Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Giveaway: éclos Anti-Aging Skin Care Starter Kit by #EclosBeauty

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of éclos Skin Care. All opinions are 100% mine.

I don’t know about you but I do spend quite a lot of time trying out different skin care and anti-aging products. It’s not that I enjoy doing so but it’s because I cannot seem to find the right products that fits my needs. Most of the time, I am stuck with products laced with a whole lot of chemicals, something that doesn’t really work or stand up to all the hype. Not only that, they are usually really expensive too!

In my constant quest in trying to find the perfect product for me, I came across some products by éclos Skin Care  not too long ago. What really caught my attention was that its products are plant based. That’s right. Products from Eclos feature Apple Stem Cells which are extracted from a rare Swiss apple. It is shown that it has tremendous ability to stimulate skin stem cells, thus encouraging aging skin to behave like younger skin. In addition to the Apple Stem Cell technology, Eclos products are enriched with PhytoPlex24. That’s a property complex of plant extracts, vitamins and anti-oxidants helps minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and tired skin. Also, their product does not contain parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes and petro-chemicals. Yup, all those nasty stuff that we would want to keep away from.

Apart from it being plant based and natural, it is also similar to products were once only available from specialty brands at department stores. Yes, I’m talking about those high price tag items! You do not need to pay premium price for premium products. Eclos is the first brand to bring this active ingredient to mainstream stores at a fraction of the cost- making beautiful and younger skin available to women everywhere. You can find Eclos nationwide at food, drug and mass stores which include Target, Ulta, Duane Reade, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Fred Meyer.

Now that we know about all Eclos, let me introduce you to some of their products.

Facial Cleanser Skin Prep – This product is gentle enough for all skin types, yet it purifies skin deep down by removing makeup and daily debris.

Cellular Activator Face Serum – This lightweight liquid awakens dormant skin cells, increases their longevity and helps to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream – This facial cream helps protect your own skin stem cells, thus promoting the self-renewal capacity of the skin and helps slow signs of aging.

Restorative Eye Cream – This product encourages your skin stem cells to function more efficiently. It results in dramatically firmer skin and a reduction to fine lines around the eyes.

Instant Radiance Facial Scrub – The microdermabrasion found in this facial scrub helps polish away dry, flaky skin, while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.

Skin Renewal Clay Mask – This multifunctional mask cleanses absorbs impurities and unclogs pores while helping to restore skin to its youthful prime.
Don’t they all sound awesome? I am so excited to introduce this line of products to you. I know it’s difficult to know if a particular skin product is good for you unless you try it yourself. So, together with Eclos, The Podanys will be hosting a giveaway. One of our lucky readers will have the opportunity to win an Eclos Anti-Aging Skin Care Starter Kit containing sample sizes of the complete product line! The kit is valued at $19.99 and it contains the following.

• Facial Cleanser Skin Prep

• Cellular Activator Face Serum

• Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream

• Restorative Eye Cream

• Instant Radiance Facial Scrub

• Skin Renewal Clay Mask

• éclos Terry Cloth Head Band

All you need to do is to a leave comment before 11:59pm (EST) on June 14th, 2012 on this blog post, stating which product in the kit you are most excited to try. Kevin and I will then randomly pick a winner after the closing date. So, what are you waiting for? Leave a comment and be in the running to win your very own Eclos Anti-Aging Skin Care Starter Kit!

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Uno Chicago Grill - Clifton, NJ

