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IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

In late January, IT Cosmetics invited me to attend their first QVC show with a studio audience. Sitting in the VIP section, I got a behind-the-scenes look at the crazy technical choreography it takes to produce a 2-hour live show.

Me with IT Cosmetics founder Jamie Kern-Lima

At the end, the brand gifted all of the audience members with a goody bag filled with their new Confidence in a Cream moisturizer – and their Superhero Mascara (review coming soon).

Confidence in a Cream is a life changer and a skin saver. I’ve been using it every day since the QVC show and it has improved my skin tenfold. Before I swapped it into my routine, my face was a desiccated mess. It was so flaky that, in certain spots, it looked like my facial skin had dandruff. I would have to slather on a heavy moisturizer (I had been using Cetaphil Cream) just to look like my skin wasn’t peeling off.  (more…)

Keysmart: More Like Keygenius!


Meet Keysmart 2.0, the perfect streamlined solution for bulky, jingle-jangly key rings. I first saw it on sale at Zulily.com last year, but waited too late and missed out. I remembered it last month, when it came time to buy my dad a birthday present. And naturally, I picked one up for myself too.

Watch this video to see the genius of Keysmart.

I bought my dad the Keysmart extended in red. I got the same in pink, of course. I love how sleek it is, how it doesn’t make any noise, and how it still accommodates my car key – thanks to the loop piece. It’s perfect for men who typically carry their keys in their pockets. And it’s great for women because it takes up less real estate in our purses. Keysmart even comfortably fits into a small clutch or wristlet.  (more…)

ghd Arctic Gold Professional Styling Gift Set

Want good hair every day? Then get ghd, which literally stands for ‘good hair day.’ I first discovered their Gold Professional 1″ styler in 2011 – and besides my beloved blow dryer, it is honestly the only styling tool I’ve used in the five years since.

In November, Sephora sent me ghd’s limited-edition Arctic Gold Professional Styling Gift Set, and I’m equally obsessed. It’s like the styling iron of my dreams, made real. I love that it heats up to the optimum styling temperature of 365 °F in less than 60 seconds, and beeps to let me know it’s time to do the do. And the contoured plates allow me to create straight, wavy and curved styles. It never snags as I run it over my tresses, and it imparts the most amazing shine.

Once upon a time, I needed this rug. But thanks to ghd and their handy automatic shut off feature, I don’t worry about my house burning down.

It also shuts off after 30 minutes of inactivity so you never have to worry that you’ve left it on and your house may be on fire. Perfect for traveling, the gift set also includes a heat-resistant roll bag with a protective plate guard – so go ahead and throw your hot-as-hell styling iron into your bag (or wherever) without fear that it’ll melt all of your stuff. Love that!

I will admit that at $225, this styling set costs a pretty penny. But if you use your iron on the regular, it’s definitely a worthwhile investment.

Cute hair + less damage – risk of burning your house down = what are you waiting for?

 

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Noodle & Boo Conditioning Hair Polish

My daughter, Arwen, is a Noodle & Boo baby. Seen here – with a hair brush in each hand – she is a true beauty girl in training.

 

Noodle & Boo, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

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Noodle & Boo Newborn 2-in-1 Hair & Body Wash gently cleanses Arwen’s hair and skin without stripping its natural moisture. It’s tear-free, clinically-tested for sensitive/newborn skin, mild enough for daily use and suds up well despite being sulfate-free.

Noodle & Boo Baby Balm is a nourishing cream for face and body that soothes, pampers and provides long-lasting moisture for dry, irritated skin.

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My latest Noodle & Boo discovery is their Conditioning Hair Polish, which uses sunflower seed and green tea extracts to detangle and smooth, reduce frizz and protect against environmental stress.   (more…)

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