Archives for February 19, 2015

Shiseido Get The Look Narciso Rodriguez

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Created By: Shiseido Artistic Director Dick Page

·         Inspiration: Playing off of the minimalistic feel of the collection, Dick created a pure, bare face framed with strong eyebrows.

·         Products:

§  Eye: Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Shoyu (BR623) was applied with a small fluffy brush to the top and bottom lash lines and a trace of Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Leather (BR306) was lightly applied across the bottom lash line for a “red-eye look.” Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatmentwas applied to the eyelid to melt the color around the lashes, making it look “worn in and believable.”

§  Eyebrows: Brows were filled in and amped up with a variety of Shimmering Cream Eye Colors in Caviar (BK912), Meadow (BE204) and Sable (BR709) and Eyebrow Styling Compacts. The natural shape of the brows was maintained.

§  Face: Skin was prepped with White Lucent Power Brightening Masks followed by Ibuki Refining Moisturizer for even skin tone and hydration.

Credit: Shiseido. No compensation was received to post.

Juice in the Box A Great Product for Healthy Drink Options to Parents and Kids!

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Looking for a way to put a healthier drink in your child’s lunch? Juice in the Box is the solution! Juice in the Box makes lunch time fun for kids and happy and healthy for mom.  Juice in the Box is the ultimate travel drink box. It’s convenient, travels well, fits into most lunch boxes and lunch bags easily and is made of the highest, safest and most durable material – and can be used and reused 1,000 times over.  It’s also spill-proof so great to active kids.  Now mom can send low-sugar, healthy drinks to school and kids will love drinking out of the fun box.  Juice in the Box comes in five fun-filled colors – green, orange, pink, red and blue.   Retail price $11.99 at

I received a sample to try out and highly recommend! My favorite thing is that it is leak-proof! It is also reusable and great for travel! This really is a Must-Buy if you have young children!

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post.  Photo Credit: Juice in the Box.


Transforming the Princess into a Superheroine…Good-bye Damsel in Distress!


Do you think it’s time to transform the princess from a damsel-in-distress into an awe-inspiring superheroine?
How about a gender independent princess who better represents the growing cultural and racial diversity of our society? We’d like to introduce Princess Ten Ten – the world’s first-ever gender independent East Asian princess-superheroine.
This ‘gender independent’ princess goes against the norms of her culture; she won’t wear dresses, has messy short hair, and she practices a martial arts that has traditionally been exclusively for boys. As a child she is bullied because she is so different. Even her own father shuns her because she is not the child he thought he wanted. But she perseveres. She becomes a superheroine, earning the title of Guardian of the Skies by ridding her city of the air pollution that is making people suffer.
This is the fourth story in the new Guardian Princess book series. These beautifully illustrated stories redefine the princess into heroines who protect the people and the planet.
I received a copy of the book Princess Ten Ten And The Dark Skies and found it a fun and positive story. I love that the story promotes racial, cultural, and gender diversity. A must-read for children everywhere! 
For more information on Princess Ten Ten, please visit their site at
Self Disclosure: I received a free sample of a book to facilitate this feature.’s Innovative New “Buy vs. Rent” Tool Helps Parents Spend Money Wisely on College Textbooks by Predicting Buyback Value “Buy vs. Rent” Tool Helps Students Make Educated Decisions Using a Proprietary Algorithm to Estimate the Value of the Book in 6 Months

Campusbooks_logo, a leading textbook price comparison website, announces their new “Buy vs. Rent” price prediction tool, an industry first, that helps students decide with confidence whether they should buy or rent based on current price and future estimated value. In a recent survey conducted by Campbell Rinker, eighty-five percent of students purchase textbooks online but nearly two in five students (39%) feel they get “poor” value selling their books at the end of a semester. This “Buy vs. Rent” tool is the first in the industry to provide students who are purchasing their textbooks online with detailed information that can predict whether they will get more value out of buying or renting.

“How to decide whether to buy or rent a textbook is the most frequently asked question we receive from students and parents around the country,” says Jeff Cohen, CEO of “This compelled us to work with our creative team to be the first in our industry to introduce a tool that will finally give students the confidence they have been searching for when it comes to shopping online for textbooks.”

