Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Matrix SoColor stylist George Papanikolas talks Glow in the Dark hair

Matrix's Glow in the Dark hair.
When it comes to 'Glow in the Dark' hair, the trend is one of the hottest in hair right now. Whether you are looking to change your style or simply searching to make a statement, this is one of the best ways you can make that happen. Matrix Lacquers are the perfect tool to create an amazing new hair look. But, why is this trend so popular?

According to Papanikolas, it is edgy and modern. "Instagram and social media has made this trend global. It's an edgy and modern look, especially in a club environment where the use of UV light, and black lights are most prevalent."

So, how is look achievable? Two words: Matrix Lacquers. "You will want to use Intense colors like Matrix Lacquers which are temporary, and then a glow in the dark dye to accent where you want your hair to glow. They are most visible over highlighted or previously lightened hair, but can also be layered over darker hair for a subtler tone. Then you will want to be sure you go somewhere with UV light so that the glow in the dark effect can be visible," Papanikolas told me.

Who can wear 'Glow in the Dark' hair exactly? "This would be a great look for club kids, night clubs or parties inspired by Coachella’s "Neon Carnival" where they heavily use Black Lights to bring the glow in the dark colors to life. I would also recommend for artistic people who tend to have less limitation on their appearance," Matrix SoColor stylist George Papanikolas said. "This look is super easy for blondes because they are able to skip the pre-lightning process, but if you have dark hair, it can take a few sessions before you can get to the “glow” but do not fret! You can start small, and apply small slithers to the ends because this look usually starts with pre-lightening of the hair."

Matrix Colorgraphics Lacquers include six semi-permanent shades. These shades include: red, orange, yellow, purple, magenta and clear. For more information about the 'Glow in the Dark' hair trend as well as the Matrix Lacquers, visit Matrix today.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

March 2016: Beauty Favorites

NAKED Juice in Green Machine
is one of my favorite products for
the month of March.
As we said goodbye to the second month of 2016, we Spring into the third month of 2016 - March. March was the month of St. Patrick's Day which was celebrated on the 17th, as March was the day of Norooz, the Persian New Year. March is also the beginning of Spring which was celebrated on the 22nd. Each and every day I have had the opportunity to discover some of the greatest beauty products along with a couple of non-beauty favorites too. So, what are my favorite beauty products for the month of March?

MAKEUP
When it comes to makeup products, I am truly loving the Maestro Glow. Not only does it nourish your skin, but covers, protects and repairs it too. Infused with a plethora of oils, it this product literally sinks into your skin like a second skin. It does not irritate the skin and feels absolutely natural, with flawless coverage. Available at Giorgio Armani Beauty in an array of shades for $64, this is truly my favorite makeup product this month.

SKIN CARE
One of favorite beauty products right now is definitely the AHAVA Dead Sea Crystal Osmoter X6 Facial Serum. This amazing AHAVA addition possesses an array of supercharged dead sea minerals that work together to create magic to the skin. Not only does my skin feel amazing after using this serum, it looks amazing too. And after a week, I noticed dramatic results. You can find the Dead Sea Crystal Osmoter X6 Facial Serum at AHAVA for $74.

BATH & BODY
Whether you are looking to hydrate, moisturize and even protect your skin, the Cetaphil DailyAdvance Lotion is the perfect remedy to do so. The moment I applied this product to my skin, I was obsessed with it. Not only is this product fragrance free, it isn't greasy. Available in both an 8 oz. and a 16 oz., you can grab the Cetaphil DailyAdvance Lotion at virtually every mass retailer. The best part is, it is very inexpensive.

FRAGRANCE
What do you get when you combine the essence of a white roses, sheer jasmine, sparkling lemon, sparkling grapefruit, clean amber and cedarwood? The Truly Sexy Flirt fragrance by Pure Romance. What makes this fragrance so divine is the fact that it is pheromone-infused and really captivates the senses in more ways than one. Whether you love fruity floral or even earthy floral, you are going to love this gem. You can find the Truly Sexy Flirt fragrance at Pure Romance or through your Pure Romance consultant for $59.

HAIR CARE
After trying so many hair products this month, I have decided that it is hard to choose a favorite simply because I discovered so many great products; however, after much contemplation I think it's safe to say that I am in love with the Matrix Volume Rose Collection. Everything from the shampoo and conditioner to the styling products is outstanding. If you suffer from dry hair that leans towards the fine side, this entire collection is made for you. Plus it smells incredible. You can find the Volume Rose Collection at Matrix or at your nearest salon.

SUN CARE
I have tried so many sunscreens and this is by far the most effective one. If you are looking for a very powerful yet potent sunscreen that does not irritate the skin, this one is for you. This sunscreen is also waterproof and is free of everything from parabens, alcohol, PABA and fragrance. It is also suitable for everyone, including those of you with sensitive skin and even children. You can find this sunscreen at Shiseido for $42. I have yet to find a sunscreen as good as this one.

