Archives for June 2017

June 9, 2017

Karite Shea Butter is natural, sustainably sourced and has philanthropic ties…it’s a winner

Karite Shea Butter Creme Mains hand cream is an awesome new skincare brand created by three sisters from Ghana who worked to develop a hand cream that was as close to the raw, unrefined shea butter they used growing up. The cream is simple yet concentrated, so a little goes a long way, and it’s incredibly soothing for any dry skin or cuticles. Made with a unique blend of palm and organic coconut oil, and shea butter, it is hypo-allergenic, anti-aging, and contains vitamins A and E to help restore skin nourishment and moisture. I love how rich the formula is while also feeling light and non-greasy once it is rubbed in- and it smells amazing.

With organic and sustainably sourced ingredients from Ghana, this product supports the livelihood of rural African women and their communities. Besides just finding a product I like that has good results, finding a product that is natural and sustainably sourced and that has philanthropic ties is a double win.
You can find Karite Shea Butter Creme Mains hand cream  www.mykarite.com
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June 8, 2017

Summertime Beauty Challenge! How to Achieve the Best Bikini Skin Zone.

The quest for a perfect bikini zone is for many women, an epic process of trial and error. The goal of course is to achieve a perfect, bump-free, baby-smooth bikini area. With so many hair removal options available it can take forever to find a routine that works. For many women laser hair removal has become the be all end all option to permanently remove unwanted bikini area hair, however it’s important to get the facts and find someone reputable to do it. Below, Jenya Titova, Instructor to Asthetic Mentors and Physician’s Assistant to Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Leonard Hochstein of Hochstein MedSpa in Miami, Florida dishes out the dos and don’ts for perfect bikini zone skin, whether you shave, wax or laser. Choose what’s right for you and stay in the zone!

Shaving

  • Do keep the razor sharp and new! Replace your razor every two to three weeks.
  • Do go slow! Ingrowns and irritation comes with quick motion. You want to go slower around the bikini area given angles and harder to reach areas. Slide the razor slowly and irritation will lessen.
  • “Pay attention to how you skin reacts when shaving. Do you get bumps and redness? If so you need an exfoliating and moisturizing routine,” suggests Jenya Titova.

Laser Hair Removal

  • “You really want to shave the day before,” advises Jenya Titova whose skincare expertise spans over a decade. “The laser can locate the follicles easier when shaved. It’s very important to use a clean, new razor to avoid having any lingering bacteria that could cause contact dermatitis (a delayed allergic reaction) after your laser treatment,” she adds.
  • Avoid coffee. Or anything with caffeine, really, it has been said to increase sensitivity.
  • Be rested and hydrated. Your pain receptors will be higher if you’re fatigued and dehydrated.
  • Ask your technician to try different paces.Each technician has his or her own technique. Some perform in quick bursts, while others use a slow, continuous pace. One technique may feel better on your skin than the next.
  • Avoid tanning.Both tanning beds and the sun can be harmful after exposing your skin to laser, avoid both and put on SPF! “In warm weather climates, this is always a concern because women are always outside at the beach or pool. If you’re getting laser hair removal avoid the sun entirely for at least 3 days before your laser treatment,” cautions Ms. Titova.

Waxing

The key to successful waxing is skin prep a week before the waxing is scheduled. Exfoliation and moisturizing are essential. “You want the skin to be supple and not dry. It’s much less painful to wax skin that is moist as opposed to dry,” explains Ms. Titova.

Find the right wax. Hard wax is usually a honey color and is peeled by the technician using her hand, as opposed to the paper strips used to remove soft wax. It is commonly said that hard wax is less painful and better for skin. There is also sugar wax, and many other varieties that boast different benefits.

Make sure your hair is long enough. “This is often a downside to waxing. Hair should be at least ¼ of an inch long for wax to catch it. Many women never allow hair to grow this long making waxing a more difficult option especially if hair is coarse,” advises Ms. Titova.

