The Secret To My Great Hair – My Mane Event with Pantene Recap & Giveaway


I’ve got great hair! I used to say that it’s because I’m a Leo and Leo’s are known for their manes. But the truth of the matter is I’ve been using Pantene FOREVER. I mean for as long as I can remember I’ve been using Pantene products. So clearly I owe my amazing, shiny, healthy, luscious locks to them.


So when I was invited by MomTrends to attend a Pantene party I jumped at the chance. One because MomTrends throws the BEST parties and two because I am a walking talking Pantene girl.


The party started off in style as it always does with MomTrends and Pantene is all about style. I was picked up at my Jersey home by a car service and brought into the city to MPE Penthouse (they had the most amazing view of the city).


The night started off with cocktails, appetizers and catching up with blogger friends.


The “mane” event however, was the doctor behind the new AgeDefy and Advanced+ Keratin Repair  line for Pantene. Dr. Jeni Thomas, Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry and P&G’s Beauty and Grooming Principal Scientist, who works on researching the areas of the scalp and hair.


Prior to the event, Pantene had sent all attendees products from their new Age Devy line. Which of course I loved. I’ve been using the Keratin shampoo and conditioner they sent as my hair is fairly straight (sometimes I get a little wave in it). Everyone loves Pantene for the smell but Pantene makes my hair super shiny and healthy. It really is for hair so healthy it shines.


I learned a ton from Dr. Jeni that night including that she works alongside the Olay folks (after all they are both P&G brands) in regards to aging hair and skin. She talked breakage, greys, frizz and more. I even had some one-on-one time with Dr. Jeni and I told her how I noticed my scalp has changed once I hit 30. That I don’t know if it’s truly dandruff I occasionally get versus dry scalp. She said often times when it comes and goes it can be stress related. Interesting! She suggested that I continue to switch between a dandruff shampoo and a regular shampoo.


This of course made me bring up the Pantene Anti-Dandruff shampoo that was discontinued. I had been using that for a while, and then it was discontinued. Last summer I was thrilled when on the Pantene Facebook page we got to vote for what retired item we wanted back and then learned that they all came back. Unfortunately I couldn’t locate the anti-dandruff shampoo anywhere. I mentioned it to Dr. Jeni who introduced me to the nice PR folks and wouldn’t you know…. A week after the event I got a package in the mail. A years’ worth of Pantene Anti-Dandruff shampoo!!!!!! You have no idea how excited I was. Now I can switch between that and the Keratin I love so much also.

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There were stylists on hand to create some fun looks with the new line. I opted for beachy waves.


The Echo Design group was there also teaching bloggers how to tie scarves in a multitude of ways. Plus we got one in our swag bag. Yippee!


As you can tell I had a blast that night! And now I’m giving you the opportunity to win some fab Pantene swag for yourself so that you can also have super luscious locks.

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*Disclosure – I was not required to write this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

Fall for Philosophy

I love Philosophy products! Which is why when I got an email today with all their new fall scents I was super excited. Check them out here…



OPI Announces Collaboration with Multi-Platinum Selling International Superstar Mariah Carey

LOS ANGELES – August 10, 2012 – OPI Products Inc. announced a collaboration today with multiple Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum selling recording artist Mariah Carey. A five-time Grammy Award winning global superstar with over 200 million records sold worldwide and 18 Billboard No. 1 singles (more than any solo artist in history), Carey will be the inspiration for a line of OPIlimited edition nail lacquers that will launch January 2013.

“OPI is thrilled to work with Mariah, an industry icon who loves nails and considers lacquer one of her favorite accessories,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “With her magnetic personality both on and off the stage, Mariah serves as a great inspiration for beautiful, bold colors.”

About Mariah Carey:

With a distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting and producing talent, Carey has defined the modern pop performance. As a singer/songwriter/producer, she has been recognized with five Grammy Awards, nine American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” Award, the World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium,” and BMI’s “Icon Award” to name a few. Mariah has written seventeen out of her eighteen Billboard No. 1 singles and has two consecutive and unparalleled Billboard “Song of the Decade” titles “One Sweet Day” (with Boyz II Men) and “We Belong Together,” further marking her massive presence on the charts since her 1990 song debut “Vision of Love.” Mariah became the second artist in history and the first female performer to have a song debut at No. 1 with “Fantasy” (1995), the groundbreaking collaboration with O.D.B. of the innovative rap group Wu-Tang Clan. Carey’s original holiday classic “All I Want For Christmas is You” redefined its place in pop culture as one of the greatest holiday hits of all time when it reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 2011, seventeen years after its debut. Mariah’s influential and stellar contribution to the music industry spans multiple genres and is showcased through a multifaceted hit catalogue as well as a long list of diverse collaborations.