NAILS
When I first discovered Walk of Fame from Red Carpet Manicure, I guess you could say that I ultimately fell in love. Everything from the gold shimmer shade to pigment to the color produced. Plus, the shade itself is very much in season and complements every shade for Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. This is my favorite nail polish right now. You can find Walk of Fame at Red Carpet Manicure for $13.

TOOLS
The moment I discovered the Micro Mini Correct Four by BeautyBlender I was immediately sold. Ideal for concealing, these miniature beauty sponges are great for contouring, strobing and even baking. If you are like me and the millions of other beauty enthusiasts in the world who fell in love the BeautyBlender, you are going to love these. BeautyBlender Micro Mini Correct Four is available at BeautyBlender for $30.

SUPPLEMENTS
Some of the greatest beauty products come in supplement form and the NEOCELL Derma Matrix Collagen Skin Complex is one of them. With 6 grams of Collagen 1&3 along with 30 mg of hyaluronic acid, this beauty supplement really does so much to the skin. Not only did this supplement increase the hydration in my skin, my skin felt softer and looked firmer. I also noticed that my acne cleared up with the help of this amazing NEOCELL addition too. You can find the NEOCELL Derma Matrix Collagen Skin Complex at your nearest GNC, Whole Foods, and wherever NEOCELL is sold.

ADULT
One of the greatest toys I have ever used is definitely the Pure Romance Home Alone. Made with high-grade silicone, this curvaceous adult toy offers 30 different unique vibrations and pulsing patterns. You can grab Home Alone at Pure Romance or through your Pure Romance representative for $79. The time is now to enjoy an unforgettable 'Home Alone' experience.

OTHER
One of my favorite drinks right now is the NAKED Green Machine juice. Fortified with an array of vitamins and antioxidants, this juice includes more just apples, bananas, kiwis, mango and pineapples. It also includes a series of boosts such as ginger, kale, spirulina, alfalfa, and more. This drink is also very high in vitamin A, vitamin C and Potassium. This is also free of genetically modified organisms (or GMOs). You can find the NAKED Green Machine juice at your nearest grocery store.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Get the hair look: Chrissy Teigen's Edgy New Haircut

Chrissy Teigen's new style.
(Photo provided by Jeanie Syfu)
TRESemmé Celebrity Brand Ambassador Chrissy Teigen is a model and a mother who recently debuted an edgy, new hairstyle that puts an ultramodern twist on the elan. Keeping Teigen's hair thicker and longer in the front gives the semblance of fuller hair without over-layering the style. TRESemmé Stylist Jeanie Syfu expatiates about this trend and offers tips for styling this look at home.

“The key to making this look work is to let it swing and move, and that starts with using volumizing products like the new TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Collection,” said Syfu said about Teigen's new hair look, “this new cut offers so many styling options that girls love!”

Is it possible this look can be re-created? According to Syfu, absolutely.

When beginning this hair look, Syfu started by washing Teigen's hair using the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner and the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Shampoo. These amazing products work generously to set the foundation for the style. As she continued she applied the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Touchable Bounce Mousse to Teigen's towel-dried locks. Then, she blow dried her hair upside down, using fingers to shake and pull at the roots.

As the TRESemmé Stylist continued she wrapped some of the hair once as she wrapped some of Teigen's hair twice around a large barrel curling iron, leaving ends out. This works to create natural movement. Then, Syfu let the sections cool before gently brush through to soften the waves. It is so important to that the hair is fully dry when completing these steps.

To finish the hair look, Syfu set the style by applying the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Flexible Finish Hairspray and working this product in Teigen's tresses through lengths with fingers. This creates a soft and touchable hold that lasts for hours.

You have just re-created Chrissy Teigen's edgy new hairstyle. For more information visit TRESemmé today.

Friday, March 25, 2016

May 2016: Beauty Favorites

Colgate Optic White Platinum
High Impact toothpaste,
one of my favorites for the month
of May.
As a lover of all things beauty, I can honestly admit that I am quite the addict. And if you are anything like me, you will not only love an amazing beauty discovery, but appreciate it much more so. As we Spring into Summer, I have tried quite a few beauty essentials this month that I absolutely love. Rounding up the month of May, I have discovered quite a few favorites this month. So, what are my beauty favorites for the month of May?

I love mascara. It is one of my favorite makeup essentials. If I don't wear mascara, I feel as if my makeup is incomplete. And although I love mascara, I have never been a fan of waterproof mascara until I discovered the Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara. Not only does this work to define my lashes, it works to thicken, lengthen, volumize and even curl them. The best part is, it is waterproof so you can cry in it, workout in it, swim in it and you know, make love while wearing it and it will not smudge nor budge.

Located in the heart of New Zealand lies one of the world of beauty's best kept secrets, Mellow Cosmetics. Although they have created quite a few gems, their matte lipstick is a tried and true holy grail. Available in an array of shades, this amazing lipstick is not only pigmented to perfection, but moisturizing and long-lasting too. This matte lipstick is truly one of the best I have tried yet and a favorite for the month of May.

