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August 21, 2018

Benefits Of An Oatmeal Mask For Skin And Hair

The benefits of an oatmeal mask for skin and hair include hydration, nourishment, and healing. Multiple studies prove that oats are one of the healthiest foods in existence (Journal of Food Science and Technology). This means that eating oatmeal regularly can benefit your skin nearly as much as applying a homemade mask, though the results of the latter will be noticeable immediately.


Benefits of an Oatmeal Mask for Skin and Hair Explained

Oatmeal is so good for your skin and hair because it’s highly nutritious. It’s particularly rich in antioxidants, as well as zinc, iron, magnesium, and copper. Zinc is a major reason for the skin benefits of oats because it enhances healing. This is why oatmeal masks are so good for acne-prone and irritated skin.

It’s because of its high nutrition value that oatmeal also benefits your beauty from within. By adding it to your diet, you ensure that your body gets all vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants necessary for maintaining skin health and elasticity. Oatmeal is also one of the best appetite suppressants. Therefore, it can help you lose weight while enhancing your natural beauty.

You also shouldn’t forget that studies provided solid evidence that eating oats regularly reduces the risk of cardiovascular heart disease. By boosting the health of your cardiovascular system, oatmeal helps improve blood flow, which is an important part of the natural beauty enhancement process.

The benefits of an oatmeal mask for hair are similar. This remedy will make the skin of your scalp healthier, thus making your hair healthier also. Due to its antibacterial and healing properties, an oatmeal hair mask can help treat dandruff and itchy scalp.

Best Oatmeal Mask Recipes for Skin and Hair

  • Coconut oil & oatmeal face mask.
    This face mask will improve the condition of acne-prone skin and help get rid of a breakout. Dissolve a tablespoon of coconut oil in a bowl with ¼ cup of warm water. Add 3 tablespoons of oatmeal and stir to combine. Apply the paste on your face and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
  • Almond oil & oatmeal hair mask.
    Use this mask to nourish and heal dry and damaged hair. Combine ½ cup of oatmeal, ½ cup of milk, and 1-2 tablespoons of almond oil. Apply the mix on your hair and leave for 20 minutes, covered by a plastic shower cap. Rinse off with warm water and shampoo your hair as usual.
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August 20, 2018

Dr. Nava Greenfield , Schweiger Dermatology Group Tells Us Sun Protection Is Important All Year Long.

Nava Greenfield, MD

Nava Greenfield, MD


Dr. Nava Greenfield  reminds us that summer is soon coming to an end but that is no reason to get lazy with your sun care.

“Summer is almost over but sun protection is as important as ever,” says Dr. Nava Greenfield from Schweiger Dermatology Group. “Even if your skin already has sun exposure you should still be avoiding ultraviolet light exposure for your skin health and to prevent accelerated aging. Sunscreen is a great start but it does not fully protect.”

Here, Dr. Greenfield’s gives us tips on how best to protect yourself during the last few weeks of summer and beyond:

1) Keep yourself in the shade: bring an umbrella to the beach and sit under a tree at the park. The UV rays will be blocked by these physical barriers.

2) Take a sun protection supplement. It will be the easiest part of your skin routine and should be taken rain or shine. Plant based and clinically proven ingredients, get SPF Boost supplements at select Schweiger Dermatology Group locations.

3) Wear a broad rimmed hat and UPF clothing. You can purchase these at many online retailers such as or Wearing sun protected clothes on sunny days will go a long way to preventing late summer sun burns.

4) Wear sunglasses with total UV protection: Protecting against UVA and UVB are both important so make sure the glasses state they protect against both.

5) Reapply your sunscreen every two hours. A chemical based sunscreen (avobenzone, octinoxate) will stay on longer especially if in the water or during exercise with heavy sweating, but will not be effective after about two hours of use. A physical sunscreen (zinc or titanium dioxide) will wash off more easily in water or sweat. Make sure to reapply at least every two hours or after a dip in the pool.

