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Sponsored Post: FiberChoice 30-Day Get Picky Challenge

Sponsored Post: FiberChoice 30-Day Get Picky Challenge

Greetings from Down Under! I’ve been traveling for just about all of this month — and will be for much of the remainder, and sad to say, eating healthy not going very well. The thing about travel journalism is that we get to experience the best of the places we visit — and that includes the food. You can’t help but indulge, because you are somewhere for a few days, and may not be in that place again for a very long time. But if you are in that sort of situation in different regions back to back? It’s a war of wills, and even the best of intentions can go out the window. You may be eating delicious foods, but are you necessarily eating the right foods for your diet and weight management needs? Probably not. That’s why I was so...

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Steal the Look: Chloe Grace Moretz at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards

Steal the Look: Chloe Grace Moretz at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards

At last night’s Teen Choice Awards, Chloe Grace Moretz was wearing Valentino, and it was a pretty daring, baroque-inspired choice. “Her hair is down and natural so we went with a semi-smokey eye and light lips to play off of the dark colors that she’s wearing,” said celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh, who created the look for Chloe for last night’s Teen Choice Awards using Votre Vu cosmetics. Eyes “After prepping her face with La Mer Moisturizing Cream, I started with her eyes.  I first smudged Votre Vu’s Le Joli Crayon in Charbon into her lash line. Then I rubbed a bunch of the pencil on the back of my hand, took a stiff, synthetic eye shadow brush and applied it like a cream eye shadow all over her lower lid fading up to the...

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Steal the Look: Selena Gomez at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards

Steal the Look: Selena Gomez at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards

For this weekend’s Teen Choice Awards, Selena Gomez’s look was created by John Frieda Hair Care celebrity stylist Lona Vigi. Always adorable on the teen scene, this was a pretty grownup look for Selelan, one that, according to Vigi “weaves confident, youthful, sexy, a hint of bold, but still very sweet. To start, Vigi misted Selena’s hair with an Evian atomizer in order to prep her hair and keep it in the cleanest condition. Next, she applied a dime sized amount of the John Frieda Frizz Ease Original Six Effects Serum into her hands, and rubbed them together before going into Selena’s hair, starting at the roots and pulling all the way to the ends. “This serum is like a BB Cream for the hair,” said Vigi. “It covers...

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Check Out My Vente-Privee Summer Beauty Twitter Giveaway!

Check Out My Vente-Privee Summer Beauty Twitter Giveaway!

Great news! I’ve teamed up today with vente-privee USA to make your summer a bit more beautiful! We have these great summer beauty gift bags to give away courtesy of vente-privee. To win? o   Follow @ventepriveeusa  and @AlyWalansky on Twitter o   RT my tweet about the giveaway (be sure you include the hashtag #vpsummergiveaway) o   I’ll select three followers at random, and announce the winners at the end of the day! Winners will receive a prize pack worth over $350, which includes premium beauty products from Nuxe, Institut de Karite and Lierac plus a stylish Carlos Falchi summer beach tote. Good luck! Terms and Conditions: I will select winners (3) at random from all retweets of initial tweet on the same day of the initial...

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Sponsored Post: The Unsexy Side of Eating Out

Sponsored Post: The Unsexy Side of Eating Out

A few weeks ago, I was contacted about trying Beano Plus Dairy Defense. This new product is the first over-the-counter option that prevents both gas and dairy issues, giving those of us who have these issues the freedom to eat the foods they want without worrying about the uncomfortable consequences. At first, I was like “ew” — I’m not going to write about THAT in my blog – but at the time, I was reading the email from a family lunch at Olive Garden. I have a weakness for their unlimited soup and salad lunch ($7? In NYC? Can’t lose!) – and I had indulged in the chicken gnocchi soup. The result? The soup was delicious, but I got violently ill — the cream-based soup was the achilles heel to my system. And even more so?...

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Giveaway: Join Philosophy (AND ME) at QVC This Weekend — and more!

Giveaway: Join Philosophy (AND ME) at QVC This Weekend — and more!

This month, Philosophy and QVC celebrate 15 beautiful years on air together! They are all about throwing a party to mark the occasion (and I’m all about celebrating, always), and will have special offers,  a live show with amazing audience giveaways and limited-edition products and sizes! In extra fun, I’m helping spread the word in a few exciting ways! If you visit my Twitter right now, I’m having a few fun giveaways. I’m giving away exclusive products that are not available anywhere yet (and will be available exclusively on QVC very soon), and also an opportunity to come with me to the big 15th-anniversary celebration at QVC headquarters in PA this weekend, Sunday, July 27! Philosophy is the #1 best-selling beauty brand on QVC —...

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Falling in love with my new ComforPedic iQ mattress

Falling in love with my new ComforPedic iQ mattress

The upside of my life is that I have an adorable apartment on an adorable block in one of the “it” areas of New York City. The down side? It’s tiny. Stupid tiny. As in, adult woman sleeping on a twin-sized bed, tiny. When you are dealing with a complicated, small living space — the inclination is sometimes just to give up. You know it can’t be what you want it to be, so you sort of stop trying. (The same can be said for many a relationship, but I digress.) And so, even though I’ve lived in my apartment for a good stretch now, I’ve done very little with it. I have storage boxes and bags and piles everywhere. And I’ve been sleeping on the same mattress for well over a decade. It’s sad. Very sad. Well, until about...

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