Workout Fusion and Giveaway! (CLOSED)

So for about a year now I have been a workout addict.  I hit the gym about five days a week and either do cardio or a variety of different fitness classes (my favourite is Group Power).  I find that if I miss a day I just feel so off; I’m pretty sure that I have an addiction or something, it’s weird.

Anyways, recently I got a Fusion Power Bandz to help with my fitness.  Basically what the band is is a silicone bracelet that is infused with tourmaline, germanium, silicone, and titanium (only the PRO model has the titanium).

Okay, say what? Let me try to break this down for you regular folk.  The key ingredient (in my opinion) is the tourmaline which emits negative ions which are healthy for you.  The negative ions are medically proven to provide a variety of health benefits including increased blood flow, balanced serotonin (a neurotransmitter that is found in the gastrointestinal tract, platelets, and the central nervous system. It is known as the “happiness hormone”), increased energy and focus, and better sleep, among others.  The band is also supposed to relieve all kinds of body pain and increase energy. Click here more information about the technology and benefits.

Alright, so I know what you are thinking, sounds like a gimmick right?  Does it actually work?  Well, I myself don’t have any pain, so I personally couldn’t tell you if the band relieves pain, however, with that being said, I did let my mom try it out for a week or so and she said it actually does work.  My mom tends to get foot cramps at night and after a few days and nights of wearing the band (it is recommended to wear it all the time for it to work properly) she did say that she didn’t experience any cramps at all and she managed to sleep peacefully throughout the night.

As for the other benefits it promotes, I do find my balance to be much better when I am working out.  In group power we often have to do tons of dynamic lunges and stretches that require a lot of balance and usually I have to hold on to the wall or I’m wobbling all over the place.  With the band I have noticed an increased sense of balance and more sturdiness.

So how is this band different from those other ones out there?  I personally couldn’t tell you because this is pretty much the only one I have ever tried.  I can say though that it actually works.  There are medical studies to back it up as well as a variety of athletes that endorse the product.  The thing that is the most special about it is the minerals in the actual product.  Everything about it is supposed to help you health-wise.  From the silicone to even the hologram sticker, it is made in such a way to help your well-being (and the fact that it comes in cute colours is a plus in my opinion).

Sorry for the blurriness! Damn you auto-focus!

So where can you pick one up?  Well, they are available in a variety of different colours and two versions (FUSION Dual Hologram Ti and FUSION PRO Ti – the model with the titanium) and are available on their official website.

Ziggy loves his Fusion Power Bandz!

And now the fun part!  I am giving away a Fusion Power Bandz Dual Hologram Ti band in white (valued at $30 CDN) to one lucky reader!  The contest is open internationally from now until July 31, 2011!  To enter all you got to do is subscribe to my blog!  How do you subscribe you ask?  Look to the top of this page and where it says “Subscribe!”, click, enter your details, and you are all set!  If you want a double entry, then leave a comment below with your summer workout tips!  I would love to read them!  The winner will be chosen by random.org. Good luck!

UPDATE: Dealfind has a promotion going on right now, for $15 you can get your own Fusion Power Band (regular $34.99 CDN).  I believe that the deal is available to all Canadians for the next couple of days.  Check it out here.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Contest is open from July 7 – 31, 2011.  Winner will be contacted by August 6, 2011.  If the winner does not reply with their particulars by August 10, 2011 another winner will be chosen.  Contest is open internationally to both male and females.  If a male wins, the colour of the band may vary (due to sizing issues).  The winner will be chosen by random.org.

Please note that I have absolutely no affiliation with Fusion Power Bandz.  I do not work for the company and paid for my own personal band with my own money. The prize band was given to me for a giveaway from the company but in no way did that affect my opinion on the product.  I purchased my band about a month and a half ago so I have sufficiently tested it out and seen it’s benefits.

Beach Sexy

Hi all! I am getting mighty lazy updating this thing!  Well actually it’s not just all laziness, I’m kind of super busy some days too.  Anyways, I went to my friend’s pool yesterday and I thought that I could incorporate that somehow into a blog post.

