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Beauty Giveaway Winner is...

With 74% of the vote, the winner is Julie! Congratulations Julie!

Thank you to the other finalists and everyone who sent in entries! Be sure to stay tuned for more giveaways coming soon!

Beauty Giveaway Winner is...

With 74% of the vote, the winner is Julie! Congratulations Julie!

Thank you to the other finalists and everyone who sent in entries! Be sure to stay tuned for more giveaways coming soon!

Beauty Giveaway Winner is...

With 74% of the vote, the winner is Julie! Congratulations Julie!

Thank you to the other finalists and everyone who sent in entries! Be sure to stay tuned for more giveaways coming soon!

Beauty Giveaway Winner is...

With 74% of the vote, the winner is Julie! Congratulations Julie!

Thank you to the other finalists and everyone who sent in entries! Be sure to stay tuned for more giveaways coming soon!

Review: Shea Terra Organic's

Guest post from Jessica of Sofachip.com

Routinely taking care of your skin now will help it look better in 20 years. I don't know about you, but the idea of Botox injections is not one I look upon fondly. So, let's avoid it! Let's have skin that would make Karen Walker (from Will & Grace) jealous. And since we can, let's do it for much less money, and through supporting the efforts of a company that helps people in Africa. I am pleased to share with you information and first hand experience with products from the Shea Terra Organic's line.

With a decade of research utilized, and much higher quantities of shea butter than you typically find in shea butter products, these are the haute couture of shea butters. The natural indigenous ingredients used in these products include aloe ferox, bush mango, African potato, and honeybush. These ingredients aid skin in repairing, softening, and encouraging cell renewal while breaking down the dead cells.

This is what I tried:

Indigenous Silk & Shea Butter Shower Elixir - This gives a fresh feeling, and I felt healthier using a product made with goats milk as opposed to chemicals.

Indigenous Shea Body Butter
- This is ultra healing. I used this on the dry patches I have on my skin, and I swear I could hear my skin sighing in relief. I put this on my feet at night, and then put cotton socks over them. In the morning my feet felt incredibly silky.

Indigenous Silk & Shea Butter Lotion - It's creamy and smells great. You can layer this on after using the shower elixir to make a scent even longer-lasting.

Indigenous Silk & Shea Butter Dead Sea Salt Scrub
- There is no oil floating on the top of these scrubs. The inside looks plump, and nothing goes to waste.

In short, I highly recommend all of these products. Whether you want to feel great for a Saturday afternoon of organizing photos (I'd have fun doing that - don't mock), or a Saturday night out on the town to have a drink (a Bellini, please) - you will enjoy using something from the Shea Terra Organic's line.

I was able to try each of the above products in a different scent, which I also want to describe for you:

Miombo Mango
- This was my favorite scent. It seems like everyone complimented me on how great I smelled when I wore this. Real mango extract is used, as opposed to essential oils.

Lavender of the Khosian
- This isn't a typical lavender scent. It smelled earthy but pretty.

Pink Guava Pomegranate - This smells sweet, but not cloyingly so. I really enjoyed this scent. Later knowing that the pomegranate has ellagic tannin that boosts collagen and firms and smooths cellulite - I knew this was special and women of all ages would appreciate the benefits it offers.

Vanilla Bourbon
- Not what I expected from a vanilla scent. The vanilla is still sweet, but it has a deeper fragrance.

Much like women with a new engagement ring tend to do, I couldn't stop holding out my hand and looking down with admiration. The shea butter lotion and body butter made my nails look amazingly healthy and gleam.

The company is committed to giving back. The Shea Terra Organic's product lines each support unique empowerment programs in Africa. The materials used are all sustainable and help preserve the resources of Africa.

I'm highly impressed. Look for their Black Soap Elixir's which are made from organic black soap that helps with skin problems (from acne to sun damage). They also have exceptional chocolates. Buy them! I was able to try the dark chocolate, which I shared with my Dad. He literally said, "This is the best dark chocolate I've ever had."

You can purchase the products at Nordstrom or from their website: www.sheaterraorganics.com

Review: Shea Terra Organic's

Guest post from Jessica of Sofachip.com

Routinely taking care of your skin now will help it look better in 20 years. I don't know about you, but the idea of Botox injections is not one I look upon fondly. So, let's avoid it! Let's have skin that would make Karen Walker (from Will & Grace) jealous. And since we can, let's do it for much less money, and through supporting the efforts of a company that helps people in Africa. I am pleased to share with you information and first hand experience with products from the Shea Terra Organic's line.

With a decade of research utilized, and much higher quantities of shea butter than you typically find in shea butter products, these are the haute couture of shea butters. The natural indigenous ingredients used in these products include aloe ferox, bush mango, African potato, and honeybush. These ingredients aid skin in repairing, softening, and encouraging cell renewal while breaking down the dead cells.

This is what I tried:

Indigenous Silk & Shea Butter Shower Elixir - This gives a fresh feeling, and I felt healthier using a product made with goats milk as opposed to chemicals.

Indigenous Shea Body Butter
- This is ultra healing. I used this on the dry patches I have on my skin, and I swear I could hear my skin sighing in relief. I put this on my feet at night, and then put cotton socks over them. In the morning my feet felt incredibly silky.

Indigenous Silk & Shea Butter Lotion - It's creamy and smells great. You can layer this on after using the shower elixir to make a scent even longer-lasting.

Indigenous Silk & Shea Butter Dead Sea Salt Scrub
- There is no oil floating on the top of these scrubs. The inside looks plump, and nothing goes to waste.

In short, I highly recommend all of these products. Whether you want to feel great for a Saturday afternoon of organizing photos (I'd have fun doing that - don't mock), or a Saturday night out on the town to have a drink (a Bellini, please) - you will enjoy using something from the Shea Terra Organic's line.

I was able to try each of the above products in a different scent, which I also want to describe for you:

Miombo Mango
- This was my favorite scent. It seems like everyone complimented me on how great I smelled when I wore this. Real mango extract is used, as opposed to essential oils.

Lavender of the Khosian
- This isn't a typical lavender scent. It smelled earthy but pretty.

Pink Guava Pomegranate - This smells sweet, but not cloyingly so. I really enjoyed this scent. Later knowing that the pomegranate has ellagic tannin that boosts collagen and firms and smooths cellulite - I knew this was special and women of all ages would appreciate the benefits it offers.

Vanilla Bourbon
- Not what I expected from a vanilla scent. The vanilla is still sweet, but it has a deeper fragrance.

Much like women with a new engagement ring tend to do, I couldn't stop holding out my hand and looking down with admiration. The shea butter lotion and body butter made my nails look amazingly healthy and gleam.

The company is committed to giving back. The Shea Terra Organic's product lines each support unique empowerment programs in Africa. The materials used are all sustainable and help preserve the resources of Africa.

I'm highly impressed. Look for their Black Soap Elixir's which are made from organic black soap that helps with skin problems (from acne to sun damage). They also have exceptional chocolates. Buy them! I was able to try the dark chocolate, which I shared with my Dad. He literally said, "This is the best dark chocolate I've ever had."

You can purchase the products at Nordstrom or from their website: www.sheaterraorganics.com

Review: Shea Terra Organic's

Guest post from Jessica of Sofachip.com

Routinely taking care of your skin now will help it look better in 20 years. I don't know about you, but the idea of Botox injections is not one I look upon fondly. So, let's avoid it! Let's have skin that would make Karen Walker (from Will & Grace) jealous. And since we can, let's do it for much less money, and through supporting the efforts of a company that helps people in Africa. I am pleased to share with you information and first hand experience with products from the Shea Terra Organic's line.