Speaking of lipstick, another one that I am really enjoying this month is the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing lipstick. Not only is this lipstick extremely pigmented, it is long-lasting and moisturizing. There is nothing worse than using a lipstick that will dry out your lips and make the color bleed. This lipstick does not do that yet lasts quite a while. Whether you are looking for a haute nude or a classic red, the color range is quite extensive. This lipstick is outstanding.

Moving onto skin care, as of late I truly loving the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser. I wasn't sure if I was going to love this particular cleanser or not, as I am a huge fan of the Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser (a 2015 Examiner Best in Beauty winner). I am shocked at how incredible this terrific skin treat is. Infused with a plethora of organic ingredients, this cleanser works to clarify, exfoliate, purify and moisturize your skin. What more can I say? This is definitely a winner for the month of May.

When it comes to moisturizers, I am always searching for the best; however, I have discovered some I love, some I hate, and some I contemplate and debate whether or not to use again. One of the best moisturizers I have discovered recently is the Armani PRIMA Glow-On Moisturizing Balm. This is one of the greatest skin care products I have ever used on my face. Not only does it make my skin feel smooth and dewy, but it makes it easy to apply my makeup. And on top of that, it leaves my skin looking luminous.

Lately I have been really appreciating cleansing towelettes. Most of the are relatively convenient as you can just put them into your purse and gym bag and go. There is something to be said about a textured cloth that works gently and effectively to cleanse your skin. My favorite cleansing towelettes right now are the Luminous Clean Wet Cleansing Towelettes from Pond's. Not only do these clean my skin by removing impurities, oil and makeup, but they clean it without destroying your skin's natural acid mantle and barrier.

As I move onto bath & body, I must admit that I have been modestly obsessed with the Olay Fresh Outlast body washes. Available in five amazing scent combinations, not only do they cleanse the body generously, but provide your skin with instantaneous moisture. What I love about these fabulous body washes is the fact that they cling to your skin and are quite long-lasting. You can snag these at your nearest mass-retailer.

You know what else I am loving right now? The AHAVA Mineral Botanic Cream Wash. Located in the heart of Israel, I have garnered a huge love for these body washes. Infused with an array of natural botanicals and organic plant extracts, this outstanding cleansing medium delivers vitamins directly to the skin that work to soften, smooth, moisturize and most importantly, protect your skin. Free of harsh detergents, this great for every skin type.

Another bath & body favorite for this month is definitely the beauty 360 Cocoa Butter Gel Body Oil. Exclusively available at CVS, not only does this body oil work to moisturize your skin, but revitalize your skin too. It also works to lock in moisture, which I absolutely love. Plus, it is infused with a variety of antioxidants so it works generously and effectively to boost your skin's natural moisture barrier and balance your skin's natural pH levels. It also works to prevent your skin from being exposed to various environmental stressors. If you are searching for an amazing bath & body essential this is definitely the one.

So, what about hair? Well, this month I have discovered quite a few favorites including the Vibrastrait Flat Iron from Brocato. Not only does the Vibrastrait heat up in just 8 seconds, but it automatically shuts off in 50 minutes. With various temperature settings, it heats up to 450 degrees. Made from tourmaline ceramic, the ergonomic design is one to both love and appreciate. And the best part is, there is absolutely no pulling or tugging. Available in three unique sizes including a half inch, a one-inch and a one and three-fourth inch, this is one of my favorites for the month of May.

The NutraStim Pro Laser Hair Comb from NutraLuxe MD is one of my favorite beauty products right now. This amazing device uses laser light which works to stimulate hair follicles and promote hair growth. It's quite easy to use as it features a very lustrous design. Although results don't happen immediately after one use, you will start to see results within due time. I noticed a change in my hair density, as my hair looked and felt fuller. The way a plant uses the sun to grow is the way our hair and scalp uses this device to grow. And that is truly a wonderful thing.

Well since we are on the subject of hair, I have to admit that I am obsessed with the Phyto Huile Soyeuse Hydrating Oil. With a very serum-like texture (an oil-based cream) it works amazingly to protect your hair and works to tame frizz as well as static and flyaways. When using this fantastic Phyto addition I noticed that my hair looked and felt healthier. I also noticed that my hair was easier to manage too. Free of parabens, sulfates and other chemicals almost 100% of this product is made up of botanicals which makes it that much more appealing.

Although quite a few fragrances this month have sparked my interest immensely, I have to admit that I am in love with Ralph Lauren's newest fragrance Love. If you can imagine an unique blend of red apple, rose and cotton candy the result is this fragrance. It's quite fun and great for every girl who wears it, as anyone who does will love it. I love many fragrances, as I dislike quite a few, but for the month of May today I am loving Ralph Lauren Love. Available at Ralph Lauren, this is a perfume you are going to want to check out.

