Donna Raheb
September 12, 2012

Why Lose Your Tan This Fall? Get FAKE BAKE


Now that summer is over, at least it is in New England, we can still keep our sun-kissed glow and maintain healthy looking skin at the same time.  How can we do this? Fake Bake Self Tanning Lotion is the answer.  My daughter Adrienne and I are using Fake Bake Fair Self Tanning Lotion and it is doing the trick.  Fake Bake Fair Self-Tanning Lotion is very easy to use and it glides on quite easily. As stated by Fake Bake,  “A combination of DHA and erythulose, natural tanning agents that work with your own melanin, develop a tan that is perfectly even and natural-looking.” “The easy glide formula and subtle “show where it goes” cosmetic colour guide enables even the most inexperienced self-tanner to apply a self-tan with ease and confidence”.

Fake Bake Fair Self-Tanning Lotion was formulated for people with fair skin and when used according to instructions, builds a gradual tan over time that looks very natural. My daughter wants to maintain a light tan so she is lightly applying Fake Bake Self-Tanning Lotion once a week.  For a darker tan, you would reapply nightly until you achieve the tan you want. It is a safe way to have a golden glow without damaging your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Waterproof gloves are provided with the tanning lotion which is a plus.

To ensure a flawless self-tan, Fake Bake Silk Smoothie is the perfect compliment for Fake Bake Self-Tanning Lotion. Fake Bake Skin Smoothie is a silky elixir which provides a terrific base before appling the self-tanner. “The fine mist goes on rough spots, such as knees, elbows, ankles, hands and feet, ensuring uniform application of pigment that blends over skin cracks and eliminates dark lines”.

Fake Bake Silk Smoothie is perfect for your feet, ankles, elbows and hands because it helps the self-tanning lotion smooth out these areas which can become rough at times.

Fake Bake Skin Smoothie has a wonderful fragrance of passion fruit, rose hips, linden flower and lavender oil. Fake Bake Skin Smoothie is an oil spray that absorbs quickly, sealing in moisture and “locks-in” your new sunless tan, helping to maximize the life of your fake tan, and leaving  your skin feeling silky smooth.

Fake Bake Smoothie is paraben free, not tested on animals and contains natural organic preservatives.




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September 10, 2012

Lumene Skin Care Has the Perfect “Matt Touch”

My daughters and I often compare notes on different beauty products.  The three of us have distinct likes and dislikes but we all agree that Lumene Matt Touch Deep Cleansing Peat Mask is an extremely effective face mask, one that is difinitely worth trying.  Lumene Matt Touch Deep Cleansing Peat Mask will help keep oily skin under control while shrinking pores leaving you skin feeling soft, smooth, clean and dry.  All  combined, your skin will look absolutely fantastic. Lumene Matt Touch Deep Cleansing Peat Mask is designed for your face and neck and can be used 1 to 2 times a week.

Lumene states that the Peat Mask “absorbs excess oil and impurities from the skin while tightening up pores”. “The main ingredient of the mask, the arctic peat, purifies and brightens the skin. It improves skin’s micro circulation as well as cell renewal and metabolism. Due to its anti-bacterial properties the mask is perfect for fighting against impurities. Aromatic rosemary opens the pores for the deep-cleansing effect of peat and gives a refreshing fragrance to the product”.

After cleansing my face and avoiding sensitive areas around my eyes, I applied a thin layer of Lumene Matt Touch Deep Cleansing Peat Mask on my face and neck and allowed the mask ot dry.   What I liked most about Lumene Matt Touch Deep Cleansing Peat Mask was that is it has a thin creamy consistencey, and spead easily. I did  not need a lot of product to get the job done.  It was not thick and pasty like some masks can be.  As the mask began to take effect, I felt an enjoyable cooling and  tingling sensation. As the mask dries it is tightening the pores and  is absorbing excess oils and impurities from your skin .  You can really feel the effects. The mask rinsed off my face and neck quite easily leaving my skin feeling fresh and clean. Lumene Matt Touch Deep Cleansing Peat Mask contains over 85% natural ingredients and is paraben free,  and I know that is a very important fact for those seeking paraben-free skincare.

Lumene Matt Touch Deep Cleansing Peat Mask is reccommended for normal, combination and oily skin and will keep your skin looking absolutely fantasic, try it and see for yourself. Visit and learn more about their arctic ingredients and view more of their unique skincare products.



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September 10, 2012


It’s not to late for a chance to win a CLARISONIC ACNE CLARIFYING COLLECTION (valued at $169.00).  This collection includes the Clarisonic Mia 2,  a unique cleansing system which works with the plush Acne Cleansing Brush Head to gently flush pores and remove impurities from the skin along with the CLARISONIC ACNE CLARIFYING CLEANSING SET  (valued at $47.00).

