It’s a Glam Thing
April 10, 2014

With just a ten minute soak, Skin So Soft does the trick

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Just as it is named, “Skin So Soft Bath Oil” does what it says.  Just a 10 minute soak with less than a capful actually does the trick.  I took a little time to rub my heels, elbows & around my cuticles while in the tub because those areas seem to become the roughest through wear.  The scent is pleasant and soothing which tended to lull me into soaking longer than I should, so beware!  I noticed that my hands felt like I had just applied lotion and as the rest of my body absorbed the oil, my skin was left very soft.  One word of warning, take extra care in getting out of the tub.  If you move to your feet unaware, you may slip……just a word of caution.  I didn’t have any trouble but the thought did cross my mind that my entire body had now had an oil treatment, including the bottoms of my feet.

The fragrance lasted after the bath and so did the smooth silkiness of my skin.  It really made such a difference that throughout the day, I kept checking my skin.  It did not feel oily, but it did feel soft and smooth.  I swim at the gym pool so the chemicals probably rob my skin of some of its natural oils.  I really didn’t think about this until I felt the wonderful difference that this bath oil made.  This is a great product that I would recommend for anytime that your skin has that tired, dry, rough feeling.  Summer is on it’s way though so “Skin So Soft Bath Oil” just might be the remedy you need between those summer activities.  It made a huge difference in the feel of my skin, so give it a try; see what it does for you.  I plan on making it part of my overall skin care regiment.
Call your local Avon dealer today to order your “Skin So Soft Bath Oil”.  If you are lucky she might just have some on hand.  If you don’t know a representative, try shop.avon.com 

P1060375 (2)Sharon Hatcher

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April 10, 2014

Skin Lightening Trends and Techniques

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There’s a new trend on the market, and it’s improving skin everywhere. It’s called skin lightening. Your skin tone is something that you haven’t been able to control – until now. We all have things that can alter our natural beauty: acne, scars, dark spots, blemishes. They are pesky and unfortunately happen to everyone.  But now there are products that not only clear away these impurities, but can also correct the damage it does to the pigment of your skin.

The Products

The most common product for skin lightening that can easily be purchased and applied is in the form of a cream.

Topical acne ointment can reduce redness and clear your acne sometimes even as soon as overnight.

Anti-aging cream– Even if you’re young, these kinds of creams can do nothing but good for your skin. They are a moisturizer based product that prevent signs of aging, which coincidentally happen to be the discoloration and poor texture of your skin – which is an issue that people of all ages can have. Not only does it prevent your pigment from changing, but it also can repair it and restore your natural glow.

At Home Treatment

Chemical Peel– Another common treatment for skin lightening.This technique is used to clear out dead skin and bring out your layer of smoother skin that hasn’t been affected by impurities. Since this form of treatment is dealing with chemicals, it is important to make sure you are using a safe product, and if you have any hesitations, it would be best to consult a dermatologist.

This is used for more severe cases where your marks are more serious. But, they can be more effective and quicker to make changes than a cream. It corrects skin pigment problems and removes superficial blemishes. By smoothing out your skin, you are beginning to repair it by stripping it of it’s deep problems.

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Don’t take no for an answer when it comes to your own beauty. There’s a product that’s right for you – it’s just about deciding what you are most comfortable with, and how soon you want to see results. You don’t have to go to a doctor or get some expensive procedure done to see the results you want. There is no reason to be unhappy with your skin when you can find a way to restore your natural beauty that works for you.

Skin lightening is a safe way to improve the appearance and feel of your skin, and can be done in the form of soap, cream, and other cleansing products. Find a product that is right for you and start taking care of your body. With the right product that fights against your imperfections, you can restore your natural beauty in a way that will transform to the skin you’ve always wanted.

Gwen Lewis is a writer from California. She has been in the makeup and beauty industry for quite some time and likes to write from experience. Beautiful skin can make you feel like a Queen so don’t be afraid to try new techniques or products, you will find the right one for you!

