Monday, December 28, 2009
Recently I have been thinking of trying something new to help me to lose weight. I read a recent article (well actually more than one) that said that drinking Tomato Juice helps to lose weight.
They specifically mention low sodium vegetable juice like V8 every day. Now I have been drinking V8 vegetable and fruit juice mixes but never just the plain vegetable juice so I decided to try it.
Low sodium V8 tomato juice tastes like tomato soup with not enough salt. I had to chug it down like medicine.
I guess I will have to mix the Strawberry Fusion V8 with the low sodium one to make the taste bearable.
Has anyone tried low sodium vegetable juice? Is is working?
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I love trying out new products, especially those specially created for women so I was happy to see that Always has come out with a new pantyliner, called the Thin Flexi-Style.
Now I know that you are wondering what in the world can be new about a pantyliner but just wait and see.
These new flexi-style liners are great because they are:
They come in one size but the middle part is thinner than most liners. It also has wings but they are VERY thin and are really just to help you adjust to different sizes. What I love about these liners is that they can be worn with anything from boy shorts to thongs and everything in between!!!!
Here is what the box looks like.
I got these at Walmart to try out and I immediately fell in love. I no longer have to buy a box for thongs and a box for other panties. This liner customizes to fit all my underwear by simply adjusting the wings.
Here is what the liner looks like straight out of the box.
I am totally sold on this and will be buying only these liners from now on. The only thing I do not like is that I have not seen them in the individually wrapped packages so that you can take them on the go. If they do not come in individual packs then I still have a few like the Carefree shown below that I can stick in my purse.
Here is the Always Flexi-style next to a Carefree with Wings for size comparison.
As you can see the Carefree liner is so much larger and thicker than the Always. Plus the wings on the Carefree are so bulky....I always cut them off before using because they are so hard to take off when they are stuck.
The Always are also shorter..but if you REALLY need that much coverage then I guess you should be wearing a pad.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Beauty is not JUST about clothing and makeup but also about everything else that is pleasing to the eye. Dance is the ultimate expression of beautiful physical movement and that is why I love the show So You Think You Can Dance.
This season I must say that I totally LOVE Russell. He is the crumper who is surprising everyone by being able to handle all the other styles.
My second favorite male dancer is Legacy....again a surprising chameleon who is adapting to every style that the show throws at him.
I am not too thrilled with the female dancers and do not see what the judges see in Ashleigh at all. I like Karen and I am beginning to like Channing even though I did not like her at first.
The two dancers sent home this week are Peter and Pauline and I must agree with the judges' decision. I was not impressed by either of those two dancers and America got it RIGHT!!!!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
I have been asked what I do to take care of my hair and what products I use to keep it healthy. First off all my hair is texturized so that I can rock the curly look or I can flat iron it to have the sleek and straight look.
I wash my hair TWICE a week and no more because washing your hair too frequently dries it out. I wash my hair with Herbal Essences shampoo and then use Neutrogena hair mask to deep condition it. I put the deep conditioner in and cover the hair with a plastic cap and then go off to do things around the house...like writing this post.
After about 20 minutes of deep conditioning I rinse that off and use the Herbal Essences conditioner as directed. Then I let my hair air dry.
It is not good to use too much heat on the hair and since I am going to flat iron it then that is already one heat source.
After the hair is dry I use a flat iron to straighten it out if I want to wear it straight. Then I apply a conditioning treatment to my scalp and wrap the hair and tie it up.
That is my process in a few simple steps.....and I will give more detail on each of the products that I use in upcoming posts.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I must say that the first episode of For The Love Of Ray J was very entertaining for me. I was glad that he sent that girl home because she was way too obvious in being a 'celebrity smasher' as they called it.
I liked Luscious for him. She reminds me a little bit of Mariah Carey with her little cute face. I think he needs to get rid of Exotica pronto....she seems a little bit scary crazy to me.
Other than that the girls seem like a fun bunch and I cannot wait to see what happens next.
I love on the promo that the show Danger is pregnant. WHAT?????
Sunday, November 1, 2009
I just finished watching the finales of My Antonio and A Real Chance At Love 2. Those are celebrity dating shows where the guys were dating a bunch of women, trying to find true love.
Now I followed A Real Chance At Love 2 a little more closely than My Antonio so I was a bit surprised at the choices the guys made there.
I see that they are coming up with a new season of For The Love Of Ray J. For those who do not know, Ray J is Brandy's little brother and he already had a season of the show. I thought he made the wrong choice at the end...and it is obvious now since he is already on a second season of the show.
The previews show that there is a BIG surprise for the girls in the house and I cannot wait to waste time watching this show. It plays on VH1 so gear up your cable if you like those types of shows.
I have been watching and do not take those shows seriously...I just think they are really funny and the people who go on them are very entertaining.
Do you watch those shows? Which one is your favorite?
