Archives for April 2013

Treat the five causes of uneven skin tone and have brighter, smoother skin NEW Olay Professional Pro-X Even Skin Tone regimen

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Do you have uneven skin tone? If you do, you may think there isn’t much you can do about it. In January, 2013, Olay came out with the NEW Olay Professional Pro-X Even Skin Tone regimen. It actually treats five causes of uneven skin tone to help visibly restore even color and leaves your skin smoother and brighter. Until now, it was commonly assumed that uneven skin tone was mainly caused by pigment production or melanogenesis. Breaking ground with new genomics research, the Olay Professional Alliance demonstrates that only 7% of the gene expressions disrupted in spotted skin were directly associated with the melanogenesis pathway.

Four additional molecular pathways were identified as being associated with root causes of uneven skin tone. These causes include UV exposure, lack of hydration, discoloration, weak moisture barrier and surface free radicals. To effectively address and correct the look of uneven skin tone, it is essential for products that address skin tone appearance to contain multiple ingredients and target all five of these root causes. The New Olay Professional Pro-X Even Skin Tone regimen, a clinically tested regimen that addresses five root causes of uneven skin appearance does help correct the look of 4 years of dark spots in 4 weeks. Clinical testing showed the regimen is an effective alternative to the prescription gold standard 4% technology for evening skin tone appearance while providing better hydration and texture appearance benefits.

I like that it is professionally designed to reduce the look of dark spots caused by years of sun damage. I know, I have some sun damage from spending years at the beach so I love the Olay Pro-X Even Skin Tone Spot fading Treatment part of this regimen. The kit includes: One mini Brightening Cream, a mini Anti-Oxidant Sunscreen Sheer Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 35 and one mini Spot Fading Treatment. I really am noticing that my skin is brighter.

Suggested Retail price is $44.99-$54.99 and available nationwide where Olay products are sold. For more information, visit the Olay website.


Self Disclosure: I received this product to facilitate this review/feature.

Mother’s Day Gifts that Give Back Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund sponsored Feature

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This Mother’s Day, how about gifts that honor not only the bravery of mothers everywhere but also the bravery of women battling ovarian cancer? 100% of the profits from the Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face & Cheeks Crème Colour Palette and Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Rose Hope are donated to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund.  With every wear, our mothers can look in the mirror feeling especially beautiful knowing these products directly support an amazing cause.

The Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face & Cheeks Crème Colour Palette is an easy way to achieve a sun-kissed glow, and a gift that all your mothers will adore.

This ultra-sheer, blendable and portable palette was inspired by Laura Mercier’s work with celebrity clients, who wanted a universal compact that would “wake-up” their skin.

The Bonne Mine Palette includes:

  • 1 Bronzer Veil
  • 2 Cheek Veils
  • 2 Glow Veils


Retail Price: $48,


The Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Rose Hope will help your mother achieve the perfect pout while avoiding the invasive alternatives!

A high-shine, perfectly pigmented lip gloss with rich, long-lasting colour and brilliant shine that creates the appearance of fuller lips. Any skin tone is virtually enhanced by creating a subtle contrast in texture.

Retail Price: $24,



Fund’s Mission: The mission of the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund is to raise awareness and fund research and educational efforts that will help diagnose, treat and support women with ovarian cancer.

Why It Matters: Often called the “silent killer,” ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among American women.

It’s Personal: Claudia Poccia, President & CEO of the organization, lost her sister to the disease last year, and Laura Mercier has watched a dear friend battle the disease for several years. Please click on “Our Fund” to hear their personal stories.

Nature Recycles How About You? Written by Michelle Lords and Illustrated by Cathy Morrison


How do animals recycle?

From sea urchins in the Atlantic Ocean to bandicoots on the Australian savanna, animals recycle all over the world. Explore how different animals in different habitats use recycled material to build homes, protect themselves, and get food. This fascinating collection of animal facts will teach readers about the importance of recycling and inspire them to take part in protecting and conserving the environment by recycling in their own way. The perfect book for Earth Day week and any day! Great for ages 4-8. I love that it teaches about recycling, life science and so much more! My son and I enjoyed this book and found it interesting to learn why animals recycle. This educational book can be found at Sylvan Dell Publishing.

Self Disclosure: I received this book from Sylvan Dell Publishing to facilitate this review.

nyakio Laura Mercier/nyakio sponsored Feature



I’m thrilled to announce the launch of nyakio, a collection of skincare products formulated with luxurious ingredients from and indigenous to Africa. It is the third founder-driven brand to join Gurwitch Products, a manufacturer and marketer of global prestige cosmetics and skincare, whose portfolio also includes Laura Mercier cosmetics and RéVive skincare.

