4 Ways to Enjoy Guilt-Free Chocolate On Valentine’s Day

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This Valentine’s Day, skip the dessert and indulge in one of these deliciously guilt-free beauty products.

1. Philip B Chocolate Milk Body Wash & Bubble Bath $8-$35

This playful cleanser smells exactly like two yummy scoops of chocolate sugar swirled in milk. But the formula has a serious side, too, with Cocoa Butter for conditioning; Oat Proteins and Wheat Amino Acids to revive and soothe; moisturizing Glycerin; and healing Aloe. Good, clean, luscious fun.

Where to buy: www.Philipb.com

2. Dolce & Gabbana The Nail Lacquer. Color: Chocolate $24

A glossy, decadent nail lacquer formulated for the fullest and richest coverage. With a slick, easy application and patent shine, this nail lacquer glides on effortlessly to deliver a full, deep chocolate brown hue.

Where to buy: http://www.sephora.com/

3. Burt’s Bees Cocoa Lip Shimmer $4.99

Welcome back a Burt’s Bees fan favorite, Cocoa Lip Shimmer, for the perfect modern brown and a nourishing dose of Vitamin E, Coconut, Sunflower and Peppermint Oils. Just the right kind of “chocolate” you need, re-launching just in time for Valentine’s day!

Where to buywww.burtsbees.com

4. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection $49

The Chocolate Bar experience begins as soon as you open the palette and the smell of sweet chocolate envelops you. The eye shadows are pigmented with pure, antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and includes 16 matte and shimmer shades of natural browns, delicate pinks and luscious plums.

Where to buy: http://www.toofaced.com

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How to Make an @Ortega Taco Stadium for Your Super Bowl Party

Ortega Taco Stadium

Ortega Taco Stadium

My favorite Mexican food brand, Ortega, is encouraging football fans everywhere to kick off the big game with the Ortega Taco Stadium!

Made from crowd pleasing favorites like Ortega Fiesta Flats, guacamole dip and salsas, this edible football stadium will be the talk of the Super Bowl party.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to create your very own Taco Stadium at home.

Food ingredients:

  • 4 boxes Ortega Fiesta Flats (keep the boxes too)
  • 5 jars Ortega guacamole dip
  • or 3 packets of Ortega guacamole seasoning packets and 6 avocados
  • 4 Ortega flour tortillas
  • 1 8-ounce block cheddar cheese
  • 1 can Ortega black beans, drained
  • 1 can Ortega refried beans
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 2 cups tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cans black olives, sliced and drained
  • 4 8-ounce bags shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 jars Ortega salsa

In addition, you’ll need:

  • 1 large 20”x 30” foam core board to act as the base
  • 5 15” x10 1/4” foil cookie sheets (they come 2 to a pack, so 3 packs) (Hefty makes them and available at most grocery stores)
  • roll of clear packing tape
  • ruler
  • 1 squeeze bottle or turkey baster

To assemble the stadium:

  • Place one of the foil cookie sheets in the center of the foam core board to become the “football field” that will later be filled with guacamole.
  • Build the stadium seat risers. Using kitchen shears, make one-inch cuts about every three inches at both of the shorter ends of the foil cookie sheets (to make them bend easier). You will have three short cuts on each shorter end of the foil cookie sheet. Then at each cut, fold the foil sheets in a zig-zag pattern to create steps, using the Fiesta flats boxes underneath each folded pan to hold up the stadium seats. Flatten the long ends of the foil cookie sheet with your hands and tape the bottom of the seats to the foam core board underneath the foil “field.” Attach the top of the steps to the top of the Fiesta flats box using clear packing tape. Repeat the process with another of the foil cookies sheets for the other side of the stadium.
  • To create the seats at each of the shorter ends of the stadium, cut each of the two remaining foil sheets into 11” lengths and make the cuts on the ends and fold into steps, as you did with the first two sides of the stadium. Attach those with tape to the foam base and the tops of the Fiesta flats boxes. You will now have created stadium seats on all sides of the “football” field.

