January 17, 2012

Free Samples from LovelySkin.com ~ Ends 1.22.12

Who doesn't love a free sample?  Starting today, January 16th you can select your own sample at LovelySkin.com with their fabulous free sample opportunity. There are about 21 different samples to choose from, including face cream, anti-wrinkle neck cream, and eye creams!  This may sound to good to be true, but founder and president of LovelySkin.com, Dr. Joel Schlessinger has assured us that there are no strings attached!

I chose the Teamine Eye Complex.  I can truly say that eye cream is the one product missing from my daily beauty regimen.  I like that the Teamine includes vitamins E, C, K, and green tea extract.  It is a true multi-tasker, working to reduce dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles, all while hydrating the skin.


WHAT:  Free samples, valued up to $18.

BRANDS:  Top brands included in the free sample giveaway include: SkinMedica, Kinerase, EltaMD, and so many more!

WHO: For LovelySkin.com Members (Membership is FREE and easy . . . 5 minutes tops!)

WHERE:  LovelySkin.com

WHEN: January 16th - January 22nd

Exclusions:  One sample per family/person. Open to US/APO and territories.

Don't forget to stop back in and share the same you chose!

January 16, 2012

Jodi Foster's Look for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Jodi Foster looked amazing at the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday night, and now you can have that same FRESH and MODERN look.  Jodi's look was created by Carol Shaw, Celebrity Makeup Artist and Founder of LORAC Cosmetics.

Overall look:  Shimmering champagne and smoky brown eyes, bronze cheeks, and light peach glossy lips.

To recreate Jodi's glamourous, fabulous look, follow these steps:

  • Apply AquaPRIME Oil Free Makeup Primer to prepare skin for smooth, long-lasting makeup application
  • Follow with Smooth Breakthrough Performance Foundation all over skin. This foundation is exceptional for creating  fflawless coverage and a youthful radiance
  • Give skin a silky-smooth picture perfect finish with POREfection Baked Perfecting Powder
  • Prime the eyelid with Behind the Scenes Eye Primer
  • To give eyes a hint of sparkle, use the shimmering champagne and nude shadows in the NEW UNZIPPED Eye Shadow Palette (available at Sephora this spring)
  • Define eyes by tracing the lash line with Front of the Line Pro Eyeliner in Black
  • Create dramatic, voluminous lashes with Multiplex 3D Lashes Mascara
  • Fill in brows with Creamy Brow Pencil (if needed)
  • Brighten skin while giving a natural radiant glow with Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder in Luminous
  • Apply Baked Matte Satin Blush in Exposed to give cheeks a peachy pink pop of color
  • Finish by lightly dusting TANtalizer Baked Bronzer all over for a subtle glow
  • Line lips with Nude Pencil #18 to define lips and keep gloss in place
  • Apply NEW Lips with Benefits in Mark (available this spring) for a long-lasting, glossy finish
Products available this spring online at LORACCosmetics.com, and Sephora.

Shining Shakti ~ Tree Hugging Fabulous Yoga Wear

"Shakti, simply defined, is the feminine aspect of Divine Energy that creates and maintains the Universe. Shakti flows constantly, playfully enjoying existence on Earth through each of us.

While we come from the same Source, we are all uniquely individual and expressing ourselves in our own dynamic way. In that spirit, each pair of Shining Shakti pants is a lovingly hand-dyed work of art and no two are exactly the same." 

Shining Shakti is a brand of eco-friendly yoga-wear for the fashionable yogi! The collection includes tops, pants, leggings, and even onesies for the little’s that are made of organic cotton.

The pants shown above, Hearts Ablaze, are by far my favorite. The pants are black, with pink, orange, white, and blue coloring hand-dyed into the fabric. Although the size small appeared extremely SMALL, they were not at all difficult to get on, and were amazingly comfortable to wear. They weren’t restricting in any way, which I have heard many complain about.

There are a variety of other color options to choose from in the yoga pant and the legging. Each style also has a matching tank top that coordinates nicely. The tank tops also include a built-in shelf bra, a plus with any athetics you choose. The pants are $69, leggings $59, and the tanks are $36.

Shining Shakti is sold in boutiques and yoga studios around the country, and can also be found online at www.shiningshakti.com.

January 10, 2012

Klean Kanteen: Say Goodbye to Single Use Cups & Plastic Mugs

Klean Kanteen - Klean Kanteen has something to offer for everyone!  From babies to adults, you are sure to find a great bottle for all your needs!  Klean Kanteen bottles are the ORIGINAL, BPA-free steel water bottle.  The 18/8 stainless steel is food grade, and doesn't retain or impart flavors that other bottles tend to do.

The Kid Kanteen collection includes baby bottles, sippy cups, and a larger sport size sippy cup for the littles.  

Other models include an original style, insulated, and wide-mouth bottles.  There are a variety of sizes and many colors to choose from.