One of my other favorites for the month of May is the Colgate Optic White Platinum High Impact White toothpaste. This toothpaste is literally activated within a 3-day period and after the 3rd day I noticed my smile shined, as my teeth looked whiter and brighter. It is also convenient, as it can be found at your nearest mass-retailer and it is affordable for the at-home whitening it delivers.

Another favorite this month is the Lily Cup from Intimina. I am a huge fan of the compact cup, as it is collapsible and great for traveling; however, I am absolutely loving the regular Lily Cup. It is hypoallergenic and does not contain any dryness or irritation. And although you can forget you are wearing it due to it's comfort level, it protects intimate balance and lasts up to 12 hours. Granted there are quite a few brands of pads and tampons I enjoy, right now the Lily Cup is one of my favorites.

To end my monthly favorites list I just want to let you know that I am really loving the organic drink Telula. I discovered this drink when searching for coupons that I could use at Whole Foods. Luckily in my quest, I was able to try this beverage. This drink is not only certified organic, it is GMO-free and contains no additives as well as toxic pesticides or any synthetic ingredients. Packed with an array of antioxidants and nutrients, the taste is clean and makes you feel amazing.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Beauty Bioscience introduces the GloPRO

When it comes to anti-aging solutions, Beauty Bioscience knows all about it. Offering a collection of the finest skin care essentials, this American beauty brand offers beauty products that are effective. The world of beauty is evolving and as a result, the beauty industry is constantly producing high-tech essentials that can be used in the comfort of your own home. It is official, Beauty Bioscience will be launching the only patented microneedling tool on the market that uses LED lighting technology. This is also the first microneedling tool on the market to use LED technology. Although there are several types of 'Light Emitting Diodes' (or LED) therapy, the red is what is used with this particular skin care device. Just as a plant uses sun light to grow, humans use LED red lights to emit light over wavelengths.

LED red light therapy works to stimulate collagen production. It also works to restore and renew your skin's natural acid mantle and barrier too. As this device works to increase circulation, it also encourages the production of new skin cells too. Whether you are looking to correct, prevent and even repair the first effects of aging, this device will do just that. If you suffer from hyper-pigmentation, the GloPRO will work to improve your skin tone.

If you suffer from sun damage, the GloPRO will both repair it and prevent it from happening again. The GloPRO works to correct age spots. This device also works to speed up the healing of blemishes, including acne. It will also work to heal acne scars. If you have sensitive skin or you suffer from any type of skin issue such as rosacea, this device will also work to effectively speed up the healing process. The GloPRO will also reduce redness as well as, broken capillaries. It will also fade scars and even stretch marks too.

Another interesting thing that this device will do is stimulate your scalp and promote hair growth. It also works incredibly to prevent and repair hair loss. This fantastic Beauty Bioscience addition also works to reduce inflammation and works towards pain management by promoting healing to both wounds and other injuries. As LED light therapy is 100% natural, it is also non-invasive, non-ablative and completely pain-free. It is also great for every skin type.

And just as microneedling is the perfect alternative to any macroinjury and evasive procedure, microneedling is safe. As it creates tiny pricks directly into the skin, GloPRO allows your favorite face oils, serums and even creams and lotions to penetrate more efficiently and effectively into your skin than standard application alone. In fact, after using the GloPRO device, within a minute after applying your favorite product you will notice that absorption is increased 200 times more. This also works to speed up the healing process using your own collagen. Amazing right?

The GloPRO microneedling tool is $200 and will be available at HSN as of March 31st. It will also be available at Neiman Marcus in May followed by Sephora in June.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

PUR Cosmetics launches Glow Together Bronzing Powder for World Water Day

The Glow Together Bronzing Powder
by PUR Cosmetics.
Over 20 years ago, the United Nations declared March 22nd as World Water Day. As a worldwide observance and opportunity to be inspired to take action, make a difference and spread the word about the importance of clean water, World Water Day honors life in more ways than one. Did you know that our bodies are made up of 50 to 65% of water? Did you know that almost 2 billion people alone drink unsafe water? Did you know that one billion people do not have access to improved sanitation? Did you know that over 70 percent of the planet consists of water? Amazing right?

Today, PUR Cosmetics is officially giving back for World Water Day. They are launching a Glow Together Bronzing Powder. As part of the 'Give Back. Glow Forward.' campaign, this amazingly beautiful bronzer features a gradient of six gorgeous bronzing powder shades. These gradient bronzing powders include three matte finishes as well as, three shimmer finishes. Perfect for all year round, the Glow Together Bronzing Powder works to give all skin tones from around the globe a beautiful, healthy, and most importantly, natural glow.

Proceeds from the purchase of the Glow Together Bronzing Powder will go towards the Action Against Hunger, a global organization committed to ending hunger and providing safe drinking water to those in need. Your purchase will

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Pure Romance to hold World Conference in Orlando

Pure Romance to hold World Conference
in Orlando from
March 30th to April 2nd.
From Wednesday, March 30th until Saturday, April 2nd world-renowned company Pure Romance will hold their annual world conference at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, FL. With over 3,000 consultants expected to attend, this event will feature both speakers and staffers who offer everything from tips to running a small business to discussion on social media marketing to women’s sexual health and more. With a premier line of products - ranging from beauty products to adult toys to bedroom accessories and more, this is an event you are not going to want to miss.

