October 31, 2015

Current Drugstore Beauty Faves


I love finding affordable and effective beauty products from the drugstore. Everyone loves to indulge, but these finds won't break the bank! Proof that the drugstore has nearly everything you need for great skin, hair and makeup. Here are my favorites from this month.


Prestige Total Intensity Beyond Lashes Dramatic Precision Mascara
Go beyond what you thought mascara could do, with Prestige Total Intensity Beyond Lashes Dramatic Precision Mascara. The specially designed wand grabs every lash to coat and separate it from wing to tip. The deep, rich color makes them appear longer and more voluminous than ever. The brush grabs every lash. I love the coverage.


Prestige Cosmetics Total Intensity True Metals Shadow
This foiled look eye shadow creates a metallic look with just one sweep of color. It covers lids in a long-wearing smooth and stunning glint of color with seamless blendability and a creaseless finish. The color is intense and the coverage is pigmented. This is perfect for that dramatic holiday look. The color I received was Copper.


Prestige Total Intensity Total Wear Shadow Stick
This long wear pencil eyeshadow renders a flawless slick look that stays put day and night. It is long wearing, waterproof, and highly pigmented. It stays put without smudging, creasing or fading. I love how it glides on smoothly thanks to its creamy texture. Just one swipe and you will be pleasantly surprised at the smooth and intense look! I tested the Desert Delusion shade.


Amlactin Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy Products
Do you suffer from rough, dry skin? My skin is getting drier and drier as the weather gets cooler and cooler. Hydrate and renew your skin with Amlactin Restoring Body Lotion. This restoring lotion repairs your dry, cracked skin while ceramides protect it from losing moisture. The Ultraplex exfoliates your skin, working to remove any roughness and leave skin feeling soft and smooth to the touch.

Hydrate your rough, dry skin with Amlactin Hydrating Body Cream. The Ultraplex formula works to exfoliate your skin, leaving it smooth and soft. You no longer have to suffer from severe dryness anywhere on your body. The long-lasting moisture will keep your skin looking and feeling hydrated, as well as free of dry patches.

For intense moisture and ultra hydration, get the clinically proven formula of Amlactin Moisturizing Body Lotion. Designed specifically to exfoliate, hydrate and heal severely dry skin, Amlactin gently encourages natural cell renewal. Try it for long lasting moisture and serious relief of extra dry skin. 


Sensodyne Repair & Protect Whitening Toothpaste
Speaking of relief, many dental care brands claim to ease the pain of sensitive teeth, but Sensodyne Repair & Protect Whitening Toothpaste can actually fix your sensitive teeth. How? By building a layer of protection over exposed dentin it relieves those sudden twinges and cold burst when you use it twice daily. It is also specially formulated to whiten enamel and prevent staining. Now you can enjoy your pumpkin spice latte with no sensitivity!


CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Makeup Primer
The first step for any beauty routine, CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Makeup Primer preps skin, hides pores and reduces the look of imperfections for a smooth, flawless effect. It extends the wear of your foundation and keeps it looking fresh, all without clogging pores. This makeup primer is even suitable for sensitive skin.


Essie Nail Lacquer in Leggy Legend
Matching the Total Intensity gold and copper makeup just perfectly, this Essie nail lacquer will shimmer, shake, and shine your look. The glamorous alloyed bronze bombshell is the soul of rock chic. This color is so glam and perfect for fall!


ChoiceMmed Pulse Oximeter with Pedometer
Never second guess your pulse rate or blood oxygen level again with ChoiceMmed Pulse Oximeter. Simply slip your finger inside the advanced meter to quickly obtain an accurate reading. The easy-to-read, HD display provides a clear view of your test results. This model is portable, lightweight, and includes a step counter. The clear and bright two color screen is very easy to read. This is great for exercise, mountain climbing and aviation. Get dependable oxygen level and pulse rate measurements for your daily needs.


Secret Silky by Gildan Pantyhose
Yes you can pick up pantyhose at the drugstore! This particular style features a high cut bikini panty and comfort waistband. They are silky sheer and soft to the touch. The sheer toe means you can wear them with your favorite open toe shoes.


