Archives for September 2017

September 8, 2017

Empty Nester’s Unite

There really is an empty nester syndrome.   You are emotional, depressed, confused and asking yourself “What now?” The feeling you have when your child has left the nest is hard to describe. Like when you try to describe child birth to someone who has never had a child.  No one can prepare you for that feeling in the pit of your stomach when you come home to a childless house.  Yes, I know some women are so happy and are ready to celebrate the moment the door closes behind their kid.  But again, I compare it to childbirth, some women just go to the bathroom and oops they delivered a baby.  I know there are exceptions to the norm.   So, I am talking to women, like me, who need assistance in this trying time.  I have spoken with several women who are all going through this and have gotten a few great tips, that I would like to share with you.

  1. Wear lingerie – Ok, this sounded strange to me so I asked her to elaborate for me.  She simply said that when her kid was home she always had to be covered up and now that the house is empty she can wear lingerie around the house.  Oh, makes sense I said.  I was so excited to try this; however, it didn’t go over well in my house.  My husband just couldn’t get the concept of me just wearing lingerie, so try this one at your own risk.
  2. Go back to school –   Now we have time to concentrate on what we really want to do.  If it is photography, interior designing or anything your heart desires you can go back to school for it.  Going back to school is easier than ever, you can take classes online and do it from anywhere and at your leisure.
  3. Travel – Now that we don’t have to drive anyone to school, dance, volleyball or work we can travel and see the world.  Get out the map and note where you would like to explore.  Make a wish list and once you got it completed sit down with your honey and see how you guys can make it happen.
  4. Date – No married women, I am not saying cheat on your man!  I am saying date him again, get to know each other again without the kids. Court each other, bond, rekindle your love.  Single women, now is the time in your life that you can get out and meet new people and have that vital, healthy adult life without having to see those side eyes when you get home.
  5. Enjoy the silence –Focus on you. Enjoy the peace and quiet in your home to reconnect with yourself.  Sit back, take it in and clear your mind of all those thoughts that were centered around your kids and their activities.  Once you have cleared your mind, focus on you.  Really take a good look at your life and discover the real you that has been hidden since you had kids.  I bet you, she is someone you will want to get to know.

Let’s keep in mind, this is what we have been working for from the moment we held them in our arms for the first time.  We have been preparing them to spread their wings and fly from the moment we dropped them off on the first day of Kindergarten.  Now they can use what we have given them and fly out of the nest, it is our time to celebrate a job well done.  Enjoy this time in your life, we have worked hard to get here.

Get more info about Elizabeth Colen, Health Coach on  Fit Mind, Fit Body and Fit Spirit.

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September 8, 2017

Back to School

Back to school time has begun and during this hectic time it gets hard to remember the little things. As we become engulfed in assignments, responsibilities, our social lives, and planning for the future, we often forget to take a step back. Being busy is truly an amazing thing because you are filling your life with memories and experiences as well as learning on the way. However, try to remember that within your busy schedule you must always make time for yourself. This can be done in a variety of ways depending on you and your personality. Maybe you need to go on a run, meditate, bake a souffle, watch an episode of Gossip Girl, read a book, take a yoga class, or just listen to music—in whatever way resonates with you, take time to just be and not do.

I always talk to my dad about how I feel like time is unavoidably going by faster and faster and that there is nothing I can do to slow it down. I jokingly tell him “I feel old,” and he laughs along but always reminds me of one simple truth. Taking a step back to just be in the moment and appreciate the world right in front of you allows time to slow down. So thanks Dad for the best advice always, I am starting to just be and enjoy the world around me. And I hope you will too!