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the best seller 'Eat Pray Love', is the headline speaker for the World Conference, this year. Gilbert will be speaking at the afternoon session on Friday, April 1st. Other notable speakers include: Connie Podesta, Fawn Germer, and Matthew Kelly.

“Our conference serves as a great resource each year for our consultants. Not only do the consultants learn from some of the leading experts in the field, they also learn from each other and take those best practices back home with them,” Chris Cicchinelli, President and CEO of Pure Romance said.

The yearly Pure Romance World Conference usually makes more than $2 million which makes an immense economical influence to the area. The consultants who have produced the most sales will also be recognized for their contributions, as well.
Pure Romance is currently the world’s largest and fastest-growing woman-to-woman direct seller of relationship-enhancement products. With over 100,000 consultants world-wide, Pure Romance is more than just a business and opportunity, but a movement. For more information, visit the official website today.
 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Allan Shoemake co-founder of LuMee talks smartphones, selfies and Kim Kardashian

The LuMee case.
LuMee is a revolutionary front-lit smartphone case that is changing the way people take pictures from their phone. It's obvious that everyone wants to be in seen in the perfect lighting and LuMee is the type of innovation that allows you to shine at your brightest. The beautiful and iconic Kim Kardashian West recently shared how much she loved the case saying "I really love my LuMee case so much." Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Allan Shoemake, the co-founder and partner of the brand. Here is what he had to tell me...

(Q) For those individuals who are unaware of the LuMee case, can you kind of shed some light on what the LuMee case is and what it does? Tell me a little more about the LuMee case...

A.S: Yes. The LuMee Case is the first (and patented) smartphone case to offer front facing lighting. The case has lights around the edges to create perfect lighting for the best picture. Think of a lighted make-up mirror, that bathes the user's face in soft, beautiful, professional quality lighting.

(Q) Behind every great creator, great genius lies a source of inspiration. I have to ask, what inspired you to create the LuMee case?

A.S: I have been a professional photographer for the past 25 years, photographing CEO's, United States Presidents and celebrities, so I understand the importance of great lighting. When my daughter was in her freshman year at NYU in Florence, Italy, we would Skype once a week. Her dorm room offered very little in the way of good lighting, especially in the evening. I thought, why are there no lighting solutions available, especially with so many front facing cameras and laptops. So, I rigged Christmas lights around my laptop and the first LuMee prototype was born! Other colleagues suggested transferring the technology to smart phones and we applied for our patent.

(Q) One thing that I really love about technology is the fact that it evolves faster than most things. Is it true that you really use LED lights in the case?

A.S: So true. We use small high quality LED lights to surround our case with the perfect color balance. This enables us to offer bright lights without the heat or battery drain. And yes, we have a rechargeable battery built into the case so there's no battery drain from the phone itself.

(Q) Selfies really capture the moment and are quite popular right now. How will the LuMee case improve my pictures in terms of resolution and overall quality?

A.S: Yes, indeed. One thing about smartphone cameras was that they produce a lot of noise (multi-colored pixelation) when used in low light situations. The LuMee case solves those problems. It offers a soft lighting and gives you the perfect selfie, or FaceTime or Skype session anywhere, anytime. Also it's great for applying make up on the go or just used as a functional flashlight. Very convenient!

(Q) This case if fantastic for improving pictures, but will the LuMee case protect my phone?

A.S: Thanks so much! Yes, the LuMee case is made out of a tough ABS plastic material and will protect your phone when dropped. We are constantly making improvements to our case to make it even more protective as well. We understand that it needs to be both functional and fashionable.

(Q) Why should one choose the LuMee case?

A.S: One of my pet peeves on social media was all of the bad self images, sometimes wondering, "why even bother posting that poor image?" Then I realized that the folks posting wanted to memorialize their outing or date or get together, or location, they just did not have any way to light themselves. Now, that problem is solved with the LuMee case. At the touch of a button, everyone can now have perfect, beautiful and professionally developed lighting wherever they happen to be.

(Q) For all of those smart phone users and technology junkies (including myself), what would you like them to know? What is next for the LuMee brand?

A.S: I'd like them/you to know that LuMee is not just a great product, but a great and rising Brand. We have partnered with Kim Kardashian West, who understands social media and is a fashion mogul, and Robert Pedersen II, the founder and former CEO of ZAGG, who is now our CEO.

LuMee has a focus on innovation in a perfect way like has not been done before. Look for a great new lineup this year with everything from new designs of our patented LuMee Case, to product breakthroughs and an expanded lineup. You're going to want to stay tuned!

