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April 26, 2018

Pregnancy Products and things you should know, Belli Beauty

Belli Beauty Anti Blemish Facial Wash

Belli Beauty Anti Blemish Facial Wash

This is especially concerning during pregnancy. On any given day, women typically use several topical skin care products, regularly exposing themselves to as many as 200 individual ingredients, including potentially harmful chemicals that can be absorbed through the pores into the bloodstream.
Shilpi Agarwal, M.D. is a medical advisor to Belli Beauty, a line of skin care products specifically formulated to exclude ingredients that studies have shown to have even remote connections to birth defects, miscarriage, etc. The board-certified family medicine practitioner is also a self-described beauty junkie and ingredients nerd. We have asked Dr. Agarwal to provide us with a “red flag” list of ingredients that are commonly found in skin care and cosmetic products but should be avoided during pregnancy and nursing. Check back soon for that information.
In the meantime, I’ll go over just a couple of Belli Beauty products that, even though I am not pregnant or nursing, I love. First off, the Anti-Blemish Facial Wash Complexion Perfect Cleanse is OB/GYN and dermatologist recommended. This product is allergy tested, Free of artificial dyes and fragrance. The formulation is phthalates free and free of any Parabens. Some of the ingredients are Cucumber, Olive Oil and Fruit Extract among other great stuff.
Here are some notes from research I have done on pregnancy and  acne. The Doctors TV quotes, my favorite LA based dermatologist, Dr, Jessica Wu as saying “During pregnancy, surging hormones cause a number of changes to the body, including blotches on the skin and acne. “If you’ve never had acne before, now is the time it will erupt all over your skin,” dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu says. The Doctors TV goes on to say, “A safe solution is the Belli Skincare line of products, which are specially tested and pregnancy safe. They were developed by Dr. Jason Rubin in 2002 and are the only skincare line that offers teratology screening, which produces a higher safety standard that guards against ingredients with even remote links to birth defects.”
The second product I would like to spotlight today is the Stretchmark Minimizing Cream Skin Restoration Correct. Again, this is OB/GYN and Dermatologist recommended. About stretchmarks, The Doctors TV says, “Stretch marks, or striea, are linear dermal tears or scars that occur when the skin is subjected to progressive stretching. “It’s a true injury, it’s a true scar,” dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer says.
Stretch marks can be minimized with creams. Belli Beauty Stretchmark Minimizing Cream Skin Restoration is specifically formulated to decrease the appearance of existing Stretchmarks of any age or any cause, even besides pregnancy. I have no stretchmarks but use the cream morning and night at the beginning and now once a day. I seem to feel it helps with my cellulite but I do not know that as true and Belli Beauty does not claim that.
I will be back with some facts from Shilpi Agarwal, M.D. , a medical advisor to Belli Beauty. She will provide us with some facts regarding product ingredients to avoid during pregnancy and nursing.
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April 25, 2018

Janelle Monae Wears Cynthia Rowley!

Janelle Monae posed in Cynthia Rowley at Z100 New York earlier today! The singer paired a bomber with her Cynthia Rowley Custom Made Maxi Skirt (price available upon request, www.cynthiarowley.com).
  Photos courtesy of  Instagram
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April 25, 2018

