MAC Cosmetics’ Newest Store Opening with Madison Beer! #MACSelfie

Can I get some props for my insane turnaround time? I got to attend the very cool opening of MAC’s Florida Mall location with recording artist Madison Beer…yesterday. YES. I went yesterday and managed to get a post up today. I am impressed with myself.

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Also impressive is this new location. Ohmigoodness y’all. Yes, the Florida Mall has had a MAC location for many years but Orlando is the getting the first ever youth concept store. Because of its C-shaped and open environment design, consumers will have the opportunity to really get up close and personal with the products.

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There is a looooong table in the store where you can casually stroll by and pick up this shadow, swatch this liner, remove it all and start over again. As always, the stunning and helpful MAC artists are there to answer all questions. You really need to see this store in person to get an idea of how fantastic it is. I think it will be a huge hit and I hope MAC gives us more of these stores nationwide and worldwide.

So in honor of the store’s opening, the very talented singer Madison Beer came out to chat with some of us bloggers and do selfies with her fans!

Interviewing Madison Beer

Margaret from Beauty and the Beat and I both got to chat with Madison and for being only 15 years old, the girl has serious style and poise. She’s such a sweetheart! Of course she’s an enormous MAC Cosmetics fan and when I asked her to pick between a red and pink lipstick, she picked…pink! Rihanna is her makeup idol and she schooled me on how to achieve those dark and luscious lashes of hers. She says that applying the mascara on top can really bring out the lashes.  I loved to hear her say one of her tips to younger makeup lovers is to keep it simple; to not cake on makeup and to still aim for a natural look. I absolutely agree and it was so refreshing to know that not ALL teenage girls feel the need to pile on the makeup.

Shortly after our interviews, one lucky fan got the opportunity to get a signed copy of Madison’s album AND she got her makeup done by Madison.

Madison Beer fan at MAC

This girlie could not have been more adorable. She couldn’t stop smiling and had such a good time letting her favorite singer do her makeup! And because it’s 2014 and it’s what everyone does, selfies happened!

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For a minute I kinda wanted to be 15 again. Maybe. Eh. I don’t know. Kinda?

While Madison continued to take selfies with the loooooong line of fans outside of the store, I got a chance to chat with MAC Cosmetics Artist Florida Mall, Desiree Rodriguez.

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Desiree is everything. She’s ridiculously talented, knowledgeable about her stuff and is such a fantastic teacher. She had me feelin’ like I too could achieve her iconic winged liner. Mmmm. We’ll see. She also had Margaret and me falling in love with Lady Danger lipstick (Desiree’s favorite lipstick of all time) and she gave Margaret’s brows such a beautiful fix.

Beauty and the Beat

But really it was Mina of MinaSlater.com’s  transformation that really made me happy. This gorgeous girl doesn’t wear red lipsticks! I am on a mission to get every woman to at least TRY red lipstick and when Desiree picked up Viva Glam Rihanna for Mina, I just knew some magic would happen. And it did.

Princess Mina

Let this be a lesson to you, girls. WEAR RED LIPSTICK! Haha, I’m kidding. Not really, though. :cool:

I am so so excited for this new layout! The Florida Mall is such an ideal location because of the tourist traffic and its convenient location – right next to the Food Court! I tend to shop at a MAC store closer to my home, but I don’t know…I’m thinkin’ this location is worth the trip.

Join Me At The Niche Parent Conference!

Niche ParentI love when conferences come to Orlando. It happens quite a bit because helllloooo the big Mouse lives around these parts. Yours truly is an Ambassador for the Niche Parent Conference. And wait just one second. Don’t get all huffy and puffy on me and say “But I’m not a pareeeent.” Cool. You don’t have be. In fact, many of the attendees are NOT parents. The Niche Parent Conference prides themselves on bringing together the best digital influencers for a weekend of networking, learning and good ‘ol time.

This conference will be a fantastic fit for bloggers of all genres because the content provided will be geared toward us social media junkies of all backgrounds!

