Monday, September 30, 2013

Leslie Sansone October 2013 free fall exercise challenge!

Leslie Sansone posted a new October challenge last night!! 
I love to share fitness challenges with my readers-sometimes I am able to personally participate, other times I am not able to but want to still share about it on my blog. 
I will be starting this challenge tomorrow and doing it 100% by the schedule, plus some- because I'm also participating in an online 6 week bootcamp next week and starting Jazzercise classes in 3 weeks from now.  I have got to get the 10 pounds off that I gained the last 3 months with race training!! 
I've copied the first weeks schedule that starts tomorrow along with Leslie's notes that are on her blog. 
I will check in every sunday or monday with the upcoming week schedule and how I personally did with the weeks workouts and what I specifically did. 
I would love for others to join me!! Let me know in the comments below if you want to join me and stay accountable! I'll be posting pics on instgram (rdevaughn4) daily. 

WELCOME to the “Walk It Off in 30 Days” 
Walk Challenge WALKERS!!!
We are going to have a very healthy month together … I promise you!
Slimmer, Stronger and Healthier by Thanksgiving 2013!
To get started let’s all choose just “one” of these measurement options:
1 – weigh yourself
2 – measure inches from waistline, hip and upper arm areas
3 – choose a specific outfit and note how it fits
4 – THE ULTIMATE Measurements – Have your health professional take your Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar Level, Blood Lipid Profile (cholesterol levels), Resting Heart Rate, Body Composition (% of Body Fat), emotional health, brain health, bone density, joint range of motion …. oh yes …. EVERY SYSTEM of the body responds in 30 days ….. BIG TIME!

Weigh, measure or try on clothing before Tuesday, Oct. 1st. 
Write down your starting description. (weight, inches or fit of clothing)
Write down the time of day that you will exercise each day.  It’s your MOST IMPORTANT appointment of the day!
For the full 30 days, plan 30 to 45 mins. of exercise time.

1st Week Exercise Plan:
Tues. Oct. 1 – 2 Mile Walk (If you can’t measure distance – walk for 30 minutes or 4,000 steps)

Wed. Oct. 2 – 1 Mile in the Morning + 1 Mile in the Evening + Strength Training for the Core (abs)
(or Walk 15 minutes (2,000 steps) in AM – 15 minutes in PM + Abs)

Thurs. Oct. 3 – 2 Mile Walk

Fri. Oct. 4 – 1 Mile (AM) + 1 Mile (PM) + Strength Training for Upper Body

Sat. Oct. 5 – 2 Mile Walk

Sun. Oct. 6 – 1 Mile (AM) + 1 Mile (PM) + Strength Training for Lower Body

Strength Training Tools and Suggestions:
***Many of the Walk at Home DVDs offer Strength Training segments. The new DVD “Walk It Off in 30 Days” has a 30 Minute “Full Body” Strength Training segment that gives you every exercise you need for a “lifetime” of toned, firm, strong muscles! I will be using that DVD for my strength training workouts this month.
***Try the videos offered in our Walk Social area:
Go to / click on Walk Social / Click on “Track Your Walk” / Click on Video / Click on Search / Choose any of the Videos
Also visit this link for more details -
***Follow these exercises:
For Abs:
- Do 3 sets of 15 Curl Ups (Abdominal Crunches)
- Do 3 planks (or have planks with knees on floor) Hold for 20 seconds each.
For Upper Body:
- Do 3 sets of 10 of each exercise:
Chest Press with Dumbbells
Bent Over Row with Dumbbells
Bicep Curls
Triceps Extensions
For Lower Body:
- Do 3 sets of 15 of each exercise:
Squats (add challenge – hold dumbbells)
Add Dumbbells for increased results – good starting weights are 3, 5 or 8 lb. sets.  Intermediate to Advanced weights are 8, 10, and 12 lb. sets.

