February 9, 2018

Valentine Make-up, Date night is approaching

Have you picked your favorite hair and make-up combo for Valentine’s date night?  Here are some makeup tips brought to you by Beautypress.com.
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Stripped back but sultry is a new way to play this February 14th. Modeled on the likes of Alicia Vikander, a golden taupe cream eye shadow dabbed onto the top lid and lower lashes and framed with a black pencil three quarters of the way along the top lash line makes for an eye look that gives just enough shine without looking too OTT.  Finish off with lashings of mascara and a nude lip, this fresh faced look turns heads without the need for red!

Channel Bridget Bardot. Black eyeliner and an easy half-up style makes for the ultimate sexpot look! Trace your top lashes with black liner, flicking the line up ever so slightly once you get to the outer corner, not skipping the bottom lashes. A shimmery nude eye shadow, cream or powder, can then be blended over the lid and up over the brow bone, finishing off with lashes of mascara. Team with fresh skin and a dab of blusher and add a slick of sheer nude gloss to create the illusion of fuller lips.

It’s a known fact that when two people fall in love it may well have to do with scent. And the sales records are there to show that love doesn’t go only through one’s stomach, but also through one’s nose. The business sector of body care and beauty products alone can boast with turnover of approximately 62.46 billion U.S. dollars every year, and that only in the United States. Perfume is the queen of all gifts. However, in order to choose the best scent for your beloved, you should always consider their personality and style. Fresh scent creations are better suited for athletic personalities, while subtle, flowery scents are often a wonderful fit for romantic-playful types.

You can never go wrong with the classic reds on Valentine’s day. Teaming lips and nails makes for an alluring and co-ordinated look that will go with almost any outfit. To avoid makeup overkill, opt for a fresh face and just a slick of eyeliner to compliment your lip look.

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February 8, 2018

Defend your hair in this brutal cold weather with Maple Holistics Silk 18

This past month, the weather has been brutal. I’m have a difficult time with extremely dry skin but even a bigger problem with my hair. My hair is very dry, right down to my scalp. When my hair is dry, my curls don’t curl and I have to pin my hair up. My scalp is itchy and I’m very uncomfortable. I use a variety of different hair conditioners but I found an amazing one that works very well and offers extra softness to my hair that other conditioners do not.

Maple Holistics Silk 18, is a natural Hair conditioner formulated for all hair types especially my hair type “dry, damaged, curly and color treated hair”.  The glycerin in this conditioner does a great job hydrating my hair and reducing my dry itchy & flaky scalp.  Maple Holistics Silk 18  contains “18 Silk Amino Acids for Soft Beautiful Hair and Strong Thick Hair Growth”. You can definitely notice the softness and moisture in your hair and scalp as you only need a small amount to do the trick.

Maple Holistics Silk 18 is Sulfate Free, paraben free silicon free and cruelty free.

The following properties in Maple Holistics Silk 18  make this conditioner a must have.

The Keratin in Silk 18 provides Therapeutic Pro-Vitamins and is antioxidant rich. Silk 18 smooths split ends and moisturizes dry hair.

Aloe Vera,  Green Tea,  Jojoba Oil and Sea Buckthorn work together to strengthen hair. The Shea Butter leaves straight wavy or curly hair softer smoother & shinier.

One of my favorite features is the detangling feature, especially if you have curly hair. Silk 18 is hypoallergenic and can be used by both men and women and even kids. Even the bottle is eco friendly.  Learn more about Maple Holistics and there products at MapleHolistics.com

Check out Maple Holistics free samples page ( https://www.mapleholistics.com/free-sample/)


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February 7, 2018

Expert Tips: Do You Need to Vet Your Valentine?

This Valentine’s Day—before looking for the perfect gift or planning a romantic date—ask yourself an important but often overlooked question: Is my valentine a criminal?

It’s easy to get caught up in the emotions of love, or perceived love. But doing so can have potentially dangerous consequences. As an example, here is the story of one online dater who believed she had found the man of her dreams, when in fact she had found a monster. It turned out that he was a felon who had seduced, swindled and terrorized multiple women, many of whom he had met on online dating sites. With drug charges, gun charges, and restraining orders, one detective called him “a ticking bomb, capable of unpredictable violence.”