“The Niche Parent Conference features a workshop-style agenda that will give digital influencers, journalists, and business owners hands-on training by top industry leaders in a peer-to-peer environment. Educational and informative continuing education workshops and sessions for attendees will cover the latest trends in blogging, social media, and entrepreneurship. The agenda will be designed to help attendees of all levels enhance their social media and marketing skills, in addition to offering entrepreneurial and business training.” (source)

Yes y’all. Good times will be had and I hope that you can make it! For more information about this very awesome conference, visit the site and to purchase your ticket, do so here!

Heading to Niche Parent and want to meet up? Let me know!

 

 

Disclosure: As Ambassador, I will receive a pass to attend the Niche Parent Conference but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. There’s an affiliate link up there so if you purchase your ticket, yours truly gets a few pennies to spend on saving up for the hotel stay during the conference. Weeee!!!

A Visit to the Salt Room Millenia

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“Seriously Brit? You’re going to a room of salt? That’s crazy. Even for you.”

My girlfriend is going to kill me for quoting her but I had to because she’s hilarious. When I told her that I was visiting a Salt Room, she couldn’t fathom what I meant. And I get it but the Salt Room Millenia is exactly what it sounds like. A room of salt. I’ve been visiting salt rooms with with Elle for months now and I was so excited when the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida crew were invited to get a firsthand experience of the only Himalayan Salt Room in the Central Florida area.

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And yeah, I know what you’re thinking. “It’s salt! Why would I want to sit in a room of it?”

Perfect for allergy suffers, those with with eczema, colds, ear infections and asthma, salt thearpy or halotherapy has been known to work wonders. A 45 minute session is so incredibly relaxing and visitors will notice an amazing difference in how they breathe. Regular visits will produce the best results and I enjoy taking Elle because even after her first visit,  her chronically dried skin felt so much better.

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Salt covers the walls, ceiling and floor and microscopic pure salt crystals get pumped into the room. Salt lamps glow and you, you just sit there and relax in comfortable reclining chairs. It really is that simple. You can come as you are and chances are you won’t see any type of residue on your skin or clothes. Some of the girls mentioned that their hair smelled like salt, which I think makes for a nice “I just left the beach.” touch. 

Having visited salt rooms at least 5 times, I am here to tell you…they work! I only wish I could build my own salt room (which is possible!) but something tells me I need to be on the side of wealthy and be a homeowner. Until then, I’ll be visiting the Salt Room Millenia for all of my salt therapy needs.

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If you are in the Orlando area, check out the Salt Room Millenia.

 

 

Disclosure: My visit to the Salt Room Millenia was complimentary. All opinions are my own. 

Experience the Mid-week Magic at the Amway Center!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Orlando Magic. All opinions are 100% mine.

Ooooh, basketball fans (especially the ones in the Orlando area), I’ve got somethin’ for you. While I have yet to attend an Orlando Magic game, I am starting to think I have a serious reason for needing to go.

 

 

And why wouldn’t I? I mean, honestly…have you seen the Amway Center? It’s stunning in itself. How I have never ventured inside is beyond me. This is all kinds of craziness considering I worked in a building close to the Amway Center and watched it go from a patch of grass to the massive building that can be seen from Interstate 4.

But something super special goes down on Wednesday nights at the Amway. If you trek on down that way between 5:30-7:00 you’ll run into a pre-game Happy Hour at ‘Ronas an Ritas. This outside bar has the drinks a flowin’ and the music a thumpin’. And girl look…you don’t even have to go broke trying to buy a drink because helllooo – they have drink specials starting at $3.

Now you’ll have to purchase a ticket to get access to ‘Ronas and Ritas but who exciting is it that you can score a 2-in-1? You’ll get a chance to have an awesome time and good drinks AND see the Magic WIN!

Time is a tickin’ so if you’ve been meaning to head out to the Amway Center, you’ve only got 3 more games to head to:

-August 2nd vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
-August 9th vs. Brooklyn Nets
-April 16th vs. Indiana Pacers

Experience the #MidWeekMagic before the season ends! For Mid-Week Magic and Orlando Magic ticket Information, click here.

