Vicki Fischer
October 12, 2015

Dermatologist Dr.Whitney Bowe shares a quick and easy at home mask to achieve a more youthful glowing skin

There is nothing more attractive than a healthy glowing skin.   Ongoing care for your skin should always be a top priority.   Well known New York and Briar Cliff  Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe    has a  wonderful mask that you’ll be able to enjoy right in the privacy of your home. In fact,  you probably have the two ingredients  that can unlock the “secret” to a more youthful glow right in your refrigerator! Get a  jump start  toward the enviable looking skin you’ve always admired with – Avocado and Honey!


 Dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe  recommends an avocado face mask because avocados are full of antioxidants and fatty acids known to reduce wrinkles, while the oils help hydrate dry and flaky skin.

The texture of this mask is terrific. Your face will look and  feel so rejuvenated .  Give it a try!

Try Dr. Bowe’s DIY avocado face mask:

1.       Combine ½ avocado and 2 tsp honey, and mash until the consistency is like a paste

2.       Spread a light coat over your face and neck

3.       Leave for 10 minutes and then wash off using warm water

Find out more about Dr. Bowe via the above links.  From her appearances on The Doctors, The Rachael Ray Show, and Good Morning America, to her noteworthy tips and views appearing in publications such as ALLURE and INSTYLE,  Dr. Whitney Bowe is a very knowledgeable, up to the moment expert in her field.

 (Any Quoted or Paraphrased information in this article was obtained from a provided PR Fact Sheet, and . Any personal commentary was my own opinion regarding the information I received. Much gratitude to Dr. Whitney Bowe for sharing her Avocado Face Mask.  Ongoing success, Dr. Bowe.)

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September 14, 2015

Are you 50+ ? Achieve a healthy more youthful looking skin with SKINN® by DImitri James

As Beauty Editor for It’s A Glam Thing, I’m thrilled to present an article that will focus on some excellent anti-aging skin care and glamor products for those who are 50+.  It will feature treatment and makeup from SKINN, an internationally recognized line of products developed by celebrity makeup artist, television personality, and author, Dimitri James.

Being 50+ myself, I decided to try some of Dimitri’s Anti-Aging products and share my experience with you. My goal was to achieve a firmer, hydrated, healthy-looking skin, and address the appearance of some fine lines and wrinkles.

Before we begin, keep in mind that caring for your skin is essential at any age, and each person needs to address their individual needs.  Your skin will change over the years, and it’s important to keep up with any of those changes.  Make your skin a priority, as much as, if more than the cosmetic products you wear.  By doing so, you’ll always look your best and maintain a healthy skin with a more youthful appearance.

So let’s begin!  Here, I am, sans makeup six weeks ago,  just before I started a very easy regimen of products from SKINN to help rejuvenate my 50+ skin.

Before using SKINN treatment and glamour products!


My skin had always been very translucent. I called it my “see-through” skin.  As a result, I was always attracted to makeup that had more coverage and had always felt more confident after my makeup was applied.

As I turned 50, I was once again challenged by my fair, translucent skin. My first sign of aging became evident when my full coverage makeup products started to look cakey and powdery. I realized that my combination skin had now appeared to be top surface dehydrated. That was my clue to begin looking for treatment products and cosmetics that were more age appropriate, and would help me with my new skin challenge. SKINN came to the rescue!

Here are the SKINN products that I used, in the order that I used them. I did the same regimen in the morning and evening. Caring for your skin does not have to be time-consuming or difficult. You’ll certainly have an excellent variety of products with SKINN that you’ll be able to choose from to achieve the results that you desire.

With my quest to help me revive a more youthful firmer looking more radiant skin and soften some minimal wrinkling, I really appreciated SKINN’s up-to -the minute ingredients that were capable of deeper penetration into the skin.


