Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Techies


Every family has one; that gadget guru that you call upon with any technology question.  In my family, it is my sister, so naturally I asked her what "techie" gifts would be on her list. She sent me a list of over 20 items, but I had to edit it down slightly.  Here are some of her picks (and mine) for those technology enthusiasts on your list. 
1.  Coach Legacy Mirror Metallic Phone Wristlet ($58.00) - Available in gunmetal and rose gold, this wristlet has room for all your essentials.  It has three card slots and a roomy pocket that fits most smartphones.  These wallets are fantastic for the girl on the go!

2. UP by Jawbone Wristband ($179.99) - These are a great gift for the tech junkie, health nut, or just anyone with a smart phone. Designed to be worn 24/7 with up to 10 days of battery life, it tracks your sleep (total hours, light vs. deep, length of time to fall asleep) and activity (steps, distance, calories burned, time spent active vs. idle), and can be used to log what you eat. (free mobile app required)  Available in 3 sizes and 5 colors, it is sure to help keep those new years resolutions.

3. Kindle ($69.00) - Weighing less than 6 oz it holds over 1,000 books,  is lighter than a paperback and  fits in your pocket.  It also supports children's books and includes parental controls.  On the Kindle, you can borrow books from your local library.  And, if your techie has Amazon Prime, they can choose from hundreds of thousands of books to borrow for free with no due dates, including over 100 current and former New York Times best sellers and all 7 Harry Potter books.

4.  Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner ($59.00) - Have you ever found old 35 mm film negatives at home and wanted to convert them to digital?  With this film scanner, you can give your favorite gadget enthusiast the ability to scan and share pics instantly with their smartphone.

5.  Samsung Chromebook ($249.99) - The Chromebook is sleek, portable, and affordable.  It comes comes Google product, like Search, Gmail, YouTube and Hangouts, and if your loved one is a frequent traveler, they can get online at 10,000 feet with free Gogo in-air internet passes. The Chrombook comes with 12 free passes (estimated $150 value) that can be used within 2 years on domestic US flights.

6.  Frends with Benefits Taylor/Rebecca Minkoff Headphones  ($249.95) - I have two pairs of Frends headphones now and I am absolutely obsessed with them.  This new version of the Taylor Headphones comes with removable caps designed by Rebecca Minkoff, so you can switch out the look of the earpiece.

Alexander Wang Beats Studio Headphones ($449.95) - Monster Beats has also teamed up with a top designer just in time for the holidays.  These limited edition studio headphones feature pale gold accents on a matte black surface.  I am not going to lie; I kind of want them just for the signature embossed glossy stingray case with zipper and clip!

7. Tile ($19.99) - If you have a friend or family member that has ever lost their keys, cellphone, or even purse, you need to get them tile.  It is a tiny plastic disk that you attach, drop or stick to any item that you may lose, and using blue tooth technology, along with the tile app, you can track the item's location when you lose it.  Ingenious, right?!?!?!?!

8.  ETip Glove, The North Face ($45.000) -Unless you are among the small percent of the population that doesn't have a touchscreen, every time you want to make a call in the winter while wearing gloves, you have to pull your gloves off just to dial.  ETip Gloves eliminates that.  They are designed with silicon grippers so you won't drop your phone on the ice, and a special "etip" material that allows you to use those touchscreen keys while keeping your hands toasty.

9. Power Trip iPhone 5 Case and Portable Charger, Kate Spade New York ($120.00) - This plastic rigid designer case doubles as a convenient charger to extend your iPhone's battery life by up to 11 hours.

10. Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad ($99.95) - Using bluetooth technology, this slim fitting cases adds a convenient keyboard for the iPad.  It includes an instant on/off to conserve battery power by automatically waking your iPad when you open the cover—and sending it to sleep when you close the cover.

11. 'Rabbit' 4GB Flash Drive Key Chain, Marc by Marc Jacobs ($48.00) - Not only is this so stinking cute, but this keychain can also store up to 4 GB of data.  I love that this a keychain and flash drive in one, so you can bring your data on the go and won't lose your flash drive.

12.  JBL OnBeat Loudspeaker Docking Station ($149.95) - The JBL OnBeat loudspeaker dock delivers realistic, high-output sound from any Apple iOS device. Its universal connector firmly docks your iPad, iPod, or iPhone devices. The connector also lets you rotate your iPod or iPhone, so you can view the screen in portrait or landscape orientation for the best video display.

13. Typo iPhone Keyboard Case ($99.00) - While this is just available for presale, I think it is going to be worth the wait for anyone that has not yet made the jump to a touchscreen phone, or someone that misses that physical keyboard.  I love that the keyboard resembles that of a Blackberry, so it would be perfect for anyone still holding onto a blackberry because "they can't imagine life without that keyboard."