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Color Me Rad 5K – Orlando 2014

Yo. So I am all over running races. It is just a wee bit of an addiction. I’ve gone as far as to run 2 races in a weekend and sign myself up for races that aren’t for months and months. I figure this “get fit” thing has to be some kind of fun and so doing races is my way of enjoying it. Kinda.

Color Me Rad 5K

When I was offered the opportunity to score a pass for the Color Me Rad run here in Orlando on March 30th, I jumped at it. Because…obviously. A fun 5K that involves a ton of rainbow dust, loud music and doesn’t involve a huge clock that will track my time? DONE!

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By the way…I took all of these pictures with my iPhone. If they look a bit gritty, don’t judge a sista, ok?

There are many color runs that are held in cities nationwide and since this is my first one, I can’t compare Color Me Rad to any other run. What I can do is give you fellow runners and non-runners an idea if this is the kind of race for you.

Color Me Rad

The short answer is YES! For $50, those that register for this race get a race bib, t-shit (and a VERY cool t-shirt, at that), RAD tattoo, sunglasses and a sticker. More than anything, though, you’re paying for the experience and had this race been around when I was in elementary, middle or high school, I would have sooooo tried to convince my parents to let me run. I would have also done it with my college girlfriends and boyfriends. That’s just it. This race is so much fun at all ages and I think many non-athletes will appreciate how carefree and FUN it is. In fact, many people didn’t run at all. They casually walked with friends and chatted.

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So, let’s get down to the details. What to expect at Color Me Rad…

Color Me Rad operates on a wave system. When you register, you sign up for a time and that’s when you head to the Start line. And that’s when the madness begins. Things like this happen at the Start line…

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You get to chattin’ with strangers and watchin’ them toss color bombs all over each other. It’s good time to be had and this is all before the race even starts. Unlike many races, Color Me Rad is NOT timed. I love this idea. I tend to be pretty competitive but I love not having to worry about meeting my personal record. I ran with a gal pal who keeps me motivated and so we did run but it was great not having to worry about beating a certain time.

Color Me Rad Finish line

Every half of a mile or so Color Me Rad has a color station set up that blast with you different colors of colored cornstarch or colored water. I am clearly a 7-year old trapped in a 29-year old’s body because I loved this part.

Color Me Rad finish

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And at the end of each wave (and several times during), at a stage an MC will pass out color bombs to every one, a countdown begins and folx toss the bombs all over the air. Best.time.ever. It has been forever since I’ve bounced up and down with my hands in the air begging for free t-shirt. But it was a fantastic time. And I would so do it again.

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Pros:
-When registering, you save money by signing up as a team.
-Color Me Rad is ALL kinds of high energy. Lots of music and lots of excitement.
-Registration at the event was super easy.
-Parking was well laid out (this may vary at different locations).
-The post-run party is a lot of fun with the chance to score a ton of freebies.
-Staff was helpful and plentiful.
-Bottles of water and snacks greet you at the Finish line.
-The colored cornstarch removes easily from skin, clothes and hair.

Cons:
-The race wasn’t mapped out so well. We got lost around certain parts.
-We didn’t receive our post-run color bomb.
-There aren’t any medals.
-The course was far less than 5K. In fact, I tracked it on my GPS and it was only 2.60 miles.

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But hey, you know what? The cons are practically forgettable as I think anyone that participates in this race will have an amazing time. They will be at a ton of locations in the U.S. Sign up today!

 

Disclaimer: I received a press pass for this event but all opinions are my own.

Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort

A dream is a wish your heart makes…
When you’re at a Disney spaaaaa….

Okay, I’ve totally remixed the song but for good reason. There really isn’t anything like an experience at a Disney spa. I had the opportunity to visit one last month and I am still singing praises. I grew up going to the Walt Disney World Parks but there’s another side to Disney that I had yet to uncover; it’s the serene, relaxing, indulging side of Disney. It’s the side that says “Let them go to the parks. You stay here and get pampered. You need it. You deserve it.”

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Photo Source: wdwnews.com

And it’s true. Because I did need it. This spa experience will forever be etched in my mind because it was not only my first Disney spa trip but it was my first one after giving birth. There really isn’t any better reason to visit a spa, am I right?

