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I LOVE cheesecake! I mean, who doesn't? National Cheesecake Day is July 30th! Can you imagine? A day to celebrate eating cheesecake? Yum! I would eat cheesecake every day if I didn't have to worry about gaining all that weight. Thankfully I have discovered a way of having my cheesecake and eating it too!
Fiber One Chocolate Cheesecake Bars and Fiber One Key Lime Pie Cheesecake Bars are the perfect treat with the added benefit of fiber! The irresistible layers of graham cracker-y goodness and creamy cheesecake are now topped with one of four flavors- chocolate, key lime pie, strawberry or salted caramel.
Satisfy your cravings and indulge in the taste and texture of cheesecake anytime you want! Best of all. each individually packaged bar contains 150 calories and provides 20 percent of the daily value of fiber. This healthier take on a decadent dessert makes for a great snack or dessert when you’re craving something sweet.
I received samples of these two new flavors to review. I absolutely love both, but my favorite is the key lime pie. It is very satisfying for my cheesecake craving, and is not too sweet. It is hard to believe that these bars are only 150 calories each.
Fiber One Cheesecake Bars are the perfect on-the-go snack. I keep a few of them in my purse to grab when I am needing a pick-me-up. I plan on buying them for school lunches too. My kids also love these delightful good-for- you dessert bars.
Look at this adorable bag that Fiber One sent me! I wish I had this tote a week earlier when I was in Hawaii, because it is the perfect beach bag. Plus, I agree with the sentiment, "Love and Cheesecake is ALL YOU NEED!" Very true!
For more information please go to: http://www.fiberone.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
I'd like to share with you some of my very favorite summer products that fit right into the summer ‘16 beauty trends.
To achieve that wet-look try a lightweight treatment oil like Sun Bum Beach Formula Sea Spray (ulta.com, $19.99)
Call outs: UV protecting and contains coconut oil which adds a brilliant silky shine.
I’m sure you’ve seen this eye-catching trend all over Instagram. Achieve it with Smashbox Brow Tech Shaping Powder (smashbox.com, $25).
Call outs: it’s long-wearing and the applicator is the perfect shape for flawless freckle application
It’s not officially summer until the braids are in! Celebrity hairstylist, Ricardo Rojas, is a braid aficionado! He’s styled starlets like Amber Heard, Naomi Campbell and Eva Longoria. If you want to rock Amber Heard’s coveted braid (shown above) he has a simple how-to to create the look.
Use a bold, long-wearing lip color like Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick (smashbox.com, $24).
Call outs: long-wearing and water-resistant
Try TouchBack BrowMarker (colormetrics.com, $19.95) for long-lasting coverage that won’t rub off (despite the heat conditions).
Call outs: Fine tip marker that enhances the shape, color and fullness of brows.
*Product sent. All opinions are my own.
Since we’re in the middle of summer (still can’t believe how fast it’s flying by) I wanted to share some safe tanning hacks from Sun Bum! These items are great if you haven’t had a chance to lay out as long as you wanted or haven’t been able to go to the beach at all this summer. Or, if you are like me, you want to extend the tan you do have! (My son got married last week in Hawaii, and I have a great tan!)
Sun Bum Sunless Tanning Towelette
About: Exfoliate, moisturize and achieve a golden glow all at once with this revolutionary and easy to use self-tanning towelette for the face and body. Contains the most effective ingredients like Black Walnut Leaf Extract but is also infused with a patented clear self-tanning formula that works with the proteins and amino acids in skin to produce a healthy, beachy glow.
How it works: Apply the Self Tanning Towelettes on your body and your face for a flawless, sun-free tan.
I used these handy towelettes from my face to my feet before I ever got on that plane. Otherwise, I would have looked ghastly white from the moment I put on my swim suit. Instead I had a gorgeous natural looking tan that was only enhanced by the sun.
