Saturday, October 12, 2013

Guess who is doing a 'Twitter Takeover' of the Oprah Winfrey Network @OWNers #Twitter Account THIS Weekend? Let's Chat!

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Butterflies I have a ton of NEWS for you and it's all exciting! But I have to start with what I'm doing this weekend.

THIS weekend I am doing the Holy Grail of all my Twitter Social Media Consulting to date, I am actually taking over the Oprah Winfrey Network @OWNers Twitter Account THIS weekend both on Saturday and Sunday starting at 8:30 p.m. EST! (You can certainly insert a choir of angels chorus here!) I will be tweeting from the @OWNers account, not my own, so if you are not already following @OWNers on twitter, be sure to do so! I host or co-host Twitter Parties often, and I do Social Media Consulting 'by day' so I have tweeted as a brand before, but folks this is OPRAH! It's OFFICIAL! I always knew I'd take over the twitterverse someday! As 'The Official #TwitterPartyDJ on twitter how could I not right? Well my Pinky and the Brain Plot for Twitter World Domination has begun, and I hope all my butterflies will join in the fun!

Here is the scoop


Welcome to Sweetie Pie's Episode Still

First we will be watching the action unfold on Saturday with Welcome to Sweetie Pie's where construction on West Florissant finally gets underway, but Tim and Robbie feel the heat of the re-opening deadline. Charles decides to take an acting class to pursue his dream, while Jenae struggles with letting go of TJ on his first day of daycare! You can direct your comments about this episode to me via @OWNers using the hashtag #Sweetiepies on all your tweets, if you are going to tweet about Tim, you can also add @tim_sweetiepies to your tweets as well! No spoilers here folks, we will discuss it all live as it un-folds! The Episode airs at 9/8c and I'll be starting a little bit before the actual start time of the episode so we can all speculate together!

Six Little McGhees Episode Still

Afterwards we will dive straight into Six Little McGhees, which airs at 10/9c on OWN. Mia decides to put the girls in a pageant to help build-up their character, since she herself didn't have that opportunity as a child. Now she'll have to buy dresses, come up with a routine and get pictures taken in just a few short days! Tune in with me and watch the sisters take the stage! Direct all your thoughts while watching directly to me via @OWNers using the hashtag #SixLittleMcGhees in all your tweets, if you also want to include mom Mia in your tweets you can add @MiaMcGhee to your message!


Robin Thicke and Oprah Winfrey

On Sunday I take over the @OWNers twitter handle again to discuss Oprah's Next Chapter featuring Robin Thicke! (If you haven't seen the twerking video you can click on that link to see the video of it). I don't think I need to sell anyone on this one, as I'm sure there will be more discussion on this episode post the Miley Cyrus Twerking Controversy that I'm afraid we might blow up twitter on Sunday Night! Talk about the 'Twerk heard around the world'! So as we are watching Oprah get to 'heart of the twerking matter', feel free to join in the conversation @OWNers, @Oprah, @RobinThicke and be sure to use the hashtag #OprahsNextChapter and/or #NextChapter in ALL of your tweets so I can tweet you back! Trust me folks, there won't be any 'blurred lines' this weekend! The episode will air 9/8c but I'll be on starting 8:30 p.m. EST to get everyone started on what I'm sure will be a very interesting conversation!

My Take:

This will be the largest scale Twitter Takeover I've ever hosted, and it's across the span of a weekend, thankfully I never run out of things to say, and I LOVE twitter, so this is definitely a win/win for me!


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Friday, October 11, 2013

For one night, America's favorite fast food @McDonalds went highbrow! #Photo Highlights from the #McDChefEvent

For one night America's favorite food went highbrow and gourmet, and I stand pleasantly surprised. Not that I'm surprised that McDonalds wasn't afraid to re-invent itself, but when I think gourmet they are not necessarily the first name that would have come to mind... Until now that is!

New York City Tastemakers, Press/Media, Bloggers, Nutritionists (and I even met a few dietitians and nurses in attendance) were all presented with a three course gourmet meal where Chefs came together to put a creative spin on the ingredients we all know and love.

Check out the menu:

Menu for the McDonald's 2013 Chef Event
Menu for the McDonald's 2013 Chef Event!

Don't worry if the menu is a bit hard to decipher, here are the photos of the dishes with captions naming each dish below:

Kicking things off!

Table 15 Centerpiece at McDonald's 2013 Chef Event in New York City
I had to focus in on the floral centerpieces at Table 15 where I was seated!

