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Halloween is right around the corner! Below you will find some of my favorite products for that spooky night from Streekers, Smashbox Cosmetics, Mamonde and Sun Bum that can take care of everything from nailing the perfect costume to taking it all off at the end of the night.
Add the most-have essentials for your costume with temporary hair color from Streekers. Available in 8 colorageous shades. Streekers lets you create the absolute look without the commitment of permanent color.
Make a statement with Smashbox Cosmetics Be Legendary Liquid Metal Lipstick
Our studio pros infused the Be Legendary Liquid Metal with four new types of pearls for a never before-seen, fierce foil finish that gives lips killer color in a single coat!
Take it all off with Mamonde Petal Spa Oil to Foam Cleanser
A cleansing oil and foamy cleanser in one super gentle, rose-infused formula.
Give your hair a break with Sun Bum Revitalizing Deep Conditioning Masque
This Deep Conditioning Masque was specifically formulated to restore essential hydration and enhance overall softness and smoothness to dry, damaged or over-processed hair. This most decadent treatment is infused with Amla and Bamboo Extract that helps strengthen our hair, making it resilient and more manageable.
With Halloween a week away, the pressure is on to assemble the perfect look. Luckily, if you’re in need of some inspiration celebrity hair stylist Sarah Potempa has created two DIY looks that are trick-or-treat worthy and easily replicated!
For all the caffeine addicts out there, Sarah created her take on everyone’s favorite Coffee Mermaid by creating effortless waves using the Beachwaver Pro ($199, Ulta.com) and adding clip on extensions that have been dyed green using a Lemon Lime Hair Chalk ($5.99, Ulta.com) from Splat. Compliment this look with an emerald lip and eye, attach a cut out paper crown with bobby pins and voila you now are Coffee Mermaid swimming amongst the endless order of Pumpkin Spice Lattes!
2017 has been the year of the unicorn, Sarah’s unique take on this mythical creature can be created in 3 easy steps! First, style with the Beachwaver Pro ($199, Ulta.com) and brush out the waves with paddle brush to get voluminous body. Then apply Splat Hair Chalk in Pink Hearts, Dusty Rose, and Silver Moon ($5.99 each, Ulta.com) to create an ombre rainbow affect in minutes with the temporary hair chalk that works on all hair colors.
Apply each chalk in small sections of the hair to get vivid color, use a paddle brush to even the color and finalize the look. Finally, to create a unicorn horn, take strands of hair extensions and apply Splat Hair Chalk to them and wrap them around styrofoam or a Beachwaver Half Up ($9.00, Ulta.com) creating a DIY horn and then pin to your hair. Finish off with some glitter, make up, and colorful accessories and you are ready to spread glamour, peace, and love this Halloween!
Splat Hair Chalk is temporary hair color for a day, a beautiful way to add pastel color highlights to your hair. The chalk slides on dry and instantly adds just the right touch of color. The compact is designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand so it is easy to hold onto and apply to hair. The result is soft color that is easy to brush, curl or style after application and is easily washed out with shampoo! You can highlight your hair with a different color every day. The applicator sponge is included for easy application close to your hair-line or when applying color to your braid. Kit Includes: 1 Compact of Splat Hair Chalk & 1 Applicator Sponge.
$5.99 each at Ulta.com
Beachwaver PRO is rapidly becoming the favorite styling tool for celebrities and fashion-savvy women, this curling iron will save you time and leave you looking like you just left the red carpet! Celebrity stylist Sarah Potempa and her sister Erin worked on developing this innovative rotating curling iron for over two years. The technology is unsurpassed (with customized extra long barrel, digital temperature control, and Left/Right control buttons, automatic shut off feature), the idea is simple, and your hair will look fabulous. Guaranteed!
$199 at Ulta.com
As Halloween is quickly approaching, I wanted to share some tips and tricks to have an “Organically Spooky” Halloween, courtesy of Go Organically Fruit Snacks.
From DIY costumes and arts and crafts to alternative treat ideas, get creative and have an all-natural Halloween with Go Organically!
