November 30, 2015

olloclip Rose Gold 4-IN-1 Lens for iPhone


Do you have someone on your gift list who would love to add some style and functionality to their mobile device? Hello, ollo. From the makers of olloclip - the leaders in mobile photography - check out the special edition Rose Gold 4-IN-1 Lens. Note that I do not have a rose gold colored iPhone. My iPhone is gold. But you can see the lovely rose gold color of the lens pictured above. It still looks awesome if you ask me.


Your gift recipient can take pictures worth 1,000 likes with the perfect social media accessory. The award-winning 4-IN-1 Lens for iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6/6s Plus delivers the most versatile and premium mobile lens experience in a compact, easy-to-use design. It features four advanced optic quick-change lenses (Fisheye, Wide-Angle, Macro 10x, and 15x) that weigh in at less than an ounce.


The 4-IN-1 Lens enhances your field-of-view beyond iPhone’s built-in camera. For example, the Fisheye and Wide-Angle lenses enable you to capture more - ideal for photographing panoramic landscapes or a snapping a selfie with a group of friends. Think of the famous Ellen selfie shot at the Oscars. You can easily access the Macro lenses by unscrewing the Fisheye and Wide-Angle lenses to photograph crisp close-ups and get detail-oriented beyond the naked eye. 


This pocket-sized design works on both the front and rear-facing cameras! Let your photos and your selfies run wild. I am so impressed with how easy it is to use. You can literally switch between lenses in seconds with no extra parts needed. It is so lightweight too. Just snap it on and off your phone when you need it. Experimenting with mobile photography has never been so fun! I love my olloclip!


For enhanced portability, the new olloclip lens systems are wearable on a pendant and can be clipped to a backpack, lanyard or key ring - so your lens is always easily accessible to capture that spur-of-the-moment shot. It comes with 3 wearable pendants because the best camera is the one that’s always with you. 


The olloclip brand is synonymous with creativity in one’s pocket. With olloclip products, amateur and professional photographers alike can capture and share life experiences, more easily, spontaneously and artistically than ever before. Anyone's mobile phone becomes a window to the world. If someone on your list is forever snapping mobile photos, this would make the perfect gift!

olloclip is featured in my 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.

Connect :: Visit olloclip.com to learn more about their quick-connect lens solutions for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and the Samsung Galaxy S. Connect with olloclip via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can purchase the Rose Gold 4-IN-1 Lens for iPhone for $79.99.

Helen Ficalora Holiday 2015


Helen Ficalora creates signature jewelry designs that inspire beauty, love and peace. Though best known for her Alphabet Charms, the HF collection also includes Earrings, Rings, Bracelets, and more. This Holiday Season Helen Ficalora features beautiful new winter wonderland inspired pieces. 


These pieces will make the gift of giving memorable to the ones we love. The inspiration for this collection comes from all that surrounds us during this festive time of year. I reviewed the stunning Angel Wing Mini Charm. Isn't it just lovely? It is so delicate and intricate, yet it holds so much meaning.


Visit Helen Ficalora to find timeless pieces crafted from beautiful Yellow, Pink and White Gold with diamond accents reflect an appreciation for nature and organic form. Helen’s Holiday collection is available in Yellow, Pink, and White 14k Gold with select pieces also available in Sterling Silver. The prices range from $65-795, making them the perfect gift for any budget.
 
Helen Ficalora is featured in my 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.

Connect :: Visit helenficalora.com to browse the full collection of signature jewelry designs. Connect with Helen Ficalora via Facebook and Twitter.

Buy It :: You can purchase angel wing charms starting at $65. The fine chains are available for $40 and up.

My Picks for Hot Holiday Hair


You want your hair to look hot for the holidays! It is time get get those tresses ready for friends, family, and all to admire. Try these picks to get your hair looking fab for the holidays!


Help transform your dry, parched hair into hydrated, silky perfection with Quench by Proganix. This unique supercharged, lightweight line is made from a blend of coconut water, electrolytes and coconut oil.

Don’t let the gentle lather of Quench Shampoo Moisturizing + Nourish fool you! This unique formula will quench your dry, lifeless tresses with lightweight moisture to help make your hair look healthier and make you feel unstoppable. Follow with Quench Conditioner Moisturizing + Nourish and in just a few minutes you can help transform your dry hair into luscious locks.

Need more Quench? Try Quench Leave-In Moisture + Nourish. This leave-in spray will do just the trick. I use it as a detangler and it makes my hair smells so good! When flyaways pop up, use Quench Moisture Balm to help calm them down. 


