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A Remarkable Hair Care Line Created by a Remarkable Woman, “OUIDAD”

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013


As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I didn’t realize that a remarkable hair care line I have been enjoying bares the name of the woman who herself won a battle with breast cancer. The woman and her hair care line is named Ouidad. In 2002 Ouidad was diagnosed with breast cancer and fortunately, made a full recovery, but Ouidad vowed to “never let recovery be the end of my battle.”  ”On behalf of my company, I invite you to help fund the fight to find a cure for breast cancer by supporting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® through OUIDAD – Curls For A Cure®. We’ll continue to match your donations dollar for dollar towards our goal to donate one million dollars.”  Learn more about Curls for a cure and how you can help at

Whether you have wavy, curly or kinky hair, has an extensive line of products to suit your individual hair type. You will also find the right hair product based on your concern. For example, if you have dry, damaged, limp or thin hair, Ouidad will have the appropriate product targeting your personal hair care needs and concerns. The website is amazing offering informational videos on just about every product they carry. OK, so you are not sure what type of curly hair you have, start your journey at Ouidad‘s hair profiler, it’s fun, easy and after answering a few questions, you will know exactly what type of curly hair you have, it’s remarkable!

I have medium curly, thin hair and Playcurl Volumizing Shampoo is one of the products selected for my hair concern. Playcurl Volumizing Shampoo is fabulous, addressing my thinning hair while adding fullness, leaving my curls frizz-free and intact. I must say, my hair has never been curlier and I’m loving it. Playcurl Volumizing Shampoo  contains a unique blend of botanical extracts, wheat proteins and Hydrolyzed silk which aids in cleansing while creating volume. As stated by Ouidad, “PlayCurl’s blend of Green Tea Extract, Aloe and Wheat Protein with volumizing polymers provide a gentle shampooing that livens limp curls and encourages curl formation. Leaves hair shiny and manageable, transforming your tresses into truly luscious locks! offers some interesting and helpful tips about shampooing:
**Never bunch or scrub hair together while shampooing as this roughens the cuticle and gives you weakened, frizzier hair. Use fingertips only to massage the scalp, then gently comb outstretched fingers in a downward motion through the hair to cleanse and detangle.

**Shampooing every day is not necessary. Less frequent shampooing allows your natural oils to lubricate and protect your hair. On days you don’t shampoo, a light spritz of Ouidad Botanical Boost will refresh hair.
I found that Curl Quencher Moisturizing Conditioner to be the perfect compliment to Playcurl Shampoo. After shampooing, Curl Quencher throughly moisturized my hair. I loved the fact that it is also a detangler and as a result, there was minimal tangles and my hair brushed out easily and gently. I also noticed that my hair is not as dry as it usually is. I don’t heat style but if you do, Curl Quencher will help repair damage from excessive heat from styling tools. “Curl Quencher is safe for color treated, permed, and straightened curls, Curl Quencher’s algae extract and wheat amino acids seal in moisture and protect even fragile, damaged hair.”

If you really want to spiffy up your curly locks you will LOVE Ouidad’s NEW Curl Recovery™ Curl Defining Styling Soufflé. This incredible souffle revitalizes dry, unmanageable hair and transforms your curls into elongated, healthy, beautiful looking curls.  This is one of the newest additions to Ouidad’s Curl Recovery™ Collection. As stated by Ouidad, this soufflé contains Ouidad’s exclusive CR 4 Repair Complex which uses a blend of Mafura Butter and Kalahari Melon Seed Oil to deeply nourish and reconstruct the hair.  Frizz free and hydrated hair has never been easier thanks to this sumptuous styling soufflé.”

What makes Ouidad’s NEW Curl Recovery™ Curl Defining Styling Soufflé a winner?