Skip the store-bought costume and swap last year’s costumes with a friend. Or become a DIY creator with objects found around your home and/or a local thrift store. You’ll save money, boost creativity and keep waste out of landfills. While there are tons of super-crafty ideas on Pinterest, we’re all about simple:
- Ghost: The classic easy homemade costume. Cut eye and mouth holes out of an old bedsheet and voila!
- Cowboy/Cowgirl: Pair a plaid shirt with denim bottoms, tie a red handkerchief around their neck, and add a hat from your dress-up trunk.
- Athlete: Have kids don their sports uniforms to become an instant baseball player or soccer star.
- Rocker: Think ripped jeans, faded T-shirt, big hair and toy guitar.
From patch to porch, it just isn’t Halloween without jack-o’-lanterns. Some pumpkin pointers:
- Curate: Rather than buy pumpkins at a supermarket or commercial pumpkin patch, head to a local farm and pick your own.
- Carve: When it comes time to carve, remember that you can use those lovely pumpkin guts for breads, soups and muffins, and even roast the pumpkin seeds for a delicious seasonal snack.
- Create: For a no-carve design with a natural feel, drape your pumpkin in cotton kitchen twine to mimic a tangled spider web.
Whether you head to a local Trunk or Treat or go door to door, Trick or Treating is the ultimate Halloween rite of passage for kids. Some favorite treat ideas:
- Candy Alternatives: Think outside the candy wrapper with kid-friendly snack alternatives. Try snack-size pretzel bags, individual hot cocoa packets, andGo Organically organic fruit snacks . These dairy-free kids snacks come in single-serve pouches for easy distribution!
- Non-food Treats: Have a gluten-free goblin or nut-free ninja at your house? Or know a food sensitive kiddo who might stop by? Hand out non-food treats like stickers, bubbles, pencils or temporary tattoos.
Other Spooky Swaps
- Treat Bags: Instead of a carrying a plastic pumpkin or bag for that Trick or Treat haul, use a pillowcase or reusable canvas tote that your kids can decorate themselves.
- Decorations: Store-bought spiders and witches are fun, but try decorating with items found in nature or other objects from your home. Put out a centerpiece of colorful gourds, or cut ghosts and bats out of recyclable construction paper.
- Dessert: Making a cake for a Halloween party? Swap out sprinkles or candy toppings for Go Organically gluten free fruit snacks . They’re excellent for spelling out the word “Boo!”
(I do love my plastic pumpkin. In fact, I am recycling the same one I have used for over ten years, so I guess that is good for the environment!)
Enter to win! One winner will receive one box of each flavor of Go Organically Fruit Snacks (3 boxes in total).
How? It's easy! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
I hope your Halloween is Organically Spooky! Be sure to follow Go Organically on Facebook for more kid-friendly ideas.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Sally Hansen and Rimmel London have the perfect products to get you Halloween ready! From orange and black nails to matte black lips and bold liner, you will be ready in no time.
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure ($7.99)
This all-in-one formula with keratin boasts 7 benefits in one bottle— base coat, strength, treatment, salon color, topcoat, chip resistance and gel shine finish.
Complete Salon manicure delivers up to 64% stronger nails and up to 10 days of chip-resistant wear.
Shown below in Hooked on Onyx
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel ($9.99)
The #1 no light gel system!* In just two easy steps get up to 14 days of color and shine. More chip-resistant than regular nail polish!
Shown below in Blacky-O
Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens ($7.95)
The write way to turn your nails into a work of art . Forget complicated kits with stencils and decals—Sally Hansen lets you effortlessly personalize your nail. With the Nail Art Pen, your nails can be as creative as you are: Let your imagination guide your designs for limitless possibilities.
Shown below in Orange and Black
RIMMEL LONDON STAY MATTE LIQUID LIP COLOUR ($5.79)
Get ready for a bold, matte lip-look that stays on. Rimmel London introduces Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour, a new liquid lipstick with high-intensity colour, a velvety matte finish and a long-lasting, comfortable wear.
Rimmel London Scandaleyes Bold Liquid Eyeliner ($5.49)
Intense glossy colour that lasts all day and night, up to 24 hour wear. The formula is fade, transfer and waterproof. The Innovative ball tip applicator allows for a bold look.