To ensure you don’t end up in a similar situation, do your own due diligence in discovering everything you should know about the person you’re dating. Keep in mind that online dating sites do not vet their members. Here are five ways to vet your valentine:

1. Do A Reverse Image Search
Don’t wait until you’re emotionally invested in your valentine to do a reverse image search of this person’s dating pictures. At the influence of someone at work who told her “the guy doesn’t want to meet you … maybe it’s not even him,” one online dater we wrote about uploaded her crush’s photo to a reverse image search and discovered social media accounts belonging to another man. She confronted her online crush and demanded an explanation, but this “catfish” continued to deny he was pretending to be someone else.

2. Check For Mutual Friends
Is your online dating match friends with anyone you know? If so, asking this person his or her opinion of your match can potentially give you a better idea of who this person really is. To discover mutual friends, check out the social media profiles of your match. Ask those people their opinion of your crush. You never know what stories might be shared.

3. Keep To Communicating Via The Dating App
If someone asks you to take your communications outside the dating app, pause. That could be a red flag. Online dating scammers use this tactic to distance themselves from the dating site and therefore links to his or her crime. Knowing that it’s more unlikely that you’ll report suspicious activity or abuse if you don’t communicate via the dating site, a scammer might make an excuse like, “My membership is almost expired. Why don’t we talk via text?”

4. Do A Background Check
A background checking service such as BeenVerified is a valuable tool that can potentially help you learn more about the background of someone you met via online dating. You can potentially verify his or her identity, discover social networks, check their criminal history, marital status, and more.

5. Trust Your Instinct
One powerful tool is your instinct. If at any point your instincts kick into gear and you don’t feel right about something this person is saying, you’re probably right. Don’t just take your valentine’s word for it. Ask questions and see how he or she reacts. If this person is having a hard time giving straight answers or provides only vague answers, you might be dealing with a catfish or a disingenuous person. And if your valentine doesn’t want to meet in person at all, consider this a reason a find another one, as this is another telltale sign of a scammer. Stay safe this Valentine’s Day by getting to the heart of who your valentine really is.

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February 7, 2018

Beauty Tips for Removing and Preventing Blackheads

Do you look in the mirror and see those unwanted blackheads on your nose or chin?  If so, worry not, you are just like most people in the world. Even celebrities have to deal with these showing up on their skin. There are many ‘at home’ remedies you can try before splurging on a facial to get rid of them.  However, using a blackhead remosalonprices.com, val tool such as a face steamer is generally worth it, since it’s a one-time cost that will allow you to have clear skin forever.  Before you begin, the one rule you must follow is to not squeeze the blackheads.  This could cause scarring, infection, or inflammation.1.

  1. Use a Face Steamer



       The best way to remove blackheads is to use a face steamer every few days or when blackheads become visible.  This method can be used on the entire face and allows blackheads to             slip out of the skin naturally, painlessly, and with no chance of infection or scarring.  While this is an expensive item, it works incredibly well, lasts for years, and will put an end to               blackheads once and for all.

      2.  Exfoliate with Baking Soda



       Baking Soda has a number of surprising uses, including some that focus on personal health and beauty. One of the uses is by creating a natural method for exfoliating skin.  It is also           often used in a salon for microdermabrasion treatments.  Mix the water and baking soda together to create a paste and put it onto your skin. You can use this as a scrubbing paste to           open your pores and clear away the blackheads.

       3. Pore Strips



       You can use homemade or store bought pore strips to put onto your nose.  However, these only give an immediate result in your skin, not one that will further prevent more from                 occurring in the future.  For that, you would need a preventative measure, which you can read on to find out about!  Pore strips can be expensive if purchased online or in stores –               however, they are relatively easy to make at home for next to nothing.

       4. Salicylic Acid



       In order to break down the oil trapped inside your pores, you need to use a beta-hydoxy acid, or salicylic.  You can find these in peels or masks. It will work to dissolve any build up in         your pores.  By using this consistently, you can prevent them from forming again.

If you have the urge to splurge, you should treat yourself to a microdermabrasion treatment.  This treatment will exfoliate your skin leaving it looking radiant. However, the results are not permanent.

