Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup 12/7

ALL ABOUT ABS!

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Here’s your Next Workout ~

Alright – 15 minutes to warm up and get some cardio in – run around the block, do some jumping jacks, dance to your favorite songs – then meet me back here pronto!!!

Grab your Water, a Towel, and 3 to 5 Pound Weights, a Resistance Band and a Mat, and some Rockin’ Music!

Start Now!!!

 

Today it’s ALL ABOUT ABS!

Lay in a supine position (on your back) on your mat, knees bent, feet and knees together. Grab your heaviest weight by the heads (one hand on either side of the knob) and put it behind your head, about half way up your skull. Keep it there as you do 50 Crunches. If working out is new to you, start with AT LEAST 10 Crunches.

After your first set, AND NO REST IN BETWEEN, pick up your feet and touch your elbow to your opposite knee, kicking your foot out in between, till you’ve done 50 opposing Crunches. Again doing AT LEAST 10 if you are a beginner.

!!!NO BREAKS!!!

Set down the heavy weight and grab the lighter weight. SAME EXERCISE! 50 Crunches with the weight behind your head.

Go on to the next set of exercises of opposite elbows and knees.

!!!NO BREAKS!!!

Set down the weight and put your hands behind your head. SAME EXERCISE! 50 Crunches. Do NOT pull on your head, let it lay back in your hands (like laying on a pillow).

Go on to the next set of exercises of opposite elbows and knees.

 

NOW you can stretch out your arms and legs, pointing your hands and fingers over your head and lengthening your legs and pointing your toes.

NO MORE THAN 30 SECOND RESTS

 

Turn over onto your stomach (prone position), lay flat and pull your hands behind your back and grasp your hands together as you count slowly to 20. Release, go into Child’s Pose (sitting on your heels, arms stretched out in front, forehead to the mat).

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times!

 

Turn on your side. Hands behind your head, knees slightly bent. Lift your elbow toward your hip for a count of 25 THEN reach your hand to your ankle as you lift your ankle to your hand for another count of 25. Remember NOT to pull on your head!

Repeat this exercise on your other side.

 

Back onto your stomach. Stretch out flat again lift yourself with into a plank position, either on your hands and toes, hands and knees (butt DOWN), elbows and toes, or elbows and knees (butt DOWN). Hold for a slow count of 20, up to 60.

Again go into childs pose, sitting on your heels, arms stretched over your head, forehead to the floor.

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times.

 

And ONE MORE TIME on your back!

 

Knees bent, feet and knees close together, bring your knees up toward your chest as you rock your chest to your knees and knees to your chest for 50 crunches. I call this my dead bug crunch as it looks like a bug curling together to me when you touch them (for those of you that know what pill bugs do!).

 

Good job, good job, good job! Stretch it out, point those fingers and toes. Suck your abs in and up. Know roll your knees up to your chest, wrap your arms around them and rock side to side a few times. Stop in the center and pull both legs straight up, grab them with your hands and pull them to your face, stretching your back a little more.

Bend your knees, put your feet on the floor, and drop your knees open in a butterfly groin stretch. You can flutter your knees if you’d like. Roll up and sit cross legged. Breathe in deep as you sweep your arms up and blow out as your sweep your arms down. Do this 2 more times as you suck your abs in and up.

Put your right palm on the floor and reach toward the ceiling with your left hand. Hold for a few seconds. Put your left palm on the floor and reach your right hand toward the ceiling and hold for a few seconds. Now reach around to the right, put your hands on your butt and look over your right shoulder. Hold for a few seconds. Switch to the left.

Return to center. Breathe in deep as you sweep your arms up and blow out as your sweep your arms down. Do this 2 more times as you suck your abs in and up. Do not turn your body but look over your right shoulder. Return to center. Look over your left shoulder. Return to center. Drop your right ear to your right shoulder and gently but optionally pull down on it with your right hand. Return to center and repeat on the left.

Deep breath in. Reach to the ceiling. Suck your abs in and up. Repeat 3 times and GIVE ME A HIGH FIVE!!! Great Job! Can’t wait till we do this again. How about you? Havin’ fun yet! 🙂

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Updated Shopping Cart & New Dragon Polish Photos!

Updated Shopping Cart & New Year of the Dragon Photos!

**Very Picture Heavy**

I am in awe of the amazing pictures and reviews many of the bloggers have done for my new line of polishes – The Year of the Dragon. Thank you so much to them for everything they have done for me. I will be listing each and every one of them in my posts so you can check out their different takes on and photos of this collection.

 

But I want to also thank all of the wonderful followers of these talented bloggers and the orders you have been placing. Yes, there have been some glitches with the shopping cart process. PayPal is a really easy payment system, however, getting their codes right has been quite a challenge! Thank you to all of you who have been through this with me. I do think everything is in order now!

So let’s get right to the juicy part of this post! Thank you to Jamie from Nails Adored for putting together this gorgeous website for me! She has been my constant consultant for so many things in this endeavor. I’ve paid her in many bottles of polish, mine included :), which she admits to happily working for, but I don’t feel like this is enough and I’m looking for a way to do something more for her! She was one of the first to break the news about my polishes and her pictures are stunning! She is on my bloglist over there —–>> and I would hope that if you are not already following her, you do so now. She is a talented and trained artist and she’s a whiz at the computer. Obviously I can’t sing her praises enough! And stop blushing Jamie, everyone that knows you feels that way about you!

