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Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Brilliance Behind Justin Timberlake and How He Won Us All Over Again


Guess whose back with a vengeance after a 6 year album hiatus? If you guessed Mr. I’m bringing “sexy-back” you are absolutely right. With 968,000 copies sold in his first week, many doubters have been silenced – but how exactly did he do it? Look no further than the incredible marketing push and media blitz of JT’s comeback album, “The 20/20 Experience”.

The campaign behind the release was a barrage of media. Justin Timberlake was in commercials for Bud Light Platinum and Target, and made a breathlessly promoted appearance at the Grammy Awards. iTunes streamed the album before its release, stoking huge advance sales. Then there were his performances around the Super Bowl and South by Southwest, his fifth time hosting “Saturday Night Live” and a full week as a guest on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”

Please see below for comments from Stephanie Hoffman, a branding consultant at Vivaldi Partners, a global strategy consulting firm that helps companies achieve breakthrough levels of profitable and sustainable top-line growth through identifying new demand opportunities, formulating strategies for innovation and growth, building strong brands, and developing actionable marketing strategies.


· “The genius behind the release of Justin Timberlake’s new album was the “sneak peak”. With his charisma, good looks, and stellar ability to ‘turn on’ any audience when he takes the stage, Justin Timberlake enchanted new and old fans alike weeks before the album was even released.”

· “We grew to love the songs from seeing him perform on ‘Saturday Night Live’, from his week-long stint on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’, from his secret show at SXSW, and from his concert special on The CW – just to name a few.”

· “A smart move in a time when album sales are at an all-time low. Now we all have a reason to buy the album – the songs are all attached to memories: his ‘bromance’ with Jay-Z on SNL, the “History of Rap” on ‘Jimmy Fallon’, his undeniably classy big band orchestra – making us fall in love with him over and over again.

· “Businesses can take a page out of the “Book of JT”: Create memorable experiences for us to store in those over-crowded brains of ours. Products come and go, but unique and fun experiences make it clear why we should love your brand - a ‘20/20 Experience’, if you will. “


Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. Any opinions expressed in my review are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.


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Friday, March 29, 2013

Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover Air Purifier Giveaway

Welcome to the
Honeywell True Hepa Tower Allergen Remover Air Purifier Giveaway!  

Hosted by: Southern Belle & Sponsored by:  Kaz

I am excited to bring you this fabulous giveaway where you can win your very own Honeywell True Hepa Tower Allergen Remover Air Purifier! True HEPA Filter captures up to 99.97% of microscopic allergens. 

Product Features & Description:
  • Easy Setup
  • Attractive tower design
  • Filters capture pollen, dust, smoke and pet dander
  • Easy to use controls
  • Three air cleaning levels
  • Electronic filter replacement reminder
  • ARB certified to comply with Federal ozone emissions limit
  • Works Great
You can read the full review here.

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To celebrate the release, one (1) lucky winner will receive a Honeywell True Hepa Tower Allergen Remover Air Purifier! Contest is open to US only, 18+ (ends April 5th, 2013 at 12am EST). All entries will be verified. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize. Good Luck!

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Conscious Box Susbcription (Free Products) Giveaway


What is Conscious Box? It's a monthly subscription service that delivers the purest, most natural products on the planet, right to you doorstep! From natural beauty to health food and non-toxic home goods, you'll find better alternatives for all areas of your life.


HOW DOES IT WORK?

Conscious Box is the best way to discover the most ethical and sustainable products on the planet! Focusing on strict tenets of organic, fair trade, and pure and natural products, each month Conscious Box will introduce you to healthy and honest alternatives for every aspect of your life and for every member of your family. Discover the best natural products, earn points for leaving feedback and reviews, and buy your favorites at incredible discounts!

* Get a variety of unique pure & natural products every month!
* From organic food to vegan beauty products, you’re sure to find new favorites!
* Discover ethical and purpose-driven businesses of all sizes!
* Get content on daily living tips, exciting monthly themes, and creative ways to use your box!
* Easily earn points you can apply to full size products for unbeatable discounts!



