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May 16, 2018

Hot Tools Professional The CurlBar Set, Steps to Create You Own Glamour Waves

CurlBar Waves

Hot Tools Professional The CurlBar Set can help you achieve waves as those on the lovely model pictured above.
STEP 1: Select the desired barrel for the size of curl you need.
STEP 2: Set the desired temperature according to the hair texture.
STEP 3: Wrap hair around the CurlBar beginning near the handle. Twist the hair with each wrap for spiral curls. The thickness of each curl depends on the density of the hair.
STEP 4: Clip each curl and let the set cool for tighter, longer lasting curls.
STEP 5: Beginning at the nape, release one curl at a time and spread it horizontally without disturbing the wave pattern.
STYLIST TIP: “A proper blowout with a heat protective smoothing cream will prevent frizz in the curls and add shine. Finish each curl with a lightweight spray that holds without stiffness to maintain movement.”
–Detra Smith, Artistic Director for Helen of Troy / Salon Owner

CurlBar steps 1 2

CurlBar steps 3 4

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May 16, 2018

Royal Beauty Predictions with YouCam Makeup

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May 16, 2018

The DOUX is A MUST DO! New Indie Hair Care Line Now Available at Target


There’s something NEW and worth telling people with curls of all types and textures about. 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 arrived in Target stores in the winter of 2017 into 2018; 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. Maya did all the of the package design herself 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.

THE PRODUCTS: (Products & Images Available Upon Request)

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.


*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.

*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 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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May 16, 2018

5 Ways to Turn Over a New leaf and Start Afresh

There often comes the point in your life when you feel like you want to start over. This could be because you’re tired of the chapter you’re currently at or because growth has pushed you to a new level. Whatever the case, starting afresh is something that you willingly or unwillingly end up doing at different points in your life. No matter what the reason is, starting over can be good in many cases as it gives you the chance to hit the reset button and do things differently. It also creates the opportunity for you to experience life in a new way whether it’s by moving to a new place, mingling with different people, or spending more time getting to know yourself. In light of this, you will find five ways to turn over a new leaf in the following article.  

Make Peace with Your Past

One of the first steps that you should take when turning over a new leaf is making peace with your past. Sometimes you can find it difficult to move on because you’re still holding on to things that have happened to you and may have had a major impact in your life. Some of these things may include heartbreaks, losing a friend, death, or other disappointments. They could even be things that you’ve done wrong to others or mistakes that you’ve made that you can’t seem to forgive yourself for. However, if you truly want to move on, letting it go and moving forward is key. Some ways to let go of the past include picking up the habit of meditating, understanding your past so that it becomes easier to move on and then accepting your past. Some other things that may help are loving the process, being grateful, and believing in yourself. You should try and always remember that you are not your past and the future has many beautiful things in store for you.

Set New Goals

Another important way to turn over a new leaf and start afresh is by setting yourself new goals. Sometimes this gives you the motivation and stamina you need to start over and soar higher. Setting goals should be about first evaluating where you are and then determining where you want to go from there. You may decide that you want to set new targets for some long-time dreams and aspirations that you’ve had. On the other hand, it may be that you have a new-found passion that you want to pursue and map out how you’re going to go about it. You should also note that setting new goals don’t have to be career-related. You could resolve to start eating better, work on improving your relationships, or set targets for any other aspect of your life that you’d like to improve. When setting goals, some steps you can take include writing down your goal, making sure it is realistic, and achievable, developing an action plan that tells you how you’re going to achieve it, then following it up. This should help you feel positive about your fresh start and give you a little more motivation along the way.

Let go of Bad Habits

Turning over a new leaf often means letting go of the past as mentioned above. Sometimes this also implies letting go of bad habits that may keep you from moving forward. Some that you may want to leave behind is bad eating habits and not getting enough exercise. This is because when starting over, you want to feel both mentally and physically intact. Some ideas for a healthy diet change if you aren’t already doing them are eating more goat cheese, trying to snack on popcorn, eating more coconut, grass-fed beef, and canned salmon in case you don’t have the time to cook it from scratch. Some other things you can eat are tofu, purple potato, oysters, blackberries, and spaghetti squash. In addition to changing your diet and staying active, you should also try and get rid of any habits that may be damaging your health like drug and alcohol abuse. You can do this by looking for some of the best rehab centers in your local area and seeing how they can help you recover. Looking for ways to replace bad habits with good ones should be your ultimate goal when turning over a new leaf.

Get a New Look

When starting afresh, it may be time to change your physical look as well. It might imply getting a new hair-cut, changing your style of dressing, or just adding something new to your overall look. Doing this can make you feel like a new person as well as make you feel like you’re entering a new phase. It is also a way of self-expressing and depicting how you feel outwardly. Some ideas for new looks may be going short if your hair is long, trying a new color, or a completely different style than what you’re used to. Regarding clothing, if you’re a safe dresser, why not think of something a little more daring and edgy. You can look for ways to make statements with your clothing and try different color combinations than what you’re typically used to. It is important that your look makes you feel comfortable but pushing your boundaries a little could prepare you for a fresh start.

