January 24, 2015

4th Blogoversary Bash Giveaway :: Win 1 of 4 Love Note Bundles from Erin Condren

Is it really my 4th Blogoversary already? Time flies when you are having fun! I am once again celebrating with one of my favorite sponsors - Erin Condren. The prize is so appropriate because as the love note above says - I am so very thankful for you! That would be you - my amazing readers who keep coming back to see what is new at alittleumbrella.com. For that I appreciate every single one of you!

To celebrate my blogoversary, the lovely erincondren.com is giving you a chance to win 1 of 4 Love Notes Bundles! The bundles contain lots of love packed into a cute clutch so you can send Love Notes all year! Each bundle includes: 6 folded quote notes, 6 coordinating envelopes, 3 heart labels, 3 circle labels, 10 compliment cards, 1 pack of colorful markers and it is packed up into a clear zipper clutch. The value of the bundles are over $39 each, but you can get yours for just $28. Here is a closer look.

clear zipper clutch

6 folded quote notes with coordinating envelopes

3 circle labels | 3 heart labels

10 compliment cards

1 pack of colorful markers

My favorite part of the Love Notes Bundle is the compliment cards! You can surprise anyone with an unexpected compliment, that will spread joy and hopefully inspire others to do the same! They are the perfect way to brighten someone's day! There is a great quote on one side, and room to write a note on the other.

I hope you love the Love Notes Bundle as much as I do. What a fun way to celebrate my 4th Blogoversary Bash! Thanks so much to Erin Condren and thanks so much to you, my amazing readers. The Best is Yet to Come! Cheers!

Erin Condren is giving FOUR of my lucky readers the chance to Win a Love Notes Bundle! One for each year that I have been blogging.

Influester #FrostyVoxBox Review

My #FrostyVoxBox arrived on my doorstep just in time for the frosty weather. Luckily, there were some fun products in the box to warm my spirits. Are you a blogger who is not a member of Influester? Click here to learn more.

I was excited to try the EcoTools Sleek + Shine Finisher Hair Brush. I am always on the lookout to find the perfect brush for my long, thick hair. The unique bristle pattern allows the synthetic boar’s hair-like bristles to penetrate down to the scalp, distributing hair’s natural moisturizers and leaving hair with a sleek, lustrous shine. The bristles are much different than brushes that I currently own. They are very stiff. I would have imagined that they would pull and tug and my hair. To my surprise, it was the opposite. The way the bristles are designed, they just glide through my hair. The best part? No frizz. I get a shiny polished look.

I was really hoping for a larger sample so I could more accurately evaluate this one. Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum is supposed to supercharge your skincare regime. No7's highly acclaimed Protect & Perfect Serum contains Matrixyl 3000 Plus™, a combination of the most powerful form of Matrixyl plus a next generation peptide that work together to help restore more youthful skin. The small packet I received did not get me very far, but I did like how soft it made my skin feel. There was also no greasy feeling, which is very important to me when it comes to serums.

The new NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color comes in twenty tantalizing shades. I am so happy with the shade I received. It is called Sugar Plum and it is a very pretty pink. The intense amplified color and shine lasts up to 6 hours! The moisturizing formula glides of easily for a silky, smooth, velvety finish for all day wear. I like this for winter because the color looks great and it adds that extra hydration we all need in the cold winter months.

Get long lasting shocking color intensity with Rimmel London’s Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Eyeliner. I received black in my box. I love the high intensity pigment that gives you an instant color impact. It goes on smooth and creamy, and glides on easily. It is smudge-proof, sweat-proof, heat-proof, and humidity-proof. For the very reasonable price point, I thought it performed quite well.

The name is find of funny ... Just Let It Go with Rimmel London’s Gentle Eye Makeup Remover. This Eye Makeup Remover gently removes all eye make up, including long lasting and waterproof make up, with no oily residue. It took more than a few cotton squares of product to remove all of my eye makeup. But I do like that it is gentle and not oily.

I love tea and drink it almost every single day. I had not tried Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea prior to receiving the #FrostyVoxBox. It is made with green tea leaves, peppermint and other botanicals. Minty teas happen to be my favorite, so I expecting to really enjoy it. However, I found the other botanicals to give it a strange aftertaste that I didn't enjoy. I added some sugar, but that still did not seem to help. It was okay, but not fantastic.

Thyme is not something that I usually use in my cooking, but I was up to try something new. McCormick Gourmet Thyme imparts a light minty flavor that is distinctively warm and aromatic. This Natural Thyme can be used throughout the day in dishes such as breakfast casseroles, stuffing and oven-roasted chicken. Just in time for soups and stews, I started adding some McCormick Gourmet Thyme and I was quite impressed. I love the warm flavor it added.