Currently, LuMee offers smartphone cases for the iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S6. For more information visit LuMee today.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Dr. Edwin Williams discusses scarless rhinoplasty

Dr. Edwin Williams
Dr. Edwin F. Williams is world-renowned double board certified facial plastic surgeon as well as, board certified in Otolaryngology. Edwin Williams, III MD, FACS is also the current President of the American Academy of Facial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) . Located in the heart of Latham New York, Dr. Williams is also the founder of Williams Center Plastic Surgery Specialists where he is devoted to his patients, committed to emphasizing safety, passionate about treatment outcomes and dedicated to improving lives. He specializes in giving patients only aesthetically natural results. Dr. Williams offers an array of surgical and non-surgical procedures for the face and the body, but he primarily specializes in scarless rhinoplasty.

Recently, I spoke with Dr. Williams directly about scarless rhinoplasty. Here is what he had to say...

(Q) You specialize in scarless rhinoplasty, which means there are no external incisions at all. How does that work?

E.W: The earlier versions of rhinoplasty worked this way, in the 1970s they used to do it this way. Then in the 1980s, it became popular to open the nose up. Fast forward to now, and we're seeing that we are destabilizing the nose.

(Q) Not very many doctors are trained at doing rhinoplasty this way.

​E.W: Your skills are rare, highly refined and yet very much needed for patients. If anyone wants scarless rhinoplasty, you are the surgeon to do it.​ I was lucky enough to have a mentor to teach me closed and open approach, so I learned both ways. If you're trained on the open approach it could be intimidating to do closed. The popularity of opening the nose- it's fun to do. I did that for years. It takes years for training . I happen to be an early adapter because I was very fortunate to have a mentor who did everything closed. I've never been happier with my results, my patient's recoveries.

Usually the nose is opened up. How does the closed approach work and differ? The closed approach is very precise and uses limited dissection, limited removing of tissues. A well- balanced nose looks smaller. You do the closed approach by understanding the principles of rhinoplasty, using small incisions and fiber-optics and small instruments. Instead of opening up the hood of car, you do it all internally. It is more intimidating and technically demanding and that's why a lot of people open the nose. Through small incisions, micro-instrumentation, a balanced approach, we do a scarless rhinoplasty.

(Q) How does closed rhinoplasty affect the recovery and surgery process?

E.W: It's much easier. Instead of a three hour surgery, it's an hour and a half. I don't have to pack the nose. With the open technique, the patient will have more swelling and recovery since the whole nose is opened up. There is no question that there is much more of a recovery when opening the nose. And of course, there is no scar with the closed approach.

(Q) How does it affect the results?

​E.W: Patients will have no scar because there has been such a movement towards opening the nose. there are more and more severe complications opening the nose. With the closed approach, I have more control as a surgeon with my outcomes. My outcomes are more predictable. less dissection, fewer variables. Since I specialize in natural results, this is all important to me.

(Q) What else do you do in rhinoplasty surgery that makes it a most positive experience for the patient?

E.W: We have an amazing system here. We have a smooth landing every time. The person who does the rhinoplasty anesthesia, that's all they do. We work as a team in unison to create a perfect symphony. It comes down to our team, which is very caring and experienced. We specialize in doing it right the first time and natural results. We specialize in scarless rhinoplasty.​

For more information or to schedule a consultation call visit the official site or call 1 (800) 742-2797 today.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Norooz 2016: Celebrating in Los Angeles

A Norooz half-seen table.
(photo by Wikimedia Commons - Hessam)
As Spring approaches us, we come closer to the Persian New Year - Norooz. As this 'new day' is part of a tradition that started over 3,000 years ago, today Norooz is celebrated all over the world by people of an array of ethnicities and groups. Marking the first month of the Farvardin in the Iranian calendar, this day also marks the first day of Spring. Los Angeles is nicknamed "Tehrangeles" due to it's vastly populated Persian community. Since it is 2016, a lot of great things are happening for the Persian New Year this year. So, what is going on in the city of angels and surrounding areas for Norooz? For the list of events in Los Angeles for Persian New Year, simply click here right now.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Get the makeup look: Lupita Nyong'o at the Eclipsed on Broadway premiere

Actress Lupita Nyong'o at the Eclipsed on Broadway premiere
on Sunday, March 6, 2016.
(Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Lupita Nyong'o is one of the greatest actresses of our generation. As she made history with 12 Years A Slave, Nyong'o is blowing up the spotlight again in her Broadway debut. In fact, Sunday night she really shined when she stunned the red carpet at the Eclipsed on Broadway premiere. The award-winning actress and Lancôme ambassadress recently teamed up with celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose for a beautiful makeup look which complemented her forest green gown, which she wore at the premiere Sunday night.
"To complement her beautiful forest green Balmain dress, I wanted the makeup to be fresh and colorful. To draw inspiration from nature. We went with a bold, orangey flaming lip color similar to African tulips I saw in the Summer" celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose said about the makeup look.
 
So, is it possible to re-create this makeup look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, you are going to want to prep the skin. To keep the Academy Award winning actress's skin luminous and glowing, Barose used the Lancôme Advanced Génifique. As he continued with preparation he applied the Lancôme La Base Pro Pore Eraser. This product works amazingly to tone down shine on the T-Zone area.

