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Love Yoga? Get a Surprise Monthly with Yogi Surprise

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Disclosure ~  I received product to facilitate a review.  All opinion are 100% that of Living Smart Girl.

It seems like just yesterday that I was making my new years resolutions and vowing that 2016 would be my year. I’d finish projects that had been collecting dust, I’d start being more active, eat healthier and make more time for myself. Well, I haven’t been doing so bad with being more active or eating healthier because those are two aspects of my life that I do pretty regularly anyways but as for making more time for myself or finishing old projects, I haven’t even put a dent in those resolutions. With my busy schedule and running the blog, it’s a wonder I can get my regular day to day “chores” done without having to carve out personal time for myself or take up a hobby.

It seems like being too busy to color outside of the lines of my day to day is the soundtrack of my life. I used to love being spontaneous. Taking time off of work to enjoy the outdoors, booking a random trip or trying out new restaurants in the evening used to be balm to my soul but in recent years I’ve just become far too busy to stray from my schedule too much. Oh, how I often miss free time and the ability I used to have to soothe my soul with the things I long to do and incorporate into my busy lifestyle.

At Yogi Surprise they know that people just like you long to take hold of your life and transform it into everything they’ve been dreaming of. They formed their company around the belief that every moment of every day is a chance to open up to the life you’ve always imagined for yourself. A life filled with love, health, connection and joy is something that many of us have been longing for yet haven’t been able to obtain no matter how hard we’ve tried to make it happen. Yogi Surprise believes that by continuously choosing a path of wellness, you’ve already stepped into the current of your existence and all you have to do is ride the wave. Knowing that many of their potential customers strive to choose this path to wellness but have trouble getting themselves on the right path, Yogi Surprise has made it their mission to make this goal more obtainable.

How are they going about doing this? Yogi Surprise is a monthly care package designed to compliment your way of being. It’s like a retreat being delivered right to your doorstep, something that us busy folks will appreciate since we’ve become so desperate to free our souls from the confines of our stifling daily lives and often can’t find the time to attend retreats elsewhere. One way that Yogi Surprise can help you on your journey to obtaining wellness is to provide you with wholesome foods, holistic products and empowering accessories. Each month the company will send you 6-8 full sized products from either their Lifestyle or Jewelry Box. Each included item is designed to complement the active lifestyle and vitality that you’re trying to achieve.

Yogi Surprise is aware that you can’t always get away from the retreat you’ve been longing for so they’ve designed these special boxes to bring the retreat right to your doorstep. The goodies that come in your Yogi Surprise Subscription are designed to stimulate your senses, clear your mind and cleanse your soul.  Grab yourself a subscription at Yogi Surprise and save 15% by using a code LivingSmartGirl when you order. Here are some of my goodies I have had in a few of my boxes.

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I am flooded with all kinds of fun goodies that I have received in my Yogi Surprise boxes, so much so I have put together a fun box for one lucky winner.   It is filled with goodies from Yogi Surprise as well as a few other fun items just for you from Living Smart Girl.   Enter to win below.

Giveaway open to US only.  18+.  Ends August 15th 2016 at 11:59 pm CST.

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Going to Rock a Business Meeting?

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Going to Rock a Business Meeting? These Are the Three Basic Accessories You Need!

Whether you represent your own company or a company you work for, attending a business meeting and making a good impression is a hard thing to achieve. In terms of business wear, there are plenty of options to choose from. High-end designer business suits, slim fit feminine yet demure shirts, high heels, jackets, trousers or dresses – they are all within reach, making a statement of their own.

The first rules when picking the perfect business outfit is to make it look like a million bucks without having to spend a fortune on clothes. All you need to do is make sure your outfit is clean, neat, ironed, unruffled and by no means scruffy. Pick a slim-fit dress or jacket, make sure your shoes look like just taken out of the box and don’t let any loose stitching chip away your professional look. If you have all these bases covered, let’s see three essential pieces to rock a business meeting – presentation-wise.

