March 13, 2014

It’s so Easy to get a ROUGH BUN



March, 2013 (New York, NY) – Rough buns have been spotted on the runways (Fall 2014: Diane Von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera), on the red carpets and in the streets, not to mention, it’s a perfect look for a prom or wedding…or to spruce up second/third day hair. Sam Villa, founding partner of the Sam Villa® brand and education artistic director for Redken 5th Avenue, has a simple visual step-by-step any woman can follow to create the look at home:

  • Spray a moderate amount of Redken quick tease 15 throughout hair for added grit and texture.
  • Gather hair together into a high ponytail and secure with a clear elastic.
  • Split ponytail into 3 or 4 sections (depending on density of hair).
  • Use the fine teeth of a Sam Villa Tail Comb to backcomb each section of ponytail.
  • Make sure to place each section in the direction you want it to go to form a circle.
  • Working from the center and outer layer of each section, use the comb to gently smooth the top, making sure not to pull the backcombing out.
  • Roll the first section under and forward to create a barrel curl and secure with a bobby pin.
  • Continue around head, rolling each section to create a circle – make sure to spread each section evenly to cover any unwanted spaces.
  • Finish off with Redken fashion work 12 hairspray.

“A rough bun is a great alternative for those who have layers that can’t quite wrap together smoothly for a polished bun, because it’s very forgiving,” explains Villa.

Other tips and techniques can be found on

Sam Villa is founding partner of the Sam Villa® brand, Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue and Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007).  He is the pro that teaches the pros how to do hair.  Check out his new consumer website ( for hot tips, tricks and techniques for achieving professional results at home, including professional recommendations for the tools needed to recreate the looks – Sam Villa Signature Series brushes, combs, thermal tools and blow dryers. Facebook: SamVillaBrand; Youtube: SamVillaHair; Twitter: @samvilla; Pinterest: SamVillaHair; Instagram: @SamVillaHair + #SamVillaHowTo.


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March 11, 2014

Win a Fabulous City Cosmetics Beauty Bag


Enter to win a Fabulous assortment of cosmetics compliments of “City Cosmetics”. All you have to do is “like” City Cosmetics on Facebook and you will be placed in the drawing to win a City Cosmetics Beauty Bag (Retail Upwards of $200), filled with all of our top-selling products.
The beauty bag will include: City Days Rejuvenation Moisturizer, City Syn Snake Venom Serum, City Views Rapid Repair Eye Cream, and City Lips Advanced Formula Lip Plumper.

check out all of the products at
You can also enter to win It’s a Glam Thing’s own City Cosmetic Beauty bag at

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March 8, 2014

Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Makeup


Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Makeup From Founder Casey Casterline

Let’s face it, buying makeup can get expensive. And the only thing worse than the expense is realizing that you really don’t use certain products very often. With that in mind, Casey Casterline, co-founder of, a popular beauty sample swapping site, offers up some ways to get the most out of the makeup in your daily regimen.

“I live in a small New York City apartment, if I didn’t come up with creative ways to use the products, I wouldn’t have any place to sleep,” says Casterline. The following tips are great ways to use products in a unique fashion or have them pull double-duty.

Mascara Wands

Use as eyebrow brushes or spritz a little hairspray on them and use to tame pesky flyaways.


If it doesn’t match your skin tone it may serve perfectly as an eye shadow primer.

Lip Sticks

Have your lipstick pull double-duty as a blush if you realize you’ve run out at the last minute.

Powder Eye Liner

Add a little water to powder eye liner to turn it into a liquid for a different look.

Eye Shadow

Shadows that match your roots can easily be brushed in to hide them if your hair has grown out a bit.

Apply a dark shadow to your eyelashes prior to your mascara to give them a boost in volume.

Plain Lip Balm

Apply around the inside of the eye with your finger to act as a highlighter.


Allow a light mist of hairspray to fall on your face after you’ve applied your makeup to set it for the day.

Eye Cream

Use a hydrating eye cream in the place of lip balm if you run out. It will keep your lips supple and give them a light shine.

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March 4, 2014

Don’t Miss Nordstrom’s BEAUTY TREND EVENT March 7 & 8

This weekend – March 7th and 8th – swing by your local Nordstrom for their first Beauty Trend Event of the season! Join Nordstrom Beauty for one-on-one time with their savvy beauty experts and industry insiders. They will share the latest beauty tips and tricks while you’re pampered with a free makeup or skincare consultation. Afterwards, get access to FREE deluxe samples and exclusive gifts with purchase (while supply lasts). Admission is free — so don’t miss it!

