VEGA ONE ALL-IN-ONE NUTRITIONAL SHAKE
Being weary about what I put in my body on a daily basis, aside from the amazing margaritas I crave from time to time, I have been on the lookout for a nutritional shake that I could quickly throw into a shaker in the morning. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, or at least that’s what studies show thus far, and I always want to be sure I get one in. 
Since I get my morning workout in around 6:00 AM and I am always rushing to get ready for work when I return home to shower. Having heard of Vega One in the past, I hesitated to try it because like most plant-based proteins I was afraid of the taste. 
I purchased the Berry flavored Vega One All-In-One Shake from Vitamin Shoppe and to my surprise the taste actually wasn’t all that bad. The texture is a bit grainy, and tastes a lot better if you mix with almond milk rather than water. But aside from that, in the morning i throw a scoop with some almond milk and ice into my blender bottle, shake it up, and run out the door; it’s great.
The contents of the shake, also pictured above are as follows:
50% daily intake of vitamins and minerals
15 g protein
6 g fibre
1.5 g Omega-3
Antioxidants
Probiotics
Greens
The mixture was formulated by world renowned triathlete Brendan Brazier, and there are no added sugars, artificial flavorings, preservatives, or additives. There is also no added coloring, so yes, it is green (we can get over it). Just pretend it’s a Shamrock Shake. Oh, and it is also gluten, dairy, and soy free! So basically, it’s perfect. For us women, we should also be pleased to see that it contains as many probiotics as a cup of yogurt!
Other varieties include French Vanilla, Vanilla Chai, and Natural.
If you don’t have a nearby Vitamin Shoppe or GNC that carries Vega One, you can purchase directly from their website as well as purchase a variety of lifestyle gear and nutritional bars.

VEGA ONE ALL-IN-ONE NUTRITIONAL SHAKE

Being weary about what I put in my body on a daily basis, aside from the amazing margaritas I crave from time to time, I have been on the lookout for a nutritional shake that I could quickly throw into a shaker in the morning. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, or at least that’s what studies show thus far, and I always want to be sure I get one in.

Since I get my morning workout in around 6:00 AM and I am always rushing to get ready for work when I return home to shower. Having heard of Vega One in the past, I hesitated to try it because like most plant-based proteins I was afraid of the taste.

I purchased the Berry flavored Vega One All-In-One Shake from Vitamin Shoppe and to my surprise the taste actually wasn’t all that bad. The texture is a bit grainy, and tastes a lot better if you mix with almond milk rather than water. But aside from that, in the morning i throw a scoop with some almond milk and ice into my blender bottle, shake it up, and run out the door; it’s great.

The contents of the shake, also pictured above are as follows:

  • 50% daily intake of vitamins and minerals
  • 15 g protein
  • 6 g fibre
  • 1.5 g Omega-3
  • Antioxidants
  • Probiotics
  • Greens

The mixture was formulated by world renowned triathlete Brendan Brazier, and there are no added sugars, artificial flavorings, preservatives, or additives. There is also no added coloring, so yes, it is green (we can get over it). Just pretend it’s a Shamrock Shake. Oh, and it is also gluten, dairy, and soy free! So basically, it’s perfect. For us women, we should also be pleased to see that it contains as many probiotics as a cup of yogurt!

Other varieties include French Vanilla, Vanilla Chai, and Natural.

If you don’t have a nearby Vitamin Shoppe or GNC that carries Vega One, you can purchase directly from their website as well as purchase a variety of lifestyle gear and nutritional bars.