And finally …. just DO as much as you can …. even half of the daily assignments WILL GIVE YOU RESULTS …. don’t spend anytime worried about a missed session …. just start again the next day!
Are you ready to WALK Strong???? Let’s WALK Everybody!
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Younique Beauty mineral makeup product review, GIVEAWAY, Younique versus Bare Escentuals, awesome 3D Fiber Lashes Kit!!

Jenny Palmer, beauty presenter for YOUNIQUE BEAUTY PRODUCTS came over to my house last night to bring me my “3d fiber lashes kit” I had won online through her and Macaroni Kid Roanoke.

I did some online research the day before she came over, about the company and their products because I wanted to see more of her beauty products. Although Younique is a very new company (about one year), I was really impressed with the comments and others blog reviews of their products. I am also impressed that they list their ingredients to every product AND what the ingredient actually is. How useful is that?!

So, we started my makeover by applying the new product-Brilliant Daily Moisturizing Gel.  It is so cool!! I scooped out a little white bead and smashed it between my two index fingers and then applied to my face. A little bit of product goes a long way and I was able to moisturize my whole face with one bead!  There is not a smell to this product after applying. When you open the jar however, it smells faintly like green peppers (because they don’t use fragrances) which was weird that a gel would smell like that, but it didn’t bother me at all. I loved this product!  

Next we applied Moonstruck glorious eye and face primer. It felt silky smooth of my skin and eyes. I’m a BIG believer of eye primer (won’t wear eye makeup without it) but I don’t typically wear face primer because I feel like it makes my skin greasy feeling. Great product and I would recommend, but I personally don’t feel like I need it. 

Then we applied another new product-BB Flawless complexion enhancer. “Apply this all-in-one moisturizer, treatment, and foundation as a single-step cream to immediately balance the skin, correct its complexion, and protect its youthful appearance. This multitasking cream moisturizes, perfects, protects, and works beautifully as a lightweight foundation on its own. It provides a flawless appearance and fights shine to give a natural-looking matte finish. Consider it your skin's new best friend.” I really liked how this felt on my skin and I actually used this as my “foundation” instead of trying the Younique mineral foundation. The BB cream didn’t make me break out or itch my skin so I’m definitely getting this product! I used the color medium and in my opinion the color medium would be for light to medium skin tones-not a true “medium” because its usually too dark for my skin.

They do offer mineral foundation colors. See chart below. I have samples for 2 of the colors to try this week, but last night I did not try it because I was worried that too many products would make my skin break out.

Next, I applied the mineral blush. I can’t remember what color we used-maybe stunning?? but a little bit goes a long way so blend, blend, blend!

Then it was time for my eyes!! Jenny did my eyes and ended up using a look from online that she found for daytime (go to her Younique website and go under “browse looks” to get color pigment applying ideas).  All the pigments go on smoothly and like any mineral makeup, a little bit goes a long way so make sure to tap excess minerals off the brush before applying-otherwise you will get a lot on your skin.  I’ve been using mineral makeup for years, so I kind of a pro with applying without making a mess. J
Younique offers 15 “shimmery” eye pigments and 15 “matte” colors. I personally love all the shimmery ones because I love glittery colors-I’ve always have been a fan! I know as I age though, I’ll have to start using matte. But for now I’m gonna sparkle on!!

Next I applied my 3d fiber lashes.  Here is what it says on the website: Packaged in two separate bottles, the Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers are used together to enhance and magnify your OWN lashes. Watch your lashes transform into something you only dreamed of! A 300% increase in thickness and volume to your lashes while still looking completely real and natural. Potentially "mood-altering" 3D Fiber lashes will quickly become your favorite makeup accessory!
Water resistant, yet easily washes off with warm water and facial cleanser.
Directions: To prepare your eyelashes for optimal results, first apply one thin coat of your own regular favorite mascara and let it dry. Then apply Moodstruck Transplanting Gel (containing conditioning collagen) to your lashes. Immediately following and while the gel is still wet, apply the Moodstruck Natural Fibers. Reapply the Transplanting Gel a second time to secure the natural fibers onto your lashes.