I prefer the 27 oz wide Kanteen to keep my water cold during yoga class, and enjoy the insulated bottles for my morning coffee.  The insulated bottle keeps liquids hot for hours! We were suprised to find hot cocoa that was fixed 8 hours prior still warm!

Klean Kanteen offers free shipping for any orders over $50 so be sure to stop by and take advantage of this great offer. They can also be found at your local REI store.

Klean Kanteen can be found online at www.kleankanteen.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kleankanteen, and Twitter at https://twitter.com/kleankanteen.

January 3, 2012

Currently Crafting: Granny Square Blanket

I recently started crocheting a granny square blanket for our master bedroom.  I haven't made a granny square blanket in many, many years.  I think the part that got me was having to constantly change colors.  I much prefer to be able to cruize along crocheting while watching a tv show in the evenings or when we are on our way to visit others.

After seeing granny square blankets all over Pinterest, and Flickr, I decided to make another one.  This time, I selected a variegrated yarn.  Noro has a beautiful collection called Silk Garden.  The collection comes in many different color variations, so there is sure to be a color-way to match your decor.

Noro Silk Garden is made of 45% Silk, 45% Kid-Mohair, and 10% Lambs Wool.  It is a worsted weight, hand dyed yarn, and is one of their most popular yarns.  Once you see the beautiful colors and start working with it, I am sure you will love it as much as I do!

For the blanket shown above, I ordered 12 balls of yarn, and a size H crochet hook.

The yarn is available at Yarn Market, Jimmy Beans Wool, and Knitting Fever to name a few.  If you shop now, Yarn Market has a sale on Noro Silk Garden, and their shipping is really quick.

Here is an up close picture of 314, Purple, Green, and Gold. 

What projects are you currently working on?  Have you recently crocheted any granny square pillows or blankets?  I would love to see what others are working on!

January 2, 2012

Aim True with Kathryn Budig Yoga for the New Year

If you are looking for a yoga dvd so you can practice at home, Aim True Yoga by Kathryn Budig is a great option.  The dvd, available at Target, and online at Gaiam includes three great workouts.

1. Beginner's Practice (25 Minutes): Great for those just starting out. The sequences are challenging yet gentle enough for beginners.  Although this is not a relaxing yoga routine, the poses are held briefly so that you don't become too fatigued.  Kathryn is easy to follow, allowing you the ability to really focus on your breathing.

2. Authentic Flow (45 Minutes): Once you are more confident and have built up strength, the Authentic Flow will add another level of challenge to your yoga workout.  This sequence allows you to improve your balance and flexibility with a longer, intermediate flow.

3. Power Up Your Core (10 Minutes):  In the next few months, I, like everyone else will be working extra hard to tone our core!  Kathryn has included this wonderful 10 minute core workout to help you get your "power house" back in shape.

Sticking to a fitness routine that works with a busy lifestyle can be difficult.  It is important to remember that living an active healthy lifestyle is crucial to feeling your best.  A commitment of 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week makes a great start.  

This year I plan to visit the local yoga studio twice a week.  It is so nice to practice with others, and share the energy that yoga creates.  The ability to hold the poses longer, and move deeper into the poses is so motivating.  Not to mention gaining the ability to focus on breathing and letting go the negative energy while practicing can make you feel so much better, both physically and mentally.

What type of exercise do you find enjoyable and motivating?  What are your goals for the new year?  I would love to hear about everyone's goals for 2012!

~ Namaste,

One Stylish Momma

January 1, 2012

American Girl: A Must-Have for Every Girl

American Girl is the doll that every little girl desires. You can choose from their historical figures, bitty babies, butty twins and their matching clothing and furniture. Girls everywhere are asking for an American Girl. You can choose a doll that has long hair, or one that has short, curly hair. The quality of the dolls are amazing, and they will last so your child can take their doll with them everywhere as long as they want to.

Want to make your American Girl experience even more magical? Make sure you get the books so you can read to your child and take them on the journey that their doll has gone through. You can visit the life of the historical dolls and understand their friendship and their lives that are so different than your child's. The cost of living was different, the style of clothing was different, and the expectations were different. Your daughter will be able to gain a bit more knowledge about their American Girl dolls as they settle into the books that explains everything.

If your daughter is like mine, then she will go through 5, 6, 7, or more outfits in a day. She has a dress for eating dinner, for going to the store, for playing with her toys….for every part of her day! It is adorable but the laundry does end up piling up because how many clothing pieces she goes through. So for her American Girl doll I made sure to get her the extra clothing so she can change her dolls outfits over and over and they can enjoy their party time and dinner time together.

How does your daughter spend time with her American Girl? Does she take her everywhere or does she keep her on a pedestal in her room? Does she like brush her hair or does she keep her hair exactly as it was when it was first purchased? It is adorable to watch my daughter with her doll, and she is making her moments memorable each and everyday.