Wednesday, November 21, 2012

COVERGIRL @ The 2012 American Music Awards

COVERGIRL Taylor Swift at the 2012 American Music Awards, by makeup artist, Lorrie Turk


· Taylor wanted her knock-out dress to be the inspiration for her AMA red carpet look. She wanted a high-impact look, and we needed one that could also be easily altered to go into her performance look.

· I lightly buffed COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Silk Foundation onto her face with a synthetic foundation brush, and powdered only through the center of her face to leave a nice dewy finish on her skin. I then lightly brushed on TruBlend Minerals Blush in True Romance for some soft color and shimmer.

· I started by dabbing on (using my fingertip) COVERGIRL Intense Shadow Blast in Brown Bling as a base. Next, I brushed on (with an eyeshadow brush) Eye Enhancers 1-kit shadow in Brown Smolder all over the lid, from the lash-line to just beneath her brow bone and her lower lash-line. Using Liquiline Blast Eyeliner in Black Fire, I then lined her upper and lower lash-line heavily, blending up and out to eliminate hard lines, leaving her eyes soft and smoky. We finished with several coats of (New!) LashBlast Clump Crusher mascara in Very Black.

· Lastly, I used NatureLuxe Gloss Balm in Grenache, applying it directly from the tube.

COVERGIRL P!NK at the 2012 American Music Awards, by makeup artist, Kathy Jeung

· P!NK’s beautiful bronze leather and chiffon dress was modern and strong, yet feminine, so we wanted to do a makeup that reflected that, a simple, paired down but glowing, glamorous beauty look. We've been doing a lot of smokey eyed looks lately, so thought we'd mix it up and do a look that felt a bit like old Hollywood glamour, but in a modern way, with focus on the eyes, especially the lash line and lashes.

· I applied foundation using a foundation brush and then further blended with a moistened sponge, then set with a light dusting of COVERGIRL Professional Loose Powder powder around the t-zone. For touch-ups, I used COVERGIRL Clean Oil Control Pressed Powder. I first applied a peach shade blush, CG Classic Color Blush in Natural Glow on the apples of the cheek and blended outward and up. Then I applied a shimmery bronzer, CG Cheekers Bronzer in Golden Tan along the upper outer cheekbone area and also on outer temples (upper sides of face near eyes).

· For eyebrows, I used a few soft strokes of CG Brow & EyeMakers Pencil in Soft Blonde to define, then brushed into place with CG Profession Natural Lash clear mascara. For the eyes, I first applied CG Eye Enhancers in Champagne all over the lid and on the brow bone. Next I applied a bronze shadow, CG Eye Enhancers in Mink into the crease and blended well. Along the outer corner of the eye, I used a metallic color that wonderfully matched her dress, CG Eye Enhancers in Tapestry Taupe. To get depth along the lash line, CG Liquiline Blast Eeyeliner in Black Fire, drawn with a bit of a cat eye shaped at the outer corners, then smudged. Over that to further define, I used CG LineBlast 24 Hour Eyeliner in Enduring Black, in a thin line along lash line. Along the outer lower lash line, I again used CG Eye Enhancers in Tapestry Taupe to accent to cat eye shape. To add a little more dimension and to further blend, I added CG Cheekers Bronzer in Copper Radiance in the area around the brow bone with a medium fluffy brush. Over curled lashes, I apply 2 coats of CG Clump Crusher by LashBlast Mascara in Very Black on the top lashes. Because of its amazing staying power with no smudges, I used CG LashBlast 24HR Mascara on the lower lashes - 2 coats to really bring out her already long lower lashes.

· (For P!NKs performance, I lined the inside upper and lower rims of eyes with CG Liquiline Blast Eeyeliner in Black Fire and added CG Eye Enhancers in Shimmering Onyx around the outer corners of her eyes, then colored cream shadow and pigment powders all over her face and body)

· I prepared the lips with a lip balm while I was doing skin preparation so it had a chance to absorb into lips. I started with CG LipPerfection Lip Liner in Smoky to define the lip edges, and then added CG Outlast All-Day Lipcolor in Faint Hue, let that set, then applied the corresponding clear lip gloss over to add more shine.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Brookstone Store @ The Galleria


Brookstone is a nationwide specialty retailer offering an assortment of consumer products that are functional in purpose, distinctive in quality and design and not widely available from other retailers.

Have you ever felt lost when shopping for someone that you think has everything? If you have you need to visit Brookstone. You will be sure to find something for the whole family. From pillows, to wireless speakers, incredible massage chairs, snacks dispensers and much more.