I recently watched a video on YouTube by Promise Phan (dope2111), Michelle Phan’s sister-in-law.  If you haven’t checked out their videos, then get on YouTube now (of course after you read this post!). Basically what Promise did was a waterproof tutorial using products that should stay on after some fun pool time! (You can check out the video here).  I totally got inspired to create my own look and see how good it would actually hold up, one because I was curious and two, I’m going to Vegas again at the end of August and plan to just bake in the sun all day.

I used a number of products that I thought would stay on after vigorous pool time and that would have an SPF so I wouldn’t burn.

I apologize, all the photos in this post were taken on my iPhone, hence then quality difference.

So let’s get to it!

For the face I tried out e.l.f.’s Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20.

My mom recently picked this up at Target and I thought that because it had an SPF in it it would be great.  The moisturizer is very sheer, so it doesn’t present a lot of colour, but I mean that’s fine because you are going to be in the water anyways and you don’t want your face to look cakey.  And, for you tanners out there, I found I did have to apply sunscreen on my face throughout the day to prevent burning.

For blush, I chose a cream product.  Cream tends to stay on better under water than a powder, it’s something to do with the formulation in the product.

I’m not a cream blush user because I find the product hard to work with.  I prefer a powder one because I like just taking my blush brush, swiping it on, and then I’m good to go.  The only cream blush I seemed to have in my collection is this mini one from Clinique that I’m sure I got in a gift with purchase.  It’s the Blushwear Cream Stick in 01 Glow Blush which is more of a bronzy colour, which is perfect for the sun and beach/pool.  All you got to do is dab it on your cheeks and then blend to perfection.

Next is eyes, which is my favourite part!  Just like the cheeks, a cream eyeshadow is preferred, however, because I don’t have any cream eyeshadows I grabbed my trusty Urban Decay Primer Potion and dabbed that on my lids instead.  I then chose Half Baked from my UD Naked palette for my lids.

I chose a gold colour because it’s very summery and perfect for the pool.  Looking back now, I totally should have lined my lower lids with a blue colour for that extra pop of colour to the look (MAC’s Surf, Baby! collection has an excellent waterproof blue eye liner).  You can of course choose to use any colour for this look, its not just limited to golds.  However, with that being said I would definitely use an eyeshadow primer if you are going to use powder eyeshadow.  There are a variety of them out there other than Urban Decay’s (Two Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC Paint Pots, Benefit Stay Don’t Stray, etc.)

To finish off the eyes I used a waterproof gel liner.  You can choose to use whatever liner you choose whether it’s a pencil, liquid, gel, or shadow, but make sure it is waterproof!

The eyeliner I used was Sephora’s Waterproof Smoky Cream Liner in the colour Must Have, which is just a matte black.  I like this product because it’s very creamy and goes on jet black.  I personally don’t find a huge difference between gel liner and liquid liner, if I don’t want my liner to smudge then I will go with this one, otherwise I usually stick to my MAC liquid liner.

To finish up the eyes grab your waterproof mascara and coat those lashes!  Like I have mentioned before, I have eyelash extensions so I don’t use mascara and they stay curly in the water anyways.   I am in the desperate need for a fill though!

For the lips I chose a lipstick with an SPF in it.

I grabbed my Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte in the colour Fetish Pink (# 8).  This lipstick has an SPF of 15 in it so it has you covered for the sun (at least for a little bit).  I think that the lips are often the most overlooked when it comes to sun protection (for me), so you always want to make sure that you have some sort of lip product that offers a SPF.  If if comes in cute colours, then even better!

Alright, so that is all that I applied, here is the finished look.

I thought this look was very bare, it focused on the eyes and lips to create a pop of colour.  For my everyday look I use foundation and concealer, so I felt very natural without it.  And, I fully expected the lip colour to vanish throughout the day (which it did).

With my face being waterproof and full of SPF, I grabbed my sunscreen and shades and I was on my way!

Don't forget sunscreen! I like Hawaiian Tropic's Sheer Touch in SPF 15!

Alright, so now let’s fast-forward five hours and see how the look held up!

As you can see the lipstick vanished (although not as bad as I thought it would, there was still a hint of colour.  The eyeshadow and liner stayed on very well, however, there was some slight smudging under my eyes.  The tinted moisturizer wasn’t that pigmented so it wasn’t that noticeable to begin with before and after, and as for the blush it didn’t seem to make it.  However, if I used a more full-coverage foundation then the blush/bronzer would have been more noticeable.

