Archives for July 2017

July 26, 2017

4 Epic Romantic Cruise Ideas to Make Your Vacation Together Memorable

You’ve made arrangements for a romantic cruise vacation to escape from it all with your beloved – now what? There are a number of ways of customizing your cruise in a way that makes sure you two are the focal point of your whole trip.

If finding a way of isolating yourselves onboard becomes problematic because of numerous other passengers, here are four ideas to make it feel as though you’re the only people on the cruise vacation.

Enjoy a couple’s massage at the spa

When you’re unwinding with a romantic partner that you deeply love, relaxation can take on a sensual dimension. Take advantage of the spa offerings on your cruise ship and enjoy a couple’s massage, private hot tubs or saunas, and perhaps VIP villas where you can spend an entire day leisurely lounging.

Arrange for a day on a private island

If the romance is unmistakable when you feel like you have a small corner of an island all to yourselves, how much more exclusive would it feel if you and your beloved spend a good part of the day alone on an island? When you want to avoid the beaches crowded with families, you might want to consider boarding a cruise ship that has its own private island.

Splurge on a special celebration

You might want to celebrate a special milestone in your relationship or you may simply want to have a little spontaneous fun together. Either way, arranging for a special event on a cruise boat will certainly make it memorable.

Most cruise services, including, have special romance offers including roses, chocolate-covered strawberries and sparkling wine delivered to your room. Bubbles, flowers and cakes definitely inject flair into the special occasion, so consider making them a part of your quiet evening together on the romantic cruise.

Or to make an even bolder statement, arrange for a ceremony for getting married or renewing your vows during the cruise. Do some research and shop for cruises that offer special proposal packages if you’re planning on getting engaged while on vacation. One great idea would be finding a private location that features a photographer and event coordinator.

Have a course-by-course dinner on your balcony

You can arrange for a nice candlelit dinner with a two-top in the cruise ship’s main dining room if you and your significant other are okay with dining with the masses. However, the thought of trying to enjoy each other’s company while in a crowd is not always appealing.

Rather than dine out with the rest of the passengers, treat yourself and your romantic partner to a special multicourse gourmet dinner without having to step foot outside your cabin. A majority of luxury cruise lines can provide you and your spouse with a complete course anywhere on the ship, including your balcony, at no extra charge.

With careful planning, a bit of research and a lot of love, you can organize for the most unforgettable romantic vacation with your and the love of your life.


Tracy A. Damon has worked as a cruise ship manager in the vacation industry for 13 years and has written numerous articles and blog posts on topics related to cruise vacations. Learn more about romantic cruise dinners at


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July 25, 2017

3 Surprising Things No One Tells You About Menopause

Hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, bad mood and fatigue, these are the menopausal symptoms every woman approaching midlife hears about the most. But menopause can cause a whole host of unpleasant effects and many women never make the connection between their symptoms and menopause. Here are three surprisingly common problems that menopause can bring into your life.

Regular Bad Hair Days

Menopause can really do a number on your self-esteem. As if hot flashes, mood swings, and weight gain weren’t enough to contend with, you’ll also have to spend more time taking care of your hair if you don’t want to lose your lustrous locks.

Many women find that their hair becomes dry and brittle once menopause hits, prompting a search for gentle, natural hair care products that can address the damage.

For some women though, menopause delivers an even harsher blow, causing hair to thin and to fall out. A truly devastating development.

Thankfully, there’s no need to accept what nature throws at you and settle for a head of wispy hair because today’s new generation of hair regrowth products can safely restore your hair to its former glory.

New Allergies

Hormonal changes can alter the way that your immune system works, causing your body to react to allergens that haven’t ever troubled you before.

For most women, these allergic reactions are mild, confined to itchy eyes, skin rashes, and bouts of sneezing, but for some women, the allergy triggers more serious effects like wheezing, swelling, and dizziness.