Don’t shave in between sessions. Shaved hair grows back harder and coarser, as opposed to waxed hair, which grows back thinner each time. Shaving in between sessions ruins the benefits of waxing.

About the Expert:

 Jenya Titova, MHS, PA-C/ Director of Medspa Operations

Jenya Titova comes to Hochstein Medspa with over 12 years of experience in several high volume, distinguished dermatology and aesthetic practices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida. She graduated with Alpha Eta and Summa Cum Laude Honors, in the top three percent of her class from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Since that day, helping patients reach their health and beauty goals has been a passion of hers.

Jenya is highly experienced in the fields of laser medicine, cosmetic fillers, neurotoxins and dermatology. She has even mentored many roundtable discussions and presentations for Physicians and Physician Assistants at medical conferences on new and current medical and cosmetic dermatology therapies.

Prior to leading the launch of Hochstein Medspa, Jenya spent over 3 years working side by side with Dr. Hochstein, complementing his surgical practice with variety of aesthetic medicine services.

In the field beauty medicine, Jenya set her skills apart from her peers by becoming an instructor for Aesthetic Mentors, where she trained physicians, new to aesthetic world, on techniques of enhancing patients’ appearance with cosmetic fillers and Botox. She is skilled in the use of Restylane, Juvederm, Voluma, Volbella, Belotero, Botox, Kybella among others. Jenya’s laser experience includes skin resurfacing with Halo and BBL by Sciton, tattoo removal, DiVa vaginal rejuvenation, Thermi RF skin tightening and Coolsculpting, to name a very few. Sclerotherapy and other cosmetic dermatology services are also within her skill set to address nearly any of your skin appearance concerns.
Jenya Titova’s heritage enables her to offer patient care in Russian and Ukrainian languages, as well as her “European touch” and vision of beauty and health. As she states, “Only through good communication top quality results are realistic and easy to accomplish. With that, I know my patient is sure to leave our medspa happy and satisfied.”

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June 8, 2017

Stunning Hillary Scott wearing Swarovski at the CMT Music Awards

Nashville, TN – Hillary Scott, of Lady Antebellum, attends the 2017 CMT Music Awards wearing the Hologram earrings from the Swarovski Fall/Winter 2017 Collection.

www.swarovski.com @Swarovski #BeBrilliant

Photo Credit: Michael Loccisano / Getty Images

About Swarovski

Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, the company designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. The Swarovski Crystal Business is run by the fifth generation of family members and has a global reach with approximately 2,800 stores in around 170 countries, more than 27,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.6 billion euros in 2016.

Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2016, the Group generated revenue of about 3.37 billion euros and employed more than 32,000 people.

A responsible relationship with people and the planet is an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage. The global Swarovski Waterschool education program has reached 461,000 children on the world’s greatest rivers, and the Swarovski Foundation, set up in 2013, works to support culture and creativity, promote wellbeing, and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact.

www.swarovskigroup.com

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June 8, 2017

Amber Valetta and Delilah Belle Hamlin Carry Tyler Ellis

New York, NY  – June 5, 2017 – Amber Valetta and Delilah Belle Hamlin were photographed carrying Tyler Ellis to the CFDA Fashion Awards, at Hammerstien Ball Room  on June 5th, 2017 in New York City. Amber Valetta is a vision in this bold coral dress pairing her look  with Tyler Ellis, Lee Clutch in Black Velvet ($1595,  www.tylerellis.com). Meanwhile Delilah Belle Hamlin proves there is power in wearing pink, parring her Grecian goddess dress with Tyler Ellis,  Lilly Clutch in pink (Price Upon Request)
photo credit www.gettyimages.com
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June 8, 2017

Doesn’t Dad deserve a Legacy for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is the perfect occasion to give that special man in your life cologne. If he is anything like my husband, he will love the cologne if it is a gift but he will never buy it for himself. This Father’s Day I found the perfect cologne, Empire Lyon’s Legacy Fragrance For Men.  I gave my children a few cologne options to choose from and Legacy got the “thumbs up” !

