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NYIC New York Image consultant…..

Elena Castaneda is a graduate of the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City with a degree in fashion buying and merchandising. Observing that there was a niche to be filled, she opened New York Image Consultant Company as a resource for individuals and celebrities seeking help with their personal image and style. She travels nationwide image consulting and as a motivational speaker for corporations, organizations and colleges on a number of topics such as "Dressing Appropriately At Work", "What Not to Wear", and "Business casual".

Ask yourself the following questions:
· Do you notice how many men keep wearing the same boring black or navy suit?
· Are you frustrated and confused when standing in front of your closet?
· Tired of being lead to foolish choices by a commission driven salesperson?
· Still worrying what impression you make on a first date or professional introduction?
Most men don’t realize how much fashion choices impact their professional and personal success.
Whether you need the right look for that all-important business meeting, business casual, special event or a first date,
you have come to the right person.

· The way you look affects your attitude
· The right suit creates a presence when you walk in a room
· You and your wardrobe will send the message of being in control
· Women will be attracted to your style

· Haircut and styling
· Eyebrow, ear, nose and facial hair trimming
· Cosmetic dentistry - teeth whitening
· Nail care
· Removal of unwanted body hair - laser
· Dealing with baldness
· Skin care options
· Cosmetic enhancement procedure options

Live out of State?
NYIC can perform your virtual makeover online and via telephone, using current photos of you and your wardrobe. The process begins with you filling out and sending back our 9 page questionnaire along with your photos. We ask that you collect at least 10 pictures of clothing, hairstyles, and makeup that appeal to you, only to be used as learning tools.

Contact Elena if you are interested in image consultation services for hire.
To get started, Email Elena …… or call 212.879.5790.

For fees and other information visit their website at

Tips for a Great Shave!
Tips for a Great Shave!
By Buck Williams – Master Barber

Proper shaving techniques, quality products and post-shaving skin care can help you look and feel your best. A good, close shave followed by the right facial wash and after shave moisturizer products go hand in hand to achieve optimum skin health. And, it can turn a chore into a pleasant morning ritual.

Top 10 Shaving Tips:

Warning - this is the long answer - but isn't a couple of minutes of reading worth it? After all, your face is the first thing they notice......

1. Make Sure Your Beard is Thoroughly Wet
One of the keys to a great close shave without irritation or skin rash is to make sure your beard is thoroughly wet. Facial hair will absorb moisture up to 30% of its volume. Hair swollen with water becomes quite weak and therefore easier to cut. Showering before shaving is the ideal way to ensure you beard is properly moistened. If a shower is not possible, rinse your face and then apply a warm moistened towel to your face for at least a couple of minutes. This is the technique that barbers use. Never shave cold or apply shaving products to a dry face.

2. Use a Quality Shaving Cream
Use a shaving cream that has a high concentration of lubricants (e.g. silicones) and moisturizers. The best shaving creams create a rich creamy lather and do not foam up like the cheaper drug store brands. The less "foaming" in the shave cream the better, as it is what is in contact with the skin and beard that matters - all else is wasted. Less resistance, less irritation and less nicks also mean a longer lasting blade! While the primary function of the shaving cream is to lubricate your face so that the razor will glide smoothly and effortlessly across the surface, it also serves to lock the moisture into the whiskers, keeping them soft and upright, primed for the cut. The ideal scenario is to leave the shaving cream on your face for at least a minute before you begin cutting, so that the beard is as soft and wet as possible.

3. A Shaving Brush is One of the Best Tools
One of the best tools you can use to achieve the optimum shave is a shaving brush (as top barbers do). A shaving brush does a couple of things. First, it helps raise the hair so that a closer cut is possible. Second, it helps create a rich creamy lather with the shaving cream that stays close to the skin. And, finally, it helps remove dead skin cells (exfoliation) which reduces the chance of blemishes, razor bumps and also helps the skin look and feel smooth and healthy. Always look for a shaving brush with bristles that have the right balance between softness (to create a rich creamy that stays close to the skin) and resistance to raise the beard (making a closer cut easier!)

4. Apply the shaving cream using the brush in a circular motion ending in an upward stroke to help lift the beard up and away from the face.