AMAZING!- MALLY COSMETICS
So honestly, I’m going to start off by saying that I have been into Ulta more times than I can honestly count, or remember. However, this last time when one of the specialists asked me what I was looking for, I actually let her help me as opposed to the typical “No thanks, I am just looking” shpeel. We all know when we go into Ulta, or even Sephora, that we are in there for a reason in the first place, even if we do leave with way more than we had originally planned (never fails).
So yes, I let her guide me in the direction of a great eyeliner. I have always used liquid, so when she had guided me in the direction of the Mally Waterproof Eyeliner, I was not sold at first. The lady assured me that it went on smooth and after 30 seconds was smudge-proof. I didn’t believe her until she pulled out the sample and showed me. I was very impressed. Needless to say I purchased the eyeliner, and it was reasonable too, which I was surprised by having planned for the worst at that point.
After my purchase, I began to look at numerous Mally products and I will definitely be the Evercolor Poreless Face Defender Finishing Powder! She makes a great product affordable, unlike many of the prestige brands found at Ulta and other premium stores.
Shop Mally Today!

AMAZING!- MALLY COSMETICS

So honestly, I’m going to start off by saying that I have been into Ulta more times than I can honestly count, or remember. However, this last time when one of the specialists asked me what I was looking for, I actually let her help me as opposed to the typical “No thanks, I am just looking” shpeel. We all know when we go into Ulta, or even Sephora, that we are in there for a reason in the first place, even if we do leave with way more than we had originally planned (never fails).

So yes, I let her guide me in the direction of a great eyeliner. I have always used liquid, so when she had guided me in the direction of the Mally Waterproof Eyeliner, I was not sold at first. The lady assured me that it went on smooth and after 30 seconds was smudge-proof. I didn’t believe her until she pulled out the sample and showed me. I was very impressed. Needless to say I purchased the eyeliner, and it was reasonable too, which I was surprised by having planned for the worst at that point.

After my purchase, I began to look at numerous Mally products and I will definitely be the Evercolor Poreless Face Defender Finishing Powder! She makes a great product affordable, unlike many of the prestige brands found at Ulta and other premium stores.

Shop Mally Today!

HYPE TEST PASS: NUTIVA ORGANIC COCONUT OIL

Okay, so of course Coconut Oil has been around for a VERY long time; for some reason, it has become a major trending topic in the health, beauty, and fitness department in the past few months.
I have to say I wasn’t nervous at all to incorporate this oil into my cooking, because it is known to be the “World’s Best.” However, I was very speculative about using this oil on my face, and body.
First and foremost, this product, Nutiva, has received top ratings and I purchased mine at Vitamin Shoppe.
Personally, I think this products best attribute is its ability to remove eye makeup, like mascara,eyeliner, and eyeshadow. Not only does it remove the makeup, but it is leaps and bounds more gentle on your eyes compared to a course towel or tissue.
Secondly, I did try this as a night face lotion, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. A long with many others who cringe at the thought of putting an oil of any kind on their face directly, I shared this sentiment. However, it did NOT make me break out, nor did it stay greasy, but less is more in this case.
As far as ingesting the coconut oil raw, I have a 1,000 mg Coconut Oil supplement that is much more appealing to me than the consistency of the raw oil that makes it tough to eat with a spoon as many people do. There are several brands of the supplement, but I chose the Sundown brand, that advises to take 2 capsules (yes, they’re large) twice a day with meals.
For more benefits of Coconut Oil, visit the recently published document from Dr. Oz. It provides and in depth explanation of the health and aesthetic benefits.
Bottom line, this product is a must have.

HYPE TEST PASS: NUTIVA ORGANIC COCONUT OIL

Okay, so of course Coconut Oil has been around for a VERY long time; for some reason, it has become a major trending topic in the health, beauty, and fitness department in the past few months.

I have to say I wasn’t nervous at all to incorporate this oil into my cooking, because it is known to be the “World’s Best.” However, I was very speculative about using this oil on my face, and body.

First and foremost, this product, Nutiva, has received top ratings and I purchased mine at Vitamin Shoppe.

Personally, I think this products best attribute is its ability to remove eye makeup, like mascara,eyeliner, and eyeshadow. Not only does it remove the makeup, but it is leaps and bounds more gentle on your eyes compared to a course towel or tissue.