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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Beauty Enthusiast



I am a last minute Christmas shopper.  I usually wait until the week before Christmas, take a day off from work and do a sun up to sun down shopping marathon until every last gift is purchased.  Sometimes I don't even know what I am going out to buy, which usually leads to more gifts for me than anyone else.  This year I am committed to staying organized and have started to construct a list of what I am buying who.  

To help you with your list, I will be bringing you my first ever holiday gift guide series, starting with my personal favorite . . . gifts for the beauty enthusiast.  Many of these items are on the top of my wish list!


Holiday Gift Guide - Beauty Obsessed

Clarisonic Mia 2 Limited Edition Pink Crocodile ($150.00) - I love my Clarisonic and can not imagine my skin care regimen without it.  If the product junkie on your list doesn't have one of these lightweight, compact sonic skin cleansing devices, this is perfect for them.  This Limited Edition set includes a travel case and pouch, as well as replacement head and gel cleanser.

MAC  Stroke of Midnight Pink Lip & Cheek Bag ($59.50) - MAC does special edition packing really well.  I am especially in love with the packaging of this Stroke of Midnight collection. This set includes a lipstick in How Darling (a warm pink cream), lipglass in Soft Spoken (a soft pink with red frost, a powder blush in Formal (a soft pink), a slim mirror, and 129 Powder/Blush brush. The set comes packaged with a limited-edition Stroke of Midnight bag,  the perfect clutch for ringing in the New Year. 

Laura Mercier  'Fresh Fig' Bath & Body Travel Quartet ($50.00) - Laura Mercier is my go to brand for luxe bath and body products. Laura Mercier brings you a beautiful set of bath and body products centered around the scent of Fresh Fig, which features a sweet blend of gourmand, celeste figs, apricot nectar and ylang ylang to create a rich, unforgettable fragrance. The set includes a 3 oz crème body wash, 3 oz body butter, 1 oz hand creme and .05 oz Eau Gourmande spray.

  • Diptyque Candles (Set of 10) ($130.00) - Every beauty guru or fashionista knows Diptyque candles are the creme de la creme of high end candles.  While they are quite pricey (priced around $60 for a 6.5 oz candle), this 10 piece set is a perfect way to test out all the popular scents.

Power of Makeup Planner Collection Pure RomanceTrish McEvoy  ($235.00) - A Trish McEvoy makeup planner has been on my wish list for years! This makeup planner is perfect for the girl on the go or frequent traveler.  With everything you need for a flawless look, it is a $565 value for just half the price!


The Gem Collection, Julep ($84) - Who doesn't love nail polish?!? Julep brings you a keepsake white lacquer jewelry box filled with 12 glamorous colors!  And if your beauty maven loves getting packages in the mail, you can also gift her a Julep Maven subscription instead!

Glam Glow Gift Sexy ($69.00) - The beauty world has been abuzz over these GLAMGLOW masks!  SUPERMUD™ Clearing Treatment helps fight all common skin concerns for mind-blowing results leaving you with seemingly poreless skin. YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment contains super antioxidants and minerals that work to tingle, exfoliate, brighten, tighten, and resurface in as little as 10 minutes, leaving you with a youthful-looking, radiant complexion.  If any of my friends and family and reading this and stuck on a gift idea for me, I'll be  happy girl with this under the tree.

Mrs Bunny Essential Brush Kit, Sigma ($155.00) - I received the Mr. Bunny kit for my birthday a couple of years ago and have deemed it one of the best gifts I have ever received.  These vegan brushes are specially designed to deliver a perfect makeup application. This kit contains twelve brushes from Sigma's best-selling Essential Kit that utilize the Sigmax HD filament. The brushes come in an innovative and functional container that turns into two brush holders.  And if you are looking for a less expensive set, the travel set  contains 7 of same brushes scaled down to a travel friendly size for $75.

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Launch Collection ($42) - Design guru Cynthia Rowley has launched  her first beauty line.  This limited edition zippered bag comes filled with a five shadow palette and liquid liner.


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Monday, December 9, 2013

Styling Tieks

I have wanted a pair of Tieks for the better part of a year now.  I haven't made the purchase just yet but they are definitely on the top of my Christmas wish list this year.

While these blue sole flats are designed to be flexible and comfortable, they are also super stylish.  Here are some of my picks for styling this versatile footwear.


