April 30, 2015

Celebrate Cinco-De-Mayo in 3 Easy Steps

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by ConAgra RO*TEL via Mode Media.

Celebrating Cinco-De-Mayo doesn't have to be a chore. I can help you create a fabulous celebration in just three easy steps. All you need is the perfect snack (RO*TEL’s Rockin’ Guac), the perfect beverage (Bud Light Lime-A-Ritas), and some simple decorations. RO*TEL’s perfect blend of tomatoes and green chilies zests up guacamole dip and Bud Light Lime-A-Rita provides the taste of a margarita in an easy carry can. It is so simple and so delicious.


First, you will need to make RO*TEL’s Rockin’ Guac. You can check out the recipe or see below for step-by-step instructions.


RO*TEL’s Rockin’ Guac Ingredients:
  • 3 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled
  • 1 can of zesty RO*TEL Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Now just follow these steps:
  1. Mash the avocados in a bowl.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.

Now you have the perfect snack for your Cinco-De-Mayo celebration. It was so easy to make! The RO*TEL Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies add the perfect amount of zest for a guac that your guests are sure to love. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips. Now you need the perfect beverage for the perfect snack. Bud Light Lime-A-Ritas have the great taste of a lime margarita with a twist of Bud Light Lime for a delightfully refreshing finish.


Bud Light Lime-A-Rita comes in an oh-so-convenient can, so there’s no need to spend time mixing and blending to prepare a margarita. Just chill, pop open and enjoy! It has the sweet taste of a margarita, yet it is more refreshing because it is mixed with Bud Light Lime. It pairs perfectly with RO*TEL’s Rockin’ Guac. Now that you have the perfect snack and beverage, just add some festive decorations.


I started with a festive tablecloth that gave me an instant color scheme. Check your local party store and you are likely to find matching accessories. I found some mini sombreros, maracas, and matching napkins. For the background, I used a brightly colored paper banner. I love the cutouts. Put it all together and you have yourself a party! Now go invite your friends because you are ready to celebrate Cinco-De-Mayo!



Zest up your fiesta with RO*TEL's Rockin' Guac and Bud Light's Lime-A-Rita.

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April 29, 2015

Current Drugstore Beauty Faves


I love finding affordable and effective beauty products from the drugstore. Everyone loves to indulge, but these finds won't break the bank! Proof that the drugstore has nearly everything you need for great skin, hair and makeup.


1. Garnier Fructis Brazilian Smooth Flat Iron Express
I do not have naturally straight hair, so I like finding products to help me. Try this if you want to cut flatiron time and extend your straight look. This all-in-one flatiron treatment will prep, protect, and extend straight styles. 

2. L’Oréal Paris Total Repair Extreme Emergency Recovery Mask
Total Repair Extreme Emergency Recovery Mask is a rich healing treatment that repairs the hair fiber of extremely damaged, sensitized hair in need of an urgent recovery. This luxurious formula instantly penetrates into the fiber to deeply renew broken fibers, and leave you with healthy looking hair. After just one use my hair looked and felt better.


3. Rite Aid Renewal Cosmetic Applicators and Corrector Pen
These cosmetic applicators are perfect for applying, blending and removing makeup. The Rite Aid Renewal brand rivals professional quality applicators and conform to the highest industry standards. They are the same as those used by skilled makeup artists in the most sophisticated salons in the country. These applicators can be used with cream, liquid, pressed powder and eye shadow. The Fix It Up Makeup Corrector Pen allows you to quickly remove or correct makeup smudges, smears and mistakes without having to take off the rest of your makeup!


4. Nutra Nail Therapy
This discovery has been my favorite find for this month! Nutra Nail Therapy is an advanced line of treatments for compromised nails. The Intensive Hand & Heel Treatment works to repair severely dry, cracked heels and/or hands. It contains high concentrations of ultra-hydrating active ingredients that draw in and retain moisture. Also from the recovery line, the Stressed Nail Rehab aids in repairing surface damage and strengthening the nail structure. Vitamin-Infused Shield defends weak, damaged nails that tend to split and break. That's me! See why I love it? It re-enforces weak spots in the nail with a protective shield to guard against breaking, tearing and peeling. Finally, the Nail Youth Activator is a proprietary Biotin-infused formula promotes stronger, denser, thicker and younger looking nail growth.

Phyto-C Signature Potent Anti-Aging Cream


How does a No Needle, No Nonsense Anti-Aging Treatment sound? Phyto-C Signature is the new No-Tox Botox from the Natural and Science Based Skincare Brand, Phyto-C. When it comes to anti-aging treatments, women want quick results, but not all women are willing to go the needle route to get them. 


The natural alternative to botox, Phyto-C’s new Signature is a potent anti-aging cream that features IMPA Complex, which stimulates cell to cell interaction, assists in the formation of collagen and combats skin imperfections in just days. Applied twice daily, skin will appear more firm, radiant and youthful.


