Archives for June 2014

June 30, 2014

Who LOVES Makeup!?!?!?!?!!?!?!??!?!?

Check out my business website at https://www.youniqueproducts.com/anniehatcher for awesome makeup! You will fall in love with the 3D Fiber Lashes!

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June 30, 2014

Awaken Your Senses With “NINE”, The Newest Fragrance From American Crew

This blog is for all those woman out there who have, at often times, used a man’s cologne over a woman’s perfume. Some people may think it’s crazy but when you really think about it, it’s not all that weird. I can remember in high school girls would rather use a man’s cologne, and even deodorant, over their own. When I asked why many of them said, “I feel like it shield’s the stink better than my own”. As I got older it started making sense. Nowadays I will actually use a man’s cologne over my own fragrance depending on the time of year. Here in Florida you seem to feel like your always sweating because of all this humidity in the air.

American Crew- NINE

American Crew- NINE

When I met American Crew at Premiere Orlando they introduced me to their newest fragrance called “Nine: A Fragrance for Men”. The minute I sprayed it I fell in love with it. Now I will give you a woman’s point of view on the fragrance and why not only would I love to smell it on a man but also would like to wear it from time to time. When I wear NINE I don’t feel like I am wearing a man’s cologne and also people have asked me what I am wearing they can’t believe it’s a men’s fragrance. Of course all fragrance’s smell different on everybody. When I wear NINE it almost smells like the ocean. Very clen, refreshing and even very relaxing. If it relaxes me when I wear it I can’t even imagine how I would feel if a man was wearing it.  NINE’s Top Notes are: Black Pepper, Lavender, Bergamot and Apple, Middle Notes: Jasmine, Cistus Labdanum, Coriander and Clove, Base Notes: Patchouli, Cedar, Sandalwood, Amber and Musk

They do say that scent can attract you to a certain person. Scent is one of our strongest senses and can really trigger a lot of emotions. In fact, American Crew did a survey on NINE and 9 out of 10 women said that they like this fragrance on a man. So men, and women, try out American Crew’s NINE for yourself. Who knows, Mr. Right could be right around the corner. Just trust your nose 🙂

Formore info on American Crew NINE and where you can get your own visit www.americancrew.com

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June 30, 2014

My Week Judging Miss Virginia

Miss Virginia 2014 and Runners-Up (Copyright 2014 Julius Tolentino)

Miss Virginia 2014 and Runners-Up
(Copyright 2014 Julius Tolentino)

Last week I had one of the most fulfilling opportunities of my life…serving as a judge for the 2014 Miss Virginia Scholarship Pageant, a preliminary to the Miss America Pageant!  As such, I got to meet and get to know 26 of the most beautiful, charismatic and talented young women from across the state of Virginia.  I’ve judged several other similar competitions in the past, but this was by far the toughest and most meaningful.

Post-pageant afterparty with two contestants, Addison Walker and Savannah Lane.

Post-pageant afterparty with two contestants, Addison Walker and Savannah Lane.

As a former titleholder in the Miss Virginia system, it was especially fun (albeit a bit stressful) for me to be on the other side of the table.  The women that participate in this week-long competition must not only be attractive, which includes looking fabulous in a swimsuit, they must also be intelligent and well-spoken as evidenced in a private and on-stage interview; committed to a platform beneficial to society; and poised (ie: able to walk elegantly in an evening gown while connecting non-verbally with an audience).  As this is a part of the Miss America Organization, these ladies must also be able to showcase a talent.  This is where judging can get to be really tough!  We saw everything from seriously phenomenal baton-twirling, to Broadway stage-worthy singing, to classical piano performances.  One contestant had even worked with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater!

The winner, Courtney Garrett, performed an operatic classical vocal, “Parla Piu Piano” from “The Godfather”.  Her platform, “Defying Disabilities” centered on understanding and accepting the challenges people with disabilities encounter in everyday life.  She encourages people to become better educated and involved with the struggles of the disabled.  I wish her the best of luck at Miss Miss America!

