Entries from January 28th, 2012

World Premiere of Zumba Sentao in NYC!


Zumba, Zumba! Last Thursday, January 26th marked the premiere of a brand new Zumba craze, Zumba Sentao, at Crunch Gym in Kips Bay, NYC. The 60 minute class was taught by Zumba creator himself, Beto Perez, and assisted by his two lovely blondes Marcie Gill and Marissa Chiz.

As a member of Crunch Gym I had no idea what I was in for this past Thursday night. I had registered for a spot in a 7pm Zumba class and upon arrival I knew this wasn’t going to be a normal workout. The group fitness area was set up with almost a club-like atmosphere, including neon lighting, Zumba Sentao signage everywhere, cameras, and press. This was the premiere of new Zumba Sentao and we were to be the first class in the world to participate! We were asked to sign a waiver for promotional photos and video that would be taken during the one hour class and given wrist bands as this was an exclusive event. Not your average day at the gym. I immediately wished I had prepped with extra makeup and fresh sexy gym clothes, but deep down I was excited all the same to be a part of this experience.

Zumba Sentao is a fresh look at the classic Zumba dance fitness class by adding a chair into the mix. The chair is meant to take the workout to the next level, but maintaining the idea that anyone can partake in Zumba. It steps up your cardio workout by stabilizing the core and promoting balance. I describe the class as strength training for Zumba lovers. You will have the chair for support as your own body weight is used to firm in this total body workout.

Black chairs lined the Crunch fitness area as Beto Perez cued the music of the DJ and the class began. All 3 instructors packed tons of energy as photographers loomed snapping photos and taking video footage. The class was filled with men and women of all ages and fitness levels and by the end we had truly sweated it out. As an extra bonus, we were given Crunch gym bags loaded with the latest Zumba DVDs, Zumba brand gear, and music. Score!

My personal review of Zumba Sentao: B -

You’ll still hear the great high energy Zumba music, but with much less dance. The chair-based choreography includes more squats and lunges than salsa and merenge. So, if you are looking for a toning class without weights and slight bursts of cardio take this class. However, I felt the chair took away a lot of Zumba’s charm as it is a primarily dance-based workout. The chair felt almost uneccessarily added and used only because it was there. It also became cumbersome as we were instructed to switch it around in different directions several times. The workout did not flow as fluidly as it could have and did not pack the fun of the traditonal Zumba dance class. However with that being said I left the class ultra sweaty and felt my sore muscles the next day, so it must’ve been doing something right. I think the class would be perfect if you love Zumba, but want to add more resistance training.

I recommend trying the class out for yourself! The Zumba Sentao classes will officially launch in March of this year at Crunch Gyms in New York and by Summer it will be promoted nationwide. The Zumba Sentao program is currently featured in Exhilarate, Zumba’s 7 Disc DVD collection, which can be purchased at zumba.com.

<3 Stephanie

Get Kissable Lips in a Snap!


Plan on doing some kissing this Vday? Well before you do, make sure to pucker up with C.O. Bigelow’s Mentha Lip Shine/Breath Freshener No. 502. It’s a refreshing mint infused lip balm that will not only soften and glossify your lips but also freshens your breath! In a snap you’re killing 2 birds with one stone, so you can focus on that great kiss ;) !

The balm contains peppermint oil providing minty freshness as it offers a cooling sensation on your lips. This gloss is never sticky, lasts, and is great for the Winter time when your puckers need an extra quench. Pair it atop your favorite lip color for an extra sheen or it looks great on bare lips adding a smooth shine. Either way you’ll be kissably ready for your Valentine!

You can find C.O. Bigelow products on their website or at your local Bath & Body Works shop. Or if you happen to be in the New York City area stop over for a stay at the Andaz Wall Street Hotel, they offer C.O. Bigelow products complimentary to all of their hotel guests including this best selling gloss!

<3 Stephanie

From Real Housewife to Coach Roz: NeNe Leakes “Glee” Hair How-To


Celebrity Hairstylist Pat Sumpter Davis is stylist to famous Atlanta Housewife NeNe Leakes who made her “Glee” debut last week as synchronized swim coach “Roz Washington”.


1. Pat began with cleansing NeNe’s hair with IT&LY HAIRFASHION’S Advanced Color Protection Shampoo ideal for color treated tresses.


2. After gently towel drying, she molded the hair smooth and into the style direction she is wearing with IT&LY HAIRFASHION’S Pure Water Drops, then having NeNe sit under a preheated dryer for 30 minutes.


3. Next, she applied White Sands Liquid Texture Firm Thermal Styling Spray to protect the hair from thermal styling. The FHI Heat 4/10 Inch Platform Flat Iron was used to separate and define her hair using small sections.


Star Stylist Tip: Pat starts at the back of her head and then works her way forward so she doesn’t miss any hairs.


4. To complete the style, she used a rake like comb to create texture and finished by using and additional amount of IT&LY HAIRFASHION’S Pure Water Drops to give a brilliant camera ready shine. For a long lasting hold, she misted NeNe’s hair with White Sands Infinity Hairspray.

Review: B&BW’s Escape to the Tropics Collection


Oh, the weather outside is frightful. Here in the east coast, we’re trudging through the snow in our furry boots, defrosting our cars an hour before departure, and burrowing our heads back into our shells (or peacoats) like turtles. It’s days like these that I wish I was lounging in a hammock on the sandy shores of [insert exotic island here], umbrella-topped frozen girly drink in hand. Is it summer yet?!

We still got a few months to go, but Bath & Body Works’ new tropical line of scents for the spring may be the perfect escape for your winter woes.

The signature collection, “Escape to the Tropics,” features three island-inspired scents: Aruba Coconut, Bali Mango, and Rio Rumberry. Luckily, I got a chance to sample the Aruba Coconut Body Lotion and the Bali Mango Fragrance Mist.


Aruba Coconut (via bathandbodyworks.com)

Our exclusive Signature Body Lotion formula, fortified with powerful ingredients like super conditioning Shea Butter, fast absorbing Jojoba Oil and protective Vitamin E, hydrates skin with moisture that lasts all day. Our non-greasy formula absorbs quickly and completely to leave skin feeling incredibly soft, smooth and nourished, making it the perfect daily moisturizer.

The Aruba Coconut lotion was a bit strong at first, but the scent became more wearable as the day progressed. Aside from creamy coconut, there are notes of exotic lychee and white musk—which were all pretty spot on, although the hints of coconut should’ve been the most prominent. Personally, I’m all for the more natural, comforting scents, but this is great for those who would prefer not to walk around smelling like a legit coconut. The signature formula is on point as always; moisturizing and long-lasting. The best thing about B&BW’s lotions is that you can always expect to catch a whiff of the scent even after a full day’s work, without the need to layer a perfume/fragrance over it. And of course, they make my skin super soft!


Bali Mango (via bathandbodyworks.com)

Lavishly mist our refreshing fragrance mist all over your body to leave skin lightly scented with our exclusive Bali Mango, an exotic getaway of juicy mango, sugar cane, pink passionflower and luscious nectarine.
  • Top: Sparkling Tangerine, Asian Apple, Peony
  • Mid Notes: Thai Lychee, Passion Flower, Pink Rose, Nectarine
  • Dry Notes: Raspberry Coulis, Skin Musk, Sugar Woods

Next up was the Bali Mango fragrance mist, with hints of juicy mango, sugar cane, pink passionflower, and luscious nectarine. This scent instantly reminded me of Pure Seduction from Victoria Secret’s Garden Collection, a very popular fragrance as well. Staying power was pretty solid for a mist (around three to four hours before wearing off), but travel sizes are also available for mid-day refreshers. If you enjoy fresh and fruity fragrances, you’ll be in for a treat with this one. Plus, I’m a sucker for the cute packaging!


Both scents, although a bit strong for my liking, are overall definitely reminiscent of the ideal island getaway. Experience your own mini-vacation and check out these and other scents from the new line at your local Bath & Body Works. Currently, the website features a Buy 3, Get 2 Free or Buy 2, Get 1 Free ($11—$14) promotion on regular sizes, and a Buy 3 for $10 ($3.50—$5) promotion on mini sizes.


FTC: Products were sent by Tractenberg & Co. Opinions are honest and solely my own.


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