First things first, Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. There is also one at The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The one at Saratoga Springs Resort is nestled nicely near the resort’s majestic pool. Upon entering, you’re greeted with sweet spa trinkets, cosmetics from the Beautifully Disney spa line. After checking in your hostess leads you up the steps and to a tray of drink options. Senses plays well…on all of your senses. It starts with the sense of taste. After enjoying a few sweet sips of fresh fruit juice, you head over to the locker room and then the Relaxation Room.

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The Relaxation Room was one of my favorite experiences because it felt as if I was transported into a quiet oasis where nothing mattered. Platters of spa muffins and spa water (water infused with basil and cucumbers) greeted me. I sipped on the water, closed my eyes and propped my feet up on one of the lounge chairs. I didn’t ever want to move. My name was called and I made my way to the massage room where my EXCELLENT masseuse asked me questions about any problematic areas. After the consultation he left to allow me to get comfortable and once he came back he had me take 2 deep breaths from the lavender oil on palms of his hands. The 50-minute swedish massage was more than great. It ended far too quickly and I didn’t want to get up.

After exiting the room, my masseuse had a post-massage jelly and cup of water for me. He led me to the mani and pedi room where I had my hands and feet rubbed to perfection. My wonderful manicurist gave me Mickey Mouse ears on my nails (you know…because I’m 5-years old at heart) and I was sent out into the world a changed woman.

The Senses really taps into…your senses. From the relaxing and melodic tunes, the various tastes that are being presented to you, the gentle touches of the professional spa staff; it was truly a thorough experience. But of course, this is what you expect of Disney. And as always, they never disappoint.

If you find yourself in the Walt Disney World area and in the need of some pampering, do yourself a favor and make a reservation at Senses. It’s the next best thing to hugging the Mouse.

 

*Disclosure: I was a part of  a press trip where I received free treatments. I wasn’t paid to write this post but would you really have to pay me to talk about the awesomeness of Disney? Yeah…no.

The Makeup Show Orlando 2013

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I’m a total nutcase for just now sounding the alarm about The Makeup Show Orlando 2013. I spoke at it last year while 8 months pregnant with Baby Clumps and I had an amaziiiiiiing time. The turnout was fantastic, the vendors were exemplary and I was crossin’ my fingers that they would return. And baby, they’re back!

Check out the press release…

Join over 75 brands, including MAKE UP FOR EVER, NARS, and OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS along with artists who have worked with some of today’s top celebs

ORLANDO, FL (June 2013) – The Makeup Show Orlando returns to The Sunshine State and brings together top makeup artists and beauty brands on September 28 and 29.   Over 75 beauty brands andmore than 30 keynote speakers and seminars are set to take over The PeabodyHotel Orlando with the LARGEST pro-driven beauty event in the world. Amongst the brands in attendance include Diamond Sponsor MAKE UP FOR EVER, Platinum Sponsor Crown Brush andTemptu PRO, Silver Sponsor NARS, Supporting Sponsors Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry, The Powder Group and On Makeup Magazine.   The Makeup Show Orlando will also bring some the largest makeup artists in the industry to the main stage, including:

Mama Knows Best….Making up with Sharon Gault, sponsored by MAKE UP FOR EVER – Now known simply as Mama Makeup, Sharon Gault has managed to make her mark on the industryunlike any other artist. For two decades Sharon has and continues to work with the biggest names in entertainment and fashion including Charlize Theron, Renee Zellweger, Britney Spears & Lady Gaga (to name a few) and with top photographers such as David La Chapelle and Isabel Snyder.  In her first time keynote at The Makeup Show Orlando Our Director of Artistry, James Vincent, will lead Sharon through an intimate interview highlighting her career and giving insight into being a makeup artist. Mama Makeup will also share the secrets of her famed application process as she leads the audience through a live demonstration.

Thinking Outside the Box with Sutan Amrull – Sutan Amrull is recognized by millions of fans as a favorite makeup artist and expert on America’s Next Top Model and his clients include famous faces of Tyra Banks, Paulina Porizkova, Twiggy, and Adam Lambert, not too mention wasalso Season 3 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race.  In this keynote, Sutan will shed light on his unique style and show us some of the secrets of his innovative and imaginative makeup application.

