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Patricia Arquette unveils world’s largest diamond

Posted on: February 25th, 2015
Patricia Arquette

Patricia Arquette

HOLLYWOOD, CA – February 21, 2015 – Academy Award Best Supporting Actress Winner Patricia Arquette unveiled a global scientific breakthrough just before the annual Oscar ceremonies — the first-ever, world’s largest lab-cultivated Pure Grown Diamond, which is indistinguishable from an earth-mined diamond, even under a microscope, yet costs 30 to 40 per cent less, according to the International Gemological Institute.

The Federal Trade Commission confirms that these diamonds have the same chemical, physical and visual properties as earth-mined diamonds.

Arquette: 21ST Century Technological Achievement

“This is a true 21st Century technological achievement that is the eco-friendly and conflict-free solution in diamond mining,” says Arquette, who emphasized the extensive environmental damage caused by mining and the history of human rights violations associated with so-called ‘blood diamonds.’

She continues, “There is no blood involved with this diamond, which is why it is beautiful in its own-right, but it is especially beautiful because no children died for this diamond; there were no slave wages paid to people for this diamond; there was an actual working wage paid to create this diamond and that’s about love.”

Natasha Bedingfield

Natasha Bedingfield

Kevin Jonas & wife

Kevin Jonas & wife

AnnaLynne McCord

AnnaLynne McCord

Red Carpet Wearers

Joining Arquette for the unveiling, were Grammy winner Natasha Bedingfield, NBC “Apprentice” star Kevin Jonas, “90210” cast member AnnaLynne McCord and other celebrities attending Hollywood’s annual Pre-Oscar Charity Soirée. The company is working with several stylists whose clients will be on the Red Carpet, Sunday night.

red carpet

red carpet

World’s Largest Pure Grown Diamond: Diamond Prices Skyrocketing

The world’s largest Pure Grown Diamond is the result of a scientific breakthrough. It is 3.04 carats, priced at $23,000 compared to identical earth-mined diamond; priced at $40,000.

The company has created thousands of sizeable carat, brilliant white, pink and yellow diamonds that cost thousands of dollars less than earth-mined diamonds.

“The Pre-Oscar unveiling comes at a time when rough diamond prices are at an all-time high – – up 75 percent compared to 2009, due to depletion of natural resources,” emphasizes Bissell. “Consumers in search of affordability; Americans and Hollywood activists concerned about the environment and people concerned about the history of worker’s rights violations and violent conflicts in the mining industry are gravitated to Pure Grown Diamonds – they are the diamonds of the future.”

Pure Grown Diamonds Rival Earth-Mined Diamonds in Every Respect
“During the past 70 years, many have tried but failed to grow scintillating, sizeable, colorless diamonds in the laboratory – until now,” explains Dr. Devi Shanker Misra, PhD. He is a world-renowned physicist and inventor of the patented Pure Grown Diamond process. “No one, no company has achieved what Pure Grown Diamonds has accomplished — culturing thousands of alluring diamonds that rival mined-diamonds, in every aspect.”

The Inventor & His Invention: The Pure Grown Diamond Process

“Pure Grown Diamonds is changing the landscape of the mining and jewelry industries,” says Misra.
“Mining dramatically alters eco-systems and wild habitats, unlike Pure Grown Diamonds, which are marvels of technology that do not undermine the sustainability of the environment.” Misra is a former physics professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Mumbai, India. He is the inventor of the patented Pure Grown Diamond process that cultivates incredible diamonds in a Microwave Plasma Chemical Vapor Deposition chamber from a small carbon seed.