GourmetGiftBaskets.com is by far my FAVORITE online gourmet gifting company! I absolutely love their amazing selection of gift baskets and gourmet treats that makes giving the perfect gift an EASY task. Right now, GourmetGiftBaskets.com is celebrating their 15th anniversary!
To celebrate, GourmetGiftBaskets.com is offering more than $2,000 in prizes and a 15% off discount for anyone entering. To enter, you can follow the instructions here. It is that simple! (It is such FUN contest! All you do is take a selfie! Why not enter? We are ALL selfie pros these days!) HURRY, though! It ends November 15th!
Below, I am featuring a few of GourmetGiftBasket's newest items, which include some great gifts for guys -- (and we all know how hard it is to find gift for men.) Here are some new options that should satisfy most men:
1. NFL Popcorn Tins -- $59.99: How great are these, especially for couch-bound quarterbacks and other football game lovers? Tailgate in your family room with these attractive, branded tins reflecting the passion behind several top teams. Currently, GourmetGiftBaskets.com has very colorful, three-gallon tins for fans of nine different teams: New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints. Some of our all-time most popular flavors for men are included in each tin -- Kettle Corn, Cheesy Cheddar and Caramel Popcorn.
2. MLB Popcorn Tins -- $59.99: Now, if the men in your life would prefer playing or watching baseball, we've got you covered there, too. Sports-team ensconced tins are available for fans of the following teams: Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, LA Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, and the St. Louis Cardinals. Kettle Corn, Cheesy Cheddar and Caramel Popcorn are the featured flavors in these tins, as well.
3. Fall Seasonal Beer Bucket -- $69.99, Our seasonal beer buckets have been very popular and this one with its autumnal flavors promises to delight microbrew beer lovers as much, if not more, than its predecessors. This bucket includes Oktoberfest by Otter Creek, Pumpkin Head by Shipyard, and Harvest Barn Ale by Long Trail. Snacks that bring out the best flavor notes in these beers include our own handcrafted Hickory Maple Bacon Kettle Corn and Buffalo Popcorn, along with summer sausage, spicy cheddar cheese, crackers, pretzels and nuts.
4. Halloween Candy Stash -- $29.99, Most guys love candy (and reliving the years of their youth). Well, this new Candy Stash offers enough candy for the guys and the whole family.
Look at the adorable gift basket that I received recently from GourmetGiftBasket.com. (Below.) Isn't it cute? It is filled with all of my favorite candy. How did they know? (It sure didn't last long, however, but at least I can re-use the cute little canister. It makes a handy-candy dish!
Not only can you enter to win over $2,000 in prizes from GourmetGiftBaskets.com, but you can also enter to win one of the exciting gift baskets I have shown you above! That's right! One of my readers will receive any of the gift baskets full of goodies shown above! Which one would you choose?
Enter to win! One winner will be chosen to receive a gift basket of their choice from GourmetGiftBaskets.com.
How? It's easy! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools form below for your chance to win.
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*Product received. All opinions are my own.
It is almost Halloween! Help get your little ones all geared up for that spook-tacular night of trick-or-treating with six favorite titles from NCircle Entertainment!
This month NCircle Entertainment is featuring 1 new release and 6 Halloween titles for your child's viewing pleasure. My son, Braxton has been watching them all, one by one, non-stop!
Below are the DVDs I was sent to review from NCircle Entertainment. Let's start with the newest release:
Twenty six cuddly ABC Monsters live within the walls of Capital Castle. Each monster represents a letter of the alphabet, but should any of the monsters go missing for longer than a day, all the letters will be wiped clean from every book in Capital Town!
In this DVD, embark on adventures with Alice, Brian, and Cherry Berry to search high and low for the letters V, W, X, Y, and Z. It's a very windy day in Capital Town. After checking the ABC Monsters, it seems that one of them is missing - W-Monster! So Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry head into town in hopes of finding their missing friend, W-Monster. Along the way they meet, Wanda the Weaver, Wendy the Window Cleaner and then Willie Webster. Hopefully, one of them will be able to help Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry find W-Monster during this windy day.
Get set for a spellbinding series of magical adventures that engages preschool children's imaginations, while making learning exciting and entertaining.