Old Fashioned Cocktail with Applewood Smoked Bacon by Chef Jessica Faust, RD
Old Fashioned Cocktail with Applewood Smoked Bacon

Chef Jessica Foust, RD prepared the Cocktails and Hors D'oeuvres for the McDonald's 2013 Chef Event in New York City
Chef Jessica Foust, RD prepared the Cocktails and Hors D'oeuvres for the McDonald's 2013 Chef Event in New York City!

Above: This was the best Old Fashioned I have ever tasted! It Featured McDonald's Applewood Smoked Bacon as a Garnish with a Maraschino Cherry too and it was super flavorful and really delicious! So good in fact I forgot to sample or even photograph the other cocktail which was the Mango Pineapple Mojito that used McDonald's Mango Pineapple Smoothie as the Base! If only they added this to the menu at my local franchise location! LOL! This cocktail really does prove the theory that everything is better with bacon!

Chef Dale Talde discusses the inspiration behind his dish
Chef Dale Talde discusses the inspiration behind his dish, the Kung Pao Chicken Appetizer Pictured Below:

Kung Pao Chicken Appetizer by Chef Dale Talde at the McDonald's 2013 Chef Event in New York City
Kung Pao Chicken Appetizer by Chef Dale Talde!

Above: Chef Dale Talde presented us with a Kung Pao Chicken Appetizer featuring McDonald's Chicken McNuggets, Sweet and Sour Sauce, Rice Wine Vinegar, Peanuts and Iceburg Lettuce. YUM! (and I thought I could get creative in the kitchen at the end of the month!)

Chef James Tahhan discusses the inspiration for his dish pictured below
Chef James Tahhan discusses the inspiration for his dish pictured below

Entree One: Tortilla Española with Garlic and Saffron Aioli at the McDonald's 2013 Chef Event in New York City
Entree One: Tortilla Española with Garlic and Saffron Aioli with an Apple and Cucumber Chipotle Salad by Chef James Tahhan.

Above: Entree One by Chef James Tahhan was a Tortilla Española with Garlic and Saffron Aioli featuring McDonald's Hashbrowns, Eggs and Onions paired with an Apple and Cucumber Chipotle Salad with Cucumbers, Red Onions, Chili Lime Tortilla Strips, Fresh Limes, Spring Mix and Chipotle BBQ and Honey Sauces. Um, YES PLEASE!

Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. discusses his inspiration for the dish pictured below at the McDonald's 2013 Chef Event in New York City
Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. discusses his inspiration for the dish pictured below at the McDonald's 2013 Chef Event in New York City!

Entree Two: Bold BBQ Chicken by Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr.
Above: Entree Two was Bold BBQ Chicken prepared by Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr which featured McDonald's Crispy Chicken, Hashbrowns, Chipotle BBQ Sauce, Espresso, Cheddar Jack Cheese, Onions, Eggs, Applewood Smoked Bacon and the Salad included: Cucumbers, Red Onions, Tomato, Fresh Lime, Cilantro Lime Glaze, and Grill Seasoning! 

Entree Three: Slow-Cooked Beef with Blueberry Pomegranate Sauce prepared by Chef Jessica Foust who was already pictured above as she also prepared the Hors D'oeuvres and Cocktails.

Above: Entree Three was a Slow-Cooked Beef with Blueberry Pomegranate Sauce and Mac Fry Gnocchi featuring McDonald's French Fries, Eggs, Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie Base, Carrots and 100% Beef Ground that is the same that McDonald's uses for their hamburger patties!

McDonalds 2013 Chef Event New York City Dessert Pumpkin Spice Biznut Biscuit Donut by Chef Jessica Foust
Dessert Pumpkin Spice 'Biznut' (Biscuit Donut) by Chef Jessica Foust

Above: For Dessert Chef Jessica Foust prepared a Pumpkin Spice 'Biznut' (Biscuit-Donut hybrid) which featured McDonald's Biscuit Mix, Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup, Praline Topping, Cream Cheese and Whipped Cream. For those that know me I don't eat pumpkin flavored stuff and I don't tend to like Pralines much but I really enjoyed this and that was my absolute biggest surprise of the evening! Kudos to Chef Jessica she worked her tail off with the Cocktails, Hor D'oeuvres, Entree Three and Dessert all being done by her!

Big Mac inspired macaroons
Check out the Big Mac inspired macaroons in the little gift box on the left of the coffee cup for us to take home!

