Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Movie Lovers- have you heard of Hitbliss?

Are you a big fan of Redbox, Netflix, and Hulu? If so, you're going to LOVE Hitbliss. Hitbliss is similar to Hulu because you can stream tv shows and movies on the internet. But this website offers a ton more movies and tv shows, but the best part is you won't be interrupted by commercials. Instead you can either choose to pay to rent the movie through HitBliss Store, or you can earn money through Hitbliss Earn that you can use to pay for the movies/tv shows.
Hit Bliss Earn
With Hitbliss Earn you choose a few commercials to watch, and after watching them your account gets credited with money you can use for purchases. However, don't think you can just click on a commercial and pay no attention to it, you actually have to watch because there will be ways that require you to interact with the commercial.
HitBliss Store
The main difference between Hitbliss Store and Hitbliss Earn is that with the store you actually are purchasing the video, so you can watch it whenever you want, and with the earn option you can only rent it for 24 hours

Hitbliss is great, it has movies that haven't been released yet (I watched Flight last month) and if you want to join Hitbliss go to http://bit.ly/Y9mz7z and download Hitbliss and Sign up.

Let me know how Hitbliss works for you @tiaj42 on twitter, Affordable Appearance Blog on Facebook

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mother's Day Cards for $1.99!

Hey everyone!
Mother's Day is coming up (May 12), and I am so excited to share with you this deal I have for you guys. Cardstore is offering all my readers Mother's Day cards for $1.99! That is a great price that you can't beat especially for the type of cards that Cardstore makes. If you didn't know, Cardstore allows users to create custom cards by adding personal photos, messages, and your signatures for that personal touch that you don't get with store bought greeting cards. The best part is Cardstore prints, stamps, and sends your card though the postal service, and you get to choose how you want them delivered. For example, you can choose to have the cards sent to your address, and if you choose that option Cardstore sends you a blank envelope so that you can give it to the recipient. Or, you can choose to have Cardstore send it directly to the recipient, and if you choose that option you can choose what day you want the card to be delivered.

This is the card I chose, and in the blank white space there is a picture of me. (I will post the card once it is delivered, on my social media)
So, you're probably wondering how to get a card for $1.99. First make sure you like Affordable Appearance Blog on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Affordable-Appearance-Blog/551023521604375  to find the promo code. Next, go to cardstore.com and pick the Mother's Day card you like the best. Then customize it and when you check out enter the promo code that is on the Facebook page. Also share yours on twitter and mention me @tiaj42 and @cardstore with #mommisms or through intstagram and mention me @tiatamjam
Don't forget to read the disclaimer:
Create any Mother’s Day card for $1.99 when code  is applied at checkout.  No minimum purchase necessary.  Offer valid through 5/6/13.  Coupon code must be entered during online checkout. Coupon does not apply to shipping & handling charges and cannot be combined with other offers.  Coupon code is not valid on previous purchases, and excludes all plush and greeting card bundles as well as non-card items.  Coupon code may be used to purchase more than one Mother’s Day greeting card but is not valid on orders of 150 cards or more.  Discount applied at checkout. To prevent abuse, we reserve the right to discontinue or modify this offer at any time without notice. Offer is subject to change and expires at 11:59 pm PST on 5/6/13. Offer intended for use in the United States, US territories, and Canada.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

My Fitness Challenge Week 4

We've made it to week 4!
When I first began this fitness challenge, the purpose was to force motivate myself to become more active. Now that it is week 4, working out or doing stretches before bed has become a habit for me, and it is not so bothersome anymore. So I hope that your experience with this challenge has been a positive one. Also, this will be the last week of the My Fitness challenge (but if you guys want me to continue please let me know ASAP by commenting below or writing on the Facebook page: Affordable Appearance Blog, or through twitter @tiaj42)
Here are this week's exercises:
25 squats
1:00 Oblique Twists
50 Calf Raises
25 Sit ups
Wall Sits (according to the picture)
25 Squats

Feel free to add any other exercises that you want.
Have fun and be healthy!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Fab Find Friday: Benefit Mascara and Highlighter

Hey! I just wanted to share with you all this Benefit Mascara and Highlighter that I got for my birthday a few weeks ago. They are a bit on the pricey side- $23 for the mascara, and $30 for the highlighter, but I got these for free because I signed up to be a Sephora Beauty Insider, and each year they give you a cute birthday gift. If you haven't already sign up, so you can receive exclusive perks and birthday gifts.

I really like the mascara (you can see my results below), but this is way too expensive for me, so I will keep using it until it is gone, then I will need to find something cheaper. Oh, I only used the mascara because I'm not really sure how to use the highlighter yet lol.

One thing I really like about the mascara is that the tip of the brush has bristles that you can use to elongate your lashes.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Want to be featured on the Facebook page?

