Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Prospect Tea Co.- 40 Ct. Single Serve Variety Pack - Review + Giveaway - US - Ends 8/14



There's no denying the health benefits of tea - from green tea, which can help boost your immunity, promote weight loss, and may even slow down the aging process...to black tea, which can help your skin & hair, boost metabolism, give you energy, and acts as a digestive aid -- enjoying a cup or two of tea can really do wonders!

The folks at Prospect Tea have put together a variety pack of tea, for use in single serve coffee makers, that pretty much covers all the bases...green tea, flavored tea, black tea, chai, and more!

 
Each variety pack contains 40 individual cups (Keurig compatible) including:

*Green Power (caffeinated)
*White Bengal (a caffeinated Darjeeling)

*Prospect Park Decaf (a decaf green)
*Lemon Taxi (decaf herbal)
*Peppermint Heights (decaf herbal)
*Duke Earl Grey (caffeinated)
*Brooklyn Breakfast (caffeinated black)
*Chamomile Chill (decaf herbal)
*Himalayan Spring (caffeinated peach herbal)
*Vanilla Chai (caffeinated)
*Golden Dragon (caffeinate Yunnan Gold)
*Graffiti Burst (decaf pomegranate white)

I love the variety - it's perfect to have on hand for guests - and I really love that they include both caffeinated and decaf blends.  A lot of variety packs I've seen are either all one or the other, so it's nice to be able to enjoy some caffeine in the morning and then relax with a cup of decaf at night.


The box it comes in has a punch out flap on the side so you can easily dispense the teas right from the box on your counter - or just pop them right into your tea organizer!

I haven't tried all of the flavors yet, but so far I really love the Lemon Taxi - as soon as it starts brewing, the air is filled with lemon...but it's a very smooth taste, not tart at all.  I also love the Himalayan Spring and Peppermint Heights.


My husband likes the Green Power and Vanilla Chai the best.

Every tea I've tried so far has been very flavorful - and it's worth noting that every ingredient in their 12 blends are hand selected and custom crafted to bring us the best aroma & long lasting flavor. You'll also find special blends not found in other single cups - like Darjeeling, Oolong, White Tea, and more! 

The price point for this variety box of quality tea is excellent at just $22.92 for the box of 40 cups - available right on Amazon! That's just $.57 a cup!

Prospect Tea's website is neat because you get to learn some really interesting facts and history about each tea.  They're also on Facebook and Twitter, although it doesn't seem like they're very active on it yet.

Now that you all are craving a nice cup of tea, let's have a giveaway! One lucky My Fab Fit Forties reader is going to receive a variety pack box - just like the one I reviewed!!


All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter form below! Only one entry per person/email/IP please! Winner is randomly drawn and will have 48 hours to respond to the 'you won!' email I send - or another winner will need to be drawn.

This giveaway is open to US only and will end at 11:59pm on August 14, 2014

Good luck!!

xoxo
Gigi
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Disclaimer:  I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. The above review is based on my own experience with, and opinion of, this product. Yours may differ.  My Fab Fit Forties is not responsible for prize fulfillment.
 

 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Review: Beauty Infusion Collagen Drink Mix by Neocell



It's no secret I love my collagen, so when I had the chance to try Beauty Infusion by Neocell (who also makes my absolute favorite Beauty Bursts Gourmet Collagen Chews), I jumped at the opportunity!

Beauty Infusion is a powdered drink mix infused with important nutrients which work together to give you healthy, hydrated, firmer skin (remember collagen is what dwindles in our body as we age, leading to a loss of elasticity), as well as stronger hair and nails! Bye bye brittle!

Just one scoop packs a big punch, containing:

*5000mg of Neocell Collagen - Type 1 & 3 (for firm smooth skin, strong nails & hair)
*50mg of Hyaluronic Acid (for skin hydration & renewal)
*3000mcg of Biotin (for support of strong hair & nail growth)
*Alpha Lipoic Acid & Vitamin C (for protection from free radical damage & enhancement of collagen formation)

What you won't find: soy, gluten, or artificial flavoring.