This line is definitely expensive, but then again so is botox. So if you are thinking of going that route, you may want to give this one a try. Phyto-C Signature retails for $240. Key Benefits of Phyto-C Signature include:
  • Stimulates cell to cell interactions and accelerates cell renewal.
  • Helps to preserve cellular energy, assists in the formulation of collagen and strengthens in structural proteins.
  • Decreases the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and skin imperfections.
  • Regenerates skin’s ability to retain moisture, enhances skin elasticity, tightens and firms skin.
  • Brightens and improves skin tone.
  • Enhances skin smoothness and radiance.
Connect :: Visit phyto-c.com to learn more about this potent anti-aging skincare line. You will also find Phyto-C on Facebook.

MirSkin Glycolic 10 Cream


Perhaps you may have heard of Dr. Tabasum Mir. She is a celebrity dermatologist and a star of Bravo’s hit show ‘The Singles Project’. She has been helping her patients attain clear skin in her posh Soho salon for over 10 years. Now you can achieve the same results with her new luxury skincare line MirSkin.


Frustrated with the gimmicky products saturating the market, Dr. Mir knew that her patients craved an effective, physician strength skincare line. The MirSkin product line features quality items such as the revitalizing Retinol Smoothing Serum, Restorative Nighttime Therapy, Glycolic Pads and more.


I had a chance to try the Glycolic 10 Cream. This physician strength glycolic cream has 2 to 3 times higher levels of ultra pure glycolic acid to accelerate removal of dead skin cells, revealing fresh, new skin. MirSkin Glycolic acid can microscopically penetrate into skin, activating new formation of collagen to reduce wrinkles on the skins surface, and increasing the rate at which new, younger cells reach the skin surface. It stimulates and smoothes skin, resulting in improved skin texture and clarity. The final result is a reduction in the look of fine lines or wrinkles, fading of scars, clearing and brightening of the complexion and skin tone.


In addition to glycolic, this hydrating cream delivers advanced moisturization via phospholipids and liposomes. The elegant formulation also contains vitamins A, C, E and green tea extract for the ultimate in skin repair, while leaving skin soft. I have been very impressed with the results. I love my smooth and clear skin!



Helen Ficalora for Mother's Day


Helen Ficalora creates signature jewelry designs that inspire beauty, love and peace. Though best known for her Alphabet Charms, the HF collection also includes Earrings, Rings, Bracelets, and more. One of her must-haves is the "Mom" Disk Charm. It is perfect for Mother's Day.


Don't you want to make mom swoon this Mother’s Day? The "mom" charm is approximately 15.5mm X 14mm. I love how understated, yet beautiful it is. You can absolutely wear any of the Helen Ficalora charms dressed up or casual. Stamped disk charms are available in 14k yellow gold, white gold, pink gold or sterling silver.


Pair the "Mom" Disk Charm with a Fine Chain and this is what mom will open up on Mother's Day. It is a timeless piece of jewelry that she will wear for years to come.


Connect :: Visit helenficalora.com to browse the full collection of signature jewelry designs. Connect with Helen Ficalora via Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can purchase Helen Ficalora charms starting at $55. The fine chains are available for $33 and up. 

Helen Ficalora is featured in my 2015 Mother's Day Gift Guide!

InfiniteAloe Skin Care


The history of Aloe Vera Skin Care goes back more than 5,000 years. I remember my own great grandmother plucking off some aloe from her own plant and putting it on my cuts when I was a kid. Not only does it heal, it also enhances beauty. The Egyptians called Aloe Vera the "plant of immortality" for its ability to keep the skin fresh and lovely. Queen Cleopatra used Aloe Vera as an essential part of her renown Aloe skin care that kept her complexion so beautiful.


As we approach friendlier outdoor weather, your skin might still be dry and wind burned from what has been a brutal winter season. How do we heal the damage done and protect our skin from the new threats of heat, sun, and pool chemicals? InfiniteAloe is a welcome gift for both men and women, and is great for mothers, doctors, teachers, anyone who washes their hands a lot. This is important because it keeps working under the surface of the skin.


Organic Aloe Vera penetrates to the deepest layer of the skin, activated with nutrients vital for healthy and radiant skin. Botanical extracts, such as ginseng, comfrey and calendula, are rich in antioxidants to revive tired skin and counter the free radicals that accelerate aging. InfiniteAloe hydrates dry skin, and balances oily skin. No cheap fillers. No junk. Just pure, natural ingredients that keep nourishing skin from the inside for up to 24 hours.


InfiniteAloe carries several varieties of aloe skin care products ranging from moisturizers to scrubs. There is even an anti-aging InfiniteAloe Gold formula, perfect for mom! Made with an advanced NanoDelivery System, InfiniteAloe Gold is the only product of its kind on the market. The ingredients are packaged in Nano-sized Capsules making them so small, they are able to penetrate between the cells. Mom can use it day and night to defeat fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. The Advanced Deep Hydration allows the ingredients to penetrate the cellular walls and delivery vital life giving nutrients.


I had the pleasure of trying several InfiniteAloe products and I have loved the way they have changed my skin. The dryness is gone and my skin is summer weather ready!

Connect :: Visit infinitealoe.com to learn how InfiniteAloe can keep your skin healthy and beautiful. Connect with InfiniteAloe via Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can purchase InfiniteAloe Skin Care starting at $30.

