Archives for September 2017

September 20, 2017

5 Reasons to Add Charcoal to Your Beauty Routine

Now that summer is coming to an end you may notice dullness to your skin along with new wrinkles. You applied sunscreen, drank water and thought you did all the right things to maintain supple, glowing, hydrated skin through the summer months. However, air pollution, sweat, and residue from cosmetics take their toll. Luckily activated charcoal with its incredible ability to draw out impurities, is just what post summer skin needs. Offering us details on the benefits of charcoal, is Dr. Margarita Lolis, Board-Certified Dermatologist and member of the American Academy of Dermatology.

What’s important to understand is that activated charcoal is typical charcoal but it’s heated in a special way that helps with the absorption of liquids and toxins. It’s not the same charcoal used to barbecue hamburgers. Medical grade activated charcoal is often used in hospitals serving as an emergency remedy for poisonings. Activated charcoal has become a popular ingredient in beauty products because it does a great job going deep to draw out dirt, impurities deep in the pores.

“There are a lot of products on the market and a lot of easy recipes people can use to create at home masks. When used once or twice weekly, depending on skin type, you’ll see improvement to skin texture and appearance pretty quickly. Results are pretty fast when activated charcoal in powder form is used,” explains Dr. Lolis.

The good news is you have options. Over the last few years charcoal has gone mainstream. There are numerous products available on the market ranging from drugstore cleansers from brands like Neutrogena and even soaps for as little as $3.00 a bar. There are mid-range cleansers and masks with activated charcoal from Clinique and Origins for around $25-$35. Then there is the ultra-luxurious mask made with the very rare Kishu Binchotan Charcoal which comes from a rare tree found in a remote region in Japan. Tresor Rare’s Zumi Mask is $5000 making it the most expensive in the world boasting high performance skin detox.

Before adding charcoal to your beauty regimen, check out Dr. Lolis’ list of top skin benefits of activated charcoal.

1.     Makes pores smaller- Summertime perspiration leads to pore expansion and enlargement. Activated charcoal helps pull out toxins and dirt from your pores to make them less visible. “The key here is you want to allow enough time for the charcoal to do its thing. Don’t scrub and be sure to rinse with lukewarm water, advises Dr. Lolis.”

2.     Removes oil from skin- Activated charcoal has many properties that help balance and soak up the oil from your face. Dr. Lolis explains that due activated charcoal has a strong ability to vacuum up oil. “People with normal to dry skin should use charcoal it once or twice a week to avoid drying out your skin. People with oily skin can use a combination of an activated charcoal soap daily then a mask twice per week,” she says.


3.     Exfoliates This is where activated charcoal does wonders to improve skin texture. In addition to extracting oil and dirt, it removes dead skin from the skins surface explains Dr. Lolis. “You get the deep clean plus the surface clean when you use activated charcoal. It’s a one-two punch. If you’re not the type to get professional facials twice monthly, a face cleansing regimen with activated charcoal is a great at-home option to achieve that deeper clean.


4.     Calms breakouts and removes acne scars – Those deep painful cystic pimples often lead to scarring and blemishes. Activated charcoal works to lighten acne scarring by lifting off the darkened dead skin. Given it is also rich in anti-inflammatory properties acne prone skin is soothed and future breakouts prevented. “For those who can’t afford laser or light therapy, or simply want an at home solution for acne charcoal will help fade scars over time. The key is to stick with it,” says Dr. Lolis.

5.     Anti-Aging- “Whenever you are exfoliating the skin and accomplishing a deeper clean, wrinkles decrease and a supple skin rejuvenation occurs,” says Dr. Lolis. Women in their 30’s and 40’s who struggle with adult acne find activated charcoal helps with breakouts and overall skin texture and radiance. Aging skin tends to be dryer so it’s important to use charcoal on the oilier areas of our skin as opposed to everywhere,” she adds.

About the Doctor.

