Archives for August 2016

DID YOU KNOW? Hair Loss Awareness Month

DID YOU KNOW?

·       According to the American Hair Loss Association, by the age of 35, two-thirds of American men will experience some degree of appreciable hair loss, and by the age of 50, approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair.

 

·       But it’s not just men who struggle with hair loss – women make up 40% of hair-loss sufferers in America!

 

SO WHAT CAUSES HAIR LOSS?

·       Stress is a common cause in both men and women and is often responsible for conditions including telogen effluvium, which pushes hair follicles into a resting phase, causing hair to thin and fall out.

 

·       Crash dieting is another culprit – nutritional deficiencies and a drastic reduction in calorie intake can lead to scalp damage, irritation, and thinning hair.

 

·       Traction alopecia, a condition that causes damage to the hair follicles due to tight hairstyles which pull at the hair over time, is yet another common cause for hair loss in women. So is the frequent use of heat tools such as flat irons and blow dryers.

 

·       Aging, inflammation, and hormonal imbalances are also key reasons for hair loss, as are environmental toxins and free radicals. All of these common triggers throw the hair follicle out of balance, causing hair to thin, shed, and struggle to grow back.

 

WHAT’S THE FIX?

·       Lessen Your Stress. Easier said than done, we know, but it’s been proven that high stress levels can lead to hair loss. Whether you try yoga, meditation, or just taking 10 minutes out of your day to practice somesimple breathing exercises, doing something for YOU on regular basis to reduce your stress levels can make a marked difference in the health of your hair.

 

·       Eat Right. There are so many important reasons to eat a balanced diet, and now you can add thick, healthy hair to the list. Ditch the junk food and fill your diet with protein-rich foods like poultry and eggs (protein is an essential building block for hair), vitamin B-packed whole grains (which are also filled with hair-enhancing zinc and iron), and dark greens such as spinach and broccoli (which are packed with vitamins A and C, both of which contribute to healthy sebum production in the hair follicle).

 

·       Style Your Hair With Care. Most all of us use heat tools, but cutting back on the frequency can be key when you’re dealing with thinning hair and hair loss. Air-drying whenever possible and decreasing the number of times per week that you blow dry can help limit damage, as can keeping the tools on low or medium heat settings when you style. And if you like to wear tight braids, cornrows, or ponytails, you might want to consider revamping your look – these styles pull on the hair, causing tension in the scalp that can lead to permanent hair loss.

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·       Try NUTRAFOL, a “smart” botanical supplement formulated with 20clinically-proven ingredients to directly target the cause of your hair loss, as well as protect your hair where it matters most – from the inside out – leaving you with thicker, fuller hair. In addition to addressing issues like inflammation and scalp circulation, NUTRAFOL’s powerful nutraceuticals help reduce stress and leave you with an overall feeling of calm and well-being, which go a long way toward improving the overall health of your hair. Ingredients such as Sensoril® ashwagandha, for example, decrease the level of the stress hormone cortisol in the body by up to 30.5%, and improve resistance to stress by reducing inflammatory C-reactive protein by 32.5% – all with zero side effects.

Credit: NUTRAFOL, No compensation was received or products received. This is a courtesy posting.

Blu Monaco Desk Organizer Office Accessories Set – 3 Piece Set – Letter Sorter, Pen Case, and Sticky Note Holder – Black is a Must-Buy!

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I just love this Desk Organizer set! It really adds flair and style to my desk! The items seem to be well-made and durable. I highly recommend! I just really like how stylish this looks on my desk! (Photo frame not included above). This set is a great way to be organized this upcoming school year!
You can purchase on Amazon.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a free or heavily discounted item in exchange for an unbiased review.

MAGIC TOWN Little Short Sleeve Girls’ Princess Dresses Costume ,Pink,Size 2T-6X is a Must-Buy!

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Looking for a beautiful dress for a little girl? This one will make her look like a Princess!

The 2016 New Girls’ Princess birthday Party Royals Wedding Formal Dresses Costume With Pink Flower is a must-buy! I can’t wait to give this one to my niece for her birthday! It will make such a wonderful gift!

  • Brand Name: MAGIC TOWN
    Material:Gauze,Pleuche,Polyester taffeta
    Lovely lace spinning tutu skirt,Softly sweat absorbent material
    Beautiful princess pink dress with flower.

I love the beautiful color and especially the tutu skirt!

You can purchase on Amazon.com.