I love cherry licorice, so I knew I would love these Fruit Vines Bites. The new, soft, chewy fruit candy from the Red Vines family is available in two fruit flavors – strawberry and cherry. It is low fat and made with no preservatives. They taste awesome. Nice and chewy with a burst of fruity flavor in each bite.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Makeup Artistry

Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry is a Makeup School that offers makeup training in all areas of artistry: Beauty, Fashion, Film, TV & Special Effects. This makeup school is dedicated to providing students with the technical makeup training for film, special effects, television, fashion, and beauty. In an ever-growing, constantly evolving industry, the faculty are all accomplished artisans actively working. Students are immersed in real-world projects where they gain on-set experience and develop confidence. 

The team of industry professionals share their real world experiences, skills, trade secrets and styles with ceaseless passion. Every instructor is a currently working professional artist ensuring that make up classes include the current trends with the latest techniques and products.

Graduates work in a diverse range of careers, including working with photographers and models doing catalogs, fashion shows, and print advertising; working with musicians on music videos; providing freelance services for weddings and other special events; and working with actors and newscasters in film and television.

Many make up school graduates realize their dreams and develop lucrative careers in our industry. This school, for example, offers a number of different specialized makeup courses that allow students to focus on an area of expertise related to their makeup artist career goals.

Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry is one of the leading schools of makeup artistry. Visit the website to learn more about courses in fashion, beauty, and special FX makeup artistry.

January 19, 2015

15 Fantastically Fruity Smoothie Recipes

Check out 15 Fantastically Fruity Smoothie Recipes
by Lesli at Foodie.com
With new years resolutions still in full effect, it seems that everyone is getting their smoothie on, including me! My husband and I received a NutriBullet Rx for Christmas and we are loving it! When it comes to smoothies, the possibilities are endless. You really can't go wrong, but here are 15 of my favorite Fantastically Fruity Smoothie Recipes!

Pineapple Orange Smoothie :: This is a healthy all natural smoothie made with orange juice and pineapple. It reminds me of the kind I would get at the mall when I was a kid.

Carrot-Grapefruit-Mango Smoothie :: The mango and grapefruit in this one make it sweet and the carrot adds even more nutrition.

Cara Cara Orange Coconut Strawberry Smoothie :: I love Cara Cara Oranges and I love Coconut. This smoothie is a tropical treat!

Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie :: This is full of iron, potassium and vitamins galore, plus sweetness from all of the island fruit.

Pina-Banana Smoothie :: A frozen, healthy tropical smoothie made with banana, mango and pineapple, all blended together with coconut milk.

Rise and Shine Smoothie ::  A refreshing, healthy tropical smoothie made with orange juice, pineapple, raspberries, banana and coconut milk.

Blueberry Avocado Smoothie :: This Brain Power Smoothie (a.k.a. blueberry avocado smoothie) recipe is packed with delicious ingredients that are great for brain health.

Cleansing Cranberry Bliss Smoothie :: This delicious cranberry smoothie features ingredients to support your immune system.

Tropical Mango Tango Smoothie :: Bits of dried papaya, plantain chips, and toasted coconut add some chew to this smoothie.

Strawberry Mango Smoothie :: Filled with fruits and flavor, this 5-ingredient smoothie will transport you to a tropical beach!

Blueberry Peach Kale Smoothie :: This smoothie is loaded with nutrients like Vitamin K, Vitamin A, fiber and Omega 3s.

Immunity Smoothie :: Raspberry, lime, and coconut water come together deliciously in this superfood smoothie that boosts immunity.

Raspberry Sunrise Smoothie :: You only need four ingredients to enjoy this delicious smoothie.

Pina Colada Mango Smoothie :: My favorite - the classic pina colada. But this one adds yummy mango too!

Grape Blackberry Smoothie :: Lots of dark berries make for one super smoothie.

These smoothies are not only fantastically fruity, they are also healthy and delicious! Let me know if you try any. Now go get your smoothie on!

This Smoothie post is brought to you by Foodie.com. All opinions are my own.

January 2015 Glossybox Review

What is Glossybox? It is a monthly beauty box subscription filled with five beauty essentials for you to discover. Glossybox works with over 500 beauty brands around the world to bring you a curated selection of monthly beauty essentials. Each Glossybox contains 5-6 luxury-sized cosmetic and wellness samples that are hand-picked by beauty experts and mailed directly to your door. The great part is that you get to discover beauty products you’ll love that you might not have tried otherwise. No matter which subscription plan you choose, from once-a-month to just once, this box is perfect little present from you to you! Here is what the January Box had waiting for me inside!

What's inside? Before I continue with my review, please know that the January Glossybox is sold out. Boo! The February box will begin selling on February 1st. If you want to experience a Glossybox delivery sooner, check out the specifically curated Classic Glossybox filled with some of their all-time past favorites that you can purchase from now till January 31! Don't miss the special offer at the bottom of this post as well. That being said, the January Glossybox had some great stuff. The box included three products that make rejuvenating your skin as easy as 1-2-3, as well as a few makeup essentials.

