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~ tried and true picks for relaxing, replenishing and detoxing through this nasty flu season ~

With the flu outbreak in full swing, everyone’s anxiety is at an all-time high about catching and battling this intense virus. Whether you’re starting to feel fatigued or you’re in full-fledged flu mode, staying comfortable and reliving symptoms is key. Below, we’ve listed our tried and true picks for relaxing, replenishing and detoxing through this nasty flu season!

Live Clean Hand Soap

$4.99 ; Target.com

Experts say to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds – Live Clean Liquid Hand Soap features a blend of nourishing and replenishing organic botanicals that help fight off germs while improving skins texture and tone. Hands are properly cleansed without being stripped of moisture

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  • 97% plant derived
  • SLS Free
  • Aluminum Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Petrolatum Free
  • Phosphate-Free
  • Formaldehyde Free
  • Cruelty Free

 

Dr Teal’s Detoxify & Energize Pure Epsom Salt Foaming Bath

$4.87 ; Walmart.com

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Combines pure Epsom salt with fragrant oils and pure Ginger & Clay extracts to help remove your body’s impurities, ease aches and muscle pains and restore your energy. Your body will savor it!

  • Eases aches and muscle pains
  • Helps increase natural energy level
  • Naturally removes body’s impurities and toxins

 

JĀSÖN Total Protection Sea Salt Mouth Rinse

9.99 at Whole Foods Market and online at www.jason-personalcare.com

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Designed to encourage a healthier, happier mouth, it delivers complete oral hygiene and fresh breath, without the use of harsh abrasives or irritating chemicals. The salt-rich formula features Dead Sea Salt, used for centuries as a home remedy, and a powerful blend of natural extracts to help neutralize cavity-causing sugars and fight the build-up of bacteria which creates bad breath. The Sea Salt Mouth Rinse is also powered by Witch Hazel, which helps soothe irritated gyms, Glycerin, which helps relieve the symptoms of dry mouth, and Peppermint Oil, which leaves your mouth feeling cool and your breath smelling fresh.  Unlike conventional mouthwashes, the JĀSÖN® Sea Salt Mouth Rinse is made with over 90% natural content and does not contain Gluten, Alcohol, Saccharin, Parabens, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Petrolatum, Artificial Colors, or Phthalates

 

NEW! Queen Helene Volcanic Ash Masque & Scrub

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$4-6 (sold separately) ;  Sally Beauty/SallyBeauty.com

The skin-detoxifying facial masque harnesses the purifying power of Volcanic Ash (also known as Bentonite) to deeply clean skin. Known for its ability to draw out pollutants, Volcanic Ash acts like a magnet for pollutants, bringing them to the surface so they can be washed away. The result is refreshed, renewed skin. The skin-purifying facial scrub harnesses the power of Volcanic Ash to deeply clean skin. Enriched with natural, healthy ingredients to provide targeted skin benefit.

 

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~ HONOUR Luxury Men’s Skincare ~Sustainable Coffee ~Eco-friendly Packaging ~

 

What’s the key to starting the day out right, even if you aren’t a morning person? Changing the mundane wake-up routine to an uplifting transformative ritual with the Minnesota-based HONOUR™ Essentials: a collection of skin, shave products who’s secret ingredient is Costa Rican coffee oil that is sustainably sourced and elegantly and ethically made for the discerning man. The rich coffee is also sold to complete the morning experience.

 

Created by brothers and business partners, Jerad and Matt Poling, HONOUR’s “transformative ritual” is centered around the richly derived benefits of the coffee bean and maximized in two primary ways:

  • First, as a defining ingredient in a three-step skincare process—WAKE Exfoliating Rinse, PREP Shave Well Cream and TEND Revitalizing Moisturizer.
  • Second, as deliciously roasted BREW coffee. Pure to form, all products are free of parabens, sulfates, and other harmful chemicals.

Quality is at the heart of the product, with sustainability being a common theme throughout the entire brand.

  • The heirloom-quality Keep Good canister is comprised of eco-friendly materials like reclaimed aluminum and Refills consist of pressed sugar cane pulp, so one can live in the modern world without damaging the planet.
  • The coffee beans utilized in all HONOUR products are grown, handpicked, and sorted on family-owned farmland rooted in the lush mountainous hills of Costa Rica.
  • 1% of gross revenues go to organizations that protect the environment.