Improve Your Inner Circle

The people that you spend the most time with can significantly impact your ability to move forward with your life. For this reason, it is imperative that you choose to spend time with people who push you to be better and have a positive influence on you. If you already have such people around you, then you should look for ways to nurture those relationships. On the other hand, if you find such relationships are lacking in your life, consider looking for mentors that are where you would want to be as well as networking and forging natural friendships with people that you admire.

Change is inevitable in most cases, so changing on your terms could be a good decision to make. There are always opportunities to right your wrongs and retrace your steps to navigate your life in the direction you want it to go. Turning over a new leaf and starting afresh is just one of many ways to do it.

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May 15, 2018

Summer Time Hair to Lips and Body to Bras – 5 products that are “Worth a Try””

Sofia Reyes photo from

Sofia Reyes photo from


Summer time,” Hair ” it is. It has been awhile since we have mentioned White Sands . I really don’t know why because White Sands products are always a favorite. So here we are, for summer our editors love the White Sands Infinity Firm Hold Finishing Spray. It’s Humidity proof and I can assure you, use this, you can sweat all day and still have great hair. And, it has UV protection! Note: as with any hair spray/finishing spray, hold the can 10 to 12 inches from hair.  You want hair, not straw! Again, the White Sands brand is a forever favorite.


 White Sands Infinity Firm Hold Finishing Spray

Cute beach twists (pictured on Sofia Reyes above) are perfect summer styles. Remember, we want twists Not “tangles”. From Milk & Sass  The Macaron for Hair is an It’s a Glam Thing “Fave”. We love it so much, we featured it on a morning TV segment not too long ago. It’s a detangling hairbrush and compact mirror. The Macaron for Hair works on all hair types. The cover pops on and off to protect the bristles and display the perfect compact mirror.  This is great for untangling wet hair. It also works to untangle dry hair. And, we know that beach hair sometimes needs a good safe detangling before washing. It comes in the cutest colors!

In the summer months I love to wear clear gloss. I am addicted to Plumping Glosses. “Do plumping glosses really work?” I have tried many and I feel, personally, that yes, they can.  The issue is finding on that does. Some are super stingy others are more gentle on the lips. Some are super expensive and others are price friendly. Try Hard Candy Max Pout Plumping Serum. You can get this at Walmart for only $6 in 12 fl. oz. Compare it to Two Faced Deluxe Lip Injection Extreme for $28 in.14 oz.

For first timers or (non invasive) plumping addicts, this works well.  Note, May is skin cancer awareness month so remember, during the day use a lip sunscreen first but if daytime sun is not an issue wear it bare to plump lips instantly and minimize the appearance of lip lines (if you have any). It’s formulated with  hyaluronic acid which does the trick.  Personally, I do have lip lines so I blur the gloss a bit above and below my lips to help out with those lines. At night before bed, I really layer it on and around. It’s available in an array of colors too. You can wear it alone or on top of lipstick. See my tips on layering gloss over lipstick here.

Hard Candy Max Pout

Get your body ready to show off some skin with Brazialian Bod Buff. This soothing scrub and mask is a yellowish gold color formulation with specks of green tiny beads. It smells so fruity good and I feel like I am finger painting when I use it. It can be used as a scrub on wet skin or a mask on dry skin, an all over body mask! If I had only one word to describe the Sol de Janeiro Bod Buff it would be “amazing”, wait “fun”, and “smoothing”. Ok, so one word won’t do. Use it for, as it says on the packaging, “Touch-me-now Brazilian Babe Skin”. This is a product that I will not part with even though my niece asked sweetly.

Right now, we are loving the Bra Bridge Breast Shape Enhancer. If you want more support, more cleavage, less support, less cleavage, depending on your outfit, your mood, or the occasion, the  Bra Bridge will get the job done. It’s easy to use, really, I tried one. I plan on using the nude/beige Bra Bridge tonight with a pretty floral print on a desert sand background with lace top.  I need just a bit more support for this top to look as pretty as it should. These are great to control bouncing at the gym or dance class too.

