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Friday, November 29, 2013

Element Barre Conditioning DVD Review

Set the barre high! If you're looking for a fun, challenging workout at home besides Pilates/Yoga, I highly recommend trying out barre workouts. The founder of Barre3, Sadie Lincoln, has a new DVD coming out December 3 called, Barre Conditioning. This Element DVD contains 2 programs: Burn & Firm and Lengthen & Strengthen. Both work great together or individually depending on how much time you can carve out during the day. No barre required; just a chair, mat for floor exercises and a towel.

The instructions are added into the video (instructor isn't talking when working out) which is great because I can watch and listen to my other music or watch another TV program, without interrupting my workout. (I like to multi-task when working out) :)

The moves in this DVD are great for toning your upper body, legs and core. With controlled movement, such as pulsing during a plie hold, you'll get to challenge yourself and develop a ballet dancer's body.

Pre-order your copy today on amazon.com today!

(Disclaimer: I received this product from this company's PR agency to test, try and share my thoughts with my readers.)

Love with Food- 20% Off Subscription Plans

Happy Shopping! Today's the day to get 20% Off your Love with Food subscription plan. Don't forget- 6 and 12 month subscription plans also get a 2-year subscription to Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine. (20% Offer ends on Sunday)

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

BECCA's the One Perfecting Brush review

If you only could carry one brush, it would have to be BECCA's the One Perfecting Brush. Special thanks to iFabbo for letting me review this amazing product. Available at Sephora, this brush can be used for your foundation, highlighter, contouring powder, and blush. It's dense (and wide enough) to replace all your current brushes. Its goat hairs is also soft to the touch and gentle on your face. Like most brushes, it can be used for powders and liquid products. If you use a full makeup routine, I would recommend starting with foundation, then highlighter above the cheeks and on the bridge of your nose, contouring using the narrow part of the brush, under the cheeks, side of nose and around temple and lastly, blush using the corner of the Perfecting Brush.

Learn more about the #BeccaTheOne brush here: http://bit.ly/H1H3I6

November Love with Food box review

This month's Love with Food box was PACKED with amazing snacks, themed "Flavors of Fall" with Chef Ryan Scott. I'm always excited to see what snacks they pack in here when I read other blogs, but this month I got to taste these myself! Here are the 9 snacks I happily munched/sipped on: 

This box includes:
1) Tuxedo Popcorn from KuKuRuZa, caramel popcorn with a drizzle of milk and white chocolate.. yum!
2) Green & Black's Organic Dark chocolate
3) Maple Fudge from Laura Secord
4) Ginger Twist tea from Mighty Leaf
5) Eat Natural yoghurt bar
6) Rosemary Seal Salt shortbread from Dancing Deer Baking Co.
7) Sweet Corn Crunch from Sensible Foods
8) Arora Creations' spices
9) Sweet Potato Popchips

I'm so amazed all these goodies fit in their usual red box. I also love that for each box purchased, a meal is donated to a hungry child. Each subscription box is about $10, depending on the plan. For a limited time, you can get a 2 year-subscription to the Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine with a purchase of a 6-month or annual plan. Check out LoveWithFood today!

Stay tuned on Black Friday for a SPECIAL discount!!

Eco-Emi bonus box!

Eco-Emi is a monthly eco-friendly susbscription service that introduces you to a variety of beauty/bath/food products. I got this box last year and knew I had to get it again. Last year, I got the Large bonus box with all these products. They raised the price by $10 ($30 last year, vs $40 this year) but the amount I got last year was amazing. I'm hoping I get another super duper bonus box overflowing with eco-friendly goodness. 

Some products I received are: Yogi tea, Angell chocolate, Calm magnesium powder, Stevia, Burt's Bees towelettes, Crystal deodorant towelettes, Zen society facial cleanser, Green Clay mask, lotion samples, laundry detergent, hand sanitizer, and much, much more!

Get your Bonus Box today at www.ecoemi.com

Thursday, November 21, 2013

KnixWear- Comfy Undies for Exercise!

I recently won the #FitFluential giveaway to win 3 pairs of KnixWear The Canadian-based company offers comfortable undies that are designed to wear everyday (KnixWear) or specifically during your workouts (FixKnix line). They also have lace patterned ones!

I was able to choose three different styles to add to my personal undergarment wardrobe, but also to compare the styles side by side. To give you some background, the KnixWear products use their Fresh Fix Technology which makes these undies incredibly seamless to avoid those unwanted panty lines, as well as moisture wicking and antimicrobial. (Sounds like pretty slick undies, if you ask me.)

The three that I chose were (from left to right) are:

1) Seamless Knix Highrise Brief in Nude color- normally I would not choose Highrise Briefs, but this looks like it would give some nice coverage! You'll notice it is longer compared to the two on the right.
2) Seamless Knix Bikini in Nude color -my go-to choice! This is the perfect fit and super comfortable too. I like the thinner band on my waist as well.
3) FitKnix Boyshorts in Nude color- This snug fit is like a shorter high-rise brief with a thicker waist band (an in between of the highrise and bikini). It is also very comfortable when working out!

Overall, I am so psyched to have discovered this new brand of underwear. Thank you FitFluential & KnixWear! These undie's comfort level are superb as I've used them with my new fitness DVDs this week (reviews coming soon!!). They are an investment though, roughly $30 a pair, so taking care of them is extremely important! (Tip: Use a separate mesh bag and wash gently with mild detergent.)

Left to right: KnixWear high waist, KnixWear bikini, FixKnix boyshort; All in Nude color, Size S.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

October Love With Food Box

They kindly gave me the October box to review. I had seen reviews of this last month and had wished I got it. So many goodies and treats in a single box! The Pizzelle Crisps were thin crispy waffle chips that I ate right away. The dang coconut chips were also quite tasty, since I love coconut! The Happy Squeeze Fruit & Veggie twist will be saved for later day. I've also packed the Glee Gum, Caveman Cookies and Kind bar in my purse to bring to work.