Above: See the cute gift box to the left of the coffee cup? That little big mac inside which replicates the details of an actual McDonald's Big Mac to the tee, is actually comprised of Macaroons! The pain staking detail was off the hook, and it was really good too! (and odd for me because I'm usually not a big Macaroon fan).

Left: ME! Ascending Butterfly, Center: Melanie from Melanie in the Middle Blog and Right: Rick Wion, Social Media Manager for McDonalds!

My Jacket and Dress pictured above are both by IGIGI by Yuliya! I am wearing the Aileen Dress, and the Jacket is the Monroe Jacket in Black. You can tweet with Rick and McDonalds on twitter at @GoMcD - and because I like to keep things entirely transparent, this is NOT a sponsored or compensated post in any way. Ascending Butterfly and Melanie are both RMHC Ambassadors, that Ambassadorship is a pro-bono one as well and it is NOT compensated! I was excited to be reunited with my team-mates from my recent Chicago Immersion Experience!

My Take:

I love events that help you see a brand you think you know in an entirely new light. This was unique, super creative and fun. I have always been a creative cook and that's what I appreciated most about this event, none of the ingredients weren't something you can't find and they were all ingredients that McDonald's uses daily, just prepared in a whole new way!

They have also been offering more 'healthy' choices on their menu and we learned that for 2014 you will have the choice of getting a side salad as an alternative to French Fries with an Extra Value Meal! I know many people have been asking about this for awhile now, they really are listening folks!

Which Dish would you have loved to try most? (Sorry it's been so long, hopefully they will come back for a giveaway soon!)

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored or compensated post. No monetary compensation or other form of compensation was exchanged for our event recap coverage. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Pass the Virtual #PurplePurse & a $5 donation will be made to YWCA for Dometic Violence Awareness Month + a #TwitterParty!

#ad: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and The Allstate Foundation, see below post for additional disclosure details:

You know how much Ascending Butterfly loves featuring Brands that Give Back. Brands and People that are working to make a difference in the lives of others will always have space here. In addition to October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this month The Allstate Foundation has chosen a Purple Purse as the symbol for domestic violence awareness, with the purse representing a woman's way to escape the cycle of abuse by gaining Financial Independence. The program, which is now in it's third year, has pledged to donate up to $350,000 to the YWCA for programs that are designed to assist survivors of domestic violence (and other women in need).

To get the conversation going, 1,300 purple purses filled with information on domestic violence will be distributed across the United States with the goal of the purse being passed between family, friends, community leaders, celebrities, and media. In fact there is a twitter party tonight to raise awareness and I hope that you will join. While I am not personally co-hosting this one, I will be attending to help raise awareness and discuss this important topic. (and hopefully to win too!).

For every Purple Purse passed through the end of October, The Allstate Foundation will donate $5 to the YWCA, up to $350,000 to help domestic violence survivors and to stop the cycle of abuse! They are almost there, so I am passing my Virtual Purse to each and every one of you in hopes that you will share this information with your family and friends. If you see something, say something! If you suspect someone is the victim of domestic violence, let them know you are there to help, direct them to their nearest YWCA, they need to know that there are options out there, and they don't have to accept abuse, EVER!

Butterflies, domestic violence occurs more than 145 times each HOUR in the U.S. on average, THREE women die every day as a result of injuries sustained and it affects one in four women in their lifetime - that is more women than breast, ovarian and lung cancer combined. Only about half of Americans know how to help the victims of domestic violence and the lack of financial knowledge and resources are the number one reason victims will return or stay in the abusive relationship.

Let's all get on Twitter tonight and join the #PurplePurse Movement, this is a party that we must help 'trend' on twitter, let's get everyone talking about it!

Twitter Party Details:

Date: Wednesday, October 9

Time: 9 to 10 p.m. EST / 6 to 7 p.m. PST

Hashtag: #PurplePurse

Hosts to Follow:



Grand Prize: Adriana Castro Purple Maya Clutch (ARV $635) - 1 winner

Party Prizes: Allstate Foundation Purple Purses (6 winners)

To be eligible to win you must be active during the Twitter Party and using the hashtag actively making an original tweet using the #PurplePurse hashtag and by answering party giveaway questions, winners will be announced throughout the hour. Again, I am NOT personally hosting or co-hosting, so please direct any questions directly to the hosts.

I have registered my purse and passed the virtual code along to you, you can get involved by posting the code in the graphic above at or via Facebook!