Tieks Black and Gold
When wearing all black, I love to add a pair of fun or bright color shoes.  Gold Tieks are a great way to tie in gold jewelry and the gold hardware on a handbag.


Tieks Jeans

I like to think of red shoes as a neutral.  I know it is is not, BUT it is my favorite color to wear with an otherwise neutral look.  I also really love red and blue together, so the navy bag works to bring in another color, yet still keeping it classic.


Tieks White Dress
Even though winter is just weeks away, I am already dreaming of spring.  Nothing screams spring more to me then crisp white with a bright hello hue.  A pop of eggplant, then gives it a sophisticated and a regal flair. 



Tieks Leggings
One way to stay causal and chic is pairing leggings with a chunky knit, animal print flats and classic accessories.  I could run errands all day in this look!


Tieks Cropped Jeans
I really like the baseball meets girly look.  Accessorizing up some boyfriend jeans and baseball tee makes it casual and comfortable, yet girly and pulled together.


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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Birchbox Limited Edition: Precious Metals


Birchbox recently released their most luxurious limited edition box yet.  Just in time for the holidays, comes the Precious Metals box.  Dedicated to all things that glitter, it is perfect for anyone who loves anything that sparkles.  As soon as I saw this, I knew I had to have it!

This limited edition box is a $330 value, for just $120. If you download the new BB Mobile app, it will give you a coupon code (MOBILE20) for 20% off a onetime purchase of $50 or more.  I used that code along with redeeming birchbox points, so I only paid $76 for this box!



Each box contains Each box includes:
Cynthia Rowley Eye Shadow Palette - No. 1.
Essie encrusted treasures in hors d'oeuvres
Frends Ella Earbuds (Gold or Rose Gold)
Gorjana Taner Shimmer Necklace (Gold or Rose Gold)
Tweezerman Procurl Lash Curler
Folli Follie Heart4Heart Cosmetic Case in Gold
Kusmi Tea Paris Tea Infuser
Kusmi Tea Paris Rose Green Tea Loose Leaf Tin



Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eye Shadow Palette No 1 - I was super excited when I heard that Cynthia Rowley was launches a beauty line.  This palette is exclusive to birch box and includes five vibrant shadows that include: clove, a deep matte brown; Sugarplum, a velvety taupe; Patina, a gold-speckled plum; Mink, a rich light brown; and Champagne, a shimmery gold highlight. The case has a built-in mirror for easy application and features a Cynthia Rowley floral runway print.

The palette can be purchased on its own for $24 on the birchbox shop.


Essie Encrusted Treasures in Hors d'oeuvres - This is a high-dazzle textured polish that can be worn either on its own, or layered over another polish.  It retails for $8.50.



Frends Ella Earbuds - This is my second pair of Frends earphones.  I bought the Ella headphones earlier this year, and was excited to receive these earbuds.  Designed not only for great sound quality, but Frends entire line of earphones are truly fashion accessories and are designed for women.

Each box contained either yellow gold or rose gold earbuds.  I received the yellow gold ones.  Both retail for $99 and can be purchased through Birchbox.



Gorjana Taner Shimmer Necklace  - This 18K gold-plated necklace is a delicate chain with a slender bar charm and 10 small crystals on one side.   


The necklace retails for $65 and can be purchase directly from Gorjana.com, but this similar necklace can be purchased through birch box for $60.





Tweezerman Procurl Lash Curler - Tweezerman is my goto brand for tweezers, but I haven't purchased many of their other tools.  This is my first lash curler from the brand.  It is a glitzy rose gold curler that crimps every last lash without pinching or pulling and retails for $20 through birch box.



Folli Follie Heart4Heart Cosmetic Case in Gold - This is  a buttery soft gold leather pouch.  I have pouches and cases for just about everything in my purse, so this is sure to get some use.  It is does not seem to be available for purchase on its own, but you can get it for free with any purchase of $200 or more from Folli Follie.



Kusmi Tea Paris Tea Infuser - I didn't have a infuser, so this will allow me to start buying loose leaf teas.

Kusmi Tea Paris Rose Green Tea Loose Leaf Tin - Green Tea is one of my favorite teas and this one is blended with real rose petals.  A 4.4 oz tine retails for $16.95.


While the Precious Metals box is sold out, many of the items can be purchased individually through the Birchbox shop.  To subscribe to Birchbox, visit their website, HERE.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

BA Star Holiday Red Lip Pencil


Disclaimer: Product sent to me for the purpose of review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

With the holidays around the corner, chances are your social calendar is going to be filling up.  While you are out sprinkling holiday cheer, you are going to want to look the part.  Nothing says holiday makeup more than a bright red lip, and he Holiday Red Lip Pencil BA Star is the perfect holiday red.

