February 29, 2016

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. Here are my favorites from this month.


1 | Confession. One of the reasons I don't use moisturizer as much as I should is because I can't stand a sticky feeling on my skin. Problem solved. Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion allows you to conveniently moisturize your skin in the shower. You rinse it off after application. This means no sticky feel. the moisture stays but the sticky goes. Apply directly after your usual cleaning while still in the shower and rinse off for instant moisturizing and all-day protection.


2 | If winter has left your skin itchy and dry, you need relief. That is where Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent Lotion comes in. This lightly scented lotion soothes itchy, dry skin in just one day and is clinically shown to be as gentle to sensitive skin as fragrance free products. It will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and moisturized for a full 24 hours.


3 | Did you know your teeth not only yellow from coffee, tea, wine and tobacco, but also age? The Luster Premium White Pro Light Dental Whitening System works to reverse time by erasing years of stains in just 30 minutes. It uses the same whitening light technology found in dental offices. This means that you can nourish and repair your smile in the comfort of your own home. This three step system includes: AcceleRinse to pre-treat teeth, a Whitening Serum with active dental peroxide, and a Dual-Action Whitening Light for optimal whitening. The batteries are even included. Just use the quick-reference guide to customize your whitening schedule. This is perfect for weddings, vacations, special occasions, or everyday whitening.


4 | Create your own rock star look with 12 exclusive nude shades in the NYC New York Color Lovatics By Demi Eye Shadow Kit. This fashionably exclusive kit palette includes 12 nude shades which allow you to channel Demi Lovato's fresh and cool side. I was impressed with the high pigmentation and smooth application! It ranks right up there with similar sets that cost triple what this one does.


5 | L'Oreal Advanced Haircare Power Moisture Hydrating 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner can be your combination cleansing and conditioning solution. This power moisture formula with Hyaluronic weightlessly quenches and softens dry locks, sealing in a clean feel with no weigh-down. Look for the shampoo, the conditioner, or the 2-in-1. If tangled hair has you pulling knots, try the Advanced Haircare-Power Moisture 10 Second Hydra-Detangler. It will quench thirsty strands with just a spritz. The leave-in mist weightlessly seals in that shower-fresh bounce. Just spray, comb, and style.


6 | This is not my first rodeo with Micellar water. I love this stuff. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water removes even waterproof makeup, while also cleaning and refreshing the skin. You don't even have to rinse it! It is so gentle that it can be used on face, lips, and even eyes. The multi-purpose cleanser contains Micellar technology. Like a magnet, micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil and makeup without harsh rubbing. It leaves your skin perfectly clean and refreshed without over-drying. Really, this stuff is awesome!


7 | Don't be afraid of bold color. That is what you get with Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick. Drench your lips in vivid matte and reveal your vibrant side with 10 shades to pick from. I received the shade Rebel Red which is a red orange. I love this color! From nudes, reds and plums choose the right shade for any moment for a high-impact lip that stands out! The pure pigments collide with a creamy liquid base for a soft, creamy feel.


8 | When you want to keep your lips tinted, moisturized, and extra glamorous, reach for a Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick. Your lips instantly receive an elegant upgrade while announcing a fresh appearance to the world. The twist-up stick comes infused with mango and shea butter for smoother and softer lips that lasts for hours. Plump up your lips with intense moisture in one of 16 shades. I love the twist up color stick. No sharpener needed. I tried the Pink Grapefruit shade. It actually smells fruity too! This has been in my bag ever since I tried it.


9 | If you work with your hands, you know what a toll it can take on your skin. O'Keeffe's Working Hands Hand Cream uses a pH balanced formula that’s different than anything you’ve tried before. It is non-greasy, completely odorless, and ridiculously powerful. When you use it, you can almost feel the healing. It really gets in those painful cracks and splits without irritating them. The concentrated formula naturally hydrates the skin and there is absolutely no odor!

Connect :: Visit Rite Aid to shop for all of these products and more to help you look your best! Connect with Rite Aid on Facebook and Twitter for exclusive offers, beauty + wellness tips, and more.