5. Use a Quality Razor and Change the Blades
Always use a good quality sharp razor blade. Be sure the blade is sharp. You're not just cutting off hair, you're also scraping off up to two layers of surface skin when you shave. A dull blade is more traumatic to the skin, making your face feel scratchy and look blotchy. Depending on the toughness of your beard, change the blade somewhere between every three and every ten shaves, if you shave every day. Two weeks is too long to go without changing blades. Regardless of the number of shaves, if the blade is dulled, ditch it.

As to which brand of razor to use - we think you can't go wrong with any of the Gillette Mach series. Of course there are very high quality and expensive razors available at specialty retailers that you may want to try.

Rinse your blade under hot water before you begin to shave and after every few swipes. This removes the accumulated shaving cream, whiskers, and skin goop. For a really close shave, remoisten the section you just shaved, by spreading a thin layer of lather from another area of your face, and then swiping that area again. Keep everything moist. (Note: The use of hot water here is to help lubricate, has nothing to do with "killing bacteria.")

6. Use the Razor Properly
Ideally shave in the direction of the beard growth. Start with the sides, then the moustache area and last the chin. The chin hairs are the toughest, so this allows them the most time to soften under the shave cream.

Shaving against the direction of hair growth gives a closer shave, but has two drawbacks:

  • A. It's a good way to donate blood, and
  • B. You run a high risk of cutting off a hair below skin level, causing an ingrown hair (razor bumps) - the whisker grows into the surrounding tissue instead of out of the pore, resulting in inflammation and possible infection.

To avoid these shaving problems, again, shave "with the grain" (that is, in the direction your hair grows.) Each person's facial hair has its own growth pattern. If you are unsure of the direction of your beard, let it grow for a day or two and you'll see it.

7. If you want an even Closer Shave
If you wish to achieve an even closer shave (as many barbers do) apply some more lather from your brush (add more cream if necessary) to the areas you wish to shave again. This is one of the extra advantages of using a brush. For most guys, re-shaving certain areas with the grain should do the job. Professional barbers, by the way, usually first shave with the grain, and then re-shave going sideways - but they're trained professionals!

But, don't over shave. Too much shaving will cause skin irritation and rashes.

Rinse the blade thoroughly before you put it away. (The water temperature isn't going to have any impact on bacteria; you're rinsing the blade to get rid of hairs, shaving cream, oils, and gunk, not to kill bacteria. You'd need to boil the razor for that, which is not necessary.) Do NOT wipe the blade with a tissue or towel--that will just dull it faster.

8. Cleanse and Soothe After Shaving
After shaving, when the skin is most vulnerable (remember, you've just scraped off up to 2 layers of surface skin!), rinse the face with warm water and use a facial wash that has a high concentration of tea tree oil (a natural antiseptic that is ideal to help cleanse and protect from spots and shaving rash) and witch hazel (for its soothing, healing and astringent properties).

9. Rinse with the coolest water that is comfortable and pat dry with a clean towel. (Don't rub! Just pat)

10. Finish off with an Aftershave Moisturizer.
Shaving can remove up to two layers of skin. There is no other regular activity that does this, which is why it is so important to use a good quality moisturizer after shaving. An after shave moisturizer designed as an after shave balm and moisturizer in one, is the ideal way to replace lost moisture and soothe the skin. And, be sure to use one made just for guys - these formulas are designed so that they are not greasy, absorb quickly and dry with a matte finish so that your face doesn't look shiny. Typically moisturizers made for women are too greasy as men tend to have not only thicker skin but also oiler skin than women due to men's larger sebaceous glands. The best aftershave moisturizers not only replace lost moisture and soothe, but also have ingredients that will cool and refresh the skin.

Following these 10 shaving tips should help you achieve optimum skin health, avoid shaving problems and help you look and feel your best.

About The Author

Buck Williams is a master barber with over 15 years of barbering and product development experience for premier barbershops, salons and manufacturers. Most recently, Buck has appeared on TV as a makeover guru, and behind the scenes on TV and film production sets and magazine features helping actors and sports celebrities look their best. Buck’s passion is helping men look and feel their best and believes that a smooth close shave and after shave skin care is so important to the health of your skin and the impression you make.

This article on Shaving Tips and Techniques is reprinted with permission.

