Real beauty comes from within. So, monitoring your health is crucial!

Ozeri Blood Pressure MonitorAlthough I write a lot about must-have face creams for dreaded wrinkles, lotions for making stubborn cellulite less noticeable, and the latest trendy lipstick, I know that true beauty comes from an active lifestyle, proper nutrition, and attention to general health. That’s why I recently got an Ozeri Cardiotech BP5K Voice-Guided Blood Pressure Monitor!

Although historically my blood pressure has always been quite low, it has consistently increased in the past few years. Age and a more sedentary lifestyle are the most likely contributors. In addition, like many of you, I am subjected to stress coming from all directions – from teenaged children, to work issues, to adjusting to the “new normal” of our economy.

But, a rise in blood pressure is not the type of health issue you can ignore! According to the most recent statistics available from the American Heart Association, high blood pressure was listed as a primary or contributing factor in about 348,102 U.S. deaths in 2009. So, keeping track of my blood pressure just moved to the top of my “Top Ways to Stay Healthy List!”

Having an Ozeri Cardiotech BP5K Voice-Guided Blood Pressure Monitor at home means that I can check my blood pressure as many times a day as I like. According to Samuel J. Mann, M.D., a professor of clinical medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, and author of Hypertension and You, “The more measurements you do, the more accurate a reading you get.”

Plus, for those (like me) who suffer from a stress-induced rise in blood pressure upon arriving at the doctor’s office, “At-home blood pressure monitoring is a much better indicator than a blood pressure reading at the doctor’s. If your systolic pressure is 180 at the doctor’s office but 120 at home, you’re at only a slightly increased risk of sustained hypertension. But if it’s 120 at the doctor’s office and consistently 180 at home, you’re definitely at higher risk,” explains Mann.

The Ozeri Cardiotech BP5K Voice-Guided Blood Pressure Monitor is so easy to use – it literally does all of the work for you. Attach to your wrist using the Velcro band, push the start button, and listen for the instructions. It’s that simple.

Interpreting a reading is also easy. The digital display appears once you are done and you also receive a verbal confirmation of your blood pressure status, from “Your blood pressure is ideal” to “Your blood pressure indicates moderate hypertension.”

The technology even allows you to store 180 blood pressure readings (90 readings x 2 different users) with date and time recordings. So, if you are concerned about your numbers, you can now share real data collected over time with your doctor.

If your readings are just a little higher than you’d like, however, here are some proven ways to reduce your blood pressure without resorting to medication:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Start to exercise regularly
  3. Eat healthier, especially limiting salt
  4. Reduce alcohol intake
  5. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke
  6. Cool it on the caffeine
  7. Reduce stress
  8. Meditate

Since blood pressure readings can vary widely according to the time of day, be advised that it’s normal for the numbers to be higher in the morning than in the evening. But, if you consistently get elevated readings (higher than 130/80), especially at night, consult your doctor.

Left untreated, high blood pressure can cause artery damage and narrowing, aneurysm, coronary artery disease, transient ischemic attack (mini stroke), stroke, cognitive impairment, kidney failure, eye blood vessel damage, heart attack, heart failure, and sudden cardiac death. If your readings are in the danger zone, it’s imperative that you contact your physician.

Ozeri Cardiotech BP5K Voice-Guided Blood Pressure Monitor retails for $42.95 on Amazon and qualifies for free shipping. I give this product 5 out of 5 stars!

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Get gorgeous with this great GIVEAWAY: Vitamin C Serum and a Derma Roller!

KLEEMWinter is on its way. Frigid outdoor temps, dry indoor air, wind, and lack of sunshine can all prove devastating to even the most carefully tended skin. This winter, get gorgeous with an amazing two product giveaway set:

First, Kleem Miracle Vitamin C Serum provides tighter, smoother, younger looking skin! Banish wrinkles, bags, and dark circles with “the power of C.” Unlike some other serums boasting beneficial Vitamin C, this airless pump bottle preserves both freshness and potency. The lab-tested Vitamin C formula includes natural and organic ingredients and is never tested on animals. Perfect for all skin types, even the most sensitive skin. Retail $19.99

Micro Needle Derma RollerSecond, the Micro Derma Roller offers the most advanced technology available and is proven safe and effective for in-home use. The Derma Roller helps reduce the look of unsightly stretch marks, scars, wrinkles, and fine lines. In addition, use will help boost collagen production, improving skin’s elasticity, giving you a smoother, healthier looking complexion. Plus, the Derma Roller includes a silk facial mask for after use to promote firm, smooth skin. Retail $17.97

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Now, one lucky winner will receive both skin care items! It’s easy to enter using the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is available for readers in the CONTINENTAL USA, aged 18+. Odds are determined by the number of entries received. Giveaway ends 10-30-2014.

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SinfulColors offers all treats and no tricks this Halloween with new sinfully spooky nail colors!

Wicked Colors nail polishes and top coats by SinfulColors Halloween Collection 2014

I love Halloween. What other holiday provides license to traipse around town dressed as Glenda the Good Witch, Scarlett O’Hara, or a Zombie Prom Queen?!