I also found their video clip helpful with applying their eye lash product:

I did not apply mascara first. I actually just applied the gel, then the fibers, then the gel to seal it. And I only did one coat!! LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE!! I am shocked!! This is for real people!! I saw the transformation before my very eyes!! LOL and it was fast too!! It’s like applying 2 or 3 coats of mascara and then done! It wasn’t messy and I personally didn’t have any problems with applying. Make sure to read the directions and maybe look at the video if you’re nervous applying.

Here are MY pictures:

Last to apply was another new product-Lucrative Lip Gloss. I picked the pink sparkly color “Lavish”. Loved it!! Going to buy it now even though I have a million things of lipgloss! It was so pretty and didn’t dry out my lips. They offer 10 different shades on their website.  

They also offer Rose water, facial cleanser and brushes that I personally didn’t use to review. Actually Jenny did use the brushes on my face. They did shed a little at first, but they were soft and very effective with applying the makeup. I already have a great set of brushes so I won’t need them; but I think everyone needs a good decent set to apply makeup with. So if you don’t have a set, definitely look at their brushes!

This morning I applied another coat of the 3d fiber lashes and tried 3 more eye color pigments. I’ve posted some pictures on my instagram account (rdevaughn4) if anyone wants to see them.

My Thoughts:       
  • I loved the website and ease of looking at products. I love that they list the ingredients and what each ingredient is used for!
  • I loved ALL the products that I tried. They worked with my super sensitive acne prone skin, so that to me says a lot!
  • Easy to apply!
  • The 3d lashes is AMAZING!! I have never used a product that even comes close! I love my Mally mascara and Bare Escentuals mascara the best-and applying this product makes my lashes even more powerful looking than my usual mascara! I will absolutely be buying this product when I run out!
  • They have a great selection of lipgloss colors, foundations and eye pigments. They added a lot more products just this month! I personally still have a lot of my mineral Bare Escentuals eye colors so  I won’t need to order very  many Younique pigments but would still love to try some of theirs.
  • I think this company will seriously take off in a major positive way if they keep true to their products being pure and keep their prices affordable. It would be fun to see seasonal, limited edition colors!
  • I honestly have nothing negative to say about my makeover experience and using their products. If you don’t like mineral makeup, at least check out the lipglosses, skin care and 3d fiber lashes!!  

Now to the even more FUN PART!!

I’m hosting a 10 day Facebook Younique party!!
Heres a link to my party:

I would love for you to order from me as a hostess if you are interested in trying a product! If not, no pressure! That’s not why I wrote this blog review…

And Jenny has also offered to do a GIVEAWAY!!

One lucky person (must live in USA) will win a lucrative lip gloss of their choice!! Whooho!! How fun is that? 
Check out her website to pick out what color you would want to win! 

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Review of Leslie Sansone NEW Just Walk 5 Mega Miles and upcoming Leslie October Challenge

I bought this new Leslie Sansone dvd last month at walmart (it was released in August) and I did all the miles but at different times over a week period. So last night I decided to do the entire dvd from start to finish so I could take pictures and do a blog review on it.

The Dvd was released last month and is pictured below. It comes with one resistance band. I'm not sure what the weight of the band is but it doesn't seem that "heavy". 

Chapters of the dvd. You can play the full workout or pick individual miles. 
you can also choose to "play with music only" so you don't hear Leslie talking. 
I personally don't mind her talking so I just do the play full workout option. 

Mile 1-classic low impact. No bands used. 

Mile 2-walk and tone. The band is used for this mile. 
I did not wear gloves like they did in the dvd, but its always nice to have them. 

Mile 3-speed intervals. No band used. 
I like her dvds that use speed intervals because I like the jogging aspect and getting my heart rate up a little more. 

Mile 4-strength intervals. Band is used for this one. 

Mile 5-ab walk. No bands. 