With a decade of research utilized, and much higher quantities of shea butter than you typically find in shea butter products, these are the haute couture of shea butters. The natural indigenous ingredients used in these products include aloe ferox, bush mango, African potato, and honeybush. These ingredients aid skin in repairing, softening, and encouraging cell renewal while breaking down the dead cells.

This is what I tried:

Indigenous Silk & Shea Butter Shower Elixir - This gives a fresh feeling, and I felt healthier using a product made with goats milk as opposed to chemicals.

Indigenous Shea Body Butter
- This is ultra healing. I used this on the dry patches I have on my skin, and I swear I could hear my skin sighing in relief. I put this on my feet at night, and then put cotton socks over them. In the morning my feet felt incredibly silky.

Indigenous Silk & Shea Butter Lotion - It's creamy and smells great. You can layer this on after using the shower elixir to make a scent even longer-lasting.

Indigenous Silk & Shea Butter Dead Sea Salt Scrub
- There is no oil floating on the top of these scrubs. The inside looks plump, and nothing goes to waste.

In short, I highly recommend all of these products. Whether you want to feel great for a Saturday afternoon of organizing photos (I'd have fun doing that - don't mock), or a Saturday night out on the town to have a drink (a Bellini, please) - you will enjoy using something from the Shea Terra Organic's line.

I was able to try each of the above products in a different scent, which I also want to describe for you:

Miombo Mango
- This was my favorite scent. It seems like everyone complimented me on how great I smelled when I wore this. Real mango extract is used, as opposed to essential oils.

Lavender of the Khosian
- This isn't a typical lavender scent. It smelled earthy but pretty.

Pink Guava Pomegranate - This smells sweet, but not cloyingly so. I really enjoyed this scent. Later knowing that the pomegranate has ellagic tannin that boosts collagen and firms and smooths cellulite - I knew this was special and women of all ages would appreciate the benefits it offers.

Vanilla Bourbon
- Not what I expected from a vanilla scent. The vanilla is still sweet, but it has a deeper fragrance.

Much like women with a new engagement ring tend to do, I couldn't stop holding out my hand and looking down with admiration. The shea butter lotion and body butter made my nails look amazingly healthy and gleam.

The company is committed to giving back. The Shea Terra Organic's product lines each support unique empowerment programs in Africa. The materials used are all sustainable and help preserve the resources of Africa.

I'm highly impressed. Look for their Black Soap Elixir's which are made from organic black soap that helps with skin problems (from acne to sun damage). They also have exceptional chocolates. Buy them! I was able to try the dark chocolate, which I shared with my Dad. He literally said, "This is the best dark chocolate I've ever had."

You can purchase the products at Nordstrom or from their website: www.sheaterraorganics.com

Review: Shea Terra Organic's

Guest post from Jessica of Sofachip.com

Routinely taking care of your skin now will help it look better in 20 years. I don't know about you, but the idea of Botox injections is not one I look upon fondly. So, let's avoid it! Let's have skin that would make Karen Walker (from Will & Grace) jealous. And since we can, let's do it for much less money, and through supporting the efforts of a company that helps people in Africa. I am pleased to share with you information and first hand experience with products from the Shea Terra Organic's line.

With a decade of research utilized, and much higher quantities of shea butter than you typically find in shea butter products, these are the haute couture of shea butters. The natural indigenous ingredients used in these products include aloe ferox, bush mango, African potato, and honeybush. These ingredients aid skin in repairing, softening, and encouraging cell renewal while breaking down the dead cells.

This is what I tried:

Indigenous Silk & Shea Butter Shower Elixir - This gives a fresh feeling, and I felt healthier using a product made with goats milk as opposed to chemicals.

Indigenous Shea Body Butter
- This is ultra healing. I used this on the dry patches I have on my skin, and I swear I could hear my skin sighing in relief. I put this on my feet at night, and then put cotton socks over them. In the morning my feet felt incredibly silky.

Indigenous Silk & Shea Butter Lotion - It's creamy and smells great. You can layer this on after using the shower elixir to make a scent even longer-lasting.

Indigenous Silk & Shea Butter Dead Sea Salt Scrub
- There is no oil floating on the top of these scrubs. The inside looks plump, and nothing goes to waste.

In short, I highly recommend all of these products. Whether you want to feel great for a Saturday afternoon of organizing photos (I'd have fun doing that - don't mock), or a Saturday night out on the town to have a drink (a Bellini, please) - you will enjoy using something from the Shea Terra Organic's line.

I was able to try each of the above products in a different scent, which I also want to describe for you:

Miombo Mango
- This was my favorite scent. It seems like everyone complimented me on how great I smelled when I wore this. Real mango extract is used, as opposed to essential oils.

Lavender of the Khosian
- This isn't a typical lavender scent. It smelled earthy but pretty.

Pink Guava Pomegranate - This smells sweet, but not cloyingly so. I really enjoyed this scent. Later knowing that the pomegranate has ellagic tannin that boosts collagen and firms and smooths cellulite - I knew this was special and women of all ages would appreciate the benefits it offers.

Vanilla Bourbon
- Not what I expected from a vanilla scent. The vanilla is still sweet, but it has a deeper fragrance.

Much like women with a new engagement ring tend to do, I couldn't stop holding out my hand and looking down with admiration. The shea butter lotion and body butter made my nails look amazingly healthy and gleam.

The company is committed to giving back. The Shea Terra Organic's product lines each support unique empowerment programs in Africa. The materials used are all sustainable and help preserve the resources of Africa.

I'm highly impressed. Look for their Black Soap Elixir's which are made from organic black soap that helps with skin problems (from acne to sun damage). They also have exceptional chocolates. Buy them! I was able to try the dark chocolate, which I shared with my Dad. He literally said, "This is the best dark chocolate I've ever had."

You can purchase the products at Nordstrom or from their website: www.sheaterraorganics.com

Beauty Giveaway Entries--Your Time to Vote!

Here are the top 3 entries for the Beauty Giveaway--cast your vote for the winner!

Voting ends February 28th at midnight! (Voting Closed)

Entry #1 from Julie:

One of my best friends, Jeannette, asked me to do her wedding makeup. I was so honored -- and really excited and scared. I wanted to make sure her makeup was perfect! I used UDPP on her eyes, Lancome waterproof mascara, and various golden-toned MAC eye shadows. I finished with Lancome Juicy tube on her lips with a subtle Lancome lip liner. She was gorgeous -- even the wedding photographer commented on how radiant she looked.

The wedding was outdoors in late August. It was a gorgeous sunny day, but really, really hot. Jeannette and her husband had a traditional Mexica (pronounced me-shee-ka) ceremony, which meant that the ceremony itself was followed by about an hour of really intense Aztec dancing. I was well-prepared and had my makeup bag ready, because I was certain that afterwards, she would need a touchup or potentially even a complete re-do of her makeup.

They were about 30 minutes into their dancing, when it started POURING out of nowhere! It took everyone by surprise -- big, fat, heavy late-summer thunderstorm drops. True to tradition, Jeannette and her dancers kept dancing for another hour (!!), even though they were soaked through and through.

Here's the best part -- when they finally stopped dancing, I got my makeup stuff together, and after seeing how all the other dancers' mascara had streaked down their cheeks from the rain, I expected the worst. But when Jeannette walked up, her makeup was still flawless! I swear! Her hair was dripping wet, her wedding dress was soaked, but her face still looked radiant, and her eyeliner, shadow, and mascara were still perfect. All she needed was lip gloss.