Mild allergies can be managed with over-the-counter allergy medications like Benadryl, but you should seek your doctor’s advice if your allergies are more severe.

A Racing Heartbeat

An irregular heartbeat is another common problem that can flare up unexpectedly, and if you aren’t prepared for it, having your heart suddenly change its rhythm is a very frightening experience.

Your fluctuating hormones can cause your nervous system to send erratic electrical signals to your heart, resulting in a very rapid heartbeat.

At this stage of your life, you could find that alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods trigger these bouts whereas these things weren’t at all problematic before. Keeping a food and drink diary will enable you to spot any links between your diet and pounding heart, and allow you to make the necessary changes to help prevent future episodes.Deep breathing exercises, It’s a Glam Thing, Pro Avice

Deep breathing exercises and meditation techniques can make it easier to get through episodes of rapid heartbeat and prevent your panic response making things worse.

Schedule an appointment with your doctor to rule out more serious causes. Rapid heartbeat accompanied by pain or shortness of breath should always be treated as an emergency.

Menopause and the peri menopause that precedes it can cause hormonal changes and unwelcome symptoms for a good ten years of a woman’s life.  But menopause doesn’t have to be a long, drawn out nightmare. Knowing what to expect and being able to recognize the symptoms for what they truly are will allow you take prompt action and get your menopause under control.

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July 25, 2017

Make a Splash at the Beach This Summer – Seven Cosmetic Procedures That Will Get You Swimsuit Ready


Swimsuit season can be a reason to show off the body in an itsy bitsy bikini or grab the terrycloth cover-up.  Suddenly, those spider veins, bulges and sagging body parts that have been hiding under layers of winter clothes are on full display.

The impulse is to jump start a diet and exercise plan.  The reality, however, is no Pilates class or low carb diet can fix Aunt Ellen’s saddlebags or your mother’s size A cup breasts.  Genetics and age-related hormonal changes will always be at work.

Thanks to advances in cosmetic surgery there are plenty of procedures that can enhance your appearance.  Here, just in time for summer, are seven of the most popular, some of which are so minimally invasive you can hit the beach within a few days of being treated.  

The Lunchtime Quickie

If you’re close to your ideal body weight but fighting fat on your thighs, tummy, flanks, bra roll or arms, Coolsculpting is an option.  This FDA approved technology safety and effectively freezes fat to improve the contour of those nasty bumps and bulges that are resistant to exercise and diet.  Within four to 12 weeks after the treatment, the body eliminates the crystallized frozen cells, giving patients visible and long-lasting results.

“Because Coolsculpting only takes a couple hours, this is one of the procedures patients can do on their lunch hour and then head back to work,” says Dr. George Bitar, an award-winning plastic surgeon based in Northern Virginia who has performed more than 10,000 cosmetic surgeries.   

For stubborn fat, a more aggressive approach would be liposuction. The results are immediate and allow for better contouring.  Doctors can even use the liposuction for abdominal etching, creating a perfectly natural looking six-pack abs in roughly an hour.

Get a Smooth Tummy and Defined Arms

With significant weight loss, pregnancy and aging it’s not uncommon to have loose skin.  “A tummy tuck, which takes roughly two to three hours, will tighten the abdominal muscles to create that firm, sleek stomach, and waistline.”, says Dr. Larry Lickstein, a Harvard-educated, board certified plastic surgeon at the Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute in Northern Virginia.  For that hanging skin that looks like “bat wings,” an arm lift is often advised.  It involves removing excess skin and residual fat to create a firmer arm.  It can even be combined with liposuction for a more defined look.

Dr. Larry Lickstein

Show Off Your Cleavage

Google trends report breast augmentation is highest between June and August.  For the procedure, the scar can be placed either in the under-arm (axillary), the crease under the breast, or at the lower border of the areola.

