Saturday, October 25, 2014

Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream: Review & Giveaway - US Ends 11/4



(For some reason, I thought I had posted this review a couple weeks ago...then I saw it in 'drafts'! Aaargh...better late than never!!)

Anavita is a company based right here in the USA - Tennessee to be exact - and they have just launched a product that could have you experiencing beautiful, smoother skin in just 2-4 weeks - with continuing noticeable improvement for the next 12 weeks! A reduction of fine lines & deep wrinkles without injections?! Who wouldn't like that?!

Anavita is a 3-in-1 product - inside each jar is a combination of a moisturizer day/night cream, and makeup base! 



You'll find three clinically proven ingredients in this wrinkle cream - Hyaluronic Acid (one of my favorite skin care ingredients!), 5% Argireline, and Matrixyl. Alone these ingredients are wonderful anti-aging agents...but combined, they're a powerhouse that helps rebuild skin cells, leaving you with toned, younger skin with continued use.

The cream itself is paraben free, with a subtle scent, and suitable for any skin type.  The directions state to use twice a day - morning and evening.  After washing your face, just massage a small amount on your face & neck.  



It's a rich and buttery cream and I liked the slight tingle & tightening I could feel taking effect when I applied it - however,  I have to say my face felt a little sweaty after using it - I don't know if it was an ingredient or my face couldn't breathe as well - but despite how light it felt going on, it just made my face feel a little too heavy for daytime use. Because of that, I only use it at night and do enjoy the tightening it provides. I also like how I got the tingling without the unpleasant redness I have experienced with some other products.



My rabbit & I also give Anavita major points for not testing on animals.



With a list price of $77.95, Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream is available on Amazon for just $29.95

They also are so confident this cream will work for you that they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and even go so far as to say "If other people don't comment on your improved appearance within thirty days, we'll give you your money back!"  I do love when companies have a risk-free guarantee. You just never know when you're going to try a product that's going to be your next 'must have' beauty secret!!

I've only been using it once a day for two weeks, so I am looking forward to seeing improvements in fine lines and will keep you updated.  

You can connect with Anavita socially on Twitter (#AnavitaWrinkleCream) and Facebook


The Giveaway!


Anavita would like to give a My Fab Fit Forties reader the opportunity to win a jar of their Anti-Wrinkle Cream for themselves! 

If you'd like to enter to win, just fill out the form below.  Only one entry per person/email/IP please!! Winner will be randomly drawn and contacted by email once winning entry has been verified. Winner then has 48 hours to respond or another winner will need to be drawn.

This giveaway is open to US only and will end on November 4, 2014 at 11:59pm.

Good luck!!

xoxo,
Gigi
Anavita Anti-Wrinkle Cream - US Disclaimer: I received the above product at no cost in order to facilitate this review. The above review is based on my own honest opinion of, and experience with, this product. Yours may differ. My Fab Fit Forties is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Enjoy Festive Halloween Treats Made with House Foods Tofu


Halloween is one time of the year when houses can easily get flooded with unhealthy sweets.  It really kicks off the "sweet season" - then comes Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah - and, with all the holiday parties during this time, it is very easy to indulge too much....before you know it...a cookie here, candy there, pie everywhere, can add up to some unwanted pounds.

If you're looking to take a break from store-bought sweets, but would still like to enjoy a festive treat this Halloween, think about incorporating House Foods Tofu into your recipes.  



Tofu is a soybean (the mature non-green version of Edamame - which I haven't met one person who doesn't love!) - ripened and pressed into a block which is then sold to you & me.  Tofu is one of a few plant-based protein that contains all the essential amino acids we need to stay healthy.

Tofu is super versatile - you can use it in any number of sweet, spicy, savory, or sour dishes - it's a great meat replacement, it's rich in calcium & iron, inexpensive, and is becoming more & more popular as we become more health conscious.

House Foods Tofu, in particular, is:

*Made from 100% US soybeans
*Non-GMO verified
*Gluten free certified
*Kosher certified
*Cholesterol free (virtually no unsaturated fats)

I love cooking with tofu - veggie tofu masala and tofu stir-fry are just a couple recipes I love making....however, I've yet to use tofu when baking or making any kind of sweets.

