@SkinnygirlDaily Nutrition Bars Are a Delicious, Guilt-Free Treat

 Dark Chocolate Multi-Grain Pretzel On the Go Bars


Dark Chocolate Multi-Grain Pretzel On the Go Bars

*Samples were received in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received for this post.*

I’m a big fan of Skinnygirl Cocktails (skinny mojito, anyone?) so I was thrilled to try the Skinnygirl on the go bars.

I usually avoid eating snack bars for a few reasons:

They don’t fill me up

They’re filled with sugar

They often taste like cardboard (yuck!)

I’m happy to report that this was not the case with the Skinnygirl bars! I tried two flavors: Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Multi-Grain Pretzel and they were both absolutely delicious! Here’s why I liked them:

At just 180 calories, the bars were filling. They are full of fiber and protein and other goodies like vitamin E and iron. Win-win.

Each Skinnygirl bar contains less than 10 grams of sugar. Guilt-free treat? Yes please!

They taste so amazing, it was hard to eat just one. The flavors held true to the description – you really do get a taste of banana oatmeal dark chocolate and dark chocolate pretzel in every bite. Amazing!

Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate On the Go Bars

Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate On the Go Bars

Recently, Skinnygirl announced a new flavor of its tasty nutrition bars – Chocolate Peanut Butter with Sea Salt.  I can’t wait to try this sweet and salty snack!

Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars are available at retailers nationwide for MSRP $2.49

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Giveaway: @TEMPTU Pink AIRbrush Makeup System

TEMPTU AIRbrush System 2.0

TEMPTU AIRbrush System 2.0

I’m excited to share the launch of TEMPTU’s NEW Color Compressor Line “Kaleidoscope Collection” – five vibrant new colors for every mood and personality – with individual looks created for each color  – strong, sexy, powerful, artistic, fun –  all designed by Make-Up Artist Quintana.

The NEW collection features five colors that reflect various styles, moods – Aquamarine, Orchid Purple, Hot Pink, Poppy Red and Lime Green.

TEMPTU gives a flawless foundation in under a minute and is a favorite of many women who love the feeling of a perfect complexion that TEMPTU AIRbrush System 2.0 can deliver.

Connect with TEMPTU on:

Facebook

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

1 lucky winner will receive a pink TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System 2.0 ($200)

Open to US residents only. 18+

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post and tell us which products you use to achieve a perfect complexion. Please include your email address.

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

CONTEST ENDS April 2, 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.

Giveaway: Adidas Pure Game Collection

Adidas Pure Game Collection

Adidas Pure Game Collection

Gear up for March Madness and get your ‘game’ face on with Adidas’ Pure Game Collection.

It’s easy to recognize a champion. He looks the part: Strong. Bold. Ready to take on the day. The first step in every champion’s routine? The stimulating, exhilarating essentials in the adidas personal care collection. Like the active man who wears them, the new and improved Adidas Personal Care range reflects the confidence, passion and energy of today’s man.

The Collection includes: Body Spray, Deodorant, and Hair & Body Wash – each retail for $3.47 and are available at Walmart nationwide and http://www.adidasbodycare.com/

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

1 lucky winner will receive an Adidas Pure Game Collection that includes Body Spray, Deodorant, and Hair & Body Wash (each $3.47)

Open to US residents only. 18+

HOW TO ENTER: Share this post on Twitter and tag @MyBeautySource

CONTEST ENDS April 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.

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

Introducing Krigler’s Lieber Moment 214

Lieber Moment 214 fragrance

Lieber Moment 214 fragrance

Iconic perfumer Krigler launched a new perfume Lieber Moment 214, to celebrates the 100th anniversary of their iconic fragrance Lieber Gustav 14.

Lieber Moment 214 is a romantic, nostalgic fragrance that pays homage to Krigler’s Lieber Gustav 14, an early Krigler fragrance inspired by a love letter from World War One.  The launch also marked Krigler’s first unisex fragrance, this version is smoother and more powdery than the original Lieber Gustav 14.