The “Buy vs. Rent” tool is custom built into the website giving users the ability to make an educated decision on how they spend their money. Using a proprietary algorithm, the tool takes into account the depreciation of the book in order to estimate the value of the book in 6 months and estimates the buyback value.

“In an industry that does not see a lot of innovation and creativity, we now stand apart from other textbook price comparison websites by delivering students valuable information to assist their purchasing decisions,” says Cohen.’s “Buy vs. Rent” tool includes:

  • Side by side price comparison: This chart compares prices of buying and renting including the price of the book, buyback price, condition of book and rental cost for the same book side by side to help buyers decide to rent or purchase a textbook.
  • Historic buyback prices: Based on the book’s serial number, the buyback tool shows the price of the book day by day through a linear chart to further help determine if purchasing a book is worth the cost or if it will depreciate.
  • Purchasing Questionnaire: personalizes the book buying experience by asking questions to help buyers make smart decisions based on their individual needs for the textbook.
  • recommendation: Using past sale trends, compares prices for every book for the buyer and suggests the best option to ensure the quickest and most cost efficient purchase along with a confidence rating of the purchase.


For more information, please visit


Credit: No compensation was received and I have not reviewed.


ABOUT CAMPUS BOOKS carries over 8 million new and used college textbooks in one convenient location. The online resource searches thousands of sellers and compares prices on new and used books, rentals and e-books for students.  For more information, visit


Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates 50th Anniversary with New Attractions Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates an Extraordinary 50 Years of Movie-Making Magic with the 2015 Debut of New “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” Ride, First-Ever “Nighttime Studio Tour” and “Springfield,” Hometown of The Simpsons, as Destination’s Epic Transformation Continues

The spotlight shines brightly on Universal Studios Hollywood as the world-class destination celebrates a milestone 50th anniversary with the much-anticipated opening of the“Fast & Furious—Supercharged” thrill ride, “Springfield,” an-all new immersive experience surrounding “The Simpsons Ride,” and a “Nighttime Studio Tour” as part of the theme park’s pioneering epic transformation.

This monumental undertaking—the most ambitious in the theme park’s storied 50-year history—will radically alter and reimagine its familiar footprint as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. sets its sights on the next 50 years.

From its humble beginnings five decades ago, Universal Studios Hollywood has emerged as one of the most progressive and exciting theme park experiences anywhere, while remaining true to its roots of immersing guests in the awe-inspiring world of movie-making magic.

Since its inception, Universal Studios has lifted the veil on Hollywood’s most illustrious industry, placing guests at the heart of favorite movies and television shows. It continues to be at the forefront of innovation, imagination and inspiration, working in collaboration with some of the most influential filmmakers in the business and the greatest minds in entertainment—Steven Spielberg, Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Peter Jackson, Michael Bay and Chris Meledandri—to create intriguing rides and attractions.

“For 50 years, Universal Studios Hollywood has given guests unprecedented access to the world’s most alluring business by inviting them to peek behind the velvet curtain and become part of the exciting movie-making process,” said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood. “We are reimagining over 75 percent of our destination as we build upon our incredible success and expand our vision for the future, and we look forward to entertaining and inspiring guests for generations to come with what will ultimately be an entirely new theme park experience.”

The “Glamour Trams” of yesteryear that gave way to today’s world-famous Studio Tour is undergoing a top to bottom makeover to coincide with the 50th anniversary, and by 2016, will roll out a fleet of new, contemporary trams, including the installation of ultra-comfy cushioned seats.  A modern exterior and sleek logo design will contribute to the updated aesthetics of these iconic trams, while a new Art Deco-themed Studio Tour entry portal, located within the theme park, will greet guests.

Offered in multiple languages, including Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish and English and led by expert guides, the acclaimed Studio Tour remains a hallmark Universal Studios Hollywood attraction bringing millions of guests through an authentic movie and television studio and into its elusive world motivated by three compelling words:  lights, camera, action.

The action, however, is only getting started.

This summer, high-octane excitement will race onto the scene when Universal Studios Hollywood introduces “Fast & Furious—Supercharged,” a pulse-pounding, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride as the new grand finale to the world-famous Studio Tour.