#1  Cleanse: Pure Cleanse  No-Rinse Cleansing Water is  a very refreshing product.  I had never used anything like it before. It will actually break down your makeup, remove your eye makeup, and give a clean finish to your skin with no need to rinse. It’s a perfect choice when you’re tired in the evening, hurrying in the morning, or need a great “pick up” at the gym. Instructions say, “You may use it on its own, or follow with one of  your favorite SKINN cleansers  for a more professional deep cleanse.”


Cleansing Water by SKINN $29.75












#2. Collagenesis Line Peel Solution is an easy to use and very effective product for deeper lines and wrinkles. I used Line Peel on my laugh lines, and  the outer corner of my eye area. You may use it up to twice a day. (Morning and Evening) On a clean face take a Q-tip and dip into the container and apply in a “back and forth” motion into the wrinkle area.  Make sure you use a clean Q-tip each time you dip into the container! You do not have to rinse after applying.

Collagenesis Line Peel Solution by SKINN

Line Peel Solution
by SKINN $45.00












Collagenesis Age Reset Serum When I received and read about Age Reset Serum, I  was in awe of all the benefits that it provided. From softening wrinkles, improving the elasticity of your skin, along with brightening and hydrating,  Age Reset Serum targeted all of my areas of concern.  I was quite impressed with SKINN’s Age Reset Serum!  You’ll want to use it twice a day, in the morning and evening on your clean face and neck area after using the Line Peel Solution from Step #2.   Age Reset Serum has a lightweight feel with a subtle, very appealing botanical aroma.  (At this point you may apply your facial moisturizer and eye cream.)

Collagenesis Age Reset Serum by SKINN

Age Reset Serum $69,50













#4. Collagenesis Deep Line Erasing Serum  the final treatment product I used in my six-week regimen is applied before your makeup.  The small pointed application tip makes this a very easy product to directly target your deeper lines.  I was able to address my “laugh lines”, and an annoying line across my forehead directly and with ease. Deep Line Erasing Serum is an extremely efficient product.

Here are a couple interesting quotes from SKINN that caught my eye about two of  the ingredients in their Line Erasing Serum. “Collagenesis Deep Line Erasing Serum’s unique amino acid encapsulation technology  provides a lipo-filling effect.”  and  “Syn-ake peptide which is a synthetic tri-peptide that mimics the effects of reduced muscle contractions resulting in a Botox-like effect”, leading to a reduction in wrinkles and smoother skin.  

Collagenesis Deep Line Erasing Serum

Deep Line $50.00
Erasing Serum













#5. SKINN Deep Resonating Sonic Infuser is a small device that helps penetrate the Deep Line Erasing Serum deeper into your skin. You’ll use the innovative Sonic Infuser twice a day, every day! This little infuser is so easy to use and takes very little of your time!  After applying your Colagenesis Deep Line Erasing Serum (or a serum of your choice ) on your target areas, you’re ready to use your Sonic Infuser. The Infuser has a pulsating setting to use on the delicate outer area of your eyes where “Crows feet” appear.  That is where I used the infuser! Do not use on the eyelid or underneath the eye! The Sonic Infuser also has a second setting that you may use on the other wrinkle-prone areas on your face. For me, I used it on my laugh lines, and that bothersome line across the middle of my forehead.

We’re all busy, and I appreciate the fact that the Sonic Infuser takes very little time to use. You just need to go to the areas where you applied your Deep Line Erasing Serum.  Place your infuser in the appropriate setting for either your outer eye area (crows feet) at setting #1, or setting #2 for  laugh lines , forehead lines, or other deeper wrinkles on your face.

Activate the Infuser and slide its silicone tip  in circular motions on each wrinkle for only 20-30 seconds for each area you’ll be treating. It feels great, and you can be assured that “you are delivering treatment to the deepest levels with the power of ultrasonic induction.” (Quote from SKINN)

SKINN Deep Resonating Sonic Infuser

SKINN Deep Resonating Sonic Infuser $139.50











Photo on 9-2-15 at 6.39 PM


I achieved all of my goals, and even without makeup my skin looked hydrated, once again, with a little more color, and less translucent as it was in the past. Most of all  I was  pleased with the smooth appearance of my skin especially around my outer eye area and laugh line area where I used the Sonic Infuser.