Curl Recovery™ Curl Defining Styling Soufflé is perfect  for dry or damaged textured hair, and after use, you will notice your hair will be hydrated, elongated and silky soft. This souffle is formulated with natural emollient oils from Avocado, Radish, Coconut and Meadowfoam which helps to replenish moisture, reducing frizz and leaving your hair with a healthy shine it deserves. I just finished using the souffle and after shampooing and conditioning, simply towel dry and add small amounts of the souffle to your hair. I am air drying my hair and the curls are defined and my hair is silky soft. Curl Recovery™ Curl Defining Styling Soufflé has an incredibly sweet smell and is so light and fluffy, you will never know it is in your hair. The Souffle is formulated without parabens, sulfates and synthetic dyes which makes it even more desirable to use.

See for yourself at and learn about  the 4 tips and techniques on how to use this amazing souffle to your full advantage.

Keep your curly hair looking the best it ever has with Ouidad.

What I am Loving This September #3

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

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“Calgon, take me away” became the catchphrase for stressed-out women during an advertising campaign for Calgon bath products in the 1970s & 1980s but the brand first surfaced in 1933 offering a water softener product. In 1946 Calgon introduced it’s first fragrant bath product. So many years later, the brand is still a leader in it’s category and offers a bunch of collections. One of my Favorites is “Morning Glory”, made up of  florals musk, orange, sandlewood & oak moss. I love warm scents like this. Read the Calgon timeline and trivia at

Things I Am Loving This Fall

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

There are a few weeks left until Fall but in some places you can already feel Fall in the air.  We are wrapping up summer and have found some Fall “Finds”.  Here is what we are loving now (as featured today on The Daily Dish Utah).

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Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics on The Daily Dish

Good Girls Tees are great for wearing and even layering this fall, tanks & shirts were created by designer Erin McGhee and they are available to buy online at .-These t-shirts quite literally make a fashion “statement”,  humorous t-shirts have found a following for both their comfort, quality and their tongue-and-cheek humor. Hollywood stars such as actress Abigail Hargrove, country superstar Kellie Pickler, Savannah Jayde, Valery Ortiz, Melinda Shankar, Brooke Burke and Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Raisman have been spotted wearing the line! You too can choose your shirt, choose your color and choose your words.

Good Girl Tees

Pocksie Self Adhesive Pocket is a great Fall fashion fix-it. Solutions That Stick invents and manufactures both wacky and useful personal care products. Solutions That Stick began with one product, Garment Guard: disposable underarm shields  Now, there are over 35 products like  Pocksie: temporary stickie pockets, The Perk Up: adhesive breast lifts and more.


Seasonal skin issues can be solved with products like:

Hey Honey Hands On Honey & Propolis Hand Cream soothes and protects the skin with Honey & Propolis Extracts. This intensely moisturizing hand cream is formulated with Propolis, Honey Extract, Dead Sea minerals and Knot-weed Extract. Regular use will leave your hands soft, smooth and ready for the day. Paraben & S.L.S free.  Hey Honey has more than 17 products for skin and body with formulations  based on honey and propolis. Propolis is created by harvesting the resinous mixture that honey bees, collect from tree bark, sap flowers or other botanical reserves. – 100% of the Hands On sales are donated to the Hey Honey Fund that protect and assist abused women and  their children.

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Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Eye Impact Quick Recovery Eye Cream gives eyes a wakeup call with a hydrating, illuminating eye cream. It instantly reduces the signs of fatigue with a combination of powerful ingredients (including antioxidants, peptides and caffeine) for revived, fresher-looking eyes.



We make sure our tresses are ready for the colder seasons with products like Nelson j Beverly Hills Non-Foaming Shampoo was developed by celebrity hairstylist Nelson Chan. It is great for cleansing and hydrating dry, damaged hair and dry scalps. (non-foaming shampoos are better for a dry scalp condition than a lathering shampoo). It’s a  7-in-1 product. It’s a cleanser, conditioner, color protector, detangler, shine enhancer, smoothing serum & pre-styling lotion. It’s a natural product with no synthetic colors or fragrances, parabens or sulfates. The key ingredients are Peppermint, Citrus and Argan oil.

