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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

4 Chic Ways to Change Your Hair for the Holidays


GET THE LOOK W/O THE COMMITMENT


Do you need any last minute ways to glam up your hairdo for New Years Eve? Celebrity stylist and SHE by SO.CAP.USA’s (the leader in hair extensions) Creative Director, Nicholas French has provided some fast and easy ways to get the latest holiday hair trends with just the clip of an extension:


ADORN YOUR HAIR:

Keep your style chic and ornamental with extra accessories like feathers and crystals. These SHE by SO.CAP.USA accessory extensions can add that extra ‘wow’ factor to any holiday outfit. For example, New Years Eve may be a great time to add some crystal extensions to your hair to add that extra little sparkle and shine.




COLOR ME PRETTY:

Elevate your look with vibrant colors. SHE by SO.CAP.USA offers extensions in 90 colors and this year deep autumn tones, like red oranges and browns are very in as well as jewel tones like purple. Get a temporary fix with SHE by SO.CAP.USA’s easy to use clip-on extensions.



PUMP UP THE VOLUME:

In addition to adding color, clip-on extensions can be used to get that luscious/voluminous feel which will enhance any holiday look. SHE by SO.CAP.USA clip-on extensions can add an extra bonus, as they are 100% human hair, meaning you can use any product on them as you would use on your normal hair.





GO GRAY:

While gray hair is generally thought to be for those who are aging, young celebrities, like Lady Gaga, are proving otherwise. If you’re hesitant to make the look more permanent, try using gray SHE by SO.CAP.USA extensions to get the look without the commitment.





** SHE by SO.CAP.USA extensions are available at 10,000+ salons nationwide and prices vary depending on style, length and color. To find a salon nearest you, you can call toll-free at 877-855-4247.


Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. I was provided info from the PR firm to share. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.


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Stopain Topical Pain Relief: Review & Giveaway

Do you experience muscle pain, back pain or joint pain? You don't have to worry about the cold weather that will stop you from enjoying the winter activities. Between 15% and 29% of the Canadian population also suffers from incidences of pain, especially in the winter months when the cooling weather aggravates the muscles and joints.

I do experience backaches especially in cold weather or rainy weather. When it's cold, I tend to tense up and that causes my muscles to ache. I was recently given the opportunity to try Stopain Cold Extra Strength Roll-On.

The active ingredient in Stopain is menthol, recognized by the FDA as an analgesic indicated for the temporary relief for minor pains and stiffness of arthritis, muscle aches, strains and simple backaches. It also contains peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil, recognized by the FDA for their analgesic properties. Extra-strength Stopain formulas are also formulated with glucosamine and MSM, essential nutrients that support joint health and mobility.

Stopain Cold 3oz Roll-On Ex. Strength

Features & Benefits:
· Stopain Extra Strength Formula
· Easy-to-use hands-free application
· Non-greasy and non-staining
· Fast-absorbing—penetrates deep
· Light, vanishing scent
· Contains 8% menthol

This was really easy to apply with the roll-on application and I didn't need to get my hands messy. The pain relief worked fast and it does what it says. The medication has a light, pleasant scent. It's not too strong like some other creams I've used before. It's non-greasy and dries fast so it doesn't stick to my shirt. I use Stopain mainly on my lower back and upper spine. My upper spine (the joint between my neck and shoulders) is the most painful area.




WHERE TO BUY?
Stopain products are available for purchase at www.stopain.com or at these listed stores across United States and Canada. Stopain is also a Proceeds of the Arthritis Foundation. The manufacture will be donating $1 for every unit of Stopain product sold at www.stopain.com during the month of May, which is Arthritis Awareness Month.

 Connect with Stopain on Facebook, Twitter, and/or YouTube



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{WINNER} iMo Camera Strap Giveaway



The lucky winner for the iMo Camera Straps Giveaway by iMoShop that ended December 26, 2011 is..... (drum roll, please).



Congratulations to Digna Dreibelbis (#26)



I have sent you an email. You have 48 hours to respond. Thanks everyone for participating in my giveaway contests.