Bra Bridge


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May 14, 2018

Dynamikos Brand of Eye Wear, the Praise Keeps Coming

Dynamikos brand of eye wear. Reference original posting here:

Orian Rose Gold Dynamakis Aviator Sunglasses

Orian Rose Gold Dynamakis Aviator Sunglasses


I promised previously that I would share my favorite style of Dynamikos Sunglasses. Orian Rose Gold! (pictured on model above. photo taken from

Brown or Bronze lenses have been my lens colors of choice with a grey pair here and there. The Dynamikos gradient Rose color totally grabbed my attention. I needed a change in the accessory department this year. New Sunglasses, sunnies, shades, whatever you may call them, are always a great confidence booster. The Orian Rose Gold style boosts mine to the moon! Here is some info on this design provided by the Dynamikos website:

Specs and Material & Warranty and Care

  • Transform your world with rose-colored aviator-style luxury eye wear. Hand-crafted in Japan, these rose-gold sunglasses feature a tortoise accent brow bar and temples. Take flight.
    • Frame Fit: Wide to Wide
    • Material: Metal
    • Measurements: 61-14-136
    • Hinge: 3 barrel
    • Lens: 100% UV and UVB protected, scratch resistant, CR-39/li>
    • Lens color: Rose gradient
  • We stand behind our promise of quality. If a manufacturing defect arises within one year of ownership, we will replace the frames or lenses free of charge upon verification of the defect. Learn more about our warranty here.Sunglasses collect tiny particles of sand, ocean salt, pool chemicals, lotion, and sweat. These elements can wear down your eye wear over time. Rinse with clean water and wipe dry with a microfiber cloth on a regular basis.

You will notice the lenses provide 100% UV and UVB protection . That means that the glasses protect your eyes from both UVA and UVB radiation. This Aviator style and size protects not only my eyes but the delicate skin around my eyes. These lens provide a clear, sharp and satisfying image.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. I would like to take some time to mention a few things we should know about cancer in and around the eyes and how it can be prevented.

The Eyelids are highly susceptible to Skin Cancer. According to, the upper and lower eyelids, eyebrow, inner and outer junction of the eyelid and lid margins are all susceptible.

Make sure your sunglasses are of sufficient size to shield the eyes, eyelids, and surrounding areas. The more skin you cover, the better.

The link between sunlight and eye melanomas is not proven, but some doctors think that sunglasses do reduce eye melanoma risk.

Where your sunglasses year round, even when there is no visible sun.

For tips on things like “Finding the best style to flatter your face”, visit the Dynamikos Journal HERE.

The Dynamikos experience has been a great one.  Thank you Dayna Lee Cornelius and team.





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May 13, 2018

Style & Co., a Clothing Brand “Worth a Look”

Style & Co. Peplum Top at Amazon

Style & Co. Peplum Top at Amazon


Style & Co. at the close out store.

I recently checked out a close-out retailers women’s clothing section.  The round clothing racks were bunched together and not very organized. They, actually, were barely organized at all. I walked among them slowly and with a plan of attack.

I narrowed styles I would explore down by color; white, ivory, black, navy blue and by style; short sleeve and sleeveless. No buttons.  Into about  the second half hour of looking, I found a top by Style & Co.  It was priced fantastically at $9.99. I grabbed it and carried it to the register without looking any further. (image above)

I wore it the next day with a pair of Black Danskin Yoga Pants. My pant of choice these days. The top can nicely be styled up or down.

My mom loved it and suggested I try to find another one, maybe in navy blue.  I  did not feel like hitting the close out store again.  I, instead, searched on line and found another of the Layered Look Scoop Neck Top, (pictured below in black), the same style but in Navy Blue as my mom suggested. It was priced at a little over $20 on Amazon.  I purchased it quickly.  It was the last one in size medium. I never got to experience the fit in a size small but the medium seemed to do just fine. The top was delivered to me  two days later (which is today). I am as happy with it as I was with the close out store purchase.

The Style & Co. top has a few descriptions on Amazon. They each vary a little. Here is one:

  • Knit: cotton; woven: rayon
  • Scoop neckline
  • Peplum ruffle hem
  • Sleeveless
  • Machine washable


I wanted to share this brand with those who have not heard of it and a reminder to those who have.  It is available at Macy’s stores also and is “worth a look”.

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May 13, 2018

Birdies Garden Party Collection Introducing a New Silhouette

San Francisco, CA (May 9, 2018) – Birdies, the company that is creating a new category in footwear – slippers for the entertaining space of the home – announces the Garden Party Collection launch today. Birdies combines the structure and style of designer flats with the comfort and softness of the most luxurious slippers. The collection focuses on a new slide silhouette infusing style and luxury with ease and versatility, featuring nine new styles including The Songbird which is influenced by longtime fan of the brand, Meghan Markle.

The interior-design-inspired lifestyle brand celebrates the love of hosting at home in style. Each pair is made from the finest materials including Birdies’ signature champagne satin quilting and 7-layer responsive cushion technology, for extra comfort and bounce. Rubber soles provide for indoor and outdoor versatility. Each slipper is designed with premium handmade details that embody an effortless style. Design elements include suedes, velvets and satin fabrics in blush, gold, navy, and berry tones with expressive embellishments like decorative pom-poms and tassels to provide an elevated look.