This gripping, technologically-advanced ride, inspired by Universal Pictures’ most successful film franchise of all time and featuring the film’s original cast members, will propel guests into the high-stakes underground world of fast cars and daring escapades traveling at accelerated speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. Situated within a newly constructed 65,000 square foot building on the legendary backlot, the high speed, 3D-HD ride will reunite stars from the Fast & Furious series—Vin Diesel (Dominic “Dom” Toretto), Dwayne Johnson (Luke Hobbs), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz), Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce) and Luke Evans (Owen Shaw)—in a revolutionary mega-attraction, conceived as a new installment to the dynamic film series that can only be experienced at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

The layout of the park will become unrecognizable when “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite family, The Simpsons, breathes new life to the sprawling and vibrant space surrounding “The Simpsons Ride.”  “Springfield” is designed to capture the spirit of the animated town and engage visitors and fans of the show in the intensely absorbing and colorful world made famous throughout the series’ record-setting 26 seasons.

Guests visiting “Springfield” will have the pleasant sensation of being hurled through their television sets and into the accurately depicted town, complete with signature eateries such as Krusty Burger, Cletus’ Chicken Shack, Luigi’s Pizza and Phineas Q. Butterfat’s Ice Cream Parlor, along with Homer’s favorite hangouts, Lard Lad Donuts, Moe’s Tavern and Duff Brewery.

Universal’s slate of new 2015 attractions will entertain from sunup to sundown when the theme park broadens the scope of its popular Studio Tour with the introduction of a “Nighttime Studio Tour,” designed to enlighten guests on the art of moonlight movie-making.

Under a blanket of stars, over 20 locations along the famed Studio Tour route will showcase an array of luminous onset lighting and special effects used in nighttime production. Theatrical lighting will cast a glow on iconic backlot sets as Studio Tour guides shed light on Hollywood secrets and tricks of the world’s most glamorous trade, including how filmmakers create the effect of daylight amid the black of night.  Celebrated stars who found fame on Universal’s backlot will also make cameo appearances on the “Nighttime Studio Tour,” including Marilyn Monroe, Norman Bates and Frankenstein.  The “Nighttime Studio Tour” will run every weekend throughout the summer from July 4th through Labor Day.

The excitement that these new rides, attractions and themed immersive lands will bring to guests is only a prelude to the highly-anticipated arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” in 2016.

In the spirit of the popular social media trend, Throwback Thursdays (#TBT), Universal Studios Hollywood’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will pay tribute to its legacy with a collection of nostalgic photos. Join the conversation and share Universal Studios Hollywood memories using #UniStudios50th and @UniStudios.

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue.  World-class rides and attractions include the incredibly popular 3D Ultra-HD adventure, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and immersive “Super Silly Fun Land,” the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™:  The Ride-3D,” the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, “Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride” and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride.” As part of its milestone 50th anniversary celebration in 2015, Universal Studios Hollywood will debut a slate of dynamic new attractions, including the electrifying 3D-HD thrill ride, “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” as the grand finale to the famed Studio Tour, “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “Nighttime Studio Tour,” offering evening tours of the iconic movie backlot.

Credit: Universal Studios.

Ace Hardware 20% off sale this Saturday

Ace Hardware is offering customers this Saturday, February 21st.
This Saturday at participating Ace Hardware stores across the country, Ace will be offering 20% off almost anything that fits into an Ace bag in celebration of receiving the “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores” by J.D. Power and Associates for the 8th year in a row!
Take advantage of Ace’s award-winning service this weekend and save on nearly anything – paint, lighting, hand tools, lawn & garden, if it can fit in an Ace bag, it’s 20% off!
Credit: Ace Hardware. No compensation was received to post.

Books Come To Life Through Simon Kidgits Club’s Book Blast Event At Los Angeles Simon Malls Children and Parents can make Reading a Social Experience with Special In-Mall Activities


Simon® malls are welcoming families to experience the magic of reading at the mall. This month, theSimon Kidgits Club® at The Shops at Montebello and Del Amo Fashion Centeris hosting its annual Book Blast event and inviting parents and children to bring books to life through special read-aloud sessions, giveaways and story-inspired activities. The event will be taking place at Los Angeles Simon Malls on the following dates and locations:

  • The Shops at Montebello:  Saturday, February 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Center Court
  • Del Amo Fashion Center: Saturday, February 28, from 10 a.m. to noon on JoAnn’s Court


Simon is also teaming up with Better World Books to provide each Kidgits member who attends the event with a book and Kidgits seat cushion to take home, while supplies last.


