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Hair Trends To Try This Summer (Or Now!!!!!).

With summer right around the corner, you’re likely switching out your coat for a light jacket, open-toed heels for boots, and removing the comforter from your bed.  The transition to warmer weather can feel like a sigh of relief after shedding layers, and it rings true for hairstyles, too. The question is: when you think about summer looks, which style will you choose? 

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Celebrity stylist Cody Renegar (Gwyneth Paltrow, Allison Sweeney, Marie Osmond) predicts we’ll see these hairstyles this summer:

●      Braids! A braided hairstyle is a great way to let your creativity shine through.  From French braids to baby braids, it’s one of the lowest-maintenance, highest-style options around.

●      Shag with shattered layers. Cut shoulder-length and heavily tiered, this retro style gives the wearer a casual undone, yet chic, look. Best of all, it doesn’t require any hair styling to look perfect, and it looks great on everyone, no matter the face shape. 

●      Messy low Bun. The epitome of a laid-back vibe of summer, this look infuses romance and sophisticated elegance into one. Let wisps of hair haphazardly fall out to capture the look.  It transitions well from day into night.

●      Claw Clips aren’t going anywhere! The must-have accessory for cool gals everywhere, they are fun, versatile and the perfect way to throw your hair up and or remove pieces from your face. 

●      Ash/Mushroom Tone Color – While summer is synonymous with warm tones like gold and caramel, opt for a new cool-toned color like Ash/Mushroom. The multi-dimensional hair shade gets its rich blended color from an ashy base that’s layered with highlights and lowlights. Sticking with only cool to neutral brown and blonde shades is the ultimate key to getting the earthy tint.

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Celebrity Stylist Cody Renegar

Natural And Organic Skincare Routine

The beauty world is overflowing with advanced ingredients and fancy procedures which are expensive and can show signs of aftereffects. While on the contrary, botanical products are rich sources of vitamins, proteins, antioxidants, essential oils, hydrocolloids, and terpenoids, which provide nourishment to the skin. These products are safe and cost-effective alternatives to fabricated products.

Several remedies are available in natural and organic skincare routines for oily, sensitive, combination, and acne-prone skin. Here is a list of ingredients that will enhance the quality of the skin and will fit your needs:

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Coconut oil 

Coconut oil is a plant fat that is a perfect skin soother and provides hydration to the skin. They have anti-inflammatory properties and suppress the inflammation caused by the UVB rays. Coconut oil helps moisturize the skin and fight skin issues like dryness or itchiness and skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema. It promotes wound healing as coconut oil has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. One can apply coconut oil to their skin every day and night in small amounts without any complexities.

Manuka honey 

Manuka honey is called super honey because of its healing properties. Applying manuka honey will improve the appearance of the skin and will balance its pH level. You can use manuka honey as a cleanser as it helps slough away the dirt, dead cells, and debris from your skin. This ingredient has antibacterial properties and can be used to treat spots and pigmentation on the skin. The high concentration of sugars in manuka honey keeps the wound area moist and is substantial for emollients.

Green tea

Green tea is known for its therapeutic properties that provide numerous benefits to your skin. The polyphenols present in green tea have antioxidant properties and treat sun-damaged skin. Green tea can combat the signs of aging or dull skin and can make it appear more youthful. The anti-inflammatory properties of green tea reduce skin redness, skin irritation, and swelling. The antioxidants and antimicrobial properties of green tea make it an effective treatment for acne and related issues.

Shea butter 

Shea butter is loaded with fatty acids, antioxidants, and antiaging properties. It is an effective option for skin hydration and has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. This natural ingredient is used for scar healing, and the fatty acid helps soften the scar tissues. For those who have an acne-prone skin type, the antibacterial properties prevent the acne outbreak and help keep it moisturized. Shea butter is used to treat skin-related issues like eczema, dryness, and itchiness.


Oatmeal is used as a home remedy for soothing itchy, dry or irritated skin. Ground oatmeal is also used for exfoliation to slough away the oil, dirt, and dead skin cells. This ingredient has anti-inflammation properties and bathing with oatmeal also relief skin conditions like eczema and rashes. It is an effective moisturizer and helps improve skin scaling and roughness. 


Other natural and organic ingredients like soy and tea tree oil are exceedingly efficient for your skin health. If you’re planning to go all-natural and organic with your skincare routine, be sure to do your research. Always remember to read the labels, do a patch test and then apply something on your skin. Even a natural ingredient might not suit a few skin types.

European Luxury Day Spa

I recently was invited to the wonderful brand new European Luxury Day Spa in White Plains New York. I met with Gordana, an owner and one of the estheticians. She showed me around the fabulous spa and I was so impressed. It was so relaxing and very upscale. I loved that there are fireplaces in some of the treatment rooms. Gordana gave me a deep cleansing facial and it was amazing. I cannot wait to go back and try some of the other facials. They all sound amazing.

I was then treated to a massage. Wow!! Spectacular. I was especially interested in lymphatic drainage and Margita was a master. I wished I had booked a double session!

NS Lifestyles readers are so lucky…European Luxury Day Spa is offering our readers 30% off any spa service AND a complimentary waxing. HOW AMAZING IS THAT!!! I am already dreaming about signing up in the upcoming weeks and I definitely recommend each of you visit this very special unique spa right in our own backyard! To learn more about the Spa and to view a list of services, click HERE.

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Four Subtle Ways to Change Your Appearance This Fall

Being able to change your appearance is something we all relish. Having the creative freedom to express our personality through our looks is something that just cannot be matched! The fashion industry is becoming increasingly more accepting of styles that go beyond those seen on the catwalk; you may have even found yourself tempted to change your appearance in line with current fashion trends! 