Timeless Beauty with Eugenia Weston – As celebrity makeup artists and Founder and Creative Director of Senna Cosmetics, Eugenia Weston’s innovativeentrepreneurial spirit and achievements serve as an inspiration for the beauty industry.  She has worked with celebrity clients such as Bette Midler, Lesley Ann Warren and Alfre Woodard and has the gift for celebrating each face and understanding the needs of her clients regardless of skin tone, texture, orage.  In her first keynote for The Makeup Show, Eugenia shares here career insight and timeless and classic makeup techniques notable for any novice and seasoned makeup artist.

The Next Big Thing with Crystal Wright and Michael DeVellis – Crystal Wright and Michael DeVellis come together to take you through the importantunderstanding of living in a social media and online industry in 2013. Learn the value of bettering your business and materials and the necessity of networking and communication.  Michael and Crystal will also give you a better understanding of etiquette that will make you stand out from the crowd and address about how appropriately crafting and creating the right relationships can take you to the next level.

The Makeup Show Orlando is held on Sunday, September 28, 2013 from 9am to 6pm and on Monday, September 29, 2013 from 9am to 5pm at The Peabody Hotel Orlando, 9801 International Drive. For a complete list of participating brands, educational speakers, schedule of events and prices, please visit www.themakeupshow.com.

About The Makeup Show

The Makeup Show is owned and produced by Metropolitan Event & Production and travels internationally from LA, NYC, Chicago, Europe, and Orlando.  Bringing each destination over 60 beauty brands, and unique convergence of artists and community, where beauty professionals are sure to find an artistic energy that will inspire any beauty buff, from the passionate beginner to the seasoned professional.  Each show offers an unparalleled lineup ofeducation and appearances from top beauty professionals and focuses on career building and networking within the makeup community.  The show provides a unique experience for the makeup professional to network directly from the best in the business.

The NEW California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a food post, huh? Well…food at a restaurant post. My paleo and dairy free life makes eating out out super tricky and so I tend to just eat at home. But during a press trip, I was offered the opportunity to visit the brand new California Grill.

California Grill

As a Florida native I’ve stayed at the Contemporary Resort and I’ve eaten at California Grill before. Both visits were years ago so I was beyond excited to see how California Grill revamped themselves. The new decor is amazing and the floor to ceiling windows are even more amazing.

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That’s a press photo from DisneyFoodBlog.com but honey, isn’t it beautiful? I love open kitchen restaurants because if you’re nosey like me, you can run on up and see what’s a cookin’. Or am I the only one that does that? I spent a lot of time hanging out by the sushi bar.

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I’ve been eating a lot of sushi these days and the California Grill’s sushi bar is top notch. Sushi artists (or at least they should be called that) wrapped up gorgeous and delectable rolls of some of the best tasting sushi I’ve ever had. I helped myself to plenty and didn’t feel guilty about it either.

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But aside from the sushi, the restaurant offers a variation of top notch entrees, cocktails, desserts and fantastic meals from their brand new wood fire oven. Vegetarians, vegans, paeleo minded and the dairy conscious won’t have any problems dining at California Grill as the menu options are diverse and fresh. I couldn’t help myself and had a baby version of the Caramel Popcorn sundae and I could not have asked for a better sweet treat to end the day.

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One of the best sweetest aspects of California Grill is getting the opportunity to view Magic Kingdom’s Wishes fireworks show from outside on the observation walkway. I left before the fireworks started but I’ll be back because I heard that was truly a sight to see.

If you think you’ll be visiting the Walt Disney World area soon, make a reservation at California Grill. Esposo and I have a wedding anniversary in November and I’m thinking this would be the perfect place to re-live the very night we became man and wife. By the way, we spent the night at Disney World. :wink:

 

Disclosure: I was provided samples of dishes at no cost but I was not paid to write this review. I would have written it anyway though because everything was THAT good and I’m obsessed with Disney. Yep.