Butterfly did you pass the purse?

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FTC Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and all opinions are 100% my own!  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

#Receta de Pan de Bono / Columbian Cheese Bread #Recipe + Join the #TwitterParty #HerenciaDelBigote 10/8 at 6:30 pm EST!

#ad: This is a Sponsored Post brought to you by @BigotedeLeche Got Milk? See below post for Full Disclosure Information. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Happy Hispanic Heritage Month Butterflies! As you know my online alter ego is "The Official #TwitterPartyDJ" and in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month I am co-hosting a Twitter Party sponsored by @BigotedeLeche which is the Hispanic side of the house for the popular Got Milk? campaign! They also decided to put my limited Baking Skills to the test and challenged me to make a recipe I had never personally made before! I was assigned Pan de Bono, Columbian Cheese Bread, and as I'd rather whip up a 9 course gourmet meal from scratch but have someone else bring the baked goods and desserts, I was a bit nervous about trying my hand at this one, but it came out delish and it was actually way easier than I thought it would be! (See below the recipe for Twitter Party details).

Columbian Cheese Bread formed balls pre-baking, Pan de Bono
These are the cheese bread balls before going into the oven

Here is the recipe for Columbian Cheese Bread below:

Columbian Cheese Bread Recipe Ingredients List English


2/3 cup cassava starch or yuca flour
1/4 cup precooked cornmeal or masarepa
1 cup Mexican queso freso or Colombian quesito
1 1/4 cup feta cheese
1 large egg

Columbian Cheese Bread Recipe Directions List English


Pre-heat the oven to 400°F.
In a food processor, place yuca flour, cheese & masarepa.
Process until well combined.
Add the egg slowly while food processor is running.
Divide the mixture into 12 equal size portions, shape into balls.
Place on a baking sheet.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes until golden Brown.

Columbian Cheese Bread Picture, Photo de Pan de Bono
Here is the Golden Brown and Cheesy Delicious AFTER!

Serving Suggestion:

Be sure to serve warm. Great with Coffee or Hot Chocolate, but I also paired this with some home-made chili in lieu of biscuits! (Basket Optional!) :-)

Nutritional Information: 76 Calories. 4 Grams of Protein. 121.4 Grams of Calcium.

Twitter Party Details:

When: Tuesday, October 8th

Where: Twitter (if you don't already have a twitter account, this is the perfect time to get one!)

Time: 6:30 pm EST to 7:00 pm EST

Hosts: Nutritionist Su-Nui Escobar will be tweeting using @BigotedeLeche the sponsor's twitter handle

Co-Hosts: @Tracy_Iglesias (ME! The Official #TwitterPartyDJ), @couponmamacita, @mejoramihogar, @jeffmarias2001 and @NaturalmentMama

Prizes: Each blogger Co-Host will be selecting 2 winners (for a total of TEN winners) to receive a $50 Bigote de Leche Gift Card


While an RSVP is NOT required, I would love for Ascending Butterflies to leave a comment below with their twitter handles letting me know you plan to attend. Note: The party will be conducted primarily in Spanish and I will do my best to tweet in both Spanish and English during the party so as many readers as possible can participate! Make sure you are following ALL Co-Hosts as well as the sponsor so we may DM you if you are selected as a winner!

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Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana Mariposas! Como sabes mi alter ego en linea es "El #TwitterPartyDJ Official" y en honor del mes del patrimonio hispano estoy organizando una fiesta en Twitter patrocinado por @BigotedeLeche usando el 'hashtag' #HerenciaDelBigote

Mi receta para 'Pan De Bono':

Ingredientes Receta de Pan de Bono, Columbian Cheese Bread Recipe Ingredients List Spanish


1 taza de harina para pan de bono
4 oz de queso crema libre de grasa
1 taza de queso rallado semi descremado
1 huevo
Suficiente leche, baja en grasa, para formar una masa suave
(aproximadamente unas 2 cucharadas)
Aceite antiadherente para cocinar

Modo De Preparacion de la Receta de Pan de Bono, Columbian Cheese Bread Recipe Directions List Spanish

Modo de Preparacion:

Precaliente el horno a 350° F.
Rocíe una charola para cocinar galletas con aceite antiadherente.
Mezcle la harina con el queso crema y añada el huevo. 
Incorpore el queso.
Divide la mezcla en 12 bolitas y ponga sobre la charola para galletas.
Hornee por 20 minutos aproximadamente, hasta que estén dorados por fuera y cocidos por dentro.