Overall, I think the look worked.  I believe that Promise mentions a Maybelline foundation in her video to use, so if you want something with more coverage then give that a try.  I totally think the eyes worked and would definitely use these products again.

Let me know of any products you know of that hold well under water!  Also, keep a look out on my blog in the coming days and weeks, I have some very exciting news coming up!

Beauty Savvy: MAC Pro Palette

I got my first MAC eyeshadow when I was about 15 years old. I purchased it at The Bay in Eaton’s Centre in Toronto and the colour was Pink Freeze, a frosty iridescent light pink colour, which I actually still have.

Since then I have collected a few more over the years, not a ton though because MAC eyeshadows are quite expensive in my opinion.  They are almost $20 CDN ($17.50) and you only get one.  Now as we all know, one eyeshadow is not a lot.  You need a base colour, a crease, highlight, accent, and if you really wanted, a eyeliner colour as well.  That’s five colours and if you buy five of them from MAC that will set you back $87.50 CDN.  That’s a lot for only five eyeshadows (albeit that they do last you a long time).

Enter the MAC Pro Palette.  I discovered this beauty a few years ago when my city finally got a MAC store.  Previous to the store we only had the counters at The Bay where you had to buy the eyeshadows in the pan or you can buy the special edition palettes.

Colours from top to bottom, left to right: Carbon, Soot (pro colour), Black Tied, Cosmic (limited edition), Satin Taupe, All That Glitters, Sketch, Indian Ink (pro colour), Trax, Pink Freeze, Beautiful Iris, Phloof!

So what is it?

The Pro Palette is a palette (available in either four or 15 slots) that you put your MAC eyeshadows into.  It has a variety of benefits; it keeps your collection together in one handy tool, it’s great for travelling, perfect for organizing, it looks cool, and best of all it will save you money.  The individual pans for this bad boy are $14 CDN or $11 USD.  The potted eyeshadows cost $17.50 CDN or $14.50 USD. Let’s do some math here.

Let’s say we were to buy the 15 slot palette ($17.50 CDN, $14.00 USD) and 15 shadows to fill it:

CDN: 15 x 14 = 210 + 17.50 = $227.50

USD: 15 x 11 = 165 + 14.50 = $179.50

Okay now let’s compare that to just the eyeshadows alone if we were to buy 15 of them.

CDN: 15 x 17.50 = $262.50

USD: 15 x 14.50 = $217.50

Therefore:

CDN: $262.50 – $227.50 = $35 (the cost of two potted eyeshadows)

USD: $217.50 – $179.50 = $38

I’m in no way a mathematician but clearly the Pro Palette saves you a ton of money on eyeshadows.

When you buy the colours they come in the panned version with a magnet on the back to stick in the palette.  There will also be a label that says the name of the colour.

So with all these pros there has to be some cons right?  The Pro Palettes and the pans to fill them are only available at the MAC stores or MAC Pro stores (stores that sell the Pro line colours and products), you cannot get the pans or palettes at a MAC counter (like in The Bay).  Most of the major cities across Canada have a MAC store, but for those who do not and only have a counter you can order online through the MAC website.  Also, the limited edition colours are only available in the potted form (some counters will tell you differently, the colours I have ever wanted were unavailable as just the pan).

So what if I have a ton of potted eyeshadows?  Well, luckily there are tons of videos on YouTube that show how to depot your MAC shadows.  They are actually quite easy, all you need is a hair straightener, some wax paper, and a knife.

Once the pans are popped out you can add a magnet and sticker and write the name on the back and stick it in the palette, it’s that easy!

And that’s not all! You can take the empties and if you have six MAC containers you can take them back to a MAC counter and exchange them for a lipstick of your choice, or at an actual store, an eyeshadow, lipstick, or gloss as part of the Back to MAC program.  It’s just win-win all around!

One more to go before I can get a free product!

I personally love my Pro Palette, I think it’s a super handy tool and it keeps my eyeshadows all organized, and not to mention, saves me money!

If you have any questions regarding the palette leave me a comment below!

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