Chi Chi Chi CHIA | Lifeway Kefir Coconut-Chia Beverage

We’ve been looking for more ways to add the benefits of Chia seeds into our diet, due to its omega-3, antioxidant benefits, as well as being a good source of fiber and other nutrients. While we have purchased actual Chia seeds to add to our foods, we find that sometimes sprinkling chia seeds onto our meals doesn’t always work out for the best. So we went to our old favorite, Lifeway Kefir, to solve our issue of always having our daily intake and we found the solution in the form of their low-fat Lifeway Kefir Coconut-Chia; they even provide you with chia recipes ideas to try this new nutritious beverage.

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The low-fat Lifeway Kefir Coconut-Chia beverage features a refreshing flavor of coconut with the groundbreaking health benefits of chia seeds. This cultured milk smoothie provides all of the probiotic benefits of Lifeway’s Kefirs beverages, 12 strains of probiotics for optimal digestive health, with the added bonus of omega-3’s. It’s also a good source of calcium and has 12 grams of protein per serving. Whether you enjoy it straight from the bottle or in a delicious recipe, you will benefit from all its nutrients.

We also love the smooth, creamy taste of Lifeway Kefir Coconut-Chia and welcome this healthy addition to our nutrition. Have you ever tried the Lifeway Kefir Coconut-Chia beverage? What are your thoughts?

Hydropeptide Clarify Collection at The Setai Club & Spa

Just before NYFW, I had the extreme pleasure of receiving an abbreviated, Hydropeptide Facial at The Setai Club & Spa on Wall Street and a few product samples to take home, to learn more about the brand’s new Clarify collection. This facial couldn’t have come at a better time – the polar vortex had sucked all the moisture out of my skin and fashion week was just ahead.

All Hydropeptide’s products contain over 60 peptides with the number one mission of fighting aging; the Clarify Collection (pictured below) also deals with what my esthetician, Erin, called secondary concerns such as dehydration, redness, and acne.

If you’ve never heard of peptides used in your beauty products, think of them as tiny chains of amino acids that together make up the proteins in the skin. Important proteins to note are: Collagen, a structural protein that has huge connectivity properties, and Elastin, which, like its name suggests, helps with the elasticity of our skin. As we age, the collagen in our skin breaks down and our skin appears less smooth and wrinkle-laden because structurally, it’s not sound anymore.

My experience receiving a facial with the Hydropeptide Facial is as follows:

Erin was an amazing Esthetician. She was quite knowledgeable and broke down each product she used. The products were mild in scent,they smelled very clean and simple leaving you with a refreshing scent. The following Hydropeptide products were used in my facial in the following order:

1. Cleansing Gel: Cleanses, tones, and removes makeup. This cleansing gel felt as light as a serum and my esthetician used it to pre-cleanse the skin.
Here’s a protip: use a damp sponge to remove the product.

2. Clay-based Purifying Cleanser: this clay-based tea tree oil cleanser boasted lots of anti-bacterial properties, perfect to deep clean my skin.

3. Clarifying Toner: toners are absolutely perfect to balance the pH of skin, as well as brighten and fight acne. This one was chock full of ingredients such as: azelaic acid (sebum regulation), lactic acid (gentle, hydrating acid ) and aloe (hydrating properties). One of the many botanicals present is Canadian willow herb, which helps with oil production.

4. Peptide massage oil: a coconut oil base, that’s organic and non-comedogenic. This massage oil contains a peptide called Rejuage, which decreases oxygenation (slows loss of collagen and elastin of skin).

5. Clarify Redefining Serum: a wonderful and light treatment serum that contains salicylic acid and a growth factor that inhibits sebocytes, which help in controlling oil production.

6. Eye authority: an eye cream that addresses puffiness all in one cream

7. Power lift: this effective moisturizer was applied to my skin which contains emollients, humectants, ceramides, and occlusives, all to keep the moisture in the skin.

8. Solar Defence SPF: lastly, Hydropeptide’s spf with color adjusting spheres, with a BB cream-like feel was applied. All in all, I would highly recommend, the peaceful Setai Club & Spa Wall Street and most importantly, the Hydropeptide Facial, which can be customized to your skin concerns.

The products felt wonderful and do not leave your skin feeling stripped. as I continue to enjoy the benefits with the samples I got to take home.



***Thanks to our Beauty Contributor, Laura of Blush and Beakers for covering the Hydropeptide Clarity Collection for My Life on and off the Guest List. Make sure to check out her blog.