BA Star is the #1 performance makeup.  They specialize in cosmetics for competitive cheerleaders and dancers.  While I am neither, I was recently sent the Holiday Red Lip Pencil to review.  



  


You don't need to be a dancer or cheerleader to love this lip pencil.  The color is extremely pigmented and the formula is super creamy. 

BA Star's Holiday Red Lip pencil retails for $8.75 on bastar.com, but you can get it for 50% by using discount code BBLIPS at check out.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Guest Post from Lauren's Way

Just because the cold weather is upon us, it doesn't mean you have to lose your tan.  Today I am very excited to have a special guest post from Laurens Way, a UK beauty brand founded by Lauren Goodger, an English television personality, glamour model, beautician and singer.

 Based in the UK, Laurensway.com features fake tanning products, hair products, and false eyelashes and ships worldwide.


Getting ready to glow this winter

It’s fair to say that summer is well and truly behind us, we need to shake up our skincare routines to adjust for the autumnal months. Making small and subtle changes now will help you look and feel your best in the colder seasons. Tanning is the perfect way to look glowing throughout winter.


As the gale force winds hit us and cold bites we tend to use the central heating and our skin becomes exposed to dryness and chapping. This can be easily corrected by using a good quality body and face scrub exfoliator followed by a moisturiser to fuse goodness back into your skin.



Try to exfoliate once or twice a week depending on your natural skin type; this is important for skin that has been damaged over the summer months by the sun. Buy a scrub that contains sugar this will bring out a natural glow. If you moisturise in the morning and evening especially after you’ve exfoliated and use a facial mask one night a week for added softness – then your skin is well and truly prepared for the fake tan to be applied!


A fantastic tanning product on the market, that’s not only easy to apply but looks radiant and its streak free, Lauren’s Way Self Tan. The LW tanning products have received amazing reviews across all social media channels.


Tanning Mitt

If you’re trying out fake tan for the first time, you might be a little nervous about using it, but it couldn’t be simpler to get an even glow. Start by taking a long shower and shave so the tan had a smooth and even base to be applied to then use a mitt to apply the tan in circular motions.

Make sure you read the directions on the tan bottle and wash it off, but be aware to not stain your hands. The self-tan from Lauren’s way is one of our favourites for a lovely tone and perfect glow.
Check out the Lauren’s Way website to see the additional beauty products including clip in hair extensions, lashes and sleep in rollers to perfect the ultimate desired appearance.

Visit Lauren’s Way to view there whole product range - www.laurensway.com


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Monday, October 28, 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sunday Lusts

Sunday Lusts 10.27.2013

1. Bright Wool Moto Jacket, Gap
2. Door Knob Curtain Tie Back, Urban Outfitters
3. Cuckoo Flats, Kate Spade
4. Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, Bobbi Brown
5. Carson Wedge Pump, Frye
6. Sheer Lip Color in Rosy, Bobbi Brown


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Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday Finds


BLOGS

Notes from My Closet - I found Rachel's Blog through Instagram, which seems to be where I find 90% of new to me blogs lately.  I loved the minimalistic, simple design of her bedroom in her room tour and have been reading through her blog ever since!

The Kinch Life Blog - (Another blog I found on instagram) Everything about Aubrey's blog is absolutely stunning!  She is a graphic designer and has a ton of freebie wallpapers for your iPhone and desktop!

PINNERS


Is it weird that I have been stalking my own sister's pinterest?  Even at my age I still look to my older sister for style advice, and her pinterest is very pinspiring.  (corny pun?? - check out her pinterest for sources of the images above)

I am sure I have mentioned the Decorista's blog a bagillion times because it is one of my absolute favorites AND her pinterest is just as amazing! 

INSTAGRAM

I have been sucked into the vortex of instagram!  I have been absolutely obsessed and it is quickly becoming my source for EVERYTHING! (by the way - you can follow me here)

Yours_Truly_Sandy - Sandy's instagram has makeup, comics, and just everyday pictures of her life.  She has some great product recommendations.  She also works a Sephora and was kind enough to recently offer some of her followers her friends and family coupon.  (I was lucky enough to score one - Thank you Sandy!)

aslancreampuff - I am not a crazy cat lady, I promise, but I die of cuteness overload every time I look at him.

YOUTUBE

 
If this is really the guy whose driveway Youtube "personality" Joey Graceffa blocked and his story is legit, kudos to him for sticking up for himself and being absolutely hilarious!  What is so complicated about not blocking someone's driveway?!?  Its illegal . . . AND RUDE!  You are my hero Nate Clark!

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