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Get Fit with the Help of a FitBit

2 Jan

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With the New Year in full swing, many people turn to their New Year’s resolutions to begin 2014. One of the most common resolutions people make it to get in better shape. I recently had the opportunity to try the FitBit One, which runs on Verizon Wireless’ 4GLTE network to see how it works. Lately, devices that track your movement, sleep and calories, have been all the rage. The goal of this particular device is to motivate you to reach your goals. The FitBit One tracks your steps, distance, calories burned and stairs climbed during the day. At night, it measures your quality of sleep and wakes you up in the morning.

Simply clip the tiny device onto the pocket of your pants, or on your bra for easy and discreet readings. If you’re worried about the rain and snow, think again. This convenient device it sweat, rain, and splash-proof.

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A feature of the FitBit that I really enjoyed was that it automatically syncs to PCs, Macs and many iOS devices. This allows you to see what you’ve accomplished in an easy format and allows you to compare your daily stats with your goals. Using this feature, you can also log your food, water, workouts and weight into your dashboard. You can input data such as swimming and hiking and even create a food plan. Additionally, the FitBit incorporates social media into the mix to help keep you motivated. Milestones will earn you badges such as 25,000 steps in a day or 100 stairs climbed and you can cheer on and compete with your friends who are also using the device.

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The FitBit is incredibly easy to use… I bet even my mom could do it! Another feature of the FitBit that I liked was that I could compare my day to day activities and become aware of when I need to be more active. However, there are some drawbacks to the FitBit. When partaking in activities other than walking or running, you have to manually input these activities into your dashboard in order to get an accurate reading of calories burned, which can be a hassle. Additionally, since it tracks walking/running and not heart rate, the readings can be a bit off, if for example, you are cleaning your room and bending down to picks things up, but not necessarily walking all over the place, it might not track those calories that you are burning.

Overall, I think the FitBit can be put to great use for those who want to partake in a healthier lifestyle. The most important thing I found when using it was learning how active I am during the day and setting goals for the next. The FitBit comes in other models, as well. The FitBit One retails for an affordable $99.95.

Glyterra-gL, a New Skin Tightening Breakthrough!

2 Jan

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We know sun damage, stress, and life in general causes wrinkles, right? Well according to more research by dermatologists, we have a new problem to worry about that can also be causing those pesky wrinkles to appear earlier in life and more often.

Sugar is the culprit, and it’s not just the candy bar and soda sugar one would think. The sugars in wine, bread, and even more than the allotted fruit and vegetable intake can be causing your wrinkles.

So what do we do…do we stop eating, living, and or going in the sun? Nope, instead try Glyterra-gL, which is a two-step anti-glycation system to help correct and prevent the signs of wrinkles caused by sugar. Now, we’re about to get a little scientific, but it’s only because we want you to know just how great this product is, and how it really can help your sagging skin, crows feet, or age spots.

Sugar causes the skin to wrinkle and/or sag because of non-enzymatic glycosylation (NEG), which handles the way glucose (sugar) effects the body. When it becomes slightly oxidized, glycotoxins form and turn into Advanced Glycation Endproducts (AEGs). This is a problem  because the AEGs can really alter the skin’s collagen and elastic properties, causing wrinkles, dullness, and saggy skin.

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Glyterra-gL is $135 for a full 30-day supply. This system is applied on clean dry skin morning and night. You will notice a difference in your skin with this two-part regimen that has been proven to work, and scientifically tested. This makes a great gift for anyone who is slightly self-conscious about aging or someone who just wants to keep their skin young and vibrant. We all know we want it… so do it for yourself, and your skin!

Holiday Gift Guide for the Beauty Maven

16 Dec

Got a girlfriend who loves make up and haircare? Give her a gift she will enjoy this season, with some fabulous beauty products that she won’t be able to resist.

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Mineral Fusion recently released it’s new Glow & Go Collection, perfect for ladies looking for a flawless face. The collection includes Mineral Beauty Balm to moisturize and protect the skin, 3-in-1 Color Stick for eyes, lips and cheeks, and Volumizing Mascara to brighten up those eyes. Use all three products to give your face a beautiful glow all winter long.

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Any woman knows that traveling can really put a cramp in your style. 3 Fl. Oz. is an awesome company that has TSA-approved beauty products — that’s right, you can take ’em on the plane — that you will love. They even sell amazing kits, like the In a Clutch Kit, which includes Air Repair Rescue Balm, Blow Out Hairspray, Help I Have a Blister, Help I Have a Headache, Mbeze Cruizee Natural Deodorette, and Tatcha Blotting Pads. In sizes small enough to fit in your purse, any beauty mishap can be fixed in a jiff!

