Archives for May 2013

MAY – MATTE RADIANCE BAKED POWDER Laura Mercier sponsored Feature


Inspired by her Bonne Mine “healthy glow” concept, Laura Mercier has developed Matte Radiance Baked Powder to wake up the skin, giving it a beautiful, natural glow. The bronze shades give the skin a soft matte finish with a hint of warmth. The highlight shade gives the skin a subtle, sheen and natural luminosity. Catering to every skin tone, the Matte Radiance Baked Powder is available in five shades and provides a matte finish with a hint of soft luminosity, leaving the skin looking naturally radiant and sun-kissed.

I received the Matte Radiance Baked Powder and love how it gave my skin a natural warm look. Looks very natural and blends in very easily!

Key Attributes and Ingredients:

–          New formulation enables buildable and customizable coverage

–          Applies smoothly onto skin and blends effortlessly for a natural look and feel

–          Longwear formula lasts all day (8 hours)

–          Ultra lightweight formula features Vitamin E, Jojoba Oil and spherical powders for increased comfort and blendability. Cost: $36.

Find it at


Self Disclosure: I received products to facilitate this review.




Celebrate The Cultures Of The Islands During The Aquarium’s 10th Annual PACIFIC ISLANDER FESTIVAL


Discover the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands through an ocean of
entertainment and educational programs, including music and dance performances,
traditional crafts, demonstrations, and ethnic cuisine. Watch Hawaiian, Maori, Samoan, and
Tahitian dance performances while listening to traditional music. Enjoy live music from the
sounds of ukuleles to drumming. Try out ancient Hawaiian games, and see Marshallese
weavers. The 10th annual Pacific Islander Festival will feature various cultures, including
Hawaiian, Marshallese, Chamoru, Tahitian, Samoan, Maori, Tokelauan, and Tongan. During
the festival the Aquarium will also present its Heritage Award on Sunday, June 2 at 11:45
a.m. honoring Perci Flores in recognition of her dedicated service to the Pacific Islander
communities of Southern California.
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, 2013 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

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

For More Info: (562) 590-3100 or website.



PARTNER: Long Beach Sea Festival
AQUARIUM: Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the June Keyes Penguin
Habitat, Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, and the interactive Shark
Lagoon and Lorikeet Forest exhibits. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers
educational programs for people of all ages from hands-on activities to lectures by leading
scientists. The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way in Long Beach, CA.
For information call (562) 590-3100 or visit


Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer Written by Mary Holland Find at Sylvan Dell Publishing!


Growing up is hard to do!

Follow this photographic journal of a red fox as he explores the world around him during the first few months of his life. He’s about a month old when he first comes out of the den. Watch as he learns to hunt through play and by using his senses. See the changes as he grows from a young kit to a young fox. After all, by the next summer, he’ll have kits of his own! Naturalist photographer and environmental educator Mary Holland has captured Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer in a way that is sure to grab children’s hearts. My son and I received this book and loved watching Ferdinand’s journey. We also found the For Creative Minds section of the book interesting and fun to read! A wonderful book for the whole family! Find this book and many others at Sylvan Dell Publishing.

Summertime SPF Essentials from Laura Mercier and RéVive Skincare

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With beach season just around the corner, it’s important to start stocking up on summertime SPF essentials.   Laura Mercier and RéVive Skincare both offer a variety of products that contain UV protection for the face and body, so women can enjoy the sunshine this summer, not hide from it!

  •          TREAT AND CHEAT (TIME)RéVive Intensité Crème Lustre Day* offers anti-aging benefits along with SPF! This intensive moisturizer increases elasticity to firm, lift and tighten skin, while simultaneously protecting against harmful UVB/UVA rays. ($375)
  •        MINIMALIST MAKEUP: Many women prefer a light foundation when lounging by the pool or on a beach, as anything too heavy tends to melt away.  Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 offers sheer coverage, light moisturization and sun protection-! Toss this 3-in-1 multi-tasker in your beach bag to achieve the perfect dewy glow. ($43)
  •        CARE FOR YOUR CLEAVAGE: Whether in a bikini, a sundress or just a low cut tank, it’s important to make sure the neck and décolletage area look just as flawless (and ageless) as the face.  RéVive Fermitif Neck Renewal Cream SPF 15* defends skin from the sun’s harmful rays and also leaves the area with a smooth, taut, firm appearance. ($150)
  •       PROTECT THE POUT: Keep parched lips at bay with Laura Mercier Hydratint SPF 15. This multi-purpose lip balm contains long-lasting moisture, SPF protection and sheer natural colour, resulting in luscious lips at the beach or on the streets! ($20)

I received the  Laura Mercier Hydratint SPF 15 and love that it provides SPF protection! Finally a lip balm with great color for those days at the beach! I also received the  Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 and love this product! Finally no need for foundation over SPF moisturizer! I love the sheer coverage that this one provides!

Self Disclosure: I received products to facilitate this review but any opinions are my own.

