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Thursday, February 28, 2013

2 from Pomegranate “Royal Fairy Tale” Collection

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Aren't they gorgeous.  Pomegranate recently launched the Royal Fairy Tale Collection consisting of 14 new shades inspired in fairy tales of happy endings... and a happy ending is a dry nail with no smudges :)  

Two of those shades are here!!!!!!  with the debut of my nubs. (broken hearted nails)
First up is True Love's Kiss is a gorgeous metallic lilac just so hard to photograph with rainy days and late nights at work =(  but indeed dreamy.  
but this truly inspires true love's kiss
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After a few days (yeap! a few days, because Pomegranate is long lasting and it's so pretty i didnt want to take it off) I decided to accentuate with Broken Curse

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Seen here over China Glaze Tart-y For The Party and with no undies on ring finger

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At first I expected a purple base and later found out that it is a clear base and a myriad of purple and blue micro glitter in mardi gras tones (if that makes sense)

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This is my pinkie.. makes me think of cupcakes and sprinkles. 

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Pomegranate Nail Lacquer is 4-free.. no toluene, formaldehyde, DBP or camphor
Made in the USA
long wearing and gorgeous!
Retails for $8.50 (free shipping with minimum purchase)

See the entire Royal Fairy Collection HERE
and be sure to check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pomegranatenaillacquer


Njoy: E-Cig Review

First and foremost, I am in NO WAY promoting smoking and am not a smoker and have never done so and dont plan to do it.  I dont know how I turned out this way as everyone in my immediate family smokes or has smoked for as long as I can remember. 

So as a NON-smoker and besides ALL the health hazards that smoking causes I can tell you, with all due respect, ya'll STINK! (smell bad).

Someone PLEEEEEEEASE tell my office's Fedex guy to please smoke out of the truck all of my packages smell so bad sometimes I dont even want to open them.  

So as much as I dislike the smell of a cigarette and is not like my family and friends are going to quit ever, I thought what a great idea these e-cigs are and the best thing is that they're not really cigarettes 

I am no expert but I have always said that smoking is nothing more than a bad habit, is more about the physical and mental habit and the psychology of it then the actual "high" or "relief" that they get from it.

Those that have to have a cigarette with coffee or only when they're out socially drinking or just the habit of reaching into pocket for one while driving and stinking while at it.  Njoy is for you! Fight the addiction, break the habit.  

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So to really test this product, I gave Njoy cigs to my friends who dont like to come to my house because this is a smoke-free home.  

One of them has children and the child's reaction was priceless and I quote "this is the best day of my life" puzzled I asked why: he hugs me and says "my mom wont stink anymore" 
I was like WOW am not alone here! 

Njoy looks and feels just like a cigarette so the smokers dont feel a difference is ready to go right from the pack and it fits in purses, pockets, wallets, wristlets, etc. simply take out and it "activates" by a puff 

Njoy has made a great difference and my friends have reported how great it is not to have to carry a pack of cigs that breaks in purses leaving traces everywhere or better yet, not to have to BUY one!  Two months in and EVERYONE has reported major cut backs (sadly no quits yet) and have received very pleasing feedback as to their appearance and perfumes (yeah! we can smell the perfume on them now) no more stinky friends and family. SCORE!!!  one out of the 6 reported a lapse where a regular cig was offered and didnt refuse but doesnt sound like a major fall back.  Ladies preferred menthol while men didnt care.

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Seriously, you're not going to be considerate of yourself and those who love you (healthwise) and quit, be considerate of others use an e-cig and problem solved you wont STINK!

Njoy is affordable and accessible and rechargeable, a hassle saver.
Buy Online or in Stores
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Top Reasons Why NJOY is America's #1 E-Cigarette
  • No Tobacco Smoke or Odor
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For more info visit njoy.com 
I was provided with this product for review in exchange of my 100% honest opinion

Monday, February 25, 2013

Want to Write a Cooking Book??

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:So You Want to Write a Cookbook?
The Lisa Ekus Group
February 2013
Contact:  Sally Ekus
The Lisa Ekus Group
Sally@lisaekus.com / @SallyEkus

So You Want to Write a Cookbook?
Culinary Agency Seeks to Sign New Talent via Twitter

Hatfield, MA – So you want to write a cookbook? Do you have a food blog and dream of being published? Have you ever been standing over a big pot of stew at the stove and had the perfect idea for a cookbook pop into your head? Now is your chance.

