Give Him the Gift of Style this Valentine’s Day with Lenor Romano

Described by Founder Lenor Romano as “timeless” and “delicious,” this brand was created for men with a passion for style with class. Featuring an array of color combinations and subtle prints, make a statement with your wardrobe whether you’re dressing for a day at the office, or prepping for a night out on the town.

From T-Shirts to polos, this line has something for every apparel need:

  • Broken Stripe Cotton Tee: Soft and silky and made from 100% fine cotton. Also available in plus sizes
  • Linen Viscose polo: Flattering and fully fashioned striped short sleeve polo, silky and comfortable, with just the right amount of linen for the look and viscose for drape
  • Textured Indigo Shirt: Features a hidden button down collar, Japanese textured fabric and is 100% cotton
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New House and Keeping it Clean

So the exciting news is that we are looking to buy a house this year! Woohoo, after nearly 2 decades of paying rent some reasonable and some not so reasonable – we are finally thinking of buying a house in Vegas 🙂

Vegas is such an interesting place to live because you get the access to cool big city things like hotels, shows, shopping, concerts, and plenty of options for food – but you also get the reasonable cost of living. One of the reasons we chose to move in Vegas from New York is so we could be homeowners! How cute is this place we found!

There is a very cool retro vibe in some Las Vegas neighborhoods and we are drawn to the unique architecture and style of these houses. The character of the mid-century modern style is timeless.

Las Vegas McNeil Estates

There are also planned/cookie cutter communities but the Home Owner Association fees and Stepford Wives that live there remind me of the Truman Show movie. Yikes.

Las Vegas Summerlin 

I have been looking at decoration and furniture for our potential new house. I think white will be so pretty in this sunlit living room. I am also drawn to lilac, greys, and pinks too. To keep all this clean, I will be sure to have Mean Green on hand. This is the only cleaner I trust to do the job to clean all kinds of grease, dirt, and grime. Vegas is a very dusty place! It is the desert and when the storm picks up the sand, your house will need a nice sweeping.  I have even used Mean Green and my microfiber mop to do a quick once over the living room and it looks great.

Have you recently bought a house? Any advice for us newbies?

Share your cleaning hacks and I’ll greatly appreciate it!

 

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Unlock Your Youth in 15 Minutes: a Science-Backed “Lipomask” Offers the Right Amount of Everything

The sensitive skin population is most likely to remain loyal to a particular product for
a long time, and also has the highest demands with regard to product quality. When
changes occur in an external environment, corresponding changes will occur in
delicate skin, such as dehydration, peeling, redness, swelling, and pruritus. If proper care is not administered, these changes may result in accelerated aging. TCI’s cosmet-
ics facility is the only facility that has received OECD Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) accreditation for the execution of cell and skin irritation tests to confirm non-toxicity. Hence,TCI products are 100% safe and non-irritating. TCI product range is guaran-
teed to be free from 7 major types of additives: artificial fragrances, artificial colors, alcohol, parabens, petroleum-based surfactants, mineral oil and biological hormones.
Therefore, your additive-free masks are just like another layer of skin, and can be
applied at any time!

For several years now, Asian beauty has been the trend to follow in the cosmetics world. In particular, sheet masks have become a new beauty phenomenon, popping up all over celebrities’ social media accounts and big brands’ fashion campaigns. There’s good reason for this, since these masks brighten, tighten, and hydrate the skin, leaving users looking beautiful in a flash. Plus, consumers do not have to change their skin care routine to receive the benefits from these masks.

CELL YOUNG®ORCHID RECOVERY SILK LIPOMASK

The rare wild orchid species of Taiwan’s East Coast are delicate yet tenacious. Experiments have proven that the Young® Orchid stem cell extract can increase the expression of genes related to hyaluronic acid synthesis in the human body, and possesses excellent antioxidant properties. These features facilitate skin protection, preserve the skin’s moisture content, and enhances skin defense. In addition, it provides long-lasting hydration and regulates the water content of the skin surface.

BEACH MULTILAYERS MASK

Abandon all inhibitions in the accepting caress of the coastal wonders; discover your enthusiasm for life with the scent of the infinite ocean! The tranquility of a smooth sandy beach can change the molecular chemistry of our body. The motion of the ocean waves yields negative ions; negative ions speeds up our body’s absorption of oxygen. Negative ions also balance serotonin levels, and serotonin is the body’s mood and stress display substance. This is why scientists have associated the beach experience with mental wellbeing and overall energy, health and happiness; it may even improve the troubles of irregular sleepers.

