Friday, February 26, 2016

SKAM takes over Spring break in the Bahamas and Cancun

SKAM Artist Brooke Evers
always brings the party wherever she goes.
Starting today Friday, February 26th until Sunday, March 27th, SKAM Artist along with StudentCity are taking over the Bahamas and Cancun for Spring Break. Mark your calendars because the DJ booking agency is taking over with non-stop, rock-the-clock performances that will rock your socks off. The lineup of SKAM DJs at the turntables include Echo, Captn 20, Sean Perry, OB-One, Five, Brooke Evers, Skratchy, Vice, Jerzy, Nick Rockwell, Irie, Eric D-Lux, Jump Smokers, Fashen, Justin Credible and more.

Sujit Kundu, the founder of SKAM told AXS "“I love that Spring break has been a staple for students to get a break from their vigorous school schedule. I’m happy that SKAM is part of an on-going tradition where it’s an all around good time, and a chance to do things you never thought you would do. What happens during spring break stays in Spring break!”

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

February 2016: Beauty Favorites

The Contour, one of my beauty favorites
for the month of February.
As we said goodbye to January on the 31st, we said hello to February, the month of love. February is a month to embrace love in more ways than one, as it is a time to appreciate the month just before Spring. I have discovered a lot of great products this month; however, only few select gems stood out this month. Can you guess what they are? So, what are my beauty favorites for this month?

MAKEUP
When it comes to lipsticks, they should be moisturizing, as they should be pigmented. The color payoff should also be visible, as it should be modestly long-lasting. The new True Color Perfectly Matte Lipstick from Avon is that type of lipstick. It glides on smooth, dries effectively and lasts long without drying out your lips. This amazing Avon addition is available through your Avon representative as well as, on the official website for $9. I have tried so many amazing makeup essentials this month. Some I loved, some I hated and some I debated whether or not I wanted to wear again and this terrific True Color addition from Avon is definitely one that I will want to continue to wear.

SKIN CARE
As of late, I have been modestly obsessed with the Ossential Growth Factor Serum Plus from ZO Skin Health. When it comes to hydration, this serum works to restore and enforce your skin's natural acid mantle, as it works to stimulate collagen product and cell renewal. ZO Skin Health's Ossential Growth Factor Serum Plus is available at ZO Skin Health for under $150. If you are looking for a serum that works to correct, protect and repair the skin from various forms of oxidative stress and DNA damage, this is definitely the one for you.

BATH & BODY
Combining the essence of lemon with classic earthy notes, L'Occitane really stood their ground when they created the refreshing Verbena Voyage set. Featuring travel-sizes of this amazingly scented L'Occitane addition, this set includes the body lotion, shower gel, hand cream and soap. The refreshing Verbena Voyage set from L'Occitane is available now on the official website for $26. When life hands you lemons, accept them, but only use them if they smell as amazing as this set does.

FRAGRANCE
Although I can appreciate every perfume under the sun, I am a huge fan of fruity fragrances. I also love and appreciate creamy florals, including those undiscovered rarities with gourmand notes. When I first smelled the Truly Sexy Flirt fragrance from Pure Romance, I was lured in. This pheromone-used fragrance really tells a story. With a plethora of notes including roses, jasmine, lemon, amber, grapefruit and cedarwood; this acquired gem really captivates all five senses. The Truly Sexy Flirt fragrance is available at through your Pure Romance distributor or on the official Pure Romance website for $59. If you are searching for an earthy fruity floral, this is definitely the fragrance for you.

HAIR
For this month, the Tangle Teezer brand offered three individual dynamic duos that cater to every couple exclusively for Valentine's Day. The 'His+Hers' set contains the amazing compact styler in a silver and in a pink. The 'Hers+Hers' set offers two pink styles and the 'His+His' set offers two silver stylers. I love these stylers because they brush your hair generously without pulling at it and are great for carrying around. Available for only $20 at Sephora, this is one of the best brushes I have ever used.

NAILS
NCLA Los Angeles is one of my favorite nail brands and for Valentine's Day this year, they introduced an incredible top coat that embraced love with pink and white glitter hearts. If you are looking to wear a haute red shade or even a classic white shade, this complements your polish in so many great ways. Originally $16, you can grab the NCLA Be Mine! top coat at NCLA for $8. Share all of the love you have on your nails, as this polish is one of the best ways you can do so.

TOOLS
Whether you are looking to prevent, correct or even repair the skin, the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning Device is the skin essential you are going to want to let into your life. Why? Because this device does just that by utilizing isometric compression with low frequency sonic vibrations. You can find this amazing skin device on the official website for under $250. If you are searching for a non-invasive, pain-free device that tones and firms your skin without the use of needles, drugs or risk the Conture is the one.

ADULT
When it comes to discreet pleasure, the Cabana Boy from Pure Romance is a device you will appreciate. This dynamic duo-action vibrator features a very lustrous magenta shaft and clitorial which works to stimulate only A grade contentment. Made of premium silicone, this device is quite powerful and allow you to enjoy quality time between you and Cabana Boy. You can grab this vibrator through your nearest Pure Romance distributor or on the official website for $159.