The sun may be the last thing on your mind this winter, but Sun Bum Beach Formula 3 In 1 Leave In Treatment is a multi-tasker for any season. This conditioning, detangling and color protecting formula instantly penetrates into the hair shaft without weighing the hair down. It protects hair against heat appliances and chemical damage. It also delivers instant repair and adds elasticity to dry, damaged and frizzy hair!

L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Hair Plumper is the new go-to styling product for every look you're considering this year. Apply it to dry or damp hair, curly or wavy hair – it plumps, defines, separates, and provides volume, definition, and bounce! With benefits like fattening skinny hair strands and bulking-up hair without weight, who wouldn't want to give this hair plumper a try?

Forget the goopy, residue left behind with traditional serums and indulge in a hands-free, even application with RUSK Elixir Mist! Healthy hair has never been so easy. RUSK Elixir Mist is a thermal shine mist that delivers incredible shine and a frizz-free finish. It provides heat protection for thermal styling, instantly absorbs into hair, and even helps reduce drying and styling time.


These next two new styling aids are great for both women, and the men in their lives! Mold, sculpt, and then set your style with AG Molding Cream Sculpt and Style. No matter what your hair length, try adding texture and a polished shine as you create a long lasting look. This molding cream distributes easily through the hair and washes out effortlessly. I love how it is not sticky, and it smells fantastic! Just emulsify in hands and apply to damp or dry hair, style and go.

If it's incredible separation and natural shine you crave, try AG Texture Paste Pliable Pomade. The pliable yet firm texture paste will help you create a casual unfussed look with natural sheen. This is an ideal pomade for short to medium length hair. It provides long lasting hold and incredible separation, but is never, stiff, sticky, or greasy. My husband loves using this to style his short hair. Everything stays put and it looks effortless. Look for both of these AG Style products at Beauty Brands!


Express your styling skills and your own individuality this holiday season. With EIMI you can truly be yourself, say what you say and shout it out: interpreting the latest global trends, setting new accents of style and originality. EIMI molds and empowers, shapes and inspires: in a word, Individuality.

You don't have to put up with limp and lifeless hair after applying Wella EIMI Root Shoot Precise Root Mousse. Simply shake, apply, and blow dry for voluptuous style. The precision applicator makes it easy to get boosted body right where you want. This mousse has a low to medium hold, so your style looks natural and is still touchable, for hair you can't resist running your fingers through. I love the natural hold this mousse gives my hair. 

The holidays are busy, so refresh your hair between washings with Wella EIMI Dry Me Dry Shampoo. Featuring tapioca starch, this dry shampoo absorbs oil for an alternative to everyday shampooing, or to extend the life of a blowout. With Hold Level 1, the formula helps add volume and delivers a matte texture for fresh-looking hair. My hair is refreshed without feeling starchy or weighed down after using.

Go ahead and try a style that requires you to turn your hair's volume all the way up to 11! Use Wella EIMI Sugar Lift Sugar Spray for voluminous texture. Your favorite holiday hairstyles just got sweeter, with pumped-up texture and boosted body. Simply spray, scrunch, and enjoy the look of your locks with radiant shine and touchable texture that lasts thanks to high-level hold. While oils can look heavy on hair, the sugar in this spray won't weigh locks down. Use on damp or dry hair for achieving different looks with the same versatile spray. Hair stays put and gets a shiny coating too! This one is fun to play with.

Treat your tresses to the gentle caress of Wella EIMI Perfect Me Lightweight BB Lotion. This delicate lotion pampers strands with restorative moisture that helps repair your dry, stressed tresses, leaving them with healthy brilliance and high shine. The multi-function hair lotion tames flyaways and smooths your locks for a touchable result. Plus, you will also enjoy protection from the damaging effect of heat styling tools such as blow dryers and irons. I love using it for my flyaways! You will also find these Wella EIMI picks at Beauty Brands!


Save time with the Protégé Wet or Dry Styling Iron. It lets you dry damp hair and straighten simultaneously, eliminating the need to blowdry your hair before styling. This means less style time and less exposure to hair damaging heat. The Protégé Wet or Dry works great for all hair types. I have very long and thick hair, so I was skeptical about this working. But whether your hair is voluminous and curly or long and frizzy, you can achieve a super sleek look. The larger 1.5” plates make straightening thicker, longer hair easier and faster than ever. The unique design uses steam and negative ions to lock in hair’s natural moisture, while banishing frizz and flyaways. Leave hair looking sleek and feeling smooth all day with the Protégé Wet or Dry Styling Iron. I let my hair air dry for just a bit before using. I am not sure how well it would work on soaking wet hair. But with damp hair, you are good. Apply a heat protectant or styling aid to clean, damp or dry hair. Then divide hair into small 1- 1.5 ” sections and run the iron slowly from roots to tips. The iron may make a hissing which is normal; this is the water evaporating from your damp hair. I am always up for a time saver, especially during the busy holiday season.