Dr. Margarita Lolis, M.D. is a board-certified cosmetic, medical dermatologist and a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon with over 20 years of experience. In her practice, she addresses common skin concerns such as acne prevention and treatment in both teens and adults, sun-damage, skin discoloration, wrinkles, changes to skin texture and loss of volume. On the medical side, she is a trusted expert in melanoma and over-all skin health. Dr. Lolis prides herself in honoring facial symmetry to deliver a natural look to her clients. She always recommends a healthy skin care regimen plus lifestyle habits that are aligned with her holistic approach to beauty. Dr. Lolis is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Mohs Surgery, and the American Society of Anti-aging. Her practice, Skin, Laser, and Surgery Specialists is in New York City and Bergen Country, New Jersey.

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September 19, 2017

Basic Tips for Face and Neck Skin Care

The skin oil on your face and neck plays an essential role in your overall health. Still, when your face and neck skin is too oily, it can be quite a bother as it typically results in problems such as acne and pimples. Here, we look at a few ways of keeping the oil on the skin of your face and neck under control.


Before you retire to bed at night, remove all the makeup on your face. Then gently wash your face and neck using a mild cleanser. Harsh soap strips off all the oil, which then causes your skin to produce more to replace it. To avoid irritation, don’t scrub too hard.

Oily skin requires a remedy that gently prevents production of the excess oil (sebum) that gives your skin an unsightly shine. To keep excess oil at bay, use products that contain beta-hydroxyl acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid or benzoylperoxide. Be sure to try a sample first when using products with these ingredients as they might cause skin irritation.

Every few days, use a gentle, high-quality exfoliator to exfoliate your skin and rid it of dead skin cells. Toning is not necessity, but it can help get rid of any remnants of excess oil and makeup. Note, however, that it might do the opposite: lead to more production of oil. If a toning product makes your skin too dry or oily, stop using it.

Moisturizer & sunscreen

It might seem counterintuitive to moisturize when you have oily skin. Moisturizer is nonetheless important because even oily skin ought to be protected from the harsh elements (excess sunlight, humidity, etc.). The protective layer of a light moisturizer locks in moisture, hydrating the skin and making it smoother.

It is however important to note that excessive moisturizing tends to clog pores, leading to pimples and blackheads. With moisturizer, a pea-size amount in the morning and evening along with specially formulated day/night cream is adequate, if you can afford it.

Protect your skin further using SPF 30+ sunscreen or day cream that is oil-free and light. To avoid clogged pores, go got “non-acnegenic” or “non-comedogenic” sunscreen products and always apply them before you leave the house.

Neck cream

Neck creams, such as the ones available at, are useful for minimizing lines, brightening, lifting and firming the skin on your neck. Targeting lines on the neck is not easy. However, you can dramatically reduce their appearance with neck creams that contain ingredients that hydrate and soothe the skin.

Effective brightening neck creams contain ingredients that lightly exfoliate the skin. This serves to reduce hyperpigmentation. Creams with antioxidants are useful for prevention and repair of skin damage caused by free radicals.

Loose neck skin is a big concern for many people who seek neck creams. To remedy this, you need to identify a powerful cream that contain ingredients that have tightening, filing and anti-aging properties.

In summary, the best way to identify the most suitable skincare products for your neck and face is by matching them to your specific needs and goals.

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September 19, 2017

for a Soft Touch Use a Hot Head

It’s compact, fits in your purse or travel bag and is designed to use with dry shampoo. It’s the Mini-G Dry Shampooing Brush from Hotheads. I really don’t know how they did it but the bristles are a little rough to the touch but once the brush touches your scalp its as soft as ever. I even use the brush when my hair is wet and I can’t believe how gentle the Mini-G is on my scalp.

When using dry shampoo, this brush offers the perfect lift for easy access to the roots. I have never used dry shampoo until now and it’s so easy especially with the Mini-G. You simply lift your hair and spray at the roots. Wait for 1-2 minutes then fluff up your hair or brush it out. The Mini-G Dry Shampooing Brush is designed for both coarse and fine hair.

The Mini-G Dry Shampooing Brush has some nice features like the RAISED Firm Pneumatic Pad,  the Pure Black & White Boar Bristle with nylon added (this feature make it non irritating on your scalp),  Black boar for Tension & Control, White boar for Polish & Shine. This brush also contains Natural conditioning oils for healthy ends it has a Firm Double V shaped Nylon Bristle for Back Brushing.