I'm always a little hesitant when I try a powdered supplement because, let's face it, not all of them taste pleasant.  So in all honesty, I was prepared for the worst when I made my first glass of Tangerine Twist Beauty Infusion. I was pleasantly surprised when I took my first sip and it tasted just like any powdered orange drink would. There was no weird supplement taste (or aftertaste) and no gritty bits.  When a supplement isn't easy to get down, chances are slim that you'll continue with it....and then your money goes down the drain, as well as any health benefits you could be getting from it!

All you have to do is add one scoop to a glass of water, stir well, and enjoy.  The label doesn't say how much water, so I'll assume at least 8oz.  I've done it with more water as well, and it tastes fine.  I like adding ice to mine too just because I prefer cold drinks vs. room temp.  --- and drink on an empty stomach for best absorption!

I also liked that the label has a place where you can scan with your smartphone for a recipe using the powder. Mine was for a Tangerine Rosemary Sparkler! Also, if you go and visit their website, make sure to check out their blog where you'll find lots of great articles on health, beauty, fitness, recipes, and more!!

Beauty Infusion is available in three flavors: Tangerine Twist, Appletini, and Cranberry Splash.  Each 15.87oz canister contains 30 servings and retails for $29.99.  You can find Neocell products at the Vitamin Shoppe, GNC, Whole Foods, Vitamin World,  Amazon, and more - find a retailer near you!!

You can connect with Neocell socially by following them on:
Instagram
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube

In my opinion, Neocell has knocked it out of the park again. For a tasty way to get in your collagen and start enjoying more youthful looking skin and stronger hair & nails, try Neocell's Beauty Infusion! It's like working on your beauty from the inside out!!

xoxo,
Gigi




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 and brand. Yours may differ.







Fashion: Colorblocked Neutrals + Win an Apt 9 Crossbody Bag $39 - US - Ends 8/12

There's no denying a bright colorful handbag or pair of shoes can really make a statement, but you can make an equally fashionable statement simply by mixing some very basic neutral colors.....tan, white, and black.  Alone they may just be ho-hum, but together you've got a subtle yet stunning combo - think classic...with a twist!

I've put together some of my favorite handbag & shoe pairings that I think really showcase this look...

Colorblocked Neutrals



Now how about a giveaway?! See that cute crossbody bag in the top right corner? One of you is going to win it!!!

The Sarah bag, by Apt 9, is a leather-look crossbody style bag - which makes it a perfect hands-free accessory. It measures 8" high & 10.5" wide. Comes with an adjustable strap, top zipper, and inside pockets.  Goldtone hardware. It retails for $39.



Ready to enter? (You know the drill!!) Just fill out the rafflecopter form below! Only one entry per person/email/IP please! Winner will be randomly drawn and contacted by email. Winner then has 48 hours to respond before another winner will need to be drawn. 

This giveaway is open to US only and will end on August 12, 2014 at 11:59pm.

Good luck!

xoxo,
Gigi

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Disclaimer: This giveaway is not affiliated with any social media network, Kohl's, or Apt 9. This is a self-sponsored giveaway and My Fab Fit Forties is solely responsible for prize fulfillment!

Friday, July 25, 2014

7 Ways to Say "Namaste" - What Yoga Style Is For You?

With so many different types of yoga out there, it can be hard to know which one is right for you and your own fitness & wellness goals.  This handy infographic can help explain the difference in seven of the more popular forms of yoga and might just help you find the perfect fit!!
 
 
I take Vinyasa and Hatha and love it - but how fun does Aerial Yoga sound?! I might have to put that on my fitness bucket list!!
 
Have you tried yoga? What's your favorite type - or what kind do you think would be best for you?
 
xoxo,
Gigi

Benefits of Vanilla + Candie's Body Mist & Lotion Giveaway! US - Ends 8/8


I think vanilla is one of those scents that is pretty much universally loved. It's warm, sweet, comforting.......and the scent itself holds a host of aromatherapy benefits!