Sirva con un café con leche o un chocolate caliente.
Son perfectos para un rico desayuno.

Información Nutricional

76 calorías
1.9g de grasa
1.1g de grasa saturada
4g de proteína
121.4g de calcio

Informaction Sobre El Twitter Fiesta:

Cuando: El dia 8 de Octubre
Tiempo: 6:30 pm EST
Los Premios: Tarjeta de $50 dolares USD de Bigote de Leche

No es necessario hacer RSVP!

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FTC Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and all opinions are 100% my own!  I am being compensated both to share my recipe and co-host the #HerenciaDelBigote Twitter Party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Did you miss the @beautypress Fall 2013 #SpotlightDay? Thankfully darlings I didn't! Guess what #beauty brand made their debut?

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As a Lifestyle Blogger I am no stranger to conferences and larger than life events, but some give you a little more quality to match the quantity. That's what I call time well spent. It's not necessarily how much you spend to get in the door that is the true measure of an event's worth. And no butterflies, it's NOT the swag bag either. This world runs on "WHO" you know, the event that is worth it's weight in Gold is the one that makes MEANINGFUL connections happen.

They don't happen by magic, but by careful research, planning, implementation and a ton of hard work. And when you get there what you get out ultimately depends upon on what you put in, but BeautyPress Spotlight days set Beauty Editors up for success by providing a great venue, several sessions which allows each Editor to get in solid time with each brand, they keep you fed and hydrated, and most importantly curate a collection of amazing brands that address your beauty needs from head to toe! What's NOT to love?

Via Beauty Press (both online and in person at their events), I have discovered a ton of 'new to me brands' through past Spotlight Days that I have attended (you can check out past coverage by clicking HERE for May 2013 Beauty Press Spotlight Day, HERE for the January 2013 Spotlight Day, and HERE for the Fall/October 2012 Beauty Press Spotlight Day), and I always look forward to the next one because I know the experience will always be a valuable one for me!

I am going to present the Brands I met with in Alphabetical Order this time around, and happily the first brand is also the one that made it's debut and launch at this particular Beauty Press Spotlight Day which was super exciting!

the Aloe Source, exhibitor booth at Fall 2013 Beauty Press Spotlight Day

Making it's debut at the Fall 2013 Beauty Press Spotlight Day was The Aloe Source who utilize a charcoal filtration process to remove aloin and aloe emodin from it's aloe vera WITHOUT destroying the integrity of it's nutrients. Better still they partnered with an aloe vera farm right here in North America to harvest, process and stabilize organic aloe vera exclusively for The Aloe Source. I do personally consume Organic Aloe so from first hand experience I know not all Aloe is created equal. I also actually add Aloe on my own to my skincare so I was super excited to meet the team behind The Aloe Source. They provided full size samples of their Jojoba Radiance Cleansing Polish, Luminosity Masque and Vitamin C Anti-oxidant Creme. I'm currently finishing up testing another system so as soon as I'm done I'll start on this one and report back to you! They were super friendly and approachable and their love of Aloe defintely did shine through, and since I really love Aloe already I am looking forward to trying this set out. (My Aloe Plant is the only one I've managed NOT to kill throughout all my years of traveling and neglecting my plants.)

BeFine, BeFine Fine Food Skincare display booth at Fall 2013 Beauty Press Spotlight Day

Before there was a Beauty Industry, What did women do to keep their skin healthy?

That is the question that BeFine's homepage asks. The use of 'natural' ingredients really is just a return to the basics. The time and true home beauty treatments that have been passed down by the generations. BeFine uses nutritious super-foods like pomegranates, almonds and avocados combined with advanced technology and efficient and effective ingredients. It's a return to the basics my friends and I mean that in the best way possible! No Allergens, fragrance, parabens or preservatives! BeFine sent us home with samples of their Exfoliating Cleanser with Brown Sugar, Sweet Almond Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Orange Oil and Oat Protein, their Night Cream with Cocoa, Millet and Rice Bran, their Gentle Cleanser with Peppermint Oil and Leaf Extract, Sugar Cane Extract, Oat Bran Extract and Rice Bran Proteins and their Firming Toner with Ginger and Willow Bark. Now when I tell you that Beauty Press truly provides a personalized experience with each brand, in my conversation with BeFine I mentioned that I have very dark circles, they are inherited as all my Father's side of the family have them, and I will admit my stressful fast-paced lifestyle doesn't help. Without a delay BeFine handed me their Eye Blossom Miracle Eye Serum with Cucumber and Flax Seed Oil. 