LEGACY is a sophisticated cologne with an alluring masculine scent.  This spectacular fragrance “opens with a sparkling blend of bergamot and lemon water with an atomic heart of lavender buds, crisp geranium and clary sage”  It also carries scents of  warm amber, vanilla suede and tobacco leaf.
LEGACY was launched by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2015. It was inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox highly acclaimed Television series “Empire” created the visionary Lee Daniels. The bottle design represents “striking gold”. “The idea expressed literally via the gold nugget design of our fragrance candle design and metaphorically expressed via the gold hue, crocodile trim, and Jeweled facets caps of the bottle designs.”    The Empire “E” pendent adorns the fragrance bottle magnificently.
Empire Lyon’s Legacy Fragrance For Men Eau de Toilette Spray 3.4 oz is Available at EmpireFragrance.com and Macy’s.
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June 6, 2017

What Caregivers Should Know About How Addictions Originate

If you are like most caregivers, at some point during your loved one’s bout with drug addiction, you have asked yourself how your loved became addicted to drugs in the first place. This is especially true if your loved one had a good upbringing with no obvious triggers for addiction. The truth is; however, that anyone can become addicted to drugs, even those who were parented well and loved unconditionally. The following is some information that will walk you through the biological reasons behind your loved one becoming an addict. Hopefully, this information will help you see that you didn’t drive your loved one to their present condition; instead it was their own choices and biological changes that lead them there.

What Happens During First Time and Long-Term Drug Use?
The first time your loved one tried drugs they likely experienced an unnaturally intense feeling of pleasure. This is due to the fact that, through drug use, the reward system in their brain was activated and flooded with dopamine. Eventually, after enough drug use, the brain will actually begin to change as a result of the unnatural flood of neurotransmitters. The brain’s natural neurons will then begin to make less dopamine, or produce less dopamine receptors, which is all a result of the drug use altering the natural balance of the brain. Consequently, there is less dopamine being naturally produced, a term scientists refer to as “down regulation.”

What Happens After the Brain is Altered?

As you might imagine, once the changes occur in the brain, your loved one begins to feel lifeless, flat and depressed as a result of too few dopamines being produced. Now, they need drugs simply to feel “normal” again. Eventually, their drug tolerance and brain alterations grow to such a state that they are then forced to take more and more quantity of drugs simply to create enough dopamine to function. The term for this effect is most commonly referred to as building tolerance to a drug. As a result of this ever growing dependency on drugs, your loved one will begin doing whatever it takes to get enough drugs to feed their habit, even going so far as stealing from those they love.

How Many Times Does it Take for Drug Addiction to Occur?

As mentioned above, the brain changes, cause what we would refer to as addiction. The exact amount of times your loved one would need to experiment with drugs in order to make those changes occur, or become addicted, is different for everyone. Factors such as their genetic makeup and their environment all play a role in how the addiction process works in each individual.

Other Factors That Make it Hard to Eliminate Drugs:

In addition to the changes in the brain, your loved one will also experience mild to severe withdrawal symptoms anytime they attempt to come off drugs, such as stomach pains, nausea and the like. This is yet another reason addiction grows, since the body reacts so severely when they stop drugs, your loved one feels they must keep taking them.

Why This Information Matters:

You now know that addiction is a biological, scientific problem. Yes, it all started due to your loved one experimenting with drugs. However, now that they are hooked, kicking the habit often takes much more than simple will power. Thankfully, drug rehabilitation programs understand this and seek to reduce withdrawal symptoms and reverse the brain alternations, helping those who want freedom from drugs to get away from them once and for all

(1)None listed, How Does Someone Become Addicted to Drugs?,NIDA for Teens, Last Updated May 07,2015,http://teens.drugabuse.gov/facts-detail/how-does-someone-become-addicted-to-drugs

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June 5, 2017

3 Reasons Cartier Watches Can Bring Classic Style to Wild Wardrobes

 

If you are given to the bold and colorful when it comes to your personal fashion choices, you may have, at one time or another, avoided the classic and timeless. Perhaps you still do. Maybe these items seem too safe or understated, not like the big, loud fashion statements you’ve built your identity on.