The Lisa Ekus Group, a culinary agency that recently celebrated 31 years in business, is seeking new talent through a Twitter contest. Inspired by the March Madness basketball tournament, the contest will ask anyone who wants to write a cookbook to pitch their best culinary non-fiction ideas to @SallyEkus via 140-character (or less) tweets to #SignMeSal from March 11 -13, 2013. On March 14th, 2013, the finalists will be chosen to participate in the playoffs and entries will be whittled down in subsequent days. Like the March Madness basketball tournament, 16 finalists will enter the playoffs. Remaining participants will then be asked to round out their proposals with further tweets that cover standard proposal elements, such as the book’s point of differentiation, the author’s promotional ideas, and the author’s credentials. The last two finalists will join Literary Agent Sally Ekus in a Twitter chat on March 25, 2013 to discuss their ideas as well as ask questions about agency representation and cookbook publishing in general. Contestants, who were previously eliminated, as well as the greater Twitter community, will be encouraged to join the Twitter chat to ask questions of the final two contenders. A single winner will be chosen and then work with agent Sally Ekus to develop a fleshed out proposal to pitch to editors at publishing houses.

The contest calendar is as follows:

March 11th-13th, 2013: Tweet your cookbook concept to #SignMeSal
March 14th, 2013@SallyEkus will tweet the 16 cookbook concept playoff contenders
March 15th, 2013: The winning 16 will tweet once what their Point of Differentiation (How is this concept different from what already exists in the market?) is to#SignMeSal
March 18th, 2013: 8 winners will be announced by @SallyEkus and will proceed to the next round
March 19th, 2013: The 8 winners of the last round will tweet 3 promotional ideas for how they intend to promote their book once it is published.
March 20th, 2013: 4 winners from the promotional idea round will be announced by@SallyEkus
March 21st, 2013: The 4 winners of the promotional idea round will tweet their answer to the final question, “Why me? Why am I the person to write this book?” in up to three tweets to #SignMeSal
March 22nd, 2013: Two finalists will be announced by @SallyEkus
March 25th, 2013@SallyEkus will host a Twitter chat from 1-2pm EST to ask the finalists questions about their concepts and backgrounds. This will also be a chance for the two finalists to ask questions about agent representation and The Lisa Ekus Group, as well as a time for people following the contest to weigh in with their own questions. The finalists should come to the chat prepared to answer questions such as “What does platform mean to me?” and “I want to write this book because…”
March 27th, 2013: One winner will be announced by @SallyEkus

Interested parties should pitch any idea related to food, health, wellness, and cooking. You may be previously published, but you may not be currently represented by another literary agency. The Lisa Ekus Group is looking for fresh voices, new ideas, and untapped talent. “I am looking for someone who can get their ideas across succinctly, in 140 characters or less,” said Sally Ekus. "The Tweet is the new elevator pitch.”

Contest rules can be found HERE.

 The Lisa Ekus Group is a full-service culinary agency. We provide media training, strategic public relations planning, consulting, and literary agency services to the world of culinary talent. It is our belief that a vibrant culinary industry is the result of many voices, and so we strive to support and promote chefs, cookbook authors, food writers, and photographers.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Nuff Said!

DISCLAIMER: A smile should appear as a result of the thought of a T-Rex making a bed.  If not, consult your network provider, you may not be seeing this picture.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Spring time is Sandal time: LOOK WHAT'S COMING!

Look at these beauties they will soon be on their way to me! and what's better than new shoes.  Still chilly in this neck of the woods but I will be rocking these even if it's just at the nail salon getting my pedi.  

I will tell you all about these sandals upon arrival but If you cant wait till then you can learn more HERE

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Baby-BeeHaven GIVEAWAY

I love joining in with other bloggers for GIVEAWAYS: 

This is a must!!!!!!!!!! Chek it out! 

Sponsors: Baby-BeeHaven & Wonderful Things In Life Hello everyone welcome to Baby-BeeHaven giveaway. This starts today and will end February 28, 2013. Join who knows you will be the one who win. Good luck... Fill up the rafflecopter to enter... a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy Valentine's Day OR NOT! -GIVEAWAY

post pics of your v-day mani or ANTI-VDAY mani ;) to my Facebook Page by Sunday night (2/24/13) and a random sharer will get a love-filled nail related gift from me! 

WINNER MUST have page liked, 
For extra entries: share this pic (must be public so I can see it) and/or follow blog and comment below the picture on FB with your GFC name
am in a great mood so gift will be awesome :)
OPEN US ONLY (international giveaway still open HERE)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Review and Giveaway for spoiled Rotten Pets

ahhhhhh............ You know my Maya and Milo looooove to be the center of attention, maybe they're just too spoiled.. more like spoiled rotten.

I was thrilled when Petflow contacted me to review their monthly box and so were my kitties.