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April 3, 2014

VIOLET GREY has officially launched “Shop The Shelves”

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VIOLET GREY, a luxury content and commerce beauty company, is now selling top products from brands such as such as NARS, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, RGB, Rubis and La Mer – just to name a few. Each product sold on VIOLETGREY.com has been hand-picked by Hollywood’s leading artists, experts, and specialists, delivering an exclusive and highly edited selection of beauty.

About VIOLET GREY: VIOLET GREY is a luxury content and commerce beauty company. Through its editorially rich online destination and exclusive MELROSE PLACE beauty boutique, VIOLET GREY showcases Hollywood’s HERO products, curated by its community of stars and artists exclusively for VIOLET GREY. http://www.violetgrey.com/about-us

Origins: Founded by Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey in 2010, VIOLET GREY began in a discrete penthouse on Melrose Place. As an oasis for stars, stylists, and artists, VIOLET GREY sparked collaboration and naturally evolved into a place where the best of beauty reigned. Immersed in the rarified realm of Hollywood beauty culture, VIOLET GREY began collaborating with its community of makeup artists, nail artists, hair stylists and skin care professionals to pinpoint the best in beauty; and ultimately celebrate these artists and their artistry that is often displayed on some of the most famous faces in the world.

The Shelves at VIOLETGREY.com: An evolving curation of beauty products deemed necessary by those who know beauty best— Hollywood’s leading artists, experts, and specialists. Products are editorialized within the context of Hollywood beauty culture and are stocked seasonally with current must-haves from makeup artists’ kits. From the thousands upon thousands of beauty products available today VIOLET GREY and its community of artists have adhered to The Violet Code (a set of exacting standards for each product to be held accountable by) and rigorously tested, vetted, and authenticated an exclusive and highly edited selection of beauty—Hollywood’s hero products. http://www.violetgrey.com/shop-the-shelves

Featured Brands: Dior, Tom Ford, Serge Lutens, Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, La Mer, La Prairie, BeautyBlender, Bobbi Brown, By Terry, Eve Lom, Hourglass, Jinsoon, Laura Mercier, Lipstick Queen, NARS, RGB, Rubis, Revive, and Utowa.

** New brands and categories that meet the VIOLET CODE will be added throughout the year.

 

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April 1, 2014

How to Choose and Glam your Smartphone

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Keeping up with the times is hard enough to do with fashion alone, but add to that the chic factor of the newest technology and you’re hard-pressed to turn heads on the street. To aid you in your search for that attention-grabbing look by smartphone alone, take a look at the newest flagships, decide which is right for you, and dress it up!

Staying up to date with tech times is admittedly difficult. You never know who to trust when reading opinion pieces, and your friends certainly (most likely) don’t know what’s right for you in the smartphone department. Check out these important specs on the iPhone 5S and Galaxy S5 and decide which of these two powerhouses best fits your mobile needs.

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iPhone 5S

For those who love the slick and efficient look, the iPhone 5S is great for you. The 4″ screen is easily held in one hand and makes typing and taking pictures simple, whether held in portrait or landscape orientation. With a display showing at 640×1136 pixels with a pixel density of 326 and IPS LCD technology, much more than your app icons will look simply amazing.

The camera is a huge consideration on any current smartphone. With the iPhone 5S, you’ll get great photos with the iSight 8MP rear-facing camera, which takes pictures with a dual LED flash and boasts amazing image stabilization for those pesky in-motion photos, auto-focus and tap-to-focus capabilities, and finally Burst Mode, taking up to 10 pictures per second so you can choose which was actually the best without having to re-pose for every “I don’t like that! Delete it!” How better to stay streamlined and productive than with the iPhone 5S? There’s probably not a better way until the iPhone 6 debuts.

All above specs via PhoneArena.