Edited by Glasgow Skinner
Photos by Glasgow Skinner

Red Door Spa Is Open For Spa Week

It’s officially spring so you know what that means……it’s time to pamper yourself without stripping your wallet. that’s right, the $50 Spa Week Treatment deal is almost here. One of our favorite beauty treatment escapes, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas, is all ready to get you pampered. During National Spa Week, April 21st – 27th, every Red Door Spa location across the country will be offering three of their most luxurious treatments for just $50.00 each. See below for more information on each service offered. There’s even a bonus offer (click on image to view larger).

Feeling stressed? Enjoy the 50-minute Stress Melter Body Treatment, which includes body exfoliation, aroma therapeutic body wrap, and a scalp massage. Does it seem like your skin has turned against you? Then you definitely need Elizabeth arden’s 50-minute Spa Week Facial, a renewing facial that will cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate your skin. If your skin needs extra attention, just add a Microdermabrasion Blast or Oxygen Blast for an additional $50.00. Now if it’s your tired, weary feet that need some love, indulge in a 50-minute Spa week Pedicure heaven with luxe sugar exfoliation and warm cream, reflexology-inspired massage.

As a bonus, Red Door Spas is offering a chance to give your hair come new life during Spa Week, with your choice of a haircut, blowout and finish, or single-process color for $50.00. It looks like you ladies have some decisions to make. whatever service you choose, enjoy them. For more information, contact any Red Door Spa location.

Where Tea is a Pleasure | Good Earth Chai

Anyone who knows me (or has looked up my Starbucks card order history), knows Chai is my favorite tea. Chai is known as a type of Indian tea, made by boiling the tea leaves with milk, sugar, and cardamom. But did you know Chai actually means tea in Hindi? Which mean when you order a Chai tea, you’re actually asking for tea tea….which is a bit funny. Anyway, I love getting creative with my chai, I usually do chocolate chia in the fall and gingerbread chia in the winter and summer it’s all about refreshing cold chai drinks. This is why I love the Chai variants from Good Earth, they’re not afraid to fuse chai with various fruits, spices and roots to create new exciting flavors. The three Good Earth Chai flavors, whose names I absolutely adore, are featured below:WILD CHAILD

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With tantalizing chai spices and smooth caramel flavor, the curiously exotic Wild Chaild gives you the sweet you need with just the right amount of spice to make whatever you’re doing more interesting. We love the subtle taste of ginger, nutmeg, cloves, black pepper, and star anise that add to the exotic flavor mix of this bold chai.

SWEET CHAI OF MINE

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With smooth vanilla and decadent maple flavor infused with traditional chai spices, Sweet Chai of Mine is the perfect way to enjoy some “me” time. Ginger, natural peach flavor, and licorice root are just a few of the ingredients which adds to the smooth and delicious flavor of this tea.

ORGANIC STARRY CHAI

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Ready for an amazingly exotic chai that’s organic? Featuring organic spices that are masterfully blended with a surprise touch of cherry flavor to create a decadent tea experience, Organic Starry Chai will blow your mind. With its mix of organic raspberries and natural cherry flavor mingling with the likes of organic cinnamon, organic nutmeg, organic ginger root, organic licorice root, and organic black pepper, you are sure to enjoy ethereal moments of elation with every sip.

All three Good Earth Chai flavors are available on their website. A box of Wild Chaild and Sweet Chai of Mine retails for $4.49 each, while Organic Starry Chai is $4.79 each. Each box contains 18 tea bags.

 

What’s New in Health & Nutrition | Delicious Products to Get Your Daily Vegetables Intake

We’ve been told since birth that eating your vegetables is a vital part of our diet and nutrition. Of course most of us do not like to eat vegetables and really struggle with trying to eat them, mainly because of taste – I for one struggle with Kale (I really do). But there is great news for those who struggle with adding vegetables to their diet. Thanks to Lifeway Kefir, Green Giant, Jamba “at home” Smoothies, and Edy’s® Outshine, you can get your daily intake of vegetables without worrying about taste.Lifeway Veggie Kefir

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Can’t eat your vegetables? Why not drink them. Lifeway has launched a trio of naturally probiotic, high-protein, drinkable blends where your everyday veggies are turned into superfoods with no sugar added. With these new Lifeway Veggie Kefir blends, you get the traditionally tart and tangy Lifeway Kefir, a burst of garden-fresh flavor and a full serving of vegetables. Your veggies have never tasted so good. The Veggie Kefir is available in savory beet, cucumber, and tomato.

