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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

New Mommy Makeover (In Less than 5 Minutes!)

When adjusting to motherhood, personal routines tend to get pushed aside. New moms, Kate Middleton, Kim Kardashian and Jessica Simpson’s packed schedules have now become just a little more hectic!

Celeb and non-celeb mommies alike still want to feel beautiful and pampered, and can now pull their look together in a flash using the three products below. These multi-tasking picks create a fresh look and still get new moms out of the house with minimum fuss and no time wasted!


Hide darkness and fatigue

New moms certainly do not have time to layer on several products to create a perfect complexion. Simplify your beauty routine with Miracle Skin Transformer’s Face SPF 20 ($48 at Sephora.com). The lightweight skin enhancer hydrates, primes, mattifies, enhances, and protects skin from UVA/UVB rays in one step for a natural look. Available in six color mineral tinted shades to adapt to virtually all skin tones: Light - for fair with neutral undertones, Medium - for light beige tones, Medium Tan - for light skin with warmer undertones, Tan - for golden skin tones, Dark - for warm, carmel skin tones and Deep Dark - for cocoa skin tones.



Fake wide-awake eyes

Fake a full night’s sleep with Pür Minerals Big Blink Mascara ($20 at PurMinerals.com). Hair loss is a common post-birth misfortune that new moms have to deal with - fortified with Argan Oil, Big Blink nourishes for stronger, fuller eyelashes that are less likely to break and fall out. The clump-resistant wand easily glides over the lashes for an even application and coats the hard-to-reach inner corners for a complete set of luscious lashes.




Add a pop of color

When all else fails – add a little lipstick! To complete the look, slick on the richly pigmented, bold color of a Pür Minerals Lip Gloss Stick ($15 at PurMinerals.com). Loaded with rich emollients and vitamin E, these buttery smooth sticks condition lips as they color for a smoother, softer pout with each application.





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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Mount St. Helens and Seaquest State Park

On our way down south on the I-5, we decided to stop by the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center at Seaquest State Park in Castle Rock,Washington. How to get there: take I-5 Toledo exit 63 shortcut to Hwy 504 via Hwy 505. There's a $3 fee to see the displays at the visitor center, but we didn't go in. However, we did go on the trails just outside the building to see the landscape view and enjoy the short nature walk.


While walking along the trails, we also discovered an Osprey nest up in one of the trees at a distance. There were actually two birds flying about and landing over their nest. There were also a flock of Barn Swallows flying about just up the path near the pond. They were pretty fast, but I happened to photograph a few that were in flight.








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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Enter to win a Black 32GB iPad with Retina Display

Welcome to the iPad with Retina Display Giveaway!


Co-Hosted by:

We are giving away an iPad with Retina Display 32GB Color Black (Value $599)

Features:
  • 9.7 Retina Display; 2048 x 1536 Resolution
  • Apple iOS 6; Dual-Core A6X Chip with Quad-Core Graphics
  • 5 MP iSight Camera; 1080p HD Video Recording
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); 32 GB Capacity
  • Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life; 1.44 lbs

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One (1) lucky winner will receive an Apple iPad with Retina Display (32GB Black)! Contest is open to US only, 18+ (ends August 19th, 2013 at 11:59pm EST). All entries are optional, if you do any of the tasks with multiples entries, even if you do one entry you can get the extra entries,. but if the winner tasks is a tasks you did not complete, a second winner will be chosen. If the winner tasks is the one you did you will be the winner. 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. "The Art of Jennie Yuen" Blog is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. 



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Robby Wash Blue Laundry Ball Pack Giveaway


Welcome to the Robby Wash Blue Laundry Ball Pack Giveaway!

Hosted By NYSavingSpecials
Sponsored by Oransi


Robby Wash Laundry ball pack will keep your laundry clean up to one year. No need for detergents!

Features:
  • Ultra High Efficient Laundry Detergent - 12 Months use (120 washes)
  • Hypoallergenic and great choice as a baby laundry detergent cleaner
  • Light fragrance for a feeling of freshness at the end of the wash cycle
  • Cleans and protects your clothes
  • Eliminates unpleasant smells thanks to its antibacterial action

You can read the full review here.

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ONE (1) lucky reader will win a Robby Wash Blue Laundry ball pack! Contest is open to US residents only, 18+ (ends August 19th, 2013 at 11:59pm EST).  We appreciate the support of out sponsor, please show your support by following them on their social medias pages. All other entries are optional. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize. Good Luck!

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Art & Photography Workshops in Vancouver with Photographer Benjamin Von Wong


From August 11th to 18th, conceptual photographer + visual engineer Benjamin Von Wong will be hosting a series of seminars and workshops in Vancouver, BC to help put you on the fast-track to a successful, fulfilling career in any artistic discipline.

Benjamin is the world renown master photographer who has created a massive following around the world. Over the past year, he has been doing his unique style of photography and giving talks and workshops all over Europe, the U.S. and Canada.

