Archives for May 2017

May 19, 2017

Under $100: Vanessa Hudgens Coachella Sun Hat!

LOS ANGELES – April 22, 2017 – Vanessa Hudgens shared a selfie wearing Hat Attack on Instagram while at Coachella in Indio this weekend! The Powerless star looked festival chic in her Monogrammed Hand Embroidered Sun Hat ($96; www.hatattack.com).

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May 19, 2017

Delilah Belle Hamlin Wears ROCKINS!

LOS ANGELES – May 15, 2017 – Delilah Belle Hamlin was photographed wearing ROCKINS to the Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber host Best Buddies Mother’s Day Brunch in Malibu, CA sponsored by David Yurman this weekend. The model showed off a chic look with wide leg pants accented with a ROCKINS Classic Skinny Scarf in Gold (price available upon request, www.rockins.co.uk). Similar styles currently available at Nordstrom.com, NeimanMarcus.com and FWRD.com.
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May 18, 2017

Safe Solutions for 6 Common Beach Body Concerns

Summer is approaching! It’s the time of year met with mixed emotions. On one hand you’re excited for the warmer weather, open toe shoes and weekends at the beach or pool. On the other hand you dread revealing the stubborn cellulite, dull skin, stretch marks, scarring from breakouts on the chest shoulders or back not to mention coarse hairs.

Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of the Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery in Philadelphia who has appeared on national programs such as Good Morning America and 20/20, offers some insights and tips on these top 6 beach body concerns.

  1. My skin is so pale!

It’s been way too long since you have seen a glimmer of sunshine and realize how your skin matches the white of your office walls. You want to avoid tanning beds and load up on sunscreen. “Opt for a bronzing cream or spray tan instead of tanning beds. Many of the women who come to me for facial procedures including Botox, fillers and laser treatments could have slowed down the aging process by being vigilant about sun protection and avoiding tanning beds,” cautions Dr. Brandow.

  1. I have acne scarring on my shoulders and chest.

The quickest and most permanent way to remove these infuriating scars is with a laser. “Lasers are a very efficient way to remove scars and improve over all skin texture with minimal side effects. Patients are pleased with the fast results, which can be seen after the first treatment with optimal results by end of a treatment cycle based on your own needs,” explains Dr. Brandow.

  1. I exercise but there still that little bit of tummy flab.

Stubborn tummy flab won’t disappear even with all of that exercising and dieting. Some people who have had children even consider a full tummy tuck. “It is very important to find a doctor who understands all options and can recommend one that will address your specific concern. Some pricey non-invasive body contouring procedures will offer a temporary result making it necessary to repeat them,” advises Dr. Brandow whose specialty is the Jersey Shore Tummy Tuck given his practice’s proximity to the Jersey Shore.

  1. Cellulite.

There is no easy way to remove cellulite; you are either using a coffee scrub or going in to see the doctor for a laser procedure. Dr. Brandow recommends the professional treatment called Smartlipo, which is a small laser that goes into the skin and melts the fat away. Smartlipo is a less invasive procedure than liposuction, is costly and time consuming but the results can last up to five years.

  1. Stretch Marks.

An inevitable result of weight fluctuation, are stretch marks.

Coolbeam laser is a new hit to eliminate stretch marks thanks to Kim Kardashian, who posted on her Snapchat about the procedure. Dr. Brandow explains, “lasers are far less invasive than a surgical procedure, which has a much longer recovery time.” Another option for stretch marks that Dr. Brandow recently spoke of on a recent TV segment is using PRP (platelet rich plasma), which involves pricking the scarred region with a special roller instrument then using the body’s own plasma to stimulate healing and collagen regrowth. “This is the same thing as the ‘Vampire facial’ but done on stretch marks. Results are incredibly impressive,” he says.

  1. Unwanted body hair.

Hair removal is always a beach season battle. For a more effective long-term hair removal option, Dr. Brandow highly recommends investing in laser hair removal. “Laser hair removal is the most permanent way to remove unwanted body hair. It takes ups to 6-12 treatments offering the best results.” Waxing is a popular option, which can last up to 3-6 weeks depending on how your hair grows. It is the quickest and long-lasting hair removal technique that doesn’t require any laser and it can be done at home.

