoming increasingly popular with more cycle lanes and facilities for cyclists in most cities and towns. Plus, you may even be able to get your employer to help with the purchasing of a bike if they run a cycle to work scheme. This means you could get an efficient, top of the range bike at a highly discounted rate.

Buy an eco-friendly car – Years ago, eco-friendly cars tended to be incredibly expensive with limited models to choose from. However, many more manufacturers now offer eco-friendly models that are reasonably priced. The Toyota Prius is a popular choice, as is the Honda Insight. You might be surprised at how affordable this option is nowadays, and how glamourous it can be with celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio who also drives hybrid cars.

If you’ve yet to pass your driving test, then why not start now? For starters, you can book a quick theory test and study for it with ease, due to the accessibility of the online content and practice tests. Check this site out for more details.

Car sharing

Car sharing or car pooling is another increasingly popular option for people who are looking to reduce costs and help reduce the emissions of driving alone. Your workplace may have a scheme where employees sign up for car pooling. There are also a handful of taxi companies who also offer car pooling services.

Public transport

Public transport has come a long way in recent years. The government invests heavily in the public transport system and there are many different ways to travel these days. You can often get reduced fares if you buy an annual or monthly ticket, and taking public transport gives you time to read or do other things whilst on your journey that you wouldn’t be able to do if you were driving.

It can really help you relax before and after work, plan future errands, or give you time to prepare for meetings and play catch-up at work. If your travel time is 30 minutes each way, then that is an hour of your time you could use efficiently rather than spending it behind a wheel, stuck in the traffic of commuters.

All these options are exceptionally eco-friendly. Not only can it work wonders four our planet, but it can help you, too.

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March 23, 2017

Christina Milian Wears 21HM!

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LOS ANGELES – March 23, 2017 – Christina Milian was photographed wearing 21HM last night while on the red carpet at the Power Rangers premiere in Los Angeles! The singer debuted her new blonde hair and showcased a sultry look in her burnt orange gown and 21HM‘s Cia Body Chain ($35; www.21hmboutique.com).

 

Photo by Getty Images

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March 23, 2017

emma Arterton: The Secret to her Glow!

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: Gemma Arterton attends the Prince's Trust Celebrate Success Awards at the London Palladium on March 15, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, CA – March 23, 2017 –  Actress Gemma Arterton was spotted at Tracie Martyn’s 5th Avenue Spa yesterday in New York City to prep for the red carpet premiere of her new film, Their Finest this week.  The actress visited Tracie Martyn after her long flight and received their signature trademarked Red Carpet Facial®which can erase the hardship on skin from traveling.
The restorative and relaxing Red Carpet Facial® treatment is beyond wrinkle-reducing; it helps to lift, firm and contour the jawline, cheek bones and delicate eye area. It encourages collagen formation through suppressing its breakdown and energizing the skin, while improving elasticity to defy gravity.  For more information, visit: www.traciemartyn.com.
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March 23, 2017

From the Pros: Stretch Mark Solutions…What Can Be Done Safely?

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Women of all ages regardless of height, weight, or parental status are susceptible to stretch marks. This is a simple fact. Another fact, which will hopefully make you feel a bit better, is that supermodels yes, the bikini models you see in Sports Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret, have stretch marks. If you’re like the 95% of the women out there you prefer them gone. Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of the Brandow Clinic in for Cosmetic Surgery in Philadelphia who has appeared on national programs such as Good Morning America and 20/20 offering insights on cosmetic surgery, shared the real deal on stretch mark solutions with several facts on popular procedures and topical options to prevent and remove stretch marks. Here’s what he has to say.

Option #1: Topical Creams & Preventative Foods

“There are a variety of topical treatments, the ones with cocoa butter are the trend, but they won’t do much if anything to improve severe stretch marks. These creams and oils perform better when used as preventive measures because fully developed stretch marks are rarely skin-deep,” explains Dr. Brandow.

Gelatin powder has been suggested as a great way to get more collagen into your system. Coconut oil mixed with beeswax is said to prevent stretch marks especially when applied throughout the day. Eating foods rich in vitamin C can help prevent stretch marks from the inside out. Adding things like red peppers, parsley, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts are good bets.