Begin with Vichy multifunctional cleanser to remove makeup and impurities. Using soothing ingredients like shea butter extract, this multifunctional cleanser from Vichy is your first step to a refreshed complexion. It is a cleansing milk, toner and eye make-up remover combined in one convenient, lightweight formula. I love the lightweight feeling. It is really effective. It is so gentle that you can simply wipe away with cotton pad or rinse with water.

To clarify pores even deeper, use a few splashes of your full-size toner by Kueshi after cleansing. This revitalizing toner by Kueshi is like a tall drink of water for your skin. Not only will it do some serious deep cleaning, but it also preps pores for a more effective treatment application. It moisturizes and rebalances the skin providing a sense of freshness. It feels fresh, healthy and perfectly clean.

Last but not least, apply a serum from Skin&Co to infuse complexion-repairing nutrients and botanicals. Formulated around the undiscovered properties of Truffle, Truffle Therapy Serum is infused with potent skin-renewing ingredients. Carefully handcrafted in Umbria, Italy, it restores skin with undetected radiance. Fine lines start fading, roughness is surrendered, silky smoothness is immediately and skin looks firmer and brighter. Creating a healthy, youthful looking completion.

I have a new favorite brush! The Teeez Trend Cosmetics Beautiful Eyes Flat Stiff Brush is awesome. I love the stunning sleek design that works on both powder-cream and eye shadow. It gives a nice result without sharp edges due to the soft brush hair and rounded shape. It is so soft and the result is awesome. Love.

We finish off with this eye pencil from Lollipops Paris. Clever name, the Close Your Eyes … Go Dancing! Eye Pencil is retractable with long lasting, intense color. It is even enriched with vitamin E for anti aging and anti-radical effects. It also has a metallic finish which makes for fun smokey-eye looks.

Why subscribe? From chic urban professionals to fashion-forward teens and eco-minded beauties, Glossybox is all about turning subscribers into beauty insiders. It is all about finding new beauty products that you love! Whether you choose the three, six or the monthly $21 plan, subscribe to Glossybox, and take advantage of a value more than twice the price of what you’d pay for the same products in the store. There’s no obligation, you can cancel at any time.

Special offer! You can get a complimentary Beauty for Real Get Glowing! Cheek Tint and Luminzer with your new subscription to Glossybox! You must use voucher code "BFRGOLD15" to redeem your gift. This offer is not valid for limited edition boxes. Offer ends January 31st.

Giveaway! Glossybox has a very cool Sweepstakes going on with Nuxe. Beginning today, anyone in the US and Canada who is 18+ can enter to win a trip to Paris. The winner will receive: 2 round trip tickets to Paris, 3 nights/4 days at Hotel W Opera-Paris, a Nuxe beauty basket, and dinner one night for 2 people. Awesome! To enter go here and click on "go to paris with nuxe".

January 17, 2015

Augusta Sportswear Review & Giveaway #AugustaActive

This post is sponsored by Augusta Sportswear. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Augusta Sportswear connects people with comfortable, functional and affordable activewear for a fit lifestyle. They know exercise helps to control weight, combat health conditions, improve mood, boost energy, etc. So they want to help motivate you to exercise by helping you look good and feel great while you’re training!

I received a Small Active Kit from Augusta Sportswear to review. This consisted of a top, bottoms, and a bag. The top is the 3005 Ladies Marvel Tee. I love the lime and slate color combination. The fabric is awesome, nice and thin for working out. It is also a nice oversized boyfriend fit, which makes it great to layer over a legging style capri. The contrast cuff looks great and the pocket opening is convenient for the gym. I also received the 2405 Color Block Capri. At first, I thought they looked so small, but they have such a stretch, that they fit. Features include being odor resistant and the fact that they wick moisture away from the body. The low rise fit and wide flat waistband allow for a secure fit and comfort. There is even a hidden possession pocket in waistband!

The final item in my kit was the 1145 Cruise Duffel, which perfectly matched my outfit. This bag has some great features! There is a molded zippered main compartment with two zipper pulls. There are also two angled, molded zipper side pockets, one with a shoe compartment. Yes a spot for your dirty shoes! It also features two bound front pockets, and an outer pocket with mesh gathers. The interior valuables pocket will keep your things hidden and the foam padded handles add extra comfort. This duffel will hold all of your workout wear and then some. The size of the bag is perfect. Not too big and not too small.

Are you a male looking for great sportswear? Then you should also check out Augusta Active! This is definitely not just a brand for women. You can find work out clothes, gym clothes, and even athletic gear for anyone.

