Sparkle Eyeliners – Cargo Boogie Nights Eye Pencil Set Review

Sparkle Eyeliners by Cargo Cosmetics Product ReviewColored eyeliner can be a lot of fun when dressing up for a special occasion or just trying to change your look for a new season or a new you. Adding sparkle to black or colored eyeliner makes it even more fun and daring, with dramatic eyes only moments away. Cargo Boogie Nights Eye Pencils are the best sparkle eyeliners I have tried to date. They are perfect for holidays, girls nights out, and just about any fun special occasion. I received a free set of Cargo Boogie Night Eye Pencils to review and here are my thoughts.

The Cargo Boogie Nights set includes a clear and chrome plastic case with five different sparkle eye pencils – silver, navy, purple, black, and teal. The pencils are mini sized compared to the usual long eyeliner pencils you might know from various stores, but since there are five of them, it is very easy to rotate through the colors without running out of makeup too fast. Each colored eyeliner pencil has its own clear plastic cap and a smooth, crayon-like tip.

Sparkle Eyeliners by Cargo Cosmetics Product ReviewCargo Boogie Nights eyeliner pencils apply evenly and smoothly with glitter sparkles in every application. I especially enjoy using these eye pencils during special occasions like New Year’s Eve, Christmas, birthdays, and other social outings. The teal color is bright and a lot of fun to use, adding a pop of color to your eyes. The purple and navy blue colors work especially well with my brown eyes, but I enjoy the whole set and the versatility of using sparkly colored eyeliners whenever I want.


Sparkle Eyeliners by Cargo Cosmetics Product Review
Sparkle Eyeliners by Cargo Cosmetics Product Review

These products by Cargo Cosmetics are made in Germany and have a shelf life of about three years. I find them to hold up well and I enjoy using them for a change in pace from my usual makeup.

You can buy Cargo cosmetics online at a variety of beauty retailers as well as at Amazon.com for $35.

 

Spring 2011 Hot Nail Polish Colors and Trends

Spring 2011 Hot Nail Polish ColorsEven though the weather hasn’t been perfect springtime weather just yet, we can still hope the sun will shine brighter longer and the temperatures will rise a bit more. A fun new manicure or pedicure can help you feel better about spring, especially if you are using any of the hot nail polish colors for spring 2011. Even if it feels like winter some days, spring is here and it’s time for some fun new nail colors to brighten things up! Check out our Spring 2011 hot nail polish colors and trends report to get the scoop on some new colors you should be adding to your collection to help usher in the warmer weather.

Spring 2011 Hot Nail Polish ColorsNail polish trends change so frequently it can be difficult to keep up! Luckily many nail colors still remain trendy even with the turn of the seasons and new colors of nail polish becoming available fairly rapidly. This preview for spring 2011 hot nail polish colors will give you a glimpse into the hottest shades for spring and beyond, from pinks and reds to tan, silver, and more. Read on to learn more about the trends for spring 2011 hot nail polish colors.

Spring 2011 Hot Nail Polish ColorsSpring 2011 Nail Polish Trend #1: Fun, Translucent Shades
The hottest nail lacquer colors for spring 2011 include a number of shades that offer a fresh and glossy glow on your nails. Juicy spring nail colors like orange, pink, and hues of red from the OPI Texas nail polish collection give us a brighter, funkier look for spring 2011 nails.

This collection includes a variety of colors that truly are, well, juicy. The colors in these popular OPI nail products remind us of jelly bracelets, jellies, and other fun, bright accessories. Your spring manicures and pedicures will look fantastic with this partially transparent collection of nail colors

Spring 2011 Hot Nail Polish ColorsThe Texas Sorbet collection by OPI includes lovely shades like Y’all Come Back Ya Hear (pretty orange) and Too Hot Pink To Hold Em, which is available as a single shade or paired with OPI Black Shatter.

If you are interested in trying a couple of the hot nail colors for spring 2011, you can also get a sampler set of the OPI Texas collection, which includes Austin-tatious Turquoise, I Vant to Be a Lone Star White, Do You Think I’m Tex-y Red, and RapiDry Top Coat.