Vanilla has been known to lessen anxiety & claustrophobia - in fact, some medical centers have vanilla in their exam and MRI rooms to help calm and relax patients! It's also the perfect scent to have around you if you're having a bad day, as it is a natural mood elevator!

If you're looking to put a spark into your love life, research has shown that vanilla was listed as the number one scent men like on women....which makes total sense as it has been used as a natural aphrodisiac for centuries!

Candie's, best known for their fabulous shoes, has a line of "Candy Coated" fragrances, found exclusively at Kohl's, that include eau de toilette ($25), body wash, body lotion, and body mist ($12 ea.), available in five delicious scents - including "Vanilla Bon Bon", which is an infusion of warm vanilla + buttercream!! <----and now I'm hungry!

Sounds good, right?! Well, I'm going to give one of my readers a Vanilla Bon Bon 8.7 oz body mist and an 8.4 oz body lotion - layer together to achieve a long lasting scent!

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

This giveaway is open to US only and will end on August 8, 2014 at 11:59pm!

Good luck!

xoxo,
Gigi

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Disclaimer: This giveaway is not associated with any social media network, Kohl's or Candie's. My Fab Fit Forties is solely responsible for prize fulfillment.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review: 180' Cosmetics Pure Swiss Hyaluronic Serum + Peptides


There are two types of supplements I take for my skin - one is Collagen and the other is Hyaluronic Acid.  I think they've both made a big difference in how my skin looks.

Hyaluronic Acid is also available in serum form - like this Pure Swiss Hyaluronic Serum + Peptides  from 180' Cosmetics - and it's perfect for anyone who doesn't like taking supplements or might be looking for a hands on product that would compliment the supplements.

So, what is Hyaluronic Acid? Right off the bat, don't let the word 'acid' fool you! I know when I hear it, I immediately think of things like 'chemical', 'peel', and 'harsh' - but it's nothing of the sort in this case! Hyaluronic Acid is found naturally in our bodies - it acts as a lubricant for joints, nerves, skin, hair, and eyes.  You can find most of it in our skin tissues - where it helps keep our skin soft and supple.  As we age, Hyaluronic Acid production decreases and our skin basically starts to dehydrate. That's when you start noticing the fine lines and thinning, sagging skin. 



Because a Hyaluronic Acid molecule can hold 1,000 times its weight in water, it is a great choice when it comes to skin care products. The inclusion of Peptides in the Pure Swiss Hyaluronic Serum + Peptides helps boost collagen production too - leaving you with radiant, youthful skin!



Results have shown that this serum can:

- Significantly reduce fine lines & wrinkles
- Repair & restore skin from deep within
- Prevent the formation of new wrinkles
- Leave skin hydrated, nourished, and rejuvenated

When I tried this serum, I noticed there was absolutely zero scent to it.  The consistency is almost like a thin gel, but when you apply it to your skin with the dropper and begin to rub it in, it turns almost water-like. 

Once it hits your skin, you can almost feel your skin sucking it in like a sponge - like it's saying "Ahhh, that's better!!!" It is absorbed immediately, with no sticky residue - only smooth skin!



Ingredients include: Aqua (Pure mineral water), Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic acid), Magnesium Ascorbil Phosphate (a powerful and stable Vitamin C), Ubiquinone (Co-Enzyme Q-10), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Pentapeptide-3, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Sorbic acid, Benzyl Alcohol (Delicate preservatives - authorized for use by BDIH & Ecocert organizations)

I love using this on my face, neck, and the tops of my hands, where it really leaves them feeling really soft. I use about 3 or 4 drops and apply in a circular motion to my skin, twice a day.

The only thing I really didn't care for was that the cap was a little "off" - crooked and wouldn't go on straight no matter how many times I tried. This is only a packaging snafu and really nothing to do with the product itself - but, as a consumer, I do notice things like that.

You can purchase the Pure Swiss Hyaluronic Acid + Peptides by 180' Cosmetics on Amazon or you can score a great deal on Expederm.com where you can buy this serum, which is normally priced at $130.95, for just $19.95!! 

(But wait!!! There's more....)