House Foods Tofu has a fantastic recipe for a festive sweet treat idea I wanted to share with you - Spooky Tofu Cake Pops!!



You'll want to start out making the "cake" first...


Tofu Pumpkin Spiced Bread:

INGREDIENTS:
½ pkg House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu Soft, drained 
½ can pumpkin 
½ cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
3 tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt
3 tsp pumpkin spice
Dash ginger

DIRECTIONS:
-In a blender, combine pumpkin and tofu. Puree until smooth and transfer to large bowl. 
-Add sugar, vegetable oil, water and vanilla to tofu mixture
-In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger and pumpkin spice. 
-Combine dry and wet ingredients. Mix thoroughly and pour into loaf pan.
-Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour at 350 degrees.


**Now you're ready to have fun with making the Pops!!

Spooky Tofu Cake Pops


INGREDIENTS:
For the Cake Pops:
12 oz Vanilla candy coating wafers
12oz Vanilla candy coating wafers in black
12 oz Vanilla candy coating wafers in orange
3 Squeeze bottles
24 Pop sticks
Parchment paper
Styrofoam sheet

DIRECTIONS:
Bake Tofu Pumpkin Spiced Bread, follow recipe above.

Remove bread from pan, cut off dry ends and discard. Let bread cool for about 2 hours and crumble in food processor.

Combine crumbs with your hands and form balls for pumpkins and mummies, bells for ghost and rectangles for tombstones. Make sure to place figures on a pan or sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or freeze for 15 minutes.

Melt about 3 oz. of candy coating of your choice in a deep, narrow and dry bowl; follow manufacturer’s instructions. Once melted, insert about ½ inch of the stick into the melted coating, remove and insert stick into cake figures. Complete one color at a time, so that candy will not harden too quickly. Chill pops until base has hardened. 

Once base has hardened, melt the rest of the candy coating in its corresponding bowl; once 
again do one color at a time. Take a pop and dip the cake into the coating, rotate pop as quickly as possible, with a small spoon cover any missing area. Once coating is even, insert pop into Styrofoam and let stand until coating hardens. Repeat for remaining pops.

When coating on pops has hardened, add melted candy coating into a squeeze bottle. With the squeeze bottle you can design jack-o-lanterns, ghost and tombstones or drizzle alternating colors. Use your imagination! 

Makes approximately 24 Cake Pops

Isn't that a cool recipe? Really perfect for this season - and a few tweaks in the coloring can make them Christmas Pops!! Perfect for your next Fall get together!!

You can connect with House Foods America on Facebook for product updates & recipes including their tofu, tofu shirataki noodles, wonton/eggroll wraps, and more!

Do you cook with tofu? Have you tried tofu? What are your feelings about tofu? <----I felt like a therapist who specializes in tofu issues just typing that!

xoxo,
Gigi


Friday, October 24, 2014

My #TULAForLife 30 Day Skincare Challenge + a Fab Giveaway For YOU!! US - Ends 11/2


This is a sponsored post on behalf of Sverve for TULA Skin Care. I received products & compensation for my participation; however, the product review is based on my own experience with, and opinion of, these products.

I was thrilled to take part in the #TULAForLife 30 Day Skincare Challenge. When the weather gets colder, not only do I worry about scraping the car windows or shoveling out, I worry about my hair, hands, and face - which always seems to show the signs of the cold & wind in the form of dryness. Lots of water, paired with hand cream, deep hair conditioning - can help...but my face is trickier - I need the perfect mix of products that will keep my skin hydrated, without leaving it greasy and susceptible to breakouts as a result. It also needs to soothe any redness & irritation the dryness has brought about.



TULA, which was founded by Dr. Roshini Rajapaksa ("Dr. Raj"), is the Sanskrit word for "balance". You may have seen her on the Today Show, the View, or Dr. Oz.  When you think of a line of skincare that's put out by a Doctor, you would probably assume they were a Dermatologist - so it might be surprising to find out that Dr. Raj is actually a Gastroenterologist & Internist! 


