ONE DIRECTION Makeup & Concert Ticket Giveaway #makeupby1D #thelookscollection #markwins

 

One Direction

ONE DIRECTION Makeup & Concert Ticket Giveaway #makeupby1D #thelookscollection #markwins

Calling all you One Direction fans! Check out the ONE DIRECTION Makeup & Concert Ticket Giveaway! You will get a chance to try out the One Direction make up and  2 tickets to the One Direction “Where We Are” Tour Concert at Gilette Stadium in Foxborough, MA for Friday, August 8th, 2014, at 7:00pm. Transportation to/from the concert and lodging not included.

ONE DIRECTION Makeup & Concert Ticket Giveaway

Please read the giveaway descriptions below

About One Direction Make Up :
A range of makeup and cosmetic products celebrating youth, style, and the uninhibited lifestyle of a new generation. Celebrating life with bold shades, unique formulae and infused with limited edition collectable packaging, Makeup from One Direction is fun, bold, often irreverent, with a touch of cheeky mischievousness. Offered at prices that every girl and woman can afford.

Giveaway:
Each winner will receive 2 tickets to the One Direction “Where We Are” Tour Concert at Gilette Stadium in Foxborough, MA for Friday, August 8th, 2014, at 7:00pm. Transportation to/from the concert and lodging not included.

Winners will also receive 2 Make-up by ONE DIRECTION limited-edition collections of beauty essentials, housed in a collectible keepsake tin. Inside is everything you need to rock all your beauty looks on or off the stage. The 2 makeup tins will be randomly selected from the 3 available collections (Midnight Memories, Take Me Home, or Up all Night). Details on the 3 Looks Collection tins: http://bit.ly/1DMakeupLooksCollection

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YouTheory Turmeric and YouTheory Collagen #Review #YouTheory

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YouTheory Turmeric and Collagen Supplement Reviews

I have so many great things to say about these two supplements. I am very familiar with this brand as a while back my local Walgreens offered Register Reward on YouTheory Collagen and I got it for free. At the time I gave the supplements away to my mom, aunt and sisters. Between the great feedback that they gave and the fact that I’m really focused on health and beauty products right now I was very curious to try it for myself. My interest was piqued more as I saw both You Theory Turmeric and Collagen Supplement at Costco, so you know the product has done well.

YouTheory Collagen Review

Just a bit about me and my situation: As I get older, I’ve started to worry about my skin appearance. It has started to show signs of aging and I wish I had taken better care myself when i was younger. I spent lots of my money on make up those days, as when I was a young girl I believed that beautiful comes from a nice make up! Silly right? But at that age it’s care free with no wrinkles, no dark spots and no other skin condition problems (except for a bit of adolescent acne). As soon as I celebrated my 30th birthday, things started changed. I am pretty sure it’s because of year and years of damage from being out in the sun without applying sunscreen. Add to that a lack of sleep, having stressful job and a being a busy mom of 2 beautiful child. My hair started to fall out and my skin was getting very dry. I started to try all kind of skin products but most were just not effective. So i decided to reach out to YouTheory on their Collagen products as that’s what I need most right now.

I followed the instructions on the back of the bottle and take 3 pills per day . The results are amazing! This product repairs my skin, hair and nails. My hair started to grow more and less fall out. I now have to cut my fingernails more than 2x each week and my skin started to also clear up. Between all of this it just makes me feel beautiful again!

Pros : Free of wheat, corn , sugar, affordable price

Cons : the pill is a bit big and for those who don’t like big pills you should take it 3x per day for best results. For me I was like “hey, this stuff is works so no big deal!”

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YouTheory Turmeric Review

Turmeric is extremely popular in Asia so I am quite familiar with this spice. Growing up in Asia I recall that most people had turmeric as one of the spices in their arsenal. People use this spice for cooking, to maintain a healthy weight, support healthy inflammation, as a mask and for different medicinal purposes. It’s a super ingredient! Although familiar I never had the chance to take a turmeric supplement. So, I was very excited to try this product and see the benefits first-hand. I have been living with joint and back pain for about 6 years and sometime it’s just unmanageable. After taking these pills for about a week, my back pain had fully gone away. It was so amazing that I wanted to test it and make sure that it was in-fact the turmeric. I therefore skipped the pills for about 2 weeks and my pain sure enough came back again. Then as you could probably guess I started to take the pills and again I am happy to report that the back pain dissipated. I am just so in love with this supplement for any number of the aforementioned health benefits. I would happily take this regularly to keep my body healthy and help ease my back pain.