Super foods within, and within your skincare as well! Photo Credit: Beauty Press

I can't even begin to say how much this simple gesture filled my heart with gratitude. I left with a smile on my face and I can't wait to test out everything and report back on how well it worked for me. It's been a lot of late nights and go, go, go lately and I need a good at home spa day! Just me, a bathrobe, great products (and perhaps a glass of wine, I mean grapes are of the earth and all! Isn't the Resveratrol in wine good for you?)

Clique by Chef Roble, fragrance, perfume, exhibitor booth at Fall 2013 Beauty Press Spotlight Day

In addition to The Aloe Source which made it's debut at Beauty Press Spotlight Day Fall 2013, Chef Roble and co who not only provided delicious bites and cocktails, he also offered attendees a sneak peek of his newest fragrance CLIQUE by Roble created in partnership with Brands With Purpose. The fragrance is slated for a Spring 2014 launch!

"I find the idea of exploring the synergy between capturing the aroma of some of my favorite dishes by creating the first 'Fragrance Recipe' intriguing" - Chef Roble

Photo Credit: Beauty Press

Guests were treated to 'Blood Orange Cocktail' and 'French Toast Crunch' cocktails and desserts, notes that were also used in the fragrance, making it a total sensory experience! We also received sample vials of the fragrance to take home. Everything was delicious and we were advised to taste then smell the fragrance, and it was like sensory overload in a great way! That was unique and super fun!


Photo Credit: Beauty Press

Sadly no one from this brand seemed interested in speaking with me so I can only give them back what they gave me, nothing. I'll just say they were there and I'm not bothering to link to them either so if you want more info feel free to google them. Why brands do events and only speak to some people and not others still baffles my mind. God Speed Gatsby, Really. But if I want to deal with high brow snobbery I'll visit a Department Store on Fifth or Madison Avenue here in New York City wearing jeans and sneakers.....

I am probably the only person who also blogs about Beauty that has never put an eyelash curler to my eyes! Those things quite frankly frighten me, so if my mascara can't give me thick lashes, then I'm in trouble because I'm not sticking anything metal anywhere near my eyeballs! Thankfully I got to meet the folks at GrandeLash-MD, which bring us Natural Long Lashes with NO side effects in just six weeks! I have also never put falsies on either, the idea of glue near my eyes also gives me pause.

Photo Credit: GrandeLash-MD Facebook Page

We received the super cute bundle as pictured above to take home (um sans the roses!) and as soon as I complete a full six weeks using both I'll report back with how it worked for me. The kit contained the GrandeLash-MD Eyebrow and Eyelash enhancing formula as well as the GrandeLash-MD Mascara. If this works well for my eyelashes then I'd love to try the haircare products as I've battled with thinning hair and now since my hospitalization last year some hair loss. I am definitely looking forward to trying this system out! And you know how much I love packaging I thought the super pink cute girly packaging was a great touch. That kit would make fantastic stocking stuffers for any ladies on your list for holidays! (I know you are thinking but butterfly I haven't even bought my Halloween Costume yet, but seriously, the earlier you start your shopping, the earlier you work your way through the list and the less stress you deal with when the holidays roll around, and they will come quicker than you think, trust me!)

LipSense lasts up to 18 hours with just ONE application!

I wear a custom signature red daily. I have since my teens. It's a mix of a few different brands and a favorite gloss, I can't find a color like it, so I make it. I don't consider reds just for evening. Usually when I visit a cosmetic brand they will never change my lip color, even if I ask. So I was excited when Lip Sense was willing to do so. They got my enthusiasm for red and thought I'd like a color that Christina Aguilera uses from their line. Her preferred shade is a mix of Blu-Red and Cranberry LipSense topped off with their gloss which keeps lip moist and plump! I let them know that part of my 'signature' color that I blend for myself usually includes a small touch of Gold, and they custom blended a color on me that was PERFECT! This is my first time trying them out but it won't be my last. I have to reach out to them because my gift bag contained a mauve/pink, and I don't wear pink at all, so hopefully I can kill two birds with one stone and swap out for a red and work out something fun for Ascending Butterfly readers as well because I have a strong feeling you guys will LOVE them as much as I do. Their color is super long lasting, and I literally needed to use remover to get it off and was impressed that it didn't stain my teeth, transfer or wear off like most lipsticks do on me. Re-application wasn't necessary even after nibbling on delicious desserts! Put them on your radar butterflies! This is definitely another great stocking stuffer idea or gift for someone hard to buy for!