To create the field:

  • With a sharp knife, cut out four goal posts (you will only need two but good to have extra in case they break when installing) out of the flour tortillas. Basically, they will look like large pitch forks. Heat 1/2 cup vegetable over medium heat, in a small, swallow frying pan and crisp the tortilla goal posts in the hot oil for about 1 minutes, flipping once, being carefully not to burn or make too brown. Allow to drain on paper towels and carefully set aside.
  • About an hour before party time, spread the refried beans about two inches at either end of the foil “field,” to create end zones. Then spread the guacamole dip or homemade guacamole using the Ortega seasoning packet onto the remaining foil “field.” With a squeeze bottle or turkey baster, carefully draw lines onto the guacamole “field” with the sour cream. Cut the block of cheddar cheese in half and then cut a one-inch incision in the top of each cheese piece. Carefully pull apart the incision and place the tortilla goal post in the incision, thus creating a secure stand from the cheese blocks for the goal posts. Carefully place the cheese stand and goal post in the center of the refried beans at each end of the “football” field.
  • Place the Fiesta Flats on the three levels of the foil steps. Fill each level with lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, olives and cheese. At the each stadium corner, open and place jar of salsa for dipping.

Possible Additions:

  • Use jalapeno slices as the “players” on the field or in the seats.
  • Attach long skewers about three inches apart with the tape onto the boxes and then cut blocks of cheese to fit between the skewers to create lights above the seats.
  • Crush the Fiesta flats or Ortega hard tacos shells in the food processor and sprinkle around the outside of the “stadium,” as walkways or parking lots.

Created by Dan Macey, dantasticfood, Inc.

Valentine’s Day Giveaway: @DuriCosmetics Nail Polish Gift Set

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Looking for an eye-catching and romantic polish to make your true love this Valentine’s Day? Here’s five from Duri Cosmetics to set the mood!

Whether a HOT DATE (sultry, intense pink) planned or starring roles in your own version of ROMEO AND JULIET (dreamy, light pink), Valentine’s Day is all about getting and setting the mood right and what better way than painting on the perfect love-inspired hue.

Duri Cosmetics makes sure that EVERY DAY IS A VALENTINE (true red) with a variety of sweet, subtle and tart shades. Finishing touches of LOVE ME TENDER (shimmering shade of mauve) or CUPID RULES (deep bubblegum pink) get those manicures and pedicures in on the amorous occasion.

And for those gift-givers – mix ‘n match four hues (over 250 colors to choose from) to create a classic, romantic Valentine’s Day Gift Box – perfect to compliment a box of chocolate or tuck inside a bouquet of roses!

Available nationwide at salons, spas and specialty stores, as well as online at www.duri.com. Individual bottles retail for only $6 each and Custom Gift Sets retail for only $24 each.

All Duri nail products are completely safe, environmentally-friendly and free from DBP, TOLUENE and FORMALDEHYDE.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

2 lucky My Beauty Source winners will win a Duri Cosmetics Valentine’s Day Gift Box filled with 4 nail polishes ($24)

Open to US residents only. 18+

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post and share your favorite nail polish shade. Please include your email address.

BONUS ENTRY: Share this post on Twitter and tag @MyBeautySource and @DuriCosmetics

CONTEST ENDS February 9, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.

Winners will be picked at random and will be notified by email. Prize will be fulfilled by the sponsor.

Massage Tips For Valentine’s Day

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Every Valentine’s Day there is the nagging question of what to give your partner that is personal and beneficial for both of you. This year, consider rolling up your sleeves and give them a massage!

Giving a massage may seem like a daunting prospect but if you follow the below tips from Josie Feria, the Director of Operations at Lapis Spa your skills can revival the pros.