Green Giant® Veggie-Blend-Ins

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Most Americans don’t eat enough vegetables (some none at all), now thanks to Green Giant, we all have a great way to make sure we’re getting our daily intake of vegetables no matter what recipe we’re preparing. Cooking mac and cheese? Blending smoothies or pancakes for breakfast? or baking cookies or a chocolate cake? All you have to do is just pour any of these Green Giant Veggie Puree Blend-Ins into your dish and blend it right into your meal, snacks and dessert preparations. I recently adding the spinach puree to my chili recipe I made, check out a before picture and the blending in the video below (trust me, it tastes 1000% better than it looks lol):

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Green Giant has teamed up with Deceptively Delicious’s author, Jessica Seinfeld, to help your family eat more veggies. Butternut squash works well in cheesy or slightly sweet dishes like macaroni and cheese and pancakes. Carrot works well in ground meat dishes like tacos and baked goods like muffins. Spinach mixes well into red or darker dishes like spaghetti and brownies. I know what you’re thinking “spinach in brownies?” – it doesn’t sound appetizing but believe me when I tell you that you don’t taste the spinach AT ALL, just delicious chocolate. This is a fantastic way for both kids and adults to get eat healthier.

Jamba “at home” Fruit & Veggie Fusion® Smoothies

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Everyone loves smoothies, it is a great way to enjoy fruits. The line of Red, Blue and Green Fusion At-Home Kits offers a unique blend of vitamin-rich vegetables with delicious fruits, creating a powerful and convenient blend-and-serve smoothie. The Green Fusion combines green apple, mango, pineapple, kiwi, banana, broccoli, spinach and spirulina to offer a sweet yet hearty smoothie. The Red Fusion combines red raspberry, strawberry, dark sweet cherry, purple carrot and sweet potato; and the Blue Fusion combines blueberry, banana, apple, blackberry, carrot, broccoli and spinach. Each smoothie kit contains whole pieces of frozen fruit and vegetable blocks that, when blended with one cup of apple juice, makes two, eight-ounce servings. Each glass also provides an excellent source of vitamin C, at 100 percent of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA), 40 percent of the RDA of vitamin A and 25 percent of the RDA of vitamins, E, K, B1 and B6.

Edy’s® Outshine Fruit and Veggie Bars

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If you want to try yet another way to enjoy your veggies, check out the first national line of frozen fruit bars that combines both fruits and vegetables in a delicious frozen snack. The Edy’s® Outshine Fruit and Veggie Bars features five new refreshing and innovative flavors: Blueberry Medley, Tangerine Carrot, Apple and Greens, Peach Mango Medley and Strawberry Rhubarb, along with a 12-count multi-pack featuring Strawberry Rhubarb, Tangerine Carrot and Blueberry Medley. At 35-60 calories each, the Fruit and Veggie bars contain at least 25% vegetables from purees and juices, so you can be rest assured you are enjoying a rejuvenating, healthy snack.

Gorgeous Hair & Nails for NYFW at Angelo David Salon

Although the weather tried to prevent us from being fabulous (Mother Nature did win the battle a few times), we still got to enjoy fabulous hair courtesy of the Angelo David Salon. This was certainly not the first time we’ve gotten great hair at this upscale salon for great hair – Couture Hair Color at The Angelo David Salon – and it definitely won’t be the last. Along with a few others, we were invited to get “Fashion Week Fab” and enjoy a little glam time, with a manicure and blow dry (using Angelo David’s hair nurturing products). While getting shampooed, my nails were being shaped and pampered with Essie’s No More Film, a creamy, seductively dark violet nail color.

For hair, it was all about hair detoxing, getting rid of hair product and city residue and giving our strands the beautiful life they’ve been missing by being held prisoner in nothing but ponytails and winter hats. It was time for hair that was free-flowing. Supplied with some good white wine and dishing on all things beauty, our hair was transformed to feathery light layers full of body and shine (mine is below), we were ready for fashion week.

 

The following wonderful Angelo David products were used on my hair – VOL Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner, Vital Complex Leave-in Conditioner and Smooth Fast Drying Hair Cream, all of which can be purchased at the salon or online.

Whether you’re looking for a color change or color refresher, you must pay a visit to the Angelo David Salon, conveniently located near Grand Central. Visit the  Angelo David Salon for more information.