Caring for your skin is a daily habit you must commit to if you haven’t already.  We are fortunate to be in an age when the delivery system of  anti-aging skin care is really top notch. With a daily routine in the morning and evening, you’ll really be able to maintain healthy and more youthful looking skin.


PLASMA FUSION MAKEUP  TO CREATE MY FINISHED ANTI-AGING LOOK by SKINN     I love makeup and what’s even more encouraging…  Makeup isn’t just a “cover-up” anymore!  SKINN has put together terrific makeup products that are treating your skin as you put your “Best Face” forward.  Makeup is more modern and very forgiving on  50+ skin.

 Plasma Fusion Nourishing Treatment Corrector   Shadows and dark circles are gone!!  The Nourishing Treatment Corrector glides on your skin with ease. There is also a core of anti-aging treatment product in the center of the corrector. Forget about covering up with Plasma Fusion Treatment. You are correcting issues, and multi-tasking as well. Whether it be color correcting on your skin, dark circles under the eyes, or any other flaws you might want to correct, this is your tool. I also liked using it as a makeup base for my eyelids, and the inner corner of my eye area. That helps my eyes look a bit larger and wider apart. There are nice  a variety of shades for all skin tones.

Plasma Fusion Nourishing Treatment C Corrector by SKINN

Plasma Fusion
Nourishing Treatment 
Corrector by SKINN $24.00











Plasma Fusion Full Coverage Makeup  provides an easy to apply full-coverage  foundation in a convenient stick form. The foundation feels light as air but imparts a super coverage that’s flawless.  I applied mine directly from the stick and blended it with my fingers.  It’s one of those instant gratification products that evens your skin immediately.  You need very little to get a finished look, and you ‘ll find some great anti-ageing properties in its core including Vitamin C to brighten your skin and other nutrients that keep your face looking hydrated and healthy.

Plasma Fusion Full Coverage Makeup By SKINN

Plasma Fusion
Full Coverage Makeup
By SKINN $32.00











Plasma Fusion Nourishing Serum Foundation This is the foundation I used in the final picture of my finished look after treatment products and cosmetics.  The Plasma Fusion Serum Foundation is  actually SKINN’s first serum-strength foundation.  This one was “love” at first feel, and sight! It has a serum like texture, but when I applied it my face looked finished and felt like I was wearing no foundation at all. We had a family event  that day and my face stayed fresh and hydrated looking all day long. The coverage is great, and you can build and layer this serum foundation to your needs.  When  I did my outdoor mirror check to see how it looked in the daytime,  I smiled when I saw there were no little creases that sometimes occur when a base looks good but it’s just sitting on top of your skin.  This is like a second skin and with the “fusion of light-refracting and line diminishing Plasma  pigments with anti-aging peptides.” (Quote from SKINN)  No excuses now….. Experience some of this wonderful technology , and remember!!  When you look your best…. You’ll feel your best!



                                                                              by SKINN   

6 weeks after SKINN Treatment products and Deep Resonating SONIC INFUSER

6 weeks after SKINN Treatment products and Deep Resonating SONIC INFUSER


I couldn’t be more pleased with all of  the SKINN product.  My picture above has not been retouched. I have no powder on my face, and  the finish is flawless.  My skin feels firm and has the hydrated look that I thought I had lost.

All of the highlighted copy in this article will take you to the corresponding pages where you will find detailed online information about the SKINN TREATMENT PRODUCTS,  the SKINN Fusion makeup products, the  SKINN Deep Resonating Sonic Infuser, and much more!

Get the Dates for  Dimitri’s Live  Television appearances featuring SKINN products on EVINE Live, TSVN (TV Shopping Network ), and The Shopping Channel.