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September 7, 2017

Best Beauty Products 2017 According to 40,000 Consumers

Product of the Year USA

Product of the Year is the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation. Established 30 years ago, POY currently operates in 38 countries with the same purpose: Guide consumers to the best products in their market and reward manufacturers for quality and innovation. Product of the Year winners are backed by the votes of 40,000 consumers in a national representative survey conducted by research partner Kantar TNS, a global leader in consumer research. The award is a powerful merchandising program for marketers proven to increase product sales, distribution and awareness. Winning products are announced in February each year and receive the right to use the Product of the Year logo in marketing communications for two years. For more information, visit


Schwarzkopf Keratin Color

Specially formulated to help care for your hair while coloring, Keratin Color uses Unique Collagen Care Complex and Skin Flattering Pigments to deliver younger, fuller looking hair in just 30 minutes! Keratin Coloration includes a pre-treatment to help protect and repair hair before coloring, leaving hair with up to 80% less hair breakage. 18 intensive colors deliver 100% gray coverage with a low-odor coloring experience thanks to the Ammonia Control Technology.

Kleenex Facial Cleansing Cushions

Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions are an exclusive combination of dual-sided, multilayered fabrics and a gentle built in cleanser that exfoliates and polishes your skin. The water-activated cushions massage and exfoliate for smoother looking skin. Designed to reveal a healthier, more radiant glow in just one use. Hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested for all skin types.

Carmex Comfort Lip Balm

Carmex Comfort Care lip balm – a 100% natural blend of soothing oatmeal, fruit-seed oil and mixed berry flavor that restores moisture for smoother, healthier, naturally beautiful lips!

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September 7, 2017

Vanessa Hudgens Wears Parker Smith!

LOS ANGELES, CA – September 5, 2017 – Vanessa Hudgens was spotted wearing Parker Smith yesterday while grabbing coffee in Los Angeles! The actress kicked off her Labor Day looking casual in Twisted Seam Skinny in Stallion ($158,
For photos please contact BACKGRID
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September 6, 2017

FACE Atelier hides the dark circles for glowing skin

You would never know it by looking at this very small plastic container, but you will find inside, a dual tone concealer that packs a big punch. FACE Atelier was tested by my daughter and she got some fabulous before and after photos of what Face Atelier can do you you. (The photos are untouched and she tried to keep the lighting the same).

On this particular day, she noticed she had some dark color under her eyes. I asked her to try FACE Atelier’s Ultra Camouflage Duet and the results were stunning.  With careful application and a little practice, her dark color almost completely vanished. ThisUltra Camouflage Duet concealer has two color-matched shades that that perfectly if you have the right shade for your skin tone.  

The silicone in the formula guarantees that it will not flake, dry or crack. The finish is smooth without any makeup buildup. You ca apply your face powder and/or makeup right over the concealer as usual.

Another key ingredient in  FACE Atelier’s Ultra Camouflage Duet is Petrolatum. as stated at their website: “Petrolatum is considered to be among the most effective moisturizing ingredients available and is also known for its effectiveness in healing wounds. It can help the skin’s outer layer recover from damage, reduce inflammation, and generally heal the skin. Cosmetics-grade petrolatum is considered the safest, most non-irritating moisturizing ingredients ever found.”

FACE Atelier’s Ultra Camouflage Duet is oil free, fragrance free, non-comedogenic and vegan. You can find it at At the web site you will also find pro tips which will help you get the best possible look.

Photos say it all, don’t you think?



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September 6, 2017

wicked-cool Halloween nail art

If you’re going to rock nail art, there is no better time of year to do so than October. The month gives you free range to peruse all the wicked-cool Halloween nail art ideas, and try as many festive manicures as you want. See below for tips from celebrity nail artist, Skyy Hadley (who works on Faith Evans, Janelle Monae, and Mariska Hargitay).
Skyy recommends doing your nails the day before Halloween at home and giving yourself 45 minute to an hour of time to complete it. Follow Skyy’s DIY stiletto nail tutorial.
  1. Sanitize hands and nails.
  2. Start out with a square nail by clipping your nail straight across.
  3. Clip the uppermost portion of the two sides diagonally into a triangle.
  4. With a file, focus on curving the sides evenly to get a teardrop shape that softens the triangle.
  5. Whatever you do on one side, do on the other side. For example: If you do three files on one side, do three files on the other so that it looks symmetrical.
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September 6, 2017

Sebum: Understanding what it is and how it works

If you have acne, there is a good chance that you have done a great deal of research. During your research, you may have come across the word sebum. This is because too much of this oily substance can cause acne breakouts. But what does this word really refer to?

