Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back to School in Style Sweepstakes

Welcome to the Back to School in Style Sweepstakes!

Mom Powered Media wants to show you how much education means to us and the future of our wee ones and are personally sponsoring a Target and American Eagle Gift Card!

Aloetree is a brand new organic children’s clothing line with a mission to give back to kids and raise funds to prevent child trafficking. This clothing line is not only gorgeous and perfect for any little one in your life but it has special characters that tell a special story of a different eco-system and unique and positive quality.

Rachel Florio-Urso is the Founder of Celebrity Baby Trends, a Television Producer, On-Air Personality, CEO of Rachel Florio PR and a Mother of six as well as a humanitarian that loves to give back. Rachel is an expert in the Parenting industry and knows what's hot for tots and their family. We {HEART} Celebrity Baby Trends and you will too!

Ibiley Uniforms & More celebrates the sense of community, education and progress through the development of refined dress codes for your organization! At Ibiley, you can find high quality, comfortable and easy to care uniforms, corporate wear, scrubs and more! Serving customers nationally make sure and check out their fantastic selection!

The Ultimate Green Store provides a collection of many of the finest environmentally friendly products for you, your home, office, kids and even your pets! The Ultimate Green Store carries products from many of the world’s leading manufacturers and designers of sustainable, natural, organic, recycled, eco-friendly goods- products that are made with your health and the health of our planet in mind.

Yala is about making simple, elegant clothes from the heart, for the planet. Living well is always in style. Proudly welcoming the dreamers, the believers and the seekers. Come stand with us. Facing the warm sunshine. True clothes you can live in. Elegant. Sustainable. Comfortable. It's that simple.

Forever 21 is the authority on fashion & the go-to retailer for the latest trends, must-have styles & the hottest deals. Shop dresses, tops, tees, leggings & more. Now also carrying plus sizes!

Tea Collection carries the best modern, designer children's clothing for babies, girls and boys in sizes newborn to age 12. Kids and baby clothes for little citizens of the world. Shop their worldly collections today.

Gymboree has been dressing children since 1986. The brand's fashionable clothing and accessories are designed and crafted to withstand rugged play while letting kids be kids in outfits they love to wear. Gymboree currently operates more than 600 stores in the U.S. and Canada, as well as an online store at www.gymboree.com.

This BTS event was organized by Mom Powered Media and special guest Conservamom. Stop by and say hello to our co-hosting bloggers: Monica's Rants, Raves & ReviewsMy Mommy BrainFinger Click SaverBarbara's BeatMemoirs of a Clueless WomanA Medic's World and Iowa Mom.


Ten winners will receive one of the following $100 Gift Cards: Aloe Tree, AMEX, Ibiley, The Ultimate Green Store, Yala Designs, Forever 21, Gymboree, Target or American Eagle.

Giveaway ends August 19th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

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I received no compensation 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 associated with, affiliated with, endorsed by, sponsored by, or connected to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any other social media platform in any way.

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New BB+ Illumination Facial Crème {Review}

Golden, radiant and healthy skin has always been a girl's best summer accessory. Gerard Cosmetics by Whitening Lighting has recently introduced their newest product - the BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème. A twist on a traditional BB Cream, the BB Plus+ Illumination is formulated with light reflecting particles and golden shimmer to add dimension and a youthful glow to any complexion. This luminous crème is easy to blend, long lasting and comfortable to wear, even in the warm summer months.

This can be used along, as a cream highlighter or mixed with foundation.

This creamy but sheer formulation takes BB Creams to the next level. Our exclusive formula includes light reflecting particles and golden shimmer to impart a radiance to any skin tone or type. Easy to blend and a comfortable long lasting wear will make this product a staple in your makeup collection. Can be used in a variety of ways to blur imperfections, correct discoloration and add the glow that everyone goes crazy for.

I love this cream. It's lightweight, works with my skin tone, and gives a nice glow without making my face look oily. I think it's like almost between a bronzer and a highlighter. It's more of a golden color. It's perfect for accentuating the cheekbones and brow bones.

Features & Benefits
  • Can be used alone, as a cream highlighter or mixed with your favorite liquid foundation
  • Blurs imperfections and corrects discoloration
  • Universal shade adds radiance to any skin type or tone

WHERE TO BUY: The BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème is available for $36 online via www.whiteninglightning.com.

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

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Britney Spears Launching Signature Sleepwear Line: The Intimate Britney Spears

International pop icon Britney Spears has announced her line of sleepwear apparel, The Intimate Britney Spears, with retail partner CHANGE Lingerie, a leading company in lingerie with over 180 stores worldwide. The collection will launch September 9th at an exclusive event in New York City, with an appearance by Britney, and will be available for sale at www.intimatebritneyspears.com in the United States and Canada.

Britney Spears is one of the most provocative artists to enter the music scene in the last two decades, reaching icon status for some of the most seductive performances in history, blazing a trail for modern day female empowerment. A frontrunner in entertainment selling nearly 100 million records worldwide, Spears is bringing her vision of luxurious sleepwear to life with playful pieces for every woman to feel beautiful. After selling out world tours and entertaining fans night after night, Spears continues her message of confidence and poise with ten romantic lines with The Intimate.