Carey’s ongoing impact transcends the music industry and has left an indelible imprint upon the world at large. She recently made a substantial mark in film with her critically acclaimed role as a social worker in “Precious,” the 2009 film based on the novel “Push,” by Sapphire. A Congressional Award recipient, Carey has generously donated her time and energy to a range of domestic and international philanthropic causes near to her heart including The Fresh Air Fund/Camp Mariah (a retreat where inner-city children explore career development), Save the Music Foundation and Make-a-Wish Foundation among several others.

Mariah is currently in the studio, writing, recording and executive-producing her next album for Island Def Jam Music Group; the lead single “Triumphant (Get ‘Em),” is now available on iTunes. Recently Carey made worldwide headlines with the exciting news that she will join the judges’ panel of FOX’s American Idol when the series returns in 2013.

About OPI:

As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades and contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.

Loving the Mango Collection from BOOTS


I love Mango! I’ve always thought that Mango shower products are the perfect wake me up. Which is why when BOOTS wanted me to try out their Mango Collection I was thrilled.

The body wash was definitely my favorite. Perfect amount of suds and I loved the smell. The scrub was great too and I liked that it was sugar scrub. My skin felt soft and rejuvenated. The mango body butter was super moisturizing. I’m trying to save it as best as I can for winter as I know it will be perfect for dry winter skin.


A little more about Boots:

Boots is dedicated to developing effective and innovative beauty products that deliver results for women and men across the globe. We believe that beauty products should be accessible and affordable for all and are proud of the contributions we make to the well-being of the communities we serve.
Our customers are at the heart of our business.  We are committed to offering them products that pair quality ingredients with groundbreaking science and technology, creating innovative skin care and cosmetics.
All of our unique products are developed in our own product development, testing and customer evaluation facilities, including our headquarters in Nottingham, England. These unique facilities, and our partnership with The Botanical Gardens in Kew, London, on our Botanics brand, give us the skills and resources to evolve and grow our product portfolio, continually offering new products that truly work.
We provide our consumers with exceptional customer service, and are dedicated to helping people look and feel better than they ever thought possible.
We have Beauty Advisors at select Target stores nationwide all focused on excellent customer service and providing personalized advice to help guide you in finding products tailored to your specific needs. Shopping for skin care doesn’t need to be a guessing game; our fully trained Beauty Advisors can answer all of your skincare concerns and provide cosmetic color matches to help bring out the most brilliantly beautiful you.


Great Facts to Know
• Boots is a leading international pharmacy-led Health & Beauty retailer.
• 2009 marks the 160th Anniversary of when John Boot, the herbalist, opened his first store in Goose Gate, Nottingham.
• Our products are not tested on animals. Through our unique development facility and the millions of women and men who trust boots, we test all our products on people to ensure each and every product provides the desired results before offering into stores.
• We’ve tested our products on over 200,000 men and women enabling us to assess product performance on different skin types and in different environmental conditions.
• Boots developed Ibuprofen in 1960, which was patented in 1961. Boots was awarded the Queen’s Award for Technical Achievement for the development of the drug in 1987.
• Boots’ first Royal Warrant was granted to Baron Trent, of the Boots Pure Drug Company, on January 1st 1942.Royal Warrants are a mark of recognition to companies who’ve regularly supplied products to the Royal Household. They are regarded as a mark of excellence and quality, and are highly prized.
• No 7 the number 1 cosmetics and skin care brand in the UK; 1 in 3 women in the UK have a No7 product in their makeup bag.



*Disclaimer – I was not required to write this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

imPRESS Everyone In Your Life – Broadway Nails Product Review

Press on nails are not what they used to be!

Recently I had the opportunity to try out imPRESS nails by Broadway Nails. They sent me a huge array of designs and colors. I love how easy they are to use. The adhesive is already on the actual nail. All you have to do is peel off the tab and press on to your nail. I remember the old press on nails that would always fall off and never stay put. I had a set on for an entire day, slept in them and woke up to them being absolutely perfect. While they stay on and are very secure, I was surprised as to how easy the came off when I was ready to take them off. Just a little peel from the sides and they were off. Plus they didn’t harm my nails by making them weak or even gooey from the adhesive.


Since I received an assortment I’m holding on to some for an upcoming wedding as well as Blogher ’12 where they will also be exhibiting. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us.


Check out Nicole Scherzinger as she chats about her new imPRESS line.