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December 11, 2017

It’s a Glam Thing’s December Surprise Beauty Box Giveaway Features Doux Hair Care

July Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive an It’s a Glam Thing Beauty Box™ (valued at over $200.00). Your Beauty Box™ will include the newest, most unique, tested and true beauty products that we love and adore. Each box will include a selection of Full Size products chosen especially for you from our team of beauty experts. Enter today!

FEATURED IN THIS MONTH’S SURPRISE BEAUTY BOX, 

The DOUX is A MUST DO! 

New Hot Hair Care Line Drops at Target 

THIS Christmas Eve

 Shampoo and Conditioner 

*SUCKA FREE™ Moisturizing Shampoo,  *FRESH RINSE™ Conditioner

Sulphate & Paraben-free Shampoo and Conditioning Duo with Shea Butter & Sea Silk. A gentle cleansing system for thick, dry, or color-treated hair. Ultra-hydrating conditioner has amazing slip for easy detangling. Sea silk smooths the cuticle, leaving hair frizz-free and full of body. MSRP: $12.99 each.

MOUSSE DEF™  Texture Foam Non-flaking mousse gives definition to curly styles without stiffness, cloudiness, or crunch. Soy proteins and natural humectants make this humidity-resistant styling aid ideal for thermal styling as well. MSRP: $14.99

THE STORY:

Get ready to “drop the mic” on the beauty aisles at Target stores this December. The Doux® (pronounced The Do) is a “new school” modern hair care system with an “old school edge.” With packaging that is bold and bright and product titles inspired by 90’s hip hop, The Doux is poised to kill it with those seeking a way to smoothing curly, kinky, and wavy hair into both, curly or straight styles.

Created by Maya Smith, a 25-year celebrity stylist and International Curl Master, The Doux was first launched in Europe in 2011 in response to her passion for helping people master the hair they were born with. STRAIGHT, NATURAL, CURLY, or RELAXED, according to The Doux, if you grew it, it’s ALL GOOD. “I was living in Germany at the time, had my own salon there and my specialty was helping clients to transition to a relaxer-free lifestyle. I’m obsessed with people maximizing the potential of the hair they were born with. Mastering curls is my passion and purpose,” explains Smith.

The people felt her passion through her products. The Doux blew up overseas so much so that it caught the attention of media in the USA. “Once we started getting press in the states the demand for The Doux was incredible. I had to return to the states and see this vision through,” Maya Smith explains. In 2014, Maya opened The DOUX Salon™ in Macon Georgia’s historic Downtown district and started selling her professional grade products at her salons and on-line.

Fast-forward three years and a lot of work and dedication, The Doux will arrive in Target stores, on Christmas Eve; no easy feat for an indie brand. “We are so excited to bring The Doux to the masses. It’s 20 years in the making. We listened to 20 years of feedback from actual clients from Minneapolis to Morocco. We listened to what people wanted, a salon grade, high quality product that delivered on its promises. Helping people to manage and maintain their natural hair and celebrate their own bold, unique style is what the last 25 years of my professional life has been about,” Maya Smith shares.

The Doux also redesigned its packaging, with the intention to disrupt the category. It’s bold with bright colors, which is the opposite of the more subdued look you see on the shelves currently. “I’m a fan of 90’s rap so I wanted to incorporate lyrics and titles in the packaging,” adds Smith. With titles such as Bonita Afro Balm, Mousse Def, Sucka Free, Fresh Rinse, and The Light, The Doux will most definitely catch the eyes of Millennials and Gen X’ers alike.

Other products in the line include:

*BONITA AFRO BALM™ Shine Enhancing Texture Cream Delivers shine and manageability for pixies, Afro’s, tapered cuts, and twist/braid/coil sets. Certified organic botanicals, alcohol & paraben free. MSRP: $15.99.

and

*THE LIGHT™ Shine Mist Preserves color and protects hair from heat styling. Reduces drying time and delivers weightless shine to finished looks. Adds natural luster to natural styles. Infused with Black Cacao, Passion Fruit, and Palm Oil. MSRP: $14.99.

 

 

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December 11, 2017

Mompreneurs Krista Teare & Lisa Caruso Are Keeping It Stylish While Making It Big!

Krista Teare and Lisa Caruso are two best friends and mothers who came up with a brilliant idea, raised thousands through crowd funding and now have one of the top family must-have products on the market, The Toddler Monitor – a device that helps parents track when their kids leave a room in the house!