Augusta Sportwear is sponsoring an awesome giveaway for you to enter! There will be two winners - one male and one female. The female will win the female active kit and a male will win a male active kit shown below. You can enter the giveaway below.

ASUS MeMO Pad 7 Tablet Giveaway #IntelTablets #TabletCrew

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Looking for the greatest in tablet technology? ASUS has a new MeMO Pad out with a 7 inch screen, and powered with Intel’s Atom processor. This All-New Android Tablet from ASUS features Lightning Fast Quad-Core Performance, The Latest and Greatest Android 4.4 KitKat, and you can even discover your personality with colors! The thin and light ASUS MeMO Pad 7 is perfect for your everyday lifestyle.

Featuring Intel Powered Performance, you can't go wrong. With Intel Inside you can move effortlessly between applications with a powerful Intel Atom Quad-Core processor. As a part of the Intel Tablet Crew, I received the Acer Iconia Tab 8 to review. I have been using it for everything from travel planning, entertainment, and most recently to find recipes.

We received the NutriBullet Rx for Christmas and have been having so much fun creating new and delicious "blasts" as they call them. The smoothies are so fun to experiment with, and they are so delicious too! I have been using my Acer Iconia Tab 8 to find more fun recipes to try.

The Coconut Ginger Blast has turned out to be one of my favorites. I have found so many smoothie recipes by just browsing on my Intel Tablet! Stay tuned for a whole post dedicated to my favorite smoothie recipes coming soon! I know the winner of the ASUS MeMO Pad Tablet is going to enjoy the lightning fast browsing and the clear and bright IPS Display with 170-degree wide viewing angles.

The camera features on this tablet sound amazing! The ASUS smart camera features allow you to take the perfect picture and video chat. Time Rewind allows you to rewind your photos and never miss an important moment. With All Smile you can pick the perfect smile for each face so everyone always looks their best. Use Smart Remove to easily remove unwanted moving objects from your photos. The Auto Selfie feature will take high resolution selfies with the rear camera without worrying about missing a person.

Thanks to #IntelTablets and the Intel #TabletCrew I am able to give my readers a chance to win one of the new ASUS MeMO Pad 7 Tablets!

EzCuddle Pillow :: Review

Did you know that 86% of couples who sleep within an inch of one another are happier with their relationships? This is based on a study from the University of Hertfordshire that surveyed 1,000 people about their sleeping habits with their partners. But for many people trying to find a comfortable place to put their arm while cuddling is a problem.

January 16, 2015

Gorton’s #RealisticResolution Challenge and Giveaway

Have you made a #RealisticResolution to get healthy in 2015? If so, you will want to know about great tools you can use like the 30-Day Realistic Resolution Challenge on SparkPeople.com and healthy meal options like Gorton’s Grilled and Simply Bake products.

Tracking your food and fitness goals is easy when you Sign up for the 30-Day Realistic Resolution Challenge with SparkPeople. You can do this on SparkPeople.com or by using the SparkPeople app (available on iTunes Store or Google Play). I signed up via the app and I love it. You can easily track your food, fitness, water intake, and more using the app. If you commit to a 30-Day #RealisticResolution, you can make a big impact on your health.

This free 30-Day Realistic Resolution Challenge with SparkPeople will get you daily tips and easy ways to stick to your resolutions for good. SparkPeople has a mission is to SPARK millions of PEOPLE to reach their goals and lead healthier lives. Their weight loss program teaches people to stop dieting and transition to a permanent, healthy lifestyle. Far beyond just weight loss, SparkPeople helps everyone learn to eat better and exercise regularly for life.

I was sent the The SparkPeople Cookbook, The Spark Book, and The SparkPeople Total Body Sculpting DVD as well to keep me on track. I love the cookbook! It includes hundreds of fast, healthy dishes and delicious makeover meals. These are some of the prizes you can win in the Gorton’s #RealisticResolution Challenge Giveaway!

Speaking of healthy food options, Gorton's Seafood has a wonderful selection of Grilled and Simply Bake products that are perfect for your #RealisticResolution. I tried some of the Simple Bake Salmon with roasted garlic and butter. The bake perfect oven bag makes it so easy.

Enjoying salmon has never been easier! Simply place the Bake Perfect Oven Bag in your oven, and a restaurant-quality seafood meal is ready to enjoy in no time! The foil locks in the flavor of expertly seasoned Salmon for perfect seafood every time. No prep, no mess. It is truly delicious! Download a coupon and give it a try! Make sure to also enter the Gorton’s Eat Smarter Sweepstakes. There is a $5,000 cash prize plus daily prizes.
Gorton's Blogger Giveaway

Now for the giveaway! One (1) lucky winner will receive a prize package that includes 2 full-value Gorton's product coupons, an insulated tote, the SparkPeople cookbook, the Spark Book and the SparkPeople Boot Camp DVD!

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