Much gratitude to my friend Dimitri for creating treatment products that are always state-of-the -art, and cosmetics that are not only versatile and easy to work with, but keep your skin healthy and looking beautiful.

(Any quoted or paraphrased information in this article was obtained from & My commentary is my personal opinion of the products that I received and used from SKINN for this feature article. Sincere gratitude to Post and Beam for their help in making this feature article possible. Ongoing success to Dimitri James for his dedication in developing the latest in treatment and cosmetic products, and teaching us via television, books, and videos how to properly use them.)



















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August 15, 2015

Style expert Jeannie Mai partners with SELF® to help women with RMS

Jeannie Mai -Style Expert

Jeannie Mai -Style Expert

Jeannie Mai, style expert, and co-host of the daytime talk show, “The Real” is currently participating in the new Reimagine MySelf program in conjunction with SELF® and Biogen to help support, and enlighten women who deal with RMS. (Relapsing  Multiple Sclerosis)

2.3 million people worldwide suffer from Multiple Sclerosis (MS). This disease that attacks the central nervous system is more apt to strike two to three times as many women as men. RMS is the most common type of MS diagnosed in patients, and it accounts for about 85% of those living with Multiple Sclerosis.

Mary Murcko, the publisher of SELF, noted,” SELF is thrilled to partner with Biogen to launch the Reimagine MySelf destination on This first- of- its- kind program on taps SELF’s empowering voice in women’s Health and wellness, and leverages our Made Blogger Collective along with RMS experts to create a destination that women living with RMS can turn to for advice.”

Jeannie is one of the bloggers who is sharing her expertise in the Reimagine MySelf program. When we started our conversation, Jeannie first shared the story about her Aunt Linh, who had been diagnosed with RMS.

Jeannie spoke about how the diagnosis had affected her and the uncertainty about her future. With RMS Aunt Linh had to deal symptoms that would come and go at any time, and how it affected her daily activities including her beauty routine and what type of clothes she would be able to wear. It’s so easy to get into that rut and let yourself go, but with small easy steps you can do little changes and deal with things every day!

Jeannie put her philosophy of wearapy to use with Aunt Linh. Jeannie’s wearapy describes how you can manipulate your mood from the outside in through style. In fact, color and emotion can often be intertwined.

Jeannie’s “wearapy” is a terrific goal to strive for whether you deal with RMS or not. This article will give you that must needed boost that we all desire at one time or another. It will let you put to use Jeannie’s easy tips and do little changes each day!

I highly recommend you read this “wearapy article ” by Jeannie Mai by going to :

In closing, Dr. Ann Cabot, Board certified Neurologist from Concord Hospital, in Concord, NH. said, “In addition to the helpful tips offered by Jeannie, working with your doctor to create a holistic disease management plan – which may include working with multiple healthcare professionals, like physical therapists, and nutritionists for example, to help modify nutrition and fitness regimens – is crucial. There are several prescriptions available – like Tecfidera™(dimethyl fumarate) an oral treatment for relapsing MS with proven efficacy and an established safety profile.”

You’ll be able to view and enjoy all of the SELF articles including Jeannie’s until mid-September when you         visit:

Jeannie Mai -Style Expert

Jeannie Mai -Style Expert



(Any quotes, or paraphrased information in this article were obtained from a provided PR-Fact Sheet. Many thanks to Jeannie Mai for taking the time for our delightful conversation and ongoing success with her amazing career. We wish all the best to Aunt Linh. Thanks for quotes from Mary Murcko, Jeannie Mai, Dr. Ann Cabot, SELF®, Biogen(NASDAQ:BIIB), & Reimagine MySelf)

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August 5, 2015

Thinking about trying Rainbow Hair? Butterfly Studio Salon shares some fun summer color options for you!