It was another lazy Sunday afternoon for us and we spent the entire afternoon lazing on the couch, watching TV. We were watching some program on the Food Network about various types of pizzas around America and I realized that I've never tried the Chicago style deep dish pizza before. Yeah, I've been to Chicago before don't ask me why, I just never got around to trying the deep dish pizza. Now, I totally love our NY style pizza and I really think that it's the best pizza ever. Hands down. However, how can I make such a statement without even trying the Chicago style pizza, right? So, I told Kevin that we should go have some Chicago style deep dish pizza for dinner that evening. Now, the big question. Where can we find Chicago style deep dish pizza in the middle of Northern Jersey?
Uno Chicago Grill, of course! After all, they were the ones who invented the Chicago deep dish pizza! We have always driven past this place whenever we go grocery shopping in Clifton, but we never got around to checking it out. I guess today is the day! Since it's located in a shopping/commercial area of Clifton, parking was no problem at all. There were ample free parking spaces available all around the restaurant. I guess we were a little bit early for dinner, so we lucked out and didn't have to wait for a table. I can tell that Uno Chicago Grill is a pretty popular spot, cos all the tables were filled and there was a line when we left.
Before we left for dinner, I went online to see if there were any in store coupons and/or promotions for Uno Chicago Grill. I found out that if we sign up for their Insider's Club, we will get a coupon for a free appetizer. So, I did just that! We ordered the 1lbs of the Honey BBQ Wings ($9.79) to share as our appetizer. Of course, we got that! The wings were really huge and juicy, just the way I like them! The honey BBQ sauce was also really yummy. Who would have known, that you can find such awesome wings in a pizza place.
For our mains, we of course ordered the deep dish pizza. Since we couldn't agree on a what pie to try, we decided to go with two personal pans. When they brought out the pies, the waiter told us that the pans are super hot. They then helped us remove the pies from the pans and placed them on regular plates. It smelled so good and yummy, we couldn't wait to dig in. Kevin ordered the Chicago Classic ($10.79) and I had the Numero Uno ($10.99) . Kevin's Chicago Classic is crumbled sausage, chunky tomato sauce, Mozzarella and grated Romano cheese. It looked yummy and Kevin said it tasted great too.
My Numero Uno pizza is their all time favorite and one of the most popular pizzas on the menu. It's basically a 'the works' pizza. It had sausage, pepperoni, onions, peppers, mushrooms and their signature chunky tomato sauce, all topped with Mozzarella and grated Romano cheese. Look at how deep it is. It's so thick, you can't just pick it up to eat, like the NY style pizza. You have to use a fork! It was just packed with all kinds of toppings and it was soo flavorful too. Another thing that stood out was the crust. It was so buttery and flaky, mmmm mmmm mmmm.
Our total bill came to $28.85 for 2 drinks, 1 appetizers (which was free) and two pizzas. We had plenty of pizza left over, so I would say that it was enough to feed 3-4 people. Not too bad at all. So, the answer to the question we have all been waiting for. Which is better? NY style of Chicago style pizza? I really love the Chicago deep dish pizza from Uno Chicago Grill. In fact, I am already making plans to return real soon. However, I must say that nothing can beat our greasy and huge sliced NY style pizza! Pick up a huge slice of pepperoni pizza with cheese and grease dripping from the sides, fold it in half and stuff it in your mouth. Ahhhh heaven! Now, that's what I call good pizza! :D

Uno Chicago Grill - Clifton, NJ
426 Rt. 3 West
Clifton, NJ 07014
Tel: (973)574 1303

Saturday, May 19, 2012

SALE: Lenovo speakers for only $11.99!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lenovo. All opinions are 100% mine.
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I’m sure many of you know that I spend a lot of time working on the computer. On an average day, I would be in front of the computer for at least 12 hours, if not more. When I’m on the computer, I would usually listen to music. What kind of music? All kinds of music! I love music and it gets me going when I am on the computer. What I don’t like is the sound quality of the speakers on my laptop. It’s really bad and I can hardly hear anything. Sure, I do occasionally plug in my headphones but it hurts any ears after a while. So, I decided to buy some good speakers that I could plug into my laptop.

After searching the web for quite some time, I came across the M0520 Lenovo speaker! They were truly the answer to all my problems! The first thing that caught my attention was its size and beautiful bright red color! Not only was it small, but it looked awesome! Not only did it look great, it’s sound quality is great too! The Lenovo speaker M0520 is a 2.0 speaker system which includes a main speaker with built-in amplifiers and a sub-speaker. That’s right, don’t be fooled by its size. It might be small but it packs 4 watts of power for high-quality full sound! Another thing I love about these speakers is its convenient USB-powered connection with energy saving function. I just hate it when you have to plug in your speakers into a plug point. I have so many devices around me all the time; I hardly have space to plug in another thing. This works perfectly for me!  Also, it has speaker wire spools for easy storage. I don’t know about you but I am very anal when it comes to messy workspaces. With the speaker wire spools, it makes your workspace look neat and tidy!

I’m so glad that I found the Lenovo M0520 speakers. Not only does it look great but it has a high quality full sound. Another thing that I love about it is that I can use it on many of my other devices. Of course, the main purpose of getting it is to use it with my laptop but I can also use it for our desktop as well as my smartphone or MP3/MP4 player.  For those of you who are thinking of getting yourselves a pair, boy, do I have some news for you! From now until May 21, 2012, these speakers will be on sale for $11.99! That’s right, that’s a saving of $18 from its original price of $29.99! That’s just too good of a deal to be missed. I have already ordered mine. So, what are you waiting for? Head over to their website and order yours today!

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