1. One Piece of Pearl Jewelry

Don’t for a second think that pearls are dedicated to nostalgic grandmothers, sweet sixteen celebrations and weddings. As of late, pearls are all the rage in fashionable jewelry and your business attire shouldn’t lack a pearl piece. Symbolically speaking, pearls mean power, trust, wealth, wisdom and harmony – the same things you want to transmit to your business partners or the results you aim to achieve with the meeting. No matter how uptight or casual your business suit it, a delicate yet modern pearl pendant necklace will add the exact amount of femininity, strength and charm to the table you need. You can also opt for a discrete pair of pearl studs, a single-strand pearl bracelet or a pearl choker. No matter what pearl jewelry you choose, be sure you will make the correct impression.

2. A Drop of the Perfect Perfume

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Women and perfume have an almost intimate relationship and all men and women in the audience will appreciate a high-quality scent discretely emanating from your direction. According to specialists, a working environment should be complemented by floral and grassy scents that are light and fresh, on a traditional note rather than innovative. For even more formal meetings and business encounters, you should pick a slightly bolder perfume – one that speaks of your confidence, strength, independence, intelligence and so on.

We all know science has our backs: a tantalizing scent helps people become more comfortable and trustworthy around you, and this is what you want from your business partners. Pick a flowery perfume with a rich, innovative and daring fragrance. You can achieve this goal by inclining to roses, jasmine, and patchouli and so on. Before using the perfect perfume for the meeting, remember to refresh your memory on the basic perfume choosing guidelines provided by experts in the matter.

3. The Right Shoes at the Right Time

Victorians used to say that a true lady can be judged by her shoes: no matter how inexpensive her clothes might be, her shoes should always be the epitome of elegance. We are past Victorian times, but things didn’t change much. Women do appreciate a good looking pair of shoes and it is likely that your business partners will do the same. When it comes to business shoes, many women have things figured out: high heeled stilettos are timeless, classic and make the same powerful impression. However, if you don’t feel comfortable in high heels, there are at least two other types of shoes to try:

  • Nude pumps – they can sport a medium-height heel and you will still look great. Nude shoes have the “talent” to make your feet look slimmer, thinner and longer. You will thus create the visual illusion of being taller without having to wear sizeable heels.
  • The classic Mary Jane shoes: feminine, classic, timeless, with a dash of a retro flair to them, traditional Mary Janes speak of femininity, class, refinement and your inner preference for everything durable, stable, ageless and beautiful.
  • Oxford shoes – these low-heeled shoes can style up a slightly more casual business outfit. They go great with jeans and other elegant trousers and they make you feel comfortable and confident.

There are plenty of other dress-up tips and tricks when it comes to impressing a business-oriented audience, but these three above are the pillars you can build your looks and attitude on.

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Fabletics Now Open at the MOA

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If you’ve heard of Kate Hudson, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of her sportswear clothing line, Fabletics, which was started in 2013 to provide women with stylish sports and leisure wear at an affordable price. It started exclusively as an online subscription service with VIP pricing for members who agree to sign up with their email address and receive a notification on the 1st of each month to make a purchase selection. Fabletics has since branched out into a line of sportswear for men called FL2 and, most recently, has started opening stores throughout the US.

 

The style and quality is comparable to Lululemon and Athleta but at a fraction of the price. I have many pieces from Fabletics – everything from capris and leggings to tanks and sweatshirts and I wear them all the time while teaching group fitness classes or running errands on the weekend.

 

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I was lucky enough to be asked to attend the Fabletics Grand Opening store at the Mall of America on May 21 and along with that, received a free outfit but more importantly, was able to snag a few minutes to interview Nicole Stuart, who just happens to be Kate Hudson’s personal trainer!  Not only was Nicole Stuart the most welcoming and warm person to sit down with and chat about health & fitness, but I also learned that she lived in Minnesota for a few years when she was a child. I got the impression that she was happy to be back visiting a place that has a special place in her heart and has a little familiarity to it☺

 

I was able to sit down with Nicole and ask her a few questions between her sending fun Snapchats and talking with shoppers about their selections – she was loving it!