6) Remember to apply sunscreen to your hands before you drive. Your hands are exposed to ultraviolet light if they are on the wheels and they will age more quickly than the rest of your skin if they are chronically exposed in the car. Car windows do not block the harmful UV rays.


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August 16, 2018

These are a few of our favorite things…Thank you Navago

If you love online shopping, you will love . Some of my family’s favorite beauty items are from  At Navago, you will find “natural and organic products, current information on trends and developments in the organic and natural field; and unique coverage of brands that provide a holistic approach to total well-being.”  Navago’s  mission is to present their community of users with eco-friendly, natural and organic products, crafted by independent brands who deeply believe in improving our health and our environment. You can find the extensive list of  vendors at

Some of my family’s favorite beauty items were found at Navago. Browse among the dozens and dozens of vendors and find hundreds and hundreds of amazing health and beauty items. I snagged some shave products which my husband is enjoying. He is very fussy about the scents in his shave and shower products and I have found a few winners. Alluvian’s Shave Soap and Alluvian Handmade Soaps are just of few.

Winter is harsh on your lips but summer can be worse. Revival Lip Scrubs will quickly leave your lips soft supple and very kissable. Gentle all natural exfoliating sugars  remove chapped, dry skin. Your lips will never feel better and the taste of the scrubs are sensational. I use mine at night by applying to my dampened lips and gently massaging them  for 30-60 seconds. Remember to rinse thoroughly. Revival Lip Scrubs are Made In The USA,  contains 100% Vegan Ingredients  and No Animal Testing.

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Revival Lip Scrub Set includes full-sized jars of Cinnamon + Sugar, Peppermint + Sugar, and Rose & Vanilla + Sugar.

From Eyeliners to Nail polishes, Homeopathic supplies to vitamins, Skincare to Bath and Body and lets not for our men and home decor, you will find it all plus more at

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August 16, 2018



Regardless of weight or body type, it’s common to see some belly bloat. The foods we choose, how we’re digesting and simply the air we’re swallowing, can all add up to feeling and looking bloated. To help us keep our bellies as bloat free as possible, is Dr. Niket Sonpal, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Board Certified in Internal Medicine specializing in gastroenterology, digestive health and nutrition, who shares what to eat and what to avoid and why.

“It’s really important to pay attention to bloat, especially when it either comes on suddenly or is prolonged with pain. It is possible to develop an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine which gives that distended belly and full feeling,” explains Dr. Sonpal.

The discomfort caused by bloating is a fixable issue. Watching the choices you are making and the way your body is reacting to them is key.

According to Dr. Sonpal, here are some foods to steer clear of when it comes to banishing the bloat.

  1. Simple Carbs 

The general population is aware that foods like soft drinks, sweets, desserts, and white bread are not conducive to a healthy diet. Simple carbs are processed into the bloodstream very quickly and have little nutritional value other than the energy they add to your body. When there is an overflow of energy being stored in your body versus what you are burning you begin to gain weight and feel bloated.

  1. Processed starches

Limiting pasta or bread to a once per week treat can really make an impact when addressing bloat. These foods are like sponges when it comes to water.

When you cut starches, you’ll notice bloat minimizes pretty quickly.

  1. Sugar substitutes and faux sweeteners

Here’s the catch, you may think you’re doing the right thing by opting for “fat-free” or “sugar-free” food options that say they are “derived from real sugar.” Dr. Sonpal clarifies that these kinds of sugars are actually low-digestible carbohydrates. Our bodies metabolize them differently due to their chemical structure leaving them hanging around in our small intestine leading to bloat.