It’s A Glam Thing sat down with the two to find out how they balance motherhood and entrepreneurship, while still keeping their stylish fashion ways intact!

NICK NORTHSTAR: How would you describe both your own personal fashion styles – both while at home and while working?

KRISTA TEARE & LISA CARUSO: If Lisa and Krista had to be compared to one of the “Sex and the City Gals”, in terms of their personal style, Lisa would fall into the Carrie category (high fashion and at times risque) and Krista would fall into the Charlotte category (classy and traditional).

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

K&L: Being glamorous is about feeling great in what you are wearing whether it is a glitzy party dress (stereotypically glamorous) or a really great pair of jeans and boots. It is about embracing your personal style, wearing clothing that fits your body, and rocking it!

NN: People think of inventors all dressed up in lab coats and such… what was your attire while creating the Toddler Monitor device during those long hours and while in the factories overseas?

K&L: Lisa’s “uniform” typically includes ripped jeans, a blazer, and 5 inch heels. On a more casual day, substitute the blazer for a vintage T and badass jacket. Krista’s “uniform” typically includes a great little dress, a blazer, and ankle booties. On a more casual day, substitute the blazer for a cute cardigan.

NN: What is your advice to anyone, such as other mothers out there, wanting to pursue their dreams and create their own products?

K&L: Take the leap and then take it one step at a time. Be iterative in your approach and test your concept along the way. Don’t be married to your product. You need to know when to walk away if you are the only one that thinks that it is a good idea. Be resourceful and use your network. People want to help and talk about what they know so just ask them. Do it yourself. There are so many tools including Kickstarter, website tools, social media, etc. that enable you to start a company with very little financial investment. Leverage government funding. The applications are a crazy amount of work but the support can be invaluable. Negotiate. Negotiate. Negotiate. Seriously. Most of the time there is some wiggle room, and if you ask and the answer is “no” then nothing lost. Be relentless. There will be times when you want to quit – DON’T! Ideas are a dime a dozen…executing on your idea day in and day out is the real challenge. Go into business with your “ride or die partner”. We like to compare our relationship to that of a sibling…you may not agree and will probably disagree but at the end of the day, you are a team . You need to be able to have tough conversations and move on. And most importantly, you need to have fun with this person as you are going to spend a lot (like, a lot) of time with them.

NN: How has the Toddler Monitor product/company changed your lives since creating it?

K&L: We are certainly busier than we have ever been! We have learned so much, met so many great people, and it has given us the confidence to start thinking about what is next.

NN: What does the future hold for you both from here?

K&L: Continue to do cool, challenging stuff with cool people that challenge us everyday. We are so thankful for the support we have been given by so many people who shared their time, experience and resources with us. We hope that we will be able to do the same for others in the future and contribute to other entrepreneurs’ journeys. We do have some plans for future products within the Toddler Monitor family as well as other products, for the aging population. Stay tuned as we have lots more to come…

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December 9, 2017

It’s a Glam Thing “Beauty’s Best” Holiday 2017 Vertere Restorative Night Cream

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Enya Flack, It’s a Glam Thing with Vertere Skincare Restorative Night Cream

 

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December 8, 2017

‘Tis the Season to Give Back! The Gift that Supports Local Children’s Hospitals!

 

Shop With Compassion This Season With the Hat That Gives Back!

We all love giving back, but it’s hard to choose where to put our money. While so many of us excited to shop for our loved ones during this season, this time of year also allows us to support causes we believe in. This holiday, make charity feel good with the stylish, compassionate (code)word Hats!

Actively supporting children’s hospitals in 30 cities across the U.S., (code)word Hats is dedicated to encouraging people to give more than just their money into the community. Tirelessly working to craft not just a hat, (code)word Hats is an outlet for people to invest back into the area code they know and love.

Check out how your hat gives back with (code)word Hats:

  • 30% of profit goes back to the children’s hospitals that serve each area code
  • Proceeds go to support several local hospitals including Children’s of Alabama, Seattle Children’s, Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Norton Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and more
  • Features local area code on front of hat, with name of city on the back

You’ll never feel guilty about shopping for the latest (code)word Hats designs – the brand that gives back!

About (code) word Hats

(code)word Hats is a philanthropic brand that encourages people to make an investment back into the charitable efforts of their communities. Currently, they’ve had the opportunity to support children’s hospitals in 30 cities across the US, and have no plans to slow down.

 

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December 7, 2017

Molly Sims Wears Birdies!