To RSVP or for special accommodations, simply call or stop by your favorite cosmetics counter, located within Nordstrom.
Join The Fun Next Weekend At:

Nordstrom Boca Raton
5820 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Nordstrom Clackamas
11900 SE 82nd Avenue
Happy Valley, OR 97086
Nordstrom Houston Galleria
5192 Hidalgo Street
Houston, TX 77056
Nordstrom Palo Alto
550 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Nordstrom Salem
420 Center Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Nordstrom Stonebriar
2613 Preston Road
Frisco, TX 75034
Nordstrom Tacoma
4502 South Steele Street
Tacoma, WA 98409


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February 28, 2014

SENSAI is the way to your Sun Kissed Glow



With summer only a few months away, it’s hard not to day dream of tanned skin, bikini bods and beach hair. No need to wait to get this look,  Sensai is the way to your “Sun-Kissed” glow. Sensai Self Taning for Body is a creamy, self-tanning gel for your body. It glides easily offering hydration while your achieve silky bronze skin. You only need to apply the gel 2 to 3 times a week to maintain your perfect color. Would you want to harm your skin for a tan, of course not. Turn to Sensai for a safe, fun and fabulous golden glow.

Sensai Self Tanning for Body is available at and
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February 24, 2014

Enjoy Healthy Deodorants from Lavanila


Did you ever wonder if your deodorant is heathy, never mind working……. Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant Vanilla Lavender puts your mind at ease in both situations!!!!  I am always concerned about the ingredients in my products that I use daily so I dedicate many hours researching many different products.  The prowl for a better, safer deodorant has ended.  Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant Vanilla Lavender is a All-Natural freshly scented deodorant that is completely free of harsh chemicals and it is a safe, effective way to fight odor!  To my surprise, it really works.  I stayed dry all day (8 hours) and felt cool, hydrated, and refreshed.  I enjoy the little hint of its lovely scent once in awhile when I raise my arm!  This deodorant is packed with anti-oxidants and a proprietary beta glucan technology to not only fight the odor but nourish, strengthen, conditioning and soothe the skin.  Lavanila does not contain Aluminum, Mineral Oils, Propylene Glycol, Sulfates, Synthetic Dyes, Petro-Chemicals, Phthalates, or Parabens that could potentially absorb into the delicate underarm area.  Now that is a long list of chemicals you should not put on your arm pit!  It delivers superior, long lasting odor protection with luxurious results which stands up to my heavy work-out schedule!  Goes on clean, easy and spreads well with no sticky wetness.

Soothing essential oils blend with powerful anti-oxidants and beta glucan technology for daily defense and nourishment. Clinically tested. Dermatologist recommended, non-irritating, allergy-tested formula.  Other deodorants cause my underarm to develop a red rash in certain climates. Lavanila Deodorant did not irritate my skin!  No Aluminum. No Paraben.  No Propylene Glycol.  No harsh chemicals.  Perfect substitution for all of the harsh chemical and paraben deodorants out there. I have only tried Vanilla Lavender scent but Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant comes in seven scents which are based around vanilla:  Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Coconut, Vanilla Blackberry, Vanilla Passion Fruit, and their newest scent Fresh Vanilla Lemon.  I feel confident use this deodorant on myself and own my daughter!

Laurie Carcieri

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February 22, 2014

AMBI® SKINCARE Announces its First-Ever Model Search


Ambi Skincare

New York, NY – February 18, 2014 – AMBI® Skincare, a trusted name in cleansers and moisturizers for skin of color, is pleased to announce the open call for entries to their first-ever AMBI® Model Search. Women ages 18 and older can register online at The Grand Prize Winner will be featured in a national print campaign, receiving a 3 day/2 night trip to New York City for a professional photo shoot plus $2,000 cash.

“We look forward to discovering the new face of AMBI,” commented Tricia Green, Senior Brand Manager at Valeant Pharmaceuticals. “We are looking for bold women who are confident, spirited and independent; someone who represents the AMBI brand and who is proud of her culture and history. Celebration is the heart of AMBI and we’re seeking someone who embodies just that.”

AMBI® is accepting online entries through April 15, 2014. To enter, two photos – a headshot and a full body shot – must be submitted online. Judges will select the top five finalists from the entries submitted based on appearance and how well they represent the AMBI® brand. After the finalists are selected and announced on April 25th, voting will immediately open up to the general public and will close on May 2nd. The Grand Prize Winner will be selected based on a combination of online votes and the judge’s score.

Weekly product giveaways will also be hosted on the site. Official Rules must be reviewed before entering the AMBI® Model Search. For more information on AMBI® and Valeant Pharmaceuticals, please visit: and

Abbreviated Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Neither Valeant Employees and their families nor Healthcare professionals and their families may not participate. Void where prohibited or limited by law or regulation. Begins at 12:00am EST on 2/15/2014 and ends at 11:59pm EST on 4/15/2014.