Simon Kidgits Club’s Book Blast will provide families the chance to make reading a fun, social experience with various kid-focused offerings. Book Blast event activities will kick off with an exciting read-aloud session presented by surprise guests from the community.


“Simon’s Kidgits Club is giving children the chance to experience all that books have to offer in a social setting,” said Jayne Stilson, assistant vice president of business development for Simon Brand Ventures, the business-to-consumer division of Simon Property Group. “We’re combining education with fun and allowing kids to simply have a blast with reading alongside their peers.”


The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3-8. Since 2003, the Simon Kidgits Club has kept children and parents alike amused with various events and activities while providing incentives for club members, such as special offers, rewards and games.


Kidgits Club members receive a variety of goodies, including a Kidgits Club T-shirt, membership card, birthday card and gift, discounts and scheduled activities. For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club, visit


About Del Amo Fashion Center

Del Amo Fashion Center, a joint venture of institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management and Simon, is the South Bay’s retail destination for shopping, entertainment and dining. Del Amo Fashion Center boasts more than 200 stores, including Macy’s, H&M, Anthropologie, Barnes & Noble, Coach, and more. Visit the outdoor promenade and enjoy dinner at Stacked or PF Changs before a movie at our 18 screen AMC Theater. The indoor mall offers fashion for women, men and children plus jewelry, footwear and electronics. Del Amo Fashion Center serves the nearby communities of Palos Verdes, Lomita, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Redondo Beach and Gardena. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, or call 310-542-8525. Check out a 3D architect rendering animation at for a bird’s eye perspective on the future Del Amo Fashion Center once the transformational, property wide renovation is complete.

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About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit


About Better World Books

Better World Books ( is a for-profit social enterprise that collects and sells books online matching each purchase with a donation, book for book, and with each sale generating funds for literacy initiatives in the U.S. and around the world. One of their key programs which helps consumers contribute to supporting global literacy is through their Drop Box book collection program. By participating in the Drop Box program, both the host of each site and their non-profit literacy partner of choice will receive a portion of the sale of the collected books. Those books that can’t be sold are donated or recycled. Not one book will ever see a landfill.



Celebrate Chinese New Year at The Shops at Montebello


Celebrate Chinese New Year at The Shops at Montebello with red envelopes, a Chinese lion dance, and a chance to win a trip for two to the Chinese New Year Festival and Parade in San Francisco.


In honor of Chinese New Year, The Shops at Montebello will bring joy and good fortune to shoppers on Saturday, February 28, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Center Court, with a schedule of events meant to ring in the Year of the Sheep — said to be the most creative sign of the Chinese zodiac.


“The events offer an exciting way to share the beauty of Chinese culture with our community,” said Marida Petitjean, Director of Marketing and Business Development at The Shops at Montebello. “We’re excited to welcome local and international shoppers alike to help kick off the Year of the Sheep in style.”


The entertainment lineup includes a Chinese Lion Dance,  Chinese Kung-Fu demonstrations, a youth performance of Chinese dances, Young Kids Hip-Up, and a Tecno of Nezha Deity dance.


Following the Chinese tradition of giving red envelopes as New Year gifts, The Shops at Montebello will host a red envelope giveaway to guests on February 28 as well. Red is a symbol of energy, happiness and good luck in Chinese culture.


Shoppers who visit The Shops at Montebello can also enter to win a trip for two to see the Chinese New Year Festival and Parade in San Francisco on March 7, 2015 by stopping by Guest Services. The prize includes a $500 Southwest Airlines gift card, a $500 Hilton Hotel gift card and two tickets to the parade.


For more information, visit or call 323-722-8454.

About The Shops at Montebello

The Shops at Montebello is a modern indoor super regional shopping center featuring four department stores and more than 160 shops, eateries, and restaurants—remaining the leader for shopping in the San Gabriel Valley. The Shops at Montebello is home to Macy’s, jcpenney, Forever 21, Coach, G by Guess and more, with dining options such as BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery, Hikari Sushi, Marie Callender’s and Olive Garden. The Shops at Montebello serves communities in San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles including Montebello, Monterey Park, and Rosemead. With its modernized look and feel, The Shops at Montebello strives to provide the best shopping experience with its retailer and dining selections for the entire family.


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About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information,