A new spooky adventure this DVD brings, with The Cat, Nick and Sally, Fish and the Things. Meet the eeriest critters you have ever seen, arrived just in time for this Halloween! There will be lots of tricks and, of course lots of treats, to share with the animal friends you will meet! There's a coconut crab, spider monkeys and bats, and plenty more fun with The Cat in the Hat!
It's Halloween! Join Sid and his friends as they discover how bats catch mosquitoes, why spiders are expert engineer web builders, and how skeletons make up the foundation of our bodies. The kids dress up to celebrate Halloween at school, and Teacher Suzie leads them in a special Halloween parade song to show off their costumes! With Sid the Science Kid, Halloween can be spooky and scientific!
The Cat in the Hat takes Nick and Sally on a Halloween ride filled with howlers and shockers and scary fandangles, big laughs and music and fun from all angles! Their fright-filled adventure takes them deep into the Oooky-ma-kooky Closet where Nick and Sally discover the very best Halloween costumes ever.
Welcome to Doozer Creek where the Doozers live! They're green. They re cute. They re three inches tall and they re full of energy, ideas, and enthusiasm! It's Spookypalooza! The time of year when all Doozers get together to spook each other. The Pod Squad makes the spookiest pumpkin ever a cool Pumpkin Doozer made by stacking three pumpkins together. But when their new invention starts rolling all around town, the Doozers have to find a way to reign in their spooky creation! Enjoy four STEM-based adventures with the Doozers!
Join Pocoyo and his friends on seven playful adventures. Whether it's playing a new game called Boo!, enjoying a monster mash party or pretending to be Godzilla & King Kong, every day is fun & engaging with Pocoyo and his friends!
Twelve year old Harry has lived and breathed magic since his early childhood. The problem is that his hometown, Appletown, is not the best place for his natural talent to blossom. Although he rehearses endlessly in his parents' barn he realizes that his dream is just that a dream. One day Harry catches the glimpse of a chance: the New York mayor has announced a magic competition due to the official opening of the Statue of Liberty.
Unfortunately, there is a slight problem with this competition, in order to try out one must be trained by a real magician. Poor Harry doesn't know a single one. Until Harry s father runs into the magician, the Great Tesla, in town and Tesla promises to see Harry. Despite the young boy s lack of knowledge Tesla spots talent, creativity and boldness in Harry. He decides to give him a chance and invites him to his own home, accompanied by his niece, Beth, and his assistant, Amrold. Tesla will teach Harry the basics of magic, his tricks but will also test him. Will Harry be strong enough to become a true magician?
You can find these great titles and others from NCircle Entertainment's website and at retailers near you.
* I am an ambassador for NCircle Entertainment and received copies of the above titles to review. All opinions are my own.
Have you planned your Halloween costume yet? I don't usually dress up for Halloween, but I do enjoy getting creative with my nails.
If you're going to rock nail art, there is no better time of year to do so than October. The month gives you free range to peruse all the wicked-cool Halloween nail art ideas, and try as many festive manicures as you want. See below for tips from celebrity nail artist, Skyy Hadley (who works on Faith Evans, Janelle Monae, and Mariska Hargitay).
Skyy recommends doing your nails the day before Halloween at home and giving yourself 45 minute to an hour of time to complete it. Follow Skyy’s DIY stiletto nail tutorial.
- Sanitize hands and nails.
- Start out with a square nail by clipping your nail straight across.
- Clip the uppermost portion of the two sides diagonally into a triangle.
- With a file, focus on curving the sides evenly to get a teardrop shape that softens the triangle.
- Whatever you do on one side, do on the other side. For example: If you do three files on one side, do three files on the other so that it looks symmetrical.
October is National Dental Hygiene Month, the perfect time to evaluate the importance of oral health and its connection to our overall well-being.
(A pumpkin with pearly-whites....yes, I drew it.)
We’re aware of the obvious reasons for proper oral hygiene, but did you know a clean mouth means warding off potential non-oral health problems, like heart attack, stroke and preterm labor? As the ADA reports, a healthy mouth means a healthy body.
It’s also the perfect time to rethink the standard toothbrush. The HartFelt 360 Toothbrush is the world’s first 360 degree toothbrush and revolutionizes your brushing experience with unparalleled cleaning power.
- Cleans more than twice the amount of plaque than a standard manual toothbrush
- Effective without the use of toothpaste!