Dr Pepper Lip Smacker
Finally, I had to include an old favorite that I recently started using again. Did you see my Dr Pepper Fiesta Punch recipe? Get thirst-quenching lip refreshment with great-tasting Dr Pepper flavored Lip Smackers. With moisturizing ingredients, they're as good for your lips as they taste. I love the Dr Pepper flavor in particular, because it also gives you a lovely tint. Your lips never looked (and tasted) so good.

Connect :: Visit Rite Aid to shop for all of these products and more to help you look your best! Connect with Rite Aid on Facebook and Twitter for exclusive offers, beauty + wellness tips, and more.

Adobe PhotoShop Elements + Premiere Elements 14 #BestLifeEver #PSE

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


Adobe Photo Editing Software makes it easy for your projects to go from good to fantastic. If you are a casual picture taker or just getting started in photography, then Adobe PhotoShop Elements + Premiere Elements 14 is for you. This software is all about simplicity and sharing both your photos and videos. Easily edit, organize, create and share the memories of your best life ever.


I have been using Adobe PhotoShop Elements for years. I recently upgraded to Adobe PhotoShop Elements 14 and have been using the new version for about a month now. There are so many cool features to tell you about. Elements makes it easy to transform your photos and videos by making quick edits, adding artistic touches and cool effects like a pro, or transforming your photos and videos to wow friends and family.


Two very cool features is the ability to remove camera shake from your selfies or clear the haze from landscape shots with the touch of a button.


Don’t trust your own artistic eye? Let new Guided Edits take you through the process of creating the ultimate photos and videos. Get the looks you're after with 34 Guided Edits. New options let you easily add a sense of motion to your photos or resize a photo to fit a certain frame. This one is great. Just choose the feature you would want to add to your photo, and it will walk you through how to do it. Something that has always baffled me is photo merging. Photomerge where you can something or someone out of one photo and them into another! Elements has a quick edit to make it simple.


One of my favorite Guided Edits to play around with is tilt-shift. This is where you can make something look "miniature" while the rest of the photo is out of focus. You normally need a special lens for this effect. I chose this photo that I took in Boston and I love how it turned out. This edit took me about two minutes!



In the video end of things, you can edit and view high-res 4K movies for the ultimate cinematic experience, and make a splash by easily adding animated titles and transitions. 

Whether you are working with photos or videos, you can find and organize your stuff fast in Elements. That means that every memory will be at your fingertips. Quickly find and organize photos and videos by favorite people, or simply search by where you were or what you were doing.


Whether you captured your mountain bike adventure on your action cam, snapped a sweet selfie, or caught your daughter's first steps on your tablet, you probably have an endless stream of videos and photos on your devices. Isn't it time that you take your images and footage to another level!? I use Adobe PhotoShop Elements + Premiere Elements 14 for both personal use and blogging. It is easy to use and the results speak for themselves. Don't be afraid to give Elements a try! There is so much support built right into the software. Most things can be accomplished with just a simple click or two!

Have you tried Adobe Photoshop Elements + Premiere Elements 14? What are your favorite features?

Buy It :: You can purchase Adobe PhotoShop Elements + Premiere Elements 14 at Best Buy for $149.99.

This Dr Pepper Fiesta Punch Recipe is Lip Smacking Good


Dr Pepper is one of my favorite soft drinks. Did you know that it is also the oldest major soft drink brand in America?! A pharmacist named Charles Alderton created Dr Pepper in 1885. Alderton worked at a drugstore in Texas. Legend has it that Morrison named it after the father of a young girl he was once in love with. The drink's unique flavor was a hit ever since it was first sold in 1885.


With the holidays approaching, you might be looking for something new to serve your guests. I knew that I loved Dr Pepper, so I gave this Dr Pepper Fiesta Punch a try. It is a sweet, candied punch with that classic Dr Pepper kick. I got everything that I needed to make it at Rite Aid.