Sponsored Post: Keep Your Active Lifestyle w/ JustGoGirl!

Seeing as we’re in full Olympic Games mode, this is the perfect time to talk about something no one actually talks about, Exercise-Induced Urine Leakage in Female Athletes or Athletic Leaks. While performing vigorous, stress-induced, high-impact, or strenuous activities and workouts, some elite female athletes (which includes teens to older women) suffer athletic leaks, a condition most think may be due to abdominal pressure.

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Sometimes experiencing this uncontrollable condition can dissuade these athletes or very active women from enjoying their very active lifestyle but thanks to a new creation by Brooke Solis, the answer to athletes leaks has been found with JustGoGirl!.

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A few of us got the chance to meet with and get first-hand knowledge from the JustGoGirl! Founder and CEO, a fitness-obsessed mom of five herself, she found that after the birth of her first child, she leaked when she went running and although she tried several products, nothing gave her the comfort and protection she desired, so she just created her own.

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How amazing is the JustGoGirl! Pad? It is 1.5 cm (a little over 1/2 inch thin) in size, absorbs up to 140 ml (a little over 1/2 cup of fluid), is shaped to fit a woman’s form and is undetectable under all your clothing (you can even wear it with a thong). JustGoGirl! is the perfect combination – it’s as thin as a pantyliner and provides as much absorption as those bulky incontinence pads – giving you the best of both worlds. So ladies, get back to running 10 miles, gymnastics, yoga or doing your Insanity workouts. Leave the extra pants and bulky pads at home and be rest assured you won’t ever again be embarrassed by athletic leakage.

I had a chance to try out JustGoGirl during the crazy snowstorm we had during Fashion Week. Running from show to show, you barely have time to stop…even to use the restroom plus with the exertion of navigating through mountain-high snow dunes, you can really get quite a workout. Thanks to this neither issue stopped me from my very busy day

Want to try a FREE SAMPLE for yourself? Click http://justgogirl.com/order-pads/ to try a 2 Pad Sample Pack. Want to know more this great product? They’re just a click away.

This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

GIVEAWAY | Dry, Cracked Winter Skin? Get a Honeywell Humidifier

Thanks to polar vortex one and two, we seem to be living in a frozen tundra, making our battle with dry, winter skin even more of a exhausting one. Not only do we have to fight against the freezing dry air outside, we have to come home to the dry air from our heaters. During the winter, humidity levels can drop as low as 10%. That’s drier than the Sahara Desert. To compensate, we pile on moisturizers which can cause clogged pores and break outs. There is a better way to relieve dry, winter skin. You can relieve cracked, scaly skin and chapped lips by adding moisture to the air in your apartment with a humidifier. Supple, hydrated skin during wintertime can be achieved, even if you’ve been in the glacial outdoors for hours, with a cool or warm mist humidifier. Honeywell has several outstanding warm and cool air humidifiers that add much-needed moisture to the air in your home and your skin. Today we feature three of their models that are $70.00 and below:

Designer Series Filter Free Cool Moisture Humidifier (HUT-300)

The Honeywell Designer Series Filter Free Cool Mist Humidifier provides soothing moisture to help temporarily relieve dry air discomfort in a sleek, modern design that brings comfort and style to any room in the house. The HUT-300 quietly provides a continuous stream of soothing moisture you can see and feel and fits seamlessly with any décor. It retails for $69.99.

Filter Free Warm Mist Humidifier (HWM-340)

The new Easy-to-Care Filter Free Warm Mist Humidifier provides warm, soothing moisture in less than one minute. The unique top fill design and filter-less system makes it easier than ever to temporarily relieve dry air discomforts. This model has an added benefit of releasing moisture that is up to 95 percent bacteria-free. It retails for $44.99

Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier (HUT-150)

The Honeywell Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier provides soothing moisture to help temporarily relieve dry air discomfort in a streamlined, aerodynamic model that is ideal for use on a bedside table or office desk. Incredibly quiet when in use and filter-free, this model fits seamlessly into any environment to provide soothing dry air relief for better home comfort. It retails $39.99

How would you like to keep your skin moisturized throughout this overly drying season? We’re giving you the chance to enjoy supple skin and avoid the dry, scratchy results of winter with a chance to win one of these Honeywell Humidifiers. That’s right, one of these great Honeywell Humidifiers can be yours. To enter to win, see the Rafflecopter entry below: