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Smile Every Day with Colgate Enamel Health

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Colgate. I received a product sample for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Smile

A while back I read something about saving a smile for your kids.  The article talked about the importance of smiling at your kids even on days when you don’t feel like it.  Even though I can’t remember where I read that the message has stuck with me and I’ve tried to intentionally smile more.  Do you know what I’ve learned since trying to smile more?  It truly improves my mood.  When I smile more my kids smile more and life is just better.  Give it a try it sometime; it’s remarkable.

Tips for Improving Your Smile

Charles Gordy once said, “A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.”  I love that.  A person does tend to be better looking when they smile, don’t they?

Smiling leads to a decrease in the stress-induced hormones that negatively affect your physical and mental health.  Here are two great examples:

  • - In the famous yearbook study, where they tracked the lives of women for 30 years who had the best smiles in yearbook photos compared to the rest. The women who smiled the most lived happier lives, happier marriages and had fewer setbacks.
  • -The baseball card study found a clear correlation between how big a smile someone made on a baseball card photo and how long they would live. The people with the biggest smiles turned out to live 7 years longer than those who didn’t.

Smiling not only improves your mood, your looks, but also your life!  We should all actively try to smile several times a day now, right?  I think so!  If you lack a confident smile, cheer up because I have a few tips to help you improve your smile.

Tips to Improve your Smile

- Practice Smiling

Can you think of someone you know that smiles a lot?  They have a comfortable smile.  People who smile often can break out into a toothy grin effortlessly.  Everyone feels at ease around them.  Having a comfortable smile of your own will take a little practice but it will be worth it!

Practice smiling in the mirror.  Do you like your smile best with your mouth open or closed?  Practice smiling with your eyes.  After you’ve done this for a while purposefully make eye contact with strangers and smile.  Not everyone will smile back but chances are you’ll help brighten their day anyway!

- Brush, Floss, Rinse

Make sure your smile is the best that it can be by brushing with Colgate Enamel Health.  It will leave your teeth sparkling white and your enamel protected.  Flossing will help keep your teeth and gums healthy but will also reduce bad breath.  Rinse with mouthwash for a clean feeling mouth and fresh breath.  Good oral hygiene is essential for a confident smile.

Thanks to Walgreens’ Saturdate last month I was able to picked up a great deal on Colgate Enamel Health.  Be sure to check your local Walgreens for all the supplies you need to have a winning smile.

This holiday season, make a conscious effort to make eye contact and give genuine smiles at other people whenever possible. Smile at your kids—smile at your co-workers—smile with confidence at every opportunity!

Walgreens Saturdate with Colgate 11/15

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Colgate. I received a product sample for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Colgate Enamel

I’m a big fan of Walgreens.  It’s my go-to store for cosmetics, hair products, and photo developing.  It’s right down the road from my house and it’s so nice to get in and get out when I’m running errands.  Not to mention that their weekly coupon deals combined with their Balance Rewards card program saves me BIG money on the things I use most!

I’ve written about a few Walgreens’ special Saturdate events and I’m here to tell you about another one – one that’s happening tomorrow!

It’s short notice, I know, but if you can manage to hop in your nearest Walgreens you could get a complimentary sample of Colgate Enamel Health Toothpaste.  There will be helpful Walgreens employees on hand to help educate shoppers about this new toothpaste and to answer any questions you may have about it.  Our Walgreens’ staff is always so friendly and eager to help.  You can learn more details about this Walgreens’ Saturdate here.

Smiles

I think that a person’s smile can be one of their best traits.  Taking care of that smile is important.  Drinking coffee, soda, and acidic drinks can not only terribly stain teeth but it can also wear away at tooth’s enamel.  Colgate has been my go-to toothpaste for quite some time now and Colgate Enamel Health is my new favorite Colgate toothpaste.  Head over to Walgreens tomorrow to pick up your sample!  Even if you can’t make it there tomorrow you should try and swing by there some time.  It’s good stuff. :)

Colgate Enamel Health

 

Are you going to the Saturdate tomorrow?

Update: I went with my grandma and picked up a sample for each of us.  They were having a killer sale and coupon combo.

If you went to your local Saturdate event and took a picture share a link to it in the comments or share it on social media with the hashtag #EmbracingBeauty and #ColgateEnamelHealth.