Visit Hotheads website, and view their hair brush collection along with videos demonstrating the various hair brushes. They have many brushes to offer with amazing features. You will find something suited for you for sure. for tips

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September 19, 2017

New York’s downtown scene, Marie-Lou & D’s flagship salon



Inspired by the carefree elegance of classic French salons and the trendsetting edge found in New York’s downtown scene, Marie-Lou & D’s flagship salon is nestled in the heart of SoHo on 345 West Broadway.
Founded by Dharmendra Manwani and headed up by Creative Director Leon Gorman and Color Director Tre Wyrosdick, Marie-Lou & D is home to top European trained session stylists, colorists and beauty experts that are hot in-demand.
Marie-Lou & D’s vision is to maintain a unique salon experience for the world’s au-courant clients by offering a full-service menu in an inviting, warm atomosphere. MLD is also proud to host and support their “Beautiful Karma” program that provides education to underprivileged girls; they are invited in and taught skills in haircutting, styling, and spa servicing that offers them lifelong career paths in the bustling beauty industry.
Marie-Lou & D’s full-service menu includes:
haircare, nails,
massages and makeup application.


Click HERE to view the list of services
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September 18, 2017

Eco-Friendly Underwear Is The Latest Craze!

When Tommi Lahde came up with a concept and launched his crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo from his office in Finland, little did he know that hundreds of thousands of people around the world would jump on board and support his desire to create eco-friendly underwear!

These days, Tommi and his company The Other Danish Guy ( have become the hottest craze in the marketplace, creating fashionable, feel-good underwear that is helping to also save the planet. His underwear, for both men and women, is created from fabric that is made of discarded fishing nets and other items harvested from the oceans, where they constitute a threat to marine creatures. The company takes the materials they clean up from oceans worldwide and processes them into stylish underwear.

With celebrities and others jumping on The Other Danish Guy bandwagon, I sat down with Tommi to speak to him more about changing the culture of underwear in today’s society…

NICK NORTHSTAR: Let’s start with you Mr. Lahde. How would you describe your own personal fashion style – both while at home and while working?

TOMMI LAHDE: I am a casual guy, I guess. I love wearing jeans, t-shirts and sneakers. The main thing for me is that I need to feel good in what I wear. That makes me feel confident.

NN: The word “Glamorous” can mean many different things… what is its definition to you?

TL: It makes me think of luxury: beautiful, attractive people in exotic situations and venues. Something like Hollywood.

NN: What makes The Other Danish Guy’s underwear so ‘glamorous’?

TL: The feeling. It feels soft and smooth because of the exceptional fine fabric. Something worth buying and wearing next to skin and especially next to the most precious ones.

NN: What differences in style do you find between those in Finland and those you have seen here in America?

TL: Scandinavian style and design is very modest and simple. American style, especially here in California is colourful, fun and convenient. More casual. I like to combine those styles, because I think it makes it more exciting.

NN: What is your advice to anyone wanting to pursue their dreams and create products / their own fashion items?

TL: Just go for it! Even if you might think everything is pretty much invented already, it isn’t. Remember the story telling but be authentic.

NN: How has The Other Danish Guy product/company changed your life since creating it?

TL: I have learnt a lot! And I really have fallen in love with this brand. It is already an awesome thing, like my own baby. Nowadays I follow it to grow up and try to do the right things for its future.

NN: What is the #1 thing you feel sets your brand a part from others on the market?

TL: We have nothing to loose. And that makes us the most dangerous brand within the industry. We can try out things that existing brands are not able to try, because they have to protect their reputation and whatnot.

NN: What does the future hold for you and The Other Danish Guy from here?

TL: We are currently working hard to open the US online store and UK store will be open within a week or so. We have some exciting plans for the rest of the year and to 2018 as well. And one BIG announcement to make yet before october.

NN: And finally: What is your personal favorite TODG underwear color to wear / style?