More info:

Size 2T-6X For 2-7 Years
Girls Detailed Size Information(in Inches) Notice: There do exist 1-2 inches differences because of different measuring methods. Please check the size info carefully.
Thank you for your understanding.
Size 2T:height:33-36,weight:24-29lbs,chest:20.47,natural waist(elastic):17.32, skirt length:23.23, body length:10.43
Size 3T:height:36-39,weight:29-33lbs,chest:22.05,natural waist(elastic):18.9, skirt length:25.2, body length:11.34
Size 4T:height:39-42,weight:33-38lbs,chest:23.62,natural waist(elastic):20.47, skirt length:27.17, body length:12.2
Size 5:height:42-48,weight:38-46lbs,chest:25.2,natural waist(elastic):22.05, skirt length:29.13, body length:13.15
Size 6T:height:45-52,weight:42-54lbs,chest:26.77,natural waist(elastic):23.62, skirt length:31.1, body length:14.06

Self Disclosure: I received a free or heavily discounted product in exchange for an unbiased review.

Introducing The Jergens® Natural Glow® EXCLUSIVE TANNING COLLECTION EFFORTLESS, FOOL-PROOF TOOLS TO PRIME, COLOR, AND PRESERVE YOUR FLAWLESS LOOKING TAN

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THINK: Achieve streak-free, natural looking color instantaneously.

 

WHAT IT IS: A breakthrough collection of products to create a beautiful, even tan in an instant. For years, you’ve turned to the Jergens® Skincare experts to achieve gradual, natural-looking color that makes you look and feel confident from head to toe. NOW, it’s possible to get our iconic depth of color, even faster for a coveted sunless tan. For the first time, the leading authority in natural-looking color introduces an innovative sunless tanner and care regimen that delivers the flawless tan you crave with no wait, plus the same natural-looking color perfectly customized to your skin tone that you expect from Jergens® Skincare. Get same day transformational results with the new Jergens® Natural Glow® Color Primer In-Shower Scrub and Jergens® Natural Glow® Instant Sun™ Sunless Tanning Mousse to deliver natural-looking color better and faster while keeping it longer with Jergens® Natural Glow® Tan Extender Daily Moisturizer. These revolutionary tools work together to achieve and maintain your most beautiful tan from start to finish. With an easy three step Prime, Color, and Preserve regimen, it’s simple to prep skin, create captivating color that dries in seconds, and keep it longer, for up to 7 days.

 

The Jergens® Natural Glow® Exclusive Tanning Collection includes:

 

Jergens® Natural Glow® Color Primer In-Shower Scrub ($8.99): Putting sunless tanner on un-exfoliated skin can lead to dreaded streaks, so this unique dual-action formula resurfaces and prepares skin for improved color adhesion right in the shower. Featuring an amino fruit extract complex, this exfoliating primer smoothes rough patches to create a perfectly polished canvas, improving color adhesion, so you can achieve your most beautifully blended color.

 

Jergens® Natural Glow® Instant Sun™ Sunless Tanning Mousse ($11.99): Create flawless, natural-looking color instantly with this airy mousse that applies precisely and evenly and dries in just 60 seconds. The proprietary Advanced Color Complex works with your unique skin tone to mimic the same color results you’d get from natural sun, with no orange hues.Available in Light Bronze and Deep Bronze shades to provide a natural-looking option in an instant for every skin tone.

 

Jergens® Natural Glow® Tan Extender Daily Moisturizer ($8.99): Preserve your even, natural-looking color for up to a week with new Tan Extender Daily Moisturizer. Hold onto beautiful, confidence-boosting color two times longer—whether it’s from natural sunlight or sunless tanner—by using Tan Extender daily, in place of your regular moisturizer. With fade-fighting technology, the moisture-infused formula helps skin maintain its flawless glow and delays inevitable color fade.

I received samples and these are my new Summer beauty must-haves! My favorite is the Jergens® Natural Glow® Tan Extender Daily Moisturizer! 

 

WHERE TO FIND THEM: Grocery, mass retailers and drugstores nationwide.

Self Disclosure: I received free product samples to facilitate this beauty post. Photo and info was provided.

 

“TOP” off your summer with Sally Hansen! GET BIG RESULTS FOR YOUR NAIL COLOR AND ART WITH SALLY HANSEN® BIG SHINY TOP COAT™ AND BIG MATTE TOP COAT™

THINK: Mani must-haves for all nail lovers.

WHAT THEY ARE: Brilliant high gloss shine or extreme matte finish to boost your latest look.  Sally Hansen®  Big Shiny Top Coat™ and Big Matte Top Coat™ enhance, compliment, and protect your favorite nail creations from fading and losing their look. With these Top Coats you can amp up stylish 3-D textures, intricate designs, and precision stripes, apply over any Sally Hansen® nail color and even bare nails for an ultra-quick-drying layer of shine or matte effect along with nail-strengthening protection. Giving your nail color different looks with just a stroke of these top coats.