Today I had the opportunity to get a personal tour of the Brookstone Store here in Houston @ The Galleria. I learned about some cool gadgets I didn't even know existed. From a cool SnackMan Motion-Activated Treat and Candy Dispenser to the awesome Big Blue Wireless Bluetooth Speaker.

I am making my Christmas Wish List and #1 item is:
OSIM uDivine Massage Chair 
The most intelligent and precise massage based on the human body contours
Unique suite of 11 professionally crafted massage programs and 5 intensity levels
9 manual massage programs
Leg massage unit retracts with a touch of a button for more living space
Footrest and backrest automatically stops retracting/adjusting when it senses an obstruction
Built-in stereo speakers in the headrest
Includes controller with a large, easy-to-read and color-rich LCD display for item selection and massage progress report
Auto timer of 5 minutes, 10 minutes and 15 minutes
Reclines to 113-153 degrees
Measures approximately 29" w x 46" l x 47" h (upright), and 29" w x 79" l x 33" h (reclined)


#2 Big Blue Studio Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Stream music and other audio content wirelessly from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, laptop or tablet
Crystal clear sound from two front-facing, full-range speaker drivers, a down-firing subwoofer and a passive radiator
Easy to connect—pair once and then connect instantly every time.
Touch-sensitive volume controls on top, adjustable bass and treble controls on back let you make the sound your own.
Up to 33 foot range
Powered by AC adapter (included)
Measures 9.5"w x 5.6"d x 5"h, weighs 6.6 lbs.


#3 Aero Wine Aerator by Brookstone 
Designed by Brookstone Labs, USA
 
Releases wine’s full flavor and bouquet in seconds
Smarter, faster alternative to traditional decanting
Simply insert in bottle or glass and press button to aerate for 30 seconds.
Oxygen softens tannins for smoother, better tasting wine
Built-in LED light lets you see aeration at work
Includes 2 stems (long stem for full bottles, short stem for glasses) and storage stand
Uses 2 AAA batteries (not included)
 
 
#4 Scanner Mouse  
Create instant e-copies with only your mouse.
Point, scroll, click… and scan too!
Press the smart scan button and glide mouse over documents
Scanner mouse automatically assembles image on your screen
OCR technology converts scanned text for editing
Edit images on your screen
Save, send or upload documents
Scans documents as large as 16.5" x 11.7" in high-resolution 320dpi
Left- and right-click buttons, scroll, Smart Scan button and Back Track button
Compatible with Windows® XP/Vista®/7 

#5 SnackMan Motion-Activated Treat and Candy Dispenser
 
SnackMan makes healthy munching easy–wave your hand beneath the sensor, and out pops a treat!
Ideal for kitchen counter or desktop
Dispenses unsalted nuts, sunflower seeds, unwrapped candy and more
Touch-free operation helps prevent spread of germs
3 pre-set serving sizes: Small Handful, Large Handful, Bowlful
Easy-fill top with 6 cup capacity
Runs on 4 AA batteries (not included) or AC power adapter (sold separately) 
My list could go on and on, but those are my favorite 5 items from Brookstone. Make sure to visit their website for more gifts ideas. Brookstone also offers FREE SHIPPING on orders of $99 and up & only $4.99 for orders under $99. NO END DATES. NO HASSLES. NO CODES. 
 
Follow on Twitter @Brookstone
 
 
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

OZ THE GREAT & POWERFUL

DISNEY "OZ THE GREAT & POWERFUL"

Genre:                                      Fantasy Adventure
Rating:                                      TBD                 
Release Date:                           March 8, 2013
Cast:                                        James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff
Director:                                   Sam Raimi
Producer:                                  Joe Roth
Executive Producers:                Grant Curtis, Philip Steuer, Palak Patel
Screenplay by:                          Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire (credit not final)
 
Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

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OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL lands in theaters everywhere on March 8, 2013!