DR PEPPER FIESTA PUNCH
  • 11⁄2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 1⁄2 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups (1 quart) bottled cranberry juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 32 ounces OR 1 liter cold Dr Pepper
  • Dr Pepper ice cubes
Mix sugar with 2 cups of the water. Bring to a boil; cool.
Combine this syrup with the remaining 2 cups of water, lemon
juice, cranberry juice, pineapple juice and salt. When ready to
serve, stir in cold Dr Pepper. Pour over Dr Pepper ice cubes in
punch bowl.

Yield: 30 servings

Note: Freeze Dr Pepper ice cubes in refrigerator trays and use in
punch bowl to prevent dilution of the punch.


You may have noticed that I have been including Dr Pepper Lip Smacker in some of these photos. No there is no Lip Smacker in the punch. But how great is Dr Pepper Lip Smacker? I carried it with me everywhere when I was a teen. I was reminded how much I love it and I am happy to report it is back in my life. Not only does it have that lip-smacking delicious-ness, it also leaves that perfect touch of color. For even more oo-la-la you can add the Dr Pepper Roll-It Lip Smacker on top for some extra shine.


Try some Dr Pepper Fiesta Punch at your next get together. You could even hand out Dr Pepper Lip Smacker as party favors! My love affair with Dr Pepper continues as I learn of new ways to enjoy it.


Have you tried any Dr Pepper recipes?

Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 Laptop at Best Buy

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


Best Buy is the destination for exciting new mobile PC devices, including the new Satellite Radius 12 by Toshiba. With the launch of Windows 10, now is the time to gear up and get a laptop built with the expert technologies, flexible 2-in-1 design and fast mobile performance. Start thinking about who on your holiday gift list could use an upgrade. Perhaps it is you!

The Satellite Radius 12 is the world’s first 12.5-inch convertible laptop with a 4K Ultra HD display. Designed with color accuracy in mind, the Technicolor-certified wide gamut RGB display supports 100% Adobe® RGB color space reproduction, making it an ideal choice for mobile content creators and action cam enthusiasts. On this screen, what’s shot with the camera can be viewed with the same color fidelity, making editing a breeze.


Featuring a sleek, highly-mobile compact design, Gorilla Glass damage resistant screen, and an LED backlit keyboard, the Satellite Radius 12 is designed for travel. My favorite feature just might be the 360-degree precision hinge. This enables greater flexibility as the screen rotates into five unique viewing modes – giving the right view for every occasion. Choose from laptop, audience, tabletop, presentation and tablet modes, so you can easily stay productive on your own or collaborate with colleagues.

Designed for Windows 10, the Satellite Radius 12 is one of the first small-screen PC’s to enable facial authentication with Windows Hello. This enables a more personal and convenient way to log in to the laptop. Facial recognition greets you by name and lights up in your presence. It’s also among the first Windows laptops to run on the power and performance of Intel’s new 6th generation Core processors, delivering maximum mobile performance for mobile content creators and multi-taskers. Check one out at Best Buy!

Buy It :: You can purchase the Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 Laptop on bestbuy.com or a Best Buy store.

October 26, 2015

Introducing the Popular Purple Pencil Sharpener


Teachers love purple. 9 times out of 10 I will go for a purple pen or marker when I grade papers. So it makes complete sense that Classroom Friendly Supplies has released a brand new color today - Popular Purple!


Just like the classic Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener, the Popular Purple is a "must have" for every teacher. Why? It allows for quiet sharpening eliminates classroom interruptions. I have this in my classroom and I will tell my students that they must use the Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener if their pencil breaks during class instruction. It is so quiet that it does not distract the other students. Oh yea, and it works! I typically hear the ooohs and aaahs once my students use it for the first time. It is honestly gives you the sharpest pencil ever.


It is really simple to use. Just follow these steps. The students will get the hang of it after one try. Being students never know when to stop the pencil sharpening process, I love how this one features automatic stopping once the perfect point is formed. This prevents over-sharpening and gets them ready to learn faster. It works on standard sized pencils and has a clear plastic disposal tray for easy cleaning. A unique and practical gift, teachers will love the old-school retro look. Only now, they can get it in Popular Purple!