Big Shiny Top Coat™: This innovative formula is fortified with an Acrylic Polymer Complex to help give your manicure a high shine and gel-like finish that dries in less than 60 seconds. The top coat applies smoothly evenly for easy application and brushes on without damaging nail art or smearing nail polish, making it the perfect enhancement and top seal for any manicure or a glossy polish for bare nails. Double UV filters also shield your manicure from fading and discoloring, so your nails look better longer

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Big Matte Top Coat™: Transform a glossy manicure of any color into a velvety matte for an edgy, unexpected finish. Containing a mattifying Silica agent, the formula brushes on glossy before instantly drying to a matte top sealant. The smooth top coat applies evenly and easily and dries with lightning speed without smudging nail art or other special effect nail polishes and can also be applied to bare nails for an extreme matte look with a silky finish.

 

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I had the opportunity to try out both of these and I love them! My favorite is the  Big Matte Top Coat™

I love how quickly this one is dry in such a short time! 

WHAT THEY COST: $5.99 where Sally Hansen products are sold.

Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this beauty post. Photos were provided. 

Cara Delevingne/Rimmel London Get The Look from New York Premiere of Suicide Squad

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Rimmel London Ambassador Cara Delevingne at the New York Premiere of Suicide Squad.

 

The Look: Glam rock

 

The Inspiration:  Celebrity Makeup Artist Romy Soleimani wanted the actress, supermodel and Rimmel London Ambassador to look like a movie star and a rockstar – going with dramatic eyes and a bold lip for the premiere.

 

How to Get the Look: 

 

SKIN

To begin, Romy applied Rimmel London BB Cream in Medium to even out the skintone, followed by Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation in Sand to set the look. She gave Cara’s skin a warm glow by applying Rimmel London Kate Sculpting & Highlighting Kit in Golden Sands, using the deepest shade as a contour while blending the pink blush subtly into the apples of the cheeks.

 

LIPS 

Romy applied Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Color in Kiss Me You Fool as a base, topping Cara’s lips with Rimmel London The Only 1 Lipstick in Call Me Crazy. 

 

EYES & BROWS

For her eyes, Romy applied Rimmel London Exaggerate Auto Waterproof Eye Definer in Earl Grey and Blackest Black over the whole lid. She then added more Blackest Black along the lashline, the crease of the eye, and on the inner rim, smudging it underneath. She then pressed in some theatrical silver glitter and finished off the eyes with Rimmel London Scandal’Eyes Mascara.

Self Disclosure: I received a sample product to facilitate this post. Info and Photo were provided.

 

Ben-Hur – Spectacular, Action-Packed Version, Best Suited for Older Teens and Adults

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This epic story follows Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, “The famous story of Ben-Hur has been done in film multiple times throughout the years, but none has reached this level of excitement and beautiful special effects. And none has ever been this action packed and intense.” Ryan R. adds, “Although it is two hours long, it does not drag. Morgan Freeman gives a very regal performance as Ilderim. His voice makes you want to pay attention when he narrates the story. I love this character because he helps Judah and they make a fantastic team!” See their full reviews below.

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By Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 14

 

Red Carpet coverage: https://youtu.be/r0rO0lg25u0

 

The famous story of Ben-Hur has been done in film multiple times throughout the years, but none has reached this level of excitement and beautiful special effects. And none has ever been this action packed and intense.

Ben-Hur will certainly appeal to action genre fans, but it has so much more to offer. Along with multiple dangerous adventures comes strong love story, drama and history, which keeps you excited but surprised by events that unfold in front of your eyes.

The film starts when Prince Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) is accused of attempting to assassinate a Roman Leader. His adopted brother convinces him and his family about the worst punishments available. His family meets a mysterious fate that leaves him guessing about them for years. Judah is sentenced to life as a galley slave (a person that rows Roman ships). He barely survives this terrible punishment for six years before escaping. Back on land, he trains to take revenge on his brother in a place with no law – the dangerous, yet exciting sport of chariot racing!

Although the plot seems confusing, it actually is easy to follow. Towards the beginning it may be a bit confusing, but by ten minutes into the film pieces snap into place. This film not only packs a lot of action, but it is also very historical and truly makes it look as if we are watching these scenes take place in ancient Rome and Jerusalem from the boats, to warfare, to their attire. Throughout the film, I felt transported back 2000 years to the large Roman Empire. Most of the special effects portray the chariot racing and the outcome is nothing short of spectacular, detailed and very realistic. It is exciting and intense, but also easy to follow. The acting in this film exceeded my expectations with many known actors such as Jack Huston and Morgan Freeman (Ilderim), but the entire cast delivers spectacular performances and really make their characters come to life and shine, as well as make the viewer think they actually are seeing life 2000 years ago.

My favorite scene is the galley slave scenes. In a way, these are also my least favorite scenes because it shows how terrible Romans treated these slaves. In one scene, you see Judah changing over the six years from a handsome and healthy prince to a depressed, skinny and beaten slave. Another factor of these scenes that impressed me were the visual effects. Judah escapes when the ship sinks in a battle. The scene is very dramatic, scary and intense. It is full of action and everything from soundtrack to acting makes it a heart-thumping moment.