According to Dr. Bitar, who specializes in the auxiliary breast augmentation, there are many advantages to this approach.  “Muscle and breast tissue are not cut, there is also minimal bleeding, less scarring and a shorter recovery time with minimal complications,” he says.  “The milk ducts are not touched, so the risk of losing the ability to breast feed after a breast implant with this approach is negligible.”

Dr. Bitar

Look Good Coming and Going

Women now not only want to be fit and toned, but they want Kim Kardashian’s derriere.  The Brazilian butt lift is a relatively simple procedure where the fat is harvested from the belly and around the buttocks through liposuction and reinjected to create a heart or ideal round shape. The procedure yields natural results with minimal recovery time.

Wear Short Shorts with Style

Dread showing your legs?  There are vein treatments to fix those ugly blue and red veins that spread across your legs as you age.  Sclerotherapy, for example, involves injecting the veins with a saline solution.  The veins then scar and are reabsorbed into the body. In most cases, the treated veins will fade within a few weeks.

Finally, before you undergo any procedure, do your research.  Make sure the surgeon has done hundreds if not thousands of procedures and is affiliated with a good hospital. Also, think twice before traveling abroad for cheaper surgery.  As Dr. Bitar advises his patients, “Three things you don’t want to compromise on: your parachute, your scuba gear, and your plastic surgery!”


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July 24, 2017

The Winner of April’s Surprise Beauty Box is…….

Congratulations Kerry L from Lawrence, Kansas. You have been chosen as April’s It’s a Glam Thing’s Surprise Beauty Box. We hope you enjoy your beauty products from the following Beauty companies:

CORREXIKO’s Skin Supplement                   

Lip Buff & Smooth Set                                      

Hard Candy Color correct                                

Purador Treatment Masque                            

Bee Venom Mask                                               

Covergirl Simply ageless                                  

la Maison Body Butter                                     

CND Nail Polish                                               

Luxurious Body Wash                                    

Kate Sculpting Pallette                                    


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July 24, 2017

Your New Favorite Skincare and Whole Health Products Are On Another Planet…Vanity Planet

PETA-certified beauty company makes it easier than ever to step up your beauty game without breaking the bank

LOS ANGELES, California – (July 18, 2017): There is nothing more exciting than trying a new beauty product – the thrill overtaking you as you unwrap the pristine packaging, your imagination running wild with the possibilities on your horizon if this product delivers on its promises. The trouble is, most products don’t. Afterward, all that you’re left with is a familiar feeling of frustration, and dreaded buyer’s remorse – all that money wasted, all those possibilities vanishing into thin air. There’s nothing worse!

Vanity Planet is done with the muss, fuss and failed promises, and they figure you’re done with it, too. So, they’re on a mission to end frustration, banish buyer’s remorse, and create an entirely new, hassle-free experience, designed around unleashing a “bold, more confident you.” On this Planet, you won’t find piles of empty promises, or products that cost you an arm and a leg but don’t deliver. This beauty company believes you shouldn’t have to spend your entire life savings – or rely on ingredients that are tested on who-knows-what – to look and feel like the glam fox you truly are.

Offering only PETA-certified, cruelty-free solutions for your skin, hair, health, and well-being, Vanity Planet provides everything you need to polish your inside and outside, because true beauty means tending to both. The best part? Nothing on Vanity Planet will break your bank: shop their best-selling face or body brushes that stimulate circulation and restore your natural glow, or grab an all-in-one makeup tool kit. Can’t decide what to get your bestie for her Birthday? Gift her body soaks and rare oil blends or a complete smile and nail care collection. There is seriously a gift for everyone on Vanity Planet!

Can’t decide which product is right for you? No sweat. Vanity Planet’s live chat support team is available 24/7 to customize your experience and provide one-on-one advice, giving you all the tools you need to feel confident about your purchase. Pair that with their simple online return process, and you’ll never again have to battle with buyer’s remorse. Discover the online experience that leaves shoppers “speechless,” and explore the company’s complete line of face and body brushes that buyers are calling “the best purchase” of the year. You’ll feel like you’re in another world!