Saturday, October 17, 2009
The item up for grabs this week is the *Maybelline Eye Shadow Quad*. in Enchanted Forest. Yes ladies this item is up for grabs again!!!! (drawing will be held on Friday 23rd, October 2009
I am running a promotion here to increase awareness of the blog. Every Friday (until items run out) I will be giving a beauty/skincare/haircare item away to readers.
To be considered for the promotion...all you have to do is follow one of two simple steps:
- Promote the giveaway on your blog by talking about and linking back here AND
- Subscribe to the feed (orange button up top)
When you have done this you will need to leave a comment on the giveaway post to let me know who is interested in the prize. I will then draw from the entries that week.
Please note that you must do both steps to be entered in the drawing.
You can do both of these tasks and earn yourself two entries every week if you wish. The winner for the week will be announced on the blog so you must come back to see if you are a winner.
There are a number of different prizes up for grabs so let your readers know.
Show your interest for a chance to win this item and come back next week for the next giveaway!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Over at MSN Health there is an article on How To Whiten Your Teeth At Home. I am not so sure about some of the paint on whiteners but I do know that the strips work.
I have used Crest Whitestrips and people are always commenting on how white and bright my teeth are.
Just make sure to use a desensitizing toothpaste like Sensodyne because the whitening process WILL make your teeth sensitive for a few days.
Even my dentist says my smile is very pretty!!!!!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Makeup can take a big bite out of our budgets even if we go with the lower cost options at times. If you have makeup on and forgot your makeup remover or just plain ran out there is no need to panic anymore.
Most of us have simple Petroleum Jelly on hand at all times and it comes in handy in a case like this. Simply apply some petroleum jelly to a clean cotton pad (or toilet paper in a pinch) and use it to take off your eye makeup.
The oil in the petroleum jelly dissolves the makeup and makes it just slide right off. The petroleum jelly is also very moisturizing so it will not dry out your skin after you take off your makeup!!!!!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I have been hearing a lot about the Neti Pot from various sources like Dr. Oz on Oprah and other talk shows. I have heard that it is a very effective way to help with certain diseases as it flushes out buildup from your sinuses.
Nasal irrigation is supposed to help
1. Reduce and eliminate sinus problems
2. Clear your head to promote a feeling of well being
3. Moisturize the sinuses properly and help fend off irritation.
It does this by flushing your sinuses and nasal passages with a saline solution which helps to break up and then wash away any buildup of mucus and allergens that you are not able to reach during your normal nose cleaning routine.
I got a Neti Pot and decided to try it to see how easy to use it would feel and also to see if I would feel any different.
I followed the instructions which were to
1. warm up the water for use
2. add the saline solution (provided in a sterile packet)
3. tilt head to the side and breathe through mouth
4. experience the cleaning
I must admit that I was a bit afraid as I thought I would be inhaling the water or something but that did not happen. When I first got the water flowing it did not come out immediately and I thought I was doing it wrong....what I did not realize is that I had to wait a few seconds for the water to go all the way through my sinuses and then start coming out of the other nostril.
I usually wake up with a stuffy nose every day and I clean my nose with Q-tips every morning. I cleaned my nose that night and used the Neti Pot and woke up the next day and was not stuffy at all. The following night I went to bed after using the Neti Pot but without using the Q-tips and woke up without the stuffy nose.
The third night I used only the Q-tips and not the Neti Pot and ...I was stuffy again. I am going to do a few more trials but I think I will stick to using my Neti Pot for now.
Have you tried nasal irriation either with a Neti Pot or some other device?
Monday, September 7, 2009
It is time for another beauty tip of the day and this one has to deal with hair. It is still hot and dry enough that your hair might be dull and looking a bit lifeless.
I am sure that you want to have beautiful, shiny hair but you think that you need a lot of expensive products to get it.
You can now get your dull hair to look bright and shiny with two simple ingredients that come straight from your pantry. All you need isL
1. Half cup of lemon juice
2. Half cup of olive oil
Mix the two ingredients until they are well blended and then apply to your hair. Cover your hair with a warm towel or a plastic cap and go about your normal business for about ten minutes. When the time is up, just rinse your hair out (do not shampoo) and condition it and you are free to dry and style as you please.
The secret to this combination is that the olive oil moisturizes and restores shine and the lemon will clean your hair and make it smell great so there is no greasy feeling when you rinse the oil out.
Friday, September 4, 2009
The winner of the L'Oreal from this week's giveaway is Kat C.
Kat was the only person who commented on time and is the winner by default. Please email your mailing address to AuroraLava AT gmail DOT com and I will get that sent out to you.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
It has been a LONG time since the last giveaway so here is something for you beauty addicts out there.