Nyakio Kamoche Grieco, the brand’s founder and namesake, is an American beauty entrepreneur of Kenyan descent. She created the nyakio brand not only to pay homage to her family’s heritage and share their beauty secrets, but also to fill a gap in the marketplace, bringing the timeless beauty traditions and sophistication of Africa to women everywhere.

Just as Africa represents many cultures and ethnicities, nyakio products were formulated to benefit women of all ages, skin types and backgrounds.  nyakio’s luxurious ingredients, such as Kenyan Coffee, Kola Nut and the Miracle Oil, Marula, work to hydrate, smooth and revitalize skin. Additionally, all products are free of sulfates and parabens.

Please see below for product details, imagery and pricing; the products will be launching on May 14.  nyakio will be available exclusively on HSN and for one month and will then be available on nyakio.combeginning in mid-June. Grieco will serve as the on-air spokesperson for HSN.

Please let me know if you have any questions. For additional information about the brand, please visit



Product Detail


Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub


Kenyan Coffee Collection This scrub blends naturally energizing and exfoliating Kenyan Coffee with Sugar to remove dull skin while providing antioxidant benefits. With Mongongo Nut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Grape Seed Oil and Avocado Oil, this unique fusion leaves all skin moisturized, smooth and soft. $55
Kenyan Coffee Face Polish


Kenyan Coffee Collection Blending naturally energizing and exfoliating Kenyan Coffee with Jojoba, this face polish gently removes dull skin while providing antioxidant benefits. With Lemongrass and Neroli Oils, indigenous to Africa, this unique fusion leaves all skin toned, moisturized, soft and immediately radiant. $34
Hydrating Face Oil with Kola Nut


Hydrating Kola Nut Collection A light, non-greasy fusion of African Kola Nut, Ximenia Oil, Chamomile Oil and Trichilia Oil that invigorates and hydrates for 12 hours. $49

*Exclusively available at HSN and beginning May 2013; available on beginning June 2013

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Tall Tale KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions,


Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Tall Tale, two classic films for the whole family to enjoy, are screening throughout April on HDNet Movies – kidScene. KIDS FIRST! is proud of our affiliation with HDNet Movies and applauds their mission to bring some of the most fun and popular movies of their time to new audiences. Visit their website at to see KIDS FIRST! Film Critic reviews and check out their upcoming programming.

Originally released in 2001, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius is a hilarious kid-oriented sci-fi spoof. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Anthony Aranda reviewed the film when he was 9-years-old and said it was “interesting and really funny.” Below is a wonderful review from Adam Chernick, age 7. One of our newest KIDS FIRST! Film Critics, Adam says the film teaches us “that size is not as important as intelligence and courage.”


Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Reviewed by Adam Chernick

If you enjoy adventure and action movies than you will love Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.

Jimmy is a very intelligent boy who creates all kinds of  inventions including a rocket plane, robot dog and burp soda to name a few. Jimmy manages to get all of the parents of his town abducted by space aliens . Will Jimmy and his friends be able to rescue their parents before the space aliens eat them?

Jimmy and his robot dog are my favorite characters. Jimmy (Debi Derryberry) is a genius but also mischievous as he sneaks out of his house to go to Rocketland with his friends. His parents tell him rockets are dangerous but Jimmy insists on playing with them anyway. The robot dog is funny especially when he pretends to be Jimmy so his parents do not know Jimmy is gone.

My favorite part  is when all the children use different amusement park rides as rockets to go into space and battle the space aliens. It is exciting to see how Jimmy and his robot dog figure out a way to escape and leave space safely.

The music is fun especially Kids In America and how so many scenes are set to music.

The film teaches us be careful what you wish for as Jimmy and his friends think a world without their parents is what they desire only to find out that they are sad and missing their parents without them. The main message the film is that is size is not as important as intelligence and courage. Jimmy learns this lesson on his space journey as he sees how with his intelligence and courage he is able to save the day.

I give this movie 5 out of  5 stars. Younger audiences up to age twelve will want to see this funny and action-packed movie. It is on HDNet Movies now.

Tall Tale is an action-packed film released in 1995 full of famous characters from the “wild west.”