LOS ANGELES, CA – December 6, 2017 – Molly Sims shared a photo on Instagram today wearing Birdies! The model looked cute and comfy posing in her Blackbird Birdies slippers ($140, www.birdiesslippers.com).
Birdies slippers are a new type of footwear that combines the structure and fashion of designer shoes with the comfort and softness of the most luxurious slippers. Other celebrity fans include Meghan Markle, Emmy Rossum and Sarah Jessica Parker.
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December 7, 2017

HOW TO NIP A SKIN DISASTER IN THE BUD

What can be worse than the onset of an unsightly skincare emergency the day of a big event such as a wedding, reunion, business interview, or first date? Have you ever cancelled a first date because a cold sore erupted? How about an acne breakout the morning of your sister’s wedding or worse… your own? With tips and insights is board certified dermatologist, Dr. Margarita Lolis to help us handle these common emergencies within 24 hours.

Problem: Hives, Redness and Allergies

Solution: When you realize a certain food, beverage, cream or cosmetic triggered an allergic reaction discontinue use or consumption. As for treatment Dr. Lolis suggests using hydrocortisone cream which can be purchased at the drug store and should always be on hand. Also take an allergy medication such as Claritin or Zyrtec. Try a cotton compress of apple cider vinegar which is an anti-septic and anti-fungal that pulls any toxins out of the skin. A compress with whole milk is also very soothing.

Problem: Puffy Eyes

Solution: Cool tea bags, cold cucumber slices work wonders to constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling when applied for 10 minutes. You don’t need to see a dermatologist for any kind of treatment for this beauty issue however be sure to invest in a good eye cream and keep it in the fridge. Applying eye cream morning and at bedtime will help.

 Problem: Cold Sore

Solution: “Most dermatologists will offer cortisone injections to tame a cold sore given its ability to rapidly address inflammation. This doesn’t take very long to do so many dermatologists will tell you to come in the same day. If you can’t get an appointment get your doctor to issue you a prescription for Famvir, Acylovir or Valtrex,” Dr. Lolis suggests. “Applying a lemon tea compress, applying witch hazel oil or peppermint are some natural ways to treat a cold sore,” she adds.

Problem: Cystic Acne Breakout

Solution: Resist the urge to squeeze and soak in rubbing alcohol. “This is such a common response and people end up making the pimple worse not to mention scarring their skin. Cystic acne is deep and if treated correctly beneath thesurface it could remain a bump and not a red, scabbing mess,” warns Dr. Lolis. The secret to destroying a deep cystic pimple is to get a steroid or cortisone shot. “What the dermatologist will do is inject a diluted glucocorticoid right into thepimple. You’re basically getting a concentrated dose of steroid molecules that are naturally produced by our bodies responsible for regulating metabolism, inflammation and immunity. Within one or two days of injection into a cyst, thesteroid will shrink the inflammation producing relief of pain and almost immediate cosmetic improvement,” explains Dr. Lolis. If you cannot get to the dermatologist apply a paste of baking soda with water then remove it within 20 minutes. Natural clay can also work very well as could a sea salt compress. Sea salt, especially directly for the ocean only takes 20 minutes to dry up skin.

Problem: Chapped Lips

Solution: “Use lip balms not waxes and go natural with ingredients such as almond oil, vitamin E or A and make and at home paste of sugar and honey to use as an exfoliator. You want to exfoliate lips in the shower when temperature is warmer,” Dr. Lolis advises. Dry lips are always a beauty bummer especially when they crack and bleed. If chronic chapped lips are an issue, you may experience flare ups when lips are especially sensitive. “Your lips lack a tough outer skin layer which is why they are a darker color from the rest of your skin. Plus, there are enzymes in our saliva made to break down fats and proteins which is why when we lick our lips it makes matters worse.

About Dr. Lolis:

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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December 6, 2017

Tips For Online Dating Success This Holiday Season

As the cold winter months get closer, you might be wanting someone to spend them with. There’s a reason behind that: it’s “cuffing season.” Introduced to Urban Dictionary in 2011, it’s the time during fall and winter when singles get serious about finding a partner to be “cuffed” to, or tied down with.

Naturally, it’s also the time of the year when online dating sites see a spike in user activity. If the cold weather has you yearning for a partner to cuddle with, then here is your guide:

1. Look Inward

Look at cuffing season as a time to reflect on past relationships. Be honest with yourself about why you want a relationship and you’ll be a lot better off, not only through winter, but also for the long-run.