OTHER
Recently, I have garnered quite an obsession with Purely Inspired's 100% Plant-Based Protein. I have noticed a change in my body, as I have lost inches since incorporating this supplement into my diet and exercise health regimen. I have also noticed that my hair looks amazing since adding this into my diet too. Not only does this amazing protein powder give you 16 grams of plant-based protein, it is filled with an array of vitamins and minerals too. It is also free of artificial sweeteners and lactose. Every serving delivers real nutrients and the best part is, it tastes amazing. You can find Purely Inspired 100% Plant-Based Protein at your nearest mass retailer.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Drew Jackson talks My Bedroom Spice, Fifty Shades of Grey and Kim Basinger

Co-founders Drew Jackson and Clayton Ferguson.
My Bedroom Spice is an online retailer who’s aim is to add some flavor to your love life! That is their slogan and something they live by each and everyday. And My Bedroom Spice does it by providing their customers with only the best selection you can find online. With over 3,000 high quality, body safe products distributed across 150+ categories ranging from highly respected brands like LELO, Jimmyjane, We-Vibe and more, My Bedroom Spice you will also find hundreds of product videos, buyers guides, customer product reviews, and detailed product descriptions that are engaging and fun to read.
The amazing staff behind My Bedroom Spice loves and appreciates the adult industry in more ways than one, as their customer care team is available 24 hours a day - by chat, phone and/or email. They are also extremely friendly and provide you with extensive knowledge, as they are extremely customer centric and kindly solicit feedback daily on their service and offerings. Your shopping experience is not only fun, but safe and discreet too. Recently, I had the opportunity to catch up with Drew Jackson, the co-owner of this world-renowned adult store. Here is what he had to say...

(Q) What is the inspiration behind the brand? What inspired you to create My Bedroom Spice?

D.J: If you look around the industry, it won’t take you very long to realize there is a large disparity in the quality of information presented by the endless number of adult toy stores online. It’s true that many retailers carry the same brands and products, to varying degrees, but very few companies are giving the customers quality information they want in order to buy those products (for example, listing product features and benefits, product specifications, details on how the product can be used, even product videos so you can see exactly what the product looks like and how it functions)
This is what inspired My Bedroom Spice. Being in the industry for over 3 years, we’ve realized how much more we could do for our customers, in the products we offer them, but more importantly in the information we provide. Building amazing educational resources, buyer guides, tutorials, product videos, review videos, industry expert interviews etc. in order to provide our customers the knowledge they need when buying adult toys, in an extremely trust worthy and comfortable environment.

(Q) Is it true My Bedroom Spice is a re-branded site?

D.J: Yes, My Bedroom Spice is our second adult store. I guess we just love the industry that much.

(Q) How will My Bedroom Spice be different from your previous storefront?

DJ: My Bedroom Spice is relentlessly focused on the customer experience. Educating the customer and creating a comfortable, non-intimidating environment that’s easy to shop in even if you’re a complete newbie when it comes to adult toys. Our main focus is creating amazing content and resources that customers can refer to when they are going through the buying process to help clear any confusion or questions they may have (and learn something in the process). This includes things like buyer guides in every category, product comparison videos, videos on every product page explaining our products, and videos on every category page to explain the types of products in the category and so much more.

Plus, we’ve recently launched a podcast to interview industry experts and get their insights and opinions to even further educate ourselves and our customer base. Essentially we’ve taken all the knowledge and experience we’ve gained from running our previous store for 2 years and put it into My Bedroom Spice – and we are so excited to see what it will become.

(Q) You sell everything from classic adult toys (everything from vibrators, dildos and more) to sensual lingerie and more. Currently, what are your best-selling, most popular products?

D.J: That’s an easy one. On a sheer volume basis, our vibrators are by far the most popular products on our website. More specifically: G-spot vibrators, clitoral vibrators, dual action vibrators and luxury vibrators. They have always been the highest traffic sections of our website, and for good reason. The majority of our customers are female and the best products for women are generally vibrators. There’s a lot of reasons for this; there’s the quality perspective, vibrators are perfect for any experience level, and vibrators are less taboo than other more niche categories (although this is changing too).

Some of our best-selling products include: Solid Steel Jeweled Butt Plug, the Butterfly Kiss G-Spot and Clitoral Vibrator, Wild G-Spot Rabbit Vibrator with Clitoral Stimulator, the Original Sex and the City Rabbit Habit Vibrator, LELO Liv 2 Luxury Rechargeable G-Spot Vibrator, the Original Hitachi Magic Wand, Rocks Off Ammunition RO-80mm Bullet Vibrator, LELO Mia 2 USB Rechargeable Clitoral Vibrator, LELO Ina 2 Luxury Rechargeable Rabbit Vibrator, and Vibratex Mystic Wand Vibrating Waterproof Massager. As you can see it’s largely dominated by vibrators!

(Q) Is there a golden rule when choosing the right adult toy?

D.J: It’s no surprise that these toys will be coming in to contact with some pretty sensitive parts of your body. It’s so important to know and understand the materials of the toys you’re considering purchasing, to ensure they won’t irritate your skin or body. This is why we offer an in-depth breakdown of the materials on every single product page, so you know exactly what you’re getting before you purchase. Other than that, it’s all personal preference! And we truly do sell something for every preference.

(Q) What did you think of the movie Fifty Shades of Grey?

D.J: I think it's great what 50 Shades did for the industry - bringing it more mainstream and less taboo in the eyes of the general public and that's good for all of us! Sales definitely increased since the movie came out. The more movies they release the better it will be for the industry as a whole.

A funny side note, last year, we moved into a beautiful loft in downtown Vancouver for a few months while we were getting settled, and we had a few friends over who said they felt like they've seen it before. It turns out the loft right above ours (same lay out, etc) was actually in the movie - it was the red room. We thought that was fitting!

(Q) What is your opinion of Kim Basinger playing Elena Lincoln aka Mrs. Robinson in the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker?

D.J: I love Kim Basinger. She has been in a lot of great films.

(Q) How can My Bedroom Spice up your love life?

D.J: Carrying over 3,000 products and counting, we truly do have something for everyone. Whether you’re a beginner or a 5-year veteran, you’ll find something on our store to satisfy your sexual appetite.

(Q) For all of those adult toy enthusiasts along with entertainment lovers reading this interview, what would you like them to know? What is next for My Bedroom Spice?

