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October 16, 2017

Talking Fashion And Beauty With Model Afiya Bennett

New York-based top model Afiya Bennett has appeared in countless advertising campaigns and runways all over the world.

Appearing currently in Rihanna’s beauty line, Fenty Beauty, and working with brands such as Nike, Fiji Water, Rue 21, and many others, Afiya is a seasoned vet when it comes to the modeling industry.

She was recently in Hollywood lending her support to a charity event, and so It’s A Glam Thing caught up with her to chat fashion & beauty…

NICK NORTHSTAR: How would you describe your own personal style – both while at home and while out in public / on the red carpet?

AFIYA BENNETT: I would describe my personal style as sleek but sexy. I love making a statement when I walk in the room whether it be modest or not. I think that fashion is my way of making a statement without saying anything verbally. It also leaves an impression behind. I never forget an amazing jacket, pants or pair of shoes that I have seen. Statement pieces definitely inspire me to take my style to the next level.

NN: What are some of your favorite beauty products that you use to get red-carpet ready?

AB: Some of my favorite beauty products would definitely have to be the six shade concealer Pallet from Mac Cosmetics as well as the Glow Kit from Anastasia. The concealer pallet evens your complexion, and has your foundation, contour color and concealer, all in one. When it comes to the The Glow Kit, it gives your face a highlight in all the right places. This includes on the cheek bone, the bridge of your nose and the corner of your eyes. The highlight definitely makes you pop on the red carpet.

NN: As a model, who are some of your favorite fashion designers?

AB: Believe it or not one of my all time favorite stores is Zara. I think Zara is extremely stylish and affordable. However on the more upscale side of things, I adore Balmain, and Marc Jacobs. Their collections never disappoint me.

NN: What is your favorite Instagram filter? Or #NoFilter?

AB: My favorite Instagram filter is not even an Instagram filter but the first Snapchat filter. I wish Instagram had the Snapchat filters, because I usually upload my photos to Snapchat and then Instagram afterwards.

NN: What Top 3 Fashion Trends do you LOVE right now?

AB: My top three fashion trends that I love right now would have to be patent leather skirts, pants and even dresses. I also love a bold red dress, red always makes a statement and leaves an impression behind. Lastly I love a cute mom jean. You can dress it up or even dress it down on your day off.

NN: What Top 3 Fashion Trends do you HATE right now?

AB: The top three fashion trends that I hate right now would definitely start with the man romper. I do not think that men should wear rompers under any circumstances. My next fashion pet peeve would be male pants that are too tight. I think there is a fine line between being fashion forward and one’s pants simply being too small. My last fashion “No, No” would be shoes without laces. Some people may like it but it’s simply just not my taste.

NN: What is your advice to anyone wanting to pursue a full-time career in modeling?

AB: My advice to anyone wanting to pursue a full time career in modeling is to study your craft and never give up. If fitting into the industries standards of beauty is not working at the moment, don’t be discouraged; create your own platform. Lastly, I would tell them to be prepared, having tough skin is a must in this industry.

NN: What is your definition of “Glam”?

AB: My definition of Glam starts from the inside out. It is definitely amazing hair, makeup, nails, and outfit from head to toe. But it is also self confidence. How you feel about yourself, and how you view yourself will triumph any outfit and it will shine so bright that it brings the entire outfit to life.

NN: How does the style in New York compare to that in Hollywood (where you travel to often)?

AB: I think that New Yorkers are more relaxed on any every day basis but definitely show out during New York Fashion Week. That is when everyone brings out there best gear and shows it off to the world. However I feel that in Hollywood, people are a lot more glamorous all of the time. The glamour is not just in the way they dress but as an overall lifestyle.

NN: And final question… Love or hate it: the Zoolander movies?!

AB: When it comes to Zoolander movies, I love it! I definitely prefer comedy movies any day of week over scary.

Learn more about Afiya at her website: afiyabennettblog.com

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October 15, 2017

Ariel Winter Doesn’t Care What You Think Of Her Style!

Recently, Modern Family television star Ariel Winter posted a three-page rant on Instagram to yet again, address the ‘haters’ and body-shamers getting under her skin on social media about her style choices.

“I’m trying to live my life! People wear shorts. People have wardrobe malfunctions. No one is perfect. I’m not a stylist! I don’t know what to wear everyday so I look “appropriate” or “fashionable”,” wrote the 19-year-old star.

She further wrote, “Also, screw having to always look appropriate or fashionable. For what? Society? Who gets to decide what is appropriate or fashionable? I wear what I like and no one should fault me for that.”

You tell them girl!

