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Founded and created by a former Navy SEAL, Kill Cliff® – The Recovery Drink, is a premium sports beverage formulated with quality functional micronutrients which aid in recovering from strenuous activity and physical exertion.
Kill Cliff Recovery Drink is a functional recovery drink made up of B, C, and E vitamins, electrolytes, and plant extracts including ginger root, green tea extract, and ginseng root powder as well as a unique enzyme blend.
Kill Cliff aids in recovery and helps you feel awesome again through micronutrient replenishment and is best taken before, after or during a strenuous workout, or when you need to fight that not-so-awesome feeling. Kill Cliff is an alternative to other everyday beverage choices; no sugar, no artificial colors, no artificial flavors and only 15 calories! And it’s the perfect complement to macronutrient-based protein and carb recovery products. Kill Cliff also tastes AWESOME and just to be clear, it is NOT an energy drink.
Kill Cliff comes in four tasty flavors:
Berry Legit~Blackberry Lemonade
There’s legit… and then there’s Berry Legit. Let’s compare. It took your grandma decades of practice to become that sweet, but Berry Legit was born naturally sweetened. It is sugar-free and 20 calories per can.
Double Awesomeness~ Pomegranate Watermelon
Watermelons are delicious and pomegranates exotic (we’ve been told). Why settle for Single Awesomeness?
The best smelling drink in America! Original Tasty flavor. Smells better than a turducken chugging a rainbow while riding a unicorn.
Free-Fall Camo~ Lemon- Lime
A refreshing citrus flavor that’s just what the doctor ordered to help you recover tastefully.
My thoughts: I just joined a gym, so I am working out three times a week for basically the first time in my life! Today I clocked in 12 miles on the stationary bike and to say that I needed a recovery drink is an understatement. I was so thankful to have my Kill Cliff Recovery Drink with me. I took the Blood Orange flavor, which is my favorite. I had it ice-cold from the refrigerator and it was so perfectly refreshing! Blood Orange is tasty, sweet and tangy. I absolutely love it! My body is definitely thanking me now. I felt perfectly hydrated and energetic even after my workout. I bring a Kill Cliff drink with me every time I go to work out.
I also adore the cute cans that these beverages come in. I feel very chic at the gym when I am carrying one around with me. One lady asked my where I got my cute Free-Fall Camo drink the other day. She thought the can looked very stylish!
Available in a variety of flavors, Kill Cliff Recovery Drink is sold at Vitamin Shoppe and GNC stores nationwide and select grocery and convenience stores in the Southeast as well as online at KillCliff.com.
Disclaimer: I received a sampling of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
SALLY HANSEN® INSTA-DRI™ GETS A MAKEOVER WITH IMPROVED FORMULA AND
14 NEW FASHIONABLE, FAST-DRY COLORS
The nail polish you already love just got better! Millions of women know that Sally Hansen® Insta-Dri™ nailpolish gives them a quick-drying, high-shine manicure that lasts. Now, an improved formula delivers extended wear and enhanced shine — still with the one stroke, one coat convenience that has made Insta-Dri™ a cult favorite since 2009.
Insta-Dri's three-in-one formula combines base coat, color, and top coat in one bottle, making it even easier to have a glossy manicure in a minute. It dries in just 60 seconds, creating full-coverage color and shine without the wait.
Along with an improved formula, Insta-Dri™ also features 14 new, must-have shades that incorporate the season's standout runway trends. Rich chocolate and champagne add cashmere-like coziness to any manicure. Or go bold with fiery tones of red and orange — three different hues allow you to turn up the intensity as much as you like. Lilac, cherry, and plum tap into fall’s purple moment, while blue and teal provide a cooling effect. Meanwhile, the season’s new neutrals (think: the inkiest black, steel gray) are the nails’ answer to Normcore. These anything-but-boring basics prove that colors don’t need to shout to stand out. And with 40 total fast-drying shades to choose from, there's no shortage of variety.
Even the appearance of Insta-Dri™ is getting a boost. A new, sleek logo freshens up the packaging for a more contemporary style — a fitting look for a nail polish made for today's on-the-go pace.