Spring 2011 Nail Polish Trend #2: Tribal Shades
Spring 2011 Hot Nail Polish ColorsOPI’s hot spring 2011 nail polish color lineup goes from the juicy sorbet shades above to also include earthier tones reminiscent of Native American villages and accessories with hot nail colors in turquoise, silver, tan, and more. The colors can easily switch from professional to fun and back again.

OPI’s San Tan-tonio is one of my favorites in this collection, offering a flat matte look with just two coats.

Spring 2011 Hot Nail Polish ColorsAnother nail color that I really enjoyed is Austin-Tatious Turquoise – a fun nail color that definitely requires at least two coats, but looks great for just about any occasion. The lovely spring silver, It’s Fort Worth It, adds some glamour to any occasion.  

Spring 2011 Nail Polish Trend #3: Basic Shades
Spring 2011 Hot Nail Polish ColorsWhile there are plenty of new nail polish shades just for spring, some of the spring nail polish trends carry over from previous seasons’ trends instead. Manicures and pedicures for spring don’t always have to have a huge burst of color. Here’s what a beauty expert has to say about some of the hot nail colors for spring 2011.

“For Spring 2011, nude colors are still the rage… and white, such as Trina Turk’s The Met, a long time favorite of runway models,” says Rachele Greco, Spa Director at Viana Hotel & Spa in Westbury, NY.

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Spring 2011 Hot Nail Polish ColorsIn summary, spring’s hottest nail colors range from bright and juicy shades to flat or matte shades, cool nail colors with a hint of shimmer, and of course, basic nude and white tones. You can mix and match these nail polish colors for spring or stick to a single shade. Don’t be afraid to test the waters with nail art accessories to dress up your manicures. OPI’s Texas Sorbet Collection offers a lot of hot nail colors, but you can make them even more glamorous with a little creativity. Consider adding fimo nail art for a fun and three-dimensional look.

Spring 2011 Hot Nail Polish ColorsWhen it comes to the hottest spring nail colors for this year, don’t forget to check out OPI’s Black Shatter, which is currently a bestselling nail art product. You can change the look of any mani or pedi dramatically with this product, adding a crackled looking topcoat to your nails.

There are more options for hot and popular nail polish colors for spring 2011, but I did not get to check them all out in person. I received a variety of Texas Collection and Justin Bieber collection sample nail polish products from OPI for the purpose of this review and others. You are sure to enjoy these and other nail colors of spring beauty, especially if you choose to paint your own nail designs on your manicures and pedicures.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our spring 2011 hot nail color preview. Knowing the hottest nail polish colors for spring 2011 allows you to choose the best new nail colors to add to your collection. It also helps you to keep your nails looking great no matter what the season. Do you have any other spring 2011 nail polish trends to share?

Waterproof Blue Mascara Showdown: Mavala Eye-Lite Waterproof Blue Mascara vs. Dior Diorshow Waterproof Blue Mascara

Christian Dior DiorShow Blue Waterproof MascaraWay back in high school and college, I rocked the waterproof blue mascara like it was the trend of the year. I don’t actually recall anyone else wearing it besides me, now that I think about it, but I loved how it made my [boring] brown eyes more exciting, dramatic, and fun. The pop of color from the blue mascara was just perfect, and the waterproof aspect ensured long wear and resilience through any sad moments, expected or not. Just before I turned 30 this year I decided I needed to relive my heyday and try the blue waterproof mascara on for size one more time.

To my dismay, my old favorite product, Revlon waterproof navy mascara, was no longer on the market. I’ve used the Maybelline blue washable (non-waterproof) mascara and have been less than impressed. So what’s a girl to do when she’s got her heart set on a particular look within a rapidly approaching time period?

Blue Waterproof Mascara ShowdownI scoured the Web high and low until I found (hopefully) suitable replacements to my long-discontinued favorite waterproof blue mascara product. What I found did not live up to my expectations as a true replacement, but I am happier with these options than not having product at all. I guess old favorites die hard. At any rate, these products can and do work well enough if you’ve got a hankering for a new look using blue mascara that won’t wipe off with a few tears, rain, sweat, etc.