  1. Raw cauliflower (and other uncooked cruciferous vegetables).

Cauliflower has become the “it” vegetable because it takes on the flavor of anything it’s mixed with. We see recipes for cauliflower mashed, cauliflower pizza, fried “rice,” and even mac and cheese; all created with cauliflower as the main ingredient. When cooked, these vegetables are great sources of nutrition and fine side dish substitutes for pasta, rice, and potatoes. However, when cauliflower is chopped up and eaten raw along with kale, broccoli and brussels sprouts you can expect bloating to occur. Cooking is key!

  1. Salt

If you want to reduce water retention which always leads to a bloated stomach, cut out the salt. In fact, if you have a lunchtime meal you can significantly reduce the bloat and puffiness simply by avoiding salty foods for the remainder of the day. People who are mindful of their salt intake, prepare their own foods and avoid things like canned soups, chips, bacon, sausage, lunch meats will look and feel leaner.

What not to fear:

  1. Ripe Bananas!

What’s not to love about bananas. You can grab one on the go, they are high in potassium which is another thing that rids water retention.

  1. Cucumbers

They’re known to reduce swelling and given they contain the flavonoid antioxidant, quercetin. Cool crisp and delicious they’re common to salads and they can also be eaten solo as a snack. You can also add them to water.

  1. Watermelon

Chunks of watermelon are low calorie and filled with water (over 90%) and very low sugar.

Watermelons are mostly water — about 92 percent — but this refreshing fruit is soaked with nutrients. Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. There’s even a modest amount of potassium.

  1. Fermented Foods

Kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, and kombucha. These high probiotic, bacteria-friendly fermented foods are key to maximizing digestion and maintaining a healthy gut.

  1. Drink water and green tea!

Since carbonated beverages contribute to bloat stick to water and flavored teas. Sipping on these beverages throughout the day keeps the digestive system moving. When you are water deprived your body will hold on to the water already in your body without excretion leading to appearing bloated. 

Things to avoid when dealing with belly bloat include:

  1. Drinking from a straw

The mechanisms of straws make it so that you suck air in to take sips of your drink. An excess of this can fill you up with air and cause bloating.

  1. Sleeping right after eating

Many people get drowsy right after a meal. The best course of action is to go for a walk or do something that gives you a bit of energy and helps your body process your meal. Going to bed right after eating cripples your digestive process, slowing down the breakdown of your food.

  1. Eating Too Rapidly

If you find yourself struggling with bloating observing the pace at which you eat can help reduce the amount of air you intake while consuming the foods you love. Generally taking more time to enjoy your meal.

About the doctor:

Dr. Niket Sonpal is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Clinical instructor at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn and on the board of the NY‐ American College of Physicians (NYACP). He is completing his Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Lenox and has spoken and presented at over 25 national and regional conferences on his research and is a regular participant in national courses

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August 16, 2018

Zuri Hall Wears Miranda Frye jewelry at the Women of Impact All White Honorary Weekend

Zuri Hall Wears Miranda Frye

Zuri Hall Wears Miranda Frye. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Zuri Hall was photographed wearing Miranda Frye jewelry at the Women of Impact All White Honorary Weekend in Los Angeles. The E! News anchor accessorized her chic white dress with Miranda Frye’s Kelli Cuff (,,pictured below, $58;

Miranda Frye Jewelry

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August 15, 2018

The new Sally Hansen Sweetshop Collection inspired by Dana’s Bakery macarons

Who doesn’t love sweets? The new Sally Hansen Sweetshop Collection inspired by Dana’s Bakery macarons, allows you to indulge in sugary treats without the guilt. Let your nails shine bright with these vibrant dessert-esque nail polish hues. The collection features 5 shades of Sally Hansen sweetness.


Price ranges from $7.99 to $9.99.

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August 15, 2018

5 Questions to Ask when Searching for the Perfect Gift

There is no formula when hunting for the perfect gift. It will depend on a number of factors, such as the personality of the recipient, the occasion, and your budget, among other things. To make things easier, this post will briefly discuss some of the questions that you should ask to come up with the right decision on the gift to purchase.

How Much is the Budget?