TL: I love the Traveller Trunk in Signal Magenta colour. Since I fly quite a lot, I really appreciate the breathability and the feeling of nothing. It is the only underwear I really need.

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September 18, 2017

Tamera Mowry Wears Native Gem!

LOS ANGELES, CA – September 18, 2017 – Tamera Mowry was photographed wearing Native Gem at The LEGO Ninjago Movie premiere over the weekend! The actress and mom accessorized her navy dress with the Evil Eye Ring ($110;





For photos please contact Getty Images

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September 18, 2017

Get A Long, Sleek Ponytail Like Jane Fonda!

Last night the stars brought the glam to the EMMYS red carpet, but it was Jane Fonda that stole the show. Her long, sleek ponytail is the talk of the town, and you too can achieve her glam look with extensions from abHair (, for a fraction of the price! AbHair provides the highest quality human hair extensions in various lengths to achieve a super long pony, or just to add fullness!


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September 18, 2017

“Pro” Aging beauty on the set of Good Day Charlotte

As Seen on Fox 46 Good Day Charlotte

As Seen on Fox 46 Good Day Charlotte



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September 18, 2017

Rhyme time work out by Elizabeth Colen

Your Carolina with Jack & Mega

As seen on Your Carolina with Jack & Megan



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September 18, 2017

House of Cards Emmy winner Robin Wright’s look, hair styled by Joico Celeb Hair Stylist, Paul Norton



Inspiration and style quote from Joico Celebrity hair stylist, Paul Norton –  “ We decided to be bold and cut a sexy long fringe resting just above the eyes to give us a more updated sexy feeling. I wanted a minimal amount of volume in her freshly cut fringe to keep the vibe alluring. ”

Joico products used to create the look 

Joico hair

  • Blonde Life Brightening Shampoo
  • Blonde Life Brightening Conditioner
  • Blonde Life Brightening Masque
  • JoiWhip Firm Hold Design Foam
  • IRONCLAD Thermal Protectant Spray
  • Design Works
  • Hair Shake Finishing Texturizer Spray
  • Flip Turn Volumizing Finishing Spray

Robin’s How-To:

Step 1:

Started with a brightening up Robin’s blonde using Joico Blonde Life Shampoo and Conditioner and then treated her hair with the Blonde Life Brightening Mask for 15 min.

Step 2: 

Once the hair was rinsed we decided to be bold and cut a sexy long fringe resting just above the eyes,  I used Joico Joiwhip on damp hair and began to tousle dry her head until about 95% dry then used a medium sized boar bristle round brush to refine the Mohawk section and then the fringe area.

Step 3:

Once her hair was fully dry I sprayed Robin’s entire head in sections with Joico Iron Clad to protect against the heat that was to follow.

Step 4:

I then took small sections from the bottom working my way up to the top spraying each section with Joico Design Works shaping spray and using a beveled flat iron I gave each section a gentle bend.

Step 5:

Each section had its own direction in order for the look to be more playful and messy/sexy. Some section were simply bent at the end while others had several bends throughout the strand. Each section had its own direction in order for the look to be more playful and messy/sexy. Some section were simply bent at the end while others had several bends throughout the strand.


Step 6:

Next I had her tilt her head back so that the hair way over directed and I began to separate and detail as I sprayed Joico Hair Shake which in my opinion, the key product in creating this look.

Step 7:


I then had Robin return to an upright position and finished the look with Joico Flip Turn hairspray and sent her on her way to the Emmys!


Robin Wright and daughter Dylan Penn

Robin Wright and daughter Dylan Penn

Dylan’s How-To:

Joico hair

Step 1:  Blow out using Joico Joiwhip

Step 2: Using IRONCLAD throughout the hair for protection in sections from bottom to top.

Step 3: Using a 1 3/4 in curling iron I waved the hair in alternating directions and sizes of section starting from bottom to top. I had her flip her head upside down and I began to spray Joico Hairshake from roots to ends and scrunched it in and then used my blow dry to further tousle her hair.

Step 4: I had her flip right side up and finished with Joico Flip Turn hair spray .


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