Pros : Too many to list! For me, it helped with my back pain

Cons : Similar as the collagen, the pills are a bit big.

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Disclosure : YouTheory  provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product

Fairmont Newport Beach #HotelReview

Fairmont Newport Beach #HotelReview

 

Fairmont Newport Beach #HotelReview

We were delighted to check out the Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel, which is in Orange County and close to two of the best beach areas I know: Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.

As with other Fairmont hotels we arrived to see a classy and elegant lobby and received great service at check-in. the staff that helped us were younger yet extremely courteous, no complaints at all.

Fairmont Newport Beach #HotelReview

Fairmont Newport Beach #HotelReview

Fairmont Newport Beach #HotelReview

Our room
- The size of the room was average for a 2 queen bed room.

- The room had some classy touches, including a plasma flat-screen TV.

- The bathroom was extremely clean, and had delicious smelling lotions and shampoos. We actually asked one of the housekeepers for an extra bottle of lotion and she happily obliged.

- The room was also quiet and felt elegant (though not as nice as the lobby which was decadent).

- Mini fridge, Keurig, DVD player and a safe were all in the room.

- Nice robes J

Fairmont Newport Beach #HotelReview

Fairmont Newport Beach #HotelReview

Gym
- Is a long room that aligns the outdoor patio area. Some of the equipment was newer and some was a little dated but nothing bad. I was able to get in a well-rounded workout without having to wait for any equipment or cardio machines and due to the size of the gym.

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Pool Area
- It is heated (for those of you not from Southern California it does get pretty cool, especially by the coast). There was a nice-sized Jacuzzi too, fun to bounce between the two at night.

- There were free cabanas to hang out in. This was such a nice surprise, since I don’t do so well in the sun… to have a shaded area right next to the pool was perfect. It was also nice to have our own privacy and staked out area. Each cabana is a good size and has its own TV. At other hotels you have to rent the cabanas by the hour or day, often for a big price tag. The drawback to this was that there’s no food or drink in the pool area..sigh.

- The pool is big, there were about 6 other people swimming around and we still had our own area to have fun with the kids and not bump into anyone.

- There was a dedicated attendant to just the pool area, who helped us with some flotation noodles for our son and one of those pool tubes (I call them pool doilies) for our baby. There was also some good tunes playing in the background.

All around the patio area emulated a fun beach environment.

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The Service
- One of the best parts of this hotel is their concierge, Jeff. He is someone that truly found a job to match his warm personality, and he knew so much about the area and all of the events going on. I asked about the drive down to Huntington Beach and he told me the quick route and the scenic route, gave me a map marking three different art festivals, told me where to stop for lunch and even gave me tips on parking. Thank you again Jeff, you are a life saver!

- Everyone else at the hotel was kind too. The Fairmont brand does a good job of keeping their brand and image high with great service. From the valet group to the front-desk to room service everyone was very kind to our whole family.

The food
- We didn’t get to experience as much food in the hotel as we had hoped. We had some quick room service and it took a while to deliver and was quite pricey, even for room service. A peer of mine mentioned they love this hotel’s room service food but I just didn’t experience that.

- On Sunday we ate their breakfast buffet (offered daily) and it was ok. The service was a little slow, even though the restaurant didn’t have too many customers.

Other Positives
- I was given a tour and thought that it would be a nice place to host an event. They had a nice outdoor area with a fountain which was very quiet and removed from the rest of the hotel. There was also a nice-sized ballroom with chandeliers and high ceilings for banquets, etc.

- Well maintained Tennis courts, basketball hoop, spa, and a shuttle that goes to the airport and a couple of nearby malls. We didn’t make it to any of this stuff, but good to see it offered. I could see us using the shuttle next time around, the malls in this area are impressive (South Coast Plaza is a bit up the highway, very big and very swanky!).