Birdies is passionate about elevating the experience at home. The slides are for the modern and busy woman who takes care of everyone and everything around her while wanting to look and feel her best. She is independent, effortlessly chic, wears many hats, and loves to entertain and bring people together. Combining innovative design and classic style, this new take on slippers is fashionable, luxurious, and incredibly comfortable. Each pair is available for women in half sizes from 5 through 12 with retail price at just $140 and available on and the flagship store on Union Street in San Francisco.

Co-Founders, Bianca Gates, and Marisa Sharkey have always believed that everything is better when people come together. With the mission – “More Together,” the duo believes that the more we help each other, share with each other, and open our doors to each other, the further we can all go. “We founded Birdies to encourage and inspire people to create more together. To give people the confidence to open their doors and their hearts to invite the world in.” Says Bianca Gates, CEO and Co-Founder of Birdies.

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May 13, 2018

Two halos are better than one

Two Halos are better than one, and I don’t mean the orange kind. I’m talking about headbands that are exclusively created by Urbanhalo. If you wear headbands all the time like I do, you will especially love Urbanhalo Headbands. these Headbands serve a purpose, to keep hair away from your face and neck. It’s even more important to have your hair properly contained when exercising. Urbanhalos Headbands are the perfect hair accessory for both.

I love my headbands but the major drawback to metal or tight fitting headbands is that headaches can occur. Headbands will also leave a dent on the side of your head which isn’t noticeable but extremely uncomfortable.

Urbanhalo Headbands do not give you headaches. As a matter of fact, I can’t even feel them around my head, that’s how comfortable they are. They keep your hair in place, the sweat off your forehead and they don’t slip off. Did I mention they are nylon free and come in an array of fashionable colors. My daughter and I wear ours to spin class and we love them.The two styles shown above are Avalance (left) and Serendipity (right).

Urbanhalo Headbands are an exercise fashion “must have” and a stylish hair accessory for anytime. They are made of superior sweat-wicking fabric to keep you cool and dry throughout your daily activities. Urbanhalo Headbands measure 9 x 5 x .25 in so you can adjust the width of your band to fit your style and activity. The fabric is super soft and stretchy giving you the comfort you want.

Urban Halo Headbands are a loyal brand that’s handmade with love in the fabulous USA.

ABOUT THE CREATOR:Urbanhalo was created out of need when founder Jen Joas couldn’t find the ideal headband for her daily jog. Hoping to find something that looked good and kept sweat off her face without causing a headache, she started her quest to find the perfect fabric combination and Urbanhalo was born! Unique fabric blend
Created in the US.”

Urban Halo offers headbands in mens and childrens sizing si the whole family can enjoy them and a great price of $15 – learn more at

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May 10, 2018

Vogue and W Magazine noted Keltie Knight’s one-of-a-kind Anna Wintour earrings

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Keltie Knight attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Keltie Knight attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Vogue and W Magazine noted that Keltie Knight’s one-of-a-kind Anna Wintour earrings were scene stealers at Monday’s Met Gala. With rumors swirling that this might be Wintour’s last year with Vogue, and thus her last year hosting the Met Gala, Keltie and jewelry designer Courtney Prince decided to honor her  and the earrings are now available for auction on Charity Buzz.

These custom earrings feature a hand embroidered 3 dimensional rendering of Ms. Wintour’s visage with Swarovski crystals and hand painted floral detailing. 100% of the proceeds from the auction of the Anna earrings will be given to Doloris Petunia’s Flower Girls charity of choice, Camfed, an international non-profit dedicated to empowering girls and women through education.

Keltie Knight is an Emmy-winning television personality and Entertainment correspondent. She has been a correspondent and weekend co-host of CBS’s The Insider, and co-anchored CBS’s broadcasting of national events such as the Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Grammy Awards Red Carpet. Knight was able to combine her entertainment and entrepreneurial expertise into a podcast she co-created and co-hosts, The LadyGang. With millions of millennial women downloading the show every week and after debuting at #8 on the iTunes podcast charts, the show remains in the top 100 podcasts in the world. A television series surrounding Knight and her co-hosts Becca Tobin and Jac Vanek has been picked up at E!. Knight is frequently seen contributing on The Talk, CNN, HLN, and and as a moderator for Vanity Fair. Keltie is a staple on every major red carpet, with best dressed mentions in Vogue, Elle, Glamour, US Weekly, People Stylewatch and The New York Times.

Designer Courtney Prince has been in the fashion business for over a decade, creating bespoke accessories and hand-crafted jewelry for those who have a pulse on fashion from Selena Gomez and Heidi Klum to influencers, counting Chiara Ferragni and other top bloggers as early fans. From Vogue to NY Times fashion, Prince’s designs have graced the pages of the top publications. Courtney Prince is also the Creative Director of world renown Doloris Petunia Flower Girls.

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