D.J: The next few years will be very important for My Bedroom Spice, as we continue to innovate and move into new areas of the business we have yet to explore. We’ll be expanding our lingerie line, focusing on bringing in bigger brands that our customer know and love, as well as launching our My Bedroom Spice private label line, starting with high quality, organic lubricants and moving into luxury vibrators and beyond.

Pasties talk with Pastease

The amazing owners of Pastease,
Stephanie and Todd.
When it comes to embracing freedom in a fun and sexy way, Pastease knows all about it. Created over a decade ago, this amazing pasties brand lets your spirit shine proudly. Whether you are a burlesque dancer, an exotic dancer, a raver or just a regular gal looking to spice up your love life, Pastease allows you to explore your inner tease. Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to Stephanie from Pastease. Here is what she had to tell me...

(Q) Hello Stephanie. How are you? Tell me a little more about the Pastease brand...

S.P: I'm doing great! How are you? Pastease is our online business, we make self adhesive nipple pasties. All of our styles are made with medical grade, latex free, waterproof adhesive. We've been making these since 2002 in the good ole USA!

(Q) Behind every great creative genius lies a major source of inspiration, a major source of influence. I have to ask, what inspired you to create Pastease?

S.P: My husband used to frequent the Lake Havasu scene. Women were getting ticketed for going topless regularly. Todd started looking into the various laws around the US regarding toplessness. As it turns out, most states only require the nipple to be covered for women to go topless. The idea was born! He originally started selling them in small quantities, the sales would cover beer and gas money for a weekend out on the lake. From there, he grew the brand by creating a website and attending various Lingerie Trade Shows. Several distributors picked up Pastease brand Pastease. From that point on the brand has steadily grown.

You offer an array of pasties in so many themes and varieties. What are the most popular right now? We offer a huge variety of shapes and styles, there's something for everyone on our site. We have a few styles that are popular year round and others that are that gain popularity around upcoming holidays. Right now our Leaves, Pizza, Red Glitter Hearts, Aliens, and Shamrocks are super popular!

(Q) Everyone from burlesque dancers to ravers to exotic dancers to regular women (like myself) use pasties from the Pastease brand. Let's not forget the men who love them too. As a fan of the brand, I think it is so amazing.

S.P: Thank you! We love that we have such a diverse group of women and men that enjoy Pastease.

(Q) I noticed that you have a special line called Tease. Tell me a little more about this line and how it is different from the pasties already available through the Pastease brand...

S.P: We started Tease about a year ago. We wanted to offer a product that would reach out to a different end user. Pastease has bright, crazy packaging that doesn't always speak out to the bride to be or the woman trying pasties for the first time. This time around, we went with fashion forward packaging and styles with a more seductive look and feel. Pastease is all about Sexy Fun Freedom. Tease is all about Soulful Seduction. In the end, we found that a lot of the same people enjoy Tease as much as they enjoy Pastease. A lot of the stores we sell to are selling both lines, as well. I have found when showing the two lines at trade shows, to friends and family that they usually gravitate towards one package or the other though. Internet shopping and shopping at your local favorite boutique are two different experiences. I think it's only when shopping and touching the different packages is when the underlying themes and packages call out to different people. Both lines are made with love and the same medical grade adhesive.

(Q) When it comes to creativity, it is definitely in your forte. I can tell that when you created the merkins, you definitely embraced it in more ways than one. For those women reading this interview, can you explain what pasties are?

S.P: We started making the merkins for people that wanted to bare as much as possible. Our strapless bikinis are for those that love rocking micro bikinis. We fondly call Pastease + merkin a strapless bikini. Merkins are meant to be worn over the bikini area, but we've found that a lot of customers like wearing them as a triangle top bikini. Like most of our Pastease fans, we found that people come up with the most creative of uses for our products. The merkin also works great as a pant liner for those wanting to go commando, but want to feel a little less naked, just peel and stick to the inside of your pants. I've also had a marathon runner use the merkins on the inside of his thighs for prevention of chaffing.

(Q) Can you really customize your own pair of pasties? Tell me a little more about this...

S.P: Yes, you can! For many years we've been custom imprinting large quantities of Pastease for the topless pools in Vegas as well as, the various business, parties, clubs, personalities, etc. We now offer customs to anyone wanting as little as 5 pair. You can visit our custom page here. It's super easy to order, pick your shape, color and upload the image you'd like! Since we started offering them in smaller quantities, we've done them for birthdays, anniversaries, and so on.

(Q) So, if a guy who is a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, a Denver Broncos fan, a New England Patriots fan, or a fan of anything that includes specific fan colors decides to surprise his wife, fiancé, girlfriend, or friend with pasties that represent those colors, he can do that?

S.P: He sure can! We offer a large variety of sports themed colors. We had a lot of requests for these over the years and our sports fans are happy to see these.
 
(Q) Other than the official website, where can you find Pastease pasties?

S.P: Pastease are available all over the web. They are available at: Yandy.com, DollsKill.com, iHeartRaves.com, NastyGal.com, Amazon.com, and so many more!

(Q) When it comes to sizes, you offer virtually every size for every woman out there. I just love that you embrace diversity. I have to ask, what do you think about the diversity in the lingerie industry?

S.P: What's not to love about diversity?! Sexiness comes in all shapes and sizes. We love offering something that brings out the inner goddess in us all. By offering so many shapes and sizes, I feel we are able to ignite the inner tease in every woman out there. I think the lingerie industry offers a lot of diversity. Black lace is no longer the only sexy thing out there for women. You see everything from neon fishnets body suits to sheer vintage style babydolls that are sexy. We, of course make a Pastease that can be paired with any piece of lingerie.

(Q) How can pasties spice up your love life?