 

OK enough mush and gush!

 

 Let’s get on to some fantabulous pictures! All courtesy of Jamie at Nails Adored.

 

The Conjuror
Guardian of the Lake

 

Call Forth Dragons
3 of Pentacles
Enchantment
Druid Circle
Dragon Heart
Pendragon

And LAYERED

Ring finger: Enchantment, Pendragon
Middle finger: The Conjuror, 3 of Pentacles
Pointer finger: Dragon Heart, Guardian of the Lake
Pinky: Call Forth the Dragons, Druid Circle
Layered
Layered

 

OK, SO WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Did Jamie bring my babies to life, or what!

AMAZING!

 

Pump It Up!

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Here’s your Next Workout ~

Alright – 15 minutes to warm up and get some cardio in – run around the block, do some jumping jacks, dance to your favorite songs – then meet me back here pronto!!!

Grab your Water, a Towel, and 3 to 5 Pound Weights, a Resistance Band and a Mat, and some Rockin’ Music!

Start Now!!!

20 reps Dumbell Biceps Curls

20 reps Behind the Back Shoulder Shrugs

20 reps Overhead Triceps Extensions

20 reps Reverse Flyes

 Repeat your workout THREE times!

 20 reps Deadlifts

20 reps Plie Squats

 Repeat your workout THREE times!

Then get a drink.

On the Floor or a Bench ~

20 reps Chest Flyes

Repeat your workout THREE times!

50 Crunches – Hands behind your head, don’t pull on your neck

50 Crunches – Hands behind your head, don’t pull on your neck

50 Crunches – Hands behind your head, don’t pull on your neck

 On Your Feet!

Grab your resistance band. Hold a handle in each hand and shorten the band till it is only about a foot in length and hold it in front of your eyes. Concentrate on your long lat muscles (back muscles) and pull the band down to chest height while barely stretching the band.

Do 20 reps and Repeat your workout THREE Times!

Stretch it out, make sure you Drink Plenty of Water, and get some Protein in you to repair those muscles!

It’s getting easier isn’t it?! Keep it up and workout like this 3 times a week. The rest of the week, walk, skate, swim, just DO SOMETHING and MOVE, MOVE, MOVE! XO

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January’s Back to Nature MyGlam Glam Bag

I’m not one to subscribe to monthly deals, but I thought the MyGlam subscription might be a pretty good value. At just $10, Michelle Phan of YouTube notoriety, promises something that she actually delivers – products her team of stylists love, for all of us to try.

And I have to say right off the bat with the first product, I certainly agree. I have been using Wen Cleansing Conditioner for several months now. My stepdaughter Samantha turned me onto them last fall. I buy from QVC and get a better deal than buying from their website. Before Christmas it was a TSV so I got to try a wide variety of formulas for a great price. Needless to say I really like the product and my already long, thick, silky blonde hair has gotten even more compliments recently then normal. So if you get the chance to try this product, I’m saying Go For It!!

The Cucumber Facial Peel-Off Mask by Freeman is a lot of fun. I’ve always liked masks that dry on my face and I can peel off like a second skin. Kinda creepy, huh? Well, Halloween IS my favorite holiday! Ok, but I digress. I have seen Freeman products at the drugstores probably my entire life. And I’ve tried many different ones through the years. They are nice. They are inexpensive. And this one worked like other peel off masks I’ve used. I was really hoping for that nice cucumber smell since I love products with that fragrance. And it’s there. So I also give this product a big thumbs up!

On to the Sheercover Duo Concealor. It’s a Light/Medium color so it would work ok with my natural looking South Florida tan. Except that it’s not a product I would normally wear. So I can’t honestly review it and tell you much about it.

OMG I am a nail polish junkie though. I’m not even gonna tell ya how many I own, and how many brands. But THIS was the first bottle by theBalm in my collection. Hot Ticket Nail Polish. Sounds like fun. And maybe they sent me this color since i do live in South Florida. But ummmm well, I’m not really one to wear ORANGE nail polish. Orange You Glad You’re Not Blue. To tell you the truth I am Blue, and I’d rather had Blue. So I suppose I’ll save it for Halloween. Remember, I LOVE that holiday, so maybe you’ll see me sporting it on my nails then!

Last is the soft cloth cosmetic bag everything was attractively packaged in. It’s also thinly lined to repel minor leaks. It’s a cute design with a zippered top. I’m sure I can think of a million things to do with another little bag. I have tons of them because they are so useful. (One day I need to do a post on all of my bags. I take several of them with me grocery shopping, including insulated ones!)

There’s also a nice little postcard included that describes each product and includes pricing. Coupons were included too.

So my verdict, the value is definately beyond the $10 MyGlam took from my credit card, which included the shipping. I’m still in the plan and excited to see what February brings. I did miss out on December, which was their launch. If you haven’t already signed up for this deal, reconsider it! And at this price, NO, I don’t get anything for a referral.

(And that reflective pink bag in the background was the bubble mailer it all came in!)