~ If you are dreading it or not, sorry to say Valentine’s Day is around the corner… ~

Whether you are spending time with your S.O., going to a Galentine’s Day brunch or just living your best life by yourself, hair flip into the holiday and love your locks!

See below for some must-have Valentine’s Day hair essentials, what better way to celebrate the holiday than with great hair! Let

 

 

STEP 1, WASH:

CrazySmooth® Anti-Frizz Shampoo ($39.00, ColorProof.com)

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Prepare yourself to be amazed. Breakthrough smoothing, de-frizzing technology, featuring a proprietary blend of exclusive oils including Camellia Oil from Japan and Abyssinian Oil from Africa, with seaweed and shea butter, instantly eliminates unruly frizz and infuses hair with extreme smoothness, shine and super healthy condition without weighing hair down. This 100% vegan formula gently cleanses, rinsing clean for long lasting, brilliant color without the use of harsh sulfates, salts or gluten.

CrazySmooth® Anti-Frizz Condition ($39.00, ColorProof.com)

Experience vibrant, glossy, smooth-as-silk results while nourishing and detangling. Next generation smoothing technology featuring a proprietary blend of exclusive oils including Camellia Oil from Japan and Abyssinian Oil from Africa, with seaweed and shea butter, instantly softens, smoothes and defrizzes hair while returning it to its healthiest condition ever. This 100% vegan formula nourishes, tames and defies with color and heat protection without the use of sulfates, salts or gluten. Drive your hair crazy smooth.

STEP 2, PROTECT:

Macadamia Professional Thermal Protectant Spray ($19.95, Ulta.com)

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A feather light spray that guards against the damaging effects of heat styling tools and leaves hair shiny and smooth. Provides thermal protection up to 450F while eradicating frizz and resisting humidity. Ideal for all textures.

 

KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Macadamia Oil – Rich in nourishing omega 7, 5 and 3 fatty acids that promote healthy hair
  • Argan Oil – Rich in omega 9 fatty acid that helps to repair and strengthen hair
  • Avocado Oil – Known to be the most moisturizing of any fruit oil
  • Hydrolyzed Rice Protein & Vegetable Protein – Provides lightweight moisturization & healing properties
  • Conditioning Silicone blend – Imparts gloss and sheen
  • Thermal Protectant Silicone – Provides enhanced thermal protection up to 450 F

 

 STEP 3, STYLE:

Hot Tools Professional Pink Titanium 1” Salon Curling Iron ($65, Ulta.com):

The titanium barrel provides excellent durability under high heats.  It also provides lightweight strength, corrosion resistance to styling products, and even heat distribution. Hair looks smooth and glossy. Pulse Technology® for Gets Hot… Stays Hot® performance – senses heat loss and begins restoring it immediately so the iron stays hot!

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Titanium surface for maximum heat distribution and snag-free styling

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Extra-long cool tip

Power indicator light

Powerful spring clamp

Extra-long thumb grip

Provides maximum heat curl after curl

Rheostat control to adjust temperature

8 ft. tangle-free swivel cord

STEP 4, FINISH:

 

HardCore® Epic Hold Color Protect Hairspray ($26.00, ColorProof.com)

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Hard to the core. This super-holding, fast-drying, backstage favorite designed exclusively for color treated hair amplifies and provides long-lasting epic hold, humidity resistance and brilliant shine, while strengthening and protecting hair. Powerful next generation polymers and natural ceramides lock your look in place with exceptional style memory and unprecedented color and heat protection. Bigger, better, stronger – hands down, it’s the best hairspray you’ll ever use!

 

~ but quinoa for my hair? ~

Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe not, but quinoa is the superfood of the century. It’s a yummy, fulfilling, extremely healthy, and gluten free grain. However, one of its greatest traits is that, quinoa is an excellent hair protein for your lovely strands. Who knew you could use something that’s meant to be cooked, as a hair treatment? It’s not exactly like you can make a hair mask out of it, but the market is full of quinoa based hair products that provide amazing benefits for your hair. While most grains are considered low in protein, quinoa has it all. It’s a great source of calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamin A, and best of all, 9 essential amino acids. Since quinoa contains nearly 15% of amino acids, it makes a great ingredient and hair protein. The new trend in the hair care industry is to provide products that contain the hydrolyzed quinoa proteins. Its benefits range from great moisture, to seal the split ends. Aside from that, it has the ability to repair, condition and protect your hair.