There's a tab on the side of the product page where you can take an additional 10% off simply by hitting one on of the social media 'share' tabs!!

So it's a pretty good deal all around!

You can connect with Expederm on the following social media outlets:

Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest

This is a wonderful anti-aging product to add to your skin care repertoire - and you don't have to be 'older' to use it - it's never too early to start taking great care of your skin! It can also be used on any skin type.

If you're looking for more hydrated, supple skin - without taking a supplement or enduring injections at the MedSpa (not to mention the cost!), try 180' Cosmetics Pure Swiss Hyaluronic Serum + Peptides.  Your skin will thank you!!

xoxo,
Gigi






Disclaimer:  I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This post may contain affiliate links.  The above review is based on my own opinion of, and experience with, this product. Yours may differ.

5 Random Things I Learned This Week....(That Convince Me I'm Going Crazy)

Choo choo!!! All aboard the train to crazyville.  

1.) I learned (the hard way) that Clinical Strength Secret, mixed with my sweat while I play tennis, recreates the exact scent of cat urine. That was awesome to discover....in the diner.  Me: "Do you smell that??"  Husband: "Yes....and it's foul".....Me: (sniff sniff) "Did we walk through cat pee?" Husband: "When would we have done that?" Me: (sniffing myself as discreetly as possible as our waitress approaches) "Oh my God...it's Me!! Oh hi, yes....I'll have the mushroom egg white omelet please"



2.) I learned that my husband seriously thought the words to the song "Jet Airliner" by The Steve Miller Band (you know, "big ol' jet airliner...don't carry me too far away...") was........(wait for it)....."big ol' Jed and the light on"....which left me in fits of that weird laugh/cry/can't breathe thing - for about two hours. He was so adamant that those were the words, I had to google the lyrics for him - despite reminding him the song is called "Jet Airliner".  I'll never hear that song the same. Then he reminded me that I thought Alanis Morisette was singing "It's not fair to deny me the cross eyed bear that you gave to me" in "You Outta Know"....and that shut me up.



3.) I learned that I am getting more & more aggravated (putting it nicely) that basic customer service seems to be completely lacking nowadays....it really bugs me not to be greeted when we go to the gym (the desk staff never looks up from their texting, yet I'm supposed to depend on them to be able to work the defibrillator if I have a heart attack on the treadmill?)...and my husband knows the "countdown" when we go into a store - if we don't at least get a "hello" within 20 seconds, I'm walking out. I think a.) it's basic manners - and b.) do they not want business? I mean, it's not like I'm walking in with my toes poking through my shoes, saying "I got this many (holds out some change stuck together with gum), what can I buy?" 



4.) I learned that it's probably best to not have a ridiculous computer password. For when that fateful day comes (and it will) when your laptop goes kaput and you have to bring it into the shop, it might be a little embarrassing when the tech asks you what the password is and you have to actually mutter the words "Turd-Burglar" to another human being......and then you mutter "sorry" too soon and said tech asks you if the password is 'turd-burglar-sorry' - no the 'sorry' was just for you, pal.

Now, you would have thought I would have learned my lesson years ago when I lost the notebook I keep script notes, joke ideas, and other randoms in. I last had it with me in a taxi - so I had to call the cab company and describe it to them. Trying to relay "It's black with 'fart box fiesta' written (in 3D bubble letters) on the cover in silver sharpie" to a man, whose first language was clearly not English, was a challenge to say the least.  On the bright side - my treasured notebook was back in my grubby little hands that night.




...and lastly....

5.) I learned that when you pull one adorable kitten out of a sewer and find it a nice rescue................her twin will show up on your doorstep the next week.........(now that I think about it, this happened right after we played tennis....maybe it was just following my 'scent')



Yep....that just happened.  Here we go again, folks!! Gigi's Home For Wayward Animals is back in business...

How's YOUR week going??

xoxo,
Gigi

PS....and in a surprising "twist" at the end of the story....I went outside to throw out some recycling and................



So that pretty much makes it official....



Aaaarrrrggggghhhhh!!!!