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 5, 2018

Camille Rose Naturals “Beauty Haul” is here!

Camille Rose Naturals, was founded by Mompreneur Janell Stephens, pictured below with her five children. I need to ask Janell how she manages work and family because all I can say about that right now is “Wow” and “Amazing”! And Janelle being Vegan further elevates my admiration of her.

Janell Stephens & Children

Janell Stephens & Children

I decided on Camille Rose Naturals as my Thursday It’s a Glam Thing “Beauty Haul” before I even know about the fabulous founder. The products show up all  over the place. I have seen them in Essence and InStyle on TV on The Real, on YouTube and Instgram plus in stores. Check out the website for lots of good info, testimonials, as seen on and more.

My “Beauty Haul” consisted of the products pictured here:

Camille Rose Beauty Haul

Camille Rose Naturals Beauty Haul


Coconut Water Leave In Treatment

Turmeric Cleansing Bar

Latte Leave in Conditioner

Lavender Shaken Hair Spritzer

Aloe Whipped Butter Gel

Coconut Water Style Setter

Creme Restore Conditioning Cleanser

Now that you know what we have Hauled. It’s time to call in the experts and get some opinions on the Camille Rose Naturals products. I am anxious to know the outcome which I anticipate to be something like “crazy in love!”




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January 25, 2018

Superfoods we should be eating

New York City Board Certified Osteopathic Physician, Dr. Christopher Calapai, provides us with information on some plant based foods that have garnered the “superfood” label. He tells us why we should incorporate them into our diet.

Blackberries are loaded with vitamin C, as well as vitamins A, E, K, and B vitamins, antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin which sift free radicals and reactivate oxygen species.

Blueberries are a top superfood of the fruit world, containing iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and vitamin K. Blueberries help and maintain bone health.

Red cabbage contains disease-fighting properties known as polyphenols, which offer antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. It also is a great source of dietary fiber and a rich source of several vitamins.


Plums are rich in fiber and help to ease digestion, as well as they are a great source of vitamin A.

Açaí Berries are loaded with antioxidants, as well as being rich in fiber, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins A, B, C and E, mineral salts (calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium) among others.

Finally, another superfood, figs are rich in natural health benefiting phytonutrients, antioxidants and vitamins. Dried figs are a great concentrated source of minerals and vitamins.

Dr. Christopher Calapai

Dr. Christopher Calapai

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. He has worked with Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham’s, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at www.drcal.net

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January 18, 2018

Shapely full lips at any age

Lips get their shape and fullness in part from collagen. As we age, our body produces less collagen and the lips start to lose their plumpness. I am experiencing this collagen depletion now.

I have spent much time and money plumping and augmenting my lips with procedures like fillers and even bovine collagen. The bovine collagen injections were many, many years ago and yes, as a vegan of quite some time now and a vegetarian of almost a lifetime, I think back upon that with horror.

Lips are my devotion right now and I am always on the look out for products and makeup techniques that work to plump and create an appearance of fuller lips without having to “fill ‘er up”.

I found an interesting “How to”, 9 Makeup Tricks You Must Know to Fake Fuller Lips, online at Reader’s Digest. At Liveabout.com I found 6 Tips for Fuller Lips

A favorite lip product I recently discovered is Surya Brasil‘s 100% Natural, Vegan & Kosher Tinted Lip Balms. They are an organic and cruelty-free, They keep my lips smooth, and soft and hydrated. They are available in Blood Orange, Coconut Nectar, Pink Grapefruit, Pomegranate, Sugared Fig and Vanilla Dragon Fruit. I have every one. They are $4.99 each.

I am a skin cancer survivor so I must say, don’t skip sunscreen on your lips. If your lip products do not contain sunscreen be sure to put sun protection on first. That is always a must!

Surya Brasil Vegan Tinted Lip Balm Pomegranate

My favorite -Surya Brasil Vegan Tinted Lip Balm Pomegranate

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June 28, 2015

reNeu with NEUMA

Have you ever just got in the shower to wash you hair and it seems that no matter how much your scrub your scalp it just doesn’t seem to feel clean? Especially if you seem to have a dry scalp or a form of eczema or psoriasis. Not only does it seem that our scalp does not feel cleansed but also our entire body. But who ever heard of a shampoo that can double as a body wash that was organic, vegan, made from the extract of plants and 100% natural ingredients? Well, my friends YOU will. The reNeu Shampoo from NEUMA has quickly become one of my go to shampoos this summer.

reNeu Shampoo

reNeu Shampoo

reNeu Shampoo is one of NEUMA’S best selling shampoos. Not made with any synthetic anything, it is very lightly scented (with essential oils) and very gentle. It is infused with green sea algae and peppermint that help to soothe and thoroughly cleanse. When I wash my hair I can finally have that satisfaction of the shampoo getting not only my hair but my scalp clean. I can feel almost like a tingly sensation on my scalp as I wash my hair. This is the first shampoo I have ever used that I recommend for all hair types, and skin types. There is no fear if you have allergies, or skin conditions making it also a great body wash. But there is one little added bonus to the reNeu. It can be used as a toothpaste! Yes its that gentle. As a toothpaste it is very cleansing leaving your teeth feeling brand new & leaves your mouth very minty. So you have a 3-in-1 product.