About Vanity Planet: Not your average beauty company, Vanity Planet makes no apologies for their shameless focus on looking good. They believe that when you look good, you feel good and that you shouldn’t have to spend your entire paycheck in order to get your hands on top-notch, cruelty-free body and skin care. Their full line of products includes everything buyers need to feel fabulous from head to toe. From top-rated face and body brushes to essential makeup tools, mouth care, and nail treatments. Visit to explore their full collection, and get social @VanityPlanetStore on Instagram.

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July 24, 2017

Joan Smalls Wears Bentahar!

Los Angeles, CA – July 24, 2017 – Joan Smalls wore Bentahar in an Instagram post earlier today!  The supermodel looked sultry as she posed in her Bentahar cropped hoodie (Price Available Upon Request,

Photo Courtney of Instagram.

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July 24, 2017

Some Fun Facts on National Lipstick Day

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July 24, 2017




Over half of women experience hair loss by the age of 50. There are many women out there who experimented with hair color, straightening and other styling methods that involve chemicals that weaken hair. Also stress is also a culprit for hair loss plus hormonal changes. To fight the battle of thinning hair women typically turn to topical products which don’t deliver the results they hope for. Also, most women are not candidates for hair transplants.

For the many women who suffer with hair loss and the self-consciousness it leads to; finally, there is a discreet FDA cleared at-home product designed strictly for women called Theragrow™ $495 

Theragrow is a helmet that harnesses the power of laser light to minimize hair loss and promote hair growth. It delivers the same precise wavelength and dosage of energy proven to rejuvenate hair follicles and effectively regrow hair.


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Theragrow allows the necessary wavelength between 670 and 686 nanometers to penetrate deep enough to reach the base of the hair follicles and stimulate growth; a depth of 3 to 5 millimeters. No other light source, including devices using LED light, can achieve this.

By treating the base of hair follicles, Theragrow’s proprietary cold laser technology ensures the mitochondria, the energy generator of hair cells, is reactivated. The mitochondria then produce cell energy that is absorbed by hair follicles stimulating new hair growth.

The lightweight Theragrow helmet houses 40 individual lasers. It provides maximum scalp coverage to treat all areas affected by androgenetic alopecia, the condition suffered by most women reporting hair loss.

After the first treatment, the process of halting hair loss and rejuvenating your hair follicles to grow healthier, stronger, thicker hair begins. Laser light therapy targets the stem cells at the base of hair follicles. It’s working deep beneath the surface even before you see visible results.

The inventor of Theragrow, Tamin Hamid Ph.D, who is a former NASA scientist and Biomedical Engineer, is excited to provide a viable, cost- effective solution specifically for women who haven’t seen adequate results from topical treatments. She explains, “women cannot take the only prescription drug available because it is only FDA cleared for men so this is a solution for women that will deliver results. More than 90% of women in a recent user group reported positive results from treatments delivering the precise weekly amount of laser light energy you get with Theragrow.” 

Low-level laser light technology has been proven to repair, improve and grow hair in women. Within the first three months Theragrow leads to reduced hair loss and increased thickness and density. Within six months there’s a fuller appearance and feel to hair with more body, there’s also visible new hair growth at the top and crown of the head. At that nine month mark hair regrowth is significant.

Theragrow is used for 20 minutes, 4 times per week and you can read, watch TV, work on the computer while wearing it. It’s quiet and cordless FDA cleared over the counter medical device to promote hair growth in women. It is not to be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or have been diagnosed with cancer. 

Retail Price: $495.00

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July 20, 2017

From the pros: Dr. Christopher Calapai shares seven medicine cabinet must-haves for the summer!

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine has shared seven medicine cabinet must-haves for the summer!


  1. Moisturizing Sunscreen – This goes without saying. A moisturizing sunscreen is an absolute must! Sunscreen acts as a basic sun protector, assists with premature aging, helps with evening skin tones, all while making sure you stay moisturized.