ISOTONIC BALANCE MASK

Osmotic pressure is the force that drives the balance in intracellular and extracellular fluid concentrations. Thus, direct absorption can occur in cells, as the osmotic pressure prevents cell damage due to excessively high or low pressures. Nutrients required by the skin can be replenished instantly, and the skin’s normal circulation can be maintained.

CELL YOUNG® TEA CALLUS CULTURE INSTANT SOOTHING CAMELLIA OIL MASK

Instant relief for dryness and itching due to skin dehydration! Every day, people are exposed to severe air pollution and omni- present irritants in the environment. Thus, it is important to care for the skin by soothing the tightness and discomfort caused by irritants. Camellia sinensis extract provides a soothing and calming effect. Glycosyl trehalose forms a special protective membrane on cell surfaces, which protects skin structures from damage and insulates the skin against external irritants. It gives you instant relief through rapid anti inflammatory and anti-itching effects.

Scientific tests have shown that the moisturizing effect of Lipomask™ is not only better than that of a general mask (by 18 percent) but also long-lasting.

Indeed, sheet masks boost skin-care and give immediate, visible results. According to Google, “masking” is currently the top skin-care trend on the Internet. A 2015 Transparency Market Research report on the evolution of the sheetmask market stated that this market has reached US$160.4 million, with growth expected to reach US$336.7 million by 2024. In short, the sheetmask market represents a huge opportunity for cosmetics brands.

Some distinguishing factors of sheet masks include their feel, fit, and functions. For those looking to give this latest skin-care craze a try, it’s important that they know the latest information when choosing the best sheet mask for the skin. Recently, TCI, a core partner of over 350 brands in 42 countries in the nutraceutical and cosmeceutical industries, introduced a campaign called “Unlock Your Youth,” which illustrates in detail the newest trends and most important facts in choosing the right sheet mask.

Backed by science and proven results, “Unlock Your Youth” focuses on 2 key topics:

  1. The ingredients your skin really needs.
  2. The extent your skin really does absorb ingredients.

It must be remembered that a mask is a vehicle that delivers active ingredients to the skin to improve skin quality. Our skin really does absorb ingredients, but only to a certain extent. Now, however, the use of occlusive dressings, which are air- and water-tight trauma medical dressings used in first aid, have led to an advanced breakthrough in the penetration and absorption of active ingredients by the skin. When implemented in sheet masks, these masksbecome more conductive and help the skin to fully absorb the effective ingredients more efficiently. Although in recent years a “less is more” philosophy has often been advised for beauty routines, TCI has delivered proven results that speak for themselves: “more is more,” and your skin will glow!

Implementing occlusive dressings is only the beginning. TCI has also developed Lipomask™, a technology that uses microemulsion to form a spherical vesicle with a phospholipid bilayer, creating a structure that is similar to a cell membrane. The lipophilic ability of the outer layer of the liposome enables it to quickly penetrate the skin and effectively release the active ingredients. Scientific tests have shown that the moisturizing effect of Lipomask™ is not only better than that of a general mask (by 18 percent) but also long-lasting. In vitro test results have also shown that Lipomask™ serum quickly penetrates within 5 minutes, which is far better than general mask essence. After using Lipomask™ for 8 hours, the moisture effect is 20 percent higher than that of a general mask.

According to TCI, Lipomask™ is the result of various consumer-driven initiatives. Thanks to scientific and technical improvements, Lipomask™ delivers the right amount of actives for effective absorption by the skin. In addition, all Lipomask™ series are produced in TCI‘s S11 environmentally-friendly factory, which has been certified with LEED Gold Certification.

In this dynamic industry where people are longing for new products that make a provable difference, planning and evaluating for consumer-brand challenges has enabled OEM/ODM manufacturers like TCI to develop more effective products and bring them to market successfully.

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International Curl Expert With Hair Tips for Girls with Curls

People with wavy or curly hair are always looking for new products, tips and tricks to lock in their desired look. Whether they want to blow it straight, create looser curls or maximize their tighter coils, Maya Smith, Celebrity Hair Stylist, salon owner and creator of The Doux, the “Indie” haircare line with cult following available at Target  is truly the master. Here she shares her best tips for girls with curls who want to revel in their natural hair and create a style they love.