Set the Setting:

  • Lower lights
  • Light candles
  • Warm the room to a comfortable 72 degrees
  • Burn a fragrant candle or incense

Props:

  • Use a pillow as a bolster to prop up the legs
  • Oil for massage – use a carrier oil like almond, avocado or grape seed oil and add a few drops of essential aromatherapy oil

Massage technique:

  • Slow rhythmic movements done in a series will produce a sense of relaxation and nurturing
  • Starting on the back left side use long and consistent strokes (effleurage). Begin at waist and move up to the shoulder – do this 6 / 9 times with sufficient pressure to stimulate circulation and bring a rosy tone to the surface of the skin
  • Move to shoulder and perform slow, rhythmic kneading and rolling motion on the shoulder and the neck with emphasis on muscle from neck to shoulder which undergoes a lot of strain due to office work and bad posture
  • Be consistent by counting the number of strokes you use in each area and varying the pressure as you sense the tissue becoming more relaxed under your hands
  • Reapply oil as needed to maintain slip and movement of the hands.
  • Continue to right side and repeat entire process
  • End the work on the back using both hands in sweeping upward motion through middle of back to nape of neck. Apply pressure to the spinal column – gently with both thumbs
  • Now on to the scalp/head massage – this is important to massage as the scalp and face hold a lot of stress
  • Turn your partner over and place a rolled hand towel – heated in your microwave wave under the neck and one (not rolled) under the back to give warmth and further relax – proceed to add a small amount of oil to your hands and perform a scalp massage by using thumb to apply pressure to temple- center of head and the bridge under the eyes – use the counting method to remain consistent in strokes

Fragrance Giveaway: Killer Queen by Katy Perry

Killer Queen by Katy Perry

Killer Queen by Katy Perry

Killer Queen by Katy Perry ($59): Sexy. Royal. Radiant. Killer Queen by Katy Perry is an intoxicating and charmingly playful floriental fragrance with luscious notes fit for royalty. Inspired by a Queen’s scepter, the jewel-shaped bottle portrays sexy sophistication and luxury. The rich gold crown cap showcases a custom crest capturing Katy Perry’s playful essence. Available at Macys.com

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

2 lucky My Beauty Source winners will win Killer Queen by Katy Perry

Open to US residents only. 18+

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post and tell us your favorite Katy Perry song. Please include your email address.

BONUS ENTRY: Share this post on Twitter and tag @MyBeautySource

CONTEST ENDS February 14, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.

A winner will be picked at random and will be notified by email. Prize will be fulfilled by the sponsor.

3 Sexy Fragrances for Valentine’s Day

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What’s the most alluring scent to wear on Valentine’s Day? Take inspiration from iconic fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana, Versace and Dior and grab one of their sensual perfumes to set the scene for romantic evening.

These scents are available on FragranceNet.com – one of my go-to destinations for all things beauty. The site offers everything from gift sets, to cosmetics, skincare, candles, and everything in between! They even include an instant 20% off coupon and free shipping within the U.S.

1. Versace Bright Crystal

An alluring fragrance for women from renowned fashion icon Gianni Versace, Versace Bright Crystal is a deeply evocative scent that carefully balances a variety of floral elements, including magnolia, peony and lotus flowers with plant amber, yuzu and pomegranate.

2. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue

D & G Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana features a sexy scent that will evoke desire. Its mix of apple, rose, jasmine and musk fragrances gives it a unique, amorous aroma.

3. Christian Dior J’adore

Embrace your femininity with J’Adore by Christian Dior. This beautiful blend of floral orchids, violets, roses and blackberry musk creates a sensual aroma that will bring excitement to a romantic evening.

*Product samples were received in exchange for my honest opinion. No compensation was received for this post.*

Giveaway: Love2Love Fragrance Collection

Love2Love Fragrance

Love2Love Fragrance Collection

About the Love2Love Fragrance Collection ($6.98 – $9.98):

The Love2Love fragrance collection was inspired by a spectrum of colors that express a woman’s joy and sheer happiness. Each shamelessly feminine scent will speak to the woman who loves the idea of being in love.

The fragrances:

Fresh Rose + Peach

Jasmine + Sparkling Mimosa

Freesia + Violet Petals

Orange Blossom + White Musk

The Love2Love Collection will be available in February 2014 at walmart.com and Walmart stores nationwide.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

2 lucky winners will win a Love2Love Eau de Toilette spray ($9.98/3.4 fl. Oz)

Open to US residents only. 18+.

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post and tell us what is your favorite perfume. Please include your email address.

BONUS ENTRY: Share this post on Twitter and tag @MyBeautySource

CONTEST ENDS February 6, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.

A winner will be picked at random and will be notified by email. Prize will be fulfilled by the sponsor.