U.S. Soccer SuperFans Do More! Plus $100 Giveaway

Degree

This summer Degree Men and Walgreens are celebrating and cheering on U.S. Soccer! As the Official Deodorant of U.S. Soccer, Degree wants to reward fans who Do:More with a great offer. Head in to Walgreens 6/29–7/5 and get 1,000 Balance Rewards points when you buy 2 Degree Men Deodorant products. So move more, cheer more and Do: More this summer with Degree!

Degree is also the Official Deodorant of U.S. Soccer. Cheer on Clint Dempsey and the U.S. Men’s National Team with Degree as they play in Brazil this summer!

World Cup Strong Degree

No matter if your man is playing soccer with the guys, mowing the lawn, or chasing the kids around the yard Degree is there for him.  Degree’s long lasting protection just got better with their  new and improved MOTIONSENSE™ that has been developed to respond to your body to keep you feeling cool and confident for up to 48 hours!

Win a $100 Walgreens Gift Card!

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10 Makeup Tips to Look Gorgeous This Winter

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. #WalgreensBeauty #CollectiveBias

10 Tips to Look Gorgeous This Winter

Are you feeling less than beautiful this season?  Do you need a few makeup tips to perk up your demeanor?  With the dropping temperatures it’s common to have a dull complexion, frizzy hair, and blotchy skin.  I’m here to share my favorite 10 tips {and products} to help you banish your winter beauty blues.  Are you ready?  Let’s get started!

CoverGirl TruMagic

1.)  Choose a new foundation.  As the seasons change so should your makeup…and I’m not just talking about colors.  As the cold weather approaches it’s important to choose a foundation that leaves your skin feeling dewier than the one you previously used in the warmer months.  I recommend skipping powder all together.  If you’re skin has a tendancy to shine here and there try CoverGirl’s mattifier.  It will tame the shine without settling in your wrinkles or drying out your skin.  This is one of my new favorite drugstore buys!  Products to try: Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse Makeup and CoverGirl TruMagic Mattifier.

Yes to Cucumbers

2.)  Swap out your shampoo.  Most shampoos contain sulfates, which do a great job at cleaning hair so much so that they can also strip away important oils.  Using these shampoos will leave your scalp feeling itchy, flaky, and dry during the colder months.  Look for sulfate-free shampoos and moisturizing conditioners to keep your locks looking lovely.  Products to try:  Yes to Cucumbers, TRESemme, and Organix shampoos and conditioners.

Sally Hansen

3.)  Paint your nails.  A new shade of nail polish can brighten anyone’s spirits.  You could go with a natural or a bold polish, the choice is yours.  When removing polish use an acetone-free nail polish remover to help nails maintain their moisture.  {Check out my natural secret to beautiful nails.}  Products to check out: Sally Hansen Salon Manicure, Revlon, or Maybelline.

Olay Beauty Bars

Gold Bond Lotion

4.)  Ban the hot water.  Okay, if you’re like me and just can’t give up your long, hot baths, try substituting your regular bubble bath with a few drops of  bath oil.  You can also swap your old bar of soap for a moisturizing bar or body wash.  When you get out of the shower don’t try off completely and apply body cream all over.  Body creams are better than lotions.  The thicker and richer the product the more moisture it gives your skin.  Products to try: Olay moisturizing beauty bar or body wash and Gold Bond Soothing cream.

Yes to Cucumbers

5.)  Cleanse gently.  Washing your face with a product that over dries it will cause your face to produce more oil, lots of it, leaving you with shine and if you’re like me, acne.  If you can stand creamy facial cleansers that don’t require rinsing those would be great to use during the winter.  {I personally can’t use them because it seems so wrong to have a creamy cleanser.  It just weirds me out.  I know that’s stupid but I can’t get past it.}  Instead, I opt for facial cleansing cloths that remove makeup and grime without rinsing.  Products to try: Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Removing Wipes, Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes, or Oil of Olay Facial Cleansing Cloths.

