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I am a blogger, and this means that I am often asked to write product reviews. Where do these reviews end up? They are read by you, my readers, and I of course thank you for reading. Otherwise it is entirely likely that I would not be asked to review products.
Now comes the tough part. When a company and/or PR firm approaches us (bloggers) and asks if we are willing to write a review they have to understand that we are not always going to like the product. Enter a very unpleasant scenario I recently exprerienced with a PR company that shall remain nameless.
I am not in the business of lying to my readers. You read this blog because (I hope) it offers something of value. I will not tell my readers (you) that something I tried was great, worked great, did what it said it was supposed to do when it didn’t. If you are a PR company reading this please understand that we as bloggers have to uphold our credibility. If a product has short comings (and let’s face it, sometimes they do) don’t expect a rave review.
So, this experience I had recently left a very sour taste in my mouth. I have been working with PR companies for years (since I first started blogging) and luckily, I am happy to say, this is the first such experience I have had. Thank goodness.
I think that we, as bloggers, need to maintain our honesty. If I don’t like the product, I will not say I do. I want my readers to respect me, I want them to know that I think too much of them to write anything that doesn’t reflect what I believe, because I know that they they visit my blog to read my opinion.
I would like to hear from you, what have your experiences been? Has a PR rep ever gotten incredibly nasty with you simply because you expressed yourself in a manner that wasn’t praise about a product they represent? And if so, how did you handle it? I would love to hear what others’ experiences have been, so please leave comments.
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So there are a variety of ways to lose weight, but I think that part of being able to lose weight is motivation as well as being able to stick to a diet.
The Dukan Diet is a physician-formulated lifestyle weight-loss plan comprised of 4 phases to reach and keep your True Weight for life. The diet discards counting calories, and instead emphasizes lean protein, plentiful amounts of water, daily walking and allows unrestricted amounts of 100 healthy foods. The DukanDiet is a Low Carb Diet designed to help its members overcome common pitfalls and achieve healthy, lifelong weight management. With the help of products such as the Dukan Diet Oat Bran you can slim down by fitting the products into your lifestyle and becoming conscious of your habits and making changes to make losing weight possible and attainable.
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Aruba one happy island that contains everything you need and more! Whether you are a foodie, the adventure type, or a beach bum, Aruba has everything at you want at your fingertips!
Things to do in Aruba:
1. Activities: Sharp geographical differences create a unique combination of land and sea activities. Calm, glittering turquoise waters fringed by marshmallow-soft ivory beaches neighbor a national park encompassing a wild windward coast and unsettled rugged interior.
The water is calm and perfect for swimming at resort areas. Challenging wave conditions and constant trade winds attract an international host of windsurfers as well as kite surfers and wave sport enthusiasts. Shallow coral formations await snorkelers but reef and wreck diving reveal a brilliant underwater fantasy.
2. Beaches: Fringing turquoise Caribbean waters, kissed by the sun and cooled by constant trade winds, Aruba’s beaches include wide shaded expanses, quiet retreats, and busy sunbathing and water sports meccas. Much of the seven-mile strip along the west coast is lined with resorts and packed with activity. Beachgoers relax on their comfortable lounges, lost in their favorite book or enjoying people-watching. Swimming, snorkeling, kitesurfing, waterskiing, tubing, parasailing, banana-boating, and all kinds of wet ‘n wild adventures are just steps away on Aruba's beaches.
In contrast, the Caribbean beaches along the windward coast are in more secluded and undeveloped areas. Overlooked by craggy desert terrain, this stretch of Aruba beaches is home to magical coves carved out of limestone and inlets formed by the relentless pounding of waves. Because of strong undertow and crashing waves, swimming here is not recommended. But the Caribbean beaches on Aruba’s wild coast do afford tranquility, privacy and unique natural phenomena. Both coasts afford spectacular, glittering Caribbean views that will surely take your breath away.
3. Restaurants: On Aruba, the abundance, full flavor and diversity of cuisines prepared by world-class chefs; fine international wines; casual, elegant and creative ambiances, and attentive service combine to create very special dining experiences at out Caribbean Restaurants.