S.P: Pastease are great for spicing up your love life. Some of my favorite tips and stories for turning up the heat are get one of our glow styles and play glow tag or turn all the lights off and come into a room with two bouncing stars or hearts. Here's a video I did a few years back about our glow styles. Another idea is to put a pair on before a date night. Let your partner know what you have on at dinner or maybe even text them a picture. The excitement and heat will continue to brew until you are able to rock out with your pasties later that night. Most importantly, Pastease make the person wearing them feel sexy, sultry and empowered. When we feel good, we look good. When we feel sexy, the world can hear our silent purrs. Pasties are the equivalent to getting a new sexy matching bra and panty, no one needs to see them or know you have them on for you to feel good. Sometimes we just need to turn up the heat for ourselves.

(Q) For all of those women reading this interview, what would you like them to know? What is next for Pastease?

S.P: I want every woman on the planet to know she is nothing short of a goddess. Love yourself, take care of yourself, nurture yourself, compliment yourself, and fix up for yourself. We live in a time where advertising leads us to being sexy for others, impressing others, be any and everything for others, but that is so wrong. When you love yourself, that love radiates out of you and shines onto the world around you. Know that. Embrace rocking your inner goddess and everything will fall into play perfectly. When I honor myself, my attractions, do, wear and eat things that make me feel good, I feel and look my best.

What's next for Pastease? I can't give you all my secrets. You can expect a bunch of sexy, fun styles over the next few months and of course more shiny, sexy things too! I'll just say there is something for everyone in our next set of new styles, the foodie, the hippie, the disco queen and so much more.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Cheesy Vegan Penne Pasta

Cheesy Vegan Penne Pasta
As a lacto-ovo vegetarian, I am discovering a lot of creative new ways to cook some of those timeless dishes without the carnivore classic in them. Kind of like the bun without the hot dog, only with a veggie dog in between the bun. As there are so many alternatives to meat (which you can find here) there are alternatives to those dishes that possess them too. And although I am a vegetarian, where I enjoy dairy, eggs and honey, I find myself really intrigued by vegan eating. In fact, there are times where I will go on what I refer to as 'vegan binges' and I will eat vegan for months. Is it hard to be a vegan? Absolutely not. It is just a matter of not worrying about what you eat, but only finding good food to enjoy that is not only meat-free, but free of dairy, eggs and honey.
 
Recently, in the kitchen I decided to create a very creamy yet cheesy vegan penne pasta. Most penne is vegetarian; however, not all of it is vegan. A good vegan penne can be homemade and rustic, as it can be found in a lot of grocery stores. Whole Foods for instance. So, how do you make cheesy vegan penne pasta?
 
First and foremost, you are going to want to add water into your pan followed by your favorite herbs and spices. The secret to any amazing pasta is to season the water in the pan before actually cooking the pasta. Of course adding more herbs and spices is an option later. I have been doing this for years and will continue for the rest of my life.
 
For this particular dish, I favor simplicity. What I added to the water only consists of salt, pepper and oil. That's it. No more, no less. You can add whatever you would like. If you are searching for that epic heat, you can add a little cayenne pepper and jalapeno. If you are looking to transform your cheesy vegan penne into a classic Italian dish, you can add some basil and oregano. You can do a lot, but for this dish I decided to keep it simple.
 
In a separate bowl, you want to create a base. This is where the magic happens. You are going to want to add one cup of unsweetened Silk Coconut Milk followed by two tablespoons of Earth Balance's vegan butter. You are also going to want to add some Sari Foods Nutritional Yeast Flakes followed by a little more salt. In my quest in making an outstanding cheesy vegan penne pasta, I added some vegan protein powder by Purely Inspired. This added a great balance of taste, creating a fusion of flavor. Blend everything together and sit the bowl aside.
 
Keeping an eye on your pasta, continue letting it cook until you have reached your desired texture. If you love your pasta al dente, it is key to test the pasta every few minutes. Once finished, strain the penne and place it directly into a separate bowl. Add the ingredients from the bowl. Mix generously.

Take a plastic or styrofoam plate, add some aluminum foil and place the penne on to it so it. Why? Because doing this will keep it's heat locked into place, so it won't get cold.
 
For more nutrition, you can add more of the nutritional yeast flakes. I will say this, adding more to the dish sort of dries it out, but is great for vegan athletes who are looking for more nutrients in their cheesy hot bite. Although the dish will lose it's creamy texture, the taste will remain the same.
 
Enjoy!
 


Apple iPhone: How to fix the January 1, 1970 glitch

As you may or may not know, there is a major discrepancy in Apple devices and the iOS software. If you revert back to January 1, 1970, your device will result in a perpetual reboot loop preventing your iPhone and/or iPad to load. Most people describe this loop as having a white or even a light gray screen with the Apple logo that simply does not load and as a result, continues in the loop.

So, is it possible to fix your Apple devices? Absolutely.

First and foremost, you want to make sure that your iPhone is connected via USB cable to your computer. Depending on the type of device you have, connecting is quite simple. It is so important to open up iTunes. It is very important to have iTunes open, as I will explain how this program will help with fixing this particular issue.

As you continue, you are going to want to power on the iPhone. You will see a screen that appears to be white to even a light gray in color with the Apple logo. You will notice that nothing is happening. What is happening is your phone is stuck and will continue to loop o this screen. This is what the iPhone 'bug' technically does to the device.

What you are going to want to do is hold the home button and power button for about 10-15 seconds. Make sure you hold both buttons down or this solution will not work. Every iPhone is different and as the home button remains in the same place on every single iPhone (bottom center) most older models tend to have the power button on the top right; whereas, newer models can be found on the upper right side. I have the iPhone 6s and the power button is on the right side. The iPad also includes both the home and power button. Every iPad's power button can be found on the top right of the device near the camera. 