NEW Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Low-fat Chocolate

CML_NB_LF_ChocFlav_new   New Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Low-fat Chocolate is a healthy and delicious all-natural creamer from the Coffee-mate Natural Bliss line. With just 20 calories and 1g of fat per serving, Natural Bliss Low-fat Chocolate (SRP $2.69/16oz bottle) gives your coffee a velvety rich flavor without the sugar rush. This new dark and decadent delight is made with only milk, cream, a touch of sugar and pure natural flavor, so you can truly savor every sip. Whether you’re adding a splash to your java for a morning treat or creating a wow-worthy breakfast with delicious layered crepes, Natural Bliss is the perfect addition to spruce up any recipe!   *Coffee-mate sponsored feature

Celebrate Your Children At The Aquarium Of The Pacific’s 8th Annual International Children’s Day Giveaway!

1- Drums n Fun

International Children’s Day Festival features traditional ethnic dance and music performed by kids, interactive programs for all ages, face painting, crafts, and more!

2- Kids Choir

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s eighth annual International Children’s Day is a special festival for kids on the weekend of April 27-28, 2013 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Celebrating the amazing talents of children of all cultures, this festival features international music and dance performances by kids. An international choir, West African, Mexican folkloric, Pacific Islander, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Persian traditional dance are among the children’s performances. There will also be martial arts demonstrations by American Tiger Martial Arts and Fitness. Kids of all ages can partake in aninternational percussion circle, Native American traditional weaving, children’s crafts, face painting, mural painting, and Pacific Island children’s games. On Sunday, April 28 at 12:55 p.m. the Aquarium will honor Destin Bigsby, Kieren Reiser, and Carl Olson with its 2013 Young Hero Award in recognition of their efforts to make this planet a better place. The trio of Long Beach Polytechnic High School freshmen created a video about renewable energy that placed in the top three in a national C-SPAN StudentCam competition. Celebrate the children in your life through this special annual event.

                      “The Aquarium is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated. Our International Children’s Day is the culmination of all of our cultural festivals where our various communities can come together to learn about the importance of working together to protect our ocean planet,” said Peter Martineau, Aquarium of the Pacific festival organizer.

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, 2013, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


WHERE:  Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium WayLong Beach, CA 90802


COST:  Included with admission: $25.95 for adults (12+), $22.95 for seniors (62+), $14.95 for children (3-11), and free for children under 3 and Aquarium members.


INFO:   (562) 590-3100 or


 AQUARIUM:  The Aquarium of the Pacific, a nonprofit institution, celebrates our planet’s largest and most

diverse body of water: the Pacific Ocean. The Aquarium is dedicated to instilling a sense of

wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems. A

world of discovery awaits.

Looking for a Great coupon for International Children’s Day festival April 27-28?  The coupon offers free child admission with a paid adult. Go to our Facebook page and print it up!

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We are happy to announce that we have teamed up with The Aquarium of The Pacific for a giveaway! We have been offered eight tickets to be given in one set of four and two sets of two. (You can let us know which you are trying to win!) You must be a subscriber to enter! Next, leave a comment below telling us your favorite thing about visiting the Aquarium! If you have never been, simply tell us why you would like to go! Next, go to their Facebook page and “like” them! Deadline to enter is April 24th at 10 am so enter now! Three winners will randomly be selected from all entries.



Photo Descriptions:

1- Drums n Fun: See West African drumming and dance at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s International Children’s Day festival.

2- Kids Choir: The International Peace Choir will be performing at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s International Children’s Day festival.

3- Folkloric Dancers: Mexican folklorico dance is a popular feature at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s International Children’s Day festival.

Photo Credit:

Photo courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific

Springtime Nails with Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips French Mani


I love Spring make up and nail colors are usually brighter and French manicures are always a big hit! But, I don’t have the time to go to the nail salon and get my nails done all that often. Sally Hansen just made all this so much easier!  Now, there’s a twist on the classic French manicure without all the fuss! Now, how cool is that?! Now you can experience the first-ever no dry time french manicure with Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips French Mani from Sally Hansen. I received these from our friends at Sally Hansen and just love how easy they are to use! You do not have to be an expert to use these! I like that they are available in the classic pink and white but they are also available in trend-inspired shades like polka-dot, black or metallic. All you have to do is peel, apply, file and go, for a perfect, precise, real-polish French mani. Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips are developed with an innovative DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde-free formula that delivers no dry time nail looks that last up to 10 days. Each Salon Real Nail Polish Strips kit includes 16 real nail polish strips and tips, as well as a cuticle stick, mini file/buffer and instructions for easy at-home application. I really love the shades: Excusez Moi!, French Twist, Gold Cabaret, Noir Boudoir, Pink Macaroon, Polka Party, Silver Lining and Steel the Night. They cost $12.99 each and can be found at chain drug stores and mass retailers nationally wherever Sally Hansen products are sold.

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