Readers of "Jen's Blog of Random Thoughts" can obtain 25% OFF discount for any Conscious Box subscription. Just use code: LOVELIFE


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One (1) lucky winner will receive a 3-month Conscious Box subscription (a $59 value)! Contest is open to US & Canada, 18+ (ends April 30th, 2013 at 12:00am EST). All entries will be verified. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize. Good Luck!
 
 
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Asparagus, Tomato and Fontina Frittata by Giada De Laurentiis

Here's a new recipe by Giada De Laurentiis originally posted on A Bullseye View website. This easy and fluffy frittata is great for brunches! I'm going to try this for my family. It's so simple to make!

Asparagus, Tomato and Fontina Frittata




INGREDIENTS:

12 ounces asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1/4 to 1/2-inch pieces
1 tomato, seeded, diced
3 ounces Fontina cheese, diced
6 large eggs
2 tablespoons whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil

PREPARATION:

STEP 1: Preheat the broiler. Whisk the eggs, cream, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper in a medium bowl to blend. Set aside.

STEP 2: Heat the oil and butter in a 9 1/2-inch-diameter nonstick skillet over medium heat.

STEP 3: Add the asparagus and saute until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Raise the heat to medium-high. Add the tomato and a pinch of salt and saute 2 minutes longer.

STEP 4: Pour the egg mixture over the asparagus mixture and cook for a few minutes until the eggs start to set. Sprinkle with cheese.

STEP 5: Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the frittata is almost set but the top is still runny, about 2 minutes.

STEP 6: Place the skillet under the broiler. Broil until the top is set and golden brown on top, about 5 minutes. Let the frittata stand 2 minutes.

STEP 7: Using a rubber spatula, loosen the frittata from skillet, and slide the frittata onto a plate. Serve and enjoy!




Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. I was provided info and access to photos 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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Kourtney Kardashian Goes Bright and Bold for Spring in Eredappa

Once again displaying why her style is often emulated, television personality Kourtney Kardashian made quite the statement while on a Starbucks run in Hollywood, LA wearing a pair of multi-color printed hand-beaded shorts by Eredappa. Perfectly comfortable with showcasing the designer’s signature hand-beaded and ornate details in vibrant prints and colors, Kourtney complemented the look by adding her effortless and California cool flair to the Nigerian label’s rich aesthetic. Maintaining the perfect combination of classic and tailored silhouettes with an added in edgy flair, Kourtney showed that she’s ready for the bold colors that come with warmer Spring weather in her own truly standout and stylish way.


ABOUT EREDAPPA:

Eredappa Hart is a Nigerian born designer who has mastered the art of combining classic European lines with traditional African Ankara fabrics and luminescent beadwork to create a stunning collection that has become the talk of the fashion world. Eredappa studied Business in England but upon her return to Nigeria in 1994, she rediscovered her love of fashion. Beginning with designing unique footwear and handbags, her accessories were sold in France and Italy. But it was the emergence of the Eredappa label in 2006, specializing in womenswear, that made the fashion world sit up and take notice. Clean lines, bold color and intricate beading are the focus of every piece. She creates stand-alone, head-turners that leave a long lasting impression. Eredappa crafts her own story in contrasting colors and bold splashes of beading in multi-layered applications that appear three-dimensional. African art meets European sensibility in classic, luxurious and distinct garments that display Eredappa's understanding of what makes a woman look her best.



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Wrap with Brandy Giveaway

Welcome to the Wrap with Brandy It Works Giveaway!



It Works! offers the world's first naturally based body contouring line that delivers maximum results in minimal time. You simply won't find anything like it in the world today.


What is the Ultimate Applicator?
The Ultimate Body Applicator is a non-woven cloth wrap that has been infused with a powerful, botanically-based formula to deliver maximum tightening, toning, and firming results when applied to the skin. It continuously hydrates for firmer, smoother, more youthful-looking skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite and skin slackening. See results in 45 minutes.