Introducing Quinoaplex by ONC, made of the new miracle grain “quinoa”, that transforms hair when hydrolyzed and molecules are then small enough to get through the cuticles of the hair to penetrate into the hair shaft. Quinoaplex by ONC is therefore beneficial because hair is made of 85% Protein which also is called Keratin. Washing hair, color/bleach and/or its exposure to sun, causes loss of protein, thinning of hair (men & women), hair loss and hair breakage.

Quinoaplex by ONC provides:

– lasting shine
– manageability without the need of any gels or hairspray.
– shorter time of hair drying
– decreases hair loss, thinning and breakage
– increases the the lasting of hair color
– soothing irritated scalp
– it allows the hair to be colored and bleached with much less damage more often as the protein that the hair loses, is given back with the hydrolyzed quinoa protein.

Other great benefits of quinoa hair protein are:

It promotes growth
Helps the pigmentation of your hair color
Its minerals are natural hair strengtheners
Protect your hair from environmental damaging agents like air pollution.

Use: Shampoo hair and towel dry. Spray on evenly all over hair and then massage till it lathers. Leave for 10-15 min. Then rinse and condition (leave on for 3 min). You can also spray 4 pumps ( 0.17 fl. oz.) into any chemical box color right before coloring at home. Take it to your salon and ask or insist the colorist to spray 4 pumps ( 0.17 fl. oz.) into  your chemical color or bleach solution. It does not interfere with ratios, developer
or formula time. You can see its effects after one application. But never use immediately after hair coloring. Wait 3-4 days.

~ Ultra-Violent is the 2018 Color of the Year ~

How are you? Pantone recently announced Ultra-Violent, as the 2018 Color of the Year. Serving as the hue of some of our favorite superfoods, Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified, has compiled a list of the impressive benefits these cosmic colored foods have to offer and why you should incorporate them into their diet.

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  • Blackberries are loaded with vitamin C, as well as vitamins A, E, K, and B vitamins, antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which sift free radicals and reactive oxygen species.
  • Blueberries are a top superfood of the fruit world, containing iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and vitamin K, which help and maintain bone health.
  • Red cabbage contains disease-fighting properties known as polyphenols, which offer antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. It also is a great source of dietary fiber and a rich source of several vitamins.
  • Lavender Oil created from the lavender herb, has been proven to assist with getting rid of bloating and calming itching.
  • Plums are rich in fiber and help to ease digestion, as well as great source of vitamin A.
  • Açaí Berries are loaded with antioxidants, as well as being rich in fiber, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins A, B, C and E, mineral salts (calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium) amongst others.
  • Figs are rich in natural health benefiting phytonutrients, antioxidants and vitamins. Dried figs are a great concentrated source of minerals and vitamins.

 

 

About the doctor:

Social Life 2015:Sonja Morgan September_2015:JPG Sonja Morgan:DSC_3543-look004-C-Sonia-Morgan-NYC_©2015-VITAL-AGIBALOW.JPG” class=”CToWUd”>Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. He has worked with Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham’s, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at www.drcal.net

 

 

 

~ 5 Reasons Why More and More People Are Saying ‘No Way’ to Valentine’s Day. ~

 

Whether you’re in a couple or rolling solo, Valentine’s Day comes with expectation and pressure. With #CoupleGoals as a consistently trending hashtag, countless pictures of couples on social media, the obsession of celebrity break ups and make ups and TV shows like the Bachelor and Bachelorette serving up contrived romance sprinkled with drama, the way we think of love and romance has changed. Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a New York Board Certified Neuropsychologist explains why so many people say ‘no way’ to Valentine’s Day and offers some alternatives that shift this negative mindset.

 

  1. “Valentine’s Day is a ‘Hallmark Holiday’ and I’m still broke from Christmas.”

When money is tight many people may want to cut back on spending especially for things they feel are frivolous. “Financial stress is a common thing and when people are made to feel pressured to spend, they get resentful and want to claim their power,” explains Dr. Hafeez. Instead of boycotting all romance, put a $20 maximum on gifts and you’ll see how sweet, thoughtful and creative you can get.