February 28, 2016

Spring is in the Hair :: My Hair Picks for Spring


Spring will be here soon enough. It is time to freshen up your hair products. If you want healthy hair by spring, now is the time to start anew. From hair prep to hair styling to hair accessories, here are some of my favorite hair picks to try this spring.


Get professional results at home with the Conair Infiniti Pro Hair Dryer. The LCD screen displays air speed, exact air temperature, and the status of the Ionic Generator. The control panel allows you to select from five heat and speed settings for ultimate styling control. Ceramic and ionic technology help give you the look you want while protecting your hair!


I feel like I have so much control when I use this professional hair dryer. The easy to read LCD screen displays the air speed and air temperature. The touch control panel allows you to choose from five heat settings and five speed settings. There is even a long 6 ft power cord so you can move around as you need to while you dry. More features include fast drying time, AC motor, ionic technology for enhanced shine, and a cold shot option to set your style in place.


Pioneering the science of ageless hair, the StriVectin HAIR line tackles the most common signs of aging strands head-on. Recognizing that hair care isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition, Strivectin offers a custom approach comprising three different options: Ultimate Restore, Max Volume, and Color. Ultimate Restore is for women with weakened, dry, or thinning hair due to breakage. Max Volume is for women with fine or flat hair who are seeking volume, fullness, and shine. Color Care is for women with color treated hair seeking to boost vibrancy and defend against color-fade from UV rays and environmental aggressors. I tried the shampoo and conditioner from the color care line.


Protect hair that's color-treated or chemically treated with StriVectin Hair Color Care Shampoo. This gentle color care shampoo guards against color fade and removes buildup that can dull hair. Featuring patented NIA-114 and Chromalast Protein Complex, this gentle shampoo maintains your color's vibrancy by forming a shield around hair cuticles. Free of sulfates, parabens, synthetic dyes and phthalates, the cleanser gets rid of buildup so softer hair can shine through.

Maintain your color with StriVectin Hair Color Care Conditioner. This protective color care conditioner keeps moisture in and strengthens overprocessed strands while it preserves color vibrancy. The patented formula deposits low molecular weight proteins on hair. It strengthens hair and resists future damage. Shop best-selling haircare by StriVectin Hair! Every StriVectin formula is clinically proven to promote the 10 signs of healthy, youthful hair from root to tip. Find your favorite at beautybrands.com!


My next pick was used to transport Zang Toi's audience to the Courchevel in the French Alps with his Fall/Winter 2016 collection. Using Macadamia Professional products, Eiji Yamane created the “Courchevel Chignon” hairstyle that featured a classic Hollywood glamour in the front with loose chignons in the back. Lead stylist for Macadamia Professional, Eiji Yamane, completed the look by liberally spraying Macadamia Professional Weightless Moisture Dry Oil Micro Mist for added shine and luster. This ultra-lightweight, quick-absorbing, dry oil mist is a blend of nine oils that imparts the hair with a natural shine. Loaded with essential nutrients, it helps strengthen and protect against breakage. I love how this mist will help tame flyaways and control frizz without weighing hair down. Containing nutritious oils like argan, walnut, grape seed, jojoba seed, passion fruit, and of course macadamia oil, it is no wonder this product nourishes and hydrates.


This obliphica oil shampoo by Topganic is a luxurious shampoo, enriched with Obliphica oil, Vitamin E, Natural essences and Dead Sea Minerals. It gently cleanses your hair while maintaining its natural moisture level. It leaves your hair soft, healthy and shiny. Derived from ancient apothecary blends for the elite and royal, Topganic is the first hair care line to effectively combine natural oils, extracts and minerals from the dead sea.

Pump up the volume to achieve and maintain spring hairstyles with göt2b's volumizing hairspray. Naturally derived rice starch gives locks instant and long-lasting body, texture, and volume. The high performance BODY 10 boosting complex will bring your hair to new heights and hold for the ultimate sexy look. Everything will stay put even as the weather changes.