Other Negatives
- The first is that it’s right in the heart of a business district. If you are a business traveler and need a place to stay in the area book this hotel asap as it is so much better than any of the other hotels nearby. The hotel is right next to John Wayne Airport, which I’m sure is also source of a decent portion of their guests. If you are travelling for pleasure and want to get the whole beach feeling with strolls from your room to the boardwalk or the heart of Newport nightlife then this is not the place to do it. It’s not a bad drive, only 10 or 15 minutes inland from the water, so if that doesn’t bother you (and it didn’t bother us much at all) then all is ok.

- The second negative is that there is not free parking, if you drive you’ll have to valet your car which tacks on an extra $30 charge each night. We did factor that into the price we paid and the total price still beat other options in the area as far as bang-for-buck.

Neither of these would keep me from returning to The Fairmont Newport Beach, but they were things that I hadn’t thought of when in a hurry and booking my hotel.

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I would come back to the Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel, but don’t think that it measures up to the Fairmont name. The area is amazing… you really can’t beat Newport Beach for its massive beach areas, the sand stretches far and wide and you can have tons of privacy even in the heart of summer where other beaches have big crowds. The city definitely has a lot of affluent people but there are plenty of good restaurants and attractions that won’t break the bank. Laguna Beach is similar in that it’s gorgeous and has lots of money, but is unique and artistic with galleries in every direction. This hotel was close (enough) to all of this and offered some of its own draws like the pool and service. However, I just wanted to be swept off my feet a bit more than I was. I think that since it is Newport Beach and such a prestigious area combined with the Fairmont name, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some upgrades to the rooms and maybe restaurant areas of this hotel. In the meantime, depending on the deal you get this can still be a good stay in a great area.

Fairmont Newport Beach 4500 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 476-2001

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The Pros and Cons of Shopping at Walmart

The Pros and Cons of Shopping at Walmart

The Pros and Cons of Shopping at Walmart

Walmart is one of the most familiar shopping centers in the U.S., known for its catchy slogan, “Save Money. Live Better.” While its low prices and product availability are certainly advantageous for many shoppers, there are both upsides and downsides to shopping at Walmart:

Pro #1: Cheapest Stuff Available

Hands down, Walmart is one of the cheapest stores in the U.S., if not the entire world. 99 cents or dollar stores might have cheaper items, but a very limited selection beyond food and basic household items. If you value affordability and availability of a plethora of items ranging from clothing and beauty products to electronic and automotive goods, then Walmart is the best option for your wallet.

Con #1: Short-Term Quality

Affordability doesn’t always equate to quality, however. Much of Walmart’s inventory is manufactured in China and/or uses cheap ingredients and components in order to keep overall costs to a minimum. As the maxim goes, “You get what you pay for” and Walmart is no exception, but it’s still competitive in areas such as food and clothing, which tend to be more expensive elsewhere with scarcely higher quality than what you’ll find at Walmart.

 

Pro #2: Couponer’s Paradise

If you want to save even more on Walmart’s already-cheap items, then you can easily find more coupons through their weekly ads, online deals through Walmart.com, or through manufacturers’ coupons from couponing websites such as SumoCoupon. Some Walmarts even have self-checkout, which can be preferable for extreme couponers who don’t want to hold up a line behind them at the cashier as they validate dozens of coupons at checkout.

Con #2: Low-Paid Employees

Did you know that Walmart workers cost taxpayers $6.2 billion in public assistance? In order to keep prices ultra-low for its customers, Walmart is infamous for paying its employees low wages and offering few benefits. This might not impact you directly, but for socially-conscious shoppers, it might be a deal-breaker to know that your patronage of Walmart stores continues the cycle of low-paid employees trying to get by using governmental food stamp and housing subsidy programs, amongst others.

Pro #3: Open All the Time

Many – though certainly not all – Walmarts are open 24/7. This convenience factor alone puts it ahead of much of its competition, which may shutter their doors at 10 or 11 at night and not reopen until 7 or 8 the next morning. For a busy parent or professional, these extended shopping hours make Walmart a preferable choice for shopping outside the typical business hours, and if you ever need something immediately, you don’t have to wait until the next morning or a Monday for the store to reopen.

Con #3: Crowds

Another major downside to shopping at Walmart is its crowds. During peak shopping hours you might not be able to find parking, let alone push a cart through the sea of bargain hunters trying to snag the same deals you are. Crowds also make it difficult for Walmart employees to keep the inventory organized at all times, so you may find clothing sections looking rather disheveled or food items abandoned two aisles down from their original location.