Secondly, I did try this as a night face lotion, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. A long with many others who cringe at the thought of putting an oil of any kind on their face directly, I shared this sentiment. However, it did NOT make me break out, nor did it stay greasy, but less is more in this case.

As far as ingesting the coconut oil raw, I have a 1,000 mg Coconut Oil supplement that is much more appealing to me than the consistency of the raw oil that makes it tough to eat with a spoon as many people do. There are several brands of the supplement, but I chose the Sundown brand, that advises to take 2 capsules (yes, they’re large) twice a day with meals.

For more benefits of Coconut Oil, visit the recently published document from Dr. Oz. It provides and in depth explanation of the health and aesthetic benefits.

Bottom line, this product is a must have.

HYPE TEST-FAIL: OBAGI NU-DERM SKINCARE REVIEW
DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY.
So, during this past winter I heard a lot of rave surrounding this Obagi Nu-Derm “Nu Skin” line that was suppose to work wonders on skin types of all kinds. I was interested in testing out this product, and I can’t say I purchased the full sizes; i definitely bought the travel size kit to start off and boy am I glad I did.
For starters, I want to say that I read up on this product A LOT before I decided to try it out, right down to what to expect each WEEK while using the regimen (redness, dry skin, peeling, etc.).
I also want to say that I have never had significant breakouts, ever. So with that said, I used the regimen as instructed, saw some redness, definitely some dry skin, and some peeling; my skin did NOT improve. This product made me breakout and I’m talking the nasty cystic whiteheads that form on cheeks that are impossible to get rid of. I broke out in ways I have never seen.
IN FACT, the bottles are still sitting in my cabinet, in the travel bag, half full, and I have NO intention of using them again. As soon as I switched off of it to a different skin care regimen (which I will review in the next week) my breakouts cleared up and my skin feels like it has returned back to normal.
Some people have reported good results from this but I strongly doubt these reviews after trying this product.

 

HYPE TEST-FAIL: OBAGI NU-DERM SKINCARE REVIEW

DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY.

So, during this past winter I heard a lot of rave surrounding this Obagi Nu-Derm “Nu Skin” line that was suppose to work wonders on skin types of all kinds. I was interested in testing out this product, and I can’t say I purchased the full sizes; i definitely bought the travel size kit to start off and boy am I glad I did.

For starters, I want to say that I read up on this product A LOT before I decided to try it out, right down to what to expect each WEEK while using the regimen (redness, dry skin, peeling, etc.).

I also want to say that I have never had significant breakouts, ever. So with that said, I used the regimen as instructed, saw some redness, definitely some dry skin, and some peeling; my skin did NOT improve. This product made me breakout and I’m talking the nasty cystic whiteheads that form on cheeks that are impossible to get rid of. I broke out in ways I have never seen.

IN FACT, the bottles are still sitting in my cabinet, in the travel bag, half full, and I have NO intention of using them again. As soon as I switched off of it to a different skin care regimen (which I will review in the next week) my breakouts cleared up and my skin feels like it has returned back to normal.

Some people have reported good results from this but I strongly doubt these reviews after trying this product.

 