What is a Loyal Customer?
As a Loyal Customer, you'll save up to 45% off EVERY order you place! Plus, earn 10% of the value of your orders back in points to spend on more products. Easily manage your favorite products and have them delivered to your doorstep each month with little to no effort.

About Brandy:
My name is Brandy and I started selling It Works! To help people change their lives and bodies! While deciding whether or not to become a distributor I saw amazing results in myself and couldn’t wait to share it with the world! I am 27 and married to my high-school sweetheart! We have been together 13 years and couldn’t ask for a better husband! He was recently hired onto our hometown fire department and will be going through fire fighter training this coming fall. So we will be moving back to beautiful Northern Michigan in a few short weeks! This was the perfect opportunity to become financially independent and allow my husband the time he needs to concentrate on his fire academy. Ask me how It Works! Can change your life!

You can find Brandy on her website.


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~ 1 Winner will receive The Ultimate Body Wrap ($25 value!)
~ 3 Winners will receive $20 off their 1st order as a Loyal Customer!
~ There will be 4 winners!

Contest is open to US only, 18+ (ends April 12th, 2013 at 12am EST). All entries will be verified. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize. Good Luck!

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Disclosure: I received no compensation or products for this promotion. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. "Jen's Blog of Random Thoughts" is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. Beauty Brite is not responsible for prize fulfillment. If you are a business and would like to set up a group giveaway like this one, contact Beauty Brite here.


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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Fake Bake's New Launch: Travel Size Self-Tanner


Fake Bake has just launched our best selling Flawless Self-Tanner in a travel size. The easiest to use, most effective product in our line is now available on the go!


Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan Liquid combines ease of application with intense professional color development. Flawless is applied with a professional mitt in effortless gliding strokes for a perfectly even tan. The dual function cosmetic bronzer assists in making the application even easier ­ shows-where-it-goes ­ providing an instant golden tan. The fast drying, fast absorbing formula is transfer resistant, so can be worn throughout the day. Formulated with Fake Bake's exclusive triple tan formula (DHA boosted by DMI & Erythulose) for an intense tan that lasts longer.

The Fake Bake Flawless works on all skin tones and types and is very easy to use. Check out the post of my previous review.



Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. Any opinions expressed in my review are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.


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Kobo Arc eReader 16GB Tablet Giveaway


Welcome to the Kobo Arc Giveaway!

Organized by Mom to Bed by 8


Are you ready for another exciting giveaway? Love books? I am happy to be participating in this giveaway event to bring you this fabulous giveaway where you can win a KOBO Arc touchscreen tablet. Read on to learn more about this eReader.

KOBO ARC – READS YOU LIKE A BOOK

The Kobo Arc 64GB offers booklovers a competitively featured Android 4.0 multimedia tablet with a new way to discover content – books, movies, TV shows, music, web pages and more. With a Kobo-developed interface called Tapestries, Kobo Arc gives consumers an exciting new way to discover content. Using an intelligent cross-media recommendations engine, Tapestries responds to the user’s “pinned” content to recommend related videos, movies, books, webpages and other related content. Tapestries makes it easy to discover new personal multimedia recommendations with little effort as the engine learns what consumers love – and brings them more.

The 7” high-definition display delivers crisp, sharp text and with 16-million colours bring photos and videos to life. With front-facing speakers with SRS TruMedia, a built-in microphone and high-resolution 1.3 MP camera to take photos and videos, the Kobo Arc offers up to 10 hours of continuous reading or video play, and two weeks on standby. With Google Play, Kobo Arc users have access to more than 600,000 apps and much-loved pre-loaded apps including Facebook, Twitter, Rdio, Zinio and PressReader.




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To celebrate the release, one (1) lucky winner will receive a Kobo Arc 64GB! Contest is open to US & Canada only, 18+ (ends April 15th, 2013 at 12am EST). All entries will be verified. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize. Good Luck!