The earth’s process of crystalizing carbon is exactingly replicated in state-of-the-art, high-tech facilities at Pure Grown Diamonds Singapore-based sister company IIa Technologies.
The diamond seed is placed inside the chamber.
Hydrogen and methane gases are introduced.
A microwave generator pumps energy into the chamber that ignites a glowing plasma ball.
Carbon molecules rain on the seed.
Crystallization begins.
Pure Grown Diamonds mature within six to 10 Weeks.
The diamond is cut with a laser, polished and then certified by the International Gemological Institute
One carat round diamonds are the most popular for engagement rings in the U.S.
Pure Grown Diamonds quality one carat stones are priced from $1,000 to $3,000.
A one carat earth-mined diamond starts at $5,000 and can cost more than $10,000.
Most Pure Grown Diamonds are E-H color and VVS1-VS2 clarity certified. The highest colorless rating is D. The highest clarity rating is VVS1.
Many of the company’s jewelry pieces are priced as low as $300.

Not Artificial
“Pure Grown Diamonds are not artificial; not synthetic; not cubic zirconium; not costume jewelry. They are diamonds,” emphasizes Bissell.
The only difference between a mined diamond and a Pure Grown Diamond is that one is grown in a lab and the other is grown under the earth’s crust, according to Misra.

Transparency
The difference between earth-mined diamonds and Pure Grown Diamonds are detectable only by highly sophisticated spectroscopic equipment and from Pure Grown Diamonds’ laser-scribed identifications on the stones’ girdles that read, “Laboratory Grown.”
Laser-scribing is a voluntary policy of transparency that clearly identifies the source of the diamond.

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Oscars 2015 final wrap up

Posted on: February 24th, 2015

Celebrities and VIPs who received LCPR/It’s a Glam Thing clients OBEDO, TatJacket and Apothederm products in their Hollywood Swag Bag in celebration of the Oscars® are:

Bradley Cooper
Oprah Winfrey
Patricia Arquette
Eddie Redmayne
Marion Cottilard
Reese Witherspoon
Julianne Moore
Diane Warren
Danielle Brisbois
Mark Ruffalo
Emma Stone
Meryl Streep
Jessica Lange
Carmen Ejogo
America Ferrera
Liam Neeson
Matt Lauer
Katherine Mariam
Petra Nemkova
John Legend
Kristy Teegan
Al Roker
Geof Bartz
Mathide Bonnefoy-
Christian Colsen
Nathan Crowley
Ava Duvernay
Gary Fettis
Paul Franklin
Ellen Goosenberg Kent
Andy Lockley
Katherine Meriam
Graham Moore
Dana Heinz Perry
Gary Rizzo
Katy Scoggin
Dirk Wilutzky
Susan Mitchell

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Personal Care Products Council announcement

Posted on: February 24th, 2015

Personal Care Products Council Announces New Board Chair at 2015 Annual Meeting

Thia Breen, Group President of North America for The Estée Lauder Companies, Assumes New Position, Vice Chairs Elected

Palm Beach, Fla.—The Personal Care Products Council announced today the election of its new board officers, including its new Chair, Thia Breen, Group President of North America for The Estée Lauder Companies. Ms. Breen has built a dynamic career in the beauty industry and currently leads 30 brands in the U.S. and Canada for The Estée Lauder Companies.

Breen is recognized for her thought leadership and commitment to women’s empowerment. As an advocate for women in business, she has served as a mentor to countless women in the industry, in addition to supporting healthy work-family balance practices for members of her team. She succeeds E. Scott Beattie, who has served as PCPC chair since 2012.

“It was an honor to serve as Board Chair of the Personal Care Products Council, and I am proud to turn the reins over to someone with such a distinguished career and strong commitment to our industry’s future,” said E. Scott Beattie, outgoing Chairman and President and CEO for Elizabeth Arden.

“Thia’s impressive accomplishments and strong leadership will continue to serve our membership as we work to advance the industry’s voice in Washington and globally,” said Lezlee Westine, PCPC President and CEO. “I know her talent, energy and experience will strengthen our organization and I look forward to working with her,” said Westine.

Breen, the second female Board chair, has served on the board for several years, most recently as vice chair. In addition, she serves on the board of Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) and was recently honored with the Women of Achievement award.