Jeannette's wedding was absolutely gorgeous. Her photos were fabulous. And I thought to myself, "Sweet Jesus. I am a makeup goddess."

Entry #2 from Trudi:

The story I'm about to describe was one of the most humiliating instances of my life and because of it I've started using only powder foundation. I was on a blind date with this guy at a fancy restaurant (btw, my friend hooked us up). Somewhere in between I decided to go adjust my makeup in the bathroom. Wrong idea. The first thing I did was take out my foundation, which was liquid by the way, and uncap it. My hand accidentally slipped, sending the cap straight to the floor. I bent down to pick up the cap and right at that moment I happened to simultaneously knock over my foundation. When I got up, cap in hand, I was shocked to see a huge brown stain on the back of my once entirely white dress. It was from the spilled liquid foundation. I tried washing it out, but that wouldn't work. In fact, it only made it look worse.

By the time I was done trying to rub out the stain about ten minutes had passed since I entered the bathroom. Then, I suddenly realized that if I stepped outside everyone would think I did a number 2 on myself because of the humongous brown stain and long amount of time I spent in the bathroom. I decided to spare myself the embarrassment, so I climbed out the bathroom window. Thankfully, no one was outside the restaurant to see my "stained" dress. The worst parts of this experience were that my date was totally hot (I never got to see him again) and that I was wearing the dress that belonged to my friend that hooked us up on the date. When I got home, I was given the task of explaining what happened to the dress to her. I ended up paying for it. Ouch. Now you can understand why I've eliminated liquid foundation from my makeup bag. This has saved me from a great deal of bad luck on dates!

Entry #3 from Ash:

When I was a kid, I wasn't popular... at all, really. I was teased, had things thrown at me, was beaten up, called names - I was so depressed that every time my mom would open my bedroom door, she'd sigh a relief that I hadn't killed myself. It was a very, very, very dark time in my life.

One day, I was cleaning out her side-table looking for the calculator, and I found a Sephora catalog. What's this? The makeup's so bright, and pretty, and colorful, and all over the place! I know it sounds ridiculous, but, it gave me a little spark of hope.

So, on my mother's next trip to Sephora, I tagged along. I was maybe 13 at this point, and the only makeup I wore was nail polish and lipbalm. I started playing with Urban Decay, because their nailpolishes seemed so unique and funky.

Eventually, I was pulled out of public school because I couldn't mentally take it anymore. However, I did start accumulating a large collection of high-end beauty products. To this day, it's therapeudic for me.

Whenever my stepdad's drinking gets out of hand and he starts calling me names, I go online and buy something. Soap or scrubs from Villainess.net, perfume, eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipgloss, face stuff from MyChelle.. Anything, really. My boyfriend only noticed how big of an impact this stuff had on me when we were in a department store and I was bouncing around like a kid in a candy store when we got near the makeup department. Before, he hadn't thought much of the insane numbers of bottles, tubes, jars, and tubs around me at all times.

So, basically, regardless of what some people think of beauty products, it saves my sanity every time I need it to - and that is why I love it.

Beauty Giveaway Entries--Your Time to Vote!

Here are the top 3 entries for the Beauty Giveaway--cast your vote for the winner!

Voting ends February 28th at midnight! (Voting Closed)

Entry #1 from Julie:

One of my best friends, Jeannette, asked me to do her wedding makeup. I was so honored -- and really excited and scared. I wanted to make sure her makeup was perfect! I used UDPP on her eyes, Lancome waterproof mascara, and various golden-toned MAC eye shadows. I finished with Lancome Juicy tube on her lips with a subtle Lancome lip liner. She was gorgeous -- even the wedding photographer commented on how radiant she looked.

The wedding was outdoors in late August. It was a gorgeous sunny day, but really, really hot. Jeannette and her husband had a traditional Mexica (pronounced me-shee-ka) ceremony, which meant that the ceremony itself was followed by about an hour of really intense Aztec dancing. I was well-prepared and had my makeup bag ready, because I was certain that afterwards, she would need a touchup or potentially even a complete re-do of her makeup.

They were about 30 minutes into their dancing, when it started POURING out of nowhere! It took everyone by surprise -- big, fat, heavy late-summer thunderstorm drops. True to tradition, Jeannette and her dancers kept dancing for another hour (!!), even though they were soaked through and through.

Here's the best part -- when they finally stopped dancing, I got my makeup stuff together, and after seeing how all the other dancers' mascara had streaked down their cheeks from the rain, I expected the worst. But when Jeannette walked up, her makeup was still flawless! I swear! Her hair was dripping wet, her wedding dress was soaked, but her face still looked radiant, and her eyeliner, shadow, and mascara were still perfect. All she needed was lip gloss.

Jeannette's wedding was absolutely gorgeous. Her photos were fabulous. And I thought to myself, "Sweet Jesus. I am a makeup goddess."

Entry #2 from Trudi:

The story I'm about to describe was one of the most humiliating instances of my life and because of it I've started using only powder foundation. I was on a blind date with this guy at a fancy restaurant (btw, my friend hooked us up). Somewhere in between I decided to go adjust my makeup in the bathroom. Wrong idea. The first thing I did was take out my foundation, which was liquid by the way, and uncap it. My hand accidentally slipped, sending the cap straight to the floor. I bent down to pick up the cap and right at that moment I happened to simultaneously knock over my foundation. When I got up, cap in hand, I was shocked to see a huge brown stain on the back of my once entirely white dress. It was from the spilled liquid foundation. I tried washing it out, but that wouldn't work. In fact, it only made it look worse.

By the time I was done trying to rub out the stain about ten minutes had passed since I entered the bathroom. Then, I suddenly realized that if I stepped outside everyone would think I did a number 2 on myself because of the humongous brown stain and long amount of time I spent in the bathroom. I decided to spare myself the embarrassment, so I climbed out the bathroom window. Thankfully, no one was outside the restaurant to see my "stained" dress. The worst parts of this experience were that my date was totally hot (I never got to see him again) and that I was wearing the dress that belonged to my friend that hooked us up on the date. When I got home, I was given the task of explaining what happened to the dress to her. I ended up paying for it. Ouch. Now you can understand why I've eliminated liquid foundation from my makeup bag. This has saved me from a great deal of bad luck on dates!

Entry #3 from Ash:

When I was a kid, I wasn't popular... at all, really. I was teased, had things thrown at me, was beaten up, called names - I was so depressed that every time my mom would open my bedroom door, she'd sigh a relief that I hadn't killed myself. It was a very, very, very dark time in my life.

One day, I was cleaning out her side-table looking for the calculator, and I found a Sephora catalog. What's this? The makeup's so bright, and pretty, and colorful, and all over the place! I know it sounds ridiculous, but, it gave me a little spark of hope.

So, on my mother's next trip to Sephora, I tagged along. I was maybe 13 at this point, and the only makeup I wore was nail polish and lipbalm. I started playing with Urban Decay, because their nailpolishes seemed so unique and funky.

Eventually, I was pulled out of public school because I couldn't mentally take it anymore. However, I did start accumulating a large collection of high-end beauty products. To this day, it's therapeudic for me.

Whenever my stepdad's drinking gets out of hand and he starts calling me names, I go online and buy something. Soap or scrubs from Villainess.net, perfume, eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipgloss, face stuff from MyChelle.. Anything, really. My boyfriend only noticed how big of an impact this stuff had on me when we were in a department store and I was bouncing around like a kid in a candy store when we got near the makeup department. Before, he hadn't thought much of the insane numbers of bottles, tubes, jars, and tubs around me at all times.

