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Neutrogena MoistureShine Lipstick

Lipstick used to make a symbolic kiss.
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Have any of you been able to try the new Neutrogena MoistureShine lipstick that’s out?

“So lush. So creamy. And clinically proven to keep lips moist for 8 hours. An exclusive conditioning blend replenishes lips’ moisture reserves. In a range of 20 shades.”

I don’t wear lipstick very often because I find that it oftentimes dries out my lips and that just makes them look ugly when I am wearing lipstick, so I am curious about whether the Neutrogena stuff works like they claim.

Anyone have any experience or do I have to just buy a tube and experiment myself!?!?

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Spring Clothes

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If you’re anything like me, you’re keeping your wallet close to you and your pennies pinched. The latest issue of Cosmopolitan magazine has found women like you and I seven “ridiculously” good deals and I have to share them. It’d be mean not to!

1. Forever21.com – patent bag – $26.80 (I think the only bag I’ve ever paid that much for was the bag I use daily, a wardrobe staple. Not something red and patent leather!)

2. VSPink.com – printed sundresses – $54.50 (My favorite dress I paid about that much for at the Gap. I’ve worn it at least fifty times and it’s classic and gorgeous and worth it. This dress might be a little to “stylish” for wearing it fifty times, but if you’ve got a penchant for florals, go for it!)

3. OldNavy.com – floral shirts – $24.50 (I love the bright colors … but they really really really remind me of my Grams and some of her old shirts. I don’t know that I could do it.)

4. kiraplastinina.com – hot pink skirt – $39 (Yeah, um, no thanks. I’m so not cool enough for a hot skirt! Also, even with a year of Russian under my belt I couldn’t find this skirt on their website.)

5. walmart.comcolorful jeans from L.e.i. – $20 (No. Please don’t. Please? Pretty please? I’m sharing these things because people like them, obviously, but SERIOUSLY? No one should be wearing yellow denim.)

6. kmart.com – striped blouses – $16.99 (I LOVE this shirt. I want to go to KMart and find this shirt today – it’s that cute, and THAT cheap!)

7. payless.com – gladiator sandals – $38 (1. Gladiator sandals? Really? 2) $38 at Payless? Not quite my idea of cheap.)

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How to read people

Paper Kite
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According to Joe Navarro, former FBI special agent (I want that job) and author of What Every Body Is Saying, you can learn to read people pretty well with just three little tips.

*If a person smokes or bites her nails excessively, she is soothing herself because she’s stressed.
*If someone preens (wears his hair perfectly styled or has beautifully manicured nails) it’s usually a healthy sign of confidence and self-respect. (I have trouble with this one because my hands/nails normally look like hell (dealing with paper all day) and I am a pretty confident and self-respecting woman.)
*Wearing a locket with a photograph or even a bracelet with someone’s names or initials on it shows that the wearer values relationships, traditions and family. (Or they’re a creepy stalker.)

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Sulu Beauty – Paint & Peel nail polishes

Sula Beauty - Paint & Peel in RubyJust because your nail polish is environmentally friendly doesn’t mean that it has to be boring!

Sula Beauty has an amazing line of nail polish that has eliminated the need for chemical-based removers; their nail polishes are meant to last a few days before you can peel it off!

With both a Sula collection and a Trend collection, these bottles of eco-friendly nail polish are gorgeous and you can find a hue to go with any outfit you’re putting together.

Sula is about highly wearable products designed to compliment you, not define you. Your look and mood changes throughout the day so your products should too: Two different nail colours in one day? With Sula Paint and Peel, Yes! And Yes!

Susanne Lang, founder of Sula Beauty has it right when she says “break rules, set trends and always play pretty.”

Find a store near you that carries Sula Beauty products!

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Running Gear

Boardwalk Runner
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I’m not allowed to start running until April 28th. That will be six weeks post-surgery, and I am already counting down because sitting on my bum (at least until the 14th) is killing me. I’ve resorted to looking lustfully at new running gear even though on the 28th, I’ll be putting on my favorite pair of Saucony‘s (Grid Fusion 2 – although I will need a new pair soon and may spring for a the ProGrid Hurricane 10) and busting out the hot shorts to take off on a GENTLE run. Yes Dr. Surgeon, I will run gently at first. Promise.

Until then I lust.
*lucy’s impact knee pants
*Nike‘s Dri-FIT Cold/Wind Women’s Running Vest
*Nike’s Dri-FIT Soft Hand Long-Sleeve Women’s Running Baselayer
*UnderArmour‘s Achieve “Mid” Short (mine are falling apart because I wear them under all my workout shorts!)

What kind of workout gear are you lusting after?

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YPFW :: Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

With a name like the Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, you’d think that this would look a little more fish-like, but it’s not, and it’s a relatively simple position to get yourself into, after you do it a couple of times!

Ardha Matsyendrasana, also known as the Half Lord of the Fishes Pose
(ARE-dah MOT-see-en-DRAHS-anna)
ardha = half
Matsyendra = king of the fish (matsya = fish
indra = ruler), a legendary teacher of yoga

To do the Half Lord of the Fishes Pose: Begin in the the Staff Pose (Dandasana),

From Staff Pose – Dandasana, bring sole of right foot to floor on the outside of left thigh. Bend left knee, and tuck left foot in near right buttock. Inhale and bring left arm up near left ear.

