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Friday
Oct182013

My Favorite Makeup Tool: The BeautyBlender Pro + a Giveaway.

There is one makeup tool that I use more than any other and that is the BeautyBlender makeup sponge. I use this each and every day to apply my makeup. It simply helps me to apply my makeup flawlessly.

#1 Must Have Makeup Tool

The BeautyBlender makeup sponge is made with a thick velvety texture that more than doubles in size as it lightens in texture when wet. It makes application of foundation and concealer totally even, while covering skin and making it appear almost flawless.

To use, I first dampen the large round bottom side of the sponge by spraying a a few squirts of water on it. I then apply the foundation to the back of my hand and dip the sponge in it and bounce (stipple) it quickly over my face. I bounce a bit more where I need more coverage and continue to bounce and adjust the pressure as needed all around my face. I use the opposite, dry, smaller slightly pointed end to apply concealer under and around my eyes. The contoured shape makes getting into smaller parts of my face easy.

The new version of the BeautyBlender is the BeautyBlender Pro. The BeautyBlender Pro is the same sponge, but in an updated chic black shade.

BeautyBlender Pro Giveaway

Because I love this sponge so much and want as many of you to experience its awesomeness, I have five of them to giveaway. Five lucky readers will win one BeautyBlender Pro Sponge.

To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me you want to win.

Please read all of the sweepstakes rules below. By entering this sweepstakes, you agree to all official rules. US only.

OFFICIAL RULES

The BeautyBlender Pro (the “Sweepstakes”) is intended for participation only in the United States (excluding Rhode Island) and shall be construed according to, and governed exclusively by, United States law.  Do not participate in the Sweepstakes if you are not a legal resident of the United States (excluding Rhode Island) physically located in the United States (other than in Rhode Island) at the time of entry or do not fall within the eligibility requirements set forth in these official rules.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE, DONATION OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE CHANCES OF WINNING.

PROMOTION DESCRIPTION:  The Sweepstakes begins on or about October 18, 2013 at 6:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) and ends on or about October 31, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST (the “Promotion Period”).  By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Beautiful Makeup Search (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects.  Sponsor reserves the right to modify or terminate sweepstakes if conditions arise that compromise its integrity or intended play

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ELIGIBILITY:  Only legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia  (excluding Rhode Island) who are eighteen (18) years of age or older and located in the United States and the District of Columbia (excluding Rhode Island)  at the time of entry are eligible to enter the Sweepstakes. Employees of Sponsor and Sponsor’s advertiser partners and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, retailers, sales representatives, advertising and promotion agencies and each of their respective officers, directors and employees (and immediate family members and those persons living in the same household of any such officers, directors and employees) (collectively, the “Promotion Entities”), are ineligible to enter the Sweepstakes or win the prize.  Subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.  Void in Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, all U.S. territories and possessions and overseas military installations, and where prohibited.

TO ENTER:  "Post a Comment" on this post telling me you want to win. Each comment is assigned a number and five winning numbers will be randomly selected by random.org on or about October 31, 2013. Winner will be notified by email left by entrant in the comment form.  Winner has 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited. All decisions by the sponsor are final.

PRIZE DELIVERY: Sweepstakes prize will be delivered by Beautiful Makeup Search within 3 weeks of sweepstakes promotion period ending.

By entering this sweepstakes, you agree to all official rules.

Thursday
Oct172013

Getting Healthy with Nutrisystem: Week 12.

This is the week that I was dreading. I was dreading it because I knew I was going to be faced with a lot of temptations. We had a weekend filled with weddings and I knew that I wanted to not too much about my diet, enjoy myself and just eat wedding cake. And I did. I made plans for it and was extra careful leading up to the weekend.

I lost more weight than I planned over the last few weeks and I knew I could make this work. I still exercised over the week. Though I didn't have time over the weekend, I had my Nutrisystem bars with me to stay on plan as much as I could during the day as we got ready. I filled up on salads at the events and was careful to eat small portions of the meal. I stayed from the heavy appetizers and drinks and that really helped.

I did allow myself some cake. I figure with all the dancing I did, I must have burned off that cake I allowed myself to have anyway. Life happens and it's all about smart choices.

Planning and working Nutrisystem into my plan is key. This week I lost another .5 pound making my total weight loss 21 pounds.

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog.

Disclosure: As part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, Nutrisystem is providing me with the Nustrisystem program, free of charge, which includes food and support, in exchange for my honest opinion of the program. No other compensation has been given. All thoughts are my own.

Thursday
Oct172013

Live In Each Moment.

Have you ever had one of those moments in time that you wanted to live over and over? I have had so many; the extra special occasions that were so special and life changing. The ones that went by so fast that you felt like you almost missed it. The ones that you almost forgot to live in each moment.

My husband Jeff and I recently celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary. We had a whirlwind courtship. We knew each other for about a year before we dated, but once we made that jump from friendship to dating, it went to engagement, to moving in together to getting married in just a few months time. I was head over heels in love with him before I even introduced him to my parents.

I recently saw a preview of a movie About Time, a film from Richard Curtis, the creator of Love Actually, Notting Hill, and Four Weddings and a Funeral. There is a scene in the film where Mary (Rachel McAdams) and Tim (Domhnall Gleeson), the main characters in the film, are having dinner with Mary's parents for the first time. Mary is doing all of the talking for Tim, because she is just so in love with him and she wants her parents to love Tim just as much as she does. This scene had me in tears because it reminded me of the time when I introduced Jeff to my parents for the first time. I remember coming home from work late because I had to go buy a new outfit to wear because that was the night that Jeff would be coming over to meet them. I was doing everything I could to distract myself from how nervous I was. I wanted them to love him as much as I did. It had been all of two weeks, but like I said above, I was head over heels in love with him. I knew I would be marrying this man I was about to introduce to the people whom respected most in the world. I remember the very 80's neon accented outfit; my big hair, bright makeup and super long fake nails. Luckily, he loved it all. My plan was to distract him with the outfit and hair and rush him in and out of the house fast. I was going to do all of the talking for Jeff, just as Mary did for Tim in the movie. It just didn't turn out the way I planned. Jeff had bigger plans. He took my family, along with my aunt and sister, all out to dinner. I didn't get a word in all night. My parents loved him. It is one of those nights that I wish I could go back and relive. I wish I could have relaxed and enjoyed that moment more.

About Time tells the story of a young man, Tim, whose special "gift" allows him to go back and relive any moment of his life. But instead of making every moment perfect, he learns that life and love are most extraordinary when you embrace all of their imperfections. Critics are already calling About Time "the first must-see movie of the fall" and "easily the most heartwarming, feel-great film of the season." On 11.8.13, get ready to fall in love all over again, with About Time. Here is a preview.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Universal Pictures through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about About Time, all opinions are my own.