Posts Written On May 2017

7 Considerations Before Going Under The Knife



In an ideal world, we would all be able to fix our flaws without having cosmetic or plastic surgery. After all, going under the knife isn’t completely safe, so there are always risks. But, this world is far from perfect, which means that surgery is an option. It is especially an option if you are feeling insecure about your looks. Unfortunately, when we feel vulnerable, there isn’t much we can do other than try and fix the problem. As you can see, all roads seem to lead to surgery, and that is fine as long as it is the right decision.


To make sure it is here are a few considerations that will put everything into perspective. If any of these make you feel uncomfortable, you should probably rethink your plan.


How You Feel On The Inside


One of the reasons you want surgery in the first place is to try and change the way you feel about your body. In turn, this should boost your confidence, self-esteem, and the way you feel about life. However, this doesn’t always happen because the changes can be extreme. Lots of times, it only exacerbates your feelings as you attempt to adapt to your new features. Hopefully, everything will go to plan, and you’ll look and feel great immediately after. Still, you should know that surgery might not be the Hail Mary pass you imagine it to be. In fact, it might be the complete opposite.


Bargain Treatments Aren’t Worth It


As you well know, surgery isn’t cheap. Indeed, the cost of a single operation can amount to the same as buying a brand new car. Obviously, it depends on what procedure you choose, but they are all on the steep side as a rule. As a result, it’s tempting to opt for bargain treatments to try and cut down on costs, but this is a bad move. The price is high, yet that is a good sign. It means you can trust the surgeon and the clinic to do an excellent job. When you cut corners, you’re leaving a lot to luck. And, when it comes to your appearance it is a very brave move. Remember that the price is indicative of the end product.



Mountains Of Research


The last paragraph should have posed a question. The question is: ‘how are you supposed to know which clinic to pick and which one to avoid?’ This is a dilemma that you must answer before you continue and sign on the dotted line. Choosing poorly can affect everything from the way you look to your health, so it’s something you need to treat with respect. The answer is simple: do your research. For starters, check out the track record and reputation of the clinic. Also, dig deeper into the credentials of the surgeon. You want an expert like Dr. Halpern who has an about Dr. David Halpern page that details his qualifications as well as certifications. After that, you should analyse the type of surgery. Some treatments seem great, but they are only in the early stages so the results could be mixed. These are just a couple of considerations, but there are plenty more.


You Need A Second Opinion


In fact, you need about three or four opinions before you decide to go under the knife. People might say this is just a way to put you off making a decision, but that isn’t true. With the side-effects that can occur, it’s only right that you do your due diligence. Speaking to one clinic and listening to their spiel is the first step, but it is only a start. Plus, they are trying to sell you treatments, so they might bend the rules to suit their needs. To ensure that everything they say is truthful, you need to visit a handful of clinics and connect the dots. Also, an unbiased source wouldn’t go amiss as they have nothing to gain. Clearly, a cosmetic surgery expert might be hard to come across, but previous clients are not thanks to forums.



Cut Through The Jargon


Talking with medical professionals isn’t easy as they like to use jargon. Whether they do it to exclude or because they live in a bubble is unknown. But they do it all the same, which leaves you feeling exposed. Whatever you do, don’t agree to anything unless you understand all of the fine details. There are plenty of patients that don’t want to seem stupid, so they don’t ask questions. When the procedure is over, they have plenty of issues yet then it is too late. Your best option is to understand the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ beforehand so there are zero surprises. To do that, you will need to leave your ego at the door and inquire about the things you don’t understand.


Know The Risks


There is no doubt that surgery is a lot safer than it was in the past. Let’s face it – there is a lot fewer horror incidents nowadays. Still, that doesn’t mean that every surgeon has it down to a fine art. Sadly, things can still go wrong no matter how good the clinic and the doctor are because they can’t guarantee results. As the patient, you need to know that it is a gamble and that you might not like what you see. Sure, the side-effects might not be life-threatening, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing to worry about. At the end of the day, you want to look more attractive than when you went in, yet that isn’t for definite.