Because I enjoy it, I always design and create our costumes. And throughout the year, when I see a potential costume or prop at a bargain price, I snap it up. My “costume closet” includes everything from bridal gowns, to Stetson hats, to a recently acquired stethoscope. And, my creations have included plenty of fairy princess variations, a platoon of pirates, a punk rocker, and even yearly matching ensembles for my girls and their ponies!

What I’ve found is that whether it’s spooky, pretty, or sassy, the details make the difference between a winning costume and one that’s forgettable. And, one of the easiest details to add is nail color!

This year, SinfulColorsmy go-to nail polish company since 2010 – has an entire line just for the season called Wicked Colors. There are 14 BOO-tiful colors including Halloween glitters, sinfully tricked out topcoats, devilish darks, and autumnal orange hues, plus a glow-in-the-dark polish that’s perfect for any spooky soirée!

These high quality polishes are fabulous alone, or use them to create your own unique nail art. Each polish is only $1.99 and the Wicked Colors line is available exclusively at Walgreens and Target stores nationwide. Choose from:

Tricked Out Top Coats

  • Cauldron Couture: Wickedly glittery emerald
  • Glow-in-the-Dark: Ghoulishly fluorescent
  • Mystery Moonshine: Multi-colored confetti
  • Splatter Spell: Gilded black flecks

Halloween Favorites

  • Black on Black: Dark-as-night black
  • Clear Top Coat: Scarily shiny topcoat
  • Cloud 9: Pumpkin perfect orange
  • Courtney Orange: Opalescent tangerine
  • GoGo Girl: Sleek and sexy candy-apple red
  • Let’s Talk: A royal purple hue
  • Pine Away: Glittering metallic green
  • Pumpkin Spice: Twinkling fall orange
  • Snow Me White: Bright white
  • Starry Night: A sprinkle of midnight stardust

Since 1991, the visionary beauty experts at SinfulColors have been creating the hottest nail colors, unique textures, and over-the-top top coats in the industry. I love that SinfulColors keeps me ahead of the curve, with trendy new ideas for every season – 20 new collections every year!

SinfulColors are made in the USA and do not contain formaldehyde, toluene or DBP. Plus, they are incredibly affordable. SinfulColors retail for as low as $1.99, which makes putting the glitz on nails a steal, not a splurge.

To see hundreds of choices in a veritable rainbow of colors, visit SinfulColors.

Now, all I have left to do for Halloween is locate a multi-strand rhinestone necklace, an aviator’s cap, and some stilts… don’t ask!

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Midi mania! Skirts you really CAN wear this fall!

Midi manai has officially struck. The style, a throwback to the 1980’s is simultaneously classy and feminine. But, paired with the wrong top or shoes, midis can easily become frumpy quicker than you can say “Back to the Future!”

The key is the silouette. Combine the flowy midi skirt with either a fitted, tailored, or cropped top. Stillettos add some necessary sex appeal (after all, you are wearing yards of fabric). Contemporary jewelry completes the look that is pure 2014… not 1984.

Will you rock the midi trend this fall?

 

Midi skirts I can't live without!

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Regain control of your skin with Breakout Blocker Clarifying Serum™ by Jillian Wright Skincare

BreakoutBlockerBoxAcne has many causes beyond your control, including genetics and hormones. But, there are actions you can take to reduce breakouts. Changing your diet, becoming more diligent about cleansing, and using the right products are all within your power and will significantly decrease those unsightly blemishes.

If you suffer from stress-induced breakouts, a new product that I’ve discovered is Breakout Blocker Clarifying Serum by Jillian Wright Skincare. This is a non-irritating, non-drying facial serum that helps to control bacteria and reduce redness — without harmful or harsh chemical ingredients.

To “test drive” this product, I asked my daughter, who is the most stressed girl I know. Currently, she is juggling multiple AP courses, studying for the looming SATs, seat racing to qualify for weekly regattas, and enduring back-to-back-to back college visits. If that laundry list didn’t induce breakouts, the fact that the big Homecoming Dance is this weekend and she still hasn’t found “the dress” certainly has!

After a two-week trial she was thrilled.

Breakout Blocker Clarifying Serum by Jillian Wright Skincare is simple to use. Just apply after cleansing your face (It can also be used with LED light, preferably blue light.) She used it twice a day faithfully, morning and night, for maximum effectiveness.

What she liked was that the serum contains organic ingredients like natural botanicals and is chemical, paraben, and sulfate-free. What she loved was the resulting clearer complexion!

Breakout Blocker Clarifying Serum by Jillian Wright Skincare contains some very important ingredients, which make all the difference. For example, the Chinese medicinal herb Huang Qi acts as an antimicrobial agent, killing bacteria hidden in pores. Phytosphingosine enhances the effectiveness of the Huang Qi.  Tea Tree Leaf Oil works as an antiseptic to promote healing, purging of pores, and minimization of pore appearance. Plus, fermented Lactobacillus, a probiotic, helps sanitizes the pore. Retail $75

Jillian Wright knows skincare. She has worked as a consultant for Nair, Banana Boat, Unilever, SebaMed and, most recently, Olay, as a global skin health expert. Plus, the Jillian Wright Clinical Skin Spa is one of the top spas in New York City. Located on Madison Avenue, the spa boasts an amazing staff of master aestheticians and an impressive celebrity client list, as well!