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Monday, November 5, 2012

“The Nutcracker” in 3-D Cinematic Event

“The Nutcracker” in 3-D Cinematic Event
From the Renowned Mariinsky Theatre
NCM®Fathom Events, More2Screen and EuroArts Music Present
Beloved Holiday Classicin RealDTM 3D in Select Theaters
Nationwide on Monday, December 3
Houston, TX. – November 5, 2012 – NCM® Fathom Events, More2Screen and EuroArts Music bring the magic of Tchaikovsky’sbeloved holiday ballet, “The Nutcracker,” to life on the big screen for the first time in stunning 3-D in select theaters withRealD™ 3D technology. “The Nutcracker Mariinsky Ballet” on Monday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m., with special matinee screenings in select theaters, was pre-recorded at the historic Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in December 2011where the original Nutcracker first made its debut 120 years ago in 1892. This special cinematic holiday event willdraw audiences into the performance on stage, taking them on a magical journey with Clara, her Nutcracker, exquisite dancers and toy soldiers.
“The Nutcracker Mariinsky Ballet” tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com . For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom website (theaters and participants are subject to change). This special holiday presentation will be broadcast to more than 500 select movie theaters through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network and also via the new digital cinema projection systems.
The ballet opens with a Christmas Eve party and a young girl, Clara, being given a nutcracker doll by her godfather, Drosselmeyer. Later in the evening when Clara sleeps, she finds herself in the midst of the Nutcracker’s battle against the Mouse King and his army of mice. Coming to Clara’s aid, the Nutcracker is transformed into a Prince and journeys with her to an enchanted island where spectacular celebrations are held in their honor.
This production showcases the impeccable virtuosity of two of the Mariinsky Theatre’s rising stars – Alina Somova asClara (Masha in the original Russian ballet) and Vladimir Shklyarov as theNutcracker. EuroArts Music International filmed “The Nutcracker” in 3-D for this cinematic event.
Under the leadership of General and Artistic Director and renowned conductor, Valery Gergiev, the Mariinsky Theatre,St. Petersburg, Russiawas the first ballet company to embrace 3-D technology with the theatrical release of “Giselle in 3D” in 2011, distributed worldwide by More2Screen, and NCM Fathom Events in the U.S.
“The Mariinsky Theatre is one of the world's leading opera and ballet companies with a far–reaching global profile,” said Gergiev. “Through ground–breaking projects like ‘The Nutcracker in 3-D,’ produced to the same exacting standards for the big screen as for the stage, we are able to share our beautiful productions with many more people worldwide.”
The Mariinsky Theatre was the original home to Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” in 1892, when it made its worldwide debut, and this brand-new version in both 2-D and 3-D marks the 120th anniversary year of the ballet.
“Attending ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet each year is a long-standing holiday tradition for many families across the world,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. “With Tchaikovsky’s eternally popular score, the grand staging and exquisite costumes, this Mariinsky Theatre production of ‘The Nutcracker’ in movie theaters will be a unique way to experience this beloved classic.”
 
About National CineMedia (NCM)
NCM operates NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology. The NCM Cinema Network and NCM Fathom Events present cinema advertising and events across the nation’s largest digital in-theater network, comprised of theaters owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) and other leading regional theater circuits. NCM’s theater advertising network covers 183 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50) and includes over 19,300 screens (over 18,400 digital). During 2011, approximately 680 million patrons (on an annualized basis) attended movies shown in theaters in which NCM currently has exclusive, cinema advertising agreements in place. The NCM Fathom Events live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is comprised of over 720 locations in 170 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). The NCM Interactive Network offers 360-degree integrated marketing opportunities in combination with cinema, encompassing 41 entertainment-related websites, online widgets and mobile applications. National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 48.6% interest in and is the managing member of National CineMedia LLC. For more information, visit www.ncm.com or www.FathomEvents.com.
About More2Screen
More2Screen is the UK’s leading distributor of alternative content events with more than six years of experience acquiring and distributing world–class opera, ballet, music concerts, theatre and special event films to cinemas across the globe. New content is being added to a fast–growing portfolio on a regular basis and productions released internationally include 2D/3D LIVE and recorded formats. www.more2screen.com 
About The Mariinsky Theatre
The Mariinsky Theatre, (formerly the Kirov), is one of the leading opera and ballet companies in the world. Its origins date back to the 18th century and its founder Catherine the Great. As the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre, it was the most famous ensemble of the Tsarist Empire and its history is interwoven with many ballet greats including Rudolf Nureyev, Vaslav Nijinksy, Anna Pavlova, and Michel Fokine. The Mariinsky Theatre is enjoying a second golden age under the dynamic, forward–thinking leadership of General and Artistic Director, Valery Gergiev.www.mariinsky.ru/en or www.mariinsky.us.
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Friends The Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set Giveaway

Warner Bros. Pictures is proud to announce the release of Friends: The Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set November 13th 2012; along with the 30 Days of Friends: Trivia Challenge Blog App.



I'm excited to be be giving away a prize pack with two over sized cappuccino mugs and a picture frame just like the one on Monica’s door to giveaway. You can find the complete Friends Series retailers near you and see below for how to enter to win!


They have also created a video player which contains clips from all the best Friends episodes. Each week thru 12/6/12, a new clip will be released.
 

 
GIVEAWAY
 
One reader is going to win a prize pack like the one above. Two over sized cappuccino mugs and a picture frame.
To enter this giveaway, take the Which Friend Are You Most Like quiz and post their results in the comments section.