I spent a lot more money on these two blue mascaras than what I was used to spending on the old Revlon blue waterproof mascara. Since that isn’t around anymore, I figured I had to step it up if I wanted to relive my glory days of blue eyelashes. So I tested both Mavala Eye-Lite Waterproof Blue Mascara and Diorshow Waterproof Blue Mascara to hopefully end up with at least one suitable product. Well, after trying both blue mascaras on multiple occasions, here are my critiques:

Mavala Eye-Lite Waterproof Blue Mascara
Mavala Blue Waterproof MascaraIf you aren’t ready for va-va-voom blue mascara, but still want to test the azure waters on your eyelashes, consider Mavala Switzerland Eye-Lite Waterproof Blue Mascara. This blue hue is more of a navy blue color for your eyelashes. I like the mascara for the most part. It offers excellent coverage for top lashes with only minimal coverage for lower lashes. I had to apply probably two or three coats of Mavala blue mascara before I was happy with the results.

Here are some of the product specs for Mavala Blue Waterproof Mascara:
•    Contains silk proteins
•    Strengthens and protects
•    Thickens and lengthens
•    Quick drying
•    Smear-proof
•    Easy to apply
•    Curved professional brush

Mavala Blue Waterproof MascaraAgain the blue color is not as intense as you might expect for a blue mascara. It is almost more of a blue-black, but still offers enough blue sheen to notice. I purchased this product on Amazon.com for about $12 or $13 and received it fairly quickly. Having thin lashes that need good coverage, I am happy enough with this product that I would buy this blue waterproof mascara again if I decide to keep wearing colored mascara beyond this year.

Dior Diorshow Waterproof Blue Mascara…

Keep reading for a very blue mascara…


Degree motionSENSE Fresh Energy Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Review

Degree motionSENSE antiperspirant reviewI’ve been a loyal fan of Degree products for women since a few years ago when I first tried a sample of Degree’s little-black-dress-approved invisible solid. Since then I have tried their Natureffects, Degree Girl, and more of the little-black-dress-approved invisible solids. I can’t say enough about how much I love the products, so when I was offered a chance to try a free sample of Degree’s new motionSENSE Fresh Energy Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, I jumped at the chance!

In the same sleek and ergonomic packaging as the Degree products you are used to, this new product offers a far superior technology than most deodorants will ever reach. The motionSENSE aspect of the product delivers motion-activated freshness when you need it most. Athletes, dancers, and those women who sweat more than the average person will all love this product, as well as pretty much anyone who likes a deodorant product that goes on clear and smells great the whole day through.

 

Degree motionSENSE antiperspirant reviewDegree Expert Protection 24H motionSENSE Fresh Energy Invisible Solid is branded as “the only anti-perspirant scientifically formulated to stay ahead of perspiration to keep you fresher when you move.” This deodorant works harder than the average product, especially when you are running, doing yoga, working out in general, or simply rushing around on your day to day errands. This new product by Degree features microencapsulated fragrance technology to deliver an instant release of freshness when you’re moving around. If you have ever suffered through using a deodorant that just doesn’t keep up with your activity levels throughout the day, Degree motionSENSE Fresh Energy Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant may be just the right product for you!

I also especially love the light citrusy fragrance of motionSENSE Fresh Energy. It’s a great energetic burst to start your day or pick you up after a shower. Fantastic fragrance, superior performance, and a product that really delivers when you need it most – it doesn’t get much better than this! I am completely thrilled with Degree motionSENSE Fresh Energy Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant. If you are an active person or someone who just needs a little pick-me-up when you start your day, consider this product by Degree Women – I’m confident you won’t be disappointed.

Degree motionSENSE Fresh Energy Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant is available at your favorite drugstores and mass market retailers as well as online at Amazon.com.

Sweet Feet – Freeman Bare Foot Creamy Pumice Foot Scrub (Peppermint and Plum) Review

Soft feet can’t be beat. If you’ve ever had dry winter feet, then you can really appreciate the genuinely wonderful feeling of smooth, soft feet. Some products are designed to really soften and exfoliate feet in a matter of moments while other foot care products help to smooth feet over time. What I love about Freeman Bare Foot Creamy Pumice Foot Scrub (Peppermint and Plum) is that it feels great, smells amazing, and gives me soft, smooth feet just as soon as I step out of the shower.