It is important to do this while you are in this particular sequence. You will notice that the screen will turn black.

Once the screen is black, you are going to want to wait about 5 seconds. Then, let go of just the power button. Still continue holding down the home button. Now, take a look at your screen. Remember when I asked you to open iTunes? Well, looking at the screen a message should read "iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes."

You are going to want to hit 'ok'. Then, you are going to be taken into iPhone recovery mode where you are going to want to restore your iPhone. Click 'restore iPhone' followed by 'restore and update'. Before restoring and updating; however, Apple provides you with a simple Terms of Service contract which you will hit 'agree'.

This will repair your software and get rid of this loop plaguing millions of iPhones' worldwide. If you look at the top of your iTunes screen you will notice that it is extracting your software. When looking at your iPhone plugged into your computer via USB, you will notice the extraction can be viewed on the main screen too.

In the meantime, if you are patient you can visit your nearest Apple store or you can remove the battery or you can unplug it from the power source and re-connect it. If you want a solution right now, do not hesitate to try this one.

If you are thinking of setting your iPhone or iPad back to January 1970, please refrain from doing so, as it will save you a lot of trouble. Currently, Apple is working on a solution to this particular issue including an update that will fix this hiccup and prevent it from happening in the near future.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Get the makeup look: Chrissy Teigen at the 58th annual Grammy Awards

Chrissy Teigen at the 58th
annual Grammy Awards.
(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for NARAS)
In support of her husband Grammy award-winner John Legend, Chrissy Teigen really made a statement Monday night at the 58th annual Grammy Awards when she stunned the red carpet wearing a white Yousef Al-Jasmi gown. Aside from the dress, she was treated with an amazing hair look courtesy of Jen Atkin for TRESemmé and an incredible makeup look by Mary Phillips for Kiehl's and Physicians Formula.

"Her white dress with the crystal and beading detailing is so beautiful. The lines are very clean on it, and the details are powerful but sort of precious at the same time, so we didn’t want the makeup to compete with that, we wanted the makeup to play into those vibes. Something bold, but still soft; color pops but in a neutralized palette that look so good with her skin tone, eye color, and hair color. Warm bronzes and heated dessert tones just make all of those natural colors a bit more lifted and 3-D" Mary Phillips said about the makeup look.

So, is it possible to re-create this makeup look at home? Absolutely.

To prep the beautiful model and mother-to-be's skin, Phillips used the Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask. This beauty essential is quite thick, as it is gentle and cooling. It also stimulates the skin cells and adds an extra glow.

Phillips then applied the Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate followed by the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream. As these products work together to create instantaneous hydration, they work as great bases that do not interrupt makeup. She, then applied the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado before applying the Kiehl's Lip Balm #1.

"Makeup shouldn’t be fake or contrived – It should just be an extension of you. That’s what I tried to convey with this look: just sexy, real, confident and making a large emphasis on keeping the skin as dewy and glowy as possible, even though she already has that naturally" the celebrity makeup artist Mary Phillips.

With the makeup portion of the look, celebrity makeup artist Mary Phillips applied the Armani Maestro Foundation. This foundation is one of the best foundations there is. It mattifies certain areas of the face. If you want your foundation to look like skin, this is the product for you. Phillips continued by applying the Armani Maestro Glow in shades 5.5, 07 and 08.

Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Protective Concealer was then applied to Teigen's face followed by Physicians Formula Super BB #InstaReady Contour Trio Stick in Bronze Trip followed by Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Face Powder in Translucent.

For the cheeks, Phillips applied Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Blush in Natural followed by Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher in Love Glow. Both cheek colors are beautiful and natural and looked amazing on the stunning mother-to-be.

As the celebrity makeup artist continued, she applied the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner, Universal Looks in Nude Eyes to lift and highlight Teigen's eyes along with the Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Kohl Kajal Eyeliner for a thicker and bolder lash.

Phillips, then applied the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pencil in Espresso to the lower lash line for a softer smoky eye. To finish the eyes, she applied the Kevyn Aucoin The Curling Mascara.

Then, Phillips applied the Bite Beauty Lip Liner in Cashew followed by the Tom Ford Lipstick in Smoke Sable. To complete the look, she applied the Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Blush.

Congratulations! You have just re-created Chrissy Teigen's makeup look at the 58th annual Grammy Awards. #GRAMMYS

Get the hair look: Chrissy Teigen at the 58th annual Grammy Awards

Chrissy Teigen's hair at the
58th annual Grammy Awards.
(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for NARAS)
Let's face it, the Grammys acknowledge achievement that is nothing short of outstanding. As the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences held the 58th annual Grammy Awards event on Monday, February 15th they did just that. Only quite a few a-listers deserve recognition for looking amazing and mother-to-be Chrissy Teigen looked the part. In fact, Teigen showed up with her husband John Legend looking absolutely stunning at this year's awards wearing a beautiful white Yousef Al-Jasmi gown which featured an elegant jeweled cape that was slightly floor-length.

Teigen teamed up with celebrity stylist Jen Atkin for an amazing hair look for the event. Atkin gave the stunning mother-to-be an on-trend pony tail using TRESemmé's new Beauty-Full Volume collection. of which the mom-to-be was recently named the face.

So, is it possible to re-create this hair look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, you are going to want to prep the hair using the entire TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume reverse wash system. Atkin used the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner followed by the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Shampoo.

Then, Atkin applied the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Hair Maximizer. As she continued, she applied the OUAI soft mousse directly to Teigen's damp hair. Taking a large metal round brush, Atkin started blowing drying the model and mother-to-be's hair straight. Once the hair was completely dry, she used a flat iron and straightened Teigen's hair.

As she continued with the hair look, Atkin applied the OUAI hair oil followed by the OUAI finishing cream into her hands before gathering the hair. Taking the hair gathered, she created a high ponytail before securing it with a brown bungee brand elastic.

"To hide the bungee band, wrap section of hair from ponytail around the bungee band and secure with small hair pin" celebrity stylist Jen Atkin said about the look.

Once completed, you are going to want to mist some of the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Flexible Finish Hairspray on a toothbrush to brush away flyaways. To finish the look apply more OUAI hair oil through the entire ponytail. This will create a very smooth yet sleek style.

Congratulations! You have just re-created Chrissy Teigen's hair look at the 58th annual Grammy Awards. #GRAMMYS

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day 2016

 
Happy Valentine's Day!

Shapewear talk with Bubbles Bodywear: Exclusive interview with Karen E. Jones

Love My Bubbles is one of the hautest secrets to achieving a flawless figure. Offering an extensive selection of shapewear, this brand is a pioneer in the world of curve-enhancing. Since 2003, the Bubbles Bodywear brand has not only changed the way women and men look, but feel too. Recently, I had the chance to speak with Karen E. Jones, the founder and CEO of the Bubbles Bodywear brand. Here is what she had to tell me...

(Q) Hello Karen. How are you? Tell me a little more about the Love My Bubbles Brand...

K.J: The Bubbles Bodywear brand offers innovative underthings that not only boost the figure, but more importantly, our self-esteem. We strive to create high-quality, effective shapewear designs at affordable prices for women (and men) who want to boost their backside. Throughout the history of women’s foundation garments for the bottom half of our bodies, the primary focus has been on slimming, but without discretion (flattening everything including our natural backside curves). In contrast, Bubbles’ focus from day one has been to flatter, boost and flaunt those female curves. We believe that when we look great, we feel great. When we feel confident, we put ourselves in more challenging situations, we experience more and we become stronger people. We know from listening to our customers that our shapewear can be a small but important part of this process.

(Q) What inspired you to create this amazing shapewear brand? Tell me a little more about the inspiration behind Love My Bubbles...

K.J: I started Bubbles Bodywear in 2003. I launched our website with 3 patented “booty lifting” shapers that I invented to boost my own curve-deficient figure. My timing was great! Heroin chic was out and J-Lo and Beyonce were in. I listened to customers’ style requests over the years, and began developing and designing more padded and lifting shapewear. Making our own original products gave me control over the style, quality and sizing of our product offerings as well as our supply chain. As a result, Bubbles Bodywear has evolved from a “house brand” on our website LoveMyBubbles.com to our primary focus. Regarding this, we have some exciting news! As of January 2016 we now offer women’s shapewear only designed and made by Bubbles Bodywear!

(Q) Is it true you are offering new seamless additions to the Love My Bubbles (Bubbles Bodywear) brand? Tell me a little more about the new seamless essentials...

K.J: In 2015 our design and manufacturing focus shifted to seamless shapewear. It’s a popular category in the shapewear industry and an area where we were lacking. Finding a manufacturing partner was key which is why we had not launched a seamless collection in previous years. Italy was my primary target as they are known worldwide and throughout history for their superior quality. In 2014 we began working with a “mom and pop” operation in Italy to create our first seamless booty-lifting shapers that we call our “High End” Collection. In just one year we grew this category from zero to eleven new, beautiful, innovative and comfortable seamless body shapers that I’m very proud to offer our customers.

(Q) Diversity is definitely in your forte, but I have to ask, what are your thoughts about the diversity in the lingerie industry?

K.J: We have an incredibly diverse customer base! This is both a challenge and an opportunity for us to create products for everyone who comes to Bubbles looking for problem-solving shapewear. At trade shows and throughout the industry I have seen a shift in the past 13+ years from the basics (bras and underwear for the masses) to more focused product offerings. For example, since our inception we have focused on increasing curves – people thought I was crazy in the beginning, but I thought “if I need it, there are other people out there who also need it”. I think this is the prevailing attitude with entrepreneurs in the industry, meaning that you don’t have to create a brand that will take over the world…just focus on satisfying an untapped market. If there are more companies like Bubbles, everyone will be able to find the products they want or need in the marketplace.

(Q) When a woman thinks they need more control of an area, do you think they should go up or down a size?

K.J: Definitely not! This is a great question because the fact is that, especially when shopping online, people often do exactly this. Wearing the wrong size shapewear may result in the garment not functioning properly, an extremely uncomfortable fit, or product damage. Instead, look for a product that is described to do specifically what you need (ie: cinch the waist, slim the thighs, etc). And at LoveMyBubbles.com we encourage customers to follow on our size charts and customer comments about fit and sizing.

(Q) What is the most common mistake women make when trying to find the right shapewear?

K.J: Buying the “bestseller” rather than buying what is right for them. Bubbles pioneered the industry of booty-defining shapewear and in doing so we have spent these 13 years educating our customers on how to buy our shapewear. Not only choosing a garment size but choosing the type, thickness and width of booty padding can be a big challenge. This is why we produce product videos, offer an extensive FAQ on our website and offer very detailed descriptions of our products. Many of our customers study our website for ages before they finally buy! When in doubt, we encourage customers to call. Currently all of our Customer Service operators have 18 months up to 10 years experience advising customers on the right Bubbles for their needs.

(Q) Is it true that men are wearing shapewear now days?

KJ: Yes! We’ve heard them called “mirdles” which is my personal favorite. But our specialty is padded underwear for men. They are a very popular item for a wide demographic of men. The fact is that anatomically men have fewer fat cells on the gluteus maximus. So technically, they need padded underwear more than women do! We have a regular male customer who’s a doctor. He wears our “Jackpot!” padded boxer brief at work because he feels self-conscious about his sagging scrubs as his residents walk behind him during rounds.