Get never before possible volume and an incredibly rich billowy lather with this revolutionary volumizing shampoo. The sulfate-free formula gently cleanses hair while infusing weightless body, fullness, and unstoppable color protection. This stuff will pump in body, fullness, and healthy shine. Follow up with this volumizing conditioner. The ultra-light, first-of-its-kind volumizing conditioner will provide even more weightless body and shine, while prolonging color life and vibrancy.


Speaking of big night looks, Julia Louis-Dreyfus dazzled the red carpet with her gorgeous “Model Off Duty” inspired hair by celebrity stylist David Gardner and ColorProof - the only professional, luxury hair care line designed exclusively for color treated hair. The look was volumized using medium round brush, a few Velcro rollers, and texture + finishing spray. Get instant, weightless texture on freshly washed or second day hair with this super-clean-feeling formula. It absorbs excess oil while creating a charge that repels fibers away from one another infusing buildable texture, instant volume and subtle definition. I love using this on my second day styles to get a sultry, undone texture. It even delivers color and heat protection!


Get spring ready hair with a hair mending genius. This anti-frizz hair treatment masque will instantly defrizz, moisturize, repair, and transform frazzled tresses into omg-crazy-smooth-soft-sleek-gorgeousness. A blend that includes soybean lipids, seaweed, and shea butter dramatically condition, miraculously tame, and restore integrity. You will end up with healthier, more youthful hair. I had shiny, frizz-free hair after just one use. After shampooing, apply it from scalp to ends. Leave on for 5 minutes. Rinse. This stuff is good.


Do you love this voluminous textured top knot? The romantic and whimsical look was worn by Saoirse Ronan at the SAG Awards‏. To get the look, celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel applied John Frieda Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse all over the roots through mid-shaft on towel dried hair. He then hand dried the hair and took a large round brush to create a soft voluminous blowout. Once he finished the look, he locked the look down with John Frieda Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray. He made sure some pieces fell around the hairline for a more whimsical and romantic effect.


Style your way to touchable fullness and lift with the same ultralight full volume mousse. It adds lasting fullness without a crunchy feel. Give any look lush body and a lasting hold with full volume hairspray. This is an ultra-fine mist formulated to give you a high level of hold with brushability. That means you can create and keep a touchably full style all day.


Scunci's got your covered for hair emergencies! This hair emergency kit includes bobby pins, elastics, a head wrap, a jaw clip, and polybands. It all comes in a cute pouch that you can take anywhere for any hair emergency you encounter during the week.

Specially designed with a combination of boar and nylon bristles, this dry shampoo brush is perfect for use with your favorite dry shampoo. The boar bristles in the center of the brush help to distribute dry shampoo through hair, removing oil and residue. The brush's outer nylon bristles add lift to maximize volume. Use it with dry shampoo to instantly freshen a style, bring back body, and reinvigorate tired hair. If you use dry shampoo, you will want to give this brush a try!


Shop This Post
  1. Infiniti Pro by Conair Titanium Hair Dryer ($60)
  2. StriVectin Hair Color Care Shampoo ($23)
  3. StriVectin Hair Color Care Conditioner ($23)
  4. Macadamia Professional Weightless Moisture Dry Oil Micro Mist ($32)
  5. Topganic Shampoo with Obliphica Oil ($9)
  6. ColorProof SuperPlump Volumizing Shampoo ($30)
  7. ColorProof SuperPlump Volumizing Condition ($30)
  8. ColorProof TextureCharge Color Protect Texture + Finishing Spray ($30)
  9. ColorProof CrazySmooth Anti-Frizz Treatment Masque ($48)
  10. John Frieda Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse ($7)
  11. John Frieda Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray ($7)
  12. got2b 2Sexy Voluptuous Volume Hairspray ($7)
  13. Scunci Hair Emergency Kit ($7)
  14. Conair Dry Shampoo Brush ($7)

February 26, 2016

House of Colour Spring 2016 Collection from China Glaze


Are you ready for some FUN-ky spring color? Check out China Glaze’s new Spring 2016 collection, House of Colour. It is bursting with fun spring shades! While inspired by the past, this creative palette still hits the mark on current times, capturing color trends seen on Spring 2016 catwalks including muted metallic, bright white, creamy nude, and opalescent glitters.