Vaseline Lip Therapy

6.)  Moisturize your lips.  The winter temps and wind can quickly chap and crack your lips.  Protect your lips with a nourishing lip balm, not the waxy ones, or enjoy a creamy layer of Vaseline Lip Therapy like I do.  {I know it doesn’t treat or moisturize my lips but it seals in moisture and well, I just like it.}  {Check out 15 Beauty Uses for Vaseline}  I also alternate between Vaseline Lip Therapy, Burt’s Bees colored lip products and Carmex.  I love all three brands so much that it’s hard to chose just one.  I keep one, at least one, in every diaper bag, purse, and if I’m honest…in just about every room of our house.  I hate to be without my lip products in winter!  Nobody likes dry lips, nobody.  Products to try: Vaseline Lip Therapy, Carmex, or Burt’s Bees lip products.

Humidifier

7.)  Hydrate while you sleep.  Indoor heat dries out the air in every home so grab a humidifier {or two} to help combat itchy, dry skin.  Products to try: Crane humidifier.

8.) Drink more water.  It’s no secret that water is good for you but many of us don’t drink the recommended 8 glasses a day.  Thinking about why I’m drinking water it a good motivation for me to continue to drink.  It helps flush out things that shouldn’t be there, keeps your body hydrated, and drinking water also helps improve the appearance of your skin.  Win-win!

Covergirl Bombshell

9.)  Use a primer.  A primer will help protect your face and keep those blotchy spots at bay.  It also prevents a cakey look that can happen when makeup is applied over dry skin.  A good primer will help your makeup go on evenly and last all day.  Don’t forget to quickly swipe on a coat or two of your favorite mascara to make your eyes pop.  Products to try: L’Oreal Paris Anti-Redness Skin Primer, CoverGirl Bombshell Volume.

10.)  Sleep!  This advice isn’t specific to winter but it’s a good thing to be reminded of all year long.  Wanna know a little secret?  Beauty sleep is a real thing.  It’s true!  Our bodies repair themselves while we’re sleeping so not only is our mood improved with a good night’s sleep but so is our skin.

Walgreens Shopping

Because I love affordable beauty products all of the items I suggested above can be found at your local drug store.  The items I pictured above were purchased at my local Walgreens which has a great makeup aisle and incredibly friendly makeup department workers.  {They always have extra beauty coupons on hand, I love these ladies!}  Here’s a picture of my husband making a silly face while shopping with me in the Walgreens beauty department.

What changes do you make to your beauty routine during the winter months?  Also, what are your favorite winter beauty buys?  I’d love to know!

Color Block Puzzle Nail Art with Sally Hansen #IHeartMyNailArt #cbias

 *This post has been sponsored by Social Fabric and Sally Hansen but all opinions remain my own. Full disclosure is at the bottom of the post.

DIY Puzzle Piece Nail Art

I have what some would call an obsession.  I’m a nail polish fanatic.  Hoarder even.  I’m too embarrassed to show you just how many nail polish bottles I actually own.  I love experimenting with nail designs and adding a fun splash of color to my nails to accentuate my outfit.

I’ve been eager to try a new design so I set a date, invited friends, and went shopping at Walgreens.  They have the biggest selection of Sally Hansen products that I’ve ever seen!  I was impressed.  I tried to think of what colors I had at home and which ones would be good to buy to match those.  I decided to let my daughter pick out which ones she wanted and I would make it work.  She loved picking them out and holding a few as we went through the store.  You can check out my entire Walgreens shopping trip to see all of the great varieties of Sally Hansen nail polish…and more pictures of my little girl!

Sally Hansen Nail Polish Stand

My little basket was full to the brim with everything I needed to host an excellent manicure party, that is, except for nail design tape.  I knew I could order some online but I wanted it quicker than that.  I searched up and down the isles but I couldn’t find what I was looking for.  I wanted to do color block nail art and to do it neatly I wanted tape.  Scotch tape works but I wanted the good stuff.  I asked a Walgreens associate if she knew if where I could find some.  She immediately stopped what she was doing and joined me in my search.  We could both picture it but we couldn’t find it.  She found some thin craft tape that we thought might fit the bill.  I’m happy to report that it worked wonderfully.  If you’re store is ever out of nail design tape (or you just can’t find it) check the craft isle!

When I got to the check out the cashier told me about two $5 coupons I could have used on my purchase if I had only gone to Coupons.com.  Being a teacher of couponing I felt like smacking myself on my head.  Even though I missed out on the coupons, I did get the 2/$5 deal w/ 1,000 points added to my Walgreens Balance Rewards Card (3/31-4/27).

