June 30, 2018

FACEatelier Ultra Skin Foundation is Peta Approved. We Love That About It And More

FACEatelier Ultra Skin Lightweight Foundation

FACEatelier Ultra Skin Lightweight Foundation

 

FACEatelier Ultra Skin lightweight foundation is oil and fragrance free, non comedogenic and Vegan and those are just a mere few of the key selling points for me.

It’s high quality formula provides a long-lasting satin finish with light to medium coverage. The creamy texture provides for an airbrush-like look. There are 11 shades of  Ultra Skin’s for  the lightest to the richest complexions (neutral to a cool brown with yellow/green/red undertones).

Note: Ultra Skin’s undertones will cancel out much of the red caused by rosacea or other skin conditions. 

The primer is built right into the foundation. Love that! And, you don’t need a powder to set it. The pump applicator and tube make it perfectly easy to use. The formulation is suitable for all skin types and is water and sebum resistant for great performance in the hot and humid weather. I must state that it performs well in cold, dry winter conditions also.

The pros at FACEatelier recommend using a foundation brush to ensure smooth and clean application. You can use your fingers also and easily with the pump applicator. Whether you use a make up brush or your fingers remember to  use the formula sparingly as a little goes a long way.

The pros at FACEatelier also say to start in the T-zone and work your way out, patting the product onto the skin, not with long swipes but by dotting.  The pros call this “stippling.”

Ultra Skin sets by itself to a flawless, satin like finish.  If you powder, do so sparingly as too much will accentuate skin imperfections and fine lines and wrinkles.

Peta Approved. Cruelty Free. Leaping Bunny approved. @FACEatelier

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June 25, 2018

Coconut & Papaya Liquid Hand Soap and Hand Cream from Nubian Heritage

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Polishing and Renewing Hand Cream

Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Polishing and Renewing Hand Cream

 

Coconut & Papaya Liquid Hand Soap and Hand Cream, for all skin types, combination skin, dry skin, oily skin.

The Nubian Heritage brand is a favorite here at It’s a Glam Thing. We have posted about products from the brand a couple of times past.  Here is a reminder of the last posting that we did. It was an Earth Day posting.

Today is Earth Day, Celebrate the Day with Nubian Heritage

Today we wanted to take the time to mention the Coconut & Papaya Polishing and Renewing Liquid Hand Soap and the Coconut & Papaya Polishing and Renewing Hand Cream.

The hand cream is absolutely lovely. The smell can’t be beat for this time of the year. The formula includes Vanilla Extract, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Papaya Extract.  There is no need for perfume with this hand cream, especially if you smooth it onto your elbows and knees  too. That is, if you are not lucky enough to have the body lotion and the rest of the Coconut & Papaya collection of products.

The Hand Cream nicely compliments the Coconut & Papaya Polishing and Renewing Liquid Hand Soap.  The Hand Soap also is formulated with the Papaya fruit extract, coconut oil and vanilla extract plus, of course, Shea Butter.

There are other quality ingredients in both products and all ingredients are ethically traded. The ingredients are balanced to exfoliate, nourish and renew your skin. The products are cruelty free. What you won’t find in these formulations are parabens, sulfates, phthalates, paraffin, mineral oil, petroleum, DEA synthetic fragrances or artificial coloring.

You can purchase Nubian Heritage products at your shopping outlet of choice including The Vitamin Shoppe, Amazon and NubianHeritage.com . These are very price friendly for such quality products.

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May 20, 2018

Your Carolina TV, Tune in Monday for a New Spring Summer Beauty Haul

BioSilk Color Therapy Intensive Masque

BioSilk Color Therapy Intensive Masque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Carolina TV, WSPA. Tune in tomorrow as I present more of my favorite beauty finds, some from the past and some brand new, but all fabulous and all It’s a Glam Thing Favorites! You’ll get to see and learn about the following beauty products.

  1. Chi Air Spin & Curl Hair Tool
  2. BioSilk Color Therapy Hair Care products
  3. Vera Moore Cosmetics Signature Collection Peptide + Serum with Vitamins C & E
  4. LUK Beautifood 100% Natural Lipstick
  5. OMG BOTANICALS Serum and Cleanser Duo

I’ll see you then!

 

 

 

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April 20, 2018

A Prelude to Earth Day with Nubian Heritage

Sunday April 22, is Earth Day. How do we celebrate Earth Day? What is it meant to accomplish? The below is taken directly from Earthday.org  :

Earth Day

“Close to 48 years ago, on 22 April 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development.

In the US and around the world, smog was becoming deadly and evidence was growing that pollution led to developmental delays in children. Biodiversity was in decline as a result of the heavy use of pesticides and other pollutants.