Classical delicacies such as frogs' legs, duck, venison, foie gras and chateaubriand join fresh Caribbean catch such as mahi-mahi and wahoo, Argentinean churrasco, Middle Eastern shoarma, Japanese sushi and teppanyaki selections, Spanish tapas, Indian curries, Caribbean jerk ribs, homemade pastas, USDA choice steaks, Maine lobster and local goat stew and keshi yena. Indeed, the tiny island nation of Aruba provides an impressive world culinary tour rivaling the most cosmopolitan of cities.
I love the beach, so my reason for visiting Aruba would be to bask in the sun and have some fun in the waves and sand. I also enjoy good food, so the restaurants and culinary delights that await me are another reason I want to visit!
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Lights. Camera. Style. Event
Jenn Rogien (Costume Designer for HBO’s “Girls” and Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black”) will be doing a Q&A with InStyle Style Ambassador, Tai Beauchamp – sort of an Inside the Actor’s Studio with a fashion spin.
There will also be sips & sweets, a DJ, digital photobooth and amazing shopping incentives.
This post is sponsored by Single Edition Media.
Once upon a time you could hop on a plane to Ibiza at the last minute and enjoy a spontaneous hedonistic holiday but that’s not really on the table now you have a couple of tots in tow. Even though you now have some kids to think about, that doesn’t mean your tastes have changed and you’d be happy with a cheap and cheerful break in a huge, faceless hotel. So, what’s the answer? Leave the kids at home with some handy babysitter and escape to a luxury bolthole or find a boutique hotel that actually works for all of your family’s needs?
The latter may sound impossible but it really isn’t. You can still stay in a boutique hotel with character and take your kids with you, you just need to choose carefully based on your particular family needs. The most important factor to consider is, unsurprisingly, the age of your kids. This will pretty much determine which option you select. A little online research will show you that there are properties around suitable for each age range, even babies. You just need to dig around a little to find the right place.
For example, if you’re planning to head off to somewhere in Portugal, then search specifically for ‘boutique hotels in Madeira suitable for families’. You will find there are a lot of independent options that you definitely wouldn’t find if you went through a travel agent. It’s about piecing together the perfect holiday for you.
Of course, the downside to any boutique hotel is it’s generally more expensive so booking early or going slightly off season can be a good idea. Searching for the cheapest flights possible is also a good plan. For example, if you’re booking far in enough in advance, it’s perfectly possible to find very reasonably priced flights to Madeira with little effort, and you can cut the costs of your holiday in this area instead of when selecting the hotel.
When searching for just the right hotel, be aware that many resorts use ‘family friendly’ as a catch all to entice people in, but actually they may not be suitable at all. You need somewhere that you can relax in and that is well reviewed by other families. This is where tripadvisor is absolutely invaluable. If you can’t find the right place through ratings and reviews then jump on the forum and ask people about their experiences directly.
If you will definitely want some time away from the kids while on holiday, make sure you check the childcare options. You need somewhere where you will feel safe leaving the little ones and that covers the age group you’re looking for. This is especially the case if you’re traveling with a very young child, so always check beforehand. It will also sometimes be necessary to book in advance so check that too.
Hair Removal By Nair: Get Smooth For Summer In Three Simple Steps.
It’s almost summer, time to think about smooth summer ready skin. Getting bikini ready takes a few simple steps with Nair. With summer around the corner, that means it’s time for bikinis, short shorts and overall, showing off more skin. Nair products provide professional results at home for staying smooth all summer long – at a fraction of what you’d pay at a salon.
Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Total Care Body Trio and Face Trio are the new depilatories to join the popular Brazilian Spa Clay Line inspired by the beauty secrets and hair removal expertise of Brazil. Each product is infused with mango butter and açai berry known to moisturize the skin, and mineral-rich clay known to purify the skin.
The products are easy to use, and keep the mess to a minimum as they are best used in the bathroom, applied before you shower, and simply washed off in the shower after a few minutes on the skin for the products to do the job.