HYPE TEST PASS-6 REASONS YOU SHOULD INCORPORATE TEAVANA LOOSE LEAF TEA INTO YOUR LIFE
First and foremost I just want to say that my loose leaf brand of choice is Teavana for two reasons:
1. They have retail stores as well as an online presence and you can smell, touch, and taste the tea before you buy it.
2. You can interact with the staff members who are SUPER knowledgeable about the tea and what mixtures are good
Now, back to the six reasons… (no one ever chooses six)
1. Taste: The amount of flavors available is simply heaven to someone who gets bored easily. They have traditional flavors like Imperial Green Tea and Matcha, fruity flavors like Pineapple Kona Pop and Peach Jasmine Sutra, and extremely outside the box flavors replicating famous desserts.
2. Variety: If you want to get a wide variety of flavors and types of tea you can get a bunch of 2 oz. bags of different kinds and even mix them together when brewing. You literally CANNOT run out of options here.
3. Education: If you visit the store, the employees are a great source of information in regards to the tea but if you are an avid online shopper or are afraid to go out in public (I don’t blame you), online education is just as good. The website is immaculate; each tea is categorized into a type, and has a description of taste, what is pairs well with, what it does for you, and the caffeine level; it will even have directions for how long to let your tea steep and at what temperature. Not to mention each order comes with a mini catalog with the same descriptions.
4. Quality: Teavana takes their tea seriously; they select their teas only from the most premium teas in the world and each ingredient is carefully chosen to create their blends; there are several rounds of testing and each new tea can take up to 12 months to perfect before they hit the shelves. They operate on the mantra that they only serve superb, not average teas.
5. Loyalty Recognition: Teavana recognizes that their customers are coming back, and what better way to keep it that way than to organize a monthly Tea of The Month Club where you can get tea delivered to you automatically and try new teas all the time without going through the decision making (it’s hard!) on your own time.
6. Tea Perfecting Accessories; Teavana doesn’t just sell tea, but they also sell the tools and brew kits necessary to make a perfect cup of tea. They have steep-in tumblers for those of us that are always on the go (I have it in silver) , makers that fit on top of your standard coffee mug, and even top-of-the-line makers like the Breville One-Touch Tea Maker. For those of you who want to enjoy the tradition of tea, traditional tea pots and teacups are also for sale in-store and online. Teavana also has their own line of German ‘Perfectea’ Rock Sugar that dissolves into your tea, sweetening it but not changing the flavor (they are great).
Overall, Teavana is a brand well made, and I am a loyal customer!

HYPE TEST PASS-6 REASONS YOU SHOULD INCORPORATE TEAVANA LOOSE LEAF TEA INTO YOUR LIFE

First and foremost I just want to say that my loose leaf brand of choice is Teavana for two reasons:

1. They have retail stores as well as an online presence and you can smell, touch, and taste the tea before you buy it.

2. You can interact with the staff members who are SUPER knowledgeable about the tea and what mixtures are good

Now, back to the six reasons… (no one ever chooses six)

1. Taste: The amount of flavors available is simply heaven to someone who gets bored easily. They have traditional flavors like Imperial Green Tea and Matcha, fruity flavors like Pineapple Kona Pop and Peach Jasmine Sutra, and extremely outside the box flavors replicating famous desserts.

2. Variety: If you want to get a wide variety of flavors and types of tea you can get a bunch of 2 oz. bags of different kinds and even mix them together when brewing. You literally CANNOT run out of options here.

3. Education: If you visit the store, the employees are a great source of information in regards to the tea but if you are an avid online shopper or are afraid to go out in public (I don’t blame you), online education is just as good. The website is immaculate; each tea is categorized into a type, and has a description of taste, what is pairs well with, what it does for you, and the caffeine level; it will even have directions for how long to let your tea steep and at what temperature. Not to mention each order comes with a mini catalog with the same descriptions.

4. Quality: Teavana takes their tea seriously; they select their teas only from the most premium teas in the world and each ingredient is carefully chosen to create their blends; there are several rounds of testing and each new tea can take up to 12 months to perfect before they hit the shelves. They operate on the mantra that they only serve superb, not average teas.

5. Loyalty Recognition: Teavana recognizes that their customers are coming back, and what better way to keep it that way than to organize a monthly Tea of The Month Club where you can get tea delivered to you automatically and try new teas all the time without going through the decision making (it’s hard!) on your own time.

6. Tea Perfecting Accessories; Teavana doesn’t just sell tea, but they also sell the tools and brew kits necessary to make a perfect cup of tea. They have steep-in tumblers for those of us that are always on the go (I have it in silver) , makers that fit on top of your standard coffee mug, and even top-of-the-line makers like the Breville One-Touch Tea Maker. For those of you who want to enjoy the tradition of tea, traditional tea pots and teacups are also for sale in-store and online. Teavana also has their own line of German ‘Perfectea’ Rock Sugar that dissolves into your tea, sweetening it but not changing the flavor (they are great).