“I would like to thank Scott for his work as chair and all he has done to elevate the association’s impact and influence. I also want to recognize Lezlee for her leadership and look forward to working with our members to keep the association well-positioned and strong,” said Breen.

The Personal Care Products Council also elected the following officers and new board members.

Vice Chairs:

George Calvert, VP and General Manager, Supply Chain, Amway
Karen Fondu, President, L’Oreal Paris
Heidi Manheimer, President and CEO, Shiseido Cosmetics America

Treasurer: David Holl, President and CEO, Mary Kay
Secretary: Pamela Baxter, President and CEO LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics for North America

New board members: Jane Iredale, President and CEO, Iredale Mineral Cosmetics and
Alexandra Keith, President Beauty, Procter & Gamble

For more information on cosmetic and personal care products, please visit www.CosmeticsInfo.org.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council is the leading national trade association representing the global cosmetic and personal care products industry. Founded in 1894, the Council’s more than 600 member companies manufacture, distribute, and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S. As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day, from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance, personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

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Personal Care Products Council announcement

Posted on: February 24th, 2015

Personal Care Products Council Announces New Board Chair at 2015 Annual Meeting

Thia Breen, Group President of North America for The Estée Lauder Companies, Assumes New Position, Vice Chairs Elected

Palm Beach, Fla.—The Personal Care Products Council announced today the election of its new board officers, including its new Chair, Thia Breen, Group President of North America for The Estée Lauder Companies. Ms. Breen has built a dynamic career in the beauty industry and currently leads 30 brands in the U.S. and Canada for The Estée Lauder Companies.

Breen is recognized for her thought leadership and commitment to women’s empowerment. As an advocate for women in business, she has served as a mentor to countless women in the industry, in addition to supporting healthy work-family balance practices for members of her team. She succeeds E. Scott Beattie, who has served as PCPC chair since 2012.

“It was an honor to serve as Board Chair of the Personal Care Products Council, and I am proud to turn the reins over to someone with such a distinguished career and strong commitment to our industry’s future,” said E. Scott Beattie, outgoing Chairman and President and CEO for Elizabeth Arden.

“Thia’s impressive accomplishments and strong leadership will continue to serve our membership as we work to advance the industry’s voice in Washington and globally,” said Lezlee Westine, PCPC President and CEO. “I know her talent, energy and experience will strengthen our organization and I look forward to working with her,” said Westine.

Breen, the second female Board chair, has served on the board for several years, most recently as vice chair. In addition, she serves on the board of Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) and was recently honored with the Women of Achievement award.

“I would like to thank Scott for his work as chair and all he has done to elevate the association’s impact and influence. I also want to recognize Lezlee for her leadership and look forward to working with our members to keep the association well-positioned and strong,” said Breen.

The Personal Care Products Council also elected the following officers and new board members.

Vice Chairs:

George Calvert, VP and General Manager, Supply Chain, Amway
Karen Fondu, President, L’Oreal Paris
Heidi Manheimer, President and CEO, Shiseido Cosmetics America

Treasurer: David Holl, President and CEO, Mary Kay
Secretary: Pamela Baxter, President and CEO LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics for North America

New board members: Jane Iredale, President and CEO, Iredale Mineral Cosmetics and
Alexandra Keith, President Beauty, Procter & Gamble

For more information on cosmetic and personal care products, please visit www.CosmeticsInfo.org.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council is the leading national trade association representing the global cosmetic and personal care products industry. Founded in 1894, the Council’s more than 600 member companies manufacture, distribute, and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S. As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day, from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance, personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.

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Chair workout on Studio 10

Posted on: February 19th, 2015

Elizabeth Morrell with It’s a Glam Thing is a personal trainer and nutritionist who demonstrates The Chair Workout.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Watch segment here: http://www.wtsp.com/videos/entertainment/2015/02/19/23680657/

The Chair Workout

Equipment Needed:
Chair
No shoes needed!

