June 22, 2017

YouCam Celebrates National Selfie Day

With National Selfie Day just around the corner, YouCam, the #1 downloaded beauty augmented reality app, will let you instantly perfect the art of the “Selfie”. YouCam is the number one interactive platform offering users the complete beauty journey, from selfie expression to makeup experimentation, and empowerment through social sharing. YouCam launched in 2014, and in only three years’ time, they have amassed over 400 million global downloads.

Did you know these “Selfie Stats?”
Since 2012, the word “Selfie” grew in popularity more than 17,000%
93 Million Selfies are taken everyday
#Selfie has 304 million posts on Instagram
36% of people use filters and apps to edit their Selfies

In Addition to the above overall Selfie stats, the YOUCAM apps have their own astonishing numbers!

Over 400 million global downloads to date
More than 16 billion selfies have been taken on the YouCam app since their launch in 2014
30 million Selfies taken daily
800 Million minutes are spent on Selfie Cam every month
Over 140 Million users look to YouCam’s beauty circle social platform to discover beauty and fashion inspiration
Over 40% of users spend more than 5 minutes per session perfecting their selfie

On the YOUCAM app, the top selfie-taking locations around the world are:
Disneyworld, Florida
Top of The Rock, New York
Empire State Building, New York
Big Ben, London
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Colosseum, Rome
Eiffel Tower, Paris
Disney Land, Paris
Burj Khalifa, Dubai

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June 21, 2017

Top 5 Celebrities Who Look Great Over 45 / How to Get Their Look

There are celebrities who seem to get better with age and maintain their looks while others seem to be at war with aging. From lip injections and fillers that make faces look oddly distorted; to full face lifts that lead to slanted eyes and an expression-less appearance, we can’t help to notice when celebrities get it so wrong. In a sea of over-the-top plastic surgery, there are many celebrities who may have had a procedure or four, but managed to preserve the integrity of their faces. Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of the Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery in Philadelphia; who has appeared on national programs such as Good Morning America and 20/20, shared his list of the top 5 celebrities who look great over age 45 and explains why.

The best part, these images are from the Instagram accounts of these gorgeous ladies so the photos are current and in many cases, unretouched. Let’s begin.1.

1. Salma Hayek, age 50. Latin women with olive complexions age very well and Salma certainly fits into this category. She was gorgeous at 30 and she’s stunning still. “She looks incredible. She doesn’t appear to have had anything done. Amazing!” says Dr. Brandow. “For women looking to achieve this look there are simple things such as Botox to the forehead to prevent eyes from falling and to keep eyebrows in their natural position,” he adds. “You want to maintain your natural features and knowing the right moisturizer, make-up, plus sticking to a healthy diet, helps to maintain a youthful glow from the inside out. To achieve a look like Salma’s, most women would have to go the route of a mini face lift in their 40’s which offers a more natural look for 6-10 years without the distortion of excessive fillers,” he adds.2.  Kris Jenner, age 61.

While the Power “Momager” admits to having cosmetic procedures, she’s transformed herself into an elegant, age appropriate grandmother. Kris Jenner is on record saying she’s had a facelift, uses fillers yet, her look is sophisticated and not at all scary. “She looks great at 61. Her skin is radiant, her face has expression, there’s great symmetry and her features are soft.  She is an excellent example of someone who has embraced surgery to improve her eyelids with blephorplasty, her face with a facelift, and fillers in a very conservative fashion to get a nice, natural, ageless look.” explains Dr. Brandow.

3. Cindy Crawford, age 51. Cindy Crawford’s look is iconic. She knows this and makes sure she keeps things as authentic as possible. “With Cindy, it’s all about those classic eyebrows and lips. Both have been beautifully maintained. Her eyebrows aren’t freakishly high. They look the same as they did in the 90’s. Her lips aren’t any different either. A lot of women over inject their lips distorting their shape and lose their uniqueness. The idea is to preserve, not change,” suggests Dr. Brandow. “Again, women often go too far with fillers leading to a puffy look when they can achieve a more natural look with a mini facelift which lessens the need for the fillers making the mini facelift a more cost-effective option over time,” he adds.

4. Jennifer Lopez, age 47. Jennifer Lopez is another Latina who looks at father time and gives him a wink. Her body is amazing and you can tell she has a healthy lifestyle. “I have patients in their 30’s saying they hope they look like J-Lo when they reach their late 40’s which is why they are getting procedures now. Jennifer Lopez is truly the hardest working woman in show biz who looks like she sleeps full 8 hours every night a very important part of the anti-aging regimen,” Dr. Brandow advises. It is possible that she does minimal things such as Botox or fillers, but in a very conservative way.”

  1. Jennifer Anniston, age 48. When you see re-runs of the hit 90’s TV show Friend’s, you can easily compare a 26-year-old Anniston in her role as Rachel Greene, to how she looks two decades later.  You immediately can see how Jennifer Anniston has aged with grace. “She is another laid-back celebrity who ages with elegance. Her body is toned and strong and her face looks fresh and natural. As women age they lose volume in their lips. So, it is important to keep lip injections subtle and factor the overall shape of the mouth,” advises Dr. Brandow.

