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Friday
Sep272013

BeWell Expo, Ticket & Swag Bag Giveaway.

The ultimate beauty and wellness oasis, the BeWell Beauty & Wellness Expo takes place next month in Pasadena, California. On October 12th & 13th, over 100 spa and wellness exhibitors will take over the Pasadena Convention Center for an experience like no other.

BeWell Expo, Ticket & Swag Bag Giveaway

Immerse yourself in the tools your body, mind and spirit need to look and feel good at the two day experience. Check out things like the following:

  • Skin Analysis Lounge - identify your skin type and understand the current condition of your skin
  • Eco–Beauty Makeup Bar - find the best natural makeup to lock in your look
  • Brow Bar - get a whole new look with a beautifully shaped eyebrow
  • Eco-Nail Bar - treat yourself to the healthier gel polish manicure
  • Tanning Bar - Feel and look like you just spent a week on the beach
  • Aura imaging
  • Initiate, inspire and transform yourself at the Yoga Studio + receive free GAIAM mats on a first come, first serve basis

There will also be lectures and demonstrations on energy healing, chakra balancing, relaxation techniques, color therapy, inner peace solutions, aromatherapy and so much more.

All of the above is included in the ticket price of $25 for a one day pass or $50 for a two day pass. Use code BW2013 for 20% off! Register at BeWell-Expo.com. Tickets are limited, so get yours now.

My friends at the Be Well Expo have given me a pair of tickets and a swag bag (worth $300+) to give away to one lucky reader.

The swag bag includes:

  • Sheer translucent finishing powder from Plain Jane Beauty
  • Oxygen mask from Lumavera
  • Bio Absolute Eye Serum Gel from Bio France Lab
  • Nightly and Daily Beauty Tea from BijaBody
  • Vita B from Auspect Clinical
  • Exfoliating Scalp Cleanser from Revivogen PRO
  • Lace Highlighters from Chella
  • Love and Gratitude bracelets from The Infinite Love & Gratitude Wellness Center

One winner will receive two tickets to the Be Well Expo and the Swag Bag with contents listed above. To enter, please leave me a comment on this post stating that you want to go to the expo. One entrant will be randomly selected as the winner. By entering this sweepstakes, you agree to all the official rules listed below.

The Be Well Expo Tickets & Swag Bag Sweepstakes
OFFICIAL RULES

The Be Well Expo Tickets & Swag Bag Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is intended for participation only in the United States (excluding Rhode Island) and shall be construed according to, and governed exclusively by, United States law.  Do not participate in the Sweepstakes if you are not a legal resident of the United States (excluding Rhode Island) physically located in the United States (other than in Rhode Island)  at the time of entry or do not fall within the eligibility requirements set forth in these official rules.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE, DONATION OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE CHANCES OF WINNING.

PROMOTION DESCRIPTION:  The Sweepstakes begins on or about September 27, 2013 at 5:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) and ends on or about October 4, 2013 at 5:00 AM EST (the “Promotion Period”).  By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Beautiful Makeup Search (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects.  Sponsor reserves the right to modify or terminate sweepstakes if conditions arise that compromise its integrity or intended play.

ELIGIBILITY:  Only legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia  (excluding Rhode Island) who are eighteen (18) years of age or older and located in the United States and the District of Columbia (excluding Rhode Island)  at the time of entry are eligible to enter the Sweepstakes. Employees of Sponsor and Sponsor’s advertiser partners and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, retailers, sales representatives, advertising and promotion agencies and each of their respective officers, directors and employees (and immediate family members and those persons living in the same household of any such officers, directors and employees) (collectively, the “Promotion Entities”), are ineligible to enter the Sweepstakes or win the prize.  Subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.  Void in Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, all U.S. territories and possessions and overseas military installations, and where prohibited.

TO ENTER: Leave me a comment on this post saying that you want to go to the expo. Each comment is assigned a number and one winning number will be randomly selected by random.org on or about October 4, 2013. Winner will be notified by email left by entrant in the comment form.  Winner has 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited. All decisions by the sponsor are final.

PRIZE DELIVERY: Expo tickets will be mailed to the winner by October 12, 2013 and the swag bag will need to be picked up at the Be Well event.

This post is brought to you by BeWell Expo.

Thursday
Sep262013

Getting Healthy with Nutrisystem: Week 9.

A funny thing happened on the way to the farm this week. I ran out of my Nutrisystem food. There was a little snafu with my order, and though all is well and I am totally back on my plan now, I definitely struggled a bit.

I honestly didn't think I was struggling though. I did what I always do when a problem arises; I came up with a solution. I thought about how I would transition off of Nurtisystem and that is what I did. I stuck to my eating schedule and substituted regular food from the grocery store. Well, food that I thought was comparable. I choose lower calorie, lower sugar, high protein and high fiber food. I ate at the same times that I normally eat my Nurtisystem food. I managed. Though I really have to admit that I missed the food, especially my favorite protein packed Fudge Graham Bars.

Nutrisystem Fudge Graham Bars

What I didn't manage to do was lose any weight. I guess it goes to show how powerful and how well Nutrisystem really works. In just five days of being off of Nutrisystem and eating similar foods, I gained 3 pounds, bringing my weight loss down to just 12 pounds. It was not what I was expecting.

I am going to stick to Nutrisystem 100% and work out extra hard to lose that weight. I will back on track and will still try to reach my goals!

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog.

Disclosure: As part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, Nutrisystem is providing me with the Nustrisystem program, free of charge, which includes food and support, in exchange for my honest opinion of the program. No other compensation has been given. All thoughts are my own.

Wednesday
Sep252013

MAC Cosmetics RiRi Hearts MAC.