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At the same time, it is worth noting that you don’t have to do something drastic to change your appearance; subtle efforts can also go a long way. Intrigued as to what some of those subtle changes entail? Read on for more. 

  1. Change Your Makeup Routine

Makeup is something so universal in this day and age. No matter the occasion at hand, there is a product out there to meet your every need. Whether you like to go bright and bold or more understated, you can feel confident you will be able to achieve your desired makeup look in no time easily. 

While that is the case, this is one way that you can subtly change your appearance, both this fall and beyond. Opting for softer eyeshadow colors, and filling your eyebrow shape differently are both subtle yet effective ways to change your appearance without the fear of going overboard. 

  1. Align Your Teeth

Having crooked or misaligned teeth is common as an adult, whether you wore braces or not as a teenager. At the same time, this is an aspect of your appearance that could be contributing to feelings of anxiety or depreciation. 

Invisible braces are a subtle means of changing this aspect of your appearance and are increasingly popular with adults of all ages. Clear braces are difficult to notice by others around you; embark on your teeth straightening journey without worry of judgment from others. If you are interested in finding out more about invisible aligners to help with teeth straightening, contact reputable companies like Aligner Co. 

And if you struggle with tooth sensitivity issues, you can rid of sensitive teeth with the dentist in the Upper East Side.

  1. Update Your Wardrobe

This is a glaringly obvious way of changing your appearance, but we felt it was worth a mention all the same. Changing the clothing you wear in some way or another is a sure way to alter your appearance. Whether you choose to wear different clothes or pair an item of clothing with something slightly different, you have a myriad of ways to change your appearance using your existing wardrobe.

At the same time, you could raid local thrift stores and sales to find all the latest trends at a fraction of the cost. Not only will you be kind to your wallet, but you will be kind to the environment too; what more could you want? 

  1. Change Your Scent

While some people might not consider their perfume or body spray as a part of their appearance, it is indeed part of your identity and what some people will associate with you. Particularly if you are transitioning into a different part of your life – such as from adolescence into adulthood – you should choose a scent to match this. 

Explore scents that you love while also checking out what other people your age is wearing. The last thing you want is to appear too young or old for your time! Changing the perfume you are wearing is a subtle action, but one that is extremely impactful. 

Let’s Stop the Aging Process GIVEAWAY…ENTER NOW

I’ve been hearing amazing reviews about @defenageskincare, and I was thrilled when they offered to send me some products to trial, and also host a giveaway so that one of my special followers can test these products along with me! This giveaway includes the DefenAge Clinical Power Trio, worth $380. Are you ready for an overall glow? This trio is DefenAge’s signature, clinical-study tested, and award-winning skincare. Let’s just say it’s a game-changer! To enter:

  1. Go to my INSTAGRAM Page

2. Follow me + @DefenAgeSkincare 

3. Tag a friend in the comments who would also love to win! You can tag as many friends as you’d like for more ways to win!

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This three-step full-size skincare system combines the latest in clinical anti-aging technology to address up to 16 signs of aging. DefenAge 8-in-1 BioSerum (1.0 fl oz) works with a proprietary blend of peptides, niacinamide, Liposome-encapsulated hyaluronic acid, and potent botanicals to smooth wrinkles, brighten hyperpigmentation, and firm skin. 24/7 Barrier Balance Cream (1.5 fl oz) provides deep hydration while repairing the natural moisture barrier, and 2-Minute Reveal Masque (2.5 fl oz) gently exfoliates, refines pores, and clarifies with sugar crystals, papaya fruit enzymes, and lactic acid.

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Secret Pro Skin Refresh and Reglow the Second Time Around…

It was time to refresh my skin again, so last week I went for my SECOND Secret Pro treatment with Jill at Gotham Plastic Surgery.

In case you missed the blog post on my first Secret Pro Treatment…. Secret Pro is a novel fractional radiofrequency (RF) micro-needling system designed to stimulate and remodel collagen and help address the common signs of aging. It’s ideally suited for use on patients who wish to regenerate and refresh the appearance of their skin.

Secret Pro is a procedure that improves signs of fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, skin tone and texture, scars and acne scars, skin discoloration, and stretch marks, all with minimal downtime! You can achieve optimal results after one full treatment. It also can treat puffiness and bags under the eyes and reduce the appearance of “crepey” skin.

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By adjusting the microneedles during the treatment, the radio frequency of Secret Pro can deliver energy at various depths, so that treatments can be tailored to address each patient’s concerns.

Secret Pro is safe for all skin types and has minimal downtime. Prior to the treatment, the aesthetician will do a consultation of your skin and come up with an individualized plan. When you arrive at your appointment and before starting the Secret Pro procedure, numbing cream is placed on the area to be treated so there is little discomfort during the process. For both of my Secret Pro treatments, I experienced very little redness which subsided within a couple of hours.

Jill, from Gotham Plastic Surgery, is very patient and sensitive to all her patient’s needs and concerns. She would love to meet your for a consultation for Secret Pro micro-needling. You’re going to love this treatment and what it can do for the appearance of your skin. Just after one treatment, you will see a noticeable difference in reducing wrinkles and acne scars and it will regenerate your skin to look and feel like new. You can call to make an appointment for your own customized plan with Jill at 646.791.3066.

THE week after the second treatment!!!! Thank you so much to Gotham Plastic Surgery for your expertise and fabulous results!!!!!

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And of course, feel free to EMAIL me directly with any questions about my treatments.