Free your mind and travel back to a time when far out style and free spirited attitudes converged for one colorful explosion. In the 70s, rockers, hippies, disco dancers and everyone in between celebrated their fashion independence by expressing themselves with wild colors, patterns and shapes. There was no right or wrong; paisley went with stripes, checks went with plaids and they all lived in harmony, can you dig?


The China Glaze House of Colour Collection celebrates the independent vibes of this eclectic era. Chic crèmes, trippy shimmers, punky chromes and glitters all come together in this unique 12-piece collection. From top left to right: 
  • About Layin’ Out :: salmon pink crème 
  • In the Near Fuchsia :: fuchsia crème
  • Let’s Chalk About It :: ultra soft pink crème
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Sun :: light yellow crème
  • Pink or Swim :: warm bubblegum pink crème
  • Sorry I’m Latte :: nude crème
  • Don’t Be Shallow :: sky blue crème
  • Chrome Is Where the Heart Is :: blush chrome
  • Shut the Front Door :: pink chrome
  • Come Rain or Shine :: bold blue shimmer
  • Glitter Me This :: gold, pink, and white multi glitter
  • Moonlight the Night :: translucent blue and purple color-reflective glitter

Read to open the door to a House of Colour this spring? I love this collection. My favorites are the crèmes in About Layin’ Out, In the Near Fuchsia, as well as the shimmery Come Rain or Shine. Come Rain or Shine is almost hologram-ish. You can see blues and purples in it. So pretty. Which shades do you dig?


Connect :: Visit chinaglaze.com to check out all of their nail lacquer collections. You can also keep up with China Glaze on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

Buy It :: The House of Colour Collection can be found at Sally Beauty Supply.

February 25, 2016

Brownberry Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat Bread + Giveaway


How does your bread add up? Brownberry Bread has improved their Brownberry® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat sliced bread! This premium bread has a whopping 23g of whole grains per slice! It has 100 calories per slice and has 3 g of fiber per slice. It also has no high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors or flavoring. Can you say these things about your bread?


Brownberry Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat Bread is made with whole grains, is a good source of fiber, and every slice adds hearty flavor to sandwiches and more. I used it to make this Hearty Club Sandwich. I used Brownberry Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat Bread, Turkey, Lean Ham, Turkey Bacon Bits, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Provolone Cheese, and Light Mayonnaise. My husband loved it and said the bread made it taste even better that his usual club sandwich.


Want more sandwich ideas? Head to Brownberry Bread to check out more sammie recipes like the Melty Colby & Steamed Veggie Sandwich! With nutrition like this, you will want to use Brownberry Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat Bread on every sandwich you make!
  • 0g Trans Fat
  • At Least 8g Whole Grains
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Heart Healthy
  • Low Fat
  • No Artificial Colors, Flavors

If your bread needs an upgrade, you just may be in luck. Brownberry Bread is giving one of my lucky readers a chance to try Brownberry Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat Bread. One reader will win three coupons, each valid for $5 off a loaf of Brownberry Bread! I am certain you will love it as much as we do.


Outback Steakhouse Beefs Up Its Menu with Mouth-Watering Hand-Carved Roasted Sirloin


Sear it. Roast it. Carve it. Love it. Just in time to help fight off the winter blues, Outback Steakhouse® has introduced Hand-Carved Roasted Sirloin at participating locations nationwide. In addition to Outback’s signature grilling styles - Seasoned & Seared and Wood-Fire Grilled - the restaurant is excited to offer a third preparation option to its guests. Seasoned and seared to lock in its natural juicy flavors, Outback’s new Roasted Sirloin is then slow roasted for three hours for maximum tenderness and hand-carved to order. 