Get ready! The MAC Cosmetics RiRi Hearts MAC Fall collection will be for sale online tomorrow, September 26th. Be prepared, because if the RiRi Hearts MAC Summer Collection was any indication, this new RiRi Hearts MAC Fall collection will sell out in record time too.

Rihanna premieres her perfect palette of lavish fall colour – a range of decidedly daring yet classically gorgeous shades, finishes and tools, all encased in the metallic warmth of rose gold packaging. Lipstick in deep raisin, orange frost, creamy nude and the vivid red of RiRi Woo match gleaming Lipglass, while eyes in contrasting soft and smoky cocoas complement luminous skin highlighted with Diamonds Cream Colour Base and Powder Blush in Bad Girl Gone Good.

MAC Cosmetics RiRi Hearts MAC Fall

This one is all about fall. It features bold colors for the lips, subtle smoky shades for the eyes, and beautiful glowy products for the cheeks.

My favorite products in the collection are for the face -- or cheeks in this case. They included the very popular Hibiscus Kiss Powder Blush Duo again. This is a beautiful powder bronzer in a neutral shade that can be worn by anyone. It is a light shade of bronzer, and looks especially great when blended with the cool coral blush. For my cheeks, though, I am loving the Powder Blush in Bad Girl Gone Good. It is very wearable copper peach shade, with a beautiful satin finish. It is the perfect color to transition skin from summer to fall. I use a bit of the Cream Colour Base in Diamonds, dabbed high on my cheekbones to finish the cheek look.

Of course, the star product of the collection is RiRi Woo, another relaunch. This time, it includes RiRi Woo Lipglass that totally completes the look. As I am not a huge fan of red on myself and prefer to wear a red gloss, this cool red cream shade is it for me.

The collection finishes with subtle smoke and drama for the eyes. Each palette contains four easy to wear colors in either light browns or light grays. They are both lighter than what I expected, so the emphasis is on the subtle when I say smoke. The drama comes from the Pointblack Liquilast Liner and the Extended Play Lash Gigablack Mascara.

MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Powder Blush Duo Hibiscus Kiss & Veluxe Brow Liner Deep Dark BrunetteMAC RiRi Hearts MAC Powder Blush Duo Hibiscus Kiss & Veluxe Brow Liner Deep Dark Brunette

MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Eyeshadow X4 Smoked CocoaMAC RiRi Hearts MAC Eyeshadow X4 Smoked Cocoa

MAC RiRi Hearts MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick & RiRi Woo LipglassMAC RiRi Hearts MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick & RiRi Woo Lipglass

MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Liquidlast Liner PointblackMAC RiRi Hearts MAC Liquidlast Liner Pointblack

RiRi Hearts MAC Powder Blush Bad Girl Gone Good & Lipstick NudeMAC RiRi Hearts MAC Powder Blush Bad Girl Gone Good & Lipstick Nude

The MAC Cosmetics RiRi Hearts MAC Collection:

Eye Shadow X 4 - $44.00
Her Cocoa
Smoked Cocoa

Lipstick - $16.50
Nude - cool nude cream (matte)
Who’s That Chick - mid-tone orange with frost ( frost)
RiRi Woo - matte cool red (retro matte)
Talk That Talk - matte dark plum (retro matte)

Lipglass - $16.50
RiRi Woo - cool red cream (cream)

Pro Longwear Lip Pencil - $21.50
RiRi Woo - cool red cream
Talk That Talk - dark plum cream

Extended Play Lash - $17.50
Gigablack - black

Liquidlast Liner - $21.50
Pointblack - black

Veluxe Brow Liner - $21.50
Deep Brunette - muted blackish-brown
Deep Dark Brunette - dark dirty chocolate

Powder Blush Duo - $29.00
Hibiscus Kiss - cool coral blush and matte neutral bronze

Powder Blush - $23.00
Bad Girl Gone Good - warm copper (satin)

Cream Colour Base - $22.00
Diamonds golden shimmer cream (frost)

Lash - $17.50
36 Lash
35 Lash

Brush
282SE Duo Fibre Shader - $32.00
187SE Duo Fibre Face - $42.00

The RiRi Hearts MAC collection will be available online at maccosmetics.com tomorrow and then at all MAC locations on October 3rd.

Wednesday
Sep252013

Herbal Essences Moroccan My Shine Shampoo & Conditioner.

I live for great hair. You know when you're having a good hair day, you simply have a better day, right? While I admit that I spend a fortune at the salon, I am the first to admit that I don't spend a fortune on hair styling products. I don't believe in pouring product down the drain, so when I shop hair care, I most often shop drugstore.

One of my go-to drugstore brands Herbal Essences just upped the game with their new Moroccan My Shine Collection, which consists of a shampoo & conditioner. Not just any ordinary shampoo & conditioner -- this one uses Argan Oil in it.

Now, Argan oil is nothing new to beauty products. It is a very highly sought after and effective oil that is used in both skin and hair care products. Argan Oil is extremely nourishing. For hair, it helps it look and feel soft, with a ton of shine. Who doesn't want that?

Herbal Essences Moroccan My Shine Shampoo uses the Argan Oil as a conditioning agent so that hair is not only cleansed, it allows it to stay soft, shiny and easy to comb. Usually my hair feels like a nest before I add in conditioner, but it actually felt like I used conditioner after just shampooing. I didn't stop there, though, because my hair is dry and of course, I used the Moroccan My Shine Conditioner as well. This conditioner is a rich and creamy formula that targets the damage and dryness, leaving hair silky and moisturized.

Of course, hair is left smelling super fresh. The shampoo & conditioner smells very fruity, with most notably an apple scent, with a bit of floral softness to it.

Herbal Essences Moroccan My Shine Shampoo & Conditioner sell for $2.99 each at drugstores and mass retailers now.