Micro Therapy Pro Painmaster: Drug-Free Pain Relief

Big pain relief comes in a small package. It is a known fact that when it comes to the human body, there will be pain, but that doesn’t mean there is no escape from it; and that escape doesn’t have to include pharmaceuticals. For those who suffer from back, shoulder, knee, ankle, and neck pain, get ready to get back to a pain-free life……even while you sleep. Say goodbye to painkillers that make you feel groggy, drowsy and with a sense of continued discomfort when you say hello to the Micro Therapy Pro Painmaster.

The Micro Therapy Pro™ features on the spot 24-hr pain relief due to small, pulsating currents of electricity that begins immediately after you apply it to your body. The Micro Current Therapy effectively stops pain as it soothes and relieves your sore muscles. The drug-free pulses deliver natural, restorative energy to the source of your body’s pain, which makes this small device a great find for Diabetics or those who are already inundated with taking multiple medications. When you attach the Micro Therapy Pro MCT Patches, you feel gentle, pain free microamps that penetrate the inflamed cells, to effectively deliver relieve pain with no discomfort and minimal side effects. Each patch is placed on either side of pain (treatment) area and users can be rest assured there is no tingling or throbbing of any kind when the reusable patches are placed on your body.

You can purchase this amazing little device for $49.95 on http://www.microtherapypro.com but for a limited time will receive $10.00 off when you use discount code: 10OFF. What’s included in the package?

  •  One set of Micro Therapy Pro™ patches
  •  One circuit (connecting cable with built-in battery for up to 300 hours of use)
  •  User instructions

For more information and to answer any questions you may have, visit the Micro Therapy Pro FAQ page. 

The Makeup Show NYC Continues to Inspire & Educate

The ninth year of The Makeup Show NYC brought together thousands of beauty-loving attendees, and gave us a few days of inspiring beauty, new product favorites, amazing beauty tips, and insights into the brilliance of some of today’s most renowned makeup artists and industry professionals. For us, The Makeup Show NYC started out with an audience with The Makeup Show’s Director of Artistry and Education, James Vincent as he shared his favorite brands and products launching for the first time at the show, and got a first peek of the Makeup Show Icon Gallery: Kevyn Aucoin  (more on that later).

The show featured over 30 new exhibitors and brands including Sephora, ARDENCY INN, Black|Up Cosmetics, Ashunta Sheriff Beauty, Charlotte Tilbury, Gorgeous Cosmetics, Jouer Cosmetics, Surratt Beauty, Vincent Longo, and Breakups to Makeup; offered attendees over 20 additional classes, 70 keynote speakers, hands-on workshops, seminars, kit focus and career classes, as well as the opportunity to shop more than 120 beauty brands at exclusive show discount prices. Our first stop was to check out the Black|Up Cosmetics, as we fell in love with their Lip Lacquers (love VL07) and Lipcolors (so many to love):

As you know, we’re always huge fans of Sephora and were excited to see them at The Makeup Show NYC, especially as they were introducing their gorgeous Sephora Pro Makeup Brushes, each of which comes with its individual cover.

As a fan of Stila Cosmetics, we definitely wanted to learn more about their Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow, so we stopped in to their Queen of the Night Seminar with Kanesha Perry to learn how to get a perfect shimmering look for a night out

We fell in love with the beauty themed T-shirts and cellphone cases from Breakups to Makeup (a must have for any beauty lover)

Stopped by Surratt Beauty, another first timer at the makeup Show NYC, to check out their lip glosses

Took a few moments to be awed by the amazing makeup and body artwork from Kett Cosmetics, Oliv Ares Haus of Glam, and Graftobian Makeup Company (tree woman).

Our last stop was to check out the Something Wicked: Creating a Character and a Career on Broadway with Joe Dulude to watch him transform his model into Wicked’s pivotal character, the Wicked Witch.