notes to self socks: Celebrate Dads and Grads in Your Life

The upcoming months are filled with countless special occasions including Father’s Day celebrations and Graduation parties. If you’re looking for a fun, unique way to remind the special people in your life of their value, uniqueness and potential to be their best, look no further than notes to self® socks-founded on the belief that ‘words make all the difference’® . What could be better than wrapping your feet in affirmations each morning and being reminded each night that “I am STRONG,” “I am HAPPY,” “I am BRAVE,” I am BEAUTIFUL,” or “I BELIEVE.” notes to self® vast array of custom socks will add the perfect pop of festive fun to all of your spring and summer soirees.
Notes To Self socks Offers Stylish Socks with Positive Quotes to Inspire and Motivate 
notes to self® socks come in sizes from newborn to men’s 16 shoe, so you can find them to fit most anyone. Most of them are  low-cut, running style socks, but they also carry  crew socks and dress socks. The one thing they all have in common is a positive message. Most of the socks say “I am: strong, beautiful, amazing, courageous, etc.” There are also socks that state “I have: faith, hope, a story, etc.” The affirmation is woven on the top of the toe with the main word large on the sole of the sock.
They also carry socks for roles in life like the high school or college graduate! 
Notes To Self socks are manufactured in the U.S. The low-cut socks are made from comfortable cotton. The athletic crew socks are made from high-quality, moisture-wicking polyester. Schmidt selected these superior blends to provide soft comfort and performance. The sock designs also have a breathable mesh top and arch support. In each case, the positive messages are woven into the socks during knitting to provide long-term exposure.
Visit NotesToSelf.com for your inspiration. Connect with them on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.
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April 25, 2018

Skin Care Options Found in Your Kitchen Provided By Dr. Christopher Calapai

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With Spring’s unpredictable weather here, keeping your skin healthy and glowing can be a challenge. From the heat’s dehydrating effect to humidity’s pore-clogging grief, an at-home facial is sure to provide a quick fix. But with so many products and confusing ingredient labels lining the shelves, it can be impossible to choose what’s best for your skin.

New York City’s Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., an Osteopathic Physician, board-certified family medicine practitioner and anti-aging guru, has created a tip sheet of his favorite skincare options found in your own kitchen!

For Sensitive Skin: Try Oatmeal 

  • Oatmeal is great for sensitive skin because it contains anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties, but also contains soothing properties that would benefit those with sensitive skin
  • How to: Mix two or three tablespoons of finely ground oats with one tablespoon of honey for an extra-soothing combo

 

For Acne-Prone Skin: Try Citrus 

  • Citrus does an excellent job of removing dead skin cells. Lemon, in particular, fights breakouts with its antibacterial properties and can reduce the appearance of dark marks
  • How to: Combine fresh lemon juice with all-natural yogurt to fight acne, while yogurt’s sooths skin and tightens pores

For Oily Skin: Try Sugar

  • Sugar is another great exfoliator that works great with oily skin because it gets deep into pores and lifts excess oil and grime to unclog pores
  • How to: Mix Sugar and egg whites to remove excess oil and shrink pores

 

For Dry Skin: Try Almond

  • Thanks to its high levels of Vitamin E, crushed almond can combat dry skin
  • How to:Combine one teaspoon of almond powder and one teaspoon of water for a simple yet effective scrub

 

For All Skin Types: Try Baking Soda 

  • Baking Soda is a versatile ingredient that can benefit all skin types. Its exfoliating properties does a great job of removing dead skin cells and is simple to use
  • How to: Combining baking soda creates a paste that any skin type can handle

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. He has worked with Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham’s, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at www.drcal.net

 

 

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April 25, 2018

Jaguar, Gucci, Land Rover, Cartier And Prada Are Some of The Top Luxury Brands

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Jaguar is Top Luxury Brand Followed by Land Rover and Rolex. The luxury industry ranked 13th out of the 15 studied in MBLM’s Brand Intimacy 2018 Report, which is the largest study of brands based on emotions. Jaguar again came in first in the industry followed by Land Rover and Rolex. The remaining brands in the Top 10 for the luxury industry were: Cartier, Hermès, Gucci, Tiffany & Company, Channel, Louis Vuitton and Prada.

Brand Intimacy is defined as a new paradigm that leverages and strengthens the emotional bonds between a person and a brand. For the third year, the study revealed that top intimate brands in the U.S. surpassed the top brands in the Fortune 500 and S&P indices in revenue and profit over the past 10 years.

“Luxury brands continue to struggle establishing strong emotional connections with consumers. This is a surprising result given how ionic and well known these brands are. We believe luxury brands fail to focus enough on building reciprocal relationships or leverage the power of emotion. We see this as an untapped opportunity,” stated Mario Natarelli, managing partner, MBLM.