I received a few products from Freeman for the purpose of review, including the Bare Foot scrub, which had been a longtime favorite of mine dating as far back as a decade ago or more if I’m not mistaken. Old favorites die hard, I suppose, as I feel this product has only gotten better since I’ve last used it. The fresh aroma of plum is captivating. I absolutely adore it, as it reminds me of fragrant berries on a warm summer day.

The product is so easy to use, making it an easy part of your shower routine. Simply dispense a small amount of foot scrub from the tube and massage onto your tired, rough, or dry feet. The creamy pumice scrub evenly and smoothly glides over your skin and gently yet effectively softens your feet – toes, arches, heels, and all.

To this day, I am convinced Freeman Bare Foot Creamy Pumice Foot Scrub (Peppermint and Plum) is my favorite foot scrub product for gaining soft feet. I really enjoy every aspect about it. I hope you will, too!

If you are interested in trying Freeman Bare Foot Creamy Pumice Foot Scrub (Peppermint and Plum) for yourself, you can usually find it at your favorite drugstores and mass market retailers, as well as online at Amazon.com.

Pond’s Clean Sweep Cleansing & Make-up Removing Towelettes Product Review

Removing waterproof makeup easily and effectively often proves to be a challenge for me. Sometimes I have a hard time finding a product that works as well as it claims, and leaves my eyelashes intact despite the scrubbing required to remove the eye makeup. Sometimes a product comes along with multitasking properties, such as removing makeup and cleansing your face. Pond’s Clean Sweep Cleansing & Make-up Removing Towelettes are one such product. I’ve put them to the test and this is what I have to say…

Pond’s Clean Sweep Towelettes have a lovely fragrance and a delightful texture designed to remove makeup and impurities from your skin. I received a full-sized sample of Pond’s Clean Sweep Cleansing & Make-up Removing Towelettes (30 in a pack) for the purpose of my review. The towelettes are moistened and securely stashed inside a plastic wrapper with a sticker that covers the opening to keep the towels from drying out.

Each face cleansing and makeup removing cloth contains healthy ingredients like Vitamin E, chamomile, and triple tea antioxidant complex. This product is hypoallergenic for sensitive skin and also dermatologist tested. Product packaging states these makeup removing towelettes are safe for contact lens wearers. I do not wear contacts so I can’t vouch for the experience personally, but it is very nice to know they have all skin types and sensitivities in mind.

As far as product performance and effectiveness, I am torn. I enjoyed the quality of the product as well as the fragrance and its performance as a face cleansing option. I really liked that you could use these Clean Sweep products on the go, especially during travel, and you did not have to rinse your face after using them. On the other hand, I wear mostly waterproof makeup and did not find Pond’s Clean Sweep Cleansing & Make-up Removing Towelettes to be an effective tool at removing waterproof mascara or stubborn eyeliner. With this in mind, if you wear only washable makeup, you probably won’t have an issue. If however, you also use waterproof makeup more often than not, you may wish to keep looking for another cleansing towelette that specializes in waterproof makeup removal.

Still, the experience of using Pond’s Clean Sweep Cleansing & Make-up Removing Towelettes was very pleasant and I would love using them again on vacations and other times when you may need to quickly cleanse your face. You can find Pond’s products at your favorite drugstores, mass market retailers, and Amazon.com.

 

Review of Scünci No Slip Grip Hair Bands and Upzing

When it comes to hair accessories, women tend to want fashion, function, and comfort. Scünci No Slip Grip Hair Bands by Conair Corporation give your hair a colorful accent while catering to the children of the 80’s and the jelly bracelets of long ago. The jelly type ponytail holders are fun and highly desirable, boasting bright neon colors like hot pink, neon orange, fluorescent yellow, neon green, electric blue, and hot purple, as well as black. These gummy hair ties are perfect for spring and summer or any time of year.