Her TULA line of products are based on the concept that "we need to take care of our insides to look good on the outside; and that feeling beautiful on the outside can improve how we feel on the inside." - I agree with that wholeheartedly. When we look good, we feel good.  When we feel good about ourselves - we project a glow, a beauty that you might not be able to put your finger on, but it's there!


TULA incorporates patented Probiotic Technology.  I know we've all heard of probiotics in foods (yogurt, miso, sauerkraut, kefir), but it's really been unheard of in skincare products.  That's what sets TULA apart from any other line out there.

Recent studies have shown that the topical use of probiotics can help stimulate your skin's protection mechanism - which cna help guard against acne & UV based damage, while improving moisture & the balance of good bacteria on the skin's surface. The use of topical probiotics also boosts skin's elasticity & revs up collagen production!

I was happy to receive a set of products from TULA to try out - and right off the bat, I am in love with the packaging.  The frosted blue glass jars are really beautiful.  I love that everything was well sealed, both outside & inside the jars & arrived carefully packed.



Here's a rundown of the TULA skincare line, available exclusively on QVC

Purifying Face Cleanser - This is a super gentle foaming cleanser. Just a little dab, no bigger than a dime, is all you need. Gently massage in, rinse with lukewarm water & pat dry. It leaves skin feeling feeling fresh without stripping it. ($25)

Illuminating Face Serum - This is unlike any serum I've used - I'm used to a very slick, clear liquid - and this serum is creamy white. The pump applicator dispensed just the right amount and it was easily soaked into my skin.  This really gives skin a nice glow & will change the way you think of a 'serum'! ($75)

Revitalizing Eye Cream - This is my absolute favorite! The glass jar gives it a little chill and I immediately see the fine lines under my eyes plump out.  It is quickly absorbed so I can put on any concealer if I'm heading out, but still remains moist throughout the day.  I would order this by the gallon if possible! ($49)

Hydrating Day and Night Cream - I use this after the serum - unless I am about to go out - then I just use the serum as I find this cream does take a little bit of time to fully absorb when paired with the serum. I love using it at night - you wake up with dewy, healthy feeling skin! I am hoping by using this cream, my skin can fight off the Winter dryness! ($49)

What you'll find in all of these products:  Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids, rice proteins, fruit extracts, and Vitamins A, C & E.  You'll also find blueberry, green tea, & yogurt extracts. 

Also worth noting is what you won't find in them:  mineral oil, phthalates, petroleum, PEG's, gluten, or parabens.

There is a scent to the products which kind of reminds me of baby lotion. So if you have a sensitivity to fragrance in beauty products, you should be aware of that.

...and here's an interesting sidenote:  I don't know what ingredient it is, but one of my birds just wants to rub his beak on my face when I have the TULA products on...maybe it's the fruit...or the yogurt....but he loves it. 

While I am only just 1/3 of the way through #TulaForLife Skincare Challenge, I am noticing a change.  My eye area is especially seeing the benefits, but my skin overall is very hydrated....and with the areas that I experience dryness with feeling moisturized - and the areas (forehead/nose "T-Zone") that usually are a little more oily, not looking or feeling greasier, you could say my skin is indeed balanced....and that's exactly what TULA means...and does!




You can follow TULA socially on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


THE GIVEAWAY!!

One lucky My Fab Fit Forties reader is going to win the exact same set of full-size products that I reviewed above!!! That's a $198 value! 



Just fill out the form below and you're in the running! The winner will be randomly drawn and contacted by email once winning entry has been verified. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email before another winner will need to be drawn.

Only one entry per person/email/IP please.  This giveaway is open to US only and will end at 11:59pm on November 2, 2014

Good luck!!

xoxo,
Gigi


TULA Skin Care Products $198 - US




Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Sverve for TULA Skin Care. I received products & compensation for my participation; however, the product review is based on my own experience with, and opinion of, these products. Yours may differ.  My Fab Fit Forties is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

15 Ways to Make the Most of Your Fall




The weather's getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors - Fall is here - and here are 15 things you can add to your Fall bucket list to make the most of the season!



1.) Find a park near you & go on a nature hike! 