Conclusion

All in all, Walmart is a great place to snag a deal on anything you could need for your home, school, garden, car, and more, but it doesn’t come without its downsides, so it’s ultimately up to you to decide if it’s worth your while.

 

Rock Your Workout Event

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Rock Your Workout Event

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Event dates: 7/30 – 8/13

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SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe Giveaway!

Welcome to the SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe Giveaway!

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Hosted By: Life of a Southern Mom

Sponsored By: Prince Lionheart

Prince Lionheart has been family owned and ‘Bravely Made’ company since 1973. They offer a wide variety of innovative baby and kid products. Kate at Life of a Southern Mom had a chance to work with Prince Lionheart and review their Deluxe Snooze Shade Plus. Visit her website here and read her full review.

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**Giveaway Details**

Date: July 22nd, 2014 – August 5th at 11:59PM EST

Open to US residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Prize: One winner will receive a SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe Stroller Cover from Prince Lionheart! (ARV $60)

**How to Enter**

By entering you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions listed on the Entry Form. All winning entries will be verified. Winner will receive an email from Jennifer at lifeofasouthernmom@gmail.com and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Good Luck and thanks for entering!

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Blobbits Giveaway

BlobGhoul336x280The Deal Matchmaker,  all my favorite blogger buddies and the amazing people at Blobbits.com invite you to enter for a chance to win a Blobbits Deluxe Kit valued at $24.00 from Blobbits! A Huge thank you to our sponsors at blobbits.com for making this sweepstakes possible!

It’s time to have some blobbin’ fun with Blobbits. People search it as Blobits & Blobit as well. This intergalactic stretchable, glow-in-the-dark, moldable, silicone-based compound is ideal for kids who thrive on being hands-on with their creativity and imagination.

Blobbits can be formed into any shape and come with face and body parts to give them personality and a scare factor. See your creations glow-in-the-dark when you dim the lights and after awhile the monsters melt down into a blob so you can build them over and over again so the fun never ends. Best of all, kids can roll their Blobbits up into a ball and give it a bounce or two for fun before creating a whole new monster.

Blobbits are a non-toxic, heat-resistant, non-allergenic and reusable compound. Each Blobbits comes with it’s very own stack-able reusable Blobbits container so it won’t dry out and never leaves a mess. It is ideal for kids of all ages.

Each complete Blobbits Creation Kit comes with enough Blobbits, face and body parts to make two monsters and cost $9.99 plus $6.99 processing and handling. For a limited time only, we will double your Blobbits and send two additional Blobbits creatures for free just pay additional processing and handling, this will be enough Blobbits and parts to make four monsters; one in yellow, green, orange and blue.

Features & Benefits Include:

  • Blobbits reusable for endless fun.
  • Comes in 4 different Colors.
  • Every Blobbits comes in its own carrycase.
  • Each Blobbits comes with approximately 9 Face and Body Attachements.
  • Blobbits and Face and Body Attachement are interchangable.
  • Create 1000’s of unique Blobbits Monster and Characters.
  • The Blobbits compound is bouncable and stretchable for bouncing catching and tug-of-war.
  • Blobbits is kid tested and parent approved.
  • Clean-up time is easy with the Blobbits stackable storage containers.
  • Melts from your creation to as flat as a pancake.
  • The Specially formulated Blobbits compound glows-in for spooky fun.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

Enter the Giveaway

10 lucky Winners will win an amazing Blobbits Deluxe Kit valued at $24.00! Sweepstakes is open to US, must be 18 or older and use the giveaway widget to enter. This giveaway/sweepstakes will end on 08/21/2014 at 11:59 pm EST. Good Luck Everyone!

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SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe Giveaway!

Welcome to the SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe Giveaway!

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Hosted By: Life of a Southern Mom

Sponsored By: Prince Lionheart

Prince Lionheart has been family owned and ‘Bravely Made’ company since 1973. They offer a wide variety of innovative baby and kid products. Kate at Life of a Southern Mom had a chance to work with Prince Lionheart and review their Deluxe Snooze Shade Plus. Visit her website here and read her full review.