Dr. Brandow also reminds people to check with their dermatologist for an annual skin screening before exposing themselves to another season of sunshine.

About Dr. Kirk Brandow

Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of the 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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May 18, 2017

Dana’s Bakery May flavor of the month – Sour Gummy!

Just when you thought macarons could not get any yummier, they did!  New from Dana’s Bakery, it’s sour, then it’s sweet! Pucker up and enjoy Dana’s Bakery May flavor of the month – Sour Gummy! Available until the end of May, grab a box before they’re gone from DanasBakery.com for $30.

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May 18, 2017

Malibu Times “It’s a Glam Thing” Beauty Box Win it

Today in the Malibu Times. Enter to win this It’s a Glam Thing Beauty Box! http://www.malibutimes.com/

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Enter to win at today at: http://www.malibutimes.com/

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May 17, 2017

10 WAYS STRESS IS WRITTEN ALL OVER YOUR FACE

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FROM THE PROS: According to Dr. Sanam Hafeez Psy. D, Colombia University Professor and Founder of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services in New York City; stress is written all over our face and can result in looking years older when stressed for prolonged periods of time.

 

Dr. Hafeez whose expertise is in understanding neural pathways as they respond to anxiety, stress and trauma explains that how we think directly impacts how we age and how youthful we appear. The routine stressors in our lives really impact how fast or slow we age. When stressed, we see it in our skin tone, texture, elasticity, and over all glow.

 

“When someone is under stress they can appear up to 5 years older, 10 years if they don’t manage stress or make changes to their lives. Stressful relationships and careers age people. I have seen patients end relationships or get new jobs and look 10 years younger within days.  People are spending money on creams, facials and cosmetic procedures but if the stress is still there it will still show in their face,” offers Dr. Hafeez.

 

Here are Ways Stress is Written All Over Your Face

 

  1. You have dark circles. Stress results in blood flow to main organs plus capillaries under eyes are fragile and break under stress leaving your face looking sallow and tired. Dark circles seem more apparent.
  2. Mini-Menopause

The jury is still out on exactly how or if this is possible, but it appears that the constant flow of cortisol that goes along with chronic stress causes a dip in estrogen, one that mimics, on a smaller scale, the dip that occurs during menopause. Less estrogen means less collagen and less moisture. So, while estrogen levels may not drop enough to shut down your period, stress may make them dip enough to make your skin look dull and dry.

  1. You notice more wrinkles. Life’s stress due to divorce, death of loved one, job-loss, financial concerns; impacts our brain chemistry. When we feel sad or anxious, are crying or not sleeping well it’s common to see deeper lines around the middle of the eyes, forehead, under eye area and mouth.
  2. You itch, flake and even have hives.  Stress leads to inflammation which may lead to rashes, rosacea, eczema flare ups and changes in skin moisture.
  3. People ask if you’re feeling okay. When the Starbucks barista or guy at the dry cleaners asks if you’re feeling okay, pay attention. These people may not know the details of your life but they know how you look because they see you quickly.

 

  1. Under-Eye BagsTomorrow’sto-do list can weigh on your mind, keeping you from getting enough beauty sleep. This can cause fluid to pool below your lower eyelid area, and what you end up with is a puffy mess in the a.m. Stomach sleepers, bad news: You can expect the puffiness of your under-eye bags to be even worse because of gravity.

 

  1. Increased jaw size– Heavy jaw

Grinding teeth and clenching of the jaw are common symptoms of stress. Unfortunately, these habits can cause the jaw muscles to work overtime. This can result not only in damaged teeth, but also a heavier than usual jawline, as the muscles become larger with the grinding action.

 

8.Hair Loss

Stress can cause sudden hair loss by literally flipping the switch on the hair follicle’s growth stage from an active to a resting phase. Once the follicle enters this resting phase prematurely, it stays there for about three months, after which time a large amount of hair will be shed. When you experience an overall shedding of hair, you must cast back a few months to find the trigger. Rest assured that in most women, this hair will grow back.