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Say bye-bye to those pesky teeth whitening strips that are annoying and don’t seem to do much for your pearly wannabe whites. Luster Premium White is a brand designed by dentists to bring consumers a new way to whiten teeth at home. Their Luster Pro Light whitens teeth in as little as 30 minutes and works twice as fast as strips and trays, not to mention it is also enamel safe and doesn’t cause tooth sensitivity. It features the same light-activated whitening technology found in dental offices and includes a mouth rinse and whitening gel. And at only $43.99, it’s a steal.

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Get the perfect blowout in half the time with the Kiss Tornado 360 hair dryer. This ultimate blowdryer has you covered, with a rotating air booster, that speeds up drying time, covers an area 4x larger than your regular dryer, and also provides even heat distribution, preventing spot damage to your hair. What more could a lady want?

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Want to keep those locks just the right color? L’oreal Professionnel has the solution to your fading colored hair with their INOAColor Care gift set. Their shampoo and conditioner provide five times more nutrition to help prolong the intensity and shininess of color-treated hair. They even have a masque, perfect for dry winter hair.

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Give the gift of the ultimate facial this holiday season, by getting your loved ones a real treat. Pulse Laser & Skincare Center is offering an amazing Holiday Glow Facial for a discounted price of $95. The one hour treatment leaves your skin hydrated and dewy, using holiday-friendly aromas and beneficial elements such as cherry enzymes, chocolate antioxidants and cinnamon.

 

Pedicure.com Hosts Launch Party

9 Dec

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Last week, new website dedicated to educating and inspiring healthy and beautiful nails, Pedicure.com, held their fabulous launch party at The DL Rooftop. The site, which covers celebrity nail trends, advice and humor, is manned by publisher Ruth Shelling and editorial director Elise Wright. The launch party, aptly themed Ladies Night Out, featured celebrity nail artist and Pedicure.com contributor Gerry Holford, along with her team of experts, who expertly painted guests’ nails at manicure stations all evening long. Guests also enjoyed an open bar and hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening. In addition to the 150+ guests that pushed their way to the front of the line to get their nails done, famous faces also made their way to the launch, including Princesses of Long Island star Chanel Omari, Hailey Glassman and The Gossip Table co-host Delaina Dixon.

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Attendees of the launch party went home with probably the funnest manicures of their life and also enjoyed stellar gift bags, which included bondi New York nail polish, Kiss Nails and much more. Make sure to stop by Pedicure.com for all your nail needs!

 

Jump On It: Fitness with Shonda Bradford

2 Dec

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Exercise can be a real bore. If you work out on your own and do the same monotonous routine day after day it’s time to switch it up. Bradford Method, founded by Shonda Bradford, has locations in the Hamptons and Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Shonda is a former ballerina with over 15 years of fitness training experience.

We recently checked out her Trampoline Barre class, which is 55 minutes of trampoline work, incorporating ballet for sculpting dancer muscles, cardio to sweat and burn major calories and a lot of stretching. This class was fierce.  Definitely created for women, this class really makes you sweat. Although it is cardio-based, there is a lot of pilates-type work involved and anyone taking it will surely get those killer legs they’ve always wanted.

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However, the Trampoline Barre isn’t the only class offered at Bradford Method. Clients can also benefit from the Pilates Trio class, which is a 60 minute pilates cross-training class, where you can experience the benefits of the Classic Pilates Reformers, as well as Tower Unit in a small group setting. Also available is the Pilates Tower class, which utilizes the Pilates Wall Unit, which is designed to provide users with an overall body workout that strengthens, stretches and defines all muscle groups. All of the classes offered at Bradford Method are very small and semi-private at the UES location. Additional information can be found and sessions booked at their website.

Bradford Method is located at 1080 Park Avenue in Manhattan & 58 Gingerbread Lane in East Hampton. 

Pumpkin Does The Skin Good

26 Nov

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Pumpkin is the fruit of the season and while some may think that its health benefits only extend to those who consume it, others know that it has more uses than as a food. Pumpkins are loaded with vitamins, including vitamins A, C, and E, as well as magnesium, copper, potassium and zinc. Pumpkins are not only anti-inflammatory, but also help with healing, purifying and anti-aging. Kim Schanzer, co-founder of Pulse Laser & Skincare Center in New York City, says, “Pumpkin renews and hydrates the skin. In addition, the natural enzymes in pumpkin remove the outer layer of dead skin, exposing fresh, new skin.” The skincare center offers clients pumpkin treatments exclusively using Rhonda Allison products, which combine the natural benefits of pumpkin along with scientific skincare. Additionally, the beta carotene found in pumpkins help to promote collagen and elastin production and also serves to sooth sensitive skin and reduce redness. All of these properties make for one hell of a skincare treatment! While some of you may already be on your way out the door to book a treatment at Pulse, others do not have the luxury to afford such treatment. Luckily, Ms. Schanzer offers us some high quality homeopathic pumpkin skin treatments to try at home.