Nelson j Argan Oil 7 Non Foaming Shampoo


Nelson j Beverly Hills Argan Oil 7 Non Foaming Shampoo

This is a ‘Must Have” for juggling, cash, cards, your phone in a portable easy to carry along way-Eyn Products Phone Case with storage and mirror iPhone 5 fits all iPhone 5 devices with hinged back for built-in storage space, it holds three bank cards and cash comfortably. It comes with an enclosed mirror. Kickstand feature for watching videos and FaceTime chatting. With easy access to phone and all ports/controls. A form-fit feature protects the screen. It’s made with high quality polycarbonate to protect the phone and your valuables. It’s got a rubber coating for a secure grip. The phone easily fits inside and it is available in a variety of colors.

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Favorite Products for the “Fur” Kid of the Family

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

These days people are pampering their pets or “Fur” kids more than ever before. “Humans” are treating pets more and more like they would any other member of the family. Here are some products to pamper your pets, keep them healthy and show them even a little more of how much you love them (as featured today on Good Things Utah TV).

Hollywood Pads solves the problem of unsightly pee pads by offering pads that are individually shaped and printed to resemble a dog’s PAW or a BONE . The potty pads are cutely shaped. They have more quilting, are more durable and  dry better . Dogs use Hollywood Pads more than once so they are a money saver too.

Pee Pee Pads

Pee Pee Pads

Orapup ultra-soft, pointed bristles reach deep into the uneven crevices of your dog’s tongue and loosen stinky bacteria. Add Orapup Flavor Packs to make cleaning your dog’s tongue a treat, not a chore. Your pet will lick away at the flavored formula  while it cleans the mouth and stops  stinky dog breath. Orapup Lickies complement the Orapup. Lickies come in three flavors dogs love so they view using the Orapup as a treat: – Beef & Bacon – fortified for oral health- Cinnamon Chicken Pot Pie – fortified for oral health, plus skin & coat- Cherry Chicken Cobbler – fortified for oral health, plus joint health.

Puppy Paint is the sister product of Piggy Paint for “human” kids. It’s a non-toxic, low odor, eco-friendly nail polished designed just for posh puppies.  It’s great for doggie pedicures because it dries fats and can be done with just one coat of polish even over dark nails.It is naturally bitter to prevent doggies from licking or biting  off the polish.

Rad Dog makes a Collar + Leash in One. It is designed for the mostly off-leash dog, the Release N Run is a dog collar with a built-in 4 foot retractable leash allowing the leash to fully stow in the dog’s collar while it is not in use. You can head out for a run with your dog on his/her leash, and as you hit the trail simply let go of the handle and the leash will retract into his/her collar. You both get to run free while jogging together. It’s Strong  - Made with climbers webbing, for dogs up to 110 pounds!


The Posh Puppy Boutique is located in Rocklan, CA but has an online shopping boutique too.  There you will find  designer dog clothes & accessories to pamper your pet.  You can shop for dog apparel, collars, toys, beds, costumes etc. Products from John Paul Mitchell are also available including John Paul Awapoochi Shampoo &  John Paul Awapoochi Conditioning Rinse with Shine Memory.

Another great place to shop online for fabulous finds for our “Fur” kids is at Jeanne Chinn Los Angeles. Their couture pet bags are a Hollywood favorite! They were awarded “Best In Show 2012″ for the best pet travel bag.

What I Am Loving This August #3

Thursday, August 15th, 2013
Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics
Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics


Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics have always been an It’s a Glam Thing “Fave”. Now, you’ll love the Pressed Mineral Eye shadow Quads, sleek, mirrored compact quads. Each compact includes matte, pearl and shimmery finishes that blend together easily. Choose from Eternity, Gemstones, Glamour Eyes, Moulin Rouge, Shanghai Nights, Starlet, Timeless & Vintage. ($43) Apply it to lids with the eye shadow brush and use it dry for a soft look, or wet for a dramatic effect.