Other great products from the line include Complexion Perfection Booster Powder, Premium Reserve Night Cream, Poppyseed Buffing Grains, and more.

To learn more, visit Jillian Wright Skincare.

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You cleanse. You buff. You moisturize. But do you remember to tone your skin?

Vitamin C TonerHow many skincare products do you use? According to a recent article in Ibuki Magazine, “Japan boasts the world’s largest skincare market per capita and Japanese women use and spend more on skincare products than any other women in the world… the average Japanese woman uses up to seven skincare products.”

While I don’t generally don’t have enough time in the morning for quite such an intensive skin care routine, one product I never skip is toner!

After a thorough cleansing (I like Mía Mariú’s Gel Foaming Cleanser or Gold Elements Oil Cleanser) toner is always the next step. Pores are open, skin is free from excess oil, dirt, and makeup, and my face is a clean slate. Applying toner works to reduce pore size and appearance, plus prepare skin to absorb daily moisturizer!

A new toner I’ve just discovered is Vitamin C Facial Toner by InstaNatural. This product contains several key ingredients that simply work wonders to create a smoother, more porcelain-like surface.

First, toner by InstaNatural contains Vitamin C, whose powerful benefits as an anti-aging element are well documented. Dr. Oz actually suggests you can drop a decade from your face by using Vitamin C. “Vitamin C is critical for your body and plays an important role in maintaining healthy, resilient skin. While young skin is full of vitamin C, aging skin naturally loses this nutrient over time… The good news is that you can fight back by replenishing your skin’s vitamin C levels to help to combat and even reverse time’s effect on your face.”

Next, InstaNatural’s toner contains sulfur. Earlier this year I learned about sulfur as a skincare aid. Although I was skeptical at first, sulfur has become one of the hottest skincare trends and works to cleanse dirt, dead skin cells, and grime that become trapped in pores.

Finally, InstaNatural’s toner contains traditional Witch Hazel gently which purifies skin, helping to minimize the size and appearance of pores. This makes makeup application infinitely easier.

And, there’s more good news! InstaNatural is currently offering a fantastic special: Get 15% OFF on all InstaNatural products or instantly get a 15% off coupon on all InstaNatural products via Amazon! Simply visit InstaNatural.

And while you’re there, be sure to learn more about some of InstaNatural’s other great products like Moroccan oil, facial serums, masks, and more!

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Want an instant fall update? WIN $50 in stylish tights, socks, and foot covers from Kushyfoot!

Kushfoot Shaping tightsRecently, I attended the Main Line Food and Wine Affair at the gorgeous Desmond Hotel outside of Philadelphia, sponsored by Main Line Today magazine. The event featured delicious fare from some of the area’s top restaurants, decadent desserts, and lots (and lots!) of great wine. While everyone was ogling the delicate pastel confections, intricate sushi displays, and a cheese board the size of a pool table, I was gazing at… the clothes!

The event was perfect for people-watching. And, now that fall has officially arrived, many of the ladies promenading at the event were sporting tights, rather than sheer stockings or summer-bare legs.

In fact, the often awkward style transition from summer to fall is made infinitely easier with just the addition of some stylish tights. And, some of the best this season are from Kushyfoot!

I’ve been a Kushyfoot fan for many years. Their combination of style and comfort simply can’t be beat. For 2014, there are loads of new styles from which to choose, from shaper tights (a personal fave), to patterned, to ribbed, to opaque, and more.

Kushfoot Ribbed TightsIn addition to the season’s hottest tights, Kushyfoot also offers high quality trouser socks, crew socks, and oh-so-useful Flats-to-Go.

To help you make the fall style transition a bit easier, Kushyfoot is offering a comprehensive nine piece must-have mix, valued at over $50! The set includes:

  • The New Kushyfoot Shaper Tight ($9.99)
  • Updated Rib Pattern Tight ($7.49)
  • Fleece Trouser Socks ($5.99)
  • Trouser Fishnet and Classic Styles ($7.99/2 pair)
  • Microfiber Crew Socks ($3.99)
  • Extreme Low Cut Foot Covers ($7.99/2 pair)
  • Kushyfoot FLATS TO GO in a variety of styles ($9.99)

To see the entire line of Kushyfoot products, from foot covers, to slippers, to socks, to tights, visit Kushyfoot.

This giveaway is available for readers in the CONTINENTAL USA, aged 18+. Odds are determined by the number of entries received. Giveaway ends 10-30-2014. Please note: most tights run medium to tall but, contest products will be available in only Medium (5’0″ -5’8″ 115-165 lbs) and Large (5’2″-6’1″ 135-190 lbs).

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Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

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