August 11, 2017

Picture Keeper Connect Review + Giveaway


You know all of those photos that you took during summer vacation? You know, the ones on your phone? How would you feel if you lost them forever? If you’re like me, you take lots and lots of photos while you’re traveling. Keeping them on your phone not only puts you at risk for losing them, you can also run out of space on your device. The solution is Picture Keeper Connect


Small, convenient, and hassle-free, the Picture Keeper Connect offers a simple backup solution for the irreplaceable pictures, videos, and contacts stored on your iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone and tablet, and Mac and PC computer. Whether you're switching to a new phone, running out of storage on your smartphone, or wanting to safeguard important photos, Picture Keeper Connect offers a simple backup solution for all devices.


Inside the box, I found the instruction booklet, the USB device, and an Android adapter (if you need it). Simply plug Picture Keeper Connect into your device’s charging port, open the app, sign in, click start back-up and you’re done!


Apparently, I had 328 photos on my phone that were backed up in a minute or two. Everything was intuitive and simple. Picture Keeper Connect also works to restore photos, videos, and contacts to your new device or even a friend’s device. You can just hand them the USB so they can easily get the photos from you. How cool is that?!


Boom. Backed up and done. When I removed the USB from my phone and inserted it into my PC, I was able to easily bring up all of the photos that were on my phone. 


This is my favorite feature. Now I can move the photos from my devices to my PC and vice versa with ease. I also love the no repetitions feature. The Picture Keeper Connect will actually remember where you left off on your back ups the next time you use it. No more duplicating files and photos you’ve already backed up and taking up enormous amounts of memory you could use for new files.


Another cool feature is contact backup. The Picture Keeper Connect app doesn’t just back up photos and videos. You can also use it to backup your contacts. Once backed up, contacts can easily be transferred to a new phone or restored on your original device.


So, in review, here is how I will be using my Picture Keeper Connect.
  • To transfer files from old devices to new ones.
  • To move files between wireless devices and computers.
  • To backup all photos, videos, and contacts.
  • To save new files with every new backup - no duplicated files.
  • To easily share files from my devices with a friend.

How will you use Picture Keeper Connect? Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win one and try it for yourself!

Connect :: Visit picturekeeper.com to learn more about simple solutions for your everyday digital backup needs. Connect with Picture Keeper via Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can purchase the Picture Keeper Connect for $119.99. Use the code ALittleUmbrella to receive 40% off.

Win It :: One {lucky} reader will win a Picture Keeper Connect!

How To Enter :: Just use the form below to enter. Open to the US only. Must be 18+ to enter. Giveaway closes on August 25, 2017, at 11:59 pm EST. Only one person per household/IP address may enter. Good luck!

August 6, 2017

Spotlight on IT Cosmetics


You have likely heard of IT Cosmetics. Perhaps you saw Jamie Kern Lima (Co-Founder and CEO) presenting on QVC. Maybe you heard the recent buzz behind the new Secret Sauce (which I can't wait to try). Or perhaps you have heard about their soft as a bunny Heavenly Luxe brushes. For all of these reasons and more, I was so excited to work with IT Cosmetics on this spotlight post.

Why is IT different? IT Cosmetics was developed with plastic surgeons to develop clinically proven, innovative, problem-solving products that harness cutting-edge, anti-aging technologies and skin-loving ingredients to truly give you the power to be the best version of yourself. So they not only make you look great, they are good for your skin as well.


Confidence in Your Glow is perfect for summer. It is a blush, bronzer, and highlighter in one. Swipe the bronzing powder where the sun naturally hits your face to get the look of an instant all-over vitality-filled glow, plus a boost of brightening and radiant warmth, in one simple step. Combined with proprietary Drops of Light Technology, your skin will feel instantly softer and smoother. You can swirl the three powders together, or use them individually. Either way, the result is sun-kissed summer skin. Choose from three shades. I reviewed Warm Glow, shown above. I love the sensorial experience of the fresh orange scent, too. This radiance-boosting and brightening formula has become a summer go-to.