Not exactly a new trend,  just the same, Rainbow hair is still showing up on the tresses of celebrities. In fact, I was recently viewing a  show on television and  a number of the personalities  had  various degrees of Rainbow hair. I really found the variety of looks and shades very attractive! Summer is the perfect season to experiment with bold beautiful color.  Instead of going in for your normal highlight consider something a little more daring, like bright blue or pastel purple.

Once again the very talented  color experts of Butterfly Studio Salon give their insight on how to select your perfect summer color along with styling suggestions for any commitment level.

 Color expert Faye Goodwin’s favorite part about this trend is that it looks great on any length. “As a NYC colorist, based in the heart of Manhattan, I see this growing trend in everyone from celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Kelly Ripa to girls walking down 5th Ave.” If you want all over color like Kylie’s pastel blue lob or Jenny McCarthey’s long hot pink tresses, Goodwin suggests an all over bleach out then tone in your preferred color. “For me, this is not a color trend that that you look to compliment skin tone or eye color, this trend is about having fun!”



If all over color frightens you Goodwin suggests peekaboo color or a balayage highlight technique for a more subtle look. If you want to hide your color occasionally, “best placement for peekaboo hair is behind the ear in a diagonal section (for shoulder length and longer) or from temple to ear about 1-1.5 inches from the hairline” This way you can pull your hair back and the bright color won’t be visible.



Another low key color option is the balayage, which is when the stylist paints the color onto your hair for a more precise highlight. This technique is best for an ombré color application. Goodwin explains balayage as, “the customized technique will create a gradual fading from darker roots and mid shafts to lighter and more vibrant ends. My personal favorite rainbow trends for summer are sombré ends (soft ombré) in a playful color.”



Are you a bit unsure about trying a bolder look ?  No problem!! For commitment-phobes hairchalk is a great option to temporarily change up your look. Butterfly Studio Salon Master Color Specialist Min Kim suggests this technique because it allows you to experiment with whatever color you want or multiple colors and comes out in 2-3 washes.

For a little more staying power Butterfly Studio Salon Colorist Tara Sookdeo suggests liquid hairchalk,You can skip going through all those stages in a coloring process with one easy application which adds or deposits the color, making it safer and better on hair. You can be done in under an hour for results that can last up to 4 weeks. These hairchalk solutions are great for those afraid of damaging hair with bleach, or if you want to try something new for a special occasion.   

This fun look really offers great options for everyone!!  With the commitment choices that are available, you’ll be able to find just the right Rainbow process for you!

Rainbow Hair

Rainbow Hair

 Be sure to take a moment to visit Butterfly Studion Salon’s website :

(Quoted and Paraphrased information in this article was obtained from a provided PR-Fact sheet. Many thanks  to Butterfly Studio Salon and their amazing staff of experts for sharing their expertise  in these great tutorials.)

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July 23, 2015

Create an affordable fashion statement for your lips with Gerard Cosmetics Lip Products

We all want to be fashion savvy, but it can be an expensive venture if you purchase an item that’s trending, and a bit pricey for your budget. I’ve done this myself and have found that by the time I’ve paid for my trendsetting item, there is already something new on the market to replace it! How about a very affordable fashion statement for your lips that will give you an ongoing fashion forward look? Gerard Cosmetics Lip products will help you achieve that look.  After all, the first thing someone notices as they approach you is your face, and your lips.

Gerard Cosmetics lip products will give you that fashion edge with their amazing variety and versatility of shades, and textures. You’ll find Color Your Smile Lighted Lip glosses the perfect choice for any situation from daily wear to the most elegant event! I was delighted to receive two of the Gerard Color your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses, and a tube of the Gerard Lipstick to use and review.