 

How do you motivate yourself to stay in shape?

“I’ve created a habit within myself, you have to do it over the course of time. And I’ve just had a baby and I haven’t felt like myself lately. The point I’m trying to make is I always never want to workout; there’s that one little piece of my brain that says, “No I don’t want to work out, I want to eat pizza!” And I do this for a living!!! But I’ve trained the other part of my brain to say “no!” you’re going to do it. It’s not going to be easy.

 

How do you motivate your celebrity clients when they’re so busy with work, traveling, etc.?

“When I show up they’re like “Ugh” but I don’t take it personally. They’re always happy when I come and they’re always happy when I leave; when it’s over. That’s the biggest reward. If you’re even a little ounce of active you’re going to feel better. It’s like a free prescription!”

 

What is the most effective workout for a busy person who only has 30 minutes?

“The quickest thing is to go for a run, walk around your block a few times – maybe walk the first one, run the next one, walk the last time around. Try to do things that will trick it up for you. Since having my baby the thought of running up a hill has been hard for me so what I’ve been doing is tricking myself –running 5 steps, walking 5 steps, 5 lunges, 5 leg lifts. By the time I’m thinking about what’s next I’m at the top of the hill. I think that’s the best way to motivate yourself.  And change it up too, there’s so much more access in the world than there has ever been – YouTube, apps, classes and my app that I created for my clients called QE2.”

 

What’s your favorite move? The one you dread but you know is going to be effective?

“Pilates. The Hundred and the Series of 5. The Pilates Series of 5 that believes that if you did these 5 moves you’d maintain your flexibility and core strength.”

 

What are the biggest trends you’re seeing in the health and fitness industry right now?

“There’s a class that I took with Kate, and she mentions it in her Shape Magazine article called The Class. It’s a super aggressive way of working out but I’m more into yoga and Pilates because I feel more at peace. But that’s just me – there are people out there who want a crazy intense workout.”

 

What workout would you recommend for someone who is new to exercise and what would you recommend from someone who is experienced and ready to step it up a notch?

“That’s kind of tricky! If it’s Pilates you have to do it over and over to get to the more advanced level. Anyone who is a novice with their body of course should do the beginning moves and then build on that. For someone who is more advanced you could to the Series of 5 and then do a whole mat class with them after. But then you can always do something like lunges – that could be a beginning or an advanced move. It’s a layering process kind of like when you start a new job, you don’t know what to do but the more you do it the better you get.”

 

Was there a single moment or deciding factor when you knew this was what you wanted to do?

(Chuckles) “I’ve never been asked that question before. It’s funny because I never set out to be a trainer, let alone a celebrity trainer. There are those times in your life with people you meet and all of a sudden your life changes. I moved to LA to act and then I started training and all of a sudden I met Mari Winsor and that was definitely a turning point for me because I was waitressing. I was waitressing until 3 or 4 in the morning and then I’d go to the Pilates studio at 6am and started learning there and then I was a dancer. I felt like I understood it. And then I started working with Courtney Love first; through Courtney I met Kate and it just sort of happened. I would say another defining moment was meeting Kate. She came to me as she was shooting Almost Famous and needed Pilates. I think you can count the number of people on your hand that you meet and your life changes from that interaction. I never really knew I wanted to be a trainer, it just sort of happened. I feel so lucky that I’m a part of this movement with Fabletics and Kate has been generous enough to include me in all of this”

 

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If you would like to learn more about Nicole Stuart, check out her website, www.NicoleStuart.com and her app available for iPhone and Android called QE2 and QE2 Second Edition.

 

And of course if you’re in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, I highly recommend you swing by the new Fabletics store at the Mall of America. Otherwise make sure to go to the Fabletics website (Fabletics.com) and check out the active wear and accessories at affordable prices!