The global ecological awareness was growing, and the US Congress and President Nixon responded quickly. In July of the same year, they created the Environmental Protection Agency, and robust environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, among many.

Earth Day is now a global event each year, and we believe that more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world.”

I have been in the beauty industry for over 20 years and am happy to tell you how ethically-made and environmentally-friendly beauty brands honor Earth Day every day, 365 days a year!

Let’s start by saying, not all brands meet high ratings of approval in terms of being environmentally sound and effective on your skin. So do your research. Make Fair Trade part of your beauty routine. Support brands that  are the most responsible in the ingredients they use.  Find brands that help the environment. Don’t be deceived by products that claim to be “Organic” and Green”.  There is no real definition in the industry of either term. Many manufacturers will label their products as such without upholding any honorable or true standards or intentions.

I decided to honor this Earth Day by finding a new beauty brand or a “new to me” brand that meets the Earth Day initiatives every day. I discarded a brand that I currently use which is not as ethical.

Nubian Heritage

The brand I chose for this Earth Day 2018 is Nubian Heritage . This brand has accomplished the use of authentic natural ingredients. Nubian Heritage works with educating and supporting local community groups. Nubian Heritage supports Homecoming Farm and Sophia Garden located in Amityville, NY, to promote health, wellness, eco-consciousness and sustainability. They use soy milk instead of dairy milk in their formulations. The product labeling proudly displays the PETA cruelty free bunny logo.  The logo means they are affiliated with an official organization.  (Note: There are companies out there that brand their products as cruelty free with Fake Cruelty Free Logos.)

Take some time to look over the Nubian Heritage website and by or on Earth Day, I will be back with a dedicated post about some of their fine and my favorite products.

 

 

 

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April 4, 2018

Puffy Cheeks & Double Chins? They could be signs of “facial water retention”

Try this 3-Step Puffy Face Rescue Plan to get your face looking tighter, trimmer, and sexier.
If you’ve been trying various diets and exercises to get your body looking trim, yet puffy cheeks and double chins insist on hanging around, your problem could be due to facial water retention, the accumulation and retention of excess fluid in the face, chin, and neck.
A women’s skincare creator, Vicki Southard, says it’s possible to sculpt cheeks and reduce double chins caused by water retention. “Many of us are facial water retainers and don’t even know it.”
Here are the typical symptoms:

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You wake up in the morning with puffy eyes and/or puffy face and neck
* You experience rapid weight loss or weight gain, especially around  your upper body, face, and neck
* Double chins are ‘in the family’
* You are one size from the waist up and another size from the waist down
According to Vicki, the most common causes of facial water retention are allergic food reactions from what we eat, including salt, sugar, MSG, food colorings and preservatives, alcohol, and tobacco.
Reactions to environmental pollution, toxic chemical fumes, allergens like pollen and animal dander can also puff up the face.In a small percentage of women, hormone imbalances and glandular issues can also keep facial fluid levels high.
There are THREE SIMPLE STEPS which in most cases can successfully address the common causes of facial water retention and swelling:
The 3-Step Puffy Face Rescue Plan:
1. Discover the foods and environmental factors which seem to trigger your allergic reactions and avoid them. You may need to keep a diary of things you eat and things you do that seem to precede the bouts of swelling and puffiness.
2. Get enough sleep to feel rested and feel fresh
Lack of sleep can cause you to retain water and look tired so get more than enough sleep as often as possible
3. Flush out impurities and toxins lodged beneath the skin with The Face Wrap facial sculpting treatment.
Environmental toxins, as well as chemicals and impurities from cosmetic products, may be irritating the tissues just beneath the skin, causing a buildup of fluids, giving your face a puffy or bloated look.
The 60-minute Face Wrap home facial treatment uses natural minerals and salts which enter the skin and flush out the accumulation of toxins.
“With the impurities flushed out, the key reason for facial water retention is eliminated, and the face appears much thinner and trimmer,” says Vicki.
THE FACE WRAP KIT

THE FACE WRAP KIT

           More information on The Face Wrap can be found by visiting
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March 29, 2018

Sometimes our skin just needs a little lava magik

Sometimes our skin just needs a little Lava Magik.  Let me introduce you to my latest find. If you love Mirakle Cream (which I do), The Better Skin Company’s Lava Magik  will do for your face what Mirakle Cream does for your skin.

Lava Magik is a luscious scented facial scrub that looks like sorbet and smells like oranges. It’s fabulous food for your skin. Lava Magik is a Cleanser, Scrub and Mask all in one.  I’ve used Lava Magik as a Cleanser, Mask and Facial Scrub and I can tell you that my skin is left soft and glowing every time. My husband even uses it, seriously!