The Gerard Color Your Smile Lip Glosses & The Gerard Lipstick used in this article

The Gerard Color Your Smile Lip Glosses & The Gerard Lipstick used in this article

Here they are in the in the picture above. The first two are the “Lighted Lip Glosses”, and the third product is a “classy gold tone tube’ of the Gerard lipstick. I found the Gerard Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses terrific! You can see the mirror on the second product in the above picture, and the nifty light in the cap right next to it. The packaging is so portable and convenient! With these unique Lighted Lip Glosses you can quickly and easily do a touchup in the dark! (I’ve done it!) The gloss stays put and has an excellent texture. It’s not heavy, or sticky but provides a perfect coverage that beautifully enhances your lips.

The Gerard Lipsticks in their classy gold-tone tubes are also an excellent choice. They offer an additional choice if you ‘d like a more traditional look to your lips. The coverage is exceptional, yet light in weight and has terrific staying power! As with the Gerard Lip Glosses, the lipsticks have a variety of colors, as well.

To view all of these Gerard Color your Smile Lighted Glosses, and Lipsticks, please visit:

Below  you’ll be able to see how the Gerard Lip Glosses and Lipstick looked on my lips:

#1. Gerard Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in SPRING FLING -$24:  This is a perfect color for me.  It’s understated, soft, and natural.  SPRING FLING is a great color to wear alone, layer over a darker shade to soften a look, or add a cooler tone to any color.

SPRING FLING - Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss

#2. Gerard Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in WILD ORCHARD- $24: If you’re looking for a fashion trending color to enhance your stylish jewel tone ensemble, this is your color. I liked the color and was pleased with it’s staying power and  feel on my lips.

WILD ORCHID- Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss

#2a. Here is an example of how I adapted this great color to my personal softer color tone preference.  All I did was take the first color SPRING FLING, and put a coat of it over the WILD ORCHID, and this was my result. It maintained the beautiful, brilliant undertone of WILD ORCHID, but with a softer look for me!
Apply : WILD ORCHID and top with -SPRING FLING

Apply : WILD ORCHID and top with -SPRING FLING

#3. Gerard Lipstick- NUDE-$19.00 The Gerard Lipstick is great. It’s so smooth and applies so easily. NUDE is a more neutral shade that gives a beautiful full-color finish and is a real “go-to” shade you’ll use on a regular basis.

 NUDE -   Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick

Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick

These three Gerard Lip colors have been just a sampling of the beautiful shades that are available at Gerard Cosmetics. The versatility of their Lipstick and Color Your Style Lighted Lip Glosses is superb!  Gerard provides a gamut of colors from the jewel tones, along with the red, orange, and violet tones that are so in demand! Another plus is the fact that your colors will transition very nicely from summer into fall.   

You’ll be  pleased to know that the top-grade ingredients used in creating the Gerard Lip Products , like collagen peptides to increase volume and reduce lip wrinkles, work hard to plump lips and moisturize without smudging.” Gerard’s glosses and lipsticks truly are “Timeless”!   

I’m delighted to give Gerard Cosmetics™ a 5-Star Review for their Gerard  Lipstick and Color your Style Lighted Lip Gloss! 

For additional information about Gerard Cosmetics please visit:



(Any quoted or paraphrased information in this article was obtained from a provided PR-Fact Sheet regarding Gerard Cosmetics, Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss, and Lipstick, and My personal commentary is my opinion from my use of these Gerard Cosmetics provided to me.)

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June 5, 2015

NEW YORKERS !! Don’t Miss The Celebration of Urban Outfitters Herald Square One Year Anniversary – TONIGHT !!







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May 25, 2015

A patient’s story how Abbott’s MitraClip corrected her mitral valve regurgitation

Degenerative Mitral regurgitation (DMR) is caused when the leaflets of the mitral valve do not close properly, allowing blood to flow backward and leak into the left atrium of the heart. A leaky heart valve can increase the pressure on the heart and, over time, result in heart failure

Abbott’s MitraClip treats mitral regurgitation. As referred to above, this condition where the mitral valve of the heart does not close properly can result in blood leakage that can lead to stroke, heart attack, or even death.