What I am Loving This August #2

Thursday, August 15th, 2013
Fake Bake

Fake Bake

NEW Fake Bake 60 Minute Tan – The Fake Bake brand products are  always on my “Fave” list and for all seasons.  60 Minute Tan is a new , fast working and innovative formula. It’s a self tan liquid that develops into a beautiful, natural looking tan in 60 minutes.  The “shows where it goes” color guide is created by the tanning agents dihydroxyacetone and erythulose activating upon contact with the skin. Accelerators speed up the development time for a pretty tanned look in 60 minutes.

If you want a darker tan, you don’t have to reapply and start the process over, just  leave 60 Minutes on longer  than an hour then rinse off the  to reveal the tan. You should not leave the product on for over 3 hours. This light weight, fast drying formula is non-sticky and does not clog the pores. It comes with an application mitt and glove. Tip: bend your knees and elbows when applying to those areas.  ($31.99)

Beauty Starts Within With Ascenta Skin

Monday, August 12th, 2013


The skin is the largest organ of the body and is sometimes the most neglected.  Since the main function of the skin is to form a protective barrier of all environmental debris, the skin works hard every day and deserves to be treated with some TLC and thanks to new skin care science we understand that your best skin care comes from the inside out.

Founder and Formulator of the newest Skin Care Ascenta Skin, Marc St-Onge, says “Real beauty comes from within. So that’s where I started.”  Since skin is nourished from the inside through the blood, Ascenta Skin starts from the inside.

Just 1tsp. a day of Ascenta Skin  will produce dramatic beautifying effects. These effects will increase elasticity, firmness, and hydration while reducing roughness and protect against the harmful UV rays. Ascenta Skin has 6 active ingredients;EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), GLA ( gamma linolenic acid), Zeaxanthin, Lutein, and Vitamin D.

Each one is proven to help improve the look and feel of the skin . Scientific studies show that lutein, zeaxanthin and GLA have demonstrated positive results for increasing elasticity and firmness and to improve the tone of the skin.  Also, GLA has been shown to increase skin hydration, reduce dryness, itchiness, and roughness in the skin.  EPA and DHA have been proven to protect against UV rays while lutein and zeaxanthin fortify the skin’s natural defense against the UV rays as well.

So there you have it.  Skin care is one of the most important routines for your daily life but the topical skin care routine does not penetrate the dermal layer where the true beautifying takes place.  So start your skin care routine from the inside out with Ascenta Skin daily and see amazing results. You’ll be glad you did. I am!

Ascenta Skin

Ascenta Skin

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Posted and written by: Annie Hatcher, Brand Ambassador, It’s a Glam Thing

Gifts for Mom

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

It’s a Glam Thing Beauty/Life Style  Expert Dawn McCarthy presented these gifts for Mom today on The Daily Dish Utah.

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Treasured Passages Mother Daughter Keepsake Letter Books are made using the vintage cards provided in each book. Memories from the past, present and dreams for the future live though the pages in this Letter Book. This book provides over 40 cards & envelopes used to create a keepsake that will last forever. Exchange the cards and and once answered tuck them back into the little nooks and crannies of the book to create an heirloom for many generations.


Système 41 Skin Care Essentials products are formulated with apple and grape stem cell therapy and over 20 other natural skin nutrients. The 5 piece kit contains the Restorative Night Treatment, Nourishing Day Creme, Rejuvenating Masque, Revitalizing Eye Treatment and gentle Purifying Cleanser. It’s priced right at just $129.95 for five products.


Moms smiles light up when gifted on Mother’s Day. She will love the practicality and uniqueness of Violife’s  Stylish Sonic Powered Toothbrush called SlimSonic with 22,000 brushstrokes per minute and a choice of bright colors & patterns.


Dad will enjoy gifting Mom with PJ Harlow lounge wear designs by Tina Mac Mom will love the bottoms, cover pieces, tops and dresses. Mom will enjoy being surrounded in softness and comfortable wearing this “dream” wear!