 

  1. “Every restaurant is crowded and the service is terrible.”

Nothing kills romance faster than crowds and a bad experience dining out. Since everyone goes out to eat on Valentine’s Day there will be a lapse in service. “One way for couples to celebrate is to call their favorite restaurant in advance and have a meal prepared they can pick up and heat up at home,” suggests Dr. Hafeez. “You can either break out the fancy dishes and dress up or you can put on sweats and eat while watching a movie, the important thing is that you enjoy yourselves and aren’t stressed,” she adds.

 

  1. “We’ve been together for ages. Every day is Valentine’s Day! Do we really need to celebrate?”

“Celebrations and traditions are important in a relationship and when they fall away it’s usually a sign of trouble and disconnection. While you may not feel the need to do anything extravagant use the day to appreciate the love you have and life you’ve created, even if it’s in a small way,” Hafeez advises.

 

  1. “I’m single so what’s the point?”

Rolling solo on Valentine’s Day again, all the more reason to turn it into a Self Love Day. Being single on Valentine’s Day can be tough for people, especially those still healing from a break up or divorce. “You want to really be kind and caring to yourself. Booking a massage, getting a haircut, or arranging a single ladies night with your single friends could be just what’s needed. Focus on creating your own happiness,” says Dr. Hafeez who often sees a link between break up depression and anxiety over holidays.

 

  1. “I’m just to busy for love and romance and all that stuff.”

Some people are just focused on other things that are top priority in their lives. There are plenty of women who are turned on more by generating income for their businesses than concerning themselves with outside approval or validation. There has been a rise in female entrepreneurship with more millenials and Gen X’ers preferring to build empires than romantic relationships. For them it’s just February 14th the mid way point to a short month. “There’s nothing wrong with women wanting to focus on their professional lives. They often feel to focus on business, romance, which may cause them to lose focus, has to be shelved for a while, this is more common these days,” Dr. Hafeez shares.

 

While many say ‘no way’ to Valentine’s Day there are millions saying I DO.

According to a 2017 survey of 1000 people done by James Allen, an online diamond and bridal jewelry retailer, 43 percent of millennials say Valentines Day is their top pick for proposal day. November – February is considered proposal season.

 

Some other mind-blowing stats that clearly show Cupid isn’t going away anytime soon are.

 

In 2017, the National Retail Federation put the estimated total spending at over $18.2 billion. That’s an average of $136.57 per person.

 

Jewelry is the most popular gift with 20 percent of consumers expected to buy jewelry, with a total of $4.3 billion on bling, the NRF said.

 

$2 billion will be spent on flowers, with roses being most popular. 250 million roses are produced for the holiday, the Society of American Florists said.

 

The American Greeting Card Association puts that industries pay out at 1 BILLION… yes folks $1 … for paper.

 

About Dr. Sanam Hafeez:

 

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical neuropsychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. 

 

Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz.

 

Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or www.comprehendthemind.

~ Dermalogica’s Intensive Eye Repair Cream ~

As we’ve all witnessed, Kim Kardashian West’s style and beauty looks have drastically evolved over the years, including bleaching her dark locks and ditching her signature contour.

However, there’s one look that Kim says she will NEVER go back to – the “super white under-eye” aka applying concealer that’s a few shades lighter than your skin tone to brighten up the under-eye area.

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However, that’s not to say Kim endorses forgetting about the area entirely! She recently shared a post on her app discussing the best skincare routine for your age and recommended that those in their 30s focus on preventing visible signs of aging.

She shared that “because the skin around the eyes is the thinnest and first to show signs of aging, it’s also important to introduce a moisturizing eye cream to your skin regimen” and she recommends using Dermalogica’s Intensive Eye Repair Cream, which targets dehydration lines and increases elasticity.

 

   

 

Dermalogica Intensive Eye Repair ($58 at Ulta)

Ultra-rich eye cream targets dehydration lines. This hydrating cream works to repair premature aging and damage around the delicate eye with Vitamin A, Wild Yam Extract and Pro-Vitamin B5. Help increase elasticity and smooth skin texture with phytonutrients and botanicals of Cucumber and Arnica, as vitamins C and E plus Grape Seed Extract shield the delicate eye area against further environmental damage.