And now to the greatness. It was so incredible to walk through all the amazing work history of Kevyn Aucoin. The Icon Gallery was curated by Shelly Taggar, owner of The Makeup Show with an introduction by James Vincent. It featured the life, work and influence of the famed makeup artist. There was a vast wealth of knowledge about Mr. Aucoin, for example, did you know there is a star named after him thanks to Courtney Love? How about his mind-blowing transformation of Lisa-Marie Pressley into Marilyn Monroe, or that he once worked at a Lancome beauty counter? There is much to learn about Kevyn Aucoin, take a peek below to know more:

Tracee Ellis Ross debuts “Optimum Amla Legend #LegendaryStyle” Video

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross has once again teamed up with Optimum Salon Haircare Artistic Style Director and celebrity hairstylist, Johnny Wright (the two are known for being notoriously hilarious together), to chat about all things hair. In the “Optimum Amla Legend #LegendaryStyle” video, the duo discuss legendary style and their favorite new products from the Optimum Amla Legend Rejuvenating Ritual collection.

During the entertaining video, Johnny Wright shares his expertise in hair care, some very noteworthy tips for stronger, healthier hair, and his legendary hair icons. They both discuss why they love the Optimum Salon Haircare Amla Legend Rejuvenating Ritual, a rejuvenating product collection infused with legendary Amla oil, an oil used for centuries in India as a luxurious natural hair conditioner, and the benefits this unique product does for your hair. Check out the video below:

The latest from the Optimum Salon Haircare Amla Legend Rejuvenating Ritual includes:

Optimum Amla Legend Oil-Infused Styling Ritual: Condition hair back to life with this 3-piece collection of innovative styling products infused with luxurious Amla Oil. Comprised of Optimum Amla Legend Enchanted Finish Hold + Polish Spray, Optimum Amla Legend Treasured Temple Edge Tamer and Optimum Amla Legend Lustrous Body Blow Dry Mousse, this high-performance trio of products leaves hair with timeless hold, incredible shine, nourishment, protection and long-lasting day-to-night style control. ($6.99 each)

Optimum Amla Legend Miraculous Black Oil Dull Defying Hair color: The first hair color treatment infused with rejuvenating Amla Oil from India. Featuring a unique, ammonia-free oil blend, this gentle tone-on-tone haircolor enhances natural color, while visibly improving and restoring hair, transforming strands to become smoother, shinier and healthier. Available three shades, including: Jet Black, Natural Black and Natural Dark Brown. ($8.99 each).

The Optimum Salon Haircare Amla Legend Rejuvenating Ritual is available at mass, drug and beauty supply stores nationwide.

Get Customized Hair Color at Home w/ eSalon

Don’t you hate it when you use a box color at home and either the color isn’t want you thought (or wanted) or somehow it gets screwed up and you end up with unintentional green hair. Wouldn’t you like someone to tell you what your perfect hair color is just by looking at your hair, skin-tone, etc and without breaking your budget or leaving the comfort of your home? In comes in eSalon, a ground-breaking way to get the hair color that’s right for you with hi-tech, on-demand products. This breakthrough beauty brand is set to meet all your growing hair color needs.

So what exactly is eSalon? It is the first and only online subscription service to create customized and professional hair color that is delivered directly to you to use at home. Unlike traditional boxed hair color and even other hair color services, eSalon’s hair color is color that is made up of a specific mixture and blend of shades that perfectly matches your color needs. eSalon offers thousands of color variations, with endless possibilities for your perfect match.

How does eSalon find your perfect color? Easy, they take into account your natural hair color, amount of gray hair you have, your previous color, hair texture and condition, your desired color, and other variables. The result is a custom formulated hair color that you could never get in any boxed color or off the shelf. Every order is custom blended, bottled, packaged, and sent to you. They even provide personalized instructions customized for each individual.

