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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November Giveaway: Conair Spin Air Brush

Happy November!!
*Contest is now over! Congratulations to Siilenti! Please send me an email with your contact info!*

Back in August, I reviewed the Conair Spin Air Brush- a multi-functional tool to dry your hair as well as volumize it with curls! They are hosting a giveaway for my readers and ONE lucky winner will receive the Conair Spin Air Brush! Giveaway ends on November 30th, 2011, 11:59 EST.

Enter by leaving a comment (on this post) letting me know what you're thankful for this Thanksgiving!! Must follow me either on my blog/twitter, as the winner will be posted early December !

Read my complete review here.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Beauty Countdown- TotalBeauty.com

Your Step-by-Step Beauty Countdown

Consider this your beauty calendar with all the expert tips you need to look picture perfect come your special day

Your Step-by-Step Beauty Countdown

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Whether you have a wedding to attend, a high school reunion, or another big event, we've got all of your beauty to-dos neatly laid out in a timeline. This way, you'll know what to do (and when to do it) to make sure you look your best.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

NYC's Winter Wonderland event by John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair

Fa-la-la-la-laaa-lalalala! Yes it's Thanksgiving this week and when I'm enjoying my feast on Thursday, I know it means that it's officially winter & the holidays. It's my favorite time of year when I get to enjoy spending time cozying up with a hot chocolate and blanket near the fireplace. It's also great because there's lots of great activities to do, such as ice-skating!

Next Wednesday, November 30, join John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair at the Celsius Lounge at Bryant Park for ice skating, hair makeovers including blowouts, and some delicious treats! The first 40 people will get FREE skate rentals so get there early! :)

Have you entered my
giveaway to win a Conair Spin Air Brush yet? :)

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Adore Me- Monthly Lingerie Subscription

If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know that I have been loving the monthly gift subscription offers out there. I started with BirchBox, and quickly joined others that features beauty products and/or ecofriendly products as well. There's always something new and I recently learned about AdoreMe.com which focuses on lingerie!

Similar to the "-mints" websites, Adore Me is the first lingerie subscription service out there. For about $40 a month, you get a complete lingerie set based on your style quiz answers. You can choose from either bra/panty sets, babydolls & slips. AdoreMe stylists will recommend sets they think will work for you get to choose a set each month. For $39.99 a month, it's a great deal to pick your fave lingerie!

Take the quiz and get started today!

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

GoGoGirlfriend- Monthly Beauty Subscription box

I recently joined the GoGoGirlfriend program- similar to Birchbox, BlissmoBox, etc.- where you get a monthly box of goodies for a monthly fee. GoGoGirlfriend has two membership options- Premium members get the box monthly and Regular members get their box every 2 months. I saw how full these boxes were from previous months- filled with at least 8-10 decent sized products for a similar cost of other subscriptions. Variety and the utility of the products are key when deciding whether I should continue with these subscriptions and so far I will be sticking with GoGoGirlfriend. :) Subscribe today!!

My first box contained lots of great products 11- to be exact:
* Camille Beckman Hand Therapy Mango Beach Great scent and really moisturizes my hand. I keep this in my coat pocket always.
* Comodynes Easy Peeling New Face Effect
* E.L.F. Eyelash Curler My curler was a bit tilted but works okay.. gets the job done!
* E.L.F. Nail Polish Fall Favorites
* Modella Cosmetic Bag Cute bag to stuff my essentials and samples :)
* MyChelle Skin Care Sample
* Natural Cherry Almond Soap Love this natural, shea butter soap. Moisturizing and smells nice too!
* Seche Vite Nail Top Coat
* So Soft - Fiber Optic Blush Brush My new fave brush! It's wispy and perfect for applying finishing powder or just a light dusting of highlighter on my cheeks.
* Urban Decay Eye Shadow I got this in a dark pewter color, perfect for creating a smoky eye!
* Zhena's Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai YUMMY- I'm obsessed with tea and this is the perfect flavor when you want to warm up.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Give yourself a (facial) Boost!

We all need a little boost in our lives- the extra oomph here and there to help with our goals. This applies to our skin & beauty routine as well. If your face has been feeling a bit blah lately, I recommend checking out the new facial mask by Somme Institute called Boost. It's a gentle mask that actually warms up when it's left on your skin, due to a key ingredient zeolite. I usually leave a thin layer of the mask on for about 4-5 minutes or when it hardens. I also replace cleansing w/ a mask sometimes to save some time.