Option #2: Lasers

Many women who have post pregnancy stretch marks turn to lasers to eliminate this unwanted scarring. Kim Kardashian recently announced via her Snapchat that she would undergo laser treatments to rid her stretch marks. The Coolbeam laser, which is the one Kim Kardashian is going with, requires up to 5 treatments at around $5,000 per treatment which adds up to $25,000. Lasers are known for high level of safety and efficacy and most patients come away very pleased with the result. The treated area heals rather quickly, within a week to three week

“Lasers are far less invasive than a tummy tuck, which has a much longer recovery time. Lasers do have some risk in that they can burn the skin or cause tissue damage. Therefore, it’s very important to choose a doctor who knows what they are doing,” advises Dr. Brandow.

Option #3: Platelet Rich Plasma with Micro-needling

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been around for the past two decades and used to help athletes like Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriquez recover from injury. A few years ago, the “Vampire Facial” made headlines when Micro-needling was added to the procedure offering a vibrant, smooth, flawless complexion. The results were so great that cosmetic surgeons started to explore other parts of the body such as stretch marks on the buttocks, breast, arms, thighs and abdomen.

This calls for blood to be taken from the patient then put into a machine that separates the platelet rich plasma from the blood. It is then spread over the face after the micro-needling is completed. The micro-needling is a process where a pen-like tool with several tiny needles at the tip is carefully guided over the affected area making microscopic holes on both the outer and inner layers of skin. These holes are so small that they heal within a few hours. The process triggers a healing response in the dermis layer which is what causes the fast fading of stretch marks. Doctors recommend micro-needling with PRP over any other treatment because the results are significant and the cost is about $1000 per session. “Micro-needling with PRP is a combination that offers a fast, in office option, with excellent results and is less costly than lasers,” explains Dr. Brandow who was recently on TV speaking of the procedure.

Dr. Brandow adds that the advantage of micro-needling with PRP for stretch marks over lasers is a lesser chance of scarring and skin discoloration. “Skin on the body is more susceptible to hyperpigmentation than on the face making Micro-needling is a safer option for ethnicities with varying skin tones. This is a big advantage over cool beam lasers, IPL or chemical peels,” he explains.

Option #4: The Tummy Tuck

This is the gold standard offering the best results however it’s invasive and the recovery time is longer. Known as abdominoplasty, the procedure removes excess skin in the abdominal region and tightens the muscles. The stretch marks below the belly button are discarded along with the excess skin. “The tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that comes with risk so typically candidates must be non-smokers in good physical health as certain they will not want more kids after surgery. It’s is the only option for complete and permanent stretch mark removal. Recovery time can be up to 6 weeks and again it is critical that one chooses a reputable doctor. A botched tummy tuck can lead to off-centered belly buttons, long thick scars, and dangerous infections,” warns Dr. Brandow.

Ultimately stretch marks are an unfortunate reality that comes with pregnancy, puberty and any other weight or muscle gain where the skin is stretched. There are preventative measures one can take. Be very weary of anything that seems too good to be true and always consult with a credentialed doctor when considering any kind of cosmetic procedure. 

About the Doctor:

Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery is a plastic surgeon with 2 locations in the Philadelphia metro area and a 3rd one at the jersey shore. Named a “Top Doc” in Plastic Surgery by Philadelphia Magazine as well as nationally recognized for one of America’s “Best Plastic Surgeons” of this decade, Dr. Brandow is a trusted expert who has developed many innovative, minimally invasive procedures for the face, body and skin. He has been featured on local, national and international television programs including 20/20, CNN’s Headline News, Good Morning America.

 

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March 20, 2017

How to Manage and Treat Your Oily Hair

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Hair will always make or break a person’s look. Right make-up, right attire will not be of any use if the hair just not right. There are those frustrating days when we all end up having greasy and oily hair. So, why hair ends up getting oily? Sebaceous glands are to be blamed for over producing oil and making hair greasy. Sebaceous glands control the shine of the hair as well. The best way to control the excess oil is by washing hair with shampoos, formulated to manage such problem.

Before choosing the right shampoo to wash away your annoying oily hair, you must remember to do some research work. Not all the shampoos available have the ability to take care of your need. You need to check the ingredients of the shampoo very carefully. A list of the best shampoos for oily hair will help you to treat your hair correctly.

  • Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo– These shampoos have been formulated to remove almost 90% of residues which is making your hair sticky and greasy. This shampoo will help in cleaning the hair. After 5 days of styling, you can turn to Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo for removing all the stuffs which makes your hair oily. You can use this shampoo once in a week. It will keep your hair fresh and bouncy.
  • Maple Holistics Natural Degrease Shampoo for Oily Hair–This is the ultimate therapy for oily scalp. This shampoo has been formulated to control the moisture and utilise the right components in a way which balances sebum. This shampoo is made from all the natural ingredients like Rosemary, lemon and basil. It cleanses the hair very carefully, without sucking the entire moisture out of your tresses. This shampoo works like wonder in stimulating the hair cell renewal. Be rest assured that it will not cause any damage to your coloured hair as well.
  • Biotique Bio Walnut Bark Body Building Shampoo–This shampoo is best known for making your hair look bouncier and fuller. It is a combination of all natural ingredients like walnut, amla, reetha and many more. All this ingredients in turn helps in regrowth of hair, making it shiny and adding volume. It will work like magic in decreasing the oily residue and making your hair fresh.
  • Alterna Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo–This is a dry shampoo spray which removes the excess oil. This shampoo removes impurities from the hair. Keeps the hair clean and sparkling with long lasting effect. This definitely qualifies in the list of best shampoos for oily hair. It has two important ingredients mango and coconut. Don’t worry about the moisture of your hair, as this shampoo promises to be gentle on your hair in removing the excess oily stuff and not the entire moisture. Try it for once and you will end up loving this shampoo for sure.
  • Organix Org Scalp Therapy Australian Tea tree Shampoo–One of the most reviewed brands available. It contains neem oil which soothes itchy scalp. It balances the scalp and hair. The natural ingredients don’t harm coloured hair as well. This shampoo makes greasy hair bouncy. Works good on oily hair. Try it once you won’t regret.
  • Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo for oily hair problem – This shampoo with Oat milk is great for oily hair. One of the best shampoos available for annoying oily hair, has got loads of benefits stored for your hair. The good news is, this shampoo contains loads of vitamin B, which fixes the damaged hair. You will love your hair after using this shampoo, it promises to keep your hair soft and silky.
  • Batiste Light & Blonde Dry Shampoo – The best thing about a dry shampoo is, you don’t need to wet your hair daily and wait for it to dry up. It has Oryza Sativa (rice) starch as it primary ingredient, this helps in absorbing too much oil from the hair. This shampoo also adds life to limp and greasy hair.

This is just a small compilation of  best shampoos for oily hair, there are other shampoos which helps in reducing the excess amount of oil from your hair. Be a little careful while choosing the shampoo. Check the ingredients and happily style your hair.

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March 20, 2017

The Mane Choice brings you Ancient Egypt

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If you have read my blog recently, I found a great shampoo line called  The Mane Choice. I have been using The Mane Choice for quite some time now and having nice results. The line has offered features for my hair such as detangling, softening, extra shine and strengthening. The Hair Mask was amazing!! You can imagine how excited I was to learn of another line they have, The Mane Choice Ancient Egyptian Anti Breakage and Repair Antedote.  As soon as I see “Anti-breakage” I know I am going to try it. After all, I want to keep as much of my hair as possible. Pony tails, headbands and decorative combs and hot appliances have caused breakage to my hair and I have a few split ends that I want to get rid of now!

The Mane Choice Ancient Egyptian Anti Breakage and Repair Antedote line consists of 5 products; Shampoo and Conditioner, Hair Mask (used every 1 t 2 weeks), Oil which I use often for fabulous softness and shine, and a Split-End Treatment Serum. Right off the bat let me tell you they smell amazing. You will get the benefits of the tropical scents while washing and conditioning your hair and afterwards, with the split end treatment, Oil and Hair Mask. This Ancient Egyptian line is excellent for repair as well as prevention so everyone in the family can use it no matter what their hair type is. I love how my hair looks and it feels soft as ever.  I am loosing a lot less hair in the shower and not a split-end in sight.

As stated by The Mane Choice, “During the ancient Egyptian times hair was something that was considered a personal and important method of self-expression, and from the high positions of the pharaohs to the lowly servants, a great deal of thought was put into the way that they wore and cared for their tresses. Ancient Egyptian Anti-Breakage & Repair Antidote Collection has come close to duplicating the most historical formulas used during the ancient Egyptian era. Filled with some of the most rare and robust natural oils such as Kalahari Oil, Oleaster Oil, Mongongo Oil, and Baobab Oil to strengthen, repair and add remarkable shine.

My younger daughter loves the Split-End Treatment Serum too! I’m sure it won’t be hanging around the bathroom too much longer. Ancient Egyptian Anti-Breakage & Repair Antidote Split-End Treatment Serum is formulated to replenish and prevent split ends. Loaded with fatty acids omega 3,6,and 9, this powerful serum willleave your hair stronger, shinier and healthier. The Serum penetrats deep within the layers of the hair shaft and prevents and repairs cuticle damage. The serum really does work.