(Q) Who can benefit from using Love My Bubbles?

K.J: After 13 years I still hear about new and creative uses for our products. It’s not just about looking better in a pair of jeans. It’s also about self-esteem or even comfort. We supply movie sets, photo shoots, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, plastic surgery offices, cancer centers, the theater, costumers, fashion designers, stylists, new moms, people who have experienced weight loss (intentionally or as a result of illness, medication, etc) and people sitting for long periods of time. I could go on and on!

Many years ago we received a note from a customer thanking us. She had lost a dangerous amount of weight as a result of stress during her mother’s bout with an illness. After her mother passed she was not going to attend the services for fear of what people would think of her appearance. She told us that wearing our products (to help her look as if she was a healthier weight), gave her the confidence to stand up in front of family and friends to give the eulogy. I never anticipated that our products would have this type of benefit or effect when we started out. But I’m so happy to know that we help people in so many different and unexpected ways.

(Q) For all of those shape wear enthusiasts reading this interview, what would you like them to know? What is next for the Love My Bubbles brand?

K.J: More original and creative shapewear solutions from Bubbles Bodywear! As our fiercely loyal brand ambassadors already know, Bubbles is a different kind of company. We’re not here to make and sell typical shapewear styles. We pride ourselves on innovation. We strive to serve markets that are otherwise ignored by bigger companies who require huge margins and a massive customer base to justify product development. Instead, we focus on our customer and a very different kind of bottom line!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Get the hair look: Herve Leger at Fall/Winter 2016 NYFW

Hervé Léger at Fall/Winter
NYFW for 2016.
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
for NYFW: The Shows)
Hervé Léger is a world-renowned French fashion house created by Hervé L. Leroux. Created over 30 years ago, Hervé Léger created the classic bandage dress in a strong effort to mold and shape a woman's figure. Over 18 years ago, the brand was acquired by BCBG Max Azria. Then, in 2007 it was relaunched by Azria before finally being present as Hervé Léger by Max Azria in 2008.

Today, the brand is stronger than ever. As Hervé Léger introduced their newest collection for Fall and Winter, the show also had quite a few other surprises other than haute designs. As the official hair care sponsor of New York Fashion Week, TRESemmé's Orlando Pita gave the models a very chic, twisted punk braid.

“We wanted the hair to make a statement and Lubov Azria’s punk inspired collection was the perfect opportunity to do so. This style allows women to take a classic look and give it a grungy accent, so that they can channel their inner tomboy.”- Orlando Pita, New York Fashion Week Ambassador for TRESemmé told me.

So, is it possible to re-create this hair look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, you are going to want to shampoo and condition your hair. For this particular look, Pita started with the with the TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Shampoo and Conditioner as a base. The Perfectly (un)Done collection from TRESemmé will create effortless waves. As you continue, you are going to want to apply a small amount of the TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Wave Creation Sea Foam to the roots. Then, you are going to want to rough dry the hair, as this will enhance the hair's natural texture.

Then, you want to create an uneven deep side part. Now, you are going to want to begin plaiting and twisting from the forehead all of the way to the back of the neck. As you continue, you are going to want to the secure twisted plait with a small elastic and bobby pins, allowing only small strands to fall out. Taking a flat iron, you are going to want to run it over the top of the hair at the part line.

Then, shake hair over the shoulders to cover up the end of the braid. To finish the hair look, apply the TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Brushable Hold Hairspray for touchable hold.

Congratulations! You have just re-created the Hervé Léger hair for the Fall and Winter collection at New York Fashion Week. #NYFW

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lingerie talk with Chad Horstman, CEO and founder of Yandy

Chad Horstman, CEO and
founder of Yandy.
Yandy offers some of the greatest lingerie and costumes in the world. Offering a huge selection, you can also find swimwear and clothing there too. With low prices, it is one of the most popular stores on the world wide web. Founded over a decade ago by Chad Horstman and his brother Evan, this world-renowned lingerie store started out in Horstman's garage in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona and evolved into one of the biggest stores to hit the intimate scene. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with the man behind the brand, CEO and founder of Yandy, Chad Horstman. Here is what he had to tell me...

(Q) Thank you so much for speaking with me today. Yandy is such an amazing store to purchase everything from lingerie to costumes. I have to ask more about this amazingly underrated store and it's innovation. Tell me a little more about Yandy...

C.H: When we first started Yandy, we were solely a lingerie company. My brother Evan and I started Yandy in 2005 out of my garage in Scottsdale, AZ. I had a background in digital marketing and computer information systems and Evan had a background in supply chain management so we brought our diverse skill-sets together to create Yandy. We soon discovered that many of the lingerie manufacturers also manufactured costumes so that first Halloween we gave them a shot.

That's when business really started to boom. We recruited friends and family to help pack orders. My entire garage was filled and we eventually had to spill into my closets and spare bedrooms in order to house all of the merchandise. We were packing and shipping around the clock. We used all of our earnings from that first Halloween to purchase our first warehouse. From there, we expanded to an even larger warehouse a few years later. In 2012 we moved to our current, 35,000 square foot warehouse and we're packed to the rafters. In addition to offering lingerie and costumes, we also have a wide variety of clothing, dresses, swimwear, and club wear available.

(Q) What inspired you to create Yandy? Tell me a little more about the inspiration behind the brand...

C.H: It all began after I had a disappointing experience shopping for some lingerie for my then girlfriend. I started the lingerie hunt by going to an extremely well known and popular lingerie brand. I quickly discovered that the selection I found was small and there was a real lack of styles and options. It was also a really uncomfortable in-store experience overall. After that, I thought I might have better luck finding the right lingerie gift online, but when searching found the products that were carried on various lingerie sites were just as underwhelming as the lingerie I had looked at in person. My discovery and own frustration as a lingerie consumer is what then sparked the idea to correct this and offer a diverse selection of lingerie, at an incredible price point and in the privacy of your own home.