If you have a smart phone, I recommend downloading their app to your phone.  They have several different handy services they offer including bar-code scanner, coupons, and you can keep track of your Balance Rewards right on your phone.  I really racked up on the reward points during this trip!

Sally Hansen Nail Polish

I had simple snacks for our “block party” so that we could eat while painting our nails.  Yep, you can tell I’m experienced at this!!  We had gummy bears, popcorn, and a few other little goodies.

DIY Puzzle Nail Art

The nail designs were so much fun to experiment with.  I wanted to get brave enough to do a complicated design like a stained glass window or a bunch of bricks each with a different color.  I decided to mix it up a little and do puzzle piece nail art.  Not too complicated but still kind of classy.

DIY Striped Nail Art

This simple stripe design was made using our craft tape.  It held strong enough not to let the paint bleed through but not strong enough to pull off the original color.

Sally Hansen Stripes

Here is a diagonal stripe with the most amazing sparkle polish over top!  Trust me, this photo doesn’t begin to show it’s beauty.

Here are a few simple steps that I think make for a great at home manicure:

  1. Trim, file, buff, & push back cuticles.  Buffing might seem like a waste of time but it will help your nail polish last longer!
  2. Apply a base coat.
  3. Apply your base color of choice.  I recommend starting with your lightest shade.
  4. Allow to fully dry.  This could take a while so I usually add a quick drying top coat here so I can get to designing my nails (the fun stuff) right away.
  5. Apply tape and paint the remaining areas.
  6. If you’re doing the puzzle design that I did, take a dotting tool (or a toothpick) and dip it into the polish and then onto your nail on the  opposite color.  Repeat with each square.
  7. Apply a top coat.
  8. Take a picture and post it on Instagram with the tag #EmbracingBeauty so I can see it.  (Really, I want to see!)

I had a great time and I hope you enjoyed reading about my latest nail art adventure.

If you end up catching the “color block bug” feel free to share your art with Sally Hansen on Facebook for a chance to win some great prizes.  Check out the Pinterest Party Walgreens and Sally Hansen are hosting where you could win a year’s supply of Sally Hansen!  You can always purchase Sally Hansen in Walgreens stores but did you know that you can also get it online?  It’s true, you can!  You can also connect with Sally Hansen on Twitter and Walgreens on Twitter.

*UPDATE! I have posted a step by step Puzzle Nail Art Tutorial here for those interested!*

What’s a nail design you would like to try?

*Disclaimer – I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias®  and COTY #cbias #SocialFabric.

Walgreens Deals for the Week of February 17-23, 2013

Walgreens Logo

 

 

Here are the best Walgreens deals for the week of February 17-23, 2013. 
Always 20 pk. Liners – $0.99
$1/1 Always Feminine Care Product, exp. 2/28/13 (P&G 01/27/13 R)
FREE after coupon!

 

Ricola Bags – $1.29
$1/2 Ricola Bags, exp. 3/6/13 (SS 01/06/13 #2)
$0.79 ea. wyb 2 after coupon!

 

Campbell’s Condensed Tomato or Chicken Noodle Soup-$0.79 with In Ad Coupon
$1/5 Campbell’s Condensed Soups printable
$1/10 Campbell’s Condensed Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup, exp. 3/15/13 (SS 01/13/13 R)
As low as $0.59 ea. wyb 5 after coupon!

 

Carmex Lip Balm – $0.99
$0.55/1 Carmex Lip Product, exp. 2/28/13 (SS 12/02/12 R)
$1/2 Carmex Lip Conditioner or Lip Product, exp. 2/28/13 (SS 12/02/12)
As low as $0.44 after coupon!

 

Velveeta Shells & Cheese Dinner-2/$4
$1/2 Velveeta Shells & Cheese Dinner printable
$1/2 Kraft Mac & Cheese Deluxe or Homestyle or Velveeta Shells & Cheese or Skillet Cheeseburger Mac (Walgreens, Feb)
$1 ea. wyb 2 after coupons!

 

Velveeta Cheesy Skillets-2/$4
$1/2 Velveeta Cheesy Skillets or Casserole Dinner Kits printable
$1/2 Kraft Mac & Cheese Deluxe or Homestyle or Velveeta Shells & Cheese or Skillet Cheeseburger Mac (Walgreens, Feb)
$1 ea. wyb 2 after coupons!