How to Prevent Blackheads

Now that you know how to get rid of them, in the future, you want to try to prevent them from ever coming back.  There are a few ways you can try and avoid having them resurface.  First and foremost, try not to wear too much make-up.  Keeping your face relatively clean will prevent build up and your pores from being clogged.  It also helps to focus on preparing your own healthy foods at home, or making sure to eat out at places that serve natural and healthy foods, such as various soups and salads.

Whether you wear make-up and need to clean it off, or you are just washing up before bed, make sure to wash your face with gentle cleansers. You do not want a product that will make your skin produce more oil, which would then create blackheads.  Wash your face with a natural cleanser. A trick of the trade to help keep off any leftover dirt and tighten up your pores is by using witch hazel before putting on a moisturizer. Now that your face is clean, make sure to wash your pillowcases weekly, in order to clean off any oils you may have left behind or dead skin.  

Besides these preventative measures, you can also use a facial steamer every few weeks; create your own natural cleansing method and facial mask.  Additionally, throughout the day, dab your face with a paper towel to soak up any oil – to keep your pores from clogging up!

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February 7, 2018

Believe in Yourself, is donating dresses in LA

The Charity called Believe in Yourself (we have written about this wonderful charity before) will be coming to Los Angeles for the first time and donating brand new ” in style” dresses to girls in the LA  area to wear to their upcoming school Valentine’s Day dances.

The founder of UsTrendy, the world’s largest Independent Fashion ecommerce site started the foundation one year ago. He recently launched a site for the foundation: www.believeinyourself.org

Some of the objectives of this charity is to combat the financial pressures that are felt on low income girls and their families to continuously stay in style and purchase new items each season along with promote positive body image and fight cyber bullying.

One of the foundation’s activities is donating dresses to underprivileged girls. “We have already provided dresses to girls to wear to school dances and similar events in various states. The girls will be registered in our system and receive dresses all through out the school year for various special occasions,” says Founder Sam Sisakhti. Future dress donations will be tied to the girls’ progress in achieving goals, whether towards improving their academics or pursuing an extracurricular interest such as music, dance, sports. Each girl who wants to receive a dress is entered into a system where they are then tracked to see their progress, whether towards improving their academics or pursuing an extracurricular interest.

Believe in Yourself is part of a broader initiative. The charity brings in Mentors and speakers to motivate the girls to believe in themselves. These mentors also provide tips if the girls are experiencing a negative body image or bullying of any kind, and they counsel the girls to help them achieve their dreams and goals.

Check the website for info about the upcoming and past events.

Believe in Yourself Project BANGOR / ME

Believe in Yourself Project BANGOR / ME


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February 5, 2018

Valentine’s Day Affordable Gifts

With Valentine’s Day less than 2 weeks away, here are a few fun and affordable gift ideas from one of our favorite online shopping sites SHOWPO. Showpo has a wide range of affordable items for your everyday fashion loving girl looking for the most complete shopping experience. Started by popular Australian fashionista Jane Lu, Showpo has quickly become one of the most popular shopping sites in the world! So whether you’re looking for a hot date night look, or a present to celebrate you BFF, Showpo has you covered this Valentine’s Day.

View the entire site here: https://www.showpo.com

We have some suggested items for you.

1. Key to My Heart Sunglasses in Red – $19.95 The sunnies that your heart has been yearning for!

2. Secret Getaway Dress in White Floral – $53.95 This dress is so perfect for a secret getaway!

3. Hearts on Fire Earring Set in Silver – $11.95 Double the hearts, double the love for these earrings.

4. Besties by Leah Gordon – $20.95 A fully illustrated celebration of female friendship.

5. Feelin’ Myself Bodysuit In Wine Lace – $46.95 A super seductive piece that will have you slaying through the boys.

6. What I love About You Fill in the Blanks Journal – $13.95 Saying how you feel has never been so easy.

Key to my heart sunglasses

Key to My Heart sunglasses

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February 3, 2018

Nina Dobrev Wears OYE Swimwear

Los Angeles, CA – January 21, 2018 – Nina Dobrev was seen wearing OYE Swimwear over the weekend while vacationing in Mexico! The actress looked pin up chic in the Agatha Monokini while posing for photos with friends ($149, www.oyeswimwear.com).
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January 29, 2018

5 Reasons Why More and More People Are Saying ‘No Way’ to Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re in a couple or rolling solo, Valentine’s Day comes with expectation and pressure. With #CoupleGoals as a consistently trending hashtag, countless pictures of couples on social media, the obsession of celebrity break ups and make ups and TV shows like the Bachelor and Bachelorette serving up contrived romance sprinkled with drama, the way we think of love and romance has changed. Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a New York Board Certified Neuropsychologist explains why so many people say ‘no way’ to Valentine’s Day and offers some alternatives that shift this negative mindset.