Meet Betty V.
Betty is a patient who overcame Degenerative Mitral Regurgitation with an Abbott Mitral Clip, procedure, and was kind enough to take the time to share the story about her experience with DMR. I know you’ll find it very inspiring!

My interview with Betty V:

VICKI: What were your symptoms and when did you first notice them?

BETTY: Three years ago, I began experiencing symptoms of a common, yet serious condition called degenerative mitral regurgitation. Going up and down stairs, I couldn’t breathe and would become lightheaded and terribly tired.

VICKI: What actually happened that made you talk to your doctor?

BETTY: I had to quit working in my yard and going for daily walks. My cardiologist told me to “live with it.” But I felt it wasn’t living, rather, I was existing. I kept thinking it would go away until I found myself lying on my steps completely out of breath. After that, I knew I needed to do something. So I found a new cardiologist who listened to me.

VICKI: That had to be quite distressing. It’s good that you sought out a new cardiologist who took the time to listen! What was your diagnosis?

BETTY: My new cardiologist found that my mitral valve was not working properly, and he told me in simple terms that my heart valve was “leaking.”

VICKI: What were the treatment options your doctor gave you?
BETTY: My new cardiologist recommended treatment with the MitraClip device since open heart surgery was not recommended for me.

VICKI: So what did you decide to do about it?

BETTY: After speaking with my cardiologist about what to expect, I decided to undergo the MitraClip procedure.

VICKI: How would you describe the procedure?
As my doctor explained to me, the procedure was a minimally-invasive option in which the doctor would use a catheter to implant the device through a vein in my leg.

VICKI: How long after the procedure did you start to notice a difference in how you felt?

BETTY: When my cardiologist came in to visit me shortly after my procedure, I told him that I felt like a weight had been lifted off of my chest. I was pleased that, within 48 hours, I was back home, feeling good again.

VICKI: Betty …. That’s terrific! What do you like to do for fun and how did your disease impact your ability to do those things? Now, Are you able to do those things you enjoyed, once again since you’ve had the procedure?

BETTY: I still live independently, garden, play bridge regularly with my friends, and visit my children and grandchildren. It is safe to say that I am physically active. Before the procedure, I had to give some of these activities up. But now that I have had the procedure I have happily returned to these activities.

VICKI: That’s so great to hear, Betty. What would you recommend people do if they find themselves in a similar situation as yours?

BETTY: I would encourage others who have a problem with their heart valve to speak with their doctors about treatment options. If I hadn’t had this procedure, I’d probably be in a nursing home. That’s the difference. I’m doing much better, and I’m truly living my life.

Thank you, Betty, for taking the time to share your personal experience with Degenerative Mitral Regurgitation. Your story and success with the Mitra Clip is very encouraging. I’m sure readers who may be experiencing challenges as you have experienced, will now be more informed as they talk with their doctors regarding treatment in dealing with their condition. Wishing you ongoing health and wellness!

“ABBOTT has a 125-year history of innovation and a mission to make better health possible for humankind across the globe.”

For more information about ABBOTT take a moment to visit:

(Any quoted or paraphrased information in this article was obtained from a provided fact sheet. Credits for any additional Abbot information include:
•cid:4C0A39E2-FC39-4BFB-8764-19572893A61C, and Much gratitude to Betty for her sharing her story in our interview.)

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May 17, 2015

Lancôme Ambassadress Lupita Nyong’o lights up the red carpet at 2015 Cannes Film Festival

The opening night of Cannes Film Festival is always a special event, and this year was no exception. Lancôme Ambassadress Lupita Nyong’o epitomized the beauty, elegance, and poise befitting her movie star prominence as she graced the 2015 Cannes red carpet.

