Feb 262013

Just when you thought you’ve heard it all! With technology continuously stuck on upgrade — apparently, beauty is not intending to get left behind the ages. There’s a popular new facial rejuvenation procedure, which — get this — utilizes your own blood plasma as one of the ingredients! This procedure is called Vampire Facelift — and it has made it to the Oscars, in it’s very own Swag Bag!


The procedure deploys hyaluronic fillers (HA) in combination with patient’s own nutrient rich plasma (a.k.a platelet rich plasma or PRP). Kim Kardashian had

Kim Kardashian at the Seventh Annual Hollywood...

Kim Kardashian at the Seventh Annual Hollywood Life Magazine Awards. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

her very own Vampire Facelift (of course) back in 2012 — and now, it’s the newest fad to hit the Hollywood scene. In fact, Dr. Paul Nassif — Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and star of the Housewives of Beverly Hills — is set to appear on Entertainment Tonight to discuss the new Vampire Facelift. Dr. Nassif told American Health and Beauty how the Vampire Facelift actually works, stating that “The Vampire Facelift is one of the most cutting-edge, yet minimally invasive anti-aging procedures available. PRP is a natural rejuvenator that aids in the healing process and stimulates collagen growth. I’ve been using PRP in conjunction with surgical procedures such as facelifts and rhinoplasty for more than a decade with fantastic results.”


The coveted Oscar Swag Bags were valued at over $45,000 — with all nominees, regardless of win — receiving one. Talk about ultimate swag! Check out Dr. Barnes’ Vampire Facelift video below…and see for yourself what Hollywood thinks is a beauty must-have!



It was even featured on the Dr. Oz show during the Revolutionary Ways to Look Younger Segment! Watch as brave soul and special guest, Tatiana Alvarez “aka DJ Tatiana” goes under the knife for this very special kind of face lift!



Feb 182013

Hello Lovelies,

It’s been a while since I’ve sat here, writing to you lovelies. Since the start of the new year — we have been plagued with some serious technical issues — such as having both Media Maven and Elite Socialistas, hacked and infected with spam. But both sites have since been cleaned — and are about to be relaunched. I would like to thank all of you lovelies — who have continued to frequent the sites. I appreciate your emails, comments and communications! I am happy that you love the sites — as much as I love creating them for you!

Please be assured, that the sites are safe of any malicious content — and will remain so — thanks to Sucuri.net! For my fellow blogganistas, I highly recommend Sucuri site protection for your blogs.

Now, on with the empowering, entertaining and educational content you so love — all things fashion, beauty, lifestyle, health, social good, travel, celebrities and more — in reference to news, tips and reviews!



Sapphire Kharyzma, Media Maven — Your Mind, Body & Sou”U”tion

Sapphire Kharyzma

Sapphire Kharyzma (Photo credit: StyleMpress)



Apr 042012

Hello Darlings,
Trina Turk offers a fresh splash of color and elegant fit with her bright Spring dresses. Her lemon, watermelon and blueberry palette make for an artful and refreshing dress silhouettes – perfecto for your Spring wardrobe!

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And FYI…Grace Bay Club has teamed up with the quintessential California women’s designer to launch a limited edition capsule collection in a bright, new print conceived and created exclusively for the resort.


With the Trina Turks & Caicos collection, women can rest easy knowing the limited edition line is available in a number of styles that are perfectly suited (no pun intended!) for all shapes and sizes.  The halter one-piece offers full support and coverage for women looking to reveal little, while the string bikini is best for the not-so-shy.  The halter bikini with hipster buckle bottom is a sultry combination of both, offering support but minimizing those pesky tan lines.  And of course, for those who prefer to protect their skin from any of the sun’s damaging rays, Trina Turk also designed two tunic styles for the collection.

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Apr 042012

Hello Lovelies,

Here’s an insert courtesy of Terra.

Ever wonder what happens behind-the-scenes on a hit sitcom? The cast of Happy Endings, Eliza Coupe (“Jane”), Elisha Cuthbert (“Alex”), Zachary Knighton (“Dave”), Adam Pally (“Max”), Damon Wayans, Jr. (“Brad”) and Casey Wilson (“Penny”) opened up about everything from family, sex, drugs and more, during their bare all interviews with Dennis Pastorizo, Entertainment Producer for Terra.

No need to worry, it’s not as bad as it sounds! The hilarious cast said and did some crazy things during the interview that you might just want to see for yourself!

The season finale of Happy Endings airs this Wednesday, April 4th at 9:30 PM EST on ABC but you can watch the full interview now at: http://en.terra.com/celebrity-gossip/news/happy_endings_actors_talk_sex_and_drug_addictions_video/oci65228 .

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Apr 042012

Hello Darlings,

Here’s an interesting piece courtesy of Kate Forgach. This one can actually make you go…”nooo waayyyyy”. I cannot ever imagine my grandmother dating and not being either widowed or married! It’s shocking to learn that seniors 65 and older are amongst the dating sites looking for “Prince Charming” (to get married)!

