Adrienne Raheb
June 2, 2016

Women Survivors in Nashville and Rwanda Create Successful Bug Free Natural Repellent

Women Survivors in Nashville and Rwanda Create Successful Bug Free Natural Repellent
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Newly improved natural repellent scores higher than leading natural spray in lab testing.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — June 2, 2016Thistle Farms, a social enterprise of women healing from trafficking, prostitution and addiction, launches its improved natural insect repellent for spring on the news of independent testing confirming its efficacy.
“Last year we sold over 8,000 bottles – each bottle bringing opportunities and jobs to women survivors of violence, trafficking and trauma in Nashville and Rwanda,” said Founder and President, Becca Stevens, who was named a CNN Hero earlier today.
“Our Thistle Farms Bug Free Repellent has become a remarkable success story for us,” Stevens said. “We know it’s a favorite of moms and nature-lovers, but we wanted to take the next step and confirm its effectiveness in the lab. We spent time fine-tuning and retooling this winter, and then had it tested this spring at an independent lab. It not only held up against the leading natural brand in the U.S., it surpassed it!”
Thistle Farms Bug Free Repellent utilizes organic rose geranium oil, grown and pressed by the farmers of Ikirezi, survivors of the Rwandan genocide. “When we visited Rwanda in 2008, we weren’t familiar with rose geranium and that it has been used as an anti-malarial in Africa for centuries. We decided then to partner with them – with the women of Ikirezi growing and harvesting the geranium and the women of Thistle Farms blending it with other natural ingredients and preparing it for the U.S. market. The product empowers women in both communities to become economically independent and gives consumers everywhere an earth-friendly solution for mosquitoes.”
Testing was provided by Snell Scientifics LLC. of Meansville, GA, an independent research lab specializing in scientific development and efficacy testing for pesticides and repellents. Thistle Farms Bug Free Repellent was tested against skin that was untreated as well as skin sprayed with the leading natural brand, proving to be 100% effective after 15 minutes, and performing 2% above the leading brand.
Thistle Farms Bug Free Repellent is available in 2 oz and 4 oz sizes, $8.99 and $14.99 respectively. A companion product, the Bug Free Outdoor Candle, retails for $28.99. Products are available onThistleFarms.org and at participating Thistle Farms retailers.
About Thistle Farms
Thistle Farms is a community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. It includes a two-year residential program, called Magdalene, a Home & Body line, Thistle Stop Café and Thistle Farms Global. Thistle Farms stands as a witness to the truth that in the end love is the most powerful force for change.
@thistlefarms | @thistlestopcafe | @revbeccastevens | @thistleglobal
 
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May 27, 2016

How to Remove Tangles with a Paddle Brush…Tips from Sam Villa

 

 

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As you can see, I have curly hair and brushing curls can be problematic, more so than those with straight hair.   Below you will find some fabulous tips from Sam Villa which helped me out a lot with detangling. Curly hair or straight hair, tangles are everywhere and this tops work.

May, 2016 (New York, NY) – One of the reasons professional hairstylists are so valuable is because they know cool tricks.  Sam Villa, founder of Sam Villaâ and Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue NYC, has an easy trick for removing tangles with a paddle brush that is sure to stop the tears!

VIDEO: https://www.samvilla.com/blog/removing-tangles-with-detangling-brush/

“The trick is to understand the positioning and design of the paddle brush.  When held horizontally, the pins do not align, they’re more like a forest of trees, yet when held vertically, the pins are perfectly aligned in rows so they grab hair more uniformly allowing it to glide through removing tangles with ease,” says Villa.

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How To:

Hold a Sam Villa Signature Series Paddle Brush vertically (pins lined up) and only use the first few rows of pins, gently brush in a downward motion. When the pins are aligned, less rows are used and tangles come out with less effort and tension, preventing pulling and/or creating more tangles which can lead to breakage.

Sam Villa Artist Series Polishing Paddle BrushRetail Price: $30.00

Availability: https://www.samvilla.com/products/hair-brushes/paddle-brush

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May 23, 2016

Next stop…Flash Wax at NYC Boom Boom Brow Bar

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On a recent trip to New York, one of the last stops on our schedule was to go to Boom Boom Brow Bar. I have been dying to get there and once we arrived, the place was packed. We couldn’t even fit into the salon. Naturally, we would have waited (we heard it was definitely worth the wait) but a train home would not wait for us. My next trip to New York, Boom Boom Brow Bar will be my first stop. And I am also going to purchase  Boom Boom’s Flash Wax. Watch the video below and you will see why.

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 8.33.57 PM Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z_88rEYNWg

Malynda Vigliotti (aka Boom Boom) offers this advice: Flash Wax is a low-temperature lipo-soluable cream that is so gentle, it can be used on ALL skin types…even sensitive.  It’s perfect for all Uptown (about the fabulous belt) and Downtown (below the fabulous belt) wax services.  It’s made in Italy – just like Boom Boom – and it’s the only wax good enough for her!  “I love waxing because you have a lot of control versus threading or tweezing…you can quickly and gently remove all hair for a great shape and smooth surface,” says Boom Boom.

Word to the wise – be honest, tell the esthetician if using medications that make skin sensitive, like Retin-A, retinol, Accutane, antibiotics, Benzoyl Peroxide, and even Proactive.  These medications are designed to exfoliate the skin, so if wax is applied, it can literally lift skin off like it’s a piece of parchment paper.  That’s when tweezing is the best bet.

“And no double dipping! If anyone dips a spatula more than once, guess what?  It’s not sanitary – it’s contaminating the entire pot of wax!! Shop around for good quality wax AND cleanliness,” adds Boom Boom.

Price: $15.00, 400ml/14 oz., available on http://www.amazon.com/dp/B017ARCVJS

Boom Boom would never test on animals!