THE SHADES: Re-teal Therapy, Plummet, In Nude-tral, Cherry Fast, Navy Fleet, Show Steel-er, Making Mauves, Leapin’ Lilac, Black to Black, Ablazing!, Quick Fire, Set Sail, Cocoa A Go Go, Orange Zest
In the photo below, my daughter is sporting the beautiful 'Set Sail' shade. It is the perfect color for Spring! It is amazing how quickly this polish dries. No waiting required!
THINK: Everything you need for the ultimate eye looks.
WHAT IT IS: Make your gorgeous peepers pop with the new City Proof Complete Eye Collection from NYC New York Color. From the first touch of primer to the last swipe of mascara, you will look flawless from lid to lash. Go big and bold with colored liners, or make a dramatic statement by mixing different shades of shadows.
THE CITY PROOF COMPLETE EYE COLLECTION INCLUDES:
24 HR Waterproof Mascara $2.99: This 24-hour long-wearing, volumizing mascara available in black is smudge-proof, flake-proof, and water-proof. Keep lashes flexible and comfortable with this gentle mascara, with a quick-drying formula that sets in a flash.
24 HR Eye Primer $2.99: A perfect base, this primer makes your shadow shine. Available in one global shade, the primer comes in a convenient retractable chubby for creaseless, long-lasting color.
24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow $2.99: This retractable chubby has a unique, pigment-packed formula for 24-hour waterproof wear. Color glides on smooth and stays crease-proof all day and all night. Try using it as a liner, or smudge with your finger for a smoky effect. Available shades: Wall Street Bronze, Brooklyn Mocha, Tribeca Taupe, 5th Ave Gold Rush, Murray Hill Champagne, Rockefeller Center Snowflakes, Empire State Building, New York At Night, Central Park Tulips, East River Romance and Madison Square Park .
Beautiful colors! Below is a picture of my daughter wearing 24 HR Waterproof Mascara, and 24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow in Brooklyn Mocha. She really rocks this look!
To learn more about Sally Hansen's go to: http://www.sallyhansen.com/
For more information on NYC New York Color please visit: http://www.newyorkcolor.com/us
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
I love discovering new beauty products! VENeffect is one of my newest favorite anti-aging skincare lines! Now available at Soft Surroundings at Bridgeport Village, VENeffect has every skincare product you’ll need to prevent signs of aging and maintain beautiful, young-looking skin.
Created by two sisters, Dr. Rebecca Booth, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist and Cecil Booth, a beauty industry veteran, they recognized a need in the market for a product that addressed the effect hormones have on our skin while aging; they also realized that the use of estrogen worked wonders on skin elasticity. While you need a prescription for estrogen cream, these women were able to find plant-based phytoestrogens to create a skincare formula that is both luxurious and effective.
“The Venus Effect”, the week when a woman’s peaking estrogen causes a peak of vitality and beauty, and motivated by first-hand experience, the Booth sisters spent seven years developing VENeffect. This innovative, technologically-advanced targeted skin care collection effectively addresses the hormonal aging process through the use of its advanced proprietary phytoestrogen complex: plant-based molecules that safely and effectively restore collagen, dramatically increasing elasticity and reversing the signs of aging. Many anti-aging products increase cell turnover by exfoliation; VENeffect inspires collagen production, replenishing what women lose naturally to significantly improve the vital glow of healthy skin.
In addition to anti-aging properties, VENeffect phytoestrogens, such as those found in the seeds, nuts, roots, and sometimes in the bark of many plants, provide further benefits including: photo-protection, natural anti-inflammatory effects, and super-antioxidant properties. The line was developed not only to be safe and highly effective, but also to provide a luxurious experience for women.
VENeffect skincare consists of:
Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer – hydrating formula that dramatically increases elasticity and infuses the skin with an immediate glow
My thoughts: I was sent a sample of this amazing moisturizer. I apply it at night after cleansing to my face, neck and upper chest area. It is the perfect night cream. I awaken to the most radiant, beautiful, wrinkle-free skin. It truly hydrates my skin and well as tightens it up. I absolutely love it!