The problem is, without aspects of your personal style that are based in the timeless fashion values that have gone before, your look might have the shelf life of a gallon of milk. Classic brands like Cartier have a way of anchoring an otherwise wild style into the bedrock of time-honored tradition. Here are some of the reasons this works.

 

  • If Everything You Wear is New and Crazy, You Might Look Like a Clown. People who only wear clothes that are crazy, colorful, and/or avant garde have a tendency of looking like carnival entertainment, or like members of a traveling funk band from the 70’s. There’s nothing wrong with that if that is your goal. But you’ve got to recognize that consistently unconventional styling takes immense skill to get right. What’s more, it takes a deep understanding of classic styling, with which you are choosing to perform a contrast. Iconic watch brands are a great way to bring classic elements to your otherwise edgy style. These accessories show the world that you aren’t someone who jumps at the latest trends without any consideration.

 

 

  • Classic Watch Brands Hold Their Value. If you’re into buying up fashion trends, you know that not every item in your closet has much in the way of resale value. Dressing up in the newest and the wildest is a bit like investing in brand new stocks. You might get a few big winners, but most of them are going to lose all of their value within a year. A classic iconic watch, due to its incredible design and impeccable beauty, will be worth close to what you paid for it for years. Decades from now, it could be worth far more. All you have to do is go up to the attic and take a look at mom’s bell-bottoms from the 70’s to know that not all fashion choices appreciate in value this way.

 

 

  • Subtlety is Sexy. There are lots of clothes worn by the young and hip that absolutely scream sexy, to the point where the statement means almost nothing anymore. If you’re sitting in a sea of people all trying to make the same statement with the same methods, the message starts to mean very little. Today, by choosing classic brands, you can send a different message: one of subtlety and sophistication. In an era of fashion excess, classicism is a new kind of sexy that more and more people are becoming aware of.

 

Classic brands are having a resurgence in an era where more people are starting to think of burgeoning fashion trends as artificial and fleeting. If you want to update your style with a fashion values of timeless vintage, Cartier is a great place to start.

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June 2, 2017

Celebrities Love Hat Attack!

LOS ANGELES – May 31, 2017 – Emily Ratajkowski and Katie Cassidy shared photos wearing Hat Attack on Instagram yesterday! The model/actress shared a flirty snap carrying the Mini Gusset Straw Bag ($90) while Katie soaked up the sun in Mykonos wearing The Original Panama ($112; www.hatattack.com).

Photo courtesy of Instagram

 

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June 2, 2017

NEW from Dana’s Bakery- Pink Lemonade!

Introducing Dana’s June mac of the month – Pink Lemonade! Neon pink and yellow shells with a sweet pink lemonade buttercream filling. The only thing hotter than that is a day at the beach!

The perfect colors to welcome June, these macs will sure to be a hit at any summer BBQ you may bring them too. Dana’s Bakery ships nationwide, and you could also pick them up at the Mac Bar in Gansevoort Market in NYC.

Grab your limited edition 12 box of Pink Lemonade macs for $30 at   www.danasbakery.com

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June 2, 2017

Check out Freebeautyevents.com for free gifts and prizes.

Don’t forget to check out freebeautyevents.com for free makeovers, free samples and a chance to win beauty products in their monthly contest.

Details on the June Beauty Basket Giveaway:
This month our basket includes products from Cantu, Rimmel, TRESemme, Nexxus, Maybelline, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, Hawaiian Tropic and more! The Contest runs from now through 6/30/17, winners will be chosen on 7/10/2017 and notified by 7/15/2017. We want to encourage readers to go to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FreeBeautyEvents/app/355270434639042/) and like us, then enter to win on our page. They can also enter on our website at http://www.freebeautyevents.com/contest
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