My Overall thoughts: 
  • The music is good (not great)-just music though, no words. I'm glad they have updated their music selection for the past couple of years of dvds. Her older ones (which I do love also) have more "elevator music". 
  • Price is good-check out walmart or amazon. Love that they included the band even though I have a million bands already. 
  • I got a time of 81:35 for the dvd. 3 min warm up, 15 min miles for mile 1-5 and 3 min cool down. She has a timer on the screen counting down from 10 minutes for every mile, which is helpful so you know how much longer you have for that mile. 
  • She has all her basic moves and some new ones including the Cha cha, shifting and skater. She has alot of hand movement which is great to keep the heart rate up. If you can't do all the shifting around or new moves, just walk in place instead of hurting yourself or trying to keep up. This is a faster pace walking dvd. 
  • I did not feel like there was enough stretching at the end during or after the cool down so I had to do more stretching on my own.  

I got an email last night that Leslie is doing a 30 day twitter challenge. See the email below. 
Will you be doing this too?? 
My twitter name is Rdevaughn4 if you want to do participate in this challenge with me. 

Join us!  Leslie is leading a 30-day Walk it Off Challenge!  Kicking off on TwitterTues. Oct. 1st...don't miss!
***No Fans excluded***
We'll follow up on the Walk at Home blog and Facebook with all the challenge details, though you won't want to miss Leslie live on Twitter every step of the way!

"Hey my walking friends...part of this 30 Day Plan will be to include Walking sessions and Strength Training exercises! All you need to do is plan for approx. 30 to 40 minutes each day through October.  I will TWEET weekly workout details every Sunday so we can plan our week together! I will be on Twitter coaching you every day!
***Please friends, always know, you Do NOT HAVE TO PURCHASE anything, just follow along and have fun!
However...if you choose to use the DVD's, I will offer suggestions for our Walk DVDs and Strength Training accessories."
***This Sunday the first weekly assignment will be posted!"

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Oral I.V. product review and GIVEAWAY!!! :-)

Last month I was mailed (2) 4 packs of Oral I.V. to try during my race training. I hadn't heard of them, but after looking at their website and reading more about their product, I was excited to try it!! It came at a PERFECT time because I was training for my first half marathon. 
The first time I tried it during one of my race training days, I drank it straight without adding it to water or drinking alot of water afterwards (I had forgotten my extra water bottle during running). I DO NOT RECOMMEND doing this!! I ended up having stomach cramps because my stomach is really sensitive to things and I didn't drink enough water after having the Oral I.V. sample. (why do I do stuff like that??!!)
The next time I tried it was a couple days later during a long 10 mile run. I ended up using 2 samples and mixed it this time in a 16oz bottle of water and a smaller bottle. It worked perfectly for me!! I didn't feel tired or fatigued during running like I had been feeling. There is no taste so I was happy about that!! and the bottle is the perfect size to fit in my running pack or in my hydration bottle pack.
I tried 2 other Oral IV samples during my half marathon 1.5 weeks ago and also gave a sample to my husband to try. Again, I was really pleased that it helped keep me hydrated, helping with my leg soreness and overall energy levels. My husband liked his sample too!! 
I only have one more bottle left and I'll probably use it for my upcoming womens obstacle race this saturday in Richmond. I tried to win the Oral IV facebook contest to get more Oral IV samples and a tshirt but I came in second place. :-( I definitely need to buy some more!
Here are some pictures! 
and you can check out more on my instagram page (rdevaughn4)

Read below for more info about this product!  
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(10) 4 packs is $109.90

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ORAL IV said that I could do a giveaway for a 4 pack for one of my readers to try!!
Good luck!! Giveaway ends on Sunday!! USA only. 

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Monday, September 23, 2013

ELLIE contest to win an outfit and YOGI dvd set!!

Enter to win an Ellie Outfit and The Ultimate Yogi DVD Set

A top and bottom from any Ellie collection and a DVD set with a 108 day yoga program valued at $200


Then go to the link below to shop with ELLIE and see their awesome fitness clothes selection: 

Also below is the link to read more about the Yogi dvd program that you can win!!

You can click on this link to get 20% off your first month subscription (making it $39.96) or you can click on my side toolbar as well.