 

About Dr. Kirk Brandow

Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of the Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery is a plastic surgeon with 2 locations in the Philadelphia metro area and a 3rd one at the jersey shore. Named a “Top Doc” in Plastic Surgery by Philadelphia Magazine as well as nationally recognized for one of America’s “Best Plastic Surgeons” of this decade, Dr. Brandow is a trusted expert who has developed many innovative, minimally invasive procedures for the face, body and skin. He has been featured on local, national and international television programs including 20/20, CNN’s Headline News, Good Morning America.

 

 

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June 16, 2017

3 Ways Dogs Can Help Fight Addiction

In a previous article, we talked about the things caregivers need to know about how addictions originate. Helping children or family members suffering from addiction isn’t always the easiest thing to do. It is even more difficult when you’re the one fighting the addiction because things are much more complicated from that point of view.

Experts are now suggesting dogs as the perfect pets for people fighting addiction. Dogs are great in many ways, especially at times when you need companions the most. Here are the top three ways dogs can help fight addiction.

The Emotional Battle

The most difficult thing to deal with in cases of addiction is the emotional side of things. Addicts often have low self-esteem and find trying to get away from their addictions is a lot more difficult because of it. If you’re experiencing this issue too, getting a dog could be the perfect solution to try.

A close friend of mine got sober almost immediately after finding out that her dog had cancer. The strong bond she developed with her dog and the drive to help the dog survive the illness gave her the right emotional boost to fight addiction. She ended up reading Canna-Pet reviews and using the product to help with her dog’s symptoms, as Canna-Pet supplements can help ease the pain of cancer in pets.

Dogs also have the ability to build strong, deep relationships with their humans. This kind of relationship – the way a dog greets you happily after a long day at work or how they rest their head on your lap to cheer you up at the right moment – is invaluable to those fighting addiction.

Good Chemicals

There is a long list of benefits to gain from caring for and playing with pets, particularly dogs. These experiences allow the brain to release feel-good hormones such as dopamine and serotonin. As your body produces more of these hormones, you will feel better about yourself and much less dependent on the addictive substances you normally consume.

The same experiences also reduce withdrawal symptoms greatly. Things such cravings, sadness, and hostility are easier to deal with when you have a good companion – or several of them – around. The presence of a dog is known to aid relaxation and will also reduce most withdrawal symptoms down to a minimum.

Alternative Activities

Of course, having dogs as pets comes with a lot of responsibility. You have to take them for walks regularly, feed them at the right time, and assume other responsibilities along the way. Fortunately, these routines also help with the fight against addiction.

The additional exercise you get from taking your dogs for a walk, for example, will help your body physically recover much faster. Your improved metabolism will result in better sleep at night, faster cell regeneration, and fewer withdrawal symptoms in general.

At the same time, having routines and extra activities to do will keep your mind from thinking about getting a drink or consuming the addictive substances that hooked you in the first place. Combined with the other benefits dogs bring into your life, a pet dog is a great way to make your fight against addiction – or the fight of a loved one – easier.

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June 5, 2017

3 Reasons Cartier Watches Can Bring Classic Style to Wild Wardrobes

 

If you are given to the bold and colorful when it comes to your personal fashion choices, you may have, at one time or another, avoided the classic and timeless. Perhaps you still do. Maybe these items seem too safe or understated, not like the big, loud fashion statements you’ve built your identity on.

The problem is, without aspects of your personal style that are based in the timeless fashion values that have gone before, your look might have the shelf life of a gallon of milk. Classic brands like Cartier have a way of anchoring an otherwise wild style into the bedrock of time-honored tradition. Here are some of the reasons this works.

 

  • If Everything You Wear is New and Crazy, You Might Look Like a Clown. People who only wear clothes that are crazy, colorful, and/or avant garde have a tendency of looking like carnival entertainment, or like members of a traveling funk band from the 70’s. There’s nothing wrong with that if that is your goal. But you’ve got to recognize that consistently unconventional styling takes immense skill to get right. What’s more, it takes a deep understanding of classic styling, with which you are choosing to perform a contrast. Iconic watch brands are a great way to bring classic elements to your otherwise edgy style. These accessories show the world that you aren’t someone who jumps at the latest trends without any consideration.

 

 

  • Classic Watch Brands Hold Their Value. If you’re into buying up fashion trends, you know that not every item in your closet has much in the way of resale value. Dressing up in the newest and the wildest is a bit like investing in brand new stocks. You might get a few big winners, but most of them are going to lose all of their value within a year. A classic iconic watch, due to its incredible design and impeccable beauty, will be worth close to what you paid for it for years. Decades from now, it could be worth far more. All you have to do is go up to the attic and take a look at mom’s bell-bottoms from the 70’s to know that not all fashion choices appreciate in value this way.

 

 

  • Subtlety is Sexy. There are lots of clothes worn by the young and hip that absolutely scream sexy, to the point where the statement means almost nothing anymore. If you’re sitting in a sea of people all trying to make the same statement with the same methods, the message starts to mean very little. Today, by choosing classic brands, you can send a different message: one of subtlety and sophistication. In an era of fashion excess, classicism is a new kind of sexy that more and more people are becoming aware of.