Ben-Hur is intense with many adult references, but the mature aspect that concerns me most is the gore. Since this takes place in Ancient Rome, there are many violent acts that are unsuitable for young children. I recommend it for ages 14 to 18 and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. The acting, special effects and soundtrack are all fantastic but the story is slightly confusing at the beginning which makes it a bit annoying for the viewer.

 

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By Ryan R., KIDS First! Film Critic, age 12

 

 

I did not exactly love the 2016 remake of the 1959 movie Ben-Hur, but I didn’t hate it either. This film takes place around 26 A.D. when Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) appears as the wealthy Jerusalem prince who is falsely accused of treason and is stripped of everything that he has and taken away. Judah’s adopted brother, Messala Severus (Toby Kebbell) betrays him and allows the Romans to make Judah a galley slave for five years. Judah escapes, returns home and seeks revenge. The question is: will Judah get his revenge?

 

Although it is two hours long, it does not drag. Morgan Freeman gives a very regal performance as Ilderim. His voice makes you want to pay attention when he narrates the story. I love this character because he helps Judah and they make a fantastic team! I think Jack Huston should have been cast as Jesus because his demeanor is very soft and peaceful.  He doesn’t project the strong, angry character that he should have as Judah Ben-Hur.  Rodrigo Santoro, who plays the role of Jesus should have played Judah Ben-Hur.  Don’t get me wrong, I love how Rodrigo Santoro portrays Jesus. His performance is stellar.  But the way he looks and carries himself would have made Rodrigo a more believable Judah.  Toby Kebbell’s Messala is the one casting that they got right. He acts and looks mean enough to make you to dislike him.

 

The setting looks epic and visually appealing.  The battle scene with the ships in the water is pretty intense but entertaining. However, some scenes are boring and a few scenes didn’t need to be there. The chariot race is a bit sloppy and roughly edited.

 

I give this film 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it to kids ages 11 to 18. Younger kids might not understand what is going on and may be frightened by a few intense and grotesque scenes. There is also some bloody and gory violence. I also recommend this to adults who like action, adventure, remakes and Biblical films. This film opens Friday, August 19 so, put it on your radar screen.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

 

 

 

Kubo and the Two Strings – One of the Best Films of the Year!

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Laika has done it again! This stop motion animation film follows the life of Kubo who lives a quiet, normal life in a small shoreside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta. This causes all sorts of havoc as gods and monsters chase Kubo who, in order to survive, must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Morgan B. comments, “I loved this movie. It is original, beautiful to watch and has heart and soul. The quirkiness of this movie only adds to its lovability.” See her full review below.

Kubo And The Two Strings

By Morgan Bertsch, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11

 

I love this movie. It is original, beautiful to watch and has heart and soul. The quirkiness of this movie only adds to its lovability. It is hard to find an original movie and using origami as the base of this movie is simply genius.

Kubo’s grandfather has stolen his eye and now is after the other and he will do whatever he has to, to get the other eye. His two aunts are frighten witches. His mother has lost all her memories and many dangers await Kubo and his only helpers are a monkey and a silly half man, half beetle and an endless supply of paper. I know this all sounds totally crazy, but it all works together quite nicely to make this incredible movie.

I struggled once trying to make an origami swan so I appreciate the origami in this film which has a mind of its own. Kubo plays a two-stringed instrument which transforms simple paper into magnificent, magical shapes and forms.

The voice-overs in this film are stupendous and really bring it to life. My favorite character is Kubo (Art Parkinson) who is just so adorable yet strong, independent and goodhearted. My other favorite is Monkey (Charlize Theron) who is brave, funny, clever and very stubborn. I love her character because of all these traits. Even though she is tough, she has a kind, sweet side that she shows how much she loves her son. There is also the beetle (Matthew McConaughey) who is hysterical, dangerous and a straight shooter or, at least according to him he is. I love his character because its funny and had me belly laughing. His affection for Monkey is adorable. Of course, there are villains of this film. The sisters, both played by Rooney Mara portrays them as crazy, wacko witches and her voice is perfectly scary. The other villain, The Moon King (Ralph Fiennes) is the weird Grandfather who wants Kubo’s other eye and he is super creepy.

One of my favorite scenes is when Kubo, Monkey and Beetle are trying to defeat a giant skeleton and find the sword of unbreakablity. It is adventurous and funny. The graphics are incredible, especially the way they created the skeleton. This is the biggest clay animation character ever made. I thought this action scene was intricate and believable.

I recommend this film for ages 7 to 18. Adults will like it too. I do want to suggest that if your child is younger than 7, they might get scared with the darkness and the villains, but if they can accept that it is all fake then they will be okay. I rate this film 5 out of 5 magical origami stars.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!