Overall, Teavana is a brand well made, and I am a loyal customer!

HYPE TEST-INDIFFERENT
SO, the invasive radio commercials have finally coerced me to try this new Vitamin Water Energy drink…
Did it pass the Hype Test? ….Not so sure; it tastes great no doubt about that, but as far as providing sustainable energy I didn’t see any difference. It does use green coffee bean extract though so that’s a plus…

HYPE TEST-INDIFFERENT

SO, the invasive radio commercials have finally coerced me to try this new Vitamin Water Energy drink…

Did it pass the Hype Test? ….Not so sure; it tastes great no doubt about that, but as far as providing sustainable energy I didn’t see any difference. It does use green coffee bean extract though so that’s a plus…

HYPE TEST-PASS! NIKE PRO HYPERCOOL WORKOUT CAPRIS
(This bike and I have rekindled our friendship in the name of the Lord this Sunday) 🚲✌️Happy Easter !
I LOVE my NIke Pro Hypercool Workout Capris that I am wearing in this picture. They are super light weight and breathable, not to mention they make your legs look amazing! They also do NOT shrink in the dryer…which is fantastic.

HYPE TEST-PASS! NIKE PRO HYPERCOOL WORKOUT CAPRIS

(This bike and I have rekindled our friendship in the name of the Lord this Sunday) 🚲✌️Happy Easter !

I LOVE my NIke Pro Hypercool Workout Capris that I am wearing in this picture. They are super light weight and breathable, not to mention they make your legs look amazing! They also do NOT shrink in the dryer…which is fantastic.

NIKE PRO HYPERCOOL WORKOUT CAPRIS- HYPE TEST PASS!
This photo gives you a better look at the Nike Pro Hypercool Workout Capris; they are definitely a must buy!

NIKE PRO HYPERCOOL WORKOUT CAPRIS- HYPE TEST PASS!

This photo gives you a better look at the Nike Pro Hypercool Workout Capris; they are definitely a must buy!

HYPE TEST- HALF PASS- 2014 Spring Color Trend Report
The Pantone Color Institute has served as the global authority on color for the past 20 years surveying designers for New York Fashion Week among others to set the standard for each season’s most vivid fashion color trends.
I was not surprised to see Dazzling Blue or Radiant Orchid make the list, but some of these colors are a little too pastel for my taste. I can surely latch on to Cayenne and Freesia; however, the Violet Tulip, Hemlock, Placid Blue, and Sand scream washout to me. It will be interesting to see how these color trends play out this spring, and in combination I am looking forward to see what hues are placed together.
Leatrice Eisman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, explains that this Spring 2014’s modern twist on color is placing the pastel hues with vivid brights, and quite obviously so. Beneath this intention is the idea that this year, the fashion-savvy consumer is looking to reach an artistic, emotional, and thoughtful equilibrium. These colors pave the way for experimental combinations and looks for Spring 2014.
credit to: Pantone Color Trends Spring 2014

HYPE TEST- HALF PASS- 2014 Spring Color Trend Report

The Pantone Color Institute has served as the global authority on color for the past 20 years surveying designers for New York Fashion Week among others to set the standard for each season’s most vivid fashion color trends.

I was not surprised to see Dazzling Blue or Radiant Orchid make the list, but some of these colors are a little too pastel for my taste. I can surely latch on to Cayenne and Freesia; however, the Violet Tulip, Hemlock, Placid Blue, and Sand scream washout to me. It will be interesting to see how these color trends play out this spring, and in combination I am looking forward to see what hues are placed together.

Leatrice Eisman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, explains that this Spring 2014’s modern twist on color is placing the pastel hues with vivid brights, and quite obviously so. Beneath this intention is the idea that this year, the fashion-savvy consumer is looking to reach an artistic, emotional, and thoughtful equilibrium. These colors pave the way for experimental combinations and looks for Spring 2014.

credit to: Pantone Color Trends Spring 2014