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October 15, 2017

PUR ATTITUDE™ SUPPORTS NATIONAL BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION, INC.®


BOCA RATON, FL (October 2017)—Today, PUR attitude™ announced that it will donate 50% of proceeds for its HA85 PUR Relief Lotion (MSRP $45) and HA85 PUR Relief Spray (MSRP $45), advanced therapeutic topicals designed to be safe for use by cancer patients, to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® (NBCF) during the month of October. The brand also will donate 25% of proceeds for items in the rest of the PUR attitude collection to the charity during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. NBCF is an organization dedicated as much to the prevention of the disease, as it is to the cure, and holds excellent ratings with independent charity reviewers. PUR attitude chose to work with NBCF due to its alignment with PUR attitude’s own core mission to carry out responsible industry practices by providing carcinogen-free skincare.

“PUR attitude is vigilant in its pursuit of high-performing skincare ingredients that are noncarcinogenic. We believe that by creating greater awareness and integrity in our industry, we can go a long way in providing safe topical therapeutics with outstanding performance,” said Jerry Rayman, President of PUR attitude. “We appreciate that, in addition to funding research, NBCF promotes early detection, as well as care for women who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer.”

Each product in the PUR attitude line is dermatologist tested and approved, backed by independent clinical studies, and follows the brand’s philosophy of “Safe Beauty,” avoiding harsh chemicals and known carcinogens, parabens, PEG’s, glycols, sulfates, petro-chemicals, synthetic fragrances and artificial dyes. Further details and samples available upon request.

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About the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® 
Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s (NBCF) mission is to save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms for those in need.  A recipient of Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for nine years, NBCF provides women Help for Today…Hope for Tomorrow® through its National Mammography ProgramBeyond The Shock®Early Detection PlanMyNBCF online support community, and breast cancer research programs. For more information, please visit www.nbcf.org.

About PUR attitude
Based in Boca Raton, Fla., PUR attitude was created by a team dedicated to the research, development and manufacturing of advanced therapeutic topicals and skin care. All PUR attitude products contain only safe beauty ingredients. More than 1,300 chemicals have been banned from the company’s lab, which adheres to strict EU standards. Additionally, all PUR attitude products are created with 100 percent pure, active ingredients, and are not diluted with water.

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October 15, 2017

Spin for Perfect Skin

 

The Spin for Perfect Skin Face and Body Cleansing Brush is a complete, full body cleansing system designed to give you fresh, flawless skin from head to toe. The brush comes with four removable heads: a gentle head brush, exfoliating head brush, pumice stone, and fully body brush. Each of these are super easy to interchange and use on the light-weight handle.

This brush is truly like having your own, portable spa in your shower. I use the gentle head brush daily to help wash off make up, dirt and oil at the end of the day, and I use the exfoliating brush twice a week for an extra buff to get rid of any dead skin or trapped oil in my pores. The full body brush can be used daily and leaves you will a full body, squeaky clean feeling, and helps cleanse those hard to reach areas like arms, legs, and back (add an acne clearing gel to help get rid of pesky backne). The pumice stone can be used on dry heels, knees, and elbows to leave you with smooth, soft skin. Besides doing an A+ job at cleansing skin by getting rid of dirt and oil and sloughing off rough, dead skin cells to leave you with a brighter complexion, your new healthy skin better absorbs serums and moisturizers, which allow them to work better for your skin. I’ve also found this full body system is great to use to buff your skin clean before applying any self tanner, which will definitely be coming back into my skincare routine with winter around the corner.

The Spin for Perfect Skin Face and Body Cleansing Brush can be found at Vanity Planet 

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October 11, 2017

It’s alluring, luscious and irresistible!!! It’s Serendipitous

I also have to mention that Serendipity 3 is restaurant located in New York City and “is the world’s only restaurant to have their own signature perfume”. When my daughter lived in New York City, she was told by friends and family that Serendipity 3 was a restaurant she had to go to. After many attempts and long lines, she told me once there it was worth the wait and the trip. The chocolate desserts were amazing, the atmosphere was fun and she couldn’t wait to go back.
Serendipitous is available at boutiques. Serendipity3.com and Luckyscent.com.
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October 10, 2017

Think Pink this October …. Brands Giving Back for Breast Cancer Awareness

From your face to your feet, you can still look your best while supporting a worthy cause.  These perfectly pink products are helping to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   Each brand will donate a portion of proceeds in the month of October to fighting breast cancer.  Nothing like doing a little shopping for a good cause!