  1. “Valentine’s Day is a ‘Hallmark Holiday’ and I’m still broke from Christmas.”

When money is tight many people may want to cut back on spending especially for things they feel are frivolous. “Financial stress is a common thing and when people are made to feel pressured to spend, they get resentful and want to claim their power,” explains Dr. Hafeez. Instead of boycotting all romance, put a $20 maximum on gifts and you’ll see how sweet, thoughtful and creative you can get.

  1. “Every restaurant is crowded and the service is terrible.”

Nothing kills romance faster than crowds and a bad experience dining out. Since everyone goes out to eat on Valentine’s Day there will be a lapse in service. “One way for couples to celebrate is to call their favorite restaurant in advance and have a meal prepared they can pick up and heat up at home,” suggests Dr. Hafeez. “You can either break out the fancy dishes and dress up or you can put on sweats and eat while watching a movie, the important thing is that you enjoy yourselves and aren’t stressed,” she adds.

  1. “We’ve been together for ages. Every day is Valentine’s Day! Do we really need to celebrate?”

“Celebrations and traditions are important in a relationship and when they fall away it’s usually a sign of trouble and disconnection. While you may not feel the need to do anything extravagant use the day to appreciate the love you have and life you’ve created, even if it’s in a small way,” Hafeez advises.

  1. “I’m single so what’s the point?”

Rolling solo on Valentine’s Day again, all the more reason to turn it into a Self Love Day. Being single on Valentine’s Day can be tough for people, especially those still healing from a break up or divorce. “You want to really be kind and caring to yourself. Booking a massage, getting a haircut, or arranging a single ladies night with your single friends could be just what’s needed. Focus on creating your own happiness,” says Dr. Hafeez who often sees a link between break up depression and anxiety over holidays.

  1. “I’m just to busy for love and romance and all that stuff.”

Some people are just focused on other things that are top priority in their lives. There are plenty of women who are turned on more by generating income for their businesses than concerning themselves with outside approval or validation. There has been a rise in female entrepreneurship with more millenials and Gen X’ers preferring to build empires than romantic relationships. For them it’s just February 14th the mid way point to a short month. “There’s nothing wrong with women wanting to focus on their professional lives. They often feel to focus on business, romance, which may cause them to lose focus, has to be shelved for a while, this is more common these days,” Dr. Hafeez shares.

While many say ‘no way’ to Valentine’s Day there are millions saying I DO.

According to a 2017 survey of 1000 people done by James Allen, an online diamond and bridal jewelry retailer, 43 percent of millennials say Valentines Day is their top pick for proposal day. November – February is considered proposal season.

Some other mind-blowing stats that clearly show Cupid isn’t going away anytime soon are.

In 2017, the National Retail Federation put the estimated total spending at over $18.2 billion. That’s an average of $136.57 per person.

Jewelry is the most popular gift with 20 percent of consumers expected to buy jewelry, with a total of $4.3 billion on bling, the NRF said.

$2 billion will be spent on flowers, with roses being most popular. 250 million roses are produced for the holiday, the Society of American Florists said.

The American Greeting Card Association puts that industries pay out at 1 BILLION… yes folks $1 … for paper.

About Dr. Sanam Hafeez:

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical neuropsychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. 


Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz.

Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or www.comprehendthemind.

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January 25, 2018

Superfoods we should be eating

New York City Board Certified Osteopathic Physician, Dr. Christopher Calapai, provides us with information on some plant based foods that have garnered the “superfood” label. He tells us why we should incorporate them into our diet.