If you missed the giveaway, you can also purchase at at a 20% discount using code jennie20







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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Recipe: Coconut Panna Cotta "Tembleque" Style

In the Kitchen with Celeb Chef Doreen Colondres



Puerto Rican-born culinary expert Doreen Colondres is a natural-born cook, and one of the busiest women we’ve ever met. The food editor of Siempre Mujer magazine is constantly cooking up a storm on television and at home. After all, she’s been in the kitchen since age nine.

“When I was little, I used to spend a lot of time in the kitchen with my grandma,” says the celeb chef. “I also used to play with pots and pans in the backyard, adding flowers and grass to them. I was always pretending I was cooking.”

Doreen didn’t have to pretend for long. Soon enough, those flowers and blades of grass became the fresh herbs and veggies from her grandparent’s garden; and her strong Hispanic heritage molded her cooking philosophy and the way she thought about food.

“For my family, cooking together represented the joy of family life and a passion for food, fun and excitement. I learned how to bring enthusiasm and comfort to the process of cooking, giving traditional Latino cuisine a renewed vitality with bright, easy and tasty recipes.”

We were getting hungry just listening to Doreen divulge us with stories of food and family, so we asked her to share two holiday recipes with us. Christmas may have come and gone, but Dia de Los Reyes (Three Kings Day) is almost here. On Jan. 6, whip up the below recipes to keep the festivities going in the New Year.



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Coconut Panna Cotta “Tembleque” Style

“To create this recipe, I got inspiration from the traditional Puerto Rican dessert known as ‘Tembleque.’ The Panna Cotta on the other hand, is the traditional Italian dessert, which is known for its creaminess. To change the texture a bit, I combined the two for a winning combination of sweetness!”

What You’ll Need
10 oz. Goya coconut milk
10 oz. heavy cream
4 oz. sugar
1 packet of gelatin (no flavor)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Powdered cinnamon or fresh mint to garnish

What You’ll Do:

1. In a small bowl, mix in the gelatin with a couple drops of water to dissolve.

2. In a pot, pour in the evaporated and condensed milk with the sugar until it is fully incorporated and the milk is about to boil. Remove from the heat and add in the gelatin, until it is fully dissolved and lump-free.

3. Serve into individual containers or a larger dessert container. Chill in fridge for 3-4 hours until it has a jello-like texture.

Tip – When pouring in the gelatin to ingredients in the pot, you can add one ounce of brandy for a festive taste. When using a larger container to chill in the fridge, you can also use cookie cutters to make holiday shapes and pour on raspberry sauce for a touch of Christmas red.

4. Enjoy…. An easy dessert that will have your guests asking for more!



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Coquito

“The famous ‘Coquito’ is a typical Puerto Rican drink prepared during the holidays. To drink ‘Coquito,’ make sure it is chilled and served in small glasses without ice. You can keep the drink in a glass bottle in the fridge for several weeks so you can share it with loved ones during the holidays.”

What You’ll Need
5 cans evaporated milk
3 cans sweetened condensed milk
3 cans Goya coconut cream
1 can Goya coconut milk
1 bottle of white rum
6 eggs
Powdered cinnamon to taste
Cinnamon sticks (to garnish)
Shredded coconut (to garnish)

What You’ll Do:

1. Mix the six eggs in a bowl and begin adding the evaporated and condensed milk, stirring the ingredients until they look uniform in color and texture. Tip: I prefer to use a manual whisk, rather than an electric mixer.

2. Add in the bottle of white rum. Add powdered cinnamon to taste at the end. Pour in the mixed ingredients into a glass bottle and chill in the fridge.

3. When serving, add a stick of cinnamon and a shredded coconut to garnish, and serve. It adds a great burst of flavor.

4. Cheers to a delicious holiday drink!


Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. I was provided info and access to images and recipe from the PR firm to share. Thanks to A Bullseye View. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.



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{WINNER} Phoenix OTG Interchangeable Goggles Giveaway



The lucky winner for the Motorcycle Show Info and a Phoenix OTG Interchangeable Goggles Giveaway that ended December 22, 2011 is..... (drum roll, please).

Congratulations to gibberish (#14)



I have sent you an email. You have 48 hours to respond. Thanks everyone for participating in my giveaway contests.



