Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Beauty, Luxury, POSHGLAM







I’m a Fan! Collaboost, Skin Infusion Gel by @ElyseeCosmetics

CollaBoost image2 Im a Fan! Collaboost, Skin Infusion Gel by @ElyseeCosmetics CollaBoost- 1,3 Skin Infusion Gel is a beauty girl’s winner. It’s amazing at hydrating and restoring the skin’s natural radiance and elasticity. Elysée Scientific Cosmetics use the latest in skincare technology, providing the best ingredients for CollaBoost which helps improve the appearance of fine lines, reduce dryness and improve skin’s texture. CollaBoost creates not only a healthy glow and more youthful appearance, but is great for layering with moisturizers and melding into your already existing regimen.

“As we age, components of our skin, mainly collagen and elastin, break down which sets the stage for wrinkles, creases, fold and furrows,” explains Linda Marshall, President of of Elysée Scientific Cosmetics. “While these are natural effects of getting older, it is possible to combat these signs of aging with our CollaBoost Skin Infusion Gel.”

CollaBoost gel contains a unique algae-based two-in-one skin tightener for instant tightening effects on the skin; and at the same time, it provides a long term effect by helping to increase the moisturization capacity of the skin. Proper hydration helps to support the skin—like springs in a mattress; thereby, helping us achieve the radiant fullness that it so apparent in youthful skin. Not only will CollaBoost-1,3 help to provide healthy-looking skin, but it will help to firm the skin, increase elasticity and revitalize aging skins. The formulation includes a natural plant derived protein that provides superior anti-oxidant properties against the visible signs of premature aging and contains great moisturizing benefits.

Benefits of CollaBoost Skin Infusion Gel include:

  • Helps to support the skin by increasing the moisture capacity of the skin.

  • Helps inhibit sagging skin and premature signs of aging as a result of oxidative stress.

  • Helps to optimize collagen and elastin to reduce the appearance of sagging.

  • Gluthathione addresses Glycation, which makes skin look dull and brittle.

* Product was sampled for review

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Beauty, Haute Press, Luxury, POSHGLAM







TEETH WHITENING 101: How teeth whitening works and what to expect

Trays TEETH WHITENING 101: How teeth whitening works and what to expect

Did you know that teeth whitening does NOT actually whiten your teeth? Its best described as tooth bleaching because it bleaches away the stains thus restoring the tooth to its natural color. Some people are fortunate to have naturally bright white teeth, while others have an off-white or in rare cases yellowish coloring to their teeth. Teeth whitening will only remove the stains and reveal the true color of the tooth. Any teeth whitening brand that guarantees bright white teeth is misleading those with naturally off white or yellow teeth.

In order for a bleaching agent to effectively remove all stains it must contain either hydrogen peroxide (hp) or carbamide peroxide (CP) which is hydrogen peroxide suspended in a gel formula. A hydrogen peroxide solution will remove both extrinsic (surface) stains as well as intrinsic (beneath the surface) stains as long as it maintains contact with the tooth for a specified duration and frequency. The duration and frequency of treatments varies based on the severity of the tooth stains and the strength of the hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. No matter the strength of the bleaching agent all stains will be removed over time.

Understanding the available teeth whitening options

Aside from requiring carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide as the bleaching agent it is equally important the delivery device adherers the hydrogen peroxide (bleaching agent) solution to the teeth for the entire duration of each whitening session. There is only one tooth whitening system that ensures this and it is the custom fitted teeth whitening trays which are available at the dentist for roughly $500 or you can purchase them directly from the dental lab at www.smilebrilliant.com

Custom fitted teeth whitening trays are designed to fit your teeth with precision using your upper and lower dental impressions which are then sent off to a dental lab.  A lab technician will use your impressions to create a molding of your teeth from which they fabricate custom fitted teeth whitening trays using a vacuum forming machine. Custom fitted teeth whitening trays can be purchased from your dentist for roughly $500 or directly from the lab at www.smilebrilliant.com for $109.95. It’s the same product, same process, same results; however you never need to go to the dentist and it’s a mere fraction of the price!

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Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Beauty, POSHGLAM







Experimental Beauty: Coconut Oil for Dieting, Moisturizing & Wellness

Trader Joes Coconut Oil Experimental Beauty: Coconut Oil for Dieting, Moisturizing & Wellness

After years of hearing raves about Coconut Oil for everything under the sun. I did some research, started consuming it and using it everywhere…it’s a lot lighter than I thought it would be and I found this fun post online for 52 ways to use it.