Photo Credit: Beauty Press

The LipSense team pictured above, left me with the perfect pout and definitely all smiles! I've tried really great lipsticks from a wide variety of brands, but so far none have had the transfer-proof staying power that I experienced with LipSense. (I have a feeling if they are looking for a Blogger Brand Ambassador to wear their shades everywhere, it should most definitely be me!) By the way you know just how much I love featuring brands that give back (and celebrities are only featured here when we have met them in person or they are participating in a give back initiative), Senegence makers of LipSense also founded The Make Sense Foundation in 2002 and the list of organizations they support are listed HERE.

Needless to say as I wear a signature red lip everyday, that I fell in love with Jamie's red lipstick!

If that name sounds familiar I give you a pat on the back for your great memory! I met them originally at Elements NYC and you can check out my full recap of my first experience them. They consistently deliver and I was happy to see them at Beauty Press Spotlight Day! I got the chance to custom blend my own fragrance with them during Elements, and I use it super sparingly! I love that they demystify the art of perfumery by allowing people to custom create their own unique scents. Haven't you always found yourself saying if I could combine the top notes from this scent with the middle notes of that one and the base notes of the other it would be perfect? Well with them you can! I haven't failed to get stopped when I am wearing the scent that I custom blended with them. You should also be sure to check out the Memoire Liquide Reserve Edition which is a collection of five ready to wear eau de parfums that are exclusively sold at spalook, Nordstrom, Murale, Beauty Habit, SkinStore and Parfum1. I definitely love what they are doing, and you should have already had them on your radar from the Elements Showcase recap, but if you missed that one, and are just reading about them for the first time here, you definitely want to check them out. I would also say Memoire Liquide would be a lovely holidays gift and a fantastic Valentine's Day experience! From the reserve collection 'Encens Liquide' is my personal favorite!

Photo Credit: Beauty Press

I also met Pampadour originally at Elements New York, and recently shared about their Votre Vu Sponsored Twitter Party, they are a social media website created for beauty enthusiasts, think of them as a sort of pinterest dedicated entirely to beauty, if you are already a member, please be sure to follow me there as well! I haven't had time to go and 'Pamp' everything I love, but I'm slowly but surely adding more stuff on! Roy Hakimian is one of the co-founders and he is absolutely the sweetest person you'll ever meet! If you can't get enough Beauty than you should definitely become a member of both Beauty Press AND Pampadour! They sent us home with a Votre Vu lipstick! :)

Liquor Sponsor for the Fall 2013 Beauty Press Spotlight Day was SX Latin Brands! Makers of SX Cha Cha Cha a Reposado Tequila with a hint of lemon and honey (pictured above very first bottle to the left), SX Cafe Doble a Reposado Tequila with Coffee and a Hint of Honey and Cloves, SX Blanco a Distilled from Cane 86 Proof Vodka (second bottle from the very right),  SX Negro which is a Vodka Infused in Anejo Casks and is 96 proof (pictured to the very right above), SX Azul a Vodka with a hint of Berry, Vanilla and Rosemary; SX Rosa a Vodka with a hint of Coconut, Watermelon and Cilantro, SX Verde a Vodka with a hint of Apple, Lemon and Basil, SX Calypso an Aged Rum with a hint of lemon and mint (picutred above second bottle to the left with green label), and last but not lease SX Samba which is a Rum with a hint of sweet lime and vanilla! These would definitely look beautiful on your bar for upcoming Halloween or Holiday Parties!

Thankfully for every rude person you find a nice one, and so for the haircare brand that chose not to speak me, there was another one in attendance that seemed way more interested in being there and making connections. Uberliss is the world's most advanced smoothing system that elimates unwanted frizz and tames unruly hair with a blend of Keratin, Cysteine and Buriti Extracts! Frizz is the bane of my existence and I have to do a combo of blow out and flat iron to my hair daily if I want to to wear it straight, so I definitely can't wait to try this out! It is compatible with other chemical processes and their products are forumlated WITHOUT Formaldehyde or aldehydes, so if you were hesitant about trying products with keratin in the past for fear of Formaldehydes than Uberliss is perfect for you! They sent us home with Full Sized Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as the Uberliss RituOil which is an Orchid and Argan Oil Complex that seals cuticles to create softness and shine and protect against thermal damage (you know like blow dryers and flat irons!). I can't wait to test out this system and report back to you. I would also love to visit an Uberliss Salon and I will definitely post my before and after on Ascending Butterfly when I do. I'm actually ready for a hair change so this sounds like a perfect excuse to try something new, you know for the sake of JOURNALISM!  (yeah that's the ticket!) :-)

