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March 8, 2018

Auli’i Cravalho wears Cynthia Rowley & gorjana!

LOS ANGELES, CA – March 8, 2018 – Auli’i Cravalho was photographed wearing Cynthia Rowley & gorjana jewelry to the premiere of Rise last night in NYC. The actress showed off a playful look in Cynthia Rowley’s Rainbow Wallflower Ruffle Dress ($395, www.cynthiarowley.com) accented with gorjanaHarbour Hoops in Gold ($60, www.gorjana.com).
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February 8, 2018

Christine Evangelista Wears 21HM!

LOS ANGELES, CA – February 5, 2017 – Christine Evangelista was photographed wearing 21HM to the DirecTV Now Super Saturday Night in Minneapolis over the weekend! The Arrangement actress added 21HM’s Hoop Earrings($25; www.21hmboutique.com) to complete her chic look.
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January 11, 2018

How to tell a skincare Hero from a zero

 

When it comes to skincare do you really get what you pay for? From the newest ingredients to the latest in-office procedures we connected with Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Margarita Lolis based in Northern New Jersey with her insights on how to tell a skincare zero from a hero.

Here’s what is certain; there are no firming or tightening products whose results can duplicate what you derive from in office procedures such as dermal fillers, Botox, lasers, or cosmetic surgery. Dr. Lolis explains that while there are anti- aging products or ingredients that do perform significantly better than others and can make a profound difference in the skin’s appearance while others are simply “false hope in a jar.”

Why don’t most products work the way they claim? Almost without exception, when you buy a product claiming to tighten skin, its effects, if any, are due to ingredients such as film-forming agents. Just like the name states, film-forming agents form a film on the skin, and that can make the skin “feel” tighter. The effect is temporary and you won’t see noticeable lifting of sagging skin, but the sensation is often enough to convince women that the product is working. Dr. Lolis stresses that, “Skin just feeling tighter is not the same as making a real change for the better in the tone or laxity of your skin. Using what really works will get you closer to the results you want.”

THE HEROES

  1. Sunscreen

Dr. Lolis says, “Sunscreen of an SPF 30 or above is the best antiaging cream you can use. It prevents skin cancer as well as UVA rays that cause loss of collagen and wrinkles in the skin especially when reapplied every 2 hours. My favorite base sunscreens have titanium or zinc oxide in them as active ingredients.”

  1. Retinoids & Glycolic Acid

“Retinoids are the go-to option to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and help boost collagen production,” says Dr. Lolis.”  She adds, “Over the counter retinols are good, Neutrogena makes a good one, or prescriptions such as Retin- A.” Glycolic acid also reduces fine lines and wrinkles and helps fade pigmentary damage from the sun. “I often have patients alternate nights with retinoid and glycolic,” says Dr. Lolis.

  1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a great antioxidant which reduces free radical damage and is great for anti-aging and helps brighten the skin. Dr. Lolis often recommends it in the morning, underneath sunblock, or at night if patients are too sensitive to tolerate retinoids and glycolic acid.

  1. Ceramides

Ceramides are a type of lipid found in the membrane of cells. Dr. Lolis states that, “They help hold skin cells together, forming a protective layer that plumps the skin and retains moisture. Ceramide levels decrease as we age which leads to loss of hydration, less skin turnover and dryer, more damaged skin. Replenishing the skin’s ceramide levels will help restore moisture and fortify the skin’s natural barrier, helping skin look and feel younger.” Lolis recommends using a moisturizer containing ceramide moisturizer for your whole body daily.

  1. Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone works to even out sun spots, blotches, and mottled skin. A little hydroquinone goes a long way. “It’s the most effective ingredient for bleaching skin,” says Dr. Lolis. Hydroquinone fades hyperpigmentation by blocking the enzyme that triggers melanin production in the skin.

  1. Green Tea Extract

Green tea extract is loaded with nutrients called polyphenols, which have been shown to fight free radicals. Studies have found that ingredients in green tea can reduce sun damage and may protect against skin cancer when applied topically. Dr. Lolis offers that, “Using green tea extract under sunscreen can provide an extra dose of protection. Polyphenols in creams and lotions may help slow signs of aging, reduce sagging skin and decrease wrinkles.”

THE ZEROES

The majority of anti-aging creams are still based on moisturizers such as mineral oil. Wrinkles look worse when they are dry, so any kind of moisturizer helps, but its only temporary and doesn’t address the root cause of the wrinkles such as collagen loss, free radical damage, sun damage and environmental factors. Don’t be fooled by the antiaging labels. Unless there is an actual “active ingredient” such as retinol, the benefit is just moisture but nothing else.