Understand the battle between oil and moisture.

The first thing people must understand is that there are opposite things going on at the same time. “Due to the shape of curly haired strands, the hair tends to be under moisturized. On the other hand, the curly haired scalp can get very oily. Managing these opposite demands is the struggle of girls who wish to keep their curls. The key here is knowing how best to address both,” explains Maya who led the movement for women to transition from relaxers to natural curls.

Be gentle when washing curly hair.

According to Maya, kinky, thick, coiled textures tend to appear “tough” and strong enough to withstand heavy manipulation. “In my experience, these hair types are actually the most delicate, and should be handled with care, she recommends.”

Step One: Pick your products wisely.

Maya applied over 2 decades of research and development based on working knowledge of hair texture and listening to what people wanted. “I created The Doux™ SUCKA FREE Moisturizing Shampoo and FRESH RINSE Moisturizing Conditioner as the one-two step that delivers both deep cleaning plus exceptional nourishment necessary for styling.” It’s now available in Target stores and the full product line is available online at www.thedoux.com.

 Step Two: Prep for shampoo.

Maya’s professional instructions for curl mastery begins with rinsing hair thoroughly with water for a minimum of 30 seconds. “This helps to eliminate any water-soluble product buildup, such as hair gel or heat protectant. It also helps you save shampoo! Assuming you’re shampooing in the shower, letting the water run over the hair in a downward motion helps prevent further tangling, and allows the hair shaft to swell and the curl pattern to fully rebound.” For those with extremely thick hair, Maya suggests separating hair into 4 sections prior to wetting the hair for increased manageability.

Once the shampoo is applied, Maya recommends light manipulation at the scalp, going from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck. “Squishing” the hair up toward the scalp is a no-no. “Shampooing this way can cause unforgivable tangling and matting. I recommend repeating the shampooing process at least once.”

Step Three: Condition and comb through like a pro. 

If your scalp was properly shampooed, conditioning is easy. “This time, you’re focusing on your thirsty ends first, working upward toward the scalp. Gently detangle with a wide-toothed comb or detangling brush (our favorite is Felicia Leatherwood’s “Brush with the Best” detangling brush) before rinsing, starting at the ends, working up toward to the roots. Remember to rinse with cool water which snaps cuticles shut, locks in moisture, makes your hair shinier and reduces frizz.”

When it comes to “co-washing” or “conditioner washing” Maya equates the popular trend to washing your clothes with fabric softener. “In my experience, co-washing causes build-up on the hair, coating the cuticle and impairing the hair’s natural ability to absorb water. Oils, waxes, and product residue harden on the hair shaft, making it more brittle and less porous over time. When the hair can no longer effectively absorb water, the elasticity of the hair is compromised, leaving the hair “crunchy” and stiff, where it is more likely to break. The result is hair that feels dry and brittle, no matter what product you use to moisturize it,” explains Maya.

One of the things Maya Smith and her team of stylists are known for is their ability to restore hundreds of their clients’ curls, simply by getting them to trade in the co-wash for a gentle, pH-balanced moisturizing shampoo, like The Doux’s SUCKA FREE which properly cleanses hair of product residue. “Once you have the hair thoroughly clean it “drinks” up the necessary amount of moisture, and returns to its natural softness,” Maya clarifies.

Avoid alcohol and kick the crunch to the curb.

Styling products high in alcohol give curls a crunchy feel.  They suck up every last bit of moisture.  Hair spray tends to contain the most alcohol, while gels, mousses and anything that provides hold or lift come in second. “I recommend water-soluble gels that don’t feel sticky on your skin, and aerated mousses or foams that resemble beaten egg whites, to give hair fullness, control, and non-brittle curls,” Maya says.

She adds that she created The Doux so it can be used on hair that is worn curly or straight. “Our clients purchase one set of products, and apply them differently to achieve the style they want. If you’re rocking curly hair today, you’re using The Doux’s Mousse Def and Bonita Afro Balm for softness and definition, and The Light for shine. If you’re wearing a blowout, you’re still using the same products, but applying them less liberally, and using the shine mist as a heat protectant. It’s super simple and easy to follow once you’ve seen the results each of them deliver,” Maya explains.

Blow-Dry with a diffuser or hooded dryer.