The first thing that you have to do is to determine the amount that you are willing to spend. If you do not have the money, do not stretch it out. Settle for a simple gift. A DIY present can also be a good alternative. Be realistic about your financial status and do not try to give an expensive gift just to prove something. If you want affordable presents that will make the recipient happy, check out personalized gifts from Shutterfly.

What is the Occasion?

Another easy way to narrow down the choices will be the occasion at which the gift will be given. For instance, if it is a wedding gift, choose one that can be used by both of them or perhaps an item that they can use in their new home. If it is for a college graduation, pick something that will be useful for new employees.

What are the Hobbies of the Recipient?

Once you are able to identify the hobbies of the recipient, shopping for gifts can be an easier task. For someone who is into photography, Shutterfly’s canvas prints with the pictures personally taken by the recipient will be excellent. If the person loves to cook, a set of kitchenware will do the trick. For nature-lovers, a miniature decorative houseplant will be well-loved. For those who like gardening, a new set of gardening tools will be good.

What Does the Person Already Have?

You want the gift to be useful to the recipient, which is why you should look for something that the person does not own yet. With this, be observant and see what the person already has and look for something that he or she does not still have. Be resourceful. You can ask around from others to help you decide what to give. For gifts for people who seem to already have everything, give them new experiences, such as a meditation class or a massage.

How do You want the Person to Feel?

What is your goal for giving the gift? If you want the person to feel your romantic gesture, a bouquet of flowers will be more than enough or a box of chocolates with a hand-written note. Do you want that person to feel inspired? You can give an inspirational book or a wall art with inspirational quotes. Meanwhile, if you are looking for a simple gift to provide an instant mood boost, gift cards, wine crates, or scented candles will work

Do not be in a rush when shopping for a gift. Take the time to ask yourself those questions, and once answered, you will find it easier to identify the perfect gift!


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August 15, 2018

Beauty Talk , More Summertime Favorites. Are they on your “Bucket List”?

Beauty products can be sexy, trendy, sophisticated, attractively packaged, vegan, glamorous, award winning, classic, newly launched and forever Favorites. Today we are covering a few more of our Summertime Favorites. There may be something right here that is on your Beauty “Bucket List”! Let us know if there is.

Botanical Sunscreen. We love the Australian Gold Natural Spray. It is non-sticky, Antioxidant rich, Water Resistant to 80 Minutes. The Botanical Sunscreen SPF 50 has UVA/UVB protection. It is papaben free, Sulfate free, petrolatum free. It has no dies,  is Oil Free and has no CFC’s.  CFC’s are Chlorofluorocarbons.

Did you know? The Australian Gold Botanical SPF 30 Mineral Lotion is a 2018 New Beauty Award Winner. This too is a non-chemical sunscreen lotion. We love that it is non – whitening. We don’t enjoy looking like ghosts, at least not in the middle of summertime!


Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen New Beauty Award Winner

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen New Beauty Award Winner



Don’t forget protection. Remember to wear your sunscreen all year long. Any dermatologist will tell you that the need to protect your skin from sun damage is a year-round commitment.

Check out the Australian Gold FAQ page HERE. This brand has come a long way in the sun protection category of products.


Mehron Makeup Brazen Mascara

Mehron Makeup Brazen Mascara



Brazen Mascara by Mehron Make up comes in a tube container. We love it for summer because it is water resistant, not waterproof. That makes for better and easier removal. Mascara, it’s application and it’s removal must be just right to keep your lashes healthy.

These next products are NEW from Cetaphil, a favorite classic skin care brand. In summertime your beauty and skincare routines need to be modified. We love the Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Cleanser. It makes your skin feel comfortable and refreshed from sweat, pollutants, dirt and other summer gunk. It lathers up foamy and airy and manages to gently remove even stubborn sunscreen.


Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Cleanser

Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Cleanser


Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream helps the delicate skin around the eyes to stay hydrated. Summer weather especially  stresses the skin around the eyes. With its blend of hayfever, dry eyes, sun, sweat, itchy eyes, and  sand, you may find yourself rubbing your eyes more than ever during the summertime. And squinting wrinkles! No one wants those! Your skin will feel soft, soothed and refreshed as this product works its magic to brighten and smooth under eye circles, hydrate skin and keep you looking well rested all season.


Nubian Heritage Body Lotion Fragrance Free

Nubian Heritage Body Lotion Fragrance Free


We have posted about and highlighted Nubian Heritage products in the past. This brand is an It’s a Glam Thing favorite.  This summer we are loving the Nubian Heritage Fragrance-Free Shea Butter and Aloe Body Lotion and Body Wash for sensitive skin. In the summertime we really slather it on! Layers of sunscreen, extra deodorant, bug spray and more. For us, summer carries a whole new set of rules when it comes to wearing fragrance.  You don’t want to ooze with a mixed and unmatched aroma. Keep it simple and go with fragrance free products more often than not. The Nubian Heritage Lotion hydrates and conditions with Shea, Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E. The Body Wash helps to keep and restore the skin’s moisture balance.


Rosewater Skin Tonic No. 047

Rosewater Skin Tonic No. 047


Summertime is a time to add Rose Water to your beauty routine. Rose water is a multi functional wonder.  Its mild astringent properties help tighten the pores, gently tone the skin and radiate your complexion.

 C.O.Bigelow ROSEWATER SKIN TONIC No 047 with Rose Extracts and 5% Witch Hazel, 5% Chamomile, 1% Calendula and Salicylic Acid works well with all skin types. Just saturate a cotton ball or pad with tonic and apply it to face and neck for a wonderful “Perk me up!”. I absolutely love the soothing smell of the C.O. Bigelow Rosewater Skin Tonic.

C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries is a trusted brand established in 1838! Check out the website HERE.






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August 15, 2018

5 Reasons to Shift to the Diva Cup…

Women go through various health problems and are harmed by various infections. Their private areas are often exposed to various bacteria and germs which can be dangerous and can affect those areas and infect. To get rid of this problem, a new invention is the diva cup, which keeps them healthy and it also protect their private areas during menstruation.

Diva cup is a menstrual cup having the shape of a bell, and it is placed internally. This cup sits low in the canal of the vagina, gathering the menstrual flow. This has reduced the itchiness that the women feel by using tampons or pads. This cup is an alternative to the traditional hygiene methods used by women during menstrual cycles.

Why one should switch to the diva cup?

Diva cup does not need to be changed more often: This statement is not fully true as sometime it may be needed to change frequently. This diva cup needs to be changed every 12 hours mainly during morning and night and this proves to be very beneficial for women.

They find this cup more convenient as it saves them from any harassment or embarrassing situation due to any inconvenient leak which are generally caused by tampons or pads. To maintain comfort, it is recommended to empty the cup and clean it more often whenever they get opportunity. This is more hygienic than the pads and is very efficient in providing women a safe menstrual period which is a phase full of irritation for them.

Reduce exposure to harmful chemicals: Tampons are made by using cotton and various compounds ant it can be assured that some chemicals are added to it. These are potentially harmful for the body. To add fragrance to the product, the producers apply various chemicals. These chemicals are not healthy for the body and can damage the body when used for a long period. Most of the sanitary products are by-products of bleaching process.

The diva cup does not include any chemicals in it and is totally safe to be applied by women. These cups are not at all harmful and can give better results when used for a long time. This cup is made by remembering the defects of the conventional sanitary products like tampons and pads.

No extensive link to Toxic shock syndrome: Tampons are generally associated with a high risk of getting toxic shock syndrome. The experts are not fully sure but they believe this. Generally, many bacteria reside in our body which are generally harmless but can harm and infect the body if they are left to overgrow. Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria which is associated with this syndrome. Tampons are thus highly exposed to the risks and thus the experts do advice everyone for menstrual cups which are generally believed of not carrying any major risk when used.

