08 December 2014

Five Great Gifts for the Single Girl!

Tis the season to be jolly! Or in most cases, tis the season to drive yourself crazy wondering what gifts to get for everyone on your holiday list. Oh, the stress and hand wringing! I'm hard to shop for, I know this. And most of my friends are hard to shop for as well. They're smart, savvy, stylish and seem to already have everything so what does a holiday shopper do? My solution is to give gifts that are lifestyle appropriate and entirely useful, especially in the stocking stuffer category.

So what do single girls want in their stockings? Things that make life more beautiful and more fun and if those things also make us more beautiful, then you've hit the motherlode. Here's my list for Party Patty, Busy Betty and Flirty Francesca!

FitBit Flex
Staying fit is important to the single girl but sometimes we lose track of our fitness goals while we're out conquering the world. FitBit offers a number of great options for activity and sleep tracking including a collection of FitBit accessories from the uber stylish Tory Burch.

FitBit Activity and Sleep Tracker

Mani of the Month with Julep
I've long been a fan of beauty subscription boxes and they make excellent gifts too. With Julep, you can choose one big deluxe gift box or purchase a monthly subscription for your polish-loving friends. Either way, it's a gift that keeps on giving!

Give the gift of beauty. Julep's Gem Collection.

For Busy Betty, my money is on a ShaveMob Stocking Stuffer. Give her the convenience of always having super sharp razors on hand without having to waste valuable time standing in line at the Piggly Wiggly. For an embarrassingly low price, these fantastic grooming gems will arrive on her doorstep, no muss no fuss. With three blades to choose from and one convenient handle, you're sure to find the perfect fit. I like The Perfectionist. The ShaveMob Stocking Stuffer contains one handle, a two-month supply of razors and a cute little mustache monocle. But don't dawdle, the holiday promotion ends December 17th! Click here to check out a fun little video from the folks at ShaveMob!

ShaveMob makes the perfect gift.

Travel Time
For Globetrotting Gloria, I love this 'First Class Forever' leather passport cover from Hayden-Harnett. If one must subject herself to the struggle that is airport security, she should at least be super stylish while doing so!
A great gift for the girl on the go.

Leather Hip Flask
And finally, for the Party Patty on a budget, I recommend the often useful hip flask. Let's face it, all that partying can be expensive so while she's catching up with her fabulous friends, she can save some cash by BYOBing! Don't forget to add a little engraving for that extra special touch. 

Fun times with a fun flask!

What are your favorite stocking stuffer gifts? Let me know in the comments and cheers to a great shopping season!
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07 December 2014

Great Gift: Canon T5i at Best Buy

It's #HintingSeason for sure and I am hinting really hard about the Canon EOS T5i from Best Buy! I've had my current camera, the Canon EOS T3, for a couple of years now and I'm swiftly outgrowing it so I've been eyeing the T5i lately. Can you say upgrade?! The T5i is a best-seller in the intermediate DSLR category and here are a few reasons why.

Let's start with the 18-135mm zoom lens that comes with the T5i. One of the main reasons I feel like I'm outgrowing my camera is the lens that came with it. The zoom on the T3 is only 18-55mm which is okay but it doesn't have the range I'm looking for. I also would rather have a zoom lens than a bunch of different prime lenses (a prime lens has a fixed focal length) so the 18-135mm is looking pretty good. 

The other features that excite me are the 3-inch, variable angle touch screen which is great for when I need to do a little self photography/videography, the continuous autofocus in HD video mode and the 100 - 12,800 ISO range. The ISO refers to a camera's light sensitivity. The higher the number, the more sensitive. My T3 has a maximum ISO of 6400 which means the T5i doubles that out of the box. On top of that, the T5i's ISO is expandable to 25,600 which makes shooting in low-light environments much easier.

More great news for holiday shoppers is that now you can save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy.*

Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.
  • Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video
  • Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
  • Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal clear images.
  • The 3" vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.
*offer valid 12/7-12/20

What are you hoping to find under the tree this year? It's #HintingSeason so go ahead and drop a hint in the comments! 

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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product at a reduced price or for free.

23 November 2014

Monat Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive Review

Oil treatments are all the rage. From oil pulling to treatments for hair, skin and nails, beauty lovers and anti-aging enthusiasts have embraced oil for all its soothing, protective and restorative powers. I recently received a bottle of RejuveniqeTM Oil Intensive from MONAT Global to try so I dove right in.
Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive Review

Product Claims
RejuveniqeTM Oil Intensive is the foundation used in all MONAT products. Its key ingredient is Abyssinian Oil, which creates a unique molecular-structured product that mimics the body's own natural oils to visibly replenish and repair, with instant as well as long-term age prevention benefits, for both hair and skin.

