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Thursday
Aug292013

Getting Healthy with Nutrisystem: Week 5.

I had a rough week. I am super busy and super stressed. Every little thing seemed to bother me. I haven't felt like this in a long time. Staying on my Nutrisystem plan was not easy.

I am a stress eater and have been for years. It is one of those things that got me to where I am with my weight, I know that. I try to avoid stress and do other things besides eat now. I call my sister. I go for a walk. I do what I can to get out of the situation.

For the most part, it is working. Then Saturday night happened, when I wasn't even stressed, but I think it was the result of the previous few days. We were out shopping, and on our way into the store there was a food truck. My husband says we need to eat. I tell him there is no way we are eating from a food truck. Until I notice they are making fresh apple cider donuts. Without a second thought, I say, "Get some!". I only had a bite. Not even 1/4 of the donut. It tasted so good. I was satisfied. Until we were walking back out, by said donuts and my husband stopped for more. The boys needed more. I thought I was fine, until I felt the warmth of the donuts in the bag. I reached in and ate the whole thing. I didn't think twice.

It didn't stop there. We went to dinner, and not to the healthiest place. There was no healthy option beside a salad, so that was the plan. That is, until the waiter asks if we want chips and salsa with our drinks and I say  "suuuuure", and dove right in.

I was disappointed in myself. But that wasn't the worst part. I felt physically sick to my stomach. I was not used the the sugar and heaviness of the donut. Combine that with a few handfuls of tortilla chips and salsa -- you get the point.

See also: Getting Healthy with Nutrisystem Introduction

I vowed to be better. I took a 5.3 mile walk Sunday morning, but still wasn't quite back on track. Though I did exercise every day, I did not get back on track with my eating regularly as I had been for a few days. It is so easy to give up, but I am not. I have been back to staying on my Nutrisystem plan and tracking everything as I should.

I did get on the scale and my weight stayed the same. I am relieved that I didn't gain any weight, but my unexpected few days off didn't help on my getting healthy plan. I have to remember that I am down 10.5 pounds so far and I am fitting into clothes that I couldn't earlier this summer. I will not let this slip up get me down. I can do this; I just have to keep reminding myself.

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.

Tuesday
Aug272013

Top 10 Beauty Buys Under $10.00.

10 Best Beauty Buys Under $10.00 | Beautiful Makeup Search

I am the first to admit that I have been a beauty snob most of my life. I discovered department store beauty while still in high school and my taste went up from there. I am so glad that I have opened my mind to drugstore products in the last few years. I can now say that some of my favorite beauty products are in fact, from mass brands that are sold in drugstores, and most under the $10.00 mark. By now you should be able to tell that I have a serious love for COVERGIRL and L'Oreal Paris, but I am also using a few other great drugstore beauty products too.

Here are my top 10 beauty buys under $10.00.

Top 10 Beauty Buys Under $10.00

1. COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss - $5.49

2. L'Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Moisture Conditioner - $5.99

3. Pond's Luminous Clean Wet Cleansing Towelettes - $5.99

4. COVERGIRL Clump Crusher by Lashblast Mascara - $6.99

5. L'Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Moisture Shampoo - $6.99

6. Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow - $6.99

See also: 10 Top Skin Treats Under $10.

7. Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick - $8.49

8. Gillette Venus & Olay Razor - $8.99

9. COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation - $9.99

10. L'Oreal Paris Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain - $9.99

As I was making the list, I quickly realized that I am no longer such a beauty snob. I have so many favorite beauty products that cost under $10.00 that I think I could have filled this list with 100 items!

Check out what great beauty buys my beauty friends have on their lists:

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Monday
Aug262013

Mascara Monday: MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash.

I am addicted to thick, black lush lashes. This new mascara from MAC just does that to mine. Meet MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash.

MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash

In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash features a whipped and very lightweight formula that delivers intense, blacker-than-black pigment. The over sized rubber tipped brush is designed to apply the rich pigments on lashes from root to tip. It adds volume, extends length and even creates and holds a curl. It does all this while it conditions for softness and flexibility.

See also: MAC Opulash.

I like the contoured handle of the wand and it helps to control the brush easier. The brush is the longest I have ever seen on a mascara. It really makes lashes super dark and thick. When wearing all day, I never experienced smudging, clumping or flaking.

MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash

MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash is available right now at all MAC locations including Nordstrom and online at maccosmetics.com. It retails for $21.00.

Friday
Aug232013

NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation.

If you are a fan of the NARS complexion products, listen up. They have a beautiful new foundation and this is a good one. Meet NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation.

I am already a regular user of NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. The new Radiant Cream Compact Foundation takes the line in the direction of a more coverage product. It fills the gap in the radiant line. Who doesn't want more radiant skin and to get that with more coverage is like a dream.

The creamy foundation comes in a closeable compact of color that can pop into a larger compact, which is sold separately. It is very creamy looking, and creamy feeling as it is applied to the skin. It is very lightweight though and feels as if I am wearing a very lightweight, breathable liquid foundation offering the heavier coverage I need. I actually like to dampen the sponge and apply the color all over my face and I get a beautiful medium coverage. In areas like my forehead where I am showing a bit of hyperpigmentation, I use the sponge dry and get even more coverage. Using either wet or dry, the foundation sets to a beautiful finish in just seconds.

See also: 10 Cream Makeup Products

As I mentioned, the compact refill is closeable and it must stay snapped shut to keep the formula in tact. Even if it is popped into the larger compact, closing after use is vital.

I like that the range is full of 20 shades to match a variety of skintones. I am using Stromboli and that is the same shade that I use in the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation.

The shades from lightest to darkest:

  • Siberia - light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
  • Mont Blanc - light with pink undertone
  • Gobi - for Asian skin, light with yellow undertone
  • Deauville - light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
  • Fiji - light with yellow undertone
  • Ceylan - for Asian skin, light-medium with yellow undertone
  • Punjab - medium with golden, peachy undertone
  • Vallauris - medium with pink undertone (this is a new shade for NARS)
  • Santa Fe - medium with peachy undertone
  • Stromboli - medium with olive undertone
  • Barcelona - deeper medium with golden, peachy undertone
  • Syracuse - medium-dark with brown undertone
  • Tahoe - medium-dark with caramel undertone
  • Cadiz - medium-dark with caramel and red undertone
  • Macao - Medium-dark with deep yellow undertone
  • New Guinea - Dark with red undertone
  • Trinidad - dark with warm, yellow undertone
  • New Orleans - dark with yellow undertone
  • Benares - dark with golden undertone
  • Khartoum - dark with espresso undertone

NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation is available right now at NARS flagship boutiques and online at narscosmetics.com. The Foundation refills compact sells for $38.00 and the larger compact sells for $10.00. It will appear on department store counters September 1. I did see it in my local Sephora store already.

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