For the green conscious Mom Dionis Goat Milk Skincare makes a Wrinkle Cream that is  green conscious.  It is a  fragrance-free and  98%+ natural wrinkle smoothing cream that  is formulated with marine extracts, certified organics, clinically proven Matrixyl 3000 and hyaluronic acid. This is yours and Mom’s special secret weapon for skin maintenance and care.


The Magne Button holds scarves in place and is great for cardigans too. These are pretty double sided magnetic buttons. These are so unique that they are patented. Designs include Indigo Crystal, Vintage Blue Domes, Heart prints, Pink Crown prints, Cameo designs, Rhinestone Clusters and more.

Gifts for Mom

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Today It’s a Glam Thing Beauty/Life Style  Expert Dawn McCarthy presented an assortment of gifts for Mom for “Mother’s Day & Every Day” . You were able to see Dawn on both The Daily Dish Utah and Good Things Utah.  Here is what she presented on ABC 4 GTU

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My Name Necklace collections include name & initial necklaces and bracelets. They are available in silver, gold and gold plated. You have a choice of two initials ,one initial, names and more in both necklaces and bracelets.

Sprayology has a line of homeopathic and vitamin oral sprays like: Arnica Power, Body balance, Diet Powers & SleepEase. Sprayology re-defines wellness and makes it easy for Mom to incorporate natural products into her daily life for better health naturally.

LadyCare USA has two products for women that are  great gifts for Sister to Sister or Mom to Daughter, Daughter to Mom…a woman thing! LadyCareis discreet and simple to use. It is worn comfortably and completely out of sight simply clipped to your under garment in the pelvic area to ease menpausal symptoms and  MN8 is their natural treatment to ease period pain.

Prana SpaCeutcals Reflect SPF 45 is a  silky tinted skin care moisturizer cream that nourishes, protects, and hydrates the skin. Reflect skin care moisturizer cream is enhanced with anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients that provide powerful protection Fortified with Certified Organic Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid, Grape Seed Extract. Allantion, Micronized Zinc and Mineral Mica. Reflect is an optimal moisturizer and flawless makeup base which protects against the harmful UVA and UVB rays with SPF 45. This gift gets Mom ready for Summertime or anytime.

The GloBag (we love it in Hot Pink & Lime Green). Is the Ultimate gym locker organizer bag in a for her. This ultimate gym backpack keeps everything separate and accessible. It can stand or hang in most gym lockers. It is made with two shelves which create three compartments. The bottom compartment is intended for shoes and has vents for air circulation. The middle shelf is for the Glo Cosmetic Bag and/or Wet Bag. The upper compartment is enclosed in mesh to keep everything in its place and is a good spot for your clean clothes. There is also a convenient cell phone pouch on the backpack strap and a water bottle holder.

Many Moms love handmade gifts made from vintage and reproduction fabrics. RetroRevival Shower caps are fun gifts for Mom. The waterproof shower caps provide a stylish and comfortable way to keep your hair dry and frizz-free while you shower and the swim wraps are adorable and gift worthy too.


With MicrodermMD the Results Could Not Have Been Better

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013


I am completely impressed with the Trophy Skin MicrodermMD and the results could not have been better. I have never had any type of laser treatment, peel or surgery performed on my face, with the exception of cleansers and basic skincare creams. My skin does not look bad from a distance, however, close-ups are a totally different story. Trust me when I say that there are plenty of fine lines and wrinkles, some age spots starting to appear, enlarges pores and uneven skin tone. I never thought about doing anything about it until I had the opportunity to try the MicrodermMD. Not only did I save hundreds of dollars on treatments if I had gone to a clinic or salon, but for a fraction of the cost I could treat my face in the privacy of my home.

As stated by ”The MicrodermMD by Trophy Skin is a revolution in at-home skincare, for the first time offering a professional grade microdermabrasion device that can be used at home. The MicrodermMD offers a fast, gentle, and extremely effective microderm treatment delivered in the comfort of your own home.”