This Skin cleansing volcanic lava from France is enriched with nourishing calendula, sweet orange and grapeseed oils, cucumber, parsley, and chamomile.  This mask contains all the ingriedients needed for healthy glowing skin.

To use as a cleanser, you will only need a tiny amount of Lava Magik, mix with water and apply to your wet skin and gently rinse off.

As a scrub, apply Lava Magik to your wet skin and massage the desired areas in a circular motion for 30 to 60 seconds and rinse off. Use as a scrub twice a week for maximum results. This non abrasive formula will have you looking forward to your next treatment.

Use Lava Magik once or twice a week for an amazing mask. Simply apply to wet or dry skin (as preferred), leave on 3 to 6 minutes. For additional exfoliation, moisten fingertips and massage in a circular motion while removing. Adjust Lava Magik to water ratio based on skin type. Use a little more Lava Magik for combination or normal to oily skin and less for dry, sensitive skin. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry.

You will notice that Lava Magik buffs away dead skin cells creating the appearance of a more youthful glowing skin and minimizes appearance of pores

Lava Magik is Paraben-free, Gluten-free and Vegan and  suitable for all skin types and both Women and Men can enjoy its benefits.  Visit Ulta.com and find more skin care products from The Better Skin Company.

About The Better Skin Co.
The Better Skin Co., was founded in 2015 by trained aesthetician Natalya Rachkova and beauty industry veteran Murphy Bishop, II. Before becoming a sought-after skin care brand, The Better Skin Co., started as a recipe, brought by Natalya from her home of Uzbekistan to her new home of Seattle, Washington. Once settled in America, Natalya began making her miracle cream in small batches, and soon word of mouth spread. To keep with the demand, she partnered with Bishop. Bishop brought with him a reputation of success as well as a team of chemists that scientifically advanced the formula. Today, The Better Skin Co. blends the best of Natalya’s Uzbekistan upbringing with the technological advancements of science.

 

 

 

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March 27, 2018

Hydration Products By PCA Skin, A Video For You

Skin Hydration means increasing the amount of water in your skin cells. Quality hydration are designed to help  you get healthy, smooth skin and a radient complexion. Even oily or acne-prone skin needs hydration. Dehydrated skin leads to more visible signs of aging and who wants that?

PCA Hydrating Mask

PCA Skin Hydrating Mask

PCA SKIN best and newest innovations  take hydration to the next level with something for everyone. Here are three products worth a try.

    • Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum – penetrates the layers of your skin in 3 ways, even stimulating your skins own production of HA over time
    • Hydrating Mask – use once a week not only to keep skin soft and supple, but to improve skin’s barrier
    • HydraLuxe Intensive Hydration – one of the brands biggest launches and first step into the luxury skin care space, acts as a SMART moisturizer by adapting to varying temperatures and humidity levels based on the environment you are in.

Elizabeth Colen, the fabulous “Ms. Fit One“, here at It’s a Glam Thing explored the Hydrating Mask and HydraLuxe Intensive Hydration  just for you, on camera from the unveiling to the final outcome.

 

 

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March 4, 2018

Serendipity, I Love Delightful Things

Serendipity

My Serendipity Favorites

It was with a fortunate stroke of serendipity that I recently discovered some delightful skin care products. Serendipity, the collection, includes Serenade Repairing Night Cream, Sparkle Rejuvenating Eye Serum,  Architect Redefining Face Serum, Gaze Restoring Eye Cream, and Perfection Hyaluronic Cream.

As you can see by the photo above, I love pretty and delightful things such as vintage crystal candle stick holders, that pretty silver and pearl ceramic shoe ornament, unique candles, refurbished wooden shelves, distressed hardware. The unexpected buried treasures are always the best.

Now lets take about my Serendipity love.  First of all, these products are packaged in pretty little boxes that I can’t possibly yet put out for recycling. Secondly, inside of the outer packaging you’ll find the products encased cleverly in their very own pretty display boxes (photo below). I will absolutely re-purpose those. Thirdly, the jars and dispensers are themselves very lovely.

Serendipity Skincare

Serendipity Skincare

Now to the formulas – yes, delightful to the touch, the senses and true to the purpose of use of each and every product. A pleasant surprise for me, the owner and founder, Gina Harper, licensed skincare professional, got everything right. I am just coming out of a round of micro needling procedures and throughout that journey, I was on the look out for new facial skin care products that would enhance my subtle but definite new healthy skin look.  I made the fortunate discovery of Serendipity Architect Redefining Face Serum and Perfection Hyaluronic Face Cream.

All of the products in the line are cruelty-free and made in the USA. Gina believes in giving back with charitable actions close to my heart. A portion of all proceeds of sales are donated to help animals in need.