 

Classic brands are having a resurgence in an era where more people are starting to think of burgeoning fashion trends as artificial and fleeting. If you want to update your style with a fashion values of timeless vintage, Cartier is a great place to start.

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June 2, 2017

Celebrities Love Hat Attack!

LOS ANGELES – May 31, 2017 – Emily Ratajkowski and Katie Cassidy shared photos wearing Hat Attack on Instagram yesterday! The model/actress shared a flirty snap carrying the Mini Gusset Straw Bag ($90) while Katie soaked up the sun in Mykonos wearing The Original Panama ($112; www.hatattack.com).

Photo courtesy of Instagram

 

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June 2, 2017

NEW from Dana’s Bakery- Pink Lemonade!

Introducing Dana’s June mac of the month – Pink Lemonade! Neon pink and yellow shells with a sweet pink lemonade buttercream filling. The only thing hotter than that is a day at the beach!

The perfect colors to welcome June, these macs will sure to be a hit at any summer BBQ you may bring them too. Dana’s Bakery ships nationwide, and you could also pick them up at the Mac Bar in Gansevoort Market in NYC.

Grab your limited edition 12 box of Pink Lemonade macs for $30 at   www.danasbakery.com

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June 2, 2017

Check out Freebeautyevents.com for free gifts and prizes.

Don’t forget to check out freebeautyevents.com for free makeovers, free samples and a chance to win beauty products in their monthly contest.

Details on the June Beauty Basket Giveaway:
This month our basket includes products from Cantu, Rimmel, TRESemme, Nexxus, Maybelline, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, Hawaiian Tropic and more! The Contest runs from now through 6/30/17, winners will be chosen on 7/10/2017 and notified by 7/15/2017. We want to encourage readers to go to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FreeBeautyEvents/app/355270434639042/) and like us, then enter to win on our page. They can also enter on our website at http://www.freebeautyevents.com/contest
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May 29, 2017

CHAMILIA SUPPORTS AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY IN MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER IN OCTOBER 2017

CRANSTON, RI (October 2017)—In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, Chamilia (www.chamilia.com), a Swarovski Company, announced that it will donate a portion of each purchase from its new “Brave & Strong” charm to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer initiative. The sterling silver charm with a lightly oxidized finish features the word “Brave” on one side and “Strong” on the reverse; both sides are accented with four Rose Swarovski Crystals (US MSRP $45). It can be worn on all Chamilia bracelets and neck chains.

“We create something unique and special in support of women fighting breast cancer every year,” said Chamilia Vice President, Global Merchandising and Marketing Catherine Ottaviano. “This cause is on the forefront of the issues our customer faces, and it’s important to us that we support women who are fighting breast cancer in some way. Chamilia is a brand that works for women who wear their hearts on their sleeves. We support these women in their struggles and their celebrations.”

There are more than 400 exclusive charms available from the Chamilia brand. The line is made from sterling silver or 14 karat gold and features genuine Swarovski Crystals, Swarovski Zirconia, or Murano glass. The brand follows strict Swarovski guidelines for quality and aesthetic standards.

Chamilia’s Brave & Strong Charm in support of Breast Cancer Awareness will be available July 14, 2017, at many of the brand’s more than 1,000 retail partners worldwide and on the Chamilia website, www.chamilia.com.

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About Chamilia
Based in Cranston, RI, Chamilia is an American company that was established in 2002. Since its purchase in 2013, it has been a member of the Swarovski Group, a world leader in quality and innovation. Each of the more than 400 exclusive charms available from the brand are made from .925 sterling silver or 14 karat gold and feature genuine Swarovski Crystals or Zirconia, or Italian Murano Glass. The brand follows strict Swarovski Group guidelines for quality and aesthetic excellence. For more information, please go to www.chamilia.com.

About Swarovski
Swarovski delivers a diverse product portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, Swarovski Crystal Business designs, manufactures and markets crystals, natural and created gemstones, finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. The company’s film division, Swarovski Entertainment, produces artistically accomplished feature films with global box-office appeal. The Swarovski Foundation was set up to honor the philanthropic spirit of the company by supporting creativity and culture, promoting wellbeing and conserving natural resources. Now run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach, with over 2,350 stores in about 170 countries and more than 25,000 employees, www.swarovskigroup.com.

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May 29, 2017

36 Hours Left!! 25% OFF MEMORIAL DAY SALE

It’s finally here but there’s only 36 hours left!!

25% OFF the Entire Hynt Beauty Website*

* excluding special sets, discovery kits and sample sizes

use code MDAY17 at checkout

Code valid throughout Tuesday, 5/30/2017.

 

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May 19, 2017

Under $100: Vanessa Hudgens Coachella Sun Hat!

LOS ANGELES – April 22, 2017 – Vanessa Hudgens shared a selfie wearing Hat Attack on Instagram while at Coachella in Indio this weekend! The Powerless star looked festival chic in her Monogrammed Hand Embroidered Sun Hat ($96; www.hatattack.com).

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