For instance, if you’re making impulsive decisions online in pursuit of a partner just because you want someone on your arm at holiday gatherings, you could be making yourself more susceptible to online dating scams. Studies show that impulsivity is a major trait of victims.

Above all, a confident mindset will help keep you cozy through winter (with or without someone else).

2. Update Your Online Dating Profile

With so many other singles wanting to be “cuffed” and thus turning to online dating this winter, a good impression will help you stand out. Make sure you’re not presenting yourself falsely, or you can bet that your first date will be the last.

Replace old photos with current ones that get good attention. Doing something interesting in your photos is the perfect way to start meaningful conversations.

Also, consider the kinds of messages you’re sending. Be honest and approachable in your profile and your chances of finding someone special will increase.

3. Look Out For Scammers!

Cuffing season brings out the online dating scammers just like Black Friday brings out the holiday shopping sales. With an influx of online daters looking for someone to be cuffed with, there will inevitably be more fraudulent profiles to look out for.

Is your match a scammer? Here are a few signs:

• He or she is “out of the country.” International business people and members of the armed services make easy cover stories for scam artists.

• He or she asks for money. (The request might even come at a made-up sob story). Treat any requests for money as a clear red flag for a scam.

• He or she expresses love or affection too much, too soon. Anyone wanting to push a relationship forward too fast likely has other – malicious – motivations.

The nightmare of falling for a scammer or a predator-in-disguise won’t compare to the negative feelings of being “un-cuffed” this winter, so don’t skip these basic online dating safety measures:

• Look at his or her social media profiles. If the information from one social network to the next is not consistent, consider this a reason for more research before continuing to engage with this person.

• Check the person out by running a background check. A comprehensive background check service such as BeenVerified.com will give you information about addresses, aliases, criminal incidents and known associates.

• Let your intuition be your guide.

Remember that cuffing season brings an increase in online dating activity, which means higher chances of coming across a scammer.

We hope this guide helps you have a Merry Cuffing Season.

Bio

Justin Lavelle is the Chief Communications Officer for BeenVerified, often used by online daters to make sure their date is who they say they are. The company’s mission is to help people discover, understand and use public data in their everyday lives. With millions of app downloads and millions of monthly visitors, BeenVerified is a leading source of online background checks and contact information. BeenVerified allows individuals to find more information about people, phone numbers, email addresses and property records. https://www.beenverified.com/

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December 6, 2017

Nicky Whelan Wears NISSA!

 
 
Los Angeles, CA – December 1, 2017 – Nicky Whelan was photographed wearing NISSA at the Land of Distraction launch event last night in Los Angeles! The actress looked edgy yet feminine wearing NISSA’s Off The Sleeve Silk Top ($253) and High Waisted Casual Trousers ($154; www.shop.nissa.com).
Photo Credit: Getty Images
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December 6, 2017

7 Essential Things You Need for Flawless Business Website Designing

For designing business websites, it is important to have a few things. Those things are discussed in the following section of this article. We all know about website designing, and we understand the benefits of proper web design. If your business website has not been designed properly, your online business may suffer lack of exposure. The business would not flourish without a good website or web platform. In the following section, we shall know about the essential things that you need for seamless website designing. From hiring a good service provider to using the best tools, complete guidance has been offered in the following section.

  1. Finding the Right Service Provider

The most important thing is to find the right service provider for website designing. You need to get in touch with a designer who has experience and expertise in this field. You need to find someone who has a vast knowledge of designing exclusive websites with seamlessness. Designing a business website is different from personal websites. At business websites, many pages are required to be added. For e-commerce website designing, veteran developers should be contacted. With experience and expertise, it is not easy to create a vast and meticulous web platform for running businesses.

  1. Designing Business Logo and Website Banner

Before having a professional website for hosting online business, you need a proper logo as well as website banner. The business logo has to be professional, and it should be used on the website for effective business branding. Every business owner wants to enhance business brand value. For that purpose, corporate designing is important. Symbols play important roles in business marketing. A business logo is always considered as essential for this purpose. A properly designed business logo can fetch excellent business recognition. Along with the business logo, the cover picture or banner of the website should be designed with perfection. Without these two essential elements, there is no point of starting the job of website designing.