Maya’s first choice for curly styles is to air dry. “If you don’t have the time to air dry then dry with a diffuser or hooded dryer on a low heat setting.  A regular blow dryer nozzle disrupts the curl pattern and focuses hot air on one small section at a time while a diffuser, dries curls evenly for a full, uniform look,” she explains.

Maya recommends always applying a heat-protecting product, then flipping your head upside down using a diffuser at the roots and mid-length making sure to dry the area completely to lock in volume. “It’s important to leave the ends for last, and leave them only semi-dry. Air drying the ends is your best option.”

Care for the curls you were born with!

About Maya Smith:

Maya Smith is an International Master Stylist and Founder of The Doux Salon and haircare line now available in Target. With over two decades of styling experience Maya dedicated two decades to cracking the code on curl care, maintenance and expert styling. When it comes to caring for one’s natural hair and styling it, Maya is the best there is.

While still in high school, Maya got her hair cutting license and graduated from beauty school. Soon after graduating high school, Maya began following her passion and worked as an assistant for celebrity stylist Tracy Johnson. She learned from Johnson and progressed as a hair stylist for celebrities and entertainers. Years later the military wife would relocate to Germany, where Maya opened up her first salon The HoneyComb, a mecca for textured hair care for women from all over Europe, The UK, and as far as Africa. Maya’s unique system of textured hair styling sparked the development of The DOUX® haircare products, first launched overseas, and distributed throughout Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands. 

 Currently, Maya leads a carefully selected team of stylists at The DOUX® Salon in Macon, Georgia and on Christmas Eve 2017, celebrated the arrival of The DOUX® in Target stores nationwide. Maya Smith, wife, mom of 5 and savvy business woman is an example not just for women of color but for all women who believe their gifts can impact the world, striving for entrepreneurial endeavors with grace, ease and hustle.

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Galentine’s Day Essentials!

Treat yourself and your friends this Valentine’s Day with the ultimate Galentine’s celebration! Indulge yourself to sweets, cocktails, and some awesome swag. We have all you need to have the best Galentine’s Day ever.

Mother Trucker Co.: ($20-$25)

Spread the love this Valentine’s Day with Mother Trucker’s #LOVE hat! As seen on Good Morning America and The View, Mother Trucker is a California-based trucker hat company that is dazzling, sexy and full of personality. Founded in the summer of 2015, Mother Trucker co. features specially designed trucker style hats with fun and hip phrases worn by celebs such as Tori Spelling, Candace Cameron Bure, Christina El Moussa and many more!

Gratitude Glass “Love” Jar: ($40-$45)

Show your friends how much you care with the Gratitude Glass Love Jar. Fill the jar up with love notes that can be enjoyed all year long! Named “the gift that keeps on giving” by Oprah and featured among the 102 gifts of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2017 List, the Gratitude Jar from Gratitude Glass Jars has driven a movement – inspiring others to love themselves and the people around them.

Edoughble: ($40)

Treat your girls to sweets without the guilt with Edoughble! Edoughble is on a mission to craft the best cookie dough ever tasted, and better yet make it 100% safe to eat. Each batch is handmade with the finest, all-natural and non-GMO ingredients to give it that amazing real and fresh-from-the-mixing-bowl taste. And to get rid of those pesky stomach ache’s Edoughble uniquely makes their dough 100% safe-to-eat, as they use no egg, no raw flour, and no chemical leavener. Having served nearly a quarter million cookie dough lovers since launch, and they’re just getting started!

UncommonGreen: ($15)

Make a toast to memories this Valentine’s Day with UncommonGreen’s bestselling Maps Barware. Each glass features intricately designed maps that wrap around the glass — from top to bottom — creating an eye-catching effect that makes any beverage more fun. Because the maps are etched into the surface of the glass, each piece is a stunning work of art with a unique look and feel that will last a lifetime. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite wine with your girls in this elegant and uniquely crafted, stemless wine glass (also available in stemmed).

Stirrings: ($6.99)

What’s a Galentine’s celebration without some fun cocktails?  Kick your Galentine’s day party up a notch with Stirrings cocktail mixers, rimmer garnishes, and bar ingredients. Made with real juice and NO artificial preservatives.