Connect :: Visit Classroom Friendly Supplies for more information on The Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpener. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can purchase The Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpener for just $24.99. Additional discounts are available for buying a set of 3 or a set of 36.

Eleventh Avenue Handpicked Boutique Marketplace Review


Eleventh Avenue is a handpicked boutique marketplace where you can find the cuteness items at discounted prices. It founded on the dream of creating a large scale platform for unique boutiques and small shops to come together and offer their goods at remarkable discounts. You will find handpicked daily deals in clothing, home decor, kids, jewelry, beauty, accessories, and more.


Everything is so cute and only available for a short amount of time. So when you see something you love, act quick! I recently had the chance to choose a few things from Eleventh Avenue to review. First of all, it was not easy to choose. There were so many adorable things to choose from. I finally decided on some home decor items. Here is what I chose.


I could not believe the price of this 8 Piece Chevron Sheet Set by Pacific Coast Textiles. I found it for just $28.99 for the whole set! Wow. I had to give it a try. The sheets came in an elegant chevron design, as well as a matching solid sheet set. Made with extremely fine threads, these sheets offer incredible softness and comfort. Crafted with a soft microfiber polyester blend, this set features two flat sheets, two fitted sheets and four pillowcases to brighten up your bedroom. Brushed yarns give a soft hand, and it feels like a high thread count. The sheets ended up being very thin, but also very soft. I thought they would be a great option for summer when I like something that is not very heavy. I was very impressed by the softness. In fact, they are so soft that I will use the pillowcases even when I don't have the sheets on my bed.


I love a nice tray. They have so many uses. I found these Handmade Wooden Serving Trays by Daddy Daughter Decals for only $15.99. These handmade serving trays are a perfect accent for an ottoman or coffee table. They come in a stylish finish in your choice of 3 different stains. Each tray measures 17.5" x 10.5". I knew they were definitely handmade when they arrived. They still smelled like wood stain! I ordered two different finishes and I really like them both. They are very sturdy and could easily hold several glasses at a time. I like they finishing touches on them too. The hammered metal handles add a rustic country touch.


I have always loved the idea of the slow melting ice balls. So my next purchase was the Wine Juice Sphere Ice Molds for $8.99. This silicone ice ball mold maker creates four slow melting Whiskey ice balls keeping your Scotch liquor cold without the water dilution of other ice solutions. The photos show freezing fruit in the center. I love this idea! Although I have not tried that yet, I was able to create ice balls to surprise my guests for a cocktail party.


Finally, what did I serve those drinks on? My new Arrow Monogram Cork Coaster Set by The Tulle Box! These coasters were just $6.50 for a set of four. They would be perfect for bridal, wedding, anniversary, or just because gifts. The coasters are stamped with archival ink that is both permanent and waterproof. They will not run or fade and the ink is crisp and bold. Each coaster measures 4" x 4" and is made of high quality cork. They are thin, but I don't mind that. They still do the job and look super cute. The set of 4 coasters is packaged in washi taped cello sleeves, so it is absolutely ready for gift giving! 


Even though the deals that I reviewed have expired, you will want to check out the current daily deals. You never know what you will find! At the time of this post, there were events for leggings, photo-lovers, monogram necklaces, and outwear. I wonder what you'll find today!

Connect :: Visit eleventhavenue.com for a unique, personalized, and social shopping experience. You can also find Eleventh Avenue on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

October 25, 2015

Make Your Dream Kitchen Wishes Come True with KitchenAid Appliances from Best Buy

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


Am I the only one who gets drool-y when they see a dream kitchen like this one? I think to myself, if I only had a kitchen like this. I would cook more. I would entertain more. I would just prep for the holidays sooner. The list goes on and on. If you like to cook, you might agree with me. 

The new KitchenAid line at Best Buy can make it possible. The new innovative Refrigerators and Ranges are more than just cool. They are drool-worthy. KitchenAid has reimagined what a cook's kitchen can be. From superior performance to an elevated design, these appliances mark the beginning of a new era for kitchens.