 

  1. Adult Acne

Acne isn’t just for hormonally crazed teenagers. Many adults can’t seem to outgrow it because of stress hormones. What makes it worse is that tense people often can’t leave pimples alone. Squeezing, poking and picking at them becomes an almost obsessive way to release tension, but it also makes breakouts worse, exacerbating the inflammatory response, and you’re left feeling a bit more stressed. So no picking

 

  1. Hormonal Mood Swings

There is a lot of interaction between hormone physiology and mood that works both ways. Our mood can impact our physiology, and our physiology can influence the balance of our hormones. If stress can sit at the top of a cascade of events that lead to undesirable hormonal changes in the body (like those that trigger insomnia, insatiable hunger and weight gain, and collagen breakdown), then what we want to do is find ways to gain the upper hand on our stress level and ensure that we keep all those hormones in check.

 

 

According to Dr. Hafeez, “The good news is that we can get to the root cause of our stress and manage it. When you notice changes in your facial appearance take inventory of what is going on in your life and what may be stressing you out. Simple things like sitting quietly for 10 minutes focusing on breathing, writing in a journal, exercising or taking a walk outside, reading, baking, painting, listening to music and reaching for an activity that takes focus off the stress is helpful. If you find yourself reverting back to the stressful issue consider therapy. Clearly there is a connection between how we look and how we feel and think.”

 

 

About Dr. SanamHafeez: 

Dr. Hafeez  is available to speak to media on a plethora of topics that connect stress, anxiety and depression and its negative impact on our wellbeing and physical appearance. She provides neuropsychological educational and developmental evaluations in her practice.  She also works with children and adults who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, autism, attention and memory problems, trauma and brain injury, abuse, childhood development and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…) In addition, Dr. Hafeez serves as a medical expert and expert witness by providing full evaluations and witness testimony to law firms and courts.

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May 17, 2017

WBTV with Enya Flack “Botanical Beauty” Thursday , May 18

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Tune in Thursday to WBTV at the 8:00 AM hour for a presentation of “Botanical Beauty” by It’s a Glam Thing’s lovely TV personality and Brand Ambassador, Enya Flack. Products include brands like Petal Fresh, Gerard Cosmetics, Pura d’or and Mario Badescu .

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May 17, 2017

Use These Four Tips to Experience Luxury Hotel in Dubai for Less

Luxury hotels in Dubai are world-renowned for their lavishness and extravagance, but that’s not to say that you need to be an oil magnate to enjoy the facilities. With well over 800 luxury hotels, Dubai probably has more luxury hotels than any other city in the world.

You can certainly experience the amazing facilities without injuring your wallet with a bit of planning and these useful tips.

Timing is everything

From June to September summer period in Dubai, when it’s hot and humid, is the most reasonably priced time to visit the city. With high humidity and daily temperatures of well above 40 degrees Celsius, it might not seem like a great idea to visit the city.

However, with well air-conditioned facilities and chilled pools everywhere, there is no reason for not enjoying a luxury trip during this summer period. You can certainly experience an excellent holiday, provided you plan your activities beforehand. You could go for a desert safari, for example, since the desert is less humid than the city, and therefore more comfortable.

Rates during this period are slashed, with the most cost-effective time being the holy month of Ramadan.

Picking the right location

To save money on the top luxury hotels in the world, you might want to steer clear of beach of hotels because they are typically pricier than city hotels in Dubai. Rather than go for a hotel with a private beach, you’re better off opting for a hotel that has a nice swimming pool. This is especially useful if you plan to explore the city. You can use the hotel rate savings you make to do some shopping in the city.

Or, go for two hotels rather than one

Another useful cost-saving strategy that also capitalizes on convenience is dividing your trip between a relaxing beach hotel and a city hotel for the days when you want to do some exploring around the city.

It is however important to note that during the summer months in Dubai, swimming in the sea might feel like taking a hot bath. You’re likely much better off swimming in the hotel’s delightfully chilled pool instead of plunging into the Gulf Sea’s salty water.