If you have sensitive skin, have no fear, because these products are mild and do not cause skin irritation. I have a very sensitive upper lip and when waxing I have been left with a red area that is embarrassing and tender. This lead me to never want to wax again. The Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Face Trio allows you to remove facial hair in a few short minutes (anywhere from 7-10 minutes) and provides you with a moisturizer to apply after the hair removal process which ensures that no skin irritation occurs. The product itself is minimally irritating and removes the hair in a couple of easy wipes with a wash cloth! Loved the feel of my skin after the hair removal process, the moisturizer is cooling and feels awesome upon application. There is enough product in the kit for several (I would day 10-15) uses.
The Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Total Care™ Face Trio is the first 3-step depilatory for the face with a suggested retail price of $13.99.
Step 1: The first step is the pre-balm, which coats the skin to help minimize irritation and redness
Step 2: The second step is the depilatory. There’s no drying time so you can apply the depilatory immediately after using the pre-balm.
Step 3: After removing the depilatory product, apply the moisturizer, which is similar to a typical facial moisturizer. This will help neutralize the pH of the skin, bringing it back to the normal level.
The Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Total Care Body Trio removes hair in much the same way as the Face Trio, except it is applied to the body. I used it on my legs and bikini area. After applying I let the product work for 10 minutes, I left in on 5 minutes prior to going in the shower and was able to wash it off in the shower using a wash cloth to wipe the areas where product was applied. The hair came off in just a few easy wipes. After hair removal the kit includes a gel to be applied to the areas where the hair removal cream was used; the gel is cooling and works wonders on the skin. My skin was smooth and hair free in no time!
Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Shower Total Care™ Body Trio is the only 3-step in-shower depilatory system, including the convenient Nair Shower Power® technology that works while you shower. The suggested retail price is $13.99.
Step 1: The pre-wipe contains mineral oil and chamomile to prepare your skin before removing hair.
Step 2: Apply the depilatory, which is resistant to water through emollients similar to those found in waterproof sunscreens so it will resist runoff while you shower. Keep the area out of the direct stream of water.
Step 3: After the hair is removed, apply soothing post-use gel with Aloe Vera for a perfect finish.
I highly recommend these hair removal products, and will continue to use them throughout the summer (and winter) months. To learn more about Nair’s full line of summer hair removal products visit Nair.com
This post is sponsored by Nair, however the opinions and observations expressed herein are my own and were not influenced by Nair.
A Few Cosmetology Courses you will Take
If your dream has ever been to work in a hair salon or maybe even to work for celebrities by doing their hair and nails, then you may want to consider cosmetology schools in Manhattan KS. While you are in school you will learn everything you need to know about the basics in hair sculpting, spa manicures and pedicures, and you will also learn how to give facials. On top of being in the classroom for several hours you have the opportunity to apply what you learned in class on actual people.
You may never have cut anyone’s hair a day in your life so you would need to start out by taking a basic course. That course will teach you the fundamentals of styling hair and cut hair in any shape of form or fashion. In many cosmetology schools in Manhattan KS you will learn the instruments and all the sources it takes to style hair the professional way. You have to complete this course before you can move on to the next one.
By learning the basics of performing spa manicures and pedicures, it may not make much sense until you actually do the hands on work. Your teacher may have class time and teach all you need to know about the subject, and then they may walk you over to the lab so you can try performing.
Giving facials may be the one thing that you know how to do especially if you have learned how to do it during your teenage years to keep your skin smooth and firm. Taking this course at a beauty school Manhattan KS may be the one course where you will fly by and end up helping others that are falling behind.
Like many schools a beauty school in Manhattan KS will give you a certain amount of competencies to take before you finish each of the hands on courses. Competencies are pretty much like taking a test, but instead of writing anything down you will be doing hands on work, just as if you were in an actual salon getting paid. Many cosmetology schools have you perform competencies because they need to see that you know how to do it before you move on to the next lesson. You may ace all the tests but when it comes to the hands on part of the course, you may not know how to do it or what you are doing. It is very important to spend your free time practicing on family and friends so you can get it down.