Will you be sporting a straight style for the holidays? This unique, non-chemical straightening treatment makes it easy to achieve a supremely straight, sleek, frizz-free style. To get this look, first apply a dime sized amount of Philip B. Drop Dead Straightening Baume to damp hair. The heat activated formula will leave your hair sleek and frizz free for a perfectly straight, swingy blowout. 

Philip B. African Shea Butter Shampoo is a mild cleanser that drenches strands in light-weight moisture, protecting color and taking hair to a whole new level of softness and shine. This is the perfect daily shampoo for the whole family. It gently lifts away oil and product build-up without weighing hair down.

Don’t have time to shampoo and condition hair? No worries - tame tresses with Philip B. Anti-Frizz Formula 57. It contains Vitamin E, rice bran and soybean oil, to tame frizz and flyaways for a beautifully satiny blowout. It protects hair from heat styling and locks out humidity for a frizz-free finish that lasts for days.


Speaking of sleek hair, try using the John Frieda by Conair Sleek Finish Vent Brush to smooth out hair and reduce frizz during your next blowout. The deep-shine silicone strips create shine, smooth flyaways and help reduce frizz. While the vents let airflow from dryer reach hair for faster drying and styling. It works great even on my long, thick hair!


Save a couple steps in your routine each morning with KMS California Free Shape Quick Blow Dry. Speeding up drying time up to 50% and providing heat protection, it reduces friction while conditioning lightly. So even if you sleep past your alarm you will able to get ready before you have to be at the in-laws for breakfast! Just spray onto towel-dried hair as a last step before blow drying. Then style as usual.

KMS California Free Shape 2 in 1 Styling and Finishing Spray is the ideal product to use to style your hair when using hot tools. Whether you want to straighten or add curls to your hair, this product helps to add shape to dry hair and works as a holding spray once styled. You will get heat-activated dry shaping and hold. Use as a straightening or curling spray for dry hair. Just spray on dry hair before using hot tools. For best results, spray section by section. Spray again as a final step to hold the style.

Effectively hydrate your dry or damaged hair with KMS California Moist Repair Leave In Conditioner. It instantly detangles your hair, leaving it soft and supple. This ultra light spray on conditioner contains a combination of aloe and vanilla that helps to replenish moisture balance and conditions your damaged hair. It has an inside out perfecting system which penetrates deep into your hair, making it more vibrant and healthier.


Paul Mitchell Smoothing Super Skinny Daily Shampoo is a color-safe formula that cleanses and smooths hair, making rebellious locks softer and more manageable. Mild surfactants cleanse without stripping or plumping hair. As an added bonus, it also reduces drying time and speeds up styling.

To helps repair and prevent further damage, try Paul Mitchell Smoothing Super Skinny Daily Treatment. The heat-activated conditioners and thermal protectants help repair hair and prevent surface damage.

Finally, to really speed up drying time, try Paul Mitchell Smoothing Super Skinny Serum. It smooths, conditions, and seals strands leaving hair silky, shiny and frizz-free in any weather. Lightweight silicones smooth, condition and seal hair with added shine. 


Buy It :: These Holiday Hair Picks can be purchased for:
  1. Quench Shampoo Moisturizing + Nourish ($10)
  2. Quench Conditioner Moisturizing + Nourish ($10)
  3. Quench Leave-In Moisture + Nourish ($12)
  4. Quench Moisture Balm ($12)
  5. Sun Bum Beach Formula 3 In 1 Leave In Treatment ($15)
  6. L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Hair Plumper ($40)
  7. RUSK Elixir Mist ($24)
  8. AG Molding Cream Sculpt and Style ($20)
  9. AG Texture Paste Pliable Pomade ($20)
  10. Wella EIMI Root Shoot Precise Root Mousse ($19)
  11. Wella EIMI Dry Me Dry Shampoo ($19)
  12. Wella EIMI Sugar Lift Sugar Spray ($19)
  13. Wella EIMI Perfect Me Lightweight BB Lotion ($19)
  14. Protégé Wet or Dry Flat Iron ($70)
  15. Philip B. Drop Dead Straightening Baume ($24)
  16. Philip B. African Shea Butter Shampoo ($27)
  17. Philip B. Anti-Frizz Formula 57 ($35)
  18. John Frieda by Conair Sleek Finish Vent Brush ($13)
  19. KMS California Free Shape Quick Blow Dry ($21)
  20. KMS California Free Shape 2 + 1 Styling and Finishing Spray ($20)
  21. KMS California Moist Repair Leave-In Conditioner ($19)
  22. Paul Mitchell Smoothing Super Skinny Daily Shampoo ($12)
  23. Paul Mitchell Smoothing Super Skinny Daily Treatment ($14)
  24. Paul Mitchell Smoothing Super Skinny Serum ($20)

If you are looking for some beautiful holiday hair tutorials, check out these from Lauren Conrad's blog! 

November 28, 2015

Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink's 2015 Holiday Gift Guide


Struggling on what to get everyone on your gift list? I am here to help! Let Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink's 2015 Holiday Gift Guide help you shop with confidence by giving you fabulous ideas and easy shopping links! Just click who you are shopping for to be taken to the gift ideas page. Check back soon as this page will be continuously updated throughout the holiday season. 

If you have a product you would like me to review and include in my Holiday Gift Guide, please click here or email me at alittleumbrella(at)live.com for more information.



Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!

 

 

November 27, 2015

Holiday Gifts from Deckopedia + Giveaway


Do you need the perfect gift for that foodie, adventurer, hostess, or inspiration-seeker on your gift list? I can almost guarantee that they don't have this. Give the gift of information, tips, and/or trivia delivered on decks of cards! Take the information and run with it - literally. Deckopedia is a new way to display interesting and reliable information on a series of decks of cards to have at your fingertips on several exciting lifestyle topics. It can be a wonderful gift or can help you diversify your book collection.


I had the opportunity to review four Deckopedia decks! I chose 50 Road Trip Games, 50 Must-See Destinations (the best-selling deck), 50 Ways to a Better You and Super Smoothies. Whichever deck you choose, your gift recipient will receive useful tidbits that fit their lifestyle ... one card at a time.


You may never hear the dreaded “Are we there yet?” again. That's because you brought along Deckopedia’s 50 Road Trip Games: Challenging Fun for a Memorable Journey. This handy deck includes 50 games to help the miles fly by faster and the memories stack up. Each card lets you know the rules of the game, and materials, if any, that might be needed, such as a notebook and pen.

You’ll find a variety of games for ages 3 and up, including:
  • Stimulating Brain Games
  • Cherished Classics
  • Quirky Just For Fun cards
  • Pop Culture Quizzes
They say that getting there is half the fun, but when you’re taking a road trip, getting there IS the fun. 


Sure, you can spend months poring over websites and books, researching your next vacation. Or, you could spend your time actually traveling. Designed to take the guesswork out of travel planning, 50 Must-See Destinations is a new twist on the trusty trip guidebook. This user-friendly deck features the top 50 most intriguing cities, sites and regions on Earth. You will find everywhere from the buzzed-about, must-see destinations to unexposed locations you may not have ever heard of … till now.

Use the deck to assess a potential trip with five essential factors:
  • Budget
  • Ideal season to visit
  • Local activities
  • How long you’ll need
  • Don’t-miss sites
You’ll also find helpful resources, travel tools and fun trivia. Let 50 Must-See Destinations turn all those trips on your bucket list into reality.


Are you ready to discover the very best version of yourself? Take the first step to getting out of that rut by flipping through the inspirational cards in the 50 Ways to a Better You deck. Keep it by your bedside table to start your day off right with a quote, or share it with your loved ones as a meaningful gift. Happiness and well-being are two of the most talked about topics on the planet, yet men and women of all ages, backgrounds, and occupations still struggle to find it.

50 Ways to a Better You will be your companion toward happiness, wisdom, and health by providing inspirational advice about:
  • Lifestyle habits
  • Self-care
  • Spirituality
  • Social initiatives
  • Personal growth
Don’t settle just yet, and start opening up to opportunities for more energy, drive, inspiration, and success in all areas of your life. Isn't it time you tapped into your potential and reached the best you can be?


Break out of your standard smoothie routine and get your body and mind supercharged with the whirl of a blender! Super Smoothies is packed with 50 mouth-watering vegan smoothie recipes that are as delicious as they are nutritious. Author and nutritionist Kate Gavlick designed this cute deck of cards for everyone who wants to get the most out of their diet, and for those who believe in the medicinal power of food.

Using only farm-fresh and organic produce, Kate crafted unique vegan combinations, while adding a handful of nuts, seeds, and superfoods, with the ultimate ambition to meet each of your needs. For example, if you are:
  • Heading to the gym
  • Feeling stressed
  • Feeling fatigued
  • Craving sweets
Just flip through the deck; they’ve got you covered! When packed with nutrient-dense whole foods, smoothies have the power to heal, soothe, and rejuvenate. As the famous quote goes, “Let food be thy medicine,” so put your blender to work and nourish your body for radiant health!