Firming Phyto-Lift Serum - potent anti-aging treatment to brighten, firm and enhance the skin
Firming Neck and Décolleté Creme – ultra firming and hydrating formula specifically designed to reverse the signs of aging on the neck and décolletage
Anti-Aging Eye Treatment – potent yet soothing treatment that brightens, de-puffs and visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet
Anti-Aging Lip Treatment – a deeply hydrating and protective formula that visibly reduces and prevents the appearance of vertical lines, while softening and plumping the lips
My thoughts: I received a sample of this miracle lip treatment to try out. As I am getting older, I have found that making those funny 'fish lips' for selfies is simply no longer cute! It causes wrinkles around my lips that are just not attractive. I hate having lines around my lips.
I have been using VENeffect's anti-aging lip treatment for a few days now, and I have already seen a remarkable difference. My lip lines are plumped out and extremely smooth. I actually apply this treatment at night, before I go to bed so that it has time to really work its magic while I sleep. I slather it on my lips as well as onto the skin around my lips. This balm has a nice flavor to it, too.
VENeffect products are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, fragrance free, silicone free, gluten free and paraben free. Made in the USA, VENeffect Anti-Aging Skin Care ranges in price from $85-$195 and is available at Soft Surroundings, among other luxury beauty retailers.
For more information please visit: http://www.veneffect.com/
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Although Father's Day is not for another two months, it is not too early to be planning that perfect gift for that special Dad. A Trakline belt is the PERFECT gift!
improves with age, conforming to your waist shape.
Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for this post.
Swimsuit season is almost here! Only problem is that I am not ready! I just joined a gym last week, but I am far from in shape. I am very uncomfortable showing off any skin just yet, especially my arms. They are quite flabby right now.
I was so excited when I found out that Land's End has some adorable swim tees and tunics that will cover my embarrassing areas, but still allow me to look stylish. Best of all, their swim tees and tunics are made out of fabric that protects the skin from the sun's harmful rays! There are many flattering styles to choose from. I chose the swim tunic pictured below. It is so cute!
- Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective UV protectant
- Lightweight and extra soft for the utmost comfort
- A generous amount of stretch gives you room to move
- Designed to wear over your swimsuit - in and out of the water
- Adjustable side ties let you change the coverage
- Elbow length sleeves
- Fabric provides UPF 50 sun protection
I absolutely love my Swim Tunic! Land's End sent me one to try out. It fits perfectly and feels so comfortable. I can't wait to get the chance to wear it swimming the next time I go to the gym. I am very happy that I do not have to feel self-conscious about my body. (Not only am I currently rocking the flab, I am also very pale.)
I am also excited for summertime when I can wear this stylish piece to the beach and not have to worry about getting a sunburn on my back and my arms. Below, you will see me modeling this tunic. Granted, I do not look half as cute as the model in the photo above, but hopefully I will get there!
To learn more about Land's End or to place an order go to: http://www.landsend.com/
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to revie and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Colgate is proud to expand its oral care portfolio with the introduction of NEW Colgate® Enamel HealthTM - a new line of products uniquely formulated to replenish and polish for stronger, healthy enamel.
When your enamel isn’t properly maintained, it can become rough and more susceptible to damage. But your dental hygienist has the secret to helping to keep your smile beautiful. By polishing your teeth, they go beyond cleaning to replenish natural calcium and gently polish your enamel, making germs less likely to stick. Now you can help maintain the work your hygienist does in between visits everyday with Colgate® Enamel Health TM Toothpaste.
The NEW Colgate® Enamel Health TM Toothpaste helps smooth enamel in two ways:
1. Helps replenish natural calcium and other minerals back into weakened enamel, filling rough spots and making it stronger
2. Gently polishes the enamel surface with gentle micro-polishing action, so germs are less likely to stick to teeth
To complete the line, the Colgate®360°® Enamel Health™ Manual Toothbrush has several features that complement the toothpaste.The uniquely designed bristles help protect enamel surfaces and gums, while the polishing whitening cups gently remove stains for a brighter smile.
