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.

and

*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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November 21, 2017

Black Friday Cyber Deals from Dr Brandt Skincare

 

BLACK FRIDAY
WHAT: 45% OFF Needles No More® No More Baggage
WHEREwww.drbrandtskincare.com
WHEN: Friday, November 24

CYBER MONDAY
WHAT: Buy 1 and get 1 free: Do Not Age Triple Peptide Eye Cream ($82), Microdermabrasion ($79), Pores No More® Pore Refiner Primer ($45), Magnetight Age-Defier ($75), Do Not Age Time Defying Cream ($132), 2% Retinol Complex Serum ($69)
WHENMonday, November 27
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October 2, 2017

Donna’s on-the-go beauty kit

These are miniature versions of roller lash mascara & Nars orgasm blush

I need an easy way to keep myself fresh with small amounts of products that I need at any given time

Donna Spangler Actress & Producer

As an actress, producer & business woman, I am often on the go.  Weather it is on a formal trip or just a day trip, I need to have my beauty items handy to look & feel my best.  When we are on the road or going places where we may need to primp or completely do our makeup or freshen up, it is great to be prepared with a little beauty kit with all the essentials needed to look your best. The problem is taking everything you need in normal size containers you may need a suitcase. I have come up with a solution for this!
Donna’s on-the-go beauty kit made with samples

Beauty kit

ON THE GO BEAUTY KIT

In today’s world, we want to look our best at all times with the least amount of effort. I have come up with essentials every girl should have on hand, so you will be able to look fresh whether you are on the go, staying overnight with your boyfriend or simply need a touch up. Stash these necessities in your purse, and you will always be prepared.

I love samples. It gives me a chance to try high-end products of all sorts. Since you receive ample amounts in small packaging, you can make a full-on beauty kit to haul along in your purse. This can be very effective, especially when you may be out somewhere away from your packed arsenal of at home products.

First, you need a case for your makeshift beauty kit. It should be something you can fit easily into your purse. I used a handy foldable holder that I had received from a business flight, but you can also get a makeup holder at the 99 cents store or any drugstore. Just make sure it is somewhat flat and can be comfortably stowed in your purse.

Next comes the fun part. You need to get the ingredients to put into your kit. Take a trip to the department store and get samples of makeup base that fits your color, creams, perfumes, liner, mascara, gloss or whatever useful items you can find. I like the samples that are in flat packets because they are easy to fit into the kit. The other alternative is to have the salesperson make samples for you. High-end lines usually have tiny plastic containers the size of a quarter with tightly sealed lids that will work for your kit as well. Gather all the essentials possible in one visit.

You can also gather the beauty freebies attained through larger makeup purchases. These items tend to be smaller and can be easily stored in your kit. Figure out when makeup lines are offering free gifts, and keep track any ‘points’ you’ve accumulated (Sephora’s point system gives spectacular yet small gifts). Sephora also sells small beauty items as you are standing in line which are great for your beauty kit as there is everything from small hairspray and mascara to pint size foundation.

Add a sample perfume of your choice. I recommend a black or brown eye pencil, earth tone shadow, sample mascara (I like ARMANI – and they are small!). If desired, throw in a couple of packages of Advil for those emergency days. Remember one feminine product (tampon), and put in a flat comb and hair band so that you can tie back your hair when you wash your face. A few Q tips and cotton balls are a must – store them in a tiny sealable baggy.

Pick up some shine eraser sheets (Elf Brand makes a great one). Get a pocket-sized toothpaste and
toothbrush. I have

Dental Floss

gotten these items in hotels as well as in airline kits, or you may already have a few saved. Also add a small dental floss or put two or three dental claws into the kit.

You can also add any samples or small packed products that you think you may need. Go to the section in the drug store where they have the samples. Other items to consider are razors, baby wipe samples, mouthwash, face wash, etc

I also like collecting hotel items because they can be used in your kit. When it is put together, it should supply you with what you need for one day or night out. It is great if you are spending the night at a friend’s house and want to appear fresh without bringing a suitcase.