Romance Has No Expiration Date

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So you think marriage is for the young? Check this out: As of the 2010 U.S. Census, more than 16-million unmarried Americans were 65 and older. But these single seniors aren’t willing to sit on their laurels; Between 2006 and 2007 there was a 140-percent increase in senior online dating.

Clearly the message that marriage makes you live longer has made its way to the over-65 crowd. Seniors also have learned the effectiveness of online dating sites. According to a 2011 international study conducted by the Oxford Internet Institute and funded by eHarmony, middle-aged men and women were the most likely people to use online dating sites, a statistic that particularly holds true for seniors.

With these glaring statistics to back up entrepreneurs, many new businesses have arisen catering to seniors interested in relationships. Here’s a sampling.

1. Dating Sites
Let’s see; There’s SeniorMatch, SeniorPeopleMeet, DatingforSeniors, SeniorFriendFinder, PrimeSingles, SilverSingles, DatingForSeniors…pant, pant, pant. And we’re just getting started. More commonly known sites, like Match.com and eHarmony, also appeal to the over-65 crowd. And let’s not forget AgeMatch, which targets cougars and sugar daddies seeking companionship out of their age range.

An interesting aside to this category is the research findings of two Bowling Green State University professors of gerontology. In the early stages of the study, they’ve found indications that seniors market themselves different on dating sites than their youthful counterparts. Appearance and status drop to the bottom of profiles while compatibility and self representation are priorities.

2. Gift Registries
Soon-to-be-wed seniors likely don’t need another blender, so alternative registries are proving just the ticket. CardAvenue is a wedding gift registry that lets them register for desirable gift cards, including those for stores, airlines, gas, etc. Cloud9Living allows couples to register for desired experiences, like hot-air ballooning in the Rockies, taking gourmet cooking classes in Houston, race car driving in Las Vegas, and much more.

3. Wedding Websites
Personal wedding websites are the latest rage, and WedShare.com in particular has reached out to seniors with it’s easy-to-use message. The company provides a free domain name, customizable website themes and matching eCards, a monetary gift registry with PayPal, and much more. Other similar sites include MyWeddingHosting.com, eWedding.com and Momentville.com. To comparison shop, check out WeddingWebsites.com.

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4. Therapy for the Kids
Roughly 500,000 Americans over the age of 65 remarry each year, and most already have adult children, according to Grace Gabe, a psychiatrist and co-author of “Step Wars: Overcoming the Perils and Making Peace in Adult Stepfamilies.” Remembering their parent’s former spouse, the kids may have trouble accepting a new relationship. This has opened up an entirely new species of therapist. While many cater to younger audiences, there are those who provide assistance to both young and old alike.

5. Prenuptial Agreements
No longer a legal document solely for the rich, lawyers are creating prenuptial agreements designed specifically for seniors looking to protect their children’s inheritances or not interested in once-again paying alimony.


Kate Forgach is a Baby Boomer consumer specialist for Kinoli Inc. She has written about senior issues for 11 years as a Cooperative Extension specialist and for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines. She has been featured in USA Today, Detroit News, New Orleans Times-Picayune, New Yorker magazine, “ABC World News,” NBC’s “TODAY” show and many other media outlets.

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Mar 272012

Courtesy of Yvonne Ryding Skincare

Yvonne Ryding, head of eponymous skincare line, advises Media Maven readers on how to get “that glow.” HINT: It doesn’t start with face cream

“When I give my lectures, my audience must expect me to talk about the skincare line, but there are so many other important factors to a woman’s well-being,” says Yvonne.

Yvonne has always been interested in taking care of herself. As a young girl she was involved in gymnastics and soccer, and as a young adult, she enjoyed the enviable status of global pageant queen (Miss Universe 1984) and international model.

These days, Yvonne is a prominent and inspirational figure in Sweden, and regularly contributes to popular television. And while she founded Yvonne Ryding skincare upon the strict notion of natural, cutting edge research and ingredients, the key to beauty does not start with face cream. Yvonne is a mother and a company owner, and so she knows that in order to thrive, it is important to take care of yourself. “Think about the mind and your soul. Give yourself some time to be with yourself in meditation.”

Yvonne Ryding believes that exercise helps you glow from the inside. But, “it’s important that you enjoy your workout,” she says, “so that it doesn’t feel like a chore. If you love walking, then just walk! Do you ice skate? Then ice skate!”

And be mindful of what you put in and on your body. “Think about how you eat. Good food helps you think. Be good at giving your body water so that you can rinse it out and cleanse.” And don’t forget your beauty sleep, she says. “If you’re not sleeping well and giving your body rest, then your body won’t have time to rejuvenate.”

Yvonne’s stance on anti aging is consistent with her belief in a balanced joyful lifestyle. She maintains the importance of food, sleep, drinking water and exercise. “If you combine that with a commitment to taking care of your biggest organ by using natural products, then you will get a really wonderful glow around you.”