Miss Virginia 2014 Courtney Garrett (Copyright 2014 Julius Tolentino)

Miss Virginia 2014 Courtney Garrett (Copyright 2014 Julius Tolentino)

As a bonus, I got to work with an incredible group of fellow judges, including a former Miss Texas, former Miss Louisiana and ABC7 Chicago news anchor Hosea Sanders, who I’m sure will be a lifetime friend!

Finally, I was thrilled to get to know Bobbie Eaks, who hosted the preliminaries and final show.  Bobbie is a 2-time Emmy Award nominated actress best known from her work on “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful”, both on CBS.  She’s not only a wonderful actress, but also a fantastic singer and one of the nicest people around!

Attending the afterparty with Bobbie Eaks

Attending the afterparty with Bobbie Eaks

(Official pageant photos courtesy of Julius Tolentino Photography)

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June 27, 2014

Get Healthy-Looking Hands with Celebrity Manicurist Skyy Hadley’s At-Home Remedy

Just because the warm weather is here, that doesn’t mean our hands are safe from flakiness and dehydration. We have to be extra careful not to let our hands dry up from the high temperatures, low humidity, constant washing of hands, and sun exposure. Skyy Hadley, celebrity manicurist and owner of As U Wish Nail Spa has a quick at-home remedy to combat dry, summer hands!

Skyy Hadley’s Luxury Rejuvenating Hot Cream At-Home Hand Treatment

• Remove all nail polish with a gentle polish remover

• Begin by sloughing off dead and dry skin from palms and backs of hands with a homemade sugar scrub (salt scrubs can be drying or irritating): Mix sugar, a few drops of vegetable glycerin and an uplifting essential oil like peppermint or rosemary in a medium-sized bowl.

• Gently rub hands together to scrub away dullness. Remove scrub with a warm wet cloth.

• Do NOT soak fingers in water, as doing so will actually draw the moisture OUT of your skin.

• Instead, heat up 2 plastic baggies full of a thick, luxurious cream and add a few drops of an invigorating essential oil such as tangerine, ylang ylang, or chamomile.

• Heat until very warm but not too hot, then place hands in bags for about 2 minutes, allowing moisture to penetrate the skin.

• Remove hands from bag and massage cream into skin, wiping off any excess.
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Your hands should now feel instantly smooth and look radiant!

Thank you Skyy for your expertise and the wonderful “home remedies” that you share with us!
Be sure to visit Skyy’s website at: http://www.asuwishnailspa.com
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(Quoted and/or Paraphrased information in this article was obtained from a provided PR-Fact Sheet.)

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June 26, 2014

It Can Be Tamed!

Frizz seems to be the ultimate demon when it comes to our hair. Especially now that it is the summer months and we will be out and about enjoying it, we may go from perfect hair to “I jumped back into the 70s” afro! With the Zero Frizz Keratin Corrective Hair Serum, curly hair can now be tamed.

Zero Frizz Keratin Corrective Hair Serum

Zero Frizz Keratin Corrective Hair Serum

Since the mid-90s Zero Frizz has offered high quality performance when it comes to taming frizz. The Zero Frizz Keratin Corrective Hair Serum is made specifically for thick, coarse, dry hair to add moisture, and shine. It is great for color treated hair to help lock in color and make it last longer. It is enriched with Keratin, and also has UV protection to keep hair extra strong. Zero Frizz Keratin Corrective Hair Serum is best when applied to wet hair and then styled as usual.  This is a great product to use when you just can’t think of anything else. It smells great, and get this you only have to use it on a daily bases but sparingly.

I would not suggest this product if your hair is straight, and fine because then it will cause your hair to be weighed down and look greasy.

For more info on Zero Frizz Keratin Corrective Hair Serum and more great products visit www.zerofrizz.com ad also to see where you can purchase it in your own neighborhood. And also check out http://www.newhalllabs.com/offer/ for a great money saving offer on your Zero Frizz Corrective Hair Serum!