  1. Eat a spoonful when you need an energy boost.
  2. Use it as the base for a homemade body scrub.
  3. Use to condition your wooden cutting boards.
  4. Use as a super conditioner on your hair (apply to dry hair, leave in as long as possible and then shampoo as normal).
  5. Use as a styling agent if you have really dry hair. Just rub a tiny bit on your palms and apply to your hair and style as normal.
  6. Keep a little container in your purse for lip moisturizer.
  7. Add a spoonful to your dog or cat’s food. CO is great for our furry friends!
  8. Replace nasty, unhealthy vegetable oils in your cooking and baking with CO.
  9. Make healthy Magic Shell ice cream topping.
  10. Use it for oil pulling (learn about oil pulling here).
  11. Use a tiny dab on your underarms for a natural deodorant.
  12. Use coconut oil instead of shaving cream.
  13. Add to your bath tub for a moisturizing soak (a drop of peppermint oil is wonderful!).
  14. Use as a makeup remover.
  15. Use it to help sooth chicken pox, shingles, or other rashes or skin irritations.
  16. Use it to treat athlete’s food, ringworm, or other fungal or yeast infections.
  17. Take a spoonful with your vitamins to help improve absorption.
  18. Spread a thin layer on cuts or burns to speed up healing.
  19. Take up to 5 spoonfuls per day for improved thyroid function.
  20. Add a spoonful to your smoothies for extra nutrition and flavor (here, here, and here).
  21. Use on the delicate tissue around your eyes to help prevent wrinkles and sagging.
  22. Use as the base for homemade toothpaste or lotion.
  23. Use in place of massage oil.
  24. Use on your baby’s diaper rash or cradle cap.
  25. Use to help reduce visibility of stretch marks or to prevent stretch marks.
  26. For nursing mothers, use coconut oil on your nipples to prevent cracking and irritation.
  27. For nursing mothers, consuming coconut oil will help increase your milk flow.
  28. Apply to bee stings or bug bites to soothe and heal the wound.
  29. Women can use in the nether regions to relieve yeast infections, dryness, and/or discomfort.
  30. Eat a spoonful with each meal to improve digestion.
  31. If you’re prone to nosebleeds, coat the inside of your nostrils with coconut oil regularly.
  32. Helps soothe and heal hemorrhoids.
  33. Take to helps reduce or eliminate migraines.
  34. Use as the base for homemade vapor rub.
  35. Mixed with peppermint, lemon balm, rosemary, or tea tree oil makes an excellent insect repellant.
  36. Mix with baking soda for a non-toxic “Goo Gone”.
  37. Use to help detox the body during a cleanse or fast.
  38. Use as a metal polish, but always test a small area first.
  39. Use as a leather moisturizer.
  40. Season your cast iron pans.
  41. Use to oil your pans and baking dishes instead of pan spray.
  42. Got gum stuck in your hair? Try using coconut oil to remove without cutting your hair.
  43. Use instead of WD-40.
  44. Use as a personal lubricant (not safe with latex).
  45. Take a spoonful to help with heartburn, acid reflux, or indigestion.
  46. Use as a natural sunscreen.
  47. Mix with a tiny bit of fresh lemon juice and use as a furniture polish (always test a small area first!).
  48. Mix with butter and toss your popcorn in it.
  49. Use on cracked or rough heals to help smooth them out.
  50. Massage into your nails and cuticles to help strengthen them.
  51. Use as the base for homemade chocolate candy (like peanut butter cups).
  52. Take a couple spoonfuls every day to help overall immune function.

– via Delicious Obsessions

This stuff is great! I am a fan of the Trader Joes formula. My favorite use is for weight loss & daily hair smoother. Wanted to share this quick beauty blurb with you in hopes that you too, will discover some wonderful uses for Coconut Oil. #Enjoy

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Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Beauty, POSHGLAM







Billionaire Boyfriend, Get One! by Kate Walsh

Billionaire Boyfriend1 Billionaire Boyfriend, Get One! by Kate Walsh

The only cure for a closet recession is–tada, that billionaire you should be dating. The job boards are fully populated with people but if you are smart, I mean a quick wit, you already know where to find the money. This fragrance says it all: class, sass, sauce and boss–that’s right, if you are going to wrangle a billionaire this year, why not have the perfect fragrance to irresistibly woo him in. Though many can wrestle and others can win, if you get your hands on one, suggestion: nail him to the floor, cause SHAWTY, competition is FIERCE.

Start with this wonderful fragrance and you will be one of the apples of his eye in no time–if you’re good (at what you do), hopefully he’ll make you number one. If not, hey–he’s a billionaire, there’s plenty of his money to go around. The fragrance is described as “a lavish, decadent expression of seduction and opulence. Live the fantasy and let him spoil you.” Living the fantasy, i.e. the good life is fun, but embodying it is a different story.