MUSELY HYDROGEL BYE BYE EYE BAGS – 50% TO THE YOUNG SURVIVAL COALITION    $39 (box of 10), musely.com         These FIRST-TO-MARKET overnight hydrogel eye masks soothes and cools the skin while the prickly pear seed oil brightens under eye circles. The masks are specially designed to have holes that can trap liquid and slowly release them to the skin overnight.  Antioxidant-dense cucumber fruit extract works to counteract the signs of environmental damage.

 

BABY FOOT PINK RIBBON BOX – 10% TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY   $25, www.BabyFoot.com      Baby Foot is a revolutionary Japanese foot exfoliant that will make your feet as smooth and soft as a baby’s foot. The unique formula allows your feet to exfoliate naturally, leaving them highly moisturized. The gentle fruit acid penetrates into the layers of dead skin cells and breaks down the desmosomes, which hold the layers together. After peeling, your feet are reborn just like a baby’s foot, giving you healthy, beautiful feet.

STERLING FOREVER “THINK PINK” – 20% TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY  14K ROSE GOLD PLATED PINK CZ SOLITAIRE RING

$48, www.SterlingForever.com   This beautiful vintage style rose gold ring houses a candy-colored pink 7mm CZ solitaire stone and is surrounded on each side by sparkling CZ paves. Feminine and unique, this ring is available in sizes 5-10.

BELLA SCHNEIDER ROYAL ROSE STEM CELL MASK– 20% TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY     $55, www.labelledayspas.com

This ultra-hydrating and divinely scented mask instantly hydrates, calms, brightens, and replenishes skin. Moisturizing and nourishing shea & jojoba, soothing rose oil, anti-oxidizing mallow, and strengthening grape cell extract restore skin with added youthfulness, plumpness, and health. Wonderful for all skin types.

 

 

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October 10, 2017

Cheeky Physique’s Shimmer Sleek Firming Body Illuminator Gives Back to Breast Cancer Awareness

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, *Cheeky Physique will donate 20% of sales of their diamond powder infused Firming Body Illuminator to support **Bright Pink, the only national non-profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. Bright Pink has quickly become one of the country’s fastest growing non-profit organizations, impacting and saving thousands of lives each day.

Shimmer and shine as you soak up this wonderfully scented firming body illuminator. This unique body cream visibly blurs imperfections and brings out the radiance of your natural skin tone. It has done wonders for my arms as my skin was transformed from parched to supple within minutes. You can see the pearly white cream ready to work its magic with the first pump full. Use Shimmer Sleek on your arms, legs, face, shoulders and Décolleté for a luxurious feelCheeky Physique Shimmer Sleek is formulated with PURE DIAMOND POWDER, PEPTIDE COMPLEX and CAFFEINE…What exactly do these 3 ingredients do for your skin?

*Caffeine is known to smooth skin and produce better skin tone.

*Peptides once applied topically to the skin can send a signal to collagen to prompt the formation of new collagen resulting in youthful skin.

*Pure Diamond Powder nourishes and exfoliates the skin.

 

Cheeky Physique’s Limited Edition Pink Ribbon Shimmer Sleek Firming Body Illuminator benefitting **Bright Pink retails for $46.00 for 4 oz. and is available for purchase at cheekyphysique.com.

 

*About Cheeky Physique
Cheeky Physique is a San Diego-based beauty brand that creates results-driven body care products for women who want to look their best with minimal effort. With a philosophy of “More results, less work,” their products are developed to help maximize your assets while minimizing trouble spots…all, in less time than it takes to pour a glass of champagne. The secret? They’ve combined the most effective natural ingredients with clinically proven actives for visible results in all the right places. And since they like their “beauty cheats” to be guilt-free, their products are proudly cruelty free and formulated without parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petroleum, or mineral oil. The Cheeky Physique collection is available in select spas, salons, catalogs, and beauty retailers, as well as online at CheekyPhysique.com

 

**About Bright Pink
Bright Pink is the only national non-profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. The organization is on a mission to save women’s lives from these diseases by empowering them to live proactively at a young age. Bright Pink’s innovative education and support programs educate and equip young women to develop personalized strategies to reduce their risk for these diseases or detect them at early, non life-threatening stages. Learn more and brighten up on breast and ovarian health at BrightPink.org.

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October 10, 2017

Today is National Love your hair day

October 10th is National Love Your Hair Day, the day for all people to stop fussing about their hair problems and embrace their locks as a unique, diverse form of self-expression. Whether you have tameless curls, sleek hair, mermaid colors or beachy waves, this holiday is the day to look yourself in the mirror and say, “This is my hair, and I love it!”