Hey everyone!
I appreciate all my readers, and to show my appreciation I've decided to share your pictures on the Facebook page.
If you have a picture you want to share, like Affordable Appearance Blog on Facebook then inbox me a picture (it has to be appropriate).
Some examples of what you send pictures of:
-a new hairstyle
-an outfit you found for a steal
-some beauty products you found for a steal
-progress of your body if you participated in the fitness challenge
-if you did the better me challenge you can post pictures of your vision board
I look forward to seeing and sharing your pictures.

Monday, April 15, 2013

My fitness Challenge:Week 3

Hey everyone, I hope you all are well.
I had my wisdom teeth removed (all four) so my dentist said to refrain from physical activity. That combined with the fact that I haven't really eaten in a while plus the painkillers and swelling has made me weak, but hopefully I'll be feeling better soon.
But this does not mean you should not continue working out so I came up with this week's exercises.
Also if you are continuing the Wall Sit Challenge (good for you!!) remember we are two days behind so we'd be starting on April 11th.

Ok, now on to the exercises:
25 Squats
25 Sit ups
40 Leg Lifts
15 bird dogs
Wall sit (corresponds with wall sit challenge)
25 squats
30 Oblique twists
*If there is an exercise you are clueless about, you can use Youtube to show you how to do it.

Have fun and work hard!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Review: Chagrin Valley Butter Bar

I'm back again with another Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bar (I bought five in total), this time with the Chagrin Valley Butter Bar. I chose to use this one because my hair was flat ironed and the website said it was great for dry, processed, and heat treated hair. I ordered the sample size (1.5 OZ) for $2.70 from the Chagrin Valley website

Yes, there's a crack in my soap, but its because when I use shampoo bars I break a piece off then use that (so I don't use too much). 
What it does:
"A buttery lotion bar hair conditioner and natural shampoo combined into one super moisturizing bar. Cocoa, shea, and mango butters are protective emollients that penetrate deep to provide  nourishment for the hair shaft and protection against dryness and brittleness. A great natural shampoo for dry, processed and heat-treated hair." (taken from website)
My Experience:
I sectioned my hair into four twists, then proceeded to wash. The hair in my crown area always gets matted and extremely tangled to the point where I dread detangling that section. I decided to try finger detangling while I was shampooing, and though I did not get all the tangles out (I did later when I put in my leave in), I like that this product has a lot of slip. 

This is what my hair looked like after I rinsed it out. As you can see my hair is shiny and very moisturized. I also want to note that the bar has that same herbal/earthy as the Honey Bar, but of course when you rinse it out there isn't any smell. 
I washed my hair April 6, and today is April 9, and my hair is still moisturized, but I do need to refresh them.

Overall, I really like this shampoo bar, and it is my favorite so far. 

Have you tried any of Chagrin Valley's Products?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Moisture vs. Protein

How do you know when your hair needs moisture or when it needs protein? I've been struggling with this question for a long time because so many people have said "you will just know". That doesn't help at all, so I did some research and I FINALLY got my answer. Of course, I will share what I found so that you can know too.

Monday, April 8, 2013

My Fitness Challenge: Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of my Fitness Challenge. Before we start, I have a confession: I missed two days last week because homework has been piling up (only 11 more weeks of school left!), but I'm ready to get started this week. Some thing I noticed was that there wasn't a good balance between abs and lower body, so this week should provide more balance.
With that said here is this weeks workout routine (in the order they will be done):
20 Squats
20 Sit Ups
1 min Wall Sit
45 Second Plank
20 Sumo Squats
30 Second Mountain Climbers

P.S. Check out this Wall sit Challenge I found and I will pretend today is April 6th, then move along.
If you want to do this with me like on Facebook or Follow me on twitter because I will be sending reminders of how long to do each wall sit along with a reminder to do your exercises.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Introducing MY Fitness Challenge

Hey everyone,
It is the beginning of a new month and my birthday is tomorrow, so I thought I would do something special this month. I enjoyed last month's "better me" challenge and I thought I'd do another one that's similar, but this one focuses on the body. Yes, this will be a fitness challenge. I'm pretty sure you have seen the 30 day sit up and squat challenge, but I looked at those and while they seem like a good idea, I know I will not have the time to be doing 250 squats in one day (at least not now, who know maybe I will later on) so I modified them. This week I will be doing a "warm up" exercise everyday, and next week I'll probable my modified versions of the sit up and squat challenges.
So this week's exercise will consist of (in the order that I will do them):

20 Squats
30 Lunges
40 Calf raises
50 second wall sit
50 jumping jacks
50 second wall sit
40 sumo squats
30 leg raises
20 squats
15 sit ups

Feel free to join me: show me your progress on twitter: @tiaj42, instagram @tiatamjam, or On  facebook: Affordable Appearance Blog

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