You can purchase eSalon’s hair color as a one time use for $19.95 (boxed hair color usually goes for $15.00 and a salon visit is a minimum $80.00) or have your custom color re-sent to you every 4, 6 or 8 weeks, depending on how often you want to color your hair. Why not get your eSalon “made for you” custom hair color now. You’ll also love their Color Kiss Root Touch Up, currently available in 10 shades, with 10 more on the way), Tinted Love Color Enhancer, Heart Lock It Color Safe Shampoo, Love Unconditionally Color Safe Conditioner, Shining Armor Renewing Treatment Oil, Perfect Ending Leave-in Conditioner and lots of hair coloring tools and accessories including hair clips, coloring bowls, smocks, etc.

If you;re looking to brighten up your dull color, add some dimension or want to try a new hair color, it’s all just a click away to eSalon.

Brushing Up on Beauty Tools w/ Olivia Garden

We think the best testimonials of a company’s product is when industry professionals swear by the products and always uses it for their work. This statement rings so very true when it comes to Olivia Garden‘s innovations hair brushes. In business for 50 years, the brand is a favorite with top celebrity hairstylists and they recently held an event to highlight trends and their newest product launch.

The famed brush company held an event hosted by co-owner Anne Maza, to introduce their newest brush innovations and hair brush collections. Among the collections we saw was a sneak peek of the Divine Collection, which features a revolutionary ergonomic design

The four brushes in the Divine Collection features a Wet Detangler Brush, Care & Style Brush, Dry Detangler Brush, and a 100% Boar Styler Brush. It’s gentle on the hair and scalp, reduces stress on the wrist, and is great for all hair types.

To find our perfect brush, we downloaded the Olivia Garden Brush app to find out which brush was the right one for our hair type and desired hairstyle. Thanks to the app, we found out the following brushes were perfect for our desired hairstyles:

HEALTHY HAIR COLLECTION (BAMBOO)

The Healthy Hair Brushes feature five separate collections and are made from natural bamboo materials, making these brushes stronger, lighter and more durable alternative to wooden brushes….plus it’s better for the environment. The five collections include Ionic Massage collection, Ionic Paddle collection, Ceramic Ionic Thermal collection, Professional Boar Styling collection, and Eco-friendly Bamboo Combs.

NANOTHERMIC CERAMIC + ION THERMAL COLLECTION

This multi-collection, gold and chocolate-colored NanoThermic line boasts the latest in hair brush technology including Ceramic technology which allows the brush to heat up faster, Tourmaline Ion technology which helps in hair cuticle conditioning and Nano Silver technology for antibacterial protection. This collection includes Contour Thermal collection, Contour vent collection, Round Thermal collection, Square Shaper collection, and Styler collection.

THERMOACTIVE IONIC BOAR COMBO

Did you know there is such a thing as advanced hair styling achievable at home? With the Olivia Garden Thermoactive Ionic Boar Combo collection is a revolutionary ionic thermal brush line that does just that thanks to its ventilated 100% boar bristles and ionic nylon bristles. The vents provide unrestricted airflow to all sides of each hair strand allowing it to be shaped and styled simultaneously leaving your hair shinier and healthier.

Want to add one of these innovative hair brushes to your beauty arsenal? They are all available at select retailers nationwide, like Ulta. For more information, check out the Olivia Garden website.

Fly International On These Wings: International Wings Factory Restaurant Review

Let me preface this review by saying that, in the past, I have indeed met a wing that I didn’t like. It takes more than stumbling upon a recipe online to create an edible delicacy that inspire the senses. It truly takes an acute understanding of pairing certain tastes and flavors. Even with something as simple as a wing, one may think “oh it’s as simple as cooking chicken”. Oh nay! The tender little culinary arena of the revered chicken wing is not just your normal run of the mill poultry fix. It’s completely about the flavor.  The basic “getting the chicken” right is a given. However, it’s the distinct and memorable flavor that makes all the difference between something just on a menu since people regularly ask for hot wings and something that is worthy of a stellar review…..like International Wings Factory!