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Disclosure: I received no compensation or products for this promotion. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. "Jen's Blog of Random Thoughts" is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.




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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blogger Opp: Too Hot Bags Celebrity Handbags


 
Free Blogger Opp: Handbag Giveaway Event

Attention bloggers:  This is a free blogger event hosted by Happy Mothering and sponsored by Too Hot Bags & Earn SEO.

Too Hot Bags has been in the wholesale fashion handbag industry for many years. They have supplied major retail outlets like BCBG, Nine West, Bebe and more with high quality fashion handbags and designer purses.


PARTICIPATION DETAILS

* Prize: 3 handbags of the winner’s choice or $300 PayPal Cash (winner’s choice)

* Event dates: April 4th - April 30th, 2013

* Eligibility: Contest is open worldwide!

* FREE link (Twitter)

* Please mention Jennie Yuen from "Jen's Blog of Random Thoughts" referred you! Thanks much!


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Shed Away Winter Layers with Osmotics


Winter is finally over! It’s time to shed those winter layers with Osmotics Micropeel Skin Resurfacing System and prep for the warmer weather. Experience a rejuvenating facial peel unlike ever before with the Micro Peel 3 Step Skin Resurfacing System, which consists of the following steps:

Step 1: Polish

The deep cleansing Exfoliating Charcoal Mask absorbs toxins and boosts circulation while effectively loosening surface debris and impurities using natural beads. The gentle formula delicately polishes skin without any irritation.

To use: Spread evenly onto cleansed skin, taking care to avoid eye area. Allow to dry for 2-3 minutes. Add water, gently massage. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Step 2: Peel

The Vitamin C-rich Collagen-Boosting Micro Peel is formulated with natural AHA’s derived from tropical fruits, which help boost cell turnover while simultaneously plumping cells on the skin’s surface for an overall more youthful appearance. The powerful exfoliating extracts stimulate skin’s natural peeling process and eliminate dead cells to deliver clearer, more even-toned and glowing skin.

To use: Apply 1-2 pumps evenly to face, avoiding eye area. Allow to absorb for 1-2 minutes.

Step 3: Protect

The final step in the system, the hydrating Protective Barrier Cream is developed with natural epidermal lipids that strengthen skin’s natural moisture barrier, soothing your complexion and helping to prevent irritation and redness. The advanced formula improves skin’s immune functionalities to defend against environmental stressors.

To use: Apply a pea-sized amount evenly all over face.


WHAT IT COSTS: $86


Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this promotion. 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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Vanessa Hudgens Spotted on Her Way to Yoga and Gym

(Photos via zimbio.com)

Showcasing her dedication to staying in shape while remaining stylish, Vanessa Hudgens was spotted on her way to the gym twice this week wearing fitnesswear by BodyRock Sport. After heading to a yoga class wearing the floral print ‘Love For All’ capris and was heading to the gym last with wearing the appropriately named “Vanessa Moto Jacket” from the brands outerwear collection. Proving BodyRock perfects the ability to create functional workout wear for women that transitions seamlessly in and out of the gym, Vanessa displayed consistency both to her workouts and her style.

She wore BodyRockSport The Vanessa Moto Jacket, shimmery silver jacket with gunmetal and black burnout detail ($165) and BodyRockSport Mid-rise and flat seamed ‘Love For All’ floral print capris ($85)


Vanessa Hudgens tries to keep a low profile as she hits the gym for a workout on March 25th, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.





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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Gal Gadot (of Fast & Furious) Named the NEW VineVera Spokesperson




Gal Gadot, actress of "Fast & Furious" and distinguished model, has just been named the new VineVera spokesperson. This exciting new partnership will feature Gal as the face of the brand in all marketing materials and campaigns going forward, as well as, internal commercials and brand collateral in stores across the country. Gal’s beauty, grace, and of course flawless skin is the perfect fit for the rejuvenating skin care collection uniquely formulated with the powerful antioxidant, Resveratrol.