Barose, then evened out her skin tone by applying the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Foundation Stick in 550 Suede C along with the Lancôme Le Corrector Pro Concealer Kit in 550 Deep Suede OS. As Barose continued, he added a bit of Lancôme Translucence Mattifying Silky Pressed Powder in 550 Suede on the T-Zone area. To finish the face, he applied the Lancôme Blush Subtil in Shimmer Petit Pomegranate to the actress's cheeks.

Now taking the Lancôme Sourcils Gel Waterproof Eyebrow Gel-Cream in 06 Noir, Barose filled in Nyong'o's brows. Barose, then prepped the lids with Lancôme Aquatique Waterproof Eyecolour Base in 06 Sienne. As he continued, he used the Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil in Cote D’Azur along the upper lash line, and a bit on the bottom. To complete the eyes, Barose added two coats of Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara in Black.

As Barose continued with the makeup look, he, then applied the few coats of Lancôme Rouge In Love Lipcolor in 146B Miss Coquelicot on Nyong'o's lips. Then , he added a bit of shine using the new Lancôme Juicy Shaker Pigment-Infused Bi-Phase Lip Oil in 154 Great Fruit in the center of the lips. Finally, to complete this entire makeup look, the celebrity makeup artist traced the lip line using Lancôme Le Lipstique in Sheer Chocolate.

Congratulations! You have just-recreated Lupita Nyong'o's makeup look for the Eclipsed on Broadway premiere.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Doing Art Together honors Alicia Quarles and Umesh Trikha

Award-winning TV host and entrepreneur Alicia Quarles.
On Monday, March 14th 2016 the world-renowned organization 'Doing Art Together' will be hosting their 31st annual benefit. Hosted by Emmy award-winning traffic reporter Lauren Scala, this year's festivities will take place in the heart of the big apple at the Mandarin Oriental restaurant. This year's honorees include television host and entrepreneur Alicia Quarles along with Umesh Trikha, the Senior VP of Wealth management Merrill Lynch Global Wealth management.

Doing Art Together provides a source of enrichment and inspiration for those underprivileged children and youth who are looking to enjoy a more grounded level of intellectual, social and cultural development. Whether it is engaging in visual arts or embracing performance art, this amazing non-profit organization works to restore and enhance the lives of children. Since 1982, Doing Art Together provides kids with hands-on tools to build and strengthen their skills in the arts genre.

“I am humbled and incredibly touched to be honored at this year’s DAT benefit. Truly, it is DAT who should be celebrated. The incredible work the organization does to bring arts education programs to underprivileged students has changed countless young lives for the better. We all have a responsibly to pay it forward. DAT is doing just that, and I am lucky enough to do so as well.” Alicia Quarles said.

Umesh Trikha shares a very similar sentiment. He said “The freedom to express ourselves is precious – not just with the spoken word, but visually. What we achieve through Doing Art Together will have a life-long impact on children’s lives. I am honored to celebrate the importance of art in our culture by inspiring the creativity of youth in our community.”

The silent auction items for this year's benefit include luxury jewelry, fashion handbags from Burberry and Tory Burch, Kenneth Cole luggage, Delta plane tickets, a behind-the-scenes tour at Christie’s, a private tour of the New Whitney Museum, Broadway tickets and much more.

For more information about the 31st annual Doing Art Together benefit, please visit the official site today. #DATBenefit2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Alice Chang CEO of Perfect Corp talks YouCam Perfect and YouCam Makeup

Alice Chang, the CEO of Perfect Corp.
Two of the hottest beauty apps on the planet are YouCam Makeup and YouCam Perfect. As these two amazing additions to Perfect Corp are taking the interweb by storm, these apps serve a purpose in the world of beauty. Perfect Corp recently added two additional apps into the mix - YouCam Nails and Beauty Circle. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with the CEO of Perfect Corp, Alice Chang. Here is what she had to tell me...

(Q) First and foremost, thank you so much for speaking with me today. I just want to say that I absolutely love the YouCam Perfect and YouCam Makeup apps. For those beauty lovers that are unaware of these two apps, can you explain the difference between them?

A.C: It’s wonderful to hear such positive feedback. YouCam Makeup and YouCam Perfect are two integral components of our integrated beauty platform. YouCam Makeup lets users virtually and instantly apply true-to-life makeup from a wide variety of colors that includes real product offerings from leading cosmetic companies. Users can also choose from complete looks created for all occasions, with unmatched speed and accuracy.

With YouCam Perfect, users can create a perfect image every time they take a selfie with the instant beautification and multiple tools derived from our advanced facial recognition technology. Tools cover wide range going from skin tone adjustments to teeth whitening to eye-bag removals. Our platform also includes recently released Beauty Circle, our interactive content and social destination for all things beauty, fashion and style, and YouCam Nails, a mobile manicure solution.