  1. B Vitamins

Many forms of vitamin B (like B12) can only be absorbed in the small intestine, so no matter how much is loaded into your moisturizer or serum, it’s not going to make a difference. “Vitamins like niacin can have an effect on the skin’s texture and color, but your skin can’t absorb them,” Dr. Lolis explains. If you really want to tap into the power of vitamin B to improve your skin’s glow and appearance, stick to eating leafy greens like spinach, asparagus, beans, and peas.

  1. Caffeine

Much like a Starbucks latte for your brain, caffeine in skin creams can give a boost to your skin, too; until it wears off.  “Caffeine can temporarily reduce puffiness, especially around your eyes,” explains Dr. Lolis.  “But don’t expect permanent results.”

  1. Botanical Extracts

These are ingredients extracted from plants (flowers, roots, stems, trees, etc.) used in skin care for everything from healing blemishes to reducing fine wrinkles. They have been used for centuries and have anecdotal purposes in many cultures. Botanical extracts need to remain on your skin in order to work. Dr. Lolis explains that, “In cleansers, there is simply not enough contact time on your skin for any true anti-aging benefit to take place. Another issue is that most botanical extracts are water soluble, which means that the moment you wet your skin and begin to wash your face, they’re watered down losing efficacy.

  1. Collagen and Elastin

“Collagen and elastin in skin-care products can serve as good water-binding agents, but they cannot fuse with your skin’s natural supply of these supportive elements,” explains Dr. Lolis. “In most cases, the collagen molecule is too large to penetrate into the skin,” she adds.

It’s very important to do your research because there’s a lot of packaging and a lot of hype. The best thing to do is visit your dermatologist and aesthetician who can develop a skin care regimen that works to address your skin concerns based on skin type.

About the expert:

Dr. Margarita Lolis, M.D. is a board-certified cosmetic, medical dermatologist and a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon with over 20 years of experience. In her practice, she addresses common skin concerns such as acne prevention and treatment in both teens and adults, sun-damage, skin discoloration, wrinkles, changes to skin texture and loss of volume. On the medical side, she is a trusted expert in melanoma and over-all skin health.Dr. Lolis prides herself in honoring facial symmetry to deliver a natural look to her clients. She always recommends a healthy skin care regimen plus lifestyle habits that are aligned with her holistic approach to beauty. Dr. Lolis is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Mohs Surgery, and the American Society of Anti-aging. Her practice, Skin, Laser, and Surgery Specialists is in New York City and Bergen Country, New Jersey.

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December 18, 2017

It’s a Glam Thing’s December Surprise Beauty Box Giveaway Features Doux Hair Care

July Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive an It’s a Glam Thing Beauty Box™ (valued at over $200.00). Your Beauty Box™ will include the newest, most unique, tested and true beauty products that we love and adore. Each box will include a selection of Full Size products chosen especially for you from our team of beauty experts. Enter today!

FEATURED IN THIS MONTH’S SURPRISE BEAUTY BOX, 

The DOUX is A MUST DO! 

New Hot Hair Care Line Drops at Target 

THIS Christmas Eve

 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.

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 STORY:

Get ready to “drop the mic” on the beauty aisles at Target stores this December. 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 arrive in Target stores, on Christmas Eve; 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. It’s 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.

Other products in the line include:

*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.

and

*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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December 13, 2017

Rebel Wilson Wears Adrianna Papell to the Pitch Perfect 3 Premiere!

Los Angeles, CA – December 12, 2017 – Rebel Wilson was photographed wearing
Adrianna Papell to the premiere of Pitch Perfect 3 in Hollywood earlier today. The star sparkled on the red carpet in Adrianna Papell’s Off The Shoulder Sequin Beaded Gown in Red ($280, www.adriannapap
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December 12, 2017

Sabrina Carpenter Wears Faye Bentahar!

Los Angeles, CA – December 5, 2017 – Sabrina Carpenter was spotted wearing Faye Bentahar during her Jingle Ball performance in Minneapolis last night! The singer rocked the stage wearing the Polka Dot Mesh Body Suit ($1,900 www.fayebentahar.com).