 

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Annie Sperides blogs on MadDashAnnie.com where she regularly shares a variety of exercises and healthy recipes. A Minnesota native, Annie resides in Minneapolis with her husband and is expecting their first baby in August 2016. In addition to blogging, Annie is also a group fitness instructor and enjoys running, DIY projects and spending time with family & friends.

 

 

I Keep My Lips Kissable With ChapStick

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When I get spare time, I love catching up on my favorite tv shows and I’ll even get to watch a movie now and then. Regardless of how engrossed I get in either, there’s something that will pull me out of the story line in a hot minute…dry lips! Every time I see them I shake my head and wonder who let them be in the scene without moisturizing their puckers? I can understand if it’s part of the character, but otherwise I’m usually yelling at the screen “Put on some ChapStick!”. I love keeping my lips soft and kissable and I’m generally addicted to all lip glosses, sticks, balms, and creams. That being said, ChapStick® has always been my go-to to keep my lips smooth.

 

I love that ChapStick has a variety of products to choose from. Midwest winters can be pretty harsh, the dry air can deplete your skin and lips of much needed moisture. For those harsh days, I like to reach for ChapStick Medicated. It feels cool on my lips and heals them even when they are severely dry. It also keeps them from drying out again during the cold season by adding a light, protective barrier. This kind is also my pick when I’m feeling under the weather. Of course, the ChapStick Classic range is a great choice for everyday wear. It comes in flavors such as original, cherry, strawberry, and mint each of which defends your lips against wind, cold weather, and other drying effects.

 

It’s always important to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, but people often overlook their lips. ChapStick Sun Defense packs a moisturizing punch as well as SPF protection, keeping your lips soft and pouty! Speaking of the sun, what better way to get a taste of the islands than to choose from ChapStick’s Tropical Paradise Collection? Sweet and refreshing flavors such as Key Lime, Mango Sunrise, and Aloha Coconut bring a hint of the exotic to your lips. When your lips require an extra boost of hydration, Chapstick’s Moisturizer has you covered in flavors such as original, green apple, vanilla mint, and raspberry creme. Each contains aloe and vitamin E to soften your lips and SPF 12 for UV protection.

 

For those of us needing a good moisturizing lip balm that can help improve the look of our lips, giving them a healthier appearance, ChapStick Total Hydration is to the rescue. It comes in flavors such as coconut, wild acai berry, soothing oasis, sweet peach, and lemon delight. They all contain a botanical complex that keeps lips moisturized for up to eight hours while oils rich in Omegas help renew the lips’ natural barrier. The Total Hydration line also includes two options that are 100% natural. Those come in fresh citrus and soothing vanilla flavors and they instantly soothe and moisturize lips with an age defying formula.

 

With such an amazing product line, I know ChapStick has all my lip moisture needs taken care of. What flavor or variety would you keep handy?

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Facing Acne with Proactiv

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I think the teenage years are rough on just about everybody. You’re busy figuring out who you are and what you want out of life. You’re filled with all sorts of angst and other feelings that can often seem like a roller coaster. You would think that’s enough to deal with but no, on top of that teenagers get to deal with acne! Of course, the severity of acne ranges from the single zit that’s sure to show up on picture or dance day to the confidence-draining, face covering variety. I dealt with acne as a teenager and thankfully I was able to find a product that helped – Proactiv. It still helps keep my face clear as an adult as well. Recently speaking with my son and his girlfriend, I mentioned that Proactiv would likely help them as they both deal with teenage acne. This post was made possible by Facing Acne, head over to their site to read additional pros and cons for Proactiv Solution. My son David and his girlfriend Maddy were excited to get the Proativ kit and see what it could do for them.  Both very beautiful people, but yet dealing with acne just like many many others.  They loved it, and it made a huge difference in both of their lives.  Clear skin equals confidence.