For complete details, see Official Rules (by which all entrants are bound) at

About AMBI® Skincare:
AMBI® Skincare is one of the brands under Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC. AMBI®, a trusted name in cleansers and moisturizers for skin of color, has a legacy of skin care designed to provide smooth, even-toned, flawless-looking skin. Introduced in 1966, the brand has been used by women with richer skin tones for decades and trusted to provide quality products that meet skin of color needs.  The AMBI® brand is best known for its fade creams, which help fade dark spots and skin discolorations to restore flawless, natural skin tone. The brand is part of the Valeant portfolio that also includes Kinerase, AcneFree, CeraVe and more. For more information about the AMBI® brand and to purchase products, please visit:


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February 20, 2014

Skin Care Tips for Your Ocean Adventures

Whether it’s on the chilly east coast or the temperate west coast, surfers, bodysurfers and handboarders alike are enjoying the swells this holiday season.  No matter what ocean you jump into, that dry, irritated skin seems to stick with you long after you dry off.  Use a few of these skin care products before and after your time out in the water, and your skin will feel rejuvenated, refreshed and ready for the rest of your day.

Pre-Surf Care: Sunscreen

Nothing is more important that protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging rays.  While frolicking in the surf is an awesome way to spend your day, the UV rays will take a toll on your delicate skin.  Make sure you lather a health amount of quality sunscreen to your face, neck and ears before jumping into the water.  There are two sunscreen brands out there that will give your skin excellent coverage while keeping it healthy.

Raw Elements Eco Protection Sunscreen:  What makes Raw Elements one of the best sunscreens on the market is what it’s made of.  It is made up of only natural and certified organic ingredients.  Raw Elements protects against both UVA and UVB Rays, and it’s good for the environment too.  It’s biodegradable and never tested on animals.  The sunscreen won’t run, get in your eyes or sting while you’re out catching waves.  Plus, Raw Elements gives your skin a serious amount of certified organic moisturizers and antioxidants without clogging your pores.  You can use it on both your face and body, providing you with the ultimate organic sun protection.

Neutrogena Face Sunscreen:  Neutrogena dry-touch sunblock has the power to protect you from the elements while being ridiculously light on your skin.  The sheer, ultra dry protection has an SPF of 45 and protects with Parsol 1789, which is advanced protection that covers both UVA and UVB Rays.  Special dry-touch technology was used to make this stuff, which means your face won’t be shiny when you’re done applying, and you won’t slip on your board when you’re out in the lineup.  Neutrogena sunscreen is sweat-proof and waterproof, but it won’t clog your pores.  The sunscreen’s bounty of A, C & E vitamins will help your skin stay nourished and protected against environmental damage, including sun and salt.

Post-Surf Skin Care

That dry, chapped, itching sensation you get after playing in the ocean means that the wind, sun and sea have gotten the best of your skin.  There are many excellent products out there to help alleviate your skin after a long day in the water.

The absolute best thing you can do for your skin right when you get home from a day at the beach is to jump in the shower and rinse your body with fresh water.  The water will help get rid of any extra dirt and salt that’s still on your skin.  You can also exfoliate with a scrub of your choosing to help remove those pesky dead skin cells that can end up blocking your pores.  Just don’t try to exfoliate if you’re sunburned!  Ouch!  Salt scrubs are usually recommended for those with oily skin, while sugar scrubs are great for those with dry, sensitive skin.

After your rinse and exfoliating, it’s time to replenish your skin with some essential vitamins and moisture!

Shea Butter:  Shea Butter lotion will hydrate and renew dry, depleted skin.  It’s extracted from the nuts of the African Sea Tree, and can soothe sunburn-plagued skin.  Shea Butter contains revitalizing A and E vitamins, and doesn’t leave oily or greasy residue after you apply it.

Aloe Vera:  The Aloe Vera plant is part of the lily family, and does wonders for your skin.  This super plant contains vitamins, including Vitamins A, C and E, folic acid and Vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6.  It also contains a number of beneficial minerals, like iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium.  It’s known as a vulnerary, which means it helps to heal wounds such as burns or scrapes, not to mention it soothes while it works!  Jason Aloe Vera Gel is a good example of something you can buy at the store and have ready and waiting for your dry, irritated skin as soon as you get home from your day at the beach.

Therapeutic Balm:  Balms like Surfer’s Salve help to heal any cuts, rashes and stings your get, whether they are from reefs, jellyfish, bugs or anything else you may encounter at the beach.  It will also soothe chapped lips and help refresh those serious patches of dry skin you can get from the sun’s harsh rays.

unnamed-12Guest Blogger Sarah grew up in Santa Barbara, California and started swimming competitively when she was eight years old.  She attended the University of Southern California where she was on the women’s swim team and earned a Bachelor’s degree in journalism.  Sarah currently writes for Venice-based, emerging surf brand Slyde Handboards, where she focuses on topics such as surf-related “how-tos”, current surf events and the “best-ofs” of the wave-riding world.