1st Workout Single leg squat with extension
Place both hands on the top of chair
Lean forward on the chair putting a little weight on your arms
Legs hip width apart
Bring your right knee up toward your chest – your left leg is bent (squat)
Swing your right leg back to full extension repeat swinging motion (30 seconds)

2nd Workout Pulses Plie Squats
Place one hand on top of chair one hand above head
Place both heels firmly together
Raise up on the balls of your feet
Lower yourself in a squat position and pulse
Switch arms half way through 15 seconds total time (30 seconds)

3rd Workout
Place both hands on the top of chair
Stand hip width apart
Raise to the balls of your feet as high as you can and pulse (30 seconds)

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HSB Oscar gifting on Good Things Utah

Posted on: February 18th, 2015

Dawn McCarthy of It’s a Glam Thing presents a selection of products that stars received in Lisa Gal’s Hollywood Swag Bags (HSB) in celebration of the upcoming (Oscars) Academy Awards & past Award shows this season.

On GTU

On GTU

Watch the segment here: http://www.good4utah.com/gtu/story/d/story/what-is-in-the-celeb-oscar-swag-bags/21790/naivxE6GnEWyTMPkJEUN2Q

Here is a sampling of the gifts that the stars loved!

•Jakii Shoes
•AdoptedNYC I-phone cases
•Park Avenue Accents NeckLinx
•3Nines Jewelry
•Dr Vesna’s book Stop Sabotaging Your Confidence
•Urban Market Bags

WEBSITES:
http://www.jakii.com/
http://adoptednyc.com/
http://www.necklinx.com/
http://3-9s.com/
www.qttransformation.com
http://www.urbanmarketbags.com/

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January beauty box winner is….

Posted on: February 18th, 2015

Our lucky “It’s a Glam Thing” January Beauty Box winner is Carolyn D. from Coral Springs, FL!

Thanks to everyone for entering this daily entry give-away. We hope to see more & more entries for gifts from these and other generous companies in the months to come.

January Giveaway

January Giveaway

January “It’s a Glam Thing” Beauty Box sponsors include:

MIYU Beauty Tea Quartet
Bittersweet Bracelet
Dove Oil Therapy Hair Care
Hot Designs Nail Art Pens
Norvell Spray Tan
Good Earth Lemongrass Balm
Vertere Skin Care
Apothederm Acne CLarifying Serum
Athena 7 Minute Lift
Be a Bombshell Eye Shadow

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Winter skincare with Epsom salt

Posted on: February 16th, 2015

Epsom Salt is a good way to help slough away dry patches of skin and heal dry lips. Here are 4 tips—including a video—that explain more:

•To exfoliate: Mix 1 cups of Epsom Salt with 2 cups of coconut oil and a spoonful of lavender essential oil. Use the mixture to gently scrub away dry skin patches, leaving skin silky smooth. Here’s an 80-second video tutorial.

DIY Lavender Coconut Body Scrub:
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•To heal dry lips: Mix a few tablespoons of Epsom Salt with a teaspoon of petroleum jelly, apply to lips and rub lightly. This will gently scrub away dry skin on lips, and it will also help lipstick last longer and give lips instant plump.

•For a gentle facial: Mix 1/2 teaspoon of Epsom Salt into cleansing cream for a deep-pore cleansing. Massage on skin. Rinse with cool water. Pat dry.

•For a relaxing soak: Add 2 cups of Epsom Salt to the water in a standard-sized bathtub; soak for at least 12 minutes, three times weekly. For an extra treat, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil for a refreshing scent.

Visit www.epsomsaltcouncil.org

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Fashions in honor of Black History Month with Enya

Posted on: February 14th, 2015

In celebration of Black History Month, Enya Flack of It’s A Glam Thing will be showcasing some wonderful fashions and accessories by African American designers who all either live in or have ties to the Carolinas.