If you are a photographer, artist, painter, dancer, model, stylist, designer, illustrator, retoucher, actor, filmmaker, producer, director, writer, sculptor, singer, band, circus performer, burlesque performer,… then these are for you and you definitely don’t want to miss any of these sessions. Benjamin’s Masterclass Workshop and Photoshop seminar are more geared towards those with photography backgrounds.

For more information and examples of his work, visit www.vonwonginvancouver.com

When: August 11th-18th, 2013

Where: The Listel Hotel
1300 Robson Street, Vancouver | map
Hotel telephone: 604-684-8461

Here is the schedule of events for the week:

August 11th – From Concept to Portfolio: How Artists Create Their Best Work
August 11th – Open Dinner and Networking for All Artists
August 12th – Inspiration Talk for Creative Artists – The Story of Von Wong
August 13th – Social Media and Marketing for Artists
August 15th – Photoshop – Advanced Retouching for creative photography
August 17th & 18th – Von Wong in Vancouver Two Day Photography Master Class


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Monday, July 29, 2013

Blogger Opp: Coach Ashley Signature Carryall


 
Blogger Opp: Coach Ashley Signature Carryall Giveaway Event


Attention bloggers:  This is a free blogger event hosted by NYSaving Specials. Link is free when you post about the giveaway on your blog and a thank-you for participating in the event. The first 50 bloggers to sign up will get a link free with announcement.

PARTICIPATION DETAILS

* Prize: Coach Ashley Signature Carryall (Value $398)

* Event dates: September 30th - October 21st, 2013

* Eligibility: Contest is open to US only

* FREE link (Twitter or Pinterest) on entry form with announcement post (or pay $5 waiver fee if not posting announcement).

* Optional additional links are $3 each

* Co-Host spot $20.00 (includes 2 host pages, 10 links on the RC, and no announcement required)

* Agree to post the giveaway HTML on the date the event begins and promote at least 3x a week

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





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Nad's Natural Hair Removal Products {Review}

Ladies, I'm sure you may remember Nad’s, the same green gooey (yet all natural) product from the infomercials many years ago. The product has come a long way since then and is now available in a variety of convenient forms: pre-gelled hair removal strips for face or body, a brow shaping facial wand for on-the-go women, and a Brazilian and bikini kit. Nad’s newest product is a solution for that ages-old and embarrassing problem of nose hair removal!

I haven't used wax strips for quite a while because I get terrible in-grown hair. Sometimes it's painful and I hate when it leaves dark spots. I was kind of afraid it would happen again, but so far I haven't had too much problem with Nad's. A tip I learned is rinse my legs with warm water to open the pores first. Then apply the strips. The fragrance isn't as strong as I thought it would be as with other brands.


I was given the opportunity to try these new products from Nad's:
· Nad’s Facial Strips
· Nad’s Eyebrow Shaper
· Nad’s Bikini and Underarm Strips
· Nad’s Nose Wax


Nad's Facial Strips
The box contains 24 ready-to-use hair removal facial wax strips (12 double-sided) and 4 post-wax calming oil wipes. It is easy to use anywhere and anytime. The strips remove hair by the roots so you stay smooth and hair-free for weeks. The new fragrance free gentler formula is ideal for sensitive facial areas.




Nad's Eyebrow Shaper
This natural gel formula washes away with water and no heating is required. The SlimTip applicator provides quick and easy hair removal for delicate facial areas. Nad’s Facial Wand allows you to apply just the right amount of gel exactly where you want it. It is ideal for eyebrows, upper lip and chin.






Nad’s Bikini and Underarm Strips
These wax strips are perfect for sensitive areas such as the bikini line and underarms. The box contains 24 strips with 2 strip sizes: 14 for underarm (7double-sided) and 10 for bikini (5 double-sided). It also includes 2 Nad's post-wax calming oil wipes and Moisture+ Soothing Body Balm. The strips conform to the curves of your body making those tricky areas easier to reach for quick and effective hair removal, leaving you smooth for up to 8 weeks.


Nad's Nose Wax for men & women
Remove unwanted and embarassing nose hair with this DIY wax. It can also be used to remove blackheads from the nose surface by simply reversing the applicator to use the Spatula and applying Nad’s Nose Wax directly to the nose surface. There is no mess. The kit includes 6 SafeTiop applicator, 45g Nad's hard microwave wax, 3 mustache stencils, 3 wooden spatulas, 3 Nad's antibacterial wipes, 3 post-wax calming oil wipes, and instruction sheet.

Nad’s Nose Wax, containing chamomile and aloe, is applied with the unique Nad’s SAFETIP applicator that is designed to target the hair around the edge of the nostril, only removing hairs that are sticking out or easily noticed.