This Land Is Your Land Music for Little People sponsored Feature


This star-studded project pays tribute to the concepts of liberty and justice for all and celebrates respect for the individual diversity that makes this country unique. Weaving songs, poetry and stories together to create an entertaining yet educational experience, we have carefully selected pieces that speak of the ongoing struggle to achieve these basic beliefs and the special significance of the contributions of the civil rights movement. With songs and poetry by Woody Guthrie, Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes, this recording is a must for every family collection. 16 classic songs, stories and poems including If I Had a Hammer, Sister Rosa, Everyday People, Calypso Freedom and This Land is Your Land. (Ages 6-Adult)1. The Kids In School With Me (Poem) – Langston Hughes
2. This Land Is Your Land – Various Artists
3. Reflections Of Woody Guthrie – Ted Danson
4. If I Had A Hammer – Brian Johnson
5. Everyday People – Taj Mahal
6. Ballad Of The Underground Railroad – Danny Glover
7. Follow The Drinking Gourd – Eric Bibb
8. The Story Of Claudette Colvin – Awele Makeba
9. Sister Rosa – Neville Brothers
10. Calypso Freedom – Sweet Honey In The Rock
11. Human Family – Danny Glover
12. Like Me And You – Raffi
13. Anishinabe – Bill Miller
14. Somos El Barco – John McCutcheon
15. Dreams Of Harmony – Freyda Epstein

My son and I received this CD and really found the variety of songs interesting and enjoyed listening to them! You can buy it on Amazon by clicking here.   Check out more great kids music on the Music for Little People website at

Space Warriors KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions,


“Space Warriors” is a live-action film about kids who attend Space Camp in Huntsville, AL. Though it is a fictional story, it is based on a real place and according to KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O., age 11, it “feels very real and positive.” All of our film critics agree that this is a fun and exciting film that inspired them to want to visit the real Space Camp. Adam C., Age 7, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic tells us that they even fact-checked the story with NASA “and it was plausible that this could have happened in real life.” Proving that it has multi-age and gender appeal, 13-year-old KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Cassandra H. calls this “a fun and unexpectedly down-to-earth film for all ages.”

Airing on May 31, this Hallmark Channel Original Movie  is perfect for the whole family. You can hear the KIDS FIRST!  discussion about this film on the KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions Radio Show.Check out Adam C’s video review below.

Summer’s Coming: “Just Say No” to Boredom and Brain Drain! Green Kid Crafts


Green Kid Crafts, a mom-owned, earth-friendly and award winning craft kit subscription service, urges parents and caregivers to “just say no” to boredom and brain drain this summer.  To help, the company has introduced its Summer Survival Collection, delivering award winning Discovery Boxes each month that are packed with craft and science activity kits to keep kids learning while they have fun, explore the outdoors and get creative.  The three month Collection is $59.95, including shipping within the US, and can be reserved at

Subscribing to Green Kid Crafts Summer Survival Collection is an easy way for families to ensure that their kids are exposed to a diverse set of fun and educational activities throughout the season. Each month, kids receive a Discovery Box filled with three or four craft and science kits, including all supplies and instructions, as well as additional extension activities and learning resources. The projects are designed by experts to promote creativity, build confidence and develop key skills while nature-related themes and sustainable materials encourage a child’s love and respect for nature.

The collection presents three specially designed learning themes:

  • June’s Backyard Science box inspires and delights budding scientists and naturalists
  • July’s Gardening box is sure to create a lot of little green thumbs
  • August’s Around the World box takes us on a trip to three exciting spots around the globe to learn about culture and art.

In order to receive the June box you will need to place your order by June 1st. If you order after that, you will still get the others in the series (and then some) depending on the length of the subscription you select.

For more information about Green Kid Crafts or the Summer Survival Collection, please visit

Zoe Saldana “Blood Ties” Premiere The Cannes International Film Festival May 20, 2013 Look by Vera Steimberg for Laura Mercier


Makeup artist Vera Steimberg created an Audrey Hepburn-inspired makeup look for actress Zoe Saldana for the “Blood Ties” premiere at the Cannes International Film Festival.


LIPS: Deep red lips gave a “pop to the entire look”


·         Steimberg applied Laura Mercier Stickgloss Lip Colour in Cranberry ($22) to Saldana’s lips. She noted that it was the perfect red to complement the rest of the makeup and that there was no better place to “rock” a red lip than France.


EYES: Extended eyeliner and bold brows

·         First, Steimberg lined the eyes using Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Noir ($22) using theLaura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush ($20), and extended the line outward.

·         Next, she applied Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Fire Glow ($24) under Saldana’s eyes, close to her lashes to give her a “golden luminescent colour.”

·         For added definition, Steimberg applied a combination of Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour inFire Glow ($24) and Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Cocoa ($24) to the tops of Saldana’s eyelids.

·         She added the final touch of glamour by applying multiple coats of Laura Mercier Faux Lash Mascara in Black ($24) to the actress’ top and bottom lashes, along with a few individual faux lashes.


FLAWLESS FACE: Illuminated, flawless skin


·         Steimberg covered minor imperfections using Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-6 ($30)and then applied Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in #3 underneath Saldana’s eyes.

·         Next, she lightly dusted Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminating Powder in Candlelight ($32) all over the star’s face to create a natural glow.

·         Lastly, Steimberg applied Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour in Rosebud ($24) to the apples of Saldana’s cheeks to give her a natural, soft flush of colour.