International Wings Factory is worthy, very worthy. There is a wealth of wings to be had in New York City but this establishment takes a well-deserved prize. Why? It may be their size; they have one location which is handled by its founder and head Chef Deepak Ballaney, so the integrity of the attention to flavor is preserved. It could be their aesthetic. They take the infamous wing, cook it to perfection then give it ‘around the globe’ treatment with a clever and honed arrangement of international ingredients. The result is a menu of wings that live up to the establishment’s name and an adventurous wing-lover’s palette.

International Wings Factory needs no more bells and whistles than their delicious sounding menu. At first glance the only delightfully overwhelming factor was whether to take my palette to the Far East or the Caribbean. I greedily opted to visit several places as the premise is to choose your wing, bone-in or boneless then choose one of the international coatings for your wings to be covered in along with a freshly made dipping sauce. For adventurists, food-lovers and vegans alike there are also meatballs and soy nuggets to enjoy along with regular and sweet potato fries that you can add some pep to with a flavor dusting.

I eventually chose to try five different flavor pairings. The first was the meatballs covered in Mexy Q, a spicy and zesty sauce with a Chipotle Mayo dipping sauce.  It had great heat and spiciness with the mayo adding another layer of balanced flavored heat and coolness. Then I tried the wings covered in a Black Pepper Teriyaki coating and a Creamy Cilantro sauce. The balance of hot and sweet was perfection while the sauce added a layer of “herby” freshness that didn’t at all disappoint. Next I tried wings coated in Coastal Pepper, a mix of Hawaiian and Caribbean jerk spices, served with a Jalapeño Ranch dipping sauce.  With this one, you’re first hit with the sweet then the mounting heat swoops in to deliver that familiar jerk flavor only to be cooled off by the balance of the spicy heat and cool of the dipping sauce. Finally, packed with Chinese flavor and a veil of heat that is not overpowering but enough to tang up the presence of the garlic is the Sichuan Chili Garlic wings. The classic blue cheese it was paired with brought down the welcomed heat with its classic salty sharp flavor.

Accompanying my dishes was a phenomenal side of Sweet Potato Fries lightly coated in a Spicy Garlic dusting. Applying the dusting to these freshly fried potatoes was a perfect way to lock in the flavor as the savory and the sweet paired together quite deliciously. It’s comforting to know that Chef Deepak Ballaney makes everything – coating, sauce and dusting fresh each day himself and that you’re not getting pre-packed, pre-frozen or dehydrated flavors masked to appear fresh. Whether indulging in the scrumptious wing groupings or even other menu items like a Blackened Spice Rubbed Chicken or Crispy Tilapia sandwich, Angus or Chunky Vegetable Burger or even Turkey Wingettes, the flavors offered here are undeniably great, wings down.

International Wings Factory
1762 First Avenue
New York, NY 10128
212.348.2627

Mohawk Flooring’s “Make Room for Mo” SmartStrand Unleashed Campaign #ShareMoLove

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If you saw Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl X during this past Superbowl, then you should be familiar with the official carpet sponsor, Mohawk Flooring, their adorable, four-legged, yellow lab mascot, Mo and their national #ShareMoLove campaign, SmartStrand Unleashed, which highlights their pet-friendly carpet. Well Mo is back with more adventures, in a series of webisodes called “Make Room for Mo!” staring alongside Gregory Abbey and Kelly Deadmon.

We had the pleasure of attending a episode taping of nationally syndicated lifestyle TV program, The Better Show where Mo was on hand with his “Make Room for Mo!” cast members to preview the multi-episode series and highlight the durability of Mohawk’s SmartStrand and SmartStrand Silk carpets.