(Q) That is amazing. Ok, if someone were to ask - Alice, what makes YouCam Perfect and YouCam Makeup any different from the apps currently out there, what would you say?

A.C: Our apps make experimenting with makeup and beauty exciting, accessible and tangible. With YouCam Makeup’s highly accurate facial recognition technology, users can have the most true-to-life makeup experience imaginable. Our live Makeup Cam leaves our users surprised and amazed as the style moves with their face when they smile and strike poses. YouCam Makeup also provides users a variety of natural makeup features including everything they need to enhance their skin, eyes, eyebrows, lips, teeth, and hair. Beauty lovers can mix and match hundreds of different lipstick, eye shadow, mascara, eyebrow or foundation color combinations.

YouCam Makeup and YouCam Perfect also remove the barrier of product trials, and the risk of purchasing makeup you will never use, making the extensive variety of products on the market within reach of anyone with a mobile device. Our apps provide the most extensive collection of beauty, makeup, and fashion accessories available in a single download. Our beauty ecosystem, cemented by our interactive beauty platform, Beauty Circle, brings tremendous value to end-users, but also to beauty brands and publishers.

(Q) I love that you are constantly evolving. It is quite impressive. For Valentine’s Day you introduced a collection of romantic new looks to the YouCam Makeup app.

A.C: Our goal is to constantly introduce new and relevant products, looks and content into our apps, for our users to experience the latest trends. Campaigns like our Valentine’s Day ‘Looks to Love’ contest play a significant role. Our campaigns tell unique stories introducing styles tailored to a variety of personalities. This romance-inspired collection of complete makeup looks presents an innovative new way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It reminds us that love can be an empowering and beautiful part of our life regardless of our relationship status.

(Q) YouCam Nails is definitely an amazing app. Can you tell me more about it?

A.C: YouCam Nails was a natural next step in our stylish family of beauty apps. It is a mobile nail artist that brings hundreds of colors and stunning styles to our users fingertips. They can use the app to easily try or create nail designs with hundreds of fabulous colors, patterns, and decals. Soon users will be able to try out their favorite brand’s product offerings in the app as well.

(Q) Is it true you have a social media type of app for beauty lovers around the world? Tell me a little more about the Beauty Circle...

A.C: Beauty Circle is a unique interactive beauty platform for fashionistas, brands, and publications delivered via a mobile app and website, and is also built into YouCam Makeup, YouCam Perfect and YouCam Nails. As a news, trends and social destination for beauty, fashion, and style, Beauty Circle has quickly grown to become an interactive community where users can access everything from daily fashion news to tutorials and virtual makeup looks, and exchange ideas about beauty and fashion.

Beauty Circle empowers users to discover and refine their personal style, and share their own ideas and creations. It is the essential interactive news and social complement to our YouCam family of beauty apps. It is poised to become the go-to beauty destination for intelligent, stylish women looking for inspiring ideas and stimulating conversations. The platform includes content from top publishers such as InStyle, and PureWow amongst others. Publications and brands can use Beauty Circle to interact with consumers and share content and the latest info on products or trends.

(Q) What are you most excited about in 2016?

A.C: As we continue to grow and build Perfect Corp., we will welcome several new cosmetic brands, publications, celebrities, beauty artists and bloggers to Beauty Circle, our interactive beauty platform. Combined to the sustained flow of new user, we will see the full power of our apps come to fruition. For example, one of the most unique aspects of our platform is the database of original content, styles and opinions from our highly creative users. We adore this content and want to showcase it front and center in our vibrant beauty community. The latest release, ‘Look Salon’ provides a channel where our user content will be prominently positioned for everyone to interact with and explore.

As part of our drive to stay on the pulse of beauty, we just released our first issue of ‘Beauty Buzz’, the first interactive big data makeup color ranking in the industry. Analyzing the preferences from millions of YouCam Makeup app users, Perfect’s Beauty Buzz ranks the most popular makeup colors that users can then try on their selfies in one click. Our inaugural issue revealed the most popular lipstick colors in the U.S. from the holiday season. The Perfect Corp. apps are just the beginning of the new era of beauty, and we are excited to continue our evolution in 2016. We will continue to expand our suite of offerings to meet the ever-growing demand of a passionate audience of beauty lovers hungry for rich tools and content.

(Q) That is fantastic. For those beauty enthusiasts and app editing lovers reading this interview, what would you like them to know? What is next for Perfect Corp?

A.C: Perfect Corp was born out of our desire to apply leading technological expertise to the beauty industry and transform beauty lovers’ experience. With my background in the software IT industry - a typically male dominated space - I wanted to find a way to fuse technology with beauty and fashion. Perfect Corp. gives people the tools to express themselves with makeup, and connects virtual creations to real world fashion.

This personalization of beauty and beauty through technology allows women like me to explore and develop our own style. In 2016 and beyond, we will be there to drive the transformation of the beauty industry. We will continue to build the ultimate platform where brands, publications, industry gurus and users can meet and interact, both in the virtual and real world.