I’m sure you’ve seen commercials and celebrity endorsements, but might have wondered does Proactiv actually work? Proactiv Plus are newly reformulated acne products and said to heal acne faster with fewer of the known side effects such as skin dryness and irritation, but I have experience using their original acne solution items. As I’ve said, Proactiv did help me as a teenager and still helps me when I have used it as an adult. I’ve seen clearer skin with fewer breakouts when used consistently. I thought I’d break down a few of their products with the good and the bad.

Proactiv Renewing Cleanser – Obviously in the quest for clearer skin, you’ll want to start with a good cleanser. The Proactiv renewing cleanser utilizes a combination of salicylic acid and polyethylene beads to both scrub and peel your skin. The tiny beads do feel like they are getting all the gunk off your face, scrubbing away the impurities and leaving your skin healthier. You’re supposed to massage this into dampened skin twice a day and rinse. I know having healthy, clear skin takes work, but sometimes having to do this whole routine twice a day is a bit much. The benzoyl peroxide in the wash is supposed to penetrate deep within pores fighting bacteria. The only problem with the use of benzoyl peroxide – Proactiv uses a 6% solution that is approved by the US Food and Drug administration – is that can cause dryness, stinging, redness, and peeling of the skin. I did experience both dryness and redness at times, but was able to continue using it. I have read that their new formula address some of those issues by no longer including alcohol. I can also say that this is a small container, it’s only two ounces and when you’re using it twice a day you can run out quickly.

Proactiv Revitalizing Toner – This toner is meant to be applied with a cotton ball or pad twice a day as needed. Again, the container is small so I do recommend using it only as necessary. It feels cool and refreshing on the skin and is supposed to help balance skin tone while removing old skin cells to make way for new, vital skin underneath. The Proactiv revitalizing toner is alcohol free which I appreciate and includes witch hazel for pore purification as well as aloe to soothe and soften skin. I experienced no drying or irritation with this step that I’m aware of.

Proactiv Repairing Treatment – This is the last step of the original Proactiv stystem. It also contains prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide which can cause skin irritation. It’s meant to treat blemishes and also prevent future breakouts. Proactiv recommends applying a thin layer to the entire “affected area”. I used it as a spot treatment when I would have a particularly bothersome pimple, but it is safe to use on your entire face. This container is only one ounce and I wanted to avoid any further so I used it sparingly and only as necessary. Proactiv recommends using sunscreen after any of their products.

Proactiv also has a variety of other products that are given as free gifts or add-ons to their acne systems. These include Deep Cleansing Wash, Advanced Blemish Treatment, Oil Free Moisture with SPF 15, and others. Proactiv helped me achieve clearer skin and I would recommend it to others with a caution of know your face. If for any reason you experience worrisome side effects, discontinue use and speak with your doctor.

Body contouring to get rid of excess skin and fat

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Body contouring is for those who have been obese before and reduced massive weight. It helps in getting rid of excessive skin and fat that remains after losing weight. For some people reducing weight is a nice experience as they get a nice body but for others it may be a disappointing experience as it will leave their body in a bad condition with saggy skin that will make them look ugly.

There are different parts of body contouring for different areas and different purposes. They include Bariatric surgery, Body lifting, iLipo, etc. These surgeries are available almost in every hospital but before opting, you should check the reputation and the results produced by the hospital.

How much Body Contouring cost?

These are included in the list of expensive surgeries but hence you have thought of taking them then you must be prepared for it financially. Undoubtedly, a reputed hospital or a surgeon will always charge more for their facilities and treatments but the end results will be the best. You need not have to worry about post surgery care as they will look after everything. There are great ways to earn money to fund your surgeries.

How to choose the best body contouring surgeon?

To get the best body contouring surgeon you should take the reviews of other peoples from your friend and family. Also you can check in the internet about the reputation of a surgeon or hospital by going through the reviews of various patients. However one such name in the field of body contouring is Sono Bello. They have top surgeons who are expert at their works. They offer a number of facilities and treatments in affordable price.