So, basically, regardless of what some people think of beauty products, it saves my sanity every time I need it to - and that is why I love it.

Beauty Giveaway Entries--Your Time to Vote!

Here are the top 3 entries for the Beauty Giveaway--cast your vote for the winner!

Voting ends February 28th at midnight! (Voting Closed)

Entry #1 from Julie:

One of my best friends, Jeannette, asked me to do her wedding makeup. I was so honored -- and really excited and scared. I wanted to make sure her makeup was perfect! I used UDPP on her eyes, Lancome waterproof mascara, and various golden-toned MAC eye shadows. I finished with Lancome Juicy tube on her lips with a subtle Lancome lip liner. She was gorgeous -- even the wedding photographer commented on how radiant she looked.

The wedding was outdoors in late August. It was a gorgeous sunny day, but really, really hot. Jeannette and her husband had a traditional Mexica (pronounced me-shee-ka) ceremony, which meant that the ceremony itself was followed by about an hour of really intense Aztec dancing. I was well-prepared and had my makeup bag ready, because I was certain that afterwards, she would need a touchup or potentially even a complete re-do of her makeup.

They were about 30 minutes into their dancing, when it started POURING out of nowhere! It took everyone by surprise -- big, fat, heavy late-summer thunderstorm drops. True to tradition, Jeannette and her dancers kept dancing for another hour (!!), even though they were soaked through and through.

Here's the best part -- when they finally stopped dancing, I got my makeup stuff together, and after seeing how all the other dancers' mascara had streaked down their cheeks from the rain, I expected the worst. But when Jeannette walked up, her makeup was still flawless! I swear! Her hair was dripping wet, her wedding dress was soaked, but her face still looked radiant, and her eyeliner, shadow, and mascara were still perfect. All she needed was lip gloss.

Jeannette's wedding was absolutely gorgeous. Her photos were fabulous. And I thought to myself, "Sweet Jesus. I am a makeup goddess."

Entry #2 from Trudi:

The story I'm about to describe was one of the most humiliating instances of my life and because of it I've started using only powder foundation. I was on a blind date with this guy at a fancy restaurant (btw, my friend hooked us up). Somewhere in between I decided to go adjust my makeup in the bathroom. Wrong idea. The first thing I did was take out my foundation, which was liquid by the way, and uncap it. My hand accidentally slipped, sending the cap straight to the floor. I bent down to pick up the cap and right at that moment I happened to simultaneously knock over my foundation. When I got up, cap in hand, I was shocked to see a huge brown stain on the back of my once entirely white dress. It was from the spilled liquid foundation. I tried washing it out, but that wouldn't work. In fact, it only made it look worse.

By the time I was done trying to rub out the stain about ten minutes had passed since I entered the bathroom. Then, I suddenly realized that if I stepped outside everyone would think I did a number 2 on myself because of the humongous brown stain and long amount of time I spent in the bathroom. I decided to spare myself the embarrassment, so I climbed out the bathroom window. Thankfully, no one was outside the restaurant to see my "stained" dress. The worst parts of this experience were that my date was totally hot (I never got to see him again) and that I was wearing the dress that belonged to my friend that hooked us up on the date. When I got home, I was given the task of explaining what happened to the dress to her. I ended up paying for it. Ouch. Now you can understand why I've eliminated liquid foundation from my makeup bag. This has saved me from a great deal of bad luck on dates!

Entry #3 from Ash:

When I was a kid, I wasn't popular... at all, really. I was teased, had things thrown at me, was beaten up, called names - I was so depressed that every time my mom would open my bedroom door, she'd sigh a relief that I hadn't killed myself. It was a very, very, very dark time in my life.

One day, I was cleaning out her side-table looking for the calculator, and I found a Sephora catalog. What's this? The makeup's so bright, and pretty, and colorful, and all over the place! I know it sounds ridiculous, but, it gave me a little spark of hope.

So, on my mother's next trip to Sephora, I tagged along. I was maybe 13 at this point, and the only makeup I wore was nail polish and lipbalm. I started playing with Urban Decay, because their nailpolishes seemed so unique and funky.

Eventually, I was pulled out of public school because I couldn't mentally take it anymore. However, I did start accumulating a large collection of high-end beauty products. To this day, it's therapeudic for me.

Whenever my stepdad's drinking gets out of hand and he starts calling me names, I go online and buy something. Soap or scrubs from Villainess.net, perfume, eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipgloss, face stuff from MyChelle.. Anything, really. My boyfriend only noticed how big of an impact this stuff had on me when we were in a department store and I was bouncing around like a kid in a candy store when we got near the makeup department. Before, he hadn't thought much of the insane numbers of bottles, tubes, jars, and tubs around me at all times.

So, basically, regardless of what some people think of beauty products, it saves my sanity every time I need it to - and that is why I love it.

Beauty Giveaway Entries--Your Time to Vote!

Here are the top 3 entries for the Beauty Giveaway--cast your vote for the winner!

Voting ends February 28th at midnight! (Voting Closed)

Entry #1 from Julie:

One of my best friends, Jeannette, asked me to do her wedding makeup. I was so honored -- and really excited and scared. I wanted to make sure her makeup was perfect! I used UDPP on her eyes, Lancome waterproof mascara, and various golden-toned MAC eye shadows. I finished with Lancome Juicy tube on her lips with a subtle Lancome lip liner. She was gorgeous -- even the wedding photographer commented on how radiant she looked.

The wedding was outdoors in late August. It was a gorgeous sunny day, but really, really hot. Jeannette and her husband had a traditional Mexica (pronounced me-shee-ka) ceremony, which meant that the ceremony itself was followed by about an hour of really intense Aztec dancing. I was well-prepared and had my makeup bag ready, because I was certain that afterwards, she would need a touchup or potentially even a complete re-do of her makeup.

They were about 30 minutes into their dancing, when it started POURING out of nowhere! It took everyone by surprise -- big, fat, heavy late-summer thunderstorm drops. True to tradition, Jeannette and her dancers kept dancing for another hour (!!), even though they were soaked through and through.

Here's the best part -- when they finally stopped dancing, I got my makeup stuff together, and after seeing how all the other dancers' mascara had streaked down their cheeks from the rain, I expected the worst. But when Jeannette walked up, her makeup was still flawless! I swear! Her hair was dripping wet, her wedding dress was soaked, but her face still looked radiant, and her eyeliner, shadow, and mascara were still perfect. All she needed was lip gloss.

Jeannette's wedding was absolutely gorgeous. Her photos were fabulous. And I thought to myself, "Sweet Jesus. I am a makeup goddess."

Entry #2 from Trudi:

The story I'm about to describe was one of the most humiliating instances of my life and because of it I've started using only powder foundation. I was on a blind date with this guy at a fancy restaurant (btw, my friend hooked us up). Somewhere in between I decided to go adjust my makeup in the bathroom. Wrong idea. The first thing I did was take out my foundation, which was liquid by the way, and uncap it. My hand accidentally slipped, sending the cap straight to the floor. I bent down to pick up the cap and right at that moment I happened to simultaneously knock over my foundation. When I got up, cap in hand, I was shocked to see a huge brown stain on the back of my once entirely white dress. It was from the spilled liquid foundation. I tried washing it out, but that wouldn't work. In fact, it only made it look worse.