The brilliant and seductive note of black jasmine amber is at the heart of this desirable fragrance, making it unforgettable and charmingly extravagant. Succulent fruits of bergamot and tangerine wrapped in lush green leaves intoxicate as the scent blooms into a provocative blend of black jasmine, velvet orchid, gardenia and a touch of patchouli flower. Vetiver, cistus, sandalwood, and golden amber notes finish the alluring experience as it exudes an addictive wealth of warm woods.

When you meet that uber rich prince charming with billions to blow…intoxicate him with your scent, and if you really want to rock his world get the roll on to keep in your purse at Sephora.com!

* A sample was provided

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Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Atlanta, Beauty, Celebrity, Fashion, POSHGLAM







Opinion Poll | Originally Jan 5. 2011 #Throwback | Inclusion, Or No? How far has the industry Come?

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Estee Lauder adding Joan Smalls to its beautiful roster in December helped end 2010 on a hopeful note for the beauty and fashion industry. It’s no secret that diversity has long been a challenge on the runways and within magazine pages. Although make-up campaigns became increasingly more diverse in the last decade, celebrity faces like Halle Berry and Beyonce dominated for black women. Black models, including Jessica White for Maybelline, were not nearly as prominent. On the other side of the counter, Caucasian models were not overwhelmingly outnumbered by celebrities.

The true exception, when it comes to prominently featuring models of color in a context in which the mainstream industry actually pays attention, has been Iman Cosmetics. In 1994, she launched Iman Cosmetics precisely because she spent so many years of her top model days mixing foundations to match her rich complexion. She has since featured a bevy of ethnic beauties that are still pleasantly arresting in the make-up aisles. I was quite excited to see the gorgeous face of my friend, model Nichole (Robinson) Galicia, in the early campaigns. Of course Fashion Fair, Flori Roberts and Posner, among others, were always ahead of the game but Iman’s impact was greater because she was an honorary member of the industry elite. For her to make such a statement turned heads and made headlines.

But, to its credit, Estee Lauder has long stood out from its mainstream peers precisely because it has always favored models over celebrities. And, in regards to its spokesmodels of color, Joan Smalls was very much preceded by Liya Kebede. Even still, the Joan Smalls addition is wonderful news, especially on the heels of Estee Lauder signing its first Asian model Liu Wen. The face of beauty has long been multicultural but the mainstream fashion and beauty industry just began waking up to this in the 21st century in a major way and they are still moving at a snail’s pace for too many.

This struck me quite strongly when I visited Dakar, Senegal over the holidays to attend the Africa Fashion Awards. Although cultivating the fashion industry on the Continent, particularly in regards to designers, was very much the topic, I could not help but notice the beautiful Senegalese women who represented all that the industry says they want everywhere I went.  Tall and thin is the norm in Senegal for both women and men. Needless to say, flawless skin is also common.

Yes I know it takes more than height, proper weight and flawless skin to make a model. Personality is also a huge factor. Aerin Lauder, senior vice president and creative director of Estee Lauder, told Vogue.com “When we pick someone to represent the brand, it’s about her personality, too. It’s not just the face.”

But personality is very tricky because it’s very subjective as well. Like beauty, personality can also be in the eye of the beholder. Suppose someone makes a culturally insensitive statement or gesture and a model points it out, does she become less personable?  Is she now difficult to work with?

Sometimes we really don’t know. This industry is so not an exact science but one thing is certain: diversifying the faces of beauty that we see will help bridge the gaps. The more we see reflections of the world and not just one idea of beauty, the more comfortable we all become with the world of hues that’s our reality.

As we nestle into 2011, the fall shows are just around the corner.  Of course we never know if the message is getting across until we see the runways and the pages of our favorite magazines. In 2009, French Vogue disappointed greatly with its blackface spread with Dutch model Lara Stone and, last year, blackface photos of Claudia Schiffer shot by Karl Lagerfeld surfaced. And, of course, the runways were not nearly diverse enough. Hopefully 2011 will not unleash similar disappointments.

I know that I am not the only one ready to celebrate the beauty of all women and not just a European standard of beauty that hasn’t quite mastered its disappearing act. It’s a new year and we have plenty of reason to believe that, in 2011, we will continue to see the beauty and fashion industry move even closer to embracing us all.

Pop culture critic Ronda Racha Penrice is a veteran freelance writer and the author of African American History For Dummies. Her work about race, history and culture appears regularly on theGrio.com plus she serves as the Atlanta Editor for UPTOWN Magazine, which targets affluent African Americans.

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