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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

Pura d'or PRO ORGANIC 100% Rosehip Seed Oil

Pura d’or PRO ORGANIC 100% Rosehip Seed Oil

 

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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May 12, 2017

Save The Date | butter LONDON + The Knot at Kohl’s | May 20th

 

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May 12, 2017

It’s a Glam Thing gets your sexy “back”

Get Your Chisel Back Workout

Your Carolina with Jack, Megan and Elizabeth

Your Carolina with Jack, Megan and Elizabeth

Demonstrated by Elizabeth Colen today on Your Carolina with Jack and Megan.

light Dumbbells are need

 

1st Exercise

Stand with legs hip width apart hands on thighs palms facing forward.  Bring your hands  level with elbow (L shape) Extend arm forward (like you are serving someone) then open arms to side and squeeze your shoulder blades bring arms back to front, don’t put arms down.  Repeat the serving, side and squeeze process. When down with a set bring arms down, rest and repeat.

Recommended:

8-15 reps/3 sets

 

2nd Exercise

Stand with legs hip width apart place hands above head palm facing forward.  Bring arms to shoulder height and squeeze shoulder blade and raise arms back to staring position.

Recommended:

8-15 reps/3 sets

3rd Exercise

Stand with legs hip width apart and then take one step wider place both dumbbells in right hand (or just one) bend at waist place left hand on knee.  Bring right hand up to chest and return (row).  Then switch arms and repeat motion.

Recommended:

8-15 reps/3 sets

 

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May 10, 2017

Febuary Winner of It’s a Glam Thing’s Surprise Beauty Box is…..

Congratulations Linda C. of Fort White Florida, you have been chosen as our winner of the It’s a Glam Thing Surprise Beauty Box. We hope you enjoy your beauty box.

PURA D’OR  Scalp Therapy Shampo             www.purador.com

PURA D’OR Argon Oil                                      www.purador.com

Miss Spa 24kt Gold Creme Mask                   www.miss-spa.com

HBL Hair Masque                                             www.hblhaircare.com

Ulta Beauty Smoothie                                       www.ulta.com

Mineral Fusion Nail Polish                            www.mineralfusion.com

Gerard Lip Creme                                              www.gerardcosmetics.com

The Body Shop Body Sorbet                           www.thebodyshop.com

Bail Moussant Foaming Bath                          www.fruits-passion.com

TonyMoly Cleanser Set                                    www.tonymoly.us

Whish Body Oil                                                  www.whishbody.com

TonyMoly Deep Bubble foam                          www.tonymoly.us

CVS BB Renewing Cream                                 www.cvs.com

 

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May 9, 2017

Your Ultimate Guide to Looking Hot on The Beach

For most of us, a trip to the beach is one of the best things about summer. Whether you are off on a family holiday, a relaxing day alone or a fun weekend with friends, a trip to the beach can be an amazing part of your summer. However, many of us worry about looking our best when we shed the layers ready to catch some sun. Looking natural, glamorous and beach ready can be tough, so here’s a handy guide to help you get it just right.

Start Looking After Yourself

The best way to make sure you’re looking great and beach ready is to start looking after yourself all year around. Some of the best ways to do this include:

  • Eating right. A healthy and balanced diet doesn’t mean starving yourself or cutting out certain foods. It means balance. If you eat well the odd treat won’t hurt.
  • Try to add some cardio and strength training to your weekly routine. If you struggle to find time make some small changes to your day to day life, such as walking instead of driving and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. There are also some great videos on YouTube if you can’t get out of the house to exercise.
  • Drink water. Water is a bit of a miracle worker when it comes to looking and feeling great. It’ll help you feel full so less likely to over indulge as well as keeping your skin youthful and tight.
  • Be sure to get a good night’s sleep as often as possible. This will help keep you feeling alert and looking brighter.
  • Look after your skin. Start a healthy skin care routine. This should include using a body brush to remove dead skin cells and boost circulation, exfoliating your face once a week to unclog your pores, moisturizing, cleansing and wearing a high SPF sunscreen when you go outside.