Other significant luxury findings in MBLM’s Brand Intimacy 2018 Report include:

  • The industry had an average Brand Intimacy Quotient of 11.9, well below the study average of 27.1
  • Indulgence, which is associated with pampering and gratification, is the dominant archetype in the category
  • Gucci ranked highest for indulgence in the industry
  • Jaguar is the only brand in the category within the Top 100 intimate brands overall, ranking 91st
  • Jaguar ranked #1 for men, women and millennials
  • Land Rover ranked #1 for people between 55-64 years old
  • Study participants with incomes higher than $100,000 ranked Rolex first
  • Hermès declined in the study, while Rolex, Cartier and Gucci all improved their Brand Intimacy score
  • The luxury industry performed better in Mexico, where it ranked 10th and in the UAE, where it ranked 7th

This year’s report contains the most comprehensive rankings of brands based on emotion, analyzing the responses of 6,000 consumers and 54,000 brand evaluations across 15 industries in the U.S., Mexico and UAE. MBLM’s reports and interactive Brand Ranking Tool showcase the performance of almost 400 brands, revealing the characteristics and intensity of the consumer bonds.

 

Methodology – During 2017, MBLM with Praxis Research Partners conducted an online quantitative survey among 6,000 consumers in the United States (3,000), Mexico (2,000), and the United Arab Emirates (1,000). Participants were respondents who were screened for age (i.e. 18 to 64 years of age) and annual household income ($35,000 or more) in the U.S. and socioeconomic levels in Mexico and the UAE (A, B, and C socioeconomic levels). Quotas were established to ensure that the sample mirrored census data for age, gender, income/socioeconomic level, and region. The survey was designed primarily to understand the extent to which consumers have relationships with brands and the strength of those relationships, from fairly detached to highly intimate. It is important to note that this study provides more than a mere ranking of brand performance and was specifically designed to provide prescriptive guidance to marketers. We modeled data from a total of 54,000 brand evaluations to quantify the mechanisms that drive intimacy. Through factor analysis, structural equation modeling, and other sophisticated analytic techniques, the research allows marketers to better understand which levers need to be pulled to build intimacy between brands and consumers.

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April 24, 2018

iRestore Hair Growth System Gives Women The Facts

iRestore Hair Growth System

iRestore Hair Growth System

Our friends at iRestore Hair Growth System tell us that 50 percent of women will experience thinning or hair loss by age 50.

This statistic is shocking for some and too real for others, but for the most part it gets swept under the rug (or hairpiece, as it were), and hair loss remains perceived as an issue that only affects men.

FDA-cleared and clinically proven, the iRestore Hair Growth System,  LLLT helmet for hair growth, and hair products and supplements that naturally restore thick, healthy hair give us these facts.

Below are facts that spur hair growth and better overall hair quality.

  • In women, hair loss is characterized by a more visible scalp, thinning at the top of the head and a widening part
  • Hair follicles shrink as we age, and the hairs they grow become lighter and gradually shorter in length until the follicles can no longer grow hair at all
  • In all women, the rate of hair growth naturally slows with age
  • Changing hormones can also make hair dry and brittle, causing remaining hair to become more fragile
  • Aging also causes melanin production to slow, leading to gray hairs

Stay tuned for some iRestore Hair Growth System product spotlights coming soon.

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April 24, 2018

Fashion House Sika’a Urges Fashionistas to Embrace African Designs

Sika'a Este Sinlge-Breasted Large Flower African Print Coat

Sika’a Este Sinlge-Breasted Large Flower African Print Coat

Fashion House Sika’a Urges Fashionistas to Embrace African Designs and Culture with Stunning, Vibrant Pieces.