Before I tell you about my experience, I would like to share some information about the MicrodermMD. After completing my research on their website, I found that the MicrodermMD treats a wide range of skin conditions including discoloration, acne scars, wrinkles, blemishes, enlarged pores, sun damage and uneven skin texture just as effectively as professional treatments. The MicrodermMD is a painless, chemical-free way to perform skin peeling without going to a dermatology clinic. The Diamond Peeling Tip, made from diamond particles for skin-peeling precision, neatly vacuums dead skin particles while peeling. Over time, by removing the outer layers of aging skin, you will find that fine lines and wrinkles have been reduced along with blemishes often accompanied by redness. The MicrodermMD has a diamond-tipped exfoliating wand with vacuum suction which works to gently buff away top layers of skin that are dulling your complexion. The diamond tip is 100% crystal free, meaning there is no mess or cleanup time needed when using the device.

I used the Trophy Skin MicrodermMD for approximately 4 weeks on my face and I am definitely seeing results, I plan to continue with treatments several times a week and use it on other body parts as well. There was one  surprise which I will share with you as I tell you about my experiences with the MicrodermMD. The following is an actual account of my experience with this remarkable at home facial appliance.

The MicrodermMD contains everything needed for the perfect at-home microderm abrasion treatment: A Diamond Tipped Exfoliating Wand, Suction Motor With 5 User Selectable Levels, Wool Filters (100 pieces), Plastic Blackhead Removing Tip, Cleaning Brush for Diamond Tip and a Built in Mirror. (see photo above)

Before I started using the MicrodermMD, I read and followed the directions thoroughly. This is a very important step, and by doing so, you are guaranteed optimal results.

The 4 steps of Diamond Peeling Treatment are shown above and I suggest trying out the 5 power levels of exfoliation on a surface area other than your face to start so you can feel the different power strengths. When working on a certain area, you can choose your comfort level and get the best possible skin exfoliating treatment depending on the area of the face or body you are treating.

After turning on the MicrodermMD, I applied the diamond tipped exfoliating wand directly to my face. Following the instructions, I gently stroked the wand over small areas of my face, a little at a time, stroking each area 3 or 4 times per treatment and continued this until I covered all the areas I wanted to treat. A 5-10 minute treatment a few times per week is all that is needed to achieve glowing, radiant skin.The MicrodermMD works by gently and powerfully exfoliating the top 3-5 layers of outer dermis, removing dead skin and the soon-to-be dead skin beneath. This causes the regrowth of collagen and elastin, giving the skin a smooth and glowing appearance. Over time, you will see that the microdermabrasion treatments reduce the fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and brown spots on the face and body. Uneven skin tone and texture will gradually become smooth and uniform.

I have definitely noticed an improvement in skin tone and slight fading of some age spots, so I am thrilled. I was concerned that I might have some irritation from the treatments but I never had any irritation or side effects from the treatments, it worked beautifully every time. One treatment that impressed me tremendously was the blackhead suction tip. I used this every other day on top of my nose and along the sides and watched as it removed dirt and other impurities out of the pores and after 4 weeks, my pores are smaller and the area looks great, I can see the difference and that is the important thing.

One night, I was telling my husband how much I was enjoying the MicrodermMD and what great results I was having, he wanted in on the Microdermabrasion action. I was quite surprised he was interested. Since then he as been treating his face on a few problem areas he has, several times a week. He especially likes the blackhead suction tip because after using it these past few weeks, he has noticed his pores are smaller and the area looks brighter.

We are both seeing some really nice results with the MicrodermMD and my 17 year old daughter will soon be using it too, she can’t wait to start treating some of her acne breakouts and blemishes.  We will be sure to tell you what her results are.

To purchase your MicrodermMD or to learn more information on this microdermabrasion device visit

Guest Post by Donna Raheb