With unmatched craftsmanship and unique features, KitchenAid ranges have everything needed to ignite your passion for cooking. For example, the all new Slide-in Ranges fit the traditional freestanding cut-out for a seamless look that provides exceptional cooking and baking. While the Slide-In Downdraft Range offers options in Electric and Dual Fuel for more ways to cook. 

KitchenAid's Even-Heat Technology delivers flawless results in wall ovens and ranges. The unique bow-tie design and convection fan ensure the entire oven is heated to, and stays at, the perfect temperature for consistently delicious results.

The exclusive Steam Rack and Steam Bake cooking options are designed for amazing performance. Utilize the Baking Drawer for cooking flexibility to keep dishes warm, slow cook or simply bake at a different temperature than the main oven cavity. KitchenAid Ranges at Best Buy offer so many "hot" features!



KitchenAid also offers exquisite refrigerators for those who reach for more than milk. Featuring French doors, two drawers and a three-tiered freezer drawer, these refrigerators have a place for everything. You can store your ingredients smarter, keep them fresher and find them faster. More drawers means more possibilities. 

For example, a 36” French Door Bottom Mount Built-in Refrigerator offers a platinum interior design. A Five-Door Refrigerator offers the ultimate in flexibility, organized storage and easier access to food. Enjoy features like a luxury fit, feel and finish with soft close pantry drawers, new crispers, platinum interior with undershelf lighting. "Cool" huh?

Best Buy has some special offers on KitchenAid Appliances right now that you will want to take advantage of.
  • Free 10-pc Painted Stainless-Steel KitchenAid Cookware Set w/ the Purchase of Any KitchenAid Range/OTR Pair. (valid through 10/31)
  • Save an additional 5% with the purchase of 3 or more Kitchen Aid Major Kitchen Appliances. (valid through 10/31)
  • 18 month financing on Major Appliance purchases $599 and up or 10% Back in Rewards
  • Free delivery, haul-away and recycling on Major Appliance purchases $399 and up.
What are some things you would like to have in your dream kitchen?

Get Long Lasting Curls with the NuMe Titan 3 Curling Wand + Giveaway


Craving curls that last all day? The 100% titanium barrels found in the NuMe Titan 3 Curling Wand give you just that. This set includes three pure titanium-infused barrels in 19mm, 25mm, and 32mm. The trio was built for hair that has difficulty holding a curl, imparting the longest-lasting hold possible. For tight curls and waves, a beachy-texture or the perfect bounce – Titan 3 will work its magic.


The Titan 3 is available in 4 stunning color options. The set comes with an easy-to-use base and three interchangeable titanium barrels in the most frequently used sizes. A heat-resistant glove is also included. The titanium construction allows for the penetration of infrared heat technology and negative ion disbursement deep into the hair cuticle, allowing locks to gleam with six times the shine of ordinary, metal tools. The modern display features built-in color changing LED lights so you know when your wand is at its maximum temperature of 390ºF. 


Additional features include slip-free grip, a soft-touch finish, and a digital temperature display. The NuMe Titan 3 utilizes the latest in digital and titanium technology. Infrared heat technology uses longer wavelengths to generate penetrating heat directly into the cortex of hair cuticles, heating from the inside out with less dry time than traditional methods of heating. It creates an effect that relaxes and softens hair. Water droplets on the hair are absorbed and moisture is locked into the cuticles.


The three interchangeable 100% pure titanium barrels come in 19mm (3/4"), 25mm (1"), and 32mm (1-1/4"). Having these options allows you to get a variety of size choices from loose waves to tight curls. NuMe has teamed up with me to give a special offer to my readers. You can get any styling set for just $87 through January 1, 2016! That includes the Titan 3 which is normally $199!


To make things even more awesome, one of my lucky readers will win a Titan 3 Curling Wand! Create beautiful, long-lasting curls and waves with this convenient set. I am so impressed by the quality, and I know you will be too! I love to use this set to create loose + shiny waves that last all day!




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