  1. Aloe Vera Gel – With the sun rays in full force, it can be difficult to protect your skin from the heat. Aloe Vera Gel has great preventative properties also working as a skin rejuvenation, healing and soothing product. Aloe Vera Gel is a summer essential tool in skin-health and can used to relieve burned skin, remove sunspots, and moisturize dry skin


  1. Calamine Lotion – The summer brings mosquitos along with other pestering insects, leaving you vulnerable to bug bites and itchy rashes. Calamine Lotion is an oldie but goodie. This soothing cream is great to calm any itching that you may endure.


  1. Neosporin – Most people are more active during the summer season, partaking in outdoor activities like hiking, camping and beaching. Neosporin helps in treating and preventing infection due to minor cuts, scrapes, and burns you may get from your summer lifestyle.


  1. Band-Aids – Besides the most common use of Band-Aids, such as treating minor cuts and scrapes, Band-Aids can also be a great summer hack and important to prevent blisters, friction and wounds from sandals and other exposed footwear.


  1. Benadryl – Summer allergies are no joke! Pollen and insects can do a lot harm. Benadryl treats sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, hives, skin rash, itching, and other allergy symptoms that summer brings.

       7. Multivitamins – Some people may not know it, but summer is a great time to boost your body’s defense system. Multivitamins are important to provide the nutriment your body will crave in the summer.

About the doctor:

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. He has worked with Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham’s, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at

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July 20, 2017

Glam Denim Fashion Ideas

Ever since it was first introduced sometime in the nineteenth century, denim has always been at the forefront of fashion. If you think about it, you’re bound to have a pair or three of denims in your clothes cupboard right now, some from high end fashion houses as well. The quintessential blue denim is ever popular but today, denim has embraced so much more- colors, cuts, looks and styles.From boyfriend jeans to vintage denim, denim is timeless. Buy a roll of denim, get out your trusty sewing machine and get started! Before we proceed, let’s talk of a few basics.

Denim is a tougher material than cotton so a regular machine will not do. You want a machine that is tough-think metal, not plastic- and has a special needle specifically for denim. A hand cranked machine may not be as effective as a foot operated machine. This will ensure your denim stays in place as you stitch. A strong motor is a must because denim requires strength. Do make sure that your machine has a wide variety of stitches available from the cool zig zag and long length stitches. The zig zag is necessary to keep your stitches in place, so it’s not just cool but functional as well. There are sewing machine brands specific to jeans, for instance, Singer and Toyota. Invest in one that can do more than just stitch denim- makes sense in the long run.

Now, let’s take a look at some cool glam denim fashion ideas.

             More than jeans

While denim is mostly associated with jeans, there is a lot you can do with the material. Versatile as it is, it lends itself to all sorts of fashion. For instance, think of denim dungarees. This hard-working outfit can be given a touch of oomph with patchwork pockets and a contrasting t-shirt. Roll up your dungarees, pair it up with a pair of heels or wear your favorite ballet slippers. Or cut your dungarees and make them into shorts for those warm summer days. It’s all good when denim is in play.


Denim shirts are comfortable and hardy. Make them with sleeves or without, short or long. Decorate the shirt with embroidery or lettering or do smocking stitches to give it a peasant blouse appearance. Knot it around the waist or under the bust and you’re bound to turn heads. A jacket is a great idea as well. Rhinestones and glitter go well on a short jacket. Remember, less is more, so go easy on the shine.


A short ruched skirt or a long classic one-denim skirt is truly a class apart. Give it a slit on the side or the back for ease of movement. Pair it with a long beaded chain and a plain colored shirt and you’re good to go.

Once you’re more comfortable with your stitching, think about other cool things to do with this material. Hats and caps, heels, shoes and flats, even swimsuits and innerwear. A denim dress with a minimalistic pattern is also a great fashion statement.  Go glam with denim!

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