Enya on Good Day Carolinas

Enya on Good Day Carolinas

Watch the segment here: http://www.myfoxcarolinas.com/clip/11138830/fashion-show

Designers she introduces you to are:

JEZIGN by JEZ MARSTON

Jez Marston - Jezign

Designer Jez Marston was born in Jamaica to a Jamaican Father and African American mother and grew up in Maryland. Notably, his grandmother, Sara Lou Harris Carter from Wilkesboro, NC, was one of the first African American models to appear in national US ads.

Jez came up with the idea of illuminated footwear while studying design principles at the School of Architecture & Engineering at Howard University. In the year 2000, he applied for a patent on the invention and ended up receiving two patents for his technology.

Jezigns Illuminated Footwear

The shoes have an on/off button on the side, allowing for continuous or selective illumination in the sole and a replaceable battery compartment in the tongue of the shoe that powers the technology. There is no blinking or flashing once the lights are on.

Jez’s designs have been featured in numerous publications including NY Daily News and STAR Magazine and are very popular with celebrities including Chris Brown, who wore them one year to the American Music Awards.

You can find his newer designs later this year in Downtown Locker Room (DTLR) retail stores and other select retailers or get additional information at www.jezign.net. Follow Jez on Instagram: @deuce_17.

DEJABOTIES by DJ BOYD and STEVEN ALSTON

DJ Boyd, Steven Altston-Dejaboties

In 2013 DJ Boyd and Steven Alston had the idea of making just a few bow-ties for themselves for formal events. Later, they decided to turn it into a business with the help of DJ’s mom, who was an established seamstress in South Carolina. The entrepreneurs took custom orders and she made them. They eventually converted part of their home into a what they call a “sewing sweatshop”, often staying up late nights making, packaging & shipping orders. They both knew that sacrificing and dedication came with the territory if they wanted to get their business off the ground. They encourage everyone to “allow your passion to align with your purpose” and to live everyday with a purpose and passion for what you do!

Model Michael French

Enya’s first model, Michael French, will be wearing pieces from their Black History Line which includes a leather & kente cloth bow-tie, matching pocket square, burlap lapel flower & Egyptian-inspired cufflinks, as a nod to African American heritage.

All of their creations are custom made; bow-ties are adjustable/1-size fits all; and they also design lapel pins for men as well as lapel flowers.

See their designs and place custom orders at www.dejaboties.com

MANAZHE’ by ALESHIA MATTHEWS

Aleshia Matthews-Manazhe Designs

Aleshia Matthews has been designing since she was a child, growing up watching her mother and grandmother sew. After studying clothing & textile design, graphic design, marketing and advertising at the University of North Carolina Greensboro she launched her strong, sexy, fun & fearless line in 2011!

All of Aleshia’s designs focus on the bodies of the people wearing them. Her brand motto is “The idea inside the clothes”.

Billie Rose Tacher

Her model Billie-Rose Tachter will be wearing a Manazhe’ statement piece that can be worn as a coat or evening dress. Underneath, a green body-conscious lace dress is the perfect compliment to the white silk fabric with black damask print. With this outfit you’re ready for anything!

To shop Manazhe’ Designs or for more information on Aleshia Matthews, please visit: www.manazhe.com

ROBERT CRAIG

Robert Craig

Robert Craig also started designing at a young age, creating clothing in high school at 15. He studied at Norfolk State University and the Fashion Institute of Technology and has designed for clients throughout the United States including four-time Grammy Award Winner Karen Clark-Sheard.

Joining fashion expertise and hair artistry, Robert is also a cosmetology instructor at the Paul Mitchell School in Charlotte, NC.

Tyree Murphy

Model Tyree Murphy will be wearing one of his beautiful black & off-white creations which is a wonderful example of why Robert has been invited to show collections in New York’s couture fashion week as well as Paris’ fashion week.

Connect with Robert Craig on Facebook.

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