  • Can be used daily.
  • Seals, coats and smoothes hair cuticle to boost shine and protect from environmental influences.
  • Provides nutrients, Omega-6 fatty acids and antioxidants which help prevent premature aging.
  • Alleviates dehydration caused by harsh cleansers and styling products.
My Experience
I used RejuveniqeTM on my hair to amazing effect. After washing and blow drying, I applied the oil to small sections before flat ironing. My hair was so soft and wispy I couldn't believe it. I continued to use it throughout the week for nourishment and to ward off dryness and I found that it absorbed quickly and provided a nice sheen without being oily. The best part is, a little goes a long way. Even my nephew wondered why I was using so little when I have so much hair. 

I also used it on my elbows, knees and a few other rough spots. Again, there was good absorption and softening. Eventually I started adding it to my lotion to help ward of excessive dryness during chilly days and it worked quite well. Normally, as the temperature drops, I have to moisturize day and evening but by adding the oil to my lotion, I found that I didn't have to do the evening session.

The only thing that I'd change about RejuveniqeTM is the fragrance. It has a citrus scent that is a little too strong for my taste. If you really like citrus though, this could be great for you!

In Summary
I like it! RejuveniqeTM Oil Intensive is an effective, versatile oil treatment that absorbs quickly and softens and protects hair and skin.
RejuveniqeTM is free of phthalates, parabens, sulfates, harmful colors or fragrances.
Can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment, a leave-in finishing treatment or an anti-frizz treatment.
RejuveniqeTM retails for $99 for 10 fl oz and is available here.

Are you a fan of oils and oil treatments? Sound off in the comments and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!

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* I received this product from iFabbo for testing and review.

22 November 2014

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant - Review

Fall is the perfect time to step up your skincare regimen and get serious about exfoliation. With the dryer air produced by indoor heat and the whipping winds outside, your face can take a real beating in the moisture department. In true timely fashion, the good folks at Dermalogica sent me a bottle of their Daily Microfoliant to try and I'm glad they did!

My skin is dry on a good day but during the fall and winter months, that dryness is exacerbated and I develop obvious dry patches that need extra attention. Perhaps you remember my love affair with Ahava's Cream Hydration Mask and that affair certainly continues. The only thing is, to get the best from that mask, I like to start with well-exfoliated skin. Enter Daily Microfoliant. 

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Review - skincare
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Product Claims
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is a rice-based powder exfoliant that releases Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes to gently and effectively lift dead skin cells for instantly brighter, smoother skin.

How to Use
1. Cleanse your face with your favorite cleanser.
2. Apply Daily Microfoliant to wet hands.
3. Mix into a creamy consistency.
4. Massage over face, neck and decollete for one minute.
5. Rinse.

My Experience
On first impression, I resisted adding another step to my daily routine. I originally thought it was a cleanser and exfoliant in one but as it turned out, that is not the case. Nevertheless, I added the step and I'm really glad I did.

Applying the product proved to be quick and easy and leaving it on for the prescribed one minute was easily accomplished by applying it while showering. There are plenty other items to tend to while Daily Microfoliant does its work.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Wet and Dry
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant dry and wet.

The powder is very finely milled and light. When mixed with water, it forms a thin paste that feels soothing when applied. The rice-based granules are fine and evenly spaced. With other exfoliants I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the amount and size of the granules but not with this one. Dermalogica has taken care to deliver moderate exfoliation with little risk of damaging delicate skin. Gentle is the name of the game.

After several days of use, I have noticed that my skin is smoother and a little brighter. It has also been helpful in treating those dreaded dry patches. And lastly, I'm paying more attention to my neck and decollete because of this product. Sure I always moisturized those areas, but daily exfoliating, not so much. Score one for longer-term thinking! 

In Summary
  • I do recommend Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. The rice-based powder is an effective and gentle exfoliant. 
  • Added Benefit: There are no artificial fragrances or colors. In fact, it smells a little like oatmeal.
  • Retailing for $52 for 2.6 oz, Daily Microfoliant is available for purchase here and here

Here's to your great skin! Thanks for reading!
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* I received this product from iFabbo for testing and review.


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