You can find out about every product on the Serendipity website. While you are there, say Hi to Bella & Boo!

 

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January 1, 2018

Custom Solutions for Your Skin’s Unique Needs

by Lisa Gal

Big zits? Clogged pores? Occasional breakouts? Lose the one-size-fits-all drugstore stuff. Curology will mix ingredients you can’t get off the shelf — and put your name on the bottle. You’re matched with a licensed dermatology provider who gets to know your skin. They’ll ask questions, check your progress, and stick by you. Curology has helped tens of thousands of people clear their skin. But let’s be real — there’s no magic bullet. They’ll do their best to get you clear skin, and if you’re not satisfied, they have a 90-day money-back guarantee. Now how sweet is that!? This is a perfect addition to our Hollywood Swag Bags being gifted to Hollywood’s elite staying at the Four Seasons Hotel this red carpet weekend.

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December 18, 2017

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

July Giveaway

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

FEATURED IN THIS MONTH’S SURPRISE BEAUTY BOX, 

The DOUX is A MUST DO! 

New Hot Hair Care Line Drops at Target 

THIS Christmas Eve

 Shampoo and Conditioner 

*SUCKA FREE™ Moisturizing Shampoo,  *FRESH RINSE™ Conditioner

Sulphate & Paraben-free Shampoo and Conditioning Duo with Shea Butter & Sea Silk. A gentle cleansing system for thick, dry, or color-treated hair. Ultra-hydrating conditioner has amazing slip for easy detangling. Sea silk smooths the cuticle, leaving hair frizz-free and full of body. MSRP: $12.99 each.

MOUSSE DEF™  Texture Foam Non-flaking mousse gives definition to curly styles without stiffness, cloudiness, or crunch. Soy proteins and natural humectants make this humidity-resistant styling aid ideal for thermal styling as well. MSRP: $14.99

THE STORY:

Get ready to “drop the mic” on the beauty aisles at Target stores this December. The Doux® (pronounced The Do) is a “new school” modern hair care system with an “old school edge.” With packaging that is bold and bright and product titles inspired by 90’s hip hop, The Doux is poised to kill it with those seeking a way to smoothing curly, kinky, and wavy hair into both, curly or straight styles.

Created by Maya Smith, a 25-year celebrity stylist and International Curl Master, The Doux was first launched in Europe in 2011 in response to her passion for helping people master the hair they were born with. STRAIGHT, NATURAL, CURLY, or RELAXED, according to The Doux, if you grew it, it’s ALL GOOD. “I was living in Germany at the time, had my own salon there and my specialty was helping clients to transition to a relaxer-free lifestyle. I’m obsessed with people maximizing the potential of the hair they were born with. Mastering curls is my passion and purpose,” explains Smith.

The people felt her passion through her products. The Doux blew up overseas so much so that it caught the attention of media in the USA. “Once we started getting press in the states the demand for The Doux was incredible. I had to return to the states and see this vision through,” Maya Smith explains. In 2014, Maya opened The DOUX Salon™ in Macon Georgia’s historic Downtown district and started selling her professional grade products at her salons and on-line.

Fast-forward three years and a lot of work and dedication, The Doux will arrive in Target stores, on Christmas Eve; no easy feat for an indie brand. “We are so excited to bring The Doux to the masses. It’s 20 years in the making. We listened to 20 years of feedback from actual clients from Minneapolis to Morocco. We listened to what people wanted, a salon grade, high quality product that delivered on its promises. Helping people to manage and maintain their natural hair and celebrate their own bold, unique style is what the last 25 years of my professional life has been about,” Maya Smith shares.

The Doux also redesigned its packaging, with the intention to disrupt the category. It’s bold with bright colors, which is the opposite of the more subdued look you see on the shelves currently. “I’m a fan of 90’s rap so I wanted to incorporate lyrics and titles in the packaging,” adds Smith. With titles such as Bonita Afro Balm, Mousse Def, Sucka Free, Fresh Rinse, and The Light, The Doux will most definitely catch the eyes of Millennials and Gen X’ers alike.

Other products in the line include:

*BONITA AFRO BALM™ Shine Enhancing Texture Cream Delivers shine and manageability for pixies, Afro’s, tapered cuts, and twist/braid/coil sets. Certified organic botanicals, alcohol & paraben free. MSRP: $15.99.

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*THE LIGHT™ Shine Mist Preserves color and protects hair from heat styling. Reduces drying time and delivers weightless shine to finished looks. Adds natural luster to natural styles. Infused with Black Cacao, Passion Fruit, and Palm Oil. MSRP: $14.99.

 

 

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