- Ensures proper brushing
HartFelt’s new 360 degree toothbrush is truly innovative -- it is the world's first 360 degree designed toothbrush. Developed in the Osaka University Dental Hospital of Japan, the 360 Toothbrush has unparalleled cleaning power thanks to over 10,000 micro fine bristles—10 times more than the average toothbrush. Circular rings firmly hold bristles in place, while spacing washers between bristle layers make it more effective for removing plaque and keeping the brush clean. Works great for cleaning the tongue and for massaging gums.
Take a 360 Toothbrush to work, out camping, or on the road, as it may be used effectively with water alone when you are on the go. To use, just wet the toothbrush and brush more gently than usual. There is NO NEED to turn, spin, or twist your wrist as you brush.
I was sent a HartFelt 360 Toothbrush to review for my son, Braxton. At ten years old, Braxton still despises brushing his teeth. He wants to get the job done as quickly as possible. He loves this new toothbrush because it allows him to get his teeth as clean as possible without a lot of effort.
After learning more about the HartFelt’s new 360 degree toothbrush, I decided to purchase one for my husband and myself. We both agree that this innovative toothbrush is the best either of us have ever used in keeping our teeth and gums clean and healthy. I know what the rest of my family will be getting in their stockings this year!
Enter to win! One winner will receive two HartFelt 360 Adult Soft Toothbrushes, one red and one blue. (ARV: $29.98)
How? It's easy! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
For more information about HartFelt’s New 360 Degree Toothbrush click here.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Wraps Launch Special Edition Skull Wristband Headphones
Following the success of the Classic and Talk Wraps Wristband Headphones, Wraps is now launching a limited edition Skull Bead Wraps to celebrate the spooky Halloween season.
Based on the Natural Walnut wooden bead Wraps but with added Skull charms to bring this look to life, you can now rock out while you are enjoying your pumpkin soup, getting together with friends and neighbors or trick or treating with the kids! The new skull bead edition will be available for a limited time only so get yours while you still can!
Using Wraps headphones has fast become as much about how good you look wearing them as it is how good they sound. Not only do the earphones look and sound great, they also solve the daily frustration of those that are easily broken, tangled or lost. Wraps solve 3 inherent problems all earphones have: storage, anti- tangle and style simply by enabling you to wear them on your wrist while you’re not using them. #WearYourSound with pride and bring your outfit to life while also having your favorite music ‘on hand’ whenever you want it.
The Skull Beads Wraps feature:
- built in headset microphone
- 3.5mm gold plated jack
- light, spherical ABS housing helps control the sound
- choice of small, medium and large silicon tips to provide a comfortable and secure fit
- large 10MM dynamic speaker, tuned by world-renowned British Audio sound engineers, to deliver exceptional sound quality
When worn on the wrist, the unique patented slider system keeps the lightweight heads, slider and jack plug all connected together for a secure compact fit. The cables are kept in perfect alignment and remain tangle free and always close to hand! The British designers blended materials and colors to craft a fashionable headphone that can stylize your outfit and coordinate your look so whether you're travelling to work, to a Halloween party or heading off to school, there is a Wraps headphone for you!
The Limited Edition Skull Bead Wraps is available on www.mywraps.com for $38.99.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to start preparing the most epic costume ever! What better way to start then with transforming your locks into anything you can imagine? John Frieda Tools and ColorMetrics STREEKERS have just made it that much easier to do so.
Pump up the volume with John Frieda Full Volume Dryer $49.99
The only heat styling tool you’ll need to get high volume hair. Blowouts become a breeze with the John Frieda® Full Volume Dryer, a breakthrough blow dryer that gives you the power to produce effortlessly glam looks.
Or smooth it out with John Frieda Satin Finish Flat Iron $54.99
Pin-straight hair has never looked sleeker or felt softer. The revamped, premium flat iron now features generously sized 1 ½” inch plates that allow for quick, easy straightening using an advanced ionic generator.
Lastly, add a POP of color with STREEKERS $5.98
Boldhair color to complement every costume.This Halloween take your transformation to the next level with temporary hair color from Streekers.Whether you’re going spooky or celebrity this season, there’s a perfect Streekers hair hue to accessorize every disguise.