Extra entries:

Tweet about this giveaway:

Win a Friends Prize Pack Giveaway @corellana86 http://tinyurl.com/ae5hxbk ends 11/26/12 #giveaway. (1 tweet per day)

Giveaway ends on 11/26/12 at 8am CST.

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- Disclosure: Giveaway only, no compensation was received for this post. Giveaway ends on Nov. 26th, 8:00 AM CST. Open to US only. The prize pack will be sent via FedEx or UPS. No P.O. Boxes please. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and contacted by email. Please respond in 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Thank you for entering and good luck.

Think Neutral, Not Boring!

Nicole by OPI Launches Seven New Nail Lacquers, Exclusively at CVS
Nicole by OPI announces seven new nail lacquers to be sold exclusively at CVS. With various hues of pink and rose, along with blue, maroon, purple and silver shades, these colors give fingers and toes “new neutrals” to complement the hottest trends for 2013.
Nicole by OPI is excited to provide the CVS customer with lacquers that can work with any style – from office formal to soccer practice sporty to date night dressy,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “I consider these lacquers ‘new neutrals’ because they can be worn any day, at any time. In the past, certain shades and textures were considered appropriate only for specific occasions, but now, nothing is taboo when it comes to wearing color.
“The CVS shopper leads a fast-paced lifestyle, but she doesn’t want to sacrifice fashion-forward, stylish colors,” addsWeiss-Fischmann. “When she shops at CVS, she knows she’ll be able to find all of her beauty essentials in one convenient place.”
The seven new lacquers include:
I Sea You and Raise You
Go for it...this ocean blue is a sure bet.
Always a Silver Lining
This positively-charged silver will keep you feeling optimistic.
Don’t Overpink It
Trust your instincts...this rosy pink will be perfect on you.

Feeling Grapeful
Count your blessings...including this yummy purple.
A Pinker Shade of Pale
The slight blush of this cool pink is just the right touch.

Personally Speaking...
Between you and me, I look ah-may-zing in this light and airy rose!
Marooned in Paradise
This deep burgundy could make even a castaway look chic.
Nicole by OPI nail lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde.Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. These new CVS-exclusive shades will be available November 2012 for $7.99 each at select CVS locations nationwide. For more information, visitnicolebyopi.com. Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and become a Facebook fan!
My favorite is Marooned in Paradise
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.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

30 for 30 Challenge


Since giving birth to our son back on March I have managed to lose all my baby weight(50lbs). I am very happy about that, but I'm still not at my desire weight. My BMI still considers me "overweight" and I would like to see it back in the "normal" range. My goal now is to lose an additional 15-20lbs on top of the already 50lbs lost. & this time of year it's a little harder to lose weight with the holidays fast approaching. This means turkey, pies and yummy casseroles. But it also means extra calories to burn. 

So this month besides training for the Turkey Trot run I decided to join Alba from Independent Mami in her 30 for 30 challenge. She herself had a beautiful baby girl December of last year. Alba also has managed to lose her baby weight, so congrats to her on that! But she is also not happy with the way her body looks and wants to lose more weight and wants a flat belly. So her challenge for November is 30 sit-ups for 30 days. Sound very doable. So I have decided to give up 5minutes of time a day and join in on the challenge. 

If you would like to join the challenge visit Alba over at Independent Mami and link up your post!   
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thursday Turkey Trot Training

Happy Thursday November 1st! This month's fitness challenge is the Houston Turkey Trot benefiting Sheltering Arms Senior Services on Thanksgiving morning. I have paired up with Alba from Independent Mami to train for this run. Our current pace is 11'20min per mile and our goal is to cut that back at least 1min by November 22,2012 .

This is what our training schedule looks like this week.

Monday - Run 5 miles
Tuesday - Run 3 miles
Wednesday - Walk 2 miles (while trick or treating)
Thursday - OFF
Friday - Run 6 miles
Saturday - Run 3 miles
Sunday - OFF

Monday we ran 5.5 miles in 59:49 minutes with an average pace of 11'17 per mile.
Tuesday we ran 3.17 miles in 35:27 minutes with an average pace of 11'10 per mile.
Wednesday we took our kids trick or treating and walked just a little over 2 miles.
Today is our day OFF.
 
Do you like to run? What is your current pace? How do you train?

Make sure to visit and follow Independent Mami next week so she can update you on our training for the next week.
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-Disclosure - no compensation was received for this post. Alba and I have teamed up to inform and motivate our readers to get moving and reach their goals. Thank you for reading, come back soon!