Tender and juicy describe it perfectly. My husband and I went out just last night and tried the Marsala Roasted Sirloin. This entree includes tender slices of roasted sirloin topped with sautéed mushrooms and a savory mushroom Marsala sauce. The sauce it so flavorful. It is a perfect pairing with the roasted sirloin. The meal is served with creamy Parmesan rice and a broccoli garnish. 


Starting at just $10.99, the new Roasted Sirloin is perfectly paired with bold new sides and savory sauces. You will also find the Classic Roasted Sirloin which features tender slices of roasted sirloin topped with a rich Cabernet sauce, served with garlic mashed potatoes and a broccoli garnish. As well as the Bistro Roasted Sirloin which features tender slices of roasted sirloin topped with a creamy Dijon bistro sauce, served with crispy diced potatoes and a broccoli garnish.


In addition to the new Roasted Sirloin, Outback's Signature Steaks can either be seasoned and seared with a secret blend of 17 spices on the flattop grill or wood-fire grilled for a delicious natural flavor. Plus, for those looking for a forkless Roasted Sirloin option, Outback is introducing all new Steakhouse Quesadillas, stuffed with tender slow-roasted sirloin, Monterey Jack cheese, chipotle spread, cilantro and green onions, and served with sour cream. We gave these a try too. While the quesadilla is spicy and flavorful, the tender roasted sirloin is the perfect compliment.


Outback Steakhouse starts fresh every day to create the flavors that our mates crave. Best known for grilled steaks, chicken and seafood, Outback also offers a wide variety of crisp salads and freshly made soups and sides. New creations and grilled classics are made from scratch daily using only the highest quality ingredients sourced from around the world. Paired with bold new sides and savory sauces, these new Roasted Sirloin Entrees start at just $10.99.

 
Connect :: Visit Outback Steakhouse to try the new hand-carved roasted sirloin! Connect with Outback Steakhouse on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

February 15, 2016

Just Chill is the Calming Drink that Helps Reduce Stress + Enhance Focus #ThePowerofCalm


JUST CHILL® is a calming drink designed to keep you calm and focused. Yes. It is a drink. Yes it is delicious. Yes it calms you. How does it work? Science. JUST CHILL is a beverage with benefits. Each ingredient works together to help enhance focus while relieving stress. Ingredients like l-theanine, vitamin-c, b-vitamins, zinc, and magnesium.


JUST CHILL is the first beverage to use the power calm as a medium for high performance. Their blend of functional ingredients, including SunTheanine has been designed to support your lifestyle of staying calm and confident while you do your thing. So instead of relying caffeine and energy drinks to get you through your day, why not JUST CHILL? If you're a smooth operator, you know you are at your best when you’re calm and focused, not jacked up and jittery.


JUST CHILL comes in four flavors. The newest is the zero calorie, zero sugar - Ginger. They have actually taken real ginger and created the first crisp and refreshing JUST CHILL Zero flavor. It's good and the fizzy bubbles just make it that much better.


Next up is Tropical. The mouthwatering flavors of mango, peach and orange combine to create the signature JUSTCHILL: Tropical flavor. I love a fruit drink and this one does not disappoint.


Rio Berry is where pomegranate and raspberry flavors come together in a crisp, full-bodied blend, making JUST CHILL: Rio Berry an exotic addition to the JUST CHILL family. Rio Berry is probably my least fave, but that is only because pomegranate is just not my thing.


Finally, we have Jamaican Citrus. With a hint of fresh Cuban mint, JUST CHILL: Jamaican Citrus is a celebration of the famous Caribbean-born, Mojito. Oh yes, a calming Mojito. This one is my favorite. It is just so crisp, cool, and refreshing.


If you want to stay cool and calm while you do you thing, you should check out JUST CHILL. You can shop online or look for JUST CHILL in a store near you. I found it at The Fresh Market by me. Give it a try and embrace the power of calm!


Connect :: Visit drinkjustchill.com to learn more about the first drink to use the power calm as a medium for high performance. You can also find JUST CHILL on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



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