I received a pack of 14 Scünci No Slip Grip ponytail bands for the purpose of this review. I was really excited to try them out and they definitely sent me back to my childhood years in the 1980’s with the age of jellies, jelly bracelets, and neon colors. To give you a general statement, I am glad I received them and I love them for their bright colors and fun texture. I especially like these waterproof hair ties for swimming and water sports.

To give you my full critique, I will say there are only two things I didn’t like about this product. First, if a little bit of your hair gets caught on the rubbery surface of the hair band, you may find it a little less ouch-less than you are expecting. Second, the bands are pretty tight so they may not be a one-size-fits-all for wearing on your wrist. Also, try to avoid falling asleep when you do have these on your wrist. I fell asleep and mine must have rolled partway up my arm, so when I woke up, I had quite an indentation from the pressure.

These hair ties offer a stylish grip as well as a colorful bit of flair for your hair. You can get your own pack at your favorite drugstore or mass market retailer, or online at Amazon.com for about $2.99. To learn more, please see www.scunci.com.

I also received a Scünci Upzing Double Combs hair clip, size medium with black beading. Much like the EZ Combs and HairZing, this double-comb style barrette offers dozens of different hairstyles all with the same hair clip. The Scünci Upzing allows you to wear your hair half up and half down or completely on top of your head in a fancy up-do. You can also do fancy ponytails with this cool and fashionable hair clip.

The packaging includes an easy, four-step set of instructions so you can create one of many different hairstyles. The hair clip’s construction features two comfortable black combs, super stretchy clear string, and a variety of pretty black beads. This clip is great for any woman from young teens to mature adults. You can purchase the Scünci Upzing at your favorite drugstore, mass market retailer, or online at Amazon.com.

 

Review of The Biggest Loser’s Simply Sensible Meals

If you are trying to lose a little weight or just hoping to eat a little healthier, your grocer’s freezer or refrigerator may have more options for you than you’d think. Simply Sensible meals by The Biggest Loser offer consumers a healthy meal that is less than 300 calories per serving. Simply add a cup of fresh steamed vegetables and you can enjoy a delicious meal that is healthy and yummy.

I received two varieties of The Biggest Loser’s Simply Sensible meals to try for the purpose of this review. First we had Mediterranean-Style Chicken, which features boneless chicken breast with rib meat in a white wine and rosemary sauce with bowtie pasta. The dish also includes peas, olive slices, and red peppers. The second meal we tried was Beef Tips with Gravy and Brown Rice. The meals are sold fully cooked and just need to be warmed up before eating.

My husband and I usually eat Chicken Voila meals since they are pretty healthy and fast and easy to make. We really enjoyed the Biggest Loser meals, but we felt the Voila meals had more flavor, perhaps more spices. On a separate note, I am beginning to wonder if the Voila meals have MSG in them, as I am never full after eating a serving of the meal. With the Biggest Loser meals, I felt more satisfied after finishing dinner.

I enjoyed The Biggest Loser’s Simply Sensible Mediterranean-Style Chicken more than I thought I would, since I do not care for peppers. They really weren’t noticeable, and I was able to push them aside if needed. The bowtie pasta is always a hit in our house. I liked the little bit of sauce, but felt there could have been a bit more flavor. This meal has 250 calories per serving, 36g Carbohydrate (12%), and 400mg sodium (17%).

The Beef Tips with Gravy and Brown Rice meal was yummy but again could have used something in the way of spices. We enjoyed it but found it just a bit bland. We would have made it for dinner sooner, but the first time or two we wanted to try it, we didn’t have any fresh vegetables in the house. We finally managed to get some fresh broccoli and it was the perfect complement to the beef, gravy, and brown rice. I imagine next time we try this we could probably spice it up with a little fresh ground pepper or maybe some Italian seasonings. Honestly, it was still very delicious!

Preparation for these meals was super fast and easy. We would absolutely try them again, or explore the other varieties of Biggest Loser meals. They are nice to add into our rotation of fast-cook meals for those lazy nights or when we just aren’t able to spend much time cooking. Has anyone else tried them?