Don’t pay for the first and last night

With flights coming in and leaving 24/7, Dubai airport is among the busiest in the world. In case your flight to the city arrives in the wee morning hours, check into one of the perfectly fine chains hotels by the airport and save on 5-star hotel expenses for those first few hours. Get some sleep for a few hours then check into the luxury hotel the next morning all fresh.

Conversely, if your flight leaves in wee hours or late at night, you need not pay for an additional day and night at your luxury hotel. Just check out at the required time, have your luggage stored at the hotel and use the other facilities of the hotel for the rest of the time. Or you could have a day out in the city.

Bio:

Maggie Thomas is a travel lover and blogger who is constantly looking for an exhilarating and breathtaking adventure. Among the travel advice she provides her readers with are tips on choosing the best duffel luxury hotels and resorts.

 

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May 17, 2017

There is still time to enter.. It’s a Glam Thing’s Beauty Giveaway… Special May Feature

This month’s featured giveaway is Intensive Recovery Japanese Binchotan Zumi Mask

This ultra-precise, high-performance, intensive age defying treatment mask is perfectly adapted to the skin. Its excellent fit assures ultimate penetration of unique double-layered specialty ingredients into the skin. An incredible formula with advanced technology that helps in detoxifying, lifting, refining skin texture and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Once applied to the face, this mask made of active charcoal, releases negative ions also known as “Vitamins in the Air.” They are capable of balancing the skin and returning its natural balance. Skin looks younger and more radiant.

This amazing serum  starts off black and disappears into the skin – containing active charcoal; Mother Nature’s natural skin purifier.

Bottle: This luxurious, active charcoal mask is saturated with beneficial ingredients and moisture. Leaves skin feeling amazingly smooth, detoxified and younger looking.

Mask: Structure of the skin.This double-layered mask contains positive ions and excellent age defying and lifting plant extracts for a complete over all skin treatment.

Application: Use once a week. Onto clean skin, open the single mask pack and apply to the face, allow it to infuse the skin for 10 minutes or more. To fully experience, massage the mask with your fingers, this will cause more negative ions to be released, rinse with warm water. The mask is made from 100% pure, mild, skin friendly plant fiber, and is 100% fully biodegradable. Contains 12 masks. Retail Price: 5k Available at Tresor Rare Stores Nationwide.

The Trésor Rare elite team of skin-care experts have pushed for over 7 years to set a new standard in superb, age-defying skin care products with one aim in mind: restoring skin to its most youthful appearance. The Tresor Rare line of products was selected as a finalist in the HBA (Health Beauty America) Skin Care Prestige Category for 2015.

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May 15, 2017

Bucket List Dreams

I have always loved to write. I guess it is the combination of my love for learning, boundless creativity, and passion for words and how they fit together that got me hooked. One of the first things I put down on paper at an early age was a bucket list. I know that sounds weird to think that as a little girl I was already looking to the future and writing down my long dreamy list of things I just desired to accomplish someday. But it is true. I spent as much time perfecting my penmanship as I did my words.

I have been fortunate that I have been able to check a lot of those items off my list. One of them recently which was to publish a book series. I wrote my first five books in 6 weeks although I have just published one book so far. Ha. I know that sounds crazy but it’s true. I will share that story with you in upcoming post. Anyway, I spent hours upon hours reading and researching my different options for publishing before deciding to self publish through Amazon’s publishing company Create Space. For all those currently working on their first book or thinking about it, I highly recommend Create Space. It is easier than you think and you can do it!

I decided to enter my book into the national “Independent Publisher’s Book Awards” after receiving a random email. I had no idea what an “IPPY” award was but I thought to myself, what the heck why not give it a shot? IPPY rhymes with YIPPY so let’s have fun with it; and guess what? I WON a national bronze medal! As if winning is not enough my book will be featured in the New York book expo at the end of the month. So exciting!

I want to spread the love and celebrate with “It’s a Glam Thing” loyal readers and followers by gifting an autographed book to the first FIVE readers who email me “Yippy for IPPY bronze” along with their full name and mailing address to juleeireland@gmail.com.

Be sure to send me photos of your DIY creations so I can share them across my social media platforms. Enjoy and remember to Dream Big and start checking off that bucket list. xo

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