Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Girly Stuff: Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick

I don't chat about it much in this blog but I do go gaga for girly stuff like make-up. I may not be an expert at applying it, but I love collecting and trying make-up and I swoon over skin care products daily.
I am lucky to be a part of Influenster and the most recent treat I received is the Rimmel Moisture Renew Vox Box, in which I found a complimentary tube of the newly formulated Moisture Renew lipstick.
The shade is "As You Want Victoria", a deeply bright pink.
I don't often wear lipstick, I tend to opt for gloss or stains, so this vivid color is a shock when I first apply it. A shock in a good way. It is a punch of pink color that stays on for hours and leaves lips moisturized. The texture isn't too heavy or sticky...if it weren't for the bright color I wouldn't even know it was on! This will not be a color I wear every day (my Pilates students would think I had lost my mind!) but I will keep it in my make-up drawer for special occasions.



Rimmel London does quite a few giveaways and other fun things via social media so you may want to check them out on
Facebook
or
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I also have a few Influenster invites to give out. If you would like to be a part of this awesome social group and you like to review products and share on social media, let me know your email address and I will send you an invite. The more active you are on the site the more opportunities open up to try and review products so you have to be active!

 I WAS NOT COMPENSATED FOR THIS POST, HOWEVER I DID RECEIVE A SAMPLE FOR MY REVIEW.  ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN AND NOT INFLUENCED IN ANY WAY.




Saturday, April 19, 2014

Energy Bits Party!


I have been meaning to write a post on Energy Bits for a few weeks now and, thanks to Energy Bits sponsoring a giveaway, it kicked me into gear.
Since last summer I have consistently been eating Energy Bits and Recovery Bits almost daily and I have seen some amazing results.
I have already shared about the natural energetic feeling I get from these lovely little algae bits and today I would like to give 3 more reasons I love them!




1. A bit (or 20) a day keeps the doctor away
I wanted to wait until spring officially arrived on the calendar to make this proclamation and now I can. I went this entire winter without being sick! Seriously. There was 1 day in January that I had a sore throat and was a bit achy, but I didn't run a fever and after spending a day on the couch and upping my intake of Recovery Bits I was back in business. So, no flu, no stomach yuckiness, no strep throat or even an ear infection. And I credit that to the fact that bits boosted my immune system and gave me the proper nutrition for my body to stay healthy.

2. A great source of food when you are unable to eat
Unable to eat? That sounds odd, but think about it. There are some days I am just not hungry but know that I need to have some sort of food to function. Maybe my appetite is down or I don't want to be full. I am weird in that I don't like to be full when I travel, when I have a big day of teaching, or anything where I am active. In times like this I typically have 10-15 of Energy and Recovery Bits. This allows me to have the protein and nutrients I need to get through without sitting down to a full meal. I never leave home without my tin of bits!

Bits in the sky!

3. Really all-natural. Like, really.
There are many products that claim to be organic, natural and healthy and then I look at the ingredients only to find sugar, fake sugar, chemicals and...junk. I get so disappointed when I see this not only because I hate false claims but because I just want all the people that are being duped by these "healthy" products to instead try Energy and Recovery Bits.
They are:

  • 100% organic
  • 100% algae  That's right. Look at the package. O N E Ingredient. Dehydrated algae. Just like a raisin is a dried grape, a bit is dried algae. Nothing else.
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan



Energy Bits are spirulina algae and they give me a natural boost of energy that feels like I just woke up from the best sleep. More even feeling that a shot of espresso and more filling, too. It's like sitting down to eat a salad in a tab form!
For even more details on Energy Bits click here.

Recovery Bits are chlorella algae and they digest a bit slower which means you don't get the quick burst of energy but you do get a steady feeling of wellness. I love to have Recovery Bits first thing in the morning with a tall glass of water. ***Major News*** I have noticed that if I have 15-20 bits after a long run I am much less likely to suffer from a headache. I tend to get a migraine-like headache after long outdoor runs so I make sure to have my bits immediately after.
For even more details on Recovery Bits click here.

If you have any questions about bits please let me know. When you decide to order, use the code HEART to save 20%. This code never expires and you can use it over and over!

I have shared bits with family, friends and students and they typically always go on to order their own bag. Just this week two of my Pilates students were singing the praises of Energy Bits as they were walking into class. So cool!


Located in Boston, Energy Bits is very involved in the Boston Marathon. They have a booth at the expo, so if you are running, make sure you stop by and tell them I sent you. For those of us that are not in Boston, they still wanted us to get to take part in the fun and that is where the giveaway comes in. One lucky reader will win an Energy Bits swag bag filled with bits samples and some other fun swag. To enter all I am asking is for you to do ONE of the following:
- subscribe to my blog in a Reader
- follow me on Twitter
- Like me on Facebook
- Follow me in Google+
Do one of the following and then leave a comment below saying that you did and letting me know your name on any of the above social sites so that I can say hi. Also include your email so that I can contact the winner. For each one you do, you will get 1 entry, so you can get up to FOUR entries! The contest ends Tuesday, April 22 at 5:00 pm CST so you better get a move on!

Good luck and I hope you win so that you can be Powered By Bits!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patricks Day from Debby Downer



If there is one thing that I do well, it is ruminating over a completely irrelevant thing, allowing it to make me upset.  This past week, it has been the Irish Yoga graphic.
It has been around for years, it has always annoyed me, but this year I feel like I have to say something.
So, if you don't care or if you personally find the Irish Yoga thing hilarious, go ahead and click on through. 
I will also add the disclaimer that I am a borderline teetotaler and prude. I know this. My idea of a good time is going out to lunch on chicken salad and iced tea. Or if I am out after dark, I like to be home in my pajamas by midnight. When I drink, finishing 8 ounces is an accomplishment. I hate feeling the slightest bit tipsy because I like to always feel in control of myself. I know this is rigid and not "normal" but it's me.
So, here is an example of what I am talking about:



There are t-shirts, memes, real-life re-enactments. Friends have sent this to me. I see fellow yoga instructors, students, studio owners all sharing this, pinning it, glorifying it.
To me, it is not funny at all and actually pretty offensive.  For many different reasons.

1. Okay, so these people drank so much that they passed out, bottles strewn about. Great. They have poisoned their systems so much that their body had no other choice than to shut down to recover. Excellent! Lets make fun of that and also condone it.

2. Think of other ethnic groups and negative stereotypes placed on them. Now make a t-shirt out of it. Or post it to your Facebook page. If you need examples, just let me know. 

3. I will be the first to admit that I am a Pilates instructor first, with some training in yoga. But I am practiced enough to know that the art of meditation and many levels of a yoga practice have nothing to do with drinking so much that you pass out. 

I could go on and on, but I won't. I just needed a place to vent what has been boiling under the surface for quite some time.
I know that my opinion is very rigid and I get that it is a joke.  I just don't find it funny.
It's not cute, funny, or in any way healthy to get drunk. And getting drunk because of a holiday that was started by Irish immigrants in America, to help them band together and have a little happiness at a time when they were treated like second-class humans, is not really that cool. Maybe instead of drinking until passing out we could find something better to do to celebrate the oppressed Irish-Americans of years past. Like watching Gangs of New York in our pj's sipping on kale water.


Am I over the top? I would love to know your feelings. These are mine and I really feel so much better after sharing them.