My daughter Adrienne has been using the Clarisonic Mia 2 for about two weeks and she is loving it. She uses it every night and it has become part of her nightly cleansing routine. And speaking of cleansing, Adrienne says “The Clarasonic Acne Daily Clarifying Cleaner is just as spectacular as the machine itself”.  The Clarisonic Acne Daily Clarifying Cleaner contains a 2% salicylic acid acne treatment which was formulated to dry and clear acne blemishes allowing the skin to heal.The Clarisonic Acne Daily Clarifying Cleaner aids in preventing new blemishes from forming.  Another reason why Adrienne likes the The Clarisonic Acne Daily Clarifying Cleaner so much is that the cleanser contains vitimins and botanicals which reducess redness. The Clarisonic Acne Daily Clarifying Cleaner works with any Clarisonic Cleaning Device.  Every night she goes to bed with clean, smooth, dry skin and she feels great.  And now,you can too!

To Enter to win your personal Clarisonic Acne Clarifying Collection go to  the It’s a Glam Thing Facebook page here:  and share with us your personal acne-related story and you will automatically be entered for a chance to win.   There is no limit to qualify to win. One entry is allowed per person.  The lucky winner will be chosen by September 30th and will be announced right here at It’s a Glam Thing.Or…. you can enter to win by e-mailing lisa (@) itsaglamthing (dot) com and leave your story with Lisa. Use CLARISONIC  in the subject line.Good Luck! Hope you are the lucky winner!


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September 7, 2012

Shine no more with Repechage Hydra Medic Mattifying Moisturizer


My 16 year old daughter Adrienne recently stumbled upon a product that she is enjoying very much.  As a matter of fact, I know I am going to have to buy another one because my 23 year old daughter is using it as well.  I am talking about a great skin moisturizer for those who have oily skin Repêchage Hydra Medic Mattifying Moisturizer. There are many moisturizers on the market right now that just don’t work well with oily skin.  Using these products just makes their oily skin Oilier. Sometimes my daughter  has to wash her face before the day ends just to get rid of that greasy feeling.

Repêchage Hydra Medic Mattifying Moisturizer has definitely been the answer to her problem.  Being an active girl and dancer, she needs to have dry skin because she wants her skin to feel fresh and look clean. Repêchage Hydra Medic Mattifying Moisturizer is specifically designed to prevent shine and breakouts all day long.  Repêchage Hydra Medic Mattifying Moisturizer is a 2-in-1 daytime moisturizer and mattifying treatment!   Repechage states that “The natural Porphyridium Complex (micro alga) helps control excess oil and shine while reducing dryness and flakiness, while the synergistic blend of green and Rooibos teas helps to soothe and calm irritated skin. Zinc Oxide provides daily sun protection while matting the skin and reducing redness”.

Adrienne has been using Repêchage Hydra Medic Mattifying Moisturizer for several weeks now and has noticed a big difference in her skin. Even though the summer heat is coming to an end, she will still perspire during outdoor activities and dancing.  She can now have confidence knowing her skin will remain dry, smooth and shine free.  Isn’t that what every girl wants, no matter what age?

Shine no more with Repêchage Hydra Medic Mattifying Moisturizer. Visit Repê to view their extensive line of skincare products.





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September 5, 2012

Solve Your Problem Hair With Infusium 23

Infusium 23, the problem hair experts have been transforming “damaged, dry, frizzy, chemically treated and fine hair into shiny, managable hair” since 1924. They has been around for 88 years because they do their job well.  What is unique about Infusium 23 is that is offers customized solutions for a wide range of hair problems.

I am using Infusium 23 Repair and Renew Collection and it’s as easy as to use as 1-2-3.  1-Renew, 2-Replenish, 3-Restore.  I chose this collection because I have a combination of chemically treated/dry frizzy hair with some damage from the summer sun.  Infusium 23 Repair and Renew will help eliminate residue and buildup while nourishing the hair from root to tip helping to prevent breakage. As stated by Infusium, “Fortified with hair-healthy elements to strengthen and reveal hair’s true beauty, while diminishing the damaging effects of the past.  An i-23 Complex enriched with pro-vitamins, proteins and amino acids promotes resilience and renewal for even the most troubled hair, leaving it radiant and richly transformed”.

Infusium 23 Repair and Renew  Conditioner is important to me because my hair is so thick and curly and conditioning makes my hair softer and more manageable with added shine.  Infusium 23 Conditioner infuses the hair cuticle to alleviate breakage caused by brushing and styling“. Infusium 23 Conditioner is “an i-23 Complex enriched with pro-vitamins, proteins and amino acids infuses and conditions hair, while protecting against future damage”.

Infusium 23 has a fantastic Leave-in Treatment.  I consider Leave-in-Treatments a bonus conditioner  hepling me to protect my hair from future damage.  Leave-in Treatments have become part of my hair care regime, and Infusium 23 has a great one.  Infusium 23 is “blended with an i-23 Complex enriched with pro-vitamins, proteins and amino acids to nourish and restore overall hair health and shine.  Protects against breakage and future damage”.  Another great reason to use Infusium 23 Leave-in Treatment is that  it works to instantly detangle wet or dry hair.

Infusium 23 offers several collections, depending on your own hair care needs.  Visit to learn more about their Moisture and Replenish Collection, Volume Builder Collection, Frizz Controller and Color Defender.

Infusiun 23 is priced just right with 16 oz. bottles selling for under $10.  Infusium 23  and is not tested on animals. I always like to see that.

Solve your hair problems, whatever they may be with Infusium 23.

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September 3, 2012

Enjoy Stress Free Mornings with Eight O’Clock Coffee

The BACK-TO-SCHOOL rush is upon us again, and that makes for some very hectic mornings. Luckily Eight O’Clock Coffee has been in the business of making mornings better for over 150 years, and they have compiled EIGHT tips for stress-free mornings.

1. Forget stopping for your morning coffee – that takes a lot of time and money. Prep your coffee pot the night before, so all you have to do when you wake up is flip the switch. Your coffee will brew as you get everyone ready and out the door.

2. Invest in a great travel mug to take your freshly brewed coffee to go. (Make sure it fits in your car’s cup holder).

3. Keep a calendar with everyone’s schedules on it right next to the coffeemaker. You can glance at it in the morning and know what’s in store for the day.

4. Pack lunches and plan outfits the night before to avoid morning confusion.

5. Keep grab-and-go breakfast foods, like granola bars and bananas, on hand.

6. Give yourself a time cushion for unexpected delays (don’t wake up at the last minute!).

7. Instead of dumping leftover coffee, store it in the fridge before you walk out the door. An iced coffee can serve as a nice afternoon pick-me-up.

8. To make mornings even easier, that smooth, rich taste of Eight O’Clock Coffee will be available in Keurig K-Cups this fall.

With these EIGHT GREAT TIPS, you can savor those last moments of summer and enjoy a smooth transition back to the daily grind.  For more information about Eight O’Clock Coffee check out their Facebook page at



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September 2, 2012

Flake Away with Soap And Glory


Soap & Glory – “the British beauty brand famous for its effective, affordable and adventurously-monikered products”  has a body polish that will will positively polish your flakes away. Soap & Glory Flake Away is a body polish offering one of the most exhilerating shower experiences you will ever have.  With its intoxicating fragrances of Shea butter, sweet almond oil, peach seed powder, sea salt and sugar, one might think they were showering in a fruity tropical garden. 

Soap & Glory Flake Away is formulated with just the right ingredients delivering a delicate scrub.  The scrub itself is very gentle, and not at all greasy, like many body polishes on the market today.

Soap & Glory’s signature Pink Fragrance combines fresh bergamot and mandarin, rose, jasmine, peach, strawberry, oakmoss, amber, woody notes and amber and warm vanilla notes on the bottom.”

I think it is very important to have a body polish with a delicate scent, it makes your shower enjoyable and you won’t have a strong lingering scent on your skin. Soap & Glory Flake Away leaves you feeling smooth, silky and smelling utterly fantastic.  Soap & Glory Flake Away  is Paraben Free ! How sweet is that?

A small handful of Soap & Glory Flake Away is all you need to help you eliminate dry flaky skin.  Rub it on your skin using a circular motion with your fingertips or use a luffa sponge like I did.

Soap & Glory Flake Away is the Ultimate Body Polish!  No flakes about it!



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August 31, 2012

Paul Mitchell Protools Are A Real Smoothy

This past summer, my daughter Adrienne ditched her morning hair routine of curling or straightening for a more relaxed look.  Let’s just say there were a lot of headbands and ponytails flying around here this summer.  With school starting soon,  Adrienne has already started to prepare for her early morning hair routine and the Paul Mitchell Limited Edition Express Ion Smooth Peacock is on the top of her ‘Back to School Must-Haves”.   Adrienne has been looking for a smoothing iron tool that will  give her perfectly straight, smooth hair. She has been using the Paul Mitchell Limited Edition Express Ion Smooth Peacock for a few weeks now and is loving it.  The peacock printed design gives the iron a feminine touch and it even comes with a matching flat brush to help you achieve a smooth look.

These are a few thoughts Adrienne wanted me to share with you: “Whether you have mermaid waves or an afro of curls, the Paul Mitchell Limited Edition Express Ion Smooth Peacock will, for sure, straighten every strand of hair.  I have tried over 4 brands of flat irons prior to using Paul Mitchell’s Smoothing Iron and none has exceeded my standards like the Paul Mitchell Limited Edition Express Ion Smooth Peacock.  The smoothing iron has  2″ ceramic plates that distribute the heat from the iron onto your hair nice and evenly”.