Lupita’s lovely flowing green gown with delicate floral embellishments around the shoulders was spectacular. To complete her
“picture of perfection” look, Makeup artist Nick Barose gave the actress dramatic, full brows, elegantly-lined eyes, and a bold fuchsia lip.
• Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate
• La Base Pro Pore Eraser
• NEW Miracle Cushion Liquid Compact Makeup in 500 Suede
• Translucence Mattifying Silky Pressed Powder in 550 Suede
• Blush Subtil in Plum Noir
• Le Duo Stick in Suede

• Sourcils Tint Longwear Eyebrow Pen in Noir
• Artliner in Noir
• Le Stylo Waterproof Eyeliner in Noir Intense
• Grandiôse Mascara in Noir Mirifique

• Color Design Lipcolor in Hit List
• NEW Shine Lover Lipstick in Palpitante
• Le Crayon Lip Contour in Plum


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(Quoted or Paraphrased information in this article was obtained from a provided PR-Fact Sheet)

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May 17, 2015

Butterfly Studio Salon shows you how to create a Half-Up Double Knot hair style

Half -Up Double Knot  Hair Style

Half -Up Double Knot
Hair Style

Half-up styles have hit the scene, once again and are quite the “look”!! If you’re ready to upgrade your dated top knot to a the new twist of this effortless half up style, the experts at Butterfly Studio Salon have provided step by step instructions below! The Half-Up Double Knot style is Ideal for natural texture or 2nd (even 3rd!) day hair. It works with any hair length and texture and is a lifesaver for frizzy hair days! This style is so simple to create – not even a brush is needed!

Here’s the How-To for the Half-Up Double Knot:

1. First step: texturizing product/dry shampoo, which is essential for grip and hold when styling. (Kattia Salono, owner of Butterfly Studio loves Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray on the crown area) Lift hair, taking it by sections, spray at the root as if you were teasing and then massage through with your hands to work the product in.

2. Using your hands, section out a “horseshoe” shape of the hair at the crown area. Thicker hair can opt for larger section while thinner hair can work with a smaller amount of hair. Rake through with your hands to brush and pull back hair to create a clean section.

3. With a small hair tie in one hand, take a section of hair and pull halfway through the tie, so that you are left with a little “pom-pom.” Wrap elastic around 2-3 times until secure without pulling all of the hair through. (Use small clear elastics so you won’t see the tie, and in case you don’t wrap any hair around the knot the ties will be discreet.)

4. Open up the pom-pom with your fingertips for fullness to create a textured knot.Then wrap the hair ends around your knot once, and tuck hair under the elastic band with ends sticking out. Keep the remaining length right under the pom-pom, as you will use the extra hair length to help with fullness and perfectly messy texture for your next knot.

5. Create your next section right below the first by taking 1 1/2 to 2 inches of hair from the sides (horseshoe of “V” part all the way around the head). Use your hands again to gather and comb the hair back. Then,combine the hair ends from your first knot with your new section and repeat steps 3 and 4 – tying right under the first pom-pom, tucking through, and leaving ends free. If your hair is long enough you can even wrap the extra hair around in a “figure eight” motion around both knots for detail.

6. To finish, spritz a little hairspray and then make it your own! Don’t be afraid to muss it up – the more texture, the better! To complete the look, Kattia recommends adding some height/volume at the front top of the head by slightly pulling/gently tugging the hair at the root with your fingers. Combine the hair ends from your first knot with your new section

Note: With this hairstyle, volume is always at your side to rid the limp hair and that unwanted greasy summer look once and for all! Play with positioning and create more knots for a change up or more customization for how you can wear it. You can even use bobby pins to change the knot shapes.

The images above provide a great example of the “Half-Up Double Knot” look. Have fun creating your own personal style!

Many thanks to Butterfly Studio Salon, owner Kattia Salono, and her staff of experts for sharing this Half up Double Knot style.

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May 8, 2015

Boost Your Beauty From Within With BeautyScoop!

Warm weather is upon us, and that means it is time to get our hair, skin and nails into tip-top shape. BeautyScoop, a breakthrough nutritional beauty supplement will solve all your beauty woes in no time by working from within to enhance beauty at a cellular level!

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