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Galaxy S5

For the lover of a little more gaud and hand-feel, the Galaxy S5 has a lot to offer. With a 5.1″ display powered by AMOLED technology and a resolution of 1080×1920 with a pixel density of about 432, again your photos will be vibrant and well-snapped with the GS5.

The GS5’s rear-facing camera is 16MP technology equipped with phase detection autofocus and tap-to-focus capabilities. One may also opt to manually focus the camera on this flagship, for those wanting a more professional edge. Add to that the 2.1 MP front-facing camera and you’re in serious selfie business!

A major current consideration when deciding on a new smartphone now includes the health technology available to any model. With peripherals on the rise in all areas, most technologies allow for dual purposes in the health and fitness arena. For the GS5 specifically, the on-board heart rate monitor and S Health Partner couple well together. Verizon Wireless reports that the phone is capable of “…track[ing] your steps [and challenging friends to] earn badges and get on‚Äìdemand healthy eating advice.” What better way to boost your style and health than with the Galaxy S5 as your current smartphone partner? Honestly, that’s a tough question.

All above specs via PhoneArena.

Now that you’ve hopefully found a smartphone that works for you, it’s time to take a look at how best to deck that phone out for street time with an amazing phone case! As The New York Times shows, there are a lot of criteria to consider when looking to protect and glam up your new smartphone. Remember these tips when decking out your new best friend.

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Access to Controls

Just because you may have found the most chic or cute case for your smartphone, don’t confuse looks with functionality. Answer truthfully: do you really want a case that doesn’t let you return to your home screen or lock your screen at all? Waiting for auto-lock and having to remove your case to return home might make you second guess trapping your phone inside that all-protective case.

Screen Protection?

If you find a case that comes with screen protection for your touch-screen phone, advice goes against the buy. There is no guarantee you’ll find the protection compatible with your screen, so it’s definitely a much better idea to purchase a good-looking case that keeps your screen open and then attach a screen protector compatible with touchscreen devices.

Overdo It!

While most phone cases when meant for protection are just plain huge and seem to double the size of your phone, there’s definitely a counter-measure: overdo it. If the thing’s already huge, why not use some adhesives and stickers to further exhibit your own style above that intrusively big safety case?

Guest Blog post by Blaine Kelton

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March 28, 2014

Summertime essentials for looking and feeling your best even before summer rolls around!

With summer only a few months away, it’s hard not to day dream of tanned skin, bikini bods and beach hair. No need to wait to get this look, Hair2wear Christie Brinkley, Mio and Sensai to the rescue – these three help boost confidence in your skin even before summer hits.

 

Summertime essentials for looking and feeling your best even before summer rolls around!

 

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Hair2Wear Christie Brinkley 16” Hair Extension ($49): With just a few snaps, you can get fuller, longer hair in seconds. With a built-in loose wave, each piece blends effortlessly with natural hair for maximum volume.

Where to Purchase: www.hair2wear

 

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Get Waisted ($56): Want a flatter, firmer less wobbly waist? Get Waisted will help tighten, de-bloat and discourage fat deposits.
• firms and tones your skin so it feels smooth and taut
• helps eliminate puffiness for a flatter tummy
• works well on love handles, too!

Where To Purchasemioskincare.com/get-waisted.html

 

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Sensai Self Tanning for Body ($85): A creamy, self-tanning gel for the body that goes on smoothly, offering highly effective hydration while delivering even, silky bronze skin.

Where To Purchase: neimanmarcus and bergdorfgoodman

 
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March 27, 2014

Spring is in the Air and a New Hair Style is too!

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Spring is in the air and it’s time to change up your wardrobe! Pastel cardigans, floral dresses and colorful denim…Why not change up your hairstyle as well with The Hair2wear Christie Brinkley Full-Sweeping Side Fringe.

Mix up your hairstyle in a snap with this clip-in side-swept bang! It’s not too wispy, not too heavy and tailored to lay flat and natural, for a look that’s incredibly realistic and completely without commitment.