 

Arrid or Arm & Hammer Deodorant-$0.99 with In Ad Coupon
$0.99 after coupon!

 

Thanks, Passion for Savings for helping with these match-ups!

Walgreens: Deals for the Week of February 10-16, 2013

Walgreens Logo

 

 

Here are the best Walgreens deals for the week of February 10-16, 2013. 

 

Chloraseptic Honey Lemon Warming Spray-$3.99
Buy 1, Get $3 Register Reward

 

Almay Intense Eye Color Cosmetics-$6.99
Buy 1, Get $4 Register Reward
$2/1 Almay Cosmetic Product, exp. 2/24/13 (SS 01/20/13 R)
$1/1 Almay Cosmetic Item, exp. 3/3/13 (SS 02/03/13 R)
As low as $0.99 after coupon and RR! 

 

Quaker Oatmeal-2/$3
Buy 2, Get 500 Points
$1/2 Quaker Product, exp. 2/28/13 (ALL YOU Jan ’13)
$1/2 Quaker Product, exp. 6/30/13 (ALL YOU Feb ’13)
$0.75 ea. wyb 2 after coupon and Points! 

Cepacol Sore Throat Lozenges-$3.99
Buy 2, Get 4,000 Points
As low as $0.99 ea. wyb 2 after coupons and Points! 

 

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner – $0.99
$0.66 ea. wyb 3 after coupon!
M&M’s Brand Chocolate Candies Snack Mix-2/$5
$1/1 M&M’s Brand Chocolate Candies Snack Mix, exp. 2/24/13 (RP 01/13/13)
$1/2 M&M’s Pouch or Snack Mix (Walgreens, Feb)
$1 ea. wyb 2 after coupons!
Halls Cough Drops – $0.99
$1/2 Halls Drops Bags, exp. 2/11/13 (SS 01/06/13)
$0.49 ea. wyb 2 after coupon!
Thanks, Passion for Savings for helping with these match-ups!

Walgreens: Aquafresh Kids’ Fresh & Fruity Toothpaste for Only $0.50

Aquafresh Kids

 

Walgreens has Aquafresh Fresh & Fruity Kids Toothpaste on sale for $1.50. Plus, when you use the $1/1 Aquafresh printable coupon you can get them for just $0.50 each!

 

Thanks, Moms By Heart!

Walgreens: Keebler Cookies Only $0.49!

 

If you haven’t signed up yet for Kellogg’s Family Rewards you may want to now!  You can sign up by clicking the banner above.  Just like other rewards programs you’ll enter the codes found on the products you by, in this case Kellogg’s products.  You can use those points to get high value coupons, toys, magazines, or other great rewards.

 

Here’s a great deal you can score this week at Walgreens with the new Kellogg’s coupon:

 

Buy 1 Keebler Cookies at $1.99
Use $1.50/1 Keebler Cookies Printable Coupon (click the image above to print yours)
$0.49 after coupon

 

Here are some free points to get you started:

 

  • GOODHOUSEMAG50PT (50 points) *NEW*
  • REDBOOKKFR50PNTS (50 points) *NEW*
  • MYFAVCHARACTER50 (50 points) *NEW*
  • KFRFREEGROCERIES (50 points) *NEW*
  • MYFAVCHARACTER50 (50 points)
  • HALLOWEENPARTY25 (25 points)
  • HOWITWORKS20PNTS (20 points)
  • KELLOGGSMEDAL20P (20 points)
  • KFRFIBERPLUSPOLL (10 points)
  • JOINKELLOGG2SAVE (50 points)
  • LVNGSOCIAL25PNTS (25 points)

 

Thanks, Common Sense With Money!

Free 8×10 at Walgreens!

Walgreens Photo

 

Order a free 8×10 photo print ($3.99 value) using the coupon code FREE2THANK at Walgreens Photo and you can pick it up in-store for free.  Absolutely free!  This coupon code is only to be used once per account and it expires on Saturday, November 26.  Thanks, Freebies 4 Mom for sharing!

 

Simply go to the “Prints” category in the menu bar and select “Order Prints.”  There you’ll see a turqoise “Free 8×10 Enlargement” banner to click on.  If you don’t have a Walgreens near you or you want to surprise a loved one you can ship the print for only $0.99!