Sebum is the oily substance that is produced by the sebaceous glands. Sebum is the substance that keeps the hair and skin properly moisturized. All in all, the body has a love-hate relationship with this substance. Too much of it will lead to oily skin and even cause acne. If the sebum is too little, you will end up with dry, cracked skin. The right amount of the substance will offer great skin protection.  

Needless to say, the sebaceous glands are found everywhere on your skin. The number of glands varies on different parts of the body. For example, the soles of your feet and palms don’t have these glands. The hands and feet don’t have as many glands. The forehead, chin and back have somewhere between 2,600 and 5,800 sebaceous glands per every 400 to 900 square centimeters. The ear canal also has the glands. It is also good to note that these glands can be affected directly by such hormones as adrenaline and testosterone. They work closely with both the pores and hair follicles of your body.

The reason as to why most people seek information on sebum is to learn how to control the excess sebum. If you are one of those people, there are a couple of things you can consider doing. However, it is good to note that the results are temporary. Below are some of the safe things you can do to reduce the production of the oily substance.

Wash your face

Washing your face will help get rid of the excess oil and will also reduce the risk of an acne breakout. You should make use of face cleansers at least 3 times a day. Always pat dry. However, you must understand that doing this will only temporarily improve the surface of your skin. Washing does not stop the production of sebum but only removes the sebum already on the skin.

Use toners

There are so many beauty products you can use and one of them is the toners. Cleansing the skin with a toner will help open the clogged pores and will subsequently help the skin to breathe. In the end, you will notice a reduction in the production of sebum.


Using turmeric will help reduce the amount of sebum that is secreted by the glands. You just add a couple of drops of lemon juice and water to make the scrub. The paste should be applied on the affected areas and left for 15 minutes before cleaning using lukewarm water.

Vitamin A

This is a vitamin needed for immune function, vision, good eyesight and healthy skin. Foods rich in this vitamin include sweet potatoes, liver, milk products, red pumpkin, dark leafy vegetables, dried apricots, tomatoes, eggs and carrots among others.

Hope the information on this post has helped you learn more about sebum. There is so much more information available, hence the need to keep learning.

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September 1, 2017

Lindsay Lohan Wears OYE Swimwear!

Los Angeles, CA – August 24, 2017 – Lindsay Lohan was spotted wearing OYE Swimwear while enjoying her end of summer vacation in Mykonos! The actresses looked relaxed, completing her vacation chic look wearing Lilly in red ($350
 Photos courtesy of BACKGRID
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September 1, 2017

Enter September’s Beauty Basket Giveaway at

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Here are the Details on September’s Beauty Basket Giveaway:
This month our basket includes products from Garnier, L’Oreal, Vichy, Revlon, Circa, Sally Hansen, Maybelline and more! The Contest runs from now through 9/30/17, winners will be chosen on 10/10/2017 and notified by 10/15/2017. We want to encourage readers to go to our Facebook page ( and like us, then enter to win on our page. They can also enter on our website
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September 1, 2017

The winner of August Surprise Beauty Box is…

Congratulations Alexis B., from Tulsa Oklahoma. You have been chosen as our August Surprise Beauty Box Winner. We hope you enjoy your products.

Hard Candy Color Correct-Pink         

Fiona StylesLight Illusion

laroche-posay facial serum

himalayan salt inhaler

Petal Freash Body Wash

Joico Styling Gel

TONYMOLY Moisture Lotion

Pacifica Body Butter

Maybelline Superstay Lipstick

Youngblood Gel Eyeliner

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