Krigler Lieber Moment 214 opens with fresh, sparkling Mongolian Grapefruit, Aldehyde, and calming Lavender. The scent warms with intensely sensual scents of Violet, Rose from Italy, and Ylang Ylang. At the base is rich and woody White Musk, enticing Vanilla from Reunion Island, and intoxicating Patchouli from the Philippines for a luxurious fragrance.

Price: 1.7fl.oz: $195, 3.4fl.oz: $285

Where to Purchase: The Plaza Hotel, One West 58th Street at The Plaza Hotel’s Concourse Level; www.krigler.com

New Collection from @KorresUSA: Transport Yourself to Santorini

WHITE GRAPE FROM THE VINEYARDS OF SANTORINI SHOWERGEL

WHITE GRAPE FROM THE VINEYARDS OF SANTORINI SHOWERGEL

Debuting April 1st, KORRES Natural Products will introduce its NEW “White Grape from the Vineyards of Santorini” collection, featuring a moisturizing showergel and smoothing body cream, transporting you and your sense to the Greek island of Santorini. Santorini is the most popular destination in the Mediterranean with its sparkling Aegean blue sea and Cycladic white houses.

The new collection is infused with white grapes indigenous to Santorini. The grapes are cultivated in the arid volcanic ash rich soil of the island. This ancient vine variety goes back 400 years and remains phylloxera-free. It grows on its own roots with sea mist water, which drifts across the island at night.

WHITE GRAPE FROM THE VINEYARDS OF SANTORINI BODY BUTTER

WHITE GRAPE FROM THE VINEYARDS OF SANTORINI BODY BUTTER

Each of the new products offers a distinct, naturally sweet aroma, influenced by the volcanic soil and the sea air. Also, the scent has notes of green apple, floral, citrus and peach for the ultimate Greek Summer sensorial experience!

WHITE GRAPE FROM THE VINEYARDS OF SANTORINI SHOWERGEL ($19.50): Soft moisturizing showergel, ideal for everyday use. Wheat proteins form a protective film on the skin, maintaining its regular hydration level.

WHITE GRAPE FROM THE VINEYARDS OF SANTORINI BODY BUTTER ($29): Smoothing and moisturizing body cream, ideal for dry elbows, heels and knees. Shea butter and Quince extract have softening, moisturizing and restructuring properties. Sunflower, Almond and Avocado oils nourishes the skin, thus restoring its elasticity and smoothness.

9 Rules for a Clothing Budget

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With tax season soon ending, many of us want to treat ourselves after a hardworking year and go shopping.  Well, don’t blow your tax refund on clothes without reading these money saving tips from Miami fashion stylist Gen Bell. To view her portfolio, visit http://www.genbell.com/

1. Have a set budget!

Having a set budget on how much you’d like to spend is key. Everyone has different methods that work best for him or her. Some people prefer to use cash so that they can see exactly how much they’re spending and on what. My personal method is to create a budget first, let’s say $100. Then I figure out how many outfits I’d like to have from the $100, let’s say 4 outfits. Then I start window-shopping and comparing prices from different stores. I always check both online and in actual stores. Often times you’ll find the best mark down prices online!

2. Hit the Discount Stores

You can find stylish bargains at stores like T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and DSW.  Designer duds for a fraction of the price!  But be careful, just because a store is inexpensive doesn’t mean you’ll save any money if you over spend.  Learn control.

3. Learn to Do-it-Yourself

Learning how to make a few, simple alterations can save you lots of money down the line.  Master the basics of sewing, replacing buttons, and hemming pants. If you’re a busy professional like most of us, then find a local seamstress in your neighborhood that can make the simple alterations for you. The point is to have you clothes last you for a long time. So if you loose a couple of pounds and can’t fit those jeans anymore, make the necessary alterations so that you can reincorporate those jeans back into your wardrobe.

4. Shop Out of Season

Seasoned shoppers shop for spring and summer items in the fall, and buy your fall and winter looks when spring rolls around. Clothing is always cheaper when they are out of season.