To celebrate, I’ve rounded up It’s a 10 Haircare’s best all-inclusive hair products that celebrate all types of hair and perfect unique styles instantly, so everyone can feel like a “10” on 10/10!

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October 10, 2017

Healing Soles

After eight rounds of chemotherapy treatment and a double mastectomy, Stephanie Seager was still working 10-hour days as one of the top loan closers at a title company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She loved her job, but it was stressful, and it took her away from her 6-year-old daughter, 5-month-old son and high school sweetheart of a husband. And after surviving one of the more aggressive subsets of breast cancer, the 35-year-old truly understood how short life could be.

During a visit home, she heard her aunt talking nonstop about a new beauty product called Baby Foot that she was distributing. An innovative foot care product that launched in Japan, Baby Foot makes feet as smooth and soft as a baby’s foot by exfoliating dead skin cells. After returning home, Seager called her aunt to see how she could get involved.

“She was starting at the ground level trying to get it going here, so I had her send me some,” Seager says. “People were buying it like hotcakes at my work. ‘There’s something to this,’ I thought. ‘This is crazy how people feel about this product.’ I got passionate about it quickly, too.”

Spirited, striking and strong, Seager had always been a natural saleswoman. When she worked as a server after high school, patrons would wait for hours for to sit at one of her tables, even if there were other seats available in the restaurant. Even in the midst of cancer treatment, she charming, confident and cheerful.

“Before cancer, I didn’t know what I was capable of, though,” Seager says. “I never had the courage to think I could do something like this.”

She served at the title company for 15 years — and lived two years cancer-free — before she resigned and became one of Baby Foot’s first sales consultants.

One of her first calls was to a health club that had recently opened in town. She spoke with a manager, told him about Baby Foot and sent him a few samples, but she didn’t hear back from him. Two weeks later, her phone rang. They wanted to carry Baby Foot nationwide. “Nationwide?” Seager asked. “What do you mean?” Unbeknownst to Seager, Life Time Fitness has more than 150 locations across the country.

Although anyone can benefit from the foot peel, some of Seager’s most passionate customers are cancer survivors. One of the side effects of targeted cancer therapy drugs is dry skin. Skin can become dry, brittle, itchy and scaly and may even crack open, especially on the feet.

“Using Baby Foot is really satisfying,” says Shannon Baldwin, a fellow breast cancer survivor. “Plus, it was something I could do with my girls. There are a lot of things you can’t do with your kids. But we’d sit there and do Baby Foot. It made us forget we were in the middle of cancer. It was a lot of fun.”

A national sponsor of the American Cancer Society, Baby Foot is donating 10 percent of proceeds from its limited edition pink boxes to the American Cancer Society during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“This is going to sound crazy, but [getting cancer] was the best thing that ever happened to me,” Seager says. “Well, it was the worst thing but best thing because it completely changed my life.”

Now that Seager is self-employed, she has a much better work-life balance. “I’m so focused on my family,” she says. “I don’t stress in the mornings. I can make eggs and toast. I don’t miss any of my son’s stuff at school — I’m a homeroom mom! — or any of my daughter’s softball games. I’m making up for lost time.”

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October 9, 2017

Elizabeth Arden’s White Tea

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Elizabeth Arden White Tea is inspired by the simple pleasure that accompanies the first sip of tea. Exquisitely uncomplicated, this new fragrance invites you to revel in the moment.

Elizabeth Arden White Tea

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A musky-woody floral, it preludes with sparkling Italian Mandarin and sensual Sea Breeze Accord. Its Zen-like heart of White Tea Extract and Mate Absolute Paraguay steeps in graceful femininity while Madras Wood, Ambrette Seed Absolute and a Trio of Tranquility Musks lead to a harmonious finale. For the woman who wants to immerse herself in the moment.

White Tea is a crisp, blissful new addition to the Elizabeth Arden fragrance portfolio. The perfect escape for your senses, it is an invitation to indulge in warm memories and delight in the white tea vapors, blue skies and cotton-like clouds.

Did you know?

White Tea is not rolled or oxidized, resulting in a flavour characterized as "lighter" than green or traditional black teas. White Tea generally includes young or minimally processed leaves.

Launched just this year, Elizabeth Arden's White Tea fragrance captures the simplicity and purity of White Tea (as described above). It's an intoxicating but not overpowering blend with a White Tea core and notes of citrus and wood. The fragrance is very zen-like. I love it! I wore it yesterday, today and it is sitting front and center on my bedside vanity tray for a light spray before bed tonight. Thank you Donna Raheb for introducing me to this fine fragrance.

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