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February 17, 2014

Two Thumbs up for Organic Doctor Virgin Olive Oil

Organic Doctor

Organic Doctor

For years, my mom has been moisturizing her skin with olive oil that you actually cook with. At the age of 79, she looks fabulous. Her skin is soft, smooth, and tight.  The drawback to using this cooking ingredients is the smell.  I just can’t get pass that Mediterranean olive smell ready to be fried, grilled, broiled or tossed onto a salad. I want the results but not the gourmet smell. I researched and found Organic Doctor Virgin Olive Oil products with organic and natural bioactive ingredients. Free from Parabens, SLS, Artificial Colors, Phthalates, Harsh Preservatives.

Organic Doctor Virgin Olive Oil Face Scrub is a deep cleaning exfoliant which will remove impurities, excess oil, and dead skin cells which will leave your skin healthier, smoother, clearer, and even-toned.  It has super hydrating fruit oil rich in Oleic acid, an antioxidant.  A blend of natural moisturizing ingredients formulated the skin to give it a radiant, youthful appearance.  Face scrubs have many benefits for all ages: prevents acne, reduces pores, wrinkle reduction, and glowing looking skin.  Organic doctor Virgin Olive Oil Face Scrub has just the roughness to get the job done without being uncomfortable or ruining my skin, leaving your skin incredibly soft and silky smooth.

Organic Doctor Virgin Olive Oil Eye Serum hydrates and nourishes delicate skin around the eyes with Vitamin B5.  Combination with a select blend of bioactive and natural ingredients to moisturize and stimulate the area around the eyes making the skin firmer and tighter.  A healthy aging formula which helps with the appearance of fine lines, helps with cell hydration, and protects the area outside the eyes.  After using Organic Doctor Virgin Olive Oil Eye Serum for a couple of weeks, I noticed a remarkable diminish of my dark circles and bags under my eyes resulted from stress and not sleeping.  Using again all organic and natural bioactive ingredients including Virgin Olive Oil and Olive Leaf Extract.

Organic Doctor

Organic Doctor

Organic Doctor Virgin Olive Oil Cleansing Bar has all natural ingredients (Virgin Oil, Vine Leaf Extract and Thyme Extract just to name a few) which work in synergy to moisture and hydrate the skin, leaving it feeling clean, fresh and nourished.   The unique ingredient, Oleic Acid, combined with infusion of select bioactive ingredients balances the skin looking clear and healthy-looking, never leaving residue to clog your pores.  Gentle to use daily, never dries out the skin or strips its essential oil.  This is the only soap that doesn’t aggravate my delicate skin.  It is ideal for all skin types.  It leaves my skin soft and clean.
I love all the Organic Doctor Organic Virgin Olive Oil products!  I use the line daily and my skin has never looked so healthy and fresh!  I feel confident using Organic Doctor products because they do not contain Parabens, SLS, Artificial Colors, Phthalates, or Harsh Preservatives.  They only use the finest natural and organic raw materials in all their products. You will give it two thumbs up!

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February 15, 2014

5 Ways To Make Eyes POP

Boom Bom Brow Bar

Boom Bom Brow Bar



Think modes and celebrities show up for photo shoots looking rested and refreshed?  Most of the time a professional is whipping out their best tips and tricks to make them look presentable, and it usually starts with the eyes. Boom Boom, owner of Boom Boom Brow Bar, shares her top 5 Ways to Make Eyes POP:

  1. Brush brow hair up and out to frame eyes and then fill in with a brow powder to define and set with a brow gel
  1. Use a flesh colored liner on the lower lid of eyes to make them look bigger and brighter, applying white eye shadow can also make eyes look wider and more open
  1. Apply a shimmery nude color on the inner corners of eyes to animate
  1. Use a highlighting pencil on the brow bone to enhance bone structure and boost eyes
  1. Thin brows look dated and make eyes look tired, use a brow growth serum to promote fuller, bolder brows to compliment eyes

Boom Boom retail products – Boostiers brow powder, Brow-ssiere brow gel, Push-Up brow highlighting pencil and Brow Job growth serum are now available on!

Malynda Vigliotti (aka Boom Boom) really is the flashiest waxer in NYC.  She’s obsessed with brows, did over 20,000 in 2012 at Boom Boom Brow Bar in NYC, and sees no reason why everyone shouldn’t have thick, gorgeous eyebrows in 2014! Website:

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