2.) While you're there, collect some beautiful leaves and turn them into a cool craft -- I love these Fall Leaf Candle Holders 


3.) Go apple picking & make something fab with them - like these baked in the apple apple pies!!


4.) Look on the map...find 10 towns you've never been to within a 60 mile radius of your house. Write each town on a piece of paper and put in a hat....pluck one out....and take a day trip there! Eat at a new restaurant, pop in a new shop, explore a new town!  

5.) Go through your closet and donate your old clothes (this also makes room for............new clothes!!) - or have a Fall yard sale! Offer hot coffee & cocoa for your customers!

6.) Take an old sweater and make warm boot socks! A great way to recycle!

7.) Make some bird seed balls to help fatten up the outside birds for Winter


8.) Have a movie night - make some popcorn, turn off the lights, and watch a classic scary movie like "Psycho", "The Birds", "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane", or the original "Dracula" or "Frankenstein"

9.) Go to a Fall Fair or Parade

10.) Plant some Fall bulbs & get ready for pretty flowers in the Spring


11.) Make a big batch of soup! I like this hearty minestrone (I sub vegetable stock for the chicken stock)

12.) Make old boots look new again with just a few little  tweaks

13.) Don't let your fitness fall to the wayside this season - get some pals together and make a plan to go on daily walks or get together, pop in an exercise dvd, and get your fit on!!


14.) Pet rescues & shelters can always use towels & blankets - collect old ones from friends & family and drop off at your local shelter - you will make some four-legged buddies very happy (and warm!)

15.) Get a jump on putting a personal touch on holiday gifts and make your own gift wrap!

Anything sound good to you? What do you have planned for the Fall?

xoxo,
Gigi

Hoppin' Halloween Giveaway Hop: Win a Fall Indulgence Goody Box $34 US 10/31



Welcome to the Hoppin' Halloween Giveaway Hop
Hosted by MamaNYC!!

October 24 to October 31, 2014

In this hop, you'll find over 30 bloggers offering up some great prizes...and since it's an open theme, you'll never know what you might find - so make sure you go down the linky and hunt for lots of treats....no tricks!

MY GIVEAWAY



I have put together a little box of "Fall Indulgences" for you....something to enjoy on those crisp Fall days....

Included in this Fall Indulgence Goody Box:

*Large Jar Candle in Ginger Pumpkin
*2 large ceramic mugs
*Box of Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice HerbalTea
*Milano Cookies in Pumpkin Spice
*Decorative Tin Filled with Dark Chocolate Hershey Kisses

Arv. $34

If you're ready to enter, just fill out the form below and you're set.  Please remember only one entry per person/email/IP address.  Winner will be randomly drawn and contacted via email once winning entry has been verified. Winner then has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.

This giveaway is open to US only and ends at 11:59pm on October 31, 2014.



When you're finished entering my giveaway, make sure to go down the linky & enter to win more goodies in the #HoppinHalloween giveaway hop!!

Good luck!

xoxo,
Gigi



Disclaimer:  The hosts & participating bloggers in the Hoppin' Halloween hop are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations.  Please check each giveaway, as rules & eligibility may be different than my own.  My Fab Fit Forties is self-sponsoring her own giveaway and will be solely responsible for her own prize fulfillment.  This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook or any of the brands featured.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Luxury Hair Care with CHI from Beauty Care Choices + Giveaway $69 - US Only Ends 11/5


This would make a great holiday gift for the beauty queen/glamour gal on your gift list!  

Beauty Care Choices carries over 200 brands of hair care, skin care, cosmetics, and more.....and they also carry an extensive amount of CHI hair care products, including the CHI Farouk Royal Treatment line!


Even though I've seen CHI hair care products for years, I never knew what "CHI"  stood for - until now.  Cationic Hydration Interlink - who would have guessed that?  


The Royal Treatment line is infused with white truffle and pearl - truly making it a luxury fit for royalty!

The packaging alone is really beautiful...and I'm about to out my Grandma here - but it reminds me of something she would call "the ritzy stuff" that she had a closet full of and would put out when "important" guests would come over...you know, when my Grandfather would have a business client & his wife over for dinner...my Grandma would take out "the ritzy stuff" to put around the house......(so when the nosy wife would take a peek in the shower, she'd see high end products) -- I think with the vibrant red and the tops that are shaped like gold crowns - Grandma would definitely approve!