Blackberries are loaded with vitamin C, as well as vitamins A, E, K, and B vitamins, antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin which sift free radicals and reactivate oxygen species.

Blueberries are a top superfood of the fruit world, containing iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and vitamin K. Blueberries help and maintain bone health.

Red cabbage contains disease-fighting properties known as polyphenols, which offer antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. It also is a great source of dietary fiber and a rich source of several vitamins.


Plums are rich in fiber and help to ease digestion, as well as they are a great source of vitamin A.

Açaí Berries are loaded with antioxidants, as well as being rich in fiber, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins A, B, C and E, mineral salts (calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium) among others.

Finally, another superfood, figs are rich in natural health benefiting phytonutrients, antioxidants and vitamins. Dried figs are a great concentrated source of minerals and vitamins.

Dr. Christopher Calapai

Dr. Christopher Calapai

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. He has worked with Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham’s, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at www.drcal.net

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January 25, 2018

How smart home automation systems could make our lives easier

It is projected that about 38.2 million North Americans will have smart home systems by the year 2019.  Today’s automation system is affordable, easy to use and highly convenient, thereby allowing you to control every activity in your home from one streamlined control panel or app. Here are six tested and proven smart echo buying guide that could make our lives easier.

Automated Light Control

The automated light control has the capacity to make your life easier and safer simultaneously. You can schedule to be having light in the evening only when you are around and/ or will have a need for it. If you or any member of your family forgets to turn off your light, you can do so remotely. This will surely save energy costs.

Some of these smart lighting systems come with ambient lighting that changes shades and colors to suit your preferred mood.

Alternatively, you can program your system to turn lights on or off randomly when you are not in town, thereby making it less venerable for break-ins. Leaving lights on timers is one of the most effective and innovative ways of scaring thieves from entering into your house. It gives them the impression that you are at home.

However, if you install standard timers, potential thieves can easily spot when you are not around, so the best remedy is to plug a lamp into a smart switch or lamp module, place it on your wall and pair it very well with your home system so that you can be able to turn lights on and off from any location you are.

In this way, you can control it through the web portal or app. There are different types of smart home systems in the marketplace, thus it is necessary for you to learn about them, so that you can choose the one that perfectly suits your specifications.

Automatic temperature control

Have you ever arrived home in the middle of winter and was greeted with freezing cold or excessive heat during summer vacation? If such is the case, the most effective thing you will need to do is to replace it with programmable thermostat. This will save you some monthly energy costs.

The outdoor automatic temperature understands the humid nature of your home, so it knows when you are at home, and adjusts the temperature of your home accordingly. Some utility companies provide homeowner rebates for people that installed smart thermostat in their homes. This could be one of the awesome ways you can save some money. Thus, you will enjoy the maximum benefits by installing it in your home.

Security cameras with SMS alert

The days are gone when the installer will have to hardwired the home security systems. Today, you can get as many webcams as you wish, and connect it to your home’s Wi-Fi. With this, you can know what is happening in your home through a Smartphone app by either peeking into your home or through SMS notifications the camera will be sent to you occasionally.

Some of these security cameras use lights, while some features night vision, which means they can work not only during daylight hours. Some of them use batteries, and this makes it possible for the cameras to be placed all through your home or outdoor spaces, especially beyond the reach of power coming from electric outlets.

Energy metering

Home automation systems enable you to save about 30% or more costs for energy by optimal regulation of electrical devices, lights, ventilation, air conditioning etc. Monthly payment of electricity bills can be a big worry for a number of homeowners, but such is not the case for those living in a smart home.

You will save some monthly utility bills. For example, if you have a smart home ideas, you will notice that smart lighting system comes with energy efficient bulbs. The beauty of automated controls is that they will turn on and off lights and appliances whenever they are not in use.

Access control via dropped calls

Every smart home comes with access control capacity, and with this, you can take absolute control of the things in your home while you are away. For example, with your Smartphone you can monitor the security; turn on or off your lights with ease.

SMS Controlled System

One of the greatest benefits of home automation system is that it guarantees safety. With the alarming system and digital cameras installed in your home, you can monitor whatever that is happening in your home even when you are not around.

You can watch when someone attempts to enter your home without your due consent. When such happens, you will simply get an SMS almost instantly.

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