Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Product Alert! Get Smooth Skin & A Firm Lower Body with NuElle Triple Action Anti-Cellulite Cream

As we transition from a season full of shorts and bathing suits, to one of leggings and tights, getting those great legs and booty is still a top priority! And it's never to late to step up your game and get that rockin bottom half you dream of! 

Recently, I received a bottle of NuElle Triple Action Anti-Cellulite Firming Concentrate by Skin QR Organics to try out. The pump definitely makes it easy to dispense the thick cream. There is an odor to the formula; however, it fades out over the course of an hour. I've found the best time to use it though is at night, before bed. This way, you don't have to worry about the smell. The cream goes on smoothly and absorbs into your skin quickly. In fact, you know it's working because there is usually a bit of a warm or tingly feeling while the cream is penetrating your skin, working on both the surface and under the skin to detoxify and smooth. 

The formula contains 25 flub busters including caffeine, a substance that's known to improve circulation, reduce cellulite and enhance the look of skin. The product claims that users will see results in a matter or 3-4 weeks. I combined the use of this product with some lower body, fat blasting exercises and definitely noticed a difference within a month. 

To get that perfect lower body-fit for skinny jeans and yoga pants- I would recommend this Triple Action Anti-Cellulite cream. Combine the product with my 30 Day Squat Challenge and you'll double the results!! 

How are you getting ready for fall fashion?!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

5 New Experiences I Had on Vacation

If it's one thing I've learned about leading a busy, on-the-go life, is that it's absolutely necessary to take time off for yourself. I've seen so many people who burn themselves out just because they refuse to take a break! Well, if you know me, I work hard but ALWAYS look forward to vacations. Recently, I took a cruise to Bermuda and had such a great time. It allowed me to focus on myself, clear my head, get re-motivated in my work/life, and try some new, out-of-the-box experiences that I'll never forget! It's not too late for you to do the same, either. So here's my attempt at encouraging you to take some time away and focus on you because you never know what kind of wonderful things you'll get out of it. Here are 5 BRAND NEW, ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME experiences that I had on my vacation:

I Danced with Rockettes:  
We sailed on the Norwegian Breakaway, a ship where The Rockettes serve as its Godmothers'. Because of this, we were so lucky to have TWO professional Rockettes sailing with us! So when I saw they were conducting an hour-long "Dance with the Rockettes" class, I had to attend. I had such a fun time hearing "behind the scenes" information about their performances (did you know that they do over 100 kicks per show?!) and dancing with other ladies on the ship. The two Rockettes could not have been nicer and seeing them perform at Radio City Music Hall has definitely jumped to the top of my Bucket List. 

Partied on a Pirate Ship:
Unfortunately, I snapped zero pictures of the ship. These pictures are originally from www.bermudasun.bm
Calico Jack's is a floating pirate ship with a full sound system and an awesome bar. One of the MAJOR perks about Bermuda is how safe it is and how kind the locals are. So we were able to get off the ship late-night for some fun on this totally unique bar. It's an actual ship that's in the water so people were jumping overboard and the boat was rockin (in the best way possible!) We danced with our new friends, met a bunch of crew members, and spoke to some locals who have spent their whole life in Bermuda. It was by far the best night of our entire vacation and an experience I'll never forget! Not to mention, we left at about 4am and the party was still in full swing! 

I Explored Underground Caverns:
Crystal Caves and Fantasy Caves are two underground caverns in Bermuda. We walked almost 100 steps down (and back up again!) and got to experience the amazing formations and rock creations. Each cave also had crystal clear water where you could see 50 feet down to the bottom! The caves were beautiful and the experience was definitely surreal. I was glad to experience something so unique that was native to the island. 

I Drank Vodka in a Bar Made of Ice: 
My favorite bar on the ship (even though I only was in it for about 30 minutes) was the Svedka Ice Bar. Before entering, we had to put on warm, hooded garments and gloves because the inside is kept at a chilly 17 degrees Fahrenheit! This is apparently the perfect temperature for vodka. The inside was amazing, complete with ice walls, an ice throne, and ice sculptures.  We even drank yummy vodka cocktails out of glasses MADE OF ICE! The experience, although short, was so fun and being with some friends we had met on the cruise made it all the better. 

I Conquered The Largest Ropes Course at Sea:
 The ship's ropes course looked amazing from afar. Located on the very top deck of the boat and raised up 20 more feet from the floor, it looked epic. I had never done a ropes course before so I was so excited to try it! BIG MISTAKE! After being harnessed in and walking up the stairs, I had a whole new perspective. I was literally standing on a platform that was on the edge of the boat, about 100 feet above the raging Atlantic Ocean. Needless to say, I totally froze! Being on the verge of tears, I told my boyfriend that I was going to get off at the beginning. But then I closed my eyes, realized that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, gathered my courage and decided to complete the course. Even though I was shaking the whole time, I made it to the end where there was a zip line waiting for me. I was so nervous that I knew if I hesitated, I would never do it. So when the crew member told me to run and jump, I did just that... screaming the whole way! It was quite an adventure and I needed a strawberry daiquiri immediately after. 

A special thanks to everyone who made my ENTIRE vacation memorable including, of course, my wonderful boyfriend, James; the adventurous and hilarious Ed and Kalie; the amazingly sweet and friendly Erin and Rob; and our favorite crew members, Paquito, Ronaldo and Candy!

How do you plan on taking time for yourself?!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Get The Look: 4 Steps to a Flawless Complexion

No matter what age you are, everyone deals with breakouts and blemishes. Fortunately, with a few high quality products, you can give your face a flawless look, so you can feel comfortable and confident all day long. Here's how I achieve a smooth and glowing complexion on a daily basis. As you can tell... it all starts in the shower! 

Step 1: Wash your face with a high quality product

Recently, I received a sample of *Dial Acne Control face and body wash from BzzAgent to try out. The product claims to be clinically proven to reduce redness and blemishes in just 3 days! Fortunately, I don't suffer from breakouts as much as I used to back in my teens. But I'm still always trying to do whatever I can to keep my skin healthy and prevent future breakouts. I can't really speak to the immediate difference I saw in 3 days, but I did notice a healthy glow, smooth skin and no acne breakouts. The formula is oil-free and contains maximum strength salicylic acid. This is great for me because it instead of leaving an oily finish on my face, the acid actually dries up some of my troubled spots. This may not be for you if you have chronically dry skin. But all I had to do was add a bit of facial moisturizer and my skin felt great! Dial is a brand that I've used before and have always trusted so I will most likely used the extra coupons I received to buy a full bottle and continue to prevent breakouts and keep my skin looking perfect!

Step 2: Use primer to set a base

My favorite (and most cost effective) primer that I've used is definitely e.l.f. primer. It comes in various corrective colors and each bottle is only $6! You really can't beat that! After washing, drying and moisturizing my face, I use a little bit of primer and spread it all over. This helps to smooth and even your complexion. It will also keep any makeup on for a longer period of time.

 Step 3: Apply tinted BB Cream to your entire face

Maybelline BB Cream is my favorite brand. It does so many things to your skin including moisturize, provide sun protection and cover blemishes. All you need is a little bit to rub all over your face and you'll look beautiful and natural.

Step 4: Create an airbrushed look with loose powder

My last touch is just a little bit of powder to give your complexion that flawless, airbrushed look. My favorite powder is Maybelline brand. Take a large brush and in a circular motion, buff it onto your skin. This will provide the last touch to make your skin look absolutely healthy and flawless!

How do you take care of your face and complexion?

*I received samples of these products as part of an advertising campaign through BzzAgent.com. All opinions and views expressed are my own. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Netflix Nostalgia: Your Favorite Shows From the 90's

Netflix is a great source of entertainment. There are so many different options to watch and I'm always discovering new shows, movies and documentaries. But some of my favorite shows are the ones that bring back great memories. So here's a list of the best TV shows from the 90's that you can watch anytime on Netflix!

That 70's Show
Everybody Loves Raymond
Saved By The Bell
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Magic School Bus
The Wonder Years
Ally McBeal
Dawson's Creek

What 90's shows bring back great memories for you?!

Monday, September 15, 2014

5 Reasons I'm Excited For Fall

So of course I'm beyond sad that Summer is already coming to an end. I'm so not ready to put away my sandals and sundresses! But, after the early release of Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte, I immediately starting thinking differently about Fall's fast-approaching return. The season of Fall brings so many special things along with it and the more I think about them, the more excited I get! So in an attempt to free you from your end of summer blues, here are some of the reasons that I'm excited for Fall! 

1. The Fashion- One of the best things about Fall is the cute and cozy pieces of clothing you get to wear. I'm all about fuzzy sweaters, trendy jackets and awesome boots, so this is definitely my favorite fashion season. Check out my post on 5 Fall Fashion Must Haves

2. Pumpkin Everything- Of course, like any other sane person, I LOVE pumpkin everything! Lattes, pastries, pie, beer, soup, and all of the other amazing things that come from the wonderful, glorious flavors of pumpkins!!! Seriously, what's more festive than sipping on a hot Pumpkin Spice Latte on a cool Fall morning?

3. Festive Activities- Between pumpkin carving, apple picking, hay rides and corn mazes, there's barely enough time to get in all the fun! You only get to do these things once a year so it's extra special. Plus, they're great opportunities to spend time with your friends, family, or significant other.
My Dad and I carving pumpkins last year!

4. Leaves Changing- The season of Fall really does bring some beautiful and natural visuals along with it. The leaves changing to brown, red, yellow and orange, and then falling gracefully to the ground is an experience unlike any other. So enjoy the changes and don't be afraid to embrace your inner child and jump right into that big leaf pile... you can always rake them up later :)

5. Halloween- My favorite holiday is almost upon us! Parties, costumes, decorations, and haunted houses are such a blast and there's definitely only one time per year where you can fully get into the Halloween spirit. So take advantage and enjoy a holiday that's completely focused on fun!
Mayhem from the AllState commercials and Zorro!

What else are you excited about?!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

How I Pamper My Skin with Exfolimate

It's definitely important for both men and women to exfoliate regularly. Our skin cells die and regenerate on such a frequent and constant basis, that's it's really easy for them to build up. After a summer filled with heat and sunshine, your skin deserves come care and attention!

There are many exfoliation devices raging from sugar scrubs to textured sponges, but I've found a new product that might just be the best thing you ever did for your skin! Exfolimate is a small and portable, yet effective exfoliation device. It comes with little cords so that you can hang them in the shower for extra convenience. Also, the package comes with two Exfolimates of different sizes- a large one for your body and a small one for your face. 

Exfoliation is now easy and unique. Just hop in the shower, wait until your skin is wet and your pores are open, then hold Exfolimate at a 90 degree angle and let the micro-grooved edge graze your skin. It's especially useful on dry skin that's been exposed to harsh weather, like my legs or arms. Needless to say, this little guy can do big things!

Still not convinced about the importance of skin exfoliation? Check out the benefits of exfoliation straight from Skin Expert, Kate Somerville:

  • Detoxification of skin
  • Brightens the complexion
  • Gets rid of dead, dull skin cells
  • Reveals younger, healthy skin
  • Reduces fine lines and sun damage
  • Improves skin tone
  • Kills bacteria and prevents breakouts
  • Improves product penetration and treatment results

How do you exfoliate and pamper your skin?!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.