The Advantage with Wax Strips:
* leaves skin smooth and hair-free for weeks


Why I don't like using Wax Strips:
* painful
* time-consuming
* I get red spots right after waxing


For more of Nad’s variety of products, visit the website at www.nads.com . Products are also available for purchase on Amazon.com - Nad's.




Disclosure: I received samples of the mentioned products from the company/PR Firm in exchange for my review. The opinions expressed in my review are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.




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Dog Days of Summer Giveaway: $200 Amazon Gift Card


Welcome to the

Dog Days of Summer
$200 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Hosted by: One Punky Mama
Co-Hosted by: Java John Z's

Hi all! Thanks for joining us in this giveaway. How's your summer going? I'm in the middle of vacation with the family. Wouldn't it be great to have an extra $200 to spend?

ONE (1) lucky reader will win a $200 Amazon Gift Card! Contest is open to US residents only, 18+ (ends August 19th, 2013 at 11:59pm EST).  All entries will be verified and anyone with false entries will be disqualified.  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. "The Art of Jennie Yuen Blog" is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or any other social media website.



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Back from Vacation (kind of)

Hi everyone! You've probably have noticed I haven't blogged for over a week. I was actually on vacation with the family. We did a road trip to the Oregon Coast. We're back home in Vancouver now, but still have another week of vacation time for other events near home. I'm in the process of editing lots of wonderful photographs. Here's a tease of one of the photos taken from my iPhone. This was a sunset view from our hotel balcony looking towards the Pacific Ocean. Keep an eye out for more photos.



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Monday, July 22, 2013

Coach Heritage Web Leather Messenger Giveaway (ARV$398)



Welcome to the Coach Heritage Web Leather Messenger Giveaway

Hosted by NYSavingSpecials and Your Fashion Resource

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ONE (1) lucky reader will win a Coach Heritage Web Leather Messenger ($398 value)! Contest is open to US residents only, 18+ (ends August 15th, 2013 at 11:59pm EST).  All entries will be verified and anyone with false entries will be disqualified.  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. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or any other social media website.


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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Get the Look: Hairstylist on ABC's "Once Upon a Time"

Once Upon a Time will return to ABC this fall 2013. Richard Kohlen, hairstylist to Meghan Ory and set stylist for the television series, shares his tips below for creating the "Once Upon a Time Look". After all, storybook gorgeous hair is always in style.

“Once Upon a Time Look” - How to do Meghan Ory’s Hair


1. To start I give a healthy spray of White Sands Liquid Texture Thermal Styling Spray, then section her hair into one inch strips.

2. With a one inch curling iron, I do alternating spiral curls. Alternating gives the fullness I'm looking for and the most natural look.

3. Once I am done with one row, I give a light spraying of White Sands Infinity Hairspray to set the curl for a long lasting hold.

4. After all the rows are done, I add in preset extension pieces made and colored to match Meghan's own natural hair. For this “Red Riding hood” look, I used 24” extensions, for that extra long look!

5. Once all the curling and extensions are in, I added an inverted braid that is once again preset, from ear to ear which gives us that period look.

6. After everything is done I use the White Sand Orchids Oil to smooth out all the little frizzes! And voila! “Red Riding Hood” extra sexy look.


Once Upon a Time season premiere Sunday, September 29 at 8|7c on ABC.



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Friday, July 19, 2013

Bird Photography at Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Bald Eagle


Sandhill Crane




House Sparrow


Feeding ducks





My Flickr Album


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Clay Art Craft: Rose Centerpiece

It has been a while since I've been doing clay art. I learned to make roses, which I don't do very often with clay. My sister-in-law from California was in Vancouver for the summer holiday. She was teaching a clay workshop at a Community Center. She uses air-dry clay for her projects. Air-dry clay has a soft and fluffy feel - almost like marshmallows. I've used it a few times only from my little one's craft kit. I still have my polymer clay that I haven't used in a while. Polymer clay is a bit more sticky. I'll have to try making roses with that and see how it goes.












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Beauty Essentials Giveaway

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 Welcome to the Beauty Essentials Giveaway!

Spectacular She is wanting to spoil two lucky fans with prizes totaling about $400! Special thanks to the host and all of the Co-hosts who helped! Click on their beautiful faces to check out their blogs and see what other goodies you might find.

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Who could use a little home-pampering? Up for grabs are two prizes: The Thairapy365 Tri-Curl Curling Wand set, and tons of other goodies in a prize pack! This giveaway is brought to you by Spectacular She and about 45 other amazing bloggers who make such awesome prizes possible. You can see the list of all bloggers who signed up to sponsor this event here.

Please welcome our Co-Hosts and their marvelous suggestions as seen below. You can see a list of current prizes by visiting here.

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Contest is open to US and Canada, 18+ (ends August 2nd, 2013 at 11:59pm EST).  All entries will be verified and anyone with false entries will be disqualified.  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. Prize fulfillment and shipping will be handled by Amazing Skin Care Blog. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or any other social media website.


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