You can keep your kit in your purse or car so you will be prepared to look, smell and feel your best at all times. This inexpensive condensed beauty kit is incredibly handy, and you will be glad you took the time to have it constantly within your reach. Knowing you are prepared to wow in any situation will give you a priceless piece of mind.


ON-THE-GO BEAUTY KIT

6 Q tips, 2 cotton balls, samples of eye makeup remover or cream to remove makeup, and tissues (there is nothing worse than running eyes at the end of a night. These essentials can fix this pesky problem)

Put the cotton balls, Q tips and tissues into a small sealable plastic baggie

One black liner to re-apply for later

One black or brown mascara

Brown or earth toned eye shadow

Blush in your favorite color (I like NARS orgasm), brush for application

Your favorite color lip liner

Lighter lip gloss to go over liner

Add a few samples of foundation in your color and bolting powder paper

Get some perfume samples perfect for your kit

Small tube toothpaste, toothbrush, floss and gargle (Remember, these should all be sample sizes)

1 feminine product, small comb, ponytail holder and package of Advil

With this kit, you will be ready for your on-the-go life and always look your best!

There are also mini flat irons & curling that are as tiny as a few inches long.

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July 24, 2017

It’s a Glam Thing’s JULY’S GIVEAWAY FEATURING THERAGROW AWARDED TO ONE LUCKY WINNER

BEAUTY NEWS!

WOMEN WITH HAIR LOSS FIND HAIR REGROWTH IN A HELMET

www.theragrow.com 

Over half of women experience hair loss by the age of 50. There are many women out there who experimented with hair color, straightening and other styling methods that involve chemicals that weaken hair. Also stress is also a culprit for hair loss plus hormonal changes. To fight the battle of thinning hair women typically turn to topical products which don’t deliver the results they hope for. Also, most women are not candidates for hair transplants.

For the many women who suffer with hair loss and the self-consciousness it leads to; finally, there is a discreet FDA cleared at-home product designed strictly for women called Theragrow™ $495 http://theragrow.com/ 

Theragrow is a helmet that harnesses the power of laser light to minimize hair loss and promote hair growth. It delivers the same precise wavelength and dosage of energy proven to rejuvenate hair follicles and effectively regrow hair.

HOW IT WORKS:

Click the link to see video:http://theragrow.com/

Theragrow allows the necessary wavelength between 670 and 686 nanometers to penetrate deep enough to reach the base of the hair follicles and stimulate growth; a depth of 3 to 5 millimeters. No other light source, including devices using LED light, can achieve this.

By treating the base of hair follicles, Theragrow’s proprietary cold laser technology ensures the mitochondria, the energy generator of hair cells, is reactivated. The mitochondria then produce cell energy that is absorbed by hair follicles stimulating new hair growth.

The lightweight Theragrow helmet houses 40 individual lasers. It provides maximum scalp coverage to treat all areas affected by androgenetic alopecia, the condition suffered by most women reporting hair loss.

After the first treatment, the process of halting hair loss and rejuvenating your hair follicles to grow healthier, stronger, thicker hair begins. Laser light therapy targets the stem cells at the base of hair follicles. It’s working deep beneath the surface even before you see visible results.

The inventor of Theragrow, Tamin Hamid Ph.D, who is a former NASA scientist and Biomedical Engineer, is excited to provide a viable, cost- effective solution specifically for women who haven’t seen adequate results from topical treatments. She explains, “women cannot take the only prescription drug available because it is only FDA cleared for men so this is a solution for women that will deliver results. More than 90% of women in a recent user group reported positive results from treatments delivering the precise weekly amount of laser light energy you get with Theragrow.” 

Low-level laser light technology has been proven to repair, improve and grow hair in women. Within the first three months Theragrow leads to reduced hair loss and increased thickness and density. Within six months there’s a fuller appearance and feel to hair with more body, there’s also visible new hair growth at the top and crown of the head. At that nine month mark hair regrowth is significant.

Theragrow is used for 20 minutes, 4 times per week and you can read, watch TV, work on the computer while wearing it. It’s quiet and cordless FDA cleared over the counter medical device to promote hair growth in women. It is not to be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or have been diagnosed with cancer. 

Retail Price: $495.00

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