The Intimate Britney Spears offers feminine lingerie sets, vintage inspired bustiers and kimonos, as well as relaxed loungewear such as jersey camisoles, shorts and sweats. The collection also features detailed shoulder straps and stunning embellishments, in addition to crochet edges, satin ribbons, and lace trim.

"Every woman should feel confident and beautiful in everything she puts on. My vision for The Intimate Britney Spears is to create pieces that are sexy, luxurious, and comfortable at the same time. I am excited to introduce this collection because I feel that we accomplished exactly that," said Spears.

The collection exudes sensual luxury and surpasses competitors with A-J cup sizing, allowing the perfect fit for almost every body type. Products are affordably priced from $17-$79 and will additionally be sold online at www.barenecessities.com and boutique retailers throughout the United States and Canada.

"We are thrilled to build a global intimate apparel brand with Britney that will offer affordable luxury for every woman. With our expertise in quality and sizing, and Britney’s vision for the collection, we are confident there is something for everyone to love," said Claus Walther Jensen, CEO and founder of Change of Scandinavia A/S.

For more information, follow The Intimate Britney Spears on Twitter @IntimateBritney.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Photo of the Day: Slide Rock State Park

Slide Rock State Park is a state park of Arizona, USA, taking its name from a natural water slide formed by the slippery bed of Oak Creek. The park is located in Oak Creek Canyon 7 miles north of Sedona. - Wikipedia

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream Review

Apothederm delivers high-tech skin care that is years in the making. Extensive research led parent company Helix BoMedix to develop SmartPeptides, a new generation of patented, bioactive peptides that mimic the skin's natural amino acid sequences to protect and restore critical functions. Targeting specific areas of concern (such as crow's fee, discoloration, or stretch marks), SmartPeptides act as cellular messengers to kick skin into gear and make it look, feel and function better.


This ultra-moisturizing eye cream targets tired, aging eyes with a boost of hydration that minimizes puffiness and dark circles. Your skin will feel youthful and resilient.

I really like this eye cream. The delicate part of my under eye used have very tiny and visible bumps on the skin, but it looks like it is smoother now after a few weeks of using the product. I also have under eye dark circles, but my only problem is because of the dark vein on only my left eye area that never seem to fade. Overall, the cream helped hydrate and soften skin.

Features & Benefits:
  • Helps control visible signs of photoaging
  • Calms, soothes and hydrates
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines
* 93% of participants said skin was smoother in 14 days
* 83% reported a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles after 14 days

Here is a list of other products you can check out from the Apothederm Anti-Aging Skin Care line:

* Firming Serum
* Moisturizing Cleanser
* Moisturizing Cream

WHERE TO BUY: Apothederm products are available at select spas and dermatologist offices nationwide and online via www.dermstore.com and www.apothederm.com.

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

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Red Alert - Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer SPF20

Red, dry, irritated skin? Dermalogica has your fix with the launch of Redness Relief Primer SPF20 from Dermalogica, the ultimate relief for sensitive or sensitized skin. With all the soothing goodness of the UltraCalming line, the new facial primer addresses redness in the short and long-term, protecting and priming the skin, while providing a base for more flawless application and longer wear for makeup.
 This new formula contains:
  • Dermalogica's proprietary UltraCalming Complex which supports the ongoing recovery of irritated skin tissues, reducing hypersensitivity
  • Natural botanical extracts of Yeast, Oat and Oat Kernel Oil offering immediate calming effects on the flushed appearance of skin
  • Natural botanical extracts provide the sheer green tint helping to camouflage the redness
  • Extract of Oat, or Avena Sativa, is rich in avenanthramides, the active phytic component proven to have natural anti-redness and anti-irritant properties
  • Silicone base providing a matte, velvety feel that protects the integrity of the skin's essential lipid barrier from further aggravation. Comprised of ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol, the lipid barrier not only maintains the water balance in the skin by inhibiting trans epidermal water loss, but also protects against environmental stimuli including microbes, chemicals and physical factors which may evoke a cutaneous response
  • The product's SPF20 provides powerful daily defense against sun exposure to prevent further skin inflammation and sensitivity 
The primer's benefits:
  • Calms irritation
  • Protects skin from UVA/UVB exposure (which can further aggravate sensitization)
  • Produces a smooth, translucent, red-neutralizing finish for an even skin tone
  • Primes the skins surface
Sensitive vs. Sensitized:
Sensitive skin is a genetic trait, while sensitized skin is a growing phenomenon with multiple causes including increased exposure to environmental assaults, stress and chemicals. There are two primary contributors to common skin redness:
  • Immunogenic inflammation: the immune system launches a cascade of inflammation and involves the activation of white blood cells
  • Neurogenic inflammation: triggered by the nervous system
In both cases, the respective process results in pain, redness, itching, swelling and heat associated with inflammation. The newest understanding of chronic skin redness concludes that it is the combination of genetic susceptibility, immune disruption, nerve activity and epidermal barrier function that contributes to skin sensitivity and inflammation.