Save money: Though the cost of buying the diva cup can seem to be costly and it can be seen as a very costly device, but this cup reduces the monthly expense of buying pads. This cup also saves the time of the users as it reduces their trips to pharmacy to buy sanitary pads and tampons. Thus this diva cup is very essential as well as beneficial as it provides comfort to women in various ways.

Do not cause dryness: As we know that the tampons have various chemicals in it, they absorb the blood. Tampons soak up the menstrual blood in the vagina which cause discomfort to women and results in dryness, irritation, risk of abrasion. The diva cup is made to collect the blood and not absorb it. Thus they do not cause any irritation to the vaginal part such as itchiness, dryness. This cup provides comfort to the private parts during the menstrual cycle and it prevents the body from being damaged by various internal and external factors.

No doubt, these five reasons are enough to show that the diva cup is much more efficient and better than the conventional sanitary products. These are made by keeping various things in mind along with the difficulties that women face when using pads or tampons.

Making the cycle of menstruation leakage free is thus a great advantage and thus women can freely go anywhere without the thought of being embarrassed anywhere. This cup maintains a hygiene environment of the vaginal area and the main motive is to save the body from various harmful bacteria.

Those who have used this product, highly appreciate it as they have experienced a better menstrual cycle with more comfort. Check out this review here and see how women are appreciating the new product and are highly satisfied with it. Thus we can finally conclude that this diva cup is a better and cleaner sanitary product that can help women in various ways. – Article bl01

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August 13, 2018


Aisha Jones, Wardrobe Strategist, author and speaker inspires women to be more confident by enhancing their wardrobe, while giving back at the same time.

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Many women fall into the trap of not only under utilizing their wardrobe but are even unaware of simply steps they can take to go from fashion passé to fashion forward in a matter of seconds. Most women also do not know that they can actually pair high-end fashion lines such as Prada with every day consumer retail outlets such as Target, resulting in a highly fashionable wardrobe while not breaking the bank account. How is this possible? Thanks to Aisha Jones, her company not only inspires, but truly helps women achieve current fashionable looks while capitalizing what is currently in ones closest and offers a plethora of resources including educational membership programs, one-on-one consulting and much, much more.

“My main goal is not just to transform a women’s closet and but inspire confidence by helping women dress to impress,” said Aisha Jones, CEO and Wardrobe Strategist. “I have had the privilege of working with women in multiple industries and the results have been outstanding across the board. I am pleased that my website offers the ultimate resource for fashion for woman across the board.”

The Aisha Jones Media Company offers an unprecedented membership program, including a free membership and other paid levels for additional resources. Other highlights include an educational fashion blog and fantastic videos that truly help woman dealing with day-to-day wardrobe challenges. Last but not least, website visitors can sign up for the Aisha Jones newsletter, enjoy weekly You Tube videos and much, more. Most importantly, this CEO believes in giving back and this is where the 100 Dresses Challenge comes into play. The goal of this non-profit campaign is to donate 100 dresses to the nonprofit organization Dress For Success. This Pretty Little Things campaign not only helps women when going to an interview, but the goal is to make deserving women feel beautiful. As of today, the Aisha Jones company only needs 77 dresses to meet this lofty goal.

“I am very proud to be working with Dress for Success,” Aisha Jones, CEO and Fashion Strategist. “I truly believe that with one dress for a woman, it will not only become a favorite, but be a catalyst for changing a life.”

About Aisha Jones

Aisha is dedicated to making the world more stylish, one person at time, one outfit at a time.

As a successful entrepreneur, Aisha enjoys over 10,000 followers via, her social media channels, her Stylecast podcast, and The Clique email newsletter. The membership programs are widely popular, and Aisha Jones is the former Accessories Editor for the San Diego Examiner.

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