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Mar 262012

Hello Lovelies,

With “spring” in the air, everything fresh, new, beautiful & eco/green is in bloom. Bees are beginning their buzz -y season and that can only mean stress-covered anti-anticipation for many allergy suffers, as myself & my girls! I was very pleased to learn about Olli Lolli’s Organic Cotton Hoodies, which come adorned with a special Olli Pocket™ to hold those vital meds!

Olli Lolli Allergy Aware Apparel Inc., offers a line of apparel that allows kids with life-threatening conditions, such allergies, asthma or anaphylaxis, to wear their emergency medication, instead of carrying it in a pouch, purse, fanny pack or knapsack that could be easily lost.

Olli Lolli™ windbreakers and hoodies are specially designed with the Olli Pocket™, a built-in pocket to hold a child’s emergency epinephrine auto-injector, asthma inhaler, or insulin injector, ensuring their medication is there when they need it.
Now kids and their care givers can immediately access life saving allergy medication, whether they are in the school lunchroom, out on the playground, visiting a grandparent, or in the neighborhood park playing with friends.
Fresh for Spring and Summer 2012, the colorful Olli Pocket™ Organic Cotton Hoodie for boys and girls is made with soft 100% Organic Cotton with a cotton lined hood and comes in purple and green.  Priced at just $59.99, Olli Pocket™ Hoodies are available in XS, S, M, L sizes that fit kids age four to 11. Prices are in Canadian dollars and the company ships to Canada and the U.S.A. Shop online at www.ollilolli.com.
About Olli Lolli Allergy Aware Apparel Inc.
We created the Olli Lolli line of apparel to help kids stay safe. Our products are designed and made in Canada. We ship to Canada and the US. We use quality materials and construction that hold up to kids’ wear and tear. Our goal is to promote allergy awareness and empower our kids.
For more information, visit www.ollilolli.com.
Special Diamond Diva Deal:
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Mar 132012

Hello Beauty Mavens,

Twilight used over 1,000 cans of aerosol airbrush makeup from Classified Cosmetics to transform mortal actors into eternally beautiful vampires on the set of the international box-office hit, Breaking Dawn.

Classified Cosmetics, the pioneers of the aerobrush makeup category, are launching Aero Minerale Makeup Mist, the same makeup featured on-screen on Bella’s vanity at over 350 Ulta stores throughout the country beginning January 8th.

Learn how to master Bella’s flawless skin with celebrity makeup artist and company founder, Yolanda Halston. Her tips and tricks will show you how easy it is to shake, aim, spray to get Twilight perfection for a new you in the new year.

See the “how-to” video here:

Jan 122012

Hello Lovelies,

Sarah Tracey releases sexy retro spy video….

Check it out HERE!

While Sarah Tracey can jump from one runaway train to another at a speed of 90 miles per hour, she can also deliver delicious harmonies for the soul, clever lyrics for the head, and a voice that goes straight to the heart.

So, it’s no surprise that in dreaming up her debut full-length album, Tell No One, she slipped into the stiletto boots and fearless drive of a glamorous spy girl, writing dizzy fantasies of jet-setting around the globe and uncovering decadent and dangerous secrets along the way!

Jan 032012

Hello Divas,

Its no secret…Media Maven provides some of the best Lady-centric content on the web!

Have you ever heard of the webseries with a bunch of women called Hot Mess - that bases all it’s plots on amazing true hot mess stories? Well, check out their Season 2 Finale- Just Released! http://www.ShesAMess.com.

We here at Hot Mess- the Webseries want you to get your Hottest Mess on this  New Year’s Eve and post to our Facebook Contest page!

“What do I get for splashing my hottest mess all over the world wide web,” you say? Well, a few things, starting with the possibility of us turning your mess into a featured episode and secondly, a mess of really hot prizes.

Hot Mess will be having a Hot Mess New Year’s Eve Photo/Story Contest on Facebook.  Divas, from now until Jan 10th,  we are inviting everyone to upload their Hot Mess Pictures from New Year’s Eve, and to tell us their Hot Mess stories from the night in “comments” section.  Then from January 11th – 20th people can vote by “Like” ing on their favorites. The entry with most “Likes” on Jan 20th wins a case of champagne to wash down the embarrassment of being facebook’s hottest New Year’s mess, a $150 makeup kit from Vapour Organic Beauty to touch up that mascara streaked face, and $50 worth of of fashion emergency supplies from Hollywood Fashion Secrets. Plus, a video blog telling your whole story on our website, www.ShesAMess.com.

To enter, must be 21 or older, visit our Hot Mess Facebook page on Jan 1st when the contest goes live, click on “contests” to upload your image. Once you have completed the entry, go back and “view the entry” and in the comments section tell us your story in 500 words or less. Entries may be posted from January 1st thru January 10th. Then visit the site between January 11th and January 20th to vote and yours and other favorites. The winner will be announced on January 23rd.

Here is a video where, executive producer and actress, Amy makes a fool of herself and explains it all: