Enya Flack
June 13, 2012

Are You Getting Your Beauty Sleep?

We’ve all heard how important sleep is to our health.  According to the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, there are six reasons to get enough sleep:

  1. Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.
  2. Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.
  3. Safety: Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime. These lapses may cause falls and mistakes such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and road accidents.
  4. Mood: Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.
  5. Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.
  6. Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.

But what about the importance of sleep to our looks?  You know what I’m talking about.  How many mornings (of afternoons) have you awakened after a long night of partying, or cramming for exams, or insomnia and looked like ________ ……well, not as great as you might like?

The fact is, while telling someone you need your “beauty sleep” might be a pretty good way to get out of doing something, it’s more than a cute expression:  it’s a fact.   According to a study published in BMJ, a British medical journal, getting too little sleep definitely has an impact on your physical appearance!  Researchers wrote that “sleep-deprived people appeared less healthy, less attractive and more tired compared with when they are well rested.  This suggests that humans are sensitive to sleep-related facial cues.”

Here are a few of my personal tips for getting great beauty sleep:

Invest in a Humidifier

Your skin needs moisture to look great and this can be a challenge especially if you live in a drier climate.  A good humidifier is the answer. 

I travel a lot for work and was finding that I never looked worse than after spending the night in a hotel room.  I’d wake up, look in the mirror and discover that my eyes were beet red and my skin was puffy and just tired looking.  But, since I started requesting a humidifier from housekeeping, those problems have disappeared.  Use a humidifier at night while you sleep. It will provide moisture to keep your skin soft, supple and younger looking!

Use a Good Pillowcase

Silk is the only way to go!  Silk contains natural proteins and amino acids that have wonderful anti-aging benefits.  And movie stars have sworn by this beauty secret or years! I was recently introduced to Sleep ‘N Beauty 100% mulberry silk pillowcases and will probably never be able to sleep on a cotton pillowcase again. 

Sleep N' Beauty 100% mulberry silk pillowcases

Luxurious and oh so soft, Sleep N’ Beauty silk pillowcases are naturally hypoallergenic, keep you from waking up with creases on your face, help your skin to retain moisture, and are great for protecting your hair from bed head and split ends.  And as an added bonus, they’re even machine washable!

Forget Sleeping Pills, Use Lavender

I absolutely LOVE the scent of lavender!  But, not only does it smell great, it’s fantastic for getting a good night of beauty sleep.  I like to tuck a small sachet of it inside my pillowcase or sometimes add a few drops of lavendar oil to my humidifier.  I’ve also read that you can use lavender oil on your skin to help relax your muscles (and again, inhale througout the night), add it to your bathwater before bed or even use lavendar flowers in brewed tea. 

I hope you’ll give some of these tips a try and have a great night!

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June 6, 2012

Tried and True Beauty Products Segment on “Your Carolina”

Just thought I’d share a few photos from my latest television appearance for It’s A Glam Thing!  It was great talking to  “Your Carolina” hosts Jack and Kimberly about some of our team’s favorite tried and true products.   Love those Carolina accents!

Watch the segment:

Your Carolina with Jack and Kimberly

For more information on the featured products, please visit:

Judith August Cosmetics Everything Pencil

TrendTweeze Waterproof Tweezers

Charleston Girl

LASHEM Eyelash Gel

Rockstar White Teeth Whitening

Rock Your Hair

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May 27, 2012

Memorial Day (and Everyday) Beauty at Sephora

Going through the newspaper this morning…..yes, there are still a few people who do that….you’re likely to find lots of Memorial Day sales designed to lure you to your  nearest shopping mall.  The truth is, I’m not usually big on heading out to the mall for great fashion  finds.  I tend to seek out small stand-alone shops and boutiques for those unique items that no one else has.  But for great beauty products….I’m there!  Whether I’ve just run out of my favorite mascara or am in search of a new eye shade,  for me there’s no place better than Sephora! There’s virtually nothing beauty-related that you can’t find there!  So, while you’re at the mall this weekend (I know you’re going!), check out two of my newest finds available at the makeup megastore:

Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel

I love the way my skin feels after using a mask.  If you want to see immediate results, this is for you!  Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel uses glycolic acid and Vitamin C to exfoliate and  leave your skin smoother, more hydrated and brighter looking after just one use.  Not thick and “goopy”like a lot of  traditional masks, all you have to do is massage it evenly over your face and neck, leave it on for 10 minutes (there’s just a bit of tingling), rinse and pat dry and voila!  It gives my skin such an amazing  glow that I don’t even want to cover it up with  makeup.  I LOVE this!  It’s available at Murad.com and at the Murad Inclusive Health Spa®  as well as Sephora, Sephora.com, Ulta and leading salon and spa locations nationwide. $49.50 for 1.7 FL. OZ.

Vanilla Summer by Lavanila Laboratories

Maybe you weren’t able to get away for the weekend, but there’s still a way you can be transported to your own private summer oasis. Lavanila Laboratories, known for their beautiful and luxurious products that are 100% good for you, now has a healthly deoderant in a new limited edition fragrance.  Vanilla Summer has a soft, sexy scent that really does remind me of summer! Its blend of essential oils (fresh mango, pineapple, coconut milk and island sugar cane and Madagascar vanilla) will make you think of  hot summer nights and tropical breezes.  It’s made from natural ingredients and anti oxidants that nourish and protect the skin. It smells amazing and just makes you want to say “mmmmmmmmm”.

Give these two a try and enjoy the holiday everyone!

 

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May 14, 2012

Great Idea: Easy Jewelry Organizer

A little known fact about me is that I am a big DIY fan.  I love projects that let me take ordinary things and turn them into fun and unique “works of art”.  So, I just spotted this photo on Pinterest and have to try it!

A simple radiator grate (from Home Depot) is a surprisingly pretty way to organize and display jewelry….Great idea!

Step-by-step instructions

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May 11, 2012

Vitamin C: Not Just for Fighting Off Colds

At the first sign of a cold, a lot of us might think to reach for a big bottle of Vitamin C.  But did you know that the benefits of Vitamin C go way beyond keeping away the sniffles? 

Lumene makes a whole line of great skin care products infused with Vitamin C, which as it turns out, also assists with the formation of collagen and protects the skin.  Created from natural Artic ingredients, Lumene products are reasonably priced and perfect for anyone who wants a holistic approach to  beauty.

A new favorite of mine is their Dry Skin Comfort Radiance Cocktail, which I use twice a day after cleansing and before my moisturizer.  It really helps out here in southern California where there’s not a lot of natural humidity to help skin stay supple. And, as a bonus, it smells really great!  www.lumene.com

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May 6, 2012

8th Annual Cinco de Mayo Benefit And Charity Celebrity Poker Tournament

Imeh Akpanudosen/Contributor Getty Images

How did you spend Cinco de Mayo?  I attended a fantastic event at Hollywood’s famous Velvet Margarita Cantina founded by the legendary Big Daddy Carlos.  Now in its 8th year, The Cinco de Mayo Benefit And Charity Celebrity Poker Tournament is an annual celebration of the anniversary of the cantina.  Proceeds raised will benefit the Friends of El Faro Orphanage in Tecate, Mexico.  Great charity, great food, fun night!

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April 16, 2012

TRENDING: Spin Classes!…Again:)

Looking for an amazing workout where you can tone up and burn loads of calories in about an hour or less? Well, look no further than your neighborhood spin studio. I know, I know….you’re saying “wasn’t spinning popular in [like] the late 90’s”? Well, yes…but, according to SHAPE magazine, spinning is a fitness trend that is definitely back. And, celebrities like Lady Gaga, Calista Flockhart, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise are big fans.

 

So, trying to keep up with the apparently popular-again fitness craze, I decided to check out PEDAL, one of LA’s newest studio cycling facilities. Located in the historic Arroyo Seco neighborhood near the Rose Bowl, they offer indoor cycling, TRX suspension training classes and outdoor group runs and rides.  Director Bryan Yates says they’re also active sponsors of several local fitness events including today’s Team Bicykillers Wine & Spin Event benefitting the AIDS Lifecycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

Spin classes at PEDAL

So what draws celebs to places like PEDAL? Well, it’s pretty hard to pass up the benefits*:

  • Weight Loss: Spinning burns calories at a high rate — often 400-1000 calories in a 1-hour class.
  • Strength: In your core, legs, glutes and back
  • Body Shaping: Melt away flab and cellulite
  • Emotional: Spinning produces a huge endorphin rush in the brain, leaving you feeling refreshed, satisfied and accomplished.
  • Heart Health: High intensity cardio activity improves your overall health, reducing the risk of heart disease.
  • Joint Health: Spinning is a safe, low-impact workout. The circular motion eliminates pounding on joints and lower back, making it a great way to get in shape without damaging your body.

Olympic Athlete Shevon Stoddart

Athlete Shevon Stoddart, a member of Jamaica’s 2004 and 2008 Olympic track team, has been training at the PEDAL faclility 2-3 times a week during her preseason prep for the 2012 Games in London. She told me that spinning is her “little secret” and says that it helps her cardio and allows her to get workouts in without putting extra pounding on her legs.
 
 

She looks amazing….okay, I think I’m sold!

 

(* Fitness information courtesy of PEDAL – A Spin Studio, 266 Monterey Road, South Pasadena, CA 91030)

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April 11, 2012

Be You, Not Them

 Hi Everybody!  I am so excited and honored to be the newest member of the “It’s a Glam Thing” team! 

As an actress, reporter and television spokesperson, I’ve had the chance to work with some incredibly gifted people in the entertainment, fashion and beauty industries.  And from each of those experiences, I’ve learned a lot.  But one of the most important lessons I’ve learned over the years is that no matter “who you’re wearing” or whether or not your lip color is “in” this season, there’s one thing that’s for certain….no one does “me” better than “ME”! 

Like a lot of others out there, I remember in junior high school wanting so desperately to be one of the cool kids in the “in” crowd.  I begged my parents to get me the same shoes the popular girls were wearing and the same clothes.  I was an avid Teen Magazine and Tiger Beat reader and was always trying the latest beauty trick in hopes of being invited to someone’s birthday party or a movie or whatever.  But…..and I’m sure you know where this is going…..I never did.   No one ever invited me to a single party or movie or even a date until I went to college.  (Pitiful, huh?)  

The thing is, in truth, beauty and style are 100% subjective.  So, while I sincerely hope that you will all enjoy reading the ideas and advice I’ll be sending your way here in my new blog, I also hope that you’ll take my tips and make them your own.   As we say here in Hollywood, in my book you are all “FABULOUS”!  And if you have a tip or two for me,  don’t be stingy….SHARE!  Because no one does “you” better than “YOU”!

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April 10, 2012

It’s a Glam Thing is proud to welcome!

It’s a Glam Thing is proud to welcome Enya Flack, actress & television personality to our blog team. Check back soon for beauty & style tips, product reviews, Hollywood insider news, Q & As and more with this stunning beauty. XO

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