For Sensitive Teeth:
Colgate is proud to introduce two breakthrough products, the Colgate® Sensitive Toothbrush + Built-In Sensitivity Relief Pen and Colgate®Enamel Health™ Multi-Protection Toothpaste.
The Colgate® Sensitive Toothbrush + Built-In Sensitivity Relief Pen is a new toothbrush system designed to provide rapid* and long-lasting sensitivity relief 24/7, right to the source of pain. It’s as easy as… BRUSH.APPLY.GO.™
- BRUSH. Brush with your regular toothpaste. The Colgate® Sensitive Toothbrush + Built-In Sensitivity Relief Pen is specially designed with extra soft bristles for sensitive teeth and gums.
- APPLY. Twist knob at bottom of the sensitivity relief pen in the direction of the arrows, until gel appears on tip. Apply gel directly at the source of pain and gently massage for 1 minute. No rinsing!
- GO.™ Simply store pen inside brush and repeat steps during your next use.
The newest toothpaste variant Colgate®Enamel Health™ Multi-Protection, provides protection against enamel erosion, sensitivity and cavities in addition to providing whitening and fresh breath benefits all in one toothpaste.
I was sent an amazing kit full of Colgate Enamel Health products to review as you can see in the picture below. I have very porous enamel on my teeth. Therefore, I have had to be extra careful to take good care of my teeth. I had countless cavities as a child and so I am definitely doing everything I can to preserve the enamel on my teeth and to build it up. I am so thankful to have found Colgate Enamel Health products. They will definitely be a part of my daily regimen in keeping my teeth healthy and strong. After using these products for over a week, my teeth feel smooth, as if they have a new coating of enamel. I love the minty freshness of the toothpaste as well as the soft bristles on the toothbrush.
My husband suffers from weakened enamel as well. He also has very sensitive teeth due to the erosion of his enamel. Colgate Enamel Health products for sensitive teeth are a huge blessing for him. He travels every week for work and does not have time to slow down because of dental pain. The Colgate® Enamel Health™ Toothpaste – Sensitivity Relief has really helped him feel relief.
The Colgate® Sensitive Toothbrush + Built-In Sensitivity Relief Pen has been the perfect solution for him when the pain gets to be really unbearable and he cannot get to the dentist.
Colgate even sent me a gift card to get ice cream at Baskin Robbins! Now my husband has no excuse not to join me for a delicious cold treat. No more tooth sensitivity for him!
For more information, please visit http://www.colgateenamelhealth.com
Disclaimer: I received products Colgate-Palmolive for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Rustic Crust, the maker of organic and all-natural pizza crust and sauce, wants to help you host a family pizza night!
I know it can be a challenge getting a nutritional dinner on the table while keeping the kids entertained, so why not tackle both at the same time with a fun pizza making party.
All Rustic Crust ready-made crusts are:
- Made using traditional, Old World baking methods: Hand formed and double proofed for flavor
- Use delicious, all natural ingredients: Select herbs and spices, no GMOs or artificial ingredients
- Healthy for the whole family: Unbleached whole grain flours, no trans fats and no added sugar
- Convenient ready-made pizza crusts that are ready to enjoy in minutes
- Oversized Rounds for extra value
- Made in the USA
My son, Braxton absolutely loves family pizza night at our house! I was sent samples of Rustic Crust pizza crusts as well as their delicious sauce to review and to enjoy for our family pizza night.
After brushing the crust lightly with olive oil, Braxton adds the yummy Rustic Crust pizza sauce. He spreads it around very carefully!
Next Braxton adds the cheese and after that we added some pepperoni (not pictured.) Braxton's pizza turned out perfect and he got so many compliments from his siblings. That made Braxton feel so proud!
Our family pizza night was a lot of fun. The pizza we made with Rustic Crust pizza crust created a delicious, simple and nutritious way to enjoy pizza from home. I thought this was the best tasting pizza our family has ever had! Now that Braxton has become a great pizza chef we can have him help out every single time!