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June 26, 2014

Dana’s Bakery Rocks for the Fourth of July

Dana's Bakery

I received my very first Dana’s Bakery delivery today, how exciting! Actually, the whole family was excited. My kids were already familiar with Dana’s Bakery Macarons during a recent trip to New York City. After trying a few flavors, they were hooked. There were so many flavors to choose from that we ended up buying an assortment of them.  The Macarons are extremely yummy and you won’t be able to stop at one. I already have plans on filling a large glass contaner with Dana’s Bakery’s  newest creation, Cherry Firecracker Macarons  for our Fourth of July party. The centerpiece will be amazing!

Dana's Bakery

Dana’s Bakery

The Cherry Firecracker Macarons are Red, white, and Blue with silver stars on top. These festive macarons have a rockin’ poppin’ candy surprise making them a spectacular dessert for your Fourth of July celebration! With a cherry flavored shell and Pop Rocks infused into the filling, these delicious macarons are sure to be a hit. Make sure you place you orders before June 30th.

Dana's

Dana’s Bakery

Watermelon is June’s flavor of the month and they are absolutely irresistible. My son just popped two in his mouth and is looking for this third. All of Dana’s Bakery macarons are special and you can get some fabulous ideas on how to use them to brighten up your events at their website and Facebook page. Try leaving a plate of macarons on your table when the kids are around. I promise, your the plate will be wiped out by the end of the day.

Dana’s Bakery Macaroons are Gluten Free, made with Almond Flour and are Kosher certified.

www.Danasbakery.com or 800.477.1816

www.facebook.com/DanasBakery

 

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June 26, 2014

Adventuress Founder and Motorcycle Enthusiast, Michele Carter, Shares Skin Care Tips for the Open Road

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How would YOU like to join Adventuress founder, Michele Carter, as she discusses tips for protecting your skin while traveling the open road?

Adventuress founder Michele Carter

Adventuress founder
Michele Carter


An avid motorcyclist, Michele knows how damaging the elements can be to one’s skin. After years of battling whipping winds, scorching sunburns, and gritty-feeling skin, she developed the Adventuress skin care line for protection that goes beyond the helmet. Boasting the popular YouVee Sunscreen Swipes and Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes, Adventuress’s easy to use and travel-friendly products have become a favorite among bikers and travelers across the globe.

Join Michele for the hour long webinar to learn about the following:

• What skin hazards you’re exposed to on the road
• How to protect your skin while outdoors
• Special skin care considerations for riders
• What skin care routines are best for your skin type
• How to pack the perfect products
• When to start preparing your skin before riding
And much, much more

Webinar Details:
Date: Thursday, June 26th
Time: 5pm PST / 8pm EDT

To register, simply click on this link: http://archive.aweber.com/weeklynewstand/7QCdv/h/Free_Webinar_next_week_Skin.htm

Adventuress founder Michele Carter

Adventuress founder
Michele Carter

Michele will be answering questions live during the webinar. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity ! Register NOW and spend time with Adventuress, Michele Carter on Thursday, June 26th at 5pm PST/ 8pm EDT
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(Quoted and Paraphrased information in this article was obtained from a provided PR-Fact Sheet.)

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June 25, 2014

Gerard Cosmetics by Whitening Lightning presents a new BB Plus+ Ilumination Facial Crème

Gerard Cosmetics by Whitening Lightning "NEW" BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Cream

Gerard Cosmetics by Whitening Lightning “NEW” BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Cream

Gerard Cosmetics by Whitening Lightning has introduced their brand new BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème that’s befitting for any complexion. This lovely BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème, was developed with “light reflecting” particles, and “golden shimmer” with undertones that will awaken your skin with a healthy, very natural radiance.

When using this BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Cream, you’ll be able to enjoy:
• A very versatile product that gives you options to wear alone or blend with your favorite foundation.
• Correction of “discoloration” in your skin and a “blurring” of complexion imperfections.
• Beautiful Radiance…Whatever your skin tone or skin type! BB Plus+ is a “universal shade“.