By the time I was done trying to rub out the stain about ten minutes had passed since I entered the bathroom. Then, I suddenly realized that if I stepped outside everyone would think I did a number 2 on myself because of the humongous brown stain and long amount of time I spent in the bathroom. I decided to spare myself the embarrassment, so I climbed out the bathroom window. Thankfully, no one was outside the restaurant to see my "stained" dress. The worst parts of this experience were that my date was totally hot (I never got to see him again) and that I was wearing the dress that belonged to my friend that hooked us up on the date. When I got home, I was given the task of explaining what happened to the dress to her. I ended up paying for it. Ouch. Now you can understand why I've eliminated liquid foundation from my makeup bag. This has saved me from a great deal of bad luck on dates!

Entry #3 from Ash:

When I was a kid, I wasn't popular... at all, really. I was teased, had things thrown at me, was beaten up, called names - I was so depressed that every time my mom would open my bedroom door, she'd sigh a relief that I hadn't killed myself. It was a very, very, very dark time in my life.

One day, I was cleaning out her side-table looking for the calculator, and I found a Sephora catalog. What's this? The makeup's so bright, and pretty, and colorful, and all over the place! I know it sounds ridiculous, but, it gave me a little spark of hope.

So, on my mother's next trip to Sephora, I tagged along. I was maybe 13 at this point, and the only makeup I wore was nail polish and lipbalm. I started playing with Urban Decay, because their nailpolishes seemed so unique and funky.

Eventually, I was pulled out of public school because I couldn't mentally take it anymore. However, I did start accumulating a large collection of high-end beauty products. To this day, it's therapeudic for me.

Whenever my stepdad's drinking gets out of hand and he starts calling me names, I go online and buy something. Soap or scrubs from Villainess.net, perfume, eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipgloss, face stuff from MyChelle.. Anything, really. My boyfriend only noticed how big of an impact this stuff had on me when we were in a department store and I was bouncing around like a kid in a candy store when we got near the makeup department. Before, he hadn't thought much of the insane numbers of bottles, tubes, jars, and tubs around me at all times.

So, basically, regardless of what some people think of beauty products, it saves my sanity every time I need it to - and that is why I love it.

Big blue foo!

fresh ink, filigree


Beauty Contests!!

Don't forget to get your entry in for the Beauty Giveaway that ends tomorrow 2/25!

Also, I am giving away many products from MAC's Fafi collection! Check out Makeup Minute to see what you need to do to win it!

Beauty Contests!!

Don't forget to get your entry in for the Beauty Giveaway that ends tomorrow 2/25!

Also, I am giving away many products from MAC's Fafi collection! Check out Makeup Minute to see what you need to do to win it!

Beauty Contests!!

Don't forget to get your entry in for the Beauty Giveaway that ends tomorrow 2/25!

Also, I am giving away many products from MAC's Fafi collection! Check out Makeup Minute to see what you need to do to win it!

Beauty Contests!!

Don't forget to get your entry in for the Beauty Giveaway that ends tomorrow 2/25!

Also, I am giving away many products from MAC's Fafi collection! Check out Makeup Minute to see what you need to do to win it!

Victoria's Secret Beauty: Red Carpet Ready Hair

As Heidi Klum and others get ready to walk to red carpet this weekend, I was able to ask Victoria's Secret's hair stylist Helena Faccenda the secret to sexy hair.

Shannon: Which hair products do you find work best to keep your hair polished and manageable, but still hold up to the elements (wind, etc.) when walking the red carpet?

Helena Faccenda: I love to start with a styling cream as the foundation for a red carpet hair style. Styling creams like the So Sexy Styling Cream add a little depth to the hair so you can mold it into shape, but they keep hair soft, shiny, and polished.

And honestly, doesn't Heidi Klum's hair look amazing? From what I hear she'll be wearing a red John Galliano gown down the red carpet to raise awareness for women's heart health. The gown will later be given away on the website mycokerewards.com.

Victoria's Secret Beauty: Red Carpet Ready Hair

As Heidi Klum and others get ready to walk to red carpet this weekend, I was able to ask Victoria's Secret's hair stylist Helena Faccenda the secret to sexy hair.

Shannon: Which hair products do you find work best to keep your hair polished and manageable, but still hold up to the elements (wind, etc.) when walking the red carpet?

Helena Faccenda: I love to start with a styling cream as the foundation for a red carpet hair style. Styling creams like the So Sexy Styling Cream add a little depth to the hair so you can mold it into shape, but they keep hair soft, shiny, and polished.

And honestly, doesn't Heidi Klum's hair look amazing? From what I hear she'll be wearing a red John Galliano gown down the red carpet to raise awareness for women's heart health. The gown will later be given away on the website mycokerewards.com.

Victoria's Secret Beauty: Red Carpet Ready Hair

As Heidi Klum and others get ready to walk to red carpet this weekend, I was able to ask Victoria's Secret's hair stylist Helena Faccenda the secret to sexy hair.

Shannon: Which hair products do you find work best to keep your hair polished and manageable, but still hold up to the elements (wind, etc.) when walking the red carpet?

Helena Faccenda: I love to start with a styling cream as the foundation for a red carpet hair style. Styling creams like the So Sexy Styling Cream add a little depth to the hair so you can mold it into shape, but they keep hair soft, shiny, and polished.

And honestly, doesn't Heidi Klum's hair look amazing? From what I hear she'll be wearing a red John Galliano gown down the red carpet to raise awareness for women's heart health. The gown will later be given away on the website mycokerewards.com.

Victoria's Secret Beauty: Red Carpet Ready Hair

As Heidi Klum and others get ready to walk to red carpet this weekend, I was able to ask Victoria's Secret's hair stylist Helena Faccenda the secret to sexy hair.

Shannon: Which hair products do you find work best to keep your hair polished and manageable, but still hold up to the elements (wind, etc.) when walking the red carpet?

Helena Faccenda: I love to start with a styling cream as the foundation for a red carpet hair style. Styling creams like the So Sexy Styling Cream add a little depth to the hair so you can mold it into shape, but they keep hair soft, shiny, and polished.

And honestly, doesn't Heidi Klum's hair look amazing? From what I hear she'll be wearing a red John Galliano gown down the red carpet to raise awareness for women's heart health. The gown will later be given away on the website mycokerewards.com.

Gavin's Story: TheraBreath Helped My Bad Breath

I don't know how many of you are parents or suffer yourself from "breath issues," but it is heartbreaking when your (almost) 9 year old son comes to you deeply saddened because the kids at school are making fun of him because he has bad breath. Unfortunately, Gavin has always had sinus, adenoid, etc. issues that have wreaked havoc on his breath. Frustrated, Gavin asked me why kids at school were calling him, "onion breath" when he brushes his teeth several times a day. He was on the verge of tears, so I put an email into my co-worker at Pierce Mattie and asked for the help of Dr. Katz, owner of TheraBreath.

Dr. Katz sent Gavin his toothpaste, mouthwash, gum, ZOX mints, tongue cleaner, oral spray and sinus & nasal spray (which he has all been using religiously). He also sent his Bad Breath Bible, which honestly, really had a lot of information that is helpful going forward for helping Gavin. I see the difference in Gavin not only in his breath of course, but his attitude and new sense of self esteem. I want Gavin to do this review himself, so please continue reading.

--My name is Gavin and I'll be 9 in April. On the bus ride to school everyday, the kid who sits next to me would make fun of me and tell me that my breath smelled bad. It really hurt my feelings a lot because I brush my teeth everyday. Then on the bus ride home a different kid would always call me onion breath and all the other kids would laugh. It made me not want to talk to anyone because I was afraid I would be made fun of. I told my mom and at first she tried to give me Listerine because it says it kills bad breath germs, but all I had to do was smell it and I knew I didn't want it in my mouth. So my mom asked Dr. Katz for help. I was nervous at first because I was afraid it was going to smell bad or taste bad like the Listerine.