Sun Bum Natural Browning Lotion
About: This product will help you get the deep, dark golden glow you want without the risks associated with extended sun exposure. Infused with some of the best ingredients from around the world like Kukui Nut Oil and Kona Coffee Plant Extract, the formula is completely vegan, gluten free, and paraben free, with an amazing scent as well!
How it works: Apply an SPF 15 (like Sun Bum SPF 15 Original Spray Sunscreen) or higher sunscreen 10 minutes before applying the Natural Browning Lotion.
I used this tropical scented browning lotion at the beach in Hawaii. I applied it after slathering myself with my sunscreen. It really helped to give my skin that golden glow that I love.
*Product sent. All opinions are my own.
Malin + Goetz, Sun Bum and ColorMetrics have you covered this summer with products that are perfect for the hair and skin before/after sun exposure.
FACIAL SUN PROTECTION
Try Malin + Goetz spf 30 face moisturizer for a water-resistant SPF moisturizer that strikes the perfect balance between hydration and protection.
- Delivers essential moisture and powerful broad-spectrum
- Features vitamin E to further protect against free radicals and environmental toxins, and aloe to sooth
- Formula dries to a clear, comfortable finish
Try Sun Bum SPF 30 Baby Bum Premium Natural Stick which was created in Australia for people with extremely sensitive skin.
- 100% Mineral based
- Water Resistant / 80 Minutes
- Broad Spectrum UVA / UVB Protection
AFTER SUN PROTECTION
Try Sun Bum 'Cool Down' Hydrating After Sun Gel great for those summer days that you stayed a little too long in the sun.
- Vitamin E enriched with Aloe Gel
- Rehydrates sun-baked skin
- Eases the pain of a burn and helps prevent peeling
HAIR COLOR REVIVAL
Try TouchBack Color Depositing Shampoo and Conditioner to restore hair color and shine after sun exposure.
- Temporary hair color for use between permanent colorings
- Provides instant color and shine
- Repairs damage and smoothes hair
- Contains natural botanical ingredients: extracts of sunflower, chamomile flower, rose hips, green tea leaf and lemon peel
BOOST OF HYDRATION
Try Malin+Goetz Recovery Treatment Oil which combines nine natural oils to help renew skin’s appearance.
- Evening primrose, argan and jojoba oils help to boost hydration
- Grapeseed and rosehip oils deliver essential vitamins C and E restore a healthy complexion
- Geranium and borage oils help to reduce inflammation and balance skin by normalizing oil production
*Products being sent. Any opinions are my own.
I am so excited to announce Keranique’s, the women’s hair growth experts, debut on HSN this week with renown celebrity stylist, Franco Della Grazia! Please TUNE IN to learn more on their exclusive offerings and follow the fun!
ORLY is my very favorite brand of nail polish because of their long wearing, staying power, chip-resistant formula. Not to mention their fabulous gorgeous colors! I am super excited about the launch today of ORLY Breathable Treatment + Color!
ORLY introduces the first ever Professional Treatment + Color. ORLY Breathable Treatment + Color offers the strength-boosting benefits of a nail treatment while eliminating the need to lay off the lacquer.
Hold up. Explain.
- It’s essential to allow nails to rest and recharge, but for lacquer lovers, bare nails are a big nono. With Breathable Treatment + Color, it's possible to have the best of both worlds
- Similar to the technology of a contact lens, Breathable Treatment + Color allows oxygen and hydration to pass through, promoting nail growth, increasing nail thickness and helping heal damaged nails
Let’s talk technology
- Advanced Oxygen Technology allows air and hydration to penetrate to the nail.
- This new technology, coupled with a blend of Argan Oil, Vitamins B5 and C help to promote hydration, and heal damaged nails plus stimulating nail growth.
- An All-in-One product formulation with adhesion promoters and shine additives eliminates the need for a basecoat and topcoat.