When all else falls grab some NEUMA and join the journey. reNeu will leave you feeling renewed and healthy. Try out their other products by visiting your local salon. Visit www.neaumabeauty.com and see where there is a NEUMA salon near you.

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January 24, 2015

All Bars are Not Created Equal

By Lisa Gal

A lot of bars are healthier then they are good, but that’s not the case with Larabar. Each bar contains no more than nine ingredients (some only four) and uses unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices. With flavors like Cherry Pie and Peanut Butter & Jelly you’ll feel like you are indulging, but the nutritional information will tell you otherwise. These are prefect snacks for those with allergies because they are not only gluten free, but dairy free, soy free, non-GMO, vegan and kosher! Easy for breakfast, delicious all day.

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January 3, 2015

Be “mad” at your skin with Mad Hippie

2015 is fast approaching and that means its time for a new year new you! Am I right? Well as we all know it is very hard to stay true to some new year’s resolutions but I have one ideal resolution you simply will not be able to get enough of. Recently added to my skincare routine is the Mad Hippie Face Cream and Antioxidant Facial Oil which my skin cannot get enough of.

mad hippie

mad hippie

In the short 2 weeks I have used Mad Hippie Face Cream and oil, I noticed a great improvment in my skin. My pores are closed, its smoother and more toned. On top of that before Mad Hippie I never noticed how much my skin actually glowed. Neither one made my skin feel like there was any greasy residue. Mad Hippie is Genuine Flower Power to the max!

Mad Hippie is made with all natural antioxidant ingredients to help fight off free radicals and has no chemicals or synthetic fragrances. It is an all vegan line made in the USA and no animal testing. Your skin will just drink in the love and affection put into every product. Check out my video below on more info and how I use the product. www.madhippie.com

Learn more here: http://youtu.be/G6lM8fDUSGo

Subscribe at: www.youtube.com/user/curlyglam

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November 20, 2014

Add some WINTER to your day

Just in time for the holidays, a fragrance that will make you smell and feel just like your walking in a winter wonderland. Daesein’s WINTER fragrance is a sensual blend of blue spruce, forest pine, black cardamom and French lavender. It is free of toxins, vegan, cruelty-free, and fee of parabens. Even for us sensitive skinned people we can enjoy the satisfying aroma with no harsh chemicals. Now you can really give the gift of Christmas when you give them WINTER.

WINTER is a fragrance that when I sprayed it on, I said “that’s me”. It reminded me of Winter’s in Ohio. Snow on the ground, deer running through the yard and the smell of a freshly cut pine tree in my living room. Now that I live in Florida I still like to remember Christmas in Ohio (minus the cold) and WINTER does just that. WINTER lasted me from morning to night with touchups in between. I find that to be the worst when it comes to fragrance when you have to reapply. Even my mom, who is the toughest critic when it comes to anything with a smell. She likes that WINTER is not strong, is very sensual and smells just like walking outside.

Now I’m just speaking from a woman’s point of view but WINTER is not only great for women but men as well. After launching in 2013, WINTER has flown off the shelves in stores such as American Rag, Larchmont Beauty and many more! So if your in need of a great stocking stuffer or Christmas gift exchange check out WINTER Unisex Fragrance at www.daseinfragrance.com and also check them out for fragrances that will bring every season to life by simply spraying a bottle. Launching in 2015!

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October 14, 2014

Bodyography Cosmetics Redefines The Makeup World

Bodyography is a boutique professional makeup line – conceptualized and manufactured in the USA. Bodyography Professional Cosmetics offers mineral based makeup, boasting clean ingredient lists. Infused with skincare benefits such as fruit and plant derived vitamins and antioxidants, Bodyography is more than just your traditional makeup line. Bodyography is a multi-function makeup line that encourages the skin to maintain a youthful and glowing appearance with it weightless, vitamin and anti oxidant formula..

•Made in the USA
•Certified as a Cruelty Free Brand by PETA
•Infused with Vitamins, Minerals and Antioxidants for an uncompromised and incomparable finish
•Vegan, Gluten & Paraben Free
•Simplistic & Effective
•Offers a wide range of tools, kits and merchandising displays for any location
•Trusted in the beauty industry for over 18 years
•Full makeup line including skincare, tools and brushes
•Strong emphasis on education and support
•Family owned and operated by Robanda International, beauty industry professionals of over 25 years and owners of several professional brands


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October 8, 2014

Pravana and The Amazon Bring Out The Life In Your Hair

Pravana Nevo Hydra Pearls bring out the life in your hair. With exotic oils to help bring out shine, replenish and protect the hair. They are 100% vegan, biodegradable and gluten-free. See what I have to say.

Pravana Nevo

Pravana Nevo

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjVuK7QigRY&feature=youtu.be

All products are available at select salons or ULTA stores; visit www.pravana.com or www.ulta.com for locations

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