Redness Relief Primer SPF20, $62 CDN, comes in an easy to use and travel friendly 0.75 oz/22ml tube and will be available at Dermalogica authorized skin centers, spas and salons across Canada starting August, 2014.
  • Calms irritation
  • Protects skin from UVA/UVB exposure (which can further aggravate sensitization)
  • Produces a smooth, translucent, red-neutralizing finish for an even skin tone
  • Primes the skins surface

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sexy Mermaid Wedding Dresses

We all dream of a perfect wedding with the perfect setting, perfect photoshoot, and perfect dress. Especially for the ladies, Looking around for the perfect wedding dress or bridal gown may not be easy because there are so many desgns and we want it to be a perfect fit. 

I was recently introduced to DressV, one of leading suppliers of wedding & special occasion dresses in China. They carry a large selection of wedding dresses, headpieces and accessories. If you like something unique or fairytale-like, I can suggest mermaid style wedding dresses from Dressv.com.  I think those are gorgeous! You don't need to spend thousands of dollars to own your dream wedding dress. Many of the beautiful and quality gowns you can purchase from DressV are just under $200USD.

In Western cultures, brides often choose a white wedding dress while in Eastern cultures, brides often choose red to symbolize prosperity and fortune.

Here are some of my favorite mermaid wedding dresses:

Fashionable Sexy Hollow Back Lace Mermaid Wedding Dress

Dramatic Mermaid Sweetheart Flower s Botton Court Train Wedding Dress

Mermaid Sleeveless Matte Appliques & Sequins Strapless Chapel Train Wedding Dress

Brillant Trumpet/Mermaid Strapless Court Train Flowers Wedding Dress

Attractive Spaghetti Straps Cathedral Train Mermaid Color Wedding Dress

Excellent Mermaid Strapless Casscading Ruffles Chapel Train Color Wedding Dress

DressV creates each of its design into a combination of culture and art in an open-minded manner, and shows the world the unique charm and verve of modern women. With following the new trend of dress design at world level, DressV Design is positioned to display women's elegance and grace to the greatest extent.  Visit DressV's website at www.dressv.com for more designs, styles, sizing and color options.

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Old Time Candy Company Giveaway

Old Time Candy Giveaway

Welcome to the Old Time Candy Company Giveaway!

The adventure began in July, 1999 when the founders of Old Time Candy Company walked into a large candy store in Cleveland, Ohio that specializes in old time candy. They had no idea that many of their old time favorites still existed. It was the candy they ate as kids... Necco Wafers, Candy Buttons on paper tape, Wax Lips, Candy Cigarettes. Amazing!

They went on-line in early 2000 with their first candy assortment and began to grow. In 2003 they moved into a larger facility and expanded at the beginning of 2004. They moved into a much larger facility in August of 2006 where they are located today. 2013 began their 13th year in the candy business.


ONE (1) lucky winner will receive Choice of Candy by Decades 4 lb. box from here! Contest is open to US only, 18+ (ends August 9th, 2014 at 11:59pm EST). All entries unless otherwise noted are optional.  Please enter the giveaway form below. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. 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, or Twitter. 

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Photo of the Day: Snoopy Rock

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One Direction: You & I Fragrance Backstage Video

One Direction recently released a backstage video for their new fragrance, You & I, on their Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.

The fragrance will be available for pre-order at Macy’s staring August 6th.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

TV Guidance Counselor Podcast with Ken Reid

I recently connected with Ken Reid (Comedian from and based in Boston) and was introduced to his new podcast called TV Guidance Counselor. You can check out on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tv-guidance-counselor-podcast/id821665905

Someone would pick up a random TV Guide, write down everything in it that they want to watch in prime time (8-10pm). Each week Boston Comedian Ken Reid and his guests discuss a specific issue of TV Guide. They debate, consider and discuss their difficult television watching decisions of our past..

Also, check out more details on Ken's Tumblr Page at http://tvguidancecounselor.tumblr.com

Guests have included Laura Kightlinger, JoAnn Willete (Just the Ten of Us, Facts of Life), Melanie Chartoff (Fridays, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Rugrats), Laraine Newman, Michael Ian Black, Kumail Nanjiani, James Adomian, Paul Provenza, Hari Kondabolu, Alex Edelman, Myq Kaplan, Kelly MacFarland, Bethany Van Delft, Danny Tamberelli ("The Adventures of Pete and Pete), Josh Gondelman, Giulia Rozzi, Adam Resnick (Get a Life, Cabin Boy) and more.

Check out last week's episode with James Adomian via SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/kenreidcomedian/tv-guidance-counselor-15

If you like to hear more, follow and stay up-to-date with Ken's posts on his website and social media sites: FacebookTwitter | Youtube | Tumblr | SoundCloud

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Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Premiere Photos

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team — the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance.

Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.

James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige, p.g.a., producing. Louis D'Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serve as executive producers.

Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" is written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman and releases in theatres on August 1, 2014.

See below photos from the Guardians of the Galaxy Premiere:

View the trailer below:

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