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter with Vitamin E Skin Therapy Lotion and Oil Intensive Relief Product Review

Cocoa butter is known for its healing properties, including severely dry skin, itchy skin, and irritated skin, not to mention sunburned skin. Palmer’s makes an incredible line of cocoa butter products, including Palmer’s Cocoa Butter with Vitamin E Skin Therapy Lotion and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E Skin Therapy Oil. I received full-sized samples of both for the purpose of review, and the timing couldn’t be better, as I do have some peeling sunburn to treat.

Perfect for those with sensitive skin or product allergies, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter with Vitamin E Skin Therapy Lotion is hypoallergenic, paraben-free, and fragrance-free. While I am all for the healthy and natural aspect of products, I would be remiss if I failed to mention that I miss the decadent chocolaty scent of my old bottle of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter lotion from their Pink campaign. Using the intensive relief lotion is still satisfying – I am just a chocoholic, so the fragrance of the other product strongly appealed to me.

As I get older, I notice my skin seems to be drier more frequently. I must therefore keep lotion products on hand just about all the time. The silky texture of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Lotion makes my hands extra soft and smooth. I’ve also applied it to my arms and elbows as well as my peeling sunburn. This non-greasy formula soothes and helps to abate the roughness of skin as well as the itchiness of week-old sunburn.

Some key ingredients of this product include Pure Cocoa Butter, Urea, Glycerin, Alpha Hydroxy Fruit Acids, Vitamin E, and a Soy and Oat blend. In reading the back of the bottle, I noticed the product claims to provide 24-hour moisture. I am not quite sure what that means, as I tend to apply lotion more frequently based on my skin’s thirst levels. Still, the healing properties and natural composition of this lotion make it one of the first I grab for, especially to soothe my sunburn and keep my skin feeling soft and smooth.

Another offering from Palmer’s, Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil with Vitamin E offers an easy way to treat scars, stretch marks, dry and damaged skin, uneven skin tone, and aging skin. While I haven’t tested the product on my own scars just yet, I have heard much on the power of cocoa butter and Vitamin E oil for accelerating the skin’s healing process. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil is safe for use on the entire body, even on your face. The product contains no preservatives. Instead, healthy ingredients like Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, Sesame Oil, Canola Oil, and Rosehip Oil help to improve skin’s condition. I massaged a tiny amount onto the peeling sunburned skin on my wrist and it helped to disguise the rough texture of the skin. Sniffing the oil, I swear I can smell the cocoa!

Stay tuned for a special giveaway of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter with Vitamin E Skin Therapy Lotion Intensive Relief and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil!

Silversport™ Bamboo Silver Towel™ for Workouts

If you’ve never worked out with a handy fitness towel, you should try it. You might never go back. The reason is simple. A soft, clean, flexible towel can help you stay drier during your workouts and it is soothing as it whisks away any perspiration from your face and neck. You can also use your fitness towel to clean off exercise equipment before and after use. Made of ultra-soft and renewable bamboo, the Silversport™ Silver Towel™ is a smart choice for your favorite workouts and everything in between.

Eco-friendly products are all the rage these days, and products that perform are the ones flying off the shelves. The Silver Towel boasts both benefits and has anti-microbial properties to boot. The towel itself actually contains Terra-Silver ™, which is a revolutionary nanotechnology employing real, natural silver particles to reduce odors and provide anti-microbial protection to the entire product. In fact, all Silversport™ products contain this Terra-Silver component, which, if you can believe it, successfully eliminates 650+ kinds of surface-borne bacteria. The surface of the towel releases silver ions, activated when the towel picks up moisture, resulting in efficient odor-reduction.

I received my very own Silver Towel for the purpose of this review, and I couldn’t be happier. The towel is the perfect workout companion for all of my favorite workout videos and indoor exercises like the Elliptical machine. It can also help dry you off after a long run or during competitive sports. I really love the flexible bamboo fabric that is super soft and comfortable to the skin. The towel is the perfect size and shape to sling around your neck before, after, or even during workouts. Another smart feature, the back of the towel has several textured logos of Silversport that act as grippers when you toss your towel across the gym onto another piece of workout equipment.