*Nails by the numbers
- 99% of women tested saw a noticeable difference in the overall health and appearance of their nails
- Felt their nails were STRONGER + HEALTHIER after using Breathable for 1 week
- Experienced measurably FASTER nail growth
- Experienced LESS CHIPPING and PEELING
- 50% of the testers reported that the Breathable formula lasted longer on their nails
- 10 out of 10 nail technicians felt the formula was easier to apply and control
* When tested against traditional nail polish, 500 women
TO USE: Apply two coats onto bare nails.
It all starts with innovation. 2015 marks 40 fabulous years in the nail care industry for ORLY. From the conception of timeless nail looks such as the Original French Manicure®, cutting-edge color, treatments, textures and design, to what’s new and next in nails, it’s all been created by the brains and beauty lovers at ORLY in LA. This year, ORLY celebrates its long-time love affair with Los Angeles with the Made in L.A. campaign, inspired by the people, places and heartbeat of the city of angels.
Look at all of these beautiful colors! There are 18 shades available.
I received a set of ORLY Breathable Treatment + Color in Light As A Feather and Feeling Free.
Look how pretty the Feeling Free shade looks! I LOVE this uplifting, happy purple color!
ORLY Breathable Treatment + Color will be available online on July 21st, 2016. It will be available in stores August 2016. It retails for $8.99 each. ORLY Breathable Treatment + Color will be available ULTA, JC Penney, salons nationwide and at orlybeauty.com.
For more information visit us online at www.orlybeauty.com/breathable .
Product received. All opinions are my own.
HOW PARENTS CAN BREAK THE BARRIERS WITH THEIR TEEN DAUGHTERS: USING THE LANGUAGE OF EMPOWERMENT
“That’s an interesting look.”
“Are you going out in that?”
“I was a Size 00 when I was your age.”
The comments parents make to their daughters matter. Oftentimes, the barrier of communication between parents and their teenage daughters is built on both sides. Mothers making offhand comments about their daughter’s outfits, hair or any other aspect of her physical appearance helps support the creation of the all-too-common walls between teens and the women they should be looking to as role models. The same goes for fathers, who oftentimes don’t know how the crack the teenage-girl code. There needs to be a better way to create an environment of open, honest and supportive communication between parents and teen daughters, that will give our growing girls the confidence to be comfortable in the skins they’re in.
The answer, says author and educator Naomi Katz, is to encourage young women to utilize language of empowerment. In her new book, BEAUTIFUL: Being an Empowered Young Woman (iBooks; March 8, 2016), Katz tells teen girls that it’s okay to celebrate the beauty within themselves and their peers. Touching on pertinent topics like social media, sexuality, peer pressure and even drug use, Katz emphasizes the importance of the words women use to describe themselves and each other in a culture wired to value physical beauty. With over 15 years’ experience working with young women in 4 continents, Katz can help parents learn:
- How to break the chain of insecurities that travels through generations
- Ways to approach their daughters about troubling issues such as sex and substance abuse
- A methodology for truly listening to the needs of teen girls
- Techniques to encourage body positivity during turbulent adolescent years
In an age where 75% of girls with low self-esteem engage in negative activities like bullying, cutting and substance abuse, the importance of a supportive parental structure cannot be stressed enough. Up to 70% of middle school-aged girls are dissatisfied with one to two aspects of their own bodies, with the time between ages 12 and 15 reported to be the worst. The adolescent years are some of the hardest that women have to traverse, and Katz has the verbal tools to help parents make the process of growing up easier for their daughters.
Written in the same vein of Peggy Orenstein’s seminal book, Girls & Sex, Katz hopes to broaden the conversation about the development of our teenage girls. In BEAUTIFUL, communication is key – not only to improving our girls’ sense of self, but for creating a culture of women who support each other.
My thoughts: I wish I had this book when I was a teenager! I dealt with a lot of what the author writes about in this book, the bullying (because I was shy), the body shaming (because I was extremely skinny with a flat chest) and the low self-esteem which was a result of my letting others decide how I felt about myself. I certainly wish I had the coping mechanisms that the author gives on how to think differently, remember your true beauty and worth, and not to let others 'define' the way you feel about yourself. You are beautiful!