My skin is very fair, and I was delighted with the natural appearance my skin “took on” as I applied BB Plus+. This light weight cream applied and blended with ease, leaving a very subtle hint of color, vibrant glow, and a more youthful finish. I actually didn’t apply any additional makeup, except my usual a touch of blush, a nude lip color, and smudge of eyeliner. I was out the door in a few minutes and even got a compliment from my husband ! Now that’s a good way for a day to start!

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I’m usually a person who wears more makeup, but I must say that I really felt confident throughout the day, and without touch-ups I looked as fresh when I arrived back home as I did when I left the house in the morning…..Thanks BB Plus+ !!

A generous size of the BB Plus+ Facial Crème is priced at $36.00, and available for purchase at:
http://www.whiteninglightning.com

Why don’t you give it a try….

Gerard Cosmetics by Whitening Lightning "NEW" BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Cream http://www.whiteninglightning.com

Gerard Cosmetics by Whitening Lightning “NEW” BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Cream
http://www.whiteninglightning.com

(Quotes and Paraphrased information in this article was obtained from a provided PR-Fact Sheet. Any personal commentary was my opinion from actual use of the product that was provided to me.)

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June 25, 2014

MAI COUTURE is the Solution for a Glowing Complexion

REJUVENATE OIL BLOTTING PAPIER

I just received my first lesson on how to use blotting papers. My 18 year old daughter Adrienne purchases them every now and then, but I never actually saw them in action. She told me they are great to have on hand, especially on the days she is wearing makeup and her skin gets a little sweaty or oily. The blotting papers remove oil from the skin, leaving the makeup in tack.

She was really excited when she discovered  Mai Couture 2-1 Oil Blotting Bronzing Papier. These blotting papers not only mattify your skin, but each Oil Blotting/Bronzing sheet is lightly powdered with a bronzing pigment which adds a subtle glow to your skin. The powder is paraben and talc free, adding just enough color to give you a subtle sun kissed glow.

WALLET A LA CARTE

Each book of Mai Couture 2-1 Blotting Bronzing Papiers contain 100 sheets and are available in 3 shades. They easily fit in a make-up purse or handbag. Mai Couture also carries wallets specially designed to fit your bronzing paper booklet and will protect them from getting damaged.

The Blotting sheets are easy to use and only one sheet is needed for one blotting session. As you can see from the image below, which can also be found on their website http://www.maicouture.com/, “gently press and roll the colored side of the papier around the face concentrating on the areas that the sun would normally hit (not sure? It’s usually the cheekbones, top of the forehead, the bridge of the nose, chin and décolletage).” Still not sure? An informative how-to video can be found at their website.

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Treat your complexion to Mai Coutre today http://www.maicouture.com/

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June 25, 2014

Smooth and shiny hair with John Frieda Satin Finish Straightening Iron

John Frieda Satin Finish

After trying out several different brands of straightening irons, a friend of mine suggested trying John Frieda Satin Finish.  I fell in love!  I have long curly hair that easily frizz which makes my hair look dry, dull and lifeless.  Not a pretty site especially in the summer heat and humidity.   The John Frieda Satin Finish Straightening Iron transforms my unhealthy looking hair into beautiful, smooth, shiny and manageable hair.  This straightening iron has 1 1/2 inch extra long titanium ceramic coated straightening plates that heat up in 15 seconds.  Wow, no time to lose!  It has a swivel cord so it is comfortable and controllable to use.  The swivel cord also helps to avoid a tangled cord.  It has 11 high heat levels with digital temperature display.  The plates heat up to 455 degrees F.  My mom loves the auto shutoff feature so if I forget to shut the straightening iron, it will do it for me!

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The Advanced Ionic technology helps keep moisture in your hair and the damage away from your hair.  The LCD temperature control delivers even heat through the plates which protect your hair, reduces the frizz and enhance shine.  Who knew a straightening iron could do all that!  It usually takes forever and I mean forever to straighten my curly, long, thick hair but using John Frieda Satin Finish with the 1 1/2″ plates, well it was straight in a snap!  My hair is straight, shiny and healthy looking after using John Frieda Satin Finish Straightening Iron!  This is a “hot” new hair tool to prevent the bad hair days!  Check it out at www.johnfrieda.com

 

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