For more information about Silversport™, please visit www.silversport.com.

A Good Read – Forever Lily by Beth Nonte Russel

The cold winds that come with winter for those of us living in a four-season climate makes it difficult to enjoy our outdoor hobbies. For me, this is the time of year that I search for a few good reads that I can take to my exercise bike in an effort to avoid the inevitable winter bulge that will appear otherwise.

In my search for a good book, I had the good fortune to receive a free copy of Forever Lily by Beth Nonte Russel to review. The book takes the reader along a journey filled with emotion, the dreams that haunted the author, the trials and tribulations of the journey, and finally, the happy ending. Forever Lily is a tale of a woman who journeys to China with a friend and unexpectedly adopts a baby girl.

Despite the sadness that is often evoked from reading this book, Forever Lily is easy-to-read and enjoy. It’s a wonderful tale with an equally wonderful ending. You’ll probably find yourself looking for excuses to continue reading it rather than putting it down until tomorrow. For me, that equated to longer periods of bike riding!

Beth Nonte Russel also offers an entire line of products including perfumes, lotions, apparel, jewelry, accessories, and meditation CDs. These products are sold under Beth Nonte Russel’s brand, GoodTrueBeautiful, Inc. Her goal is to bring back a celebration of the beautiful parts of life as well as to inspire others to enjoy and appreciate the freedom that many of us have today.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of any of these products is donated to the Golden Phoenix Foundation in a concerted effort to put an end to the child abandonment that continues to take place worldwide even today.

 

Athleta Yoga Gear for High-Performance Workouts

If you’ve been noticing your workouts dwindling lately, it may be time to add a new element of excitement to your routine. Some new workout clothes ought to do the trick! Athleta offers countless style options and color choices for your yoga, Pilates, strength training, running, swimming, and exercise videos. A new workout outfit can go a long way in motivating you to work harder and get stronger over time. Stylish workouts also allow you to be comfortable and fashionable when running errands or lounging around the house.

I received a brand new Athleta yoga outfit for the purpose of evaluation and review, and I couldn’t be happier. The outfit I received included the Sleeveless Twist Top in Kauai Blue Simhah and Revelation Pant in black.

Athleta Sleeveless Twist Top in Kauai Blue Simhah
The Athleta Sleeveless Twist Top is made of a Nylon / Polyester / Spandex blend for a very comfortable fit that is flexible to meet the needs of your workout. The fabric features Q-Skin yarn that has anti-odor and antibacterial properties, relying on silver particles to maintain a biological balance and keep odors caused by sweating at bay. Perhaps more importantly, the fabric of this shirt is moisture-wicking to keep you dry for your entire workout. This workout top is fitted, making it ideal for running, yoga, Pilates, workout videos, tennis, and for so many other activities.

I’ve worn my Twist Top at least three times and run it through the wash just as many. The performance during workouts and from the washer to the drying rack is flawless. I find it very comfortable, especially when paired with the Athleta Revelation Pant. The Athleta Twist Top retails for $49 and is available in a wide array of colors including purple, green, blue, black, and white.

Athleta Revelation Pant in Black
Perfect for yoga, Pilates, and looking cute in your workout gear, the Revelation Pant by Athleta is one piece of clothing you are going to want to wear again and again. Seriously, I have to keep an eye on my laundry pile to be sure I can wash these awesome yoga pants as soon as I am done wearing them. Athleta says these pants are one of their most popular items and it’s not surprising when you consider why.

The fit of the Revelation Pant is perfect – it hugs your curves without pulling or squishing. The fabric has a gusseted inseam for complete comfort whenever you wear these pants. The breathable, moisture-wicking fabric keeps you dry and comfortable during and after workouts. The styling and fit of the pants also make them appropriate for running to the gym, the post office, the grocery store, or any other errand you might have on your agenda. They are also super comfortable for just lounging around the house, doing housework, relaxing and watching movies, you name it. The pants also have a UPF of 50+, making them ideal for outdoor training and workouts as well. The Revelation Pant retails for $98. 

For more information about Athleta, please check out the Web site at http://athleta.gap.com.