For the following recipes, the pulp can be used fresh, or cooked and pureed. Although some of the enzymes will be lost during the heating process, the pumpkin’s benefits will still be effective.

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PUMPKIN HONEY MASK
4 tablespoons of peeled pumpkin
4 teaspoons of corn flour
2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel
2 teaspoons of mashed pineapple
1 teaspoon of green tea or ground sage
½ teaspoon of sunflower oil.

Prepare green tea and let it rest a bit. While that is cooling down, combine pineapple, honey, pumpkin, and aloe gel. Add to that sunflower oil and then green tea. Mix well. Apply the mix on the face and neck and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry. This amount is enough for 4 applications, one application twice a week. Keep it in a glass jar, tightly closed and refrigerated. It is not to be used after 2 weeks. Note: Honey has humectant (draws moisture to the skin) and anti-fungal properties. Pumpkin’s natural enzymes gently exfoliate (digest and remove the dead proteins from the surface of skin).  Pineapple, as well, has natural enzymes that exfoliate.

PUMPKIN SCRUB
For the body, mix some pumpkin puree with a bit of Epsom salt or brown sugar. Make sure the mixture is not too liquid and that you can feel the coarseness of the salt/sugar. For the face, use baking soda in place of the Epsom salt/brown sugar, and some honey for an added humectant effect. Take a shower, make sure your skin is moist. Apply the scrub in circular motion. Rinse off when done and for best results, apply some hydrating lotion after the treatment. 

CRACKED HEEL BALM
Mix pumpkin and petroleum jelly in equal quantity and massage on your clean washed heels regularly. Cover with a pair of socks to keep the mixture in place and allow the mixture to absorb into the skin. Leave on overnight. Use several times a week for maximum results.

Revitalize Your Skin with Eight Skincare

13 Nov

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Lavender is a soothing scent that relaxes the mind and body and lifts you up in the morning. Eight Skincare takes the beautiful scent of lavender and natural oils and gives you high quality, invigorating, bath and body products that will help even the driest skin feel good as new.

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With oils such as Aloe Vera, Argan, Monoi, and Evening Primrose, it’s no wonder that these products are perfect for this cold weather, where dry skin is prominent. Eight makes more than just lavender scents though, so for those mornings when you need a little pick me up, grab some Ginger Lime or Tangerine for an uplifting scent that will have you feeling energized and alive! Luckily, since you’ll love the scents, you can use just a nickel size amount in desired areas, because the products are unique and high quality — less is more, and that means more for you!

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This high quality skincare line is certainly one of a kind when it comes to matching the scents perfectly with the names. The Lavender is soft, and soothing, and with one whiff, you feel as if you are standing in a large field of these gorgeous purple flowers.

Check out Eight’s products and keep your skin hydrated, smooth, and soft this season. The products and packages also make for the perfect gifts and stocking stuffers, at prices you will love!

Rituals Home & Body Cosmetics Debuts in the U.S.

4 Nov

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For all you beauty mavens looking for something exciting and new to add to your collection of products, check out Rituals Home and Body Cosmetics, the first and only home and body cosmetics line originally from the Netherlands. The brand just launched in the U.S., exclusively at Barney’s. Rituals is well known in Europe as the fastest growing beauty brand of its kind and with its introduction to the states, we know it will continue to grow! In addition to selling at Barney’s, Rituals will also open two storefront locations in New York City later this year — one in SoHo and one on the Upper West Side.

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Each collection from Rituals combines authentic Eastern traditions with modern technology and fragrances, such as the holistic philosophy of the Ayurveda collection, the chinese ideology of harmony in the Tao collection and more. We were able to try out the Laughing Buddha collection, which was inspired by the ancient Chinese Laughing Buddha and is designed to awaken your senses and create positive energy. We loved the aromas of these products and how silky smooth it left our skin! Our favorite product was the Good Luck Scrub, which combines organic sugar and softening oils to exfoliate the skin. Natural ingredients sweet orange and cedar leave a wonderful lingering smell. Follow this with the Happy Buddha foaming shower gel. This unique gel to foam technology works as a great body wash, but can also be used as shaving cream. This foam utilizes scents of mandarin and yuzu. We also loved the Touch of Happiness body cream, perfect to keep your skin glowing after your shower. With the same scents as the scrub, this lotion not only smells delightful, but also strengthens and nourishes the skin. It also contains antioxidants, Vitamin E and Centella Asiatica, making your skin healthier. After just one use of these three products and you can feel the difference in your skin.

There are more products in each collection, from bath oils and anti- perspirant to scented candles and massage oil. We love that Rituals will now be accessible to the U.S., especially us New Yorkers! Make sure to check out all of their collections and pick the perfect one for you!