You can Click here for Rustic Crust’s tips and tricks for hosting a family pizza night.
Did you know that next Tuesday is World Health Day?! Well…neither did I! but I wanted to let you know that there’s DEF a connection between health + beauty. Want to stay on top of it without sacrificing time and energy? Here’s how!
SKIN HEALTH….means SPF and Anti-Aging!
Protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays…it’s really so easy to slap on some SPF before heading out, just make sure to keep reapplying throughout the day depending on how long you’re outside! Here’s my faves for face + lips + body + scalp all with at least SPF 15.
Owner of Wink Brow Bar Umbreen Sheikh also has amazing tips on how to maintain the health and prevent wrinkles of the delicate eye area over time with threading! Yes – THREADING.
Every woman knows how delicate the skin is around the eyes, we’re even told to simply tap on eye products with the ring finger to avoid any tugging or rubbing.
I’ve noticed that women who have waxed all their lives are more likely to have some hooding around the lid and thinner or more sun-damaged skin on the forehead and brow area, whereas women who’ve grown up threading stay younger longer. That said, of course, diet, smoking, stress levels and sun exposure play a big part – actually, more than genetics – but why add one more thing to list of stuff that ages you?
BODY HEALTH….means getting back on track with tips from Selvera!
Nutritionist Amanda Foti details how to maximize your health to improve your beauty routine with a trend forecast of what’s to come in health + beauty!
Today consumers are gravitating towards “natural” beauty remedies rather than the chemical formulas they may have used in the past to achieve the desired younger, brighter looking skin. The recent “inside out” beauty approach is taking off and for good reason! Research is showing consuming a few key nutrients is just as effective as some cosmetics, not to mention cheaper!
One of the most sought after nutrients promising glowing beauty, amongst other health benefits, is DHA found in fish oil. This nutrient, found in fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel, works great to battle blemishes and eczema. Primrose oil, has also been found to enhance skin health. If you’re looking to protect against sun damage, the hottest grab includes beta carotene and lycopene, found in red and orange fruits and vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes, and beets!
Disclaimer: I was sent product samples in compensation for this post.
Family, work, school, the kids’ soccer games, food shopping – the list continues to grow and free time shrinks.
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Sometimes my son, Braxton gets up at night (okay....... all the time) and he heads straight for my (and my husband's bed.) There are times when he trips over and bumps into things in his quest for some night time snuggles. Then when he cries out after bumping into something, that wakes up everyone in the house!
Thankfully, I have found the perfect solution! I absolutely love the Motion Sensor Light Pro LED 6938B Super Bright, Cordless Night Light !
This ruggedized light has 15 super-bright SMD LEDS that emits clear, neutral white light. With approximately 100 lumens, this effectively illuminates 6 square metres if mounted at a height of 2 to 2.5 metres. It has Auto-On-Off settings. In Auto mode, this light turns on only when dark and detects motion within 2.5m. In the absence of further movement, it stays on for 25 seconds before automatically turning off. It uses 3 AA batteries and have approximate lifespan of 90 days if used for 10 minutes a day.
I was sent a couple of units to review, and I decided to put one on the wall right outside of my eight year-old's bedroom door to help him light his way at night when he decides to venture into my bedroom. So far, it has really helped! Braxton does not trip over or bump into things because he can actually see where he is going! Plus, he used to leave the lights on (during the times he actually turned them on) and I would have to get up and turn them off.
It is perfect for under dark cabinets in the kitchen or bathroom, too! I keep my other light in our kitchen cabinet so I can see the pots or pans I need. I like how this light comes with several ways to mount it. There are magnets, a place to put it on a hook, and it also came with and adhesive velcro so you can put it up but have the option to take it down if you need it somewhere else
Can you imagine how nice these lights would be to have during a power outage? That hasn't happened here yet, but I know where my lights are if I need them!
Win! Two winners will be chosen to receive a Motion Sensor Light Pro LED 6938B Super Bright Cordless Night Light (ARV: $18 ea.)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
For more information or to place an order please click here
Disclaimer: I received samples of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.