The toothpaste is a clear gel that doesn't have any smell to it and only has a little bit of a minty taste, but not a lot like regular toothpaste. I was really happy with the mouthwash because it didn't sting or smell bad, it's hard to say what it tastes like--but as a kid I can tell you it tastes good. I was afraid to try the Oral Spray because you have to spray it towards the back of your throat, but my mom convinced me to try it once and I liked it. After trying the toothpaste, mouthwash and Oral Spray, I knew not to be afraid of taste or smell for the rest of the TheraBreath products because I knew they would be good.

Ever since I have been using Dr. Katz's TheraBreath products the kids at school haven't made fun of me anymore. I feel a lot better because it makes me sad when kids say mean things to me. I think all kids and adults should try these products because they really work and I am so happy that Dr. Katz invented them. I now tell everyone I know all about Dr. Katz and TheraBreath so that maybe his products can help someone else. Thank you Dr. Katz for helping me!

TheraBreath is available at www.therabreath.com

Gavin's Story: TheraBreath Helped My Bad Breath

I don't know how many of you are parents or suffer yourself from "breath issues," but it is heartbreaking when your (almost) 9 year old son comes to you deeply saddened because the kids at school are making fun of him because he has bad breath. Unfortunately, Gavin has always had sinus, adenoid, etc. issues that have wreaked havoc on his breath. Frustrated, Gavin asked me why kids at school were calling him, "onion breath" when he brushes his teeth several times a day. He was on the verge of tears, so I put an email into my co-worker at Pierce Mattie and asked for the help of Dr. Katz, owner of TheraBreath.

Dr. Katz sent Gavin his toothpaste, mouthwash, gum, ZOX mints, tongue cleaner, oral spray and sinus & nasal spray (which he has all been using religiously). He also sent his Bad Breath Bible, which honestly, really had a lot of information that is helpful going forward for helping Gavin. I see the difference in Gavin not only in his breath of course, but his attitude and new sense of self esteem. I want Gavin to do this review himself, so please continue reading.

--My name is Gavin and I'll be 9 in April. On the bus ride to school everyday, the kid who sits next to me would make fun of me and tell me that my breath smelled bad. It really hurt my feelings a lot because I brush my teeth everyday. Then on the bus ride home a different kid would always call me onion breath and all the other kids would laugh. It made me not want to talk to anyone because I was afraid I would be made fun of. I told my mom and at first she tried to give me Listerine because it says it kills bad breath germs, but all I had to do was smell it and I knew I didn't want it in my mouth. So my mom asked Dr. Katz for help. I was nervous at first because I was afraid it was going to smell bad or taste bad like the Listerine.

The toothpaste is a clear gel that doesn't have any smell to it and only has a little bit of a minty taste, but not a lot like regular toothpaste. I was really happy with the mouthwash because it didn't sting or smell bad, it's hard to say what it tastes like--but as a kid I can tell you it tastes good. I was afraid to try the Oral Spray because you have to spray it towards the back of your throat, but my mom convinced me to try it once and I liked it. After trying the toothpaste, mouthwash and Oral Spray, I knew not to be afraid of taste or smell for the rest of the TheraBreath products because I knew they would be good.

Ever since I have been using Dr. Katz's TheraBreath products the kids at school haven't made fun of me anymore. I feel a lot better because it makes me sad when kids say mean things to me. I think all kids and adults should try these products because they really work and I am so happy that Dr. Katz invented them. I now tell everyone I know all about Dr. Katz and TheraBreath so that maybe his products can help someone else. Thank you Dr. Katz for helping me!

TheraBreath is available at www.therabreath.com

Gavin's Story: TheraBreath Helped My Bad Breath

I don't know how many of you are parents or suffer yourself from "breath issues," but it is heartbreaking when your (almost) 9 year old son comes to you deeply saddened because the kids at school are making fun of him because he has bad breath. Unfortunately, Gavin has always had sinus, adenoid, etc. issues that have wreaked havoc on his breath. Frustrated, Gavin asked me why kids at school were calling him, "onion breath" when he brushes his teeth several times a day. He was on the verge of tears, so I put an email into my co-worker at Pierce Mattie and asked for the help of Dr. Katz, owner of TheraBreath.

Dr. Katz sent Gavin his toothpaste, mouthwash, gum, ZOX mints, tongue cleaner, oral spray and sinus & nasal spray (which he has all been using religiously). He also sent his Bad Breath Bible, which honestly, really had a lot of information that is helpful going forward for helping Gavin. I see the difference in Gavin not only in his breath of course, but his attitude and new sense of self esteem. I want Gavin to do this review himself, so please continue reading.

--My name is Gavin and I'll be 9 in April. On the bus ride to school everyday, the kid who sits next to me would make fun of me and tell me that my breath smelled bad. It really hurt my feelings a lot because I brush my teeth everyday. Then on the bus ride home a different kid would always call me onion breath and all the other kids would laugh. It made me not want to talk to anyone because I was afraid I would be made fun of. I told my mom and at first she tried to give me Listerine because it says it kills bad breath germs, but all I had to do was smell it and I knew I didn't want it in my mouth. So my mom asked Dr. Katz for help. I was nervous at first because I was afraid it was going to smell bad or taste bad like the Listerine.

The toothpaste is a clear gel that doesn't have any smell to it and only has a little bit of a minty taste, but not a lot like regular toothpaste. I was really happy with the mouthwash because it didn't sting or smell bad, it's hard to say what it tastes like--but as a kid I can tell you it tastes good. I was afraid to try the Oral Spray because you have to spray it towards the back of your throat, but my mom convinced me to try it once and I liked it. After trying the toothpaste, mouthwash and Oral Spray, I knew not to be afraid of taste or smell for the rest of the TheraBreath products because I knew they would be good.

Ever since I have been using Dr. Katz's TheraBreath products the kids at school haven't made fun of me anymore. I feel a lot better because it makes me sad when kids say mean things to me. I think all kids and adults should try these products because they really work and I am so happy that Dr. Katz invented them. I now tell everyone I know all about Dr. Katz and TheraBreath so that maybe his products can help someone else. Thank you Dr. Katz for helping me!

TheraBreath is available at www.therabreath.com

Gavin's Story: TheraBreath Helped My Bad Breath

I don't know how many of you are parents or suffer yourself from "breath issues," but it is heartbreaking when your (almost) 9 year old son comes to you deeply saddened because the kids at school are making fun of him because he has bad breath. Unfortunately, Gavin has always had sinus, adenoid, etc. issues that have wreaked havoc on his breath. Frustrated, Gavin asked me why kids at school were calling him, "onion breath" when he brushes his teeth several times a day. He was on the verge of tears, so I put an email into my co-worker at Pierce Mattie and asked for the help of Dr. Katz, owner of TheraBreath.

Dr. Katz sent Gavin his toothpaste, mouthwash, gum, ZOX mints, tongue cleaner, oral spray and sinus & nasal spray (which he has all been using religiously). He also sent his Bad Breath Bible, which honestly, really had a lot of information that is helpful going forward for helping Gavin. I see the difference in Gavin not only in his breath of course, but his attitude and new sense of self esteem. I want Gavin to do this review himself, so please continue reading.

