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Thursday
Oct312013

Getting Healthy with Nutrisystem: Week 14.

This is the week where I hit a wall. I swear I am not making an excuse because I continue to put in all the work. I am following the program. I did my exercise and ate how I am supposed to. I will tell you at beginning of my post that this week on Nutrisystem, I did not lose any weight. I did not gain any either, but I am disappointed. I am worried that I hit a plateau.

I have had help with the dietician before, and I just sent off another email to her. I am sure I need to adjust my program and either add in more exercise or change up the program a bit. My body is probably used to the program at this point.

I do exercise a lot more than what is suggested. Nutrisystem suggests 3 - 10 minute activities a day. I walk (a brisk walk at that) for a full sixty minutes every morning. I also go to the gym at least 3 times a week for about 45 minutes and ride the bike and do the Cybex machines. On the days that I don't go to the gym, I walk another 30 - 40 minutes each evening. My evening walk has turned into more of an interval workout with a few minutes of jogging worked into the brisk walking. I am definitely getting my exercise in.

For any of you on weight loss programs, what have you done to work through that plateau? I am on track, but I still have those goals to reach. To this point, I have lost 22 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.

Wednesday
Oct302013

M∙A∙C Holiday Collection 2013: Divine Night.

I am so excited to finally start talking about all of the beautiful holiday collections that have launched over the last month or so. I have been holding out on you -- I know. I feel October is just too early to start talking about the holidays, but now that the end of the month is here, I just could not contain myself any longer.

The first holiday collection I am going to present is none other than this stunner for MAC called Divine Night. You know I live for the MAC holiday collections and can't wait for them each year. This one does not disappoint.

M∙A∙C Holiday Collection 2013: Divine Night

Enjoy yourself – past midnight, the darkness keeps the secrets. Gorgeous colours in rich finishes captivate at every angle, inspiring an evening of lavish living, on the scene and to be seen. Blush and Skinfinish rise to the occasion, pairing rich, contrasting shades with the graphic impact of a limited-edition powder design. Sultry eyes are done with Mineralize Eye Shadow, Fluidlines and Kohl Power Eye Pencil in glittering shades of pearl, from red to green to gold. The ingenious double-lush brush of False Lashes strokes each lash with dramatic volume, sharpening eyes with ultimate definition. Experience finishing touches that are fit to fire up everyone’s envy: lustrous lip shades in nude, satin taupe, red and plum and glossy nails in velvet gold, darkest silver suede and blackened burgundy.

Of course, the first thing I noticed was the boxes. The black is a bit deeper than the regular packaging and the lettering is a shiny gold. The cases are also blacker than normal with shiny gold accents. It really is stunning. I love the contrast of finishes.

Overall, the collection is very frosty. If you have pores of fine lines, proceed with caution. I am a fan of the mineralize finish products though, so with a lot of blending, I found that the frostiness can be toned down. I don't mind the frosty look on my eyes. The only product that I have that I found to be overly frosted on me was the Mineralize Skinfinish in Scene to Be Seen, but that is because I do have some fine lines. Alternately, I really, really like Centre of Attention and have been using this over my bronzer and center of my face almost every day since receiving it. Of course, you can't go wrong with any of the Kohl Power Eye Pencils or Fluidline. I still use Deliciously Rich from the Indulge Collection, so if you didn't pick that one up earlier this fall, here is another chance. For lips, I adore Flair for Finery; this nude pink is another perfect nude pink for me.

The M∙A∙C Holiday Divine Night collection:

MINERALIZE EYE SHADOW - $23.00
Captivating - outside: bright white gold base, inside: deep gold (frost)
Exquisite Ego - outside: bronze base, inside: soft white champagne (frost)
Gilded Night - outside: bright gold with silver pearl base, inside: black with pearl (frost)
Past Midnight - outside: blackish purple with violet pearl base, inside: soft white pink frost (frost)
Until Dawn - outside: soft gold base, inside: purple taupe (frost)
Tonight’s Temptation - outside: black with pearl base, inside: royal blue (frost)

FLUIDLINE - $17.50
Stares & Speculation - dirty olive with gold pearl
Deliciously Rich - shimmering dirty taupe
Macroviolet deep - smoked violet with red pearl