 

Photo Credit Getty Images

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December 11, 2017

Here’s to a New Year and a New You with SERICA™ MOISTURIZING SCAR FORMULA

Scars…whether they are on your face or on your body, visible or not, can make some people feel self conscious or just plain uncomfortable. With the warm weather just around the corner, we strive to look as good as possible, especially our skin. If this is the case for you, consider Serica™ Moisturizing Scar Formula. This scar formula is wonderful!  It’s silky and non-greasy and rivals top scar treatments like Bio-Oil and Mederma.

*Serica™ Moisturizing Scar Formula works well with  procedures such as chemical peels and plastic surgery that may result in scarring. So, while you can wear heavier makeup to conceal this or bury it under clothing,Serica™ Moisturizing Scar Formula can help the healing process so that skin looks terrific when the warmer months roll around.

*Serica™ Moisturizing Scar Formula is a dermatologist-recommended treatment designed to improve the look and feel of scars. Formulated with a proprietary blend of phospholipids, silicone and Amazonian Pracaxi oil to improve the appearance of old and new scars, moisturize and reduce roughness, and promote a more even skin tone. 

  • The key features inSerica™ Moisturizing Scar Formula are:

    *Amazonian Pracaxi oil, the hero ingredient, is derived from the seed of the Pracaxi tree found in the Amazon rainforest and contains essential fatty acids that promote skin elasticity and moisture retention. 

    *The formula’s patented silicone ingredient provides skin barrier protection and reduces water loss while allowing oxygenation. Soft, elegant texture and quick-drying formula with no staining, and no greasy or sticky feeling

    *Ideal for use on any type of old or new scar resulting from surgical procedures, lacerations, burns, cuts, and acne. Apply to affected areas three times a day or as directed by physician. You will see visible improvements in thickness, color, and overall scar severity in as early as one week.  Proven to reduce the appearance of scars as well as the leading scar product.       Retail Price / Availability: $34.99 (1.0 oz. pump) at Walgreens locations nationwide and online at Walgreens.com.

For more information, please visit www.sericaskin.com.

About Cynova Laboratories:

Cynova Laboratories was founded by professionals with a long history in the pharmaceutical industry, Cynova currently offers two products in the cosmetic and dermatology market: Serica™ Moisturizing Scar Formula and Serica™ Moisturizing Stretch Mark Formula. Cynova Laboratories is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PCCA.

 

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December 8, 2017

‘Tis the Season to Give Back! The Gift that Supports Local Children’s Hospitals!

 

Shop With Compassion This Season With the Hat That Gives Back!

We all love giving back, but it’s hard to choose where to put our money. While so many of us excited to shop for our loved ones during this season, this time of year also allows us to support causes we believe in. This holiday, make charity feel good with the stylish, compassionate (code)word Hats!

Actively supporting children’s hospitals in 30 cities across the U.S., (code)word Hats is dedicated to encouraging people to give more than just their money into the community. Tirelessly working to craft not just a hat, (code)word Hats is an outlet for people to invest back into the area code they know and love.

Check out how your hat gives back with (code)word Hats:

  • 30% of profit goes back to the children’s hospitals that serve each area code
  • Proceeds go to support several local hospitals including Children’s of Alabama, Seattle Children’s, Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Norton Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and more
  • Features local area code on front of hat, with name of city on the back

You’ll never feel guilty about shopping for the latest (code)word Hats designs – the brand that gives back!

About (code) word Hats

(code)word Hats is a philanthropic brand that encourages people to make an investment back into the charitable efforts of their communities. Currently, they’ve had the opportunity to support children’s hospitals in 30 cities across the US, and have no plans to slow down.

 

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December 7, 2017

Molly Sims Wears Birdies!

LOS ANGELES, CA – December 6, 2017 – Molly Sims shared a photo on Instagram today wearing Birdies! The model looked cute and comfy posing in her Blackbird Birdies slippers ($140, www.birdiesslippers.com).
Birdies slippers are a new type of footwear that combines the structure and fashion of designer shoes with the comfort and softness of the most luxurious slippers. Other celebrity fans include Meghan Markle, Emmy Rossum and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Photo Credit Instagram
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November 28, 2017

Sabrina Carpenter Wears Hat Attack and Rudsak!

LOS ANGELES, CA – November 27, 2017 – Sabrina Carpenter was photographed wearing Hat Attack and Rudsak in New York over the holiday weekend! The Girl Meets World actress kept warm wearing Hat Attack’s Fleecey Hat in Ivory ($50; www.hatattack.com) and Rudsak’s Stromboli Gloves in black( $78 www.rudsak.com) while attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 

 

Photos courtesy STARTRAKS

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