Hair

Simple styles look best on the beach. Go for beachy waves with a little sea salt spray if you want long flowing locks. If you are going to be playing with kids, or running around, consider a simple braid which looks cool and keeps your hair out of the way. Investing in a good leave in conditioner is a good idea if you plan to spend a lot of time at the beach as salt, sand and sun can leave your hair dry and damaged.

Makeup

A face covered in heavy makeup isn’t a great idea at the beach. It will be uncomfortable, hot and you could look a bit silly. Instead, opt for light coverage in natural and nude shades. Mix your normal foundation with some moisturizer for a gentle tone which will leave your face soft and healthy. Add some lip balm with added SPF and a sweep of highlighter for a glamourous beachy look.

Swimwear

Getting your swimwear right can be key to both looking and feeling amazing at the beach. There are many options available so you can show as much flesh as you feel comfortable with. Bikinis come in a range of different shapes and sizes but womens tankinis might make a better option if you are going to be running after kids or trying some water sports. If you feel uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to cover up. Adding board shorts or a kaftan can look trendy and glamourous too.

Clothes

Firstly, sand gets everywhere, so take spare clothes. Whatever you wear on the beach, you’re not going to want to be travelling home or to your hotel with sand everywhere. There will be chaffing. If you want to continue your beach style when you cover back up, consider maxi dresses, skirts or beach trousers teamed with a light cami for a stylish and sophisticated look.

When it comes to accessories for both style and comfort you’ll need a hat and sunglasses. Hats with wide brims and some neck cover are safest. And, make sure your sunglasses offer UV protection.

Relax

The best way to look great at the beach is to enjoy yourself. So, whether you are trying some new sports, building sandcastles with the kids, or lying on the beach reading a good book, don’t worry about your look. Smile and relax. Confidence is incredibly sexy. So, put a smile on your face and be proud of your body. You might find that if you act confident, you’ll start to feel it.

Remember, most women (and some men) are worried about how they look. That means they don’t have time to look at you! No one judges at the beach, so strip off, have fun and forget everyone else.

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May 8, 2017

There’s nothing like giving a little minx for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day gift shopping does not have to be expensive. You won’t have to break the bank with the MinxNY Kissables Spa Collection. Pamper that special someone with an array of luxurious spa pieces for her to enjoy spa treatment at home. I’ll bet she doesn’t have any of these spa pieces:

The Kissables Spa Collection Exfoliating Mitt is amazing. Finally, an exfoliating Mitt that won’t fall off your hand while washing. The mitt is made of a unique fabric texture that easily removes surface layers of buildup from your body and dead skin instantly. The best part is you can exfoliate with just water. This mitt does not require chemicals, only water to deep clean, minimize and reduce clogged pores of ingrown hairs and dirt. You will notice smooth glowing skin after the first use. After use simply ash and hang to dry.

No Soap needed with The Kissables Spa Collection Make-up Remover & Exfoliating cloth . This is a 2-in-1 cloth and I’ve never seen anything like it.  One side removes makeup with just water, and the other side is a gentle exfoliator and it’s so soft!  This cloth will remove cosmetics, including waterproof mascara without the use of harmful chemicals or synthetic makeup removers. This cloth is easy to clean and is ideal for travel. This remarkable cloth will last up to 1000 washes.

The Kissables Spa Collection  Shower Cap has to be the most comfortable shower cap I have ever used. The outside is 100% waterproof and will keep your hair dry and your hairdo intact. The cap has a  soft cotton-polyester terry lining which wicks away perspiration even in the steamiest shower or bath. Each shower cap includes a travel bag and is great for traveling. If you shower daily but don’t wash your hair each time, this is the perfect shower cap.

I no sooner opened my 2-pack of Kissables Fluffy Chenille Socks and my daughter and her friend claimed them on the spot.  They are quite unique as they are lavender infused and have non slip grips on the bottom. They are comfy soft and as my daughter’s friend said,  “wow, you can really smell the lavender”.  At least I have my shower cap, exfoliating mitt and make-up remover cloth to enjoy when I want to pamper myself.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner so check out  www.minxny.com and purchase your Kissables Spa Collection. You will find the collection affordable and fabulous!

 

 

 

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