Sika’a, the fashion brand that brings consumers beautifully crafted African inspired designs, is urging more fashionistas to embrace the vibrant patterns and interesting heritage of African pieces. The fashion house argues that encouraging more people to purchase traditional African designs not only improves cultural understanding but can provide vital support to talented African designers.

The statement follows renowned designer Stella McCartney receiving criticism for using Ankara print fabrics showcased by models of Caucasian and Asian descent in a runway show. The decision led to McCartney facing accusations of appropriation. While such prints have long been associated with African tradition, they originate from Indonesia and were replicated and mass-produced in the Netherlands, where much of Ankara prints are still produced, earning them the name of Dutch wax prints.

Gompa Tchoudi, founder of Sika’a, said, “Rather than criticizing designers that choose to use African inspired prints, it should be celebrated. African fashion is beautifully vibrant, and the continent is home to many incredible designers and businesses that can benefit from the publicity. Fashion is an essential medium for promoting traditions, culture, and a greater understanding.

“Sika’a works with acclaimed Dutch wax prints firm Vlisco to bring stunning African fabrics and designs to a whole new audience that embraces the heritage of the pieces. We believe that all should be able to experience wearable African fashion.”

Sika’a produces a collection of affordable, premium wardrobe staples that draw inspiration from African designs, including feminine dresses, edgy jackets, and must have accessories. Styles are classically bold, bright, and colorful. Through giving traditional African clothing items a modern vibe, the brand makes garments that are both unique and wearable for contemporary fashion lovers that want pieces that won’t go out of fashion.

Core to Sika’a’s values is promoting a positive image of Africa and the creativity if the continent. Through its sustainability policies, ethical consumers know they’re supporting local artisans and communities that work to blend the tradition of African clothing with fresh, modern designs.

To find out more visit sikaa.com/.

About: Sika’a is an African inspired fashion house with an emphasis on tailoring and an electric use of custom-sourced African fabrics. The brand combines traditional African wear with an update, contemporary twist for truly unique garments designed with modern life in mind.

 

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April 23, 2018

FOX Good Day Charlotte, Check in Tomorrow Morning as Enya Flack Presents

Enya Flack previously on Good Day Charlotte

Enya Flack previously on Good Day Charlotte

 

Fox’s Good Day Charlotte is a favorite morning show of the It’s a Glam Thing team. The lovely Enya Flack gets to stop by every month or so to present a Beauty segment.  Tomorrow morning Enya will appear presenting a “Spring Beauty Product Haul”.

Enya will present skin care, hair care, cosmetics and more.  You will recognize some of the products as It’s a Glam Thing Beauty’s Best Spring 2018 Award Winners.

Tune in tomorrow online at Good Day Charlotte or at It’s a Glam Thing to see Enya’s segment presentation.

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April 23, 2018

Tips to enhance the visual appeal of your fashion website on Instagram

Fashion and beauty are a demanding industry, and there is much competition in the field. You will find many people looking for ways and means to get access to the latest products and brand to look and feel good. Now, if you are the owner of a fashion website, it is smart to use Instagram for promoting and marketing your business. Instagram is a visual platform and ideal for you to convert leads into sales.

How can you optimize Instagram for your fashion website and business?

Instagram is the ideal social media platform for your fashion website however it must be optimized to the full extent for you to get noticed. The following are some salient tips you can use for enhancing visual appeal for your fashion website-

  • Be unique- You should be different and unique in your posting strategy. Do not do the same thing what other companies are doing. The mission here is to stand out and be different from the others. To present ideas and fashion images, be creative and create an impression that leaves a positive impact.
  • Quality matters- Your targeted audience deserves good quality posts, and this is why it is wise to post pictures that have high resolution. They improve credibility for your brand and look attractive. This invokes trust and confidence in your buyers.
  • Post pictures of people- Pictures of people are very popular on Instagram, and as per a study conducted by the Georgia Institute of Technology with Yahoo, it has been observed that social media posts with faces get more likes over other things.
  • Bright colors- Bright colors have a distinctive appeal, and the use of them increase sales and engagement.
  • Use longer captions- Long captions help you provide more reader information. They are effective for you to gain better sales and increased engagement.