--My name is Gavin and I'll be 9 in April. On the bus ride to school everyday, the kid who sits next to me would make fun of me and tell me that my breath smelled bad. It really hurt my feelings a lot because I brush my teeth everyday. Then on the bus ride home a different kid would always call me onion breath and all the other kids would laugh. It made me not want to talk to anyone because I was afraid I would be made fun of. I told my mom and at first she tried to give me Listerine because it says it kills bad breath germs, but all I had to do was smell it and I knew I didn't want it in my mouth. So my mom asked Dr. Katz for help. I was nervous at first because I was afraid it was going to smell bad or taste bad like the Listerine.

The toothpaste is a clear gel that doesn't have any smell to it and only has a little bit of a minty taste, but not a lot like regular toothpaste. I was really happy with the mouthwash because it didn't sting or smell bad, it's hard to say what it tastes like--but as a kid I can tell you it tastes good. I was afraid to try the Oral Spray because you have to spray it towards the back of your throat, but my mom convinced me to try it once and I liked it. After trying the toothpaste, mouthwash and Oral Spray, I knew not to be afraid of taste or smell for the rest of the TheraBreath products because I knew they would be good.

Ever since I have been using Dr. Katz's TheraBreath products the kids at school haven't made fun of me anymore. I feel a lot better because it makes me sad when kids say mean things to me. I think all kids and adults should try these products because they really work and I am so happy that Dr. Katz invented them. I now tell everyone I know all about Dr. Katz and TheraBreath so that maybe his products can help someone else. Thank you Dr. Katz for helping me!

TheraBreath is available at www.therabreath.com

more ink from the well...



Carving anti social across the stomach describes the sentiment, without words, first by the strength of its form, the arch. Second, the endurance of the placement is no understatement and by shaping the words from bone suggests sustenance derived from the idea, the meat of it eaten and digested, nourishment for the collector maybe. Or is this the remains of an ideal, found picked clean by the birds, bleached by sun and rain, its skeleton weathering the test of time. Time, who is ever present, each tattoo marking the path, for every inch of skin a moment of your life, a trail of bread crumbs receading into the forest.
Whatever true tale this body holds there is also a perfect conundrum. The label "antisocial"and being marked by tattoos go hand in hand and yet such a large tattoo will certainly bring the collector attention and interest, most likely by others with ink, searching ,as we always are, for connections and commonality. Seeking equilibrium between creativity and entropy, pushing away and drawing closer.

Anchor Ink Tattoo

From sketch idea to tattoo, just like magic.

Anchor stencil
Here is a right Dandy hero some of you might recognize! Thats right, that leg belongs to Mondo Dandy himself!

posting back photos of a variety of tattoos...

Roberto say Hi! Note the bone handle, black rose and cool gore! Hope you love it, cuz I had a blast.
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butterflies, roses, vines, tribal...Can't decide? Go for a little of everything.
Initial sketch for a fragmented mandala in black and grey, deconstructed for her pleasure... To me mandala art is like an optical illusion, where the mind creates three dimensional space out of two dimensions. Stare at the forms long enough and physical space begins to expand in the minds eye, unfolding impossibly, expanding infinitely, conflicting spatial information shorting out the assumptions of the minds chatter, revealing that which lies beneath the surface.

Lancome Video


My big video debut is here! I'd love for you to check it out on Makeup Minute: Lancome Boutique--Intro to L.U.C.I. Video

Lancome Video


My big video debut is here! I'd love for you to check it out on Makeup Minute: Lancome Boutique--Intro to L.U.C.I. Video

Lancome Video


My big video debut is here! I'd love for you to check it out on Makeup Minute: Lancome Boutique--Intro to L.U.C.I. Video

Lancome Video


My big video debut is here! I'd love for you to check it out on Makeup Minute: Lancome Boutique--Intro to L.U.C.I. Video

Travel Handbag: A Must-Have Accessory for Your Trip


We all love to travel in different places whether it might be a business or vacation trip. And since we have to bring large bulk of things necessary for our travel, we need an extra large accessory that has a greater storage capacity to hold and manage them together and that's a "Travel Handbag".

Travel Handbag
, commonly known as luggage is a must-have accessory for any trip. It is primarily used for this purpose since it has a lot of useful features making your travel easier and more comfortable. One of its helpful features is its capacity to hold several bulky things providing you to accommodate all your personal belongings such as clothes, shoes and other stuffs necessary for your travel. With its roomy space, you're also assured that you can able to bring additional things that might be added when you're on your way to go back home. And since travel handbag is designed with multiple compartments, it also helps you to manage and sort out your personal things in a more organized way which makes you easily get them right away when you need them.

http://www.forbestraveler.com/gadgets-gear/high-fashion-luggage-slide-1.html?thisSpeed=20000

Another advanced feature of this handbag is its additional accessories such as wheels and removable straps which provide you more convenience in handling heavy loads. Luggage with wheels are the best option to use since it helps you to have an easier way of carrying your heavy stuffs. Through this, it enables you to wheel your luggage in an airport or bus terminal making your strolling more enjoyable and comfortable. Removable straps can be also another option to use so that it's also possible for you to carry your luggage on your shoulder or around your body helping you to be more convenient in carrying your bulky things.

Travel Handbag also keeps your personal belongings well protected through the use of security padlocks. With this useful feature, you're assured that they are in a secured place that no one can possibly take them away. It also contains information tag, which enables you to put your personal information so that you can easily identify them wherever you go.

Indeed, travel handbags are essential accessories to use since they make your trip more comfortable, convenient and enjoyable. So it is very important to invest a luggage that has a good quality, capacity and durability to assure that all your things inside this handbag are well-secured. Luggage with these excellent qualities can be expensive, however, it is a great investment for you to ensure that it will last for a lifetime.

Travel Handbag: A Must-Have Accessory for Your Trip


We all love to travel in different places whether it might be a business or vacation trip. And since we have to bring large bulk of things necessary for our travel, we need an extra large accessory that has a greater storage capacity to hold and manage them together and that's a "Travel Handbag".

Travel Handbag
, commonly known as luggage is a must-have accessory for any trip. It is primarily used for this purpose since it has a lot of useful features making your travel easier and more comfortable. One of its helpful features is its capacity to hold several bulky things providing you to accommodate all your personal belongings such as clothes, shoes and other stuffs necessary for your travel. With its roomy space, you're also assured that you can able to bring additional things that might be added when you're on your way to go back home. And since travel handbag is designed with multiple compartments, it also helps you to manage and sort out your personal things in a more organized way which makes you easily get them right away when you need them.

http://www.forbestraveler.com/gadgets-gear/high-fashion-luggage-slide-1.html?thisSpeed=20000

Another advanced feature of this handbag is its additional accessories such as wheels and removable straps which provide you more convenience in handling heavy loads. Luggage with wheels are the best option to use since it helps you to have an easier way of carrying your heavy stuffs. Through this, it enables you to wheel your luggage in an airport or bus terminal making your strolling more enjoyable and comfortable. Removable straps can be also another option to use so that it's also possible for you to carry your luggage on your shoulder or around your body helping you to be more convenient in carrying your bulky things.

Travel Handbag also keeps your personal belongings well protected through the use of security padlocks. With this useful feature, you're assured that they are in a secured place that no one can possibly take them away. It also contains information tag, which enables you to put your personal information so that you can easily identify them wherever you go.

Indeed, travel handbags are essential accessories to use since they make your trip more comfortable, convenient and enjoyable. So it is very important to invest a luggage that has a good quality, capacity and durability to assure that all your things inside this handbag are well-secured. Luggage with these excellent qualities can be expensive, however, it is a great investment for you to ensure that it will last for a lifetime.

Beauty Giveaway! Win a plethora of beauty goodies!

Friends, I have so many beauty products here that I don't know what to do with them. Rather than have them sit on my shelf and collect dust, I'd love to give them away. It's been a while since I had a contest, so don't you think we're about due for another one?