Buy your copy of Beautiful-Being an Empowered Young Womanon Amazon
*Copy received. All opinions are my own.
Summer is in full swing, and you know what that means, it’s time for vacation! These TSA Adored Mini Miracles include 2 oz sizes of ColorProof’s top selling products that are essential for keeping your color in check during your travels. As always, ColorProof products are 100% vegan, gluten-free and sulfate and salt-free. The ultimate overachiever.
Actually right now I am in-between vacations! I just returned from Hawaii four days ago, and did not have any travel sized products with me. I had full-sized products in my checked bag, which made my bag extra heavy! ColorProof’s travel sized hair care products are the absolute perfect way for me to take care of my hair and keep it radiant while I am out of town, so you better believe they are going into my bag for my next adventure!
FOR THIRSTY HAIR:
- SuperRich® Moisture Shampoo 2 oz.
- DeepQuench® Moisture Masque 1.38 oz.
- SuperRich® Moisture Condition 2 oz.
FOR VOLUMINOUS LOCKS:
- SuperPlump® Volumizing Shampoo 2 oz.1
- SuperPlump® Volumizing Condition 2 oz.
- LiftIt® Color Protect Foam Mousse 2 oz.
TAME YOUR FLY-AWAYS:
- CrazySmooth® Anti-Frizz Shampoo 2 oz.
- PlushLocks® Leave-In Smooth 2 oz.
- CrazySmooth® Anti-Frizz Condition 2 oz.
FOR DAMAGE CONTROL:
- Baobab Heal & Repair™ Shampoo 2 oz.1
- Baobab Heal & Repair™ Condition 2 oz.
- ClearItUp® Detox Shampoo 2 oz.
Channel your inner athlete while staying fresh and smelling great. Go for the gold with these favorite picks!
Lather up with Lavanila Laboratories Healthy Sport Luxe Bodywash, which is a sulfate-free bodywash that was created for an active life in motion. Coconut oil infused with proprietary Smartsport Technology gently tackles post work-out sweat, dirt and oil while hydrating rosehip and aloe deliver a silky, smooth shave. ($16; Lavanila.com).
Wipe sweat and impurities away with KORRES Pomegranate Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes. The highly-effective wipes remove dirt, makeup, and oil from face and eyes. Great for all skin types especially oily and combination, each pre-saturated wipe eliminates impurities, tightens pores, and offers antioxidant protection ($15; Sephora and Sephora.com).
Keep your hair out of your face with Hairdo’s French Braid Band. The French Braid Band is as quick and easy as putting on a headband – while looking chic, you’re ready for any activity in a flash ($10; Ulta and Ulta.com).
While a little Vitamin D can always help relax your mind, there's no question it causes stress on your beauty routine. Dry, dull skin and frizzy, unruly hair are just the beginning. Let these essentials from DDF Skincare, John Frieda Tools, Burt’s Bees and Conair help keep you smooth for the summer.
DDF Micro-Derma Crystals Polishing Gel, $50.00
Dr. Sobel’s Micro-Derma Crystals exfoliate to provide a more even skin tone, promote skin clarity and brightness for a healthy glow. Available in UTLA stores.
Burt’s Bees BB Cream, $15.00
Available in 3 mineral-rich shades, Burt’s Bees BB cream offers instant, light-weight coverage, as it firms and conceals to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Wake up to the true, natural you – perfected.
John Frieda Sleek Finish Flat Iron, $54.99
Advanced ionic conditioning enhances manageability and transforms dull, lifeless hair into smooth, sleek strands.
Conair Flip Side Collection, $12.99
With a unique double-sided design, this collection offers twice the styling power. Start by styling wet hair with the nylon-bristle side; then, once hair is dry, flip to the boar bristle side to finish the look.