I was able to try the following products from the CHI Farouk Royal Treatment line: 



Super Volume Shampoo - this is great for those of us with fine, limp, and/or oily hair.  It smells great, doesn't weigh your hair down, and adds that always needed body! ($20)

Aqua Charge Conditioner - again, great scent and very creamy.  It leaves your hair moisturized and easy to comb through if your hair gets tangled.  It's also great for fly-away hair & static! ($20)


Rapid Shine - a great finishing spray that doesn't weigh down your hair - but it does leave it shiny, while sealing it off from UV rays, and taming those split ends! If you find yourself with a case of the frizz after drying your hair, this is something to look into! ($14)

Ultimate Control - when it comes to hair care products, I probably have purchased more hair spray that didn't work for my hair than did...this hair spray didn't leave me with helmet head, but was a very light hold.  It's also good to use as a styling spray if you're looking to scrunch your hair & shape it. It's also a good spray to use if you tease for a little root volume.  I wouldn't use it if I'm looking for a firm spray to keep my hair in place on a windy day - but for everyday use, to maintain a natural control, it's just right! ($15)



These products are all paraben free and offer UV protection.  The shampoo & conditioner are also sulfate free.

You can connect with Beauty Care Choices socially the following ways:

Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest

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Beauty Care Choices always offers free three-day shipping on orders of $49 or more and you can save an additional 10% off your entire order by using promo code: Gigi10 at checkout!!

WIN IT!!!


Beauty Care Choices would like to give one lucky My Fab Fit Forties reader the chance to win the same four products I reviewed above - valued at $69!! 

All you have to do is enter on the form below (and I'm using a "Gleam" form for the first time so please let me know if you stumble upon any glitches)

Only one entry per person/email/IP please.  Winner is randomly drawn and contacted via email once winning entry is verified.  Winner then has 48 hours to respond or another winner will need to be drawn.

This giveaway ends at 11:59pm on November 5, 2014 and is open to US only!

Good luck!

xoxo,
Gigi


CHI Hair Care Products US - $69
Disclaimer:  I received the above products at no cost in order to facilitate this review.  The above review is based on my own honest opinion of, and experience with this brand and these products.  Yours may differ. My Fab Fit Forties is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Horsing Around with Equestrian Inspired Fashion


Well since my husband is now officially a fan of horseback riding, I'm looking forward to spending a lot more time in and around a barn! This means I also had to go online and hunt for a new pair of riding breeches.  My favorite ones, from Ariat, have apparently gotten a little too baggy thanks to some weight loss - and my husband referred to me as "Tijuana Gangsta" all day.  Point taken! So I ordered a new pair and then promptly got lost online for hours looking at clothes & putting together outfits!




I love the Fall because it's the fashion season I enjoy the most....I am most comfortable in jeans, riding boots, and a great blazer...I like the casual, pulled together look...not too dress, not too casual....can go anywhere kind of look.

Here's a few looks I think are great for the Fall if, like me, you like an equestrian look!

Horsing Around


Fat Face sweater
$65 - fatface.com


ONLY red jacket
$51 - only.com


Uniqlo down vest
uniqlo.com




VILA blue jeans
$38 - vila.com


H&M blue jeans
$48 - hm.com


Jigsaw stretch jeans
$57 - jigsaw-online.com



Hunter rubber boots
$93 - gravitypope.com


Franco Sarto leather boots
lordandtaylor.com



Fiorelli brown purse
dorothyperkins.com


Star by Julien Macdonald green purse
$71 - debenhams.com


Urban Originals crossbody purse
$53 - styletread.com.au


Burberry handbag
overstock.com


Codello scarve
$68 - zalando.co.uk


Burberry sunglasses
therealreal.com




Charlie 1 Horse Straw Cowgirl Hat Restless Girl
rockytopleather.com





What look do you like best? Anything you'd like to add to your closet? Note to self:  Next purchase: Hunter Boots!

xoxo,

Gigi