"Shannon's I have too much stuff I have to give it away beauty contest":

1-Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules
1-Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream
1-Elizabeth Arden Mediterranean eau de parfum 1.7oz
1-Roxy Shower Gel
1-Pattern Body Wash in Citrus
1-ABBA Pure Pomade
1-Berwick Beauty Eye Contour Gel
1-CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser (travel size 1oz)
1-MAC Cosmetics Finery in Plum Lips
1-CoverGirl Outlast in Ever Red-dy Talon Rouge
1-CoverGirl TruBlend Foundation 1-Natural Ivory
1-Beth Bender Get in Line
1-Borghese Protective Moisturizer SPF 15 (travel size 1oz)
1-Billy B Beauty Eyelash Curler
1- Prescriptives Colorscope Lip Color in Rouge Social (Cream B/R)
1-Max Factor Lip Gloss in Too Much Wine
1-Timelapse Wand
1-Lancome Color Ideal Hydra Compact
1-Lancome Color Fever Plumper in Curvy
1-Lancome High Definicils

Let me be up front and tell you that I am too darn lazy to go searching for the retail cost of each product to tell you how much this giveaway is worth! But I can estimate it to be worth a few hundred dollars.

So what do you have to do to win this plethora of goodies? For one you have to live in the U.S. and second you have to send me your best beauty story--something funny, something touching, as long as it involves beauty products--send it in! Now I won't be picking the winner, but I will post the top 3 and then turn the voting over to all of my readers to choose the winner.

Contest submission dates: February 18th-25th Winner announced on February 29th.
Submit to: contest at agirlsgottaspa dot com

*All products are brand new. Mediterranean does not have the plastic wrapper, but is brand new.

Beauty Giveaway! Win a plethora of beauty goodies!

Friends, I have so many beauty products here that I don't know what to do with them. Rather than have them sit on my shelf and collect dust, I'd love to give them away. It's been a while since I had a contest, so don't you think we're about due for another one?

"Shannon's I have too much stuff I have to give it away beauty contest":

1-Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules
1-Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream
1-Elizabeth Arden Mediterranean eau de parfum 1.7oz
1-Roxy Shower Gel
1-Pattern Body Wash in Citrus
1-ABBA Pure Pomade
1-Berwick Beauty Eye Contour Gel
1-CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser (travel size 1oz)
1-MAC Cosmetics Finery in Plum Lips
1-CoverGirl Outlast in Ever Red-dy Talon Rouge
1-CoverGirl TruBlend Foundation 1-Natural Ivory
1-Beth Bender Get in Line
1-Borghese Protective Moisturizer SPF 15 (travel size 1oz)
1-Billy B Beauty Eyelash Curler
1- Prescriptives Colorscope Lip Color in Rouge Social (Cream B/R)
1-Max Factor Lip Gloss in Too Much Wine
1-Timelapse Wand
1-Lancome Color Ideal Hydra Compact
1-Lancome Color Fever Plumper in Curvy
1-Lancome High Definicils

Let me be up front and tell you that I am too darn lazy to go searching for the retail cost of each product to tell you how much this giveaway is worth! But I can estimate it to be worth a few hundred dollars.

So what do you have to do to win this plethora of goodies? For one you have to live in the U.S. and second you have to send me your best beauty story--something funny, something touching, as long as it involves beauty products--send it in! Now I won't be picking the winner, but I will post the top 3 and then turn the voting over to all of my readers to choose the winner.

Contest submission dates: February 18th-25th Winner announced on February 29th.
Submit to: contest at agirlsgottaspa dot com

*All products are brand new. Mediterranean does not have the plastic wrapper, but is brand new.

Beauty Giveaway! Win a plethora of beauty goodies!

Friends, I have so many beauty products here that I don't know what to do with them. Rather than have them sit on my shelf and collect dust, I'd love to give them away. It's been a while since I had a contest, so don't you think we're about due for another one?

"Shannon's I have too much stuff I have to give it away beauty contest":

1-Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules
1-Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream
1-Elizabeth Arden Mediterranean eau de parfum 1.7oz
1-Roxy Shower Gel
1-Pattern Body Wash in Citrus
1-ABBA Pure Pomade
1-Berwick Beauty Eye Contour Gel
1-CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser (travel size 1oz)
1-MAC Cosmetics Finery in Plum Lips
1-CoverGirl Outlast in Ever Red-dy Talon Rouge
1-CoverGirl TruBlend Foundation 1-Natural Ivory
1-Beth Bender Get in Line
1-Borghese Protective Moisturizer SPF 15 (travel size 1oz)
1-Billy B Beauty Eyelash Curler
1- Prescriptives Colorscope Lip Color in Rouge Social (Cream B/R)
1-Max Factor Lip Gloss in Too Much Wine
1-Timelapse Wand
1-Lancome Color Ideal Hydra Compact
1-Lancome Color Fever Plumper in Curvy
1-Lancome High Definicils

Let me be up front and tell you that I am too darn lazy to go searching for the retail cost of each product to tell you how much this giveaway is worth! But I can estimate it to be worth a few hundred dollars.

So what do you have to do to win this plethora of goodies? For one you have to live in the U.S. and second you have to send me your best beauty story--something funny, something touching, as long as it involves beauty products--send it in! Now I won't be picking the winner, but I will post the top 3 and then turn the voting over to all of my readers to choose the winner.

Contest submission dates: February 18th-25th Winner announced on February 29th.
Submit to: contest at agirlsgottaspa dot com

*All products are brand new. Mediterranean does not have the plastic wrapper, but is brand new.

Beauty Giveaway! Win a plethora of beauty goodies!

Friends, I have so many beauty products here that I don't know what to do with them. Rather than have them sit on my shelf and collect dust, I'd love to give them away. It's been a while since I had a contest, so don't you think we're about due for another one?

"Shannon's I have too much stuff I have to give it away beauty contest":

1-Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules
1-Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream
1-Elizabeth Arden Mediterranean eau de parfum 1.7oz
1-Roxy Shower Gel
1-Pattern Body Wash in Citrus
1-ABBA Pure Pomade
1-Berwick Beauty Eye Contour Gel
1-CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser (travel size 1oz)
1-MAC Cosmetics Finery in Plum Lips
1-CoverGirl Outlast in Ever Red-dy Talon Rouge
1-CoverGirl TruBlend Foundation 1-Natural Ivory
1-Beth Bender Get in Line
1-Borghese Protective Moisturizer SPF 15 (travel size 1oz)
1-Billy B Beauty Eyelash Curler
1- Prescriptives Colorscope Lip Color in Rouge Social (Cream B/R)
1-Max Factor Lip Gloss in Too Much Wine
1-Timelapse Wand
1-Lancome Color Ideal Hydra Compact
1-Lancome Color Fever Plumper in Curvy
1-Lancome High Definicils

Let me be up front and tell you that I am too darn lazy to go searching for the retail cost of each product to tell you how much this giveaway is worth! But I can estimate it to be worth a few hundred dollars.

So what do you have to do to win this plethora of goodies? For one you have to live in the U.S. and second you have to send me your best beauty story--something funny, something touching, as long as it involves beauty products--send it in! Now I won't be picking the winner, but I will post the top 3 and then turn the voting over to all of my readers to choose the winner.

Contest submission dates: February 18th-25th Winner announced on February 29th.
Submit to: contest at agirlsgottaspa dot com

*All products are brand new. Mediterranean does not have the plastic wrapper, but is brand new.

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