Perfect for the Confidence in Your Glow palette, the Heavenly Skin Wonder Brush is infused with anti-aging collagen, silk, peptides, niacin, and antioxidants. They instantly improve the look of your skin upon application and deliver beautiful results every time. The unique dual-fiber hairs on this tapered makeup brush allow for effortless application. The brush does the work for you, giving you the power to reach every curve of your face and control the depth of your glow. The firmer you press, the deeper your color.


Airbrushing in a jar. Bye Bye Pores contains real silk which makes the look of pores disappear! This award-winning translucent loose powder instantly erases the look of pores and imperfections for airbrushed perfection. I love that it also contains loads of antioxidants and skin-loving ingredients. The universal translucent shade goes on completely clear and works on all skin tones.


Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder Brush #8 is perfect for applying Bye Bye Pores. This ultra-plush, ultra-luxe wand ball brush grabs just the right amount of powder and selectively and evenly distributes it to your skin. It delivers just the right amount of product for a flawless application. It is so unbelievably soft. Its unique wand ball brush head is uniquely crafted and starts its life by going through a tedious process where each hair is sculpted and trimmed, forming a perfect round ball shape. This combo delivers an instantly poreless, optical-blurring finish every time.


Is loose powder not your thing? Bye Bye Pores also comes pressed. The Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder formula uses the same technology to erase the look of pores and imperfections from a compact! So it can easily be applied throughout the day for on-the-go touch-ups, and doubles as a blotting powder, too. I honestly can't say which formula I like more. They have both changed the way I finish off my makeup.


Transform your eyes with this universally flattering anti-aging eyeshadow palette featuring 12 Superhero-inspired shades. The Superhero Eye Transforming Anti-Aging Super Palette is formulated with hydrolyzed collagen, silk, peptides, and antioxidants, for super smooth, super skin-loving, super saturated shades that last from day to night. The four elements of this palette include three Superhero Eye Foundation eyeshadow base shades, three Superhero Nudes, three Superhero Neutrals, and three Superhero Liners.


Start with the Superhero Eye Foundation eyeshadows to color correct, neutralize and smooth for perfectly prepped lids. You can wear them alone or as your all-over base color. Superhero Nudes give you a flawlessly gorgeous, “no-makeup” look. Superhero Neutrals complement the twinkle in your eyes and make your eye color come alive. These work great as your contour crease color. Superhero Liners are super-intensely pigmented for beautiful definition. Wear wet or dry, as your smoked out eyeliner with the convenience of a pigmented shadow. All four elements give you the power to create limitless eye looks, from natural to classic to smokey. This is one fun palette to play with! Plus the shadows include anti-aging peptides, antioxidants, silk and hydrolyzed collagen!


Finally, this no-tug eyeshadow brush delivers an airbrushed application without tugging on your delicate eyelids. Use it for the Superhero Eye Transforming Anti-Aging Super Palette or to create any eye look. Developed with leading plastic surgeons, this is the first anti-aging and age preventative shadow brush. Its soft-touch rubberized handle makes application easy and enjoyable. The super-soft ultra-luxe brush glides pigment onto your lids easily for an airbrushed application that lasts. I love it!


Connect :: Visit itcosmetics.com to check out the full line of high-performance color cosmetics. You can also connect with IT Cosmetics on Facebook and Instagram.

Buy It :: You can purchase the products that I reviewed here:

July 28, 2017

What's Inside an Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box?


Have you been thinking about getting a Seasonal Surprise Box from Erin Condren? But are you worried you won't like what's inside? I am going to share what was in my Summer Box (which is sold out - sorry) to give you an idea of what you might expect in future boxes.


The Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box is a hand-picked collection of seasonal faves. Inside is an assortment of sneak peeks, exclusives, and best-selling items guaranteed to surprise and delight. Boxes are limited. So if you are interested, make sure you order one as soon as they become available. I paid $35 for my box.


Creativity is woven into everything at Erin Condren, and the Seasonal Surprise Box is no exception! A fully reversible design makes the box itself a useful and unique item. Reverse the box to display it, or use it as a gift box for someone else!


The first thing I received was the luxe rose gold metallic quote clutch valued at $20. The luxurious, leather-like material, adorable metallic quote, and matching hardware truly make it a luxe clutch! It fits my pens, small notepads, and some stickers perfectly.


Next, there was an adorable interchangeable cover for an Erin Condren planner. Valued at $8, its technology enables you to snap in a cover so it is secure and won't fall off ... until you want it to! A thin, hairline slice in the lamination keeps the cover fitting snug to the coil until you are ready to make a change.


I also received an elastic band, perfect to keep your LifePlanner or Teacher Lesson Planner closed! They come in a trio for $7. I like keeping it all together with these and I love this color.


The box included two stickers sheets. One had a beach theme that perfectly matches the interchangeable cover. The second sheet was Indpenednece Day themed. Stickers sheets are valued at $3 each.


I love the Oh! What a Week planning notepad! From meal planning to listing family schedules, or simply jotting each daily to-do list, I can organize each week to make the most of your time! It sells for $10. The Designer Pencil Set, valued at $6, contains six stunning pencil designs. So cute.


The last things in my Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box were a small accessory notepad and a lip balm. So everything in my box had a value of $57 and I paid $35. I thought there were some great picks for summer.


Connect | Visit erincondren.com to learn more about Seasonal Surprise Boxes! Connect with Erin Condren via Facebook and Instagram.

Buy It | Use this link to receive $10 off your first order at ErinCondren.com!


July 23, 2017

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare on HSN + Giveaway


Christie Brinkley's Authentic Skincare line works to recapture your skin's youthful appearance. After a career with access to leading doctors and dermatologists, Christie’s passions for skincare, anti-aging treatment, and sun protection led her to be the authentic and forward thinking voice of anti-aging skin care.


I featured some of Christie's skincare products in a recent post. I love the powerful anti-aging ingredients. Be sure to tune into HSN on July 24th where Christie Brinkley will be sharing the details behind her skin care collection! She will also be showcasing a special limited time offer of Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare.


The special offer will include these four products. Recapture Day + IR Defense Cream, Recapture 360 Night Beauty Treatment, Thermal Detox Cleansing Mask, and Refocus Eye Serum. You will be able to get this skincare package for $59.95.


These four essential products work together to protect and treat your skin all day, as well as optimize and repair at night. Christie’s latest product, Thermal Detox Warming Mask is a deep-cleansing, intensive, targeted heat-enhanced treatment developed to purify, nourish, and leave skin feeling smooth.


Visit HSN to learn more about this special offer. Make sure to also tune into HSN Monday, July 24th, to catch Christie Brinkley with your favorite products and exclusive offers. Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare has also given me the opportunity to giveaway this same four-piece skincare set to THREE of my lucky readers!

July 18, 2017

Loving Lately


I hope everyone is having a great summer! I am loving the long, lazy days. That being said, I have also come across some very cool products that I would love to share with you. Here is what I have been loving lately.


Doshi creates vegan accessories geared towards the eco-friendly fashionista. They offer a very chic collection of vegan leather briefcases, backpacks, belts, and accessories. Motivated to help the environment, the brand even created a program in which the first 5% of all profitable sales are donated to various non-profits benefiting animals and the environment. How cool is that?


I have been rocking this large vegan briefcase that fits my laptop, files, and then some. It is made of a high-quality microfiber shell that you would swear was actual leather. There are several zippered and open interior pockets for storage.


This bag is so cute it could really be used for anything. I might be using it for my teacher bag. I could even be used as your everyday handbag. It is a perfect size and has so much organization. I love it!