InfiniteAloe is featured in my 2015 Mother's Day Gift Guide!

See's Candies :: Chocolate & Candy Gifts Company


I recently had the pleasure of working with See's Candies, the chocolate and candy gifts company based out of California. For over 90 years See’s Candies has been dedicated to making candy Mary See’s way. Only the finest, freshest ingredients are used in making each recipe. They add no preservatives to their candy. Ever. It’s quality you can taste in every piece.


See's Candies still does things the old-school way, which I love. They are American made, famous for deliciousness, with the friendliest customer service since 1921. Today, you can choose from over 100 different candies and chocolates, whether you are shopping online or visiting one of their iconic black-and-white checkered shops (where every visitor still gets to try a piece). 


I got to try some of my favorite types of candy and let me tell you, they were incredible. The first thing I tried were the Toffee-ettes. What is a Toffee-ette you ask? They are these delectable little nuggets of rich Danish butter toffee and roasted almonds smothered in See's creamy milk chocolate. Wait, not done. Then they are topped off with even more crunchy almonds. Ummm, yea. So amazing and crunchy and divine.


Next, I tried the Small Lollypop Box. I couldn't decide which flavor to try first! This gourmet candy-on-a-stick is great for the beach, picnics, ballgames, sack lunches and more. Heavy cream, butter, and genuine flavors of real Vanilla, Butterscotch, Chocolate, and Café Latté. You get 12 assorted pops per box! They are so perfect to just grab when you want and little treat. 


I can also picture these as part of the decor for a party or get together. See how they are all wrapped in pretty gold paper? Get it? See? My favorite flavor is the Butterscotch, although they are all divine.


Finally, I also tried the Dark Molasses Chips. Now if Molasses Chips aren't old-school candy, I don't know what is. See's signature Molasses Chips combine a crisp crunchy honeycomb of real molasses on the inside, covered with See's rich dark chocolate on the outside. They are just incredible. My grandmother used to have candies like this and they remind me of her. I recommend getting a Molasses Chips box for yourself and one to give away.


You can order See's Candies online - making it perfect for gift giving. There are some beautiful options for Mother's Day gifts. Trust me, she will thank you. Don't forget about teachers, grads and all of your upcoming celebrations. You can even hand pick your favorites to create your own custom mix!

Meet the New "Girls" + Giveaway #SGSavvySnacker


Did you know that I am a #SGSavvySnacker? As a Skinnygirl SavvySnacker Ambassador, I will be telling you about some of the latest news and products from Skinnygirl Daily. To start, I'd like to introduce you to the new "girls" - that is the new offerings from Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars! Meet Lemon Swirl, Dark Chocolate Almond with Coconut, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein.


Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars offer all the benefits you want (less than 200 calories, an excellent source of protein and good source of fiber) without compromising on the decadent flavors that you love.  They are the perfect way to treat yourself healthy.


The luscious Miss Lemon Swirl is the first non-chocolate based flavor. It is chewy, sweet, lemony, and delicious. I happen to love lemon anything, so this was a bit hit for me. If you are craving something sweet but want to skip the chocolate, this is a perfect choice. It just might be my favorite new flavor! “Lemon is ranked as a top flavor because it’s a fresh, light, feel-good flavor everyone loves,” said Jessica Lau, brand manager at Skinnygirl. “The Lemon Swirl Tasty Nutrition Bar is a better-for-you choice over eating a lemon bar or slice of lemon cream pie.”


Next up, the decadent Miss Dark Chocolate Almond with Coconut is oh so crunchy and chocolatey! This is always a winning combination. I love the chewy texture that also has some crunch to it. It tastes like a candy bar without the guilt. “Coconut is on-trend, and combining it with just the right amount of chocolate makes this bar a flavor standout and a smart snack swap for a chocolate bar or cookie,” added Jessica.


Finally, the charming Miss Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is the first higher protein bar to be added to the lineup. It has a whopping 10 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber for only 120 calories. Did I have you at cookie dough? Talk about the way to a girl's heart! The Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Protein Bar, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor was added as a line extension for those looking for even more protein with fewer calories in a snack.


Don't forget that you can still find Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars in the original flavors of Chocolate Peanut Butter with Sea Salt, Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate Pretzel. I am telling you, try the Dark Chocolate Pretzel. It is my favorite of all six flavors. Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars are meant to be a permissible daily indulgence to satisfy cravings in a healthful way, offering benefits such as protein and fiber to help stave off hunger, all for 170 calories or less.


Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars’ indulgent flavor line-up is meant to satisfy any snack craving, be it sweet, salty, chewy or crunchy. These yummy bars are meant to be eaten as a snack, not a meal replacement. This makes them the perfect choice to throw in your bag for when you get that afternoon craving. Need more reasons to love them? Skinnygirl bars contain 170 calories or less, are a good source of protein and fiber, are gluten-free, Kosher, and contain no artificial sweeteners or flavors. 


Want to meet the new "girls" for yourself? Skinnygirl Daily is giving one of my lucky readers a chance to win a Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars package that includes all 3 new flavors!




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