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Love tactics


Did you know that a positive self-image gives off a confident vibe that everyone will notice? That's right! So if you want to glow with self-confidence, start by treating yourself right. Most people are just too hard on themselves. If you find you're constantly thinking negatively about yourself, stop. Give yourself a break! Recognize that there are some things you just can't change, but it's okay. Accept it, move on. Focus on what you can change and you'll begin to see your self-esteem increase. So will your chances of winning the one you So will your chances of winning the one you want. You've got to think positive - zap those bad thoughts. Believe me, people will start to notice your positive vibe. It will make a difference. Remember the answer to "who is the fairest of them all?" is simply, "you are". Build up your self-esteem. Give yourself credit for your strengths. Everyone will notice - especially the one you want.

· Think positive thoughts

· Clear negative thoughts

· Enjoy your new glow

· People will notice.

Tom McKnight has appeared on:

Author of the best-selling book "Love Tactics: How to Win the One You Want" Tom McKnight has shared these principles over the years with widespread audiences on OPRAH WINFREY, REGIS & KATHY LEE, CNN, and over a hundred other television and radio programs across the United States and Canada, while Chuck Woolery has talked about the System on CNN, WB, FOX & FRIENDS.

You’ve also seen write-ups on Love Tactics in the National Enquirer, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Men’s Health, and other national print outlets, but at last through the miracle of the internet and interactive review they can be yours to master and perfect!!


Laughter has a positive effect on the vital essence, energy and animating force, of people.

Ah, YES… We have all heard the about the benefits of laughter in helping to deal with stress, relationships and to keep us young and healthy. We also feel that laughter can help improve your image and therefore your overall appeal. Think about it - doesn’t everyone want to be around that person who has a hearty laugh and a positive attitude?

· Creates uniquely human bonds.
· Relieves tension in socially awkward situations.
· Heightens mood and creates feeling of well-being due to inhalation of more oxygen.
· Helps bring family and friends closer together.
· Induces sense of admiration and gratitude for life.
· helps one develop a more positive attitude towards life.
· Inspires a healthy environment filled with joy and internal balance, where positive energy breeds positive energy.
· Brings senses out of disjunction, and creates moment of internal harmony, peace and relaxation.
· Feasibly the most powerful advantage of human race and much more……check out their site..

Courtesy of the Guide To Laughing Institute.

The Guide To Laughing Institute recognizes the power of laughter and is doing its part to create a sense of wellness and perspective in the world. Their intention is to help people laugh and learn about life and to connect with each other through shared laughter.

For more information and their books visit the laughing Institute at

Better Health Channel

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Your body image is what you think you look like. This may have no bearing at all on your actual appearance. Around one in four Australian men in the healthy weight range believe themselves to be fat, while 17 per cent of men are on a weight loss diet at any given time.
The Better Health Channel



Passion and Image…

"What is the connection between pursuing your passion and projecting a positive image? In fact, the connection is direct, powerful, and as clear as the connection between the electricity in your house and your local electricity-generating power station.

Your passion is a source of unlimited energy from your spirit that enables you to produce extraordinary results (see Chapter 1 of my book 'Passionate People Produce', published by Hay House in US). When you discover, and then pursue, your passion, you are maximising your energy sources and you make yourself full of energy. This energy is like a magnet: just contemplate who attracts you! Are you more attracted to high-energy, interesting and interested people, or to low-energy people who aren't interested in anything? The answer is obvious.

When you are full of energy, you are attractive, you get things done, you are a magnet for ideas, relationships, career options, and you are able to love your life, regardless of the dramas you experience. You feel good about yourself: that's what we call high self-esteem, and it's a key resource for staying in the game of life at world champion level! 

So don't waste your life: discover and pursue your passion, and you will create and project a wonderful image to the world that is full of integrity and power and joy. For more details, please visit "

Charles Kovess is a recognized keynote speaker and authority on the psychology of leadership, negotiations, organizational turnaround and peak performance.

Charles has been honored for his strategic intellect and commercial endeavors most recently having been elected as National President of the National Speakers Association of Australia for 2004/2006. He was awarded the 'Golden Mike Award' by his Victorian Chapter of NSAA in December 2004 for his long-term contribution to the Chapter, and in 2001 he won the NSAA Speaker of the Year Award in Victoria.

Charles Kovess uses extensive and complementary skills in a dynamic and passionate way to facilitate powerful learnings. He is a charismatic, high-energy motivational speaker and facilitator, who inspires through his passion for life, and builds teams based on integrity, trust, and commitment.

Charles Kovess has directly impacted the lives of people around the globe with his best-selling books and audio CD products, public speaking engagements and live appearances.

Visit his at for more information, passion points to ponder and books.


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