If you're in the area, don't forget to check out the upcoming Motorcycle Show. Here's the Tour Schedule:
Novi, MI (Jan. 6-8, 2012)
Washington, DC (Jan. 13-15, 2012)
New York, NY(Jan. 20-22, 2012)
Cleaveland, OH (Jan. 27-29, 2012)
Minneapolis, MN (Feb. 3-5, 2012)
Chicago, IL (Feb. 10-12, 2012)
Charlotte, NC (Feb. 24-26, 2012)
Daytona Beach, FL (Mar. 14-17, 2012)

Use the promo code MOTOINF to get your $2 off discount.



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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays & Season's Greetings!

Happy Holidays & Season's Greetings!

(Christmas Lights at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, WA)








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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!


Christmas Lights 2011 at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (Tacoma, WA)

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Bella il Fiore Stuffs Stockings with Style



Created to streamline a gal's daily regimen while getting her gorgeous, all of Bella's products serve up a sassy dose of glamour wrapped in ultra-femme packaging that's portable, playful and stocking stuffer-friendly.

Some of their most popular gifts du jour include their luscious Lip Lovely Sets, decadent Body Creme & Sugar Scrub Set, Shimmer Powder Puffs, and their tres femme Girly Tube!

Lip Lovely Set
Silky smooth lips in two easy steps. This fab set comes housed in an adorable gift box and is available in two flavors--Peppermint or Strawberries & Creme. Inside, you'll find a Sugar Kisses Lip Scrub and Bella’s delicious Berry Balm or Rescue Me Peppermint Lip Treatment; $17.




Shimmer Powder Puff
This “powder puff on a stick” is filled with glistening body powder for a beautiful sparkle all over.
Just dust the wand over your skin and it'll leave you shimmery and beautiful. Available in pink puff with silver shimmer, white puff with silver shimmer or black puff with gold shimmer; $15 each.




Body Creme & Sugar Scrub Set
Bella's Happily Ever After Whipped Body Crème heals tired and stressed skin using natural oils and pure aloe vera. Enriched with Vitamins E and A and extracts of chamomile, ginseng and calendula, this indulgent body lotion leaves skin silky and smooth. Available in Honeysuckle Grapefruit or Almond Coconut. When paired with Bella's Sugar Sugar Scrub, the duo offers an indulgent spa-like experience to your everyday routine.

Sugar Sugar Scrub is a refreshing and exhilarating almond and coconut walnut sugar scrub for the whole body. Infused with natural oils, including eye-opening peppermint and soothing extracts, Sugar Sugar Scrub gently exfoliates and cleanses, leaving your skin smooth and fresh; $30.




Girly Tube
Adorned with swarovski crystals, the Bijou Girly Tube was designed to "finally" carry tampons and a pantiliner discreetly and most importantly, in style! Or, use to store your lipstick, eyeliner, nail file, a special pen and paper, pills, mints, etc. The perfect accompaniment in your everyday cosmetic bag or evening clutch; $12.




Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. I was provided info from the PR firm to share. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.



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Oscillococcinum Sweepstakes: Win Free products & Walgreens Retail Gift Card



In addition to my Oscillococcinum & Children's Chestal {Review & Giveaway} post, I would also like to share with you this great prize from BoironUSA.

Oscillococcinum is tough to pronounce, but even tougher on flu-like symptoms! Think you know how to pronounce Oscillococcinum? Enter the "How Do You Say Oscillococcinum Sweepstakes!" In January, 10 random winners will be selected to receive free products and a $50 Walgreens retail gift card. Plus, watch this fun new video of people trying to say Oscillococcinum. If you are one of the random prize winners and also guess which fan from the video says it correctly, you’ll be eligible for a bonus $100 Walgreens retail gift card! That’s triple the prize!

Enter the sweepstakes (until January 20, 2012) here: http://promoshq.wildfireapp.com/website/6/contests/180373





Good luck and Happy Holidays, everyone!


Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. I was provided info from the PR firm to share. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.


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Oscillococcinum & Children's Chestal {Review & Giveaway}

Flu Season Solution: Oscillococcinum & Children's Chestal

Flu is highly contagious and can put you out of commission for more than a week. There is no “cure” for the flu, but the key is to relieve symptoms that make us so miserable at the first sign. Oscillococcinum (o-sill-o-cox-see-num), or Oscillo for short, may be difficult to pronounce, but it’s a must-have during flu season. The moment you start to feel achy or run down is when Oscillo can start working naturally with your body to relieve flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue, headache, body aches, chills and fever.

Oscillo has been shown in clinical studies to help reduce both the severity and the duration of flu-like symptoms, helping you feel like yourself again. In one recent study published in a British scientific journal, nearly 63 percent of patients who took Oscillo within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms showed a “clear improvement” or “complete resolution” in as fast as 48 hours. Oscillo has no side effects and is packaged in individual doses, so it’s easy to carry with you and take as you need it. It’s sweet-tasting, melt-away pellets dissolve quickly under the tongue and require no water, chewing, or swallowing, and it’s safe for ages two and up.

Uses: Temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms such as body aches, headache, fever, chills, and fatigue. Take Oscillo at the first sign of flu-like symptoms/


Children's Chestal Honey is safe cough syrup for children ages two and above. The honey in Children's Chestal coats and soothes the throat, while the blend of safe homeopathic medicines loosens chest congestion, thereby making coughs more productive for a speedier recovery. In the daytime, Children's Chestal works without drowsy side effects. At bedtime, it calms those dry, fitful coughs that prevent sleep. It is also dye-free and works naturally with your body.

Uses: temporarily relieves cough and throat irritation.



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Disclosure: I received a box of Oscillococcinum and Children's Chestal Honey in exchange of my review of this post. I was also provided info from the PR firm to share. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.



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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Luke James Releases #LUKE Pre-Album Exclusively for Free on Facebook

Today, N.A.R.S. Records / Mercury Records / Island Def Jam recording artist Luke James releases his #LUKE pre album for FREE exclusively on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/whoislukejames). The highly anticipated debut solo work from one of today’s most talked about artists who has yet to release an album is sure not to disappoint fans and critics alike. Today’s FREE pre album release of #LUKE will be followed by the full-length release of Luke James’ debut solo album, Made to Love, in 2012.

Packed with interesting breaks and tempo shifts, lead single, “I Want You,” beautifully showcases Luke James’ pure, arresting falsetto. But it is tracks like the haunting “Signs of Rain,” dance influenced “Powerless,” and vocally-layered “Made To Love” on #LUKE that truly illustrate hisdiversity and mastery of the R&B genre. #LUKE pulsates with infectious, hip-hop-influenced beats that perfectly complement Luke James’ outstanding R&B-grounded vocals, and it is this foundation in technique, creativity and god-given talent that is poised to situate this rising star as the one to watch on the R&B / Pop scene.

Having already charmed critics from coast to coast, like being named Hip Hollywood’s October 2011 “Artist of the Month,” one of AOL’s The Boombox’s “Top 15 Artists to Watch” and being asked to headline Give Back Hollywood / VH1 Save The Music Foundation’s Pre MTV VMA benefit, Luke James will wrap his multi-city opening gig on Robin Thicke’s “Love After War” tour in Philadelphia on December 29, 2011. Luke James’ growing celebrity fan base includes Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Estelle, and none other than Beyoncé, who selected him for a featured role in her “Run the World” video, and Melanie Fiona, who featured him as her boyfriend in her “4 A.M.” music video. Luke James is also the co-writer of Chris Brown’s “Crawl” and has penned songs for Justin Bieber (“That Should Be Me”), Michael Bolton, and Britney Spears (“Kill The Lights”), among others.

#LUKE Pre Album Track Listing:
1. Evol Ot Edam Intro
2. Soldier
3. Made To Love
4. Signs of Rain
5. Powerless (Intro)
6. Powerless
7. Guilty Pleasure
8. I Want You
9. Evol Ot Edam Outro



To download #LUKE for FREE on Facebook, visit: http://www.facebook.com/whoislukejames

For more information about Luke James, his pre-album #LUKE, and his upcoming debut solo album Made To Love, visit: http://www.simonesmallspr.net/clients/lukejames/BIO.html, http://www.whoislukejames.com and follow @whoislukejames on Twitter.


Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. I was provided info from the PR firm to share. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.




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