Before opting for body contouring, go for a basic health checkup to know the pros and cons of the surgery. It will help you to stay alert of any condition which you may have after the surgery that may affect your health. If you are seeking treatment from professional surgeon, then you don’t have to worry about anything as the experts will handle everything with extreme care and will suggest you the best. They will help you get the best treatment for your body with amazing results. You can either get to them directly or you can call them and pre book yourself to avail their treatment and facilities.

When it comes to your look and body, you should never compromise and should always seek for a professional surgeon. There you will feel at home with the state of the art rooms and the very best doctors and surgeons to take care of you. Avail your treatment within the best price by going through the website and simply call them and know everything you want to know about the treatments. You get dedicated people to look after you and your needs and will never disappoint you.

Clean Skin and Fresh Face with Neutrogena Naturals

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Skincare is a very important part of my daily life and Neutrogena Naturals is a great product to add to your life.  I am a “wash my face 2 times a day” kinda girl.   When I was younger, I would wash my face every morning, but never at night.  As I got older I realized that my face needed that night time washing to remove all the “stuff” it endured during the day.  Makeup, dirt, sweat, food.. etc.  It’s amazing what collects on ones face in a 12 hour period.  Ick!

There are many products one can choose these days for taking care of our skin.  But, I like to choose products that are natural and Neutrogena has been a great choice for me. And I can buy them at Target so that makes keeping up with my skin care routine easy.

I make sure that every morning I start by cleansing my face with Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser.  A great way to wash away all the impurities from my face and detoxify my pores to give me fresh and clear skin.  Even though I am in my 40’s, I tend to have angry skin from time to time and this is nice and gentle yet effective.  It contains willowbark Bionutrient ssalicylic acid which helps remove makeup, oil and dirt all while rinsing clean to not clog pores.  Clinically proven to remove 99% of the oil, dirt and impurities from your skin. I love that it has naturally derived ingredients like coconut, corn, willow bar, and guar bean and is 90% derived.  Once my skin is nice and clean I feel ready to tackle my day.

I never leave the house without makeup, and I won’t use makeup without protecting my skin with a great moisturizer.  I love the Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer.  A daily lotion is so important because it replenishes essential skin nutrients and provides continuous moisture throughout the day to give you a younger and healthier looking face.   The moisturizer is fortified with vitamins B, C, E and antioxidant omega bionutrients.  Having all that means it is clinically proven to boost your skin’s defense against dullness and roughness.  Nobody wants dull skin, right?  And what’s better is that there are no harsh chemicals, sulfates, parabens, petrolatum, dyes, or phthalates.  I like the light citrus scent of this and the fact that it is allergy tested and non-comedogenic.  My face feels so fresh and not heavy.   I am for sure ready either stay home and be free with just a fresh moisturized face, or layer on my makeup and head out the door.  I love a good moisturizer and this is a great one.

I am a busy girl and like I said I always try to wash my face at night.  But, sometimes I am so tired I just want to plop into bed.  I love the Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes.  I actually have them on my nightstand.  There are many nights lately, dealing with healing from my broken ankle and just being totally exhausted, that I just crawl in bed and then grab a towelette and cleanse my face.  I love that!!   They are so ultra-soft and are clinically proven to remove makeup, including waterproof mascara, naturally.  With a simple step your skin is left purified, fresh and healthy looking and there is no greasy residue so no need to get out of bed and rinse.  That I totally love!!  There is nothing worse than going to sleep with a greasy feeling face.  The towelettes are formulated with unique emollients to help dissolve oil and makeup with ease, and they sure do! Best part, they are 97% naturally-derived cleansing ingredients without harsh chemicals sulfates phthalates, parabens or unnecessary additives.

Check out how well the towelettes work.  Here is me with makeup, and then with half my face cleaned with a towelette.

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See how clean my face is and how dirty the towelette is.  That, is a good thing.