The four webisodes went live on Friday and you can watch all four on the Mohawk Facebook Page, vote for your favorite and share it with your friends….our favorite is Night Fright. What’s even more amazing, watching all four videos enters you to win one of Mohawk’s popular and super cute dog bone-shaped SmartStrand Silk rugs (they’re giving away 10 of the rugs pictured in the photo below) and by simply “Liking” the Mohawk Facebook Page, you’re also helping Mo find homes for his furry friends as each “like” equals a $2.00 donation to and Petfinder Shelter Foundation. The contest runs May 9th – June 6th, so enter now to win this amazing rug.
What makes Mohawk’s SmartStrand such an amazing product to have for homes with pets? SmartStrand is made from triexta, a stain and soil-resistant fiber made exclusively by Mohawk, that is permanently built into SmartStrand; with other carpets, the chemical stain and soil protection treatments are only applied onto the carpet surface and comes off during typical carpet cleaning, which is why these carpets get ruined quickly.

We loved everything we saw, do you love what you’re seeing and want to know more? Find out more about Mohawk’s SmartStrand and SmartStrand Silk, updates on all their products, contests, as well as what Mo will be up to throughout the year.

Journey to Younger Eyes w/ RoC Skincare & Duane Reade #Eyes4NYC

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Ladies, we age, there’s no denying that but you can slow down the process thanks to amazing products like RoC Brand Skincare’s range of Retinol products. You may be wondering at what age should you start using anti-aging products. We’re here to tell you that time is now, especially eye creams. Preventative anti-aging is essential for deep wrinkle treatment and younger looking skin, especially if stress factors affects your skin. As bloggers, we experience long days and late nights staring at our computers for hours on end and I’ve personally been guilty of not properly taking care of my eyes. Our entire experience with RoC Skincare has definitely made us think twice about our lack of preventative eye skincare. As they say, “your eyes are the windows to your soul”, so why not keep them looking youthful.

With the combination of the amazing RoC Retinol Correxion products and Ray-Ban sunglasses we received, we are well on our way to great, younger looking eyes. Along with learning so much from world-renowned Dermatologist and Author, Dr. Debra Jaliman during a great and highly informative #Eyes4NYC Twitter chat, we also had the pleasure of doing something no one has…..walk the Duane Reade beauty aisle with the top Dermatologist during a public event at one of Duane Reade’s most beautiful locations – 40 Wall Street.

We, along with our readers, had the unique opportunity of getting inside skincare tips and tricks, answers to the most asked questions, the real truth (and myths) about anti-aging eye care, real knowledge on RoC Skincare and the benefits of Retinol from Dr. Debra Jaliman and Johnson & Johnson Research & Development Senior Director, Anna Prilutsky.

Some of our favorite tips included:

  1. Keep your skincare regime simple
  2. Always use sunscreen even on days it’s pouring rain and the sun is no where to be seen
  3. It’s never too early to start your anti-aging program and to start using Retinol
  4. keeping your skincare products in the refrigerator extends the life of the product
  5. If you’ve never used a Retinol product before (especially around the eyes), start with one for Sensitive Skin like RoC’s Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream
  6. Use a cotton round rather than your fingers to wash your face
  7. No need to go overboard on the amount of product you use. Using too much is a waste of money and does nothing for you

After the incredibly informative walk-thru, we sat down with the Dr. Debra Jaliman (below, left) and Anna Prilutsky (below, right) for a Q & A and a little more insight on how to properly care your the skin around your eyes. Check out a snippet below:

One of my readers and a fellow blogger, Jonique Hewitt (shown below listening intently), attended the event as my guest and shared her thoughts on the event and RoC Brand

“I feel more confident about using retinols now and will even be educating friends on using them effectively. Roc seems to have thought of everything so I’m not intimidated any longer. Dr. Debra’s book has been amazing too. Great simple advice to compliment the info I heard at the event.
I’ll be urging my readers to try RoC and to pick up the book.” – Jonique Hewitt, Confessions of a Product Whore

At the end of the event, we settled on a group photo to commemorate the wonderful event. If you haven’t started your anti-aging process or are new to Retinol, stop by any Duane Reade location to get better acquainted with RoC Skincare.