Make people discover your fashion brand better

After you take consideration of all the above factors, the next step is to make people find your brand and begin their purchases. There is no point in creating a fashion website and page on Instagram without people noticing you. Now, the question is how they will find you?

Hashtags – Make use of them for people to find you

Hashtags allow people to find you and know more about your brand. Hashtags allow you to be specific and this helps your customers to find you faster. When you use hashtags, you can increase followers for Instagram. Many people are looking for you. If you use the wrong hashtags, people will not be able to find you. The hashtags should be relevant to fashion and beauty. At the same time, you must make sure that you have trending hashtags that are popular and widely searched in the market.

Create sharing content and links

Merely sharing content on Instagram is not the key to attracting customers to your fashion brand. The content you share must also contain the links to the products you sell in the market. These links in the content will make the post fun and interactive. It is crucial for you to create a relationship between fashion brands and your followers. You as a fashion website owner should know what your targeted audience likes to respond to. This will help you create the right mix of content to share with your targeted audience online. You may use product reference numbers along with the links to make your products shoppable.

Create inspiration for the targeted audience

You may create inspiration for your fashion brand when you may ask your targeted audience to come forward and share their style. This inspires followers to come forward and get featured in your posts with their unique styles. You can also highlight the scene inspiration where you can post pictures of what goes on behind the scene in your business. This gives you the opportunity to get personal and close to your followers. In this way, you can give them a different perspective of your brand.

You can also create inspiring Instagram Stories that highlight fashion shows. These Stories are online for 24 hours, and they promote prompt sharing. In this way, you can share pictures of a fashion show with your targeted audience and introduce them to the amazing world of fashion and the latest styles that are available in the market.

Instagram is an amazing platform for you to promote and market your fashion website. Use it to the optimal and allow your targeted audience to see the inspiration behind your style and designs. In this way, you can reach out to a large section of society with success. Instagram is the right platform if you have a fashion brand and using it to reach out to your customers is indeed a wise and prudent choice!

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April 23, 2018

Timothy R. Jennings, M.D, Keeping A Beautiful Mind and Body Health

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Psychiatrist and international speaker Timothy R. Jennings, M.D reminds us that
growing older is inevitable, but many of the afflictions associated with older age, including dementia, disability and increased dependence on others, don’t have to be.

“Aging has a wonderful beauty and we should have respect for that.” Eartha Kitt

Dr. Jennings has some insights. Dr. Jennings prescribes simple, everyday actions we all can take to promote vitality, and prevent dementia and late-onset Alzheimer’s. “The choices we make now can help us to keep our minds sharp and maintain our independence as we age,” says Jennings.

An easy-to-use guide to maintaining brain and body health throughout life, The Aging Brain, is based on solid, up-to-date scientific research, and the interventions discussed may help prevent progression toward dementia, even in those already showing signs of mild cognitive impairment. The recommendations also may help reduce disability and depression.

“This book isn’t just for people hoping to slow the aging process,” says Jennings. “It’s also for anyone who is a caregiver to someone at risk of or already beginning to suffer from dementia. It offers a hopeful, healthy way forward.”

“I take comfort that aging happens to everybody. It’s part of life. Aging offers great lessons in dignity, since the indignity wins in the end. Yes, it bothers me when I have lines or puffiness or droops. But it connects me with the human race. Like weather bringing people together, aging brings people together.” Diane Lane

Jennings, who maintains a private practice in Chattanooga, TN, has authored several books, including The God-Shaped Brain and The God-Shaped Heart. He has spent more than two decades researching the interface between biblical principles and modern brain science. A Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Life Fellow of the Southern Psychiatric Association, Jennings is president and founder of Come and Reason Ministries.

For more information about Dr. Jennings and to hear his lectures, please visit the website: www.comeandreason.com.

Book Release Date: June 19, 2018

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