How to “Get Attached;”
1. Pop open all 3 pressure-sensitive clips
2. Part your hair ¼ inch over from where you usually make your side part
3. Slide the front clip into your front hair line and snap the clip closed.
4. Slide the 2nd clip so that it’s parallel to your part and snap the clip closed.
5. Slide the 3rd clip into position so that the hairpiece lies flat.
6. Make your usual side part. Blend that ¼ inch together with the hairpiece.

Price: $24

Where to Purchase: hair2wear.com

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March 25, 2014

Celebrate Spring at Boston’s Salon Capri with L’Oreal Professional Hairchalk

Spring has sprung at SalonCapri and we’re celebrating with L’Oreal Professionnel Hairchalk! One of our senior stylists, Caitlyn Young, created some fantastic looks in the salon (featuring fun shades like “Garden Party Green” and “First Date Violet”) which I have incuded below.

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See tips and how-to’s from our stylist below:

 

L’Oreal Hair Chalk looks created By Senior Stylist Caitlyn Young of SalonCapri, Boston.

1.       First, begin with dry hair.

2.       Start by using the L’Oreal Professionnel Hairchalk and brush or rub pigment onto hair in one inch pieces. Try focusing the color onto the ends of hair for a gentle ombre effect.

3.       Next, comb through your hair to evenly spread the pigment.

4.       Finally, blow-dry pigmented area on a low setting to set the color.

5.       To style, curl your hair using a two inch curling iron and set with  Kerastase Resistance Double Force Hairspray.

6.       Brush out curls to create a loose wave and braid hair, securing the end with an elastic. Use clear elastics to blend in with your hair and new colors!

7.       Using fingers, gently pull at your braid to separate pieces so that the colors show through!

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March 20, 2014

MARCH IS COLON CANCER AWARENESS MONTH HERE’S HOW TO SAFEGUARD YOUR HEALTH

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Are you ever too young to not care about a disease, especially one that is as prevalent as colon cancer? According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, the answer is no. They report that colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the US. In fact, The American Cancer Society estimates that:

  • 96,830 people in the United States will be diagnosed with colon cancer and 50,310 will die from the disease in 2014
  • On average, the lifetime risk of developing colon cancer is about 1 in 20 (5%); however, this varies widely according to individual risk factors

Even more alarming, the Colon Cancer Alliance reports that while rates for colon cancer in adults 50 and older have been declining, incidence rates in adults under 50 have been increasing. What should you know to protect your health?

  • First and second degree relatives (children, siblings, grandchildren, nieces, nephews) of a person with a history of colon cancer are more likely to develop this disease themselves, especially if the relative had the cancer at a young age
  • The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening starting at age 40 for these high-risk individuals or 10 years earlier than the youngest age of colon cancer diagnosis for any affected relative¹

About 72% of cases arise in the colon and about 28% in the rectum². To help increase awareness of both, Ferndale Healthcare®, the manufacturer of RectiCare® (Lidocaine 5%) Anorectal Cream – a topical, local anesthetic which works quickly to provide relief from pain, itching and burning associated with hemorrhoids and other anorectal disorders – has partnered with the Colon Cancer Alliance, to ensure that people have their symptoms diagnosed by a doctor before self-treating.

“It is tempting to try to ease anorectal pain and discomfort by going to the drugstore aisle and buying a product to help alleviate symptoms such as bleeding, pain, itching and soreness,” said Katherine Gunn, Product Manager for RectiCare®. “However, these symptoms may indicate a more serious condition. So, we are teaming with the Colon Cancer Alliance to help raise awareness of colon cancer among consumers of all ages. Once you know what is causing your symptoms, you can make more intelligent choices for your care.”