Don’t Be Ashamed


Surgery has a stigma which puts lots of potential patients off reconstruction. However, you shouldn’t let that affect you once you make your final decision. If you know it’s the right option, there should be nothing that anyone can say to knock you off your path. Just because people will talk about you doesn’t mean that they know what they are talking about. These people are gossips, gossips that will be jealous when they see you next.


As long as you make an informed decision, there is no reason to feel ashamed.



Protect your Phone with Security Master

Security Master, a new app from Cheetah Mobile Inc. that is a must-have for beauty lovers who live for their phone. Security Master is available now for free on Android devices and is an upgraded version of CM Security, the current leading privacy protection and antivirus app. This new app takes all of the best functions from CM Security to the next level with more complete protection for users’ privacy and phone safety –anywhere, anytime.

While not all of us are tech savvy enough to understand the specific ins and outs of mobile security, it’s something we all have to worry about since using our phone is such a big part of our daily life. That means thinking about safety and privacy protection when puckering up for a selfie, when using personal logins for social media accounts and other apps, and when shopping the latest beauty trends like Kylie’s Lip Kit through your phone. The new Security Master app offers features to help you do all of this easily, effectively and quickly for the girl on the go including:


  • Safely Shop On Your Phone: Protect yourself when you’re shopping for beauty products on your phone with Security Master’s “SafeConnect” feature. Powered by AnchorFree’s Hotspot Shield VPN (virtual private network) technology, this feature enhances internet security on your phone by protecting and encrypting all data transmitted across the internet. This includes apps like instant message, financial banking and e-commerce.


  • Protect Your Selfies: You won’t have to worry about anyone getting a hold of your personal glamour shots on your phone when you have Security Master. Especially when you worked so hard to achieve that perfect smokey eye. The AppLock feature protects your mobile data, incoming calls, apps, settings, photos, or your apps and allows you to lock your phone and apps with a pattern, PIN code, or fingerprint.  You can also protect your phone with the Intruder-Selfie feature which will take an “intruder selfie” automatically anytime someone enters the wrong pattern or fingerprint into the AppLock screen a number of times. This photo will automatically save to your phone and be sent to your email, and the intruder will be notified that this action has been taken.


  • Optimize Your Phone’s Performance: We’ve all been there, our phone’s battery is running low or our phone is out of memory at the most inconvenient time. Security Master can clean and remove unnecessary files and free up storage with just one tap, clearing your cache while scanning threats and junk files. The app also offers a One Click Booster to optimize your phone to keep the battery cool and your phone running fast while increasing battery life.


1 Gadget, 36 Functions… Save time and space with Kelvin Tools

No more carrying around a heavy and bulky toolbox to do the dirty work. Now, one tool has everything you need to be the ultimate handyman (or woman) in your home or in your work place in 2017. Known as the Ultra-Urban Super Tool, the Kelvin 36 contains an impressive 36 features that can complete a multitude of tasks like fix toys, chairs and towel racks, hang pictures and paintings, put up shelves and more!

The latest in 2017, Kelvin Tools have upped their game with the launch of their new and improved Kelvin 36. Whether you’re doing DIY home improvements, or ready to downsize your bulky toolbox…  The Kelvin 36 is a nifty gadget you will want to keep close by. A
combination of innovation, creativity and convenience, this marvelous multi-use device can come in handy when you least expect it.

The Kelvin 36 encompasses the essentials such as a screwdriver, hammer, flashlight, level, measuring tape and more. Versatile and compact, this rugged and stylish multi-tool is small enough to fit in the back of your pocket, making portability simple.

  • Includes the most common everyday household tools such as bottle opener and corkscrew.
  • Keep it in your kitchen drawer, glove compartment, RV, beach house or condo.
  • Ideal for limited space areas, this all in one tool makes space management easy.
  • Lightweight but super tough, you can run over it with a car!

The Original Kelvin 23:

Known as “the Swiss Army knife of home décor,” Kelvin 23 is the original urban multi-tool. It has seen major success with over 300,000 sold in the last 5 years alone. Designed to take on the daily DIY fixes around the home, this world premier home gadget has 23 of the most commonly used tools packed into one simple and convenient device. It can fix hundreds of jobs easily, such as, hanging pictures, assembling flat pack furniture, putting up shelves and more. The Kelvin 23 has been featured in O by Oprah, Reader’s Digest, People magazine, The Today Show, Dragon’s Den and is sold in MOMA.