Neutrogena Naturals is different because the website is brought to you by a Green Server, a self-sustainable, sun-fueled and wind-powered server that only uses renewable energy to keep the website running, “off the grid”.  They use folding cartons made from 100% recycled paper with a minimum of 60% post-consumer recycled content. The recycled paperboard folding cartons use 70% less water in processing than virgin paperboard does.  So, good for your face and the earth.

 

 

 

  • Neutrogena Brand Ambassador Kristen Bell’s Beauty Tips
      • ?As told to InStyle.com: “The shifts I’ve made towards being more eco-friendly aren’t monumental, and they don’t have to be a total overhaul. It shouldn’t scare people. For example, I try to limit my showers to 3 minutes; one long song and you’re done. I do 4 things in the shower: I use soap, shampoo, conditioner, and brush my teeth. Most of the time, it’s all done simultaneously!”
      • As told to PopSugar.com: “I really like the Neutrogena Naturals line because there’s a minimal amount of ingredients. It’s really pure and natural. I live by the Purifying Facial Cleanser — I use it every single night. I use it either with my fingertips or a little wooden natural bristle brush, and then I use the Multivitamin Nourishing Moisturizer. And that’s pretty much it.”
      • As told to UsMagazine.com: “I always wash my face before I go to bed with the Naturals cleanser….Consistency and simplicity is what my skin really, really responds to.”

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I Took the #YogaPantChallenge with Depend® Active Fit

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Back in my early years, like my 20’s and early 30’s, I never imagines myself worrying about things like bladder leakage, or having to buy and use products like Depends Active Fit, to protect myself from light bladder leakage. Well, not I am in my 40’s and girls, it is a real thing!! And myself, like many in my age range (give or take) can agree fully agree that there is no helping it or stopping it. And, as embarrassing as it may be, it is a real thing. I remember laughing about it when I was younger, and now, well I still laugh about it because I life is to short to cry over a little bladder leakage. LOL!!     I Took the #YogaPantChallenge with Depend® Active Fit Back in my early years, like my 20’s and early 30’s, I never imagines myself worrying about things like bladder leakage, or having to buy and use products like Depends Active Fit,  to protect myself from light bladder leakage.  Well, not I am in my 40’s and girls, it is a real thing!!  And myself, like many in my age range (give or take) can agree fully agree that there is no helping it or stopping it.  And, as embarrassing as it may be, it is a real thing.  I remember laughing about it when I was younger, and now, well I still laugh about it because I life is to short to cry over a little bladder leakage.  LOL!! So, I was asked to take the #yogapantchallenge with Depend Active Fit.  Take a look at my image above and tell me, which image I am wearing my normal undies, and which one I am wearing the Depends Active Fit.  Can you tell?  I know you might be saying right now.. why the crutches? Well, I fell down my outside steps on Jan 15th, and broke my ankle very severely in 2 places and have been laid up since.  I have a cute pink cast, pink decor on my crutches and even sporting pink yoga pants.  But, crutches aside..  do tell what picture is what for me.  I would love to see you take the #yogapantchallenge with Depend Active Fit.  Join me and help to inspire other women so they may embrace themselves and take their life back even through insecurities such as light bladder leakage.  A little info about Depends Active Fit Briefs for you.

  • Depend Silhouette Active Fit Briefs for Women
    • Perks, features, availability at Walmart:
      Smooth under clothes
      Thin design for complete comfort
      Trusted protection of Depend®
      Cotton-like fabric
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In My Forties and Frisky with Fiera for Her #FeelTheLove