(Q) You offer a wide-range selection of lingerie, costumes, bras, panties, swimwear, clothing and shoes as well as, accessories. Currently, what are the most popular, best-selling items right now?

C.H: Our current top 5 products include everything from sexy to sweet including teddies and chemises and everything in between. They include the Unwrap Me Satin Bow Teddy, the Hollywood Chemise Set, the Victorian Lace Bustier and Thong, the Elegant Bra with Garters and G-String Set, and the Faux Leather Venice Lace Corset.

While we make sure our staples, like these top sellers, are always available, we are constantly adding new on-trend products into our assortment every season. This spring we will be unveiling our very own private bra label featuring many of the top trends for Spring like soft pastel, candy-colored pieces.

(Q) That is amazing. I noticed that Yandy's prices are the best on the web.

C.H: Thanks! It’s nice to hear that feedback from an avid lingerie lover. Price is something that is very important to us. Although price is always of high relevance in retail, I think that with lingerie it’s especially significant since lingerie isn’t typically worn as an everyday wardrobe item. At Yandy you can purchase stylish lingerie sets that are high quality and on-trend at less than half the cost of major lingerie retailers.

(Q) When is Yandy the busiest?

C.H: We are typically the busiest the week before Halloween, the week before Christmas and the week before Valentine’s Day. But lingerie sells year round and with our upcoming 2016 swimwear launch and private label bra line, we expect to have really explosive growth all year long.

(Q) The bustier and corset debate continues. What is the real difference between a corset and a bustier?

C.H: Good question. Both items date back quite far historically. The main difference is actually in the overall intent of the bustier versus the corset. Bustiers were designed with the purpose of accentuating a woman's bust line and cleavage, whereas corsets were made to provide definition and a slimming effect to a woman’s waist and hip area. Corsets tend to be much tighter and are made to be more confining than bustiers based on their purpose of creating a well-defined hourglass shape when worn.

(Q) If someone is searching or hosiery, where should they start?

C.H: On the Yandy website of course! In all honesty, when shopping for hosiery, like with lingerie, bras and other undergarments it's all about the fit, material quality and with hosiery, durability. We look for hosiery that has great elasticity and stretch built-in. We provide a great selection of hosiery and our sizing charts are very accurate unlike other brands I’ve seen that are all over the map with sizing and measurement recommendations. Our customer service is fantastic and very knowledgeable about our product and helps guide customers through picking the best size and the desired fit that they are looking for when it comes to hosiery, as well as the thousands of products we offer.

(Q) I absolutely love the concept of Club Yandy. It is the lingerie version of Birchbox and Ipsy. For those individuals reading this interview, can you explain what Club Yandy is and who it benefits?

C.H: Thank you! We are actually getting ready to unveil a new and improved Club Yandy and we are very excited about what it will offer our current Yandy loyalists and all of our potential new Club Yandy members. We created Club Yandy for any woman who loves collecting lingerie and feeling sexy. We wanted a program that was extremely affordable and still offered the best on-trend lingerie sets at a fraction of the cost each month. Every month, club members receive a lingerie set typically retailing for between $20 - $40 for up to 60% less. Besides the great savings, Club Yandy provides a fun surprise element to the shopping process too and now it will be delivered to each member in our new packaging that we are very excited to add to the program. We’ve also added a lot of additional perks like birthday and seasonal gifts and great birthday savings the week of your birthday.

(Q) If someone loves pinup, retro, vintage and burlesque lingerie, can they find something at Yandy?

C.H: Yes, we have an entire category dedicated to popular burlesque styles that features over 100 unique items. Also many of our looks throughout all of our categories are based on pinup and retro lingerie. Burlesque lingerie for instance. Classically sexy styles are something that we use as inspiration at Yandy!

(Q) I would love to know, what do you think of the diversity in the lingerie industry?

C.H: I think diversity in the lingerie industry is currently changing. More lingerie brands are now including products for a broader range of body types. Yandy has always been ahead of this trend. We are proud to have a very extensive line of plus size lingerie that includes nearly 2,000 unique styles, more than any of our competitors. Today, a lot of competitors are beginning to feature smaller lines catering to plus size women within their overall product mix, probably because plus size now accounts for an ever increasing amount of retail spend. I always felt that it was important to have a highly diversified selection of lingerie for all body types from petite to curvy.

(Q) The big question is - why should one choose Yandy?

C.H: Yandy carries the largest selection of quality made lingerie that you’ll find at the prices that seem hard to believe. We carry lingerie in hundreds of colors and thousands of styles guaranteeing that whatever look a woman may be seeking she’ll find it with us. Another main reason to shop with us is that we make the experience easy, fun, enjoyable and always hassle free. Every aspect of the shopping process and areas within the company that facilitate it, from our website, to our customer service team, to our shipping and return policy was created to make buying lingerie the best possible experience for our customers. If we ever discover that something could be made better, we change it. I think our customers appreciate all of this and we have some really loyal fans including 1.5 million followers on Facebook.

(Q) For all those Yandy enthusiasts including women and lingerie lovers reading this interview, what is next for the brand? What is next for Yandy?

C.H: It’s important to us that we always stay innovative and fashion-forward when it comes to trends and what’s next for us. One fashion category expansion that we have coming up this spring is the launch of our Yandy private label bra line that will feature more of an “everyday sexy” selection that women can wear from day to night. Each piece within the collection is comfortable, versatile, very fashionable and also extremely affordable. We’re also very excited about our Summer 2016 swimwear line that will feature many new on trend and fashion forward styles.