5. Avoid Impulse Shopping or Emotional Shopping

Many of us can’t fight the urge to impulse buy.  Remind yourself when the urge arises, are these shoes worth it right at this moment?  Do not buy the shoes, wait a couple of days and if you still want them and rationalize your need then buy them.

6. Think About What’s Already in Your Closet

When shopping, build a wardrobe around one or two color families that you already have.  Keep your current wardrobe in mind when you shop, and don’t buy anything that won’t go with at least two or three other items that you own.

7. Take Care of Your Clothing

Caring for your clothes will help them last longer.  Use the right amount of detergent, avoid the dryer when possible and hang and fold clothes properly. Pack your seasonal wardrobe! You don’t need your winter clothes hanging in your closet all summer long. Pack them in air tight containers that are designed to keep the moisture out and your clothes fresh!

8. Shop Vintage and Consignment

Fashion is cyclical!  Trends from the past always make a comeback so don’t shy away from vintage and consignment shops.   It may take longer to find exactly what you are looking for at a used clothing store so you must have patience and bring a friend for a fun movie montage.

9.  Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize.  No outfit is complete without the right accessories.  Take a simple dress and accessorize it in different ways to create completely different looks each time!  This will expand your wardrobe without having to buy a new outfit for every occasion.

About Gen Bell:

Wardrobe stylist and creative director, Gen Bell is the true embodiment of a career girl in every aspect. Bell was born in Chicago and is currently styling key individuals in the South Florida community in film, fashion and music.  Bell has worked one on one with designers, boutiques, production companies, models and more.

As a previous writer for Haute Living, Gen Bell has an impressive resume for a newbie.  With a portfolio centered on beauty, video, celebrity/music, and street-chic styling, Bell has a vast knowledge of creating an aesthetically pleasing composition. Working with color palettes, silhouettes, and design, Gen Bell pulls together elements and principles to create a final “product” which sets apart from the rest.

Giveaway: Relive the Greatest Decade Ever with “The 1990s Coloring Book”

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The 1990s Coloring Book: All That and a Box of Crayons (Psych! Crayons Not Included) by James Grange

A hilarious coloring-book celebration of everything 90s, including movies, music, television, fashion, and technology

Who said coloring books are just for children? With The 1990s Coloring Book, fans of that epic era can grab their neon crayons and start shading in their favorite moments. A colorful decade full of intriguing characters, memorable slang, and regrettable fashion, the 1990s loom large in today’s pop-culture consciousness. With a variety of illustrations from gigantic Zack Morris cell phones, flamboyant Bill Cosby sweaters, and mesmerizing Lisa Frank folders to Ross and Rachel kissing at Central Perk, the Spice Girls donning super-tall platform shoes, and Biggie and Tupac rapping East Coast/West Coast, the pages of The 1990s Coloring Book are a Rollerblade down memory lane. This pop-culture collage provides endless fun for anyone who is artistically inclined or just nostalgic for the days of Doc Martens and Daria. It truly is all that and a bag of chips.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

1 lucky winner will receive a copy of The 1990s Coloring Book: All That and a Box of Crayons (Psych! Crayons Not Included) by James Grange

Open to US residents only. 18+.

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post and tell us your favorite 1990s pop culture moment. Please include your email address.

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

CONTEST ENDS March 30, 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.

TCBY Goes Vegan: Silk Vanilla Almond Fro-Yo Review

tcbyfotor* A sample was received in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received for this post.*

I recently had the opportunity to try the new Silk Vanilla Almond Fro-Yo flavor at my local TCBY.

No one knows frozen yogurt better than TCBY. They have been serving delicious frozen desserts since the 1980’s. In 2010, they updated all of their stores to include self-serving stations and an array of toping to satisfy every craving.

Earlier this year, TCBY partnered with Silk® Almondmilk to create the first ever full vegan, dairy-free vanilla frozen yogurt.

