Archives for May 2018

May 2, 2018

It only takes a little black for a super white smile

How many beauty products do you have on your shelf that contain activated charcoal?  I can honestly say that I now have one, C6 teeth whitener. C6 contains activated charcoal and is as black as charcoal can get.

What is activated charcoal? Activated charcoal offers a  variety of applications that help to rid the body of toxins and it is medicinal. It’s the byproduct of slowly burnt wood, peat or coconut shells and becomes “activated” through a heating process. Activated charcoal traps unwanted chemicals in its tiny pores by a process called adsorption, defined as “the chemical reaction where elements bind to a surface,” where positively charged toxins attach themselves to the negative charge of activated charcoal.


There you have it. Now let me introduce you to C6.   C6 is an all natural formula that whitens teeth using activated charcoal (carbon) powder without the pain and sensitivity associated with chemical teeth whitening treatments. I’m not a fan of ultraviolet lights due to teeth sensitivity and I have used other teeth whiteners which I like. What I like about C6 is that you brush your teeth with the charcoal as you would toothpaste. (C6 does not replace toothpaste and I brush my teeth apter using it).

C6 is formulated with coconut shell charcoal powder and other organic ingredients to “adsorb” particles in your mouth helping to rid your teeth of stains associated with berries, coffees, teas and smoke. It also helps remove bacteria and toxins associated with bad breath.

After using C6 you will notice immediately how smooth the surface of your teeth are and whiter too.  The organic orange peel and peppermint oils contained in C6 add a refreshing taste that you will love! C6 activated charcoal powder will not lighten artificial teeth, caps, crowns, veneers or porcelain, composite or other restorative materials.

The only drawback to C6 is that as you brush your teeth with the charcoal, your teeth and mouth will be temporarily black, really black . It’s not a pretty sight but after rinsing your mouth out thoroughly, the results are brightening!

C6 contains no harmful chemicals is vegan and cruelty free and made in an FDA registered facility.

For more information and to purchase your C6 visit

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May 2, 2018

Gabrielle Union wears Alias Mae!

Gabrielle Union shared a photo on Instagram wearing Alias Mae. The actress showed off a colorful Spring look accessorized with Alias Mae’s Nakita Flats in Black Box ($199.95,
  Photos courtesy of Instagram
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May 2, 2018

Under $100: Bella Hadid Really Loves Miranda Frye!

Bella Hadid was photographed wearing Miranda Frye multiple times while on vacation in Miami. The supermodel accessorized her cool model off duty and yacht looks with Miranda Frye’s Freda Hoops($88;
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May 2, 2018

Denim Designer sts blue’s Cropped Skinny Styles, New Summer Fashion Staples

Ellie High Rise Step Hem Skinny (Floresta Wash)

Ellie High Rise Step Hem Skinny (Floresta Wash)


Denim designer sts blue has debuted this season’s cropped skinny editions of fan-favorite styles in various washes.

sts blue offers couture-inspired denim without the high price tag.  You can satisfy your obsession with bold new pieces, like the ultra-mod mid-rise “Emma” in a dark deconstructed wash and the high-rise exposed button or “Ellie” in an understated medium wash. Pair those with a flirty floral blouse or a delicate pastel cami, appropriate for the occasion.

Style your favorite logo tee with a crop skinny jean for a fun look. Wear with an oversized sweatshirt and sneakers, or with a cropped tank and wedge heels.  Available at  Nordstrom, or online at, where you’ll find  free shipping and returns. Join the sts blue rewards program to earn points toward all of your purchases, and follow the fashion trends on Instagram @sts_blue .

About sts blue:

The sts blue muse is trendy, sexy and fun. She looks to celeb street style for her fashion influence. She considers her social life when selecting what jeans to wear, whether it’s brunch with friends or date night, denim is always where her outfit begins. She chooses styles that are anything but basic, rather she convets the latest “it” jean, jean short, or denim jacket. Not afraid to rock denim on denim but she wants value, a perfect fit, and a jean that will make heads turn. Find sts blue denim at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Von Maur, or online at, all with a wallet-friendly price tag. Follow the latest trends and our #DenimDolls on Instagram @sts_blue.


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May 2, 2018

Check out May’s Giveaway at


Check out for free makeovers, free samples and a chance to win beauty products in their  monthly contest.


Details on their MAY Beauty Basket Giveaway:
This month’s basket includes products from Lumene, Eva NYC, Simple, Scunci, L’Oreal, Degree and more! The Contest runs from now through 5/31/18, winners will be chosen on 6/10/2018 and notified by 6/15/2018. Please to go to their Facebook page ( and press “like” , then enter to win on the page.
You can also enter on the website website at On the site you can enter your zip code to find beauty events in your area. You can also follow them on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter. In addition to listing in-store makeovers, also features a blog on product reviews (


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May 1, 2018

Key Jewelry Pieces for Summer

Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes the chance to break out those pieces that make you look fabulous in the sunshine. There are many items in your jewelry box that don’t see the light of day over the winter when the cold weather means you have to wrap your body up in layers of clothing. This is the time of year when you get to strip away those layers and dust off those fair-weather trinkets that will enhance your summer style. If you want to look your best, what are the key pieces you shouldn’t be without?


Summer means lower necklines and more skin on show, so you can wear larger pieces or use longer chains. The chunky look is in right now, with pieces that encase the neck with a network of stones like a ruff making the boldest statements. If you’d rather be a little less overt, long pendants, particularly those with semi-precious stones that give a natural, earthy look are the way to go. Think jade and amber, or go for the chic black of jet.


If it’s hot, then unless you want your neck to overheat you’re best wearing long hair up, either in a braid, ponytail, in a scarf or under a hat. That means your ears will be on display, and you can go to town with your earrings. Again, you have two key choices. Go for large, showy pieces that draw attention to your ears and shout “look at me!”, such as large embellished hoops. Or choose some studs such as the titanium ones available from These will complement your face with your hair up and make a more understated addition to your look.

Bracelets and anklets

The trend for wearing multiple bracelets continues, with top fashion designers adding their versions to the market. Braided, leather, fabric and rope styles all combine well, or a set of mixed bangles in current styles makes for a different but equally effective look. It’s not so comfortable to wear massed bracelets on your ankle, so give it a miss, or go for a single matching piece.

Rings and piercings

It’s summer, you can get your belly button on show again! Other than intimate piercings, belly buttons are pretty much the only pierced body part that isn’t on show all year round, so make the most of the heat and flaunt your tummy. It’s a good time to completely change your other piercings too, choosing lighter metals and designs for the hot weather. If you normally wear rings that cover some of your skin, swap them for slimmer styles that allow your skin to breathe and avoid getting damaged, unhealthy skin issues on your fingers.

With these considerations in mind, you can now look at your summer jewelry collection and see what needs to go and what you need to start shopping for. The right pieces of jewelry make a massive difference to your look, so make sure you’ve got the best for the summer ahead.

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May 1, 2018

Shilpi Agarwal, M.D. & Belli Beauty Tips For Choosing The Right Ingredients

Shilpi Agarwal, M.D

Shilpi Agarwal, M.D

Shilpi Agarwal, M.D. is a medical advisor to Belli Beauty, a line of skin care products specifically formulated to exclude ingredients that studies show 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.

According to Dr. Agarwal, you don’t have to give up premium, luxurious skin care products. It’s just a matter of choosing the right ingredients and excluding others.  Here are a few of her tips:

  • Be picky for a purpose. Look for products with no phthalates, paraben preservatives, artificial dyes and fragrances.
  • Avoid retinoids. Oral retinoids have been associated with birth defects, and while there’s no hard proof that topical ones are harmful, most doctors agree it is best to err on the side of caution.
  • Re-think your acne products. Common acne fighting ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are no-no’s during pregnancy and lactation. The irony, of course, is that pregnancy causes many women (even those who have never had acne) to break out. Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash uses lactic acid, an ingredient that occurs naturally in the body.
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen, but avoid chemical-based versions. Look for one that offers mineral-based broad spectrum UVB and UVA protection, like Belli’s Pure Radiance Facial Sunscreen. It also hydrates the skin, so it helps you downsize your beauty regimen.
  • A mani/pedi is a great way to pamper yourself during pregnancy, but insist on polishes that are “triple-free,” or that contain no DBP, toluene, or formaldehyde.
  • When in doubt, consult your ob/gyn as to which skin care and cosmetic ingredients are safe for you and baby during this important time.


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May 1, 2018

Pediatric Skin Cancer Scientists Information and Fact Sheet

Mom and baby in sun

Pediatric skin cancer scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are alerting parents of genetic research showing that sun damage contributes to melanoma in children and adolescents as well as adults.  The research underscores the need for precautionary measures necessary to avoid extreme sun exposure for children, including the implementation of routine prevention measures.

Dr. Alberto Pappo, director of the Solid Tumor Division at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, says there are important things for parents to keep in mind this summer, including simple and effective tips to best protect children from the harmful effects of the sun.

“Don’t assume children cannot get skin cancer because of their age.  Unlike other cancers, the conventional melanoma that we see mostly in adolescents behaves the same as it does in adults.   And although rare, melanoma is the most common type of skin cancer in younger patients and affects mostly teenagers,” said Dr. Pappo.  “Children are not immune from extreme sun damage and parents should start sun protection early and make it a habit for life.”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a leader in pediatric melanoma research and treatment.   Each year, St. Jude provides treatment and second opinions for patients with pediatric melanoma around the country and beyond.  Each year, the St. Jude Pediatric and Adolescent Melanoma Referral Clinic brings patients and families to St. Jude for two days of expert consultation, as well as medical examinations by leading specialists, educational seminars and an introduction to melanoma-related resources.

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer because it often spreads to other parts of the body. Melanoma gets its name from melanocytes—skin cells that produce a pigment called melanin, which gives skin its color.  Other facts about melanoma, include:

  • About 76,700 new cases are diagnosed in the United States each year.
  • About 7 percent of cancers in children 15 to 19 years of age are melanomas. Melanoma is most common in people of Caucasian descent, occurring five times more often than in Hispanics and 20 times more often than in African Americans.
  • Childhood melanoma may not fit into the same routine diagnosis symptoms as adults, instead parents should look for the following:
    • A mole that changes, grows or doesn’t go away
    • An odd-shaped or large mole
    • A pale-colored or red bump
    • A mole or bump that itches or bleeds

For more information on melanoma, visit St. Jude’s Melanoma Clinic’s fact sheet on the disease by clicking here

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