Malynda Vigliotti (aka Boom Boom) is obsessed with brows – 165,000+ served at Boom Boom Brow Bar in NYC!!   Boom Boom Booty and Brow 2 now open offering Uptown (above the fabulous belt) and Downtown (below the fabulous belt) services! It’s fast, convenient, affordable and FUN!!  Everyone should have thick gorgeous eyebrows; after all, they are the most important feature on the face and THE best accessory EVA!   And now bikini waxing is a cinch too – just walk-in! Happy Hour all day every Monday – Friday.  Check out what’s cooking on Instagram: https://instagram.com/boomboombrowbar; Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/boomboombrowbar and Twitter:http://twitter.com/boomboombrowbar.

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May 17, 2016

Ariana Grande’s Must-Have Performance Accessory!

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LOS ANGELES – May 16, 2016 – Ariana Grande was photographed wearing Henri Bendel at Wango Tango this weekend in LA! The songstress dazzled during her performance wearing the Luxe Asscher Statement Necklace ($238; www.henribendel.com).

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May 6, 2016

February’s It’s a Glam Thing Beauty Box winner is…..

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Congratulations Ruy M. of Wasilla, AK,  you are the winner of our FebruaryBeauty Box. Expect your Beauty Box soon and enjoy your beauty products from the following merchants:

Pura d’or Enriching Shampoo

Out of Africa Shea Body Oil

Loreal Golden Serum Treatment & Cell Renewal Day Cream

Apothederm Acne Clarifying Treatment & Moisturizing Cleanser

somersets Shave Oil

Gerard Cosmetics Lighted Lip Gloss

BoPo Peel off Nail Polish

PURA D’OR Enriching Shampoo

UNITE Defrizz

Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara

KISS Salon Secrets

 

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April 27, 2016

Look Like A Bombshell in Lybethras Brazilian Bikinis

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You don’t have to be a Brazilian beach bunny to wear a beautiful Brazilian bikini! Lybethras Swim, one of Brazil’s newest bikini exports, is making a splash in the US thanks to its colorful, handmade, mix and match printed bikinis! A Sports Illustrated Swim favorite, Lybethras bikinis boast teeny tiny cut outs, sexy one pieces and playful hand woven crochet accents.

Not only is each bikini handmade in Brazil, but Lybethras owner and designer, Luciana Martinez, has paired up with the non profit Brazilian organization Servi to provide every crochet detail found on each bikini. The organization provides low-income expectant mothers with the skills to become financially independent, creating a sustainable micro-economy for those most in need.

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Material for this article was provided by  Lybethras Swim

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April 22, 2016

Celebrate Earth Day with FeelGoodz

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Steppin’ Easy, Kyle, Founder of Feelgoodz: It all started when I was backpacking in Thailand. While walking through a night market in Bangkok, my flip-flops wore out and broke. Needing to find another pair, I walked up to a vendor’s display shaped like a tree with flops hanging from the branches. What I tried on was the most comfortable flip-flop I had ever worn.

Relieved to no longer be barefoot, I was curious why the flip-flops were so comfortable. I discovered they were made from 100% natural rubber tapped from Thai rubber trees, and that the local farmers have honed their techniques for extracting the sustainable resource. I was fascinated. The idea of comfortable, sustainable flip-flops was so captivating to me that I founded Feelgoodz in 2008.

Today, I’m still traveling to remote locations to discover new artisans and techniques. I am dedicated to bringing you the best products available and I’m thrilled that our partners in Thailand, Guatemala, Pakistan, and Vietnam all help to create our comfortable, all-natural products.

Visit Feelgoodz.com

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April 22, 2016

Look Like A Bombshell in Lybethras Brazilian Bikinis

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You don’t have to be a Brazilian beach bunny to wear a beautiful Brazilian bikini! Lybethras Swim, one of Brazil’s newest bikini exports, is making a splash in the US thanks to its colorful, handmade, mix and match printed bikinis! A Sports Illustrated Swim favorite, Lybethras bikinis boast teeny tiny cut outs, sexy one pieces and playful hand woven crochet accents.

Not only is each bikini handmade in Brazil, but Lybethras owner and designer, Luciana Martinez, has paired up with the non profit Brazilian organization Servi to provide every crochet detail found on each bikini. The organization provides low-income expectant mothers with the skills to become financially independent, creating a sustainable micro-economy for those most in need.
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April 12, 2016

Ivyrevel, Sweden’s newest fast-fashion introduces their festival collection.

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IVYREVEL – a new global digital fashion house for women out of Stockholm, is setting a new agenda in digital innovation, design process and customer experience.The e-tailer is a pioneering digital fashion brand proud to be supported by H&M GROUP, PAYPAL and selected influential business giants within digital technology. The Ivyrevel brand launched globally on April 7th 2016 and has dropped their debut “festival collection” today, Monday, April 11 (just in time for Coachella).

 

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April 7, 2016

The Winner of It’s a Glam Thing Beauty box has been selected

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Congratulations Polly D. of Cedar Creek, TX, you are the winner of our January Beauty Box. Expect your Beauty Box soon and enjoy your beauty products from the following merchants:

 

My Other Bag  Beauty Pouch

Pura d’or Enriching Shampoo

Pencil Me In Cosmetics Eye Liner Pencils

Jouer Cosmetics Powdered Eye Shadow

Cargo Cosmetics Texaslash Mascara

Caudalie Facial and Hair Oil

Loreal Cell Renewal Night Creme

Bath & Body Works Shower Gel

Ciate Nail Polish

Revlon Colorstay Cosmetics

Apothederm Acne Clarifying Treatment

Whiteninglightning Zero White Teeth Whitening Pen

 

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