Exhale and twist right arm, bringing left elbow to outside of right knee and right palm to the floor, just behind sit bones. Look out over right shoulder, but don’t overturn neck – twist originates in belly, not neck. On each inhale, draw spine long, and on each exhale, twist a little deeper.

Be sure to keep sole of right foot flat on floor. When you release pose, take a slight counter twist to opposite direction. Release legs and switch position as you prepare to twist to other side.

Beginners: may want to sit on some padding if uncomfortable. If you cannot bend the left leg into the ideal position, keep it extended.

Advanced: Come into a bind with arms. Thread left arm back underneath right knee. Reach right arm behind back, and clasp right wrist with left hand.

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Getting into smacking sports

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It’s weeks like these that make me wish I could connect a bat to a baseball. I have had one of them most stressful weeks of my life, and really, all I want to do is beat something. I want to scream, punch the wall, beat pillows and pound on my steering wheel, but I don’t. It’s times like these I wish I had more training in a batting cage – somewhere I could connect a big huge hard stick with a little unsuspecting ball to beat it into no where.

I am looking forward to what April is going to bring for me and for Women’s Health, but for the next couple of days, I am going to lay low and do some deep breathing. Lots and lots of deep breathing. And maybe I’ll take up baseball. Or knife throwing. Or just random sitting on the floor of the bathtub and sobbing. I can handle any and all of the above (but in my opinion, the baseball thing (or even the knife throwing thing) sounds like a bit of fun).

Maybe it’s time for another lesson on the driving range.

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5 random things I’d like to try

Fuze (beverage)
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1. MorningStar Farms original sausage patties – I love the MorningStar Farms corn dogs and can’t imagine why I wouldn’t like the sausage, too.

2. Kotex Ultra Thin with Wings pads – yes, you read that right, I want to try out this pad. I have always (like since I was 16) been an Always Ultra Thin Regular with wings girl but they don’t have the “cut-a-way” that the Kotex pad is advertising. It’s been something that has annoyed me for almost ten years. Maybe it’s time to switch things up? (If you’re not ready to switch things up, you can at least get a free sample of the Always Infinity pads here.)

3. A pair of cute earth shoes. A friend of the family has a few pair that she loves, but I hadn’t found a pair that I thought were age-appropriate until I visited their website and began searching. I would wear a pair of the Dharma shoes in bordeaux glossy leather, or a pair of the Solar shoes in black glossy leather. I can’t believe it took me so long to actually go to the site and pick out the shoes I would wear!

4. Something from the new Vickery & Clarke line. CVS has this line of natural beauty products that I have been dying to try. The Detox Face Mask, the Mega Rich Eye Cream and the Hand Creme with Shea Butter are all on my list. Too bad there are no CVS Pharmacies in my area!

5. Fuze – in some of the slenderize flavors. Tangerine Grapefruit and Pomegrantae Acai Berry sound like such intriguing flavors! Maybe I’ll splurge the next time I’m at the grocery store! “7 great flavors, 10 calories, 2 grams of carbs, 4 key ingredients and 1 resolution!”

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YPFW :: Boat pose

Instead of just doing a text post for the Boat Pose, today I’d like to share a couple of videos with you instead. I can’t figure out how to imbed a video into this version of WordPress, (Hey CQ – maybe this is something we can work on for the next update?)

Here is what a picture of the boat pose looks like, but I encourage you to watch the videos to really get a sense of what the Boat Pose entails!

Navasana Yoga Posture – Boat Pose
Seated Yoga Poses – Yoga Boat Pose
Yoga Poses for Fibromyalgia – Yoga Boat Pose for Fibromyalgia Patients

If you want to read step by step guides on how to do the Boat Yoga Pose, check out the instructions here at Yoga.About.com page!

This pose is going to take me a long while to get back into, since my abdominal muscles were sliced into. I’m looking forward to strengthening them in the near future though!


YPFW :: Tree pose

The Tree Pose is also known as Vrksasana (vrik-SHAHS-anna), vrksa meaning tree.

The Tree Pose helps strengthen your thighs, calves, ankles and back. It can also increase the flexibility of hips and groin area. With consistent practice, both your balance and your concentration can be improved. This pose is recommended for women with sciatica and flat feet.

To do the Tree Pose, begin in Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Shift weight slightly onto left foot, keeping inner foot firm to floor, bend right knee. Reach down with right hand and clasp right ankle.

Draw right foot up and place sole against inner left thigh; if possible, press right heel into inner left groin, toes pointing toward floor. Center of pelvis should be directly over left foot. Rest hands on top rim of pelvis. Make sure pelvis is in neutral position, with the top rim parallel to floor.

Lengthen tailbone toward floor. Firmly press right foot sole against inner thigh and resist with outer left leg. Press hands together in Anjali Mudra (AHN-jah-lee MOO-dra). Gaze softly at a fixed point in front on the floor about 4 or 5 feet away. Stay for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Step back to Tadasana (Mountain Pose) with an exhalation and repeat for same length of time with legs reversed.

This is one of my favorite yoga poses ever. It really works my brain because I have to keep myself balanced both physically and mentally!

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