If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, VineVera, is a rejuvenating skin care collection uniquely formulated with the powerful antioxidant, Resveratrol. Created in the outer layer of grapes and found in red wine, Resveratrol works to cleanse the body of impurities and helps to maintain the skin’s elasticity. VineVera’s 8 distinct collections of creams, serums, masks and more work to rejuvenate your skin so that you may continue to achieve youthful looking skin you want and deserve!

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this promotion. 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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Give Your Skin a Spring Awakening with Indie Lee’s Spring Sweepstakes


The all-natural, luxury skincare line will be hosting a sweepstakes every Wednesday through April 10th. For your chance to win, simply “like” the Facebook page and enter name and email address. The theme and prizes will change each week. The week one theme is lavender, week two will be orange, week three will be lemongrass and week four will be strawberry.

This week’s Indie Lee lavender giveaway will include the Lavender Oatmeal Cleansing Bar and The Lavender Moisturizing Oil.

The Moisturizing Oil is a light, non-greasy, almost creamy formula created using 100% natural jojoba, apricot and other essential oils to hydrate, relax and soften skin without clogging pores.

Lavender Oatmeal Cleansing Bar uses lavender essential oil to cleanse skin pores while the oatmeal gently removes dull dry skin, giving you a bright and youthful complexion.




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Are You Ready to Embrace the Upcoming Summer?


I know, I know... it's only Spring, but the weather is getting warmer now and we're getting a bit more sunshine here in Vancouver. It's awesome! I can't wait till summer time as it's my favorite season.

With the summer in the air, have you all been ready to embrace it with the utmost enthusiasm and vigor? Now, sunglasses have conventionally been the ideal tool to prevent the fatal and life threatening UV radiation and annoying glare. In this upcoming summer, what will lead the fashion trend in the sunglasses department? We dare to say wraparound sunglasses for their better protection from UV rays. But for the people who have vision problems, a pair of sunglasses is not enough. In this case, prescription sunglasses can provide an excellent service.


Where will you get sunglasses? Firmoo should be one of your better choices, because they are offering sunglasses with high quality but at wholesale price. The latest styles and designs will make you outstanding among the public.


Since summer is almost there, it’s the greatest time to grace your eyes with a pair of bold sunglasses. Come on, let’s rock the fashionable sunglasses.


I've received sunglasses from Firmoo in the past and I really enjoyed the fast, friendly service as well the sunglasses I chose. I still wear these sunglasses now and then. Check out my review.


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Also, any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. 

All the photos above are from Firmoo+, the World’s NO.1 Eyewear Styling Community which focuses on the styling of eyewear and clothes, accessories, etc. Welcome all fashionistas to join in! Firmoo is inviting bloggers to review their products for free, go to this link page http://www.firmoo.com/free-eyewear-trial.html to apply for Firmoo free eyewear free trial.


 





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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Preen.Me Provides Beauty Inspiration

In less than 9 months, Preen.Me has become the leading social beauty platform! Preen.Me provides beauty inspiration and knowledge to women the world over.


Check out some of the beauty work on the site. Also, the site's Facebook community, Beauty Addicts, recently passed the 1 million members mark and has the highest engagement rate of any beauty community on Facebook, with approximately 500,000 unique users interacting with the Preen.Me content every week. Preen.Me’s engagement rate (Facebook’s “Talking About This” metric) is approximately 10 times higher than that of most household names in the beauty industry, including Sephora, L’Oreal, MAC, Revlon and others.


Beauty enthusiasts can join the Preen.Me Community in a number of ways at www.Preen.Me, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BeautyAddictsCommunity and on Twitter @preendotme





Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this promotion. 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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Oz The Great and Powerful - Extended Clip



OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL is now playing in theatres!


Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.

When small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great wizard—and just maybe into a better man as well.


Visit the website: http://www.disney.com/ozthegreat

“Like” OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ozthegreatandpowerful

"Follow" OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL on Twitter: https://twitter.com/disneyozmovie



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