I am giving away a L'Oreal Revitalift and all you have to do to enter this contest is one of two things:
1. Promote this post via twitter OR mention it on your blog OR Stumble it
2. Leave three meaningful comments (one on this post and two on other posts)
When you have done one of those things leave a comment here so I can know what you did and add your name to the voting pool.
The winner will be drawn on Friday September 4th so enter as many times as you like.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
However you need to find what works for you!!!!
The Dough Roller presents Balance Transfer Smackdown: 0% for 6 Months vs. 3.99% for 12 Months posted at The Dough Roller, saying, "Your take: What is the best offer--0% balance transfer for 6 months or 3.99% for 12?"
Patrick @ Cash Money Life presents Unexpected Ways Having a Baby Changed Our Budget posted at Cash Money Life, saying, "Having a baby changes your budget in many ways - some of which are unexpected and difficult to plan for."
Patrick @ Military Money presents Cash for Clunkers Information posted at Military Finance Network, saying, "The Cash for Clunkers program offers a $3,500 or $4,500 rebate on eligible trade-ins, which can save consumers several thousand dollars on a new vehicle."
Silicon Valley Blogger presents myFICO To Drop Experian Credit Score and Report: One Less FICO Score posted at The Digerati Life, saying, "Experian is now serving up proprietary scores rather than FICO scores. Here are some of my thoughts on this."
Banker Saver presents Sneaky Bank Fees: How To Avoid Those Extra Charges posted at Banker Saver, saying, "Thanks you for hosting."
Matt Jabs presents The Whole Armor of Personal Finance posted at Debt Free Adventure!, saying, "Ephesians 6:10-18 outlines a powerful and encouraging passage of scripture that deals with The Whole Armor of God. In it Paul reminds the reader that the Christian battle is not one of flesh and blood, but of principalities, powers, the rulers of this world, and wickedness in high places. I CANNOT help but read this and liken it to our battle against debt, advertising, wantonness, and the war to gain control over our personal finances."
Ray @ Financial Highway presents Discount Brokers: 5 Tips to Choose the Best Discount Broker posted at Financial Highway, saying, "Tips on how to find the best discount broker"
Jae Jun presents 2009 Top 40 Best Stocks to Retire On: Part 4 | Old School Valueposted at Old School Value, saying, "Analyzed all 40 of Fortune's Best Stocks to Retire on list of 2009. View the results now."
Anthony Samuel presents Chase Home Finance and the Hair of the Dog that Bit Themposted at Personal Finance Analyst.
kathryn presents Easy Ways to Slash Bank Fees posted at Out of Debt Christian, saying, "Bank fees continue to go higher and higher, which means that avoiding them is more important than ever! With fees deducted directly from your account, it can be tough to notice that may have been charged hundreds of dollars per year just for the privilege of using your own money! Fortunately, you can cut these fees to nearly zero by taking just a few easy steps:"
I love this easy to use product that comes off easily.Luke Marriott presents Saving to Travel Around The World posted at The Travellers Journey, saying, "My tis on saving to travel the world, its just about not spending really. Many thanks, Luke."
johnny lokin presents How Retail Security Systems Can Protect Your Business posted at Retail Security Systems.
Sam presents New !! Prenup !! Should I Sign a Prenuptial Agreement? Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement? posted at Surfer Sam and Friends, saying, "Thanks for including my article. Here's an excerpt... Should I Sign a Prenuptial Agreement When Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement Sometime before the wedding, your loved one may bring up the issue of a prenuptial agreement. Don't panic. You've heard about prenuptial agreements. Donald and Ivana Trump had one. Liz Taylor and construction worker Larry Fortensky had one. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have one. Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman have one. A prenuptial agreement, also called a prenup, is a way to protect your interests if it becomes time to untie the knot. "I think prenups are brilliant. I get taken care of very well." Catherine Zeta-Jones, who married Michael Douglas with a prenup But prenups are not just for celebrities. If the two of you are young and are starting out with just the shirts on your backs, you probably don't need a prenuptial agreement. But if you have property, investments, a partnership interest or a business of your own, a prenuptial agreement is valuable. It is important to talk this out ahead of time so you are both comfortable with the arrangements."
Handy Saputra presents Mortgage Brokers - Finding The Right One posted at Home Loan | Mortgage Resources, saying, "A good mortgage consultant is something each wannabe home-owner or experienced property financier wants to have on their side. There's no lack of brokers out there and they come in all sizes and shapes with diverse personalities."
oneadvice presents Assets in Bankruptcy posted at One Advice, saying, "Declaring bankruptcy means that you will no longer have control over your assets. Know your rights before declaring bankruptcy..."
Allison Johanson presents Why Everything You’ve Heard About Leveraged ETFs Is Wrong posted at ETFdb.