  1. Web Hosting Server

For professional website designing, it is crucial to have secured as well as cutting-edge website hosting server. For effective website hosting, you need to find experienced as well as a reliable service provider, which offer secured server for website hosting. The hosting server should be used properly. If you want to create a dynamic website through the integration of content management system, you should opt for professional assistance for this purpose. Veteran personnel can deliver seamless CMS integration with your website hosting server. For this, you need to get in touch with LasVegasWebDesignCo.

  1. Website Contents

A website is nothing without its content. Thus, the content should be ready to be inserted on the website once it has been developed. For website content writing, a lot of care should be taken. One needs to write contents properly. The content should reflect the sole purpose of the website. The content should be informative and formal. It should have the flair to attract the readers. It must be unique or not copied from anywhere else. Overall, the content should be precise as well as meticulous to make a business successful.

  1. Product Photographs

If you want an e-commerce website, you should keep your product photographs ready. To sell products online, you need to offer pictures or photographs of products from different angles so that buyers can get a better feel for the particular product. The products should be photographed professionally. Dingy or unprofessional product photographs will not fetch revenues as you had expected from your e-commerce store. These photographs play an important role in e-commerce website designing.

  1. Google Guidelines

Website owners need to read and follow Google guidelines if they want their website to fetch money. Your website will gain maximum exposure through a search engine, especially through Google. That is why Google guideline is important for your business. Every ethical online based business should follow the guidelines of Google for designing as well as developing its business website. You must adhere to the rules of optimization to climb on top of the search results. The website must be optimized with proper keywords. It must have simple as well as responsive interface. Moreover, the website should be updated, when there is a policy change for Google. Adhering to the guidelines of Google will fetch excellent business reputation.

  1. Website Designing Plan

Every job starts with planning. The key is to plan things properly so that you can get the exact result that you would have wanted. Your website designing plan should include many things. It must have a proper guideline for the website designer. When you have clear guidelines for your service provider, it will get better for the service provider to match your expectations. So, you should be careful about building the plan for website designing. It is essential to sit and discuss things with the service provider before finalizing the website design.

Hopefully, with the tips I have shared above you will manage to come up with a seamless website design for your company.

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December 4, 2017

Healthy Habits for Beautiful Skin

From sleeping in your make-up and drinking too much alcohol, to over-exfoliating and skimping on your sleep, your lifestyle could be impacting on your skin in many negative ways. If you want to be kind to your skin and ensure it remains looking at its best throughout your lifetime, follow these tips.

Block out the sun

Although you may prefer the way you look with a nice tan, having a healthy glow to your skin turns out to be anything but. Not only can over-exposure to the sun – or to tanning beds –  lead to skin cancer, it also promotes premature aging. Wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen is essential all year round but especially if you travel somewhere on holiday where you’ll be exposed to a lot more rays than you are back at home.

Worryingly, recent consumer reports have shown that not all sunscreens are created equal and many are far less effective than they claim to be. For this reason, it’s best to conduct your own research before you buy to ensure you find one that truly provides the level of protection you desire. Don’t forget to apply the cream to your neck and the top of your ears – these areas are exposed to the sun just as much as your face but are easily overlooked.

Clear the smoke

Smoking has been linked to early aging and an increase in the number of visible wrinkles on your face. It can also create a yellowish tint to your skin. If you’re having a hard time giving up or even cutting down on your tobacco consumption, consider making the switch to vaping. With only a fraction of the number of chemicals found in regular cigarettes, vaping is an alternative with far less impact on your skin as well as the rest of your overall health.

Another advantage of vaping is that you have far more choice of the type of device you want to carry with you, along with more choice when it comes to the strength and flavor of your vaping liquid. Search out the various varieties online and when you find a vape juice review you like the sound of, you can place an order with just a few clicks.

Spot the difference

If your skin in prone to breaking out in spots, your diet could be to blame. Although not all studies support the idea that there is a link between acne, foods high on the glycemic index and the levels of insulin in your body, many people find that cutting down on refined sugar and replacing snack food with fruit, fresh vegetables and foods rich in Omega-3 benefits their skin. Similarly, though not all studies show a link between dairy products and spots, there is a theory that milk might promote acne by causing excess production of sebum.

Foods believed to be beneficial to the health of your skin include tomatoes, kale, spinach and arugula. Don’t neglect the rest of your diet though. Keep everything in balance to ensure you are getting the right proportion of carbohydrates and proteins to ensure all round health. Dark chocolate has also been found to contain substances that promote good skin health. You should also be drinking lots of water to ensure you are fully hydrated and get plenty of exercise as the increased blood flow is also beneficial to your skin.

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