Despite the distance from this event, I still have to admit this story from meeting this brand still makes me laugh, they are an Australian company that when they met ME told me they couldn't understand me because of my 'super heavy accent' and where was I from. The only thing that anyone can say that is 'discernible' about the way I speak is that it's distinctly 'New York' as I was born and raised here, my mother was born and raised in Manhattan and my Grand-mother was also. But I have never been told it's hard to understand me before. So this was a bit of a strange experience for me, but I do give them credit for managing what had to be crazy jet lag from the time difference and travel so well! Vitaman developed Australia's first comprehensive natural male skin and hair care range that contains natural and highly active ingredients sourced from Australian Indigenous Native Plant, Fruit and Herbal Extracts. They launched in 1999 and their co-founders had been living in the same building directly opposite each other for six months and met randomly in the elevator (which they call 'the lift'). They launched with 9 products and the line has expanded exponentially ever since.

We were sent home with a sampler pack that included trial sizes of their Face Scrub, Face Moisturiser, Shave Creme and After Shave Balm.

My Take:

As always Beauty Press curated a great variety of brands and provided an interactive, fun and dynamic experience that allowed Editors and Beauty Bloggers to network with the brands as well as each other! As I begin testing the products I took home with me I will post more comprehensive reviews but thought I would start with an overview that gave you an idea of the brands that were in attendance. I will definitely reach out to many to see if we can offer reader giveaways in the future but until then it doesn't hurt to visit each brand on their social media pages and let them know you saw them featured here!

Butterflies, which amazing product most caught your eye, which would YOU like to try first?

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FTC Disclosure: I am a member of the Beauty Press Network. This is not a compensated post. This is NOT a sponsored post and all opinions are 100% my own!  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

My Not So #WordlessWednesday - The get 'new' skin edition! #PerlierOnHSN (+Nab $5 off!)

I'll keep it brief butterflies as it's Wordless Wednesday and all (although if you've been here more than a minute, you know full well I can rarely keep it wordless!).

Perlier Volcanic Thermo Renewing Scrub, ifabbo, #PerlierONHSN
Perlier Volcanic Thermo Renewing Scrub

Volcanic Rocks + Thermal Water and micronutrients that are essential and vital to the cells in the skin combine in this scrub, that does more than just exfoliate, it rejuvenates and smooths the skin in a way that truly leaves it soft and feeling brand 'new'! It's like at an home spa treatment - you know without the wait time, having a stranger scrubbing you up, and high prices! (I'll just say that the only part of the iFabbo experience I don't like is that postcard proclaiming 'Aren't you Spoiled', reviewing skincare is hard work!) :-)

Nab it for a discount: Do you want to have the most fabulous time you can possibly have in the shower? Sure you do! Score $5 off Perlier's Volcanic Thermo Renewing Scrub by entering iFabbo5 on HSN! (UM, you're totally welcome!)

My Take:

It's the quality of Perlier's ingredients that never fails me, and because I test a lot of beauty products, my skin can sometimes react and get sensitive or even break out more and with Perlier's skincare products I get no bad reactions or breakouts and I will admit I'm a total sucker for body exfoliating products but the biggest standout perk for me with this one is that it doesn't leave my bathtub all sticky, slippery and gross like many body exfoliators tend to do because those mostly rely on the oils to counter-balance the exfoliation process. My skin truly feels renewed after using this, it's not slippery or oily, just super smooth and I ADORE the scent on this one so much! If they are reading this, I think I now need the Perlier Volcanic Thermal Spa 3-piece Collection in my life!

What is your favorite body scrub? (Please share, I'm always game for trying new ones!) And Bloggers please post the link to your Wordless Wednesday Post or WW Linky Hops as a comment here so we can visit you too! (Just play nice, no giveaway links for Wordless Wednesday OK?)

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FTC Disclosure: I am a member of the iFabbo Shop Program and I received the Review Item above for Editorial Consideration. This is not a compensated post and all opinions are 100% my own!  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.