 

Superstar Nail Lacquer: ($12)

Treat yourself and your friends to fresh manicures this Valentine’s Day with Superstar Nail Lacquer, revitalizing the nail polish industry with luxurious lacquer hues that display an accurate portrayal of the latest fashion and beauty collections are debuted seasonally. Superstar colors are aptly named to compliment its moniker. Each color has a title reminiscent of all things fashion and fame. “We wanted attention-grabbing names that people could relate to. Since our company is named Superstar, we chose titles that would make our customers feel like a star. Who wouldn’t feel good about wearing, ‘It Girl Orange’ or Walk The Red Carpet?” said Ariana.

Honey Belle: ($16-$26)

Give yourself a luxurious facial this Valentine’s Day with Honey Belle face masks. With Bentonite Clay – a traditional healing clay that removes toxins and impurities deeply rooted in the skin – you can mask the day away using this peppermint DIY facial mask! Packed with antioxidants from Organic Matcha Powder which stops and even reverses the signs of aging and soothes acne-irritated skin.

PediPocket: ($39.99)

Give your gal pal something she can snuggle up with while catching up on her favorite shows! This is not your ordinary throw. PediPocket has a brilliant 20” pocket that covers your feet and calves, keeping all of you warm and toasty. It’s nearly 6 feet long, more than long enough to cover any person, from the smallest to the tallest. PediPocket is also made of lush, microfiber fleece and comes in several great designs and colors!

Once Upon A Book Club: $34.99

Get your girls together for book club this Galentine’s Day with help from Once Upon A Book Club! Bringing books to life each month, Once Upon A Book Club is a unique reading experience that adds a different element to turning the page. Each month, you’ll receive a book to read, a 5” x 7” quote print, along with 3-5 corresponding gifts to match a quote or item mentioned in the book! Each individually wrapped gift has a page number and readers open the gifts as they finish the corresponding page – the gifts are so carefully chosen to correspond with the book that the experience is absolutely unforgettable! Get your girls together this year to unpack the most interesting book club box!

Chocolate Pizza Company: ($18.95-$31.95)

Make the Galentine’s day celebration even sweeter with the gourmet chocolate gifts from Chocolate Pizza Company. Treat your single squad or your special someone to any of our handcrafted specialties. The hand-decorated, heart-shaped Chocolate Pizzas or the Crazy for You Chocolate Pizza will have them all swooning.

MIXT Studio’s Reusable Wine Bags are the perfect gift for the wine lover. A memorable hostess gift, these fun gift bags fit bottles up to 3.5” in diameter and feature ethnic-inspired prints and a metallic gold interior. Adorned with tassel-pom embellishments and a unique “traveling tag,”each eco-friendly bottle bag shares the story of where it’s been as it gets gifted forward. The tag features five write-in slots (each with to, from, event, date), meaning each new recipient can see the bags’s journey as it gets reused. The tag is also printed with the inspirational message, “The more we share, the more we have.” The heavy-duty Tyvek® bags are recyclable water-resistant.

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Adorable New Children’s Book Encourages Patience, Trust, Loyalty and Cats!

Author Donna Sledge Casey has just released her first children’s book, “Leo at the Bus Stop,” a heartwarming children’s tale about the trust, patience and love between a young child and her pet.
The story follows a loyal cat named Leo, who waits patiently for his owner, Nicole, to return home from her day at school. Leo the cat stays by the bus stop all day long, wondering when his companion Nicole will arrive, so they can finally play together.
An Amazon reviewer describes the book as an “absolute treat! We can’t wait to see where Leo brings us next! This is a gem!”
The book is the first in a six-part series, which will follow Nicole and Leo’s antics as they learn valuable life lessons such as trust, understanding and patience.
“Leo was a present for my daughter Nicole,” the author said. “I remember how the two were inseparable. Writing this series paints a beautiful picture of the special bond between my girl and her cat.”
“Leo and the Bus Stop” is sure to touch children’s hearts as they delve into the charming stories and develop key life skills.
“Leo at the Bus Stop”
By Donna Sledge Casey
ISBN: 978-1512767162 (softcover); 978-1512767179 (electronic)
Available at the WestBow Press Online Bookstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the author
Donna Sledge Casey has always enjoyed writing, and has won awards at a local level for her work. She has three grown children and two grandchildren. Casey currently resides in the state of Washington, is retired, and enjoys writing and gardening in her free time. She hopes the adventures of Leo and Nicole will be enjoyed by all.
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