Petflow is a pet food delivery service that also carries great goodies such as treats and toys for cats and dogs and have **GREAT SPECIALS** and your favorite brands at great prices.

Most importantly for the spoiled doggies and kitties, Petflow offers a monthly subscription box called Spoiled Rotten.  Almost $40 worth of goodies for only $24.99 delivered to your doorstep every month.

It arrived in a safely packed box safely guarded by these two, who, although know are not allowed in the bedroom everynow and then they manage to sneak into the corner of the bed, specially if they need to guard their package. 
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Finally opened.   Maya was the first one to arrive, she's the chief box inspector.
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Milo was very happy and wanted to take everything out himself.
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the box contained the following:

Cat dancer (toy) retails for $24.99
Teeth gel ($9.99) 
one chicken entree and turkey entree ($1.79) each
Lickety stick lickable treat ($2.99)
Petguard leaf and flower organically grown catnip ($11.99)
super cat cave ($5.99)

I thought the cat cave was the coolest thing.  It's basically a paper-bag looking cave that releases catnip with every scratch, buf and crumple 
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But no one agreed with me.  They still prefer shopping and DSW bags and of course regular catnip.
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Their absolute favorite was the lickety stik cat treat.  I love just twisting the roll-on cap and give to them, as opposed to getting a bag, opening and getting my hands smelling like cat treats every time I want to lure my cats into something or just praise them for something else. 

This has become the treat of choice for toilet praise.  Yes, toilet.  Maya still has accidents with #2.  She just refuses to do #2 in the toilet if am not home.  It kind of defeats the purpose of being toilet-trained but when she gets it right she gets a lick :)  and she's been really good lately and she demands her lick.  Am starting to think she does it right to get her lick fix (LOL)
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There's more to learn.  For more information and to join for CATS OR DOGS visit their website 
and be sure to like them on Facebook
OOOR! enter below to win.  
Petflow wants my readers to have the opportunity to win a box
Giveaway being ran by sponsor

Thursday, February 7, 2013


I love Special K! I think I might just try this: Check out Nicole by OPI's latest press release:

Three custom shades available with the purchase of eligible Special K products
  • @NicoleByOPI and @SpecialKUS offers free bottle of lacquer with purchase of @SpecialKUS product in April
Nicole by OPI announces that the brand will be producing three custom nail lacquer shades for Kellogg’s® Special K® beginning in April to pair with a campaign encouraging women to “show off your confidence with color.” Shoppers will have the opportunity to receive free full-size bottles of Nicole by OPI nail lacquer by signing up for the Kellogg’s Family Rewards program and entering codes from specially marked boxes of Special K products, while supplies last.
The three custom shades include: Challenge Red-y (crème red), Pros & Confidence (crème turquoise) and Be Ama-Zing! (crème pink).
With the purchase of three eligible Special K products, consumers will receive the shade Challenge Red-y. After submitting the purchase codes from eight eligible Special K products, consumers will receive all three lacquers – Challenge Red-y, Pros & Confidence and Be Ama-Zing!
“Nicole by OPI is delighted to partner with Kellogg’s to offer such an exciting reward to Special K consumers,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “At our company, we always say that nail lacquer can change your look – and your outlook. In working with Kellogg’s Special K, we hope to inspire and motivate women who are striving for beauty both inside and out.”This promotion will be available in the US where Special Kproducts are sold.
About Nicole by OPI:
Nicole by OPI offers a salon-quality range of bold, fashion-forward nail lacquers. The brand’s heritage is based in OPI’s well-established foundation of excellence in both color and technology, providing premium products to a broad range of consumers looking for trendsetting nail lacquers.

About Kellogg Company:
At Kellogg Company (NYSE: K), we are driven to enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter. With 2012 sales of $14.2 billion, Kellogg is the world’s leading cereal company; second largest producer of cookies, crackers and savory snacks; and a leading North American frozen foods company.  Every day, our well-loved brands nourish families so they can flourish and thrive. These brands includeKellogg’s®, Keebler®, Special K®, Pringles®, Frosted Flakes®, Pop-Tarts®, Corn Flakes®, Rice Krispies®, Kashi®, Cheez-It®, Eggo®, Coco Pops®, Mini-Wheats®, and many more. To learn more about our responsible business leadership, foods that delight and how we strive to make a difference in our communities around the world, visit www.kelloggcompany.com.

It's a Girl Thing 2013 Collection: Jessica: PICTURE RICH

The 2013 spring collection is out and about ... I can't believe we're talking spring already and with another winter storm on its way to my area this weekend.  