FALSE LASHES - $21.00
False Black - black

KOHL POWER EYE PENCIL - $17.50
Orpheus - intense black with gold pearl
Raven - intense black with red pearl
Mystery - intense black with green pearl
Feline - intense black with black pearl

MINERALIZE BLUSH - $27.50
Talk of the Town - warm brown base with yellow bronze (satin)
Lured to Love - coral pink base with pink frost (satin)
Lavish Living - violet with silver pearl base with gold pearl (satin)

MINERALIZE SKINFINISH - $33.00
Centre of Attention - outside: pastel peachy pink with fine pink shimmer, inside: 24 carat gold shimmer
Perfectly Poised - outside: bronzy coral with golden tones, inside: creamy beige with pinkish purple sheen
Scene to Be Seen - outside: mauve with pink sheen, inside: brick rose with gold reflects

LIPSTICK - $16.50
You’ve Got It - pink undertone with gold frost (frost)
Flair for Finery - cool pink nude (lustre)
Exclusive Event - taupe brown (satin)
Private Party - dirty plum mauve (satin)
Prepare for Pleasure - clean magenta red (cremesheen)

CREMESHEEN GLASS - $22.00
You’ve Got It - nude taupe with green pearl
Flair for Finery - cool nude
Private Party - plum mauve with pearl
Prepare for Pleasure - bluish red

NAIL LACQUER - $17.50
Fierce Entrance - rich gold bronze (velvet)
Military - black matte with silver suede pearl (frost)
Gadabout Girl - blackened plum (cream)

MAC Cremesheen Glass Private PartyMAC Cremesheen Glass Private Party

MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil Orpheus and MysteryMAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil Orpheus and Mystery

MAC Lipstick You've Got It, Exclusive Event, Flair for FineryMAC Lipstick You've Got It, Exclusive Event, Flair for Finery

MAC Mineralize Blush Lured to LoveMAC Mineralize Blush Lured to Love

MAC Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel MacrovioletMAC Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel Macroviolet
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Scene to Be Seen and Centre of AttentionMAC Mineralize Skinfinish Scene to Be Seen and Centre of Attention

MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Until Dawn, Tonight's Temptation, CaptivatingMAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Until Dawn, Tonight's Temptation, Captivating

Tuesday
Oct292013

5 Fabulous Foundation Finds.

After wearing less makeup over the summer, I am back to wearing more of a full face of makeup. Not only am I loving smoky eyes and dark lips this fall, I find that I like this more flawless look of foundation on my face again. I have been trying a lot of new foundation products and have discovered some great new beauties to share.

Flawless Foundation Finds

My five fabulous foundation finds:

Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Treatment Foundation - $52.00
Bobbi's new 2-in-1 foundation utilizes a unique light-reflecting technology that instantly gives skin natural luminosity without looking overly glowy. It infuses skincare into the formula so that not only skin looks more radiant, it is plumped and moisturized with a superior flawless texture. Skin looks real with color-true shades means all anyone sees is perfection.

Clinique Even Better Compact Makeup SPF 15 - $31.00
This lightweight cream foundation harnesses the technology of Clinique's Even Better technology to diminish the look of skin discolorations immediately while creating more radiant skin naturally over time. This long wearing, unique cream-to-powder foundation instantly creates a super smooth flawless finish that wears all day.

Cover FX CC Cream Time Release Tinted Treatment SPF 30 - $45
This buildable coverage CC Cream does it all. It treats, protects and corrects as it gives skin a flawless finish that lasts all day. Natural, anti-aging ingredients work as time-released treatments stimulate cell renewal continuously as you wear it. The finish is natural, beautiful and skin looks simply radiant.

Eve Pearl PEARLfx HD Crème Liquid Foundation - $42.00
This liquid foundation dries down to a completely matte finish that covers flaws and makes skin look totally even. It diminishes the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. It dries down super quick and feels velvety smooth as skin looks completely natural yet completely covered.

Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation SPF 15 - $42.00
Created in Smashbox Studios, Smashbox has created the first foundation with 100% Liquid Light Technology that totally evens out and perfects the skin. That means skin looks like real skin but like your own skin with a natural, luminous finish. The HD formula was made with gel-covered pigments that act like photo filters to blur skin imperfections so skin looks more perfect when wearing.

5 Fabulous Foundation Finds