The Boost mask is great for my combination skin b/c it contains kaolin to absorb the oil on my face. What makes this mask unique is its patented technology and it uses pumpkin enzymes to help with with cellular regeneration. I haven't tried any other mask before that has this warm, pumpkin pie scent! It really smells like the holidays- Thanksgiving anyone?

Overall, I enjoyed using this mask because my face looks and feels a lot more energized and refreshed. Along with weekly exfoliation, this facial mask will help you get that boost come winter time! Available at select online retailers and Somme Institute here.

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

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How-to: 7 Chic Hairstyles in 7 Minutes

7 Chic Hairstyles You Can Do in 7 Minutes

We dared one woman to wear a new hairstyle every day of the week -- see how she did

7 Chic Hairstyles You Can Do in 7 Minutes

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Sick of wearing your hair in a ponytail yet again? Us too, which is why we dared one woman to come up with a different hairstyle every day of the week. The catch? She couldn't spend more than 10 minutes trying to make it work. Did she succeed?

Find out

How-to: Get Rid of Dry & Flaky Skin

Get Rid of Dry, Flaky Skin with These 9 New Moisturizers

Is dry, cracked, and peeling skin keeping you down? Fight the cold winds with these amazing skin savers

Get Rid of Dry, Flaky Skin with These 9 New Moisturizers

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We welcome the cooler weather and being outside in all its glory, but our skin doesn't exactly respond in the same kind of joyous way. To protect our skin from the season's cold, dry weather, we're using these super-hydrating lotions. Now you can have smooth, soft skin all year round.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

October's GOOD BlissMoBox!!

I got my GOOD, GOOD, REALLY GOOD BlissMoBox! (It was curated by GOOD and this box had some amazing goodies!) Check out my previous post on BlissMoBox and see why I had to get their subscription!
I decided to get this box b/c it was 1) limited edition - only 50 boxes available & 2) unique items I probably wouldn't have gotten myself. It may not look like a lot but all of these items are incredibly useful and have made my life a whole lot better.
GOOD Blissmobox items include:
1) My miiR water bottle- BPA free and I have stopped using water bottles altogether since using this.
2) A box of RUNA tea- organic guayusa spice- saving this when it gets a bit colder
3) A gift cert to use at PACT- organic cotton undies/shirts/socks! Excited to order mine soon!
4) A 3-pack notebook set by SCOUT books (for me to scribble my thoughts)
5) Reusable Bamboo Utensil Set- contains fork, knife, spoon, & chopsticks! This is my perfect for my lunches! :) More at go-toware.com !

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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

TotalBeauty.com: Tips that are Ruining Your Hair

14 Tips That Are Ruining Your Hair

It's always good to get advice -- unless it's bad advice. See the hair care tips that are actually messing up your mane

14 Tips That Are Ruining Your Hair

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We get bad advice all the time, whether it's from our stockbrokers or our best friends or our own mothers. But when your hairdresser is doling out bad tips like Halloween candy, it's time to call in the big hitters. We've asked the pros to dish on the hair care tips that are actually ruining your hair. They'll shock you.

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Quiz: What's Your Best Eyeshadow Color?

What's Your Best Eyeshadow Color?

You don't have to play the guessing game with your eye makeup anymore thanks to this advice. Take this quiz now!

What's Your Best Eyeshadow Color?

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Are you getting sick of reaching for your usual brown shadow and black liner? Take this quiz to find out what makeup colors are the most flattering for your eyes now.

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Monday, November 07, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide #2: Stay Stress-free with PepUp Mint Tspheres

In the start of my Fall Fitness Adventure (aka checking out studios and taking fitness class), I checked out the NamasDay event at ExhaleSpa in New York earlier in September. Although I wasn't able to take the free yoga class, I did get to check out the event they had in their shop area- including yummy drinks, rejuvenating beauty treatments and a fun pop-up shop! As part of the event, we all got in our bags one of the best discovery this season- Tspheres! These tiny aromatherapy balls are infused with peppermint and jojoba oil that can be used on your face/neck and even feet. The peppermint oil is strong to help with any headaches you may have and pressing the ball on certain areas of your face can also relieve tension.