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Back when I was younger, in my 20’s, I never thought that I would have issues with my sex drive, or intimacy with my husband.  Well, now being 44 I am realizing that the way I felt back in my 20’s was all fine and dandy but one just never can foresee how things will be the older we get. Life gets busy, health issues come up, and face it.. age happens.  But, I refuse to let things fall by the wayside!  I love my husband and our time together is important.  I am not old, I am in my forties and frisky!! My husband and I might not chase each other around the house like we once used to, but we still are very into each other and enjoy our time together.  I encourage anyone who has the feeling that they are older and things are slipping to practice a few simple things like we do to keep the intimacy happening. Be respectful of each other.  Understand that sometimes the “mood” just doesn’t come out of the blue.  Do little things to show your partner that you want some intimate time together. Set up date nights so you have time set aside just for the 2 of you.  Life is busy, and I know many who set up date nights with their partners.  It is a night set aside just for the 2 of us and we let the stress of the week go and enjoy just each other.  Dinner, movies, or just lots of petting and intimacy for us.  Adding in use of the Fiera really helps get me going because sometimes I need a bit more for before-play.  We are very open with each other about our wants and needs and that also helps huge with our intimacy. Talking and communication is such a huge part of a healthy relationship.   Knowing what makes my husband feel good is important to me, and him knowing what makes me feel good is important to him. I guess this is why we have been together 21 years.

Being in my forties, and the fact I had a full hysterectomy years back and am slowly starting menopause, I am very pleased to say that using products to help me get in the mood have helped our intimate relationship.  Fiera is for “Before-Play.” It’s used for a few minutes prior to sex and then removed when I start to feel interested and physically aroused, and am ready for a pleasurable sexual experience. I simply remove it when I feel warmed-up and in the mood. Fiera’s unique combination of gentle suction and stimulation increases the sensations of tingling and fullness that accompany sexual arousal. •  The company behind Fiera for her is led by women, and works closely with women in development of all products.

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The Basic Products You Need In Your Skin Care Routine

The Basic Products You Need In Your Skin Care Routine

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Do you ever wonder how some people manage to have such flawless skin? They always look picture perfect, even when they aren’t wearing any make-up. YOU could be one of those people. There are several ways to achieve great skin; you just have to be willing to invest some money and some time.

 

And while some view cosmetic surgery Manchester as the only solution to picture-perfect skin, there are also things you can do on your own, with one of the most important being maintaining a healthy diet. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean protein will make your skin glow from the inside out. You’ll also want to implement a daily skin care routine.

 

Not only will this improve your overall skin health but it will also help slow down the visible characteristics of the aging process. To have a good skin care routine, you’ll need the right products. Here are the essentials you’ll need to get your daily routine underway:

 

Cleanser

A cleanser will help take off any grime or makeup you have on and it clears off any impurities that you’ve been exposed to.

 

Toner

Toners are meant to be used after you’ve cleansed your skin. A good toner will help restore and repair your skin’s surface.

 

Exfoliator

Exfoliating helps the overall appearance of your skin. It removes any dead skin cells, helps clear any breakouts, improves the skin’s texture, reduces the appearance of large pores, and helps your skin to better absorb moisturizers and serums.

 

Moisturizer

A good moisturizer is an essential part of any skin care routine. It hydrates the skin and helps improve circulation. Make sure to use a formula with SPF to help protect your skin from sun damage.

 

Eye cream

The skin around your eyes is delicate and needs a little extra TLC. Keeping the under eye area moisturized helps control puffiness, reduce dark under eye circles, and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines.

 

Facemask

A facemask isn’t required daily, but it should still be an important part of your skin care routine.  Ideally, you should do one once a week. A mask stays on for approximately 10-15 minutes. During that time, it seals your skin and allows for the ingredients to work their magic. It can help with drawing out impurities, getting rid of dead cells, all while tightening and toning your skin making it definitely worth the effort.

 

Lip balm

Dry lips are the worst. Not only are they unsightly, but they can also cause pain if the skin cracks. For these reasons, it’s always good to keep them moisturized with a good lip balm.

 

And there you have it – a complete list of what you’ll need to keep your skin glowing on a daily basis. With a little effort, you can revitalize your skin and enjoy a more youthful appearance for years to come. It’s never a bad idea to consult with a professional to find out what skin type you have as this will allow you to tailor your skin care products to suit your skin’s particular necessities.

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