Ancient Egyptian Anti-Breakage & Repair Antidote Shampoo & Conditioner gently cleanses and conditions your hair helping to protect and repair damage.  I use the shampoo and conditioner every time I wash  my hair. They both contain fatty acids omega 3, 6 and 9, reduces frizz, reflect damaging UV rays & protect hair from the sun, helps to replenish hair & fight against split ends and strengthens and moisturizes. All great qualities when choosing the perfect shampoo and conditioner

Of course, the older I get the more I notice my hair becoming dryer and fragile, the Ancient Egyptian Anti-Breakage & Repair Antidote Hair Mask does the trick for me. It is the best one hour spent deep conditioning. After the mask treatment, my hair feels great, I feel great! The hair mask contains all the properties the shampoo, conditioner and serum do. The mask gives you added moisture for much stronger hair. You won’t know the difference until you try it.

Ancient Egyptian Anti-Breakage & Repair Antidote Oil (Retention Oil) is a perfect choice if you adore Hot Oil Treatments. I choose to add a little bit of oil to my scalp every few days for the shine and the smell. Like I stated earlier, the oil smells amazing. My daughter could  smell the tropical scent on me which was a big reason for her trying the serum.

Ancient Egyptian Anti-Breakage & Repair Antidote are formulated WITH Signature K.O.M.B. Oils (Kalahari Oil, Oleaster Oil, Mongongo Oil, Baobab Oil)

Ancient Egyptian Anti-Breakage & Repair Antidote is formulated WITHOUT Mineral Oil, Petroleum, Parabens Sulfates or formaldehydes.

You can find The Mane Choice Collections at their website www.themanechoice.com, Target, Walmart, and other large retail stores nationwide.

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March 20, 2017

Luscious Lashes

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I have always wanted long lashes, but we can’t always get what we want.  Or could we?  Well, before you answer that let me tell you about Kawaii Girl CosmeticsKGC has all kinds of eyelashes!  Ooh, I have a pair called Roppongi.  Ladies, they are so long, light and lush. You can’t help but feel glamorous when you are wearing them.  You are just batting those eyes at everyone.  They are made from human hair which makes them so soft and light.  They are 100% handmade and if you treat them right they can be reusable.  So, yes you can get what you want.  You can be that wide-eyed doe, go ahead Bambi or anything you desire.  Kawaii Girl Cosmetics has three different collections, By Day, Nightlife, and Whimsical.  Check out the website kawaiigirlcosmetics.com . You will see they have lashes for all occasions and get this, free shipping.  What are you waiting for?  Go get you a pair of long, luscious lashes.

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March 20, 2017

Don’t Forget to Enter It’s a Glam Thing’s March Surprise Beauty Box Giveaway

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One lucky winner will receive an It’s a Glam Thing Beauty Box™ (valued at over $200.00). Your Beauty Box™ will include the newest, most unique, tested and true beauty products that we love and adore. Each box will include a selection of Full Size products chosen especially for you from our team of beauty experts. Enter today!

 

 

 

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March 19, 2017

Rock your Posture

When it comes to looking your best, a small change can often make a huge difference. Correct posture is of utmost importance when you want to look good and manifest self-assurance to the rest of the world. If you want to rock your look then start with good posture.

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(BRITTAN TAYLOR & MAGGIE O’BRIEN ABOVE)

Standing up straight projects a strong sense of self. It gives you an exquisite appearance. It is also sexy to have good posture. People with great posture are the kind of people others want to be around — and want to be.
If you slouch, stop. Get into the habit of walking erect, as if a string is pulling your head from the top. It might be tough, or feel strange or uncomfortable at first. But soon your body will adjust.

The truth is, poor posture can lead to problems down the road. Slouching can create a rounded back and shoulders, and lead to long-term pain and degradation of connective tissue through misalignment of the vertebrae and the interspersed necessary vertebral disks. A rounded back projects low self-esteem, as well as poor physical health and fitness. It also makes one look old.

Example of the way a person can look when the posture is poor.

Example of the way a person can look when the posture is poor.

I have a young friend who hunches over, which makes her come off as if she is withdrawn and tired, and lacking in self-worth. It makes her stomach pouch out. Standing tall — a small change — would make a huge difference in her overall appearance.

Good posture will help you ooze confidence and youth. In addition, it helps with proper breathing, improves circulation, instantly slims you, enhances the health of your spine and eases your muscles and joints. Plus, it totally changes your frame of mind. When I stand tall, I feel like I can take on the world. So I strut my stuff.