Each Pep Up Tspheres package comes with instructions, two balls and some peppermint spray to help infuse the balls again after a wash. You can use these during a break at work or when traveling. These are super for the holidays- when it can be quite stressful! If you take about 10 minutes everyday for yourself and massage your face or feet, you will feel a lot better. Perfect for yourself or to a stress-out pal! :)

You can get yours at your local Exhale Spa or at www.tspheres.com. Tshperes also come in larger sizes too for your lower back, etc.

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Sunday, November 06, 2011

Pink Moment Boutique- Eco-friendly monthly Gift Boxes

I've been on a monthly gift box subscription kick lately- discovering so many companies that have dabbled into the monthly commerce business. My faves are always the one that appeal to my tastes- eco-friendly products- food, beauty, or just plain useful stuff! Through Twitter, I found another company called Pink Moment Boutique, based in California, which focuses on eco-friendly samples. For about $12-$14/month, depending on your subscription length, you can enjoy 8-10 samples from brands such as EarthScience beauty, Method, Seventh Generaiton, Ecover, Eden, and much more!

I was given a November box to check out and was very happy to see how the variety of the products. Although most are one-time use samples, the natural deodorant, lip moisturizer and Ecover all purpose cleaner, I can definitely keep using for a while. For the price of another well-known Beauty box subscription of the same price range, you really get a lot more value!

I am definitely excited to try the Earth Science Deep Conditioning Masque in Olive & Avocado. This treatment will help repair, strengthen and nourish your hair, especially now that in the fall, almost winter, I will blowdry my hair more often.

Like what you see for November's gift bag? Join Pink Moment Boutique here.
Here's a close up of the products that I received.....
The bottom.
1) Loose tea leaves from Teamotions in Lemon Vanilla Green Tea- I'm a huge fan of green tea!
2) Method Laundry Detergent - 1 single use packet- I have used this before and definitely like the scent Fresh Air.. clothes smell great!
3) Earth Science Deep Conditioning Masque
4) MoistStik- a moisturizing lip balm with coconut oil, peppermint oil- great for the winter!
5) Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal- another useful item in here! Perfect size for the gym back too.
6) ECOVER All purpose cleaner- time to scrub a dub and clean!

Samples on the top..
1) Already mentioned the tea and Method Laundry detergent in above photo
2) Calms Forte- sleep aid capsules- if you have sleepiness and tension. I don't so I won't be trying this out.
3) Barlean's Organic Oils- Total Omega Swirl- in Pomegranate and Blueberry- I believe this organic omega oils can be taken alone or add it to a drink or something. It's a supplement so if you're looking into adding more omegas, you may want to try this.

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

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Saturday, November 05, 2011

Staying Glowing this Winter with Caudalie!

Can you believe it's already November? Time flies when you're busy! October's been a packed month- keeping myself busy and fit! (Been incorporating workout classes into my schedule which I am loving.) It's important to also continue keeping your skin clean, clear and beautiful!

To keep my skin moisturized and glowing, I have been using the Caudalie Tinted Moisturizer in Fair/Medium. I've been getting less sun so using this product has made it easy to keep my skin smooth while giving it a natural glowing look. I love how this moisturizer makes my skin feel and all Caudalie products that I have tried have a very light scent that smells good! They have some great spa products, including the Shower Gel that I bought for their Fashion's Night Out special, and it's such a treat! The bevy of samples, from firming serums to face masks have been so fun to use.
If you're looking for that healthy glow this winter, be sure to check out the Caudalie Fresh Complexion Tinted Moisturizer!
(Disclaimer: I received this product from this company to test, try and share my thoughts with my readers.)

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Friday, November 04, 2011

Better Beauty Salon with WellAndGoodNYC.com & HGO Lab

Last week, I attended the Better Beauty Salon at the WellAndGoodNYC headquarters to learn about tips/tricks to green your beauty routine. Along with Well&Good's co-founder Melisse, Hope Gillerman from HGO Lab talked about her own journey to developing her line. We also tested some of her skincare products, including her face wash, facial oil and balm. Afterwards, we went to the counter to play more with her essential oil blend products to help you gain more energy, relaxation, and rest. Included in our gift bags were also samples!! I'm a personal fan of essential oils and love incorporating them into my own skincare routine. Have you made the switch yet?

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