About Kelvin Tools:

Founder and inventor-preneur, Kevin Royes came up with the idea of Kelvin Tools while assembling furniture at his home. He wished there was a way to have all the tools he needed in the palm of his hand. An inventor of dozens of products for athletic snowboarding, he wasted no time coming up with a sleek and compact design for his first generation of Kelvin Tools. Later he went on the reality TV show, Dragon Den, where he was offered more than double his original offer! The exposure helped take Kelvin Tools to the next level, solidifying its success.



Barilla Restaurants Help New Yorkers Maintain a Balanced Lifestyle with 7-Day Menu

The name Barilla is synonymous with pasta and Italian cuisine, but you might be unaware that the historic pastamaker has recently opened three fast casual restaurants in New York City, with a fourth slated to open in July 2017.

The restaurants, located around Herald Square, Bryant Park, Radio City Music Hall and the Financial District (July) offer a wide variety of traditional and authentic Italian cuisine. The menu spans everything from salads and soups to pizza and pasta, with delicious desserts and Lavazza coffee.

Barilla Restaurants introduced the 7 Days a Week Menu this year, which was developed by its Food & Nutrition Research Center in Italy. The menu provides customers with quality dishes made from the same authentic recipes that Italians cook with every day. The result is food that is both good for you and good for the planet.

The menu provides the guidelines on how to maintain a healthy but hearty diet through an enlightened balance of freshly made, quality meals. The menu is based on a restructured food pyramid that emphasizes fruit, vegetables, whole grain pasta and bread, fish, and olive oil, while limiting eggs, dairy, meat and sweets.

The Barilla philosophy is essentially very simple, there is no need to diet or cut out certain foods as long as you eat smart and stay informed about the ingredients in your food.


Traditional Chinese Medicine Now in Individual Packets

Recently, we have seen significant increase in the practice and use of Traditional Chinese Medicine and these ancient formulas are now available for consumers in convenient and single-served all-natural drinkable packets thanks to DAO Labs. I have got a package of DAO. I really like it! The package looks very cute, so it can be not only for yourself but also could be a gift for someone you care about!

These formulas are effervescent powders comprised of Chinese herbs that are designed to be taken as a daily supplement to balance the body, mind and spirit while also working to improve digestion and alleviate symptoms of colds/allergies. MSRP: $28.20 per box of 15 individual sachets.  Available online at

DAO´s Formulas: 

  • Emotional Balance: Works to elevate moods and increase overall sense of well-being.
  • Digestive Harmony: Works to improve digestion and when used regularly, has been shown to improve overall digestive health.
  • Immunity Support (Cold/Allergy): Builds immunity while working to decrease the irritation and impact of colds and allergies. Perfect for occasional and frequent travelers that wish to enjoy the best experience in their destination.

DAO Labs product line is made with verified authentic Chinese herbs including Chinese Foxglove Rehmannia, Ginger and White Peony roots, Red Tangerine Peel, and Hawthorn and Forsythia fruit. All varieties are all-natural, vegetarian, and packaged and tested in the United States.


Chut Up Condiments

I love sauces and I was excited to discover this line of better-for-you condiments, cheekily named CHUT UP (with no added sugar or sass).

  • Founded by South-African born Chef Hugo Uys, owner of the long-term West Village’s iconic eatery: Paris Commune
  • Contracted for market development by Rutger’s Food Innovation Center
    • Who most recently did the same for Impossible Foods who just received $50MM in funding
  • Initial launch includes no-sugar added line of Beet Ketchup, Peri Peri Hot Sauce and Caramelized Onion & Apple Chutney
  • Kickstater website launched last week with 1/3 funding secured:
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    • Need help reaching the finish line in order to:
      • Bring our first batch to market to supply our initial partners for the first few months
      • Develop new business through sampling and trial while we do our formal capital rise

CHUT UP has been taste-tested many of NYC’s leading chefs and some of CPG’s top minds, who all agree that we have something here that is unique, healthy and delicious. The $15K we are trying to raise will help support the restaurants and retail trials need to get the official sales rolling.