I figured it was very appropriate to bring you today It's a Girl Thing by Jessica Cosmetics because with rain, snow or sun "girls just wanna have fun" and nail polish means fun!!!!! 

This collection celebrates girl power and girl fun and it's inspired by people who have in some way or another made a difference in the life of "The First Lady of Nails" (NY Times).

Again, all colors are inspired on Jessica's friends.  This collection is inviting to friendship, harmony and togetherness.. I can picture all of these ladies in polish bottle form having an amazing time sitting on your manicure table (my lapdesk in my case) doing just that!! having a great colorful time while your mani creativity flows.

Here they are:

746 - Alia - Sun-Kissed Beauty: is a sundet-orange.  It's a creamy and gorgeous.

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Perfect for an afternoon date with your GALS plates (or any plates) :)  (GA7)
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747 - Sophia - True Blue 
Is so blue and gorgeous.. You know blue is my favorite color... This color can create a perfect sky-y background for your spring nail art projects. 
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748 - Amira - Smitten Kitten 
this pink was so much fun that I entered it into Planet Beauty's Mani Monday and WON!!!!!!!!!!  click HERE to see my goodie bag
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749 - Nadia - Sterling Queen
this is a very fancy and sophisticated frosted silver-gray.
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750 - Ava - New Kid in Town
Lavender shade gorgeous "in person"
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I don't know why it looks really blue on this picture... but there's nothing blue about this color on the contrary, it trades your blues for lavender joy :)
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And lastly, 
751- Alexis - Ruby Empress
this is the empress... nuff said! 
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All Jessica colours are formulated with vitamins for maximum conditioning and UVA/UVB protection from the sun.  They were very easy to apply, all seen in two coats, eco-friendly and 3-FREE.
They are all available WORLDWIDE! or you can buy online HERE 

Be sure to Like Jessica on Facebook and follow on Twitter for more swatches and colors.

Happy Spring!!!!!!!!!


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My Planet Beauty Goodie Bag

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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I was soooo excited to have seen my name as the Planet Beauty's Mani Monday winner.

Every Monday, Planet Beauty hosts what they call "Mani Monday" just post a picture of your mani and enter to win a Planet Beauty goodie bag and this is what I got on my goodie bag.  I cant wait to start using these products.  I did open the OPI set and the hand lotion smells sooooooooooooo good!
Thank you Planet Beauty and be sure to like them on Facebook.

Valentine's Day tip: Stay fresh - GIVEAWAY

I know this is quite an unusual Valentine's day giveaway but come on'
My first thing on valentine's day is not to look good but to smell good.  Being big and driven on scents, I can only hope you can relate !  Check out my review on this amazing Toxin Free Deodorant and ENTER BELOW TO WIN one of 5 Deodomom Toxin Free Deodorant.  Your choice of jar or roll-on.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

NYC Lipshine nude

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NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine

I was very impressed with NYC lipshine.  It came in my Voxbox Holiday Box smells so good, like a vanilla-y yummy lipgloss :-p
Very smooth to apply and stays on smooth and even has a slight shimmer so perfect specially now that nudes are sooo in!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Sally Hansen Salon Insta Gel Strips

As part of a product review, I received Sally Hansen's Insta Gel Strips starter kit in wine not. 

Before I start, let me tell you that I really like Sally Hansen products and was eager to try these babies out.  Gel strips have become more and more popular because of the quick application, no drying time and duration of the manicure.

Complete kit comes with nail cleanser pads, gel polish strips, mini LED light, nail file and cuticle stick.  Easy to follow instructions right on the box.  End result depends on you I guess.  
I wasnt too thrilled.  The strips didnt exactly fit my nails.  So the edges along the cuticle line werent pretty AT ALL to look at.  
Once you put them stretch them to smooth away any bubbles.
Once you apply them, use the nail file to take away the excess.

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when you're done applying all 10 strips apply the gel top coat and put them under the LED light, one nail at a time.
Press the button on top to turn on, the lamp will turn off automatically after 30 seconds (that was neat, I didnt have to count to 30) then on to the next nail.
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Except for the issue with size I loved the color and the incredible shine but the the edge along the cuticle was not pretty.
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I have to give it another shot (maybe) when am in a rush, but I will be more likely to use gel polish than gel strips.
make sure your nails are smooth and dried.
clean out ALL excess of gel top coat before going under the LED light, if there is excess, it will just lift off and take the strip with it. 
Don't file your nails after you have cured them, that will break the seal and cause chips.

To remove, apply remover, just use the cuticle stick and slowly lift.
Starter kit is a little pricey but then the strips are very affordable ($5.00) and comes in lots of colors and designs.

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