Look at yourself in a full-length mirror, or in the reflection of a window as you walk down the street. Now, pull your shoulders back. Make a conscious effort to stand and sit straight. It may take some time, but you will eventually have strong, correct posture that make you look and feel healthy, happy and confident.

Just take a look at any of the celebrities on the red carpet and you will notice how they project themselves with good posture.

And that my, friends, is beautiful.

Donna Spangler "Good posture will always convey a positive image"

Donna Spangler “Good posture will always convey a positive image”

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March 19, 2017

Ava Kaufman: A Heart Transplant Didn’t Get In The Way of Keeping Her Glamorous!

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Ava Kaufman has been through a lot in her life. A former professional dancer working alongside iconic superstar Gloria Gaynor, to being a single mother while undergoing life-saving heart transplant surgery, Ava is beyond extraordinary.

Now fully recovered from her surgery, Ava has created and turned her non-profit charity organization Ava’s Heart into one of the top ones in the country for organ donors.

While still raising her daughter, working out daily, and running her charity, Ava continues to look and feel glamorous! We caught up with Ava at her Hollywood home to find out more…

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Nick Northstar: How would you describe your own personal fashion style – both while at home and while working?

Ava Kaufman: My style at home is, for sure, very casual. I usually wear workout clothes, leggings, a t-shirt and sneakers. I am really into sneakers these days! I even love wearing them with a little dress or jeans. They come in so many styles and colors. I love the brand APL; so comfy. As for work, it depends on what the day holds. I might be in jeans and either high or low boots and an elegant top. If I have to dress it up, I usually go with an elegant, classy little dress and short boots, or fabulous slacks, or Elaine Kim leggings with a silky top and jacket. This past season I have been into coats as well.

NN: The word Glamorous can mean many different things… what is your definition of it?

AK: In the dictionary ‘glamorous’ means “an appearance of enchanted attractiveness”. I think that glamour first has to come from within. It’s the way you feel about you and how you carry yourself, how comfortable you are in your body, not really what you wear. I think it’s also knowing what looks good on your body and not overdoing it. ‘Glamorous’ to me is simple and sophisticated, elegant even in sneakers. Dress for yourself, no one else!

NN: How do you stay so glamorous & fabulous while running around as a busy mother and founder of a charity organization?

AK: It’s all about knowing what looks good on you, the way it hangs on your body, what colors work for you, and being comfortable. I must interject here that my daughter Jade is 19 and pretty much takes care of herself. However, there are days that I am on the go from am to pm. I like clothing where all I have to do is change my shoes and put on a different color lipstick and I can go all day knowing that I am wearing something that makes me feel good and that shows off my best parts. That’s why I love Elaine Kim. And then I breathe! You have to breathe.

NN: Do you feel more glamorous now after your transplant and finally healthy again, or more so before in your professional dancing days?

AK: This might shock you but I feel more glamorous now. That is because I have never been so confident and clear about my purpose. I don’t sweat the small stuff and I truly come from gratitude every day, no matter what is going on. I am not so caught up in what other people think and I’m not trying to be what I think people want me to be. ‘Easy does it’ and ‘one day at a time’ gives one a certain elegance that comes with knowing who you are.

NN: What is your advice to anyone wanting to pursue their dreams, whether early on in life or later in life?

AK: I say if you are fortunate to truly have a dream, go for it. Age doesn’t matter at all. Be aware that nothing is easy and it takes courage and patience. Don’t listen to anyone’s doubts, they have nothing to do with you. Have faith and don’t push too hard. Work hard, do your homework, and believe in miracles. Make a plan and follow it. Stay on track and have such confidence in yourself that all the no’s that may come your way are just small road blocks. I have made many of my dreams come true. None of them were easy. The one I am pursuing now is the most challenging of them all. This time around I have more faith and total determination. Sometimes pursuing a dream can lead to another dream. Go out and make your dreams come true!

NN: What advice would you give other transplant patients who are not feeling so great and fabulous as they await their name to be called upon on a transplant recipient waiting list?

AK: One of the things that most transplant patients deal with awaiting transplant is knowing that in order for them to live, someone else is going to die. I think that knowing that ‘souls go to heaven, organs don’t’ is a simple way to think about that. I thank my donor family many times during every day.

NN: What has been the biggest life lesson you have learned over the past several years?

AK: To enjoy each day and never take anything for granted, stop and appreciate the day, and love from the depth of your soul. Be grateful, as life is such a precious gift!

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