Save $5 on your 6-month or 12-month subscription with the code: FESTIVE2013.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

NYC Salon Ziba special event on November 21

Salon Ziba is one of my favorite salons in NYC, with professional and quality care given to your hair!

The NYC Makeup Show Holiday Pop-Up Shop, December 7-8, 2013

The yearly Makeup Show in NYC is always a treat for the professionals and beauty lovers like me! It's where a lot of my favorite brands are all under one roof with show specials, demonstrations, educational seminars and more! The Makeup Show is coming back to NYC this December for 2 days only in a special holiday-shop set up!

Over 40 brands will be there with discounts up to 50% off their products.

Here's a sneak peek:

- Stila Cosmetics: their Artist Signature Set will be 30% off, exclusive to the show

- Armour Beauty: limited edition holiday trio of lip glosses at special prices!

- MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro: All products will be 50% off. Buy 3 or more of the same product and get 60% Off, 5 or more of the same and get 70% off!

-Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics: This set includes 6 of their popular Creme Colour Concentrates & application brush for $85 (a $142 value)

You'll also see your favorite brands such as: INGLOT cosmetics, Temptu PRO, Smashbox, Kevyn Aucoin, Embryolisse USA, Naked cosmetics, Tweezerman and more!

Join The Makeup Show Holiday Pop-up Shop on Saturday, December 7 from 11 AM to 6 PM and Sunday, December 8 from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

Get your tickets here.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

FRAAS dressier scarving for the Holidays

Dress up your holiday look and stay warm! This season, FRAAS' newest collection of scarves contains metallic yarns to help give it the extra edge. The 12x80 scarf featured here is the Metallic Zebra style. Half black and half zebra, this subtle pattern  is just right to style your look. It comes in two other colors as well- Silver and Gold. I prefer black as it looks great with everything and all year, but Silver and Gold are also great holiday choices.

Want to add this to your wardrobe? You can order FRAAS products by checking out fraas.com and amazon.com or calling 212-575-0191 and requesting style #: 360528.

 (Disclaimer: I received this product from this company's PR agency to test, try and share my thoughts with my readers.)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Love with Food box- subscription special

Looking for holiday gift ideas? A subscription to Love with Food monthly treats is a great idea for your foodie pals. I love the variety of food they offer which may include tea, crackers/biscuits, candy and/or other yummy snacks. I gifted a subscription last year for the holidays and I'm happy to hear that this year, with all 6-month or annual subscriptions, you'll get a 2-year magazine subscription to Every Day with Rachael Ray. (Valued at $20). You'll get to learn new recipes and tips monthly! Learn more here.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Delivery Man movie & November Birchbox #MoreGood

Before I unveil this month's Birchbox, I want to thank Birchbox for the amazing opportunity to attend the red carpet premiere of Delivery Man, starring Vince Vaughn. The movie was hilarious and had a touching ending. If you're looking for a fun movie to watch over Thanksgiving weekend, opens November 22, check out Delivery Man.

On to my Birchbox..  Themed #MoreGood, this box had some products that really will do more good for my beauty routine this month. Haven't joined yet? Get your goodies today for $10/month!

- The Chella highlighter pencil will be used to highlight my brow bone, cheeks and whatever else I'm in the mood for!
- LA Fresh cleanser wipes, handy wipes for travel will be a savior
- Tiossan creamy body lotion will moisturize my dry skin this month
- Viva la juicy noir perfume sample 
- Colorclub nail polish will be perfect for all the holiday parties
- Ghirardelli chocolate bar in mint cookie- will be great for my sweet cravings! 

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Perlier Imperial Honey Body Butter Review

Thanks to iFabbo.com Shop for letting me sample the NEW Perlier Imperial Honey Body Butter!
I've already tried out a few Perlier products and loved the different scents and products, so I'm not surprised that the new body butter was simply divine. It's butter-like creamy moisturizer is amazing and perfect for dry skin. It contains Royal Jelly with notes of Honey and Oriental woods. TIP: Apply after shower for amazing results. 

Want to learn more? Check out the Body Butter on HSN at: http://bit.ly/GT2CdC

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Sunday, November 03, 2013

Quarterly.co Subscription Box with MizzFit aka Bianca Jade!

In my quest to find a GOOD subscription box to check out, I came across Quarterly.co which features many contributor's boxes, with various themes and surprises. I was looking for a non-makeup and non-food box as I have already sought these out and just wanted something different! When I saw a fitness fashion box, curated by MizzFit, I knew I had to get my hands on it! These quarterly boxes (really wish they were monthly as I can't wait 3 months!!) curated by https://quarterly.co/products/mizzfit will have anything and everything that is a part of her philosophy Styling Up 2 Shape Up. Her first box is themed, "Pack your Gym Bag" which sounds amazing! I'm also excited about her second box, "Get inspired to sweat" which sounds like it will include her favorite workouts!


Learn more about the box on her website: http://mizzfit.com/view/post/youll-never-guess-whats-inside-this-box-mizzfit-quarterlyco-fitness-trends/

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Friday, November 01, 2013

November Ipsy - Bonus Item!

My November Ipsy bag (aka Glam Bag) will have 6 items this month! I've only gotten two Ipsy bags so far and love the variety of makeup goodies. The 6th item this month will include a product from the new em michelle phan collection. We got a one-time sample of the eyeshadow/blush colors in the September bag so cannot wait to get a full-sized sample of this line. I'm hoping to get one of the lipsticks or lip balms!

Join today and subscribe!  ($10/month)

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