Speaking of vegan, these two hand creams do not contain any components of animal origin. My hands get dry in the summer and I love both of these. The first is a shea butter hand cream from Kneipp. The nourishing, plant-based formula of shea butter, almond oil, and magnolia moisturizes hands and prevents them from drying out. It is especially rich and leaves my skin feeling pleasantly soft.

The other is a velvety hand cream loaded with the finest oils available in nature. Carefully selected, these oils soothe and protect, leaving your skin silky smooth and bursting with vitality. The unusual scent combination of citrus, basil, and fennel is both bold and feminine. The packaging is pretty too!


I love a summer getaway. MALIN+GOETZ makes it easy to just get up and go with this travel essentials kit. It includes all of their best sellers for face, body, and hair. It even comes in a TSA approved pouch! This kit includes the gentle Grapefruit Face Cleanser, intensely hydrating Vitamin E Face Moisturizer, the refreshing Bergamot Body Cleanser, and nourishing Vitamin B5 Body Moisturizer. The Peppermint Shampoo with amino acid-based cleansing agents will leave hair balanced and purified, while the Cilantro Conditioner imbues your hair with body and shine.


Time for summer hair essentials! Unfortunately, a few days in the sun is awful for your hair. The experts at Hotheads shared these tips on how to help your hair survive summer. Look for UV inhibitors in all of your leave-in hair products. Wear a hat - especially when you’re anticipating a full day of outdoor activities where shade will be scarce. If you’re planning on swimming in a pool, remember to dampen hair before taking a dip. When showering after the pool, rinse hair well to remove some of the surface chlorine or other minerals deposited on the hair.


In your beach bag, you should carry your sunscreen, but also a compact hair brush like the Mini G! It’s the perfect little brush to distribute your leave-in products before heading out into the sun. Great for detangling after a swim, the Mini G also helps remove sand debris from the scalp and hair. Finishing your day at the beach using the Mini G will reduce frizz and help create the perfect ponytail.

Also available in a larger size, the large paddle grooming brush features the same unique 3D bristle pattern. Regular use of a Hotheads paddle brush will help to improve the quality and health of the hair and scalp. Both sizes feel so good and do not tangle or pull my hair.


Throw some Scünci spiral ponytailers in your hair for a unique look. Yes, they look like some kind of jelly accessory from the 80s, but they do hold all hair types. The unique design won't dent your look, so they are perfect for both my curly and straight hair days.


What do you do when you want to sport those cute pumps or flats in the summer? You get sweat, odors, blisters, and sensitive skin rubbed raw. Unless you use Keysocks. Classic Keysocks are no show socks that don't slip, unlike those awful footies. They feel like a comfy dress sock but don't show with long pants or a maxi. They are perfect for flats, heels, booties, Toms, Converse, Vans, and more.


I also tried Keysocks Barely There no show socks. This is that light version that provides a super thin protective layer of fabric between your foot and your shoe. Specially designed fabric keeps feet cool and wicks sweat while a strategically placed keyhole cut out on the top of the sock gives you the barefoot look. Finally, a nylon that comfortably stays in place and out of sight.


I already told you about Vera Bradley coloring books, but there are two new books that I have been enjoying. Enjoy the Journey features 40 classic Vera Bradley designs, each eye-catching illustration is printed on extra-heavy, 200-year acid-free artist paper. A quick reference pattern guide provides the original Vera Bradley color schemes for every named pattern in the book, with stunning original patterns also shown in two-page spreads.


The other book is called Seize the Day. A full-color introduction shows you coloring techniques, craft ideas, and the right color swatches to use for a terrific look. Featuring a gold foil-embossed gatefold cover, this unique book even includes 16 bonus gift tags and 8 ready-to-color note cards. Get ready to color in the language of beauty with Vera Bradley! Don't be like the rest of them, darling!




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