At 110 calories per half-cup serving, the new Silk Vanilla Almond Fro-Yo flavor will appeal to everyone looking for a low-cal treat. It’s also a great option for customers suffering from food allergies as the flavor is gluten and dairy-free.

I enjoyed the Silk Vanilla Almond Fro-Yo flavor because I’m conscious of my calorie intake and I love the flavor of vanilla soy milk. This fro-yo tasted just like Silk Almond milk. It was more icy than creamy, which I think is expected from a healthy dessert. I stayed away from the sugary toppings and sprinkled my cup with a bit of granola.

Overall, TCBY’s Silk Vanilla Almond Fro-Yo was a tasty afternoon treat. I really enjoyed it.

To find a TCBY near you, visit http://tcby.com

EYES BY ToGoSpa (@eyedews) Review and Giveaway

EYES BY ToGoSpa

EYES BY ToGoSpa

*Samples were received in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received for this post.*

Yesterday, my husband and I went out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with friends. While I love having a good time on such a jolly holiday, the look of puffy, tired eyes this morning made me earn for a morning after cure. Luckily, I had EYES by ToGoSpa handy for such an occasion.

EYES by ToGoSpa are under eye gel pads that easily adhere to your skin. According to the packaging, they are infused with Aloe, Vitamins C & E and Amino Acids to soothe puffy under eyes and minimize the appearance of fine lines. They come in three varieties: Ice Water (soothing), Pomegranate (firming) and Green Tea (lifting).

This morning, I tried the Ice Water gel pads. I stored them in the fridge before use and applied under my eyes as directed. Each package (pictured above) comes with three under eye treatments. It’s easy to peel the corner of the packaging to remove the pads for each use. I left mine on for about 20 minutes. During and after use, my skin felt really refreshed. I guess after a night on the town, my skin could use all the moisture it could get. The pads felt soft to the touch and gentle once I put them on. I didn’t even feel like I had anything on my face. Usually with traditional under eye treatments (such as tea, cucumbers, etc), you’d have to lay down to apply the remedy but not with EYES! I went about my business around the house and the pads stayed on the whole time.

I have to say, they really do feel refreshing! The combination of the cold, moisture and infused vitamins work wonders to bring down puffiness. I’m very happy with the Ice Water gel pads and can’t wait to try out Green Tea and Pomegranate varieties!

To learn about EYES by ToGoSpa, visit http://www.togospa.com/ and make sure to enter my giveaway below!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

3 lucky winners will receive Pomegranate, Green Tea and Ice Water EYES by ToGoSpa

Open to US residents only. 18+.

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post and tell us your remedy for puffy eyes. Please include your email address.

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

CONTEST ENDS March 30, 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.

Oil Pulling: A Natural Way to Whiten Teeth

What is oil pulling? Cosmetic dentist Dr. Jessica Emery, DMD, owner of Sugar Fix Dental Loft Chicago, explains how to use this ancient technique to improve your smile.

There is nothing more splendid and virtuous then unrefined coconut oil. It is a hot topic now coming back from the ancient days of tradition. ‘Oil pulling’ is a technique used to clean your teeth and mouth. You place a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swish with it for up to 20 minutes. When finished make sure you spit into a trash can and not the sink as it can clog the pipes.

People swear by it, that it can fill cavities, relieve toothaches, whiten teeth, freshen breath, absorb harmful bacteria and even say it cures the common cold. From a dentist’s perspective, tooth decay is caused by bacteria and studies suggest that coconut oil treated with enzymes (which is like the process that occurs when you have oil in your mouth), the enzymes in your saliva break down. It seems to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria. So a good thing. Patients that have oil pulled have said that they ‘love how their mouth feels after swishing and that it lasts all day”. They also say that tooth pain is not gone but better. Makes sense to me as we use Vitamin E oil to sooth the gums and clove oil to sooth tooth aches. They work. I have not tried oil pulling personally but think I may jump on the bandwagon to see for myself. No solid proof that it works but it certainly makes people feel better. Your cheeks may get tired but I say ‘swish away’.