Should you be aware at every age and stage of your life? Absolutely. As the Colon Cancer Alliance points out hereditary nonployposis colon cancer (HNPCC or Lynch Syndrome) is the most common type of inherited colon cancer, accounting for about 3-5% of all colon cancer cases. If not closely monitored, most individuals with the altered gene responsible for the disease develop colon cancer, with the average age at diagnosis being only 42-45, and a jarring 35-40% being diagnosed before age 40. General screening guidelines recommend a colonoscopy every one to two years, beginning between the ages of 20-25, or five years earlier than the youngest age of diagnosis in the family, whichever is sooner.3

RectiCare® (Lidocaine 5%) Anorectal Cream retails for $29.99 and is available at Walgreens and Rite Aid stores without a prescription. For more information, product coupons or to speak with a company representative, please visit www.recticare.com.

¹http://nevertooyoung.org/risk.html#sthash.8MvVaTl9.dpuf

²http://ccalliance.org/colorectal_cancer/statistics.html

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About Ferndale Healthcare®, Inc.:

Ferndale Healthcare®, Inc. is an affiliate of Ferndale Pharma Group Inc., a fully integrated holding company. Ferndale Healthcare® targets several key specialty markets which encompass disease states that range from benign anorectal disorders to various skin conditions. The company’s mission is to provide high-quality, value-added products that help patients get back to what matters most in their lives—living well. Many of Ferndale Healthcare’s products are leaders in their respective categories.

About The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA):

The Colon Cancer Alliance, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation (EIN 86-0947831). It is the leading national patient advocacy organization dedicated to increasing colon cancer screening rates and survivorship. The Colon Cancer Alliance’s mission is to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers, by championing prevention, funding cutting-edge research and providing the highest quality patient support services. Read more information about the Colon Cancer Alliance at www.ccalliance.org.

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March 18, 2014

My Hair is Soft, Silky and Smooth…Thank you SUAVE

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Suave Shampoo has always been a favorite of mine and now, with Suave’s Natural Infusion Collection, it has gotten even better. Suave recently introduced three new collections in their hair care line;

Suave Professionals® Natural Infusion Anti-Breakage & Strengthening products with Awapuhi Ginger &  Honeysuckle, Suave Professionals® Natural Infusion Moisturizing products with Macadamia Oil & White Orchid and  Suave Professionals® Natural Infusion All Day Body products with Seaweed & Lotus Blossom. They are all formulated with natural ingredients and without Parabens and dyes, amazing!

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I am currently using Suave Professionals® Natural Infusion Moisturizing products with Macadamia Oil & White Orchid and I love them My hair smells great and the great smell lasts throughout the day. Both Shampoo and Conditioner work well together and my hair feels soft and moisturized. Even after I curl my hair, the curls are soft and much less frizzy than normal. Suave Professionals® Natural Infusion Moisturizing products with Macadamia Oil & White Orchid provides 10 times more moisturization than most other products and I definitely could see the difference.

Another one of my favorites in this line the Moisturizing Light Oil Spray with Macadamia Oil & White Orchid. In the winter, when the air is dry, static electricity is a big problem for me. The light spray oil worked very well keeping the static electricity down after I straightened or curl edmy hair. It helped tame the static and made my hair a little more moisturized without leaving my hair oily which is an important factor for me. The Light Spray Oil smells great and added softness and shine to my hair.
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One of my favorites is Suave Professionals® Natural Infusion Strengthening Light Leave-In Cream with Awapuhi Ginger &  Honeysuckle. I really loved it. I wear my hair in a pony tail a lot and I have very frizzy hair.  I put this cream in my hair from roots to ends after the shower and it completly eliminates all frizz. The Light Leave-In Cream also made my hair shinier and smoother. I’ve used a lot of different leave in conditioners, and this one is definitely my favorite and it smells great too. This Light Leave In Cream provides up to 95% less breakage allowing for stronger hair.
I haven’t had a chance to use all of the products in the three Suave Infusion lines but I definitely plan on doing so. For more information on Suave please visit suavenaturalinfusion. Suave hair care can be purchased at all major retail and drug stores nationwide.

Jenna Raheb

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March 14, 2014

NIOXIN Answers some Interesting Questions

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