“Some of the features I like is the 9 foot cord so I am not limited to using it in the bathroom.  The longer cord allows me to use the iron in almost any room in the house.  The smoothing iron heats up in no time.  By the time I brush my teeth, it is heated to 400*. Paul Mitchell Limited Edition Express Ion Smooth Peacock is also designed to prevent creases and dents because the edges are beveled, unlike many smoothing irons which crease, cut and catch your hair.  That is a very uncomfortable feeling, by the way. Paul Mitchell Smoothing iron makes hair straightening fast and easy with fantastic results.  Paul Mitchell Limited Edition Express Ion Smooth Peacock is attractive with it peacock print, making it fun and stylish looking”.

Check out the before and after pictures below.  Adrienne has very thick, wavy/curly hair and she loved the results she got.  Smooth and easy is the key with the Paul Mitchell Limited Edition Express Ion Smooth Peacock

Paul Mitchell Limited Edition Express Ion Smooth Peacock  is available ONLY in professional salons and Paul Mitchell schools.  Price varies upon location.

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August 31, 2012

Look Beautiful With Mally Beauty

To celebrate the launch of Mally Roncal’s newest website, my daughter Adrienne took out her favorite Mally eye makeup to demonstrate what she learned from Mally Beauty’s tutorials.

For those of you who are not familiar with, this newest website offers a wealth of information.  You will find Dashboards where you can receive Mally updates all in one spot, Auto Deliveries, Ratings and Reviews of products, Wish Lists and our favorite, the How To Library.  The How To Library is loaded with detailed demonstrations on how to use Mally’s “High Performance Makeup” and learn Mally’s secret beauty tips and tricks using the  various kinds of makeup in Mally’s Cosmetics line.

Looking at the photos below, Adrienne is a quick learner.  Using the tutorials and then adding her own touches, Adrienne created her own unique look using the following products to achieve her beautiful eyes.

To achieve this delicate and eye-popping look, Adrienne used the following products;  Ever Color Eye Shadow/Duo in “Twilight”,

Eye Shadow Duo in Pretty Lady, Evercolor waterproof eyeliner in Midnight and Mally’s best selling make-up item, Volumizing Mascara.

Adrienne says that “The Volumizing Mascara definitely volumizes and it  brings the whole look together”. Mally says her Volumizing Mascara is “made with an Italian base, Japanese pigments and a secret brush, it helps you build WOW lashes to the hilt”.

You definitely want the WOW! effect and you can achieve this with Mally Beauty Products which can be found at and

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August 26, 2012

Five “Must-Haves” in My Ballet Bag

As a Junior in High School and a Soloist for the State Ballet of Rhode Island, my time is very limited so I have to make sure my ballet bag is always packed. There are always a few essential items that I “Must Have” in my ballet bag, and these might be good ideas for you too.

Must Have #1: Tweezerman Match Box Itty Bitty Files are a must.  My fingernails and toenails must always be smooth because I can’t risk tearing my tights, and it does happen from time to time when I have a rough edge. These itty bitty nail files come in a matchbox package of 12, so there are plenty of mini files to share with my friends. 

Must Have #2: Murad’s Skin Perfection Primer is a great product to have before applying makeup, which we do often at the ballet. I like Murad’s Skin Perfection Primer because it helps control acne breakouts, reduces the appearance of pores, and controls shine.  After all, who wants to have a shiny face when they are on stage, or any place else for that matter.

Must Have #3: Eylure Naturalites Eyelashes are another important accessory.  Available in assorted styles and sizes, they are reusable and come with their own adhesive, which is very convenient.  They are easy to use and takes little time to apply.  When I want my eyes to POP onstage, I use Eylure Naturalites!

Must Have #4: I always like to carry a fragrance in my bag and Lavanila “Summer Vanilla” Roll-on is the perfect one for me.  This fragrance has a delicate vanilla scent. It is subtle enough that I can roll on  as often  I like without it being over powering. Lavanila roll-on comes in a very slim bottle which fits conveniently in my ballet bag.

Must Have #5: I have at least 6 Mia Hair Accessories in my bag at all times.   Braidies are a great acccessory.  They are headbands that look like a hair braid.  They are one size fits all and comes in 2 sizes, thick and thin.  When I wear my hair in a bun I wear the Braidies. The braid adds a unique and stylish look. Tony Ties, are a must too. These no tug hair ties (leopard print being my favorite) hold my hair back in a ponytail. Tony Ties come out easily without pulling on my hair.  Mia Hair Accessories come in 5 natural Hair colors.


Adrienne, Teen Blogger

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