I love Deckopedia! They are like personal lifestyle flashcards. My head is buzzing with gift options! The Natural Beauty Skincare deck for my bestie, the Mixology 101 deck for my brother-in-law, the 50 Best Backpacking Trips of All Time deck for my co-worker. The list goes on and on! 


Deckopedia is giving two of my readers a chance to win their own Deckopedia deck! One reader will win 50 Road Trip Games and a second reader will win 50 Must-See Destinations! 50 Must-See Destinations is their best-seller and would make the perfect stocking-stuffer or white elephant gift!

Deckopedia is featured in my 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.

EverydayHappy Plant-Based Home + Body Care Products


EverydayHappy creates products that are inspired by the beauty of nature and developed to preserve it. The group of moms and dads who created this brand is committed to delivering high quality, natural products made from sustainable materials that will protect your whole family’s health. All EverydayHappy products are natural and free of carcinogenic materials. I tried several products from the new home care line.

Let EverydayHappy's All-Purpose Cleaner ($4.95) be the trick up your sleeve to keep your house sparkling - you know, when you can actually find the time to clean! Plant-based, vegan, cruelty-free and made with natural orange oil, it's biodegradable and hypoallergenic. Oh yeah, and it's awesome! It is my new favorite cleaner. Remember, they don't use any harsh chemicals, which means no VOCs, dyes, phosphates, chemical preservatives or unnecessary additives. The best part? It replaces up to 20 conventional cleaners. High fives for that!


The specially formulated All-Glass Cleaner ($4.95) was sent straight from streak-free heaven! Plant-based and made with natural papaya enzymes, it neutralizes irritants on contact to help keep your air clean. It works so well, so it hard to believe how natural it is! No streaks?! Yep. The biodegradable, vegan and cruelty-free formula helps you say goodbye to dust mite waste, pet dander, pollen and mold spores. So long, dirt and streaks!


EverydayHappy thinks cleaning should be easy! Sounds impossible, but the formaldehyde-free Power Sponge ($0.99) will change your mind. Instead of harsh chemicals, just use water to clean even the biggest of messes. As a bonus, all proceeds from the sale of this product will be donated to UNICEF to help children in need.


Gentle but effective, this Laundry Detergent ($12.95) has been specially formulated for sensitive skin. It leaves clothes spotless with all-natural surfactants, and will not cause irritation or itching. 2x concentrated for an easy, eco-friendly laundry day. 


I also tried some products from the bath & body care line. Starting with the 2-in-1 Shampoo & Body Wash ($9.95), which cleans and hydrates from head to toe. It is specially formulated to be extra gentle on your baby’s hair and skin. With conditioning coconut and gromwell extracts, the tear-free formula leaves you and your little ones soft from head to toe.


This gentle Liquid Hand Soap ($4.95) is enriched with plant extracts to maintain natural hydration. Its silky lather keeps your hands clean and feeling soft with a delicate fresh scent. The aloe soothes and moisturizes, the mint extract energizes and refreshes, while the coconut proteins keep skin cells healthy, inside and out.


Specially crafted to protect and nourish delicate skin, EverydayHappy Face & Body Lotion ($9.95) is made for sharing! It's rich in jojoba and wheat germ oils for deep moisturizing and skin-healing benefits. The non-greasy formula absorbs quickly, giving smooth, glowing skin to everyone in your family.

Established in 2013, EverydayHappy delivers a premium range of eco-friendly, toxin-free baby and family care products, which aim to save parents both time and money. Each and every item is the result of an intense collaboration between their diverse team’s wide-ranging talents. They have put all of their energy into researching, testing and refining their EverydayHappy line. Then they did it all over again until they were satisfied. I am glad that they did, because they have some pretty incredible products!


Check out this interview from a team member over at EverydayHappy. Meet the EverydayHappy in-house blogger, Elle, and learn about how she is balancing motherhood, a strict fitness routine, and working at a startup.

Connect :: Visit store.everydayhappy.com to learn more about their biodegradable, vegan, plant-based, non-toxic cleaners + body care products. Connect with EverydayHappy via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


Special Offer :: Receive 40% off any order of $50 or more. Use the code EDHBF-UMBRELLA. Valid from now thru November 29, 2015 at 11:59 PM. Cannot be combined with any other offer or applied to monthly Kits. Standard S&H rates apply.


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