Are you excited to win the prize

**Giveaway Details**

Date: July 22nd, 2014 – August 5th at 11:59PM EST

Open to US residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Prize: One winner will receive a SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe Stroller Cover from Prince Lionheart! (ARV $60)

**How to Enter**

By entering you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions listed on the Entry Form. All winning entries will be verified. Winner will receive an email from Jennifer at lifeofasouthernmom@gmail.com and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Good Luck and thanks for entering!

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InstaNatural Organic Argan Oil Review

InstaNatural Review

InstaNatural Review 

Who doesn’t love Argan Oil! I am so happy with this InstaNatural Organic Argan Oil. I’ve been testing this for about 3 weeks and love the quality of this product. It’s very lightweight , fast absorbing and keeps my skin hydrated. This is an all-in-one / multi-purpose argan oil. You can use it on your Face , hair, nails and body!

I love the light scent and feels quite natural on my skin! It’s very moisturized and not at all greasy, and similarly when you apply it it feels like it’s hydrating but not oily. You can see the before and after picture. I think this product is really great for summer to get that skin glow and to repair your skin caused from` sun-exposure.

It’s a pretty generous size and absolutely affordable. The ingredients are premium and from Morocco, while the product is made right here in the USA. This product contains tree nuts, so if you suspect an allergic reaction you may want to consult with your physician.

Don’t forget to sign up with their email newsletter, and grab the Instantly get a 15% OFF coupon that you can use on ANY and ALL of their products on Amazon. All products also come with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee! LIFETIME 100% Easy Money Back Policy.

Organic Argan Oil  is 100% Pure, USDA Certified, Unrefined, & Cold-Pressed, with nothing added or taken away. List Price-$49.95 | Sale Price-$24.87

Just to sum up a ton of positives for this product: It’s lightweight and has a fast absorbing formula, it provides soft and hydrated skin, helps to nourish hair and make it shiny and strong, repairs brittle nails and prevents peeling, also useful as a hydrating body and bath oil. Wow, such a good all-around product and fully backed by the company. Perfecto!

Disclosure : InstaNatural provided me these products as part of a review.  All opinions remain my own.

Argan Oil for Hair Treatment by Arvazallia Review

 Argan Oil for Hair Treatment by Arvazallia Review

 

 Argan Oil for Hair Treatment by Arvazallia Review

As I get older, i noticed that my hair is thinning, more difficult to manage, has troubles with split ends and is not as smooth as it was even five years back. It also has a wider range of sometimes being too dry and other times being too oily. I always wish that my hair would look sleek, healthier and silkier like those supermodels on TV….boy they set the bar high! Especially during this summer, who doesn’t want to get that glowing hair and skin.

 Argan Oil for Hair Treatment by Arvazallia Review

For all of these reasons I was so excited to try the Argan Oil for Hair Treatment by Arvazallia as well as their Hair Mask. Before we jump into our review, let me introduce you to the brand a bit.

About Arvazallia: Arvazallia creates high quality premium beauty products that are designed to not only maximize your beauty but also maximize your confidence and spirit. Their unique formulations have been used by salon professionals and customers around the world and are now available to you as part of the Arvazallia Professional series suite of products. They offer 100% Money Back Guarantee! If you don’t like the products, simply return and get a full refund.

Sulfate and Paraben Free !

Where to purchase: Amazon, and be sure to sign up with Email Newsletter to get insiders discounts and offers!

First impression : The packaging is pretty cool. I love the bottle and the pump makes it easier for you to apply than other simple bottles and helped me to use the right amount of the Argan oil. The smell is to die for! I could seriously use it as a perfume.

My review : I’ve been trying these two products for more than a month and I am quite surprised at how pleased I am with the result. I use the hair mask about twice a week and the argan oil almost everyday. My hair is significantly improved. It actually started showing the results after first use, no lie. My hair is not dry anymore and is actually a lot easier to manage and style. On a day-to-day basis it’s been a lot nicer in how sleek and smooth it looks, and when I went to a formal event it was so shiny. These products gave a healthy look to my hair right after using it and have kept improving each day. The smell alone will make you feel refreshed, and the health of your hair will vastly improve! I may not be ready for the cover of Vogue by at least my hair is looking the healthiest it can and shines like it did when I was half of my age now. Check it out this summer, especially if you have a party or date-night coming up, I highly recommended it.

Disclosure : Arvazallia provided me these products as part of a review.  All opinions remain my own.