Jack Schmidt presents The Meaning of Wealth posted at SectorMatic Money Journal, saying, "SectorMatic Money Site - Personal Finance | Everything for the Big Spender on a Budget! Now you can live like a fat cat, even if you're on a momey diet. Laugh all the way to the bank with Jack Schmidt and SectorMatic Money Site. It's for you!"
Alvina Lopez presents 100 Best Personal Finance Blogs for Recent College Grads – Online Degree Programs.org: Top Online Degrees posted at Online Degree Programs.org.
Mike smmrs johnson presents Trading System Intro posted at System Trading | Stocks Trading Systems, saying, "A good trading system is about much more than just selecting stocks. Certainly that is important as well. However, a good trading system will provide the ability for you to protect against losses, manage your money, add proper leverage when necessary, and also select a stock selection maximizing your reward and minimizing your risk."
presents List of Auto Insurance Companies posted at Home Life Weekly, saying, "Save money with this great list of Auto insurance companies to help find the best quotes together with customer satisfaction scores. Makes some interesting reading!!"
MoneyNing presents 401k, Traditional IRA and Roth IRA Savings Not The Same posted at Money Ning, saying, "When you plan for retirement, do you really look into the tax situation and how it will affect your account balances?"
Tyler Tervooren presents Can You Benefit From Energy Efficiency Rebates? posted atFrugally Green, saying, "Being frugal means being able to look past the initial cost of something to see its long term value. Luckily, our government seems to understand this and is willing to help you with the purchase price of high efficiency appliances and renewable energy systems."
KCLau presents I achieved financial freedom at 38 posted at KCLau's Money Tips, saying, "This post is contributed by WaiYin, a reader whom I admire very much because she achieved financial freedom at age 38! Here, she shares how she did it."
The Frugal New Yorker presents 5 ways to survive during unemployment posted atThe Frugal New Yorker, saying, "How to cover your butt and stay alive after you've lost your job. Part of the "How I Got My (Dream) Job" series."
Handy Saputra presents How To Save More With A Simple Loan Calculator posted atHome Loan | Mortgage Resources, saying, "The more you understand about any subject, the more interesting it becomes. As you read this article you'll find that the subject of simple loan calculator resources is certainly no exception."
RateNerd presents How to Buy a Home That's Owned by the Bank posted at Rate Nerd, saying, "Due to high foreclosure rates, banks have tons of inventory they want to get off their books. They wont give it away for nothing, and you need to make sure the property has not been stripped to the bone, but bank foreclosed homes for sale are a great deal."
Always wear a lotion with SPF to protect your skin.
Vahid Chaychi presents Money Management Is the Critical Part of Forex Tradingposted at Forex Signals | Forex Market Analysis | Online Currency Trading Education, saying, "Money management is the most important part of forex trading. Without following the money management rules, forex trading will be nothing but loss."
DoneToZen presents Fees in Traditional IRA posted at Done To Zen, saying, "The funds I hold in my traditional IRA account are front-loaded. For those of you who are happily unaware of what that means (because, hopefully, you don’t have money in such funds), you have to pay money to buy or sell loaded funds; when it’s the former, they are said to have a front-end load and when it’s the latter, it has back-end load. These fees are in addition to operating expenses that you pay every year."
My Journey presents Another Reason to Check your Credit Report – New York Default Judgment Getting Thrown Out posted at My Journey to Millions, saying, "20 somethingers Need to remeber when checking your credit report, also look for judgments!"
Darwin presents How do Stock Options Work? Trade Calls and Puts – Part 1 posted atDarwin's Finance, saying, "Everything you need to know about how stock options work - from generating income to pure speculation, with examples and resources included."
That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of twenty something finances using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.
Monday, August 3, 2009
As many of you know I have been battling with my dark armpits for a few years now. These have been the most popular posts on the blog and I am going to highlight that series with its own little section on the left side of the blog.
If you look over to the left you will see a section called Get Rid Of Dark Armpits. This will have all the posts about my armpits and the misery they put me through.
You can read all the comments to see what advice my readers have given and the results we have had with various products designed to lighten underarms.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I was in Walmart and stumbled on the CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain and I must say that I have fallen in love. The lipstain combines the best of two worlds and then makes it EVEN better.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
- Step 1: Get some baby oil and apply to the edges of the bandage.
- Step 2: Allow the oil to sit for about one minute
- Step 3: Slowly peel off the bandage starting from the edges.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I just wanted to thank you all for participating in the mascara giveaway this week. I have randomly chosen the winner from the 6 different people who commented.
The winner is .....
drum roll please........
Please send your mailing address to me at AuroralavaATgmailDOTcom so I can send out your mascara.
Also, I would really love it if you would post on your blog after you get it and let us know how it works for you.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
If you have an underarm area that is dark then you are not alone. Many women suffer from this condition yet they each think that they are th...
Hello Divas! I am now a few months into the waxing underarm hair in an effort to lighten my dark armpits. I have been waxing every time th...
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